first_imgSinn Fein Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty has slammed today’s Finance Bill and vowed to try to amend it to scrap the private pension levy and replace it with changes to tax relief.Speaking from Dublin, Mr Doherty insisted: “The core element of today’s anaemic Finance Bill is the imposition of a 0.6% levy on pension funds for the next four years. The Government plans to raise €470 million a year with the levy.“The pension levy proposal is deeply inequitable. It excludes the Approved Retirement Funds used by many high earners to invest in their pensions. It also makes no differentiation between the pensions held by ordinary workers and those of high earners.” He told donegaldaily.com that his proposals offered a far more equitable system.The Donegal South West TD said Sinn Féin has long advocated the standardisation of pension tax reliefs at the lower rate.“This measure would not only remove an unjustifiable inequity in the current system but generate significant revenue for the state to invest in economic recovery,” he claimed.“Based on figures from a 2009 ERSI report on pensions, standardising pension tax reliefs would generate an additional €1.1 billion, of which €616 million would come from the top 10% of earners. “Indeed the same report estimated that in the same year 82% of all pension tax relief went to the top 20% of income earners, demonstrating the grossly unequal nature of this relief and the need for its reform.“Of course Sinn Fein would invest this money in a very different way to that outlined by the Government last week. However in the context of the Finance Bill before us the government has a clear choice between raiding the pension funds of all and targeting new revenue rising at those who can afford to pay the most.”He said he would be tabling amendments to the Finance Bill that will seek to replace the pension levy with a standardisation of existing pension tax reliefs, “the aim of which is to generate significant revenue to invest in creating jobs.”DOHERTY IN BID TO SCRAP PENSION LEVY was last modified: May 24th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgCareer Guidance Counsellor Rory White’s column series continues with a guide for students to understanding the UCAS system: So what is UCAS?UCAS is the Universities and Colleges Application Service for higher education courses in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the equivalent of the CAO system here.  The website is www.ucas.com  Is the application process the same as the CAO? No, it is quite different.  Students can choose up to five courses and will be required to achieve specific grades rather than CAO points.  Applicants must supply predicted grades for their Leaving Certificate and also an academic reference.  However, perhaps the most important element of the UCAS application is the personal statement. Why is the personal statement important and what should I consider when putting it together?The personal statement is very important indeed and worth paying time and attention to.  Its purpose is to make the most suitable candidates stand out. It should be engaging and personal and highlight the experiences and interest you have shown in the particular career area you are applying for. Any work experience or volunteer work you have done should be included as should any information sessions you have attended- this all demonstrates that you are serious about pursuing a career in the area. Writing a vague personal statement, for instance if a student is interested in a couple of career areas, might hinder your application. Finally, get someone to look over and proof-read your statement before submitting. There are several good videos on the UCAS website that offer good tips. Should I be concerned about Brexit or studying outside of the Republic of Ireland?The dreaded ‘B-word’!  The terms for studying in the UK have been protected for 2020 entry in that Irish students will still be treated the same as UK students (and vice-versa for UK students wanting to study in the ROI) and there is a memorandum of understanding that this should continue post Brexit.  (www.education.ie/Brexit) Students who intend studying in the UK, with a view to later working in the ROI should ensure the degree you are thinking about will be recognised to work for the relevant governing body in the ROI- for example a student studying an Arts or Humanities degree with a view to teaching in ROI must get their degree recognised by the Teaching Council which can prove problematic at times, so it is worth looking into.What about costs and can I still apply for a SUSI grant?The application for UCAS costs £20 if choosing one course and £25 for more than one (up to a maximum of 5) Currently fees for courses in Northern Ireland are typically £4,275stg and up to £9,250stg in England and Wales.  Irish students opting to study in Scotland are still considered as ‘Home’ students and will not be required to pay fees. (www.saas.gov.uk) Students eligible for the SUSI grant can still avail of the maintenance element of the grant, but SUSI will not pay for course fees.  For the fees, many students avail of a student loan which can be paid back after completion of your degree and when earnings are over £18,935.An enticing option for students interested in healthcare courses is that the ‘Allied Health’ courses in Radiography, Dietetics, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Radiotherapy and Speech & Language Therapy have no fees (These all, with the exception of Podiatry, require you to sit HPAT-Ulster) while Nursing degrees, as well as having no fees, also include a bursary. (www.ulster.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/full-time-fees/funded-courses)How and when will I know if I have been offered a place?This is not an exact science as each college and course can be different, it is best to keep checking into the track facility for correspondence.  When responses have been received from all choices made, the applicant will be given a date by which to respond to the offers. The applicant can then choose one course they have been offered as their ‘firm’ choice and one as their ‘insurance’ choice. All other offers must then be declined. Offers made will be conditional and entry will be based on meeting the conditions of the offer.Rory has been a Guidance Counsellor at Finn Valley College for the past 10 years and is a member of the Donegal Branch of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors. Applying for college or changing careers is one of the most important and exciting decisions someone can make, and Rory will be here to offer advice and top tips on the many options that are available.Career Guidance with Rory White: Understanding UCAS was last modified: December 15th, 2019 by Rory WhiteShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:careersCollegeeducationucasUniversitylast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Corn Marketing Program (OCMP) is pleased to announce Speedway LLC (Speedway) as the first recipient of The Ethanol Infrastructure Grant Program. Speedway, based in Enon, Ohio, will use the grant to increase ethanol availability in Franklin, Hancock, Lake, Cuyahoga, Warren and Clark counties.The grant program creates the opportunity for fuel retailers to significantly expand the reach of ethanol in Ohio through financial support for the purchase and installation of dispensing equipment that is compatible with ethanol-blended fuels.“Over 722,000 Ohio motorists are driving flex fuel vehicles, and they deserve access to efficient and clean burning ethanol,” said Tadd Nicholson, executive director of Ohio Corn Marketing Program. “We are proud of our farmers’ dedication to ethanol demand expansion, as they continue to invest significant corn checkoff dollars to improving ethanol availability.”OCMP is working in partnership with Guardian Energy to financially support the program. Guardian Energy operates an ethanol plant in Lima, Ohio. The American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest and the American Lung Association of the Midland States assist in administering the grants. Additional grants for fuel retailers are still available for a limited time.The Ethanol Infrastructure Grant Program details include:•           Funding structure to aid in the purchase of ethanol compatible fuel dispensing equipment and site work (i.e. tanks) to accommodate installation•           Priority given to fuel retailers looking to install in multiple locations•           Simple application process with assistance available for completing appropriate paperwork•           Quick reimbursement when projects are completed.Please contact Brad Moffitt at 740.201.8088 or [email protected] of OCMP for detailed participation information. For questions about the grant application process, contact John DeRosa, environmental programs director for the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest at 217.787.5864 or [email protected] Information is also available at www.CleanAirChoice.org.last_img read more

first_imgThe Ingram sisters love a good challenge, whether it’s out on the Touch field, or keeping their house in Canberra spider-free.Tash, Amanda and Mel Ingram are all at this year’s NTL playing in the ACT Womens Open team. It’s the first time the three sisters have played together at the NTL, with Amanda and Mel playing Womens Open in 2005 and Tash playing Mixed Open.For about the past six years they have enjoyed playing for the Tuggeranong Vikings together in Canberra, and enjoy being involved playing Touch as a family affair.“We also play in a social side with our other sister, Cassandra, we just got her playing too,” said Mel.In early 2005 Mel was lucky enough to represent Australia at the Youth World Cup on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. Her sisters were lucky enough to go and watch her play for her country.“It was really exciting, all our family, even our aunties and uncles traveled to watch Mel play,” said Amanda.“Watching Mel play for Australia made all the family really proud, we found it really inspiring also,” added Tash.For Mel, the experience of being at an international tournament was enhanced by the fact that her family was all there supporting her.“It was really nice having a lot of support, I didn’t know my teammates that well when I arrived at the tournament, so it was a comfort knowing my family was there,” she said.At the 2006 NTL, the Ingram sisters will be hoping that their sisterly intuition will help their team, the ACT Womens Open on the field“I think we have a pretty good understanding of each other, and often we can pick what the other is going to do,” said Mel.Playing together at a club level will also be beneficial.“We’re looking to introduce some moves that we have learnt playing club level Touch, into our game here. And hopefully we can take what we have learnt playing here back to improve our game at club level,” said Amanda.They admit to being blatantly honest with each other both on and off the field. But also think sometimes it can be a negative thing.“Sometimes we can be a bit too honest with each other,” said Tash.“We say some things that we’d probably hold off saying if we weren’t sisters.”“It’s good that we do always tell each other things we can improve on, and are more comfortable taking criticism from someone we know,” said Mel.Not every team can come to an NTL and take home a title, and the girls are realistic about their goals for the tournament, both individually and as a team.“We hope to improve our overall placing at the event, and really stick it to the teams we know we can beat. We hope to be competitive in all the games we play,” said Amanda.Through hard off-season training, the ACT Women as a team have become one metre faster over 15 metres.So in the coming years, not only watch out for the ACT Womens Open team to continue improving, but watch for the three who look amazingly similar- they will be the Ingrams.last_img read more

first_imgNick Saban seen talking to the media.ESPN.At SEC Media Days this past Wednesday, Alabama head coach Nick Saban and ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum got into it a bit on the air regarding the legal situation involving Crimson Tide players Cam Robinson and Hootie Jones. When the cameras shut off, Saban apparently got even more animated with Finebaum – which a number of nearby reporters listened in on.It looks like the two are ready to hash it out again – or bury the hatchet. Finebaum took to Twitter Friday afternoon to announce that Saban will be in studio on his show this upcoming Tuesday. It’s a safe bet that Saban wants to clarify his position on the matter and address the confrontation the two had.Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban will join me next Tuesday in studio.— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) July 15, 2016We’ll be tuning in, that’s for sure.last_img read more

first_imgBy Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsOn Saturday afternoon, a Taseko Mines convoy of trucks and equipment was stopped by an RCMP cruiser on the gravel Nemiah Valley road in British Columbia’s interior.Xeni Gwet’in Chief Marylin Baptiste pulled up alongside the convoy and the RCMP cruiser to inform them that the Taseko contractors and employees would not be welcome on Tsilhqot’in nation territory.“We had discussions back and forth and the company talked to the RCMP and the RCMP talked to me and said they were agreeing to turn around,” said Baptiste, whose community is one of six that make up the Tsilhqot’in nation.The company informed the RCMP earlier in the day that Baptiste would be waiting for the convoy and two officers from the RCMP Alexis Creek detachment went to the area to “keep the peace,” said Sgt. James Anderson.Baptiste said she doesn’t know how the company knew she would be waiting, but Tsilhqot’in members had been keeping an eye on the company’s movements.“I knew that their dozer sitting in Williams Lake had moved and I had every reason to believe they were on their way,” said Baptiste.This was the second weekend in a row a Taseko convoy was turned back on Nemiah Valley road.On Nov. 6, a Taseko convoy was stopped by Baptiste and others. The company claims in a court filing that someone threatened to set fire to the equipment.Nemiah Valley road leads to the planned site of Taseko’s 35 square-kilometre, open-pit gold and copper Prosperity Mine project, which is about 125 kilometres southwest of Williams Lake, B.C.The incidents on Nemiah Valley Road could foreshadow more explosive confrontations.Taseko has been trying for years to dig up the area for gold and copper and it has the full backing of the provincial government.The Tsilhqot’in oppose the project and view it as a threat to their very existence.And the RCMP is aware of the rising tensions.“We at the Alexis Creek RCMP detachment remain neutral on this issue. We do not want to do anything to create a negative impact on our relations with our local First Nations communities,” said Anderson. “The RCMP officers in the command structure above me are well aware of the issue going on at this time.”Taseko has since gone to B.C. court seeking a restraining order against Baptiste and other individuals that try to stop the company from entering the territory, according to a company statement.Taseko could not be reached for comment.The Tsilhqot’in in turn filed for a court injunction to stop Taseko from entering the territory to drill, build roads or excavate test pits until a separate court action comes to a conclusion.The Tsilhqot’in have filed for a judicial review to quash the B.C. provincial government’s decision to give Taseko permits allowing the company to dig the pits and clear timber for roads without first consulting the First Nations whose lands would be impacted.Baptiste said Taseko is planning to drill 59 sites and build 23 kilometres of road and trail while clearing about 1,500 cubic metres of timber.“That is a tremendous amount in destruction of our wetlands in the territory,” said Baptiste.Taseko says it needs to do the work to gather data for the environmental assessment it needs to present to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) which is reviewing its controversial Prosperity Mine project for a second time.The federal cabinet rejected the Prosperity project last year after the agency concluded the project would have a devastating environmental impact on fish habitat and grizzly bear populations in the region.Former environment minister Jim Prentice said at the time that the agency’s report was the “most condemning” he had ever seen. Prentice said the project threatened not only Fish Lake, which Taseko planned to drain, but the entire ecosystem flowing from the lake.Prentice, however, said the company was free to try again.The federal government recently directed the CEAA to review a second proposal from the company.This time the company says it has no plans to drain Fish Lake, but will still destroy Little Fish Lake and parts of Fish Creek by turning them into waste dumps.The company claims it will preserve Fish Lake and its surrounding area while also reducing the mine’s impact on grizzly bear habitat.The company has said it would spend an additional $200 million to relocate its tailings dam and move mine waste around Fish Lake to other locations.Fish Lake, Little Fish Creek and Little Fish Lake are at the headwaters of the Taseko River systems which is one of Canada’s main six producers of sockeye salmon. The system also supports Chinook salmon and endangered stocks of steelhead trout.Taseko said the project will generate over $1 billion in tax revenues to federal and provincial coffers over the 20 to 30 year life-span of the mine. The company said the mine will also generate $340 million in GDP annually and create hundreds of jobs.Taseko has been trying since the mid-1990s to get the mine approved, but has faced resistance, in particular from the federal Fisheries and Oceans department.Baptiste said the Tsilhqot’in feel frustrated the project keeps on finding new life.“We have tried working through the processes respectfully,” said Baptiste. “There is always this uproar about blockades or this or that, but it is not our people who are forcing that, who are choosing such action. It is the federal and provincial governments and industry that is pushing people to no other option.”Baptiste said stopping the Prosperity project is a matter of cultural survival and honour directly linked to the Chilcotin War of 1864.As it is today, the conflict was over gold.Already reeling from an outbreak of smallpox spread by infected blankets sold by traders, the Tsilhqot’in fought to stop the planned construction of a toll wagon road connecting the nascent colony’s Pacific coast to the newly discovered gold fields in the interior.The Tsilhqot’in launched a guerrilla campaign and eventually stopped the road, but it came at a high price. At least 19 European settlers were killed and six Tsilhqot’in chiefs were hanged.“I’m getting flashbacks of 1864,” said Baptiste. “Our war leaders defended our way of life and stopped a road crew. Today, nothing has changed…I am hoping we don’t get to that point.”Baptiste says the Tsilhqot’in will stop the mining project at all costs.“If it weren’t for our war leaders back then, we wouldn’t be who we are,” she said. “That is our honour. We cannot allow the destruction of our land that provides for us.”[email protected]last_img read more

OSU players attempt to take down Illinois then-junior running back Josh Ferguson (6) during a game on Nov. 1, 2015 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Lantern File PhotoFor the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes, the important part of the season sits on the horizon.Looming are matchups with No. 13 Michigan State, No. 12 Michigan and, if things go right for the Buckeyes, a meeting with No. 5 Iowa is likely in the Big Ten Championship Game.Before any of those games come, however, OSU (9-0, 5-0) has a meeting with a team that has played spoiler in the past.A trip to Champaign, Illinois, to take on the Illinois Fighting Illini (5-4, 2-3) is on the docket for the Buckeyes on Saturday at noon.While the team understands the season-defining importance of the games following Saturday’s, sophomore linebacker Raekwon McMillan said the team’s coaches have made sure the team is only thinking about the task immediately ahead.“With (coach Urban) Meyer’s mentality, and our whole coaching staff’s mentality, it’s one game at a time,” McMillan said. “We really don’t worry about what’s down the road or what’s two weeks from now, we have to worry what’s right now and what’s coming at this time.”The Illini have given the Buckeyes trouble in the past in “trap games.”In 2007, Illinois came into Ohio Stadium and stunned the No. 1 Buckeyes. In three of the next four years following that game, the Illini put up a fight against OSU, losing by 10 points in 2008 and 2011 and 11 points in 2010, though the 2011 meeting saw OSU as the underdog pulling off an upset victory.However, Meyer’s arrival in 2012 has been accompanied with a turnaround in that trend.In Meyer’s three games against Illinois, the Buckeyes have won by a total of 96 points, scoring 167 points.Previously for IllinoisIt has been a season of change for the Fighting Illini, as the team fired its coach Tim Beckman just one week before the season, replacing him with interim coach Bill Cubit.Then, on Monday, the school’s athletic director Mike Thomas followed Beckham out the door following a report detailing mistreatment of football and women’s basketball players.Amid the high rate of turnover off the field has come an equal rate of inconsistent play on it.After a strong start to the season that saw the Illini start 4-1 — with its only loss coming against now-No. 23 North Carolina — the wheels came off the bus. In its last five games, Illinois has gone 1-3.That stretch featured a three-game losing streak, with competitive losses to No. 5 Iowa and No. 25 Wisconsin by nine and 11 points, respectively. However, the third game was a 39-0 thumping at Penn State.The Illini bounced back last Saturday, traveling to West Lafayette, Indiana, to blow away Purdue 48-14.Other than the rushing attack, one of Illinois’ strengths this season has been forcing turnovers, as it has come away with 11 interceptions, second most in the Big Ten. Redshirt junior safety Taylor Barton has led the way with four picks.Illinois is led by a strong run game anchored by the tandem of redshirt senior Josh Ferguson and true freshman Ke’Shawn Vaughn, who combined for 313 yards rushing against Purdue.“This team is going to try to establish the run, but it’s up to us to stop it,” McMillan said.Ferguson missed two games before the Purdue game but came back with 133 yards against the Boilermakers.“He’s a spark for that team,” McMillan said. “He wants to be that playmaker, so they’re going to put the ball in his hands a lot.”Back to full strengthAfter OSU lost a starter on the defense to the injury for the first time this season in the last two games, it appears the top 11 will be getting back to full strength on Saturday.Senior defensive tackle Tommy Schutt made his return to the depth chart for the Week 11 matchup after missing two games with a wrist injury.Though he will still have to wear a cast on the field, Schutt’s return comes welcome for a defensive line that rotated redshirt senior Joel Hale and redshirt sophomore Michael Hill in Schutt’s absence.For the season, Schutt has 20 tackles, including four for a loss.While not missing more than part of the fourth quarter, redshirt senior Braxton Miller is also expected to be able to play.Meyer said the H-back suffered a neck injury when his head was thrown to the turf on a tackle, but he should be fine for Saturday’s contest.OSU will also be getting redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett back following a one-game suspension for a citation for operating a vehicle impaired.“I think it’s going to be a good thing,” redshirt sophomore H-back Jalin Marshall said about Barrett. “He’s proven himself as a great player, so we’re looking forward to having him back with the offense and the team.”Up nextThe Buckeyes are set to finish up their home schedule in a key Big Ten East division game against No. 13 Michigan State on Nov. 21. Kickoff is scheduled for either noon or 3:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 15 May 2015 – Tourism and Business leaders from the World’s Best Island Destination will file out on Sunday for a one week trek through the United States. Some countries call it a fam trip, but with business, investment and tourism to be pitched to potential interests, the Turks and Caicos is labeling the stride as the Premier’s North American Tourism, Investment & Commerce Sales Blitz. Beginning in Atlanta, moving on to Dallas and Houston with a stop into Chicago, New York and Boston the team representing the Office of the Premier, the Ministry of Tourism, the Tourist Board, TCHTA and Turks and Caicos Real Estate Association (TCREA) will be led by Hon Porsha Smith, Minister of Tourism. Through luncheons and evening meetings the group will meet with as many as 600 executives to promote the islands at venues including the City Club of Buckhead, rooftop at the Knickerbocker and the Crescent Club. The Office of the Premier says the benefit of the strategic meetings with these six cities in the five days is a maneuver for short and long term growth. “The overall benefits of the Sales Blitz to the Turks and Caicos Islands are expected to be increases in tourist arrivals, the broadening of opportunities for investment and building on the strategic direction for bringing sustainable year-round stimuli to the economy, particularly to the hospitality sector and especially to the small and medium sized businesses locally.” You can follow me on Twitter @DeeCaribbean, we will have your regular highlights. TCI: Hard work happens each day, says new President of TC Hotel and Tourism Association; Strategic Action Plan unveiled Related Items:Investment & Commerce Sales Blitz, ministry of tourism, Portia smith, premier rufus ewing, Premier’s North American Tourism, TCHTA, the Tourist Board, Turks and Caicos Real Estate Association Luxury events for Chicago’s leading travel and media professionals hosted by #TeamTCI Turks and Caicos invited to the World Gourmet Summit in Singapore Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for youlast_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 27, 2017 – Nassau – Minister of National Security the Hon. Marvin Dames is pictured with United States Government officials, during a recent courtesy call at his Ministry.    From left are: Country Attaché Mark Webb, Special Agent in Charge of the Caribbean Division Matthew G. Donahue, Minister Dames, and Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Caribbean Division James N. Doby.(BIS Photo/Eric Rose)Press Release: BIS Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Hawaii Gov. David Ige’s bold plan to supply 100 percent of the state’s electricity requirements from renewable sources by 2045 has been embraced by residents, the state’s major utility and one key stakeholder — the military.DOD installations have been striving to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels for more than a decade, so it’s hardly surprising the military supports Hawaii’s initiative. The state’s plan can be expected to reinforce the Pentagon’s drive to reduce its vulnerability to interruptions in the commercial grid, especially since about 50 percent of the electricity generated in Hawaii is used to power military installations, reports the Nation.One specific risk the state’s shift to renewables should address is the danger posed by tsunamis and rising sea levels stemming from climate change. All of the state’s energy plants are located on the islands’ coasts, Amanda Simpson, executive director of the Army’s Office of Energy Initiatives, told the audience at the Asia Pacific Resilience Innovation Summit in Honolulu this week.The planned 50-megawatt, biofuel-capable, power generation plant at Schofield Barracks would be Hawaii’s only energy plant built inland, Simpson said.  The department also is hoping to partner with the state and entrepreneurs to develop new technologies that will ease the adoption of renewables, according to the story.last_img read more