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Debenhams pickets risk jail

first_imgDEBENHAMS workers protesting outside the closed Limerick store and at branches across the country have called on all van and truck drivers not to pass their pickets and to not assist KPMG in removing stock from Debenhams shops. KPMG indicated that they were to start moving stock from the shops this week.Picketing workers could face jail for defying a court injunction.Shop stewards representing the workers said, “KPMG is trying to criminalise our campaign for justice. By going to the courts and getting an injunction it thinks it can bully the workers into submission.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “But the workers will stand up to this bullying and defy attempts to remove stock from the 11 Debenhams shops. After six months we will not allow KPMG to remove the stock. Keeping the stock in the shops is our only guarantee that our campaign will be successful.“We are calling on all van and truck drivers not to assist KPMG and not to pass our pickets. We are calling on all workers to join us on our pickets and help us make KPMG’s injunction ineffective.“The Debenhams workers are fighting for all workers as their struggle has highlighted the terrible way workers are treated when companies go into liquidation. Like the Clery’s workers before them they are not getting their full entitlements. But their struggle has put huge pressure on the government to give commitments to change the law so that workers are treated fairly during liquidations.“With job losses threatened across the economy it is vital that all workers, especially retail workers, get behind the Debenhams workers. We are calling on all unions to support our pickets.”The shop stewards reiterated their call for talks and called on Taoiseach Michael Martin TD to immediately convene talks involving the shop stewards with the aim of reaching a just settlement of their dispute.They said, “With the prospect of workers being jailed as a result of the actions of KPMG the Taoiseach cannot stand idly by.  The consequence of doing nothing is that workers who have fought for justice through the Covid 19 crisis will end up in jail. The responsibility for this will lie squarely with the government. We are calling on him to act now”. Advertisement Facebook NewsDebenhams pickets risk jailBy Bernie English – October 20, 2020 221 Twitter Printcenter_img Previous articleLIT Graduation Ceremonies to take place on November 19 and 20.Next articleI Create Online – A New and Imaginative Cross-Collaborative Mini-Series by the Irish Chamber Orchestra Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Linkedin WhatsApp Emaillast_img read more

Winning ticket for $768.4M Powerball jackpot sold in Wisconsin

first_imgCatLane/iStock(NEW BERLIN, Wis.) — A lucky Powerball winner in Wisconsin just claimed more than three-quarters of a billion dollars.The jackpot, which crept up to $768.4 million on Wednesday, was won by a ticket sold in New Berlin, about 20 minutes west of Milwaukee. The numbers drawn on Wednesday were 16-20-37-44-62 and a Powerball of 12.“This is an amazing milestone moment for Wisconsin,” Wisconsin Lottery Director Cindy Polzin said in a statement. “It truly is incredible to think that the winning ticket for this historic jackpot was sold in our own backyard. I am extremely excited for the winners and for our state.”The jackpot — the third-largest in U.S. history at $768.4 million — will have a cash value of an estimated $477 million, according to the Powerball website.The retailer that sold the winning ticket will also receive $100,000.The number had been estimated at $750 million, the fourth-largest lotto drawing, before the official total climbed past the $757.7 million jackpot won in May 2017 by a woman from Massachusetts.Two people, in Kansas and Minnesota, also won $2 million for matching all five white balls and the Power Play and tickets in Arizona, California, Indiana, Missouri, New Jersey and New York won $1 million.No one claimed the prize over the weekend, but people in Wisconsin and Florida won a $2 million prize after their numbers matched all five white balls plus the Power Play. Winners took home $1 million in Florida, North Carolina, Illinois, North Dakota, New Hampshire, New York and South Carolina.Despite how high the jackpot climbs, players’ odds of winning stay the same at 1 in 292 million, according to Powerball.The jackpot was the first won of 2019 as it has previously rolled over 25 times since the day after Christmas.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Scheme champions gay rights at work

first_imgScheme champions gay rights at workOn 23 Oct 2001 in Personnel Today Aninitiative has been launched to help companies comply with forthcoming Europeanlegislation outlawing workplace discrimination against homosexuals.TheDiversity Champion Scheme, organised by gay and lesbian equality campaign groupStonewall, aims to challenge sexual orientation discrimination at work beforethe 2003 deadline for the implementation of the EU Equal Treatment Directive.DCSwill provide a network for firms to share good practice.Eightlarge employers have already signed up, including the BBC, GlaxoSmithKline andB&Q. Stonewall’sexecutive director, Angela Mason, said the group is also looking at awardingKite Marks to companies that develop good sexual orientation polices.PaulRodgers, IBM’s director of HR for the UK and Ireland, said, “Sexualorientation should be treated as part of diversity initiatives. The winners intoday’s competitive environment will be those companies that attract and retainthe best talent, so it is vital that everybody in IBM is proud of themselves andthe company.”Rodgerssaid that in 1984 IBM was the first Fortune 500 company to add sexualorientation to its non-discrimination policy.Itset up a gay and lesbian network 10 months ago, which has grown to over 100employees and has also changed its benefits package so same-sex partners arecovered by private health Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Seeds of a shutdown

first_imgSpeaking at an Institute of Politics (IOP) forum, Time magazine columnist Joe Klein connected the shutdown of the federal government to a toxic political culture created by Baby Boomers.“My generation has reached its sell-by date,” Klein said Wednesday at Harvard Kennedy School. “The way to get past this is for those who are millennials to get past us.”The author of the Bill Clinton-inspired novel “Primary Colors” and a writer for Time’s Swampland blog, Klein, 67, is a fellow at the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy. He spent his early career as a writer for Boston’s Real Paper, a counterculture weekly. Decades later, he sees a harmful legacy in Boomer attempts to transform culture and politics in the 1960s and ’70s.Fractured coalitions were united into conservatives and liberals, but the middle was left unrepresented, he said. Gerrymandered redistricting and the 1965 Voting Rights Act gave blacks the power they had been promised after the Civil War, but deprived lawmakers of the ability to respond to districts with broad ideological and social needs. Finally, Boomers bred a media cynicism that now passes as insight, and extremists on both sides of the ideological spectrum have undercut civility in debate.“This is a consequence of my Baby Boom generation,” Klein said. “We came into political consequence by distrusting authority. The reaction to those of us involved in the antiwar and Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s was to use those same confrontational tactics we now see in the Tea Party.”Klein is at work on a book exploring the leadership skills of Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans, a project he called “the greatest joy in my life” in an interview following the forum.“I’m tremendously hopeful about that generation,” he said, “and tremendously disappointed in mine.”At the heart of the stalemate is House Republicans’ demand for concessions on President Obama’s Affordable Care Act in exchange for action on federal spending. Linda J. Bilmes, the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, veered away from cultural interpretation and pointed to a badly designed appropriations process as the root of the problem.Federal lawmakers could avoid annual fights by adopting state solutions, such as two-year budgeting, Bilmes said.Instead, “Congress lurches from crisis to crisis,” she said, noting that heading into the shutdown no spending bills had been passed.Maralee Schwartz, a longtime Washington Post political reporter and now supervisor of the Institute of Politics’ Washington summer internship program, moderated the discussion. She covered the 1995 federal shutdown, and recalled how Sen. Robert Dole brokered an agreement with House Speaker Newt Gingrich to reopen the government, even though he was then preparing for his presidential campaign. She wondered who the “grown-ups” would be today.“We don’t seem to be able to figure out how to negotiate,” Schwartz said. “Both sides have to be able to save face.”The IOP had planned to welcome U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on Wednesday, but the shutdown forced him to remain in Washington, prompting the institute to organize a panel on the issue, according to Director Trey Grayson ’94.last_img read more

Jones Beach Air Show Lineup Includes Thunderbirds

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York After a hellish winter that buried Long Island in a deluge of snow and brought record-breaking bone-chilling temperatures, this may very well be the most anticipated Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach in recent memory.On Friday, local officials gathered under a picturesque sky to ring in Memorial Day Weekend—the unofficial start to summer—and the iconic air show, which welcomes aerial teams from across the nation that will perform mind-boggling maneuvers for revelers on the beach.This will be the 12th such air show at Jones Beach, one that has become “the family tradition of Long Island,” said Wayne Grosse, president and CEO of Bethpage Federal Credit Union, the nonprofit institution that sponsors the show.The weekend show is expected to draw upwards of 200,000 people on both Saturday and Sunday given the generous weather forecast, officials said. Forecasters are predicting sunny skies Saturday and Sunday with temperatures in the mid-60s and low-70s, respectively. Both shows run 12-5 p.m.Those hoping to attend the event are advised to arrive early.The show will include acrobatic performances from the acclaimed U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, this year’s headliners, the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team, legendary pilot Sean D. Tucker, the Air National Guard, GEICO Skytypers and other demonstration teams. Making its debut all the way from Europe is the Breitling Jet Team, officials announced.Jim Record, 67, of the GEICO Skytapers, said his Long Island-based squad performs 14 shows annually but said this is one of his favorites.“It’s our homecoming air show,” he said, beaming with pride.The Skytypers will fly six World War II-era North American SNJ-2 fighter planes, of which there are only 12 remaining in the world. The Skytypers fly the aircraft in honor of the “greatest generation,” Record said.The Thunderbirds will soar over Long Island in F-16s. Lucas Buckley, the squad’s representative, called it an “honor to be here” and to connect the public with its military.Hundreds appeared eager to get a jump on the weekend festivities. Groups of people parked picnic chairs on the boardwalk and on the beach, looking forward to watch the aerial teams practice their mind-blowing stunts. Men and women alike shed everyday attire for bathing suits, despite a noticeable breeze.Others browsed tents selling Thunderbirds shirts, souvenirs and air show toys, while some adults chose to soak in the sun with a cold beer.Jones Beach has recently gone through reconstruction during the off-season. New bathrooms in Field 6 will be ready for the huge crowds and the central mall’s mosaic was refurbished for the first time in three decades. Food service will also be available at Field 6 this weekend, and a more expansive menu should be unveiled later in the summer.As he documented the revitalization at Jones Beach, Wayne Horsley, regional director of New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, said: “There’s nothing like it.”last_img read more

Gloucestershire defending Women’s County Finals title at Delamere Forest

first_img Tags: English Women’s County Finals 11 Sep 2019 Gloucestershire defending Women’s County Finals title at Delamere Forest Last winner’s winners defied a series of storms to beat Buckinghamshire 5-1 in the deciding match at Royal North Devon after the final fixtures in this round robin competition were reduced to four singles and two foursomes because of the weather. Surrey and Yorkshire were also in the title hunt going into the wind-strewn final day but the former lost to Staffordshire and Norfolk earned their first win of the week against the latter.Last year Gloucestershire claimed the title for a second time in three years with a team comprising Rachael Archibald, Jess Brown, Grace Connelly, Charley Hiatt, Ebonie Lewis, Caley McGinty, Claudia Ovens, Sam Round, Alex Saunders and Ffion Tynan and Brown, Connelly, Lewis, Ovens, Round, Saunders and Tynan all return this year. They are joined by Megan Bartlett, Issy Hopkins and Bethan Popel.They will begin their defence with an opening fixture against Norfolk while Lincolnshire play Surrey and Buckinghamshire face Yorkshire. Yorkshire are the most successful team in this year’s competition having claimed the title 13 times most recently in 2017 at Felixstowe Ferry. Surrey have lifted the trophy nine times and Lincolnshire once. Both Norfolk and Buckinghamshire are seeking their maiden victory. Each of the teams in the England Women’s County Finals came through a qualifying competition in one of England Golf’s six women’s regions: East, Midlands North, Midlands South, North, South and South West.Three matches take place on each of the five days of the competition with the teams playing three foursomes in the morning and six singles in the afternoon. Each county can enter a team of up to 12 players. Any six of those competitors can play in the foursomes and singles.Image courtesy of Leaderboard Photography.  last_img read more

Pitt’s Dixon pressing onward as 12th season begins

first_imgIn this Nov. 7, 2014, file photo, Pittsburgh head coach Jamie Dixon, watches as his team plays against Philadelphia in an of exhibition NCAA college basketball game in Pittsburgh. Dixon is celebrating his 12th year as head basketball coach at Pitt. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)PITTSBURGH (AP) – The slicked back hair is thinning up top. There’s a touch of gray around the temples. A couple hard-earned creases around his eyes.Jamie Dixon isn’t a kid anymore. The relatively unknown assistant who inherited the Pittsburgh basketball program from mentor Ben Howland a dozen years ago turned 49 on Monday.Of course, he’s hardly unknown anymore. Not after 10 trips to the NCAA tournament. Not after three Big East titles. Not after helping re-establish Pitt as one of college basketball’s most consistent – if consistently unflashy – winners.And yet he’s still here despite annual whispers that the southern California native will take the next high-profile job west of the Mississippi, one with a bigger local footprint than the Panthers. Pitt sells out the Petersen Events Center 20 times a year but still has to fight with three professional teams for attention.Dixon, who begins his 12th season as coach Friday night when Pitt hosts Niagara, plays coy when pressed on why his name always pops up during coaching searches.“I get it, (experts) think money or other things factor in, size of stadium, the geography,” he said. “I don’t know. It’s one way or the other. Either they’re mentioning your name or they’re not mentioning your name and it’s better to have the former I guess.”The truth is, Dixon’s Pittsburgh roots have dug hard into the imposing hillside campus. From the day in 1999 that he joined Howland’s staff to the day he took over in 2003 to now, Dixon has become part of the university’s firmament even as players come and go and the Panthers shifted conferences.For all his well-tailored suits and leading-man good looks, Dixon remains a grinder at heart – driven not by ego but by a work ethic that Howland says is just short of maniacal.“He’s an animal,” Howland said. “It’s incredible. He’s always on top of things. He’s one step ahead.”It’s the only way Dixon knows, an ethos he tries to relay to a stable of talented though not always highly coveted recruits. Not everybody can play for him.“He’s a perfectionist, he’s a tough guy,” said former Pitt guard and current assistant coach Brandin Knight. “He wants guys to be mentally tough.”The Panthers don’t play the same way they did a decade ago, when a game against Pitt sometimes resembled a 40-minute wrestling match. Dixon is unapologetic for the hard-nosed style, though that reputation overshadows the evolution of an adaptable man.When the Panthers moved from the Big East to the ACC last fall, Pitt and fellow newcomer Syracuse were expected to provide more up-tempo powers a bruising reality check. The Panthers went the other way.Pitt went 26-10 and finished a respectable fifth in their ACC debut last year thanks largely to an offense that averaged 72.5 points by sharing the ball. The Panthers tied with North Carolina for the conference lead in assists per game and was second to Duke in assist/turnover ratio.The same coach who led the school to its first-ever No. 1 ranking in 2009 behind burly players and a defense that turned every possession into a barely legal street fight has now empowered freewheeling swingman Durand Johnson and versatile forward Michael Young to get out on the floor and go.“People think we’re the opposite of what we are,” said junior forward Sheldon Jeter, who transferred to Pitt from Vanderbilt. “They think it’s the ‘slow, beat you down’ Pitt. It’s not. To translate our game to the ACC we had to recruit better athletes.”Ones that look just as comfortable in the open floor as they do trying to battle for position under the basket.“Jamie is always tinkering,” Howland said. “The basic tenet of Pitt basketball is always going to be defend, rebound and play with toughness and physicality but as the game has opened up, he’s done the same.”It’s a testament to Dixon’s success that Pitt’s yearly trips to the NCAAs are now met with a yawn. As impressive as his 288 victories are – an average of 26 a year – the Panthers still haven’t reached a Final Four since 1941, falling just short in 2009 in a last-second loss to Villanova in the regional final.Five years later, it remains the closest Pitt has come to a playing on college basketball’s biggest stage and the last time the Panthers made it past the first weekend of the tournament. That’s not lost on Dixon, who remains his own biggest critic.“I never think I’m doing a good enough job,” he said. “I’ve got a higher standard than anybody.”A standard that places a premium on loyalty. His wife and two kids are comfortable in Pittsburgh. He’s signed through the 2022-23 season and is making well over $2 million a year. There may be brighter lights elsewhere. He doesn’t care.“I’ve worked every day like I wanted to be here for 12 years and beyond, for the rest of my career I guess,” Dixon said. “I know our business says differently … but that’s not me.”last_img read more

New Zealand vs India 2nd Test Day 2 Review: Shami and Bumrah’s efforts go…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Twitter (@BLACKCAPS)Advertisement qz6NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs4l3Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E4mr4s( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 7hkiWould you ever consider trying this?😱8thmCan your students do this? 🌚cxliRoller skating! Powered by Firework Day 2 of the second Test between India and New Zealand has come to closure, and at stumps, India are on the lead with 97 runs. Following the bundle of the Kiwis batting squad by 153 runs, India have taken the lead, but are struggling with six wickets down at a score of 97 in Christchurch.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Twitter (@BLACKCAPS)New Zealand opener Tom Lathan landed a sweet score of 52, before losing his wicket to Mohammed Shami, the star of India’s bowling squad today. The 29 year old pacer started his four wicket haul today with Latham’s clean bowled dismissal in the 44th Over.Henry Nicholls and Neil Wagner also faced quick dismissals from Shami, as both of them were sent to the pavilion on scores of 14 and 21 respecrtively.Advertisement Shami also picked up Kyle Jamieson, the Kiwi youngster who missed his maiden Test half century just just one run. His stunning 49 came off including seven boundaries.New Zealand’s first innings also saw the superstar Jasprit Bumrah regaining his form. The 26 year old secured three wickets, including the hosts skipper Kane Williamson, who was unimpressive today at Hagley Oval, with only scoring 3. Jadeja picked two, and the injured Ishant Sharma’a substitute Umesh Yadav secured the wicket of Kiwi opener TOm Blundell on 30.Advertisement However, the Black Caps bowling squad shined again, led by Trent Boult, who picked up the wickets of Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara and Umesh Yadav.Starting the second innings, both of the Men in Blue openers were lacklustre on the pitch. The in form Agarwal had to leave on the second over after just scoring 3 runs, followed by Prithvi Shaw, who marvellously stroke a fifty in the first innings, lost his wicket on 14 against Tim Southee.Virat Kohli’s drought of runs in the series continues, as the captain failed to open up a big score again, after getting lbwed by Colin de Gramdhomme on just 14 runs. Rahane was bowled on 9 runs by Neil Wagner.The young Hanuma Vihari is now on strike alongside Rishabh Pant at the end of day’s play.Also read-Read VVS Laxman’s advice to Prithvi Shaw: You’re better off playing like this in New Zealand! Advertisementlast_img read more