Donegal Deputy Pearse Doherty has reiterated his call for management and workers of Rapid Action Packaging in Gweedore to negotiate a solution to avoid the upcoming strike.Members of the SIPTU union at the RAP packaging factory are to launch planned strike action for 16 hours on September 24th in relation to a dispute concerning recognition of the workers’ union for collective bargaining purposes.Sinn Fein Deputy Doherty said both sides should agree to come to the negotiating table: Deputy Doherty said: “The RAP packaging factory is of course a very important source of employment here in West Donegal and the Donegal Gaeltacht as a whole and the skills and expertise of its workers prove that companies can establish very successful bases in the region.“As I said last month, it’s unfortunate that this ongoing dispute has escalated to the point that workers represented by SIPTU voted overwhelming in favour of taking strike action which has been announced for 24th September as part of a 16 hour work stoppage with pickets to be staged at its premise on the day.“However, this decision was not one which was taken lightly by staff and clearly management’s refusal to recognize their right as workers to union representations for the purpose of collective bargaining is a major aggravating factor here.“This decision by management goes against a recent Labour Court recommendation, and is particularly difficult to comprehend when you consider that the company’s own handbook outlines that determinations made by the State’s industrial relations mechanism will be adhered to by the firm. “In official correspondence from SIPTU to management the Union has again outlined that it is prepared and willing to sit down with them to discuss the outstanding issues with a view to resolving same.“I therefore think it’s important for me, as a Public Representative and local T.D. to once again voice encouragement for both Union Reps and company management to come to the negotiating table and thrash out a mutually agreeable solution and which would be in the interest of both sides to accommodate.“Similarly, I again want to take this opportunity to press upon Údarás na Gaeltachta, as a body which has provided many supports to RAP over the years, to play a role and do its part to enable and encourage both sides to enter into negotiations.”Call for both sides in RAP dispute to come together to avoid industrial action was last modified: September 10th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)
19 March 2013Experts from the BRICS group of countries have given their backing to the creation of a BRICS development bank, as well as an alternative to Western rating agencies for educational institutions, says the executive director of Russia’s National Committee for BRICS studies, Georgy Toloraya.The fifth Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit will take place in Durban next week.Officials from the five countries met in Durban over a weekend earlier this month for a workshop aimed at mapping out a long-term strategy for a mooted consortium of BRICS think tanks.The experts held three days of sessions in the run-up to the summit, where they agree to establish a council of think tanks and to “support the idea of a BRICS bank”, Toloraya said last week.Toloraya said the first phase such a financial institution would serve as a centre of analysis.“We use World Bank and International Monetary Fund statistics and analytical reports all the time, as we have no such instruments of our own. A future BRICS Investment Bank is seen as a mechanism that would help realize where money should go, agree development strategies and coordinate investment,” Toloraya said.The experts also speculated that the BRICS countries might conclude preferential trade agreements. “It will not be a free trade zone yet, but a first step towards it. Settlements in national currencies are not ruled out,” Toloraya saidThe recommendation to create a BRICS rating agency for educational establishments has similar reasons behind it.“None of our universities is high on the Western rating lists. In the meantime, the Silicon Valley in the United States is crowded with Russians,” Toloraya said, adding that Western university ratings relied on publications in Western magazines and on Western awards.“Such an agency would be rather easy to set up. When we know how we rate ourselves, possibly students will decide to go to study in Russia or elsewhere, and not in the United States,” he said.Toloraya sees the BRICS grouping as an “intellectual project for formulating new rules of global co-existence”.An association of countries located on four continents was “an alliance of civilizations which will never develop into a military bloc,” he said. “BRICS is an elite project, an attempt by rising powers to safeguard their interests together.“BRICS is a civilized attempt at coming to terms as to what a future world order should be. It is not accidental that the group’s participants are advocates of non-interference in internal affairs and of the rule of international law.”Source: SAnews.gov.za
There were other new challenges on the route, not seen before. “The race wasn’t just different for me this year,” Moolman-Pasio wrote on her blog, “it was a new route that included more climbing, an extra 20km, and the first climb up the Mur de Huy came half way through the race, much sooner than before. South African road cycling and time trial champion Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio continued her ascent in the cycling world when she finished on the podium in the prestigious La Fleche Wallonne Feminine one-day UCI World Cup race in Belgium last week. ‘Great team’“I also have a great team around me this year. We are a nice group of girls. Going into the race I knew that Carl, my family, my team and my country believed in me, and that’s what made all the difference on the race day.” 24 April 2013 ‘My favourite climb’“However, what hadn’t changed at all was the hard, steep climb to the finish line, at the top of my favourite climb, the Mur de Huy.” Moolman-Pasio will be racing in the three-day tour in Luxembourg this coming weekend, the Festival Luxembourgeois du Cyclisme Feminin Elsy Jacobs. Moolman-Pasio felt the final climb, on the Mur de Huy, the finishing line of the Fleche Wallonne since 1983 and of the La Fleche Wallonne Feminine since 1998, was ideally suited to her. In the women’s race, it has to be climbed twice. SAinfo reporter Staying out of trouble, Moolman-Pasio made it to the final climb in good position to challenge for a podium place. Nearing the end, she was in elite company, with London Olympic road race gold medallist Marianne Vos, Swedish star Emma Johansson, sixth in the London and a silver medal winner in the Beijing Olympics, and Elisa Longo Borghini, the bronze medallist in the road race at the 2012 World Championships. Stage race successA qualified chemical engineer, she has also shown her pedigree in stage races; last year she finished in the top 10 of the Giro d’Italia Internazionale Femminile, the toughest stage race in women’s road cycling. Photo finish“Vos attacked with Borghini not far behind her, as the road levelled out. I had to use everything to come back and, as Vos took the win, I drove it to a photo finish with Borghini for second. “I don’t like to be too vocal before races, I rather let my legs do the talking,” she said afterwards. “But deep down inside I had a good feeling. Carl (Pasio, her husband) and I have been training hard together, and leading into the race my power numbers looked very good. Interviewed shortly after finishing on the podium by Sean Badenhorst, Moolman- Pasio said: “As the first South African woman to podium at a World Cup, I dedicate this achievement to all the young aspiring cyclists, particularly the young women at home in South Africa, to remind them to keep believing in themselves and in their dreams! With hard work, commitment, passion and a little bit of faith, anything is possible!” Detailing the finish, the South African star wrote: “Nervous of going too hard and blowing completely, I held back a bit on the last steep part and suddenly I found myself on the back foot. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Moolman-Pasio, who races for the Belgian-based Lotto Belisol team and is currently based in Europe, said was quietly confident heading into the race, having finished fifth in the event last year. She was elated to finish third this time around. “As my teammates finished, it was still undecided whether I was second or third, but the whole team was so excited to be on the podium, it didn’t even matter.” The tour is part of her preparation for the bigger tours that she will be contesting later in the year, the biggest of which are the Tour of Spain (Emakumeen Bira Tour) in June, the Giro d’Italia Femminile (Giro Rosa) in July and the Route de France in August.
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… chris cameron A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… As we profiled in our Never Mind the Valley series last month, New York is increasing its stronghold on the east coast startup scene. The city’s rich media and international business ecosystems make it the perfect launch pad for startups looking to leverage these markets. One other reason the city has seen successful growth of entrepreneurship is the holding company Betaworks, which shows no signs of slowing after raising $20 million from Intel, AOL, RRE Ventures and several others.It is a little harder to place a label on Betaworks compared to other similar entities that some would call incubators. The important thing to know is that Betaworks considers itself a holding company and will not only invest in companies but will hold and operate some of them as well. Having previously raised $8 million in 2008, the company has put their money to good use; Betaworks’ history includes helping start companies like Bit.ly and Chartbeat, while investing in other real-time Web apps like Tweetdeck, and helping in the sale of others like Summize, which was acquired by Twitter in 2008.Needless to say, the company seems to know which horses to bet on, which is likely the reason why several corporations and investors teamed up to refresh their capital. Along with Intel, AOL and RRE, investors Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Softbank and The New York Times Company all contributed to help Betaworks keep moving forward.The real-time Web is a trend we’ve been following very closely at ReadWriteWeb as evidenced by last fall’s Real-Time Web Summit. For startups in this space, especially those on the east coast, Betaworks is a great resource and potential investor. The new funds will not only go toward helping bolster their already impressive list of companies, but also to bringing fresh new companies on board. As with the recent $750 million raised by Battery Ventures, the large collaborative investment in Betaworks is another solid indicator of returning venture capital dollars after a lackluster 2009. Tags:#start#startups 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting
Former IPL chairman Lalit Modi has backed Sunil Gavaskar in his feud with the BCCI over alleged non-payment of dues promised to him, saying the former opener was promised Rs 4 crore per annum.Gavaskar had lashed out at the board two days ago after his demand of USD one million (Rs 5 crore) per IPL season, which he claimed was due to him for media and governing council related activities involving the IPL, was turned down by the BCCI.”A lot is being said in the news about Sunny. I just want to clarify – yes Sunny was promised the four crores a year by the BCCI for IPL,” Modi wrote on Twitter.”Yes its due to him for the years he served on the IPL Governing Council. We used his name and credibility when setting up the IPL.”Getting Sunny on board was done with the help of Mr (Sharad) Pawar – the then president of BCCI. He had negotiated the amount and I as chairman agreed,” he added.Modi, who is facing charges of financial irregularities in the IPL and is staying overseas, said Gavaskar’s role was critical for the success of IPL and to counter competition from the rival Indian Cricket League (ICL), which had got on board legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev.”When we launched IPL, ICL was headed by Kapil Dev and we needed all the more reason to have Sunny on our side. Because of Kapil’s stature ICL was snapping all the players. So it was important to counter that by bringing in Sunny. ICL was on a roll…,” he said.advertisement”ICL made the task more difficult so we had to launch a better and more superior offering to players and fans alike.Credibility was key then. IPL since has made history and will earn BCCI billions of dollars in the coming years. People like Sunny should be rewarded not crucified,” he added.Modi also took a dig at BCCI president N Srinivasan over the scrapping of the deal with broadcast rights holder Nimbus for defaulting on payments.”First Zee as Treasurer, then Kochi as secretary and now Nimbus. Resulting in thousands of crores loss…what happened to all the transparency,” he asked.
BCCI chief Jagmohan Dalmiya’s grandson Aditya was on Thursday produced before Juvenile Justice Board after he was arrested for alleged assault and threat issued to the traffic cops in Kolkata yesterday.Aditya, a 10th standard student, was returning home after his football practice session when his driver Zakir Hossain violated a traffic rule near Kalikapur on EM Bypass. The driver, who has been remanded to Judicial custody, had initially parked the vehicle in a no-parking zone that led to an intervention by Traffic Police Sergeant Sujoy Pramanik and Sub-inspector Amlan Bhattacharya.When asked to come out of the vehicle, the duo allegedly got into an altercation with the cops and Dalmiya’s grandson threatened the police officials flaunting his links and antecedents.An FIR was also lodged against them at the Garfa police station for attacking the police officials. A counter FIR was also lodged by Baishali, daughter of the BCCI chief, against the policemen for attacking the driver.