New legislation introduced could spark job losses

first_imgHomepage BannerNews By News Highland – December 8, 2017 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter Facebook Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Facebook New employment legislation announced by the Government could lead to redundancies in several industry sectors in the North WestThat’s according to HR Team Director, Martina McAuley who says employers are now faced with a ‘rob Peter to pay Paul’ situation.The legislation introduces significant improvements to employee protection but provisions for the review on minimum hours contracts will result in significant restructuring for many businesses.Ms McAuley says the hospitality and retail sectors will be most affected:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/mcauley.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ WhatsApp WhatsAppcenter_img Twitter Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR New legislation introduced could spark job losses News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ Previous articleHarkin and McCourt re-sign for Finn HarpsNext article€35,000 announced for Arranmore and Cloughaneely News Highland DL Debate – 24/05/21 Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

Question over quality as rain delays wheat harvest

first_imgRecent rainfall has delayed the UK harvest, with over 40% still to come in and the quality of the wheat now in question.Meanwhile in the Ukraine, discussions by the Government as to whether to limit wheat exports for the rest of the year have been put on hold, according to news service APK-Inform Information.Alex Waugh, director general of the National Association of British and Irish Millers, said the wet weather had really slowed down the UK harvest, but added it was too early to say whether it had affected quality.Lewis Wright, wheat director, ADM Milling, said: “Recent rains are delaying UK and German harvests, with 40% still uncut and raising concerns over crop quality. This, coupled with the reduced yield of this year’s crop, means that supply and demand is very finely balanced, leading to daily volatility in the market.”Although wheat prices are still high, they have now stabilised. “Following the highest rise in UK November feed wheat future prices seen since 2007, the market has now stabilised to an average price of £150/t,” he added.Wright said the German crop would have a greater percentage of feed wheat this season, which had increased their milling premiums for bread-making quality wheat. “This has led to UK wheat exports being very competitive into Northern Europe, with good demand for UK bread wheat. The cash price for UK wheat is now at its highest level of the year.”Gary Sharkey, head of wheat procurement at Rank Hovis, said Pakistan is thought to have at least 0.5m tonnes of wheat held in stores now under water, which, along with the export ban in Russia and the discussions around a potential export restriction in the Ukraine, has been holding world wheat prices up, with UK prices following. “However, the biggest issue (in the UK) is the quality of wheat that’s still in the field. We may start to see some sprouted growth, which would render it unfit for bread-making.”David Wright, Wright’s Flour, commented: “The wheat left does not need any more rain or there will be doubts on Hagberg falling numbers. The poor weather has helped fuel further upwards movements on wheat prices, due to increasing premiums, particularly on the quality wheats.”>>Rank Hovis raises flour price due to global factors>>Latest wheat price rise could impact flour costslast_img read more

NFL Week 1 picks: 49ers post upset; Raiders get fans more upset

first_img(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)The NFL is back, and so are my weekly picks. Let’s improve on last season’s record (166-90) by starting with these Week 1 locks:Falcons 31, Eagles 24: NFL researchers say defending Super Bowl champs are 42-9-1 to open their ensuing season. Make it 42-10-1. Line: Falcons +149ers 23, Vikings 20: It’s another Minneapolis Miracle, only this time the distracted Vikings are on the losing end of a late stunner. Jimmy …last_img

Joe Lacob on Kevin Durant: ‘No player will ever wear #35 for the Warriors again’

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device The Warriors found no reason to chastise Kevin Durant for refusing a max contract and an ability to win more NBA championships. Instead, the Warriors thanked Durant for helping the Warriors two NBA Finals in the past three years with two Finals MVP performances.Warriors majority owner Joe Lacob also outlined another gesture.“As long as I am Co-Chairman of this team, no player will ever wear #35 for the Warriors …last_img

10 months agoWest Ham fear Wilshere facing more surgery

first_imgAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say West Ham fear Wilshere facing more surgeryby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham have lost Jack Wilshere for another five weeks due to injury.The Mirror says the midfielder is struggling with the latest in a long line of ankle problems that the club believed would only need a few weeks’ rest.Wilshere has instead been ruled out for the entire festive period, with the Hammers worried he could need yet another operation.The club already have midfielder Manuel Lanzini out with a severe knee injury suffered on international duty ahead of the World Cup finals. Despite suggestions he could be back in February, the Argentinean playmaker could miss the rest of the season. last_img

10 months agoMan Utd striker Lukaku: Solskjaer style benefits me

first_imgMan Utd striker Lukaku: Solskjaer style benefits meby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United striker Romelu Lukaku says he’s working closely with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Lukaku scored in the FA Cup win over Reading.He told MUTV: “I take it one day at a time, work as hard as I can and help the team.”I am really happy and try to improve along the way.”He [Solskjaer] helps us a lot in the training when we’re doing finishing practice with things like how to strike the ball, how to move away from the ball.”The way he wants us to play really benefits me because he wants me to be in positions where I want to be.”He understands what type of striker you are and plays to your strength.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Confident Mark Hughes looking forward to Newcastle test

first_imgSouthampton manager Mark Hughes is confident this team can build on their last weekend performance at Bournemouth as they prepare to face Newcastle on Saturday.Mark Hughes was impressed with Southampton’s last weekend performance despite their goalless draw result at Bournemouth.On Saturday, they will host struggling Newcastle United at the St Mary’s Stadium, and Mark Hughes will be hoping to compound their woes and also build on their impressive performance from last weekend.“It’s been a good week,” Hughes said on The Saints website.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I think we had a lot of confidence from how we played.“The disappointment on the day clearly was that we didn’t take the chances that we created because they were good chances – chances that we need to take if we’re going to get the points that we feel our performances deserve. So that was the only negative.“In terms of the performance, I thought it was really good, really accomplished. Everybody understood what we needed to do to stop Bournemouth really getting into a frame of mind or a mindset that they were going to play really well.“I think we frustrated them. Not by being negative, but just by virtue of our game plan and being on the front foot and being positive in what we were doing, so on the day I thought we were the better team.”last_img read more

Son Heungmin returns to South Korea for Asia Cup

first_imgTottenham have announced that Son Heung-min has been called up to the South Korea squad for next month’s Asian CupThe 26-year-old forward will travel to the United Arab Emirates between January 5 and February 1 for the tournament.But Spurs did add that on the club website that Son will skip two of South Korea’s group games at the Asian Cup and will, therefore, remain available for them.The games Son will miss for South Korea will be against the Philippines and Kyrgyzstan in Group C.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.But the former Bayer Leverkusen star will be available for Spurs’ Premier League showdown against Manchester United on January 13.Although doubts remain over Son’s participation in Spurs’ second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge later that month.The Korean scored the opening goal for Spurs on Wednesday night in their 2-0 win over rivals Arsenal to book their spot in the last four.Son had captained South Korea to glory at the Asian Games earlier this year, which means he no longer is required to return to his homeland to do national service.last_img read more

Planning considering new application of 12storey resort wants public opinions

first_img Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech  11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’ Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Apr 2015 – The second major move is to have a 12 storey resort constructed in the Leeward area of Provo but an online campaign is now launched among the near 4,000 members of Speak Your Mind TCI on Facebook and it is asking for people to express themselves on the development. Again, this after the PNP Administration said it had a strategic consultation exercise and gained wide acceptance of the notion. Now, the Gazette is telling a new story as the Planning Department is seeking representations on the proposed resort; the Gazette is calling it a revised application submitted on behalf of Sunset Point Development Ltd. Planning says “Anyone wishing to make representations concerning this application may do so in writing to the Director of Planning, South Base, Grand Turk, or through the Department of Planning, Downtown, Town Center Mall, Providenciales, within 28 days of publication of this notice.” Among other things 250 rooms are proposed, reception and conference building, spa building, gym, retail stores and three restaurants. Deadline to respond is the first week of May. Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unite Related Items:12 story, planning, pnp, speak your mind TCI, sunset point development Recommended for you TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memeslast_img read more

157 Caicos Pine Saplings Added to Diamond Jubilee Pineyard Pine Cay

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, August 24, 2017 – Pine Cay – Caicos pine, the National Tree of the Turks and Caicos Islands, received a well-needed population boost on Pine Cay last week through collaborative efforts of the Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR), Department of Agriculture, Meridian Club at Pine Cay, and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (RBG Kew).The fourth planting of Caicos pine (also called Caribbean pine) saplings, grown in the Caicos Pine Recovery Project (CPRP)nursery on North Caicos, saw 157 young trees between 2 and 5 feet tall transported to Pine Cay and planted in the Diamond Jubilee Pineyard.    Established in May 2012 during the Diamond Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II and coinciding with the International Day of Biological Diversity, the restoration habitat now boasts over 400 healthy young saplings – which should soon begin bearing their own seeds.   Caicos pine trees have been carefully tended in DECR’s CPRP nursery since 2009, following wild collection of seeds and a carefully-executed custom-made seed sowing protocol by Junel Blaise, Nursery and Maintenance Officer.Blaise, along with supervisor Bryan Naqqi Manco, DECR’s Terrestrial Ecologist/ Environmental Officer, together manage the nursery with over 500 pine trees and upwards of 50 species of native plants, and tend to the ten miles of firebreaks and trails on over 1000 acres of pineyard, a critical habitat in North and Middle Caicos and Pine Cay.Caicos pine’s population was reduced by 95% across TCI by the introduction of the invasive pine tortoise scale insect, but Pine Cay’s population has survived better than those on North and Middle Caicos.   The Diamond Jubilee Pineyard gives DECR and RBG Kew scientists a better understanding of successful methods towards the restoration of this globally imperiled ecosystem and a historically unique part of TCI’s natural and cultural heritage.Karen Preikschat, Assistant Resort Manager of the Meridian Club, stated,  “I spent a very informative 1 ½ hours touring the control site and planting site on Pine Cay with Bryan Naqqi Manco.    Bryan took his time explaining the procedure that would be completed this week here on Pine Cay.   One of the most interesting facts I learned that the 157 trees that were planted were germinated from seeds from the Pine Cay trees.   I also learned how important controlled burning is for the survival of the Caribbean Pine.   I believe we need to take a closer look at the trees, shrubs and flowers that we import from other countries which are carrying pests that are endangering our local flora.”CPRP staff members met with the Wildlife Management International team working on the Saving the Iguana Islands project, and agreed that it will be very interesting to see how recovering Turks and Caicos rock iguanas interacts with the recovering Caicos pine ecosystem.   In no other place does the endemic rock iguana naturally inhabit pineyard habitat, but with successful recovery techniques, Pine Cay’s historically natural ecosystem should become more intact.Originally supported by the TC I Government’s Conservation Fund, later grants from the Overseas Territories Environment Programme and Darwin Plus funds kept the Caicos Pine Recovery Project well-funded until 2016.   The project is now supported with staff and transportation from DECR, but currently has no regular recurrent funding.Following this outplanting event, the CPRP nursery has plenty of room to plant more seeds, which will grow into saplings that can be planted out in about three years.   The 200+ trees remaining in the nursery are from North and Middle Caicos populations, which are genetically different from Pine Cay’s trees.   They will be planted in the seed orchard at the Kew Agricultural Station (Government Farm) and hopefully on some protected sites on Middle Caicos soon.Photo: DECR Nursery and Field Officer Junel “Flash” Blaise plants a Caicos pine sapling in the Diamond Jubilee Pineyard on Pine Cay to facilitate habitat restoration.Press Release: TCIG Related Items:last_img read more