‘Whistleblower’ protests outside company which let her go

first_imgEmail Twitter Previous articleStrong element of organised crime in sex industryNext articleLimerick Permanent TSB jobs saved admin WhatsApp Linkedin “I was called in and told I was being suspended from the nursing home for the comfort of the client,” she told the Limerick Post.Ms Barry contacted Employment Rights Officer, Frank McDonald, who said: “I told the company they couldn’t suspend her when she had done nothing wrong. Besides which, they had followed no procedure, no warnings of any kind. When I told them that the suspension was illegal, they said they had used the wrong words, that she was actually being laid off”. The company offered a number of alternative hours but, “there was no way I could do them without getting childcare which I couldn’t afford and there were too few hours.”Ms Barry and Mr McDonald asked the company to take part in an hearing with a rights commissioner, but they declined.‘They are entitled to do that so we are considering gong to the Labour Court,” Mr McDonald said.In the meantime, the laid-off worker says “I want justice. I’ve lost my job because I did the right thing and now I’m at the loss of my wages. I want people to know this has happened,” she said.After the Limerick Post first printed her story in May, this newspaper was contacted by an officer of the National Employment Rights Authority, who was in turn put in contact with the whistleblower.A spokesperson for the company said: “We are aware of Ms Barry’s claims, and are dealing with the matter through the appropriate mechanisms”.Lisa Barry protesting outside Xcel Xecutive Cleaners Ltd, John’s Gate, with from left; Frank McDonnell, Limerck Resource Centre, her daughter Ali, partner Damion Mansfield and Cormac Ronan. Facebook NewsLocal News‘Whistleblower’ protests outside company which let her goBy admin – July 26, 2012 1167 A CONTRACT cleaner who claims she lost her job because she reported an incident of elder abuse, staged a protest outside her former employer’s office this week. Lisa Barry claims she was effectively fired after reporting an alleged incident in which a staff member at a Limerick nursing home caught an 80-year old woman by the arm and threw her into a chair, as reported in the Limerick Post in May. The lone parent has not worked since she lost her job with the city-centre based Xcel Xecutive Cleaners Ltd. earlier this year.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Advertisement Printlast_img read more

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Global influence

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaThey’ve changed how and where people live. They influence law and how people are governed. And as freer global trade forces the world into closer contact, plant diseases will continue to play a major role, says a University of Georgia expert.By knowing a little history and how these diseases shape society now, we can prevent them from misshaping our future, says Ron Walcott, a plant pathologist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.”Plant diseases in some way have affected virtually everyone in the world,” said Walcott, who teaches a UGA course in Athens, Ga., on the relationship between plant diseases and society.Sparks lawFor example, he said, a nasty, unnoticed Asian pathogen caused a disease that virtually wiped out the American chestnut tree around the turn of the 20th century. The pathogen found its way into the country through normal trade.Until then, American chestnut trees were common nut-bearing trees all over the United States. They haven’t recovered. “Chestnut blight is still here,” Walcott said.As a result of the disease, though, the Plant Protection and Quarantine Act of 1912 was enacted.Sparks migrationsPlant diseases have contributed to massive human migrations. And some say they’ve played a major role in regulating human populations, Walcott said.The most classic case of these mass migrations, he said, can be attributed to a potato disease that ravaged Ireland in 1845. At that time, the potato was the dominant food source for an Irish population that was growing out of control.Because so much could be grown on few acres, the average Irish man ate about 12 pounds of potatoes each day. “They also produced corn, pigs and other agriculture products,” he said. “But these products were used to pay the rent on the land and exported. Potato was by far the major food source.”A growing population that depends on one type of food spells trouble. Ideal weather conditions allowed a fungus to wipe out the Irish potato crop, causing an immediate famine and exodus. (Many of those Irish immigrants landed in Georgia.)But it wasn’t just the famine that caused the great Irish exodus. Due to superstition and an ignorance of plant diseases at the time, Walcott said, many thought they could do nothing else but leave.A plant disease caused a less known, but some say much worse, famine and exodus in India during World War II, he said.India wanted independence from Britain at the time. Tensions were high. Then Japan, Britain’s war enemy, began to advance on the region.The main food source for the Bengal region of India was rice. But a rice disease wiped out the crop. Coupled with war tensions, the disease contributed to the death or exodus of 2 million to 4 million Indians, he said.Sparks debate over rightsPlant diseases still affect us. One disease has sparked a debate over basic citizens’ rights in Florida.Citrus canker has badgered the Florida citrus industry since 1910. There is no cure. It was thought to be eradicated several times, only to come back stronger, most recently in 1995.To combat the spread, the state government, by law, can remove and destroy suspect trees from private property. This has upset many, particularly around the Miami citrus-growing area.”This disease has really brought to the fore, constitutionally, what right the government has to take over personal property for the greater good of the society,” he said.Walcott’s research focuses mainly on the understanding, causes and prevention of seed-borne diseases. He centers on a watermelon disease that has upset relations and caused lawsuits between seed companies and growers in South Carolina, Florida and Georgia.The most efficient way diseases can travel is through seed. Georgia farmers get much of their seed for crops from out-of-state.last_img read more

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Hurling relegation deciders in county tomorrow

first_imgThere are two County Senior Hurling relegation games down for decision tomorrow.Moneygall and Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams lock horns in Templetuohy – that throws in at 1.30.There’s a change of venue for the game between Moyne Templetuohy and Silvermines – that now goes ahead at 4 o’clock tomorrow in Clonoulty.last_img

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Sunfest 2020 Lineup Unveiled

first_imgThe SunFest 2020 music and art festival along the West Palm Beach Waterfront April 30 – May 3, 2020. There are three stages that will host almost 50 bands over the four day event.The national headliners scheduled to perform on the Ford, Tire Kingdom and Airtab stages include:Cage The ElephantDarius RuckerIlleniumSlightly StoopidA Boogie Wit Da HoodieAdam LambertAJRJJ Grey & MofroJuanesKevin Gates+Live+Melissa EtheridgeNellyNe-YoThe RevivalistsSean PaulTower Of PowerscarypoolpartyAngie RoseBailey BryanThe BonfyreBrandon “Taz” NiederauerBre KennedyChildish MajorColony HouseJazz CartierJo Mersa MarleyLarry FleetMaggie KoernerMagnolia BoulevardThe Main SqueezeRic WilsonSouthern AvenueWilliam BlackPeter DoneganLeo Aether“It’s exciting when we get to announce the line-up and bring attention to the upcoming festival,” SunFest Executive Director Paul Jamieson told WPTV. “We aim to present national and local artists who appeal across generations and musical tastes. SunFest has become a very unique time of year that brings people from all walks of life and of all ages together in a perfect setting. That, as much as music, is what makes SunFest so special. For many people SunFest is more than an event, it’s a state of mind.”Buy your tickets before Friday, Feb. 28 to get the deepest discount. A four-day pass is 483, a two-day pass is $65, and a one-day pass is $40.last_img read more

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Champions ‘Rise Above’ again at All-Star Classic

first_imgCLASSIC MVP—D.J. Boyce of Gateway receives the Most Valuable Player Award from Coach Bruce Schifino. Follow @NewPghCourier on Twitter https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hl Champion Enterprises joined forces with Chuck Saunders Charities, Highmark, Penn Avenue McDonald’s, Judge Dwayne Woodruff, Sheriff William P. Mullen, William F. Goodrich, Esquire and John P. Goodrich, Esquire and the Penn Hills Democratic Committee to present the 38th Annual Pittsburgh City League versus WPIAL Boys and Girls High School All-Star Basketball Classic, the longest running high school all-star game in Western Pa.The event, showcasing the area’s best basketball talent, was held at the new and magnificent Penn Hills High School and also featured the top middle school boys and girls in the early day tournament.The games were attended by more than 1,000 people  including coaches from 27 Pennsylvania colleges. To date, seven participating students have received scholarship offers.The day also featured the Penn Hills ROTC, the national anthem sung by Sheryl Sesay, a recent contestant on “The Voice,” trophies, t-shirts, uniforms, certificates to all participants and a breathtaking martial arts demonstration by former world champion kick boxer, Jacquet Bazemore. The All Star Basketball Classic featured top seniors from the City League and the WPIAL. The college bound seniors not only played a championship game but also competed in a three point and slam dunk competition.last_img read more

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Mallard’s Team of the Week — KVR Gilnockie Ruttin Bucks

first_imgThe KVR Gilnockie Ruttin Bucks are back in the winner’s circle as Western Pond Hockey champs after posting a 27-16 win in the 2011 final Sunday in Rossland as part of the Winter Carnival. The Bucks, winners of the inaugural tournament in 2008, put a licking on the Top Shelf Construction team to to claim the title.Staff and management at Mallard’s Source For Sports would like to salute Ruttin Bucks with Team of the Week honours.The members of the team include, back row, L-R, Balfour’s Derek Diener, Peter Sheets of Trail and Aaron Shrieves of Nelson.Front, Dion Resicini and Shane Glover  of Castlegar and Nelson’s Jarod Seminoff.last_img read more

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OPINION: Three more reasons to love the Canucks

first_imgReason number three, Trevor Linden and the NHL Players’ Association.Trevor Linden is regarded as a Vancouver Canucks hero.  In 2008, his jersey was retired as a symbol of how meaningful his career as a Vancouver Canuck has been to the fans and franchise.  Linden not only led the Canucks to game seven in the Stanley Cup Finals with a work ethic that legends are made of, he also worked on behalf of all players in the NHL Players’ Association.In the two countries where NHL teams are located, the U.S. (24 teams) and Canada (6 teams), the disparity between the rich and poor is growing considerably.  Right now in the U.S., the top one-hundredth of one percent make an average of $27 million per household, while the average income for the bottom 90 percent is $31,244 (6).  Similarly, within the past 12 years in Canada, there’s been a 444 per cent salary increase for the country’s top CEOs.  The top 10 earners collected $330.3 million in 2007 from $60.7 million in 1995 (7).Hockey players go on the ice every night and give 100% for their teammates, their communities, and the millions of fans that look up to and draw inspiration from them.  Just like working class women and men, hockey players deserve a fair wage. Trevor Linden’s work on behalf of NHL players in the NHL Players’ Association is tantamount to his work on-ice as the Canuck’s captain.  During the 2004-05 NHL lockout, Linden worked tirelessly to ensure a fair deal between players and the owners was reached.  As the disparity between the rich and poor continues to grow, we can look to the hard work of the Vancouver Canuck hero Trevor Linden as an inspiration to work towards a more egalitarian society, where wealth is more evenly distributed. The work of these players off the ice, compounded with their hard work, skills and determination demonstrated on the ice, gives us even more reason to celebrate the Vancouver Canucks.  For their work with international solidarity, sick children, collective bargaining, positioning, passing, hitting, saving, and scoring, we have many reasons to love the Vancouver Canucks.Michael Scott is an activist and blogger from Robson, BC. This article originally appeared in his blog.References:1.  http://yvesengler.com/2010/10/20/un-vote-reveals-what-world-thinks-of-ca…2.  http://www.thehockeynews.com/articles/34464-THNcom-Blog-Hamhuis-hopes-people-dont-forget-about-Haiti.html3.http://www.theprovince.com/business/shamed+global+stage+legislated+poverty/3921119/story.html4. http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/ph-sp/determinants/determinants-eng.php#income5. http://www.theprovince.com/sports/sedins+donate+million+toward+children+…6. http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/02/income-inequality-in-america-chart-graph7. http://www2.macleans.ca/2009/05/01/the-rising-salaries-of-canadas-top-50…8. http://bcchf.wordpress.com/2010/03/11/bc-childrens-scores-a-goal-with-the-help-of-the-sedins/9.  http://canucks.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=453227 As I write this, the Vancouver Canucks are in the number one spot in the National Hockey League (NHL).  Canucks forward Daniel Sedin currently has the most points in the league, and his twin brother Henrik has the third most points (Henrik won the Hart Trophy for most points in the NHL last season).  The Sedins are not the only reason why many feel the Canucks have a great shot at the coveted Stanley Cup this season, the Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo is fresh off leading Team Canada to a gold medal in Vancouver last year, and continues to have an extraordinary winning record.  With the additions of Keith Ballard and Dan Hamhuis, the depth of the Canucks defense is impressive.  Also, the Sedin brothers are not the only forwards finding the back of the net: many forwards, including Ryan Kesler, are having an outstanding season.There is no question about it, the Vancouver Canucks are an exciting team to watch this season based solely on their on-ice achievements.  However, I am going to give fans of hockey and social justice three more reasons to love the Vancouver Canucks.Reason number one, Dan Hamhuis and Haiti.In 2004, Canada helped back a coup against Haiti’s democratically elected President, Jean-Bertrand Aristide.  This was an unfortunate decision, as it helped to further destabilize Haiti politically, instead of allowing Haiti to address the country’s immense poverty (Haiti is the second poorest country in the western hemisphere). Thus, on January 12, 2010, when a massive earthquake struck Haiti, the country suffered greatly due to the magnitude of the natural earthquake, as well as the country’s political turmoil and extensive poverty.Again, Canadian politicians were offside in responding to Haiti’s plight.  Instead of sending emergency rescue teams trained to deal with disasters like earthquakes, Canada militarized its aid to Haiti.  If I was ever trapped under a building, I would want an expert in search and rescue, backed by acute health care professionals sent to help me, not experts in hand to hand combat and the use of firearms (1).  Thus, when the Vancouver Canucks’ Dan Hamhuis visited Haiti in June 2010, half a year after the earthquake, the country was still in ruins (2). Unlike the armed soldiers Canada sent to Haiti, Dan Hamhuis went to Haiti armed with sports equipment donated by local stores from his home town of Smithers, BC; Hamhuis went down with an open mind and a good heart to show solidarity with the Haitian peoples and to raise awareness to their ongoing struggle.  Canadian politicians can learn a lot from the Vancouver Canucks blue liner, Dan Hamhuis.Reason number two, the Sedin brothers and Vancouver Children’s Hospital.Vancouver is world-renowned.  It consistently gets voted one of the world’s most livable cities.  Nevertheless, Vancouver has its problems.  It is the largest city in the province of British Columbia and BC has the country’s highest child poverty rate (one out of every ten children live in poverty) and the lowest minimum wage in the country: $8 and it hasn’t increased in ten years (3).Health Canada states that income is the number one determinant of health (4), as such, one out of every ten children in BC have the odds stacked against them for maintaining good health status; however, where the politicians and policy makers of British Columbia have failed the children of BC, good people like the Sedin brothers have helped.In March 2010, Daniel and Henrik donated $1.5 million dollars towards the new B.C. Children’s Hospital (5).  This money was donated quietly, with not too many people knowing about it (there was no “Sedin action plan” sign plastered for all to see following the donation).The Sedins came to Vancouver ten years ago, and they have ignited the province on and off the ice.  On the other hand, the province’s politicians have stagnated the minimum wage for ten years, compromising the health of the province’s people, including children.  BC politicians and employers can learn a lot from the compassion of the Vancouver Canucks elite forwards, Daniel and Henrik Sedin.last_img read more

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Leafs make a few tweaks as Junior teams set rosters for stretch run

first_imgNothing earth shattering generally happens at the BC Hockey January 10 roster deadline.Which came and went with the Nelson Leafs making a few tweaks to the roster as the team begins its run to the regular season finish line in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.last_img

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Julia Roberts And Olivia Munn To Be Honored At 40th Anniversary Gracies

first_imgOver the past 40 years, the Alliance for Women In Media Foundation (AWMF) has annually honored exemplary women and men in the media and entertainment industry – individuals who are pioneers in their respective fields and lead by example.This year’s 40th Anniversary Gracies Awards, in support of the AWMF’s many educational programs, charitable activities, public service and scholarship campaigns that benefit women in media, is being held on Tuesday, May 19 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.The evening will honor such luminaries as Julia Roberts, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Olivia Munn, and Mae Whitman, among many others. Additionally, AWMF will bestow Cicely Tyson with the Lifetime Achievement Award for her groundbreaking work, giving a voice to women in film and television for more than 60 years. Local market, public, digital and student award winners will be recognized at the Gracies Awards Luncheon on June 22 in New York.Kristen Welch, Alliance for Women in Media Foundation Chair, said in making the announcement, “Though we receive hundreds of submissions from all over the country every year, it never ceases to amaze us of all the great work that has been done to further highlight women in media. We are thrilled to honor such smart, thoughtful and inspirational individuals, organizations and programming this year.”The evening will showcase the strides women have made in media throughout the past 40 years and celebrate the bold new trails women are blazing for tomorrow. This year’s national radio, TV and digital Gracies Award honorees can be found here.last_img read more

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Calgarybased clothing store wants girls to have a healthy relationship with fashion

center_img Advertisement Login/Register With: Sometimes the staff at Triple Flip, a Calgary-based, cross-Canada tween-girls clothing chain, has to go right into the change rooms to fight back against bullying. They have the heartbreaking challenge of soothing teary 9-year-olds lamenting the lack of “thigh gap” in their back-to-school leggings.“There are so many delicate issues in fashion for this age group. What you say to girls matters,” says Linda Maslechko, the Triple Flip founder and CEO whose mission is to build healthy relationships with fashion one 9-year-old at a time. “Parents, sales people, other girls. It all matters. This is the age when young girls are learning how to look at themselves, to make their own choices about clothes, to articulate who they are.”Add in some dodgy societal messaging and you have a body shaming stew. Advertisementlast_img read more

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