Cork killer rapist released and living in Limerick

first_imgby Andrew CareySign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up andrewTHE convicted killer and rapist who attacked Limerick gangster Ger Dundon in Wheatfield Prison, is now living in Limerick with his girlfriend – just yards from Dundon’s home on Hyde Road.29-year-old Ian Horgan, originally from Ballincollig, Cork, was released from prison last week after he was sentenced to 16 years in prison for rape, manslaughter and robbery of a young woman in 2000.Rachel Kiely (22) was a beautician and neighbour of Horgan when he raped and strangled her when he was just 16 years old. Her body was found dumped in Regional Park in Ballincollig on the outskirts of Cork city after he attacked and killed her while she was out walking her dog.Last March, Horgan attacked Ger Dundon in prison and, according to prison sources, left the Limerick convict “beaten to a pulp”.Dundon, who is serving five years for violent disorder, was involved in fight with Horgan after the Limerick mobster threatened the Cork man’s girlfriend.Prison officers intervened and the 25-year-old Limerick gang memner was hospitalised for a number of days after the savage beating.The incident is believed to be connected with Dundon’s breakup with the mother of his three children, April Collins and her new relationship with Cratloe gang rapist, Thomas O’Neill.O’Neill’s sister had been visiting Horgan for a number of months while he was in prison and it is understood he is now living with her in Limerick.Ger Dundon had been previously attacked in prison with ‘shivs’ or makeshift knives as fellow inmates were said to be rebelling against Dundon’s threats and intimidation.This Monday, Dundon, who is believed to be one the senior figures in the infamous McCarthy Dundon gang, lost his appeal against the five year prison term that he is currently serving.In February 2011, Dundon was jailed for five years at the Special Criminal Court for violent disorder in Garryowen.The court of criminal appeal dismissed his application against the severity of the sentence and Dundon was returned to prison. With remission, he could be due for release as early as next February. Advertisement Email Print Twitter NewsBreaking newsCork killer rapist released and living in LimerickBy admin – September 19, 2013 12582 center_img WhatsApp Facebook Linkedin Previous articleLimerick creche owner admits breach of safe sleep regulationsNext articleWhere’s my horse? Owner claims Garda said check Tesco adminlast_img read more

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No small change transforming payroll systems

first_img Previous Article Next Article The requirement for mandatory electronic filing of end-of-year returns couldbe seen as an imposition, but introducing e-filing for payroll systems couldtransform the way you work.  Liz HallinvestigatesThe rash of new government initiatives – such as mandatory electronic filingof end-of-year returns – combined with mounting pressure to be cost-efficient,is forcing employers to take a long hard look at how they run their payroll.The deadline for e-filing to the Inland Revenue is just overtwo years away for organisations employing more than 250 staff. Those that failto comply will face penalties of up to £3,000 on top of the existinglate-filing penalties. Meanwhile, this April brings a shake-up to working parents’schemes with changes to Statutory Maternity Pay, and the introduction ofStatutory Adoption Pay and Statutory Paternity Pay. It also sees the start ofWorking Tax Credits, and changes and hikes in National Insurance contributions.Jill Owen, exchequer manager of Liverpool University – whichemploys 4,800 staff and has responsibility for 1,200 pensioners – says:”There has been an unprecedented run of legislation all coming at once toplan in and process, which is not easy. Sometime soon there will come thestrain that breaks the camel’s back.” Kate Upcraft, policy and research manager of payroll body theInstitute of Payroll and Pensions Management (IPPM) says it is big decisiontime for businesses in terms of payroll. Do they join the ranks of Kent County Council andtelecommunications firm Cable & Wireless, which have chosen to outsourcepayroll? Do they seize the chance to buy in a new system or upgrade an existingone? Or do they opt for a shared services set-up with other non-core functions,like retailer Marks & Spencer?Upcraft, former payroll legislation manager at Marks &Spencer, believes the e-filing target is not achievable for many employers.”Many employers’ systems do not have the technological capability topresent information via the net, and a lot of our members are looking atoutsourcing or buying in new systems to support e-filing,” she says.Owen is among those employers concerned that their existingsupplier may not technologically be sufficiently on the ball to match the newlegislative requirements. Liverpool University’s supplier is a higher educationinstitution, which also supplies bespoke payroll software to seven other highereducation institutions. ”I know I am not the only payroll manager lacking inconfidence. But it would be incredibly costly to change systems, so that isvery much in the melting pot,” Owen says.IPPM’s Upcraft says: “Even with existing software, thereis a direct bottom line cost to moving to e-enablement. If you couple this withthe purchase of a new payroll system, it is extremely significant.” A growing number of organisations are deciding it is mucheasier to just hand payroll over to a third party. Debbie Monk, payroll managerat Microsoft, says: “The average payroll person now has to know so much todo payroll in-house, and more and more are saying ‘here are the starters andleavers, you do it’.” Local governmentorganisations and those in the financial services and retail sectors areshowing the most interest in outsourcing payroll and other HR services,according to a survey by Capita Payroll Services last year. The survey of 100 firms also finds that managed services –which currently takes up 45 per cent of the payroll outsourcing market – is setto grow by 15 per cent. Bureau services, which takes up another 45 per cent, islikely to stabilise, and ASP services – the remaining 10 per cent – is set togrow by 20 per cent. To meet e-filing requirements, employers must submit theirend-of-year returns (P35 and P14 forms) by internet service for PAYE, orElectronic Data Interchange (EDI) service, or by using an intermediary, such asa payroll bureau or agent. One of the early adoptersof e-filing, high street retailer WHSmith, opted to keep payroll in-house byupgrading its Cyborg system. But it still needs new software to comply with thechanges and will be stepping up its staff training. “Our system is solid and robust enough to cope, but wewill look at our internal processes, such as what data we have to collect andhow we get it onto the system,” says Yvette Lamidey, group compensationsmanager.She says that setting up e-filing was by no means painless andat times very frustrating, especially as the retailer had to deal with threeexternal points of contact: the payroll supplier, the Value Added Network (VAN)software supplier and the Inland Revenue.Since taking the electronic plunge in April 2000, WHSmith hasembraced electronic P45 and P6 forms as well as P14s – end-of-year returns. Ithas reaped tangible benefits. The total amount of work saved by using the P6message – opening and distributing the post, checking the payroll numbers andentering and checking data – is the equivalent of one full-time employee. “While I have not cut a ‘post’ per se, it certainly helpedwith reducing the need for an additional post a few years ago, and in saving onposts through natural wastage over the past 12 months,” says Lamidey.W H Smith currently uses a Value Added Network (VAN) to sendinformation to the Inland Revenue. It is now looking at ways to reduce themailbox  costs which, due to theorganisation’s high turnover, are very expensive. It would then use EDI throughits own box instead of a VAN. “It’s a business decision whether to use EDI, EDI throughan ISDN line or internet, or VAN. It depends on the individualorganisation,” says Lamidey.She says it is important to treat the exercise as a properproject, making sure sufficient resources are allocated with enough time setaside. “If you start early enough you will get payback on P45s and P6s.Yes, you will have to do work on testing P14s, but that is just a part of thepuzzle.”WHSmith is now looking at bringing in student loans and taxcredits to reduce paper handling even further. Significant benefitsScotland-based Standard Life has also seen significant benefitssince introducing electronic filing 18 months ago. It is saving noticeably onmanual resources – previously, it took about two weeks a year to input all thetax updates. It now takes around six days.The financial services company pays around 12,500 staff,including pensioners. It uses Employers’ Electronic Communication (EEC), alsoknown as EDI, to process P45s and P6s, and to electronically receive P9s – ortax code changes – from the Inland Revenue.Standard Life was able to use its existing system, Unipay, fromRebusHR. It is also well-placed to deal with imminent changes to statutorymaternity pay, paternity and adoption pay, as it already pays the latter. It isnow looking closely at how to further improve its payroll operation bystrengthening the emphasis on electronic processing, and handing overresponsibility to staff. “We want to improve procedures, looking at process mappingand what the customer is telling us, so that we can offer excellent customerservice and cut costs,” says Julie Wilson, payroll manager at StandardLife.Plans for the future include imlpementing self-service options– such as the facility for staff to update their bank details online, which isexpected to go live in the Spring – and expanding the e-filing system toinclude student loans. David Barr, head of HR operations – which encompasses payroll –says: “As we move forward, we will be making self-service the key thing sothat people have greater access to information. This will sort out lots of thecalls and letters we get, whereas now, we have to go back and manually adjustthings. We want to make the process as slick as possible.” It was this desire to give more control to staff, combined withthe need to achieve e-government goals, which led Ipswich Borough Council tointroduce a state-of-the-art system. The council, which employs 1,300 staff, has signed a £300,000deal with RebusHR to provide a fully integrated HR and payroll solution. Theseven-year project ties in with the council’s decentralised approach to peoplemanagement. “Our main objective was to take the service to employeesso they could access non-confidential information, such as payrollrecords,” says Julie Price, head of HR for Ipswich BC. “It was alsoour objective to do e-government and gradually eradicate paper.”Marks & Spencer was recently forced to rethink how it runsits payroll and other non-core functions when it moved its London headquartersfrom Baker Street to a smaller site in Paddington, which housed 1,800 staffinstead of 3,000. It had to choose between outsourcing, or keeping payrollin-house, but operating from a different location.When the retailer examined benchmarking statistics, itestablished that in terms of cost per payslip, it was one of the top fivecompanies. It also had a very good ratio of 25.5 full-time employees to 63,000static staff (110,000 staff going through payroll). Keeping payroll in-housemade the most sense. Along with other non-core parts of the business, it issetting up a 64-strong shared services division in Manchester’s Salford Quay,which goes live in September.Like so many organisations with vast workforces, M&S usesRebusHR’s tried-and-tested Unipay and Uniper systems. Sandra Carr, head of HRshared services, says: “It’s old technology, but along with Oracle, it isone of the few that can cope with such large numbers of employees.”The company also uses PIMS . But it will be using PeopleSoft’score ERP solution for its state-of-the-art HR system of the future. “The PIMS personnel management system is a really oldsystem that has a lifespan of about another 18 months. At the moment, thepayroll system is the only one true source of data, with PIMS, PeopleSoft andthe pensions system all feeding into it. However, this is not where we want tobe,” says Carr, “so we need to get PeopleSoft fullyoperational.” M&S uses PeopleSoft’s HR, Learning and Recruitment modulesat head office and its eight recruitment centres. It then has another 43 sitespicking up HR administration through the PIMS system, which it retains for itstime and attendance element, which drives and feeds payroll. “As soon as we find a time and attendance productcompatible with PeopleSoft, or if we go for their new version, it would meanthe 43 PIMS sites will no longer have to exist,” says Carr.”I think of our payroll as a Brussels Sprout, with a coreand all these bits such as legislation changes all hanging off. It all lookshellishly complicated and we need to dumb down,” she adds.Although it is early days, a growing number of companies areexploring the possibility of single international payroll applications. M&Sis currently looking at PeopleSoft’s global solution, but is waiting for moreevidence that it works well. Another player in this field is LogicaCMG, who hasbeen working closely with SAP to offer an international pay service coveringaround 38 countries. The attractions of a single international payroll solutioninclude greater economies of scale and the avoidance of managing lots ofsuppliers in different countries. In the increasingly complex minefield that ispayroll, the search is on for ultimate simplicity.                     Changing affecting payrollFrom April 2003 – National Insurance (NI) contributions will increase by an additional 1 percent on earnings above £89 a week. For senior staff, there is no longer a true annualmaximum amount of payable NI. Employees with additional directorships now haveto pay 1 per cent on all earnings, whatever the source – Child Tax Credit – paid directly to the carer replaces Children’s TaxCredit – Working Tax Credit – paid through the wage packet – replaces WorkingFamilies’ Tax Credit, Disabled Person’s Tax Credit and New Deal 50 plusEmployment Credit – Changes to Statutory Maternity Pay, and the introduction of StatutoryAdoption Pay and Statutory Paternity Pay From May 2005 – Mandatory electronic filing of end-of-year returns for employers with morethan 250 staff www.inlandrevenue.gov.ukwww.gateway.gov.uk Comments are closed. No small change transforming payroll systemsOn 11 Mar 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Interview with DNV GL: Digitalization in Oil & Gas

first_imgBartolomej Tomić, OET Editor (Left); Rob van der Spek, Digital lead Continental Europe, Middle-East and India, DNV GL Oil & Gas (right)Digitalization in the oil and gas industry was one of the most interesting topics on Wednesday during the Offshore Energy Exhibition and Conference.While people tend to think that fossil fuel companies have a lot of catching up to do, it’s worth mentioning that digitalization and technological advancements have been with the industry for years, be it using the remotely operated vehicles, sensors, deepwater drilling, or something else.However, there is always more to be done as digitalization is a broad term covering various segments of the industry. This was one of the messages one could take away from the interview with Rob van der Spek, Digital lead Continental Europe, Middle-East and India, DNV GL Oil & Gas, at Community Square of Offshore Energy Exhibition and Conference in the Amsterdam RAI.Interviewed by Offshore Energy Today, Rob van der Spek said the digitalization was not something new in the industry.Speaking ahead of the Deep Dive into Digitalization talk-show held at Community Square, Van der Spek said: “We’ve been using computers and algorithms for decades in the sector, but i think there are a couple of drivers which are really accelerating the use of computers and algorithms in the sector.”“The first one is that we see that computer capacity is abundant and against low cost, in the cloud, and is growing exponentially.”“The second driver is that we’re now loading our assets with sensors which allow us to get near real time data streams from our assets with regard to integrity and operations.”“The third driver is going mobile. We’re giving our workforce a whole set of mobile devices which allow them to be very flexible within operations.”Highlighted the importance of sharing of the available data, allowing for a better collaboration across the oil and gas sector.Things have accelerated Apart from the AI, the DNV GL director touched upon Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality.DNV GL is thinking of using the augmented reality on its own workforce to understand how we can apply it for inspection, for surveys, and other activities.“We will first ensure that our own services are being digitalized and to ensure that we provide our services in an innovative way.”“Ideally, you would like to have people on the assets really provided with a [augmented] “reality” which allows them to take all the data and information into account when they make decisions or perform the activities,” he said.VR and AR are also good for training purposes, and Van der Spek expects they will be a major driver for a much more cost efficient and effective training. It’s also a way to attract the young forces – the gaming generation – to the industry.“We have to attract new talents to the industry which might be in a kind of bad reputation and digitalization could also make it more interesting for new talents,” he said. Way in for the gaming generation Talking about how things have changed, Van Der Spek who graduated in Artificial Intelligence in 1998 – “way back” as he puts it – said: “AI has always been there. We had very expensive computers then. It took 24 hours to do a machine learning algorithm. So, it could happen that 24 hours later you had a result which was wrong and then we had to start all over again.“Basically, a whole set of techniques has been here for decades, the issue is that it’s now much more easier to apply them. They have been improving, and i think AI will be a major part of digitalization.”Van der Spek acknowledged the importance of the digital initiatives, but he also said the companies should be wary of splashing cash into it just because of the hype.Change management is also a thing to look at. Van der Spek feels this should not be overlooked, as it is important to ensure the relevant people understand the power and the added value of digitalization, and no only go with a hype.Talking about the benefits, he mentioned an example where with the help of digital technology, one of DNV GL’s clients managed to predict equipment failures on a drillship, thus cutting costs.And we all know that cost cuts, of course apart from safety, are of the utmost importance for offshore drillers these days, with some of them being forced to work below the breakeven dayrates, just to keep busy.“It’s all about the business case. The business case is uptime of our assets ensuring that they’re working 24/7. One of the main elements of the business case is how to be there just in time in terms of our inspection regimes, maintenance regimes and so on…,” Van der Spek said.Another example highlighted by Van der Spek was the use of mobile devices and drones for inspections of offshore assets, thus removing the need to send offshore workers to hazardous areas, leading to improved safety, as well as to reducing costs.center_img Big Data has been a buzzword in the past few years. However, it’s been said that there’s not a lack of big data, quite the contrary, there’s too much data and not enough capacity to analyze it. During the conference, one could hear that the oil companies don’t want just raw data, but knowledge on what to do with it and how to look at it.Asked to comment on this, Rob van der Spek acknowledged that there is an enormous amount of data coming from the operations and there’s a big hype about Big Data.“We need to use the sophisticated algorithms coming from eg. artificial intelligence to explore our data. However, we will never be able to really be creating added value without the experienced people in our industry to ensure data quality, but also to ensure that we’re not trying to find the golden nugget in the data without understanding the operations.”“We strongly believe in the power of combining the experts in our industry with the power of algorithms and machine learning,” he added. Big Hype on big data – People still importantlast_img read more

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Queen Approves Bo-Jo’s Request to Suspend Parliament Ahead of Brexit

first_imgQueen Elizabeth is approving Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s request to suspend the United Kingdom’s parliament for five weeks. In a letter to the Queen, the Prime Minister wrote that the current legislative session is too long and proroguing the parliament would help him pursue his “bold and ambitious domestic legislative agenda…” namely the “no-deal” Brexit.Opponents see the move as an attempt to make it harder for lawmakers to counter Johnson’s plans to exit to European Union before October 31st deadline.A man in a giant Boris Johnson ‘head’ digs a grave at the foot of a pretend tombstone outside Downing Street in London, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has approved the U.K. government’s request to suspend Parliament amid a growing crisis over Brexit. Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke to the queen on Wednesday to request an end to the current Parliament session in September.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)The Queen’s approval was confirmed in a statement to the Privy Council, a group of royal advisers that includes government ministers.last_img read more

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Allderdice and Westinghouse girls riding winning streaks

first_imgSHATORI WALKER-KIMBROUGH of Hopewell goes to the hoop for two of her 25 points in the Lady Vikings 61-53 win over the Blackhawk, Feb. 2. Their last win came against USO, 70-36, behind senior guard Janay Bottoms’ 20 points. They had three others in double figures on Feb 3.Westinghouse topped Langley, 49-28, in their last outing. They were led by Cassaundra Flowers’ 14 points.Perry also enjoyed a 2-0 forfeit victory from Oliver.(Follow our continuing coverage of the City League and add your comments to our website at www.newpittsburghcourieronline.com.)(Malik Vincent can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @malikvincent.) Both Allderdice and Westinghouse are riding winning streaks of seven and eight games, respectively. The Dragons, who are undefeated in the city (10-0), own the tiebreaker in the league, if they lose. But, they still have to face the Lady Bulldogs on Feb 9.last_img read more

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Venus Williams wins Dubai title for 3rd time

first_imgVenus Williams of the U.S. shakes hands with Alize Cornet of France after she beat her in the final match of Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Venus Williams won her 45th career WTA title at the Dubai Championships in an impressive 6-3, 6-0 victory over Alize Cornet of France in the final on Saturday.The 44th-ranked Williams, playing courtesy of a wild card, also won this title in 2009 and 2010. She’s won her last 15 matches in Dubai.Williams, who will move up to No. 29 in Monday’s updated rankings, last won a title at the 2012 Luxembourg tournament.“I have had a good week,” she said. “Everything is falling together.”The former world No. 1, Williams won all five of her matches this week in straight sets.“Just a lot of match toughness, mental toughness,” said Williams, when asked to explain her remarkable week of play. “When things got tough, I definitely got going this week.“If I was down break point, when push came to shove, I was pushing and shoving, I guess,” she added, laughing.The scoreline didn’t indicate how strong an effort Cornet put into the final, often matching Williams stroke by stroke, but falling short in the end.After Cornet squandered a 2-1 lead with a service break by losing the next four games, she was in tears during the changeover.“I think 6-3, 6-0 is a bit tough in an hour and 30, so I guess there was a battle on the court, but she was just better than me today,” Cornet said. “She was playing more aggressive.“She was pushing me out of the court very far from the baseline, and I didn’t play as deep as yesterday, didn’t serve as well. She deserved to win.”Williams closed out the first set on a third set point with a clean backhand winner. In the second set, it was Williams all the way.The 26th-ranked Cornet was attempting to post back-to-back wins over the Williams sisters.On Friday, Cornet scored her first career upset over a No. 1-ranked player by beating Serena Williams 6-4, 6-4 in the semifinals.“The difference between me and Serena was just I put a few more balls in the court,” Williams said.But Cornet walked away hoping if she ever had a similar opportunity to play the Williams sisters in the same tournament the result might go in her favor.“For sure, beating the Williams sisters in the same tournament would have been amazing, and maybe next time if I have the chance (I can) do it,” said Cornet, offering her only smile of the night.last_img read more

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Consider yourself at home as young talents launch Oliver! production

first_imgDonegal Youth Musical Theatre officially launched their 2019 summer production of OLIVER! this week with a thrilling musical event in An Grianan Theatre.DYMT is hailed as one of Ireland’s leading musical theatre training companies for young actors, and the recent launch proved why, as guests were given a sneak peek of the exceptional standard of their national youth cast for this year’s production. Artistic Director and Producer of DYMT, Séimí Campbell, spoke of the outstanding standard seen at their audition weekends this year, with auditionees travelling from as far as Cork, Dublin, Mayo to Belfast for the much anticipated production; “Having been on the audition panel for a number of West End shows in the past year, the talent that walked into the DYMT Casting room back in May was certainly on par to many of those young actors in London shows. “We have the talent in abundance. Our young actors just need some professional training and industry guidance to help bridge the gap to more opportunities across the pond.”Launch of DMYT’s OLIVER! 2019 production in An Grianan Theatre: Linda O’Donnell (DYMT Administration), with cast members of OLIVER! 2019; Caitlin James Rose, Eoin O’Donnell and Orlaith McGing with London based Director, Séimí Campbell.Campbell, originally from Donegal Town, is working on a number of productions in London’s West End and has recently been nominated for Best Director for his gender-blind production of DYMT’s 2018 Jesus Christ Superstar in the national Irish Musical Theatre Awards.The evening started off with performances from DYMT students including a heart warming duet of Santa Evita by two of OLIVER’s youngest cast members Eimear McTeague and Leah Herron.Artistic Director of DYMT, Séimí Campbell, along with Herta Kelly (Musical Director), Amy Jordan (Associate Choreographer) and Ethan Barron who will star in the title role of Oliver this summer with DYMT.Donegal actor, Pat Ward, then officially launched this year’s production, in a very touching speech. Séimí introduced Pat as his ‘main influence and idol growing up’, and thanked her for inspiring him to begin his journey to theatre. Pat told invited guests many little stories of the Director’s early life and career, and encouraged all actors present to also follow their dreams, and achieve all that they possibly want in the arts. After a few subtle hints on his adaptation of OLIVER! Séimí then introduced three of this year’s leading roles to take to the stage to perform a preview of three songs from the show. Nancy (played by Anna Gallagher), Dodger (played by Sadbh NiBreathnach) and Oliver (played by Ethan Barron) presented a highly clever and witty ‘I’d do Anything’, followed by the tear-jerker ‘As Long as he Needs Me’ by Anna Gallagher (who starred as Judas in DYMT’s gender blind adaptation of JCS last year) and then, the sweetest and purest of vocals from Ethan Barron in ‘Where is Love?’Anna Gallagher (Nancy) performing at the Official Launch of OLIVER!The preview showcased the exceptional talent that DYMT, and our country, has to offer in youth musical theatre; setting incredible expectations for this revival and great promise for professional musical theatre in Ireland.The select cast of Ireland’s finest young actors will begin rehearsals in late July 2019, and rehearse intensively for three weeks under the tuition and direction of some of the industry’s finest Creative Team from the West End and all across Ireland. Joining West End Director, Séimí Campbell, is DYMT’s Resident Musical Director, Herta Kelly, West End Choreographer (Once the Musical) Jennifer Rooney, Acting coach (Broadway’s Tony Winning ‘The Ferryman’ and ‘Les Miserables’ movie star) Fra Fee, international vocal coach (vocal coach to Bono, The Script, Hozier) Tine Verbeke, Associate Choreographer Amy Jordan and Designer (Abbey Theatre) Sinead O’Donnell Carey. All roads lead to Donegal this summer.Tickets are now on sale from An Grianan Theatre Box Office, or online at www.angrianan.com. With both DYMT’s Phantom of the Opera and Jesus Christ Superstar selling out well in advance of Opening Night, book your tickets now for what is to be the most anticipated show of the year. DYMT’s Reimagined Revival of OLIVER! runs from Tuesday 13th to Saturday 17th August 2019. Consider yourself at home as young talents launch Oliver! production was last modified: June 14th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:dmytOliverlast_img read more

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African team impresses at Tour de France

first_img27 July 2015Team MTN-Qhubeka, the first Africa-based trade team to take part in the Tour de France, has finished fifth at the end of the gruelling three-week race. While Kenyan-born Englishman Chris Froome was the overall winner for his Team Sky, Team MTN-Qhubeka’s Edvald Boasson Hagen sprinted to grab fourth place in the final stage along Paris’s Champs Elysees. Serge Pauwels was the best overall rider for Team MTN-Qhubeka, finishing 13th overall.The team’s maiden tour was an outstanding one; they impressed with top 10 placings in 14 stages, including seven top five finishes and a memorable stage win – appropriately on Mandela Day – by Steve Cummings, through one of several gruelling mountain stages. Fellow team rider Daniel Teklehaimanot from Eritrea became the first African to wear the polka dot King of the Mountain jersey during stages six to nine.At the finish, Team MTN-Qhubeka thanked all their fans from Africa and across the world for the support. “We would dearly love to thank everyone: fans, media, fellow competitors, the ASO [Amaury Sport Organisation] and all of our partners for the amazing support we have received over these last three weeks. You were all a part of history,” a team representative told EWN yesterday at the finish in Paris.Team MTN-Qhubeka went professional as a continental team in 2008, and features riders from Africa, Europe and Australia, as well eight of South Africa’s best competitive cyclists. The team have spent the last few years promoting cycling throughout Africa, with several impressive performances in races in Rwanda, Namibia and South Africa. They have also participated in the Tour de Korea and Britain in 2013 in preparation for their first Tour de France.The riders are also actively involved in promoting the #BicyclesChangeLives, an initiative to provide bicycles to students across Africa, giving them the opportunity for better access to education and to create their own path in life.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Hair Tools 2 Waved Grips Brown, She said they are better quality than she has had before and held her

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Daily business records offer numerous benefits

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Leisa Boley Hellwarth, a dairy farmer and attorney near CelinaThey say the older you are the faster time flies. Given that it is now 2019, I am not exactly feeling like a spring chicken. Where did 2018 go? And why are milk prices still so low?Since we are starting a new year, it seems appropriate to discuss one practice that should be implemented by every farm or business, if they are not already doing it. Create a daily business record that includes basic information of what transpired that day. For instance, what vendors visited the farm? Were there any major purchases? What activities took place? What was the weather like? Did anything significant happen with the livestock or crops?This record can be handwritten or on the computer; it makes no difference. Choose a method that is convenient and conducive to completing on a daily basis. The important aspect of this is that it becomes a daily business activity, every single day. It need not take significant time; it does need to contain sufficient details.Now I am fully aware that no one farming has extra time to spend drafting notes about the day’s events. So now she wants me to keep a diary? Farmers, however, have even less time to spend in court, and those who are prepared for litigation are much less likely to ever participate. A a daily business record levels the playing field in the event the farm or business ends up in court.Anyone who ever watched a legal drama at the movies or on television knows about the hearsay rule of evidence. Hearsay is an out of court statement offered for the truth of the matter asserted. And hearsay is not admissible in court under the Federal Rules of Evidence or similar state court rules. A document is inadmissible hearsay unless it qualifies as an exclusion or exception to the hearsay rule. The business record exception to the hearsay rule is based on Rule 803 (6) of the Federal Rules of Evidence, so long as the business record meets the following criteria, daily business records should be admitted both under Ohio law and federal law.The record must be one recorded regularly in a regularly-conducted activityA person with knowledge of the act, event or condition recorded must have made the recordIt must have been recorded at or near the time of the act, event or condition; andThe party who seeks to introduce the record must lay a foundation through testimony of the record custodian or some other witness.That sounds nice and legal, but why bother? Think about potential issues farmers face regarding manure and fertilizer and potential charges by various governmental entities. Even the best managers can have accidents. I can assure you the report made by the government will likely be admitted under a similar hearsay rule exception for public records or as their daily business record. So long as the farmer regularly documents daily happenings on the farm, the farmer’s records should also be admitted under the business records exception to the hearsay rule. And I can assure you the farmer’s version will be significantly different from the government’s. Remember the scales of justice? The party who prevails in a legal action is usually the one with more evidence that tips the scales in their favor.Anyone with a farm knows there are multiple potential legal issues that could involve their operation. The daily business record would be useful in almost any scenario that could arise.As a practical matter, having documentation about the farming operation in chronological order can be useful. Even the best suppliers can make mistakes on statements and invoices. A handy reference of what was delivered to the farm and when can make review and verification of end of month documents easier.When creating a daily business record, make it a useful document for your operation that does not take long to produce. If you are a computer person, use technology. If you like pen and paper, there is nothing wrong with a small journal that you record the day’s events in. Every farm is different, so the daily business record will be what works for that operation. We live in a time when there is excessive data available. It is just wise to create your own to protect your farm.The Canadian researcher and inventor, Steve Mann said it best. “What I argue is that if I’m going to be held accountable for my actions that I should be allowed to record…my actions. Especially if somebody is keeping a record of my actions.”Here’s wishing you high commodity prices and lots of positive events to record in 2019!last_img read more

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