Deputy Charlie McConalogue, says the Minister for Education needs to live up to his own promises for school secretaries.He said “Last night, talks at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) failed and representatives of school secretaries in Donegal announced a one-day strike followed by a work to rule to commence in January – this is far from the pathway to a resolution that the Minister promised.“It is deeply disappointing that talks at the WRC have ended without a positive resolution. The proposals put forward do not address the fundamental problem. School secretaries doing the very same job can be on vastly different wages and have vastly different entitlements based on who they are employed by.”: He added the current position for school secretaries across Donegal, and nationwide, is entirely unfair.He said “It is disappointing that school secretaries across Donegal must again engage in industrial action. This issue was first raised last January, but it took up until September before talks could begin.“Expected disruption in January for schools and their pupils could have been avoided. The Minister has failed to act on his own promises and in the New Year we will now see industrial action again,” concluded Deputy McConalogue.Minister must keep promises to school secretaries – McConalogue was last modified: December 10th, 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)
By Paul LeckerSports ReporterGILMAN – Gilman grabbed its first Cloverbelt Conference East Division victory of the season, downing Marshfield Columbus Catholic 3-1.The Dons lost 25-21, 25-22, 18-25, 25-17. Both teams end up 1-6 in the Cloverbelt East.Kendra Baierl had 13 kills, Sierra Litwatis and Abby Baierl each had 28 digs, and Jennifer Reigel and Bailey Neider each had 14 assists for the Dons.Columbus Catholic will play at the Lakeland Invitational on Saturday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com).
ISTANBUL – Panathinaikos fell to Fenerbahce 84-62 on Dec. 4, with the Turkish team getting even for an 18-point loss to the Greens in Athens last month.Fenerbahce coach Zeljko Obradovic also got even with his his former team and dealt a blow to Panathinaikos’ hopes of finishing in the top two in its division in the Euroleague basketball tourney.Panathinaikos had to play without injured centers Esteban Batista and Loukas Mavrokefalidis, and lost captain Dimitris Diamantidis to a twisted ankle only five minutes into the game..American AJ Slaughter had another good game for Panathinaikos, scoring 20 points and keeping his team in contention, behind only 36-32 at the half.But Fenerbahce ran away with it in the third, outscoring the Greek team 31-16 and a margin of victory (22 points) that was four more than Panathinaikos, which is crucial in European basketball where ties over a final division finish are based on point differentials and not playing a deciding game. TweetPinShare0 Shares read more
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say McBurnie says Sheffield Utd still playing Championship styleby Freddie Taylor4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United striker Oli McBurnie says the club are playing the same way they did in the Championship. The style is seemingly working after Monday’s win over Arsenal at Bramall Lane took the Blades to ninth on the Premier League table. Speaking after the game, McBurnie said: “I’m made up with the effort we put in. We knew they’d be vulnerable at set-pieces. We’ve said about matching performances to pick up points and we’ve done that.”We knew it would be difficult for us this season. We’re trying to play the way we did in the Championship and understand we’re playing against a higher level opposition. We’ve married up three points with a good performance.” read more
Most college athletes – even the football stars – don’t have more than a few thousand Instagram followers. But former San Diego State golfer Paige Spiranac, who just graduated, has over 120,000, and she only started her account four months ago. How?Well, let’s just say she’s pretty good at reading her audience. Spiranac has only posted 29 photos/videos, but it seems to be enough. Here’s a sampling – you’ll probably figure out why.A video posted by @_paige.renee on Jun 29, 2015 at 5:57pm PDTIf Spiranac is able to cut it as an LPGA player, expect her to become a star.
APTN National NewsTwo federal Conservatives decided to take shots at Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence at a Tory fundraiser in Ottawa Tuesday.Speaking at the event in the Orleans suburb Brazeau mocked Spence, the so-called Attawapiskat audit and First Nations.Conservative MP Royal Galipeau represents the Orleans riding and said he met with Spence in December in her teepee. He mocked her manicured finger nails, saying his wife couldn’t afford them.When reached by APTN National News Galipeau refused to comment on his speech but said what was published in the media was a matter of public record.Neither Prime Minister Stephen Harper or Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan would comment on the speeches during Question Period Thursday when pressed by the opposition saying only the federal government continues to provide jobs for Canadians, including First Nations.It wasn’t the first time Brazeau made comments about Spence. In December, he called her a bad role model for children in an interview with APTN. He was referring to her hunger strike that lasted 44 days. Brazeau didn’t return calls for comment.Here is some of Brazeau’s comments courtesy of Ottawa reporter Nevil Hunt of Metroland News who was there with a tape recorder. read more
EDMONTON – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and her cabinet are heading to the mountains this week to prepare for the budget and the spring legislature session.Executive council members will be staying at the Juniper Hotel in Banff, with full-day working sessions set for Wednesday and Thursday.Finance Minister Joe Ceci says they will discuss the budget and the plan to rein in spending as the economy continues to grow.The government plans to outline how it will slay the deficit by 2023 in the next budget.The spring session begins March 8, but no date has been announced for the budget.Ceci is now consulting on the spending document and says there will be two telephone town halls next month.“We are going to be ensuring that we compassionately tighten our belt,” Ceci said Monday. “We’re going to be showing Albertans our path back to balance.” read more
Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,484.32, up 29.90 points)Champion Iron Ltd. (TSX:CIA). Miner. Down one cent, or 0.91 per cent, to $1.09 on 21.03 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Down 42 cents, or 3.31 per cent, to $12.28 on 6.2 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Oil and gas. Up 11 cents, or 2.30 per cent, to $4.90 on 5.6 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up six cents, or 1.52 per cent, to $4.00 on 5.5 million shares.Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Oil and gas. Down 72 cents, or 1.78 per cent, to $39.77 on 5.13 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Down 13 cents, or 1.49 per cent, to $8.61 on 5.11 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Fairfax Financial Holdings (TSX:FFH). Insurance. Down seven cents, or 0.01 per cent, to $671.00 on 39,788 shares. The investment company has placed a bid of US$300 million to buy Toys “R” Us’s Canadian operations in bankruptcy. According to court papers filed late Thursday, the bidder is taking on a role of a “stalking horse” in a court-approved auction set for Monday in New York. That means it could be outbid in the auction if other buyers come in with a higher offer.Great-West Lifeco Inc. (TSX:GWO). Financial services. Up three cents, or 0.09 per cent, to $33.38 on 410,672 shares. The insurance company’s subsidiary Irish Life Group Ltd. has signed a deal to acquire a strategic investment in Invesco Ltd. (Ireland), an employee benefit consulting and private wealth management firm. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately available. read more
CALGARY – The Canadian Union of Public Employees has filed an application at the Canada Industrial Relations Board to represent flight attendants at WestJet.The union said Tuesday a majority of WestJet flight attendants have signed cards supporting unionization with CUPE, including WestJet’s mainline carrier and low-cost carrier Swoop.“We’re hopeful that this is just the first of many victories ahead for WestJet cabin crew, as we work together to improve working conditions for inflight staff,” CUPE national president Mark Hancock said in a statement.The move by CUPE to unionize the flight attendants follows the unionization of the airline’s pilots who are represented by the Air Line Pilots Association.A threat of a strike by the pilots was averted earlier this year when the airline and union agreed to a settlement process and, if necessary, to use final and binding arbitration.WestJet said it respects the rights of its employees to choose their representation.“Although we prefer to work directly with our employee groups as we have since 1996, we are dedicated to moving forward and will concentrate on the continued success of the organization for guests, employees and shareholders,” airline chief executive Ed Sims said in a statement.CUPE said it represents 12,000 flight attendants at 10 different airlines including Air Canada, Air Transat and Sunwing.Companies in this story: (TSX:WJA) read more