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Taoiseach to raise cross border lorry tax with David Cameron

first_img Google+ Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Facebook HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Twitter Facebook Twitter WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleBroad welcome to news that Bunbeg Post Office has been given a three month reprieveNext articleSearch on after Malaysia Airlines flight vanishes News Highland Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry By News Highland – March 7, 2014 center_img News PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers WhatsApp Taoiseach to raise cross border lorry tax with David Cameron Google+ Pinterest A Donegal Deputy is calling for a final push in opposition to a new HGV cross border tax which comes into effect at the start of next month.The tax will see hauliers crossing from the south into the Northern Ireland charged £10.Some Donegal Hauliers say that as a result, they may have to move their businesses to Northern Ireland.Govererment Deputy Joe McHugh says he has raised his concerns with the relevent bodies and has now called on Taoiseach Enda Kenny to appeal directly to David Cameron on the issue:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/joer530LORRYS.mp3[/podcast] Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republiclast_img read more

Back-to-school means different laws apply to youth farm workers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Peggy Kirk Hall, Ohio State University Associate Professor, Agricultural & Resource LawWhen kids head back-to-school, it’s time for farmers to do some homework and recall the rules that apply to youth working on farms during the school year. Once school is in session, Ohio labor laws place restrictions on the times of day and number of hours that youth under the age of 18 can work on a farm. The laws don’t apply to parents, grandparents, or legal guardians, however. For other farm employers, be aware that the laws vary according to the age of the minor and some require written parental consent. Here’s a quick refresher. 16 and 17 year olds•    Cannot work before 7:00 a.m. on school days, with the exception that they can work starting at 6:00 a.m. if they were not working past 8:00 p.m. the night before.•    Cannot work after 11:00 p.m. on a school night, which means a night when the minor has school the next day.•    No daily or weekly limits on the number of hours the youth can work. 14 and 15 year olds•    Cannot work during school hours while school is in session.•    Cannot work before 7:00 a.m. or after 7:00 p.m., but can work until 9:00 p.m. from June 1 to Sept. 1 or during any school holiday or break lasting more than 5 weekdays.•    Cannot work more than 3 hours during a school day or more than 8 hours during a non-school day.•    Cannot work more than 18 hours in a week while school is in session, unless the job is part of a work education program such as vocational training or work study. 12 and 13 year olds•    The same time restrictions and daily and weekly hour limits for 14 and 15 year olds (above) apply to 12 and 13 year olds, but there is no exception to the 18-hour weekly limit for vocational training or work study programs.•    Employer must obtain written parental consent for the youth to be working, unless the youth’s parent or legal guardian also works on the same farm. Under 12 years old•    Can only work on a farm where employees are exempt from the federal minimum wage, which includes a farms of an immediate family member or a “small farm” that used fewer than 500 “man days” of agricultural labor in any calendar quarter the preceding year. A “man day” is a day during which an employee performs agricultural work for at least one hour.•    Exception to the above: local youths 10 and 11 may hand harvest short-season crops outside school hours for no more than 8 weeks between June 1 and Oct. 15 if their employers have obtained special waivers from the U.S. Secretary of Labor.•    The same daily time restrictions and daily and weekly hour limits for 14- and 15-year-olds (above) apply to youth under 12 years old, but there is no exception to the 18 hour weekly limit for vocational training or work study programs.•    Employer must obtain written parental consent for the youth to be working.The other labor laws that typically apply to youth doing agricultural work on a farm continue to apply throughout the school year. For example, employers must maintain records for youth employees, provide a written agreement of compensation and a statement of earnings on payday, and a 30-minute rest period if the youth works more than five consecutive hours. An employer can’t assign any youth under the age of 16 with a “hazardous” job or task unless the youth is 14 or 15 and has a certificate of completion for tractor or machine operation. Further information about these and other laws that apply to youth under 18 working on a farm is in our new Law Bulletin, Youth Labor on the Farm: Laws Farmers Need to Know, available at https://farmoffice.osu.edu/sites/aglaw/files/site-library/YouthLabor.pdf.last_img read more

What Tom Brady And Case Keenum Do Better Than Anyone Else

Pressure on the quarterback is often a determining factor in which team wins the Super Bowl. However, pressure does not only mean sacks. Just forcing a quarterback to release a ball sooner than he wants or hitting him as he’s releasing it can sometimes be even more advantageous than a sack.In Super Bowl XLVIII, two quick pressures by Seattle on Peyton Manning led to two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown after Manning’s arm was hit as he threw. That led to a 22-0 lead and the rout was on. Two years later in Super Bowl 50, Manning had the great defense on his side, and Von Miller forced two strip-sacks of Cam Newton that ultimately decided that game for Denver. In New England’s comeback win over Atlanta in Super Bowl LI, the turning point was when Dont’a Hightower strip-sacked Matt Ryan on a 3rd-and-1 with the Falcons up 28-12. That set up the offense on a short field and the comeback was on.It’s not so much about the volume of pressure put on a quarterback, but it’s how he handles it in the big moments on third down, in the red zone, and with the game on the line. Fortunately, that type of context is what an advanced metric such as ESPN’s QBR is able to adjust for.In 2017, Minnesota’s Case Keenum (58.5) and New England’s Tom Brady (54.0) led all quarterbacks in QBR under pressure with marks that rank among the top 10 in all seasons tracked since 2009. Brady’s placement may not come as a big surprise, but Keenum’s breakout season in Minnesota continues to be one of the wildest success stories since Kurt Warner went from bagging groceries to Super Bowl MVP in 1999. Brady has improved with ageTom Brady’s year-by-year numbers while under pressure, 2009-2017 201232.143233.85402713.810 Peyton Manning2009IND59.047.754562.9 Case Keenum2017MIN53.336.616358.5 201539.238426.48813827.311 Drew Brees2011NO54.556.035258.0 201639.186847.05321544.56 Keenum also led all quarterbacks in Football Outsiders’ passing Defense-adjusted Value Over Average metric, which measures efficiency, and he may just be the least likely quarterback to do so since 1986. A big part of Keenum’s success has been his improvement at handling pressure. When we first saw Keenum with the 2013 Houston Texans, he held the ball a long time as an inexperienced second-year player. Keenum’s pressure rate in 2013 was 38.7 percent, the second-highest season among all quarterbacks since 2009. With the Rams in 2016, Keenum ranked dead last in QBR under pressure (6.5). He took a sack on 26.7 percent of the plays he was pressured on.In Minnesota this year, Keenum has cut that mark in half, taking a sack on 13.3 percent of his pressures. Keenum has taken multiple sacks in each of his last seven games, but he was sacked just one time total from Week 5 to Week 11. A big help to Keenum has been wide receiver Adam Thielen, who led the NFL with 40 targets while his quarterback was under pressure — seven more than any other player. Thielen’s 397 receiving yards while targeted under pressure also led the NFL.Thielen is a great security blanket for Keenum, but Stefon Diggs has also been helpful in these moments. The game-winning touchdown pass to Diggs against New Orleans technically wasn’t a play under pressure, but it was a pressure-packed moment of desperation for the duo. Keenum’s QBR under pressure against New Orleans was just 26.4; he completed 4 of 10 passes for 53 yards with a bad interception that got the Saints back in the game. He’ll have to be much better against a Philadelphia defense that got after Matt Ryan often last week. For the season, Philadelphia allowed a 4.7 QBR when getting pressure on the quarterback, which ranked third among all defenses. Keenum can’t force things this week or create turnovers in what should be a low-scoring battle.Speaking of defense, the Jaguars ranked No. 1 in QBR when getting pressure (2.8). This is often a product of the Jaguars being able to get at the quarterback without sacrificing defenders in pass coverage: no defense blitzed less than Jacksonville at just 17.8 percent of its pass plays. That’s probably the right strategy against Tom Brady and the Patriots. You especially don’t want to send a big blitz of six-plus pass rushers at Brady. Since 2006 (including playoffs), Brady has 71 touchdowns to one interception against big blitzes (six-plus pass rushers).Still, at 40 years old, Brady has managed to improve in this area, posting a phenomenal season against pass pressure. His average yards per pass attempt under pressure was 8.76, the highest of any of the 277 qualified seasons since 2009. He also had the second-highest completion rate (59.0 percent) and second-highest passer rating (109.1) under pressure since 2009. The only real issue was that Brady still took 35 sacks this year, but sometimes that’s just the smart play instead of forcing a pass into coverage. Jameis Winston2016TB51.81%6.3112576.7 Tyrod Taylor2015BUF49.387.574255.0 Carson Palmer2015ARI49.647.067255.0 Tom Brady2017NE58.978.7610254.0 Jay Cutler2015CHI55.568.534369.2 201041.672986.21112510.79 Ryan Fitzpatrick2015NYJ43.405.005269.1 201334.654424.3821407.126 Rob Gronkowski and his large catch radius are obviously a big help to Brady when he’s under pressure. Gronkowski led the Patriots with 226 receiving yards when his quarterback was pressured, but Danny Amendola also has a tendency toward clutch catches. Filling in for Julian Edelman in the slot, Amendola caught 14 of 21 targets for 186 yards when Brady was pressured this year. Throw in Brandin Cooks’ 215 receiving yards in these scenarios and the Patriots have a lot of formidable weapons for defenses to worry about even when Brady is pressured. They’ll need all this playmaking ability against a tough Jacksonville defense. While the Jaguars didn’t pressure Ben Roethlisberger often last week, they did hold him to just 1-of-10 passing for 43 yards (including a brilliant touchdown to Antonio Brown) under pressure, and had a huge strip-sack returned for a touchdown in the second quarter.The Jaguars will need to do that to Brady to have a good chance at another upset, but Brady’s seen just about everything from defenses in his career. Against the Titans last week, Brady’s QBR under pressure was 87.6, including a touchdown pass to Chris Hogan and a soft toss to Amendola after heavy pressure.Even if Brady and Keenum aren’t at their best in tough matchups this weekend, they should still have a decisive advantage over the other quarterbacks. Blake Bortles finished 14th in QBR under pressure (21.2), but the strength in his game is really his scrambling ability. According to Sports Info Solutions, Bortles avoided 21 sacks this year, the second most by any quarterback (Matthew Stafford had 22). Bortles will have to use his legs against a New England defense that likes to make quarterbacks hold the ball —a unit that took down Marcus Mariota for eight sacks last week.As for the Eagles, Carson Wentz ranked third in QBR under pressure (52.7), so the offense has been missing that element since his injury. Nick Foles, in a limited sample of games, only has a 7.6 QBR under pressure this season. He’s always a hard one to predict with his unusual career path. Foles actually led all quarterbacks in QBR under pressure in 2014 with a mark of 48.2, but he was dreadful with the Rams (2.3 QBR under pressure in 2015).Then again, as Keenum has shown, stats collected in a Jeff Fisher offense may not be all that telling. If head coach Doug Pederson can devise another good game plan for Foles to implement this week, there’s no reason he can’t get this team to the Super Bowl.Then a whole new level of pressure begins. YearCmp %YardsYPATDINTSacksQBRQBR Rank Regular season onlySource: ESPN Stats & Information Group Keenum and Brady are elite with defenders in their facesThe best seasons based on QBR while facing pressure, 2009-2017 Includes all action plays (passes, sacks, runs); regular season onlySource: ESPN Stats & Information Group Aaron Rodgers2016GB48.185.9610166.7 201442.025684.77452136.33 201758.9710258.761023554.02 PlayerYearTeamCMP %YPATDINTQBR Dak Prescott2016DAL50.435.213052.4 200945.637036.83771634.16 201141.033874.96313215.013 Carson Wentz2017PHI43.436.378052.7 read more

Football Nick Bosa leaves game against No 15 TCU with groin injury

Ohio State junior linebacker Nick Bosa (97) runs a drill in warmups prior to the 2018 Spring Game in Ohio Stadium April 14. Gray beat Scarlet 37-14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Managing Editor for DesignIn the third quarter of the matchup between No. 4 Ohio State and No. 15 TCU, junior defensive end Nick Bosa left the game with an apparent groin injury.The injury occurred with the Buckeyes down 14-13, with 13:49 remaining in the quarter.Bosa left the game with five tackles, a sack and a forced fumble. The fumble led to a touchdown by redshirt junior defensive tackle Davon Hamilton in the first quarter to put Ohio State up 10-0.Bosa will not return for the remainder of the TCU game.Story updated at 10:03 p.m. to update Bosa’s status for TCU. read more

Wenger reveals favourite for his successor at Arsenal

first_imgAfter he publicly announced his future retirement, after loyally spending the last 22 years at Arsenal, Wenger has given to birth to a number of speculations regarding various topics – from the real reason behind his decision to the next Gunners manager.However, he has now shared he has a high opinion of the now-former Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique, who has been linked with a possible arrival at Arsenal on multiple occasions.“I don’t want to influence the next manager, but of course I have a high opinion of Luis Enrique,” Wenger said, according to the Independent.Luis Enrique has been retired ever since he was sacked from Barcelona and is reportedly looking to make a comeback in Europe.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…Wenger went on to discuss his team and the support he received from Sir Alex Ferguson.“Is there a perfect goodbye? I don’t know. I just want to do as well as I can.”“This group of players deserve something special and I want to do it for them, to achieve something with them. My biggest satisfaction would be to be successful with the players we have.”last_img read more

Goodbye 2018 Mbappe is aiming for a new trophy

first_imgThe French teenager ended up on 13th place in the top scorer list last season with only 13 goals, and this year he’s first with the same number of goals and time to spareAfter only 17 matches played, Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe is currently France’s top scorer with 13 goals.This matches the same number of goals he scored last year, where he ended up on 13th place in the goalscorer list.The teenager keeps surprising everybody and doesn’t seem to stop.He is followed by Nantes’ Emiliano Sala and Lille’s Nicolas Pepe with 12 goals.Neymar, BrazilNeymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.On fourth Marseille’s Florian Thauvin and PSG’s Neymar Jr. are tied with 11 goals.And last season top scorer, PSG’s Edinson Cavani, is following closely with 10 goals.Cavani was the top goalscorer of the 2017-2019 French Ligue 1 season with 28 goals, he scored six more than second-place Thauvian.Do you think Mbappe can add another trophy to his personal collection?last_img read more

Bahamas PM Christie says 40 of VAT covered deficit

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 31, 2017 – Nassau – The Bahamas now knows where the VAT money went says  Prime Minister Perry Christie delivered on his promise to explain the VAT collection and allocation.   Residents and guests of The Bahamas are healthy consumers as the report revealed that not only did VAT exceed performance expectations, t it was over a billion dollars collected in the 7.5% tax on goods and services.PM Perry Christie, who is the Minister of Finance said that VAT drew 1.14 billion dollars and that the Customs Department collected $415 million of that money over two years.  While VAT did bring in more than half The Bahamas’ national budget, there were some offsets because of its existence.   The Prime Minister explained that tax breaks and duty rate cuts and eliminations did cause some losses in other revenue areas and that net impact on revenues cost the country almost three quarters of the VAT earnings; quoted at $756 million.Due to this huge loss to government revenue in other areas, VAT was able to contribute and 30% of earnings to the lost revenue.  The country’s leader said 40% of the VAT money was used to reduce the deficit and the remaining 30% went to general expenditures.   VAT also had to refund some of its subscribing companies, that happened to the tune of $20 million revealed the report presented Wednesday in the House of Assembly.The Prime Minister did a better job in his presentation than his junior finance minister, Michael Halkitis who many agreed mucked it up at the PLP National Convention in January; the PM shared some of the programmes or elements of country affairs that benefited directly from VAT money.   “Since the implementation of VAT, the government has hired an additional 99 police officers at $1,782,000 per annum; it has hired an additional 166 Defense Force officers at $2,988,000 per annum; it has employed 347 more teachers and education support staff at $8,400,500 per annum; and it has hired 103 additional doctors and health professionals at $2,932,550 per annum.”While the National Budget, according to reports released by the Central Bank reveal that the deficit has ballooned and there is criticism for the Administration not exercising enough austerity measures to save money, Mr. Christie said his PLP Administration is spending less. I quote the statement by the PM, “Today we have reduced this excess of spending over earnings to an average of less than $400 million and excluding natural disasters to an average of less than $250 million.  Therefore debt accumulation has decelerated.”You can read the presentation of PM Perry Christie in full at MagneticMediaTV.com.#MagneticMediaNews#VATspending#VATcovereddeficitsaysPM Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #VATcovereddeficitsaysPM, #VATspendinglast_img read more