Fenerbahce boss Vitor Pereira has played down speculation linking striker Robin van Persie with a move to Barcelona.Van Persie only joined the Turkish side in the summer from Manchester United in a £3.8million deal.But he has not had the best of his starts to his Fenerbahce career and is reportedly wanted by Barca as a back-up to Lionel Messi.However, Pereira insists he has no knowlege of any interest from the Spanish giants in the 32-year-old and wants him to remain as part of his squad.“I have no problem with Van Persie,” Pereira told the official Fenerbahce website.“I have no information about a transfer. I am pleased with him.” Robin van Persie 1
Fianna Fáil have held talks with the North’s Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill to propose a bilateral milk quota until 2015 to replace the current inefficient system of EU-wide national quotas.Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Agriculture Spokesperson Michael Moynihan TD and Seanad Spokesperson on Agriculture Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill held productive talks with Minister O’Neill and her officials in Stormont yesterday.Speaking afterwards, Senator Ó Domhnaill said: “Agreement on a bilateral milk quota now looks like a very real possibility. Minister O’Neill was very receptive to the Fianna Fáil proposals and acknowledged that steps must be taken to put an end to the current inefficient and wasteful situation facing Irish dairy farmers. “Fianna Fáil has been forced to pursue this issue due to the regrettable inaction of the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney. We are in farcical situation at the moment with some countries in the EU well below quota while Irish farmers are being forced to send cows for slaughter because we’re in danger of exceeding our milk quota.“Minister Coveney has failed to raise this matter with our European counterparts so Fianna Fáil has pressed ahead with discussions on a quota agreement with the UK. The UK is expected to be below quota by as a much as 20% this year. If we could agree to a joint quota, it would ease the pressure on Irish dairy farmers at risk of over-supply.“As a result of our meeting in Stormont, the North’s Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill has agreed to raise the matter with Minister Simon Coveney. In addition to this, I will request that a joint meeting of the Oireachtas Agriculture Committee and its counterpart in Stormont takes place to discuss the issue. My colleague Deputy Michael Moynihan and I also plan to travel to London to further negotiations with the British Minister for Agriculture.“One of the cornerstones of Food Harvest 2020 is to double dairy production by the year 2020. If Minister Coveney does not take immediate and decisive action to address the barriers caused by our national quota, he is putting this strategy in jeopardy. “There is no doubt that the national quota system is a real barrier to the growth of the Irish dairy industry. I am hopeful that we have now taken the first step towards resolving this in the medium-term. Irish dairy produce is in demand and we have ample supply. We cannot continue to be blocked from taking advantage of this much needed growth opportunity for farmers and for the agriculture sector.”MILK QUOTA TALKS ‘PRODUCTIVE’ SAYS SENATOR was last modified: September 30th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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)
DONEGAL staff will have extra cash in their pockets after German supermarket chain Lidl has now decided to include Ireland in a pay rise for workers.Lidl announced last month that it would introduce the new living wage in England, Wales and Scotland which is €11.13 an hour, or €12.69 an hour in London.However, Donegal workers at seven stores across the county were excluded from receiving the increase. They are currently paid around €9.77 per hour.Lidl said this was due to the way its business was organised across IrelandNow it has done a dramatic U-turn and workers in Donegal will now receive the living wage.Susan Fitzgerald of Unite The Unite said: “This is a very significant victory for Lidl workers, our members and Unite, who led the campaign to demand equal pay for workers. “We are particularly pleased that Lidl’s adoption of the Living Wage will extend to their workforce in the Republic of Ireland.“This announcement means other retail chains are now ‘on notice’ that they need to pay the Living Wage – there can be no justification for poverty-pay.”Under the new living wage scheme, Donegal workers will see their hourly rate increase on an incremental scale to €11.95 per hour after three years. A LIDL EXTRA IN PAY PACKETS FOR DONEGAL STAFF AS FIRM DOES U-TURN ON LIVING WAGE was last modified: October 8th, 2015 by John2Share 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:A LIDL EXTRA IN PAY PACKETS FOR DONEGAL STAFF AS FIRM DOES U-TURN ON LIVING WAGE
Leicester City target Francesco Totti is on the verge of completing a move to NASL side New York Cosmos, according to reports in Italy.The Roma icon is out of contract at the end of the season and manager Luciano Spalletti has given no indication that he wants to keep the Italian veteran on next season.talkSPORT told you last month that Claudio Ranieri had attempted to make contact with his compatriot to offer him a one-year deal at the King Power next season.However, the 39-year-old is understood to be favouring a move to the States and has been in contact with the New York Cosmos, according to Sky Italia.Should Totti opt to sign for the Cosmos, he would bring to an end a 24-year career with Roma. Francesco Totti in action for Roma 1
1 Slaven Bilic’s Hammers beat Watford 3-1 to maintain their top-four push Slaven Bilic insisted West Ham’s 3-1 Barclays Premier League win over Watford was crucial in their bid to reach the top four.Andy Carroll hit his sixth goal in six games and Mark Noble tucked away two penalties to move the Hammers to within four points of fourth-placed Arsenal.Bilic felt if West Ham failed to win they could kiss goodbye to their Champions League dream.Instead, the Upton Park boss has targeted four victories from their last four matches to crank up the pressure on Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United.“I told the players beforehand that this is kind of like a decisive game,” he said.“This will determine if we are going to look up, or look down.“It’s nice to have a cushion below and it’s nice to be three points behind United and to close the gap to City.“We now have a break and we are going to use it to rest, then come back in really good shape for the last four games of the season. We’re going to give everything to win them.”
This past spring, L.A. voters elected a new, reform-minded school board to oversee the Los Angeles Unified School District. And last week, we may have witnessed one of the fruits of that vote. On Thursday, the district named Jose Cole-Gutierrez head of its charter schools division. This appointment, we can hope, marks a change in the way the district handles the highly successful charter movement. That’s because Cole-Gutierrez’s last job was with the California Charter Schools Association – the group that tirelessly fights for charters, headed up by L.A.’s previous reform-minded school board president, Caprice Young. Which is to say that by all indications, the LAUSD’s top official in charge of charter schools is someone who is committed to charters and their promise, someone who wants to help these campuses to thrive, multiply and succeed. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champIn the past, the LAUSD has tended to regard charters as competition, and done whatever it could to thwart them. But true reformers should recognize charters as a big part of the solution to the LAUSD’s woes. Apparently, this school board does.
If Los Angeles’ network of neighborhood councils is the key to empowering the public, then giving them legitimacy is essential to their credibility. And in the short history of the neighborhood councils, elections have not been a source of great credibility – just see the charges of dogs and babies voting. With that in mind, the move by the Los Angeles City Council to have the City Clerk’s Office oversee the elections of the neighborhood councils starting in June would help boost the legitimacy – and thus their relevance and importance – to neighborhood democracy. Despite a few glitches in recent years, the City Clerk’s Office has a much better track record of conducting elections than the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment has ever done. The shift also would free the neighborhood councils up from the time commitment of conducting elections and dealing with the controversy that often surrounds them so they have more time focusing on improving their neighborhoods. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Fierce winds lashed the Southland today, with gusts of up to 60 miles per hour recorded in some areas of Los Angeles County. A high wind warning, signifying hazardous winds, was in effect until 10 this morning in portions of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, and a somewhat less serious wind advisory was scheduled to be in force in the same areas until 10 tomorrow morning. Today’s and tomorrow’s high winds were generated by a storm departing the region, according to the National Weather Service, which said that another storm system could churn up more offshore winds on Sunday. Overnight, gusts of 60 miles per hour were recorded in the Malibu Hills and 58 miles per hour in Warm Spring, a Los Angeles County mountain area, according to the NWS. Winds also battered sea level communities, including Santa Monica, where gusts of 32 mph were recorded. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe winds will make today’s temperatures feel even cooler. The NWS forecast highs today of 41 at Mount Wilson; 49 in Palmdale; 50 in Lancaster; 54 in Newhall; 56 in Avalon; 60 in Burbank; 61 in Pasadena, San Gabriel, Woodland Hills, Newport Beach and at LAX; and 63 in downtown Los Angeles, Long Beach and Anaheim. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!