The four seats of the Midlands-North-West constituency have finally been filled in the European Elections.Mairead McGuinness, Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan, Maria Walsh and Matt Carthy have all been elected to the European Parliament.Donegal-Derry businessman Peter Casey was eliminated in the final count, finishing in 5th place. Sitting MEP Fine Gael’s Mairead McGuinness topped the poll on the first count with 134,630 first preference votes. She was followed by Independent Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan (121,824 votes), who retained his seat on Wednesday.Fine Gael’s Maria Walsh (107,198 votes) and Sinn Féin’s Matt Carthy (98,732 votes) were both elected last night without reaching the quota. EU Elections 2019: All four Midlands-North-West seats filled was last modified: May 30th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:European electionsMEP
Steve Sidwell’s 19th-minute goal gave underdogs Fulham a shock lead against the champions.The Whites have got men behind the ball and defended well before and since scoring with their first attack of the match.Lewis Holtby chipped the ball forward and Sidwell sneaked in unmarked to fire home from 10 yards.Robin van Persie then missed a great chance to equalise for Manchester United when he blazed over after being found by Rafael’s right-wing cross.And as the visitors absorbed more pressure, Maarten Stekelenburg produced fine saves to keep out Ashley Young’s header and Michael Carrick’s driven shot.But Fulham remained a threat on the break and ex-United man Kieran Richardson squandered a golden opportunity to make it 2-0 by shooting wastefully over following good work by Muamer Tankovic.United kept up the pressure after half-time and Stekelenburg pulled off another superb save, this time denying Wayne Rooney from close range.And Fulham appeared to have a let-off when United appealed in vain for a penalty after the ball struck the hand of centre-back Dan Burn, who has been outstanding alongside Johnny Heitinga.Former United coach Rene Meulensteen selected a surprising line-up on his return to Old Trafford.The Fulham boss, whose side are bottom of the Premier League, opted for Tankovic. 18, as a lone striker, with Holtby supporting the Swedish youngster from midfield.Record signing Kostas Mitroglou was not in the matchday squad but deadline day arrival Heitinga is making his debut and Ryan Tunnicliffe, recently signed from United, was also given a starting place.Sidwell is captaining the side, with Scott Parker and Brede Hangeland both among Meulensteen’s substitutes.Fulham: Stekelenburg; Riether, Burn, Heitinga, Riise; Tunnicliffe, Sidwell, Kvist, Richardson; Holtby, Tankovic (Bent 45). Subs: Stockdale, Hangeland, Kacaniklic, Duff, Cole, Parker.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Eureka High volleyball edged out Fortuna in four sets in its Big 5 Conference opener Thursday night on the road in Fortuna by scores of 25-22, 25-21, 23-25 and 25-22.Each set on Thursday night was fought hard for by each club as Fortuna refused to let Eureka take a large lead at any one point during the night. Fortuna won the third set, marking just the second time all season that Eureka has allowed its opponent to win a set while en route to a victory.Eureka (1-0, 8-2) was elevated to the …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visited the Ohio Union at The Ohio State University last week to announce the expansion of the USDA’s StrikeForce for Rural Growth and Opportunity Initiative into 11 high-poverty counties in Ohio. Launched in 2010, more than 1,500 StrikeForce partnerships have already helped USDA support nearly 190,000 projects and invest $23.5 billion in high-poverty areas in rural America.USDA’s StrikeForce delivers promising, sustainable results by building partnerships with community organizations, businesses, foundations, universities, faith-based and other groups to help challenged communities shape a future based on local assets and regional strengths. To date, StrikeForce technical assistance helping USDA invest nearly $7.5 billion into 970 counties across the U.S. to create jobs, build homes, feed kids, assist farmers and conserve natural resources in some of the nation’s most economically challenged areas.“If farmers in these Ohio counties are looking for additional credit, it becomes available through StrikeForce,” Vilsack said. “It also raises the awareness of some of our conservation programs, the micro-loan program and the high-tunnel house program. That raised awareness results in more loans being made.”StrikeForce was created to address persistent poverty across America. USDA identifies census tracts with over 20% poverty (according to American Community Survey data) to identify sub-county pockets of poverty. As areas of persistent poverty are identified, USDA staff work with state, local and community officials to increase awareness of USDA programs and help build program participation through intensive community outreach and technical assistance.“The next step is for our team at USDA to travel to the designated counties, sit down with local officials and ask them what they need in their area,” Vilsack said. “This has to be a bottom up system.”Currently, 85% of the country’s persistent poverty counties are in rural America. More than one-third of rural Americans and one-in-four rural children live in poverty.Finding uses for these new funds in the determined Ohio counties will begin with meetings that include officials from USDA, the Ohio Rural Development and Ohio Farm Service Agencies and the Natural Resource Conservation Service. Shortly thereafter, the process will transition to an outreach effort in the StrikeForce zones.“We’ll then survey local officials, businesses and stakeholders in those areas about what they think the biggest needs in their counties are,” said Tony Logan, State Director for USDA Rural Development for Ohio. “Then we’ll get to the drawing board and figure out which agency needs to apply their program dollars in each county.”Although many of the dollars tagged for the StrikeForce Initiative will go towards needs that may not be tied directly to agriculture, some will be used for issues related to the farm and used to aid in the water quality concerns in the state.“In Lucas county, these funds will be used to not only help with the poverty there, but also to start up some new conservation efforts in that county because of the recent water issues they have seen,” Logan said. “Farms across the state will also benefit with new farm loans for beginning farmers and veterans, which will be a sweat spot for the StrikeForce counties as well.”StrikeForce counties in Ohio include: Adams, Athens, Fayette, Guernsey, Jackson, Lucas, Meigs, Morgan, Pike, Scioto and Vinton.
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… At Google, we run anywhere from 50 to 200 experiments at any given time on our websites all over the world. Right now, we are running a small test of a new Google News homepage design. More information about how Google runs experiments can be found [here].Google last redesigned its news page last May, adding more visual content to the layout. This time around, we expect to see more in the way of real-time content, including features such as the trending topics seen here.If you keep a close watch, it is possible you will see other new features that Google is testing, but as the company’s blog post points out, often these features will show up and go completely unnoticed. In Hobot’s case, the trending topics showed up for a brief period before disappearing again.We asked about the specifics of the new feature, but Gaither said that statement included above is all the company is saying about it at this time. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Google#news#Real-Time Web#web mike melanson While none of us here at ReadWriteWeb have yet to see it in our Google News, a tip this morning from blogger Joe Hobot tells us that trending topics may be coming to the search engine’s news aggregator. We got in touch with Google this morning and a spokesman confirmed that the feature is indeed part of a series of experiments the company has been running since early this month. Image thanks to Joe Hobot. According to Chris Gaither, a spokesperson for Google, Search Engine Rountable first reported the potential feature’s appearence last Friday. Gaither said that trending topics are one of many experiments Google is conducting in their redesign of the news homepage. Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Lewis Hamilton has said he would be honoured to be recognised with a knighthood after winning his fourth Formula One world championship at the Mexican Grand Prix on Sunday to become Britain’s most successful racing driver.The 32-year-old also insisted that despite some debate over his potential retirement he was going to continue to race for some time and that he was close to concluding a new deal with Mercedes and targeting further titles. … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. “It is quite an easy process for us, we already have something in place and it’s really just about extending it and enhancing it,” he said. “[We will be] working on what more I can do for them and vice versa. I am pretty sure within the next month or so we will have had time to have sat down.”Nico Rosberg retired immediately after beating his then team-mate Hamilton to the title last year. Hamilton, who has stressed how much he has revelled in the battle with Vettel this year, pointedly said he had no intention of emulating Rosberg while he was still enjoying racing. “I’ll continue to race while I love it and I’ve enjoyed it this year more than ever,” he said.“I could do the easy thing like Nico did, which is just stop and retreat with these four titles, but I think there’s more in me. I think there’s more to come, more of a challenge, as there are harder times ahead and I like that, I love that, that’s challenging.” Formula One F1: Lewis Hamilton’s route to his historic 2017 title – in pictures Topics Read more Lewis Hamilton divides opinion but is undoubtedly the best of British View gallery Murray revealed he had reservations about accepting a knighthood because he was worried it would distract him from his ability to perform and that being referred to as Sir might be awkward. Hamilton would be more than happy to embrace it.“I would enforce it on everyone,” he said with a smile. “Friends, everyone. It is such an honour. I have friends who are Sirs and I call them Sir. It’s unique, why not enjoy it?”Hamilton won the championship for McLaren in 2008 and now has three with Mercedes after also triumphing in 2014 and 2015 but his fourth title has come after a tough season in what was a close fight with Vettel and a resurgent Ferrari. Hamilton said after the race that he wanted a fifth and with his contract with Mercedes up at the end of 2018 has confirmed that he expects a new deal to be struck within a month. His previous contracts with the team have been for three years and it is expected a new one would take him through to the end of 2021. Share on Messenger Support The Guardian Hamilton finished ninth at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez after a first‑lap clash with his championship rival, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, put them both to the back of the field. However, the 66-point advantage the British driver enjoyed going into the race meant Vettel’s fourth place was not enough to prevent Hamilton taking the title. In securing his fourth championship, Hamilton moved one clear of Sir Jackie Stewart, who took his third at Monza in 1973.Stewart was knighted in 2001 but recently the trend has been for successful athletes to be given the honour while still competing. Andy Murray and Mo Farah were knighted in the 2017 new year list. Hamilton received an MBE in 2009 but said he would very much welcome further recognition.“I have missed the Queen since I had lunch with her when she invited me to the Palace,” he said. “I have always wanted to go back, that would be the greatest honour. I have been trying to represent England the best way I can and if that is at some stage recognised by the Queen I would be incredibly honoured.” The race in Mexico was won by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, with the hugely talented 20-year-old securing his second victory this season. Hamilton recognised his achievements and welcomed the competition that he would face in trying to equal Juan Manuel Fangio with a fifth title. “You have a potential world champion in Max and he is only going to get stronger with age. He has a lot of raw talent at the moment, he is young and has a long way to go but these wins are only adding to his great potential and I am looking forward to battling with that.”Whether he receives a further honour or not, Hamilton can be rightly pleased with the conclusion to what has been a challenging year. Vettel’s Ferrari has often been more than a match for the Mercedes and for a large part of the season the German held the upper hand. Hamilton has won nine races to Vettel’s four but the latter led the title race until the 13th round at Monza and only saw his title hopes crumble in a series of three races where he had two DNFs and a fourth place. Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on Facebook Lewis Hamilton Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Formula One 2017 Since you’re here… Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Motor sport Richard Williams news With the new regulations now well established and Red Bull showing a vast improvement in the final third of the season, Hamilton is eagerly anticipating even greater competition come 2018.“I have to figure out the positives and negatives of this year and see how I can improve for next year,” he said. “I want to be better next year. The challenge is going to be even bigger from Red Bull and Ferrari. F1 doesn’t sleep or stand still, there is always someone waiting to take your position, so I have to raise my game to another level and that motivates me.”
Skilled Jamaicans and other qualified Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nationals are broadening their access to employment opportunities within the region through the free movement regime.With the acquisition of a Certificate of Recognition of CARICOM Skills Qualification, which is a provision under the CARICOM (Free Movement of Skilled Persons) Act, qualified persons are able to move and work freely in another territory without the need for a work permit or permit of stay.The Act was promulgated in July 1997 in furtherance of the provisions of the 1989 Grand Anse Declaration that underpins the advancement of the Caribbean regional integration process through the creation of a CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).Since then, Jamaica has adopted legislation that provides for the movement of skilled nationals in the 10 approved categories across the region.These are university graduates, artistes, musicians, sportspersons, media workers, registered nurses with diplomas or degrees, teachers with diplomas, artisans with at least level 2 CARICOM Vocational Qualification (CVQ), holders of associate degrees, and household domestics with a CVQ level 2. The National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) is also accepted in Jamaica.Secretary-General of CARICOM, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, tells JIS News that while there have been challenges, he is of the view that a workable regime has been designed for the movement of skilled nationals.He notes that since the regime came into effect two decades ago, 16,000 Caribbean nationals have been issued with CARICOM skills certificates.These include 3,865 that originated locally, according to Director of the Work Permit Department of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MLSS), Lisa-Ann Grant.Ms. Grant notes that of those issued in Jamaica, 3,073 were to locals to work in other territories.Since the start of the year, 60 Jamaicans and 18 CARICOM nationals have been provided with skills certificates in Jamaica.Ms. Grant says she is proud of the work that has been done to facilitate nationals gaining employment across the region, particularly university graduates.“(As) a graduate from the university, traditionally, 20 years ago, I could only seek a job in Jamaica. Now we have a region that is no longer seeing me as Jamaican, but seeing me as CARICOM, so I can apply in a bigger space for employment,” she says.She notes, as well, that since the category of household domestics was added in 2010, it has allowed more nationals to move as there is a demand for that skill in some member states.In addition, Ms. Grant informs that persons are moving within the Sandals hotel chain throughout the region. “That’s the good thing; you’re now able to get experiences outside – a different world view,” she says.Ms. Grant points out that persons can obtain a CARICOM skills certificate without a job offer. “The skills certificate is a recognition of your skills. So, I may have a skills certificate but I may not choose to use it to move. It doesn’t change the fact that I have been so recognised as skilled,” she explains.“It’s a recognition of your skills, so it doesn’t expire. You can choose to update your skills certificate, because a unique identifier on the certificate is your passport number and for most, if not all jurisdictions, that will expire after 10 years, so you may choose to update your skills certificate with your new passport number… (or) to amend (the information) because you have a higher level of skills,” she points out.Ms. Grant further notes that once nationals have the requisite qualifications, they can apply for the skills certificate in any member state.“You are skilled, so you can be recognised in any member state. So as a Jamaican, I can apply for my skills certificate in Trinidad, Barbados, St. Lucia, Belize, in Suriname,” she points out.Explaining the process of obtaining the CARICOM skills certificate, Ms. Grant informs that nationals will first need to contact the Ministry’s 1F North Street location and indicate their intention to apply.Once the Ministry determines that such a person is eligible, he or she will be sent an application form by email, which is to be completed and returned to the Ministry along with specified documents. These are:• A certified copy of the applicant’s birth certificate.• A copy of the biodata page on the applicant’s passport, which should be signed by a Justice of the Peace.• A police report from the country in which the applicant has resided for the last three years.• Three certified passport-sized photographs.• Documents indicating a name change (marriage certificate or deed poll documents), if applicable.• A certified copy of university degree, associate degree, diploma, professional qualifications.• For employed or self-employed persons, a cover letter detailing the purpose for application.Once the certificate is issued by the competent authority, CARICOM nationals are granted a stay of six months, and during that period, they are required to submit their skills certificate to the competent authority of the host country for acceptance.“The competent authority may verify the validity of the certificate and the documentation on which it has been issued. During the period of consideration by the competent authority, the CARICOM national can work,” Ms Grant notes.For the island of Jamaica, she informs that the verification process involves persons taking in a certified copy of the skills certificate, a certified copy of the biodata page of their passport, three passport-sized pictures, and completing a simple information-gathering form at the MLSS office.“Once that is done, I will contact the member state. Once it is verified, then we will give you a letter to take to the immigration department where you will be given an unconditional stamp,” she explains.Ms. Grant stresses that legitimate, bonafide certificates can only be issued by the competent authority.For Jamaica, this is the Ministry’s 1F North Street location only.For more information, please contact: Ministry of Labour and Social Security 1F North Street Kingston. Phone: (876) 922-9500-14; Email: [email protected]: mlss.gov.jm.Full implementation of the CSME, including free movement of skills, is among matters that will be discussed at the 39th Regular Meeting of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government, which will be held from July 4 to 6 in Montego Bay, St. James.The opening ceremony, along with the closing press conference will be streamed live at www.jis.gov.jm/Caricom.