Waterford Globalisation Fund - Commission Gives Green Light to
Transfer of Funds - Simple Message - Help Workers to Help Themselves
I was delighted this month to welcome the European Commission's approval of the application for Waterford European Globalisation Adjustment Fund. I called for a swift passage of the file through Parliament and urged authorities to continue efforts to help former workers to retrain and up-skill. This is a shot in the arm to the former workers of Waterford Crystal.
Senator Paudie Coffey and I arranged for the Commission to come to Waterford to meet face to face with workers. The impetus given by these meetings has ensured a successful application for funding has been concluded.
I convened a further meeting with senior Commission officials to make the case for employees of suppliers to Waterford Crystal. These monies will definitely arrive - so there is no longer any reason, for bodies tasked with deploying the funds, such as the Enterprise Boards, WIT and FAS, not to start deploying courses to retrain and up-skill workers.
I would also like to encourage people, to approach your local Enterprise
Boards to get help to start up businesses. Waterford needs energy and courage to fight its way out of the jobs crisis. The EGF money can offer a little help to workers to help themselves to fight for a prosperous future for the South East.
Monday, May 31, 2010
Sean Kelly MEP Statement: Waterford Globalisation Fund - Commission Gives Green Light to Transfer of Funds
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Nikki Haley, one of the strongest fiscal conservatives in state government, was first elected to represent the 87th District in Lexington County in 2004, when, as a virtual unknown she beat the longest serving state legislator in a Republican primary. In 2008 Representative Haley was sent back to the statehouse with 83 percent of the vote – the highest percentage earned by any lawmaker facing a contested South Carolina election that year.
Her time in Columbia has been marked by conservative leadership and an unwavering commitment to the taxpayers’ bottom line. She has fought wasteful spending at every turn, pushed for smaller, more efficient government, and led the fight for the accountability and transparency that before her arrival was sorely lacking in the Legislature.
For her efforts to cut taxes and slow the growth of government spending, Nikki was named “Friend of the Taxpayer” (2009) by the S.C. Association of Taxpayers and a “Taxpayer Hero” (2005) by Gov. Mark Sanford. She has lifetime “A” ratings from the South Carolina Club for Growth, the Palmetto Family Council, and the National Rifle Association. Nikki has also received the Palmetto Leadership Award from the S.C. Policy Council for her expertise on policy matters and the Strom Thurmond Excellence in Public Service and Government Award from the S.C. Federation of Republican Women for the outstanding constituent service she provides to her district.
Born in Bamberg, S.C., the daughter of Indian immigrants, Nikki’s first job was keeping the books for her family’s clothing store – at the age of 13. She went on to graduate from Clemson University with a B.S. degree in accounting and following her graduation worked as Accounting Supervisor for the Charlotte, N.C. based corporation FCR, Inc. and five of its subsidiaries. Nikki then went back to the family business where she helped oversee its growth into a multi-million dollar operation. Since 2008 she has served as the Assistant Executive Director of the Lexington Medical Foundation.
Nikki and her husband Michael, a full time federal technician with the South Carolina National Guard and an officer in the Army National Guard, attend Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church in Lexington. She was previously a board member of both the Orangeburg and Lexington County Chambers of Commerce and a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners. Currently, Nikki sits on the board for Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church, Medmission, and is a proud member of the West Metro Republican Women and the Lexington County Republican Party.
Nikki and Michael live in Lexington with their two children, Rena, 11, and Nalin, 8.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
Ahmadinejad was speaking before hundreds gathered in Khorramshahr, about 625 miles (1,000 kilometers) southwest of Tehran, when his speech was interrupted by people shouting "We are unemployed!
"Text source/read more: Yahoo News
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Dark Hope has the following songsEndlessly (Muse)
No One’s Gonna Love You (Band of Horses)
Oxygen (Willy Mason)
Today (Jefferson Airplane)
Intervention (Arcade Fire)
With Twilight As My Guide (The Mars Volta)
Mad World (Tears for Fears)
In Your Eyes (Peter Gabriel)
Stepping Stone (Duffy)
Soul Meets Body (Death Cab For Cutie)
Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen)
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Heroine, cocaine, opium, marijuana, excessive alcohol, not to mention hallucinogenic drugs like mushrooms (psilocybin) and LSD – he consumed most of these before the age of 18, many before he turned 14, the addictions growing stronger as the existential emptiness deepened. What sounds like an introduction to a Hunter S. Thompson novel actually constitutes the autobiography of a Catholic priest. Fr. Donald Calloway of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception retells his dramatic and heart-wrenching life story in No Turning Back: A Witness to Mercy....
Read on at ministryValues.com
Green Party Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Eamon Ryan, is seeking to add these to the list of sporting events to be made available to all viewers free of charge. The plans would cost the IRFU €12million or 18% of their total income.
The implications of the Ministers proposals are horrendous. The IRFU has skilfully invested much of this income in developing a sound provincial structure which is the envy of many of our competitors. Most of Irelands top players have remained at home thanks to the revenues generated by deals with subscription channels such as Sky and Setanta. These revenues help fund their salaries. Munster (2), Leinster and Ulster have all won the Heineken Cup. This is an amazing record considering the small rugby playing population in Ireland. It is a tribute to the stewardship of the IRFU.
If the Minister gets his way the IRFU will no longer have the income to fund the salaries of top players such as O'Gara, O'Driscoll. The provinces will be bled dry as top French and English clubs plunder their resources. No wonder English and French clubs are smacking their lips at the prospects of an Irish Minister destroying Irish rugby. Make no mistake about it. Minister Ryan has lost the run of himself. The Minister is a theoretician. Unfortunately his proposals are ill-conceived. Under Ryan's proposals second rate Munster and Leinster teams shorn of their talented players will play at an empty Thomond Park and an empty RDS on free to view terrestial TV. Also the Minister would create a massive split between Rugby Union in Munster, Leinster and Connacht on the one hand and Ulster on the other. Ulster after all is not under his jurisdiction.
Opposition to Mr Ryans proposals is developing. Munster and Leinster fans will not stand idly by and watch their provincial sides dismantled by Minister Ryan. A general election is due by 2012 if not earlier. The government would be advised to back off while it has time. Thankfully FG through its spokesman Simon Coveney has come out strongly against this idiocy. Where are the FF backbenchers?
Wake up Minister and stop the waffling. The €12 million loss which would ensue from your proposals cannot be made up by other means.
The current mix of free-to-air and pay-per-view platforms has served Irish rugby well. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Minister Ryan do you want to go down in history as the man who destroyed Irish rugby?
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Her friend Joseph helped her to pray, and taught her about God. Jesus cured her of cancer. She earned Master of Theological Studies and Master of Social Welfare degrees and has become a staunch Catholic. Her trip to Medjugorje brought her close to Mary the Mother of God.
In Full of Grace: Miraculous Stories of Healing and Conversion through Mary's Intercession,Christine Watkins describes how her own life and the lives of five others were transformed by God and by the miracle of Mary's apparitions at Medjugorje.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Lisbon Portugal- Video: Pope Benedict XVI thanks thousands of young people at Nunciature May 11, 2010
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Saturday, May 8, 2010
The Baby in My Womb Leaped for Joy By John Piper
A New President, Trapped and BlindedAs everyone knows, our new President, over whom we have rejoiced, does not share this reverence for the beginning of human life. He is trapped and blinded by a culture of deceit. On the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, he said, “We are reminded that this decision not only protects women’s health and reproductive freedom, but stands for a broader principle: that government should not intrude on our most private family matters.”
To which I say . . .
No, Mr. President, you are not protecting women’s health; you are authorizing the destruction of half a million tiny women every year.
No, Mr. President, you are not protecting reproductive freedom; you are authorizing the destruction of freedom for a million helpless people every year.
No, Mr. President, killing our children does not cease to be killing our children no matter how many times you call it a private family matter. Call it what you will, they are dead, and we have killed them. And you, Mr. President, would keep the killing legal.
Some of us wept with joy over the inauguration of the first African-American President. We will pray for you. And may God grant that there arises in your heart an amazed and happy reverence for the beginning of every human life.(By John Piper. © Desiring God. Website: desiringGod.org )
Jill Stanek reports that:
...Pro-lifer Todd Bullis, of Ventura, CA, activist fame, has created Pro-Lifetube.com....
The pro-life community has needed this for a long time! Todd is a software developer, saw the need, and filled it. Thank you, Todd!
Any and all pro-lifers can now upload their videos and photos to Pro-Lifetube.com, just as they would to YouTube, but without fear of being expunged...
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Sunday, May 2, 2010
"How do you tell a Communist? Well, it's someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an Anti-communist? It's someone who understands Marx and Lenin."
“We’ve been trying to follow the advice of Mark Twain, which was, ‘Do what’s right and you’ll please some of the people and astound the rest'.”
"We need true tax reform that will at least make a start toward restoring for our children the American Dream that wealth is denied to no one, that each individual has the right to fly as his strength and ability will take him…. But we cannot have such reform while our tax policy is engineered by people who view the tax as a means of achieving changes in our social structure.”
"The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program."
“Lately, I’ve been heartened to remember that Moses was 80 when God commissioned him for public service and he lived to be 120. And Abraham was 100 and his wife, Sarah, 90, when they did something truly amazing. He survived to be 175. So, Mr. Prime Minister, we haven’t even hit our full stride yet.”
"Government is like a baby: An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other."
"Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"
"Here's my strategy on the Cold War: We win, they lose."
"I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent's youth and inexperience."
"Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book."
"Make no mistake, abortion-on-demand is not a right guaranteed by the Constitution. No serious scholar, including one disposed to agree with the Court's result, has argued that the framers of the Constitution intended to create such a right."
"History teaches that wars begin when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap."
"Freedom is the right to question and change the established way of doing things."
"Whatever else history may say about me when I’m gone, I hope it will record that I appealed to your best hopes, not your worst fears; to your confidence rather than your doubts."
"We the people" tell the government what to do, it doesn't tell us. "
"We cannot diminish the value of one category of human life — the unborn — without diminishing the value of all human life."
"The abortionist who reassembles the arms and legs of a tiny baby to make sure all its parts have been torn from its mother's body can hardly doubt whether it is a human being."
"Welfare's purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence."
"Well, the trouble with our liberal friends is not that they are ignorant, but that they know so much that isn’t so."
"Let us not forget who we are. Drug abuse is a repudiation of everything America is."
"Honey, I forgot to duck."
(To his wife, Nancy, while in hospital shortly after he was shot in an assassination attempt.)
"The taxpayer - that's someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to take a civil service exam."
"People don't start wars, governments do."
"If the Soviet Union let another political party come into existence, they would still be a one-party state, because everybody would join the other party."
"Information is the oxygen of the modern age. It seeps through the walls topped by barbed wire, it wafts across the electrified borders."
"One picture is worth 1,000 denials."
"There are no constraints on the human mind, no walls around the human spirit, no barriers to our progress except those we ourselves erect."
"We can not play innocents abroad in a world that is not innocent."
"We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions."
"Trust, but verify."
"We have the duty to protect the life of an unborn child."
"We might come closer to balancing the Budget if all of us lived closer to the Commandments and the Golden Rule."
"The government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it."
"I have left orders to be awakened at any time in case of national emergency, even if I’m in a cabinet meeting."
"We don't have a trillion-dollar debt because we haven't taxed enough; we have a trillion-dollar debt because we spend too much."
"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction."
"I've noticed that everybody that is for abortion has already been born."
"Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today's world do not have."
"The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would hire them away."
"My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you I just signed legislation which outlaws Russia forever. The bombing begins in five minutes."
"Don't be afraid to see what you see."
"All great change in America begins at the dinner table."
"I have left orders to be awakened at any time in case of national emergency, even if I'm in a cabinet meeting."
"If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth."
"We the people" tell the government what to do, it doesn't tell us."
"We must all educate ourselves to the reality of the horrors taking place. Doctors today know that unborn children can feel a touch within the womb and that they respond to pain."
"With regard to the freedom of the individual for choice with regard to abortion, there's one individual who's not being considered at all. That's the one who is being aborted."
"A few months ago I told the American people I did not trade arms for hostages. My heart and my best intentions still tell me that's true, but the facts and the evidence tell me it is not."
"If a tax hike makes it to my desk, I'll veto it in less time than it takes Vanna White to turn the letters V-E-T-O!"