O’Donnell calls for secure future for RTE Lyric FM in Limerick

first_imgPrint Linkedin Twitter WhatsApp Lyric FM presenter Lorcan Murray with Fine Gael Senator Kieran O’Donnell.FOLLOWING recent media speculation on RTE’s Primetime, Limerick Senator Kieran O’Donnell has this week in the Seanad called on the RTE executive and board to  publicly confirm that Lyric fm has a secure future in Limerick. RTE, he said, must dispel any further notions of a threat to it’s continued broadcasting, since its first started here over 20 years ago in May 1999.  Senator O’Donnell has also written directly to RTE board chairperson Moya Doherty and RTE Director General Dee Forbes making this request. Furthermore, Senator O’Donnell has also raised the matter with the two respective Ministers, Minister for Communications Richard Bruton TD and Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Following recent media speculation on RTE’s Primetime about the future of RTE Lyric fm in Limerick City. I raised the issue in the Seanad on Tuesday. I  publicly called on the RTE executive and board to give certainty to Lyric fm on broadcasting from here. “This followed my visit to Lyric fm on Monday at their Cornmarket Square studio in the heart of Limerick City. Understandably, staff are very apprehensive about their future,” said Senator O’Donnell.“It is my understanding that the Financial review report of RTE is down for RTE board consideration later this week. Therefore in this context, I have also written to the RTE board Chairperson Moya Doherty and RTE Director General Dee Forbes requesting that as part of this review they now publicly confirm a secure future for Lyric fm in Limerick and dispel any further notions of a threat to it’s continued broadcasting. “I have also raised this matter with the two respective Ministers, Minister for communications Richard Bruton TD and Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan TD. “In my correspondence with Ms Doherty and Ms Forbes I have highlighted a number of key factors to support the continued broadcasting by Lyric fm from their Limerick studio and home.  “As a classical music and arts station, I pointed out that Lyric fm is the essence of quality and consistent public service broadcasting and it enhances the content and brand of RTE.“Both from a cultural and regional development policy basis it is essential that Lyric fm continues to broadcast from Limerick. Lyric fm has become an integral part of the cultural and civic life here in Limerick. Furthermore, in the purpose built studios, it also houses the regional RTE broadcasting unit which is vital for us here.“I noted that currently Lyric fm has the lowest average cost per transmission hour within the RTE broadcasting group and this must be reflected in any review by the RTE executive. “Back in 1996, on foot of a Green paper,  RTE successfully campaigned for Lyric fm which was approved by the then Minister for Arts, Culture and our current President of Ireland Michael D Higgins in February 1997, which thankfully RTE located here in Limerick City.  “RTE must now publicly re-affirm this same support for Lyric fm’s future here in Limerick.”  LimerickNewsO’Donnell calls for secure future for RTE Lyric FM in LimerickBy Alan Jacques – September 25, 2019 232 center_img Advertisement Email Facebook Previous articleCyclovia gives the city a new perspectiveNext articleBarnagh Tunnel is now part of Great Southern Greenway Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ielast_img read more

Denmark roundup: ATP cancels major benefits admin contract

first_imgFrank Jensen, the mayor of Copenhagen and chairman of Udbetaling Danmark, said: “We are now initiating arbitration and our demand will be for an amount in the high three-digit millions, which is the loss that local authorities and thus taxpayers ultimately may have to pay.” KMD’s legal director and lawyer Mark Skriver Nielsen said the firm was surprised by ATP’s action, but now expected to have the matter settled in court, which he said was sad for all parties including the municipalities.“We had hoped to find a common solution, but we are ready to accept arbitration,” he said.He defended KMD against some of ATP’s claims.Meanwhile, Danish labour market fund Industriens Pension reported a rise in investment returns last year, producing 8.2% overall after a 6.7% gain in 2015.High-yield bonds and infrastructure were the strongest-yielding asset classes during the year, Industriens said.High-yield corporate bonds generated a 14.8% return, outperforming the benchmark by 1.8 percentage points, while infrastructure made an 11.4% return, according the pension fund’s annual report.Foreign equities underperformed the benchmark by 1.5 percentage points, giving a 7.7% return. Danish equities generated 3.2%, which was in line with the comparison index.Solvency levels fell to 342% at the end of 2016 from after the transition last year to new Solvency II-based rules, from 479% for 2015 when calculated according to the new rules.The pension fund put the solvency fall down to an increase in capital demands and the fact that less of its so-called tax assets could now be included in the recognised capital base.Industriens Pension’s total assets grew to DKK157m at the end of December, from DKK149bn the year before. Denmark’s ATP has cancelled a huge IT contract between the public payments operation it runs and software supplier KMD, and is seeking more than DKK500m (€67.2m) in compensation.The pension fund said the board of Udbetaling Denmark (Payments Denmark) had decided to halt the deal for a new system to pay pensions and early retirement benefits to 1.3m people, because delivery was already at least 15 months late and KMD could not guarantee there would be no more delays.Udbetaling Danmark is a public authority responsible for collecting, paying, and controlling a number of public benefits, and is administered by the ATP Group.ATP also said KMD was not suppling Udbetaling Danmark with the standard pension system agreed in the contract.last_img read more

Anti-Terror Bill up for ‘final review’ – Palace

first_imgProtesters gather on June 12, 2020 for a “party-themed” gathering against the anti-terror bill. The controversial measure that seeks to boost the Philippines’ anti-terrorism campaign is already with the office of Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea – the last stop before it reaches the table of the President. JIRE CARREON/ABS-CBN NEWS “I talked to our fellow Cabinet members about it and he (Duterte) said, so far, he has no objections to the provisions of the proposed Anti-Terrorism Act. He also certified it as [a] priority bill,” Esperon said in an interview on CNN Philippines. National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr., for his part, said that he expects President Duterte to sign the measure as he has objections in the proposed law. Duterte still has a week to decide on the anti-terror bill before it lapses into law on July 9. Congress on June 9 transmitted the bill to Malacañang for President Duterte’s signature. “We will leave it to the President because anyway, he has this legal team going through it and the Department of Justice, Secretary Guevarra has given his recommendations and because he’s a lawyer he will also go through it,” he added. “Ibig sabihin po mayroon nang memorandum recommending a course of action to the President,” Roque said. “Subject to final approval lang po siguro ‘yan ni Executive Secretary at dadalhin na po sa lamesa ni Presidente.” Militant and human rights groups, among others, fear that the Anti-Terrorism Act will be abused and used to go after critics of the government, while Commission on Human Rights called on the bill’s vague definition of terrorism. MANILA – The controversial Anti-Terorrism Bill is now under “final review.” It has already reached the table of Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Presidetial spokesperson Harry Roque revealed. Under the anti-terrorism bill, persons who shall threaten to commit terrorism, and those who will propose any terroristic acts or incite others to commit terrorism shall suffer imprisonment of 12 years. Medialdea’s office will serve as the last stop of the measure before it reaches the table of President Rodrigo Duterte, according to Roque. Suspected persons can be detained for 14 days without a warrant of arrest with an allowable 10-day extension. A 60-day surveillance on suspected terrorists can also be conducted by the police or the military, with an allowable 30-day extension./PNlast_img read more

Brewing Battle: Border Nemesis on Tap for Badgers

first_imgAs the leaves turn into varying shades of orange, red and yellow and snow flurries grace the sky in Madison, it’s becoming clear the fall sports season is in its final stages. But even as those sports wind down, the competition is only increasing.The Wisconsin women’s soccer team is no exception, as the Badgers are right in the thick of the Big Ten standings and, more importantly, in the picture for an NCAA tournament berth.The first of the remaining tests left on the Badgers’ schedule kicks off Thursday at the McClimon Soccer Complex as Wisconsin (9-4-2 overall, 4-3-1 Big Ten) hosts its Border Battle rival Minnesota (9-5-2, 2-4-2).After a split this past weekend – a 2-1 double overtime loss to Nebraska last Friday and a 2-1 win over Iowa Sunday – the Badgers still have to improve on weaknesses going forward against Minnesota and future opponents.“I think we need to be a lot more consistent when we have the ball, as far as keeping it. We gave the ball away in spots that we shouldn’t have. I think, ultimately, that hurt us on transition,” sophomore midfielder McKenna Meuer said. “And if we eliminate the simple mistakes, we’ll have a lot of success.”Minnesota, meanwhile, comes into Thursday’s game having lost two of its last three matchups. Despite the recent downturn for the Gophers, they have still managed to knock off two of the Big Ten’s best teams, third-place Penn State and second-place Michigan.“They’ve played some big games and won some big games against Penn State and Michigan,” head coach Paula Wilkins said. “They’re going to be really organized. They get numbers behind the ball. They’re dangerous on the counterattack, and I think that’s what we’re really going to have to pay attention too.”Wilkins considers that counterattack of the Gophers to be their most dangerous aspect, and one of the biggest focuses she has going into the Border Battle.“I think their three frontrunners are very good. I think their midfield works really hard and I think we have to figure out a way to break down their defense. Their goalkeeper has had some great games, some great saves and I think we’re really going to have to focus on our attack to be able to break them down,” Wilkins said.The Wisconsin attack could prove critical as Minnesota is hardly a prolific offensive team, averaging only a little bit more than one goal a game at an average of 1.38 goals per game. But Wilkins noted the fact that, although Minnesota may not score a lot, it takes advantage of the opportunities is does get.Still, the Golden Gophers are second to last in the Big Ten in goals scored with 22, relying on the second best defense in the conference, yielding only 15 goals in 16 games.With an air-tight defense, it is no wonder the counter-attack is a big part of the Minnesota offensive game. Keeping this in mind, Badger midfielder Kinley McNicoll elaborated on just how she and her Badger teammates can hold the Minnesota attack at bay.“We can’t let them serve the long balls, so I think if we cut off that service then our backs are going to have a field day back there. It’s a game, so balls are going to get behind, so we just got to make sure that we are dropping early,” McNicoll said.Minnesota has struggled on the road this year, going 3-4-1 away from Minneapolis while losing to the two teams – Michigan State and Northwestern – below it in the standings. But oddly enough the Gophers’ biggest win of the season against Michigan came on the road. Needless to say, Minnesota has been quite inconsistent. But regardless of records and statistics, Minnesota is still a very quality team and the intangibles of the Border Battle rivalry will undoubtedly keep the game close.“[The] Border Battle is never underestimated. You never want to lose to your arch-rival. It’s the biggest rivalry we have. Growing up here…you never want to lose to Minnesota. I know that we’re motivated 100 percent to win this game for sure,” Meuer said.With a win, Wisconsin would keep tabs on fourth place in the conference behind Nebraska, Michigan and Penn State and further their postseason hopes as tournament time draws ever nearer.last_img read more