Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Agriculture Charlie McConalogue TD has said the Minister for Social Protection and her Department must review Farm Assist Scheme forms to ensure that farmers are not slowed down by red tape when applying for the payment.Deputy McConalogue commented, “My constituency office, and my colleagues in Fianna Fáil, are regularly meeting with members in the farming community who have been thrown by the farm assist payment forms.“These convoluted forms, with all the requirements within, are a yearly ordeal for farmers.” He added that the Farm Assist Scheme was established by Fianna Fáil to provide a valuable payment for low-income farmers.“While the last Fine Gael led government introduced drastic cuts to the scheme in 2012, Fianna Fáil have managed, under the Confidence and Supply arrangement, to reverse these cuts.“The Minister must instruct her Department to review this form to ensure the farm assist application is a swift and simple process for those in the farming community,” concluded Deputy McConalogue.Farm Assist application process should be simplified – McConalogue was last modified: April 9th, 2019 by StephenShare 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)
The funeral of Patrick McGinty, who died in a tragic quad bike accident, will be held this Friday.Large crowds are expected at the funeral of the popular Mountcharles man.Mr McGinty, aged in his 40s, was involved in a quad bike accident in his hometown on Sunday evening. He suffered serious head injuries and was transferred to Beaumont Hospital in Dublin, where he died on Monday morning. He was predeceased by his parents Frank and Nancy and will be greatly missed by his sisters, brothers and a wide circle of family and friends.Funeral mass for Mr McGinty will take place on Friday 21st June at 11am in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Mountcharles, with burial afterwards in the adjoining churchyard. Quad bike accident victim to be laid to rest this Friday was last modified: June 21st, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:MOUNTCHARLESPatrick McGintyquad bike accident
The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#Facebook Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification markhachman At the end of 2011, Facebook began adding “Sponsored Stories,” or ads, to the News Feed. Of late, the company has been asking users to pay to promote their posts, on the order of $7 or so for ordinary users. Things came to a head earlier this week, when Nick Bilton of the New York Times essentially accused Facebook of encouraging a pay-to-play scheme. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban also said he had been encouraged to pay Facebook to increase the number of people who would see his posts.At the time, Facebook denied the charges, saying its algorithms have made recent attempts to focus more on higher-quality stories, and that engagement was actually up for social media figures with more than 10,000 followers.Somewhat surprisingly, the topic didn’t come up during the main question-and-answer session at Facebook’s rollout of the new News Feed at its Menlo Park headquarters on Thursday. But Facebook executives said privately that the new “Following” feed solves the problem.Facebook: The Pay-To-Play Problem Is Solved“At a high level, we’re trying to help each person to get exactly the posts they want, and that differs from person to person,” Christopher Cox, vice president of product at Facebook, said in an interview. “The tricky part for Pages and content publishers on a large scale is that on the one hand, [there’s] too much page spam in my feed, and on the other hand, I want everybody to see every post I have. And those two things are irreconcilable.”“What we’re trying to do is move the front page forward in a way that minimizes the amount of spam people feel they’re getting, but also helps publishers increase their audience,” Cox said. “The nice thing is that with the Following feed is that you’re going to have a place where people can go and check out the people that they’re following. And it will be easier for a journalist to say, ‘You want to see my stuff? Go here.’”As Cox said publicly, the main News Feed will also include posts from people and publishers that a user has historically engaged with. “So if you typically click on a lot of Thomas Friedman posts, you’ll still see a lot of Thomas Friedman,” Cox said.Placing publishers, friends, “close friends”, and others in their own feeds is certainly reminiscent of another social network, Google+, which uses the concept of user-grouped “Circles” to organize what its users see. Facebook’s new Feeds are a step back in the direction of algorithmic choice, in that Facebook is still deciding what content to surface to the user. But by also organizing them by topic, Facebook is aligning more with its users, and how they search for social media.The problem, of course, is that the new feeds really don’t eliminate the personal “pay-to-play” problem, where a user that is desperate to tell the world that his cat is missing, for example, can’t be sure that all of his friends and family will actually see the post. In that case, pay-to-play may be the only viable solution. But at least Nick Bilton should be happier. Worried that you might miss an update to Facebook Pages you subscribe to? Or are you concerned that your legions of followers aren’t seeing your shared stories? Either way, Facebook has an answer: its new “Following” feed.On Thursday, Facebook updated its News Feed with a new look that emphasizes photos prominently, shares a common look and feel with the Facebook mobile apps, and breaks out undates into separate sections, or feeds. For now, Facebook is highlighting feeds that include photos, games, music, “all friends,” “close friends,” and the “Following” feed, which includes those brands and people that have enabled followers, allowing userswho aren’t actually friends to monitor their posts anyway.In practice, the new feeds slice the normal News Feed into different sections, highlighting more updates in a given category. In using the new News Feed layout, I saw a few more photos in the Photo feed, for example, than I saw in my general News Feed.Feed MeThat also seems to be the case within the other new Feeds, which may help alleviate concerns that Facebook is engaging in “pay-to-play” tactics. Of course, some users may look at the new Feeds as a walled garden of sorts, where subscribers will have to specifically seek out new material publishers are posting.
Senior Aam Aadmi Party leader and Leader of the Opposition in the Punjab Assembly H.S. Phoolka decided to step down from his position on Sunday after the Bar Council of Delhi disallowed his resuming his private practice, holding that he held an “office of profit.” “I have conveyed my decision to the party supremo Arvind Kejriwal… I want to represent and appear for my clients, victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. As my position as the Leader of the Opposition is being considered an office of profit, I’m giving it up,” Mr. Phoolka told The Hindu. Suggests three names“It’s for the party high command to choose a new leader for the AAP legislature party. I have suggested three names, Kanwar Sandhu, Sukhpal Khaira and Aman Arora,” he said.The Bar Council of Delhi had last week barred Advocate Phoolka from resuming practice, arguing that he held the rank of a Cabinet Minister with salary and perks.Suspended practiceMr. Phoolka had suspended his practice on March 30, 2017, after becoming the Leader of the Opposition. Recently, however, he had asked the BCD to permit him to fight the cases of 1984 anti-Sikh riot victims.Meanwhile, Haryana-based advocate Hemant Kumar has written to the Bar Council of India under the Right to Information Act, asking if the Advocate-General appointed in Punjab and Haryana, who enjoyed Cabinet rank with pay and perks, was entitled to practice.