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  • One hundred years ago – 3,000 Irish lives were lost in Turkey
    One hundred years ago – 3,000 Irish lives were lost in Turkey Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    An Post has issued two limited edition stamps to commemorate those killed in the Gallipoli Landings. More »

  • Health law brings growth in food stamps in some states
    Health law brings growth in food stamps in some states Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama's health care law has had a surprising side effect: In some states, it appears to be enticing more Americans to apply for food stamps, even as the economy improves. More »

  • States where health law seems to increase food-stamp use Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    President Barack Obama's health care law seems to be enticing more Americans to apply for food stamps in 11 states, despite significant improvement in the economy. More »

  • Four men charged over armed robbery of Kilkenny post office
    Four men charged over armed robbery of Kilkenny post office Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    Masked men left with a substantial amount of cash and a female staff member was injured. More »

  • Man faces court after post office is robbed with a shotgun
    Man faces court after post office is robbed with a shotgun Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    Two other men remain in custody. More »

  • Post Office rejects computer report
    Post Office rejects computer report Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    The Post Office is "concerned" by the findings of a report into an alleged glitch in its computer system that led to employees claiming they had been falsely accused of financial irregularities. More »

  • Gwyneth Paltrow Fails Food Stamp Challenge
    Gwyneth Paltrow Fails Food Stamp Challenge Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    Gwyneth Paltrow has lasted only four days after being challenged to live for a week on $29 - the equivalent of what low-income families in the US get in food stamps. The Hollywood mega star and life-style guru said she broke the pledge to have "some chicken and fresh vegetables (and in full transparency, half a bag of black liquorice)". More »

  • Deutsche Post workers to expand parcel strike on Friday
    Deutsche Post workers to expand parcel strike on Friday Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    Workers at Deutsche Post will expand strike action on Friday to a nationwide walkout to protest against the German group's plans to grow its parcel delivery business by using employees on lower pay deals, labour union Verdi said. Like other former postal service monopolies in Europe, such as Britain's Royal Mail , Deutsche Post's traditional letter business is shrinking while deliveries of parcels are rising due to online retailing. It announced plans in January to create 10,000 new jobs at its parcel business by 2020, but said new workers would have to accept lower wages than other group employees as it and its DHL express division try to compete with the likes of UPS and TNT . Verdi has said such a move would breach an agreement limiting how much business Deutsche Post can outsource and said it would only accept it if the company shortened the hours of about 140,000 workers to 36 per week from 38.5. More »

  • Gwyneth Paltrow's $29 food stamp budget: Do celebrity challenges work? Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    Social media has again lashed out at Gwyneth Paltrow, this time because she agreed to take part in The Food Bank for New York City challenge to live on a $29 grocery budget for a week. The challenge, which celebrity chef and Food Bank board member Mario Batali announced April 3, seeks to raise awareness of the plight of nearly 47 million Americans who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) aka food stamps. More »

  • Matsuyama stamps Masters mark with fifth-place finish Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    By Andrew Both AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - Hideki Matsuyama fell just short of becoming the best Japanese finisher ever at the Masters when he placed fifth on Sunday. Buoyed by an eagle at the par-five 13th, Matsuyama matched the best final-round score of 66 to surge up the leaderboard and become, like winner Jordan Spieth, a exciting young talent who made his mark at Augusta National. My goal today was to shoot in the 60s and I did that but I’m still a long way behind Jordan.” World number 17 Matsuyama, the reigning Memorial tournament champion, has surpassed Ryo Ishikawa as the hope of Japanese golf. Ishikawa carried the expectations of a nation when he started dominating the Japan Tour as a teenager, but his success has never translated onto the PGA Tour. More »

  • The Brontosaurus Would Like to Know: What Is a Species, Really?
    The Brontosaurus Would Like to Know: What Is a Species, Really? Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    In 1989, the U.S. Postal Service released a collection of 25-cent commemorative postage stamps celebrating a series of dinosaurs. They also featured, however, the brontosaurus, or the "thunder lizard"—which had been reclassified under the genus apatosaurus ("deceptive lizard") in 1903. The brontosaurus—the gentle giant that ate plants and sneezed on children—has spent the past century-plus as, if not an actual genus, then a cultural one. So it was big news, this week, when a new paper brought some redemption—for brontosaurus fans, for Linnaean taxonomy, for the U.S. Postal Service. More »

  • Royal Mail To Deliver Pay Rise To CEO Greene
    Royal Mail To Deliver Pay Rise To CEO Greene Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    The board of Royal Mail is drawing up secret plans to hand an inflation-busting pay rise to Moya Greene, its chief executive, just weeks after next month's General Election. Sky News has learnt that directors of the privatised postal services group have been discussing the move to boost Ms Greene's salary ahead of the publication of its annual report, which is expected in June. Insiders said on Tuesday that a final decision about the pay increase had not yet been taken, and that formal consultations with leading shareholders, including the Government, which holds a 30% stake in Royal Mail, were still to take place. They added, however, that it was "likely" that Ms Greene would be awarded an increase to her £498,000 base salary of approximately 5%. More »

  • Royal Mail may raise CEO Greene's pay by 5 percent - Sky News
    Royal Mail may raise CEO Greene's pay by 5 percent - Sky News Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    (Reuters) - Royal Mail , the privatised postal group, is drawing up plans to increase the remuneration of its Chief Executive Moya Greene, which has remained the same since she joined the company in 2010, Sky News reported citing people familiar with the matter. Final discussion with leading stakeholders, including the British government, which holds a 30 percent stake in Royal Mail, were still to take place, but it was "likely" that Greene would be awarded a 5 percent increase to her 498,000 pounds ($737,488) base salary, Sky News said. Royal Mail said it does not comment on speculative stories. Greene, whose base salary has stayed at 498,000 pounds since she joined Royal Mail in July 2010, is widely credited with transforming the postal firm from a loss-maker into a profitable FTSE 100-listed company, via cost cuts and a push towards a bigger slice of the fast growing parcels market. More »

  • Deutsche Post workers put strikes on hold until further talks Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    A German trade union said on Thursday that workers at German postal services group Deutsche Post will hold off from further strikes until at least the next round of talks slated for April 14, following a two-day walkout. The strike at the German mail carrier extended into a second day on Thursday in protest against management plans to expand the group's parcel delivery business by using employees on lower pay deals. More than 10,000 postal carriers took part in the strike, seeking to put pressure on management ahead of the April 14 talks, trade union Verdi said. Like other former postal service monopolies in Europe, such as Britain's Royal Mail , Deutsche Post's traditional letter business is shrinking while deliveries of parcels are rising thanks to online retailing. More »

  • And now for something completely different - send a letter with a Monty Python …
    And now for something completely different - send a letter with a Monty Python … Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    Forget junk mail, these new stamps are all about joke mail. More »

  • Comedians feature on postage stamps
    Comedians feature on postage stamps Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    The Royal Mail is marking April Fool's Day by issuing a set of stamps featuring some of the nation's most popular, and funniest, comedians. More »

  • Union files suit against Deutsche Post, calls strike
    Union files suit against Deutsche Post, calls strike Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German trade union Verdi has asked a court to stop Deutsche Post's plans to expand its parcel delivery business by using employees on lower pay deals and has called on workers to stage a strike. Like other former postal service monopolies in Europe, such as Britain's Royal Mail , Deutsche Post is seeing its traditional letter business shrink while deliveries of parcels are rising thanks to online retailing. ... More »

  • Stamp Price Rise: Royal Mail Increases Cost
    Stamp Price Rise: Royal Mail Increases Cost Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    The price of both first and second class stamps has increased. The cost for first and second class stamps has risen by 1p to 63p and 54p respectively. Despite the increase, Royal Mail has insisted the prices still represent among the best value in Europe. Announcing the price increase last month, Royal Mail said in a statement: "We have thought carefully about the impact on our customers and our own business before deciding to increase our stamped letter prices. More »

  • Gardaí trying to solve the mystery of Galway busker ‘Dave’
    Gardaí trying to solve the mystery of Galway busker ‘Dave’ Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    They also want to find out what happened with a post office raid. More »

  • Suspect package prompts Madrid post office evacuation
    Suspect package prompts Madrid post office evacuation Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    A package containing "a suspicious white substance" on Saturday prompted the evacuation of a Madrid post office, with 23 people undergoing decontamination as a safety precaution, the emergency services said. More »

  • APNewsBreak: 9,000 Mainers lose food stamps under new rules Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — More than 9,000 Maine residents have been removed from the state's food stamp program since Republican Gov. Paul LePage's administration began enforcing work and volunteer requirements late last year, officials said. More »

  • Kerry Washington, Roland Emmerich among GLAAD honorees
    Kerry Washington, Roland Emmerich among GLAAD honorees Sun, Mar 22, 2015

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Actress Kerry Washington, director Roland Emmerich, the film "The Imitation Game" and television shows "Transparent" and "How to Get Away With Murder" have received stamps of approval from GLAAD. More »

  • Connecticut farmers can register to accept food stamps Sun, Mar 22, 2015

    Connecticut farmers will have an opportunity to become authorized to accept food stamps from customers at their farms and at farmers markets. Merchant sign-up days are planned for Wednesday at the Middlesex ... More »

  • Prolific Swiss artist Hans Erni dies at 106
    Prolific Swiss artist Hans Erni dies at 106 Sun, Mar 22, 2015

    BERLIN (AP) — Swiss artist Hans Erni, whose prolific work ranged from tiny postage stamps to enormous frescoes, has died, his daughter said Sunday. He was 106. More »

  • FOOD STAMPS Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    Chart shows federal food stamp participation since 1969; 2c x 3 inches; 96.3 mm x 76 mm; More »

  • Bring these Irish animation stamps to life with your smartphone
    Bring these Irish animation stamps to life with your smartphone Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    The stamps feature well-known Irish animations like ‘Roy’ and ‘Give Up Yer Aul Sins’. More »

  • Help offered to poor getting back to work, off food stamps Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    Federal officials say some Californians who rely on food stamps will receive help getting back on the job through a pilot program aimed at reducing the cost of public assistance. The U.S. Department of ... More »

  • 'Brockovich' town to lose market, gas station, post office
    'Brockovich' town to lose market, gas station, post office Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    HINKLEY, Calif. (AP) — A Mojave Desert community where toxic chromium contamination was portrayed in the movie "Erin Brockovich" is set to lose its post office and its only gas station and convenience store. More »

  • UK Post Office wins EU okay for 640 million pound state aid
    UK Post Office wins EU okay for 640 million pound state aid Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    European Union regulators approved on Thursday a British proposal to grant 640 million pounds in aid to the UK Post Office ltd over the next three years for providing a wide range of public services across the whole of Britain. The European Commission said the state support was in line with EU state aid rules. In addition to its postal services, the UK Post Office also handles social security payments, passport and car license application and public utility payment facilities. The Commission said that the post office has and will continue to have the public service mission to carry out and maintain a set of public services over a larger network of post offices than would be commercially optimal. More »

  • Greek parliament adopts anti-poverty law despite EU row
    Greek parliament adopts anti-poverty law despite EU row Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    Greece has responded sharply to apparent pressure from the EU not to pass Wednesday a "humanitarian crisis" law that would provide free electricity and food stamps for the poorest households More »

  • Greek parliament adopts new anti-poverty law
    Greek parliament adopts new anti-poverty law Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    Greece has responded sharply to apparent pressure from the EU not to pass Wednesday a "humanitarian crisis" law that would provide free electricity and food stamps for the poorest households More »

  • Banks And Cable Close To Branch Closure Pact
    Banks And Cable Close To Branch Closure Pact Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    Vince Cable will next week announce a deal with the major high street banks that will set out new guidelines for the controversial closure of hundreds of branches across the country. Sky News understands that the Business Secretary and the British Bankers' Association (BBA) are close to agreeing a final 'protocol' that will require lenders to give 12 weeks' notice of planned closures and publish a community impact assessment in each case. Sources said that Mr Cable was keen to unveil the deal before Whitehall goes into purdah towards the end of the month ahead of the General Election. It will include a commitment from banks that they will consult on the provision of alternative banking services such as a new ATM, credit unions and Post Office branches, which Mr Cable has said will become an increasingly important element of the UK's banking infrastructure. More »

  • Greek government adopts new anti-poverty law
    Greek government adopts new anti-poverty law Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    Greece has responded sharply to apparent pressure from the EU not to pass Wednesday a "humanitarian crisis" law that would provide free electricity and food stamps for the poorest households More »

  • Greece to vote on anti-poverty bill vote despite EU challenge
    Greece to vote on anti-poverty bill vote despite EU challenge Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    Greece has responded sharply to apparent pressure from the EU not to pass Wednesday a "humanitarian crisis" law that would provide free electricity and food stamps for the poorest households More »

  • Greek PM lashes out at reported EU criticism of bill to help poor Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Wednesday hit back at reported criticism from European partners on a bill legislating food stamps and free electricity to the poor, saying his government will not be scared into complying with lenders. Britain's Channel 4 had earlier reported that the EU's mission chief for Greece had told Tsipras's leftist government to enter into further talks over the bill or risk "proceeding unilaterally" against the terms of a Feb.20 accord that staved off a Greek banking collapse. More »