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first_imgIt would absolutely and significantly enhance the simplicity of our existence if all men and all women were actually and literally created equal. The fact of the matter is that equality and parity, generally and specifically as it relates to income generation in all spheres of life including sports is a million miles from reality. Parity and equality in earnings are mythical even among men in sport, meaning that even in an all male team or all male sport some individuals earn more than others based on the value they bring to the team and or the sport. Lionel Messi for example earns three or four times what some of his star teammates earn at Barcelona. The same applies to NBA superstar LeBron James, whose salary and earnings are significantly more than any of his teammates at the Cleveland Cavaliers. The notion of equal pay and parity of earnings in sport is based more on emotionalism, more than a touch of feminism and a throwback to the old socialist ideals, than any semblance of appreciation for the modern reality. IRRATIONAL AND NAIVE In the current market driven global space it is irrational and naive to argue for example that the women cricketers should be remunerated at the same level as their male superstar counterparts. The disparity being too wide is a more reasonable cause worth exploring, but women’s cricket is still relatively new in terms of impact, popularity and income generation and is still a major work in progress. Let us not get too carried away by the impressive success of Stafanie Taylor and her team in lifting the ICC World T20 title. Being crowned champions will no doubt enhance the cause of the women’s game across the region and in the rapidly evolving world of cricket our top women players are already being offered contracts to play in the emerging leagues across the world. This represents steady and commensurate progress of the women’s game and stars of the women’s game. But to argue parity or equality is ridiculous. Remuneration must be value and productivity based. Failing that the economics of the situation will not hold. If tomorrow morning women’s cricket becomes more popular and generates more money than men’s cricket, by all means the women should then earn more than the men. In women’s tennis, for example, where there is equality as it relates to prize monies, it is fully deserved again based on value in that Serena Williams is no less of a money spinner and a tennis superstar than Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic and quite rightly the market has spoken in that regard. There is also the unique case of the USA women’s soccer team. They have chosen the courts as the avenue to settle their remuneration disparity dispute with the USA men’s soccer players. In that case the American women might very well have a credible case because the women’s game is hugely popular in the USA when compared to the men’s game, certainly in terms of participation there is parity between men and women in that country, while in terms of international success the American women have long and continue to outperform the American men. THEY ARE WORTH IT If a credible case can be built around the value of the USA women’s team bringing greater value to the market than the men, then by all means the American women should be commensurately remunerated. Fundamentally, that is because they are worth it and not simply because they are women. Equality between the sexes and even among the sexes is a mythical platitude. When the rubber hits the asphalt of real life nothing is further from the truth. Generally each individual is rewarded for the value he or she brings to the organisation or the team. If a female athlete brings more value to the cause than the male, she should be commensurately rewarded more than the male. If a male athlete brings more value to the cause than the female then he should earn more. It can get no more basic and equitable than that.last_img read more

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first_imgMcGettigan Group Chairman Jim McGettigan has been honoured with this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the Irish Pubs Global Awards.The popular Irish bar chain took home five awards in total at the Irish Pubs Global Awards in Dublin last night.Kilmacrennan native Jim McGettigan was surrounded by his family to celebrate the honour and mark the many achievements of the hospitality group. Jim opened his first pub in Dublin in 1964. The McGettigan group has since expanded across the globe, and now incorporates 10 hotels and 15 Irish pubs, with the 16th opening in Dubai this month.“We are honouring a wonderful family man who has achieved so much in his career. Jim has made an extraordinary contribution to Irish and Global hospitality” says Sarah Newman, Irish Pubs Global.Jim McGettigan and Family at the Irish Pubs Global Awards 2017McGettigan’s roots go back to 1964, when founder Jim McGettigan opened his first pub on Queen Street, Dublin.Hailing from Kilmacrennan, Co. Donegal, Jim McGettigan was the eldest of nine children – three brothers and six sisters. At the age of 14 years, he left school to work at a local pub, in order to help out with his family’s finances. Soon after, Jim got a job working on board the Queen Elizabeth I (QE1) washing dishes, before becoming a waiter and working his way up the ranks. After eight years on the QE1, and upon meeting his wife in Southampton, he returned to Ireland and bought his first pub on Queen Street in 1964 and so, the first McGettigan’s bar was born.Jim in Queen Street with brother NeilThen in 1969, Jim purchased another building, which was in liquidation, and called it The Baggot Inn. Few venues can boast such a colourful history and well known patrons. A young Bono was almost turned away from these world famous doors for looking under age, Tracey Chapman launched her career here. Bob Geldof begged for a month before he was given a gig. U2, David Bowie, Christy Moore, Thin Lizzy, Mary Coughlan and The Water-boys and all performed some of their best gigs in these four walls.In 1978, Jim McGettigan bought his first hotel and continued to purchase properties and hotels for the years after. By 1995, he had six hotels and two bars. In 1999, he bought the three star Bonnington hotel in London and brought it up to 4 star hotel. In 2003 he bought the Cavendish Hotel in Eastbourne. In 2005, Jim purchased a piece of sand in Dubai, which became the Bonnington Hotel in Jumeirah Lake Towers, and which opened in 2009.Bonnington Hotel DubaiMcGettigan’s NYC launch June 2015 – Dennis McGettigan, Jim McGettian and Wife Patrica, Lorraine McGettigan, Anita McGettigan and James McGettiganA family business from the start, the idea to establish a chain of Irish pubs under the family name, originated through the vision of Jim’s son, Dennis McGettigan. The first McGettigan’s Irish pub opened its doors in Jumeirah Lake Towers, Dubai in November 2010.With the inaugural venue a success, the brand expanded further, with new bars opening across the UK and Ireland, the Middle East, Asia and USA. Seven years later and there are a total of 16 McGettigan’s pubs worldwide including the original Queen street venue, with a further addition opening in October 2017 in Dubai at The Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Hotel on JBR Walk and in the emirate of Al Ain and Ajman and one in Qatar. CEO Dennis McGettiganA number of bars are more actively in the works as well as a new concept Warehouse Bar + Kitchen in Letterkenny that opened in 2016 and has won Best Newcomer at the prestigious Sky 2017 Bar of the Year Awards. McGettigan’s Dublin 9 opened last weekend with a star studded party.Jim McGettigan winning the Lifetime achievement award at the Irish Pubs Global Awards 2017Speaking about the honour, CEO Dennis McGettigan says, “On behalf of myself, mum and my nine siblings, we are exceptionally proud of our father, Jim McGettigan. His achievements are incredible, he started out with nothing and now we have McGettigan’s pubs and hotels worldwide.”Other awards for the McGettigan Group at last night’s Irish Pubs Global Awards include:McGettigan’s JLT in Dubai – Irish Pub of the YearMcGettigan’s Souk Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai – Best Food Experience – Best Gastro PubGroup Executive Chef for McGettigan’s Pubs worldwide, Sligo native Derek Flynn, won the title Best ChefMcGettigan’s Abu Dhabi – Best Irish Community Pub in the worldBest Food Award for the McGettigan Group at the Irish Pubs Global Awards 2017“To be awarded out of all the Irish pubs in the world is a great honour and is testament to our popularity as a brand.  McGettigan’s offers something for everyone, great drinks, and delicious food as well as live music, comedy and sport,” says CEO Dennis McGettigan. “We are very proud of our staff and grateful to our customers, who have turned McGettigan’s into a household name throughout the Middle East and the rest of the world,” adds Dennis McGettigan.Jim McGettigan with children Dennis, Lorraine and Maureen and McGettigan’s Ambassador golfer Shane LowryDonegal businessman Jim McGettigan wins Lifetime Achievement Award was last modified: October 12th, 2017 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:Businesshotelsirish pubs global awardsJim McGettiganlifetime achievementMcGettigan’slast_img read more

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