Means testing of child benefit too blunt an instrument – O’Dea

first_imgPrint Facebook Previous articleSomething to smile aboutNext articleFive countries to be represented at ‘Beast of Ballyhoura’ admin Email WhatsApp Linkedincenter_img Twitter “It is a myth that only those on low income really ‘need’ the payment,”MEANS testing for child benefit will take the payment from middle income families who are relying on it to maintain a basic quality of life for their children. “Reports that the IMF want the Government to introduce means testing for child benefit and the failure of Government to move quickly to rule it out are worrying,” says Deputy Willie O’Dea, FF spokesperson on Social Protection.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “It is a myth that only those on low income really ‘need’ the payment,” he says. “Many average income families that are tied into crippling mortgage repayments need all the help they can get and depriving them of the child benefit is a step too far for these families who have already borne much of the pain in attempts to correct the national finances.The deputy said that cuts to disability payments, children’s allowance, the domiciliary care allowance, the one parent family payment and community employment schemes have all impacted on those most in need of support, while at the same time there was little or no impact on sections of society more able to bear the burden.  “By means testing child benefit the Government would essentially be attacking the lower and middle income families and while there is a case to be made for ending the automatic entitlement to child benefit for those on very high incomes, I would urge Minister Joan Burton to think long and hard before attempting to introduce means testing.“As a senior Labour Party politician, Minister Burton knows well her party made promises not to touch child benefit in any wayy.” NewsLocal NewsMeans testing of child benefit too blunt an instrument – O’DeaBy admin – July 25, 2012 534 Advertisementlast_img read more

USI’s Wascher Nets GLVC Weekly Honor

first_imgEVANSVILLE, Ind.—University of Southern Indiana Women’s Basketball senior forward Hannah Wascher (Rantoul, Illinois) was named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Week for her efforts in leading the Screaming Eagles to a 2-0 record at the Puerto Rico Classic this past weekend.Wascher averaged 23.0 points and 10.5 rebounds per contest as the Eagles improved their current winning streak to five games.In USI’s 92-46 win over the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras Friday night, Wascher scored a game-high tying 17 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in just 15 minutes of work. She was 7-of-14 from the field and 3-of-6 from the charity stripe as USI cruised to the 46-point win.Wascher saved her best for last as she racked up a career-high 29 points to go along with 11 rebounds and a pair of steals in USI’s 88-71 win over the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez Saturday afternoon. She went 11-of-16 from the field and 7-of-10 from the free throw line as she recorded her second straight double-double and third of the year.A second-team All-GLVC honoree a year ago, Wascher earns her first GLVC Player of the Week award. She is the first USI women’s basketball player to earn the award since Morgan Dahlstrom (Grayslake, Illinois) garnered GLVC Player of the Week honors nearly a year ago (December 21, 2015).USI returns to action December 30 at 6 p.m. when it hosts Midwest Region foe Ohio Dominican University at the Physical Activities Center. The Eagles resume GLVC play January 5 when they host William Jewell College.FootNote: Also earning GLVC Player of the Week honors was USI Men’s Basketball senior guard Jeril Taylor (Louisville, Kentucky)…it marks the first time since November 24, 2014—when Anna Hackert and Gavin Schumann earned GLVC Player of the Week accolades—that USI has swept the conference’s weekly basketball honors.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Health officials asking people with, or close to COVID-19 to take personal responsibility

first_img Previous articleHartford man killed in rear-end collision in Berrien CountyNext articleRecord number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in Elkhart County Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. WhatsApp By Jon Zimney – November 9, 2020 0 197 WhatsApp Facebook Google+ Pinterest Facebook Source: With COVID-19 cases rapidly increasing across Berrien County and surrounding regions, the Berrien County Health Department is making shifts in case investigation and contact tracing processes to meet the increased demand and make the best use of existing resources.Because of the continuing increases in number of COVID-19 cases, there have been delays in the amount of time it takes to contact all persons who test positive for the virus as well as all those who have been in close contact to someone who has COVID-19. Residents are urged not to wait for the Health Department to call, but to take personal responsibility and action if someone becomes aware of a positive test result or potential exposure to COVID-19.Over the last month, the 7-day rolling average of new COVID-19 cases has risen from approximately 19 new cases per day in the second week of October to now an average of 76 new cases per day. “With the significant increase in cases, it has become increasingly more difficult to rapidly contact everyone who has tested positive or who is considered a close contact of a positive case,” said Nicki Britten, health officer, Berrien County Health Department. “We are asking our community to help reduce transmission. If you test positive, take action immediately by isolating and notifying close contacts. If you have been exposed to someone with the virus, please quarantine at home away from others. Isolation and quarantine remain important public health tools for us to cut off the chain of viral transmission within our community.”In order to maximize staffing resources and prevent outbreaks amongst vulnerable individuals, the Berrien County Health Department will begin prioritizing case investigation to notify those who are:Age 65 and older, especially those with chronic underlying conditions;Children who are 18 years old and younger, especially those attending school in-person;Individuals residing in congregate living environments, such as long-term care facilities;All other individuals who test positive will be contacted as capacity allows. If you receive a positive COVID-19 test result, isolate for a minimum of 10 days from the start of your symptoms or your positive test date if you didn’t have symptoms. Notify your close contacts that they may have been exposed to you 48 hours prior to when symptoms started and encourage them to quarantine and consider getting tested. If someone is awaiting test results, they must stay home until the results are in.A close contact is someone who has been within six feet (about two arms’ length) of an infected person for at least 15 minutes in 24 hours including brief encounters (it does not need to be consecutive minutes) with or without a face covering. Close contacts should quarantine—generally 14 days from the last exposure—since a person can be infectious up to 48 hours before showing any symptoms. Isolation and quarantine mean staying home from work, school, social gatherings, extracurricular activities and any other public place other than when seeking medical care.The Health Department will continue to conduct case investigation and contact tracing in nursing homes, schools, priority clusters identified in high-risk congregate settings and assist businesses with COVID-19 related issues and positive employees.More information about isolation, quarantine, testing for COVID-19 and more can be found at Google+ Twitter Twitter Pinterest Health officials asking people with, or close to COVID-19 to take personal responsibility CoronavirusIndianaLocalMichiganNewslast_img read more

Beach Reading: Carol Ruckdeschel’s New Book Is the Defining Natural History of Cumberland Island

first_imgIf you read only one book about Cumberland Island, this is it: Carol Ruckdeschel’s A Natural History of Cumberland Island is the authoritative guidebook and encyclopedia for Georgia’s largest and southernmost barrier island. This book tells the story of everything that lives on Cumberland Island, from coyotes and bobcats to the ticks that feed on them.Cumberland Island is a national seashore, wilderness, and global biosphere reserve—recognized internationally because it shelters so many rare and endangered species. Ruckdeschel has observed and studied every one of them, and her detailed accounts in this book contain breathtaking first-hand encounters and notes from the field.It’s filled with insightful details into island life, including the diets of the first aboriginal people to live on Cumberland (mussels, clams, mullet, shrimp, deer, and the occasional alligator, sea turtle, and manatee, along with abundant berries, nuts, and leaves). It’s filled with other fascinating facts: Cumberland Island’s shoreline was once 78 miles east of its present location and Whitney Lake is the largest natural body of freshwater on the Georgia barrier islands (and it almost completely dried up during a 1981 drought).No one knows more about Cumberland Island than Carol Ruckdeschel. She has lived on the island for the past 45 years, and she has devoted much of her life to researching and writing this book. For over four decades, Ruckdeschel has been studying the wildlife of Cumberland Island—wading into alligator dens, climbing trees to survey bald eagle nests, and autopsying endangered sea turtles that wash ashore.Ruckdeschel also powerfully and definitively describes the geology and ecology of Cumberland with lucid, lively, and engaging prose. She also tells the island’s human story, from the earliest indigenous inhabitants to the Carnegie and Rockefeller families today. The influence of their agriculture, timber harvesting, and expanding development on natural communities has been profound. The introduction of feral animals and the suppression of fire has also significantly altered the diversity and health of island ecology.The opening chapters provide sweeping summaries of the island—from a spit of sand 40,000 years ago to the 18-mile barrier island today. Most of the book is dedicated to species accounts, which provide incredibly detailed, first-hand, extraordinary insights into every fish, amphibian, reptile, bird, mammal, and parasite that inhabit the island. Her accounts are supported with authoritative research from leading scientists in every field.This is not necessarily a light read for summer vacation, but it is an essential companion for anyone visiting the island or seeking to understand its living community. A Natural History of Cumberland Island is a groundbreaking, landmark publication for Southern ecology, and it provides powerful new insights into the natural and human history of the South’s wildest island. last_img read more

‘I understand’, commissioner Hill tells pension funds on EMIR concerns

first_imgThe feedback also indicated the need for the Commission to take care with further reforms to avoid reducing market liquidity, added Hill.Introducing the conference before Hill’s arrival, Janwillem Bouma, chair of PensionsEurope and managing director of two Shell pension funds in the Netherlands, emphasised the need for a “proportionate regulatory environment that reflects the specificities of pension funds, which have a social purpose”.EMIR was one of the pieces of EU financial legislation Bouma said should be changed, arguing that its interaction with bank capital rules were having a negative impact on pension funds.“At present, the cumulative impact of bank capital requirements and EMIR is overly burdensome for pension funds,” said Bouma. Hill has previously said “it should be possible to make EMIR more proportionate” while still mitigating systemic risk in derivatives markets. The European Commission will feed pension funds’ calls for a permanent exemption from central clearing obligations into a review of the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) that is coming to a close, commissioner Jonathan Hill told delegates at a PensionsEurope conference in Brussels today.“I know pension funds have called for a permanent exemption from some of EMIR’s rules on central clearing,” he said. “I understand your concern.”He made the comments as part of a summary of feedback the Commission received to a consultation on how financial services legislation was working, and how the Commission was responding to this.“Respondents to our Call for Evidence have said that, overall, the measures put in place following the crisis are working well, but that, in places, our legislation is not proportionate enough, that it could be weighing down the amount of financing available to the wider economy and that the compliance burden is too heavy,” he said. last_img read more

Sterling-Gomez row should have been handled internally – Ferdinand

first_img(REUTERS) – England boss Gareth Southgate’s decision to drop Raheem Sterling for a clash with team mate Joe Gomez will only heap the pressure on the winger and the issue could have been dealt with better, former defender Rio Ferdinand said on Tuesday.Sterling was dropped from the squad to take on Montenegro in Thursday’s Euro 2020 qualifier at Wembley after a “disturbance” at the national team’s training camp on Monday, the Football Association said.The Daily Mail said that Manchester City’s Sterling had clashed with Liverpool’s Gomez at the England team’s Burton on Trent training centre — less than 24 hours after City were beaten 3-1 at Anfield in the Premier League. “Now Raheem is left to defend himself from all of the haters that had their keyboards turned off due to him becoming a very worthy ambassador for the English game,” Ferdinand wrote in a Facebook post here“If this was a terrible incident then I would be all for public shaming and discipline. But for this ‘throat grab’ that we are TOLD it’s for, I can’t understand it. “Gareth would no doubt had seen worse many times during his time as a player and manager. I just feel this could and should have been handled better to support the player and not hang him out to dry.”The newspaper said that “Sterling attempted to grab Gomez by the neck following his arrival in the players’ canteen”. The duo had earlier squared up during Sunday’s Premier League clash.“As a manager I’m sure having a harmonious squad is the best scenario — handshakes and hugs on sight not confrontations. But let’s be honest now this kind of stuff isn’t uncommon in squads full of testosterone,” added Ferdinand, who made 81 appearances for England in his career.“In the various squads I’ve been a part of I’ve seen players get punched in the face, ribs broken, nose busted, head kicked like a football… a throat grab was the equivalent of the intricate handshake embraces that are all too familiar today.“The main question is: Why this couldn’t be handled internally?” Sterling issued a statement after being dropped saying emotions got the better of him and he was ready to move on.“It seems to me, Raheem felt embarrassed by all that went on… a sign of winning mentality… however channelled wrongly. Help educate him,” former Manchester United defender Ferdinand said.“One of our world class players who has conducted himself wonderfully through racism and unwarranted criticism… will now come under more scrutiny and be vilified in the media.”last_img read more

Nicky Minaj breaks Aretha Franklin’s Billboard record

first_imgTrinidadian-born rapper Nicki Minaj is now the woman with the most Hot 100 Billboard Hits in any genre. Minaj gained the distinction by overtaking Soul Diva Aretha Franklin on the Billboard Charts.Franklin held the record for the last 40 years, until earlmid-March when Minaj drew level with her at 73 hits with her feature on Gucci Mane’s Make Love single.The release of three singles No Frauds, Regret in Your Tears and Changed It with her label mates Lil Wayne and Drake, which charted at No. 14, 61 and 71 respectively, pushed her tally to 76 hits.However Aretha Franklin still has the most hits as a lead artiste as most of Minaj’s hits are due to the fact that she is a featured vocalist on a song.Minaj took to Instagram to show her gratitude and thank her fans:“Man, I tell ya…God said he ain’t done showing off yet. Lol. Walked off stage to find out history was made yet again today… To my fans: I …. love you guys more than I’ll ever be able to put into words.”last_img read more