Water charges will sink workers

first_imgEmail THE regional president for St Vincent de Paul in the Mid West is urging the government to reconsider the proposed water charges of €4.88 per 1000 litres due to fears that it will push already struggling families over the edge.The St Vincent de Paul (SVP) organisation says the charge – one of the highest in Europe – will have serious implications for low income families.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Michael Murphy, of SVP Mid West told the Limerick Post: “What we’re beginning to see is people in lower paid employment who are really struggling and who don’t get any benefits, and yet their income might only be marginally different to people who are on social welfare.“We’ve had extra charges such as the property tax and now we’re following this with the water rates, and these people will have to pay all these charges. They are in employment so there’s no way of avoiding it.”Mr Murphy remarked that the added burden on low income households “doesn’t do anything to encourage people to be in the workforce and to pay their way”.“There are people who are just about keeping their heads above water and they are being hit with more charges. This needs to be looked at again, because it’s being brought in in a hasty manner at the moment,” he added.The SVP is now calling on the government to revise the charges, with particular regard to people on minimum wage and in low-paid employment.Mr Murphy concluded: “Examples are being given that it’s being brought in to improve the situation where we’re losing up to 50 per cent of our water through a porous water system that has been underfunded by the State and it’s just not good enough that the people are being punished and made to pay for it.“So far, all we’ve seen is the enormous cost of setting up this operation. The money is not being spent on the infrastructure.” Previous articleWaiting for Millennium midnight hourNext articleSt Michael’s Rowing Club take to Limerick’s streets John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Facebook NewsWater charges will sink workersBy John Keogh – August 7, 2014 528 Irish Water defers introduction of new business charges during the Covid 19 emergency TAGSIrish WaterSociety of St Vincent de Paul Pictures reveal damage caused by wipes being flushed down Limerick’s loos RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Printcenter_img Advertisement Limerick customers to benefit from extension of Irish Water’s First Fix free scheme to tackle leaks Irish Water to replace old water mains on St Nessan’s Road WhatsApp Twitter Linkedin Update: Works underway to resolve discolouration of water in Raheen area Abbeyfeale water supply gets the all clearlast_img read more

Angels pick up catching depth by claiming Kevan Smith on waivers

first_imgIn order to create a spot for Smith on the 40-man roster, the Angels designated catcher Joe Hudson for assignment.Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter The Angels claimed catcher Kevan Smith on waivers on Friday, adding depth to a position at which they had little experience on the roster.Smith presumably goes into the mix with Francisco Arcia and José Briceño, neither of whom had played in the majors before last season.Smith, 30, has played 146 games over the last three years with the White Sox. A right-handed hitter, Smith hit .292 with a .348 on-base percentage in 52 games last season.If he could repeat that offensive performance, it would be an upgrade for an Angels team that didn’t get much offense out of the catching position in 2018. Angels catchers combined to hit .220 with a .271 on-base percentage last year.center_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

South Africa High Commissioner to the UK visit to Rugby School and Museum

first_imgLondon (UK), Wednesday 23 March 2016 – South Africa’s High Commissioner to the UK, HE Obed Thembinkosi Mlaba will visit the Rugby School and Museum today, ahead of the 450th Anniversary of the Popular Sport (Rugby) in 2017.The objective of this meeting is to formalise the relationship between South Africa and the Rugby School. The Rugby school has formalised links known as Friends of Hong Kong and Friends of America.Sport has shown it is very powerful as a vehicle for national reconciliation and nation building.Brand South Africa’s Country manager to the UK, Ms Pumela Salela said: “Knowing how important Rugby is to South Africa, we want to establish a Friends of South Africa chapter. Rugby is one of South Africa’s big three sports, alongside soccer and cricket. For the many South African fans of the game, rugby is a serious matter, a source of bursting pride and joy.”“This visit aims to increase public awareness of rugby in South Africa more so because South Africa will for the first time, in the history of RUGBY 7 form part of the Olympic Games in 2016. This timed very well with the forthcoming 2016 Olympic games in which Rugby is included for the first time,” added Ms Salela.The SA High Commissioner will investigate opportunities for previously disadvantaged South Africans to participate on an exchange programme with the Rugby school. The school itself is located in an area called Rugby in the United KingdomFollow the conversation on @Brand_SA #SANationBrand.last_img read more

New Online Stress Course for Military Family Caregivers

first_imgThe Many Faces of Stress for Military Family Caregivers course was designed as a free online course to help family members better understand the multiple ways that providing care for their service member can be stressful and guide caregivers to resources that can help alleviate stress.To take the course, simply click on the Many Faces of Stress for Military Family Caregivers to begin.The course introduces and explains the concept of identity discrepancy in a way that caregivers can easily understand. Identity discrepancy is an incongruence or misfit between the responsibilities and tasks that a caregiver has assumed and his or her personal expectations regarding care responsibilities.While many people tend to believe that specific care tasks are the cause of stress for caregivers, identity discrepancy is often the major source of distress and it can lead to multiple types of caregiver stress. Using a story about Marie and Tony, fictional characters with a realistic caregiving background, the course demonstrates how caregiving changes the relationship between the caregiver and the care recipient creating identity discrepancy, which leads to caregiver stress.As caregivers move through the course they will be challenged to answer a series of specific questions that will help them identify the types of stress they are experiencing and lead them to resources that will help them. Each caregiver will be encouraged to take at least one action step to alleviate his or her stress.Course content is based on research and publications by Rhonda J.V. Montgomery, Ph.D. and Karl D. Kosloski, Ph.D. The course was originally developed for the U.S. Army Soldier and Family Assistance Centers (SFAC) but is available online for public use. *Note: Google Chrome browser is not compatible for this course system.last_img read more

Book on skincare

first_imgSkin Deep: An Inside Out Approach to Looking Good Naturally! The opening line ‘What we put as food in our mouth is more important than what we put as creams on our skin,’ sets the tone for this book. It talks about how eating right (healthy carbs, good fats, green leafy vegetables and seasonal fruits) can do wonders to the way our skin looks and feels. To make things appealing to an average reader, Santhanam, a well-known dermatologist, has divided the book into four sections. In the first section, Santhanam suggests a simple expect test (X:X factor, P: Pores, E: Evenness, C: Clarity, T:Texture) to identify your skin type and how to make it better. The second section covers the benefits and drawbacks of different food groups such as carbs, proteins and fats. For instance, she explains how incorporating Omega-3 fatty acids can keep the oils flowing to your skin and how the right amount of anti-oxidants(Vitamin E, Vitamin C, beta-carotene and selenium) can keep wrinkles at bay. The third section on the A-Z of skin foods including flaxseeds, herbs and oats is a delight for anyone looking at sporting beautiful skin, the healthy way. The last section featuring beauty recipes made with common kitchen ingredients is a bonus! In all, a book that does complete justice to its title.last_img read more