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

CUBA: NS Guantanamo Bay Hosts Change of Command Ceremony

first_img View post tag: Bay View post tag: Command View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today CUBA: NS Guantanamo Bay Hosts Change of Command Ceremony CUBA: NS Guantanamo Bay Hosts Change of Command Ceremony Training & Education View post tag: Naval View post tag: Guantanamo Marine Corps Security Force Company (MCSFCO) at Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, held a change of command ceremony, Sept. 27.Maj. Mark Cameron relieved Capt. Jesus Mendez as commanding officer. “This ceremony not only showcases Marine Corps traditions and customs for our junior guys, but also shows the proper respect for the outgoing commanding officer,” said MCSFCO 1st Sgt. Jonathan Martin. “We show respect for the leadership and knowledge the outgoing commanding officer provided for the Marines at GTMO and we welcome the oncoming commanding officer with the same amount of respect for the knowledge and leadership he will provide.”Several key leaders attended the morning service at the MCSFCO headquarters including NS Guantanamo Bay Commanding Officer Capt. J.R. Nettleton and Command Master Chief Ross Cramer.Selected to deploy as battalion operations officer in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Cameron attended the Marine Air-Group Task Force Integration Course and received his Operations and Tactics Instructor certification. He deployed in August 2011 and served as Task Force Belleau Wood, II Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group Security Forces Battalion Operations Officer, Camp Leatherneck in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan. Cameron served as Company C, First Battalion, 25th Marines 4th Marine Division inspector-instructor prior to reporting to NS Guantanamo Bay.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, September 28, 2012center_img View post tag: NS View post tag: hosts View post tag: Ceremony View post tag: change View post tag: News by topic September 28, 2012 Share this articlelast_img read more

AKOFS Seafarer Gets Siemens BlueVault Energy Storage Solution

first_imgAKOFS Offshore’s AKOFS Seafarer well intervention vessel has been upgraded with Siemens BlueVault Energy Storage Solution.​AKOFS Seafarer is the first existing well intervention vessel to be upgraded with a battery solution, the company said.The delivery will include Siemens BlueVault Energy Storage Solution including batteries from the company’s new production facility in Trondheim. The modification will increase the vessels DP operating capability, improve the safe operation of the vessel in addition to reducing the fuel consumption in several operation modes.“This contract shows the benefits of implementing batteries in the electric power supply system in both newbuilds and retrofitted offshore vessels. In operation these vessels have a very variable power consumption in DP mode and operations. Batteries and advanced power electronics leads to significant reduction of fuel consumption, climate emissions and maintenance cost for these vessels,” said Ketil Aagesen, head of Sales at Siemens Marine in Norway.AKOFS Seafarer is designed to perform subsea well clean-up and testing and riser-based intervention down to 2,500 meters sea depth.The vessel will from 2020 operate under a five years contract with Equinor for light well intervention services on the Norwegian continental shelf.last_img read more