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Limerick councillors in show of solidarity with Dunnes workers

first_imgFamilies and workers must be supported through public health emergency NewsLocal NewsLimerick councillors in show of solidarity with Dunnes workersBy Alan Jacques – April 10, 2015 1182 WhatsApp Twitter TAGSAnti Austerity AllianceCllr John LoftusCllr Maurice QuinlivanCllr Paul KellerDunnes StoresFianna FáillimerickNiall Collins TDSinn Fein Facebook Advertisement Linkedin Email Council to look at reasons behind city business closures center_img Previous articleRugby – All Ireland league enters final weekend #ublNext articleRUGBY – Munster at full strength for Edinburgh clash Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Print Limerick worst affected for trolley numbers Councillor’s show and tell of Limerick litter problem Jetland opens a new chapter in Dunne’s Limerick story RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Minister Harris “missing in action again” as crisis in University Hospital Limerick is raised in Dáil says Limerick TD by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Sinn Fein councillors Seamus Browne, Maurice Quinlivan, Lisa Marie Sheehy, Seighin O Ceallaigh and Malachy McCreesh with Dunnes Stores workers in Limerick.LOCAL politicians expressed their firm support for the Dunnes Stores during their one day strike in Limerick last Thursday over the imposition of zero hour contracts.Fianna Fáil Justice spokesman Niall Collins was one of the first on the picket line while Sinn Féin leader on Limerick City and County Council, Cllr Maurice Quinlivan, expressed his party’s support for the introduction of a living wage as he joined staff outside Dunnes stores at Jetland and Howley’s Quay.“The application of zero hour contracts, and the imposition of low pay rates are sources of great hardship for working families. They damage any hope of a real recovery.” said Cllr Quinlivan.“Dunnes workers have been left with no option but to engage in industrial action in an effort to secure fair pay and secure hours. They, and the 129,000 low-paid workers in this state, deserve certainty about their hours of work and income,” he added.Limerick’s three Anti-Austerity Alliance councillors also offered full support and solidarity to Dunnes Stores workers during their strike action. Cllr John Loftus called on people to support this “important strike” by not passing the pickets and to stand in solidarity with the workers.“Dunnes Stores is a major, profitable company which is using low-hours contracts to maximise its profits,” said Cllr Loftus.Fellow AAA councillor Paul Keller said the strike was an important step in the fight against the return of 19th century working conditions through the spread of low hour contracts.“These contracts have been used by management as a weapon to punish and bully workers through the withdrawal of hours from one week to the next,”  he claimed.last_img read more

Consumer Confidence Reaches 7-Year High

first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save Tagged with: Conference Board Consumer Confidence Economic Activity August 26, 2014 1,896 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tory Barringer began his journalism career in early 2011, working as a writer for the University of Texas at Arlington’s student newspaper before joining the DS News team in 2012. In addition to contributing to DSNews.com, he is also the online editor for DS News’ sister publication, MReport, which focuses on mortgage banking news. The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Consumer confidence ticked up for the fourth straight month in August, rising once again to a new seven-year high.The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index climbed 2.1 points to 92.4 in the group’s August reading, marking the highest level of confidence since October 2007.August’s increase was driven by an increase in Conference Board’s measure of current economic sentiment, which grew to 94.6 from 87.9 in July. Most of that was spurred by more promising reports over the spring and summer as business and labor market indicators improved.On the other hand, the expectations component of the index slipped, falling one point to 90.9.”Looking ahead, consumers were marginally less optimistic about the short-term outlook compared to July, primarily due to concerns about their earnings,” said Lynn Franco, director of economic indicators for the Conference Board. “Overall, however, they remain quite positive about the short-term outlooks for the economy and labor market.”Out of those consumers surveyed, the number of those anticipating more jobs in the coming months fell to 17 percent from 18.7 percent in July, though the number of those expecting fewer jobs also dropped to 15.8 percent.Wage expectations were worse, with only 15.5 percent of respondents saying they expect their income to grow—down from 17.7 percent—and 11.9 percent expecting a drop in their earnings.Overall, August’s report is one to celebrate, says Chris Christopher, director of U.S. consumer economics at IHS Global Insight.”There has been some good news on the consumer front, such as well received employment reports and falling pump prices, though the current rise in food prices is a downer for many low-income and middle-income households,” Christopher said. “[The report] indicates that consumer confidence is maintaining itself at elevated levels and starting to gain traction.”Scheduled later this week is the final August reading of the University of Michigan/Thomson Reuters Index of Consumer Sentiment, which has not fared as well lately. Economists expect Friday’s release to show the index climbing to 80.5 after a disappointing first look earlier in the month. Previous: DS News Webcast: Tuesday 8/26/2014 Next: High Negative Equity Among Gen-Xers Causing Housing Gridlock Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, Market Studies, News Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Conference Board Consumer Confidence Economic Activity 2014-08-26 Tory Barringer Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Consumer Confidence Reaches 7-Year High  Print This Post Sign up for DS News Daily About Author: Tory Barringer Consumer Confidence Reaches 7-Year High The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

The first Kinderhotel in Valamar’s portfolio opened

first_imgThe first Kinderhotel in the Valamar Riviera portfolio was opened this season within the Valamar Collection of the Girandella Resort in Rabac.It is a Valamar Girandella Maro Suites 5 * located next to a long pebble beach, which is specially designed and offered to families with children of different ages. “Valamar Girandella Maro Suites 5 * has additionally contributed to the rich tourist offer of Rabac – in Croatia this is the third hotel of its kind, while in Europe there are a total of 50. This completes the investment in two Valamar resorts in Rabac, Valamar Collection Girandella Resort 4 * / 5 * and TUI Family Life Bellevue Resort 4 *, worth as much as 635 million kuna, which is also the largest investment in Croatian tourism. With this hotel we have created 150 new jobs in Rabac” said Sandi Sinožić, director of the Rabac destination in Valamar Riviera.But what exactly does that mean?Valamar points out that the family suites, 149 in total, are additionally equipped with children’s necessities and child safety equipment – a toy box, protective sockets, children’s benches in the bathroom, a toilet seat, a baby phone and children’s TV programs. There is also a baby cot on request, a baby package that includes a baby bath, thermometer, diapers, a bottle warmer and a baby changing mat, and a Playstation is available on request. There is also a children’s buffet in the restaurant and a play lounge with an indoor playground and a 24-hour offer of hot drinks, soft drinks and afternoon meals such as salads, soups and cakes.Rabac, Valamar Girandella Maro Suitephoto: Dusko Marusic / PixsellThere is also an Aqua Maro baby pool and heated pool, as well as an outdoor pool for activities with attractions such as water effects and water slides for all ages. For the youngest, there are Maro clubs divided by different age groups, while teenagers take a break from their parents in the social zone intended only for them. “Families are especially thrilled with the Sundance family beach with a beach bar, the most comfortable sun loungers and a host of activities from fun banana rides, water skiing to flying above the sea on parasailing. The Maro family beach is ideal for the youngest and first attempts at swimming, and its special attraction is the Wibit inflatable water park with a fun wipeout polygon on the sea. Sunrise relax beach will attract everyone who prefers to relax on deck chairs or beach bar with a sip of your favorite cocktail, just like the Canerolo V level family beach near Valamar Girandella V Level Villas. ” stand out from Valamar.Valamar has invested a total of more than HRK 4 billion in the tourism portfolio, and HRK 1,6 billion in the last two years alone. In this year’s investment cycle, around HRK 700 million was invested and the repositioning of the portfolio towards high value-added offers and services continues. For 2019, the Supervisory Board of Valamar has given its prior approval for investments and projects worth HRK 616,5 million, which continues the intensive investment cycle.last_img read more

COVID-19 threatens Indonesia hepatitis campaign

first_imgThe COVID-19 epidemic is expected to put at risk Indonesia’s target of eliminating hepatitis B and C by 2030 as it has interrupted screening and early-detection programs and vaccination drives and disrupted the supply chain of imported drugs.The prevalence of hepatitis B in Indonesia is 7.1 percent, meaning that some 18 million people are infected with the viral disease, according to the 2013 Basic Health Research (Riskesdas). Half of the cases have become chronic, with 900,000 developing cirrhosis and liver cancer. Meanwhile, the prevalence of hepatitis C is 1.1 percent, about 3 million people.The government is aiming to break the cycle of hepatitis B infection that is passed from mother to newborn infant, the major source of transmission, by 2022, before eventually eliminating hepatitis B and C altogether by 2030. To achieve this the government has launched numerous programs, including gradually expanding access to early detection of hepatitis B among pregnant women and hepatitis C among at-risk sections of the population, access to free drugs to treat hepatitis C patients and hepatitis B vaccinations for newborn babies and children. However, it is feared the COVID-19 pandemic will stall further efforts.”The pandemic will certainly disrupt our targets surrounding hepatitis elimination […] We’ll look into how we can catch up with programs [we might have missed],” Health Ministry disease prevention and control director Wiendra Waworuntu said in a press briefing to mark World Hepatitis Day on Tuesday.The latest ministry data shows that the number of pregnant women undergoing early detection for hepatitis B increased between 2015 and 2019, when it covered some 2.5 million women.But January until June this year saw a 41 percent decline from the same period last year, Wiendra said. The number of people undergoing early detection for hepatitis C among the at-risk population between January and June this year also declined by 60 percent from the same period last year. So far, reports received by the ministry show that 44 percent of provinces still have not reached a target of a minimum of 85 percent of cities and regions conducting hepatitis B early detection.Read also: Government drives vaccination to prevent rise in childhood diseases amid COVID-19Indonesian Association for the Study of the Liver (PPHI) chairman Irsan Harsan said that patients’ fears over contracting COVID-19 had been the “biggest disruption” in hepatitis-eradication campaigns because they refrained from undergoing screening and treatment at health facilities.”Some tried to consult via telemedicine platforms, but it is not easy to consult virtually for hepatitis treatment. […] Imagine if [medical workers] do not screen pregnant women [for hepatitis B] or do not give newborn babies [hepatitis B] immunoglobulin, the babies can become infected too,” he said.The problem was that detected hepatitis cases were only the “tip of the iceberg”, Irsan said, saying that in the United States, for instance, only 50 percent of hepatitis C cases were detected –18 percent of these are treated, with only 9 percent fully recovering. The figures were much lower in Indonesia, he said.”What needs to be addressed is how we can find new cases that mostly lie beneath the surface: people who do not know they have it and who do not show symptoms,” he said. “Nine of 10 people do not realize they have hepatitis B and C; and one out of four is at risk of dying from liver cancer or liver failure. That is why we dub it a silent killer.”On top of that, experts also have difficulties in deliberating medical guidelines for hepatitis B and C treatments due to mobility restrictions and social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, he said.Caroline Thomas, a program manager at hepatitis support group Peduli Hati Bangsa, said stocks of daclatasvir — one of the direct-acting antiviral drugs (DAAs) to treat hepatitis C patients provided by the government – had run out since February.The government has since 2017 provided the DAAs to 5,361 patients for free. The DAAs have a higher cure rate compared to the pegylated interferon the government used before switching to DAAs.Such a stock shortfall was commonplace, usually lasting three to four months, Caroline said, but it had been particularly long this year as a result of mobility restrictions to contain the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting drug imports from India.”There’s nothing [patients] can do apart from waiting. Those in early stages of hepatitis C can wait, but those in late stages just can’t. We are racing against time and losing lives,” Caroline said.Even without the pandemic, the number of drugs provided by the government was still far from what experts recommend if Indonesia wants to eliminate hepatitis C by the targeted time, Caroline said.A 2019 study by University of Bristol researchers published in the Liver International journal showed that for Indonesia, hepatitis C elimination by 2045 was “the most feasible path to scale-up”, and that it would prevent 739,000 new infections and avert 158,000 hepatitis C virus-related deaths.Many patients could not afford to purchase the “pricey” drugs on their own, Caroline said, adding that they might cost patients between Rp 11 million (US$755) and Rp 18 million for three months’ supply.Topics :last_img read more

NBL: LaMelo Ball a new internet sensation with an impressive stat line

first_img Written By READ: NBA Project: Vivek Ranadivé Predicts Faster Basketball Growth In IndiaIt was Ball and Aaron Brooks that had led a frantic fourth-quarter rally to pull the Hawks back into the game. The 18-year-old has an impressive stat line. However, he did finish the game shootings just 6-of-17 from the field and missed all five of his long-range attempts. LaMelo Ball also tied Josh Boone for a team-worst plus-minus of negative-17. It seemed that Ball had multiple chances to take the lead in the fourth before Brisbane eventually put the game to an end with its own run in the final minutes. READ: WATCH: Kiren Rijiju Jumps For Joy On Landing Perfect Basketball ShotNot the first timeThis is not the first time that Ball has gone viral while displaying his talent. Back in 2016, during Chino Hills High School’s 47th straight win, Ball called his shot from halfcourt then calmly drained it as part of a 65-point performance against Foothill in the Rancho Mirage Holiday Invitational. In 2018, during the Junior Ball Association international tour, Ball again went viral when he put his defender on the floor, as his ankle-breaking move sent the crowd into a frenzy.  Bhavya Sukheja The youngest son of LaVar Ball, LaMelo Ball has become a new social media sensation after playing his debut match and becoming the first NBL player in history to have a double-double with five assists and no turnovers. Ball reportedly opted to play overseas in New Zealand instead of attempting to get eligible for the 2019-20 college basketball season. He is also a potential top pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. On October 06, he played his first regular-season game with the Illawarra Hawks against the Brisbane Bullets and finished the night with a stat line of 12 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, and four steals.  COMMENT 11 months ago Instagram feature could let users share stories with specific groups 11 months ago War box-office: Breaks all 2019 records, leaves Salman, Akshay behind READ: NBA India Games: 5 Things You Need To Know About The Basketball League LaMelo Ball DROPPED him 😱 #SCtop10 pic.twitter.com/TKTlEYSvqb— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 15, 2018 11 months ago ‘Mayank Agarwal plays fearlessly like his idol Sehwag’: VVS Laxman Last Updated: 7th October, 2019 19:07 IST NBL: LaMelo Ball A New Internet Sensation With An Impressive Stat Line LaMelo Ball has become a new social media sensation after becoming the first NBL player in history to have a double-double with five assists and no turnovers WE RECOMMEND LaMelo Ball on debut ⤵️12 points10 rebounds5 assists4 steals0 turnoversBall is the first player in NBL history to have a double-double with five assists and no turnovers on debut 👀@MELOD1P #NBL20 pic.twitter.com/8H5vghFJTI— NBL (@NBL) October 6, 2019 WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV 11 months ago Prakash Javadekar on Uddhav’s CM remark: ‘Only time will tell’ SUBSCRIBE TO US 1 year ago today, this video of LaMelo Ball calling a half-court shot then making it went viral.Full game highlights: https://t.co/irIQWuo0Ne pic.twitter.com/jtWH48CDQ2— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) December 27, 2017 FOLLOW US READ: Basketball Playing Kids Invite Wheelchair-bound Boy To Play Ball(With inputs from Agencies) First Published: 7th October, 2019 19:07 ISTlast_img read more

Musa Bility: Liberia FA president to appeal against Fifa rejection

first_imgLiberia FA president Musa Bility is to appeal against Fifa’s decision to prevent him from standing in its presidential election in February.Bility failed an integrity check carried out by the ethics commission of world football’s governing body.He is appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to allow him to stand in the election and a hearing could take place before Christmas.Bility was given a six-month ban from all football activities in 2013.The ban was imposed by the Confederation of African Football for using confidential documents from the governing body in a legal challenge against its president, Issa Hayatou.Bility said in November he had been informed by Fifa that his candidacy was “principally rejected” because of the ban. Hayatou is currently acting Fifa president after Sepp Blatter, vice-president Michel Platini and general secretary Jerome Valcke were all suspended over corruption allegations.Fifa has approved five presidential candidates, with Platini also not included.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

$6 million investment to Highway 77

first_imgSix million dollars is being invested in construction to Highway 77 from Deasum Creek to the Northwest Territory border. The announcement came on Tuesday by Prince George-Peace River M-P Jay Hill and Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Blair Lekstrom.Crews will be carrying out base strengthening and upgrading of the road structure, bringing it to 100 per cent carrying capacity, with a new hard surface over 25 km. – Advertisement -Lekstrom says the project is expected to create 40 jobs and improve travel and safety conditions on the road.The announcement is part of the 290-million dollar infrastructure investment, recently announced by the Government of Canada and the Province of B.C.Construction is expected to begin in June 2009 and finish in September 2009.Advertisementlast_img read more