Families “forced to beg” for respite

first_imgTHE head of a campaign to reopen the Brothers of Charity respite house in Clonisle has said that the department of health is “forcing families on to the streets with begging bowls” to fund the permanent return of the service in Limerick.  A meeting was held between members of a family group and key representatives of the Brothers of Charity and it was agreed that the Bawnmore based service would provide a portion of the funds needed to reopen the respite house, if families fundraised for the remainder of the money.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up On this basis, the Charity will reopen the service on August 16 after a closure of two months.“Mr Neilus Hayes, chairperson of the Family Group, will invite all Families associated with the Brothers of Charity Services to participate in a meeting on August 23 to launch this fundraising campaign.“In light of this commitment, Norma Bagge, CEO, can announce that a respite service will open on the week commencing August 16 2010”, said a statement.However, the majority of the 63 families who availed of the respite service are opposed to fundraising.“It’s a disgrace that the Brothers of Charity would come out with this proposition”, Owen South, who heads up a committee to reopen the service, told the Limerick Post.“They’ve said they will put €50,000 into the bowl if families can fundraise for the remaining €150,000. They are asking people with severe disabilities to hit the byroads of Limerick, cap in hand. Most of the families are abhorred and disgusted that they should have to beg when every where else in Ireland this service is free”.A meeting is to take place between all 63 families on August 23 to discuss the fundraising proposal.“The respite service is a human right. It’s a disgrace that the department of health are forcing people out on to the street”.Health spokesperson for the Labour party Jan O’Sullivan, has been campaigning for the reopening of the service and told this newspaper that she is unhappy with the new proposals for fundraising.“The HSE said they don’t have any more money but the Brothers of Charity say the Mid West got the hardest hit in funding cuts than any other region. That it was not balanced.Kieran O’Donnell TD said the sum of €50,000 would cover about three months of respite.“I welcome the reopening but many of the people affected are elderly, or widows and widowers and don’t have the capacity to look after their disabled children without a rest.“We need equality in the moratorium throughout regions and a sustainable respite service in Limerick”. Print WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsFamilies “forced to beg” for respiteBy admin – July 29, 2010 781 Twitter Advertisementcenter_img Previous articleHSE tell court no place for teenagerNext articleSteven Ryan / Windings talks to Limerick Post Ents editor Eric FitzGerald admin Facebook Email Linkedinlast_img read more

Willie’s bill to remove EPA’s absolute immunity

first_imgShannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Advertisement Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Linkedin TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! NewsPoliticsWillie’s bill to remove EPA’s absolute immunityBy Alan Jacques – October 3, 2018 2448 Limerick on Covid watch list Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Printcenter_img Email An Taoiseach Brian Cowen TD and Michael FinneranTD Minister for Housing and Local Services ; Willie O’Dea TD John Fitzgerald, Chairman, Limerick Regeneration Agencies (left) and Peter Power TD Minister of State visiting Limerick to launch Phase 1 of the Limerick Regeneration Programme. This involves 26 new projects with an investment of Û337 Million. .- Photo: Kieran Clancy / Picsure ©28/6/10* Issued on behalf of Limerick Regeneration Agencies…. With Compliments .. NO FEE …..LIMERICK Fianna Fáil TD Willie O’Dea has published a draft bill to remove the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) absolute right to immunity.The Environmental Protection Agency (Amendment) Bill 2018 seeks to delete Section 15 of the 1992 EPA Act and amend Section 67 of the 1996 Waste Management Act that gives the EPA immunity from suit.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “This is a short but important piece of legislation. At present, the EPA has absolute immunity from legal consequences despite a 2011 expert review group report saying that ‘doubts have been expressed about the constitutionality of this immunity and whether it is compatible with obligations arising under the European Convention on Human Rights,” Deputy O’Dea said.“Furthermore, the review group concluded that ‘the absolute nature of the EPA’s immunity was difficult to justify in a modern legislative scheme and that it should be revised when the opportunity arises’.“The EPA is an incredibly powerful organisation whose decisions impact on communities up and down the country. I don’t believe they should have absolute immunity, in all cases, from suit. Their actions have consequences,” he concluded. Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites TAGSLimerick City and CountyNewspolitics Facebook Previous articleWATCH: Highlights from Munster’s record Pro 14 victory over UlsterNext articleJoe Henry plays Dolan’s Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie WhatsApp Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon?last_img read more

Writer examines elite education’s effects on students

first_imgSpeaking to a maximum-capacity crowd in DeBartolo Hall on Thursday evening, former Ivy League professor William Deresiewicz challenged the status quo of American higher education and the effect it has on students.His lecture, “The Failures of the Elite Education System,” was based on his essay, “The Disadvantages of an Elite Education” and his book, “Excellent Sheep,” which examines negative trends he had seen in his career in academia.“When people say, ‘Where should I send my kid?’ First of all, don’t send your kid. Let your kid decide,” Deresiewicz said.Deresiewicz said towards the end of his 10 years as a faculty member at Yale, he wrote an article titled “The Disadvantages of an Elite Education,” which went viral online.“Students would write to me saying, ‘Thank you for putting what they were thinking into words,’” Deresiewicz said.According to Deresiewicz, the elite education system has led to a culture of empty ambition where students struggle to get to the top but fail to understand why they are trying so hard. Accompanying this, Deresiewicz said, is a counterintuitive strain of anti-intellectualism. Students are too busy studying and jumping through hoops to focus and think about what they are studying, he said.“I tapped into a hunger that so many students are feeling not just at selective colleges, but across many colleges,” Deresiewicz said.According to Deresiewicz, these effects go beyond simple dissatisfaction with college life.“What I didn’t realize was just how much psychic distress, how much mental illness, to be brutally frank about it, this system is causing,” Deresiewicz said.Deresiewicz said it is still important to craft a positive vision of college education. Citing columnist David Brooks, Deresiewicz said education can be divided into three purposes: vocational, cognitive and moral. He said colleges currently focus too much on the vocational and, to a lesser extent, the cognitive. Instead, they should be focusing on the moral purpose: the cultivation of an ability to make choices and self-reflect.Deresiewicz said he sees this purpose from a secular perspective but believes it can coexist and even complement a religious motivation, especially at a school like Notre Dame.“This is a system that forces you to choose between fulfillment and success,” he said.Deresiewicz said University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh and University of California regent Clark Kerr provide excellent examples of how college administrators should act. However, he said the paradigm of public intellectual college leader is dead, replaced by the model of business managers who treat schools like corporations and students like customers.“The classroom and the dorm room ought to be two ends of the same experience,” he said. “The first puts ideas into your head, the second makes them part of your soul.”Deresiewicz said college education should help answer the question, “What is the good life?” and how to live it.Tags: Deresiewicz, education, lecturelast_img read more

UK roundup: AG Barr, Canada Life, Merseyside Pension Fund

first_imgAG Barr, the Scottish soft-drinks manufacturer, has completed a £35m (€40.1m) bulk annuity deal with Canada Life for its pension scheme, covering more than 50% of the scheme’s pensioner liabilities, and focuses on those who have recently retired.The deficit for the AG Barr (2008) Pension and Life Assurance Scheme doubled from £13.7m at the end of July 2015 to £25m a year later, with the scheme’s defined benefit section closed to future accruals from 1 May 2016.The buy-in was primarily funded with Gilts, with the trustees taking advantage of good pricing to optimise their low-risk assets.Lead adviser to the trustees was Hymans Robertson, with Shepherd and Wedderburn providing legal advice. James Mullins, partner and head of risk-transfer solutions at Hymans Robertson, said: “This deal is illustrative of the excellent value the market for pensioner buy-ins represents at the moment.“This is being driven by new entrants to the market such as Canada Life. It’s therefore highly likely we’ll see an increasing number of schemes go down this route, taking them a step closer to fully securing benefits.”In other news, the Merseyside Pension Fund (MPF), the pension scheme for public sector employees in Merseyside, northwest England, has reported an investment return of 1.2% on its £6.8bn portfolio for the year to 31 March, compared with its bespoke benchmark return of -0.4%.This takes average annualised returns to 6.5% for the three years, and 7.1% for the five years, to the same date.The previous year had seen a return of 12.6%, compared with 10.9% for the benchmark.During 2015-16, equities in all geographical regions except North America made negative returns, but other asset classes were all in positive territory, with property by far the best performer, returning around 10% (specific figures are not published).There was little change in asset allocation year on year.The strategic allocations are 30% in overseas equities, 23% in UK equities, 20% in alternatives, 19% in fixed interest and 8% in property.However, councillor Paul Doughty, chair of the fund’s pensions committee, said that, as anticipated in the previous year, volatility in financial markets was picking up, and the fund had been positioned cautiously.With the next triennial valuation to be made as at 31 March, the MPF’s estimated funding level is around 76%, the same as for the previous valuation.last_img read more

Comments Sought on Tacoma Harbor Deepening Project

first_imgThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District, has issued notice of plans to prepare, pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act, an environmental assessment (EA) for the Tacoma Harbor, Washington, Navigation Improvement Project.The Corps will analyze alternatives for navigation improvements to the Blair Waterway of Tacoma Harbor, including potential deepening and widening of the waterway.According to USACE, the initial alternatives include deepening the Blair Waterway from -51 feet to up to -58 feet MLLW, and widening the existing authorized channel (330 to 520 feet wide) to better accommodate larger vessels already calling at Tacoma Harbor, such as the post-Panamax Generation 4.The purpose of this Public Notice is to solicit comments from interested persons, groups and agencies on the environmental impact of the proposal and issues for consideration in the EA.Deadline for sending written comments is February 21, 2019.last_img read more