Sinn Féin alternative budget would give Limerick families a break

first_img Previous articleLimerick Post Show | 4th October 2019Next articleNews Roundup | October 5, 2019 Alan Jacques Email Print Twitter Sinn Fein TD Maurice Quinlivan.Pic. Emma Jervis/ Press 22SINN Féin TD Maurice Quinlivan believes the solutions proposed in his party’s alternative budget would give Limerick’s workers and families a “break”.Deputy Quinlivan, who chaired the launch of his party’s Alternative Budget on Tuesday, insists that rent is one of the key causes of stress and insecurity among families and working people in Limerick.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Despite rental costs being a big problem for years now, the government has failed to take any real action. They have made a political choice to prioritise landlords over tenants,” he told the Limerick Post.“There are solutions to the rental crisis. Our Alternative Budget would set aside €279 million for a refundable tax credit, given to all renters, which would be equal to one month’s rent.”According to the Limerick politician, his party would also introduce an emergency rent freeze, which would be imposed on all existing and new tenancies for three years, ensuring renters won’t be squeezed any further.“We recognise these are only temporary measures, needed to stabilise the markets and people’s finances, and so we have substantial plans for house building which would address the severe shortage of housing across the State. We show how 17,216 social and affordable homes, which is 8,700 more than the government’s plan, could be built in 2020, at a cost of €1.072 billion,” he claimed.Deputy Quinlivan also sees the health service as another critical issue in Limerick, and is proposing new solutions that would make a real difference.“We would introduce two free GP visits for everyone without a GP or medical card, a measure that would cost €268.8 million next year. Next year we would also recruit an extra 500 nurses and midwives, provide medical cards for cancer patients, and introduce universal access to free counselling on a GP referral basis.“The overcrowding crisis is to the fore in Limerick, and we are proposing to open an additional 500 beds, including the associated doctors and health professionals, at a cost of €160.2 million next year.“We would commence a transformational five-year programme of childcare reform that ensures childcare workers are properly paid and childcare fees are slashed by two thirds for parents. This would cost €28 million in 2020 rising to a full year investment of €85 million going forward.”The obvious next question, he pointed out, is how Sinn Féin would fund the extra measures.“Our revenue-raising measures are detailed in our Alternative Budget too.“If you’re earning less than €140,000 we would not touch your income tax rates, but if you as an individual are earning more than that, we would ask you to contribute a little more. Our Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty, would also target the tax loopholes exploited by corporations and the wealth of millionaires.“We would tax intangible assets on-shored by multinationals, raising €722 million, we would introduce a five per cent high-income levy on individual incomes above €140,000, bringing in €345 million for the Exchequer, and we would introduce a wealth tax for the wealthiest 0.25 per cent in the State, at a rate of one per cent on the portion of wealth held over €1 million, meaning an additional €89 million for investment in public services.“Our proposals are the type of bold and decisive solutions needed to make a real difference, and these are only a sample of our suggestions, which cover every government department and sector.“Our Alternative Budget shows how the State’s income can be spent in a different, fairer, way, and highlights that millionaires can, and should pay more, towards our public services. Sinn Féin’s Alternative Budget demonstrations different choices can be made, and our budget would give workers and families a break, something that is well overdue,” he concluded. WhatsAppcenter_img Advertisement BusinessNewsPoliticsSinn Féin alternative budget would give Limerick families a breakBy Alan Jacques – October 4, 2019 201 Facebook Linkedinlast_img read more

Early details of brain damage in COVID-19 patients

first_img Fauci, Farmer, and Kim discuss coronavirus lessons so far Related Two of the three COVID-19 patients were intubated in the intensive care unit at the time of imaging, which was conducted as part of their care. One had COVID-19-associated necrotizing leukoencephalopathy. Another had experienced a recent cardiac arrest and showed subtle white matter changes on structural MR. The third had no clear encephalopathy or recent cardiac arrest. The non-COVID control cases included one patient with white matter damage due to hypoxia from other causes (post-hypoxic leukoencephalopathy), one with sepsis-related white matter damage, and a normal, age-matched, healthy volunteer.“A key question is whether it is just the decrease in oxygen to the brain that is causing these white matter changes or whether the virus is itself attacking the white matter,” says MGH neuroradiologist Otto Rapalino, who shares first authorship with Harvard-MGH postdoctoral research fellow Akila Weerasekera.Compared to conventional structural MR imaging, “MRS can better characterize pathological processes, such as neuronal injury, inflammation, demyelination, and hypoxia,” adds Weerasekera. “Based on these findings, we believe it could be used as a disease and therapy monitoring tool.”The research was supported by the James S. McDonnell Foundation, National Institutes of Health and National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Antibody evolution may predict COVID-19 outcomes Fauci offers mayors candid advice on what to expect as nation begins to reopen The researchers used 3 Tesla Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS), a specialized type of scanning that is sometimes called a virtual biopsy. MRS can identify neurochemical abnormalities even when structural imaging findings are normal. COVID-19 patients’ brains showed N-acetyl-aspartate (NAA) reduction, choline elevation, and myo-inositol elevation, similar to what is seen with these metabolites in other patients with white matter abnormalities (leukoencephalopathy) after hypoxia without COVID. One of the patients with COVID-19 who showed the most severe white matter damage (necrosis and cavitation) had particularly pronounced lactate elevation on MRS, which is another sign of brain damage from oxygen deprivation.center_img While it is primarily a respiratory disease, COVID-19 infection affects other organs, including the brain.One of the first spectroscopic imaging-based studies of neurological injury in COVID-19 patients has been reported by researchers at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in the American Journal of Neuroradiology. Looking at six patients using a specialized magnetic resonance (MR) technique, they found that COVID-19 patients with neurological symptoms show some of the same metabolic disturbances in the brain as patients who have suffered oxygen deprivation (hypoxia) from other causes, but there are also notable differences.It is thought that the disease’s primary effect on the brain is through hypoxia, but few studies have documented the specific types of damage that distinguish COVID-19-related brain injury. Several thousand patients with COVID-19 have been seen at the MGH since the outbreak began early this year, and this study included findings from three of those patients.The severity of neurological symptoms varies, ranging from one of the most well-known — a temporary loss of smell — to more severe symptoms such as dizziness, confusion, seizures, and stroke.“We were interested in characterizing the biological underpinnings of some of these symptoms,” says Eva-Maria Ratai, an investigator in the Department of Radiology and senior author of the study. “Moving forward, we are also interested in understanding long-term lingering effects of COVID-19, including headaches, fatigue, and cognitive impairment. So-called ‘brain fog’ and other impairments that have been found to persist long after the acute phase,” adds Ratai, also an associate professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School. “Moving forward, we are also interested in understanding long-term lingering effects of COVID-19, including headaches, fatigue, and cognitive impairment.” — Eva-Maria Ratai, senior author of the study He urges social distancing, being realistic about children in summer, focusing on vulnerability of African Americans, and awareness that federal help will be limited Vaccine close, but it likely won’t be a silver bullet New study shows differences between patients who survived severe COVID-19 and patients who died from it last_img read more

Haryana to host 4th edition of Khelo India Youth Games

first_imgGuwahati: Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today jointly announced Haryana as the host state for the fourth edition of Khelo India Youth Games, currently scheduled to take place after the Tokyo Olympics next year. The Games will be held in Panchkula in Haryana. The announcement was made via video conferencing on Saturday, July 25, in the presence of Sports Minister of Haryana Sandeep Singh, Secretary of Sports Shri Ravi Mital and Director General of Sports Authority of India, Sandip Pradhan.”I am very happy to announce Haryana as the host state for the fourth edition of the Khelo India Youth Games. Khelo India Games, envisioned by our Prime Minister, has been instrumental in identifying grassroots level talent from across the country, who have represented India in international sporting events. It is the Mahakumbh of sport. Haryana already has a very strong sporting culture and has given the country some of its best athletes. I am sure that with the Games being hosted in the state, more and more aspiring athletes from Haryana will be motivated to take up the competitive sports” Rijiju said.Star Sports will be the Official Broadcast Partner of the Khelo India Youth Games “Star Sports has catapulted the Khelo India Youth Games into an annual event in the country’s sporting calendar. When a young athlete sees himself or herself on a national television channel, it not just motivates the athlete, but also other youngsters watching the broadcast to take on sport as a serious career. I am very happy that the partnership is being continued”, Rijiju said, after making the announcement.During the announcement, Manohar Lal Khattar said, “As a state, Haryana has always promoted sports in a big way and supported its athletes. Hosting the Khelo India Youth Games in Haryana will only add greater impetus to our commitment towards creating a strong sporting ecosystem.”It needs mention here that Haryana has been consistently doing well in all three editions of KIYG. While they came second in the KIYG 2019 and 2020 editions (200 medals in 2020 and 159 medals in 2019) they emerged at the most superior side in the KIYG 2018 edition with 102 medals (38 gold, 26 silver, 38 bronze).Also Watch: #NewsMakers: People With Disabilities Coping With Covidlast_img read more

Brand South Africa engaging with academics ahead of inaugural Competitiveness Forum

first_imgEast London, Friday, 30 August 2013 – Brand South Africa will host its inaugural South African Competitiveness Forum later this year. As part of reaching out to civil society as partners in building South Africa as a competitive, winning nation, Brand South Africa today hosted an interaction with civil society stakeholders in East London.Representatives of local government, business, civil society and the media interacted with Brand South Africa’s Head of Research, Dr Petrus de Kock, on where the country is currently positioned on global competitiveness indices.The National Development Plan will play a key role in driving the country’s competitiveness as South Africa develops economically and socially. To achieve this successfully, it is important that all stakeholders grapple with the internal challenges, as well as the external conditions, that impact on the country’s growth. It is with this in mind that Brand South Africa will bring together leaders in government, business and civil society in one key platform.The Competitiveness Forum will explore the following themes:Education, skills & labour;Products and services;Governance and leadership;Infrastructure; andFDI competitivenessStakeholders based in the Eastern Cape shared their expert sector-specific contributions during the interaction. The outcomes of these dialogues will assist Brand South Africa profile relevant issues at the Competitiveness Forum that will add meaningfully to the national dialogue on South Africa’s competitiveness and international profile.Speaking on conclusion of the stakeholder engagement in East London, Dr de Kock said, “one thing that comes through for me is the importance of provinces and especially infrastructure. If we are talking national competitiveness issues, we really have to understand what the existing base is, provincially. Where do we need to improve, for example, the provincial infrastructure base, that will add on to the bigger picture of national competitiveness?”Preparations for the SA Competitiveness Forum take into consideration long-term objectives identified in the National Development Plan. In the 21st century rapid changes to technology and global economic circumstances necessitate in-depth consideration of both domestic and international factors that impact on South Africa’s competitiveness and global reputation as a trade partner and investment destination.Similar consultations, which will be held around the country, are intended to mobilise and encourage stakeholders in all spheres of South African society to be part of the national conversation about the future of the country and the role that they can play.About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness abroad. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Nadia Samie-JacobsPublic Relations DomesticTel: +27 11 712 5007 Mobile: +27 (0)72 777 9399Email: [email protected]: www.brandsouthafrica.comEndslast_img read more

MyPlanet Rhino Fund supports anti-poaching efforts

first_imgMyPlanet Ambassador and conservationist Braam Malherbe shares his views on conservation and the importance of  ensuring the longevity of endangered species such as rhinos.Following the alarms set off by the steady decline in the world’s rhino population, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), in 2010, declared 22 September International Rhino Day to raise awareness around the plight of rhinos and mobilise the world against illegal rhino poaching.As International Rhino Day comes around again this year the MyPlanet Rhino Fund, established in March 2011 and administered by the Endangered Wildlife Trust, puts fundraising for the cause on centre stage.“As custodians of the planet, we have to really do something,” says MyPlanet Ambassador and conservationist Braam Malherbe.“When we make that one small change and start giving back, everything comes together.”The MyPlanet Rhino Fund has raised R1.318-million in the past year with the support of more than 30 000 MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet cardholders and partner stores around the country.The MySchoolMyVillageMyPlanet partner stores donate to the fund whenever a programme cardholder swipes their card when shopping.“Know where your money is going when donating to various rhino causes so that you can be sure it directly benefits rhino conversation!” Malherbe says, offering advice to rhino conservation supporters.“With the MyPlanet Rhino Fund you can know that funds are administered by a panel of independent parties who are experts in the field.“There’s total transparency, you can visit the website, look at the blogs and regularly get updates as to where your money has gone.”Watch MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet at Rhino Orphanage with Braam Malherbe:MYPLANET RHINO FUND BENEFICIARIESThe MyPlanet Rhino fund supports a number of environmental organisations, including the Savé Valley Conservancy established in 1991 on more than 3442km2 of previously privately owned livestock farms in Cheredzi, in Zimbabwe.In 2010 the large-scale wilderness area experienced an increase in poaching even with the anti-poaching scouts stationed throughout the area. This led to the introduction of the Special Species Protection Unit, in part funded through the MyPlanet Rhino Fund.The fund has also supported training and setting up the Black Mamba All-Woman Anti-Poaching Unit operating in the Balule Nature Reserve in Limpopo. The reserve forms part of the Greater Kruger National Park and covers 400 km2.The unit was created in response to the nature reserve being targeted by poachers and is made up of 26 young women from the surrounding areas.The women underwent extensive training for six weeks and operate from five hubs stationed throughout the nature reserve.Patrolling hot spots and working observation posts spread throughout the park, the unit sets up roadblocks and conducts routine searches of the premises to weed out and deter poachers.Donations from MyPlanet went towards constructing and upgrading the picket sites, deployment and transportation, equipment and uniforms, and monthly food rations for the unit members.last_img read more

Google Keeps Building the Tower of Babel, Floor by Floor

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces If you’ve never read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, know three things – the guide is this really cool book that knows everything about the universe, everyone in that universe can communicate with each other, and you’re really missing out on a great story. What’s that have to do with anything?Google today added even more languages to Google Translate for Android and it reminded us of how much closer we are getting to a reality where smartphones will break down language barriers in real-time as we wend our way through the world.So, back to the book. In the book, the Babel fish enters the plot early and solves that whole pesky intergalactic language thing that happens in sci-fi books. Of course, translation is a pesky problem in the real world too and it’s something Google has been furiously attacking for a while now. Today’s update is just another step on the road to our own, real-world plot device, err, universal translator.Today, the company that wants to index all the world’s knowledge added three more languages – Japanese, Arabic and Korean – to the list of 15 languages that it now offers text-to-speech support for on Android phones. This means, you can directly input text in your language, choose the language to translate it to, and then have the phone say it for you. Of course, you could use it to help learn too, but that’s not nearly as interesting as the ability to wander the world and let your phone do the talking. (Have you ever tried to ask “Where’s the subway?” in Mandarin? I’m willing to bet that anyone, including my Android phone, could pronounce Mandarin words better than I can.)We thought we would offer a brief smattering of everything Google has done in the past year in terms of rebuilding that Tower of Babel and helping us all communicate a little bit better.Google Rebuilds the Tower of Babel with Real-Time Language TranslationLatest Version of Google Chrome Adds Auto-TranslationGoogle Goggles Gets TranslationGoogle Translate Now Speaks More Than 30 LanguagesGoogle Translate & Wikipedia: 16 Million Words LaterNew Google Chrome Extension Will Translate Your Tweets and Facebook UpdatesGoogle Docs Adds Translation for 53 LanguagesFor All Your Dead Language Translation Needs: Google Translate Adds LatinAmazing Instant Translation App Looks Great in VideoWhat other advances has Google made in the last year in its effort to finally dissolve the language barrier? If we’ve left anything out, help us – and everyone else – recall in the comments below. Related Posts mike melanson What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Google#mobile#web The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

SC asks PG medical students to approach Bombay High Court

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Friday directed postgraduate medical aspirants from the open category, who are challenging Maharashtra government’s ordinance on 16% reservation for the Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC), to approach the Bombay High Court. The open category aspirants from both Mumbai and Nagpur will now move the Nagpur bench on Saturday.Mumbai-based postgraduate medical aspirants from the open category had approached the SC on May 21, a day after Maharashtra governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao signed the ordinance moved by the State cabinet amending the legislation regarding 16% reservation for SEBC. On May 22, aspirants from Nagpur moved another writ petition in SC challenging the ordinance.A Bench of Justices Arun Mishra, Bhushan Gavai and Surya Kant heard the matter in SC on Friday and directed the aspirants to approach the Bombay High Court. The court in its order stated that the writ petitions are disposed of as withdrawn with liberty and requested the high court to consider the matter as early as possible, when petitioners approach.Aspirants from Nagpur will be moving a writ petition before the Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court on Saturday, and aspirants from Mumbai will be part of it.“We are moving our petition challenging the ordinance before the Nagpur bench tomorrow itself as it is an urgent matter. We are in the process of drafting the petition,” advocate Ashwin Deshpande, who will be representing the petitioners in Nagpur, told The Hindu.Meanwhile, the Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (CET) cell issued circulars for the State Mop-up round 1 on Friday evening. While students will get three days to claim their admission, Mop-up round 2 will commence later.Anand Rayate, commissioner, State CET cell, said, “Students will be given time from Friday evening till the evening of May 27 to complete their admission or resign as per round 1. If they want betterment in the round, they will join in. If they want to retain their previous seats, they can do so, or can resign. Mop round 2 for government and government aided colleges will commence after round 1 finishes. Those who resign in round 1 will not be allowed in round 2,” he said.last_img read more

Racraquin rolls SBC to 4th victory

first_imgTiu, Quimpo to take on all comers Ma. Nieza Viray added 14 points, Trisha Paras had 13 points, while Satriani Espritu and Maria Jiezela Viray both got 10 hits to aid the Lady Red Spikers’ cause.Mapua, meanwhile, continued its search for a breakthrough win after absorbing its fourth straight loss.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDianne Latayan carried the Lady Cardinals with 10 points.Later in the day, undermanned San Sebastian still proved to be too good for St. Benilde as it came away with a 23-25, 25-23, 25-19, 25-23 triumph. Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed View comments 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCesca Racraquin powered San Beda to a 25-23, 25-14, 22-25, 25-15 victory over Mapua in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The open spiker unleashed 19 points, 17 coming off kills, on top of 17 digs and 13 receptions to steer San Beda to a share of the top spot with idle Arellano at 4-0.ADVERTISEMENT Nikka Marielle Dalisay topscored for the Lady Stags with 19 points, 15 coming from spikes and three off blocks, while Joyce Sta. Rita had 12 points.Daurene Santos added 11 for San Sebastian, which rose to 2-2. BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraqlast_img read more