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 Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie 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

VEC Board to consider Vermont Yankee offer April 26

first_imgVEC Board to review Entergy Vermont Yankee proposal, not final yet … Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) officials responded to a press release issued by EntergyCorporation on March 30, 2011. In this press release, Entergy … Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) directors will consider a twenty-year power offer from Entergy to purchase electricity produced at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant at below market prices. One consideration of the proposed agreement with Entergy would require state regulatory approval for the continued operation of the plant in Vermont. At a regularly scheduled board meeting on Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at noon at VEC headquarters in Johnson, the 12-member VEC board of directors will hear from nuclear industry experts following an overview of the proposed contract by VEC staff.  Arnie Gundersen, an independent nuclear engineering and safety expert from Fairewinds Associates, and officials from Entergy will present their respective views and answer questions from the board. The board is expected to vote on the proposal at the meeting. Entergy last week filed two court cases against the state of Vermont. The first one essentially saying that the state Legislature has no right to determine the fate of the Vernon nuclear plant, as that decision should be left to regulators at the state and federal level – the Vermont Public Serivce Board and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Entergy also filed an injunction to stop the state from closing the plant. (SEE STORY HERE) ‘Many VEC members have expressed concerns about the Vermont Yankee facility in Vernon and about the rising costs of energy. There are no easy answers,’ said CEO Dave Hallquist.  ‘Our energy decisions come with many tradeoffs. VEC’s power procurement team continually seeks out options that are priced competitively, but lower price tags often come with negative environmental consequences. From wind to nuclear to solar — it’s a balancing act that weighs financial costs against environmental risks.’ ‘Because VEC is a cooperative and a democratic institution, our customers are both members and owners and they elect directors to represent their interests,’ continued Hallquist. ‘The April 26, 2011 meeting should result in a decision that ultimately reflects the overall interests of the VEC membership.’ Elected democratically by its consumers, VEC’s board of directors is responsible for setting policy for Vermont’s third largest electric distribution utility, which serves members in 74 towns in northern Vermont.  Aside from executive sessions, VEC board meetings are open to VEC members and invited guests. Members and others wishing to address the board at the meeting will need advance authorization in accordance with the VEC bylaws and board policy. Audio and video recording of board meetings is not permitted. More information about the meeting, along with contact information for VEC directors, can be found on the VEC website at www.vermontelectric.coop(link is external) Source: VEC, Johnson, April 22, 2011RELATED STORIES: Entergy, Vermont Electric Cooperative complete negotiations on … Mar 30, 2011 … Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR) today announced Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee, LLC has completed negotiations on a 20-year agreement to …center_img Entergy Vermont Yankee sues state of Vermont | Vermont Business … Apr 18, 2011 … Entergy has sought to extend the license another 20 years. It said a shorterextension was not feasible because of the capital investment …last_img read more

2,754 Miles. 89 Days. 1 Wheel.

first_imgThe Great Divide Mountain Bike Route (GDMBR) is the longest off-pavement trail in the world. Stretching for 2,754 miles from Banff, Canada, to the Mexican border near Antelope, N.M., the GDMBR accumulates a total of over 200,000 feet of elevation gain. For even the most experienced of mountain bikers, the GDMBR’s unpredictable weather and rough terrain prove to put a fair amount of wear and tear on bike, body, and mind. Now imagine pedaling all of those 2,754 miles on a unicycle. Gen Shimizu from Charlottesville, Va., is one of the few to have done just that.“A lot of people said, ‘that’s really cool,’ when I first told them what I was doing,” says Shimizu, “but I’m sure behind my back they were saying, ‘this guy is nuts.’”Shimizu was by no means an avid unicycler when he first made the decision to ride the Divide. Having attended the University of Virginia to study mechanical engineering, Shimizu had lost touch with his childhood unicycling passion after high school. In fact, he hadn’t even touched the one-wheeled contraption in over a decade.“I don’t remember when or how I discovered the Great Divide Route, but when I did, I knew immediately that I’d be riding it some day,” Shimizu says. “I made the decision to ride the route about nine months before starting, and when I decided to benefit a charity I realized that I needed a way to draw attention and distinguish the ride. Getting rid of a wheel was the first thing to pop into my head.”Shimizu most certainly drew attention to his plans. During the months leading up to his trip, he attended outdoor events throughout the region and publicized his cause via social media. By the end, he had managed to raise $10,600 for the Polaris Project, an organization aimed at ending human trafficking. After donating the dough, Shimizu was ready to begin his self-supported (and self-funded) GDMBR ride.“I left on June 23, 2012,” he says. “It took me 89 days to reach the Mexican border.”The first few weeks in Canada proved to be challenging for Shimizu, especially given that he had done little to no training prior to departure.“I’d only tried riding the unicycle with a full load once before the trip and had done minimal off-road riding,” he says. “I approached the trip with the mindset that it was another long-distance backpacking trip, except with a wheel.”Despite Shimizu’s lack of mountain biking experience, he was well versed in the ways of the woods. Having thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2004, traversed 1,200 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail in 2006, and thru-hiked the Long Trail in 2011, Shimizu knew of the challenges he could encounter in the wilderness. The one challenge he had not prepared himself for were the long miles in the saddle.“Every day was a challenge,” he says. “During the first part of the trip, I was often counting by tenths of a mile and had to stop every mile just to get off the seat.”The discomfort did little to slow Shimizu down. Once he became accustomed to the routine, he was averaging 40 to 60 miles per day and resupplying every three to four days. Throughout the journey, Shimizu only suffered a sprained ankle; for him, it was more the mental challenges that were starting to take their toll.“The loneliness hit me about halfway through the trip,” Shimizu says. “I had to deal with that for a few weeks before finally meeting up with a few other cyclists in southern Colorado.”For the latter half of the ride, Shimizu seldom spent a night alone, which proved to be a comforting luxury given his fear of the dark. By the time the group reached New Mexico, Shimizu was able to keep up with his two-wheelin’ friends on steep climbs.“For me, New Mexico combined my longest mileage days with the biggest climbs, most challenging terrain, least daylight, and heaviest pack weights,” he says.  “I was sometimes loaded with 22 pounds of water in addition to food and gear and trying to ride 50 to 70 miles a day over 10,000-foot passes. I was really pushing my limits.”Although Shimizu came across a few unicyclists who were riding the GDMBR, he was not exempt from the smiles and stares of disbelief whenever he cruised by a crowd. Once, Shimizu was coming upon an overlook in the Grand Teton National Park when he realized how truly spectacular a sight he was.“There were several people lined up along the road, and I realized they weren’t facing the amazing lake and mountains but the road,” he says. “I started looking around for a grizzly or some other sort of wildlife that they were photographing, but it turned out that I was the attraction.”Although Shimizu valued his time on the GDMBR, he says that he will probably forgo any future long-distance mountain unicycling trips in the future.“Every so often I’ll catch myself thinking about possibly doing another unicycle trip, but then I have to slap myself,” he says. “One of the things I value most about doing these trips is that my memories are so much more vivid. I can recall events from every day of my ride, but I’d struggle to tell you what I did two days ago.”See what it takes to ride a unicycle – and see if Jess can do it – on BRO-TV: Unicycling 101.last_img read more

Phase II of Tradewinds 2017 Exercise in Caribbean Ends

first_imgBy Sgt. Olivia McDonald, U.S. Marine Corps Forces South July 03, 2017 For the last 33 years, Tradewinds has been an annual, combined, regionally-focused exercise conducted with the intent of increasing the interoperability of the participating nations and enhancing security in the Caribbean. This year’s iteration included 20 nations from throughout the Caribbean, Europe and the Americas. “Over the past 11 days, over 1,200 participants came together to take part in the Caribbean’s largest multinational exercise,” said U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Joseph P. DiSalvo, the U.S. Southern Command military deputy commander. This year’s exercise is split into three phases focusing on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, security-related issues, and a leadership seminar. Trinidad and Tobago hosted the second phase of the exercise, concentrating on security expertise. The U.S. Marine Corps provided training and logistical support for the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force-led training exercises in Chaguaramas. “The United States is interested in helping (partner nations) develop their capabilities because the safer the Caribbean waters are, the safer the United States is,” said U.S. Marine Corps Major Bethany Peterson. “My marines and I were there to, behind the scenes, provide logistics support for all the partner nation forces.” The U.S. Marine Corps members participating in Phase II were responsible for providing the logistics aspects of the exercise such as transportation and food in order for the Caribbean and partner nations to focus solely on their training. “We are all coming together and operating with each other, not autonomously,” said Jamaican Defence Force Lieutenant Blake Roper. “We have to learn to work with each other. I think this is important for building the country-to-county partnerships, but also helping in regional stability.” This year, the U.S. service members took a step back from leading training and worked more behind the scenes while Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force leaders took the lead. “They understand that just practicing training lanes is not going to give them the opportunity to rehearse chain of command and rehearse mission-type orders,” Maj. Peterson said. “Disseminating orders down the chain of command and actually executing, that’s not an easy thing to do with countries that may not even speak the same language.” Despite cultural differences and language barriers, the partner nations came together and completed the missions in front of them. Training events included everything from raids on enemy-overtaken heliports and communications towers, to establishing vehicle check points and maritime or aerial insertions. “When things happen in the Caribbean or in the Americas, and other countries have to respond, it is not the first time we are talking, not the first time we are operating together,” Lt. Roper said. “It will be more of a smooth operation.” The diversity of Tradewinds is not something found in many military exercises. Through the immersion of cultures and military techniques, each branch, no matter the country, leaves with a better understanding of each other and how they can operate more efficiently. “My guys can go back understanding the cultures better within this region, I think that is important; but, I think they will go back knowing a little more about themselves,” Lt. Roper said. “We will take things back home that we can use to develop our own guys – different techniques in training, different things that maybe we haven’t thought about before but really does make sense in an operational environment.” Lt. Gen. DiSalvo emphasized at the closing ceremony that through the exchange of ideas and knowledge partner nations are all able to improve their national and regional responsibilities: to be capable of assisting their neighbors and to stay united. “That is the goal of Tradewinds, bringing together regional partners to build upon the already strong relationship and, in so doing, [reinforce] the security of our shared home,” Lt. Gen. DiSalvo said.last_img read more

Companies urged to follow CDC guidelines as parts of N.Y. open

first_imgRetail staff are required to wear masks and sanitizer must be available to customers. Customers must also wear a mask. Store owners will be able to prohibit any customer not wearing one barring medical reasons. Cuomo says employees returning to work need to be provided masks from their employers. (WBNG) — Governor Andrew Cuomo says CDC guidelines should still be taken into consideration as parts of the state reopen Friday. Additionally, retail businesses are also open for curbs-side pick-pick only. The Southern Tier is one of the regions that reopened. New York On-Pause has been extended to June 13 for regions that do not the criteria to reopen. If a region meets the criteria before June 13, they may reopen.last_img read more

Governor lifts moratorium on evictions and foreclosures

first_imgJOHNSTON — Eviction and foreclosure proceedings may resume in Iowa on Thursday. Governor Kim Reynolds declared a moratorium in mid-March, to prevent people from becoming homeless during the first of part the pandemic.Reynolds says the Iowa Finance Authority is planning to help some of the Iowans who will now face the loss of their home or apartment.   “The program applies to residential evictions and foreclosures and will be available to eligible Iowans who’ve experienced a documented loss of income due to COVID-19 and are unable to pay their rent or mortgage payment,” Reynolds says.The governor plans to use some of the pandemic relief money the state got from the federal government for this program. Eligibility details will be released Thursday.  “We anticipate it being ready for Iowans on Friday,” Reynolds says.The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa says many Iowans still need time to pull together enough money to pay back rent that will be due and the governor’s decision to end the moratorium Thursday is a disappointment.last_img read more