Irish health chiefs recommend return to full lockdown – sources

first_imgPrime Minister Micheal Martin and the leaders of his two coalition partners will meet the country’s chief medical officer on Monday ahead of a cabinet meeting to discuss the recommendations.Under level 5, people are asked to stay at home, except to exercise within 5 kilometers, with only essential retailers allowed to stay open. Unlike the first lockdown, schools and crèches would not have to close.A spokesperson for the health department was not immediately available for comment on the advice.Like most of Europe, Ireland has seen a steady increase in infections since the end of July after emerging slowly from one of Europe’s most severe shutdowns. It reported the highest number of daily cases since late April on Saturday. However Ireland’s 14-day cumulative case total of 104.6 per 100,000 people represents only the 14th-highest infection rate out of 31 European countries monitored by the European Center for Disease Control.Europe’s worst infection hotspot Spain has an infection rate three-times higher than Ireland and while it severely tightened confinement measures in hard-hit Madrid on Friday, restaurants, gyms and shops can still open at limited capacity.Ireland has a relatively low hospital bed capacity compared to other European countries. The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients has risen steadily to 132, but peaked at 881 in April during the first lockdown.Ireland’s main business lobby, Ibec, reacted with dismay, calling for the evidence underpinning the advice to be published.”It is intolerable that after six months we are still receiving both vague and changing criteria to advance such serious restrictions,” Ibec chief executive Danny McCoy said in a statement.Topics : Ireland’s health chiefs recommended to the government on Sunday that the country enter a second nationwide lockdown for four weeks in a surprise move that cabinet will discuss on Monday, two government sources said.Ireland’s National Public Health Emergency Team recommended a leap to the highest level of COVID-19 restrictions, Level 5, from current Level 2 controls in 24 of Ireland’s 26 counties and stricter Level 3 measures in Dublin and Donegal.The government has almost entirely adopted their health chiefs’ advice throughout the pandemic, but one of the sources said a return to lockdown would have a serious economic and societal impact.last_img read more

Matteo Guendouzi refuses to apologise to Mikel Arteta after Arsenal first team training ban

first_imgAdvertisement Matteo Guendouzi refuses to apologise to Mikel Arteta after Arsenal first team training ban Comment Matteo Guendouzi is yet to apologise to Mikel Arteta (Picture: Getty)Arsenal ace Matteo Guendouzi is yet to apologise to Mikel Arteta for his conduct against Brighton, despite being banished from first team training for his actions.The Frenchman has trained with a fitness coach for the last fortnight and has been forbidden from joining in with the rest of his team-mates.Guendouzi has been left out of Arsenal’s last five matchday squads after he grabbed Neal Maupay by the throat in the Gunners’ defeat to Brighton in June and reportedly mocked a number of his opponents by claiming he earns more than they ever will.The midfielder’s punishment was not intended to be permanent and Arteta simply wanted to teach him a lesson that his conduct was not acceptable.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTIt was hoped that Guendouzi would see the error of his ways but Football London claim he has not apologised to Arteta, despite being given ample opportunity to do so. Arteta has been disappointed in Guendouzi’s conduct (Picture: Getty)Arteta has placed as much importance on attitude and mentality as he has playing ability since taking over the reins at Arsenal and he’s been disappointed with Guendouzi’s attitude since he was banished from training. The Spaniard is an admirer of the midfielder’s qualities on the pitch but he will not allow one player to undermine the culture change that he’s trying to implement at the Emirates.Guendouzi was missing again as Arsenal gave away a one-nil lead against Leicester on Tuesday night.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave the Gunners the lead but Jamie Vardy struck late on following Eddie Nketiah’s sending off to ensure the Foxes earned a point.MORE: Robin van Persie sends message to Bukayo Saka after ‘brilliant’ assist against Leicester Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 7 Jul 2020 11:59 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link509Shareslast_img read more

State tests new scheme to foot 25 per cent of cost of first homes

first_imgMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours agoLike the Victorian government, Queensland has an FHB grant and stamp duty concessions, but the southern state has now gone one step futher.“Victoria also has a stamp duty concession and also a First Home Buyer grant so this is the third piece of the puzzle. I think it’s something that should be considered in Queensland.”Ms Trad said the Palaszczuk Government’s First Home Owner’s Grant was “hugely successful in supporting people to enter the housing market with more than 10,000 first home owners receiving grants in the last 18 months”.The way the pilot program works, according to HomesVIC, was that the state would take “a proportional interest of up to 25 per cent in the property, and eligibility will target applicants with incomes of up to $75,000 for singles, or up to $95,000 for couples or families”.“Buyers will need to have a 5 per cent deposit. When the properties are sold, participating buyers will pay the proportional interest, which the Government will reinvest in other homes.”The scheme was for first time buyers that don’t qualify for public housing, it said.“It’s certainly a very good move to look at different ways to help first home buyers,” Ms Brookfield said. “With the price of houses now, these sorts of initiatives help.”She said ACT had the Landrent scheme which wiped almost 50 per cent off the cost of a new home by allowing buyers to only fund home construction and pay rent for the land. Perth’s Keystart had low deposit requirements and assistance for a person’s first home.“They are all slightly different but heading in a similar direction,” she said.“It is still a good start and we will watch its progress with keen interest.” FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK The aim of the scheme was to boost private home ownership levels among young people struggling to save all their home loan deposit.THE Queensland government has expressed interest in a pilot program that will pay for a quarter of the cost of first homes to beat housing affordability woes.Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad told The Courier-Mail that Queensland would track the outcomes of the Victorian government’s HomesVIC shared equity scheme – an initiative that industry watchers believe deserves widespread adoption.“We are always interested in new ways to make housing more affordable for Queenslanders. I understand that the Victorian initiative is a pilot program, so we will be interested to see the outcomes and to look at any future potential for Queensland.” SIGN UP FOR THE COURIER-MAIL’S FREE REAL ESTATE NEWSLETTER HomesVIC announced yesterday that applications would open shortly for the groundbreaking scheme — which will see 400 first home buyers in Victoria have up to 25 per cent of the cost of their new home paid for by the state.The Housing Industry Association praised the initiative as one that all states and territories should look at adopting to address housing affordability.HIA chief executive industry policy Kristin Brookfield said the scheme was currently not available in Queensland but should be.“It is a positive scheme that addresses the rising problem of housing affordability and will help see young people achieve the Aussie dream of owning their own home faster,” she said.last_img read more

ESG, risk sharing and more in EU pensions expert group final report

first_imgThe EU should convene an expert group to prepare voluntary guidance about how pension providers can “better understand and model environmental, social and governance-related (ESG) risks and their relation to ‘traditional’ financial risks in their portfolios”, according to a high-level group of pension experts established by the European Commission.The recommendation is one of many set out in the group’s final report, which provides analysis and policy advice about the role of supplementary pensions in contributing to adequate income in old age, and how the market for them could be developed.Dated December 2019 but published this week, the report addresses challenges affecting the concept and design of supplementary pensions and their role in relation to sustainable finance and sustainability.Key recommendations include that: member states provide incentives for social partners – trade unions and employer bodies – to set up collective pension plans that ensure risk-sharing between members;member states and providers ensure that occupational pensions provide pension credits for career breaks linked to childcare or other caring responsibilities; andthe EU, member states and social partners develop tools and methodologies to assess EU pension providers’ vulnerability to long-term environmental and social sustainability risks.With regard to the topic of sustainable finance, the expert group’s recommendations included that the EU:clarify how pension providers can take into account the impact of ESG factors on investment decisions; and“ensure that sustainable investment rules are compatible and consistent with other regulatory requirements and avoid duplication, in particular as regards transparency and information disclosure”.‘Appropriate follow-up actions’In a statement welcoming the final report, PensionsEurope said the recommendations, which were addressed to EU institutions, national policy makers, social partners and other stakeholders, “must be carefully assessed with appropriate follow-up actions”.It said it valued the holistic approach suggested by the high-level expert group, “which considers both the interplay between labour markets and pensions and between public social security and supplementary pensions”.Matti Leppälä, who is secretary general of the umbrella body for national pension fund associations, was one of the members of the expert group.“I am confident [the final report] contains useful analysis and reflections for policy makers, social partners and other stakeholders,” he said. “I hope that the new European Commission can benefit from this work and takes forward measures that enhance the role of supplementary pensions in Europe.”PensionsEurope said it would be discussing the contents of the report with its members over the coming weeks.The report can be found here.last_img read more

Grand exhibition planned to eduate general public on environmental health

first_img Share 10 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img Share LocalNews Grand exhibition planned to eduate general public on environmental health by: – June 16, 2011 Photo credit: tubetec.netA grand exhibition at the Riverside Place/Arch from 10am Friday morning will form part of the Environmental Health Departments drive to reduce the negative effects of the environment on the public’s health.This exhibition is expected to educate the general public on the various aspects of Environmental Health such as occupational Health and safety, Food safety, Solid Waste Management, Vector Control, Water Quality and Waste Disposal. We will also highlight the stakeholders who work alongside the department in accomplishing its mandate.At this event it is expected that the members of the public will learn good and bad practices and to also interact with officers, ask questions, make suggestions as we aim to continue working with the public in making the environment safer for all.The event will see an opening ceremony with addresses from the Minister of Health, Chief Environmental Health Officer, Parliamentary Representative (Roseau) and a representative from the Dominica Solid Waste Management Corporation.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Orville Bever, Jr.

first_imgVisitation is Monday, October 17, 2016 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville.  Chuck Grimes will officiate the services at 11 a.m.  Military honors, provided by the Bernard Hurst Post #77 American Legion will take place at the funeral home.  Orange Cemetery in Fayette County is Orville’s final resting place. Orville Bever, Jr., of Brookville, was born on December 16, 1934 in Connersville, Indiana, the son of Orville Sr. and Coral Gardiner Bever.  He served his country in the United States Army, and later worked for and retired from D & M.  Not being one to sit still, after retirement Orville worked for Gillman’s Do It Best.  He was an outgoing guy who was a friend to many.  On Wednesday, October 12, 2016, Orville passed away at Fayette Regional Health System in Connersville. Memorial donations may be directed to Franklin County EMS.  To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com.  The staff of Cook Rosenberger is honored to care for Orville Bever, Jr.center_img Survivors include one niece, Vicki; a nephew, Kevin, and several close friends and neighbors.  Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Maxine Moffett, and 2 brothers, Virgil Bever and Ray Bever.last_img read more

Sales tax to be collected on online purchases in Indiana later this year

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Indiana residents purchasing products online from out-of-state sellers will soon be charged the state’s 7 percent sales tax.The Indiana Department of Revenue plans to begin enforcing the 2017 online sales tax state law on Oct. 1, The (Northwest Indiana) Times reported .The law requires retailers who annually sell at least $100,000 in the state or do business with more than 200 Indiana customers to collect and remit state sales tax. Previously, only businesses with a physical presence in a state had to collect sales tax.The Legislative Services Agency has declined to estimate how much money the state’s general fund could gain once the tax collection begins.The law was challenged last year and wasn’t immediately enforced. The state revenue agency said the lawsuit will likely be dismissed following the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 21 ruling on online sales tax.South Dakota passed a similar sales tax law in 2016. Online companies Wayfair Inc., Overstock.com Inc. and Newegg Inc. sued the state. The high court’s ruling in the case has allowed states to expand sales tax collections to businesses that sell online or through the mail.Retailers can join the Streamlined Sales Tax Registration System to learn how to comply with multiple state sales tax laws, the Indiana Department of Revenue said.By: The Associated Presslast_img read more

Larry Wayne Lucas, 77, Blooming Grove

first_imgLarry Wayne Lucas, age 77, of Blooming Grove died Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at Heritage House of Connersville.Born August 6, 1941 in Laurel, Indiana he was the son of the late William & Anna (Wilson) Lucas.  On January 14, 1961 he was united in marriage to the former Patricia JoAnn Race, and she preceded him in death on January 14, 2018.He was self-employed, having farmed and hauled water for many years.  In his leisure time he enjoyed being outside farming and taking care of his cattle.Survivors include three children, Douglas Wayne Lucas, Eugene Allen (Carol) Lucas, and Teresa (David Spraker) Lucas all of Brookville, Indiana; a granddaughter, Kayla (Roy) Stephen; three great-grandchildren, Brantley, Knox & Stella; three sisters, Ruth (Dane) Jones of Brookville, Indiana, Shirley Bath of Ohio and Carolyn Bath of Ohio; two brothers, Chuck (Betty) Lucas and Bob (Shirley) Lucas all of Brookville, Indiana.In addition to his parents and wife, Patricia, he was preceded in death by a sister Lucy Fox and a brother Chuck Lucas.Family & friends may visit from 5 till 7:00 P.M. on Friday, April 19, 2019 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville.Rev. Mike Holman, pastor of First Baptist Church of Brookville, will officiate the Funeral Services on Saturday, April 20, 2019, 10:00 A.M., at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home.  Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in Brookville.Memorial contributions may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association.  Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to once again serve the Lucas family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com .last_img read more

Bobby Ray Dyer, 66, Harrison

first_imgBobby Ray Dyer, age 66, of Harrison, Ohio died suddenly Saturday, April 4, 2020 at Mercy Franciscan Medical Center in Harrison, Ohio.Born May 4, 1953 in Lenoir City, Tennessee he was the son of James H. & Imogene (Simpson) Dyer Lindeman.He was a mechanic by trade, and also enjoyed working on automobiles in his spare time.Besides his mother, Imogene Lindeman of Harrison, Ohio survivors include three children, Anthony Ray Dyer of Brookville, Indiana, Sonia L. Denison of Aurora, Indiana and David Leon Dyer of Milan, Indiana; seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; a sister, Norma Johnson of Brookville, Indiana as well as a brother, James Henry Dyer of Virginia.He was preceded in death by his father, James Dyer.A celebration of life will be held as soon as the conditions are safe to do so, with burial in Big Cedar Cemetery.The staff of Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home are honored to serve the family of Bobby Ray Dyer, everyone is encouraged to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences to the family via www.phillipsandmeyers.com .last_img read more

UEFA postpone Champions League, Europa League finals

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ David Silva recovers from COVID-19 UEFA changes venue of Player of the Season award ceremony, Champions League draw UEFA have confirmed the men’s and women’s Champions League finals and the Europa League final scheduled for May 2020 have been postponed. The competitions have been suspended since March 13 as a result of the covid-19 pandemic which has spread across the entire continent. Rescheduled dates for the games have yet to be decided as there remain several rounds in all three competitions still to play. “As a result of the COVID-19 crisis in Europe, UEFA has today formally taken the decision to postpone the matches, originally scheduled for May 2020,” read a UEFA statement. “No decision has yet been made on rearranged dates. “The working group, established last week as a result of the conference call among the stakeholders of European football, which was chaired by UEFA President, Aleksander Ceferin, will analyse the options available. “The group has already begun its examination of the calendar. Announcements will be made in due course.”Tags: Champions LeagueEuropa LeagueUEFAlast_img read more