Councillors in for €8000 pay rise

first_imgNewsPoliticsCouncillors in for €8000 pay riseBy Bernie English – December 8, 2019 618 Twitter Advertisement Linkedin Previous articleArias and Advent with Irish Chamber OrchestraNext articleCall for ban on use of helium balloons in Limerick Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Cllr Michael Sheahan, Fine Gael. Photo: Cian ReinhardtLIMERICK’S Mayor has given the thumbs up to a proposed €8,000 pay rise for local councillors.Mayor Michael Sheahan (FG) a veteran of local politics, told the Limerick Post he hopes that if the proposal is passed it will encourage more young people and more women to take the political road.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “If there was some sort of attractive remuneration, it might encourage more people to become involved in politics,” he explained.“It might encourage young people and particularly women, who may be put off by the financial implications of taking time out of work at a time in their careers when finances can be tough, to get involved.”The government is shortly to get an independent review of the remuneration offered to local representatives.Currently, councillors are paid a basic salary of around €17,000, with unvouched expenses up to €2,667 and vouched expenses of €5,000.Mayor Sheahan said that while people elected to the council don’t do the job for the money “it would be good if there was a better financial incentive to get a wider representation.“This is a fair proposal and it has been carefully and fully researched by someone with no political axe to grind.“We were lucky to get a good influx of new young councillors but the questions is, will they stay? They bring a fantastic new perspective to the work we do and councillors do work long hard hours.”Councillors who  work in the public service are given paid time off to attend monthly meetings but those working in the private sector have to do so mostly on their own time.center_img Email Facebook Print WhatsApplast_img read more

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Can America Stave Off ‘Wave of Homelessness’

first_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Christina Hughes Babb The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago 2020-12-04 Christina Hughes Babb in Daily Dose, Featured, News Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribe  Print This Post Previous: Industry Leaders Discuss GSE Privatization Next: Housing Market Stays Strong Amid Slow Economic Recovery Related Articles Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Some 18 million homeowners and renters are late to pay the monthly housing bill, and about a third of those expect to face eviction or foreclosure in the coming months, reported the US Census Bureau in November.According to an article in Business Insider, the outlook is especially dim for renters as well as smaller-scale landlords who rely on tenants’ rent.Tenants nationwide could owe a total of $70 billion in back rent by the year’s end,” BI reports, citing an economist from Moody’s Analytics. “Making matters worse is that many of those who are expected to pay that back rent are also likely receiving unemployment benefits set to expire by the end of the year. A recent report found that about 12 million Americans could lose those benefits on December 26.”Metro areas including New York City, Houston, and Atlanta are at higher risk for increased homelessness, reported BI. The aforementioned Census report, the publication pointed out, suggested that “the New York metro area alone could carry out hundreds of thousands of evictions and foreclosures in the coming months.”Citing a leader from the National Low-Income Housing Coalition, BI reported that the evictions would also result in increased needs for social services.”The costs of emergency shelter, inpatient medical care, emergency medical care, foster care, and juvenile delinquency could spike, it said, putting further stress on local governments and public agencies during the coronavirus pandemic.”Even extensions of foreclosure moratoria, more stimulus, and increased crisis-related unemployment benefits would not necessarily stave off pending problems, according to Business Insider’s Taylor Borden.”Experts have said that even if moratoriums are extended and unemployment benefits continue, that could simply be kicking the can down the road, delaying a wave of homelessness,” she wrote.The article goes on to explore the idea of federal rent and mortgage forgiveness, which President-elect Joe Biden reportedly supports.”Biden said in an interview with Vanity Fair in May that postponing housing payments wasn’t enough and that forgiveness is ‘critically important to people who are in the lower-income strata,'” Borden pointed out, adding a note about the President elect’s plans, detailed on his website, to transform housing and real estate. Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Can America Stave Off ‘Wave of Homelessness’ Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago December 4, 2020 1,205 Views Home / Daily Dose / Can America Stave Off ‘Wave of Homelessness’last_img read more

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Gyan meets 11-year-old who lost 8 friends in bomb attack

first_imgA walk to the barber’s shop for new Kayserispor recruit Asamoah Gyan turned emotional for the Ghana captain.He met 11-year-old Hussein who works in the barbering shop.Barbering talk soon developed between the two and later zoomed to the 11-year-old story of survival in war-torn Syria.Hussein as he is known used to live in Mosul, Syria with his family of eight but relocated to Turkey after a bomb attack in their community.It was easy even if painful to remember that horrific incident one day while he was playing football with some friends.A bomb ripped through the compound, killing eight of his friends including his best friend, Mohammed. For Gyan new to harrowing tales of bombings, the 11-year old’s brush with death at so tender an age touched him.Husein talked about his passion for football and a hope for a professional career which now looks dashed for reasons not disclosed.On the other side of tale, Gyan told of how after struggling to break through into professional football, he has been blessed with a career which brings in a lot of money-counting and also an avenue for philanthropy.The Black Stars captain has signed a two-year deal with Turkish side Kayserispor.last_img read more

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