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#GE16 – You ask the questions – part 2

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Limerick Post is involving ordinary Limerick voters in our General Election coverage.Representatives of different areas of Limerick society will get the opportunity to question the first 16 declared candidates on their policies and promises.Working mother Catherine Fitzgerald asks the questions with reporter Andrew CareyCatherine feels the ‘squeezed middle’ have been unfairly treatedSign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A mother of four girls, Catherine works five days a week at her sales and administration job for an indigenous Limerick company. She’s a typical denizen of middle-income Ireland, and feels that people like her have been left with an unfair burden from the country’s financial meltdown.Although born in the city, for the past 20 years Catherine has been firmly rooted in the community life of rural Limerick where herself and her husband have raised their family.Two young adults, who live at home and are pursuing further studies, and two younger girls who are in primary and secondary school, complete the family line-up – so “the support costs are still there”, she explains.In fact, she feels that her family could serve as a model for what has been described as the “squeezed middle”.“We always wanted to try to do better for ourselves during the good times but nothing to the extent of massive property investments or the like, just enough to make life better.“That has been paired right back now because it’s just not possible to sustain on a single income, with the unfair level of charges and taxes that we seem to get hit with all the time.“That’s not just me cribbing about stuff, it is a reality and we are living it.Catherine has concerns on many aspects of the way the Government has handled issues and feels that it is essential that the next Government applies taxes in a fairer manner.She believes that educational reform at secondary school level and a revamp of the points system must be considered as well as a realistic approach to improving the student teacher ratio in primary schools.“It comes down to funding,” she said, “and we need to see more of it or better use of what is there”, she says. Email Shannondoc operating but only by appointment No vaccines in Limerick yet Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHL Limerick County candidatesWhat is your stance on the issue of abortion in Ireland?Seamus BrowneSinn Fein is not in favour of abortion except in cases of rape, incest or sexual abuse, or where a woman’s life and health is at risk or in grave danger, or where there is a fatal foetal abnormality we accept that the final decision must rest with the woman. We support the repeal of the 8th amendment.Richard O’DonoghueAs a father, I am pro-life. As an election candidate, I am against abortion in principle but I would be prepared to consider individual extenuating circumstances where the health and welfare of the mother and/or child is at risk.James HeffernanI am calling for a referendum to repeal the 8th Amendment within 18 months of the general election. During that time I also think a people’s convention should be held to make recommendations for draft legislation that would be introduced in the event that the 8th Amendment was abolished.Niall CollinsAs a modern society we need to update our constitution and legislation in this area. I supported a Bill to cater for Fatal Foetal Abnormalities during this Dail. I regard myself as Pro Life and I don’t support the deletion of the 8th Amendment until I consider a replacement wording. A structure consultation process is required here.Mark KeoghI fully support a Referendum to be carried out on the issue of the 8th amendment.Tom NevilleThe Taoiseach has said that during the term of the next Dáil a citizens’ convention will be held to deal with the 8th Amendment. This is a very sensitive and complex issue, and following the citizens’ forum, members of Government will be given a free vote on the issue.Emmett O’BrienThe existing constitutional provision, Article 40.3.3, endorses the concept of equality, between the mother and unborn child. While the present system may have some flaws, it offers the only sufficient protection to the unborn and I could not support the removal of Article 40.3.3 (more recently known as the 8th Amendment)Patrick O’DonnovanNo responseHow would you deal with the perceived high rate of suicide in Limerick?Seamus BrowneWe have a comprehensively researched costed plan for universal health care which includes mental health. We would increase the mental health budget in year one by €35 million, complete the roll-out of Suicide Crisis Assessment Nurses and the recruitment of mental health nurses to work with homelessness services and reverse the cuts to school guidance counsellor resources.Richard O’DonoghueThe issue of suicide is connected to mental health. the underlying causes must be examined and the setting up of an examining body to critically investigate the problem. Furthermore, there is a perceived sense of hopelessness among young people and this must be addressed.James HeffernanWe need urgent investment in community health services to tackle the suicide crisis. Great strides have been made in public awareness raising on this issue but now we need to put our money where our mouth is and invest in front-line community based and in-patient support services for those at risk of suicide.Niall CollinsWe are committed to an all-out effort to reduce the number of cases which end up in self-harm and suicide. Since we established the Road Safety Authority it has helped halve deaths on our roads. We believe we can do the same mental health. That’s why we will set up a National Mental Health Authority to promote positive mental health and reduce self-harm and suicide.Mark KeoghThe high rate of suicide is a direct result of a total breakdown in services available to those who need them. The aggressive policies of the current government with tax after tax are placing people into a position where they feel that they have no hope for the futureTom NevilleMy father, Dan Neville, is co-founder of the Irish Association of Suicidology and led the campaign to decriminalise suicide in Ireland. This Government was the first to commit ring-fenced funding to increase the number of mental health posts in the community and I am committed to continuing this work.Emmett O’BrienMore investment in education, psychiatric and voluntary services. None of us remain untouched by a loved one passing away by suicide and voluntary community crisis response teams have a huge role to play in assisting people who have suicidal ideations.Patrick O’DonnovanNo ResponseHow would you relieve the financial burden on the “squeezed middle”, those who have been paying for the financial mismanagement of others?Seamus BrowneWe would first scrap water charges and property tax which would immediately put money back in people’s pockets. We would also take 277,000 people out of the USC bracket. We have also published a childcare plan which would would set a maximum childcare fee at €180 a week reducing to €150 incrementally.Richard O’DonoghueThe banks should be held to task. They should be made to provide financial assistance to those middle income people who are struggling miserably to cope with mortgages, food, GP payments, childcare, school, fuel costs, energy bills, Despite the so-called upturn in the economy, the squeezed middle are getting little in return.James HeffernanThe most sustainable approach to cutting this burden is to cut the cost of living. Putting money back in people’s pockets is a major priority and we can achieve this through meaningful reform and investment in public services like an NHS style healthcare system and truly free primary and secondary schoolingNiall CollinsIn the next budget we would abolish the 1 per cent USC rate that applies to income up to €12,012. We will also halve the 3 per cent rate which applies on the next €6,600 of income. We will also increase personal tax credits by €150 for a single person (€300 for a couple) and the PAYE credit by a similar amount. A single worker on €35,000 would be better off to the tune of €1,518.Mark KeoghUSC, Property Tax and Water charges should be abolished and there must be a fair and sustainable solution sought as regards people who are under financial strain due to the banks’ aggressive approach against mortgage holders.Tom NevilleBudget 2016 introduced a second reduction of USC and Fine Gael has committed to abolishing the USC during the term of the next Government. A second pre-school year has been introduced and the plan is to subsidise childcare between nine months and three years which would cut annual costs by €2,000.​Emmett O’BrienI would start by ensuring the criminal prosecutions of those charged with various offences arising from the economic collapse under the Fianna Fail/Green government actually go to Court. Charges such as the USC, which is a penal tax, is crippling the squeezed middle. Ability to pay should be a factor in determining these charges and threshold must be raised.Patrick O’DonnovanNo Response Advertisement WhatsApp Linkedin TAGSfeatured center_img Print Previous articleCarl Doran – artist of the month at Limerick’s Hunt MuseumNext articleNeville hits out at high cost of car insurance Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended Facebook Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Limerick city candidatesWhat is your stance on the issue of abortion in Ireland?James GaffneyI support the repeal of the eighth amendment. I also believe more provision must be made for women who choose to continue their pregnancies, including expanded maternity and parental leave, expanded post-natal care, and choice of maternity care, including home births.Sarah Jane HennellyWe need to start an open and honest conversation about this, especially in politics. Politics is avoiding it at the cost of lives like that of Savita Halappanavar. That’s the reality. I’m in favour of repeal of the 8th amendment and people’s right to vote on this.Michael NoonanNo responseWillie O’DeaI am pro-life and not in favour of abortion on demand in Ireland.Kieran O’DonnellI am Pro-Life. I do not believe that the life of the mother should be put at risk. However, I believe in the equal right to life of the child.Jan O’SullivanI believe that we have to repeal the 8th amendment and introduce legislation that ensures women can access all medical treatment in Ireland. That legislation should include availability of termination in cases of fatal foetal abnormality.Cian PrendivilleAAA-PBP are the only truly pro-choice party. The ban on abortion is unenforceable and barbaric, resulting in tragedies such as the death of Savita Halappanvar, and forces thousands to England. I’m part of the movement to repeal the 8th amendment and for the provision free, safe and legal abortion services in Ireland.Maurice QuinlivanThe last time the people had the opportunity to voice their position on this matter was a generation ago in 1983. We in Sinn Féin believe that the 8th Amendment should be repealed. The present situation is unsustainable. We will support a referendum campaign for a repeal of this legislation.How would you deal with the perceived high rate of suicide in Limerick?James GaffneyMental health is a particular issue for my generation. We need to shift from emergency treatment to preventative measures, with multi-disciplinary Community Mental Health teams focusing on psychotherapy, counselling and social care services. We also need a ‘whole school’ approach to mental well-being in education.Sarah Jane HennellyThis winter I ran an event to begin shaping a common mental healthy policy for Limerick, bringing all voices together. This also shaped our party’s mental health policy. However ongoing cooperation between local stakeholders, from service users to healthcare experts, is vital in tackling this. It’s a top priority for me.Michael NoonanNo ResponseWillie O’DeaFianna Fáil has published proposals aimed at reforming the delivery of mental health services. The ‘Improving Mental Health’ policy document will bring about a community approach to the delivery of mental health services and would go a long way towards dealing with the issue of suicide in Limerick.Kieran O’DonnellThe loss of life through suicide is an unimaginable tragedy for all concerned. We need to continue to work with people in the suicide prevention area to improve the available services here and to ensure easy access for those in need. Incredible work is done by volunteers in Limerick, and we also need to recognise and support this.Jan O’SullivanWorking with voluntary organisations is crucial in tackling this vital issue. I was very glad to see funding for Limerick Youth Services and the recent expansion of the ‘Jigsaw’ programme to Limerick City. ‘Jigsaw’ recognises the mental health pressures on young people in particular and provides support and guidance.Cian PrendivilleMy generation faces a more unstable future in terms of jobs and housing, leading many to emigrate and others into depression. We stand for investment in free counselling services including in schools and colleges, but also for a society built for people’s needs, not at the mercy of the bankers.Maurice QuinlivanIn 2013, the highest rates for both men and women were in Limerick City, where both rates were more than twice the national rate. Our Better4Health policy has a commitment to prioritise mental health care. We would increase the mental health budget by €35 million in year one.How would you relieve the financial burden on the “squeezed middle” ?James GaffneyRather than focus on any one section of society, I believe we can collectively work towards a better society that promotes equality, better services and improved quality of life. Equal access to quality childcare is an issue I am particularly passionate about to achieve this.Sarah Jane HennellyOur election manifesto is focussing on reducing the cost of living for everyone in this country- investing in public services such as affordable childcare, health and primary education, removing costs such as prescription and water charges and reducing motor insurance costs will help families to breathe and live with dignity.Michael NoonanNo responseWillie O’DeaOne of the main ways would be through a substantial reduction in the amount of USC an individual or family on a middle income would pay. We are also determined to help parents with the cost of childcare. We are introducing an easy to understand tax credit for working parents to cover 20 to 40 per cent of childcare costs.Kieran O’DonnellAs our financial situation improves, we need to continue to reduce the tax burden on the “squeezed middle”. Fine Gael is committed to the abolition of USC by 2020.Jan O’SullivanLabour’s message is clear – we want to see more take home pay for low and middle income earners. We’ll reduce USC for those earning up to €72,000. Our childcare plan will also cap the cost of childcare at €2 per hour, with a focus on affordability and quality.Cian PrendivilleLift the burden off the backs of ordinary workers by scrapping the other austerity taxes, and make the super-rich who caused the crash pay their taxes. For instance a ‘Robin Hood Tax’ on speculators would bring in enough to scrap the water charges, and invest in public services.Maurice QuinlivanFianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour chose to place the banking debt burden on the shoulders of ordinary workers and families. Sinn Féin will ease that burden on the average family. Our first priority in Government would be to scrap water charges, property tax and take 277,000 people out of USC First Irish death from Coronavirus Twitter News#GE16 – You ask the questions – part 2By Staff Reporter – February 23, 2016 697 last_img read more

Breaking: Youth Bar Association of India Moves Supreme Court Challenging Bombay High Court’s ‘Skin To Skin’ POCSO Judgment

first_imgTop StoriesBreaking: Youth Bar Association of India Moves Supreme Court Challenging Bombay High Court’s ‘Skin To Skin’ POCSO Judgment Akshita Saxena26 Jan 2021 10:30 PMShare This – xThe Youth Bar Association of India and three women have moved the Supreme Court challenging the recent “skin to skin” judgment of the Bombay High Court as per which, groping a child’s breasts without ‘skin-to-skin contact’ would not amount to ‘sexual assault under POCSO Act. The special leave petition filed through AOR Manju Jetley states that such observations would have a…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Youth Bar Association of India and three women have moved the Supreme Court challenging the recent “skin to skin” judgment of the Bombay High Court as per which, groping a child’s breasts without ‘skin-to-skin contact’ would not amount to ‘sexual assault under POCSO Act. The special leave petition filed through AOR Manju Jetley states that such observations would have a wide impact on the entire society and public at large, and has urged the Top Court to set-aside/ expunge the same. In the impugned judgment, the Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court held that such an act would amount to ‘molestation’ under Section 354 of IPC and not Sexual assault under section 8 of the POCSO Act. The Single bench of Justice Pushpa Ganediwala made this observation while modifying the order of the Sessions Court which held a 39-year-old man guilty of sexual assault for groping a 12- year- old- girl and removing her salwar. The Petitioners state the observations made by the Single Judge are “unwarranted” and concern the modesty of a girl child. It is also stated while passing the impugned judgment, the Single Judge recorded the name of the victim child in paragraph no. 12, which is detrimental and against the spirit of section 228A of IPC which bars publication of names of victims of certain offences. Further, in paragraph no. 26 of the impugned order, the Single Judge had held that “there is no direct physical contact i.e. skin to skin with sexual intent without penetration”. Such reasoning, as per the Petitioner, would lead to a dastardly situation and would lower the repute of the entire nation.The petition is drafted by Advocate Sanpreet Singh Ajmani. Few days earlier, the National Commission for Women (NCW) had announced that it will challenge the impugned judgment, stating that the same will not only have cascading effect on various provisions involving safety and security of women in general but also put all the women under ridicule and has trivialized the legal provisions provided by the legislature for the safety and security of women. Meanwhile, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has asked the Maharashtra Government to file an “urgent appeal” against the impugned judgment. The NCPCR chief in his letter underlined that it seems that the identity of the victim has been disclosed and the commission is of the view that the state should take note of this and initiate necessary steps.Next Storylast_img read more

Think Spring With Alure Home Improvements’ Guide to Choosing Colors Just Right For You

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sponsored Content Brought To You By Alure Home ImprovementsIt’s spring and it’s natural to want to color your world when outside the flowers are finally blooming, first the daffodils and then the forsythias. All of a sudden you see yellow where before there was nothing but drab, dull shades of muddy brown. You feel the surge and you want to take it back inside.But then you find yourself getting overwhelmed by all the choices. There are more colors than tints on a rainbow. Before you know it, the weekend is over, and you’re still stuck with the same-old same-old in the rooms you wanted to change. Repainting indoors is easier done while the weather outside is still too rainy for a weekend project. You can open your windows to let out the paint fumes, but you don’t have to worry about your DIY plans being washed out by a sudden thunderstorm.Here, we’ll encourage you to express yourself but do it reasonably. Remember that the colors you choose to repaint your room or refurnish your décor have to last for more than one season. They’ve got to have a relatively long life span unless you’re able to change your interior design on a whim, like a Hollywood star from the golden age of Technicolor. Smart people in the suburbs don’t have money to burn whenever their tastes change. We recommend you take the time to get it right.If you want to go bold, consider floral drapes in shades of pink or bring a touch of green into your room with a new picture frame or a painted chiffonier. We encourage you to step back and reflect. What’s the furniture look like? What’s the lighting? What’s the view outside the window? What’s the existing color scheme? You can use sample paint color boards to match what’s already there before you make your picks. All these things should be taken into consideration long before you open the paint can and pick up your brush or dip your roller.You should be aware that the wrong paint color alters the appearance of someone who enters the room. Most common offenders are green and gray, especially if those are the colors on a bathroom wall behind you when you stand and look at yourself in the mirror. Warmer undertones are more conducive to a good impression. This concept works for a living room or a bedroom, too. Pink, peach and clear blue colors can definitely be flattering.But remember: You don’t want to apply a color just because it matches your new sofa or your cabinets. You should pay attention to the neutral colors: beige, ivory, taupe, black, gray and white. Decorating with neutrals is never as easy as it looks on the surface because they have subtle undertones. A bad choice can still lead to an interior decorating disaster. Your friends at Alure Home Improvements don’t want that to happen to you. If you have any concerns, please consult us first.Color experts say that a warm, neutral beige that trends toward taupe can enhance your indoor space while adding a stylistic touch that’s not too overstated. Warm beiges and taupe colors can work with cool color accents like blue but only if they’re free of gray, the experts say. An alternative is a gray beige combo, a pewter hue, which blurs the distinction between warm and cool. It’s a gray color warmed by soft brown undertones. But be forewarned because it can appear darker on the walls than its color swatch might lead you to believe. Diana Hathaway Timmons, a well-known color expert, said, “Its luminous quality makes it suitable for a variety of rooms. It looks its best with crisp white trim and dark woods.”Learn More About Alure Home ImprovementsHere’s another rule. There is no perfect white paint. That’s why it can be so difficult to choose the right shade. A white can have hints of gray, yellow or even pink. On the other hand, a warm white can be a perfect backdrop for warm colors in most cases, advise the experts. It can also go with cool colors if they’re saturated and not too gray. Improving overall color harmony and warmth is the goal.What’s the furniture look like? What’s the lighting? What’s the view outside the window? What’s the existing color scheme?Baby blue used to be very popular but the color trend for blues has apparently been shifting to slightly green and gray undertones. What blues you choose depends on several factors, like the lighting and the other surfaces in your home. You may want a blue that is rich with gray or a blue that is subtle with green. A good neutral blue can look great with dark or medium woods.Another neutral color that has been drawing raves is an ethereal tan that has just enough warmth to banish the cold from a room but not so much that it heats up the space or clashes with the décor. The advantage of a neutral tan with a hint of beige in it is that it politely recedes into the background and lets your furnishings and décor speak for themselves. It pairs well with most woods and trims, and is compatible with a range of styles from Modern, to Mid-Century or French Provincial. A color called greige is a subtle blend of gray and beige that is neither too warm nor too cool. It’s inviting enough to be welcome in a room with all shades of wood from light to dark, and it is versatile enough to flow gracefully from room to room whether there are deep chocolate browns, black or deep gray with warm undertones as complementary colors. This hybrid also works well with yellow, orange and some other warmer colors.The point is that you need to recognize the underlying tone that makes your neutral color either warm or cool and then go with it, depending on the feel you’re trying to achieve. But you don’t have to limit neutral colors to the broad surface of your walls. You can use them as accents, backdrops or even build an entire color scheme around them.When you go for a spring fling, sometimes the less said the better.And if you have more questions, come to Alure Home Improvements where our colorful characters won’t tell you anything off color.last_img read more

FB : Jones continues to impress scouts at Syracuse pro day; Healthy Long aims to get shot in NFL

first_img Published on March 8, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @chris_iseman Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img When Chandler Jones finished all of his workouts at Thursday’s pro day, the scout representing the New York Giants walked over and told him he could be a part of history. Two years ago, the Super Bowl champions drafted defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul out of South Florida.After seeing Jones build on his impressive results at the NFL Combine, the scout presented the scenario of the Giants drafting another defensive end out of the Big East. ‘Their scout, he came up to me and he was like ‘you know, we made history. We got Jason Pierre-Paul, and you, you’re both from the Big East,” Jones said. ‘If I did have the opportunity to play with that history of defensive lineman, that would be great.’With another strong performance, Jones is accruing a deep list of NFL teams interested in his services.Jones was among a group of 14 former Orange football players who participated at Syracuse’s pro day inside Manley Field House Thursday afternoon. Three of the players who worked out in front of scouts graduated played their senior seasons in 2010, including Rob Long, Jose Cruz and Aaron Weaver. Will Hicks, SU’s assistant athletics director for athletic performance, said 31 of the 32 NFL teams sent representatives to Syracuse Thursday, and called it ‘one of the biggest days we’ve had in a long time.’ It’s all leading up to the NFL Draft, which will take place in New York City on April 28-30.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJones and former SU safety Phillip Thomas are seeing attention from multiple teams. Jones said he’s couldn’t pinpoint an exact number of teams he’s heard from, but said the Giants seemed to have a bit more interest after his numbers at the combine and at pro day.At the combine that took place late last month in Indianapolis, Jones finished in the top 15 of defensive lineman in the 40-yard dash with a time of 4.87 seconds, and also had one of the best results in the vertical jump at 35 inches.But he still managed to improve that at pro day.‘Chandler re-jumped and had a higher vertical today,’ Hicks said. ‘And then Chandler did exceptional in the position work today, and he worked out by the linebackers’ coaches and defensive line coaches.’During the positional workouts Thursday, Jones went through both defensive line drills and outside linebacker drills, as teams continue to assess what position they believe fits him best. Jones said he’s hoping he’s been sparking some interest from teams that run 3-4 defenses.Jones is coming off a bout with a stomach flu, and lost 11 pounds, going from 266 pounds to 255, since the combine.Thomas, who was suspended from the Orange in mid-November for an undisclosed violation, said the Redskins, Eagles, Buccaneers, Bengals, Lions and Ravens have all reached out to him.While Jones excelled at the combine, Thomas struggled.Thomas ran the 40-yard dash in 4.74 seconds, just 18th fastest of the safeties that participated at the combine, but said he improved at pro day. ‘It’s been a good experience, but it’s tiring,’ Thomas said. ‘It’s like a job interview, it’s like people asking you the same questions 32 times. It is all a slow process. At the combine, I took like seven different tests, with 235 questions each, asking the same thing.’Former SU tailback Antwon Bailey also worked out at pro day in his first opportunity to impress NFL scouts, since Bailey didn’t attend the combine.Bailey said he was satisfied with his results, and that he’s been talking with former Syracuse running backs Curtis Brinkley and Delone Carter for insight into what he should expect during this process.‘I had a decent day,’ Bailey said. ‘I did pretty well. I was able to showcase what I could do within the range of the drills, and then everything that we had to do. … I definitely think I impressed them with everything that I was able to do.’Bailey’s and Thomas’ futures in the NFL are still murky, but his former teammates Jones’ is close to guaranteed. After another day of impressive results in front of NFL scouts, it’s just a matter of where he ends up.In a little over a month, he’ll know for sure.‘They all said I did a good job and were impressed,’ Jones said. ‘So I’m excited to see what team I go to.’Long looks to make campCompletely free of the cancer that kept him off the sidelines for his senior season, Rob Long took part in his second pro day to hopefully pique some interest from NFL scouts. Long worked out at last season’s pro day, but had just gotten over the cancer and wasn’t completely healthy.This year, he said he felt significantly better and his punts reflected that.‘I punted really well,’ Long said. ‘I hit the ceiling every time, so I guess there’s something to be said for that. There’s some interest, I hopefully opened up a few eyes and trying to make my way into camp somewhere.’Bailey said it was good to see his former teammate back out on the field working out for the scouts in attendance after all that Long has been through.‘It felt good. It’s a wonderful story,’ Bailey said. ‘A great player, a great person, who’s overcome adversity like no other.’[email protected]last_img read more

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