DRI and ICCL Call for Department of Employment Affairs and Social…

first_imgBilly Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Previous articleLimerick GAA Club Championship Games in April PostponedNext articleUniversity of Limerick ‘likely’ to become location for COVID-19 ‘field hospital’ if hospitals become ‘overwhelmed’ Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads TAGSCoronaviruscover 19Keeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post NewsDRI and ICCL Call for Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection to suspend PSC Requirement forJobseeker applicants during COVID-19 pandemicBy Staff Reporter – March 16, 2020 287 Email Advertisement Designed by FreepikDigital Rights Ireland (DRI) and the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) today called for the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) to suspend the unnecessary requirement for a Public Services Card for the thousands of applicants seeking social welfare support in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.DRI and ICCL have been raising concerns regarding the DEASP and the legality of the Public Services Card since summer 2017. The Data Protection Commissioner has already found that the PSC violates privacy laws in a number of ways and ordered the destruction of 3.2 million PSC records. The Government has refused to comply and the case is now in the Circuit Court.“Whether or not the PSC’s illegality is upheld by the Circuit Court is almost beside the point in the face of a global pandemic,” commented Dr TJ McIntyre, DRI’s chair. “‪Now is not the time to require people to undergo time consuming, non-essential processes to access essential financial supports.‬”Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “We are certain to see a rise in the number of layoffs and short time working in the coming days and weeks,” advised Liam Herrick, executive director of ICCL. “Anything that delays the ability of impacted workers to claim their social welfare entitlements and put food on their tables is unconscionable during a global health crisis. Any requirement to attend an Intreo centre for a mandatory face-to-face appointment, against health advice to practice social distancing, is simply unacceptable during this crisis.”“The PSC requirement extends the timeline from when people become eligible for social welfare payments to when they actually receive funds. This will leave laid-off workers who are normally paid weekly in a terrible situation,” pointed out McIntyre.The Government has acknowledged that the Department can manage claims via phone and email for applicants who are already in quarantine. This would ensure those customers will not lose out financially through non-attendance. We call on the Minister to set aside the unnecessary and unsafe PSC requirement for all applicants during Covid-19 and ensure that workers can urgently access the supports they need in this time of crisis. Linkedin WhatsAppcenter_img Facebook Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Print Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Twitter Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League openerlast_img read more

News story: Merger of credit score providers raises competition concerns

first_imgClearScore and Experian are the first and second-largest providers of free credit score checking in the UK. Experian is also the largest paid credit score checking provider. Millions of people in the UK use the companies’ services each year to check their credit scores, understand their finances, and choose loans and credit cards online.As Experian and ClearScore are the market leaders in this field, and each other’s main competitor, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is concerned that the merged company would be less likely to innovate to help people better understand their finances, potentially leading to people paying more for credit cards and loans.Experian and ClearScore have until 27 July to offer solutions to resolve the CMA’s concerns, otherwise the merger will be referred for an in-depth phase 2 investigation.More information can be found on the Experian/ClearScore case page.last_img read more

Kante: Midfield Secrets under Wraps as France Takes on Peru

first_imgThe English Premier League’s Player of the Season for 2016/17 was at his ball-winning best against Australia, regaining possession 14 times in all, though he was quick to play down that statistic.“What matters to me is winning. It was vital for us to come away with three points,” he said, before heaping praise on one of his team-mates: “Sometimes there are vital defensive situations that can change the outcome of a match. And on Saturday, without Hugo Lloris, we’d have gone 1-0 down in the 20th minute. We were all grateful to him.”Speaking in a low voice and almost apologetic tone, the Chelsea player continued to deflect attention away from himself: “I’m just a defensive player. It’s the lowest position. I’ve got the ball-carriers in front of me, and it’s our job as midfielders to link up with the defence and pick out the forwards so we can create chances.” Described by Frank Lampard as the best midfielder in the world, Kante is reluctant to say any more about his art.Up next for France is Peru this afternoon in Ekateringurg, a side he has been keeping an eye on: “They play with a lot of intensity and commitment and give it all they’ve got.” That match will give Kante another opportunity to win possession time and again, and all without a word out of place or any visible signs of irritation.Calmly rising to his feet, he shook hands once more and left through the door he came in, having left us none the wiser as to who he really is. Modest Kante is a man who keeps himself to himself and his secrets firmly under wraps.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Ngolo Kante won his first cap for France against Russia on 29 March 2016. Two years and 25 caps later, he is making his FIFA World Cup debut as an indispensable part of Les Bleus line-up. And he has achieved that status by doing what he has always done, wherever he has played: by winning and recovering possession, all without saying a word.Kante came in through the door, shook hands, and took a seat, a typically discreet smile on his face. Describing his first taste of the World Cup, the 27-year-old midfielder told FIFA: “Arriving in Russia was special. It’s taken a lot of work and effort to get here and I feel very proud.”When it comes to work, Kante, who hails from Paris’ tenth arrondissement, is not afraid to roll up his sleeves and get stuck in, especially when it comes to dispatching his midfield duties. An example of that came in the 2014/15 season. Still at Caen at the time, he racked up an average of 5.3 tackles per match during the French league campaign, more than any other player in Europe’s five major championships. If ball-winning were an art form, Kante would be a museum piece.last_img read more

Syracuse earns weekend sweep of RPI

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse broke out of its slump with a pair of 4-0 wins against Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute over the weekend.The first was led by a pair of goals by Melissa Piacentini Friday night. Her first, at 8:59 in the second period was an insurance goal after Margot Scharfe put the Orange (8-5-1, 3-0-1 College Hockey America) on the board at the 11:01 mark in the first period. Piacentini’s second came just more than seven minutes into the third period off an assist from Cara Johnson.Holly Carrie-Mattimoe sealed the 4-0 win with a shorthanded empty-net goal at 13:24 in the third. The goal was her 35th for the Orange, breaking the all-time program record of 34 goals set by Isabel Menard and Stefanie Marty.SU outshot RPI 14-1 in the first period and 36-14 in the game.The Orange used a prolific third period to win by the same score on Saturday. The team led 1-0 after Sadie St. German scored halfway through the first, assisted by Nicole Renault and Caitlin Roach.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRPI stayed with the Orange through the second and early third periods until Piacentini broke the game open with a power-play goal 3:13 into the final period. Scharfe notched the final two goals to finish the win.SU returns to the ice Friday night at Tennity Ice Pavilion at 7 p.m. for the first of two CHA contests with Robert Morris.—Compiled by Jacob Klinger, asst. copy editor, [email protected] Comments Published on November 25, 2012 at 4:43 pmlast_img read more