Local council members set for 47 per cent pay increase

first_imgWhatsApp Facebook Email Print 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.“We need talented young people of every persuasion coming into politics but up to now, we have been losing good people because they just can’t go on juggling jobs, family and council,” Mayor Sheahan told the Limerick Post.The Mayor referred to the “huge number of enthusiastic young people who joined us and then had to leave. People with families to support and bills to pay can’t take time out of their jobs even though the council is itself a full-time job.“Many of them say they would very much like to work full-time at the council but they don’t have an option. Maybe this is the move that will allow them to do so and the carrot that will attract more young men and women into local politics.”Mayor Sheahan said the increased salary decision is timely, given that Limerick could have a directly elected Mayor in the next two years.“Limerick will be in a unique position then and we will be looking for more powers. It will be a bigger challenge. If the Minister doesn’t give the local authority more power and it’s seen as just a different version of the same thing, then he won’t be able to sell it to Cork or Galway.“We still have a long way to go to sort out what the new Mayor’s powers and role will be and how the council will work with that but this is a unique opportunity for Limerick,” he said.While elected members salaries are to go up, unvouched expenses for local politicians are to end and will be replaced with a verified costs system and audits in all councils.Currently, only a limited number of councillors account for their expenses as it is not compulsory, as is the case with members of the Oireachtas.However, city and county councillors will still get to keep a number of expenses including attendance fees for meetings of Special Policy Committees and other groups. NewsPoliticsLocal council members set for 47 per cent pay increaseBy Bernie English – January 3, 2020 799 Twittercenter_img Limerick County Hall Chamber. Photo: Cian ReinhardtA 47 per cent pay rise for city and county councillors will bring new blood into local politics and help members with families stay in local politics.That’s according to Limerick Mayor Michael Sheahan (FG) who has welcomed the announcement that councillors salaries are to increase by €8,000 a year to €25,000.Currently, councillors are paid a basic salary of just over €17,000, with unvouched expenses up to €2,667 and vouched expenses of €5,000. Advertisement The rate of pay for councillors was highlighted by Fine Gael City Councillor Olivia O’Sullivan last month when she told the Limerick Post that the personal driver for Limerick’s directly elected Mayor would be paid more than local councillors.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Cllr O’Sullivan, who is self-employed and a mother of two young children, is a first-time councillor who won her seat in last May’s local elections.Referring to the current salary level, she said: “It is very underpaid, it’s less than the minimum wage. Although it’s said to be a part-time role, that is not the public expectation. You do have to manage it along with another job because you don’t get paid enough for it to be full-time.”“I’m only six months in it, but there is a big commitment on a weekly basis. I’m self-employed and I don’t know how you could do this job and be answerable to an employer on a daily basis, because the amount of meetings and commitments; just to fulfil the role is very difficult,” she added. Linkedin Previous articleKevin’s journey from special branch to the political heartlandNext articleBoojum release limited edition plant based menu for Veganuary 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.last_img read more

SO LONG, SARTAIN: Memories of performances in historic gym will last forever

first_img “Teaching and coaching was my life,” she said. “I’ll always remember the students and the athletes. I taught and coached some great ones. They worked hard and played hard. Sartain was the place where they learned about winning and losing, lessons that carried over into life. Many of them have gone on to outstanding careers and to be contributing members of society. What they learned and experienced at Sartain played a role in all of that.”Sartain was “the heart of the majors” and Sorrell said those “majors” surely have a heart for Sartain.“We offered an extramural program where students had opportunities to compete with people outside the university and that was a good opportunity for our students,” Sorrell said.Physical education classes were required so many students had a strong association with Sartain. They took basketball, volleyball and badminton in Sartain and first aid and HYPER classes. You Might Like Perhaps no tears will be shed for Sartain. After all, change is a part of the dance called progress. Time will move on but memories will linger.Joyce Sorrell came to Troy University in 1968 to teach and later coach women’s basketball. She retired after 39 years at the university. For her, Sartain Hall was home away from home.A decade after her retirement, Sorrell can still hear basketballs bouncing and the banter of friendly competition. Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Sponsored Content Book Nook to reopen Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Published 3:00 am Sunday, July 22, 2018 As the many people with ties to Troy University’s Sartain Hall gathered Tuesday afternoon to bid farewell to the storied structure, the collective sentiment was “if these ol’ walls could talk.”Sartain Hall has been a part on the Troy University landscape for 56 years. Tens of thousands of students and townspeople have fond memories of times there. Memories of games won and lost, of classes passed and failed, of friendships shared, of times well spent.In the coming days, the old gymnasium will be razed to make way for a wellness center for the university and the campus landscape will be changed. SO LONG, SARTAIN: Memories of performances in historic gym will last forever 12PrevNextStartStopcenter_img “We offered ballroom dancing and other dance classes and we had the Dixie Darlings, who were young kids that clogged. They performed at pep rallies and at basketball games. They were a big hit.”Of course, basketball games brought students, alumni and the community together for the fun and excitement of college basketball, including the men’s record-setting 258 points against DeVry that secured Troy and Sartain Hall a place in collegiate basketball history.For those who tossed their mortarboards as high as their hopes, Sartain Hall was the place of new beginnings.But Sartain was not just a place for athletics, studies and graduations; three times a year, the hall was transformed into a concert hall where top entertainers performed for packed houses.Ron Pierce was at the helm of it all. Pierce was director of the Adams Center Union Board and had the responsibility of scheduling the concerts at Sartain.“The students purchased a program sticker for maybe $12 that got them into the concerts and the weekly free movies,” Pierce said. “There were no computers or video games and students were proud to have something to do.”The concerts were highly anticipated and well attended by students and members of the community.“We brought in big name entertainers,” Pierce said. “We paid around $20,000 for performers that included Jimmy Buffet, The Beach Boys, Dolly Parton, Ronnie Milsap, The Spinners, Helen Reddy, Linda Ronstadt and Harry Chapin.“The performers were accommodating,” he said. “Dolly Parton was a great. She’s down to earth and she’s not shy. She was interviewed on local radio and talked with people around town. Everybody liked her.”Pierce and his wife, Susan, met the Beach Boys at the airport and had a meal with them on the plane. Pierce picked Chapin up at the airport and, on the way to the concert, he sat on the back seat and played the guitar and sang.“Only once was there a problem. A fight broke out on the floor the night of Ronnie Milsap’s concert and his performance had to be stopped momentarily,” Pierce said.The only other blemish on the Sartain Hall concerts occurred in Tuscaloosa.“Jimmy Buffet appeared in Tuscaloosa after being in Troy,” Pierce said. “On stage there he said, ‘This sure beats the hell out of Troy State.’ I didn’t know what that meant. We had a great crowd and it was a great performance. I’ve never understood.”In time, the performers required more money and Sartain Hall was no longer capable of handling the sound and lighting required for entertainers like Chicago, Tina Turner and Huey Lewis and the News. The concerts were moved to Montgomery but university students with program stickers had prime floor seating.“But those big city concerts never really measured up to Sartain,” Pierce said. “The closeness of the space – within the audience and to the performers – made Sartain a special place for concerts.”Sartain Hall was a special place in its time. And it will continue to be a special place for those who harbor memories of bouncing basketballs, star-studded concerts and little girls in cloggin’ shoes. 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‘I lost control and started crying’: Colombian doctor evicted as neighbors fear COVID-19

first_imgRead also: Doctors, beaten and harassed, plan silent protest across IndiaOther cases of hostility to medical workers include an anesthetist in Bogota who told Reuters he had been prohibited from using communal areas where he lived, and reports by local media of graffiti on the wall of one doctor’s apartment that threatened to kill his family if he didn’t vacate the property.For frontline medical staff battling the virus, such open aggression by their neighbors can be devastating.”I lost control and started crying,” Botache said. “On the phone, my family members asked me to calm down… I didn’t hear what they were saying because I couldn’t even speak between sobs and tears.”The doctor has since moved into another apartment.”I felt enormously disappointed not just in my neighbors but in seeing how humanity behaves in the face of fear and the unknown, as well as the ignorance that characterizes many people,” he said. Topics : However, his new neighbors protested against his arrival and demanded the building’s owner evict him.”The owner told me that people were really scared, that they said they would leave if I didn’t,” Botache told Reuters in a video interview. The owner had asked him to leave, he added.The owner and neighbors could not immediately be reached for comment.Colombia has reported more than 4,500 cases of COVID-19 and over 210 deaths. More than 300 medical workers have been infected, leading to the deaths of at least four, according to figures by Colombia’s National Health Institute. A doctor in the Colombian city of Cali said this week that he was forced from his apartment just eight days after he moved in because other residents of the building feared he would bring the new coronavirus into their homes.It is the latest example of hostility to medical workers in Latin America, who have faced discrimination and even attacks amidst concerns they could be spreading the virus.Cristhian Botache, 22, said he moved out of his family home at the start of the COVID-19 outbreak in order to protect his older relatives, who are more at risk of falling seriously ill.last_img read more

Indonesia’s foreign debt rises in May as foreign investors make comeback

first_imgThe central bank said that the higher debt position was due to higher capital inflow to the debt market amid lowering uncertainty in the global financial market and highly attractive domestic financial assets, adding that investors’ positive sentiment helped bring down the borrowing cost.“The management of the government’s external debt is conducted in a prudent and accountable manner to support government spending toward priority sectors, particularly on COVID-19 handling and boosting national economic recovery,” BI said in a statement.Indonesia’s budget deficit is expected to widen to 6.34 percent of GDP to cover the Rp 695.2 trillion ($47.5 billion) earmarked to strengthen the healthcare system and bolster economic growth. The government faces the daunting task of raising Rp 900.4 trillion worth of sovereign debt papers (SBN) in the second half of the year as debt financing swells significantly to fund the country’s coronavirus response. It raised Rp 630.5 trillion worth of SBN as of June this year.The government’s foreign debt rose 3.1 percent yoy in May to $192.1 billion, driven by the weekly issuance of SBN to fund the budget deficit in 2020. Public sector debt, raised by the government and the central bank, amounted to $194.9 billion.The private sector’s external debt grew 6.6 percent to $209.9 billion in May, compared to 4.4 percent in April, driven by higher debt from nonfinancial sectors.The external debt is largely disbursed across four sectors accounting for 77.3 percent of overall private borrowing, namely mining, manufacturing, financial services and insurance, and electricity, gas and steam procurement.The central bank deemed the overall external debt level to be healthy as the foreign-debt-to-GDP ratio was recorded at 36.6 percent by the end of May, up from 36.2 percent the previous month. Long-term loans account for 89 percent of the current outstanding debt.Topics : Indonesia’s foreign debt rose in May, driven mainly by foreign inflows to the country’s debt market as the government issues more debt papers to fund the coronavirus response and boost economic recovery, the latest data has shown.External debt, which includes government and private sector borrowings, was recorded at US$404.7 billion in May, a growth of 4.8 percent year-on-year (yoy), Bank Indonesia (BI) data showed Friday. The growth rate of Indonesia’s external debt increased from an annualized rate of 2.9 percent in April.Private sector foreign debt, which includes borrowings of state-owned enterprises, grew at a faster rate than government debt, supported by the mining, manufacturing, financial services and insurance sectors, as well as electricity, gas and steam procurement.last_img read more