Up to 100 children carers in Limerick

first_imgEmail Linkedin NewsLocal NewsUp to 100 children carers in LimerickBy admin – August 9, 2012 648 Advertisement Facebook UP to 100 Limerick children under the age of 15,  are carers for a relative. An estimated 60 children are acting as carers in county Clare. Caring for Carers, the organisation which represents 109 carers’ groups across the country, has identified 4,288 carers under the age of 15 nationally, using the latest figures from the Census. Of these, statistics suggest that around 100 are based in Limerick city and county. Mary McMahon, CEO of Caring for Carers says this is the likely figure but stressed that the objective is to identify them as individuals so they can be offered support.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “The problem is that they are not always visible because they often don’t think of themselves as carers,” Mary told the Limerick Post.“We have raised the issue with the schools because teachers may become aware of them. If students seem to be under pressure, maybe they are falling behind in schoolwork because they are tired or because of pressures at home”.Pointing out that in neighbouring Clare where the organisation has its headquarters, there are 60 children in this position, she welcomed the new National Carers Strategy.“As far back as 1988 the Department of Health expressed its desire to enable older people to live with dignity and to be cared for as long as possible in their own homes and 24 years on, the Government has produced a strategy that we feel provides the framework,” she said. However, Renee Geary of the Limerick branch of Caring for Carers, said that while the evidence is there in the census, her group has not encountered carers in the  age group of under 15 .According to the care group, the youngsters may simply be taking on more housework because there is a disabled or elderly person in the home or they may have a bigger share of duties – for instance, if the person in need of care is a parent who requires bathing or feeding. “There are a lot of people who don’t identify as carers because they are caring for a family member or a spouse. They just see it as being their duty,” concluded Renee.  center_img Twitter WhatsApp Print Previous articleEleven deaths on farms this year lead to call for vigilanceNext articleMayor asked to take 50% cut adminlast_img read more

Poland protesters take weekend off for fundraiser

first_imgWARSAW, Poland (AP) — From soccer star Robert Lewandowski to opposition politicians, Polish citizens have donated at least 71 million zlotys ($19 million) to a charity’s fundraiser for health causes that has been criticized by the conservative government for its liberal agenda. Anti-government protesters angry about a near-total abortion ban suspended their marches for the weekend to show solidarity and ensure that they didn’t steal the spotlight from the event. The annual Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity is held to support the chronically strapped health care system, and its main event is always held on a Sunday in mid-January. This is the 29th edition and it was postponed by two weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Alan Cumming on What Really Happened With Shia LaBeouf & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Bobby Canavale, Billy Crudup, Ed Norton & More Team Up for LAByrinth Sounds like all our faves are going to be in one room! Bobby Canavale, Billy Crudup, Taran Killam, Richard Kind, Ed Norton, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Julia Stiles, Josh Charles, Sasha Cohen, Jill Hennessey, Bobby Moynahan, Danny Pino, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Cynthia Rowley, Callie Thorne, Yul Vázquez, David Zayas and more (how?!) will participate in Celebrity Charades 2014: Judgment Day. The event, which will benefit the LAByrinth Theater Company, will take place on October 27 at Capitale. We’re plotting how to get tickets as we type. Shia LaBeouf ‘Whacked’ Alan Cumming Shia LaBeouf has recently been busy explaining his eventful night out at Broadway’ Cabaret in June; now the show’s star, Alan Cumming, has revealed how the drama played out from his perspective. Stopping by Conan on October 20, below, the Tony winner said about LaBeouf: “He whacked me.” However the Kit Kat Klub Emcee was also forgiving about the incident. “We’ve all done things where we’ve been out of it and messed up and not everyone has to deal with it on such a worldwide scale.” Catch Cumming, the sexiest man LaBeouf has ever seen, at Studio 54 through March 29, 2015. We’re Getting Jennifer Hudson a Dog Jennifer Hudson has reiterated, for the umpteenth time, that she’d like to tread the boards, stating: “I would love to do television and theater.” Hudson also told People: “I got a dog and named it Oscar, and then I won my Oscar. And then I got a dog and named it Grammy, and then I won my Grammy.” We’re seriously considering sending her a dog named Tony.center_img NPH is Officially Fascinating Between winning a Tony award, emceeing the Tonys four times and the Emmys twice, releasing Choose Your Autobiography, directing his hubby (and others), starring on How I Met Your Mother for nine seasons, doing magic and being a Dad, we already knew that Neil Patrick Harris was fascinating. But now, with the news that the star will host the 2015 Oscars, comes a big accolade that means everyone will be aware of the fact. Harris has been named one of Barbara Walters’ 10 Most Fascinating People of the year. According to Deadline, the former Hedwig will appear alongside big names including Tony winner Scarlett Johansson and (maybe Broadway headliner) Oprah Winfrey on the December 14 ABC broadcast. View Commentslast_img read more

Germany’s pension-insolvency fund waives contributions for 2016

first_imgGermany’s pension insolvency vehicle, the Pensions-Sicherungs-Verein (PSVaG), has for the first time since its inception in 1975 set the contribution rate for companies to 0 per thousand.Because so few insolvencies were reported this year, the PSVaG will not have to take on pension liabilities from companies in financial trouble.The PSVaG also waived its right to set advance payments for 2017 but added that it would review this decision early next year.The PSVaG said there were other factors that led to its decision to set the rate at 0 per thousand, down from the 2.4 per thousand (0.24%) the companies had to pay from their on-book pension reserves last year. It pointed out that it had received surplus payments from the life insurance group that is paying out the pensions taken on by the PSVaG on behalf of insolvent companies.Further, some funds had come in from insolvency claims, and there is still €782m in the fund from last year’s contributions.According to German law, all companies with on-book pension reserves and DBOs have to pay a part of their pension assets into the PSVaG.Currently about 94,400 companies are members of the PSVaG, with pension assets amounting to around €333bn.Companies with Pensionskassen are exempt, as they are insurance-based.For setting up or joining a Pensionsfonds, companies get a discount of 20% on their PSVaG contributions.The long-term average contribution rate stands at 2.8 per thousand (0.28%).last_img read more