Facebook Priority is to have a decent society with decent public services Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins appointed as Minister of State A DROP in the number of Gardaí on the beat in communities is directly responsible for a rise in anti-social behaviour, according to Limerick City Fianna Fáil candidate, Cllr. James Collins.He was speaking after being contacted by city centre residents and members of the local business community, who are worried about rising levels of anti-social behaviour.“The fact is, since 2010, there has been a 53 per cent cut in the number of Community Gardaí operating in the city’s Garda stations. We used to have 80 Community Gardaí operating out of four stations in the city. Successive Fine Gael Justice Ministers have allowed the number of Community Gardaí in the city drop significantly.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “At the end of 2017, just 28 were based out of three stations. “It is no coincidence that there has been a rise in anti-social behaviour. If these specialist Gardaí aren’t working with at-risk young people, more of them will start engaging in anti-social behaviour,” he concluded.More about crime and court here. Twitter Limerick TD says GLAS payments welcome but ‘much more action’ needed to support Agri-sector Limerick City Council accept proposal for County Limerick dog park on 6 month trial basis WhatsApp NewsCrime & CourtDrop in Garda numbers prompting bad behaviourBy Bernie English – April 26, 2018 1379 Email Previous articleChamber function addressed by top entrepreneurNext articleSeoda Chamber Choir to perform at Shannon Rowing Club 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. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSbusiness communityFianna FáilGardaíJames Collinsstations Decision to enter Phase 4 of reopening Ireland deferred to August 10 Print Top Fianna Fáil councillor will reject Green coalition deal Advertisement Linkedin
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) remains in place as the law of the land after the Senate rejected a limited Obamacare repeal bill by a vote of 49-51.The failure to repeal and replace Obamacare is a major defeat for President Trump, who made it the centerpiece of his campaign, and for Republicans, who have spent the last seven years attempting to repeal it. In the aftermath, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) indicated that “it’s time to move on,” and put the health care bill on hold, announcing that the Senate would move on to other legislation. The House promptly adjourned for its August recess and will not be back in session until after Labor Day.This most recent setback is even more stunning, considering that the House and Senate passed legislation to repeal Obamacare in 2015—only to see it vetoed by then-President Obama. After President Trump’s victory in the November election gave Republicans control of the White House and both houses of Congress, it appeared that nothing stood in the way of repealing Obamacare, but the process was complicated from the start because of the slim Republican majorities in both the House and Senate.In the House, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) pulled the American Health Care Act (AHCA) from the House floor in March when House leadership realized that they lacked enough votes to pass the bill. Even with a House majority, Republicans could have lost the votes of only 22 members and still moved the bill forward. A series of changes were made to the AHCA to garner the support of conservative and moderate members, and the House passed its repeal and replace legislation in May—by a narrow 217-213 vote—with 20 Republicans voting against the bill.The Senate chose not to take up the House bill, and instead worked on its own repeal and replace legislation, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). With a 52-48 majority, Republicans could have lost the votes of only two members and still advanced the bill. Majority Leader McConnell delayed a vote on the bill until after the July 4 recess to make changes to the bill addressing the concerns of conservative and moderate members, ultimately abandoning a vote after key Senators announced that they were not prepared to support it.The Senate then voted 51-50 to begin debate on repealing Obamacare. The measure passed only after Senator John McCain (R-AZ) returned to the Senate floor for the vote, and Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote. Debate began immediately after the vote, only to see votes on two of the three legislative options for replacement subsequently fail. The Senate then took up a third option, a limited Obamacare repeal bill that would have only repealed the Obamacare insurance mandates and the medical device tax, but it failed by a vote of 49-51, with Senator McCain joining Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and all 48 Democrats to defeat the bill.The failure to repeal and replace Obamacare also means that HSA expansion is now less likely to occur. Both the House and Senate repeal and replace bills included the following provisions to expand HSA use.Increase the annual HSA contribution limits. As proposed, the maximum contribution would have been increased to the out-of-pocket expense limit under qualified high deductible health plans. [For 2017, $6,550 for self-only coverage and $13,100 for family coverage, indexed for inflation.] Permit spouses who are eligible to make catch-up contributions (both are age 55 or older) to choose which spouse’s HSA the additional amounts will be contributed to. [This provision would allow both spouses to make their catch-up contributions to the same HSA, which is not permitted under current law.]Expand the definition of “qualified medical expense” to include over-the-counter (non-prescription) medications.Allow eligible medical expenses incurred up to 60 days before the HSA was established to be paid tax-free from the HSA.Reduce the additional tax on HSA distributions used for non-qualified medical expenses from the current 20 percent to 10 percent.The Senate’s revised BCRA bill also added a provision that would allow HSA distributions for the purchase of qualifying health insurance in the individual insurance market. The provision would not extend to employer-provided qualifying health insurance, which, according to the Employee Benefits Research Institute, covers more than 60 percent of the U.S. population.Under current law, for most individuals, HSA distributions are allowed only for payment of certain long-term care and continuation-of-benefit (COBRA) premiums, and health insurance premiums while receiving unemployment benefits. For individuals over age 65, HSA distributions are allowed only for payment of Medicare Part A, Part B, and Medicare HMO premiums, as well as for the employee portion of employer-provided qualifying health insurance premiums.The HSA provisions, if enacted, would have been the first expansion of HSAs since passage of the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006, which increased the annual contribution limits and provided limited Traditional IRA-, health flexible spending arrangement (FSA)-, and health reimbursement arrangement (HRA)-to-HSA rollovers. The HSA provisions would have greatly benefited credit unions offering HSAs to their members. Although efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare failed, double-digit HSA growth is likely to continue. The market forces that have driven double-digit growth over the past 10 plus years—increasing health care costs and employer migration to high deductible health plans—remain and are likely to continue driving HSA growth for the foreseeable future.As we go to press, repeal and replace is dead, but it was dead once before and came back to life. In the days since the Senate vote, President Trump has taken to Twitter to urge Republicans not to give up the effort on health care. And, as he hits the 200-day mark of his presidency—without a single major legislative victory—it would seem unlikely that he will give up on one of his signature campaign promises, one which galvanizes his most ardent supporters. Stay tuned. 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Dennis Zuehlke Dennis is Compliance Manager for Ascensus. Mr. Zuehlke provides clients with technical support on tax-advantaged accounts (including individual retirement accounts, health savings accounts, simplified employee pension plans, and Coverdell education … Web: www.ascensus.com Details
While there have been no confirmed cases of coronavirus at USC, the University will continue to monitor the situation as it develops across Los Angeles County and internationally. L.A. County reported the first coronavirus-related death Wednesday after confirming the first instance of community spread of the virus Monday. Last week, the county declared a public health emergency and the total number of confirmed cases has since risen to 29 at time of publication. The cancellation follows the University’s decision to cancel or postpone most USC-sponsored events on and off campus through the end of the first week after spring break. The period of remote instruction was extended by two weeks; however the University has not said how this will affect events. As of now, USC campus tours and programmings are scheduled to resume April 14. “While we don’t like turning away visitors, there will be ample opportunity for prospective students to visit USC in the future — well in advance of the next cycle’s application deadlines,” Brunold said. “USC tours and campus visit programs are regularly offered year-round, and this temporary stoppage represents a relatively small percentage of our annual capacity.” Admission ambassadors will continue to be employed during the period but will likely see a temporary reduction in hours due to reduced workload, Brunold said in the email. Students will continue to answer phones and perform administrative tasks. All USC-guided campus tours and admissions sessions have been canceled through April 14, Dean of Admission Tim Brunold confirmed to the Daily Trojan in an email Wednesday. Online programming will be available for newly admitted students before the enrollment commitment on May 1, Brunold said.
Michael Eberwein, a player for German second-tier side Holstein Kiel, made the worst ever first impression for his club on Saturday.Despite not coming off the bench for their entire game against Bochum, Eberwein still managed to almost ruin his side’s night by conceding a penalty.A shot from Bochum’s Silvere M’Boussy which was heading way off-target with even the player putting his face in his hands and letting out a scream of disappointment.However, even he couldn’t have hoped for what would happen next.The ball was touched by Eberwein, who was warming up behind the goal, before it went out of play.The referee missed it initially and gave a goal-kick but the incident was spotted after a VAR review.He then awarded a penalty and, to add insult to injury, gave Eberwein a yellow card.M’Boussy stepped up and converted the penalty, equalising for Bochum.Eberwein remained on the bench for the rest of the game but was spared any further embarrassment however as a Janni Serra goal gave his side a lucky win.FIFA’s rules state that if a substitute interferes with play, the referee has the power to award a direct free-kick or a penalty depending on where the incident took place, or restart play with a drop ball.Watch video below;Michael Eberwein has still not made a single appearance for Holstein Kiel since signing for them.