Editorial – Home help cuts a false economy

first_imgPrint Email AS hundreds of home help care workers, supporters, trade unions and political representatives march on Dail Eireann to demand the Government and HSE reverse the cuts to home help hours, it begs the question yet again – what is a false economy? The people who have home help are in a position where they can have a much better quality of life with minimal cost to the taxpayer. Small things, which most of us take for granted but which are impossible for people with reduced mobility, are the very things that are being taken away.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The difference between being able to stay in the home which the elderly or infirm have loved all their lives and going into care could be as little as being able to wash the dishes.Cuts to an already sparse home-help service will leave many clients in a position where they have no choice but to go into institutionalised care. And it is well known that the cost of paying for a person in nursing home care runs to thousands each month.Compare that to the €14 per hour it costs to have a home help come in and make a house livable.  With clients getting between ten and twelve hours home-help a week, it’s not rocket science to choose the most cost-effective solution.Already at the start of this year, 500,000 hours were taken out of the home-help system, which has huge ramifications for both the clients and the home-helps who were on a part-time footing already.And that’s just the economics. Personal security and the knowledge that someone will be calling during the day is an integral part of the home-help system. The friendly housekeepers bring much more than a clean sweep.They bring company, conversation and human contact to people who may be otherwise isolated and alone. Facebook Linkedin Twittercenter_img Advertisement WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsEditorial – Home help cuts a false economyBy admin – October 22, 2012 549 Previous article“Munster are not contenders” – Donal LenihanNext articleJanesboro takes Gold adminlast_img read more

Colombian Armed Forces Increase by 146,000 Men from 2001 to 2012

first_imgBy Dialogo May 29, 2012 The Colombian Military and police increased from 300,000 to 446,000 men between 2001 and 2012, and they will have a budget of nearly 23.2 trillion pesos (around 12.9 billion dollars) this year for their work, President Juan Manuel Santos stressed on May 23. According to the president, “thanks to the budgetary strengthening of government forces, a modernization has been carried out in the Air Force; the Army has become more effective and professional, and the Navy has increased its equipment and its fleet.” Santos spoke at an academic ceremony in Bogotá, attended by top military commanders and high-ranking officers. The president highlighted the fact that “from a defense-sector investment budget – at 2012 constant prices – of 1.4 trillion pesos ($ 764.4 million) in 2001, we’ve gone (…) to a budget of 3.4 trillion ($ 1.86 billion) in 2008 and 3.2 trillion ($ 1.75 billion) in 2009, and this year we’re maintaining an investment budget of nearly 2 trillion pesos ($ 1.09 billion).” The budget for government forces operations “went from 11.8 trillion ($ 6.44 billion) in 2001 to 21.2 trillion [Colombian pesos] ($ 11.58 billion) in 2012, enabling an increase in force strength of 146,000 men,” he added. Santos specified that between 2001 and 2012, the Army went from 147,000 to 230,000 men; the Navy from 21,000 to 35,000; the Air Force from 11,000 to 14,000; and the National Police from 121,000 to 167,000 men. The Colombian Military has confronted leftist guerrilla groups for nearly 50 years and extreme-right-wing paramilitary groups, drug-trafficking organizations, and criminal gangs working for them more recently. For the fight against guerrilla groups and drug traffickers, the country has received around 8 billion dollars from the United States since 2000, through Plan Colombia. According to a report by the Union of South American Nations (Unasur), that organization’s 12 member countries devoted 126.11 billion dollars to defense spending between 2006 and 2010, with around 17 percent of that amount corresponding to Colombia, the country with the second-largest investment in the sector, behind Brazil. LONG LIVE THE SOLDIERS OF COLOMBIA What’s the use of so many boots on the ground if they don’t have good machinery to fight crime and drug trafficking. Without good technology, there are no good results.Stop buying so much old stuff and get new things. New equipment, better results in the defense of our national territory. What the government should do is raise the salary of the military forces. I mean soldiers and lower ranks who are the ones who truly work in the military forces. They are the ones who stand up for and even give their lives to the public mess we are living through in our beloved Colombia…last_img read more

The family farm in Križevci wants to gather and promote domestic products

first_imgThe second Eno-gastro fairy tale was held in the Development Center and Technology Park Križevci, which brought together small producers and family farms from the area of ​​Koprivnica-Križevci County.The mission of the Eno-gastro fairytale is to connect agricultural production with business entities in one place, explained the director of the Križevci Entrepreneurship Center Tihomir Hodak, while one of the initiators of the Eno-gastro fairytale project Miroslav Mirković informed the audience that the “OPG Burza” project will start next year. the goal is to connect end consumers – customers with family producers.The aim of the project is the economic revitalization of the rural area, connecting agricultural producers with business entities (B2B) and developing a culture of business gifts (gifts to business partners) from the supply of domestic and eco products, as well as raising product demand, and thus encouraging increased production capacity. increasing employment needs. Eno-gastro fairy tale is just one of the activities within a larger project that includes other measures, says Miroslav Mirkovic, marketing manager of Glas Podravine and adds that due to the growing demand for domestic and organic products. Also, “OPG burza” was announced, which is conceived as a unique and innovative portal that will connect all producers in the Podravina and Prigorje area with the end consumer, ie the buyer. ” The group of producers includes small, medium and large family farms, small and medium-sized enterprises engaged in agricultural production and the service sector (IT sector, innovation, etc.). A special part will be dedicated to organic production. The family exchange is designed as a kind of agro guide where the end consumer will be able to find in one place all available agricultural products from northern Croatia (meat, milk, eggs, cheeses, vegetables and water, honey and other agricultural products) to protect and brand domestic production and connecting customer and manufacturer. “Mirkovic pointed out.In addition to the above, the goal of the project is to brand Podravina-Prigorje (quality and origin label) products and institutions from Croatia (schools, kindergartens, hospitals, etc.), legal entities and individuals to offer a quality selection of domestic products and other activities. In the end, the organizers invite all family farms, small and medium producers in the Koprivnica-Križevci County to join the project and connect with each other through the family exchange and the project Eno-gastro fairy tale.<br />
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Venezuela cuts off air and sea traffic with Aruba, Bonaire, and…

first_imgVenezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro has ordered a temporary shutdown of air and maritime traffic with three Caribbean neighbors, accusing smugglers there of seeking to plunder his South American country.72 hour traffic banIn a televised address on Friday, Maduro said he had halted all flights and ship traffic to Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao, known as the “ABC islands,” for 72 hours. Countries running black marketsHe accused the three countries of running black markets by siphoning everything from copper to food before selling the items. “They take away gold from this country illegally, and make it legal to sell there; they take away coltan, they take away diamonds, they take away all food products,” Maduro said. “I didn’t want to take a measure like this one, but I am ready to take even more radical measures.”The islands, which are short distances from Venezuela’s northern coast, have long hosted black markets for Venezuelan contraband, trading everything from illegally-mined minerals to narcotics.According to reports, many refugees have fled illegally, so the closure is unlikely to stop those departures, but it will prevent Venezuelans wishing to travel by air at a time when many airlines refuse to fly to Venezuela because of safety concerns. Aruba is the site of a large refinery that Citgo, the American subsidiary of Venezuela’s state oil company, has been touting plans to refurbish.Leaders must take appropriate measures“I hope that during these 72 hours the leaders of these countries will take the measures we’ve asked for more than two years against smugglers,” Maduro said. “Mafias are waging war on our electricity, they steal our copper and they sell it legally.”Maduro has closed borders in the past after alleging that smugglers were robbing the country, especially at times when his government faces problems.In late 2016, Maduro shut down the border with Colombia, alleging  mobsters there were hoarding currency. The previous year, he ordered a longer closure and declared a state of emergency along the same border, saying food, fuel and other goods were being smuggled there.The measures had little effect on smuggling in the area, residents said, but did prevent many thousands of Venezuelans from crossing the border to buy food during shortages.Presently, Venezuela is also struggling with hyperinflation, and the Maduro administration ordered more than 200 supermarkets to cut prices back to last month’s levels.last_img read more