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Four week extension to existing fuel allowance season

first_imgWhatsApp Twitter Previous articlePX Music: the inspiring raucous energy of new Limerick hip hopNext articleAsIAm and SuperValu Ask for Increased Public Understanding on World Autism Day Cian Reinhardthttp://www.limerickpost.ieJournalist & Digital Media Coordinator. Covering human interest and social issues as well as creating digital content to accompany news stories. [email protected] NewsCommunityPoliticsFour week extension to existing fuel allowance seasonBy Cian Reinhardt – April 2, 2020 233 Print Winter photo created by Dragana_Gordic – www.freepik.comELIGIBLE customers will receive a four-week extension to the existing fuel allowance for this season.Limerick Fine Gael TD Kieran O’ Donnell has said the government has “committed to extending the fuel allowance season by four weeks, from Friday, 10tt April to Friday 8th May”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The Fine Gael TD said the move to extend the allowance for existing eligible customers on a once-off basis “makes sense” at a time where “we wish people to stay at home to stay safe”.The extension will help, the Fine Gael TD believes, to “ensure the most vulnerable groups are provided with additional targeted financial supports in a timely and efficient manner”.He said, “This extension will ensure those in receipt of this payment have one less thing to worry about and can remain safe and warm in their homes for the coming period.”Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty, said, “The Covid-19 emergency presents a once in a century challenge to our society and our public services and we are determined that our Department does everything we can to meet emerging needs and provide comfort to as many as possible.”Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe said, “During this time of unprecedented difficulty for our people, we must ensure that our older and more vulnerable groups are as comfortable as possible, as people adhere to Government instruction in order to stay safe.“It is for this reason that the Fuel Season is being extended until May. Everyone has a part to play in minimising the impact of this public health crisis.”The Fuel Allowance payment is made to over 370,000 of the most disadvantaged households in the country including pensioners and those with disabilities, who are most at risk of fuel poverty.The current 28 week season is due to finish on April 10. The payment is made as an allowance paid alongside the customer’s primary welfare payment.On foot of the changes approved by Government today, the Fuel Allowance season will be extended by 4 weeks and will continue until Friday, May 8.center_img Advertisement Facebook Email Linkedinlast_img read more

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Wyoming governor signs bill to prop up state’s coal plants

first_imgWyoming governor signs bill to prop up state’s coal plants FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Billings Gazette:Gov. Mark Gordon has signed into a law a measure that aims to keep Wyoming’s coal-fired power plants online and in business by requiring a utility to try to sell the facility first before decommissioning it.The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports Gordon on Friday signed Senate File 159, which was sponsored by Republican Sen. Dan Dockstader, of Afton.It requires power companies that want to decommission a coal-fired plant to seek a buyer first. If a new company bought the plant, the bill requires the utility that sold the plant to buy back the power, even if a cheaper source is available.Dockstader says the bill was about protecting small communities with coal-fired plants.But critics see the move as temporarily extending the life of outdated and costly coal-fired plants.More: Wyoming governor signs bill aimed at keeping coal-fired plants runninglast_img read more

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Marriott agrees partnership with Alibaba: Offline to Online is a new tourism paradigm

first_imgMarriott International Inc., the world’s largest hotelier with about 6.000 facilities globally, has agreed on a business partnership, ie a partnership with Alibaba Group, China’s largest online sales platform. A partnership that will certainly change the tourism market and launch a new dimension of partnership.The Marriott will thus promote the entire line, from the eponymous brand to the Sheraton and the Ritz-Carlton, on Alibaba’s Fliggy website. It will also synergistically link its loyalty programs and provide new promotions for Chinese travelers. ”We both believe we can create huge synergies from this strategic partnership”Daniel Zhang, Alibaba’s chief executive, told Bloomberg.comChinese tourists are the world’s largest travelers, and the market is still growing rapidly, with Chinese tourists spending more than $ 100 billion in 2016 and driving change in the global tourism industry. As they point out in their statement, Marriott wants to gain the trust of as many guests as possible and boost loyalty as they compete with alternative service providers such as Airbnb. “It really is about how we will service this already large but fast growing group of global travelers, especially Chinese ones. This is actually a marriage online to offline and vice versa, and most importantly it is a marriage of our professional fields. OTO is a new paradigm ” said Arne Sorenson, CEO of Marriott.The importance of this partnership and the potential is sufficient, as evidenced by the fact that Alibaba’s average daily turnover is around one billion US dollars, it has more than 800 million products in its store with over 400 million users, and in just one second it can do as many as 60.000 transaction. In synergy with 100 million loyal customers from the Marriott customer base, there is a lot of traffic and cross-correlation.An estimated 122 million Chinese left the country in 2016 and spent about $ 109,8 billion, according to a statement from China’s National Tourism Administration, with key destinations including Japan and the United States. This year, U.S. visitors alone are expected to grow 15 percent, with an estimate of 3,96 million in 2018 from about 3 million in 2016, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.One thing is for sure, this cooperation is a step forward and a departure from the classic framework, which will certainly encourage various new partnerships, which will open a totally new door and opportunities, both for tourists and for all other related parties.Source: Bloomberg.comlast_img read more

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Takeaways: will Sharks’ Erik Karlsson face a suspension for hit on Wagner?

first_imgSAN JOSE — As the stock market continues its steep decline, Joe Pavelski’s value heading toward unrestricted free agency is soaring.Pavelski scored his 23rd goal of the season with 30 seconds remaining in regulation Saturday, allowing the Sharks to steal a point against the woeful Los Angeles Kings by going to overtime. In doing so, Pavelski surpassed his goal total from last season.On pace to score 51 goals, the Sharks captain should be in for a big pay raise this summer.“I knew he was …last_img

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Leicester’s Vardy ends goal drought in 2-1 loss at Sevilla

first_imgSEVILLE, Spain (AP) — Sevilla missed an early penalty in a 2-1 win over Leicester in their Champions League Round-of-16 first leg on Wednesday, with Jamie Vardy scoring his first goal of 2017 for the visitors.Pablo Sarabia and Joaquin Correa scored in each half to leave the Spanish club a draw away from reaching the quarterfinals of the European competition for the first time in nearly 60 years.But Leicester won’t go home too heavy-hearted after a spirited second half which it hopes will kick start its poor domestic season.Vardy kept Leicester alive with a 73rd-minute goal in one of the few chances created by the English champions at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium in Seville.Correa missed a 15th-minute penalty for the hosts, which are a three-time defending champion in the Europa League but haven’t advanced past the last 16 in the Champions League since 1958.In Wednesday’s other Champions League match, Juventus beat host FC Porto 2-0 with second-half goals by substitutes Marko Pjaca and Dani Alves.Sarabia opened the scoring with a firm header into the far corner after a cross by Sergio Escudero from the left side, and Correa made up for his missed penalty by adding to the lead from close range after a pass by Stevan Jovetic in the 62nd.Struggling to stay out of the relegation zone in the Premier League, Leicester scored the important away goal when Vardy got to a low left-side cross by Danny Drinkwater.Sevilla almost claimed a third goal after an 88th-minute header by Adil Rami struck the crossbar.“We had several opportunities, we had to score more goals,” Jovetic said. “You have to score in every chance you get, especially in a Champions League game like this, otherwise it becomes difficult.”Correa’s weak penalty was easily saved by Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.The result kept Sevilla unbeaten in eight games in all competitions, a run of six wins and two draws.Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli watched from the stands as part of a two-match touchline ban when he was sent off in a group-stage game against Juventus.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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