first_img Previous articleRugby hero backs Special Olympics collectionNext articleSearch teams discover body of woman in Estuary Alan Jacques NewsLocal NewsLimerick councillor Jim Long hangs up on the 11811 serviceBy Alan Jacques – April 11, 2014 1003 WhatsApp Mayor’s driver will earn more than ‘underpaid’ councillors Facebook Cllr Jim LongFINE Gael city councillor Jim Long was so “horrified” at the cost of three directory enquiry calls on his mobile phone that he plans to contact Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte to ensure the issue of hidden charges are highlighted to the public.Cllr Long was heading into a meeting last Friday morning when he received an international call on his mobile phone. With no time to take the call, the councillor hung up and went about his normal business.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Minutes later, however, he was left feeling totally flummoxed when he got a text message from O2 informing him that he had overspent by a sum of €10 over on his monthly phone plan.“I thought I was charged the €10 for the incoming call and I went totally ballistic. When I got home I contacted O2 online through their live chat and received the full details,” Cllr Long explains.“I was then even more horrified to learn that because I went through 11811 I had been charged €2.99 for a local call to my solicitor. In total it cost me €10 euro for three local calls. This in my opinion is a total rip-off,” he claimed.Cllr Long is now vowing never to use the 11811 directory enquiries service again.“If I had made the call at home on a landline it would have only cost 22 cent for three minutes. These hidden charges need to be highlighted and I’ll be contacting the Minister in relation to this,” Cllr Long concluded.An O2 spokesperson explained that calls to Eircom’s 11811 and other directory enquiry services are charged as premium rate services. He also advised customers to check the rates before using any of these services.“Calls to 11811 cost up to €2.30 per minute depending on which price plan the customer is on. Should the customer ask to be connected to a number there is an additional call set up charge of up to €2.30 as well as the per minute charge depending on how long the call lasts. The costs of premium rate services are available at,” said a spokesperson. Advertisement Advance sale of graves could lead to cemetery ‘apartheid’ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGS11811Cllr Jim LongEircomFine GaelMinister Pat RabbitteMusic Limericko2 center_img Print Sarah’s winning recipe to keep cabin fever at bay Deputy Tom is fired up for the challenge Email Homelessness is a real worry in Abbeyfeale Twitter Linkedin Living City review to focus on poor response in Georgian Limerick last_img read more

first_img Share Save Jacob Lew U.S. Department of Treasury U.S. Economy Wage Growth 2015-02-09 Brian Honea Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News  Print This Post The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported last week that average hourly earnings increased by 12 cents from December to January ($24.63 to $24.75), but U.S. Department of Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said on Monday more wage growth is needed.Lew told CNBC on Monday that even though the economy has experienced sustainable job growth – a higher-than-expected 257,000 jobs were added in January and a monthly average of 336,000 jobs created for the last three months, according to BLS – better wage growth is needed for the nation’s economy to return to normal.”Over the last year, we’ve seen average wages going up, a little over 2 percent,” Lew said in the interview. “We need more wage growth than that for people to really feel it, but it’s something to be that’s starting to be something that’s a trend in the right direction. I think we’ve got to do everything we can to help drive that trend forward.”According to analysts, such wage growth may be on the horizon for the coming year. The 12-cent increase reported by BLS correlates with the findings of Fannie Mae’s January National Housing Survey released on Monday, which indicated that 29 percent of Americans said their household income is “significantly higher” than a year ago and that 48 percent surveyed expect to see their finances improve in the coming year.”A 0.5 percent jump in average hourly earnings was a welcome signal to American workers that recent months of robust hiring may finally lead to a much needed rising trend in wage gains,” Fannie Mae chief economist Doug Duncan said. “Together, our survey results and (the BLS) jobs report strengthens our expectation that stronger hiring and firming income growth will be the primary catalysts for a faster pace of housing recovery in 2015.”Analysts agree that higher wage growth is necessary for the nation’s economy – and hence the housing market – to fully recover from the bust of 2008, due to the fact that wage growth is needed to keep up with rising home prices.”Overall, affordability for buyers in most markets will be well maintained in the context of strong job and income growth,” CoreLogic chief economist Frank Nothaft said late January.The final January gauge of the University of Michigan/Thomson Reuters consumer sentiment index turned in its highest reading in 11 years (98.1) largely due to an increase in personal finances – four out of 10 surveyed cited finance gains as the reason for the increased level of confidence, particularly among households with an annual income of $75,000 or less. While that survey estimated an annualized growth rate in hourly earnings of only 1.9 percent, Friday’s 12-cent gain represented an annualized growth rate ahead of that pace at 2.2 percent.”Consumers have now turned to wages rather than jobs as the primary characteristic they used to judge the performance of the economy,” Richard Curtin, chief economist for Surveys of Consumers.”It is time to say that we’ve turned a corner and we’re now in an economy that’s growing,” Lew said. “It has sustainable growth. It’s growth that showing up not just in businesses but in jobs and we’re now seeing wages go up a bit. I think this is a trend that needs to continue. We need to make sure that we do what we can to continue the growth. I think we’re getting some benefit now from lower oil prices in terms of the economy getting a boost on top of that, so I’m feeling pretty confident that we’re looking at a good period ahead.” About Author: Brian Honea Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Tagged with: Jacob Lew U.S. Department of Treasury U.S. Economy Wage Growth The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. 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first_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Harvard: Affordability and Homeownership Back on Track Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Household growth has returned to a normal pace, according to the State of the Nation’s Housing report from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. The study found that the economy is “finally back on track” after the weak household growth and sluggish construction recovery following the Recession.Household growth picked up to 1.2 million a year in 2016–2018, but new construction was still depressed relative to demand, with additions to supply just keeping pace with the number of new households. Homeownership is picking up as well, as the the US homeownership rate edged up in both 2017 and 2018, to 64.4%. According to the study, this translates into a 1.6 million jump in the number of homeownersNationally, affordability has picked up, but depending on the market, some potential homeowners may find that the price-to-income ratio is near peak levels. Price-to-income ratios are highest on the West Coast, where many metroes experience DTIs of 6.0 or higher.  Additionally, a rise in interest rates and home prices plus a tightening of credit, on top of the limited supply of entry-level housing, could put homeownership out of reach for many more households. The rental market, meanwhile, is on solid footing. According to the study, all rents rose at a 3.6% annual rate in early 2019, or twice the pace of overall inflation. Most of the declines were at the single-family rental level, and Harvard’s study notes that  even if homeownership rates continue to increase, low vacancy rates and shifts in the existing stock are likely to prevent a significant softening of rental markets.“In fact, weaker overall rental demand could help to ease conditions at the low end,” the study says. “With most new construction targeting the high end of the market, there has been some potential for excess supply to filter down to lower rent levels.” Home / Daily Dose / Harvard: Affordability and Homeownership Back on Track Affordability Economy HOUSING 2019-06-26 Seth Welborn Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: Counsel’s Corner: Trends and Challenges in Bankruptcy Next: Stanford University Offers $3.4B to Affordable Housing  Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribecenter_img About Author: Seth Welborn Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago June 26, 2019 1,010 Views Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: Affordability Economy HOUSING The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agolast_img read more

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today HMS Liverpool Takes Break From Libya Operations View post tag: Naval View post tag: Libya View post tag: News by topic HMS Liverpool Takes Break From Libya Operations June 22, 2011 After two months on-and-off patrolling the Gulf of Sirte, HMS Liverpool took a break from her Libya operations for a spot of R&R – and ceremonial. The visit to Grand Harbour coincided with the Queen’s official birthday – an event not only celebrated in the UK and RN, but also by islanders in this Commonwealth nation.And so with the Portsmouth-based warship alongside at Pinto Wharf at mid-day on June 10, her ceremonial team fired a 21-gun salute – believed to be the first time a Royal Navy vessel has done so in Grand Harbour since the Senior Service withdrew from the island at the end of the 1970s.The ship’s company were invited to a formal birthday party at the British High Commission where Maltese guests were thanked for their ongoing support for the UK – and in particular their assistance during the evacuation of civilians from Libya earlier this year.Valletta was the hub of the rescue mission for Allied warships – not least HM Ships Cumberland and York – and civilian vessels.Liverpool’s crew also paid visits to sailors past – once Navy, always Navy – by dropping in on Malta’s Royal Naval Association and the RN Officers’ Association.Away from formal duties, the 240-plus sailors finally had a chance to let their hair down; a good number of loved ones made the three-hour flight from the UK to spend six days in Malta – indeed, many were waiting for the destroyer as she entered harbour.“My ship’s company were in need of some rest and relaxation – and we were all looking forward to our visit, especially those who had family flying out to meet us. It was a fantastic visit to an island of which I am very fond.” Said Cdr Colin Williams, Liverpool’s Commanding Officer.His ship hit the headlines back in May when her 4.5in gun opened fire on a rocket battery near Misrata – the first time the main guns of a British warship have been fired in anger since Iraq in 2003.More recent patrols – interspersed with a quick-fire engine change in Taranto in southern Italy – have been, thankfully, less dramatic with the ship enforcing an arms embargo on the Gaddafi regime and directing Allied air traffic in support of the No Fly Zone over the embattled country, alongside 17 other NATO warships in an impressive task force arrayed across the Gulf of Sirte.To those duties has been added a fresh one: protecting Britain’s biggest warship.With HMS Ocean now dispatched to the Libya mission as a launchpad for Apache helicopters, she needs safeguarding from any potential foes – just the job Liverpool and her sisters were originally built to do.To discuss the latter mission, as well as Liverpool’s overarching role on Operation Unified Protector – NATO’s codename for the air-sea effort in Libya – Cdre John Kingwell, Commander UK Task Group, left the Mighty O to visit the Crazy Red Chicken and talk with Cdr Williams plus members of the ship’s company.[mappress]Source: royalnavy, June 22, 2011; View post tag: from View post tag: break View post tag: HMS View post tag: Liverpool View post tag: Navy View post tag: Operations View post tag: takes Share this articlelast_img read more

first_imgBroward County Superintendent of Schools, Robert Runcie has reacted to a recent decision of the US Department of Justice and the US Department of Education. On Wednesday, the two federal departments reversed a decision made in May, 2016 by the Obama administration to provide bathroom privileges to transgender students based on the gender they recognize.The Obama administration decision followed a law passed by South Carolina to have transgenders use bathroom in keeping with their birth gender in public places, including schools. The May, 2016 federal decision was strong opposed by Conservative Americans.Runcie..expressed his support for transgender and all other diverse studentsIn a statement reacting to the reversal of the Obama Administration’s decision, Runcie said, “As a community, among the most important things we can do is to provide a high-quality education for all students in safe and secure learning environments. Broward County Public Schools respects and supports the needs of all of our diverse students.”The head of the Broward public school system said that as a District, Broward has a moral obligation and responsibility to protect students from discrimination, bullying and harassment. “Prior to the federal guidance provided in May 2016, BCPS had guidelines in place to support transgender students. Therefore, the announcement by the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Education will not have an impact on the operation of our schools. There will be no change to the District’s existing non-discrimination policy, which is as follows:The School Board of Broward County, Florida, prohibits any policy or procedure which results in discrimination on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, marital status, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation.”Runcie made it clear that long before the federal guidance was issued in May 2016, Broward schools had, and continue to have  gender neutral bathrooms available for all students.He said, “Our administrators, teachers and staff want our students to feel safe and accepted in their school communities.  BCPS provides resources and guidance to our schools on a regular basis. This include, “providing professional development on meeting the needs of our diverse students; providing the District’s Transgender Support Guide to our schools, which outlines our roles and responsibilities; instituting and supporting awareness campaigns; and Creating community partnerships.Runcie reiterated the Coty School District will continue to respect, value and support the varying needs of its diverse students, “and we will continue to provide all students with the resources to succeed in their education and beyond.”last_img read more