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Families on €100 000 are “struggling”

first_imgLimerick Senator has beef with meat industry RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Facebook TAGSMinister for Finance Michael NoonanpoliticsRichard Boyd BarrettWealth taxWillie O’Dea TD Enterprise Support Grant should include older self-employed people WhatsApp FINANCE Minister Michael Noonan has ruled out the introduction of a wealth tax, claiming that families with an income of more than €100,000 a year are struggling to make ends meet.Responding to People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett’s calls to introduce a wealth tax on incomes over €100,000, the Limerick Minister said households with such an income were not wealthy.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Speaking in the Dáil last week Minister Noonan added: “They’re barely getting the kids up in the morning and out to school, paying the bills, paying the mortgage, and keeping the car on the road. And if you think a gross income for a couple at €100,000 is wealth, you’re not meeting the real people.”However, Limerick Fianna Fáil TD Willie O’Dea noted that families earning €100,000 a year are “a hell of a lot more wealthy than families with an income of €20,000, who the Government has hit repeatedly”.He told Limerick Post: “If you take a young person aged 25 or 26, before the payments were cut their total income was about €9,500 a year, now, depending on their age category it’s gone underneath that.“Let’s face it, everything is relative, but people on over €100,000 have suffered a lot less under this Government than people earning a lot less. All independent commentators have said that our budgets are regressive and that they are taking more from the poor than from the wealthy.” Advertisementcenter_img Linkedin Previous articleWriters on the lookout for Limerick’s oldest ladyNext articleUL working to develop safer structures John Keogh Twitter Email NewsFamilies on €100 000 are “struggling”By John Keogh – July 11, 2014 836 Jenny Blake | #WeAreLimerick episode 46 Restart Grant Plus will help more Limerick businesses to reopen Rape Crisis welcomes publication of O’Malley reportlast_img read more

Planning Division develops guidelines for potential tourism developers

first_img Share Acting Chief Physical Planner, Annie EdwardsThe Planning Department has taken a proactive approach in assisting prospective tourism investors in ensuring that their structures are in sync with Dominica’s sustainable tourism development thrust. Over the past ten months, the Planning Division in collaboration with a number of key stakeholders has been working on putting together a number of guidelines for sustainable development tourism.Last week, the Planning Division teamed up with the Invest Dominica Authority in staging a workshop for new tourism developers at the Jungle Bay Resort and Spa. At that workshop, acting Chief Physical Planner Annie Edwards spoke to some of the new guidelines which must be taken into consideration when constructing tourism related properties in Dominica.Ms Edwards told GIS News these guidelines are necessary to ensure that developers incorporate sustainable elements into their designs.“They focus on things like energy efficiency, the design of yours structure so that it takes into consideration the natural light, the natural ventilation, things like disposal of waste, design of the building in an architectural way that is in keeping with the Dominican architecture and another focus is on the environment you develop your plan within. A lot of people, when they start their construction, they go ahead and cut down the natural vegetation; they do not design it in a way that takes the natural elements of the site into consideration. These guidelines will give people some ideas of how they can design in an environmental friendly way.”The use of renewable energy is also a very important concept that the planning division is hoping that developers would consider when designing their properties.“It is predicted that there will be stronger hurricanes, more droughts and so forth. As a result, using droughts as an example, developers should develop their buildings in a way like I have said before, that takes the natural ventilation into consideration. If this is done, it will not only help in terms of allowing proper airflow but would also assist in lessening the use of air-conditioning. If it is designed in a proper way, you use less air conditions. Consequently, there will be less use of energy. You use more natural lighting; therefore there will be less use of energy. We have noticed at the Planning Division, that a lot of people use a lot of massive concrete making those buildings so uncomfortable. If they just had some guidelines, some advice at an early stage, this could have been avoided.”Meanwhile, Government recently announced a waiver of import duties on renewable equipment for tourism investors.“In regards to the renewable energy, whilst Planning has said that the initial capital outlay may be a bit costly, Government recognising the importance of having renewable, has been giving the waiver of import duties on various renewable items. Therefore, investors who want to put this in place for their establishment can benefit from duty-free concessions on the renewable equipment required for their development.”For more on other incentives you can contact the Invest Dominica Emmanuel Joseph Sharing is caring! LocalNews Planning Division develops guidelines for potential tourism developers by: – March 29, 2011 Sharecenter_img Share 20 Views   no discussions Tweetlast_img read more

6 of the Best – OPTIMA’s Jacob Lopez

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Submit This week’s 6 of the Best takes us to Spain, a country with “paradise-like beaches” and whose national team provided a dream win for today’s subject – OPTIMA CEO Jacob Lopez.Jacob Lopez, OPTIMAKeep reading to find out about the film based on a true story that such a small number of people understood, and why Spanish success in Russia this summer would evoke different feelings for Lopez when compared with La Roja’s first ever World Cup success in 2010.Best HolidayThe best holiday was in Spain, in the paradise-like beaches of Cádiz and Almería by the Andalusian coast – the first time when I discovered them in a full week of visiting all the Spanish south coast long from west to east.So close and so unknown to so many people, with so many places that make you think you are unbelievably close to paradise. Having travelled around the most beautiful beaches in Europe, Africa and America, when you put together the people, the gastronomy, the landscape, the quality of the beaches, the heritage, the highest mountain in the Spanish peninsula (in Granada), you realise that if you live in Andalusia, you don’t have to go very far to enjoy the best time. No doubt I was with the best company, my family, when I was in that tour, and that made it also unforgettable.Best Album101 – Depeche Mode. I discovered Depeche mode with this Album and that’s why it is so special for me. I’m since an unconditional fan of the English band. I got captivated when I watched the 101 film and concert edited in VHS format, about the tour with the same name.The quality of the performance and the power of their music made just with synths, the emotion that Dave transmit to the audience, all paired with technology, which I’ve been so close to since I was a young boy, definitely caught me then and still today does.Songs like Never Let Me Down Again, Everything Counts, Black Celebration, Stripped, Just can’t get enough, Sacred – I can name every one of the songs of this live performance – and both the music and the depth and meaning of the lyrics are great, each of them.As a note, I cover myself quite successfully some songs of this album, my friends say, when I’m in front of my synths and home studio. Back to DM, every time I can attend a concert of the band, I do – four times last year when they were touring Europe, and I’ll do this year again, I’ve seen them already once and have my tickets ready for the next one.Best Film‘The Big Short’. A true story. It tells so much about something that such a small number of people knew about – how the disaster of the 2007/8 financial crisis came about.Takes a very difficult to understand situation close to those who never understood (and still many don’t understand) why the sky was falling onto them, without knowing the why’s and the how’s, only the what’s, the consequences many experienced when they lost everything they had, and that they thought was absolutely normal, without suspecting the big lie behind all that apparent wealth. A good lesson to learn about not wishing more than one really needs.Best Sporting ExperienceSpain winning the football World Cup in 2010 – I feel so proud every time I remember that night. It was such a hard match, with passages of real close to violence action in the pitch, and the euphoria of the goal close the end.We were all feeling that we had the best team, but we were not able to get through quarter finals, yes that night it happened, the magic, we were all, absolutely everyone, who didn’t have the possibility to get to South Africa to see the dream coming true, glued to the TV until the referee indicated the end of the match, and the start of the dream.We celebrated, of course we all did, and it will be a night that all Spanish football fans will never forget as it was the first time Spain was a World Champion. Surely it won’t be the last time Spain will win the World Cup, but for me, it won’t feel the same, I’m 100% sure of that.Best BookMany here as well, but I’ll highlight two. ‘The Art of War’ by Sun Tzu, as I think is a book every businessman should read and carefully understand. It tells so much about change, competition, strategy, and conflict, that is hard to believe that anyone that has read it wouldn’t immediately, from the first page, recognize the value of the book and even though it was written a very long time ago, there are paragraphs and chapters that today, in the information and artificial intelligence era, are fully valuable, valid and applicable for today’s business, of all sizes and types.The other was ‘The Art of Loving’ by Erich Fromm, introduced to me during my days of student by a teacher, Rafael, who taught me philosophy and history. The book captured my attention immediately, discovering many aspects of one of the topics many of us probably don’t master enough, love. Definitely it helped me shaping my principles from the perspective of what loving means in reality. I still recommend and buy this book to give to persons I really appreciate as a present.Some of them, who read it normally come with a certainly personal analysis, each of them with its own peculiarities. I’ve not seen many common agreements around the entirety of the book. Not an easy to understand book though, but one that I consider one of the best books I’ve ever read.Best BetOf course, those that my team build for our partners, and for which results are evident through the success of those partners who trust us to develop the applications they build their business on.And Sky Scanner, when you have to travel so many times and into so many different places with many times, so short notice, being able to quickly find the flight that is better regarding duration, stops, departure time, arrival time, price…usually is of great help.Could I live without it, probably yes, who does not, but certainly I will be a bit less happy that I´m today, especially when a flight gets cancelled in front of your eyes. Sharelast_img read more