O’Dea unhappy with government communication

first_imgWhatsApp FORMER Defence Minister Willie O’Dea has told the Limerick Post that he is unhappy with communications from government over the past week.The Limerick East TD said that he will be supporting the budget on December 7 but wants radical appraisal within his party.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “I will be seeking a clear and transparent timetable from the party on both the budget and the upcoming election.“There is a need for the government representatives to be straight up and honest with the people”.He said that the budget will now have to be passed to ease pressure from the international markets.“I won’t be voting against the budget on December 7 and it looks like there is a lot of pressure from outside sources.“There’s fears that if this budget isn’t passed it will spread like a contagion to other countries”.Last night Taoiseach Brian Cowen vowed to continue on in government in order to get the budget passed and said that the Dail will be dissolved in January.When asked the if Brian Cowen will lead Fianna Fail into a general election campaign, Willie O”Dea said:“That will become clearer after tonight’s party meeting”. Advertisement Previous articleRequested false driving licence on CB radioNext articleThree injured in head-on collision admin Linkedin Facebookcenter_img NewsLocal NewsO’Dea unhappy with government communicationBy admin – November 23, 2010 589 Twitter Email Printlast_img read more

Oxford’s pledge to support estranged students receives mixed response

first_imgOxford University has pledged to provide bursaries, accommodation, and unlimited counselling to students who are estranged from their families, following a campaign by the Oxford SU.As part of the Stand Alone pledge, Oxford will offer bursaries of up to £7,200 a year to help estranged students meet the costs of living and will lift all caps on counselling services. The University also pledged to provide them with vacation accommodation and, where possible, to house them with other students to minimise isolation.Only students who are registered as estranged with the Student Loans Company (SLC) will qualify for the full bursary. According to the SU, 17 students at Oxford are recorded as ‘legally estranged’ by the SLC, although they estimate the figure could be as many as 200 based on comparisons with other similar institutions.The reliance of current schemes on SLC registration was previously criticised by the SU due to difficulties involved in providing adequate proof of estrangement. The SU also pointed out that a student cannot declare their estranged status on platforms such as Ucas.Those who are determined by the University to be estranged, but who are not registered with the SLC, can apply for a living cost supplement of up to £3,000 a year.One estranged student told Cherwell: “If they’re taking such a narrow definition of estrangement I can’t really see it being an effective policy. By giving those who don’t fit in the definition significantly less funding than those who do, they might actually increase the stigma around asking for help. It makes it seem like if you don’t tick a certain box, your problems matter less.“Setting a minimum household income level seems a bit counter-productive, and doesn’t help estranged students whose family are outright refusing to give financial support.”Students with a household income of over £27,000 a year will also be restricted to the reduced supplement, despite not receiving any parental financial support. The SU welfare and equal opportunities officer Ellie Macdonald described the announcement as “fantastic”, saying:“In the summer Oxford SU undertook a research project to understand what issues estranged students faced at the University of Oxford. We were overwhelmed by the response of students who for the first the time shone a light onto their university experiences here.“This report produced recommendations that we will be working with the collegiate university to meet in the next two years.”In its earlier report, the SU had heavily criticised existing financial support for its reliance on the SLC definition, which requires that the individual not to have had contact with their parents for twelve months prior to the start of their course.The same report noted that many students do not cut off contact with their family until they are already at university, rendering them illegible for official estranged status.One student interviewed described being forced to maintain contact with an abusive family out of concern that they would not qualify as legally estranged if they cut off contact whilst already at university.The SU report stated: “All of the participants who answered the question ‘If you are not financially and/or physically estranged from your parents, is that because it would be dangerous to be in that position either emotionally and/or financially?’ answered yes, with different reasons ranging from fear of physical violence, to emotional abuse.“Many estranged students have not told their parents of their estrangement and will just be living apart from them with no contact. Because of the (potentially) extreme repercussions, it is clear that many students are not able to declare themselves estranged and gain help from student finances.”According to Stand Alone, finding the proof required to fit the legal definition of estrangement is the most common complaint for estranged students trying to access finance. The SU estimated that the SLC definition underestimates the extent of estrangement at Oxford by a factor of 12 to 1.Oxford and Cambridge are the eighth and ninth Russell Group universities to take the pledge. The Vice-Chancellor has invited estranged students to tea, “to discuss their experiences of estrangement and how the university can help them further.”last_img read more

Entertain with the bright city lights as a backdrop

first_imgEven the bedrooms at 48/30 O’Connell Street, Kangaroo Point, have beautiful views.Sit in the outdoor spa and watch the city light up as the sun sets or entertain with the Brisbane city as a backdrop. The 424sq m property has high ceilings, open-plan living, a dedicated bar and an entertainer’s kitchen. The master suite has an ensuite with spa bath, a walk-in wardrobe and a private balcony. The three remaining bedrooms have balcony access. The property is on the market through Simon Caulfield and Courtney Maguire of Place Kangaroo Point. In Morningside, the three-bedroom townhouse at 1/73 Pashen St offers city views from the private main bedroom. The view from the deck at 1/73 Pashen Street, Morningside.Set in a complex of three, the property has a lounge room opening to the front courtyard and an open-plan kitchen and dining space flowing out to the rear courtyard through sliding door. The lights of the CBD can be seen from the back entertainment area. Upstairs, there is a family bathroom and three bedrooms, including the master suite with walk-in wardrobe, ensuite, private balcony and beautiful views.The balcony is big enough for an outdoor couch to relax on while soaking in the vista. The home is being sold by Tony O’Doherty and John Keating of Belle Property Bulimba. The view from the entertaining area at 35 Laidlaw Parade, East Brisbane.The property comes with a private 10m deep pontoon, wine cellar, cinema and guest quarters. The property will go to auction on Saturday, July 27, at 11am and is being marketed by George Trovas of Ray White Bulimba. Step into the two-storey penthouse at 48/30 O’Connell St, Kangaroo Point, to enjoy stunning 270-degree river and city views. More from newsNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoNoosa unit prices hit new record high as region booms: REIQ12 hours agocenter_img The stunning view from 48/30 O’Connell Street, Kangaroo Point.The bright city lights and stunning views from these Brisbane homes are sure to attract buyers like moths to a flame. In East Brisbane you can sit on your back deck at 35 Laidlaw Parade and watch the boats float by with the River City in the background. The five-bedroom home is spread across four levels with views from the master suite, living spaces, swimming pool and office. last_img read more

Bad night for British teams in Europe

first_imgEverton are Britain’s only team in today’s draw for the last-16 of the Europa League.They beat Young Boys of Switzerland 3-1 last night to go through 7-2 on aggregate.Other than that, it was a horrible night for British clubs. Liverpool went out on penalties at Turkish side Besiktas.Celtic battled hard with 10-men after Virgil van Dijk was sent off, but went down 1-nil at Inter Milan to go out 4-3 overall.And Tottenham slumped to a 2-nil defeat at Fiorentina to lose 3-1 on aggregate.The last-16 draw is due to take place at midday.last_img read more