Irish Law Society commends Pearse Doherty for ‘exposing’ insurance companies

first_imgThe Law Society of Ireland has commanded Pearse Doherty for his ‘exposure’ of insurance companies on the island. Pearse Doherty called out insurance firms for not reporting suspected bogus claims to gardai – despite one firm believing 20% are fraudulent.The Donegal TD was speaking at an Oireachtas committee meeting alongside CEO of AXA Phillip Bradley, Allianz chief Sean McGrath, and FBD Ireland’s Jackie McMahon and Fiona Muldoon. Sinn Féin Finance spokesperson @PearseDoherty has called out the insurance industry for magnifying the scale of the issue of fraudulent claims in order to justify their high premiums and increases. pic.twitter.com/jaR5kH2dFr— Sinn Féin (@sinnfeinireland) July 5, 2019Responding to Pearse Doherty TD’s detailed questioning of the insurance sector in recent days, Law Society of Ireland Director General Ken Murphy said: “Deputy Doherty is to be commended for devastatingly exposing the soaring super-profits insurance companies are enjoying.”“The Law Society echoes Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan’s praise for Deputy Doherty’s cross-examination of insurers, and his call for the industry to do more to reduce costs.Mr Murphy continued: “Pearse Doherty’s questions laid bare the insurers’ distraction technique of blaming false and exaggerated claims, rather than their own profiteering, for the excessive premiums that threaten the survival of so many Irish businesses.” “It is now clear that insurers are making enormous profits while Irish businesses struggle to pay exorbitant premiums,” Murphy added.“We are glad to see political recognition that it is insurance companies, themselves, not the victims of accidents, the judiciary or the legal profession, who must answer for the incredibly burdensome premiums they are choosing to charge their customers.”“It is also clear that a primary source of false and misleading claims in this public debate is the insurance industry itself.“In the light of what Deputy Doherty’s fearless and forensic questioning has exposed about false and exaggerated claims, should the insurers not report themselves to the Gardaí?”Irish Law Society commends Pearse Doherty for ‘exposing’ insurance companies was last modified: July 8th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Building a global legacy for South Africa

first_imgBrand South Africa launched a six-weeklegacy campaign on 23 August. One of thethemes of the campaign is Celebrate yourSouth African heritage Supporting ‘Class of 2010’ is anothertheme that will be celebrated on 27August. This theme encourages SouthAfricans to support students preparingfor their final examination(Images: Brand South Africa)MEDIA CONTACTS• Lynette OelschigBrand South Africa+27 11 483 0122Nosimilo RamelaBrand South Africa launched the Nation Brand ‘Legacy’ campaign, in Johannesburg on 23 August 2010. The campaign aims to align the country’s brand to its unique culture and its people, while also building the brand globally.Speaking at the launch held at Summer Place in Johannesburg’s northern suburbs, Brand South Africa’s chief marketing officer Lynette Oelschig said, “The success of the World Cup was because of the uniqueness of South Africans. We want to capture what made it work – the soul that made everybody deliver.”Oelschig said the campaign would centre on the 2010 Fifa World Cup success. “Brand image is based on reputation, on proof of what you can do. We have the World Cup as proof.”She said the country successfully hosted the global event “because we put our soul into it”. Oelschig added that South Africans need to continue with that mindset with everything they do from now on.According to Brand South Africa, the plan is to use the World Cup’s success to change South Africa’s past legacy into a progressive view that will define the way its citizens behave, and contribute to the country’s rating internationally.Six-week drive for changeThe legacy campaign will roll out over six weeks with each week focusing on a different theme.“Each Friday South Africans will celebrate all the things that make us who we are, and the unique values displayed during the World Cup that enable us to be proud of our nation, culture and heritage,” said Brand South Africa’s Sophie Masipa.Themes include Supporting ‘Class of 2010’, Do something different, Our beautiful country, Do it day, and Celebrate your South African heritage.Supporting ‘Class of 2010’ is the focus for 27 August. It links to the Department of Education‘s ‘Class of 2010’ initiative, which encourages South Africans to support pupils as they prepare for their final examination.“We must pledge to help pupils realise how important their education is, but we can also support by helping a scholar to write a study plan, or by assisting with revision,” said Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola.Do something different on 3 September challenges South Africans to see things differently and to make a small change in their environment. “Instead of sending an email to your neighbour why don’t you go up and talk to them,” said Masipa. “Celebrate those who have made a difference in your community and join them in making a difference.”Our beautiful country on 10 September encourages the nation to help preserve the beauty of the country that captivated many World Cup tourists. From hosting a recycling or cleanup day at a school, in the community, or at the office to planting a tree at home or at the community centre, this day is about insuring the country’s beauty for generations to come.Do it day on 18 September asks everyone to volunteer time, money, and resources to help fellow South Africans who need it.Celebrate your South African heritage on 24 September, National Heritage Day, focuses on the country’s diversity as a source of strength and resilience. On this day, people can wear traditional outfits that highlight their culture, or spend time learning about a different culture and its customs from a friend or colleague.“The campaign identifies the factors that make our nation unique, from our sports teams to our children and our renowned South African attitude,” said Matola. “Founded on the South African brand values of Ubuntu, sustainability, possibility, diversity, innovation and creativity, it builds on the successful hosting of the tournament, to which the people of South Africa contributed directly.”Using the catchphrase “Put your soul into it”, the campaign aims to use the momentum gained during the World Cup to continue to mobilise South Africans to cement the principles of pride and patriotism that they showed when they put their souls into making the World Cup a success.“We’ve always known we had it in us, now let us celebrate it,” said Matola. ”Put your soul into it.”last_img read more

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SXSW Interactive Offering Special Vendor Package For Startups

first_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#events#start Earlier this week, we told you about the thriving startup scene in Austin, TX, which is home to South By Southwest (SXSW), one of the largest events of the year for the startup community. Many startups have used the Interactive portion of SXSW to launch their new product, including Twitter and Foursquare, and now the organizers of the event are offering special package for companies that can help with that process.Announced yesterday, The aptly named “Launch Package” provides companies with floor space at March’s Film and Interactive Trade Show, as well as advertisements in the event program, inclusion at an invite-only press event, and the opportunity to get their “creative swag” in gift bags to be distributed at the event.Priced at $5000, the Launch Package also includes two sponsored posts on both the SXSW Facebook page and on the event’s Twitter account. Combined with the other offers, companies can save over $2000 by purchasing the package.“This turn-key solution includes assets to maximize your footprint at the festival, as wellas outreach through the SXSW social networking channels and direct access to key mediaat a private meet the press event,” says Katie King, who manages sales for SXSW Interactive. Exposure is great for any small business hoping to gain traction and there is no better place to be seen than at SXSW. Last year’s SXSW event saw over 31,000 attendees with over 24,000 visiting the Film and Interactive trade show, making the Launch Package a highly valuable opportunity for startups.Pricing for vendors at SXSW can get fairly expensive depending on the size of the display and when it is ordered. The last chance to save any money on a display was back in November, and now business looking to set up shop on the trade show floor are looking at prices ranging from $1560 for a single stand to $4446 for a large end cap. Bundling the floor display with print advertisements and “swag bag” inserts could be an excellent way to save some money with the event just two months away.Photo by Flickr user Matthew Simantov. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img chris cameron Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Diabetes Facts. Epidemic Proportions!

first_imgWhat can Dietitians and health care providers do to help with this epidemic?Tune into the MFLN Nutrition and Wellness webinar New Medications for Type 2 Diabetes Tuesday, August 25 at 11:00 am EST.References:Statistics about Diabetes.  Data from the National Diabetes Statistics Report 2014 http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/statistics/?referrer=https://www.google.com/http://www.healthline.com/health/type-2-diabetes/statisticshttp://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs312/en/Diabetes Prevention Program This post was written by Robin Allen, a member of the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Nutrition and Wellness team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the MFLN Nutrition and Wellness concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter and on LinkedIn. by Robin Allen MSPH, RDN, LDNDiabetes in the United States infographic from the CDCNow let’s turn to another chronic disease which is becoming an epidemic in the United States (U.S.) and around the world: type 2 diabetes.  Here are some facts:In the United States, 29.1 million people have diabetes, 8.1 million of whom may be undiagnosed and unaware of their condition. There have been 1.7 million new cases of diabetes diagnosed in U.S. adults in 2012, and the prevalence of type 2 diabetes is on the rise.  Type 2 diabetes is not only on the rise in the U.S. but all over the world.  In 2013 the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) reported there were more the 382 million people in the world living with diabetes.  The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates the 90% of people with diabetes suffer from type 2 diabetes.  Even though the risk of type 2 diabetes increases with age, the number of children diagnosed with type 2 diabetes is increasing due to a growing number of overweight youth. Men have a slightly increased risk of type 2 diabetes compared to women which appears to be more related to lifestyle factors and body weight than gender.Pre-diabetes is also on the rise.  Most people develop “pre-diabetes” before developing diabetes.  Pre-diabetes is diagnosed when blood sugar is higher than normal but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.  In 2012, 86 Million Americans age 20 and older had prediabetes, up from 79 million in 2010.  Diabetes is now the 7th leading cause of death in the U.S.What is the Cost of Diabetes?In 2012, $245 billion dollars was spent on diabetes.  Direct medical costs were $176 billion while $69 billion was spent on lost productivity.Can type 2 diabetes be prevented?Both type 2 diabetes and its side effects can often be prevented or delayed.  Up to 85 percent of complications associated with type 2 diabetes can be prevented, delayed, or effectively treated with regular visits to a health professional, appropriate monitoring and medication, and a healthy diet and lifestyle. Early identification of complications can help with intervention, education, and referral to a specialist if needed.The Diabetes Prevention Program found that weight loss and increased physical activity reduced the development of type 2 diabetes by 58 percent during a three-year study period. In those age 60 years or older, the reduction was 71 percent.Overweight individuals who lose even five to seven percent of their body weight can effectively prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.Regular checks and having healthy levels of blood cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and blood sugar significantly reduces your risk of diabetes.The drug Metformin was found to reduce the risk of diabetes onset by 31 %  in ages 25 to 44 years and adults with a body mass index over 35, considered to be pre-diabetic.                  ComplicationsThe problems associated with type 2 diabetes are common and can be severe. Complications include heart disease, stroke, hypertension, blindness and eye problems, kidney disease, nervous system complications, amputations, dental disease, pregnancy complications, and mental health problems, such as depression.WHO states that 50 percent of people with diabetes die of cardiovascular disease, primarily heart disease and stroke.More than 71 percent of U.S. adults with diabetes had hypertension or reported using medication to treat hypertension.There were 7,686 cases of diabetic retinopathy in the United States in 2010.Diabetes is the leading cause of newly diagnosed adult blindness in the United States.Diabetes was the primary cause of kidney failure in 44 percent of all new cases in 2011. It was also reported that 228,924 people began treatment for kidney failure due to diabetes.Seventy percent of diabetic adults suffer a loss of sensation in the extremities which may lead to amputations.  More than 60% of all non-traumatic amputations of lower limbs occur in people with diabetes.Approximately 73,000 lower-limb amputations were performed in diabetics age 20 and older.Uncontrolled gestational diabetes can increase the chance of birth defects, large babies, and other complications that can be dangerous to the baby and the mother.Individuals with diabetes are twice as likely to suffer from depression as individuals without a diabetes diagnosis.Diabetics have twice the risk of death of any cause compared to individuals of the same age without diabetes.last_img read more

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NCAA Season 93: San Beda ekes out win over Perpetual

first_imgCONTRIBUTED PHOTO / DENNIS ABRINA/UPHSan Beda banked on Robert Bolick and Clint Doliguez in the clutch as it slipped past Perpetual, 57-53, on Thursday for their sixth straight win in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Perpetual Help Gym in Pasig.Doliguez drained the go-ahead triple with 59.0 seconds to play to push his side up, 55-53.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments CEU shocks Flying V, advances to D-League Finals Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ SAN BEDA 57 – Doliguez 11, Bolick 10, Presbitero 9. Mocon 8, Tankoua 6, Potts 5, Noah 4, Adamos 3, Bahio 1, Abuda 0, Carino 0, Oftana 0, Soberano 0, Tongco 0.PERPETUAL 53 – Dagangon 17, Eze 11, Pido 11, Ylagan 7, Hao 3, Coronel 2, Mangalino 2, Clemente 0, Lucente 0, Tamayo 0, Yuhico 0.Quarters: 10-9, 21-20; 37-35; 57-53. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR MOST READ Prince Eze had a chance to tie the game for the Altas, but botched his free throws with 34.4 secondsremaining, before Bolick canned the dagger freebies in the final 6.9 to help the Red Lions move up to 7-1 in the standings.Rookie Doliguez fired 11 points, eight rebounds, and two assists, while Bolick did it all for San Beda with 10 markers, 11 boards, and seven dimes to atone for his eight turnovers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“Even if it’s an ugly win, I’ll take that,” said coach Boyet Fernandez. “I will not argue that the game is a credit to my boys because they really played well today. Again, I salute Perpetual, the team, the coaching staff because they did a really good job in preparing for us.”Prince Eze led Perpetual with 11 points, 17 rebounds, and three blocks as the Altas fell to a 3-5 card.The Scores: Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal wins 1st Nations League title

first_imgLATEST STORIES Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess “It’s a great achievement, indisputable,” Portugal coach Fernando Santos said. “These victories will be part of Portuguese soccer forever.”Ronaldo, coming off a hat trick in the semifinals, lifted the winners’ trophy but wasn’t much of a factor in Sunday’s final, with the only goal coming from midfielder Gonçalo Guedes early in the second half at the Estádio do Dragão.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Things have been going well for Portugal in recent years,” Ronaldo said. “The national team has won some important titles.”The hosts’ victory in UEFA’s newest competition, created to give national teams more meaningful matches than just friendlies, denied the Netherlands its first trophy since the 1988 European Championship. The revamped Dutch team was seeking some redemption after failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup and the 2016 European Championship. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Portugal players celebrate with their trophy after defeating the Netherlands 1-0 in the UEFA Nations League final soccer match at the Dragao stadium in Porto, Portugal, Sunday, June 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)PORTO, Portugal — Three years after conquering European soccer for the first time, Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo are celebrating another international title.Portugal won the inaugural UEFA Nations League tournament on Sunday, beating the Netherlands 1-0 to lift its first trophy since the 2016 European Championship.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew NBA free agency could make Raptors, Warriors both losers Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After the match, the Portuguese squad went to a public plaza in Porto where several thousand fans celebrated the win. Santos, Ronaldo and other players addressed the fans from a balcony.“We couldn’t have done this without you,” Ronaldo told fans.Ronaldo couldn’t do much against Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk in the matchup of likely contenders for the player of the year award, but Guedes couldn’t be stopped when he hit a powerful right-footed shot from outside the area in the 60th minute.Guedes started the build-up to the goal with a pass to Bernardo Silva, receiving the ball back at the top of the area and firing a firm low shot past Dutch goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen, who touched the ball but couldn’t parry it away.“It was a hard shot,” said Cillessen, who was making his 50th appearance with the Netherlands. “I saw it late.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Some of the loudest chants at the stadium came from English fans who likely had expected their national team to reach the final. England ended third after defeating Switzerland 6-5 in a penalty shootout earlier Sunday in Guimaraes.Portugal defender Ruben Dias earned the man of the match award. Ronaldo ended top scorer in the Final Four with three goals, and teammate Silva was named best player. Netherlands midfielder Frenkie de Jong earned the best young player award for the finals.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too The Dutch had impressed in the group stage of the Nations League by eliminating the last two World Cup champions — France and Germany. It made it to the final after beating England 3-1 in the semifinal on Thursday.“At the start of this tournament I don’t think anyone would have believed us if we’d said we’d reach the final,” said Van Dijk, who hadn’t faced Ronaldo since the 2018 Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid. “We’ve made a lot of progress. We have to be very proud of ourselves. Now disappointment is in our heads but we have to keep heads up. It’s been a good season.”Portugal, which eliminated Italy and Poland in the group stage and defeated Switzerland in the semifinals, had lost the 2004 European Championship final at home to Greece, but this time it got to celebrate the title in front of its fans after a scrappy match in Porto.The hosts were in control most of the match but struggled to get past the stout Dutch defense led by Van Dijk and Matthijs de Ligt.Ronaldo’s best chance was a header that went straight to Cillessen’s hands about 30 minutes into the first half.The Dutch improved after halftime but couldn’t create many significant scoring chances, with Memphis Depay coming closest with a 65th-minute header saved by goalkeeper Rui Patricio.The Netherlands kept pressing but Portugal was able to hold on to clinch the first Nations League title.“It was a bit better in the second half, and then the goal was (scored) and it became even more difficult because they are masters in defending when they are ahead,” Netherlands manager Ronald Koeman said. “We were not good enough tonight.”Santos made changes from the team that defeated Switzerland 3-1 in the semifinals, taking out 19-year-old Joao Felix from the starting lineup and adding Guedes to the attack. He also used Danilo in midfield and Jose Fonte to replace the injured Pepe in the middle of the defense.Koeman, a player for the Netherlands at the 1988 European Championship, kept the same squad that defeated England in the semifinals. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

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Rep Lucido testifies on bill to save taxpayer money on cash assistance

first_img Categories: Lucido News Legislation cracks down on fraudState Rep. Peter Lucido testified today before the Michigan Families, Children and Seniors Committee.State Rep. Peter Lucido this week testified on a bill to cut down on fraud while helping those who truly need temporary cash assistance and can’t work due to a disability.Lucido discussed his bill with the House Families, Children and Seniors Committee. His legislation would require an independent medical examination for cash assistance recipients who are exempt from work requirements.“There is a need for our state assistance programs to help people get back on their feet. Without a doubt these programs are there to help people through hard times. But we must be vigilant of taxpayer dollars,” said Lucido, of Shelby Township.  “This legislation would save money in the state’s cash assistance system by cracking down on the waste, fraud and abuse of doctor shopping.”Doctor shopping is when an individual seeks multiple medical consultations, reports and opinions until the desired result is obtained.House Bill 5183 remains under consideration by the House Families, Children and Seniors Committee.### 23Feb Rep. Lucido testifies on bill to save taxpayer money on cash assistance programlast_img read more

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