Donegal families urged to apply for Back to School Clothing Allowance

first_imgEmployment Affairs and Social Protection Minister, Regina Doherty, is reminding families that the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance will be made available again this year, and urged families who are not automatically entitled to make an application before the end of September deadline.Minister Doherty said the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance provides a once-off payment to eligible families to assist with the extra costs when children start school each autumn.And she revealed she is very pleased to secure €56 million in Budget 2019 for this year’s scheme. She said “Many families can be under much pressure with back to school costs and I would urge them to check their eligibility for this scheme which provides a once-off payment to assist with the costs of school clothing and footwear.“While the benefit will be automatically paid to almost 110,000 families in respect of approximately 200,000 children already registered with us, I would recommend others to check out the scheme to see if they are eligible,“The income limits for this payment have been adjusted to ensure that the increases in social welfare payment rates introduced by Budget 2019 do not negatively impact on people’s entitlement to the allowance.”The Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance is a nationwide scheme that provides a once-off payment to eligible families towards the cost of school clothing and footwear. The allowance paid for each eligible child aged 4-11 on or before 30 September 2019 is €150 while an allowance of €275 is paid for each eligible child aged 12-22 on or before 30 September 2019. Children aged between 18 and 22 years must be returning to full-time second-level education in a recognised school or college in the autumn of 2019.Funding of €56.3 million has been provided for the scheme this year. It will be automatically paid to almost 110,000 families in respect of approx. 200,000 children from the week beginning 8 July to allow families sufficient time to prepare for back to school.Similar to previous years, the majority of payments will be paid with no application form required. The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection is currently processing these payments and customers will receive written confirmation before the end of this month informing them of their automatic entitlement.The Department will issue payments totalling approximately €40.5 million to these families from the week beginning 8 July.Families who do not receive notification from the Department of an automated payment by the end of June will need to make an application even if they received a payment last year – the application form will be available from 24 June in all Intreo Centres, via SMS (text Form BTSCFA followed by your name and address to 51909) or by sending an email to [email protected] and on the Department’s website There is also an option to apply online this year at Customers wishing to avail of this option need to have a Public Services Card and a verified MyGovID account. Those who do not have a Public Services Card can make an appointment at to get one.The closing date for receipt of applications for this year’s Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance is 30 September 2019.The Department is also providing a dedicated phone bank that will be open to answer enquiries from Monday 24 June during business hours 9.00am to 5.00pm. Anyone wishing to make enquiries about this scheme can contact LoCall 1890 66 22 44.To qualify for the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance, a person must be in receipt of certain social welfare payments or taking part in training, employment or adult education schemes and the total household income must be less than the amounts set out in the table below. All dependent children are taken into account for the income limits (including children who do not qualify for the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance, because they are under the age of 4).The total household income includes a person’s main social welfare or Health Service Executive payment and any other income they may have including wages (before tax, but excluding employee PRSI and a standard travel allowance of up to €20 per week), maintenance, savings and investments.Donegal families urged to apply for Back to School Clothing Allowance was last modified: June 17th, 2019 by StephenShare 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)Tags:allowancedonegalfamiliesGovernmentshoeslast_img read more

Potential SA medallists into Olympic finals

first_img800 metresAndre Olivier missed out on the final of the 800 metres after finishing fifth in heat three of the semi-finals. She fared even better in the first of the three semi-finals, clocking 1:51.286 to win her race in the second fastest time among the women to advance to the final. 8 August 2012 The South African stopped the clock in 20.46, while Lemaitre ran a 20.34. Hartley is the fastest women ever in a K1 over 500m, having recorded a world record time of 1:46.90 at the World Championships in 2011, where she contested the B-final! Jonty Robinson scored a late goal for South Africa, which made it 5-3 before Peillat netted his second to double up South Africa’s score. TriathlonRichard Murray finished 17th in the 55-strong men’s triathlon in a time of 1:49:15. Viljoen leads the world standings this year after thowing an African record of 69.35m in New York on 9 June. Spotakova placed second on that occasion with a distance of 68.73m. “I felt really good this morning after all the training that I’ve done,” Viljoen told reporters afterwards. “I know what I’ve put in and it is just a matter of time to let everything come together.” Automatic qualifierSunette Viljoen needed just one throw to qualify for the final of the javelin throw, her distance of 65.92m bettering the automatic qualifying mark. The next five goals, however, went the way of the South Americans. Facundo Callioni and Gonzalo Peillat both struck twice as Argentina scored three field goals and three penalty goals. Semi-final placeLehann Fourie posted his best time of the season in the men’s 110m hurdles heats of 13.49 seconds. That was good for second behind Cuba’s Dayron Robles, the defending champion, who posted a time of 13.33. It also put him into the semi-finals.center_img There were no medals up for grabs for Team South Africa at the London Olympic Games on Tuesday, but some potential medal winners put themselves in a position to add to the team’s haul of three gold medals and one silver. He went through halfway in last place, but moved his way up to fifth down the back straight. Olivier, though, couldn’t find another gear and couldn’t improve his position as he finished in 1:45.44. Mohammed Aman, the first place finisher, crossed the line in 1:44.34. Bridgitte Hartley, competing in the women’s kayak single (K1) 500 metres, qualified for the semi-finals of the event after finishing second in her qualifying heat behind Hungary’s Danuta Kozak. That effort was top of qualifying group B and the third best of the day, trailing only defending champion and world record holder Barbora Spotakova of the Czech Republic and Germany’s Christina Obergfoll. Gold went to British triathlete Alistair Brownlee, with Spain’s Javier Gomez in second, and Brownlee’s younger brother Jonathan in third. The winning time was 1:46:25. Jobodwana’s reward is a place in the semi-finals. He goes in heat two and faces, among others, two-time 100m champion and the defending champion in the 200m, Usain Bolt. Anaso Jobodwana placed second in his 200 metres heat behind the Frenchman Christophe Lemaitre, the European champion in the 100 metres, who has chosen to run the 200m in London. Gregg Clark’s charges play their last game on Saturday when they face India in a playoff for eleventh place. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material The match started well for South Africa as goals from Justin Reid-Ross and Lloyd Norris-Jones had them leading 2-0 after only eight minutes. Men’s hockeyAt the Riverbank Arena, the South African men’s hockey team lost 6-3 to Argentina.last_img read more

You Don’t Want No Pain. You Want to Know Pain.

first_imgYou don’t want no pain; you want to know pain. Most of the reason people don’t produce the results they want is because they avoid pain. Really, they avoid even being uncomfortable.They avoid the pain of having the difficult conversations.They avoid the discomfort of having to call people who aren’t expecting their call.They avoid the pain of having to get up early and the pain of having to work harder than anyone else.Some avoid the minor discomfort of shutting down their email and closing their web browser.But, You Know ThisWhen you first start exercising, especially lifting weights, you really know pain. Each workout hurts, and the time it takes to recover is considerable. But over time the pain changes. It starts to feel good. The pain is an indication that you’re getting stronger, that you’re progressing. And then what used to be painful is hardly a workout.But without the pain, you never get stronger, you never get better. In fact, you likely get weaker, your muscles atrophy.You only improve by increasing the pain. By using it to your advantage.Know PainYou want to know pain. You want to do what makes you uncomfortable. You want to build your intestinal fortitude, your ability to withstand being in an uncomfortable, painful place.If you want to know how to do better than you’ve ever done, then embrace pain, instead of avoiding it like so many others.The more pain you can withstand without flinching, the better the results you produce. After some time, it isn’t pain anymore at all. Then, it’s time to know new pain.QuestionsWhat pain are you avoiding?What pain do you need to embrace?What pain you have adjusted to? How do you move to a something that makes you uncomfortable again?last_img read more

Why Your Sales Blitz Is a Bad Strategy

first_imgThere are many good reasons to have a sales blitz. If you want to accelerate the creation of new opportunities, an intense focus on increased activity can ramp up  the number of conversations, meetings, and, ultimately, new opportunities. If you have an initiative that is time sensitive, applying more resources, more time, and more energy to communicating that opportunity with your clients and prospects provides another good reason to have a sales blitz. If you want to shake things up, generate some excitement, and offer something for a sales group to do together, a blitz might be just the thing. However, if the only reason you are considering a sales blitz is that you are behind on your results, a sales blitz is a poor strategy.The Right Time to ProspectOne of the questions people ask most often is: “When is the best time to prospect?” The person asking wants an answer that includes a day of the week, the time of day, or both. The right answer is six months ago was the best time to prospect if you need new opportunities, and the second-best time is always right now. If you didn’t prospect six months ago, you are not going to catch up in a day.A sales blitz is either a proactive initiative or a reactive response to a lack of prospecting discipline.Accountability: If there has been no accountability for creating new opportunities, a sales blitz may provide a short-term increase in the number of opportunities in your pipeline, but it does nothing to solve the longer-term problem of consistent opportunity creation. Instead of a day-long campaign, you need to create a culture of accountability.Structures and Cadence: If the reason you are not creating enough opportunities is that there are no processes and structures in place to support the sales team in acquiring those new opportunities, short-term relief does nothing to address the root cause of the symptoms. If prospecting means calling this prospect and that dream client sporadically and without an intentional pursuit plan, making a full day of calls will not improve your results.Training and Development: There are a few variables to success in making calls and booking meetings. One is the ability to trade enough value to command an appointment. Another is your conviction, how deeply you believe you deserve your prospect’s time. There is also how well you communicate these things. Even though it is out of fashion to role play and prepare, there isn’t a better or faster way to develop—as long as you immediately put it to use and pick up the phone.It is a mistake to use a short term approach to a systemic problem. The method doesn’t match the significance of the problem or the impact on your results. Solving systemic issues requires a long-term approach.The Prospecting DisciplineThere is an enormous difference between eight hours of prospecting in a single day every three months or so and 90 minutes of focused prospecting daily. Because salespeople only do two things, create opportunities, and capture opportunities, it is not unreasonable to expect that prospecting must be a daily discipline. (Yes, I’m aware salespeople are asked to do all kinds of things that are not opportunity creation or opportunity capture, but if you want to improve your results immediately, limiting non-sales related work is as good a place to start as any.)There is no way to cram prospecting. Spending an eight hour day making calls is not the same as making an hour of calls every day. It is a mistake to believe that you can do all the prospecting you need in a day. You are free to think that a sales blitz is enough to make up for bad habits, but you are not free from the consequences of a decision to try to make up for the lost time.One of the reasons you can’t cram prospecting is that one of the factors that dominate prospecting results is the ability to reach people to ask for a meeting. When you limit that request to a single day, you give up the opportunity to make multiple touches in close succession that you reach someone to ask them for a meeting. It is difficult to be persistent when you go long periods without reaching out to your prospective clients, and because you go away for a long time, you reinforce your client’s decision to ignore you until you go away.Have Your BlitzIf you are going to have a sales blitz, you might as achieve a better, longer-lasting impact by framing it as the day when you will reclaim your prospecting discipline. The hundred or so calls you require during your initiative is to kickstart daily hour-long or ninety-minute blocks, as well as the accountability that ensures change, the structures and cadence you install, and the training, development, and coaching to improve results. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Darjeeling’s tea-garden workers to get 20% bonus

first_imgThe West Bengal government and the Tea Planters’ Association of Darjeeling hills on Friday agreed to the demand of tea garden workers across 87 gardens in the Darjeeling hills for a 20% bonus. The decision was taken during a tripartite meeting at Kolkata’s New Secretariat Building where representatives of the workers’ union and planters’ association met Labour Minister Moloy Ghatak.It was decided during the meeting that 60% of the bonus will be paid in the next 10 days and remaining 40% in the month of November. Earlier, on October 4, the tea garden workers had observed a 12- hour strike demanding 20% bonus. After the agreement, representatives of the union agreed to restore normalcy in productivity with immediate effect. “It is a victory of the tea-garden workers. We should realise that tea is the backbone of the economy of Darjeeling and the interest of workers, who earn a meagre ₹176 a day, cannot be ignored,” Saman Pathak, general secretary of Centre for Indian Trade Unions of Darjeeling district, said. Mr. Pathak is also a member of the Joint Forum of different trade unions working in the tea gardens.Binay Tamang ends hunger strikeWith the announcement of 20 % bonus, Gorkha Janamukti Morcha leader Binay Tamang, who had been on a hunger strike since October 6 over the demand, ended his protest.“It is because of Binay Tamang that the workers of tea gardens in Darjeeling have got their due,” Mr. Tamang’s close aid and chairperson of Gorkhaland Territorial Association Anit Thapa said. Mr. Thapa said Mr. Tamang health had worsened and he was being taken to Siliguri for medical intervention.Darjeeling BJP MP Raju Bista, in a statement, congratulated tea garden workers and demanded that Minimum Wages Act should be implemented in the tea gardens.last_img read more