Government announces more measures to slow the spread of COVID-19

first_imgFacebook Advertisement Print Twitter Government announces phased easing of public health restrictions WhatsApp Taoiseach Leo VaradkarIN A Government press conference today, Tuesday, March 24, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced further measures would be taken to slow down the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).The measures introduced will take place from midnight tonight will see the closure of “non-essential” retail services which include but not be limited to bookmakers, casinos, and theatres. Cafés and food services can remain open, but operate on a ‘take away’ basis.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The list of services which fall under the non-essential services will be made available by Government.There will be an increased presence of Gardaí in public parks to observe and enforce physical-distancing guidelines by the HSE. Gathering in groups of larger than 4 will be prohibited unless from the same household.Social WelfareThe pandemic unemployment payment will be increased from €203 to €350, as will the COVID related illness benefit. Self-employed people impacted will also be included in the unemployment payment scheme.In a bid to support businesses and maintain employment within companies, it was announced that Government will subsidise 70 per cent of salaries up to a cap of €410 per week tax-free payment.SchoolsSchools, universities and childcare facilities are set to remain closed until April 19, having originally supposed to reopen on March 29.HealthIt was announced that all private hospitals will operate on a not-for-profit basis to increase bed-availability, and staffing in the public health service. Minister for Health, Simon Harris noted all COVID-19 treatment would be free of charge and all people will be given the same level of care. NewsHealthPoliticsGovernment announces more measures to slow the spread of COVID-19By Cian Reinhardt – March 24, 2020 318 Linkedin TAGSCoronavirusCovid 19IrelandLimerick City and County center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ‘Everything tells us we are moving forward’ Institute of Public Health addresses loneliness as a challenge to national health in light of Covid-19 restrictions Mass COVID testing to take place at University of Limerick following fresh outbreak of virus among student population Limerick health chiefs urge public not to withhold information on virus contacts, as they investigate “complex and serious outbreaks” across midwest region Covid antibody testing opens to public at Shannon Airport Email Previous articleLimerick City and County Council supports new e-learning tool to help you identify Irish BumblebeesNext article19 Gardaí assigned to Limerick to offer support in wake of covid-19 virus Cian Reinhardthttp://www.limerickpost.ieJournalist & Digital Media Coordinator. Covering human interest and social issues as well as creating digital content to accompany news stories. [email protected] last_img read more

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Covers The Band’s “Ophelia” In Newly Shared Video

first_imgJoe Russo’s Almost Dead is the hottest Grateful Dead tribute out there today, honoring the Dead’s legacy while making the songs their own, showcasing the incredible abilities of the talented band. While they usually stick to the Dead at their shows, this skilled group of veteran musicians sometimes throws a surprise tune into the set, as they did at Burlington, VT’s Higher Ground this past Valentine’s Day when they pulled out a cover of The Band‘s classic “Ophelia”.As part of their ongoing “Rad Tracks” series, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead has shared a pro-shot video of “Ophelia” > “Althea” from the show at Higher Ground, shot and edited by Foggy Notions Productions. Check it out below:Fans of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead can come see Joe Russo and Scott Metzger perform at Brooklyn Comes Alive on October 22nd! This one-day festival brings together once-in-a-lifetime collaborations by members of your favorite bands. This year’s artist lineup also includes Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers/Dead & Company), Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits), Aron Magner (Disco Biscuits), John Medeski (Medeski Martin & Wood), Jason Hann (The String Cheese Incident), Adam Deitch (Lettuce/Break Science), Robert Walter (Greyboy Allstars/Mike Gordon), Kofi Burbridge (Tedeschi Trucks Band), Alan Evans (Soulive), Neal Evans (Soulive/Lettuce), Adam Smirnoff (Lettuce), Roosevelt Collier, Michael League (Snarky Puppy), Skerik, Reed Mathis (Tea Leaf Green), Holly Bowling, and many more, as well as special showcase sets from RIPE and Organ Freeman. The event will span three of Brooklyn’s most popular venues — Brooklyn Bowl, The Hall at MP, and Music Hall of Williamsburg — all within a 10 minute walking radius. Visit the event website for the full lineup, and to purchase tickets before they’re all gone!last_img read more

Fraud protection with PINless debit on the rise

first_imgMost processors’ fraud monitoring services allow credit unions to customize their velocity parameters by transaction type. Given the increased risk of approving a transaction without a PIN, credit unions should consider tweaking their velocity parameters to ensure that they are quickly notified when cards are repeatedly used at the same location without a PIN. Credit unions can expect an increasing number of PINless debit transactions coming their way, resulting in reduced interchange fee revenue and presenting some important challenges regarding member incentives.PINless debit transactions at the POS have been around for a while, but only started to gain traction this year. PINless debit occurs when a retail purchase amount is under $50.00 (perhaps 70% of PIN debit transactions qualify). When a cardholder presents her debit card at checkout, even if she chooses “credit”, the merchant may elect to route the transaction over the PIN debit networks without the PIN being entered. Since merchants pay higher interchange rates for signature transactions than PIN transactions, the merchant views PINless debit as a lower cost option compared to traditional signature debit.We can expect this practice to increase. As merchants complete their EMV conversions later this year, many will turn their attention to PINless. There are a number of ways that this will impact the credit union community.In the absence of a PIN we can reasonably expect that PINless transactions are more susceptible to fraud. In recent months there have been several cases where credit unions reported a surge in counterfeit activity specifically targeting PINless transactions. Individual cards were used 8-15 times before the fraudulent activity was detected. The source of the data for creating the counterfeit cards was reported to be previously undisclosed merchant breaches.How, then, can credit unions better protect themselves?A number of the credit unions impacted had not signed up for their processor’s fraud monitoring service. You should check with your EFT processor to ensure that fraud monitoring is turned on and that it is specifically looking at PINless activity. Due to the costs involved, some credit unions are reluctant to reissue cards involved in a breach when there are no signs of fraudulent activity. Compromised card data is often stored for long periods before being sold and used by the fraudsters. Credit unions should consider reissuing cards as soon as they become aware of a compromise. EMV chip cards were specifically designed to eliminate the types of counterfeit transactions we are seeing with PINless. Credit unions should consider the protections provided by chip cards in their EMV migration plans. While focus has largely been on credit cards, a re-evaluation of plans for debit may be in order.The credit unions we have worked with through this recent fraud outbreak in PINless have seen major reductions in fraud losses.There are other implications as well. Many credit unions offer reward programs with their signature debit cards. They encourage members to select “credit” at the POS to maximize the credit union’s interchange income. Reward points are often the incentive, and some of the credit union’s interchange revenue is applied to the cost of the rewards program. But what happens when merchants exercise their Durbin rights and route the transaction as PINless debit?   Your member may have selected “credit”, but the transaction is routed as PINless debit and the cardholder does not receive her reward points. The result is not only a loss of interchange revenue for the credit union, but also member dissatisfaction when she no longer receives the expected reward points. Given these possibilities, credit unions may want to reexamine their rewards programs to see what still makes sense under the new paradigm. Further exacerbating the situation, many credit unions impose a PIN debit fee to encourage signature use. For credit union members, however, they not only lose their rewards points, but also now have to pay for transactions they previously received for free.As merchants transition more transactions to PINless, credit unions will want to take steps to mitigate the increased risk, re-examine how the new transaction mix impacts their members’ cost of doing business with their credit union, and how it may affect credit union revenue streams.center_img Some credit unions had originally signed up for their processor’s fraud monitoring service, but later added other networks. Many processors require specific implementations of the fraud service for each network. Check with your processor to make sure all of your networks are covered. 61SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Christopher Poole Christopher Poole Joined CU24 in 2014. Mr. Poole is responsible for providing network technical support and guidance, managing implementation of network interfaces, ensuring processors are in compliance with Network Operating … Web: www.cu24.com Detailslast_img read more