Doherty slams staggering 62% hike in motor insurance premiums

first_imgDonegal Deputy Pearse Doherty has hit out at the Irish insurance industry for waging a ‘public disinformation’ campaign following a new report on motor insurance.The Central Bank’s first-ever report on private motor insurance reveals that the average price paid for motor insurance shot up by 62% between 2013 and 2018.The average premium was €706 last year, jumping up from €498 in 2009. While the number of claims is down by 40%, the cost per claim is up 64%.The report has been described as a shocking indictment of the insurance industry by Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty, who criticised the Government for “peddling the misinformation campaign” of the insurance industry.Teachta Doherty said the report should serve as a wake up call.“Today we have the facts in black and white. “Since 2009, the cost of claims per insurance policy has gone down by over 2%. At the same time the average motor insurance premium has gone up by a staggering 42%.”The report also shows that the average legal costs for motor insurance injury claims settled through litigation between 2015 and 2018 were €23,031. More than half (53%) of claims between 2015 and 2018 were settled directly between the insurer and the claimant. 16% were settled through the Personal Injury Assessment Board.On these figures, Doherty said: “The ‘compo-culture’ line trotted by the industry was a convenient story to cover its own price-gouging activities. That line does not stand up to scrutiny.”Doherty today called on the government to hold the insurance industry to account:“The National Claims Information Database confirms what we in Sinn Féin have been saying for some time. “The Irish insurance industry is highly profitable and highly dishonest. They have waged a public disinformation campaign that flies in the face of the facts. Cost of claims to the industry has gone down while the premiums paid by consumers has sky-rocketed, increasing every year.“We know that insurance companies are using practices such as dual pricing to overcharge existing customers.“I am calling on the Government and Fianna Fáil to stop defending the industry and repeating their spin.“Sinn Féin has repeatedly held the industry to account for misinforming the public and ripping off their consumer. Only Sinn Féin can be trusted to take them on and end the insurance rip-off.” Doherty slams staggering 62% hike in motor insurance premiums was last modified: December 16th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Motor InsurancePearse Dohertylast_img read more

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The Importance of “Putting Your Mask on First.”

first_imgAs a caregiver do you ever feel overwhelmed, stressed, or exhausted?Often, caregivers spend so much of their day taking care of others that they eventually stop taking care of themselves properly.It is stressed to family caregivers to take care of themselves, because they won’t be able to take care of others if they are not taking care of themselves. Although this makes sense logically, many caregivers still struggle with self-care. The guilt of putting yourself first, even for an hour a day, can discourage caregivers from continuing the practice of self-care.When speaking to military service providers at Fort Bliss in Texas, self-care seemed to be a common theme or issue when speaking of caregivers. Watch the video below as Monica Lawson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker from the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic in William Beaumont Army Medical Center, shares her thoughts on self-care.What do you do for self-care?What suggestions do you have for family caregivers who struggle with self-care?This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on November 25, 2016.last_img read more

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Perth Scorchers beat Lahore, guide MSD’s Chennai into CLT20 semifinals

first_imgLahore Lions, needed a 46-run win against Perth, to push Chennai out of the contentionPerth Scorchers’ Mitchell Marsh not just stopped Lahore Lions from making it to the semifinals of the Champions League Twenty20 with a three-wicket win in their last group match here today but also paved the way for Chennai Super Kings’ entry into the last-four stage.Marsh scored an unbeaten 63 off just 38 balls with the help of seven boundaries and three sixes, besides putting up a crucial unbroken 68 runs with Brad Hogg (28 no; 19b 2X4 2X6)) to overhaul a modest target of 125 with six balls to spare at the Chinnaswamy stadium here. Earlier, the Scorchers had restricted the Pakistani side for a mere 124 for six in their allotted 20 overs and then reached 130 for seven in 19 overs.Had the Lahore Lions pulled off a victory by a margin of 46 runs against the Scorchers, they would have progressed to the semifinals by displacing Chennai Super Kings from second place in the Group A standings. Hogg hit Adnan Rosool for a six in the 14th over to knock Lahore out of the tournament, while sending CSK into the last-four stage.Kolkata Knight Riders were already through to the semifinals after topping Group A, having registered four victory in as many matches. The Lions needed to bundle out the Scorchers for 78 to make the semis but failed to contain their opponents. It was Scorchers bowlers who wreaked havoc as paceman Joel Paris (3/22) and Mitchell Marsh (2/12) shared five wickets between them.advertisementSaad Nasim top-scored for the Pakistani side with an unbeaten 69 off 55 balls, studded with five fours and a six. Put into bat, Lions lost three early wickets with just two runs on the board. Paris accounted for the wickets of the two openers in Nasir Jamshed (1) and Umar Siddiq (1), while Marsh saw off skipper Mohammad Hafeez (0) and Wahab Riaz (0) for a nought each to leave the Lions reeling at 11 for four.Nasim shared a 43-run fifth wicket stand with Umar Akmal (26) and then put on a solid 48 with Mohammad Saeed for the sixth wicket to bring the Pakistani outfit back on track and cross the 100-run mark.Meanwhile, play was interrupted for a brief while due to rain. Chasing a modest target, the Scorchers also did not have an ideal start as they lost seven wickets for just 62 runs on the board. The Scorchers kept losing wickets at regular interval with the top and middle order, barring opener Cameron Bancroft (22), failing to reach the double digit mark.At 62 for seven, the Lions had a realistic chance of bundling the Aussie unit out below 78 and advance to the next stage, but Marsh and Hogg combined to consolidate the innings and guide their team to a rather comfortable victory in the end. In the 19th over, Scorchers hit three sixes off Wahab Riaz — two by Hogg and one by Marsh — to wrap up the match quickly.For Pakistan, Mohammad Hafeez was the pick of the bowlers with impressive figures of two for eight in his allotted four overs.last_img read more

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9 months agoReal Madrid coach Solari: Isco future not up to me

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid coach Solari: Isco future not up to meby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Santiago Solari says Isco’s future isn’t up to him.The player has found himself out of favour of late, and didn’t make the pitch at all against Real Betis on Sunday, and as a result talk of a move to Italy have surfaced.”We have a wonderful squad and I have to choose who gets involved in each game,” Solari said in his pre-match press conference.”It is not up to me to explain the transfer policy, I am just the coach.” last_img read more

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Candain Standup Star Mike Birbiglia Gets Personal Again At JFL42

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: He first went into harrowing and hilarious detail about his serious sleep disorder in a 2008 off-Broadway one man show titled Sleepwalk with Me. (He’d also had bladder cancer at one point, observing in the same show, “whenever they find something, it’s never anything good, like, ‘We found something in your bladder — and it’s season tickets to the Yankees!’ ”) The painfully funny mining of his own deadly serious predicament won him fans and set the tone for live performances to come. “I started saying to myself, ‘What is this? How did I end up here?’ It’s when life becomes so strange in these rare moments in your life where you’re lucky enough that you just hope that your better instincts kick in.”Birbiglia, 39, has made a career of living off his better instincts. His low-key, homebody persona sets up jokes about the smallest of frustrations and awkward moment (“A girl offered me E at the club: ‘Have you ever done E?’ “I watch E’ ”) but it’s probably his introspective, heartfelt monologues that have held audiences spellbound for a decade.Toronto fans can take in latest standup set, which again delves into personal territory, at this year’s JFL42 festival, which starts this Thursday and runs until Sept. 30. (Birbiglia’s headliner set at the Sony Centre is set for Sept. 29.) Twitter Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The pressure was on Mike Birbiglia this summer in Montreal. He was being crowned “Standup Comedian of the Year” at the Just for Laughs comedy festival. Just to ramp up his self-consciousness, on the day of the awards, he was surrounded by comedy gold.“I’m in this room with Trevor Noah, Judd Apatow, Jim Carrey, all these people,” says Birbiglia, interviewed the day after the ceremony. Ali Wong, Craig Ferguson, Jay Baruchel and Jeff Ross are also on the dais. Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

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Barbara Kentners family expected to learn Friday if charges upgraded against Brayden

first_img(Melissa Kentner watches over Barbara in a Thunder Bay hospital)Willow Fiddler APTN News Barbara Kentner’s family has been asked to meet with Crown prosecutors and Ontario’s coroner Friday to discuss the case against a man charged with throwing a trailer hitch at the Thunder Bay woman.Brayden Bushby faces an aggravated assault charge in relation to the Jan. 28 incident.But after Kentner died July 4, the family had hoped his charges would be upgraded.“I’m hoping that they do upgrade his charges,” said Melissa Kentner, Barbara’s sister. “”I hope he gets charged with murder.”Police in Thunder Bay have been silent on the charges against Bushby since Kentner’s death.The trailer hitch used in the attack on Barbara Kentner.The file has been held at the coroner’s office in Toronto.Kentner was hit by a trailer hitch while walking down the street.APTN has confirmed Busby has scheduled to be in court Nov. 6.Click here for a full timeline: Thunder Bay. Contact Willow here: [email protected]last_img read more

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The NBA Player Whos So Good At Taking Charges We Created a

Anthony TolliverSacramento544277.7% At first glance, Sacramento Kings forward Anthony Tolliver is an NBA player with little that sets him apart. In an earlier era, his range might have been a defining characteristic given his height, but now that seemingly every big man has a jumper, he doesn’t even have that. The most remarkable part of the 31-year-old’s resume is how long it is. Tolliver has played for nine teams — almost a third of the NBA — during his nine-year stint in the association.1Tolliver became the ninth player in league history to play for at least that many NBA teams during his first nine seasons, according to Basketball-Reference.com. The other eight? Ish Smith, Lou Amundson, Mike James, Drew Gooden, Kevin Ollie, Damon Jones, Tony Brown and Tony Massenburg. Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/tollivercharge2.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/tollivercharge4.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.A number of other players around the league have struggled in this area just as much as Tolliver has succeeded in it. Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas has drawn just one charge but has been called for 16 blocking fouls, a Charge Rate of 6 percent. Milwaukee Bucks All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo has been almost just as bad, inducing one charge in 13 tries, for an 8 percent Charge Rate. Minnesota’s Cole Aldrich, Philadelphia’s Dario Saric, Toronto’s Lucas Nogueira and Brooklyn’s Joe Harris have combined to go 0-for-36 in drawing charges this season, highlighting just how tough it can be for some players to persuade officials to side with them in bang-bang scenarios.Tolliver knows he’s good at this very particular task. “I just try to be smart about it, and pick my spots. Someone like Ersan is really aggressive about it, and he’ll jump in front of somebody every single time,” Tolliver said of Ersan Ilyasova, a former Pistons teammate, who leads the NBA in charges but sports a considerably lower Charge Rate than Tolliver, at 61 percent the past three years. “Nine times out of 10, guys know [Ilyasova’s] gonna try to take the charge, so they adjust to that and go after his shoulder to make him look like he’s not squared4Tolliver was also complimentary of his ex-teammate’s ability to draw charges, saying Ilyasova “is incredible at anticipating.” [properly]. But keeping the offensive player on his toes can make you more effective.”The other thing that helps? Tolliver says he doesn’t flail or flop. He argued that it’s not necessary to, because of the way he takes contact.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/tollivercharge9.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“I don’t just fall because I get bumped or whatever. I try to absorb the bumps. When I get hit, it’s usually the type where you say, ‘Man, you must’ve really gotten run over,’” Tolliver explained. “When you look at someone like Marcus Smart, he tries to sell [charges] sometimes by flailing, but it’s not just him. DeMarcus5Tolliver said he and Cousins — his former teammate in Sacramento — came into the season talking smack about which player would draw more charges this season. Cousins holds a pretty sizable advantage, even though Tolliver has won a greater percentage of calls in collision scenarios. flails, too, and as a result, he doesn’t get some calls that he should get, because refs are trying to make a decision: ‘Did he get hit, or is he just trying to pull a fast one on me?’”Much of how Tolliver is programmed to think on defense stems from his time at Creighton, where then-Bluejays coach Dana Altman6Now the coach at Oregon often preached the importance of drawing charges. Under Altman’s direction, Creighton ran frequent practice drills teaching players how to properly take charges. And because of the coach’s emphasis on drawing charges in practice, the program seemingly began paying more attention to the skill in games. Rob Anderson, the team’s longtime sports information director, said he began manually tracking the metric — which isn’t kept by the NCAA — along with a stat spotter in 2002.Tolliver said drawing charges wasn’t a focus for him when he first got to Creighton, and numbers seem to bear that out, as he didn’t take any charges during his freshman season. But from his second year on, it became routine to see him morph into a human bowling pin, as he drew nine and 17 charges as a sophomore and junior, respectively, before drawing 23 charges — the same total as the rest of his team combined — in his senior year.7All the numbers come from Anderson’s tracking.“I took those drills to heart, and [drawing charges] became a major part of the way I play,” said Tolliver, who began his career at Creighton shortly after Cavaliers sharpshooter Kyle Korver finished there. (Korver also played for Altman, and is very good at drawing charges. He’s gotten the call on 11 of his 17 collisions this year — four more than the league average would suggest he should have — and drew the call on all nine of his collisions during the 2013 season.)Of course none of this means that being skilled at taking charges is the same thing as being a good defender. Tolliver himself, merely a decent stopper, would be the first person to tell you that. And the fact that Sacramento — tied for the NBA’s fourth-worst defense — manages to get 4 points worse per 100 plays on D when Tolliver is playing illustrates that no amount of charge-taking would make the Kings good on that end of the floor.Still, there is an art to how he goes about taking charges — both to prompt refs to side with him, and to avoid getting seriously hurt during the collisions. The key, according to Tolliver, is to set your feet, then begin falling as soon as the driving player makes contact with you, and not a millisecond before.“If you launch yourself backwards as soon as the contact hits you, the ref can see you getting hit without you having to take the full brunt of it,” he said. “Guys mess up because they start falling before they get hit.”But any way you slice it, taking a charge is going to be uncomfortable, he said. The main objective, aside from winning the call, is to avoid a potentially serious injury.“You can get really hurt if you don’t know how to take one. Even if you do know how, it’s gonna hurt. It just doesn’t feel good,” he said, adding that teammates asked him if he was OK after taking a knee to the chest from Oklahoma City’s Steven Adams. “I told them, ‘Yeah: I know how to fall,’” he said.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/tollivercharge6.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/tollivercharge7.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Whereas other players might not be good at taking charges, or simply may not want to, Tolliver feels as if he has no choice but to play to his strengths in hopes of finding a more permanent NBA home. So that means relying on his ability to draw fouls in a physically taxing way.“Fans don’t care about that sort of stuff; you’re not gonna get any glory out of that,” he said of charges. “At least by making a pass, you might get an assist. You can get something out of that. With a charge, I get a bruise or two out of it.”But maybe now, with more statistical information at our disposal, Tolliver’s nearly flawless ability to draw charges will get the credit it deserves.Neil Paine assisted with research for this piece.Check out our latest NBA predictions.VIDEO: How the Villanova and Duke losses shook the bracket Draymond GreenGolden State433069.7 Dennis SchröderAtlanta493367.3 Gorgui DiengMinnesota703651.4 This season, Tolliver has been almost automatic, drawing 10 charge calls in 12 collisions for an eye-popping 83 percent success rate2The charge, block and collision statistics for this story were last updated March 14.. He’s won five more calls than you’d expect the average player to earn in those same 12 situations.3His ratios have been impressive in past years, too: In 2014-15, for instance, he drew 19 charges against just four blocking calls. Marcus SmartBoston764153.9 Kemba WalkerCharlotte715070.4 Leaguewide charge rate is 40 percent. Excludes players with fewer than 30 charges drawn the past three years. As of games played on March 14.Sources: NBA Miner, Basketball-Reference.com, BigDataBall Players who had the greatest share of collisions called as charges since the 2014-15 season Ersan IlyasovaAtlanta1499161.0 Marreese SpeightsLos Angeles1016261.3 Monta EllisIndiana834959.0 Devin HarrisDallas814758.0 The Kings’ Anthony Tolliver is the master of the charge. Thearon W. Henderson / Getty Images Aron BaynesDetroit783139.7 But there is something else that could distinguish Tolliver: a stat that could unveil the undrafted journeyman’s best skill. The only problem is that it hasn’t been invented yet.The fuel of this stat: collisions, particularly when a ballhandler is barreling his way toward the basket despite a defender standing in his way. If those collisions make their way into the stat sheet, they usually go one of two ways: a charge call on the offender or a blocking foul on the defender. Players such as DeMarcus Cousins, Ersan Ilyasova and Marreese Speights have dominated the leaderboard of charges drawn in years past — and this year — according to NBA Miner, an advanced stat site that has tracked charge numbers for several seasons.But shouldn’t we be interested in more than just how many charges a player draws? The raw number doesn’t tell the whole story because it’s not speaking to a player’s success rate. If a defender draws a ton of charges, but gets whistled for nearly as many blocking calls, then the fouls essentially negate the turnovers he creates.With that in mind, I decided to take a more holistic look at things by creating “Charge Rate,” a simple stat that measures how efficiently a player draws charges. All it entails is dividing a player’s total of charges drawn by the total number of whistled collisions he’s been involved in; a number we can generate by incorporating the blocking fouls he’s been called for. At the top of the list was Tolliver, who has been the NBA’s best player at drawing charges while not getting whistled for blocking.Over the past three seasons, Tolliver’s garnered 42 charges in 54 total collisions, a Charge Rate of 78 percent; easily the best mark among players who’ve taken at least 30 charges since the start of the 2014-15 season. For context, consider that the average NBA player this season has a Charge Rate of just 40 percent, according to the collision counts on BigDataBall, which logs play-by-play data. DeMarcus CousinsNew Orleans1198268.9 Donatas MotiejunasNew Orleans794050.6 PLAYERTEAMNUM. OF COLLISIONSNUM. OF CHARGESCHARGE RATE Ryan AndersonHouston623150.0 Greg MonroeMilwaukee613862.2 Kyle LowryToronto714461.9 Luis ScolaBrooklyn693753.6 Thaddeus YoungIndiana663451.5 read more

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Ohio State womens soccer looks toward trip to Penn State

Then-freshman forward Lindsay Agnew (18) heads the ball during a game against Eastern Michigan Aug. 25, 2013. OSU won 2-1 in OT.Lantern file photoFollowing a week of practice, the Buckeyes seem to have replaced the bad taste in their mouths left from a late-game collapse against Purdue.OSU (4-4-0, 1-1-0) enters Friday’s game at No. 8 Penn State (6-1-0, 2-0-0) with a chance to regain momentum and finish its three-game road swing on the winning side.“We’re excited about it,” OSU coach Lori Walker said. “It’s always a tough road trip since it’s a lot of time on the bus, but it’s a single game this weekend so we’ll get a little bit of rest afterwards.”The trip from OSU to Penn State comes in at about 325 miles.Putting together their “flashes of brilliance” and finding consistency in their game will be the keys for the Buckeyes this weekend, Walker said.OSU allowed two goals in the final 10 minutes of last Sunday’s 3-1 loss to Purdue.“Our first half against Purdue was really good soccer … then we just came out pretty flat in the second half,” said senior midfielder Ellyn Gruber, who did not play in the game because of an injury. “Being able to put two halves together is very important right now.”Penn State is statistically a first-half team, having outscored its opponents 9-1 in first half this season.The Nittany Lions, led by junior forward Mallory Weber, are on a three-game winning streak following shutout victories against Purdue and Indiana last weekend.Nearing the midway point of the season, it’s those players with the least experience who have been leading the Buckeyes. Freshman midfielder Nikki Walts and freshman forward Sammy Edwards have combined for four goals and three assists this season. Walker lauded the play of her point-scoring first-years, but she also praised the work of their classmate, midfielder Sydney Dudley.“(Dudley’s) sort of a lone hero right now that’s doing all the grunt work and not getting some of the glory,” Walker said.Dudley played two full matches for OSU as a defensive midfielder last weekend.The Buckeyes’ defense was especially strong against Purdue, Gruber said.Sophomore Lindsay Agnew’s move from forward to defender has helped solidify OSU’s backline. Agnew made the switch earlier this season when injuries began to thin the Buckeyes’ depth on defense.“I think that (Agnew) is going to be good anywhere on the field,” junior defender Marisa Wolf said. “She is very patient on the ball and is able to approach the ball with confidence.”The Buckeyes’ patience on defense will be critical to their success against Penn State, Walker said.Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday in State College, Pa. read more

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