Donegal dads encouraged to avail of paternity benefit

first_imgAs the first anniversary of the introduction of Paternity Benefit approaches, Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty, T.D. has launched an awareness campaign to encourage new or expectant fathers to apply for the two weeks payment from her Department.Employed and self-employed fathers with the correct PRSI contributions are entitled to receive Paternity Benefit.Paternity Benefit is available from the Department of Social Protection to parents of children born or placed in adoption. Nationally only 20,375 fathers have availed of paternity leave despite there being an average of 60,000 births each year, meaning that only one-third of new dads have applied.Minister Doherty has launched a campaign to remind new fathers of their entitlements.Since its induction, 587 Donegal dads have availed of the paternity benefit. Currently, it is payable at a minimum rate of €235 per week for two weeks for employees and self-employed people who are on Paternity Leave from work.It is available for up to 26 weeks after the child’s birth or adoption placement, and it is also available to same sex couples.Minister Doherty said: “The purpose of Paternity Benefit is to support new fathers to take time off work within the first 26 weeks following the birth of their child.“New parents can choose to apply online for Paternity Benefit if they have a Public Services Card. Applications made online benefit from an automated decision process, where all conditions are fulfilled the person concerned will receive an award notification within seconds.“Alternatively, anyone experiencing difficulty with making an online claim can contact my Department by e-mail and will receive a paper form.”“I would strongly urge all eligible parents to consider applying for Paternity Benefit when they take paternity leave.  It is a precious time for new parents and the Department recognises how important this stage of family life is for parents.To qualify for Paternity Benefit, a person must satisfy social insurance contribution conditions. The scheme is available to employees paying PRSI Class A, E or H contributions and to self-employed people paying PRSI Class S contributions. Employees will need to give four weeks’ notice to their employer to qualify for the accompanying Paternity Leave.Full details are available on the Department’s website; image by Orla Murray / SON Photo.Donegal dads encouraged to avail of paternity benefit was last modified: August 9th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:childrenDepartment of Social ProtectionFatherpaternity benefitregina dohertylast_img read more

Pinkathon for awareness on breast cancer in Goa on Apr 17

first_imgPanaji, Mar 9 (PTI)Pinkathon, a marathon exclusively for women to create awareness about breast cancer, will be held in Goa on April 17.The 10-km run for breast cancer awareness will be held in association with Miracle Munj and Vasco Sports Club on April 17 at Miramar.”This is an initiative of India Going Pink, a concept initiated by United Sisters Foundation. Goa GoingPink is a model run under Pinkathons umbrella to take the awareness to all the other cities and towns in India to make women adopt healthier lifestyle and have a positive attitude for life,” said MilindSoman,supermodel,fitness enthusiast and the Ironman Triathlon finisher at Zurich, Switzerland.”Everyone as an individual should do whatever it takes to raise awareness about healthy lifestyle to keep diseases at bay. Running, as a fitness medium, addresses most of the top ten ways to help prevent diseases, including breast cancer,” said Soman who is a part of the organisation team.”It not only promotes well-being, but also raises immunity levels and energises a healthy lifestyle to help fight diseases like cancer, diabetes and heart ailments that increasingly threaten the modern day society,” he said.The run aims to raise awareness about breast cancer, its causes and prevention.Breast cancer is one of theleading causesof cancer deaths among women worldwide, in spite of it being one of the curable cancers if detected early, a press release issued by the organisers said. PTI CORR GK DVlast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories There’s no way around it — The Arizona Cardinals’ Sunday night game against the Seattle Seahawks is going to be a good one. One team is working toward regaining their place on the top of the NFC West, a place they’ve grown accustomed to the past few years; the other currently holds that spot and plans on increasing their lead.“I think most [Seahawks] fans are worried,” John Clayton of ESPN told Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Friday. “They realize this is now going to be the difference between are you competing for the division or are you just going to be in the mix for the Wild Card.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “And that’s great because now you have a great game with both teams going in healthy and that’s what you want this late in the season.” But there’s a big difference between fans and the players themselves, as Clayton points out.“The players, they’re fine,” he said. “They’ve been through enough big games, enough pressure games. They pretty much treat every game the same, whether it’s an easy game or in this case, a tough game.”Clayton said he witnessed a loose team in the Seahawks locker room, including a ping pong game between pro-bowler defensive back Richard Sherman and defensive end Bruce Irvin. However, that doesn’t mean they’re expecting a cake walk, according to Clayton.“I think there’s an appreciation on the team for how good the Cardinals are,” he said, “particularly with guys like Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman. Richard is a very good friend of Larry Fitzgerald. I think you can see there’s a genuine respect for Carson Palmer.”The Cardinals have been fairly healthy all season and go into this game with four players limited at practice this week but no one ruled out. The Seahawks are in a similar position, also coming off a bye week.“The bye week has helped both teams. If you look at the injury list, really for Seattle there’s only one guy,” Clayton said referring to Ricardo Lockette. Additionally, he said Seahawks tackle Russell Okung’s toe injury is nothing serious and the Cardinals should see a very fresh team in Seattle. Comments   Share   center_img Your browser does not support the audio element. Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, right, talks with Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, left, after an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz. The Seahawks won 35-6. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling LISTEN: John Clayton, ESPN NFL insider Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retireslast_img read more