Ex-LISCR Defender Hails Coach Pello’s 6-0 Victory

first_imgFormer LISCR FC defender Richard Pratt, popularly known as ‘Onunu’ has congratulated Coach Robert Lartey for his 6-0 convincing win over Mighty Dragons on Saturday and has expressed satisfaction of the club’s new pattern of play, describing it as “Pello Plot.”Onunu said he is convinced that LISCR FC would again pull the highest number goals in this tournament as in the recent past league, and would also clinch the title.LISCR FC is currently second on the 1st Division log with four points and eight goals.Since 1995, LISCR FC has grabbed the 1st division championship twice, 2011 and 2012.Onunu said with the inclusion of Trokon Myers and Malachi Coker from BYC and Theo Nimely from Jubilee, who have quickly adapted to Coach Pello’s plot system.It may be recalled that Coach Pella has challenged LISCR to step up their defensive efforts as they looked to achieve their first home win record against Mighty Dragons last Saturday.The Coach warned his LISCR FC defenders of Mighty Dragons’ strength on counter-attack ahead of Saturday’s encounter at ATS.“In order for players to fit the system, every good team must have competition in order to succeed,” Coach Pello said.Ahead of the encounter against Dragons the LISCR manager hoped that featuring his three new signings would help his system.The three started with Malach at the right back, Trokon in the attacking force and Theo in the midfield.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Shock as pensioner loses €2,200 in backdated living allowance

first_imgA pensioner whose wife died six years ago has discovered to his shock that he cannot now claim back payments for the living alone allowance of €9 per week beyond a six months period.The man, who is in his 80s, lives alone in the Letterkenny area and receives the basic pension.He says that due to the Department of Social Protection legislation he has been left with a loss of more than €2,200 which he was entitled to. And Cllr Ian McGarvey has attacked the bureaucracy and lack of information readily available to so many old age pensioners in these circumstances.The pensioner has requested privacy in highlighting not only his own plight but to warn others who may find themselves in similar circumstances due to a lack of information on their full entitlements.The pensioner, due not to being aware of his entitlements, says the system deems that he can only be paid retrospectively for the past six months and is entitled to a figure of €234 rather than the sum of almost €2,500 which he thought he was entitled to receive.The Tirconail Tribune reports that the man said that there was a huge problem of communications with the Dept. of Social Welfare. He said that after weeks of trying to find ‘a human being’ on the other end of the phone he gave up trying and referred his problems to a local politician.His case was taken up with the Dept. of Social Protection by Cllr. Ian McGarvey who has made a number of representations on his behalf, but to no avail.Cllr. McGarvey says he was not aware of this piece of legislation curbing retrospective payments in such cases where the claimant legitimately was not aware of this reality.He said there are very many pensioners out there in the same situation and he fears the Letterkenny case is not an isolated one.Cllr. McGarvey says the current system works against pensioners and many others due to the automated phone response system operated in most Government departments. Citing lengthy delays in his enquires with the Dept. of Social Protection in this instance, Cllr. McGarvey says that it is time the mentality of ‘pressing buttons for automated messages’ must stop.Dealing with the case of the Letterkenny pensioner, Cllr. McGarvey says there are serious difficulties when a spouse passes away because there is an immediate loss of over €180.Despite the loss of the spouse the pension reduction is instant yet there seems to be no method for officialdom to recognise that the circumstances needed to be investigated, if only to provide information on what their entitlements are.Cllr. McGarvey said: “Even for us as political representatives we face problems of communications every day in our dealings with Govt. Departments and the waiting time for ‘automated messages’ is increasing all the time. “Even the reduction of €180 in a pensioners income is no longer acceptable because so many of the costs incurred by a couple remain when one of them dies. Things like heating, travel and general everyday household cost do not change. Yet the income to that household is halved. What are these pensioners supposed to do for money and expenses?“Many can no longer afford to run a car, pay for costs like fuel, insurance and maintenance and all this is an astronomical cost that would eat up most of the standard age old pension.”Asked if he intended appealing the Dept. decision on the six months retrospection position, Cllr. McGarvey said: “There is no appeal mechanism available because that is their policy and this old age pensioner has been left with a loss of more €2,200I find this is unacceptable and the Dept. of Social Protection, who when informed of the death of a spouse is fully aware of that fact and it is very regrettable they do not have any follow up position that provides information or personnel to come and visit the family home and lay down the exact amount of their entitlements.”Shock as pensioner loses €2,200 in backdated living allowance was last modified: September 29th, 2016 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)last_img read more