20 Apr

Western Maine Community Action doubles capacity for home weatherization projects

first_imgWILTON – Roughly 60 households will be having a warmer winter this year due to a significant USDA Rural Development grant that was recently awarded to Western Maine Community Action. Housing Director Bill Crandall said the grant is roughly five times the amount they typically receive.“We were pretty tickled to find out. I think it’s very reflective of the work that Western Maine Community Action has done, and is doing, in Franklin County,” Crandall said.The $106,837 “Housing Preservation Grant” will assist with a number of projects for the estimated 60 homes in Franklin County. The funding must be used within one year, but Crandall said he doesn’t anticipate that being a challenge.“The quicker we can invest into the community, the quicker those home owners have the savings that essentially goes right back into the local economy,” Crandall said.The majority of the funds will be used on repairs that will help homes qualify for weatherization projects. In the past, WMCA has seen households save roughly 30 to 40 percent on energy costs. For people on fixed incomes, particularly seniors, that savings can be huge, Crandall said.Other home repair projects include health and safety issues- such as exposed fiber glass, or inadequate fire safety measures- and making homes more accessible for their owners. Crandall said WMCA has seen an increased request for wheelchair-accessible ramps into homes in recent years.“People are just trying to keep up with taxes, and keep food on their tables…this is one way we can help,” he said.last_img read more

30 Aug

New Bookmaker Alert! BetRegal launches on EveryMatrix platforms

first_img MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Share Submit StumbleUpon PartnerMatrix drives user engagement with two new deals August 13, 2020 Related Articles Share Erik Nyman joins EveryMatrix as US lead August 6, 2020 New Bookmaker BetRegal (BetRegal.com) has launched today, powered by EveryMatrix platform and software provisions.Operated by The Regal Group Ltd, BetRegal seeks to quickly establish itself as the market leader in low-margin betting odds for seasoned punters in both in-play and pre-match sports markets.The new bookmaker further states that it will offer betting customers the best value incentives for play, beyond simply using bonuses as player acquisition and retention tool.Led by CEO Michael Mirtl, the ambitious BetRegal seeks to clearly mark a point of difference in the saturated online betting sector.“Our research has told us that customers are evolving. Gone are the days of attracting new acquisition by simply offering a bigger bonus or free bet. The onus is now on operators to ensure we are providing a high- quality product, offering significant value and a great user experience. This is where we feel we can differentiate BetRegal.com.” Mirtl detailed.Partnering with EveryMatrix, BetRegal will gain full sportsbook and casino platform provisions. The new bookmaker launches on EveryMatrix sports betting platform which has recently undertaken an overhaul to improve all-round performance and partner scalability.“The EveryMatrix platform allows us the control and flexibility to manage the value in our product to a very granular level,” Mirtl continued. “It’s something no other provider we evaluated could offer.”Ebbe GroesBetRegal.com has gained operator licences in the UK, Denmark, Malta and Curacao and will initially function under the EveryMatrix licensing structure.EveryMatrix CEO Ebbe Groes, backed the new betting market upstart, stating that his company would help the ambitious enterprises realise its potential:“BetRegal’s core desire to deliver the best experience from both sports and casino resulted in a value driven product offering and we are excited to bring on an operator with a management team that has a significant degree of experience in the iGaming space. Choosing EveryMatrix as their provider of choice is a positive indicator of our solutions’ excellent granular functionality and we trust our modern integration methods and our flexible front-end design will be highly appreciated by BetRegal’s customers.”last_img read more

22 Dec

Fury over 15 month waiting list for psychiatric treatment

first_imgDeputy Pearse Doherty has slammed the latest waiting times figures for minors requiring psychiatric treatment in Donegal after it was revealed that some children are facing waits of more than 15 months to receive an appointment with a Psychiatrist.The figures show that there are currently 129 minors waiting for an appointment with Donegal Mental Health Services Psychiatrists, eight of whom have been on the list for more than 15 months.Describing the figures as ‘appalling’, Deputy Doherty said “Following having been contacted by constituents in relation to Psychiatry services in the county, I immediately decided to raise the issue of waiting times, psychiatric support services following patient discharge, as well as other mental health services in Donegal with the Minister. “I have now been provided with the latest data in respect of patient waiting times for appointments with the service’s Psychiatrist and the figures clearly highlight that there are major issues in the processing of referrals, particularly in relation to services for those under the age of 18.“There are a total of 134 adults on the waiting list to be seen by a Psychiatrist in the county however all of these patients have been waiting for at most 12 months, the majority of whom have been on the waiting for less than three months in total.“However, when we look at waiting times figures for children the picture is much worse. There are a total of 129 minors waiting for an appointment with a Psychiatrist however, four of these have been on the waiting list for over a year now while eight children have been on the list for longer than 15 months in total.“The fact that vulnerable young people who require Psychiatric support are being forced to wait for such lengthy periods is simply appalling and clearly demonstrates that the service is not in a position to handle its work load in a timely manner. “A number of months ago I raised the issue of the vacancy of the Addiction Counsellor within Under 18s and Adolescence Addiction services in Donegal, and here again is yet another example of how our young people in this county are being let down by the authorities due to the mismanagement of health service provisions.”“The staff, Consultant Psychiatrists and indeed all the team working within the service carry out outstanding work to keep the service functioning and to treat patients however, the problem is that they are working under extreme pressures due to the service being under resourced.“Clearly something needs to be done in order to alleviate this problem and make mental health services fit for purpose. I am now awaiting figures from the Minister in relation to the number of Psychiatrists working within the county as I believe that attention must now be drawn to the need to address the obvious deficiencies which exist within Donegal Mental Health Services.”Fury over 15 month waiting list for psychiatric treatment was last modified: October 26th, 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