Bigger effort needed to tackle racism in Limerick

first_imgAdvertisement Print Twitter Previous article‘Limerick’s dark days as a wasteland for feuding gangs are behind us’Next articleBuilding work starts on €25million Limerick development Alan Jacques Facebook Linkedin WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSDoras Luimnílimerickracism Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livecenter_img Email by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A LOT more work needs to be done to tackle racism and discrimination in Limerick, following a report in the Limerick Post last week that racial attacks in the city are on the rise.A survey conducted last year by Mid-West migrants rights organization Doras Luimní found that 60 per cent of the respondents had experienced one or more incidents of racism, and as many as 80 per cent of those who experienced racism in Limerick did not report it.In the aftermath of last week’s Limerick Post article, the group issued a strong condemnation of ongoing racial attacks in the city. They said that the situation must be dealt with through a combination of action, awareness and education.Doras Luimní have met with shop owners affected by recent racist incidents in the city centre to discuss and develop a strategy to prevent further attacks. Meetings with Limerick Gardai ethnic liaison officers will also be scheduled in the coming days.One Pakistani business owner on William Street who has been trading in the city centre for over a decade said his staff constantly suffer verbal abuse and the threat of violence in the store. When speaking to the Limerick Post he became visibly upset and stressed by the large number of racist attacks he and his family experience in the city on a daily basis.“One man walked out of the shop recently with five coats costing €70 a coat. We called the Gardai but they didn’t arrive until two hours later,” he claimed.“We pay our taxes and it’s not right that we should be treated like this. Most of our customers in Limerick are good people but we should not have to suffer racist abuse every day of the week. They call us horrible names and feel its their right to come in and steal from us. We are told ‘this is not your country’.”Another Pakistani business owner on William Street claimed: “Travellers come into the shop on a regular basis. They talk loudly into their phones and say as clear as day ‘we’re in the Paki shop’. They don’t care that we are standing right in front of them and can hear this racist conversation.”Integration Policy Officer at Doras Luimní, Dr Matt Cannon told the Limerick Post that racism and discrimination are happening in the city but victims and witnesses are reluctant to turn to the authorities for assistance.“Doras Luimní gets regular reports of racism, however we feel that this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to incidents that are happening, and that many incidents of racism and discrimination go unreported,” said Dr Cannon.He put the reluctance to report racism and discrimination down to a number of factors such as fear of authority, lack of awareness around who to report to, and a sense of disillusionment about what can be done in regard to racist incidents.“We would encourage anyone who has experienced, witnessed, heard about or was supporting someone who had been subjected to any form of racism to report it. By identifying the types of racism experienced, it is hoped that we can find a way to prevent further incidents and continue to move towards an intercultural Limerick where racist incidents are simply not acceptable,” he concluded.Doras Luimní encourage anyone who has experienced racism and discrimination to report it to An Garda Siochana and/or Doras Luimní by calling 061-310318, emailing [email protected] or online at WhatsApp Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories NewsBreaking newsBigger effort needed to tackle racism in LimerickBy Alan Jacques – November 21, 2014 655 Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live last_img read more

Speech: Defence Secretary Op-Ed for the Mail on Sunday on mental health

first_imgOur Armed Forces do a magnificent job. It’s my privilege to see the incredible work they do all around the globe – every hour of every day. In Iraq I’ve spoken to our impressive air men and women who have been hammering barbaric Daesh fighters in Iraq to destroy the death cult that has brought bloodshed to the streets of Britain. In Poland I’ve met inspirational soldiers– not simply supporting and leading NATO missions in Eastern Europe but underpinning our security at home. And in the North Atlantic and the Gulf I’ve listened to the sailors protecting our precious undersea communications cables and patrolling our vital trading routes. All the while, our dedicated submariners maintain our nuclear deterrent – our nation’s ultimate armour against the most extreme threats to our way of life.These people are the greatest of their generation. And they have the right to expect more than simply the best jets, warships and tanks to help them do their duty. It is also their right to expect the best possible support care on and off the battlefield. In the not too distant past that would have meant treating the physical scars of conflict. There wouldn’t have been much thought about helping heal the invisible wounds war leaves behind. But times have changed. We now understand the importance of a healthy mind as well as a healthy body. That’s why the Ministry of Defence is now spending around £20 million a year on mental health services to treat the trauma life on the front line can bring. But while things have vastly improved – they are not perfect. We should never be too afraid or too timid to tackle the stigma of mental illness and look at new ways to offer help. That’s why I want to commend the Mail on Sunday’s Helpline for Heroes campaign for shining the spotlight on this critically important issue. It’s simply unacceptable that serving personnel with post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, suicidal or negative thoughts, should suffer in silence.So I have now agreed to spend an extra £20m over the next decade to improve mental health services in the Armed Forces – £2m more every year for vital services. That’s at least £220m over the next 10 years. Today we launch the Military Mental Health Helpline for serving personnel and their families while bolstering the care currently on offer. We are forming a deeper partnership with Combat Stress – the leading charity in the UK for supporting veterans with mental health problems. The charity already helps a small number of serving personnel through their 24-hour helpline, but we will be enhancing this service with additional funds and creating the entirely new Military Mental Health Helpline with its own memorable number –  0800 323 4444. This will be specifically targeted at serving personnel and their families – allowing them to access help anywhere, anytime. It will be staffed by professionals and will benefit from improved information sharing with the military, so those in need get the vital help they need. We have examined the choices closely and believe this will deliver the best service for our Armed Forces.The freephone number will take calls from midday today. And it will be backed up by a major internal marketing campaign.  The truth is we’ve not always been the best at talking about these issues in the military. So I will personally be working with the Service Chiefs to make sure there isn’t a single person in the forces who doesn’t know where to turn in times of trouble.But I don’t just want people to know who to call when they need to talk to someone. I want them to know what else is on offer.I want them to know about the 20 sites providing mental health care for the military in the UK and abroad – bringing together psychiatrists, mental health nurses, clinical psychologists and social workers to help manage the mental health needs of those in difficulty.I want them to know about the service provided by NHS England – the Transition, Intervention and Liaison Mental Health Service – which seeks to increase the access to, and treatment of, mental health services for those approaching discharge who may have mental health needs.I want them to know more about the Veterans Gateway – offering current and former personnel support on everything from financial assistance to property problems.I want them to know about our ground-breaking partnership with Prince Harry and the Royal Foundation – raising awareness about the importance of good mental fitness, drawing on the best research and putting a wealth of information online.And I want them to know we have a mental health strategy that can work for them. It’s about educating our chain of command and working with our people and their families. It’s about spotting the early warning signs of mental illness. It’s about encouraging those who need help to get it quickly. And it’s about prevention – building that vital awareness of good mental health fitness into training so that our troops are better equipped to deal with operational stress before, during and after combat as well as the stresses of day-to-day living that we all experience.Next month the King’s Centre for Military Health Research will be holding a conference uniting leading experts from across the UK and the world to discuss mental health challenges encountered by personnel from the day they join through to retirement. Their work is increasingly important.As the dangers our nation faces become ever more intense and ever more complex, whether from aggressive states such as Russia, terrorism or cyber warfare, it’s vital for us to keep our brave men and women at the top of their game both physically and mentally.But there’s always more we can do to help those who find themselves isolated or feeling low. So make no mistake, it is one of my top priorities as Defence Secretary to make sure everyone in the Armed Forces feels valued.At home, as well as across the world, our Service personnel remain Britain’s finest. And if the ever-evolving nature of conflict demands that we keep adapting our approach then, have no doubt, we are ready and willing to do so. No-one in our Armed Forces need suffer in silence. Our heroic men and women are the backbone of our nation. They lay their lives on the line for us every single day. They are the very best of British. And they deserve nothing less than the very best support.last_img read more

McIlroy edges closer to return

first_img McIlroy has yet to say publicly if he will contest the year’s final major, but gave numerous hints on social media this week and on Friday was paired with Jordan Spieth and Zach Johnson for the first two rounds next Thursday and Friday. And on Saturday the four-time major winner was pictured on the course where he finished a shot outside the play-off between Martin Kaymer and Bubba Watson in 2010 as he looks to make a quicker-than-expected return to action. McIlroy suffered a “total rupture” of ligaments in his left ankle during a game of football with friends on July 4, ruling him out of the Scottish Open and the defence of his Open and WGC-Bridgestone Invitational titles. The 26-year-old’s last competitive round was a closing 66 in the US Open at Chambers Bay on June 21. The US PGA gets under way on August 13. McIlroy will be replaced as world number one by Masters and US Open champion Spieth if the 22-year-old American can win his first World Golf Championship title at Firestone Country Club on Sunday. It was at the same event that McIlroy overturned a three-shot deficit to Ryder Cup team-mate Sergio Garcia in the final round 12 months ago to move back to the top of the rankings. After completing his round alongside friend Harry Diamond, McIlroy posted a picture on Twitter of himself on the 18th tee, writing: “Great 18 holes this morning with haza136 @ Whistling Straits Golf Club.” Todd Lewis of the Golf Channel reported that McIlroy had told him that made for a total of 90 holes of golf since his injury, with James Haddock of Sky Sports News quoting McIlroy as saying his ankle was “feeling fine”. Press Associationcenter_img World number one Rory McIlroy has stepped up his preparations for the defence of his US PGA Championship title with a practice round at Whistling Straits.last_img read more

Kawhi Leonard offers Kevin Durant heartfelt recovery advice

first_imgLeonard went on to join the Raptors, where he has made a huge impact in his first season. He’s averaging 30.9 points, 9.2 rebounds and 4.0 assists in 39 minutes per game in the postseason.Durant had been sidelined for a month with a calf strain before returning to the floor Monday. In just 12 minutes of play, Durant stepped in such a way that caused his Achilles to pop.He was helped off the floor and taken back to the locker room, not returning to the game. After flying to New York for an MRI, the extent of Durant’s injury was revealed and he underwent successful surgery. Warriors planned to offer Kevin Durant long-term deal with anytime opt-out, report says “You want to come back as the player that you were and make sure you come back when you feel healthy. You feel good enough that you feel confident in yourself to go back out there on the floor and know that that day will come …”That’s your assignment — to get back to the thing that you love to do.”Leonard knows what it’s like to be sidelined — he missed the majority of last season due to a quad injury, which reportedly caused a rift between him and his then-team, the Spurs. The Warriors rallied and held off being eliminated by the Raptors in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, but Kevin Durant’s ruptured Achilles has been the big headline around the NBA.Durant underwent surgery and is out indefnitely, with many players around the league sending their well wishes to him. Raptors fans apologize to Kevin Durant by setting up account to donate to his charity Despite being on the opposing Finals team, Raptors star Kawhi Leonard offered Durant some advice on how to come back from such a huge injury.”We work so hard to get to this point and the game gets taken away from you, especially with leg injuries and things like that,” Leonard told reporters during a press conference Wednesday. “You’re not really able to run or do anything on the floor. You really have to change your mindset on things and try to attack each day in getting better and just know you’re going to play again one day. Related News Kevin Durant injury update: Warriors star had surgery to repair ruptured Achilles tendonlast_img read more

Micello: Google Maps for the Indoors

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Product Reviews#web To start, Micello will provide maps for the San Francisco Bay area where they already have 150 indoor locations mapped. They will then proceed to map the rest of California and, following that, they’ll move onto other major metropolitan areas in the U.S. By the end of next year, they plan to have over 5000 places mapped across the country. An interesting side note about Micello is how fast they’ve managed to create this new and incredibly useful resource. They revealed their alpha only months ago at the 2009 JavaOne conference held in June. At the time, the founders were simply looking for feedback as to whether people thought this would be an application worth pursuing. The response was overwhelmingly positive, leading the company to move forward with their plans to create what is Micello today.In addition to navigating the maps, aided by the iPhone’s GPS to show you where you are, Micello users can also locate their Facebook, Twitter, and iPhone contacts within the map community and share their stories, feedback, and other notes about the places they visit. Users can submit error reports, too, if something isn’t accurate and the Micello team will make the correction. Premium Offerings and Future PlansFurther down the road, premium features will be available to businesses and other organizations which will allow them to annotate their listings with additional information, whether that’s what speaker begins his presentation at the convention hall downtown or what Macy’s will have on sale today. The application may even tap into the “alerting” feature of mobile devices to pop-up optional alerts to customers informing them of a special event or sale. Versions of Micello for Blackberry, Android, and WebOS platforms are only months away as is a Facebook application. For more information, stay tuned to for updates. sarah perez A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Looking for a new company to get excited about? Look no further than mobile mapping startup, Micello. Their new mapping solution is basically “Google Maps for the indoors.” What that means is that instead of focusing on streets and terrain, they’re mapping the insides of buildings like shopping malls, convention centers, theme parks, college campuses, and more. And because Micello is a mobile solution, you not only see what’s where, you can see where you are, too. Announced today at the DEMOfall 09 conference, Micello is initially going to be offered as an iPhone application. It should become available in the iTunes App Store within the next couple of weeks. To generate the maps, the small team of Micello users, which numbers only about a dozen employees, takes whatever maps of various businesses, colleges, and other large indoor locations are available and manually maps them out for use in the mobile application. The process of converting an online PDF, for example, to a mapped locale in Micello takes a couple of hours, explains Micello co-founder Anil Agarwal. Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Apple Fires Maps Manager Richard Williamson

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Bloomberg broke the news Tuesday that Richard Williamson, who oversaw the Maps team at Apple, has been fired by Senior Vice President Eddy Cue. Cue took over this responsibility last month after Scott Forstall, who oversaw all of iOS, was fired.With the launch of iOS 6 this year, Apple replaced Google Maps with its own mapping application with data provided by TomTom. Though the application’s interface was greatly improved, the data are terrible in some places, especially outside the U.S., showing incorrect city names, bizarrely deformed roads and bridges, and just plain missing information.The weakness of Apple Maps marred the launch of iOS 6 and the iPhone 5, at least in public perception, if not in actual sales. Bloomberg reports that Cue is seeking advice from outside experts and trying to push TomTom to improve the data it provides to Apple’s service.These growing pains are all part of Apple’s effort to make its services independent of Google – seemingly at all costs. Apple has scrapped iOS’s built-in YouTube app. It delicately works around Google to use Yelp for place searches, and Siri falls back on Google only as a last resort.Maps are the most significant example of Apple’s determination to drive Google off the iOS home screen, but the first attempt was not good enough for the guy responsible to keep his job. While Apple regroups around Maps, Google is reportedly readying a standalone Maps app for iOS. Here’s hoping that going forward, the main consideration for both companies is the quality of the customers’ experience. Tags:#Apple Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img jon mitchell Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts last_img read more

The Affiliate Management Resource Initiative – Module Seven

first_imgThe Affiliate Management Resource Initiative is a new initiative created by Touch Football Australia (TFA).  The program contains a wide range of resources to assist the affiliate to improve towards implementing ‘best practice’. The program is about improvement and provides an easy to use framework that will help to make continuous improvement a culture.The AMRI has been designed to assist local competitions, clubs and associations of all sizes and locations, evaluate and improve how they run their competitions. Templates and checklists help the affiliate to identify areas of strength and those requiring improvement. Affiliates move through the program at their own pace and the program enables them to pursue the areas that are of interest. The AMRI will comprise of 11 Modules, with each including a wide range of resources.Module Seven of the AMRI includes the following documents:–       Staff Contacts List–       Competition Management Checklist–       Risk Assessment Tool–       Risk Register–       Crisis Management Plan–       Traffic Management PlanModules One, Three, Six, Seven and Eight can be found in the ‘Affiliate Secure Login Section’ of the Clubhouse section of the TFA website, and can be located by clicking on the following link: To gain access to the Secure Login Section, please click on the link below: tuned to the website for the upcoming AMRI modules. Related Filesintroduction_to_module_7-pdflast_img read more

7 days agoMartin Ødegaard: Now proving the hype at Real Sociedad

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Martin Ødegaard: Now proving the hype at Real Sociedadby Carlos Volcano7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Sociedad’s rising star Martin Ødegaard has started the new LaLiga Santander season showing just why he was tipped for the top right from the start of his career.Still just 20 years old, Ødegaard has been lighting up LaLiga in spectacular fashion since his arrival in San Sebastian on loan from Real Madrid last summer. So much so that the txuri-urdin’s midfield star was officially named September Player of the Month in LaLiga Santander, as his goals and assists drove his team towards the top of the table.Born in Drammen, Norway in December 1998, Ødegaard has been setting landmarks all his sporting life. After coming through at local club Stromgodset, he became the youngest player to play in Norway’s top division at the age of just 15, the Tippeligaen’s youngest-ever scorer and Norway’s youngest-ever senior international. A move to Real Madrid soon followed and in May 2015 he became Madrid’s youngest-ever debutant [16 years and 157 days] when replacing Cristiano Ronaldo in a LaLiga Santander game against Getafe at the Santiago Bernabeu.Competition for places at Madrid is always tough, so the teenager played 58 times for the club’s Castilla youth team before joining Dutch team SC Heerenveen for 18 months in January 2017. That brought more regular senior experience, and he returned to the Eredivisie to spend another year at Vitesse Arnhem. 11 goals and 12 assists made him the only non-PSV Eindhoven or Ajax player to make the 2018/19 Eredivisie Team of the Season.Last summer brought a return to LaLiga with La Real, who had an excellent transfer window with other young arrivals including his fellow Scandinavian Alexander Isak and French defender Modibo Sagnan. Txuri-urdin coach Imanol Alguacil immediately put Ødegaard into his starting XI for the 1-1 draw at Valencia on the opening day and he kept his place for the following weekend when he scored his first LaLiga goal in a 1-0 win at RCD Mallorca.Playing mostly in an attacking midfield role, Ødegaard’s technical ability and passing range have stood out, showcasing the tenacity and leadership skills of a player who has amassed significant experience at such a young age. His highest profile game so far brought a man of the match performance, including a fine goal and clever assist, as Atletico de Madrid were beaten 2-0 at the Reale Arena. There have also been assists against Basque neighbours Alaves – a real beauty of a through ball, if you haven’t seen it… – and Sevilla, and he is the only La Real player to have completed all 720 LaLiga minutes so far in 2019/20.October’s international break saw Ødegaard add to his 20 senior caps for Norway in Euro 2020 qualifiers against Spain and Romania. And now it is back to work with his club as La Real look to build on their excellent start to the season with games against Real Betis, RC Celta and Levante. Longer term he remains firm in his wish to triumph at Real Madrid, where he is under contract until 2022, but only after seeing through his agreed two-year loan at La Real.Few players pack as much into their entire careers as Martin Ødegaard has already achieved. LaLiga’s nordic rising star does not turn 21 until next December, but the best is surely yet to come. last_img read more

Syracuse Walk-On Carter Sanderson: Uncalled Travel At End Of SU-Pitt Game “A Joke”

first_imgPitt not called for travel late in game vs. Syracuse.Vine/Brian ShearerThe end of Pitt’s 65-61 win over Syracuse at the Carrier Dome wasn’t without some controversy late. Syracuse fans online are livid over a blatant travel by Pitt guard James Robinson that went uncalled, with just seconds left in the game. Apparently walk-on Carter Sanderson feels the same way. He voice his discontent about the play on Twitter.You can’t be serious, right? A No call? What a joke.— Carter Sanderson (@TheCarter3_) February 21, 2015The call is very bad, but we bet someone will remind SU’s players to keep their criticism of the refs off of social media. Even Jim Boeheim censored himself after the game.Boeheim declines to comment on the last call. “We’re not allowed to talk about that.”— Phil D’Abbraccio (@PhilDAbb) February 21, 2015Pitt is 18-10 after the big road win.last_img read more