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

Rooney shines in Chelsea draw

first_img The reason why was obvious from Mourinho’s team selection. Evidently he does not believe Fernando Torres is good enough, preferring instead the ‘false nine’ concept he came up against when he faced Barcelona during his time at Real Madrid. Amazingly, this did not include Juan Mata, who most United fans would happily exchange for Rooney, who made his first start since April. As it turned out, the banter was better than the first half action. The chances Chelsea created came courtesy of Oscar, who schemed intelligently in front of United’s four-man defence and twice brought good saves out of David de Gea. United threatened more but with Terry producing a towering performance after shaking Rio Ferdinand’s hand prior to kick-off sights of Cech’s goal were equally rare. Van Persie should have had a corner when his shot flicked off Branislav Ivanovic, then sent a header over before Tom Cleverley’s rising drive was watched on its way by Cech. It all rather brought the focus back to Mourinho, who gave Moyes a hug prior to kick off but was soon prowling his technical area, often in animated discussion with fourth official Mike Dean. Only once did he look like erupting though as he strode out, waving his arms furiously after Kevin de Bruyne had been booked for a challenge on Van Persie that left the Chelsea man with a cut lip. The second period began in much the same unsatisfactory manner. Terry made an important intervention as United pressed, then Danny Welbeck curled an ambitious effort over before lifting a more delicate attempt just wide from Rooney’s short pass. Amid that flurry of activity around the visitors’ goal, Eden Hazard fired goalwards from 30 yards but De Gea barely had to move to make the save. Both sides had desperate penalty appeals, United when Cleverley’s shot struck Frank Lampard on the arm, Chelsea after Ashley Cole hit the deck under pressure from Phil Jones. In the first instance, Lampard was far too close to Cleverley for Martin Atkinson to award United anything. In the second, Cole was lucky not to get booked for diving, such was the minimal contact which preceded his fall. The introduction of Torres failed to change much, so Rooney’s lung-bursting run back to a corner flag to rob Ramires brought a standing ovation. It took Rooney some time to get forward after that but when he did, he brought a full length save out of Cech, before delivering the corner that Welbeck should have threatened with rather than screwing a header back where it had come from. Van Persie had one last shot before an unsatisfactory game was brought to its conclusion. Manchester United and Chelsea ground out a goalless draw at Old Trafford that exposed both side’s shortcomings a week before the transfer window closes. Jose Mourinho has made no secret of his desire to sign Wayne Rooney at some point in the next seven days. Playing in a deeper role than Mourinho would use him for Chelsea, the England forward did well on his first start since April, and tested Petr Cech with one late strike. If anyone looked likely to break the deadlock it was Rooney, who was cheered by both sets of supporters. It did not happen though as both sides were forced to settle for a point which, under the circumstances, neither will be too unhappy with. When United last played a Premier League game at Old Trafford, Sir Alex Ferguson told the club’s supporters they had a duty to get behind his replacement. They heeded that clarion call, chanting Moyes’ name at regular intervals and baiting Mourinho for “wanting his job”. It was part of an amusing exchange of crowd banter, that included Wayne Rooney being cheered by both sets of supporters, Chelsea’s adding a cheeky: “We’ll see you next week” after a run at Gary Cahill. Chelsea have already had two bids for the 27-year-old turned down, with a third expected later this week. Although United had the better of David Moyes’ first home Premier League game in charge, they lacked the authority to exert the kind of sustained pressure which might have shaken John Terry out of his defensive superiority. Last season’s Golden Boot winner Robin van Persie barely had a chance of note, his best opportunity coming three minutes from time when his goalbound volley deflected to safety off Gary Cahill and John Obi Mikel. Press Associationlast_img read more

PBC School District Votes to Fire Principal, Sues E-Cig Maker Juul

first_imgThe Palm Beach County School District voted Wednesday afternoon to fire former Spanish River Community High School Principal William Latson.Board members voted 5-2 to terminate Latson’s contract over comments he made to a parent in an email last July about the Holocaust.In the message, the former administrator wrote, “I can’t say the holocaust is a factual, historical event because I am not in a position to do so as a school district employee.”He had been reassigned to the district office during the investigation.The investigative report stated the district had “just cause” to fire Latson since he violated several district policies.Latson’s termination will take effect on November 21. He has until that date to file an appeal.The School Board also decided at its Wednesday meeting to sue e-cigarette maker Juul, in an effort to combat the youth vaping epidemic.According to officials with the District, schools are struggling to address the issue, and “have been forced to divert resources to monitoring and disciplining the rapidly growing number of students using vaping products on school grounds.”If a settlement is reached, 75 percent of the money would go to the District, while the other 25 percent would go to the law firms who are representing the District.The statement from the District adds, “The top priority of the School District of Palm Beach County is the safety and well-being of our students and staff. Palm Beach County does not intend to stand by and allow this crisis to escalate further.”last_img read more

Cricket News Bhuvneshwar Kumar ruled out of ‘next 2-3 World Cup games’ due to hamstring

first_imgNew Delhi: Star Indian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been ruled out of India’s next two or three World Cup 2019 games due to a niggle in his left hamstring during Sunday’s match against Pakistan, Indian skipper Virat Kohli confirmed during post-match proceedings. In the absence of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami is finally set to get a few games. India’s next three games are against Afghanistan (June 22), West Indies (June 27) and England (June 30).During the mega India-Pakistan match on Sunday, Bhuvneshwar Kumar slipped on the footmarks after bowling 2.4 overs. His third over was completed by Vijay Shankar and Bhuvi couldn’t take part in the remaining game.“Slight niggle for Bhuvi, he slipped on one of the footmarks. He’s out for two, maybe three games, but he should come back for us at some stage during this tournament. He is very important for us,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony after India thumped Pakistan by 89 runs.This was the second big blow to India as opener Shikhar Dhawan has already been ruled out of the World Cup for at least two weeks due to a hairline fracture in his thumb. He was struck by a rising Pat Cummins bouncer during India’s match against Australia.Coming to the match, India thrashed Pakistan by 89 runs (DLS method) in a rain-affected game. With the victory, India extended its winning streak against Pakistan in the World Cup to 7-0.After winning the toss, Pakistan invited India to bat first in overcast English conditions at Old Trafford in Manchester. India started carefully and then blasted the Pakistan bowlers to reach a total of 336, courtesy Rohit Sharma’s stunning century and crucial half centuries by KL Rahul and Virat Kohli.Chasing the target, Pakistan lost their opener Imam-ul-Haq early in the innings. He was removed LBW by Vijay Shankar who struck on his very first ball of the World Cup. However, after the first wicket, Fakhar Zaman (62) and Babar Azam (48) stitched a good 104-run partnership for the second wicket to keep Pakistan in the contest.However, a brilliant delivery from Kuldeep Yadav removed Babar on the last ball of 24th over. After Babar’s wicket, the Pakistani team was all over and lost their next three batsman in for just 12 runs. They ended their innings at 212-6 in 40 overs and lost the game by 89 runs. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

LeBron James surpasses 30,000 points

first_imgJames attempted to do it at home on Saturday, but finished with just 18 points on eight of 17 shooting in a 148-124 blowout loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.– Young King –Prior to Tuesday’s game, James took to Instagram to congratulate himself. “The House you are about to be apart of has only 6 seats in it …. Congrats again Young King,” he wrote.James started out as a high school phenom who grew up to play for his hometown Cavaliers’ team, then the villain who left for Florida and eventually to the favourite son who returned home.He was drafted first overall by Cleveland in 2003 and in February 2008 he became the youngest player to score 10,000 points.Five years after James played in his first all-star game in 2005, he made “The Decision” to take his talents to South Beach to play for the Miami Heat.The move paid off with his first NBA title in June 2012, when the Heat beat Oklahoma City in five games.After much success in Miami, James announced on July 2014 he was returning to Cleveland and two years later he delivered a championship, ending the city’s 52-year title drought.James could now make a run at the league’s all-time scoring record — Kareem’s career total of 38,387 points.But before that, there are more milestones to collect. Coming into Tuesday’s game, James led the NBA in field goals made this season (463) and over his career, he has made 10,886 field goals which is 19 away from surpassing Nowitzki (10,904 FGM) for eighth all-time in league history.Share on: WhatsApp Los Angeles, United States | AFP | LeBron James made NBA history on Tuesday, hitting the final shot of the first quarter to become the youngest player ever to reach the 30,000 career regular season point milestone.James, who turned 33 on December 30, surpassed Kobe Bryant as the youngest player to hit the 30,000 figure. Bryant was 34 years and 104 days old when he reached the mark.The Cleveland superstar James did it by nailing a step back jump shot against the San Antonio Spurs with 1.1 seconds remaining in the first for his eighth point of the contest.James finished with 28 points on 10-of-23 shooting from the field in the Cavaliers’ 114-102 loss to San Antonio, boosting his total to 30,021.James came into the game needing just seven to scale the height only six others have achieved so far. He joins Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387 points), Karl Malone (36,928), Bryant (33,643), Michael Jordan (32,292), Wilt Chamberlain (31,419) and Dirk Nowitzki (30,808) on the select list of high scorers.“Congrats #KingJames. Welcome to the club!!!” Nowitzki wrote on Twitter.James opened his scoring night with a drive and a left-handed layup with 7:19 left in the first quarter. He added two more points on a finger roll layup with just over four minutes left. He got to within one point of the mark with 64 seconds to go with his first successful jump shot of the game.“Congratulations to LeBron on reaching 30,000 points – yet another milestone in an extraordinary career that continues to inspire,” said NBA commissioner Adam Silver.There was a very good chance history would be made on Tuesday at the Spurs AT&T Center arena as James came into the game averaging 26.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and 8.7 assists per game this season.last_img read more

Gumbel calls NBA Commissioner Stern a “modern plantation overseer”

first_imgThe league’s lockout has stretched on for more than 100 days, causing the cancellation of the first two weeks of the season and threatening to derail the entire year.“The NBA’s infamously egocentric commissioner seems more hell-bent lately on demeaning the players than solving his game’s labor impasse,” Gumbel said on the show. “Stern’s version of what has been going on behind closed doors has of course been disputed, but his efforts were typical of a commissioner who has always seemed eager to be viewed as some kind of modern plantation overseer, treating NBA men as if they were his boys.”Shaun Powell, commentator for, criticized Gumbel’s claims, saying Stern is the “the last person” that should be given such a label.“So let’s get this straight: The only commissioner in sports who constantly pushed for and finally secured Black ownership within his league is somehow linked to a slave master?” Powell wrote. “David Stern, who made more Black men rich than anyone in history, lives in the Big House?”Gumbel has a history of stirring up controversy. In 2006, he made headlines when he criticized a lack of diversity at the Winter Olympics.“Try not to laugh when someone says these are the world’s greatest athletes, despite a paucity of Blacks that makes the Winter Games look like a GOP convention,” he said.(Reprinted from the Afro American) (NNPA)—Bryant Gumbel, host of HBO’s “Real Sports” lashed out at NBA Commissioner David Stern for his treatment of players during the league’s ongoing lockout.According to NBC New York, Gumbel spoke out against Stern during the closing commentary of the Oct. 18 show, blaming Stern for the NBA’s current woes. BRYANT GUMBEL last_img read more