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Concerned mother calls for homeless shelter to be kept open

first_imgFacebook WhatsApp LimerickNewsConcerned mother calls for homeless shelter to be kept openBy Alan Jacques – July 11, 2020 643 Print WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads A BROKEN-hearted mother whose homeless son has been living at the 24-hour emergency shelter on Lord Edward Street dreads to think what would become of him if the service is discontinued.The Temporary Emergency Provision (TEP) service was first opened in 2016 as an emergency night shelter, providing accommodation from 9pm to 9am.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic, the ‘nine-to-nine’ shelter, which is operated by Novas, was opened round the clock to provide safety for its 30 residents.On July 16, the emergency accommodation was due to return  to a 12-hour day operation because of funding cuts.One concerned mother, who did not wish to be named, told the Limerick Post that she worries about what this will mean for her 34-year-old son.The woman, who is in her late seventies, joined a protest on Monday outside the HSE’s offices on Catherine Street urging them to keep the 9-to-9 service open.Her son suffers with a range of health issues including autism and depression, and has only just recovered from pneumonia.“He had a very rough start in life. We had to leave our family home because of domestic violence when he was a teenager and he has been in and out of prison from a young age. I call him my boy, because he is still like a child. I minded him for as long as I could but I am unwell and have my own health problems and can no longer care for him,” she explained.The woman appealed to the HSE to keep the nine-to-nine shelter open. She is worried about her son and the other homeless men who live in the Lord Edward Street hub, and what will become of them when the 24-hour service ends.”This is the closest thing to a home my son has ever had. He is very happy at the nine-to-nine. He has a roof over his head, hot food, a room to sleep in and he was delighted to have a safe, dry place to go and watch TV.“These people are sick. Any intelligent person should know that. They wouldn’t be here if they weren’t sick. They just need some help.  They have their struggles and life is hard enough for them.”I beg those with the power to keep this shelter open to do that. I worry and wait each day for the phone to ring and be told something has happened my child. I am begging you to keep this shelter open.”In a statement to the Limerick Post, the HSE explained that together with Limerick City and County Council and Novas, they continue to explore all options in relation to how best to help the people staying in the TEP.“The HSE can now confirm that funding is available to continue the 24-hour service beyond July 16, to seek an appropriate solution for these most vulnerable people.”However, residents at the shelter claimed it will only remain open for a further four to six weeks, and say they intend to continue their fight until it remains open as a 24-hour unit into the future.Sinn Fein councillor Sharon Benson has also been advocating for a move away from nine-to-nine accommodation. The City North representative had a motion passed last November calling for 24-hour emergency accommodation.“While I appreciate that the HSE funding was an emergency measure introduced for the purpose of Covid, it has transformed the lives of the residents. To withdraw the funding and revert to a 9-to-9 service will have a disastrous impact on those who now call these hostels home. These are people’s lives they are playing with,” she declared.”It is important to note the positive change that the service has brought to the residents since becoming 24-hour accommodation. Some residents have secured employment and many others are returning to education following successful applications, with the help of staff. The residents have told me that this would not have been possible if they were walking the streets all day. Drinking and drug use is also down and there has been a very positive change to mental health, with residents saying that they have found a sense of belonging and new sense of purpose.”Cllr Benson also believes it is essential that the HSE have a permanent role in homeless services and work with the Council in providing accommodation and support, in terms of mental health and addiction.“To ask residents to go back out onto the streets on July 16 was both morally and ethically wrong. I am calling on the HSE to continue to fund the 24-hour accommodation and to work with Limerick City and County Council towards finding a more permanent solution.”Novas’s policy director Dr Una Burns said that the move was forced upon them by the HSE and the Council, who they operated the service on behalf of.“We are upset, staff are upset, as are our residents. With the decline in cases and the pandemic stabilising, the council made the decision to close it,” she said.A Council spokesman said they don’t comment on protests taking place in Limerick as it is the democrat right of any person/ group to protest.“It is important however to point out that funding provided by Limerick City and County Council to our partners for the provision of TEP services has not changed,” he added. TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick PostTemporary Emergency Provision Linkedin Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Previous articleNo water carrier but water breaks as GAA reiterate new rules for return to playNext article€2 million to tackle derelict sites in five towns and villages Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Email Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Twitter Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League openerlast_img read more

Henry’s desire to succeed as manager undimmed by Monaco misery

first_img“Some were not what I was looking for and some were as a number two.”“I won’t do a number two job because I want to be a number one.”Henry, who has spoken with basketball and athletics coaches since being fired to gain extra insight into coaching top level athletes, says it is frustrating having to wait around for another opportunity but  he is convinced football coaching is where his future lies.“I came out of it fully reassured that’s what I want to do, zero doubt about it,” he said.All Henry asks is for transparency from his employers.“Communication and honesty from the start is key,” he said.“What’s the job? Is the job to stay up, is the job to win the League or be in the Champions League?“But how and what is success? Is success improving players? Ultimately, results are the most important thing, but I want to improve players as well.”Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Thierry HenryLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | France football legend Thierry Henry is keen for another chance to prove he can be a successful manager despite his unhappy brief tenure at Ligue 1 side Monaco.The 42-year-old — Arsenal’s record goalscorer — told the Daily Telegraph that although his phone did not ring for four months following his sacking, things have picked up since then and he has received five offers.Henry’s dream return last October to manage Monaco, the club where he established his reputation as a top class striker, turned into a nightmare.Having been part of Belgium manager Roberto Martinez’s backroom team at the World Cup — where they reached the semi-finals — he lasted just over 100 days after only four league wins.“Call me crazy if you want, but I love football and I believe I can be a successful coach,” he said.“I’m not thinking about the pain, I’m not thinking about failure. I don’t like easy.“I like to lead and it’s on me to make it happen. The same when I joined Arsenal as a player, the same when I went to Belgium with Roberto. It’s an evolution.”– ‘Communication and honesty’ –Henry, who was a member of the France squads that won both the 1998 World Cup and the Euro 2000 title, said although he has been contacted over jobs, he has yet to find the right fit.“My phone didn’t ring for four months after I left Monaco and then all of a sudden I got five calls,” he said.last_img read more

Report highlights growing concern of depression among footballers

first_imgParis, France | AFP | Increasing numbers of professional footballers are struggling with anxiety and depression having been forced out of action with the sport suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report by global players’ union FIFPro released on Monday.FIFPro surveyed 1,602 players across 16 countries, including England, Scotland, France, Australia and the United States, with 468 female players featured in the study.It found that 13 percent of male players surveyed, and 22 percent of female players, reported symptoms of depression. Close to one in five of both male and female players reported symptoms of anxiety.“In football, suddenly young men and women athletes are having to cope with social isolation, a suspension of their working lives and doubts about their future,” said Vincent Gouttebarge, a French former player who is FIFPro’s chief medical officer.While many countries have gone into strict lockdowns in attempts to slow the spread of Covid-19, Gouttebarge pointed out that many professional footballers live in foreign countries without family, and in many cases suffer added anxiety because of being on short-term contracts.The FIFPro survey follows an identical study undertaken in December and January which found that the percentage of players reporting symptoms of depression were much lower — just 11 percent among females and six percent among males — although it involved only 307 players. “In us performing the study and publishing these results we are very conscious that what we are communicating here is a reflection of a problem in broader society that affects many more people than our members,” said FIFPro’s General Secretary, Jonas Baer-Hoffmann.“I think the emphasis should be more on understanding that football players in general are actually more similar to average society than most people think.”Footballers in many countries have been confined to their homes with competitions having been suspended since mid-March.Discussions are ongoing among federations and governing bodies about how and when the season can resume, with Europe’s biggest leagues hopeful of starting again soon with matches behind closed doors.However, Baer-Hoffmann sounded a note of caution and dismissed suggestions that the study provided any argument for rushing back onto the field.“If we were to pressure players back in an environment where they may feel their safety is being put in danger, then it would rather add to their anxiety and concern,” he said.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Invasive Plant Species Crowding Out Native Beachgrass

first_imgBy Liz Sheehan |SANDY HOOK ­­– The American Littoral Society is asking local beachgoers to rid the beaches of an invasive plant which crowds out the native American beachgrass and other plants which protect dunes from eroding.The grass, Carex kobomugi, or Asiatic sand sedge, originally from Japan, has curly leaves, a long tap root and spreading rhizomes from which new plants grow.Tim Dillingham, executive director of the society, wants those who see the plant on the beaches to notify the group, but not to pull the plant out.He said the area from which the plant is removed has to be replanted with American beachgrass or the sedge will spring up again.American beachgrass, which is long and slender, blocks sand blown off the beach during storms, creating wider and higher dunes. Dillingham said the sedge is much shorter than the beachgrass and therefore doesn’t block the sand, allowing for dune erosion.He said there are currently no public funds available to aide in the removal of Asiatic sand sedge.SedgegrassAccording to Pim Van Hemmen, assistant director of the society, a group of volunteers from the engineering firm T&M Associates, Middletown, recently removed Asiatic sand sedge from the dunes at Sandy Hook. The dunes will be replanted with American beachgrass in the early spring.Jeff Dement, the chief naturalist for the society, said the American beachgrass had to be planted before March or April so it will be established by the summer.He said it was unclear where the Asiatic sand sedge first came to the Two River area, but that some was planted in Island Beach State Park years ago.There has also been speculation it was used as packing material in cargo from Japan, he said, but that was not confirmed.In addition to being less protective of the dunes than American beachgrass, the sedge also discourages the growth of other plants which serve as habitat and protection for small birds and monarch butterflies. Dillingham said the sedge can block the growth of goldenrod which attracts monarchs to Sandy Hook in the fall during their migration. Goldenrod supplies the butterflies with nectar on their journey to Mexico.“I think the dunes are the best protection we can build,” Dillingham said, to preserve the beaches.He said the society was working with local school systems to enlist interest in protecting the dunes, and relying on media coverage to spread the information about the problems with Asiatic sand sedge.If you notice Asiatic sand sedge at a local beach, contact the American Littoral Society at 732-291-005.This article was first published in the August 3 – 10, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Quick start powers Knights to 6-4 victory over Leafs

first_imgThree first period goals, including one by former Leaf Tanner Burns, sparked the North Okanagan Knights to a 6-4 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Nelson Leafs Friday at the NDCC Arena.The Knights, leaders of the Doug Birks Division with a 9-2-0-1 record, scored a power play goal four minutes into the contest and never looked back.Marty Saharchuk, scoring with the man advantage, Steven Pantazopoulos and Burns, with seven seconds left in the opening frame, gave the Knights a lead Okanagan squad would not relinquish.Down 3-0 after one,  Nelson tried to fight back, outscoring the Knights 3-2 in the second on two goals by captain Colton Schell and a single from Bryce Nielsen.However, the early hole was took big to climb out as the Knights matched the Leafs goal for goal.Owen Barker, Derek Andrews and Mat Lambert also scored for North Okanagan. Matthew Naka, finishing the game with two points, had the other Nelson goal. Schell led Nelson with three points.The Leafs peppered Knights goalie Dustin Nikkel with 30 shots while Cody Boeckman faced 21 in a losing cause.Nelson, losers of two straight, will try to bounce back Saturday as the Leafs host the lowly Grand Forks Border Bruins at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.The Bruins have one win in 14 games.Sunday, the Leafs travel to Spokane to meet the Braves.Nelson defeated Spokane in the only previous meeting between the two clubs, a 7-4 win October 6 at home.last_img read more

Brexit poses challenge of a lifetime to Marine sector – Pat the Cope

first_imgDonegal Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher has challenged the Government’s current state of readiness within the Marine sector for Brexit.He said the sector is the ‘poor relation’ when it comes to preparations for a post-Brexit context, as opposed to other sectors.“Yet, it is without doubt that the Irish Marine sector potentially has the most to lose if Brexit comes unstuck through present negotiations,” Deputy Gallagher said. “The Irish fish fleet depends greatly on access to UK and Scottish waters in catching their respective stocks.” The Fianna Fáil TD is calling on the Minister for the Marine and the Government to immediately summon a meeting of the entire Marine sector to deal specifically with Brexit consequences for the entire industry. “I request that the meeting focus on the potential chaos for the sector, the mayhem which will result in terms of access to UK and Scottish waters, potential for conflict at sea over fishing rights, even the threatened blockages of ports notwithstanding the massive destruction that will befall the Irish Fisheries Sector in a crash-out Brexit scenario. “Presently, with the continued uncertainty, the routine fishing patterns have already been disrupted due to fear of not knowing what is to happen in the near future,” added Pat the Cope. He said that the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine must act immediately and bring all seafood and Marine stakeholders together to set in place a forum specifically focused on Brexit.“The months ahead will be without doubt the greatest challenges to face the Irish Marine sector in our lifetimes,” concluded Pat the Cope.Brexit poses challenge of a lifetime to Marine sector – Pat the Cope was last modified: September 10th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:BrexitMarinelast_img read more


first_imgIt was finals day at the 2005 Asics Seniors NTL today and thankfully the sun was out. Any of the seniors are looking like the walking wounded, but they’re still out there running, stepping, diving over the line and the finals promised plenty of top class action. A big congratulations to the Crusaders Womens 30’s, who claimed their division and a history making title for the Crusaders! (Pictured here.) Here is a summary of each division’s play-offs, semi finals and grand finals: MENS 30’s: The Crusaders recorded an easy 9-4 win over the Cyclones in their play-off for 8th and 9th and will go through to the play off for 7th-8th against the Warriors. They then continued on to beat the Warriors 10-8 in a high scoring and exciting affair, claiming 7th position. The Southern Suns finished 5th after a 5-4 win over the Rustlers in a drop-off. In the semi finals the Scorpions and Mets played out an absolutely amazing all-Sydney affair. Down 6-3 the Scorpions looked lost, until a second half comeback saw them tie the scores at 6-6. Unfortunately for the Scorpions, the 9-8 final score saw them just short of the grand final berth. The Mets will face the South Queensland Sharks in the grand final, who ran all over their Queensland opponents, the Brisbane City Cobras 11-1. The grand final started with a bang, the Sharks scoring through Andrew Willet on their first set of six touches, before the Mets hit straight back on their first set to even the game at 1-1 after just one and a half minutes. It then became 2-1 as Mets’ Captain, Garry Sonda, dived past two Sharks’ defenders to score for his side. Just before half time Willet struck again for the Queenslanders to take it to 2-2, before the Mets struck back for a 3-2 half time lead. The Mets pulled away in the second half, winning 7-4 and winning their third title in a row. Grand Final: Sydney Mets (7) def South Queensland Sharks (4) Scorers: Mets (Sonda 2, Danswan, Farhat, Ryan, Burnard, McLeod) Sharks (Willet 2, Hope, Foster) Player of the Final: Garry Sonda (Mets) Player of the Series: Jason Yee (Mets) MENS 35′: The Warriors qualified for the play off for 7th, after a 7-2 win over the Rustlers in the 8th-9th play off and will now face the Suns. The grand final for the Mens 35’s will be between traditional rivals the Sydney Mets and the Sydney Scorpions, who both qualified for the grand final after comfortable semi final victories. The Scorpions beat the North Queensland Cyclones 8-4 and the Mets held off the Sharks 7-3. The Sydney Mets and Sydney Scorpions have contested the past three grand finals with 2002 and 2004 going to the Scorpions. The Mets won in 2003 and repeated that this year, when they defeated the Scorpions 6-5 in today’s final. The Scorpions were 6-3 down with just over five minutes to go, but fought back to bring the score to 6-5 and gave themselves a chance to win but were unable to cross the Mets’ line again for the game saving score. Grand Final: Sydney Mets (6) def Sydney Scorpions (5) Scorers: Mets (Latoa, Velo, Hatti, Moujalli, Negus, Ferro) Scorpions (Biskup 2, Duguid, Stergio, Mahony) Player of the Final: Paul Forbes (Mets) Player of the Series: Andrew Yiangou (Mets) MENS 40’s: The Rustlers qualified for the play off for 7th-8th after a 7-3 win over the Warriors. The semi finals in the Mens 40’s were both fairly comfortable, the Scorpions recording a 6-2 win over defending Champions the Northern Eagles and the Sharks running in a 10-4 win over the Southern Suns. The Sydney Scorpions, led by ex-NRL legend Cliff Lyons, the Sorpions grabbed an early lead, with the Sharks quick to respond. There was no more than two touchdowns separating the sides at any time and it was often scored on a one for one basis. The final score was 5-4, a win for the Scorpions to erase the memories of their runner up finish in 2004. Grand Final: Sydney Scorpions (5) def South Queensland Sharks (4) Scorers: Scorpions (Cheung 2, Collins, Gillard, Meuller) Sharks (Shaw 2, Womersley, Groth) Player of the Final: Jeff Cheung (Scorpions) Player of the Series: Wayne Moore (Sharks) MENS 45’s: The ACT Men made it through to the play off for 7th after beating the Sharks 4-3 in a drop off. In the semi finals of the Mens 45’s, the Sydney Mets and Scorpions fought their match right into a drop off, the Mets emerging eventual winners 5-4. They will face the Cobras, who scraped through to the grand final 3-2 over the Northern Eagles. With both semi finals being so close, it is obvious the Mens 45’s has been one of the toughest divisions at the 2005 NTL. The Brisbane Cobras have been the side to beat in the Mens 45’s all week. They only allowed seven touchdowns to be scored against them in the round matches. However, in the grand final they jumped to a quick lead against the Mets and held on for a 6-3 win. Grand Final: Brisbane City Cobras (6) def Sydney Mets (3) Scorers: Cobras (Young 4, Thoars, Baartz) Mets (Brennan 2, Snook) Player of the Final: Bill McLean (Cobras) Player of the Series: Gary Simmons (Scorpions) MENS 50’s: In the Mens 50’s the Southern Suns finished 7th and the Cyclones 8th after a 6-5 win in their play off. The Rustlers claimed 5th spot, leaving the Cobras in 6th spot after a close 3-2 win in their play off. The Mets will face the Hornets in the grand final, after the Hornets won 4-1 over the local Northern Eagles and the Mets had a close 7-5 win over the South Queensland Sharks. Grand Final: Hunter Western Hornets (4) def Sydney Mets (1) Scorers: Hornets (Wondergem, Flowers, Healey, Grant) Mets (Foxe) Player of the Final: Len Blakeney (Hornets) Player of the Series: Michael Gallagher (Hornets) WOMENS 30’s: In the Womens 30’s, the Suns and Mets qualified for the semi finals after beating the Cobras and Rustlers in the qualifying finals. The Crusaders qualified for the grand final after a 6-4 win over the Southern Suns and the Scorpions will be their opponents after a 3-1 win over the Mets. The Crusaders and Scorpions drew in the round matches and it will surely be a cracker of a grand final. After taking an early 2-0 lead, the Scorpions found themselves on the back foot, down 4-2 just after half time. With the scores at 5-3, the Scorpions gave everything to bring it back to 5-4 before the Crusaders survived the final onslaught to hold onto the title. A history making effort for the Crusaders! Grand Final: Crusaders (5) def Scorpions (4) Scorers: Crusaders (Lang, Field, Dracup, Briscoe, Savvoudis) Scorpions (Collins 2, Hornery, Steinhardt) Player of the Final: Tracey Frith (Crusaders) Player of the Series: Jody English (Scorpions) WOMENS 35’s: The Hornets and Southern Suns are through to the grand final after the Hornets ended the run of the Cyclones 7-2 and the Suns beat the Sharks 3-0. The Hunter Western Hornets made it two titles for the Hornets cheer squad, after winning the Mens 50’s they followed it up with a 3-1 victory over the Southern Suns. They scored inside the first two minutes and had control of the match from there on in. Grand Final: Hunter Western Hornets (3) def Southern Suns (1) Scorers: Hornets (Howard, Ross, Allard) Suns (Mounsey) Player of the Final: Debbie Potts (Hornets) Player of the Series: Debbie Potts (Hornets) WOMENS 40’s: In the play off for 5th the Hornets easily accounted for the Rustlers 8-0 and it will be a Scorpions v Cyclones grand final after the Scorpions had a 7-1 in over the Cobras, while the Cyclones won a close match 3-2 over the Northern Eagles. It was a disappointing end for the Eagles, 2004 runners up. First time grand finalists the Cyclones faced defending champions the Scorpions in the Womens 40’s grand final. Unfortunately for the Cyclones, they were not strong enough to match the defending champions, losing 4-1. The Cyclones evened the scores at 1-1 mid way through the first half but were unable to match them in the second half. Grand Final: Sydney Scorpions (4) def North Queensland Cyclones (1) Scorers: Scorpions (Forlonge 2, Patterson, Rose) Cyclones (Wilcox) Player of the Final: Carol Forlonge (Sydney Scorpions) Player of the Series: Michelle Smidt (Sydney Scorpions) By Rachel Moyle, [email protected]last_img read more

10 months agoWest Ham’s two goal Arnautovic hails spirit for Brighton draw

first_imgWest Ham’s two goal Arnautovic hails spirit for Brighton drawby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham’s two goal Marko Arnautovic praised their team spirit after drawing 2-2 with Brighton.But the 29-year-old was disappointed he and his teammates could not take the win in Wednesday’s match but was satisfied with how the side fought back from going behind. “I’m very pleased that we’ve come back from two goals down,” Arnautovic said. “I think we didn’t play the football we wanted to play and we know that Brighton are a threat from set-pieces. We lost two goals from set-pieces but we kept believing. After those two goals, it was a good performance. “I don’t know what we started so late but we started to play good football, started to attack and press them high, and scored two goals. I think we had some chances to win the game but we couldn’t take them.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

6 days agoBournemouth captain Francis: Howe would suit England

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth captain Francis: Howe would suit Englandby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth captain Simon Francis says manager Eddie Howe can coach England in the future.Francis is one of those who have made the journey from League One with Howe, who he believes would make a perfect successor to Gareth Southgate as England coach. But not yet.He told the Daily Express: “Eddie would be suited to the England job – but further down the line.“His sole aim right now is to be as successful as he can with Bournemouth. We were 9th a couple of seasons ago – and this squad is much better.“He will know that. He still has targets in mind, where he wants us to finish, what he wants to do before he thinks about going.“Eddie deserves a chance. I would love to see him one day – not anytime that I am still here – go and manage a top team, because he would be successful. He has everything.” last_img read more