Homeless families moving from Cork to Limerick in search of accommodation

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick on Covid watch list Twitter Print Facebook Limerick county house prices to rise 5% in 2021 Marion Browne and Edel Conlon at the launch of the Threshold advice clinic on Tuesday.Photo: Keith WisemanHOMELESS families from North Cork are migrating to Limerick in search of hotel and guesthouse accommodation due to a lack of available beds in their area, according to a senior manager with national housing charity Threshold.Unlike other areas, Limerick has seen a number of homeless service agencies set up in the city to provide relief to those caught up in the ongoing housing crisis.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up However, according to Threshold, local services are under pressure due to increased demand from across the province.The charity has expanded its outreach services to try to meet the growing demand at a weekly clinic, held every Tuesday, which is being facilitated at the Citizens Information Services building on Henry Street.Limerick is facing “huge issues in the private rented sector,” said Threshold’s Southern Regional Manager Edel Conlon.To help cope with demand for those seeking to get on the property ladder, Threshold expanded its outreach services to Limerick city on Tuesday.Based on the Limerick Citizens Information Services building on Henry Street, the charity is providing a weekly advice clinic for tenants facing difficulties renting in the private sector.Ms Conlon said that Threshold dealt with 175 cases in Limerick in the first five months of this year, adding that “59 of those related to tenancy termination cases, so this is concerning”.“We have unfortunately had to turn down a few requests to represent tenants in Limerick” due to demand, and “ideally we would like to have a full—time office here in Limerick”.She warned that there is “not enough places to meet the need” of families entering homelessness.And the problem is spreading.“There are people accommodated all around the Munster and the Limerick area, in hotels and B&Bs. I know in North Cork they are finding it very difficult to find hotels and B&Bs for families who have become homeless. Those families are actually even travelling to hotels in Limerick to be accommodated.”Citing the recent experience of a homeless family in Cork who had to vacate their hotel room as it was booked to accommodate people attending a concert, she added: “This is the time of the year where there is a lot happening over the summer months, and unfortunately, families are going to be moving from one B&B to the next.“It’s extremely stressful for people in the private rented sector at the moment, because of the fear of having to face into that,” she explained. TAGSHousingLimerick City and CountyNews TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! WhatsAppcenter_img Previous articleHow To Beat The 3pm Slump in WorkNext articlePodcast: Taking burlesque to the ‘Wild Atlantic Cabaret’ #WeAreLimerick David Raleigh Mortgage payment break for local authority home loan borrowers will be extended by a further three months Limerick city house prices rise 4.9% as time to sell falls NewsHousingHomeless families moving from Cork to Limerick in search of accommodationBy David Raleigh – June 17, 2019 599 Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Linkedin Email Advertisementlast_img read more

Aaron Tveit to Take It Off in Broadway Full Monty Revival

first_img Tveit will play a Buffalo dad who is just scraping by until he gathers a band of buddies to start a stripping troupe. OK, enough with the charade… Sadly, we’re just kidding! HAPPY APRIL FOOLS’ DAY! View Comments Broadway hottie Aaron Tveit is finally giving fans what they want, taking it all off as a working-class stripper in a revival of the musical The Full Monty, which is planning to play a limited engagement on the Great White Way this summer.last_img

Man injured in farming accident

first_imgBrookville, IN—Wednesday evening deputies with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department responded to a farm on Holland Road to the report of a farming accident.  Upon arrival, deputies found John J. Selm,72, of Brookville, with multiple injuries.  They were able to determine that Selm had been run over by a silage wagon.  Deputies are still investigating the cause of the accident.Selm was flown by helicopter to University Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, for treatment of injuries sustained in the accident.last_img

Badminton News Saina Nehwal, Sameer Verma to fight at Korea Open; Srikanth withdraws

first_imgSeoul: Saina Nehwal and Sameer Verma will look to put their best foot forward when they lead Indian challenge at the USD 600,000 Korea Open World Tour Super 500 tournament beginning here Tuesday. Saina, who had skipped the Japan Open earlier this month after winning a bronze at 18th Asian Games, will look to get over the disappointment of her first-round exit at China last week when she takes on Korean Kim Hyo Min.Fifth seeded Saina, ranked 10th in the world, has done well in the major events this year, grabbing a second gold at Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and a bronze at the Jakarta Asian Games. But the Indian has been inconsistent in the BWF events.Also read | J&K: Soldier martyred, three militants killed in anti-infiltration operation in KupwaraSaina, who had reached the finals at the USD 350,000 Indonesia Masters in January, was ousted by Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun last week at China and will have a tough task at hand as she is likely to face third seed Japanese Nozomi Okuhara in the quarterfinals.In men’s singles, Sameer Verma will carry the Indian flag after Kidambi Srikanth pulled out after playing back-to-back tournaments in Japan and China in the last two weeks.Sameer has been troubled by injuries but he has done well when he has been fit, winning titles at Swiss Open in February and Hyderabad Open early this month.The 23-year-old Dhar, who had finished runners-up at 2016 Hong Kong Open, will play Denmark’s Anders Antonsen in his opening match.He had beaten the Danish shuttler at India Open in January this year. If the Indian crosses the opening round, he is expected to meet reigning world champion Kento Momota of Japan.Also read | Bigg Boss 12: Shivashish Mishra is not just a businessmanYoung women’s shuttler Vaishnavi Reddy Jakka will also compete in the tournament, taking on formidable sixth seed Beiwen Zhang of USA in the opening round.Among others, Ajay Jayaram will take on China’s Zhao Junpeng in the qualifiers. Young Vaidehi Choudhari and Mugdha Agrey will also compete at the women’s singles qualifying round. For all the Latest Sports News News, Badminton News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

USC professors create educational DVD

first_imgWith the goal of teaching a wide array of students basic information about biology and genetics, two USC professors produced an educational DVD titled A Tale of Two MAO Genes: Exploring the Biology and Culture of Aggression and Anxiety.Marsha Kinder, a professor in the School of Cinematic Arts, and Jean Shih, a professor in the School of Pharmacy created the interactive DVD, which has also been translated into Mandarin for a students in Taiwan and Beijing.Shih began using the DVD in her classes this semester, but Kinder said that they are still waiting to hear what students think about the DVD.“USC should be a place where we have an institute of a collaboration of science and the arts,” Kinder said.The two professors are the only two female “University Professors” at USC, a title given to recognize faculty for doing innovative interdisciplinary research.Their goal was to teach students basic information about biology and genetics, as well as talk about Shih’s story and her career. Kinder and Shih wanted to make science education more compelling and more engaging to students, Kinder said.“It’s taken us a long time to make this,” Kinder said. “We saw this as a model, and indeed now USC is doing a lot of projects [similar to this.]”The pair proposed the project in 2005, and received funding from then-provost Lloyd Armstrong and started working on the project in 2006.The project focuses on Shih’s 30 years of research on an important pair of brain enzymes, the MAO A and MAO B (monoamine oxidase) genes, which help control aggression and anxiety in mice. Kinder said they not only wanted to focus on biological information, but cultural aspects of the target audience as well.“We like to present these findings artistically, at a level which students and the general public will understand and will be benefited from them,” Shih said.The DVD not only comes from a collaboration of Kinder and Shih, but also from The Labyrinth Project at the School of Cinematic Arts and The Shih Brain Research Laboratory at the School of Pharmacy. In 1997 Kinder founded the Labyrinth Project, a research initiative on database narrative and digital scholarship, which has produced 12 projects similar to this so far.Kinder and Shih wrote the content of the DVD together, and the animation was done by the students. According to Kinder, the two key artists in the group were Kristy Kang and Rosemary Comelia.The DVD, which contains six hours of content, was made to be interactive and simple to use. Kinder said that they wanted the DVD to be utilized at many different levels, including middle school, high school, undergraduate and graduate school.PDFs of articles related to the topics are also available.“[People are] absorbing the information in modular units, with a glossary, outline and video clips all in the same screen,” Kinder said. “There’s a glossary as the video clips are going. You can stop at any point and look at the glossary and definition [of a term related to the clip.]”The images in the DVD are presented in a variety of ways. There are live action shots, such as when Shih is in the lab with fighting mice, as well as 3D images and cartoon-like images. Kinder said the animator worked hard to understand what the images were supposed to look.“What people generally say about [the images] are that they are very beautiful and they are also very rigorously accurate,” Kinder said. “It’s the idea that the issues of representation are very important in science and in art.”One part of the DVD features the ethics of science, which is set up as a quiz in order to provoke classroom discussions. This area also features differing views on issues of religion and philosophy. Faculty in the departments of religion, philosophy and medical school are featured in the DVD.In 2007, the National Conference of China invited Kinder and Shih to present their DVD. After the presentation, they received a grant from the National Council of Taiwan to collaborate with a Taiwanese university to create a Mandarin version.“This innovative science education tool is powerful, it is more effective and interactive,” Shih said. “I hope it will stimulate students’ interest in science and will help them to make their career choice.”last_img read more

University of the People offers online education for all

first_imgUniversity of the People president (UoPeople) and founder, Shai Reshef, is in South Africa to offer at least 100 deserving high school students scholarships to the university. President Shai Reshef in Haiti. So far, students from 138 countries have been accepted into the university, with 1 000 more expected from Africa in 2014. Classes are held online, and are small, with just 20-30 students per class.(Images: Shai Reshef)MEDIA CONTACTS• Kirsty Thompson Integrate Marketing CommunicationsWatt Communications+27 11 425 6290RELATED ARTICLES• Education in South Africa • Zuma: South Africa to meet 2015 education goal • South Africa prioritises quality education • Unisa stands proud at 140 years • South Africa’s mother tongue education challengeMelissa Jane CookUniversity of the People president (UoPeople) and founder, Shai Reshef, is in South Africa to offer at least 100 deserving high school students scholarships to the university.The University of the People is a non-profit, tuition-free, online university that provides tertiary education to qualified high school graduates.Reshef says, “University is expensive and there are a lot of factors that can deny an individual access, including financial, geographic, societal, or personal constraints.”Earlier this year, UoPeople announced a drive to expand its footprint by reaching out to African students.Commemorating International Youth Day on August 12, Microsoft announced that the university would be its first implementing partner for its 4Afrika scholarship programme, which, in addition to providing funds for students at UoPeople, will provide mentorship, leadership and technical training, certification, and employment opportunities for at least 1 000 promising African students.Microsoft employees will mentor students, who can expect internships and job opportunities within the company and its more than 10 000 partners across Africa.“We are also seeking out other corporations that may take up the challenge to sponsor more students in Africa and we anticipate that South Africa will be a major source country for our scholarship programmes,” said Reshef.So far, students from 138 countries have been accepted into the university, with 1 000 more expected from Africa in 2014. Classes are held online, and are small, with just 20-30 students per class.Reshef says, “University of the People is opening its doors to South African students and is engaging with many other corporates and funding institutions to implement similar programmes, which will level the playing field for talented young African minds who might not otherwise have the resources, enabling them to have access to education and skills for accelerated economic development in Africa.”Education to change the worldFounded in 2009, UoPeople has partnered with several corporates, and educational institutions such as Yale University for research, and New York University, to accept students. The university works with Microsoft on scholarships and has access to its certificate programmes, mentoring, internships and employment opportunities; and with Hewlett-Packard (HP) for general support, scholarships for women, and internships.Reshef admits there “are not enough women in these programmes. Only about 25% are women and in sub-Saharan Africa, only about 10%. HP and Microsoft are very supportive of women joining the online programmes”.The organisation has gained widespread support from leading academics with its President’s Council chaired by New York University President John Sexton and including Oxford Vice-Chancellor Sir Colin Lucas; rector emeritus of the Academy of Paris, Michèle Gendreau-Massaloux; and Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks, among others. The university is also supported by The Gates Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation, the Hewlett Foundation and companies such as Google, Western Union and Estée Lauder. Its page on social networking site Facebook has more than a million supporters.“Increasing access to post-secondary education in Africa will create a significant impact on the African youth. By empowering them to be the future generation leaders of their communities, countries and the continent, equipped with world-class education, we believe they will be able to take Africa to its rightful place on the world stage” says Reshef.Named a top 100 Global Thinker of 2012 by Foreign Policy magazine, Reshef has 20 years’ experience in education entrepreneurship. He has been named one of business magazine Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business, joined the United Nations’s information technology development department as a high-level advisor, was selected by the Huffington Post readership as an Ultimate Game Changer in Education, and nominated as one of technology magazine Wired’s 50 People Changing the World.Reshef says: “I want to impact the world through education. If you educate one individual you can change a life; if you educate many you can change the world.”Reshef says that by 2025 more than one million people will be deprived of education as there are not enough facilities, and no place for prospective candidates, but that everything needed to make higher learning accessible is available on the internet; “There is no better invention than online studying – the ability to enable people and offer education for all.“There is no discrimination at this university, there is room for everyone. It’s a viable option that can suit many that are unable to be on a tertiary campus.”last_img read more

Inclusion of players of Asian origin brings sweeping change in English cricket

first_imgUsman AfzaalThe England cricket team’s tour of India is a tour of several firsts, not only because this is the first England tour to India in eight years but also because it is the first time England is travelling with three players for whom India is foreign yet somehow familiar.Captain,Usman AfzaalThe England cricket team’s tour of India is a tour of several firsts, not only because this is the first England tour to India in eight years but also because it is the first time England is travelling with three players for whom India is foreign yet somehow familiar.Captain Nasser Hussain and batsmen Mark Ramprakash and Usman Afzaal found themselves in the news when a row erupted over whether the tour should go on or not. All three are of Asian origin: Hussain was born in Chennai in 1968, Ramprakash’s father hails from’ Guyana in the West Indies, but the surname is a give away to his origins, and Afzaal is the most-recently arrived: born in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, he moved to England at the age of five.When the question of whether England should tour India or not came up, these three became the object of all the attention. When they come to India, they will receive more of it than their peers because of their names, their histories and their public statements on the tour.Hussain, captain of the English team, was in the tightest of spots, having to counsel but not pressurise his teammates on what he sees as a landmark tour. He wrote in his newspaper column, “I am the England captain, it is the greatest honour and not something you pick and choose whether you take up or not. It is also the greatest ambition of my father, Joe, to watch me play and captain England in a Test match in the country of his birth. And third, and most important to me, India is the soul of world cricket.”This will not be Hussain or Ramprakash’s first trip to India, both men having toured separately – Hussain for a one-day tournament in 1989-90, and Ramprakash with the England-A team in 1994-95. Afzaal, 23, is a first-timer on tour for the senior England team, but the presence of the three together is being perceived as a shift in the kind of teams the Old Country will put out in the future.advertisementEngland has witnessed a rise in Asian players in county cricket as well as in its national team. Andrew Walpole, spokesperson of the England and Wales Cricket Board, says that the presence of many players of Asian origin in domestic cricket is “a testament of changing times. In the past couple of years, Essex has seen a major rise in the number of Asian youngsters in the under-15 groups. Under-16 players Nadeem Malik and Bilal Sahayal from Nottinghamshire are success stories.” Hussain is from Essex too where his father Joe (Jawad) Hussain runs the Ilford Cricket School.Nasser HussainHussain’s ascent to the England captaincy has been a watershed event in English cricket and Hussain Sr told INDIA TODAY, “It’s been huge.Of 50 kids who come to my school, 40 will be from an Asian background. It’s like cricket is in their blood.” In the past two seasons, players like Vikram Solanki and Owais Shah have been called up to play for England and the number, believes Hussain Sr, is going to increase. “The kids are so keen. An England team with one-third Asian boys is bound to take the field one day.” It is his son who has shown how it can be done: Hussain has led England teams right from his juniors, moving on to England-A (the second string developmental teams that tour every year) before turning into an aggressive England captain with four straight Test series victories, under his belt including on tour in Pakistan and Sri Lanka.New man Afzaal is naturally resolute, “If you are good enough and put in hard work you can break into the English team.” Already tagged the “only practising Muslim” on the England team, Afzaal is a left-hand bat and part-time left-arm spinner from Nottinghamshire, who made his debut in the Ashes series this summer.The only Nottinghamshire batsman to score 1,000 runs in the county summer last season, Afzaal averaged 44.26, and was a member of the England “A” tour to the West Indies before he made his debut for his adopted country, to whom he says he is “wholly committed”.Afzaal says he had little apprehensions about touring India and appears bursting with enthusiasm at the prospect. “I am looking forward to playing in India. The subcontinent has world class players. Sourav Ganguly is fantastic, Rahul Dravid is brilliant. It will be a challenge.The wickets will turn,” he says. He adds that he hopes to “entertain” something which few English cricket teams of the recent past can lay claim to. One writer summarised the contemporary image of English cricket on India, “The general feeling in the world’s most cricket-mad country is that the West Indies comes to party and play, the Australians extend the hand of friendship with visits to local schools and charities, and the other cricket-playing countries just get on with the job. advertisementMark RamprakashThe English, however, are aloof, arrogant and do nothing but complain when it comes to touring India.” When the England team lands in India this time, it will be difficult for them to shake off the impression that they are constantly looking over their shoulder. Hussain’s clear understanding of the situation may help: “One thing I would like to make clear is that the problems were to do with the world situation, not questioning India as a tour venue.”Ramprakash was among the first few on the current team to try and shrug off the security fears on the tour of India. His wife Vandana is expecting their second child, (they have a four-year-old daughter) but the Surrey batsman earned plenty of points for his common sense when he said his wife and he felt “being in London and England presents much more of a risk than being in India.There’s probably more danger going to Heathrow or in using the tube than in visiting Bangalore and Mumbai.” It is now obvious Ramprakash and Afzaal will not be reluctant tourists. Ramprakash, going on to 32 now, is still looking to cement his place in the England middle order. Afzaal, just starting out, knows that the best place to make an impression in this new England team is on tour, where the best of records and reputations can come horribly unstuck. Hussain has wisely stayed away from discussing his “Asian origin” or sense of ethnic identity. In India, he will be surrounded by it at a personal and a public level.”Nasser has had no conflict ever about who he is,” says Hussain Sr. “He is very proud to play for England and is proud to be from India.” Known as a hard-nosed and pragmatic individual as much as a batsman, Hussain will not be swept away. The cricket will be as tough as usual. But he will perhaps know a few fleeting moments on this tour which will blur the difference between going away and coming home.with Sharda Ugralast_img read more

Pellegrinis agent denies United links

first_imgAccording to the agent of AS Roma star Lorenzo Pellegrini, “only thinking about Roma” and not interested in a move to Manchester United.Pellegrini has a £27m release clause in his contract and Jose Mourinho is reportedly interested in signing the 22-year-old Italy international after an impressive start to the season.However, his agent Giampiero Pocetta was quick to rubbish reports linking Pellegrini to the Red Devils in the January transfer window.“I’m sorry that rumors have spread about financial aspects relating to him and his team-mates, that for Lorenzo have never been important,” Pocetta told Corriere Dello Sport.“He doesn’t live for meetings, especially financial ones.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“He’s getting what he deserves on the pitch, and the rumors about the transfer market have never distracted him nor disturbed him.“Pellegrini is only thinking about improving with, and for, Roma.“These issues don’t count, for now, it’s normal that Pellegrini is liked. Lorenzo is happy though, he’s already chosen Roma once.“Then, when it’s time, we’ll sit down with Monchi [Roma sporting director] again.”last_img read more

Defiant Ranieri vows to never give up

first_imgAfter their 2-1 loss at Turf Moor on Saturday, Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri says his team will not “give up” as they look set for a relegation battle.Fulham lost 2-1 at Burnley as they conceded two unfortunate own goals from Joe Bryan and Denis Odoi after Andre Schurrle had given them the lead in the second minute.Their 14th defeat of the Premier League season has left them five points off Premier League safety, but Ranieri has vowed to keep fighting.“It’s unbelievable. Football is fantastic,” he told Sky Sports.Burnley FC v Manchester City - Premier LeagueMatch Preview: Burnley vs Liverpool Boro Tanchev – August 30, 2019 Premier League leaders Liverpool travel to Burnley for the Matchday 4 of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign.“I think we deserved more than the draw but as for the football we scored early and played well.“They had three chances and scored two own goals. It’s unbelievable. We can draw the match in the first half but we hit the crossbar. In the second half, they save on the line. It’s a bad moment but we are alive.“We never give up. We continue to fight.”last_img read more

Klopp hails Liverpools proper warriors in Premier League title battle

first_imgLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp branded his players as “proper warriors” after overcoming a difficult challenge from Crystal Palace to earn a 4-3 win on Saturday as the Premier League title battle intensifiesThe Reds’ title credentials were handed an unlikely test by Palace, who defeated Manchester City last month, over the weekend with the Eagles taking the lead at Anfield through Andros Townsend before James Tomkins cancelled out Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino’s goals to equalise for the visitors.But three goals very late into the game secured Liverpool a thrilling 4-3 win through goals from Sadio Mane and James Milner, with Max Meyer pegging one back for Palace.The victory enabled Liverpool to maintain their four-point cushion over City, who beat Huddersfield Town 3-0 on Sunday, and Klopp was thrilled with the fighting spirit his side displayed against Palace.“These boys are ready to do that, they are real fighters. It’s a bunch of proper warriors – I love that. They all stick their leg in or whatever,” Klopp told the club website.“If you would have seen Millie sitting in the dressing room, completely frustrated obviously because of the [red] card but both knees bleeding – where can you get that from on that fantastic pitch?“It was a really hard-fought victory. It’s so cool. It’s just nice then to see the faces of all the people [in the crowd]. You are close enough, you go there and see the happy faces. That’s cool.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.But the German does anticipate more tests to come Liverpool’s way as the season goes on as the club chases a first league title since 1990.“That’s December. January is not that much,” added Klopp.“That’s not the problem; the boys could play from [the mind] now pretty much every second day. They are really in it.“We had to come through the centre-half situation and that somehow worked out; then the full-back situation worked out somehow so far. That’s intense. In midfield, Gini is not in so you cannot make the changes you want.“We need to make sure we are ready. If you remember the first game against Crystal Palace – wow, what a difficult game; Brighton at home, a very difficult game. We had these in the first part of the season as well.“The games will stay difficult, there’s no doubt about that. But the boys showed again they are ready to fight each battle, wherever we go. That’s good.”last_img read more