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

Bon Iver Announces 2019 U.S. Summer Tour Dates

first_imgIndie folk outfit Bon Iver has announced a small batch of 2019 U.S. summer tour dates, slated for August 31st through September 6th.The band fronted by Justin Vernon will open up the summer run at Missoula, MT’s KettleHouse Amphitheater on August 31st, along with special guests The Indigo Girls. Bon Iver will be joined by special guest Sharon Van Etten at the remaining shows, with performances at Vail, CO’s Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater (9/2); Morrison, CO’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre (9/3); and George, WA’s George Amphitheatre on September 6th.Related: Dead & Company Welcome Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon At Alpine Valley Closer Boniver.org fan club presale tickets will be available for purchase with a unique code. Assigned codes can be found by registering for or logging in to an existing account here. Registered members will have access to purchase tickets starting tomorrow, Wednesday, May 15th at 10 a.m. local time.Remaining tickets will be available to the general public on Friday, May 17th at 10 a.m. local time. Head to Bon Iver’s website for more information.last_img read more

Adelphi’s President Scott Steps Down After Turning the University Around

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York [dropcap]A[/dropcap]fter steering Adelphi University for 15 years as president, Robert Scott leaves the institution in far better shape than he found it. To call what he did on the Garden City campus a great turnaround would not be hype. The fate of this Long Island gem of higher learning looked dubious at best when he took over in July 2000.“I was the sixth president in three and a half years,” says Scott, who’d previously been president of Ramapo College, a public liberal arts institution in New Jersey, and deputy commissioner of higher education for both New Jersey and Indiana.Freshmen enrollment had dropped in half and half the resident halls were empty. Adelphi’s trustees were discussing whether to rent them out to another school or even merge with another institution. They were also considering whether to drop majors in philosophy, anthropology, sociology, physics and chemistry.“When I got into the mix, I said to them, ‘If you want a new president, don’t do any of those things; and if you do them, you’re not going to get a new president,’” Scott recalled telling the trustees. They agreed with him and postponed taking these draconian measures. Their prudence was well rewarded.“Within three years we not only filled the dormitories, which had been half empty,” said Scott, “we made plans to build a new residence hall. Since then, we’ve built yet another one and renovated the others.”Thursday’s commencement was Scott’s last as president. According to the university, he’s shaken more than 15,000 graduates’ hands. At a ceremony two years ago he awarded an honorary degree to Roosevelt rapper Chuck D, whose professors more likely remembered him as Carlton D. Ridenhour, class of 1984. After Scott vacates his office in July, Christine M. Riordan, currently the provost of the University of Kentucky, will become the first woman to lead Adelphi in its 118-year history.Founded in 1863 as a private prep school in Brooklyn, Adelphi Academy didn’t start on the path to what it is today until 1893 when Charles H. Levermore became its leader. He established Adelphi College, a coeducational institution, three years later, thanks to a charter granted by the Board of Regents of the State of New York. Eventually the college split off from the prep school and moved to Garden City, a new planned community, where it broke ground on its future campus in 1928.Early on, Adelphi established itself as an innovator in public health and the arts, establishing one of the first public nursing programs in the country under Mildred Montag as well as one of the first dance departments at an American university, becoming home to modern dance pioneer Ruth St. Denis and later choreographer and performer Paul Taylor.The university’s graduates run the gamut, from Gary Dell’Abate, ’83, producer for The Howard Stern Show to Alice Hoffman, ’73, New York Times best-selling author, and Jonathan Larson, ’82, author of Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway musical, RENT.The roster also includes:Kevin Mawae, M.A. ’06, the former president of National Football League Players Association and a former New York Jet;Robert Darling, ’81, former White House physician to President Bill Clinton;Tom Donohue, M.B.A. ’65, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce;Carmen Ortiz, ’78, U.S. Attorney in Massachusetts;Charles Fuschillo, ’83, former NY State Senator;Gregory Meeks, ’75, the current U.S. Representative for New York’s 5th congressional district, which includes Queens and a sliver of Nassau.During Scott’s tenure, undergraduate enrollment has grown nearly 65 percent with students from 45 countries and total enrollment has increased by 48 percent; 300 new faculty have been hired and dozens of new programs and services have been added, including internships in non-profit groups through the Community Fellow Program, which he initiated, and growing partnerships with the North Shore-LIJ Health System, Catholic Charities Diocese of Rockville Centre; and the Northport VA Medical Center. On his watch, he expanded the university’s honors college and launched the Levermore Global Scholars program, as well as getting Adelphi recognized as a non-governmental organization (NGO) by the UN’s department of public information. Its physics department has received funding from the National Science Foundation, NASA, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, to name a few. In a decade the endowment has tripled to more than $175 million and total assets have grown to $500 million.In 2002, he oversaw the first new construction on the Garden City campus in more than 30 years. Since then, more than $250 million of construction and renovation has been completed, totaling more than 500,000 square feet. Right outside his office window, Scott could watch the new 100,000-square-foot Nexus Building and Welcome Center rise from the ground. Slated to open this fall, it will become the state-of-the-art home for the renamed College of Nursing and Public Health, as well as the Center for Health Innovation, including new labs and training facilities. It replaces the old school of nursing building which was dedicated in 1944 by Eleanor Roosevelt.When he took office, he said he had a mantra.“Enrollment is everybody’s job if everybody is to have a job,” he explained. “That meant everybody, whether it’s the front desk or the front of the classroom or the front of the line at commencement. Everybody had to think about enrollment.”Today total enrollment is more than 8,000 students. This year, Adelphi had record numbers of applicants.“Most come from the four counties of Long Island,” he joked, including Brooklyn and Queens as well as Nassau and Suffolk counties.Scott said that 87 percent of those accepted get some student aid; 10 percent of the undergrads are from families with annual incomes less than $12,000; 25 percent are from families who earn $30,000 or less and 40 percent are from families who earn $60,000 or less.”“Our tuition is 25 percent less than Hofstra and St. John’s,” said Scott. “This is a great progressive place.”Today he says proudly that he leaves Adelphi University in “very strong shape.”His legacy will certainly be remembered more fondly than one of his more notorious predecessors, Peter Diamandopoulos, who was fired in 1997 after serving 12 years. His turbulent tenure was tainted with conflict of interest allegations and concerns about his perks, which included an $80,000 Mercedes-Benz and a $1.5-million Manhattan apartment in addition to his on-campus house, as reported in Newsday. At his peak, Diamandopoulos was the second highest paid college president in America, earning more than half a million dollars annually.Ahead of him on the salary list was then-Boston University president John Silber, who was also on the Adelphi board of trustees and a staunch defender of his compensation package. As an example of his lavish life style, at one point Diamandopoulos and Silber spent $455 on wine and cognac at a Manhattan venue and charged it to Adelphi. Perhaps they were discussing the finer points of Immanuel Kant, since Silber was a noted scholar of the modern German philosopher, but regardless, the faculty, staff and alumni had had enough. They filed a complaint with the New York attorney general, who turned the matter over to the State Board of Regents. They dumped Diamandopoulos and removed the trustees so the university could start anew. But stability was still not in the cards.After a nationwide search, Matthew Goldstein, then president of CUNY’s Baruch College in Manhattan, replaced Adelphi’s ousted leader, but didn’t stay long. In 10 months, he was gone, becoming CUNY chancellor. Several other men came and went before Scott threw his hat in the ring.“I said I’d never go to another institution,” said Scott with a smile as he relaxed in a sofa chair in his presidential office, pausing from packing up his belongings before the commencement ceremonies. Once he learned about Adelphi through the brother of a very good friend of his and his wife’s who was a history professor at the university, he became fascinated with its history and decided to apply for the job.Propped up against the bookshelves behind him were an impressive array of framed photographs in bubble wrap, all taken by Scott and earmarked for storage until October when he’ll have a solo show at the Huntington Arts Council. There was still a colorful display of his work on the walls. An accomplished photographer, Scott is represented by galleries in Manhattan and Garden City. On campus, he’s also appeared in three theatrical productions, including Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town,” in which he played the undertaker Joe Stoddard. He loved the experience.Art and science are integral to Scott’s view of a liberal arts education. “I think of it as liberating students from their provincial origins, no matter where they are,” he told the Press. In recognition of the president’s artistic priorities, music professor Paul Moravec, who’s also a Pulitizer Prize-winning composer, created an exclusive composition for Scott called, “Grace Comes by Art,” and presented it at his recent birthday celebration last month at the Performing Arts Center on campus. In turn, Scott had the score framed and gave Moravec one to hang on his walls.Starting this summer he’ll be working on a couple of projects as a scholar in the Allen Room at the New York Public Library, a reasonably short walk from the new apartment he and his wife have moved into in Manhattan.“I know where I’m going and I know what I’m doing when I’m there,” he said with a smile. He’ll be working on a book about leadership, a subject he exemplifies. In the fall, he’ll be a senior visiting research fellow at Oxford University, giving lectures on American higher education based on a prize-winning essay he wrote called, “The Modern American University, a Love Story: What I Admire, What Causes Me Anguish, and What I Anticipate.” Then in March he’ll give a lecture basically covering the same ground in Japan, championing the value of liberal arts in a democracy.“What distresses me most about the anti-intellectualism in our country is that it is usually promoted by politicians and pundits who themselves are college graduates,” Scott explained, adding “that is part of what causes me anguish…”As for the future of liberal arts, he’s an optimist. “Study that for which you have a passion,” he said. “Learn about its history, think about what came before and ask questions.”It’s a lesson to live by, whether in class or not.last_img read more

Ed Walsh Trial: Golf Outings, Purchases & Political Dealings Scrutinized

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County Conservative Party Chairman Ed Walsh’s political dealings and purchases he made for golf outings, ferry rides to Connecticut, and outdoor shopping malls took center stage during the second day of his ongoing federal fraud trial. Prosecutors invested significant time Thursday questioning witnesses on records maintained by golf courses, a credit card company, and various retailers to bolster their accusations that Walsh was either hitting the greens, conducting Suffolk County Conservative Party business, gambling at casinos, or shopping while he was supposed to be working at the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office in Riverhead. Walsh, who was a lieutenant, has since retired. A day earlier, prosecutors promised to layout a “paper trail” proving Walsh was absent from work.Walsh’s political connections also came into play on Day Two. The jury at U.S. District Court in Central Islip also heard testimony from Jerry Wolkoff, a wealthy real estate developer; Anthony Senft, a Suffolk County District Court Judge; and John Ruocco, a businessman who said he met Walsh through Oheka Castle owner Gary Melius. Walsh was indicted in January 2015 for allegedly defrauding Suffolk of more than $80,000 in no-show work. He was additionally charged with theft of funds and wire fraud last March. Walsh pleaded not guilty and has denied the charges. His attorneys contend that if Walsh was not at his desk, it was because he was conducting business at the behest of his boss, Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent DeMarco. Prosecutors filed a lengthy pretrial motion March 8 alleging that several attempts by DeMarco to investigate Walsh were killed by Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota—accusations Spota’s office has denied. The trial continued Thursday with testimony from Christina Ofeldt, the bookkeeper at Hampton Hills Golf Course & Country Club, of which Walsh was a “weekday” member who benefited from a police and armed services discount. Walsh was also provided guest passes, which were used on multiple occasions, Ofeldt testified. The country club had invoices from more than dozen dates between 2010 and 2013 containing purchases for golf rounds and other items that were posted on Walsh’s account, including charges for golf carts, beverages, and a cigar, Ofeldt testified. The government also produced a guest pass for a person identified as “Rich” and marked with an expiration date. Ofeldt, however, admitted that the club does not strictly enforce expiration dates. Walsh’s attorney Leonard Lato got Ofeldt to testify that there was no year specified on the date the guest pass was used—Aug. 13—therefore, impossible to know when the pair actually played. She also said there was no way of knowing if “Rich” was the person’s true name and no way of knowing if Walsh left before completing his round. The jury also heard testimony from Kevin Kline of the Metropolitan Golf Association, who oversees a program called Golf Handicap Information Network, which maintains golfers’ statistics and evaluates scores to produce a handicap. Walsh used the system, Kline testified, and made 23 entries between Aug. 15, 2013 and Oct. 22, 2013 at various courses, including Sebonack Golf Course in Southampton. But on cross examination, Kline admitted he was unsure if the days Walsh golfed were actual work days. Walsh played Sebonack as a guest at least four times, according to the course’s director of golf, Jason McCarty. McCarty testified that Walsh and Wolkoff, who was a member of the course, played a round at 2:45 p.m. on May 10, 2013 and chose to walk the course. The pair also played a round with Senft on Friday, May 31, 2013, he testified, adding that Wolkoff is considered an “extremely fast golfer.” The most electric testimony of the day came from the 79-year-old Wolkoff, who admitted to contributing $20,000 to the Suffolk County Conservative Party between 2014 and 2015. “I got to know Ed Walsh and I thought he was doing a terrific job,” Wolkoff said, testifying that his donations were a result of Walsh’s aptitude and not to curry favor with elected officials who may be able to assist him with zoning issues. Wolkoff is in the midst of one of the largest redevelopment projects on Long Island, which would transform the abandoned Pilgrim State Psychiatric Center property in the Town of Islip into a mixed-use “town square.”Wolkoff said he remembered golfing with Walsh at Sebonack but, “I can’t remember all the dates.” Asked whether they discussed business issues, Wolkoff said “I might of.” Walsh, he testified, once commented that he may have to leave if he got a call from work, but Wolkoff said he didn’t recall Walsh abandoning a round early. When Wolkoff was asked whether Walsh ever facilitated meetings with elected officials, Wolkoff said “No,” but later admitted that Walsh did help the developer meet Mary Kate Mullen, then a candidate for Islip Town Council, at his office. Walsh was also in attendance, Wolkoff testified. Wolkoff said he was considering supporting Mullen’s campaign and wanted to meet with her. The developer testified that he donated $1,000 to the New York State Conservative Party from 2014 to 2016, a sliver compared to the $20,000 he donated to Suffolk’s arm of the party. Testimony transitioned into claims from prosecutors that Wolkoff reneged on an agreement to meet with the government prior to the trial. Catherine Mirabile, a prosecutor for the Eastern District of New York, then suggested Wolkoff met with Lato, an assertion Wolkoff brushed away by claiming all he said was “Hello.” When it was the defense’s turn, Wolkoff said he’s been a registered Conservative for more than 50 years but also contributed to Democrats and Republicans. He also boasted about his pace on the golf course. “I like to move quickly,” he said, adding that Walsh is not nearly as quick, which Walsh blames on bad knees. “[Walsh’s] life is his work, his family, and his Conservative Party,” Wolkoff said. Regarding his decision not to meet with prosecutors, he exclaimed: “I have nothing to hide.” The jury also heard from John Ruocco, who was the president and CEO of Interceptor Ignition, which had dealings with Melius, the Oheka Castle owner who survived a botched assassination attempt two years ago. Ruocco testified that Walsh attended a shareholder’s meeting on Feb. 21, 2014 at 11 a.m. in Shirley. He noted that Walsh had no business dealings and didn’t speak during the two-hour meeting. Prosecutors also produced evidence allegedly showing Walsh made reservations to travel to Connecticut by using the Cross Sound Ferry on four occasions between 2011 and 2014. One package also included a bus transfer to Mohegan Sun casino, according to testimony. The government also claimed Walsh went shopping at three stores—Nike, Reebok and Neiman Marcus—on June 16, 2012, and used his American Express card to pay for a woman’s blouse at one store and a “Yankees trainer” double extra-large shirt at another. The defense got one witness to testify that there’s no way of knowing that it was Walsh who actually purchased the blouse.The day ended with testimony from Senft, who was endorsed by the Town of Islip Conservative Party last year when he campaigned for a county judge seat. Senft had originally planned to run for state senate, but dropped out due to a toxic dumping scandal that enveloped the town. At the time, Senft was the town board’s park liaison. Senft also said he found five dates in his Google calendar in which he attended Conservative Party events with Walsh. Senft’s testimony continues Monday when the trial resumes. The prosecution plans to produce photos from various political events Walsh and Senft attended.last_img read more

Mooney inspires Australian women to retain Ashes

first_img(REUTERSD) – Australia ensured they would retain the Women’s Ashes after a conclusive six-wicket triumph over England in the first Twenty20 international in Sydney on Friday.Beth Mooney delivered a brilliant match-winning innings of 86 not out to guide the home side to victory with 4.1 overs to spare as they chased down England’s 132-9 at the North Sydney Oval with some comfort.The victory extended the holders’ lead to an unassailable 8-4 in the seven-match points-based series comprising one test, three one-day and three T20 internationals.It meant England can only draw the series 8-8 if they win the final two T20s over the next week. Australia won the last series, which was staged in England, 10-6 in 2015.England, knowing they had to triumph to stay in the hunt to regain the Ashes that they had last won in 2013-14 in Australia, made a terrible start, slumping to 16-4 before Dani Wyatt’s 36-ball 50 helped them to a respectable total.Left-hander Mooney, though, played superbly, recording the highest score by an Australian on home soil in women’s T20 internationals, hitting 11 fours and two sixes in a dazzling 56-ball knock.Australia captain Rachael Haynes said afterwards: “It was so nice for the team to come out and play like that. For Beth Mooney to come out and make a statement like that was fantastic.”Her England counterpart Heather Knight conceded: “Credit to Australia. Beth Mooney played an outstanding innings and took the game away. Everything we tried, we couldn’t get her out.”last_img read more