Government commitment to Limerick homeless children will not be honoured

first_imgFacebook Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins appointed as Minister of State Decision to enter Phase 4 of reopening Ireland deferred to August 10 Linkedin TAGSAlan JacquesfeaturedFianna Fáilhomelesshomelessnesshousing crisisHousing Minister Eoghan MurphylimerickNovasWillie O’Dea TD WhatsApp No vaccines in Limerick yet Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Previous articleWith GECAS Shannon side is the global hub for aviation finance todayNext articleCLÁR capital investment programme in Limerick and Mid-West Alan Jacques Printcenter_img Advertisement FIANNA Fáil Spokesperson on Social Protection Willie O’Dea has described the Government decision to abandon targets for re-housing homeless families in Limerick from hotels into suitable temporary accommodation as a “shocking indictment of Fine Gael’s value system”.There are currently in the region of 40 families living in B&B accommodation in Limerick and Deputy O’Dea believes that the decision to abandon targets clearly de-prioritises the welfare of homeless families and their children living in hotels in Limerick and across the country.“It hasn’t taken long for the new Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy to show his true colours with this decision. These hotels and B&Bs are simply not suitable and have lacked the necessary inspections to ensure that they are safe and suitable for families with children,” O’Dea told the Limerick Post.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Since December 2014, child and family homelessness has trebled and there are currently 1,300 homeless families including 2,708 children. We now have a generation of children who know nothing other than growing up in hotels.“While the Department has decided not to release figures on the number of new families becoming newly homeless, we know that every month, an additional 90 families become newly homeless in the capital – a tripling in the last three months to May.”“It says a lot about this Government’s value system that it does not consider re-housing these families as a critical priority.  A child’s development, their ability to access educational or primary health facilities, or simply being able to eat a cooked meal is being hampered by living in this unsuitable hotel spaces.“It is time for Tusla to step in, and call a halt to this harmful scenario. No matter the cost, this has to end, and the Government can no longer shirk their responsibilities,” he said.Novas, the largest provider of homeless services in the Mid-West, say there are currently in the region of 40 families living in B&B accommodation in Limerick.“This situation is unprecedented in the city,” Novas communications officer, Una Burns commented.“This type of accommodation is wholly unsuitable to family wellbeing, with children often a considerable distance from their school, their friends and their known environment. There are no washing or cooking facilities and families sleep, wash and play in one room.”Novas’ Intensive Family Support service has a dedicated B&B worker in collaboration with Limerick Homeless Action Team who supports families living in this type of accommodation with homework clubs, transporting children to school, accessing long-term accommodation, life-skills and money management.“Due to the unprecedented nature of the arrangement, the extent of trauma experienced by children living in hotels is yet to unfold and will have a significant impact on a generation of children who have no place to call home. Novas urge government to address this issue with urgency. Our existing built environment offers an opportunity to provide homes through accessing vacant properties in our local communities. In Limerick city 10 per cent of all property is vacant,” Ms Burns claimed.Meanwhile, Minister Murphy has indicated that dealing with  the homeless and housing problems are an absolute priority for Government and he will continue to implement the various objectives as set out in Rebuilding Ireland, Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness.“The Minister has commenced an immediate  review of the Action Plan which will be completed in the next three months. Rebuilding Ireland, provides that by mid-2017 hotels/ BBs will only be used in limited circumstances to provide emergency accommodation for families,” a spokesman for the Department of Housing explained.“The Minister has stated recently that Local Authorities nationwide and the DRHE in Dublin will continue to roll out the various programmes designed to deal with homelessness. He has acknowledged that it will not be possible to have all  of the families out of hotels/ BBs by the middle of the year. The majority of families will be either accommodated or be informed of their future accommodation arrangements. A small number of families because of their particular  needs will remain in hotels until specific accommodation can be sourced.”by Alan [email protected] NewsLocal NewsGovernment commitment to Limerick homeless children will not be honouredBy Alan Jacques – June 30, 2017 986 Twitter Email Top Fianna Fáil councillor will reject Green coalition deal RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick TD says GLAS payments welcome but ‘much more action’ needed to support Agri-sectorlast_img read more

Tank And The Bangas Announce Fall Tour With Big Freedia & Naughty Professor

first_imgTank and The Bangas have announced an extensive run of North American tour dates this fall. The New Orleans five-piece (brought to fame as the unanimous winners of NPR Tiny Desk contest in 2017) will share the headlining bill with Big Freedia, with opening support from Naughty Professor. The fall tour includes stops in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Boston, Seattle, Portland, and more.It’s been a wild ride since the band jumped on the map in spring of 2017. Following up the band’s only LP, 2013’s Think Tank, in April, Tank and The Bangas released “Smoke.Netflix.Chill“, their first release via a major label (Verve Forecast). Led by vocalist and songwriter Tarriona “Tank” Ball, the group continues to evolve in more ways than just music, as Tank continues to grow and develop as a performer and writer.Even back in the open-mic days, she was a force of nature. “I don’t know if there’s such a thing as too free, but it was totally uninhibited. She was inspired,” Norman Spence (synth keys, bass) says in a press release. More recently, Ball has become less of a dervish onstage—“I was running around so much I didn’t have time to sing at all,” she says, while finding new ways of expressing herself as a writer.Tank and The Bangas are a force to be reckoned with, and show not to be missed. Check out the full tour schedule below. For more information on their upcoming adventures, head to Tank and The Bangas’ official website.TANK AND THE BANGAS LIVEAugust 22—Morrison, CO—Red Rocks AmphitheatreAugust 24—Detroit, MI—Museum of Contemporary Art DetroitAugust 25—Québec City, Canada—Wanderlust: Québec CityAugust 26—Cleveland, OH—InCuya Music FestivalSeptember 8—St. Louis, MO—LouFestSeptember 24—Cologne, Germany—Gloria TheaterSeptember 25—Frankfurt, Germany—Zoom FrankfurtSeptember 26—Berlin-Altglienicke, Germany—Festaal KreuzbergSeptember 27—Munich, Germany—AmpereOctober 3—Camden, London, UK—Electric BallroomOctober 4—Paris, France—La MaroquinerieOctober 8—Amsterdam, Netherlands—ParadisoOctober 9—Rotterdam, Netherlands—AnnabelOctober 18—Washington, DC—9:30 ClubOctober 19—Washington, DC—9:30 ClubOctober 20—Philadelphia, PA—Theatre of Living Arts*October 21—New York, NY—Brooklyn Steel*October 23—Boston, MA—Royale*October 25—Toronto, Canada—Danforth Music Hall*October 26—Chicago, IL—Concord Music Hall*October 28—Minneapolis, MN—First Avenue*October 30—Maquoketa, IA—Codfish Hollow Barnstormers*October 31—Kansas City, MO—The Truman*November 2—Denver, CO—Ogden Theatre*November 3—Salt Lake City, UT—The Depot*November 5—Vancouver, Canada—Commodore Ballroom*November 6—Seattle, WA—Neptune*November 7—Portland, OR—Roseland Theater*November 9—Berkeley, CA—The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall*November 10—Los Angeles, CA—Regent Theater DTLA*w/ Big Freedia and Naughty ProfessorView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

Coronavirus surges on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, doctors warn deaths underreported

first_imgDoctors there say that despite an increased number of intensive care beds and stricter social distancing measures, deaths are likely being underreported in Barranquilla, which has a population of 1.2 million people.”We continue to think there is a dissociation in what is happening in the city and what is being reported officially,” Carmen Polo, a doctor in Barranquilla and president of the Colombian Association of Internal Medicine’s (ACMI) Caribbean chapter, told Reuters.Barranquilla health secretary Humberto Mendoza denied there was significant underreporting of deaths in the city.However, Polo, who works in the city’s Portoazul health center, said misinformation spread online about doctors injecting patients with the disease was deterring people from seeking treatment.Those who die at home with coronavirus symptoms are not classified as suspected cases and are not tested, she said.”But with the information provided by relatives and the clinical picture presented by the patient, you as a doctor most certainly know this person died of coronavirus,” Polo said.Juan Marquez, another Barranquilla doctor who will succeed Polo as the ACMI’s Caribbean chapter president in August, agreed deaths are slipping through the net.”Many patients have died – and are dying – in emergency rooms. Sometimes they don’t even make it to intensive care,” he said.Though Barranquilla has added around 200 ICU beds since the pandemic began, bringing the total operating to around 600, both Polo and Marquez said the units were operating near capacity.Though confirmed cases of coronavirus in the city’s ICUs stand at just under 80, Marquez said including suspected cases would show a substantial increase.”If we add cases which aren’t confirmed…we could multiply these numbers by two or three,” he said.Medellin’s mayor said on Twitter at the end of June his city had received ICU patients from Barranquilla.Health secretary Mendoza conceded some asymptomatic cases may go untested, but said Barranquilla had the highest rate of testing in the country.The city has performed more than 67,600 tests, which the INS reports is equivalent to just over 55,000 tests per million people. Nationally, this puts the city in second place to Colombia’s Amazonas province, according to INS figures.Health secretary Mendoza said ICUs are not the answer to tackling the disease, which needs to be confronted by stemming its spread.Young people with a low perception of coronavirus danger have not followed social distancing rules or used face masks diligently, he added.”Lack of diagnosis presents false information that there are no cases or that there is no mortality,” he said. “History will show the true performance of each region.” Topics : Colombia’s Caribbean region accounts for close to 40% of the country’s reported cases and just over half its deaths, according to an analysis of government data by the World Health Organization (WHO).President Ivan Duque told Reuters last month his government was escalating its response to the pandemic in the Caribbean region, given the concentration of cases there, after taking strict measures to slow infection in cities like Cartagena.There is no definitive hypothesis about why there has been higher mortality in the coast region, but officials and doctors say flouting of social distancing rules and a higher incidence of certain other diseases may play a role.Atlantico province, with its port capital Barranquilla, has registered over 1,300 deaths – more than Bogota, even though Atlantico has only about one-third of the capital’s population. Coronavirus cases and deaths are surging along Colombia’s Caribbean coast as the region becomes the epicenter of the pandemic in the Andean country, with doctors warning many deaths are going undetected.Colombia – Latin America’s third-most populous nation – has officially reported over 113,000 cases of coronavirus and just under 4,000 deaths among its 50 million inhabitants.The climbing figures pale in comparison with some neighboring countries, with regional giant Brazil exceeding 64,200 deaths on Saturday.last_img read more

West Florida Wins Second-Straight Game over Sixth Ranked Columbus State

first_img April 21, 2007 Box Score  COLUMBUS, Ga. – West Florida (34-14) continue their dominance over sixth-ranked Columbus State (38-12), as the Argonauts claimed the series win over the Cougars with a 7-4 victory in the first game of Saturday’s double header at Ragsdale Field in Columbus, Ga.The Cougars took the first lead of the game with a one run third inning, however, the Argonauts would take control of the ball game with a four-run fifth inning. With bases loaded, Peter Antoske (Olmsted Township, Ohio/ St. Edwards HS) drew a walk, pushing in Lee Huggins (Bay Minette, Ala./ Faulkner State CC) from third to tie the game. Jason Kohl (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/ Pensacola Junior College) kept the carousel going with another walk giving the Argonauts a one run lead. With bases still loaded and two outs Bo Williams (Ocala, Fla./ Pensacola Junior College) hit a two-run soft single to left field giving West Florida a 4-1 lead.Columbus State responded in the bottom of the inning with two-run fifth. With the bases juiced, Rodney Rutherford laced a two-run double over the head of Kohl in center field cutting the West Florida lead to one.The Argonauts added to their lead with a single runs in the seventh inning. Following a successful hit-and-run by Antoske knocking Kyle DeBos (Panama City, Fla./ Gulf Coast CC) to third. Kohl would drive in DeBos on a perfectly safety squeeze down the third base line.West Florida padded their lead with two insurance runs in the ninth inning on an Antoske two run single, giving him three RBI on the game.Jon Sintes (Fort Walton Beach, Fla./ Pensacola Junior College) picked up the win tossing six strong innings. He allowed three Cougar runs. Phil Lawhorn (Virginia Beach, Va./Pensacola Junior College) picked up the save hurling the final three innings for the Argonauts.With the win West Florida extends Columbus State’s loosing streak to three games, which is a season high for the Cougars. The Argonauts and Cougars will complete the three-game series with game two of Saturday’s double header beginning 30 minutes following the conclusion of game one. Listen to the live to the live broadcast at goargos.comPrint Friendly Version Share West Florida Wins Second-Straight Game over Sixth Ranked Columbus Statelast_img read more