Volunteers to escort abortion clinic users

first_imgTwitter THERE has been an overwhelming response from Limerick people volunteering to act as escorts to local women availing of abortion services.Fears of anti-abortion protests have prompted one of the steering group of the ’Lawyers for Choice” campaign to explore providing a voluntary escort service for women under the banner of ‘Siúl Liom’.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Among the first of the many to reply to her Tweet about the plan were a stream of Limerick people, including one pregnant woman, all of whom offered to be escorts for women walking to and from services which involve termination of pregnancy.Limerick’s Maternity Hospital was among the first of the country’s hospitals to say they were ready to accept referrals for pregnancy termination when the new legislation came into being on January 1.Lawyers for Choice steering group member, Sandra Duffy, said the ‘Siúl Liom’ initiative is her own rather than that of Lawyers for Choice members, but the group is “supportive” of it she told the Limerick Post.“This is at the very early stages as yet and I put out the tweet to see if we could put together a network of support,” she said.Ms Duffy, confirmed that there was a groundswell of support from Limerick, with offers rolling in to help women have safe passage in the event of protests being staged. Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites TAGShealthLimerick City and CountyNews Limerick Post Show | Careers & Health Sciences Event for TY Students center_img WhatsApp Advertisement Email Facebook Limerick on Covid watch list Previous articleCork City defeat Limerick FC in pre-season friendlyNext articleFilm Review – The Favourite Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. NewsHealthVolunteers to escort abortion clinic usersBy Bernie English – January 13, 2019 2243 Local backlash over Aer Lingus threatlast_img read more

PCRFC face sanctions for “the academic year”

first_imgIn the Pembroke College JCR meeting held on Sunday 3 October, the former PCRFC captain made a speech in which he announced his intention to resign his post, following the controversy surrounding a crew date invitation earlier in the term.He told assembled Pembroke students, “I want to apologise whole-heartedly and sincerely. This is an utter mess. I am personally sorry for not having better judgement; I reacted too slowly in condemning the email and did not act as a proper leader. I’m not proud of it. Yet apologies mean very little if not backed up by actions, so I take this opportunity to resign as Captain. I am too inextricably linked to be a positive influence, but am completely committed to solving the problems in the image and culture of PCRFC.”He went on to add that he and his former team were attending Good Lad workshops, explaining, “This is not a miracle solution, but is a good basis from which to start reforming the problem parts of the club. In the long term we are going to try our utmost to remove lad culture from the club, with the help of senior players. There are also self-imposed measures, we won’t be having any crew dates or socials this term and offensive or sexist themes will be stopped.”The former-Social Secretary, who wrote the email, also made an apology at the meeting, stating, “I didn’t see at the time – I do now – how horrendous the email was. I cannot be more sincere about my apology. I want to apologise face to face, and I recognise the extent of my actions. I want to clarify that the club had no intentions of sexual harassment, we were not planning on spiking drinks.” He has also rusticated for a term and been fined £500 by the college.PCRFC were relegated to Division 3 of the university inter-collegiate league with immediate effect in the wake of the scandal. Oxford University Rugby Football Club banned the Pembroke team from competing in the first round of the season, although they will be eligible to compete once more in sixth week. OURFC also recommended in a statement that, “For the remainder of the academic year, the social side of PCRFC [should be] disbanded.”They made clear that even once Pembroke College had completed its disciplinary procedures on its rugby club, they would “reserve the right to take further action.”The Pembroke College JCR President, Becky Howe, told those present at the meeting, “The last few weeks have been pretty horrible, with college being dragged into the press. We can now make some really positive changes: we can be the college that stood up and said that there is a problem with lad culture. Hopefully other colleges and universities will follow suit. Let’s power through together.”last_img read more

Risers to the challenge

first_imgDalebrook Supplies recently launched a range of platters, lids and risers, which have been designed to display cakes and pastries, while maintaining the freshness of the product.Rectangular platters are available in black and white, and feature anti-slip silicone feet. The lids interlock with the platters, making them easy to stack. The PC raised covers, which fit the platters, are available in heights of 93mm and 143mm.The range also includes dishwasher-safe, slate-effect round black platters, which can be used with the accompanying clear SAN lids available in two designs. The round platters can be used with Dalebrook risers to add height to your display.Dalebrook currently supplies to a number of food outlets, including Starbucks and Costa Coffee.last_img

Winter storm could drop several inches of snow on Michiana

first_imgPRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…Monitor the latest forecasts for updates on this situation.TuesdayRain before 9 a.m., then rain and snow between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., then rain after 10 a.m. High near 39. Northeast wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Little or no snow accumulation expected. Facebook Pinterest IndianaLocalMichiganNewsWeather Google+ ThursdayCloudy, with a high near 24. Pinterest By Jon Zimney – February 24, 2020 0 543 (Photo supplied/National Weather Service of Northern Indiana) The National Weather Service of Northern Indiana has issued a Winter Storm Watch in effect Tuesday night, Feb. 25 – Wednesday night, Feb. 26 for St. Joseph, Elkhart, LaPorte, Marshall and Starke Counties in Indiana and Berrien, Cass and St. Joseph Counties in Michigan.Snow is expected to begin late Tuesday night and continue through Wednesday evening….WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY EVENING THROUGHWEDNESDAY NIGHT…* WHAT…Heavy snow possible. Total snow accumulations in excess of 6 inches possible.* WHERE…Portions of northern Indiana and southwest Michigan.* WHEN…From Tuesday evening through Wednesday night.* IMPACTS…Travel could be very difficult. The hazardous conditions could impact the Wednesday morning and evening commutes. Twitter FridayMostly cloudy, with a high near 25. SundayMostly sunny, with a high near 35.center_img WhatsApp Winter storm could drop several inches of snow on Michiana SaturdayMostly cloudy, with a high near 29. Facebook WhatsApp Tuesday NightRain and snow, becoming all snow after 11 p.m. Low around 30. Northeast wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible. WednesdaySnow. High near 32. North wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible. Twitter Google+ Previous articleKrispy Kreme to begin delivery option on Feb. 29Next articleAge Of Excellence Awards nominations are now open Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

Full Time to Change Public Corruption in Jamaica

first_imgIt’s of significant concern that most Jamaicans seem to be taking public corruption as normal and acceptable. There are reports of a recent Jamaican poll that revealed the majority of people don’t care about corruption. This is despite the TI Global Corruption Barometer finding some 85 percent of Jamaicans regard the two major political parties as corrupt, and over 70 percent are currently more aware of corruption.   Analysis of corruption tends to agree corruption is born out of poverty, and greed among public officials and the already wealthy. While the Jamaican government and Jamaicans generally deserve commendation for the great job in controlling the COVID-19 pandemic in that country, they are failing to control another devastating virus – public corruption. Another worrisome data is the Transparency International (TI) Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) has ranked Jamaica highly among the more corrupt Caribbean countries in recent years. In 2018, Jamaica was ranked 70 worst corrupt country globally, and 8th in the Caribbean.  Barbados was ranked as the least corrupt Caribbean nation. But what’s most needed is a government who places elimination of public corruption at the forefront of its priorities. Unless government ministers, members of parliament and public officials are swiftly, aggressively penalized, including stiff prison sentences, for misusing public funds, the general public will continue taking corruption as a way of life. In 2019 as Jamaica became embroiled in the Petrojam scandal it’s rank worsened to 74 out of 198 nations. Since than incidences of public corruption has widened involving the dismissal of a cabinet minister and public officials involved with corruption at the Caribbean Maritime University, and more recently the removal of portfolio responsibilities of another government minister involved in a scandal related to lands owned by the Ministry of Agriculture. Another minister, usually commended for his ministerial responsibilities, came under scrutiny last week for alleged corruption in his ministry. Also making the news for alleged corruption was a popular ranking member of the opposition People’s National Party (PNP). The practice of corruption worsens when those elected by the people to effectively manage public funds deliberately use these funds to brazenly compensate their romantic partners, family members, and close associates. The answer seems to be through money acquired by corrupt means. Some Jamaicans tend to take it for granted “that everything in Jamaica has a price.” This price includes paying insiders within government agencies  special “under-the counter fees” for a variety services including getting licenses, documents, loans, jobs, contracts, placement in choice schools, and even bribing   police officers not to issue tickets for traffic violations.   Public corruption is a very close relative to crime. If the incumbent, or succeeding Jamaican governments, doesn’t take aggressive measures to eliminate public corruption, how can they succeed in controlling crime? If Barbados, The Bahamas and St. Vincent and the Grenadines can rank high among Caribbean countries with the least public corruption, why can’t Jamaica? It’s full time for a change. This corruption cannot be allowed to prevail. Jamaica does have a public body – The Integrity Commission charged with calling out and reducing public corruption. Obviously, the terms of the commission needs to be strengthened to enable it to be more effective in its role. Visitors to Jamaica, for example, in recent times, have returned and heard to comment on the boom of expensive residential houses, apartment and condominiums in Jamaica, and the number of high-end automobiles being driven by some people. These comments are usually accompanied by the question. “How can Jamaicans afford these residences and these vehicles?” The wealthy in developing countries, seem to be persistent in ascending on the social-economic ladder competing with members of their class for bigger, more luxurious homes in choice neighborhoods, and drive the latest model expensive automobiles. Of course, public corruption is not peculiar to Jamaica or other Caribbean counties. It’s a pandemic-like international problem affecting many global communities and economies, but it seems more prevalent in developing countries, especially some African countries. In recent weeks, news from Jamaica has reported acts of corruption mostly based on nepotism and cronyism, involving senior government ministers, parish councilors, mayors, government and opposition members of parliament, members of government appointed boards, and executives of government agencies.   A recent report indicated the cost of corruption to the Jamaican economy is costing the economy 5 percent of GDP or an estimated US$738 million annually. The poor, most struggling to provide for their household, tend to be willing to accept money for serving others corruptly, or willing, paradoxically, to pay corruptly charged fees for special privileges and benefits for their family members. Most of these corrupt practices involved offering jobs and/or plush government contracts to close and often underqualified relatives, paramours, friends; and party political supporters. Several contracts have been offered outside of the protocols established for offering government contracts. A recent report from the Jamaican auditor general indicated contracts offered to build a classroom at the Caribbean Maritime University offered to a Florida based company owned and operated by member of the Jamaican diaspora who did not tender a bid for the said contract within the set deadline.last_img read more

Iraq, Saudi face off in bout of football diplomacy

first_imgThe country has not played full internationals on home turf ever since its 1990 invasion of Kuwait that sparked an international embargo.The ban, covering all but local matches, stayed in place after the US-led invasion of 2003 that toppled dictator Saddam Hussein.It was briefly lifted in 2012, but a power outage during an Iraq-Jordan match in the Iraqi Kurdish capital Arbil led world football’s governing body promptly to reinstate it.Iraq in December declared victory over the Islamic State jihadist group following a three-year battle, and FIFA finally relaxed the ban, allowing international friendlies at stadiums in Arbil, Basra and the shrine city of Karbala.For Saudi Arabia, the match is part of a slow process of boosting diplomatic and economic ties with post-Saddam Iraq, while at the same time countering the influence in the country of its regional rival Iran.– Political football –“Politics is present in every domain, and Saudi Arabia has major political weight,” Sports and Youth Minister Abdulhussein Abttan told AFP in an interview.Iraq has invited its president, Gianni Infantino, to visit the country, but no decision has yet been taken on whether the trip will go ahead © AFP/File / LUDOVIC MARIN“I hope that this match will inspire other national teams to visit Iraq, which will help support our case for a total lifting of FIFA’s ban on matches in our stadiums,” he said, ahead of a decision the sport’s governing body is expected to take in March.Iraq is also hosting a four-country tournament in March in Karbala, although Kuwait has pulled out.In another case of political football, Qatar which is locked in a diplomatic standoff with Saudi Arabia and its allies sent a high-profile delegation to Iraq to sign a series of sports accords.“So now we’re helping Iraq?! Iraq has become important, impressive… ,” an apparently miffed Saudi official quipped on Twitter under a photo of the Qatari federation head.– Infantino invited –On the FIFA front, Iraq has invited its president, Gianni Infantino, to visit the country, a spokesman for the federation told AFP, but no decision has yet been taken on whether the trip will go ahead.A visit by Infantino “would be important, only for symbolic reasons,” said James Dorsey, a specialist in Middle East football and politics.Iraq has not played full internationals on home turf ever since its 1990 invasion of Kuwait that sparked an international embargo © AFP / Haidar HAMDANI“The key is does FIFA lift the ban or not, because the world soccer body by lifting the ban says Iraq is a safe place to go.“It’s clearly very important for the Iraqis, post territorial defeat of IS, to be projected as a country where there is security,” said the senior fellow at Singapore’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies.For Bassem Qassem, the national team coach, the match in Basra will be “more protocol than technical for us, but its impact on Iraqi football will be enormous”.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Iraq, which competed in the Gulf Cup of Nations in Kuwait City in January, hopes to convince FIFA to lift its ban on home competitive internationals © AFP/File / Yasser Al-ZayyatBAGHDAD, Iraq, Feb 26 – Iraq is hosting a football international against Saudi Arabia on Wednesday for the first time in almost four decades, in a friendly encounter with high diplomatic and political stakes.With its match in the southern city of Basra against the Saudis who have qualified for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia, Iraq aims to strengthen its case for FIFA to lift its ban on home competitive internationals.last_img read more