Novas boss highlights quality of Limerick homeless service

first_imgBilly Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” TAGSAlan JacqueshomelesshomelessnesslimerickLimerick Homeless Action TeamMichael GouldingNovas Email Advertisement Print Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Facebook Twittercenter_img WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads NewsLocal NewsNovas boss highlights quality of Limerick homeless serviceBy Alan Jacques – January 21, 2017 1801 Linkedin Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Previous articleNew boss at Lero research centreNext articleMunster secure home quarter final with victory over Racing 92 at Thomond Park Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Novas CEO Michael Goulding.Novas CEO Michael Goulding.WHILE Apollo House in Dublin has highlighted some poor standards of accommodation for homeless people, Limerick-based voluntary agency Novas is eager to highlight the quality services it provides to all its clients in its Supported Temporary Accommodation services (STA).Chief executive Michael Goulding says that the issue of ‘single rooms for single individuals’ has been a priority for Novas for a long time.We prioritised the provision of single rooms and in all but two rooms at Arlington Lodge in Tralee, we achieved this,” he told the Limerick Post this week.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up In Limerick, Novas’ McGarry House provides 40 single units of STA accommodation. The service also provides long-term apartments for tenants requiring a degree of support to maintain independent living.In Brother Russell House, which won Best Homeless Project at the ISCH Awards in 2015, all accommodation in also provided in single, en-suite rooms. Mr Goulding stated that Novas “thoroughly believes that single units of accommodation provide privacy and security and ultimately provide better outcomes for individuals and more sustainable pathways out of homelessness”.“Clients know that this is their home for up to six months so the anxiety of where they are going to sleep from night to night has been removed,” he explained.As well as the provision of single units of accommodation, all clients are allocated key-workers who provide ongoing support around their mental health, addiction and family breakdown and individualised care plans are developed.However, a recent Winter Beds Initiative opened by Novas in partnership with the Limerick Homeless Action Team does provide shared bedrooms. This service was an immediate response to the spike in rough sleeping in the city.“While the sleeping arrangements are not ideal, the service took people off the streets and prevented the need for any rough sleeping. It is only a temporary arrangement, until the end of March, and in the meantime Novas are working to provide long-term solutions for the clients who avail of the service. The Novas Housing First Team are working tirelessly to locate apartments and houses for those that are using both the STA units in McGarry House and the Winter Beds Initiative.”The Winter Beds Initiative is one of a range of services provided by Novas to homeless people during this particularly cold spell. McGarry House is also extending its capacity by four during the coming weekend to accommodate any overspill. Its Street Outreach will provide outreach support each evening and is a vital access point for some of the city’s most vulnerable homeless people.Novas also operates a 24-hour helpline in conjunction with the Homeless Action Team for those who find themselves out of home. This number is 1800 60 60 60. The organisation urges anyone who sees someone rough sleeping over the weekend to contact this number.by Alan [email protected]last_img read more

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Trucks create ‘safety net’ on highway to save man planning to jump: Police

first_img@mspmetrodet/Twitter(DETROIT) — It is an image that left many people speechless.The scene captured a row of 13 trucks on Tuesday, lined up under an overpass on Interstate 696 in Detroit, Michigan, blocking traffic in both directions.The story? Michigan State Police had called the truckers to the scene to help them save a man’s life.According to authorities, the man was atop the overpass and police believed he was about to jump.When officers arrived on the scene, they calmly talked to him as others took to the highway, flagging down truck drivers.State police Lt. Michael Shaw said the trucks created a kind of “safety net” under the overpass “to make sure if [the man] moved anywhere in that overpass, there was a semi there.”“There’s 13 truck drivers that didn’t even know this guy and were willing to slide underneath that overpass to help him,” Shaw said.Shaw told ABC News today that Tuesday’s effort was the not first time for police.“We’ve never, ever had a truck driver turn us down,” he said.He said the man had relayed to the officers that he was having issues with his family. After about four hours, Shaw said, police were able to get the man off the ledge safely.Later, the department tweeted out the photograph with information about the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.“We always want to make sure that people realize there are so many other options,” Shaw said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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The Motet Hits Boulder For Fox Theater’s 25th Anniversary Month [Photos]

first_imgOut of all the Fox Theatre 25th Anniversary shows I’ve seen this month, Friday’s Motet show takes the cake for the most packed crowd. The sold-out show on the Hill in Boulder was skyrocketing with energy from start to finish. Over the past year, the Motet’s line-up has undergone some changes, and the recent additions of Lyle Divinsky on vocals and Drew Sayers on sax has been nothing short of a blessing. The world-class Colorado funk band never ceases to amaze me, and consistently brings a high-energy dance party to any city they come to party down.A large amount of the material played last night was off the ensembles new album Totem, but there was no shortage of old songs and covers either. “Danger,” “Truth,” and “Know it Too Well” were some of the familiar highlights of the night, with a bouncing off the walls rendition of “Keep on Don’t Stoppin’,” which is off of their self-titled album from a few years back.My highlight of the evening was an unexpected and tasty cover of Prince’s hit “I Feel For You”. The crowd erupted, and the entire 625-person crowd was singing along, while boogying down with their friends and family. Dave Watts is an absolute machine on drums, with Garrett Sayers helping on the rhythm section on bass, and the pair were flawless and unstoppable the entire evening at their hometown throwdown.If you’re attending Fool’s Paradise in Florida later this month, make sure to catch this funky powerhouse for their performance at the beautiful St. Augustine festival. You can also check out photos from the evening below, courtesy of C. B. Klein. Load remaining imageslast_img read more

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Bahamas bishop hits out at homosexuals

first_img Share FaithLifestyle Bahamas bishop hits out at homosexuals by: – November 16, 2011 Sharing is caring! 34 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Bishop Simeon Hall. Image via: blackchristiannews.comNASSAU, Bahamas — Baptist Bishop Simeon Hall on Monday urged homosexuals to seek help to turn away from their “non-productive and deadly practice”, but a popular member of the gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender community in The Bahamas denied his claim that many men are absent from families because of their sexual preferences.Hall released the statement after a Nassau Guardian article revealed that the prevalence of HIV/AIDS in The Bahamas among men who have sex with men (MSM) is near 14 percent, which is nearly double the eight percent documented in 2008 by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).Director of the National HIV/AIDS Programme Dr Perry Gomez pointed out recently that that percentage increase is a result of better reporting, data collection methods and better access to the MSM community.However, Hall said on Monday that members of the public should be concerned by the facts revealed by Gomez, which indicate that MSMs may be an increasingly vulnerable group.He called homosexuality “anti-family”.“This sexual practice cannot produce anything and now we are seeing that, according to these latest statistics, it is deadly,” Hall said.“Homosexuality… is anti-family [and] it goes against what God has ordained. It is deadly.”However, Erin Greene, a human rights activist, said there are many additional factors to consider when drawing conclusions from the HIV/AIDS prevalence percentages, including the fact that not all MSMs identify themselves as homosexual.“Consider circumstantial bi-sexuality; men in prison who are being raped, for example,” Greene said. “They may not identify as being gay but may continue to engage in homosexual sex for security reasons or for personal psychological reasons.“When they leave prison they have no intention as identifying as gay or acknowledging their time in prison having sex with other men.”A circumstantial bi-sexual by definition is a man or woman who is primarily heterosexual but bi-sexual because of their circumstances. In prison, men and women do not have access to the opposite sex.Hall claimed the presence of strong “male men” in the building of family and community is vital and indispensable.“Men absent, men dying and men unavailable to participate in family life — all these negatively impact our communities, already on the edge of disintegration,” he said.Hall added, “I wish to affirm that homosexuals and lesbians are human beings just like everyone else. I do not demonize them but I hurriedly urge them to seek help to turn away from this non-productive and deadly practice.”Greene claimed that homosexual men who are absent from the families often choose to be unavailable to seek environments where they will not be discriminated against because of a non-traditional sexual preference.Gomez said that Jamaica, which had a 31.8 percent prevalence rate of HIV/AIDS among MSMs in 2008, has in comparison been ahead of The Bahamas because the country has been more organized with the MSM community.“We knew the focus of our epidemic in the beginning in The Bahamas was amongst cocaine addicts and it spread from them to us,” Gomez said.“Why they were vulnerable was because of the drug and the high number of sexual partners with both sexes. They remain a vulnerable group in our community. In the next two years we hope to have better data on it.”The government of The Bahamas is co-sponsoring the 2011 Caribbean HIV Conference November 18 – 21.By Royston Jones JrNassau Guardian Staff Reporter Share Sharelast_img read more

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CAF Confed Cup: Enyimba in Flying Start against Djoliba

first_imgDjoliba made spirited efforts to get back into the game after Oladuntoye’s goal but were unable to find a way past the Enyimba defence.Enyimba however consolidated  when they were awarded a penalty 10 minutes to the end of the game when substitute Freedom Omofowan was tripped inside the box.Another substitute, Stanley Dimgba, converted the penalty to take the game beyond the reach of the Malians.Paul Aigbogun’s men next game is against CARA Brazzaville of Congo on May 15.NPFL(Match-day 20 Results)Rivers Utd    0 -0 Abia WarriorsNasarawa  2 -0   El-KanemiKatsina Utd.  1-0 Plateau UtdHeartland     1-1 K’ PillarsLobi  Stars 1-1 SunshineWikki     1-1  RangersIfeanyiubah  2 -1  Go RoundKwara Utd   2 -1 Yobe StarsMFM FC  3 -0 TornadoesShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Isiaka Oladuntoye yesterday fired Enyimba to a perfect start in the CAF Confederation Cup group stage as the Peoples Elephant defeat Djoliba of Mali 2-0 at the U.J. Esuene Stadium in Calabar.Oladuntoye got the opener three minutes after the first half break with a thumping shot following a corner kick.Enyimba dominated the first half but had no score to show for the effort- no thanks to Djoliba goalkeeper Adama Keita who was in excellent form.last_img read more

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Sarri back, Ronaldo firing on all cylinders as Juventus head for Fiorentina

first_imgMaurizio Sarri missed Juventus’s first two matches because of pneumoniaMilan, Italy | AFP | Cristiano Ronaldo returns to Italian league action after his four-goal spree for Portugal as Juventus head for Fiorentina on Saturday also boosted by coach Maurizio Sarri’s highly-anticipated debut on the bench after a bout of pneumonia.The ex-Chelsea coach missed his first two league games with the Serie A champions against Parma and his former club Napoli.But the 60-year-old will be on the bench for the first time on Saturday as Juventus look to make it three wins this season before their Champions League opener at Atletico Madrid midweek.Ronaldo’s four goals in Portugal’s European qualifying win over Lithuania during the week were enough to send shivers down the spines of Fiorentina fans.The 34-year-old overtook Ireland’s Robbie Keane as the all-time top scorer in Euro qualifiers, with 25 goals, and will be looking to impress further with the winner of the Best FIFA Football Awards to be named in Milan on September 23.Ronaldo will lead the Juventus attack along with Douglas Costa and Gonzalo Higuain, the Argentine also in-form on his return to Turin after a loan spell at Chelsea.“I’m back on the same team as Cris (Ronaldo) after a few years and he’s even stronger, more complete and ambitious, I’m happy to play with him again,” said Higuain, who played alongside Ronaldo on Real Madrid, said on Thursday.Fiorentina have also changed owners and coach with former AC Milan and Sevilla manager Vincenzo Montella overseeing two defeats in as many games on his return to the club.“Great stories are born of impossible challenges,” said Montella, whose side last beat their fierce rivals in January 2017.The rivalry has been fuelled further after Juventus wrapped up their eighth consecutive title with a 2-1 win at the expense of the Tuscans last April.“I’d like to start a new chapter in Fiorentina’s history by doing something special against Sarri’s team,” Montella told Gazzetta Dello Sport.And Montella believes that new French signing Franck Ribery can make the difference for the team.“Franck played the friendly against Perugia as if he was playing the Champions League final,” he said.“He’s different, as Ronaldo is different. We talk of stars who excel through sacrifice. They are wonderful examples for everyone.”“It will be hard, very hard, but we’re convinced that we will see a new great Fiorentina,” said new Italian-American owner Rocco Commisso hoping to build a team who can add to their  Serie A titles in 1956 and 1969.– Ancelotti ‘outrage’ –Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli, who are midtable, need to pick themselves up after Kalidou Koulibaly’s own goal handed Juventus a 4-3 win in Turin last weekend. But they play their first match at home this season against Sampdoria with doubts over whether their San Paolo stadium will be ready in time.The Serie A outfit played their opening two league games away from home, at Fiorentina and Juventus, due to the reconstruction of the stadium.Ancelotti said he was “outraged” after seeing the state of the changing rooms midweek with their Champions League opener against Liverpool next Tuesday.The contractors have however insisted the work will be completed by Friday.Inter Milan welcome Udinese to the San Siro also looking to extend their maximum points with Antonio Conte’s side ahead of both Juventus and Torino  on goal difference.Inter’s new star signing Romelu Lukaku will be looking to score for a third consecutive game a week after monkey chants against the Belgian tarnished their 2-1 triumph at Cagliari.nter are also in Champions League duty against Slavia Prague at the San Siro on Tuesday and need to avoid a slip-up against Udinese who shocked AC Milan 1-0 in their season opener.Torino host new boys Lecce, having also won their first two matches, as Atalanta head for Genoa before travelling to Dinamo Zagreb for their first ever Champions League game next week.FixturesSaturdayFiorentina v Juventus (1300GMT), Napoli v Sampdoria (1600), Inter Milan v Udinese (1845)SundayGenoa v Atalanta (1030GMT), Brescia v Bologna, Parma v  Cagliari, SPAL v Lazio (all 1300GMT), AS Roma v Sassuolo (1600), Verona v AC Milan (1845)MondayTorino v Lecce (1845GMT)Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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WDFW Approves Three-Day Razor Clam Dig Beginning February 1

first_imgFacebook1.3kTweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Department of Fish and WildlifeRazor clam diggers can return to various ocean beaches for a three-day opening beginning Friday, February 1.State shellfish managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the dig on evening low tides after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat. No digging will be allowed on any beach before noon.The upcoming dig is approved on the following beaches, dates, and evening low tides:February 1; Friday; 4:48 p.m.; 0.2 feet; Twin Harbors, CopalisFebruary 2; Saturday; 5:28 p.m.; 0.0 feet; Twin Harbors, MocrocksFebruary 3, Sunday; 6:04 p.m.; -0.1 feet; Twin Harbors, CopalisDan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, recommends that diggers hit the beach about an hour or two before low tide for the best results.“Razor clams are relatively easy to dig, they are very good to eat, and they draw friends and families to some of the most beautiful coastlines and communities in the state,” said Ayres.In order to ensure conservation of clams for future generations, WDFW sets tentative razor clam seasons that are based on the results from the annual coast-wide razor clam stock assessment and by considering harvest to date. WDFW authorizes each dig independently after getting the results of marine toxin testing.WDFW has tentatively scheduled another dig for Feb. 15-21 pending results of future toxin tests. More information on planned digs can be found on WDFW’s razor clam webpage at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/.All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2018-19 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license (starting at $9.70) to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.Under state law, diggers at open beaches can take 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is the primary state agency tasked with preserving, protecting and perpetuating fish and wildlife and ecosystems, while providing sustainable fish and wildlife recreational and commercial opportunities. WDFW razor clam digs support outdoor lifestyles and coastal economies. Persons with disabilities who need to receive this information in an alternative format or who need reasonable accommodations to participate in WDFW-sponsored public meetings or other activities may contact Dolores Noyes by phone (360-902-2349), TTY (360-902-2207), or email ([email protected]). For more information, see https://wdfw.wa.gov/accessibility/reasonable_request.html.last_img read more

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