Limerick families are ‘crying out for houses’

first_imgPrint Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Linkedin Email Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsLocal NewsLimerick families are ‘crying out for houses’By Alan Jacques – October 30, 2014 516 Advertisement Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” center_img TAGSCllr Séighin Ó CeallaighlimerickLimerick City and County CouncilSinn Fein Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Cllr Seighin O CeallaighLIMERICK city and county Council has been asked to supply councillors in the Metropolitan area with a list of vacant or boarded up houses, and their estimated time of completion.According to City East comhairleoir Séighin Ó Ceallaigh, local people in are crying out for houses, with many families going homeless in the city.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The Sinn Fein local representative said that people need to be re-assured there is a plan in place to ensure that houses are provided as soon as possible. The most efficient way of doing this, he believes, is by allocating vacant houses to those on the social housing list.“Houses can remain vacant or boarded up for months throughout the city, and this at a time when there are many people living with relatives or in emergency accommodation. This is an issue of urgent importance and needs to be addressed and resolved immediately,” said Cmhlr Ó Ceallaigh.“Boarding up houses can lead to a much larger renovation cost and an increase in anti-social behaviour in the area. Often items are stolen including pipes and heating systems.“When a house is boarded up, quite often it is broken into ransacked, and the damage then has to be repaired before the house is allocated,” he claimed. Previous articleFormer Andersen plant offers opportunity to RathkealeNext articleUnemployed in Limerick are ‘harassed’ by Government’s dole cut threat Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

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Students Thank Chance The Rapper In Open Letter For His Donation To Chicago Public Schools

first_imgIn the beginning of March, Chance The Rapper donated one-million dollars to Chicago’s public school system, only reaffirming that he is, in fact, the man. The Chicago-born rapper and former student of Chicago public schools was moved to donate the money for Chicago public schools following major budgets cuts and after a disappointing meeting with Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, in which Chance advocated for the Governor to invest rather than cut funding for schools.As published in Billboard, three 10th grade students from Lake View High School, one of the schools receiving money from Chance’s donation toward the Chicago public school system. The letter thanks him not only for his generous donation but also for advocating to others to do the same, noting the impact his words could have. The students go on to note that Chance continues to give back to his home town, hosting free concerts and donating money as a way to show he truly cares about the city and that fame hasn’t changed him.The letter also addressed gun violence in Chicago, addressing the time that Chance helped stop gun violence for 42 hours in the city using messaging on his Twitter and through local radio stations. The students end the letter by talking about what Chance means to them as non-white students in Chicago: “As minority students we feel ignored and as though we don’t have enough support from bigger influences like you. Being born and raised in Chicago is not easy at all. There are so many stereotypes and restrictions we have as teenagers due to the frequent violence and crimes. Your music puts some at ease because we know that someone cares and someone has experienced these daily struggles too. You and your music have taught us that you can be true to yourself and still be successful, still be self-made.”You can read the full letter for yourself here or below, and if you’re feeling inspired, join Chance by donating to the Chicago Public Education Fund here.First and foremost, we as Chicago Public School students would like to thank you for the supportive donation to our schools. As we all know, CPS has been struggling financially, and your donation has really given us a push to get to where we need to be and possibly motivate others to give back to the community as well. This is only one of the many things that you have done to improve our Chicago.After you gave CPS the push that was needed to help give us students what we deserve, you encouraged other celebrities such as Derrick Rose to do so as well. If this goes on, CPS could be saved and our schools could receive the best educational experience we are worthy of. You are one of the reasons this can be made possible.All of the things that you do for our city never go unnoticed. All of the free concerts you host and all the time you spend here in the city really show you care. We notice it. We look up to you because the fame usually takes humility away from artists, but it hasn’t changed you.There are many big celebrities from Chicago, but you are one of the few that really give back. It is evident that you sincerely care for the youth here. This is why you are an inspiration to us. We appreciate you for not only representing us through your music, but also through your actions.In Chicago, a person is shot every 2 hours and 48 minutes. A person is murdered every 14 hours and 27 minutes, and you helped stop gun violence in Chicago for 42 hours with the help of your Twitter account and various Chicago radio stations. Even though this was three years ago, the fact you had such a tremendous impact on Chicago shows how much the people of this city look up to you.You’re more than just an artist to us, you are a way of life. You make music that we can relate to on many levels, because you know what living in Chicago is like, and you want to make changes in the city. We may not be from the same side but we come from the same city. We just want to thank you for not forgetting where you came from and helping the city of Chicago in more ways than just being an inspirational rapper. You’re using your fame for good and not just to look good. You gave $1 million dollars of your personal money to Chicago schools and that’s something no one has done for us.We thank you for supporting Chicago’s minority youth when not many others have put time to think about the kids. As minority students we feel ignored and as though we don’t have enough support from bigger influences like you. Being born and raised in Chicago is not easy at all. There are so many stereotypes and restrictions we have as teenagers due to the frequent violence and crimes. Your music puts some at ease because we know that someone cares and someone has experienced these daily struggles too. You and your music have taught us that you can be true to yourself and still be successful, still be self-made.Once again, thank you for aiding us and giving something back to the city we know and love, Chicago. Sincerely,Alex Rojas, Alondra Cerros, and Annelisse BetancourtLake View High School StudentsChicago, Illinoislast_img read more

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A look inside: Dudley House Co-op

first_img Opting for the Co-op After-dinner music After dinner, Christopher Johnson-Roberson ’12 strums a number next to Daniel Schade ’11. Mise en place Iman James ’12 assists chef Alice Gissinger ’11 with chopping and dicing. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer Karl Marx wall Daniel Schade ’11 shows the “Tribute to Karl Marx” wall, which also includes a photo of Captain Jean-Luc Picard, the Star Trek character portrayed by actor Patrick Stewart. A good man Christopher Johnson-Roberson does dishes. Trio Bethany Potter ’13, Victoria Koski-Karell ’12, and Christopher Johnson-Roberson ’12 unwind with some tunes. Before the Dudley Co-operative Society was founded in 1958 as alternative housing for Harvard undergraduates, it was a bed and breakfast where Teddy Roosevelt and Henry Cabot Lodge are reported to have slept.Today, co-op resident and ethnomusicology concentrator Christopher Johnson-Roberson ’11 says life in the co-op, which houses 30 undergrads, two resident tutors, and a tutor’s spouse in its two buildings, supports his academic and social interests. “My academic work focuses on how music can be a means to promote social cohesion and also express political protest,” he said. “The jam sessions at the co-op represent a synthesis of all the components of the community that I appreciate.”Residents do their own cooking and cleaning. Multiculturalism is reflected in the co-op’s cuisine during nightly communal meals. One evening, Iman James ’12 chopped fresh bunches of kale while Alice Gissinger ’11 dropped dabs of butter into a wok full of rutabaga for a special vegetarian menu: kale verde con rutabaga, curried couscous, salade de lentilles, and cheesecake.When Gissinger was working intensively on her senior thesis recently, fellow co-op members helped care for her day-to-day needs according to a point system that is described in the co-op sutra, a book of house rules written and updated by previous residents and passed down each year.“In the co-op, it’s not just my social life that’s provided for,” said Gissinger. “There is a feeling of reciprocity that encourages communication, respect, collaboration, and community.” Veggie delight Victoria Koski-Karell ’12 (from left), Bethany Potter ’13, Co-op President Daniel Schade ’11, and Daniel Yavuzkurt ’12 line up for a vegetarian buffet dinner. Pick it Remeike Forbes ’11 (left) plays a spirited rendition of “Old Joe Clark” while changing the words for comic effect. Iman James ’12 listens. Family dinner Remeike Forbes ’11 (from left) bonds over food and talk with Iman James ’12, Katharine Vidt ’13, and Christopher Johnson-Roberson ’12. Fit and happy “Fitness is an important part of co-op life,” said Victoria Koski-Karell ’12, who does pull-ups inside her room at the Dudley Co-operative Society, which is an affiliate of Dudley House that was founded in 1958 as alternative housing for undergraduates. Stirrin’ and fryin’ Alice Gissinger ’11 prepares “kale verde con rutabaga” for dinner. Apple pancake sampler Co-op President Daniel Schade ’11 showcases some kooky art bedazzling the walls. Y’all come back now! Thanks for visiting Dudley House Co-op, where anything is possible…last_img read more

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Get A Fresh Look For Spring With Alure Home Improvements

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sponsored Content Brought To You By Alure Home ImprovementsSpring is coming into full bloom in the weeks ahead, so naturally your gaze might wander from the flowers in your garden to the exterior and interior of your house. How does it hold up? Are you happy with the look of your place? Maybe now is the time to freshen its indoor and outdoor appearance—especially if you’ve been thinking about it all winter long.If you plan to sell your home, you can use neutral and traditional colors because they convey a look that is warm and inviting, say realtors. According to Consumer Reports, blue is an effective hue when you want to sell. But forget green or orange. Eccentric colors may turn you on—especially if they dominate your wardrobe—but they’re pretty sure to turn off any potential homebuyers. You want to make a great first impression.But why stop there? Why not consider lasting impressions?Because no matter whether you’re selling or staying, you want your house to have curb appeal for as long as you own it. As home expert Bob Vila advises, you should only pick the hues for your home’s exterior that you’ll love coming home to every day.Of course, it all depends on your house, whether it gets sunlight or shade, where it faces, and what kind of trees are nearby. Consider its place and its physical elements before you choose your colors.You want some suggestions? That’s what your friends at Alure Home Improvements are there for. Try off-white. It’s a classic, traditional look, a touch of cream accented with a formal taste of coolness. Of course, if you don’t want off-white, why not just go for white? A white clapboard-like look is a classic with timeless appeal. But you may not want to go too stark so try adding some creamy yellow undertones to the white you pick.A putty color is a blend of warm taupe and gray hues, colors that blend in with your home’s natural surroundings, especially if your house has a lot of landscaping, that can be quietly inspiring. It’s a great color if you have stone in the foundation or on the walkways. Speaking of taupe, by itself it’s a perfect natural exterior paint because it evokes a classic neutral sentiment. If you want to play it safe, you can’t go wrong with taupe.Further on the spectrum lies gray. There are plenty of subtle shades to choose from, like driftwood, for example. One popular choice combines Benjamin Moore Copley Gray trimmed with Benjamin Moore Elephant Tusk. Perhaps you’d like to consider deep blue grays because they can convey a nautical, serene emotion. It’s also a good bet if you want to offset it with white trim.If you want to go in another direction, try yellow. But look before you leap. It’s a color that’s bound to be bold if you’re not careful, so you might want to rein it in with a pale shade. Tone it down and lighten it up, and you’ll get the cheerful hue that will make you smile. Light blue makes a dramatic statement, so you probably want to consider the architectural elements your house may have and highlight them with a reddish-brown trim. This combination can be a real showstopper, if that’s the effect you’re aiming for. Certainly, it will make people stop and take a look. You just want to make sure you’re comfortable with seeing it yourself.The last thing you want to feel when you enter your house is like you’re walking into a black hole. So, to play it safe, consider whites, grays and tans—shades that endure. You can go trendy with your door if you want to make a difference, perhaps a lemon yellow or a burgundy and olive. But don’t even think about school-bus yellow or fire-engine red, because those colors are more suitable for some kind of flashy commercial enterprise. And if you want to put your house up for sale, think mid-tone blues and monochromatic color schemes that mix different shades and tints for the trim. But you’re not done until you select the right finish. Experts say that flat and satin finishes are right for siding, because they reduce reflections and hide any material flaws, from age, perhaps. To add some shine to your doors and trim, pick semi-gloss paints for a nice contrast.Click here to learn more about Alure Home ImprovementsAnd remember, long before you arrive at the final look you want for you home, be sure to consult with your friends at Alure Home Improvements, because they’ve been making homes look better for years.last_img read more

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Bubak is best in URSS Bob Salem Memorial finale

first_imgJake Bubak’s late charge to the front landed him the top check on night two of Oberlin Speed­way’s Bob Salem Memorial main event for the United Rebel Sprint Series. (Photo by Steve Towery)By David Smith Jr.OBERLIN, Kan. (Aug. 20) – Colorado’s Jake Bubak took the lead with two laps remaining to claim the United Rebel Sprint Series checkers on the final night of the annual Bob Salem Memorial Sun­day at Oberlin Speedway.Bubak passed Zach Blurton for the runner-up position with five laps to go then caught the rear bumper of leader Taylor Velasquez with three laps remaining. One lap later, Bubak completed a slide job in turn one and led the last two times around the track to capture a $1,022 payday and his second URSS victory of the season.Velasquez settled for second while Nick Haygood came home third. Jed Werner came home fourth and earned $1,500 bonus for being the two-day point champion. Ty Williams rounded out the top five while Blurton rebounded from an earlier excursion off the top of the track to finish sixth.Nate Berry came from his 19th starting position to finish seventh and claim the overall Keizer Alumi­num Wheels hard charger award for the two-day event and an additional $500 from Law­rence Marshall Trucking.The $100 hard luck award went to Toby Chapman when his exceptional weekend came to an end while leading after a tangle with a lapped car before midway of the 30-lapper.Feature results – 1. Jake Bubak; 2. Taylor Velasquez; 3. Nick Haygood; 4. Jed Werner; 5. Ty Williams; 6. Zach Blurton; 7. Nate Berry; 8. Tracey Hill; 9. Steven Richardson; 10. Lonnie Cox; 11. Buddy Tubbs; 12. Craig Jecha; 13. John Webster; 14. Justin Fifield; 15. Kaden Taylor; 16. Todd Plemons; 17. Monty Ferriera; 18. Scott Cochran; 19. Toby Chapman; 20. Austin McLean.last_img read more

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