100 cases of child abuse in Mid West a month

first_imgTwitter No vaccines in Limerick yet Email Advertisement Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year by Bernie English [email protected] were almost 900 cases of child abuse reported to child protection services in the Mid West during the first nine months of last year, a massive increase from the previous year’s figures.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up And of the 868 reports submitted from Limerick, Clare and Tipperary, 491 so far have been deemed serious enough to warrant close investigation.According to the figures obtained from Tusla, the National Child and Family Agency, the number of reports in the Mid West for the entirety of 2013 were 696, far short of the first nine months figures for 2014.There are no figures available as yet for 2015 or the final quarter of 2014.Of the reports in 2013, 529 required further investigation or action from the social services, a stage process known as ‘initial assessment’.The reporting figures in the Mid West have been increasing steadily since 2011, when there were 420 reported cases of abuse or neglect and 2012, when 593 cases were reported.The allegations cover such issues as child neglect or abuse of a sexual, physical, or emotional nature.The process of initial assessment involves meeting the child, the child’s parents, and contacting relevant professionals. The process is aimed at determining if there is, in principal, a case to answer.The next step, if social and child protection workers are unhappy with the situation, is to carry out risk assessment may need to be carried out.After investigations, it may be determined that a child should be taken into care because he or she is at risk.Figures for the number of children taken into care as a result of complaints in the Mid West are currently not available.A spokesperson for Tusla said that the agency “responds to every child protection or welfare referral it receives”.Currently, more than 90 per cent of Irish children in care are in foster care. Linkedin More than €250,000 greenway funding for Limerick and East Clare First Irish death from Coronavirus TAGSchild abusefeaturedMid WestMidwestTusla center_img WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsBreaking news100 cases of child abuse in Mid West a monthBy Bernie English – March 19, 2015 1085 Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Facebook Previous articleLimerick Council response raises fury in GarryowenNext articleLimerick TD seeks public inquiry into republican abuse claims 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. Shannondoc operating but only by appointment Printlast_img read more

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The current microtrend of banks buying credit unions

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr “If you live long enough, you will see everything” is how one credit union executive reacted to the idea that banks should consider acquiring credit unions.Just a few years ago, the idea of a credit union buying a bank seemed crazy; today, it is a proven and successful growth strategy for credit unions. Could the initially surprising idea of banks buying credit unions follow a similar path? I don’t think so.In full disclosure, this author is from the dark side. I’ve been a banker for 30 years—big banks, small banks, mutual banks, consultant. I’ve been a bank CEO and a major stock holder and I’ve been involved in many types of bank mergers and acquisitions. For the last five years, I’ve been working with credit unions as they map out their growth strategies, including possible mergers with other credit unions and acquisitions of bank branches and even whole banks.So, what good could come of selling your credit union to a bank? Besides the obvious growth and size benefits, a bank could reap significant benefits from a credit union acquisition. A credit union is often rich in highly coveted core deposits. Additionally, credit unions have strengths in areas that could benefit banks. For example, credit unions are focused on retail banking and typically have consumer banking capabilities that would strengthen a bank’s performance in retail banking. Likewise, many credit unions have specialized expertise in such areas as insurance, investments, indirect auto lending and even trip and travel agency services for members. A bank might even consider maintaining the credit union brand (obviously sans the words “credit union”) to sustain the value of the retail relationships. continue reading »last_img read more

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Fists, stones and clubs: China and India’s brutal high altitude, low-tech battle

first_img‘A cold desert’Colonel S Dinny, who until 2017 commanded an Indian battalion in the region, said that the terrain is “extremely treacherous”, with troops having to climb as high as 5,200 meters.”It’s a cold desert,” he told AFP. “It takes a toll on the body and mind. The oxygen level is only 60 percent of what is available in cities like Delhi, Mumbai.”And it’s also confusing.The area “is not demarcated on the map, there is no boundary. The maps have not even been exchanged so that the other person knows what someone is claiming. There are no boundary markers,” Dinny said.But retired lieutenant general DS Hooda, who headed the army’s Northern Command, said that there are detailed protocols that have ensured misunderstandings usually do not escalate — starting with the no-guns policy.”If patrols come face to face, they will stand at a distance and unfurl banners. India’s banner will show the Chinese are in their territory with a ‘Go Back’ and vice versa for China,” Hooda told AFP.”These are the sort of protocols that have been laid down by both countries and largely these protocols have been followed in the past and things have remained peaceful,” he said.”What we are seeing right now is a complete breakdown of the protocol,” he said.”In our time we revisited our protocol and our rules of engagement so that any disagreements can be handled in a more military fashion — rather than fighting it out like goons on the street.” Indian media claim that 43 Chinese were also killed or seriously hurt — Beijing is yet to give casualty numbers — making it the deadliest encounter since 1967 and the first deaths in fighting since 1975.But unlike then, this time no shot was fired, with the victims bludgeoned with crude hand-made weapons, hit by stones or punched and shoved off a ridge onto rocks and an icy river below, reports and sources indicate.Post-mortems so far showed that the “primary reason for death is drowning and it looks like they fell from a height into the water because of head injuries,” one Indian official told AFP.The NDTV and Network 18 television channels reported that 16 of the Indian soldiers were killed with blunt objects and four fell into the river. India and China’s militaries have some of the world’s most sophisticated modern weaponry, but their deadliest scrap in over 50 years was fought using fists, rocks wrapped in barbed wire and clubs studded with nails.There is an understanding between the nuclear-armed neighbors that despite their decades-old failure to demarcate their huge border, their troops in the disputed and inhospitable region will not use firearms.The several hours of scuffles on Monday, reportedly involving hundreds of soldiers around 4,500 meters up in the Himalayas, left at least 20 Indians dead, according to the Indian army. ‘Rocks in barbed wire’ According to broadcaster India Today, last week Chinese forces returned and camped in an area that they had previously withdrawn from. Indian troops “dismantled” the camp and a scuffle left several soldiers injured.The Chinese returned in larger numbers over the weekend and on Sunday stones were thrown. The next evening, on a high ridge with a big drop towards the fast-flowing Galwan river, clashes erupted.Matters escalated rapidly and several Indian soldiers tumbled into the icy water, while an unarmed Indian patrol team led by Colonel Santosh Babu set out to parley with the Chinese.But the Chinese refused to budge and attacked the Indians with boulders, rocks wrapped with barbed wire and clubs studded with nails, Indian reports said. Colonel Babu was seriously injured. He would later die.Forty minutes later, the same unit led by a major returned and further fighting broke out, this time reportedly involving hundreds of soldiers and the Chinese outnumbering the Indians, raging until after midnight.”When they [the Indian soldiers] were encountered by the Chinese soldiers they were overwhelmed and many were pushed down a harsh rocky slope,” one security source told AFP.”They came hurtling down like free falling objects.” Topics :last_img read more

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Klopp hoping to keep Liverpool’s EPL-winning squad intact

first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said on Saturday his main focus now was to ensure the squad that delivered the Merseyside club’s first top flight title in three decades was intact.The German said his task was to see to it the squad was not broken up in the near future. Liverpool’s 30-year wait for their 19th English top flight title ended on Thursday after second-placed Manchester City were beaten by Chelsea.It gave Klopp’s side an unassailable 23-point lead with seven games left.Klopp, who took charge of Liverpool in 2015, has overseen a period of sustained dominance, delivering the UEFA Champions League last season and the league title this year.“I cannot promise we will dominate football now, nor do I know if it is time to talk about major upheavals,” he told German newspaper Bild. “But I know our goal is to keep the team together.”The 53-year-old Klopp believes Liverpool are not in the same boat as his former club Borussia Dortmund. The German side lost key players such as Shinji Kagawa and Robert Lewandowski in the seasons that followed their back-to-back title triumphs in the Bundesliga in 2011 and 2012.“The problem was that our (Borussia Dortmund) team was picked up by other clubs. That hasn’t happened here and now the team has been exceptionally consistent for two and a half years,” the German added.Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho is a transfer target for Liverpool, according to British media reports, but Klopp admitted he does not envisage his side making a move for the English winger.“The red jersey will look very good for Jadon. But I don’t think such a transfer will take place this summer. If he moved to Liverpool, I would be the most surprised of all,” he said.Reuters/NAN. Tags: Borussia DortmundChelseaEnglish Premier LeagueJadon SanchoJurgen KloppLiverpoolManchester CityRobert LewandowskiShinji KagawaUEFA Champions Leaguelast_img read more

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LeBron James, Stephen Curry will captain 2018 NBA All-Star teams

first_img Video: What LeBron James said about Jacob Blake … ‘Black people in America are scared’ Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates For Curry, it will be his 5th All-Star Game appearance. Related Articles Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters James was voted in as an All-Star for the 14th consecutive time, the longest streak by a player in NBA history. James also led all players with 2,638,294 fan votes.While James did lead the way in fan voting, Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks.center_img For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory LeBron James and Stephen Curry will be captains for the 2018 NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles after they received the most fans votes in their respective conferences.Curry and James will draft players to make up the two teams.While the reserves for the All-Star game will be announced Tuesday, the players that make up the Western and Eastern Conference “starters pool” is listed below. While the draft will not be televised, the rosters will be picked then announced next Thursday on TNT. Portland star Damian Lillard (knee) to miss Game 5 vs. Lakers Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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