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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Japan, Philippine Coast Guard to Engage in MARLEN Exercise

first_img View post tag: MARLEN View post tag: News by topic Japan, Philippine Coast Guard to Engage in MARLEN Exercise May 4, 2015 The Japan Coast Guard (JCG) vessel PLH22 Yashima docked at South Harbor, Manila on May 3 for the 5th Joint Maritime Law Enforcement (MARLEN) Exercise together with the Philippine Coast Guard.The joint exercise on combating piracy and armed robbery at sea will take place off San Antonio, Cavite City, on May 06.PLH22 Yashima will participate in the activity with their assets consisting of a helicopter (Helicopter Bell 412) and rigid hull inflatable boat for board, search and seizure procedure. Likewise, the PCG will also deploy its floating and air assets to take part in the joint exercise.The event aims to further enhance the capabilities of PCG and JCG to combat piracy and armed robbery at sea and to acquire knowledge and skills in conducting airlift rescue operations.Yashima will conclude her visit after the 11th Heads of Asian Coast Guard Agencies-High Level Meeting May 3-7, in Malate, Manila.[mappress mapid=”15850″]Image: USCG View post tag: Exercise Share this article View post tag: Coast Guard View post tag: Japan Back to overview,Home naval-today Japan, Philippine Coast Guard to Engage in MARLEN Exercise View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy View post tag: asia View post tag: Philippine Authoritieslast_img read more

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Tri-military celebration honors Veterans Day

first_imgArmy, Navy and Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) units gathered at the Clarke Memorial Fountain on Tuesday to participate in a Veterans Day celebration in honor of all of those who have served in the United States military. From 4:30 p.m. Monday until the ceremony Tuesday, midshipmen and cadets stood vigil at the Clarke Memorial Fountain, known by students as “Stonehenge,” to pay respects to service members. The ceremony began with an introduction of the official party, followed by a benediction by Fr. Peter Rocca and the playing of the national anthem.Lieutenant colonel Christopher Pratt, commanding officer of the Notre Dame Army ROTC and professor of military science, recognized the cadets and midshipmen.“Although most have yet to serve, [the cadets and midshipmen] represent the absolute best and brightest of this country and have chosen a path of service to this great nation that less than one-half of 1 percent of Americans make these days,” Pratt said.Pratt also acknowledged the cadets and midshipmen in regards to their identity as students of Notre Dame.“In addition to their academically rigorous schedules, [the cadets and midshipmen] get up early and stay up late for their military training,” he said. “The 24-hour vigil they just completed is not only a tribute to Veterans Day, but a testament to their commitment, strength and character.” Pratt then introduced the keynote speaker, Major Patrick Gibbons, who is retired Marine Corp and executive director of academic communications. Gibbons began by speaking about the purpose and the importance of celebrating Veterans Day.“Unlike Memorial Day which honors those who gave their life for the country, Veterans Day is designed for all of those who have served or are currently serving around the world, about 20 million Americans,” Gibbons said. Although only a small percentage of Americans comprise the military, Gibbons said, many of them become heroes after serving.Americans do not become heroes just by serving, but many of them achieve a heroic status later in life by changing lives as educators, business people, parents and coaches, Gibbons said.“And I think what causes it is that common bond [the veterans] got in the military, while they were in uniform,” he said. “There was a willingness to serve others; there was a dedication to become better people and better citizens. It was the ability to get along with people from many different backgrounds and the desire to be forces of good in the world.”Gibbons then spoke about the current military conflicts facing the United States.“Today, the nation is involved in its longest war; this is its 14th consecutive year,” he said. “These days it remains unclear what victory would actually look like in this new type of warfare we are fighting, and the war of terrorism we are facing all around.”The nation owes a great debt of gratitude to those who serve or who have served, Gibbons said, as many come home seriously wounded by both visible and invisible damage and also often need jobs and job training in order to assimilate back into their civilian lives.In the divided nation we live in, the military unites us in paying respect and honoring people who have served or who are serving now in the military, Gibbons said.Gibbons closed with a prayer, asking God to watch over the cadets and all serving in the military and their families. He was then presented with a plaque from the staff, cadets and midshipmen of the University tri-military as a thank-you for sharing his experiences and speaking in honor of Veterans Day.Fr. Rocca ended the ceremony with a closing prayer that called for peace in their time.Tags: Clarke Memorial Fountain, ROTC, tri-military, Veterans Daylast_img read more

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No. 11 Syracuse tops Binghamton, 15-5, despite lack of scoring runs

first_img Comments Published on February 12, 2019 at 8:03 pm Contact Kaci: [email protected] There were times when Syracuse’s offense worked exactly as it was supposed to. With seven minutes left in the first half, sophomore Sam Swart picked up a ground ball and ran up the field. She threw the ball over Binghamton’s Rebecca Golderman – whose stick was stretched high – and hit Natalie Wallon’s stick. Wallon passed to senior Nicole Levy near the net. Levy caught it and swung the ball into the cage.It was SU’s sixth goal of the game. The first in over 10 minutes. Last Friday against UConn, No. 11 Syracuse’s (2-0) season opener was defined by the eight goals in eight minutes. On Tuesday against Binghamton (0-1), there were no scoring runs in the 15-5 win. The game, while high scoring on the Orange’s side, was plagued with errors. With 40 shots, Syracuse scored on 37.5 percent of them. Shots missed their mark, going wide or too high over the net.“On the offensive end we were a little bit sluggish,” SU head coach Gary Gait said, “and not quite focused enough to execute the way we can.”From the opening draw, with junior Emily Hawryschuk, the misfires hindered SU. Hawryschuk, who had 34 draw controls last season, lifted her stick high on the whistle but to little success. The ball fell to the ground where it was picked up by BU’s Golderman. She took it down the field for a successful clear. Syracuse would gain possession within the minute but not before allowing a shot.The sloppiness was seen in multiple aspects of SU’s offense. Last season, the Orange were ranked ninth for adjusted offense, per AnalyticsLacrosse.com. This was not that offense. While SU committed 11 turnovers, the offense suffered in other ways. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMessy passes and dropped balls led to 32 total ground balls. Twenty-four of SU’s scoops came in the first half, beating last season’s single-game total. The offense also counted for 18 of the ground balls. The errors caused on offense led to multiple scrambles, often in front of the net while Syracuse had possession. Other times, messy passes gave the Bearcats opportunities. Late in the first half and coming off the draw, Ella Simkins had won the ball and went to pass to freshman Sarah Cooper. Cooper was running too fast, and the ball flew about a foot behind her. Binghamton gathered the ball. While the Bearcats did nothing with the possession and turned the ball over a minute later, it was a missed scoring chance for the Orange. After scoring at the 17-minute mark, it took the Orange more than 10 minutes before they found the back of the net again. SU registered 11 shots, over 25 percent of its game total, in the scoreless span. Freshman Meaghan Tyrrell had a shot blocked and then another saved. Mackenzie Baker had her shot blocked and Hawryschuk, senior Julie Cross and freshman Megan Carney had their shots saved as well. Hawryschuk, Cross and Baker registered another shot each and all missed. And then, Mary Rahal had a breakaway, leaving only the goalie between her and the net. Her attempt flew past the cage, too. Finally, Levy had her assisted goal from Wallon, putting the Orange up 6-0.“We have to spark more energy out there and really put the game away,” Levy said.While finding the net was a struggle at times, Syracuse displayed its talent advantage. Last season, the Orange were 19th in RPI while Binghamton was 67th according to AnalyticsLacrosse. This season, Syracuse is ranked in the Inside Lacrosse top-25, Binghamton is not. The disparity in rankings showed on the field. Syracuse was sloppy, but it was able to win and maintain possessions. Gait said that this was what allowed the Orange to get 40 shots off, their highest total since 2017.Binghamton is not at the same level as Syracuse’s next opponent: No. 1 Boston College. Gait expects the team to come in with a different energy. He anticipated a more efficient outing than Tuesday nights output, when 10 different players found the net.Levy had three goals, including one off a free position shot. She fired it in without moving closer and flipped her stick in celebration. Morgan Alexander, after scoring her first career goal against UConn, had a goal, this one a behind-the-back shot off an assist by Hawryschuk. In the end, the mistakes didn’t matter.After the game, Levy said SU assistant coach Caitlin Defliese talked to them in the locker room about their complacency: “Only dead fish go with the flow.” center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Jade Daniels: Degree 53 – UX the bridge between the industry & design standards

first_img UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 Related Articles Submit Share Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Jade Sahota – Degree 53Jade Daniels Design Director at industry innovation, design and development studio Degree 53, details that as betting operators face higher regulatory and responsibility demands, incumbents have to be smarter than ever on UX guiding principals and strategies…____________The gambling industry is undergoing significant changes to improve the standards for responsible gambling. Besides advice and various initiatives, there are lots of technical requirements for operators that need to be implemented in their products to help customers gamble responsibly. However, with the increasing number of regulatory changes, the design and user experience of betting and gaming products are becoming as complex as the rules themselves. While they are there to protect customers, they also impact on the usability of the product and affect customer interaction.Operators need to be smarter about adding elements dictated by the regulators and merging them with the core product. Part of this challenge is educating customers about these rules. Many won’t be aware of them or care too much, but they will notice if these elements stand in the way of their journey. Operators need to help customers understand these rules and their purpose better.Lots of products are content and feature heavy simply because they have been built this way historically. Product owners have stuck to the same look for sportsbooks and casinos to avoid larger disruption to their customers as any dramatic change in the journey could be a risk of increasing drop-offs. By carrying on with the same design while adding more content, operators are risking overcrowding their products and making them less intuitive. Let’s review how this could be overcome.Using regulations to modernise the productA lot of clutter and bad user experience appears when landing pages are full of content that isn’t directly related to core services. Presenting new regulations doesn’t need to be dull or just plain text, as customers will likely ignore it or don’t like the experience. It can also make accessibility much harder. It’s more interesting to make a regulation into a feature and display it separately if possible. This could be a great opportunity for operators to be innovative and offer new services that go in line with the responsible gambling initiative.Operators want to prevent their customers from problem behaviour and they have all the data and tools to do so. Some of it has already been done and it shows that more can be done to bring out new features.For example, reality checks or just-in-time notifications pop up at the right time to distract the customer to remind them about the time spent with the product and to give them a break. They work really well to reduce the risk of gambling addiction, helping customers to manage their activity better.Similarly, showing a breakdown of winnings or spends could be done in an interactive way to help customers keep track of their money or bonuses. Sky Bet have already launched this feature as a visual graph. This is a great way of turning data into something useful and intuitive to help customers gamble responsibly.Operators could offer self-exclusion options based on customers’ spend. For example, if they gamble above a certain limit, they can be offered to self-regulate and log out until later. This would help them to save money and reduce gambling activity, enabling them to return at a later date and continue using the operator’s services in a responsible way. This would no doubt increase customer lifetime value, as well as preventing them from spending all their money and leaving completely.Regulators are keen on increasing responsible gambling functionalities on site. Having options like these would show how proactive the operator is in terms of looking after their customers, offering more interactive tools, as well as creating a trustworthy relationship and brand loyalty. Utilising any data available to product owners is key.Update the existing UX with new regulationsRegulatory changes to existing functionalities also mean that operators will need to update their user experience. Any significant updates will need to be thought through in order to manage customer expectations and behaviour.For example, a new regulation coming in May 2019 will apply to the Know-Your-Customer (KYC) process during the registration, changing the way customers will access gaming and betting services upon joining. Operators will need to prove their customers are over 18 and confirm their address before they will be able to deposit and place any bets or play. Currently, they have a 72-hour window and full access to services before verification.It’s a significant change that will likely turn away many customers and operators will see a big drop in first-time depositors. To prevent this, they will need to create a new onboarding process to clearly explain what customers need to do to successfully complete the registration process and access their services quicker. This is a regulatory requirement, however, a successful operator will increase conversion by utilising and integrating ID verification tools. They can also integrate additional databases or products that offer new methods as a fallback option. Moreover, there are great products that allow customers to scan their ID directly within the product to facilitate this process and maximise conversion.Finding out what works bestIt’s quite difficult to create something completely different when any big change could scare off customers and it becomes a catch-22 where products are replicated to avoid that. But changes don’t need to happen on a massive scale and we advise to take smaller steps instead. However, sometimes it’s necessary to try something new, and often, results can be surprising. What product owners might think is the best solution may not often be perceived as such by their customers.We strongly recommend A/B and user testing to trial different journeys and find out which performs best. It’s extremely useful to test something ahead of a release or determine if there are any obstacles during a user journey so it can be updated beforehand. Direct customer feedback helps guide operators to which route works best in order to prevent more drop-offs.Use regulatory changes to your advantageThe gambling industry is determined to increase the governance around responsible gambling and to protect customers from problem behaviour. It’s a positive initiative but comes with numerous regulations that have a strong impact on the user experience. Operators need to use that to their advantage to innovate and modernise their products to redefine how certain elements could be presented. Rather than shoe-horning something in last minute to pass compliance, why not find the best way to include regulatory requirements as part of the overall journey so customers still enjoy using the product?Some final thoughts…It’s important to base any changes on factual information, such as results from user testing and conversion analytics. The amount of content that sportsbooks and casinos have needs to be reviewed and updated, considering mobile and tablet use outweighing desktop. With so many regulations coming in, product owners need to reconsider how this information can be displayed to still offer a fun but responsible gaming and betting experience to customers.______________________Jade Daniels – Design Director @ Degree 53last_img read more

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