Limerick funerals and weddings being funded by moneylenders

first_imgLimerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Print Email Facebook NewsLocal NewsLimerick funerals and weddings being funded by moneylendersBy Alan Jacques – April 16, 2015 690 WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories TAGSFianna FáillimerickmoneylendersWillie O’Dea TD WhatsApp Advertisementcenter_img Previous articleTV – Sport on TV ListingsNext articleBoxing – Thomond Park could host Lee title fight Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Linkedin by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Deputy Willie O’DeaMANY Limerick people are being forced to go to moneylenders to pay for family events like First Holy Communions, weddings and funerals.And local Fianna Fáil TD Willie O’Dea is now calling for a relaxation of Central Bank regulations on loans of under €1000 to help hard-pressed families meet the cost of special events without recourse to moneylenders.Deputy O’Dea, who is his party’s spokesman on Social Protection claims that many of his constituents in Limerick City are being forced to go to moneylenders.He believes that the Central Bank has gone overboard in relation to the red tape involved in the provision of small loans of €1000 or less and this is causing “undue hardship” for many vulnerable people in Limerick.“The Credit Union has traditionally provided small loans at affordable interest rates, particularly to those who cannot access credit elsewhere. Irish people depended on the Credit Unions for small loans to help them through tough financial times like Christmas, weddings, funerals and First Communions,” Deputy O’Dea pointed out.“Now when there is probably more need than ever for this type of loan, the Central Bank’s requirement that extensive documentation such as payslips, bank statements, credit card details and mortgage statements are provided for these micro loans is proving excessive in my experience.”As a result, vulnerable people in Limerick are turning to moneylenders who are charging them exorbitant interest rates.“We all agree that the Central Bank are correct to ensure responsible prudent lending, however, because these rules apply to all loans regardless of size, it is an example of the ‘one size fits all’ approach to regulation that is not serving the community and is instead forcing people to turn to vulture moneylenders.“Discretion regarding the lending of small amounts of money needs to be restored to credit unions in particular,”  he concluded. Twitter Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

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Barcelona: Newcastle table official bid for Chelsea target

first_img Promoted Content8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs10 Greatest Disney Female Villains We Love Anyways6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True8 Amazing Facts About Ancient EgyptWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do12 Stars You Would Never Recognize Without Their Signature LookCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?10 Albino Animals Who Look Like GhostsTop 10 Most Iconic Characters On TVTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time A report in El Mundo Deportivo outlines how the Magpies have already officially opened negotiations to land the Brazilian, who was also linked with Chelsea from the Blaugrana.It is even claimed that Newcastle, who are hopeful of a Saudi-backed takeover being completed in the coming weeks, want Mauricio Pochettino – who managed Coutinho at Espanyol – to replace the club’s current boss Steve Bruce.The report claims that both Pochettino and Rafael Benitez – the club’s former boss who could return to the club if they cannot land the Argentine – have given their approval to any deal for Coutinho.Bayern Munich – where Coutinho is on a season-long loan arrangement from Barcelona – have an option to buy the Brazil international for €120m at the end of the campaign but multiple reports suggest this will not be exercised.Read Also: Ighalo nears Man Utd extension amid foreign stars ban in ChinaBarcelona are said to be keen on selling the former Liverpool star this year to raise vital funds, while the player is said to have little interest in returning to Inter or joining Paris Saint-Germain and instead is keen on a move to England.The Brazilian scored 21 goals in 76 outings for Barcelona after moving in a club record €160m fee from Liverpool in January 2018 but he has consistently flattered to deceive since.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Philippe Coutinho looks certain to leave Barcelona this summer and Newcastle have already spoken to him regarding a summer move.Advertisementcenter_img Loading… last_img read more

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Oh buoy! Huge marker washes up in Donegal

first_imgA marine buoy has made an incredible transatlantic trip to reach North Donegal – two years after it went missing off the US coast.The large marker was discovered on Saturday at the Bloody Foreland by local teen Padraig O’Donnell.Marine buoy found at Bloody Foreland, Gaoth Dobhair. Photo Padraig O’DonnellIntrigued by his find, the 15-year-old set about investigating where the buoy came from. And his emails to the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries led to even greater discoveries.Scientists were amazed to learn that the buoy had travelled all the way to Ireland – some 3,500 miles away. It was originally used to mark the location of an artificial reef off Ocracoke Island before it broke away from its mooring. Artificial reefs are constructed to protect habitat for fish species and signified by bright yellow buoys.Marine buoy found at Bloody Foreland, Gaoth Dobhair. Photo Padraig O’DonnellThis marker had been missing for at least two years, according to the Artificial Reef Coordinator in North Carolina. Other staff with the Division were fascinated by the fact that the buoy had travelled so far through the Gulf Stream to Donegal.That’s quite the souvenir! Oh buoy! Huge marker washes up in Donegal was last modified: May 7th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Bloody ForelandbuoyGweedorelast_img read more

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Still hot, for now…Cooler weather ahead

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Last week’s forecast remains on track. After a cool week last week we expect a much warmer than normal week this week. Temperatures will run some 5 to 7 degrees above normal. After the recent dry period, it does look like rain chances will be increasing this week. Due to summer convection, rainfall will be quite variable, but most everyone should get something. Rainfall will likely range from 0.25 to 1.50 inches. Most will average 0.50 to 1 inch, though.The roller coaster ride looks to continue for the rest of June. The week of June 19 will return to cooler than normal temperatures with temperatures about 5 degrees below normal. Rainfall will average close to normal from 0.75 to 1.25 inches in many places.Rainfall for the two-week period on the attached image will be at or above normal in the eastern half of the Corn Belt.The week of June 26 will switch back to warmer and drier than normal.The outlook for July and August still calls for somewhat warmer and drier than normal.last_img read more

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More water discharged from Pune dams

first_imgWeekend showers in catchment areas have prompted another round of water discharge by the Irrigation Department from three of the four major dams supplying water to Pune district.More than 1,700 cusecs was released from Khadakwasla and Varasgaon each, while around 500 cusecs was discharged from Panshet into the Mutha River after all three dams filled to the brim on Monday, said Irrigation Department officials.According to authorities, the cumulative water stock in the four dams now stood at 28.68 thousand million cubic feet (tmcft) of their combined capacity of 29.15 tmcft.“The present collective storage of 28.68 tmcft, which is 98.3% of the total capacity of the dams, is nearly 1tmc more than what it was at the same time last year (27.79 tmcft),” said an official.The catchment area of Khadakwasla dam, Pune city’s potable water lifeline, has recorded over 1000 mm rainfall this time, almost double than last year during this period.Authorities hope that with more showers expected in this month, the cumulative rainfall will help take care of the city’s ever-increasing water requirements for a year while addressing the irrigation needs of the outlying areas.Rains have also prompted discharge of waters from the Koyna dam in western Maharashtra, leading to a rise in the level of Panchganga river in Kolhapur district, which has yet to fully recover from the recent deluge.The India Meteorological Department has forecast heavy showers for the next two days in the ghat areas of the State, especially in Nashik (north Maharashtra) and Pune, Satara and Kolhapur in the western part, all of which have been battered by incessant rain and heavy floods recently.The Kolhapur Irrigation Department officials said the fresh showers had led to a discharge of a little over 24,000 cusecs from Koyna dam throughout Monday while the Almatti dam in Karnataka was discharging around 14,900 cusecs.last_img read more

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In The Spotlight – Ryan Pollock

first_imgIn the first edition of In The Spotlight, Australian Mixed Open captain, Ryan Pollock, speaks about his progression into the Australian team and who have been the biggest influences on his Touch Football career. Name: Ryan PollockNickname: Ryno, Brian, Pollaaack, Brian Bollocks, FumblesAge: 32Affiliate: Coomera CometsOccupation: TeacherPosition: MiddleDebut for Australia: 24th April, 2009 (2009 Trans Tasman Series)Career highlights so far: 2009, 2010 Trans Tasman Series wins, 2006 Origin Series win, 2005/2006/2007/2009 National Touch League titles, 2004 New South Wales State Cup.How you got involved in Touch Football: My high school PE teacher.Favourite player: Nathan Jones, Benjamin “Buttons” Moylan, Bob Brindell, Gavin McDonald.What does it mean to you to be representing Australia at the 2011 World Cup: Everything!!!Biggest influence on your Touch Football career: Bernie Morrison, Mook Snr, John Groth and Carol Baumber.Favourite sporting moment: Running onto the field in 2009 to represent Australia for the first time.What do you know about Scotland: It has some spectacular scenery and sights, Hogmanay is UNBELIEVABLE, their Men’s Open team are top blokes, and the bagpipes send chills up my spine.Any superstitions: No superstitions, if you’re good enough you will win!Funniest Australian teammate: Ben Robinson and Roy Prasad, sorry Tash (assistant coach Tony El Takchi) but Benny and Roy really are funny guys, with material they don’t recycle!Favourite quote:  Funny one, “No pressure, but the pressure’s on” NJ 11 special!Any travel plans for after World Cup: Staying on for a 12 week backpacking trek through about 15 countries, very exciting!Stay tuned to the website for the upcoming editions of In The Spotlight, which will feature every Open’s player travelling to the World Cup.  With only 53 days to go until the 2011 Federation of International Touch World Cup, be sure to be regularly visiting the Touch Football Australia website to keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information. Don’t forget to become a fan of Touch Football Australia on Facebook and Twitter in the lead up to the 2011 World Cup to find out all you need to know about Australia’s World Cup campaign by clicking on the following links:http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384 www.twitter.com/touchfootyauslast_img read more

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Indiana Basketball Fans Have Launched TomCreanBuyout.com

first_imgWebsite devoted to Tom Crean's buyout.Tom Crean has put together a very talented Hoosiers roster, but many fans aren’t thrilled with the results. Crean took over a program that was hit hard by NCAA violations under head coach Kelvin Sampson, and went 28-66 in his first three years in Bloomington, before leading IU back to the NCAA Tournament in 2011-12 and 2012-13, when it reached back to back Sweet Sixteens. Crean’s program was a disappointing 17-15 last season, and is 19-11 this season, and right on the cusp of the NCAA Tournament. We’ve seen unhappy fans launch websites calling for coaches’ jobs before, but the unhappy Indiana fans have taken a bit of a different approach. Someone has launched www.tomcreanbuyout.com, which provides information on the cost to buyout Crean’s large contract. http://www.tomcreanbuyout.com/http://www.tomcreanbuyout.com/Indiana is set to bring back most of its roster next year, barring possible NBA Draft departures, and stand a solid shot at making this year’s NCAA Tournament. We expect Crean to be back, but it is certainly understandable why Hoosier fans’ patience is running short.last_img read more

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Child Ambassadors: Safeguarding the Welfare of Abused Children

first_imgEducating young Jamaicans about child abuse and the course of action to be taken to address this, while helping children who may be suffering in silence, are some of the objectives of the newly established volunteer Child Ambassadors initiative of the Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR).Launched in 2012, the programme is one of the OCR’s main initiatives aimed at involving more youngsters in the fight against child abuse.Currently, there are nine child ambassadors, who were selected from across the island six months ago and presented with their instruments of appointments by Youth and Culture Minister, Hon. Lisa Hanna. They will serve for one year. One of the ambassadors, St. Andrew High School student, Ashlie Barrett, has high praises for the concept.“So far the programme has been excellent (and) it has been great experience. We have had a lot of exposure,” she tells JIS News.Miss Barrett says her love for other children led her to joining the programme, noting that children “are our most important investment in this country because they are our future.”Registrar of the OCR Greig Smith, says prior to being appointed, the ambassadors participated in several workshops and training programmes at the agency’s head office, in KingstonHe explains that they learned about the importance of children’s agencies and how they, on their roles as ambassadors, can interface children within their communities and schools, as well as their peers.Mr. Smith tells JIS News that they are expected to encourage children who they know have been or suspect of being abused, to make reports to the OCR.“They can now educate their peers at devotions, educate parents at Parent/Teachers Association (PTA) meetings on what they need to do if they suspect or know of cases of child abuse,” he points out.Miss Barrett says she has endeavoured to heighten the level of awareness by distributing flyers and brochures at her school, and sharing information garnered at the training sessions.“I am planning to initiate a club. But right now what I am doing is handing out some flyers and informing my fellow class mates as well as members of the school population (on) what the OCR is about. I tell them not to be afraid, (but) to speak up against child abuse of any form,” she points out.The young ambassador notes that her peers’ interest is often piqued whenever mention is made of the $500,000 fine which failure to report knowledge of child abuse, attracts.Being an Ambassador has not sidetracked Miss Barrett from her studies. In fact, she indicates that she is currently preparing to sit this year’s Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE).She points out that she has successfully maintained a balance between her duties as an ambassador and school work. This, while disseminating useful information on how to deal with child abuse to her peers, through the social media networks.“When I have free time, I put my efforts towards being an ambassador and really representing the OCR as much as I can. I’ve been spreading the word on Facebook and other social network,” she says.While noting that she is yet to encounter any case of child abuse, Miss Barrett informs that persons have advised her of such occurrences.“Students have been coming to me to say that they know of cases and I have been trying to get information. I’m in the process of collecting (more information) before making a report to the OCR,” she discloses.Other Child Ambassadors have welcomed their appointments and are committing to doing everything possible to make a difference in the lives of youngsters who have experienced abuse.“I saw being a Child Ambassador as a chance to bring about a change and I think the OCR has given me the opportunity to do just that. I will make it my priority to see (that) our nation’s children cared for in the best way possible,” student of Glenmuir High School in Clarendon and Ambassador for Region 6, Tasheka Nevers, says.Saran Wilson of Westwood High School in Trelawny and Ambassador for Region 3, points out that:  “I chose to become a Child Ambassador for the OCR as I believe that all children should be encouraged to express themselves, as they are usually undermined in society.”The other ambassadors appointed are: Robyn Boyd of Marymount High School, St. Mary; Moesha Allen, Maud McLeod High School, Westmoreland; Deandra Goss, Hampton High School, St. Elizabeth; Francesco Wilkie, Pembroke Hall High School, St. Andrew; Brandon Blythe, Petersville All Age School, Westmoreland; and Xaundre Mohansingh, Glenmuir High School.Since receiving their instruments of appointments, seven of the ambassadors have been formally introduced to their respective institutions through school tours organized by the OCR. These tours will eventually be rolled out to other schools across the island, and will also be used by the agency to launch the OCR Clubs in Schools initiative. CONTACT: ELAINE HARTMAN-RECKFORDlast_img read more

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WilsonRaybould raises criminalization of HIV nondisclosure with counterparts

first_imgOTTAWA – The issue of whether criminal charges are the right way to deal with people who fail to disclose their HIV-positive status to sexual partners is on the table as Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould meets her provincial and territorial colleagues in Vancouver.Last year, the federal justice minister promised to examine how the criminal justice system responds to the non-disclosure of HIV status, which could include reviewing current practices on laying charges and going ahead with prosecutions, as well as developing prosecutorial guidelines.“The over-criminalization of HIV non-disclosure discourages many individuals from being tested and seeking treatment and further stigmatizes those living with HIV or AIDS,” Wilson-Raybould said in a statement published Dec. 1, 2016, which was World AIDS Day.The results of that promised review are not expected to be shared publicly till this fall, but Wilson-Raybould will update her fellow justice ministers at their two-day meeting in Vancouver and encourage them to consider what they could do to address the issue.The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that consent to sexual activity can be considered null and void if the accused person failed to disclose, or lied about, his or her HIV status. The Crown must also prove the person would not have consented to sex if he or she had been aware of the HIV status.That can lead to a charge of aggravated sexual assault — the most commonly applied, although there have been others — so long as the sexual contact has either transmitted the virus to the complainant, or put them at significant risk of contracting it.The high court clarified in 2012 that this would not apply if someone uses a condom and also has a “low viral load,” but advocates argue the law has fallen far behind the science on the level of risk.The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network has counted at least 184 people — involving 200 cases — who faced charges for offences related to HIV non-disclosure in Canada between 1989 and 2016, with the majority of them occurring since 2004.Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a source familiar with the file said the discussion in Vancouver will be about making sure everyone has a clear understanding of the impact of how things are being done now.Since provinces are responsible for the administration of justice when it comes to the Criminal Code, many of the potential solutions — such as issuing prosecutorial guidelines on how to handle allegations of HIV non-disclosure — would be within their jurisdiction.Ontario Justice Minister Yasir Naqvi said he is glad to see the issue on the agenda, but wants to see the results of the federal review before making any commitment to prosecutorial guidelines or other measures.“We have said since the federal government will be reviewing the Criminal Code and the over-criminalization of people with HIV, that it’s important for us to wait and see what the review is,” Naqvi said in Vancouver.“Because if there is information that comes out, I think it’s important that we have all that information,” he said.Richard Elliott, executive director of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, said he is encouraged the issue has been put on the agenda as a problem that needs to be solved.“That’s the first step — we’ve got to recognize that there is a problem,” said Elliott.“I hope that we can get at least a critical mass of provincial attorneys general also recognizing that there is a problem,” he said.“I think that is still a work in progress.”— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitter— With files from Geordon Omand in Vancouverlast_img read more

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