Lack of political action is adding to Limerick’s housing crisis

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Previous articleFree condoms campaign to encourage safe sexNext articleListen: The Last Post with Andrew Carey February 16, 2019 Alan Jacques Print NewsHousingPoliticsLack of political action is adding to Limerick’s housing crisisBy Alan Jacques – February 13, 2019 1363 Limerick on Covid watch list WhatsApp Limerick Sinn Fein TD Maurice QuinlivanWITH the latest figures from showing that rent prices in Limerick City are now 16.7 per cent higher than last year, Sinn Féin TD Maurice Quinlivan has called on Housing Minster Eoghan Murphy to introduce rent certainty in the local market.“Renters in Limerick are continuing to see their rents spiral out of control, as Fine Gael refuse to take radical action to address the problem. Limerick has been particularly hard hit with huge rent increases. The average rent in Limerick City is now € €1,171 per month, a 16.7 per cent increase on the same time last year.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “This is not a sustainable. How on earth are working people looking to rent in Limerick City supposed to afford such an increase in rent in one year?” Deputy Quinlivan asked.“The Minister’s failure to get to grips with the crisis in the rental sector continues to heap pressure on struggling renters and effectively locks low-income earners out of the rental market. We know Rent Certainty alone will not resolve the issue of high rents. It will, however, put a break on the unaffordable rent increases that thousands of people are facing.“The huge increase in rents coupled with a severe shortage of homes to rent and buy is exacerbating the housing crisis,” he claimed.Meanwhile, Labour Party Housing spokesperson Jan O’Sullivan stated this week that she believes homelessness can be ended by legal and practical action.Labour Party Housing spokesperson Jan O’SullivanThe former Housing Minister insists that if the ideals of the Democratic Programme are to be fulfilled 100 years after its publication, then all barriers to housing must be removed.According to Deputy O’Sullivan, the ideals adopted by the first Dáil 100 years ago are a challenge that we are now in a position to rise to.“Ireland is now a developed nation; we have worked our way out of the worst economic disaster since the foundation of the State; there is wealth but this is not shared equally and many of the children in our State are living in poverty, some are homeless, some haven’t got the most basic right of knowing their own identity.“With political will, we can now chart a course to address the needs of all our children. Nearly 4,000 of them are without a secure roof over their heads.“Between November 2017 and November 2018, there has been a 14 per cent rise in child homelessness.“Last week at the Raise the Roof conference, architect Mel Reynolds pointed out that there is enough Local Authority owned land, zoned for housing, to build 50,000 units of accommodation nationally, 30,000 of those in the Dublin area.  What is missing is the will and drive from Government.“In the Labour Party, we have presented detailed costed proposals for 80,000 social and affordable homes to be built over five years. That is the scale of what is needed and delivery at present falls very far short of that.“Labour has also steered a Bill through the Dáil which is now stalled in committee that would oblige Housing Authorities and the state to prioritise the interests of the child and to assist families, including providing them with safe accommodation.“We can end child homelessness by legal and practical action. As long as the will is there,” she concluded. Linkedin Advertisementcenter_img Limerick county house prices to rise 5% in 2021 Limerick city house prices rise 4.9% as time to sell falls Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites TAGSHousingLimerick City and CountyNewspolitics Twitter Email Mortgage payment break for local authority home loan borrowers will be extended by a further three months TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type!last_img read more

Barbados records decline in HIV infection rates

first_imgHealthLifestyleNewsRegional Barbados records decline in HIV infection rates by: Caribbean Media Corporation – September 4, 2015 Share 104 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Share Share Red ribbon, symbol of a commitment to the fight against HIV/AIDS. Clipping path included.BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Barbados says the annual rate of HIV infection cases is on the decline.Health Minister John Boyce, who did not give figures, says this is due to the expanded use of anti-retroviral therapy in the HIV treatment programme as well as steps now being taken to decentralize HIV services and offer diagnostic and treatment services outside of the HIV programme.Addressing a Caribbean Regional Health Policy Project workshop earlier this week, welcomed the outcomes of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded Health Policy Project which he said provided a country-specific road map for a coordinated response to the challenge of stigma and discrimination in health care facilities in the Caribbean..The workshop was held under the theme “Stigma Reduction – Moving from Understanding to Outcomes”.“While medical and technological innovations such an anti-retroviral treatment can help to prolong life for persons living with HIV, there are aspects of the response which cannot be addressed in this way. Our attitudes are personal, they influence our behaviour and interactions with each other, either consciously or unconsciously,” Boyce said.He told delegates that it was therefore necessary to have in place programmes for constant training and retraining to help health care workers to understand their own belief systems and attitudes that might influence their response to clients.In addition, the Health Minister stated that appropriate policies and legislation needed to be enacted to force change where necessary.Boyce acknowledged that both financial and technical assistance would be necessary to take the process forward, as well as greater engagement with partners in civil society.He pledged the Barbados government’s commitment to take action on the findings of the Health Policy Project and to ensure the implementation of the necessary training, as well as the development of the recommended tools.“It is my hope that the Government of the United States will continue to see this as a valuable project and will agree to provide ongoing technical and financial assistance to sustain these activities so that we can look forward to the elimination of marginalization of persons who need to access services within our health sector,” he added.last_img read more

Organisers Vow to Raise 2019 Lagos Women Run

first_imgShe noted that the 10km Run which is aimed at preparing women runners for bigger marathons in the following year, emancipation of women and campaign against women brutality, will be competed for in two categories: the Open Category; for runners from ages 20 to 45 years old and the Veteran Category for runners from 45 years old to 70.She stressed that, as it was done in the last edition, the two classes of runners will be distinguished by their type of running shirts. The Open runners will compete with a round neck shirt, while the veterans will compete with a V-neck shirts.The Lagos Women Run coordinator, who is also Nigeria’s first woman teakwondo black belt holder, disclosed that, the Lagos State First Lady, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, has given her words to flag the 2019 Lagos Women Run, at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos Island.Popoola, also confirmed that the 2019 edition has recorded more entries than previous editions as over 10,000 runners are registered to run on November 9, 2019. “In less than two months after we opened the registration portal, we have had over 10,000 runners registered. This is a higher percentage to our previous registration in the last four years. What this tells us is that, more women in Nigeria are aware of the Lagos Women Run and it’s campaign for women emancipation and campaign against women brutality.“Though, for this year, we have a larger figure than ever, the LWR team is ready to give it’s best.“We shall be starting this year’s programme with a one-week Expo that would involve seminars for the participants on how to run a marathon, prevention of brutality against women, medical tests, eye test and validation of registration.”She stressed that the route for this year Lagos Women Run is the same as last year’s which showcased 15 national monuments located in Lagos alone, from the flag off point at the Tafawa Balewa Square where Nigeria’s independence was declared to the legendary Tinubu Square, Electricity Coal Thermal Station, the National Art Theatre, Iganmu, and the National Stadium, Surulere amongst others.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The General Coordinator of the only women’s run in West Africa, the Lagos Women’s Run, Tayo Popoola, has stated that the 2019 event which is it’s 4th edition will be bigger and better than previous editions.Popoola, noted that, the 2019 Lagos Women Run will come with a number of world-class innovations after a careful study of what obtains at the world level.“Over the years, our team members have been traveling across the world to observe a number of women’s specific marathon events in Europe, South Africa, American and Asia, and have garnered enough experience to deliver the best at the 2019 Lagos Women Run, which has been scheduled to hold on Saturday, November 9, 2019.last_img read more

Cohen: Nassib plays shining role in leading Syracuse to 2nd bowl game under Marrone

first_imgCOLUMBIA, Mo. — From day one, he was Nathaniel Hackett’s project.Gone was Greg Paulus, the local kid turned one-year wonder who tried and failed to bring football success to Central New York. Gone was Mike Williams, the program’s best receiver in quite some time who tried and failed to finish the season in a Syracuse uniform.Left behind was Ryan Nassib, the quiet and unassuming Pennsylvania product who waited — and waited — for the Paulus experiment to run its course. And fresh on the scene in 2010 was Hackett, the son of a coach whose meticulous preparation and offensive genius prompted Tyrone Wheatley to call him a “mad scientist.”Hackett the teacher and Nassib the pupil would be two of the principal faces in Doug Marrone’s mission to rebuild his alma mater. The innovation and cunningness of the former combined with the toughness and arm strength of the latter would reconstruct an offense that suffered through a decade of stagnation and resurrect a once-proud program.At least that was the plan.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“This was my first job,” Hackett said late Saturday night outside Memorial Stadium. “When I got him the first time and he looked at me like I was crazy as this young guy coming in with this, ‘What the heck are you doing?’ stuff to now, where we are, where our relationships has been and him buying into me. It’s been a dream for a first job.”Hackett beamed while speaking of his relationship with Nassib only minutes after the pair had conjured up another fourth-quarter comeback — two of them in fact — with the final touchdown in the closing seconds sealing an improbable victory over Missouri.His quarterback had shined from start to finish on an unseasonably warm day in what is now Southeastern Conference territory. Against a blitz-happy defense and a rowdy crowd of more than 63,000, Nassib stood tall and produced a game for the ages. His passing was masterful, his command of the offense impeccable, and by game’s end he’d passed Marvin Graves to become the all-time leading passer at Syracuse.And perhaps, quite possibly he had cemented himself as the best quarterback his school had ever seen.“I would say, you know, he’s the face of the program,” wide receiver Alec Lemon said. “He does all the right things, everyone is behind him, he’s a leader and everything he does is right.”On Saturday that meant orchestrating a seven-play, 81-yard scoring drive with 1:43 remaining in the game. Nassib threw for all 81 yards on the possession, connecting with Lemon on every pass, and remained unfazed while the Tigers threw all-out blitz after all-out blitz in his direction.But in the bigger picture, doing everything right has meant performing with a consistency that his other teammates have often failed to match. As Lemon and fellow receivers Marcus Sales and Jarrod West have faded in and out of relevancy, as the faces along his offensive line have changed over the last two seasons and as his team’s defense plays Jekyll and Hyde from time to time, Nassib just continues to compile numbers bordering on unimaginable for a Syracuse quarterback.Six games of more than 300 yards passing this season. Four games with three or more touchdowns. An upset of a top-10 team in the BCS standings.And don’t forget the two heroic comebacks, first against South Florida and most recently against Missouri.The student has impressed his teacher.“It will never be noticed enough,” Hackett said. “Nobody will ever understand how good he really is and how hard he works and how passionate he is about this game.”And because of his latest bit of magic — Nassib finished with 385 yards and two touchdowns against Missouri — he will have a chance to add a second bowl victory to his resume. Nassib broke loose with a brilliant performance in the Pinstripe Bowl in 2010, setting the stage for a follow-up season that many thought would end with a similar result — a bowl victory.But 2011 brought severe disappointment in the form of five straight losses and a 5-7 overall record. It ate at Nassib, his receivers, his coaches. They yearned to amend for their failures — both personal and medical — by washing away the awful taste that lingered in their mouths for the better part of eight months.At the head of the movement was Nassib, whose laid-back demeanor with the media is traded for fiery passion inside the Syracuse locker room. He is doing whatever it took for this team and this program to win, even if it means running a zone-read system where his mediocre foot-speed is less than ideal.“What can you say?” Marrone asked rhetorically in his postgame press conference. “I don’t really know. Ryan is getting better and better each week.”And after perhaps the best and most meaningful performance of his career — the Orange earned its first win over an SEC opponent since 2001 — Hackett’s project took the podium with a horse voice and his trademark smug smile.This was his moment after a game he’d dominated. So the face of the program grinned.Said Nassib: “It was fun.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 18, 2012 at 8:31 pmlast_img read more

Australia to deliver ‘best’ Commonwealth Games

first_imgAustralia has promised to build on the “standout” Glasgow 2014 and deliver the “best” Commonwealth Games.Jann Stuckey, the minister for the next Games on Australia’s Gold Coast in April 2018, also believes the event will “continue for a long time”.”The Gold Coast won’t be the beginning of the end – it will be a reinvigoration,” said Stuckey.The enthusiasm for the Games is in contrast to fears over its future before Glasgow 2014.There was a lack of interest from member countries in staging the event, with no serious interest expressed to be 2022 hosts ahead of a March 2014 deadline.Glasgow 2014 is believed to have cost more than £500m to stage and the finances needed to host future events was believed to be one of the issues. In addition, a major dispute over governance between the Commonwealth Games Federation and its members may also have had a detrimental effect.However, South African city Durban and Edmonton, in Canada,eventually came forward as potential suitors and confirmed bids for the 22nd Games must be lodged by March 2015.Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive Mike Hooper”In my view, they are the standout Games in the history of the movement. The way in which the people of Scotland and Glasgow have embraced the Games right from the get-go has been incredible.”Reg Milley, who is leading Edmonton’s bid to host the Games, says the event needs to be modernised to stay relevant and has suggested adding new sports to the programme.”Do we need three-on-three basketball, beach volleyball, BMX and skateboard?” asked Milley. BMX cycling was added to the Olympic programme for the 2008 Beijing Games, while beach volleyball became an Olympic event at Atlanta in 1996.BMX cycling was introduced to the Olympic Games in 2008Cycling’s governing body the UCI has also campaigned for skateboarding to gain inclusion at the Olympics.Speaking to BBC World Service’s Sportsworld programme, Milley, chairman of the Edmonton 2022 bid committee, said his team had learned a lot from observing Glasgow 2014 at close quarters. He said: “We have been talking to the young people here and in the wider Commonwealth about what they want in 2022 – the time when they will be at their peak.”We need to renew and stay relevant.”Edmonton hosted the Commonwealth Games in 1978, while it was last staged in Canada in Victoria in 1994.An African city has yet to welcome the event.The president of the South African Sports Confederation & Olympic Committee, Gideon Sam, who is part of the Durban bid team, said the Commonwealth Games Federation should consider how his country staged the 2010 Fifa World Cup if they need help making their decision. He said: “Ask Fifa what Durban can do. We have the infrastructure to deliver. This is Africa’s time. This is Durban’s time.”The next Games will be from 4-15 April 2018 in Australia and most of the venues for the disciplines are already in place.New arenas have been built for the badminton, wrestling, track cycling and mountain biking, while the Aquatic Centre is ready three years ahead of schedule and will host August’s Pan Pacific Swimming Championships.The Carrara Stadium will host the athletics and opening and closing ceremonies at the 2018 Commonwealth Games Stuckey said the country has been a “thirsty sponge” in extracting the best elements that made Glasgow 2014 successful.”We’re absorbing all we can,” she told BBC Sport.”Some things we’ll do differently, but for the most part – transport, security and volunteering programmes – we will be taking a leaf out of their book.”She added: “We will raise the bar further than what Glasgow has done for the best Games yet.”last_img read more