Protesters call for Council action on mental health crisis

first_imgLimerick Post Show | Limerick Mental Health Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Advertisement Print Green Ribbon Month aims to help end stigma and discrimination about mental health NewsCommunityHealthPoliticsVideoProtesters call for Council action on mental health crisisBy Alan Jacques – October 11, 2019 180 Karen seeks mental health support for cancer patients Linkedin Twitter Text for mental health supportcenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Facebook participants in the protest “Stand up for Mental Health” outside Limerick City and County Council offices on Merchant’s Quay. Photo: Cian ReinhardtTHE ‘Stand Up For Mental Health’ campaign, which last month saw protesters enter the council chambers at City Hall to call for action in Limerick, is now planning another protest.Campaigners say they have no choice but to call another protest to highlight the lack of action being taken by the local authority to address the mental health crisis in Limerick. They are insisting that the local authority needs to provide adequate funding for mental health in their upcoming budget in November.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Limerick has twice the national average rate of suicide and has the highest rate of adolescent self harm in the country. The lack of political will at national level means the responsibility now rests on our local Council to lead the way,” said Seónaidh Ní Shíomóin, one of the campaign activists.Continue reading below…“‘The Limerick Local Economic and Community Plan 2016-2021,’ states that it aims to promote conditions in local communities to support positive mental health. It’s high time the Council actually fulfilled this commitment and put their money where their mouths are.“One of the many vacant Council-owned buildings around the city should be immediately handed over to the suicide patrols, along with funding to set it up. We also need an out of hours on-call crisis counsellor, who could operate out of this same base.“Councillors have hundreds of thousands of Euro in discretionary spending through the General Municipal Allocation, so the poor mouth won’t wash with us. We demand the political will to put their fine words on mental health into action,” she declared.Antoinette Sheppard, who attended last month’s protest at City Hall, said that families of suicide victims and activists with the campaign were given a commitment by the Council chief executive, Dr Pat Daly, to discuss possible interventions which they think would alleviate the current crisis.“We requested this meeting and have since been met with a wall of silence. This shows a blatant disregard to those families who seek action and leadership from the Council. If they continue to ignore us, we will just shout louder. This crisis isn’t going away any time soon, and neither are we,” Antoinette commented.The Stand Up For Mental Health protest will begin at City Hall, Merchants Quay on Saturday, October 26 at 12.30pm. TAGSCommunityMental HealthNewspolitics Previous articleNews Roundup October 12, 2019Next articleTechnology summit pinnacle to Richard Harris Festival Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Mental Health Charity Let’s Get Talking open new outreach in Midwest Emaillast_img read more

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Multi-tasker Shryock tops Lee County IMCA Frostbuster feature

first_imgKelly Shryock was the $1,000 IMCA Modified feature winner at Lee County Speedway’s Wednesday night Frostbuster. (Photo by John Vass)DONNELLSON, Iowa (April 11) – Kelly Shryock multi-tasked Wednesday night, mastering lapped traffic while outrunning Hunter Marriott in the IMCA Modified Frostbuster main event at Lee County Speedway.Shryock started fourth and led the last 21 of 25 circuits at Donnellson, taking the $1,000 checkers ahead of Marriott – up from 11th starting – and Cayden Carter.“I picked the smoothest lane and tried to be consistent,” Shryock said following his first win of the season and IMCA career 82nd. “I was lucky and had a good starting position. Hunter has been pretty fast and when he got to second it was ‘Oh boy, here we go,’ but I was able to hold him off.”Shryock ran the extreme high line going into the first turn and dropped down to the middle groove in the second set of turns, bringing Marriott along into traffic.“It’s fun to be able to negotiate through that stuff, knowing that you’ve got bogeys on your tail,” he said.Shryock was already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. Jeff Aikey and Chad Holladay completed the top five.More than 120 cars saw action at Donnellson. Other opening night Frostbuster winners were Todd Reitzler in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Shannon Anderson in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Austin Howes in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods.Reitzler raced from ninth starting to beat Damon Murty and John Oliver Jr. to the checkers. Anderson’s career 318th win in the division came in front of Eric Stanton and Leah Wroten.Howes led a trio of hard chargers across the stripe. Runner-up Jake McBirnie had started 10th, Austin Becerra went from 12th to third and defending national champion Tyler Soppe from 14th starting to fourth.Barry Taft was the Mach-1 Sport Compact victor.Frostbuster Week continues Thursday for the Modifieds, Stocks, Hobbies and Northern SportMods at Benton County Speedway. The gates open at Vinton at 5 p.m. and the grand­stand opens at 5:30 p.m. Hot laps are at 7 p.m. with rac­ing to follow.Frostbusters are April 13 at Marshalltown Speedway and April 14 at Boone Speedway.Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Kelly Shryock; 2. Hunter Marriott; 3. Cayden Carter; 4. Jeff Aikey; 5. Chad Holladay; 6. Cory Wray; 7. Eric Barnes; 8. Todd Shute; 9. Ethan Dotson; 10. Clay Money; 11. Jacob Murray; 12. Joel Rust; 13. Kurt Kile; 14. Travis Perry; 15. Dan Menk; 16. T.J. Smith; 17. David Brown; 18. Kyle Brown; 19. Shawn Ritter; 20. Richie Gustin; 21. Troy Cordes; 22. Jeff Waterman; 23. Chris Zogg; 24. Carter VanDenBerg.Stock Cars – 1. Todd Reitzler; 2. Damon Murty; 3. John Oliver Jr.; 4. Tom Bowling Jr.; 5. Jason See; 6. Derrick Agee; 7. Dustin Griffiths; 8. Brian Mahlstedt; 9. Abe Huls; 10. Jay Schmidt; 11. Corey Strothman; 12. Jeremy Pundt; 13. Andrew Borchardt; 14. Jake Nelson; 15. Larry Karcz Jr.; 16. Ray Raker; 17.Cody Washburne; 18. J.J. Heinz; 19. Larry Parhen; 20. Nathan Wood; 21. Kody Scholpp; 22. Russell Damme Jr.; 23. Spencer Hopwood; 24. Cayden Carter.Hobby Stocks – 1. Shannon Anderson; 2. Eric Stanton; 3. Leah Wroten; 4. Eric Knutson; 5. David Rieks; 6. Matt Olson; 7. Mike Kincaid; 8. John Watson; 9. Seth Janssen; 10. Justin Wacha; 11. Brok Hopwood; 12. Jeremy Swanson; 13. Nathan Ballard; 14. Jeremy Purdy; 15. David Simpson; 16. Ricky Miller Jr.Northern SportMods – 1. Austin Howes; 2. Jake McBirnie; 3. Austin Becerra; 4. Tyler Soppe; 5. Arie Schouten; 6. Sam Wieben; 7. Daniel Fellows; 8. Brandon Dale; 9. Ethan Braaksma; 10. Brandon Setser; 11. Cory Rose; 12. Kevin Bethke; 13. Phillip Keller; 14. Kyle Keller; 15. Michael Carter; 16. Rick Barlow Jr.; 17. Brayton Carter; 18. Matt Webb; 19. Tory Mack; 20. Tony Johnson; 21. Blaine Webster; 22. Ryan King; 23. Jeffrey DeLonjay; 24. Jeff Frana.Sport Compacts – 1. Barry Taft; 2. Jake Benischek; 3. Darin Weisinger Jr.; 4. William Michel; 5. Brandon reu; 6. Luke Benischek; 7. John Gill; 8. Jason Ash; 9. David Prim; 10. Ashton Blain; 11. Mike Hornung Jr.; 12. Robert Sturms; 13. Matt Milligan; 14. Chuck Fullenkamp; 15. Ryan Havel; 16. Josh Barnes; 17. Cody Bowman; 18. Jason Breuklander; 19. Jeffrey DeLonjay; 20. Kimberly Abbott; 21. Aaron Berry; 22. Oliver Monson; 23. Jake Dietrich; 24. Rachel Kile.last_img read more

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Change of address… and attitude

first_imgTotal South Africa general manager of sales and marketing Qetello Zeka addresses the community of Katlegong. Community leader Thabo Molebatsi reflects on the process. A view from the front of one of the homes of the 18 relocated families. A water tank and vegetable garden can be seen to the left. Frans Lombard and Thabo Molebatsi unveil a plaque at the entrance to the settlement. The community sings the national anthem at the end of the proceedings.(Images: Valencia Talane)MEDIA CONTACTS• Jessica Chadinha Jenny Newman PR+27 11 506 7357• Andiswa GabadaCommunications coordinator: TotalSouth Africa+27 11 778 2070Valencia TalaneIn June 2012, the South African National Roads Association Limited (Sanral) embarked on a project to widen the N4 freeway between Rustenburg and Brits in the North West province. For this stretch of road, the development included the construction of a new carriageway as well as an off-ramp adjacent to the Total Petroport Magalies, a toll plaza on the N4.For the community of Katlegong in the Bapong area of Modderspruit, this would bring long-term changes they had not expected. Eighteen families would have to be moved from the land they had previously occupied, close to the existing highway, to make way for the changes. This task would not be without its challenges, both emotional and financial.The completed effort was celebrated on 23 October by the community, together with Fuelarama, a company that has operated Petroport since 1995, and its franchisor, fuel giant Total South Africa.In order for these families to retain access to the plaza, which has a Bonjour convenience shop and a Steers fast food outlet, they would have to be moved to make way for the development.“Telling someone that you’re going to make changes that affect their home is always an emotional issue,” said Fuelarama director Frans Lombard. “We obviously had to be sensitive in our approach.”Four months of hard workSanral approached Fuelarama in June, giving them a September deadline to either complete the relocation project or cut access to their business for the settlement adjacent to Katlegong. But before the physical structures could be replicated on a new piece of land, negotiations with the whole community, not just the affected families, would have to start to eliminate issues of mistrust for either party.Thabo Molebatsi, a former forecourt manager at Petroport, seemed the most obvious choice to play the role of middleman, because he’s also the chairperson of Katlegong’s Communal Property Association. He was willing to act as the liaison between Fuelarama and the community to help the two parties to come to a suitable agreement on the relocation terms. Soon enough, however, he would realise the legislative and logistical requirements of a project of this magnitude.“There was a sense of mistrust from the community, and when the initial negotiations started, demands became less and less reasonable as time went on, and there were ultimatums, ” said Molebatsi.It was at the point of a stalemate that the Department of Land Affairs was brought in to help restore either side’s faith in the process, added the community leader.Because the land in question is privately owned and was handed back to the community as part of the government’s ongoing land redistribution programme in 1999, it was imperative that the department facilitate the negotiations, while also providing support on the legislative obligations of either party.“The community needed to know that a deal like this would not come their way again,” said Molebatsi. “Even the people from Land Affairs made that clear.”Referring to South Africa’s dark history of forced relocations of black and coloured families, mainly in the 1950s and 1960s, Molebatsi said his community’s scepticism was not unfounded.“At some point I was labelled a sell-out by some elements within the community, some of whom questioned my loyalty, and that hurt because my loyalty will always be to my community as their leader.”Sustainability is keyTotal’s involvement, besides being Fuelarama’s franchisor, was to help make the project more than just about moving people from point A to B, said general manager of sales and marketing for the fuel conglomerate, Qetello Zeka.“With all our franchisees, we seek to make their CSI projects sustainable, with an entrepreneurial focus for the communities they serve,” she said. “So when Fuelarama approached us to get involved in this, our mandate was to find out what value we could add to the relocation.”A vegetable garden and several fruit trees – a very popular feature in the agriculture-orientated Magalies area – were planted, while a borehole through which running tap water is provided, was dug at the centre of the new settlement.Although the homes are of corrugated iron, a fact that Lombard said Fuelarama could not improve on because of a limited budget, the stands are bigger and are fenced, which was not the case with the previous stands. For two of the families that had already built brick structures, the company restored these to their previous state.“Some of these homes did not even have flooring at the old location,” said Lombard, “and it humbles me as a human being to be able to provide something as simple as concrete flooring for each and every one of them.“When they found out that they would get newly-paved floors – something I take for granted in my own perfectly tiled home – they were very grateful.”As for the vegetable garden and the trees, Lombard added, the aim was to add a viable element of ownership and responsibility. A small play area with swings was also added for the young children in the community.Connecting with the communityAfter four months of negotiations with the community over the project, Lombard said they have now forged a relationship with them that they had not envisaged, one that was cultivated amid weeks of heated meetings and the temptation to give up.“Today, even the children are used to seeing our faces here, and people know us by name.”Molebatsi agreed: “We went from a place of animosity and negativity to a place where everyone realises how, by negotiating what works best for everyone, we can get something out.”“We named the project ‘Selosesha’, which means ‘something new’ to symbolise that.”Sedibeng Municipality councillor Peter Makgabo gave credit to the community for their patience, joking that everyone involved virtually qualifies as a lawyer after this process because they had to be thorough.“We all learned a lot from the process, and the back and forth emails and countless meetings were well worth it.”The carriageway and off-ramp development is expected to be completed in March 2013.last_img read more

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FlexConnect – New Soybean Inoculant Technology

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio-based Morral Companies have been early adopters of Flex Connect soybean inoculant technology from Verdesian Life Sciences. The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins traveled to north central Ohio to learn about this new innovation and see it an action.last_img

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10 months agoNorway PM Erna Solberg: I’m no Man Utd insider

first_imgNorway PM Erna Solberg: I’m no Man Utd insiderby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNorway PM Erna Solberg admits she was wrong to declare Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment as Manchester United manager before the club had announced it.The appointment was officially announced by United on Wednesday morning – several hours before Solberg’s socia media post.Speaking Thursday at her twice-a-year news conference, Solberg said she had no inside information on Solskjaer’s appointment, adding: “I was seen as an oracle of truth. “I deleted the tweet as I felt I wasn’t the authority to confirm it.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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10 months agoCSKA falling behind Serie A pair in Gabbiadini race

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say CSKA falling behind Serie A pair in Gabbiadini raceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCSKA Moscow are struggling to stay in the race for Southampton striker Manolo Gabbiadini.The Mirror says the Italian international has only scored 12 goals in three seasons at St Mary’s following his £15 million move from Napoli.Ralph Hasenhuttl is keen to dump some of his under performing players next month and Gabbiadini who has only scored one this season is among them.He is wanted back in Serie A by Fiorentina and Bologna but they are both only interested in loan moves with an option to buy.Hasenhuttl would rather a permanent deal which CSKA are willing to offer as well pay around £5 million to get their man. last_img read more

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Fans Poking Fun At Wildcats Recruit Isaiah Briscoe After He Accidentally Suggests Derrick Rose Went To Kentucky

first_imgJohn Calipari, to his credit, has had a great deal of success putting his college players in the NBA. While most of Cal’s representatives in the league hail from Kentucky, there are a still a few – like Tyreke Evans and Derrick Rose – leftover from his Memphis days.Wednesday night, during the McDonald’s All American Game, top UK recruit Isaiah Briscoe was asked by ESPN’s Jay Williams why he chose to play for Coach Cal. Briscoe’s response involved him listing off the names of numerous NBA stars coached by Calipari. And while he was probably just mixing up his words, he did suggest that Rose had played for Kentucky.Fans on social media, predictably, have been having a field day with the quote, perhaps unfairly. Kentucky Commit, Isaiah Briscoe: “I chose Kentucky because of UK greats like Derrick Rose”— The Golden Jew (@GoldenJew) April 2, 2015Isaiah Briscoe: Derrick Rose went to that other school called Kentucky which is actually called Memphis— Connor Gross (@Cgross920) April 2, 2015Isaiah Briscoe realizes Rose & Evans played for Cal at Memphis right? #McDonaldsAllAmericanGame— Jacob McCallister (@RockChalkJacob) April 2, 2015“@GoldenJew: Kentucky Commit, Isaiah Briscoe: “I chose Kentucky because of UK greats like Derrick Rose”” pic.twitter.com/UQZQ12VGHb— Christopher Burr (@HeisenBURRRg) April 2, 2015“@GoldenJew: Kentucky Commit, Isaiah Briscoe: “I chose Kentucky because of UK greats like Derrick Rose”” pic.twitter.com/mI1tN9g9mc— Keep It Real 2015 (@A2K4Life) April 2, 2015Kentucky Commit, Isaiah Briscoe: “I chose Kentucky because of UK greats like Derrick Rose” pic.twitter.com/rSMkVTx4UK— Keyser Söze (@WhoButMe_) April 2, [email protected]: Kentucky Commit, Isaiah Briscoe: “I chose Kentucky because of UK greats like Derrick Rose” pic.twitter.com/nCiItEK0Wx— Bryan Evans (@BryGuy2103) April 2, 2015Briscoe is clearly aware that Calipari coached at Memphis, so perhaps he just got nervous live on television. Either way, he’s taking a beating on social media.last_img read more

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Groundbreaking in Normal Heights for affordable homeless veterans housing

first_img Posted: January 11, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Groundbreaking in Normal Heights for affordable homeless veterans housing KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Homelessness FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Construction began Thursday on a 52-unit housing development for homeless veterans in Normal Heights.Known as The Lofts, the development on El Cajon Boulevard near State Route 15 will offer studio and one-bedroom rental apartments at an estimated range of $446 to $796 per month. Tenants will receive supportive services from the Alpha Project, a homelessness assistance nonprofit, according to the San Diego Housing Commission, which is among the entities involved in the project.The units will be designated as affordable for 55 years under a federal voucher program. They will be available for tenants with an income up to 50 percent of the area median income, which is currently $31,850 annually, according to the commission.“Today’s groundbreaking is an important step in addressing homelessness among military veterans in the city of San Diego,” SDHC Executive Vice President Debbie Ruane said.The project is being funded with a $3 million federal grant, $2.2 million from the city’s affordable housing fund and a $13.5 million loan.The Lofts project is part of the SDHC’s homelessness action plan launched last summer, which will see the award of up to $30 million over the next three years for the development of at least 300 new supportive housing units, according to the commission. January 11, 2018last_img read more

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Alleged drunk driver who fatally struck jogger pleads not guilty to murder

first_img Dan Plante, KUSI Newsroom, August 30, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsEL CAJON (KUSI) —A probationer who was allegedly under the influence of alcohol when he lost control of his work truck and struck a female jogger in Lakeside pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of murder, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and DUI causing great bodily injury.Michael Woodfill, 46, who was on probation for a DUI conviction from 2016, was ordered held on $1 million bail in the death of 41-year-old Susana Gotell.According to the California Highway Patrol, Woodfill was traveling eastbound on North Woodside Avenue near Riverford Road about 6:40 p.m. Monday when his truck drifted to the right and hit a chain-link fence. Woodfill then overcorrected, steered the truck across the opposite lane and struck the jogger, said CHP Officer Travis Garrow.Woodfill’s truck continued down a dirt embankment after striking Gotell and overturned, Garrow said.The victim was transported to Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego, where she later died. A Gofundme has been made to help the victim’s family.Garrow said Woodfill remained at the scene, and officers determined that he was allegedly under the influence of alcohol at the time of the deadly collision.The Santee resident faces a maximum of 15 years to life in state prison if convicted. He will be back in court Sept. 24 for a readiness conference. Dan Plante, KUSI Newsroom Posted: August 30, 2018 Alleged drunk driver who fatally struck jogger pleads not guilty to murder Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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