New accommodation needed for trafficking victims

first_imgWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Thomond Community College to hold its annual Multicultural Day RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement by Kathy MastersonSign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up [email protected] migrant rights organisation Doras Luimní is calling on Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald to provide alternative accommodation for victims of human trafficking, who are currently housed in direct provision centres.“We would be very critical of the Government policy since 2007 of housing trafficking victims in direct provision centres while the investigations are ongoing.“Victims of trafficking, and sex trafficking in particular, are especially vulnerable, they have suffered a lot of trauma and some would be suffering with post traumatic stress,” explained Patricia Stapleton, anti-trafficking officer with Doras Luimní.This week a report was submitted to Minister Fitzgerald criticising Ireland’s treatment of both asylum seekers and victims of trafficking.The report, compiled by the Immigrant Council of Ireland, Focus Ireland, Sonas Housing and Nasc, has called for short-term emergency accommodation and more support facilities to be made available to victims of sex traffickers.The submission of the report coincides with the release of figures from the Central Statistics Office showing a 133 per cent increase in human trafficking offences in Ireland between June 2013 and June 2014.According to Ms Stapleton, direct provision centres are “wholly inappropriate” for the needs of human trafficking victims.“They have to share rooms with other people, there is open access and they don’t get the support they need. They are victims of human rights abuses and they should be entitled to more appropriate accommodation for their needs.We would be advocating for the Minister to create an alternative housing solution for victims of human trafficking,” she saidMs Stapleton revealed that, like asylum seekers, victims of human traffickers can also be left living in direct provision centres for extended periods of time, which can have a negative impact on mental health.She added that the living conditions can cause some of the victims to suffer “secondary trauma in addition to the trauma they have already suffered”. NewsNew accommodation needed for trafficking victimsBy John Keogh – September 25, 2014 801 Email TAGSDoras LuimníHuman TraffickingJustice Minister Frances Fitzgerald center_img Linkedin Print Concern over migrant families being accommodated in hotels Free Céilí Afro Dabke workshops and performance Limerick celebrates Africa Day Doras Luimní hold events in Limerick for World Refugee Day Previous articleLimerick councillor not ready to dump landfill proposalNext articleNew Limerick council tenants already in deep water John Keogh Doras supports more than 1,200 peoplelast_img read more

Nia Vardalos, Harvey Fierstein & More Board Public Theater Season

first_img View Comments Tiny Beautiful Things Related Shows Nia Vardalos & Harvey Fierstein(Photos: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images & Bruce Glikas)center_img The Public Theater’s upcoming season will include Nia Vardalos and Harvey Fierstein in world premieres. The 2016-17 lineup also includes a new Shakespearean musical by Shaina Taub, the final two parts of Richard Nelson’s The Gabriels trilogy and a world premiere musical from Here Lies Love co-creator David Byrne and director Alex Timbers.The season kicks off in Central Park with the Public Works’s free presentation of Twelfth Night, directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah and featuring a new score by Shaina Taub. The staging of Shakespeare’s comedy will include professional artists and community members from all five boroughs of New York. Performances will run from September 2 through 5.Following Hungry, which recently ended its run at the Public Theater, Nelson will direct the second part of his The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of One Family trilogy, titled What Did You Expect?. The play is set to run from September 10 through October 2 with a cast that includes Meg Gibson, Lynn Hawley, Roberta Maxwell, Maryann Plunkett, Jay O. Sanders and Amy Warren, who each reprise their performances from Hungry.Corey Stoll will join the previously announced Rachel Weisz in the first major New York revival of Plenty, running from October 4 through November 6. David Leveaux will direct the David Hare drama.The New York premiere of Pulitzer winner Lynn Nottage’s Sweat will begin previews on October 18. The play, directed by Kate Whoriskey, follows a group of friends and co-workers whose relationship is put to the test as they face layoffs and picket lines. Performances are scheduled to run through November 20.Liesl Tommy, who is Tony-nominated for Eclipsed (which transferred to Broadway from the Public), will helm the New York premiere of Party People, scheduled from November 1 through December 2. The production, conceived by the performance group Universes, explores the complicated legacies of the Black Panther Party and the Young Lords Organization.The Gabriels clan reassembles once more for the conclusion of Nelson’s trilogy with Women of a Certain Age. The play will begin on November 4, open officially on November 8 and run through November 27.Oscar nominee Vardalos will star in the world premiere of the stage adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s Tiny Beautiful Things. Hamilton Tony nominee Thomas Kail will direct the production; he also co-conceived the play alongside Vardalos and Marshall Heyman. Performances will run from November 15 through December 18. Vardalos will play Sugar, an online advice columnist who weaves her personal experience with those who reach out to her.Timbers will helm the world premiere of Saint Joan, created by Talking Heads frontman Byrne, beginning February 14, 2017. The musical, following the rise of Joan of Arc with a rock score, marks a reunion for the two at the Public following 2013’s Here Lies Love. Performances will run through March 19.Fierstein will star in the world premiere of Martin Sherman’s Gently Down the Stream, directed by Sean Mathias. The Tony winner will play Beau, a pianist expat in London coming to terms with what it means to love as a gay man in a new generation. The new play will run from March 14, 2017 through April 16.The season concludes with the previously announced return of John Leguizamo, who will take center stage beginning March 17, 2017 in Latin History for Morons. The Tony Taccone-helmed production will run through April 23.Also on tap for the Public is the New York Premiere of The Outer Space, set to play Joe’s Pub from February 24, 2017 through April 2. Leigh Silverman will direct the musical conceived by Ethan Lipton and his orchestra: Vito Dieterle, Eben Levy and Ian Riggs. Additionally, the 14th edition of the Public’s Under the Radar Festival will run from January 4, 2017 through January 15. Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 10, 2017last_img read more

SBOBET renews betting partnership with Ireland’s Dundalk FC

first_img Submit Irish bookmakers demand clarity on reopening orders June 17, 2020 Bill MummeryCelton Manx operated online sportsbook SBOBET has extended its betting partnership with Ireland Football Premier Division champions  Dundalk FC (Leinster) for a further two years.First agreed at the start of the 2016 season, the partnership will see the SBOBET brand promoted during matches at the club’s Oriel Park (capacity: 5,000) home ground in County Louth.SBOBET marketing detailed that it would support Dundalk community and social initiatives, as betting firm views the sponsorship of the Lilywhites as key to its Irish market growth strategy.Dundalk’s general manager Martin Connolly said: ‘For SBOBET to have agreed to a further two years as our official betting partner is excellent news. Having the continued sponsorship of such a worldwide respected name as SBOBET is a tremendous vote of confidence in the club and sets the tone for what I’m sure will be another great campaign for Dundalk.’Celton Manx Executive Director Bill Mummery said: ‘We have been pleased to renew our sponsorship agreement with Dundalk Football Club. This mutually beneficial partnership is seeing the SBOBET brand enjoy heightened exposure in the Republic of Ireland and aligns our name with a club which clearly has its sights set firmly on retaining its position as the reigning League of Ireland Premier Division champions.”“We look forward to furthering our relationship with Dundalk and wish them every success for the coming season.’ Share StumbleUpon Paddy Power to reopen English & Irish betting shops in Royal Ascot week June 10, 2020 Share Related Articles Leeds United nets record breaking SBOTOP sponsorship for EPL comeback August 11, 2020last_img read more

MLB’s era of ‘load management’ is just getting started

first_img Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Dodgers’ Will Smith: ‘I feel like it’s been five years’ since his 2019 debut Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Absent any sophisticated specificity, then, we see a general trend toward more rest. A manager might hope that sitting his third baseman on Monday will make him more effective on Tuesday, but for now it is still a hope. The hard data to support that conclusion just isn’t there yet. This is more true for position players than pitchers, whose velocity, spin rate, and spin efficiency might offer clues about his health.Still, said one MLB pitching coordinator, there’s “still a lot of work to be done.”None of this will console the fan who came to the ballpark expecting to see his or her favorite player, only to learn he got the day off because he’s played 20 games in a row. Maybe 20 games is a bit too ambitious for 2019.Cal Ripken Jr. famously holds the record for most consecutive games played, with 2,632. That record will never be broken. Entering the 2020 season, the active leader in consecutive regular-season games played is Kansas City Royals outfielder/second baseman Whit Merrifield.Merrifield has played 247 consecutive games.center_img Harvard-Westlake alum Lucas Giolito throws no-hitter for White Sox The same goes for the bottom of every batting order. Only four and a half players per team, on average, received enough plate appearances in 2019 to qualify for the batting title. The rest of a lineup is more of a rotating cast than ever. Except when it comes to the best of the best players, managers and general managers seem content to divide their team’s workload at the cost of individual accolades.What’s going on?Injuries are partly to blame. The number of days lost to the injured list (formerly the disabled list) shot up 24 percent among position players in the last year, according to Spotrac. For starting pitchers, IL days lost increased by 4 percent.Something else is at work, too. It’s tied directly to the collection of analytical data by major-league front offices. The specifics differ from team to team, but the end result is the same: The days of the 250-inning starting pitcher, or the batter who plays all 162 games, “are gone,” said Dr. David Altchek, an orthopedic specialist with the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.“There’s not going to be a sudden reversion,” Altchek said. “We have our highest-paid players not playing. It’s ridiculous.” Welcome to MLB’s era of “load management.” The hottest buzz phrase in the NBA has been part of baseball’s fabric forever, if not its lexicon. Take the five-man starting rotation. This built-in system of rest has been the norm for generations of pitchers. Ask Danny Ozark about Steve Carlton’s “load management,” however, and he might assume you said stevedore by mistake.The change has really taken hold among position players – and not just back-of-the bench substitutes. Some degree of load management has become the norm, even among stars. In the last 11 seasons, four position players won a Most Valuable Player award while playing fewer than 140 games. That equals the number of sub-140-game MVPs from 1964 to 2008, excluding strike-shortened seasons.“Load management is probably another term for recovery,” Altchek said. “Just like any athletic endeavor, or your own training, if you go too hard too often, you start to go backwards instead of forwards. Baseball season is very long and very repetitive. It’s a challenge because you have to let these athletes recover. Nobody has a scientific measure of how much recovery they need, or don’t need. We tend to base it individually on past history.”Altchek went on to make an important distinction. Teams are collecting plenty of biomechanical data on their players these days. The proliferation of wearable tech has provided reams of information about the forces baseball players exert swinging a bat and throwing a ball. This is more true for minor leaguers than major leaguers, whose union prohibits teams from collecting certain data without the player’s permission.The question guiding baseball’s load management movement is what to do with all that data. Nestled in Altchek’s quote is a rather damning conclusion: teams are still relatively clueless.“Everyone’s more in a measurement phase than an execution phase,” he said. “Nobody really knows yet. We’re more in a data-collection phase, the first inning of this sport science phenomenon.”Related Articles In 1998, a record 96 pitchers qualified for an earned-run average title. Major League Baseball had just expanded to 30 teams. There were more players, and more pitchers, than ever. In the years that followed, the number of ERA qualifiers – pitchers who threw at least 162 innings in a season – hovered in the eighties and nineties.Then after the 2014 season, a funny thing happened. Qualifying for an ERA title became somewhat rare. Only 78 pitchers qualified in 2015, then 74, then 58. By 2018, MLB had only 57 qualifiers or fewer than any individual season from 1901 to 1944 (when there were only 16 teams!).This coincided with a similar trend among position players. To qualify for a batting title, a hitter must make 3.1 plate appearances per team game. The trend line since 1998 isn’t as steep or as steady. Still, from 2018 to 2019, the number of batting-title qualifiers fell from 141 to 135 – the lowest number since 1992, the final season of the 26-team era.On a fundamental level, this forces us to think differently about what to expect when we watch a baseball game. It’s long been true that a starting pitcher isn’t expected to complete all nine innings, save for rare occasions. Now it’s also true that only two pitchers per team on average will throw 162 innings in a season. The Angels, in an extreme example, saw only one pitcher (Trevor Cahill) throw even 100 innings in 2019. For many clubs, the idea of using a consistent third, fourth and fifth starter over a full season is a chimera.last_img read more