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

Coronary artery disease more severe in HIV-infected men, study finds

first_imgHarvard researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have found that relatively young men with longstanding HIV infection and minimal cardiac risk factors had significantly more coronary atherosclerotic plaques — some involving serious arterial blockage — than did uninfected men with similar cardiovascular risk. The study, published in this month’s edition of the journal AIDS,  is the first to use CT angiography to identify coronary artery plaques in HIV-infected participants.“We were particularly surprised to find that several of the HIV patients – none of whom had symptoms of heart disease – had obstructive coronary artery disease, which was found in none of the controls,” says Janet Lo, MD, a Harvard Medical School instructor in medicine in the MGH Program in Nutritional Metabolism, who led the study.  “It appears that both traditional and nontraditional risk factors are contributing to atherosclerotic disease in HIV-infected patients.”Several previous studies have found increased incidence of heart attacks and other cardiovascular events among HIV-infected patients, but it has not been clear whether that risk was attributable to recognized risk factors, such as elevated cholesterol and smoking, or to HIV-related immune system factors.  The current study enrolled 110 men – 78 with HIV infection and 32 uninfected controls – without symptoms of cardiovascular disease.  Participants ranged in age from 18 to 55, and both groups had low levels of traditional cardiovascular risk factors.  The HIV-positive participants had longstanding infection, were generally healthy, and the great majority were receiving antiretroviral therapy.After a detailed interview and physician examination, participants received both a standard cardiac CT scan using a 64-slice multidetector CT scanner and CT angiography.  While the cardiac CT scan identifies calcium deposits in coronary arteries, CT angiography can also find non-calcified arterial plaques.  The standard scans showed that the HIV-infected participants had levels of coronary calcium that, based on previous studies, would be expected in men who were six years older.  The CT angiography revealed coronary atherosclerosis in 59 percent of the HIV-infected patients, compared with only 34 percent of controls.  Five of the HIV-positive participants had critical coronary stenosis – 70 percent or greater narrowing of one or more arterial segments – something seen in none of the controls.  Those participants were all referred to cardiologists for further evaluation and treatment.“Our findings highlight the need to address reduction of cardiac risk factors early in the course of HIV disease and for caregivers to consider that even asymptomatic patients with longstanding HIV disease and minimal cardiac risk factors may have significant coronary artery disease,” says Lo, who is an instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School.  “We also found interesting associations between atherosclerosis levels and how long participants had been infected with HIV and with several inflammatory and immune factors.  Future studies are needed to clarify the role of these nontraditional risk factors and find the best prevention and treatment strategies for these patients.”Steven Grinspoon, MD, an HMS professor of medicine and director of the MGH Program in Nutritional Metabolism, is senior author of the AIDS report.  Additional co-authors are Jeffrey Wei, Program in Nutritional Metabolism; and Sunny Abbara, MD, Leon Shturman, Anand Soni, Jose Rocha-Filho and Khurram Nasir, MGH Radiology.  The study was supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health and Bristol Myers Squibb, Inc.last_img read more

Radiohead’s Thom Yorke Will Write Music for Old Times on B’way

first_imgReady to rock out with some Harold Pinter?! Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke will compose an original score for the upcoming Broadway revival of Old Times. As previously reported, Douglas Hodge’s production of the Harold Pinter drama will star Clive Owen, Eve Best and Kelly Reilly. Performances will begin on September 17 at the American Airline Theatre, where it will open officially on October 6.“Thom’s music works backwards and forwards and plays with time and repetition in the same way Pinter does,” said Hodge. “In true Thom Yorke‐style, the music is epic, heartbreaking, irresistible and complex.”Yorke added, “It’s been a pleasure working with Doug on my first stage production. I’ve enjoyed exploring through music the script’s themes of love and memory as well as Pinter’s rhythms, twists and turns.”Yorke has performed with Radiohead on numerous albums, including the Grammy-winning In Rainbows, Kid A and OK Computer. He debuted as a solo artist in 2006 with The Erase. His more recent solo album premiered in released his first solo album, The Eraser, in 2006. Last year, he released his second solo record Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes. View Comments Old Times Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 29, 2015last_img read more

Klopp points to injuries as lacklustre Liverpool slip-up again

first_imgLess than a week after missing the opportunity to go seven points clear of City with a 1-1 draw against Leicester, Liverpool again let a lead slip as Michail Antonio quickly cancelled out Sadio Mane’s 22nd minute opener.Victory over Everton on Wednesday will now take City to the top of the table, while Tottenham are just five points off the top in third.It could have been even worse for Liverpool had Declan Rice and Mark Noble not failed to hit the target with huge chances to claim all three points for West Ham.Klopp was without the injured Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and Trent Alexander-Arnold meaning James Milner started in an unfamiliar role at right-back, while the German was forced to name an experimental midfield three of Fabinho, Naby Keita and Adam Lallana.“Last night we trained and after we had to change three positions,” said Klopp.“It’s just a fact, it’s not an excuse. The preparation for the game was far from being perfect and we still got a point.”After posting a perfect record against opposition outside the top six in their first 23 league games, Liverpool have now slipped up twice in as many matches to mount the tension in their chase for a first title in 29 years.However, Klopp played down suggestions it is the pressure and the weight of history that has dragged his players down over the past week.“It’s not about pressure, it’s about enjoying the situation you are in,” added Klopp. “We have 62 points, have lost one game in the whole season so far which is very positive.“I think from your faces already you (the media) feel sorry for us. We are fine. Tonight was just a tough game.”Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini claimed it was “impossible to play worse” after his side’s 3-0 capitulation to Wolves last week that followed a deeply disappointing FA Cup exit to League One AFC Wimbledon. FILE PHOTO: Jurgen KloppLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Jurgen Klopp pinpointed a mounting injury list as the explanation for Liverpool’s sub-par performance in a 1-1 draw at West Ham on Monday that leaves the league leaders just three points clear of Manchester City. – lax set-piece defending –Even without the injured Marko Arnautovic, Pellegrini got the response he wanted in West Ham’s performance if not their end product and the Chilean was angered that Liverpool’s opener was allowed to stand despite Milner clearly being offside when he crossed for Mane to score his 12th goal of the season.“They have two clear chances, one that is one-and-a-half metres offside where they score a goal, and one in the last minute with (Divock) Origi in front of the linesman again one metre offside.“Of course, you must be disappointed,” said Pellegrini, who recalled a series of controversial calls that went in favour of Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund when they beat Pellegrini’s Malaga in the 2012/13 Champions League quarter-finals.“Klopp is used to win with offside goals. He beat me against Malaga with Borussia Dortmund with a goal seven metres offside, so he can’t complain about nothing.”Liverpool’s lead lasted just six minutes as the visitors switched off from a well-worked free-kick and Antonio drilled Felipe Anderson’s pass in off the far post.More lax set-piece defending should have cost Liverpool again three minutes before the break when Rice headed wide another wicked Anderson free-kick delivery wide when completely unmarked 10 yards out.Anderson continued to create problems in the second period and another positive break from the Brazilian should have created the winner when Noble fired over.Origi replaced the ineffective Roberto Firmino 15 minutes from time and the Belgian had a huge chance to make himself a hero as he did with a last gasp Merseyside derby winner against Everton in December.This time, though, Origi shot meekly into Lukasz Fabianski’s grateful arms with the final action of the match.kca/nrcenter_img Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more