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

Gaels erupt mid-game for 10-3 victory

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMORAGA, Calif. (May 4, 2018)—Host Saint Mary’s erupted for nine runs in the fourth and fifth innings en route to a 10-3 victory over BYU baseball on Friday.It started out as “déjà vu all over again,” as the Cougars took a 1-0 lead in the first inning for the second day in a row.First baseman Brian Hsu hit the first of three singles in that inning and scored on swinging bunt by Nate Favero. That bunt had enough “English” on it, causing catcher to field it and allowed Hsu to score from second.A controversial double play ended the second frame when BYU catcher Noah Hill was ruled to have interfered sliding into second base.The Gaels, now 28-18 and 12-8 in the West Coast Conference, tied the game in the third when a single glanced off Hsu’s glove. SMC took the lead when Kevin Milam tripled off centerfield wall to start its four-run rally in the fourth when Cougar senior starter Hayden Rogers was chased from the mound.BYU outfielder Brock Hale was robbed of a base hit by the diving Gael centerfielder in the fifth with two Cougars aboard.The final two runs for BYU came in the seventh when freshman pinch-hitter Kolby Kelton doubled for his first hit as a collegian to score Brennon Anderson and Hale.The Cougars, now 19-22 overall and 8-12 in the WCC, hope to avoid a sweep at SMC with a Saturday afternoon tilt at 1 p.m. PDT.​ May 4, 2018 /Sports News – Local Gaels erupt mid-game for 10-3 victory Robert Lovell Written by Tags: Baseball/BYU Cougars/WCClast_img read more

Gov’t, Partners Develop Handbook for Effective Mother and Newborn Health Care in Liberia

first_imgNews that the Liberian Government and some of its partners had developed a handbook to guide the activities of health workers as to how services should be delivered to mothers and newborns at the community level, has been highly welcomed by health practitioners in the country.Health workers and other stakeholders in the sector have termed the initiative a “big relief” for newborns and their mothers as well as health service providers.It is noticeable in Liberia that inadequately trained health workers and a lack of data and country-specific health literature such as manuals and handbooks, are a big challenge for delivery of effective and efficient health care services in Liberia— especially for mothers and babies in remote and hard to reach areas. To remedy this situation (the lack of guideline for service delivery), the Liberia government through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoH&SW) United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), with technical and financial support from the World Health Organization (WHO) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has developed a handbook on new-born and child care for community health workers in the country.On Tuesday February 4, 2014, over 30 community health workers; technical officers from Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI), MoHSW; county health directors and MCH officers from UNICEF, WHO, USAID, Save the Children and other NGOs, gathered at the opening of  a three-day workshop at a local resort to field question about and test the new handbook.    According to organizers, the workshop will sensitize participants about the various interventions or packages on newborn and child care in communities and also highlight its benefits. It will also guide the participants to choose packages that are appropriate to specific county needs and requirements.Speaking during the opening session in Monrovia, UNICEF Liberia Representative, Sheldon Yett, emphasized skilled front-line health workers as the key for prompt and effective delivery of new-born and child health services in remote and underserved communities.Rep. Yett said that a trained workforce should be supported with timely supervision and supply of adequate medicines, vaccines and equipment to treat common childhood illnesses such as diarrhea, pneumonia and malaria, notorious for killing newborn and under five year-olds.The UNICEF boss noted that, though Liberia has successfully reduced chronic malnutrition from 42 to 36%, almost one-third of under-five child deaths is attributed to malnutrition.Statistic shows that an estimated 12,000 children still die every year from preventable and treatable diseases such as malaria, pneumonia and diarrhea. This is about 32 children daily.Mr. Yett noted that in 2013, UNICEF supported the Government of Liberia to further strengthen and expand community health structures in 769 communities by training 230 general Community Health Volunteers (gCHVs) in Maryland and Grand Gedeh counties.“They were trained on integrated Community Case Management (iCCM) of common childhood illnesses. An additional 315 gCHVs in River Gee and Sinoe counties will be trained during the first quarter of 2014,” he said.The Assistant Minister of Health for Preventive Services, Tolbert Nyenswah, lauded partners, including UNICEF, who have help tirelessly in ensuring that the document becomes a reality. He enumerated several programs, including Kangaroo Mother Care, and treatment for babies’ cords, initiated by the Ministry of Health to save newborns from preventable diseases.Minister Nyenswah, who is also the deputy Chief Medical Officer of Liberia, said though the government and its partners have help to drastically reduced newborn and under five mortality rates, they should not be complacent with the achievement so far. Instead, they must ensure that it is brought down to the lowest level.According to the 2013 Health Management Information System (HMIS), approximately 40% of the estimated 4 million people in Liberia lack access to healthcare, defined as living more than five km from a health facility. UNICEF Liberia is supporting the government to implement high impact and low-cost health interventions especially in the most difficult-to-reach population in impoverished South East Liberia.At the end of the three-day workshop, it is anticipated that participants will develop an implementation action plan for newborn and child care in communities. The initiative will contribute to the country’s overall goal of accelerating reduction of under-5 child mortality rate as committed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf during the launch of ‘A Promise Renewed’ initiative in 2013.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New Circuit Court Judge appointed for Donegal

first_imgA new Circuit Court Judge has been appointed to County Donegal to take over from the recently-retired Judge John O’Hagan.Judge John Aylmer is no stranger to the county as he has provided relief cover for the region for Judge O’Hagan many times in recent years. His first sittings will take place during the next circuit court sittings in October.Judge Aylmer will look after four counties in the Northern Circuit Court area including Donegal, Cavan, Leitrim and Monaghan.Seen as a ‘no-nonsense’ Judge, he ordered summons to be sent to a number of people who did not turn up for jury duty during a circuit court sitting in Letterkenny last year.New Circuit Court Judge appointed for Donegal was last modified: September 20th, 2017 by StephenShare 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:AppointmentdonegalJudge John Aylmerlast_img read more

Cosmos Ages a Billion Years in One Day

first_imgPhysicists have found that a portion of the carbon-nitrogen-oxygen reaction thought to participate in fusion reactions inside stars runs two times slower than previously thought.  The measurements were made in the Laboratory for Underground Nuclear Astrophysics (LUNA), a lab nearly a mile underground in Italy that offers more protection from cosmic rays.  The ripple effect of this discovery is that all stars age more slowly than the textbooks claim, and the universe itself may be a billion years older.  For information, see Physics Web or Science Now.They measured one reaction in the present.  They did not measure 14 billion years.  Notice how one small measurement can have dramatic effects.  Physics is supposed to be a “hard” science, and now the textbooks have to be rewritten about something that was thought to be pretty well understood.  What about the soft sciences, and the mushy or gaseous ones like evolutionary theory?  What discovery tomorrow might invalidate some measurement the Darwinists are trusting?(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Labeling compromise reached

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In late June, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., announced they reached a compromise on legislation for a mandatory national labeling scheme for products containing genetically modified organisms (GMO).The measure would require food companies to label products that contain GMO ingredients, giving them three options for making that disclosure: on-package labels, a USDA-developed symbol or a QR (Quick Response) code consumers could scan with smart phones, providing a phone number or website for more information. The bill would pre-empt a patchwork of state labeling laws, including Vermont’s, which took effect July 1. The Agriculture Committee may consider the legislation when the Senate returns from its Independence Day recess. If the bill passes the Senate, it still would need to be approved by the House, which last July passed a bill establishing a voluntary labeling system.last_img read more