NewsLocal NewsLimerick homeless shelter reduces drug overdoses by more than a thirdBy Alan Jacques – September 4, 2014 904 Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Previous articleMinister Noonan fit and well againNext articleRosbrien school benefits from Mongolian motorbike marathon Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Facebook TAGSAlan JacqueshomelesslimerickMcGarry HouseNovas Initiatives Email Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Linkedin Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live A LIMERICK-based homeless charity has reduced the incidence of overdose among its clients by 35 per cent in the last nine months.Novas Initiatives, the largest provider of homeless services in the Mid-West region, recently revealed in a research study the growing number of overdoses among its residents. In an 18-month period during 2012/2013, McGarry House experienced 34 overdoses — an average of one every two weeks.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Almost three quarters of the homeless people in temporary accommodation in the Alphonsus Street centre had overdosed on drugs — and most of them within the last year. Novas, along with its partners in the Mid-West region took immediate action to reduce the number of overdoses in its service by involving staff and residents, particularly those who had previously witnessed or experienced overdose.In response, a study entitled ‘Head Up: Preventing and Responding to Overdose in McGarry House’ was commissioned and 14 recommendations were developed, including the development of a peers skills and education programme.In the last nine months, due to such proactive steps, Novas has been successful in reducing the incidence of overdose in McGarry House by 35 per cent. Head of Novas’ homeless services, Anne Cronin commented, “This is still a work in progress as we strive to eliminate overdose altogether.”“Novas has shown that it is possible to reduce deaths by overdose by responding to the needs of those at risk and involving them in the process of response and rehabilitation,” she said.Novas is concurrently providing relevant staff training in the areas of harm reduction, safe injecting, defibrillator training and risk assessment. Complimentary training has also been provided to residents.Ireland has the highest level of reported problematic opioid use in the EU and the third highest death-rate of drug induced deaths. More drug-related deaths occur in Ireland each year than road accidents. And, according to Ms Cronin, people experiencing homelessness are particularly vulnerable to overdose.“We urge government to publish its much anticipated overdose prevention strategy and bring this issue to the forefront of political debate. Until the issue is addressed in a consorted and sustainable manner, needless deaths will continue to happen,” Ms Cronin concluded. Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Twitter Advertisement
KCM took over UK operations from MN in 2015. At the time, MN managed almost €11bn of UK pension assets, of which €3.5bn was in a fiduciary context.KCM said all clients had decided to stay, and that it had sealed a new €120m fiduciary contract since the deal.Kempen further made clear that it expected to start offering multi-asset and European high yield credit strategies this year. The company said it also planned to increase its focus on long-term investments, and has expanded the distribution of existing investment strategies in France and Germany.In other news, the €1bn pension fund of engineering firm Arcadis said that it was considering placing its pension plan with a general pension fund (APF) and that it was assessing proposals from three commercial players.On its website it made clear that its non-professional board and 10-strong pensions bureau were nearing their limits in an increasingly complicated regulatory and investment environment.It said that an APF could offer the expertise as well as cost benefits of a larger organisation, while still giving Arcadis sufficient control over its pension payments.According to the scheme, it deliberately opted for a general pension fund of a commercial player “as setting up an APF with other pension funds would be expensive and take a lot of time, while co-operation with other schemes has seldom turned out to be successful”.If joining an APF turned out not to be feasible for the Arcadis scheme, the board said it would consider further professionalising its staff and outsourcing more functions as a temporary alternative.Astrid Roelofs, the scheme’s director, said that, for example, its pensions administration and other parts of asset management could be outsourced.She also said that the pension fund is currently assessing how its illiquid investments could be transferred to an APF without additional transition costs or a forced sale.Last year, the pension fund contracted out management of its interest and inflation hedges to Cardano, citing “complicated management of derivatives following the European Market Infrastructure Regulation”.Finally, the €205bn asset manager PGGM said it had invested €150m in the construction of two huge and and sustainable distribution centres in Japan, in a co-investment with e-Shang Redwood (ESR).The decision came in the wake of a €200m investment in the purchase of similar objects elsewhere in the country.The most recent investment involved logistics buildings in the urban areas of Osaka and Tokyo.PGGM said the investment was in anticipation of a “very dynamic” market for both logistics and e-commerce in metropolitan areas, with a shortage of modern quake-proof facilities.In Japan, ESR is an important player in developing, constructing, and managing logistical property. The company also targets China.Guido Verhoef, PGGM’s head of private real estate, said the partnership with ESR “offered its clients direct access to the largest and most modern logistical projects in top locations in Asia with the strongest economic urban areas in the world”.“The fast urbanisation and growth in e-commerce lead to a strong increase of consumption as well as logistical innovation,” he added. “This offers great investment opportunities for the long term.”According to PGGM, the projects were of a new and “very sustainable” generation, with their energy needs largely generated by solar panels on the roof.As a consequence, carbon emissions would be 80% lower than average in the sector, the pension manager said. In addition, because of the solar panels’ shade, energy costs could be limited by 20%.PGGM also said that the concrete and asphalt used for construction would large be recycled material, and that rain water would be captured and re-used.Thijs Schoenaker, PGGM’s director for private real estate in Asia Pacific, said that both projects would generate an “attractive return”.So far PGGM – the asset manager for the €185bn healthcare scheme PFZW – has committed €736m in total to its strategic partnership with ESR. Kempen Capital Management (KCM) wants to make the UK its “second home market” and further expand its services, after successfully completing the transition of the British clients of MN.In its annual report for 2016, the €38bn Netherlands-based asset manager said it had appointed a managing director as well as a sales team for investment strategies for its London-based operations.The team has been tasked with focusing on investments and fiduciary management, KCM said.Last month, Kempen expanded its fiduciary team with the appointment of four members from Altis Investment Management.
A man standing just 3 feet 9 inches tall says he believes he was discriminated against after staff at Busch Gardens told him that he could not ride a kiddie ride with his friends daughter.The incident occurred Sunday.According to the report, Shane Moore says his friend’s daughter was afraid to ride the Gwazi Gliders by herself so meeting the height guidelines of being under 56 inches, and having ridden the ride in the past, Moore believed he could go on the ride with the child. When the attendant did their final check of the ride, however, Moore was kicked off of the ride for being too old.Moore stating that the guideline said nothing about the age of the rider, then reported the incident to another staff member who told him that he should have been able to go on the ride.Busch Gardens has since released a statement regarding the incident:“There is nothing more important than the safety of our guests and employees. Rides, like Gwazi Gliders, are designed and operated according to industry standards and safety guidelines as well as manufacturer specifications. For this particular ride, there are restrictions that deal with both height and age. Children must be 56” or less in order to ride, and no adults are allowed. We apologize for any confusion, and continue to remain committed to providing excellent guest service for all our visitors.”
Two women with outstanding warrants have added new charges to their list after they were found to be driving around town with a 16-day old infant on the floor of their car.The incident occurred in London, Kentucky Thursday.Officials say both 32-year-old Rebeca Jean Fultz and her mother, 69-year-old Charolotte J. Simpson were pulled over for outstanding warrants Thursday around 7:30 pm.While authorities conducted the arrest, Fultz informed them that her newborn was in the car. Officials reported that they could not find the infant at first, because she was not strapped into a car seat. The infant was later found on the floor of the vehicle between the passenger and front seat.Officials also reported that the infant was covered in ants, had a soiled diaper, and was laid amongst trash, an unsecured flat-screen television, and seemed to be having trouble breathing.The infant was taken to an area hospital where their condition was said to have since improved. The infant is still, however, being treated for dehydration, and will be turned over to social services.As for the child’s mother and grandmother, they have been taken to a local jail where they face child abuse charges along with their warrants.