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
North Coast Music Festival is returning to Union Park in Chicago, IL on August 31 through September 2, 2018. Today, the festival promised that it will reveal its full lineup in early May. However, North Coast’s graphic for this announcement drops a major hint pointing towards British funk group Jamiroquai as headliners.Earlier this month, Jamiroquai returned to the U.S. for their first shows back in thirteen years. In addition to both weekends of Coachella, the group performed at San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. On September 8th, the band will return to the U.S. to perform at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, NY.Additionally, Suwannee Hulaween recently revealed the dates for their 2018 festival (October 26th to 28th) with a short animated video and snuck in a massive hint pointing to Jamiroquai as their headliner. In the clip, the band’s familiar silhouette symbol appears in the corner of the frame, suggesting that Jamiroquai will be performing at the sixth annual event.See below for official proof of North Coast Music Festival’s first major headliner. Head to the festival’s website for more information.
One of the most basic, but often most difficult roles of a manager is communicating effectively with staff. This can be a challenging task because each employee is different, and that means each person has a particular method of communicating. One employee may be outspoken and free with their thoughts, while another may be introverted and hesitant to speak up. Below are a few tips for communicating with your team and how you as a leader can better connect with every employee.DO listen and not just speakSometimes leaders let their position go to their head and they think they are the only ones in the room. In reality, being a leader means realizing the workplace is not just about you, but also about the entire team. With that comes the realization that listening to your staff is just as important as speaking to them. Your employees want to feel valued and be heard, so take what they say to heart.DON’T offer criticisms around othersNo one likes being called out in front of others so if you have an issue you need to bring up with an employee, call them in for a private meeting. When you do this, it’s also wise to communicate upfront the seriousness of the conversation. When an employee hears their boss ask for a one-on-one discussion, they immediately think the worst. So, as a leader, do your best to set the tone of the talk from the get-go.DO check in with them frequentlyAs a leader, it can be a challenge to distinguish the line between an involved boss and a micromanager. If you truly want to grow and learn in your leadership role, you will find your way and realize that balance between checking in with your staff and hovering over their shoulder. Periodically connecting with them is wise because it demonstrates your commitment to their success.DON’T focus on the negative No one likes a pessimist whether it’s their boss, their significant other, or another colleague. Remember as their superior you are setting the tone for the office culture. If you desire a positive, productive, and efficient workplace, you have to lead by example. If things don’t go the way you want them to, don’t get so frustrated that your team feels discouraged. Consider what needs to change and keep your staff motivated by being supportive and positive. 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details
If you recently purchased a Fantasy 5 lottery ticket from the Publix inside the Polo Grounds Mall, you might want to check your ticket.Officials say the winning lottery ticket was sold at the store on S. Military trail and is worth $176,000.The winning numbers are 4-6-10-25-29.
By Art Petrosemolo |The growth of Monmouth County and its historic river towns is intertwined with the nautical history of Sandy Hook Bay and the area’s two prominent rivers – the Navesink and Shrewsbury.The nonprofit group – The Navesink Marine Historical Association (NMHA) – celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2015, is at the forefront of uncovering those links and documenting them through educational and environmental programs for the community.The group recently published the second edition of the area’s nautical history: “A Chronology of Boating on the Navesink River,” written by marine engineer Rik van Hemmen.Van Hemmen, a Fair Haven resident, is a founding member of NMHA. He also is the principal of Martin Ottaway, Red Bank, a century old marine engineering firm that specializes in disaster recovery.“As part of NMHA’s educational mission of uncovering the rich nautical history of the two rivers area,” van Hemmen says, “we had populated our website with lots of photos and text about the growth of boating from the pre-Colonial Native Americans through the 20th century. The book was a natural outgrowth of that effort.”The soft cover book’s first edition, with just under 100 pages, was self-published by NMHA in 2010 and more than 400 copies were sold locally at River Road Books in Fair Haven, Bahrs Landing in Highlands, through marine professional organizations, and online through Amazon and the NMHA’s website.In discussing the book’s second edition, van Hemmen smiled. “Our research uncovered lots of new materials that didn’t just fit at the end of the book but throughout, ” says the author. “The second edition has an additional 25 pages (120 page total) with new information on the growth of boating in the area.”As an example, van Hemmen sites the Colonial (replica) vessel OnRust, from upstate New York, that, with the help of NMHA, spent a week in the area for the 350th anniversary celebration of Monmouth County this past summer. It included stops in Red Bank and Fair Haven where hundreds of visitors toured the vessel. “The Onrust,” van Hemmen says, “is a great example of one of the small trading vessels that would have brought cargo to the two rivers communities during their early growth from the Colonial period right through the late 1700s.”Other boats added to Chronology are the historic iceboat Rocket restored by the Shrewsbury River Ice Boat Club in Red Bank and featured in a national NBC TV news segment earlier this year, and the new Clearwater Garvey recently built by members of NMHA for New Jersey Friends of Clearwater.The book describes watercraft with text, photos and drawings from the first boats – dugout canoe built by Native Americans – to a chapter on one-design sailboats that are popular on the rivers for racing out of the local yacht and boat clubs including the 135-year old Monmouth Boat Club in Red Bank.A glossary of terms to help the nautical neophyte completes the volume.Chronology also includes information on several NMHA programs for adults and children. NMHA was formed by a small group of nautical enthusiasts with a deep interest in the history of the Two Rivers including Gayle Horvath, Red Bank; Bob Noguiera, Fair Haven; Tom Gibson, Holmdel; Dr. Charles Ladoulis, Locust, and van Hemmen.The group’s first programs were six-hour canoe building sessions where, for several years, they mentored youngsters who built and launched canoes over a weekend. The program was first run at the Monmouth Boat Club and continued for years at the Fair Haven Fire House.The canoe building grew into a River Rangers (a trailer-boat based summer river exploratory program for kids) that involves hundreds of children to age 16. A recently started Sea Scouts co-ed program for teenagers has nine members working on nautical projects.NMHA holds periodic meetings with nautical speakers at Bahrs Landing in Highlands that are open to the public.Recently NMHA partnered with the township of Middletown for the rehabilitation of the historic Grover House at the entrance of Stevenson Park on West Front Street. Working with the town and with help from private donations, NMHA will rehabilitate the first floor for offices and meeting space and they hope to construct a separate barn that will serve as a shop and workspace for boat building and repair.Long-term, NMHA would like to garner support locally for a federal nautical sanctuary designation (similar to national park status) for the area from the Sandy Hook through the Navesink and Shrewsbury Rivers.To learn more about NMHA and their programs visit, the group’s website, www.navesinkmaritime.org
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CALGARY – Suncor Energy Inc. and Teck Resources Ltd. are getting a bargain price for bigger stakes in the Fort Hills oilsands mine they are buying from partner Total S.A., analysts say.The two Canadian companies announced Wednesday they will pay an additional $420 million to take over a three per cent stake in the project from the French oil giant.Suncor (TSX:SU), the operator, is paying about $300 million to increase ownership to 53.06 per cent and Teck (TSX:TECK.B) is paying $120 million to up its stake to 20.89 per cent. Total’s share is falling to 26.05 per cent from 29.2 per cent.“We’re pleased to have reached this agreement and taken a bigger stake in what is arguably the best long-term growth project in our industry,” Suncor CEO Steve Williams said in a statement.Analysts said Thursday the price of about $69,000 per daily barrel of production for the Total share is much less than the $90,000 per daily barrel cost of the overall project, which is designed with capacity of 194,000 barrels per day of bitumen.Suncor and Teck said the deal settles a dispute triggered last year when Total refused to take part in a project to spend an additional $1 billion in 2017 to accelerate construction. The French company said at the time it would not accept “substantial cost increases” at Fort Hills.Last February, Suncor said delays caused by the Fort McMurray wildfire in 2016, along with construction changes to boost capacity, had added from $1.4 billion to $1.9 billion to Fort Hills’ estimated cost, taking it to between $16.5 billion and $17 billion.Total has recently been reluctant to spend money on the oilsands, which have been attacked by environmentalists as being among the dirtiest sources of energy in the world and considered among the most expensive to develop.It sold a 10 per cent stake in Fort Hills to Suncor in 2015 and, a year before that, agreed with partners to shelve the proposed $11-billion proposed Joslyn oilsands mine. It also sold its 49 per cent stake in the stalled Voyageur oilsands upgrader to Suncor.Other foreign companies selling oilsands assets in the past two years include Americans Marathon Oil, Murphy Oil and ConocoPhillips, Norway’s Statoil and British-Dutch oil giant Royal Dutch Shell.Fort Hills was expected to begin producing bitumen by year-end, but Suncor confirmed it will miss that target by two or three weeks. It is expected to reach output of about 90 per cent of capacity by the end of 2018.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.
VICTORIA, B.C. – The prospect of billions of dollars in liquefied natural gas revenues has British Columbia’s government preparing for a political and environmental juggling act as Premier John Horgan attempts to hold together his minority government while appeasing ever watchful climate guardians.Horgan said LNG Canada’s decision to build a $40 billion liquefied natural gas project in northern B.C. ranked on the historic scale of a “moon landing,” emphasizing just how much the project means to an economically deprived region of the province.Opposition Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson, former Liberal energy minister Rich Coleman and Skeena Liberal MLA Ellis Ross, a former Haisla Nation chief and early LNG backer in Kitimat, were present at the signing ceremony with Horgan, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and representatives from the five international energy giants behind the LNG Canada project. “It will be significantly challenging for all of us but with the revenue, some $23 billion coming to the province from this project, we will be able to innovate, work with renewables, work with Shell and the joint venture partners to bring down emissions over the long term.”Horgan also directed senior officials to hold a background briefing at the legislature on the government’s plans to move LNG issues through the legislature and address climate goals.The officials, speaking on a not-for-attribution basis, said no LNG legislation is coming this fall and a repeal of the former Liberal government’s LNG income tax will not be tabled until the LNG Canada project is about to go into production by 2024.A cabinet order was signed Tuesday, bypassing debate in the legislature and exempting the provincial sales tax during the construction phase of the project. Green party Leader Andrew Weaver did not attend.Weaver, whose three members of the Green party caucus have an agreement to support Horgan’s New Democrat government, stood up in the legislature Tuesday and accused the NDP of being part of a “grand hypocrisy,” for its criticism of past proposed LNG projects.But Horgan was already setting in motion plans to bring the Greens, Liberals and environmentalists on side.“Mr. Weaver has been very clear on his view on LNG and he can certainly speak for himself, but we are working, he and I and the government, on putting in place our climate action plan this fall and it will include LNG,” he said in an interview after the LNG announcement.Wilkinson’s Liberals issued a statement saying they have supported LNG from the outset and are looking forward to backing any legislation concerning the Kitimat project.The premier said during the news conference that his government will meet greenhouse gas reduction targets set by the federal government. The officials said B.C.’s proposed climate plan will be designed to meet legislated targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030, 60 percent by 2040 and 80 percent by 2050.Much of the reductions will be achieved by B.C. moving towards electrification, primarily in the transportation and industrial sectors. The officials said the plan will offer industry rebates on carbon tax payments if they meet global clean-energy targets.The officials said the LNG Canada project is forecast to emit 3.45 megatonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually.Clean energy advocate Pembina Institute said it is waiting to see how the government reconciles LNG’s carbon pollution with its climate goals.B.C. currently emits about 63 megatonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually and its goal is to get that number down to about 13 megatonnes by 2050, said Karen Tam Wu, Pembina’s B.C. managing director.She said the province has a long way to get there, but Tuesday’s LNG announcement and the coming climate plan set targets and the climate agenda.“Now we have to really accelerate where and how we decarbonize the building sector, the transportation sector and of course, industry,” she said. “The natural gas sector has some work to do as well.”(THE CANADIAN PRESS)
New Delhi: In association with Flipkart, Japanese brand JVC on Tuesday launched six new smart LED TVs in India starting at Rs 16,999. The product suite includes 4K “Ultra HD” intelligent smart TVs and “Full HD” smart LED TVs available in four screen sizes — 40-inch, 43-inch, 49-inch and 55-inch. The TVs come equipped with features such as “Quantum Backlit Technology”, Miracast support, and more than 500 licensed applications and up to 1 million hours of content to view, JVC said. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year The products will be available on Flipkart from April 6. “The need and hunger for content in the smart TVs is increasing day by day and we assure our customers of providing the largest app base as well as inbuilt content in today’s times in these smart TVs,” Sharan Maini, Director – Business Development at JVC India, said in a statement. JVC entered India in partnership with Veira Group, an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) for consumer durables in India, in association with Flipkart. Viera Group said it currently has its manufacturing unit in Noida having a capacity of up to one million units per annum.
The political scenario is indeed captivating during elections as the democratic exercise witnesses vivid cross-accusations and a plethora of promises. Congress released its manifesto for the Lok Sabha general elections on Tuesday which expectedly drew sharp criticism from BJP. Leading the criticism was Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who interpreted Congress’s manifesto as a collective of “dangerous ideas” which could lead to the “Balkanisation” of India. Condemning the promise to decriminalise sedition and amend AFSPA, Jaitley asserted how Congress has always been soft on terror and wants to further soften on it and separatism. The gravity of the situation that Jaitley wants us to understand is that Congress’s attempt to scrap the colonial law and amend AFSPA is detrimental to the nation – a quality of bad governance. Sedition had done its rounds when the entire JNU episode rocked the nation. Kanhaiya Kumar, now a CPI candidate from Begusarai, was at the centre of an ensuing debate whether sedition – an archaic law of colonial vintage – deserved to be part of contemporary India or not. The provisions of the colonial law have been covered in the Unlawful Activities Prevention Law which also has procedural safeguards that the sedition law lacks. Condemning an attempt to scrap it is advocating for a law that has served as a tool to suppress dissenting voices, often coming in conflict with the freedom of expression by capitalising on the thin line between sedition and general dissent. Jaitley opined on how Congress does not deserve “even a single vote” for its promises, including doing away with sedition but these votes that he audaciously spoke on behalf of are not under his control by any means. These votes are independent minds that can reason Congress’s promises and BJP’s stance on sedition per se. And, as per the discussions on the colonial law which ensued following the JNU sedition row, there may be many who will vote for Congress. His sophisticated expression of Congress’s promises that will lead to the “Balkanisation” of India made headlines as people were treated to his interpretation of the ramifications which will follow should Congress be voted to power. Balkanisation, by definition, is a geopolitical term for the process of fragmentation or division of a region or state into smaller states that are often hostile or uncooperative with each other. India has a federal government with diverse states coming together to stitch the boundaries of the nation as they brought about the Union of India into existence since Independence. If Congress’s manifesto had even a hint of such drastic intent as the balkanisation of the nation, the experts would have criticised and the media and dailies would have expressed so. Jaitley’s apprehensions maybe real but same does not look conducive in general. Also Read – A compounding difficulty BJP asserts that under the strong leadership of Modi – who has stitched the national narrative with nationalism and national security banked on defence advancement and progress – a ‘new’ India will thrive. But the seemingly autocratic stance of the Modi government with institutional subversion and subterfuge – to bring Electoral Bonds scheme – contradicts that. Bringing the various machinations by the government into the discussions would have made more sense to the general audience rather than citing dire consequences based on personal apprehensions. Criticising Congress’s manifesto which aims to address the adversities existing under the Modi administration and branding the promises under it as the work of “tukde tukde” gang – a euphemism for those whom BJP felt were out to break the integrity of the Indian state, namely Maoists and ultra-Leftists – is expected from a pro-right perspective. It is strange that electoral promises, by and large, focus on the other party’s pitfalls and consequent remedies to that instead of amplifying public opinion. While Congress, through its crowdsourcing step, wants to present a pro-people manifesto, BJP wants to ensure that the pro-nationalism mood lasts to usher them to a successive term. Both have welfare schemes at their disposal and the pros and cons of their respective terms are out there to judge on voter’s discretion. It would be in the interest of the nation if our political leaders refrain from these petty accusations and abject criticism, focussing more on their efforts towards the development and welfare of the nation – both in actions as well as words – and deliver once in power. Good (or bad) governance should not be advocated but should be felt and in this regard, attempts made by parties to woo the voters with promises and apprise them of others’ shortcomings are nothing but machinations to lure them. Citizens are capable of reasoning the developments and accordingly choosing the government. They need not be apprised about consequences as such. That energy is better used in delivering good governance and criticism can be saved for counter-productivity, not denigrating the other.