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
“May I have your attention please. This is Tim McCarthy for the Indiana State Police.”These words have characterized Notre Dame football since 1960, the year former Indiana State Police Sergeant Tim McCarthy began delivering safety messages between the third and fourth quarter of every home football game.Courtesy of Tim McCarthy McCarthy announced his retirement last Wednesday, after delivering 55 seasons’ worth of messages. But what really caught the crowd’s attention, McCarthy said, weren’t his messages, but his puns.“When I first started doing the announcements, everybody was more concerned about having a good time, and what was going on at the game and so forth, and they really weren’t listening to the safety message,” McCarthy said. “And at that time, they were having quite a lot of trouble in Indiana with fatal accidents, just all kinds of really bad accidents. And a lot of those were to and from Notre Dame.” … I thought you know, [the fans are] here for a weekend of fun, and they could care less about a state policeman telling them to be careful on the way home. I thought maybe if I attracted a little attention — so that was when I started using the quips, the very next season. Luckily, at that time, the stadium was unusually quiet because the referees were discussing something on the field … so I went in with a message. I did a warning on drinking and driving, and the punch line was, ‘the automobile replaced the horse, but the driver should stay on the wagon.’ And the crowd heard that, and I heard boos and groans and catcalls.”But a negative reaction was better than no reaction, McCarthy said. That meant people were listening. So he continued with his quips.“The next game I did another quip — it was on driver attitude, and the punch line was ‘some drivers are like steel, no good when they lose their temper,’” McCarthy said. “And gee, more boos and groans and so forth. But toward the end of the season, I started to realize that people were quiet just to hear how corny — and I’m the first one to admit they’re quite corny, many of them — but just to see how corny [the punch line] is. From there I just continued, and it got to the point where people were looking forward to hearing the quip that I had at the end of the message. And in the meantime, they’re listening to the message, which deals with their personal safety.”McCarthy, who grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana, said he was “born and raised a Notre Dame fan.” His life was also characterized by police work. McCarthy’s father was a city policeman in Fort Wayne.“I just kind of grew up liking police work,” McCarthy said. “It always kind of fascinated me because of my father. So eventually, that’s how I ended up on the state police.McCarthy’s wife was also a police officer — they met at a manslaughter trial in 1956, McCarthy said.“I was a young trooper, single,” he said. “I had arrested a fellow for manslaughter, and she happened, at that time, to be working for the county clerk’s office and would walk into the court room to have the judge sign papers. … And I got the prosecutor to introduce me to her. Later on I called her up for a date, and we started from there.”For years, McCarthy’s announcements at football games were a “hobby” while he worked as a detective sergeant at the Indiana State Police. But when McCarthy retired from the state police, he continued to deliver safety messages at football games.“The one thing I didn’t like about retiring from the state police was that I’d have to leave Notre Dame,” McCarthy said. “But then Moose Kraus, who was athletic director — I told him I was retiring from the state police, and he said, ‘Hey, we’d like to have you keep doing this.’ And I said, ‘Hey that’s fine with me.’ So that’s why I’ve been there so long.”McCarthy can quote many of his quips from memory — he said two of his favorites were, “drinking drivers are not very funny, but they can still crack you up” and “remember, do not let your driving make you grumpy or dopey when the roads are snow white.”McCarthy said writing the punch lines to his messages was a gradual process — he was always on the lookout for a new play on words. Sometimes, though, he did get a little help.“I had some people send me some — I had Notre Dame students and some Saint Mary’s students send me different quips that they thought were good,” McCarthy said. “Some of them I could use, and some of them I didn’t dare use.”McCarthy’s love for Notre Dame, and for Notre Dame students, is what kept him and his puns here so long, he said.“I did it for so long because I liked doing it,” McCarthy said. “I liked the atmosphere over there on game day, and I’ve always been a Notre Dame fan. I really enjoyed working with the students on different occasions, attending some of their events was always a lot of fun. I just enjoyed it.”Tags: Puns, Tim McCarthy
Vanessa Bryant celebrated the 19th anniversary of her wedding to her late husband Kobe Bryant on Saturday with a touching Instagram post.”My king, my heart, my best friend. Happy 19th wedding anniversary. I miss you so much. I wish you were here to hold me in your arms. I love you,” she wrote, posting a picture of the couple. Topics : Gianna, along with her basketball teammates Payton Chester and Alyssa Altobelli, who also died in the crash, were honored at Friday’s WNBA draft as honorary selections.Vanessa Bryant recorded an emotional message for the draft broadcast, saying being drafted into the women’s league “would have been a dream come true” for Gianna.After the conclusion of the draft on Friday night, the WNBA announced the creation of the Kobe & Gigi Bryant WNBA Advocacy Award, given to “an individual or group who has made significant contributions to the visibility, perception and advancement of women’s and girls’ basketball at all levels.” Five-time NBA champion Bryant and the couple’s 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash in Los Angeles on January 26.
“We are working within the parameters set before us by state and local guidelines regarding the number of people who can attend events.”The vote to formally nominate Trump will, however, be livestreamed, according to CNN, which cited a Republican official.”This is an ill-advised decision that the @GOP @GOPconvention should reconsider,” Zeke Miller, president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, said Saturday.”The nomination of a major party presidential candidate is very much the business of the American people.”Miller later tweeted: “An RNC official now says that the decision is not final and that they are still working through press coverage options.”Trump has been forced to scrap his signature rallies because of the coronavirus epidemic, which is killing more than 1,000 Americans a day.Topics : Media will be barred from the Republican National Convention in North Carolina later this month, US news outlets reported, when President Donald Trump will formally receive his party’s nomination.Soaring coronavirus cases have already forced Trump to cancel the part of the convention planned for Florida’s Jacksonville in July.”We are planning for all of the Charlotte activities to be closed press: Friday, August 21-Monday, 24th given the health restrictions and limitations in place in the state,” the convention spokesperson had told the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
The demonstrations came a year after rallies on immigration issues were staged statewide. This time, however, the number was a fraction of the thousands who turned out in 2006. Local police and school districts were prepared this year. West Covina and county sheriff’s beefed up their patrols. Hacienda La Puente Unified sent letters home to students, highlighting the penalties of walking out, and Covina Valley Unified issued automated calls saying that Friday was not an official school holiday. But in Los Angeles, students still wanted to march. “Just like Martin Luther King, Cesar Chavez is a hero to all Latinos,” said Cynthia Gomez, 16. “We should honor him in the same way.” “Cesar Chavez did a lot for us,” said Jose Lopez, a high school freshman, who was marching with his father in Oakland. “This is just us doing a little bit to honor him.” Latino students and others staged small marches in California on Friday to demand that the birthday of the late United Farm Workers leader Cesar Chavez become a national holiday and that Congress pass a legalization program for the nation’s estimated 12 million illegal immigrants. About 875 students from 13 Los Angeles middle schools and high schools walked out of class or skipped school to participate in the marches, said Angie Levine, a Los Angeles Unified School District spokeswoman. About 100 marched in Sacramento, another 100 demonstrated in Oakland, and about 35 walked out in Pomona. As they walked in Los Angeles, teens chanted “Si se puede!” or “Yes we can!” “If the government won’t do it, we have to come out here and force them to,” said Roberto Vera, 14. “Everybody is equal. It doesn’t matter where you were born.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!