Vital intervention needed to address food poverty

first_imgAdvertisement Linkedin More than 1,000 children looked for help from Limerick homeless agency WhatsApp THERE are more than 70 families homeless in Limerick with the number continuing to rise, according to voluntary agency Novas.And they also maintain that many more are hidden homeless or at risk, with many of these families living in emergency B&B accommodation with no cooking facilities.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Novas, who are the largest provider of homeless services in the Mid-West, point out that the traumas of being homeless are multi-faceted and enduring. Head of Policy and Communications with the voluntary service provider, Una Burns explained that for those living in commercial B&Bs, access to basic nutritious food is a challenge.“Families often rely on takeaway food for weeks and months on end. It is eaten on laps, sitting on beds, in one room. Parents report that their children are putting on weight, they lack concentration in school and their physical wellbeing is being compromised.“Due to the expensive nature of this food provision, families are finding it impossible to save for the expense of moving to a long-term home, thus protracting the length of time they are homeless,” Ms Burns told the Limerick Post.However, there is an alternative, she insists.Novas has arranged for families to have a nutritious and hearty meal in a community café in Our Lady of Lourdes each evening. A family has the opportunity to eat good food, sitting around a table together. It allows a family a break away from one room, in which they play out their lives. It is one less thing to worry about.Ms Burns describes the initiative as a “vital intervention” to support families who are experiencing homelessness.“It helps to bring some normality to an extraordinarily difficult time for families and affords families the opportunity to save in preparation of a move to more permanent accommodation, a home of their own. Some 80 per cent of families are homeless due to economic factors. This is one burden we can help with. However, we need the support of the public to do this,”An evening meal in the community café costs €4 per child and €4.50 per adult. Text NOVAS to 50300 to donate €4. Alternatively, you can log onto www.novas.ie/donate/ to donate more. You can also set up a monthly direct debit to support Novas on an ongoing basis. A monthly direct debit of €28 will provide a hearty meal for a child for a week. NewsHousingVital intervention needed to address food povertyBy Alan Jacques – May 29, 2018 1176 Homeless children living in hotels have difficulty chewing and swallowing Getting a second chance at life Print Facebookcenter_img Previous article2 Limerick primary schools amongst finalists for Eco Ranger awardsNext articleWinners of HOMS Solicitors Company Challenge presented with their trophies Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 163 children homeless in Limerick and Clare as Christmas approaches Twitter Politicians should work together to end homeless crisis Email Limerick’s Will O’Donoghue to take part in Novas Christmas Sleep-Out TAGSfamilyhomelesshomelessnessNovasNovas Initiativesnutrition last_img read more

Colombian Army Commander Demands FARC Comes Clean about Kidnappings

first_img ‘‘Many of them went missing in areas controlled by guerrillas about 14 and 15 years ago. We are pretty sure that they are being held against their will by the FARC, and we are expecting to get news so that we can inform their families,’‘ he noted. Mantilla demanded that the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) ‘‘explain to Colombia where the missing kidnapped people are, within whom there are several military members,’‘ as well as ‘‘the minors that have been recruited.’‘ In February, the FARC announced they would stop extortive kidnappings against civilians, and that they would release the last ten police and military members they acknowledged to have been holding as hostages. Since guerrilla leaders have insisted that they don’t have any hostages, the commander of the Colombian Army stated that due to such statements, it is ‘‘difficult to trust, difficult to believe them.’‘ By Dialogo September 26, 2012 ‘‘Unless they come clean, and the facts are indeed mentioned,’‘ it won’t be possible to ‘‘build a path for peace,’‘ the official told the press after a military ceremony in Bogotá. Earlier this month, President Juan Manuel Santos and top FARC leader Timoleón Jiménez, aka ‘‘Timochenko,’‘ announced they would start peace negotiations after several months of rapprochement. center_img The talks are said to start officially on October 8 in Oslo, and later they will be held in Havana. According to the official, at least 60 members from the public forces are missing. Mantilla also remembered other statements made by guerrilla leaders in recent days; for instance, that the FARC did not participate in drug trafficking. Likewise, the official also made a reference to their ‘‘indiscriminate use of explosive devices that affect indigenous populations, as well as other inhabitants,’‘ highlighting that ‘‘the country is awaiting those responses.’‘ last_img read more

Abandon the NFL? Partners don’t, even during a pandemic

first_img Associated Press Television News SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 2nd September, 2020 07:48 IST Abandon The NFL? Partners Don’t, Even During A Pandemic As 67 players opted out of the NFL season because of the coronavirus pandemic, corporate partners, sponsors and advertisers did the opposite First Published: 2nd September, 2020 07:48 IST Written By As 67 players opted out of the NFL season because of the coronavirus pandemic, corporate partners, sponsors and advertisers did the opposite.They stood pat.The league even added two major companies: Subway and Invisalign.The truth is that not even COVID-19 has scared away the folks who, frankly, desperately need pro football to get their sales pitches and promotions across to more than 187 million Americans who call themselves NFL fans.So they have stuck around, which shouldn’t be surprising.“The NFL just wrote new business with Subway, which is very unusual during the pandemic,” says Marc Ganis, co-founder of Chicago-based consulting group Sportscorp and a confidant of many NFL owners.”Delivery service companies are gearing up for a load of business. People will order in a lot more now, so they are expecting a big blowout on the sponsorship side with the NFL back.“Procter & Gamble and cleaning services, too.”Across the board, though, the NFL has not had to deal with defections. Potential alterations in contracts, yes. But departures? Not really.“We have not had those conversations (of companies departing),” says Tracie Rodburg, NFL Senior vice president of sponsorship. “But we’ve had real conversations about the messaging and how we come out together. We have been so close with our partners since March when this first started affecting everybody, and they are nonstop. Making sure we are providing them the right information so they can make the right decision for their business.”Those decisions, naturally, have become more difficult to make during a pandemic that likely will last through the entire NFL schedule and playoffs.”Corporate sponsors are doing risk assessments, understanding what the contracts are requiring,” says Mark Reino, CEO of Merit Mile, a Boca Raton, Fla.-based advertising, PR and sports marketing agency. “Are there out clauses, termination clauses, acts of God clauses that can enable them to perhaps exit these agreements?”Reino points to the possibility of college football partners turning to the NFL with the Big Ten and Pac-12 having canceled their fall seasons and other conferences trimming theirs.“A lot of those conversations are being held now,” he says. “The decisions are not close to being made. What is happening in the overall sponsors/advertising landscape is a lot of information gathering. They have to leave at least 25% of that intake open as a result of the pandemic.”So the NFL could find new or stronger revenue flows as companies involved with college football head to the pros for more attention and impact.They also might have benefited from timing.“As you know we’ve been laser-focused on starting the season and that gives them the hope to plan, and we have been planning with them,” Rodburg says of the league’s corporate partners. “There are those partners of ours that have been experiencing what the other leagues have been, or the NCAA, and who were unable to finish their promotions. When it comes to us, they’re certainly thinking about the environment we are in while making decisions for their brand. They say, “We are all-in on the NFL.”Rodburg points to some partners who have used their expertise to help the NFL keep things going heading toward the regular season.“Take Oakley,” she says. ”They step up to create a new product, the face shield for players. Lowe’s has a concierge service for our clubs, and not just (providing) PPEs but partitions to build up offices for our teams.”P&G has a wealth of products we haven’t tapped into before but now can. We have been using Visa to get to contacts and our cashless lists with our partners. They have been helping our clubs implement this.”Then there are our sideline partners working hand in hand with our health and safety — making sure everything on that field is set up to play the game safely. How to clean the Microsoft Surface tablets and Bose headsets, for example. Making sure we are not sharing the Gatorade bottles. We’ve worked with them for storage systems — we’re calling them troughs and trees. Everyone will have a personalized bottle so there is no sharing.“We partner with all of them from a marketing standpoint, but to really step in with them on the expertise side, have those experts to help our teams, that took so much time off the adjustments we’ve needed to make.”As we get deeper into the NFL season — if the coronavirus doesn’t cause major delays or a shutdown — we also will get deeper into the calendar. And holiday shopping.Again, the NFL appears well positioned because, well, it’s on top of the popularity mountain. But there could be a different scenario to all that shopping.“The parties who will be hurt are the retail stores,” Ganis notes. “Consumers are comfortable with buying online anyway, and Fanatics has become the gold standard for online licensed retailing — and they are exceptional at it. It’s seamless, and that’s necessary now.”Think about at the holiday time, people still could be reluctant to go to retail stores or might not be allowed to. They would not want to be among Christmas crowds. Mainly apparel and house goods buyers have gotten over feeling the product in their hands. They are fine with online.”Image credits: AP center_img LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE COMMENT FOLLOW USlast_img read more