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 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 Jacques 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

America’s First LNG Articulated Tug and Barge Unit Launched

first_imgThe US-based shipyard VT Halter Marine has launched Q-LNG 4000, America’s first offshore liquefied natural gas articulated tug and barge (LNG ATB) unit.Named at the end of September 2019, the barge is owned by marine transportation company Q-LNG Transport.The newbuild is designed to carry 4,000 cubic meters of LNG. Its tug, the Q-Ocean Services, is scheduled to be launched in late October.“The Q-LNG 4000 is dedicated to delivering safe transit to all ships and ports it will serve,” Shane J Guidry, Chief Executive Officer of Q-LNG Transport, said.The LNG ATB Unit is designed to meet the requirements of the American Bureau of Shipbuilding and the International Gas Carrier code as an LNG bunkering barge. The vessel is expected to be delivered in the first quarter of 2020.Back in November 2017, VT Halter Marine, part of ST Engineering North America, was awarded a contract by Q-LNG Transport to build the ATB LNG unit, which was announced as part of a long-term contract with Shell Trading (U.S.) Company, to deliver LNG as a fuel source to various ports in Florida and the Caribbean.Specifically, the barge is designed to provide ship-to-ship transfers of LNG to vessels that use LNG as a fuel source and also ship-to-shore transfers to small scale marine distribution infrastructure in the US Gulf of Mexico and abroad.It will bunker Carnival Cruise Line’s two new dual-fuel ships and two dual-fuel Siem Car Carrier pure car truck carriers chartered by the Volkswagen Group to transport vehicles from Europe to North America.“We are proud of this successful launch. It marks a significant milestone in our role to deliver cleaner and more efficient fuels for the cruise and commercial ship industries,” Ronald Baczkowski, President and Chief Executive Officer of VT Halter Marine, commented.In August 2018, Q-LNG Transport told World Maritime News it had signed a letter of intent with Halter Marine for a second LNG ATB. According to the company, the barge would have a much larger capacity reaching 8,000 cbm.last_img read more

Walter Moore scouting clinic becomes permanent fixture on GFF’s calendar

first_imgWAYNE Forde, president of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF), yesterday announced that the ‘Walter Moore Scouting Clinic’ will become a permanent fixture on the Federation’s calendar.Moore, a former Golden Jaguars defender and his club FF Jaro coach Kristian Heames, conducted a two-day (May 19 – 21) talent identification programme, which will result in potential players being identified for trials and possible professional contracts in Europe.This initiative is part of the new philosophy of the technical programme of the GFF, which actively seeks to involve past and present national players as part of the technical development programme.“The Walter Moore scouting clinic will now become a permanent fixture on the GFF’s calendar and the GFF will fund it exclusively” Forde told Chronicle Sport in an exclusive interview yesterday.“Of course we will always use our network to see if we could bring in some sponsors, so what we will do over the next couple of months, the technical department and Walter will build the best model to see how this would work,” Forde noted.The GFF top brass explained that “players in the past didn’t see any long term in the sport that they had given so much to and I think that if there’s anything that you want to do as a leader it should be to inspire hope and that’s one of the things we’ve been doing, not only as an executive committee but as a technical staff.”Forde also reasoned “if you’re a player and you see a structure curriculum where you have players knowledgeable and experience like ‘Jackie Chan’ (Gregory Richardson); Walter Moore returning with his coach from Finland, you’re seeing tangible evidence of development; that’s what we’re giving to this nation and so if that’s the added incentive that they needed all along for them (the players) to put that extra 100%, it’s very encouraging for Guyana’ football.”Heames impressedBefore taking up a post as coach with FF Jaro last year, Heames from July 2008 to July 2016, served as Scout with English Premiere League club,West Bromwich Albion F.C.,also known as West Brom.It was Heames’ maiden journey to the South American country, and the Englishman said that he was impressed with the level and quality displayed by the players who are all apart of Guyana’s National U-17 programme.“The overall level is really good, working with the players, getting to see them both on and off the field was pretty good” Heames said, while singling out Chris Macy, Job Caesar, Cecil Jackman and Orville Daniels as those who stood out.Heames reasoned that “players from different environment have different strengths and athletically players here are better than many players in Europe but I would say that it’s their understanding of the game that needs to be worked on.”“After speaking to the technical department, I’ve gotten a better understanding as to how Guyana’s football was structured previously,so that might be the case why players developed a lot of individual skills, may be they don’t have the access to the coaching and I like the fact that some of the things that are done here (at the GFF) is to bridge that gap” Heames opined.Heames’ sentiments were echoed by the GFF’s Technical Director,Ian Greenwood, who said “we’ve got fantastic athletic ability, but that game understanding is a massive problem from what I first arrived but we’re looking to improve that now. We’ve got a playing philosophy where the work is structured through the academy training centres, so the amount of tactical work now with the national programme is vastly improving from what we would’ve had before.” – Heames impressed with quality of playerslast_img read more

(Updated 6 p.m., Friday) Spencer Weikal enters guilty plea to second degree murder

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Spencer Weikal, 25, of Wellington pled no contest which was essentially a guilty plea to second degree murder of 2-year-old Larrissa Foster at Sumner County District Court today.The guilty plea comes nearly two years after the death of Foster, who died at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita stemming from alleged abuse on Nov. 29, 2011.The motion resulted from a plea agreement between prosecuting attorney Lee Davidson of the Kansas Attorney’s General office and Weikal’s attorney Christopher Williams of Kansas City. Weikal could spend anywhere from 147 months to 653 months in prison for the second degree murder charge.Sumner County District Judge Scott McQuin has set Weikal’s sentencing date for Jan. 9, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.Officially, Weikal has pled no contest to three counts:•The alternative felony charge of second degree murder — “the unintentional but reckless under circumstances, and manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life.” That charge as mentioned above could result in Weikal being in prison for as little as 12.25 years or as long as 54.42 years.•The alternative felony charge of abuse of a child could result in 31 to 34 months of prison time.•The felony charge of endangering a child could result from 5 to 7 months of prison time.At the sentencing, McQuin will decide whether to make these charges consecutive – time served for each charge separately; or concurrently meaning that the three charges will be served at the same time.Weikal also must pay all court costs and medical expenses to the victim’s family. McQuin also raised the bond for Weikal from $250,000 to $500,000 at the hearing.Weikal was scheduled to go to a jury trial on Dec. 3, before a plea bargain agreement was reached. Davidson said afterwards this is not unusual. The original charge of first degree murder was reduced to second degree as part of the plea agreement.Friday’s court hearing was an emotional one for both families, who were in attendance. Weikal, who was wearing a gray jumpsuit with a black bead neckless, was stoic at the beginning of the hearing. But as McQuin asked him several questions about the understanding of the court pleas he was about to make, he became visibly more upset.Afterwards, Williams — his lawyer — would not say why his client pleaded no contest to the three charges instead of taking it to a jury trial – citing attorney-client privileges.Weikal’s family was unavailable for comment after the proceeding.Debbie Murphy the grandmother of Larrissa, expressed sorrow afterwards.“I’m not happy about sending a young man to prison,” Murphy said. “I’m OK with the prison time he will receive.”She said it was time for the family to heal.The court hearing did bring out some new details that had not been presented earlier in the preliminary hearings or in court documents.Davidson described the actions of Weikal during the night in question to the court to be inconsistent.According to earlier court documents submitted by Davidson, Weikal was the live-in boyfriend of Kayla Murphy, mother of Larrissa Foster. On Nov. 29, 2011, Murphy and Weikal spent most of the day together at his uncle Brian Brown’s house. In the late afternoon, Weikal drove Foster and Murphy to the Oak Tree Inn where Murphy was scheduled to work the evening shift. Weikal and Foster allegedly returned to Brown’s home. Murphy then talked to Foster on the phone at about 8 p.m.“It was the last time she would speak to her daughter,” the document said.Allegedly, at 10 p.m. the defendant drove Foster back to the Oak Tree Inn and had a co-worker find Murphy because Foster was having trouble breathing, according to the court document.On Friday in court, Davidson added that Weikal was angry with Larrissa around 9 p.m. and that was when the alleged abuse occurred. He said his cousin, Nick Weikal, had arrived at the house at 10 p.m. to see that Foster was not breathing correctly and moving in and out of consciousness. Yet, Davidson said, Weikal was sitting on a couch smoking a cigarette.“There is no guarantee that Larrissa would have survived,” Davidson said. “Yet there was no sense of urgency from Weikal. Perhaps, things could have been different had he sought immediate medical attention.”According to earlier testimony, Weikal and Murphy took the toddler to Sumner Regional Medical Center where the staff found the child to be unresponsive and in cardiopulmonary arrest at 10:51 p.m. The medical staff intubated the child and readied her for transport to Wesley.According to the document, Weikal and Murphy returned to the Oak Tree Inn to borrow money for gasoline for the trip to Wichita. After fueling up their vehicle, the two drove to Wichita and eventually located Wesley.At Wesley, medical workers questioned the two about Foster’s injuries and eventually called law enforcement. Before the Wichita Police officers could question him, Weikal allegedly left the hospital without telling Murphy. He returned to Wellington.Meanwhile, Sumner County E911 broadcasted a “be on the lookout” alert for Weikal, who reportedly was driving Murphy’s red Toyota Corolla.According to the document, Sumner County Sheriff Deputy Lee Patterson was parked in the SRMC parking lot visiting with Wellington police officer Kurt Vogel. He spotted the Corolla traveling southbound on A Street at a high rate of speed. By the time Patterson was at the corner of 15th and B Street, the car was traveling south on B Street just crossing 10th Street, still at a high rate of speed.Patterson tried to catch up to the vehicle as it turned east onto Lincoln Street then south on Ash Street then east on First Street then south onto Cherry Street where Weikal ran the stop sign and turned east on Mill Street before coming to a stop at 901 S. Cherry Street, the Brown residence.Weikal then, allegedly, fled the Corolla and hid near a parked vehicle. Patterson found him hiding a short time later and placed him under arrest. Patterson had E911 search for Weikal’s driving record and learned that his license was suspended.Patterson read Weikal his Miranda Rights and briefly questioned him at the scene, according to the document. In the process, Patterson recounted Weikal’s driving violations. Patterson then transported Weikal to the Wellington Police Department for further questioning.Later that morning, Wellington Police Department Detective John Defore and Sumner County Sheriff’s Detective Frances Stevenson interviewed Weikal. They asked him about his departure and he explained he was traveling to Wellington to pick up his mother for emotional support and getting some clothes before returning to Wesley.Davidson told the court Friday that his interviews with law enforcement about the circumstances of the evening had changed throughout the questioning, and in the end was inconsistent with the injuries Foster incurred.Davidson told Judge McQuin because of Weikal’s actions throughout the evening that a guilty plea is justified. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (15) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… Commenting Disabled Further commenting on this page has been disabled by the blog admin. You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +19 Vote up Vote down mom2mykids · 350 weeks ago He will never serve enough time, to make up for the loss of such a precious lil girl…who was put through such horrible pain. I believe an eye for an eye…sorry for his family but never did a innocent child deserve this kind of treatment. If it was my grandbaby…he would of never made it to jail…just saying… Report Reply 1 reply · active 350 weeks ago -20 Vote up Vote down Effyou · 350 weeks ago Actually you didnt evem TRY to speak to the Weikal family. I was there. You were trying to take pictures of spencer with your phone and got told no pics were allowed to be taken in the courtroom. Also he did not say weikal had no urgency to get here there. He said it was unlikely that she would have made it had he sought immediate medical attention but that her chances would have been higher. Report Reply 1 reply · active 350 weeks ago +11 Vote up Vote down good by spencer · 350 weeks ago throw away the key when the door slams shut Report Reply 0 replies · active 350 weeks ago -7 Vote up Vote down Nosleeptilbrooklyn · 350 weeks ago I do feel bad for the guy though. It is just an unfortunate event that occured. The mom should get some sort of punishment in my opinion as well. Who is to say she wasn’t abusing her child or that she made a bad decision to leave her daughter with him. She is just as at fault in my opinion as he is. Report Reply 0 replies · active 350 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down AngerManagement · 350 weeks ago There has been very good coverage here, that I have appreciated. I wouldn’t blame Tracy if he did skip asking you for an interview. All you’ve done since this began is spew hatred and profess Spencer’s innocence. Not sure what the point of the pricey attorney was, maybe he finally talked sense into you all. Spencer told the police he was angry, he told the police he banged the girls head on the wall “pretty hard” then dropped her the rest of the way down the stairs. I don’t know that there’s much left for you folks to say. Report Reply 0 replies · active 350 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down big papi · 350 weeks ago Effyou…your using deflection to try and take away the fact that a human life was lost. Why because of tbe gross negligent actions of one person. You can try and blame a reporter for doing his job. But this story is not about the reporter or weikals family. This story is about guilt and a life lost.. no amount of time can change that. So effyou please set your anger aside. He took a plea. That means his attorney knew he could not win. Report Reply 0 replies · active 350 weeks ago -6 Vote up Vote down friend · 350 weeks ago I know both families sorry for what they are going thur but where is kayla where does she come in on all this the little girl was staying with aunt uncle why did they let her go back.they knew what was going on with abuse everybody wants to point a finger at spencer why not point else where.i don’t think spencer would hurt anybody.Lets get everyone that knew abuse was going on iy start way berfore that right I wont mention names at this time but they all know who iam talking about bring piuters out you have while she was with her mother Report Reply 0 replies · active 350 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Clyde J · 350 weeks ago I hope that both families can gain some closure with the plea. I will have to give Spencer a little credit because now both families don’t have to go through the pain of a trial. Remember our prayers are with everybody. Report Reply 0 replies · active 350 weeks ago +12 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 350 weeks ago OK, I’m going to clamp down on this pretty quick. No more back and forth between the families. If you want to yell at me or write about the trial itself, I’ll allow that. Effyou I tried to get hold of you afterwards. I did get hold of your lawyer but you were gone. If you want to talk, I’ll let you have your say. You can call me at 620-326-0717 if you promise not to be mean. Report Reply 0 replies · active 350 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down concerned aunt · 350 weeks ago I think everyone should remember that a little girls life was lost in this situation and that Weikal caused this tragedy. He should pay for this loss of life. I can’t imagine what this little girl went thru and I don’t want to know. Yes he should be put behind bars and it is no ones fault but his OWN!!! No I don’t and won’t feel sorry for him. Glad he is behind bars and he needs to STAY there!!!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 350 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Brand ready for rehab after cast is removed

first_imgBrand was injured Aug. 3 during his daily workout in El Segundo, and Morgan performed the surgery four days later. Brand was examined and had his cast removed at the hospital in Wilmington. ETC.: Guard Royal Ivey signed a one-year contract with the Bucks one day after Milwaukee backup point guard Charlie Bell signed an offer sheet with the Miami Heat. The Bucks have a week to match Bell’s five-year, $18.5 million offer. Jurisprudence Months after berating her in an expletive-filled tirade, New York Knicks coach Isiah Thomas moved from cursing to courting a fellow executive now suing the basketball Hall of Famer for sexual harassment, a former team employee testified. Jeffrey Nix, a 15-year employee of the NBA team, took the stand in U.S. District Court to recount a series of conversations he had with his friend and co-worker, plaintiff Anucha Browne Sanders, throughout 2004. From news services Clippers forward Elton Brand had the cast removed from his left leg and was fitted for a removable walking boot Tuesday, six weeks after he had surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles’ tendon. The Clippers said Brand will begin a rehabilitation program under the supervision of their training and medical staff. The program includes local therapy, cardiovascular work and a flexibility and strengthening program. Brand is expected to wear the walking boot for six weeks before being reevaluated by Dr. Craig Morgan at Christiana Care’s Wilmington Hospital in Wilmington, Del. ETC.: A company that distributed human growth hormone to “well known athletes and entertainers” has agreed to pay a $10.5 million penalty and cooperate with law enforcement in ongoing investigations, federal prosecutors said. Under the terms of the agreement, Specialty Distribution Services Inc., a subsidiary of Express Scripts Inc., will not face prosecution for three years if it fully complies with terms of the agreement. Tennis Vania King of Long Beach upset top-seeded Marion Bartoli of France, 6-1, 7-5, in the first round of the Sunfeast Open in Calcutta, India. ETC.: Martina Hingis advanced to the second round of the China Open, beating Sun Tiantian of China, 6-2, 6-3, in Beijing. … Second-seeded Sybille Bammer beat Yvonne Meusburger, 6-2, 6-1, in an all-Austrian match to reach the second round of the Slovenia Open in Portoroz. Cycling Colombia’s Leonardo Duque won the 16th stage of the Spanish Vuelta and Denis Menchov of Russia remained the overall leader. Duque, riding for the Cofidis team, beat Alexander Kolobnev of CSC to win the 100.4-mile stage from Jaen to Puertollano in 4 hours, 39 seconds. Joan Horrach of Spain was third. Motorsports Except for one race, the IRL’s IndyCar schedule next season will be identical to this year. The series will not return to Michigan International Speedway because the IRL and track officials could not agree on a new contract. The 2-mile oval track in Brooklyn, Mich., had hosted open-wheel racing since 1968. ETC.: Kasey Kahne is the new beer man, picking up Budweiser as the primary sponsor for his No. 9 Dodge. The sponsorship was announced at Gillett Evernham Motorspots, where Kahne entered the event on the famed Budweiser Clydesdales. Boxing After 82 years, Madison Square Garden will retire its storied boxing ring and donate it to the International Boxing Hall of Fame at Canastota, N.Y., where it will go on display this fall. Hockey Nine-time NHL All-Star defenseman Brian Leetch, U.S. Olympic gold and silver medalist Cammi Granato, writer and broadcaster Stan Fischler, and longtime communications executive John Halligan will be this year’s recipients of the Lester Patrick Award for outstanding service to hockey in the United States. Olympic sports Russian Olympic champion Alexey Mishin won his first World Wrestling Championship gold medal in the Greco-Roman division, defeating American Brad Vering, 5-0, 4-0, in the 84-kilogram class at Baku, Azerbaijan. Deaths Garrard “Buster” Ramsey, the first coach of the Buffalo Bills, has died. He was 87. Nephew Knox Wagner Ramsey Jr. said Ramsey died of pneumonia Sunday at a retirement center near Chattanooga, Tenn., where he had been living. ETC.: Louis J. Willie Jr., a black businessman who helped defuse a racial dispute surrounding the 1990 PGA Championship by becoming an honorary member at the all-white Shoal Creek club in Birmingham, Ala., has died. He was 84. Volleyball Reid Priddy registered eight of his 16 kills in the second game and had two aces and a block to lead the U.S. to a 25-19, 27-25, 25-18 over Puerto Rico in the NORCECA championships at the Anaheim Convention Center. Clay Stanley added 10 kills and two aces for the Americans (3-0), who finished unbeaten in Group play and drew a bye into Thursday night’s semifinals.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgGARDAI are investigating how a car was burnt out overnight.The vehicle is lying at the side of the N13 Newtowncunningham to Derry road.It’s a green BMW and has been totally gutted in a fire.   GARDAI INVESTIGATE BURNT-OUT CAR was last modified: July 8th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:GARDAI INVESTIGATE BURNT-OUT CARlast_img