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Autumn blues: Wales looking to end 15 years of hurt when they face Australia

first_imgThe Wallabies’ visit offers another opportunity for Wales to heal a running sore – how to launch their autumn series with a victory. We look at their saga of slow starts On your toes: Sam Warburton and Dan Lydiate man the barricades as Rocky Elsom carries in 2010 (Getty) Hands up: Wales in training this week ahead of the 2017 Under Armour Series (Huw Evans Agency)That was a dark day for Wales – but each year is a new opportunity to wipe the slate clean. The next opportunity is on Saturday, when skipper Alun Wyn Jones will be one of seven Lions in the starting XV. There are three uncapped players on the bench in Dragons prop Leon Brown, and Ospreys duo Sam Cross (flanker) and Owen Watkin (centre). Don’t miss it!Wales autumn Tests* Wales v Australia, Sat 11 Nov, 5.15pm* Wales v Georgia, Sat 18 Nov, 2.30pm* Wales v New Zealand, Sat 25 Nov, 5.15pm* Wales v South Africa, Sat 2 Dec, (2.30pm) With three minutes left, the Ospreys lock latched onto a loose pass in his 22 and galloped towards the distant try-line… only for Zac Guildford to cut him down near the other end.So ended Welsh hopes of achieving a rare feat ­– avoiding defeat to the Kiwis. Stephen Jones’s four penalties, two of them late in the game, had set up the tantalising prospect of an upset, but ultimately Andrew Hore’s try and four Dan Carter goals saw the All Blacks home. It’s one of 30 New Zealand wins from 33 clashes against Wales.High rise: empty seats marked the 2010 Wallaby match that launched a poor autumn series for Wales2010: Wales 16 Australia 25There were 20,000 unsold seats for this two-score reverse, in which a young Kurtley Beale was at his sumptuous best. Tries by Man of the Match Beale, David Pocock and Ben Alexander put the game to bed long before replacement Richie Rees grabbed a late consolation to go with Stephen Jones’s goal kicks.Wales’ one bright spot was a powerful scrum that eked out six penalties, while Sam Warburton’s injury enabled Martyn Williams to come on for his 100th Test cap, four of them earned with the Lions.Things didn’t improve that autumn as Wales lost to New Zealand and South Africa and were held to a draw by Fiji.Dancing with Pumas: Joaquin Tuculet spills a high ball under pressure from James Hook Getty)2012: Wales 12 Argentina 26Who can forget Wales’ 2012 autumn series? At a critical juncture when results would shape the rankings for the upcoming RWC 2015 draw, Wales collapsed in a heap, losing to Argentina, Samoa, New Zealand and Australia to drop outside the world’s top eight.The Pumas lost two playmakers, Felipe Contepomi and Juan Martin Hernandez, to injury, but tries by Juan Imhoff and Gonzalo Camacho in the third quarter took them well clear.Halfpenny’s penalty quartet was all Wales had to show from a game in which they made no line breaks and entered Argentina’s 22 on just two occasions. The boos rang loudly at the final whistle and would be heard again that November.Flat out: Justin Tipuric makes a spectacular tackle in the 2013 opener, when injuries plagued Wales2013: Wales 15 South Africa 24Dealing with injuries is part of the game, but Wales were dealt a particularly bad hand four years ago. Liam Williams, Jonathan Davies and Adam Jones all retired hurt in the first half and the Boks capitalised with early scores by Jean de Villiers and Bismarck du Plessis.With ten Lions in the starting XV, Wales were unlikely to roll over and Halfpenny’s boot kept the scoreboard ticking.However, after a period of uncontested scrums caused by the sin-binning of Gethin Jenkins and Coenie Oosthuizen, South Africa sealed the deal with Fourie du Preez’s try 15 minutes from time. Morne Steyn garnered 16 points.We’ve been here before: Wales came close in 2014 but Bernard Foley spoiled the party (Getty)2014: Wales 28 Australia 33“We tend to start the first game in the autumn pretty slowly against a team that’s been together for a long time,” said Warren Gatland after this defeat, something you may have gathered.In truth, Wales had lots to smile about, outscoring the Wallabies four tries to three in an adventurous display. Rhys Webb, Alex Cuthbert and Alun Wyn Jones crossed before half-time and a penalty try on 64 minutes put Wales ahead and within reach of glory.Enter 18-point Bernard Foley as party-pooper, his drop-goal and penalty averting danger. Israel Folau (two) and Tevita Kuridrani scored tries and Foley got Man of the Match.Imposing backdrop: last year’s opener saw Michael Cheika’s Wallabies take Wales to the cleaners2016: Wales 8 Australia 32And so to last year, probably the most grisly of all these Welsh defeats. Stephen Moore, Reece Hodge and Tevita Kuridrani bagged first-half tries as Wales barely fired a shot – they were lucky to be only 20-3 adrift at the interval.“We were very disappointed and frustrated by that first-half performance,” said caretaker coach Rob Howley. “The players were pretty distraught at half-time. They never had a foothold in the game.”It took Wales 28 minutes to have attacking ball in the Wallaby half and territory and possession figures were off the scale for a Tier One clash.Further tries by Bernard Foley and Dane Haylett-Petty, who spoiled Sam Davies’s debut off the bench by intercepting his pass, completed the rout, with Scott Williams the lone Wales try-scorer.It was Australia’s biggest away win in the fixture since the days of Lynagh and Campese in the 1991 World Cup and vindication of Michael Cheika’s decision to play Michael Hooper and David Pocock in the same back row.center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The portents for Wales aren’t promising. When they face Australia on Saturday, they will be seeking their first win in the opening match of an autumn Test series for 15 years.Gethin Jenkins, the fourth most-capped player in history with 134 Test appearances, was making his debut the last time Wales opened their autumn campaign successfully – a 40-3 defeat of Romania in Wrexham in 2002.Since then, and excluding four World Cup years when no autumn series was played, Wales have failed to win all ten of their opening November Tests.A creditable draw 11 years ago is the only ray of light amid the gloom caused by the southern hemisphere’s finest, and Warren Gatland’s men will be aiming to end a run of 12 consecutive losses to the Wallabies when they meet at the Millennium Stadium this weekend.We take a look at the first-up games that got away from Wales in autumns past…Roaring: Stephen Jones lands one of his eight successful kicks against the Springboks in 2004 (Getty)2004: Wales 36 South Africa 38Mike Ruddock was the Wales coach when the Springboks forged a 23-6 lead after half an hour, with eye-catching tries by Jaco van der Westhuyzen and Joe Van Niekerk.Schalk Burger’s yellow card turned the tide, Gavin Henson crossing twice, and Boks coach Jake White, confused by the stadium clock, threw on loads of subs thinking time was all but up, only to discover there was still eight minutes remaining.Dwayne Peel scored Wales’ third try but the visitors held on. “I really put myself under pressure,” White said afterwards.Jean de Villiers and Percy Montgomery scored the Boks’ other tries, while Stephen Jones kicked 21 points on the day Ryan Jones and Luke Charteris both made their Wales debut.Impeccable: Dan Carter scores during his Man of the Match display in 2006 – a record Welsh defeat2005: Wales 3 New Zealand 41This remains Wales’ record home defeat by the All Blacks. Dan Carter was in his pomp, scoring two tries and landing all his kicks for a 26-point haul.“He can do anything, pretty much,” said wing Rico Gear, who became the 19th player to score a Test hat-trick for New Zealand.Wales were missing six of that year’s Lions squad but the nature of the defeat was hard to stomach for the reigning Grand Slam champions, for whom Lee Byrne made his debut.King of Cardiff: Shane Williams scores Wales’ first try as they battle to a thrilling draw in 2006 (Getty)2006: Wales 29 Australia 29Ah, this was more like it! Pessimism reigned when skipper Stephen Jones departed injured with Wales trailing 17-6 to a Wallaby side featuring Matt Giteau, Mat Rogers and Stephen Larkham in a new-look 9-10-12 axis.But Wales rallied, Shane Williams and Martyn Williams dotting down as the tension and excitement mounted.A solo try by Chris Latham looked to have won it but James Hook, a replacement for Jones, brought the scores level with a 71st-minute penalty.Cameron Shepherd (two) and Giteau were other try-scorers and Australia coach John Connolly said: “What was most heartening was that defences were breached not because of weak tackling but because they had been outwitted.”Nabbed: Andy Powell is tackled by Adrian Jacobs and JP Pietersen in 2008 (Gallo Images/Getty)2008: Wales 15 South Africa 20Adam Jones led Wales out on the occasion of his 50th cap. Warren Gatland had steered Wales to a Grand Slam in his first year in charge, but they’d lost twice to the Boks that summer and this was more of the same.James Hook again came on for Stephen Jones but Jean de Villiers intercepted his pass to add to Adi Jacobs’s try and give the Boks a 20-3 cushion.Wales showed some of their famed fighting spirit and Leigh Halfpenny, a 19-year-old debutant, slotted his first Test points – he now has 668 – to go with four Hook penalties. But victory proved elusive.Over and out: Andrew Hore bags the only try of the 2009 clash that again went the way of the visitors2009: Wales 12 New Zealand 19Alun Wyn Jones has managed nine Test tries down the years but he might swap a few of them to change the outcome of one he didn’t score in this match.last_img read more

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Solidarity actions support justice in Missouri

first_imgPhoto: OCCUPYRIVERWEST.COM/US/DO-NOT-UNDERESTIMATE-USProtests in solidarity with the people of Ferguson, Mo., in response to the police murder of African-American youth Michael Brown continued in cities across the U.S. for a second week. Demonstrators echoed common demands for an end to racism, for justice for all victims of police brutality, and for charges against Darren Wilson, the white police officer who fired six bullets killing the unarmed teenager on Aug. 9.On Aug. 20, over 400 people attempted to march to the police headquarters in downtown Oakland, Calif., only to be stopped a block short by a menacing line of police, stretching shoulder to shoulder across multiple lanes of traffic on Broadway. Organizers called the event “Cease & Desist: It Ends Today.”Mothers and families of several Black youth killed by California police spoke, including Jeralynn Blueford for her son Alan; Cephus Johnson, uncle of Oscar Grant; Dionne Smith, mother of James Rivera Jr.; and Cyndi Mitchell, sister of Mario Romero. Marchers finally returned to Oscar Grant Plaza, where they broke into organizing groups to plan such tactics as expanding cop-watch activities to stop the killing. Over a dozen organizations endorsed the march.Tamara Brooks – SEIU Local 668.WW photo: Joseph PietteOn Aug. 19, a West Philadelphia rally for justice for Brown called by People Utilizing Real Power drew 150 community activists to 52nd and Market Street. Speakers included Tamara Brooks, of Service Employees Local 668, and Marcia Lewis, mother of the 29-year-old Black man, David Ellis, who was shot and killed by police on Aug. 18 in the city’s Torresdale neighborhood. The protest ended with a march to the future location of Police Department headquarters at 46 and Market.On Aug. 20, another 200 protesters converged in Center City Philadelphia at Love Park for a rally which ended with a march to the current location of police headquarters at 8th and Race Street. Abdus Shakur, whose son Askia barely survived a brutal beating by police in 2010, addressed the crowd. Having just returned from Ferguson, Russell Shoatz III, son of imprisoned Black Liberation activist Russell Maroon Shoatz, described the repressive conditions there. The next night over 100 people attended a meeting to plan future actions and campaigns to stop police brutality, including demanding mandatory cameras on police uniforms.Hundreds of community members rallied at Red Arrow Park in Milwaukee Aug. 22 to demand justice for Michael Brown and all victims of police brutality and murder. Along with building anger over Brown’s murder, Milwaukee’s oppressed communities, with growing white working-class support, are increasingly outraged at police terror aimed at their communities. Many see the banks and corporations behind these assaults.Earlier in 2014, Dontre Hamilton, an African-American man, was shot by a Milwaukee police officer 15 times in Red Arrow Park, killing him instantly. His murder follows numerous instances of police brutality against Milwaukee’s Black and Brown communities in just the past few years. Police have stopped African-American pedestrians and vehicle drivers en masse to conduct “cavity searches.” Vigilantes killed African-American youth Bo Morrison in West Bend and Corey Stingley in West Allis in 2012; both cities are in the greater Milwaukee area.The ongoing vicious austerity and union busting in Wisconsin, particularly in the oppressed communities, is fueling resistance and also building bridges of unity and solidarity between and among white youth and oppressed youth. Thus members of numerous organizations representing wide cross sections of communities and progressive individuals outraged at the police terror unleashed on oppressed communities came out to demand justice in Ferguson, Milwaukee and other occupied places such as Palestine.After the rally at Red Arrow Park, hundreds marched to the Milwaukee Police District 1 Headquarters for an hours-long, youth-led, militant occupation to demand justice. While protesters occupied the inside of the police station, supporters gathered outside in solidarity with them. Protesters faced off against fully clad riot police while Police Chief Edward Flynn refused to meet with community members. They dispersed when he agreed to have police representatives meet with some of the family members whose loved ones have been killed and/or brutalized by police. Many other fightback actions are in progress. For updates and information about ongoing protests and other events in Milwaukee, visit wibailoutpeople.org.Growing union supportMichael Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, is a member of Food and Commerical Workers Local 88. This has prompted statements critical of the shooting from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumpka and officials of the American Fed­er­ation of Government Employees, American Postal Workers Union, American Teachers Union, Communication Workers, Service Employees, UFCW, the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists and other labor organizations. Many rank-and-file workers joined the protests in Ferguson and in hundreds of cities across the U.S.Terri Kay, Joe Piette and Bryan G. Pfeifer contributed to this article, which Betsey Piette compiled.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: June 12, 2021

RSF’s 2015 Round-up: 54 journalists held hostage worldwide

first_img Related documents RSF’s 2015 Round-upPDF – 2 MB RSF_en Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is today publishing its annual worldwide round-up of journalists held hostage, imprisoned or missing. Organisation center_img According to RSF’s tally, 54 professional journalists – including one woman – are currently held hostage worldwide, a 35% increase on last year. It is no surprise that Syria is the country where non-state groups are holding the biggest number of journalists – 26. Islamic State alone is holding 18, mainly in Syria and Iraq.“A full-blown hostage industry has developed in certain conflict zones,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “We are very alarmed by the increase in the number of reporters held hostage in 2015. The phenomenon is above all linked to the big surge in abductions of journalists in Yemen, where 33 were kidnapped by Houthi militias and Al-Qaeda in 2015, against two in 2014. Thirteen are still being held hostage.”The number of journalists currently imprisoned, 153, is 14% fewer than this time last year. A total of 161 citizen-journalists and 14 media workers are also detained. China continues to be the world’s biggest prison for journalists, closely followed by Egypt, with 22 journalists currently held.Eight journalists were reported missing in 2015. These disappearances occur mainly in conflict zones, where instability makes it harder to conduct investigations to locate missing journalists, if indeed there is any investigation at all.Libya, where it is becoming increasingly difficult to obtain reliable information, is the country most affected by this problem. Four Libyan journalists and an Egyptian cameraman, all employed by privately-owned Barqa TV, were reported missing this year in Libya.In response to the scale and variety of dangers facing journalists, RSF has produced a fully revised and amended version of its Safety Guide for Journalists in partnership with UNESCO. Designed for reporters going to high-risk areas, it is full of practical advice on dealing with the dangers awaiting in the field and stresses the importance of preparing well before leaving. The handbook is available in print and online versions in French, English, Spanish and Arabic. News December 15, 2015 – Updated on March 8, 2016 RSF’s 2015 Round-up: 54 journalists held hostage worldwidelast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: June 12, 2021

Mohamed Salman Al-Shaikh arrested

first_img RSF_en Organisation News Mohamed Salman Al-Shaikh, a photographer who heads the Bahrain Society of Photography, was arrested at his home in Sanabis, a village west of Manama. He was still being held at the end of July. center_img May 11, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Mohamed Salman Al-Shaikh arrested Help by sharing this informationlast_img

Posted by: | Posted on: June 4, 2021

Saoirse brings freedom from addiction in Limerick

first_imgPredictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival TAGSAlan GalvinAlan JacquesfeaturedLiam RyanlimerickSaoirse Addiction Treatment Center RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Twitter Print NewsCommunitySaoirse brings freedom from addiction in LimerickBy Alan Jacques – July 4, 2014 1935 Alan Galvin (left) and Liam Ryan (right) at Saoirse Addiction Treatment CentreThe Limerick Saoirse Addiction Treatment Centre is a specialist provider of addiction counselling and programmes for alcohol, drugs and gambling. Alan Jacques visited the Davis Street centre to witness the life-changing difference the charity’s work makes to its clients.BEFORE they even had a premises to operate from, two Limerick men on a mission drove up the country and filled a van with over 60 chairs they had bought at an auction.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Like a scene from that corny Kevin Costner movie ‘Field of Dreams’, Alan Galvin and Liam Ryan, who had worked together at the Aljeff Treatment Centre, appeared to have taken the film’s core mantra of “if you build it, they will come” to heart.From their extensive experience working with Aljeff, Alan and Liam had a strong insight into the great need for an addiction treatment centre in Limerick. They also had the vision and “professional passion” to make it happen, and now, lots of chairs too.With initial funding of €30,000 from the HSE Mid-West’s Regional Drug Co-ordination Unit, their perseverance paid off, and those chairs were put to good use when Saoirse Addiction Treatment Centre was finally established on October 1, 2012.When it finally opened its doors at 18B Davis Street, 48 people attended in the first month seeking help for their addictions. Validation if ever it was needed that Saoirse, a free service, is an answer to the prayers of many Limerick people.Aristotle said, “he who overcomes his fears will be truly free” and after having the privilege of meeting some of Saoirse’s clients and hearing their harrowing stories, there’s no doubting that they have been emancipated from the shackles of addiction and gifted with a new beginning. The joy they exuded was infectious, and their openness to retell their own tales as a mark of simple gratitude to Saoirse for walking with them through dark places out into the light, simply overpowering.I was deeply impressed by the bravery of the clients that I met, but more so by their sober intoxication and appreciation for being alive and free from the suffocating grasp of their destructive dependencies. What a feeling that must be!Saoirse is the Irish word for freedom and there could hardly be a more appropriate name for the city-based addiction centre. And it is certainly a very fitting moniker for the service the city-based centre delivers.Through harm reduction and abstinence they work to free people from the slavery of their addictions. The ultimate goal for any of the many clients who walk through their doors is to become substance free and maintain an abstinent lifestyle.General manager Alan Galvin and clinical director Liam Ryan are backed up by a team of 12 qualified addiction counsellors to provide a unique, free non-residential day treatment centre — the only one of its kind in the Mid-West and, probably, the greater Munster area.The Saoirse team might not wear high-vis vests, but having worked with over 500 clients in the past two years, they are on the frontline of saving lives and then changing them for the better. A more dedicated and caring bunch of seasoned professionals you are unlikely to meet.“We are on the frontline and many of the people who come here are on the final frontier between life and death. For some, we are their only hope,” Mr Galvin commented.Committed to providing the highest quality of service and improving evidential outcomes in a structured environment, Saoirse is a specialist provider of addiction counselling and programmes for alcohol, drugs and gambling. After a walk-in screening process, the centre offers a range of supports and treatment options for people and families affected by addiction.From the moment I walked up Saoirse’s stairs, I could sense that this was a safe, inclusive and accepting sanctuary for those in dire straits to come and share their deepest woes in confidence.Eighty five per cent of the treatment centre’s clients are from Limerick City and the surrounding surburbs with people also travelling from Clare, Tipperary, Cork, Galway and Kerry for help.Fifty per cent of Saoirse’s clients are currently in treatment for difficulties with alcohol; 45 per cent for drug dependency and the remaining five for gambling. Clients range in age from 18 to 73 with the average age, 34.Surprisingly, 60 per cent of those in treatment at the city addiction centre are female, an “unusually high figure” in comparison for the greater Dublin area where only an estimated 35 per cent of those in treatment are women. Saoirse put the large numbers of women in treatment in Limerick down to socio-economic factors and the availability of cheap alcohol.According to Mr Galvin, footfall is also increasing with more than 25 new clients a month availing of Saoirse’s free service. He states that addiction “knows no boundaries” and tells me that they see people from all backgrounds and circumstances coming for help.“We believe there is no such thing as a hopeless case. We treat everyone with respect and empathy and have an open, revolving door policy and there is no barriers to entry here!” Mr Galvin insists.“I’ve heard stories of people who’ve walked up and down the path outside, going: ‘will I, won’t I’. People can come to us and, if they don’t succeed at first, they are welcome to come back. People come here as a result of choices they have made, but they are free to change; free to make new healthier choices,” he concludes.As Napoleon Bonaparte put it, “Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.”‘John’ (38)“I WOULD probably be dead or in jail now if it wasn’t for Saoirse. I was drinking myself to death before I came here. I wasn’t doing it deliberately, I wasn’t conscious of it, but I was killing myself. I would wake up in hospital, I would wake up in Garda stations, I would wake up in lanes, I would wake up in people’s gardens on trampolines. I would wake up and ask myself where am I?But then one day I looked in the mirror and asked who am I? I didn’t recognise myself. That really frightened me, I didn’t know who I was anymore. Drinking affected my physical and mental health and I needed help.I wasn’t too happy about being here when I came first. I couldn’t get my head around what I was discovering about my addiction, but it was a safe environment for me to open up without being judged. I had to unravel and educate myself and find out about the triggers that made me want to drink. I was an alcoholic for over 20 years. I would drink if I was happy and I would drink if I was sad. I went from drinking at weekends to drinking seven days a week and then first thing in the morning. I just couldn’t get enough of it and I couldn’t stop. I didn’t understand why, but I’m aware of the triggers now and haven’t drank in a year.When I drank I would be aggressive and start arguments with people and I didn’t even know I was doing it. I thought it was always other’s peoples’ fault. I would upset my family and friends, end up isolating myself, and would just get more and more depressed. Now I’m happy and have started to do things for me that I never would have done before. I’ve gotten into writing songs and art and I’m looking at going to college and I’m just more focused on living.”‘Anne’ (60)“I WOULD probably be dead if it wasn’t for Saoirse. I drank for 30 years. I drank hard. I couldn’t face the world or go out without having a drink. I would be nervous and scared without it. I thought drinking made me the life and soul of the party and I couldn’t function without it. I felt nobody understood me and drink was my answer to everything.I haven’t drank in two years now. I feel liberated and free. I can go out and go to parties and drink a glass of lemonade now, it doesn’t bother me if other people are drinking around me. I thought I wouldn’t ever be able to exist without a drink; that very thought frightened me for years. I was afraid of being without it and I didn’t know who to turn to for help. Now I want to sing Saoirse’s praises from the very top of the O’Connell Monument. They are wonderful, and they are just here to help people and they’ve helped me build a new life. I couldn’t have faced my problems without their support and the fellowship I get from all the people here. They saved me.”‘Mary’ (55)“I had gone to rehab but it didn’t work. I tried to turn my life around but I found it very difficult. It was a constant struggle. I didn’t drink for most of my life and then I went through a bad time and I started and things spiraled out of all control very quickly.I was in a very dark place and I just couldn’t see any light or hope. Drink was my answer to everything and I was frightened to open up about it. Saoirse gives people hope, that’s what they do. They’ve been a huge support. I haven’t drank in two years. Being without it has freed me up to appreciate life for what it is. I can see the brightness again. It was hard work but it’s been worth it.”Saoirse, based at 18B Davis Street, is a charity supported by a variety of organisations, including statutory and non-statutory. It continually relies on donations and the generosity of the public to support their ongoing work to provide its service. For more details visit Saoirse on facebook, telephone 085-8184590 or email [email protected] WhatsAppcenter_img Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Advertisement Facebook Previous articleMore Gardaí needed to combat anti-social behaviour in LimerickNext articleHundreds of jobs expected from Viagogo expansion in Limerick Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Email WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Linkedin Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

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Limerick barber’s initiative to cut suicide among young men

first_imgProceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHL Facebook Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April NewsLimerick barber’s initiative to cut suicide among young menBy Staff Reporter – December 17, 2015 1001 Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended Twitter First Irish death from Coronavirus Advertisement Print Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A LIMERICK barber is helping to cut suicide among young men as part of an initiative that has taken Ireland, Holland and the UK by storm.Award winning barber, Pat Barry, is one of the co-founders of the Lions Barber Collective (LBC) which operates in Ireland, UK and Holland to support suicide awareness and prevention by encouraging young men to simply “talk to your barber”.The initiative got under way when Pat joined forces with English barber Tom Chapman to promote the message that there is hope for young men who feel they are not coping with life.The group is raising funds and working on a #BarberTalk training programme for barbershops and their employees to help detect clients who may self harm or have suicidal tendencies, so they can direct clients to the relevant support.“Men often share confidences with their barbers that they would not discuss with their friends, families or partners. Some of my clients trust me with the problems or troubles they are having in their life,” said Pat.“We are in a unique position to encourage our clients to seek help and help them find it.The Collective have partnered with Pieta House in Ireland and Papyrus in the UK and their motto is; “Recognise, Listen, Talk and Advise”.Speaking at his Gentry Barber shop in Ballycummin, Limerick ahead of a meeting with Pieta House and Papyrus, Pat said that the aim now is to “roll out our #BarberTalk Program and this is the first time we have two of the biggest organisations brought together.“We have also been approached to do a documentary in the New Year, so things are really taking flight.”Tom said that the collective’s theory is that by giving men an opportunity to talk and share their feelings they can be led away from suicidal thoughts.“It is not seen as unusual for a woman to tell her stylist about the bad day she has had, a terrible boss at work or relationship troubles. Men, on the other hand, may feel they need to put a brave face on it, go for the laughs – or stay schtum.”The LBC feel that men will speak to their barbers about things they wouldn’t tell anybody else.“With this, comes the responsibility to remain confidential, provide a safe haven for clients and help them where necessary.   The LBC has had a wide range of supporters including Stephen Manderson (aka Professor Green) who lost his 43-year-old father when he was just 24.“Other people go through what my dad did and they don’t kill themselves. He had no one to talk to, no one to help him”, Stephen said.  Pat added that “Talking about suicide does not make it more likely to happen but by breaking the taboo and allowing conversation, we could save a life.”“We don’t intend to become counsellors. We just want to create an environment where we are more open to listening to those that need it most.“It’s time to Man Up, and tackle this epidemic of suicide, we all have a social responsibility to help, after all, it could be our own son or daughters life that is saved” Pat  explained.So, why not talk to your barber? For more, twitter: @thelionsbarbers or facebook.com/thelionsbarbercollectivecenter_img Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp No vaccines in Limerick yet Previous articleAlleged gang boss is sent for trial to Special Criminal CourtNext articleLimerick charity helps families to have one last special Christmas Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Shannondoc operating but only by appointment Email TAGSfeatured last_img read more

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[Orissa HC] Normal Functioning Of The High Court To Remain Suspended Till November 20 [Read Notification]

first_imgNews Updates[Orissa HC] Normal Functioning Of The High Court To Remain Suspended Till November 20 [Read Notification] Sparsh Upadhyay2 Oct 2020 9:28 PMShare This – xThe Orissa High Court on Friday (02nd October) issued a notice/order stating that the normal functioning of the High Court shall continue to remain suspended till 20.11.2020 (Friday).Notably, this decision to continue with its present mode of limited functioning was taken pursuant to the resolution of the Full Court to this effect.Till 20.11.2020, the procedure and arrangement made in the…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Orissa High Court on Friday (02nd October) issued a notice/order stating that the normal functioning of the High Court shall continue to remain suspended till 20.11.2020 (Friday).Notably, this decision to continue with its present mode of limited functioning was taken pursuant to the resolution of the Full Court to this effect.Till 20.11.2020, the procedure and arrangement made in the office order dated 21 August (regarding the functioning of the High Court) will have to be complied with, the Friday’s resolution/order states.The functioning of the Subordinate Courts/Tribunals shall continue as per the arrangement made in the office order dated 21.08.2020 until further orders.Further, the order states that the High Courts and its offices as well as the Subordinate Courts/Tribunals and their offices in the state of Orissa shall remain closed on all working Saturdays in the month of October 2020.It may be noted that recently the Telangana High Court extended the operation of interim orders passed by this Court, as well as by the District and other Subordinate Courts till November 06, 2020.Taking suo-moto cognizance of the prevailing extraordinary circumstances, the Full bench of the Telangana High Court issued the said order dated 30th September to extend interim orders passed by the High Court till November 06, 2020. Earlier, the bench had extended its interim orders till October 01.Also, the Bombay High Court on Wednesday in view of Covid-19 situation in Maharashtra extended the operation of interim orders passed by the High Court and its subordinate courts in Maharashtra and Goa till October 31. Previously, the Court had extended all interim orders on August 31 to September 30.The Delhi High Court has also decided to continue with the current hybrid model of both physical and virtual hearings. The court has decided to extend the restrictive functioning till October 08 in light of the ongoing COVID19 pandemic.Further, the Karnataka High Court has further extended the operation of all interim orders passed by it or the subordinate courts and Tribunals, that are due to expire within a span of one month, till November 29th 2020.Significantly, addressing a letter to the Chief Justice of Punjab & Haryana High Court, the Bar Council of Punjab & Haryana on Friday (02nd October) requested the CJ to at least start physical hearing in 50% courts simultaneously with virtual hearing.Notably, while hearing the matter [In Re Functioning of Courts in Bihar during the period of COVID-19, Pandemic] the Patna High Court on Wednesday (30th September) decided the parameters for e-filing, physical filing, listing and hearing in consonance with all the stakeholdersClick Here To Download Notification[Read Notification]Next Storylast_img read more

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‘Judge Is Required To Be Dispassionate’ : Karnataka HC Advises Trial Judges To Not Get Morally Swayed While Trying Heinous Offences

first_imgNews Updates’Judge Is Required To Be Dispassionate’ : Karnataka HC Advises Trial Judges To Not Get Morally Swayed While Trying Heinous Offences Mustafa Plumber19 Oct 2020 10:15 PMShare This – xA division bench of Justice S Sunil Dutt Yadav and Justice P Krishna Bhat while deciding an appeal filed by two brothers challenging their conviction for charges of murder, said “It is difficult to remain uninfluenced by impressions, passions, inclinations, predilections, tides, currents, events and even what is commonly regarded as “personal baggages” to which the human mind is a …Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginA division bench of Justice S Sunil Dutt Yadav and Justice P Krishna Bhat while deciding an appeal filed by two brothers challenging their conviction for charges of murder, said “It is difficult to remain uninfluenced by impressions, passions, inclinations, predilections, tides, currents, events and even what is commonly regarded as “personal baggages” to which the human mind is a normal habitat.” The court has advised judges trying heinous offences to administer caution to themselves. It has said “When his moral science is disturbed, he is likely to fall into an error inducing in him “an instinctive reaction against a dispassionate judicial scrutiny of the facts and law.” Case of prosecution: It was alleged that appellants Yankappa Hirekurbur (24) and Hanmant Hirekurbur (26) and their parents were constantly humiliating deceased Laxmi stating that she was not good looking and she was not knowing to do household chores. On 02.07.2013 at about 4.00 p.m. the appellants and their parents quarreled with the deceased and when she was weeping, appellant No.1 directed her to go and cook and when she did not stir from the place, appellant No.1 hit her on her back. The accused dragged her (victim) and threw her into a well which was in the land being cultivated by them. By the impugned judgment dated 31.12.2014 in S.C.No.191/2013, the present appellants were convicted for the offences punishable under Sections 302, 498-A read with Section 34 of IPC and their parents were acquitted. The court in its order went through the evidence and said “We are wholly convinced that this is a fit case for acquittal of present appellants by allowing the appeal.” On the question as to why the learned Sessions Judge has entered a finding of guilt against the appellants for such heinous offences as under Sections 302, 498-A read with Section 34 of IPC, the bench observed: “Sessions Judge was swayed by the fact that a woman who was heavily pregnant had to meet a tragic end for no discernible reason and due to the same, subconsciously, perhaps on account of ghastly nature of the death, permitted himself to be provoked to connect, what appeared to his mind, the several links in the chain of evidence, albeit, non-existent ones resulting in his getting an impression that case was proved beyond reasonable doubt”. The court quoted the observation of Justice Vivian Bose in the case of Kashmira vs. State of Madhya Pradesh – AIR 1952 SC 159 as follows: “The murder was a particularly cruel and revolting one and for that reason it will be necessary to examine the evidence with more than ordinary care lest the shocking nature of the crime induce an instinctive reaction against a dispassionate judicial scrutiny of the facts and law.” It opined, “Unless a judge trying a heinous offence does not administer a caution to himself, especially, when his moral sense of justice is seriously disturbed, he is likely to fall into an error inducing in him an instinctive reaction against a dispassionate judicial scrutiny of the facts and law.” The bench rejected all the circumstances cited as reasons by the trial court to hold the accused guilty. It observed: “To sum up, the material witnesses have completely turned hostile. Prosecution entirely rests its case on circumstantial evidence. Trial Courts should always bear in mind the correct principles of law while deciding whether the evidence placed before it passes muster on the touchstone of proof beyond reasonable doubt. The principles of law on this aspect is precisely stated in (1991) 3 SCC 27 – Jaharlal Das vs. State of Orissa. The court concluded by saying: “On a re-appreciation of the evidence on record, we are satisfied that there is nothing to support the conclusion arrived at by the learned Sessions Judge and he has entirely acted on hunches, instincts and conjectures which is impermissible in law. Therefore, the impugned judgment dated 31.12.2014 convicting the appellants for the offences punishable under Sections 302, 498-A read with Section 34 of IPC is liable to be set aside.” Cause Title: Yankappa Hirekurbur And State of Karnataka Case No: Criminal Appeal No 200020/2015 Date of Judgement: 16th day of October 2020. Coram: Justice S Sunil Dutt Yadav and Justice P Krishna Bhat Appearance: Advocate R S Lagali for petitioner. Advocate Prakash Yeli for respondent.Click Here To Download Judgment[Read Judgment]Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

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Employers must tie up dress codes after tribunal triumph

first_imgThe battle for equality between men and women has been going on since Adam,Eve, a snake and a certain apple. While women are breaking through the glass ceiling and striving for equal pay,a male civil servant struck an equality blow for men last week. He won theright not to have to wear a tie at work. An employment tribunal agreed Mark Thompson had been discriminated againstbecause he was forced to wear a shirt and tie for work, while female employeesin the same Jobcentre were allowed to wear T-shirts. During the hearing, Thompson claimed the dress code required him to don atie, while women were free to wear more casual attire – even England footballshirts during last year’s World Cup. His case was brought with the backing of the Public and Commercial ServicesUnion (PCS), which claims to have numerous similar cases ready. Mark Serwotka, PCS general secretary, said that although the ruling couldpave the way for thousands of other claims, the union would put them on holdand begin talks with management over the issue. Sue Nixon, employment partner at law firm Hammonds, said employers should bemore specific about what they expect staff to wear, ensuring the rules are fairfor both sexes. “It’s a timely reminder for employers to review dress codes. They haveto impose specific rules for each sex and define exactly what they mean byterms like ‘smart casual’,” she said. The Department for Work and Pensions vowed to appeal and said dressstandards were still an important part of providing services to the public. By Ross Wigham Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Employers must tie up dress codes after tribunal triumphOn 18 Mar 2003 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

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