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Homeless charity helped 300 Limerick people in 2013

first_imgNewsHomeless charity helped 300 Limerick people in 2013By John Keogh – August 7, 2014 571 Previous articleStories sounding across riverNext articleLimerick suicide patrol home and dry John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Politicians should work together to end homeless crisis Facebook WhatsApp TAGSFocus IrelandGer Spillanehomelessness Linkedin  FOCUS Ireland provided support to 229 people in Limerick in 2013 who were homeless or at risk of losing their homes, according to figures from the charity’s annual report.In addition, a total of 70 households were also either prevented from losing their home or settled into a new home as part of Focus Ireland’s prevention and tenancy sustainment services, available at its advice and information centre on Catherine Street.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Focus Ireland’s service manager for Limerick Ger Spillane said: “There was a sharp 25 per cent increase in the number of people we supported last year as more people than ever were at risk of losing their home and the housing and homeless crisis deepened. Focus Ireland responded directly to this growing need by expanding our key advice and information services across the country to help prevent many families and people from losing their homes.”Mr Spillane warned: “The rising demand for support is continuing as we have supported 8,000 people up to the end of June this year. We have families coming to us every day who have lost their home and in many cases the best we can do is get them into a B&B or hotel so they are off the streets.“This is not acceptable. The government has said we have reached the limits of austerity and I believe the growing homeless crisis proves this. There must be urgent investment in building social housing now. Focus Ireland has called for an investment of €500 million in the budget to provide at least 3,000 homes and also much-needed jobs to help boost the economy.”Nationally, the charity supported more than 10,000 people last year – an increase of 25 per cent on 2012.Focus Ireland says that there are still up to 5,000 people who are homeless, while just under 100,000 households remain on housing waiting listings nationwide. Advertisement Printcenter_img Number of children homeless in Limerick continues to rise Twitter Homeless children living in hotels have difficulty chewing and swallowing RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Putting the focus on 163 homeless children More than 1,000 children looked for help from Limerick homeless agency 163 children homeless in Limerick and Clare as Christmas approaches last_img read more

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PHONE SCAM: Fake Deputy “Sergeant Russo” Tries to Extort Money

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office has received multiple reports of attempted telephone fraud involving a caller claiming to be a Sheriff’s Deputy.The caller, who identified himself as “Sergeant Russo” or “Sergeant Rizzo”, claimed that someone in the household had a warrant for their arrest. The caller knew the correct name of the resident, but did not appear to possess any personally identifiable information. The caller attempted to get the victim to pay a fee in order to have the warrant rescinded.The Sheriff’s Office does not solicit the payment of fines or fees on behalf of the court. Area residents are advised to treat any unsolicited caller who requests payment or access to personally identifiable information with extreme skepticism, regardless of who the caller claims to represent. When in doubt get the caller’s name, hang up, and then call the business or government entity back at a phone number you know to be correct.Pictured above: SSGT. Luther Rizzo from the TV show M*A*S*H, as portrayed by Actor G. W. Bailey. Image copyright 20th Century Fox Television.last_img read more

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Australian woman jailed over Bali policeman’s death gets early release

first_imgThe two, who were a couple, were tried separately and Taylor, who is in his mid 30s, received a six-year term.Wearing a headscarf, Connor did not comment as she left the prison surrounded by guards, who helped her through a scrum of photographers and into a vehicle that took her to an immigration facility.”I think everybody who will be released will be very happy, especially when she wants to meet the family, but I don’t know about the next plan,” said Sienny Karmana, Connor’s lawyer.Karmana added that Connor would return to Australia on Friday.During a trial that attracted significant attention in Indonesia and Australia, the defendants both denied murder and said a fight broke out over Connor’s missing purse.Connor had testified that she saw Taylor beating policeman Wayan Sudarsa, but the judge ruled that she had held the victim down while he was being struck.  An Australian woman sentenced to four years imprisonment over the death of a policeman on the Indonesian island of Bali was given early release on Thursday, and was keen to be reunited with family, her lawyer said.Sara Connor, 49, was jailed in March 2017 together with British man David Taylor for their roles in the death of a traffic policeman, whose body was found on the popular Kuta beach with neck and head wounds.Connor was freed 13 months short of her full term due to her good behavior. Topics :last_img read more

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LUWANDAGGA: Missing voice of Uganda football

first_imgIn 1980, when he was appointed Villa publicity secretary, he raised the club profile using the media to drum up the club from the shadow of giants KCC. Soon Luwandagga’s communication skills and broad knowledge of sports and news events soon thrust him onto UTV in 1984.UTV was the only television for decades and for millions of Ugandan viewers, this was the only programme to watch. Luwandagga became a household name for his longevity on screen.Later, Luwandagga’s administrative qualities that would make him qualified for a number of leadership roles at UBC, at national level, and in sports, soon emerged. Over the years, he got some training with BBC radio and Channel France International.At the time of his death, he was the head of sports and current affairs at UBC.Luwandagga was one of the founders of USPA and served as General Secretary from 1988-1990 and then as President from 1991 to 1993. Luwandagga also became the first Vice President of FICTs (Fedération Institutional Cinema Television Sportifs) a member organization of the International Olympic Committee’s Commission for Culture and Olympic Education.He was also the coordinator of the FICTS festival commission and was jury president of several festivals of the World FICTS challenge all around the world.There is a generation of Ugandans who say they ended up loving sports because of Luwandagga. Indeed when acting UBC directors asked all those that had gone through his hands at the requiem mass, hundreds stood up to the amazement of many.Luwandagga was born to Bayiringisa Luwandagga and Christina Solome Nakitto in Kampala on Sept.21 1955 in Kampala. He is survived by his wife, Sarah Luwandagga and five children, two girls and three boys. Wherever Andrew Patrick Luwandagga is, he will be hoping that the Cranes push on for an unlikely berth in Russia for the 2018 World Cup.****[email protected] on: WhatsApp Tribute: Andrew Patrick LuwandaggaWhen Uganda’s national football team, the Cranes, lined up against the Congo Republic’s Red Devils on Saturday, Nov. 12, in a World Cup Group E second round fixture at Mandela National Stadium, a well-known voice Ugandan football fans had grown accustomed to for decades, was conspicuously absent.Veteran Sports commentator Andrew Patrick Luwandagga had died almost a month earlier, on Oct.22. He was 61 years old.For over 40 years, Luwandagga has been a fixture in the living rooms of millions of Ugandans every Tuesday and Friday when he presented programmes like `Sports Desk’ and `Sports Diary’, sometimes alone but also with colleagues like the late James Opoka and Eddie Kakinda, and later with Jane Kasumba and a trove of youngsters, when the old-guard passed on earlier.On match day, when the Cranes were in action, Luwandagga would either be in the commentator’s box at Nakivubo Stadium or increasingly at Mandela National Stadium, or in the studios of Uganda’s only national broadcaster, UBC in Kampala.During commentary, Luwandagga usually did the colour; analyses of players’ moves, the strategy of the coaches, the significance of a game or event, and provided nuggets of history or background. He left the play-by-play to other veterans like Eddie Kakinda and Mike Arerenge. Although his tongue was swift and could reel off words faster than a machine gun fires bullets, Luwandagga’s commentary was often unhurried. Contrasted with the tension on the pitch, it was calming. His voice was soft but commanding and authoritative. It also matched his deep knowledge. This was felt most when he exhorted fans in the stadium to rev up their support for the national team, the Cranes, with commands like “tuluuumbe!” Or “Let’s attack.” The crowd would immediately become energized and roar back. Most times he simply roared “Uganda Oyee” and the crowd draped mostly in black, yellow and red, Uganda’s national colours, bellowed back.Luwandagga was born to love football. By the early 1970s, as a teen, he was already a committed fan of Uganda’s top club; Express Football Club aka the Red Devils. These were the dark days of then-President, Gen. Idi Amin Dada and before long Luwandagga’s club upset one of the big-men then; Gen. Abdullah Nasur who was a no-nonsense governor of Kampala. Abdullah promptly banned Express FC. But the ban left a vacuum as the other top club, KCC FC, now did not have any competition and diehard Express FC fans like Luwandagga could only support KCC FC over their dead body.Moses Matovu, his half-brother recalls that like other Express FC fans, Luwandagga was frustrated, and when a new team called Nakivubo Boys emerged, they threw their frenzied support behind it.People close to him say, as early as 1970, when he was just 15-years old in primary school, Luwandagga already told them he knew what he wanted to be – a radio presenter. Like many of the people he would eventually work with, Luwandagga picked interest in radio presenting from listening to the BBC radio.He had jumped at the chance when the only radio in the country, Radio Uganda, in 1974 announced it was hiring. He had just cleared his Senior Four national examinations at Old Kampala Secondary School. But these were the tough days when most professionals, especially journalists had fled the murderous regime of Idi Amin. He met Fred Sekitto, a veteran presenter, who took him under his tutelage and proved to be a lifelong mentor. “I don’t regret having brought him in USPA [Uganda Sports Press Association] as many of us can see his fruits,” said Sekitto at Luwandagga’s requiem mass. He said he was impressed by the rookie reporter’s willingness to learn.Luwandagga started on the announcement desk in 1975, where he presented sports and music. Meanwhile, his Nakivubo Boys team later metamorphosed into SC Villa of which he was a lifetime member.last_img
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first_img1 Jul 2019 England Golf collaborates with Bluefin Sport to provide insurance for individual members England Golf is collaborating with Bluefin Sport, part of global insurance broker and risk adviser Marsh, to provide £10m personal liability insurance for all its affiliated club members.The cover comes into effect on 1 July 2019 and will be an additional benefit for members.England Golf Chief Executive Nick Pink said: “We are absolutely delighted to work with Bluefin Sport to provide this cover as an additional benefit of affiliating to England Golf.“The safety of our sport is a concern at every level of the game and this is a very exciting step forward which will provide peace of mind to all our clubs that their members are covered.”David Christmas, Head of Leisure and National Governing Bodies, Bluefin Sport, commented: “We are extremely pleased to be working alongside England Golf to deliver personal liability insurance as part of its member benefits. Bluefin Sport already provides specialist products and services for a large number of golf clubs across the UK and we share their passion for the game.”England Golf is launching a promotional campaign to help clubs tell their members about the offer and encourage them to visit www.englandgolf.org/my-account to activate their cover. Clubs will be provided with marketing materials and social media assets.All clubs have to do is to retain a list of their members which matches their affiliation fee return. This may be required when insurers are assessing claims and need to check that an individual golfer has a right to the cover.The insurance is underwritten by Allianz and provided through Bluefin Sport. Tags: Bluefin Sport, Personal Liability Insurancelast_img read more

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