NewsHomeless 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 Print 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
Despite being only in Grade 10, Kyra Makortoff is no stranger to the big stage, having played at the 2012 B.C. Summer Games in Surrey.And that confidence has allowed 5’6” Makortoff has fit right in with the older players.“Among other contributions to our team, Kyra’s back row play and serve have been a source of personal pride throughout her volleyball career,” said the Senior Girl’s Player profile guide.Like many of her teammates, Makortoff is excited to be the host school for the event. While realizing it’s a big undertaking to play host to 15 other teams and more than 200 athletes and coaches, life is good when you don’t need to hop a bus or pack a suitcase. “It’s going to be pretty exciting to play in front of the home crowd and, at the same time, we get to sleep in our own beds,” the country music fan said.Despite getting into volleyball late by South Slocan standards — in Grade 7 — the sport Makortoff quickly became part of the culture at Mount Sentinel.So playing for the Cats was just another stepping stone in her net career.“I really like the sport because it allows me to focus on something that I enjoy doing while as the same time takes my mind off (other) things,” the 15-year-old Makortoff explained.That enjoyment allows Makortoff to have no problem attending two to three practices per week during the season as well as participate in the club season.The tournament begins Wednesday with round robin play at both LVR and Selkirk College gymnasiums.The momentum and excitement continues to build, and next week, the pressure promises to increase for the Wildcats as the tournament nears.“Ya there’s pressure on us,” Makortoff admits. “Our school is known for winning volleyball championships more than once.”Despite that pressure, Makortoff has a different focus entering the final tournament of the season.“Obviously, everyone’s goal on our team is to win because winning is big but mainly (my goal) is to play my best and enjoy the last year with the Grade 12s on the team.” In less than a week the Mount Sentinel Wildcats will host the B.C. High School A Girl’s Volleyball Championships (November 28-December 1) at the Selkirk College and L.V. Rogers gymnasiums.Hosting the provincial event is nothing new to the South Slocan-based school as Mount Sentinel has been the feature site of the provincial tournament eight times since 1991 and has won four titles since 1997, the last coming in 2007.Mount Sentinel, currently ranked third in the province at the Single-A Girl’s Division, has not experienced that much success on the big stage of late.However, the players are hopeful home court advantage will power the squad to the top of the heap when the prestigious Blue Banner is awarded to the winning team on the evening of December 1.Before the first serve is taken, The Nelson Daily Sports Editor Bruce Fuhr is getting readers into the provincial spirit with a series of profiles on the 2012 Mount Sentinel Wildcats.Today we feature Grade 10 right side Kyra Makortoff.
Quarterback Jerrod Heard started again for Texas, and almost lead his team to a victory. He completed 20 of 31 passes for 364 yards and one interception, along with 24 carries for 163 yards and three scores. He set a new school record for total yards by a freshman.Head coach Charlie Strong said he was stunned by the loss, as was the Texas sideline as they watched the kick miss.Final ScoreCal: 45Texas: 44Next Texas game: Oklahoma State in AustinTCU-SMUTo the surprise of nobody, quarterback Trevone Boykin did everything for his team as he threw for 454 yards and tallied six touchdowns.The No. 3 ranked Horned Frogs didn’t see the strongest showing from their defense, but will have little to be concerned about if Boykin and their offense continue to rack up big numbers.The defense gave up 508 yards of offense to SMU, and even allowed the Mustangs to score 20 consecutive points and give TCU a slight scare by edging close by a score of 42-37. However, a 42-yard pass from Boykin to Josh Doctson in the fourth ended the comeback attempt.Final scoreTCU: 56SMU: 37Next TCU game: At Tech on SaturdayIowa State-ToledoThe third week of play featured another long OT game, as the Iowa State Cyclones fell to the Toledo Rockets after two overtime periods, 30-23.The Cyclones were only down 13-10 heading into the third quarter, but the Rockets proceeded to string together a 67-yard touchdown drive that gave me a 10-point cushion. But Iowa State refused to go away, as they tacked on another score and a long 47-yard field goal to send the game to OT.The Rockets’ Damion Jones-Moore busted out a 10-yard run to give his team a 30-23 lead in the second overtime, and then Toledo’s defense went on to hold the Cyclones offense and steal the victory.Final ScoreToledo: 30Iowa State: 23Next ISU game: Home against Kansas in two weeksIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! The third week of Big 12 play saw some teams take a break, some teams go to overtime and some teams win big. Time to look closer at which teams will be heading into conference play undefeated.OU-TulsaThe Sooners led Tulsa 31-10 heading into halftime, and looked poised to carry that momentum into halftime. However, Tulsa pulled off an amazing turn of events to make the game very different.With a mere 13 seconds left on the clock before the half, quarterback Dane Evans completed a 28-yard touchdown pass to Keevan Lucas, pulling Tulsa closer and making the score 31-17.However, there was still enough time left for Tulsa to pull off another amazing feat. The Golden Hurricane squibbed the kickoff, which proceeded to bounce off an OU player and fall into Tulsa’s possession. With one second left, Evans threw a Hail Mary pass to Keyarris Garrett, who came down with the catch to complete the 43-yard touchdown.Huge play by Evans & Garrett #SCTop10 #ReignCane pic.twitter.com/MEhkZxr8yX— TulsaHurricane (@TulsaHurricane) September 19, 2015Suddenly, Tulsa was only down seven points going into halftime and had a chance to make it a game in the third. However, the Sooners went on to pull away with the help of a huge day from quarterback Baker Mayfield.Mayfield set a new school record for total yards with 572 total. He also threw four touchdown passes and ran for two more. The game featured a total of 1,376 yards of offense, so there was no shortage of ball movement.Final ScoreOU: 52Tulsa: 38Next OU game: WVU in Norman in two weeksKansas State-Louisiana TechKansas State faced off against Louisiana Tech in Manhattan on Saturday, and even though they topped their opponent 39-33, it took three overtime periods to do so.Once again, defense and special teams were the saving graces for this K-State team. Their offense didn’t shine, but quarterback Joe Hubener still completed 15 of 26 passes for 195 yard and three touchdowns.K-State’s offense didn’t intimidate throughout the majority of the game, as they only averaged 4.7 yards per play and managed to scrap up 292 yards during the regulation period. However, their play changed during the fourth quarter and OT as they finally pulled away from the Bulldogs.The crucial play of the game was a 31-yard touchdown reception from Hubener to Kody Cook during the first possession of the third overtime. That pushed the score to 39-33 and allowed K-State to enter Big 12 play without a loss.Final ScoreKansas State: 39Louisiana Tech: 33Next KSU game: At OSU in two weeksTexas Tech-ArkansasThe Texas Tech Red Raiders traveled to Fayetteville and went toe to toe with the Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday. The game was a fantastic Big 12 vs. SEC matchup, and luckily for the Big 12, the Red Raiders pulled out on top.Quarterback Patrick Mahomes totaled three touchdowns as Tech defeated Arkansas, 35-24. He also rushed 10 times for 58 yards.The Razorbacks had their third straight game of totaling more than 400 yards of total offense, but Tech still surpassed them by reaching 486 yards. Arkansas’ junior running back Alex Collins rushed for a monster 170 yards and a touchdown, but Mahomes and the Red Raiders didn’t back down. And Kliff Kingsbury liked it.Final ScoreTexas Tech: 35Arkansas: 24Next Tech game: Saturday in Lubbock against TCUTexas-CalThe Texas Longhorns had every opportunity to win the game and carry that momentum into conference play. However, they have senior kicker Nick Rose to thank for their loss.The Golden Bears left Austin with a slim one-point victory over the Longhorns after Rose missed an extra point that would have tied it with under a minute left.
Mourinho told one Man Utd player: Stay away from Pogbaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSacked Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho told one senior player not to mix with Paul Pogba, it has been claimed.ESPN says Mourinho and Pogba’s relationship had hit such a low that the now former United boss was worried about the Frenchman being a bad influence on other members of the squad.The player involved isn’t named, but is described as a “senior player” within the squad.The fallout between Mourinho and Pogba spread throughout the United squad as trust in the 55-year-old was eroded prior to his sacking on Tuesday.It’s also claimed if Mourinho remained at Old Trafford, “several players were prepared to seek a move away” in the summer, as “90 per cent” of them had lost faith in the manager. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Martinez: Man Utd don’t understand Lukaku; he’s among the bestby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBelgium coach Roberto Martinez has hit out at critics of Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku.The 25-year-old has only managed six goals in all competitions in 2018-19 and was not always guaranteed a regular starting spot during former manager José Mourinho’s final few weeks in charge.”There is a negative way of assessing Romelu’s performance for Manchester United,” Martinez told The Sunday Times.”When Rom scores, everyone expects him to score, and when he doesn’t, he is almost directly the reason United haven’t won.”But Rom is ready for that challenge. He will never hide away. He understands what is expected of him. “For Belgium, he has shown he’s one of the best number nines in the world and I don’t understand why he’s being treated in a manner which he doesn’t deserve.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Villarreal coach Luis Garcia: Cazorla is a phenomenonby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveVillarreal coach Luis Garcia hailed two goal Santi Cazorla after their 2-2 draw with Real Madrid.They were the first goals scored by the former Arsenal star since 2012.Garcia said, “Santi is a phenomenon, the first two games he did not play with me, but he is an example, I think he’s going to get more, he’s starting to find things better.”He’s an example not only for what he’s done today.”The good work of Santi Cazorla is a good example for players to see that the important thing is not individual work and that one player or another stands out more or less, what is important now is Villarreal.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Babel happy to make Fulham moveby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFulham have signed former Liverpool winger Ryan Babel from Turkish side Besiktas.The 32-year-old Dutch international, who spent three and a half years at Anfield, has joined the club until the end of the season.Fulham are 19th in the Premier League and five points from safety.”I definitely have faith that Fulham can stay up,” said Babel, who has scored six goals this season. “That’s one of the reasons that I’m here.”Fulham vice-chairman Tony Khan added: “Ryan has excelled at playing attacking football on both the club and international stage, and we welcome that experience as we build our squad for a strong second-half push.”Claudio [Ranieri] and I are confident that Ryan’s return to the Premier League here will be every bit as good for him as his addition will be good for our squad.”
National Security Minister, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, is assuring that the Government will be investing in the improvement of infrastructure at police stations to create suitable working conditions for the men and women of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). Addressing a speakers’ meeting of the Lions Club of Kingston, at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on February 6, Dr. Chang said in this regard, the “building out of the security architecture” will be reflected in the 2019/20 Budget to be tabled in Parliament on February 14. “We must give the police decent police stations to work in. We cannot have a young man who sits at a desk, and there is a three-legged chair, or the police station has to be locked down because the sewage is leaking from the back or there is a risk of the workers getting leptospirosis because the station is rat-infested,” the Minister said.“We cannot demand the performance of our officers at the levels we want or hold them accountable unless we do better,” he added.Dr. Chang told the meeting that the Government continues to consciously invest in the security forces and last year committed approximately $11 billion, making this “one of the most significant (spends) in capital expenditure”.“We still have to catch up with the modern requirements, such as cybersecurity and technology, to increase capacity and ensure we can provide our citizens with a safe environment both at their home and public spaces. That is where we are going,” he noted.Meanwhile, Dr. Chang indicated that improvements have been made at the community level in St. James, North St. Catherine and sections of the Corporate Area where States of Public Emergency were declared.He said in those communities, residents have a sense of comfort and confidence, as persons are able to go out and come in at nights, “as the firing of guns at nights have stopped and parents can go to bed and know their children will get home”.For her part, Lions Club of Kingston President, Julette Parkes-Livermore, said the purpose of the speakers’ meeting is to bring together knowledgeable individuals to discuss matters of significance.National Security Minister, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang (left), in discussion with Lions Club of Kingston President, Julette Parkes-Livermore, at the club’s speakers’ meeting, held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on February 6. Story Highlights