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Questions for Tusla over child sex abuse allegations

first_imgAdvertisement Previous articleFree help to tackle school costsNext articleCouncillor warns of crack cocaine in West Limerick Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Full engagement with EU Commission vital for farm scheme flexibility in light of Covid-19 Seven Young People from Special Care are the First to Achieve Gaisce Awards Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Email Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins appointed as Minister of State EU agreement a positive outcome for farmers and rural Ireland center_img TAGSjusticeJustice Minister Charlie FlanaganMinister for Children and Youth AffairsNiall Collins TDTusla RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin THE terms of reference for a special investigation into Tusla’s handling of the alleged child abuse and neglect of 16 children in County Limerick have been sent to Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan for his urgent consideration.And Limerick Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins is now seeking a clear statement on the issue, two weeks after concerns over delays in launching the investigation were first aired.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Last March, the Special Rapporteur on Child Protection Dr Geoffrey Shannon was assigned to investigate the circumstances surrounding the State’s involvement in uncovering one of the worst child sex abuse scandals to come to light in recent times.16 children from four families are believed to have been at the centre of some of the most horrific paedophilic abuse, neglect and exploitation in the history of the State.The Limerick Post reported that the Special Rapporteur was assisting in drafting the terms of reference but delays in concluding the matter were being criticised.This week however, it has been confirmed Minister Flanagan’s department has a draft of the terms of reference for the scope of the investigation.Responding to Deputy Collins, Minister Flanagan confirmed that his department “recently received the draft terms of reference in question and they are currently receiving attention.“This matter is a complex and sensitive one and it is essential that careful consideration is given to the terms of reference. I can assure the Deputy that my views, and the views of my Department, will be communicated to the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs in the very near future.Read more news stories here. Print NewsPoliticsQuestions for Tusla over child sex abuse allegationsBy Staff Reporter – July 5, 2018 2169 The Limerick man who will steer Tusla through choppy waters Limerick TD says GLAS payments welcome but ‘much more action’ needed to support Agri-sector last_img read more

Party With Princesses and Superheroes at the Flanders Hotel on Sunday

first_imgAll kids like superheroes, right? Well, maybe some little girls favor princesses. Either way, the little ones will have a great time at the Princess and Superhero Party coming Sunday to the Flanders Hotel in Ocean City.It’s the latest creative and family-friendly Flanders event with a focus on activities for children.Attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite princess or superhero attire on Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon at the hotel and full-service resort at 719 East 11th Street.Activities include a breakfast buffet, pictures with the superhero and princess characters, coloring, live DJ and music, singing, dancing and games and crafts.The cost is $29 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required. Call (609) 399-1000. Children will enjoy a whole slate of kid-friendly activities.last_img read more

Harry Gow (Culloden Foods) Inverness

first_imgWhat installed? Merit Technology’s Web Sales Management (WSM) module.Why installed? The bakery had already been using Merit’s Smart Office Manager (SOM) software and, when Merit began trialling its WSM module two years ago, Harry Gow was the first to sign up to the trial.What can it do? “Web Sales Management has played a vital role in the company’s expansion over the last few years. It basically allows us to analyse individual shop performance,” says office manager Maureen Sinclair. “The staff in the shops use it to record their sales for the day and send their orders for the next day in over the internet.” Previously, the firm had a member of staff collating all this information, but the automated system means she can use her time more effectively, adds Sinclair.Other features? The web-based system is accessible from any PC or web-enabled till. There are no upfront software development costs, which allows firms to invest in the growth of their business while reducing overheads through increased efficiency, says Merit.Any benefits? “The great thing is that every time we open a new shop the money we save increases because there are no additional admin costs for us,” says Sinclair. “We’re easily saving 25 man hours a week at our present size.”Supplied by: Merit Technologywww.mtel.co.uklast_img read more

Virtual farming software helps growers

first_imgFarmville and Farmtown computer programs lets people pretend to be farmers. A program developed by university scientists lets researchers grow virtual crops, too, but in a real effort to advise farmers on how to save money and resources.The program is called Decision Support System for Agrotechnology Transfer, or DSSAT. It was created by a team of agricultural scientists from the universities of Georgia, Florida, Hawaii, Guelph in Ontario, Canada, Iowa State University and the International Center for Soil Fertility and Agricultural Development.Helps save resourcesResearchers use the system to make crucial decisions based on sound science. In Georgia, for example, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division used it to estimate water requirements for irrigation, said Gerrit Hoogenboom, a UGA agricultural meteorologist who helped develop the software.The DSSAT program works for soybean, peanut, tomato, green bean, pepper, sweet corn, cabbage, rice, wheat, barley, cotton, potato, pasture grasses and numerous other crops. It simulates crop growth, yield and water and nutrient requirements for the crops. Planning for weather phasesWorking with county Extension agents, researchers use it to help farmers respond to and prepare for the probability of particular weather phases, Hoogenboom said. The program can even help countries prepare for climate change, said Cheryl Porter, a UFL researcher who keeps the software up to date.“DSSAT can help answer these kinds of questions: How will a country have to adapt to rising temperatures or reduced rainfall? Should they plant earlier? Fertilizer more? Grow a different crop or variety of crop?” she said.Making research-based decisionsThe software can predict the effects of environmental impacts like fertilizer runoff in waterways or economic impacts like how altering irrigation or fertilizer schedules will affect farmer profits.“Crop models can help answer ‘what if’ scenarios that may be too expensive or complicated to answer with field experiments alone,” Porter said. “And many different scenarios can be simulated in a short amount of time, allowing a researcher to see the effects of a wide range of environmental conditions.”In West Africa, crop models show the practice of increasing fertilizer and leaving crop residues in fields gradually increases the amount of carbon in the soil there, she said. UGA hosts software training sessionTop agricultural scientists from across the United States and the world met on the UGA campus in Griffin, Ga., this month to receive hands-on training from the system’s developers.Researcher Kai Sonder of CIMMYT plans to use the software to simulate maize and wheat production in Asia, Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa. CIMMYT is a non-profit research and training center.“I hope to use (the software) to add value to a large amount of maize and wheat research data CIMMYT has collected over the past 40 years,” he said. An Auburn University graduate student who attended the training will use it to predict the effects of climate change on wheat crops in Alabama. A graduate student from Michigan State University will use it to simulate future crop yields in the Great Lakes region. A Princeton University researcher plans to use the program to model the impacts of climate change on crops in South Africa and to create potential land use scenarios.For more information on crop modeling, go to the website www.ICASA.net .last_img read more

Liverpool poach Arsenal head of medical services Gary O’Driscoll despite Mikel Arteta intervention

first_imgLiverpool poach Arsenal head of medical services Gary O’Driscoll despite Mikel Arteta intervention Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 15 Jan 2020 5:41 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2kShares Comment Advertisement Liverpool have poached Gary O’Driscoll from Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Liverpool have poached Arsenal’s head of medical services Gary O’Driscoll, with the Gunners now advertising for the soon-to-be vacant position ahead of the official confirmation.The Premier League leaders targeted O’Driscoll after their current head of medical services, Andrew Massey, agreed to leave Anfield to take up a role with FIFA in March.O’Driscoll is a popular figure at the Emirates, having spent over a decade at Arsenal after first arriving when legendary manager Arsene Wenger was in charge. O’Driscoll has spent over a decade at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)The Gunners were reluctant to lose O’Driscoll – especially to a direct rival – and The Athletic say new boss Mikel Arteta attempted to intervene to ensure he remained in north London.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArteta, who was named Unai Emery’s permanent replacement last month, was close to O’Driscoll during his spell at Arsenal as a player and wanted the doctor to commit his future to the Gunners.The manager’s efforts proved futile, however, and it is claimed O’Driscoll handed in his resignation earlier in the month ahead of his move to Liverpool.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAccording to The Athletic, some members within Arsenal are ‘surprised and disappointed’ that the club’s hierarchy did not fight harder to convince O’Driscoll to stay.O’Driscoll, meanwhile, who previously worked for the Republic of Ireland rugby team, is said to have ‘agonised’ over the decision to join Liverpool for several weeks.Arsenal, who are currently tenth in the Premier League, dropped more points at Crystal Palace last weekend and face in-form Sheffield United on Saturday.MORE: Mikel Arteta plays down John Stones interest but teases Arsenal transfersMORE: Arsenal interested in signing Bruno Guimaraes, confirms club presidentlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Issues Statement, Orders Commonwealth Flags to Half-Staff to Honor New Zealand Mosque Victims

first_img Flag Order,  Press Release,  Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf has issued the following statement in response to the shootings during Friday prayer at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand:“Frances and I are appalled by the senseless shootings at the mosques in New Zealand. Our hearts ache for the families and friends of the victims. Our hearts ache for us all. Where does this hate come from?“We have a moral obligation to stand against it and support our Muslim friends and neighbors. People of all faiths deserve the right to worship without the threat of violence. It’s unconscionable that 49 people lost their lives, with dozens more injured, in such a senseless act of hatred and violence by individuals who espouse hatred, racism and religious intolerance. There is simply no excuse for this unthinkable act.“Our founder, William Penn, was an outspoken supporter of religious freedom and Pennsylvania will always be a place of welcome and respect for all people. An attack on one community of faith is an attack on every community of faith. We must stand united against hatred and the dangerous rhetoric that normalizes it.”In honor of the victims, the Main Capitol Building will be lighted blue, white, and red.Gov. Wolf also ordered the Commonwealth flags on all Commonwealth facilities, public buildings and grounds County to fly at half-staff in honor of the victims of the attacks.The Commonwealth flag shall be lowered until sunset on Sunday, March 17, 2019.All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute. The United States flag should remain at full-staff. Governor Wolf Issues Statement, Orders Commonwealth Flags to Half-Staff to Honor New Zealand Mosque Victims March 15, 2019center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Consul General of Israel speaks at Chabad event

first_imgAmbassador Ido Aharoni, Consul General of Israel in New York, spoke at the Chabad House on Sept. 12, where members of the Jewish community gathered for the bi-annual Jewnity Shabbat dinner.United · Rabbi Dov Wagner of Chabad @ USC enjoys hosting the Jewnity event at the Chabad house becaues it creates a family-friendly environment. – Jessica Magana | Daily Trojan The dinner, hosted by the Rohr Chabad Jewish Student Center, featured Aharoni and Russell F. Robinson, the CEO of the Jewish National Fund, who spoke to students.“I’m here as an official representative of the state of Israel to say thank you to the Jewish National Fund for all the great work that they’ve done, and bring the message from Israel to the students,” Aharoni said.Aharoni cultivated the concept of “nation branding” and founded the organization “Brand Israel,” a coalition of seven marketing and communication executives. The organizations aims to redirect the existing conversation about Israel.“The conversation about Israel usually is about Israel’s problems,” he said.Nation branding is derived from psychology, sociology and anthropology whereas classic diplomacy stemmed from law, history and advocacy, according to Ahraoni.“Branding is all about emotions and relationships, about the tie that exists between a person and a place,” he said.Students were in agreement with Ahraoni’s speech when he talked about the status of Israel.“I think it’s very important for people to understand what’s going on in the world,” said Shaun Edalati, a sophomore majoring in international relations (global business). “Some people [including Jews] are uneducated.”The event was sponsored in part by the Jewish National Fund, a nonprofit organization that purchases and develops land for Jewish settlement through reforestation and other efforts. Their visit to USC is part of a tradition that accompanies the Jewish National Fund’s annual conference, which is held in Beverly Hills this year.“Every year it’s a different city,” Robinson said. “We’ve always made a decision that we’re going to hold a Shabbat dinner with the Jewish students from the nearest college or university,”Shabbat dinners welcome the Sabbath day in the Jewish faith. The Jewnity Shabbat dinner is an event where all Jewish organizations, including Hillel and Chabad, congregate once per semester.The tradition began eight years ago when student leaders at Chabad @ USC approached the staff at USC Hillel to create the event, according to Rabbi Dov Wagner of Chabad @ USC.“I think they were excited to start this program with us,” he said, “It remains very popular among the students that are involved in each organization,”Each semester, the location of Jewnity alternates between these two organizations to bring the entire community closer despite differing worship styles.“At the Chabad house, I live here with my family,” Wagner said. “When people join us at Shabbat dinner, they’re going [to see] me, my wife and kids who live here on campus, it’s a little bit more of that home emphasis.”Edalati agreed that the dinner was a reminder of home.“It’s so much food,” he said. “It’s exactly what my mom would cook on a Shabbat night.”A traditional service at Chabad requires that men and women sit separately so attendees can be in a group of their own gender and not be distracted by members of the opposite sex, according to Emily Hyatt, a rabbinic intern for USC Hillel.Despite differences among Jewish organizations, the purpose of Jewnity is to remind students that Jewish groups are different parts of a single community. The evening started with traditional songs and prayers. Afterwards, the Chabad house hosted a multicourse feast.Several student groups co-sponsored the event, including Trojans for Israel, USC Sigma Delta Tau and Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity.Yonatan Hirshberg, a freshman majoring in screenwriting said he did not know what to expect out of the evening, but was glad he attended.“I’ve met a lot of my friends and I saw my RA here,” he said, “I really liked the speakers.”Upcoming events in the Jewish community include the Chabad 500 and spring Jewnity, which will be hosted at Hillel. Both Rabbis Wagner and Hyatt have a great passion for working with the students at USC.“We can have a lot of different mindsets, different perspectives, different ways in which we worship, in which we express our Jewish identity,” Wagner said. “But at [the] core we’re one community.”last_img read more

USC still has issues on offense

first_img“Laying Down the Laws” runs Mondays. To comment on this story, email Will at [email protected] or visit dailytrojan.com.Follow Will on Twitter @WillLaws Up until Saturday’s matchup against Notre Dame, the Ed Orgeron era at USC had been all about fun, smiles and desserts.But after watching the Trojans repeatedly shoot themselves in the foot in the final minutes to hand the game to one of their biggest rivals, it was hard for any member of the Trojan faithful to stay positive.Even with “Darth Visor” no longer roaming the USC sideline, questionable coaching decisions and stagnant offensive play down the stretch hamstrung the Trojans as they suffered a 14-10 loss that was tough to watch for most of the second half.Orgeron kept up an upbeat demeanor after the game, smiling at each reporter who asked him a question in the post-game press conference. He was questioned about everything from his fourth-down playcall to his confidence in junior kicker Andre Heidari, who missed two field goals that ended up being the difference in the game.“He’s been good for us,” Orgeron said of the kicker, who is now 6 of 11 on the season, and 2 of 7 on kicks longer than 30 yards.It was hard to watch Heidari on Saturday night and come to the same conclusion; Heidari’s 46-yard attempt in the fourth quarter fell well short of the uprights, and he’s never resembled the same player that made 15 of 17 attempts his freshman year since suffering a knee injury early last season.But it’s obviously not fair to fault the kicker for what unfolded Saturday night — there’s plenty of blame to go around.Senior running back Silas Redd spent the first half ripping Notre Dame’s defense for 91 yards on 14 carries, arguably playing the best half of his USC career. Yet he only received two touches in the painfully slow third quarter, when both teams combined for just 57 yards. Where was USC’s most consistent offensive contributor during this snoozefest?USC averaged just 2.1 yards per play in the third quarter — did it not cross the mind of offensive coordinator Clay Helton to hand the ball off to the player who had just averaged 6.5 yards per carry in the first half?Now, some would criticize Orgeron for electing to go for it on 4th and 20 with three minutes left instead of taking the field goal on what would turn out to be USC’s second-to-last possession. But I find it hard to argue with that decision since there was no guarantee USC would be getting the ball back. And as Orgeron astutely observed after the game, “We weren’t kicking field goals very well.”What really hurt USC’s chances the most was the offensive line’s frustrating penchant for penalties.With both offenses slogging, USC decided to go for it on 4th and 6 from Notre Dame’s 29-yard line on the last play of the third quarter. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Cody Kessler appeared to pick up the first down on a scramble, but a holding call on junior right guard Aundrey Walker canceled out the pickup and forced a punt.When faced with nearly the same exact situation on their next drive — 4th and 5 on the Notre Dame 29-yard line — the Trojans elected for a field goal, and Heidari’s 46-yard try fell short.That first penalty on Walker was certainly maddening, but not nearly as devastating as the subsequent holding call on him that negated another run by Kessler inside Notre Dame’s 5-yard line with less than four minutes remaining in the game. Instead of having a first and goal opportunity, the Trojans were instead faced with 3rd and 22 from the 33-yard line.That drive ended with a false start by redshirt freshman left tackle Chad Wheeler and a sack. All in all, the offensive line had accounted for 25 penalty yards (sophomore left guard Max Tuerk also was flagged for holding earlier in the drive), essentially negating the 28 yards Kessler and the offense had managed to scrape together when they weren’t penalized. The Trojans netted only three yards while taking 3:38 off the clock, ruining their own chances to escape with a win.The mistake-laden performance wasted a superb effort from USC’s defense that allowed only 47 yards in the second half.“We were killing ourselves with penalties and missed assignments,” Kessler said. “If you can’t convert on third down and keep drives going you can’t really win a game.”The fact that USC even got two possessions near the end with a chance to win seemed like a miracle in itself. After a rush by Notre Dame backup quarterback Andrew Hendrix with seven minutes remaining, in which he picked up the first third-down conversion by either team since the first quarter, the game seemed destined to end without any more threats from the Trojans.That proved untrue, as freshman safety Su’a Cravens’ fumble recovery gave USC another chance. But the Trojans failed to capitalize on the opportunities as they had the rest of the night — and most of this season.last_img read more