127 Mid West children homeless

first_imgLimerick county house prices to rise 5% in 2021 Limerick city house prices rise 4.9% as time to sell falls NewsHousing127 Mid West children homelessBy Alan Jacques – June 11, 2018 2002 Students warned of rental scams in Limerick Linkedin Advertisement WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Printcenter_img Covid crisis impacts building of new homes in Limerick Email SIXTY-six families with 127 children were homeless in the Mid-West in April this year, according to the latest figures from the Department of Housing.There were 89 adults, 43 of these single-parent families, homeless in the region during April.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The total number of children homeless across the State came to 3,689.“While homeless figures for April show a very slight decrease they are still alarmingly high but the most concerning aspect is the increase in the number of children who are without a home. This is a scandal,” Labour Party Housing spokesperson, Jan O’Sullivan said.“These children are in truly precarious situations, along with their families in many cases with nowhere to play, far from their friends and school and filled with an anxiety about the future that no child should have to endure.”These figures, Deputy O’Sullivan insists, brings more urgency to the need to implement the kind of measures she presented on behalf of the Labour Party to the Dáil last week to prevent families from losing their homes and also to see the Government progress the Housing (Homeless Families) Bill which would ensure the needs of children whose families are homeless are addressed.“As we shine a light on the wrongs done to children in the past, we must find real solutions to the plight of the children of the present whose lives are blighted by being homeless,” she concluded.Commenting on the figures, Minister for Housing, Eoghan Murphy, said: “The report for April shows a reduction in the number of adults and families accessing emergency accommodation, which is welcome. I have said before that monthly reporting makes it difficult to identify any developing trends at an early stage, but from these figures, it would seem that the presentation of new families into emergency accommodation is stabilising.“That said, while the number of families in emergency accommodation is down this month, a small number of families with a large number of children did present, meaning that the number of dependents has risen by 43.”Read more housing stories here. Facebook Mortgage payment break for local authority home loan borrowers will be extended by a further three months Previous articleWin cinema ticketsNext articleThrowing the book at Limerick schoolboy soccer Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie TAGSDeputy Jan O’Sullivaneoghan murphyhomelesshomelessnessHousingJan O’Sullivan TDpolitics Average Limerick city house prices rise 2.5% in past yearlast_img read more

PREMIUMKomnas HAM ‘still collecting evidence’ over fatal shooting in Intan Jaya

first_imgThe National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) has not considered forming an ad hoc committee to investigate a recent shooting of Papuan pastor Yeremia Zanambani and is focusing on collecting evidence, despite calls from Amnesty International.Komnas HAM commissioner Beka Ulung Hapsara said that, due to a lack of strong evidence, the commission had not been able to draw a conclusion yet on the incident, which occurred in Hitadipa district, Intan Jaya regency.“We are currently still intensively collecting data and facts from the events that occurred,” Beka told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.He said Komnas HAM representatives in Papua had been working based on Law No. 39/1999 on human rights to assess the scope and elements of human rights violations.The commission would only form an ad hoc team, which is stipulated under Law No. 26/2000 on human rights court… LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Forgot Password ? Topics : Intan-Jaya Komnas-HAM Amnesty-International-Indonesia Papua pastor shooting-incident pembunuhan-pendeta-di-papua penembakan-pastor-di-papua ELSAM Executive-Office-of-the-President deputy-chief KSP Linkedin Log in with your social account Google Facebooklast_img read more

Alumnus empowers disenfranchised voters

first_imgDuring this election season, some people are disappointed with the choices for president, to the point where they may choose not to vote at all. But there is another option — sharing your vote with someone who can’t.Vote Allies, founded by USC alumnus Brett Shears, partners those eligible to vote with those who are ineligible to vote, such as non-citizens and those on parole. The pairs discuss politics together, and the eligible voter then casts his or her vote for whoever the ineligible voter would like to vote for.“If you’re disenfranchised because of a felony conviction, or you’re on parole, or you’re a non-citizen or you’re under 18 and you really want to be involved in this election, we can partner you with someone and try to replicate this voter experience, so you can be involved in your own way,” said Shears, who graduated in 2015 with a master’s degree in public policy from the Sol Price School of Public Policy.Shears has long been interested in voting rights issues, having served as the at-large representative for the city of Los Angeles’ North Area Neighborhood Development Council and as vice chair of the South Los Angeles Alliance of Neighborhood Councils, both of which advocate for local issues to the L.A. City Council.“I shared my vote with Francisco Medina, who was appointed as a city commissioner in Huntington Park as an undocumented resident,” Shears said. “To me, he embodied that spirit of a non-citizen who’s all in for his community, who would love to vote, who influences people in his own way. We really need to recognize and validate the contribution of people like him.”California’s June 7 primary was the first election Vote Allies was active in. Shears said that while about 60 people signed up through voteallies.org, he was only able to pair 24 people together because the number of eligible voters outweighed ineligible voters by a ratio of about 5:2. He said others may have participated in the same idea outside of his project.There are 78 people signed up to participate with Vote Allies in the Nov. 8 election, but Shears said the numbers still skew about 5:2.“We have more people who are willing to share their vote than there are disenfranchised people signing up who want to opt-in to the process,” Shears said. “It’s hard to say what the source of that is, but there’s probably a legitimate fear about not wanting to get in trouble, not wanting to do anything to rock the boat. It’s just a responsibility that people aren’t willing to take on.” Susan Goelz, business analyst and program assistant for the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy, is a registered Republican who plans to share her vote in the upcoming election, preferably with a student who cannot yet vote due to their age.“I have voted in every presidential election since I could vote,” Goelz wrote in an email to the Daily Trojan. “Now, I cannot in good conscience vote for either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. So instead of not voting, I feel the best thing for me to do rather than not vote is to give my vote to someone who feels strongly and really wants to vote, so I will ‘share’ my ballot with a person who currently does not have the ability to vote in this election.”Voter disenfranchisement laws vary widely from state to state. In Florida, the formerly incarcerated almost never get their right to vote back, and in Vermont, officials deliver ballots to inmates behind bars. California is somewhere in the middle in terms of strictness, in which those who are currently incarcerated or on parole cannot vote.“The lesson is no two states are identical, so there’s always going to be confusion about who can and can’t vote,” Shears said. “There are about 800,000 people who are on parole in California who cannot vote because of a felony conviction.”The number of undocumented immigrants and minors drives the total number of people who can’t vote much higher than that. While largely symbolic because the project operates at such a small scale in its current pilot phase, Shears said the whole point of Vote Allies is to start a dialogue about voting rights and to give a voice to the voiceless in American society.The deadline to sign up to participate in the Nov. 8 election with Vote Allies is Oct. 25.last_img read more

Chris Paul and Clippers face fateful Game 7 vs. Jazz

first_imgHe came as the final and most important piece of an All-NBA troika. The Clippers already employed DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin, but Chris Paul was the ringleader who brought it all together and established an expectation that these perennial do-nothings, upstarts to say the least, could compete in the revamped Western Conference.Six years later, with the Clippers on the verge of playoff elimination and that core perhaps disbanding with no hardware to show for how far they have come, Paul continues to prove himself to be the biggest of the Clippers’ big three.“Whenever we’ve asked Chris to step up and take over a basketball game,” Jordan said, “he’s been able to do that.”On Friday, that meant scoring a team-high 29 points to carry the Clippers to a 98-93 Game 6 win in Utah, setting the stage for a dramatic do-or-die showdown Sunday afternoon at Staples Center. Coach Doc Rivers said Paul “willed” the latest victory for the Clippers. Since Paul was traded to L.A., the Clippers are 3-1 in Game 7 appearances, with the lone loss coming in their infamous collapse against Houston in the second round of the 2015 postseason. They are 3-3 in franchise history.J.J. Redick said Game 7 is always “very emotional.” He has played in four of them in his career, three with the Clippers.The playoffs, he said, “amplify that emotion” that is inherent to professional basketball.“Especially when it’s an elimination game and your season is on the brink of being done,” he said. “So when both teams are in an elimination game it can be very emotional.”If the Clippers are going to beat the Jazz in this matchup of the No. 4 and No. 5 seeds – the only first-round series to require seven games – chances are it will come down to Paul in the fourth quarter, as each of the Clippers’ three wins in the playoffs have. “That’s what we practice for,” Paul said. “That’s what you’re in the gym for during the summer when you’re working out and you’re training, the guys are leaning on you and counting on you.”While the Jazz has needed different players to have big performances from one night to the next, for the Clippers it has been Paul, with scattered contributions from role players.In Game 3 in Salt Lake City, after Griffin went down, Paul scored nine straight points for the Clippers amid a 15-0 run in the fourth quarter to ensure a win and 2-1 series lead.The series has had plenty of dramatic swings, but Paul has not been among them. The point guard has been remarkably consistent, scoring between 21 and 34 points in each of the six games, averaging 27.3 per game – ninth among all players in the postseason.Only Russell Westbrook and John Wall have averaged more than Paul’s 10 assists in the playoffs, and both have committed far more turnovers.“He’s so unselfish,” Jordan said. “He wants to get other guys going, but sometimes we need him to get going (himself). He’s been able to do that and he’s been able to find a medium of that in this series and just take advantage of whatever they’re giving him and still be able to get other guys involved and keep everybody engaged.”After breaking his hand in the first round last season, with free agency looming whenever this season ends, this time around, Paul is giving the Clippers hope.“It’s just Chris,” Rivers said, “he is as competitive a human being as I’ve ever been around and when you put that with the talent and the will that’s why he has performances like this in big games.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more