WATCH: Billy Holland on frustrations in Paris and Ospreys welcome

first_imgWATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads TAGSBilly HollandChampions CupKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick PostMunsterMunster.RugbyRugbySporting limerick The post WATCH: Billy Holland on frustrations in Paris and Ospreys welcome appeared first on Sporting Limerick. Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Advertisement Print WhatsApp Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Linkedin RugbyMunsterNewsSportWATCH: Billy Holland on frustrations in Paris and Ospreys welcomeBy Ronan Coughlan – January 17, 2020 97 Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Facebook Previous articleTwilight Concerts at the CathedralNext articleLimerick artists on this year’s ones to watch list Ronan Coughlan Twitter Munster lock Billy Holland reflected on his side ‘frustrations’ across his sides Champions Cup Pool games so far, which is resulted in the provinces likely exit from the tournament.“Were leading after 65 minutes over in London against Saracens, were leading after 71 minutes in Paris against Racing and you come out the back of what looks like a battering which wasn’t the case.”“It’s really frustrating but they are the fine margins at that level and that’s where we need to get to.”Munster will welcome Ospreys to Thomond Park on Sunday. (Kick-off 1pm)Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “We owe it to ourselves and we owe it to our supporters to put in a performance worthy of the Munster jersey on Sunday.”Click below to watch the full video Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League openerlast_img read more

Strong Harvard support for Nobel-winning efforts against sexual violence

first_imgWhen Denis Mukwege was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize last month, the honor resonated at Harvard, far beyond the South Kivu hospital where the Congolese physician treats victims of wartime sexual violence.The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, which conducts research in international trouble spots in order to inform and improve humanitarian response, has long partnered with Mukwege in efforts to respond to sexual violence as a weapon of war in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.Nadia Murad, who shared the Nobel with Mukwege, also has links to Harvard, as winner of the initiative’s 2018 Weintz Humanitarian Award. A young Iraqi Yazidi and former ISIS sex slave, Murad has been outspoken in her determination to highlight the abuse she and many others have suffered.The Gazette spoke with Director Michael VanRooyen about HHI’s efforts to treat and support victims of sexual violence, as well as his relationship with the Nobel laureates.Q&AMichael VanRooyenGAZETTE: When did you first meet Denis Mukwege and learn of his work?VANROOYEN: It was in early days of HHI, probably 2006 or so. We had an interest in working in the Congo. [HHI visiting scientist] Jocelyn Kelly was beginning her work on women and war and gender-based violence at the hands of militias in the Congo.At the time, Julie [VanRooyen’s wife, a surgeon] had spoken at a conference on urogenital fistula with Mukwege, who is also a pelvic surgeon. They hit it off and decided to work together. Julie started to develop a training program, funded by HHI, to take fistula surgeons from the United States and help Denis train his team at Panzi Hospital. Julie would send experienced, veteran pelvic surgeons. You can’t send residents or trainees because the cases are so complex and difficult.,GAZETTE: Why were the cases so complex?VANROOYEN: Most fistulas occur because of obstructed labor, when women have tears that are not repaired or repaired appropriately. That can be the case here. But a lot of them had to do with sexual slavery. Women were abducted and then subjected to very violent forms of sexual abuse, including instrumentation, shooting in the pelvis, using sticks and roots and terrible stuff.Panzi Hospital was the only place in the region set up to take care of these women, and Denis had very specialized expertise. Not only do these women need high-level operating rooms and anesthesiologists, but they need surgeons who can handle the most complicated pelvic trauma.The social consequences were huge. When the women would return after this horrific treatment, they literally would leak all the time. So they were cast out of their homes and their families would make them sleep outside the house. So not only did they suffer this horrible injustice and abuse, but they were then ostracized from their community.GAZETTE: How much research did you do in the eastern DRC and at Panzi?VANROOYEN: We had a whole team that studied gender and conflict that did a ton of work at Panzi Hospital and in the region. The work sought to understand questions like: What was the distribution of women who were abducted? What were the dynamics? How were they perceived by health care providers? How were they worked back into the community? What were the barriers?We did everything from understanding physical implications and rehabilitation all the way to understanding community dynamics of acceptance and rehabilitation and psychosocial trauma. We must have published 20 papers over the course of several years, with Denis and his team.GAZETTE: Did any of the work help women reintegrate?VANROOYEN: This was one of the times that we really decided that our primary motive was not writing a paper. Our primary motive was to drive policy changes and funding so they could get more resources at Panzi and more resources around community support, social support, transportation back and forth from the hospital, etc. So we were very active in the policy and advocacy fronts, based on that relationship with Panzi.GAZETTE: Why shift from pure research to policy and advocacy? Because of the nature of the problem?VANROOYEN: I’ve always felt — and this played out very starkly in this circumstance — that it is unethical to do research on very vulnerable populations without having a direct programmatic component that feeds back to them. In other words, these women were so vulnerable and so affected by the war that we felt the ethical responsibility was, if we were going to do research, to turn it into concrete policy change for these women.GAZETTE: What can you tell me about your relationship with Denis?VANROOYEN: We had recurrent visits to Panzi and visited Denis and his family. He’s a very warm, wonderful guy, so when we went to the Congo, we’d have dinner with Denis’ family. Then, when he would come here on a speaking trip — we hosted him here for a lecture series — he would come to dinner at our house and stay with us.At one point, he had an assassination attempt on his life and he had to leave the country quickly and he came to Boston. We spent a lot of time with him then. So we got to know him and his wife and daughters well.GAZETTE: Were there things that you learned from him personally?VANROOYEN: He’s a great inspiration for a lot of people — many, many thousands of people — because of his work. I’ve always admired the people in global health and humanitarian aid who do the hard work in the field day in and day out. And Denis’ motive is not recognition. As a matter of fact, he’s probably uncomfortable with the recognition, but he uses it to get the mission, the voice of these women, through to a larger audience. And he’s clear about that.So the thing that is really inspirational about him is just his absolute unwavering dedication to a cause that is important — he risks his life for it, literally. His entire pursuit is to advance the rights and the health of women affected in the Congo.,GAZETTE: To shift to the other Nobel laureate, Nadia Murad was speaking at HHI the night before she learned she’d won the Nobel Peace Prize, correct?VANROOYEN: We gave Nadia the Weintz Humanitarian Award, an annual award we give to a prominent humanitarian leader who’s shaping the future of the humanitarian world. The next morning she was called and notified that she’d received the Nobel Prize.It’s not an accident that a Nobel Prize that went to people who work in this field went to those we knew and worked with. They’re both very committed and very involved in the field and in humanitarian efforts involving the vulnerability of women. It’s our business. We research those areas, we work in those areas, so it’s not an accident that we would be familiar with and engaged with their work.GAZETTE: What should the public take away from this? The importance of fighting sexual violence? Or of dedicating your life to causes like this?VANROOYEN: First of all, these Nobel prizes were awarded to people who were very deserving of recognition, not because they sought it but because they were doing really deep, important work. People should have some degree of faith that this is not a political award. This is a really wise and thoughtful choice that highlights an issue that is absolutely critical, and that’s the plight of women in war. And the Nobel Prize is just recognition for what they would have been doing anyway.Interview was edited for clarity and length. Atrocities attract healing hands to the Congo Related HHI co-director builds on career of relief work Michael VanRooyen: Rebuilding places that peace abandoned The Congo rape crisis prompts Harvard to respond Surgeon describes horrors that ensue when rape is a ‘weapon of war’last_img read more

Yes, you can change the world, says Bryan Stevenson

first_imgStevenson cited one of his early career experiences, working on death row at a Georgia prison. At one point, he had a long talk with a condemned prisoner, who was then accosted by guards because the talk had run overtime. “They put the shackles around his ankles and slammed him against the door, and the man did one thing I will never forget: He threw his head back and started singing a hymn. You could hear the chains clanking as they pushed him down the hallway, and you could hear him singing about higher ground.”This experience, Stevenson said, was what brought him to Harvard. “I realized my journey was tied to his journey. I came to Harvard and you could not get me out of the Law School library. If I have ever helped anybody, it is because I got proximate to a condemned man, and I heard him sing.”The second requirement, he said, is a willingness to change the narratives that underline society. “We have mass incarceration in this country because of a misguided war on drugs. We said that addicts were criminals instead of saying they had a health problem. That’s what I call the politics of fear and anger.”Another lingering narrative, he said, is the one that created slavery. “We still live in a time when racial difference is everywhere. I hate to tell the black and brown students here that it doesn’t matter that you have a Harvard degree. You will still be going to places in this country where you will be considered dangerous because of your color.”Finally, he said, students and world-changers have the twin responsibilities to stay hopeful and to do things they find uncomfortable and inconvenient. “I tried to research my way out of that one,” he said. “I tried to find an example where justice prevailed, equality triumphed, and nobody did anything. But there weren’t any.”He cited another story as reason for hope. He once represented a boy who had accidentally shot his mother’s abusive boyfriend. The boy was tried as an adult and sent to prison, where he was raped and beaten. “We got that little boy to a family that embraced him, and now he’s getting a master’s in engineering.”But until more people work on changing the narrative, he said, such victories may be the exception to the rule. “I’ve had my moments of great joy, but also anguish and difficulty. That’s because we still live in a society that treats you better if you are rich and guilty than if you are poor and innocent.” When lawyer and social activist Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, spoke at Harvard Kennedy School Tuesday evening, his topic was nothing less than changing the world, something that he urged the capacity crowd to think of as both a responsibility and a possibility.The audience for Stevenson’s Edwin L. Godkin Lecture, “Justice and the Power of Narrative,” included newly elected members of the House of Representatives in town for the Kennedy School’s bipartisan governmental insights program.“I see you as people interested in solving problems,” Stevenson, M.P.P./J.D. ’85, told the audience at the JFK Jr. Forum, as he recalled his own experiences at Harvard. “This is surreal because I went up and down these same stairs so many times as a student, not sure I was in the right place. To see you students still at it is incredibly exciting.”Stevenson began by citing a few sobering statistics. The Real Justice PAC projects that one in three newborn black males, and one in six Latino males, will go to prison in their lifetimes, and the percentage of women in jails has increased markedly. “We just seem to be comfortable with that statistic, and almost nobody was talking about this in the midterms,” he said. Yet he promised to use his hour at Harvard to speak of solutions, rather than problems.Stevenson’s Equal Justice Initiative is the nonprofit organization behind the recently opened National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Alabama, which is dedicated to the victims of white supremacy in this country through history.If someone really wants to change the world, Stevenson said, there are four guidelines to keep in mind. The first is that you need to commit yourself to, and stay “proximate” to, the poor and marginalized in society. “You can’t change the world by staying on Harvard’s campus,” he said. “When you get close enough to the poor that you can wrap your arms around them, that’s when you’re in a position to make a statement about their humanity.” “When you get close enough to the poor that you can wrap your arms around them, that’s when you’re in a position to make a statement about their humanity.” — Bryan Stevensonlast_img read more

Here’s why you deserve a $3,300 raise

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Your commute and, your morning cup of coffee may be leaving a big dent in your wallet. According to a new poll, it costs Americans about $3,300 a year to maintain a job. It may be time to ask for that raise!The average American spends about $276 each month on lunch, transportation and other work-related costs, according to jobs site CareerBuilder, who polled 3,031 full-time, U.S. private sector workers across various companies and industries how much they spend on their job.Commuting is one of the toughest work-related costs to avoid. Of the 84% of employees who said they typically drive to work, 37% of respondents spent $25 or more on gas per week. To minimize this weekly expense, look into carpooling. By carpooling, riders can access high occupancy vehicle lanes and save time by avoiding traffic. Or if you can, bike to work. You’ll save money on gas and get some exercise — maybe enough cardio to eschew that over-priced gym membership, too. continue reading »last_img read more

NYSEG: Over 5,000 customers without power Monday

first_img—– 3:33 P.M. UPDATE: The map can be viewed by clicking here. As of 3:33 p.m., the number of power outages in the area was under 100. For the most up-to-date information, go to the NYSEG Power Outage Map. (WBNG) — A media personnel for NYSEG says the cause of Monday afternoon’s power outage was a broken insulator on Smith Hill Road in the town of Chenango. (WBNG) — NYSEG is reporting more than 5,000 customers are without power Monday afternoon. According to the company’s power outage map, the towns of Barker, Binghamton, Chenango, Dickinson, Fenton and Maine are affected. The company says repairs are expected by 4:45 p.m. Monday.last_img

Young people are misunderstood

first_imgLocalNews Young people are misunderstood by: – August 9, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! Share 331 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Tweet Chief Youth Officer, Mr. Jules PascalJules Pascal, the Chief Youth Officer in the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, while addressing a symposium on ‘Youth and Violence’ yesterday disclosed to the participants that they are often misunderstood.Mr. Pascal explained that it is not a new thing for youths to be misunderstood, as adults who are supposed to assist them in this difficult period of their lives do not understand the process.“I can tell you it is not only now that young people are misunderstood. I want to quote to you from an article which was written 500 B.C; that’s 500 years Before Christ, that’s a long time ago by a gentleman who was known as a Philosopher  at the time his name was Socrates and he said; ‘Our youth today love luxury, they have bad manners, contempt for authority, disrespect for older people, children nowadays are tyrants, they no longer rise when elders enter the room, they contradict their parents, they chatter before company, they gobble their food and they tyrannize their teachers.’ What do people say about our youth today? Some of the same things,” he said.Mr. Pascal, in emphasizing his point that young people are misunderstood, also quoted from an article which was printed in the Melbourne newspaper in 1976 by William Bradwick, in which the author described teenagers as ‘the ugliest form of humanity on earth.’Mr. Pascal however believes that although violence is grown and developed within society, it can be controlled.“The situation of violence is an age thing, you heard violence long before, I heard violence, my parents heard about violence, and my parents, parents heard about violence and I dare say we will continue to hear about violence because violence is a thing that is grown and developed within society. We may not be able to stop it but we can control it,’ Pascal said.The Youth Symposium was organized by the Caribbean Award Sub-Regional Council and the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture held a symposium on Youth and Violence at the Public Service Training Center yesterday in an attempt to address the increasing rate of violence among youth in Dominica and the Caribbean Region.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more