Senior Limerick Garda nominated for LGBT equality award

first_imgUniversity of Limerick shows pride of place with rainbow flag WhatsApp Limerick LGBTQ Pride Festival 2018 has officially begun Advertisement Number of people seeking LGBT help on the rise Print Previous articleFree masterclass with guitar great O’Rourke and Latin combo AtchereNext articleWin cinema tickets Staff Reporter Twitter Photos: Thousands support Limerick’s celebration of World Pride NewsSenior Limerick Garda nominated for LGBT equality awardBy Staff Reporter – September 21, 2016 978 center_img Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Facebook A proud celebration for American newlyweds at Limerick Pride Limerick Chief Superintendent Dave SheahanTHE Limerick Garda division’s most senior officer has been nominated for a prestigious LGBT Award at the Workplace Equality Index Awards 2016.Chief Superintendent Dave Sheahan has been nominated in the category of Ally of the year 2016 for his demonstration of an outstanding level of support for LGBT colleagues.In 2014 Henry Street Garda station became the first in Ireland to fly a pride flag in a show of support for those involved in the Limerick LGBT Pride Festival.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Encouraging the public to report incidents, Chief Supt Sheahan said that “homophobic acts cannot be addressed if the Garda Síochána are not made aware.“We want people in the community to know that we have a listening ear. We are prepared to listen and we are prepared to deal with every issue that may come our way to keep this valued community in Limerick safe.“Everyone deserves to be treated with respect”, he said ahead of next week’s awards in Dublin. Limerick Pride highlights global issues TAGSAlly of the year awardChief SuperintendentDave SheahanfetauredLGBTlimerick last_img read more

Nurses too busy to take part in stress survey

first_img Comments are closed. Nurses at West Dorset General Hospitals NHS Trust, which last year receivedan improvement notice on stress from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE),were too stressed to take part in a workplace stress survey, it has emerged. Royal College of Nursing regional officer Melanie Glover told NursingStandard magazine that nurses had been unable to find time to complete the20-minute survey. Nearly 400,000 pieces of data were collected from a trust-wide surveyconducted after the HSE issued its notice in July last year. But the lowestreturn was from the trust’s 1,250 nurses. The survey results are now being analysed by researchers at ExeterUniversity, who have drawn up an action plan for the trust to help meet HSErequirements, including how to monitor workplace stress. It has been givenuntil 15 March by the HSE to put its house in order. RCN steward Jenny Price also said the HSE had originally been called infollowing a complaint by a nurse who claimed that the trust had not dealt withher stress issue. Previous Article Next Article Nurses too busy to take part in stress surveyOn 1 Feb 2004 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Why Vacations Bring Out Your Dirty Side

first_img Sharing is caring! 93 Views   no discussions Not long ago, a friend of mine returned from a trip to Aruba with her boyfriend and regaled me with stories of the crazy sex they had—three or four times a day, anywhere they could get each other’s clothes off: in the ocean 20 feet off the beach; on the balcony of their room in broad daylight; in the lobby rest room.They even got caught by a roaming tour group while hiking some ancient ruins. “They rode up on four-wheelers to find my bare ass hanging out of a crumbling little window while my boyfriend’s head was between my legs,” she says. “Honestly, we didn’t even pause for them.”The funny thing is, she and her boyfriend are never like that at home. “We had sex often enough, I guess,” she says, “But it was always run-of-the-mill stuff. Since we’ve been back, we haven’t even contemplated doing anything risky. We’re right back to our old routine.” All too often, that’s the way it works: Sex at home is like eating at home. Your Tuesday night tuna melt might be delicious, but it doesn’t wow you like the Tuna Supreme with Cheese served up at a restaurant. That’s why, if you want to get the most out of your sex life, sometimes you have to pack it up, take it away, and bust it out in a totally new setting. Go south (or west, or east—anywhere), young man, and you’ll strike sexual gold.The Perfect GetawayWhat is it about a vacation that makes a woman so horny? Let’s start with the obvious: She’s not working, running errands, or taking care of anyone but herself. “I always have more sex when we’re away,” says Julie*, 27, who’s been married for three years. “Sometimes we do it twice a day. But at home morning sex never happens; we’re too busy getting ready for work. On vacay I never have a to-do list, except ‘Have three daiquiris before noon.’ ”It’s not rocket science, says sex therapist Ian Kerner, Ph.D.: “People are more relaxed on vacation and tend to engage in more activities that lower inhibitions, like drinking and dancing. Plus, vacations bring novelty into a relationship, which stimulates dopamine, and that plays a big role in sexual arousal.”Then there’s the issue of location, location, location. Like Julie, I always have more sex when I’m vacationing—but especially if I’m in a tropical climate. Something about being nearly naked in a bikini, all hot, sweaty, and oiled up, makes me much more ready to go for it than having to remove eight layers of clothing and a pair of slush-covered boots. Go figure. “Feeling the heat off my boyfriend’s body as we lie next to each other in the sun always turns me on,” agrees Emily, 26. “It’s so inviting to put our hands on each other’s slick, bare skin.” On one Caribbean trip, her boyfriend was touching her thigh while they were lying out and managed to discreetly slip his finger under her swimsuit. “I leaned over and he fingered me right there on the beach. The whole trip was like that—we’d have quickies in the rest rooms near the pool. Once we even did it in the pool.” (Don’t worry, there’s plenty of chlorine in those things.)Going the DistanceOne of the key benefits of vacation is not just that it offers abundant time for more sex, but also opportunities for better, dirtier sex. Being in a foreign country for a few days where you don’t know anyone is almost like an automatic “Get Out of Propriety Free” card. Wanna do something totally impolite? Go right ahead—you’ll never see these people again!“I’m always more uninhibited on vacation,” says Darcy, 29. “The only times my boyfriend and I have had anal have been on trips. I think it’s about not caring what happens to the room. On vacation someone else takes care of everything, so I don’t care if we trash the sheets or break something.” While some trips provide an obvious setting for raucous, no-holds-barred screwing—private island bungalows, secluded mountain cabins, luxurious over-water villas—many women told me they didn’t necessarily need to be completely alone with their guys to be able to let loose on vacation. Karina, 26, loves that in a hotel she can moan as loud as she wants and shout out her boyfriend’s name without worrying about the neighbors. “I don’t care about the people in the room next door,” she says. “I live in an apartment in Brooklyn, and when we f— at home my groans are reduced to little whimpers, because I don’t want to blush every time I see my neighbors in the elevator.” She says one time in Ireland she even had someone bang on the wall to get her to tone it down. “I couldn’t have cared less. It actually made the sex hotter.” Just remember, wherever you go, pack plenty of condoms, spermicidal gels, and morning-after pills. What happens on vacation—especially if what happens involves spontaneous stall-sex at Señor Frog’s—doesn’t always stay on Maxim Magazine Share LifestyleRelationships Why Vacations Bring Out Your Dirty Side by: – May 30, 2011center_img Share Tweet Sharelast_img read more

Louis vs. Schmeling II: More than a Fight, Pride of Black race hung on every punch 75 years ago

first_imgby Avis Thomas-Lester(NNPA)–James “Winky” Camphor , of Baltimore is 86, but he remembers the fight like it happened yesterday.It was June 22, 1938 and more than 70,000 fight fans crowded into Yankee Stadium to witness a contest that was much more than a boxing bout. It was a grudge match—Black against White, African American versus Aryan, the so-called “Land of the Free” battling Nazi Germany.James “Winky” Camphor. (AFRO Photo/Avis Thomas-Lester)For weeks, Joe Louis, the “Brown Bomber,” and his opponent, Max Schmeling, a beefy German who was supported by Adolf Hitler, had been feted by their respective countries. Americans were hopeful that this time Louis would reign victorious over the German boxer, who hadbeaten   him in 12 rounds two years earlier.“The first time, Max Schmeling beat Joe Louis because he found a flaw. He worked on that flaw and he knocked him out,” Camphor said. “Joe Louis later promised his manager that it wouldn’t happen again. He said, ‘I want to fight him again. If I fight him again, you won’t have to go up the steps [into the ring] but one time.’ That meant he would win.”For Whites, a Louis win would strike a blow against fascism and prove that our nation and its ideals were superior to Hitler’s Deutschland dictatorship.But for African Americans, a victory would offer the world proof that they were equal, thatthey could perform as well as, or better than, anybody—given the opportunity and a level playing field.To the nation, Louis was a hero. To Blacks, he was a savior.The Black Press ran stories for weeks in advance of the story. The AFRO was in the forefrontof the coverage, doing stories on everything from the amount of time Louis spent with his wife, Marva, leading up to the fight to a piece about his last workout.“Louis Sees Many Things as Next Wednesday Nears,” said an AFRO headline on the sports page of the June 18, 1938 edition. “Joe Louis (center) looks into the crystal ball at his training camp…probably to see what the outcome of his fight with Schmeling will be next week,” read thecutline under a picture of Louis flanked by a turbaned magician and his manager, Joe Roxborough. In another photo, Louis stands between then-former heavyweight contenderHarry Wills and Panama Joe Gans.“Louis, still thinking of the beating Max gave him two years ago, is not passing up anybody’s advice these days—Jack Johnson’s included,” the cutline said.As the fight drew close, the nation grew frenzied. In an AFRO story on the June 18 sports page, Staff Correspondent Levi Jolley reported on a Louis sparring practice. “Joe Louis…demonstrated a lightning left, but was the receiver of 51 right hand socks during six rounds of boxing before 3,794 paid admissions, who contributed $4,173 at $1.10 a head…At least 1500 persons had to be turned away.”William Broadwater, 87, of Upper Marlboro, Md., was 12 at the time. He said the entire country was focused on the fight, but Blacks were obsessed with Joe Louis.“Joe Louis was to Black people what President Obama is to us today,” he said. “We didn’t have any heroes. There were no Black football players or Major League baseball players. We had had Jesse Owens to win big in the 1936 Olympics, but track and field wasn’t as popular as boxing. We hadn’t had a major Black hero since [boxer] Jack Johnson. Joe Louis was that person.”Broadwater, like Camphor, said Americans of all hues supported Louis.“It was the first time White people really got behind a Black person in a big way,” he said. “There was the whole thing of Americans against the Nazis. The Germans were supposed to be the superior race, so (White) people didn’t like that.”On June 25, the AFRO ran a front page story about the international implications of the fight. Though the fight was fought June 22, the newspaper with the results didn’t reach newsstands until July 2.“NAZIS AID MAX: Say Hitler Fears Loss; Fight May Play Great Part in International Affairs,” the headline read.“The German government fears the repercussions which may come from a Schmeling defeat by Joe Louis may react with such far reaching effects to the Hitler regime that a special commission comprising physical educational experts, psychologists, and scientific experts has been sent over to assist the challenger, the AFRO-AMERICAN learned this week,” the story said.“The AFRO informant, who has just arrived from Germany to attend the fight and spend several weeks in America, says that so grave do certain Nazi officials regard the situation that the Goebbels propaganda department has already carefully prepared a flood of material to be used to counteract the effect a Louis victory may have on the politics in central Europe.”Broadwater said in his hometown of Bryn Mawr, Pa., neighbors started making plans weeks ahead of time to catch the radio broadcast of the contest.“On my street, Miller Street, we had two radios. My family had one,” he said. “My father used to mess with ours. He had batteries to run it. They looked like car batteries. I can recall the neighbors coming over days before the fight to ask if they could come down to hear the fight.”The fight took place at the stadium where Jackie Robinson would break the color barrier in professional baseball four years later. One hundred million people around the world listened, according to historical accounts. On June 22, 1938, two years after suffering the lone defeat of his prime at the hands of Schmeling — the German puncher who’d been cast as an example of Aryan supremacy — Joe Louis responded with an emphatic first-round knockout before more than 70,000 fans at Yankee Stadium. (AP Photo/File)last_img read more

A Run for Kortney

first_imgStart of the Kortney’s Challenge Road Race at Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport on Sunday Aug. 26. The Kortney Rose Foundation is dedicated to raising funds to support research and education related to the treatment and cure of pediatric brain tumors. The race was a 2-mile fun run/walk.last_img

China injects R1.7bn into Malawi

first_imgRay Maota The capital city of Malawi, Lilongwe, isundergoing huge developments like theUS$90-million hotel and the $70-millionscience and technology university.(Image: Flickr) Bingu wa Mutharika, the President ofMalawi, said the People’s Republic ofChina has demonstrated that theyare good friends of Malawi.(Image: The Embassy of the Republicof Malawi to Japan)MEDIA CONTACTS• Malawi Ministry of Industry and Trade+265 177 0244China is cementing its status as one of the biggest investors in Southern Africa with various projects in Malawi, including the financing of a university and five-star hotel.The emerging Asian superpower has made a pledge of US$260-million (R1.7-billion) to Malawi in the form of concessionary loans and grants to aid development.The two projects currently under way there are a $90-million (R597-million) five-star hotel, the first in Malawi, and a $70-million (R465-million) science and technology university. Both are using Chinese expertise.China and Malawi established diplomatic ties in 2007 after Malawi severed ties with Taiwan after 41 years.A first for MalawiThe five-star hotel is being built by the Chinese firm Shanghai Construction Company in Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe. It will have 14 palatial presidential suites, a 1 500-seat state-of-the-art conference facility and 130 guest rooms of international standards. It’s due to be completed by the end of 2011.Nine-hundred Malawians are working with the Chinese construction company as part of a job-creation initiative.The loan to fund the hotel was obtained from the Import and Export Bank of China.Pan Hejun, China’s ambassador to Malawi, said at a ceremony celebrating the completion of the hotel’s main building and conference centre: “Malawi has the beautiful Lake Malawi, the Mulanje Mountain and wonderful national parks with various wild animals. The tourism industry has huge potential and this will attract more and more foreign tourists to Malawi and enable Malawi to host international conferences such as the AU Summit.”Bingu wa Mutharika, president of Malawi, said: “The People’s Republic of China has demonstrated that they are good friends of Malawi.”Malawi’s Ministry of Trade reported in 2010 that trade between the two countries had doubled since 2007, but that it was still doing more trade with South Africa, which accounted for over 40% of Malawi’s total trade of $3.2-billion (R21-billion).Boost for science and technologyPresident Mutharika laid the foundation stone at the site of Malawi’s University of Science and Technology during April 2011 to mark the beginning of construction. The project is expected to be completed in 20 months.Ambassador Hejun said: “The university, which will accommodate more than 3 000 students and boast advanced facilities, will be one of the best universities in south-eastern Africa, and will make great contributions to the national development of Malawi.”The institution will formally be known as the Lilongwe University of Science and Technology and will be situated in the southern district of Thyolo.Sosten Chiotha, chairperson of the National Commission for Science and Technology in Malawi, said: “As a medical parasitologist, I had to go to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine for an MSc. There are very few medical parasitologists in Malawi, even though the country is burdened by parasitic infections.“I believe the university will be able to embrace emerging challenges such as climate change from the start. Many older universities have had to re-orient curricula and research to target climate change and many of the emerging issues.”The university – which will offer undergraduate, postgraduate and postdoctoral studies – has already established links with the Association of Commonwealth Universities and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, which will help it access the latest scientific and technological advancements.Other projects in Malawi being funded by China include the new parliament building, which opened in June 2010 and cost about $41-million (R272-million), a secondary school being built in Thyolo and a 100km stretch of road between Karonga and Chitipa.Also on the cards are a China-Africa Friendship School in Lilongwe, solar and biogas pilot projects and an agricultural technology demonstration centre.last_img read more

Florence Masebe stars in first-ever Tshivenda film

first_img24 January 2014South African soapie fans will be able to see one of their favourite stars, veteran actress Florence Masebe, on the big screen when the world’s first Tshivenda-language feature film, Elelwani, opens locally on 31 January.Masebe became a household name after appearing in a number of South African soapies such asEgoli, Suburban Bliss, Soul City, Muvhango, Generations, 7de Laan and Scandal.Elelwani, directed by Ntshavheni wa Luruli, is the latest of her big-screen films, which have included Born Free 2, Chikin Biz Niz, Land of a Thousand Hills and Black Butterfly.Her portrayal of the title role in Elelwani won her the award for Best Actress in a Leading Role at the 2013 Africa Movie Academy Awards. “The film received 11 nominations in total, and I was surprised and delighted that I brought back the biggest one,” says Masebe.Born in Limpopo province, Masebe studied drama at the University of Cape Town and started acting professionally in 1993, appearing in children’s programmes such as Electric Workshop and in various cameo roles.A member of the original cast of Generations, she followed up her success on the show by landing many other roles in local TV shows, including co-hosting Fokus with Freek Robinson, and continuity presenting for SABC2.Masebe was working on the popular SABC2 Tshivenda soapie Muvhango with wa Luruli when he approached her about the film.“We are both from Venda, and the story is close to our hearts and it’s been incredibly rewarding to see our dream turned into the reality that is the film,” Masebe says. “It’s a respectful interpretation of Venda traditions and I urge all South Africans to watch it.”The film is based on the 1954 novel of the same name by Titus Ntsiene Maumela, one of the first Tshivenda novels to be published in South Africa.Masebe says many Venda people already know the story because the book has been widely read, and was excited that “South Africans will now have a chance to see the story come to life in the cinema.”It tells the classic tale of big city life versus traditional values, where a young woman, Elelwani, leaves her rural village for the city where she attends university, meets a man and falls in love.After graduating Elelwani returns to the countryside to introduce her boyfriend to her family. However, she is blindsided when her parents reveal that she has been promised to the tribal king. Torn between the chance of living a glamorous city life and familial duty, she initially rebels, but finally consents.The film, shot in the Thohoyandou area of Limpopo, contains incredibly beautiful images which, combined with a compelling plot, result in a story interlaced with magical realism.“Elelwani is a unique film and an important milestone in South African cinema history,” says Helen Kuun, CEO of Indigenous Film Distribution, which is distributing the film locally. “Not only does it provide a window into Venda culture, but it’s also a well told tale that is beautifully shot, with solid performances from the lead characters.”Elelwani was made possible by a grant from the National Lotteries Distribution Trust Fund and additional funding from the Department of Trade and Industry, the Department of Arts and Culture, the National Film and Video Foundation and the Gauteng Film Commission. Source: National Film and Video Foundationlast_img read more

Silver expects NBA players to stand during national anthem

first_imgNBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks during a news conference, Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)NEW YORK — Adam Silver expects NBA players to continue standing for the national anthem.Not only because it’s a league rule, but because they are aware of what it means in what the commissioner believes is a divided America.“Many of our players have spoken out already about their plan to stand for the anthem,” Silver said Thursday. “And I think they understand how divisive an issue it is in our society right now.”ADVERTISEMENT Gervacio mends fences with Suzara as she returns to Foton in PSL Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH He spoke following the NBA’s Board of Governors meetings, during which owners passed rules designed to prevent healthy players from sitting out games, and teams from losing games on purpose to improve their draft position.Under the new draft lottery rules, the teams with the three worst records will all have 14 percent odds to land the No. 1 pick when the changes are implemented with the 2019 draft.The team with the worst record previously had 25 percent odds to win the lottery and could fall to the No. 4 spot in the draft. Now that team call tumble all the way to fifth.The lottery changes were to discourage tanking, the practice of losing games on purpose in an effort to improve draft odds. The Philadelphia 76ers relied on the tactic heavily in recent years and the league felt it needed to step in and urge teams to always be competitive.Silver felt teams had even begun feeling pressure to use the strategy of fielding poor squads and building through the draft.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next View comments Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss PLAY LIST 02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:58Trump blames media, Democrats for impeachment during Kentucky rally01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES Silver said the playing of the national anthem has always been a time for respect and reflection — even in a league where 25 percent of the players are not American — and recalled that many teams locked arms last season.He wants them to continue showing unity during the anthem — but to do it while standing.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s been a rule as long as I’ve been involved with the league, and my expectation is that our players will continue to stand for the anthem,” he said.Silver didn’t say what would happen if any players refuse to stand, adding: “If that were to happen, we’ll deal with it when it happens.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president “I felt it was corrosive to this league,” he said.The second-worst team has a 19.9 percent to win the lottery and the third seed a 15.6 percent chance under the current format that will remain through next June’s draft.The board voted to allow Silver to fine teams who violate the league’s new guidelines about resting players. Teams can’t sit healthy players for high-profile, nationally televised games, and fines for violating that can be for at least $100,000.The rules also say that unless there are unusual circumstances, teams should not rest multiple healthy players for the same game or rest healthy players when playing on the road.The league office had long resisted getting involved in coaches’ decisions about resting players. But with its national TV partners paying the league billions, Silver felt he had to act after LeBron James and stars from the Golden State Warriors sat out nationally televised games last season.“It’s not a position we want the league to be in,” Silver said. “It ultimately is my hope that the rules go in the drawer and that teams step up here and see that there is a larger obligation to our fans, to the basketball community.”The board also talked about current events, meeting less than a week after President Donald Trump opted against inviting the Warriors to the White House after All-Star Stephen Curry said he didn’t want to go.Trump had criticized NFL players for their anthem protests in a speech the night before, and hundreds responded in games Sunday and Monday by kneeling during the anthem.Silver thinks NBA players have other opportunities, either by continuing their community service efforts or through the media, to make their voices heard.“I’m hoping once again that this league can play a constructive role there,” Silver said. 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20 days agoBesiktas goalkeeper Loris Karius not giving up on Liverpool future

first_imgBesiktas goalkeeper Loris Karius not giving up on Liverpool futureby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBesiktas goalkeeper Loris Karius isn’t giving up on a future with Liverpool.The German is in the second of a two season loan with Besiktas.And he says, “Will I be playing for Liverpool again? Of course, it’s an opportunity and it’s still a good opportunity to be there. Maybe I’ll play for them again, you never know.”There is a long time to go and if it does not become Liverpool, it will be another good team, so I’m not worried about that.”I’m not thinking about Kiev (the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid) anymore. It’s been a long time since now, almost two seasons. There were so many circumstances. I had an ugly injury and nobody talked about it. People can say whatever they want; it no longer worries me.” TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

6 days agoDaniel James: Every Man Utd teammate has been great

first_imgDaniel James: Every Man Utd teammate has been greatby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveDaniel James already feels at home with Manchester United.James says his new United teammates have helped make his move from Swansea City as easy as possible.He said: “They’ve all been great. I haven’t been here for long but I’ve made some great friends already and I think that’s so important when coming to a new club because you feel a bit intimated at the start, playing at such a big club.“Everyone has been great with me and I really thank them for that.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img