Sharp rise in numbers availing of food bank services during COVID-19…

first_imgLimerickNewsSharp rise in numbers availing of food bank services during COVID-19 lockdownBy David Raleigh – May 24, 2021 169 Twitter TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Photo by Nico Smit on Unsplash OVER five and half thousand children received food handouts from a Limerick-based charity last year, during the first Coronavirus lockdown, according to latest figures from the Mid-West Simon Community.The figures show a sharp rise in children attending the homeless charity’s food bank services across Limerick, Clare and north Tipperary, and a three-fold increase in people availing of its food bank programme between 2018 and 2020.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The charity’s food bank programme, costing an average €100,000 a year, is funded through donations as well as the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD).In 2018, Mid West Simon provided food to 6,380 individuals including 3,182 children, 1,662 men, and 1,536 women. Demand rose in 2019, when the charity gave food to 7,345 people including 3,669 children, 2,012 women, and 1,664 men.Again, last year, during the first Coronavirus pandemic lockdown, demand increased again and the charity provided food to 13,196 people, including 5,500 children, 4,592 men, and 3,054 women, which the majority of clients from Limerick.During lockdown last year, when unemployment rose, and people were restricted from traveling, over 4,690 new clients, who were either isolating, couldn’t travel, or were laid of work, registered for the charity’s food bank service and received delivered food parcels.“We also delivered thousands of hot meals to those in emergency accommodation (hotels & b & b’s) and these numbers (included in the above figures). We wouldn’t have been able to do this without the support of local shops, businesses and the public who donated food to us,” said a spokeswoman for the charity.Mid West Simon has called on the government to help fund a Social Grocery Store, which it said, would supply a variety of food and fresh produce for reduced prices to its registered clients.Some of the charity’s clients told a recent survey how a social grocery store would help alleviate their feelings of “embarrassment” at having to queue in public at food banks and at street outreach soup kitchens.The charity’s chief executive, Jackie Bonfield, said the proposed initiative – including workshops on cooking and food budgeting – would also “improve clients’ mental health and empower them to move towards self-sustainability and financial stability”.“Food poverty is on the rise, particularly in socially disadvantaged households, and it leads to a form of social exclusion and social injustice.”“We need support from the government and businesses in order to setup the Social Grocery as we can’t do it on our own. And we want to provide dignified respectful shopping to our clients,” Ms Bonfield added.Donations to Mid West Simon Community can be made by contacting 061-608980 or online at Advertisement WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Linkedin Printcenter_img Previous articleLime Tree Theatre presents LASTA 2021 Festival kicking off on June 11thNext articleNHL Power Rankings: Galway law down statement of intent early on David Raleigh RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook WhatsApp Email Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limericklast_img read more


first_imgVAST IMPROVEMENT — Vastly improved, St. Dominic Academy sophomore Caroline O’Donnell (Nicholas Oresko graduate) ran extremely well and was the 5th female finisher at the 9th Annual Irish Eyes 5,000 Meter run in Milton, Delaware. It was the sixth overnight trip of the year for the Blue Devils.last_img

Small business campaign set to boost independent bakers

first_imgIndependent bakers are being encouraged to join a campaign designed to put small businesses in the spotlight.Bakery firms are urged to get involved with Small Business Saturday, which takes place on 3 December, by visiting the campaign website and sending off for free marketing packs that include posters and window stickers.Also available on the website are digital logos, banners, a social media guide and various toolkits.Bakeries around the country can upload information to the ‘My Small Business Finder’ on the website and highlight any special events or promotional offers they will be running for Small Business Saturday.London bakery Ma Baker said it was a big fan of the campaign.“My social media profile was raised, which ensured more customers and my credibility as a business was also enhanced,” said Ma Baker owner Liz Wilson. “However, one of the best things was having the chance to meet other small businesses and share ideas and contacts.“When you work by yourself, you can feel a bit isolated but now I have many people I can turn to for advice. The people involved in Small Business Saturday are brilliant. They are so committed and so supportive and I absolutely loved working with them.”The campaign, which is in its fourth year, caught the attention of Twitter last year with Small Business Saturday trending at number one. More than 100,000 tweets were sent in support of Small Business Saturday with a combined reach of more than 25 million people.Activity also includes a five-week, 29-stop bus tour spanning the UK that aims to promote small businesses and host workshop and seminars.last_img read more

The future of world religions

first_imgAs head of religion research at the “fact tank” Pew Research Center, Alan Cooperman deals heavily in numbers. But he also knows that “numbers seldom tell the whole story,” and that students and scholars at Harvard are the people who can provide invaluable insight and context to his work.“To tell the whole story, to bring the numbers to life,” he said, “we need — we rely on — the kind of qualitative, sociological, historical, ethical, and theological explorations that are done so ably and with such integrity by the faculty and the students at Harvard Divinity School.”Cooperman, director of religion research at the nonpartisan Washington, D.C.-based center, spoke at HDS during the Dean’s Leadership Forum on April 17, just two weeks after Pew released a sweeping report, “The Future of World Religions.”The report details population growth for the world’s major religions through the year 2050. One of the report’s major takeaways is that if current projections of rates in mortality, fertility, religious switching, and other factors hold, the number of Muslims will exceed the number of Christians in fewer than 60 years.Cooperman said that once Pew researchers, who spent six years working on the report, discovered that the Muslim and Christian populations will reach near numerical parity by 2050, they looked a little further and found the shift. Once the Muslim population eclipses the Christian population around 2070, the population rates for the two groups climb together all the way until the end of the century.“A greater share of Muslims are young, and a population that starts out young is going to grow faster and is going to have more people entering those prime childbearing years,” he said.Thirty-four percent of Muslims worldwide are under the age of 15, said Cooperman, compared with 30 percent of Hindus and 27 percent of Christians.The number of Muslims is expected to grow at twice the rate of the world’s projected population climb because they are concentrated in the areas that are growing fastest, such as sub-Saharan Africa, whereas Christians are spread all across the globe and are expected to grow at the same pace as the anticipated world average. What’s more, the groups with the lowest life expectancy today, like Muslims, will be the groups that see the greatest improvement in life expectancy in the next few decades.“In a country like the United States, where people are living 79 to 80 years on average, to get each additional year added to life expectancy requires a lot of investment in medical care, whereas in places like sub-Saharan Africa, a little bit of investment, a little bit of improvement, results in a much longer lifetime,” said Cooperman.Pew “illuminates” with its work, said Diane Moore, senior lecturer on religious studies and education, who heads the Religious Literacy Project at HDS. “We need more solid, good, trustworthy information about religion,” she added.While the report’s projections can serve as a valuable tool, Cooperman said that factors such as war and technological advancements can cause its findings to change.“By trying to peer into the future, we actually can sometimes see with greater clarity what’s happening today,” he said.last_img read more

Alan Shearer backs Chelsea to beat Arsenal and Manchester United in Premier League top-four race

first_img Comment Arsenal were beaten by Wolves on Wednesday evening (PA Wire)‘That’s how bad Manchester United have fallen – we’re praising them because of their attitude.‘So because of that reason and because Arsenal have got two away games, and they’ve been hopeless away from home, Tottenham are in and probably Chelsea.‘I would expect Man United to win their last two games against Huddersfield and Cardiff but I still don’t think that will be enough.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Metro Sport ReporterThursday 25 Apr 2019 6:40 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link43Shares Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Alan Shearer backs Chelsea to beat Arsenal and Manchester United in Premier League top-four race Alan Shearer is backing Chelsea to finish fourth in the Premier League (Optus Sport)Alan Shearer believes Chelsea will secure a top-four finish alongside Tottenham in the Premier League with Manchester United and Arsenal missing out.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side suffered another setback on Wednesday evening as they were beaten 2-0 by Manchester City at Old Trafford.Meanwhile, Arsenal also failed to bounce back after their loss to Crystal Palace at the weekend as they slipped to a 3-1 defeat away to Wolves.With three games remaining, Spurs currently sit third on 70 points, while Chelsea, who drew at home to Burnley on Monday evening, are in fourth spot with 67 points.ADVERTISEMENTAnd Shearer believes United and Arsenal will not have enough to overhaul Spurs or Chelsea, who face Solskjaer’s side on Sunday. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United side were beaten by Man City (AMA/Getty Images)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 CityAdvertisementAdvertisementAsked to name the two teams who will make up the final top-four places, Shearer told Optus Sport: ‘Probably Chelsea, only because the lack of form from the others.‘We’re sat here talking about Manchester United and the first thing we talk about tonight [after the defeat to Man City] is: ‘at least they put the effort in’.last_img read more

Healy leads Badgers out of Big Ten cellar, looks forward to future

first_imgThere’s just no substitute for success.Many Wisconsin athletic programs enjoyed memorable seasons thanks to renewed success, as both the football and basketball teams shined bright for the university in the national spotlight many times. Pasadena, the Sweet Sixteen; these trips brought Bucky a revamped swagger.But there’s another squad from Wisconsin that went the way of the state motto in 2011.Anyone fortunate enough to wander down to a game at Goodman Diamond this past spring witnessed the softball program take a giant leap forward, as first year head coach Yvette Healy guided the program to its first 30-win season since 2005. Healy’s squad reached the mark through a homestand sweep of Ohio State in May, as the Badgers’ run ruled the Buckeyes in both games.The Badgers earned 10 more wins than the previous year, marking the second-largest improvement in Wisconsin history. For Healy, this season was one of her personal favorites.“This year was one of my most enjoyable years coaching college softball,” Healy said. “I attribute that to the amazing coaches and staff at Wisconsin. All of the head coaches did an amazing job reaching out to our staff and team, sharing ideas and strategies for success. (Assistant coaches) Randy Schneider and Tracie Adix did an amazing job running the program, keeping things organized, intense and fun, all at the same time.”Perhaps what made the season unique for the Badgers was the age of the team. Healy took over a team with 14 of 19 spots filled by underclassman.Healy approached the season looking for gradual improvement, but instead found instant results. Freshman Cassandra Darrah emerged as an ace on the mound for Wisconsin, posting 16 wins and an earned run average under 3.00. Healy also helped three Badgers earn All-Big Ten honors, with senior Jennifer Krueger named to the third team, freshman Mary Massei the second team and junior Karla Powell to the first team. Powell became just the third Badger ever to be named to the first team.“I expected to get a little better everyday,” Healy said. “We really focused on improvement and the journey of taking pride in doing things the right way, working hard and leaving everything we had on the field. The team bought in, battled and played extremely hard for us.”One of the important holes to be filled next season will be the void left by graduated senior Krueger, who besides being a leader and veteran of the program, led the team in hits. Krueger set the Wisconsin single-season record for hits in her final game as a Badger, slapping a single in the second inning against Ohio State.Healy knows the speedy slugger, who also set a Badger record for career stolen bases, will be missed.“You can’t replace a talent like Jen with just one athlete,” Healy said. “Her speed and leadership will be missed. I am very excited to see who has the hunger and passion to emerge as a leader at the top of our lineup.”The Badgers will return all but three members of their roster, positioning themselves to expand on their success and be a major threat in the Big Ten next spring. Healy knows her club will have to stay hungry and motivated to replicate what they achieved this season.“Our biggest challenge will be to maintain the energy, excitement and focus that our team displayed this season,” Healy said. “It takes a tremendous amount of discipline and maturity to sustain the kind of energy and momentum we created this season. I think our athletes have a tremendous amount of pride for getting this program on track and accomplishing a 30-win season.”Healy hopes to accomplish this by continuing to add talent to her roster, providing a constant competition for playing time.“We will raise the level of competition each year by recruiting some of the top athletes in the country and infusing talent into the program,” Healy said. “Character will be tested by how each member of the team reacts to competition. The best leaders thrive in competitive challenging environments.”“These next few years will test and hopefully build character and leadership within the softball family,” Healy added. “Our current athletes will certainly need to embrace the challenges of competition as we grow as a program.”The journey toward cementing a winning tradition at Wisconsin continues for Healy and her staff, as the coaches’ summer to-do list is longer than a Madison summer day.“Sometimes we’re on the road Tuesday to Friday recruiting 12-14 hour days in Colorado, Arizona, California or Chicago,” Healy said. “When we’re in Madison, we’re running camps and spending days with our best recruits and their families touring campus and selling Wisconsin.”“My favorite days are filled with film breakdown, creating new drills, strategizing how to make our current team as good as possible while identifying weaknesses in our opponents,” Healy added. “We are 100 percent committed to helping our current student athletes maximize their talents and reach their goals. Its fun to spend hours brainstorming how to make our infield’s range better, or how to improve overall athleticism in our current group. We can’t wait to help make them even better.”last_img read more

Tehama County students recognized in statewide agricultural writing contest

first_imgRed Bluff >> Four Tehama County students, grades three through eight, have been named regional winners of the 2016 Imagine This… writing contest for their creativity and writing skills.The contest is part of a program of the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom and is open to all third through eighth grade students. The four students were all from Flournoy Elementary School. Dottie Davis, third grade, won for her creative story “First Time Haying;” Kaycee Murphy, fourth …last_img

Klaasen through to Australian doubles final

first_img23 January 2014 South African tennis star Raven Klaasen is through to the doubles final of the Australian Open after he and his American partner Eric Butorac cruised past eighth seeds Nenad Zimonjic and Daniel Nestor in the semi-finals in Melbourne on Thursday. It has been a marvellous run for the unseeded pair, highlighted by their 7-6, 6-4 victory over the Bryan brothers, Bob and Mike, the top seeds and 15-time Grand Slam winners, in the third round. They also disposed of Aussie favourites Lleyton Hewitt and Pat Rafter in the first round, winning 6-4, 7-5, and 15th seeds Jamie Murray and John Peers, whom they beat 6-4, 6-4. After their win over the Bryans, Klaasen and Butorac were pushed all the way in their quarterfinals clash with 12th seeds Treat Huey and Dominic Inglot, recording a tight 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 victory to move into the final four.Surprise phone call Klaasen’s superb results were recognised back in South Africa by Minister of Sport Fikile Mbalula, who surprised the tennis star by phoning him on Wednesday. “It was a long day at the tennis. I had a solid practice, then a rub down and did some media work and got caught in heavy traffic travelling home. I got home and the phone rang and honestly I never expected Minister Mbalula to be on the line,” Klaasen said in a statement. “I asked who was speaking and when he told me it was the minister I was shocked. I never expected the call and was very excited that the minister took time out of his schedule to make a call to me. “The minister wished my partner and I well for Thursday and said that he and the country were very proud of me and that everyone back home was behind me for the final and to go all the way with Eric.” In an interview with Radio 702, Klaasen added: “The support from back home has been wonderful and made me feel proudly South African.”Comfortable win Remarkably, Klaasen and Butorac enjoyed their most comfortable win so far in their semi-final against Zimonjic, a three-time men’s doubles Grand Slam winner, and Nestor, an eight-time men’s doubles Grand Slam champion. It took just an hour and four minutes, with Klaasen and Butorac converting three of five break points while not facing a single one. They will face Lukasz Kubot and Robert Lindstedt for the title after the 14th seeds defeated 13th seeds Michael Llodra and Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 in the second semi-final. It will be, by far, the biggest match yet played by the Klaasen/Butorac combination. Klaasen has three ATP World Tour doubles titles to his name, having won the Open de Nice Cote d’Azur and Moselle Open with Johan Brunstrom, and the Malaysian Open with Butorac, all in 2013. Butorac has claimed 14 doubles titles in his career.Davis Cup South African tennis fans will be soon able to watch Klaasen in action in the Davis Cup when South Africa takes on Monaco from 31 January to 2 February in Pretoria at the Irene Country Club.last_img read more

San Miguel overcomes Globalport behind Santos’ heroics

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments “I was not able to give June Mar a lot of minutes because of his injury and he wasn’t able to join practice for the past two days because he’s still recuperating,” said Austria.Still, San Miguel enjoyed a three-pronged attack with Wendell McKines doing the most damage with 35 points, 14 rebounds, and seven assists.Santos added 30 points to go along eight boards and five blocks while Alex Cabagnot had 27 points, seven rebounds, and four assists.Terrence Romeo led Globalport with 26 points and six boards while Holloway added 25 points and 23 boards.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Miguel bounced back and sank Globalport, 115-112, to get its third win in the PBA Governors’ Cup Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Beermen, who are coming off a three-week break, had to rely on late-game heroics from Arwind Santos, who made the game’s final free throw and disrupted Murphy Holloway’s potential-game tying shot.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Bench-clearing brawl erupts in La Salle, FEU pre-season game LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters “Even though the players played sluggish, we were able to to come out as winners and I’m happy for them,” said San Miguel head coach Leo Austria as they improved to 3-1.Despite taking a 112-104 lead with 2:12 remaining in the game, the Beermen weren’t able to easily shake off the Batang Pier as the latter pounded to make it a one-possession game, 114-112, on the nine-second mark.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingCompounding San Miguel’s situation was June Mar Fajardo’s injury.The three-time MVP is still nursing his injured right calf he sustained before the Fiba Asia Championship.last_img read more

Kiev Dnipro Dumps Olympiakos, 2-0

first_imgKIEV, Ukraine – Greek soccer power Olympiakos suffered an ignominious 2-0 loss to Dnipro, giving up a ricochet goal and a bouncer.Both goals from the home team came in the second half and gave the Ukrainian side a big leg up before it goes to Athens for a return match next week.The ricochet off Olympiakos defender Felipe Santana left goalie Roberto unable to get a hand on the shot by Georgian Jaba Kankava five minutes into the second half.Four minutes later Olympiakos gave up a long-distance free-kick from the right by Dnipro captain Ruslan Rotan that bounced twice in the Reds’ box and went in off Dimitris Siovas.The Ukrainians missed more chances in the second half with a by Yehven Konoplyanka just wide as the Greek defense sagged.In the last minute of injury time the Reds had a penalty appeal rejected and Costas Mitroglou had a goal disallowed for committing a foul before heading the ball.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more