Even worse than feeling suicidal, I felt that no one cared’

first_imgEmail Homeless children living in hotels have difficulty chewing and swallowing McGarry House.by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up McGarry House.AFTER spending three weeks sleeping out rough on the city’s streets, 34-year-old Limerick man Dean Sheehan says he was left broken from the experience.Unable to sleep at night because of the constant fear of being attacked in the doorways and squats he sought refuge in, Dean could barely keep his eyes open when the Limerick Post met up with him last week.He was mentally and physically exhausted from his time on the streets and admits to having felt suicidal and totally let down by the system.Dean was made homeless last month after falling into arrears with his rent in the city. After presenting himself to the council’s Homeless Action Team four weeks ago, he claims he was told the only accommodation available short-term was at McGarry House, run by Novas Initiatives on Alphonsus Street.“In the four or five nights I stayed there, I was offered heroin, up-johns, cannabis and would have fellas coming over offering me drink or asking me to go halves on a bag of gear. I really didn’t want to be there,” Dean explained.“I suffer from panic attacks and anxiety and couldn’t sleep in the place. I didn’t want to stay there and was worried about being around drugs and drink because of my current situation. I was worried I would be tempted to be honest, and I have enough problems as it is.”He chose to sleep rough on the streets and for three weeks had been putting his head down in doorways and squats around the city. He tells me he was awake most nights for fear of being attacked, lost his appetite and was frustrated that no one seemed willing to help.He also showed me a letter from a local GP stating that he should be made a priority for housing because of the effect homelessness is having on his mental health.“To get rent allowance you first have to have a home address. I can’t get on the housing list without it, which means I have no way to change my situation. All I want is a leg up to help me take this first step. The next 20 steps I can take myself.“I feel really angry that none of the agencies I have gone to seem to care. I am just fobbed off and moved around as they tell me there’s nothing they can do. Worse than feeling suicidal, I feel that no one cares and is willing to help me. They won’t even listen to me.”As soul-destroying as the desperate situation Dean found himself in, agencies including Limerick City and County Council’s homeless action team and Novas Initiatives as well as Sinn Fein councillor Malachy McCreesh were doing their utmost behind the scenes to help him secure accommodation.“Finding accommodation within the Limerick City area is a very difficult task for everyone whether through the Housing Department or renting from private landlords,” Cllr McCreesh explained.“If a person becomes homeless, they will get priority but again there is a shortage of suitable accommodation and individuals are provided with a limited choice. I think the homeless action team is doing their best in difficult circumstances and hopefully will find a positive solution for this individual,” he said.Due to client confidentiality, a spokeswoman for Novas Initiatives said they were not in a position to comment on individual cases. However, she pointed out that while Novas’ McGarry House works with people with addiction it does not condone drug use and do not permit it on the premises.“It is also important to note that while we work with drug users, the majority of our clients are not active in addiction and access our services for a range of other reasons, primarily due to homelessness which arose as a result of mental health issues, family breakdown, poverty and an utter lack of affordable and social housing,” she said.A spokesman for Limerick City and County Council stated that it was committed to supporting persons who present as homeless, and works very closely with other statutory and voluntary agencies.“While it is not the norm to comment on individual cases, the Council believes the person referred to has stayed at McGarry House under the Winter Initiative since last weekend, has subsequently expressed his desire to remain at McGarry House, and has asked to be considered by the homeless action team for the allocation of a full room at McGarry House.” Number of children homeless in Limerick continues to rise Facebook Politicians should work together to end homeless crisis Advertisement More than 1,000 children looked for help from Limerick homeless agency Getting a second chance at life Previous articleThinking outside the Box: collaborative work in dance theatreNext articleYoung boxer awarded €40,000 for cut hand Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie center_img TAGSAlan JacquesCllr Malachy McCreeshhomelessHomeless Action Teamhomelessnesshousing crisislimerickLimerick City and County CouncilNovas InitiativesSinn Fein NewsLocal NewsEven worse than feeling suicidal, I felt that no one cared’By Alan Jacques – February 19, 2016 2623 Print 163 children homeless in Limerick and Clare as Christmas approaches WhatsApp Twitter Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Umphrey’s McGee Rages Their First Night Of Summer Camp [Review]

first_imgUmphrey’s McGee opened their run of Summer Camp shows with a laid back set slowly building into scorching peaks and soaring heights.From the opening “Gurgle” to “Plunger,” the boys sounded tight and ready to play from the start. An early drop into crowd favorite “Wife Soup” had everyone turned up and ready to rage. The new AC/DC style anthemic rock riffs of “Rocktopus” fit the large crowd vibe of Umphrey’s home team festival set. As “Syncopated Strangers” took off, the tasty guitar licks of Jake Cinninger were on full display. “Syncopated” led into a funky start stop jam that saw Cinninger slowly building to a fiery peak. The crowd was fully lit up, and ready for the emotional straight forward “Divisions” that followed to close the set.As set two got underway, a strong rain took hold; the combination of Jefferson Waful’s masterful rig, with the sideways rain, had the crowd feeling extra excited. “Stinko’s Ascension” quickly built the crowd up into a frenzy, before launching into a soaring emotionally tinged repeated Stewart. This version was gorgeous and hit on all the right feels. Bayliss had the crowd in the palm of his hand as they seamlessly segued.As the opening notes of “2×2” hit, the rain began to break and Umphrey’s locked into what would be a gorgeous segment as “2×2” flowed directly into the new funk number “Speak Up”. “Speak Up” slowly built into an out of typical structure funk groove as the crowd energy went through the roof and turned into a full dance party. The delicate Bayliss solo to end “2×2” served as a perfect landing for this beautiful segment.A straight forward “In The Kitchen” kept everyone dancing as the band hit a truly notable segue into “Hurt Bird Bath.” The segue was patient and smooth as it slowly bled into the opening nets of the powerful jam vehicle. This Bird Bath didn’t disappoint as it went through several themes and paces. A powerful ending to a powerful set.Umphrey’s was just getting started, and they look primed to bring down the house on Saturday night.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee at Summer Camp Music Festival, Chillicothe, IL – 5/27/16Set One: Gurgle > Plunger > Wife Soup, Miami Virtue > Roctopus, Syncopated Strangers, DivisionsSet Two: Stinko’s Ascension, Ocean Billy, 2×2 > Speak Up > 2×2, In The Kitchen, Hurt Bird Bathlast_img read more

Library Park opens in Allston

first_imgHarvard and Boston celebrated the opening of Library Park in Allston, a new community space on Harvard-donated land. Complete with fountains, footpaths, and 150 new trees, the 1.74-acre green space is located behind the Honan-Allston Branch of the Boston Public Library. A hallmark of sustainability, lifelong residents remembered its industrial past, while praising it transformation into functional beauty.last_img

Easier way to fix hearts

first_imgHarvard-affiliated researchers have designed a specialized catheter for fixing holes in the heart by using a biodegradable adhesive and patch. The team reported in the journal Science Translational Medicine that the catheter has been used successfully in animal studies to help close holes without requiring open-heart surgery.Pedro del Nido, chief of cardiac surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital, the William E. Ladd Professor of Child Surgery at Harvard Medical School, and contributing author on the study, said the device represents a radical change in the way some kinds of cardiac defects are repaired. “In addition to avoiding open-heart surgery, this method avoids suturing into the heart tissue, because we’re just gluing something to it.”Catheterizations are preferable to open-heart surgery because they don’t require stopping the heart, putting the patient on bypass, and cutting into the heart. The Heart Center at Boston Children’s is working toward the least invasive methods possible to correct heart defects, which are among the most common congenital defects.The team members came from Boston Children’s, the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), and the Karp Lab at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, which is a Harvard-affiliated hospital, as is Boston Children’s.Last winter, news of the unique adhesive patch was published in the same journal as the latest report. This represented a large step forward in the quest to reduce complications associated with repairing heart defects. While medical devices that remain in the body may be jostled out of place or fail to cover the hole as the body grows, the patch allows the heart tissue to create its own closure, and then it dissolves.To truly realize the patch’s potential, however, the research team sought a way to deliver the patch without open-heart surgery. Their catheter device utilizes UV-light technology and can be used to place the patch in a beating heart.The catheter is inserted through a vein in the neck or groin and directed to the defect within the heart. Once the catheter is in place, the clinician opens two positioning balloons: one around the front end of the catheter, passing through the hole, and one on the other side of the heart wall. The clinician then deploys the patch and turns on the catheter’s UV light.The light reflects off of the balloon’s shiny interior and activates the patch’s adhesive coating. As the glue cures, pressure from the positioning balloons on either side of the patch help secure it in place. Finally, both balloons are deflated, and the catheter is withdrawn. Over time, normal tissue growth resumes, and heart tissue grows over the patch. The patch itself dissolves when it is no longer needed.“This really is a completely new platform for closing wounds or holes anywhere in the body,” said Conor Walsh, a contributing author of the study, a Wyss Institute core faculty member, an assistant professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering at SEAS, and founder of the Harvard Biodesign Lab at SEAS. “The device is a minimally invasive way to deliver a patch and then activate it using UV light, all within a matter of five minutes, and in an atraumatic way that doesn’t require a separate incision.”last_img read more

Decision on measures to restrict public transport in liner coastal maritime transport

first_imgAll passenger and freight transport to the islands is prohibited on state ferry lines and on state ferry lines, except for the following categories: It is prohibited to maintain all regular high-speed lines in coastal liner shipping during the declaration of a coronavirus epidemic in the Republic of Croatia, except in the case of emergency interventions with the approval of the Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia. 310 Mali Lošinj – (Unije) – Srakane Vele – Susak) and vice versa311 Ilovik – Mrtvaška and vice versa405 Rava – (Mala Rava – Veli Iž – Mali Iž) – Zadar and vice versa415 Vrgada – Pakoštane – (Biograd) and vice versa501 Krpanj – Brodarica505 (Vodice – Prvić Šepurine – Prvić Luka – Zlarin) – Šibenik and vice versa612 Komiža – Biševo and vice versa 807 Suđurađ – Lopud – Koločep – Dubrovnk It is prohibited to maintain all shipping lines except the following state shipping lines: Croatian and foreign citizens with permanent or permanent residence on the islands or on the Pelješac peninsula;vehicles of natural persons and vehicles of lessees residing on the island that are registered with the competent administrative body in the Republic of Croatia;employees of public health services and employees of other public services (police, fire brigade, armed forces, Harbor Master’s Office, post office, utilities) and their official vehicles;store supply employees who are exempt from application Decisions of the Civil Protection Headquarters, and their official vehicles in performing regular transport to the island and delivery services and their vehicles;the number of legal entities that perform necessary emergency repairs on the island and their official vehicles when performing interventions Public transport of passengers, cargo and vehicles to the islands and the Peljesac peninsula is restricted, according to the decision of the General Staff of the Civil Protection. County civil protection headquarters are obliged to ensure the implementation and supervision of the implementation of measures from this decision.last_img read more

Gun, bullets send drunken man to jail

first_imgBACOLOD City – A drunken man wasnabbed for illegal possession of firearm in Barangay Caduhaan, Cadiz City,Negros Occidental.  The suspect was detained in the lockupfacility of the Cadiz City police station, facing charges for violation ofRepublic Act 10591, or the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition RegulationAct./PN Police arrested Espanola around 10:30p.m. on Nov. 13.    center_img A .9mm-caliber pistol with a magazine,eight live bullets and three empty shells were recovered from 48-year-oldresident Reynaldo Espanola, a police report showed.last_img