Eighth Amendment Referendum campaign gets graphic in Limerick

first_imgLocal business-people block graphic anti-abortion posters.GARDAÍ were called and local businesses people got involved when graphic anti-abortion images were displayed on a city roundabout in full view of children and passing motorists on Friday.Fears have been now raised that the group responsible will target Limerick Maternity Hospital after displaying similar images outside maternity hospitals in Dublin.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Staff and customers from the Bellissimo beauty salon on the Dock Road brought sheets from the salon to obscure the images of aborted foetuses after pregnant staff and customers became upset.“The poster was huge and it was just horrible. There were children in the salon that day as well as mothers and some of our staff are pregnant. People were getting very upset about it,” Bellissimo manager, Jenny Flanagan told the Limerick Post.The salon’s many windows give direct sight of the roundabout at the Shannon Bridge and Ms Flanagan said there were “lots of people around and lots of children in the salon, the first day of Riverfest. We couldn’t avoid seeing the posters from here. I went out and asked them to go but they wouldn’t.“I rang the Gardaí but nothing happened for a while so a couple of tall volunteers went out with sheets and stood in front of them so people wouldn’t have to see the poster. There was no need to show that kind of image to children,” she said.A mother who was walking on the bridge with her two young boys and two of their friends said they had to run past while members of the group “shouted at the boys ‘don’t trust women’.“All the boys were under ten years of age, one of mine is just six. They were upset all day after it and asking questions. They saw the posters before I could get them away. I tried to take the drama out of it and told them those were bad people and little boys should trust all the people they love”.Meanwhile, the Limerick Together for Yes (LT4Y) has said they are making their counselling support team available to anyone who was affected by the images.Chairperson Yvie Murphy described the images as “obscene and incredibly upsetting”.“No-one knows what another person’s circumstances are. We got multiple messages from people expressing upset, shock and frustration around the graphic nature of these images. We are concerned these people may target the Maternity hospital next”.It’s understood that Gardaí arrived and confiscated some posters.A Garda spokesman said: “An Garda Síochána does not comment on material displayed in public places by third parties but will respect the rights of all concerned and investigate each case or complaint on its own merits and seek a direction from the Director of Public Prosecutions.”The group believed to be behind the protest did not respond to queries before going to press.Since publication, the Irish Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform (ICBR) contacted The Limerick Post, the group maintains the display was not arranged or scheduled by the ICBR.Visit the Limerick Post News section for more local news. Thousands brave the rain to ‘Speak with their feet’ at Limerick protest TAGSAbortion referendumdemonstrationprotestrepeal the eighth Facebook City protests over sealing of Mother and Baby home records Previous articleLimerick protest over Irish Cement planNext articleShannon Chamber Mid-West Lean Network demonstrates value of Ergonomics Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. WhatsApp Photos: Thousands support Limerick’s celebration of World Pride NewsEighth Amendment Referendum campaign gets graphic in LimerickBy Bernie English – May 11, 2018 12985 Printcenter_img Watch: Limerick Pride marks 50 years of Stonewall Riots with ‘World Pride’ theme Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Limerick students walk the walk for climate change Advertisement Twitter 400 join Fridays for Futures marchlast_img read more

Trafficking in Persons 2013: Antigua and Barbuda

first_img According to the Trafficking in Persons Report published by the U.S. Department of State in June 2013, Antigua and Barbuda is a destination and transit country for men, women, and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor, but the country is making significant efforts to bring themselves into compliance with the Trafficking Victims Protection Act’s standards. Legal and undocumented immigrants from the Caribbean region, notably from Jamaica and the Dominican Republic, as well as from Southeast Asia, reportedly comprise the population most vulnerable to trafficking, said the report. According to several sources, forced prostitution occurs in bars, taverns, and brothels. Incidences of forced labor have occurred in domestic service and in the retail sector. Despite severe budget limitations, the Government of Antigua and Barbuda demonstrated a proactive approach to identifying trafficking victims and providing them with quality services. The report noted that both the minister of national security and the director of gender affairs continued to be leaders in the prevention of human trafficking during the reporting period. For another year, the government did not report any convictions or punishments of trafficking offenders. Antigua and Barbuda’s Trafficking in Persons (Prevention) Act 2010 prohibits forced prostitution and forced labor, including bonded labor, and prescribes punishments of 20 to 30 years’ imprisonment with fines. These penalties are sufficiently stringent and commensurate with those prescribed for other serious crimes, such as rape. The law is comprehensive, and includes extensive victim protection measures, though several local officials have expressed concern that the law requires trafficking crimes be heard in lower court, which appears to treat trafficking as a less serious crime. During the reporting period, the government provided in-kind support to International Organization for Migration (IOM)-led capacity building and technical skills training workshops for government officials. The Trafficking in Persons (Prevention) Act 2010 protects identified victims from punishment for unlawful acts committed as a direct result of their having been trafficked, and authorities collaborated with IOM to repatriate foreign victims safely and voluntarily. The government demonstrated significant trafficking prevention efforts during the reporting period. By Dialogo July 25, 2013last_img read more

Why I terminated our family au pair

first_imgIn August, our family welcomed an Au Pair from Italy who was supposed to be with us for a year. With a busy household of three young kids with many activities, my husband and I were hopeful this was the answer to our struggle of sport schedules, work travel, and two businesses. Having an extra set of hands would reduce some of the stress of managing five different schedules.Within two weeks of arriving, our ideal vision of a life with our Au Pair had faded to the reality of stress, disappointment, and unfulfilled expectations. A week into her stay, we gave her some candid and supportive feedback about how she could engage better with the kids, and how we needed to increase the driving lessons because her driving skills were much lower than we had expected. A week later, during her fifth driving lesson with my husband, he had to grab the wheel to avoid a catastrophic accident. We realized we could never trust her to drive our kids, which was one of our main goals of the program. We sat down with her and our local consultant from the Au Pair company and respectfully shared the news that we weren’t a good fit for each other. She was upset and disappointed, as were we, but we felt confident in our decision. It would be easy to avoid the conversation and convince ourselves that she is a nice girl and we should try to make it work, but the bottom line was that her skill level was not a fit for our needs. Dragging it out for another two months would be stressful and unpleasant for her and for us.Although most people were supportive and understood our decision, we were criticized by a couple of people who thought we should have given her more time to adjust. We felt strongly that the issue was not the adjustment period; her fundamental skill level was not a match for our needs and we would never feel confident or comfortable with her driving our children anywhere. Being a nice person didn’t make her effective at the job.Despite the criticism, we stood by the decision to part ways, which was the best choice for our family, and ultimately the Au Pair. Keeping her in a situation that did not fit her skills was not in her best interest either. Being an only child, she was overwhelmed by three small kids, and would fit better with a family with less kids who did not need a driver.This type of situation occurs often in our organizations—should we keep someone who is not meeting expectations, or terminate employment. These decisions are not always easy, but they are the hard decisions that leaders must have the courage to make. Keeping a low performer because they are a nice person and people like them does more damage than good to your culture. Choosing to preserve relationships over making hard decisions can frustrate your high performers, increase turnover, and have a negative impact on engagement.Although these situations can be uncomfortable, we can handle them with respect and kindness. As leaders, we need to set expectations, provide timely and meaningful feedback, and provide coaching and support. It is our responsibility to do what we can to effectively lead an employee to better performance. And if performance isn’t improving, we can part ways with an employee with compassion and kindness.It is important to take into consideration the whole system when making important people decisions. Sometimes that means a decision that is best for the company over our own department, and sometimes that means letting go of someone who is not a good fit for our team. Keeping an employee who is not a good fit not only has a negative impact on our teams and culture, but also on that individual employee. Releasing that person to find a better fit for their skills is the kind and respectful thing to do. In our case, keeping our Au Pair because she was kind and we felt bad wasn’t helping the fact that we needed someone who could engage with our kids, set limits, and take them to activities. Keeping her was not the right choice for our family system.Time and again I have seen leaders accept mediocre or low performance to avoid an uncomfortable conversation or situation. I have frequently been called upon as an executive coach when the CEO or senior leader has reached their frustration point and been asked to coach a leader who has been ineffective for 10, 15, 20 or more years. Many times these ineffective leaders have received little or no feedback on the impact of their actions, performance, or behavior. The organization has worked around them, and both sides have suffered. It is our responsibility as leaders to be honest and direct with people so they can improve or find an organization where they will be more successful.Our Au Pair left two weeks ago to join a new family in New York who have two children and don’t need a driver. By parting ways, our Au Pair was able to find a family where she has the skills to be effective and successful. And we can now find an Au Pair who will meet our needs and be fully successful in our family. 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Laurie Maddalena Laurie Maddalena is a dynamic and engaging keynote speaker and leadership consultant. She writes a monthly online column for next generation leaders for CUES and has published articles in Credit … Web: www.envisionexcellence.net Detailslast_img read more

World’s largest caldera could be in Benham Rise – study

first_imgThe study of Jenny Anne Barretto, a New Zealand-based marine geophysicist, revealed for the first time the structure of the Benham Rise – also called Philippine Rise – which is described as an “oceanic large igneous province at the western margin of the Philippine Sea. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO MANILA – The world’s largest caldera could be located in Philippine Rise (Benham Rise), New Zealand-based scientist Jenny Anne Barretto wrote in her recently published study. The Philippine Rise is a 13-million-hectare undersea plateau off Aurora and Isabela provinces, on the northeastern side of the Philippine archipelago. The United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf recognized the area in 2012 as part of the country’s continental shelf./PN Barreto’s study entitled “Benham Rise unveiled: Morphology and structure of an Eocene large igneous province in the West Philippine Basin” stated that the Apolaki Caldera may be the world’s largest known caldera with its diameter of 150 kilometers. Apolaki is translated as “giant lord,” named after the Filipino mythical god of the sun and war, while caldera is a large volcanic crater formed by a major eruption. “For comparison, Earth’s largest calderas – like the Yellowstone – is only about 60 km. The size is comparable to shield calderas in Mars (Olympus Mons; 80 km x 65 km) and Venus (Sacajawea; 150 X 105 km),” it said.last_img read more

Weather leads to high school sports postponements

first_imgELLSWORTH — Inclement weather caused the postponements of several games throughout Hancock County on Thursday and Friday.Ellsworth’s home baseball and softball games against George Stevens Academy were pushed back from 2 p.m. Thursday to 4:30 p.m. April 27. The games were originally scheduled to be the home openers for the Eagles, but Ellsworth will instead open at home against Hermon at noon tomorrow, April 22. These will be varsity games only; JV will be made up at a later date.Thursday’s baseball and softball games between Bucksport and Mount Desert Island in Bar Harbor were moved to today, April 21. The games will be played at 4:30 p.m. and will be the home openers for the Trojans.Elsewhere, this week’s outdoor track meet at Hampden Academy has been moved from noon today to the same time tomorrow. It will be the first meet of the season for Ellsworth, Bucksport and GSA.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Blansett defense rests after morning testimony of clinical psychologist

first_imgSumner Newscow report — The defense of Lindsey Nicole Blansett has rested after calling on three witnesses this morning. Blansett is accused of first degree murder of her 10-year-old son Caleb.Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer will call on one more witness in rebuttal at 1 p.m. when court reconvenes. Attorneys closing statements may follow.Dr. Jarrod Steffan, a clinical and forensic psychologist, took to the stand this morning and testified for 1 hour and 12 minutes about the mental condition of Blansett leading up to the alleged murder on Dec. 14.We will have more details of this morning’s testimony later today.last_img read more