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Blindboy Boatclub lends support to Limerick Together for Yes

first_imgNewsSocietyBlindboy Boatclub lends support to Limerick Together for YesBy Staff Reporter – April 30, 2018 4536 TD questionnaire on Eighth Amendment referendum Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Limerick Together for Yes Chairperson, Yvie Murphy continued, “We’re delighted to have the support of Blindboy, he is highly respected by young men and it’s great that he is using his popularity to help the campaign. We really need young people, especially men, to register to vote and engage with the Together for Yes campaign.“A lot of men have commented that because they should not have any say in what a woman does with her body they aren’t going to vote, while noble, this decision is misguided, any man who does not vote YES for that reason is merely allowing the continuation of the status quo and its harmful effects.  A YES vote will allow all people of Ireland to have a say in what happens to their bodies.” Ms. Murphy concluded.More about society here. Facebook Print Beyond the neon runes Advertisement WhatsApp Blindboy with members of the Limerick Together for Yes committee and volunteersPicture: Naomi McArdleLimerick’s own Blindboy Boatclub of the Rubberbandits lent his support to Limerick Together for Yes this weekend in a bid to encourage men to vote YES in the upcoming referendum on the eighth Amendment.Last week Together for Yes launched their national men’s awareness initiative with Richie Sadler and Gordon D’Arcy, encouraging men to speak out for a YES vote.  This week sees the Limerick branch of Together for Yes put forward their offering, with the help of Blindboy, asking local men to get involved in the campaign and to vote YES on May 25th.  Blindboy has been a vocal supporter of Together for Yes and recently released a short video with Irish actor Cillian Murphy advocating that men in particular register to vote and repeal the eighth Amendment.  He also had a short message for the people of Limerick last Saturday.Blindboy said, “I’m supporting Limerick Together for Yes, I’m going to be voting YES on the 25th of May because I want to be part of a compassionate society.  Register before the 8th of May please.”Blindboy with Limerick Together for Yes committee and volunteersPicture: Naomi McArdle Linkedin Email Fine Gael’s top men stay silent on referendum Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR To be or not to be directly elected? Reactions from members of both sides of Eighth Amendment Referendum TAGSBlindboy BoatclubCillian Murphyeighth amendmentGordon D’ArcyreferendumRichie SadlerThe RubberbanditsTogether for Yes Previous articleSt Marys Cathedral welcomes choirs as part of anniversary celebrationsNext articleUL seeks people for physical activity study in Limerick Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Some Limerick students may not be able to votelast_img read more

Brazilian Army Takes over Security in Rio de Janeiro

first_imgBy Andréa Barretto/Diálogo April 16, 2018 April 16th marked two months since Brazil’s president authorized the Brazilian Army (EB, in Portuguese) to take over public safety in Rio de Janeiro. A rise in violence in the state of Rio de Janeiro brought about the measure. The situation is especially dire in the capital city, where the country’s main narcotrafficking groups are based. Federal intervention at the state level is a procedure provided for in the Constitution—the supreme law of Brazil—to re-establish public order in certain situations. Authorities appointed EB General Walter Souza Braga Netto, chief of the Eastern Military Command, to the position of federal intervenor in Rio de Janeiro. As intervenor, the general reports to the president alone, and has powers over the Civil Police, the Military Police, the Military Fire Brigade, and the prison system of Rio de Janeiro. It’s the first time federal intervention is ordered in Brazil. The goal is to “recover the operating capacity of public safety agencies and reduce crime rates in the state of Rio de Janeiro,” Gen. Braga Netto said in a press briefing a few days after assuming his position in early February. The first operations concentrated on prison sweeps and police reinforcements using military support in some of Rio de Janeiro’s slums, known as favelas. At the end of March, patrols deployed to other parts of the city, such as tourist spots and boulevards with heavy car and people transit. Marines joined the land force in the first week of April, marking the beginning of the Brazilian Navy’s participation in the federal intervention. Roadway checkpoints were also conducted by service members deployed alongside state police, National Guard, and Federal Highway Police. The goal is to blockade Rio de Janeiro’s borders and prevent criminals from fleeing to other states. Restructuring To coordinate the operations, Gen. Braga Netto set up a Federal Intervention Cabinet (GIF, in Portuguese). EB Lieutenant General Mauro Sinott Lopes leads GIF, which brings together representatives from various public safety organizations. During the 2016 Olympics, Lt. Gen. Sinott led the Joint Command to Prevent and Combat Terrorism. Since mid-March, GIF teams have been visiting civil and military police facilities. “These visits are part of the inspection program, which is aimed at diagnosing security units and then quickly finding solutions to increase operating capabilities for each of them,” GIF’s press office reported in a release. With the objective of increasing the police’s operating capabilities, a police training program was created. “We’re initiating an activity that we hope will continue. When we send a public security agent out into the street to carry out an operation to enforce state sovereignty, he needs to be trained for it,” Lt. Gen. Sinott said. The first phase of training prepared 20 instructors who will pass on their knowledge within their police units. “This promotes homogeneity in training and serves to restore the police officer’s self-esteem,” Lt. Gen. Sinott said of the initiative. Classes in the Applied Tactics Traineeship include theory and practice, as well as training on shooting and techniques to move through confined spaces. In the second week of April, another phase of training began, with the participation of strategic police units from Rio de Janeiro. The training kicked off with professionals from the 14th Military Police Battalion, who operate in Bangu, a district in the western part of Rio de Janeiro. Comando Vermelho (Red Command), one of the main narcotrafficking organizations in the country, controls that part of the city. Conditions To ensure proper development of intervention operations in Rio de Janeiro, about $350 million must be earmarked. According to the decree that authorized this measure, the intervention will continue until December 31, 2018. To provide better working conditions for the police, GIF received 16,500 units of non-lethal gear through a donation from a Brazilian defense manufacturer. The equipment will be passed on to the Rio de Janeiro State Security Secretariat, and includes 10 taser pistol kits, 500 hand-held tear gas grenades with tracking chips, and 10 non-lethal projectile launchers. The cabinet also received lethal weapons—100 rifles and 100,000 rounds of ammunition—which companies in the Brazilian defense sector donated. EB said it will send the equipment to police units and already authorized the delivery of 15 AR-10 rifles, seized at Rio de Janeiro International Airport, to the Civil Police. EB also donated equipment to the Rio police. In March, three Urutu armored vehicles were delivered to the Special Operations Battalion (BOPE, in Portuguese), an elite unit of Rio de Janeiro’s Military Police. Brazilian service members in the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti used the vehicles. Before the vehicles were added to the police fleet, EB’s trademark camouflage paint was covered with black paint, while BOPE emblems were added. The machine gun that equipped the armored vehicles was also removed, to reduce lethal capacity. Military operations during the first two months of federal intervention demonstrate the efforts to bolster public security and reduce violence in Rio de Janeiro. However, Gen. Braga Netto believes that for a longer lasting impact involving other segments of society is a must. “For these results to continue and become permanent, it will also be necessary, as we propose, for the government and society to adopt other initiatives, such as social inclusion projects and making public services available,” he said. “Public safety is a need that cannot be met through police action alone.”last_img read more

In 2017, there were 1,6 million Croatians on at least one private trip

first_imgIn 2017, 1,6 million people or 43,1% of the Croatian population aged 15 and over were on at least one private multi-day trip, according to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).A total of 4,1 million private trips were made, of which 2,6 million (62,9%) were in Croatia and 1,5 million (37,1%) abroad. Most people traveled abroad to Bosnia and Herzegovina (20,8%), Italy (11,6%), Germany (10,9%), Austria (9,6%) and Slovenia (9,5%). The most common motives for going on a private multi-day trip are a vacation at sea (1,3 million trips or 32,1%) and a visit to relatives and friends (1,1 million trips or 28,3%).On the other hand, 2017 million or 2,1% of the Croatian population aged 56,9 and over did not travel on private multi-day trips in 15. The most common reasons for not going on private multi-day trips (possibility of multiple answers) were: lack of financial resources (55,2%), health reasons (25,6%) and lack of free time due to family obligations (19,9%).On average, about 2 thousand kuna was spent per tripTotal expenditures on private multi-day trips amounted to HRK 8,0 billion, of which HRK 3,5 billion (43,7%) in Croatia and HRK 4,5 billion (56,3%) abroad. The average cost per trip was 1 kuna.In 2017, there were 300 Croatian residents on at least one business tripIn 2017, 301 thousand people or 8,3% of the population of Croatia aged 15 and over were on at least one business multi-day trip. A total of 842 thousand business trips were made, of which 424 thousand trips (50,4%) were in Croatia and 418 thousand (49,6%) abroad.More than 4 million day trips madeIn 2017, the population of Croatia aged 15 and over made 4,3 million one-day trips, of which 3,8 million (88,8%) were private and 485 thousand (11,2%) business.Most overnight stays were with relatives and friendsThe population of Croatia realized a total of 26,6 million overnight stays on private multi-day trips, of which 17,4 million overnight stays (65,2%) were realized in Croatia, and 9,3 million (34,8%) on trips abroad. On average, 6,6 overnight stays were realized on one trip. On average, 6,8 overnight stays were realized on trips in Croatia, and 6,2 nights on trips abroad.Most overnight stays were realized in non-commercial accommodation facilities (18,2 million overnight stays or 68,3%), of which 9,5 million overnight stays were with relatives and friends, and 8,3 million overnight stays in own homes and holiday homes (cottages).Attachment: TOURIST ACTIVITY OF THE POPULATION OF THE REPUBLIC OF CROATIA, 2017last_img read more

To improve on defense, Syracuse needs more digs

first_img Published on October 18, 2018 at 12:14 am Contact Adam: [email protected] | @_adamhillman When Miami barely tapped the ball over the net in the second set last Friday, Syracuse players weren’t ready. Both junior Aliah Bowllan and senior Jalissa Trotter stood flat footed and the ball smacked against the wood floor of the Women’s Building. The two upperclassmen stared at each other in confusion.The Syracuse (10-6, 6-2 Atlantic Coast) defense hasn’t kept many plays alive. The Orange enters this weekend ranked No. 281 in digs per set, averaging 13.35. While Trotter said that communication is to blame, SU head coach Leonid Yelin doesn’t understand the defensive shortcomings. He believes that since Syracuse ranks No. 7 in blocks per set, the back line has no reason to perform so poorly.“We’re partially good on defense if we’re talking about blocking,” Yelin said. “I think we should be much better because our first defense line block is pretty good.”Laura Angle | Staff Photographer/p>AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn Syracuse’s most recent match, it once again had defensive lapses.SU won the opening two sets, but Florida State stormed back to force a fifth. On the opening point of the final set, FSU sophomore Taryn Knuth lept into the air on a back slide play. Bowllan crept to the left, on the opposite side of the benches. Knuth, noticing her slight shift, pounded the ball to the right of the sliding Bowllan.The Orange totaled 69 digs in all five sets, slightly above its season average. It also allowed 72 kills, 41 of which came in the final three sets.“Last weekend, I think we struggled a little bit defensively,” assistant coach Derryk Williams said.Ahead of home matches against North Carolina and North Carolina State, SU targeted defensive positioning as a weakness in practice.The drill begins with a fake block scenario. The coaching staff places a broom near the net to represent a blocker, Williams said. Next, they set up the defense either in the 6-2 formation, where Bowllan and two others stand in the back row, or in the 5-1, where only two people are behind the blockers.Once in position, the outside hitters fire balls at varying speeds to different parts of the court. Freshman Polina Shemanova may blast a spike down the line, forcing Bowllan to sprint over and dive to keep the play alive. In other instances, to remain unpredictable, senior Santita Ebangwese may run a slide hit and lightly tap it over the net. The Orange wants their defense to practice against distinct attackers at contrasting speeds, Williams said. Comments Bowllan believes this helps prepare her for outside hitters who she hasn’t played before.“The best way to improve is … to get a touch on the ball, getting used to different hitters, different styles,” Bowllan said. “Every hitter is different, so the way Santita hits is different than the way Polina hits.”Over the last four matches, Syracuse is 2-2. In the two wins, the Orange averaged more than  15 digs per set. SU sputtered in the losses to Florida State and Pittsburgh, totaling only 12.1 digs per set.Bowllan believes the Orange back line will develop. She knows that with more reps in practice, she and the defense can provide outside hitters with more opportunities to win points.“It’s about working together and having that good team chemistry, back row and front row,” Bowllan said. “If we can have that connection and figure out where people are and what they’re doing, we’ll be better.” Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Investigation launched into use of Wi-Fi in T&T prisons

first_imgAn investigation has been launched into the use of the internet in correctional institutions across Trinidad and Tobago.According to Commissioner of Prisons Gerard Wilson, the investigation follows reports of another video began circulating on social media which was filmed behind bars.In the most recent video, an inmate is overheard abusing another demanding the new password for WIFI.The inmate, who could not be seen, was heard threatening the other inmate saying he changed the password and he “spends his money to get his internet.”In an interview on Wednesday, Wilson said he saw the video and already began preliminary investigations.“We are identifying the persons and launched an investigation into it. They get their devices and the main goal is to get rid of those who help. We must start looking internally and then look outside. We need to look inside before outside. Those persons intent on making the prison look bad,” he said.Wilson said it did not look good for any organization especially the Prison Service to see these videos.Gerard Gordon, secretary of the Prison Officers’ Association, said this was one among many challenges faced in every prison across the world.“In any part of the world which prison does not have cellphones as a major issue and challenge? It’s human beings we dealing with. The fact is in any prison it is in a constant battle facing challenges not only cellphones but unauthorized articles. It is a constant battle. That is not going to simply go away, so we have to be vigilant,” he said.last_img read more