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Number of people seeking LGBT help on the rise

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first_imgPredictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Email Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Print Facebook NewsHealthLimerickVideoNumber of people seeking LGBT help on the riseBy Editor – October 16, 2018 1518 THE number of people seeking LGBT support from the Gender Orientation and Sexual Health (GOSHH) service in Limerick has increased by more than 100 per cent since 2014.Since the 2014 marriage referendum, the number of LGBT people availing of the service has increased from 40 to 86 people annually.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The service, which is based on Davis Street in the city centre, caters for a wide number of people from various backgrounds who have to deal with societal judgement on a daily basis.GOSHH LGBTI Project Support Worker Patrick McElligott said that the stigma and assumptions surrounding the community still persist and are a very real issue.“In Ireland, everyone is protected in the eyes of the law. There is, however, a very large difference between the words in the law and the experience of a person in their society,” Mr McElligott said.He said that there is still an assumption that if someone is homosexual that then they are less of man or a woman.“There is a message that there may not be space for a man to be emotional and with women, there is a treatment that if they are a lesbian then they are a different kind of woman, a less emotional woman,” he explained.The total number of people looking for support from GOSHH has risen from 175 in 2015 to 204 in 2017. The organisation has supported 177 people so far in 2018. The figures show a rise in the number of LGBT clients and a fall in the client load in other departments.Mr McElligott attributed the increase in the number of people willing to get help to the fact that “there is now a space to reach out”.He also believes that the process of educating society on LGBTI issues is a slow process.“Sometimes I wish that we could flick a switch and this would be okay. It would be really nice in five years if we could move closer to that place of acceptance,” he said.The organisation also works with client families.They attempt to build self-worth, self-esteem and self-confidence, while with the families it is about giving them space to ‘come out’ with the person.“We all know what it is like to come out. Everyone has to come out whether it is about your first boyfriend, girlfriend, partner, pregnancy – in any situation where you feel anxiety about telling someone something,” Mr McElligott said.GOSHH ran multiple workshops and seminars during Limerick mental health week and they can be contacted on (061) 314 354. Linkedin TAGSGOSHHLGBTlgbt issueslimerickMental Healthmental health week Previous articleEarls and Mathewson doubts for Gloucester visitNext articleWatch: Samaritans outreach programme gets a boost Editor center_img Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

AVB confident ahead of European clash

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first_imgUnder-fire Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas insists his team’s disappointing recent results will not affect morale ahead of their Champions League clash with Napoli.A league defeat at Everton and a draw at home to Championship side Birmingham in the FA Cup did nothing to ease the pressure on Villas-Boas, who was barracked by Blues fans during both games.Those performances have led to speculation that another loss could prompt Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to wield the axe.AdChoices广告But Villas-Boas is in defiant mood ahead of the trip to Naples for Tuesday’s first leg.He declared: “The players will have a different outlook. It is a European game and the Champions League is a competition that everybody wants to win.“It’s important for us to be competent and to bring the game back to Stamford Bridge with a win or draw – ideally a scoring draw – and then we can finish the business.”Villas-Boas has hinted that he will be without injured skipper John Terry and is expected to replace Fernando Torres with Didier Drogba.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Raiders, Paul Guenther show a willingness to blitz

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first_imgNAPA — Vanilla is out. Paul Guenther can call plays like a real defensive coordinator.There isn’t a lot to be gleaned from an exhibition game, but a 33-26 win over the Arizona Cardinals provided a window into the future that includes a willingness to send extra pass rushers.“It was fun,” Guenther said Saturday following a morning practice. “A lot more speed on the field. We can cover. We’ve got guys that can blitz, … Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.last_img read more

Rethinking the Small House Sweet Spot

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first_imgEven after growing by 50%, the houses are smaller than the average American home was in 1950 — 983 square feet, according to the National Association of Home Builders — and a fraction of the 2,422 square feet median for single-family homes built last year.Bigger, with more optionsTiny houses measuring only a few hundred square feet have gotten plenty of press over the last few years. Converts sing the praises of their small abodes, citing lower construction and maintenance costs, a lighter tax burden, and the joys of unloading possessions they don’t really need.But McIver’s experience is going in the opposite direction: potential buyers wanted more, not less, space. And they’re willing to pay for it. Starting prices for houses on A Street were $129,900. Buyers moving to C Street will pay $219,900. They’ll get bigger lots, an attached garage, and the chance for more custom features inside — a fireplace, for example, radiant-floor heat, more choices on paint colors and flooring.McIver anticipated the difficulties some buyers would have as they moved into a house as small as 610 square feet, so he originally included separate buildings for garage and storage. But with houses and lots both growing in size, and packages now including an attached garage, those ancillary buildings are no longer needed. B Street, and the housing pods that will follow, don’t have them.Solar is still a popular optionMcIver and then-partner Mark Lopez pitched the first group of houses not only on their size, but on how little buyers would pay for energy. By spending an extra $9,000 on a 3 kW photovoltaic system, developers said, buyers could look forward to electricity bills of just $35 a month. Although never marketed as net-zero energy houses, they certainly promised far lower operating costs than Maine’s typically older and leaky housing stock.Interest in solar hasn’t waned, McIver said. As many as 80% of buyers opt for solar panels.One of them is Richard Bouthillette, who lives in a 924-square-foot house on B Street. He said the highest monthly bill he’s seen for heat and hot water since moving in was $77.The Cottages at Willett Brook, a 55-plus development in Bridgton, Maine, is heading into phase three, featuring larger houses, higher prices, and more amenities.Houses originally were framed with 2x4s and raised-heel-truss roofs. Exterior walls were insulated with 2 1/2 inches of closed-cell spray foam and sheathed with Zip System R-Sheathing, which includes a layer of rigid foam insulation. Newer houses are framed with 2x6s 24 inches on-center with stud cavities filled with open-cell spray foam, McIver said. The rigid foam on the outside has been eliminated. Roofs of the newer houses are insulated to R-60 with a combination of spray foam and blown-in cellulose.Tiny is not for everyoneThere are no signs that interest in tiny houses is fading. Articles like the one published last month by Country Living magazine are jammed with photos of these appealing Lilliputian homes, and websites such as The Tiny Life are all about the moral and financial benefits of going small.But as McIver has discovered, really small is not everyone’s cup of tea.“We had a concept, and that worked great for some people,” he said. “There were also people saying, ‘Could you just do it a little bigger?’ I heard that a lot, and I wanted to accommodate those people, too.”Or, take the experience of Gene Tempest, who with her husband lives in a 492-square-foot apartment in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Writing in The New York Times, Tempest says she has unwittingly become part of the tiny house movement. She adds: “But deep inside the expensive custom closets and under the New Age Murphy beds, the pro-petite propaganda has hidden some unseemly truths about how the other half lives. No one writes about the little white lies that help sell this new, very small American dream.”Tempest complains that in the small footprint of a very small apartment, objects like an unattractive plastic laundry hamper assume oversized importance and “become tyrants.” Smaller spaces get used more intensively, she says, so carpets and couches show signs of wear before their time. Carmelizing three pounds of onions for a recipe infused the space and everything in it with “eau de onion” for weeks.“For generations, writers have warned about romanticizing the lives of the poor,” Tempest says. “Beware the nostalgie de la boue. Small can be a bad fit.“So we daydream big,” she continues. “Dreams of unfashionable, politically incorrect, old American aspirations that our generation isn’t supposed to believe in anymore. Dreams of design features so vast that they sound like foreign countries. I dream of kitchen islands. I dream outside this box.” With the launch of The Cottages at Willett Brook, Justin McIver thought he’d found the ideal house size for 55-plus buyers who were ready to downsize but weren’t interested in squeezing into a house of just a few hundred square feet. Turns out he was almost right.McIver planned to build the 60 single-family houses in Bridgton, Maine, in phases of 10 houses each. The 10 units on A Street came in two sizes — 610 and 640 square feet. That was two years ago. McIver’s company, Maine Eco Homes, has since completed the second group of houses, on B Streeet, but this time they measure from 700 to 924 square feet, an increase of as much as 50% over the originals. And McIver doesn’t see much changing as he moves ahead with the next 40 homes.“The smaller houses were going great, but we had a lot of demand for something a little bigger with an attached garage, and a bath and a half,” he said. “That seems to be the sweet spot.”Just down the hill, work is underway on the third pod, where the houses also will be in the 924-square-foot range, possibly a little bigger. McIver says he’s accepted reservations on several of those houses already. If buyers ask, those houses can be made slightly larger, and they’re coming with amenities like a porch on both front and back. Some have walk-out basements. RELATED ARTICLESFinding the Small House Sweet SpotTiny Houses Join the Building CodeWhy Tiny Houses Make SenseLumber Store Chain Now Offers Tiny HousesSpace as a Green MetricCities Think Small to Ease the Housing Crunchlast_img read more

U.P. official marries woman who accused him of sexual exploitation

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first_imgA senior official in the Uttar Pradesh government married a woman, who had accused him of sexual exploitation, at a temple, Kushinagar ADM Bindhvasini Rai said.On Friday, the woman had filed a complaint against Hapur Sub Divisional Magistrate Dinesh Kumar, accusing him of sexually abusing her for the last four years on the pretext of marriage, he said.In her complaint, the woman alleged that she underwent abortion twice, Mr. Rai said.Kumar, who was recently transferred to Hapur from Khadda, had come to Kushinagar on Friday to collect a few things from his house.Based on the complaint, District Magistrate Anil Kumar Singh immediately ordered a probe into the matter, Mr. Rai said.But around midnight, the two got married in the presence of Sadar SDM Ramkesh Yadav and Hata SDM Pramod Tiwari, Mr. Rai said.Kumar and the woman are natives of same district, he added.last_img read more

LA Galaxy unveil statue of Beckham before 2-1 win over Chicago

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first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Arena spoke during the ceremony and Jones was among the former players who were in the crowd.“In this era of analytics I am sure David’s numbers would not stand out,” Arena said. “But when he scored goals, he scored decisive goals. He was simply a great leader and winner.”Beckham was also placed in the team’s Ring of Honor at halftime. He will have a chance to his statue often during future seasons as he is one of the owners of Inter Miami FC, which will begin play in MLS next year.“My commitment to his league and country was always a lot more than on the field,” Beckham said. “I wanted to grow the game and play a small part in growing this league and making it bigger. I think we have been successful but there still is a long way to go but I think we are very happy with the growth over the past 10 years.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy No. 3 Duke rolls past Miami 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Former LA Galaxy MLS soccer midfielder David Beckham looks at a statue of himself at Legends Plaza in front of Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif., Saturday, March 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)CARSON, Calif. — Major League Soccer’s past, present and future all converged at Dignity Health Sports Park on Saturday night.One of the highlights of the opening day of the league’s 24th season was the LA Galaxy unveiling a statue of David Beckham before their 2-1 victory over the Chicago Fire. Beckham played six seasons with the Galaxy (2007-12) and led them to two championships.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears endcenter_img Beckham saw one of the league’s top players make an impact in the Galaxy’s 2-1 victory. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored on a header in the 80th minute for the go-ahead goal. Chicago’s C.J. Sapong opened the scoring in the 49th minute and Daniel Steres tied it in the 68th on a header.Beckham’s signing gave higher prominence to the league internationally as more top players arrived and fan interest increased.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“No doubt our league wouldn’t be what it is today if David didn’t make that decision,” MLS commissioner Don Garber said during a pregame ceremony. “At that time we were a fledgling business and trying to figure out if soccer would make it in America. His signing told the world that Major League Soccer could be the league of choice.”Beckham admitted that he felt a little sheepish to be the franchise’s first statue in their legends plaza, which is located outside the stadium’s main entrance. Former coach Bruce Arena, Landon Donovan and Cobi Jones have had success both in MLS and with the U.S. national team. In sketches of the plaza, AEG, which owns the Galaxy, has plans for more statues. MOST READ P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

dSPACE expands its presence in the UK

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first_img Continue Reading Previous Eurotech joins Association of Information Technology for Public TransportNext Axiomtek: compact-sized Edge AI system with NVIDIA Jetson TX2 module dSPACE announce the opening of a new project centre based at Warwick in the United Kingdom. The addition of this second UK location complements the company´s office in Melbourn, Cambridgeshire, and addresses the steadily growing presence of dSPACE products in the UK market.The Warwick Project Centre will provide UK customers with a combination of aftersales support, consultation, engineering services, coaching, and guidance in product best practices. With 130 square meters of space, the new location offers a flexible mixture of collaborative office environment, extensive laboratory space with three-phase power, and application areas to showcase technical capabilities and software. The team at the Warwick project center carries a complementary mixture of experience across control system development and testing that will provide a firm foundation. Furthermore, the dSPACE Project Centre will adapt and evolve to meet customer needs, complementing the strong relationships and support network with the well-established Cambridgeshire office as well as the development centre in Paderborn, Germany.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

10 months agoAC Milan signing Lucas Paqueta seeking Kaka inspiration

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first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say AC Milan signing Lucas Paqueta seeking Kaka inspirationby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLucas Paqueta is delighted with his move to AC Milan.The former Flamengo midfielder formally completed his move last week.”Kaka was one of my idols and my dream is to do as well at Milan as Kaka did, even if it’s probably not right to make comparisons. I’d simply like to do my job as well as I possibly can.”Paquetà will wear the Number 39 jersey and begin training with Milan ahead of the Italian Super Cup against Juventus on January 16.He will be unveiled by Milan on Tuesday. last_img read more

10 days agoWest Ham midfielder Snodgrass announces international retirement

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first_imgWest Ham midfielder Snodgrass announces international retirementby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham midfielder Robert Snodgrass has retired from international duty with Scotland.Steve Clarke’s side are not going to qualify for Euro 2020 through the conventional route, but are set to play in a Nations League semi-final play-off in March, which could have given Snodgrass the chance to create a legacy for his country.Despite that, the West Ham man has hung up his Scotland boots at the age of 32, taking to Instagram to confirm that he would be stopping at 28 caps. He said: “Thank you for giving me the opportunity to live my childhood dream.”It’s now the right time for me to step aside, though, and retire from international duty and let the boys and younger players take my place and hopefully push the squad forward.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Incoming governor general meets with Queen for first time

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first_imgCanada’s incoming Governor General has had her first audience with the Queen.The Governor General’s office says Julie Payette met with Queen Elizabeth at Balmoral Castle, her summer home in Scotland.The Queen has bestowed several orders on Payette, including an Extraordinary Companion of the Order of CanadaThe retired Canadian astronaut is scheduled to meet with Prince Charles later today.She will officially take Gov. Gen. David Johnston’s role on Oct. 2.last_img