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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

Draker Labs selected by Premier Power to monitor over 2 MW of PV projects

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first_imgDraker Laboratories, a provider of turnkey monitoring systems for commercial photovoltaic (PV) systems in Burlington, has been selected by Premier Power Renewable Energy, Inc. (OTCBB:PPRW), a global leader in the development, design, engineering, and construction of solar power systems for commercial, government, and utility markets in the United States and Europe, to monitor energy production at several PV facilities the company is developing. One example of Draker and Premier Power working together is on a 2 megawatt (MW) warehouse and distribution facility project in Torrance and Carson, CA, where Draker will supply data acquisition and monitoring equipment for the solar electric generating project Premier designed and is constructing.‘Premier Power’s strong presence in North America and Europe for integrating and installing commercial-scale solar PV systems is a perfect fit for Draker’s product depth,’ said Chach Curtis, chief executive officer of Draker Laboratories. ‘We appreciate the confidence the Premier Power team has placed in us and look forward to our continued collaboration in the future.’Commenting on the decision to partner with Draker, Miguel De Anquin, chief operating officer for Premier Power said, ‘We were impressed by the breadth and depth of Draker’s turnkey solution, which includes hardware, a web interface and field services, and feel that the company’s track record, commitment to quality, and reliability makes them an ideal choice for projects we are engineering and constructing. We welcome the opportunity to continue working with Draker in 2011 and beyond.’About Draker LaboratoriesDraker Laboratories provides highly accurate and reliable monitoring solutions that help owners and operators of commercial-scale PV systems maximize the efficiency and profitability of their solar assets. As a supplier of complete, end-to-end monitoring solutions, Draker provides turnkey systems that combine proven field instrumentation with an intuitive Web-based data management system and unmatched customer support. For more information, visitwww.drakerlabs.com(link is external).About Premier PowerPremier Power Renewable Energy, Inc. is a leading global provider of large and small-scale solar power systems, delivering unmatched experience to commercial, governmental and residential customers throughout North America and Europe. Premier Power designs, engineers and integrates the solar industry’s leading products. Premier Power’s technologies and services have enabled its customers to maximize clean energy output along with project savings. Today, Premier Power designs and deploys the most innovative solar electric systems through market-leading innovation and exceptional customer service. Premier Power is headquartered in El Dorado Hills, CA and has common stock quoted on the OTC Bulletin Board under the symbolPPRW.OB. Additional information is available at the Company’s website at www.premierpower.com(link is external).Forward-Looking StatementsThis release may contain certain “forward-looking statements” relating to the business of Premier Power Renewable Energy, Inc. (’Premier’), which can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “believes,” “expects” or similar expressions. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, including all business uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, some of which are beyond Premier’s control. Certain of these risks and uncertainties are or will be described in greater detail in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements are based on Premier’s current expectations and beliefs concerning future developments and their potential effects on the company. There can be no assurance that future developments affecting Premier will be those anticipated by Premier. Premier undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required under applicable securities laws.Source: BURLINGTON, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Draker Laboratories. 10.12.2010last_img read more

Monte Kiffin to resign after bowl game

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first_imgIn the wake of a disappointing five-loss regular season, changes are in fact coming to USC.Troubled by lingering defensive issues, the Trojans’ assistant head coach Monte Kiffin intends to resign following the team’s bowl game next month, the school announced Thursday night.Stepping down · Assistant head coach Monte Kiffin will leave USC after three years coaching under his son, Lane. He is expected to return to the NFL, where he previously coached for 26 years. – Carlo Acenas | Daily TrojanKiffin will “pursue opportunities” in the NFL according to the statement. He previously spent 26 years as an assistant, including 13 seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as defensive coordinator.“I wanted to make this announcement now so that our players who are preparing for the bowl game and our recruits who will be visiting campus are aware,” Kiffin said. “I really enjoyed my time at USC and the opportunity I had to work with our players and coaches. The chance to work for my son, Lane, was unique and memorable, but we always treated each other professionally on a coach-to-coach basis.”The architect of the famed “Tampa 2” defense, which led the Bucs to a Super Bowl championship in 2003, Kiffin has served as the de facto defensive coordinator for the Trojans since arriving as an assistant in January 2010 along with Lane, the team’s third-year head coach.“I respect my father’s decision and his desire to return to the NFL,” USC coach Lane Kiffin said. “We are very appreciative of the hard work and effort that he put in at USC these past three years. He has a tremendous passion for coaching young men and he is a phenomenal recruiter.”But the Trojans’ defensive unit never quite clicked under the elder Kiffin’s tutelage. In 2010, it allowed, on average, 26.7 points and 400 yards per game, the worst statistical performance in school history.Though making strides a season later, USC regressed in 2012, ranking 63rd nationally in total defense after surrendering 396.1 yards per game. It gave up an average of 500 yards in each of its five losses — including a record number for points (62), touchdowns (nine) and yards (730) against Oregon on Nov. 3 at the Coliseum. The week prior, versus Arizona, the Trojans gave up 39 points to the Wildcats on 588 yards.The team’s five losses overall also marked the most for a preseason Associated Press No. 1 team since 1964, when Ole Miss finished 5-5-1.“Although things didn’t always go as well as we would have liked this year from a defensive and win-loss standpoint, I will leave USC with the utmost respect for the University, the Trojan Family and, most importantly, the players I had the good fortune to coach,” Monte Kiffin said. “I see great things ahead for the USC football program.”According to the statement, USC plans to find a replacement for the 72-year-old coach.Added Lane Kiffin: “The timing of this allows us to move forward now in the hiring of a new coach.”To what capacity a replacement would serve remains unclear. Ed Orgeron is listed as the team’s defensive coordinator, although Monte Kiffin had functioned in that capacity, running defensive meetings and calling the defensive plays for the last three seasons.last_img read more

Olympia Family Theater Presents : Go, Dog. Go!

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first_imgFacebook11Tweet0Pin0 The opening of Olympia Family Theater’s seventh season, With Imagination Anything is Possible, starts with the adaptation of the classic picture book, Go, Dog. Go! Playwrights Steven Deitz, Allison Gregory and composer Michael Koerner transformed P.D. Eastman’s popular children’s story in to a comic romp with music and hilarity for the whole family. Go, Dog. Go! opens Friday night, October 12, 2012 at 7pm, and runs through Sunday, October 28, 2012. Performances take place at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts Black Box Theater. Directed by Artistic Director Jen Ryle.Six colorful dogs bustle, frolic, and dance across the stage as they move through their days. Whether working, picnicking or preparing for bed, their playful antics will engage the youngest theater-goers while delighting older ones, as well.Featuring the acting/singing/dancing talents of OFT veterans Terri Charles, Kate Ayers, Heather Christopher, and Harrison Fry, joined by newcomers Evan Hirsch and Ashlen Hodge. Musically directed and accompanied by Stephanie Claire, with Rich Sikorski and Scuff Acuff providing underscoring throughout.A veteran actor and director, Kate Ayers was most recently seen in OFT productions as The Old Lady in Goodnight Moon, and in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.  Terri Charles has performed in numerous OFT productions, including Alexander and the…, A Year with Frog and Toad and Rapunzel. Their comic timing and accomplished physicality make this duo an animal odd couple of epic proportions. Heather Christopher has been seen in numerous Olympia productions, including several for OFT:  Animal Farm, A Christmas Story, and Alexander and the…Harrison Fry grew up engaged in many Capital Playhouse productions, and has also been in many OFT shows, including Alexander and the…, A Year with Frog and Toad.Director Jen Ryle is co-founder of Olympia family Theater, and has directed numerous plays for OFT, including: The Phantom Tollbooth, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, and Rapunzel.OFT would like to express its appreciation for its Season Sponsors: Visionseed Publishing, MIXX 96, and Ch2o.Olympia Family Theater, in its 7th season has produced over twenty-five plays for family audiences, and is highly regarded as a provider of quality entertainment for children. In addition to producing performances for thousands of people each year, OFT provides camps and workshops for children of all ages.What: An imaginative musical adaptation of the picture book. Full of physical humor, simple language, and colorful characters and sets. Recommended for ages 3 and up.Where: The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, Black Box Theater. 512 Washington St SE, Olympia, WA 98501.When: Opens Friday, October 12, running through Sunday, October 28.Performances Thursday and Friday nights at 7pm, Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm, with additional 4:30 matinees on Saturday, October 20 and 27.Tickets: Children, 12 and under – $9, Students/Seniors/Military $12, Adults $16 (Plus $3 WA Center Service Fee). Available online at www.olytix.org, by phone at (360) 753-8586, or at the WA Center Box Office. Discounts available for season tickets, and groups of 10 or more. Discounts only available by phone, or in person at the box office.Thrifty Thursday (Pay What you Can) performance on Thursday, October 18.Info: Blue Dog, Yellow Dog, Red Dog, Spotted Dog, M.C. Dog, and Hattie dance, scoot, drive, work, sleep, play, and party together, bringing to life a book that has been delighting children for 50 years.last_img read more