4 Jun
2021

New Irish citizens prepare for election day in Limerick

first_imgNewsLocal NewsNew Irish citizens prepare for election day in LimerickBy Alan Jacques – February 24, 2016 730 Linkedin Email 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 TAGSDoras Luimnígeneral election 2016limerick Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” center_img WhatsApp Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Facebook Twitter Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live DORAS Luimní has been working with new Irish citizens in Limerick ahead of the election to encourage voter awareness and registration, and reminding new citizens that there is power in their vote.Aideen Roche, Doras Luimní, commented, “New Irish citizens now make up a considerable proportion of the electorate, which could go a long way towards influencing Ireland’s next Government. Despite the size of this population, political parties continue to disregard immigration and migrant related issues in their manifestos.”Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “There has been a significant increase in awareness of refugee protection concerns and the scandal of Direct Provision among the general public too, and we hope that the next Government will take swift and effective action on these areas as a matter of priority.”Voter participation among new communities and other marginalised groups can often be very low, said Ms Roche. In an attempt to boost participation, Doras Luimní have been implementing a project that aims to increase voter registration and participation through targeted outreach and voting information sessions.“While many new citizens living in Limerick are well aware of the process, there are a growing number of new eligible electors that benefit from tailored information and assistance. Ireland has a complicated and unique election process, not helped by the usage of Irish language terminology in politics. For people with limited social networks and non-native English speakers, the process of registration and the election system itself can be challenging.”Over 300 people have registered to vote with Doras Luimní’s assistance over the past few months and are looking forward to participating in the election this Friday, February 26. Previous articleLimerick Garda’s hunch led to capture of betting shop thiefNext articleIndiependence 2016: First announcement for music festival Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

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19 Oct
2020

Trudeau slams China on human rights, ‘coercive diplomacy’

first_imgCanadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned China on Tuesday that its “coercive diplomacy,” repressive measures in Hong Kong and detention of Uighur Muslims are counterproductive for itself and the rest of the world.Trudeau took aim at Beijing’s record as he marked the 50th anniversary of Canada’s diplomatic ties with China.”We will remain absolutely committed to working with our allies to ensure that China’s approach of coercive diplomacy, its arbitrary detention of two Canadian citizens alongside other citizens of other countries around the world is not viewed as a successful tactic by them,” Trudeau said at a press conference. Topics : He also mentioned Canada’s “concern for the protection of human rights and places like Hong Kong and… with the Uighurs.”He said that Canada would “continue to work with our fellow like-minded nations around the world, to impress upon China that its approach to internal affairs and global affairs is not on a particularly productive path for itself or for all of us.”Canadian former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor have been held in China for nearly two years and have been charged with spying.Canada’s ambassador to China obtained “virtual consular access” to Spavor and Kovrig over the weekend, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said Saturday.Western governments see the detention of the two Canadians as retaliation for Canada’s arrest of Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei and daughter of its founder. Meng was arrested on a US warrant in December 2018 during a stopover in Vancouver and is charged with bank fraud related to violations of US sanctions against Iran. She has been fighting extradition ever since.last_img read more

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18 Oct
2020

Arsenal make u-turn on Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ future after Wolves talks

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Arsenal make u-turn on Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ future after Wolves talks Metro Sport ReporterSunday 30 Aug 2020 4:11 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.2kShares Ainsley Maitland-Niles looks set to stay at Arsenal. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)Arsenal are set to open talks with Ainsley Maitland-Niles over a new deal at the club after deciding against allowing the defender to join Wolves.Wolves had been keen to sign the 23-year-old and they had an opening bid of £15million rejected by the Gunners last week.Given Arsenal’s financial worries, the club had originally decided that Maitland-Niles would be allowed to leave as they hoped to recoup as much as £20m for the London-born ace. However, Sky Sports report that Mikel Arteta has had a change of heart and now wants to keep the defender at the Emirates.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTDespite having three years left on his existing deal, Arsenal are now willing to offer Maitland-Niles an extension on better terms to reflect his progress in the last 12 months. Advertisement Maitland-Niles had been close to joining Wolves (Picture: Getty)The defender was named Man of the Match after Arsenal’s Community Shield win against Liverpool on Saturday and Arteta express hide happiness with his display afterwards. ‘He has to be able to convince me every day in training that he can compete at this level. Not once every three months – but every three days,’ said Arteta.‘The way he is playing at the moment is showing me that he can do it. His mentality and the way he is going about every single detail about the preparation of a football game is much better than before.‘I am delighted and very happy for him because he is really changing a lot of things around him to become the player he can be’.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CitySuch has been the rate of Maitland-Niles’ progression, the defender was called-up into the England squad last night. The defender will meet up with his new international team-mates on Monday ahead of games against Denmark and Iceland.MORE: Emiliano Martinez close to signing new Arsenal contractlast_img read more

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26 Aug
2020

Six weeks into the season, Dodgers’ Kenley Jansen finds his Opening Day form

first_img Dodgers bench slumping Cody Bellinger for a day Dodgers’ Justin Turner looking rejuvenated on defense LOS ANGELES — Kenley Jansen isn’t back. Not all the way.The Dodgers’ closer hasn’t allowed a run in his last four innings, a season high. He needed only nine pitches to retire Chris Owings, Nick Ahmed and Paul Goldschmidt on Wednesday for his sixth save of the season. The brief, stress-free inning was classic Jansen – a rare sight in 2018.Still, Jansen said, he hasn’t returned to his peak.“It’s getting there,” he said. “I’m not consistent enough. I’m not seeing consistent movement yet, compared to the few years I’ve had before. Sometimes it’s backed up on me.” Dodgers’ hot-hitting Corey Seager leaves game with back injury Whicker: Dustin May yet another example of the Dodgers’ eye for pitching Jansen’s measuring stick is his cut fastball, the pitch he throws 93 percent of the time. It averaged 90 mph in his first regular-season appearance and by Wednesday it averaged 93. Commanding the cutter has been an adventure too.“It’s not quite there yet,” Jansen confessed.Jansen threw 1,242 pitches in 2017, more than any year since 2013. So, before spring training, he and Manager Dave Roberts agreed to delay Jansen’s debut by a few weeks. That debut was pushed back a few more days in early March by a hamstring injury. By the end of camp, Jansen had thrown a career-low 4-2/3 spring training innings against major league competition.By Opening Day, Jansen’s command and speed were suffering. The 0-1 record, two blown saves and 4.02 earned-run average next to his name today were all known risks.“We could’ve been just as aggressive as we were in years past,” Roberts said. “We could’ve done that. There was an injury that took place with his hamstring. That kind of slowed things down. Once that happened, there’s really not a whole lot we could do – we’re just trying to get him healthy, get him ready for the season.center_img Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.“Initially, we should’ve been more aggressive, but that could’ve created more health problems. I don’t know.”Devising the ideal timetable for Jansen was a bit of a guessing game, and the Dodgers won’t know for sure if they guessed right until the end of the season.For now, Jansen said, he’s throwing the way he expects to by Opening Day in a typical year. The past two seasons, he’s been able to add velocity into at least June. If Jansen’s self-assessment is correct, his speed might still improve by another tick or two. He’s confident his command will be better, too.Jansen would rather be optimistic than second-guess what might have been done differently.“I’m not trying to call my organization out or anything because me and Doc had that conversation. We all agreed,” he said. “Maybe I wasn’t ready. I’m almost there, where I want it to be mechanic-wise and all that. It’s not far. Just got to stay positive, keep competing and things are going to go well.”INJURY UPDATESThird baseman Justin Turner faced live pitching at Dodger Stadium in a simulated game setting for the second consecutive day. He faced minor league pitchers James Carter, a right-hander, and Mike Boyle, a left-hander. He even hit Boyle in the leg with a line drive.Related Articles Dodgers’ Dave Roberts says baseball’s unwritten rules ‘have changed, should change’ More importantly, Turner said, he was able to dive to field ground balls to his right and left sides. The left wrist that he fractured in spring training came through unscathed.“That was another box to check,” he said.Roberts said Turner would get a day off Friday before beginning a minor league rehabilitation assignment Saturday. Turner anticipates he will be assigned to Class-A Rancho Cucamonga.He might be joined by infielder Logan Forsythe, who was expected to fly in from the Dodgers’ facility in Glendale, Ariz. Forsythe hasn’t played in any competitive setting since April 14 because of inflammation in his right shoulder.Clayton Kershaw played catch on flat ground for the second consecutive day, extending his range a bit from the 60 feet he threw Wednesday. Roberts said there is no timetable for Kershaw to begin throwing off a mound, in part (at least) by Kershaw’s choice.“He wants little expectation,” Roberts said.ALSORight-hander Matt Harvey will start for the Reds on Friday opposite Dodgers right-hander Kenta Maeda. The Reds acquired Harvey in a trade with the New York Mets for catcher Devin Mesoraco on Tuesday. Harvey went 0-2 with a 7.00 ERA in eight games between the Mets’ rotation and bullpen. … The Reds optioned left-handed pitcher Brandon Finnegan, who was scheduled to start the game, to their Triple-A affiliate. … Outfielder Andrew Toles had a setback in his rehabilitation from a hamstring injury, Roberts said. Toles hasn’t played at Triple-A Oklahoma City since April 13 and his return is not on the immediate horizon.UP NEXTDodgers (RHP Kenta Maeda, 2-2, 4.02 ERA) vs. Cincinnati Reds (RHP Matt Harvey, 0-2, 7.00 ERA), Friday, 7 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available) Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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