Covid-19 in two Limerick childcare centres

first_imgDesigned by FreepikIT has been reported that two cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in Limerick childcare centre.In total, 19 cases of Covid-19 have been notified to authorities across Ireland.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up According to, the childcare centres close temporarily but some have since reopened.Early Childhood Ireland is asking for fast track testing in childcare centres to prevent the spread of cases. WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash WhatsApp Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Twitter LimerickNewsCovid-19 in two Limerick childcare centresBy Staff Reporter – August 28, 2020 8047 Email Advertisement Previous articleSingle-Use Plastic Hotspots in Limerick City and CountyNext articleLimerick Post Show | August 28, 2020 Staff Reporter center_img Linkedin Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live TAGSCoronaviruscovid19Keeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League openerlast_img read more

Young adults hardest hit by loneliness during pandemic

first_imgAs psychologists worry that the coronavirus pandemic is triggering a loneliness epidemic, new Harvard research suggests feelings of social isolation are on the rise and that those hardest hit are older teens and young adults.In the recently released results of a study conducted last October by researchers at Making Caring Common, 36 percent of respondents to a national survey of approximately 950 Americans reported feeling lonely “frequently” or “almost all the time or all the time” in the prior four weeks, compared with 25 percent who recalled experiencing serious issues in the two months prior to the pandemic. Perhaps most striking is that 61 percent of those aged 18 to 25 reported high levels.“I was surprised at the degree of loneliness among young people,” said Richard Weissbourd, a psychologist and senior lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) who helped lead the research. “If you look at other studies on the elderly, their rates of loneliness are high, but they don’t seem to be as high as they are for young people.”The unsettling statistic is even more troubling when combined with June data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showing that 63 percent of young people reported experiencing substantial symptoms of anxiety and depression. “It’s a group that we are really concerned about,” said Weissbourd, who suspects several factors are at work.Older teens and young adults may be particularly susceptible because they are often transitioning from their “inherited families to their chosen families,” said Weissbourd, meaning they lack important connections to those who can “be critical guardrails against loneliness.” Students in college may be struggling to fit in and feel homesick, while those not in school can feel disconnected from important social groups or communities. Young people are also often making critical decisions about their professional and personal lives and relationships, which can add to the stress and sense of isolation, he said. “If every person who’s in pretty good shape can make a commitment to reaching out to one person they are concerned might be lonely once a week, that would be a good thing.” — Richard Weissbourd, psychologist, senior lecturer at the Graduate School of Education Feeling more anxious and stressed? You’re not alone Social distance makes the heart grow lonelier The new report also points to the way such feelings can lead to a downward spiral. Many young people who reported serious loneliness also said they felt as if no one “genuinely cared” about them. The survey also suggests that lonely people often feel they’re reaching out or listening to other people more than other people are reaching out or listening to them. “These things can become self-defeating,” said Weissbourd. “When you feel like you’re trying hard while other people are not trying hard, or you feel like you’re going to get rejected again, you withdraw, which increases your loneliness and your anxiety about social situations.”Weissbourd and his team argue that eliminating loneliness requires a robust social infrastructure. Schools can be important points of intervention, they suggest, where teachers can be trained to connect parents to each other and to ensure every student is connected to a school adult. Doctors should also be asking about loneliness during annual physicals, helping connect patients who are struggling with social supports; high schools, colleges, and senior centers should focus on connecting young people with the elderly; and employers should check in with employees about whether they are lonely and provide them with resources that support connection. To further reduce the stigma associated with loneliness, the authors also recommend the creation of national, state, and local campaigns that stress the importance of maintaining social ties, and reassure those suffering that it’s OK to seek help.“We need public education that removes the stigma of loneliness and really tries to alleviate the shame,” said Weissbourd, “because shame can also be self-defeating and cause you to avoid social situations or hide your true feelings in ways that make meaningful connections with others very hard.”Weissbourd said he and his colleagues consider combating loneliness a moral imperative in an increasingly “hyper-individualistic society,” where many people often choose to focus on the well-being of their small circle of family and friends.“We’re making the case that there’s a moral matter in terms of our community health, and that those of us who are in a position to do so should try to reach out to people who may be lonely. If every person who’s in pretty good shape can make a commitment to reaching out to one person they are concerned might be lonely once a week, that would be a good thing.”,Related Experts: COVID has robbed us of impromptu contacts that help keep us happy Harvard experts discuss ways to ease the rising sense of isolation and feel more connected Chan School’s Koenen discusses rising mental health concerns in the coronavirus era The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. The value of talking to strangers — and nodding acquaintanceslast_img read more

Christmas Forest Raises $630,000, Captures Imagination of the Community

first_imgFacebook13Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Providence St. Peter FoundationAttendees at the Gala pledge support for fund-a-need expanding palliative care. Photo courtesy Providence St. Peter FoundationProvidence St. Peter Foundation announced today that the 27th annual Christmas Forest raised $630,000, matching last year’s all-time high for funds raised. The event, sponsored by Titus Will, benefits the mission of Providence to provide health care to all, with special concern for the poor and vulnerable.“We live in an amazingly generous community,” says Mick Phillips, a Providence St. Peter Foundation board member and local attorney who co-chaired Christmas Forest this year. “From the volunteers who spend countless hours planning and decorating, to donors who challenge us to turn a vision into reality, we all work toward a common goal. And that is to provide excellent and compassionate care for those in need.”More than $250,000 was raised to create an outpatient palliative care clinic, the focus of this year’s fund-a-need. “The goal of palliative care is to come to the patient and help them live the best life possible, for as long as possible,” said Providence Palliative Care Medical Director Dr. Gregg VandeKieft. “Our team is trained to help relieve pain and suffering caused by serious illnesses, so the patient may live the fullest life they can.”Raffle tree winner, Juanita Sharbaugh, with daughters Sue (left), and Sally (right). Photo courtesy Providence St. Peter FoundationOlympia resident Becky Brewer was an early supporter of expanding palliative care to the outpatient setting. Her husband, Ron Sundberg, was diagnosed with cancer in 2012, and received palliative care while an inpatient at Providence St. Peter Hospital, before his death in 2013. Becky shared their story in a video for the gala, and says, “Ron would be so happy to know that it will be easier for other people to be more comfortable while facing the challenges that serious illnesses bring to their lives.”This year’s raffle, sponsored by McKinney’s Appliance, held special significance for one family. A week before visiting Christmas Forest, 93-year-old Juanita Sharbaugh was hospitalized to monitor a spike in her blood pressure. Her daughter, Olympia resident Sally Sharbaugh says, during that time, “We had to miss a family holiday event, so Christmas Forest was our first family event we did afterward being released from the hospital, and we were trying to make a really positive experience for mom.” Sally purchased raffle tickets to support the Providence mission, and won the raffle tree, A Sweet Old Fashioned Christmas, designed by JoAnn Green and Lois Miles.Sally says, “My mom raised five kids, so a classic World War II tree was the perfect tree for my mom, and captures all the memories we have growing up.” The tree will be the centerpiece of the family Christmas this year, the first year that the family will celebrate at Juanita’s house after her husband’s passing just a few years ago.During the five-day event, thousands of visitors came to see the trees and wreaths that were decorated by dedicated volunteers. During public viewing, 20 different artistic groups from the community delighted attendees including Alleluia! Handbell Ensemble, Olympia Youth Chorus, and many local piano students. Stacey Genzlinger, Foundation events manager, estimates 300 volunteers participated, contributing more than 10,000 hours of their time to create this year’s Christmas Forest.Providence St. Peter Foundation develops and provides philanthropic resources that help assure that compassionate and quality health care is available to the communities we serve, with special concern for the poor and vulnerable. In the last three years, the foundation has distributed more than $4.3 million to local Providence ministries including St. Peter Hospital, SoundHomeCare and Hospice and Mother Joseph Care Center. Learn more at read more

100 voices: Cricketers and athletes speak up about Black Lives Matter!

first_imgImage Courtesy: PTI/AP/Getty/ShutterstockAdvertisement 4uls48NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs3icWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eogyc( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 7dxWould you ever consider trying this?😱ft9Can your students do this? 🌚pdlsnRoller skating! Powered by Firework Its not the novel Coronavirus pandemic. Its not the slow resumption of sporting activities. The news that has been making the headlines, and has concerned the global citizens, is the unrest across the United States of America. The murder of George Floyd last week has started protests against racism and police brutality in the country, which has now achieved a global support. Many cricketers, athletes and clubs all over the world are taking to social media to stand up in support of the Black Lives Matter protest.Advertisement Image Courtesy: PTI/AP/Getty/ShutterstockSportspersons have always spoken against racism inequality and injustice, even now, Twitter and Instagram fills with their posts promoting equality, and in solidarity for the Black Lives Matter movement that is taking place all across USA.George Floyd was murdered on 25th May in Minneapolis by Derek Chauvin, a police officer who worked for the Minneapolis Police Department. The officer, who has now been fired and charged with third degree murder and man slaughter, pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck, who was handcuffed and lying on the street. Post mortem has revealed asphyxia as the cause of death.Advertisement The video footages recorded by bystanders show Floyd’ pleading ‘I can’t breathe’ to Chauvin, the phrase which has taken the forefront on the protests against racial injustice.The Black Lives Matter movement started back in 2013 with the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter or #BLM on social media, and has been a driving force to protest against the xenophobic attacks on African-Americans, police brutality, racial profiling and inequality in the country’s justice system.Advertisement If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at View this post on Instagram #BlackoutTuesday 🤚🏻🤚🏼🤚🏽🤚🏾🤚🏿A post shared by Sami Khedira (@sami_khedira6) on Jun 2, 2020 at 8:09am PDT View this post on InstagramA post shared by Michael Phelps (@m_phelps00) on Jun 2, 2020 at 7:08am PDT View this post on Instagram I have been collecting my thoughts for the past few days in order to eloquently describe my feelings on the tragic and unnecessary death of George Floyd. It would have been far too easy to write with emotion, hatred and vitriolic sentiment in the immediate aftermath. Although those feelings are still present, I will give it a try. Why is this still happening in 2020? Why do the same racists applaud any ethnic minority who plays for the team they support but abuse the same minorities on the street? Why are all the methods we are using to eradicate this from our society not working? It’s gone on for too long and we have come too far for this to be tolerated in modern society. I do not advocate violence, looting or destruction of property, as this will not solve any problems and many racially afflicted individuals are victims themselves of this behaviour. Why should the people be punished who have the same struggles, turmoil and racial abuse? The people who have worked their entire lives to feed their families and then have the fruits of the labour destroyed in protests against the issues they are suffering themselves? This is not the answer. However, we do urgently NEED change, we DEMAND change and most importantly, we DESERVE change. Make it happen, NOW. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.A post shared by @ thierryhenry on Jun 2, 2020 at 1:45pm PDT View this post on Instagram I understand that I will never understand. However, I stand with you ✊🏻✊🏾 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’ve been so ignorant and naive of my privilege and I’m so sorry. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It is time to educate ourselves surrounding white privilege and systemic racism and stand up to this.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It is uncomfortable to admit that our privilege has perpetuated racism, but it is necessary to recognise this and to educate ourselves and play our part in dismantling our systems that are built on racism.A post shared by Jodie Taylor (@jodes__14) on May 31, 2020 at 8:25pm PDT View this post on Instagram ✊🏻✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 #blackouttuesdayA post shared by Alex Lacazette (@lacazettealex) on Jun 2, 2020 at 6:59am PDT View this post on Instagram Black Lives Matter. #BlackoutTuesdayA post shared by Novak Djokovic (@djokernole) on Jun 2, 2020 at 11:55am PDT View this post on Instagram Todos juntos!! ❤️#BLACKLIVESDMATTER #blackouttuesdayA post shared by David Luiz (@davidluiz_4) on Jun 2, 2020 at 1:46am PDT View this post on Instagram #vidasnegrasimportam #vidasfaveladasimportam #notoracism #blacklivesmatterA post shared by Gabriel Jesus (@dejesusoficial) on Jun 1, 2020 at 12:29pm PDT View this post on Instagram #blackouttuesday ✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾A post shared by Anthony Martial (@martial_9) on Jun 2, 2020 at 7:19am PDT View this post on Instagram Enough is enough. We are all humans. Together we are stronger ✊🏻✊🏼✊🏾✊🏿A post shared by Christian (@cmpulisic) on Jun 2, 2020 at 4:12am PDT View this post on Instagram Unity is strength #BlackLivesMatterA post shared by Sadio Mane (@sadiomaneofficiel) on Jun 1, 2020 at 6:38am PDT View this post on Instagram ✊✊🏻✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 #blackouttuesdayA post shared by Blaise Matuidi (@blaisematuidiofficiel) on Jun 2, 2020 at 2:13am PDT View this post on Instagram #blackouttuesday 🖤A post shared by Fred Rodrigues (@fred08oficial) on Jun 2, 2020 at 5:20am PDT View this post on Instagram ✊🏻✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿A post shared by Raheem Sterling x 😇 (@sterling7) on Jun 2, 2020 at 6:03am PDT View this post on Instagram #BlackOutTuesday 🤎 link in bioA post shared by Simone Biles (@simonebiles) on Jun 2, 2020 at 9:30am PDT View this post on InstagramA post shared by Jozy Altidore (@jozyaltidore) on May 28, 2020 at 8:04pm PDT View this post on Instagram ✊🏿A post shared by Gyasi Zardes (@gyasinho) on Jun 1, 2020 at 10:55pm PDT View this post on Instagram There is no place for injustice, racism and intolerance in this world! We must really listen and learn from those in pain. Be the example of the change you want to see!! Praying, hoping, and believing everyday that this is all a part of the lords plan to lead us to a better and brighter future ahead. God speed everyone 💔A post shared by Conor McGregor Official (@thenotoriousmma) on May 31, 2020 at 5:19pm PDT View this post on Instagram STILL!!!! 🤬😢😤A post shared by LeBron James (@kingjames) on May 27, 2020 at 9:43am PDT View this post on Instagram #blackouttuesdayA post shared by P.K. Subban (@subbanator) on Jun 2, 2020 at 8:07am PDTAlso read-Kobe Bryant’s ‘I Can’t Breathe’ t-shirt takes on new meaning after George Floyd murderMichael Jordan shows solidarity with protests across America: ‘We need to create systemic change!’ Advertisementlast_img read more

Eng vs WI 3rd Test Day 2 Review: Bad light chimes in to hinder…

first_imgAdvertisement 7azbtNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vscb4hxbWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eb7xwzk( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) rq6Would you ever consider trying this?😱xpctCan your students do this? 🌚2k5xRoller skating! Powered by Firework England dominated the proceedings of the second day with both bat and the ball leaving the Windies a huge task to retain the Wisden trophy. Advertisement Resuming at 258-4, England were put to test by a fiery spell of fast bowling. Ollie Pope was dropped on his overnight score by Rakheem Cornwall in the slips off Shannon Gabriel.Advertisement Pope, however, could not make most of his reprieve and failed to upgrade his overnight score. Shannon Gabriel proceeded to castle the batsman in his very next over. Windies’ merry continued as the wickets kept on tumbling. The visitors scalped the wickets of Ollie Pope, Chris Woakes, Jos Buttler and Jofra Archer in the first four overs of the day.With the wicket of Chris Woakes, Kemar Roach became the 9th West Indies bowler to reach the figure of 200 test wickets and the first in 26 years.Advertisement All the hard work was undone as the visitors failed to deliver the final nail to the coffin. Stuart Broad and Dom Bess struck a frustrating ninth-wicket partnership of 76 runs, taking the first innings tally to over 350.Broad’s charismatic knock was a rare sight with the cherry being hurled. He brought up his fifty in just 33 deliveries and finished off with 62 off just 45 deliveries. England were eventually dismissed for 369.Windies’ struggling opening pair continued their unwanted streak of not putting up fifty runs for the first wicket. For the thirteenth consecutive innings, Brathwaite and Campbell failed to cross the fity run mark. Stuart Broad struck first after managing to get the edge of Brathwaite.James Anderson on the other end was unlucky after Ben Stokes dropped a chance off Campbell in the slip cordon. The England pace quartet refused the batsmen to get settled and came out on top at tea with the score reading 59-3.The downfall continued for the visitors with Anderson delivering the breakthrough right after the break. Chris Woakes got into the wickets column by shattering the stumps off Blackwood for 26.With just over an hour to go in the play, England looked firm favourites to bowl out the Windies. However, the play was stopped due to bad light for the second consecutive day.While Windies will look to avoid the follow-on, England would look to dismiss the Windies as early as possible on Day 3 with the weather forecast predicting rain on Day 4 and Day 5.Brief Scoreboard:West Indies 137-6 (47.1 overs) (J.Campbell 32; S.Broad 2-17)England 369 (111.5 overs) (O.Pope 91, S.Broad 62; K.Roach 4-72)If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out Also, follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comALSO READ:Eng vs WI 3rd Test Day 1 Review: Pope and Buttler help England claim bragging rights Advertisementlast_img read more

QPR v Burnley: Austin a sub and Henry recalled

first_imgCharlie Austin is among the QPR substitutes for new manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s first match in charge.Austin has been nursing a calf injury and Rangers again start without a recognised striker, although Jay Emmanuel-Thomas is included on the bench having been overlooked during Neil Warnock’s time in interim charge.Hasselbaink has restored Karl Henry to starting line-up. The midfielder replaces youngster Michael Petrasso.Joey Barton starts for Burnley – his first appearance at Loftus Road since leaving Rangers during the summer.QPR: Green, Perch, Onuoha, Hall, Konchesky, Hoilett, Sandro, Faurlin, Henry, Fer, Phillips.Subs: Smithies, Chery, Luongo, Angella, Tozser, Emmanuel-Thomas, Austin.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

June Caregiving Webinar: The Value of Respite for Caregivers

first_imgRemember to join the MFLN Military Caregiving team for our upcoming, monthly professional development webinar on, ‘The Value of Respite for Family Caregivers.’ Event details are below.Time: 11:00 a.m. EasternDate: Wednesday, June 10, 2015Event Location: The Value of Respite for Family CaregiversAs a military helping professional working with family caregivers, it helps to understand that not all caregivers know what respite is, nor do they understand the importance respite plays in their health and well-being. In some cases, caregivers may even be reluctant to use respite services. During the presentation, Mary Brintnall-Peterson, Ph.D., will identify ways respite can and cannot benefit family caregivers and help professionals identify respite options for caregivers to match their individual needs. Dr. Peterson will also share respite resources with professionals for family caregivers of wounded service members and caregivers of children with special needs.Dr. Peterson comes to us from the University of Wisconsin where she is a Professor Emeritus in Extension education. She also has over 25 years of experience as an educator of family caregivers and shares both personal and professional caregiving experiences.CEU Credit Available!The Military Families Learning Network has applied for 1.0 National Association of Social Workers (NASW) continuing education credit for credentialed participants. Certificates of Completion will also be available for training hours as well. For more information on CEU credits go to: NASW Continuing Education Instructions.Interested in Joining the Webinar?*No registration is required; simply go to, The Value of Respite for Family Caregiver, the day of the event to join. The webinar is hosted by the Department of Defense Connect System (DCS), but is open to the public. It is strongly suggested that when using the DCS system to open the webinar on Google Chrome for both PC and MAC connections. If this is not an option, Internet Explorer may be used if connecting via PC. Safari and Firefox are not compatible with this DCS platform.For those who cannot connect to the DCS site, an alternative viewing of this presentation will be running on Ustream.This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on May 29, 2015.last_img read more