Families welcome improved respite service

first_imgFacebook Linkedin Advertisement AFTER a near year-long campaign, respite facilities in Limerick have been returned to their former capacity.  Additional services are also being provided. Families affected by the cuts implemented last June, which resulted in a reduction of over 50% in respite services, received letters from Bawnmore this week confirming that the facility would be fully restored for the remainder of the year.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Delighted with the development Sarah Hurley, a lead figure in the campaign to restore respite in Limerick, and in her late 70s, has cared for her son, John, 38 who suffers from Down Syndrome, at home all of his life.  “The service had been cut to three days per month, but has now been restored to one week per month, along with an additional week during the summer,” she told the Limerick PostShe believes that a meeting held with the new Minister for Disability Kathleen Lynch in recent months was key to the restoration.“She realised how badly the service was needed and how much money parents who use respite are saving the State, by caring for their children at home.- I’m very relieved as the cuts should never have happened.“I’m optimistic that we will have full respite in the future and I’m looking forward to my first week-long break shortly and John is also looking forward to seeing all his friends at the house.”.Owen South has also been a key figure in the  campaign for restoration of respite.“It will actually be better than it was, as there will be an extra week respite in the summer and emergency cover, which wasn’t there before, if a parent falls ill.“We were very optimistic after meeting with Minister Kathleen Lynch, that she would put her words into actions and the full funding appears to have been restored. It’s been a long campaign but we had to stick to it as this was a basic right that was taken away”.Both Ms. Hurley and Mr. South praised the efforts of deputies Kieran O’Donnell and Jan O’Sullivan, the local HSE and Norma Bagge of the Brothers of Charity.Deputy O’Sullivan expressed her delight at the outcome.“Over 60 families were directly affected by the recent cuts in funding, resulting in their campaigning publicly for funding and support.“The Brothers of Charity provide a first class service in Limerick, and the anger expressed by people all over the city was clearly evident following the closure of the respite service –  it is wonderful to have it restored.” Twitter Printcenter_img WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsFamilies welcome improved respite serviceBy admin – May 19, 2011 541 Email Previous articleGarda ombudsman to investigate Punches Cross collisionNext articleMoney scams rampant in Limerick adminlast_img read more

Major fire threat on way to California while fire danger and winter storm expected in Colorado Saturday

first_imgABC NewsBY: DANIEL MANZO, ABC NEWS(NEW YORK) — The fire danger in parts of the West, especially in parts of California is looking quite significant.A major offshore wind event is coming to California and extreme southern Oregon. Red flag warnings and fire weather alerts have been posted for large parts of the state including, San Francisco and Los Angeles.The event will begin on Sunday and last into Tuesday. Wind gusts could top out at 75 mph, and relative humidity could be as low as 4%.This could be a very significant fire weather set up, especially for the Bay Area, and into parts of Northern California.The most damaging wind gusts will arrive late Sunday into Monday in the Bay Area and northern California. The National Weather Service is comparing this event setup to the 2017 Wine County Fires and the 2019 Kincade Fire.All of this comes just weeks after the August Complex burned over 1 million acres of northern California.In Colorado, the East Troublesome Fire is now at least 188,000 acres and is still only 5% contained. The fire grew by over 17,000 acres on Friday. Although this is less than previous days, that is still quite considerable.Winds were a little calmer on Friday and relative humidity has been higher, which has helped firefighters battling the blazes. Unfortunately, the winds will strengthen Saturday, and it will be another challenging day for fire containment efforts in Colorado.Red flag warnings have been issued for parts of Colorado and Utah, where wind gusts to 60 mph can be expected Saturday, and relative humidity as low as 10%. These conditions could produce more fires and rapid fire spread.The relatively good news is that a winter storm is on the way to Colorado, and a widespread snow event is expected to arrive in Colorado Saturday night, which will greatly help the firefighting efforts.Winter weather alerts stretch from Washington to Iowa Saturday morning. This includes a winter storm watch for Denver, and the Colorado Rockies, where the fires are burning.Some snow may even make it into the Twin Cities metro region, which has now seen its snowiest October on record with 8.9 inches.Spokane, Washington, got 6.8 inches of snow on Friday, which made it their snowiest October day on record. Around a foot of snow has also been reported in the mountains of western Montana. Snow totals in parts of the highest peaks of Montana could top out at 18 inches. The heavy snow and cold will expand south and east through the weekend.Through Monday, over 12 inches of snow in parts of the Colorado Rockies and 3 to 6 inches through parts of the central and northern Plains are expected.By Monday some of the snow will likely make it into parts of Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Some of the snow is likely to fall as mixed precipitation and could create icy conditions close to the I-34 corridor, especially near Oklahoma City and northern Texas.Behind this storm, winter air will race down into the central and northern U.S. Wind chills on Sunday morning will be into the negatives from Idaho to North Dakota. Island Park, Idaho, is expected to have a -17 wind chill.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

In Short

first_img== Promise for naan ==Arnaouti Pitta Bread Bakery, Herts, has won an award for its Eastern Promises design and print for its speciality naan breads and snack naans. Jefta Kon Lakovich, chief executive of Arnaouti, said the top web design was printed on a 45-micron high-barrier film and ran trouble-free, despite tight tolerances on widths required.== Scots’ training award ==Scottish food and drink companies are being encouraged to enter a new category that recognises investment in training and staff development at the Scotland Food and Drink Excellence Awards. The deadline for entries is 6 March and the event is to be held at Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Museum on 7 May.== Warburtons’ aid gift ==Warburtons has donated a 12-tonne truck from its Burnley bakery to the International Aid Trust, so volunteers can collect and distribute humanitarian aid. The truck is in Romania and has transported tonnes of food, clothing, shoes and bedding.== Hygiene fine for baker ==A bakery in Kidderminster has been fined £2,000 and ordered to pay £1,500 costs for failing to comply with food hygiene regulations. The owner admitted the offence at Hereford Crown Court. Environmental health officers found grease and debris, carbonised baking trays and dirty bread rolling machines. In mitigation, the defence said the baker had done a food hygiene course and alterations costing £25,000.== Distribution link-up ==Pastries specialist Brioche Pasquier and puddings producer Farmhouse Fare are to use logistics services provider NFT’s shared user network to deliver their products to Marks & Spencer’s regional distribution centres.last_img read more

Madison Greer, solo artist

first_imgDuring her time at Harvard, jazz singer and junior Madison Greer has developed her skills in music theory and music performance and learned how to “front” a band. When not busy with classes, she writes and records music in her room in Quincy House. She hopes to explore a professional music career after graduation.last_img

Vijayveer Sidhu Wins 3rd Gold at Junior Shooting World Cup

first_imgSuhl: Vijayveer Sidhu notched up his third gold medal of the ongoing ISSF Junior Shooting World Cup as he combined with Rajkanwar Singh Sandhu and Adarsh Singh to clinch the men’s 25m pistol event here on Tuesday. On the other hand, it was the second gold of the competition for Adarsh. Hriday, however, finished fourth in the 10m Air Rifle individual competition. With seven gold and a total of 16 medals so far, India leads the medal standings after three days of the World Cup. IANSAlso Read: ISSF World Cup Apurvi Chandela Wins 10m Air rifle Goldlast_img read more