Where there is light there is hope

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first_imgDonal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Linkedin Email TAGSbereavementCovid 19Keeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Advertisement WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Previous article#WorthTheWait – New album from Limerick legend Joe BrowneNext articleLimerick & District Credit Union offering wide range of loans Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie center_img The funeral procession of the late Paddy Brennan was an example of the new practices that are evolving during the Covid restrictions.Photo: David Raleigh.WITH only 25 mourners allowed attend funerals under Level Five Covid-19 restrictions, Fine Gael councillor Sarah Kiely believes that technology can offer some comfort to the bereaved.Cllr Kiely, whose husband Damien died two years ago, feels this is part of the pandemic that people don’t see unless they are directly involved.“We now have to find our own way through loss and grief. There is no traditional Irish funeral, which is part of who we are,” she told the Limerick Post.Restrictions on numbers allowed attend funerals just adds to the sadness especially for the immediate family.“Thankfully this week the number was revised up to 25. This is not ideal but a bit better.“How do we choose 25 people to come to a funeral? This is hardly a guest list you want to be doing, yet it is a privilege to be asked to be one of the 25.“I know people will understand that this is necessary and they will put their feelings aside for the immediate family,” she adds.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up However, Cllr Kiely believes that technology can provide a lifeline, with live streaming enabling people to take part in funerals.“When someone dies, friends can be as important as family and if someone has a big family, which most people in Ireland have, this is added pressure for them.“It is a very difficult and different time for people who are planning a funeral for a loved one.”“New traditions are evolving which also brings some comfort and I have seen this happening in estates and streets across the city and county.“The funeral procession in so many cases now goes back to the deceased person’s home. It travels around avenues and stops at the home which is our new normal for a different type of send off.“On a number of occasions people began to clap when the hearse passed. This is both emotional and poignant.“When you see the faces of the family acknowledging the mourners standing to attention it helps with the process. You are now involved. You are doing what you can within the restrictions and that is what the family need too. To know that their family member means so much to their community,  to their friends and to their neighbours.”“Speaking from my own experience and that of my family, I remember who made the effort to sympathise with us on the passing of my husband and, a year later, my mother.“It brings a level of comfort more so in the months and years later. In a strange way this is lovely. It is all we have for now and families definitely get comfort from it.“We need to talk about our wishes. In the end, we need to make our wishes clear because tomorrow is promised to nobody. People are kind and that kindness will become more visible in the next six weeks.“We can do this. Where there is light there is hope,” she concludes. Print Facebook Twitter Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick NewsCommunityWhere there is light there is hopeBy Alan Jacques – October 30, 2020 617 Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash last_img read more

Public Money Won’t Be Used By Indiana AG Curtis Hill To Fight Civil Cases

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first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Public Money Won’t Be Used By Indiana AG Curtis Hill To Fight Civil CasesDECEMBER 23RD, 2018 AMANDA DECKER INDIANAIndiana Attorney General Curtis Hill’s private attorney said he doesn’t plan to take any public funds to defend Hill against any discrimination or civil claims eventually filed by a lawmaker and three legislative staffers who say Hill drunkenly groped them at a party in March.Employment attorney Kevin Betz told The Indianapolis Star he won’t take state money, despite a draft of the contract that showed his firm, Betz + Blevins, would receive up to $100,000 in public money to represent Hill and the attorney general’s office. Betz, a longtime friend of Hill’s, would receive $550 an hour under the draft contract, first disclosed by the Star.“I do not plan to take any public money for representing the state of Indiana, Curtis T. Hill or the Office of the Attorney General as to any of the facts asserted in the four (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) charges,” Betz said.Hill spokesman Chris Proffitt said Betz’s firm is representing the state free of charge against the claims that four women have filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.“There is no legal action pending against Curtis Hill,” Proffitt noted. “The only filings, at this time, have been EEOC charges filed against the state of Indiana.”A special prosecutor declined in October to pursue any criminal charges against Hill, despite a state report that witnesses said Hill touched the women inappropriately during the March party at an Indianapolis bar. Hill has denied groping the four women, including Democratic state Rep. Mara Candelaria Reardon.So far, Hill hasn’t used any public funds to defend himself, instead of drawing on campaign money and creating a legal defense fund.While public officials to use taxpayer funds to defend themselves in lawsuits related to acts that happened while they were acting in the capacity of a state employee, using such funds would be difficult to justify in Hill’s case, said Jennifer Drobac, an Indiana University law professor who studies sexual harassment.“It’s perfectly understandable for Hoosiers to pick up the bill when a state employee is doing something they were supposed to be doing,” she said. “When Curtis Hill goes into a bar and (inappropriately touches women), that is nowhere near what he is supposed to be doing. I don’t know why taxpayers should be paying for it.”___ TwitterFacebooklast_img read more

Competition tough to lead Spirit of Troy

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first_imgBefore the Trojans take the field for the first home game of the 2010 season, one student will be tasked with leading the Trojan Marching Band onto the field and kicking off the day’s events with the ceremonial stabbing of the field.Marching in · Drum Major Kenny Morris leads the Trojan Marching Band onto the field at a football game at the Coliseum this fall. – Brandon Hui | Daily Trojan Five band members will compete for the coveted drum major spot tonight: Kyle Wilson, a junior majoring in theatre who plays trombone; Keith Yoerg, a sophomore majoring in astronautics and space technology who plays trumpet; Josh Zieve, a junior majoring in fine arts who plays trumpet; Iwari Dewees, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering who plays the tenor saxophone; and Timothy Larson, a junior majoring in neuroscience who plays trumpet.On Tuesday night, the candidates will take turns giving vocal commands, marching and giving motivational speeches. The entire marching band will then vote on who will carry the sword come fall.Kenny Morris, this year’s drum major, said the drum major must provide leadership to each section in the band.“How effective, cohesive and powerful the band is comes down to the leader. These guys will have to step into that role. It’s something that I had to do,” Morris said. “To be that fire, to be that person that says ‘We are great, but we can be even greater.’”Morris won the drum major position last year over Larson, though the selection was tough.The original audition resulted in a tie between Larson and Morris that was decided by a spring scrimmage. Larson and Morris split the time as drum major during the scrimmage, and a re-vote declared Morris the winner.Larson said losing out on the position last year has prepared him to audition again this year.“I think I am more driven this year. I don’t regret not getting it last year, but I’m not entirely sure if I was ready for it,” Larson said. “It has pushed me to try even harder this year.”For Wilson, the decision to try out was simple because he has been immersed in the USC band since an early age.“My brother and sister are both graduates of USC, and they were both in the band, so I’ve known of the position since I was about six years old,” Wilson said. “That’s when I absolutely fell in love with the band.”As a member of ROTC, Wilson feels he is prepared to lead the Trojan Marching Band.“I was taught to be a leader, not a follower. Having been around the band for so long, I will be able to continue to uphold the traditions and take charge,” Wilson said.Yoerg is the youngest drum major hopeful.“Initially, people might think [my age] will be a factor, but when it comes down to my audition, it won’t weigh as heavily on their minds,” Yoerg said.Yoerg is excited by this chance to usher USC football into a new era.“I think that I can definitely bring the enthusiasm, and part of the reason is that I love USC football,” Yoerg said. “Now we just have to prove that we’re still the Trojans and that it’s not just Pete Carroll who held the team together.”Zieve has prior experience as a drum major for his high school.“I’ve had many leadership positions in the past, so I feel like I’m ready to be drum major. It’s really something that I’ve aspired to since I’ve been a freshman at USC,” Zieve said.Zieve said it is important for the drum major to connect with all types of people in the band.“The drum major should be someone who everyone can get along with and relate to,” Zieve said. “No one wants a drum major who thinks they’re better or doesn’t work as hard.”Dewees said he has worked since his freshman year to reach the level of skill required to lead the band. “I just didn’t give up, and I put in four years of hard work to get to the point where I am in a good position to lead the Trojan Marching Band,” Dewees said. “Not giving up on your dreams can help you realize them no matter how far you are from the picture at the beginning.”Members of the band said that the most important characteristic for a potential drum major is having leadership skills.“The drum major is the leader of the band, both on and off the field,” said K.C. Busby, a sophomore majoring in industrial and systems engineering. “[He’s] in charge of keeping up the intensity at practice, making sure we’re all doing what we’re supposed to and keeping our enthusiasm at a really high level.”The auditions will be held Tuesday and, except in the case of a tie, the winner should be announced immediately after the vote.last_img read more