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Bishop of Limerick wants no let up in safeguarding vulnerable people

first_imgFacebook Gardaí investigating fatal road traffic collision Advertisement Gardaí do not suspect foul play after woman’s body discovered in house Linkedin Bishop Brendan Leahy addressing the conference at Mary Immaculate College.Photo: Keith WisemanFailure to recognise and respond appropriately to the complex issues of abuse compounds the profound harm done to the lives of young and vulnerable persons, Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy has said.Speaking at a child safeguarding conference in Mary Immaculate College yesterday, Bishop Leahy said that ‘safeguarding’ is not just about children but people of all ages and abilities who are vulnerable to predators.The ‘Building Collaboration in Safeguarding’ conference was organised by the Diocese of Limerick in association with An Garda Síochána, Tusla and the HSE.  Attendees included those from statutory, voluntary and educational sectors, as well as various faith organisations.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up In his address to the delegates, Bishop Leahy said, “People of my generation began our adult lives with almost no awareness of the pervasiveness and impact of abuse in our society and in all societies.  As a consequence, failure to recognise and respond appropriately to the complex issues which abuse presents, has at times compounded the profound and harmful impact on the lives of many young and vulnerable persons.“At one point in trying to tackle the issues, we began speaking about child protection. Today we speak instead of Safeguarding because Safeguarding is a concept that reaches beyond protection, responding not only to problems which have occurred but incorporates the prevention of harm and the promotion of welfare.  Safeguarding also extends beyond children to include people of all ages and abilities who may have vulnerabilities which exposes them to a risk of abuse.”“We are, in Limerick Diocese, in a stronger place than we were. We have a range of services in place and very active training programmes. The greatest danger for us is that we might relax and believe that the worst is in some way behind us.  To take this view would be a profound error which would compound the historical failures.“Sometimes however, it seems as if all of us, all of society, can want to simplify this issue and move on.  To stay with an awareness of the pervasiveness of abuse and those dark parts of our human nature and the tendency to exploit weakness and vulnerability, may be almost too much.”Bishop Leahy said that from his own meetings with victims, he was critically aware of the impact of abuse on them and their families.“This can impact on all dimensions of their lives and there are no quick or simple solutions to what are sometimes their lifelong struggles.  I am also very conscious of the strain on people working in voluntary organisations as they struggle with what at times seem to be enormous limitations on resources.“I am aware of the professionalism and commitment of people in the statutory sector who are the first to acknowledge the difficulties which they struggle with every day.  I believe the presentations from each of the key Statutory Agencies which form the core of this conference will serve to illustrate their commitment to developing new and innovative practices and will provide all of us in the other sectors an opportunity to reflect on our collective challenges as a community.Addressed by senior representatives of organisations with an involvement in safeguarding in the Limerick area, including Chief Superintendent David Sheahan, who spoke about the level of interagency collaboration that is taking place, quoting extracts from the NBSCCCI audit of Limerick Diocese that acknowledged the unique engagement between Limerick Diocese, an Garda Siochana and HSE/ TUSLA.More news on social issues here Previous articleWalking/running guide highlights sights and sounds of LimerickNext articleWork on Killaloe by-pass to star next year Editor WhatsApp Email Funeral tribute for the Limerick Garda known as ‘Robocop’ center_img New Garda operation to ensure public compliance with COVID-19 travel restrictions RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter COVID-19 volunteerism is a glimpse of what the future can be for church and community Man arrested after buildings in Limerick city centre allegedly damaged by gunfire NewsSocietyBishop of Limerick wants no let up in safeguarding vulnerable peopleBy Editor – January 12, 2018 2047 TAGSAn Garda SíochánaBishop Brendan LeahyChief Superintendent David SheahacollaborationConferenceDiocese of Limerickeducational sectorsHSElimerickMary Immaculate CollegeNBSCCCIpredatorssafeguardingstatutoryTuslavoluntary Printlast_img read more

Shooting at Pensacola air base was likely ‘terror’ attack inspired by radical Islamist ideology, sources say

first_imgiStock(PENSACOLA, Fla.) — Federal investigators have determined that the shooting at a Florida air base that killed three people was likely a “terror” attack inspired by radical Islamic ideology, three sources briefed on the ongoing investigation told ABC News.On Dec. 6, Mohammed Alshamrani, 21, a second lieutenant in the Saudi Air Force, allegedly opened fire inside a classroom at Air Base Pensacola, killing three U.S. Navy personnel and injuring another eight people. Alshamrani was shot and killed by Escambia County Sheriff’s deputies at the scene.Alshamrani was in the United States for flight training and purchased the Glock 9 mm pistol he used in the attack about four months ago by taking advantage of a federal gun exception that allows foreign nationals to legally purchase weapons for hunting, authorities said.Alshamrani allegedly followed radical Islamist content online, including sermons by the American-born cleric Anwar al Awlaki, who was killed in 2011 in a CIA-led drone strike.Alshamrani traveled to New York city shortly before the attack, authorities said, but the travel was likely related to his training and not an effort by him to seek out potential targets.The U.S. Department of Defense has since suspended operational training for all Saudi students in the wake of the shooting.The FBI has not officially designated the shooting as a terror attack, saying only that it is being investigated with the “presumption” that it was an act of terror.Federal investigators are also probing a report that Alshamrani watched mass-shooting videos in the presence of some friends in the days leading up to the attack, two sources briefed on the probe told ABC News. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Allied Esports & Esports Arena are developing an esports arena at the Luxor in…

first_imgAllied Esports and Esports Arena have announced plans for a new dedicated esports venue to be developed at the Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The new Esports Arena Las Vegas is scheduled to open in early 2018 will become the first permanent esports venue on The Strip. It will be the centre of Allied Esports’ growing global network of esports properties which spans North America, Europe and China. The centre looks set to be a major venue for esports with a 30,000 square foot space and some major investment going into ensuring it is the best of the best. Jud Hannigan, CEO of Allied Esports International stated: “We have very ambitious expansion plans over the next two years, and when we realised that a location at Luxor was possible, we jumped at the opportunity to develop our flagship here. “Just as Yankee Stadium, Madison Square Garden and Wembley Stadium are considered their sports’ most aspirational venues by players and fans alike, Esports Arena Las Vegas will be the iconic destination in esports and complement the city’s incredible appeal, attracting video gaming competitors and fans from around the world.”The companies have a big job on their hands (hence the 2018 open date) as the space in the Luxor is currently home to a 30,000 square foot nightclub. Esports Arena is working with Luxor and design firm YWS Design & Architecture to transform the space into a ‘multi-level arena complete with a competition stage, LED video wall, telescopic seating, daily gaming stations, a robust food and beverage offering, and state-of- the-art streaming and television-quality production studios’.  The arena will provide a ready-to- go championship destination for tournaments, leagues and high stakes match-ups in a setting designed to deliver an unparalleled fan experience.Tyler Endres, Co-Founder and COO of Esports Arena, said: “Esports Arena Las Vegas will be the ultimate esports environment that people from around the world will strive to experience first-hand. The operation and programming will be unique, as the rest of our locations are very much driven to engage and support local communities, while here in Las Vegas we are developing an approach that will also create excitement for the millions of visitors who come to the city every year.The choice of location is another string to Las Vegas’ esports bow, and the venue won’t be far away from Millennial Esports’ thE Arena, which is a dedicated 200 seater esports venue in downtown Vegas. Esports Arena has plans to develop a total of ten to fifteen esports venues across North America ‘over the next few years’. Esports Insider says: This is major news for Las Vegas’ aim of becoming the top global destination for esports. The Luxor is an iconic venue on the city’s Strip, and with an ambitious company in the form of Esports Arena fronting the project there is just cause to be excited.last_img read more