Black churches have lagged in moving online during the pandemic –…

first_img By Erika Gault, Assistant Professor of Africana Studies, University of ArizonaFrom online campaigns for justice to popular TikTok challenges, Black young adults are at the forefront of social media trends. But when it comes to the Black Church, the same cannot be said – it has lagged behind in the rush to go digital.There is a reason for that. But as a scholar of online religious practices, I believe that ascribing the problem to a generational divide and declining church engagement among young people is overly simplistic.Such a view, I argue, fails to understand the complex dynamic between Black young adults and the Black Church.The digital gapThe pandemic is one case in point. Early in March, before state and federal guidelines were handed down, Black churches were split over whether to remain open or close their doors to congregants during the pandemic.Some churches designed innovative practices to cater to congregants during the lockdown, like church service by phone, drive-in services or livestreaming worship before empty pews.But others continued with in-person services despite stay-at-home orders. A survey in late April found that worshipers at historically Black churches were the least likely to say that their services had moved online.The slow move to online technology by some Black churches has been attributed in part to an aging hierarchy.Nonetheless, studies suggest that racial and economic disparities could also be factors in why many Black churches struggled to go online prior to and during the pandemic compared to non-Black churches. On average, Black Americans face greater barriers to internet access and high-speed connection at home than do white Americans. This disparity extends to Black young adults.Young Black faithSo-called Black millennials – those age 23 to 38 – total well over 11 million. They are the largest living population of African Americans.Polling suggests a declining number are involved in the Black church. The number of young adults and Black Americans identifying as Christian fell by 16 percentage points and 11 percentage points, respectively, between 2009 and 2019.Those who do identify as Christian – 65%, according to a 2014 Pew survey – participate in a diverse range of faith practices. In my forthcoming book on religion and Black young adults, I note the emergence of Black young adults who make a living through online faith-based practices.These include D. Danyelle Thomas, founder of Unfit Christian, who fosters a popular Facebook community and provides intuitive tarot readings by email. There are others who provides Christian content through art and sermons to online subscribers, like Joseph Solomon, and YouTube personalities like Umar Johnson, who espouses Pan-Africanist thought as a response to religion.The technological prowess of Black young adults as religious content creators is out there. But it can sometimes be overlooked in part due to longstanding perceptions of young people as lazy or feckless that dovetail with similar tropes about Black people that have been around since the 19th century.It is also complicated by misconceptions over the behavior of so-called millennials, and how that term is applied to Black young people.Back in 1991, researchers Neil Howe and William Strauss wrote the bestselling book “Generations,” coining the term “millennial” that went on to describe those born between 1981 and 1996. They followed it up with a more in-depth look at the generation in “Millennials Rising.” But the generalizations that Howe and Strauss make are based on a very small, mostly affluent white student population in Fairfax County, Virginia.In more recent years, social scientists have been critical of their work for a variety of methodological reasons, including its limited sample size and racial bias.This points to the ways in which systematic racism has influenced statistical studies of Black communities. Studies which homogenize identity around white young people obscure a discriminatory past in which views on youth and Black people combined to inform notions of young Black people as lazy and even criminal.As I have found, this tendency can be most problematic when examining Black young people, their use of technology and the Black Church. It downplays the differences between young Black and white adults in how they engage online.It also fails to properly account for the diverse modes of Black religious expression and the role of intergenerational relationships in Black communities.Crossing the divideStudies have shown that while Black millennials usually have smartphones, they are less likely to have access to laptops and desktops compared to white millennials.This may explain the relatively high level of engagement that Black users have with social media platforms that work well on a smartphone format, such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and TikTok.In recent years, white millennials have trended away from the social media site Facebook. But Black young adults remain invested in Facebook, allowing them to maintain an online connection with older family members who are more likely to be using Facebook than social media platforms aimed at younger users.Social media sites like Facebook and YouTube also afford Black young adults the space to perform Black church rituals alongside older Black adults: for example, through the use of memes or TikTok challenges. Such digital forms of play in these examples, including donning ornate church dresses and hats and sharing hip hop remakes of gospel classics, provide experiences that connect African Americans of all ages.Although some Black young Americans may feel a disconnect with the Black church over its positions on, for example, women’s rights, hip-hop, or LGBTQIA issues, they are still likely to be connected to traditional Black churches through family, friends and online religious content. In addition, young Black adults are significantly more likely to be living in multi-generational households, putting them in closer contact with older churchgoers.As such, despite uneven access to technology, Black churches should be well situated for survival and growth in uncertain times. But it will require nurturing the intergenerational networks that already exist.This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. The Anatomy of Fear Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here A multimedia technician wipes down audio equipment at a church in Brooklyn. AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your name herecenter_img Please enter your comment! 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7 ways to avoid becoming a misinformation superspreader

first_img By H. Colleen Sinclair, Associate Professor of Social Psychology, Mississippi State UniversityThe problem of misinformation isn’t going away. Internet platforms like Facebook and Twitter have taken some steps to curb its spread and say they are working on doing more. But no method yet introduced has been completely successful at removing all misleading content from social media. The best defense, then, is self-defense.Misleading or outright false information – broadly called “misinformation” – can come from websites pretending to be news outlets, political propaganda or “pseudo-profound” reports that seem meaningful but are not. Disinformation is a type of misinformation that is deliberately generated to maliciously mislead people. Disinformation is intentionally shared, knowing it is false, but misinformation can be shared by people who don’t know it’s not true, especially because people often share links online without thinking.Emerging psychology research has revealed some tactics that can help protect our society from misinformation. Here are seven strategies you can use to avoid being misled, and to prevent yourself – and others – from spreading inaccuracies.1. Educate yourselfThe best inoculation against what the World Health Organization is calling the “infodemic” is to understand the tricks that agents of disinformation are using to try to manipulate you.One strategy is called “prebunking” – a type of debunking that happens before you hear myths and lies. Research has shown that familiarizing yourself with the tricks of the disinformation trade can help you recognize false stories when you encounter them, making you less susceptible to those tricks.Researchers at the University of Cambridge have developed an online game called “Bad News,” which their studies have shown can improve players’ identification of falsehoods.In addition to the game, you can also learn more about how internet and social media platforms work, so you better understand the tools available to people seeking to manipulate you. You can also learn more about scientific research and standards of evidence, which can help you be less susceptible to lies and misleading statements about health-related and scientific topics.Playing the ‘Bad News’ online game illustrates different ways information warriors can prey on people’s psychological vulnerabilities.Screenshot of Get Bad News2. Recognize your vulnerabilitiesThe prebunking approach works for people across the political spectrum, but it turns out that people who underestimate their biases are actually more vulnerable to being misled than people who acknowledge their biases.Research has found people are more susceptible to misinformation that aligns with their preexisting views. This is called “confirmation bias,” because a person is biased toward believing information that confirms what they already believe.The lesson is to be particularly critical of information from groups or people with whom you agree or find yourself aligned – whether politically, religiously, or by ethnicity or nationality. Remind yourself to look for other points of view, and other sources with information on the same topic.It is especially important to be honest with yourself about what your biases are. Many people assume others are biased, but believe they themselves are not – and imagine that others are more likely to share misinformation than they themselves are.3. Consider the sourceMedia outlets have a range of biases. The Media Bias Chart describes which outlets are most and least partisan as well as how reliable they are at reporting facts.You can play an online game called “Fakey” to see how susceptible you are to different ways news is presented online.When consuming news, make sure you know how trustworthy the source is – or whether it’s not trustworthy at all. Double-check stories from other sources with low biases and high fact ratings to find out who – and what – you can actually trust, rather than just what your gut tells you.Also, be aware that some disinformation agents make fake sites that look like real news sources – so make sure you’re conscious of which site you are actually visiting. Engaging in this level of thinking about your own thinking has been shown to improve your ability to tell fact from fiction.Take a moment to think before you decide to share something online.10’000 Hours/Digital Vision via Getty Images4. Take a pauseWhen most people go online, especially on social media, they’re there for entertainment, connection or even distraction. Accuracy isn’t always high on the priority list. Yet few want to be a liar, and the costs of sharing misinformation can be high – to individuals, their relationships and society as a whole. Before you decide to share something, take a moment to remind yourself of the value you place on truth and accuracy.Thinking “is what I am sharing true?” can help you stop the spread of misinformation and will encourage you to look beyond the headline and potentially fact-check before sharing.Even if you don’t think specifically about accuracy, just taking a pause before sharing can give you a chance for your mind to catch up with your emotions. Ask yourself whether you really want to share it, and if so, why. Think about what the potential consequences of sharing it might be.Research shows that most misinformation is shared quickly and without much thought. The impulse to share without thinking can even be more powerful than partisan sharing tendencies. Take your time. There is no hurry. You are not a breaking-news organization upon whom thousands depend for immediate information.5. Be aware of your emotionsPeople often share things because of their gut reactions, rather than the conclusions of critical thinking. In a recent study, researchers found that people who viewed their social media feed while in an emotional mindset were significantly more likely to share misinformation than those who went in with a more rational state of mind.Anger and anxiety, in particular, make people more vulnerable to falling for misinformation.6. If you see something, say somethingStand up to misinformation publicly. It may feel uncomfortable to challenge your friends online, especially if you fear conflict. The person to whom you respond with a link to a Snopes post or other fact-checking site may not appreciate being called out.But evidence shows that explicitly critiquing the specific reasoning in the post and providing counterevidence like a link about how it is fake is an effective technique.Even short-format refutations – like “this isn’t true” – are more effective than saying nothing. Humor – though not ridicule of the person – can work, too. When actual people correct misinformation online, it can be as effective, if not more so, as when a social media company labels something as questionable.People trust other humans more than algorithms and bots, especially those in our own social circles. That’s particularly true if you have expertise in the subject or are a close connection with the person who shared it.An additional benefit is that public debunking notifies other viewers that they may want to look more closely before choosing to share it themselves. So even if you don’t discourage the original poster, you are discouraging others.Even kids know to speak up when they see something wrong.Mireya Acierto/DigitalVision via Getty Images7. If you see someone else stand up, stand with themIf you see someone else has posted that a story is false, don’t say “well, they beat me to it so I don’t need to.” When more people chime in on a post as being false, it signals that sharing misinformation is frowned upon by the group more generally.Stand with those who stand up. If you don’t and something gets shared over and over, that reinforces people’s beliefs that it is OK to share misinformation – because everyone else is doing it, and only a few, if any, are objecting.Allowing misinformation to spread also makes it more likely that even more people will start to believe it – because people come to believe things they hear repeatedly, even if they know at first they’re not true.There is no perfect solution. Some misinformation is harder to counter than others, and some countering tactics are more effective at different times or for different people. But you can go a long way toward protecting yourself and those in your social networks from confusion, deception and falsehood.This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Identify and stop the lies. NLshop/iStock via Getty Images Plus Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 TAGSEducationEmotionsFacebookFalse InformationInternetMisinformationResearchSay SomethingSocial MediaSourceStand UpStrategiesTake a PauseThe ConversationTruthTwitterVulnerabilities Previous articleMeet Cosi, a short-term stay rental startup that just raised over $23mNext articleJoin Dr. Anthony Fauci and Rep. 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Tresarca / assemblageSTUDIO

first_imgManufacturers: Crenshaw Lighting, Dunn Edwards, Fleetwood, Kohler, Miele, Subzero/Wolf, The Western Group, Viabizzuno, Viking, Viking Range, Bryant Heating & Air Conditioning, Martin Garage, NaturesElement, Performance Windows, Sonia, Tuscany Collection, VALVO CopyHouses•Las Vegas, United States Mendenhall Smith Engineering United States Photographs:  Bill Timmerman , Zack Hussain Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Projects ArchDaily Structural Engineer: “COPY” Architects: assemblageSTUDIO Area Area of this architecture project Photographs General Contractor: 2011 Tresarca / assemblageSTUDIOSave this projectSaveTresarca / assemblageSTUDIO CopyAbout this officeassemblageSTUDIOOfficeFollowProductsSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesLas VegasHousesUnited StatesPublished on February 26, 2014Cite: “Tresarca / assemblageSTUDIO” 26 Feb 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic BrassCompositesMitrexPhotovoltaic Solar Cladding – BIPV CladdingPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodPanel Façade SystemArmchairsUniForArmchair – ParigiLouvers / ShuttersBruagShading Screens – Perforated Facade PanelsAluminium CompositesSculptformAluminium Façade BladesCultural / PatrimonialIsland Exterior FabricatorsSeptember 11th Memorial Museum Envelope SystemWire MeshJakobWebnet in a Gymnasium in GurmelsDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Pocket Door | MareaPaintKEIMMineral Paint for Concrete – KEIM Concretal®-WLouversReynaers AluminiumSolar ShadingHandlesFormaniFitting Collection – ARCMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Year:  Area:  8000 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project Houses Tresarca / assemblageSTUDIO Lighting Artist: Ambient Strata, Annika Newell “COPY” Design Team:Eric Strain, Drew Gregory, Clemente Cicoria, CJ Hoogland, Tony Diaz, Leon Cifala, Renee Smith, Rachel TarrCity:Las VegasCountry:United StatesMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Bill TimmermanRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreDoorsGorter HatchesRoof Hatch – RHT AluminiumWindowsVitrocsaMinimalist Window – SlidingDoorsSky-FrameInsulated Sliding Doors – Sky-Frame ArcText description provided by the architects. Nevada is a state of two worlds, one of glitz and glamour on the Las Vegas Strip which seeks to transplant imagery from around the globe to mesmerize the minds of 40 million tourists. While the latter develops its architecture from local materials, whose vernacular represents function over form.Save this picture!SectionAt Tresarca, the materials develop a layering of mass as you move from the basement to the private realm. Each layer is representational of the stratification of the nearby Red Rock Mountains. Change of materials provides the variety of textures associated with the rock formations. Crevices between the masses form an oasis where landscape and water cool the space. The mesh screen provides both a protection from the harsh sun on the interior spaces and a play of shadows among the forms. Save this picture!© Zack HussainBlurring of the line between inside and out has been established throughout this home. Space is not determined by the enclosure but through the idea of space extending past perceived barriers into an expanded form of living indoors and out. Even in this harsh environment, one is able to enjoy this concept through the development of exterior courts which are designed to shade and protect. Reminiscent of the crevices found in our rock formations where one often finds an oasis of life in this environment. Save this picture!© Zack HussainProject gallerySee allShow lessSpanish Pavilion Expo Zaragoza 2008 / Francisco MangadoSelected Projects”Invisible Cities” App Turns the Data of City Life Into an Extraordinary LandscapeArchitecture News Share Save this picture!© Bill Timmerman+ 35 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Unique Custom Home ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboardlast_img read more

West Croftmore Renovation / Morales Finch

first_imgArchDaily West Croftmore Renovation / Morales Finch Projects United Kingdom Manufacturers: Nemetschek, AdobeClients:Robin von EinsiedelCity:AviemoreCountry:United KingdomMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Oskar ProctorRecommended ProductsWindowsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Casement Windows – Rabel 8400 Slim Super Thermal PlusWoodEGGERLaminatesWindowsOTTOSTUMM | MOGSWindow Systems – BronzoFinestra B40WoodAccoyaAccoya® Cladding, Siding & FacadesText description provided by the architects. This project involves the conversion of an existing agricultural building, into a painter’s residence, in the Scottish Highlands. The former agricultural store is located beside the Spey River, on the outskirts of the town of Aviemore and one of the most sparsely populated regions in Europe The ‘Pityoulish’ estate, on which the building is sited includes similar agricultural buildings, individual residences, temporary shelters for walkers and fisherman, as well as larges areas of forest and arable land. Around 200 years old, the building is constructed of solid masonry, and through movement and the erosion of structural elements, was a product of its environments harsh extremes.Save this picture!© Oskar ProctorBrief. The client and owner of the estate provided a brief that had two principal criteria. The first was to stabilize the building, through the repair and replacement of its primary elements, and the introduction of insulation and utilities. The second was to convert the barn into a studio, not only for personal use but also as the potential base for a residency program. In doing so their aim was to illustrate how buildings of this sort (of which there are many examples locally, often unused and abandoned) can be adapted and utilized in order to avoid them falling into disrepair, whilst providing an unfamiliar use of the space that could potentially serve the local community, culturally.Save this picture!© Oskar ProctorSave this picture!SectionSave this picture!© Oskar ProctorThe building. The works themselves were split into two main phases. Given the limited budget, the primary task involved replacing and insulating the building’ roof and floor in order to provide robust, insulated cover and a base from which internal works could then take place on a more incremental basis, as prescribed by the funds available at the time, and in the future, were they to become available. The decision was therefore taken to split the space into two internal areas; a general store that would for the same function as the original barn as well as providing ancillary storage for the adjoining space and would feature minimal internal works, and an adjoining studio, with direct internal access between the two.Save this picture!© Oskar ProctorWithin the studio space, all internal floors and partitions were removed. In their place, a double-height volume provides the main studio space, served by newly introduced roof lights that offer natural light, that compliments additional gallery lighting. Overlooking this volume is a mezzanine in which a bedroom is located, with a small kitchen and bathroom located beneath. More generally, all internal walls and ceilings were lined so as to allow for the hanging of works in the future, both by the owner and possible future residents.Save this picture!© Oskar ProctorProject gallerySee allShow lessArchitecture and Topography: 15 Projects with Different Approaches to ReliefMiscShortlist Revealed for Tamayouz Women in Architecture and Construction 2019Architecture News Share Architects: Morales Finch Area Area of this architecture project Photographs Year:  West Croftmore Renovation / Morales FinchSave this projectSaveWest Croftmore Renovation / Morales Finch ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboardcenter_img Area:  145 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” CopyAbout this officeMorales FinchOfficeFollowProductsWoodStone#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentRenovationScotlandAviemoreUnited KingdomPublished on September 06, 2019Cite: “West Croftmore Renovation / Morales Finch” 06 Sep 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodSiding Façade SystemWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialMetal PanelsDri-DesignMetal Panels – CopperIn architectureSikaBuilding Envelope SystemsExterior DeckingLunawoodThermowood DeckingMembranesEffisusFaçade Protection – Breather+Metal PanelsPure + FreeFormCustom Metal Cladding – Legacy Fund 1 BuildingWood Boards / HPL PanelsInvestwoodWood Fiber Partition Walls – ValchromatDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile FILO 10 Vertical Pivot Door | BrezzaSkylightsFAKROEnergy-efficient roof window FTT ThermoToilets / BidetsBritexToilets – Accessible Centurion PanMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?苏格兰农场仓库更新 / Morales Finch是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Photographs:  Oskar Proctor Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project “COPY” 2019 CopyHouses, Renovation•Aviemore, United Kingdom Save this picture!© Oskar Proctor+ 21Curated by Paula Pintos Share Houseslast_img read more

Worldwide Volunteering (How to)

first_img Howard Lake | 23 November 2007 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.  15 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Worldwide Volunteering (How to)last_img read more

Volunteers worth millions to NHS

first_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. Volunteers worth millions to NHS Howard Lake | 30 July 2008 | News Volunteers are probably worth millions to the NHS, according to a new pilot study from Volunteering England.The study assesses the impact of volunteering with NHS trusts, focusing on five across the country. Some trusts estimated that the economic value of volunteering averaged around £700,000 a year in hospital trusts, £500,000 a year in mental health trusts and £250,000 a year for primary care trusts.Care Services Minister, Ivan Lewis said: “Volunteers play a variety of critical roles, at all levels, providing mutual benefit to staff, volunteers and service users within health and social care services. We know that their contribution is essential and can improve the lives of patients and their local communities.”The study revealed that volunteers could overcome social isolation by volunteering and that a community’s understanding of mental health issues can also be improved through volunteers.Volunteers’ motivations for volunteering ranged from ‘giving something back’ to achieving better employment prospects and wanting to give structure to a retired lifestyle.Trusts involved in the study derived huge benefit from their volunteering programmes, although volunteering in the trusts was unevenly distributed and managed. Trusts also need to take into account the opinions of paid staff. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Volunteering  16 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

16-year-old girl and baby in emergency care

first_imgTwitter Previous articleAbnormal load expected to delay Limerick road usersNext articleTrial adjourned to allow accused attend mother’s funeral Staff Reporter Linkedin AN EMERGENCY child care order has been granted to the Child and Family Agency for a 16 year old girl and her newborn baby boy to be taken into the care of the State.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The matter came before the courts for the second time last Friday when the State agency sought the care order after it emerged that the 16-year-old girl, gave birth to her baby after a concealed pregnancy in the back garden of her home.When the girl presented at the hospital after she gave birth at home, the court was told that she was “traumatised and in complete shock”.The HSE was notified and made an immediate application through the Child and Family Agency to have the girl and her two day old son taken into care. An emergency care order was granted and the Child and Family Agency were now seeking an interim care order.The presiding judge was given a brief outline of the history surrounding the case and the basis on which the Child and Family Agency were applying for the care order.The young girl’s family had a history, which was known to the agency, of issues surrounding hygiene and neglect.The social worker said that the teenage girl has a “mild learning disability” and that there were “huge concerns surrounding her capacity to consent to sexual intercourse”.The interim care order was granted after the Judge heard that the father of the child was not known but a paternity test was to be carried out as soon as possible.The girl and her child are in separate foster care environments but the court heard that the girl had spent some time with her child. The baby was born at full term and was in good health.The matter was adjourned to allow the HSE apply to extend the period of emergency care and seek a supervision order. News16-year-old girl and baby in emergency careBy Staff Reporter – May 5, 2014 823 WhatsAppcenter_img Advertisement Email Print Facebooklast_img read more

Woman locked herself in bedroom during aggravated burglary

first_imgNewsWoman locked herself in bedroom during aggravated burglaryBy Staff Reporter – September 7, 2015 1103 WhatsApp Facebook Previous articleWoman rescued from bridge wallNext articleMurder accused found dead in city apartment Staff Reporter Email Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up THE victim of an aggravated burglary on the outskirts of Limerick city locked herself into her bedroom when a teenager armed with a knife broke into her home and searched for cash, a court has heard.Details of the burglary were heard during a bail application by Jamie Ryan (19) of Pineview Gardens, Moyross at Limerick District Court last week. He is charged with aggravated burglary at a house in Clonisle, Old Cratloe Road on May 3.Before being returned for trial to Limerick Circuit Court, defence solicitor Sarah Ryan renewed her client’s application for bail.Objecting to the application, Detective Garda Ronan O’Reilly said that if he was granted bail he would commit crime to feed a drug habit and repay debts.It was State’s case that Jamie Ryan broke into the house by smashing a back patio door with a rock from the garden. Armed with a knife, he went about the house searching for cash.When she heard the commotion downstairs, the woman who owned the house locked herself in her bedroom and called the Gardaí and threw the keys out the window to the detectives when they arrived.Ms Ryan solicitor said her client would abide by any condition set down by the court if he was granted bail but Judge Marian O’Leary said that she was not satisfied to grant bail and remanded the accused in continuing custody to the next sittings of the Circuit Criminal Court.center_img Linkedin Twitter Print Advertisementlast_img read more

Key roles shortage shows no signs of slowing down

first_imgMorethan a third of employers expect difficulties in recruiting HR managers in thenext six months, according to research by the Recruitment Confidence Index.Itshows that 38 per cent of the 575 organisations surveyed were having problemsfilling key roles in middle and senior HR management, compared with 32 per centfor the previous six months. Trainingand development managers and compensation and benefits managers areparticularly in demand.  AngelaBaron, adviser for employee resourcing at the CIPD, said, “We havewitnessed a tightness in the labour market. Skills shortages appear further upthe management level, in more specialised HR functions.”Sheadded, “There is not much of a shortage in junior HR roles.”SteveFrench, managing director of HR recruitment for TMP Worldwide, said that largefirms have the resources to recruit specialised HR professionals such ascompensation and benefits managers.Thesurvey also shows that the engineering sector is suffering. It is the hardesthit sector with 68 per cent of respondents anticipating recruitment problemsfor managerial positions in the next six months. DavidYeandle, deputy director of the Engineering Employers’ Federation, said,”We are experiencing serious pockets of skills shortages. “Thedifficulties for employers lie in recruiting for the more specialised technicalstaff. It’s a tight labour market and it’s difficult to say whether the problemwill improve.”ITfollowed closely behind, with 63 per cent of organisations expecting problemsin recruiting managerial/professional staff in the next six months. ByKaren Higginbottom Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Key roles shortage shows no signs of slowing downOn 30 Jan 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Keble Warden ‘mightily sorry’ for undergrad accommodation cock-up

first_imgKeble offcials have apolgised to students for forcing students to delay their arrival in Oxford, though insist they will “make no apology for not consulting.”The apology came in an acrimonious open forum between students and staff, as they try to restore relations ahead of the coming year.Following a failure to complete fire saftey tests in the college’s graduate accommodation prior to the start of term, second and third year undergraduates at Keble College were told to “postpone their arrival in Oxford.”In an email sent by the college’s warden, Jonathan Phillips, on Monday of -1st week, the students were further told that “unless they [had] a compelling reason to be in College sooner,” they would only be allowed to take up residence at the college from Thursday 4th October.Wednesday’s open forum was held to allow students affected by the accommodation mishap to voice their concerns.Presided over by the warden, the forum was attended by Keble Bursar Roger Boden, Domestic Bursar Nick French, Senior Tutor Ali Rogers, and Welfare Fellow Nevsky Everett.About 30 members of the Keble JCR were also present.Noting the “considerable inconvenience” caused by the accommodation cock-up, Phillips said he was “mightily sorry”.However, he added: “We had no time to consult [students about the best course of action], and I make no apology for not consulting.”Students raised points about access, with one JCR member citing an email, dated 25th September, which explained: “In the circumstances we cannot accept as a compelling reason the fact that the only time you can be brought to College is at the weekend.”Students also called for improved communication, noting the unclear emails sent five minutes before the college office closed during -1st week.Phillips argued, that “the [college’s] motivation was good,” as they intended to communicate as quickly and clearly as possible, but acknowledged that there were still problems with the way in which information was distributed.Questions were also raised about the temporary closure of the hall and the O’Reilly Theatre, which started last week and will end during the Easter Vacation.Furthermore, there was discussion about college facilities, with MCR members being set to use JCR washing machines until the end of the month.A third year at Keble told Cherwell: “Since I had already committed to coming back early, I had to sleep on friends’ floors for six nights.“I had problems with storing my stuff as well, as my parents couldn’t take time off on the Thursday to help me move in.”Another third-year student added: “The general feeling in college in the past has been the administration does not prioritise its undergraduate students.“It was this discontent that meant the inconsiderate emails and delay in our return to college was disappointing, but not surprising, confirming what we’ve suspected all along.”last_img read more