Email Advertisement Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ WhatsApp Facebook By KATHRYN HAYESTHERE were tearful scenes as hundreds of mourners, mostly teenage girls gathered in Limerick last Sunday night for the removal of tragic Chloe Kinsella, whose body was recovered from the river Shannon.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Most of those crowded outside Crosses funeral home on Lower Gerald Griffin Street had taken part in the six day search for the popular 15- year-old who went missing from her home over a week ago.Divers from Limerick Marine Search and Rescue recovered Chloe’s body from the river just a short distance from her home in Kenyon Avenue, Kileely last Friday.Gardai are not treating her death as suspicious.Scores of teenage girls mostly wearing pink walked the sorrowful journey, behind the funeral cortege to St Munchin’s Church in Thomondgate led by Chloe’s heartbroken parents Shirley and Kevin.“The girls all decided to wear pink for Chloe,” said one mourner.The 15-year-old’s love of fashion and make up was incapsulated in many of the floral tributes adorning her large white casket.Personal tributes including a make up kit, a floral wreath incorporating a smartphone, and a life sized poster of the boy band One Direction were also in the cortege.Among the largest floral tributes resting against the casket was a collage of photographs of Chloe and her friends with a message ‘Best Friends Forever’.The youngest daughter in a family of nine children this is not the first time that tragedy has visited the Kinsella family.In 2004 Chloe’s younger sister Sophie died from a heart illness aged just four.Shortly after Chloe’s body was found her Uncle Matthew Franklin issued a heartfelt plea to all young people to respect life and seek help if they need it.Mr Franklin is due to speak on behalf of the Kinsella’s family at today’s funeral mass at St Munchin’s Church.The chief celebrant Reverend Pat Seaver is also expected to direct his sermon towards young mourners in particular Chloe’s class mates from fifth year in St Nessan’s School and her many friends from the locality.Meanwhile, Limerick TD Willie O’Dea who was also among the mourners has called on the government to “focus on suicide…as a matter of urgency”.Deputy O’Dea also criticised his own party on its record on mental health.“I tell you the last government should equally be criticised with the present government. Both governments spent money on mental health, but I think they spent it in the wrong way. They spent it with the wrong focus.”“It’s an absolute disgrace, that we are spending so much money and the problem seems to be getting worse and worse and worse.”He added: “Too many young families have been bereaved (by suicide). I’ve attended too may funerals like this. I’ve sympathised with too many families, like the unfortunate family inside there (funeral home) with their fifteen-year old daughter in there in a coffin. I’m not sure that money is being spent the best way possible.”Deputy O’Dea called for a more direct way of getting funding to groups helping vulnerable people without the money being “swallowed up in administration”. Twitter TAGSchloe KinsellafeaturedMusic Limerick No vaccines in Limerick yet Previous articleKiller and rapist jailed for laneway robberyNext articleLimerick County Hurling Final Action admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsCommunityLocal NewsTears for Chloe KinsellaBy admin – October 7, 2013 777 #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick Linkedin Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday Print
Professor Jon Kabat-Zinn, a renowned proponent of applying the practice of mindfulness in schools, addressed the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) Wednesday evening in Longfellow Hall about the effectiveness of such training in countering the pressures and effects of anxiety, stress, chronic pain, and illness on the body, mind, and brain.The practice of mindfulness, a systematic way of paying attention and cultivating well-being, is becoming an increasingly important tool in education, from top-level leaders to elementary schoolchildren.Mindfulness has been used to promote social and emotional learning in children, to teach college students how to savor the joys and challenges of academic life with calmness and clarity, and to help educational leaders ease work stress and build vital attention skills to stay present and receptive in the moment.Kabat-Zinn is a professor of medicine emeritus and the founding director of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.Over the last three decades, mindfulness has moved from the fringes of medicine to the mainstream as an effective tool to manage pain and stress. Many attribute the shift to Kabat-Zinn’s pioneering research and advocacy.“The reason I started this work in the first place is that I thought … it would be valuable if human beings actually knew how to meditate, how to really befriend themselves in a way that wasn’t to have an effect, not to get some good feeling … but because anything else is a kind of living a diminished life,” he said.Mindfulness “allows us to meet the full catastrophe of the human condition. Difficult things happen, terrifying things happen, unwanted things happen, but the real question is how we’re going to be in relationship to them. That’s the challenge. And that’s what mindfulness is about,” he said.Kabat-Zinn believes that mindfulness training in K–12 classrooms — what he calls “contemplative education” — can provide physiological benefits and useful tools for both students and teachers.“What we’re talking about is skill development. Compassion is a skill, kindness is a skill, attention is a skill, awareness is a skill,” he said. “So it’s not just for stress reduction.“The development of these deep, positive, pro-social qualities for interacting, for relating, for emotional intelligence, and also for all of the intellectual qualities” that can be subverted by lapses in “our capacity to pay attention, sustain attention, and penetrate to the root of what’s actually going on … to me, if you learn that in school, you’re going to be in really good shape as an adult.”Before that can happen, teachers first need to understand how mindfulness works, and then how to integrate it successfully in the classroom.“We really need” to master “how to completely tune the instrument of learning. I use the metaphor of an orchestra. You take the Boston Symphony Orchestra: great musicians, great instruments, playing great music. They do not just get together and start playing. They spend plenty of time … listening very, very carefully” to each other, Kabat-Zinn said.“So if you’re going to be learning in an environment like the classroom, why not learn to tune the instrument of learning and help them to get into some kind of alignment, calmness, clarity, emotional regulation, where they can be open to what’s actually available to them?”Such efforts will change not only the immediate experience of learning for students, but also their lifelong pursuit of knowledge, he said.“Real education never ends. You’re pulling on something that’s already intrinsic inside. It’s not like putting stuff in, it’s not like filling a pail. Instead, it becomes a love affair with learning. There’s very little that’s not really interesting if you, in some sense, are grounded in who you are.”
University of Georgia Extension specialists have several suggestions for creatively recycling this year’s tree.“Sunk into private fishing ponds or lakes, Christmas trees make excellent refuge and feeding areas for fish,” said UGA Extension DeKalb County agent Gary Peiffer. Extension wildlife specialists suggest anchoring the tree in a large coffee can with concrete first. The concrete weights the tree down so it stands upright. This natural fish attractor will draw bream and bass and offer a safe haven for young fish. For safety’s sake, drop the tree well away from swimming areas.Wildlife lovers can also turn their holiday tree into a winter bird feeder and shelter. “Just add some orange slices, bread and suet to attract birds and brighten up your winter landscape,” Peiffer said.A decomposing Christmas tree can also provide valuable food for insects and worms, as well as a good hiding place for birds and other creatures. If you love wildlife more than a perfectly manicured landscape, use the holiday tree to create an untidy thicket habitat for little birds, like cardinals and white-throated sparrows.Crafty types can clip away branch tips and needles to provide aroma for sachets and potpourri.UGA Extension horticulturist Matthew Chappell has several suggestions for how to recycle Christmas trees. His list includes the following:Whittle a walking stick. “It takes a lot of whittling. You can give it as a gift next Christmas.” This is Chappell’s favorite use.Create a coat rack. Cut all the branches off except for a few at the top, those should be trimmed 3 inches to 4 inches from the trunk. Build a bottle tree. Cut all the branches about a foot from the trunk and put empty wine bottles on them. “My friend in Charleston, S.C., started that trend in his yard at Folly Beach,” he said. “It’s definitely better with different colored bottles.”Craft a longbow. “My brother-in-law made a longbow out of last year’s Christmas tree. A lot of bow hunters are going back to the old style, the old world way of hunting,” Chappell said.Shape a vine pole. Trim the branches off, but leave some for vine support. Sink the trunk in the ground and use it as a trellis for a climbing plant like a morning glory or clematis.Create kindling. Chop up the smaller branches and make kindling for winter fires. You took time to select and decorate the perfect Christmas tree for the holidays. Now put a little forethought and time into recycling it. Christmas tree branches and the trunk can also be chipped and turned into valuable mulch for landscape and garden plants. If you don’t have a chipper, take your tree to the local “Bring One For The Chipper” event. To find a location, see the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation website at keepgeorgiabeautiful.org/bring_one_for_chipper.asp.
Advertisement Bukayo Saka has been benched by Mikel Arteta for Arsenal’s trip to Spurs (Getty/Sky)Mikel Arteta admits he will continue to rotate his squad after deciding to drop Bukayo Saka for Arsenal’s north London derby against Tottenham.The 18-year-old has been in superb form since the Premier League restart and has delivered two excellent performances in his last two appearances against Wolves and Leicester City.But Arteta has decided to shake-up his starting line-up for his side’s trip to Spurs and Pepe has been given a place in Arsenal’s attack alongside Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Saka, who has four goals and 10 assists for Arsenal this season, has been named on the bench.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTWhen asked about the decision to bench Saka, Arteta told Sky Sports: ‘He’s played a lot of games, we have a lot of games coming up, we have to rotate some players, we had some issues during the week.‘Every week will be a little bit different.’ Comment ð Our north London derby team newsâ¦ð¨ð® Pepe returns to the sideð¬ð¦ Auba also startsð«ð· Laca completes the front line#ï¸â£ #TOTARS— Arsenal (@Arsenal) July 12, 2020 Advertisement Mikel Arteta reveals why Bukayo Saka is benched for Arsenal’s clash vs Tottenham Arteta also backed Pepe to shine after missing Arsenal’s last two games.‘Nico has been phenomenal,’ said the Arsenal manager.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘He had a personal issue 10 days ago – he’s been out, now he’s back in.‘He was firing, he was scoring goials, he was performing really well.‘I have big belief in him again today to make a difference.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterSunday 12 Jul 2020 4:26 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link175Shares
Transgender prisoner could apply to moveNZ Herald 4 April 2014A transgender Oamaru woman sentenced on Wednesday to nine months’ imprisonment in a men’s jail could apply to be moved to a women’s prison.A new system for transgender prisoners was introduced on February 10 in which prisoners who have changed the gender on their birth certificate are automatically put into a prison based on that gender.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11232138Department of CorrectionsCorrections Dep’t: “upon entering the prison system, prisoners are able to apply for placement in a prison where they identify with the gender of the prisoners managed in that prison.”http://www.corrections.govt.nz/resources/prison-operations-manual/Movement/M.03-Specified-gender-and-age-movements/M.03-4.htmlTransgender model vows to competeNZ Herald 4 April 2014An aspiring transgender model has vowed to take to the catwalk tomorrow night despite a row over whether she was eligible to enter a beauty contest.Aucklander Amy Brosnahan, 18, said she wanted to represent transgender women in the competition and show they shouldn’t back down when they faced opposition.Organisers for the beauty contest – called Battle of the Babes – were forced into a u-turn after initially telling Amy she could not compete when she came out as a trans-woman.“I’m sort of doing it as a stand, to show other transgenders that they can do anything they want to do, they just have to sometimes fight for it,” she said.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11231785Girl, 7, unsure over calling sex-change parent ‘Mum’ or ‘Dad’ Mail Online 13 February 2014A primary school girl in Australia calls her step-parent both ‘Mum’ and ‘Dad’ after the woman became a transgender male, had her breasts removed and grew a beard.The seven-year-old girl is confused about her step-parent who was once her biological mother’s lesbian lover.In a closed hearing of the the Family Court in Queensland, the transgender man referred to as ‘Mr Brown’ was applying for regular contact with his step-daughter following his separation from the girl’s mother.The Court heard Mr Brown had lived in a lesbian relationship with the mother, the young girl and another, older sibling for almost three years.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2558261/Girl-7-confused-step-parents-sex-change-lesbian-mothers-partner-transgender-male-grew-beard-Family-Court-Australia-hears.html
Chinese President Xi Jinping is on a visit to the United states, one that is widely seen as a move to strengthen relations between the two countries.Global attention has been put on the possible cooperation between China and the United States as well as on how they will address their differences.Xi Jinping has expressed his country’s readiness to cooperate with the US on various issues and to ensure the two work together.
LEON Andrews led from the front with the ball and helped with the bat, but the Guyana Defence Force were not at full strength on day two of their Georgetown Cricket Association-Noble House Seafoods Second Division two-day cricket competition, which resulted in the home team winning by an innings and 30 runs.Although the Georgetown Cricket Club had wrested control on Saturday, the opening day, and had a sizable lead after their first innings, GDF could have still held on for a draw, but only nine players were available to bat—when the eighth wicket fell on Sunday afternoon, the army had to concede defeat.Scores in the game: GDF 91 and 153, GCC 274.After taking the lead on Saturday due to a half-century from youngster, Mavendra Dindyal (72), the home team continued from their overnight score of 145-3 on Sunday morning. The army had a good session, since apart for a fighting unbeaten 51 from teenager Zachary Jodah (2x4s, 23 singles) and an aggressive last stand by fast bowler Carlos La Rose, the rest of the side succumbed to the off-spin bowling of Andrews.Andrews, who had taken the wicket of Dindyal on Saturday, took five wickets on Sunday, including overnight batsmen Rivaldo Phillips (28) and Deonarine Seegobin (23). The army could have restricted the side to a lower score, but La Rose got on top of the bowling as he and Jodah added 59 runs for the last wicket. The number 11 batsman struck three sixes and two fours in a score of 35, which helped to push GCC to 274.Andrews finished with 6-96 from 28 overs, while Damian Waldon and Randy Lindore supported with one wicket each. In GDF’s second innings, Andrews (31) paced his time in the middle with a plethora of twos, but like several of the top order batsmen, he had a start, but did not follow on.GDF’s middle-order then had a moment of lapse, as four wickets went down in quick succession (62-1 to 63-5); Joshua Jones, though, kept the scoreboard ticking with some aggressive batting. His 52 included four sixes and one four. Despite his half-century, and 25 runs from Dameon Ross and 20 from Lindore, GDF succumbed at 153-8 just before the scheduled close of play.Left- arm spinner Stephon Wilson again took three wickets. He proved to be extremely economical with 3-13 from 12 overs. Darrius Andrews and Bernard Bailey supported with two wickets each.