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“I had to apologise to my children”

first_imgPrint WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Facebook TAGSAdapt HouseDomestic abusefeaturedlimerick Twitter by Bernie [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “When I left him, I had to apologise to my kids for bringing them up in a place where their mother lived in terror. It was the hardest thing I have ever had to do in my life”.Those are the words of Limerick City woman, Deirdre, who left and abusive marriage after 25 years of being at the mercy of her husband’s absolute control and violent mood swings.“I never thought I was in an abusive relationship because he never laid a finger on me, Yet now I know that’s exactly what it was.I lived in fear of how he would be when he came through the door for all those years”.Deirdre was sharing her experience of escaping abuse during the international 16 days of opposition to violence against women.When Deirdre married, she had no idea what was ahead.“The first time I saw him carry on the way he did for most of our marriage was after our second child was born. He was hammering at something on the landing. It was late at night and a neighbour came in and asked me to ask him to stop the noise.“When I did, he threw the hammer at me from the top of the stairs”.“He was depressed and he would stay in bed for most of the day. But I had to listen for his every move and have a cup of tea ready, at drinkable temperature, when he finally came down the stairs. If it wasn’t how he liked it, he would throw it at me”.Deirdre says she lost her friends as she could never predict whether her husband would be gracious or insulting to them if they called. “I had no social life. He wanted to know where I was every minute of every day. If I went anywhere, he would call my mobile constantly and it had better be switched on”.A combination of depression and drink added fuel to her husband’s fire and the final straw came when their teenage son walked out of the house in the middle of the night after being roused by “roaring and shouting. He demanded we go after him and when we found my son, he hit him. That was the end for me. I realised that this wasn’t normal.”.Deirdre planned to use money she had stashed to accommodate her husband’s drinking to get away. She initially went to another part of the country and then was put in touch with Adapt services in Limerick.“I stayed with them for a few months and I can’t say enough about the support they gave me. When I wanted to talk, they were there. When I couldn’t talk about it, they were there too”.Deirdre has since moved back into the marital home that her husband left and has found a job.“I want women to know that just because they don’t have physical bruises doesn’t mean that they are not suffering abuse. But there is support and there is escape”, she said. Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories WhatsApp Previous article€10 000 missing from Limerick PrisonNext articleOn Catching the Train Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. center_img News“I had to apologise to my children”By Bernie English – December 4, 2015 803 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Advertisement Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Email Linkedinlast_img read more

Regional Produce Hub

first_imgThe University of Georgia Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development and the Athens Land Trust will host a series of town hall meetings to determine farmers’ interest in the creation of a regional vegetable and fruit processing facility for Northeast Georgia. The meetings will be held in Monroe on July 17, in Hull on July 29 and in Jefferson on Aug. 4. “We’re still early in the planning stages, and right now, we’re just trying to find out what the farmers want, what they need and what they would use,” said Kent Wolfe, director of thecenter which is part of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. The Athens Land Trust, a non-profit organization that supports farmland preservation and local agriculture across northeast Georgia, maintains Athens-Clarke County’s only urban farms. The trust and is trying to decide whether or not to open a community proccessing facility in conjunction with the farms. The facility would be open to farmers from around the northeast Georgia region as well as local cooks, professional chefs and anyone who would like to produce sauces, salsas, jams and other preserved goods for sale. The first stage of planning this proposed facility is finding out if there is enough interest to make it feasible and what part of their harvest farmers are looking to preserve, Wolfe said. For information about the Athens Land Trust, its projects and mission, visit www.athenslandtrust.org. For more information about the UGA Center of Agribusiness and Economic Development, its research and marketing and economic development projects, visit www.caes.uga.edu/center/caed/ .last_img read more

Bonnie Lee Murray

first_imgBonnie Lee Murray, 79, of Rising Sun, IN, passed away at 9:19 PM, Sunday, January 10th, 2016 at her residence. Bonnie was born in Switzerland County, IN on June 16, 1936, a daughter of the late Ardella (Whitham) and Lewis C. Workman. She attended school in Ohio County and was a graduate of Rising Sun High School, Class of 1954. Bonnie also received a Associates Degree from Purdue University in 1988. On November 14, 1953 she married Vernon Lee “Sox” Murray at the Rising Sun Church of Christ. Bonnie and Sox were married over 60 years until his passing on April 6, 2014. Bonnie worked as an administrative assistant at Anchor Glass in Lawrenceburg, IN, retiring in June of 1998. She was the secretary of the Anchor Glass Retirees Club and a member of the Rising Sun American Legion Auxiliary. Bonnie was also a faithful member of the Rising Sun Church of Christ where volunteering at the freestore became her job after retiring from Anchor. She was also a member of the Good News Club. Bonnie loved visiting with family and friends and going to any activity her grandchildren or great grandchildren were involved in.Bonnie is  survived by a daughter, Maria Murray (Robert Steele), of Cumming, GA; a son, Mikel Murray (Belinda), of Rising Sun, IN; by grandchildren Daena Sprafka (Joe), Kimberly Kuhn (Brian), Micah Murray & Robert “Trey” Steele and by great grandchildren Brooke Hensley, Bryce Combs, Joe Sprafka, Nate Sprafka, Kacyn Kuhn, Tyson Schraeder, Erica Schraeder and by several step grandchildren and step great grandchildren; by sisters-in-law Joy Ames of Jensen Beach, FL and Kay Burress (Don) of Rising Sun, IN; by brother-in-law Donald Siekman of Rising Sun, IN and by her aunt, Erma Whitham of Vevay, IN. Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents, by her husband Vernon and by sisters, Jeanie Cavanaugh & Ethel Mae Turner.Funeral services will be at 10 AM, Saturday, January 16 at the Markland Funeral Home in Rising Sun, IN. Visitation will be Friday from 5-8 PM at Markland Funeral Home. Burial will be at Rising Sun New Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Rising Sun Church of Christ, the Cass-Union Scholarship Fund or to the Rising Sun Church of Christ Freestore (monetary donations or actual items for use). marklandfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

The attack of the killer B’s and the threat of player tracking!

first_img UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Share Submit UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Related Articles Cross-party think-tank calls for £100 monthly limit on gambling August 5, 2020 SBC America’s Chris Murphy wonders whether the gaming industry will get on track with the latest proposals around machine play and social responsibility.We can only hope that anyone from the Category B gaming machine sector was seated when they read through the Gambling Commission’s latest missive this week, calling for evidence on said machines. The implied message is that GC officials, and government policy makers, want to see some form of player tracking on games that they privately, if not publicly, consider to be a risk to public health.The issue of player tracking is not new. It was first mooted publicly by the DCMS during one of BACTA’s annual conventions, probably around the time of the protracted and often toxic debate around the Gambling Act 2005.The exact date is academic, but safe to say it was several years ago and the DCMS man at the time offered the view that the government would be open to the idea of debit card payments on gaming machines if the industry would respond with a more open approach to data and technology. In other words, you can have cashless payment methods but in return we will require the ability to track players and their habits.The perceived danger around player tracking is, of course, that gamblers are a shy bunch who would eat their own nasal hair before sharing how much they’re feeding into a machine. Faced with the option of giving up their anonymity to play or finding an alternative way to gamble undetected, most will choose the latter.Should the UK machine industry fear the worst from player tracking? The Austrian slot machine sector offers more than a clue, albeit in the sense of a worst case scenario. Players there have to carry an official ID card that entitles them to pass through a physical barrier before entering an area in which they can play.The card must then be inserted into the slot machine whereupon it’s checked to see how much has been spent on gaming, whether they have enough funds to gamble and to assess whether or not that player has a problem, in which case there has to be some form of intervention from the operator.The card also determines how long a player can spend at any one machine, ensures enforced breaks and prompts periodic messages reminding them how long they’ve been playing. And players can only play for a maximum of three hours per day. The effect on Austria’s gaming industry when the law was introduced was profound, with players staying away in their droves.In fairness, some stakeholders in the UK industry have taken measures in a bid to avoid an outcome that would mirror the Austrian scenario. Novomatic UK, well versed in all things Austrian and gaming and more forward thinking than most, introduced its Playnice initiative for example, providing a web-based advice service which is promoted on all its products.But while all boats rise with the tide, it’s true to say the opposite applies in equal measure. And with the tide being driven by technology and an increased focus on social responsibility it seems almost inevitable that some form of player tracking will become mandatory. If the tone of the GC’s latest call for evidence is anything to go by it now feels like more a question of when, not if.It’s been said before, but it’s worth repeating if only as a warning to stakeholders that it’s wise to choose your battles not only on the basis of the ‘here and now’, but on how they will affect the long term future of the business. The FOBT debate was bad for every aspect of the UK gambling sector in that it created a damaging legacy for all branches of the business. No party came out of the slurry tank smelling any sweeter than the other.Was that debate instrumental in forming the government’s current attitude to gaming machines and player protection? Perhaps not wholly, but it may have raised concern in the minds of policy makers that for too long the coin-op sector has been a little too quick to seek greater freedom without much in the way of return in terms of hard and fast measures to protect those who might be adversely affected by those freedoms.   The UK gaming industry, loathe as it may be to consider it, is facing some tough questions on player tracking. Whether it can stave off such a threat remains to be seen, but generally governments only tolerate gambling in so far as the tax revenue it generates. And they hate cash because it’s largely out of their control. So you can see where this is going. Downhill, which is incidentally the direction that shit usually flows!But let’s finish on a cashbox half-full approach. The sector is certainly not short on talent and innovation and it has emerged from significant challenges in the past – the 2005 Act being one of them. The answer may well lie in some form of compromise, one that gives policy makers some concrete reassurance that will help them sleep at night, but without the need for erecting barriers and delving too deeply into players’ privacy.It’s a controversial idea and arguably anathema to some personalities gracing the business, but instead of the industry arguing bluntly that it can’t happen and we won’t entertain it, how about asking the question; how can we make this work in a way that enables all those boats to rise back up with the tide?Interested in this subject? Check out this session at next month’s Betting on Football Conference:Betting shops – a new approach neededTaxes are increasing, betting products are being restricted, running cost continue to climb, so what can be done in the retail betting environment? Can they be more efficient or is a new approach needed?Speakers:Jari Vähänen, Vice President, New Business, Veikkaus OyBen Keith, CEO, Star SportsWayne Stevenson, Director, Corbett SportsTroy Cox, Chief Commercial Officer, SKS365For more information visit www.sbcevents.comlast_img read more