All about dignity

first_imgEmail Print AS YOUNG women, the Magdalens were stripped of their freedom, their dignity and even their names. They lost parents, children, siblings. Many of them were barely past childhood and some were still children but they were forced to endure a punishing regime of hard physical labour, verbal and physical punishments that could only be described as abuse and many had no idea when, or if, this living hell would open and release them.The vast majority were paid nothing for their work. And the McAleese report has revealed that the state had a hand in condemning about one-quarter of these women to this fate.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up While they were incarcerated in the laundries, they learned plenty about how to remove filth from dirty linen and how to iron and mend. But they got no other education or training and girls as young as twelve left their schoolbooks behind them forever when the doors of the laundry closed behind them.Some spent all their lives in these grim places but those who got out no doubt found there was no reward waiting for women who had no skills that would earn them anything other than minimum pay, if that.Having endured all that, the majority of the survivors are now elderly and are again reliant on the state to pay them a pension, often non-contributory and barely enough to exist. Certainly, not an amount that will give them choices about how to spend their golden years.In contrast, the civil servants who had a hand in condemning them to the laundries and a subsequent lifetime of nightmare memories retired on gilt-edged pensions that are more than enough to pay for golf club memberships and sun-drenched holidays.Certainly, the Magdalene women need an apology. But before even more of them end their days without some comforts, they need to be promptly and properly compensated.Above: A tombstone memorial to Magdalene laundry workers from the Good Shepherd Convent in Limerick. NewsLocal NewsAll about dignityBy admin – February 7, 2013 402 Twitter Linkedincenter_img WhatsApp Facebook Advertisement Previous articleFather on trial for sexual assault of family membersNext article“Opportunistic” Limerick woman alleges payoff for silence adminlast_img read more

Premier League ‘may not finish’, says FA chief

first_imgFootball Association chairman Greg Clarke has reportedly told the Premier League he does not believe the domestic football season will be completed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Will Liverpool be able to complete their Premier League title charge? The Premier League suspended all fixtures at an emergency meeting on Friday. Matches in the English Football League, FA Women’s Super League and Women’s Championship are also on hold. “It was unanimously decided to suspend the Premier League with the intention of returning on 4 April, subject to medical advice and conditions at the time,” the Premier League said in a statement.Advertisement FA Chairman Greg Clarke Clarke said at the meeting that he did not think it was feasible for the season to be completed, according to a report in the Times. The virus is not expected to peak in Britain for many weeks, raising doubts over an early April re-start for the Premier League. The Times said it is understood that Brighton and Hove Albion chief executive Paul Barber also questioned the brevity of the suspension. Richard Masters, the Premier League chief executive, is reported to have said it would at least allow time to consider the potential consequences and debate the possible solutions. Read Also: ​Coronavirus: Premier League and EFL ban pre-match handshakesThere are matches taking place on Saturday in the National League – the fifth tier of English football – but a number of games have been postponed, including the Yeovil v Barnet fixture.“We currently have four staff that are showing symptoms of COVID-19 who are following government advice and self-isolating,” Barnet said in a statement.“As a consequence, we have taken measures to put all first-team staff into self-isolation.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever Made5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top8 Shows You Didn’t Want To Watch At The End7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid ArmageddonBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universecenter_img “You would have broadcasters from all around the world saying, ‘In that case we are not paying for the season.’ For the Premier League you are talking around £3 billion ($3.7 billion) income a year from overseas and domestic TV rights. There would also be financial implications if the competitions were squeezed so fewer matches were played.”Football finance expert Kieran Maguire told the BBC that clubs, especially in the lower divisions, would be hit hard by the disruption.“I think many clubs are going to struggle significantly,” he said. “Many clubs are surviving on a match-to-match basis and are reliant on the loyal few thousand turning up.“We have to consider the staff at clubs, they are reliant on the income they get from football clubs to pay their own bills as well.”The Premier League clubs are reportedly due to meet again next Thursday. Loading… The decision was taken after Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi tested positive for COVID-19.Arteta welcomed the move to put the season on hold.“Feeling better already,” he tweeted. “We’re all facing a huge & unprecedented challenge.Everyone’s health is all that matters right now.”Liverpool are 25 points clear at the top of the Premier League with nine games remaining, chasing their first English top-flight title for 30 years.If results had gone their way this weekend they could have wrapped up the title at Everton on Monday but manager Jurgen Klopp said he supported the move to suspend football.He said in a club statement: “If it’s a choice between football and the good of the wider society, it’s no contest. Really, it isn’t.”– Financial hit –Football clubs at all levels face enormous losses if the season is not completed.One senior figure in broadcasting told the Times: “The commercial reality for the Premier League and (European governing body) UEFA is that if they don’t complete their seasons then they are in breach of their broadcasting contracts.Jurgen Klopp says he supports the suspension of Premier League matcheslast_img read more

Passing game showing signs of life

first_imgMichigan, the nation’s top rush defense, was at it again, shutting down UW’s running game. UM allowed Badgers back P.J. Hill only 54 yards on 20 carries and sacked John Stocco four times, surrendering just 12 net rushing yards to UW on the day.The Badgers managed to stay in the game by an unconventional manner. Stocco and the UW passing game have been stuck in neutral since losing 98 percent of last year’s completions (196 of 200 catches) to either the NFL Draft or graduation. Last week, Badger head coach Bret Bielema said the passing game was still “taking baby steps.”That’s not to say all the problems have been aired out, but those baby steps got a little bigger Saturday as Stocco hit on 22 of 42 passes for 236 yards and a touchdown in the losing effort.”I think, in some ways, we did [get better today],” Stocco said. “I thought we started off the game very well and did some good things at the end there.”Stocco started out with as solid a quarter as he’s produced all year, completing each of his four passes for 53 yards in the first 15 minutes. The strong stanza was capped by a 29-yard touchdown pass in which Stocco snaked his way out of a blitz and calmly delivered the ball to Hill for the score.”He was on rhythm,” said Bielema of Stocco’s first quarter. “I like the fact that he was able to do some things at the line of scrimmage today as well. Coming into this game, we hadn’t done a lot of that in the heat of the battle, and he was able to take advantage of some looks of their defense.”Although the offense failed to capitalize on the opportunity of participating in a close game (10-10 at halftime) in the third quarter, the passing offense showed some more strength late in the game as Stocco completed six consecutive passes at one point and led the Badgers to 105 yards in the final four minutes.UW wide receiver Paul Hubbard, who left the game in the fourth quarter when he re-aggravated a shoulder injury, said he felt the passing game improved immensely from prior, mediocre games.”A lot of the guys went out there and they capitalized on the opportunities that they were given,” Hubbard said. “That’s what you do in big games, and it shows a lot for our passing game. Other games, we were all right, but we came into the Big House … and we were able to throw on them a few times.”The running backs and tight ends combined for 14 catches and 158 yards, led by five receptions and 64 yards for Hill. On the other hand, UW wide receivers tallied just eight catches for 78 yards.Bielema said that during the late surge of offense, Stocco began to look for tight end Travis Beckum, the converted defensive end who has become one of Stocco’s favorite targets.”It was apparent to me that John started looking to Travis a little bit after he made that catch on the sideline,” Bielema said. “He probably just saw him being able to catch the football.”Hubbard has made his name as a track star at Wisconsin and is still trying to sort out a struggle to hold on to the football. The other starting wideout, Luke Swan, has made few mistakes, but at 6 feet, 196 pounds has not posed a threat to opponents in terms of size.”We’ve still got a long season left. There were some good things we can be proud of today,” Stocco said. “We’ve just got to look at the things that we didn’t do well and clean those up this week.”We’re not far off. It’s just an adjustment here and there, and then we’re going to be right on track.”last_img read more