Ireland and the healing power of words in a time of crisis

first_imgIreland has sought solace in its poetic tradition to overcome the coronavirus crisis and provide poignant words of hope to tackle grief and the hardship of lockdown.Verse is ingrained in public health messaging, doorstep banners quote hopeful lines, and the state broadcaster rounded out news of one death toll with a lyric assuring: “Everything is going to be alright.””Poetry is just imbued in Irish society very very strongly and we turn to it at these kind of times,” poet Catherine Ann Cullen told AFP. Ireland has suffered a relatively modest 1,571 deaths from COVID-19 according to latest department of health figures.But it still faces a long road out of lockdown which began on March 28. A government scheme to reopen the nation will reach its final steps in August. Topics : Poetic politics In Ireland, poetry and politics have long been intertwined.The 1916 uprising which began the path to independence from Britain is often called “The Poet’s Revolution” after the number of artists involved.Now, poetry has become embedded in crisis officialdom — in political speeches and public health messaging, weighing them with a sense of gravitas.Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has replaced his usual understated rhetoric with poetic styling — borrowing heavily from the verse of Heaney.”These words have provided inspiration to many Irish people as we deal with this emergency,” he said in an April address to the nation.”They remind us that we are in this together, we can get through it, and better days will come.”Meanwhile, the work of President Michael D. Higgins — a published poet — has been embedded in adverts by Ireland’s health service imploring the public to “hold firm”.”Historically we’re a very poetic society,” explained Cullen.”People turn to poetry in times of crisis.”center_img Crisis mantras In the opening weeks of the lockdown, Nobel prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney’s promise of reward for endurance struck a chord across Ireland.”If we winter this one out, we can summer anywhere,” was a message which appeared on handmade banners, scrawled on Dublin walls and multiplied on social media.Taken from an interview with Heaney in 1972, it referred to “The Troubles” over British rule of Northern Ireland which by its end in the late-1990s killed 3,500. In the current health crisis, the quote found new resonance.”It’s like a little meditation, it’s like a little mantra,” said Cullen, Poetry Ireland’s current poet-in-residence.”They give us kind of hope,” she said of such lines.One month into the lockdown, the Irish poet Eavan Boland died.That left fans to reflect on a body of work which also draws on Ireland’s difficult history, while offering solace in the present.Her 1994 poem “This Moment” was shared on social media as a memorial, sparking hope for those in isolation with its depiction of a neighborhood at dusk.”Things are getting ready/to happen/out of sight,” it reads. Remedying loneliness In April, Poetry Ireland partnered with charity Alone which supports solitary older people, many currently “cocooning” from the coronavirus.The elderly in lockdown were invited to request poetry recitals by phone from writers. Testimony from the event reveals the comfort taken by in the exchanges, where Boland’s work was a popular choice.”My aunt got dressed up and made up for the occasion and was completely delighted,” one family member said in feedback to the organization.In Ireland, memorized snippets of such poems can function like secular Bible verses — to be memorized and presented for their enduring wisdom and comfort.”For my mum it was also a complete thrill. Her reader read a fun one and a deeper one which really hits on how my mum is in the world,” the family member added.last_img read more

Mikel Arteta promotes Matt Smith and Trae Coyle to Arsenal first-team training

first_imgCoyle is yet to make his debut for Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Academy stars Matt Smith and Trae Coyle have stepped up to Arsenal’s first-team training ahead of the restart of the 2019/20 season.The Premier League aims to resume action on 17 June and Arsenal’s first game is expected to be against Manchester City on the first night of games.Mikel Arteta has kept faith with several of Arsenal’s star youngsters since taking charge from Unai Emery, with Bukayo Saka, Eddie Nketiah, Reiss Nelson and Joe Willock regulars among match day squads.Smith, 19, is a midfielder who will be hoping to make his first appearance for the senior team before the season ends.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTCoyle is also 19 years old and has played much of the season in the academy on the right wing.The London native is also waiting for his debut for Arsenal and he and Smith were pictured in training with the first-team.Arsenal’s senior stars initially returned for no contact sessions but this week Premier League clubs voted unanimously to move to phase two of training. Mikel Arteta promotes Matt Smith and Trae Coyle to Arsenal first-team training Smith trained in the no contact sessions (Picture: Getty)With increased injuries expected to be a concern for clubs when the season restarts, Arteta may be forced to call more often on his youth stars.Arsenal are facing a difficult transfer window due to the financial difficulties caused by the coronavirus pandemic and Arteta will be expected to rely more heavily on emerging talent from the academy.The Gunners have not played since March 7 when they beat West Ham 1-0 at the Emirates.Arteta’s side sit ninth in the league table and haven’t given up hope they can launch a late assault to secure a Champions League spot for next season.MORE: Paul Merson says transfer market mess will ‘help’ Arsenal boss Mikel ArtetaMORE: Arsenal make contact to sign Moussa Dembele ahead of Chelsea and Manchester UnitedFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterFriday 29 May 2020 11:59 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.1kShares Comment Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Brisbane is tipped to have the strongest property market in Australia in the next few years

first_imgBrisbane is tipped to be the strongest market in Australia for the next five or six years.BRISBANE is tipped to be the strongest property market in Australia in the next few years.Leading real estate industry figure John McGrath described the Brisbane market as undervalued and predicted it would soon start to catch up to southern powerhouses Sydney and Melbourne.Mr McGrath, the founder of McGrath Real Estate, was speaking in Brisbane at a function on Wednesday.He was “very, very confident’’ in where the property market was right now, particularly in Southeast Queensland.“And I’m not just saying that because I am in this part of the world,’’ he said.“We think Southeast Queensland, and Brisbane is a focal point, is going to be one of the strongest markets in Australia.“We think it is going to be the strongest market in Australia for the next five or six years.’’Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:47Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:47 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenMonthly Core Index: June00:47Mr McGrath said the value gap between what buyers paid for a comparative property in Sydney and Brisbane would start to close.“It won’t close because Sydney is coming back big time,’’ he said.“Sydney might correct a few per cent at some point, it probably will, it is going to close because property here for me when you compare it with the other big east coast cities is undervalued and is due for a catch up.’’Mr McGrath used Brisbane and Sydney suburbs Paddington as a comparison to where the different capital city markets were.“They are quite comparable, the style and equidistance from the city, a similar demographic and so forth,’’ he said.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoJohn McGrath is very confident in the Southeast Queensland property market.“There was a time where you would get a bit of change if you sold in Paddington Sydney and came here, but not a lot. Right now it is double, maybe more to buy a comparative property.“The market here is not expensive, I think the market here is value for money. Brisbane is obviously showing some signs of improvement, and southeast Queensland in general.’’Mr McGrath said a rise in telecommuting would also benefit Southeast Queensland property markets, particularly the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, as more people sought to buy in lifestyle areas.“Right now we are selling one-bedroom units in Sydney for $850,000 to $900,000, you can go down to the beautiful Gold Coast and buy a house on the water on the canals there for that sort of money.’’He believed the property market would start to rebalance at some point, although wasn’t predicting great drops in Sydney or Melbourne values.“I see Sydney and Melbourne is close to their peak, I think we are approaching the peak of the market, I think Southeast Queensland there is significant growth happening here not in the next 12 months but over the next few years which will really bridge that value gap.’’According to the latest CoreLogic home value index the median house price in Brisbane ($530,000) was almost half that of Sydney ($1.05 million).Brisbane was also delivering the strongest returns for investors with rental yields of 4.1 per cent for house and 5.2 per cent for units, higher than Sydney, 2.8 per cent and 3.7 per cent and Melbourne, 2.6 per cent and 4.2 per cent.last_img read more

First home buyers are tipped to make a comeback with investor activity dampened

first_imgRenovation work is tipped to increase in Queensland.FIRST home buyers are tipped to make a come back now that the ability for investors to buy has been dampened.The latest Housing Industry Association market outlook report revealed the first homebuyer market was in “strong recovery’’ because banking regulators had introduced measures to make it harder for investors to borrow.It said increased government support in terms of grants for first home buyers was also helping.“Investors are cooling their involvement in the market as they face punitive taxes, rising effective interest rates and slower price growth,’’ it said.“Owner occupiers who are also first home buyers are now a growing share of the market, up from the very low participation that characterised much of the past five years.’’The report found the first homebuyer share of the owner occupier market had increased nationally to 17.9 per cent, from 13.8 per cent in December 2016, as a result of an increase in participation from first home buyers in all states and territories, with the exception ofTasmania.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoGrowing demand in Tasmania had led to increased home prices which had put off first home buyers.The other sector of the market to undergo a resurgence was renovations according to the report.It said the value of home renovations totalled $34.01 billion in the 12 months to September 2017 — the highest total for a 12 month period since 2012.While levels were high at the moment the HIA predicted growth in renovations would start to slow this later this year before speeding up again in 2020.“We project that renovations work in Queensland will decline by 4.4 per cent in 2018 with growth returning in 2019 (+3.7 per cent),’’ it said.“In 2020, the pace of expansion is anticipated to accelerate to 5.9 per cent with growth easing to 1.2 per cent in 2021.’’last_img read more

Spike in child abuse cases as schools sound alarm

first_imgDom Post 2 Feb 2013More than 150,000 cases of child abuse were reported last year and it’s schools that are increasingly raising the alarm. Principals said the spike in abuse and neglect had resulted in increased skin diseases such as scabies, and aggressive and violent children in the classroom. Social workers in schools are heavily relied on and at Cannons Creek Primary School the public health nurse is busier than ever. Principal Ruth O’Neill said children living in poverty and neglect had led to a rise in skin problems.Last year 9447 notifications were made by teachers and social workers in schools out of a total 152,800 notifications to CYF. More than 61,000 of those required follow-up. Overall notifications increased by 1 per cent from 2011 but those that came from schools were up by 1332. At Masterton’s Lakeview School, it’s aggressive, violent and angry children that principal Ed Hodgkinson worries about most. “These children see it and live with it and often bring it to school.” Two families a year used to be normal for Waitara Central Primary School principal Sharren Read to refer to CYF. “In the last 18 months it’s been more like two or three a term.”http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/8253779/Spike-in-child-abuse-cases-as-schools-sound-alarmlast_img read more

Morne Prosper road project to continue next week

first_img Tweet 117 Views   no discussions Check here to Subscribe to notifications for new posts Share Section of Morne Prosper RoadWork on the Morne Prosper road rehabilitation project is scheduled to recommence next week according to the Minister of Public Works, Energy and Ports, Honourable Rayburn Blackmoore.Work on the Morne Prosper road came to a halt a few months ago after the project’s inception in November of 2010.Mr. Blackmoore explained that although the Public Works Corporation is the entity directly contracted to undertake the rehabilitation works, he is confident that the delay is not deliberate.“We have a contract with the Public Works Corporation for almost $900, 000.00 and by next week you’re going to see work by the Corporation there. We are just winding down the contract down at the Carib Reserve and then to come to finish the work.”The Minister is also commending the support that the Government is receiving from village councils around the island, in undertaking road projects in both urban and rural communities.He announced that several village councils including Calibishie will soon be spearheading road development projects, after Government approved funds which will soon be accessible to the respective village councils. Share Share Diversion of Morne Prosper Road to facilitate Road Rehabilitation Project“We just approved from the ministry $150, 000.00 to go towards the Wallhouse Road Improvement and that money is to be made available to the village council. We just approved $150, 000.00 also for a road in the Woodfordhill/Wesley area and that we are hoping to work with the village councils. We have been empowering the village councils to get involved in cutlassing and cleaning of the drains and making the monies available to some of the councils we feel that have demonstrated over a period of time the ability to manage and to stretch the money. We have also done that with the village council in the Laplaine Constituency to empower them and to make money available to build roads,” Mr Blackmoore said.On commencement of the Morne Prosper road project, which started in November 2010, Morne Prosper residents are now using a private back road made accessible by the Alexander’s which intersects further up Copthall, since the main road is blocked.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. LocalNews Morne Prosper road project to continue next week by: – August 31, 2011last_img read more

Region’s COVID cases now 36; 391 PUIs negative for virus

first_imgAccording to DOH-6, on April 7 311test results released and only two came out positive for COVID-19 (or 0.64percent).The new cases were a 74-year-old male working in Semirara Island, Caluya,Antique (the region’s Patient No. 35) and a 25-year-old female from BarotacNuevo, Iloilo (Patient No. 36).On the other hand, the three positive patients who recovered were a 56-year oldmale (Patient No. 1) and the 28-year-old male (Patient No. 9) both from BacolodCity; and a 61-year-old female (Patient No. 3) from Iloilo City. Themost common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Thesedroplets also land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people thencatch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes,nose or mouth. Also, of the 54,374 persons undermonitoring (PUMs), 44,238 completed their 14-day quarantine. His test eventually yielded a negativeresult. As of the April 7 data from theDepartment of Health (DOH) Region 6, 163 PUIs in the region were alreadydischarged; 162, however, were still confined in hospitals. The island province of Guimarasremained, as of April 7, the only province in the region still free fromCOVID-19. Western Visayas’ laboratory-confirmedcases, however, rose to 36 and of these, three have recovered while six died. Peoplecan catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus, according to the WorldHealth Organization (WHO). center_img The region started sending specimensfor COVID-19 testing to the Research Institute of Tropical Medicine (RITM) inManila end of January after the first suspected case, a feverish three-year oldChinese child, sought consultation at the Western Visayas Medical Center(WVMC). As to the mortalities, these were fromIloilo province (three) and one each from Capiz, Iloilo City and Bacolod City. Thedisease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the noseor mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. LOOK: Emergency responders of Pavia town, Iloilo in their blue ninja inspired protective suits. Photo by Balita Pavianhon ILOILO City – A total of 391 patientsunder investigation (PUIs) in Western Visayas tested negative for thecoronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) as of April 7. Meanwhile, 13 of the 36 confirmedcases were in Iloilo, seven in Bacolod City, six in Aklan, four each in Capizand Iloilo City, and one each in Negros Occidental and Antique. Somepatients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat ordiarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some peoplebecome infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell./PNlast_img read more

IMCA’s centennial season is theme for Super Nationals best looking car contest

first_imgBOONE, Iowa – The sanctioning body’s centennial season was an easy choice for the best look­ing car contest theme at the upcoming IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Ca­sey’s.Best-looking Modifieds, Stock Cars, Hobby Stocks and Northern SportMods with an IMCA Centen­nial theme will be selected during the Sept. 7-12 event.Voting will be conducted on Tuesday, Sept. 8 in the Fan Zone south of the main grandstand at Boone Speedway for the Hobby Stocks and Northern SportMods; Modified and Stock Car best looking car entries will pull onto the front stretch and be determined by fan acclamation during pre-race ceremonies on Saturday, Sept. 12.Winners in each division receive trophies. All entries receive mini-doors.Drivers in all four divisions, as well as the Late Models and Sport Compacts bringing tribute cars to Boone receive $100 gift cards from Speedway Motors, marking its 21st year as title sponsor of Super Nationals.“Super Nationals is our biggest event and the perfect platform for celebrating our centennial season,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder commented. “We have had great looking themed cars at Super Nationals each of the last three years and 2015 should be no different.”“I know there are a lot of drivers with serious interest in the history of racing in general and IMCA history in particular,” he continued. “We look forward to seeing their creativity on track at Boone Speedway.”last_img read more

Ehwariemi wins WBF title as Agbaje emerges best boxer at GOtv Boxing Night 20

first_imgRelatedPosts GOtv Boxing Night 20: Ehwarieme eyes world title Esepo delighted at winning best boxer prize at GOtv Boxing Night 20 GOtv Boxing Night 20 holds today Nigeria’s Onoriode “Godzilla” Ehwariemi emerged the World Boxing Federation Intercontinental heavyweight title champion on Saturday after he defeated his Argentine opponent, Ariel “Chiquito” Baracamonte, at GOtv Boxing Night 20. Ehwariemi secured the title after his combination of vicious blows knocked out Baracamonte in the first round of the 12-round fight, which held at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos. Also, Taiwo “Esepo” Agbaje, the national featherweight champion, won the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy for the best boxer on the night and claimed the cash prize of N1 million after knocking out Olusegun “Embargo” Moses in a national featherweight challenge duel. Agbaje’s rapid, all-action style saw him knockout his opponent in the first round and win the votes of journalists at the event as the best boxer to the delight of the capacity crowd. Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu of Nigeria retained his West African Boxing Union (WABU) title after he secured a unanimous decision victory over Eric Quarm of Ghana in a lightweight title contest. Oladosu dominated the bout from the start to the end, giving his Ghanaian opponent no chance to create an upset. Another entertaining contest saw Nigeria’s Rilwan “Baby Face” Babatunde defeat Sanitor Agbenyo of Ghana and retain his WABU welterweight title. The firepower of the undefeated Babatunde was too much for Agbenyo, who got knocked out in the fourth round. In another action-packed contest, Segun “Success” Olanrewaju secured a surprise victory after he knocked out reigning national champion, Adewale “Masevex” Masebinu, in the third round of a national light heavyweight challenge duel. In other bouts, Sikiru “Omo Iya Eleja” Shogbesan created a massive upset after he defeated his more experienced opponent, Ridwan “Scorpion” Oyekola, via a split decision in a national super featherweight challenge duel, Opeyemi “Sense” Adeyemi enhanced his soaring reputation in the local boxing scene after he left his opponent, Ajibola “Jah” Adeniran, dazed on the canvass in the second round of their national super bantamweight challenge contest, while Alaba “Eylbow” Omotola, best boxer at GOtv Boxing NextGen 5, won the battle of debutants as he secured a unanimous decision win over Bolaji “fight to Finish” Abdullahi in a national lightweight challenge contest. It was a thriller in the all-female contest as Cynthia “Omo Bobby” Ogunsemilore continued her winning streak after securing a unanimous decision victory over Aminat “Smart” Yekini in a national super featherweight challenge duel. There were also spectacular musical performances on the night from some of Nigeria’s biggest music stars: Zlatan, Mayorkun and Oritsefemi, as well as a lively displays from T Classic, Fuji star, Sule Alao Malaika; and MyFLloyd.Tags: #WorldStageEconomicSummit2017GOtv Boxing Night 20Onoriode EhwariemiTafawa Balewa Square LagosTaiwo Agbajelast_img read more

Football News FIFA World Cup 2018: Germany crash out of World Cup as South Korea stun holders

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Germany crashed out of the World Cup on Wednesday after a stoppage-time VAR-assisted goal from Young-gwon Kim and a late second by Son Heungmin earned South Korea a famous 2-0 win.The Germans needed to beat Korea by two clear goals in their final group F match at Kazan stadium to advance to the last 16.But Joachim Loew’s men wasted a series of chances in a tense match that saw a pale version of the world champions become the fourth holders of the title this century to be sent packing at the first hurdle.Germany’s team of superstars could only look on in shock in the final minutes of the match as US referee Mark Geiger called for the video assistant referee to intervene after the unmarked Kim had bundled his shot past Germany ‘keeper Manuel Neuer from a corner early in stoppage time.The goal was awarded because Toni Kroos’ touch had played him onside and minutes later Germany were 2-0 down after Neuer ran up the pitch in a desperate attempt to get a goal.A long punt upfield saw Tottenham forward Son chase a clearance to fire into an empty net.It means Germany, the four-time champions who had competed in the past 16 editions of the World Cup, fail to make it past the first hurdle of the tournament since 1938.Germany coach Joachim Loew caused a surprise by leaving midfield attacking stalwart Thomas Mueller on the bench for the first time since 2012 after his underwhelming displays against Mexico and Sweden.But by the end of a frustrating opening half, Loew was left desperately studying his options.Germany suffered the first of several scares after South Korea won a free kick on the quarter hour when Sami Khedira’s boot connected with the head of Jung Wooyoung.From 30 yards out, it should have been fodder for World Cup-winning goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, but after fumbling Jung’s dipping drive Neuer scrambled desperately to clear as Son raced to pounce.Germany spurned a series of chances soon afterwards.Marco Reus, who hit a crucial leveller in the 2-1 win over Sweden, saw his drive deflected and Mesut Ozil saw his effort deflected off a Korean boot and out for a corner, after which goalkeeper Hyeonwoo Jo smothered desperately when Goretzka’s header found Hummels trying to pounce on the loose ball.Germany resumed with more urgency after the interval, but despite edging closer when Loew introduced Mario Gomez just before the hour the big Stuttgart striker headed straight at Jo from Kimmich’s cross.Striker Timo Werner then met another Kimmich ball from the left byeline with a right-foot volley that skewed agonisingly wide of Jo’s upright.Germany urgency was not matched by their normal efficiency and soon legs started to tire.Loew played his final card when he introduced Mueller for Leon Goretzka.But the late changes failed to spark Germany into life as Korea hung on for a famous win that, unfortunately for the impressive Asians, saw them bow out after Sweden beat Mexico 3-0. last_img read more