Taking from the poor

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Email Print Facebook  LIMERICK TD Willie O’Dea has slammed Tánaiste Joan Burton and her party’s management of social protection, as he reveals that research conducted by Labour proves that Budget 2015 benefited the wealthy more than those on lower incomes or welfare.According to Deputy O’Dea, the research showed that the distributive impact of Budget 2015 was uneven, with higher than average gains for the better-off.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The most vulnerable 20 per cent saw the smallest improvements.The Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Social Protection commented: “This is further evidence of the absolute failure of the Labour Party in Government. Only three weeks ago we learned that Ireland’s deprivation rate had increased to a record of 30.5 per cent, and that almost one in eight children now live in consistent poverty. Now it’s emerged that when an opportunity arose in Budget 2015 to address this crisis, Labour opted to favour the better off when allocating state resources.”Deputy O’Dea lashed out at Tánaiste Joan Burton, saying that she “has presided over approximately €1.8 billion in cuts to social programmes”, which he claims has resulted in more than a million people experiencing “enforced deprivation” in 2013.The Limerick City TD concluded: “The number of long term unemployed has remained static at 180,000 for the past three years, while 74,000 young people are still out or work and not in any education or training schemes. These figures are a direct result of Labour’s policies in Government. This is their legacy. Labour in Government has slashed the very supports which aim to protect vulnerable people.” Previous articledREA up for debut of the year awardNext articleKiller appeals Limerick murder conviction John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie WhatsApp Advertisementcenter_img Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live NewsTaking from the poorBy John Keogh – February 6, 2015 718 Linkedin TAGSFianna FáilJoan BurtonLabourlimerickpoliticsWillie O’Dea Twitterlast_img read more

UNBROKEN: How a year off from playing basketball broke down and built Elijah Hughes back up

first_imgElijah Hughes tattooed his leg shortly after Syracuse’s season-ending loss to Duke last year. Starting just below the knee and reaching down to his ankle, black letters spell out “LYBB.”“Last year being broke,” Hughes explained.It’s not just about money. The 2017-18 basketball season was Hughes’ last year being broken physically, mentally and emotionally.The tattoo symbolizes his struggles from the past year, enduring an entire season without playing competitive basketball due to NCAA transfer rules after he left East Carolina the year prior. An entire season watching from the sideline as the Orange made an NCAA Tournament run to the Sweet 16. An entire season of frustration, because he couldn’t help. But Nov. 6, in SU’s season opener against Eastern Washington inside the Carrier Dome, Hughes’ one-year hiatus from meaningful college game action will finally end.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text,“Seeing everybody there and the excitement around it,” Hughes said of last season, “I wanted to physically be a part of it. So that was hard.”The frustration mounted at times last season, but it never took away from Hughes’ game, his father Wayne said.“It’s like when you feel like you’re hungry, you’re ready to eat,” Wayne said. “You’re not mad at the food, you’re just ready to eat. He just has a hunger in him that he could not feed and that was very obvious.“You could tell he was starving to play.”Each week, Wayne advised his son to focus on tangible improvement. If he improved something small in his dribble or added a few more pounds of muscle, it would amount to substantial progress. Wayne believed small improvement over time would result in a successful redshirt year.Because he couldn’t play in games, Hughes took advantage of each practice. He guarded preseason All-ACC teammate Tyus Battle and learned Syracuse’s 2-3 zone.“His shots gotten a lot better,” Battle said. “He’s in much better shape.”On game days in the Carrier Dome, Hughes sat courtside with the team. But sitting so close to the court never made it seem further away. While his teammates slipped on white and orange jerseys, Hughes sported a sweat suit.Four to five hours before game time, Syracuse players warmed up on one side of the court. Hughes often stood near assistant coach Gerry McNamara on the other side of the court, working on the Hughes’ jumper.“When everyone was getting ready to play, and you just had to wait and watch and wear a sweat suit,” senior guard Ky Feldman said. “That was toughest for him.”Battle was roommates with former-SU player Matthew Moyer who sat out his first year with the team. He knew how the time off breaks a player down emotionally and mentally.“It’s always tough,” Battle said. “He loved playing basketball and not being able to play for a whole entire season is rough.”Hughes felt isolated at times during away games, Wayne said. While the team traveled, Hughes stayed on campus. There was no one to practice with.During those trips, Hughes returned to his home in Beacon, New York. Hughes played with friends at nearby colleges or in local men’s leagues, anything to ensure a basketball was in his hands in a semicompetitive environment.,Hughes wanted to be challenged physically so that he could build himself back up better and stronger. He cut off “baby fat,” replacing it with muscle, he said. He focused on conditioning, his 3-point shot and playing as a forward, rather than his traditional shooting guard position.“He really played just about every possession of practice, with one group or another,” head coach Jim Boeheim said. “He very seldom came out.”It took six months before he was finally cleared to travel with the team. When Syracuse qualified for the NCAA Tournament, Hughes went to Detroit with the Orange.Still, something was different. He stood, watching on the sideline, as his team downed Arizona State, TCU and Michigan State before eventually falling in the Sweet 16 to Duke.At that moment, walking off the court with his team, it was the end of Hughes’ redshirt season. It was his last time “being broke.”Whenever Hughes worked out alongside Feldman last season, the two often talked about Hughes playing in games and how he could help the team.They discussed celebrations after hitting 3s, the games they’d travel to and what would happen when Hughes put on the Syracuse uniform.That time has finally come.During Syracuse’s first scrimmage against the College of Saint Rose, Hughes walked into the Carrier Dome locker room.This time, below his white game shorts, the letters “LYBB” spread down his leg.“You don’t play for a year and a half and then you play again,” Hughes said. “It’s like you’re reborn.”Cover photo by Josh Shub-Selzter | Staff Photographer,Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.last_img read more

No biggie: Wellington High School in lockdown for random drug check

first_imgSumner Newscow report — A report came over the Crusader Alert mobile phone system this morning that piqued the interest of more than a few parents. The alert stated that “WHS is on lockdown to secure students during a random K-9 search.”Wellington Assistant Superintendent Larry Roth said it was simply a local police training exercise in which the K-9 dogs were brought in to sniff for illegal drugs inside lockers.“We haven’t done this in a couple of years,” Roth said. “The local police were doing some training and we took the opportunity to allow them to do so. Ultimately, it will make our high school safer.” Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (8) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +9 Vote up Vote down mom2mykids · 349 weeks ago I think this should be done monthly..great job police dept…. Report Reply 0 replies · active 349 weeks ago -6 Vote up Vote down mr ed · 349 weeks ago bet the dog flipped out and went nuts just walking in the door. Report Reply 0 replies · active 349 weeks ago -14 Vote up Vote down Freedom · 349 weeks ago And they say the nazi’s didn’t win the war…… Report Reply 0 replies · active 349 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Truth teller · 349 weeks ago My kid graduated a few years ago and told me that the kids rather carry the drugs on them than risk them being sniffed out in the locker, but keep up the good work. Report Reply 0 replies · active 349 weeks ago -5 Vote up Vote down joe · 349 weeks ago Can we say police state Report Reply 1 reply · active 335 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Sumner Graduate · 335 weeks ago Can we say “Illegal drugs shouldn’t be in schools?” Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down Guest · 349 weeks ago Did they actually find any drugs? Report Reply 0 replies · active 349 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Jerry Loughmiller · 348 weeks ago I think they would have had better luck downtown at the administration building. Report Reply 0 replies · active 348 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more