Limerick Council urged to help tackle crime in Askeaton

first_imgEmail Cllr Kevin Sheahanby Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Cllr Kevin SheahanFORMER Mayor Cllr Kevin Sheahan has called on Limerick City and County Council to introduce a programme to help deal with criminality in Askeaton.Speaking at this month’s Adare-Rathkeale district meeting, the Fianna Fail councillor claimed there was a section of the local community who never worked a day in their lives, living off social welfare benefits, while the remainder of the population “suffers”.He suggested that “work, training or learning” would be beneficial and called on the local authority to draft a proposal to help alleviate antisocial behaviour in the town.“The issue of antisocial behaviour and criminality is one that the people in Askeaton are facing every day and every night. It is being ignored by local government and I would like to see the council putting together a programme,” Cllr Sheahan suggested.He later took umbrage at the fact that none of his council colleagues seconded his proposal and he told them that he was “devastated”.However, fellow councillors informed Cllr Sheahan that he had not put a formal proposal to the floor.Independent councillor Emmett O’Brien then called for an amendment to be added, indicating that they were working to “unify the community” and avoid any perception of “driving a wedge” between people.“We need to have the community working together,” said Cllr O’Brien.“It is our responsibility to ensure that everybody is treated equally and with fairness so we are all working together for the betterment of the town. Anything else would be borderline stupid”, he added.Cllr Sheahan then accused Cllr O’Brien of saying he was stupid and called on him to withdraw his comment.“Borderline incorrect,” Cllr O’Brien responded.Sinn Fein councillor Ciara McMahon asked that the community traveller liaison officer be party to any such draft proposal. TAGSAdare-Rathkeale municipal districtantisocial behaviourAskeatonCllr Ciara McMahonCllr Emmett O’BrienCllr Kevin SheahanCrimeFianna FáillimerickLimerick City and County CouncilSinn Fein Advertisement Previous articleRusangano Family line up a busy 2016Next articleDream of a City: poem for the day Alan Jacques Twitter Linkedin Minister Patrick O’ Donovan announces opening of Limerick heritage site to the public for the first time Print Calls to clean the River Deel in Rathkeale center_img Gardaí to teach lesson on dangers of scramblers WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsLimerick Council urged to help tackle crime in AskeatonBy Alan Jacques – December 21, 2015 793 Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pedestrian crossing falls ‘out of the sky’ in Pallaskenry Askeaton/ Ballysteen bring Easter joy to local community Adare-Rathkeale district in need of ‘plain-speaking’ voicelast_img read more

For LeBron James, opening school for at-risk kids is the culmination of a decade of work

first_img Beau Lund July 30, 2018 /Sports News – National For LeBron James, opening school for at-risk kids is the culmination of a decade of work Written bycenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailABC News(AKRON, Ohio) — NBA superstar and newly minted Los Angeles Laker LeBron James has given back to the community he has always called home, opening a school for at-risk students Monday in Ohio.“We just want everything for them. Everything and more. So it’s going to mean a lot to me,” James told ESPN.The I Promise School, a new public school in Akron, established by the LeBron James Family Foundation and Akron Public Schools system, will run from July 30 through May 17, which is seven weeks longer than a normal school year.The school will also keep the students until 5 p.m. each day.“We want to create an environment of family and not like a workplace,” James said. “Sometimes you can get tired if you look at it like work — you kind of get tired of it. We want to create an environment of family where you want to always be around your family. No matter the goods and the bad, you always want to be around that support system. So that’s what we’re creating here.”The school, which is designed for 240 third- and fourth-grade students, will offer hands-on, STEM-focused curriculum with James’ “We Are Family” philosophy to students, according to a statement from the foundation. The school will be expanded to students from grades 1 through 8 by 2022.For James, this all goes back to his childhood in Akron when he lived on the other side of town and as a result had difficulty getting to school, absent for as many as 83 school days in the fourth grade. It was when several families in the community began helping out that James began to find success, he said.“It was challenging,” James said. “It was mentally challenging. Sometimes you think about a kid being in the third grade at that age, between 8 and 7 years old; in the fourth grade having responsibility or having stress — no kid at 8, 9 should have stress. And I was one of those kids so I know exactly what those kids today are going through being a part of this.“But any time that I would show up to school, it’s weird, the teachers would always tell my mom that when he shows up, he’s one of the best students that we have. We just hope that he can show up more. And we just couldn’t do it at that point and time. So I know exactly what a lot of these kids are going through.”James, who played high school sports for St. Vincent-St. Mary in Akron and later for his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers, leading them to the 2016 championship, told ESPN’s Rachel Nichols that this is about using sports to bring people together.“I live in sports. Without sports, we wouldn’t all be here. I wouldn’t be talking to you, Rach. You wouldn’t be interviewing me. Sports is like, it stops race. Every race comes together to fight for one common goal and that’s to win and to have fun and to have camaraderie and things like that. And for someone or a body of parties to try to divide us by using our platform of sport, sport has given me everything that I could ever ask for, I couldn’t let that happen,” James said. “So, by using my voice and letting the youth know and the people that need the guidance know that I care for them and I’m going to be their voice, it’s passionate for me because like I said, sports is just the ultimate to bring people together, so that’s what I’m here for.”The school will provide students who live more than two miles away from campus with daily bus transportation, according to the statement. Students will also receive free breakfast, lunch and snack daily, the statement read.Knowing that students cannot learn if they are struggling with issues such as hunger, trauma, or other logistical or emotional challenges, IPS will provide support to help eliminate those barriers and prepare the child physically and emotionally for learning, according to the statement.“I think first of all, fueling the body keeps the mind sharp,” LeBron James told ESPN. “I remember when I was a kid, my attention span, I mean, listen, you could have me for a little bit but you had to keep me engaged so I think obviously fueling these kids and giving them breakfast and lunch and a snack and just keeping them here under our support, keeping them here under our guidance and giving them objectives and criteria they can match and not feel stressed and feel like they’re family. That’s what we want to create.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more