Extra Garda resources to deal with domestic violence

first_imgMonica McElvaney, Detective Sergeant Gerry Staunton, Inspector Marianne Cusack, Denise Dunne, Garda Natasha Walsh, Chief Superintendent Ger Roche, Sergeant Louise English, and Superintendent Brian Sugrue at the launch of the new strategy. Photo: Brian ArthurLIMERICK Garda management has increased local resources to help victims of domestic violence and prevent potential cases of femicide.236 women died violently in Ireland between 1996 and 2020, including three so far this year, according to statistics published by Women’s Aid.It shows that 55 per cent of them were killed by a partner or ex-partner, and 62 per cent died in their own homes.18 children died alongside their mothers over the last 24 years.Almost nine in ten murdered women knew their killer, and, the most common method of killing was by stabbing with knives or other sharp objects.Of the 22 Irish murder suicides recorded since 1996, where women were killed by a male relative, 18 women were killed by their sons.Women’s Aid said: “We record these killings to illustrate the danger posed to women and to better understand how to increase protection of women and children.”“Our aim is to continue to try and break the pattern of male violence against women in the hope of preventing any further loss of life.”It said that femicide is broadly understood as men killing women and girls – precisely because they are women and girls.“Femicide is both a cause and a result of gender inequality and discrimination, both of which are root causes of all violence against women,” Women’s Aid went on.Operation Faoiseamh, was launched by Gardaí last April as part of  the force’s community engagement response to Covid-19, “aiming to prevent loss of life and to ensure that victims of domestic abuse were supported and protected during this extraordinary time”.Gardaí said they have recorded a 25 per cent year-on-year increase in calls for assistance in respect of Domestic related issues between 2019 and 2020.In support of Operation Faoiseamh, Gardaí in the Limerick Division have launched a local initiative aimed at providing additional support, guidance and advice to those seriously at risk from domestic violence.This includes both physical violence and coercive control which in effect is the emotional and psychological control of victims by the perpetrators of domestic violence.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Limerick Chief Superintendent Gerry Roche said he had committed two trained members of An Garda Síochána to identify, engage with and positively interact with people at serious risk.He said this would involve a completely confidential and victim centric interaction with the victim’s best interests always in mind.Limerick Gardaí have also teamed up with ADAPT domestic abuse services in Limerick in supporting the nationwide 16 days of action for victims of domestic violence.As part of the global campaign Henry Street Garda station, like other buildings, is being illuminated in the colour purple for the duration of the 16 days of action.Gardai said frontline officers, the Garda National Protective Services Bureau (GNPSB) and Divisional Protective Service Units (DPSU) were all resourced and available to respond to such crimes.“Currently there are 245 members and staff allocated to the GNPSB and 16 DPSUs nationally to investigate sexual and domestic crimes,” said a spokesperson.Women’s Aid said: “Domestic violence kills women. The types of abuse and behaviour that precedes intimate partner femicide mirrors what we hear from women each day on our 24-hour National Freephone Helpline 1800 341 900 and our one-to-one support services.”“We know just how dangerous domestic abuse can be and that, unfortunately, the horrendous catalogue of incidents that women disclose to us everyday are just the tip of the iceberg.““More public awareness of the signs, signals and patterns that lead to femicide is needed”. Advertisement Facebook Email Twitter NewsCrime & CourtExtra Garda resources to deal with domestic violenceBy David Raleigh – December 3, 2020 195 center_img WhatsApp Previous article#PantoReturns: €400,000 gives Jack’s axe an extra edgeNext article#ThrowbackThursday: This week’s look back at our Out & About photos David Raleigh Print Linkedinlast_img read more

Speedcast to provide communications solution for West Bollsta rig

first_imgRemote communication and IT solutions provider Speedcast has been awarded a new multi-year contract on the West Bollsta semi-submersible rig.West Bollsta drilling rig / Image source: Northern DrillingSpeedcast said earlier this week that the fully-managed communications solution developed by the company for the West Bollsta included a dual-redundant C/Ku-band VSAT system, coupled with LAN/WiFi/Industrial WiFi, and WAN services, and PABX service.Speedcast’s EVP of Energy, Keith Johnson, said: “Speedcast’s new solution for the West Bollsta semi-submersible demonstrates our commitment to delivering more than VSAT bandwidth, but developing a solution that seamlessly combines various technologies to best suit our customers’ needs on each asset or site.”Ian Lamplough, head of partner management at Seadrill, added: “When operating the West Bollsta, one of the most modern, highest specification semi-submersible rigs in the world, we need a world-class communications solution. Speedcast was able to deliver exactly what we needed.”The West Bollsta offshore drilling rig is capable of operating in harsh environment areas and ultra-deep waters of up to 10,000 feet. It is owned by Northern Drilling and operated by Seadrill.The rig, previously known as Bollsta Dolphin, will be operating in the North Sea starting in the second quarter 2020 through January 2022, with an eight-month option to September 2022.The contract, which was awarded by Lundin, includes work on the development of the Luno II field and the Rolvsnes discovery.Northern bought the Bollsta Dolphin semi-submersible from Hyundai last December 2017. The original client for the rig, Fred. Olsen Energy canceled the order in 2015 as a result of the delays in the delivery date.Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

Martinez hails Deulofeu impact

first_img Press Association The on-loan Barcelona forward scored the opening goal of the 4-0 win on his first Barclays Premier League start and was a threat throughout the game. Further goals were added from Seamus Coleman, Bryan Oviedo and Romelu Lukaku but there was only one person to talk about after the game. Everton manager Roberto Martinez revealed he used Gerard Deulofeu’s Merseyside derby frustration to fire the young Catalan’s outstanding performance against Stoke. “Gerard Deulofeu made a big impact and allowed the performance to create a scoreline which suggests it was easier than it probably was,” said Martinez. “I think he was really disappointed with last week. From my point of view I told him I thought he was outstanding against Liverpool (a memorable 3-3 draw) but he had two good chances and he felt he should have taken them. “During the week he was left with a negative feeling that he didn’t deserve, that is why I felt it was right for him to start and flush that feeling away and he was desperate to do that. “I thought his first goal was sensational, I thought it was the moment of the game. “The way he works for the team, the way he understands his role in the team has been very impressive. “I am really pleased with the overall performance, that he was able to play 90 minutes and create so many chances and scoring the first goal was a pivotal moment. “He is one of the most talented footballers in Spanish football, he is quite a unique talent, and the moment he made his Barcelona debut against Real Madrid in the Bernabeu aged 16 is when he caught my attention. “There was a long list trying to take Gerard on loan and the fact he wanted to come to Everton was a fantastic feeling, and you can see why we worked so hard to attract him to the club.” The youngster tormented Stoke in the first half and Potters boss Mark Hughes, who gave a league debut to Deulofeu’s former Barcelona B team-mate Marc Muniesa, admitted he was one of those who had tried to sign him in the summer. “We were aware of him, we knew he was a talent and he is obviously a talent,” said Hughes. “We made an enquiry ourselves but unfortunately he came here and not to Stoke. “He is a very talented boy and I am sure it will only be a loan deal, I am sure Barcelona will keep hold of that asset.” Hughes was less complimentary about his own side, however. “We were poor on the day but credit to Everton, I thought they were very good and made it difficult for us,” he added. “The disappointing thing for us was up to 45 seconds prior to the half-time whistle we were very much in the game at 0-0. “To concede right on the whistle, which is a key time in any game, is disappointing and lo and behold in the second half we came out and conceded early. “That really shaped the game in a negative way. We tried to get back into the game but that just compounded our problems as we were a little bit over-exposed because we were trying to get back into the game. “Four-nil was a little bit harsh on us. If we’d got to half-time at 0-0 I don’t think the result would have been different but it might not have been as harsh.” Another of Everton’s on-loan players Lukaku scored his eighth league goal of the season, but Martinez brushed aside criticism from Jose Mourinho at parent club Chelsea over the player’s intentions for wanting to leave Stamford Bridge. “The parent club are entitled to say what they like about the relationship with the player as he is their player,” added the Spaniard. “What is important is Chelsea wanted Romelu to get some playing time and allow him to develop and that is happening. “The relationship is working extremely well, the player is scoring goals and working hard and is a true ambassador for Chelsea.” Lukaku reportedly said he would be prepared to stay at Goodison Park permanently if they qualified for the Champions League. “I think that puts pressure on himself, that means he needs to score between 25 and 30 goals so it is fantastic he thinks that way,” said Martinez. last_img read more

3 takeaways from Syracuse men’s basketball’s 2016-17 schedule

first_imgThe finishing touches were put on Syracuse’s 2016-17 schedule Monday afternoon. The Atlantic Coast Conference rolled out its entire slate of games, releasing relevant details on heavily-anticipated matchups for SU against Duke, North Carolina, Virginia and more. The entire schedule is available below this post.Here are three takeaways from the Orange’s schedule release.The road less traveledIt appears Syracuse has a more favorable road schedule compared to last year. Its toughest test will come in back-to-back conference road games against the Tar Heels on Jan. 16 and Notre Dame on Jan. 21. Aside from that, the only other consecutive conference road games come against Clemson and Pittsburgh on Feb. 7 and 11, respectively.Last year, SU played back-to-back ACC road games on three occasions, not including a three-game road set against Wake Forest, Duke and Virginia. The Orange folded in those travel-heavy weeks, going only 1-5 during the three couplets of road games.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAs per usual, Syracuse’s road schedule doesn’t really pick up until conference play begins. Two non-conference games are listed at road sites (Nov. 29 at Wisconsin and Dec. 5 against Connecticut in Madison Square Garden) and the Orange’s game against South Carolina on Nov. 26 will be played at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. SU plays five road games in February before ending its regular season at home against Georgia Tech on March 4.Soft landingSyracuse’s season-ending home game against the Yellow Jackets marks the first time since the Orange entered the ACC that it won’t end the regular season on the road. SU has lost its two games played in the ACC tournament, which the team has to travel to after coming back home from its regular season-ending road game.Obviously the late-season travel didn’t bother the Orange in last year’s NCAA Tournament run to the Final Four, but it’s still something to consider after 31 regular season games. Even the physical road to the ACC tournament this year is beneficial for Syracuse. The conference tourney will be played at the Barclays Center, compared to years past in Washington D.C. and North Carolina.Eyes upBoth Syracuse-Duke matchups in the Carrier Dome have drawn 35,446 fans to the Carrier Dome, formerly setting an on-campus NCAA attendance record in 2014. However, this year’s home game against the Blue Devils is slated for Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. It certainly looks like a schedule hiccup for one of college basketball’s marquee matchups.An Elite Eight rematch with UVA will draw well, as the Orange and Cavaliers play in the Carrier Dome on Saturday, February 4 — 315 days after Malachi Richardson shocked Virginia with 21 second-half points to push Syracuse into the Final Four. Another top billing for SU fans also comes on a Saturday, when SU and Georgetown square off in the Carrier Dome on Dec. 17 at noon. Syracuse previously announced that students with season tickets will have access to the Georgetown game even though it’s in between the fall and spring semesters.Regardless of physical attendance, viewership of Syracuse could be up. Fifteen games are set to be broadcast on one of ESPN’s networks, punctuated by a Big Monday matchup at UNC on Jan. 16. Published on September 12, 2016 at 4:47 pm Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more