Facebook Bishop Brendan LeahyBishop Brendan Leahy has said that Limerick is not living up to its obligations to support asylum seekers, especially in terms of their living conditions.Addressing the congregation at Raheen parish in Limerick this morning, Bishop Leahy said that although there are a number of excellent local groups supporting migrants and refugees, “in some respects, not least in terms of living conditions, we are not living up to our obligation to support asylum seekers”.In his New Year’s ‘World Day of Peace’ homily, he said that migrants need to be allowed to participate fully in Irish society and we need to be particularly vigilant to avoid exploitation of women and children.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “I am pleased the Limerick Social Services Council, set up by the Diocese, manages to offer support to migrants. There are others who also do good work, such as Doras Luimni. Our schools do great work in welcoming, protecting, promoting and integrating.“But we can’t deny there are many migrants and refugees among us looking for homes, friendship, help.“Asylum seekers are living in dire circumstances not far from us. For each of us, personally but also as a parish and as a diocese, Pope Francis’ message comes as a pressing invitation,” he added.Bishop Leahy said that the Pope’s four pronged strategy – welcoming, protecting, promoting and integrating – for addressing the refugee and migrant crisis internationally is equally applicable to us in Ireland.“This year, Pope Francis has chosen a topic very dear to his heart, a topic about which he often speaks and acts – the theme of migrants and refugees. They are constantly in his prayers. He reminds us there are over 250 million migrants worldwide, of whom 22.5 million are refugees. In Ireland we have a particular sensitivity to the theme of migration, emigration,” he said.“We need to do all we can to welcome migrants. We need to be on the look out to make sure migrants, especially women and children, are not exposed to risks or being exploited.“In Ireland we need to support the human development of migrants and refugees, ensuring access to all levels of education for children and young people. This will enable them not only to cultivate and realize their potential, but also equip them better in their turn to go out and encounter others in a spirit of dialogue rather than confrontation.“To welcome migrants means we also need to know how to allow them participate fully in our society. It is to the benefit of us all.”More news on society here Changes to the Student Support Scheme for people living in Direct Provision Limerick schools urged to get involved in STEM challenge Email Students in Limerick colleges to benefit from more than €1.5M funding to assist with online learning WhatsApp Advertisement TAGSAsylum seekersBishop Brendan LeahyDoras LuimníeducationexploitationhomilylimerickLimerick Social Services Councilnew yearPope FrancisRaheenrefugeesschoolssocietyWorld Day of Peace COVID-19 volunteerism is a glimpse of what the future can be for church and community Print Previous articleLimerick city building on dangerous structures listNext articleMan due in court over County Limerick murder Editor Limerick social entrepreneurs honoured for their work in response to covid-19 Linkedin Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsSocietyBishop says Limerick is not living up to its obligations to migrantsBy Editor – January 1, 2018 2816 Education and Training Board serves up award winning standards
Turkey set to issue tender for 1GW of solar capacity FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:Turkey’s minister of energy, Fatih Dönmez, has announced plans to revitalize the country’s Covid-19-stricken economy, which include a 1 GW solar tender under the national Yeka (Yenilenebilir Enerji Kaynak Alanları) renewable energy program.Originally planned for last month, the procurement round will tender PV projects ranging in generation capacity from 10-50 MW across 40 of the nation’s provinces and is due to be staged during the next quarter.“The scheduling of the tender may help the Turkish solar market, which is very much stressed under Covid-19 restrictions,” said Hakki Karacaoglan, CEO of German company KRC Consulting.The consultant told pv magazine Turkey had added only 139 MW of new solar capacity in the first four months of the year.The Yeka tender was originally postponed in January 2019, because of the nation’s parlous finances. The authorities planned to try again before the end of the year but eventually pushed the tender back to last month, only for the public health crisis to capsize their plans again.[Emiliano Bellini]More: Turkey plans 1 GW solar tender before October
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— Pakistan cricket’s celebrated allrounder Shahid Afridi has tested positive for COVID-19. Afridi tweeted Saturday that he had “been feeling unwell since Thursday” and his body “had been aching badly.” He announced that “unfortunately I’m COVID positive” and asked for prayers for a speedy recovery. Afridi quit international cricket in 2017 and has since played in Twenty20 leagues around the world. USOPC-PROTEST PROBLEMSUS Olympic leaders eye change on protests amid wary athletesDENVER (AP) — U.S. Olympic leaders are open to changing a longstanding rule restricting protests at the Olympics. But the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee is also facing backlash from some of its own athletes who feel they’ve been kept out of the loop.The USOPC is forming an athletes’ group to look into racial issues that have been exposed across the country in the aftermath of George Floyd’s killing in Minneapolis. But the committee made the move before consulting with the group that is supposed to represent athletes on the U.S. team. That upset some athletes. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSTV money gives NFL leg up if fans can’t fill team’s coffersUNDATED (AP) — Timing favors the NFL over other major pro sports leagues in trying to figure out how to keep the coronavirus pandemic from wrecking the 2020 season. In other developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic:— Major League Baseball wants an answer by the end of the weekend on its latest pay proposal. According to details obtained by The Associated Press, MLB is offering players 80% of their prorated salaries and a 72-game schedule beginning July 14 in an effort to start the pandemic-delayed season. Players would get 70% of their prorated salaries during the regular season and the rest for completion of the postseason under MLB’s plan.— NASCAR’S Cup Series returns to the track for the third time in eight days Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, this time with a small number of fans in the stands. The 1,000 guests will be almost entirely military members. It’s the 22nd time that NASCAR will run at Homestead, and the first time it’s happening in any month other than November. The weather is expected to be hot and humid.— Major League Baseball and the affiliated minor leagues are shut down but an independent circuit is set to open on July 3 with some fans in the seats. The American Association says six teams will play in three hubs, at least at the start of the season. Minnesota’s St. Paul Saints will play home games at Sioux Falls Stadium along with South Dakota’s Sioux Falls Canaries. Manitoba’s Winnipeg Goldeyes will be based at Newman Outdoor Field with North Dakota’s Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. The Chicago Dogs will play home games at the Ballpark Commons with the Milwaukee Milkmen.— New Zealand has become one of the first nations in the world to welcome hordes of fans back into a packed sports stadium. More than 20,000 fans poured into a stadium in Dunedin to watch a rugby match Saturday, with no masks or social distancing required. New Zealand removed almost every remaining virus restriction this week after no new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the country for more than three weeks, and all those who contracted the disease were determined to have recovered. The only major restriction that wasn’t lifted was the shutdown of the country’s border. America’s most popular sport has another big advantage if the games are played: TV money.While NFL owners could lose billions collectively with limited capacities in stadiums or no fans at all, the league is well positioned financially because of lucrative media contracts approaching $10 billion in a full 2020 season.Fitch Ratings recently affirmed its “A-plus” credit mark for the NFL and its properties in part because of the league’s media deals. Fitch says the NFL estimates each team’s media revenue at $250 million per season. The number gets bigger later in the contract, and each deal is set to expire in the next two years.So it’s safe to say more than half of the league’s $15 billion in annual revenue comes from the TV deals shared equally among all 32 teams — unlike Major League Baseball, the NBA and NHL.MLB’s attempts to get the baseball season started are being held up in part by a disagreement over how to compensate players in the likelihood that owners will have no fan-related revenue. June 13, 2020 Update on the latest sports Both the athletes and the USOPC are working out their differences. And both agree that attacking the problem of racism and social injustice is more important than internal squabbling.