WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Advertisement TAGSCoronaviruscovid19Keeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick PostPieta House Print Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Linkedin “Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind.‘Pooh!’ he whispered.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up ’Yes, Piglet?’’Nothing,’ said Piglet, taking Pooh’s paw. ‘I just wanted to be sure of you’.”These words from A.A. Milne’s children’s classic ‘The House at Pooh Corner’ strike a chord in these tumultuous times.These are testing times, our lives are filled with worry and unease at the moment, but we are all in this together.It is more important now than ever before to reach out and be there for those who need a friend to lean on.With our lives changed dramatically since March 12, with the closure of schools, and many in social isolation, it is more important than ever to check in on friends and family that may be struggling to cope. Many are feeling anxious and stressed and this may be heightened with the barrage of bad news we are exposed to. But you are not alone and those in need of extra support at this time can reach out to the Pieta team, who are providing free access to therapists for anyone who is experiencing suicidal thoughts or engaging in self-harm.Help is at hand for those struggling – they can call the Pieta team on 1800 247 247. This number is staffed night and day, according to Pieta’s Funding and Advocacy Manager, Tom McEvoy.“We’re reaching out to the community to say we’re still open, that the service still exists for everyone in the community,” says Tom. “We’re also asking people to continue supporting us so that we can keep rolling out our one-to-one counselling, although it will be phone therapy at this stage through our 1800 247 247 number.”Suicidal thoughts and thoughts of self-harm can affect anyone at any time but clearly the current situation can exasperate the strain that a person is under.Jobs lost, reduced working hours, worry about personal finances, worry about loved ones, loneliness for some and the stress caused by lack of personal space for others are just some of the issues arising from these exceptional circumstances. For Pieta, this has led to a high volume of calls from people looking for help.“There is raised anxiety and the calls are coming in hot and heavy at the moment,” adds Tom.“We’ve a text number as well so people can text us if they’re finding it difficult to get through to our 1800 247 247 number.“They simply have to text their name and contact details to 51444 and we’ll engage with them as soon as we possibly can. That text number is supported by a therapist as well.”Pieta has helped almost 60,000 people since it was first established over fifteen years ago. It focusses on those who are in suicidal distress or engaging in self-harm. The team of professional therapists offer coping mechanisms to clients and look to offer a new perspective on any issues that they’re trying to overcome.The free counselling service provides a safe place for those who get in touch and can help get through their crisis.The importance of being there for friends, family and the community is critical and can make a huge difference in people’s lives. Tom encourages people to reach out to friends or loved ones with a phone call at this difficult time. “We are going to see an end to this at some point, but we need to stay connected in the meantime,” he explains.“Reach out to the vulnerable. Reach out to people who you might think are okay but a phone call might assure you of that or create a new pathway for a conversation in that person’s life that might help them through that day.“That’s all we’re asking. Just take one day at a time and just try to help people who are a little bit more vulnerable than you are.”“We say not to hesitate in asking somebody are they suicidal. I know it’s a very, very tough question to even imagine having to ask. But if somebody is concerned about a friend or a loved one who they think isn’t in a good place, they need to confront that person and say ‘Are you suicidal?’ Just by asking that question, you can motivate somebody into action.”Talking about mental health does not come easy to many people and it may be the first time they have considered opening up to another person about their mental wellbeing. This first step can lead to their getting professional help and that’s where Pieta comes in.Pieta services are provided free of charge with no hospital or doctor’s referral required. The organisation is dependent on the public to support these services and Pieta are reaching out to the community to donate whatever they can in order to support the provision of counselling.Darkness Into Light – the international event that provides much-needed funds for Pieta every year – has been postponed because of the Covid-19 crisis. Originally scheduled for May 9, the event will now take place in the autumn leaving Pieta with a significant shortfall in funds. As a result, the charity is appealing for the public’s help so it can continue to provide its life-saving services.“It’s left a massive hole in our funding for this year, especially around now when there is raised anxiety in our community. The support is required even more than before with the type of work we do with people in crisis.“We want to keep our therapists focused on the work that we do during this time. We’re probably talking about September time for Darkness Into Light to happen and hopefully people will continue to support us at that. But just during this time, if people could go to our website and help us and donate whatever they can afford to keep this critical work going at this time.”If you would like to help, you can make a donation on the Pieta website. Alternatively, you can call 01-541 4746 and make a donation over the phone. Previous articleHRI Board announces close of the 2019/20 National Hunt seasonNext articleNot going out: Podcasts, Events & Livestreams Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Email Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LimerickNewsPieta offer helping hand to those in despairBy Alan Jacques – April 2, 2020 101 WhatsApp Facebook Twitter
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County Police Department’s Pattern Crimes Unit is looking for two suspects involved in a string of armed robberies that began in late December—and a $3,000 reward is being offered to anyone with information that leads to their arrest. At least 11 businesses—gas stations and donut shops—across Suffolk County have been hit since Dec. 22, police said. Investigators believe two males are responsible for the crimes. Each time, a black handgun is used to force clerks to hand over cash, police said. The latest incident occurred Thursday night in Sayville, police said. The most recent robberies involve a male, medium to tall height, dressed in a black jacket, black pants, black hoodie, and a black ski mask, police said. Investigators believe the male used an accomplice in previous robberies. That suspect is described as male, with a short build and dressed in a sweat suit, police said. Citing the ongoing investigation, police said they will not be releasing photos or video of the robberies at this time. The department is asking anyone with information about the suspects or the incidents to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. Crime Stoppers is offering a $3,000 reward for information that leads to the suspects’ arrest. Locations, dates, and times of robberies:Sayville 01/08/15 (9:49 p.m.)Farmingville 01/07/15 (9:00 p.m.)Bohemia 01/05/15 (9:55 p.m.)Holbrook 01/03/15 (10:20 p.m.)Hunt Station 01/02/15 (9:27 p.m.)Deer Park 01/01/15 (6:49 p.m.)Commack 12/29/14 (7:41 p.m.)Smithtown 12/29/14 (8:15 p.m.)St James 12/26/14 (6:18 p.m.)West Hills 12/25/14 (2:30 p.m.)Deer Park 12/22/14 (9:12 p.m.)
TAROUBA, Trinidad, (CMC) – Captain Stafanie Taylor’s 28th One-Day International half-century was enough to steer West Indies Women to a comfortable seven-wicket victory over Sri Lanka Women and an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series here Friday night.Chasing a paltry 163 for victory at the Brian Lara Stadium, the Windies cantered home in the 40th over thanks to Taylor’s unbeaten 60.The right-hander faced 83 balls and struck three fours and six, receiving support from Deandra Dottin who stroked a busy 37 not out, Hayley Matthews who got 25, and Kycia Knight, 24.Sri Lanka Women, sent in earlier, could only muster 162 off 46.3 overs, with Yasoda Mendis top-scoring with 34, Chamari Atapattu getting 31, Dilani Manodara, 26Leg-spinner Afy Fletcher led the Windies attack with three for 24 while off-spinners Anisa Mohammed (2-16) and Taylor (2-31) ended with two apiece.The victory ensured the second win on the trot for the hosts but more importantly, another two points to go towards their tally in the ICC Women’s Championship.Sri Lanka were off to a great start but suffered a collapse in the crucial middle overs and fell away eventually.Mendis struck seven fours in a robust 31-ball knock as she put on 53 off 66 deliveries for the first wicket with Nipuni Hansika (18).Both fell in the space of 32 balls with 19 runs added but Atapattu and Manodara combined in a 32-run, third wicket stand to rebuild the innings as Sri Lanka reached 104 for two in the 24th over.Atapattu faced just 37 balls and counted three fours but once she departed, the Sri Lanka innings plunged into decline as five wickets perished for just 25 runs.Prasadani Weerakkody (19) and Rebeca Vandort (17) staged a 29-run, eighth wicket stand to hold up the Windies before the last three wickets tumbled for four runs.In reply, Matthews and Kycia Knight put on 49 for the first wicket to give the Windies a solid start before both fell within the space of 14 balls, to leave the score on 59 for two in the 17th over.Taylor then ensured there would be no hiccups, adding 27 for the third wicket with Chedean Nation (8) before anchoring a match-winning 77 in an unbroken fourth wicket partnership with Dottin who stroked four fours and a six in a run-a-ball knock.The third ODI is set for today at the same venue. SRI LANKAN Hansika c wkp Aguilleira b Mohammed 18Y Mendis c Taylor b Fletcher 34C Atapattu c Kycia Knight b Taylor 31D Manodara run out 26P Weerakkody st Aguilleira b Mohammed 1S Siriwardene lbw b Fletcher 4S Weerakkody c Taylor b Selman 19A Kanchana hit wkt b Fletcher 3+R Vandort lbw b Taylor 17U Probodhani not out 2*I Ranaweera b Connell 0Extras (b1, lb4, w2) 7TOTAL (all out, 46.3 overs) 162Fall of wickets: 1-53, 2-72, 3-104, 4-105, 5-112, 6-122, 7-129, 8-158, 9-160, 10-162.Bowling: Selman 5-1-20-1, Connell 3.3-0-24-1, Matthews 9-0-42-0, Fletcher 10-0-24-3, Mohammed 10-3-16-2WEST INDIES WOMENH Matthews c Kanchana b Ranaweera 25Kycia Knight b Atapattu 24*S Taylor not out 60C Nation b Siriwardene 8D Dottin not out 37Extras (lb3, w5, nb1) 9TOTAL (3 wkts, 39.4 overs) 163Did not bat: +M Aguilleira, Kyshona Knight, Afy Fletcher, S Connell, A Mohammed, S Selman.Fall of wickets: 1-49, 2-59, 3-86.Bowling: Probodhani 4-0-13-0, Weerakkody 7-0-34-0, Kanchana 4-2-10-0, Atapattu 5-0-27-1.Points: West Indies Women 2, Sri Lanka Women 0.