Education is the key to combating drug abuse in Limerick

first_img Previous articleNew Limerick school building for St Paul’s primaryNext articleLimerick heroin users milk city shops dry of yogurt Alan Jacques TAGSCllr Daniel ButlerMusic LimerickSouth Court Hotel Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Twitter Email Happy ever after for Limerick’s last Metropolitan Mayor #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Cllr Daniel ButlerFINE Gael county councillor Daniel Butler will move outside his local authority role to help parents educate their children about drugs at an hour long talk in the South Court Hotel on this Thursday, April 10.According to Cllr Butler, a drug education and prevention worker in the city, education is the key to overcome most health challenges, and drug abuse, he says, is no different. The Limerick City West councillor believes drugs is a word banded around so much these days that people have become “desensitised” by it.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Life can turn on one decision. A drug is a mood-altering substance that can change the destiny of any of our children like it has for some of our friends from our childhood whether they were legal drugs such as alcohol or illegal drugs such as cannabis. It’s a risk, a gamble. So how can we as parents be prepared?” Cllr Butler asks.The answer, he reveals, is education.“As parents we can educate ourselves to understand the different drugs; their effects and some warning signs in our young people. We can educate our son or daughter on drugs and exactly why they are dangerous. We need to avoid hearsay and scaremongering which do not work,” he insists.Cllr Butler warns that drug use is a “social issue that knows no boundaries in terms of address, economic status, age or race”. And with children as young as eight using drugs it’s an issue that’s not going away.“I see in my work, particularly in schools, how young people fear drugs but are still tempted into experimenting. Why? As a young person our natural instinct is jump into life in all its shapes with two feet and think later. But with a good, accurate and engaging education we can equip our son or daughter to make a better life choice when we are not there to make it for them,” said Cllr Butler, who has a four-year-old stepdaughter.He will host ‘Talking to your child about drugs’, a free hour-long talk open to the public in the South Court Hotel this Thursday at 7.30pm.center_img Advertisement WhatsApp Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launch NewsLocal NewsEducation is the key to combating drug abuse in LimerickBy Alan Jacques – April 10, 2014 602 #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy Facebook Linkedinlast_img read more

The 5Point Film Festival Is Back In North Carolina

first_imgThis month, April 28, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is bringing the 5Point Film Festival back to WNC for a great cause.Along with 100% of ticket sales from the festival, for one week, they will be donating $1 from every Pale Ale sold to benefit the Appalachian Trail and Pacific Crest Trail.Based in Carbondale, Colorado, the 5Point Film Festival is in its 11th year of bringing folks the best in outdoor adventure films with a focus on 5 key principals: respect, commitment, humility, purpose, and balance.2016 was the last time the 5Point film festival was held in Western North Carolina.This year, however, the folks at 5Point are doing things different with their satellite showings. Rather than their team running the show, they are handing control over to the venues hosting the events, creating opportunities for more viewings in more locations.This also leaves the event planning to the hosts, allowing them the freedom be as creative as they’d like with the festival. From the venue selection and activities to the films and discussions, hosts can cater the showing to their specific audience.Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is the first to work with the 5Point Film Festival’s new collaborative format. They will be hosting the festival simultaneously at both their Mills River, N.C. and Chico, Ca. locations on April 28. The films featured at the festival have not yet been determined as they are planning on showing only the winning films from the main event in Carbondale on April 21 – 22.About This Year’s VenueAt the Mills River showing, Sierra Nevada will be screening the films in High Gravity, their large indoor event space located above the taproom and restaurant. Brett McCall will host the screenings, introducing and leading a brief discussion after each film.Guests will enjoy a select menu for the event and of course, beer. After the screenings, Sierra Nevada will keep the firepit open late for folks to hang out, have another beer and further discuss the films. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy will be attending to discuss their efforts, educate folks about the trail, and share volunteer opportunities. Did I mention there would be beer?Speaking of beers, make sure you grab a Pale Ale while you’re there. Don’t like them? Then buy one for a friend or a stranger. Why am I being so pushy? Because it’s for a great cause.Drinking For GoodThis year, Sierra Nevada is kicking off their new Pale Ales to Trails campaign, benefitting the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and Pacific Crest Trail Association. For one week, they are donating $1.00 from every Pale Ale sold in their Berkeley, Chico, and Mills River Taprooms to benefit these iconic trails. The weeklong event culminates in the 5Point Film Festival at their Chico, Ca. and Mills River, N.C. locations where they will also be donating 100% of ticket sales to the National Trail System.Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. has been a long time supporter of public lands, “When we moved East, it was a natural choice for us to give back to the Appalachian Trail.” Says Lee-Ann Loser, Produced Events Team Manager at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.The Pacific Crest Trail Association and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy are collaborating with them on the project.Celebrating 50 Years of TrailsBoth organizations will be hosting an event of their own, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act.Coast2Coast Trails at 50 will be broadcasted online. Both groups will meet via webcam to cheers, from coast to coast, to 50 years. More information coming soon.Huge thanks to Lee-Ann Loser of Sierra Nevada for her time and information on the events. She mentioned that the festival will sell out, so get your tickets soon.We’re looking forward to a great show with great folks at a beautiful venue and delicious beers.See y’all there.Justin Forrest is an outdoor writer, fly fishing addict, and co-founder of Narrative North—based in Asheville, N.C. He posts pictures of cats and fishing on Instagram sometimes.last_img read more

Marian Academy Schools Relay Fair Registration period extended to tomorrow

first_imgSCHOOLS in Georgetown and the outlying regions have until tomorrow to register for this weekend’s Marian Academy Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) Schools’ Relay Fair. The project, which is the brainchild of students using it as their Physical Education (PE) assessment during the 2017 examinations, will take place on Saturday at the Guyana Police Force ground, Eve Leary.According to PE teacher Keith Smith, 16 schools have already confirmed their participation for the event, but those interested can still contact him at 675-5566 or 650 -2928.“This is where we invite as many secondary schools as possible and it’s a relay championship. It’s not an ordinary championship,” he said, adding, “for children to pull off such a project for CSEC, it’s powerful.”The project’s Competitions Director Jahleel Young told Chronicle Sport that initially, the plan was to have a volleyball tournament but after consultations the relay fair was decided on.“This term we are really pulling a lot of the work; we were really behind but we’ve caught up to where we want to be,” He added.Competition manager Sheniah Grant spoke of early issues but commented on how the group progressed, dubbing them ‘peas in a pod’.“We didn’t get along at first but in order to get the work done we needed to hold one head and get all our priorities, brief everyone on what needs to be done in order to get where we want to go in terms of grades and CSEC projects,” added Grant.Alyssa Persaud, the project’s competition secretary spoke of the logistics of the event, with assurance, “We’ve done multiple letters to the AAG judges, the Red Cross and all of them who are going to help in the success of the competition and we’ve also organised all the equipment that we needed to get.”“What we are going to do on the day itself is try to get it broadcast on TV so people can see that a school is pulling off this event. We are also going to be livestreaming the event as it’s happening,” Leah Lachmansingh, the project’s Sport Journalist explained.There will be three age classes of action; the U-14 which will feature 4x100m males and females as well as a 1500m boys medley and a 800m girls; while the U-16 and U-18 classes will have 4x100m and 4x400m for both boys and girls.Trophies will be given to the top three overall schools as well as medals for individual race winners.The event is sponsored by Digicel, Fly Jamaica, Sterling Products, Banks DIH, Da Silva’s, BEV processors, Mr Gabriel Lall, the Hardware Depot and the Maharaj family.Admission for the 09:00-17:00hrs event is $100.last_img read more