Advertisement Fr Seamus Enright and Agi Kunar, Redemptorists reception at Mount Saint Alphonsus, Limerick.Photo: Oisin McHugh True MediaThousands of people from all over North Munster, and farther afield, will head to the Redemptorists in Limerick for the annual Novena in honour of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. In this multi-media age, people worldwide are also joining in online – through the website www.novena.ie, submitting their prayers and even lighting virtual candles.The Novena begins on June 14th and continues until June 22nd at the Redemptorist Church on Limerick’s South Circular Road. There will be 10 celebrations on each of the nine days – the earliest at 7am, the last one at 10.30pm.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up It promises to be a packed programme. There are opportunities for confession and counselling, As well as a Novena celebration for the sick and the elderly, there is a blessing of babies and young children and a special celebration for First Communion classes. Fr Seamus Enright, Rector of the Redemptorists says the Novena is ‘a festival of faith, a community at prayer.’ There is the opportunity to write prayers of petition and thanksgiving and a sample of these are read at the Novena every day. ‘During the Novena, we are not just praying for ourselves, but for the entire community,’ he says.Fr Enright borrows words and images from people to describe the Novena: ‘I’m a bit of a magpie when it comes to describing the Novena. A man described it as “the Munster final of religion.” A lady told me it was like “spiritual spa.” She felt refreshed, reenergized after attending every day for nine days. People constantly tell me their faith is nourished at the Novena, that they find spiritual energy there.’Fr Enright says, ‘the Redemptorists at Novena time is an iconic place for thousands of people, the spiritual equivalent of the LIT Gaelic Grounds and Thomand Park.’ Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Email Print Twitter TAGSlimerickRedemptorists Novena WhatsApp Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Linkedin WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Previous articleLong overdue work at Janesboro churchNext articleRadical shift needed with 257 homeless in Limerick Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live LimerickNewsAll roads lead to the Redemptorists NovenaBy Alan Jacques – June 6, 2019 524 Facebook
(CIDRAP Source Weekly Briefing) – Because most people feel ambivalent about possible future pandemics, communicating effectively with them requires skillful balance on a wide range of communication ‘seesaws.’What I call the “seesaw” is a fundamental aspect of pandemic risk communication. People who are ambivalent—that is, people who are torn between two competing opinions—tend to resolve their ambivalence by favoring the viewpoint everyone else seems to be ignoring.The pandemic seesaw I discussed in my last column is the alarm-versus-reassurance seesaw. Here’s a brief summary: Some audiences for your risk communication are profoundly ambivalent about whether to shrug off the possibility of a pandemic or to worry about it and take precautions. Not all audiences are like that. Some are uninformed and uninterested and have no strong opinion. Some have already decided they’re taking pandemic risks seriously or they’re not. But some are ambivalent. And those ambivalent audiences will tend to worry all the more if your communications strike them as overly reassuring, while they’ll be inclined to shrug off the risk if your communications seem excessively alarmist.Effective risk communicators therefore try to adjust the level of alarm or reassurance in their pandemic messages on the basis of two factors: how alarmed or reassured they believe their audience currently is, and how alarmed or reassured they think it should be. You choose your seat on the seesaw with care, depending on which seat you want to entice your audience to choose.Alarm versus reassurance isn’t the only pandemic-related seesaw. There are many, including the following four.1. Confidence versus tentativenessIf you keep insisting you know what you’re doing and the situation is under control, stakeholders will start thinking you don’t and it isn’t. We’ll feel paradoxically more confident about your leadership when you point out (confidently) that influenza is always unpredictable, that managing a pandemic requires a lot of guesswork, and that there are bound to be some mistakes.As David Heymann (currently the World Health Organization’s executive director of communicable diseases) said during the SARS crisis: “We are building our boat and sailing it at the same time.” People tended to have a lot of confidence in Heymann. They had confidence not despite his acknowledgments of uncertainty but because of them. (Heymann is also very competent—but not all competent leaders generate confidence.)2. Your fault versus somebody else’sBlame is yet another seesaw. When things go wrong, there are almost always ways in which the trouble is genuinely your fault—and ways in which the fault lies elsewhere. If you blame yourself more, people blame you less. If you’re too quick to say it’s not your fault, people decide it is.This is one of the things Johnson & Johnson (J&J) got right during the 1982 Tylenol poisonings. The company blamed itself for having insufficiently tamper-proof packaging. So the ambivalent public decided the poisonings weren’t J&J’s fault, and the brand quickly recovered.3. Prepared versus unpreparedAs every business continuity manager knows, preparedness isn’t a toggle switch. You’re never fully prepared. You just keep trying to get more prepared. You always have a list of additional steps you could take. Some of them are low on your priority list; others you really expect to get to when you find the time and the budget.Have you prepared enough? Not enough? Too much? That’s the preparedness seesaw. If you tell ambivalent people you’re ready to cope with a pandemic, expect them to reproach you with everything on your list that you haven’t done. If you tell people you need a lot more resources to get ready, expect them to look hard at all the money you’ve already spent. Continuity managers would do well to think about this seesaw before heading into a budget meeting.Ironically, emergency preparedness experts have spent decades haranguing anyone who will listen that “We’re not prepared enough!” Usually the public and the money people aren’t listening. Once in a while, though, the whole society starts wondering if maybe we’re not prepared enough. That happened after Katrina, and it happened when people first woke up to the risk of pandemic flu. And that’s exactly when many emergency preparedness experts started feeling defensive—and found themselves claiming that they were really quite well prepared already. Instead of managing the seesaw, they let themselves get seesawed.4. Low frequency versus high magnitudeA severe pandemic is a low-frequency, high-magnitude risk—horrific but unlikely in any given year. Since “horrific” and “unlikely” lead to opposite conclusions about the importance of precautions, people are torn. You need your management, employees, and other stakeholders to keep both halves of this ambivalence in mind. If they forget it’s horrific, they’ll consider precautions a waste of time. If they forget it’s unlikely, they’ll blame you when it doesn’t happen soon.People new to the pandemic issue have no opinion. You need to teach them that a severe pandemic would be horrific, and you need to teach them that it’s unlikely in any given year. Then they’ll start to feel some ambivalence.Presumably, you want them to resolve their ambivalence in the end by putting more stress on “horrific” than on “unlikely.” You want them to think, “Yeah, a severe pandemic probably won’t happen soon, but look how bad it could get.” So you need to locate yourself on the seesaw’s other seat. Your core message to your ambivalent audiences: “Yeah, a severe pandemic could get really bad, but it probably won’t happen soon.”You still need to explain why you believe it is important to prepare for that low-frequency, high-magnitude worst-case pandemic. But you need to ground the explanation in an accurate (and vivid) depiction of how horrific a worst case might be, not in a misleading claim that it’s likely.And you need to stay firmly on the low-probability side of the seesaw. Give people the information they need to reach their own judgment that not preparing would be unconscionably irresponsible. Tell people you agree with this judgment—but come closer to “admitting” your agreement than to “proclaiming” it. Keep reminding everyone that a severe pandemic will probably never materialize anytime soon, that many pandemic precautions, though absolutely essential, will very likely be wasted.A playground of seesawsThese four are the tip of the iceberg. Once you start looking for seesaws, you’ll find a lot of them. Is everything a seesaw, then? Nope. When people are uninterested and uninformed, they’re unlikely to have two conflicting opinions. They probably have no opinion at all. Then the game is follow-the-leader, not seesaw. You can offer up your opinion without getting a paradoxical response.But as people start paying closer attention to pandemic issues, they are likely to acquire some ambivalence. And as soon as you sense ambivalence rather than apathy, start playing seesaw.An internationally renowned expert in risk communication and crisis communication, Peter Sandman speaks and consults widely on communication aspects of pandemic preparedness. Dr. Sandman, Deputy Editor, contributes an original column to CIDRAP Source Weekly Briefing every other week. Most of his risk communication writing is available without charge at the Peter Sandman Risk Communication Web Site, which includes an index of pandemic-related writing on the site.
1 This article appears in the current edition of our sister publication, Sport magazine. Download the free Sport iPad app from the Apple Newsstand, and follow on Twitter @SportmaguktalkSPORT’s sister publication Sport magazine interviewed Santi Cazorla. Read on to find out which team-mate he described as “annoying in training”!What has Alexis Sanchez brought to Arsenal this season?“He’s the best signing in the Premier League. There were plenty of good signings this summer – like Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas – but Alexis Sanchez has been huge for us. He’s ambitious, he wants to get better with every training session, and it was positive for him to leave Barcelona. He’s now playing with another mindset and he’s playing fantastically.”Does he work as hard in training as we see him do in matches?“Of course, Alexis Sanchez is as intense and annoying [laughs] in training as he is on the pitch. He’s so into football that he doesn’t want training to finish. Sometimes the manager is calling it off because training is over and Alexis is always kind of sad, because he loves to play football. His work ethic is a really positive influence for all of us.”Which player has influenced you the most in your career?“In the Spanish national team, Andres Iniesta and David Silva are two players who catch my eye and who I try to learn from. When I was younger at club level, I played for Villarreal – and I had a teammate who played differently to all of the rest. That was Juan Roman Riquelme – who retired just this year, by the way. I learned so much from him.”The Spanish national team had a tough World Cup after an incredible run of success. How close do you feel you are to getting it right again now?“Well, it’s really tough to know. Obviously there has been some changes within the Spanish team. David Villa, Xabi Alonso, Xavi Hernandez and Carles Puyol no longer play – so there are some newcomers in our team. I think that those new players will contribute with their positive attitude and their skills, but we need some time to integrate all this together and to start flourishing again.”You played in Spain until 2012, when you moved to Arsenal and London. Do you like living here or do you miss home?“I enjoy London a lot, it’s an amazing city – and I also get a lot of joy from playing the Premier League style of football. Also, it’s a great chance for my kids and for my family to get a new experience by living here.”This is crucial, Santi: have you found any good Spanish restaurants in London?“Yes, I go to plenty of Spanish restaurants – I used to go a lot with my girlfriend when I first arrived. It’s something that I recommend you do. There are some very good Spanish restaurants in London, like Cambio de Tercio, like Iberica, like [Café] Espana. I suggest you go there and grab some food.”Suggestions noted. Back to the football: you’re renowned as a two-footed player – is that a result of nature or nurture?“I have to say I’m lucky to be both-footed. I think I was born with that skill. But at the same time, my managers – ever since I was in the youth stages of football – they just demand me to work on that; to play with both feet.”January’s 2-0 win against Manchester City was seen as one of Arsenal’s – and your own – best performances of the season. What went so well in that game?“Before that game, I said that we had to play the perfect game to beat Manchester City. Last season, we lost that game and lost it badly – 6-3 was the final score. But we learned from it. To beat them this time, what we did was to defend together, to be united, to help each other. We were focused and we showed togetherness. We were really solid, especially at the back – and then when we had the ball, we used it really well. That game is sort of an example of what we have to do.”How do you achieve that level of performance again?“What we have to do is show more regularity. Sometimes we play really good games and the game after, we don’t play as good. We need to be consistent and play like that for a long period.”Arsenal tend to be at the business end of both the Champions League and Premier League – but what do you need to step up and win one of those competitions?“The key is belief. We are a good team, but when we played the FA Cup final last season, I could feel among the fans and among the club, some kind of fear to lose. That is something that we should remove from our minds now. Personally, I think that our squad is as good as Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City or Manchester United. We don’t envy their squads and we have the quality to fight with them face to face. It’s down to us to make that step forward.”Monaco are next in the Champions League. What do you know about them?“We’re kind of happy with the draw. We could have faced Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich – those are really hard teams to beat. But Monaco are also a good team. We played against them last summer in the Emirates Cup and they beat us at home. Radamel Falcao [who scored the only, decisive goal] is not there any more, obviously, but they are still doing well in their league. We are confident ahead of this tie, but we’re not underestimating them.”How do you relax away from football?“I spend a lot of time with my family. I’ve got two kids – a boy who’s five years old and a daughter who’s two years old. You have to take into consideration that winter here is hard! You don’t feel like going out a lot.”If your eldest is five, does he understand that it’s quite cool that his dad is a professional footballer?“Yeah, it’s crazy! He knows that I am an Arsenal player and he’s absolutely mad about it. I feel like I have double training every day: one here with the club and another one at home, because he plays a lot of PlayStation and he chooses Arsenal and knows every player.”Please tell us that he always plays you in his Arsenal team…“I stay on the bench. Sometimes the game itself puts me on the bench for no reason! My son is asking me: ‘Why, Daddy, you are always on the bench?’ I do not know how to answer.”If you weren’t a professional footballer, would you still play for fun?“My life is football. I am lucky to be a professional. But I think if I wasn’t, I would still play for a local team. Actually, this is what my brother does. He’s not a professional football player, but he plays in my region, in Asturias [northwest Spain], in lower football categories. If you are a football fan, if you enjoy the sport and you love it, then you play – no matter what.”Midfield Maestro Santi Cazorla wears the new PUMA evoSPEED 1.3 football boot Santi Cazorla celebrates an Arsenal goal with Alexis Sanchez
The late Seamus Doherty.THE Garda Ombudsman removed a senior Garda from an internal probe in Donegal Gardai, the force said in a statement tonight. The high-ranking officer from Co Leitrim had been appointed to carry out an internal investigation into the handling of the death of well-known Churchill man Seamus Doherty.Mr Doherty, 67, was found dead in the bathroom of his home on June 17th, 2012 after a violent struggle. However the father-of-four’s death was not declared a murder until almost three days later.Although people have been quizzed about his death, nobody has yet been charged with his murder.Mr Doherty’s death was raised in the Dail last week by Sinn Fein Justice spokesman Padraig MacLochlainn.The Doherty family has continually expressed serious concerns about the Garda investigation into the death. Now Deputy MacLochlainn has put down a Dail question on the matter.Minister Frances Fitzgerald has said Gardai will co-operate with the GSOC investigation.Deputy MacLochlainn says the Co Donegal family deserve answers and a proper investigation.“The victim’s family are seeking justice for their late father, a murder victim, after all justice delayed is justice denied. This family have now waited over one year and 7 months for a GSOC investigation, with no end in sight”.Deputy MacLochlainn’s question asks the Minister for Justice and Equality if she is aware of the lack of cooperation by the Management level of the Donegal division of An Garda Síochána with a Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (“GSOC”) investigation relating to the murder of Mr Doherty. The victim’s family made complaints at a local level to An Garda Síochána and additionally lodged a complaint to GSOC on the 5th November 2012, regarding aspects of the case and their treatment by An Garda Síochána.The GSOC investigation was initially investigated in accordance with Section 94(5) of the Garda Síochána Act, 2005, that is a supervised investigation.However GSOC changed the investigation to an investigation in accordance with Section 95 of the Act.Deputy MacLochalinn said “It must be highlighted, that the investigation was changed as a result of the lack of cooperation of the management of the Donegal division of An Garda Síochána, which was confirmed in writing to the victim’s family in July 2013.” In a letter to the family GSOC said they had asked the Leitrim officer to discontinue his investigation – not as a result of his “commendable” work – but because of an alleged lack of cooperation in DonegalTonight a Garda spokesman said: “A senior officer from Leitrim did not resign from the investigation into how Garda handled the investigation into the death of the individual.“As per procedures laid out in the Garda Siochana Act 2005, GSOC decided that they should investigate the complaint into the Garda investigation. As such, GSOC took over the case and, therefore, the senior officer from An Garda Siochana was no longer required to investigate this matter. This complaint and a second complaint on the matter remain under investigation by GSOC.”GSOC REMOVED LEITRIM OFFICER FROM DONEGAL MURDER PROBE – GARDAÍ was last modified: June 26th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
The St Eunan’s College players back at the school this eveningST EUNAN’S COLLEGE boys returned in triumph to Letterkenny today after winning the MacLarnon Cup after an epic final battle with Coláistí Inis Eoghain.The Letterkenny school took the Ulster trophy on a two-point margin.St Eunan’s GAA club contingent in the teamMan of the Match Conal Boyle and Captain Conor O’Donnell PICTURE SPECIAL: ST EUNAN’S BOYS BRING MacLARNON CUP BACK TO LETTERKENNY was last modified: March 17th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:letterkennyMacLarnon Cup Winners 2014St.Eunan’s College
On Tuesday, two local track athletes took time away from their preparation for this weekend’s league championships to announce where they’ll be taking their talents next year.McKinleyville’s Lizzie Dolan and Christian Coley, both record holders for the Panthers, will continue their athletic careers in SoCal after graduation, with Dolan heading to UC San Diego and Coley going to Cal Poly Pomona.Each was on hand at the McKinleyville High library to sign a letter of intent for their respective …
“Hell yeah, of course I would,” Durant told ESPN after the Warriors had chewed up and spit out the Cavaliers in Cleveland on Wednesday night.Durant has a sentimental attachment to Seattle. It’s where … There is no “KD” in “team.”Not yet, anyway.The Warriors’ Kevin Durant has mused about owning and/or operating an NBA franchise. This week he applied some specificity to his dream.Asked if he had an interest in being the guy who returns an NBA team to Seattle, he did not equivocate.
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