NewsLocal NewsCash injection to help disabled tenants in LimerickBy Alan Jacques – August 14, 2014 542 Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Advertisement Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Email Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live TAGSCllr Joe LeddinCommunity and Local GovernmentLabour PartylimerickLimerick City and County CouncilMinister of State at the Department of EnvironmentPaudie Coffey TD RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Linkedin Print Previous articleLimerick radio enthusiasts ham it up at Loop HeadNext articleEndurance Challenge aims to raise €500,000 Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Cllr Joe LeddinLABOUR councillor for City West Joe Leddin this week welcomed news that more than €300,000 has been awarded to Limerick City and County Council as an additional top-up to help adapt homes for tenants living with a disability.Minister of State at the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, Paudie Coffey TD, approved the sanction of €315,356 for local authority housing adaptions to meet needs of tenants with disabilities in Limerick.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up According to Cllr Leddin, this “cash injection” will be put to good use in Limerick and will help secure more comfortable accommodation for local authority residents with a disability.“Living with a disability often requires modifications to a standard family home. The Council can get to work on jobs such as widening doors, fitting wheelchair accessible bathrooms, and installing chairlifts, all small things which can make a huge difference,” said Cllr Leddin.“These essential works make the difference between living at home or becoming a long term patient in hospital. At a time when the housing budget is stretched to capacity, it is especially welcome that this money has been prioritised for this usage,” he added.Cllr Leddin also went on to urge Limerick City and County Council, where possible, to prioritise the services of local tradespeople in carrying out these new adaptions, so that the whole county can benefit from this cash announcement.Limerick Fine Gael TD, Dan Neville, also welcomed the funding.“Where new houses can’t be identified for tenants with disabilities, we must do everything we can to ensure that their houses are easier to live in and that is what this funding is intended to do”, said Deputy Neville. WhatsApp Facebook WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival
Greensburg, In. — The South Decatur High School Optimist Club’s Youth of the Month for May is senior Nick Bales.Nick is the son of Tim and Lee Ann Bales and wants to attend Indiana University with the goal of becoming a pediatrician. He is a member of the South Decatur Varsity Golf Team, SADD, Key Club and has participated in highway clean up and peer mentoring.His favorite teacher is Mrs. Gross because of her ability to push him to learn about the medical field. He admires her for the time she spends with students explaining concepts and procedures.
The enthusiasm seemed infectious as Duke freshman center Jahlil Okafor flashed a wide smile and gushed endlessly about possibly wearing a Lakers uniform.But the platitudes went beyond Okafor paying his respects to a storied franchise or expressing gratitude for working out for an NBA lottery team. Duke senior guard Quinn Cook saw Okafor’s affection for the Lakers up close after rooming together last season with the Blue Devils. Then, Cook said he “forced” Okafor to watch plenty of games on television featuring the purple and gold.“He’s a Laker and knows a lot about the Lakers,” Quinn said of Okafor after working out with the Lakers on Monday at their practice facility in El Segundo. “He’s ready to go. Hopefully he falls to No. 2.”Cook argued, “If I had the No. 1 pick, I would take Jahlil,” before praising his role in helping Duke win a national championship with his post presence, passing and jump-shooting. But Cook has no influence on the Minnesota Timberwolves’ front office. Instead, he jokingly praised his influence in Okafor falling in love with the Lakers and deciding to train in Santa Barbara between draft workouts. “I take all the credit for that,” Cook said. “Him, his father and his aunt, I’m right there for his love for the Lakers. He’s ready.”Jack of all tradesThe Lakers worked out Cook, Michigan State senior guard Travis Trice, VCU senior forward Treveon Graham, UTEP sophomore forward Vince Hunter, Michigan State senior forward Branden Dawson and Iowa senior forward Aaron White on Tuesday, all candidates they could consider with their 27th and 34th picks. The Lakers currently do not have workouts planned for any prospects for the No. 2 pick, but will host workouts on Friday for more candidates at the 27th and 34th slots. Magic touch Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Well before they worked out with the Lakers, Trice and Dawson had often met with Lakers legend Magic Johnson. He has often visited the Spartans’ campus, practice facility and games after leading them to a national championship his sophomore season in 1979.“He always told us to play relentless,” Dawson said. “He’s been great and has been pushing us throughout the tournament and Final Four. He’s a great guy.”The Spartans heard that message so often that Trice lost count of how many times Johnson visited.“His main thing was playing hard and playing smart and playing for your guys besides you,” Trice said. “You saw there were times in the game when the other team was arguing and we knew that’s when we had them. It stuck together.”Idolizing KobeCook described himself feeling “in heaven” working out for the Lakers, both because of the team’s championship history and his idol, Kobe Bryant. “I just remember him struggling at first,” Cook said of Bryant when he entered the NBA straight out of high school in 1996. “He came into the league and it was his show and he had to work playing with Nick Van Exel and Eddie Jones. Then he took over with Shaq, winning three, going through a rough patch and then winning two more. It’s a winning tradition.”Cook knew Bryant’s career trajectory fairly well, partly because of Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, who coached the Lakers star with the U.S. Olympic men’s basketball teams in Beijing (2008) and London (2012). Krzyzewski also set up a visit between Cook and Bryant last year in Miami.“He knew how much I loved Kobe and how much I really loved the Lakers. I always joked with him that he should have taken the job back then,” Cook said of Krzyzewski, whom the Lakers pursued following Phil Jackson’s first departure in 2004. “But me and him have a great relationship. He has always shown me messages between him and Kobe.”