Mystery marriage referendum signs appear in city

first_imgNewsMystery marriage referendum signs appear in cityBy John Keogh – May 14, 2015 746 Advertisement Twitter WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads A photograph taken by Paul Tarpey of the poster on Todd’s BowA photograph taken by Paul Tarpey of the poster on Todd’s Bowby Aoife McLoughlin and Kathy [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A MYSTERY homophobic sign depicting two men holding hands with a child was discovered this week on Todd’s Bow, between Cruises Street and William Street.The sign was shared widely on social media after it was discovered at the weekend by Paul Tarpey, senior lecturer at LSAD (Limerick School of Art and Design), who says the area has been used for “anti-gay graffiti” over the years.Under a heading reading ‘Progress’, the men in the drawing suggest that they should “adopt a yellow one next” to become “the Branjalena of Ireland” and to be “the coolest family at this year’s LGBT parade”.Mr Tarpey, who has conducted research in the area of political graffiti and imagery, believes that the person who created the image “knew about iconography”.“There is very strong iconography and it has been so carefully done. I think it was someone who knew about iconography. You see the flag and the word progress and you think it’s a Yes vote. The artistic quality is actually unique. It is like the traditional celebratory sketches of ‘We are out and we are proud’ kind of thing.“In 1969 gay people in New York started the Stone Wall Club riots and the guys during the marches were dressed like those in the poster. The child they are holding is actually the Iona icon,” Mr Tarpey told the Limerick Post.According to Mr Tarpey, similar signs had been seen on the Dock Road.Dave Cuddihy, spokesperson for Yes Equality Limerick, said the group was aware of the poster.He told the Limerick Post: “It is very unfortunate to see the artist has felt the need to rely on such a measure to get their point across.“Across the city and county we have hundreds of volunteers on the ground each day engaging in civil and respectful conversations about this referendum and we are delighted to have had such a positive reception in Limerick.”Mr Cuddihy said the group was “under no illusions that we will see a lot more of this questionable behaviour” during the closing stages of the campaign.He continued: “But we must remain focused on our objective and about the central question in the referendum – providing constitutional equality to gay and lesbian citizens without undermining the rights of others.”Mr Cuddihy concluded: “If anyone feels strongly about the contents of this poster and wishes to join Yes Equality canvas groups in the final days of our campaign they can contact us by emailing [email protected]” Facebook Previous articlePlans for international film studio for LimerickNext articleCouncillors furious over lack of funding for social housing in West Limerick John Keogh Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Email Printcenter_img TAGSfeaturedLGBTlimerickmarriage equality referendumYes Equality Limerick Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” last_img read more

Mediterranean diet

first_imgMediterranean people eat healthy. Following their culinary tastes may reduce anyone’s risk for diseases, says a University of Georgia expert. “The Mediterranean diet is based on the food habits of people living in countries that grow food locally and eat few highly processed foods,” said Connie Crawley, a nutrition specialist with UGA Cooperative Extension. “Because of the high amounts of vitamins and minerals and low amounts of saturated fat in the Mediterranean diet, studies have found that the diet may reduce risk for many chronic diseases.”There are at least 16 countries that border the Mediterranean Sea. Diets vary between the countries, depending on the culture, economy and agriculture production. But they share a common dietary pattern, she said. All include a high consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, breads and other cereals, potatoes, beans, nuts and seeds. Olive oil is used as a healthy source of fat. The diet includes moderate amounts of dairy products, fish and poultry and red meat. Eggs are included in some diets. Wine is consumed in moderation. “People who follow the average Mediterranean diet eat less saturated fat than those who eat the average American diet,” according to the American Heart Association Web site. “More than half the fat calories in a Mediterranean diet come from monounsaturated fats, mainly from olive oil. The incidence of heart disease in Mediterranean countries is lower than in the United States. Death rates are lower, too. But this may not be entirely due to the diet. Lifestyle factors, such as more physical activity and extended social support systems, may also play a part.”Arthritis and the risks for Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, heart disease and stroke are decreased for those who follow a Mediterranean diet. “Mediterranean diets include very little animal fat or saturated fat,” Crawley said. “Because there is a direct link between the consumption of saturated fat and colorectal cancers, heart diseases and strokes, the risks of getting these diseases are reduced when following a Mediterranean diet.” A diet rich in nutrients may control inflammation and decrease symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. One study of women suffering from RA, she said, found women who received counseling and information about the Mediterranean diet reported significantly less overall pain and early-morning stiffness than women who only received general nutrition information. The women following the diet lost weight and lowered their blood pressures.“Two studies have shown a connection between following a Mediterranean diet and a reduced risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease,” Crawley said. “Many participants saw a nearly 50 percent reduction in risk.” To follow a Mediterranean diet at home:Use olive oil and canola oil instead of butter when cooking. Replace one red-meat entrée a week with fish. Use whole-wheat bread. Switch to low-fat or non-fat dairy products. Fill half a dinner plate with vegetables (especially brightly or deeply-colored ones like broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, beets and greens). Have a glass of wine with dinner. If you don’t already drink alcohol, however, don’t start.last_img read more

My parents were stoners and that’s why I don’t want marijuana legalised

first_imgNZ Herald 24 November 2017Family First Comment: Great commentary from a mum…“What will it be like if we legalise? Don’t you wonder what message it will send to children? Or doesn’t that matter? I worry that legalisation will continue to perpetuate the myth that it’s a harmless drug. I worry that children will once again be voiceless in the face of stoned parenting. It will become the norm for many. If marijuana is legalised, it will be even more inescapable than it is now…”A public referendum on legalising cannabis for personal use may be held by the 2020 election as part of a possible agreement between the Green and Labour parties. One mother shares her own story to explain why she’s desperately hoping legalisation won’t happen.It’s a highly unpopular opinion for a 30-something year-old parent to have. It’s why I can’t put my name to this story. I am the odd one out of almost all of my friends and my family: I don’t smoke marijuana and I don’t want it legalised.When I smell marijuana – which is fairly often despite it being an illegal substance in New Zealand – I feel sick to my stomach. I often break into a cold sweat and it can sometimes, on vulnerable days, trigger a panic attack.I grew up around marijuana. The smell alone takes me back to that childhood of lazy neglect.I never had a bed-time story as they were usually asleep on the couch or zoned out in front of the television. I was often left at school or weekend activities for hours on end because they’d forget to pick me up. They forgot birthdays so regularly I just got used to not having birthday parties. I never invited anyone over because I was so embarrassed.What will it be like if we legalise? Don’t you wonder what message it will send to children? Or doesn’t that matter?I worry that legalisation will continue to perpetuate the myth that it’s a harmless drug. I worry that children will once again be voiceless in the face of stoned parenting. It will become the norm for many.If marijuana is legalised, it will be even more inescapable than it is now. I already have to deal with smoking at concerts – stoners feel they have the right to do this, then they laugh at the idea they’re getting others high.I do not, and cannot, support legalisation. I have seen first-hand the harm. I have seen what it does to children. I have seen what it does to adults. It feels like a desperately lonely position to hold among my age and peer group; almost all the adults I know whose parents smoked a lot are now heavy users themselves. This is understandable – it’s often the same with the children of alcoholics. I don’t blame them. How could I?READ MORE: read more