Embattled Symbian boosted by 11 new Japanese handsets

first_img Share by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity Timesmoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCuteMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStorythedelite.comNetflix Cancellations And Renewals: The Full List For 2021thedelite.comReporter CenterBrenda Lee: What Is She Doing Now At 76 Years of Age?Reporter CenterBlood Pressure Solution4 Worst Blood Pressure MedsBlood Pressure Solution Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Embattled Symbian boosted by 11 new Japanese handsets Tuesday 9 November 2010 8:12 pmcenter_img KCS-content whatsapp Tags: NULL Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap’Sex and the City’ Sequel Series at HBO Max Adds 4 More ReturningThe WrapNewsmax Rejected Matt Gaetz When Congressman ‘Reached Out’ for a JobThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap IN A rare show of support for Nokia’s embattled smartphone operating system Symbian, Japan’s Fujitsu and Sharp yesterday unveiled 11 new handsets powered by the software.Though Symbian is the most popular smartphone operating system, activated on more than 400m phones since 2000, it has lost ground since the introduction of Apple’s iPhone in 2007, and Japan is the only market where other manufacturers than Nokia are still taking it on.It has been squeezed further since the introduction of Google’s critically acclaimed Android operating system, which is now seen as the main competitor to Apple’s iOS.On Monday Nokia said it would take over development of the platform from April 2011, resuming management of a key asset it gave to the independent Symbian Foundation to run only a few years ago.The cross-industry Symbian Foundation will in the future take care of only licensing of the software.Although Nokia receives no direct benefit from other makers using the platform, its own portfolio is helped by the breadth of independent software developed for use on the phone, which in turn is increased by a bigger user base. last_img read more

Newgioco expects Q2 revenue decline of up to 52.7%

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Sports betting Regions: Europe Southern Europe Italy Newgioco expects Q2 revenue decline of up to 52.7% Topics: Sports betting Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Tags: Mobile Online Gambling Italian operator and supplier Newgioco Group expects to see revenue for the second quarter of 2020 to fall by up to 52.7%, following the disruption caused to the business by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.Due to the lack of sporting events during the Covid-19 lockdown, Newgioco said it experienced an “unprecedented decrease” in overall revenue for the period from 15 March to 30 June.The company expects therefore revenue for the three months ending June 30 2020 to be between $4.3m (£3.28m/€3.65m) and $5.3m, a year-on-year decline ranging from 41.7% up to 52.7% compared to the $9.1m generated in the prior year.Revenue for the six months ending 30 June, 2020, meanwhile, is expected to come in between $14.5m and $15.5m, down between 15.8% and 21.2% from $18.4m in the first half of 2019.The company expects the decrease in revenue to be offset by a decrease in selling expenses for the three months ending June 30, which it expects to be between $3.5m and $4.5m, down from $6.3m for the same period in 2019.Selling expenses are expected to be between $9.7m and $10.7m for the six months ending June 30 2020, again a decline from the $13.7m of costs incurred in the six month period in 2019.These preliminary estimates are the responsibility of the company’s management, and have not been audited or reviewed by the company’s public accounting firm, Newgioco noted.The decrease is expected despite Newgioco’s report of a return to profit in the first quarter of 2020. The company announced in July its intention to raise net proceeds of $9.2m through a share offering, in order to repay outstanding debts and accumulate working capital. 10th August 2020 | By Conor Mulheir Italian operator and supplier Newgioco Group expects to see revenue for the second quarter of 2020 to fall by up to 52.7%, following the disruption caused to the business by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Email Addresslast_img read more

Dangote Sugar Refineries Plc ( 2015 Abridged Report

first_imgDangote Sugar Refineries Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Food sector has released it’s 2015 abridged results.For more information about Dangote Sugar Refineries Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Dangote Sugar Refineries Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Dangote Sugar Refineries Plc (  2015 abridged results.Company ProfileDangote Sugar Refineries Plc cultivates and mills sugarcane in Nigeria and produces fortified and non-fortified granulated sugar for household consumption and use in pharmaceutical and food and beverage manufacturing. The fortified product is a fine high quality Vitamin A fortified white granulated sugar which is an all-purpose sugar used for baking and sweetening beverages and food stuff. It is sold under the brand name Dangote Sugar in 50kg, 1kg, 500g and 250g packages. The unfortified product is a specially-processed sugar grade used by pharmaceuticals and food and beverage manufacturing companies. Dangote Sugar Refineries’ subsidiary company, Savannah Sugar Company Limited, cultivates sugarcane for the group and is responsible for the milling process. Dangote Sugar Refineries Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

A FTSE 100 dividend growth hero I have in my ISA and will never sell!

first_img Image source: Getty Images. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. A FTSE 100 dividend growth hero I have in my ISA and will never sell! Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Royston Wild owns shares of Diageo. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Diageo. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997”center_img I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Latest financials from Diageo (LSE: DGE) in January were quite underwhelming. But as an owner of the drinks giant’s shares myself, I remain very excited about trading conditions as we embark on a new decade.In that recent update, the FTSE 100 leviathan said that organic net sales growth for the fiscal year to June 2020 would be “towards the lower end” of its 4% to 6% mid-term guidance range. This reflects, in part, recent volatility in its Indian, Latin American and Caribbean markets, it said.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…It has witnessed some troubles in these markets of late. But recent data on consumer confidence in its US marketplace gives investors like me reasons to be cheerful. This is by far Diageo’s single largest market and responsible for 33% of sales at group level.Stateside confidence picks upThe Conference Board survey of consumer sentiment soared to five-month highs in January, at 131.6. Citizens have become more upbeat of late on account of the solid jobs market, the body noted. And it suggested that there could be more to come. It said that “optimism about the labor market should continue to support confidence in the short term and, as a result, consumers will continue driving growth and prevent the economy from slowing in early 2020.”Diageo’s latest trading update was undoubtedly a tad disappointing. But on the plus side, it highlighted the exceptional defensive qualities that a broad geographic footprint and huge stable of ever-evolving, market-leading labels provide. Organic net sales still grew a chubby 4.2% in the six months to December, despite some market volatility.And this resilience is what makes the business such a great stock for income chasers. Annual earnings might dip, sure, but this only happens once in a blue moon, so beloved are Diageo’s labels like Captain Morgan rum and Johnnie Walker whisky all over the world. Such exceptional profits visibility gives it the confidence to raise dividends each and every year without fail.Its formidable balance sheet gives it the strength to keep raising them irrespective of near-term pressure on profits. Diageo has raised interim and final dividends every year since the turn of the millennium.Worth the priceCity analysts certainly believe that dividends should keep climbing at the Footsie firm. Fiscal 2019’s 68.57p per share total payout is predicted to rise to 72.46p in the current year. An expected 4% earnings rise supports this bullish prediction.This is not all. For financial 2021, broker tips of a 6% profits rise suggest that the full payout will march to 76.81p per share.Okay, there are bigger yields out there than Diageo’s, which sit at 2.3% and 2.5% for this year and next. In fact those forward yields fall well short of the broader FTSE 100 average of 4.1%. Still, I consider the blue-chip to be a great buy irrespective of this and its weighty P/E ratio of 23.2 times for fiscal 2020.Few Footsie shares have the sort of defensive qualities to ride out troubles in the global economy and keep growing earnings. And I for one am happy to have paid a premium to have it sitting in my shares portfolio. Royston Wild | Sunday, 9th February, 2020 | More on: DGE Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. 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Sunlight of Calm / D.I.G Architects

first_imgSave this picture!Courtesy of D.I.G Architects+ 24 Share Houses Projects ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Sunlight of Calm / D.I.G ArchitectsSave this projectSaveSunlight of Calm / D.I.G Architects CopyAbout this officeD.I.G ArchitectsOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesNagoyaHousesJapanPublished on October 24, 2013Cite: “Sunlight of Calm / D.I.G Architects ” 24 Oct 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldChoosing the Skyfold Wall for Your SpaceGlass3MGlass Finish – FASARA™ GeometricShower ColumnshansgroheShoulder ShowersPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesMorin Corp.Metal Wall Systems – ExposedStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Dekton® Stonika SeriesConcrete FloorsSikaIndustrial Floor CoatingsHanging LampsLouis PoulsenPendant Lights – KeglenDoorsSky-FrameInsulated Sliding Doors – Sky-Frame SlopeThermalSchöckMinimizing Thermal Bridges in BalconiesWindowspanoramah!®ah! Ultra MinimalistEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreWork ChairsDynamobelWork Chair – SLAT 16More products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream “COPY” “COPY” CopyHouses•Nagoya, Japan Architects: D.I.G Architects Photographs Photographs:  Courtesy of D.I.G Architects Save this picture!Courtesy of D.I.G ArchitectsText description provided by the architects. An housing complex in a residential area of Nagoya city. Since the site was rather narrow toward the south, Referring to the historical town house in Kyoto, we wanted to make a three-dimensional courtyard house. Save this picture!Courtesy of D.I.G ArchitectsEach unit has a courtyard, which brings light inside and extends the limited interior space to the outside.Save this picture!Courtesy of D.I.G ArchitectsInstead of extending the floor area to the maximum of the site, we made space between the outer wall and the property line, and put the entrance of each unit on the periphery of the building. This outside space works as a shared front garden and a corridor to access each entrance door. This circled outside corridor relatesthe habitants somehowand connects the building and the surroundings gently.Save this picture!SectionProject gallerySee allShow lessWhy Hollywood Needs to Change its Conception of “The Architect”ArticlesGiveaway: Win A Copy of ‘Richard Meier & Partners Complete Works’Architecture News Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Japan Sunlight of Calm / D.I.G Architects last_img read more

Itobi House / Apiacás Arquitetos

first_imgItobi House / Apiacás ArquitetosSave this projectSaveItobi House / Apiacás Arquitetos Architects: Apiacás Arquitetos Year Completion year of this architecture project Houses Itobi House / Apiacás Arquitetos ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Brazil Year:  2012 Save this picture!© Pregnolato e Kusuki Estúdio Fotográfico+ 32 Share Construction:Apiacás ArquitetosIncorporation:Apiacás ArquitetosManagement:Apiacás ArquitetosFoundations:DaconstLighting:RekaBuilding Services:Ramoska & CastellaniInteriors:Apiacás ArquitetosLandscape:Apiacás ArquitetosSuppliers:Caçambas – São Bento Remoção de Entulhos; Materiais de Construção – Fogões Shop; Fundações Estruturais – Al Sondas Perfurações e Sondagens; Ferragens, lajes, coifa, lareira – Ipê Telhas; Aluguel de equipamentos – Locbrás; Reforço das fundações – Daconst; Material para mobiliário – Leo Madeiras; Vigas metálicas – Emofer; Aquecedor solar – Soletrol; Piscina – FAP Piscinas; Cozinha e banheiros – Exclusive Home; Telha Metálica – Ananda Metais; Impermeabilização da piscina – Bautech; Pisos de madeira – Pau Pau Madeiras; Restauro maçanetas – Pramets; Misturadores, chuveiros – Lemos da Costa; Vidros – Vidraçaria Boa NovaSite Area:215 m²Project Architects:Acácia Furuya, Anderson Freitas, Pedro BarrosCollaborators:Accácio Mello, Ana Lúcia Santana, Bárbara Francelin, Cibele Mion, Daniela Santana, Fábio Teruia, Francisco Veloso, Gabriela Campos, Leonor Vaz, Maria Wolf, Marcelo Otsuka, Otávio Filho, Pedro ParedeCity:São PauloCountry:BrazilMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Pregnolato e Kusuki Estúdio FotográficoRecommended ProductsDoorsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Entice Series Entrance SystemDoorsGorter HatchesRoof Hatch – RHT AluminiumDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Curved Hinged Door | AlbaEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAText description provided by the architects. The project is a renovation in a house designed in the 1950s. Due to its various transformations and the difference of uses required, we radically intervened the existing space.Save this picture!Ground Floor PlanThe first step was the demolition of a small guest house to create a larger open area with gardens and swimming pools. Aiming at a more honest relationship with the outside area, we demolished the walls of the ground floor and restructured the space: the steel beams are supported on new perimeter walls built with demolition material.Save this picture!© Pregnolato e Kusuki Estúdio FotográficoThe new ground floor supports an upper volume, treated in a lighter way, white, with the private program: office and bedrooms. The connection between the floors is marked by a new staircase and also by the residual void from the old staircase.Save this picture!© Pregnolato e Kusuki Estúdio FotográficoThus, the home ultimately gets more natural light and ventilation.Save this picture!© Pregnolato e Kusuki Estúdio FotográficoProject gallerySee allShow lessBOX 298 Building / Andrade Morettin Arquitetos AssociadosSelected ProjectsCurucura House / Unoencinco ArquitectosSelected Projects Share “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard CopyHouses•São Paulo, Brazil CopyAbout this officeApiacás ArquitetosOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSão PauloBrazilPublished on August 20, 2014Cite: “Itobi House / Apiacás Arquitetos” [Casa Itobi / Apiacás Arquitetos] 20 Aug 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodSiding Façade SystemPlasticsMitrexSolar SidingMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic BronzeArmchairsAndreu WorldGrand Raglan – Lounge ChairSinksBradley Corporation USASinks – Frequency® FL-SeriesPlantingSikaGreen RoofsStonesCosentinoSilestone Surfaces – Ethereal CollectionMetal PanelsLongboard®Aluminum Battens – Link & Lock – 8″Panels / Prefabricated AssembliesFranken-SchotterFacade Panels – Dietfurt LimestoneWindowsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Casement Windows – Rabel 8400 Slim Super Thermal PlusWoodGustafsWood Cladding in St. Erik Eye HospitalLightsKKDCLighting – Groove FLEXMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream ArchDaily “COPY” Projectslast_img read more

Bridging the digital age in rural Limerick

first_imgWhatsApp RURAL communities in Limerick that are unable to access fibre or wireless broadband could be set to plug into the digital age if a proposal before the European Parliament is passed this week.The Southern & Eastern Regional Assembly Mid-West Office are members of the Satellite Broadband for European Regions project (SABER) which has launched a satellite broadband voucher scheme to encourage the take-up of satellite broadband in Europe’s most rural regions.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up According to Majella O’Brien of the SERA Mid-West office, the voucher scheme would be of assistance to communities that have yet to benefit from national broadband schemes and are unlikely to be able to access affordable broadband services in the near future.“Satellite broadband is a viable solution but the expense of setting up and subscribing to the service can be prohibitive for many. The voucher scheme is one way of helping rural households and business to bridge the digital divide,” she explained. Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Facebook Print Advertisement Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleLimerick Holds International Industry Cluster Conference 2015Next articleElderly Limerick tenants feel abandoned by council Alan Jacques center_img NewsLocal NewsBridging the digital age in rural LimerickBy Alan Jacques – October 3, 2014 620 Linkedin Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Email Twitter TAGSlimerickSatellite Broadband for European Regions project (SABER)The Southern & Eastern Regional Assembly Mid-West Office Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival last_img read more

No home and little hope on the city streets

first_imgPrint Email Advertisement Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHL NewsLocal NewsNo home and little hope on the city streetsBy Alan Jacques – March 9, 2017 1506 Linkedin WhatsApp TAGSAlan Jacquesfeaturedhomelesshomelessnesshousing crisislimerickLimerick City and County CouncilNovas Twitter First Irish death from Coronavirus center_img Previous articleBeyond the neon runesNext articleLimerick teenager took drugs rap for former boyfriend Alan Jacques RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook No vaccines in Limerick yet Shannondoc operating but only by appointment Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended WITH the latest Government figures indicating that 252 people are now homeless in Limerick, Alan Jacques revisited the city’s streets for a night to get an insight into this issue.AS someone who depends on the rental sector for a place to live, I find the prospect of homelessness all too real and very frightening.I am grateful to have a roof over my head, rented or otherwise. But with the skyward trajectory rents are currently taking, it is hard not to worry about losing your home. It is now natural in 2017 for those of us who do not have the security of owning our own property to feel vulnerable.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The current housing crisis brings it home to us in no uncertain terms that homelessness can happen to anyone.I earn a modest wage and work two jobs to provide for my children and myself.I earn just about enough to pay the rent and bills, keep my car on the road and make sure my kids don’t go without. Most of what I earn simply goes on the costs of keeping us in a home. There is little left over.It’s hand to mouth and just scraping by from week to week, same as it is for most hardworking Irish families. You do what you have to do, but worrying about what tomorrow brings is a natural part of the day for most ordinary folk in this day and age.Don’t get me wrong, I am very grateful for all I have and count myself most fortunate. But amid constant reports of rising rents and a worsening homelessness crisis, more and more Irish people are now faced with the cold harsh reality of this terrifying plight.These are frightening times for those looking to the rental market to provide them with secure accommodation. There are fewer properties to rent — fewer every day. Rents continue to rise and, for most people, the fear of being left without a roof over their heads is very real indeed. People are terrified that the homes they are now renting will be sold from under them or their rent will be hiked to levels they can no longer afford. There is no security.Christmas has come and gone and homelessness is an issue that tends to slip out of the media’s consciousness once the New Year kicks in. But for those who go to sleep worrying about losing their homes, or indeed trying to find one, it still remains a very real and frightening prospect.The latest Department of Housing Homeless Report will help keep homelessness in the headlines for now. It showed that the total number of people experiencing homeless in Ireland this January was 7,167 compared to 7,148 in December — and a rise of a quarter since this time last year (5,715).The figures for Limerick showed that there were 257 people homeless last December with a small decrease in January 2017, seeing the numbers down to 252.The same report showed that there were 39 families including 86 children homeless in Limerick during the Christmas period. The total number of homeless families across Ireland is still up by a third on this time last year from 884 to 1,172 with huge numbers of families still losing their homes every day.There are little real signs of this crisis improving. If anything, it’s worse it is getting.Among the destitute soulsI spent a night sleeping rough in Limerick in mid-February and was struck by the large numbers of destitute souls on the city’s streets.I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many homeless people in around the city centre. I felt their ostracised presence on every street I walked. They stand out like a sore thumb, one that no bandage can cover up nor cure.On O’Connell Street, the city’s main thoroughfare, the homeless are out in force. I see them on every corner. They rest in doorways, beg, drink cheap booze, anything to while away the hours until they return to the sanctuary of the hostels and emergency accommodation for another night. They are out here just killing time on the streets of Limerick, lost to drink, drugs and whatever else helps them get through another miserable day.And who could blame them?During my 12-hour stint on the streets, I experienced the same mindless drudgery. There is too much time out here for idle hands to fill. I walked the streets from 5pm on a Wednesday evening and eventually began to experience the brain drain this can cause.I questioned everything. I viewed the world with mistrust from the corner of my eye and simply wanted nothing more than to escape this situation.Of course this was something I could do at any given moment if I so wished. I am not homeless, but I constantly berated myself for wanting to give up, wanting to go home and for being out here at all.“Why are you doing this? What are you hoping to achieve? Why don’t you just go home?” I asked myself.I imagined what it must be like for those out here for real on the dark streets without the luxury of such choices as ‘going home’ and the questions that must torment them incessantly.Too much time locked inside our own heads is not good and, as the evening wore on, I started to feel the strain. There were moments I felt lonely and afraid, but mostly I just felt alone.I thought much during the night about my friend Vedran, a 37-year-old homeless man who lived on the streets of Limerick for seven months before his untimely death in November 2015.I decided to take a walk down by the riverbank to where this larger than life Croatian adventurer had lived in a makeshift camp. I felt a great pang of sadness as I remembered the last time I was here with Vedran and seeing his wet clothes hanging from tree branches and books lying soiled in the muddy ground.The site was now completely overgrown, but I felt Vedran’s presence with me for the rest of the night as I walked the city’s streets. I smiled as I remembered him fawning over ‘X-Files’ actress Gillian Anderson, whom he had a mind-bending crush on. I was glad of his company and to have his memory so alive as I walked his old beat.Shelter on Lord Edward StreetAt 8.45pm I visited the Winter Beds Initiative up on Lord Edward Street, which is run by Novas, Limerick’s largest homeless provider. Operated in conjunction with Limerick City and County Council, this 15-bed facility opened last December in an effort to address a direct spike in rough sleeping across the city.It is just one of a range of services provided by Novas to homeless people during the cold spell. It will remain open until the end of March.The safe and warm atmosphere immediately struck me as soon as I stepped inside. Volunteers were preparing food for the city’s homeless, those most in need of an emergency bed on another cold wet night. The place was a hive of activity. A football match blared from the TV in the living area, only adding to the homely vibe.By 9pm people were arriving right on cue and were eager to settle in for the night. Looking worn and exhausted, most made a direct beeline for the kettle to make hot drinks and strengthen their resolve after another day out in the elements. This humble refuge had all the feel of a home for those who needed it most. It soon filled with the sound of chatter and laughter.I spoke to Communications Manager, Una Burns, who was volunteering at the hostel the night I visited. She described the Winter Beds Initiative to me as a “humanitarian response to the immediate crisis. We do not consider this service as a long-term solution and our Housing First Team are working tirelessly with residents there to find long-term housing with support”.Burns stated that while the issue of homelessness is a complex one, the root cause of such an increase is a dearth of housing supply in the city.“Single households and families are hindered from moving on from homelessness by the utter lack of accommodation in the private rented market,” she told me.After a bite to eat, a bit of banter and some time chilling out in front of the TV, the inhabitants of the Winter Beds Initiative started to drift off to their beds. Safe and sound from the elements and the treachery of life on the streets, they could now sigh a breath of relief — another wretched day down.One homeless man I spoke to at the shelter told me how grateful he was for a bed for the night. “It is impossible to sleep out on the streets. You never know who is going to come up on you or what might happen. One night recently, I stayed awake all night. I just sat outside a 24-hour garage the whole time. I was too frightened to close my eyes.”Taking my leave, I decided it was time to start thinking about where I would lay my own head for the night. As I walked down the town with a sleeping bag and cardboard boxes under my arm I drew suspicious and pitying looks from passers-by. The city was buzzing. Restaurants, pubs and takeaways were teeming with life and by 10pm the aromas wafting through the air had my tummy rumbling. I hadn’t eaten since lunchtime.‘I’d kill for a snack box about now,” I thought to myself as I passed The Chicken Hut. But I pushed the hunger from my mind and kept on the move.Denizens of the nightTwo men had set up camp outside Brown Thomas and were lying on cardboard boxes, blankets and a duvet, which would be their bed for the night. As I approached them they smiled and gestured me away, making it clear they wished to be left in peace.Soon after I met a 25-year-old homeless man from County Limerick who was on his way to stay with a friend in the city. He told me he felt “lonely, frightened and trapped” by his current situation. Homeless for almost a year, this despondent young man had been threatened on the streets, used drugs as an escape and now longed to get his life back on track. Wary of me, he described his life as “hellish” and looked lost and cold as he skulked up the street. I prayed that things would eventually come good for him.Further down the town, I met a young man begging on Little Ellen Street at around 10.30pm. I gave him what little change I had in my pocket but he too made it clear he did not want to engage in conversation with me. Like the pair I had met on O’Connell Street, he just smiled politely and waved me on.To stay warm, I kept moving. I was reluctant to put my head down anywhere but decided it was time to start looking for a doorway to try and rest my head for the night.I walked up Henry Street to take a closer look at some of the possible spots I had taken a mental note of earlier that evening. I felt it would be best to find somewhere away from the hustle and bustle of city nightlife, where I would be less likely to draw attention to myself.As it turns out I’m not as street smart as I would have myself believe. The further away from the city centre I got, the fewer people I met and the more I stuck out and the more isolated I became.I also noticed that some of the characters I passed on these poorly lit backstreets appeared shady at best. After a few failed attempts to put my head down in dark doorways, I was soon convinced that I would be looking for real trouble if I didn’t move on. I did not feel safe at all.I quickly understood why those sleeping rough on the streets of Limerick did not feel comfortable when strangers approached.I headed back down the town and decided to just keep moving for a while. At least this would keep me warm.Things were getting more colourful and the weirdos were more abundant as the night pressed on. I felt vulnerable and foolish being out here alone.One young man under the influence of drink and pumped up on bravado got all up in my face as he showed off to his friends on William Street. My heart started to pound madly.“Well, bud,” he shouted, cocking his head at me.He momentarily blocked my path and threw threatening shapes and glances before heading off with his chortling pals. I felt relieved.Around 11.30pm the two men I passed earlier outside Brown Thomas now appeared to be fast asleep. Between the noise of the traffic, the whoops of drunken revellers and the glare of the shop-front lights, I wondered how they managed to block it all out. Where was the solace?Over on Thomas Street, a street drinker absorbed by the music blasting from a nearby bar swayed wildly. Grinning from ear to ear, he was oblivious to all going on around him, lost in his own little world.Living on your witsBy midnight, my bones ached and every step made me feel wearier but it was the mental strain that I found most exhausting of all.You live on your wits out on the street, and switching off is not a real option. You sleep with one eye open, if you are lucky to sleep at all. You are constantly looking over your shoulder and watching every approaching stranger with apprehension and caution.I moved from doorway to doorway all night. I never felt safe and rest never came. I was cold, wet and miserable. I felt broken by the experience.At about 1am, sitting hunched in the darkness I was startled by a drunkard singing tunelessly as he urinated on a wall not a stone’s throw from where I hid. I was getting more freaked out as the minutes passed and just wanted to be at home.Being lucky enough to have a home to return to though meant more to me with every passing minute as I walked the cold dank streets in these early hours. I would never take it for granted again.Sleet and rain fell sporadically throughout the night and an icy chill entered my bones that stayed with me long after I got home the next day. It took me some time to warm up, but I was grateful to have made it through unscathed.My experience on the streets stayed with me. I felt haunted for days afterwards. It had only been one night but it had left its mark on me. The misery of this one night made an indelible impression that makes me shudder still when I look back on it.My night out on the city’s streets made me see that as difficult and uncertain as things are for many Irish families right now, there are pour souls, castaways, out there who have it far worse. They have absolutely nothing, not even hope.I felt guilty and selfish for my own fears and anxieties, which seemed inconsequential in comparison, but in 2017 homelessness is indeed a very frightening prospect that more and more Irish people are having to face.As I walked the streets of Limerick on a dirty February night I learned that to look a homeless man in the eye is to see real poverty, real despair.This realisation made me feel angry and sad. Surely, I thought to myself, it’s high time our Government stopped averting their gaze and tackled the scourge of homelessness.As a wise French man once said, “It is not only for what we do that we are held responsible, but also for what we do not do.”by Alan [email protected] Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April last_img read more

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