Havens to become Citigroup’s No. two

first_img KCS-content whatsapp Wednesday 19 January 2011 8:27 pm Share CITIGROUP named investment bank chief John Havens president and chief operating officer yesterday, expanding its most senior level of executives and elevating a long-time friend of Vikram Pandit.Havens, currently head of Citigroup’s institutional clients group, will fill a vacant role as he takes charge of the bank’s day-to-day operations. The company announced his promotion along with several other management changes.Citigroup’s investment bank has struggled recently, falling to eighth place from fourth in Thomson Reuters’ M&A rankings. Citigroup announced the promotion a day after the company reported a worse-than-expected fourth-quarter profit, due to a steep drop in bond-trading revenue. Havens to become Citigroup’s No. two 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 WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’Sex and the City’ Sequel Series at HBO Max Adds 4 More ReturningThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapThe Truth About Bottled Water – Get the Facts on Drinking Bottled WaterGayot’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrapcenter_img whatsapp Show Comments ▼ by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldZen HeraldThe Truth About Why ’40s Actor John Wayne Didn’t Serve In WWII Has Come To LightZen Herald Tags: NULLlast_img read more

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National Salt Company Nigeria Plc (NASCON.ng) HY2010 Interim Report

first_imgNational Salt Company Nigeria Plc (NASCON.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Food sector has released it’s 2010 interim results for the half year.For more information about National Salt Company Nigeria Plc (NASCON.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the National Salt Company Nigeria Plc (NASCON.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: National Salt Company Nigeria Plc (NASCON.ng)  2010 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileNational Salt Company Nigeria Plc (NASCON) manufactures and markets a range of edible salt for industrial use and iodine-fortified kitchen salt for domestic use in Nigeria. By-products from the salt refining process include fine (butter) salt used to make biscuits and confectionary products; and granulated kitchen salt and industrial salt. The company has factories located in Oregun, Apapa and Port Harcourt and installed capacity of 400 000 tonnes per annum for 25-50 kilogram bags of salt and 100 000 tonnes per annum for salt sachets. Salt products for domestic use are marketed under the brand name Annapurna and Dangote. Annapurna is a brand name owned by West Africa Popular Foods (WAPF) as a joint venture between the former NASCON and Unilever Nigeria Plc. The company was established in 1973 and formerly known as National Salt Company of Nigeria Plc. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. National Salt Company Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Aiico Insurance Plc (AIICO.ng) Q32016 Interim Report

first_imgAiico Insurance Plc (AIICO.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2016 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Aiico Insurance Plc (AIICO.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Aiico Insurance Plc (AIICO.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Aiico Insurance Plc (AIICO.ng)  2016 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileAiico Insurance Plc is a leading insurance company in Nigeria offering life assurance and annuity, general insurance and special risk, pension management, health insurance and asset management. The company is the second-largest insurance company in Nigeria by gross premiums and has a diversified client base which includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and individuals. Life insurance products include an annuity plan, corporate savings plan, education, flexible endowment plan, group life insurance plan, income investment plan, life celebration plan, mortgage protection plan, term assurance and three payment plant. Aiico Insurance Plc has a controlling stake in Multishield Plc and a minority stake in Healthcare International Plc and Aiico Capital Plc. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Aiico Insurance Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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FEMA offering online resources for post-hurricane stress

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Coping With Holiday Stress After Hurricane IrmaIf your home, business or personal property was damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Irma, you or your family may be struggling to cope with the emotional impact of the disaster. If you are looking to rebuild or if you had to move from your home, this holiday season may be especially difficult.FEMA’s online resource, Coping with Disaster, provides suggestions that may ease the stress that can follow a traumatic event such as the recent hurricane, which can be even more challenging around the holiday season. There are special sections on how to recognize signs of disaster-related stress, and how you can help children deal with their emotional needs.Among the suggestions: National Center for Child Traumatic Stress: Floods. Phone 310-235-2633 or 919-682-1552. Loss of interest in activities once enjoyed The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provides crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. SAMHSA provides toll-free, multilingual and confidential support on its Disaster Distress Helpline. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster. Call 800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.Other resources for helping you and your children cope after the disaster can be found at these websites or by calling the number provided:FEMA: ready.gov/kids. Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and/or helplessness UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Stay connected with family and friends. Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions Feelings of hopelessness and/or pessimism Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping American Academy of Pediatrics: Helping Your Child Cope, Talking to Children about Disasters, How Children of Different Ages Respond to Disasters, How Families can Cope with Relocation Stress After a Disaster. Irritability, restlessness Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom center_img Limit your exposure to traumatic news coverage and social media about the disaster. Save the Children: Ten Tips to Help Kids Cope with Disasters, Hurricane Tips for Parents: How to Help Kids. TAGSFEMA Previous articleCity Council votes to modify medical marijuana banNext articleWhere Tallahassee went wrong on medical marijuana dispensaries Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Fatigue and decreased energy Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your comment! Accept the fact that your recovery may take time. Please enter your name here Disasters can leave children feeling frightened, confused, and insecure. Whether a child has personally experienced trauma, has seen the event on television, or has heard it discussed by adults, it is important for parents and teachers to be informed and ready to help if reactions to stress begin to occur.Staff at the Mayo Clinic say the holiday season causes stress and depression in some people. This may be heightened by the emotional impact of other situations, such as Hurricane Irma. They offer some tips on how to cope with stress, depression and the holidays.According to the National Institute of Mental Health, symptoms of depression may include: Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 last_img read more

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Jerwood Foundation profiled in The Times

The Jerwood Foundation has donated millions of pounds to arts organisations since it was set up in 1977. Read This cash machine is open by Nigel Cliff at The Times. Howard Lake | 17 September 2000 | News  17 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Jerwood Foundation profiled in The Times About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. read more

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A proud citizen of the troika

first_imgBy Camilo MejíaNicaraguan-born anti-war organizer and Iraq war resister Camilo Mejía gave this talk Feb. 21 at the United National Antiwar Coalition meeting at The People’s Forum in New York. It has been slightly edited..Camilo Mejia speaking at UNAC conference Feb. 21. Credit: United National Antiwar CoalitionOn Nov. 1, 2018, former National Security Adviser John Bolton gave a speech in Miami in which he first mentioned the “troika of tyranny,” referring to Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela, stating that the three are causing a tremendous amount of human suffering. So today I would like to speak to you as a Nicaraguan, a Sandinista and a proud citizen of the troika, because being a citizen of the troika means that my country is a main target of U.S. aggression — which means we must be doing something good. And just like the axis of evil speech, back in 2002 when George W. Bush laid down what would become U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, this troika of tyranny speech also has basically laid down the foundations of U.S. aggression toward Latin America.So I’d like to speak a little bit about the context that we’re in, but in simple terms, I believe that the time of U.S. hegemony has come to an end. What we are also seeing is a lot more serious than that because the neoliberal economic world order has also proven itself to be ineffective and to be causing tremendous amounts of suffering, human suffering, as opposed to the troika. These neoliberal policies have caused gross inequality, environmental destruction, great poverty, disease, infant and maternal mortality, the destruction of countries’ infrastructure and the destruction of countries’ sovereignty. Alongside that, what we have is a world of emerging world powers that are taking an approach that is very different and that is basically grounding its new relationships in collaboration and the rebuilding of infrastructure, the development of new, cleaner technologies. What we’re seeing really is that there is an alternative being created in the face of all this neoliberal suffering. Yet, what we see is that the United States, rather than change its ways and right its many wrongs, continues to make the same mistakes and to try to impose its neoliberal policies all over the American continent and the world. I don’t have to convince you that many of the disastrous impacts that we are seeing in Latin America and the rest of the world we are also seeing here. The neoliberal policies of privatization and austerity have caused the vast majority of people living in the United States great suffering, from gentrification to environmental injustice and destruction, to police and state brutality, to housing, health care and education crises. Neoliberalism, not the troika, is causing all this tremendous human and environmental suffering.The situation abroad isn’t any less urgent. The massive uprisings that we’re seeing from Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula, Honduras, to Paris, France, and throughout the rest of the world are in direct response to the impact of neoliberal policies and the impact that that’s having on the vast majority of humanity. Neoliberal policies translate to environmental destruction, morbid rates of mortality, hunger, disease and war, only to name a few. So here we are this evening, and what more could we possibly ask for than to be able to participate in an anti-imperialist conference in the belly of the beast.   In this time of transition on a global scale, we are at the very epicenter of that transition — which means we have to be very aware of the circumstances and historical context in which we find ourselves, which present many dangers, but also many opportunities. In order to address those opportunities I’d like to, maybe just for a few minutes, go back to the troika, and I’ll speak more specifically about Nicaragua.The dirty war against NicaraguaBetween the years of 1926 and 1933, the United States used a big portion of its military power, including war ships, artillery and thousands of well-armed U.S. Marines to capture and kill the last remaining  rebel general in Nicaragua, Augusto Cesar Sandino. Gen. Sandino gave birth to the popular, anti-imperialist struggle for sovereignty and independence from the United States when he refused to accept terms of a truce that would have resulted in handing control of the country and its resources to the United States; he continued to fight a guerrilla war in which he and his men were at a gross disadvantage. Yet thanks to their intimate knowledge of the terrain, popular support and the unbreakable resolve of his patriotic army, Gen. Sandino prevailed in 1933, and since then the Marines have never occupied Nicaraguan territory again.However, the United States did not give up;  they simply resorted to the use of lies and betrayal to obtain what Gen. Sandino had denied them for years in battle. They employed the services of a bourgeois liberal general named Anastasio Somoza to lure Gen. Sandino into a trap, and Somoza assassinated Gen. Sandino exactly 86 years ago today! But the legacy of Gen. Sandino inspired the struggle for liberation, of a revolutionary movement that not only eventually defeated what became the Somoza dynasty, which ruled Nicaragua for more than 40 years, but which also became one of the three governments collectively known today as the troika of tyranny! Of course I am talking about the Sandinista National Liberation Front, or FSLN, the colors of which I’m wearing around my neck tonight.When the Sandinista National Liberation Front defeated the U.S.-supported dictatorship of the Somoza family in 1979, the United States did not wait long to launch a counteroffensive to retain control and began training and financing the mercenary Nicaraguan army, known as the contras. But since the U.S. Congress had banned the funding of mercenary armies, the Reagan administration had to resort to creative ways to support the puppet army, including the sale of weapons to Iran during the Iran/Iraq war, a scandal that became known as the Iran-Contra Affair. That was the same war in which the U.S. armed the Iraqi army of Saddam Hussein with chemical weapons, which were later used against Kurds and the Iranian military and civilian population. Another scheme to keep the war going saw the CIA facilitating the trafficking of crack cocaine into African-American neighborhoods in Los Angeles. This led not only to a health epidemic, but also a social one, as it created a violent drug-trafficking environment, causing alarming rates of addiction, mental health issues, unemployment, homelessness, to name a few. All the while the Reagan administration cut funding to social programs, including mental health services, housing, education and other basic needs.When the FSLN lost the general election in 1990, a series of neoliberal governments immediately began to undermine all the achievements of the revolution, including the land reform, literacy campaign, victories in gender equality, health care, education programs, workers rights and much more. The country ceased to be a sovereign nation and became a cheap market for transnational companies to savagely exploit, with no regard for the country’s people or its natural environment. A situation similar to the drug epidemic in LA ensued in Nicaragua, as most of our citizens lost the safety net that had been provided by the Sandinista government: Mortality rates once again skyrocketed, campesinos lost their land, illiteracy went through the roof, poor children became malnourished, massive unemployment led to higher crime rates and unsafe neighborhoods, and with the sale of the electric company, the country went into a 16-year period of literal darkness.Despite that grim reality that befell Nicaragua for 16 years, the United States government [and] the U.S. corporate media never reported, much less complained, about the morbid existence of most Nicaraguans during that 16-year neoliberal period. There were no human rights organizations writing reports about the alarming rates of mortality, hunger, disease or anything else caused by privatization and austerity neoliberal policies.The Organization of American States never expressed any interest in the country, despite blatant electoral fraud, overseen by the United States to prevent the Sandinistas from returning to power. It was as if the country no longer existed.  Sandinistas return, restore human rightsSo today’s Sandinista government, in power for 12 years, has been able to cut poverty in half and extreme poverty by two-thirds, provide universal health care and education to all our citizens, rebuild our infrastructure, turn Nicaragua into one of the safest nations in Latin America, achieve 90 percent of food sovereignty, increase access to electric power from 54 percent to 92 percent, launch credit and lending programs to support hundreds of thousands of micro-, small- and medium-size businesses, and place the country in the top three nations in the world in terms of gender equality. Nicaragua is not alone in these achievements. Under presidents Hugo Chávez and Nicolás Maduro, despite constant U.S. intervention in the form of sanctions, sabotage and regime change operations, Venezuela has launched a series of programs designed to promote the development of the South American nation, including housing programs that have built approximately 3 million homes for Venezuela’s poorest citizens, food distribution programs, education programs and much more. In the case of Cuba, not only has their revolution survived over 60 years of economic, political, diplomatic and even military war from the United States, it has managed to achieve incredible victories in health care and education, not to mention medicine, climate resilience, the development of a sustainable economy and much more. Of the hundreds of millions of hungry children who roam the world homeless, not a single one of them lives in Cuba, as the revolutionary island, despite decades of U.S. aggression, has managed to completely eradicate homelessness. This is the troika!Build the anti-imperialist movement!But I share all this with you, not only in the interest of my country and Venezuela or Cuba. I’m sharing this with you because I keep hearing people say that “The enemy of my enemy is not my friend” or “denouncing U.S. imperialism doesn’t mean that we have to support dictatorships.” Another common one is: “We must support grassroots movements standing up to totalitarian regimes, even if they once were progressive.” So let me tell you something, the enemies of your enemy, namely the troika nations, as well as other nations who are being targeted by U.S. regime change policies and other forms of aggression, are not being targeted because they are dictatorships. They are being targeted because we represent an alternative to the prevailing, neoliberal world order. It’s the same world order that’s denying U.S. youth a bright future, that’s destroying our environment, that’s turned basic human necessities into products to be bought and sold in transnational markets.We need to build a united, anti-imperialist, internationalist movement that is [able] to understand the historical moment in which we find ourselves — a movement that is capable of telling the difference between an economic model that serves the interests of the poor and not the interest of the rich and transnational corporations. We need to understand how U.S.-funded nongovernmental organizations have seized control of the post-truth narrative of dictatorships and democracy, and how they have weaponized identity politics, human and civil rights, to create division among us and to redirect our solidarity efforts toward the rejection of governments and revolutionary movements that are fighting tooth and nail against the very same policies that are causing tremendous human suffering and environmental degradation in our communities, right here in the United States.U.S. imperialism has many allies, very powerful allies, and they are not divided. They don’t waste time vilifying each other as they launch media smear campaigns that pave the way for regime change in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and everywhere else, where they are burning black and brown bodies and destroying progressive programs for the poor under the guise of pro-democracy movements.The same people who flood U.S. streets with drugs and violence are supporting efforts to overthrow revolutionary governments. The same people who have facilitated the use of chemical weapons against Iraqi Kurds and Iranian military and civilian populations and who are demolishing Palestinian homes are funding mercenary armies in places like Colombia and Nicaragua. They are behind the narratives that keep us debating the merits and flaws of revolutionary governments fighting for self-determination, while they stand united in the destruction of our environment, our future and our ability to live life with dignity and to fight for what is decent and right.So I am here as a proud citizen of the troika, a Nicaraguan, as someone who has been a Sandinista since before birth because both of my parents were insurgents in the fight against Somoza, and who will remain Sandinista until the very moment I draw my last breath. I am not here to apologize for it; I’m not here to apologize for my government as we build this movement; I am not I here to request help for our struggle.  I am here to tell everyone that your struggle and mine are one and the same and that if we are to work together, as we should, we must build an anti-imperialist movement that is grounded in a strong understanding of regime change in the 21 century and that is capable to go beyond the corporate headline, to dig deeper, to reach across smear campaigns and see through the smokescreen of imperialism in order to see the values that unite our struggles and that can help us work together as we fight for a better world.  FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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US – Department of Homeland Security created intel reports on journalists, instructed officers on how to arrest and tear gas press without liability

first_img NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say July 31, 2020 US – Department of Homeland Security created intel reports on journalists, instructed officers on how to arrest and tear gas press without liability United StatesAmericas Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence April 28, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information RSF_en United StatesAmericas Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence News Organisation Follow the news on United States Jason Redmond / AFP DHS has compiled intelligence reports on the work of two American journalists covering protests in Portland, Oregon, using a government system meant for information on terrorist suspects and other violent actors, not US citizens engaging in constitutionally protected activities. The department’s intelligence office shared three reports over the past week with federal law enforcement agencies, highlighting the work of New York Times reporter Mike Baker and Benjamin Wittes, editor-in-chief of Lawfare blog. The intelligence reports summarized tweets written by Baker and Wittes and noted that they had published leaked, unclassified documents about DHS operations in Portland, where federal agents have been clashing with protesters in recent weeks. Chad Wolf, acting secretary of homeland security, has since ordered the intelligence office to stop collecting information on journalists and ordered an investigation into the matter.DHS also recently instructed its officers on how to arrest and tear gas journalists at protests without facing legal liability, according to a DHS memo leaked to The Nation of legal guidance on how to interpret a temporary restraining order issued against the agency last week. The restraining order, which was issued in response to a lawsuit alleging officers in Portland were attacking journalists, contained some exceptions. The DHS legal memo emphasized some of the exceptions to liability, such as an exemption for “incidental exposure” to crowd-control devices like tear gas.”It is deeply concerning that a US government agency was collecting and disseminating intelligence on American journalists engaged in constitutionally-protected activities, and who had no connection to terrorists or other violent actors,” said Daphne Pellegrino, Advocacy Manager for RSF USA. “How do such activities justify a threat to US national security? DHS has demonstrated through this practice, as well as its demonstrated interest in avoiding liability for subjecting journalists to arrest or tear gas, that it has no regard to the rights of journalists in the United States. RSF supports calls for a rapid investigation into the intelligence reporting and for the agency’s officers on the ground at protests to respect the role of journalists covering these events.”There have been more than 600 reported press freedom incidents, including arrests and physical attacks, since journalists began covering the racial justice protests that began throughout the United States on May 26, according to the US Press Freedom Tracker. The majority of these attacks have been by law enforcement. Portland, with more than 100 episodes, is the US city with the most reported press freedom incidents.The United States is ranked 45th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. center_img Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says Receive email alerts News June 7, 2021 Find out more June 3, 2021 Find out more News to go further News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is alarmed that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has compiled and disseminated intelligence reports on two American journalists covering racial justice protests in Portland, Oregon, and provided DHS officials with guidance on how to arrest and tear gas journalists at protests without facing legal liability. RSF calls on DHS to stand down from its aggressive posture toward journalists and for all US law enforcement agencies to respect their rights, as protected under the First Amendment. WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalistslast_img read more

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Elderly nun attacked and robbed on visit to Limerick

first_imgEmail Print Twitter Facebook WhatsApp NewsElderly nun attacked and robbed on visit to LimerickBy Staff Reporter – March 14, 2016 705 center_img The attack happened early on Saturday morningGARDAI in Limerick are investigating a Saturday morning attack on an elderly nun who was walking through the People’s Park on a visit to a relative last weekend.The attack saw a man approach the nun, who is in her 70s, from behind and push her to the ground.Helpless, the attacker then stole the nun’s handbag and made off through the park.Gardai later recovered the handbag, however the money that was contained inside was not found.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A man in his 20s was later arrested following a review of CCTV footage by Gardai.The elderly nun, who was mainly uninjured, was treated for shock and the distress caused by the incident. Advertisement Linkedin Previous articleLimerick goes green for St Patrick’s FestivalNext articleHomeless man’s beloved companion missing in Limerick Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ielast_img read more

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Limerick pensioner named World’s oldest Ice-Mile swimmer after completing “extreme” challenge…

first_imgLinkedin Print Email TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener LimerickNewsLimerick pensioner named World’s oldest Ice-Mile swimmer after completing “extreme” challenge in River ShannonBy David Raleigh – February 22, 2021 1130 WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash center_img Advertisement Previous articleOpinion: “Sustainability” Needs To Be More Than A Buzzword For Treaty United to SucceedNext articleLimerick contact tracers “encountering challenges” from people “not answering phones” and “not disclosing how they may have got virus” David Raleigh Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Facebook Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick Twitter WhatsApp Limerick Ice swimmers Alan Gleeson,53(blue cap) and Harry Harbison(63) swim in the icy cold Shannon waters at the Mill road in Limerick.Photograph Liam Burke/Press 22A Limerick pensioner who occupied himself during the lockdown, by swimming in the River Shannon, has become the world’s oldest Ice-Mile swimmer.Ger Purcell, 66, from Limerick, trained over winter within 5km from his home, in line with public health restrictions, before completing the challenge in freezing conditions in just over 43 minutes.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Guinness World Records has confirmed that Mr Purcell, of the Limerick Narwhales club, became the oldest male athlete to complete an ice-mile under international ice swimming association regulations, when he swam a mile, without stopping, in 4.93 degrees celsius water, three weeks ago.“During the summer I swim across the bay in Kilkee everyday, so my friends said I should have a go at the ice-mile swim, and I said to them, ‘do I look mad enough to swim through the winter in ice cold weather’,” said Mr Purcell.“Then the lockdown happened and basically I kept swimming, the weather started to go downhill over November, December, January, but I kept going; It was something to keep me occupied over lockdown too.”“The biggest problem I had was getting swims in during the lockdown, but I managed it within the 5km because the River Shannon is situated near where I live.”The grandfather, from Richmond Park, Corbally, who is also a member of St Michael’s Rowing Club, said he nearly didn’t finish the challenge due to the “extreme conditions”.“I was doing very well but then in the last 400 metres, I struggled. As I went around the buoy  I kind of swung off it because I was getting a bit tired, and the sun was beating down on my face, and I looked up and my eyes hit the sun and I took a mouthful of water.”“It was cold and I got a bit disorientated, and I was trying to get my level right, to get to the next buoy, which I couldn’t see because of the sun, so the last 200 metres were fairly tough.”Despite the cold temperatures Mr Purcell kept to the ice-mile regulations which only allow competitors to wear swimming togs, a swimming cap, and goggles.“The water was 4.9 degrees and I couldn’t wear anything else, no Vaseline or anything else, so you’re bare. My recovery took about two hours, I had to have someone else with me to get me out of the water, because my feet and hands were like ice blocks.”“You can’t get dressed because you can’t feel your hands to get dressed, so you need to get warmed straight away. I’m told that in other parts of the world where it has been done that they go to a jacuzzi and steam room afterwards, but basically I was just getting dressed in my car.”Mr Purcell, who has three grown up children and seven grandchildren, has “always been into sport” and “challenging myself”.“I’ve done a couple of triathlons but I damaged my ankle so I need an operation on that, but I still do a bit of cycling.”“My son thinks I’m mad, but now I can say I’m the oldest ice swimmer in town.”The previous oldest ice mile swimmer was a 64 year old man.Mr Purcell said he won’t be doing the ice-mile challenge again, but he now campaigning for Limerick City and County Council to redevelop existing swimming baths in Corbally in order to attract international ice mile swimmers to Limerick.“We have the most ice milers in the world at the Limerick Narwhales club and we are really building up the ice miles especially among the younger guys. We need a place and there is talks about the council developing the Corbally baths this year.”“It would be brilliant, because you could bring international swimmers into Limerick and have international events there.”last_img read more

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Hometown Show

first_img Pinterest Facebook Twitter Hometown Show Twitter TicketsThe Hometown Show featuring local music artists Blake Rackley and Matt New is scheduled from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Tarpon Pipe & Supply, 5211 Preston Drive, Midland.Pop artists ALYN and Ashley Hess will open the show.General admission is $12. Proceeds will go towards helping the local artists raise funds for upcoming musical projects. WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook By admin – June 22, 2018 Local News WhatsApp Previous articlePBAF Emergence Relief FundNext articleRobin Hood: Bad for Texas adminlast_img read more

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