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Limerick Marine Search and Rescue

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first_imgEmma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday Marine Search Rescue 01 Marine Search Rescue 51 Marine Search Rescue 10 NewsLimerick Marine Search and RescueBy Bernie English – April 23, 2014 902 WhatsApp #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy Marine Search Rescue 64 Marine Search Rescue 37 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Marine Search Rescue 41 13.04.14Limerick Marine Search and Rescue. Picture: Alan Place. Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launch Linkedin Email Marine Search Rescue 13 Marine Search Rescue 26 Facebook Marine Search Rescue 30 Marine Search Rescue 19 TAGSmarineMusic Limerickrescuesearch Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick Twitter AMID all the sophisticated communication equipment that greets a visitor to the Limerick Marine Search and Rescue base on the Dock Road, there is a little stack of leaflets offering information on a counselling service for families bereaved by suicide.Sadly, the leaflet reflects what the team of volunteers encounters all too regularly. A person who has been overtaken by despair, if even for a moment, goes to the river and the rescue  unit is scrambled.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up But if someone is in trouble, either by accident or design, the Limerick unit is one of the best prepared to get out there and help.The team is equipped and trained to the same standard as the professional coastguard service.They are on-call 24-7 and, when an emergency arises, they can be fully operational in under two minutes.There is a slipway just yards from the base which gives them instant access to the water and they have now put a boat on the Abbey River to deal with calls that end of the water.“We’re unique in that we know the river so well. An operation is a risk but it is a calculated risk,” explained rescue diver and coxswain John Broderick.Most of the calls are of sightings of people entering the water between Shannon Bridge and Sarsfield Bridge and by far the majority of emergencies happen between two and three am, “when the clubs empty out”, said dive supervisor Jimmy Connors.Once a call comes in, the first three people to reach the base – or the crew staying overnight in the station on-shift – will get a boat in the water, getting information as they go and beginning the search at the point where the person was last seen.The next person in will take over communications co-ordination and they are followed by another team that includes a swift water rescue swimmer and dive team.“The dive team goes in immediately if a person is not on the surface. If they have gone under, the best chance we have of recovery is if we find them quickly. We know the flow of the river. We go above the entry point and we search all the way down to where we know a person may go,” explained jimmy.If the person is not found straight away, then begins a highly professional operation which involves divers swimming in formation, roped together at arms length wearing special diving equipment.At the bottom of the river, visibility can be so low that the team can barely see in front of them. They are using their hands to sweep and feel for a body which may stuck in the deep, sticky mud at the bottom.They literally feel their way to finding a body which has often been in the water for a time.If a body is not recovered, searching may be scaled back “but we don’t give up. There are very few that we’ve never got. The longest time for a recovery was fifteen months,’ said Jimmy.All of the volunteers have been extensively trained but ‘rookie’ volunteers are not sent on expensive training courses immediately. First they learn everything there is to know about handling the boats.“They’re on probation for twelve months. We’ll see what commitment they give and watch their behaviour. But it’s only on an actual recovery that we know and they know if they are suited. We say you’re not a volunteer until your first recovery,” said Jimmy.On of the things the team is anxious to get across is their gratitude to the public and to others who support them.“We’re all volunteers so when we’re out there, rattling a bucket, ever cent that’s donated is ploughed back into the service. We couldn’t do what we do without the support we get,” said PRO Peter Hogan.“Nor could we do this without the support of our families. We are away so much and our families are putting up with that,” said John.But with all of the tragedy that goes with taking someone who has drowned out of the river, the team have many causes to celebrate.The volunteers take heart when they have a recovery that those who loved that person can have closure.“The buzz you get from a rescue is amazing,” said John.They team is clearly 100 per cent involved in what they do, regardless of the huge demands it makes on their time.“It’s in our blood,” said Jimmy. Marine Search Rescue 17 #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Print Previous articleNewsreel for Arts…Next articleSumo Cyco play Limerick’s Indie Week Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Advertisement Marine Search Rescue 03 woman rescued from Shannon River Marine Search Rescue 52 Marine Search Rescue 38 Marine Search Rescue 59 Two rescued from the water overnightlast_img read more

Ageism limits opportunity for both the young and old

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first_imgAgeism has become such a problem in the UK that the average worker has awindow of just five years in which they are deemed neither too old nor tooyoung by employers. New research shows that staff are seen as too young at the age 35, but tooold by 40, while a fifth of all employees have been discouraged from apotential role because of age restrictions. Evidence from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)and the Department for Work and Pensions shows that age prejudice is much worsefor staff over the age of 40 – although one in 12 of under-35s have also beendiscriminated against. Dianah Worman, a diversity expert at the CIPD, warned employers to startchanging their ways or risk legal action when European legislation banningageism comes into force in 2006. Under the new laws employers will be acting illegally if age prejudiceaffects recruitment decisions and Worman warned firms to start preparing forthe changes immediately. “Waiting for legislation will be too late, and may leave companiesexposed to legal risks,” she said. “Employers will need anunderstanding of how to manage, recruit, reward, train and motivate employeesacross all age ranges.” Sam Mercer, director of the Employers Forum on Age (EFA) said the resultshighlighted the extent of the problem and pointed out that people of all agessuffered discrimination. “This highlights the extent of the problem and employers shouldurgently review policies and remove age barriers. It’s not just aboutrecruitment, but everything a company does with its people, so organisationsmust start moving on it now,” she said. In an exclusive interview with Personnel Today last week, pensions ministerMalcolm Wicks said the problem of ageism – which he compared to racial orsexual discrimination – was growing across the workplace. By Ross Wigham Comments are closed. Ageism limits opportunity for both the young and oldOn 13 Jan 2004 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Berger urges Cordray to delay HMDA rule

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first_img continue reading » NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger yesterday urged CFPB Director Richard Cordray to approve a one-year delay of the effective date of its 2015 Home Mortgage Disclosure Act rule.Berger emphasized the importance of giving credit unions more time to implement the new provisions, and he urged that the effective date be delayed to Jan. 1, 2019.“The Bureau’s pending proposal to ‘fix’ various issues within the HMDA Final Rule is a step in the right direction,” Berger wrote in a letter to Cordray. “Credit unions appreciate measures taken by regulators intended to correct errors and offer additional clarifications … That being said, no amount of 11th hour tinkering with technical amendments can offset the tremendous burden being hoisted upon credit unions and their vendors as a result of the Final Rule.”“As we continue to inch toward the fixed effective date, NAFCU has heard increasing levels of concern from credit unions and their vendors over preparations for the Final Rule,” Berger added. “In order to facilitate a smooth transition to the new HMDA requirements, it is critical that credit unions and their vendors are provided enough time to ensure they are adequately prepared before the ultimate effective date.” 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Federal appeals court overrules judge, orders Flynn case dismissed as DOJ requested

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first_imgDNY59/iStockBy ALEXANDER MALLIN, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — In a surprise ruling, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday overruled District Judge Emmet Sullivan and ordered him to accept the Justice Department’s motion to dismiss the case against former national security adviser Michael Flynn.President Donald Trump reacted within minutes, tweeting that the ruling in favor of his first national security adviser, whom the president has repeatedly claimed was investigated and prosecuted unfairly, was “Great!”The three-judge appeals court panel ruled 2-1 in granting Flynn’s motion to overrule Sullivan, with Trump-appointee Judge Neomi Rao authoring the majority opinion for the order — spelling out how the court believes Judge Sullivan overstepped his authority by appointing an outside former judge to argue against the Justice Department and Flynn’s legal team.“A hearing cannot be used as an occasion to superintend the prosecution’s charging decisions, because “authority over criminal charging decisions resides fundamentally with the Executive, without the involvement of—and without oversight power in—the Judiciary,” Rao writes.Rao also notes the recent evidence surfaced by the Justice Department’s separate review of the case should give it the freedom to revisit the integrity of the overall prosecution.“Each of our three coequal branches should be encouraged to self-correct when it errs. If evidence comes to light calling into question the integrity or purpose of an underlying criminal investigation, the Executive Branch must have the authority to decide that further prosecution is not in the interest of justice,”The opinion denies one part of the motion from Flynn’s attorneys in their request to have Judge Sullivan reassigned from the case entirely.Judge Robert Wilkins dissented from the ruling, noting the court’s extraordinary action to step in in the middle of a process to overrule the lower district court judge before he was able to hold a formal hearing on the DOJ’s surprise reversal in the case.“It is a great irony that, in finding the District Court to have exceeded its jurisdiction, this Court so grievously oversteps its own,” Wilkins says. “This appears to be the first time that we have issued a writ of mandamus to compel a district court to rule in a particular manner on a motion without first giving the lower court a reasonable opportunity to issue its own ruling; the first time any court has held that a district court must grant “leave of court” … without even holding a hearing on the merits of the motion; and the first time we have issued the writ even though the petitioner has an adequate alternative remedy, on the theory that another party would not have had an adequate alternate remedy if it had filed a petition as well. Any one of these is sufficient reason to exercise our discretion to deny the petition; together, they compel its rejection.”The Justice Department is already celebrating the ruling, with DOJ spokesperson Kerri Kupec tweeting the ruling as a “WIN.”Here is the appeals court ruling.This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more