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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

Mother jailed for posting school fight to Facebook

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first_imgA mother was arrested after sharing footage of high school students fighting on social media.Maegan Adkins-Barras says her son, Dylan, is a student at Acadiana High School in Lafayette, Louisiana, and found the video of the fight on social media.Adkins-Barras was so upset at what she saw that she posted the video on Facebook, writing, “This should not be happening. Why do we have to worry so much about our kids at school?”When she attended a school meeting the next day, she was taken to jail and charged with the unlawful posting of criminal activity for notoriety and publicity.Police later dropped the charge, and the Louisiana mother plans to sue for false arrest.last_img

Gardai search for owner of purse found in Buncrana

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first_imgGardai have appealed to the owner of a purse which was found in Buncrana to come forward.The ladies purse was found outside Supervalu on the Cockhill Road, Buncrana on Saturday last.The purse contains a sum of money. If you believe that it may be your purse then please call Buncrana Garda Station on 074-9320540 and quote incident no. 16967319. Gardai search for owner of purse found in Buncrana was last modified: October 21st, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:buncranafoundGardaipurselast_img read more

Hospital winter plan will fail completely to meet public demand – Cope

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first_imgDeputy Pat the Cope Gallagher has raised the issue of the proposed Winter Plan for Letterkenny University Hospital (LUH) with the Minister for Health Simon Harris.But the Donegal Deputy says the reply he received from the Minister is both shocking and disappointing in content.Deputy Gallagher said the intended Winter Strategy for the hospital in the months ahead will fail completely to meet the demands of the general public. He said “The much-hailed Winter Plan 2020 is a box-ticking exercise and only more spin over substance from a Government out of touch and indifferent to the plight of the people of Donegal.“The HSE and Government have completely failed to recognise the massive pressures that Letterkenny Hospital services and the A&E Department are under on a daily basis right throughout the year.“The failure to provide for additional bed capacity and to provide additional frontline staff is testimony that the Government and Ministers are out of touch, LUH has exercised its full capacity protocol on more occasions over the past 15 months than any time previously.”Deputy Gallagher said it is shocking how the demands and ongoing bed capacity crises at Letterkenny hospital has been totally ignored by the HSE and Government when drafting this year’s winter plan. He added “In the Minister’s reply to my question concerning the strategy for Letterkenny University Hospital he stated the principle initiatives of the Winter Plan are as follows for LUH ;• added Medical Registrar for improved medical cover;• rapid flu testing to reduce turnaround time to 2 hours;• additional cleaning services to improve bed turnaround time out-of-hours;• a reablement programme to decrease presentations and admissions;• additional aids and appliances to facilitate timely discharge; and• hospital avoidance measures to reduce the number of patients admitted for assessment.“Until bed capacity and staffing issues are resolved at Letterkenny, then the ongoing overcrowding, delayed admittances, patients in corridors and cancelled procedures will continue, the reality is LUH requires additional resources and staffing.”Deputy Gallagher said he previously stated that the entire hospital urgently needs a full review of services, staffing numbers and management and until that is carried out by an independent outside team and a comprehensive report is compiled we will not be able to address the crises situation which clearly exists at the hospital.He said “The Winter Plan just published by the Minister for Health Simon Harris is a master class in box-ticking and hood-winking – it’s a plan in word only for it lacks any strategy to deal with the crises. “I am impressing upon the Minister to take preventive action, before the full extent of the winter crises sets in, the additional beds previously promised are urgently needed for LUH, the employment embargo must end, too many posts are tied up with the strict criteria of the recruitment embargo, meantime staff at LUH are working in the most difficult environment due to understaffing at Letterkenny University Hospital.“This is the 4th winter in a row that this Government have failed to provide a meaningful strategy to deal with hospital capacity, but this plan is by far the weakest of all concluded.”Hospital winter plan will fail completely to meet public demand – Cope was last modified: December 3rd, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalhospitalPat The Cope GallagherWinter Planlast_img read more

Statum leads Crabs past Expos

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first_imgOtis Statum’s inside-the-park home run highlighted a 10-3 victory for the Humboldt Crabs over the California Expos at the Arcata Ball Park on Saturday night.Statum showcased his impressive speed after his blast to deep center field got past Expos outfielder Damian Holmes, before sliding home and barely avoiding the tag of catcher Keenan Reardon.The second-inning home run gave the Crabs a 3-0 lead and some early momentum.The win was the fifth straight for the Crabs who will look to complete …last_img

SA expertise for new UK gold mine

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first_img23 January 2012 A new gold mine set to open in the United Kingdom will be processing its ore using South African technology and expertise – an indication of how SA’s economy could benefit from new mining operations internationally, reports the Mail & Guardian. The newspaper reported on Friday that Australian-owned Scotgold Resources had secured environmental approval to start operations at the new Cononish gold mine in midwestern Scotland in 2013 – and had ordered a turnkey ore-processing plant from South African engineering firm Consulmet Metals. The Johannesburg firm would “design the plant, have it built locally, partially disassemble it before shipment, and commission it at the mine near Loch Lomond in Scotland,” the Mail & Guardian reported. “It may be a small deal in the world of mining, but the $10-million gold extraction plant … casts the spotlight on South Africa’s readiness to capitalise on local mining expertise. “Extensive mining opportunities opening up in Africa have deepened the experience of local engineering houses such as Consulmet Metals in building ready-to-use processing plants in hostile terrain. “This, and an emotional preference to do business with fellow Africans, ensures that South Africa will benefit from the African mining boom in particular.” An additional incentive for foreign firms to make use of South African expertise, the Mail & Guardian points out, comes from South Africa’s state-owned Export Credit Insurance Corporation, which provides guarantees to banks to finance orders for South African capital equipment. Consulmet Metals CEO Rupert Swanepoel told the newspaper that the Scotgold project was the first – but certainly not the last – in which it would be using the Export Credit Insurance Corporation to “sweeten” its offering to its foreign clients. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Mandela centenary coin unveiled

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first_imgSouth Africa celebrates the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela throughout 2018; the commemoration begins this month with the announcement of a new design for the R5 coin that celebrates the life and work of Madiba.The design of the new R5 coin, commemorating the centenary of Nelson Mandela. The coin was issued as legal tender in South Africa in January 2018. (Image: South African Mint)Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba authorised the new coin for national circulation on 19 January 2018.The coin features a portrait of Mandela, with the years 1918 and 2018 engraved alongside new decorative security features. The flip side features the South African coat of arms, replacing the usual wildebeest design on the original R5 coin. This side also features the words “South Africa” in English and isiXhosa.Since 1996, all South African coins have borne one of the country’s 11 official languages on a rotational basis.The original R5 coin was introduced as legal tender in 1994, commemorating Mandela’s inauguration as South Africa’s first democratically elected president.Another dedicatory coin was minted in 2008 in celebration of Mandela’s 90th birthday.The design of the new R5 coin, commemorating the centenary of Nelson Mandela. The coin was issued as legal tender in South Africa in January 2018. (Image: South African Mint)In a statement announcing the minting of the 2018 coin, the Reserve Bank of South Africa advised that it was national legal tender and, while it may hold a special personal value to all South Africans, it would not increase in value if stockpiled by collectors.The Bank encouraged South Africans to use the coin: “If you receive one of these coins as change, please do not hold on to it. Use it to make a purchase so that the next person can also experience [its] beauty.” It added: “[While] there could be a buyer willing to pay a higher price to collect [the] commemorative circulation coin, the Reserve Bank does not attach a value higher than the face value to such coins.”Read more Brand South Africa articles on South Africa’s past commemorative coins: New R5 coin for Mandela’s birthdayThe Griqua Town R5 coinSouth Africa marks Queen Elizabeth’s 90th with Kruger Rand coinNew Mandela banknotes for South AfricaSource: Business Tech news website, GCIS, South African Mint Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

CJ Perez raring to test his mettle vs Chris Ross, Beermen in PBA debut

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first_imgLATEST STORIES Columbian rookie CJ Perez during the opening ceremony of the 2019 PBA season at Philippine Arena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCarrying the label of being the top overall pick already comes with tremendous pressure to live up to.CJ Perez, the No. 1 selection by Columbian in last month’s rookie draft, isn’t shying away from that challenge.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Apart from Perez, Columbian is also banking on its guards Jerramy King and Rashawn McCarthy, who is coming off his best season yet in his first year with the Kia franchise after playing sparingly for San Miguel in his rookie season.“I feel like San Miguel is the measuring stick for everyone especially in the all-Filipino Cup. They’ve won the last four championships,” McCarthy said. “I just love to play against those guys. those are my guys, I love to complete against those guys, it’s always fun.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Broner fires up fight hype In fact, he’s raring to show the PBA what he’s all about even if it means going toe-to-toe with undisputed Philippine Cup king San Miguel Beer in his keenly-awaited pro debut.“They’re the top team and they’re a formidable team. It’s a good opportunity for us to show what we’re capable of,” Perez said in Filipino. “It’s our first game and we’re going to find out what we’re made of.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I’m excited to face them. They have great point guards in Alex Cabagnot and Chris Ross. Chris Ross is a very good defender so it’s a chance for me to see how far I’ve improved as a player. I’m just really excited,” added Perez, who carried the Lyceum Pirates to back-to-back NCAA Finals appearances.The Beermen are gunning for a fifth straight all-Filipino crown while the Dyip are looking to finally turn their fortunes around this season after languishing at the bottom of the standings year after year. MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? View commentslast_img read more