Body found at River Shannon

first_imgLinkedin Report by Andrew CareyTHE body of a young female has been found at the River Shannon during the course of a search for missing Limerick teenager Chloe Kinsella.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Search units attached to Limerick Marine Search and Rescue discovered the body this morning and it is to be removed to the University Hospital Limerick for further examination.Gardai confirmed that the body was recovered by divers at Browns Quay, Thomondgate shortly before midday.Information is still being sought regarding the missing teen.Foul play has been ruled out in the discovery.Meantime, the body of a Polish man missing in Limerick since September 6 last has been discovered at his home. Facebook NewsBreaking newsBody found at River ShannonBy admin – October 4, 2013 801 Email Previous articleZoe’s Auditions win the Audience FavouriteNext articleChief Justice highlights need for reform of court system admincenter_img Advertisement Print Twitter WhatsApplast_img read more

Chilean Defense: 2017 Projects

first_imgBy Augusto Scarella Arce/Diálogo May 17, 2017 Chilean defense policy is geared towards protecting the citizenry, defending their national interests and preserving their political independence, national sovereignty, and territorial integrity, according to the 2010 Chilean National Defense Book. “To these ends, Chile possesses and prepares the military resources needed for use in its legitimate defense, which means undertaking the modernization of all of its defense institutions, including the Chilean Armed Forces,” according to the text. “The Chilean Armed Forces must not limit themselves to the role that they have been playing until now. We cannot look only at one line of action; it is our duty to get involved,” explained Minister of Defense José Antonio Gómez Urrutia during the anniversary celebration of the Ministry of Defense on March 20th at the nation’s military academy. Without ignoring the role — defense of national sovereignty —that Chile’s constitution assigns to the Armed Forces as its main duty, Gómez Urrutia maintained that “the sector’s capabilities must be ready, and it must also operate in those areas that the people assume to be a core feature of its defensive and protective role.” The Armed Forces’ multifunctional capabilities were employed in the summer of 2017 to aid the civilian population when nature once again put Chile to the test. The entire state apparatus had to be employed to extinguish the many wildfires that ravaged different regions of the country. “The progress we have made in the areas of interagency coordination, operational leadership, community interaction, and multiple aid deployment were on full display,” Gómez Urrutia said. According to the Defense Ministry’s official website, more than 8,000 service members, together with various types of aircraft and vehicles, fought the fierce blazes that erupted in the summer of 2017. Structural reforms “There is no doubt that one of the main development tasks facing the Chilean defense sector is the institutional modernization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,” Gómez Urrutia said. Thus, “The Ministry of Defense has authored a bill that would modify Public Law 20424, which regulates how the Ministry of Defense and its subordinate bodies are organized, moving from today’s concept of a Joint Chiefs of Staff and its leadership to the creation of a Joint Forces Strategic Command led by a commander who will hold the same rank in the chain of command as the commanders-in-chief of the Chilean Armed Forces,” he said. “This ministerial body has been shaping its structure in search of broad versatility and functionality. Its purview as a ministry-level military organization is in the planning, preparation, coordination, and execution of duties, activities, and operations that involve a joint effort and that take on a special relevance in those circumstances in which coordination is needed from defense institutions to operate in the area of civil defense, coordinating their capabilities in service of the community during emergency situations, natural disasters, calamities, elections, censuses, and similar kinds of situations,” Air Force General Arturo Merino Núñez, director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told Diálogo. “The purpose of this change is to centralize in this strategic command the command and control of all of our forces in times of conflict and peace, expressly including their role during emergencies and disasters. Centralizing military leadership in a joint command means reinforcing and implementing an effective ‘civil command’ inasmuch as said command directly depends on the minister and is his direct advisor. Thus, these reforms, modifications, and adjustments involve giving the ministry greater professional and technical capabilities to better align its communications with the forces,” Political Science, Security, and Defense Professor Guillermo Holzmann told Diálogo. Holzmann is on the faculty at Universidad de Chile, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, and Universidad de Talca. “It is important and necessary to understand that this law is not sufficient for success. The will of the government is to move towards an operational force structure [in order] to be jointly prepared at any moment and under any circumstances. That enables us to jointly confront conflicts of any size,” Gómez Urrutia concurred. In order to achieve these kinds of structural changes, a cultural change is needed, and it must be initiated by the very Armed Forces institutions where joint development will be seen as a doctrine incorporated into the educational system, said Holzmann. The Foreign Office will have to develop a decision-making process in order to send these bills to the legislature before the end of the current legislative session so that they can be passed into law, or a solid base of support can be established, and the changes that the Ministry of Defense is considering can be implemented after Chile’s presidential election in late 2017.last_img read more

War set to storm Palace

first_imgDewhurst winner War Command spearheads a Ballydoyle trio in Tuesday’s St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot. Press Association The son of War Front landed the Coventry Stakes at the meeting 12 months ago, but was only ninth in the 2000 Guineas on his sole appearance this season. Michaelmas and Giovanni Boldini could also make the trip for trainer Aidan O’Brien, while Dermot Weld’s Irish 2,000 Guineas third Mustajeeb and the Paul Deegan-trained Prince Of All could join the Irish challenge. center_img Kingman and Night Of Thunder both appear among the 12 entries at the latest forefeit stage and are set to clash for the third time this season. While John Gosden’s Kingman was far superior in the Greenham at Newbury, Richard Hannon’s Night Of Thunder turned the tables in the Qipco 2000 Guineas to spring a 40-1 surprise. Night Of Thunder has not run since, but the form of that win could not have worked out any better. Kingman has landed the Irish Guineas, third home Australia won the Derby last week, and Dante and French Derby winner The Grey Gatsby was well behind in 10th. Hannon is also due to run last year’s National Stakes hero Toormore, who could finish only seventh in the Guineas. With stable jockey Richard Hughes on Night Of Thunder, Ryan Moore has been booked. Toormore is owned by James Pak and Middleham Park Racing, and their racing manager Tim Palin said: “We got confirmation Ryan Moore will definitely ride Toormore, which we’re delighted about. “Ryan got on particularly well with Toormore in the Craven. We respect Richard Hughes’ decision to ride Night Of Thunder. He’s always liked that horse, it won the Guineas. It must have been very difficult for him and we’re delighted to be in the race and secure Ryan, a tip-top jockey. “The time of the Craven was an exceptional one. Richard (Hughes) said after the Guineas that Toormore ran flat. We felt he didn’t go there quite on his A-game that day. Hopefully, he will turn up for the St James’s Palace on his A-game. “It’s a very competitive race. There’s Kingman and Night Of Thunder vying for favouritism, but if we can spoil the party that would be great. “Next Tuesday is a big day in Toormore’s life. Either he is the champion from last year and the best of his generation or the Guineas demonstrated the strength in depth of the three-year-old milers this year and that is his place in the pecking order. We will find that out on Tuesday which makes it very exciting.” Charlie Appleby’s Breeders’ Cup winner Outstrip, Mark Johnston’s Bow Creek, Gosden’s Muwaary and the William Haggas-trained Yuften complete the St James’s Palace list. last_img read more

Running Brave – the beacon of Track and Field in Guyana

first_imgBy Ras WadadaAFTER 14 years of existence, the Running Brave Track and Field Club (RBTFC) has firmly established itself as the top athletic club for positive development of the athlete in Guyana, where support is limited among the 12 registered clubs here.The club currently boasts over 120 members, inclusive of a World Champion, and consists of two groups– one based at the Leonora Track on the West Coast and the other at the National Park in the City.The fusion of certified Level II IAAF Coaches, Julian Edmond and Sham Johnny, continue to reap the rewards for their commitment to upcoming athletes.When the duo began their journey with the club in 2006, they were joined by several seasoned runners, including sprinter, Rawle Green, long distance runners, Cleveland Thomas and Lionel Dhanraj, as well as the one who really could be considered the catalyst for the birth of RBTFC – the multi-talented Alisha Fortune.The year was 2002 when Fortune approached Edmond, at his home, and requested him to be her personal coach, and after some pleading and deliberations, the former St. Joseph’s/St. Rose’s High student, who was on a sabbatical from the sport, agreed to be the full-time coach. Four years on, and it was the ideal timing for Coach Johnny to propose the union to Coach Edmond. Without much hesitation, the club was established and as the old adage goes, the rest is history.Fortune remembers the beginning and how the club got its name. ”It was Rawle Green who suggested that we name the club ‘Running Brave’ and we all agreed. Mr. Aubrey Hutson, who is the head of Athletics now, was the club’s first-elected President with Mr. Keith Campbell the first Vice -President.After Mr. Hutson resigned, due to his ascendency as head of the Athletic Association of Guyana (AAG), Mr. Campbell, who had two talented sons, Emerson and Eon, who became members, took over”.Edmond and Fortune have come a long way in athletics dating back to 1992 when both qualified to represent Guyana at the CARIFTA Games in Guadeloupe but, unfortunately, funding was not available for all and they felt the axe. The duo is also products of the now defunct Rising Stars, coached by Denis Smith, who migrated to the USA and, together, they successfully did the IAAF Level I course in 2000.Among the club’s proud achievements are consistent success at the annual prestigious CARIFTA Games and nurturing talents unto the Collegiate Track in the USA continuously.Since its formation, the club has secured a total of 4 Gold, 3 Silver and 9 Bronze medals at the CARIFTA Games, and 1 Gold, 7 Silver and 9 Bronze medals at the South American Championships. Presently, there are six Running Brave athletes on Athletic scholarships in the USA, making it a total of 9 to have gained scholarships.Coach Julian Edmond (at left) and co-coach, Sham JohnnyA proud Coach Edmond explained why the club has been having success. “ In terms of the athletes’ successes at the CARIFTA games, I am very proud of their achievements and happy to know that I would have contributed to a period when Guyana had their most success at the Games, finishing in the top 5 among Caribbean countries.“One of the main contributing factor in the consistent rise in Medals for Guyana in recent years at CARIFTA is the acquisition of the synthetic track at Leonora and, more importantly, under the presidency of Mr. Hutson, all the athletes who have qualified for CARIFTA get the opportunity to participate, unlike the past when it depended on funds available.“So, athletes in the past, despite qualifying, were prioritized to be selected, but now athletes and coaches are inspired to go all the way since they will be selected to represent Guyana once they make the qualifying marks”.Edmond added that the club pays extra attention to all the young athletes.“An important aspect of the club is keeping a close eye on the athlete, whereby, we liaise with parents to ensure they are getting their proper rest and nutrition and, more importantly, Coach Sham goes to every school where we have athletes so as to check on their academic progress and behavior; based on our findings we have one-on-one talks, sometimes it necessitates extra tutoring and in extreme cases, we do suspend from club activities so that they can get back on stream…when we formed this club, part of our vision was to assist young people by sharing our knowledge on becoming balanced individuals to secure athletic scholarships and go on to professional careers on or off the track.“Some of these scholarships are worth between 75 to 100 thousand USD”, the former National Schools record holder for the 100M and 400M related.“We start our CARIFTA preparations since in November so that when they go they can perform to optimum and secure medals…we work hard to get into the athletes head so that they get mentally focused…everything is about progression, so we keep a chart where we do yearly evaluation based on monitored progression, including keeping statistics …we have got in excess of 120 from as young as 9 years old”, Edmond shared.“Coaching comes with its challenges, but our aim, at Running Brave, is to produce an Olympic medalist and world champion. We have a structured club without any sponsorship, so we are mainly financed by membership dues and fund raising activities…at times, we as coaches and executive members have to facilitate athletes with assistance in providing transportation money”.Edmond, who had a professional stint on the grassed tracks in Australia between 1993 and 1994, cited a likely Olympics medalist for Guyana while he bemoaned the lack of support.”The talent and potential to give Guyana a first medal at the World or Olympics in athletics is one of the scholarship awardee.About six top Colleges were vying to get Natricia Hooper, and so they paid for her to tour all these colleges and in the end, she chose the University of Florida. She is definitely World class material in the triple-jump. Our programmes can only grow and get better with sponsorship and the Government must take the lead ….lack of support for development is sadly lacking here in Guyana…sometimes we get some support with transportation from Ministry of Social Cohesion….the coaching is all volunteer and making sacrifices is the order of the day; it is a daily early morning routine and afternoon as well”, Edmond lamented.Coach Johnny, who hails from Kitty and is a certified Level II IAAF Coach, is also an ex Santos Football Club player and athlete, but a motor accident ended his career. However, because of his love for sports, he pursued a career in Athletics Coaching.“Cleveland Thomas was my athlete and Edmond had Alisha Fortune; so we merged our energies at that time back in 2006 and, I must admit, that we have had success as a club.Over 35 athletes make up the West side faction of Running Brave…we have a 14-year-old gem who would have run at the 1500m Girls. We have boundless talent, but can’t help appealing to Corporate Guyana and Businesses, in general, to come on board with some much-needed sponsorship’, Johnny declared.last_img read more

Returning Players back in Contention for Ireland

first_imgThe props are back in contention having missed yesterday’s draw with Wales. Head coach Joe Schmidt is also confident that Rob Kearney and Sean O’Brien can force themselves back into contention this week.last_img