Firefighter Eli is Limerick’s latest hero

first_imgAdvertisement First Irish death from Coronavirus Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHL WhatsApp Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended Previous articleSuper Blues captain hopes youngsters will push throughNext articleAfter Dark – Table Quiz in aid of Zondra’s Treatment Fund Staff Reporter Shannondoc operating but only by appointment Linkedin Email Eli Brace has been a fireman for six years and is a qualified Swift Water Rescue TechnicianThe heroic events of last Saturday’ rescue by Eli Brace and the Shannon based Irish Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 115 captured from an elevated perch on O’Callaghan’s Strand by local amateur photographer Peter MacNamaraGER Hogan ferrying flood victims from St Mary’s Park with his horse and trap.Mark Quaid coming to the aid of a distressed driver seconds before a tree crushed his own van during Storm Darwin.And now it’s the dramatic photograph of firefighter Eli Brace diving into the raging River Shannon to save a drowning woman, that’s capturing the public imagination.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up It’s been some month for Limerick’s local heroes.The bravery of Swift Water Rescue Technician (SRT) and father-of-two Eli Brace was dramatically captured by award winning Limerick photographer Sean Curtin.Eli Brace has been a fireman for six years and is a qualified Swift Water Rescue TechnicianLast Saturday, the Limerick Fire and Rescue Station house in Mulgrave Street was alerted to the fact that a 21-year-old woman was in difficulty in the River Shannon. Eli Brace and his rescue team was dispatched to the scene having just returned from an apartment fire.An army veteran with 11 years’ service in the defence forces, he transferred to the Fire and Rescue service six years ago and is fully trained in swift water rescue techniques.Eli (pictured) and his colleagues arrived at Sarsfield Bridge just as the the Shannon-based coastguard helicopter 115 responded to the call.However, despite his best efforts, the helicopter winch man was unable to reach the young woman.“When we arrived, the helicopter was over her and they were making an attempt to get her out of the water, but between the wind and their rotor blades and the current, he couldn’t get to her,” Eli explained.The moment Eli jumped captured by photographer Sean CurtinSo he quickly assessed the situation and jumped off the bridge.“I just hit the water and started swimming towards her. Joe Cantillion from St Michael’s boat club came past and he got to her. By the time he got his hands on her I was on her legs lifting her into the boat with him. It all happened really quick.“There’s a lot of luck involved really. We need to get good information from whoever gives us the call and the people in 999 pass the information to us as clearly as they get it. The helicopter couldn’t get to her and she was coming towards me on the bridge, so I just jumped in. That was it.”“All we do when we get the call is go out and do the best we can and hope we come away home out of it”, he said.Paying tribute to the rescue crew, Chief Fire Officer Michael Ryan said that all staff of Limerick Fire and Rescue Service were amongst the most highly trained in the country.“They carry out exercises in swift water rescue techniques and this training came to the fore at the weekend. The firefighter in question was equipped and trained to enter the water as he did. He was wearing a water rescue dry suit, personal floatation device and a helmet also specifically designed for water rescue.”“We are busy on the river at the moment  and we are hopeful of getting our own jet boat in the near future. So, when that happens, our response times will get even quicker for rescues and make things a lot safer for us as well” Mr Ryan explained.“Sometime there isn’t time for a line and you just have to go with it – thank God he did” the Chief Fire Officer said.In fact it’s the second time in three years that Officer Brace, who lives in Ennis, has been officially commended for his role in a river rescue having being praised for his role in another river rescue by then Mayor Gerry McLoughlin.center_img Facebook Print Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April No vaccines in Limerick yet NewsCommunityFirefighter Eli is Limerick’s latest heroBy Staff Reporter – March 5, 2014 1185 TAGSfeatured Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Harte rejects claims that sub post offices would damage Main Street

first_img Labour’s Northeast election candidate has rejected claims that sub post offices in Letterkenny would damage trade on the town’s main street or cost jobs.Councillor Jimmy Harte was responding to concerns expressed at this weeks Letterkenny Town Council meeting at which councillors opposed calls for sub post offices for Gortlee and Glencar.This despite over a thousand members of the public calling for their provision.It was claimed that Letterkenny Chamber would be against sub post offices on the grounds they would damage business on the main street  -Councillor Jimmy Harte, who missed this week’s meeting,  says that is not true:[podcast][/podcast] Harte rejects claims that sub post offices would damage Main Street RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson News Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Facebook WhatsApp LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton center_img Google+ Twitter Google+ Pinterest Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey Twitter Previous articleLetterkenny council to pursue tourism opportunitiesNext articleGAA – Mc Kenna Cup Final Refixed News Highland Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week By News Highland – February 16, 2011 last_img read more

Being colorblind to race is not the answer

first_imgKeith Maddox and Sam Sommers don’t buy the “Oh, I never see another person’s race; the colorblind line.”“Having racial bias doesn’t mean you’re a racist,” Maddox said. “It’s OK to see difference.”Maddox and Sommers, both associate professors at Tufts University, on Thursday presented the first of three Faculty of Arts and Sciences Diversity Dialogues for the academic year: “Exploring and Empowering Intergroup Racial Dialogue.”The duo had the audience perform several exercises and presented research that demonstrated that most people automatically associate race with preconceived notions.“They can be unconscious; they can persist even when we don’t want them to, and they can influence judgment and behavior. Why is racial bias so pervasive?” Sommers asked.“Everyone is at least a little bit racist,” Maddox added.“Humans often rely on cognitive shortcuts to get things done. We categorize people and place them into preconceived notions,” Sommers explained. “While social categorizations simplify our world, they also create inaccuracies in our perceptions.”What are the consequences of stereotyping? The pair cited the research of Marianne Bertrand and Sendhil Mullainathan, “Are Emily and Greg More Employable than Lakisha and Jamal? A Field Experiment on Labor Market Discrimination.” In that study, resumes were sent to several potential employers. Some used “black-sounding names,” such as Aiesha, Jamaal, or Shaneka, while the others used “white-sounding names,” such as Ross, Nancy, and Ellen. Other than the names, the resumes were exactly the same. The results: It required only 10 resumes with white-sounding names on them to get a call back, while 15 resumes with black-sounding names were needed to receive a call.“Having a white name equals eight years of additional experience on the resume,” Sommers said.Another consequence: “One response of modern whites is to seek to appear colorblind,” Sommers said. This “is basically disingenuous … Within 150 milliseconds, we pick up on race and gender. It’s very quick.”Sommers said the consequences of “this strategic colorblindness … leads to disengagement and disingenuousness in social interaction, differences between aspirations and reality, and can undermine the very value that diversity is supposed to confer.” Further, he said, it “signals to some individuals that their concerns and challenges aren’t valid, [and] renders group/organization members less sensitive to actual disparities.”“Sometimes people feel anxious about interacting with a person from another race,” Maddox said. “To reduce this anxiety, they might choose to avoid situations in which a cross-race interaction is likely because avoiding that situation reduces their anxiety.“However,” he continued, “research suggests that choosing to put yourself in situations in which you interact with a person from another race actually helps to reduce future feelings of anxiety.”In conclusion, Maddox said, “Stereotype threat is real. Know the source of anxiety and work to diffuse it. Facing your anxiety can have long-term benefits. Make implicit processes explicit [and] strategize to minimize their impact. Understand yourself and your audience. It’s OK to talk about race … even necessary.”last_img read more

People’s United to acquire Danvers Bancorp for $493 million

first_imgPeople’s United Bank,People’s United Financial, Inc. (Nasdaq: PBCT), the holding company for People’s United Bank, and Danvers Bancorp, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNBK), of Danvers, Massachusetts, the holding company for Danversbank, announced yesterday a definitive agreement pursuant to which People’s United Financial will acquire Danvers Bancorp, in a 55% stock and 45% cash transaction valued at approximately $493 million. Completion of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including the receipt of regulatory approval and the approval of Danvers Bancorp’s shareholders.”We are pleased that Danversbank has chosen to grow with People’s United Bank,” said Jack Barnes, President and Chief Executive Officer of People’s United Financial. “Danversbank, combined with our existing Massachusetts presence, makes People’s United ‘ New England’s largest independent bank ‘ the seventh largest bank both in Massachusetts and in the Boston MSA.  Danversbank is a high-quality commercial institution that offers an excellent platform for growth and is a natural extension of our brand. It complements our continuous footprint from Worcester, in central Massachusetts, through Boston and on into New Hampshire.””I’m confident that this transaction will benefit Danvers Bancorp shareholders, customers and employees,” said Kevin T. Bottomley, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Danvers Bancorp. “People’s United brings substantial resources for increased lending, additional products and services and opportunities for professional development for our employees. When coupled with our highly experienced lending staff and extensive eastern Massachusetts branch network, the combined organization will be well positioned to compete with the biggest players in the Greater Boston area.”Bottomley will join the People’s United Board of Directors upon the closing of the transaction. In addition, he will be a strategic advisor to People’s United in its efforts to successfully integrate the Danversbank organization and grow People’s United in the Greater Boston market.People’s United expects the transaction to be immediately accretive to operating earnings with an IRR greater than 15%.  The transaction is expected to close late in the second quarter of 2011.Under the terms of the definitive agreement, which has been approved by both companies’ boards of directors, Danvers Bancorp shareholders may elect to receive either $23.00 in cash, or 1.624 shares of People’s United Financial stock for each Danvers Bancorp share, subject to customary pro ration provisions, whereby 55% of Danvers Bancorp shares will be exchanged for stock and 45% for cash. The transaction is valued at $23.00 per Danvers Bancorp share, based on the average closing price of People’s United for the 10-day period ended January 19, 2011. The receipt of People’s United Financial stock by shareholders of Danvers Bancorp is expected to be tax-free.To ensure the continuity of Danversbank’s philanthropic and community-based mission and for the benefit of the communities traditionally served by Danversbank, the parties have agreed that The Danversbank Charitable Foundation Inc. will continue its separate existence for a period following the consummation of the transaction. People’s United has also agreed to make certain charitable contributions in Danvers’ market area in the near-term. Mr. Bottomley will serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Foundation and, in recognition of the combined franchise, the board will be expanded with the addition of two directors to be proposed by People’s United.People’s United was advised in this transaction by Keefe, Bruyette & Woods as financial advisor and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP as legal counsel. Danvers Bancorp was advised by Endicott Financial Advisors, LLC, as financial advisor, and received a fairness opinion from Sandler O’Neill & Partners, L.P., while Hogan Lovells US LLP acted as legal counsel.Additional information regarding this transaction will be included in the People’s United fourth quarter 2010 earnings conference call and presentation taking place on January 21, 2011 at 11 a.m., Eastern Time. The call may be heard through is external) by selecting “Investor Relations” in the “About People’s United” section on the home page, and then selecting “Conference Calls” in the “News and Events” section. Additional materials relating to the call may also be accessed at People’s United Bank’s web site. The call will be archived on the web site and available for approximately 90 days.About People’s United Financial, Inc.People’s United Bank is a subsidiary of People’s United Financial, Inc., a diversified financial services company with $25 billion in assets. Peoples United Bank, founded in 1842, provides consumer, commercial and wealth management services through nearly 340 branches in Connecticut, Vermont, New York, New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts. Through additional subsidiaries, People’s United provides equipment financing, asset management, brokerage and financial advisory services, and insurance services.About Danvers BancorpDanversbank is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Danvers Bancorp, Inc., a holding company with approximately $2.6 billion in total assets. Danvers Bancorp, Inc., through Danversbank, offers a wide range of commercial and retail banking services, including commercial and industrial loans, commercial real estate loans, owner-occupied residential mortgages and consumer loans, treasury management, debit and credit card products, online banking, and investment management services. Danversbank operates a total of 28 branches in the following communities: Andover, Beverly, Boston, Cambridge,Chelsea, Danvers, Hamilton, Malden, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Middleton, Needham, Peabody, Reading,Revere, Salem, Saugus, Topsfield, Waltham, Wilmington, and Woburn, Massachusetts.Additional Information About the TransactionThe proposed transaction will be submitted to the stockholders of Danvers Bancorp for their consideration. In connection with the proposed merger with Danvers Bancorp, Inc., People’s United will file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) a Registration Statement on Form S-4 that will include a proxy statement of Danvers Bancorp that also constitutes a prospectus of People’s United. Danvers Bancorp will mail the proxy statement/prospectus to its stockholders. Investors and security holders are urged to read the proxy statement/prospectus regarding the proposed merger when it becomes available, as well as other documents filed with the SEC, because they will contain important information. You may obtain a free copy of the proxy statement/prospectus (when available) and other related documents filed by People’s United and Danvers Bancorp with the SEC at the SEC’s website at is external). The proxy statement/prospectus (when it is available) and the other documents may also be obtained for free by accessing People’s United web site at is external) under the tab “Investor Relations” and then under the heading “Financial Information” or by accessing Danvers Bancorp’s web site is external) under the tab “Investor Relations” and then under the heading “SEC Filings.”Participants in the TransactionPeople’s United, Danvers Bancorp and their respective directors, executive officers and certain other members of management and employees may be deemed “participants” in the solicitation of proxies from Danvers Bancorp’s stockholders in favor of the merger with Danvers Bancorp. Information regarding the persons who may, under the rules of the SEC, be considered participants in the solicitation of the Danvers Bancorp stockholders in connection with the proposed merger will be set forth in the proxy statement/prospectus when it is filed with the SEC. You can find information about the executive officers and directors of People’s United in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009 and in its definitive proxy statement filed with the SEC on March 23, 2010. You can find information about Danvers Bancorp’s executive officers and directors in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009 and in its definitive proxy statement filed with the SEC on April 16, 2010.This communication shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities.This press release contains statements that may be considered forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements are intended to be covered by the safe harbor provisions for forward- looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and this statement is included for purposes of complying with these safe harbor provisions. These forward-looking statements are based on current plans and expectations, which are subject to a number of risk factors and uncertainties that could cause future results to differ materially from historical performance or future expectations. These differences may be the result of various factors, including, among others: (1) failure of the parties to satisfy the closing conditions in either merger agreement in a timely manner or at all; (2) failure of the shareholders of Danvers Bancorp to approve the applicable merger agreement; (3) failure to obtain governmental approvals for the merger; (4) disruptions to the parties’ businesses as a result of the announcement and pendency of the merger; (5) costs or difficulties related to the integration of the business following the merger; (6) changes in general, national or regional economic conditions; (7) the risk that the anticipated benefits, cost savings and any other savings from the transaction may not be fully realized or may take longer than expected to realize (8) changes in loan default and charge-off rates; (9) reductions in deposit levels necessitating increased borrowings to fund loans and investments; (10) changes in interest rates or credit availability; (11) possible changes in regulation resulting from or relating to the pending financial reform legislation; (12) People’s United’s success in addressing management succession issues in a timely and effective manner; (13) changes in levels of income and expense in noninterest income and expense related activities; and (14) competition and its effect on pricing, spending, third-party relationships and revenues.For additional factors that may affect future results, please see filings made by People’s United and Danvers Bancorp with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including People’s United’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009 and Danvers Bancorp’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009. People’s United and Danvers Bancorp undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or other changes.People’s United Bank. Everything Starts With You.  SOURCE People’s United Financial, Inc.; Danvers Bancorp, Inc. BRIDGEPORT, Conn. and DANVERS, Mass., Jan. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ —last_img read more

Mancini: We face an uphill task

first_img The City boss added: “This is strange because we played the whole of January really well, I don’t know why we played so bad today. Southampton are playing well and it is difficult to score against them – I don’t think a team like us can do a performance like today.” City fell behind in just the seventh minute when Jason Puncheon tucked away the rebound from Rickie Lambert’s strike. The visitors then became their own worst enemy as Steve Davis doubled the home side’s lead after City goalkeeper Joe Hart allowed Lambert’s shot to squirm through his hands. Edin Dzeko reduced the arrears before half-time but a Gareth Barry own goal early in the second half secured a first win for Saints’ boss Mauricio Pochettino and left Mancini ruing his side’s performance. Asked if it was a poor performance Mancini replied: “No, I don’t agree, it was worse than poor. We didn’t play. We played with maybe two players in this game and with 11 against two it is difficult to win.” Mancini also hit out at the midweek international programme, saying: “All of the players came back Thursday night or Friday and when you have 16 players away on international duty it is difficult to prepare. Sometimes the fixtures are ridiculous because they don’t think about this but we played a bad game.” Pochettino dedicated his first win since replacing Nigel Adkins last month to everyone involved with Southampton. “I’m very proud and very happy for the team, who deserved the victory,” he said. “I’m very happy for all the people who work with Southampton and for all the people here at St Mary’s today, it has been an incredible day. “I have seen that we cut the connection between their lines and have not let them play,” he said. “It (the result) has a great value. The team has deserved its victory not least because of the three goals scored against Man City.” Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has conceded that a 12-point deficit to Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester United could be too big for his side to overcome. The gap between the two Manchester giants remains at nine points following City’s 3-1 defeat at Southampton, where Mancini blasted his side’s performance as ‘worse than poor’. United can widen the gap to 12 points with a victory over Everton on Sunday and when asked if he was conceding the title to United Mancini said: “Maybe. 12 points is too much at this moment and we have not played well in the last two games.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more


first_imgMohammed hits unbeaten 92 but Red Force on brink of heavy defeat … Reifer hits career-best 108JASON Mohammed struck an unbeaten 92 as Trinidad and Tobago Red Force batted doggedly to reach 282-8 in their second innings on day three as they faced an uphill battle to save the final round of Cricket West Indies Regional four-day first-class championships.The tourists’ display was a remarkable turnaround from their first-innings display whenRaymon Reifer acknowledges the support from his teammates after reaching his maiden first-class century. (Adrian Narine photos)they were dismissed for 135; but despite the fight they are facing the prospect of another huge defeat.When bails were lifted yesterday at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence, the tourists were still 123 runs behind to make the Guyana Jaguars bat again.Tion Webster contributed an eye-catching 77 while Denesh Ramdin made 47 as they contributed significantly to reduce the deficit.Mohammed has so far faced 184 balls, counting 14 boundaries. Earlier, the title-holders secured a daunting first-innings lead of 405 runs. The Jaguars declared on 540-9 – a record against Trinidad and Tobago – 80 minutes into the day’s play.Earlier, Raymon Reifer made a career-best unbeaten 108 off 217 balls, with ten boundaries.Resuming at the overnight score of 466 for seven, the hosts were on the lookout for quick runs when play started. Keemo Paul, who was put down on 45, lifted leg-spinner Imran Khan for a mighty six over long on to take his total beyond the 50 mark.But he perished soon after, lbw to Imran Khan (2-130) for 53. At the other end, the right-hander Reifer, who started the day 15 runs short of his maiden first-class century seemed to be in no discomfort at all as he reached the landmark with a single.Veerasammy Permaul was the other batsman dismissed, taken at the wicket off leg-spinner Yannic Cariah, who finished the best of the visitors’ bowlers, with 3-91. Bryan Charles (2-107), Daniel St. Clair (1-69) and Webster (1-56) were the other successful bowlers for the tourists.The tourists were left facing an uphill struggle, and after surviving a couple of scares, openers Amir Jangoo and Jeremy Solozano put on 33 by lunch, but immediately after the interval both batsmen were undone by left-arm spinners, Permaul and Gudakesh Motie, as the hosts once again threatened to expose the brittle Red Force’s batting.Motie (2-73) had Jangoo caught behind while Permaul (2-61), bowled Solozano, to leave the tourists at 43-2. Webster then took responsibility for the innings, with a scintillating half-century. Displaying fluency against both pace and spin, the right-hander hammered eleven boundaries and four sixes in the process in an innings which lasted just 54 deliveries.He made his intentions clear, hitting Paul for 24 runs in one over but just when it looked like Webster would run away with the battle, Paul (2-88) struck against the run of play with the wicket of Webster, who miscued an attempted pull to give Sherfane Rutherford a simple catch at short mid-on.Mohammed and Ramdin joined forces together and defied the hosts attack for the remainder of the session at 208-3, with Mohammed at tea on 56 and Ramdin on 32.The pair took their partnership to 117 before Rutherford (2-21) provided the vital breakthrough when he had Ramdin caught and bowled for 47.At the other end Mohammed, who remained firm, then watched the demise of Carriah, Steven Katwaroo and Imran Khan.Motie trapped Carriah lbw before Katwaroo went in similar fashion to Rutherford and Paul bowled Khan just before the scheduled close of play.However, captain Leon Johnson then requested the extra half-hour in which Permaul trapped St Daniel Clair in the final over.SCOREBOARD T&T RED FORCE 1st innings 135 GUYANA JAGUARS 1st innings (o/n 466 for 7)T. Chanderpaul c Charles b St Clair 36C. Hemraj c St Clair b Charles 72S. Hetmyer c Phillip b Charles 46L. Johnson c Solozano b Cariah 17A. Persaud b Khan 21A. Bramble c Webster b Cariah 42R. Reifer not out 108S. Rutherford b Webster 92K. Paul lbw b Khan 53V. Permaul c wkp. b Katwaroo b Cariah 9G. Motie not out 17Extras: (b-14, lb-1, w-3, nb-8) 26Total: (for nine wickets, 152 overs) 540Fall of wickets: 1-109, 2-134, 3-164, 4-198, 5-198, 6-250, 7-411, 8-499, 9-518.Bowling: Phillip 26-7-63-0, St Clair 18-3-69-1, Charles 32-7-107-2, Webster 11-0-56-1, Khan 45-7-130-2, Mohammed 6-3-9-0, Cariah 14-1-91-3.T&T RED FORCE 2nd inningsA. Jangoo c Johnson b Motie 16J. Solozano b Permaul 16T. Webster c Rutherford b Paul 77J. Mohammed not out 92D. Ramdin c & b Rutherford 47Y. Cariah lbw b Motie 0S. Katwaroo lbw b Rutherford 0I. Khan b Paul 17D. St. Clair lbw b Permaul 2Extras: (b-5, lb-2, w-1, nb-7) 15Total: (for eight wickets, 81.2 overs) 282Fall of wickets: 1-33, 2-43, 3-127, 4-244, 5-245, 6-246, 7-282, 8-282Bowling: Paul 16-4-88-2, Reifer 7-1-32-0, Motie 24-5-73-2, Permaul 25.2-8-61-2, Rutherford 9-2-21-2.last_img read more