From the Greater Orlando Builders AssociationThe Greater Orlando Builders Association (GOBA), the authority, educator and promoter of the housing and building industry, announces new dates for the 67th annual Parade of Homes Orlando.Central Floridians are invited to safely experience 65+ of the best of the best homes throughout Orange, Seminole and Osceola County and surrounding areas during the FREE, self-guided tour Sat., July 18 through Sun., July 26, 2020.“We are pleased to announce the new dates for this highly anticipated event featuring Central Florida’s most inspiring homes. Whether you’re looking for a new home, wish to re-imagine your current home or are searching for a spark of inspiration, the 67th Annual Parade of Homes Orlando is open to everyone interested and enthused by stylish home design,” said Rick Caccavello, Parade of Homes Orlando chairman and president of Central Kitchen & Bath.Parade of Homes Orlando showcases Central Florida’s most inspiring homebuilders and designers. Discover innovations in homebuilding, architectural design, energy efficiency, smart homes, outdoor living, interior style, remodeling and pool design.APOPKA HOME: The Oaks at Kelly Park, by Toll BrothersThe 3,123 square-foot Ferncroft Farmhouse will include four bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a three-car garage. The foyer will open to an impressive hallway, drawing guests into the home’s main living areas, a dining room, a kitchen, and a customizable flex space. The upstairs master bedroom will feature a coffered ceiling, two walk-in closets, and a master bath with a dual vanity and glass-enclosed shower. A loft, two guest bedrooms, and a full bath will complete the second floor. Please enter your comment! [email protected] HouseGreater Orlando Builders Association Previous articleRising median age of Florida COVID-19 cases spurs alarm over stressed ICU capacityNext articleDeSantis says opening schools critical to Florida’s COVID-19 economic rebound Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR For more photos, information and directions to this Apopka home visit https://www.paradeofhomesorlando.com/newpage9ad4684fWhile things may be a little different this year, guests can safely visit 65+ entries ranging from new communities, new homes, whole house renovations and specialty remodeling. All participants have extra safety practices in place in compliance with all local, state and healthcare organization guidelines with Parade attendee comfort in mind for the continued prevention of coronavirus (COVID-19).Official Parade GuidebooksComplimentary guidebooks are available at Parade of Homes Orlando entry locations and Trustco Banks throughout greater Orlando Monday – Saturday and daily at select Sherwin-Williams stores beginning July 13.Enter to WinSearch for entries and plan your Parade route by visiting www.ParadeOfHomesOrlando.com. The website is your go-to resource to find home and builder information, individual participant daily hours, guidebook pick-up locations, driving directions and more. Plus, enter to win the kitchen appliance and cabinetry package valued at $10,000 presented by Central Kitchen & Bath and Aggressive Appliances.Showcase HomeThis year’s Showcase Home, Casa de los Reyes by Turning Leaf Custom Homes. Located in the heart of Winter Park, this sprawling 5,764 total square-foot home features a custom Mediterranean design with five bedrooms, five and a half baths, media room, study room, gated courtyard front entry, hand-selected concrete barrel roof tiles, custom pool design and much more. With numerous green-building elements, this custom development is Home Innovation National Green Building Standard (NGBS) Registered™ and has received gold level certification.For more information, visit ParadeofHomesOrlando.com.Greater Orlando Builders Association (GOBA) is the authority, educator and promoter of the housing and building industry representing more than 700 members and 25,000+ employees. Since 1953, GOBA has served the construction industry in Seminole, Orange and Osceola counties. The intention is to foster an environment within the association and within our neighborhoods to create opportunities for building relationships, businesses and communities while balancing economic, social and environmental needs of our members and communities served. For more information, visit www.greaterorlandoba.com and @BuildOrlando on social media platforms. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your name here 67th Annual Parade of Homes, Apopka home in The Oaks at Kelly Park by Toll Brothers The Anatomy of Fear Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
By Marcos Ommati / Diálogo August 26, 2019 The United States and its South American partners are committed to working together to address hemispheric challenges affecting Latin America and beyond, the U.S. Southern Command commander said in his opening remarks at the South American Defense Conference (SOUTHDEC), which took place in Natal, Brazil, August 20-22. U.S. Navy Admiral Craig S. Faller joined South American security leaders for discussions on regional defense cooperation in response to hemispheric challenges, the main topic of this year’s conference.“Seventy-two years ago — right here in Brazil — U.S. President Harry Truman and Brazilian President Eurico Dutra, along with 17 other heads of state from throughout the Americas, signed the Rio Treaty. This treaty provided a framework for our militaries to enhance interoperability and our collective defense against regional challenges. We have been guided by a shared commitment to regional collaboration ever since — a commitment that we still share today, as we face new threats to our hemisphere’s peace and security,” Adm. Faller said.Speaking to attendees at the start of the conference, Brazilian Air Force General Raul Botelho, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said, “The countries present share the same geographical space and have developed, throughout history, a great interest in various fields such as the cultural, social, religious, and environmental areas ,but mainly with regard to Defense. SOUTHDEC 2019 is an excellent opportunity to strengthen the bonds that unite us.”Gen. Botelho also highlighted the fact that military forces are routinely called upon to aid citizens adversely impacted by natural disasters.The Brazilian Minister of Defense, Army General Fernando Azevedo e Silva, also present, said that “our continent stands out due to a long period of stability, as a result of the excellent relations that have been historically cultivated by our countries and by cooperation initiatives. However, we know that the world is going through a time of transition, with a variety of new threats and non-State actors who are fleeing from traditionalism, imposing pressure on the global system. This requires a joint effort to neutralize them. That is why meetings like this are so important.”Throughout the two-day conference, senior defense leaders from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, and the United States discussed in detail how the region’s militaries can improve their joint capabilities in the event humanitarian assistance is needed in what they called “the day after,” in Venezuela. Participants also discussed new opportunities for collaboration in joint efforts and lessons learned, among other complex challenges currently facing the region.
4. LIVERPOOL£1.143bn / 6 per cent + (£64.3m rise) 7. PSG£876m / 5.8 per cent + (£48m rise) 10. ARSENAL£651m / 18.18 per cent – (£150m fall The Brand Finance Reviewshows that Real Madrid are positioned in number one with the total value of the club currently at £1.286bn (€1.419bn), despite a drop in value of a staggering £205m.Barcelona’s value, meanwhile, actually increased by 1.4 per cent – meaning there is now just £5.4m (€6m) between the two clubs at the top of the worldwide rankings -with Barca’s value a total of £1.280bn (€1.413bn).Overall, the top 10 is made up of six English teams, with Manchester City in fifth after a 10.4 per cent decrease (a total of £118m) in their valuation to £1.018bn (€1.124bn).Chelsea dropped a place to eighth, with their value decreasing for the fourth consecutive year, while Tottenham are ninth just above Arsenal by £58.9m (€65m), who are in 10th.The Gunners in particular saw a huge drop in their value, with a decrease of £150m representing an 18.18 per cent drop on their 2019 valuation.Spurs enjoyed a three per cent increase in their value, largely because of the opening of their new £1billion, 60,000-capacity stadium.Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich are the only German side in the top 10 – they’re positioned sixth in the table – whilst PSG are the only French club and they sit seventh in the table.Perhaps surprisingly, there is no Italian club in the top 10, with Juventus situated in 11th, Inter Milan 14th and AC Milan 22nd.Bundesliga runners-up Borussia Dortmund are placed in 12th, Atletico Madrid are a place behind in 13th, while Champions League quarter-finalists Red Bull Leipzig complete the top-15.Other Premier League clubs experienced huge increases in valuation, with Leicester City recording a 44 per cent increase to £301m (€333m) as a result of their season in the upper echelons of the table, even though they just missed out on Champions League qualification on Sunday. 1. REAL MADRID£1.286bn / 13.8 per cent- (£205m fall) 3. MAN UTD£1.190bn / 10.7 per cent – (£143m fall) Liverpoolare closing in on Manchester Unitedas England’s most valuable football club after their Premier League title triumph, according to the latest edition of the Brand Finance Football Annual.According to reports published by UK’s Daily Mail yesterday, The Reds are up to fourth in the worldwide rankings, with their value rising by six per cent to £1.143billion (€1.262bn), just £47million behind Manchester United’s £1.190bn valuation – which represents a drop of £143m on the previous year and a fall to third in the rankings.However, both clubs are some way behind leading LaLiga duo of Real Madrid and Barcelona, with the former retaining top spot despite making nearly a 14 per cent loss, with the coronaviruscrisis causing the total brand value of top 50 clubs to fall for the first time in six years. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram 6. BAYERN MUNICH£957m / 19.6 per cent – (£233m fall) 5. MAN CITY£1.018bn / 10.4 per cent – (£118m fall) THE TOP 10 MOST VALUABLE FOOTBALL CLUBS IN THE WORLD 8. CHELSEA£859m / 1.9 per cent – (£17m fall) 9. TOTTENHAM£710m / 3.3 per cent + (£23.5m rise) ClubValue/percentage rise or fall (value rise/fall from 2019) 2. BARCELONA£1.280bn / 1.4 per cent + (£18.1m rise)
Advertisement 5ntNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsc14vWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ec6evcf92( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 23m7qWould you ever consider trying this?😱cgm43Can your students do this? 🌚5fwvnRoller skating! Powered by Firework The ladies did it! On Saturday, the Indian women’s hockey team confirmed their place in next year’s Olympic Games at Tokyo. In a tight contest against USA, the team came out on top as 6-5 winners on aggregate, despite losing the second fixture by 1-4 in the double-legged FIH Qualifiers in Bhubaneswar.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty ImagesThe first leg of the tie which was played on Friday, saw India produce a fantastic performance, thrashing the USA ladies by 5-1. However, the Indian girls looked out of touch from the very first minute of the game today, as USA quickly took a massive 4-0 lead during the first half. Striker Amanda Magadan scored twice in the 5th and 28th minutes, while skipper Kathleen Sharkey (14th) and Alyssa Parker (20th) added another two, equalising the aggregate score to 5-5.India on the other hand, had to find a reply and in the third minute of the second half, Rani Rampal scored the crucial goal. Fortunately for the Indians, the American women were unable to find a winner by the end of the game.Advertisement The Indian women’s team first participated in the world’s biggest sporting stage at the 1980 Moscow Olympics but failed to qualify for the next 35 years. They were back in the tournament last term and qualified for Rio in 2015.Advertisement Advertisement
With the increasing number of formal events for eighth graders and the growing price and extravagance of the dresses that girls wear, it can get overwhelming for a family to buy the perfect outfits to make their daughters feel special. That is why Kim Bass, a junior at Monmouth Regional High School, started the non-profit organization Bella of the Ball.Kim’s charity gives eighth grade girls in need the dresses of their dreams at no cost.Its mission is similar to other nonprofits that collect new and gently used prom dresses for high school students who otherwise would not be able to afford to attend the prom.Bella of the Ball’s inaugural event took place on Saturday, May 23, from which approximately 100 eighth grade girls each left with a beautiful dress to wear to a graduation, a dance or another formal event. The event, as Kim’s mother Cindy Bass described it, was a “huge success.”“It was really nice to see the girls rummaging through all the gorgeous dresses,” she said. “We even had dressing rooms set up and chairs for parents to wait in while their daughters tried on dresses.”To make this event possible, Kim put up fliers in churches and in downtown Red Bank, emailed 12 school districts throughout Monmouth County, and got permission from her guidance counselor to leave school to talk to middle schools about her charity. Through this constant effort to publicize the need for dresses for the event, word spread quickly.She soon collected over 300 dresses that came from the immense generosity her community showed. “Everybody donated,” Cindy said. “Teachers from Kim’s school who had daughters, girls from her school, girls from other schools and people we didn’t know all donated. We would come home and more dresses would be in a box outside our doorstep.”To make this event happen, Kim had to not only collect the dresses, but also advertise and secure a location to hold the event.Kim wanted to hold the event at a venue as elegant as the dresses, so she “canned” – collected monetary donations in a can – outside A.C. Moore craft store in Shrewsbury to raise money to pay for a banquet room at Branches, a restaurant in West Long Branch. She raised $250 to rent the room as she “wanted the girls to feel special” when buying their special dresses.Kim plans to hold another “Bella of the Ball” event next year during her senior year of high school, and perhaps expand to also making accessories and shoes available to the eighth grade girls. She is currently involving three underclassmen in the planning of the next event so that it can be even bigger. “Hopefully when I leave high school, they’ll continue the event and make it into a lasting tradition,” Kim said.– By Heather Nelson
The L.V. Rogers Bombers pitched a pair of shutouts en route to capturing the Kootenay High School AA Boy’s Soccer Championships Saturday in Creston.Simon Sheppard scored twice and Ryan Lewis added a single sparking the Bombers past the Prince Charles Comets 3-0 in the Championship Final Saturday afternoon.”The team showed superior possession play throughout the tournament,” the coaching staff off Dave and Jamie Spendlove exclaimed after the game.LVR entered the game as the top-ranked team and received a bye into the semi final of the six-team tournament.The Bombers advanced to the final by easily picking apart the David Thompson Lakers of Invermere 5-0. Lewis led the charge offensively with a pair of goals. Danny Rodman, Luis Loeschnick, and Cormac Southam, on a penalty shot, also scored for the Bombers.The Lakers got past Stanley Humphries Rockers in quarterfinal play.Andrew Woodward and Cole Sutherland registered wins in goal for the Bombers.LVR now advances to the 16-team B.C. High School Boy’s Soccer Championships November 19-21 in Burnaby.OVERTIME: Saturday’s win marks the first time in three years a team from LVR has advanced to the boy’s soccer provincials. The past two seasons, at the AAA level, Mount Baker Trojans of Cranbrook defeated the Bombers to advance the the provincial tournament — 3-2 in 2010 and 3-1 in overtime in 2011. . . .The Bombers padded their goal average stats with the two shutouts. In 11 games this season, LVR has scored 50 times while allowing only four goals.
DONEGAL TD Padraig Mac Lochlainn has accused the Taoiseach of cynicism and political opportunism during a Dáil debate on claims the IRA exiled abusers from the North to the Republic.During the debate Gerry Adams rejected previous claims by Mr Kenny that people had been sent from the North to Donegal.In his speech during the Dáil debate this evening Deputy Mac Lochlainn highlighted what he alleged was the Taoiseach’s failure to meet families who allege cover up of murder or profound failure of the criminal justice system in this state saying this has hurt victims and their families. Here’s what Deputy Mac Lochlainn had to say in full:“There was a profound policing vacuum in the north for many decades. This was not created by Republicans. During the conflict, large sections of the community in the North did not access or trust the criminal justice system.“And in some cases citizens were victims of state abuse or the police turned a blind eye to abuse.“We cannot be selective in dealing with the failures to handle allegations of sexual abuse. “There is no hierarchy of victims. All should have been ensured the protection and support of this state.“Women prisoners were subjected as a matter of policy to the sexual assault of strip searching.“The women subjected to this abuse, deserve access to justice and to hold those responsible, those who conducted the assaults and those who sanctioned the policy, to account.“Throughout the conflict in the north the police and court service were subservient to the objective of combatting republicanism.“This cannot be discounted as republican propaganda. The state pursued as policy the primacy of gathering intelligence on republicans over that of tackling criminality. “It has been the experience of many victims that went forward to the RUC that they were more interested in intelligence gathering than dealing with complaints.“We also are unaware of the number of abusers who were safeguarded from arrest or had charges dropped if they became an asset to the Special Branch or British Army intelligence.“This was the practice that was in place until the implementation of the Patten Commission. This was the force within a force that operated throughout the conflict.“Successive Irish governments were aware of this and that was why a new beginning to policing formed a key part of the Good Friday Agreement. “We cannot be prescriptive or selective as to who is entitled to due process and support. To ignore that reality is to ignore the abuse that went unreported or investigated by the state with the potential that abusers where safeguarded from arrest.“All victims of abuse at a time of conflict deserve support and access to justice.“This must include those who could not access the supports of the state, those whose allegations were failed by the RUC, and those who were let down or who were failed by the actions of republicans.“Any proposals to support and provide justice for abuse victims must address the legacy of state forces or be seen to be selective and party politically motivated.“I understand that there are around 300 serious cases on the desks of An Taoiseach and the Minister for Justice. Most if not all of these cases have been referred to the independent panel of counsel for their review and recommendations.“Some of these cases are persons or families alleging the cover up of murder and a profound failure of the criminal justice system in this state.“Despite requests from some of these families for meetings with the Taoiseach, no meetings have been facilitated.“The Taoiseach has not commented on their cases.“The Taoiseach has not labelled the accused as guilty.“The Taoiseach has not set aside any time in this chamber for statements on these matters.“The Taoiseach protests that he cannot comment on these cases as an independent review process is under way.“Many of these families have contacted me in recent weeks with the observation that the Taoiseach left aside all of this previous practice to avail of the opportunity to score political points. They are hurt and they are outraged.“An Taoiseach stands accused of cynicism and political opportunism. I believe him to be guilty on both charges.“I now wish to outline just a few of these cases.“Shane Tuohey was from Tullamore, Co. Offaly. He was 23 years old.“On the 2nd February, 2002, Shane attended a night club. He would never return home. His body was taken from the river Brosna in Clara on the 9th of February, by his brother Edwin after a week long search.“Shane’s family believe that their son was the victim of a brutal assault that night that led to his death and that his body was subsequently dumped into the river.“They have attained the services of two forensic pathologists based in the United States. Both of them put Shane’s brain injury down to head trauma. One of the forensic pathologists, Dr Kim Collins states ‘It is my opinion that the manner of death of Shane Tuohey is indeed homicide’.“Yet a Garda source was quoted after Shane’s body was recovered as stating that ‘foul play was not suspected’.“Worse still, a member of An Garda Síochána went on the local airwaves to state that Shane Tuohey had gone missing on a number of previous occasions. His family have rejected this statement as entirely untrue.“The Tuohey family believe that their son and brother was murdered and that some members of An Garda Síochána were involved in a cover up.“They are devastated by their experience and they have a harrowing story to tell.“Jim Goonan was found dead in his home in Birr, County Offaly in March 2002. Jim’s brother, Cyril believes that he was murdered despite the advice given by An Garda Síochána to the DPP that his death was not suspicious. They have a serious story to tell.“On August 2nd, 2011, 23 year old Shane O’ Farrell was killed by a hit and run driver at Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan. A law graduate, Shane had handed in his dissertation for his Master’s Degree in Law at Trinity College, earlier that day. Like Shane Tuohey, he had a full life ahead of him.“Words cannot describe the devastation Shane’s death has caused to his parents and siblings. His mother told me when I met her that their family are destroyed.“The driver of the car that killed Shane was a drug addict with 40 previous convictions and was at large because of two suspended sentences imposed on both sides of the border.“Shane’s family believe that their son and brother was killed by this state because of the incredible litany of failings in our criminal justice system that culminated in the killing of Shane.“Theirs is also a harrowing story.“Tomorrow, a delegation of families seeking justice for their deceased relatives will visit Stormont Castle to meet senior politicians from each of the political parties in the North including the DUP, Sinn Fein, the UUP, the SDLP and the Alliance Party.“The families, who live in this state, including some of the families I have just discussed, have lost loved ones in violent circumstances – in two cases, their own children.“They have also been unable to get a meeting with Taoiseach Enda Kenny.“The families will be accompanied by Garda whistleblower John Wilson and journalist Gemma O’Doherty.“This is the first phase in a new international awareness-raising campaign about cases of alleged Garda wrongdoing which will be taken to the European Parliament and the United Nations, among other institutions, in 2015.“Will the Taoiseach finally meet these campaigners and these families? Or is there not political opportunity in this for him?”Earlier in a strongly worded address, Mr Kenny said Sinn Féin and the IRA were guilty of “unholy collusion” in covering up sex abuse.The Taoiseach said Mairia Cahill’s testimony has been chilling and compelling, consistent and sincere.He said it was the polar opposite of Sinn Féin’s handling of it.Mr Kenny said Ms Cahill as a victim felt horrified and traumatised.He said that instead of manning up and doing what real men would have done, she was humiliated and degraded all over again with a Kangaroo court, inflicting on her an extravagant cruelty.He told the Dáil that Ms Cahill came up against people “who had the delusion and the gall to refer to themselves as Óglaigh na hÉireann”.Mr Kenny told the Dáil that it is clear that in the case of Ms Cahill, Sinn Féin and the IRA put the institution first.Mr Adams called again on former IRA volunteers who have any information about abusers being expelled from Northern Ireland to bring that information forward.TD Mac LOCHLAINN’S SCATHING DÁIL ATTACK ON TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY was last modified: November 12th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Dail EireannDebateEnda KennyPadraig Mac Lochlainn
A Co Donegal man saved the life of a young boy in America – just weeks after doing his first life-saving course.Brian Dolan was delighted after doing the course in his native village of Creeslough back in April.But little did he think he would actually use those skills after finding a boy in a collapsed state along the Florida coastline. Brian and his family were on the trip of a lifetime in August.They were due to come home to Ireland when they were walking along the beach only to discover a 14-year-old boy lying face down on the shoreline.Brian initially called for help and appealed for anybody around who could do CPR but he soon realised he was the only one with any training in the life-saving technique.He explained: “There was a few young kids slashing about in the water and there was a woman taking photographs just off to our right. “The next thing I knew there was squealing and roaring and she was shouting and here was a young lad face down in the water.“The waves were bringing him in and the waves were bringing him back out again. Then when he came in a second time and back out again she went in after him. I thought it might have been a young man messing about at first.“She dived into the water and had her right arm around his chest and her other hand was holding her phone out of water. Down I went anyway and grabbed the young fella off her and took him up to the edge of the beach, he was completely flaccid, just completely out of it.“I shouted to see if there was anyone else who could do CPR before I would start doing it but there was no reply.”His wife Margaret Anne rang for medical help and sought to get a defibrillator while Brian began doing what he was taught to do during his recent first responder training with the Creeslough Community First Responders group. He said it was a scary experience but that was grateful to have undertaken the CPR training so recently.He said: “It was scary. The eyes were gone in the back of his head and he was out of it altogether. The first seven or eight compressions I did there was a spout of water coming out 12 to 18 inches high. It was a solid flow of water.“I did 30 compression but there was no way to do mouth to mouth. I tried to do it through his nose but it was just like blowing into a bucket of water. There was just bubbles coming out.“I did another 30 compression’s and it still did the same again. Then there wasn’t as much water coming out. I’m not sure if it was on the third or fourth set of compression’s but he coughed. “We turned him on his side and we got him sitting he was coughing and getting sick. At this stage we had him sitting up and the lifeguard came, three or four of them on quad bikes.“They put oxygen on him and within a minute we heard the ambulance. They picked him up on the back of the quad and brought him to the ambulance and he was brought away”.Once Brian returned to his hotel room and later in the evening he made contact with the boy’s family who said they were expecting him to kept in hospital overnight.However, went to meet the family again before he left the hotel the following day he was told the boys condition had deteriorated and he was in intensive care.He remained there for a few days due to complications with his breathing and heart beat.Thankfully he did recover enough to be discharged later that week.Brendan said he left the US with hauntingly vivid image of the young boys eyes when he first encountered him.However, having remained in contact with his family after the incident they have since sent him a recent image of a happy, healthy-looking lad which he said brought him a sense of closure on the incident.“That picture has done a lot for me,” he told the group.“I was told after the incident that if wasn’t for the CPR he wouldn’t have made it but you just go into autopilot.“The training was invaluable as I didn’t get time to think on what to do, so I’m very thankful for the training I got,” Brian added.Brian learned CPR through the Creeslough Community First Responders group who work alongside the National Ambulance Service by proving first response in the Creeslough community to persons who have heart attack, cardiac arrest, strokes or choking symptoms.They run regular courses and can be contacted through their Facebook page “Creeslough Defib”.Man saves boy’s life on beach just weeks after doing life-saving course was last modified: October 7th, 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)
16 July 2010 The paraglider slowly drifted down from the blue sky, moving in broad circles as he lined up to land alongside a banner reading “Seven summits, 7 flights”. Pierre Carter’s aim was perfect – he landed softy and gently ran up to the crowd gathered in Delta Park in northern Joburg, his rectangular orange and white parachute billowing behind him. Carter is one of three athletes to tackle this “journey of a life time”, in which they will be the first team in the world to summit the highest mountain on each of the seven continents, and once on the summits, paraglide down to their starting points. The other members of the team are 33-year-old Marianne Schwankhart and Peter Friedman. Carter and Friedman are both 43. They set off on Sunday, 11 July and will begin by tackling Mount Elbrus in Russia, at 5 642 metres. The other summits on which they will be leaving their footprints are: Carstensz Pyramid in West Papua, Indonesia (4 884m), Mount Vinson in Antarctica (4 897m), Kilimanjaro in Tanzania (5 895m), Denali in Alaska (6 194m), Aconcagua in Argentina (6 959m), and the tallest of them all, Everest in Nepal (8 850m). They admit that Carstensz Pyramid is the one that makes them the most nervous; despite the fact that it is the lowest, it is the most dangerous, and no one has ever tried to paraglide off it before. “Walking back down a mountain is the most dangerous part of climbing, so paragliding down will reduce the risks,” says Carter. All three members of the expedition recognise that there are great risks involved. Problems for paragliders at these heights include strong winds and temperatures dropping to -30°C, or -50°C with the wind chill element. If the winds are too strong they will have to wait until they drop, for up to eight hours, if necessary. The three have had special lightweight gliders made, weighing 10 kilograms. A standard glider weighs 40 kilomgrams. Carter and Schwankhart will do a tandem paraglide off the summits, so that Schwankhart can photograph the summits on the way down, while Friedman will attempt the flights as a single glider. They will be taking along two cameramen, Guy Hubbard and Kyle O’Donoghue, to capture the three of them climbing and flying. Both are climbers as well.Carter’s idea The idea originates with Carter, who has had this dream since 1991. The team expects to finish the challenge in around two years, largely driven by financial constraints and weather and seasons. For instance, Mount Everest can only be climbed between March and May. The idea of climbing the seven summits originated with Dick Bass in 1985. Since then more than 200 people have climbed all seven. Climbing and paragliding off them has been attempted before, by a French couple, but they never completed the task. Carter has been paragliding since 1988, and represented South Africa in the world paragliding championships for five consecutive years between 1991 and 1995. He has been climbing for almost 30 years and has summited and paraglided off two of the seven mountains – Elbrus and Aconcagua. He is considered to be one of the 15 greatest paragliders in the world, and will be the team leader of the expedition.First woman Schwankhart, an award-winning photo journalist with The Times newspaper, has been a climber since 1995. She was the first woman to climb the sheer east face of the central tower of the Torres del Paine in Chile in 2003, and returned in 2008 and climbed all three of the peaks, again setting the record for a woman. In 2005, she climbed the Trango Tower in Pakistan – 900m of vertical rock face – to a height of 6 500m. The same year she climbed Cerro Torre in Patagonia, Argentina. Climbing a sheer cliff face requires the climber to sleep for several nights on the mountain, sleeping in a suspended hammock-like contraption, hanging from the mountainside. In 2006, she filmed No Need for Parking – an Africa Rock Adventure, a record of her climbs in southern Africa. Remarkably, Schwankhart doesn’t see the climbing or the sub-zero temperatures as her greatest challenge in the venture; she wants to be able to take good photographs. “The purpose of my trip is to take amazing photographs, so I hope I can do this. My main worry is whether my camera batteries are charged,” she explains. The climbing is of secondary concern. “Mount Elbrus is an easy mountain, I am not too worried. I can rely on muscle memory for the climb.” She is not a paraglider though, and is a little concerned about being air sick. Friedman has been paragliding for eight years and has fixed-wing and helicopter licences. He has a black belt in karate and has represented South Africa in Japan at the world karate championships. He has also represented South Africa in the world surf skiing championships in the United States. He has been the driving force behind putting the expedition together, raising the all-important funding and sponsors.Funds The expedition will be raising funds for The Trust, an organisation that raises funds for 100 charities, with causes ranging from crime survivors, abused animals, HIV and Aids sufferers, to protecting the environment. This year’s particular cause is fighting human trafficking, in partnership with Cintron Africa, says Tracey-Lee Cohen, the managing trustee. The Trust will run a series of TV and radio adverts by R&B singer Akon to assist in raising awareness of human trafficking. “The anti-human trafficking case is just one example of a social cause that will benefit from the bravery and initiative shown by the 7 Summits 7 Flights team,” says Cohen. The expedition will also be raising funds for The Smile Foundation, a charity involved in assisting children with facial anomalies get surgery. “We admire the dedicated work of charitable organisations such as The Smile Foundation and hope to help provide them with the resources and funds they need to do their work and overcome their own challenges,” says Carter. The three estimate they will need about R7-million to complete the whole venture. All the gear has been sponsored, but funding is still needed. Donations can be made through their website. The team can be followed on a range of social media: they will be updating their website, Twitter and Facebook pages every few days, and articles will appear in The Times newspaper. DSTV will provide R2-million in airtime to the expedition. Source: City of Johannesburg
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Cold air continues to blast the state today, and it will be tough for a large part of the state to get out of the single digits and low teens. Overnight lows last night were below zero in some areas. Polar air will work through the state right on through the weekend, although today likely is the coldest day out of the next several. Lake effect snow developed last night in some areas, and we expect light snow to hang around through the weekend with two little waves of action coming through in addition to more lake effect potential in NE Ohio. Light snow tomorrow can bring a coating to an inch of snow to the northern half of the state, and then another little wave brings scattered snow showers for Sunday. The Sunday batch looks more impressive than the Saturday batch right now. Saturday we may see the little clipper wave run out of gas to our west in Indiana before showing up here. But, Sunday we can end up with 70-80% coverage of another coating to 1 inch. Our next big system is coming a little faster now for next week. We should end up with snow moving into NW Ohio Monday midday, and the action continues through midday Tuesday. While we don’t want to rule out the chance of a little rain at first in central to southwest Ohio, we really think that this event will be predominately snow. We are going to raise the top end of our snow totals range, and now look for 2”-6”, with coverage at 60% of Ohio. Another 20% can see a coating to an inch or two, with some rain possibly mixing in. While the well-organized action moves away by midday Tuesday, lake effect fills in over northern areas for the balance of Tuesday. The map at right snows the potential for our Monday-Tuesday event. Very cold air follows that system in for the rest of the week next week. We expect a mix of clouds and sun and bitter cold temps from Wednesday through Saturday. We will be well below normal and below zero multiple times during that period. Another frontal system arrives for Sunday the 3rd, bringing a chance of snow and perhaps a bit of rain again. Accumulations look likely at this time. For the extended period, temps see a brief period of moderation around the 5th, ahead of a system arriving late the 5th and lingering through the 6th. That event has rain changing to snow, yielding some accumulation. Liquid equivalent precipitation will be from .25”-.75” with 80% coverage, but it is too early to try and tackle the breakdown of rain vs. snow. We are back to cold air for the 7th, and then potentially warmer temps from the 8th forward. However, those “warmer” temps will only be back close to normal, not above.