Limerick’s ‘Men’s Health Week’ shines a light on preventable health problems

first_img16/06/2015Limerick Mens Health Week launch.Pictured helping to launch the event were, Dylan Kelly, Kileedy, Co. Limerick, Peter Coker, Abbeyfeale Co. Limerick and Jason Brouder, Monagea Co. Limerick. Picture: Alan Place/FusionShooters. 16/06/2015Limerick Mens Health Week launch.Pictured helping to launch the event were, Jason Brouder, Monagea, Co. Limerick, Denis Collins, Abbeyfeale, Finbar Ahern, Castleconnell, Gearoid Balfry, Patrickswell, Peter Croker, Abbeyfeale and Luke Kennedy, Limerick Sports Partnership. Picture: Alan Place/FusionShooters. TAGSinternational men’s health weeklimerickmen’s health week The annual initiative also aims to support men and boys to engage in healthier lifestyle choices and activities, as well as encourage the early detection and treatment of health difficulties in males.Limerick Sports Partnership hosted a calendar of events across Limerick City and County during the week. “Adopting a healthy lifestyle is not something that can easily happen overnight but small changes can make a big difference. Our focus over the past week was to inform men about the lifestyle changes that will make them live longer and healthier lives,” added Ms. Fitzgerald. Advertisement The LSP were delighted to have Lorcan Brennan present during the week who delivered the Men’s Development Network ‘Engage Training’ and also launched the LSP upcoming Men on the Move Health Checks Initiative to practitioners working with men across Limerick City and County. Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Facebook Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival “Figures show men on the island of Ireland experience a disproportionate burden of ill-health with one man in five dying before the age of 65. Many of those deaths are preventable, so this year’s Men’s Health Week contained a strong focus on men pursing a healthy lifestyle,” commented Mairead Fitzgerald, Sports Development Officer at Limerick Sports Partnership. Print NewsLimerick’s ‘Men’s Health Week’ shines a light on preventable health problemsBy Staff Reporter – June 22, 2015 885 The week was supported by the Men’s Health Forum in Ireland (MHFI), HSE, Bikeweek 2015, Men’s Development Network, UL Sport and LIT. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Among the events was an open swim session at UL Sports Arena, Go For Life Games at LIT Sports Hall, Walking Soccer in Abbeyfeale Astro Turf Pitch, a men’s health awareness event at Woodlands House Hotel in Adare, a Great Southern Trail Cycle and a men’s health physical activity information stand at the Daffodil Centre in the Mid Western Regional Hospital. Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Hundreds of Limerick men of all ages took part in a series of events marking International Men’s Health Week, which came to a close at the weekend. Email Twitter Previous articleRail tours from Shannon to boost tourismNext articlePictures – Down Syndrome Ireland Night at the Dogs Staff Reporter Celebrated in most European countries, as well as in the USA, Australia, New Zealand and a number of other places worldwide, Men’s Health Week aims to heighten awareness of preventable health problems for males of all ages. Linkedin 16/06/2015Limerick Mens Health Week launch. Picture: Alan Place/FusionShooters. 16/06/2015Limerick Mens Health Week launch.Pictured helping to launch the event were, Finbar Ahern, Castleconnell, Co. Limerick, Aine Cunningham, Kileedy Co. Limerick and Denis Collins, Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick. Picture: Alan Place/FusionShooters. Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” WhatsApp Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

Guyana Mixed Martial Arts Karate Association team win several medals in New Jersey

first_imgMEMBERS of the Guyana Mixed Martial Arts Karate Association registered podium finish in several events, when they competed in the North American Federation of Martial Arts International Championships, which was recently held in Atlantic City, New Jersey. All seven karatekas earned medals. Leading the charge was Azariah Duncan, who stormed to first-place finishes in traditional kata, kumite and freeform.Chandrapaul Sukha finished first in kumite and earned two silver medals in freeform and traditional kata. Altaf Singh finished first in traditional kata, second in kumite and third in freeform karate.In the black belt division: Zafar Lee Ramnarine finished second in kumite, second in traditional kata, third in freeform karate and third in weapons, while Raul Joseph finished third in traditional kata, and Abrar Wahid third in kumite and third in freeform karate.Master Lloyd Ramnarine, who made a return to competition after 18 years in the martial arts arena, finished first in kumite and also received a special award from Grandmaster Jose Torres. According to information from the association, Ramnarine promised his students that he would compete alongside them in the future. Ramnarine also congratulated each student who participated in what was described as a very rigid international martial arts championship.He thanked sponsors: Anand Persaud Dental Lab, Dougie Beer Garden in Bagotstown, Howard Restaurant in Eccles, National Horse Racing, Atlantic Marine Supply and Silvie’s Variety Store, He also extended special thanks to Republic Bank for sponsoring Azariah Duncan.Meanwhile persons interested in learning martial arts can become a member of any of the associations’ schools. Among benefits to be derived are: self-control, self-defence, self-discipline and overall health improvement,The schools are Iron Fist Martial Arts Academy located in Diamond/Grove Primary School, Vreed-en-Hoop Martial Arts Academy located opposite Royal Castle, Herstelling Tiger Martial Arts Academy at the NDC building, Invisible Kicks Martial Arts Academy in La Parfaite Harmonie and Red Dragon Martial Arts Academy located at the Belle West Primary School.Contact instructors on 698-6727, 673-0823, 698-7456, 266-2869 and 622-4857.last_img read more

Tyler Lydon carries Syracuse with 21 points in 66-52 loss to Pittsburgh

first_imgTyler Lydon found his sweet spot on the floor. All four of his 3-pointers had come within a couple feet of the left wing and the top of the arc. Each time, he caught a pass, set his feet and watched as his 3-point attempt went through the back of the rim so the net hardly even swished.Coming off of what Jim Boeheim called his worst performance of the season against Louisville, the freshman stretch-big man was doing his part in extending the Pittsburgh defense.“Tyler Lydon shot the ball well in practice,” Boeheim said. “That’s not always an indication. But he certainly kept us in there tonight.”Michael Gbinije, Trevor Cooney, Malachi Richardson and Tyler Roberson combine to average nearly 54 points per game. On Saturday, they totaled just 19 points. If not for the heroics of Lydon, who scored a career-high 21 points, Syracuse’s (18-10, 8-7 Atlantic Coast) 66-52 loss to Pittsburgh (19-7, 8-6) would have looked much worse than it already did.Lydon scored a then-career-high 20 points vs. Boston College on Sunday, but followed that up with a 2-of-7 performance against the Cardinals on Wednesday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I was trying not to even think about the Louisville game,” Lydon said. “Me and coach talked, he just said to move on. Everyone is going to have a bad game throughout the year … I didn’t think about it. I just tried to play hard tonight.”He thrived on the defensive end, collecting two steals, and scored in the paint as well as from deep. Richardson found him cutting with a no look pass in the first half that ended in a Lydon dunk. And in the second, following a Dajuan Coleman block, Gbinije found Lydon cutting to the basket. He caught the pass and laid it in while being fouled.Lydon gave Syracuse its first and only lead of the second half when he drained a 3 from the exact same spot on the wing as he’d relished shooting from in the first half. No one else for the Orange was able to get a groove, but Lydon had done enough to boost the strong SU defense.“We struggled as a team,” Richardson said. “Except Tyler. Tyler played really good.”That 3-pointer by Lydon came with 8:42 left to play in the game. It was the final points he would record. And afterward, Pittsburgh went on a 24-9 run and a one-point lead turned into a lopsided loss.He scored 21 points in 31 minutes while everyone else scored a combined 31 points in a combined 169 minutes. It was a one-man show, and it was enough to sniff a win, but not actually get one.“If you take Tyler Lydon out of there, we wouldn’t have scored 35 points tonight,” Boeheim said. “That’s about what we would have scored.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 20, 2016 at 6:37 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3last_img read more

South Africa’s shoe-shine king

first_img18 December 2015“We’re the biggest shoe-shine company in Africa,” says Lere Mgayiya, the founder of Lere’s Shoe Shine Experience, which operates in three major South African airports, in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.Shoe-shine king Lere Mgayiya: a home-grown success story— Destiny Man (@Destiny_Man) July 14, 2015But starting a business wasn’t easy, Mgayiya says. A former South African Airways employee, he is a serial entrepreneur who started up several small businesses that were unsuccessful. In his life, Mgayiya has sold produce – he sold eggs to the Parliament canteen – as well as worked with livestock; he has also had a public mobile phone business and dabbled in stock market investment.Ultimately, those efforts proved fruitless. “I was considered a loser by my peers and family because I resigned from SAA and the money I invested was gone. That created a lot of pressure for me to look for a job. But I did not want to do that because it is not who I am at all,” Mgayiya says.In 2002, inspired by an article about a local shoe shiner, he invested in the man’s business. He also added its unique selling point – the airport locations.Lere’s Shoe Shine at OR Tambo are fantastic! Love these guys. Please support them they do a fantastic job! @pavlobiz— Aki Anastasiou (@AkiAnastasiou) November 11, 2014Having worked in airports before, he understood that passenger traffic passing through would make it a strategic location for his service. He used his connections to negotiate a deal to operate at Cape Town International Airport. The company, initially named Airport Shoe Shine, started off slow but steady. Mgayiya sold most of his valuables to invest in his first luxury shiner’s chair and the company’s single employee.“We worked 18 hours a day, six days a week,” he remembers, with the hard work paying off in a substantial profit in the first two months, money he invested back into the company. With two more chairs and more shiners, the business soared.The company’s biggest break was when it received authorisation to open at OR Tambo International, South Africa’s largest airport, where the shiners became a popular feature for travelling businesspeople.Mgayiya partnered with Airports Company South Africa (Acsa), which operates the airports in the country, in his inevitable, unconventional way.“I had read about Acsa looking to encourage businesses within the airport and one day saw the chief executive walking around the Cape Town terminal. I walked up and told her how well she was doing; how I could see how she had turned the business around because I was at the airport every day. And she was so impressed that she asked me why I had not expanded to Johannesburg.”The rest is history.In 2008, the business expanded to OR Tambo and Durban’s King Shake airports and soon after into five other airports around South Africa. However, the stress of running eight detached locations on a limited budget led Mgayiya to close some and focus on the major airports in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban.“We learnt our lesson. We expanded too quickly to inappropriate places, which almost killed our business. We had to kill those operations fast before they killed us,” Mgayiya says.But as these three continue to gain more customers, Lere’s Shoe Shine is now eyeing expansion again. This time, though, the business is looking to go global, with plans for partnerships in the US and UK, as well as in the rest of [email protected] @Radio702 staff treated to shoe shine from Elliot for Lere’s Shoe Shine @BDO_SA for the 1st #CEOSleepoutZA— mich (@michalentweet) May 5, 2015Mgayiya’s business philosophy is simple: passion and clever thinking are more important to entrepreneurs than just money. The business’s customers – be they tourists arriving in South Africa for the first time or seasoned business travellers – always enjoy having someone to talk to. “They enjoy the experience of interacting with (the shoe shiner), (so all my) employees have extrovert personalities“They’re someone to connect with, talk to, when you’re far from home in a hard, cold place like an airport, it’s nice to find a quiet, relaxed space for a chance to stop and relax for a moment and maybe engage meaningfully with someone that you might not have met in any other situation. That’s what this business is really about, everything else will follow if you engage with the client.”Today, Mgayiya has 45 employees and he estimates his company shines the shoes of between 120 000 and 130 000 customers a year.His advice to budding entrepreneurs is to be prepared to commit themselves completely to their business, even if it means facing greater risks. “If you are not invested in that business, it changes the chances of success.”He firmly believes that good businesses are made from good ideas, from your head and heart. “It is the driving force which is generated from the love and passion for those ideas that makes it successful – it is not just the money,” Mgayiya says.“No matter how poor you are, no matter where you come from in life. it is your brain that makes you successful and your heart that drives you.”Source: AFKInsiderlast_img read more

HC stays cremation of bodies of Maoists

first_imgThe Kerala High Court on Tuesday asked the State government not to cremate the bodies of two suspected Maoists killed allegedly in a police encounter in the Agali forest in Palakkad district.Justice R. Narayana Pisharadi said the bodies of Karthi and Manivasakam should be preserved until further orders.The order was passed on a petition filed by N. Murugeshan and Lakshmi, brother and sister of Karthi and Manivasakam respectively challenging the Palakkad sessions judge order allowing the police to cremate the bodies.The court also directed the State government to produce all records relating to the case and the post-mortem report. The court directed the government to take steps to see that the bodies were ‘kept intact’ without getting decomposed to the extent possible.State opposes bail plea Meanwhile, the State government on Tuesday objected to the bail applications of two Communist Party of India (Marxist) workers arrested for their alleged links with Maoists. The public prosecutor and government pleader attested before the Kozhikode sessions court the police version of slapping the provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act on them.Citing the gravity of the offence mentioned in the First Information Report, prosecutor K.N. Jayakumar argued in the court that the suspects, Alan Suhaib, 20, and Thaha Fazal, 24, were activists of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist). The police had got incriminating evidence to prove their involvement with the proscribed outfit, he said. M.K. Dinesh, who appeared for the accused, pleaded that the youths were not involved in any extremist activities and foisting UAPA charges on them was unjustified.After hearing the arguments, sessions court judge M.R. Anitha posted the case to Wednesday.last_img read more