Sean poised for finish and place in history books

first_imgLinkedin Print Advertisement WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsSean poised for finish and place in history booksBy admin – April 29, 2010 718 Facebookcenter_img Twitter Previous articleGardai won’t be corrupted – NoonanNext articleSpain plays host to repeat of ‘05 and ‘06 as Munster battle Biarritz admin Email SPEAKING to the Limerick Post and with just 180 miles to the finish of his epic solo rowing voyage across the Atlantic, Limerick’s Sean McGowan is poised to be the first Irish man to complete the mammoth task of rowing the ocean.Emotional, but still able to draw on the huge support that has followed him, Sean told this journalist just what it was like as land and the finish line loomed. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “It has been much harder than I thought, my body is wrecked and mentally I am reaching the end. I’ve been away from my family for too long but I have come so far, I have to keep going. Big waves crash over the boat in my face constantly and it is like a washing machine here at times.”The “highlight” of each day comes when his wife, Lorraine, sends messages of support to his satellite phone from those that know and even those that don’t know Sean. “Lorraine would type out the messages and send them by text to the sat phone and when I was feeling low I could read them in the morning and the evening. People I don’t even know were sending messages and my brothers have been great keeping the campaign going to raise money for  the charity. That has kept me going.” Battling a swirling current that has kept him perched on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, Sean notes the milestones that he must reach in order to make history. “The magic number is 59 degrees 26 minutes and when I hit that I will have crossed the Atlantic Ocean and after that it’s like threading a needle to the finish line as i have a tricky route in to follow. I am aiming to be finished by Monday but this Thursday I’m hoping to cross that magic line and make history.|. But his finish is not without danger and Sean is only too well aware of that. “Two boats have already had to be rescued after running aground on reefs. I’m still in the middle of the ocean and can see nothing but water. I’m not there yet.”With over 115 days rowing at sea, Sean will have one day to ready his boat to be shipped home when he finishes in English Harbour in Antigua. “Tuesday and Wednesday, all going well, I will get the boat ready to ship home and then I hope to land in Shannon next Friday. I will miss my daughter’s confirmation, but Lorraine will be there to support her. This has been so hard for them and I really can’t wait to get home to them”.Earlier this week, Mayor Kevin Kiely told  a meeting of the city council that everyone in the city is rooting for Sean McGowan and that he will be inviting him into City Hall to a special reception when he returns to Limerick.Click the tracking image on the right to follow the final stages of Sean’s epic journey and click his profile picture on top to send messages of support to his facebook page. last_img read more

Commentary: My Christmas List

first_imgCommentary: My Christmas ListDecember 21, 2019   Posted by Janet WilliamsBy Mary Beth SchneiderThe StatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS—It’s all well and good to say “all I want for Christmas is you.” But we all know that truth be told, we want so much more.Trouble is, much of it cannot be wrapped in pretty paper and tied with a bow. And most of it wouldn’t fit under the Christmas tree. But what wonderful gifts they would be.Mary Beth SchneiderSo, Santa, if you’re listening: I want a president who doesn’t call opponents juvenile names and who doesn’t Tweet insults. I want a president who supports our allies instead of coddling dictators. I want a president who doesn’t lie every single day, including on easily disproven things such as whether he signed a bill into law that actually was passed under a predecessor or whether any new sections of a border wall have been constructed.I want traffic lights that are synchronized. (Start with West Street, please.)I want politicians who put country over party, principles over partisanship and who seek to understand the needs of all their constituents, not just those who wrote them checks. And I want independently-drawn legislative and congressional districts that lead to fair representation.I want blue jeans that fit perfectly even after they are washed. (Just saying.)I want health care that is universal and affordable. And I want life-saving drugs such as insulin to be at a minimal cost. After all, the people who invented insulin in 1923 – Frederick Banting, James Collip and Charles Best – sold the patent for one dollar because they felt it was unethical to profit from a discovery that saves lives. A life very precious to me has required insulin since she was a child; it shouldn’t cost hundreds of dollars each month.I want a facial moisturizer that really does eliminate wrinkles. (Asking for a friend.)I want people to realize that the only fake news lies completely made up. Reporters are human and make mistakes – but take it from me, they agonize over them and strive every day to get important stories out and to get them right. And I want people to know that good journalism doesn’t come for free. Subscribe to as many sources as you can – but especially to your local newspaper. In most communities, there is no one else to cover your mayor, your council, your schools, your community.I want to win the lottery. (Hey, it could happen!)I want the Statue of Liberty to represent our present, not our past. I have Dutch ancestors who came to what later became New York in the 1600s, seeking a new world. I have Irish ancestors who fled famine in the 1800s. I have Hungarian ancestors who came in the early 1900s, fleeing oppression. For the most part, they came with almost nothing. Some, like my grandmother, couldn’t speak English. Yet they built homes and lives, and the nation is richer for people like them.I want zero calorie chocolates. (So long as they taste like 200-calorie truffles.)I want children to go to school without once having to wonder if that bang is from a slammed locker or an active shooter, and parents who don’t have to kiss them goodbye in the morning, wondering if that is the last kiss.I want to go through life without once being told “ok boomer.” (Seriously.)I want a government and corporations to realize we have very little time – if, that is, we have any left at all – to address climate change before our world no longer sustains life as we know it.And I want to be more grateful for the gifts I’ve already got.So I’m grateful for the gift of a father, who loved me no matter what and thought everything I did was just great.And I’m just as grateful for the gift of a mother who, while she always loves me, definitely doesn’t think everything I do is perfect. It taught me to take responsibility for my shortcomings and to try to do better.I’m grateful for the gift of a son and daughter who have given me years of memories and the pleasure of knowing so much more are in store. And I’m grateful for a husband who has shared all that with me.And I’m grateful for the gift of writing and the knowledge that some people enjoy it, too.Merry Christmas. I’m wishing, too, for your Christmas wishes to come true.FOOTNOTE: Mary Beth Schneider is an editor at TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalists.Print Friendly, PDF & EmailFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Government expedites imports of staple needs to stabilize prices

first_imgThe government is expediting imports of buffalo meat, garlic and sugar to stabilize prices in preparation for a surge in demand during this year’s Ramadan festivities that will start in late April amid the coronavirus outbreak, officials say.Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto said on Friday the ministry had received a horticulture products import recommendation (RPIH) to import 90,000 tons of garlic, and would issue the import license for garlic in a matter of days.The decision came following a meeting with Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto and other related ministries and agencies in Jakarta. “At the meeting we decided to expedite staple product imports. We will improve interagency coordination [to speed up the process]”, he said.The decision was made in response to rising prices of staple ingredients. According to the Information Center for Strategic Food Prices (PIHPS), the price of garlic currently stands at Rp 46,000 (US$3.61) per kilogram, almost double the usual Rp 25,000 to Rp 30,000 per kg. Meanwhile, the local sugar price stood at Rp 16,000 per kg, above the usual Rp 12,000 to Rp 14,000.Rising garlic prices pushed up the volatile food inflation rate to 6.68 percent in February and the inflation rate to 2.98 percent from 2.68 percent in January, according to Statistics Indonesia (BPS).Indonesia produces 85,000 tons of garlic annually, which equates to only 10 percent of domestic demand. As such, the country has long relied on garlic imports from China, the world’s leading garlic producer. Read also: Garlic stock will only suffice until April without Chinese importsLast year, Indonesia imported around 465,000 tons of garlic with an import value of nearly US$530 million, BPS data shows. In 2018, Indonesia imported 582,994 tons of garlic, of which 580,845 tons came from China.Talk in the market suggests the garlic price surge has been caused by diminishing supplies from China due to the coronavirus outbreak and the severe drought that hit Indonesia in 2019. However, the Business Competition Supervisory Commission (KPPU) has dismissed these claims, arguing that the cause of the scarcity was slow import realization, which had been a problem before the virus outbreak.Read also: Rising garlic price cannot be blamed on coronavirus: Business watchdogFood Resilience Agency (BKP) head Agung Hendriadi previously said that the government was seeking to import garlic from countries other than China, as the COVID-19 outbreak had pummeled the country’s trade and economic activity.The pneumonia-like illness has infected more than 106,000 people and killed more than 3,600 around the world.Agung warned that Indonesia’s garlic stocks had fallen to 80,000 tons as of Feb. 27. With the country consuming 46,000 tons of garlic per month on average, current stocks will suffice until only April.The 90,000 ton import recommendation for garlic is higher than the previous import permit letters issued by the ministry for 62,000 tons, but still below the 103,000 tons recommended by the Agriculture Ministry.Besides garlic, imports of buffalo meat and sugar are also to be expedited, the State Logistics Agency’s (Bulog) business and industrial development director Bachtiar said.“We are planning to import around 25,000 tons of buffalo meat, which will enter the market in April,” he said.Bachtiar claimed that according to Bulog’s records, 1,000 tons of meat remained in stock, which would be enough to supply the market until the imported meat arrived.Bulog’s also received an import quota of 29,750 tons for raw sugar, as local supplies of white crystallized sugar have begun to dwindle.The severe drought of 2019 caused delays to the sugar cane milling period, which has disrupted market supplies.“We also received an import quota for 29,750 tons of raw sugar, and will announce the tender for sugar import immediately,” Bachtiar said. The sugar will be imported from neighboring countries such as Australia, India and Thailand, he added.In total, the government plans to import more than 400,000 tons of raw sugar to meet local demand, Agus said.Read also: Indonesia may import extra 130,000 tons of sugar from India to meet demandcenter_img The price of sugar in traditional markets had shot up to Rp 15,800 per kg as of Friday according to the PIHPS, exceeding the consumer reference price of Rp 12,500 stipulated under Trade Ministerial Regulation No.7/2020 on reference prices.While the price of sugar continues to rise, the prices of garlic and beef have decreased slightly recently from the high levels seen in February.The price of garlic stood at Rp 45,700 per kg as of Friday after doubling to Rp 50,450 per kg from normal levels in February. The price of beef rose to Rp 117,800 per kg from Rp 118,100 in February, compared with normal levels of below Rp 110,000 per kg. (mpr/eyc)Topics :last_img read more

Man United join race for Barcleona’s Philippe Coutinho

first_img The Brazilian international has been widely linked with a return to English top flight, after swapping Liverpool for Barcelona in 2018. The 27-year old will return to Catalonia this summer, with Bayern Munich declining to take up their €120M purchase option on him.According to reports in the Daily Star, United will now challenge Leicester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham for the former Inter Milan star.Coutinho’s agent Kia Joorabchian has confirmed a comeback is likely, with his first team opportunities set to be limited at Barcelona next season.“I don’t have any preference where my players go, despite being an Arsenal fan, he told an interview with Sky Sports.“I do not push for my players to join one club or another, and everything is a possibility.“After the Champions League game with Chelsea, we had a long chat.“The Premier League is always something he loved playing in, and he would probably love to go back and play there.”Read Also: Ronaldo has had advantages in the quarantine – Lazio chiefUnited boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be handed a sizeable transfer budget this summer, with a reported €200M made available to the Norwegian.Aston Villa skipper Jack Grealish has already been linked with a move to Old Trafford, and a move for Coutinho is likely to cost around €80M.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe Absolute 10 Greatest Shows In HBO HistoryCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way20 “The Big Bang Theory” Moments Only A Few Fans Knew AboutThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phone Manchester United have reportedly become the latest Premier League side looking to bring Philippe Coutinho back to England.Advertisementlast_img read more