Unstoppable Sean shows that all things are possible

first_imgTechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Limerick on Covid watch list WhatsApp TAGSathleteCommunityLimerick City and CountyNewsPallasgreensean byrnes Facebook Sean ByrnesUNSTOPPABLE Pallasgreen teenager Sean Byrnes has never let a disability stand in his way and his latest achievement is to become Ireland’s first officially qualified bike mechanic.15 year-old Sean’s motto is that “All Things Are Possible” and he is the living embodiment of that, despite being born with Spina bifida and Hydrocephalus and having no use of his lower limbs.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Sean has played wheelchair basketball, learned to swim and scuba dive, founded the Limerick Hand Trike Club and raised money to buy hand trikes for other disabled users. He completed five Great Limerick Runs with his mother Fiona and has just become Ireland first and youngest Certified City and  Guilds Bicycle Mechanic.Sean was honoured with a Mayoral reception last year and was selected as a winner in the Garda Youth Awards for his many achievements.He told the Limerick Post, “I really enjoy participating in as many activities as possible with a can-do attitude to life.“In 2013, the Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) loaned me a three-wheel hand trike for three months. Unfortunately, I had to return this. Luckily for me, Deirdre McDonagh, a physiotherapist in the Central Remedial Clinic in Dublin who I see once a year, donated another hand trike to me.“This proved to be a lifeline as it gave me the opportunity to continue to enjoy going out on the road at weekends, meeting the neighbours for a chat along the way.”Sean completed an intensive four day Professional Bicycle Mechanics Training Programme at The High Nelly training centre in Pallasgreen to become Ireland’s first  City and Guilds certified bicycle mechanic which will allow him to be the official bicycle mechanic for his club.“The programme was physically challenging but when I completed the final day and received my certification, it was the proudest day of my life”.Sean now has his sights set on participating in Europe’s first Engineering Academy for Bicycle design and Manufacture in Limerick as part of his transition year school programme.He hopes that the 20-week programme will help him achieve his goal of one day building his own customised hand trike.Marty Mannering of the Bicycle Engineering Academy said they were delighted when Sean asked if he could attend their professional bicycle mechanics training programme.“We have fixed Sean’s professional hand trike a few times and every time we worked on the incredible machine we wondered how well he was doing in making a name for himself among the hand trike competitive world. The bike is an engineering work of art and Sean can now do the work needed to keep it maintained himself.”“We would hope that Sean will join the first lucky students to avail of the full-time bicycle engineering design and build traineeship which will be based in Limerick City at our new Academy in Roxboro which is due to open its doors in September.Details on the Bicycle Engineering Academy are available on www.BEA.ie Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Linkedin Advertisement Printcenter_img Previous articleShannon Group pays tribute to outgoing Chair Rose HynesNext articleFlooding on graves in St Mary’s cemetery Patrickswell Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Twitter Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat NewsCommunityUnstoppable Sean shows that all things are possibleBy Bernie English – August 31, 2020 215 Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon?last_img read more


Nassau Cops Warn of Man Trying to Lure Kids

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County police are warning the public about a suspicious man who tried to lure children into his truck five times over the past four weeks, twice by offering them candy.The children were all between the ages of eight and 16, three of whom were walking either to or from school at the time. Investigators described the suspect as a black man, 20 to 30 years old, driving either a van or an SUV that may have a dented right read door and tinted windows, authorities said.“If a stranger stops their car and asks the child questions, run the opposite direction and tell authorities,” police said in an advisory. “Always walk in groups and stay close to the curb, away from shrubbery and doorways. Do not take shortcuts through alleys, vacant lots or parks.”Police said the confrontations occurred at 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 13 on Melvin Avenue Lakeview, at 7:40 a.m. Wednesday, April 22 at the corner of Woodfield Road and Janos Lane Lakeview, at 2:35 p.m. Thursday, April 23 on Lakeview Avenue in Lynbrook, at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday, May 5 at the corner of Grove Street and Jamaica Avenue in Valley Stream and at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, May 7 at the corner of Orlando Avenue and Champlain Avenue in Lakeview.Detectives ask anyone who spots the suspect to call 911 and anyone with information regarding any of these incidents to call Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.  All callers will remain anonymous.last_img read more


ITF Slams Flag States for Failure to Protect Seafarers

first_imgThe International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has criticized flag states for failing to protect seafarers’ and passengers’ health during the humanitarian crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, as cruise ships scramble to find a port to allow them to dock.According to the union, the failure is evident in the latest unraveling of events that have seen cruise ships repeatedly being refused permission to dock and disembark passengers amid precautionary measures introduced by different governments aimed at curbing the spread of the virus.The latest course of events saw the coronavirus stricken Braemar being turned away from several Caribbean ports and spending days searching for somewhere to dock until Cuba agreed to allow the offloading of passengers and crew.In its latest update, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines confirmed that the Braemar was alongside in the Port of Mariel and that four planes landed in Cuba which will fly guests back to the UK.“Any guests who have received a positive diagnosis for coronavirus, or have displayed any flu-like symptoms, plus their companions, will return to the UK on a separate flight,” the cruise liner said.“All guests on this flight will have medical professionals available and will have support with any onward travel arrangements or requirements. In accordance with advice from Public Health England, all guests on this flight will be required to self-isolate for 14 days once they have returned home.”As informed, there are currently 28 guests in isolation, having shown influenza-like symptoms. These include two people who tested positive for COVID-19 during the ship’s last port of call, Willemstad, Curaçao, on March 10th.Previously, 27 crew were put in isolation, including one doctor.However, the ITF said that the flights to the UK were solely applicable for British passengers and that it was unclear what will happen with the guests and crew of other nationalities.Furthermore, there are also reports that more than 100 Australian doctors and medical professionals are stuck on a cruise ship off Chile aboard the Roald Amundsen after Chile banned cruise ships from docking in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.“Attention needs to be called on the failure of the governments of Bermuda and the Bahamas in the cases of the Grand Princess and the Braemar for not accepting their responsibility to remedy the problem for its sovereign vessels,” Dave Heindel, chair of the ITF seafarers’ section, said.“In each of these cases, the US, and following a diplomatic scramble, the Cuban government, have been working directly with the cruise liners to address the situation. But there has been little or no mention of the responsibility and duty of care of flag state governments to assist seafarers employed on these vessels.” Under international law, the onus for the health and safety of the crew and passengers, and for the wider public that could be impacted, is on the flag state governments.“Flag states have sovereignty over their vessels, but for the coronavirus-affected cruise ships responsibility has fallen on the port states, national governments of the passengers and crew or even a third country. For instance, the Braemar was refused to dock in its own territory, with the vessel sent Cuba after the government authorised the offloading or passengers and crew,” said Heindel.“This is simply insane and unsustainable. If the world continues to accept the Flag of Convenience system in its current form, it should be pointed out for its failures. The world should be concerned about the lack of policies and inability of flag states to react and enact measures in line with their responsibility to protect workers and tackle the transmission of the Covid-19 virus.”The ITF, and its maritime affiliates representing seafarers and dockers around the world, urged flag states to take responsibility and be accountable for the health and wellbeing of all workers and passengers onboard their vessels, especially the seafarers that live and work on board for many months at a time.last_img read more


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