TCU students will breathe deep to fight lung cancer

first_imgMakenzie Stallo Twitter Final Frogs for the Cure celebration honors 12 years with Ann Louden Facebook Etiquette Dinner teaches valuable skills to Chancellor’s Scholars Linkedin TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history printIt’s been four years since Sabrina Harb’s father died.She was beginning her senior year in high school and her father was living nearly four years longer than doctors predicted after being diagnosed with stage-four lung cancer.Sabrina and her father, Charlie Harb (photo courtesy of Sabrina Harb).Still, his death left her hollow.“I kind of lost myself,” said Harb, who’s a senior psychology major. “I lost my best friend, and I didn’t know how to go on without him.”As she came to accept her father’s death, Harb said she decided to do something to honor his memory, not dwell on the loss.“I could either sulk his death for the rest of my life or I could make something out of my life in a constant effort to do things in his honor,” Harb said.This winter, a 5k and a capella concert will be held to support the LUNGevity Foundation, a non-profit organization that focuses on funding lung cancer research.One in 15 Americans will be diagnosed with lung cancer in their lifetimes, according to the LUNGevity.Harb’s father, Charlie Harb, would be one of the ones.Harb said his death took a toll on her academically, mentally and physically.“I was one of the fastest girls on my cross-country team, and I quit every single race mid-race that year,” Harb said. “I honestly didn’t know how to continue living happily every single day, for the rest of my life.”LUNGevity reports that lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths, but only six percent of federal research dollars spent on cancer research goes towards lung cancer.According to their website, lung cancer kills more people annually than the four deadliest cancers – breast, colorectal, pancreatic and prostate – combined.Lung Cancer FactsVenngage InfographicsHarb first heard about LUNGevity through her dad, who participated in an event in their hometown of San Diego.Harb was put in contact with Heather Domabyl, a Breathe Deep event manager for LUNGevity.LUNGevity describes their Breathe Deep campaigns as an event series that is “the largest national network of local fundraising events dedicated to lung cancer.”Together they decided to bring one of the events to TCU.Domabyl said Harb was the right person to bring this event to TCU because she’s participated in LUNGevity events before.“Sabrina is motivated, passionate, dedicated and hardworking,” Domabyl said.Domabyl said this type of event is perfect for TCU because it helps get their message out to younger generations.“We have very few Breathe Deep events at college campuses and I am excited to see the energy that comes from Breathe Deep TCU,” Domabyl said. “I hope that an event at TCU can help students and others realize that anyone with lungs, no matter your age, gender, smoking history, can get lung cancer.”The event is scheduled for January 28, 2017. All the proceeds will go to LUNGevity in order to benefit lung cancer research.Harb says she hopes the event will educate and break stereotypes associated with lung cancer.“I want to erase all misconceptions associated with the disease,” Harb said. “Many people avoid donating to lung cancer because they feel as if the patients smoked, therefore deserving the diagnosis.”Sixty percent of new patients diagnosed with lung cancer have never smoked a cigarette, according to LUNGevity.“License to Trill” poses for a group photo. (Courtesy of License to Trill’s website).Harb also said she is excited to incorporate her love of music into the event. She is the founder and musical director of one of TCU’s a capella groups, License to Trill.“The reason I started singing and becoming passionate [about a capella] was because of him,” she said. “For me, it was a way of coping.”Harb said she is happy knowing that she has the support of her group.Co-President of License to Trill, Alex Adkins, said he’s excited the a capella groups will be featured in the event.“I think that’s something awesome about the power of music, you don’t have to relate to every single person to be able to feel the connection,” Adkins said.Harb said she’s looking forward to the event and is thrilled by the interest the school has taken in it.“Change doesn’t start with one person; change starts with a collective group of people,” she said. Harb said now she looks to the future and remembers not to take anyone or anything for granted.“My mom and sister have been my rock, and the three of us are stronger than ever, because of the circumstances we have faced,” she said. “They are my life now, and my dad’s memory will live through the three of us.”For more updates on the event, check out Breathe Deep TCU’s Facebook page.Close ReddIt Facebook Previous articleFive highlights from the Parade of LightsNext articleFort Worth Muslim community seeks unity and outreach over fear Makenzie Stallo RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Makenzie Stallo Makenzie Stallo is a senior journalism major and French minor from Denton, Texas. She currently serves as a line editor. + posts Makenzie Stallo Students help elders “Cycle Without Age” The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive years Makenzie Stallo Twitter TAGSchart – interactivephoto slideshowvideo TCU Frog Camps returning to more traditional look this summer Makenzie Stallo Ann Louden’s Legacy Linkedin ReddItlast_img read more

Hospital still dealing with emergency cases

first_imgGovernment announces phased easing of public health restrictions University Hospital LimerickDOCTORS at the University Hospital Limerick are anxious that people who may be suffering a stroke or heart attack should not put off seeking help because of the COVID-19 crisis.A hospital spokesman said that the emergency department is open 24/7 for people who are seriously ill or injured and if their life is at risk.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Stroke and heart attacks are life-threatening medical emergencies. If you or someone else is showing signs of a stroke or heart attack, don’t wait, call 999.”The symptoms of a heart attack can include chest pain, pain in other parts of the body, shortness of breath, nausea, an overwhelming sense of anxiety, feeling light-headed, coughing, vomiting, and or wheezing.Injury units at St John’s, Nenagh and Ennis are also available with extended opening hours for people who suffer burns, sprains, broken bones or other non-life threatening injuries.A de-escalation of the region’s main acute hospital continues in anticipation of the COVID-19 surgeTo support this redirection of minor injury work, the injury unit at St John’s is moving from five-day to seven-day opening. The facility will now open from 8am to 7pm on weekends and the unit’s weekday opening hours will also extend to 7pm every day.Patients with minor injuries who feel they are also displaying the symptoms of coronavirus infection should continue to present at the emergency department in UHL. However, the only patients being swabbed in the emergency department will be those sick enough to require hospital admission.Further information at WhatsApp Covid antibody testing opens to public at Shannon Airport Institute of Public Health addresses loneliness as a challenge to national health in light of Covid-19 restrictions Twitter Advertisement Mass COVID testing to take place at University of Limerick following fresh outbreak of virus among student population Previous articleNews Roundup | April 4, 2020Next articleGOAL calls on young people in Limerick to join its “NextGen Global Youth Programme” 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. Limerick health chiefs urge public not to withhold information on virus contacts, as they investigate “complex and serious outbreaks” across midwest region center_img NewsHealthHospital still dealing with emergency casesBy Bernie English – April 6, 2020 664 Facebook TAGSCoronavirusCovid 19healthIrelandLimerick City and CountyNews Limerick Post Show | Careers & Health Sciences Event for TY Students Email Print Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces 2019 PHARE Funding to Support Affordable Housing Across Pennsylvania

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces 2019 PHARE Funding to Support Affordable Housing Across Pennsylvania SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced recipients of a new round of funding for housing programs made available through the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability and Rehabilitation Enhancement (PHARE) fund. The governor named 211 housing and community development initiatives in 67 counties that will share a portion of the total $51.2 million in PHARE funding for fiscal year 2018-19. The PHARE fund is managed by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency.“A major advantage of the PHARE program is that the decisions on how the funding should be spent are driven locally,” said Governor Wolf. “Local municipalities determine how the funding can best preserve and expand the availability of affordable housing, and then they apply to PHARE to meet those needs. It’s a system that works.”Funding for the PHARE program comes from three main sources. Since 2012, the program has received a portion of the impact fees collected from natural gas companies operating in the state with the goal of addressing the housing shortage caused by the impact of drilling. That is supplemented with two major new funding sources that include a portion of the realty transfer tax and money from the National Housing Trust Fund.Today’s PHARE funding is expected to impact more than 2,500 Pennsylvania households through a variety of efforts funding:• Rental/utility assistance,• Down payment/closing cost assistance for first-time homebuyers,• Blight remediation initiatives,• Rental housing preservation and rehabilitation, and• Other innovative projects and programs.“If you look at how the PHARE funding is spent, the uses are varied across rental housing and homeownership,” said PHFA Executive Director and CEO Brian A. Hudson Sr. “Communities know best what their local housing needs are, and we rely entirely on their requests when determining how best to allocate this funding.”PHFA staff reports that at least $36.6 million of the $51.2 million allocated today will be used to fund housing projects benefiting households with incomes below 50 percent of the area median income. That represents 71 percent of the awarded funding.A list of the proposals receiving PHARE funding, often referred to as the state’s Housing Trust Fund, is available at See the fifth bullet for “Funding Announcements.”About PHFAThe Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency works to provide affordable homeownership and rental housing options for older adults, low- and moderate-income families, and people with special housing needs. Through its carefully managed mortgage programs and investments in multifamily housing developments, PHFA also promotes economic development across the state. Since its creation by the legislature in 1972, it has generated more than $14.3 billion of funding for more than 176,600 single-family home mortgage loans, helped fund the construction of 134,507 rental units, and saved the homes of nearly 49,900 families from foreclosure. PHFA programs and operations are funded primarily by the sale of securities and from fees paid by program users, not by public tax dollars. The agency is governed by a 14-member board.center_img July 11, 2019last_img read more

Driver Don Gumke passes away in Arizona

first_img“He’s the reason I got into stock car racing back in the day,” said John Corell, who first raced with Gumke in a late model in the late 1970s. “I helped him build a car in my dad’s garage and we were best buds ever since.”  Nicknamed The Grinder, Gumke had followed the Dakota Classic Tour and was sixth in the IMCA Modified points race at Jamestown last season. Gumke had raced in Late Model and Modified divisions beginning in the 1970s, earning the respect of fellow competitors and a legion of fans.  Funeral arrangements are pending at the Haut Funeral Home in Jamestown.  “Don was a racer’s racer. He was a good ambassador for racing for decades in North Dakota,” echoed Joren Boyce, who was beginning his own career when Gumke was already well established in the sport and became a customer of his Dakota Engine Builders shop. “It was exciting to see him back in a race car. He was always a thumbs-up, give you a smile kind of guy.” “Don was just a nice guy, pretty soft-spoken, friendly and competitive,” continued Corell. “Everybody took a liking to him.” center_img The long-time driver, businessman and former owner of his hometown Jamestown Speedway passed away in Somerton, Ariz. He was 66.  “I’ve known him since I started racing at 16. Don was a mentor to everybody. He had owned an engine shop and helped countless people get started racing,” Jamestown promoter Tim Baldwin said. “I’m going to remember him as a good person who did things the right way. He was a legend on and off the track.” A member of the club that had operated the speedway, Gumke was at the promotional helm there when it received two business of the year awards and continued to have a hand in track prep at Jamestown.  JAMESTOWN, N.D. – Don Gumke, a fixture in the North Dakota racing community for more than four decades, died Tuesday night.last_img read more

Boxing: Emmanuel Tagoe beats George Ashie

first_imgBoxer Emmanuel Tagoe, who is trained by legend Azumah Nelson defeated his long-time rival George Ashie to win the WBA International lightweight title.The bout staged at the Accra Sports Stadium which headlined Asamoah Gyan’s maiden boxing promotion, saw Ashie approach with more aggression early in the bout.But Tagoe, popularly known as the Game Boy, later warmed himself into the bout and was able to counter with his speed.Eventually the score-cards read 114-114, 113-115 and 112-116 in Tagoe’s favour.In other bouts, Raymond Commey won the West African and National super bantamweight title after defeating Emmanuel Quartey, while Abraham Osei Bonsu defeated Michael Pappoe in a featherweight contest.last_img read more

Inside Conditions…Ladder of excellence, a chat with Dusty Baker

first_imgDUSTY BAKER (Courier Photo/J.L. Martello) May 31 marked the beginning of the festivities celebrating another African-American heritage celebration at PNC Park. I was pleasantly surprised to see so many African-American “families” together not only just out to take in a ballgame but to enjoy themselves as a unit.Also, it doesn’t hurt to have the legendary Pittsburgh show band “House of Soul” live on the main stage at the Pirates ‘Friday Night Block Party’ with saxophonist Calvin Stemley and the “horney horns” along with the rest of the band including one of Pittsburgh’s finest R&B vocalists Wayne Barber not only carrying a tune but running with it; even the Cincinnati Reds faithful joined along with the Pirates fans participating in the very lively pregame show. It was fitting that the band mirrored the headliner “Kool and the Gang” who were scheduled to appear in a post game concert after Saturday’s game.Well, boys and girls, Saturday did not go as well for yours truly because I missed my 3 p.m. 56C Lincoln Place-McKeesport chariot (actually the bus was five minutes early) and I was compelled to call an urban based cab, (jitney) to transport me to Downtown. My “limo” driver turned out to be none other than the infamous Jimmy Giles who used to run a pool hall over on Frankstown Avenue in Homewood.I zipped into the press cafeteria to grab a bite to eat before I exited to go to the field to chat with Cincinnati Reds Manager Dusty Baker.By the way, Mr. Baker is one of the most gracious and conscientious players and/managers that I have ever had the pleasure of sitting down with; the other two were former St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa and number one of course was and still is the late Pirates skipper Charles “Chuck” Tanner who will always remain at the top of my “interview” food chain.last_img read more

City Soccer Leagues idle until stretch run begins

first_imgLily Whites, Innkeepers, Club Inter and Jackson’s Hole are the top teams after the first half of the Nelson City Soccer League.Nelson City Soccer is currently taking a short break until resuming play in a few weeks.Lily Whites outlasted Red Dog and Dirty Dozen for the first half title in the Finley’s Ladies Rec League.The Whites edged Dirty Dozen 4-1 to complete the 12-game schedule with a 7-3-2 and a four-point advantage over Red Dog and Dirty Dozen, deadlocked for second spot.Selkirk Eyecare finished fourth. In the Leo’s Men’s Open League, Innkeepers made it look easy as the defending league champs cruised to a 9-1 record and a 13-point advantage over Kootenay Co-op.The L.V. Rogers Bombers finished third, two points in front of Old Dogs FC.Club Inter dropped only four points in the first half of the Jackson’s Hole Men’s Masters League.Club Inter finished with a 9-1-2 mark, good enough for a five-point advantage over defending playoff champ, Jackson’s Hole.Bia Boro is third followed by Red Dog, Ted Allen’s and Real Nelson.Jackson’s Hole lost only two games to dominate the Bogustown Co-ed standings over Bogustown.Jackson’s finished with a 7-2-1 record, eight points in front of Bogustown.Free Ride and Ted Allen’s finished tied for third.last_img read more

Comet Lander Working, But Not Optimal

first_img(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Rosetta’s Philae lander hopped twice before landing in the shade in a tilted position, but the instruments are working.The Rosetta team’s second day Media Briefing was a mix of celebration and guarded optimism, after analysis showed good news and bad news.The good news was that the lander touched down in a near perfect position as planned.  The bad news was that the surface was harder than expected, causing the lander to undergo a two-hour bounce, landing some distance away.  A third bounce put Philae into the shadow of a rocky cliff, where its solar panels will only be able to receive about a third of the solar power it needs to run its instruments for the nominal mission.  It also appears that one of the legs is pointing up, not on the ground.Because of the precarious orientation and reduced power budget, mission planners are having to think hard about what scientific instruments to run.  Lead lander scientist Jean-Pierre Bibring believes it may be possible, after initial standalone science data is received, to run a mechanical operation that might right the lander or make it hop to a more sunlit place.  Scientists would love to be able to run the drill and sample collection instruments, so that analysis of the comet’s chemistry could be performed, but it is too risky in Philae’s current orientation.  If the solar panels cannot get more sunlight, science planners will have to prioritize what can be done with the limited power on board.  The BBC News posted a good summary of the mission status, with the latest pictures.Comets are known to have very low density.  Philae settled down on at a gentle speed of about 2 km/hr.  Scientists expected it would simply rest on fine dust.  Dr. Holger Sierks, manager of the OSIRIS (remote imaging) camera expressed surprise at bouncing off hard ground:The rebound of the lander is an indication of a higher strength material that was a surprise to us. So with this picture of dust falling back to the surface in high porosity layers, I would think we failed to explain the rebounds.  But we have seen the variety of surfaces there—this snowfield of soft stuff—and we have seen this rocky-like (but no rock) stuff, which is perhaps higher-strength material.  We also see stuff shining through the dust layer, where the dust is wiped away, following the gravity field, and exposing the higher strength material, and this is something that we could consider be the reason for the rebound.The first images show a series of terrains, from a rocky “cliff” on one side to smooth plains on the other.  Despite the less-than-optimal final landing position, the team was elated and as enthusiastic as could be after many hours of work without sleep.  Even under worst-case scenarios, Philae has already made history.  When its power lapses, the Rosetta orbiter is still in good shape to fulfill another two years of science collection.  Things could get exciting as the comet approaches perihelion next year, its volatiles sublimating into a long tail.Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko joins the few bodies in the solar system whose surfaces have been studied by man-made landers with scientific instruments: Venus, Mars, the moon, and Titan.  Jupiter has no surface, but Galileo sent a probe into the clouds, and then went in itself at the end of its life.  Stardust collected material from a comet, and Deep Impact drove a probe into another comet.  All the other space missions have flown by objects, or orbited them from a distance.  There’s nothing like “ground truth.”Update 11/14/14: Science Magazine posted a status report.  The battery’s lifetime is running out, but the Rosetta team is getting some science from the Philae lander, and considering rescue options.  The drill is being tried for sample analysis.  Even if the battery fails by Saturday, Philae has already achieved a major historical success.It’s to be expected that problems will occur in first-time explorations like this.  The Rosetta teams deserve immense credit for succeeding in this high-risk, high-reward endeavor that began with its launch 10 years ago (and years of planning beforehand).  We hope enough good science will be salvageable to help us understand comets better, because it will undoubtedly take many years to follow up this mission with another like it.What looks like rocky crust may be as flimsy as meringue.  The new data will need to be integrated with findings from Giotto, Stardust, and Deep Impact to present a unified picture of comets.  As with just about everything else in the solar system, what has been learned so far went contrary to earlier theories.It’s worth re-emphasizing that creationists are enthusiastically supportive of scientific discovery; the only problems arise from materialistic interpretations of science data.  It was good to hear a complete absence of speculation at this press conference about the origin of life and the origin of Earth.  BBC reporter Jonathan Amos, though, couldn’t resist: comets “could have ‘seeded’ the Earth with the chemistry needed to help kick-start biology,” he said.  Just the facts—that’s good for everyone.last_img read more

Bad Assumptions Confuse Geological Ages and Processes

first_img(Visited 42 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The best models in a scientific field can be overturned at any time when someone takes a critical look at the underlying assumptions.Geologists have trouble understanding events that happen right before their eyes. Live Science shows them struggling to understand the effects of water on lava. Science Daily says that scientists don’t understand why lightning bolts tend to be more powerful over salt water. How much harder is it to explain processes taking thousands or millions of years? Geologists can build models, but their assumptions can make the best models subject to ruin.California dreaming: A river in southern California was thought to show slow, periodic buildup of terraces along its banks over many years. A paper in the GSA Bulletin tells the tale:In the North Fork of the San Gabriel River, an arid bedrock landscape in the San Gabriel Mountains, California, a series of prominent fill terraces was previously related to climate-change–induced pulses of hillslope sediment supply that temporarily and repeatedly overwhelmed river transport capacity during the Quaternary.That was then. Geologists took a closer look and changed that tale completely.Based on field observations, digital topographic analysis, and dating of Quaternary deposits, we suggest instead that valley aggradation was spatially confined to the North Fork San Gabriel Canyon and was a consequence of the sudden supply of unconsolidated material to upstream reaches by one of the largest known landslides in the San Gabriel Mountains.It could have happened in one day or one hour. Does this have implications for the interpretation of other locales? You bet. “Our study highlights the potential for valley aggradation by debris flows in arid bedrock landscapes downstream of landslides that occupy headwater areas.”Positive feedback: When you picture a mountain arising slowly, you might overlook an important fact. The strain on the rock makes it weaker. Other geologists writing in the GSA Bulletin started to take that into consideration, and found that the strain dramatically speeds up erosion. It speeds up detachment of blocks of material, making them easier for rivers to carry away. More strain produces more strain, and more erosion.The subsequent rapid erosion of exposed shear zones reforms the topographic stress field in a way that encourages continued accommodation of strain, a positive feedback response that becomes more prominent with greater shear damage.A cautionary tale: Seashells are a “mainstay for reconstructing ocean-climate change and carbon cycle dynamics,” three geologists explain in the GSA Bulletin. Noticing the assumption that the white, opaque shells are best for dating, they wondered if the effects of diagenesis (rock formation) had been taken into consideration. They hadn’t. The geologists decided to compare dates of opaque shells with translucent shells:Results support a diagenetic mechanism as opaque shells yield 14C ages invariably older and trace element ratios consistently higher than those of translucent shells.The radiocarbon dates of shells taken from the same horizon, in fact, differed by as much as 22,000 years. What will this do to climate change models?These results demonstrate that the use of translucent foraminifera enhances reproducibility and accuracy of 14C ages by minimizing the deleterious effects of diagenesis. This study serves as a cautionary tale since white, opaque foraminifera are common in pelagic sediments, and 14C ages derived from their ostensibly well-preserved shells can lead to discrepancies in the timing of Quaternary climate events and ocean circulation reconstructions.These geologists now think that the translucent shells give better dates, but why? Do the new assumptions give a better fit to preferred models? It seems so. They say that the translucent-shell dates are “congruent with the established age ranges for these climate events,” such as the accepted “Last Glacial Maximum” (LGM).Not that it matters, but the acronym LGM appeared in another case of scientific reversal back in 1967, this time in astronomy. Antony Hewish and Jocelyn Bell discovered regular pulses coming from a star in space, later identified as a new class of star called a pulsar. They thought they had discovered “Little Green Men” and called the star LGM-1.Geologists are too smart to be fooled by that kind of thing. Now they know all about diagenesis, orogeny and radiocarbon for good. It won’t happen again.Scientists need to be constantly reminded of the vulnerability of their models to bad assumptions. It’s not as bad for repeatable observations like Faraday made in the physics lab as it is for unrepeatable, unobservable events from prehistory, where the best you can do is compare present processes with similar-looking effects in the field. In over 15 years of reporting, we have seen many, many assumptions overthrown, sometimes to very significant models. We remember one case where a rock that had been dated to the oldest end of the geologic column was reassigned to the youngest!Even if these three cases are not that damaging – even if they allow geologists to maintain their evolutionary timeline with a few well-placed tweaks – they illustrate the problem that there are usually more unknowns than scientists like to acknowledge. “Now we know” are the famous last words of many a failed paradigm. You can rearrange the deck chairs for a better fit, but that doesn’t mean the deck of underlying assumptions is robust. Nor does it mean that the ship of your underlying worldview assumptions can withstand the blows of the next iceberg. Just remember that collapsing decks and sinking ships tend to carry a lot of other baggage down with them.last_img read more

Swimming the Seven Seas to save the world’s oceans

first_img7 August 2014Lewis Pugh, ocean advocate and endurance swimmer, set out on Thursday to become the first person to undertake a long-distance swim in each of the classical Seven Seas, in a bid to highlight the need for protected areas in oceans around the world.Starting in Monte Carlo on Thursday, Pugh began his quest to swim in each of the seven seas: the Mediterranean, Adriatic, Aegean, Black, Red, Arabian and North. The seas are among the most polluted and over-fished in the world.His quest will end with a 100-kilometre swim up the Thames in London between 27 and 29 August, after which he will deliver a petition to British Prime Minister David Cameron to urge him to support marine protected areas.Pugh’s “Seven Swims in Seven Seas for 1 Reason” campaign is in support of the United Nations’ call for at least 10% of the world’s oceans – both around countries and on the high seas – to be declared marine protected areas by 2020 to safeguard fish and other wildlife.Love affairPugh, a British citizen, spent his childhood in South Africa, and it was here that he began his love affair with ocean swimming. When Pugh was just 17 years old, he completed the dangerous swim from Robben Island, the famous prison of South Africa’s apartheid past, to Cape Town.Today, he is the only person to have completed long-distance swims in all five oceans, including the sub-zero waters of the Arctic and Antarctic – wearing nothing but a speedo.Read more: Lewis Pugh, polar swimmerPugh writes on his blog that much his training has been in Cape Town, with world champion kayaker Dawid Mocke and “83-year old legendary swimming coach Brian Button at the Sports Science Institute in Cape Town”.“I also trained with Steph du Toit, the conditioning coach of Western Province Rugby. The training has been fast and aggressive.”‘We bring peace’Emeritus Archbishop Desmond Tutu joined Pugh, a WWF ambassador, at a final training session in Cape Town last week to wish him well.“When we damage the environment and don’t protect our resources we create the conditions necessary for conflict,” Tutu said. “However, when we protect the environment we bring peace. I salute Lewis in his efforts.”Pugh is the United Nation’s Environment Programme’s Patron of the Oceans. “This is my most ambitious expedition yet: Seven swims in each of the classical Seven Seas. The logistics are complex. The challenges are many. But the aim is simple: to protect our wonderful seas and their precious marine wildlife,” Pugh said in a statement on Wednesday.OverfishingMarine Protected Areas (MPAs) are “great for fish, great for tourism and least we forget it, great for us humans,” he said. “We rely on the health of our oceans to survive. MPAs improve the health of our oceans by protecting and restoring marine habitats, they protect species and help rebuild fish stocks and they increase resilience to environmental changes.”Pugh’s latest expedition has support from the United Nations. Achim Steiner, the executive director of the UN Environment Programme, said: “Land-based pollution, poorly managed coastal development, overfishing and climate change are all major threats which can be reduced if governments work together and set ambitious targets.”About 13% of the world’s land lies in protected areas, but less than 3% of the oceans are protected.Follow Pugh’s progress via, or @LewisPugh.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more