Swimmer quits historic bid
AN IRISH distance swimmer had to abandon a historic attempt to swim from Ireland to Wales after he began to show signs of hypothermia.
Steve Redmond (47) was advised by his support team to quit the 80km swim five hours after he left Wexford in an attempt to make the crossing to St David's.
The west Cork swimmer, who last year won the Seven Oceans Challenge by swimming the most difficult sea channels on the planet, was today said to be "very disappointed" by the decision.
HEINZ SAYS 250 JOBS ARE AT RISK
Food giant Heinz has warned that almost 250 jobs could be cut in Ireland and Britain under organisational changes.
The firm said it had developed a new "streamlined structure", which could include the loss of 248 office jobs. Heinz has 2,600 staff across Ireland and Britain, with its Dundalk facility employing more than 400 people.
SPORTSMAN DIES IN ITALY JUMP
A Canadian extreme sportsman has crashed between two rock towers and died during a parachute jump in Italy's Dolomite mountains.
Rescuers said Mario Richard died after launching himself from a thousand-metre peak near Bolzano. Gino Comelli of the Alpine rescue service in Val di Fassa said that Mr Richard had already done three successful jumps from the same peak the previous day but miscalculated on the fatal jump by three metres.
The 47-year-old lived in Utah, where he helped run Moab B.A.S.E. Adventures, which specialises in the extreme sport of jumping with a parachute.
DRAKE TO PLAY MTV AWARDS
Drake is the latest top musician set to perform at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday.
The rapper joins performers including Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry and Kanye West. MTV also announced yesterday that Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Kevin Hart will attend the awards show.
Jared Leto, Emeli Sande and A$AP Rocky will also appear.