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# river - Wednesday 10 April, 2013

420 apartments up for sale for €70 million in Dublin city

The apartments are up for sale after receivers were brought in.

# river - Monday 18 March, 2013

Dead pigs in river show dark side of China food industry

Thousands of dead pigs found in a Shanghai river have cast a spotlight on China’s poorly regulated farm production.

# river - Friday 11 January, 2013

Body of man recovered from Arklow river RIP

Body of man recovered from Arklow river

The body of an unidentified man believed to be in his 40s was recovered late last night.

# river - Sunday 11 November, 2012

Venice flooded as 200 evacuated in Tuscany

Floodwaters led to the evacuations after bad weather hit northern Italy this weekend.

# river - Wednesday 12 September, 2012

Man's lucky escape as rescue services spot river fall

Boyne Fishermen’s Rescue and Recovery had been checking their equipment just across from spot where man fell into Boyne and rescued him within minutes.

# river - Monday 21 May, 2012

Man survives plunge into Niagara Falls

The man is only the third person known to have survived the fall.

# river - Sunday 13 May, 2012

Five killed as flooding strikes Georgian capital Tbilisi Georgia This post contains videos This post contains images

Five killed as flooding strikes Georgian capital Tbilisi

A river burst its banks overnight, bringing torrents of muddy water and debris through the city centre.

# river - Sunday 6 May, 2012

From The42 VIDEO: Footballer scores as opposition team celebrates Quick Thinking This post contains videos

VIDEO: Footballer scores as opposition team celebrates

A game between Unión and River took a bizarre turn recently following the latter side’s overly enthusiastic reaction to a goal.

Three arrested after man seen entering river

Police have recovered a body in the search for the missing man, believed to be a 21-year-old from Ballymena.

# river - Tuesday 1 May, 2012

Over 100 killed, 100 missing in India ferry disaster

Boat carrying around 350 people capsized during a storm yesterday evening.

# river - Sunday 11 March, 2012

From The Daily Edge 8 of the world’s most spectacular bridges Spectacular This post contains images

8 of the world’s most spectacular bridges

Yes, they get us from one location to another with ease, but there is more to bridges than that. They can be spectacular works of architecture – and art.

# river - Saturday 28 January, 2012

Two arrested over murder of man found dead in River Bandon

The body of John Forrester, 42, was pulled from the river in west Cork last November.

# river - Monday 23 January, 2012

Man rescued from River Liffey in Dublin city centre

Two units of the Dublin Fire Brigade were involved in the rescue late last night.

# river - Tuesday 25 October, 2011

Unidentified body located in search for garda swept into Liffey during floods

The search for Ciaran Jones, 25, resumed this morning and involves mountain and river rescue teams, as well as air support and gardaí.

# river - Saturday 1 October, 2011

From The Daily Edge Mirror image: Photographer catches Dublin in the Liffey Reflections This post contains images

Mirror image: Photographer catches Dublin in the Liffey

See the capital city from a different angle in this photographic exhibition currently showing in the CHQ building…

# river - Tuesday 10 August, 2010

A FORMER British army captain has become the first known person to walk the length of the Amazon river – a feat previously believed to be impossible.

Ed Stafford, a 34-year-old from Leicestershire, England, walked for 859 days through the Amazon jungle, tracking the length of the world’s second-longest river.

Stafford‘s feat has been called “truly extraordinary” by the famous British explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, who added that the achievement “puts Stafford’s endeavour in the top league of expeditions past and present”.

Rather than deterring him from the monumental challenge, Stafford says it was the fact that people told him it was impossible to walk the length of the river that encouraged him to try.

“A lot of people telling me that it was impossible to walk the entire length of the Amazon that spurred me on even more,” Stafford said, according to ABC news. “As soon as they said ‘that’s impossible,’ it made me want to prove them wrong.”

Watch Stafford speaking to ITV news before the adventure began:

In April 2008, Stafford began the odyssey that would take him took two-and-a-half years at Peru’s Mount Mismi.

The original estimate for the journey was about 12 months, however extreme flooding forced Stafford to tack an extra 3,200km onto his route.

Stafford says that he decided to walk to the length of the river, blogging and videotaping his experiences as he went, in order to bring attention to the suffering of the indigenous people of the Amazon and the destruction of the rainforest.

He had company during the journey, too. He started out the walk with another British adventurer, Luke Collyer but following a disagreement the men parted ways and Stafford carried on alone. A few months later, he was joined by Gadiel “Cho” Sanchez Rivera, a Peruvian forestry worker who agreed to walk with him for five days to help him negotiate with the tribes of a particular area – but ended up staying with him to the end.

The two men endured extreme conditions that pushed them to limit mentally and physically. They encountered deadly reptiles, like electric eels and pit vipers, and water-borne dangers like piranhas – which, it must be noted, they made short work of.

Stafford also had a botfly burrow into his head, which his friend helped him to remove (if you think you have the stomach for it, see here).

He recalled some dangerous encounters with indigenous tribespeople, who were fearful of the mens’ motive:

Locals believed white people would come and steal their babies and kill people in order to remove body parts and sell them. There were genuine looks of absolute terror when we arrived in communities… If we had acted aggressively I have no doubt they would have killed us.

However, he said that once they had shown that they could be trusted the local people warmed to them: “The chief ended up walking with us for 47 days… we became good mates,” Stafford said.

In between dodging poisonous snakes and staving off starvation, Stafford also fielded questions from curious schoolchildren across the world. In his Question of the Week video, he addressed a question sent via mobile satellite links, in an attempt to keep people engaged with his cause.

Stafford was forced to recuperate briefly just 85km from the finish line, as he was suffering from severe exhaustion. However, he walked the final stretch on Monday, arriving at the river’s mouth on the Atlantic Ocean Monday in Maruda, Brazil.

Proving his doubters wrong once and for all, Stafford wrote on his blog today:

Job done. 28 months and Cho and I have finished walking the Amazon. I always knew it was possible. :-)