Swimmer, 99, 'breaks world record' in Australia

A 99-year-old Australian swimmer appears to have smashed a world record for his age group in the 50m freestyle.

George Corones clocked 56.12 seconds at an official event in Queensland - a new benchmark for the 100-104 age category.

He eclipsed the previous mark, set in 2014, by 35 seconds. It will now be verified by the sport's governing body.

Mr Corones, who is eligible for the record because he turns 100 in April, said he was "quite delighted" and "over the world" by the result.

"It was an exemplary swim for me, well balanced... and I was ready to hit the [wall] at the end very hard with my hand," he told the BBC.

He said he had been overwhelmed by the "roaring" crowd on the Gold Coast on Wednesday. The event, in which he was the sole entrant, had been specifically staged for him to challenge the record.

"We have just witnessed history in the making!" the Australian Dolphins swim team said on its Facebook page.



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Man steals £20k from his dementia-stricken grandmother to buy car and start business

A grandson stole nearly £20,000 from his vulnerable grandmother who was suffering with dementia.

Christopher Hoy, a father-of-three, was supposed to have been looking after the 76-year-old’s finances.

But instead he secretly took out a credit card in her name to buy a car and also syphoned £17,116 from her bank account - which he also used to run an online electrical business.

Hoy, of Braunstone Close, Leicester, pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining a Nationwide credit card in the name of his grandma, Patricia Hoy, fraudulently abusing his position as a carer by using her account for his personal use and theft of money, between September 2014 and January 2016.

Sentencing at Leicester Crown Court, Recorder Geoffrey Solomons told the 36-year-old: “Your grandmother was in a bad way and was vulnerable.

“You dishonestly took advantage of her situation and helped yourself to her money when using her bank account for your own purposes.

“You also quite dishonestly applied for a credit card in her name and used that card to purchase a car.

“You effectively helped yourself to getting on to £20,000 that didn’t belong to you.

“It belonged to her.


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There are those of us who think that the chronic underfunding of our social care system isn’t just about a lack of money.

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Perhaps in a society that values wealth creation highly, those who don’t contribute much – or nothing at all – are inevitably of very little value.

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Frail and elderly in an ‘endless cycle’ of hospital re-admissions, warns Red Cross

The lack of appropriate safeguards mean that frail and elderly patients are in an ‘endless cycle’ of re-admissions into accident and emergency departments, a new report from the British Red Cross has warned.

In and Out of Hospital,  published last week, also found that vulnerable people are ’having to reach crisis point’ before they receive support.

The charity recommended included ensuring all discharge checklists assess equipment and medication needs, automatic home assessments for those who live alone prior to them being discharged, and investment in multidisciplinary teams who can work with those at risk of being re-admitted.


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