Pensioner charged over alleged child sexual assault

first_imgNewsBreaking newsPensioner charged over alleged child sexual assaultBy admin – January 15, 2014 664 Twitter WhatsApp Linkedin Advertisement Andrew CareyA LIMERICK pensioner has been charged with sexually assaulting a young boy between 2006 and 2007.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Michael O’Brien aged 73 and with an address at High Meadows, Gouldavoher, Dooradoyle is charged with sexually assaulting the boy between January 1, 2006 and March 31, 2007.It is alleged that he engaged in a sexual act on nine occasions with the child who is aged under 15.An application for Mr O’Brien’s name not be mentioned in media reports was refused by Judge O’Kelly who said that the alleged injured party was not a relative of the accused.He was released on his own bail to appear at Limerick District Court on March 28 and ordered not to have any contact with the alleged injured party.center_img Facebook Email Print Previous articleFundraising concert for the Roche familyNext articleDeenihan was aware of City of Culture problems adminlast_img read more

Long-ago freeze carries into the present

first_imgThe sixth and seventh centuries were times of upheaval — famine and disease, migration and invasion, the rise and fall of empires.They were also times of climate change. New research examining European and Central Asian tree rings identifies an abrupt 124-year freeze, which researchers have dubbed the Late Antique Little Ice Age.The cooling was severe enough that researchers call it an “unprecedented thermal shock,” similar in magnitude to the warming predicted by today’s climate scientists for the end of the 21st century. It was likely triggered by a trio of volcanic eruptions between the years 536 and 547, including a massive blast in 540 thought to exceed the largest in recorded history, the 1815 eruption of Tambora, which caused “the year without a summer” across the northern hemisphere.The work was published in the journal Nature Geoscience by an international consortium spanning 18 institutions. Using 660 tree-ring specimens from the European Alps and Central Asia’s Altai Mountains, it reconstructs 2,000 years of summer temperatures in the two regions and proposes beginning and end dates for the Late Antique Little Ice Age from 536 to 660.“The synchronicity of the impact of 536, the sudden, dramatic drop in temperature between the heart of Europe [and Central Asia] is really quite remarkable and an unmistakable signal of a major development,” said researcher Michael McCormick, the Francis Goelet Professor of Medieval History and chair of Harvard’s Initiative for the Science of the Human Past. “The second thing is that the cold continues. … This looks pretty robust.”Though defining the extent of the cold period is the report’s highlight, it also zeroes in on the modern era’s unusual warmth. The researchers found the current decade to be the warmest on record in both Europe and Central Asia, with Europe’s warmest summer occurring in 2010. In Central Asia, six of the 12 warmest summers have occurred since 2004, though the warmest of all dates back to 982.By contrast, the coldest decade in the Central Asia record was the 540s, which is the second-coldest in the European record.While the volcanic eruptions likely kicked off the freeze, researchers think that increased ocean ice cover coupled with an “exceptional” minimum of solar activity in the 600s reinforced and extended the cooling.For the people living in the most affected regions, that meant a host of ills. Though the study cautions that causal links need to be more closely examined, McCormick pointed out that that the deep and prolonged environmental shock could have contributed to any number of significant disruptions.“One [failed] harvest is bad. Two bad harvests is devastating. Three bad harvests and you have major problems.”Among such events were migrations and invasions by the people of Central Asia east to China and West to the Middle East, and the fall of the Iran-centered Sasanian Empire, which stretched from Egypt in the west to Pakistan and Turkmenistan in the east. The period also saw the Justinianic Plague, one of history’s most devastating outbreaks, recently identified from ancient DNA as bubonic plague.McCormick said the work points to new avenues of exploration for historians and archaeologists, and calls for reexamining historical interpretations of events that have often relied on human-centered explanations — population growth, conquest, government mismanagement. The findings add to a growing body of evidence that external forces, like disease and shifting climate, have played a significant role in such events.“Now we have to go back and re-examine this history we thought was settled … with evidence we couldn’t see before,” McCormick said.For example, McCormick said, the Roman Emperor Justinian is widely viewed as a failure, a leader whose attempt to re-conquer lands of the ancient Roman Empire was an overreach that ultimately failed. But the new findings complicate this narrative.Justinian’s campaign coincided with the volcanic explosions that plunged Europe and Asia into deep chill. The striking concurrence of dates, McCormick said, may force historians to reconsider the record of the emperor, who led the Eastern Roman Empire after the Western territory, including Italy and Rome, had been lost. His reconquest of Roman North Africa in 534 was successful, as was his capture of Sicily in 535. In 536 — the year of the first volcanic explosion — he crossed to Italy, but progress slowed. He was able to conquer Naples and Rome before the campaign stalled entirely.“Was Justinian really foolish or was he the greatest Roman Emperor, who played an amazing hand with unbelievable cards that came to him out of the blue?” McCormick said. “I don’t think anyone has investigated the potential role of a new little ice age in slowing down the conquest of Italy.”The work also holds a message for modern leaders, McCormick said. Though the ancient period dealt with cooling rather than warming, the universal lesson is that leaders should be mindful that unexpected factors can have civilization-shaking impact.“Modern leaders, with their careful preparation and with their detailed planning, sometimes lose sight … that there are exogenous jokers, wild cards, out there that are coming out of the blue and are capable of knocking civilization off its wheels.”last_img read more

Lacrosse player, coach selected for US team

first_imgTwo members of the women’s lacrosse team, associate head coach Devon Wills and junior Gussie Johns, were chosen as goalies for the U.S. Women’s National Team, which will play in the 2017 Federation of International Lacrosse Women’s World Cup this summer. Head coach Lindsey Munday, who was part of two World Championships and served as captain for the Team USA in 2013, felt proud to have both women chosen to play on the team.“Devon and Gussie have worked together for more than two years, and this is a testament to their passion, drive and commitment to improve,” Munday said. “I can’t think of two individuals more deserving of this honor, and it is incredibly special to have Devon and Gussie be the two goalies to represent our country in the World Cup.”Wills has been part of USC’s lacrosse program for four years and has already competed as the goalie for the U.S. World Champion teams in both 2009 and 2013. Wills’ experience on the field in the highest level of matches will not only help the team as they fight for their eighth world championship victory, but will also serve as an example of what hard work and commitment can achieve.“Devon is one of the best goalies ever to play the game and is a seasoned Team USA veteran,” Munday said. “Even after 13 years on the team, she continues to push herself to improve and is one of the hardest working people I know.”Yet another hard worker, Johns is the first Trojan to ever be selected for Team USA. Last season, she led USC in ground balls and their number one scoring defense and led the nation in goals against average, which all contributed to her distinction as All-MPSF and IWLCA All-Region last season. Despite all the attention, she said she simply feels thankful to continue to play lacrosse more.“It is such an honor to be a part of Team USA,” Johns said. “The opportunity to play with and get to know the individuals on this team has been a true privilege. It reminds me of why I love the sport of lacrosse so much and how we are all playing for a much larger purpose.”While Wills’ coaching unquestionably helped mold Johns into the player that she has become during her time at USC, Johns’ own desire to constantly progress and the effort she has put in are what ultimately earned her this honor.“Gussie has followed in Devon’s footsteps and words cannot express how proud I am of her,” Munday said. “Since she stepped foot on campus, she has done everything to improve her game every day. She puts in countless hours of extra work, and it is exciting to see that it has all paid off. In addition to her talents on the field, Gussie is an incredible person and embodies what it means to be a Trojan and a member of Team USA.”last_img read more

De Gea’s career crossroads a danger to Man Utd’s revival

first_imgDavid de Gea. PHOTO via @ChampionsLeague Share on: WhatsApp Madrid have since gone onto win the Champions League for the past three seasons with Keylor Navas in goal. The Costa Rican has performed well, but is not seen as being in De Gea’s class, as evidenced by the fact Real pounced to sign Thibaut Courtois earlier this season when the Belgian also refused to extend his contract at Chelsea.– PSG, Juventus interested –As Real have reigned in Europe, United have faded. In the four seasons before De Gea signed, Alex Ferguson’s side reached three Champions League finals. In the seven seasons since, United have made the quarter-finals just once and look likely to fall short of the last eight once more.Courtois’s arrival appears to have closed the door to a move to Madrid.However, PSG and Italian champions Juventus are reportedly interested and could offer De Gea the guarantee of Champions League football — while United battle just to make the Premier League’s top four once more — as well as a better chance to compete in the latter stages unless big changes are made at Old Trafford.Solskjaer hailed De Gea as “the best goalkeeper in the world” this week as he pleaded with him to commit his future to the club.The Norwegian has lifted the mood of players, staff and fans with is affable nature off the field and much improved results on it, making him the front runner for the manager’s job on a full-time basis.A huge task remains ahead for whoever is in charge, though, not just to recruit the right players to make United contenders for titles at home and on the continent once more, but to convince one of their few truly world class talents United’s new project is worth hanging around for.center_img London, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester United’s solitary defeat 16 games in to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s caretaker reign in charge against Paris Saint-Germain exposed the gulf the English giants still have to bridge to become a European powerhouse once more.But that the Red Devils travel to Paris on Wednesday trailing only 2-0 from the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie is thanks to David de Gea.The Spanish number one made two brilliant stops from Kylian Mbappe and Juan Bernat three weeks ago as PSG threatened to run riot to again underline his calibre as one of the best goalkeepers in the competition.With Paul Pogba suspended for the return to his native city, De Gea is the one United player who could walk into a PSG side that has divided goalkeeping duties between 41-year-old Italian legend Gianluigi Buffon and Alphonse Areola this season.Worryingly for United that prospect is all too real with De Gea so far holding out in contract negotiations to prolong his current deal beyond the summer of 2020.According to reports, De Gea is seeking at least parity with Alexis Sanchez as the club’s highest earner.The Chilean joined United on a contract worth up to £500,000 ($660,000) a week including bonuses last January, but has not had anywhere near the desired impact, scoring just five goals in 41 appearances.By contrast, De Gea has won United’s player of the year for four of the past five seasons and believes his consistency should be rewarded.But for a matter of minutes on the final day of August in 2015, De Gea’s career could have been very different. A similar contract standoff between the player and club seemed to pave the way for a move to Real Madrid only for the fax confirming the transfer to miss the deadline.last_img read more

Mixed England U16 team to take on Spain

first_img15 Aug 2012 Mixed England U16 team to take on Spain England Golf will field a mixed team of eight for the annual U16 international against Spain at Pannal, Yorkshire, on Tuesday, 21 August. Only one of the players has represented England before. He is 14-year-old Bradley Moore of Derbyshire who won the 2011 English U14 championship (image © Tom Ward). The team of four girls and four boys is: Ashleigh Greenham of West Essex, Essex Eloise Healey of West Lancashire, Lancashire Sophie Lamb of Clitheroe, Lancashire Victoria Mallet of Sutton Coldfield Ladies’, Warwickshire Bradley Moore of Kedleston Park, Derbyshire Marco Penge of Worthing, Sussex Arrun Singh Brar of Brokenhurst Manor, Hampshire, IoW & CI Billy Spooner of Boston, Lincolnshire The match precedes the North of England U16 championship at Pannal, from Wednesday to Friday, 22-24 August. Two more players will join the girls’ squad for this event:  India Clyburn and Emily Slater, both of Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire. The team to play Spain: Ashleigh Greenham (West Essex) 15, shared the halfway lead at the English girls’ championship and helped win the County Team Trophy for Essex at last week’s English women’s stroke play. She successfully defended the scratch McCart Trophy. Eloise Healey (West Lancashire), 14, led the first two rounds of the English U15 championship and finished in fourth place. Her performance on the first day has qualified her for the final of the Telegraph junior golf championship. Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe), 14, is the Lancashire girls’ champion, she tied eighth in the English U15 championship and was in the winning partnership at the Northern foursomes. Victoria Mallett (Sutton Coldfield Ladies’), 14, was the 2011 winner of the Midlands South girls’ championship and was 12th in this season’s English U15 championship. Her sister, Elizabeth, is an England girl international. Bradley Moore (Kedleston Park), 14, was the English U14 champion in 2011. He was capped at U16 and schools’ levels last year and this year finished fourth in the McEvoy Trophy, fifth in the European Young Masters and sixth in the Douglas Johns Trophy. Marco Penge (Worthing), 14, finished fourth in last year’s Douglas Johns Trophy and recently was seventh in both the U16 championship for the McGregor Trophy and the U18 championship for the Carris Trophy. Arrun Singh Brar (Brokenhurst Manor), 13, is a cousin of boy international Jack Singh Brar and tied eighth in last week’s English U14 championship for the Reid Trophy. Billy Spooner (Boston), 14, finished equal fourth in last year’s English U14 championship and tied sixth in this year’s event last week. He was a member of the Lincolnshire team that won the English Boys’ County Championship last year. England girls’ squad players: India Clyburn (Woodhall Spa), 15, is a past Lincolnshire girls’ champion and  Midlands girls’ champion of champions. She was a semi-finalist in this year’s women’s county championship and helped Lincolnshire reach County Finals. Her sister, Holly, is a Curtis Cup player. Emily Slater (Woodhall Spa), 15, was in Lincolnshire’s winning team at last year’s County Finals and is helping them defend their title this year. She is the Lincolnshire girls’ champion and was eighth in the English girls’ championship.last_img read more