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

Minster says uptake of Communion allowance in Donegal was very low

first_img Twitter News Google+ Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Twitter Joan Burton TDThe Social Protection Minister says she wants to save 1.5 million euro a year by abolishing the special welfare payment for religious ceremonies.Joan Burton’s told the Dáil the payment was meant to be for exceptional events and that welfare recipients should be able to plan ahead for communions and confirmations.And she says that the payment weren’t often claimed in the Northwest region:[podcast][/podcast] Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Facebook By News Highland – April 24, 2013 WhatsApp 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North center_img 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleFailte Ireland moves Mizen Head to Donegal !Next articleVote expected on Richie Boucher remuneration News Highland WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Pinterest Minster says uptake of Communion allowance in Donegal was very low Google+last_img read more

US Army veteran is fighting deportation after getting denied citizenship

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — U.S. Army veteran who served two tours in Afghanistan is in danger of being deported after his application for citizenship was denied.Miguel Perez Jr., a native of Mexico, came to the United States legally when he was 8. He grew up in Chicago as a legal permanent resident and served two tours of duty in Afghanistan prior to being discharged from the Army in 2010 with a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder, according to ABC station WLS-TV in Chicago.That same year, after he was discharged from the Army, Perez was convicted on a felony drug charge, for which he served about seven years in prison. After he got out, ICE, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency took him into custody. An ICE spokesperson said Perez was targeted for removal after the conviction, WLS reported.A judge ruled last that Perez should be deported, WLS reported. Perez and his family appealed to Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner for a pardon to wipe away the conviction that sparked the deportation proceedings.Rauner in Feburary denied that request, and this month a judge refused Perez’s request to overturn the deportation order.“I went and talked to Miguel and gave him the bad news,” the veteran’s attorney, Chris Bergin, told WLS. “He was disappointed, obviously, but he said ‘I’m not giving up, we’re gonna keep fighting,’ and I was glad to hear that because that’s what I said too.”The attorney is appealing the court ruling, WLS reported. U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, an Illinois Democrat, has written a letter on Perez’s behalf, according to WLS.Perez remains in ICE custody.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

EU seals deal with Pfizer-BioNTech for 300 mln doses of Covid vaccine

first_imgThe European Commission said on Wednesday it had sealed a deal with Pfizer and BioNTech for the supply of up to 300 million doses of their Covid-19 vaccine candidate.The move follows Pfizer’s announcement on Monday that its experimental vaccine developed with BioNTech was more than 90% effective, making them the first drugmakers to show successful interim data from a large-scale clinical trial of a coronavirus vaccine.Under the EU deal, the 27 EU countries could buy 200 million doses, and have an option to purchase another 100 million.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Under the Pfizer-BioNtech deal, the 27 EU countries could buy 200 million doses, and have an option to purchase another 100 million.NurPhoto | Getty Images The EU has already signed supply deals with AstraZeneca, Sanofi and Johnson & Johnson for their experimental Covid-19 shots, and is talking with Moderna, CureVac and Novavax to secure their vaccines. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Super Bowl 50: Watch the quarterbacks

first_imgSANTA CLARA, California (AP):Peyton Manning’s last game? Cam Newton’s finest moment?For all the golden tinge the National Football League (NFL) is placing on Super Bowl 50, this one just might come down to how the two star quarterbacks deal with the dynamic defences bent on humbling them.There can’t be a better storyline than a five-time MVP likely to take his final snaps with a championship on the line. Except, perhaps, the league’s rising star carrying his franchise to its first NFL title in the face of detractors.Throw in those defences: Denver rank first overall in many statistics and certainly in intimidation, with a pass rush capable of neutralising any air game; Carolina make game-changing plays to the tune of a league-high 39 takeaways and a plus-20 turnover margin.Add in a pair of coaches at the peak of their NFL careers, a relatively new stadium with nearly all imaginable technology, and a half-century of America’s biggest game and the intrigue metre hits the stratosphere.”If you have any appreciation for the game, and certainly you have watched Super Bowls, played in the Super Bowls, have a sibling that has played in the Super Bowls,” Manning says, ,”it does make it maybe even more special.”QUARTERBACKS: Manning, in his fourth Super Bowl, has been quiet on whether this will be the end of one of the most prolific and entertaining careers in sports history. He’s 39, has been plagued by injuries for much of the last five seasons, and, win or lose, has nothing left to prove.”I think it is important to use all of your experience to your advantage,” Manning says. “I think you can always refer back to prior situations and two-minute drives, or a fourth-and-goal from the 2-yard line. The more experience you have, you can use that to help you.”Newton doesn’t have that background yet. But he was the NFL’s most dominant and sometimes most polarising player this season. No one has more fun playing the game than the 2010 Heisman Trophy winner, 2011 top overall draft pick and 2015 All-Pro quarterback who threw for 35 touchdowns and ran for 10.If Manning represents the old guard, Newton with his celebrations, dabbing and just plain coolness is the future.Some media compared Newton to Usain Bolt.”Really?” Newton says, entertained by the comparison. “I got the opportunity to meet Usain last year. He was a cool guy. He was like real cool, you know? Like internationally cool. I’m just locally cool, you know?”Bolt owns a vault full of gold medals. Newton goes for the gold of Super Bowl 50. Game time is 6:30 p.m. (Jamaica time).last_img read more

Why the Giants asked a Gold Glove-caliber defender to switch positions

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO–Three Giants infielders have won Gold Gloves, but the one starter who hasn’t isn’t exactly a defensive liability.First baseman Brandon Belt is considered one of the game’s top defenders at the position and even though he missed 50 games due to injury last year, Belt ranked second among all major league first baseman with 13 defensive runs saved in 2018.Evan Longoria, Brandon Crawford and Joe Panik all have hardware on their shelves to celebrate elite defensive seasons, and while …last_img read more

Lew Wolff talks about development, baseball, and education

first_imgLew Wolff’s expertise includes developer, hotel owner, baseball executive, education adviser, so if anyone epitomizes the term Renaissance man, Wolff would be that person. Wolff has co-owned or developed some of the most iconic buildings in downtown San Jose, and now he is providing expertise and advice to help launch new hotels in downtown San Jose and downtown Oakland. Wolff’s current interests also include the Yavneh Day School in Los Gatos. This news organization recently sat down to talk …last_img read more

MIT Cosmologists Take Our Advice

first_imgAfter getting a snubbing in our 02/21/2005 commentary, which advocated he and his MIT colleague Alan Guth take up truck driving, David Kaiser, took our advice – with a thinly veiled smirk:Well, at least someone is still reading Science with a passion.  As for the rest of us in the cosmic-evolution business, we’ll just have to keep on truckin’.This was the ending of an article by Kaiser in the November-December issue of American Scientist (not to be confused with Scientific American), a publication of Sigma Xi, the scientific research society.1    In his article, Kaiser undertook to explain why creation groups, long targeting the biologists and geologists, have “only lately taken on physicists and cosmologists” after a long period of what he considers peaceful co-existence (e.g., Einstein, Lemaitre).  His two-fold conclusion was that (1) recent “bans on teaching the big bang” (only one ineffective and unrepresentative example given) have brought the abstruse issues of cosmology into the public awareness, and (2) the prestige of physics has plummeted since its pinnacle after World War II, in part due to funding cuts but also “physicists’ internal divisions and the obviously speculative nature of recent work” — thus a new “concerted attack” by critics who have “learned to leverage the power of the internet.”  That’s where CEH comes in:I stumbled onto this thriving, wired network two years ago, after my colleague Alan H. Guth and I published a review of recent cosmological research in Science.  About a week after our article appeared, Guth received an e-mail message directing him to a rebuttal of our piece, posted on a creationist Web site.  That response included dozens of hyperlinks to like-minded “refutations’ of the big bang, inflationary cosmology, string theory and the rest.  These sites boasted high production values and good graphics.Noting all the hyperlinks to creationist and intelligent design resources here, Kaiser seemed to have demonstrated a vast lightweight conspiracy to attack the hallowed halls of the cosmologists.  All that seemed necessary to demonstrate the point was to mention the advice about truck driving.1.  David Kaiser, “The Other Evolution Wars,” American Scientist Vol 95, No 6), November-December 2007, pp. 518-525.It was nice to get some compliments from Dr. Kaiser for the graphics and high production values, but of course he was not about to concede any point of substance to creationists.  That would be anathema inside The Guild, even a minor blush to the suggestion that a little shame might be in order.    A little investigation by an unbiased observer, however, should reveal that modern cosmologists do not need any creationist help looking silly: viz., 07/27/2004, 03/11/2004, 06/20/2003, 06/18/2003, 05/02/2003, 08/16/2005, 07/23/2007, 04/13/2007, etc.  If they are worried about possible nonsense that might come from creationists, why not rein in the secularist popularizers, who are truckin’ all over the sidewalk? (11/01/2007, 03/08/2007).    Anyone familiar with the history and philosophy of science would surely realize that there is no way under God’s starry heaven to scientifically justify many of the things being claimed by modern cosmologists today.  To be off by 120 orders of magnitude, to require a universe composed of 96% imponderable substances and occult forces, and to seriously consider we each have clones in countless parallel universes is to invite scrutiny if not ridicule.  Much of that comes from within the ranks of The Guild already.  But then to posit a Cosmic Lottery with 101000 universes (none of which is observable even in theory) should turn the heads of any philosopher or logician.  It looks like a dodge from a clear inference of design, tantamount to escaping falsification with magic.  What would Popper think?    It would have been nice to see a little humility, therefore, just a hint of a possibility that cosmologists might be on the wrong track and maybe should consider non-materialist alternatives seriously, like intelligent design.  If listening to creationists is beneath their dignity, how about listening to Paul Davies or Robert Jastrow who, both appearing in The Privileged Planet, acknowledged the design inference and the inability of materialism to account for it?    Similarly, Astronomy columnist Bob Berman applied his own down-to-earth, common-sense analysis to the current situation.  Without creationist input as far we know, it was clear to him that cosmology needs a serious “time out” because “cosmologists are starting to resemble naked emperors parading before the mass media.”  He scorned how “each pronouncement is delivered with pomp and flair” when in fact it is a shameful display of arrogance and ignorance.  Instead of scientific rigor, imagination rules: “Throw the math this way, that way, tweak the equations, set fire to the physics building, nothing matters,” he exclaimed.  “It’s Alice in Wonderland meets Stephen Hawking.”  That was in 2004, but he just recently let the cosmologists have it between the eyes again (09/29/2007), indicating that nothing has improved: “It would be nice, however, if cosmologists would put a lid on their arrogant ghetto-talk about their latest theory of everything and admit – just once in a while – that their knowledge is a single snowflake in the blizzard of the unknown.”    That’s why we didn’t need to say much in the 2005 entry but to quote the wizards at length and let them air their own arrogance and fall on their own folly.  We hope the suggestion to take up truck driving was an act of mercy.    Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes cartoon strip is sometimes the perfect parody of adult misbehavior.  One story appeared in the collection There’s Treasure Everywhere (pp. 50-52) that seemed apropos.  (Note: The names might need swapping, because the materialist was Thomas Hobbes and the theist was John Calvin, but subsitute whatever living characters you think fit.)    In this episode, Calvin has an assignment to write a paper that debates some issue.  He asks Hobbes for ideas.Hobbes: What do you care about?Calvin: I don’t care about issues!  I’ve got better things to do than argue with every wrong-headed crackpot with an ignorant opinion!  I’m a busy man!  I say, agree with me or go take a hike!  I’m right, period!  End of discussion.Hobbes: Umm… right.Calvin: There, see?  Everybody’s happy!Still, the homework deadline looms.  Calvin has an idea – a Thinking Cap!  He finds a metal collander in the kitchen and sets to work.Calvin: Next we’ll need to attach those 1 and 0 strings and a grounding string.Hobbes: Why a grounding string?Calvin: It’s like a lightning rod for brainstorms.  I want to keep my ideas grounded in reality.Hobbes: I think you’re too late….Work all completed, Calvin puts on the Thinking Cap and has Hobbes turn it on.  Click.  Brzap.  Nothing apparent happens, except Calvin claims he feels smarter already, and Hobbes perceives that Calvin’s head has grown larger.  The knowledge begins to flow:Calvin: My powerful brain is unraveling the mysteries of the universe!  It’s amazing!  All natural laws can be reduced to one simple, unifying equation!Hobbes: Really, what is it?Calvin: Already my powerful brain is bored with such simple problems and is now working on why girls are so obnoxious.Substitute creationists for girls and some remarkable parallels emerge in the local universe.(Visited 68 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


first_imgWelcome to the latest edition of Sixty Second in Touch, where the Touch continues on and the news never lets up…* The first edition of the referees newsletter ` Whistleblower’ for 2006 has been loaded onto the TFA website, click here to download the newsletter and read about all the news from the world of refereeing: WHISTLEBLOWER- FEBRUARY 2006* The Australian Under 18 Development camp was a huge success, with all reports highlighting the excellent behaviour of the players and the effort and dedication they gave to the training. TFA would like to thank all of the players for working so hard, as well as all of the coaching and management staff who were challenged by weather conditions but still produced a brilliant program for the players. Keep an eye on the TFA website this week for a wrap up of all the news, award winners and more from what happened at the 2006 Australian Under 18’s Development Camp. * NTL is getting closer, it’s less than 7 weeks away! Remember if you’re after accommodation for the NTL, contact the Coffs Harbour Visitor Information Centre on 1300 369 070 or 02 6652 1522 or email on [email protected] The Visitor Centre will help you find suitable accommodation and TFA will receive a commission on all accommodation booked through the centre. A great way to support TFA and the NTL event.* The current TFA poll is becoming the most popular of all time, with more than 250 votes already being placed. TFA has signed an agreement to have the 2006 Open NTL’s televised on Fox Sports and we’re wanting to know, which final out of the Mens/Womens/Mixed should be televised in full, rather than just highlights. TFA will be looking to promote the sport to those who are not involved with Touch, as well as continue to build the national profile of the sport for potential sponsors. We’re keen to know which final you believe will be most beneficial to show in full. Visit the poll on the right hand side to place your vote.* The Yass knockout is taking place this weekend with 87 teams traveling from around Australia to take part. Make sure you check the TFA website next week for the results.* The new TFA website is getting closer, it’s in the final stages of design and trouble-shooting, with TFA staff Rachel and Jon set to travel to Melbourne in early February to learn how to manage and work the new site. It will be great to have the website up and running for the NTL.* The 2006 Australian Sports Awards are being held on February 22 and the Australian Mens 30’s Touch side has been nominated for the Masters Team of the Year award after their performance at the 2005 All Nations Championships. Congratulations to the players and coaching staff, we wish you all the best for the awards!The 2006 Australian Sport Awards (run by the Confederation of Australian Sport) and also the 2006 Ausport Awards (run by the Australian Sports Commission) are both coming up in February and March. Keep an eye on the TFA website in coming weeks to see if any of our Touch players, teams, coaches or officials are recognised nationally for their hard work and achievement. * Advertising for the NTL is already proving to be popular, with several bookings already being made to advertise in the 2006 NTL booklet. Approximately 3000 copies of the booklet will be distributed at the 2006 NTL and in an effort to further enhance and improve the size and content of the booklet, TFA are offering advertising space for purchase.This is a great opportunity for your business to promote their services amongst the Touch community, or perhaps for your Touch club to promote an upcoming social event or knockout tournament.The cost will be $500 per A4 page, $250 per 1/2 page and $125 per 1/4 page.TFA will also be loading the booklet as a PDF onto the website, to allow all of those not at the event to view the program.Contact [email protected] or phone (02) 6285 2703 if you’re interested in this opportunity.* NTL referees: please ensure that where ever possible you fill in the levy/gear order form for the event and post, fax or email it back to Chris at [email protected] It is difficult for staff to process orders when there is not a levy/gear order form attached. Please avoid phoning your order in, as this is where mistakes can be made with the gear you want or your personal details.All gear is being sent out as soon as possible from when the levy/gear order forms arrive in the office. However, if you have ordered walk shorts or a new referees jacket, the wait will be another 2-3 weeks as the supplier has not yet delivered these items.* IMPORTANT DATES FOR THE NTL: All permit representatives please take note! There are some important dates coming up for the 2006 NTL-o February 8- Closing date for final submissions to the Player Poolo 10 February- Electronic submission of initial team lists dueo 1 March- Final electronic submission of team sheets dueContact Tournament Director Jon Pratt on [email protected] if you have any questions regarding these dates or the NTL.* The Melbourne based ‘Friends of Monash Touch’ have come up with a novel idea to raise some funds – by putting together & selling a 2006 calendar featuring a collection of “Touch Girls”. Check out the article on Triton Touch Clubs website for more info, and details on how to order your own calendar: MONASH TOUCH CLUB- CALENDAR The calendars are selling for only $15 each (plus P&H) , but stocks are limited, so don’t miss out!! They can be purchased by emailing [email protected]* Remember if you have anything that you would like published in the weekly Sixty Seconds in Touch column, just email [email protected]last_img

Modeling where the wind blows

Citation: Modeling where the wind blows (2018, January 9) retrieved 18 July 2019 from Provided by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Renewable energy generated from wind has the potential to ease the demand for resources, as well as reduce greenhouse gas emissions. However, locating global wind resources is very challenging because of the difficulty in storing the large amounts of data generated by climate model simulations.This led postodoc, Jaehong Jeong, and his supervisor Marc Genton from KAUST, working with colleagues from the University of Notre Dame in the United States, to develop a statistical model that includes geographical and physical information for mountains, such as longitude and altitude, and can better account for their impacts on wind speed.”Our model incorporates more large-scale geographical information to explain the behavior of wind across longitudes,” explains Jaehong. “In particular, the model incorporates information on the physical characteristics of mountains, which have been shown to affect the spatial smoothness of wind fields, and leads to better model selection metrics for modeling wind data, reducing the data storage and computational requirements of large datasets.”Wind fields have been shown to exhibit varying spatio-temporal smoothness across longitudes due to land, ocean and mountainous features, and differences in altitude can produce thermal effects as well as the acceleration of wind flows over hills and funneling effects in narrow valleys.The researchers therefore developed a flexible model in which ocean, land and high mountains with altitude information were included as covariates to account for the statistical behavior of wind speed. And by using a stochastic generator, they were able to incorporate large amounts of wind data, allowing them to better model the spatio-temporal variability of wind resources.Once the mean and covariance parameters were estimated from a sample set, the stochastic generator was able to generate surrogate runs whose large-scale features were almost identical to the original runs, and a more detailed assessment of wind uncertainty under different initial conditions was achieved, without the need for storing a prohibitive amount of information.”Our work could provide wind energy assessments in developing countries, where no regional studies are available, and could be a stepping stone for more complex and realistic problems regarding wind resources, such as daily or monthly global wind ensemble and multivariate wind-field modeling,” says Genton. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The ensemble standard deviation for the yearly near-surface wind speed from the training set. Credit: KAUST Explore further Huge energy potential in open ocean wind farms in the North Atlantic By incorporating geographical information into models for wind energy, researchers from KAUST have developed an innovative statistical tool that reduces the computational burden of locating global wind resources. More information: Reducing Storage of Global Wind Ensembles with Stochastic Generators. read more