Thief wanted jail time to get teeth fixed

first_imgNewsLocal NewsThief wanted jail time to get teeth fixedBy admin – January 24, 2013 1182 WhatsApp Facebook Linkedin Print Emailcenter_img Advertisement Twitter [email protected]“HE wants to avail of dental treatment” was the unexpected response given to Judge Eugene O’Kelly when he asked why a defendant abused him for not giving a long enough prison sentence. Michael Whelan, a 34-year-old serial shoplifter and thief with over 213 previous convictions, was before Limerick District Court this week pleading guilty to the theft of a packet of razors worth €15 from the Ballinacurra Pharmacy.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Currently serving a four-month sentence handed down at the start of January for a spate of thefts committed last September, Michael Whelan, with an address at Kylefea, Croom had previously protested to Judge O’Kelly for giving him too lenient a sentence.Judge O’Kelly asked Ted McCarthy, solicitor for the accused “is this why he continues to re-offend”.Mr McCarthy said that Mr Whelan had been looking for a longer sentence so as he could avail of “dental work while in prison” and added that the reason his client offended was to primarily feed his alcohol habit.Expressing surprise at the defendant’s response, Judge O’Kelly convicted Michael Whelan and sentenced him to one month in prison for the theft of the razors on January 4 last.Michael Whelan had similar outbursts at a previous sitting of the district court in Rathekeale when he shouted at Judge Mary  O’Halloran, “I want 12 months”.However, the judge, who previously referred to him “as a bit of a nuisance in the community to put it mildly”, then sentenced him to four months in prison for the theft of cider and razor blades from a Spar shop in Croom. Previous articleRape crisis group want sentencing guidelinesNext articleJobs hope from HMV sale talks adminlast_img read more

Genetic tagging reveals extreme site fidelity in territorial male Antarctic fur seals Arctocephalus gazella

first_imgGenetic tagging, the identification of individuals using their genotypes, provides a powerful tool for studying animals that are difficult to observe or identify using conventional techniques. However, despite being widely adopted by conservation biologists, the full potential of this approach has yet to be realized. Here we used genetic recapture data to quantify male site fidelity at a colony of Antarctic fur seals where an aerial walkway provides unprecedented access and individual positions are determined daily to 1 m accuracy. Because males are too large and aggressive to be captured and fitted with conventional tags, we remotely collected 770 tissue samples over eight consecutive seasons and used nine-locus microsatellite genotypes to reveal 306 genetic recaptures among 464 unique individuals. Within seasons, males are highly site-faithful, with any movements that occur tending to take place before the period when females come into oestrus. Of those males that return to breed over successive seasons, almost half return to within a body length of where they were before. The discovery of such extreme site faithfulness has implications for the population structure and mating system of fur seals and potentially other colonially breeding species.last_img read more

Ebola vaccine to be trialled in Oxford

first_imgOxford University’s Jenner Institute, led by Professor Adrian Hill, is to begin human trials of a potential vaccine against the Ebola virus.The first round of trials should take place at the Oxford Vaccine Centre in Churchill Hospital in September, subject to approval, and involve 60 volunteers from the Oxford area. If these prove successful trials will be extended to volunteers in the Gambia and Mali to account for potential differences between European and West African responses.There is no risk of volunteers becoming infected with Ebola themselves, as Professor Hill explains, “The vaccine takes a gene from Ebola and puts in it a virus carrier. The carrier happens to be a safe version of a common cold virus.”The trials have received accelerated funding due to the current Ebola epidemic, which has killed more than 1,500 people at the time of writing. The Jenner Institute is working in tandem with GlaxoSmithKline and the US government’s National Institute of Health.Professor Hill also emphasised the urgency of their work, saying, “In terms of developing a clinical trial programme this is happening faster than anything I have come across. Vaccines can take a decade to develop but we want to develop something within about six months. If 10 people are infected with Ebola then between five and nine of them will die.”There is currently no treatment for the disease itself, only its symptoms, and although an experimental drug called ZMapp appears to have been used successfully in a number of cases, supplies of it are extremely limited.last_img read more

When Ed Woodward tried to be ‘matey’ with Wayne Rooney

first_imgAdvertisement 242b65fNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsaq98mWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E6mie( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 6lr081qWould you ever consider trying this?😱uqrCan your students do this? 🌚3c7xRoller skating! Powered by Firework Ed Woodward finds himself in hot water after Manchester United’s worst start to a Premier League campaign in its history. Ironically, it seems to be the perfect occasion to look back on the time Woodward tried to be mushy with Wayne Rooney.Advertisement In 2016 , after a FA Cup semi-final victory against Everton, the former England striker received a weird text message.Advertisement Hi Wazza,” a text from the Chief Executive began. “Loved the game.”But, according to The Athletic, Rooney was not impressed by Woodward’s attempts to be ‘matey’.Advertisement The implicit bitterness stems from the time in 2013 when Rooney and his agent approached Woodward to talk about leaving the club, maybe to Chelsea who were interested.Woodward said of Rooney and Stratford: “I don’t want to be their friend. We think Wayne loves football so much he won’t sulk, he’ll go on the pitch and give his all.”Woodward now has bigger problems to solve as injuries keep mounting and Manchester United aren’t able to win games. Advertisementlast_img read more

Flipboard Gets Back To Its Web Roots

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos owen thomas Related Posts Tags:#Flipboard#iPad#iPhone#Mike McCue#news apps#news readers#Responsive Design A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditcenter_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Mike McCue was a pioneer of the modern Web, a veteran of browser maker Netscape Communications. So it was something of a shock in 2010 when he came out with Flipboard, a news-reading app that bypassed the Web altogether in favor of the then-new iPad.“Imagine  if the Web was washed away and we needed to build a new one from scratch,” McCue told ReadWrite founder Richard MacManus at the time, explaining the design philosophy that led Flipboard to build an app—not a website—to help people find and organize the headlines their friends and contacts were sharing online.See also How Flipboard Was CreatedNow he’s come full circle. Today, Flipboard is introducing a Web version of its service, in part to emphasize the 2.5 million “magazines”—collections of links on a specific topic, laid out in the app’s distinctively appealing visual style—that users and publishers have created since that feature’s launch in March.McCue credits the introduction of magazines with helping Flipboard grow from 50 million users to 75 million users in the past few months, though it’s not clear how much of that growth is attributable to the link collections and how much is due simply to the service’s growing popularity and an expanding market of smartphone users.Mobile First, Web LastFlipboard is not the first startup to begin on mobile and then embrace the Web. Foursquare, Instagram, and Path have all made parts of their services available to Web users.But they all used the constraints of mobile devices to establish niches before they ventured onto the Web, where they faced established competitors. It’s far from clear that any of them would have succeeded had they launched on the Web. (Indeed, before Instagram’s creation, its founders first made a Web-based check-in service called Burbn that was going nowhere fast.)Flipboard toyed with the idea of launching on the Web first, McCue told ReadWrite. But “it was starting to feel like just another website,” he said, and he worried that the user-interface ideas Flipboard was experimenting with—like flipping pages by swiping across a screen—would not “resonate” with desktop PC users.Today’s Web version of Flipboard embraces both its mobile heritage and the lingering advantages of desktop websites. Like Polar, an innovative polling app whose design scales up from its mobile experience rather than down from the desktop, Flipboard makes use of the presence of a keyboard. You can flip pages with left and right arrow keys, for example.See also Why Your App Design Doesn’t Have To Be All ThumbsMobile design concepts are far more familiar to desktop users now than they were three years ago, so it’s far less jarring to see a website like Flipboard’s.For Magazine Makers The biggest beneficiary of Flipboard’s move to the desktop Web may be the people and companies creating magazines. While tablets and smartphones are great for reading, they’re far less handy for publishing.“Right now, you can only add an item to a magazine one item at a time,” McCue pointed out, as an example of the mobile interface’s inherent limitations. Magazine creators will soon be able to add multiple items at once, from automated feeds or search queries.But Flipboard’s magazines will also benefit from the lush display possible on large monitors.“In the long run, I hope this will be the first step to rethinking what a website is,” said McCue.last_img read more

Paul Lee shrugs off Star’s struggles

first_imgPaul Lee. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPaul Lee isn’t putting too much thought on Star’s recent struggles in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.The Hotshots have now lost back-to-back games after a strong 4-0 start.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses “We faced two strong teams in that stretch,” Lee said after Star’s 105-101 loss to Barangay Ginebra on Sunday night.“Coach told us earlier that it was a good game. We just didn’t get the win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Hotshots’ immaturity showed late in the game with import Malcolm Hill, who is only 21, fouled out with still 54.9 seconds left.Lee thinks that it’s understandable for Star to make such mistakes considering that the team is still in the stage of learning how to play as a cohesive unit after undergoing major changes in the offseason.center_img MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES The important thing for the Hotshots, according to Lee, is to learn valuable lessons from those tough situations.“We’re still a relatively new team. I think it’s unavoidable that some of these issues will come up and we’re working on it. Hopefully, if we encounter these situations again, we’ll be able to get good things from it,” he said.“We have to move on. This game is done, so we have to bounce back on our next game. Our game against Meralco is very important. They’re a strong team so it’s another test for us. We need to be ready,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Aguilar, Ginebra escape Star despite costly foul and poor FT shootinglast_img read more

Former Louisville G Chris Jones Recommends Kentucky’s Trey Lyles Not Mess With Cincy’s Octavius Ellis

first_imgKentucky's Trey Lyles plays in NCAA Tournament.It’s getting a bit intense inside the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky. Early in the second half of No. 1 Kentucky’s game against No. 8 Cincinnati, Wildcats’ freshman forward Trey Lyles got into it with Bearcats’ forward Octavius Ellis. There was some shoving and trash talking; Kentucky’s Aaron Harrison was called for a technical foul during the mini-scrum. Former Louisville guard Chris Jones, who was dismissed from the program earlier this month, recommends Lyles not mess with Ellis. Trey don’t want those problems lol foreal— Chris Jones (@iAM_UNGUARDABLE) March 21, 2015Jones really isn’t in a position to be giving advice about anything, but this is something Lyles might want to listen to. One of the few things that could doom Kentucky is a lack of composure.last_img read more

Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman talks 2019 housing trends

first_imgLOS ANGELES — The U.S. is on track to finish the year with an annual decline in home sales for the first time since 2014.Home sales have plunged over the past 12 months and many economists forecast sales will weaken further in 2019.The housing market is slowing as would-be buyers struggle with rising borrowing costs and a persistently low number of properties on the market.Glenn Kelman, CEO of Seattle-based real estate brokerage Redfin, recently spoke to The Associated Press about the state of the housing market and why he expects first-time buyers will continue to struggle next year. The interview has been edited for length and clarity.Q: How do you see the housing market’s trajectory next year?A: The housing market is probably the weakest sector of the U.S. economy and the $64,000 question is just whether housing is going to bring down the U.S. economy or the U.S. economy is going to bring housing back up. People have good jobs and corporations are making money. If the stock market rebounds, you’re going to see a reasonable housing market next year. It will still be soft, but it won’t be catastrophic. If, on the other hand, housing undermines consumer confidence generally; people start feeling poor because their home has declined in value; and a huge sector of the economy for building and selling housing enters a recession, then you can see the start of a much larger cycle.Q: Do you see first-time buyers having an easier time?A: They’re going to have a harder time. There’s so much inventory that’s rate-locked. The spread between 3.5 per cent and the current mortgage rate, as that widens, it will just be a stronger and stronger incentive for people to hold on to their homes forever. When they want to move, they’re going to rent them out, rather than sell them.Q: What’s it going to take to fix this shortage in affordable housing?A: I view much of our economic policy as a way to defend the wealth of baby boomers. People get up in arms about protecting the value of their home and making sure that it increases. When the city wants to increase density, everybody living in a single-family home, who is usually between the ages of 40 and 65, absolutely freaks out and prevents that construction. And in some ways that’s just acting as a cartel where the people who hold the good prevent more supply of that good from reaching the market and maintain artificially high prices. What I’m hopeful about is just this idea that Americans aren’t trapped in a single city. If you go to almost any city hall, the only pocketbook issue that the middle class is up in arms about is the cost of housing. And every mayor is trying to solve that problem. And the cities that are solving it best are in the middle of the country, so that’s why you’re seeing this migration from coastal cities into the centre of the country. I think it’s going to depolarize us politically.Q: Any major trends that you see accelerating next year?A: Tech companies are going to increasingly be called to account for how we deal with the prosperity created by technology. We should want high-paying jobs, but when housing prices blow up in Boise or Salt Lake or Denver, a mob forms and they want answers and the people they ask the answers from are Twitter and Amazon and Redfin. The idea that we can say that’s not our problem isn’t working very well right now. There just has to be a better alliance between tech and government on this. It boils down to higher taxes for tech.Alex Veiga, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Trump threatens to shut down border with Mexico next week

first_imgPalm Beach: Threatening drastic action against Mexico, President Donald Trump declared he is likely to shut down America’s southern border next week unless Mexican authorities immediately halt all illegal immigration. Such a severe move could hit the economies of both countries, but the president emphasised, “I am not kidding around.” “It could mean all trade” with Mexico, Trump said when questioned Friday by reporters in Florida. “We will close it for a long time.” Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USTrump has been promising for more than two years to build a long, impenetrable wall along the border to stop illegal immigration, though Congress has been reluctant to provide the money he needs. In the meantime, he has repeatedly threatened to close the border, but this time, with a new surge of migrants heading north, he gave a definite timetable. A substantial closure could have an especially heavy impact on cross-border communities from San Diego to South Texas, as well as supermarkets that sell Mexican produce, factories that rely on imported parts, and other businesses across the US. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe US and Mexico trade about USD 1.7 billion in goods daily, according to the US Chamber of Commerce, which said closing the border would be “an unmitigated economic debacle” that would threaten 5 million American jobs. Trump tweeted Friday morning, “If Mexico doesn’t immediately stop ALL illegal immigration coming into the United States through our Southern Border, I will be CLOSING the Border, or large sections of the Border, next week.” He didn’t qualify his threat with “or large sections,” stating: “There is a very good likelihood I’ll be closing the border next week, and that is just fine with me.” He said several times that it would be “so easy” for Mexican authorities to stop immigrants passing through their country and trying to enter the US illegally, “but they just take our money and ‘talk.'” Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen suggested Trump was referring to the ongoing surge of mostly Central American families heading north through Mexico. Many people who cross the border illegally ultimately request asylum under US law, which does not require asylum seekers to enter at an official crossing. Short of a widespread shutdown, Nielsen said the US might close designated ports of entry to re-deploy staff to help process parents and children. Ports of entry are official crossing points that are used by residents and commercial vehicles. “If we have to close ports to take care of all of the numbers who are coming, we will do that,” Nielsen said. “So it’s on the table, but what we’re doing is a very structured process based on operational needs.” The White House did not immediately respond to questions about whether Trump’s possible action would apply to air travel. Trump’s latest declaration came after Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said his country was doing its part to fight migrant smuggling. Criminal networks charge thousands of dollars a person to move migrants through Mexico, increasingly in large groups toward remote sections of the border.last_img read more