Gardaí praised for intercepting armed eight-man posse

first_imgAndrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A JUDGE has praised the work of Limerick Gardaí who intercepted an “armed posse” on their way to the home of a family who were subjected to a high level of “premeditated intimidation”.Detective Garda Ivan Muldoon told Limerick Circuit Court that Gardaí received confidential information that eight men were on the way to a house at Bru na Grudhain, Castletroy in Limerick on October 16, 2013.The men, who were travelling in a Volkswagen Golf car, were armed with a variety of weapons including a pick axe handle, screwdrivers and a car jack.Gardaí, who had earlier evacuated Christopher and Nora O’Donnell and their children from the house, intercepted the car before “serious damage could be done”.Detective Muldoon said the incident was connected to a dispute between members of two extended families.Three men before the court, Shane Ryan Casey (21) of April Rise, Old Cork Road; Jason Stokes (23) of Woodpark, Castleconnell and Wesley Stokes (20) of Curragh Birin, Castletroy pleaded guilty to the possession of weapons.Shane Ryan Casey also pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage to the house in Castletroy and to two other charges dating back to September 2, 2013 where he was found in possession of a hurley and with causing criminal damage to the former home of the O’Donnell family.Stating that such intimidatory incidents could not be tolerated in society, Judge Tom O’Donnell they were “premeditated and always carried out by a large group to maximise the fear”.Following their guilty pleas which were entered last year, the court heard that both Wesley and Jason Stokes had engaged well with the Probation services.Suspending an 18-month prison sentence for three years for both Jason and Wesley Stokes, Judge O’Donnell said they were part of a “maximum effort to intimidate the family, but it was extremely fortunate that the armed posse was intercepted by Gardaí”.Jailing Shane Ryan Casey for two years and six months for the four offences, the judge said he was one of the “main protagonists” in the incident and he had to take a serious view of that.As he was taken into custody, Casey, who has previous convictions for beating a horse to death, shouted profanities at the court claiming that he just wanted to “spend time with his woman” and warned that “there’s a new family feud in Limerick”. WhatsApp Twitter Advertisement NewsGardaí praised for intercepting armed eight-man posseBy Staff Reporter – February 24, 2016 1169 Printcenter_img Facebook Linkedin Email Previous article#GE16 – You ask the questions – part 3Next articlePrisoner jumped out Garda Station window while consulting with solicitor Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ielast_img read more

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Service honors McGonigal

first_imgA memorial service will be held today at 11 a.m. for senior staff assistant for media relations Susan McGonigal, who passed away Friday evening. The service will take place in the Monogram Room of the Joyce Center and a light lunch will follow, a press release from senior associate athletic director John Heisler stated. McGonigal was employed by the University for 35 years and was in her 19th year as senior staff assistant, according to her profile on the Notre Dame Athletics website. Her duties included organizing football and basketball game-day procedures, ticket allotment distribution, budget reconciliation, and organizing travel and catering needs for the department staff, the profile stated.   Instead of sending flowers, mourners are invited to consider donating to Heartland Hospice Services or Pet Refuge in McGonigal’s memory, the release stated. McGonigal served as vice president of the Notre Dame Staff Advisory Council and was a member of the Ad Hoc Committee on Women’s Issues, Benefits Committee and Promotions Committee, her profile stated. She was also involved with the Safety Committee and Holiday Planning Committee for the Athletic Department. McGonigal, a South Bend native, is survived by her husband Sean and daughter Chelsea.last_img read more

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Football News India Under 20 football team returns home, welcomed by emphatic fans

first_imgThe Indian teams defeated Argentina 2-1in their last match of the COTIF Cup in Spain where Deepak Tangri opened the scoresheet for the Men in Blue before Aniket Jadhav was shown a red card in the second half. However, Anwar Ali’s strike in the second half put India 2-0 up against Argentina, who are considered the most successful team in the history of U-20 World Cup.ALSO READ: Transfer News: Real Madrid sign Thibaut Courtois in €35 million dealThe Argentina U-20 team scored in the 72nd minute and smashed the crossbar in the additional time, but failed to break the resilient Indian team, who ended the tournament on a high.The team is scheduled to visit Croatia for another tournament later in 2018. New Delhi: The Indian Under-20 football team that marked its name in the history books by beating Argentina in the COTIF Cup arrived at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi on Friday.The victorious lads were welcomed by the energetic and passionate fans with placards bearing words of praise and #InquilabEIndianFootball for the young team.The welcome was passionately led by the members Blue Pilgrims, who also welcomed the Indian Football Women’s team returning home after participating in the COTIF Cup.ALSO READ: Hima Das signs up with sports management firmThe players who returned back wholeheartedly appreciated the move by taking photographs and selfies with the fans. “When we went to Spain, our main aim was to gain more respect for Indian football the moment we came back to our land after winning the match. Now, a lot of people will notice Indian football,” one of the players told the news agency ANI.Here is how the fans welcomed the Indian team:center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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USC men’s basketball head coach Andy Enfield receives extension through 2023 season

first_imgMen’s basketball head coach Andy Enfield was granted a contract extension through 2023, Athletic Director Lynn Swann announced on Wednesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.In four years, Enfield has revived the Trojans basketball program from dead last in the Pac-12 to a NCAA Tournament contender winning more games each and every season. The 47 wins in the last two seasons mark the most in any two-year stretch in program history. In 2016-2017, USC started 14-0, its best start since the 1971 season, and finished with a program record 26 wins, including two victories in the NCAA Tournament.“With Andy Enfield as our head coach, we have built consistency and stability in our men’s basketball program,” Swann said. “Extending Andy’s contract will allow that consistency and stability to continue. The record-setting season we just had is proof that Andy has established the USC program as an annual contender on the national level.”The team continued to succeed under Enfield this season, battling against mid-season injuries and cross-country doubters to clinch a spot in the play-in game for the No. 11 seed in the NCAA tournament. After storming back in a redemption matchup against Providence, Enfield led his Trojans to upset No. 6-seeded SMU.The team’s time in the big dance ended with a 4-point loss to Baylor, a No. 3 seed expected to walk over USC on their way to the Sweet Sixteen and beyond. This year’s performance was a massive improvement, giving the team its second consecutive tournament berth after only a single NCAA appearance over the four years of Enfield’s predecessor, Kevin O’Neill.And the team’s run in the NCAA tournament turned heads across the country, earning Top 15 rankings in premature Top 25 predictions from USA Today, Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports.Katlyn Lee | Daily TrojanBefore coming to Los Angeles, Enfield coached at Florida Gulf Coast University, leading the program its first No. 15 seed in the 2013 NCAA Tournament. Under Enfield, the team went on to upset No. 2 seed Georgetown and No. 7 seed San Diego State, becoming the first No. 15 seed to reach the Sweet Sixteen.The run came to an end against No. 3 Florida, but Enfield’s success after such a short time with a young program made its mark in the national attention. His impact on the Trojans’ program has been similar in the last two years, but the six-year extension will help to give him the time he needs to cultivate a winning program that can compete in a Pac-12 that is consistently growing as a national powerhouse in basketball.Between sophomore forward Bennie Boatwright’s declaration for the NBA Draft and the possibility that fellow sophomore forward Chimezie Metu could follow, the team’s future isn’t entirely etched in stone. But the Trojans’ performance in his first two seasons has given Enfield and his team confidence as they look forward.“Our coaching staff is proud of our players’ development and accomplishments both in the classroom and on the court,” Enfield said. “With the core of veteran returnees and incoming talented freshmen, we are excited about the future of USC basketball.”last_img read more

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Mallard’s Team of the Week — KVR Gilnockie Ruttin Bucks

first_imgThe KVR Gilnockie Ruttin Bucks are back in the winner’s circle as Western Pond Hockey champs after posting a 27-16 win in the 2011 final Sunday in Rossland as part of the Winter Carnival. The Bucks, winners of the inaugural tournament in 2008, put a licking on the Top Shelf Construction team to to claim the title.Staff and management at Mallard’s Source For Sports would like to salute Ruttin Bucks with Team of the Week honours.The members of the team include, back row, L-R, Balfour’s Derek Diener, Peter Sheets of Trail and Aaron Shrieves of Nelson.Front, Dion Resicini and Shane Glover  of Castlegar and Nelson’s Jarod Seminoff.last_img read more

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Something Cannot Be Born from Nothing

first_imgExasperated by the lack of evidence for dark matter, some are now wondering if it came before the beginning.Cosmology continues living in unreality. It’s a strange time, when the lack of evidence for something is exceeded by scientists’ confidence that it must be there. They would rather live in confusion than in reality sometimes (26 July 2019).Unless one subscribes to the multiverse pseudoscience, the big bang is supposed to be the beginning of all matter, space, and time. It is for materialists, that is. The big bang, they believe, did not involve any mind or purpose. Nothing banged, and it became everything. It seems illogical to suggest that something else came before the first something even began to exist. Is that not what headlines are announcing today?Dark Matter May Have Existed Before the Big Bang, New Math Suggests (Space.com). If dark matter came from the big bang, one cosmologist groans, we should have detected it by now. So Tommi Tenkanen and others are wondering if they can push dark matter before the singularity, the origin of everything.Cracking the mystery of dark matter is one of the most frustrating quests of physics.One lingering suggestion of how to explain some of the challenges of dark matter is that the strange substance arose before the Big Bang. That moment represents the most popular explanation for how the universe began, in a snapshot singularity that expanded over billions of years into everything that surrounds us. And if dark matter did come first, that changes how scientists should hunt for the substance.Tenkanen and others like him come to this bizarre idea from particle physics and mathematical models. But if nothing existed before the big bang, then particle physics and mathematics did not exist, either. A child cannot give birth to its parents, especially when the parents don’t even exist.Dark matter may be older than the big bang, study suggests (Phys.org). This press release emanating from Johns Hopkins University is a replay of the previous article. It repeats the error that astronomers might know dark matter came first by the distribution of galaxies. But since those distributions are wedded to the theory of dark matter, the reasoning is groundless and circular.Fascinating New Study Claims Dark Matter May Be Older Than The Big Bang (Science Alert). Science reporters will regurgitate anything a “scientist” says, no matter how illogical or fact-free. Here is an example by Michelle Starr. She admits there’s no way of knowing, but as long as a “scientist” entertains a weird idea, it’s worth reporting. In fact, the more bizarre, the more the fun!At this stage we just have no way of knowing. As Harvard-Smithsonian theoretical physicist Avi Loeb said earlier this year, “the current situation for inflation is that it’s such a flexible idea, it cannot be falsified experimentally.” He was talking about whether or not cosmic inflation actually happened (also a matter of debate), but the statement works for the timing of the whoompf, too.…It’s all highly theoretical stuff, but it’s about as good a lead as any on the mysterious matter that’s playing a key role in shaping our Universe. It’ll be fascinating to see how the search for dark matter plays out in the coming decade.In search of signals from the early universe (Phys.org). This article is not about dark matter, but assumes it. Astronomers at the University of Pennsylvania are scouring the cosmic microwave background (CMB) again, evolutionary assumptions guiding the way. With their new toys, one project participant says, “we’re going to be looking at cool stuff, the evolution of the universe over cosmic time,” which he says will be “fun.”Dark energy vs. modified gravity: Which one will prevail? (Phys.org). There are a few astronomers willing to question the existence of dark energy, an equally-mysterious substance to dark matter. A researcher at the Polish Academy of Sciences is toying with the idea of modified gravity. Their project is called GalaxyDance.GalaxyDance will provide a new way to make cosmological tests of gravitational theories a reality. The final results, no matter which theory (dark energy or modified gravity) they favor, will have far-reaching and ground-breaking consequences for our understanding of the Universe on the largest scales.If our tests eventually provide a signature of new physics foreseen in beyond-GR [general relativity] theories, it will shake our current view and understanding of the large-scale evolution of the cosmos. If, on the other hand, our inquiry strengthens general relativity, it will mean that we need to look harder to explain the mystery of dark energy.How long will the belief in mysterious unknown stuff be considered scientific? Never underestimate the time on their hands for idle speculation. Science used to be against that.One article turned up in my Android phone’s News feed today, but the link dropped off the feed, and I can’t find it. It was by an astronomer trying to argue that dark matter is not a myth. He was very adamant that astronomers did not make it up. They have very good reasons for believing in it, he tried to explain, tossing in some abstruse math and big bang diagrams. But if you read such things with a critical eye, as I do, you find that the bluffing outperforms the evidence. All his reasons depended on the big bang theory. It was circular reasoning, and he couldn’t even see it. Basically, his theory needs dark matter, so therefore it exists, and it’s worth spending millions of dollars searching for it, even if we never find it and don’t know what to look for. Such people want to force everyone into their web of belief, equating the web of belief with science. They are not open to alternatives, and they cannot think outside the box. Beware of such people.(Visited 454 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Russell Westbrook, Thunder get back at Spurs

first_imgLOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Russell Westbrook had 24 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, and Paul George added 18 points and 11 rebounds for Oklahoma City, which bounced back from a 154-147 double-overtime loss to the Spurs on Thursday.Oklahoma City’s reserves scored 48 points to help snap a three-game losing streak. The Thunder had seven players score in double figures.Marco Belinelli scored 24 points and DeMar DeRozan added 18 points for the Spurs.LaMarcus Aldridge, who scored a career-high 56 points against the Thunder on Thursday, finished this one with 17.“They didn’t let me play,” Aldridge said. “They doubled me in every way. They came from the baseline, from the top. They made sure that the ball wasn’t in my hands. ”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte The Spurs had six turnovers in the third quarter and 14 overall. The Thunder had seven turnovers the entire game.PERFECT NADERThunder forward Abdel Nader, in his second year out of Iowa State, has provided a major boost off the bench lately. He scored 15 points on 6-for-6 shooting Saturday against the Spurs after scoring 10 points on 4-for-4 shooting Thursday against San Antonio.UP NEXTSpurs: Host the Charlotte Hornets on Monday.Thunder: Visit the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) drives to the basket past San Antonio Spurs forward Davis Bertans (42) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — Dennis Schroder broke out of his slump in a major way.The reserve point guard scored all of his 19 points in the second half to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the San Antonio Spurs 122-112 on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIEScenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion The Spurs led 60-51 at halftime behind 12 points from DeRozan and 11 from Belinelli.The Thunder fought back in the third quarter. George hit a 3-pointer to give the Thunder a 64-63 lead. Schroder’s layup at the third-quarter buzzer put the Thunder up 86-80. Oklahoma City outscored the Spurs 35-20 in the period.“Third quarter was a tough quarter,” Popovich said. “Put ourselves behind the 8-ball there. Played a great first half on the road after an emotional game. I was really happy with their effort and mental approach to the game.”Schroder’s layup gave the Thunder a 96-87 lead and caused San Antonio to call a timeout, but the onslaught continued. Schroder stole the ball, then bounced a pass between his legs and behind him to a trailing Westbrook, whose layup put the Thunder ahead 112-100 with about 5 minutes to play.TIP-INSSpurs: DeRozan was called for a technical in the third quarter. … The Spurs went 16 for 19 from 3-point range on Thursday, but 10 for 31 on Saturday. … The Spurs outrebounded the Thunder 52-47.Thunder: G Alex Abrines missed his seventh straight game for personal reasons. … Schroder was called for a technical in the third quarter. .. Announced before the game that they will be retiring Nick Collison’s No. 4 in March. Collison spent all of his 15 NBA seasons with the franchise.HE SAID ITSchroder, upon hearing that Thunder coach Billy Donovan said he plays better when he’s mad: “I need to learn to be angry like that every time.”STAT LINES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening June Mar Fajardo becomes first 5-time PBA MVP Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Schroder entered the night shooting just 32 percent from the field in 2019 and averaging just 10.4 points, dropping his overall average to just over 15 per game. He went 0 for 4 from the field in the first half before going 8 for 13 after the break.“I just stayed aggressive,” he said. “I had a tough stretch of games. My teammates kept giving me confidence. You know, ‘Keep shooting, keep doing you.’ I think I did that tonight in the second half.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsEven Spurs coach Gregg Popovich couldn’t find an answer.“Schroder just sliced us and diced us, did a great job getting to the rim, scoring,” he said. “Defense let us down a little bit.” View commentslast_img read more

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