FAMILY OF TRAGIC TEACHER ASK CORONER NOT TO RECORD DEATH AS ‘ACCIDENT’

first_imgThe family of a teacher killed by a man who had downed six pints of beer before driving has asked a coroner not to say her death was as a result of a road accident.Marie O’Donnell died in the crashMarie O’Donnell, 51, was killed instantly when a car crashed head-on into her when she was returning home from a wedding anniversary party in Termon. The driver, Damien McGeehan, had drunk six pints of beer and had a row with his girlfriend before getting behind the wheel on August 11th, 2010.The inquest into mother-of-two Mrs O’Donnell’s death heard McGeehan had crossed over to the wrong side of the road and smashed head-on into his victim’s Nissan Micra car just outside the village of Milford.McGeehan, 20, from Loughanure, was jailed for five years for dangerous driving causing the death of Mrs O’Donnell who taught at Drumfad National School, Kerrykeel.After hearing the evidence of yesterday’s case, coroner John Canon, instructed the ten women jury to find that Mrs O’Donnell’s death was as a result of injuries sustained in a road traffic accident.However solicitor for the O’Donnell family from Knockbrack, Kerrykeel, Niall Sheridan, said he would prefer if the word accident was not used because this was no accident.Much-loved teacher Marie O’Donnell“An accident gives the impression that this was an unavoidable occurrence but this was not such an event,” he said.McGeehan had pleaded guilty at Letterkenny Circuit Court of having no insurance, no driving license, driving unaccompanied, driving dangerously and driving with two bald tyres.The dead woman’s husband John said his wife had volunteered to take her car so he could have some drinks.Mr O’Donnell leaving courtMr O’Donnell told the court he fell asleep as they left the function at The Lagoon, Termon and the next thing he remembers was waking up in hospital.Simone Duggan, the former girlfriend of McGeehan, said she had tried to hide the car keys of his car but he had found them.He had only driven about 800 yards outside the village of Milford on the Kilmacrennan Road when the smash occurred.Mr O’Donnell, who also suffered multiple injuries, had previously told the court that his wife was the centre of their world and could not describe his loneliness and the impact her death had had on the couple’s two sons George and Jonathon.“Marie was a beautiful person with a heart of gold. And her loss is not isolated to me.“Our sons George and Jonathon. Can you imagine the pain of their loss – never being able to speak to their mum again,” he said.Simone DugganCoroner John Canon said Mrs O’Donnell had not deserved to be in an accident as she had taken all the relevant precautions including not drinking, driving below the speed limit and wearing her seat belt.He found in accordance with the jury that Mrs O’Donnell had died as a result of injuries sustained in a road traffic collision.FAMILY OF TRAGIC TEACHER ASK CORONER NOT TO RECORD DEATH AS ‘ACCIDENT’ was last modified: September 13th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Damian McGeehanFanadfatal car crashinquestJohn O’DonnellKERRYKEELletterkennySimone Dugganteacher Marie O’Donnelllast_img read more

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Leicester v Chelsea line-ups: Bakayoko starts, Hazard and new signings on bench, Foxes duo miss out

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesTiemoue Bakayoko was included in the Chelsea midfield alongside Cesc Fabregas and N’Golo Kante, meaning Willian was left on the bench.Fit-again playmaker Eden Hazard was included among the substitutes as expected, while both new signings Danny Drinkwater and Davide Zappacosta were also on the bench.Leicester striker Islam Slimani starts in place of Shinji Okazai, while £25m transfer window signing Kelechi Iheanacho is a substitute following a toe problem.But former Chelsea defender Robert Huth and Vicente Iborra are not included in the matchday squad despite returning to training after injury.Leicester: Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Maguire, Fuchs, Mahrez, Ndidi, James, Albrighton, Slimani, Vardy.Subs: Hamer, Chilwell, Amartey, King, Gray, Ulloa, Iheanacho.Chelsea: Courtois, Azpilicueta, Luiz, Rudiger; Moses, Bakayoko, Kante, Alonso; Fabregas, Morata, Pedro.Subs: Caballero, Zappacosta, Christensen, Drinkwater, Willian, Hazard, Batshuayi. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Four local football teams begin NCS playoff campaign on home turf this weekend

first_imgEureka >> The rain has arrived on the North Coast this week, and the same can be said when it comes to the start of the North Coast Section football playoffs.Four out of the five local teams involved in postseason play this year will not only be in action this weekend, but all four of them will be playing within Humboldt County lines. Both Fortuna and Arcata host first-round games tonight, while Big 5 champion Eureka and Ferndale will open things up at Albee Stadium and Coach Carlson Wildcat …last_img

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Report: Las Vegas casino sues Sharks’ Evander Kane for unpaid gambling debts

first_imgSAN JOSE — Evander Kane is reportedly being sued by a Las Vegas hotel for unpaid gambling markers he took out in April when the Sharks were in the city playing the Vegas Golden Knights in the first round of the NHL playoffs.The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Tuesday that The Cosmopolitan Hotel filed a lawsuit in Clark County District Court on Monday, alleging that Kane has not paid back $500,000 in markers the casino extended to him this spring.According to the Review-Journal,  the court …last_img

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Energized Dust Bunnies Make Planets?

first_img(Visited 226 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Get a charge out of this new theory: planets were built by statically-charged dust bunnies. Is that all it takes?In secular theory, going way back to Laplace’s nebular hypothesis and its offspring, planets came into being out of orbiting dust around stars. It sounds natural until you look at the details. Planetary scientists have long known about the “bouncing barrier” to planet growth. Previous experiments have shown that at about one millimeter size, dust grains stop accreting and bounce off each other – even at low collision speeds of a few millimeters per second. They’ll never get planets at that rate, until they overcome the bouncing barrier.Now, scientists at Rutgers University feel they have a solution: static electricity. “We may have overcome a fundamental obstacle in understanding how planets form,” says the lead author, Troy Shinbrot, an engineer (not an astronomer).The study, published in the journal Nature Physics, found that particles under microgravity – similar to conditions believed to be in interplanetary space – develop strong electrical charges spontaneously and stick together, forming large aggregates. Remarkably, although like charges repel, like-charged aggregates form nevertheless, apparently because the charges are so strong that they polarize one another and therefore act like magnets.If you’ve seen the small magnetic balls that stick into strings of beads, that’s the basic idea. Each magnetic ball develops a north and south pole. Similarly, charged dust grains appear to become polar, with positive charges on one side and negative charges on the other.Using a device called a Bremen drop tower, the engineers charged glass microspheres and watched how they behaved with an electron microscope. Clumps of spheres several centimeters in size formed spontaneously, but discharged and disintegrated when they struck the walls of the device. They repeated the experiment with basalt microspheres and found that they charged an order of magnitude more strongly than the glass spheres. Charged dust clumps appear to orbit each other until they collide; some break up, and some stick to each other. The photo in the press release shows long strings of glass beads that formed in the apparatus.The method required vibrating the particles first to get them charged up. Would that have happened in a dust disk? They believe that collisions would have charged some dust particles—but that also could cause them to erode. Other charging mechanisms, they speculate, could include short-term radionuclides in the dust, or cosmic rays. Interstellar radiation, however, they calculate would be two orders of magnitude weaker at charging the dust.Drawbacks and LimitationsTheir theory only applies to inner planets within 1 AU (astronomical unit, the earth-sun distance).They did not get any clumps to grow to the needed size of centimeters to decimeters. They extrapolated what they think might happen.Planetesimals require accretion up to kilometer size.Centimeter-sized clumps will only accrete further if a “streaming instability” occurs.Collision speeds above a few meters per second tend to destroy the clumps.The time particles remain charged must exceed the time of discharge.Charges can attract, but also repel.Colliding strings of polar dust particles could discharge each other and subject them to disintegrating forces.No planets were formed.In order to believe that this experimental setup has anything to do with planetary origins, they realize that they have to invest in futureware.Thus, it is apparently possible for collisional charging to transform bouncing millimetre-sized grains into growing centimetre-sized aggregates. Whether this occurs depends on the relative rates of material charging versus discharging, and particle collisions versus dispersal. It is evident that unravelling the details of relations between charging and aggregation in protoplanetary disks will require considerable additional study.A huge gap remains, therefore, between this experiment and a credible theory of planetary origins. Without sufficient gravitational force to draw the ‘building blocks of planets’ together, the Second Law of Thermodynamics, most certainly, will predominate.Earth is a shining jewel in the blackness of space, ideally suited for life. Photo: Earthrise from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, December 2015An interesting admission in their paper reveals their worldview. “To account for the simple fact that asteroids and planets do exist, several possible mechanisms have been investigated for growth beyond the millimetre scale.” They put blinders on their eyes, just like the Darwinian biologists do. “It exists, therefore it evolved.” Non-materialist positions need not even be considered! If Earth were created by design, secular scientists, with their blind-men-and-the-elephant philosophy, would never be able to find that out, even if you handed them Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”Planetary Science: the myth that dust bunnies turn into real bunnies, given billions of years.It’s one thing to critique a secular theory, which we do at CEH, taking it at face value and evaluating its merits for empirical support and logical plausibility. But complete evaluation must include the worldview behind the theory. These scientists undoubtedly feel they are doing “science” which is opposite “faith.” But really, everybody has faith. Theists have faith in intelligent design. Materialists have faith in the Stuff Happens Law, where charged dust bunnies are “certainly possible” and might lead to real bunnies. They need to believe that everything from the universe, stars, planets, life, and minds all happened by accident. Which worldview requires more faith?So materialists chug along in their labs, using created brains and minds, standing on a planet perfectly designed for human life, thinking “stuff happens.” No eyes are so blind as the ones that will not see.Time to watch The Privileged Planet again.Previous articles on the “bouncing barrier” and other problems with planet accretion include:2018 June 28: Planet Origin Theories Contradict Physics2017 14 Sept: Miracles in Solar System Origin Theories2016 25 Oct: Solar System Theories Challenged2015 24 Aug: Planet Recipe Cooked Up2015 Aug 15: Planets Defy Bottom-Up Assembly2014 July 5: Start Over: The Evolution of Planets Is All Wrong2014 May 4: Every Planet Surprises Secular Astronomers, III: Formation Theories2007 Dec 5: Is Making Planets Child’s Play?2004 Feb 3: Accretion: The Missing Link in Planetary Evolutionlast_img read more

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SA determined to stay bird flu free

first_img21 October 2005South Africa is internationally recognised as being free from avian influenza and has strict measures in place to maintain that status, the Department of Agriculture said in a statement on Friday following the recent outbreak of bird flu in Thailand.According to the department, South Africa monitors international developments closely and imports live poultry only from countries that have been avian influenza free for the preceding six months.If there is any uncertainty, the country is regarded as infected until proven otherwise.Departmental spokesperson Steve Galane said all imported live birds were tested at origin, quarantined and retested in South Africa.Importation of poultry meat was only allowed from approved processing establishments, he added. Other poultry products such as feathers were only allowed to be imported if treated to inactivate the virus.Other species suspected of being susceptible to avian influenza, such as cats and pigs, are also tested upon importat, although they are regarded as unlikely to pose any risk.The department says it has an extensive surveillance programme in place for all domestic ostriches, commercial and non-commercial chickens to ensure that any possible introduction of the virus into the country is detected without delay.Migrating shore birds are now also monitored to determine if they carry any avian influenza viruses.The Department of Agriculture has a comprehensive contingency plan in place, coordinated with the Department of Health, to deal with any outbreak should it occur, Galane said.Strict bio-security measures are in place on all chicken farms and there is meat inspection at abattoirs to ensure that only healthy chickens are slaughtered for human consumption.South Africa declared itself free from avian influenza on 13 September 2005, a move accepted by the European Union and the International Animal Health Organisation in Paris.This followed an extensive culling operation in which a total of 26 454 ostriches were destroyed as a result of an outbreak of H5N2 notifiable avian influenza in the Eastern Cape in 2004.A countrywide survey was conducted to determine the extent of the outbreak, with a number of positive ostrich farms detected in the Western Cape, although no sick ostriches were seen. Controlled slaughter was carried out in this case.No chickens, either commercial or non-commercial, have ever tested positive for avian influenza in South Africa.Another countrywide survey of domesticated ostriches and commercial and non-commercial chickens, carried out earlier this year, found that there was no bird flu circulating in the country.This made South Africa one of few countries in the world to have successfully contained an outbreak of the virus, Galane said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Stink bug damage in soybeans

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt Hutcheson, Seed Consultants, Inc.Stink bug damage is becoming a greater concern in Eastern Corn Belt soybean fields, especially with the presence of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB), a species that has moved into our sales footprint in recent years. While other stink bugs cause damage, the BMSB is of special concern because it is an invasive species from Asia that was introduced into the United States within the last 20 years.First discovered in Pennsylvania in 2001, the BMSB has continued to move west. Over the last few years, university experts and company agronomists have heard more reports of stink bug damage to soybeans. Growers scouting their soybean fields around harvest time may have seen some pods that were shriveled and/or soybean seed that was very small or appeared to be missing.This damage may have been a result of stink bug feeding. Stink bugs prefer to feed on reproductive tissues, they have piercing mouthparts that allow them to feed on soybean seed in the pods of plants. As the presence of the BMSB grows, this damage may become more common in parts of the Eastern Corn Belt. For more information on the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug check out these Ohio State resources.last_img read more

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