Prisoner re-arrested and sentenced on burglary charge

first_imgFacebook Print WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsPrisoner re-arrested and sentenced on burglary chargeBy admin – February 22, 2012 2147 Previous articleLocal barrister wants pride back in FFNext article‘Predator’ jailed for defiling teenage girl admin Linkedincenter_img Email Advertisement ONE of two young men that slipped their handcuffs at the gates of Limerick Prison while in garda custody, was last week found sitting at the back of Limerick Circuit Court waiting for his case to be called two days after his daring escape. 18-year-old Christopher Curtin, with an address at Salvia Court, took refuge at the back of the Circuit Court minutes before the lunchtime adjournment when gardai spotted him and alerted the warrant squad to arrest him. Curtin, wearing a hoody and sunglasses, having taken a seat in the gallery next to family members, was arrested and removed from the court and brought under garda escort back to prison where he had been on remand in connection with another matter.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up He had returned to court for sentencing in connection with breaking into a pub in county Limerick last year.Moments later when his case was called, Pat Whims, defence counsel, addressed the court to say that his client was present up to a few minutes beforehand.“In fact, he was arrested within the courtroom in the last five minutes but the prison officers are making arrangements to have him brought back in the afternoon”.Curtin and his accomplice made their daring escape from the gates of the prison last week, and the second man remains at large.Mr Whims said that his client returned to court knowing that he was going to be arrested and added that between the court and the prison last Wednesday, his client “absconded from custody”.Later that afternoon, Curtin was returned to the Circuit Court and in the matter for sentencing before the court, Judge Carroll Moran heard that the accused and two accomplices broke into Herbert’s Pub at Sallymount, Castleconnell, Co Limerick, shortly after midnight on May 5, 2011.The court previously heard that solicitor and publican Turlough Herbert, along with his sister, were confronted by the burglars in the residential part of the premises.Mr Herbert suffered a bite to the hand after the burglars, armed with a scissors and a knife, became involved in a struggle.Curtin, the court was told, ran from the premises having jumped through an open window after being confronted by the owners.A probation report had been furnished to the court and it was said to have contained “mixed findings” .Judge Carroll Moran sentenced the accused to two years in prison for his part in the burglary. Twitterlast_img read more

Bone may have come from cemetery after floods

first_imgLimerick gardai now believe the bone may have washed up on shore after the extensive flooding in Clonlara earlier this yearA HUMAN shin bone found on the banks of the River Shannon last week could have been washed up from a nearby cemetery after extensive flooding the earlier this year.The discovery was made last Thursday at Doonass in Clonlara and Gardai from the Limerick Division at Ardnacrusha were immediately called to the scene.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Technical examinations were carried out at the site which was sealed off for a period of time as the area was extensively photographed.The State Pathologist’s office was notified and an anthropologist carried out preliminary examinations. The bone was subsequently sent to the State laboratories and results of testing will not be known for a number of weeks.Gardai confirmed that their investigations are continuing but Superintendent Derek Smart from Henry Street Garda Station said that the bone may have been displaced from a nearby cemetery as a result of the extensive flooding in the Clonlara area.Anyone with information should contact Ardnacrusha or Henry Street Garda stations. WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Print TAGSboneClonlaraGardaílimerick Previous articleLimerick grandfather tells court of death threatNext articleTV – Something for the weekend – Live Sport Staff Reporter Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Linkedin Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Twitter Advertisementcenter_img Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live NewsBone may have come from cemetery after floodsBy Staff Reporter – September 29, 2016 847 Facebook WhatsApp Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

Rising Role of Renewables and Gas Setting the Pace for Rapid Change in Global Energy Markets

first_imgRising Role of Renewables and Gas Setting the Pace for Rapid Change in Global Energy Markets FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享New York Times:LONDON — From the rise of renewable power to the transformation of the United States into a heavyweight producer of oil and gas, the global energy market, normally slow to evolve, is going through major upheaval.That is the assessment of Fatih Birol, the executive director of the International Energy Agency, the organization based in Paris that is publishing its annual World Energy Outlook on Tuesday.The report does not make for easy bedtime reading: It is 763 pages long and stuffed with data-laden charts and tables.Still, the document tries to project current trends as far out as 2040, and sees an industry at the nexus of various powerful trends.The United States, for instance, has shifted from being an energy-dependent importer to a new role as one of the world’s biggest producers of oil and gas, the report says. But concerns about greenhouse-gas emissions have clouded the future of fossil fuels. That has encouraged the development of alternatives like solar and wind power, which increasingly compete with traditional energy sources.Here are some of the most important themes to be found in the report.‘Energy Renaissance’Energy production in the United States will continue to shake up the global oil and natural gas markets, and benefit the country’s economy.By the 2030s, largely because of production from shale-rock formations, the United States is expected to produce more than 30 million barrels of oil and gas a day, the report says. That is 50 percent more than any other country has ever produced in a single year.That is a sharp shift from the country’s position just a decade ago, when it was a major importer of oil.The shale industry has gone through a “trial by fire” in recent years, the report says, referring to a sharp falloff in the price of oil from more than $100 a barrel to as low as around $30 a barrel. It is now above $60 a barrel.That has transformed the shale sector, and it is “leaner and hungrier” than it was before the price crash, the report says. As a result, it is better able to quickly react to any sign of higher prices. That is crucial, as the OPEC oil cartel tries to manage its production levels to bolster prices.The Coming Gas Shake-UpChanges in how gas is transported and traded are having a major effect, on the energy industry and the environment.As the United States increases its gas production — it is now on track to surpass traditional giants like Qatar and Russia and become the world’s largest exporter of liquefied natural gas, or L.N.G. — it is also exporting what the report calls a disruptive “mind-set about how gas markets should operate.”Gas has historically been sold through long-term contracts pegged to oil prices. That has particularly been the case in Asia, the key market for L.N.G., which is expected to eventually dominate the international gas trade.But as the United States becomes a bigger force in gas markets, it is also helping to break down the existing system. Over time, the report forecasts that gas will be traded more widely and freely, potentially pushing down prices and making it more attractive to developing countries like India and China.Greater use of gas could bring major environmental benefits. When burned, it produces less of the carbon emissions associated with climate change than coal, and lower levels of other pollutants. Mr. Birol said, for instance, said that the decision by power plants in United States to switch from burning coal to gas was largely responsible for holding global emissions roughly steady in recent years (although they appear poised to rise this year).There is still work to be done, the report says. The gas industry needs to address emissions of methane that undermine that type of fuel’s environmental claims. “Natural gas is a viable exit ramp off of fossil fuels only if it cleans up its methane pollution, which now seriously undercuts its claimed climate advantages,” said Fred Krupp, president of the Environmental Defense Fund, an American environmental group.Gains for RenewablesOne factor that may hamper the growth of gas: rapidly falling costs of renewable sources of energy like wind and solar installations.The average cost of electricity generated over the life of a solar power plant declined by a stunning 70 percent from 2010 to 2016, according to the agency’s report. Wind costs declined by 25 percent in that period.The report forecasts that these technologies will only become less expensive over the next 25 years, squeezing fossil fuels, which are widely used to generate electric power.Already, power from new wind installations in India and China is cheaper than new gas-fired power plants. A similar situation is developing with solar power, the report says.Still, fossil fuels will not vanish anytime soon. It is much more difficult to reduce the use of coal, gas and oil in sectors like transportation and industry than it is in power generation, and the share of fossil fuels used to meet overall energy demand will be 75 percent in 2040, compared with 81 percent last year, according to the agency’s main scenario.And, the report adds, greenhouse gas levels still appear to be climbing above the threshold required to meet international goals like those established in the 2015 Paris climate accords.China’s Outsize RoleBecause of China’s scale as a consumer of energy, the choices that the country makes will be felt globally, the report says.China could overtake the United States as the world’s largest consumer of oil as soon as 2030. Of all the new solar and wind power installations to be added through 2040, a third could be in China. In that period, the country could also end up with 320 million electric vehicles, more than a third of the global total.“China’s choices,” the report says, “will play a huge role in determining global trends, and could spark a faster clean energy transition.”More: “America’s ‘Renaissance’ to Gains for Renewables: Global Energy Trends”last_img read more