Former weapons instructor jailed for threatening children with gun

first_imgDenis O’Keeffe, Ballynanty Road was jailed for two yearsA RETIRED army weapons instructor who drew a revolver at two children because he “lost the rag”, has been jailed for two years at Limerick Circuit Court.Denis O’Keeffe, (54), with an address at Ballynanty Road, pleaded guilty to possessing a Webley revolver in suspicious circumstances on November 3, 2015.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The former soldier served with distinction on UN peace keeping missions in the Lebanon and Israel.When he was arrested and interviewed, he told Gardaí that when he produced the gun, the two children who were aged ten and twelve and “acting like bold little c***s”, ran off fearing for their lives.Det Garda Fergal Hanrahan said that he went to Mr O’Keeffe’s home after he received a report about the incident near a take-away on the Northside of the city.He found the defendant drunk and lying on the couch. Although the gun could be used, it was rusty and in poor condition.During interview, the 54-year-old said that as a retired firearms instructor in the army, he said dealing with guns was like cleaning his face.Mr O’Keeffe gave various accounts why he had the gun these included excuses of having it for his own protection; having it in memory of his son who owned it and had died some months previously; that he got it to repair.He also claimed that he brought it with him to the take-away for his own protection and kept it as a deterrent.When the two boys got smart with him, he pulled out the gun.“I lost my cool. Nobody was shot and nobody was going to get shot,” he said.Det Garda Hanrahan said their only concern was to find out why O’Keeffe had the gun.Defence Counsel Brian McInerney BL, said the gun was a rusty piece of metal and of World War One vintage.Refusing to debate the “historical nature of the gun, Judge Tom O’Donnell said “a gun is a gun, is a gun. Whether it goes back to the Siege of Limerick in 1691 and is a musket.“It was a working firearm and I must say I found his explanations puzzling,” he added.After reviewing the file, the Director of Public Prosecutions said that the offence was in the mid range of sentencing and that a prison term of between seven and ten years would be appropriate.Imposing a four year sentence, with the final two years suspended, Judge O’Donnell said that Mr O’Keefe had been described as a Walter Mitty type character and had lost a son in tragic circumstances. Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Linkedin Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live NewsFormer weapons instructor jailed for threatening children with gunBy Staff Reporter – June 28, 2017 1622 WhatsApp Print Previous articleSuper Sharp Shooters: Wardance crew celebrate three years and a Subtle Audio releaseNext article‘Forgiveness’ will be key to Keary’s mayoralty Staff Reporter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Denis O’Keeffe, Ballynanty Road was jailed for two years Advertisement Facebook TAGSarmyDenis O’Keefelimerickweapons instructor Twitterlast_img read more

Union under fire for hosting anti-LGBTQ+ speakers either side of Oxford Pride

first_img“On behalf of all the LGBT Chechnyan people who will not have an opportunity to ask a question because they’re voiceless, I’d like ask you why nobody who’s perpetrated these crimes or has condoned them has been brought to justice, or faced any sort of criminal action, and also I’d like to ask you when the LGBTQ+ community in Russian will have their rights not only has citizens but as human beings.”His speech was met with an extended round of applause.The ambassador replied: “That is exactly what we’ve discussed with Elton John. He had a conversation with President Putin about this before. And later on, there were a lot of publications in Britain about the gay rights, and all this. By the way I have a lot of friends who are gays [sic]. I have no problem with that.”He added: “If you live in Russia and you are gay, or in the so-called minority communities, you have all the rights the same as the others.”Another student asked Yakovenko if he agreed with claims made by Chechnya’s leader that the region does not have any gay people.“Well, I don’t know,” Yakovenko said. “It’s difficult to say if there are any gay people in Chechnya.”He added: “Probably the numbers of gays, [sic] they are not as high as in Europe. That’s why it’s a different issue”, before claiming nobody had complained about the treatment of gay minorities.The Union president, Gui Cavalcanti, asked him if people were too afraid to speak out.“No, no, no. Nobody’s afraid. We have so many gays [sic] for example if you go to Moscow. You have the gay sport, it’s just a normal way of life. Angered students confronted the Russian ambassador to the UK on Tuesday, as the Oxford Union faced criticism for hosting both “a stooge of the homophobic Putin regime” as well as “an abhorrent transphobe” either side of Oxford Pride.On Tuesday, Alexander Yakovenko was forced to defend Russia’s record on LGBTQ+ rights, as students questioned him on the Russian state’s reported torture of gay men in Chechnya.The ambassador provoked widespread criticism when he denied there was an issue, claiming: “It’s difficult to say if there are any gay people in Chechnya”.Meanwhile, Germaine Greer – who has previously said transgender women “can’t be women”, and who provoked protests the when she spoke in Oxford in 2015 – will speak at the society next week.A Union spokesperson told Cherwell that it was “unfortunate that many have found the invitation of the Russian Ambassador ‘hugely insensitive’”.During his speech, Russian ambassador Yakovenko spoke of his national pride, showing a four minute film displaying some of the highlights of the country – complete with orchestral soundtrack and English voiceover – and ending with a Russia-themed quiz. Russia goodie bags were awarded to the winners, and to Union president Gui Cavalcanti.However, when the question and answer session began, he was confronted by several members over Russia’s treatment of LGBTQ+ communities in Chechnya, where authorities have reportedly round up and tortured more than 100 gay men. The Kremlin has denied the allegations.Keir Mather, a History and Politics student at Wadham, said: “Ambassador, I’m a gay man. And if I lived in Chechnya over the last year I would have run the risk of being imprisoned, and tortured, and possibly killed by either my family or the state. “It’s not something that’s a real problem in my country.”After the event, Mather wrote on Facebook: “Just had the chance to take the Russian Ambassador to the UK to task over the purge of gay people in Chechnya, asking him why no one who perpetrated or condoned these actions has been held responsible and when the LGBT+ community in Russia will have equal rights as citizens and human beings.“His response was beyond appalling. I’m still sat in the chamber and am fucking shook.”He added: “The lies, obfuscation, and complete lack of moral dignity displayed here tonight is appalling, but not surprising. The fact he’s been hosted during the same week as Oxford Pride is ridiculous.”Mather told Cherwell: “Ambassador Yakavenko’s visit to the Union was a farce. Instead of holding him and the government he represents to account, there were propaganda videos, quizzes, and goodie-bags. The Union justifies inviting controversial speakers like Ambassador Yakavenko by claiming that once there they will face scrutiny.“The events that took place showed they had little desire to hold Ambassador Yakavenko or the government he represents to account for their abhorrent human rights abuses.”“The Union’s decision to host the representative of one of the most repressive and homophobic states in the world on the same week as Oxford Pride is hugely insensitive.“To make matters worse, they are hosting Germaine Greer the week after Pride, an individual who has made dehumanising and downright dangerous comments about transgender women, and their rights as human beings.“If the Union prioritised making its events welcoming to LGBT+ members, they could have used the time either side of Pride week as an opportunity to have positive and meaningful discussions about LGBT+ issues, with LGBT+ people. Instead, they have chosen to invite a stooge of the homophobic Putin regime, and an abhorrent transphobe, putting headlines and hype above LGBT+ members.”A Union spokesperson told Cherwell: “Regarding the timings and dates for our speaker events, we are usually restricted by our guest speakers’ availability in trying to find a mutually suitable date, given their incredibly busy schedule. It is unfortunate that many have found the invitation of the Russian Ambassador ‘hugely insensitive’.“The Oxford Union did not extend an invitation to Germaine Greer. To clarify, Greer is participating in a televised event with the Al Jazeera Media Network, on their program ‘Head to Head with Mehdi Hasan’. This is a private hire, ticketed event which is open to all students, not just Union members. We are helping in the publicity of the event, as well as Dambisa Moyo’s on the 12th June, as it falls during term time.”last_img read more

Drake Salutes The Grateful Dead In New Song

first_imgLate Saturday night, Drake unexpectedly dropped a 22-track “playlist” called More Life, with guest appearances from Kanye West, 2 Chainz, Young Thug, and so many more. In the More Life tune “Lose You,” the one-time Degrassi actor-turned-chart-topping-rapper includes a line that shouts out Grateful Dead members Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, and Mickey Hart!Give the track a spin, and listen closely for the “grateful” name drop:I’m just takin’ what God will give me Grateful like Jerry, Bob and Mickey Better attitude, we’ll see where it gets meHearing Grateful Dead references in pop culture is generally exciting. Whether or not Drake chose that line (or even wrote it) for reasons beyond a perfect rhyme, we’re still happy to see that artists outside the jam band scene are turning on their love lights. From the Haight to the Six, the music never stops. Check it out:last_img read more

The next big thing – CUFX promotes faster, lower-cost tech advances

first_imgThe credit union movement is built on a foundation of collaboration that dates back more than 100 years. And, that cooperative spirit is more important today than ever.Why? One of the industry’s biggest challenges is keeping abreast of the race for new technology, where advances in the financial services marketplace seem to take place daily. Fueled by the innovation of fintech firms and coupled with the need to satisfy the demands of the modern consumer, technology is becoming all important to member service. Credit unions must keep up.In 2012, the Credit Union National Association, Madison, Wis., established the Credit Union Financial Exchange (CUFX) to create a cooperative structure through which credit unions, credit union service organizations and credit union vendors could share existing and new technologies via an open architecture integration standard that would be available to the industry without cost.According to the CUFX website, the group leverages credit union, core and vendor collaboration to develop and maintain an integration standard that – when adopted by credit unions and vendors – will simplify the process of connecting various best-of-breed solutions with whatever core transaction system a particular credit union may be running. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

South Korea raises H5N1 culling target to 5.3 million

first_imgApr 21, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – To stem quickly spreading H5N1 avian influenza outbreaks that have hit South Korea over the past few weeks, agriculture ministry officials said today as many as 5.32 million birds would be culled, the largest such operation in the country’s history of battling the disease.Jin Pil-sik, an agriculture ministry official, said 4.85 million birds have already been slaughtered, according to a report today from the Associated Press (AP). By tomorrow, another 477,000 birds will be culled near the latest outbreak site in North Jeolla province, Lee Sung-jae, a provincial quarantine official, told the AP.In early April the H5N1 virus returned to South Korea after about a year with no reported outbreaks. The virus first hit an egg producer in Gimje in North Jeolla province and quickly spread to several more farms, mostly in the southwestern part of the country.South Korea’s agriculture ministry said the H5 strain has been confirmed at 26 farms, but did not say how many were the H5N1 subtype, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today. As of Apr 15, the date of the country’s last update on the outbreaks to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), South Korea had reported 11 outbreaks, though it was not clear if the subtype had been confirmed for all of them.In other developments, officials today announced the launch of an 11-day operation to test birds at duck farms across the country, AFP reported. Kim Chang Sup, an agriculture ministry official, told AFP that the testing program will include all 80 breeding duck farms and a selection of other representative sites across the nation.Also, quarantine authorities have been culling poultry at 141 restaurants or farms that were visited by a dealer who reportedly took hundreds of ducks from an infected farm in Gimje, according to the AFP report.South Korea has never reported any human H5N1 cases or deaths, but in September 2006 health officials said five workers who helped cull poultry during outbreaks in 2003 had antibodies to the H5N1 virus but had never had symptoms. The 2006 report brought the total number of South Korean poultry workers who tested positive for H5N1 antibodies to nine. Tests on the workers’ samples were done at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.See also:Sep 21, 2006, CIDRAP news story “Five Koreans had H5N1 virus but no illness”Apr 15 OIE report on South Korea’s H5N1 outbreakslast_img read more

Casumo secures live partnership with SSE Arena Wembley

first_img Share Submit StumbleUpon Casumo expands into the UK with sportsbook launch January 6, 2020 Gamification focused online casino Casumo has announced that it has signed a three-year brand partnership with the SSE Arena Wembley (London).Seeking to expand its brand profile within the UK gaming market, Casumo marketing has agreed with venue operator AEG Global to become a key sponsor the SSE Arena.The popular London entertainment venue has approximately 700,000 visitors each years for music, comedy and TV live performances. The SSE Arena Wembley is also the host Venue of ITV’s X Factor live TV Show.Casumo will have a presence on internal and external screens at the venue and will develop activations to engage fans at selected events over the three-year period. There will also be opportunities to reach venue fans through social media channels.At the launch of the partnership, Nathan Kosky, Vice President, AEG Global Partnerships said: “Casumo’s products are designed to create stand-out moments and this is what fans at The SSE Arena, Wembley have been enjoying for over 70 years.”“The partnership will give Casumo access to some of the most engaged fans in the country and we’re very excited to be partnering with a brand who shares our ethos of creating unforgettable experiences.”Greg Tatton-Brown UK Market Manager for Casumo commented on the live partnership “At Casumo we quickly understood that it is not only about having great casino games, but also about the environment in which those are played. Our product is designed to optimise for happiness, create thrilling moments and make people smile – similar to the experience that The SSE Arena, Wembley delivers” Casumo enters Danish market with five year licence April 30, 2019 Share Related Articles Winning Post: Industry heading towards more Euro uncertainties April 15, 2019last_img read more

Eight Days of Razor Clam Digging Starts April 17

first_imgFacebook210Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)  Razor clam diggers can return to coastal beaches starting Friday, April 17, state shellfish managers announced today.The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the digs after marine toxin tests showed the clams on those beaches are safe to eat. All of the digs are scheduled on morning tides. No digging will be allowed on any beach after noon.Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, noted that the upcoming dig coincides with the Long Beach Razor Clam Festival, scheduled April 18-19 in Long Beach. Festival events range from free clam-digging lessons to a fritter cook-off. More information is available at state law, diggers are required to keep the first 15 clams they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.The upcoming dig is scheduled on the following dates, beaches, and low tides:April 17, Friday, 6:03 a.m.; -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksApril 18, Saturday, 6:52 a.m.; -0.9 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, CopalisApril 19, Sunday, 7:39 a.m.; -1.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, CopalisApril 20, Monday, 8:25 a.m.; -1.5 feet; Long Beach, Twin HarborsApril 21, Tuesday, 9:11 a.m.; -1.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin HarborsApril 22, Wednesday, 9:57 a.m.; -0.9 feet; Long Beach, Twin HarborsApril 23, Thursday, 10:46 a.m.; -0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin HarborsApril 24, Friday, 11:38 a.m.; 0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin HarborsWDFW has also proposed additional digs in May, pending the results of future marine toxin tests. Tentative dates for those digs are posted on the department’s website.All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2015-16 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website and from license vendors around the state.During all upcoming digs, state wildlife managers urge clam diggers to avoid disturbing snowy plovers and streaked horned larks. Both species nest in the soft, dry sand at Leadbetter Point on the Long Beach Peninsula, and on a section of Twin Harbors beach.The snowy plover is a small bird with gray wings and a white breast. The lark is a small bird with a pale yellow breast and brown back. Male larks have a black mask, breast band and “horns.”To protect these birds, the department asks that clam diggers avoid the dunes and areas of the beach with soft, dry sand. When driving to a clam-digging area, diggers should enter the beach only at designated access points and stay on the hard-packed sand near or below the high tide line.last_img read more


first_imgA woman’s group in Australia has adopted a Donegal doll as their mascot to be given to thousands of children Down Under.The new Lottie doll is seen as a safe doll for Donegal childrenWomen’s Forum Australia say the Lottie doll is the perfect example for Australian girls because it is not sexualized.The group, which represents tens of thousands of women, initially ordered a small consignment of the cute dolls. But demand for Lottie has rocketed and now the group are importing more and more of the dolls.Since money the group has import one thousand Lottie Dolls and more orders are planned.Kristin Dooley, Managing Director of Women’s Forum, said Lottie is the perfect example which aims to represent young girls “as they really are.”“We monitor the harmful sexualisation of women and girls and we picked up some reporting on the Lottie Doll and we really like what we saw. “We know the harm the sexualisation of young girls and children can do.“As well as pointing to the negative impacts of such dolls as Barbie and Bratz, we think it’s important to show positive alternatives and the Lottie Doll is just that.“She’s fun, engaging and she’s modeled on the shape of a nine year old girls and she does fun things.“We started with a small number but once the word got out there has been a huge demand for them,” said Ms Dooley.Ballybofey businessman Ian Harkin, the Managing Director of Arklu, who manufacture the dolls, says the worldwide demand for Lottie has gone through the roof. “As well as Australia, we have had an order this week for 900 dolls from Iceland and there are orders beginning to come in from Russia, Dubai, New Zealand and Canada.“It shows there is a demand for a responsible doll and non sexualized doll out there,” said Mr Harkin.The company has set up at the CoLab at LYIT and hopes to employ 20 people as demand for Lottie continues to grow.Ends AUSTRALIA AND REST OF WORLD GO MAD FOR DONEGAL DOLL ‘LOTTIE’ was last modified: December 6th, 2012 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:AustraliaIan HarkinLottielast_img read more

Grazing tour July 14 in Wayne and Holmes counties

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Sheep owners and others interested in sheep and forage management are invited to participate in a sheep grazing/forage management tour scheduled for Friday July 14 in Wayne/Holmes County. Topics to be discussed at the farms will include information for the beginning sheep farmer, sheep and management, cool season pasture species, hay production, fencing, rotational grazing management, breeding management and marketing. Each stop will have something different to offer in how the operation works for the farm and family. The sharing of ideas is how we all learn.Resource people for the day will be Bob Hendershot of Green Pasture Services and Gary Wilson Past President American Forage and Grassland Council, retired OSU Extension. They will provide information about pasture grasses, grazing management, sheep production and are willing to answer all your questions.Pre-registration is required and is limited to the first 40 people. Thanks to financial sponsorship from the Ohio Forage and Grassland Council and the Ohio Sheep and Wool Program the cost is only $40 per person ($30 for current Ohio Forage and Grassland Council members), which includes bus cost, lunch and refreshments. Registrations must be received by July 5, 2017.  No refunds after July 5.Check-in for the tour will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the parking lot of the OARDC Shisler Center, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster, Ohio 44691. This is the same location as the Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium.For more information about the tour, contact Bob Hendershot, Director, Ohio Forage and Grassland Council at 740.477.1114 or [email protected] .last_img read more

1080p vs. 4K with The GH5

first_imgThe Panasonic Lumix GH5 can film in 4K at 60 frames per second, but is it worth it?Cover image via Panasonic.The GH5 came out earlier this year, and once again Panasonic increased their standing in the mirrorless/DSLR world by introducing 60 frames per second in 4K. With the GH4, the fastest frame rate you could get was 30fps. As such, the camera has garnered a lot of interest from amateur filmmakers.If you’re new to the Gh5, or the DMC-GH series in general, you may have questions about filming in 4K.Is my memory card fast enough to write the data? Do I have enough storage? Should I record in 4K if I don’t have a 4K monitor?When new technology makes its way to the consumer level, it can be confusing at first. Let’s answer some of these questions.Realistically, if you’re using the GH5 as your primary camera, we can assume that you’re not producing a feature film or TV commercial — and you’re more than likely only going to have a 1080p viewing option. The question is, with the GH5, is it worth filming in 4K then downscaling to 1080p, or is it an unnecessary step?Image via Shutterstock.4K Quality vs. Full HDIf you’re exporting for full HD, you may think that filming in 4K is just going to be a waste of data — and it may complicate your post-production workflow. Why film in 4K when you’re just going lose the extra resolution with a 1080p export?Well, you don’t quite lose everything. When you downscale from 4K to full HD, you’re essentially oversampling the image to have 4x the data for every pixel.  Therefore, when you have 4K footage and downscale it to 1080p (Full HD), the image is going to look better than it would at native 1080p. You’ll find the picture is a lot sharper, the colors more vivid, and (depending on the properties of the image) you’ll also see less noise.DPreveiw has put together an excellent video that briefly explains why shooting in 4K is beneficial even when exporting to full HD.Further, you’re also future-proofing your footage when you record at 4K. As long as you are not recording footage to crop later or stabilize, you can always return to the project at a later date and export in 4K if you need to.RecordingWe’re going run our tests using the MOV recording format, 59.94 (NTCS) frequency, at 4K/8bit/100m/24fps, and at 1920/8bit/100/24fps. Let’s first discuss the obvious. The GH5 allows you to record at 4K and Cinema 4K at 10bit 4:2:2 at 150mbps. The higher the bit rate value, the higher the picture quality you will get (and also the larger the file). Therefore, it would be somewhat imbalanced to compare the two recording resolutions if one is already ahead in data size.With the 10bit/150mbps put aside, filming in 4K, which is literally 4x the resolution of 1080, will likely require larger media for both recording and storage, or will it?With four common memory card sizes, here’s a breakdown of the estimated record length for 4K.16gb 19m00s32gb 40m00s64gb 1h20m128gb 2h45mAnd for 1080p.16gb 19m00s32gb 40m00s64gb 1h20m128gb 2h45mYes, you read that correctly. The estimated recording length is the same for both resolutions. This is because we haven’t moved away from recording at 100 mbps. Therefore the strain will be no more severe on your memory card — as it would be on your hard drive. However, the GH5 does employ the use of VBR, and as a result, the bit rate will automatically change depending on what you are recording. For example, if you are filming a car traveling at high speed, the estimated recording length will decrease.It’s only when we jump up to 10bit 150 mbps recording that we see a drop in record length and an increase in file size.16gb 12m00s32gb 27m00s64gb 56m00s128gb 1h50mEven then, it’s not necessarily a huge drop. It’s a decrease of around 30-36.5%, depending on the size of your memory card.There are also a handful of added benefits to shooting at 4K for a 1080p output, such as being able to crop out unwanted objects in your composition or add a pan and tilt to an otherwise static shot. For a full list of benefits, check out this PremiumBeat article.From this information, there’s not really a reason to not film in at least in 4K 8bit to later downscale. You’re getting better picture quality, and you won’t need to upgrade your media. However, if you’re a new filmmaker and your computer system is struggling with your 4K video files, you can edit using proxy files. has a great tutorial on how to set this workflow up.Note: after you’ve played around with this little camera for a few months, you’ll want to be filming at 10-bit 4:2:2 for that extra color space.What are your thoughts on filming in 4K? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more