4 Jun

Doyle fails in appeal to overturn conviction for Geoghegan murder

first_imgWalk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Andrew Carey at the Criminal Courts of Justice, [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up THE MAN convicted of the murder of Shane Geoghegan is to remain in prison to serve his life sentence after the three Judge Court of Appeal ruled this week that the conviction was safe.Barry Doyle (30) with addresses in Portland Row, Dublin and Hyde Road, Limerick has failed in his bid to overturn the conviction after lodging 27 grounds for the appeal.Shane Geoghegan, the innocent Limerick rugby player who had been out watching a friendly international match earlier that evening, was returning home when a gunman approached and shot him several times just yards from his house in Kilteragh, Dooradoyle on November 9, 2008.Following a retrial, a jury at the Central Criminal Court found Doyle guilty of the charge and he was given the mandatory life sentence by Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan on February 16, 2012.In his submission to the Court of Appeal, the 30-year-old father of one claimed that admissions made following more than a dozen Garda interviews were obtained through duress.Martin O’Rourke SC, said that the welfare of Doyle’s partner and child were used against him after being told that his partner was being held in custody away from their sick child and that Doyle was told that he could “do something about that”.During the 15th such interview while in garda custody, Doyle admitted that he shot Mr Geoghegan in a case of mistaken identity. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsBreaking newsDoyle fails in appeal to overturn conviction for Geoghegan murder By Staff Reporter – June 8, 2015 794 Email Facebook Print WhatsApp In their ruling, the three judge court of appeal said that all of the appeal “submissions were fully ventilated and carefully considered by the trial judge. The many issues were re-visited in a hearing in this court that occupied two full days of oral argument and which were also explored in comprehensive submissions that were of great assistance to the court.Concluding the five minute hearing, Mr Justice Sean Ryan said that the “court is satisfied that none of the grounds of appeal can succeed. The trial was satisfactory and the conviction of Mr Doyle was safe.” Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHL Previous articlePICTURES – Allianz East Limerick Cumann na mBunscol hurling leagueNext articleGAA – Limerick’s Weekend GAA results Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Shannondoc operating but only by appointment Advertisement First Irish death from Coronavirus TAGSBarry DoylefeaturedShane Geoghegan Twitter No vaccines in Limerick yet Linkedinlast_img read more

17 Jan

Ambrosia Beetles

first_imgResearch entomologists in the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) are using three grants to study ambrosia beetles in an effort to prevent future attacks and preserve more fruit and nut trees.The first grant, $10,000 funded through Southern Integrated Pest Management Center, supported the work of a team of entomologists, plant pathologists and UGA Cooperative Extension specialists at CAES who are working with growers to help identify different ways to combat the issues presented by ambrosia beetles.Shimat Joseph, an entomologist on the UGA Griffin campus, says the goal was to allow researchers to identify their specific research and Extension priorities. The grant allowed the group to understand and collate both basic biology/ecology and practical management information on ambrosia beetles, and assess the knowledge gaps guided by the feedback from growers and stakeholders.“The funding help us come together as group so that we can prioritize needs and pursue a larger grant to conduct the needed research in a collaborative manner,” said Joseph.The second grant, valued at $10,000 from Georgia Farm Bureau, will fund the survey and monitoring of wood-boring ambrosia beetles in tree nurseries, tree fruit and pecan orchards. The goal of the research is to determine which species of ambrosia beetles are attacking different types of trees in Georgia.Brett Blaauw, UGA Extension specialist in fruit entomology, will study the beetles throughout the season in fruit orchards to determine which species are common in Georgia and to determine whether they pose a threat to trees.While the researchers began working on this project this year, most of the research will be conducted next year.The third grant, $73,000 from the Georgia Department of Agriculture, will fund projects aimed at improving monitoring tools and finding management strategies for ambrosia beetles in tree nurseries and tree fruit and pecan orchards. This grant will allow UGA research entomologists to trap ambrosia beetles in nursery and orchard systems.“Part of our project is contingent on the growers and the attacks that they will be reporting to us,” said Angelita Acebes-Doria, an entomologist on the UGA Tifton campus. “Whenever we receive reports of growers having problems with ambrosia beetles we want to know to what extent the trees are being attacked and to verify the ambrosia beetle species responsible for the attacks.”If the ambrosia beetles are found to have damaged infested trees too severely, with the grower’s permission, the researchers will dissect the trees to determine the species attacking the trees and compare them to the species captured in the traps. The grant will fund materials required in the season-long trapping, including ethanol lures and bottle traps, as well as funding student research assistants.“Without these grants we would not have been able to complete the research,” said Blaauw. “I am grateful that agencies like the Georgia Farm Bureau and Georgia Department of Agriculture have grants that help support research projects like ours.”Ambrosia beetles are insects that burrow holes in the trunks of ornamental, fruit and nut trees that are under stress. Their attacks are normally associated with young trees that are not well established or trees subjected to flood conditions and frost damage.Multiple beetle attacks on a young tree can have detrimental effects on the overall health of the tree and, in extreme cases, can cause tree mortality.“The higher number of attacks on the trees, the higher the chance that the tree will die. They attack a wide variety of host plants, not just pecans,” Acebes-Doria said. “They can (also) attack nursery trees, ornamental trees, and they can attack tree fruits as well, such as peach and apple.”To learn more about the UGA Department of Entomology visit ent.uga.edu.last_img read more

18 Nov

Egypt reports another H5N1 death

first_imgApr 11, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Egypt’s health ministry announced today that a 30-year-old woman has died of an H5N1 avian influenza infection, the country’s second fatality from the disease in less than a week.MENA, Egypt’s official news agency, said today that the woman got sick on Apr 2 and was hospitalized 7 days later in Cairo where she died today, according to a report from Agence France-Presse. If her illness and death are confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO) she will be listed as Egypt’s 49th case and its 22nd death.An official from Egypt’s health ministry said the woman, who was from Matariya district in the northern Nile Delta, just northeast of Cairo, had contact with domestic poultry, the Associated Press reported today. The official said that once the woman was hospitalized she was treated with oseltamivir (Tamiflu).On Apr 5 a 19-year-old Egyptian man from the Nile Delta province of Behera governorate died from H5N1 avian influenza. An Apr 8 WHO report confirming the man’s infection and death said he had been exposed to sick and dead poultry.See also:WHO confirmation of Egyptian man’s illness and deathlast_img read more