Mother, son and third man deny false imprisonment of Limerick teen

first_imgThe trial continues at Limerick Circuit CourtTHE trial of a mother and son charged in connection with the alleged false imprisonment of a 19-year-old has opened at Limerick Circuit Court.Michael Kirby (32) and his mother Mary (64) both denied the false imprisonment of Dylan Cosgrave of Garryglass Avenue, Ballinacurra Weston in the Kirby family home at 89 Hyde Road on September 14 last year.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A third man, Daniel Kelly (19) with addresses at 121, O’Malley Park and apartment 1, Main Street, Caherconlish also denies the false imprisonment charge. Along with Michael Kirby, he was also jointly charged with possession of an imitation handgun in suspicious circumstances at Caledonian Park on the same date, as well as assaulting and threatening to kill Mr Cosgrave.The jury of nine men and three women heard that evidence will be given by Mr Cosgrave, his mother and upwards of 30 Gardaí.The trial before Judge John Hannan is expected to last until the end of next week and this Thursday will hear from the alleged victim. Linkedin NewsBreaking newsMother, son and third man deny false imprisonment of Limerick teenBy Staff Reporter – November 17, 2016 1479 TAGSlimerick Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Email WhatsApp Facebook Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Previous article“We are Electric Eel Shock! Who the f*ck are you?” #musiclimerick #liveNext articleLimerick petrol station destroyed after car crashed through shop Staff Reporter Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Twitter Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Advertisement Printlast_img read more

Understanding tiny reactions

first_imgCarbon nanotubes, long touted for applications in electronics and in materials, may also be the stuff of atomic-scale black holes.Physicists at Harvard University have found that a high-voltage nanotube (a tiny tubelike structure) can cause cold atoms to spiral inward under dramatic acceleration before disintegrating violently. The physicists’ experiments, which are the first to demonstrate something akin to a black hole at atomic scale, are described in the current issue of the journal Physical Review Letters.“On a scale of nanometers, we create an inexorable and destructive pull similar to what black holes exert on matter at cosmic scales,” said Lene Vestergaard Hau, Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics and of Applied Physics at Harvard. “As importantly for scientists, this is the first merging of cold atom and nanoscale science, and it opens the door to a new generation of cold atom experiments and nanoscale devices.”Hau and co-authors Anne Goodsell, Trygve Ristroph, and Jene A. Golovchenko laser-cooled clouds of 1 million rubidium atoms to just a fraction of a degree above absolute zero. The physicists then launched this millimeter-long atomic cloud toward a suspended carbon nanotube, located some two centimeters away and charged to hundreds of volts.The vast majority of the atoms passed right by the wire, but those that came within a micron of it — roughly 10 atoms in every million-atom cloud — were inescapably attracted, reaching high speeds as they spiraled toward the nanotube.“From a start at about 5 meters per second, the cold atoms reach speeds of roughly 1,200 meters per second, or more than 2,700 miles per hour, as they circle the nanotube,” said Goodsell, a graduate student on the project and now a postdoctoral researcher in physics at Harvard. “As part of this tremendous acceleration, the temperature corresponding to the atoms’ kinetic energy increases from 0.1 degrees Kelvin to thousands of degrees Kelvin in less than a microsecond.”At this point, the speeding atoms separate into an electron and an ion rotating in parallel around the nanowire, completing each orbit in just a few trillionths of a second. The electron eventually gets sucked into the nanotube via quantum tunneling, causing its companion ion to shoot away — repelled by the strong charge of the 300-volt nanotube — at a speed of roughly 26 kilometers per second, or 59,000 miles per hour.The experiment was conducted with great precision, allowing the scientists unprecedented access to both cold atom and nanoscale processes.“Cold atom and nanoscale science have each provided exciting new systems for study and applications,” said Golovchenko, Rumford Professor of Physics and Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Physics at Harvard. “This is the first experimental realization of a combined cold atom-nanostructure system. Our system demonstrates sensitive probing of atom, electron, and ion dynamics at the nanoscale.”The single-walled carbon nanotube used in these researchers’ successful experiment was dubbed “Lucy,” and its contributions are acknowledged in the Physical Review Letters paper. The nanotube was grown by chemical vapor deposition across a 10-micron gap in a silicon chip that provides the nanowire with both mechanical support and electrical contact.“From the atom’s point of view, the nanotube is infinitely long and thin, creating a singular effect on the atom,” Hau said.Harvard’s Office of Technology Development has filed a patent application on the technology underlying the new work by Hau and Golovchenko.The work was supported by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the National Science Foundation.last_img read more

McDan Open West Africa 2016 Postponed

first_imgThe much anticipated Mcdan Open West Africa tennis championship originally scheduled for April 25 to 30 at the Accra Stadium has been postponed to a future date, a release signed by the organisational outfit of Mcdan Open has indicated.The postponement was due to the some extended discussions with some supporting sponsors for the big sporting showpiece. Also  considered was the impending ban on noise making in the Ga traditional area within which the Accra Sports Stadium in located.The release indicated that Mcdan, title sponsor of the annual competition is working on a new date in collaboration with the Ghana Tennis Federation which would be announced later.It also expressed sincere apologies to players (both home based and foreign-based) and collaborators for any inconvenience caused. A new date is to be communicated soon.The McDan Open West Africa Tournament 2016 will attract players from Nigeria, Togo, Benin, Cote d’Ivoire as well as Ghanaian players based in the US and UK. – Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more