Copper collector hid behind couch

first_imgFacebook Advertisement Previous articleHolidaymakers beware of jewellery scamsNext articleLimerick to have own designated ‘graffiti’ street admin Linkedin Email Printcenter_img A MAN who said that he had been given permission to remove copper piping from a house due for demolition, hid behind a couch when gardai came on the scene, a court heard.Jonathan Curtin(21) of 13 Yeats Avenue, admitted he was removing copper piping form a house at Mountain View in O’Malley Park on January 30 last.The court heard from Inspector Paul Reidy that gardai arrived at the house to find a “large bolt cutters at the front door. Mr Curtin was hiding behind a couch”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The Limerick District Court heard that Mr Curtin had 108 previous convictions, all for road traffic offences.Mr Curtin’s solicitor, John Devane, said that his client had been “working on an ad-hoc basis for the firm responsible for demolishing these houses under the Regeneration project. He had asked the builders if he could take the copper and was told he could”.Mr Devane said that Mr Curtin “was constantly getting into trouble. as a young person. with driving offences.“He has been out of trouble for some time now”.Judge Eugene O’Kelly asked why Mr Curtin was hiding behind the couch if he believed he had permission to take the copper?“Panic” Mr Devane said.Judge O’Kelly remanded him on bail for a probation report to November 8. WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsCopper collector hid behind couchBy admin – July 10, 2012 961 Twitterlast_img read more

Haynesville Shale will play a key role in satisfying new demand for natural gas

first_img Drilling activity at the Haynesville Shale formation has been increasing Haynesville Shale is expected to become the main resource contributor to liquid natural gas (LNG) operations along the US Gulf Coast as demand for exports grows, according to analysts.A recent resurgence of drilling activity in the Haynesville formation — a natural gas deposit straddling large parts of Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas — is expected to continue as the region seeks to capitalise on its natural advantages of resources and location.GlobalData oil and gas analyst Andrew Folse said: “The demand of natural gas feedstock for conversion into LNG is focused on the US Gulf Coast.“This demand is expected to steadily increase over the next five years as there is approximately $18bn to be invested in planned LNG facilities in Texas and Louisiana.“An additional $7.9bn is related to announced facilities, which could further increase natural gas demand.“Given Haynesville’s proximity to the Gulf Coast, the natural gas produced in the play will have easy access to market, specifically to LNG plants, which will depend on gas produced in the region.”LNG has grown in stature in recent years as a transitional fuel between heavy carbon-emitting fossil fuels and intermittent renewables such as wind and solar for power generation. US to lead the way in LNG liquefaction capacity developmentThe development of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling in the US has resulted in historically low gas prices in the country, in turn driving a significant adoption of LNG resources as an alternative to coal in electricity generation.Natural gas is the cleanest-burning hydrocarbon, producing roughly half as much carbon dioxide as coal, and creating only 10% of its pollution when used to generate electricity.The nation has also become a big LNG exporter of the fuel, with South Korea, Mexico and Japan the top destinations for the 156.7 billion cubic feet (bcf) of LNG sold abroad in July 2019.It is expected the US will contribute to almost three quarters of global new-build liquefaction capacity – facilities designed to transform natural gas into a liquid state for transportation and storage – growth by 2023, far outpacing that of any other region, as it seeks to capitalise on natural gas resources like Haynesville. According to analysts at GlobalData, natural gas production at the Haynesville Shale formation will grow to support new demand for the transitional fuelcenter_img Haynesville Shale is one of the most productive natural gas regions in the USHaynesville Shale is an informal name for the 9,000 square-mile Jurassic rock formation that lies beneath Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas, named after the eponymous north-west Louisiana town where it was first discovered and around which extractive activity has developed during the past decade.It is a highly productive region for shale gas extraction, generating 11 billion cubic feet per day (bcfd) in August.Between Haynesville and the Appalachia Basin on the eastern seaboard, more than 50% of the US’ entire natural gas production was accounted for in the same month – around 43bcfd between them.The region has an advantageous strategic location close to some of the world’s largest petrochemical complexes and LNG export facilities – allowing quick turnaround times from extraction to sale.Top producing regions across the Haynesville Shale formation (Credit: GlobalData)Folse added: “In 2018, the most active-producing areas in the Haynesville shale were De Soto, Caddo, Red River and Bossier parishes in Louisiana, as well as San Augustine County in Texas.“Chesapeake Energy, Indigo Natural Resources, Comstock Resources, BP and Range Resources were the leading producers in the Haynesville shale play in 2018.”last_img read more

Meticulous design

first_imgSeven years ago, the PBS series Frontline World profiled American philanthropist Trevor Field, who was trying to assist with water scarcity in rural South Africa. Field and his collaborators introduced a new type of pump: one operated by a playground roundabout that stored clean water in a large tank covered in billboards to pay for its maintenance. As a result of the new “play pump,” children had a new place to play and the whole village gained access to clean water on demand.Woodward Yang, Gordon McKay Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, played the Frontline video clip at a Design Solutions Workshop hosted by the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) on May 3.“How many of you think that was a good design?” he asked his audience at the end of the clip.Almost every hand in the room shot up.Yang then played a second video. The Frontline producers had returned to South Africa five years later and found numerous problems with the play pumps: The tanks were no longer holding water; older women were unable to operate the equipment; there was no money for maintenance; and children were fighting in the playground.“How many of you still think it was a good design?” Yang asked.The videos set a tone of both ambition and humility for the workshop, which emphasized comprehensive planning, cultural awareness, and a holistic approach to design in developing solutions to global problems. Equally useful to students of government, environmental science, and business, the five-hour event wove together lessons in teamwork, public speaking, observation, human dynamics, and critical thinking — and included a good dose of fun.The event was aimed at helping participants develop a structured process for directing creativity toward a carefully formulated problem. Through lively design activities, 50 participants learned how to “empathize, synthesize, ideate, prototype, and test,” step by step.A structured process helps designers to avoid the pitfalls and mistaken assumptions that can doom a project, said Jackie Stenson ’08, a preceptor in technology entrepreneurship and innovation at SEAS who led the hands-on portion of the workshop. (Stenson is also a co-founder of Essmart Global, one of the finalists in this year’s President’s Challenge.)“It’s easy to, for example, skip ‘empathize’ and go straight into ‘design,’ which is what a lot of people do,” she said. “They define a problem without really understanding what the user needs are.”Participants included undergraduates from a wide range of concentrations, graduate students and M.B.A. candidates, University employees, venture capitalists, engineers, and even local real estate professionals. It was an appropriately multitalented group, said Yang, because generating a viable solution to any problem requires a deep level of understanding in three areas: technical issues, business issues, and user issues.“It’s very difficult for one person to have all that expertise,” he said.To emphasize the value of teamwork, Stenson and Yang engaged the participants in a creative activity in groups of four or five and tasked each group with designing a product that would improve the experience of attending a party — a trivial scenario, but still challenging for a short workshop.The exercise forced the participants to engage with each step of the design process. Each group spent time observing social interactions, brainstorming, developing a product, and then soliciting feedback. By the end of the workshop, each team had not just a solid idea for a product, but also a carefully crafted pitch.Around the room, students were beginning to relate the experience to their own interests and ambitions.Burhan Saif Addin, a visiting graduate student from Saudi Arabia, was looking forward to applying design principles to his research in applied physics, which involves developing new materials for solar cells.“There are more than a billion people who do not have access to electricity in the world, and if we had inexpensive solar cells, we could bring them to the modern world,” he said. “They would have electricity and access to computing and health services and communication.”The problem, he said, is clear, but the solution requires both technical knowledge and an awareness of the context in which it would operate.“What would be the best design for a solar cell model?” he asked. “You couldn’t just use the same design that you have on rooftops. It wouldn’t be the best design for rural areas. Would you put it on a plastic substrate or an aluminum substrate? How can you optimize its angle toward the sun?”The socioeconomic challenges are as complex as the technical ones.“It’s important that we train students to advance science in their narrow area, but it’s also important for them to understand how to look at problems broadly, how to work with other people, and how to actually solve problems that are pressing in the world,” said Fawwaz Habbal, executive dean for education and research at SEAS.Zamyla Chan ’14 saw the workshop as a bridge between her interests in environmental engineering and entrepreneurship.“Especially with environmental products, I find that when people try to show a new, innovative product that’s supposed to be supergreen, sometimes it doesn’t take off because people say, ‘It’s too new, I don’t know how to use it, and it’s inconvenient,’” Chan said.By learning more about the design process, Chan added, she hoped “to get a sense of how one might be able to develop a product that is sustainable as well as marketable — something that would actually catch on.”An engineering sciences concentrator, Chan participates in Engineers Without Borders, an organization whose members learn to balance the capabilities of engineering with the needs of a given community.The phrase “engineers without borders” might also fittingly describe the type of students SEAS hopes to produce by expanding the role of interdisciplinary design activities in the curriculum.“This type of design thinking is extremely important for all Harvard students,” said Yang. “We are fortunate to have brilliant people working in so many different fields, and it’s important that we continue to find ways to bring them together and provide them with a practical framework for solving problems for the world.”last_img read more

Badgers vexed, once again, by last-second touchdown pass

first_imgFor the second week in a row, one of Brad Nortman’s punts was blocked leading to seven points for that respective week’s opponent. Nortman has 25 punts this season for 1019 yards for an average of 40.8 yards per punt. Nortman has only punted half as many times as UW opponents, who’ve punted 51 times this season.[/media-credit]COLUMBUS, Ohio – For the second week in a row, torments continued for the Wisconsin football team: a blocked punt and a late comeback squandered by a last-second touchdown pass upheld upon further review.Ohio State freshman quarterback Braxton Miller threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to freshman wide receiver Devin Smith with 20 seconds remaining to defeat Wisconsin 33-29 Saturday night at Ohio Stadium.For the second week in a row, the Badgers lost a road game on a touchdown pass of 40 yards or more with just seconds left. “It was another heartbreaking loss for us,” head coach Bret Bielema said. “Our kids never quit. They’re going to be tested in an unbelievable fashion after the last two weeks. I can’t describe the feeling of having to face those guys after all they’ve put in.”While last week’s loss to Michigan State nearly ended all hope for a national championship, Saturday’s defeat puts Wisconsin (6-2, 2-2) three games behind first-place Penn State in the Big Ten Leaders Division. The Badgers also share that spot with Illinois and Ohio State (5-3, 2-2).Miller finished the game, completing seven of 12 passes for 89 yards and one touchdown and also ran for an additional 107 yards and two scores.UW quarterback Russell Wilson completed 20 of 32 passes for 253 yards and three touchdowns, while the Wisconsin backfield was held to only 89 yards rushing. It was the first time Wisconsin was held to less than 100 yards rushing since Nov. 21, 2009, against Northwestern, who capped the Badgers at 99 yards.Miller, on the other hand, contributed to an Ohio State rushing attack that accumulated 268 yards. Running back Dan “Boom” Herron led all rushers with 160 yards on 33 attempts (4.8 yards per carry) in his second game back from a six-game suspension.On the game-winning play, Miller avoided two potential sacks as he scrambled toward the right sidelines. Just before crossing the line of scrimmage, Miller heaved a deep pass to Smith, who had slipped past the UW defense and caught the ball in the middle of the endzone between defensive backs Marcus Cromartie and Aaron Henry.An official’s review confirmed that Miller never crossed the line of scrimmage.“I was to the field, so I really didn’t get a good look of who was on the backside,” Henry said, referring to Smith, who had crossed over into Henry’s half of the field on the play. “I was just kind of quartering up my zone. … Braxton Miller threw back across the field – across his body, scrambling – and it was just something he was trying to create, and that’s what he did.”Miller’s last rushing touchdown, with 4:39 remaining in the game, gave the Buckeyes a 26-14 lead and seemed to put a dagger in the Badgers’ hopes of a comeback.Instead, it only invigorated it.Wilson responded with a four-play, 66-yard drive in just 51 seconds that was capped with a 17-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jared Abbrederis.Wisconsin’s defense then stopped Ohio State in three plays and forced a punt, giving the Badgers the ball back with 2:36 left on their own 36-yard line.Again, Wisconsin went the distance, marching the 68 yards in four plays and 1:18 with the drive culminating in a 49-yard touchdown pass from Wilson to a wide-open Abbrederis.That was followed with a pass to running back Montee Ball for an extra two points, giving the Badgers a 29-26 advantage.But that gave the Buckeyes 1:18 to score as well – and they did, in 58 seconds.“We knew we had to get our offense the ball back, and they put it in the endzone – and we had the lead this time,” defensive tackle Patrick Butrym said, clearly frustrated for the second consecutive week. “We convert the two-point conversion for the field goal [lead] and what do you know, they scored a touchdown.”Wisconsin got the ball back for the game’s final moments, but couldn’t summon a miracle finish of its own.The two teams entered the locker room at halftime with Wisconsin up 7-3 and the two defenses dominating. Ohio State received the ball to begin the second half, and from its first snap, the momentum began to swing in favor of the Buckeyes.Herron ran up the middle and down the field for a gain of 57 yards that put the Buckeyes on the Wisconsin 18-yard line. Four plays later, Miller juked past UW defensive lineman Brendan Kelly for a 1-yard touchdown, and the Buckeyes took a 10-7 lead.But OSU struck again soon enough when it forced UW to punt after three plays. The punt never quite fully lifted off, however, as defensive back Corey Brown blocked Brad Nortman’s punt, which was then recovered at the 1-yard line.“I thought we got it off in a good time, and I think the only way someone would have got to it is if they had come free,” punter Brad Nortman said. “It was surprising they got there (for the block).”Three plays later, OSU increased its lead to 17-7 when running back Jordan Hall took it around the trenches and plunged in for the score.Wisconsin held Ohio State to 104 yards of offense in the first half, but opened up in the second to allow 253 more. The Buckeyes also converted 11 of 20 third-down conversions, as well as another fourth-down try.Although the Badgers eventually made a comeback, the Buckeyes simply made more plays, according to Henry.“The thing about the defense is you can have 70 great plays, and if there’s 75 total plays and you let five of them get away from you, that can definitely cost your team the game,” Henry said. “For the most part, we played some good snaps on defense. But it was probably about four, five, six plays that got away from us. It was definitely unfortunate, because that didn’t reflect on how we played.”last_img read more

Dirty Birds, revenge on the menu for Gentle Clowns in annual softball game

first_imgSometimes good things happen to bad people.That’s the only possible explanation for The Daily Cardinal’s Dirty Birds’ recent softball success of the last half decade.But the karma that has waited for far too long will finally unleash its hellbent revenge in the form of The Badger Herald’s Gentle Clowns at Vilas Park this weekend.“UW Hospital told me they’re good to go for Saturday,” BH Publisher and club general manager John “@Johnnieb2good” Batterman said, still sporting sunglasses in response to a hangover possibly related to the Fiji Islander party. “You shoulda been there, man, but anyway they’ve got like 100 beds reserved, plus another 50 for the all those Dirty Bird groupies, who just keep multiplying. I swear to God.”Due to an underground smuggling operation that involved the exchange of pamphlets — or “newsletters” as the Dirty Birds refer to their product — for a a few paperclips, a couple of buttons and some lint clumps, the filthy fliers managed to purchase some rather talented hobos to win a certain number of games in a row.However, no one at the Herald, including current Editor-in-Chief and field manager Tara “Slow-Mo” Golshan, can remember the exact number of valiant, yet unsuccessful, attempts by the Gentle Clowns in recent softball bouts.Coupled with her working knowledge of sports and absence at last year’s spring affair, she’s quite speculative about any supposed losing streak from her club.“Wait is baseball the one with goal posts,” Golshan mumbled, in between mouthfuls of her new favorite restaurant of the week, Palmyra. “Do you want more or less points in — what’s it called again?”With recent changes in upper management, this year’s collection of Gentle Clowns might just be their most dangerous group since whenever they last won.The hard-charging Aliya “I’m not even a journalism major” Iftikar, next year’s EIC, will literally lead the charge as designated chugger, lead off hitter and home run queen.Between round trippers, Iftikar will shout her signature rally cry, presumably from a slumped position on a wheeled office chair that she will bring to the park herself, to spur her team to its bludgeoning of the Cardinals.“You guizzzzzz, noooooooooozzz,” Iftikar belted Wednesday night in preparation for the big game.While Golshan distracts current Dirty Bird EIC Jack Casey with an empty box disguised as a present for his half-birthday — Casey will reach his first full decade on planet Earth early next fall — Iftikar will be focused on taking out newly elected DC kingpin Jim “Ginger or Strawberry Blond?” Dayton.Gentle Clown pitching coach and News Editor Rachael “Smelt it, Dealt It” Lallensack and her Features Editor sidekick Alex “Snack Time” Arriaga have worked on a foolproof scouting report that will render Dayton and the Cardinalistas bats as useless as their out-of-date journalism practices.Emily Shullaw/The Badger HeraldThe duos’ plan rests on young, but untested ace Dan “He’s Still Here” Corcoran.With Grandpa Corcoran too senile at the time of publication, associate sports editor Chris “Diesel” Bumbaca, who will play the hot corner, spoke unnecessarily loud on behalf of the Gentle Clowns’ sports editor.“Yo,” Bumbaca shouted boisterously. “That’s a straight power move.”Starting shortstop Eric “I Woke Up Like This” Kohlbeck rounds out the sports section and will help provide some balance with his neatly groomed goatee and unusually even-keeled demeanor.The rest of the Gentle Clown infield includes the first known conjoined twin second baseman in Allie “Hashtag” Johnson and Alice “Social” Coyne, who will be on Twitter during most of the game. Soon-to-be fifth year senior Polo “Victory Lap” Rocha stands a good chance at entering the game as a defensive substitution at second, barring a shortage of Diet Coke, of course. Meanwhile, photo editor Jason “I’ve Done It All” Chan, the highly touted freshman, will provide a much needed boost in the field and at the plate while likely trolling his fellow Gentle Clowns.Then there’s the Herald outfield, also commonly referred to as the place where fly balls, and dreams, go to die. Leading the charge is the BH’s most intimidating, yet suprisingly amicable, player in center fielder and design all-Star Emily “I’m Kinda Busy Right Now, But I Guess So” Shullaw. Left fielder Selena “Laugh Attack” Handler and right fielder Katie “Something About Poop Here” Caron will provide sharp defense, but also very distracting chatter about God knows what.“And then, I [inaudible]” Handler blurted, while trying to stifle her laughter and explain her defensive approach to no avail.With the Herald pitching and defense certainly capable of a perfect game, the only questions left to be answered revolve around the Herald’s offensive attack and the Dirty Birds’ misguided sense of style. Nick “Cardiac Kid” Rush and fellow ads man Max “Swag on Steroids” Rosenberg will answer the call for both questions, with Rush’s lifetime average still somehow more than 1.000 and Rosenberg’s sense of fashion likely to finally solve several Cardinalistas’ preoccupation with literally wearing receptacles filled with refuse instead of human clothing.There are also several other important bats in the Herald lineup, including a wealth of pinch hitters. That includes copy editors Jen “Black’s The Only Color” Small and Amy “Don’t Sleep On Her” Sleep, who have both ascended to the top of the copy department with limited playing time and should do the same in the batter’s box. Former copy chief and current Arts Etc. editor Audrey “Orange” Piehl will play a pivotal role at the bottom of the batting order.But the Gentle Clowns will certainly have their work cut out for them with a disabled list longer than most years due to a stressful semester. That list includes photo editor Erik “Too Cool” Brown (broken finger from shooting too many photos), design’s Alix DeBroux (putting together a last minute design), and video editor Nyal Mueenuddin (in a tree somewhere).Then again, despite the inactive players, the Herald should have the odds aligned in its favor to take the flightless flappers to a new low, which is pretty hard considering they’re already rumored to be below ground.last_img read more