WhatsApp Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? Email TAGSClareMusic Limerickorganised crimeruralTipperary by Andrew CareySign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up [email protected] VIOLENT criminal gang suspected of being involved in dozens of aggravated burglaries and other serious crimes across Limerick, Clare, Tipperary and north Kerry has been apprehended after Gardaí intercepted them during a cross county operation this week.Four men and a woman remain in Garda custody at Henry Street, Roxboro, Newcastlewest, Shannon and Nenagh Garda stations where they can be detained for up to seven days from the time of their arrest.A number of premises were searched as part of the operation.The gang is suspected of carrying out a number of drug fuelled violent robberies across all three counties over a ten day period.The arrests came after an aggravated burglary in county Limerick where a family were threatened with a weapon and briefly held while their home was ransacked.Chief Superintendent Dave Sheahan told the Limerick Post that Garda arrests were made as a result of an intelligence led operation that tracked the gang’s movements from West Clare, through to Nenagh and back to Limerick.The outfit have been linked to a number of violent crimes that targeted cash or items that could be easily sold to feed their drug habits.The men are aged between 19 and 27 and the woman is 17. All are being held under section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act 2007.The arrests come as part of the Garda’s Operation Fiacla which was established to tackle organized crime and reassure rural communities of their safety. Twitter #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick Advertisement Print Linkedin Previous articleLimerick author signs off on major publishing dealNext articleLimerick bar out of tune over music royalties Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday NewsCrime & CourtViolent gang arrested in organised crime swoopBy Staff Reporter – February 5, 2014 743 Facebook
In the Hollywood blockbuster “Speed,” a bomb on a bus is rigged to blow up if the bus slows down below 50 mph. The premise — slow down and you explode — makes for a great action movie plot, and also happens to have a cosmic equivalent.New research shows that some old stars might be held up by their rapid spins, and when they slow down, they explode as supernovae. Thousands of these “time bombs” could be scattered throughout our Galaxy.“We haven’t found one of these ‘time bomb’ stars yet in the Milky Way, but this research suggests that we’ve been looking for the wrong signs. Our work points to a new way of searching for supernova precursors,” said astrophysicist Rosanne Di Stefano of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA).The specific type of stellar explosion Di Stefano and her colleagues studied is called a Type Ia supernova. It occurs when an old, compact star known as a white dwarf destabilizes.A white dwarf is a stellar remnant that has ceased nuclear fusion. It typically can weigh up to 1.4 times as much as the sun — a figure called the Chandrasekhar mass after the astronomer who first calculated it. Any heavier, and gravity overwhelms the forces supporting the white dwarf, compacting it and igniting runaway nuclear fusion that blows the star apart.There are two possible ways for a white dwarf to exceed the Chandrasekhar mass and explode as a Type Ia supernova. It can accrete gas from a donor star, or two white dwarfs can collide. Most astronomers favor the first scenario as the more likely explanation. But we would expect to see certain signs if the theory is correct, and we don’t for most Type Ia supernovae.For example, we should detect small amounts of hydrogen and helium gas near the explosion, but we don’t. That gas would come from matter that wasn’t accreted by the white dwarf, or from the disruption of the companion star in the explosion. Astronomers also have looked for the donor star after the supernova faded from sight, without success.Di Stefano and her colleagues suggest that white dwarf spin might solve this puzzle. A spin-up/spin-down process would introduce a long delay between the time of accretion and the explosion. As a white dwarf gains mass, it also gains angular momentum, which speeds up its spin. If the white dwarf rotates fast enough, its spin can help support it, allowing it to cross the 1.4-solar-mass barrier and become a super-Chandrasekhar-mass star.Once accretion stops, the white dwarf will gradually slow down. Eventually, the spin isn’t enough to counteract gravity, leading to a Type Ia supernova.“Our work is new because we show that spin-up and spin-down of the white dwarf have important consequences. Astronomers therefore must take angular momentum of accreting white dwarfs seriously, even though it’s very difficult science,” explained Di Stefano.The spin-down process could produce a time delay of up to a billion years between the end of accretion and the supernova explosion. This would allow the companion star to age and evolve into a second white dwarf, and any surrounding material to dissipate.In our Galaxy, scientists estimate that there are three Type Ia supernovae every thousand years. If a typical super-Chandrasekhar-mass white dwarf takes millions of years to spin down and explode, then calculations suggest that there should be dozens of pre-explosion systems within a few thousand light-years of Earth.Those supernova precursors will be difficult to detect. However, upcoming wide-field surveys conducted at facilities like Pan-STARRS and the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope should be able to spot them.“We don’t know of any super-Chandrasekhar-mass white dwarfs in the Milky Way yet, but we’re looking forward to hunting them out,” said co-author Rasmus Voss of Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands.This research appears in a paper in the Sept. 1 issue of The Astrophysical Journal Letters and is available online. Authors are Di Stefano (CfA), Voss (Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands), and J.S.W. Claeys (Universiteit Utrecht, the Netherlands).
JAMESTOWN – A City of Jamestown man is facing charges in connection with a hit-and-run of a toddler last week in the area of 336 E. 5th St. Jamestown Police say Nicholas S. Evans, 27, allegedly struck a two-year-old male with his vehicle before leaving the scene last Thursday.Evans is charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury accident and multiple vehicle and traffic charges.Police say they responded to a report of a small child being struck as they were walking along the side of the road with its family. Evans allegedly didn’t stop and continued without stopping. Evans reportedly continued and drove into a parking lot at East Fourth Street at East Second Street where a group of individuals who had witnessed the accident approached the vehicle and did break out the driver’s side window to the vehicle.Evans, who was now in fear of harm to himself, did drive away again and stopped in a lot on Franklin Street where officers from the JPD located him.Police say the man will appear in Jamestown City Court a later date to answer the charges. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),Why where the parents not charged with endangering the welfare of a child? There is a said walk there why would they be walking on side of the road unless they where trying to get hit. That type of accident is foreseeable to any reasonable person there for the parents should be held accountable for their neglect and recklessness for walking in the road with a 2 year old when there is a sidewalk 3 feet to the side of them.