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first_imgPrint The late Jason CorbettThe family of slain Limerick man Jason Corbett have said they are deeply shocked and disappointed, after his wife and father in law, Molly and Thomas Martens, were granted a full retrial charged with his murder.Mr Corbett’s body was found with multiple injuries inside his adopted home in North Carolina in 2015.His wife Molly Martens along with her retired FBI agent father were both found guilty of murdering the Limerick father of two following a 2017 trial.Prior to the murder trial Ms Martens had lost a protracted legal battle in the US courts with Mr Corbett’s sister Tracey Corbett Lynch and her husband David Lynch, for custody of Mr Corbett’s children Jack (now 16) and Sarah (now 14).Molly and Tom Martens were jailed for between 20-25 years after a jury convicted them of second degree murder.The jury found the daughter and father had beaten Mr Corbett to death while he slept in his North Carolina home on August 2, 2015.There was evidence Mr Corbett was drugged and beaten about the head with a brick and a baseball bat, and that he sustained crushing head injuries after he had died.The accused pair claimed they acted in self defence. The court heard the father and daughter had no visible injuries on the night of the murder.Mr Corbett married Ms Martens in 2011 after she had worked as a nanny to Jack and Sarah a number of years after their mother, and Mr Corbett’s first wife, Margaret Fitzpatrick, passed away after suffering an asthma attack.Mr Corbett’s murder trial heard that he had been preparing to relocate to Limerick with his children after difficulties arose in his marriage to Ms Martens.It was heard that Mr Corbett became increasingly concerned over his wife’s mental state.This Friday the North Carolina Supreme Court ratified a Court of Appeal decision that both accused should have a re-trial after it was deemed their ability to argue self defence at their 2017 trial had been unfairly hindered.They had also argued statements given by Jack and Sarah Corbett to social workers which the Martens believe would help their case should have been allowed as evidence in the murder trial.Reaction from Jason Corbett’s family in his native Limerick was one of deep disappointment and disbelief.Tracey Corbett Lynch said her family “are so disappointed and distraught that the Supreme Court of North Carolina has decided to grant a retrial to Tom and Molly Martens”.Ms Corbett Lynch tweeted that Mr Martens and his daughter Molly “admitted killing our beloved Jason – a father, a brother, a son and a loyal friend”.She said her beloved brother “is dearly missed by all who knew and loved him”.Ms Lynch said they have put their trust in God and would work to help prosecutors convict Molly and Tom Martens for a second time.It could be 2022 before a retrial is heard. Linkedin NewsRetrial granted over death of Limerick man Jason CorbettBy David Raleigh – March 13, 2021 459 Email WhatsAppcenter_img Advertisement Twitter Facebook Previous article#NewMusic: Culla x Dylan Flynn and The Dead PoetsNext articleCarbery Shines As Munster Have Too Much For Scarlets At Windswept Thomond Park David Raleighlast_img read more

first_imgOxford University start-up Plink Search Ltd has is the first UK Company to be purchased by Google Inc.Mark Cummins and James Philbin, Information Engineering graduate students at the Department of Engineering Science, founded the firm in 2009.PlinkArt, available as a mobile app on the Google Android Market, enables users identify works of art by photographing them with their phone.The company applies technology developed during the pair’s doctoral research to create a search engine based on visual art, rather than text. Cummins explained, “We started by talking to the university about licensing the IP from our PhD work – that was almost two years ago.“We’d been taking steps towards it for a year or two before that, though.”Plink won a $100,000 prize from Google last December after winning a public vote for the best reference app on Android. The company was also a finalist at Seedcamp, a London-based event offering advice for European start-ups.Following the public launch of the company, over 50,000 users downloaded the app in just four weeks.The Mona Lisa is the picture most searched for by PlinkArt’s users, with Leonardo da Vinci and Claude Monet the most frequently snapped artists.Plink’s founders are both members of Oxford Entrepreneurs and hired subsidised office space in the OE Incubation Centre on St. Giles to set up the company whilst studying at the university.Google’s acquisition of Plink reflects its continuing focus on the mobile platform as it competes with Apple’s iPhone for dominance in the fast-growing smartphone market.In a blog post announcing the deal, Cummins and Philbin wrote, “We’re looking forward to helping the Goggles team build a visual search engine that works for everything you see around you.“There are beautiful things to be done with computer vision – it’s going to be a lot of fun!OE President, Jordan Poulton, congratulated the pair’s success, “It has been an absolute pleasure having them in the OE Incubation Centre, and it will be a shame to lose them to Silicon Valley”.For other potential student entrepreneurs, he added, “OE are launching a new programme this summer – Kick Start – offering up to £15,000 cash investment as well as mentoring, support and advice to startups in the web/tech space.”last_img read more

first_imgWind Power Industry Reports All-Time High Output in U.S. in 2015 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享From the Associated Press:Wind energy generated a record 191 megawatt-hours of electricity last year, enough for 17.5 million homes, an industry group said Tuesday.The American Wind Energy Association said wind produced 4.7 percent of the nation’s electricity in 2015. Coal generated 33 percent and natural gas slightly less than that, the association said.The association released the statistics at a Vestas Wind Systems turbine plant in Brighton, Colorado, near Denver.Demand for wind energy is also driving up employment. The industry employed the equivalent of 88,000 full-time workers last year, up 20 percent in a year, the report said.“We need wind technicians to keep these machines running smoothly,” Tom Kiernan, CEO of the association, said at a news conference.Chris Brown, president of Vestas America, said it can be difficult to find qualified workers.Starting pay for wind technicians is about $25 an hour, said Auston Van Slyke, wind energy technology director for Ecotech Institute in Aurora, a private school that trains workers for the renewable energy industry.Texas remains No. 1 for wind energy while Iowa is second. Iowa generated more than 30 percent of its electricity from wind last year, a record for any state, the report said.The group said tax breaks extended by Congress last year will help stabilize the industry.Full article: U.S. wind energy output hit record last year, industry group sayslast_img read more

first_imgSolar self-generation rises sharply in Spain FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享El País:Solar power is paving the way for a rise in self-generated energy in Spain. Installed capacity grew for the second year running in 2018 with a 94% hike on 2017 figures – and 90% of that was self-generated.Installed solar power in Spain passed the 5,000-MW mark of installed capacity last year, indicating a decade of vertiginous growth. Despite a slowdown in 2012, solar energy is once again powering ahead with both companies and homes installing the technology in a bid to curb costs.In 2018, 261.7 MW of new solar power was installed, of which 26 MW are connected to the grid and the remainder, 235.7 MW, self-generating installations.José Donoso, managing general of Spain’s Photovoltaic Union (UNEF), believes the 80% drop in the cost of the technology over the past 10 years is responsible for the upward trend, coupled with the European Union’s self-generated renewable energy drive.For years, self-generated energy was punished in Spain by administrative obstacles and fees from the central government, such as the so-called “sun tax” levied by the Popular Party (PP). However, Pedro Sánchez’s Socialist Party (PSOE) government ditched the tax last October and is now preparing to regulate self-generated electricity practices and the financial compensation for feeding energy into the grid – which could increase the value of the technology. The regulations are set to be ready by May. After this date, UNEF believes self-generated energy will grow between 300 and 400 MW a year.If the projections are right, 2019 will be a record year for renewable energy in Spain, and solar power in particular. According to Donoso, 4,000 MW of solar installed capacity is on the cards.More: Self-generated energy soars in Spain as solar panels plunge in pricelast_img read more

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error A judge has ruled that San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow, beaten outside Dodger Stadium by hometown fans nearly four years ago, is not entitled to a retrial of his allegations against former team owner Frank McCourt, court papers obtained Friday show. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Victor Chavez issued his ruling Wednesday. He heard arguments Jan. 9 and took the issue under submission. On July 9, a jury awarded roughly $18 million in damages to Stow, who was beaten into a coma outside Dodger Stadium on March 31, 2011. But after a lengthy deliberation, the panel found that only Los Angeles Dodgers LLC, the business entity created by McCourt when he owned the team, and Stow’s two assailants were liable. The panel exonerated McCourt of any culpability in the attack that left Stow, now 45, with permanent brain damage. Stow’s attorneys had asked Chavez to order a retrial of the part of the case against McCourt. They argued that Chavez wrongly excluded six key pieces of evidence, including a letter in which then-Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig accused McCourt of using club assets to pay his personal debts. They also said the jury should have been allowed to hear how much the Dodgers spent on security in 2011, evidence of McCourt’s divorce from his wife, Jamie, and the amount McCourt paid to acquire the Dodgers. Stow, a former paramedic from Capitola, was punched from behind by Louie Sanchez after the 2011 home opener between the Dodgers and their longtime rivals. Sanchez and fellow Rialto resident Marvin Norwood then kicked Stow, a father of two, after he fell to the ground. Stow’s attorneys maintained security was insufficient and that no officers or guards were present in parking lot 2 when Stow was attacked. They said Sanchez and Norwood should have been ejected from Dodger Stadium hours earlier for unruly behavior and that more uniformed security at the stadium could have deterred their misconduct. But McCourt’s attorneys said the team spent more money on opening day security in 2011 than in previous years and that the attack on Stow happened so fast, security personnel would have had to have been right there as it developed in order to prevent it. Sanchez, 32, and Norwood, 34, pleaded guilty in January 2014 to carrying out the attack on Stow and were sentenced to eight- and four- year terms, respectively.last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersOff to the side, Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson, forward Larry Nance Jr. and center Ivica Zubac often watched the sessions before completing their own offseason routines. None of those players represents the franchise’s glorious past, but each represents something more practical.They are proof of what is attainable for the prospects who worked out for the Lakers over the past month as team officials evaluate their options for the No. 27 and 28 picks in Thursday’s draft.“All of those guys came in with a chip on their shoulder,” Cal sophomore forward Ivan Rabb said. “They came in and worked. It doesn’t really matter where you get picked. All you need is one team to love you. Once you get the opportunity, go out as hard as you can and learn every day.”The Lakers found their recent late first- and second-round picks could contribute almost immediately. Despite the uncertainty that surrounds the long-term potential of the Lakers’ young core, Clarkson (No. 46 in 2014), Nance (No. 27 in 2015) and Zubac (No. 32 in 2016) secured significant roles as rookies. Though Johnson and General Manager Rob Pelinka want to rebuild with their own vision, the previous front office already provided a template on how to evaluate non-lottery picks.“They don’t get too caught up in the big names,” Kansas State senior forward Wesley Iwundu said of the Lakers. “They go with what fits the team well. That’s what I love about the Lakers organization. If you can play and bring something to the team, they will take you seriously and give you a look.” EL SEGUNDO — For brief moments between scrimmages, shooting sessions and sprints, NBA draft prospects could look around the gym and see some of the symbols and faces that defined the Lakers’ history.Championship banners and retired jerseys hang on the walls of the practice facility.Magic Johnson watched each workout as the Lakers’ new president of basketball operations, casting an inspiring presence as one of the franchise’s most accomplished players.And though Luke Walton monitored the workouts as the Lakers’ head coach, he also provided a reminder of the team’s more recent NBA championship success (2009, 2010). Clarkson, Nance and Zubac have proved worthy of the Lakers granting them looks.Clarkson went from a seldom-used rookie to one who started 38 games before the season was over. He kept that spot during his second season and eventually secured a four-year, $50 million contract.“It shows being picked as late second or late first doesn’t really matter as long as you come in there and seize your opportunity,” Clarkson said. “It’s about the work, what you come in with and what you produce on the floor. A lot of guys get caught up in the media hype and stuff like that. But it’s about, are you going to produce or are you not?“I feel like (that mindset) helped me every day. I’ve been in a lot of roles on this team. So it’s about continuing to do the same thing.”Over the past two seasons, Nance has proved himself as an electrifying dunker, a respected locker-room voice and an energy source coming off the bench.After becoming a fan favorite at last year’s Summer League, Zubac intrigued the Lakers and outside NBA talent evaluators with his long-term upside after becoming the team’s starting center.“They all found their niche and found what they’re successful at in helping a team,” Villanova senior forward Josh Hart said. “They excelled in that. It pays off for them.”The Lakers’ main priority of late involved evaluating UCLA guard Lonzo Ball, Kansas guard/forward Josh Jackson and Kentucky guard De’Aaron Fox as possible No. 2 picks.But the Lakers have also worked out dozens of other prospects in consideration for their No. 28 selection — and now potentially the No. 27 pick, after Tuesday’s stunning trade that shipped out guard D’Angelo Russell and center Timofey Mozgov for Brooklyn’s late first-round pick and center Brook Lopez — as well as their respective Summer League and training camp rosters.It does not appear the Lakers have narrowed their focus to a few candidates. But Turner Sports NBA analyst Stu Jackson called Hart the most appealing. After helping Villanova to a national championship during his junior season, Hart averaged 18.7 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists as a senior.“You’re getting the consummate team player, a guy that can play well within a system and a guy that is tough and competitive,” Jackson said of Hart. “He’s a seasoned four-year player that has been through some competitive games and has fought through adversity.”The Lakers have a soft spot for overcoming adversity, a trait they saw in Clarkson, Nance and Zubac.After two years at Tulsa, Clarkson spent his junior season at University of Missouri fighting inconsistency while grieving over his father having a form of back cancer that has since subsided.At the University of Wyoming, Nance nursed a season-ending ACL in his right knee midway through his junior season before mononucleosis hampered him during his senior year. Yet, Nance led the Cowboys to the 2015 Mountain West Conference championship and the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance in 13 years.After playing professionally against grown men for three seasons in Europe, Zubac, now 20, impressed the Lakers with his steady growth in his post play, hook shot, jumper, defense and conditioning.“They develop their players big time,” SMU junior forward Semi Ojeleye said of the Lakers. “That’s big time for a young player and a rookie coming in. You’re going to have your struggles and you’re going to have an adjustment being in the big leagues. But it helps if you’re going to go into an organization where they care about you.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

first_imgSumner Newscow report — Sometimes you never know. Pretty Prairie came into the contest against Caldwell with a 5-0 record and had given up just one touchdown all season. But that impressive stat came to a crashing halt when the Bluejays whipped Pretty Prairie 48-24.The Bluejays would take a 14-8 first quarter lead, and held a 26-24 advantage at the half. Caldwell would not allow a score for the rest of the ball game.Caldwell quarterback Colten Ward had a sensational ballgame. He would account for four touchdowns, running for 11, 20, 3, and 9 yard touchdowns. He was 10-19 for 164 yards passing and 21 carries for 107 yards rushing. The total yards was almost even with Caldwell edging Pretty Prairie 319 to 309 yards.The full stats can be found here: Box Scores for Caldwell @ Pretty PrairieFollow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

first_imgThanks to Arijit Singh’s Facebook rant, which he deleted within hours of posting, everyone came to know that he had recorded a song for Salman Khan’s upcoming film Sultan and that he desperately wanted it to be included in the soundtrack.ALSO READ: Salman Khan’s version of Jag Ghoomeya cannot be missedALSO READ: Vivek Oberoi praises Salman Khan’s look in Sultan The song in question is Jag Ghoomeya. While a version by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is a part of the film’s official soundtrack, Salman Khan later recorded the song in his voice, which has become quite popular of late. Arijit Singh’s version was promptly dropped.Now, Salman bhai has publicly responded to rumours that it was he who insisted that Arijit’s version be not used. He clarified that the producers took the final call on the singer.In a recently held event, Salman Khan said, “In every movie, there are lots of singers who are replaced. People come and sing. Its directors and producers who then make the choice that who would be the best voice for the film. One voice was mine as well, my voice was also rejected. They shouldn’t be upset, its life.”Taking a dig at Arijit Singh’s facebook post, Salman added, “And then come those smart comments and posts. So the intention is understood why it has been written.”Jag Ghoomeya is a traditional, rustic love track on the lines of Dabangg’s Tere Mast Mast Do Nain. The lyrics have been penned by Irshad Kamil while the song has been scored by Vishal-Shekhar, composing for a Salman Khan movie for the first time.advertisementThe Ali Abbas Zafar-directed sports-drama will feature Salman in the role of a Haryanvi wrestler. The film also stars Anushka Sharma, Randeep Hooda and Amit Sadh.Sultan is slated to release on July 6 this year.last_img read more