Amputee’s jail term postponed to allow him get spare leg

first_imgNewsAmputee’s jail term postponed to allow him get spare legBy Staff Reporter – October 30, 2014 885 Email Twitter by Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A CONVICTED amputee is to give himself up to the the Governor of Limerick Prison this Halloween after a sentencing judge postponed jailing him to allow him get a spare prosthetic leg ahead of serving a two year prison sentence for stabbing his friend at the house party on New Years Day three years ago.Vincent Leamy (42), originally from Castleconnell but with an address in Pineview Gardens, Moyross, admitted assault causing serious harm to his friend through multiple stab wounds including a laceration to the kidney.Judge Carroll Moran heard that Leamy was invited to a New Year house party with friends but a dispute developed between the two men in the kitchen of the injured party’s home.Offensive comments were made and the defendant said that he was jealous of the lifestyle of his friend.The dispute escalated and Leamy stabbed his friend in the cheek, upper neck, hand and abdomen when he was asked to leave the house.The injured man went to bed unaware of the extent of his injuries but he was taken to hospital the next morning when his partner noticed the blood and wounds infliced the previous night.The stab wound to his abdomen had caused a laceration to his kidney and Judge Moran said it was lucky for both the injured party and the accused that the extent of the injuries was not much more serious”.Having adjourned the case for a year to see if Leamy could stay out of trouble and off drink and drugs, Judge Moran was told that the accused man had three serious convictions for drug offences in the meantime.Defence Counsel Brian McInerney argued that there was no evidence before the court that his client had taken drugs but Judge Moran said he was “peddling” drugs.Mr McInerney said his client, who has a prosthetic limb, has his “own medical difficulties in life that burden him on a daily basis”.Judge Moran said the use of knives in a dispute was “quite unacceptable” and can have catastrophic consequences.Imposing a three year sentence, Judge Moran suspended the final year and agreed to defer the sentence for one week, given Mr Leamy’s medical needs.Leamy gave an undertaking to present himself at the gates of Limerick Prison at 1pm on October 31. Advertisement Previous articleUnemployed in Limerick are ‘harassed’ by Government’s dole cut threatNext articleWalter Mitty style fraudster faces arrest in Spain Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.iecenter_img Linkedin Facebook Print WhatsApplast_img read more

Physiological constraints on living and fossil brachiopods

first_imgAsh-free-dry-weight determinations for a representative range of living brachiopod genera have revealed that a consistently high proportion of total organic mass is contained within the shell, partly as the organic matrix for biomineralisation and partly as minute extensions of the mantle tissues (caeca) housed within hollow endopunctae permeating the shell. On average 40% to 50% of the total organic mass of both articulate and inarticulate brachiopods is situated within the shell. This is true even for a rhynchonellid brachiopod which does not possess endopunctae, but which has a more dense protein matrix in its shell. The effectively hidden constituent of brachiopod tissue mass which is included in this component has often been overlooked, and as a result total metabolic tissue mass has been underestimated. This throws into question some previous interpretations of brachiopod respiratory and metabolic data. The oxygen consumption rates of several living brachiopods have been measured, and when respiring tissue in caeca in the shell is taken into consideration, it is clear that brachiopod metabolic rates are low when compared with other marine invertebrates (e.g. between 10% and 50% of the oxygen uptake of comparable gastropods and bivalve molluscs held in similar conditions). This low rate cannot be attributed to a slower pumping rate by the brachiopod lophophore, as has been suggested, because the rate of water movement is comparable to that across the bivalve gill. Nitrogen excretion rates have also been measured for a few living brachiopods, allowing a comparison with rates of oxygen consumption and providing an indication of the metabolic substrates used. These data on oxygen: nitrogen ratios suggest that one Antarctic brachiopod utilises exclusively protein as a metabolic substrate, while a temperate latitude species uses mainly protein during winter but lipids and carbohydrates during summer months. Histological observations, particularly of Terebratulina retusa from temperate waters, show that a specialised tissue layer in the brachiopod outer mantle epithelium proximal to the shell may be the site of storage of the protein that is metabolised during winter, and of carbohydrate mobilised during gonadal development in summer. The caeca have also been suggested as sites of storage of metabolites, and the possible relationships between these areas of mantle are discussed. It seems that the ability to store nutrients in the mantle, combined with flexibility of substrate utilisation and an inherently low metabolic rate, have been important factors in brachiopod evolution.last_img read more

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Art for all

first_imgWhat was really heart warming to see was that this year the lesser privileged and specially-abled children were given special attention by Theatre in Education Co and NSD.As a special initiative by the T.I.E Co, NSD reached out to these specially-abled and under privileged children. Participating school’s were Blind School Amar colony, Institute for Mentally Handicapped, Anchal Special School NDMC and Gyanshakti Vidyalaya. With this initiative NSD intends to inspire and include the specially-abled children and create a mass movement by encouraging their participation for the next year’s event. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Focusing education of children, Sanskaar Rang Toli held special performances in the morning session with various schools who has tied up with NSD. The students also had discussions with art experts present and attend various workshops organised during the day.’This year by including the specially-abled children we are looking forward to their participation in the next year’s festival. We want to educate, entertain and initiate,’ said Waman Kendre, NSD, Director.last_img read more

Egg freezing attracting young Indians but no social approval

first_imgFormer Miss World Diana Hayden, 42, gave new hope to women who are in no rush to becoming mothers when she gave birth to her first child born out of her egg that she froze eight years ago.  But while young Indians feel that freezing of human egg is a smart move for career-oriented women, social stigma continues to be attached to the new-age fertilisation process, say medical experts. Egg freezing is still not very popular in India, said Shobha Gupta, medical director and IVF Specialist at Mother’s Lap IVF Centre.   Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“People in India still open their eyes wide if they hear such things, especially in joint and conservative families. On the other hand, IVF has been accepted widely in India, but egg freezing is yet to gain approval or social acceptability in India,” said Gupta.  Another expert, Anubha Singh, gynecologist and IVF expert at Shantah IVF Centre, said that “egg freezing is not a normal procedure like IVF or surrogacy, but if you are an individual and you don’t need any family member’s approval, you can definitely go for this”.   Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe procedure, however, has caught people’s attention here in the past two to three years.  Singh said it was in 2014 when technology conglomerates Apple and Facebook announced that they will pay for the egg freezing process of their women employees.  “They took the decision to attract more female employees and maintain their retention rates so that they may have prolonged careers,” said Singh.  Internationally, egg freezing is a route that Hollywood celebrities like Sofia Vergara and Kim Kardashain have taken. And in India, Diana has set an example. Is the method more popular among celebrities than commoners?  “Egg freezing is a costly affair and is mostly taken up by high-profile people,” Gupta said.   The costs of preserving eggs is very high. In India, freezing embryos costs Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000 per month, and the frozen embryo transfer cycle costs Rs 100,000 to Rs 200,000 per cycle. Embryo transfer is the main part of the IVF process – and it usually takes 10 to 15 days to be injected in a woman’s womb.  Thus, egg freezing is mostly popular among Page 3 celebrities or among people with higher spending powers, Gupta added.  “Many couples who work for IT firms, BPOs and in management backgrounds are busy with their careers and delay the baby-making process, thereby, giving them a reason to opt for freezing their sperms or eggs. Besides a prosperous career, the uncertainty of marriage and fear of infertility are two other major factors contributing to this trend (of increasing queries on egg-freezing),” she said. But before taking a decision, be aware that egg freezing isn’t a sureshot guarantee of pregnancy.last_img read more

Will do everything to ensure development in Hills Mamata

first_imgDarjeeling: With the new-found success in rallying the anti-BJP forces at the historic Brigade Parade Ground, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will now focus on Darjeeling constituency. During her ongoing visit, she will interact with the Hill outfits to check the advances of the saffron camp in the constituencies, feel political observers.Interestingly, the BJP’s political journey in Bengal had started from the Darjeeling Lok Sabha constituency. Riding piggyback on the Gorkhaland demand, the BJP heavyweight candidates managed to emerge victorious from Darjeeling backed by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) in 2009 and again in 2014, thereby, gaining a foothold in Bengal politics. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedHowever, the drastic change in the Hill’s political equations following the agitation and the 105-day-long bandh in 2017 has resulted in the BJP taking a back seat. There is widespread resentment over the BJP’s calculated silence during the unrest, despite having a heavyweight MP from the constituency. With the change of guards in the GJM and the Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) emerging as an important power centre, the Chief Minister will now take both these forces into confidence and majorly succeed in the Hills, feel observers. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseDuring the five-day-long visit to Darjeeling, she will be meeting leaders of both the GJM and GNLF. Binay Tamang, president, GJM, was present at the Brigade Parade Ground and has already pledged support to the anti-BJP coalition. Sources state that a six-member GNLF delegation led by president Mann Ghising will be meeting Mamata Banerjee in Darjeeling on January 22. Talking to newsmen in Kolkata before boarding the flight to Bagdogra, Banerjee mentioned that Mann Ghising would be meeting her in Darjeeling. A GNLF source stated that the party will be submitting a memorandum to her at the Richmond Hill on January 22. “The memorandum will stress on the 6th Scheduled status to the Darjeeling and Kalimpong Hills. There has to be an administrative setup with a constitutional guarantee. If the Chief Minister’s response is positive, then we will have the political space to approach our supporters and decide on a collective move for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections,” stated the source. The Chief Minister in her address at the Uttarbanga Utsav in Siliguri on Monday stated that there are constant attempts of creating unrest in the Darjeeling Hills. “However, we are with the Hills. We will do everything within our capacity to ensure development in the Hills. Development, inclusiveness and humanity are pillars of our brand of politics. I want a peaceful and beautiful Darjeeling. We will give you everything. You don’t have to ask the Centre,” she assured. Along with holding political parlays, the Chief Minister will also be attending the state government-organised birth anniversary celebrations at the Darjeeling Chowrasta on January 23. It is scheduled to start at 2 pm and will include inauguration and laying of foundation stone of various projects. Distribution of government benefit schemes to beneficiaries will also take place.last_img read more

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