Blanket Coverage Podcast Episode 4

first_imgLinkedin Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award 2021 NFL Mock Draft (Part 1) Special The Blanket Coverage podcast. Photo by Jack Wallace and Noah Parker. Previous articleHorns down: Football knocks off No. 15 Texas, 37-27Next articleHoroscope: October 28, 2019 Keja Johnson RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Keja Johnson Facebook This author does not have any more posts. Twittercenter_img Facebook Linkedin TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks ReddIt printJack and Noah discuss the big college football news, including TCU dropping its third game, Wisconsin falling from the undefeated, Hurts dominating West Virginia, and Oregon as the single Pac-12 giant. We briefly go over pre-season NBA, nodding to our top picks for MVP and the championship. In NFL talk, we go over the Chargers-Titans wild finish, what an injured Mahomes takes away from the Chiefs and the woes of the Falcons and Dolphins. ReddIt Twitterlast_img read more

Limerick stab victim couldn’t identify attacker court told

first_imgNewsLimerick stab victim couldn’t identify attacker court toldBy Staff Reporter – June 22, 2017 931 Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Email Previous articleExtern to aid young offenders on bailNext articleTourist wants to thank unknown Limerick hero Staff Reporter Linkedin Facebook Twitter WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Printcenter_img Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WhatsApp The trial continues at the Special Criminal CourtTHE SPECIAL Criminal Court has heard that the victim of an attack could not identify the person who stabbed him after he had agreed to accept €5,000 compensation for a collision with a motorcyclist.The evidence was given by Limerick man David Foran (33) of Cornmarket Villas, in the trial of Larry McCarthy (37) of Tower Lodge Crossagalla, Old Cork Road, who is accused of threatening to use unlawful violence and of assaulting Mr Foran on November 15, 2014.Mr McCarthy has denied the charges before the three judge, non jury Special Criminal Court in Dublin.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The court heard that on the date in question, Mr Foran was cycling to his mother’s house when he was knocked down by a motorbike.Two days later, the motorcyclist called to Mr Foran and asked if the matter could be settled out of court as his insurance policy was not in place as the motorcyclist had been banned from driving.Mr Foran told the court that the motorcyclist wanted to “give me some money,” and that he had called to the house a number of times.“I told him if he wanted everything dropped, just pay ten grand.” but Mr Foran said that he was offered €5,000 instead.Subsequently, Mr Foran told the court that he was phoned and told to go and meet a person who would have the money.As Mr Foran entered the gate of Cornmarket Villas, six or seven people surrounded him he claimed.Mr Foran said that he could not describe the assailants. He was hit with a baseball bat and as he felt to the ground, the 33-year-old said that he was struck on the back several times before he was stabbed in the leg.When asked who stabbed him, Mr Foran said that he did not know.The trial continues in front of Ms Justice Isobel Kennedy, presiding, sitting with Judge Gerard Griffin and Judge Gerard Haughton. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” TAGSDavid ForanDublinLarry McCarthy jnrlimerickSpecial Criminal Court Advertisement Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

Donegal man guilty of “disgusting behaviour” in Derry

first_img 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic By News Highland – August 12, 2011 Donegal man guilty of “disgusting behaviour” in Derry Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Newsx Adverts Pinterest Google+ Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal center_img Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleIncrease in bottlenose dolphins off Donegal coastNext articleReferee dies after collapsing at Derry hurling match News Highland Twitter A Donegal man who was caught performing an indecent act in his car twice within days seemed to have ‘an obsession with this particular form of deviancy’ according to District Judge Barney McElholm.35 year-old Gavin Porter of Grange, Inch Island,  admitted two charges of indecent exposure in May this year he also pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol on May 15.The court was told that on May 15 security staff at Magee University saw Porter in a car performing an indecent act.The court heard the the car was similar to one that had been reported two days earlier for a similar incident.Police were called and when they spoke to Porter he said he had been watching a football match.Police detected alcohol and when tested Porter was found to be over the legal limit.Police examined CCTV and said that Porter could clearly be seen performing the indecent act in the car.When interviewed Porter admitted the indecent exposures.A defence solicitor told the court that Porter apologised for ‘this disgusting behaviour’ and he had been frank with the police.District Judge Barney McElholm said that Gardai had spoken to Porter about similar behaviour but no charges had followed.He said the defendant seemed to have an obsession with this sort of behaviour which he described as ‘bizarre’.He sentenced Porter to five months in prison suspended for three years and ordered him to sign the sex offender’s register for seven years.He also disqualified from driving for a year and fined him £200.He warned Porter that if he appeared again on any sex offences he would go straight to prison. Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+ Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

New virtual reality training tech takes cops directly into the minds of the mentally distressed

first_imgABC(NEW YORK) — It seems to happen almost every week: a cop in America is called to respond to some sort of disturbance -– a man with a weapon, a woman disrupting the midnight calm at an apartment complex, an escalating domestic dispute.Law enforcement arrives, confusion ensues, a shot is fired, and suddenly the subject is on the ground.Only in the aftermath does it emerge that the cop was not dealing with a violent criminal but someone having a psychiatric emergency: a schizophrenic episode, a problem with their medications, drug-induced psychosis, or a person with autism who is lost and cannot find the way to where they were going.Police in America confront these situations all the time but they are too often untrained and incapable of effectively de-escalating the incidents towards a peaceful conclusion, experts say.Already this year, at least 53 people diagnosed with mental illness have been shot and killed by U.S. police officers, according to a Washington Post database, which experts on police use of force described as among the most comprehensive of its kind.“If you look at fatal police encounters, a high percentage of these — some years as much as 25 percent: in 2017 it was close to 25 percent of all fatal shootings involving a police officers — were dealing with somebody with a diagnosed mental health issue,” said ABC News contributor John Cohen, a former street cop and senior official at the Department of Homeland Security, who studies police responses to violent encounters as a professor at Rutgers University in New Jersey.“And, frankly, I think that understates the problem, because a number of those people will have undiagnosed mental health problems,” he said. “It’s a huge issue.”Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told ABC News that “when I was out on the street [in Chicago] I would say that anywhere between … 45 percent and maybe 55 percent of the people that I encountered on the street in an arrest situation or a disturbance situation had some type of mental health challenges — whether it was autism, bipolar, schizophrenia, you know — all those things factor in to people that the police encounter on a daily basis.”The reasons for the increase in police interactions with those in psychiatric or emotional crisis are manifold, said Dr. Bill Lewinski, a leading behavioral scientist and founder of the non-profit Force Science Institute in Illinois, which studies police use of force.“We’ve seen a significant increase in officer contact with those in the midst of a personal crisis – and part of that is the opioid epidemic, part of it is a significant increase in diagnoses of those on the autism spectrum, and the third is an even greater tightening of [access to] facilities for those that have psychiatric issues.”But a promising new pilot program in Chicago is being hailed as a potentially groundbreaking new tool that uses virtual reality (VR) to help police better understand how to handle a subject who is in the midst of psychiatric distress.“This is really an innovative technology and it’s very compelling,” said Lewinski. “There are some verbal programs out there that allow you to hear what someone is hearing, as opposed to seeing and hearing – but virtual reality is on the forefront of teaching tools in this area.”Using training simulations created for video-gaming goggles, cops can now literally step into the shoes — and, more importantly, the minds – of those suffering from emotional disturbance.“I think it’s really imaginative to provide the police officers an experience of what a person who may be having a mental health crisis – what they’re hearing, what they’re seeing, what they’re perceiving, their surroundings – because that will give the officers more insight into how to respond to the person’s behavior,” said Cohen.“It’s part of a broader trend among law enforcement executives around the country that have recognized that their officers need to be better trained and have better resources available to more effectively deal with calls involving individual having some type of psychiatric episode,” said Cohen.‘You can’t get out’Last week, ABC News joined a training session at the Chicago Police academy, where officers donned headphones and gaming goggles to learn in the most visceral way possible what it feels like to experience a psychiatric crisis. ABC News reporters also got the opportunity to participate in the VR simulations – and they produce bracing experiences.Once you put on the headphones and goggles, you are suddenly immersed in a jarring scene in which bright lights are flashing ominously at you from different directions, multiple voices compete at varying volumes for your attention, and your vision blurs unpredictably. While this is happening, police officers are approaching you while a parent to the side is shouting instructions frantically to the police. No matter how you turn your head, you’re trapped inside the experience.“You can look around everywhere and not find yourself a way out of that scenario – you’re stuck in that guy’s head and you can’t get out,” said Laura Brown, senior director of training at Axon Enterprise, the Arizona-based company that develops technology and weapons products for law enforcement, formerly known as Taser International. Axon is perhaps best known for outfitting police departments around the country with body cameras that have become ubiquitous.Brown acknowledged that the VR training can be an intense emotional experience, even for hardened veteran cops.“We put a lot of warnings out that this could trigger folks,” Brown said, before stressing the underlying aim of the training: empathy.“We’re helping [officers] to develop that sense of empathy [for the mentally ill] — how people with that condition might be experiencing the world.”She said that in her experience training officers, most are certainly aware of the symptoms of mental illness, but that few if any have ever had the opportunity to literally experience the spectrum of sensations that a person in psychiatric distress is feeling.“The ‘aha’ moment we get is not so much, ‘oh, they hear things’ or ‘oh, they see things,’ but what the individual feels. If you’re going through a psychotic episode, you feel rational.”Brown said that Axon has trained about 1,000 instructors to date who can implement the VR training to police nationwide.One Chicago police officer who was particularly anxious to participate in the virtual reality training sessions is Officer John Tolley, whose son is schizophrenic.“That’s one reason I wanted to get in on this … if I can help train officers how to deal with this, because … I have a more intimate view of it,” Tolley told ABC News correspondent Gio Benitez. “My son is now 19, and I have watched him grow with this disease since he first told it to me at 10 years old.” ‘“And if I can break the stigma on it with some of these officers, you know, and let them understand that it’s … it’s a disease, you know? You don’t do anything yourself to get this. It just comes on you … no one is at fault for it. And if I can help officers understand that and break the stigma, that’s why I want to be in here.”‘De-institutionalization’The existing mental health crisis in America dates back to 1955, with the introduction of Thorazine, the first effective anti-psychotic medication, and a simultaneous nationwide push a decade later with the creation of Medicaid and Medicare towards de-institutionalization – a nationwide campaign to move the mentally-ill out of state psychiatric institutions and into community medical centers, or to live independently on their own.The population of severely mentally ill patients in public psychiatric hospitals plunged from 558,239 in 1955 to 71,619 in 1994, according to “Out of the Shadows: Confronting America’s Mental Illness Crisis,” by Dr. E. Fuller Torrey. A study published in 2010 by the National Sheriffs’ Association and the non-profit Treatment Advocacy Center found that there were three times more severely mentally ill people in America’s jails and prisons than its hospitals.“There’s a direct connection between decreases in funding for in and outpatient mental health services and an increase in police encounters with mental ill persons,” observed Cohen. “Increasingly, state and local law enforcement agencies have become the response mechanism for communities to deal with individuals involved in mental health crises.”This decades-long de-institutionalization process reached a crisis point on September 24, 1987, when police in Memphis, Tennessee responded to a call about Joseph Dewayne Robinson, a 27-year-old paranoid schizophrenic who reportedly cut and stabbed himself with a butcher knife as many as 120 times. Police responded, confusion ensued, shots were fired and Robinson ended up dead.That incident led to the creation by the Memphis Police Department of crisis intervention training (CIT) – which spread to thousands of departments around the country and the globe and is now a 40-hour course considered to be the gold standard in U.S. police training to deal with mentally and emotionally-disturbed subjects.‘I am God! I am in outer space!”The Chicago Police Department knows this tragic scenario all too well. In 2015, Officer Robert Rialmo fatally shot Quintonio LeGrier, 19, after the teenager had called 911 three times asking that an officer be sent to his address.During the calls, the first of which was made at 4:18 a.m. the day after Christmas and the last of which was placed three minutes later, LeGrier repeatedly said that he needed help and wanted an officer sent to his address. The 911 dispatcher sounded frustrated by Quintonio’s refusal to answer her questions, and at one point, she terminated one of the calls.When asked what was wrong, LeGrier responded: “Someone is ruining my life.”It would emerge later that LeGrier had been the subject of numerous police encounters in the months leading up to his death for exhibiting increasingly erratic behavior. After one incident in which LeGrier allegedly stared down and then chased a female student at Northern Illinois University, he was involuntarily committed to an area hospital for psychiatric evaluation after repeatedly telling cops “I am God! I am in outer space!” according to the Chicago Tribune.When LeGrier was fatally shot by police, his 55-year-old neighbor, Bettie Jones, was also killed by police bullets — compounding the tragedy with a collateral killing.The shooting was ruled unjustified and Johnson, the Chicago Police Superintendent, has said that the right training could have made the difference.“I think that if a CIT-trained officer had responded and had enough time to observe and communicate with an individual, then there may have been a different outcome,” Johnson told ABC News.Given the dramatic increase in mental health crises nationwide, the kind of deeply-engaging training that Axon’s VR simulators offer is vital to American policing, according to Lewinski, who has a PhD in police psychology and is a professor emeritus of law enforcement at Minnesota State University.“As long as we are sending law enforcement in to be the front line responders to those in perceptual, cognitive, mental or chemically-induced crisis, they really need to know how their actions are being perceived by those subjects,” he told ABC News. “This is an important, almost foundation awareness they need. And the [Axon virtual reality training program] is “a really hot topic, the next step in police training.”“We need to get better in a number of ways to figure out how to develop social and emotional intelligence for those working in the streets with those in crisis. And this is one of the ways of helping police officers get inside the heads of those in crisis,” Lewinski continued. “It’s the beginning of building social intelligence in U.S. law enforcement.”Lewinski said that American police officers are all too aware of the gap between traditional police training and some of the clinical skill sets necessary to deal with today’s emotionally-disturbed subjects.“We have just spent a million dollars, three years of research, two full-time PhDs, two full-time Masters-level students and made thousands of videos of police training,” he said of his institute’s most recent work.“And our conclusion is that there is no profession whose training is so important, and so impactful, that spends so little on training,”“No other profession sends professionals out with so little support and so little training – especially because they can take away people’s lives and liberties,” Lewinski concluded.“And is there a crisis in the policing world over this? Yes.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Utah Men’s Basketball Picked Eighth in Preseason Media Poll

first_img Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSAN FRANCISCO-Thursday, the Utah men’s basketball team was selected to finish eighth in the Pac-12 upon the release of the media’s preseason poll at the conference’s men’s basketball media day at San Francisco.The Utes, who went 23-12 last season and lost in the NIT championship game to Penn State, went 11-7 in league play and were slated to finish seventh.Utah garnered 122 votes from the media.For the second time in the past three seasons, Oregon was picked to win the conference title as the Ducks received 16 of a possible 25 first place votes.The Utes return nine players from last season’s squad, including returning starters in senior guards Sedrick Barefield and Parker Van Dyke.The Utes added another senior in forward Novak Topalovic, a Serbian national and graduate transfer from Idaho State.Utah’s returning juniors include center Jayce Johnson and guard Beau Rydalch as well as Marc Reinengier.The Utes’ returning sophomores include forward Donnie Tillman and guard Christian Popoola.Redshirt freshmen to suit up include guards Vante Hendrix and Brooks King.Topalovic is among nine transfers to join the Utah program. Others include College of Southern Idaho transfer, junior guard Charles Jones Jr. and forward/center Brandon Morley from SLCC.The incoming freshmen are guard Naseem Gaskin of Oakland, Calif., forward Both Gach of Austin, Minn., guard Kevin Kremer of Chico, Calif., forward Timmy Allen of Mesa, Ariz., forward Riley Battin of Oak Park, Calif. and Senegalese national, forward Lahat Thioune. Written by Tags: Beau Rydalch/Both Gach/Brandon Morley/Brooks King/Charles Jones Jr./Christian Popoola/Donnie Tillman/Jayce Johnson/Kevin Kremer/Lahat Thioune/Naseem Gaskin/Novak Topalovic/Oregon/Pac 12/Parker Van Dyke/Penn State/Riley Battin/Sedrick Barefield/Timmy Allen/Utah Men’s Basketball/Vante Hendrix October 11, 2018 /Sports News – Local Utah Men’s Basketball Picked Eighth in Preseason Media Polllast_img read more

Basic Energy Services buys NexTier’s well services business for $94m

first_img Basic Energy Services has acquired NexTier’s well services business (Credit: Pixabay/skeeze) Wellsite services company Basic Energy Services has purchased NexTier’s well services business for around $94m.NexTier production operations, known as C&J Well Services, is claimed to be the third largest rig servicing provider in the US.C&J Well Services has significant operations in CaliforniaOriginally formed by Frank Pool in 1948 in San Angelo, Texas, C&J Well Services currently has significant operations in California.The acquisition of NexTier production operations will allow Basic to expand its workover fleet, which includes 411 high spec rigs. The deal will also enable the company to have around 5,000 employees across 11 states.C&J Well Services also expands Basic’s presence in the Permian, California and other major oil basins, by adding its blue-chip customers.C&J Well Services current senior vice president Jack Renshaw will join Basic to manage the newly formed Western Region, which includes all California and Rocky Mountain operations.Basic Energy Services president and CEO Keith Schilling said: “Starting with the near-complete sale of our pumping services assets, we have taken important steps to bolster our core production-focused businesses, enhance our credit profile and ultimately position the Company for future growth and leadership.“With an expanded customer base in active basins, achievable synergies and an enhanced cash flow and credit profile, Basic will be well positioned to increase stockholder value.“In addition, by combining these businesses, we believe we will leverage our premier assets and geographic positions to efficiently manage through market cycles.”Morgan Stanley acted as financial advisor to Basic Energy Services, while Weil, Gotshal & Manges served as its legal advisor to the company.The transaction was completed on 9 March, following the signing of the definitive agreement between the parties. C&J Well Services is said to be the third largest rig servicing provider in the USlast_img read more

OUSU to campaign against raise in tuition fees

first_imgOUSU have released a statement and a video outlining their opposition to Oxford University’s plan to raise tuition fees for new home and EU students to £9,250 per year from 2017-2018.In their statement, OUSU state that, “We have made the case repeatedly that the fee increase is unfair and damaging, and have urged the University not to progress any further with this plan of action.” They also note that students came to Oxford believing fees would be £9000 per year, and that they might have chosen to go to similar universities, like Cambridge, which have chosen not to raise their fees.As well as reiterating their disappointment at this decision, OUSU have started a petition “to express student anger at fees increasing for continuing students”. They have also announced that they are using Freedom of Information requests “asking to see the legal advice sought by the University and various colleges on this fee increase”, to “give complete assurance to our students that the adequate processes have been followed”.last_img read more

Creedence Clearwater Revival Releases 50th-Anniversary Music Video For “Fortunate Son” [Watch]

first_imgRoots-rock legends Creedence Clearwater Revival are beginning to mark the 50th anniversary of their self-titled debut album, released at the beginning of the summer of 1968. Today, the band released a special new music video for their Vietnam protest anthem, “Fortunate Son”. The video, helmed by veteran music-video director Ben Fee, featured joyous clips of a racially and socially diverse swath of modern-day, working-class Americans living their lives—being American—and echoing the song’s enduring populist refrain: “It ain’t me.”As the band notes in a Facebook post, “As the United States speeds towards an anniversary of its own on July 4th, we’re kicking off CCR’s 50th with the first-ever official music video for one of the band’s most enduring classics, ‘Fortunate Son,’ a song as vital now as ever.”“For me, protest right now is just showing pure positivity in the face of division and anger,” says the new video’s director, Ben Fee, “I wanted to highlight the community and positivity that everybody shares… I wanted to show what America feels like when you actually hit the road and drive throughout the states.”Watch the new video for Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Fortunate Son” below:Creedence Clearwater Revival – “Fortunate Son” [Official Video][Video: Creedence Clearwater Revival]Creedence Clearwater Revival has a variety of other 50th-anniversary plans in the works for this year. According to a release from the band, record label Craft Recordings “will be honoring the band’s musical legacy via a diverse array of media, products and events; including a special release coming this fall. The fête will also provide fans with new ways to engage with CCR online-sharing their memories, streaming new content, and diving deeper into the band’s legendary history.”You can head to the new dedicated Creedence Clearwater Revival 50th-anniversary website,, for more information on upcoming news and releases.[H/T NPR]last_img read more

Ecuador Seizes Submarine With Capacity For 12 Tons Of Drugs On Border With Colombia

first_imgBy Dialogo July 08, 2010 A submarine with the capacity to transport up to twelve tons of drugs was seized on the Ecuadorean border with Colombia, Ecuadorean police and military authorities announced Sunday. “If it were a matter of transporting drugs to different countries, (the submarine’s capacity is) ten to twelve tons,” the head of the anti-narcotics police, Joel Loaiza, told the press. He added that “the drug traffickers, using different methods, continue innovating in their activities in this country.” The custom-made submarine was located empty, near the town of San Lorenzo, in the coastal province of Esmeraldas (in northwestern Ecuador, bordering on Colombia). Another submarine was also seized in May, fifteen meters long by three meters wide and with a capacity of about four tons. That vessel, which was empty and which according to the authorities was used to transport narcotics to the United States and Mexico by way of the Pacific Ocean, was found in the coastal province of El Oro (in southwestern Ecuador, bordering on Peru). Loaiza indicated that the submarine found in San Lorenzo “is much larger” and was located near residential structures capable of housing fifty people and “a special cove where drugs were possibly stored.” At the same time, the head of the Ecuadorean Navy’s Northern Command, Carlos Albuja, declared Sunday that the operation to find the vessel “has been underway for the last week.” He added that the operation was also put into motion “in order to secure other areas where there might possibly be a presence of illegal groups.” Coca-leaf cultivation remains little developed in Ecuador, the Andean country with the least drug production, according to the most recent UN report, released Friday in Quito. “We continue to be a transit country (for drugs), although this isn’t a comfort,” the attorney-general, Washington Pesántez, indicated for his part. Ten laboratories were destroyed in Ecuador in 2009, and 68.5 tons of drugs were seized, including 64 tons of cocaine, according to the police.last_img read more

When it comes to saving money, millennials are killing it

first_img continue reading » If you’re among the crowd who believe the current crop of 18-to-29-year-olds are a wasteful bunch, with zero smarts about money, a new survey may have you eating some crow.It turns out that those youngsters, otherwise known as millennials, are saving a bigger chunk of their paychecks than any other age group, according to a fresh survey from 191 millennial adults reported saving 6% to 10% of their income. Of those aged 30 to 49, just 169 reported saving as much, with the total moving down to 144 for those aged 50 to 64.“Millennials have a greater inclination toward saving, for both emergencies and retirement, than we’ve seen from previous generations,” said Bankrate’s chief financial analyst Greg McBride, cited in a Bankrate story on the monthly Financial Security Index survey, which polled 1,000 adults in early March. 35SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more