Murderer gets washing machine back but he will have to wait…

first_imgPrint Facebook Advertisement Twitter NewsBreaking newsMurderer gets washing machine back but he will have to wait for his clothesBy admin – January 10, 2014 852 WhatsAppcenter_img Linkedin Previous articleCyclist dies following collision with car in LimerickNext articleNumbers signing on in Limerick drop admin Email Andrew CareyA CONVICTED Limerick murderer is to get his washing machine back from the State after gardai seized during the investigation of the murder of Ger McMahon in January 2012 – however he will have to wait for his clothes and mobile phone.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up This week, Sean Flanagan (28) of Lenihan Avenue, Prospect, applied to the district court for the return of a washing machine seized by gardai.His brother Ian, convicted of impeding the garda murder investigation also looked for the return of mobile phones and clothes from the State.Inspector Dermot O’Connor told Judge Eugene O’Kelly at Limerick District Court that the State was finished with the washing machine but the clothes and mobile phone had “evidential value”, pending any further proceedings.The 28-year-old was found guilty, along with his uncle, 46-year-old Paul Colbert, of stabbing Mr McMahon in January 2012 at the steps of a house on Lenihan Avenue. 43-year-old Gerard McMahon died a short time later in hospital as a result of being stabbed 13 times with a knife and hatchet.Ian Flanagan, 24, was found guilty of impeding the Garda investigation into the fatal stabbing. He hid CCTV footage and thus impeding the apprehension of his brother and uncle.Both Colbert and Sean Flanagan were sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Ger McMahon and Ian Flanagan is to be sentenced later this month.last_img read more


CAPTURE-ing movement in freely behaving animals

first_img Harvard scientists reconstruct the evolution of terrestrial movement in early tetrapods Related From fins to limbs and water to land Movement monitor Scientists studying the movement of animals have longed for a motion-capture method similar to the one Hollywood animators use to create spectacular big-screen villains (think Thanos in “The Avengers”).Now a team of Harvard-led scientists has made a breakthrough, assembling a new system combining motion capture and deep learning to continuously track the 3D movements of freely behaving animals. The project, which monitors how the brain controls behavior, has the potential to help combat human disease or advance the creation of artificial intelligence.The system, called continuous appendicular and postural tracking using retroreflector embedding — CAPTURE, for short — delivers what’s believed to be an unprecedented look at how animals move and behave naturally. This can one day lead to new understandings of how the brain functions.“It’s really a technique that will end up informing a lot of neuroscience, psychology, drug discovery, [and disciplines] where questions of behavioral characterization and phenotyping are important,” said Bence Ölveczky, a professor in the Harvard Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology.Up to now, no technology has captured intricate details of an animal’s natural behavior for extended periods of time. Recording precise animal movements during simple tasks, like pressing a lever, is possible, but because of the limited range of movements and behaviors scientists have been able to explore, it isn’t clear if the insights gained can lead to a general understanding of brain function.CAPTURE starts the push beyond those limitations. It uses a series of custom markers that are attached to an animal, like tiny earrings, to track the position of the animal’s whole body nonstop with a 12-camera array. This lets them digitally reconstruct the animal’s skeletal pose and measure its normal movements for weeks at a time. With that data, the scientists can then develop new algorithms to create a foundational map of an animal’s normal behaviors. These behavioral maps can then be compared with maps when the animal is in an altered state, giving researchers an exact look at even some of the most subtle differences.CAPTURE is described in a study recently published in Neuron. Harvard postdoctoral fellow Jesse Marshall led the project. Working with him and Ölveczky were William Wang ’20 and Diego E. Aldarondo, a student at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Right now, CAPTURE has been designed to work only on rats, but the team plans to expand to other animals in the future.,“The large camera array works the way you would track actors for making Gollum [in the ‘Lord of the Rings’] or other types of animation,” Marshall said. “We use it to precisely measure the position of their head and limbs and then there’s a lot of analysis on top of that that enables the detection of behaviors and the isolation of other components [like behavioral organization].”Marshall spent months researching the constraints and advantages of existing movement technologies before settling on motion capture. He then spent six months figuring out what type of marker would stay attached for long periods of time.“Traditional markers from Hollywood are made of foam, and that wasn’t going to fly with rats,” Marshall said.Working with local veterinarians, the team designed custom body piercings made of specialized reflective glass and attached them to 20 locations on the rats’ bodies. With the markers in place, they let the rats explore a naturalistic area and tracked their movements using the cameras 24/7 for weeks.The researchers mapped out natural behaviors such as grooming, rearing, and walking and showed how those movements are organized into structured patterns, like the arrangement of words into sentences.The team then looked at how those behaviors and patterns changed in response to two stimulants, caffeine and amphetamine. As expected, both drugs caused the rats to move around more, but they did so in different ways. Caffeine amped them up, but they explored their cage normally. Amphetamine, on the other hand, shifted their behavior in novel ways and made them quite disturbed, Marshall said. They ran around in repeated, sequential patterns. An open-source AI tool for studying movement across behaviors and species When the team studied rats with a form of autism, the data showed another surprise.The scientists saw the rats perform abnormal grooming patterns that hadn’t been described before. Grooming pattern alterations could be an important indicator used to model repetitive movements observed in people with autism, but they traditionally have been difficult to measure. The scientists say detecting these types of subtle and precise behavioral deficits are important in getting a better handle on many diseases and could be one of the prime uses of CAPTURE.Other efforts to expand CAPTURE include combining their data with recordings of neural activity to map the relationship between brain signals and behavior across the full set of natural movements a rat performs. They are also working with Google DeepMind to use CAPTURE to help model how the brain produces behavior, and potentially to make new advances in artificial intelligence.“We’re only going to go deeper,” Marshall said.This research was supported with funding from the Helen Hay Whitney Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Segal Family Foundation.last_img read more


It’s Official! Doctor Zhivago is Heading to Broadway in Spring 2015

first_img The stage adaptation, featuring a book by Lucy Simon and lyrics by Michael Korie and Amy Powers, premiered in 2006 at La Jolla Playhouse. A heavily revised version opened at the Lyric Theatre in Sydney, Australia with Annie star Anthony Warlow in the lead role under the direction of Tony winner McAnuff (The Who’s Tommy, Jersey Boys). Related Shows View Comments Doctor Zhivago We now have confirmation that the previously reported long-brewing musical adaptation of Doctor Zhivago will open on the Great White Way in the spring of 2015. According to an equity casting notice the show will begin rehearsals on February 2, 2015 and officially open in April. Directed by Des McAnuff with choreography by Kelly Devine, the tuner is expected to play the Broadway Theatre following the closing of Cinderella on January 3. Based on the 1957 novel by Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago details the life of Yuri Zhivago, a physician and poet, during the Russian Revolution of 1905 and World War II. The story is best known from the hit 1965 film starring Omar Sharif and Julie Christie. Show Closed This production ended its run on May 10, 2015last_img read more


Tuesday November 5th Local Sports

first_imgAMES — Iowa State returns to the spot of a breakthrough win in 2017 when they visit ninth ranked Oklahoma. Two years ago the Cyclones stunned the third ranked Sooners 38-31 and would go on to post eight wins in Matt Campbell’s second season as head coach.Quarterback Brock Purdy had three interceptions in the fourth quarter of a loss to Oklahoma State. Campbell expects the sophomore to bounce back with a strong effort.Campbell says the first priority of the bye week was to rest and get healthy.Kickoff in Norman on Saturday is scheduled for 7 o’clock. —- Regional volleyball championship matches== 4A Region 6 last night in Manchester#5 West Delaware 3-0 Charles City (25-12, 25-16, 25-10)== 2A Region 2 tonight at Garner —- #5 Osage (35-6) vs. Emmetsburg (20-11) AMES — Iowa State will be without two freshman when they open the season tonight at home against Mississippi Valley State. Marcedus Leech and Luke Anderson informed coach Steve Prohm they are leaving the team.Prohm says both intend to transfer.Prohm says he wants to see the Cyclones play the right way in the opener.Tipoff at Hilton Coliseum tonight is scheduled for 7 o’clock. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have declined a $7.5 million option on left-hander Martin Pérez and made a $17.8 million qualifying offer to All-Star right-hander Jake Odorizzi. Pérez will receive a $500,000 buyout as part of a contract agreed to last winter that paid him a $3.5 million salary this year. IOWA CITY — Joe Wieskamp led five Iowa players in double figures with 19 points as the Hawkeyes beat Lindsey Wilson College 96-58 in exhibition play last night, as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO. After redshirting a year ago CJ Fredrick made his Hawkeye debut with 18 points, including four of five from three point range.The Hawkeyes had 26 assists on 34 baskets.Iowa has their season opener on Friday when they host Southern Illinois-Edwardsville. Tipoff is at 8 o’clock. We’ll join the game in progress after the St. Ansgar-Earlham Class A football quarterfinal round game on AM-1300 KGLO.last_img read more