John Downey remanded in custody after extradition

first_imgJohn Downey has been remanded in custody charged with the murders of two UDR soldiers, after being extradited from the Republic of Ireland.The 67 year old Creeslough man appeared before Omagh Magistrates Court on Saturday. Downey was first detained in the Republic of Ireland in October 2018 under a European arrest warrant.He fought extradition but lost his most recent appeal, and handed himself in to Gardaí (Irish police) on Friday.Downey is wanted by prosecutors in connection with the murders of UDR soldiers Alfred Johnston, 32 and a father of four, and James Eames 33, a father of three.Both were killed in a bomb attack in Enniskillen in 1972.Mr Downey is also accused of aiding and abetting an explosion.The BBC reports that a crowd of supporters, including Sinn Fein representatives, gathered outside the court ahead of the hearing.A Detective Chief Inspector told the court police would be objecting to bail as they viewed Mr Downey as a flight risk.He pointed to the defendant’s repeated attempts to appeal the extradition order.“The police view would be the defendant is reluctant to face justice,” he said.In 2013, Mr Downey was charged with murdering four Royal Household Cavalry men in a bombing at London’s Hyde Park in 1982.The case dramatically collapsed after it emerged the defendant had a letter of assurance from the former Prime Minister Tony Blair that he was not actively wanted by the authorities.In court on Saturday, the Detective Chief Inspector said that following the collapse of the Hyde Park bombing trial in 2014, the families of those killed in the incident had launched civil proceedings against Mr Downey.He told the court that Mr Downey subsequently transferred assets including land from his name to his wife’s name.A solicitor acting for the defendant said his client had handed himself in to Gardaí by agreement and had fully complied with previous bail conditions in 2013 and 2014.He described the land transfers as a “red herring”, and said his client was a man of ill health.Judge Michael Ranaghan said he envisaged a “long and protracted” legal process ahead.But said he found the defendant did pose a flight risk and so bail was refused.The judge told Mr Downey he can appeal his decision to the High Court, before ordering him to appear again in court on the 25 October.John Downey remanded in custody after extradition was last modified: October 12th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CreesloughdonegalJohn Downeylast_img read more

49ers position-by-position analysis of 53-man roster

first_imgSANTA CLARA – No Jerick McKinnon, again. No more waiting for Joshua Garnett. No breaking up the receiver corps for Jordan Matthews. And no quarterback getting trading.Saturday’s unveiling of the 49ers’ initial 53-man roster offered a few surprises, and more could be coming as they stand No. 2 in the waiver-wire queue.“We’ll be sitting around here, waiting for that (waiver list) to come and see who’s out there,” general manager John Lynch said on a media conference call, underscoring how fluid …last_img read more

Faster than sound – a reality again?

first_imgFollowing Concorde’s entry into service in 1976, the supersonic jet’s top speed of Mach 2.04  (1,354 mph), enabled passengers to cross the Atlantic Ocean in half the time it had once taken.This was until 2003, however, when economic and safety pressures forced the supersonic jet into retirement.A true beauty of the skies, Concorde’s retirement not only signalled the end of commercial supersonic flight but also the first time in aviation history that the progress towards ever faster speeds had gone into reverse.Concorde’s historyAfter over a decade of subsonic commercial flight, there is hope once again for jetsetters across the globe as NASA, in conjunction with Lockheed Martin and General Electric, is in the process of developing quiet supersonic technology.Known as QueSST, the technology is designed to reduce the deafening impact of a sonic boom to a muted thump, clearing the way for environmentally acceptable supersonic transport aircraft and, potentially, the birth of a new golden age of high speed travel.The ProcessTo realize this goal, NASA has contracted Lockheed Martin and General Electric to develop a preliminary design of a supersonic aircraft capable of proving to regulatory agencies that low level sonic booms are acceptable to people on the ground.The shaping of the 94 foot long, delta-winged aircraft is designed to create a sonic boom which would be audible as a soft rumble as opposed to a sharp crack. As Peter Iosifidis, Lockheed Martin Program Manager, explains, the QueSST demonstrator design (pictured at top right) attempts to “separate the shocks so that they don’t ever coalesce”.By distributing these waves across the length of the aircraft, the shock waves cannot become focused and instead, hit the ground intermittently, creating the soft rumble NASA is aiming for.Powered by a single General Electric F404 fighter engine, the specially designed demonstrator is expected to fly in late 2019 and will begin sonic boom experiments in 2020.The plan is for the aircraft to participate in a series of over-flight trials around 2022-2023 over four to six communities around the US. The results of these trails will be used to determine once and for all if the 1973 ban on supersonic overland travel can be overturned, potentially opening the door to follow-on commercial developments both domestically and internationally.Sonic Booms generally hit a decibel level of 106 PLdB. NASA’s demonstration began with an F/A-18’s level flight over the NASA Armstrong parking lot. The sonic boom created was 104 PLdB.Listen hereThen the NASA demonstrated the “thump” using an F/A-18 which only reached a level of 77 decibels, just 2 above their target of 75 at which they hope the International Civil Aviation Organisation will confirm to be acceptable to the public.The simulated low boom was achieved through a dive manoeuvre in which the F/A-18 accelerates to Mach 1.1 at an arranged altitude and distance from the targeted epicenter of the sound shockwave.Listen to the much quieter thump (sonic boom) here:The LynchpinThis monumental effort originates from a 1973 FAA and ICAO regulation prohibiting any flight that creates a sonic boom over land.  As overland flight is imperative to the economic feasibility of supersonic operations, the entire market hinges on ICAO mandating a sonic boom decibel level that they deem acceptable to the public. This, in turn, is contingent on the success of NASA’s QueSST effort and its attempt to prove the technical viability of a low boom design based on principles that can be applied to aircraft ranging in size from a Mach 1.4 business jet to a 120-seat supersonic airliner.The ImplicationsShould commercial supersonic flight overland become acceptable, NASA forecasts a demand for over 500 civil supersonic airliners in addition to between 350 and 500 business jets. The advent of long awaited high speed transport will almost certainly revolutionize international passenger travel as well as the flying experience. With airlines desperate to gain a competitive edge on their rivals, the availability of a supersonic commercial aircraft would set a new standard for the premium commercial flight experience.Cavair at Mach 2A Team EffortWhile much of NASA’s effort stems from a desire to maintain American leadership in global civil aviation, NASA’s Dave Richwire, Commercial Supersonic Technologies Sub-Project Manager, admits, “We have got to engage the international community because if this aircraft is going to be successful it has to operate around the world.”Amongst the international research community the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) continues to pursue ambitious plans for a high speed trans-Pacific airliner while in Europe the nearer term focus remains on development of a new generation of supersonic business jets.It is also clear that supersonic transport will have to travel at high altitude for both operational and air traffic reasons. These aircraft will be travelling almost twice as fast as subsonic airliners and to avoid congestion in the lower levels of controlled airspace will be allocated to virtually traffic free zones at 50,000 feet or higher.  As Ed Haering, NASA’s Aerospace Engineer and Sonic Boom specialist said, “It’s the fast lane!”.last_img read more

Delta slaps life ban on noisy Trump supporter.

first_imgUS giant Delta Air Lines has warned of “heightened tensions” in US society as it banned a passenger who launched a pro-Donald Trump rant  on one of its domestic flightsThe airline has banned the passenger for life after he shouted pro-Donald Trump and anti-Hillary Clinton comments on a flight to Allentown, in Pennsylvania.The video showed other travellers looking uncomfortable as the man clapped his hands and shouted “Donald Trump, baby! That’s right, this man knows what’s up. We got some Hillary bitches on here?”He added: “Donald Trump! It’s your president. Every goddamn one of you. If you don’t like it, too bad.”Watch the video.Staff questioned the passenger but allowed him to remain on the flight, a move that has since embarrassed the airline after a video of the incident went viral.Delta chief executive Ed Bastian said in a message to staff the passenger displayed behaviour that was “loud, rude and disrespectful to his fellow customers’’.Bastian said the plane’s crew made best decision they could given the information they had on hand but there was no question the man would have been kicked off the plane had staff witnessed first-hand what was shown in the video.“Delta has apologized to the customers onboard that flight,’’ he said “We are also refunding those customers the cost of their tickets.“I also want to make sure all of you know we have your backs.“The heightened tension in our society means that now more than ever we must require civility on our planes and in our facilities. We must stay true to Delta’s core values and treat one another with dignity and respect.“We also must remain committed more than ever to the safety of our customers and our crew members. We will not tolerate anything less.”last_img read more

A western Ohio farmer’s notable antique tractor collection

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Just east of the Ohio-Indiana state border sits Green Oak Farms where a barn of Gale Long’s is filled with an impressive collection of antique tractors. The Ohio Ag Net crew came across the collection during this year’s Feeding Farmers tour. Long said he has been bringing together the tractors for several years, getting a few here and a few there, eventually amassing what amounts to quite the sight. No particular color has sway on the barn as Farmall, John Deere, Allis-Chalmers and much more decorate the shop.Watch as Ohio Ag Net’s Joel Penhorwood visits with Long about the old iron.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — June 12, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We will make a few tweaks to the forecast this morning, not really adding or subtracting moisture over Ohio, but rather moving it around in terms of its timing. Today looks like it may end up with a little more rainfall action statewide, and we are increasing our rain potential for Wednesday as well. As a tradeoff, we are dropping rain chances for Thursday, and will trend Friday drier as well, although we can’t rule out a few scattered pop up showers Friday, mostly south. Same story Friday night into early Saturday morning. While moisture tries to pop up over the weekend off to our west in Indiana and Illinois, we may escape here too. Our next good chance of moisture waits to develop until later Sunday afternoon and evening, into the start of next week. Still, we will look for rains through the balance of this week (today forward) to be from .25” to .75” over 90% of Ohio.  Next week is wetter. We have to put chances of rain and thunderstorms in each day, Monday through Thursday of next week. Now, the action may be geared toward 12-hour period in there, that allow for almost 24 hours in between the events, but still, on a daily basis, there is a chance every day. The rains can be substantial too, if thunderstorms do develop. Right now, we will put new rain totals in the .5”-1.5” range but may have to expand the upper end of the range as we get closer to the event, if instability points toward stronger and longer lasting thunderstorms. The map shows 7 day rain totals through next Tuesday morning.  In the extended period, we have a front for late the 21st into the 22nd that brings .25”-1” of rain to kick off the 11-16 day window, and then another front around the 26th that can bring equal rains. Both will end up with coverage around 80%.  Temps will begin to warm just a bit today, getting back to near normal, and we will be close to normal over most of the coming next 10 days. Well above normal temps are not expected (troublesome heat), but we can see some slightly above normal action into the weekend. Next week, if rains develop like we are seeing, that will keep temps down somewhat. This continues to be a great forecast for crop growth and development.last_img read more

A Net-Zero Multifamily Project in Seattle

first_imgIts construction delayed two years by the financial meltdown, zHome, a 10-unit townhouse project in Issaquah, Washington, has finally opened. The near-zero-energy project claims to be the Seattle area’s most energy-efficient and greenest multifamily development, and among the first of its kind on the West Coast.The project is a collaboration between the City of Issaquah and a number of regional partners, including the Built Green residential construction program, King County, Port Blakely Communities, Puget Sound Energy, the Washington State University Extension Energy Program, Seattle builder Matt Howland, and builder-developer Ichijo USA.Steps to zeroThe zHome website describes the project’s construction and expected performance features. Exterior walls are insulated to R-38 and the ceilings to R-60 with expanded polystyrene inside the wall studs and another 3 in. of EPS on the outside. The townhomes are equipped with double-pane fiberglass windows with a U-factor of 0.33, ground-source heat pumps, and heat-recovery ventilators. The development team calculates that, thanks to these features and energy-efficient lighting fixtures and appliances, the townhomes’ average energy use will be reduced by about two-thirds. The remaining one third will be addressed by roof-mounted photovoltaic systems.Tim Walsh, of Ichijo USA, told GBA that the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) scores for the townhomes ranged from zero to minus 12, and Tom Balderston, the project’s performance tester, added that air leakage rates ranged from 2.85 ach50 to 4 ach50, depending on the unit tested.Ten rainwater cisterns, with capacities ranging from 1,000 to 1,800 gallons, will supply water for toilets and laundry, and low-flow fixtures and appliances will help reduce water usage by an estimated 70%. About 78% of the wood used on the project is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, and the zHome team also used a lot of recycled, reclaimed, and regional materials.A model for others?The project partners say that a key goal in bringing energy-efficient performance and green construction practices to prominence is to show the process can be cost-effectively replicated in mainstream housing production. To help highlight that possibility, one of the zHome units – the zHome partners call it the Stewardship Center – will be kept off the market for five years and used as a teaching and marketing facility for builders, designers, and students interested in zHome concepts that can be applied to new-home construction and retrofits.The other nine units are for sale, with prices ranging from the low $400,000s to the $600,000s.last_img read more