Sentenced to nine months on burglary charge

first_imgHAVING been earlier refused bail, a Limerickman appeared at the District Court in connection with an alleged burglary matter after he was arrested on foot of a separate bench warrant issued by the Criminal Courts of Justice at Cloverhill.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Charges of the theft of a mobile phone at Abrakebabra restaurant on O’Connell Street, on July 13, were also before the court, where it is alleged that the accused, Lee McNamara, approached the counter and stole the phone, valued at €450, after he allegedly forced open the door at 9am, while cleaning staff were working inside.On July 16 last, Gardai attended the reports of a break-in at Johnsgate Village where the defendant was spotted exiting a premises through a broken window.McNamara, aged 23, and described in court as “homeless,” was arrested by gardai and made admissions to bwweing on the premises. No property was stolen in the incident.A third charge relating to public order offences was also before the court where it was given in evidence that on June 17 last, the accused was intoxicated on Cruises Street, and was stopping members of the public asking for cigarettes. McNamara had 17 previous convictions and received an eight month prison sentence in January for Road Traffic Offences, and the unauthorised taking of a vehicle and associated charges.In mitigation for the accused, Sarah Ryan solicitor, said that her client was taking shelter from bad weather when he was seen at the address in Johnsgate and was of the belief that it was a simple trespassing charge of the unoccupied house.It was also added that the McNamara was in fact homeless, and that the address given was a family home that he did not reside at. McNamara, who was in custody since the previous Sunday, entered an early plea.Judge Eamon O’Brien jailed him for nine months. Previous articleLimerick lose bravely in Croke ParkNext articleCharges struck out against father and daughter admin Facebook Twitter Email WhatsAppcenter_img Advertisement Linkedin Print NewsLocal NewsSentenced to nine months on burglary chargeBy admin – August 2, 2011 691 last_img read more

Insomnia in a pandemic

first_img Harvard to help track the virus Harvard Chan School of Public Health will launch a series of weekly interactive forums to discuss issues and options Talking about the emotional toll of the pandemic Ways to redirect our response to COVID-19 anxieties MGH research finds chemical pathway from lack of shut-eye to atherosclerosis Citing a study by the National Initiative for Tracking and Evaluating Sleeplessness (NITES) at the University of Pennsylvania, Posner noted that in more than 72 percent of cases, short-term insomnia resolves itself. However, recovery was not always complete or final, and 6.8 percent developed full-blown chronic insomnia, defined by the DSM as having sleep issues at least three nights a week for at least three months.As new schedules have us resetting — or turning off — alarm clocks and often getting less outdoor time and exercise, these problems are getting worse. “The actions that we’re taking to protect ourselves can not only precipitate problems with sleep, but lead to chronic problems with sleep,” Posner said.The implications are severe. In addition to the cognitive consequences — from inability to focus to general irritability — chronic insomnia is correlated with a spectrum of serious health problems, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and hypertension. Implicated in obesity, insomnia makes losing weight more difficult, and recent studies also link it to increased risk of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Mental health problems are complicated by a lack of sleep. Insomnia lasting two to four weeks increases the risk of depression, Posner said, while lack of sleep is also linked to a poorer response to treatment. “So it interferes with the ability to recover from depression as well,” he said. Related This is part of our Coronavirus Update series in which Harvard specialists in epidemiology, infectious disease, economics, politics, and other disciplines offer insights into what the latest developments in the COVID-19 outbreak may bring.Sleep is emerging as the latest casualty of the COVID-19 crisis. Too many sleepless nights can aggravate both physical and mental health problems, but a few simple adjustments to our already altered routines may resolve our bedtime issues before they snowball. “Coronavirus, social distancing, and acute insomnia: How to avoid chronic sleep problems before they get started” was the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health online forum on Wednesday, the fourth in a series of weekly sessions addressing the emotional and psychological effects of the pandemic.Calling the current situation a “perfect storm of sleep problems,” Donn Posner, the forum’s featured speaker, pointed out how disrupted daily routines worsen the sleep-robbing stress of the pandemic.“Think of sleep problems as infection,” said Posner, president of Sleepwell Associates and an adjunct clinical associate professor at Stanford University School of Medicine. “We want to jump on it quickly. Think of it as a risk factor that we want to get on top of lest it spread.”Even in normal times, approximately 30 percent to 35 percent of the population experiences acute, or short-term, insomnia, said Posner, a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and a founding member of the Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine. Defined in the fifth edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) as difficulty going to sleep, staying asleep, or waking too early, this lack of rest is triggered by stress or any event that changes quality of life — a manifestation of the “fight or flight” response to danger — and is different from the sleep deficit caused by too-busy schedules. “If you can’t sleep do not try to force it. Good sleepers put no effort into sleep whatsoever.” — Donn Posner Students from Chan School are helping to boost the volunteer public health workforce Sleep, heart disease link leads from brain to marrow Third in series of Chan School forums offers tips for coping with the pandemic To nip insomnia in the bud, Posner recommended simple behavioral changes. For example, even though it may seem counterintuitive after a lost night’s sleep, avoid napping, or at least cut it short. Likening naps to snacks, he warned that napping for longer than 20 minutes or late in the day ruins our “appetite” for sleep. Likewise, he dispelled the idea that sleeping late on weekends or after a night tossing and turning can make up for lost sleep. “Do not try to compensate for a bad night’s sleep,” he said; it only further disrupts one’s regular rhythms.Posner noted that we do not have to maintain our former sleep and waking times, which may have been set by the necessities of a daily commute. “Keep a rhythm, even if it’s a different time of day than it used to be,” he said. Parents of adolescents in particular may want to let their children go to bed and rise later than usual, as their growing bodies are set differently than adults or young children’s. Once awake, however, try to get some sunlight, whether by taking a walk or sitting by a window. Keeping a regular schedule for meals and exercise helps, as does avoiding stimulants such as caffeine, nicotine, and electronic devices for several hours before bed. Finally, if sleeps proves impossible, get out of bed. Do something relaxing — read or do a puzzle. Worrying about sleep exacerbates the problem, so try to distract yourself and keep your bed a place of sanctuary.“If you can’t sleep do not try to force it,” said Posner. “Good sleepers put no effort into sleep whatsoever.”For more information about the series. The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more

Sherwood: Vlaar wants Villa stay

first_img Now the manager himself has given Villa fans firmer suggestions the former captain could stay. “I’ve told Ron I want him to stay and he’s said he wants to,” said the Villa boss. “So his representatives are going to talk the club and I’m confident something can be done. Are we close? Well, put it this way, we’re not a million pounds away! “He’s a man who is quite rightly in demand but I can see him being here next season. “Ron’s going to have a lot of options. He’s not long come back from a World Cup where he had a really good tournament.” Sherwood is well aware of ‘Concrete Ron’s’ importance to the team. “He’s indicated to me that he’s happy and I’m thinking exactly the same way, so I’m sure it will get done,” he said. “Our best results have come when Ron is playing. He’s a great character to have around and has a very calming influence.” Holland international Vlaar had looked increasingly likely to leave Villa Park when his contract expires this summer to join a bigger club. Manchester United have been most strongly linked with the centre-half, but Vlaar hinted recently that Sherwood’s impact as manager could convince him to stay. Tim Sherwood has revealed in-demand defender Ron Vlaar has told him he wants to stay at Aston Villa. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more