A serial robber was caught after a shop assistant disarmed him and sat on him until the Gardai arrived.Michael O’Connor leaving court yesterday.Michael O’Connor, 27, tried to rob the Glencar Filling Station in Letterkenny with a six inch knife. He shouted at shop assistant James Doherty to give him the money and threatened him with a knife.However, Mr Doherty managed to overpower the armed robber and lay on top of him until Gardai arrived during the incident on March 30th, 2013.Once arrested O’Connor, who was wearing socks over his shoes to avoid his footprints being detected, then admitted to robbing another shop on Letterkenny’s Main Street.Letterkenny Circuit Court was told by Garda Paul McGee that the previous week on March 24th, O’Connor entered Callaghan’s XL store wearing a balaclava and waving a six inch knife.He demanded the money from the cash register from shop assistant Aidan McLaughlin who put €759 into a bag.O’Connor fled down a side lane and was later stopped by Gardai but the cash was never recovered.The court heard that O’Connor, who is originally from Kildare, had 43 previous convictions many for robbery.O’Connor’s barrister said his client had grown up in a very challenging environment after his mother died and father left the family home at a very young age.He had been put into foster care but had since become a heroin addict.He is currently in Portlaoise Prison serving another sentence but is now drug-free and working in the prison and doing well.Judge Keenan Johnson said robberies by heroin addicts with violence are all too common and they the courts must “deal with them in a firm way.”“He has a deplorable record which shows he has been involved in numerous robberies,” said Judge Johnson.But he added he appeared to be trying to become an upstanding member of society.He sentenced O’Connor to four years in prison on the first robbery and five years in prison for the second robbery but suspended this for five years.SHOP ASSISTANT SAT ON ARMED ROBBER UNTIL GARDAI ARRIVED was last modified: April 2nd, 2014 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:Callaghan’s XLcourtGlencar Filling stationHEROINletterkennyMichael O’Connorrobbery
“ … Even following the record-setting Oregon Institute of Technology 2016 men’s golf season from afar, Kyle Wolf couldn’t help but drawn in by what was happening up in Klamath Falls.And when he got the offer to join the Hustlin’ Owls?Well, that was just something he couldn’t say no to.Wolf, one of the top boys golfers in the Humboldt-Del Norte League this past spring during his senior season at McKinleyville High School, has signed a letter of intent to play golf at OIT next season.
The problems with R-22 substitutesDespite the benefits of hydrocarbon refrigerants, they’re being used in ways that just aren’t smart. The two main problems are: (1) Air conditioners designed for R-22 and retrofitted with hydrocarbon refrigerants are dangerous to service technicians who aren’t aware of the substitution; and (2) air conditioners designed for R-22 often can’t handle hydrocarbon refrigerants.The EPA this month issued a news release about the dangers of unapproved refrigerants. “EPA is aware of incidents that have occurred both overseas and in the U.S. where individuals have been injured as a result of the use of propane and other unapproved refrigerants in air conditioning systems.”The incident in New Zealand may be one of those. Anyone who puts hydrocarbon refrigerants in an R-22 system is putting others at risk. Even if they label it, the chances are still too high that some tech will come in later, see what looks like an R-22 system, miss the new labeling, and get the surprise of their life when they discover they’re working with flammable refrigerant.As if the threat of injury weren’t enough, propane and other R-22 subsititutes have equipment problems when used in systems designed for R-22. The Lennox page on alternative refrigerants lists these additional pitfalls for their equipment:Alternate refrigerants are NOT compatible with mineral oil. All Lennox and Aire-Flo nitrogen-charged “dry” units contain mineral oil lubricant. Using alternative refrigerants to service R-22 mineral oil units can have detrimental effects on the operation of the unit.The use of alternate refrigerant in systems containing mineral oil as their lubricant voids the manufacturer and compressor warranty.The use of alternate refrigerants in other R-22 systems containing polyester oil (POE) can lead to performance loss (capacity and energy efficiency), temperature glide variations, and some combinations will be more detrimental to the environment than R-22.When I was searching for info on the subsitutes, I came across sellers of R-22A who promote their products by saying you don’t need a license to buy and use it. The last thing the HVAC industry needs is more unlicensed activity.The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) also came out with an article about R-22 substitutes and the EPA news release. “Hydrocarbon refrigerants pose a special hazard for HVAC contractors unaware of their presence in a system.” Propane in your air conditioner?Yes, some HVAC companies are putting propane, isobutane, and various other mixtures in air conditioners. There’s nothing inherently wrong with using hydrocarbons as refrigerants. They’re actually approved for use in some refrigeration systems. One of their benefits is having a low global warming potential, especially compared to the standard refrigerants (HCFCs and HFCs). “A New Zealand technician got fire balled in the face,” a member of the HVAC-talk.com forum stated bluntly. He was referring to a case in New Zealand where an HVAC tech got burned when he thought he was working on a system with R-22 refregerant, which is not flammable, but which instead was filled with propane, which is flammable.The latest turn in the story on the phase-out of R-22 air conditioner refrigerant is the use of unapproved substitutes for R-22. You can go online and find a lot of them. They have different labels—R-22a, 22-A, HC-22a, CARE 40, and more. The advantage they have that’s given them some traction in the marketplace is that they’re cheaper than R-22, which has become really expensive because it’s being phased out. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. In fact, the Treehugger website had an article praising the US Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to allow them in refrigerators a couple of years ago. One advantage is higher heat capacities, which allows for smaller compressors and coils, less refrigerant, and higher efficiency. According to that article, “Hydrocarbon refrigerants also take less energy to make and have no toxic inputs during manufacture, are dirt cheap (pennies instead of dollars per pound) and do not require expensive and tricky recovery operations at end of product life.” RELATED ARTICLES The Loophole and the Ozone HoleGetting a Grip on a Refrigerant Phase-Out How low will we stoop?R-22 is being phased out because of damage to the ozone layer in the stratosphere. It was the first replacement for the earlier freons, which were really destructive and banned by the Montreal Protocol in 1987. (Read about the science here.) The phase-out of R-22 has been planned since the ’90s.The first wave of skirting the phase-out of R-22 refrigerant was using a loophole that allowed manufacturers to deliver what came to be known as “dry-ship R-22 units.” I wrote about this last year, shortly after I became aware of it.Now, the use of flammable R-22 substitutes like R-22a, claimed to be outside any licensing requirements, takes things to a new low. Not only are HVAC companies that do this skirting the law by using unapproved refrigerants, they’re also creating the potential for greater cost to their customers and causing injury or death to HVAC techs who work on those systems later. As I said above, though, it’s not the refrigerants themselves; it’s the “cowboy” mentality of some contractors.Maybe we’ll have air conditioners designed for hydrocarbon refrigerants some day. Currently we do not. In the interim, do you really want to take a chance with unapproved refrigerants?
US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants MOST READ Initially, Matthews looked understandably out of sync. But as Matthews played on, he emerged as the difference-maker McMillan expected.While the stat line wasn’t spectacular — eight points, five rebounds and three assists — his impact was huge. The long shot he made with 3:57 to play extended Indiana’s lead to 92-82. And his second 3, with 2:15 left, gave Indiana a game-sealing 97-85 cushion.“He’ll take his shots, you see him, he struggled with his shot a little at the beginning but then he hits (two 3-pointers) toward the end that closes it out,” Darren Collison said after finishing with 13 points and eight assists. “That’s what he brings to the table.”Three other Indiana players reached double figures, including Myles Turner, who had 18 points, eight rebounds and three blocks. 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I don’t expect anything less than that,” Oladipo said on a conference call Monday morning.UP NEXTHornets: Hope to extend a 13-game winning streak over the Magic when they visit Orlando on Thursday.Pacers: Will chase a fifth consecutive home win against Eastern Conference-leading Milwaukee on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Just two days after clearing waivers, the veteran guard scored eight points, had five rebounds and three assists and beat the shot-clock buzzer with the biggest basket of the game — a 28-footer to help put away the Charlotte Hornets 99-90. The Pacers have won six straight — all without two-time All-Star Victor Oladipo.“We thought he (Matthews) was great,” coach Nate McMillan said. “Part of the agreement was that he would start when he came and we were OK with that because we thought bringing that type of talent to this roster and having a guy like that going down the stretch and in the playoffs with that type of experience, we were going to need it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesIt has been a whirlwind week for the veteran guard, who was traded Thursday from Dallas to New York and was subsequently released. After clearing waivers Saturday, the Pacers announced Sunday they had signed Matthews.By Monday night, he wasn’t just wearing the blue-and-gold; he was starting. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Walker scored half of the Hornets’ points during a 10-3 spurt to open the third quarter, made three consecutive free throws to get Charlotte within 64-57 and then made 3 with 1:02 left in the quarter to cut the deficit to 72-71.But Turner and Collison closed out the third with back-to-back baskets, Indiana scored the first eight points of the fourth and Matthews closed it out with his two big shots.“Everybody’s got to do their job,” Hornets coach James Borrego said. “Tonight we didn’t have all of our guys on board.”TIP-INSHornets: Walker has scored at least 30 points in five consecutive games. 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