New appeal for information on Gussie Shanahan’s death

first_imgWhatsApp Email Print NewsCommunityNew appeal for information on Gussie Shanahan’s deathBy Staff Reporter – May 16, 2019 515 Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Vicky calls for right to die with dignity TAGSAengus ‘Gussie’ ShanahanappealCommunityNews Facebook The poster issued by the family of Aengus ‘Gussie’ Shanahan.THE family of a Limerick man whose partial skeletal remains were discovered in 2001, have issued a fresh appeal for information about his death.Aengus ‘Gussie’ Shanahan was last seen alive, aged 20, in his native Limerick city, on February 11, 2000.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Bone fragments belonging to him were found washed up in Co Clare on October 28, 2001, by members of Bunratty Search and Rescue Service.However, the partial remains were only confirmed as belonging to Gussie last year following improvements in DNA technology.A Garda review of the case, launched late last year, is still continuing.Mr Shanahan’s family have now launched a fresh campaign for information which includes a confidential telephone line 087-1222950 that will be manned by family members.Gussie’s sister, Grainne Shanahan, said she and her family believe he was murdered.“We are going with this new appeal because this is a different chapter in the case. We have laid him to rest, but we still want answers as to what happened to Gussie.”Ms Shanahan appealed directly to people who have information about her brother’s disappearance for anyone with information about the death to let them know what happened.She particularly appealed to a man who contacted her father Bob Shanahan years previously with possible information about the case.“The man rang my Dad and said that Gussie had been in the wrong place at the wrong time. We’d like to hear from that man again, and anyone that knows what happened on the night Gussie disappeared.”A poster released by the Shanahan family reads: “JUSTICE FOR GUSSIE…So many Unanswered Questions??? Did He Suffer? Was He Alone? We Need Your Help…Help us get the answers.”Ms Shanahan said any information given to the family would be treated in “strict confidence”.Gussie’s bone fragments were laid to rest beside his late mother Nancy last November following his funeral mass.Bob Shanahan, speaking prior to the funeral, said hearing confirmation from Gardaí that the bone fragments found 17 years earlier belonged to his missing son, was like being “struck by a thunderbolt”.The investigation team at Roxboro Road Garda Station can be contacted at 061-214340 or on the Garda Confidential Line David [email protected] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year Advertisement Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Limerick on Covid watch list Previous articleThere’s still a job to be done on the right to workNext articleLimerick FC players vote in favour of strike action Staff Reporter Linkedin Twitterlast_img read more

Lean and keen: microbial activity in soils from the Maritime Antarctic

first_imgThe soils of the Maritime and sub‐Antarctic experience extreme environmental conditions but nonetheless host biological communities which can survive low temperatures, limited water availability and short‐day lengths or even the complete absence of solar radiation during the winter. We determined the organic carbon (SOC) and total N, soil microbial biomass (SMB), labile carbon (LC) and respiration rate (RR) in soil samples from the longest latitudinal transect (approximately 2000 km) ever sampled exclusively in the Maritime and sub‐Antarctic comprising 69 sites located between South Georgia (54°S) and south‐eastern Alexander Island (72°S). With the exception of the most northerly location (South Georgia), the greatest SMB values occurred at 67–68°S, despite the harsh environmental conditions. This is consistent with the relative nutrient richness of the soils at these latitudes, as indicated by large SOC and total soil N concentrations, which are in turn probably linked to more abundant guano and excreta deposition by sea birds and seals which have fewer and smaller areas of ice‐free terrain to land or haul out on further south. South of 68°S, SOC values declined with increasing latitude, which is probably due to increasingly extreme environmental conditions. We also found that the SOC and SMB values, the proportion of SOC considered labile (LC/SOC) and the carbon mineralization rates expressed as either RR/SOC or RR/SMB were all small compared with values from less extreme temperate and tropical regions. However, the proportion of the SOC in the microbial biomass (SMB/SOC) was substantially greater than that reported for non‐polar soils. We conclude that although the soils of the Maritime and sub‐Antarctic have small and relatively inactive microbial communities, they are characterised by efficient conversion of organic resources into microbial biomass and large affinities for added substrates.last_img read more

COVID-19: ‘Mudik’ begins in Java while government mulls over travel ban

first_imgThough the government has yet to decide whether to ban this year’s Idul Fitri mudik (exodus), many Jakarta workers have reportedly returned to their hometowns across Java despite warnings against traveling and public gatherings.Some consider it an opportunity to mudik earlier as business has slowed down or their offices have closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak — even though Idul Fitri is not expected to fall until late May.Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo said he had obtained reports from regents and mayors saying the initial homecoming flow from Jakarta had recently entered the province. “In Jepara, 44 buses arrived from Jakarta carrying homecomers. It indeed happening early maybe because the offices and companies where they worked had reduced their working hours or even stopped operating,” Ganjar said.While the homecomers’ health has yet to be confirmed, Ganjar hoped they did not cause problems for residents, including students, who had been advised to stay at home.Read also: Forget ‘mudik’ this year, govt tells people as Idul Fitri moves closerGanjar appealed to residents who were currently working in the hardest-hit Jakarta not to go home just yet. “Meanwhile, those in Central Java, don’t go see your relatives in Jakarta,” he said. “If it is necessary, there should be a record of each traveler’s health at the border into Central Java.”West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil said the number of people under monitoring for COVID-19 had jumped dramatically because many residents who worked in Jakarta had chosen to return home during the crisis.The number of people in monitoring for COVID-19 in Sumedang surged to 1,807, the majority of whom are workers who had just returned from Jakarta. The regency only had one positive case announced on Sunday.“The outbreak is centered in Jakarta. If you go home before the rapid test is carried out, you could be put under monitoring coming from a highly exposed area,” Ridwan told on Tuesday.Sumedang Regent Dony Ahmad Munir said he had imposed two-week “local isolation” that prevailed in the six districts where the number of people under monitoring significantly increased.The West Sumatra administration has officially issued a circular calling on all residents living outside of the province not to return home. The circular was signed by West Sumatra Regional Development and Cooperation Bureau head Luhur Budianda on Monday.“We have issued a letter of appeal to temporarily delay plans to return home,” Luhur said, adding that the appeal was also addressed to all heads of Minang community organizations outside of West Sumatra.The Transportation Ministry is currently mulling over a ban of this year’s Idul Fitri mudik and has yet to reach a final decision. The ministry’s spokesperson, Adita Irawati, said there might be some “uncommon policy”.Read also: Scientists call for lockdown to contain COVID-19 ahead of Ramadan, ‘mudik’Both the Jakarta Transportation Agency and the Transportation Ministry’s Land Transportation Directorate General have canceled their annual free Idul Fitri mudik programs this year, which normally receives thousands of participants.“It has been decided that the program will be canceled this year. Originally, we planned to hold this free mudik program with state-owned enterprises and other private companies,” said the ministry’s land transportation director general, Budi Setiyadi.Such a measure was taken on the ground of the extended emergency disaster status for COVID-19 declared by the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), which would last 91 days starting from Feb. 29 to May 29, he added. (syk)center_img Topics :last_img read more

Crash Claims Milan Woman In Shelby County

first_imgSHELBYVILLE, Ind. – A Milan woman was killed in a crash along I-74 last week in Shelbyville.Around 10:50 a.m. Thursday, police and emergency crews were dispatched to a single-vehicle accident in the median of I-74 at the 120 mile marker.Authorities say 54-year-old Shauna Roy, of Milan, was operating a 2002 Chevrolet Blazer in the westbound lanes when for unknown reasons, the car abruptly swerved in the median and overturned.Roy was pronounced dead at the scene by the Shelby County Coroner’s Office.last_img read more