Rathkeake man’s extradition sought over rhino horn theft

first_imgLinkedin A TRAVELLER from Rathkeale, Co Limerick has appeared before the High Court on a European arrest warrant relating to the theft of rhino horns in Vienna last summer.Austrian prosecutors investigating the theft of the horns, estimated to be worth €300,000 on the black market, are seeking the extradition of John Quilligan (31) of Roches Road in Rathkeale to face related criminal charges.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Twitter NewsLocal NewsRathkeake man’s extradition sought over rhino horn theftBy admin – January 26, 2013 1150 WhatsApp Print The Austrian authorities requested Garda assistance in tracking Mr Quilligan, after a number of arrests following the theft of the rhino horns from a museum and an antique dealer. He was arrested at a Garda checkpoint in Swords last Wednesday and appeared before the High Court where he was released on bail on condition he surrender his passport.center_img He is the second Limerick man to be arrested on a European arrest warrant relating to the theft of rhino horn. Last October, Michael Kealy of Abbeylands, Askeaton, was arrested in Kilkenny after British police sought his extradition in connection with the theft of a €200,000 rhino horn.The trade in mature rhino horn is now considered more lucrative than the drug trade, with an average 4kg horn being sold for up to €50,000 per kilo.Above: The carcass of a black rhino killed for its horn Advertisement Email Facebook Previous articleLimerick man disappointed over Jill Dando murder compensation caseNext articleSundance award for film on heroic Limerick climber adminlast_img read more

Reproducing pests

first_imgBy Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaWhen it comes to black flies, most people would prefer them destroyed. In the U.S., their bites cause pain and welts. In Africa, they can cause blindness. But to help find ways to control the tiny pests, University of Georgia scientists maintain the world’s only research colony.Often described as gnats, black flies are small, dark, stout flies about half the size of mosquitoes. Like gnats, they swarm around people’s faces and eyes. The big difference is that their bites hurt.Causes welts, blindness“We’re spoiled in the South as our species doesn’t usually bite,” said Elmer Gray, a medical and veterinary entomologist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “In Canada and northern states like Maine and Massachusetts, they bite and leave a bloody welt.”In Africa, black flies carry a nematode that can move to the cornea of a bite victim and cause what is called river blindness. It affects 30 million people in Central and South Africa each year, Gray said. To fight the fly, a bio-control agent called Bti, or Bacillus thuringiensis var. israelensis, was developed. “It’s not a chemical pesticide,” he said, “so it doesn’t pollute streams or damage water quality.”Testing control formulationsBti is a strain of a soil-dwelling bacteriuim that occurs naturally. It is considered safe to people and wildlife. The World Health Organization has approved it for drinking water treatment in some countries, he said.With funding from Valent Biosciences, Gray and a team of 10 UGA students and technicians work every day, year-round to maintain the colony’s 2.7 million black flies. Keeping a healthy colony alive and thriving is an essential component of testing the Bti effectiveness in controlling the pest, he said.Housed, fed and harvestedThe researchers house the fly colony in Athens, Ga., in lobster tanks and modified salt water aquariums, a system developed at Cornell University to replicate a river habitat. The fly colony is fed soybean meal and rabbit chow. “Our flies are larger than the flies found naturally in streams because they’re fed well,” Gray said.Every Tuesday, the team harvests 18-day-old larvae to use to test Bti formulations. “Only 10 percent are used for research purposes,” he said, “but we have to keep a large population to ensure a healthy colony.”Knowing how much Bti to apply to black fly populations will enable groups like the WHO to control the flies instead of treating people for the problems they cause, he said.“Bti can be applied on a large scale using helicopters,” Gray said. “It typically costs about $25-27 a gallon in liquid form.”Just the right amountThe UGA researchers are also working on Bti quality. “The particles have to be the right size and must be stable and disperse in water to be effective,” Gray said. Flies from the UGA colony are being used by other UGA researchers and in research programs at Kansas State University, University of Alabama, Clemson University and Brock University in Canada. “We share samples with anyone we can help,” Gray said.last_img read more

Gibson looks set to link up with Moyes

first_imgIf both deals go through, six of Moyes’s former players at Everton will be playing for him at Sunderland.Meanwhile Sunderland left-back Patrick van Aanholt has joined relegation rivals Crystal Palace.He’s agreed a four-and-a-half-year contract at Selhurst Park in a move that’s believed to cost 14 million pounds. The Irish international is on the verge of joining Sunderland on a permanent deal after a four and a half year spell at Goodison Park.The 29 year old has yet to play a league game under Ronald Koeman this season.It’s believed Moyes is eager to sign Gibson as well as Toffees teammate Bryan Oviedolast_img read more