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36-year-old man arrested as part of Paul McCauley murder investigation released on bail

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Facebook A 36 year old man arrested in Coleraine yesterday as part of the investigation into the murder of Paul McCauley in Derry in 2006 has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.A 28 year old man remains in custody.A 27 year old woman arrested on Thursday night in Derry on suspicion of withholding informationwas also released on police bail pending further enquiries yesterday evening. Facebook 36-year-old man arrested as part of Paul McCauley murder investigation released on bail Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Pinterest Google+ By admin – July 24, 2015 Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North WhatsAppcenter_img Pinterest WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Previous articleJackson’s Hotel in Ballybofey put up for saleNext articleDerry City visit Bohs at Dalymount admin 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Twitter Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Google+ Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Britain sets new daily record for wind generation, topping 44% of country’s electricity consumption

first_imgBritain sets new daily record for wind generation, topping 44% of country’s electricity consumption FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Recharge:Stormy conditions drove wind to a new record-high share of Britain’s electricity supply that at one point hit 56% this weekend, said power market analysts.The record level, in the early hours of Saturday 8 February, beat a previous high of 52.4% set in September 2019, said analysis from Drax Electric Insights.Saturday also set a new record for highest share of power produced in a single day with 44.26%, said Drax, outstripping both nuclear and gas combined.The wind power records came amid the arrival of storm Ciara, which caused havoc to travel and infrastructure across the UK this weekend – and left thousands of consumers without any power at all.The UK has 13.57GW of onshore wind installed, and a world-leading 8.4GW offshore fleet.The two are currently on very different trajectories, with onshore installations plunging as a result of adverse government policies, while offshore is booming after being included as a key part of the national industrial strategy.[Andrew Lee]More: Storm blows wind to record share of Britain’s electricitylast_img read more

‘I am Adam Lanza’s mother’: a mom’s perspective on the mental illness conversation in America

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (4) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +4 Vote up Vote down duane · 399 weeks ago That is a great article. I have known other parents who have faced this. A few have just not faced up to the fact that a hard choice is necessary and not pursued or accepted what they could do and need to do. Most however just can’t get their child into the system. Some case workers won’t take that final step to have the child committed despite the parents pleas. The answer is complex. We have had friends who have had children in care at Larnard for years and are so grateful of the improvement and of the care that they get with a violent child. Report Reply 0 replies · active 399 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Wes Smith · 399 weeks ago A very good article, I’m glad you shared it Tracy. Report Reply 0 replies · active 399 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Billy · 399 weeks ago ” “You’re a stupid *****. I can wear whatever pants I want to. “” She didn’t say what happened after taking him behind the woodshed for this behavior. Wait…what? Report Reply 0 replies · active 399 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Hmmm….. · 399 weeks ago I have met this head on as an ER nurse. You can’t get these people help! The way the system is set up just takes you in a circle. If you don’t have this insurance you need to go here, if you have this insurance we will eval you but if you sign a safety plan you can go home. There are only 2 state mental health facilities in the state and there are full. Do you have a ride because the PD, Sherifs Office, and the ambulance can’t take you unless you are in custody or have a medical issue to go with your mental issue. By the way if you have a medical issue and a mental issue you need to go to the hospital first for stabilization where the staff can’t protect themselves. I believe this article hits the nail on the head and I think you should mail it to the president. I don’t know how it can be fixed but we have to start somewhere. 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Editor’s Note: This was sent to Sumner Newscow by a reader. In light of the recent tragic event in Connecticut, we are republishing the story. There are no local connections…Written by Liza Long, republished from The Blue ReviewFriday’s horrific national tragedy — the murder of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut — has ignited a new discussion on violence in America. In kitchens and coffee shops across the country, we tearfully debate the many faces of violence in America: gun culture, media violence, lack of mental health services, overt and covert wars abroad, religion, politics and the way we raise our children. Liza Long, a writer based in Boise, says it’s easy to talk about guns. But it’s time to talk about mental illness.While every family’s story of mental illness is different, and we may never know the whole of the Lanza’s story, tales like this one need to be heard — and families who live them deserve our help.Three days before 20 year-old Adam Lanza killed his mother, then opened fire on a classroom full of Connecticut kindergartners, my 13-year old son Michael (name changed) missed his bus because he was wearing the wrong color pants.“I can wear these pants,” he said, his tone increasingly belligerent, the black-hole pupils of his eyes swallowing the blue irises.“They are navy blue,” I told him. “Your school’s dress code says black or khaki pants only.”“They told me I could wear these,” he insisted. “You’re a stupid bitch. I can wear whatever pants I want to. This is America. I have rights!”“You can’t wear whatever pants you want to,” I said, my tone affable, reasonable. “And you definitely cannot call me a stupid bitch. You’re grounded from electronics for the rest of the day. Now get in the car, and I will take you to school.”I live with a son who is mentally ill. I love my son. But he terrifies me.A few weeks ago, Michael pulled a knife and threatened to kill me and then himself after I asked him to return his overdue library books. His 7 and 9 year old siblings knew the safety plan — they ran to the car and locked the doors before I even asked them to. I managed to get the knife from Michael, then methodically collected all the sharp objects in the house into a single Tupperware container that now travels with me. Through it all, he continued to scream insults at me and threaten to kill or hurt me.That conflict ended with three burly police officers and a paramedic wrestling my son onto a gurney for an expensive ambulance ride to the local emergency room. The mental hospital didn’t have any beds that day, and Michael calmed down nicely in the ER, so they sent us home with a prescription for Zyprexa and a follow-up visit with a local pediatric psychiatrist.We still don’t know what’s wrong with Michael. Autism spectrum, ADHD, Oppositional Defiant or Intermittent Explosive Disorder have all been tossed around at various meetings with probation officers and social workers and counselors and teachers and school administrators. He’s been on a slew of antipsychotic and mood altering pharmaceuticals, a Russian novel of behavioral plans. Nothing seems to work.At the start of seventh grade, Michael was accepted to an accelerated program for highly gifted math and science students. His IQ is off the charts. When he’s in a good mood, he will gladly bend your ear on subjects ranging from Greek mythology to the differences between Einsteinian and Newtonian physics to Doctor Who. He’s in a good mood most of the time. But when he’s not, watch out. And it’s impossible to predict what will set him off.Several weeks into his new junior high school, Michael began exhibiting increasingly odd and threatening behaviors at school. We decided to transfer him to the district’s most restrictive behavioral program, a contained school environment where children who can’t function in normal classrooms can access their right to free public babysitting from 7:30-1:50 Monday through Friday until they turn 18.The morning of the pants incident, Michael continued to argue with me on the drive. He would occasionally apologize and seem remorseful. Right before we turned into his school parking lot, he said, “Look, Mom, I’m really sorry. Can I have video games back today?”“No way,” I told him. “You cannot act the way you acted this morning and think you can get your electronic privileges back that quickly.”His face turned cold, and his eyes were full of calculated rage. “Then I’m going to kill myself,” he said. “I’m going to jump out of this car right now and kill myself.”That was it. After the knife incident, I told him that if he ever said those words again, I would take him straight to the mental hospital, no ifs, ands, or buts. I did not respond, except to pull the car into the opposite lane, turning left instead of right.“Where are you taking me?” he said, suddenly worried. “Where are we going?”“You know where we are going,” I replied.“No! You can’t do that to me! You’re sending me to hell! You’re sending me straight to hell!”I pulled up in front of the hospital, frantically waiving for one of the clinicians who happened to be standing outside. “Call the police,” I said. “Hurry.”Michael was in a full-blown fit by then, screaming and hitting. I hugged him close so he couldn’t escape from the car. He bit me several times and repeatedly jabbed his elbows into my rib cage. I’m still stronger than he is, but I won’t be for much longer.The police came quickly and carried my son screaming and kicking into the bowels of the hospital. I started to shake, and tears filled my eyes as I filled out the paperwork — “Were there any difficulties with… at what age did your child… were there any problems with.. has your child ever experienced.. does your child have…”At least we have health insurance now. I recently accepted a position with a local college, giving up my freelance career because when you have a kid like this, you need benefits. You’ll do anything for benefits. No individual insurance plan will cover this kind of thing.For days, my son insisted that I was lying — that I made the whole thing up so that I could get rid of him. The first day, when I called to check up on him, he said, “I hate you. And I’m going to get my revenge as soon as I get out of here.”By day three, he was my calm, sweet boy again, all apologies and promises to get better. I’ve heard those promises for years. I don’t believe them anymore.On the intake form, under the question, “What are your expectations for treatment?” I wrote, “I need help.”And I do. This problem is too big for me to handle on my own. Sometimes there are no good options. So you just pray for grace and trust that in hindsight, it will all make sense.I am sharing this story because I am Adam Lanza’s mother. I am Dylan Klebold’s and Eric Harris’s mother. I am James Holmes’s mother. I am Jared Loughner’s mother. I am Seung-Hui Cho’s mother. And these boys—and their mothers—need help. In the wake of another horrific national tragedy, it’s easy to talk about guns. But it’s time to talk about mental illness.According to Mother Jones, since 1982, 61 mass murders involving firearms have occurred throughout the country. Of these, 43 of the killers were white males, and only one was a woman. Mother Jones focused on whether the killers obtained their guns legally (most did). But this highly visible sign of mental illness should lead us to consider how many people in the U.S. live in fear, like I do.When I asked my son’s social worker about my options, he said that the only thing I could do was to get Michael charged with a crime. “If he’s back in the system, they’ll create a paper trail,” he said. “That’s the only way you’re ever going to get anything done. No one will pay attention to you unless you’ve got charges.”I don’t believe my son belongs in jail. The chaotic environment exacerbates Michael’s sensitivity to sensory stimuli and doesn’t deal with the underlying pathology. But it seems like the United States is using prison as the solution of choice for mentally ill people. According to Human Rights Watch, the number of mentally ill inmates in U.S. prisons quadrupled from 2000 to 2006, and it continues to rise — in fact, the rate of inmate mental illness is five times greater (56 percent) than in the non-incarcerated population.With state-run treatment centers and hospitals shuttered, prison is now the last resort for the mentally ill — Rikers Island, the LA County Jail and Cook County Jail in Illinois housed the nation’s largest treatment centers in 2011.No one wants to send a 13-year old genius who loves Harry Potter and his snuggle animal collection to jail. But our society, with its stigma on mental illness and its broken healthcare system, does not provide us with other options. Then another tortured soul shoots up a fast food restaurant. A mall. A kindergarten classroom. And we wring our hands and say, “Something must be done.”I agree that something must be done. It’s time for a meaningful, nation-wide conversation about mental health. That’s the only way our nation can ever truly heal.God help me. God help Michael. God help us all.(Originally published at The Anarchist Soccer Mom.)last_img read more