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Woman arrested over Limerick attempted murder

first_imgFacebook Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up GARDAI in Limerick investigating the attempted murder of convicted drug dealer Christy Keane have arrested a woman in her 20s this Thursday evening.The woman, who was brought into custody at 8:30pm, is currently detained for questioning at Roxboro Garda Station under section 30 of the Criminal Justice act.Last Monday morning, as Keane walked towards the Sports Arena at the University of Limerick, two masked and armed men approached him and opened fire.Keane was hit four times and remains in hospital.The two men fled and two cars were found on fire in Monaleen and Drombana a short time later.Two hand guns, said to have been in poor condition, were found in one of the cars and they have been sent for technical and forensic examination.Meantime, a 37-year-old man who was arrested on Monday night remains in garda custody at Henry Street after Judge Marian O’Leary, at a special court sitting in Kilmallock, extended his period of detention until next Saturday.Gardai are investigating a number of lines and suspects but it is believed that a number of feuding factions have been linked to the shooting. Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHL Previous articleOvergrown hedgerows putting motorists at riskNext articleSoccer – Ireland kick start their World University Games campaign Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Twitter No vaccines in Limerick yet Advertisement TAGSfeatured Email Linkedincenter_img Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Print First Irish death from Coronavirus RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Shannondoc operating but only by appointment NewsBreaking newsWoman arrested over Limerick attempted murderBy Staff Reporter – July 2, 2015 521 Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended WhatsApplast_img read more

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Legal opinion of GECOM’s legal officer

first_imgDear Editor,The existence and the tabling of a legal opinion, done by GECOM’s legal officer, has raised the ire of some members of the Commission as expressed both at the May 14 Statutory Meeting of the Commission and by Commissioner Trotman in the media.Any rational reading of the said legal opinion would identify its clear logic and its accordance with the Constitution.On this basis, one does not need to hold a brief in support of the legal officer herself but to support the Constitution’s letter, spirit and intent on the matters referred to.The complaints being made by Commissioner Trotman and others fly in the face of the duty of the legal officer to bring, as a matter of urgency, any issue which, arising out of her professional expertise, must be brought to the Executive’s and the Commission’s attention which naturally require the pointing out of any legal risks, exposure or jeopardy which the Commission has found itself in, or may find itself in, on a particular course of action taken or intended.Whether the legal opinion expressed accords with the particular views of Commissioners, one way or another, should not be of issue. It is for the Commission to be made aware, with dispatch, of the advice and to make decisions and take actions relating to that advice.What is important too, is that the legal officer would have, through diligent, dispassionate work, produced an opinion which would aid GECOM in its deliberations and actions towards according with Guyana’s Constitution and supporting laws in respect to elections, the requirements for a valid list of voters at all times and for registration.To do otherwise, by failing to produce a legal opinion, would have been a gross dereliction of duty on the part of the legal officer of GECOM and a manifest departure from the professional conduct required of any such person holding the position of the legal officer of GECOM.Any such opinion should not have to be requested or mandated but should simply arise out of the fulfilling of the remit of the office.It should be made clear for the public, that the legal opinion was in the possession of the Executive for over a month before it was made available to all Commissioners on Tuesday, May 14, 2019.Sincerely,Robeson BennGECOMCommissionerlast_img read more

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Silly Stories Demean Science

first_imgIf science had an icon like the Statue of Liberty, she would be hanging her head in disgrace for what passes for science these days.It’s hard to know whether to laugh or cry at the following sorry excuses for scientific research and reporting. For those who care about the reputation of science in society, perhaps outrage would be a more appropriate response.Men may have evolved better ‘making up’ skills (BBC News). This notion (hard to call it a scientific hypothesis) follows from observations that some men will hug longer after a boxing match or other contest than women will. It’s based on a “scientific” paper published by Cell Press in Current Biology, “Cross-Cultural Sex Differences in Post-Conflict Affiliation following Sports Matches.” The two authors (a man and a woman) claim that “After sports matches, male opponents engage in friendly touches longer than females,” and “Male winners and losers make more friendly touches than their female counterparts.” It’s hard to imagine how such things could even be measured by any objective standard. How many sports matches would a scientist have to watch to conclude this? From how many countries? For how long a time period? What constitutes a “friendly” touch, on what kind of an objective scale? What if one of the men is a transgender? (We throw in that idea to be politically correct.)Even more ridiculous is to claim that men evolved this skill. Was it a mutation on the Y chromosome? Or did the female get it on her mitochondrial DNA? How could a behavior this vague be tied to an objective change in the genes? How did it spread through the population? Don’t men and women exchange genes every time they have children? We have not even begun to ask the multitude of questions raised by this hypothesis. Even more alarming is the reckless reporters and editors at the BBC who let this silliness pass without any critical analysis. On the contrary, they say: “Other researchers say that this is an ‘impressive’ study.” Impressive in its ineptness, perhaps. A suitably trained philosophical gadfly could undermine the whole premise with a counter-proposal: “Scientists may have evolved better ‘making up stories’ skills.”Where there’s smoke — and a mutation — there may be an evolutionary edge for humans (Science Daily). This idea makes one wonder if the geniuses at Penn State were imbibing certain hallucinogenic fumes when they dreamed it up. “Aha!” they must have said under the influence of something. “Now we know how we moderns defeated the Neanderthals!” It doesn’t seem to matter to them that Neanderthals were cooking with fire for possibly 200,000 years or more (so says the consensus) before moderns came on stage. According to this new story, “A genetic mutation may have helped modern humans adapt to smoke exposure from fires and perhaps sparked an evolutionary advantage over their archaic competitors” — notice the high perhapsimaybecouldness index there. Surely the astute science guys at the BBC News will bring some sense into the smoke-filled room. “Tolerance of smoke may have given us an edge over Neanderthals.” Guess not.A quick Google search shows over 200,000 hits on “smoke Neanderthals” but no obvious critical responses, except for ours and one at Uncommon Descent. Colin Barras at U.D. had some laughs, having seen this kind of campfire story before:This theory is possibly 27 minutes in the queue with: Neanderthals were inbred, A different theory puts it down to the fact that Neanderthals chewed more. And another one has it that they did not eat enough rabbits. A paleo-psychoanalyst claims they had large eyes and might have been weird loners. And, oh yes, of course, climate change killed them.All the others in the internet echo chamber just repeated the theme with minor variations to the headline, such as, “Can’t Quit Smoking? Blame Neanderthals.” It gave them an excuse to trot out all the stock photos of Neanderthal reconstructions housed in museums. Of course, everybody should know this theory is untenable.Parkas helped early humans survive (Live Science). Let’s see if we can get this one straight. Neanderthals survived for nearly 500,000 years in all kinds of climate, but then lost out to modern humans who came on the scene late with new tailoring skills. Because the “moderns” knew how to sew parkas, they survived while their brethren froze.  “The reason for the clothing difference between Neanderthals and early modern humans is yet unclear.” That’s for sure; no clothes were found! The scientists only found animal bones “whose skins may have been used to produce clothing.” In a blatant example of historical racism, the reporter suggests that “the Neanderthals were not intelligent enough to manufacture garments of the same thermal effectiveness as those used by early modern humans,” or else it was a cultural thing. But they survived for half a million years! Good grief; if the environment drives evolution, why didn’t they just evolve body fur in all that time?Birds of a fibula (PLoS Blogs). Emphasize the fib in Jon Tennant’s headline, because it starts with an imaginary dino-chicken in the artwork. Then he shows baby chicks strutting across the stage in an animated loop. To give an appearance of empirical validity, he shows a bunch of femur bones side by side. Running evolution divination on them, he comes to the conclusion that birds are dinosaurs. In a trance, he shouts ecstatically, “Eagles are dinosaurs. Pigeons are dinosaurs, annoyingly. Even penguins are weird, swimming dinosaurs.”How well does Jon know this to be true? His last paragraphs leave some room for distrust after he pronounces his oracle.This means that dinosaurs and early birds shared the same or similar pattern of fibula development, reflected in their evolutionary relationships and through time.The reason why this happens though remains a bit of a mystery. Modern birds of different sizes and ecologies all show evidence of this fibula reduction. This suggests that it is what is called a ‘non-adaptive’ process, as it is highly unlikely that such a feature would play a part in such different roles.We’re only just beginning to unlock the molecular links between dinosaurs and birds, and this represents a really neat glimpse into the future of this research field. Stay tuned!What channel are we tuned into, again? Is this Comedy Central?Folks, we try to bring you the news about evolution objectively, but it’s extremely difficult to be charitable when reading some of it. Please forgive us. (Visited 23 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Rugby sewing initiative kicks off

first_img28 September 2010 Rugby is not normally associated with job creation and recycling, but a resourceful new project called Touch Initiative is teaching unemployed seamstresses to manufacture rugby balls out of old billboards. Initiated and sponsored by Gauteng-based waste management company EnviroServ, the Touch Initiative hopes to use the momentum of the 2011 Rugby World Cup, currently under way in New Zealand, to create more awareness around the drive. “This particular initiative will focus on rugby balls to tie in with the World Cup,” says Thurlow Hanson-Moore from Thewinwingroup, the advertising agency that conceptualised the project. In time, Touch will be expanded to create other types of balls and products, he says.Jobs through waste The emphasis of the Touch project is on job creation through innovative waste management. According to EnviroServ’s marketing manager Delia Lavarinas, there can be no greater waste than that of wasted talent in South African communities. “We also wanted to harness the energy around rugby in 2011, giving communities a tangible reason to get excited about the world cup.” The campaign provides industrial sewing machines and training for unemployed women with a background in sewing. So far 20 seamstresses have been trained to make these balls, at six hubs in Mpumalanga. The women are able to earn up to R200 (US$24.4) a day from sales of the balls, which cost R50 ($6.1) each. Of this amount, R30 ($3.7) goes straight back into the community and the balance contributes towards operating costs. Once the template is cut from the billboard material, women stuff the balls with up to 30 plastic shopping bags which have been reclaimed from the streets. This too represents an employment opportunity, as people are needed to gather the bags. According to Hanson-Moore, response to the initiative has been enthusiastic, with orders of up to 1 000 balls streaming in. “The idea is to get corporate support, and we are approaching the various rugby unions to get them involved as well,with a positive response.” The plan is to roll the initiative out across the country, establishing employment hubs in all nine provinces. “We want to keep the drive going beyond the World Cup,” confirms Hanson-Moore. To find out more or to place an order for balls, contact Hosia via email or call +27 72 288 9088.Creating jobs, tackling poverty EnviroServ’s core business is to provide innovative and sustainable waste management solutions for South Africa. The company has a number of corporate social initiatives on the go – one of them is the Intuthuko Sewing Project in Etwatwa near Springs in eastern Gauteng. Art lecturer Celia de Villiers and businesswoman Susan Haycock facilitate this embroidery project. EnviroServ approached De Villiers to start the project as the company operates a waste management site in the area and wished to couple it with poverty alleviation in the nearby township. The project employs 35 women and one man. In 2004 the Intuthuko project won an award for its magnificent Journey to Freedom embroideries. The women have since purchased a stall at the Rosebank Rooftop market and are doing exceptionally well.Kick-off The 7th IRB Rugby World Cup is under way in New Zealand and will conclude on 23 October with the final at Eden Park in Auckland. Nineteen other countries are battling to snatch the title of world champion from reigning champions South Africa, who walked off with the laurels at the previous competition in France in 2007. South Africa and Australia are the only two countries who have been able to win the Web Ellis Trophy twice, and the national team, the Springboks, are campaigning to be the first team in history to successfully defend their title, as well as to win it three times. The Rugby World Cup is now established as the world’s third-biggest sporting event after the Olympic Games and Fifa World Cup. In recent years it’s achieved its goal of merging the traditional rugby powers with new and emerging nations to make it a truly worldwide sport, according to the world cup website. The competition takes place every four years under the auspices of the International Rugby Board. England will host the competition in 2015 and Japan in 2019. MediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporter – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

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USMCA Vote Could Move to 2020

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorINDIANAPOLIS (DTN) — USDA Deputy Secretary Steve Censky said Thursday it would be “very unfortunate” for agriculture if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi delays a vote on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement until 2020.Pelosi, D-Calif., was quoted by reporters on Thursday adding some uncertainty to the possibility of a vote on USMCA before the end of 2019. Pelosi was scheduled to meet with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in her office on Thursday to continue negotiations on some sticking points in the trade deal for Democrats.“I’m not even sure if we came to an agreement today that it would be enough time to finish,” The Hill and other publications quoted Pelosi saying.SUPPORTED BY AG GROUPSTo declare USMCA is a priority for agricultural groups is almost an understatement. Agriculture as an industry has been among the biggest advocates for USMCA passage, as 950 groups and businesses signed a letter in May calling on Congress to ratify the deal. After Congress returned from summer recess, farm lobbies and others held a rally to champion the trade deal.The group Farmers for Free Trade just Thursday emailed a list of editorials from newspapers around the country endorsing USMCA and calling on Congress to pass the deal.Further delays of the trade deal could also endanger some moderate House Democrats such as freshmen from Midwest states on the House Agriculture Committee. Reps. Cindy Axne, D-Iowa, and Angie Craig, D-Minn., have been among those calling for the House to take up the trade pact.Earlier this week, Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, met with House Democrats, pushing them to continue delaying a vote until further labor and enforcement provisions are made. Axne said afterward she told Trumka that, while she supported the enforcement of labor regulations, farmers and manufacturers in her district were hurting due to the trade war and tariffs, which a new trade agreement would alleviate.“The longer we wait, [the more] it increases the pain the folks in Iowa like our farmers are getting right now,” she said.President Donald Trump, in his defense against impeachment, has also frequently brought up that Pelosi has not made enough effort to pass USMCA.MEXICO APPROVED DEALUSMCA was signed last Nov. 30 by President Trump and the leaders of Mexico and Canada. Mexico’s legislature has approved the trade deal, but Canada’s parliament is waiting until the U.S. Congress also moves to pass the trade deal.Censky spoke to reporters Thursday after a speech during the Sustainable Agriculture Summit in downtown Indianapolis. DTN asked Censky about delaying a vote on USMCA.“That would be very unfortunate because we have been waiting a long time for this,” Censky said. “Farmers are looking for trade certainty, the American people are looking for trade certainty, and I think it just postpones locking in an improved trade agreement.”Censky added that the trade agreement locks in the current duty-free access most U.S. agricultural products have going into Mexico. The deal also makes some improvements with biotechnology agreements and with access to Canada, Censky pointed out.“It cracks open additional market access into Canada for our dairy, our wheat, our poultry and egg producers, and it updates the provisions of NAFTA. It’s good for American workers, so if it’s postponed, that would be very disappointing and I hope that doesn’t happen because we need to get it done.”Agricultural groups over the summer pointed out food and agricultural exports to Canada and Mexico grew from $9 billion in 1993 to nearly $40 billion in 2018 under NAFTA. The USMCA is expected to boost U.S. agricultural exports by an additional $2.2 billion per year.CRP RULECensky also said Thursday that USDA expects to open enrollment for the Conservation Reserve Program in early December. The rule for CRP signup and changes in the program are under review at the White House Office of Management and Budget. USDA expects OMB to release the rule soon, though Censky said he doesn’t want to say when that could happen.Congress raised the cap for CRP to 27 million acres in the 2018 farm bill. Current USDA enrollment reports show 22.35 million acres in the program. Censky said USDA expects “really good and robust participation” to increase acres.“We think it’s going to be one of the biggest CRP signups we’ve had for a lot of years,” Censky said.Under any sign-up, USDA also is expected to reduce CRP rental rates, which were capped at 85% of the county’s average rental rate for general sign-up.Chris Clayton can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(ES/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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How can we make parking smarter?

first_imgRyan Matthew Pierson How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … Related Posts Tags:#connected car#featured#Internet of Things#IoT#parking#Smart Cities#smart city#top Believe it or not, the parking industry is getting smarter. For cities hoping to integrate more smart technologies into their infrastructure, smart parking is a brilliant way to monitor, manage, and monetize parking. As automated vehicles go from vision to reality, smart parking will become increasingly more necessary.One firm, IPS Group, has a solution.See also: California parking garage operator prepares from driverless carsThis smart parking firm has an all-in-one package solution for Smart Parking that tackles deployment from stem to stern. A comprehensive, fully-integrated Smart Parking platform that covers in-vehicle payment, parking enforcement management, permit management, mobile apps, metering, and data management to help cities better manage and understand its parking infrastructure.Works for driversImagine being able to navigate not only to your destination, but directly to an open parking space, pay the parking fee with a tap, and know exactly where your car is when you are ready to leave. They will also be able to see special offers from local merchants they can take advantage of while they’re in the area. This is a win for local business.No more waiting in line at the kiosk behind another driver that doesn’t understand how to pay the meter. No more endless searching for an empty parking spot. Better traffic flow because less cars are clogging up lanes slowly trudging along looking for an open space.On the other side, drivers will face improved parking enforcement. So, if you grab a spot and don’t intend to pay for the duration of your vehicle’s stay, you can expect swift ticketing and/or towing. Code enforcement officers will have the ability to see exactly how long your car has been in that spot.Looking forward, automated vehicles will certainly need a smarter way to determine not only where an open spot is, but to have the ability to park without being at risk of being out of code. No one wants their automated vehicle to pick them up with parking tickets all over its windshield. A smart parking system could one day be able to communicate with these vehicles and let them know where the nearest open spot is to that they can park, and give the driver the ability to feed the meter remotely using a mobile app.Works for citiesCities benefit greatly from smart parking technologies. Not only do they have improved code enforcement, but they can see, in real time, how parking habits are affecting the flow of traffic.Cities would benefit from access to IPS’ product suite, including:Smart single-space metersMulti-space pay stationsPay-station upgrade kitsVehicle detection sensorsSmart cash collection systemsMobile applicationsEnforcement and permitting solutionsHosted data management software with advanced data analyticsCities that opt for IPS Group’s system will benefit from it being an all-in-one package solution. Its data management system is also set to get a major upgrade this summer. Not only does it connect with all of IPS’ solutions, but it adds modules, data intelligence, and a modern user interface to boot.Having all of this under one umbrella makes it easier for cities to adopt and integrate these platforms into their overall smart city strategy. However, it also means that once everything is in place, it is more closely tied to that system, for better or for worse.On the surface, it would appear that IPS Group is on the right track. Smart city technologies are supposed to make life easier for the citizens and the government, alike. Its integrated, cloud-based Smart Parking system is built to do just that.center_img How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A…last_img read more

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DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES PRESS RELEASE – Protocols For Accessing Assistance

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 31, 2017 – Nassau – The Department of Social Services (DOSS) wishes to remind the public of its established protocols for accessing various forms of assistance from their office.Persons requiring assistance are asked to apply at the Community Support Outreach Centre nearest to their residence in New Providence or the Family Islands.   New Providence Centres are located on Horse Shoe Drive, in the V. Munnings Building, Wulff Road, in the NIB Office Building, Fox Hill, in the Davis Building opposite Fox Hill Park and Robinson Road, in the NIB Office Building at Montell Heights.The Food Assistance ProgrammeThe Department of Social Services’ Food Assistance programme is ongoing and over ten thousand (10,000) persons receive this assistance on a monthly basis. Persons who qualify are provided VISA Prepaid Cards which permit them to shop at various supermarkets with a degree of dignity. This could not be done previously with the food coupons because the coupons wererestricted to use at one supermarket on a particular date, and no balances could be left on the coupons for future use.School Uniform and FootwearThe process for clients to apply for assistance with uniform and footwear to students of the various public schools in New Providence, Grand Bahama and the Family Islands commenced in July.All prospective clients and their households must be assessed for eligibility.   The applicant must be eighteen (18) years or older, a citizen of The Bahamas and produce identification and supporting financial documents.Assistance to The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI)The Department has provided assistance to underprivileged adults in New Providence and Grand Bahama to obtain certification from the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute in various fields of endeavour.The DOSS is processing applications from persons who have applied for assistance with school fees to BTVI for the 2017 Fall Semester.It should be noted that the Department is currently reviewing its protocols of providing ongoing assistance to students of BTVI, to ensure that it remains within its overall budget allocation for 2017-2018.The DOSS wishes to apologize to the RISE clients of the Wulff Rd.   Centre for any inconvenience they may have experienced due to RISE cards not being loaded with funds.   It is expected that this matter will be rectified shortly, however, in the interim RISE clients are requested to contact their assigned Social Worker or the Centre Manager at the Wulff Road Centre for assistance.The public is encouraged to contact the main office of the Department of Social Services in the Sunshine Plaza on Blue Hill Road at telephone numbers 604-4200 or 604-4201 for further enquiries or clarification on any of its programmes.Press Release: BIS Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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