4 Jun

No buzz for the bees in Newcastle West

first_imgLocal backlash over Aer Lingus threat Previous articleO’Mahony awarded Munster Player of the yearNext articleWestbury social housing goes ahead Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Advertisement TAGSCllr Jerome ScanlonEnvironmentLimerick City and CountyNewcastle WestNewspolitics Twitter Limerick centre needed to tackle environmental issues WhatsApp Linkedin Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Printcenter_img Facebook Limerick on Covid watch list RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites NewsEnvironmentPoliticsNo buzz for the bees in Newcastle WestBy Alan Jacques – April 24, 2019 1986 Email TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Jerome Scanlon, Fine Gael. Photo: Cian ReinhardtLIMERICK City and County Council’s decision to delay grass cutting in the green areas of local housing estates to allow dandelions provide pollen for bees has met with some opposition in Newcastle West.FINE Gael councillor Jerome Scanlan has called on the Council to ask contractors to start cutting grass in the town’s housing estates without further delay.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up He maintains that “profuse growth” over the winter period has led to grass in the green areas growing up to a foot in height.“Contractors normally start grass cutting for the council in Newcastle West during the third week of March each Spring. Three weeks on and no start is evident.“We had a good service during 2018 for the first time in several years. Communities within our town were appreciative of this service.“Why was this discontinued?” he asked.“Residents who pay their Local Property Tax expect and deserve service. Children who are now on their Easter holidays need to be able to play and exercise in the green areas of their estates.“Profuse growth over the winter period has culminated in grass of nine to 12 inches in height within green areas. It’s unsafe for younger children to exercise on as well as for those who play ball games there.Conditions if not dealt with promptly may become a health risk given the potential of excess vegetation to attract vermin.”Cllr Scanlan maintains that estate management led by City Hall is not working and has asked that responsibility for the service be returned to the Municipal Office in Newcastle West “where our staff fully understand the needs of our town”.In response, a local authority spokesman explained: “Circumstances beyond the control of Limerick City and County Council have resulted in the grass cutting programme being delayed for a few weeks. It is now due to begin on Easter Tuesday.”last_img read more

3 May

Attorney General Hill Warns of Tech Support Scams Aimed At Hoosiers Using Personal Computers

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare INDIANAPOLIS – Attorney General Curtis Hill is warning Hoosiers to beware of deceptive pop-up alerts on their computers claiming that their devices are infected with viruses and could be vulnerable to hackers.Individuals are being targeted through pop-up messages designed to resemble security alerts from legitimate computer manufacturers or other technology companies. The pop-up alerts claim that a computer user’s device has been infected and requires immediate attention or else the hard drive will be deleted. In reality, the user’s device typically has not been infected with a virus.The pop-up alerts often provide a toll-free number at which users supposedly may receive assistance. Once consumers call the number on the pop-up alert, they are told to give remote access to their computers to allow a “help desk” to run a series of “diagnostic tests” to find the source of the problem so that a “certified technician” may repair the problem. If the person posing as a tech support specialist obtains access, he or she can steal personal information, usernames and passwords to commit identity theft or send spam messages. In some cases, individuals are persuaded to pay fees – sometimes hundreds of dollars – in order to fix the supposed issues on their computers. The caller may even be asked for a wired payment or credit card information.Tech support scams aren’t exclusive to pop-up alerts on your computer. Scammers will also call claiming to work for Microsoft, Windows or another trusted company and ask for remote access of the targeted victim’s computer — hoping to steal personal and sensitive information. The Office of the Indiana Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division (CPD) has received 111 tech support complaints so far this year.The CPD advises individuals to ignore these security alert pop-ups in order to avoid losing their hard-earned money to one of the fastest-growing scams on the internet.Hoosiers are encouraged to contact the Consumer Protection Division of the Office of the Indiana Attorney General if they believe they have been scammed. You can reach the CPD by visiting IndianaConsumer.com or calling 1-800-382-5516.last_img read more

17 Sep

Volunteers Are the Heart and Soul of Russia 2018, Says FIFA…

first_imgThe official FIFA World Cup song is ringing out of the speakers, the ceiling is bedecked with the flags of all 32 competing nations and alongside there is a poster with information on score-line predictions for the first of the two semi-finals, between Belgium and France. The Volunteer Centre at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow is a happy, welcoming place full of laughter, impromptu dancing and table tennis matches – and on Media Day, it even has VIP guests.FIFA Secretary, General Fatma Samoura, along with FIFA legends Michel Salgado and Julio Baptista, came to visit the helpers and express their enormous gratitude for all that they have been doing.“You are the heart and soul of this World Cup. You are the ones who have enabled this tournament to become a reality,” the General Secretary said, to thunderous applause from all present. 17,040 volunteers are working at the FIFA World Cup all across Russia in 20 different capacities. They were selected from a record number of candidates – no fewer than 176,870 in total! The volunteers come from a variety of different backgrounds and include the captain of an oil tanker, a former footballer and even a world champion dragon boat racer. What unites them is a love of football and the willingness to show a real sense of commitment over a number of weeks.Thirty-six per cent of volunteers are men, 64 per cent women. They include a grandmother and her grandson, couples and indeed entire families. 93 per cent of them come from Russia while seven per cent came specially from 112 different countries just to take part.One such person is Hiba from Morocco. “It is an incredible experience to be part of this tournament and to come into contact with people from all around the world,” she says with a huge smile on her face. “We’re one big family.”It is a family that Samoura, Salgado and Baptista were delighted to spend some time with, playing table football with the volunteers, listening to excited stories of the tournament to date and even showcasing their dancing skills during a flash mob.“The assistance of the volunteers is amazing, the energy they have,” said Baptista. “The World Cup is not the same without them. This is the best I have ever seen and that’s thanks to them as well.”“We want to say thank you to you all for your friendliness and your smiles,” Salgado added. “You are the ones who have made the most successful event in the world – the FIFA World Cup – into something so special.”After that, it was off to Red Square, where the volunteers took time off from setting the stage for the best footballers in the world to show off their own balls skills and see how they measured up to the FIFA legends.And when it was time to go, the FIFA General Secretary left the volunteers with some words to remember, saying: “You have touched my heart and I was thrilled to meet you all.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

16 Sep

Michaela Michael named Offensive Player of the Week

first_imgThe MPSF awarded women’s lacrosse senior attacker Michaela Michael Player of the Week honors for the fourth consecutive week on Monday after USC cruised to two home victories over the weekend against Oregon (17-7) and San Diego State (15-3).Michael’s fourth Offensive Player of the Week nod of the spring ties her program record for awards in a single season, which she set in 2016. Monday also marked the ninth time in her four-year career that Michael has received such recognition. Her total 10 career awards (including one Rookie of the Week nod in 2014) is also a team record.The Hillsborough, Calif. native is enjoying the most productive offensive season of her career in 2017 (53 goals, 14 assists, .646 shot percentage), and Michael padded her impressive stats last  week in victories over the Ducks and Aztecs.Against Oregon, Michael was as dominant in midfield as she was in the offensive zone. Her 11 draw controls put her at 93 on the year, which ranks fourth in MPSF single-season history with three games left to play before the start of postseason play.Along with notching her eighth career double-digit draw control game, Michael also collected six goals and two assists in last Friday’s game along with a ground ball and caused turnover. Against San Diego State on Saturday, Michael controlled six draws and tied her career high in goals, slipping seven past Aztec goalie Katrina Reeves on just nine shots.With 13 goals in two games, Michael earned her program-record 35th and 36th career hat tricks, and she has now scored six or more goals in the same game seven times in her career. The former High School All-American is now second in MPSF history for career goals (209) and fourth place in points (273). She is on pace to break her career bests in goals and points this season if she keeps up her historic offensive pace.The Trojans have earned eight weekly honors in 2017, bringing their program total to 31 with 13 offensive awards, 10 defensive awards and eight rookie of the week honorees.No. 9 USC (11-3, 5-0 MPSF) is back in action this Friday, as the Trojans will host thesixth-ranked Colorado Buffaloes (12-1, 4-0 MPSF) at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.last_img read more

18 Dec

Canoeing development making a mark

first_img1 November 2013South African canoeing development programmes have produced some outstanding successes since 1994, with initiatives like the RMB Change A Life Academy at Nagle Dam outside Pietermaritzburg producing champion paddlers from formerly disadvantaged backgrounds.Now, the Development Academy at Natal Canoe Club (NCC) in Pietermaritzburg is introducing the sport to young children and making huge inroads.With support from the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Sport and Recreation, the programme, which began in April, has so far hosted 1 100 children, and the response has been very encouraging.Sam Phungula heads up the project. He, in turn, answers to Thuthu Manyathi, who oversees the entire development programme. This includes the NCC Development Race, a Dusi Canoe Marathon seeding event, which was recently held for a second time.‘They are loving it’At a recent open day, Phungula spoke about the programme’s successes. “It’s pretty exciting. There are a lot of children who have been taking part and they are loving it,” he said.One of the most notable successes has been the number of girls the project has attracted. “They are the type of people that really want to do this, but they are the ones that are facing the biggest challenges. Since they’re coming from the townships, which are far from here, their parents are concerned about the distances,” Phungula said. The NCC, however, looks after transport for the children.“Most of the girls say they really enjoy the sport a lot, which is good. They’re telling me that in two years’ time there will be many girls participating in the Dusi Canoe Marathon. I am very happy about that,” commented NCC Development Academy member Candy Mavundla, who completed the Dusi Canoe Marathon in a K1 boat for a first time earlier this year.‘I really enjoy that responsibility’“There are many people who are moved to do the sport,” she continued. “Sometimes they even come to my house and say ‘Candy, we also want to come and join your sport’, so I tell them what they need to do. I really enjoy that responsibility.”Participants in the project are taught water safety and how to paddle in guppy boats without paddles before they progress to boats with paddles.A rotational policy splits groups of 40 into two, with one out on the water and the other on land where paddling is discussed and general fitness taken care of. After the sessions the children feast on muffins prepared by Sam Phungula and are provided with transport home.“This programme has given the Development Team such a sense of responsibility and ownership. They are 100 percent responsible for it. It’s very gratifying to see,” said NCC general manager Brett Austen Smith.“I enjoy this a lot, a lot, a lot,” smiled Candy Mavundla. “It has been teaching me about leadership, especially with the coaching, because next year at university I will be doing sports management.”‘Something different about them now’Sam Phungula agreed. “The leadership skills in every one of us have grown a lot. We can talk to people now, we can handle people, even big numbers.“It is very rewarding. Even for the young guys, who are still at school, but are involved in the project, there is something different about them now.”The NCC Development Team has not restricted its involvement with communities to paddling alone. They also took on a community project to assist at an old age home in Imbali. “It has been something different for most of us who have never done something like that,” Phungula said. “We plan to do a community project every year.Reflecting on the visit to the old age home, he added: “We saw something different, something we are not used to seeing, like sick people. It taught us a lot.”Community leadersWatching the children enjoying themselves on the water, Austen Smith pointed out a young boy, not yet 10 years of age. “This chap has been here a few times. He is one of our regulars and you can see how comfortable he is now. He is one of the self-imposed community leaders now. He helps the other guys and tells them what to do. We’ve got a couple of leaders coming out of the communities,” he said.The next step for the NCC development programme will be to unearth some talented paddlers who can go far in the sport. With a club that won four of the six world titles South Africa claimed at the ICF Marathon World Championships in Denmark in September, talented and committed youngsters will find a way to shine.last_img read more

16 Dec

Ashton Kutcher’s Twitter Account Hacked at TED

first_imgTags:#web TV star Ashton Kutcher may have more followers than all but 5 other people on Twitter (6,393,559) but he apparently has at least one snarky and politically minded adversary at the prestigious TED conference this week. Kutcher’s account on Twitter appears to have been compromised this afternoon, having posted two messages purportedly from someone else nearby. How excited will the stars Twitter seeks to get onboard be when they find out how easy it is for strangers to hijack their identities? Probably not very excited!“Ashton, you’ve been Punk’d,” the first of two Tweets read. “This account is not secure. Dude, where’s my SSL?” SSL, or Secure Sockets Layer, is a security measure that many people have called on Twitter and Facebook to enable by default. “P.S. This is for those young protesters around the world who deserve not to have their Facebook & Twitter accounts hacked like this. #SSL,” read the next message. Update: It’s been 4 hours now and it’s getting harder to believe that Kutcher hasn’t heard about this yet. He hasn’t deleted those tweets or tweeted anything else since. It’s odd. Last Fall a program called Firesheep hit the web that made it easy for anyone to sniff out unsecured Twitter or Facebook users’ credentials on a local network. Counter-measures were quickly developed, but not everyone thinks to implement them when in public. An official switch by social network providers to SSL by default is believed by some to be the best solution, but that hasn’t happened.Update: @TwitterGlobalPR just Tweeted, “Users can use Twitter via HTTPS: twitter.com. We’ve long been working on offering HTTPS as a user setting & will share more soon.”The venue this occurred in is particularly humorous. TED is a world-famous conference of brainiac and wealthy do-gooder elite. Apparently one of those attendees decided to make use of Kutcher’s account to prove a point that he himself would likely agree with.According to a profile of Kutcher in last month’s Men’s Fitness magazine, the star spends all his free time cross-training to survive the apocalypse. Hopefully he’ll be more vigilant in those circumstances, lest he fall prey to mischievous tricksters at end times, too. Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img marshall kirkpatrick Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

28 Nov

Four Tests and tri-series in India tour of Australia

first_imgCricket Australia (CA) has reinstated the tri-series ODI concept after four years and extended its regular Test dates to host India in a four-match series.Australia unveiled a southern summer programme on Tuesday that features two Tests against New Zealand in Brisbane and Hobart at the start of December followed by a four-Test series against India starting December 26, the traditional Boxing Day slot at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The subsequent Tests will be played in Sydney and Perth and the series ends in Adelaide from January 24- 28.A two-match Twenty20 International series will follow that, leading into the February 5- March 8 ODI tri- series involving the hosts, India and Sri Lanka.Australia abandoned the tri-series format in favour of bilateral series for three seasons amid diminishing popularity for the 50-over game and increasing interest in T20, but has reinstated the three-way contest in what will be a hectic summer.The Test series will clash with the Australian Open. The main Test series in Australia has usually culminated with the New Year’s match in Sydney in the first week of the new year, but the Australian team has a packed schedule in the lead up to the domestic summer.Itinerary Tests: Dec 1- 5: Aus-NZ 1st Test in Brisbane; Dec 9- 13: Aus-NZ 2nd Test in Hobart; Dec 26-30: Aus-India 1st Test in Melbourne; Jan 3-7: Aus-India 2nd Test in Sydney; Jan 13-17: Aus-India 3rd Test in Perth; Jan 24- 28: Aus-India 4th Test in Adelaide; Feb 1: Aus-India T20 in Sydney; Feb 3: Aus-India 2nd T20 in MelbourneadvertisementODI tri-series: Feb 5: Aus-India in Melbourne; Feb 8: India-SL in Perth; Feb 10: Aus-SL in Perth; Feb 12: Aus-India in Adelaide; Feb 14: India-SL in Adelaide; Feb 17: Aus-SL in Sydney; Feb 19: Aus-India in Brisbane; Feb 21: India-SL in Brisbane; Feb 24: Aus-SL in Hobart; Feb 26: Aus-India in Sydney; Feb 28: India-SL in Hobart; Mar 2: Aus-SL in Melbourne; Mar 4: 1st final in Brisbane; Mar 6: 2nd final in Adelaide; Feb 8: 3rd final in Adelaidelast_img read more

27 Nov

UAAP volleyball: FEU boosts Final 4 bid after rout of NU

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting In scoring their first straights sets win in the season, the Lady Tamaraws improved to 8-4, needing just one win to make the playoffs for the last Final Four berth.NU had 11 errors, against even by FEU, in the first set, while getting outgunned in the second frame 14-7. It fell out of contention with a 3-9 record.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsBut the Lady Bulldogs, powered by eight rookies, put up a major scare after Roselyn Doria fired an ace and FEU’s Heather Guino-o dumped a service error for 22-all.But Guino-o redeemed herself in the next play before NU top rookie Princess Robles hit it wide. FEU blockers slammed the door on Princess Robles for the winning point. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Heather Guino-o. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines–Far Eastern University imposed its experience on youthful National University to prevail, 25-21, 25-19, 25-22, Wednesday to improve its Final Four chances in the UAAP women’s volleyball at FilOil Flying V Center.The Lady Bulldogs put the Lady Tamaraws on their feet after racing from 17-8 in the third. They tied the frame at 22 but NU fell into a rash of errors to yield the match.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Wizards guard John Wall unsure if he’ll return next NBA season MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Duterte wants probe of SEA Games messlast_img read more

7 Nov

2015/16 TFSA League grand final results

first_imgCongratulations to the winners of the 2015/16 Touch Football South Australia (TFSA) League grand finals on Friday night. Mixed OpenCentral Scorpions 8 defeated Vipers 3Women’s Open Central Scorpions 4 defeated Eastern Stingrays 3Men’s Open Vipers 15 defeated Eastern Stingrays 9To see photos from the night, please visit the Touch Football South Australia Facebook page – www.facebook.com/touchfootballsa. Related LinksTFSA League finalslast_img