Funding wanted for CCTV cameras to stop boy racers

first_img Previous articleDeaths in Laois – Friday, June 8, 2018Next articleCroke Park Diary: Cumann na mBunscol players named, bad memories and what NOT to bring to the stadium Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. WhatsApp WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR “They are not seen and it’s only when residents get up in the morning that they see the damage,” he added.Defensive measures “There’s no point in TII spending money rolling and reseeding grass, because these boy racers will come back having fun and tearing it up in the middle of the cameras, there will have to be some kind of defensive measures,” he said.The TII response was read out at the May monthly district meeting stated that cameras are only installed for traffic-management purposes.Due to a high demand for funding, there are no plans to erect more cameras.Cllr Mulhall proposed that the council write to the department with a request for funding for cameras on the Emo exit.SEE ALSO – In Pictures: Ever-popular Gordon Bennett Rally a huge success again Community Home News Council Funding wanted for CCTV cameras to stop boy racers NewsCouncil A request has been sent to the Department of Justice to pay for CCTV cameras to monitor ‘boy racers’ destroying roundabouts near Emo.Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) turned down the request to erect cameras on roundabouts along the Emo exit off the M7 motorway. Now, Laois County Council want to ask the justice department for funding for the CCTV plan.Cllr Tom Mulhall complained about joyriders driving onto roundabouts and tearing up grass at the Emo exit.Last March, he asked the county council to contact TII about erecting cameras at the site.“They spent a lot of money on these roundabouts but these roundabouts but the problem is joyriders and acts of vandalism. The road is scenic and the roundabouts are very well kept, but joyriders come along and spin around them during the night,” he told the latest meeting of the Graiguecullen-Portarlington Municipal District. Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Twitter Facebook Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Pinterest Facebook Pinterest Community Twitter Funding wanted for CCTV cameras to stop boy racers Rugby By Siun Lennon – 8th June 2018 Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad last_img read more

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Samsung debuts another Galaxy S4 variant – Active

first_img Tags HomeDevicesNews Samsung debuts another Galaxy S4 variant – Active Related Devices Samsung announced another addition to its “Galaxy S4” product line, Galaxy S4 Active, which it said offers the features of the flagship “with added innovative protective design elements”.The device has certified protection against dust and water, and also has a waterproof headphone jack that “allows users to keep listening to their music in even the most adventurous conditions”.Galaxy S4 Active also supports the main features of the Galaxy S4, including Smart Pause and Smart Scroll, which enable users to control the device without touching the screen either via eye tracking or wrist movements.In terms of differences, it has a lower resolution main camera, and is slightly larger than the original Galaxy S4.The device is the third to carry the Galaxy S4 name, alongside the original and the Galaxy S4 Mini, which was announced last week.However, the Galaxy S4 Mini has a significantly different feature set to both the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 Active, which appear to be more closely related.Galaxy S4 Active will be available “beginning this summer”, with initial retail availability in the US and Sweden. It will come with Grey, Blue and Orange colour options.Galaxies KT makes LG Electronics trade-in move Author Smartphone shipments hit 340M in Q1center_img Previous ArticleCanada blocks Telus/Mobilicity dealNext ArticleSamsung refreshes tablet line; Intel picks up deal GalaxySamsung Steve Costello Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist…More Read more AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 05 JUN 2013 IDC bullish on Australian 5G smartphone demandlast_img read more

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Bear-human conflict risks pinpointed amid resurgent bear population

first_imgNew research maps out the potential risk “hotspots” for black bear-human conflict based on an analysis of conditions that led to nearly 400 bear deaths between 1997 and 2013.The study area covered the Lake Tahoe Basin and the Great Basin Desert in western Nevada.The methods used to predict risks based on environmental variables could help wildlife managers identify and mitigate human-carnivore conflict in other parts of the world, the authors write. Scientists have mapped out instances of human-black bear conflict in a part of the U.S. state of Nevada where bears are returning decades after they vanished.The results of their analyses, reported in the October issue of the journal Global Ecology and Conservation, could help wildlife managers identify specific sites where this type of conflict is more likely in the future, potentially allowing them to avert the deaths of black bears as a result.“Ultimately the goal of conservation is to have more individuals of species like bears and other carnivores on landscapes like we have accomplished in the Great Basin, but we then have to understand how to limit their mortality that results from conflicts with humans,” conservation scientist and study co-author Jon Beckmann, who directs the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Rocky Mountain West program, said in a statement.Black bear cubs in a dumpster. Image by Jon Beckmann/WCS.The area around Lake Tahoe in western Nevada extending east into the Great Basin Desert had been home to black and grizzly bears until the 1930s. But changes to their habitat and their persecution as predators led to their disappearance from much of the region. Recently, however, restored habitats have made the area more hospitable, and authorities have put new wildlife regulations in place, encouraging black bears to move back into the area. At the same time, recreational opportunities such as skiing and hiking have become more popular, leading to the development of resorts and housing.To better understand the implications of these converging trends, the authors plotted out the deaths of black bears — 382 in all — recorded from 1997 until 2013 in this area. Most of the bears either died in collisions with vehicles or were euthanized by wildlife managers because they’d had run-ins with people and were considered a danger to human safety or property.A mother black bear feeding on huckleberries. Image by Alan Vernon via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 2.0).The team then used a statistical model to figure out what factors in the environment heightened the risk of death for black bears. The modeling revealed that more bears died closer to towns, roads and livestock pastures in the study area. But the analyses also uncovered the effects of such variables as the number of hiking trails in an area, the distance to recreation sites, and the type of forest nearby in determining the risk to black bears.“We were surprised to find subtle indicators of human activity were important drivers of bear mortality risk, an important finding for wildlife recovery efforts,” Rae Wynn-Grant, a conservation biologist with the American Museum of Natural History in New York and the study’s lead author, said in the statement.Black bear cubs. Image by Jon Beckmann/WCS.The authors believe the growth of the bear population could hinge on minimizing the deaths of bears stemming from tangles with people.What’s more, these strategies and the insights they yield could help wildlife managers in other parts of the country with rising black bear populations, the authors write. These methods might also be valuable in other parts of the world where other carnivores may be threatened by the shifting “wildland-urban interface” that puts them in greater contact with people.Banner image of a swimming black bear by Cephas via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0).Citation Wynn-Grant, R., Ginsberg, J. R., Lackey, C. W., Sterling, E. J., & Beckmann, J. P. (2018). Risky business: Modeling mortality risk near the urban-wildland interface for a large carnivore. Global Ecology and Conservation, e00443.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Animal Behavior, Animals, Bears, Big Cats, Biodiversity, Carnivores, Conflict, Conservation, Ecological Restoration, Ecology, Ecosystem Restoration, Environment, Forests, Habitat, Habitat Destruction, Habitat Loss, Human-wildlife Conflict, Hunting, Landscape Restoration, Mammals, Predators, Research, Restoration, Temperate Forests, Top Predators, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation Article published by John Cannoncenter_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

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Woman cycling 1,100 km to raise awareness of human trafficking

first_imgDominique Holley was raised by parents who were passionate about social justice issues.It was a passion that inspired the 29-year-old Toronto woman to also take action to help others.Holley arrived in Chatham Wednesday as part of her 1,100-kilometre bicycle tour – Be The One – Ride to End Human Trafficking – that follows the Highway 401 corridor from Windsor to Ottawa, where many of these crimes take place.Her journey began Tuesday in Windsor and ends in Ottawa on Oct. 31, with stops in 26 cities, including Sarnia on Wednesday and London on Thursday night. She will be taking part in a community discussion on human trafficking at the Locomotive Espresso cafe in London at 408 Pall Mall St. at 6 p.m. on Friday. No event was planned for Sarnia.“It’s more of a really casual community feeling, where I talk about why I’m doing it, what human trafficking looks like, and we just have a conversation about what everyone, in their own way, can do to fight human trafficking,” Holley said.She first learned about human trafficking when working on a Grade 11 project that focused on the issue in a more global sense.“I remember thinking, ‘If it was happening in Canada I’d do something about it,’” Holley said.When she learned four years ago that human trafficking was happening in Ontario, she began researching the issue and volunteering with organizations that help victims.“My primary goal is really to educate and draw awareness to human trafficking,” Holley said, rather than having her tour be a fundraiser.If people would like to donate, she suggests they contribute to an organization in their community that fights human trafficking.When talking with people about this issue, Holley said she usually hears “Oh, I didn’t realize it was happening in Ontario.’”She added many people believe human trafficking is a situation that involves someone being kidnapped and held against their will.While that does happen in a small percentage of cases, Holley said that’s not what human trafficking primarily looks like in Ontario.Citing the fact more than 90 per cent of the victims are female, she noted one common type of trafficker is called a “Romeo pimp,” who develops a romantic relationship with the victim.“There’s a lot of emotional and mental manipulation and so often the victims are very emotionally attached to their trafficker,” Holley said.She realizes people can be overwhelmed when hearing about this crime and feel they don’t know what they can do to help.“What I’m really passionate about – which is why it’s called Be The One – is everyone can take one step,” she said.Holley said this “one step” could include parents calling on their local high schools to provide education about human trafficking or nurses advocating for workplace training on the signs of victimhood.“If everybody used their voice and took one small step, it would create a tidal wave of change,” she said.More details about the tour can be found at www.betheone.love and on Facebook at [email protected]last_img read more

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a month agoNewcastle boss Bruce feels Carroll can help Joelinton settle

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle boss Bruce feels Carroll can help Joelinton settleby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Steve Bruce feels Andy Carroll can help Joelinton settle.Bruce was happy to have both on the pitch for their 1-1 draw with Brighton.He said, “On ‘Big Joe’, the burden of being a Newcastle United centre-forward is always going to be there and I think for any player who comes to the Premier League they need a bit of time, especially if you are young.”No disrespect to the Bundesliga or wherever they have come from, it is totally different to playing against three big centre-backs from Brighton who bashed him to bits.”It wasn’t until Andy Carroll came on where we could give him a bit of a hand but it was a bit of an eye-opener for him.”He learned from it, he is desperate to do well, so give them a bit of time and I think they will both flourish.” last_img read more

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BonnieJill Laflin Bares All In New Vegan Ad For PETA

first_imgWith only a basketball and her long locks covering her modesty, Basketball Wives LA star Bonnie-Jill Laflin strips down for PETA in two new ads that proclaim, “Proud to Have Been NBA’s First Female Scout — Even Prouder to Be a Vegan” and “Strong. Vegan. Woman.”You can see the ads here.In an exclusive interview, the former and first female NBA scout for the Los Angeles Lakers reveals how her groundbreaking career prepared her to push for animal rights — even if it means stripping down for the cause. “[B]eing a female in a man’s world, I’ve got thick skin,” she says. “[I]t really helps me stand up for what I believe in. Even if you’re standing alone, you always stand up. And I like to stand up for animals.”That’s why she went vegan: “If you go into the factory farms and you see what these animals endure and the torture — it’s not right,” she says. “And the only way to not participate in that is to go vegan.”Each person who goes vegan saves approximately 100 animals every year from daily abuse and a terrifying death in today’s industrialized meat, egg, and dairy industries. Going vegan can give your health a boost, too: Vegans are less prone to suffering from heart disease, obesity, cancer, and strokes than meat-eaters are. And as Laflin says, “I have more energy now as a vegan than I did before.”She’s part of a growing list of celebrities — including her Basketball Wives costar Evelyn Lozada, former Los Angeles Lakers player John Salley, Joanna Krupa, Nicole Williams, and many others — who have teamed up with PETA (whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”) to promote healthy and humane meat-free meals.last_img read more

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In This Issue Dollar stays in a fairly narrow

first_imgIn This Issue. * Dollar stays in a fairly narrow range. . . * Euro dips but then recovers. . . * BOE policy makers are split. . . * Physical demand for gold drops as Indian jewelers close in protest. . . And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! Dollar remains in a narrow trading range vs. most currencies . . . Good day… And welcome to Spring. I should have used that opening yesterday, as the vernal equinox was yesterday. It feels like we missed spring totally and just went right to Summer with temperatures remaining in the 80’s here in St. Louis. With the days growing longer I was actually able to get home and enjoy some of this warm weather last night. But these warm temps during spring always seem to bring thunderstorms with them, and we are expected to see some roll in tonight and tomorrow. The currency markets were fairly calm yesterday, with the dollar pretty much unchanged from the levels I reported in yesterday’s Pfennig. There really wasn’t much new information to push the dollar one way or the other, and the news scrolling on the currency trading screens mainly rehashed concerns over China’s slowdown. As I reported yesterday, a couple of the big raw material suppliers to China warned the markets that they were reducing their projections of demand as China’s economy slows. This had an especially dramatic impact on the currencies of commodity exporters such as Australia, Canada, and Brazil. Concerns over China also spilled over to the high yielding currencies such as the New Zealand dollar and South African rand as traders worried global growth would slow. But the initial sell off of these commodity based currencies reversed later in the day and this reversal continued overnight bringing all of them back to levels they were trading at before the Chinese growth worries hit the markets. The euro traded lower yesterday morning, losing against both the US$ and Pound Sterling as data showed European economic growth is continuing to slow. The German Statistics Office said Producer Prices climbed just .4% in February compared to a .6% rise the month before. The median estimate from analysts taken by Bloomberg predicted a .5% increase, so the drop was greater than expected. The European economies are struggling to stay in a growth mode, and economists are almost unanimous in their opinion that Europe will slip back into a recession later this year. The euro recovered overnight, and reached the highest level in almost two weeks against the greenback as Greece won approval for their new bailout. Traders are also expecting reports to be released tomorrow to show German services and factory output expanded last month. Economists predict the German Purchasing Manager’s Manufacturing index will increase from 50.2 to 51 and the Services index increased from 52.8 to 53.1. Any reading above 50 indicates expansion. Numbers released in the US yesterday painted a more positive picture as housing starts stayed near a 3 year high. Builders broke ground on just under 700k new homes in February, in line with forecasts. Another report showed building permits, a more forward looking piece of data, climbed to the highest level since October of 2008. Permits increased an impressive 5.1% in February to 717k. In addition to the good numbers from February, January’s data was also adjusted higher. I’m sure the warmer weather which has gripped the nation helped push these numbers higher, and we will still need to see these permits turn into actual construction, but the data are definitely a positive sign for the housing industry. While the new home construction looks to be moving in a positive direction, there is still a huge overhang of existing homes for sale. Today we will see if the existing home sales can match the impressive pace of new home construction. Existing home sales were up 4.3% in January, but are only expected to rise .9% this month. Consumers who want to purchase all of these homes need to be able to get financed, and the cost of those loans have been rising. Another report released this morning showed Mortgage applications fell 7.4% during last week, a direct reflection of the rising interest rates which could put an abrupt halt on any housing recovery. Interest rates have moved higher as investors have moved their money out of the treasury markets and back into equities. The gains in the equity markets have been at the cost of higher rates. Maybe that is why all of the Fed Heads have been sounding a more cautious tone lately. While they like to see the equity markets moving higher, they can’t have interest rates shoot skyward as higher rates would definitely crimp our nascent recovery. Barclays Capital sent a note to clients which said US growth will keep pushing the dollar higher in the short term. “US growth has surprised on the upside and the recovery seems to be on its way, suggesting structural issues that linger on its horizon are likely not as badly perceived by markets.” The note also notes that the recent increase in the price of oil will not have as dramatic impact on growth in the US because of a decrease in our dependence on foreign supplies. Another report by RBS Securities suggested investors should sell Swiss francs and purchase the US$ as US economic data will continue to push the dollar higher. RBS expects interest rates in the US to move higher, combining with stronger than forecast employment and manufacturing data to help move the dollar higher. While I don’t necessarily agree with these dollar bulls over the longer term, I can see where the dollar may climb higher on the short term. The minutes of the BOE meeting held earlier this month were released today and showed some BOE policy makers were pushing for another increase in stimulus measures. Two policy makers pushed for a 25 billion pound increase in the target for bond purchases which the UK Central bank is using to pump liquidity into the markets. The seven remaining members voted to keep the bond purchase program unchanged. The pound dropped after the release of the minutes, as currency traders are worried that some policy makers feel additional stimulus is necessary to keep the UK economy from back pedaling. UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne will release his annual budget today which could cause some additional volatility for the pound sterling. A report released yesterday showed Britain’s budget deficit almost doubled in February as spending surged and tax revenue fell. Osborne is clinging to his goal to erase UK’s structural deficit by 2017, citing the ratings agencies threats to strip Britain’s top credit rating if they don’t lower the deficits. Investors took advantage of the recent drop in the price of the Brazilian real, making it the best performing currency vs. the US$ yesterday (albeit with a gain of just .33%). The currency has lost over 5.5% in the past month as government officials continue to implement measures designed to reduce the value of the real. This currency has traditionally been one of the most volatile currencies, and the tug of war between the Brazilian government and currency investors certainly seems like it will keep the volatility high. I haven’t written much about the precious metals, mainly because there really hasn’t been much to talk about. Gold has stuck within a fairly narrow $30 trading range over the past 5 days, and doesn’t seem to have any real direction. I would have expected yesterday’s worries over Chinese growth to push gold higher as it is typically sees ‘safe haven’ purchases. But we didn’t see any push into the metals, and as I reported the market sentiment turned around as the day progressed. A report which was shared by our metals traders indicated there was no physical demand in the markets leaving them to trade in this tight range. One reason may be that gold jewelers in India have been closed for the past 5 days in an organized protest to demand the withdrawal of increased taxes announced last week by the Indian finance minister. India is one of the world’s largest buyers of physical gold, so this shutdown definitely could have caused this drop in demand. It will certainly be interesting to see what their reopening will do to the price of gold tomorrow. Then there was this… Chuck sent me a story which someone forwarded to him while he is enjoying Spring Training down in Jupiter FL. It talks about an upcoming summit of the BRIC nations on March 28 in New Delhi. Apparently the host country, India, is going to try and set up a joint bank similar to other existing supranational authorities (IMF, World Bank, …) in order to give the group more power in global decision-making. What I find interesting is that the IMF and WorldBank were set up by the powerful Western nations in part to help finance emerging nations such as the BRIC countries. But the tables have now turned, with these same Western nations looking to countries like China for their financing needs. So these BRIC nations are looking to set up their own bank, using the joint funds to help finance projects within their countries or in other developing nations. “Basically India, China and perhaps Russia are trying to show off their economic clout; they are trying to demonstrate to the west that they can do without them. Above all they need freedom from western financial influence.” This is just another sign that a financial power shift in underway. You can read the entire article which was authored by Kester Kenn Klomegah at the following link: https://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/2031/IMG6963.jpg” alt=”last_img” /> read more

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