Limerick crime levels drop as Gardai target top ten criminals

first_imgAdvertisement Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Facebook Twitter Previous articleWin cinema ticketsNext articleLimerick is in the front line for new jobs growth Staff Reporter NewsLimerick crime levels drop as Gardai target top ten criminalsBy Staff Reporter – October 12, 2016 1217 Email Chief Superintendent in Limerick Dave SheahanCRIME levels throughout Limerick have dropped by 30 per cent in the last 12 months thanks to an initiative where gardai target the top ten criminals in the region, Limerick’s most senior garda has said.Addressing a meeting of the Joint Policing Committee at City Hall recently, Limerick’s most senior garda said that despite the division losing more than 90 members since 2011, policing has had to become more effective in how it combats crime.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Targeting and monitoring the activities of criminals on bail, Chief Superintendent Dave Sheahan said that the result has been a 30 per cent decrease in crime at a divisional level in the last 12 months.“I have been presenting at the JPC meetings since 2010 and this year, for the first time I am reporting the lowest levels of crime statistics from the division.”“We have seen a serious decrease in the number of types of crimes with the exception of crimes against the person.In 2015, there were 298 reported incidents of the unlawful taking of cars. This year, we have seen a large-scale drop to 148 incidentsThefts from shops are showing a 10 per cent year on year decrease while thefts from cars have been reduced to 391 from 747 in 2015.Throughout the four divisions, Chief Supt said that there was a 30 per cent reduction in the number of burglaries reported “which is contrary to the perception that crime levels are on the rise. In saying that, just one burglary is one too many but our actions are seeing results.”How did An Garda Siochana get there?“We are targeting those who are responsible for crime in Limerick. So we target recidivists and we pass no apology about that.“One of our methods is that we are monitoring the bail conditions of a rolling top ten list of criminals. Any breaches of those bail conditions, then we will return to the courts and seek to get the criminals remanded.“Once remanded, the criminal will fall out of the top ten and the next person moves up so we are able to target the people responsible.Most recently, Chief Supt Sheahan said “we targeted a gang who were travelling throughout county Limerick carrying out burglaries and thefts, disrupted them and they are now in custody awaiting trial.“This was done through the provisions of organised crime legislation”, he explained.Separately, Gardai targeted certain individuals who were responsible for their own “crime waves and you could see the levels dropping month on month”.Operation Disruption, the JPC was told, is targeted and totally focused on tackling those who are stealing cars and stealing from cars.“There is a dedicated unit that starts at 4pm each day and works through to the middle of the night to disrupt their actions. Through that, we have identified the top ten criminals and actioned against them.Criminal damage and public order offences saw a 23 per cent reduction while drug and offensive weapons incidents were largely unchanged.The only statistic to show the same level or a slight increase on 2015, was in relation to assaults and crimes against the person.59 per cent of assaults, both minor and serious, were committed by males under the age of 30 as Chief Supt Sheahan urged young people to use their head and think before using their fists.center_img Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash TAGSChief Superintendent Dave SheahancriminalsGardaíJPClimerick Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” WhatsApp Linkedinlast_img read more

Alumnae promote benefits of study abroad

first_imgThree Saint Mary’s alumnae took part in a panel discussion Wednesday to highlight the impact of study abroad experiences on careers. Class of 2006 alumna Molly Monceaux, manager of ideation at Just Marketing International, began the presentation by discussing her yearlong experience in Ireland and the effect it had on her career in marketing. “When I came to Saint Mary’s, I definitely wasn’t prepared to be at school on my own yet,” Monceaux said.  “So my first semester abroad was a lot of getting acclimated and meeting people, and then second semester was a blast because I was comfortable and could really enjoy the experiences much more.” When she returned, she was a completely different person from when she left for Ireland, Monceaux said “I fell into an internship with a marketing agency in Indianapolis, and [after graduation] I worked on a Chevrolet racing team. This skyrocketed my career because I made a ton of connections,” Monceaux said.  “It was an opportunity for me to use the traits I learned studying abroad.” Studying abroad teaches students to live and work independently, adapt quickly to new situations, be financially responsible, be exposed to new philosophies and to develop global-mindedness, Monceaux said. “It’s key to approach study abroad as an educational experience,” Monceaux said. “Don’t go out as a tourist, but really get into the culture because that way, you will learn a lot about yourself.” Kara Kelly, a member of the class of 1996 and director of communications for the City of South Bend, said she also studied abroad in Ireland during her time at Saint Mary’s. Kelly said she experienced a different community atmosphere while abroad. “Through study abroad, I experienced a sense of community that I never felt, even in my hometown,” Kelly said.  “I now feel a deeper connection to the larger world.” Kelly said her study abroad experience helped her realize the power of communication across cultural boundaries and the importance of sprouting from our personal, familiar worlds. Class of 1992 alumna Catherine Singleton, an attorney for Gresk and Singleton, said she came to Saint Mary’s simply to study other languages, especially Spanish. “Not all programs are the same, and you don’t need to know why you’re going abroad,” Singleton said. “For me, I think it’s important to know what I was trying to accomplish, [which was] proficiency in foreign languages. I wanted to see how I would feel speaking that language and trying to blend into that country. I believe that cultural acclimation is a skill that you can learn.” Singleton said now as an attorney she is able to speak Spanish on a regular basis with her clients.  She also currently works in a building that she helped design both interiorly and exteriorly based on inspiration from the beauty of France and the architecture of Italy. The panel concluded after students were able to ask questions about the particulars of each alumna’s experiences and careers. Freshman Emily Sullivan said she enjoyed the panel and learned many helpful tips. “I’m planning to go abroad in the spring of 2015, so this panel reassured me that going abroad is not only good for the experience but also for my future after college,” Sullivan said. Junior Emily Scanlon, who studied abroad in Rome in the fall of 2012, said the alumnae made her consider how she would use her experience in Italy to further her career goals. “I’m always thinking about my time in Rome, but I never know how to put the consequences of my experience into a context that will help me in the workforce,” Scanlon said.  “The panel made me reflect on the long term impacts that studying overseas will have and already has on me, which is great, since I know it will always be one of my favorite memories in my life.” Contact Kelly Konya at [email protected]last_img read more

Peach of a crop

first_imgBrad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaThe weather has been good, almost too good, for one of Georgia’ssweetest crops, says a University of Georgia expert.Georgia’s peach crop has had the weather it needed to grow wellthis year. Shoppers can expect plenty of large, pretty peaches,says Kathryn Taylor, a horticulturist with the UGA College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences. It’s one of the bestpeach crops in years.”Georgia’s peach trees are producing very large fruit due to thespring and summer rains,” she said. And, due to the relativelycool spring, “fruit color has been better than in recent years.”But those same heavy rains, it seems, have also caused someproblems.Best fruits laterThe rain has diluted the sugar content of the early fruits,”making them seem less flavorful,” she said. “But we expect thelater fruit to have better flavor, as late fruit usually does.”The rain has also increased the potential for fungal diseases onthe fruit.Peaches are more prone to develop fungal rot and can have ashorter shelf life. But growers are taking extra measures, shesaid, to prevent rot and remove suspect fruit during packing.”It seems that every good event in agriculture has its cost,” shesaid.Almost all of the crop is in good to fair condition right now,according to the Georgia Agricultural Statistics Service.Harvest going strongMiddle Georgia growers produce about 90 percent of the state’speach crop. South Georgia growers produce the rest. SouthGeorgia’s harvest is coming to an end, but farmers in middleGeorgia will harvest into the first week of August.Georgia’s chilly winter got the peaches off to a good start forthis harvest.Peaches need so many chill hours (below 45 degrees) during thewinter. Depending on the variety, they need from 400 to about1,000 chill hours to perform well during the growing season, shesaid. Middle Georgia got more than 1,300 hours.(Brad Haire is a news editor with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Men’s Golf Posts Another Strong Round At Golden Horseshoe Intercollegiate

first_imgPrint Friendly Version Story Links Second Round Results center_img WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The Drake University men’s golf team followed up an impressive first round by carding a even lower 5-over par 289 on the second day of the Golden Horseshoe Intercollegiate Monday afternoon.The round gives the Bulldogs a two-round score of 584 (+16) to put the team in a tie for fourth place heading into Tuesday’s final round. The Bulldogs enter that round 11 strokes behind the leaders, Loyola (Md.).”I thought we had another solid day,” said Drake head coach Matt Lewis. “The course played a little easier today as a couple of the tees were moved up and there wasn’t as much wind.”Tim Lim had a phenomenal back nine to record the Bulldogs’ top score on the day at 37-32–69. His back nine scorecard featured three birdies to put him in a tie for 13th with teammate Lucas Scherf at 3-over par at two rounds. Scherf carded a 36-36–72 round Monday.Tim played great and had a strong finish with birdies on three of his final four holes,” Lewis added. “Lucas and Chase also played well. I thought we hit the ball pretty well today as a team but we just couldn’t convert on many of our birdie chances.”Chase Wicklund and Kyle MacDonald completed the Bulldogs’ rounds for the day at 36-37–73 and 36-39–75, respectively.Tommi Avant, who entered the day as the top individual posted a 38-38–76 to fall into a tie for 11th overall. The Bulldogs aim to move up the leaderboard during Tuesday’s final round. Loyola (Md.) leads the team standings and 576, followed by No. 43 Campbell three strokes behind.”We are in a great position going into tomorrow,” Lewis said. “The weather will be challenging with colder temperatures and strong winds. We are looking forward to the opportunity and I know the guys will be locked in.”last_img read more

Landmark event strengthens LYIT links with China

first_imgMinister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. has attended a landmark event in Beijing to cement links between Letterkenny IT and China.The Donegal college was one of several Irish third level institutes to sign Memorandums of Understanding with Chinese education partners during Minister McHugh’s St Patrick’s Day programme.The signings, which took place in the Irish embassy in Beijing, aim to expand education links between Ireland and China and offer the chance for students in eight institutions to visit both countries as part of their studies. LYIT has linked with Chengdu Neusoft University on two fronts.The first involves new pathway programmes in computing, design/digital arts and business management and marketing.The second aims to lead to further cooperation opportunities between LYIT and Chengdu Neusoft University and also Donegal County Council and local government in Chengdu, Sichuan. Minister McHugh said: “The relationship between Ireland and China is strong and is growing. Not only that but the diversity of relationship is impressive. The new opportunities for deeper ties in education and between the County Council and local government are an example of that.“We are now looking to a new future of relations between LYIT and Chengdu.”LYIT president Paul Hannigan attended the event along with LYIT’s vice-president John Andy Bonar and Donegal County Council chief executive Seamus Neely and Chengdu President Professor Yinghui Zhang.LYIT student Zexiao Xiao also attended the signing ceremony to share her experiences of her studies.Minister McHugh added: “Congratulations to everyone involved, to the teams on both sides, in Ireland and China, in LYIT and Chengdu, who made these announcements possible today.“Combined international efforts like these are great reflection of the good relations between Ireland and China over the last 40 years.” The signing ceremony also confirmed links between IT Carlow and Henan University of Animal Husbandry and Economics.The two institutes have a Memorandum of Understanding to announce a joint institution with four degrees, including a programme in brewing and distilling, and the first student intake is planned for 2020, with each programme recruiting 100-150 students.University College Cork and Minzu University of China announced a dual degree programme in Environmental Science to help deepen research links.Dublin Business School and Anhui University of Science and Technology also signed an agreement to explore academic collaboration, credit transfer, student and staff exchange.Landmark event strengthens LYIT links with China was last modified: March 20th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:ChengduChinaLYITMinister Joe McHughPaul HanniganSEAMUS NEELYlast_img read more

Japan beckons for young South Africans

first_imgIf you join the Japan Exchange and Teaching programme, you can expect to work in schools in beautiful towns and villages such as Shirakawa. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)Japan – the name conjures images of cherry blossoms, sushi and samurai, and for some pop culture junkies, anime and role-playing games. But the country is more than this. With a rich history dating back 35 000 years and a culture based on Shintoism, Japan can be a place that will change your perspective on life forever.Young South Africans have a chance to experience the beautiful island nation through the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) programme.On the programme, successful applicants work as assistant English teachers in primary (or elementary), junior high or senior high schools.Since landing a job in South Africa is proving to be a challenge for many graduates, JET offers a unique way for young men and women to gain work and life experience.Bonolo Mogotsi, an international relations graduate who joined the programme in 2012, urges all recent or imminent graduates with a degree to apply. “It was daunting because it was the first time I’d left South Africa but it was an amazing opportunity. You earn good money and can travel quite a lot, exploring a country and culture that are very different but also welcoming and homey. The way I see the world broadened and I also became more patriotic, wanting to learn more about where I come from.”JET considers itself a cultural exchange programme. Each participant brings their culture to a local community in Japan while they learn more about Japan, its people and culture.“This is an experience that can really enrich participants’ outlook and prospects for the rest of their lives,” says Minister Councillor Kawaguchi from the embassy of Japan in South Africa. “We really urge South African youth to take advantage of this excellent opportunity.”JET has been running in South Africa since 1997, and there have been more than 80 South African participants. These participants also act as unofficial ambassadors, taking part in international exchange activities, promoting better understanding and creating closer ties between South African and Japanese youth.Applications are open until 11 November, but you must have a Bachelors degree or higher. Following your application, interviews take place either in Pretoria, Durban, Port Elizabeth or Cape Town. If you are accepted, you will get a one-year contract by the prefectures, municipality or private schools, and the work year starts in July 2017.WHAT TO EXPECTYou will be guided by language teachers to teach English as a foreign language, prepare teaching materials and help with extracurricular and club activities, including English-language speech contests.You will usually work 35 hours a week. Working days in Japan usually run from 8.30am to 5.15pm, Monday to Friday. Over and above weekends and public holidays, you get 10 days’ paid leave during the year. And you work as a Japanese civil servant or private school staff member for the year so be prepared to observe the code of conduct of these contracting organisations, says JET.“The JET courses and workshops helped us with self-development and self-awareness,” says Mogotsi. “This personal growth made me focus better on what I want to achieve personally and in my career. I have made the most of my new networks by working with Japanese parastatals and corporates since I returned.”MORE ABOUT JETNow in its 30th year, JET has hosted nearly 5 000 participants from 40 countries. It is an official Japanese government programme, implemented through the country’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications; Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology; and its Council of Local Authorities for International Relations.The application process is long and competitive. Because the programme is a one-year commitment, you are advised to give serious consideration as to whether you want to live and work in Japan for at least a year.Unlike other English teaching opportunities in other countries, JET tries to expose local – mainly rural – Japanese communities to foreign cultures and norms, helping them to improve foreign language education and developing an international exchange at community level.last_img read more

Durban’s 2022 Games bid highlighted in Glasgow

first_img22 July 2014South African delegates made an impassioned plea for Durban to be named host of the 2022 Games at the Commonwealth Games Federation’s general assembly in Glasgow, Scotland on Monday.The South African coastal city is up against Edmonton, Canada for the honour, which will be decided at a vote to be conducted in Auckland, New Zealand in September 2015.The South African delegation included Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula, South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) president Gideon Sam, Sascoc CEO Tubby Reddy, and Vuzi Mazibuko, head of sport for the City of Durban.‘It’s Africa’s turn’They addressed the gathering and presented a slick video which featured former South African President Nelson Mandela and concluded with the message: “It’s Africa’s turn to host its sons and dauhters for the first time on home soil, in the city where Nelson Mandela chose to cast his first vote. Let Durban be the first African city to host the Commonwealth Games.”The South African delegation focused on the country’s proven record in hosting major sports events, including the Fifa World Cup, ICC Cricket World Cup and IRB Rugby World Cup.Sport was also touted as a powerful tool of unification in the country.National Development Plan“We’ve gone through the fire to get here, and the [National Development Plan] requires sport to make the contribution to build South Africa into the giant on the continent of Africa,” Sam said in his address.“We’re bold enough to say that South Africa can host any event. We’ve shown that to the United Nations and the International Olympic Committee. We can say it is Africa’s turn.”‘Infrastructure and capacity’Reddy told the general assembly: “We’ve shown that we have the investment, infrastructure and capacity to deliver world-class events. It’s our turn, but … we don’t want you to give it to us because it’s our turn. We will do a quality job,” Reddy promised.Mbalula said the South African government was fully behind Durban’s bid. “We guarantee the government will play its part in hosting the most successful sporting event in South Africa,” he said.“The Commonwealth Games to us are important Games in terms of what we seek to achieve collectively over the years. It’s our turn as the African continent.“If you give [the Games] to Africa, we guarantee you our 102 percent commitment in making it successful. Do it for Africa,” he concluded.Edmonton addressEdmonton took a more low-key approach to its address, with Commonwealth Games Canada president Andrew Pipe telling the delegates that it was not the time to make the bid.“You have a lot of time between now and next year and we have a lot of time to tell you about our bid,” The Edmonton Sun quoted him as saying.“The time now is for Glasgow. From my perspective, the most important thing I can do is introduce you to the person who will be leading the Edmonton 2022 Commonwealth Games bid,” he said, before introducing Canadian city’s only speaker, Chairman Reg Milley.“We’re in Glasgow to listen. We’re here to learn,” Milley said.last_img read more

Why Enterprises Don’t Like SaaS

first_imgAt the Enterprise 2.0 Conference, I asked all of the vendors, “SaaS or on-premise?” The assumption, because this conference was all about modern 2.0 stuff, was that everyone would say, “SaaS, of course.”Wrong. At least 50% of the vendors were deploying primarily on premise. Even some of the pure SaaS crowd would admit to an occasional on-premise deployment. Anecdotally, even some of those who say they are pure SaaS will deploy on premise quietly. Why are enterprise customers telling vendors that they want on-premise deployment?On-Premise Does Not Mean Old-FashionedSome of the vendors selling on-premise solutions are bang-on up to date in the two ways that really matter:Low-priced monthly subscription pricing with freemium entry,Grassroots adoption, one click at a time, based on usability as the core advantage.For example, Atlassian sells only primarily on-premise. Note: this corrects an earlier version of this post. Atlassian has told us that they do in fact sell both on-premise and hosted versions of some of its software.Those Old IT Worry-WartsThere are some red herring issues. For example, security. There is no reason that cloud-based systems should be less secure than on-premise ones. But some high-profile lapses by cloud vendors have given enterprise decision-makers sweaty palms. “Having it in our data center just feels more secure, right? No one could hack our data center, could they?” Let people keep their illusions if it makes them happy.The concern about application integration is a bit more valid. Sure, a cloud vendor could integrate just as easily with in-house apps. But all that data transfer comes with a cost.It’s All About That 6% UtilizationBut the figure that really tells the story is 6%. That is the percentage of server utilization in enterprise data centers, according to McKinsey. That is a lot of wasted cycles. It would be much better to use them up with new applications, and to bring in virtualization technology to use them more efficiently.Why rent more cycles from a SaaS vendor when you are swimming in excess capacity?Shh, Don’t Tell Our InvestorsSo, why the big fuss? Because customers want on-premise, and the customer is always right.As long as the vendor can deploy the whole solution stack really simply, there is no deployment cost issue.The problem is that words like “SaaS” and “cloud” loosen investors’ wallets. As one entrepreneur put it to me, “The moment I admit to selling on-premise, I lose the VC.” Anecdotally, even, which is religious about being pure cloud, has deployed on-premise when the customer is big enough. But saying so ruins a good story. UPDATE: we sought independent verification of this and it was not available. So we assume that this is currently incorrect ie we assume that is still pure SaaS.Google is one vendor that seems to be sticking to its pure-cloud approach. It can afford to forego a few mega-enterprise accounts because it makes so much from consumers and small and medium-sized businesses (SMB).Cloud Is Ideal for SMBSmall companies don’t have the scale to run their own data centers. And an awful lot of small companies are out there. Department-wide deals in which the decision maker does not want to “go through IT” will still go with the cloud.But the really big enterprise-wide deployments seem to be going with on-premise. bernard lunn Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#enterprise center_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

2-part Financial Statements webinar series in April

first_imgThe Personal Finance group will offer a two-part webinar series in April with Dr. Michael Gutter as speaker. On Monday, April 15, Dr. Gutter will present Financial Statements and Record-Keeping. This 90-minute session will cover building skills and confidence to help service members to access timely, accurate, and trustworthy information about creating financial statements and record-keeping.On Monday, April 22, Dr. Gutter’s presentation, Financial Ratio and SWOT Analysis will focus on building skills and confidence to help service members to access timely, accurate, and trustworthy information about assessing their financial position and making strategic cash flow decisions. This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network Blog on March 15, 2013.last_img