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Gardaí will address city crime concerns

first_imgTwitter Previous articleLimerick FC have one hand on the titleNext articleFirst steps in delivering new Shannon plan agreed admin Facebook NewsLocal NewsGardaí will address city crime concernsBy admin – October 5, 2012 522 WhatsApp Emailcenter_img Linkedin Print GARDA duty rosters have been overlapped to help combat the incidence of night-time crime in Limerick city centre. Details of a range of crime prevention measures were outlined by Henry Street gardaí at a meeting with city centre retailers to encourage greater communication between businesses and gardaí. Among other measures discussed was the provision of a Garda kiosk in the city centre or that gardaí could occupy a vacant retail premises to maintain a visible presence in the main retail district.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A Garda spokesperson told the Limerick Post: “Everyone is anxious to ensure the city centre is an environment that people can enter morning, noon and night without fear of being put upon.”The meeting was facilitated by Limerick Local Heroes. The attendance was addressed by Garda Superintendents Dave Sheahan and Frank O’Brien and Sergeants Brian Broderick and Kevin Balfe of the Community Gardaí.Nigel Dugdale, project manager at Limerick Local Heroes, commented: “It was a very positive meeting. There was a great turnout and we hope it will be the start of a consultation process to improve communications between the gardaí and retailers.”“One issue that arose was the perception that the streets of Limerick are unsafe. Statistically, the level of crime in Limerick City has actually reduced although there are still issues that retailers face on a daily basis. This perception of Limerick City is definitely something that needs to be addressed.”Referring to the provision of a city centre kiosk, Mr Dugdale said that the gardaí “didn’t knock the suggestion as it was something that was done before on O’Connell Street in Dublin,”“They weren’t saying that the gardaí should move into the city centre completely. it would just be for them to have a presence there and give people a sense of safety and a place where they could drop in and voice any issues they have.”The Garda spokesperson noted that other matters which were brought to attention included begging in the city centre, and charity fundraisers “collecting money using harrassment.”Mr Dugdale remarked: “The guards actually don’t have the power to move these fundraisers on as they may be granted licences in district courts outside our jurisdiction. It’s something that may need to be addressed at a higher level.”A further meeting will be held after the Christmas period. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Sheriff’s Office To Hold Recognition Ceremony

first_imgOn Monday, September 10, 2018 the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office will host a public ceremony to recognize the accomplishments of several sheriff’s deputies and confinement officers. Additionally, a new deputy sheriff will be sworn in. The ceremony will be held in the courtroom of the Old Courthouse (201 NW 4th Street) at 9 a.m.Those individuals being recognized are:New Deputy Sheriff:Hunter BlackfordRetirements:Major Craig Titzer – Deputy SheriffLieutenant Jana Wade – Deputy SheriffPromotions:Sergeant Brian Traylor – LieutenantDeputy Mark Harrison – SergeantDeputy John Helfrich – SergeantLieutenant Jason Ashworth – MajorOfficer Brent Counts – Confinement SergeantOfficer Dawn Zuber – Confinement SergeantAwards:Sheriff’s Appreciation – Nurse Cara HuebnerSheriff’s Appreciation – Nurse Susan NdoyeSheriff’s Appreciation – QMA Tasha BennettLifesaving Award – Officer Andrew Dile FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare last_img read more

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Josh McCown retires after 16 NFL seasons, joins ESPN as analyst

first_img“And I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.It has been an honor to journey through this wonderful game as a player for the past 17 years and I’m humbled to have the opportunity to serve the game in a new capacity. via @PlayersTribune https://t.co/NDU9cH2alH pic.twitter.com/FEXMlf40a9— Josh McCown (@JoshMcCown12) June 17, 2019McCown, who turns 40 next month, was selected by the Cardinals in the third round of the 2002 draft and went on to have stints with the Lions, Raiders, Panthers, Bears, Buccaneers, Browns and the past two seasons with the Jets. He became an unrestricted free agent after the 2018 season. Josh McCown is calling it a career.In a piece published Monday in “The Players Tribune,” the journeyman quarterback announced his retirement from the NFL after 16 seasons. Travis Kelce: Kareem Hunt’s release from Chiefs ‘ripped our hearts out’ Whether Johnny Manziel plays in XFL ‘remains to be seen,’ Oliver Luck says “It’s been one heck of a journey. And now, strange as it feels to say, after 17 years … that journey is coming to an end. Today, I’m officially retiring,” McCown wrote, in part. “When you decide to retire, your whole football life kind of flashes before your eyes. And in it, you see all the people who played a role in making your career possible.”So to everybody who’s been a part of it — Coach (Matt) Turner, (wife) Natalie, my family, my teammates … everybody — thank you, from the bottom of my heart. It’s been one heck of a journey. Related News He finishes his career having completed 60.2 percent of his passes for 17,707 yards and 98 touchdowns with 82 interceptions in 99 games (76 starts). According to Spotrac, he made just shy of $50 million in his 16 seasons.It didn’t take long for McCown to signal what’s next: Later Monday, ESPN announced that it had hired McCown as an NFL analyst. He’ll make his debut Wednesday on “NFL Live.””I am excited to make the transition into broadcasting with ESPN which will allow me to still be involved with the game I love. I look forward to bringing ESPN viewers the unique insights that I have gained throughout my career,” he said in a statement. O.J. Simpson joins Twitter, tweets he’s ‘got a little getting even to do’last_img read more

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Sasol: 100% synthetic jet fuel

first_imgA Fischer-Tropsch slurry phase reactor at Sasol. (Image: Emerson Process Management) Janine ErasmusSouth African fuel producer Sasol has become the first company in the world to gain approval from international aviation authorities for use of its fully synthetic jet fuel in commercial airliners. Sasol produces its fuels from coal and natural gas and is the world’s only commercial user of the proprietary coal to liquids (CTL) process used to make the jet fuel.Sasol CTL, as it is known, underwent a testing process that spanned several years before getting the green light from aviation fuel specification authorities. Among these are the British Ministry of Defence, which is responsible for Def Stan (Defence Standard) 91-91 – this governs the requirements for kerosene jet fuel. Other stakeholders – including engine and airframe manufacturers, airlines, relevant oil companies, and bodies such as the International Air Transport Association – were also part of the approval processSasol CE Pat Davies says, “Approval by the international aviation fuel authorities recognises the absolute need to develop aviation fuel from feedstocks other than crude oil in order to meet the world’s growing needs.”For almost a decade Sasol has provided jet fuel that consists partly of a CTL component and partly of kerosene derived from crude oil.Sasol CTL has now been officially classed as Jet A-1 fuel, which is fuel for jet and turbo-prop-engined aircraft. Jet A is the standard aviation fuel in the United States and is only available there, while Jet A-1, which is similar but has a lower freezing point, is sanctioned for use elsewhere in the world.In the US, ASTM International, formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials, publishes the ASTM D1655 specification for aviation turbine fuels. It is expected that the latest version of the standard will include the Sasol CTL synthetic jet fuel. ASTM International is one of the largest voluntary standards development organisations in the world.Helping the environmentTests have shown that emissions from Sasol’s jet fuels are lower than those of similar fuel derived from coal, because of the lower sulphur content. This has positive implications for the environment.The technology also signifies a move away from the use of crude oil as a fuel source. Alternative fuels are the subject of intensive research because of the high cost of crude, and Sasol’s technology can be applied not only to coal but also to gas and biomass. In the context of energy sources biomass refers most often to plant material, but can equally apply to material of animal origin. Either way, it is carbon-based.Countries with high reserves of coal and natural gas will be able to turn these reserves into valuable income using Sasol’s environmentally benign technology. According to Sasol the world has proven coal reserves of an estimated 985-billion tons, with the largest known reserves being in the US, Russia, China, India, Australia, Germany and South Africa. Sasol plans to make its unique technology available internationally.While current approval only applies to jet fuel produced at Sasol’s Secunda, Mpumalanga, plant, the company intends submitting applications for approval for its Oryx GTL (gas to liquid) plant in Qatar and its GTL plant in Nigeria. The latter is a joint venture with Chevron, parent company of Caltex.In addition, Sasol is considering potential CTL ventures in the US, China and India which will also fall under the approval process. Its partner in India will be the Tata Group.Converting coal to liquid energyThe coal to liquids process involves three stages. In the gasification stage the coal is turned into raw gas, which is then purified into a synthesis gas for the next stage. The second stage involves a process known as Fischer-Tropsch synthesis. The conversion takes place in a unique low-temperature Fischer-Tropsch Slurry Phase Reactor developed by Sasol, which can produce between 2 500 and 17 000 barrels per day. Here the synthesis gas is converted into heavy hydrocarbons in the presence of a catalyst, typically based on iron and cobalt.Finally, the products of stage two are upgraded depending on the final product required – these range from automotive and aviation fuels and waxes to high-grade lubricants. Upgrades include various chemical processes, as well as refining through a conventional petroleum refinery.Sasol has stated that it has the strategic intent to be a world leader in Fischer-Tropsch chemistry.Reducing South Africa’s dependence on crudeSasol was established in 1950 to protect South Africa, which does not have its own crude oil reserves, from incurring heavy costs due to increasing crude oil imports. Major milestones in the company’s history include the production of its first automotive fuel in 1955, and the establishment in 1990 of its first international marketing company, Sasol Chemicals Europe. This paved the way for Sasol’s extensive globalisation programme.Today Sasol has operations in more than 20 countries and exports its products to more than 100. In addition to its CTL evaluations in China, India and the US, the company is currently working with the South African government on exploring the feasibility of an 80 000 barrels-per-day facility in South Africa.Related articlesSasol’s massive BEE deal Sasol: making liquid fuel from coal Useful linksSasolAviation fuelsASTM InternationalOryx GTLSasol ChevronInternational Air Transport Associationlast_img read more

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South Africans ‘mostly caring, peaceful’

first_img8 March 2013While rightly expressing outrage at recent acts of violence in the country, South Africans should not lose sight of the fact that the overwhelming majority of their countrymen and women are “peaceful, caring, law abiding citizens”, says President Jacob Zuma.Addressing the opening of the National House of Traditional Leaders in Cape Town on Thursday, Zuma said that, while it was right that South Africans expressed their disgust at acts of violence, “we should be careful not to rubbish our country” by “painting all South Africans as violent and brutal”.At the same time, Zuma said, South Africa needed to tackle persistent inequalities, and weaknesses in family and community structures, that threatened to undermine the achievement of a peaceful, caring and stable society.In doing so, he said, the country would be tackling the underlying causes of violence, including violence against women and children which, he said, remained unacceptably high.Violence in the spotlightZuma’s comments come in the wake of a number of incidents that have resulted in an intense local and international media focus on violence in South Africa.These began with the shooting of illegal strikers by police at Marikana in North West province in August, and culminated in the last four weeks with the gang rape and murder of a teenager in Bredasdorp in the Western Cape, the fatal shooting of his girlfriend by Paralympian Oscar Pistorius, and the death of Mozambican taxi driver Mido Macio, who was dragged behind a police van by a number of police officers.“These incidents remind us that we come from an immensely violent culture,” Zuma said, noting that the apartheid system that ended with South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994 had been sustained through violence.“For that reason, our struggle became deliberately a struggle to eliminate all forms of violence. It was a struggle to achieve a peaceful, caring, stable society.”South Africans, Zuma said, had been “correctly angered by the rogue elements and criminals who molest women and children and commit other extreme forms of violence. Others burn and loot properties during what should be peaceful protests.“However, in expressing our disgust, we should not lose sight of the fact that the overwhelming majority of the 52-million South Africans are peaceful, caring, law abiding citizens. They love their country. They do their best each day to make South Africa a better place.”Gender-based crimes ‘unacceptably high’Zuma noted that, while the overall level of crime in South Africa continued to decrease, crimes against women and children remained unacceptably high.However, the authorities continued to make inroads against this, he said, citing the fact that the police had secured over 363 life sentences in 2012/13, with a 73% conviction rate for crimes against women above 18 years old and of 70% for crimes against children under 18 years old.“I have also directed the justice, crime prevention and security cluster to implement measures to nip violent protests in the bud. We are doing this to build a culture of responsibility, accountability, respect for authority and respect for one another,” Zuma said.“People have a right to protest, but there is no need to use violence to get the message across.”However, while the government would continue to improve its interactions with communities, and the police would continue to improve their arrest and conviction rates, winning the struggle against violence ultimately “depends on all of us”, Zuma said.Tackling the root causes of violenceIn order to tackle the root causes of violence, the government would continue to tackle the challenges of poverty, inequality and unemployment, while prioritising the strengthening of families and communities.“We are aware of the diverse nature of families and households in our country. We have single parent households, granny-headed households, female-headed households, child-headed households and others.“The period of apartheid colonialism brought immense pressure to bear on the African family in particular,” Zuma said, with the legacy of apartheid geography combining with rapid urbanisation, the HIV/Aids pandemic and unemployment to put huge pressure on the family structure in South Africa.Building more cohesive families and communities – the foundation for a more caring, united and prosperous South Africa – would require overcoming great challenges, Zuma said, but most importantly would need everyone to take responsibility, to “play their part”.This included parents taking responsibility for their children, ensuring that they attended school and supporting their teachers. In particular, Zuma said, it included fathers taking on their role of building and sustaining strong families.Absent fathers“South Africa has a serious challenge of absent fathers in many households, especially African households,” Zuma said, citing research by the the Department of Social Development showing that the proportion of fathers who are “absent but living” increased from 41.6% to 47.4% between 1996 and 2010.“African children have the lowest proportion of present fathers at 31.1%, while Indian children have the highest at 83%, with white children following closely behind at 80.8%. For coloured children the proportion is 53%,” Zuma said.While poverty, unemployment and financial constraints might make explain why fathers failed to take responsibility for their children, “this should not be an excuse,” Zuma said. “Nothing stops a father from loving and caring for his children, even if he is poor.”The President said the outrage expressed by South Africans at recent violent incidents “was most welcome, as it indicates that South Africans have not lost their sense of right and wrong.“The recent shocking incidents should shock us into positive action, by making us focus on what can bind us as the South African nation.“We must identify how we can support families and households in distress, strengthen our communities and take forward the mission of building a caring, united and prosperous society.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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The End of Lost Luggage? RFID Slowly Coming to Airports

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… richard macmanus In this latest installment of our ongoing series on the Internet of Things, we look at one of the big advantages of Internet-connected objects: trackability. In other words, knowing precisely where an object is at all times – and even better, its condition. This is important particularly for goods that are perishable, such as food. We recently wrote about IBM’s RFID and sensor solutions to track food and horticultural goods. But tracking objects via the Internet has got very practical uses too for consumers. I can’t think of a better example than the recent case of my lost luggage.The Ed’s Red Suitcase Earlier this year I traveled back from Boston to my home in Wellington, New Zealand. I was traveling on two different airlines, from Boston – Los Angeles on American Airlines, then from Los Angeles to Wellington (by way of Auckland) on my preferred airline Air New Zealand.I arrived at Boston airport one overcast summer morning in late June, entered a disorganized American Airlines queue and walked up to the counter. After a few minutes of being ignored, I managed to wave down a harried-looking staff member. After processing my credit card (twice) for a luggage charge and an extra airfare I had to pay, she grumpily processed my boarding pass. Before I knew it, a boarding pass and luggage ticket had been thrust my way and she’d hastily wrapped a destination label onto my red suitcase. While I checked the boarding pass, a surly looking American Airlines baggage handler hurled my suitcase – upside down – onto the luggage conveyer belt. I got distracted by the rough manner in which my suitcase was thrown, so I neglected to check my luggage ticket…It was only when I landed in Los Angeles and failed to see my trusty red suitcase appear, that I thought to check my luggage ticket. Dismayed, I discovered that it had the name of another person written on it and was labeled destination Chicago! Cursing, I made my way to the American Airlines lost luggage counter in that part of LAX and filed a claim. RFID-tagged luggage from FKI Logistex (sadly not on my red suitcase!)I’ll spare you the rest of my experiences with American Airlines customer service reps (one of whom hung up on me, after I’d phoned them from NZ), but suffice to say that it was a long, frustrating process to get my luggage back. What’s more, this was my second U.S. trip in a row in which my luggage had been lost! (the first time was Air NZ’s fault, it must be said)Where Are Those RFID Tags? The point of that anecdote is that my poor red suitcase had no means of being tracked precisely, as it made its way on various planes back to my home in Wellington – or so I hoped at the time. American Airlines certainly didn’t know where my luggage was, all they could tell me was that it was “probably” on a plane to Australia (they wouldn’t tell me which one) and “hopefully” it would turn up soon.Of course, had my suitcase had an RFID tag, American Airlines – and more importantly I – would’ve have known where it was at all times. I discovered later that it had been put on a plane from Chicago to LA, and from there to Melbourne, and eventually to Wellington (possibly via Auckland). I breathed a big sigh of relief when a courier eventually delivered the battered luggage to my door, but was left wondering when RFID tags would come to the airline industry and make all of our lives easier.11% of Airlines Now Use RFIDA number of airlines are, to their credit, working on RFID solutions to reduce incidences of lost luggage for their customers. However, as we noted in our previous post on RFID, implementing these solutions is easier said than done.A recent article from Airport Business (aside: I do love niche news websites!) stated that RFID was first deployed in 2005 at Hong Kong, Milan Malpensa and Las Vegas McCarran airports. It’s shown “great potential,” according to Airport Business, “with a read rate of over 97% compared with around 80% for conventional bar codes.” RFID is continuing to be deployed at airports, for example United Airlines did a trial earlier this year. According to SITA, 11 percent of airlines now use RFID; up from 2 percent in 2007. However, airports are experiencing the dreaded implementation issues. Lorne Riley from IATA (International Air Transport Association) told Airport Business that “the wide range of RFID tags means that a prospective user [i.e. the airport] has to make several decisions – should the tag be passive, active or semi-active, what memory size should there be, what air protocol should be used and should the information be encrypted?” To address this issue, the IATA has set up a task force to develop an international standard for RFID baggage tags.A company called FKI Logistex (which also designed a material handling system for online shoe retailer Zappos, recently acquired by Amazon) is one of the leaders in creating RFID solutions for airports. Recently it launched the industry’s first combined RFID and barcode unit. The reality is it will take a “coordinated effort,” to use Lorne Riley’s words, to get RFID widely implemented at airports around the world. The main players are airlines, RFID providers and the IATA (with its proposed standard). The main winners will of course be the customers! Although according to a 2008 baggage report by SITA, the aviation industry lost 12.4 billion in 2007 as a result of mishandled baggage. So clearly airlines, and insurance companies too, can make a big cost savings by investing in RFID technology on luggage. Bring it on, please. I don’t want to lose my luggage for the third time in a row on my next trip to the U.S.Image credits: M.V. Jantzen; kkennedy Tags:#Internet of Things#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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June 14 1997 Voxfire in concert Three exquisite

first_imgJune 14, 1997Voxfire in concert! Three exquisite sopranos (l-r: Samela Aird Beasom, Susan Judy and Christen Herman) singing music of the Renaissance; Nina Treadwell, lutist, accompaniment.last_img

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