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Spy in the sky to sniff out wayward owners

first_imgNewsPoliticsSecuritySpy in the sky to sniff out wayward ownersBy Bernie English – March 1, 2019 1054 Email WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Previous articleLISTEN: Treaty Talk EP56 as Matt & Raff preview the weekend GAA actionNext articleFears that university town could take focus from city Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Kieran O’Hanlon, Fianna Fáil. Photo: Cian Reinhardt‘BIG Brother’ Style surveillance could be used to catch and prosecute dog-owners who let their canines poo and run.Cllr Kieran O’Hanlon (FF) wants the council drones already deployed over the city to focus on dog dropping offenders.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The government-funded drones have been deployed on counties where dumping is a major problem and can detect fly-tippers in the most remote locations.Limerick is one of 18 areas to use the drones to monitor illegal dumping, unauthorised development and to assist the emergency services.The city east councillor believes there could be even more bang for the government’s buck if the flying spies could also nab people who don’t pick up after their dogs.“It’s disgraceful and a terrible hazard to people in wheelchairs, children and people pushing buggies. I think it would be a great idea to use these drones to catch the dog owners who don’t clean up the mess”.The difficulties involved in finding and prosecuting offending dog owners has long been a bitter pill for the local authority to swallow.The drones can cover vast areas and can access places where it might be difficult or dangerous for council staff to go.The funding for the drones is provided by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.So far, the department has made €2.3 million available to councils across the country to try to combat illegal dumping in their areas.More than 5,000 tonnes of waste has been removed under projects funded by the initiative. Advertisementcenter_img Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSLimerick City and CountyNewspoliticssecurity Limerick on Covid watch list Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Linkedin Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon?last_img read more

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Organist takes movie goers back in time

first_imgThe experience gives history buffs like Binghamton local, Mike Roseboom a taste of the real thing in real time. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — After the departure of organist Jim Ford in December, a familiar face was behind the organ at the Broome County Forum on Sunday. “I think if people want a glimpse into the past and what the movie industry and the way movies used to be years ago this is an ideal situation,” he said. James says Sunday’s showing of the 1927 silent movie, Love is intended to be exactly like seeing the movie at the time of it’s release. “I was the first person to play this organ in 1978 I’m the guy they brought in, I was 28 years old,” said theater organist Dennis James. It also gives the forum the opportunity to raise the money needed to make sure the organ is around for another century. James says he will be accompanying the Forum’s silent film showings moving forward. “We need to get people in the audience to come to the shows so that we can have funding to keep the organ running,” said Nancy Wildoner, Vice President of the Binghamton Theater Organ Society. “This is the closest you can get to time travel,” he said “It’s all the same there’s no difference.” last_img read more

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Other Sports Satwiksairaj Rankireddy And Chirag Shetty’s China Open Badminton Journey Ends

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Fuzhou: The Indian men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty’s impressive run came to an end after they lost to three-time defending champions Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sukamuljo of Indonesia in the semifinal of USD 700,000 China Open in Fuzhou on Saturday. The world number 9 Indian pair lost 16-21 20-22 to the top seeds and world number one Marcus and Kevin to bow out of the BWF World Tour Super 750 tournament here. This was the eighth successive loss for Satwik and Chirag against the Indonesian pair. Satwik and Chirag, who had won their maiden Super 500 title at the Thailand Open in August before reaching the finals at the French Open Super 750, played their hearts out during the 40-minute final but it was not enough in the end.  This was Satwik and Chirag’s third loss this year against the world number 1 pair. The Indian duo opened up a 7-4 lead early on but they lacked the angles in their attack as their opponents managed to enter the break with a 11-9 lead after Satwik faltered with his return. Kevin was simply brilliant near the net as the Indonesian duo quickly jumped to 14-9. The Indonesian pair dominated the fast-paced rallies but Satwik and Chirag kept fighting to stay within an arm’s distance at 15-17.  An error from Satwik gave their opponents five game points. The Indians saved one before Chirag sent one to the net to concede the opening game. In the second game, Satwik and Chirag again had a 3-1 advantage before Marcus and Kevin clawed their way back and went neck-and-neck till 6-6. The Indian pair moved to 9-8 and then Satwik displayed some immaculate defence during a long rally to grab another point.   But the Indonesian pair again clawed their way back to be at 10-10 and then held one-point advantage with Kevin once again in action. After the break, Satwik and Chirag drew parity at 12-12 when their opponents went long. The Indian duo managed to stay ahead at 16-14 and 18-16 before Marcus and Kevin grabbed back the lead with three quick points. After some excruciating rallies, it was an error from Satwik that gave Marcus and Kevin the match point at 20-19.   Also Read | Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty enter top 10 of world doubles ranking in BadmintonThe Indians saved one before handing another match point to the Indonesians, who sealed it this time to enter their fourth successive China Open final. Despite the loss, it was an impressive week for Satwik and Chirag, who notched up some stunning wins, beating sixth seeded Japanese pair of Hiroyuki Endo and Yuta Watanabe in the second round and outwitting third seeded Chinese pairing of Li Jun Hui and Liu Yu Chen in the quarterfinals.last_img read more

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Spring football practice is underway

first_imgAfter scoring the No. 3 recruiting class in the nation last month, head coach Steve Sarkisian and the Trojans kicked off spring practice Tuesday at Cromwell Field.USC football faces a season with a lot of excitement thanks to a variety of factors. Five of the much discussed incoming players participated in their first college practice on Tuesday. Sarkisian is also entering his second season after his move from Washington, and senior quarterback Cody Kessler is one of the early season favorites for the Heisman Trophy. All of these factors have combined to generate hope, and some might say the expectation, for a championship season. Despite all the fanfare, however, the team remains focused.“Honestly, I think [the expectations] are irrelevant,” Kessler said. “We’ve got a lot to work on, a lot to improve on and a long way to go to be where we want to be by the time we go into fall camp.”Amid the buzz surrounding the start of spring football, it is easy to forget that USC does not have a game for another six months; Sarkisian stressed that no one on the team is looking that far ahead.“The key for us is to focus on today,” he said. “How are we getting better today individually? How are we getting better today as a team, whether it is physically or mentally?”Breaking Out of the Late-Game FunkNo one who followed USC last season has forgotten the two losses against Arizona and Utah last season, and neither have Sarkisian and the rest of the team. Tuesday’s practice ended with a simulation of the final two minutes of the game, and so will every other practice this spring. The first round went to the defense, which managed to shut down the Trojan offense three times in a row out of five.“Who can we count on?” Sarkisian asked, issuing an early challenge to his team. “Who are going to be the guys who can make plays at those critical moments?”Sarkisian noted that if USC had won those two games, they would have played for the Pac-12 Championship last season.“You think about the ramifications, and of course we’re going to address [the late game struggles] and get better at it,” he said.Replacing Buck AllenLast year’s redshier junior tailback Javorius “Buck” Allen has left USC for the draft, and though junior Justin Davis had significant playing time last year and is Allen’s most logical replacement, Sarkisian is also keeping his eye on senior Tre Madden.“I forgot how big and physical he is,” Sarkisian said. “He’s a physical runner. I think he and Justin complement each other really well because Justin has got such great speed and cutting ability, and Tre has such a hammer mentality … [and a] high football IQ with his quarterback background in high school and his ability to catch the ball.”The New GuysFive members of the 2015 recruiting class joined the team in time for spring practice: quarterback Ricky Town, linebacker Cameron Smith, offensive linemen Roy Hemsley and Chuma Edoga and wide receiver Issac Whitney, who is a junior college transfer. They made a positive impression on their captain and coach.“The early enrollees and those who were freshmen last year came out today and really competed,” Kessler said.Of course, not everything went right for the newcomers, but that much is to be expected from players competing in their first college practice. For now, Sarkisian was pleased with what he saw.“They just kind of got into the flow of practice, which is about all you can expect them to do day one,” he said. “They flashed in some areas … then they had their moments when maybe they didn’t know the play as well as they would have liked. All in all, for the first college practice for those five guys, it went about as good as it could go.”Quick TakesSophomore tight end Bryce Dixon was absent from practice due to a student conduct issue.Senior linebacker Anthony Sarao was limited in practice with a foot injury. It is not serious, but the coaching staff decided to err on the side of caution.Sarkisian singled out senior linebacker Lamar Dawson, saying that he looked like a “different player” after a great offseason conditioning program.Redshirt sophomore Chris Hawkins, who is naturally a cornerback, spent a lot of time at safety. Sarkisian praised his football IQ and said that safety would best utilize his strengths.After spending last season almost exclusively in the slot, redshirt sophomore Steven Mitchell began to line up more often as an outside receiver, a pattern that Sarkisian said that they would continue to experiment with.last_img read more

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Asamoah Gyan’s mother is dead

first_imgReports reaching JOY Sports indicate Black stars captain Asamoah Gyan’s mother Cecilia Love Amoako is dead.She reportedly crashed her car Tuesday, afternoon and was quickly rushed to the Ridge Hospital where she was pronounced dead.A source close to the family told Myjoyonline.com he was at the Ridge Hospital where Love Amoako had been taken but would not go public on the death of the mother of Asamoah Gyan.More soon.last_img

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We may be down but not out, says Basena

first_imgBasena Lule Ssekagya and Kajoba on the tactical bench.FOOTBALL–After Uganda Cranes conceded its first goal of the 2017 World Cup qualifiers campaign aganist Egypt and in the due process, lost their first game and top spot in Group E, interim coach Moses Basena has promised that their is more to come from his players.The Cranes lost 1-0 to the Pharaohs at the Borg El-Arabi stadium in Port Alexandria, thanks to a Muhamed Salah strike in the sixth minute, meaning that qualification is no longer in their (Cranes) hands with two rounds to play.The Cranes will now have to win both their last two games and hope Egypt slips up some where along the way.Basena was quick to acknowledge the efforts of the team.“Yes we lost to a better side but trust me we fought till the very last minute and for that am proud of the boys. Its such a pity that we did not create more in terms of goal scoring opportunities and that we miss behaved on the set piece we got towards the end,” he said.“We can go home and work on the mistakes and hope that it doesn’t happen again.”Basena, who has been in charge of the Cranes in four competitive fixtures, was also full of praise for the team captain Dennis Onyango after his man of the match performance.“I am so grateful to have a keeper like him as my last line of defence. We let him down in one way or another because he kept us in the game for so long and we did not reward him at the end,” Basena said.Onyango, the reigning African-based footballer of the year and South African giants Mamelodi Sandowns custodian, collected a ball from the back of his net for the first time this campaign but made as many as four world class saves to deny Egypt although his team mates could not do much to trouble legendary Egyptian goalie Essam El-Hadary on the other side.On whats next after the loss to Egypt, Basena it is more like a league.“We still have two games to play, all I ask is that the players keep fit and we take the battle to Congo and Ghana,” he said.The interim coach, who was only entrusted with the job until after Tuesday’s game in Alexandria, admitted Egypt are now favourites to qualify for Russia 2018 from Group E, but insisted Uganda will not give them [the Egyptians] a smooth ride.Basena and his technical team await on Fufa to make a decision on whether to give them the job permanently or hire a new manager to oversee the Cranes.Uganda’s next game is early this coming month (October) at home to Ghana before they conclude the campaign away to Congo Brazzaville in November.Pic 1. Moses Basena(right) with one of his assistants Ibrahim Ssekagya, discussing tactics.Pic 2. Moses Basena(left) and his tecnical staff during a match at Namboole.Pic 3. Emmanuel Okwi(left) could not replecate last week’s goal scoring form as Uganda suffured its first lossCommentslast_img read more

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KTM CEO recognises the role played by Bajaj Auto India in helping it grow across world markets

first_imgKTM Duke 200Pune-based two wheeler manufacturer Bajaj Auto has played a major role in KTM’s global expansion, according to the KTM CEO Stephan Pierer. It is expected that over 22,000 KTM bikes will be sold in the domestic market, indicating a growth of over 100 per cent. Incidentally, these bikes have between 95 per cent and 98 per cent local content.Pierer said, “The joint development and strategic alliance have given us the position of entering all emerging markets. The Japanese are (now) the only competition, everyone else is a niche player,” he said, adding that approximately 45,000 units, or nearly a third of the 1.4-lakh bikes KTM forecasts it will sell outside of India during 2014 will be exported from Bajaj’s Chakan plant. “Putting aside rumours that Bajaj Auto was looking to hike its current 48 per cent stake in KTM Power Sports AG, the holding company of KTM Sportsmotorcycles AG, Bajaj Auto India MD Rajiv Bajaj said that the partnership was not based on front-end or financial consideration. “It is more an integration of two kitchens, and of cooking together,” he was quoted as saying. This was at the launch of the KTM RC 390 and RC 200 on Tuesday.Bajaj Auto had first acquired 14.5 per cent equity in KTM in the year 2007. Though the Austrian company had reported a loss of over ?80 million, this was turned around last year as it gave Bajaj Auto its maiden dividend.KTM projects that by 2020, it will sell 2.5 lakh bikes in global markets, of which one lakh units will be exported from India. Much like existing products KTM Duke 390 and Duke 200, the new bikes are also being manufactured at Chakan near Pune.  advertisementlast_img read more

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Set of Six: What we learned at State of Origin

first_imgBy BEN HARRIS1. Touch football tournaments and rain are a match made in heaven:It’s probably something we already know but if you want rain, hold a touch football tournament. I would not be surprised if there was a touch football comp held in the middle of the Sahara Desert, it would rain cats and dogs. The torrential rain we saw for the men’s open match was incredible. In 15 minutes, the field turned into a swimming pool. It brought back plenty of memories of past touch tournaments where Mother Nature has turned ugly.2. Tight divisions across the park:Out of the 13 divisions played, nine of them were decided in the final match. This was a huge increase compared to the 2012 series where four games were decided by the last game. The only divisions not to remain alive after two matches were the women’s 30s, women’s 40s, men’s 35s and men’s 50s. Three of those divisions produced clean-sweep victories with New South Wales winning all the matches in women’s 30s, men’s 35s and men’s 50s. 3. Queensland looks good for the future:Queensland can salvage some pride from their State of Origin series loss and they can also look to the future with optimism. The maroons won both the under 20s divisions. It was a far contrast from two years ago when NSW clean swept the women and men’s 20s divisions. Queensland got revenge by winning the two divisions 2-1 respectively. With a lot of youngsters coming through the ranks and as well playing in the open divisions, Queensland looks really strong for the future. 4. Television production takes touch football to next level:Touch Football has been telecast plenty of times before but not like how it was during the State of Origin series. For the first time, the series was broadcast live and with commentators. Power Productions did a great job at streaming the State of Origin series online and will no doubt do a phenomenal job at producing a 90-minute for Fox Sports in early October.5. Don’t mess with the refs:Referees – you either love them or loathed them. Some players, coaches and spectators think they are blind, while others can’t stand them. So what happens when the referee strikes back? We certainly found out in the mixed open first match when referee Nathan Budge levelled Adam Pryde. In a hit that would have seen Budge face a lengthy spell on the sidelines if it was the NRL, his shoulder charge on Pryde floored the Queensland player. Who says referees don’t have a mean streak?    6. Mate against mate, best against best:Trans-Tasman is great, World Cup is even better, but nothing compares to State of Origin. The best touch football players in Australia representing their state and going head-to-head. It was fast, energetic, acrobatic, breath-taking and exhilarating. For two days, the best of Australian touch football lit up Sunshine Coast Stadium. State of Origin is a great concept and a must for the touch football calendar. Ask the players what it means to represent either New South Wales or Queensland and they will tell how much pride they get by wearing their state colours.There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results, news and information from the 2014 State of Origin. The Touch Football Australia and State of Origin websites will be updated regularly throughout the event with all of the latest information and can be found by clicking on the links below: www.soo.mytouchfooty.com www.touchfootball.com.au All of Touch Football Australia’s social media pages will be regularly updated throughout the NYC event, so be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ us by clicking on the links below. Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) The TFA YouTube channel will also have highlights and live games streamed throughout the event. Please click on the link below to be taken to the channel, and be sure to become a subscriber to the channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausPlease note, the link for the Open’s games by television production company, Power Productions – https://new.livestream.com/powerproductions/2014stateoforiginseriesRelated LinksSOO set of sixlast_img read more

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Senate committee recommends Beyak suspension over letters on Indigenous people

first_imgSenator Lynn Beyak has been under fire for racist letters posted to her government-funded website. (APTN file)The Canadian PressThe Senate’s ethics committee is recommending that Sen. Lynn Beyak be suspended without pay for the duration of the current Parliament over letters about Indigenous people she has posted to her website.The committee’s recommendations include that Beyak attend educational programs at her own expense related to racism toward Indigenous people in Canada.The committee’s report also says the Senate administration should be directed to immediately remove five letters from her website if she won’t remove them herself.The Senate ethics committee was tasked with recommending appropriate remedial measures or sanctions for Beyak based on findings from the Senate’s ethics officer.The officer reported in March that the Ontario senator posted letters on her Senate website that contained racist content and therefore breached two sections of a code of conduct for senators.Beyak could not immediately be reached for comment in response to the Senate committee findings.last_img read more

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5 things we saw between Ohio State and Maryland

OSU redshirt junior linebacker Craig Fada (38) celebrates during OSU’s 49-28 victory over Maryland on Oct. 10.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorBefore Ohio State’s 49-28 victory over Maryland, The Lantern’s sports editors Ryan Cooper and Kevin Stankiewicz gave the five things they would be looking for on Saturday. Here is what came of those five items.Can OSU convert on third down?Coming into Saturday, OSU had successfully converted just 23 of 66 third-down attempts — a mark that ranked 103rd nationally.OSU coach Urban Meyer said during the week that the Buckeyes would have to improve their third-down opportunities in order to run a more efficient offense — and they did just that against Maryland.The combination of redshirt junior Cardale Jones and redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett at quarterback combined to convert five of 11 third downs, plus a fourth down.Early in the game, OSU was tested with a 3rd-and-16 after Barrett came in for Jones near the red zone. Barrett threw his first pass attempt of the game with a strike to redshirt junior receiver Michael Thomas for 20 yards and a first down.That conversion ended up leading to a touchdown run to tie the game at 7-7, and is even bigger when considering that redshirt senior kicker Jack Willoughby has missed all three of his kicks from more than 31 yards away, including a wide-left 44-yarder on Saturday.PenaltiesGetting flagged for mistakes due to both over-aggressiveness and lack of discipline was another item Meyer said concerned the coaching staff on both offense and defense.While an improvement over the eight penalties for 109 yards the week before against Indiana, the coach likely still wasn’t pleased with the performance in avoiding the laundry.The Buckeyes were flagged six times for a total of 45 yards on Saturday, including four by the offensive line.Redshirt senior Chase Farris, redshirt sophomore Billy Price and redshirt sophomore Evan Lisle were whistled for false starts. Additionally, senior center Jacoby Boren was called for a hold, which negated a positive run and led to Willoughby eventually missing the field goal.The other two penalties came on the defensive side of the ball, namely by junior defensive end Joey Bosa. First came an offsides penalty on Maryland’s first drive, then a nearly critical one on the first drive of the second half.Bosa flew in with a late two-handed shove to the helmet of Maryland redshirt junior quarterback Perry Hills, immediately drawing a 15-yard penalty for roughing the passer. That wasn’t all, however, as Bosa was also tabbed with targeting, meaning a possible ejection from the remainder of the contest.An automatic review of the targeting call led the referees to overturn it, allowing Bosa to stay in the game. The Terrapins ended up finding the end zone and tying the game at 21.Will Curtis Samuel factor in more?After having only one touch against Indiana, sophomore H-back Curtis Samuel equaled that low number on Saturday.Meyer said after the Indiana game that Samuel was limited in practice leading up to the game because of back spasms. It remains unclear if that ailment resurfaced or if he was just unable to generate any offense.A carry for one yard on OSU’s second possession marked the extent of Samuel’s offensive day.With just two runs for five yards making up the last two games for the Brooklyn, New York, product, it is possible that he is simply falling out of the offensive picture for the time being.Red zoneAgainst Indiana, the Buckeyes did not score a touchdown in any of their three trips to the red zone. They came away with two field goals and a turnover, dropping their scoring rate to just 75 percent overall and 37.5 percent of trips resulting in touchdowns.That negative statistic turned completely on its head Saturday.The Buckeyes went to the red zone six times, and came away with 42 of its 49 points by scoring touchdowns every time.A big reason for that success was the implementation of a quarterback system that saw Barrett check in for Jones when OSU got near or in the red zone. Of the Buckeyes’ six red-zone scores, five came with Barrett at the helm — three rushing touchdowns by Barrett and two by junior running back Ezekiel Elliott.In the postgame press conference, Meyer was asked about the team going six for six in the red zone. Meyer asked for the question to be repeated, only to quip, “I heard you the first time. I just wanted you to say it again.”It truly was music to the coach’s ears, and should be an enormous difference-maker for the offense if it keeps up at anywhere near that success rate.Total turnoversThough OSU and Maryland came in as two of the worst teams in the country in terms of coughing up turnovers, each kept it mostly clean on Saturday.Maryland — which came into the game with 17 turnovers including 15 interceptions, both the worst in the nation — did not allow any turnovers until toward the end of the game.At that point with the game already out of reach, the wheels came off, as Hills was intercepted on consecutive possessions.Redshirt junior safety Tyvis Powell grabbed the first on an errant throw right into his lap for his second interception of the year and seventh of his career. Four plays into the Terrapins’ next possession, redshirt freshman defensive end Sam Hubbard dropped into coverage and snagged his first collegiate interception.To the Buckeyes’ credit, they did not allow a single turnover after coming into the game with 13, the ninth-most through five weeks.The only major mistake came late in the game, when a shotgun snap flew over Barrett’s head and traveled 25 yards downfield back into OSU territory. Barrett fell on the ball to avoid a turnover, but it took the Buckeyes out of field-goal range. Had the scoreboard not read 49-28, it could have stood as a costly error. Regardless, Saturday’s contest was a big step for multiple facets of the heavily scrutinized OSU offense. read more

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