Limerick and Clare prepare for the worst as waters rise

first_imgLinkedin Previous article#WATCH Wallace jailed for two hours for Shannon Airport breachNext articleDelorentos: Home Again John Keogh Print WhatsApp New high-end jobs for Shannon Twitter Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Flooding near O’Briensbridge Co Clare.Pic: Press 22RESIDENTS and business owners in flood-prone areas of Limerick and Clare are bracing themselves as water levels on the Shannon are set to peak by the weekend.Met Éireann also issued a further weather warning as 35mm of rain – almost a third of the average monthly rainfall for December – was due to fall on parts of the country.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up High-risk riverside areas such as Clonlara, Montpelier and Castleconnell are on alert as residents were told to prepare for the worst flooding in 20 years.The Irish Defence Forces were deployed to assist with flood defences in Clonlara in the early hours of Wednesday morning, as a number of homes in the Springfield area were cut off due to floodwater.Limerick City and County Council received confirmation from the ESB on Wednesday afternoon of its decision not to change the discharge level at the Parteen Weir from its current level of 375 cubic meters per second (cumecs).However, the local authority warned that water levels along the lower River Shannon at Montpelier, Castleconnell and the Mountshannon Road, Lisnagry are continuing to rise and that they could elevate further during the next few days.The council also indicated that road closures are expected in affected areas.On Wednesday, members of the Defence Forces arrived in Clonlara to deliver sandbags after Clare County Council sought their assistance.Water levels rose dramatically on Tuesday evening in the Lower River Shannon south of Parteen Weir resulting in the encroachment of floodwaters on a small number of properties in Springfield, Clonlara.Flooding in East Clare in Springfield, Clonlara where the river Shannon has once agin burst its banks. Philip Quinlivan pictured draining flood water. Photograph Liam Burke/Press 22A number of roads are impassable in the area, including the main road from Mount Catherine (DeCourcy) Bridge to Cottage Cross.Several properties have been isolated and the affected homeowners will be assisted with access to and from their properties by Clare Fire and Rescue Service and Clare Civil Defence.Local councillor Michael Begley told the Limerick Post: “The main artery through Springfield in Clonlara is no longer accessible by car. The army were here filling and delivering sandbags to the five houses that have been cut off .“A further four houses that are most at risk have been secured in so far as is possible. If the water reaches 2009 levels, there are another seven or eight houses at risk.”Upriver on the Limerick side of the Shannon, the Irish Red Cross has established an emergency drinking water collection point at Montpelier.“Bottled water is in position. The Limerick Red Cross organisation is on alert and communication with the local authority is ongoing,” said a Red Cross spokesperson.Limerick City and County Council is anticipating flooding in Castleconnell, Montpelier and the Mountshannon Road in Lisnagry.Local authority staff are distributing more than 2,000 sandbags in the flood-prone areas and are erecting flood defences, with pumping operations underway between Montpelier and Castleconnell.A flood boom, which is a large inflatable wall, was also installed in Castleconnell to channel floodwater away from the village.The flood defences were put in place after the ESB confirmed on Monday that it is to increase the release of water from the Parteen Weir from 315 cubic meters per second (cumecs) to 375 cumecs.Met Éireann also issued weather warnings for the West as 20-35mm of additional rainfall was forecast for Clare, Connacht, Donegal and Kerry on Wednesday.Liz Hogan and two of her children Aoife and Mark being rescued from their home which is surrounded by water. Photograph Liam Burke/Press 22According to the National Emergency Coordination Centre, there is a “high risk” of flooding along the Shannon region from Limerick city to Athlone over the coming days, while the OPW warned that river water levels would rise by about half a metre.Elsewhere, the government has pledged €15 million in financial aid for individuals and business affected by this week’s flooding, and has promised to fast-tract the funding to ensure that those in need receive it as soon as possible.Clare TD Michael McNamara has called for flood protection infrastructure to be put in place in East Clare “as a matter of urgency”. The Labour Party deputy said that as a result of climate change “catastrophic flooding is expected more frequently and flood protection infrastructure must be put in place to mitigate against this”.“The 2009 flooding was regarded as a hundred year event yet it has now been repeated scarcely six years later”, he said. 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Who Came Out On Top At CES?

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Now that the Consumer Electronics Show is over and all the vendors are breaking down their booths, we have one question – who won? Social media monitoring service RowFeeder kept track of a number of different brands over the last several months and then compared daily averages to mentions during CES. According to the company, there was at least one clear leader when it came to the next generation of tablets, while the battle was a little tighter when it came to phones. According to the stats, which keep track of brand mentions on both Twitter and Facebook, Motorola came away with the prize when it comes to CES, increasing its presence by a whopping 250%.When we compare this chart with the one specifically looking at tablets, we can see why – the Motorola Xoom. The Xoom is the tablet everyone’s been waiting for that runs on Android 3.0 (AKA “Honeycomb”) and ran away with the “Best of CES” award. Coming in a relatively close second place was the BlackBerry Playbook, followed by the Samsung GalaxyTab in a not too distant third place.When it comes to smartphones, the field seems a bit tighter. Take a look: mike melanson Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#CES 2011#conferences#web ReadWriteWeb’s CES Coverage:The Group Messaging App That Saved My Butt at CESWho Came Out On Top At CES?CES 2011: Will Twitter Sell or IPO? CEO Dick Costolo Says “Neither” A Valediction: Forbidding KeynotesCES 2011: Verizon Says It Can Handle the DataCES 2011: RealNetworks Steps Past Apple & Google to Offer Cloud-Based MusicSteve Ballmer Kicks Off CES 2011 [Updated]CES 2011: Mobile DTV Coming to an iPhone, iPad Near YouWe seriously doubt that Blackberry came out on top of the phone field, but rather that the Playbook pushed it ahead here. In terms of the good old battle between the iPhone and Android platforms, Android came out ahead, with the Windows phone stagnating. According to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, the Windows Phone 7 has grown quickly, but the biggest buzz over the device at CES may have been that its users were finally getting “cut & paste” capabilities – not something that could even compete with the likes of most Android “superphones” announced at the conference.Of course, why would Apple even attempt to compete with the noise of CES? It’s no surprise that the iPhone comes in at the bottom of the list…because we’re all going to be doing nothing but talking about the iPhone in a couple of days. And as for the tablet market, we’ll likely be drooling over the next version of the iPad in the coming weeks or months as well. Nonetheless, the iPad is no longer the only kid on the block and these stats show that people are indeed excited for something else. Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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‘Kingmaker’ Dushyant Chautala to meet JJP MLAs on Friday

first_imgJannayak Janta Party (JJP) leader Dushyant Chautala, who has emerged as kingmaker in Haryana, will be meeting his 10 legislators in Delhi on Friday to decide which party to support in order to form the next government in the state, sources said on Thursday. The Haryana Assembly poll verdict threw up a fractured mandate with the Congress winning 31 of the 90 seats at stake and the BJP bagging 40 seats. The half-way mark is 46. Though Mr. Chautala has remained non-committal on whether his party would support the BJP or the Congress, party sources said that he is likely to meet Union Home Minister and BJP chief Amit Shah soon. Sources also said that the BJP too would like to have him onboard and make him an equal stakeholder in the state government as it would help reduce dependence on Independents, even though many of them are BJP rebels. The BJP was weighing its options, sources in the saffron party said.The Bharatiya Janata Party, which formed its first ever government in the state on its own in 2014, needs support this time to come to retain power. In this scenario, role of both Independents and JJP is crucial. With 31 seats, the Congress will need the support of the JJP as well as seven Independents to come to power which looks like an uphill task. Earlier in the day, Mr .Chautala while commenting on the trends which were available at that time had said, “This shows there was huge anti-incumbency against the (Manohar Lal) Khattar government.” But when asked whether his party will support the BJP or the Congress, Chautala remained non-committal.“It is too early to say anything. We will first summon a meeting of our MLAs, decide who would be our leader in the House and then take it further,” he told reporters.“People of Haryana want change,” he added. Notably, Mr. Chautala had floated the JJP in December last year after a vertical split in the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) following a feud in the Chautala clan.The INLD was decimated in the polls and could manage to win only one seat.last_img read more

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Ohio State Fans Started A Petition To Stop The Banning Of Crop Tops

first_imgEarlier this week, the NCAA officially issued a rule change to ban college football players from wearing “crop top” jerseys (tucking their jerseys into their pads to expose their midsection) during games. This most notably affects Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott, who popularized the look during the Buckeyes’ College Football Playoff run.Well, it looks like Ohio State fans are trying to strike back. A few have started a petition on to block the NCAA from the rule change. They’ve already got over 5,500 signatures – and the official support of Elliott himself.Ezekiel Elliott Ohio State change.orgEarlier this week, Elliott’s father jokingly tweeted that he is going to wear a crop top jersey himself in the stands at games next year.We’re not sure if this petition is going to get the job done, but it makes it clear that Ohio State fans aren’t happy. [GameDayr]last_img read more

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MMIWG safety recommendations collecting dust 12 years later advocates

first_img(Bernie Williams is pictured in this Facebook photo.)Kathleen Martens APTN NewsTwo self-proclaimed “street sisters” and advocates for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls took to the microphone this week to talk about themselves for a change.“I thought that nobody loved me,” said Gladys Radek. “I went in search of love, a sense of belonging.”Radek, a household name in the fight to bring attention to the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, testified before the national inquiry Friday.Her “sister” Bernie Williams helped open the five-day event in Richmond, B.C. Wednesday.At this, the inquiry’s second stop in B.C. after Smithers last fall, Radek got personal.“The first time I did heroin I OD’d and was put in the hospital for three weeks…at that point I was 14,” she said.She ran away from reform school to the Downtown Eastside (DTES), she said, “where I met a lot of my street sisters and a lot of my own relatives.“I was really angry when I hit the DTES because of all the violence I was subjected to as a child.”Radek was drinking and didn’t stop until about 10 years ago.“It was actually my niece Tamara that made me realize I couldn’t do the work that I’m doing for our missing and murdered women if I was drinking.“When Tamara went missing in 2005 it didn’t take long for me to realize that there was lots of other Tamaras out there that were missing.”Tamara Chipman vanished near Prince Rupert, B.C., along Highway 16, also referred to as the Highway of Tears because of all the disappearances along the route.“So many of our young relatives have been murdered for no reason,” said Radek, wearing a t-shirt with her niece’s smiling face on the front.“Because they were society’s throwaways.”Like Radek, Williams also lost relatives to violence – her mother and three sisters were murdered. The pair founded Walk4Justice and, as part of their lobbying, called for a national public inquiry.“When Tamara went missing I couldn’t take it anymore because all these years I watched my friends disappear, I watched my relatives disappear…up in northern B.C. where nobody wants to talk about it,” said Radek, who now lives in her missing niece’s home of Terrace, B.C.Williams has been on a few awareness-raising walks with Radek and stood behind her Friday as she testified before the inquiry.“I thought Gladys was crazy. I still feel that way,” she said with affection.“The last walk we did with the commissioners last year…that was one of the hardest walks we ever did.”The two now want to memorialize the women missing from northern B.C. with a totem pole Williams will carve with a group of women.“Terrace is the hub with about 80 reserves around it. They’re all affected by the loss of a loved one,” Radek said.Williams agreed, and called for safety recommendations developed by Indigenous families in 2006 in Prince George to be revisited.  She said only one recommendation – erecting billboards along the highway – was fulfilled.“So we’re sitting here 12 years later and nothing is done. Women are still going missing,” she said. “Those 32 recommendations need to be revisited.”[email protected]last_img read more

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Mans best friend goes high tech at gadget fest

Fido calls homeLeaving your pet behind at home can cause anxiety both for humans and their animals.While home cameras that can stream feeds via the internet have been around for some time, Petcube has improved on the basic concept by introducing “smart” elements.With the help of artificial intelligence, pets movements in front of its camera will trigger a video call to their human’s phone as well as a preview “pet selfie” clip. Its device also comes with laser pointers allowing people to remotely play with their furry friends if they’re getting bored, and even reward good behavior by firing off treats during calls.Petcube co-founder and chief executive Yaroslav Azhnyuk estimated that 40 million households will use connected pet devices by the year 2022.Meanwhile, startup Pebby is working on a “smart robotic ball” with built-in camera, wi-fi, Bluetooth and laser pointer capabilities, affording more opportunities to play remotely. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. US-based Petrics was at the show with what it billed as the first pet smart bed, capable of keeping tabs on their weight and time spent lounging.The soon-to-be-released bed cools or warms to provide comfy temperatures for naps, and synchronizes to activity trackers that monitor how much exercise they are getting so that owners get a complete daily report.An array of firms meanwhile showed off wearable devices to monitor pets on the move, aiming to consign neighborhood “lost” posters to history.Among them was Whistle, which is up to a third-generation device equipped with GPS and mobile network capabilities.Custom “safe zones” can be set up around a home and if pets wander out-of-bounds their humans will get smartphone messages allowing them to pinpoint where their pooch, or kitty, is on the map.”If your pet gets out they can be missing for hours or days,” said Whistle spokesperson Heather Wajer.”You can put up posters around the neighborhood and search for them, or you can just look at your phone and see where they are.” The Jagger & Lewis emotional and activity tracker for dogs is seen at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show Brad Baxter of Litter-Robot demonstrates the automated, self-cleaning cat litter box at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show Citation: Man’s best friend goes high tech at gadget fest (2018, January 13) retrieved 18 July 2019 from Explore further A Tractive GPS pet tracker is seen on a dog mannequin during CES 2018 in Las Vegas Taking care of kitty’s businessCleaning your feline friend’s litter box is an unpleasant but necessary task, unless you (and house guests) are prepared to stomach a strong stench. Now, though, automated boxes are at hand that use sensors to detect when the animal enters and leaves the unit, before giving the litter time to clump, then sifting through it and depositing the waste into a carbon-filtered drawer.Litter-Robot sales hit new highs on Black Friday and Cyber Monday due to the release of a smartphone application that gets data about kitty’s daily visits to the feline loo, according to founder Brad Baxter.When animals left home alone need to get outside to take care of business, they can now do so through PetWALK pet doors—sturdy barriers that are more secure and airtight than flaps, and are automatically triggered by RFID pendants.French saddle maker CWD meanwhile was at CES with what it billed as the first smart saddle tailored for the equestrian sport of jumping.Technology in saddles gathers data about stride, approach, recovery and more, then sends it to smartphones and pairs it with video so riders can improve performance, research and development engineer Camille Hebert told AFP.CWD has partnered with French start-up Arioneo to weave in an “iPulse” strap that adds data about a horse’s heart rate.”Everything in our lives is smart,” said Whistle’s Wajer. “If technology can help make our pets lives better, than that is fantastic.” Pet Tech offers to keep animals safe, healthy and connected Technology is going to the dogs. And to cats and horses, for that matter, as high-end gadgetry showcased at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show offered ways that smart devices can improve the lives of animals and their human friends. © 2018 AFP read more

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Russian hackers infiltrated German ministries network report

Russian hackers have infiltrated Germany’s foreign and interior ministries’ online networks, German news agency DPA reported Wednesday quoting unnamed security sources. Explore further The hacker group known as APT28—which has been linked to Russia’s GRU military intelligence and accused of attacks on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign—managed to plant malware in the ministries’ networks for possibly as long as a year, the news agency said.German security authorities only detected the online spying in December, it said, adding that an isolated government IT network had also been hit.If confirmed, the attack would be the biggest to hit the German government.Top security officials had repeatedly warned during Germany’s 2017 general elections that Russia hackers may seek to disrupt the polls.While authorities did not have concrete proof, they have pinned the malware attack that crippled the Bundestag parliamentary network in 2015 for days on the APT28, also known as “Fancy Bear” or “Sofacy”.The attack netted 17 gigabytes of data which, officials feared, could be used to blackmail MPs or discredit them.Amid the rising frequency of attacks, Germany’s defence ministry in 2016 set up a cyber department to coordinate a response to online intrusions. © 2018 AFP The hacker group known as APT28—which has been linked to Russia’s GRU military intelligence—managed to plant malware in the German ministries’ networks for possibly as long as a year Suspected Russian cyberattack targets German parties, media Citation: Russian hackers infiltrated German ministries’ network: report (2018, February 28) retrieved 18 July 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more

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