Linkedin WhatsApp Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Advertisement NewsMinister unable to confirm increase of Limerick community GardaíBy Staff Reporter – January 6, 2017 741 Previous articleBelltable cinema partnership with Irish Film InstituteNext articleMcCarthy refused bail for grandmother’s funeral Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Facebook Print TAGSDeputy Niall CollinsGardaílimerickMinister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald Twitter Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email ALTHOUGH she has committed to increase Garda numbers this year, Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald is unable to confirm if there will be more community Gardaí allocated to Limerick.Responding to a parliamentary question from Limerick Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins, Minister Fitzgerald said the Government is committed to ensuring visible, effective and responsive policing throughout the country.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Stating that 23 Gardaí were assigned to the Limerick division in 2016, she added that the Government wants to increase overall Garda numbers to 21,000 by 2021 comprising 15,000 Gardaí, 2,000 Reserve members and 4,000 civilians.It is expected that 3,200 new Gardaí will be recruited on a phased basis over the next four years, in addition to the 1,200 that have been recruited since the reopening of the Garda College in September 2014.300 new appointments will also be made to the Garda Reserve.Together with the 23 Gardaí assigned to Limerick last year, a further 656 recruits have “attested as members of An Garda Síochána and have been assigned to mainstream uniform duties”, she said.900 more Gardaí will qualify from the training college this year bringing overall numbers up to 13,500.Minister Fitzgerald said that the “focus on investment in personnel is critical.”“Gardaí have a role to play in addressing community policing issues as and when the need arises and, in that sense, community policing involves far more than a single unit within An Garda Síochána.“The moratorium on recruitment introduced in 2010 resulted in a significant reduction in the number of dedicated Community Gardaí throughout the state.”A number of Limerick rural stations closed during the Garda Consolidation process drawing sharp criticism from Deputy Collins.Doon and Shanagolden stations closed in March 2012. Galbally, Kilfinane, Castletown Conyers, Kilmeedy and Tournafolla were closed by the end of January 2013. Mary Street Station in Limerick City was also closed as part of the cost saving restructuring process.Minister Fitzgerald said that Government is rebuilding the force and providing the Commissioner with the resources she needs to allow her to deploy increasing numbers of Community Gardaí across every Garda Division, including Limerick, in the coming years.She added that the force would continue to receive substantial investment in resources across the board under the Government’s Capital Plan 2016 – 2021.€205 million in additional funding for communications technology and €46 million for new Garda vehicles has been allocated over the lifetime of the plan. Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash
Astronomers have discovered the darkest known exoplanet — a distant, Jupiter-sized gas giant known as TrES-2b. Their measurements show that TrES-2b reflects less than 1 percent of the sunlight falling on it, making it blacker than coal or any planet or moon in our solar system.“TrES-2b is considerably less reflective than black acrylic paint, so it’s truly an alien world,” said astronomer David Kipping of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA), lead author on the paper reporting the research.In our solar system, Jupiter is swathed in bright clouds of ammonia that reflect more than a third of the sunlight reaching it. In contrast, TrES-2b (which was discovered in 2006 by the Trans-Atlantic Exoplanet Survey, or TrES) lacks reflective clouds due to its high temperature.TrES-2b orbits its star at a distance of only 3 million miles. The star’s intense light heats TrES-2b to a temperature of more than 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit — much too hot for ammonia clouds. Instead, its exotic atmosphere contains light-absorbing chemicals such as vaporized sodium and potassium, or gaseous titanium oxide. Yet none of these chemicals fully explain the extreme blackness of TrES-2b.“It’s not clear what is responsible for making this planet so extraordinarily dark,” stated co-author David Spiegel of Princeton University. “However, it’s not completely pitch black. It’s so hot that it emits a faint red glow, much like a burning ember or the coils on an electric stove.”Kipping and Spiegel determined the reflectivity of TrES-2b using data from NASA’s Kepler spacecraft. Kepler is designed to measure the brightness of distant stars with extreme precision.The team monitored the brightness of the TrES-2 system as the planet orbited its star. They detected a subtle dimming and brightening due to the planet’s changing phase.TrES-2b is believed to be tidally locked like our moon, so one side of the planet always faces the star. And like our moon, the planet shows changing phases as it orbits its star. This causes the total brightness of the star plus planet to vary slightly.“By combining the impressive precision from Kepler with observations of over 50 orbits, we detected the smallest-ever change in brightness from an exoplanet: just 6 parts per million,” said Kipping. “In other words, Kepler was able to directly detect visible light coming from the planet itself.”The extremely small fluctuations proved that TrES-2b is incredibly dark. A more reflective world would have shown larger brightness variations as its phase changed.Kepler has located more than 1,200 planetary candidates in its field of view. Additional analysis will reveal whether any other unusually dark planets lurk in that data.TrES-2b orbits the star GSC 03549-02811, which is located about 750 light-years away in the direction of the constellation Draco. (One light-year is about 6 trillion miles.)This research has been accepted for publication in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society and is available online.
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TENSION is running high ahead of this weekend’s International Race Meet of the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club, with team Barbados looking to upset the locals.One such competitor is Tramine Forde-Catwell, who has sent a strong message to the remainder of the field, ahead of this weekend’s Caribbean Motor Racing Championships, saying, “Age is just a number; I’m young but I know my talent.”Forde-Catwell, who is no stranger to Guyana having been here thrice before, was speaking during a press briefing yesterday at the GMR&SC’s Thomas Lands facility.“There isn’t really much preparation. We drove it the week before, it was ok, and just some slight tweaking for the atmosphere here. That’s about it. However, it’s working and I won’t have to do much preparation before the race meet.” He added. “Every year is different for me; this is my third year coming. I didn’t have much practice before the car went into the container, so we just want to get the car and get some practice.Meanwhile Group Three competitors Shawn Eversley is not worried about his chances, though he has singled out a few competitors to watch on race-day, saying “Guys like Paul Vieira are very fast. Danny Persaud once the car is working is very fast too; so it’s just to work together and see if we can get some points.”“As soon as we get the containers, we are going to get out there and feel the track, look to get a good qualifying position and look to finish all the races,” he continued.Meanwhile, speaking on behalf of the remainder of the team, Kurt Seabra contended that Team Barbados are a well put together unit out to cause some amount of trouble come race day.He predicted tough battles in the various classes including the Group Four two-wheel drive (2WD) where Mark Maloney will take on the best of the Guyanese as well as Trinidadian Franklyn Boodram and Jamaican Peter Rae.The other members of the team are the Thompson brothers Kurt and Mark, who will be in Groups 3 & 4 and 2 & 3 respectively, as well as Steve King (3 & 4) and Kenrick Husbands (2 & 3).