Minister unable to confirm increase of Limerick community Gardaí

first_imgLinkedin 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 Reporter Facebook Printcenter_img 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 clashlast_img read more

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Alien world is blacker than coal

first_imgAstronomers 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.last_img read more

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Victory for VanDeest at Marshalltown

first_imgMARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (July 8) – Racing at the Marshalltown Speedway on Friday night shared the Central Iowa Fairgrounds with the county fair.Chase Rudolf took the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod lead as the green flag flew, and was looking strong.  By lap five, he had 12th starting Jared VanDeest to contend with but continued to keep his lead.VanDeest was relentless, however, pestering Rudolf until finally making it pay off at lap 12, when he grabbed the lead. VanDeest was able to distance himself from the pack in the final handful of laps, and took the checkers and the win. Eleventh starting Cory Rose was runner-up and Rudolf was third.The 15-lap IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock event went to Adam Armstrong.  Armstrong, who has been racing a SportMod this season, jumped back into his Hobby Stock for the night and made the switch seem effortless.  He had the lead at lap seven, and then pulled away the remaining laps to take the easy win. Leah Wroten started ninth and took the runner-up spot. Gene Nicklaus took third.There was fast and furious racing in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car 20-lapper. Todd Reitzler led the race immediately but suddenly at lap two there was the 99D of Damon Murty on his tail.  Murty, who had started 12th, flew around the topside and began dogging Reitzler.Donavon Smith had also made big advances, getting to third and pressuring both Reitzler and Murty.  At lap nine, Reitzler’s night turned into a nightmare, when his car appeared to dig into the entry of turn one, and then he took a huge ride as the car rolled.  Thankfully, Reitzler emerged from the car unhurt.When racing picked back up, Murty was now the leader with Smith in second.  Murty returned to his topside run, Smith trying the low line, but it was all Murty’s race from there on out, as he crossed under the checkers first once again.  Smith kept the runner-up spot and third went to 10th starter Steve Meyer.No one should have been disappointed with the 20-lap Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified fea­ture action. Trent Jackson and Jimmy Gustin wowed the crowd with lap after lap of close racing before Jackson took the checkers ahead of Gustin and Jacob Murray.last_img read more

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Wisconsin dominates on power play, sweeps Minnesota State

first_imgSenior forward Blake Geoffrion had three goals and two assists in the Badgers series sweep of MSU.[/media-credit]Minnesota State came into Madison with clear physical intentions, and the Mavericks weren’t afraid to take penalties — 27 in all — to get their point across.The Badgers made them pay.Over the weekend, UW scored 12 goals, with half of them coming on the power play.“They’re a chippy team, and coming into a [series] like this, they try to get some momentum off that and they kept it close for a long time,” tri-captain Blake Geoffrion said. “That’s how they play the game, that’s how they get their momentum.”In Saturday night’s contest, MSU built some momentum right away as Eli Zuck scored with just 53 seconds gone in the first period. Junior goaltender Brett Bennett, in his first start since being pulled two weeks ago in Duluth, had some trouble playing the puck and the Mavericks capitalized.But thanks to the efforts of fourth-line winger Andy Bohmbach, Bennett and the Badgers wouldn’t play behind for long. Less than a minute later, Bohmbach went hard to net and lifted the puck over MSU goaltender Phil Cook to tie things up.The Hudson, Wis., native had been demoted to the fourth line by head coach Mike Eaves and Bohmbach’s response was a welcomed surprise.“He got the game puck tonight. I said to Andy ‘I don’t know what you had for a pregame meal, but I’m going to need that again,’” Eaves said. “He looked like he had speed and anticipation, and it was fun to see that.”Bohmbach was pleased with his Saturday performance, but netting a game-tying goal for his team was the response he was most proud of.“[The goal] felt good; it’s always good to rebound like that, get a goal right after they do,” Bohmbach said. “Shuts them up for sure, and gets our team going a bit as well.”The goal certainly got the Badgers going, as Geoffrion and Ben Street also scored to give UW a 3-1 lead heading into the second period.Geoffrion’s tally came on the power play at the 9:59 mark as Michael Davies continued to spark the Badger attack with his great vision and flawless passing. Davies found Geoffrion in the slot and the senior fired a snapshot past Cook’s glove.Street also benefited from some great vision as John Mitchell did his best Davies impression to help give the Badgers a two-goal lead with one minute remaining in the first frame. Mitchell calmly gathered the puck in front of the MSU crease and the 6-foot-5 forward somehow found Street who was trailing behind him.“[Mitchell] showed great vision tonight,” Eaves said. “That was an area we hoped we could expand and he made some great passes tonight.”After a breakaway goal from grinder Ben Grotting and a shorthanded goal from defenseman Jake Gardiner, the Badgers went back to work on the power play.With a 5-2 lead in the final minutes of the second period, Brendan Smith fired a shot into the top shelf to expand the Badger lead and end the night for Cook.As play moved into the third period, the Mavericks got a power play goal from Tyler Pitlick, but the Badgers had an answer. On another power play opportunity, defenseman Ryan McDonagh wristed a shot from the point that beat newly inserted MSU goaltender Austin Lee.Geoffrion added one more, blasting a slap shot from the left circle in the bottom right corner of the net after exiting the penalty box to give the Badgers a resounding 8-4 victory.UW needed a sweep to keep pace in the WCHA title race, and Friday the Badgers got off to the winning start they needed.Wisconsin dominated play in the first period (17-5 advantage in shots) but had nothing to show for it. MSU would open the scoring at the 14:24 mark despite being outplayed, thanks to a shot from Mike Louwerse that beat Scott Gudmandson.Cook did all he could to keep UW off the scoreboard, but with a 5-on-3 power play the Badgers finally broke through.Davies fired a shot on the doorstep that was initially saved by Cook, but the senior forward grabbed the rebound and fired home the second attempt.Seconds later, still on the man-advantage, Davies struck again.This time Davies got his stick on the puck in mid-air and he was able to direct it past a sprawling Cook to give UW the lead. It was another display of Davies’ remarkable hands and offensive ability.“We have a bunch of guys with good hands,” Eaves said. “But Michael has real good quickness and some eye-hand coordination and that is one of his gifts.”Despite going 0-4 on the power play in the first period, Davies knew the power play unit would eventually come through.“We couldn’t score on the power play. We were getting our chances, even on 5-on-5, we knew we were going to end up getting one; we just stayed persistent,” Davies said. “I was able to tuck two in.”In the second period, Geoffrion tallied a power play goal and Aaron Bendickson netted a shorthanded score midway through the third period.MSU made it close late thanks to a shorthanded goal of its own and a converted penalty shot, but it was too little too late.The 4-3 win Friday coupled with Saturday’s dominating performance has put UW in prime position to make a push for the WCHA title and the Badgers are well aware of how tight this race is.“Every weekend, there’s not an easy game to take off, or an easy team to play — you’ve got to win them all,” Geoffrion said. “Especially here at the end of the year with it so tight and anybody can pretty much win it.”last_img read more

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