DONEGAL CRIME PREVENTION OFFICER ISSUES NEW WARNING ON HOME THEFTS

first_imgCRIME prevention officer Garda Sergeant Paul Wallace has issued a new warning to today to homeowners over protecting themselves against thieves.Sgt Wallace says some key reminders may help prevent you from becoming the next victim of crime in Donegal.Here’s his article in full. By Garda Sergeant Paul Wallace, Crime Prevention Officer What can you afford to lose this Autumn?Oil Theft: You can’t afford to lose it…..➢ Location of the oil tank: This is an important consideration try to locate close to overlooking windows & ensure the tank is not visible from passing traffic. ➢ Oil Level gauges – Will trigger an audible alarm if the level drops dramatically.➢ Lighting of the area around the oil tank – may deter thieves.➢ Hedging – Defensive planting is nature’s way of assisting with crime prevention ! . Oil thieves will not wish to force their way over a thorny hedge.➢ Securing The Tank : Wooden or metal trellis type fencing / or enclose with block work will assist in target hardening your tank.➢ CCTV: CCTV coverage of the area by an infra red camera may be considered. Residential Crime:➢ Restrict access onto your property; maintain your boundary fences, hedges and walls.➢ Consider installing perimiter lighting which should be solar or time activated – Thieves do not like light.➢ Install a monitored intruder alarm to your home and buildings that are vulnerable. Make sure you use it… ➢ Shopping – Ask at neighbour to look over your property when you are out shopping, (you can also return the favour).Older People:➢ Burglary is the most common crime committed against older people.➢ Keep a sharp eye on strange vehicles in the vicinity of your home & elderly neighbours.➢ Remember older people love to receive a visit, or telephone call it can be that simple.➢ Older people in isolated, rural mountainous areas are especially vulnerable at this time of year.➢ Fit a door viewer or door chain/limiter allows you to check callers but retain security of your home.➢ Don’t keep large amounts of cash in your home, this increases your vulnerability.➢ Get involved in the Good Morning Donegal Project. – Daily telephone to older people or those living alone from various locations in Donegal.National Statistics for Burglaries:30% of all burglaries occur the front door. (23% rear window / 21% rear door)21% of burglars enter through an unsecured door or window. ( 43% via poorly secured windows & doors).23.5% of burglaries occur between 12pm and 4pm. Thursday & Friday most likely daysFurther Crime Prevention information – www.garda.ieIssued by Sergeant Paul Wallace Garda Divisional Crime Prevention Officer, Letterkenny Garda Stationpaul.wallace@garda.ieDONEGAL CRIME PREVENTION OFFICER ISSUES NEW WARNING ON HOME THEFTS was last modified: October 1st, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DONEGAL CRIME PREVENTION OFFICER ISSUES NEW WARNING ON HOME THEFTSlast_img read more

Local Roundup: Fortuna’s Dolcini throws perfect game to clinch Big 5 title

first_imgFortuna >> Fortuna Huskies pitcher Hailey Dolcini wasn’t just good on Wednesday, she was perfect.The Huskies ace struck out all 15 batters she faced in a 10-0 five-inning victory over the Arcata Tigers at Fortuna High School.Fortuna catcher Jenna Christensen went 3-for-3 with three runs and two RBI. Dolcini, Shelby Doebel and Taylor Fournier each had two hits for the Huskies. The victory clinched the Huskies’ fourth-consecutive Big 5 title. Fortuna is now 18-1-1 this season, 10-0 …last_img

Harvard Evolutionists Justify Terror as Darwinian Fitness

first_imgTheir “study” involved native tribespeople, but the amoral implications give aid and comfort to evildoers.Here’s the bottom line of a paper in PNAS by Luke Growacki and Richard Wrangham of Harvard: if you pillage and plunder, you’re fitter in Darwinian terms.  You have more kids that survive.These were their “findings” after studying male warriors of the Nyangatom in the Ethiopia and South Sudan region. But the implications go far beyond: “Our results appear to apply to similar pastoralist populations and provide support for the expectation that warriors in small-scale societies benefit from participating in warfare.”  Later, they are not so specific: “Together these findings suggest that raiding over a lifetime is associated with greater reproductive success.”The Nyangatom have ongoing conflict with several neighboring ethnic groups including the Turkana, Dassanetch, and Suri, as well as occasional conflicts with other groups. Automatic weapons were introduced into the area in the late 1980s and are used throughout the region. Similar to neighboring pastoralist groups such as the Turkana, the Nyangatom have two types of offensive raids: stealth raids and battle raids. Stealth raids … are composed of a small number of men, usually 4–25, who attempt to capture poorly guarded livestock by stealth or sneak into an enemy village at night and steal livestock undetected. They may also opportunistically attack and kill individuals they encounter.Growacki and Wrangham did not mention whether they investigated the religion or ethical philosophy of the society.  It was all very sterile: raid villages, kill people, steal and destroy, and you have better evolutionary fitness—defined as more surviving children.The ugliness of the Darwinian worldview can hardly be exaggerated.  But neither can its stupidity be.  Is this science?  Is this scientific value-free neutrality?  Good grief; these two evolutionists have just rationalized acts of terror by their fellow human beings!  They treat these people like lab rats or something.  What kind of scientific method would totally overlook the religious values and beliefs of the people involved?  Were any of them Islamic terrorists?  (Islamic extremism is rampant in that part of the world.)  How would the “findings” have differed if the people had responded to the gospel of Jesus Christ, and were taught to love one another?  How about if they had learned the Ten Commandments, “Thou shalt not kill” and “Thou shalt not steal”?  Did they investigate whether the raiders had any regrets for the pain they caused?  The men were smart enough to use automatic weapons; presumably they had enough intelligence to have a conscience and understand personal responsibility.  None of this entered the fitness equations of Growacki and Wrangham.How many times, too, do we have to point out that if you measure fitness in terms of survival, you’ve committed a tautology?  The fittest are survivors, and survivors are the fittest; that proves nothing.  This has been pointed out for decades, even by other evolutionists, but they still commit the same fallacy.  (There’s a good treatment of this problem by Phillip Johnson in his book Darwin on Trial, ch. 2.)  As if that were not stupid enough, their own methods undercut their supposed “science.”  One could use the same reasoning against Growacki and Wrangham to prove that they are only writing papers as an evolutionary strategy, not as a search for truth.  Ask them this question: “If raiders took all your goods and killed your children, would you be upset?  Or would this just be an example of natural selection showing you are not the fittest?”That’s the stupidity part.  The ugly part is that these Harvard evolutionists have just rationalized murder, rape, and pillage.  Don’t think for a minute that they were just trying to be ethically aloof and neutral.  For their “research” they had to watch evil men cause great pain and suffering to fellow human beings. Then they wrote it up as detached as robots in white lab coats holding clipboards.  Presumably they could have measured the same evolutionary fitness among the Boko Haram who steal girls and sell them into slavery.  It’s not just that they blinded themselves to any humanitarian concerns; they gave great comfort to evildoers.  To fail to stand against evil is to be for evil.  ISIS or the next totalitarian dictator could look at this paper to justify what they do, because according to “science,” terror is as natural as gravity.  What this means is that the real villains in the story are the evolutionists themselves.Do the world a favor.  Point out the stupidity of Darwinian reasoning, and laugh them out of the science journals so that they lose all credibility.  That way evildoers will not take them seriously. (Visited 28 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Raveena Tandon gets special recognition

first_imgRaveena TandonIt’s her first time at film festivals and Raveena Tandon, 37, has already brought home an award. She won a Special Recognition for Outstanding Performance at the Indian Film Festival of Houston for her role as a glamorous socialite and novelist in Sudipto Chattopadhyaya’s Shobhana 7 Nights. “It’s the,Raveena TandonIt’s her first time at film festivals and Raveena Tandon, 37, has already brought home an award. She won a Special Recognition for Outstanding Performance at the Indian Film Festival of Houston for her role as a glamorous socialite and novelist in Sudipto Chattopadhyaya’s Shobhana 7 Nights. “It’s the first time I’ve played a role that’s very contrary to the cliched Hindi film heroine. It’s bold in its character and has no justifications,” she says.last_img read more

10 months agoWolves defender Ryan Bennett agrees new deal

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Wolves defender Ryan Bennett agrees new dealby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves defender Ryan Bennett has agreed terms over a new two-and-a-half year deal at Molineux.The centre-back had 18 months left on his old deal but will commit his future on improved terms until 2021, says the Daily Star.He has impressed in Wolves’ return to the Premier League with the club sitting 10th ahead of Saturday’s visit of Bournemouth.Bennett joined on a free transfer from Norwich in 2017 and helped Nuno Espirito Santo’s side win the Championship last season.He has made 49 appearances for Wolves, scoring once, and has played in 15 of the club’s 16 top flight matches this term. last_img

Silicon Valleys Jumio launches AI lab in Montreal to hone ID verification

first_imgMONTREAL – Jumio has opened an artificial intelligence lab in Montreal, adding to the city’s ranks of machine-learning firms.The Silicon Valley company says it plans to work on fraud detection and data extraction as part of a push toward refined identity verification.Jumio says the satellite lab, which numbers seven employees after quietly opening last month, will have 30 engineers and specialists by the end of next year. The lab expands on work underway at the company’s Vienna-based AI hub.Over the past year, Ottawa and Quebec have pledged more than $300 million toward AI development in Montreal, while tech giants Google and Microsoft Corp. have invested in machine learning research.Startups in the city are exploiting AI to build technology applicable to everything from tumour detection to navigating the immigration process.In 2016, Jumio filed for bankruptcy protection for its U.S. business following government investigations into financial irregularities, but raised US$15 million in funding a few months later.last_img read more

Overflowing oil production continues to dampen oilpatch outlook prices

first_img“You can think of it as a bathtub that’s full. And as long as the bathtub is full, the pressure on the (price) differentials is going to be bad,” said Birn, the vice-president of North American crude oil markets for IHS Markit.“So you’ve got to drain it. And building rail, it will help. You’re seeing announcements around production curtailments and that’s an attempt to accelerate the meeting between supply and demand to drain the basin.”Alberta Premier Rachel Notley announced this week the province would buy as many as 80 locomotives and 7,000 rail tankers to move the province’s excess oil to markets, with the first shipments expected in late 2019.But Jason Kenney, leader of Alberta’s opposition United Conservative Party, says it would provide faster relief if all companies in Alberta were forced to temporarily halt 10 per cent of their production.Canada had total production of about 4.6 million barrels per day of oil in September, with 4.3 million bpd produced in the West, according to the National Energy Board.That month, the country exported 3.47 million bpd of oil, with almost all of it going to the United States. Crude-by-rail exports rose to a record of almost 270,000 bpd. CALGARY, A.B. – Oil market analyst Kevin Birn likens Western Canada’s crude supply to a bathtub with a drain that’s too small to keep up with the increasing volume pouring out of the tap.As barrels of surplus oil lap the edge of the tub, desperate producers are forced to sell at rock-bottom prices to avoid a big mess.Meanwhile, no one seems to agree on how to either turn down the tap or install a bigger drain. After hitting highs of more than US$52 per barrel in October, the discount on Western Canadian Select bitumen-blend crude versus New York-traded West Texas Intermediate settled at about US$29 per barrel on Friday, according to Net Energy, about double the discount it typically fetches due to lower quality and transportation costs.Upgraded synthetic crude from oilsands mines was selling at an US$18.50 discount to WTI (it typically trades near par) and Edmonton light oil was receiving about a US$23 discount, although it is of similar quality to WTI.In an update report on Nov. 21, Scotiabank analysts said the wider-than-usual discounts will cost the Western Canadian oil industry $15 billion to $39 billion of earnings in 2019 compared with a scenario where pipeline capacity is adequate to take away export production.It added the Alberta government could miss out on $1.5 billion to $4.1 billion (roughly $350 to $950 per Albertan) in royalty revenue in 2019.center_img The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers officially estimates the cumulative economic impact of discounts nationally was at least $13 billion from the start of 2016 to the end of October this year.The oil industry’s problems are mainly due to the failure to build export pipelines to match increases in oil production, said Birn.The 525,000-bpd Northern Gateway pipeline was approved in 2014 by the federal Conservative government and then rejected by the Liberal government in 2016. The 1.1-million bpd Energy East pipeline was cancelled by TransCanada Corp. due to “changed circumstances” in 2017.That leaves the Line 3 replacement pipeline as the most likely to come into service next, adding more than 370,000 bpd of export capacity when it starts up in late 2019, after both the Trans Mountain expansion pipeline project and the Keystone XL pipeline were recently ordered halted by courts in Canada and the U.S.A hint of the trouble ahead came late last year when the Keystone pipeline was shut down for 10 days due to a leak in South Dakota and the heavy oil discount doubled to as much as US$29 per barrel, Birn said.The discount fell during the summer when oilsands production declined due to planned and unplanned project shutdowns in northern Alberta but rose again in the fall as refineries in the United States that use western Canadian heavy oil had their own maintenance shutdowns.Meanwhile, production continued to increase, driven by projects like Suncor Energy Inc.’s 194,000-bpd Fort Hills oilsands mine which began ramping up in late 2017.Birn said it’s tough to say where prices will go from here. Winter is the most active season for drilling in Canada and production normally rises but early indications are that the industry won’t spend as much as usual this year.Voluntarily production cuts, increases in crude-by-rail exports and a plan by the 80,000-bpd Sturgeon Refinery to begin processing bitumen will likely help moderate discounts in the months ahead, he said.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

Winners of the Peace Country Open and 2019 Ladies Open

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The annual Peace Country Open took place at the Lake Point Golf & Country Club.Saturday, July 13th and Sunday, July 14th, 2019The following are the winners of the 2019 Petron Communications Peace Country Open; Mens: Ritch HoskerSeniors: Gene DanylukLadies: Ann SawyerLake Point Golf & Country Club presents the 2019 Ladies Open.The one-day tournament is a two-person best-ball event.The event takes place Saturday, July 20th, 2019 and includes 18 holes of golf, dinner, and prizes, at $50 per member, $80 per non-member.Deadline to enter the event is Thursday, July 18th, 2019Call the Pro shop at 250-785-5566 ext. 1 for more information and to register.last_img

Fort St John RCMP investigating suspicious deaths involving livestock

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP are currently investigating suspicious deaths involving livestock.According to RCMP, on September 22, they received a report of a bull that was found dead and missing its genitals.RCMP say it is unknown when the bull had died, but significant time had passed before it was reported. Then on October 1, RCMP received a report of a horse that was found dead, also missing its genitals.In both instances, the RCMP attended to investigate but were unable to determine a cause of death.Police say there is no indication they died due to predators and it is unclear whether the two events are related but both are considered suspicious in nature.The B.C. RCMP Livestock Section has been contacted for consultation.If you have any information regarding these incidents or if you see any suspicious activity, you are being asked to call RCMP at 250-787-8100 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.last_img read more

Can This New Crop Of Players Erase Englands Underachieving Past

Tottenham HotspurPremier League7.60 4Uruguay0.832+1.17 UnderachieversExpectedActualDifference 5Mexico0.520-0.52 Southgate’s plan seems to be to put the players from these teams into a compatible lineup before re-creating their off-the-ball tactics. As I noted in my Group G preview, of all the teams to qualify for the World Cup, England ranks third in breaking up an opponent’s possession before it completes three passes, behind only Germany and Spain.England’s famed problem has been getting its generational talents to click together. For once, the big teams in the Premier League are kindred spirits tactically, and this will have an impact on the national team’s ability to leverage the players provided by those clubs.Young attackersEngland is fielding an extremely young side in Russia, with an average age of 26 — only Nigeria is younger. And England’s average of 19 caps per player makes it the most inexperienced side in the competition.2Tied with Tunisia. But while they may be relatively new to the international stage, these youngsters are by no means immature in terms of elite soccer. England’s attack, in particular, is filled to the brim with talent just ready to peak. England features cohorts from aggressive-pressing clubsThe 10 big five European club teams best at pressuring opponents, 2017-18 2Netherlands0.670-0.67 4Russia0.600-0.60 Cups won Cups won 2Germany2.044+1.96 1Hungary0.920-0.92 1Brazil3.015+1.99 5Argentina1.442+0.56 Manchester CityPremier League6.71 sec. Hamburger SVBundesliga8.22 Nonetheless, the team that will face Tunisia on Monday is new and exciting. Gone are the mainstays from the past three World Cups, players like Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard. Because of the players’ age and inexperience, this team is free of the weight of expectation — despite having the seventh best pre-tournament chance of taking the trophy home, according to FiveThirtyEight predictions. And for the neutral fan, too, England has a lot to offer.Tactical coherencePep Guardiola — the current manager of Manchester City, which became the first team in history to break the 100-point mark in the Premier League — has had an indirect hand in the past two World Cup-winning teams. In the final against the Netherlands in 2010, eight players featured on the pitch for Spain had been coached by Guardiola in his time at Barcelona. When Mario Götze broke Argentinian hearts in 2014, he was one of seven German players in the final to have played under the Catalan manager that season at Bayern Munich.This is likely to be less about Guardiola specifically, despite his brilliance, and more about his indirect influence on the tactical coherence of a national team. With him at the helm of the country’s best side, his players would naturally get national team starts; the ability of those players to click when on the pitch together meant that they had more coherent tactics than other teams stacked with good players. Indeed, Italy, which won the 2006 World Cup with a quintessentially Italian style of football, featured a spine of five Juventus players in the final.With only four Manchester City players on the squad, manager Gareth Southgate will pay homage to Guardiola’s team in style more than in personnel. Man City midfielders David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne are playing for Spain and Belgium respectively, but Southgate will try to replicate them by using Jesse Lingard and Dele Alli as “free eights” in the midfield. England has six more players total from Tottenham, managed by Mauricio Pochettino, and Liverpool, managed by Jürgen Klopp. These teams, like City, press the opposition extremely aggressively out of possession, with all three in the top 10 in Europe’s biggest competitions this season in terms of how quickly they shut down their opponents: Tottenham’s Harry Kane, for example, is one of the best goal-scoring strikers in the world at the tender age of 24. Somewhat terrifyingly, he is still improving: He was even better at getting off quality shots this season than he was the year before. The expected goals per 90 minutes from his shots in the Premier League rose from 0.45 in 2016-17 to 0.75 this year.Dele Alli, 22, will support Kane for their country as he does for their club. His 2017-18 season was marred for some by the idea that it was a regression compared with the year before. What really happened, though, was that he got fewer chances but created more. He also experienced a downturn in chance conversion, from scoring 44 percent more than might be expected based on chance quality in 2016-17 to underachieving it by 12 percent this season. All that made people forget that Alli is one of the brightest under-23 talents in the world. And nobody — apart from maybe Denmark’s Christian Eriksen — is better at supplying Kane.Man City’s Raheem Sterling may have made recent headlines for getting a rifle tattooed on his leg, but the more important of his designs is the one on his arm of a young boy, wearing England’s No. 10 shirt, looking up at Wembley Stadium, the home of English football. He’s my player to watch for Group G because of his electric ability to both get and create chances, coming off the back of an incredibly productive league season with 18 goals and 11 assists. And he’s only 23.Dark horses?The biggest problem for England in terms of being a dark horse in Russia is its likely post-group opposition. The English have a good shot of making the quarterfinal (58 percent when the tourney began) but will probably have to face Germany or Brazil at that point, depending on whether England finishes above Belgium in their group. Winning a matchup against one of those powerhouses is a long shot, though anything can happen in a World Cup.England has an exciting team of young stars, playing at stylistically compatible clubs, and a manager who seems tactically savvy despite his relative inexperience. Even if they don’t manage to bring home the trophy this summer, the future looks bright for The Three Lions for the first time in a generation.Neil Paine contributed research.Check out our latest World Cup predictions. OverachieversExpectedActualDifference Expected goals1388 Goals3528 Bayern MunichBundesliga7.51 England’s youth movementRanks of Dele Alli, Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling in key offensive statistics in the English Premier League, 2017-18 teamleagueAvg. Opponent Possession Duration *Among attackers with at least 850 minutes playedSource: Football Whispers Borussia DortmundBundesliga7.91 LiverpoolPremier League7.92 EibarLa Liga7.23 Rank per 90 minutes* The big five leagues are the Premier League (England), Bundesliga (Germany), Ligue 1 (France), La Liga (Spain) and Serie A (Italy).Source: Football Whispers Assists93158 Expected assists76127 3England1.621-0.62 There is an uncharacteristic air of hope this year surrounding an uncharacteristic England team. To be an England supporter is to inherit a contradictory combination of utter nihilism and raging anger, expecting nothing and everything at the same time. English players have developed an unfortunate reputation: They will wilt under the brightest lights, typified by the inability to hold their nerve during penalty shootouts.But the perception of mental weakness between generations is, to some extent, a consequence of the spread-out nature of international tournaments. The World Cup is rare and unpredictable: Germany, the defending champion, had just a 13 percent chance of winning in Russia going into the tournament, according to FiveThirtyEight’s model, and even Brazil, the favorite, had less than a 20 percent chance.Using pre-tournament Elo ratings going back to 1930, we can construct a logistic regression to look at how many World Cup trophies each country might have expected based on team strength, the competition format and whether the country was hosting.1Historically, having a home advantage makes a big difference, so the model adjusts for the advantage that comes with hosting responsibility.Brazil, Germany and Italy have roughly a pair of trophies each more than the model’s predictions based on their strength before the tournament, which illustrates that the World Cup is hardly a tale of who the favorite is going in.England has underachieved, winning a solitary trophy relative to 1.62 expected World Cups. By our measure, only Hungary, which was one of the world’s best in the 1950s, and the three-time runner-up Netherlands have seen a bigger discrepancy. English supporters born after 1966 are justified in feeling a tad underwhelmed by the team’s performances on the world stage, but it could be worse — of the underachievers, England is the only team to actually have managed a win at all. England should have more trophiesTop five under- and overachievers by actual World Cups won vs. expected Successful dribbles666831 MarseilleLigue 18.15 RomaSerie A8.36 3Italy2.144+1.86 Based on a logistic regression that uses each team’s pre-World Cup ELO rating, accounting for host country and size of field. Germany’s history includes West Germany, while Russia’s includes the Soviet Union.Source: EloRATINGS.NET RB LeipzigBundesliga7.88 StatisticHarry KaneDele AlliRaheem Sterling read more