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first_imgTechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Print Advertisement Previous articlePatient-first investment Bon Secours Hospital Limerick at Barringtons unveiledNext articleBusinesses asked ‘to seek assurances’ about continuity of goods post Brexit Staff Reporter TAGSCommunitycrime preventionLimerick City and CountyNews Facebook WhatsApp Linkedin Email Twittercenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites An Garda Síochána in association with the FraudSMART, a fraud awareness initiative led by Banking & Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI), are advising consumers to be on the alert to a phone scam in which fraudsters claim to be calling from utility companies on the pretence that there are issues with the customer’s broadband service.Key details:• A utility company: e.g. telephone/mobile phone provider, broadband provider or software company calls offering to “fix” computer or broadband problems. The caller will attempt to trick you into revealing your banking or card details and providing codes from your card reader to access your online banking and make fraudulent payments.• You may be asked to allow the caller to take remote control of your computer to “assist” you, however this could allow the fraudster to show you fraudulent screens.• The callers are professional and will be able to transfer you to their “supervisor” should you request this.  They sound genuine.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Detective Superintendent Gerard Walsh of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau gave the following advice “If you have received a suspicious call, hang up and phone the company the person is purporting to be from directly yourself. Do not use a number given to you by the caller and make sure you hear a dial tone before making the call. If you are concerned that you may have fallen victim to a scam contact your local Garda Station and also your bank.”Niamh Davenport, who leads the BPFI FraudSMART programme, offers the following advice to consumers: “Always be wary of any unexpected calls or texts especially those asking for personal details or payments. Never give your financial or personal information in order to release money, refund fees, or access to your computer. Fraudsters are very convincing but don’t be afraid to take the time to make the relevant checks. The caller will try to rush you or make you feel foolish and negligent if you don’t follow their instructions, but this is all designed to panic you into doing something you wouldn’t otherwise do.”FraudSMART Advice:• Never give out personal information until you have checked that the caller is a genuine representative of the organisation they claim to be from. Advise the caller you will call them back once you have checked their identity. You can do this by:• Looking up the organisation’s phone number using a phone book or website and calling the number yourself directly. Make sure you hear a dial tone before you dial. Do not use a number the caller has given to you as this could be a fake number.• Don’t assume you can trust caller ID. Fraudsters can spoof a number, so it looks like they are calling from a particular company or bank, even when they are not.• Remember it takes two people to terminate a landline phone call, you can use a different phone line to independently check the caller’s identity or at least make sure you hear a dial tone before you call anyone.• Fraudsters may have basic information about you in their possession (e.g. name, address etc), do not assume the caller is genuine because they have this information. They source this information from publicly available information e.g. social media, phone books, websites• Don’t allow yourself to be rushed. Take your time and do the relevant checks. Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Limerick on Covid watch list NewsCommunityCrime & CourtConsumers and retailers urged to take precautions with an increase in phone scamsBy Staff Reporter – February 19, 2019 708 Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon?last_img read more

Father charged with homicide after 12-year-old daughter kills neighbor in car crash

first_imgKTRK(HOUSTON) — The father of a 12-year-old girl who allegedly got behind the wheel of a car and accidentally ran down her neighbor has been charged with criminally negligent homicide.Tomas Mejia Tol, 42, was arrested on Friday after his daughter allegedly was driving in the parking lot outside their home and killed a man who was walking his three dogs and then crashed into a tree. Enrique Vazquez, 47, was killed in the accident.One of the man’s dogs was also killed in the crash.“So he actually said that he was the driver, but we do have video showing that it was his 12-year-old daughter who was the driver,” a spokesperson for the Harris County District Attorney’s Office told Houston ABC station KTRK. “The 12-year-old did indicate that her dad was allowing her to drive the car to practice driving.”Mejia has been charged with criminally negligent homicide and endangering the welfare of a child.Mejia’s 2-year-old child was also in a car seat in the back of the vehicle at the time of the crash, prosecutors said.The accident took place at about 4 p.m. on Thursday, authorities said.The accident in still under investigation.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Barcello hits 5 3s, scores 20; BYU beats Utah Valley 82-60

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPROVO, Utah (AP) — Alex Barcello hit five 3-pointers and finished with 20 points to lead five BYU players scoring in double figures and the Cougars beat Utah Valley 82-60.The Cougars made just four of their first 15 field-goal attempts as Utah Valley (1-1) built a 10-point lead about nine minutes into the game but Barcello scored 14 points — including four 3-pointers — as BYU closed the first half on a 30-6 run to make it 38-24 at the break.The Wolverines trailed by double figures the rest of the way. Trey Woodbury hit three 3-pointers and finished with a career-high 24 points and Jamison Overton scored 21 for Utah Valley. Written by Tags: Alex Barcello/BYU Cougars Basketball/UCCU Crosstown Clash/UVU Wolverines Basketball Associated Press November 29, 2020 /Sports News – Local Barcello hits 5 3s, scores 20; BYU beats Utah Valley 82-60last_img read more

MBB : Cohen: Bounce-back win shows Orange still elite

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 23, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: [email protected] | @Michael_Cohen13center_img CINCINNATI — The setup indicated less of a sequel and more of a shot-for-shot remake.The protagonist was the same: an undefeated Syracuse team with perhaps a hint of overconfidence. The plot was the same, too: losing a star and having an unproven role player attempt to fill in.Hell, the first act was even the same: lose on the road in a brutal environment where the home team rarely falters.But the second act, that’s where things took a turn.‘We just knew we had to get a win,’ SU forward Kris Joseph said following Monday’s win over Cincinnati. ‘Because if you remember last year, one loss turned into four straight.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLast year’s Syracuse team rolled into Pittsburgh on an 18-game winning streak for a date with the No. 5 Panthers. But missing from the lineup that night, Jan. 17, 2011, was Joseph. He was out with a head injury and in his place was the trigger-happy, defense and rebound-lacking James Southerland.The denouement: a 74-66 loss at the Petersen Events Center that set in motion a four-game losing landslide.This year’s Syracuse team rolled into South Bend, Ind., for a date with Notre Dame on a school-record 20-game win streak. But missing from the lineup Saturday was Fab Melo. He was out due to an unresolved academic issue, according to ESPN, and in his place in the middle of SU’s 2-3 zone was the highly touted yet underachieving Rakeem Christmas.The result: a 67-58 loss at the Joyce Center, where Notre Dame has now defeated the last six No. 1 teams to visit Purcell Pavilion.Monday, though, presented a new twist. A different page in the pick-your-own-adventure books we read as kids.Syracuse triumphed with a 60-53 win over Cincinnati in front of a packed house at Fifth Third Arena. The best bounce-back win Jim Boeheim can remember in his tenure at Syracuse.‘We were just so woeful Saturday night that to come in here with that atmosphere and the way they started the game, to play the way we did I thought was tremendous,’ Boeheim said.And with this win, there won’t be a cataclysmal two-week period in which a season potentially destined for greatness seems to go down the tubes. That’s because despite going 1-1 on a very difficult road trip, the Orange got better.Most importantly, Syracuse learned to play without Melo. Take one was a blooper reel with Jack Cooley abusing the undersized Christmas, Baye Keita and C.J. Fair.Take two, though, was a coming out party. Christmas was tough, he played with fire, he looked like a college basketball player. Four points, nine rebounds and three big blocks. And he did that guarding one of the best low-post players in the Big East in Yancy Gates. Not to mention fighting off a 38-pound weight disadvantage.‘He was a presence, and that’s what he needs to be for us,’ SU assistant coach Gerry McNamara said.The rising action of this two-game drama was the recertification of Syracuse’s veteran players as go-to players. The eight straight field goals in the second half from Joseph, Scoop Jardine and Brandon Triche to win the game against the Bearcats demonstrated who the true leaders are on a team entering a Big East stretch run.It showed that without the heroics of sophomore guard Dion Waiters, who had a season-low two points against Cincinnati, Syracuse will be just fine.And it showed that a 5-of-15 performance from the free-throw line can be offset with precision in the half-court offense.‘This whole game we needed shots,’ Jardine said. ‘Brandon made some, Kris made some, I made some, Rak made great passes — this was a team-effort win. And that’s what we needed.’Boeheim said he had to watch the tape of Saturday’s game twice because he couldn’t believe what he saw. The first game in his career in which not a single player played well. Nine guys took the floor, and nine guys stunk it up.He watched seniors play out of position and guard the wrong men defensively. He saw Keita fumble passes and travel away an open layup. He gritted his teeth while Waiters played 1-on-5 — fine for a playground but not a Big East basketball court.But Monday he watched resurgence in the form of a gritty performance in a hostile environment that cemented his team’s place as a Final Four contender.So by the time the curtains came down on Fifth Third Arena, Boeheim was more than pleased with this play’s alternate ending.‘We lose one game, we’re not going to be ready to shoot ourselves or something,’ he said. ‘It’s a good bounce-back.’Michael Cohen is a staff writer for The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @Michael_Cohen13.  last_img read more

Ghanaian footballers in volatile Egypt cry for evacuation

first_imgGhanaian Football players plying their careers in Egypt are calling on the government to air lift them from the political tension in the North African Country.Egyptians have taken to the streets the past week in protest of Hosni Mubarak’s government, forcing the football federation of Egypt to suspend its leagues.At least five Ghanaians play in the Egyptian top flight league and over 10 in the second tier league.Former player of Tema Youth Alex Dankwah who plays for a second tier in that country expressed his frustrations at the political upheaval to Joy Sports.He said for nine days, none of them has been able to leave their residence and they hear gunshots everywhere in the capital.Alex Dankwah said they are unable to train and are afraid the situation could affect their careers. Source: Joy Sports/Ghanalast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Like most movie models, these miniatures were built to be demolished on camera. It made for a unique kind of payoff for Newburn and his artists, who put in months of painstaking work, detail by detail, only to watch it all get smashed to pieces.Here, he tells us how they made some of the film’s coolest dioramas. Advertisement Hereditary is quickly earning a reputation as the scariest movie of the year. Or maybe the millennium. Or maybe ever. And among its genuine terrors is a small—and creepy—world made in Toronto.In the film, Toni Collette plays a miniaturist who builds intricate dioramas of pivotal family moments, including some with her recently deceased mother. The tableaux are a mix of family drama and macabre scenes, much like the film itself. All of that delicate miniature work was done by Toronto-based visual effects artist Steve Newburn and his team at Applied Arts FX Studio. The film was originally meant to shoot in Toronto, and when production moved to Utah, they kept the Canadian special effects team.According to writer-director Ari Aster, the miniatures are meant to signal that the characters are like dolls in a dollhouse without agency or control over their circumstances. But for Newburn, who also did the film’s prosthetic and makeup effects, the work was technical, not allegorical: it was just about basswood, card stock, insulation foam, paint, 3-D printing and deadlines. “I can’t worry about the philosophy or what the characters are thinking,” he says. “From an artistic standpoint it becomes almost impossible, because you’re always questioning whether you’re straying from the cinematic idea.” While some of the models were inspired by images Aster found online, most are miniature recreations of the set pieces and actors. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more