GARDAI ISSUE WARNING AFTER SPIKE IN THEFTS OF LUXURY CARS ACROSS DONEGAL

first_imgOwners of luxury brand prestige cars such as BMW’s, Audi’s and Mercedes in Donegal are urged to be extra vigilant after a spate of robberies of such cars.BMWs, Audis and Mercedes are top of the gang’s list in Donegal.The warning comes from local Gardaí who are urging people in the community to be vigilant and keep a sharp eye for movement of vehicles late at night or early morning.Garda Sgt Paul Wallace said an organised criminal gang have been targeting these types of cars across the North-West. These gangs are highly skilled thieves who specialise in car theft, and are moving around the country gathering intelligence of where specific vehicles are located with a view of returning at a later date to steal the cars.High-end cars may be broken into and often small items of personal property are stolen, leaving the impression that the vehicle, whose alarm has been set off, has been robbed purely for minor gain.However, the break-in allows the thieves to plug a hand-held computer into the car’s OBD (on-board diagnostic) port, and then clone the data on the car’s operating systems and keys.After the owner of the car has repaired the damage- usually a broken window – the thieves return with the new electronic programmed cloned key that allows them to drive away without any fuss most likely during the night or early morning Divisional Crime Prevention Officer Sgt Wallace said people should take precautions.‘Owners of high spec cars for example Audi’s, BMW’s & Mercedes should be mindful of this trend and any interference with high end cars should be reported to Gardaí immediately.“It is vitally important that these cars receive software updates to update locking mechanisms from established main dealers or independent specialists in an effort to beat the car thief. Simple things for example ensuring your car is locked and the keys are in your possession is a simple first step which appears logical but alas the evidence has proved at times- otherwise.“Apart from organised car thieves, if any criminal can get access to your car keys either by them being left in the vehicle or close to the front or rear door of the house they will quickly retrieve them and make good their escape- with your car!’.Stolen cars are normally sold off to unsuspecting buyers, broken down for parts and also sold on to criminal gangs for use in robberies and drugs runs. Gardai believe the luxury car gangs are part of a wider and highly organised network who have been stealing a variety of vehicle, plant and marine leisure equipment, particularly outboard engines, across Western Europe in recent years.Simple Precautions1. Parking your car in an area with good lighting or cctv cover may deter the thief.2. Ensure the keys are not easily accessed in the house. 3. Installation of a tracking device in the car should be considered.GARDAI ISSUE WARNING AFTER SPIKE IN THEFTS OF LUXURY CARS ACROSS DONEGAL was last modified: October 9th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:AudiBMWcar theftsdonegalgangGardaiMercedeslast_img read more

Jesus Luzardo looking to erase bad taste with A’s this spring

first_imgOAKLAND — A’s prized pitching prospect Jesus Luzardo is counting down the days until spring training when he can finally wash the bad taste out of his mouth.There was a point last season when Luzardo was considered a possibility to join the club in September to assist in the club’s playoff push. The left-handed forced his way into that conversation by dominating his competition at Single-A and Double-A, but Triple-A was a different story.“That was probably the worst I’ve pitched in the …last_img

NFC West playoff scenarios abound as Niners clinch playoff berth despite loss

first_imgThe Niners will also be the NFC’s top seed if they just win their remaining games.Their divisional rival, the Seahawks, also control their own fate in the NFC West.It’s looking … Click here if you’re unable to view video or photo gallery on your mobile device.Despite their strange last-second loss to the Falcons at Levi’s Stadium, the 49ers clinched a playoff berth Sunday.With the Rams’ loss to the Cowboys, San Francisco is ensured of its first playoff appearance in five years.last_img

Virat Kohli has matured, excelling because of ability to control distractions: Kumble

first_imgFormer India coach Anil Kumble heaped praise on Virat Kohli, saying the India captain’s consistency is not just because of his superior technical skills but also his mental ability.Anil Kumble pointed out that Virat Kohli has been able to do “all the right things on the pitch” even as he is dealing with quite a few distractions both on and off the field.The legendary leg-spinner also opined that Virat Kohli has matured as a player and has consistently shown the hunger to score big – something that his teammates are struggling to do, especially in overseas conditions.Kumble’s comment comes days after Virat Kohli scored his sixth Test century in Australia and 25th overall during the Perth Test against Australia. The visiting team lost the Test by 146 runs but the skipper shone with a well-crafted 123 on a pace and bounce-rich Perth Stadium wicket.Kohli has been the talking point ever since India landed in Australia. There was considerable pressure on the India captain as Australian media, known for his hostility towards visiting teams, targeted the Indian team upon their arrival in Adelaide for the first Test.Despite suffering a rare twin failure in Adelaide in the first Test, which India won by 31 runs, Kohli got back to scoring ways in Perth.”Absolutely [Kohli is at the peak of his powers], I mean the one thing that you have to tell when you look at his career. That in each game, he not only improved his skill level, but he has taken it to the next level. Irrespective of the conditions but also mentally he is under control everything that is happening around. He has the ability to take his team around with his batting,” Kumble, who quit as coach in 2017 after a much-publicised rift with Kohli, told CricketNext.The former coach added: “He has matured and you can see it. The way he controls the game, I mean he doesn’t play too many loose shots. He doesn’t look to hit in the air. I mean when is batting with the lower order. You know he controls the game and you know if he crosses the 20, 30 mark you know that he got to take the hundred.”That has been the beauty the way Virat has done it in the last couple of years. He has been able to convert the starts and make a big score, and that’s something I would like to think that a Rahane, someone like an opening batsman who haven’t really done well need to learn from.”But someone like a Virat was able to do so consistently and made sure he that he puts his team in a good position. And that we have seen is not just because of skill level but also the kind of mental ability that he has. by controlling all the distractions he was able to channelise and made sure he is watching the ball to make sure he is doing all the right things on the pitch.”Kohli, as Kumble points out, has been at the peak of his powers, across all formats of the game. He has been the lone bright spot in the batting unit that has consistently failed overseas in the ongoing season.Kohli topped the batting charts in India’s 2-1 defeat in South Africa, scoring 286 runs in three Tests in hostile conditions. In England, the India captain took his game to another level as he showcased great discipline to amass 593 runs from five Test in English conditions where he failed in 2014.advertisementKohli is a great player of the modern era: KumbleMeanwhile, Kumble said he doesn’t want to compare Kohli with batting great Sachin Tendulkar but called the former a modern day great.”I think you can’t compare two people. It was a different era, I don’t think we need to compare. But he is certainly a great player in terms of numbers, Virat already has already 60 international hundreds, in such a short span of time, he is hungry we know he is extremely fit, and when he gets the opportunity he makes the best of it,” Kumble said.”And he makes it count. I think that is the ability Virat has had. And I don’t think we should start comparing. He is a great player of the modern era. So let us just accept that and help him you know make him go out there and do his job for the team.”Also Read | Wanted Anil Kumble to continue as coach, his exit left a bitter taste: VVS LaxmanAlso Read | If Jadeja wasn’t fit, how was he fielding in Perth? Shastri revelation raises questionsAlso See: advertisementlast_img read more

ODPEM Encourages Special Focus on Protecting Vulnerable Groups During Disasters

first_img The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is encouraging persons to play their part in protecting vulnerable groups during times of disaster. In keeping with the agency’s Hurricane and Disaster Preparedness Month focus of building resilient communities, ODPEM partnered with the Nathan Ebanks Foundation to host the third annual Family Expo and Special Needs Resource Fair at Hope Gardens, St. Andrew, on May 25. Story Highlights The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is encouraging persons to play their part in protecting vulnerable groups during times of disaster.“We want to remind persons that as we move into the hurricane season, just keep an eye out for your neighbour, the indigent, and homeless persons, because disaster management is everybody’s business. We want to build community resilience, and that starts with one person… one community at a time,” ODPEM’s Marketing Manager, David Nation, said in an interview with JIS News.In keeping with the agency’s Hurricane and Disaster Preparedness Month focus of building resilient communities, ODPEM partnered with the Nathan Ebanks Foundation to host the third annual Family Expo and Special Needs Resource Fair at Hope Gardens, St. Andrew, on May 25.The expo, which was hosted in collaboration with various other entities including the Jamaica Fire Brigade and the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA), focused on equipping families with the requisite support and tools to care for the vulnerable.Representatives from the ODPEM shared information on how to prepare for earthquakes and hurricanes, and general disaster preparedness tips.They also had a ‘Hazard Hunt’ to help persons identify and prioritise areas for attention in their surroundings that could potentially worsen the effects of a disaster. The information shared was geared towards persons with disabilities (PWD).“We want to ensure that persons living with disabilities have an appreciation for what disaster management is, that caregivers have an appreciation for what they can do to ensure that they are protected and that, as a wider community and country, we can cater for these persons because they are part of the vulnerable grouping,” Mr. Nation said. “We want to remind persons that as we move into the hurricane season, just keep an eye out for your neighbour, the indigent, and homeless persons, because disaster management is everybody’s business. We want to build community resilience, and that starts with one person… one community at a time,” ODPEM’s Marketing Manager, David Nation, said in an interview with JIS News.last_img read more

McCready bill fights for consumer protections when buying or adopting pets

first_img Measure will set new standards for breedingState Rep. Mike McCready recently introduced legislation to better protect both consumers and animals by requiring large-scale commercial dog breeders to register with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.House Bill 5095 also establishes guidelines to help ensure the humane treatment and health of both the dogs and puppies and defines large-scale breeding kennels as a facility with over 15, but not more than 50, females.“We have seen too many sad stories recently about animals being kept in unsafe or inhumane conditions by people simply looking to turn a profit,” said McCready, R-Bloomfield Hills. “The majority of breeders in our state maintain clean, safe facilities and breed healthy dogs, but the few that do not must be held accountable. This legislation will ensure the health of dogs and cats up for adoption while also protecting the families looking to bring home a new pet.”Michigan Humane Society President and CEO Cal Morgan applauded the introduction of the bill.“Michigan’s compassionate residents expect that facilities breeding puppies will provide humane care and treatment of all of their animals,” Morgan said. “House Bill 5095 will go a long way to ensuring that those large commercial breeders are adhering to basic standards of care that are already in place for animal shelters like MHS.”The bill also changes requirements for pet shops, animal shelters and large-scale breeders when importing and selling animals, prohibiting the import or sale of animals less than 8 weeks old. Vaccinations, inspections and proper documentation would also be required under the legislation.“It’s important to make sure facilities across the state are following the same guidelines,” McCready said. “Getting a new pet should be a fun and exciting experience, not one that brings additional vet bills with it because of improper care or missing vaccinations.”HB 5095 also creates standard hold times for animals brought in to a shelter and establishes a record-keeping system for shelters and breeding facilities.The measure was referred to the House Regulatory Reform Committee.### 24Oct McCready bill fights for consumer protections when buying or adopting pets Categories: McCready Newslast_img read more

They took on Cowley International College in the Y

first_imgThey took on Cowley International College in the Year 8 Eric Chisnall and Year 10 Keiron Cunningham Finals.Year 8 Eric Chisnall FinalThe Year 8 final was a fantastic spectacle with two teams of a similar skill level both battling it out to get their hands on the Eric Chisnall trophy.De La Salle scored two tries early on to gain a comfortable lead and they went on to control the half to lead 20-12.But Cowley hit back in the second half and dominated to go ahead 22-20.However, De La Salle didn’t want to give up the game without a fight and managed to score a try in the dying stages of the game.Cowley tried their hardest to get back – and nearly scored in the corner – but De La Salle held on to win 26-22.Year 10 Keiron Cunningham FinalLike the first game, the Year 10 Keiron Cunningham Final was also a brilliant contest with both teams giving it their all.Cowley took the lead in the first 10 minutes and looked very assured with the 18-4 advantage they had at half time.But De La Salle came out fired up and scored three tries in 10 minutes to even up the contest.Both teams looked fatigued in the searing heat but it was De La Salle that made their pressure pay first before they sealed it with two tries in four minutes.Final score De La Salle 30 Cowley International College 18.Everyone at Saints would like to congratulate both sides for two super fixtures.last_img read more