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first_imgLimerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live ODEON Limerick is this week giving away one pair of tickets and two large combo meals for a film of your choice at their cinema at the Castletroy Shopping Centre.To be in with a chance, answer the following question and email your answer to [email protected] by 9am on Monday February 6.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Who directed ‘T2 Trainspotting’?A. Danny BoyleB. Mike LeighC. Ken Loach Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival TAGScinemacompetitionlimerickOdeon CinemaOdeon LimerickT2 Trainspottingtrainspotting RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleLimerick victims of sex abuser seek justice in the DáilNext articleBruff Paralympian to be honoured at NUI Alan Jacques NewsLocal NewsWin cinema ticketsBy Alan Jacques – February 3, 2017 898 WhatsApp WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Printcenter_img Email Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Facebook Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Advertisement Twitter Linkedin Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

Coronavirus live updates: US reports over 70,000 new cases for 1st time since July

first_imgSamara Heisz/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 1.1 million people worldwide.Over 41.7 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The criteria for diagnosis — through clinical means or a lab test — has varied from country to country. Still, the actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks.Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the virus has rapidly spread to every continent except Antarctica.The United States is the worst-affected country, with more than 8.4 million diagnosed cases and at least 223,051 deaths.California has the most cases of any U.S. state, with more than 893,000 people diagnosed, according to Johns Hopkins data. California is followed by Texas and Florida, with over 871,000 cases and over 768,000 cases, respectively.Nearly 200 vaccine candidates for COVID-19 are being tracked by the World Health Organization, at least 10 of which are in crucial phase three studies. Of those 10 potential vaccines in late-stage trials, there are currently five that will be available in the United States if approved.Here’s how the news developed Friday. All times Eastern:Oct 23, 10:14 amPoland sees record rise in new cases ahead of nationwide ‘red zone’ restrictionsPoland confirmed 13,632 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, the country’s highest figure since the pandemic began.An additional 153 deaths from COVID-19 were also registered nationwide, down from a peak of 168 a day earlier. The cumulative total now stands at 228,318 cases and 4,172 deaths, according to the Polish Ministry of Health.Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced that, starting Saturday, the entire nation of 38 million people will be placed in a “red zone” of strict measures aimed at curbing further spread of the novel coronavirus, just short of a lockdown. The measures include wearing masks at all times outdoors, switching all primary schools to remote learning and the closure of restaurants except for takeaway and delivery services.“We absolutely must cut the means of transmission of infection,” Morawiecki said.Oct 23, 9:34 amHalloween still on at the White House, but with ‘extra precautions’The White House grounds will open to costumed trick-or-treaters on Sunday for the annual Halloween festivities, but with “extra precautions” in place due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a statement from the first lady’s office.All guests are required to wear a face covering and practice social distancing during their visit. All personnel working the event must wear a face covering, while any staff passing out candy will be required to wear gloves. Guest capacity will be limited, with extended event hours.Social distancing measures will be in place, and hand sanitizer will be available throughout the event route. Each department will utilize a “no-touch approach” when distributing product in their area.The statement said President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will “greet” trick-or-treaters as they pass by the South Portico of the White House. In previous years, the couple have handed out candy themselves.Oct 23, 9:11 amFrance hits new record of over 41,000 new cases in a dayFrance confirmed 41,622 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, its highest single-day count since the start of the pandemic.The country’s public health agency also registered an additional 165 fatalities from COVID-19 in 24 hours. The cumulative total now stands at 999,043 cases with 34,210 deaths.France has the seventh-highest case count in the world, according to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.More than 10,000 patients remain hospitalized for COVID-19 across France, including 1,627 in intensive care, according to the public health agency.COVID-19 patients now take up more than 60% of all intensive care beds in hospitals across the greater Paris region of Ile-de-France, a spokesperson for the regional health agency told ABC News. That figure is up from 59.3% on Tuesday.French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced Thursday that a 9 p.m. curfew already in place in Paris and eight other major cities would be extended to cover 54 of the country’s 94 administrative departments. Some 46 million residents will be under the curfew by Saturday night.Oct 23, 8:16 amRussia reports over 17,000 new cases for first timeRussia confirmed 17,340 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, setting a new national record, according to the coronavirus response headquarters.It’s the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic that Russia’s daily case count has surpassed 17,000. The country’s previous record of 16,319 new cases was set on Tuesday.An additional 283 deaths from COVID-19 were also registered in the last 24 hours, down from a peak of 317 on Wednesday, according to Russia’s coronavirus response headquarters.Almost a third of the new cases — 5,478 — and nearly 21% of the deaths — 61 — were reported in the capital, Moscow, the epicenter of the country’s outbreak and recent surge.The cumulative totals now stand at 1,480,646 cases and 25,525 fatalities, according to Russia’s coronavirus response headquarters.The Eastern European country of 145 million people has the fourth-highest tally of COVID-19 cases in the world, behind only the United States, India and Brazil, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.Oct 23, 7:32 amA quarter of US hospitals have 80% of ICU beds full, HHS memo saysA quarter of hospitals across the United States have intensive care units that are more than 80% occupied, according to an internal memo from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that was obtained by ABC News on Thursday night.That figure is up from the summertime peak, when 17-18% of U.S. hospitals had 80% of ICU beds full.The memo, which is circulated among the highest levels of the federal government and is used to determine daily priorities for the agencies working on a COVID-19 response, said 41 U.S. states and territories are in an upward trajectory of new infections, while five jurisdictions are at a plateau and nine others are in a downward trend.There were 417,899 new cases confirmed during the period of Oct. 15-21, a 14% increase from the previous week. There were also 5,413 fatalities from COVID-19 recorded during the same period, a 10.6% increase compared with the week prior, according to the memo.Meanwhile, the national positivity rate for COVID-19 tests increased from 5.1% to 5.8% in week-to-week comparisons, the memo said.COVID-19 hospitalizations in Alaska reached a four-month peak, with the state’s daily average increasing to 8.5 hospitalizations per 100,000 people during the period of Oct. 12-18, compared to 5.9 per 100,000 the previous week. Adults in their 20s and 30s were said to be driving the state’s outbreak, according to the memo.Idaho’s positivity rate for COVID-19 tests increased to 16.7% during the week ending Oct.14, more than triple the national rate of 5.4% for that time period. The state’s ICU hospitalizations related to COVID-19 reached a record high of 61 patients on Oct. 15, the memo said.Montana reported 393 new cases per 100,000 people in the last week, more than triple the national average of 117 per 100,000. The state has the third-highest rate of new infections in the country, according to the memo.COVID-19 hospitalizations in New Mexico increased by 101% in the first half of October. The state reported a 51.9% jump in new cases and a 21.1% increase in new deaths in the week ending Oct. 18, compared to the prior week, the memo said.Oklahoma saw a record high of 821 COVID-19 hospitalizations on Oct. 20, according to the memo.In Oregon, cases are at the highest point they have been since the start of the pandemic, the memo said.South Dakota has the second-highest rate of new cases in the country and the fourth-highest test positivity rate. The test positivity rate is on the rise in 45 counties, suggesting it has not yet peaked. Out of all South Dakota counties, 82% have moderate or high levels of community transmission, with 71% having high levels of community transmission, according to the memo.Tennessee reported 3,317 new cases on Oct. 19, its highest single-day increase to date. The previous record of 3,314 new cases was reported on July 13.Texas’ cumulative total of cases surpassed 800,000 on Oct. 13, becoming only the second state in the country to do so.Oct 23, 6:54 amUS reports over 70,000 new cases for first time since JulyThere were 71,671 new cases of COVID-19 identified in the United States on Thursday, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.It’s the highest daily tally the country has reported since mid-July, almost surpassing the national record of more than 77,000 new cases in a single day. The latest case count was also nearly 9,000 more than the previous day.An additional 856 fatalities from COVID-19 were also registered nationwide Thursday, down by from a peak of 2,666 new deaths in mid-April.A total of 8,409,312 people in the United States have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 223,051 of them have died, according to Johns Hopkins. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C. and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up and crossing 70,000 for the first time in mid-July.The daily tally of new cases has gradually come down since then but has started to climb again in recent weeks and is now averaging around 60,000 per day.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Scariest new trends in the world of internet security

first_img 61SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Best Financial technology service expert John Best crushes the reiterated maxim “thinking outside the box” to tiny particles, leveraging his lofty, yet proven, financial technology “innovativeness” for credit unions nationwide. Recently … Web: Details On Part Two of my excellent BIGcast conversation with security expect Jim Stickley of Stickley on Security, Jim tells me of the scariest new trend he’s come across lately in the world of security.While this isn’t exactly ‘new’, Jim is appalled that no one is doing anything to remedy the issues of criminals targeting in-home routing and modem devices in order to change their DNS settings. DNS servers act as the ‘telephone book’ for internet networking. They deliver the IP address to your computer for whatever website you are trying to access. Generally, these devices have strong blocks and firewalls to avert any internet entity from entering it, so the odds of hacking into it are low. So, criminals have gotten smart about it. They have developed malicious websites disguised as ordinary every day websites in order to hack into your internal network while you are browsing the internet.It all starts with the standard IPs used for routing and DNS devices. Do the numbers 192.168, 10.10, 172.16 look familiar to you? These are the default IP numbers for all DNS gateways, and they were set up this way to ensure that no website would ever build on top of them.So, say you are looking a cute puppy video. At the same time, the site is speaking with your computer, telling it to do something much more malicious. The malicious site sends a command that asks your computer to connect to the gateway and change the DNS server. So while the server was pointing to (Google’s server), it is now pointing to the chosen address by the criminal.That new address is a DNS server that they own. Now their DNS ‘telephone book’ can route you to alternate websites of their creation whenever you type in a website. If you were to visit a site that they created that looks exactly like the actual BOA site will pop up, but it will be their a page of their creation. They are now in prime placement to steal your data when you enter your credentials. This doesn’t only apply to your computer. Your mobile apps can also be hacked in this way.There is actually an easy remedy in order to avoid this type of hack. All you have to do is update the firmware. It’s a simple process of finding out the manufacturer and model number of the device, visiting their website and searching for firmware updates for that model. The website will then walk you through the update. Jim recommends you check this at least every few months, preferably once a month.I then asked Jim about Google Chrome’s new alarms that point out sites that use weak security configuration. Is this something we need to worry about? Jim says no. He says this doesn’t mean the site or your connection to it are bad. Google is simply calling out websites that still allow low level encryption. They are trying to force people to stop doing it.However, would this Chrome alarm show up in this DNS hack situation? Jim says no. The genius of the DNS hack is that it works on websites that people visit all of the time, so people are not looking to see if the certificates or ‘https:’ are visible. Jim recommends to always look to ensure the ‘https:’ is in the bar and that the certificate is there when inputting sensitive information.In closing, I want to recommend Jim to any financial institution to bring Jim in on any security issues you might have.Check Jim’s Youtube out here for his newest videos, and visit for any education you need on security. Education is the most important tool you have in security.last_img read more

Pakistan’s Shadab ruled out of England ODIs with illness

first_imgKARACHI (Reuters) – Pakistan all-rounder Shadab Khan faces a race against time to be fit for the Cricket World Cup after he was ruled out of the limited-overs series in England with an illness.The 20-year-old has played 34 one-day internationals for Pakistan and was included in their 15-man squad for the May 30-July 14 World Cup in England and Wales.The 1992 champions will play a lone Twenty20 international and five ODIs on their tour of England, which begins on May 5.“Wrist spinner Shadab Khan has been ruled out of the series against England after tests revealed a virus that will require treatment and rest for, at least, four weeks,” the Pakistan Cricket Board said in a statement.The board said it would set up appointments with specialists in England to help Shadab, who is also a useful lower-order batsman, recover in time for Pakistan’s World Cup opener against West Indies on May 31.All teams are allowed to make changes to their World Cup squads until May 23. Pakistan selectors have already put batsman Asif Ali and seamer Mohammad Amir on standby should they have to make changes to their squad.last_img read more

Legislators ponder renovating, rebuilding or moving State Historical Building

first_imgDES MOINES — Lawmakers are considering the future of the State Historical Building which sits two blocks west of the State Capitol. Republican Representative Gary Mohr of Bettendorf said the building is in disrepair and the tab for renovating it is a staggering $30-to-$50 million.“I just think that’s a travesty to have to spend that kind of money on a 30-year-old building,” Mohr said earlier today, “so I think it’s important we look at other options.”Mohr said no decisions have been made, but a bill pending in the legislature calls for assembling a group that would evaluate relocating the State Historical Building. One idea is to move it to the Iowa State Fairgrounds.“Perhaps more people would go through the State Historical Building during the 10 days of the State Fair than go through it all year round at the current location,” Mohr said.The building today sits in what’s become known as the “East Village” of Des Moines. It’s a bustling district between the Des Moines River and the State Capitol that features restaurants and bars, retail shops and new housing. Mohr said there’s been no evaluation yet of what the state might gain by selling the property.“I’ve been coming to the capitol since 1967 when I worked down here as a high school kid,” Mohr said. “The value of that block is probably more today than it has been any time in the last 52 years I’ve been coming to the capitol and I think we need to take that into account.”Thunderstorms have invaded the State Historical Building for years. One long-time Democratic lawmaker recalls there were buckets inside, catching water, during the building’s grand opening. Three years ago, museum officials touted an $80 million plan to upgrade the facility and protect the 200 million artifacts on display and in storage, but legislators balked at the price tag.Mohr said it’s time to quit kicking the can down the road and start making some long-term plans.“Instead of plugging the same holes, we need to be a little bit more creative and look at what other options are out there that make sense,” Mohr said. “The history of Iowa is too important.”A budget bill that cleared a House committee this evening sets aside a million dollars for a 10-member task force to begin considering what’s next for the State Historical Building.last_img read more

Rutgers’ Stringer taking off the rest of regular season

first_imgRutgers head coach C. Vivian Stringer smiles as she watches the video screen after Rutgers defeated Central Connecticut for her 1,000th career NCAA college basketball game win, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, in Piscataway, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) “I know our young ladies can finish the season strong playing Scarlet Knight basketball and I will rejoin the team as soon as I can,” she added.Eatman served as acting head coach for three games following the illness and death of Stringer’s mother, Thelma Stoner, in 2016.Rutgers has three regular-season contests left, starting with a home game against Wisconsin on Monday.Stringer picked up her 1,000th win on Nov. 13 with a 73-44 decision over Central Connecticut State.She was the fifth Division I women’s coach to achieve the milestone and sixth overall. She is the first African-American coach to reach the mark.The others are Pat Summitt, Geno Auriemma, Tara VanDerveer and Sylvia Hatchell. Division II coach Barbara Stevens also has won more than 1,000 games.Stringer has a career mark of 1015-410 in 48 seasons, making her the sixth winningest coach in women’s basketball. She is 495-275 in 24 seasons at Rutgers.Stringer is the only women’s coach to take three different teams to the Final Four: Cheney State in 1982, Iowa in 1993 and Rutgers in 2000 and ’07. Her teams have appeared in 26 of the 36 NCAA Tournaments and made 10 regional finals.Rutgers last appeared in the NCAA Tournament in 2015.___More AP college basketball: and Rutgers head coach C. Vivian Stringer poses in front of a banner that will hang from the rafters after Rutgers defeated Central Connecticut for Stringer’s 1,000th career NCAA college basketball game win, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, in Piscataway, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)center_img Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer, who earlier this season posted her 1,000th victory, is taking off the rest of the regular season on the advice of doctors.The announcement Sunday by the Big Ten Conference school came three days after the 70-year-old Hall of Famer missed a game at Michigan.Rutgers said Stringer is expected to return for the postseason. The Scarlet Knights (18-8, 10-5) were ranked earlier this month and are expected to make the NCAA Tournament.Assistant coach Tim Eatman will serve as acting coach through the Big Ten Conference Tournament.“As you can imagine this was not an easy decision; however, in consultation with my doctors, it is in my best interest to spend time to get healthy before returning to the day-to-day grind of coaching,” Stringer said in a statement.last_img read more

Nominations Sought for 2019 Peacemaker Award

first_imgFacebook8Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Dispute Resolution Center of Thurston CountyThe Dispute Resolution Center of Thurston County (DRC) is seeking nominations for the 2019 Evan Ferber Peacemaker Leadership Award.This annual award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership in promoting peaceful dispute resolution and civility.Established in honor of Founding Executive Director Evan Ferber, the award will be presented at The Toast, the DRC’s annual fundraiser, on Sunday, April 14th, 2019.The DRC welcomes and encourages members of the community to submit nominations for this award.The nomination form is available on the DRC’s website.  Direct Link to Nomination Form can be found here.The deadline for submitting nominations is February 28.last_img

Madhuri or Sagarika: Who wore this black dress better?

first_imgYou might be a little biased if asked to decide who looked better between the evergreen Bollywood diva Madhuri Dixit Nene and the gorgeous Sagarika Ghatge.Honestly, even we shared your doubt the moment we saw Madhuri strutting down in a black dress that turned out to be exactly the one that was donned by Sagarika a while ago.Both the actresses looked beautiful in their respective ensembles, making it hard for us to choose one over the other.To begin with, the perfect blend of the classy and ethnic in this Rahul Mishra creation, in itself, grabs one’s attention. Perhaps, there couldn’t be a more soothing combination of multi-coloured floral embroidery on the sheer, long shrug, thrown over a skirt and top ensemble.Photo: Yogen Shah While we are already enamoured of the dress itself, what added further to the charm was the absolute elegance with which both the actresses pulled off the attire.Also Read: Madhuri Dixit Nene in this black jumpsuit is a sight you cannot miss Madhuri, who was attending the UNICEF Radio 4 Child Awards 2017, matched her dress with pretty-looking drop-down earrings and a huge ring.Picture courtesy: Instagram/sagarikaghatge While Madhuri sported straightened hair with her dress, Sagarika wore them in loose, wavy curls. She paired her dress with a pendant and detailed, drop-down earrings by Shruti Sharma.It is interesting to see how both of them saved themselves the risk of going over-the-top with this intricately embroidered gown, ensuring that nothing stole away the appeal the dress had. Both Madhuri and Sagarika kept their look simple with minimal makeup, with only different shades of lip colour. While Sagarika went for a more subtle, pink shade, Madhuri sported a dark lip colour with her outfit.advertisementWe are yet to decide who among the two actresses did greater justice to the dress. What do you think?last_img read more