RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended Advertisement Previous articleThe Hitchers reunite for Quinn’s ‘Recess’Next articleChic bring the good times to Limerick admin Shannondoc operating but only by appointment First Irish death from Coronavirus Linkedin NewsBreaking newsNew bank card skimmers discovered in LimerickBy admin – October 24, 2013 834 Facebook Print TAGScard skimmersfeatured by Andrew CareySign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up GARDAÍ are hunting an Eastern European criminal gang linked to a major international skimming operation that was uncovered in Limerick last week-end.A major investigation is continuing into attempts to fraudulently obtain thousands of euro from unsuspecting ATM customers after the discovery of a number of sophisticated skimming devices in at least four locations in the city.AIB in Adare and Raheen as well as PTSB banks in St Nessan’s Road Dooradoyle and William Street are understood to be locations where the card PIN numbers were obtained.The skimming enterprise is under investigation after gardai discovered devices at the PTSB banks recently.Gardai at Roxboro are investigating last week-end’s incidents following the discovery of transactions not approved or linked to the card owners.At least five transactions have been traced to the accounts of Limerick bank customers where upwards of €1,000 worth of debits are pending authorisation from as far as Chicago, New York and Sydney.Further reports have emerged regarding other suspicious transactions appearing on customer accounts from as far as Thailand and Eastern Europe, but these have not been confirmed and are being investigated by the banks.Chief Superintendent Dave Sheahan told the Limerick Post that should anyone notice anything suspicious on any ATM, they should immediately contact the gardai and notify the bank associated.“We are reminding everyone to be very wary of using ATMs and to always check their surroundings. These mini-cameras are placed overhead the keypad and record the PIN number while the device skims the card.”He said that Gardaí have obtained CCTV footage from the area and are now pursuing a number of persons linked to a Eastern European criminal gang.Following the detection of a major international skimming operation running from a house in Limerick city two years ago, gardai have been able to monitor the threat posed by such illegal activity.However this new “sporadic” wave is not thought to be as sophisticated.Both AIB banks in Limerick where the devices were discovered are investigating similar attempts to trick people following the latest reports of such activity on customer accounts.The Limerick Post understands that investigators from the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation are working with detectives from the Crime Office at Roxboro Garda Station to locate the operators and owners of the devices. WhatsApp No vaccines in Limerick yet Email Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHL Twitter
Sutton Foster stopped by The View on May 19 to talk about starring on her hit TV show Younger and more. The two-time Tony winner got her big break in Thoroughly Modern Millie when she was plucked from the ensemble to lead the tuner. One of the producers on Millie was View co-host Whoopi Goldberg, who recalled about the then newbie: “she literally took your breath away when you watched her.” Foster also took the ladies on the most adorable photographic trip down memory lane, including that photo of her and It Shoulda Been You’s David Burtka. As we know, Neil Patrick Harris’ hubby was Foster’s first kiss, but it’s a 1990’s story we never get bored of hearing! Check out the video below then return to Broadway.com at 10.30pm for this week’s Younger recap! Sutton Foster View Comments Star Files
The released hostages had to walk seven hours through the jungle to reach a town with a telephone, in order to communicate the news of their release, at the same time that the Defense Ministry attributed the outcome to a military siege that forced Shining Path to let its captives go. Following an offensive by the Peruvian security forces against the Shining Path guerrilla group on April 14, the 36 hostages from one Swedish and one local construction firm being held in the southeastern Peruvian jungle were released by their captors themselves early that morning. According to the firms, the sum of 10 million dollars sought by the captors, among other demands, was not paid. The Peruvian Government had sent more than 1,500 Soldiers to the area of operations of Swedish firm Skanska and Peruvian firm Construcciones Modulares, in what it named Operation Freedom, conducted between April 10 and 14 in the province of La Convención, to rescue the employees of the construction firms, who were kidnapped on April 9 near the Camisea natural-gas field. From Cartagena, where he participated in the Summit of the Americas, Peruvian President Ollanta Humala characterized the release as “a significant victory,” and although he admitted that clashes had taken place, he refused to comment on the number of casualties on either side. The kidnapping was led by Martín Quispe Palomino, “Comrade Gabriel,” the brother of Víctor, “Comrade José,” the head of the Shining Path faction in the Apurimac and Ene River Valley (VRAE), a coca-producing river basin in the country, where drug traffickers operate and which is a refuge for what is considered a remnant column of Shining Path, an organization that was defeated in the mid-1990s. The guerrilla group kidnapped the 36 workers at the beginning of the week, in the town of Kepashiato, a locality of fewer than 3,000 people near Camisea, the country’s largest natural-gas field. The authorities did not offer figures for Shining Path casualties, but according to the local press, at least two guerrillas are believed to have died in the clash, in a jungle area more than 500 km southeast of Lima. By Dialogo April 18, 2012
Now that fewer and fewer people are visiting branches in person, credit unions are missing out on valuable touch points with members. Facebook is a great place to reach out to your community on a daily basis but it’s not always easy to find ways to effectively engage your members and community on social media. Here are the seven most engaging credit union content posts we’ve shared on social media so far this year!1) I’ll be watching youLets be honest, everyone loves their animals, even though they can be a pain in the butt sometimes!We have found that funny memes about our beloved four pawed family members are usually a hit with credit union members and online followers!2) Let’s exploreWho doesn’t love a little adventure? There is a whole world out there to see and we have the ability to get a glimpse of it at our finger tips. continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Apr 18, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Bavarian Nordic, a Danish company, announced this week that the US government plans to buy 20 million doses of the company’s Imvamune smallpox vaccine, but a US official said no decision has been made yet.Imvamune is Bavarian’s version of modified vaccinia Ankara (MVA), which is considered safer than the conventional smallpox vaccine, particularly for people with weakened immune systems, pregnant women, and children.”Following a competitive RFP process, Bavarian Nordic has received notification from the US Department of Health and Human Services that it intends to procure 20 million doses of the company’s third-generation IMVAMUNE smallpox vaccine for the strategic national stockpile,” the company said in an Apr 16 statement.But Holly Babin, an HHS spokeswoman in Washington, DC, said no decision has been made on the vaccine. “We can’t comment on it now,” she told CIDRAP News, but added that an announcement is expected within the next few weeks.Bavarian Nordic and the British drug company Acambis each received an HHS contract in early 2003 to develop and test a vaccine based on MVA. In September 2004 HHS awarded each company a further contract calling for production of 500,000 doses of the vaccine and clinical trials. But Acambis announced in November 2006 that HHS had notified it that the company’s vaccine was too expensive.Bavarian said the expected HHS contract would require the company to win US Food and Drug Administration approval for use of the vaccine in healthy people and those with limited immunity.Peter Wulff, Bavarian’s chief executive officer, said the company plans to begin phase 3 clinical trials early in 2008 and expects to win a US license for the vaccine in 2010, according to an Apr 16 Bloomberg News story.”While the principal terms of the agreement [with HHS] have been reached, the contract is currently being finalized,” the company statement said. “It is expected to be the first procurement contract under the BioShield program since enactment of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act in December 2006.”Bavarian said it has built a facility that can produce at least 40 million doses of Imvamune annually.The BioShield program was established in 2004 to promote the development of medical treatments for the effects of chemical, biological, and other unconventional weapons. But major drug companies showed little interest in the program. In passing the All-Hazards Preparedness Act in December, Congress tried to revitalize the program by authorizing partial payments to companies working under BioShield contracts before final delivery of their products.Existing smallpox vaccines are made with live vaccinia virus—a cousin of the smallpox virus—which in rare cases can cause serious or life-threatening side effects such as a severe rash or encephalitis. MVA is a strain of vaccinia that cannot replicate inside human cells and therefore cannot cause a severe or spreading infection, HHS has said.An MVA-based vaccine was found to be safe when it was given to 120,000 Germans in the 1970s, according to HHS. But research on MVA ended when smallpox was declared eradicated in 1980.Although smallpox was eradicated, disease experts fear that terrorists may have supplies of the virus, which the Soviet Union made in large quantities during the Cold War. Since 2001, HHS has stockpiled enough doses of the conventional smallpox vaccine to immunize the entire US population. The United States and Russia still hold samples of the smallpox virus for research purposes.See also:Oct 4, 2004, CIDRAP News story “Further contracts awarded for weakened smallpox vaccine”Feb 25, 2003, CIDRAP News story “HHS awards contracts to develop safer smallpox vaccine”Dec 15, 2006, CIDRAP News story “Congress passes public health preparedness bill”
Manchester United have signed Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera after meeting the buy-out clause in his Athletic Bilbao contract. Press Association “I have joined United to do all I can to help the team reach the club’s objectives. Having arrived on Tuesday I’m excited to now be living in Manchester and I can’t wait for my first game in United’s famous red shirt.” Herrera is the club’s first major signing since Louis van Gaal was confirmed as manager. He has penned a four-year contract, with United holding an option to extend his stay for a further year. The Red Devils attempted to sign the talented playmaker last summer but failed to complete the deal on deadline day, with reports suggesting the transfer had been interfered with by pranksters pretending to act on the club’s behalf. Then-manager David Moyes instead bought Marouane Fellaini, who endured a disappointing debut campaign and failed to solve the team’s long-term problems in central midfield. Herrera, who scored 11 goals in 128 appearances for Bilbao, will be charged with bringing added control to United’s midfield, where he will compete for a place with the likes of Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley and Fellaini. “Ander is a fantastic young player, with great energy and creativity,” assistant manager Ryan Giggs said. “We believe him to be one of the brightest young prospects in Spain and I am certain he will be a big hit with the United fans. “I’m delighted he has made the decision to come to Manchester and play his part in the club’s future. I’m looking forward to seeing him in action on our summer tour to America.” Herrera is yet to play for Spain’s senior team but has been capped at Under-20, Under-21 and Under-23 level. United had a bid of £28.85million for the 24-year-old rejected earlier on Thursday but an improved, though undisclosed, offer was enough to secure his signature. Herrera said: “Signing for Manchester United is a dream come true. I have played at Old Trafford for Athletic Club in the Europa League and it was one of the highlights of my career so far.