Judge calls for prosecution of men who pay for sex

first_imgFirst Irish death from Coronavirus Shannondoc operating but only by appointment No vaccines in Limerick yet TAGSfeaturedfull-image Twitter NewsJudge calls for prosecution of men who pay for sexBy Staff Reporter – December 6, 2013 681 Linkedin Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsAppcenter_img Facebook Email Print Advertisement Previous articleLimerick women warriors being blackguardedNext articleLimerick murder trial will not be affected by resignation Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended by Andrew CareySign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up [email protected] JUDGE has called for a change in the way cases of prostitution are dealt with and suggested that they should be targeted men who pay for sex with prostitutes.Limerick District Court Judge Eugene O’Kelly made his comments after he was told that an application for anti-social behaviour orders against eight women suspected of soliciting men for sex would not be proceeding,Sgt Donal Cronin said that the that here was no longer a need for a court order as the “initial orders given by An Garda Siochana had the desired effect in the community.”When told by legal aid defence solicitor, Darach McCarthy, that the women were linked to a town in Romania and were brought to Ireland by criminals “under a certain amount of duress”, Judge O’Kelly said that the thrust of prosecutions should switch from “these vulnerable young ladies”and focus on those who pay for sex.Stating that he had done a great deal of research into the matter, Mr McCarthy said he had his suspicions for the reason why the women were here.“Like others, they are allegedly working in prostitution and it seems to be concentrated from one area in Romania. I am not saying they are trafficked here, but I believe that there is a great deal of duress involved”.The eight women were brought before the court for breach the Garda ASBO orders issued last August.Applying for a legal aid certificate in relation to four of the eight women, Mr McCarthy said he believed that “organised criminals brought them here and they are not earning the money that is linked to this type of activity.”Judge O’Kelly said that the women were a “conduit for passing money from Ireland to Romania”.He added that they were well served by Mr McCarthy’s in-depth approach to the case, but there should be “a change in the thrust of prosecutions and people who avail of this services and this activity who should be before the courts and not the victims who are under aggressive pressure to engage in prostitution”.After being told that the application would not be proceeding, Judge O’Kelly said that “if the demand for prostitution was the object of Garda attention rather than taking prosecutions against a group of vulnerable young ladies brought in by criminal gangs then there might be more progress made in getting the problem solved”. Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHLlast_img read more

Governor Douglas dedicates Global War on Terror Memorial in Randolph Center

first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas on Veterans Day dedicated the Vermont Global War on Terror Memorial during a Veterans Day ceremony. The memorial recognizes all Vermonters who have served in the current conflicts and lists the 40 military members with Vermont ties who have died in service to their state and nation.‘Vermont has a long history of answering the call to arms to defend our nation, and this memorial recognizes those who volunteered and gave their lives in our defense,’ said Governor Douglas, who went on to highlight the wide support given to this project. ‘This dedication has been made possible by the determination and generosity of patriotic Vermonters.’The Vermont Fallen Heroes Global War on Terror Memorial Corporation, which is composed of family members of Vermonters who have died in the current conflict, has been responsible for building the memorial. Over 1,000 citizens and companies ‘ such as J.A. McDonald, which donated construction services, and Revision Eyewear, which made a significant monetary contribution ‘ donated time and/or money to the cause.‘Revision is honored to have contributed to the building of the Vermont Global War on Terror memorial, a freedom afforded to us only because of the departed’s great sacrifice,’ said Jonathan Blanshay, CEO of Revision Eyewear, which is a Vermont based company that provides protective equipment to American troops.The dedication is the culmination of four years of efforts by the families of those who gave their lives to their country.‘The common thread with all the families, our resulting purpose, was to be certain that our heroes were never forgotten,’ said Marion Gray, President of the Vermont Fallen Heroes GWOT Memorial Corporation.The memorial, located near the entrance of the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center, will ensure all will be remembered.‘Everyone who enters our cemetery will now see this permanent reminder that our state is proud of our men and women in uniform, and we don’t take their sacrifices, or the sacrifices of their families, for granted,’ said Clayton Clark, Veteran Services Director for the State of Vermont. Source: Governor’s office. 11.11.2010last_img read more

‘Factor indices can be dangerous’, consultancy warns

first_imgHowever, Mercer said that such indices “may lead to an inability to address concentrations of risk, valuation bubbles or crowding”.In addition, the consultancy warned that indices with publicly available rebalancing rules could be “gamed” by other market participants, and the lack of a proprietary process could lead to the factors being eroded over time.However, Mercer was broadly positive on factor investing strategies – also known as smart beta – particularly “active multi-factor” approaches.“Investors making use of factor indices may wish to compare such approaches against active multi-factor strategies,” the report said. “For a relatively small increase in fee level, active multi-factor approaches offer superior risk management and portfolio evolution over time.”Factor investing in general should be considered an active investing approach, Mercer added – even when used through an index-based approach such as an ETF. This was because every strategy made significant deviations from market cap indexes.The company also urged investors in “traditional” quantitative strategies to compare these investments to multi-factor products as they could potentially access similar risk exposures at a lower fee.IPE’s Special Report on factor investing, published in May, is available here. This month’s ETFs Guide is available here. Investors should be wary of factor-based indices using “simplistic or naïve metrics”, according to a report from Mercer.The consultancy giant warned in a white paper on factor investing that index approaches, including exchange-traded funds (ETFs), should be treated with caution despite their rapid growth in popularity in recent years.“Factor indices can be dangerous,” the consultancy wrote. “They tend to be naïve in their approach and static in their design.” Several index providers, including FTSE Russell, MSCI and Standard & Poor’s, have launched indices based on factors such as low volatility, momentum and value.last_img read more

ROH Final Battle 2018 matches, date, start time, location, rumors

first_imgRing of Honor will close out the year with ROH Final Battle 2018 on Friday, Dec. 14, from the Manhattan Center’s Hammerstein Ballroom in New York. This will be the 17th edition of the annual event that debuted in 2002.There is a lot of buzz surrounding the show and whether it will be the final ROH event for Cody, The Young Bucks and Adam Page — members of the popular group “The Elite” — with their contracts expiring. Regardless, ROH has put together a stacked card to end the year and a big event where talent will be looking to put on a show. Most of the card has already been announced, including four championship matches. Here’s all you need to know about ROH Final Battle 2018:ROH Final Battle 2018 date, start timeROH Final Battle 2018 will air live on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, beginning at 8 p.m. ET.How to watch ROH Final Battle 2018ROH Final Battle 2018 will be available to watch on pay-per-view, the Honor Club streaming service via ROHwrestling.com, and the Fite TV app.ROH Final Battle 2018 card— Jay Lethal vs. Cody for the ROH world championship— SCU (Frankie Kazarian & Scorpio Sky) vs. The Briscoes vs.The Young Bucks in a ROH tag team championship ladder war— Jeff Cobb vs. Adam “Hangman” Page for the ROH television championship— Sumie Sakai vs. Madison Rayne vs. Karen Q vs. Kelly Klein in a Four Corner Survival Match for the Women of Honor championship— Dalton Castle vs. Matt Taven — Flip Gordon vs. Bully Ray in an “I Quit” match— Jonathan Gresham vs. Zack Sabre Jr.— Christopher Daniels vs. Marty Scurlllast_img read more

Report claims Redknapp wants Fer, while Blues are linked with Pastore

first_imgQPR boss Harry Redknapp wants to sign Norwich City midfielder Leroy Fer for £6m, the Sunday People claim.West Ham and Southampton are also said to be interested in the 24-year-old Dutchman, who featured for his country at the World Cup in Brazil.The People also say Redknapp wants to seal the signing of Rio Ferdinand on an £80,000-a-week deal and that out-of-contract Rangers striker Bobby Zamora is set to reject Millwall and continue discussions at Loftus Road.Related West London Sport stories: QPR chairman could block Ferdinand moveZamora rejects contract offer from QPRChairman Fernandes could block a deal to sign Ferdinand.Chelsea have again been linked with a possible move for Atletico Madrid’s Spain international Koke, this time by the Sunday Telegraph.Meanwhile, the Sunday Express suggest Chelsea could be interested in Roma’s Medhi Benatia and may also target  Paris Saint-Germain’s Javier Pastore, who is apparently available for £25m.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Football Fridays fever mounts

first_imgSouth Africa’s 2010 mascot Zakumiinteracted with government employees atthe Football Fridays launch. Diski Dancers teaching governmentofficials the dance. Deputy health minister Molefi Sefularoblows on his vuvuzela. (Images: BonganiNkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Terrence Manase The Presidency+12 300 5436 or +27 82 338 6707RELATED ARTICLES• Peace football tournament for SA • Stadiums ‘on track’ for 2010• Get kitted for Football FridaysBongani NkosiThe South African government has thrown its full weight behind Football Fridays – a campaign to drum up support for national football squad Bafana Bafana ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Football Fridays was officially launched at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on 30 October 2009 and Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe was there to give his seal of approval.“We would like to make the call to all South Africans, especially public servants, to wear football jerseys every Friday in anticipation of this great celebration coming our way next year … the Football Friday concept is one such initiative that government fully supports,” he said.The drive was introduced in September by the International Marketing Council (IMC) and has since been encouraging the public to don shirts of their favourite team, be it Kaizer Chiefs or Manchester United, at the end of every working week.As the custodian of Brand South Africa, the IMC’s primary task is to promote the country as a destination “Alive with Possibility”.“Fly the Flag for Football”, of which Football Fridays is a part, and “Feel the Diski Rhythm: it’s time to celebrate 2010!” are further IMC initiatives designed to ignite football spirit in South Africa before the World Cup kicks off here in June next year.At Friday’s launch government officials and Union Buildings employees turned out in their droves to be introduced to Football Fridays in style. “We must ensure that every public servant wears their jersey every Friday,” said the Presidency’s chief operations officer Jesse Duarte.The intention is to get every working South African in his or her football jersey every Friday, including those in the private sector, where the initiative is already taking shape, said Irvin Khoza, chairperson of the 2010 Local Organising Committee.Besides getting the nation in the desired mood for an exciting tournament, Football Fridays will also inspire national unity that is “required to host a successful World Cup”.“Football Fridays is a brilliant concept. We encourage everybody to support it,” Irvin said.“We believe that [Football Fridays] will help us define our South Africanness,” said IMC CEO Paul Bannister.Bafana Bafana gears upFootball Fridays, said Sports and Recreation Minister Makhenkesi Stofile, is all about “laying a solid foundation to build a movement around Bafana Bafana”.The minister added that the initiative will go a long way in reigniting the spirit shown to the national team during the Fifa Confederations Cup in June 2009.Bafana, which had struggled during the eight matches in the run-up to the tournament, put in a sterling performance at the Confed Cup. It collected four points in the group stages and went on to lose 1-0 to Brazil in the semi-finals. Many a local football critic commended the team for their accomplishment.Just recently the South African Football Association reinstated Bafana’s former coach, Carlos Alberto Parreira, which will undoubtedly boost the squad’s morale.The Brazilian coach, who is famed for bringing brought World Cup victory to his country, is replacing fellow Brazilian Joel Santana who had a difficult time during his South African tenure.At the launch world football icon and former Bafana captain Lucas Radebe said South Africa’s recent below-par performance is not likely to continue into 2010. “I believe that this is a blessing in disguise … the team will really perform well at the right time. The players must know that they have the support of the nation.”But Bafana Bafana isn’t the only team South Africans are expected to support during next year’s spectacle: all African teams participating need the backing of the nation.To date Ghana and Ivory Coast have secured their places, alongside South Africa, which qualified automatically as the host nation. The last African nation to be represented at the World Cup has yet to qualify.Motlanthe was quick to congratulate the placing of the two West African teams, which look set to deliver a promising performance.“Bafana will not lack support, but we must ensure that the other African teams are largely backed … we call on all South Africans and Africans to come together as a one team,” Khoza said.“[It is] an event that will send a message to the world that Africa’s time has come,” he added.Welcoming the worldFootball Fridays also aims to inspire South Africans to give a warm welcome to international football fans and become top-notch hosts during the World Cup.“We must also ensure that those who come to our shores want to come back again. We must make them love South Africa,” said Stofile.To ensure a smooth and safe World Cup, government has invested R1.3-billion (US$164.9-million) to boost security in the country. As part of this, 41 000 police officers, including 10 000 reservists, will be deployed to monitor the month-long event. The officers will be supported by 10 000 staffers from various government departments to form the Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure.During next year’s World Cup dedicated investigation teams and special courts will be set up to deal with all football-related crimes on a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week basis, Motlanthe pointed out.The special courts and police stations will be set up close to host venues, “making processing and prosecutions much quicker, especially if or when a foreigner is affected”.“We have every confidence in our security establishment to secure this event,” he said.World Cup visitors will also be treated to a much-improved public transport system, made possible by government’s R11.7-billion ($1.48-billion) investment.The world-class Rea Vaya bus rapid transit system, already operational in Johannesburg, will be extended to the host cities of Cape Town, Pretoria/Tshwane and Port Elizabeth, while other modes of public transport are also being beefed up around the country.“I have no doubt that when the last whistle blows, our country and continent will never be the same again,” Motlanthe said.Time to Diski!With South Africa being a country of rhythm, there has to be a dance style to rouse excitement ahead of the 2010 spectacle – and the Diski Dance is there just for that. It will be the official theme dance for the nation during the tournament.All South Africans are encouraged to learn the dance, created by choreographer Wendy Ramokgadi.“I urge all of you to learn the Diski Dance as part of being a good host and welcoming the world in a celebratory style,” said Motlanthe.Groups of young dancers have been deployed across the country to teach the public the moves, said senior dancer Cassius Tlhotlhalamaja. “People are interested in Diski Dance. It is becoming a trademark,” he added.The dance, which imitates “diski” moves, is easy to learn, with the full version just five steps long. The entire piece can be performed in less than three minutes, experts say. “Diski” is a South African township slang word for football.The dance is also being promoted through commercial media, with a Diski Dance advertisement having already hit local television stations.“It’s our South African Macarena and our R Kelly step in the name of love,” Tlhotlhalamaja said.last_img read more

3 Views on the Difference Between a Data Visualization and an Infographic

first_imgWe are relying more on Quora for research and story ideas. So please let us know if you are on Quora and we’ll look out for your topics, comments and questions. You may find me on Quora as well as Klint Finley, who writes here and on our Enterprise and Hack channels.The discourse is demonstrative of how the science of data is mixing with the narrative of storytelling and interactive technologies. It’s also demonstrative of how new these terms are as evident in the Google Trends search results.Data visualization: As the debate shows, there is no clear distinction. Yet we all seem to have some sort of – somewhat personal – feeling for what is an infographic and what is a data visualization.Here’s mine:A data visualization is a graphical representation of quantifiable data, usually by means of well-known chart, graph or map types. Although they can be created by hand, they can always be generated by applying automated methods on top of the data.An infographic is a graphical representation that combines one or more data visualizations with other non-data elements – such as graphics or text – to point out relationships, show a process or tell a story that cannot be automatically discerned from the data alone. An infographic requires the application of a creative process with some understanding of the underlying data and its context.Datamarket.com provides data and statistics about Iceland. Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#cloud#cloud computing Quora DiscussionBenjamin Wiederkehr of Datavisualization.ch:While I agree with Paul Marcum that Information Graphics often display non-quantifiable information, I would not make the distinction there. Maps for example are often part of data visualization, too.Here’s how I see the distinction:Information graphics are visual representations of information, data or knowledge often used to support information, strengthen it and present it within a sensitive context.They are specific, context-sensitive and often times hand-crafted.Data visualizations are visual displays of measured quantities by means of the combined use of a coordination system, points, lines, shapes, digits, letters quantified by visual attributes.They are general, context-free and often times created automatically.Both can be static, animated or interactive.So, I think the difference is more about the objective. Information graphics are used to tell a story or answer a question. Data visualizations are used to let the user find his own story or answer.Considering this, what would you call this video featured on datavisualization.ch?Hjalmar Gislason, founder and CEO of DataMarket.com: alex williams Urbanization in Iceland from 1901 / Búseta á Íslandi frá 1901 from hjalli on Vimeo.Kim Rees, partner at Periscopic.com:….I would say that infographics are really a subset of data/info visualizations. An infographic is static by definition. They are graphics.A data/info visualization may be static, but most often these are interactive and allow the viewer to explore the data/information in different ways.Infographics and data visualizations may use the same data, multiple datasets, APIs, etc. However, an infographic is always static.Periscopic.com is a Portland based company that develops online visualizations such as the state of the salmon in the Pacific Ocean.What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with these statements? A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… The terms “data visualization” and “infographics,” are often used interchangeably. It’s understandable as the meanings often overlap. Data is often associated with information. The words visualization and graphics have a relationship that are both different and the same.A discussion on Quora is providing some context about the terms and how they interrelate. That’s a discussion just starting, based mostly upon the rising popularity of the practices. The conversation on the Quora thread could use some more perspectives. But we expect that topics such as these will see more attention this year, especially as more of these visuals are created. This medium’s popularity will certainly grow considering its pop art nature and storytelling capability, and the cloud will continue to be an important part of its surge. Infographic: Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

ReadWriteWeb Events Guide, April 2 2011

first_imgTags:#Events Guide#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… ReadWrite Sponsors We’re always on the lookout for upcoming Web tech events from around world. Know of something taking place that should appear here? Want to get your event included in the calendar? Let us know in the comments below or email us. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img

Yogi Adityanath gets Z+ security cover

first_imgThe Centre has accorded the top category ‘Z+’ VVIP armed security cover to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.The cover will be provided by a special commando team of the CISF along with a small contingent of the Uttar Pradesh police.Mr. Adityanath was till now enjoying the smallest category of ’Y’ category VVIP cover by the CISF in his capacity as a BJP Member of Parliament from Gorakhpur but officials said with his taking charge as CM, a threat perception report of central security agencies required his security paraphernalia to be upgraded.“The Chief Minister’s security has been bolstered and he will now be secured by a strong team of CISF commandos everytime he moves across the country. A similar commando contingent will be deployed at his official residence,” a senior officer said.As part of the new and upgraded security paraphernalia, Mr. Adityanath will have about 25-28 commandos accompanying him with sophisticated weapons at all times when he is mobile and his convoy will have pilot and escort vehicles armed with jammers.Under the ‘Y’ cover, he was accompanied by about 2-3 commandos when he travelled, officials said.A Central Industrial Security Force squad from its Special Security Group (SSG) has recently taken charge of his security in Lucknow, they said.last_img read more

Pascua to FEU spikers: Get used to your setters

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Get used to your setters,” said Pascua in Filipino Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Tamaraws fought back from two-set deficit against the Lady Spikers but eventually folded in the fifth set, 25-22, 25-17, 24-26, 23-25, 15-7, against the defending champions.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFEU was still trading blows with La Salle up until the 5-5 tie in the fifth set, but the Lady Spikers went into overdrive and closed the match with a 10-2 run.Skipper Bernadeth Pons was the only one who put up a semblance of a fight for the Lady Tamaraws when she scored their final two points. MOST READ AFP official booed out of forum “My setters’ decision-making has been a problem of ours so we have to change that. They just have to be consistent in every set they give.” Lady Maroons’ fight came too late, rues coach Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises George Pascua only had one advice to his spikers when Far Eastern University failed in its comeback bid against defending champion De La Salle in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Read Next “I told my hitters that they are already veterans, so whatever their setters give them they should just deal with it,” said Pascua as his team fell to 1-2.Pons finished with 21 points while her deputies Celine Domingo, Toni Rose Basas, and Jeanette Villareal had 12, 11, and 10 points, respectively.And Pascua’s main offensive contributors are all at least third year players with Pons being the oldest at fifth year and Basas the second-oldest at fourth year.Pascua said his setters Angela Cayuna and Kyle Negrito both perform well in practice, but couldn’t keep up when it comes down to pressure-filled situations.“It sort of became a bit of the two, that when the game comes they don’t do as well as they did in practice,” said Pascua who interchanged Negrito and Cayuna in the fifth.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more