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Garda video initiative goes on trial in Limerick

first_imgLinkedin Email Limerick on Covid watch list Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Twitter Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Previous articleUL to host 2019 Collingwood Cup FinalsNext articleWebsite uncovers Newcastle West’s hidden gems Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie NewsLocal NewsGarda video initiative goes on trial in LimerickBy Staff Reporter – December 5, 2018 2020 Garda Bryan Duddy displaying the new Garda video app alongside his specially equipped BMW motorbike.Photo: Brian ArthurAN INITIATIVE that involves live video footage from traffic checkpoints bring transmitted to Garda headquarters is being piloted in Limerick city in a bid to curb criminal activity.The footage, captured by mobile phone or motorbike mounted cameras by road policing Gardaí in Limerick, is beamed to Dublin through a new Garda mobile app used by members of the units.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Video from Garda checkpoints or from pursuits is transmitted directly to Garda headquarters in Dublin’s Phoenix Park.While Garda management is understood to be reviewing the application of the system nationwide, the details of a full implementation is being teased out as the feed has no evidential use in court case as it is not stored or recorded.However it is seen as a significant advance in the Garda’s efforts to detect and prosecute criminal activity. While the initiative was introduced on a trial basis, its implementation across all Garda divisions will require additional funding from the Department of Justice.Garda Bryan Duddy told the Limerick Post that “embracing technology in the context of modern policing is both exciting and challenging.“It will change the future of the way we police and it will increase the visibility and effectiveness of Gardaí on the roads,” he said.Garda Duddy, who is a member of the Roads Policing Unit at Henry Street Garda Station, added that the new technology will greatly benefit traffic policing.The Limerick-based Garda is using a new state-of-the-art BMW RT1200 motorbike which is also equipped with technology that can relay scan number plates of cars.The bike is fitted with ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) technology which has the ability to scan the registration plates of up to 150 cars in three minutes.The system eliminates the need for officers to call in driver or car details to a station.Aside from the bike’s capabilities in relaying live feed information as well as the ANPR features, the bike can go from 0 to 60kmph in three seconds and and has a top speed of 240kmph.The bike and its technology can be seen this Friday from 2pm to 7pm at the Crescent Shopping Centre.center_img TAGSCrimeLimerick City and CountyNews Facebook Advertisement WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Print Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon?last_img read more

Jadranka Primorac, member of the Management Board of Sv. Katarina: Medical and health tourism is an opportunity to position Croatia in the world

first_imgThe strength of the tourism brand that we have should be used for additional positioning in the health tourism market. Foreign tourists do not have a generally developed trust in the Croatian health care system, but they base it on individual experiences, which is not nearly enough for a larger number of foreign patients. As Croatia is becoming an increasingly desirable and popular tourist destination, this moment should be used and given added value because the effects of tourism are not only the effects on the commercialization of success through the hotel, marina or camps, ie “sun and sea” but it should be much wider.  For all of us who “live” medical tourism, there are situations where patients coming from countries where the perception of Croatia is somewhat worse remain surprised to learn that here they can get even better service than at home, often at a price that is 2-3 cheaper than with them. , and in addition discover many other beauties, from natural phenomena, cultural heritage to gastronomy.  It is absurd that out of 19 million foreign tourists who visited Croatia last year, the number of those who came for treatment is at the level of statistical error.- Jadranka Primorac, member of the Management Board of Sv. Catherine The growth of such demand for health and medical tourism services in the world is mostly generated by the crisis in the health systems of developed countries, high prices of health services, long waiting lists, and the general trend of population aging. The latest estimates from the European Commission show that in Europe, by 2040, the population over the age of 65 is expected to increase to 26% of the total population, so the growth in demand for health solutions outside their home countries will become even more important.  Building an attractive and sustainable destination for medical and health tourism requires a long-term strategy and action plan For example, in the new programming period, the use of financial resources from EU funds allocated for health care should be enabled not only to public institutions but also to private health care institutions, as is the case in other regulated EU countries. Also, in order for healthcare to become a desirable segment of investment, it must be allowed to use the benefits of the Investment Promotion Act, which is not the case now. The global growth of the health and medical tourism industry is estimated at 15-20% per year, and by 2025 it is estimated to be over $ 120 billion.  The specificity of health and medical tourism, ie what puts it in the sphere of real economic activity, is precisely its multiplicity, since it runs many different sectors, and medical tourists spend up to 30% more than traditional tourists. Photo: Sv. Catherine In order to make a new step forward in Croatia and develop health tourism with individual activities and efforts of individual health care institutions, stronger state support is needed, primarily through defining and implementing clear rules that apply equally to all businesses in Croatia. Croatia is just waking up when it comes to medical and health tourism, but it has great potential, because above all we have medical excellence, great doctors, some with an international reputation, and a safe destination, which is crucial. There is a whole market of tourists who adore Croatia, and who probably do not even think of finding a solution to their health problems in Croatia. In their minds, there is no connection between Croatia as a summer destination and Croatia as an affordable solution for obtaining quality health care. It is absurd that out of 19 million foreign tourists who visited Croatia last year, the number of those who came for treatment is at the level of statistical error. The impact on Croatia’s reputation in this synergy of health and tourism is invaluable and it represents a completely different positioning of Croatia in the world, not only related to natural beauty, but also gives it added value based on knowledge. For example, Slovenia and Hungary have long ago privatized or put into public-private function all their health resorts and completely renovated them from EU funds, which was also the recommendation of the European Commission, which strongly advocates public-private partnerships. support for a more efficient private cannot initiate or complete projects. Global changes in this type of tourism are happening extremely fast, so we must not give in to the elements, but we must get involved and know how to deal with them, which means much greater involvement of the state and all other stakeholders than before. If we look at the surrounding countries, I am sure that with a good marketing strategy we can redirect 30% of patients who come to neighboring Hungary or Poland, for example, to Croatia. Let’s not forget that Croatia also has great potential in health tourism. Furthermore, the Croatian National Tourist Board and the Ministry of Tourism already have developed promotion and sales channels, which need to be modernized and adapted to add new facilities and services that the health sector can help them develop. Nothing will happen by itself but precisely because of innovative and creative individuals and companies who listen to what the medical tourism market is looking for and consider how to improve their offering by creating high quality content.  Author: Jadranka Primorac, B.Sc. oec., member of the Management Board of the Special Hospital Sv. Catherinelast_img read more

Couscous ‘N’ Garlic Shrimp

first_imgCouscous ‘N’ Garlic ShrimpCouscous, a tender grain similar to rice, is a great side for any meaty main dish. In this recipe, it’s flavored by tasty sauteed shrimp, garlic, spinach, and a touch of zesty lemon juice to create a blend of flavors you and your family will love. Top serving bowls off with olives, parsley, and shredded Parmesan cheese.Ingredients:24 fresh or frozen large shrimp (about 1 lb.)1 Tbsp. olive oil4 cloves garlic, minced1 tsp. dried tarragon, crushed1/2 tsp. dried thyme, crushed1/4 tsp. Old Bay seasoning or celery salt1 5.6-oz. pkg. toasted pine nut-flavored couscous mix1-1/4 cups chicken broth1 8-oz. jar oil-packed dried tomatoes, drained and chopped2/3 cup sliced green onions1/3 cup lemon juice1/4 cup butter, melted1 6-oz. pkg. fresh baby spinach12 pitted olives, halved1 Tbsp. snipped fresh parsley (optional)Shredded Parmesan cheeseDirections:1.Thaw shrimp, if frozen. Peel and devein, if necessary. Rinse shrimp; pat dry. Place shrimp in a large self-sealing plastic bag. Add oil, garlic, tarragon, thyme, and Old Bay seasoning. Seal bag and turn to coat shrimp evenly. Marinate in refrigerator for 1 hour.2.Prepare couscous according to package directions using the 1-1/4 cups broth in place of water. Stir tomatoes and onions into couscous. Set aside. In a bowl combine lemon juice and butter; set aside. In a large skillet cook and stir shrimp with marinade over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes or until shrimp turn opaque. Pour half of the butter mixture over shrimp. To serve, divide spinach among individual bowls. Spoon couscous mixture on spinach. Arrange shrimp on couscous; spoon remaining butter mixture over all. Sprinkle with olives, parsley (if desired), and Parmesan. Makes 4 to 6 servingsRecipe source:Better Homes and Gardens Tweet Food & DiningLifestyle Couscous ‘N’ Garlic Shrimp by: – September 12, 2011 Sharing is caring! 38 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share Sharelast_img read more

Jovanovic follows basketball and education to the States

first_imgMuch like his position implies, sophomore forward Nikola Jovanovic is always moving forward. Hailing from Belgrade, Serbia, Jovanovic came to the United States in order to pursue a career in basketball.His father played professionally in Europe for 15 years and gave Jovanovic his first exposure to the game.“My dad used to be a professional basketball player for 15 years but he never pushed me to play basketball or something like that, it came naturally to me,” Jovanovic said. “I remember I was like 10 years old, and I was watching his highlights and I took his arm and I asked him to make me practice and so he assigned me to a school basketball academy for one year and then to the Red Star Club and I stayed there for seven years.”Though his father never pushed him to play basketball, Jovanovic says his dad watches all of his games online despite a nine-hour time difference.“I always get a brief report after every game, something good and something bad,” Jovanovic said. “Usually, even if I play really well he always finds something that I need to do better, which really helps.”Jovanovic didn’t start playing forward until a growth spurt prompted his coaches to encourage him to give the position a try.“I’ve only been playing forward for the last three years because I’ve recently grown up,” Jovanovic said. “I was always behind my generation in physical strength so I was always playing two guard, three guard, sometimes point guard. When I turned 16 I was 6[-foot-]7 and coaches were starting to push me to play forward and every year I grew an inch and now I’m 6[-foot-]11 and now I’m always playing forward.”Jovanovic’s skill and growth garnered him a lot of attention and faced him with a difficult decision when he turned 18. He could either play professionally in Serbia or come to the United States and play college basketball.“My decision for college was very difficult because I was coming from Serbia and I had a bunch of offers but when I was looking at USC as a school and a basketball program in this town I couldn’t find anything better,” Jovanovic said. “USC was the obvious choice.”Jovanovic says he is glad he ended up in Los Angeles because he can see that head coach Andy Enfield and USC have already improved his play in just two seasons.“[Coach Enfield] is like my second dad,” Jovanovic said. “He improved my game systematically and individually. I got a better feeling for the game. I improved my shooting dramatically and I think my game overall got better. Especially since when I came in as a freshman I got the opportunity to play right away.”Jovanovic chose USC over offers from schools including Arizona, Vanderbilt, Columbia, Gonzaga, Washington and Oregon. Though he has experienced success in the States thus far, he admits that it was never his plan to leave Serbia.“I never saw myself in the States because I was playing professionally right when I turned 18 and they offered me a six year contract,” Jovanovic said. “But when you play pro over there you’re not able to go to school so I wasn’t able to get a degree and play basketball at a high level at the same time, you have to pick one of the two. I figured in the United States everything is balanced so you can do both at the same time.”Despite the long distance and cultural differences that separate Los Angeles and Serbia, Jovanovic said he had a very easy transition thanks to his teammates. He is especially close to fellow Serb, junior forward Strahinja Gavrilovic.“He is from Serbia as well and he is one year older than me and he really helped me to adapt and get a feeling for USC,” Jovanovic said. “The adjustment has been good, especially with great teammates and all the coaches.”The star forward hopes to earn a degree in business and work in banking investments and stocks should a career in the NBA not work out. Nonetheless, he is confident that he has a future in basketball.“Hopefully it takes me to the NBA, we’ll see after that,” Jovanovic said. “I think I have a bright future so hopefully that works out.”Jovanovic has enjoyed following the Clippers and the Lakers since moving to Los Angeles. Aside from his father, who is his biggest role model, he looks up to current NBA stars Tim Duncan, Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Durant and his friend and former Trojan standout Nikola Vucevic.“I like all of those players of course, but I want to build up my own style of game,” Jovanovic said.Though Jovanovic and the Trojans have struggled this season, posting an 11-18 overall and 3-14 conference record, he is excited about the promise his team has shown.“We’re the youngest team in the top five power conferences and we are mainly a freshman and sophomore squad,” Jovanovic said. “We’re so young and talented but we have a lot of potential. This year has been frustrating because maybe on paper we have better players but we lose close games because we are not able to score in the last five minutes and we have a lack of experience in our team but it’s going to turn around.”Jovanovic and the Trojans travel to Westwood on Wednesday to take on rivals UCLA in their last game of the season.last_img read more

Predators’ Austin Watson reinstated from indefinite suspension

first_imgThe #Preds statement on Austin Watson: pic.twitter.com/pC5PBVYGJX— Nashville Predators (@PredsNHL) March 18, 2019Watson was also suspended for the first 18 games of the season after he pleaded no contest to misdemeanor domestic assault against his girlfriend in July.Watson has tallied seven goals and six assists in 34 games in 2018-19. Watson has entered the follow-up care phase of the program, the Predators said in a statement”Because of the personal nature and the steps outlined in the substance abuse and behavioral health program, and our exclusive focus on Austin and his family’s well-being, there will be no further comment on this matter,” the team’s statement read. Related News Predators forward Austin Watson suspended indefinitely for alcohol abuse Predators forward Austin Watson has been returned to active status, the NHL announced  Monday.The 27-year-old winger was suspended indefinitely, without pay, in late January because of his “ongoing issues with alcohol abuse” and was admitted into Stage 2 of the NHL’s substance abuse and behavioral health program.last_img read more