Win cinema tickets

first_imgNewsLocal NewsWin cinema ticketsBy Alan Jacques – April 21, 2017 671 Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Linkedin WhatsApp TAGScinemacompetitionGoing in StylelimerickOdeon CinemaOdeon Limerick Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Advertisement Printcenter_img Facebook Twitter Limerick’s National Camogie League double header 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 April 24.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Who directed ‘Going in Style’?A. Guy RitchieB. Zach BraffC. Danny Boyle Email Previous articleFashion Friday April 28 for RiverfestNext articleThe passion of Limerick Choral Union celebrating Easter Alan Jacques Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Spoiled opportunity

first_imgIn 1990, Northeastern lakes were becoming more acidic, threatening fish and other aquatic life and conjuring images of a future where lakes — even those in remote wilderness — were barren.The culprit was acid rain, generated by fossil fuel burning in automobiles and power plants that spewed sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere, where it became sulfuric acid, falling in rain and as dry particles into lakes and forests.Today, the acid rain problem is greatly reduced. Bipartisan legislation passed in 1990 cut sulfur dioxide emissions over the next 17 years to half the level of 1980, reaching the legislated target three years ahead of schedule and providing health and environmental benefits estimated to outstrip costs by tens of billions of dollars.The sulfur dioxide regulatory system was adopted as part of the Clean Air Act of 1990. In it, total sulfur dioxide emissions were capped — enforced by a $2,000 per ton fine for excess emissions — and then permits were given to power plants across the country to emit a certain amount. Financial incentives for power plant cleanup came by making the emission permits tradable. That meant a plant that lowered emissions below the limit could sell the right to emit more sulfur dioxide to a plant that was having trouble meeting its target. The result was a system that provided incentives for power plant operators to switch to cleaner fuels, install smokestack scrubbers to clean emissions, shut down aging plants, and take other steps to clean emissions beyond the legal requirement.The program’s success made it a model of how a cap-and-trade regulatory scheme should work — everywhere but in the United States.A detail of one of the graphics used during the talk.Harvard environmental economist Robert Stavins said last week that national politics have “tainted” cap and trade, making it unlikely the country will adopt such a scheme to fight climate change anytime soon, even though similar plans are being adopted by other nations around the world.Stavins, the Pratt Professor of Business and Government at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), talked about lawmakers’ solution to acid rain Sept. 13 during a seminar held by the Kennedy School’s Regulatory Policy Program, led by Joseph Aldy, assistant professor of public policy.“I think it is fair to say that it offered … a compelling demonstration of cap and trade and, more generally, of market-based interventions for environmental problems,” Stavins said.Drawing on a working paper he authored with Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor Richard Schmalensee, Stavins outlined the program’s success as well as four “ironies” — one of which is today’s conservative opposition to an idea that had wide support among Republicans.“Conservatives have demonized their own policy innovation,” Stavins said.Other ironies include that the government did the right thing — reduce sulfur dioxide emissions — for the wrong reason: to clean up the environment. Estimates of the program’s benefits put the price of health improvements from improved air quality far higher than benefits to lakes and forests.Another irony was that unrelated government action — rail deregulation — helped ensure the success of this environmental policy. Deregulation lowered the cost of shipping lower-sulfur coal around the country, making a more environmentally friendly fuel cheaper. Stavins’ fourth point was that what the government gives, it can take away. Despite the program’s success, recent judicial decisions and regulatory changes have essentially brought it to an end.Cap and trade was considered a possible way to lower U.S. carbon dioxide emissions to fight climate change until the 2009 battles in Congress, which saw legislation pass the House and then die in the Senate. Republican opponents focused on a key difference between the 1990 and 2009 plans. In the cap and trade proposed for carbon dioxide, rather than giving away emission permits to get the system started, the law would have auctioned them off to emitters. This caused Republicans — some of whom doubt climate change science anyway — to fight against it as a tax.Objections based on fact or approach could have been negotiated, Stavins said. But instead of seeking explanation or compromise, the opposition mounted a campaign to demonize the legislation, labeling it “cap and tax” and in the process tarnishing the whole approach, he said.The political demise of a cap-and-trade system leaves a straight-out carbon tax as an alternative, which Stavins said has even less chance of passage.“If it is easy to demonize cap and trade as a tax, it’s a lot easier to demonize a tax as a tax,” Stavins said. “That probably means, given the political challenges of a carbon tax, the outlook for national policy is not good.”last_img read more

Planning, post-Equifax

first_img continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr With the personal information of up to 143 million consumers stolen, the Equifax data breach is believed to be the worst of all time. The stolen information is personal credit bureau data that lasts a consumers’ entire lifetime. Fraudsters have Social Security numbers, addresses, drivers’ licenses, dates of birth and credit cards, all pieces of information we rely on to confirm identity. Now that information can be bought and sold many times—and used to defraud banks, credit unions and consumers for years.Naturally, if fraudsters have so much identifying information on consumers and members, that means the foundation that banks and credit unions use to control new account fraud or application fraud is badly damaged. Fraud departments will need to change.Impact to Fraud DepartmentsExpect an increase of better and well-disguised fraud attempts. Therefore, fraud prevention and mitigation tools that worked in the past may not work anymore. How should your fraud department plan for the next 12 to 24 months? Following are five practical ways fraud managers can effectively plan for in the aftermath of the breach.last_img read more

Gonzalo Higuain: I’m back from a bad period

first_img Loading… Read Also: Serie A: Juventus thump Lecce to go seven points clear “It was a difficult time due to the pandemic and my mother. The team were close to me and that pushed me to give more. “We had to win so we could go seven points clear of Lazio. We’ve done our bit, but the campaign is still long because it can change from one moment to the next.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 “It was right that I answered well to the call. I’m happy with the return. We have to rest because we return to the pitch on Tuesday. Gonzalo Higuain admits he went through a ‘bad period’ but ‘understood’ Juventus needed him after his comeback goal against Lecce.center_img Higuain was among the last to return to Juve after he tended to his sick mother in Argentina at the peak of the coronavirus pandemic. However, the 32-year-old netted during last night’s 4-0 victory over Lecce and assures he is now focused on ‘finishing the season in the best way’. “First of all, after a bad period, I changed something about myself and understood the team needed to finish the season in the best way,” he told Sky Sport Italia. Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise You13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Most Beautiful Indian Top Models Ever11 Greatest Special Effects Movies Of All Time7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parkslast_img read more

USC gets double dose of Cougars away from home

first_imgThe No. 7 USC men’s volleyball team will travel to Utah this spring break, as it visits No. 4 Brigham Young University for back-to-back games March 19 and 20.The Trojans (10-7, 8-6) have the same record as the Cougars. Both are tied for fifth with Hawai’i in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, but they are only two games behind conference leader Stanford.This will be the second set of back-to-back games against the same opponent for USC. The Trojans split a pair against No. 8 Hawai’i at the Galen Center earlier this week.After enduring a stretch from late January to early March when they lost five out of seven games, the Trojans have won two of the last three and look to be regaining the form they had when they were the No. 1 team in the country earlier this season.The Trojans have improved their passing and blocking since that losing streak but are still struggling in the first set of each match. The team has lost nine out of its last 10 first sets and recognizes that it needs to come out with more energy to avoid putting itself in that quick 1-0 hole.“This is our trend. We need to figure that out because it’s a problem. But once we figure it out we should do OK,” junior setter Riley McKibbin said after the Hawai’i game Tuesday.The break will give the Trojans some much needed time to string multiple practices together. They were limited in fall practices because of three players who participated in the U.S. Junior National team and the world championships in late August, and two other players were injured.Combined with the fact that many of the Trojans’ games earlier in the season were on Wednesdays and Fridays, USC did not have a lot of time to work on areas that need improvement.BYU will play two games in the Long Beach State Active Ankle Tournament against No. 9 Penn State and St. Francis before heading home to face the Trojans.Coming into the Long Beach tournament, the Cougars have won three of their last six games and are the top blocking team in the MPSF, averaging 3.27 per game. That is .33 more blocks per game than the second-place team.last_img read more