NDPD warns community about phone scam

first_imgThe Notre Dame Police Department (NDPD) warned students in an email to the Notre Dame community on Tuesday about a phone scam appearing to come from the main NDPD phone number (574-631-5555). The caller claims to have a warrant for the person’s arrest and requires an in-person meeting at a remote location or a credit card number to avoid arrest.“Please know that NDPD does not make notifications in this manner and would never ask for a credit card or other personal information over the phone or to meet in a remote location,” the NDPD email said. “Please make a note of this and contact NDPD if you have any questions.”In the email, NDPD warned students to look for signs they may be receiving a scam phone call. “Scammers often alter caller ID numbers to make it look like an actual agency is calling,” the email said. “The callers use titles and fake badge numbers to appear legitimate. They may use the victim’s name, address and other personal information to make the call sound official. Sometimes merely calling the number listed may result in a charge to your phone service.”The email listed other methods for students to see if they are being tricked by a phone call, including if the caller leaves a voicemail message to call them, asks for credit or debit card numbers over the phone, demands that the student pay immediately without first sending a bill in the mail or threatens to report the student to law enforcement to have them arrested. NDPD provided a list of preventative measures against phone scams in the email, including verifying the claims the caller makes by contacting NDPD or a University official, refraining from providing personal information and carefully analyzing payment requests.Tags: NDPD, Notre Dame Police Department, phone scamlast_img read more

REIQ providing ‘toolkit’ to help battle domestic and family violence

first_imgREIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella says the REIQ is committed to strengthening the response to domestic and family violence within the real estate industry. Photo: Claudia BaxterWhile visiting tenants most private spaces and glimpsing the true reality of their home lives, real estate workers become potential witnesses to signs of domestic and family violence. With that in mind, the Real Estate Institute Queensland is ensuring real estate agents and property managers are trained to not only identify domestic and family violence (DFV), but also take necessary action when they encounter it as part of their work. The REIQ has teamed up with Q shelter to develop a DFV toolkit, along with an educational package, aimed at real estate professionals. Funded by the Queensland Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women, in partnership with the Department of Social Services, the Domestic and Family Violence: Strengthening the Real Estate Agent Response Toolkit features information and resources that broaden understandings of DFV.REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella said with one in six women affected by DFV, there was a high probability a real estate professional would interact with a victim of this crime, so real estate workers understanding their role in community intervention was pivotal.“We are committed to strengthening the response to domestic and family violence within the real estate industry, as the nation strives to put a stop to this national crisis,” Ms Mercorella. “By incorporating appropriate training within our courses, we will also ensure that real estate agencies develop an awareness and understanding of the impact that domestic and family violence can have on a tenancy, providing them with the tools for an appropriate response.“Following completion, participants will have a better understanding of their role in responding to domestic and family violence as part of a whole-of-community response.“They will build proficiency in responding appropriately to tenants impacted by DFV, whilst prioritising the safety of women and children.“We will also ensure participants understand referral pathways for assisting tenants in accessing appropriate information and support services.”Ms Mercorella said the response to the toolkit from the industry had been heartening. “Q Shelter and the REIQ have held numerous focus groups, which clearly demonstrate the significant impact that real estate professionals can have on victims of domestic and family violence,” she said. “For example, property managers are in an ideal position to help victims of domestic violence understand their rights under the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoThe Act gives rights to people in a domestic relationship whether they are a tenant named on the tenancy agreement or not.These rights include a victim of DFV being able to end their tenancy agreement or become recognised as a tenant. Ms Mercorella said one example that came out of a focus group was of a woman who was a cotenant with her former partner in a private rental. “Concerned about the financial repercussions of leaving the property, along with damage made by her domestically violent ex-partner, she turned to her property manager for help,” Ms Mercorella said“After raising her concerns, the ultimate outcome for her was avoiding financial accountability, receiving her portion of the bond back, and being able to remove her name from the lease and move out of the property, with the support of her real estate agency.“In this case, the understanding, support and guidance provided by the property manager empowered and enabled her to follow the legal process required to allow her to escape a dangerous situation.”REIQ students already have access to the toolkit and the new content will be introduced into REIQ training early next year.last_img read more

Popular petting zoo devastated by flash floods

first_imgA popular petting zoo in Gaoth Dobhair has been forced to close for almost a week due to flash flooding.Errigal View Pet Zoo, located behind An Chúirt Hotel in Gaoth Dobhair, was hit by torrents of water after heavy downpours on Tuesday last.Here a video showing the extent of the flooding on Saturday: Video via Errigal View Pet Zoo The flooding ripped through the farm and swept away the main paths, forcing the owners to close for the last weekend of the summer. They hope to clear the debris and divert the water in time to reopen this weekend, but losing a week of business has hit them hard.Owner Connie Gallagher told Donegal Daily how the frightening events unfolded on Tuesday night:“It happened in the middle of the night. I had to rush out and release the animals. They are all completely safe, but if I hadn’t got out to them I don’t know what would have happened.“We’ve been here for four years and I’ve never seen anything like it. It was a flash flood, just a washout.” While the flooding has eased off, Mr Gallagher said he has been working with the assistance of An Chuirt Hotel and a local plant hire firm to repair the damage.“We’ve diverted the overflow and we have another drain set up now,” he said.“All the pathways are destroyed. You couldn’t walk the farm. It has to be all refurbished. I’m trying to get it all repaired before the end of the season now.”Established in 2015, the Errigal View Pet Zoo is a family-friendly destination with a variety of animals along with an indoor play area. The farm proudly welcomed a newborn llama on August 24th.But a difficult summer followed by the flooding is putting serious pressure on the business. Mr Gallagher said: “Between Brexit, bad weather and a bad season, we need to get open for a couple of weekends in September to survive. We are a non-funded farm. Everything that goes into it comes from our pockets.“We don’t know what will happen next year. The insurance is a beast on its own.“If it hadn’t been one thing against us, it’s everything. And the weather is still against us as we clear up. There is no guarantee we won’t get another washout.”Mr Gallagher said he is 90% hopeful that the farm will be reopened by the weekend of 7th September and they will be looking forward to welcoming guests to see the animals and enjoy the many activities on offer. He advised families to keep an eye on the Facebook page for updates: https://www.facebook.com/Errigal-View-Pet-Zoo-1773168876248368/Popular petting zoo devastated by flash floods was last modified: September 4th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:errigal view petting zooFLOODINGGaoth DobhairGweedorelast_img read more

Eight-race opening day at Humboldt County Fair loaded with potential

first_imgFERNDALE >> Humboldt County Fair racing secretary Tom Doutrich and assistant Lisa Jones exchanged “high fives” and were beaming from ear-to-ear after entries were completed for Friday’s opening program for the 120th race meet.And they both had good reason for their excitement.Doutrich and Jones, aided greatly by owners and trainers who entered their horses, had put together arguably the best opening day program in recent years that will be presented when the Humboldt meet starts a six-day …last_img read more

The Warriors’ Klay Thompson gives ESPN brief bulletin on his contractual status

first_img— ESPN (@espn) February 14, 2019Thompson, as his … As great revelations go, this wasn’t the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. In fact, it’s not much of a revelation at all.But it was newsworthy enough that the ESPN broadcast crew who worked the Warriors-Portland game Wednesday night felt they ought to share.”Klay Thompson told us before the game, unsolicited, that he wants to finish his career as a Warrior.”— @DavePasch on the broadcast 🔊⬆️ pic.twitter.com/bne7PXmpWTlast_img read more

Avis supports carbon offset project

first_imgThe BnM-fired brazier on the left, with thetraditional, much smokier method on the right. Basa njengo Magogo is estimated to savehouseholds some 300 kg of coal a year.(Images: Nova Institute)MEDIA CONTACTS • Michelle LoweOgilvy press office+27 11 709 9687 or +27 72 130 3558Emily van RijswijckAs its carbon offset project for the future, Avis Rent a Car has chosen a cooking and heating method which reduces carbon emissions and is more economical than traditional methods commonly used in townships.The Basa njengo Magogo (isiZulu, meaning “make a fire like a grandmother”) teaches sound environmental principles through simple behaviour change and is the first Gold Standard project of its kind in the world. Gold Standard is recognised as the international benchmark for certification of carbon mitigation projects.The programme, which has already been introduced successfully around South Africa, teaches local communities to burn coal according to the Basa njengo Magogo (BnM) method, which is more fuel efficient and cuts pollution considerably.Simple yet effectiveThe traditional method of making fire in an imbawula (a metal brazier or drum) or stove entails placing paper and dry twigs at the bottom and then adding a heavy coal layer on top. The method produces excessive smoke and is known to cause respiratory problems. It also takes longer to fire up.With the BnM method, the process is simply reversed, placing the coal layer first in the drum and then topping it with the quick-burning kindling.“In addition to emission reductions, BnM leads to a reduction in indoor and ambient air pollution, better visibility and reduced health risk,” notes the London-based CarbonNeutral Company who will manage the programme on behalf of Avis.“This is because, with the heat on top, particulate matter and volatile compounds are burnt off when they pass through the fire, making it cleaner and more efficient,” the company explains.CarbonNeutral is a member of the International Carbon Offset and Reduction Alliance, and complies with the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol initiative.The company is a world leader in carbon offset and carbon management business and has purchased carbon credits from over 200 projects across six continents over the past decade. Its CarbonNeutral trademark is a leading brand mark and quality standard for action on climate change.Cleaner burning, cost effectiveWith the Basa njengo Magogo method, much less coal is necessary to achieve results – approximately 50% less of the fossil fuel is used to produce the same amount of heat created by the old technique.“One of the first monitoring reports from the project, which began in 2009, showed that a household which converts to BnM saves on average 300.7 kg of coal a year,” adds CarbonNeutral.According to the South African National Energy Research Institute, laboratory tests have shown that the method reduces smoke by up to 90%. This is welcome news for people whose health is affected by high levels of particles in the air.Importantly, the new technique does not require any change of household equipment and is implemented entirely through local training sessions on the improved use of stoves or braziers which people already own, Avis notes on its corporate website.The project and its methodology have been developed by the Nova Institute, a non-profit organisation which provides practical solutions to poor communities.The technique has been accredited to Nobelungu Mashinini of eMbalenhle township in Secunda, Mpumalanga province, and is named in honour of the enterprising grandmother.Since its pilot stage, initiated in 2008, the BnM method has been successfully introduced to communities across South Africa and is gaining a stronger foothold.It is endorsed by several reputable organisations, among them Enerkey and CEF, the latter mandated by the then Department of Minerals and Energy in 2008 to roll the programme out nationally. The Department of Environmental Affairs runs a similar programme, the Clean Fires Campaign.Becoming carbon neutral Avis is the first car rental company in South Africa to earn carbon neutral certification. This was achieved in 2009 when the company succeeded in offsetting greenhouse gas emissions for all of its internal electricity usage and fuel consumption for its fleet to net zero, as well as through several carbon offset projects initiated worldwide.“This means that each ton of carbon dioxide that Avis emits from its energy usage and fleet, is counterbalanced with a ton of carbon dioxide saved by a validated emission reduction project that has met international standards.”Avis’ programme currently only offsets internal company carbon emissions in line with Scope 1 and 2 of the GHG Protocol and not emissions for customers who rent Avis vehicles as the latter falls into the Scope 3 category.The GHG Protocol is the most important and widely accepted standard for measuring greenhouse gas emissions. It was developed by the World Resources Institute and World Business Council for Sustainable Development.“Our past relationship with the CarbonNeutral Company has been strong and for this next period, we tasked it to find a locally registered project that would complement our internal reduction efforts, and enable us to offset some of our unavoidable GHG emissions” says Wayne Duvenage, CE of Avis Rent a Car.Contributing to reforestation in TanzaniaAvis is also making its presence felt in Tanzania, where it has adopted the Uchindile-Mapanda Forestry Project into its portfolio of projects. The project involves the reforestation of degraded land to sequester, or trap carbon emissions from the atmosphere. Emissions reduction has been verified to the Verified Carbon Standard.The project is based in the Southern highlands of Tanzania and will establish commercial forests across the Uchindile and Mapanda districts. Avis has planted eucalyptus and pine varieties covering more than 7 000 ha at Uchindile and over 3 000 ha at Mapanda.The trees will be harvested in 13 to 21 years time for use in various timber related products.A range of exotic and indigenous tree species plus local fruit crops have also been planted on the sites to improve species diversity and forest health.last_img read more

Annoying buzz for poachers

first_imgThe first resident of SA’s rhino orphanage is a five-month year old black rhino. The conservancy specially designed and built four high-care rooms and one intensive care chamber where sick calves can receive 24-hour attention. At the facility, limited human contact will be made as the rhinos need to adapt to the wild. Once the rhinos reach three years, they will be released into nature. The  orphanage will open at the Entabeni Safari Conservancy in the Waterberg area of Limpopo in September.(Images: Howzit msn)MEDIA CONTACTS• South African National Parks +27 12 426 5000Cadine PillayWhile one plan – aimed at giving the next generation of South Africa’s rhinos a fighting chance – takes shape in the northern province of Limpopo, in the Eastern Cape it is bees that are getting busy in the fight against poachers.A rhino orphanage that will open at the Entabeni Safari Conservancy in the Waterberg area of Limpopo in September is set to give orphaned calves a new lease on life.The centre’s first resident, a five-month old black rhino, is believed to have been recently abandoned by its mother and left in critical condition. The youngster does not have a name yet, and is responding well to its handlers, from whom it receives 24-hour attention.According to conservationist Karen Trendler, the orphanage forms a vital part of the Rhino Response Strategy National Rescue and Response network, and once completed, will care for between 25 and 30 rhinos that would probably have otherwise died.“The poaching crisis that is currently causing lots of problems in the country is producing a large number of casualties in the form of traumatised and often injured calves,” she said.The facility will include four high-care rooms and one intensive care chamber where sick calves will receive 24-hour attention and can be treated in an incubator.Limited human contactThe point of the centre is that there will be no human contact with the calves, except for their handlers. The unofficial motto is ‘no tourism, no commercialism’, which means that the facility will not be open to the public as the rhinos need to be protected. This way they will also have a better chance of survival so that they can hopefully be released back into the wild at a later stage.As the calves become older, they will be moved into bigger and bigger areas until the age of three. This is when they will be released into nature, where they will continue to receive limited human contact, so they can successfully adapt to the wild. The calves might also be donated to breeding programmes around the country.“These calves need very specific handling in order to recover from trauma,” explained Trendler.She added that it is only when they can go back to into the wild, and can breed and rear their young successfully, that they can contribute to the overall conservation effort.South Africa is home to a large portion of the world’s rhino population, and according to the latest figures from the Department of Environmental Affairs, 281 have been poached in the country since the start of this year, meaning the total at the end of the year is likely to exceed 2011’s figure of 448.A decade ago only a handful of rhinos were falling prey to crime, but over the years demand for their horn has grown tremendously, and efforts to curb poaching have not been as effective as authorities would have preferred.Rhino horn has been sought after for centuries, particularly in some Asian countries, where they are believed to have healing powers for certain diseases, hence the rise in poaching.Bees get busyAnother effort announced recently takes a different approach to that of the Entabeni centre. Grade 9 pupils Louise Poole and Jamie-Lee Stone from Kingswood College in Grahamstown have come up with a creative way to keep poachers at bay – by training honey bees to hopefully put them off their criminal acts for good.Their idea won the girls a prize at their region’s Eskom Expo for Young Scientists, an annual event that showcases inventions and scientific discoveries by pupils in 28 regions around the country, with the best presentations going on to the national finals.The two won scholarships to study at Rhodes University for a year to further enhance their pioneering project, as well as a prize in the Best Project by Females category. They will present their project at the national finals in October.A handful of bees have been trained so far to detect kudu horn, as rhino horn was impossible to obtain – but the principle is the same – and the insects learnt to associate the smell of the horn with sugar water within 15 minutes.“Bees have a powerful sense of smell,” explained Stone. “They could track a grain of salt in an Olympic-sized swimming pool.”She added that it would be easy and cost-effective to transport bees to border posts, which are popular smuggling channels, where they could be used to detect smuggled rhino horn.The idea for the project took shape after a presentation at Kingswood by Dr William Fowlds on behalf of the Kariega Foundation, which lost one rhino named Themba in March. Another rhino, Thandi, survived a poaching incident around the same time. Fowlds told the pupils of Thandi’s brave fight for her life.last_img read more

Owaisi dissolves AIMIM core committee in Maharashtra

first_imgAfter a largely unspectacular performance in the recently concluded civic polls in Maharashtra, Asaduddin Owaisi, president of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) on Monday dissolved his party’s State core committee.In a letter to the core committee members of his party in Maharashtra, Mr. Owaisi lauded their efforts which produced decent gains for the AIMIM in the civic polls. Party sources said the ostensible reason behind the dissolution was that the core committee had been set-up for the express purpose of the civic polls only.However, despite the party making humble, though steady inroads in civic corporations, the real reason behind the dissolution appears to be the party’s failure to live up to the high expectations, namely in the Pune, Solapur and Mumbai civic polls.At the same time, the party is facing internal discord. In Latur, disgruntled AIMIM activists burnt effigies of the Owaisi brothers and AIMIM legislator Imtiaz Jaleel. In Pune, AIMIM leader Zuber Shaikh accused Mr. Jaleel of taking bribes during the ticket allocation. Mr. Shaikh, who headed the party’s Pune unit, was dismissed from the party. The AIMIM, which cornered the Congress’s and NCP’s minority votes in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) election, polled nearly 74, 000 votes (1.26 % of the total vote share) despite winning only one seat. The party contested on only 21 seats in the PMC polls. The AIMIM secured a total 26 seats in elections to 10 civic bodies across the State.last_img read more

Rio champion Nurudinov DQ’d from London Olympics for doping

first_imgCatholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Nurudinov, from Uzbekistan, later won the 105-kilogram world title in 2013, Olympic gold in 2016 and the 2018 Asian Games title.He tested positive for the anabolic steroid oral turinabol in re-analysis of London samples.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe 27-year-old lifter now faces a ban from the International Weightlifting Federation, which provisionally suspended him in December.The 105-kilogram gold medalist in London, Oleksiy Torokhtiy of Ukraine, was also provisionally suspended in December. CAS did not announce a ruling in his case Monday. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport View comments CAS also disqualified Mikalai Novikau of Belarus from the 85-kilogram class in London. Novikau, who originally placed eighth, tested positive for two anabolic steroids.The CAS anti-doping tribunal was created to judge cases on behalf of the IOC and sports governing bodies. Verdicts can be challenged at the separate and long-standing appeals division of sport’s highest court.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next File – In this Monday, Aug. 15, 2016 file photo, Ruslan Nurudinov, of Uzbekistan, center, holds his gold medal as he is joined by silver medalist Simon Martirosyan, of Armenia, left, and bronze medalist Alexandr Zaichikov, of Kazakhstan, right, during the medal ceremony for the men’s 105 kg weightlifting event at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Nurudinov has been disqualified from the 2012 London Games for doping with an anabolic steroid. The Court of Arbitration for Sport says its new anti-doping chamber stripped Nurudinov of fourth place in London in the 105-kilogram weight class. The 27-year-old lifter from Uzbekistan now faces a ban from the International Weightlifting Federation. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)LAUSANNE, Switzerland — A weightlifting gold medalist at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics has been disqualified from the 2012 London Games for doping.The Court of Arbitration for Sport’s new anti-doping tribunal stripped Ruslan Nurudinov of fourth place in London in the 105-kilogram weight class, the CAS said Monday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP MOST READ PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Thirdy Ravena, Sisi Rondina take center stage in Collegiate Press Corps Awards Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more