More building projects getting off the ground in Donegal

first_imgThe first 8 months of the year saw a 40 per cent jump in the number of building projects getting off the ground.Planning applications were also up, by 12 percent for the same period, according to figures released today.Donegal, Monaghan, Cork, Westmeath and Sligo saw the highest increases in construction starts.The figures come from the National Housing Construction Index, compiled by Link2Plans.Spokesman Danny O’Shea says although the growth is coming on the back of a low base, it’s a positive sign………….. Pinterest Google+ PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Twitter Pinterest Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Google+ Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp Facebook By News Highland – October 20, 2014 Twitter HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Homepage BannerNews Previous articleScrapping grants will leave some disabled people housebound – O’FearraighNext articleRandox confirms plan to create 540 jobs by 2020 News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released More building projects getting off the ground in Donegal Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Facebook WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derrylast_img read more

One Arrested For “Hacker” Looting Of Colombian University Accounts

first_imgBy Dialogo March 23, 2009 Colombian police arrested a woman suspected of being part of a gang of “hackers” who managed to withdraw approximately $670,000 in an ongoing series of bank account thefts in the University of Cartagena (North), an investigating official reported on Thursday. The woman, identified as María Eugenia Fernández, was captured as she was preparing to withdraw part of the stolen money after transferring it to several accounts in the Colombian branch of the Banco Sudameris. According to Germán Sierra, the President of the University, the criminal network was able to break into the bank system that was used to electronically deposit employees’ social security payments. From the main account, money was sent in small amounts to accounts in several Colombian cities, and was then withdrawn as cash. A group of computer experts in the Colombian Police is continuing the investigation in order to find other members of the ring. “We will soon make more arrests,” an official of the Police of Cartagena who is responsible for the investigation told AFP by telephone.last_img read more

Family First’s third warning on kids’ screen time

first_imgComputerWorld 15 February 2017Family First Comment: Interesting that ComputerWorld – who you could argue have a vested interest – have reported this. Well done.If at Family First you don’t succeed, try, try again. The organisation has made its third attempt to raise awareness of excessive screen viewing by New Zealand children.This time it has also taken a swipe at school’s policy of requiring pupils to bring their own computers to the classroom, saying it is putting families under increasing financial pressure.Family First national director, Bob McCoskrie, said: “Although screen technology may be a beneficial aspect of modern life, the Ministry of Education is turning a blind eye to growing concern from health and development experts about the disproportionate use in many families’ lives, particularly the young in New Zealand.“Parents, children and teachers remain unaware of the medical and developmental risks and the position of medical bodies on discretionary screen time. And the majority of children and adolescents in New Zealand, including toddlers, continue to significantly exceed medical guidelines.”He added: “Yet the ages at which children start viewing screens and the number of hours watched per day is increasingly linked to negative physiological changes, medical conditions and development outcomes including significant sleep disturbances, attention problems and impulsiveness, and children are more susceptible to developing a long-term problematic dependency on technology.”Family First says its concerns are based on the fact that it was told by the Ministry of Health in 2014 that it provided guidelines only for screen time use outside of school time – (a maximum of two hours per day for 5-18 year olds) – and no guidelines at all for under fives.Family First says the ministry told it: “It is up to individual schools to decide the extent to which they will use digital technology to support teaching and learning. The Ministry has not undertaken specific research on appropriate amounts of daily screen time for young people.”This is the third time Family First has issued a warning about the detrimental effects of screen time, the first being in February 2015 when at announced release of a commissioned report in support of its arguments, We Need To Talk – Screen time in NZ, Media Use: An Emerging factor in child and adolescent health by biologist / psychologist Dr Aric Sigman.It issued a second statement in October 2016 warning of the dangers of excessive screen time for children and again citing its 2015 report. read more