Bogus callers and scams under investigation

first_img Previous articleWorld’s biggest aircraft brings crowds to ShannonNext articleRugby – “Ireland will feel pressure against Barbarians” – Donncha O’Callaghan Staff Reporter WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Advertisement Linkedincenter_img by Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up GARDAÍ are advising people to be cautious in giving out details or money at their front doors, following a number of incidents involving bogus callers to housing estates in Limerick pretending to be from various agencies and charities.A Garda spokesperson said that there were “three reports of current scams being tried on the public in Limerick.”Gardai at Mayorstone received a report of a man who called to read the electricity meter of an elderly resident at Avondale Drive, Greystones.“He called to the house between 1.45pm and 2.15pm on a Monday afternoon and asked the owner of the house to boil a kettle so that he could verify if the meter was reading correctly.“Fortunately, the owner of the house became suspicious and the suspect left. He is described as being a man in his very early 20s.Gardaí have also been notified of a bogus collector collecting funds for ONE, the organisation for ex service men and women.“It seems the bogus collector is calling door-to-door while genuine collectors for ONE will only collect in public places on the street during the months of July and August. Genuine collectors will be in possession of the correct Garda authorisation as well as ID and will be providing the “Fuschia Emblem” to contributors.The third incident under investigation is where a victim applied for a clerical job online.The man supplied and address and contact details.“Subsequently, he was told he was successful and received a bank draft, payable to him, in the post, with instructions to lodge it to his bank account.He then received a number of emails instructing him to pay money to a number of other accounts.A Garda spokesperson said that the victim became suspicious and contacted his bank who informed him the bank draft was counterfeit. Print Email NewsBogus callers and scams under investigationBy Staff Reporter – April 13, 2015 626 last_img read more

Oakland Prohibits Questions About Criminal History on Rental Applications

first_img Krista Franks Brock is a professional writer and editor who has covered the mortgage banking and default servicing sectors since 2011. Previously, she served as managing editor of DS News and Southern Distinction, a regional lifestyle publication. Her work has appeared in a variety of print and online publications, including Consumers Digest, Dallas Style and Design, DS News and, MReport and She holds degrees in journalism and art from the University of Georgia. Sign up for DS News Daily  Print This Post Tagged with: California Oakland renter Home / Daily Dose / Oakland Prohibits Questions About Criminal History on Rental Applications Oakland, California, is no longer allowing landlords to inquire about rental applicants’ criminal histories. The Oakland City Council passed the Oakland Fair Chance Housing Ordinance earlier this month, making it the first city in California to adopt such an ordinance. About 70 million Americans have criminal records, and many of them struggle to obtain housing and employment as a result of their record, according to an article in U.S. News and World Report, which stated that 80% of individuals who have served prison sentences later were denied housing as a result of their convictions. The law in Oakland applies to “nearly all” rental properties in the city with a few exceptions, according to the report. The first is that the rule does not apply to “landlord-occupied units.” Another exception is that affordable housing landlords may deny rental applicants who were convicted of manufacturing meth. Lastly, landlords do not have to rent to individuals on the federal sex offender list. The ordinance is already in effect, but landlords have a six-month “grace period” to adopt it, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The nonprofit advocacy group, Prisoners with Children, has been advocating for years under its “Ban the Box” campaign to have criminal background questions removed from applications for employment, housing, public benefits, insurance, loans, and more. “I was born and raised in Oakland,” Lee “Taqwaa” Bonner, an advocate with Prisoners with Children said, according to an NBC Bay Area article. “I am employed in Oakland. I own and drive a vehicle in Oakland. However, I cannot live in Oakland based solely on my criminal record, which happened 30 years ago.”While the rule was unanimously passed by the Oakland City Council and is celebrated by advocates, not everyone was pleased with its passing. Wayne Rowland, president of the East Bay Rental Housing Association, reportedly said in an email to the East Bay Times, “As rental housing providers, we have a responsibility to provide a safe environment to residents and a huge part of that is knowing the background of each applicant.”While Oakland is the first city in California to adopt such an ordinance, it is not the only city in the nation to do so. Detroit, Chicago, and Minneapolis also have passed ordinances regarding criminal background checks for rental applicants, although theirs are not as comprehensive as Oakland’s, according to U.S. News and World Report. These cities allow landlords to perform background checks but only at the end of the application process, and landlords are only allowed to “consider more recent convictions,” according to U.S. News and World Report. Also, San Francisco, and Richmond, California, have laws regarding background checks for rental applicants, but they only apply to affordable or municipally-subsidized housing.  Oakland Prohibits Questions About Criminal History on Rental Applications February 18, 2020 1,913 Views The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Krista F. Brock Previous: Michael Bloomberg Proposes Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Merger Next: Investors See Record SFR Appreciationcenter_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Share Save Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Subscribe The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago California Oakland renter 2020-02-18 Mike Albanese Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agolast_img read more

Tech centre for Limpopo school

first_img11 April 2003The education department and the Telkom Foundation have launched a computer centre at the Sebalamakgolo High school in Limpopo province to provide learners with the necessary technology to expose them to mathematics and science subjects.Opening the centre in Phaloborwa on Thursday, Deputy Education Minister Mosibudi Mangena said the centre would provide learners with the skills to enable them to compete with their global counterparts.The computer centre is part of the department’s Dinaledi project, which aims to improve learner participation in mathematics, science and technology education, with over 100 schools in the country having been identified as model centres.Education Minister Kader Asmal announced last week that the number of these schools has since been increased to 114.“As a Dinaledi school, Sebalamakgolo is part of a cohort of schools that are expected to help us develop a model of good practice for all our schools in mathematics and science teaching and learning and to act as centres of excellence for neighbouring schools,” said Mangena.The principal of the school, Mogale Pilusa said the centre would also be used to train local residents in computer literacy, while raising funds to improve the profile of the school.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Enterprise Content Mashups (ECM)

first_imgWeb Services are powering high-end enterprise IT make-overs with adoption of SOAs.But Web Services are also the force behind a grass-roots phenomena being called ‘Mashups’It’s Web Services for the masses.What’s happened is that Internet powerhouses like Google, Yahoo!, eBay and Amazon have introduced Web Service and RSS feed interfaces to the data they manage.  The data they provide is available for anyone and the cost is either free or very low.Mashups are applications or sets of web pages that consolidate data from multiple sources and create unique combinations.  Many of the applications that people have come up with have a mapping component based on Google maps.  Mashup website examples include Platial, a site that combines geotagging with Google Maps — here people can pin their personal commentary or recollections associated to spot on the map.  Another example is Zillow which has collected data on more than 60 million homes and overlays the data and home valuation estimates on a map with parcel information.Mashups are part of a trend towards enabling people to better interact with information available from the net.  Consider Microsoft’s ‘Live ClipBoard’ concept that was recently demo-ed by CTO Ray Ozzie.  In a few strokes, Ozzie created an RSS Feed of Flickr images and piped it into a desktop folder so that the folder would automatically update as new images were added to the web site.More and more easy-to-use tools like this based on light-weight technologies are becoming available to pull together information and for presenting it in new and compelling formats.Most of the mashup activity has been focused on the consumer side, which follows the recent trend for the consumer market to be driving new technology.  But what does this mean for the enterprise? ‘Enterprise mashups’ or ‘Composite Enterprise Applications’ have the potential to feed a wave of Business Intelligence.  The ability to define custom presentations created from a combination of data taken and processed from many different corporate, partner and external data repositories is very powerful.   The concept is similar to data warehousing , but with mashups based on web services, the data is real-time, and the presentation is more moldable into appealing and more informative formats.  It has the potential to take ‘what if’ to the next level.Consider an enterprise application that could pull together the various company-wide data and information feeds to create a project composite resource that might be a combination of project calendar/task list with published schedules, specifications and working drawings from a document repository, related emails messages from an email store, project member availability taken from Outlook calendars, etc.Companies like ActiveGrid now offer frameworks that accelerate the creation of enterprise mashups using light-weight technologies based on Web Services and AJAX.Core to the success of Enterprise Mashups is being able to expose enterprise data via web services.  The Formtek | Orion repository Web Service interface is designed to facilitate Enterprise mashups.  Content securely managed within the Formtek repository can form an important component of any composite application. Similar to the Google-Map-centric consumer-mashup application space, in the corporate space, Enterprise Content and Document Repositories can become a core component of Composite Enterprise Applications.last_img read more

Cinema 4D Tutorial: How to Create Long Shadows

first_imgLearn how to create trendy responsive long shadows in this Cinema 4D tutorial.Along with 2D animation, long shadows have grown in popularity over the last few years. Typically, when someone makes a long shadow, they will use After Effects. However, this method comes with its own set of problems.One of the biggest disadvantages to creating long shadows in After Effects is the fact that long shadows in AE don’t have Z-space information included in them. This means long shadows can’t stretch and squash to act more realistic.On the other hand, if you use Cinema 4D, you can create realistic long shadows that reflect an object’s scale in Z-space. In the following Cinema 4D tutorial, we’ll learn how to perform this task. The tutorial covers:Using Projection CamsWorking with Infinite LightsUsing Sketch and ToonStylizing 2D Glass ObjectsUsing A Compositing Tag This video was created by EJ Hassenfratz of Eyedesyn. Thanks for sharing, Mr. Hassenfratz!Want to take your Cinema 4D skills to the next level? Check out these PremiumBeat blog posts or simply check out our Cinema 4D section:Animated 3D ScriptVectorized Art Using Sketch and ToonAnimated Elevation MapsHave any other tips for creating long shadows in Cinema 4D? What other design trends would you like to see featured in a PremiumBeat Cinema 4D tutorial? Let us know in the comments below.last_img read more