Lidl Boosts Biodiversity with First Pollinator-Friendly Store in Limerick

Posted On Jun 4 2021 by

first_imgLimerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Twitter Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsBusinessCommunityEnvironmentLimerickLidl Boosts Biodiversity with First Pollinator-Friendly Store in Limerick Email Minister of State for Agriculture with responsibility for land use and biodiversity, Senator Pippa Hackett, with Head of CSR at Lidl Ireland, Owen Keogh, pictured at Lidl Tullamore announcing the retailer’s plans to roll out 20 Pollinator-Friendly Stores across Ireland by the end of 2021.FOLLOWING the debut of the retailer’s first Pollinator-Friendly Store in Youghal, Co. Cork last summer, Lidl have committed to the roll out of 20 more Pollinator-Friendly Stores across Ireland by the end of 2021, with Lidl Childers Road set as the first location in Limerick. To launch the new initiative, Lidl Ireland’s Head of CSR, Owen Keogh, was joined by Minister of State for Agriculture, Pippa Hackett.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up  Building on its long-term environmental targets and comprehensive sustainability strategy ‘A Better Tomorrow’, this commitment shows Lidl Ireland’s leadership in the biodiversity field. As a member of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan since 2018, the retailer has been working collaboratively towards the protection of biodiversity and the conservation of native ecosystems in line with Ireland’s National Biodiversity Action Plan. Lidl’s Pollinator-Friendly Stores are an innovative concept whereby suitable surrounding areas at Lidl Ireland store locations are optimised to create an area of pollination promotion. Featuring reduced mowing practices, wildflower planting, an insect hotel and informative signage, these areas can look overgrown but are in fact a haven for pollinators like bees, butterflies and hoverflies, which are essential for the production of the fresh fruit and vegetables that Lidl Ireland is renowned for.  Encouraging customers to participate in the protection of Ireland’s natural biodiversity on an individual level, Lidl is selling a selection of pollinator-friendly plants and flowers in its 168 stores nationwide from Thursday 20th May, including potted sunflowers, lavender, shrub peony, lupins, climbing jasmine, pepper plants and strawberry hanging baskets to name but a few. Commending Lidl Ireland’s progressive work in the area of biodiversity, Minister of State for Agriculture with responsibility for land use and biodiversity, Pippa Hackett, said; “Encouraging our native biodiversity to flourish is incredibly important, and we all have a part to play in doing so. I am delighted to see Lidl Ireland taking the initiative and supporting Ireland’s national biodiversity with the roll out of their Pollinator-Friendly Stores, giving people across the country the opportunity to learn about and actively participate in the conservation and revitalisation of Irish biodiversity on an individual level.” Lidl Ireland also announced today that they have become the first and only retailer in Ireland to design a biodiversity-focused farming standard in collaboration with a certified body. Developed in partnership with GLOBALG.A.P., the Integrated Farm Assurance Standard, is an internationally recognised standard for sustainable agricultural practices and food production. This standard echoes years of research and stakeholder collaboration arriving at several essential compliance criteria which now include biodiversity specifications that the retailer is working alongside several of its more than 260 local Irish suppliers to integrate into its supply chain. Previous articleUpdated statement on service disruptions UL Hospitals GroupNext articleMayor welcomes announcement that work has begun at Ortec in Newcastle West Sarah Carrhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Linkedin Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick Facebook WhatsApp Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live TAGSIreland’s National Biodiversity Action PlanKeeping Limerick PostedLidl IrelandlimerickLimerick Post By Sarah Carr – May 17, 2021 466 Advertisement WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash last_img read more


RCB vs KKR: This has been our worst season, feels RCB’s Travis Head

Posted On Nov 19 2019 by

first_imgRoyal Challengers Bangalore’s Travis Head admitted that it has been the worst Indian Premier League (IPL) season for the southern outfit after they suffered their 10th loss in 13 matches with a six-wicket defeat to Kolkata Knight Riders here on Sunday.RCB, who have reached the final three times since IPL’s inception in 2008, are rock-bottom in the points table with just two wins from 13 games and having mamaged five points.”Result-wise, this is probably the worst season. It is disappointing result,” he said.Head, who top-scored for the hosts with an unbeaten 75 made it clear that the side had a great bonding.”Nothing has changed off the field since last season. We still enjoy as an unit. But it hasn’t gelled well on the field. It happens in T20 cricket. You can’t get back the momentum back once things go bad,” he said.KKR’s Chris Lynn, Head said, has been the most powerful hitter this season. “He has a reputation of being a big hitter in Big Bash League too. In IPL, he’s done the same. He is an unbelievable hitter of the ball,” he said, adding that Lynn and Sunil Narine put the pressure back on RCB in six overs. “They took advantage of the new ball,” he said.Head said KKR took advantage of the new hard ball and took the game away from them in the first six overs.”They just took advantage of the new hard ball. They had it in the first six. They put pressure back on us,” he pointed out.advertisementKKR made the play-offs with the win and will play Kings XI Punjab on Tuesday before ending league engagements at the Eden Gardens on May 13 against Mumbai Indians who are top of the table and have already qualified for the knockout stages of the competition.last_img read more


Poet Belal Chowdhury in hospital

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Two fans from Bengal to release calendar marking Big Bs 50 yrs

Posted On Aug 31 2019 by

first_imgKolkata: A unique calendar containing 50 film posters of Amitabh Bachchan will be released on October 11, which is Big B’s birthday to celebrate his golden jubilee in the industry.The calendar titled — “Fantastic 50” is the result of a unique exhibition Bachchan Nama which was organized by noted film poster collector Sudipta Chanda. BACHCHAN NAMA to celebrate Amitabh Bachchan’s 75th birth anniversary in 2017 at Jamini Roy Art Gallery (ICCR). FANTASTIC 50 deals with popular films like Sholay, Shaan, Don, Zanjeer, Deewar, Majboor and Coolie, including not so popular films like Sanjog, Bandhe Haath, Adalat and Kasauti, covering a high range of variety with different sizes as 20/30, 30/40 and 2 Sheet posters. Those were the days when artists used to draw posters manually and lithography was the only method of printing posters. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeTo draw attention of public different designs of posters of the same film used to initiate. Those are simply collector’s delight. These posters are very rare now a days. It would be a collector’s delight. Amitabh Bachchan called Big B by his fans and admirers completed 75 years in 2017. He made his debut with Saat Hindustani released in 1969. The Calendar features fifty odd posters of Big B films. Each months carries three posters while it’s cover showcases fourteen posters, altogether fifty posters to celebrate his fifty years of journey in the industry. Eventually it features poster of Saat Hindustani (1969) and a poster of his recent release 102 Not Out ( 2018). Each months carries three posters while it’s cover showcases fourteen posters, altogether fifty posters.last_img read more


Researchers discover Spectre like new speculative flaw SPOILER in Intel CPUs

Posted On Aug 26 2019 by

first_imgIntel CPU’s are reportedly vulnerable to a new attack: “SPOILER: Speculative Load Hazards Boost Rowhammer and Cache Attacks”. The vulnerability takes advantage of speculative execution in the Intel CPU’s, and was discovered by computer scientists at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, and the University of Lübeck in Germany. According to the research, the flaw is a “novel microarchitectural leakage which reveals critical information about physical page mappings to user space processes.” The flaw can be exploited by malicious JavaScript within a web browser tab, malware running on the system or any illicit logged in users, to steal sensitive information and other data from running applications. The research paper further states that the leakage can be exploited only by a limited set of instructions, and is visible in all Intel generations starting from the 1st generation Intel Core processors, while being independent of the OS. It also works from within virtual machines and sandboxed environments. The flaw is very similar to the Spectre attacks that were revealed in July, last year. The Spoiler attack also takes advantage of speculative execution- like the Spectre attack- and reveals memory layout data, making it easy for other attacks like Rowhammer, cache attacks, and JavaScript-enabled attacks to be executed. “The root cause of the issue is that the memory operations execute speculatively and the processor resolves the dependency when the full physical address bits are available,” says Ahmad Moghimi, one of the researchers who contributed to the paper. “Physical address bits are security sensitive information and if they are available to user space, it elevates the user to perform other micro architectural attacks.” Intel was informed of the findings in early December, last year. However, they did not immediately respond to the researchers.  An Intel spokesperson has now provided Techradar with the following statement on the Spoiler vulnerability: “Intel received notice of this research, and we expect that software can be protected against such issues by employing side channel safe software development practices. This includes avoiding control flows that are dependent on the data of interest. We likewise expect that DRAM modules mitigated against Rowhammer style attacks remain protected. Protecting our customers and their data continues to be a critical priority for us and we appreciate the efforts of the security community for their ongoing research.” Impact of SPOILER by performing Rowhammer attack in a native user-level environment The research paper defines the Rowhammer attack as : “an attack causing cells of a victim row to leak faster by activating the neighboring rows repeatedly. If the refresh cycle fails to refresh the victim fast enough, that leads to bit flips. Once bit flips are found, they can be exploited by placing any security-critical data structure or code page at that particular location and triggering the bit flip again.” In order to perform a Rowhammer attack, the adversary needs to access DRAM rows that are adjacent to a victim row and ensure that multiple virtual pages co-locate on the same bank. Double-sided Rowhammer attacks cause bit flips faster owing to the extra charge on the nearby cells of the victim row and they further require access to contiguous memory pages. SPOILER can help boosting both single and double-sided Rowhammer attacks by its additional 8-bit physical address information and result in the detection of contiguous memory. The researchers used SPOILER to detect aliased virtual memory addresses where the 20 LSBs of the physical addresses match. These bits were then used by the memory controller for mapping the physical addresses to the DRAM banks. The  majority of the bits are known using SPOILER. Further, “a attacker can directly hammer such aliased addresses to perform a more efficient single-sided Rowhammer attack with a significantly increased probability of hitting the same bank.” The researchers reverse engineered the DRAM mappings for different hardware configurations using the DRAMA tool, and only a few bits of physical address entropy beyond the 20 bits remain unknown. To verify if aliased virtual addresses co-locate on the same bank, they used the row-conflict side channel It is observed that whenever the number of physical address bits used by the memory controller to map data to physical memory is equal to or less than 20,  the researchers always hit the same bank. To summarize their findings, SPOILER drastically improves the efficiency of finding addresses mapping to the same bank without the need of an administrative privilege or a reverse engineering of the memory controller mapping. This approach also works in sandboxed environments such as JavaScript. You can go through the Research paper for more insights on the SPOILER flaw. Read Next Linux 4.20 kernel slower than its previous stable releases, Spectre flaw to be blamed, according to PhoronixIntel releases patches to add Linux Kernel support for upcoming dedicated GPU releasesResearchers prove that Intel SGX and TSX can hide malware from antivirus softwarelast_img read more