Bill calls for increase in sentences for sexual offenders

first_imgWhatsApp Taiwanese Community Donate PPE to Rathfredagh Cheshire Home RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsCrime & CourtLimerickBill calls for increase in sentences for sexual offendersBy Staff Reporter – November 15, 2017 1810 TAGSniall collinsThe ‘Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) (Amendment) Bill 2017’ Limerick TD says GLAS payments welcome but ‘much more action’ needed to support Agri-sector Twitter Previous articleLimerick chamber wants council to honour rates promiseNext articleLimerick hurlers put on the boxing gloves Staff Reporter Limerick Fianna Fail TD Niall Collins Print Collins welcomes his appointment as Minister of State Good Garda news for Bruff Facebook Collins confirms €390k from third tranche of COVID-19 Stability Funding Linkedin PRISON sentences for those convicted of sexual offences will be increased under proposed new legislation.Limerick Fianna Fail TD, Niall Collins said that a new The ‘Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) (Amendment) Bill 2017’ introduced to Dáil Éireann will provide for heightened legislation to deal with the perpetrators who abuse children.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Sexual offences carried out against children are among the most heinous crimes conceivable and have lifelong consequences for victims and their loved ones.“There are a number of essential amendments required to update legislation in order to more appropriately reflect the nature of these offence(s). This Bill is a legitimate response to growing public concern regarding the degree of penalty imposed on those convicted of child abuse or child sex offences.“Existing legislation provides for a maximum prison sentence of 7 years for a person who engages in a sexual act with someone between the ages of 15 and 17. The Bill that we have introduced today seeks to extend this to a period of 15 years.“Currently, a life sentence can only be imposed if the victim is 15 years of age or younger but I believe that this should be extended up to the age of 17.“It is the responsibility of the Oireachtas to determine maximum sentences for these crimes. There must be a change to law to bring about an end to what the public view as particularly lenient sentences for villainous actions.He concluded, “The perpetrators of these crimes especially those in a position of authority should be as deterred from wrongdoing as possible, increasing sentences is one means of doing so.“I am confident that this Bill will receive the support from other parties and members of the Oireachtas,” Deputy Collins said.See more news here Email Advertisement Minister Collins welcomes €418,662 in Limerick outdoor funding last_img read more

New insight on wild nights

first_imgIt sounds like a scene straight from “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom” — by day, lions lounge under shade trees, but by night, the big cats rule the savannah, relying on a combination of exceptional vision and moonlight to bring down unsuspecting prey.For all its ubiquity, though, it’s a story that may not be as accurate as many people believe.New research suggests that, despite the advantage moonlight would seem to provide hunters, predators such as lions are actually less active on the most moonlit nights, while many prey animals — despite the risk of being eaten — become more active. The study was published this month in the Journal of Animal Ecology.“The results were very counterintuitive,” said Chris Golden ’05, a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard’s Center for the Environment and a co-author on the study. “Most people would believe that predation risk increases on moonlit nights, because predators have an easier time seeing prey. What they ignore is the very intuitive second half of that thought, which is that if predators can see better in the moonlight, why would prey not also have better vision and then be able to avoid predators?“What we found in this study is that this benefit goes both ways,” he added. “We also found that the primary sensory system of the organism was one of the best predictors of their response to moonlight. If they are using sight to detect predators, as opposed to olfaction or auditory signals, they were generally more active on moonlit nights.”To understand the effect of moonlight on different species, Golden and first author Laura Prugh, an assistant professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, compiled the results of studies on 58 nocturnal species, ranging from the highly lunarphilic red-fronted brown lemur (Eulemur fulvus rufus) to the highly lunarphobic Merriam’s kangaroo rat (Dipodomys merriami).Their initial hypothesis, Golden said, was that the benefits of moonlight would be strongest for animals at the highest “trophic level” — those at the top of the food chain — because they face few predators and moonlit nights would offer them the best chance to catch prey.“What we actually found was that the highest trophic levels reduce their activity in moonlight,” Golden said. “One of the potential theories is that they are acting in response to reduced activity by prey, or reduced hunting success, since their prey can detect them more easily, so they’re not going to waste their energy by hunting on those nights.“We also found very strong phylogenetic association with the effects of moonlight. Activity among carnivores was reduced, as well as among rodents, bats, and lagomorphs [hares and rabbits]. Primates, on the other hand, were one of the few groups to see a major increase.”Golden said he hopes the study spurs further research into questions of how and why moonlight affects behavior patterns, and whether animals living in close proximity to cities — and the light that comes with them — show similar behavior changes.“I think this paper serves as a preliminary analysis that begs for more research,” Golden said. “There are complex dynamics in these systems that we’re not picking up, but this paper is asking the questions.”last_img read more