first_imgMINISTER FOR EDUCATION Ruairí Quinn has launched a public consultation on inclusiveness in primary schools.The process is part of the minister’s plan in response to the report of the advisory group to the Forum on Patronage and Pluralism in the primary sector.The group made a series of recommendations aimed at ensuring schools, particularly in areas where there is only a choice of one, are as inclusive as possible and accommodate various belief systems and traditions.The recommendations cover areas such as having equitable enrollment policies; dealing effectively with the Constitutional right to opt out of religious instruction; having school policies on the conduct of religious and cultural celebrations in schools as well as having Boards of Management of denominational schools reflect the diversity of the local community.Now the department is asking parents how they think the education system could be improved to make it more inclusive.Speaking to Pat Kenny on Newstalk today, Quinn said this is not about blaming the Catholic Church, “it is an attempt to recognise that Ireland has changed”.He said there should be guidelines on how schools should be “sensitive to all of the people that come into them”.Quinn denied that there is a secular agenda in his plans for reform, saying that he has been accused of being “an aggressive secularist”.“I’m not, I’m on the record in both the Dáil and elsewhere as saying that we have to respect pluralism,” he said.The deadline for receipt of submissions in the consultation process is 22 November.Read: Primary schools in 23 towns to change patronage following survey>last_img read more

first_imgUpdated 19.31GARDAÍ HAVE CONFIRMED that a woman missing from Greystones since yesterday morning has been found safe and well.Helena White had not been seen since she left her Greystones home on Friday morning. Gardaí said this evening that she had been located in Gorey in Wexford.Gardaí thanked the public for its assistance in finding her.Previously: GARDAÍ ARE APPEALING for assistance from the public in tracing a 46-year-old woman who has been missing since yesterday morning.Helena White was last on Friday in Greystones in Wicklow. She was driving a blue Suzuki Swift car with the registration 09-D-20367.When she was last seen she was wearing blue jeans, a blue top and white runners. She is 5 foot 2 inches tall with shoulder-length black hair.Anyone who saw her or who may have information on her whereabouts is asked to contact Greystones Garda Station on 01 – 666 5800 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.last_img read more

first_img10 things in tech you need to know today Since right after World War II, the president’s national security adviser has an unparalleled ability to influence events worldwide A major whistleblower complaint at the US’s top spy agency involves a Trump phone call with a ‘promise’ to a foreign leader Contaminated tap water could lead to 100,000 cases of cancer in the US if people drink it their whole lives. Here’s how worried you should be. MANY OF THE great discoveries of our civilisation have been found through pure accident.The reasons for these accidental discoveries range from clumsiness, to luck,  to unclean or unsafe laboratory practices… but it all worked out well in the end. Well, mostly…Here are some of the best, courtesy of Business Insider:last_img read more

first_imgAN ATTEMPT BY former Derry footballer Joe Brolly to help out a friend by donating his kidney has sadly ended unsuccessfully, it has emerged this evening.The GAA pundit had surgery in London’s Guy’s Hospital earlier this month in order to aid Shane Finnegan, a fellow coach at his club St Brigid’s whose son plays on the same team as Brolly’s.At the time, Finnegan expressed his thanks to Brolly for the “wonderful gift” he had given. However, the Belfast Health Trust have released a statement revealing the kidney has since been removed due to medical complications.“This is a rare and unfortunate occurrence after kidney transplantation, (most kidneys from a living donor work successfully for many years),”  the BBC report the statement as saying. Whilst both families are naturally devastated, they are hugely encouraged by the massive wave of goodwill and support from the community and the resultant increased public awareness of the critical importance of organ donation.“Mr Finnegan is confident that with the continued support of family and friends he will be home soon and able to resume a full family and work life.“For both men and their families, this has been a life affirming experience.”O’Gara ruled out of clash against Edinburgh with hamstring problemHughes rides seven winners out of eight at Windsorlast_img read more

first_imgA TARGET FOR 50 per cent of all foreign direct investment (FDI) to be made in areas outside of Dublin and Cork has been dropped as figures from the IDA show that inward investment outside of these areas has been falling consistently in recent years.The government’s most recent Action Plan for Jobs 2013 contains no reference to the target that had been laid out in a plan published in 2012 for the IDA to “deliver 50 per cent of investments outside the Dublin and Cork regions”.In fact, the last three IDA Ireland annual reports show that the percentage of investments locating outside of Dublin and Cork has fallen from 37 per cent in 2010 to 28 per cent in 2011 and 23 per cent in 2012.A progress report on the Action Plan for Jobs (APJ) published last year noted that the action had not been completed and “remains a challenging target for IDA Ireland”. It did not appear in any of the documentation related to the Action Plan after that.In response to queries this week, the Department of Jobs claimed that the APJ is not an “exhaustive list of everything the Government is doing on job-creation”.Overall job creationIDA Ireland, the State agency responsible for attracting foreign direct investment, said this week that the result “should be seen in the context of overall job creation figures for FDI in 2012″ noting that last year 12,722 new jobs were created.“IDA client companies added a total of 6,570 new net jobs, the IDA’s third consecutive year of growth in net employment,” the annual statement for 2012 said. “Job losses at IDA client companies were the lowest for a decade.”The IDA admitted it cannot “corral” a company to locate in a particular part of the country and pointed out that competition exists from other major European cities.A statement to said: “You cannot corral a company to go to a particular part of the country unless it will make sense for their business – particularly when the company’s alternative location may be Amsterdam, Barcelona or Munich.”Meath West and Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín has raised concerns about the small number of jobs created by the IDA in some rural areas, saying that not a single IDA job was created in North Tipperary last year, with one job created in Leitrim, two in Laois and three in Monaghan.He claims that a “two-tier economy” is developing in Ireland where IDA investment is “biased towards Dublin” to the detriment of other regions.But the IDA hit back in a statement saying “a county-by-county breakdown of job creation trends, as used regularly by those looking to undermine the IDA’s work in the regions, reveals virtually nothing about how Ireland is performing in attracting foreign direct investment”. Site visitsTóibín also raised concerns about the lack of site visits to areas outside Dublin with figures for 2012 showing that 55 per cent of all site visits by IDA client companies last year were in Dublin.There were no site visits to Longford while Carlow, Kildare, Kerry, Leitrim, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Wexford and Wicklow received only one visit. Cavan, Kilkenny, Laois, Louth and Mayo received only two visits.The IDA said that site visits “are in no way indicative of IDA’s efforts to market a region to overseas investors or indeed of IDA’s activities in a region”.Its statement added: “IDA Ireland continues to make its clients aware of opportunities to locate their businesses outside of Dublin.“This includes designing itineraries for prospective clients in which IDA executives will drive them around the country to meet with recruitment and property professionals in the regions, as well as existing clients.”Government policyTóibín criticised the government, saying that it should “have even distribution of economic policy throughout the State”.He pointed to previous successful clusterings of industries such as medical devices in the West and pharmaceuticals in the South as well as the IFSC in north Dublin as positive examples of this.“This is a government policy issue,” he said. “I don’t specifically fault the IDA in their role, but the IDA should operate under government policy.”The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation said that its Action Plan for Jobs “does not purport to be an exhaustive list of everything the Government is doing on job-creation”.In a statement it said that IDA companies account for less than 15 per cent of overall employment and said that creating jobs outside major cities is the responsibility of a number of agencies, including Enterprise Ireland, Connect Ireland, and Local Enterprise Offices.The Department also pointed to “major successes” in recent years, saying that “almost 70 per cent of 12,861 new Enterprise Ireland jobs were created outside Dublin”.“The Government will continue to target increased levels of job-creation across all regions of the country by supporting and coordinating work across this range of bodies,” it added.Read: IDA-backed companies created 12,722 jobs last yearInfographic: how the IDA sells Ireland to multinationalslast_img read more

first_img Source: CyclingBoardGames.net8. These ice creamsWouldn’t you kill for a Fat Frog right now? Source: Facebook Source: Facebook Source: Facebook Source: Facebook Source: Facebook9. Ronald Reagan having a pint of Guinness in Ballyporeen in 1984Sure you may as well not bother coming to Ireland if you’re not going to be pictured with a pint of the black stuff. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesAnd sure you might as well hold a local baby while you’re at it. Source: AP/Press Association Images10. Henri HippoIf you joined Ulster Bank’s junior savings club in the eighties you were rewarded with an Henri Hippo money box, along with an assortment of other branded goodies; a wallet, a calendar, pencils etc.Henri made a return to the bank a couple of years ago. Source: Ebay11. Zig and Zag’s first appearance on Dempsey’s DenIn 1987 the lovable aliens from Zog made their first appearance alongside Ian Dempsey. Source: Shane OB12. John Treacy and Eamonn Coughlan becoming household namesJohn Treacy won a silver medal for Ireland in the marathon at the LA Olympics in 1984 while Eamonn Coughlan set the world indoor 2000m record in 1987 which stood until 1998.EVERYONE knew who they were and everyone pledged to train extra hard for the cross country events in Community Games. John Treacy leads Great Britain’s Charlie Speeding in the closing stages of the marathon at the LA Olympics in 1984, to claim Silver and Bronze medals respectively. Source: SG and Barratts/EMPICS Sport Eamonn Coghlan left, embraces America’s top miler Steve Scott, right, after beating him for the first time in four years at the Kinney Invitational Meet in Berkeley in June 1983. Source: AP/Press Association Images13. Johnny Logan winning the Eurovision TWICEHe won first for What’s Another Year in The Hague in 1980, and then again for Hold Me Now in 1987 in Brussels. Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images Source: hall301014. Divorce ReferendumIn 1986 a proposal to remove the prohibition on divorce from the Irish constitution was rejected.The ban on divorce was eventually lifted in 1996. Source: Photocall Ireland Polling day in Ballymun in 1986.15. Northern Ireland hunger strikesThe hunger strikes of 1980 and 1981 represented the culmination of protests by Irish republican prisoners in Northern Ireland.The strike of 1980 ended after 53 days and all involved survived. The strike of 1981 resulted in the deaths of 10 prisoners, including Bobby Sands. Local residents erect a barricade across the road in the Springfield Road area of Belfast, Northern Ireland on 30 April 1981, during preparations for possible civil disorders, which were expected to follow the imminent death of Bobby Sands. Source: AP/Press Association Images Led by an Irish piper, and escorted by masked IRA men, the hearse carrying Bobby Sands’’ coffin moves through crowds of spectators, en route to Belfast’s Milltown cemetery, Northern Ireland on 7 May, 1981 Source: AP/Press Association Images16. Self AidOn 17 May 1986 a 14 hour concert took place in the RDS, Dublin to highlight the unemployment problem in Ireland. A quarter of a million people were out of work.Rory Gallagher, U2, Elvis Costello, Van Morrison and Thin Lizzy were among the artists who played on the day. Source: Wikimedia17. My Left FootDirected by Jim Sheridan and starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Brenda Fricker won two Academy Awards for the lead actors. Source: WordPress18. Who put the ball in the English net? Ray did!On 12 June 1988 the Irish football team made their debut at an international competition in their first game at the European Championships in Stuttgart.Ray Houghton scored the match’s only goal, against England, and sealed his name in the history books forever. Source: EMPICS Entertainment Source: Chimpanzeethat19. We are the Boys in GreenWe are the Boys in Green was Ireland’s first big football anthem, and the lads and Jack Charlton and Gay Byrne gathered on The Late Late Show to sing it for the nation. Source: GreenArmyTunes201220. U2 at Croke ParkU2 played several major concerts in Ireland throughout the eighties, but their first headlining stadium show was at Croke Park in 1985. Source: Photocall Ireland Source: BlogSpot21. Mike Murphy gets Gay Byrne on Candid CameraIt doesn’t get much more eighties than Mike Murphy and Gay Byrne, and in 1982 Murpy and his Candid Camera show got Gay Byrne. They got him good. Source: APintTurtleWhat sweets would you buy if you had a pound to spend>The most exciting things that happened to you as a child>Quiz: How well do you know The Snapper? 1. The Big SnowJanuary 1982 saw Ireland grind to a halt for a week after 25cm of snow fell in some parts of the country.It will forever be known as The Big Snow, no matter how many big snows have happened since, or are yet to come. Source: Daithi3332. This tracksuitA highly coveted Flahavan’s tracksuit – the one from the ad in fact – was recently presented to actor Andrew Scott on The Late Late Show.Scott now plays Moriarty on the BBC’s Sherlock show, but he had a pretty impressive start.3. Barry McGuigan winning the world title in 1985Any child of the early eighties can tell you where they were when Barry McGuigan became the World Featherweight Boxing Champion.He beat defending champion Eusebio Pedroza from Panama at Queen’s Park Rangers Football Ground, Loftus Road in London, on 9 June 1985.  Source: Bob Dear/PA4. Barry McGuigan’s manager Barney EastwoodMcGuigan’s manager Mr Eastwood was almost as famous as the boxer himself, as he guided him to global success.The pair fell out not long after McGuigan’s massive win, and became embroiled in a legal battle. Barney Eastwood and Barry McGuigan at the weigh-in before the 1985 world championship fight Source: PA Archive/Press Association ImagesDermot Morgan even wrote a song about Barney Eastwood, released as a single in December 1985: Source: craigavonvideo5. Alan Hughes’ hair in the Going Back ESB adThis ad hit our TV screens in 1988, and we still can’t hear that song without having a little cry.center_img Source: fireeater999cmcc6. Sean Kelly and Stephen Roche hitting the cycling big timeRoche and Kelly were responsible for a lot of this in the mid eighties:Stephen Roche became a national hero when he won the Tour de France in 1987, while the eighties also saw Seán Kelly become one of the most successful road racers of his generation. Source: AP/Press Association Images Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images Source: Lionel Cironneau Source: AP/Press Association Images7. The Seán Kelly cycling gameKelly was such a fixture of the eighties that he got his own board game.last_img read more

first_imgThe feeling among most members is that we are sitting ducks, and more attacks of this nature are bound to happen. I’m not suggesting that every guard should be armed, but it could be more appropriate to have one uniformed armed response unit for each district. This member would perform all the duties a regular uniformed officer, with the added responsibility for dealing with particularly violent or armed suspects.When contacted by, President of the Garda Representative Association (GRA) John Parker said the failure of the garda authorities to replace the Uzi submachine “has been a serious concern”.In the same review of firearms last year, a decision was made to cut back on training for firearms cards, which all gardaí carrying a gun must have. Garda authorities decided to downscale the number of cardholders particularly in rural areas and for detectives working mainly on white collar crime.Parker said this “is another worry and it has left members without adequate resources,” he said. “Members are being exposed to unnecessary risk.”In a statement the Department of Justice said that Minster Shatter has no direct function in this matter and that the decision to withdraw the Uzi last year was that of the Garda Commisioner.In that context the Commissioner determines the appropriate measures to be put in place, including the specific firearms to be deployed, without reference to either the Minister or his Department.The department said that garda authorities “have indicated that at present the armed capability of garda members is provided by district detective units supported by other units”.“In addition, they have made arrangements to co-ordinate armed response measures throughout the country, it added. “In view of the operational nature of the functions involved, it would not be appropriate to comment on how the relevant resources might be deployed.”Read: Garda injured following incident in Fermoy, Co Cork>Read: Garda sustained ‘serious facial injury’ in attack at Dublin house>Read: Gardaí to show leniency at checkpoints under new work-to-rule measures> GARDAÍ FEEL THAT their lives are being put at risk due to a decision by garda authorities to withdraw the Uzi submachine gun from detective units, can reveal.The decision to withdraw the Uzi was taken in March last year after a review by garda authorities. One of the reasons for the withdrawal of the gun was that it was deemed unsuitable for incidents that might occur in a confined room, like in a bank for example.At the same time revolvers carried by armed detectives were replaced by Sig Sauer semi-automatic handguns that all detective units now carry holstered to their belt.A spokesperson for the garda press office said that the Uzi was taken out of service “because it no longer fulfilled the requirements”.The press office said the Sig Sauer handgun was “identified to best meet the policing needs” of An Garda Síochana and that specialist units such as the Emergency Response Unit and Regional Support Unit have the MP7 submachine gun at their disposal.Sources said gardaí are not looking to have every person in the force armed with most “happy to do their duty” in the knowledge that they have armed backup if required. However in situations like armed escorts, many gardaí are worried about their lack of fire power.Detective Garda Adrian DonohoeA source who knew Garda Detective Adrian Donohoe said they were “bothered about the fact that he was not sufficiently armed” when he was shot dead by armed robbers at a credit union in Dundalk.“Had this attack on Adrian occurred a year earlier, he would have had the Uzi locked and loaded and resting in his lap as was common practice when escorting cash-in-transit vehicles,” they said.Previously an armed escort unit of two detectives would have a handgun each and a Uzi machine gun, which the passenger in the car would carry. Now gardaí are asking for these guns to be replaced as they worry about facing criminals with superior firearms.While the handgun is semi-automatic and has a high rate of firepower, it has a shorter range than the Uzi and sources said the image of an armed garda standing with a larger submachine gun in his hand while performing security duty or at arms checkpoints can work as a “visual deterrent”.Armed response unitsAs the garda press office pointed out, the emergency response and regional support units are armed with powerful MP7 submachines but it is understood that there are large area gaps and at times a lack of personnel which leaves gardaí feeling vulnerable.In a recent attack on a garda in Tallaght, in which he sustained ‘serious facial injuries’, it took nearly half an hour for the armed response unit to arrive as the two responding gardaí waited in the bathroom of the house where they had barricaded themselves.One garda told that colleagues feel they do not have enough armed support “to protect the community and indeed ourselves”.“I was never an advocate of arming the guards and I’m still proud of the tradition of not having an armed police force but it’s getting ridiculous now,” they said.last_img read more

first_imgJUST 84 APPLICATIONS for the graduate nursing scheme have been processed, Minister for Health James Reilly has revealed.In response to a parliamentary question on Tuesday, Reilly said that the initiative, which offers 1,000 positions at a reduced rate of pay, was introduced on the basis of a phased intake over several months.Industrial Relations Officer at the Irish Nurses and Midwives Association (INMO) Edward Matthews told today that it is confident that the low numbers applying for the jobs “are a testament to the effectiveness of the boycott”. Ireland is in recession. People are crying out for work, but to under-value oneself now is to undervalue oneself for ever more. Nurses have worked hard for their degrees. They have done their unpaid work placements and their internships. They are fully qualified, registered nurses, who have all the responsibilities of any other nurse. To take contracts at this inappropriate rate of pay, with all the responsibility, is to undervalue their time and commitment and the degree course to which they applied themselves.Reilly said the HSE will “continue to accept applications on an ongoing basis” and a second phase, which will cover mental health, intellectual disability, midwifery and paediatrics, will launch in the coming days. There will also be opportunities for those who graduate in 2013 to participate in due course.Related: HSE cancels deadline, opens nurse graduate scheme on a ‘rolling basis’>Read: INMO reaffirms “total opposition” to Croke Park pay cuts>last_img read more

first_imgYOU MAY NOT know his name, but you know his voice. Hal Douglas, one of the top voiceover artists in Hollywood, has died at the age of 89.The New York Times reports that Douglas passed away last Friday at his home in Virginia, suffering complications of pancreatic cancer.Douglas had a voice that will be instantly recognisable to anyone who has ever sat through the trailers: Source: Scsibut/YouTubeAmong his most famous trailers are 1990s classics Forrest Gump, Philadelphia and Lethal Weapon – but he worked consistently until two years ago.Douglas told the New York Times in 2009: You sit down in the theatre and sometimes in three out of four trailers I’d be on them.He was famous for the phrase “In a world…”, although there was some controversy over whether he was the first to use it. The Guardian reports that fellow voiceover artist Don LaFontaine – who died in 2008 – claimed to have coined the phrase.But that didn’t stop Douglas parodying himself in the classic trailer for Jerry Seinfeld’s movie Comedian – which features a hard-pressed producer trying to stop him from saying “In a world…” Source: Ricardo Barreto/YouTubeRIP Hal Douglas.last_img read more

first_imgEverton’s Kevin Mirallas scores the opening goal of the game against Oldham Athletic. Nigel French/EMPICS SportEVERTON SUCCEEDED WHERE Merseyside rivals Liverpool had failed by beating Oldham Athletic 3-1 tonight to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals.Third-tier Oldham eliminated Liverpool in round four and held Everton to a 2-2 draw in their initial fifth-round meeting 10 days ago, but their cup heroics were ended in the replay at Goodison Park.Goals from Kevin Mirallas, Leighton Baines and Leon Osman took David Moyes’ side into the last eight, where they will face Wigan Athletic, with Oldham’s cup talisman Matt Smith replying for the visitors. Beaten semi-finalists in last season’s competition, Everton were without the injured Marouane Fellaini but made a purposeful start and took the lead in the 15th minute.After a patient build-up, Darron Gibson shaped a beautiful cross into the box from deep on the right and Mirallas stole in to finish with an adroit half-volley from eight yards. Oldham almost drew level immediately through former Everton youngster Jose Baxter, who seized on a loose ball on the edge of the box but saw his curling shot bounce back off the right-hand upright.The visitors then had a penalty appeal turned down when Phil Jagielka’s clearance struck Gibson on the arm. Their resurgence proved short-lived, however, as Baines helped Everton stamp their authority on the tie.Having seen a vicious strike saved by Oldham goalkeeper Dean Bouzanis minutes earlier, the England left-back doubled his side’s advantage from the penalty spot in the 34th minute after Connor Brown was penalised for handball.Everton centre-back Jagielka blazed over the Oldham bar early in the second half, while Bouzanis saved from Osman.In response, Oldham introduced giant striker Smith, scorer of two goals against Liverpool and an injury-time equaliser in the first game with Everton.Oldham rallied, Lee Croft firing wide from a good position, but in the 62nd minute, Everton struck again.Steven Pienaar whipped a cross into the box from the left and Osman’s flicked header deceived Bouzanis, who was distracted by the onrushing Nikica Jelavic. Smith replied immediately, nodding in a right-wing corner from close range, but Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard resisted Oldham’s efforts to claw their way back into the game.- © AFP, 2013VIDEO: Jordi Alba doesn’t know whether to hold his head or his leg after nothing Arbeloa tackleAlex Ferguson is in Barcelona tonight to scout Real Madridlast_img read more

first_img©INPHO/Dan SheridanSaracens, in front of a half-full adopted home, created their only real opening 10 minutes before the break when David Strettle broke into space on the left. He too took on the option to kick ahead and the try chance was lost, but the field position gave rise to another Farrell penalty forced by Saracens’ feverish efforts at the breakdown.The second half offered more intense, tight rugby with only penalties looking to separate the sides.. After Wilkinson had stretched the lead one kick further, Danie Roussouw’s 49th minute yellow card handed a lifeline to the home side. On review, Rollaind’s call seemed on harsh on on the Springbok as he caught Mako Vunipola with trailing hand. From the penalty Farrell made the score 12-15, but that was the only score the Premiership side could muster in the sin-bin period.Vunipola’s carrying provided the next chance for the hosts as they looked to maximise the impact of Toulon’s punishment. However, after the prop had forced a breakthrough into the 22, Farrell contrived to butcher the opportunity, passing a metre forward with black shirts waiting on an overlap to his left.At the other end Toulon’s remaining back-rows Chris Masoe and Fernandez-Lobbe forced an opportunity for Wilkinson to cancel out the effect of Roussouw’s sideline stint. Once the South African returned, the French club only grew in strength and belief.With Saracens’s frustration increasing with every passing second, Wilkinson made Farrell’s anguish even worse as he got a late drop-goal attempt away just before the young pretender could reach him. The 33-year-old followed that up with a seventh penalty to give Clermont plenty to ponder before the sides meet at the Aviva Stadium on 18 May. SEVEN PENALTIES AND a late drop-goal from out-half Jonny Wilkinson proved more than enough for Toulon to join Clermont in next month’s Heineken Cup final.In a battle of two bulky packs, Saracens could not create enough inroads in a star-studded southern French side and they duly fell 12-24 to their guests at Twickenham.Both sides arrived into the game knowing their kickers would have to be mercilessly accurate and Saracens and England 10 Owen Farrell matched Wilkinson kick-for-kick for 39 minutes.His attempt from the halfway line on the stroke of half time failed to split the posts as both sides struggled to stay in Alain Rollaind’s good books in a first half which ended 9-12 in the visitors’ favour.With England’s past and present out-halves in direct competition, the remaining 28 players have been reduced to supporting roles, but the pack battle and the back-row duel between Kelly Brown and Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe has been even intriguing with space and opportunities to run few and far between.CoveringThe Top 14 side came closest to a maximum score in the 15th minute. Leading 6-3, Alexis Palisson received a reversed pass from Matt Giteau deep in his own half and was able to race straight through the middle of Twickenham.With Farrell covering, the wing opted to chip ahead and Delon Armitage was faced with a race for the bouncing ball. The ball agonisingly beat him to the sideline this time, but Farrell had been tempted into dropping a shoulder as Palisson kicked on and Wilkinson was able to add his third penalty of the day.last_img read more

first_imgOdds on Roy Keane becoming Celtic’s next manager were slashed dramatically and Martin O’Neill confirmed an approach from Dermot Desmond.Robbie Henshaw will miss Ireland’s tour of Argentina, but Joe Schmidt has still to make up his mind about a replacement.Connacht have appointed a new backs coach — New Zealand native Andre Bell.Worried about missing the Munster SHC replay between Cork and Waterford? RTE will stream it live on their website.The GAA and GPA launched “We Wear More,” a new mental health campaign supporting players.Away – Gary Wilson’s cult status at Surrey has really taken off.Where we were todayBen Blake went to meet three-time Major winner turned fashion designer Padraig Harrington to ask him about missing out on the US Open… and Rory McIlroy’s love life. Source: James Crombie/INPHOThe fixture list#NBA: Game 5 of the Western Conference play-off finals between Oklahoma City and San Antonio gets underway at 2am tonight.#AIRTRICITY LEAGUE: Champions St Patrick’s Athletic host Derry City in the pick of tomorrow’s five Premier Division fixtures. It doesn’t look like Kim and Kanye will be taking up their seats in Turner’s Cross, sadly, but here are the full list of fixtures. NEED TO CATCH up? brings you a round-up of today’s sports news… Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHOHome #FRENCH OPEN:Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are back on the Roland Garros clay for their respective third-round matches.Showbiz, Baby!Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman continues to flout his indoor voice, this time at one Michelle Obama in a government healthy eating initiative.center_img Ireland’s Philip Deignan finished third on today’s stage of the Giro d’Italia.Flags outside Old Trafford flew at half-mast following the death of Manchester United’s American owner Malcolm Glazer.Jonny Wilkinson will take up a backroom role at Toulon next season.George Groves promised to “finish” Carl Froch with a left hook when the two meet in Wembley on Saturday evening. (BBC)A spilled drink drove former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez to kill two men, prosecutors in a US court alleged.The best thing we sharedThis New Yorker interview with Richard Williams, the world’s most famous tennis dad, is well worth five minutes.On the record“They named a drink after me, the Gary Wilson, which is gin and whiskey. I’m sure Gary Wilson messed a few people up that night — it’s not often I get to say that!” Source: letsmove/YouTube“I’ve got a job, I’ve got a job… I’ve got two jobs.”last_img read more

first_imgEAMON GILMORE WAS being careful not draw any of the limelight away from his successor as Labour leader this afternoon as he arrived at the Mansion House in Dublin ahead of the formal announcement of the contest.“That’s entirely a matter for the new leader,” he told reporters, when asked if he expected to remain as a member of the Cabinet.On the question of whether he might prefer the job of EU Commissioner — which, until the last few weeks — had been expected to go to Fine Gael Minister Phil Hogan, he said:“That’s not something that I’m thinking about today. This is Joan Burton’s day.”Burton, who had been widely expected to win the leadership contest, is expected to hold initial talks with the Taoiseach this evening, ahead of face-to-face talks on the reshuffle and the Commissioner post at the start of next week.Gilmore resigned as Tánaiste earlier this afternoon, paving the way for the Dublin West TD to take over.“She will have all of the goodwill and good wishes and help that I can give her in the task,” he said this afternoon.He said he was “very proud of the fact that I’ve had the privilege to lead the Labour Party for seven years” describing the role as an “outstanding honour”“I’m very proud of work we’ve done to bring about recovery,” he said, pointing to a series of ‘good news’ economic headlines in today’s newspapers.He said it was encouraging to see a headline predicting the prospect of a benign budget “rather than a headline which might just as easily have been about a second bailout”.The hard work over the last three years is paying off for the Irish people – and the Irish people today can look ahead to what I think will be a better future.He reiterated that it was his intention to stay active in politics and said he would make “every contribution that I can”.Read: Joan Burton is the new leader of the Labour PartyRead: Why Eamon Gilmore wants a top EU job, and why it would be a win for Labour if he got itlast_img read more

first_imgEVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you the five things you need to know before you head out the door.1. #MH17: It has been reported today that 100 AIDS experts were killed in the MH17 plane crash. Here’s a timeline of everything we know so far.2. #STRIKE: Industrial action has been threatened after Irish Rail announced today that it will go ahead with pay cuts at the company.3. #U-TURN: The government has announced that 30 health and disability organisations are to have their funding restored.4. #STABBING: A woman in her 40s has been arrested after a man was stabbed to death in Dublin last night.5. #PALE ALL THE WAY: Anyone under 18 will be banned from using sunbeds in Ireland from Monday.last_img

first_imgEven if you are not a huge model train enthusiast you will at least be able to appreciate the creativity in what one modern interior design “hacker” named Jaxan has achieved. Just like a hacker may modify software for their own purpose, interior design hackers modify furniture in the same way. Design hackers seem to find the furniture they wish to modify from inexpensive furniture stores such as IKEA. Considering some people have a low opinion of IKEA furniture, there may be artistic satisfaction in taking furniture from the store and “upgrading it.”Jaxan’s target was an IKEA coffee table sold under the name “Liatorp”. It has been modified to accommodate a small scale landscape and a N scale train set which includes two separate sets of moving train engines and cars on their own set of tracks. The setup is quite eye-catching since the moving train set can be seen through the glass coffee table. If you have the misfortune of seeing a small train derailment through the glass table, don’t worry, the whole landscape and trains are accessible by simply sliding everything out on a big drawer.AdChoices广告Looking at the photo of the table, you can see that the power cord comes out the back and runs under the table which allows for a pretty clean installation. If you were able to put the table over a floor outlet you probably wouldn’t even notice where the train is getting its power from.Read more at Bit Rebelslast_img read more

first_imgHDTV technology has been a bit stagnant the last few years. LCD TVs are by far the mainstream and incremental features are being added to them, with 3D being the only possible new “big” feature. Plasma TVs, once the cutting edge and rage of flat screen TVs, have also hit a plateau and maintain a nice dollar per inch savings over their slimmer, more robust LCD counterparts. Accordingly, if you are looking to save some bucks on your HDTV purchase, a plasma is awful tempting with its considerable cost savings over a comparably sized LCD TV.This LG 50PW350 plasma HDTV measures in at a cool 50-inches, a good size for most living rooms and a monster for a game/entertainment room. This isn’t last year’s leftover either, being a 2011 model offering 3D compatibility and a 600Hz refresh rate that claims to eliminate the fuzzy action associated with older plasma technology. 720p 1080p resolution is of course standard, with component video, RCA, VGA, and three HDMI ports for input. Playback of video, audio, and photos is also supported from USB devices. While heavier than your usual LCD TV at 65 lbs, this 50-inch beast measures only 2 inches thick and should fit nicely on your wall.As you can probably tell, this plasma isn’t as fully loaded with cutting edge features like internet connectivity and WiFi. Most plasmas don’t come with such technology and in a few years we probably won’t see new plasma models at all, but until then you can relish getting 50-inches of high quality HDTV for only $663. Most 50-inch+ LCD TVs run at least $1000, though bargain models can be had for less.Visit LogicBuy for the LG 50PW350 50-inch Plasma HDTVlast_img read more

first_imgOur households are becoming more and more connected every day. Services from companies are beginning to infiltrate our homes, breathing new life into our every appliance. Televisions, printers, tablets, they are all devices that have been greatly improved by constant internet access. Televisions are smarter, printers can now receive instructions from anywhere in the world, and tablets sit on desks and coffee tables in the house just begging to be used. All of these devices bring along something unique and beneficial, yet they all suffer from the same critical flaw. Not a single one of these products, nor the services that power them, are designed with a family in mind.Here are some devices and services that had great potential, but forgot about the multi-user aspect.Google Cloud PrintGoogle has given users the power to send a file to the printer in your home from anywhere in the world. Using just your Gmail account, you can send any file through Google Cloud Print and it will start printing in moments. The service really speaks to the power of the modern internet, and the capabilities of cloud services in general. Unfortunately, the engineers at Google seem to think that the only people interested in this service are people who live alone — Cloud Print is bound to your Google Account. Only someone with the password to your Google account can use it. All of the power of the cloud, completely wasted when you live in a house with two teenagers who have their own computers. The family printer doesn’t benefit from this powerful feature at all.Google TVMy television has Google Chrome, YouTube, and a ton of apps that let me do quite a bit more than I can do with any other TV out there. I can even sit from across the room and navigate my TiVo with my smartphone, all through the functionality of this smart TV. My friend recently sent me this really funny video on YouTube. I enjoyed it so much I decided to add it to my favorites. Meanwhile, back at home, my 7-year-old daughter could be using the family television and stumble across my favorites list. Did I mention that video wasn’t suitable for kids? Having your Google account on your television gives you access to some great combined features, but as soon as you put your personal Gmail on your TV, it stops becoming a family device.TabletsGoogle, Apple, RIM, HP… all of these companies have made incredible strides with tablets. Obviously some have been more popular than others, but there is no denying that these small yet incredibly powerful computers offer us a great way to consume media and surf the web. Some people have even managed to be productive with them. As great as these machines are, they all fail in the exact same places. They lack multiple accounts.This isn’t a new concept, either. Windows, OS X, Linux have all had multiple account login for years. You put a tablet in a house full of people, and it lives on the coffee table in the living room. If someone needs it, they just scoop it up and use it, and return it when they are finished. Now, as the owner of that tablet, you are out and about one day when your wife picks up the tablet to use it, and is bombarded by notifications from emails, instant messages, and more from you planning her surprise birthday party. It not only seriously detracts from the experience, but it leaves you vulnerable to having your private conversation intercepted.BiscottiThere have been several attempts in the past year to bring video chatting into the living room, and I think that if anybody has a shot at making that work, it is Biscotti. Their product is incredibly simple to setup, simple to use, and does the one thing it advertises it will do really well. All it does is allow you to video chat with anybody over Google Talk. If you have a computer, smartphone, or even a television with a Biscotti, you can video chat.Unfortunately, this would never work in my house. I have hundreds of work and personal contacts that I could potentially video chat with, and that list is completely separate from my wife who has her own friends she would choose to communicate with in this way. What if you have teens in the house, and each of them have their own friends list? It becomes unwieldy the second you have more than one primary user.Why not just make a dedicated account for the house?Yes, creating a separate account that everyone in the house has access to does solve many of these problems. However, it also immediately removes the benefit of having your personal information tied to the device. The real solution here is to allow for both the ability to have multiple users recognized on a device, but also to make it effortless to switch between them. If you have a “house account” it should exist in a hierarchical fashion and allow for multiple users to exist under the umbrella of that account, and not function in the same rigid way you would expect your personal account to exist.Functions like a “guest mode” that would allow for an incognito session to persist while a friend was visiting for a week, for example. Simply making a dedicated account for the house is just a band-aid, and not even a very effective one.Closing thoughtsThis feels like something that could be fixed very easily. Many of my examples are pointed at Google services because they seem to be the most likely to be used by multiple members of the same household. The average household in America does not have just one person in it, and companies need to account for that when they make devices that require a personal account to use. It’s not just allowing for multiple users, but also making it quick to switch back and forth, and still keeping it secure.Ideally, many of these issues could be solved by something like the Face Unlock in Android 4.0. If I pick up my tablet, it should scan my face and know I am the one who wants to use it. This same concept could be pushed to solve many of the problems I have outlined today.last_img read more

first_imgIt has been suggested by many that smartphones are eating away at the point-and-shoot camera market. Every new smartphone comes with a camera that has a better sensor and higher quality optics than the preview generation. In fact, 12 megapixel cameras on smartphones won’t be rare by the end of the year. The notion that you can just pull out your phone and take a decent photo might be enough for some, but it is a mistake to assume that the point-and-shoot world isn’t evolving at the same rate as the smartphone world. Olympus proved that this week with the release of a whole new line of inexpensive, yet remarkable, point-and-shoot cameras, and we were given the opportunity to get a hands-on with them.TG-320One thing you won’t be doing anytime soon with your smartphone is sticking it underwater to take a shot (not without a special case anyway). The Olympus Tough TG-320 is rated for up to 10-feet underwater, plus this 10MP camera can handle a 5-foot drop and freezing temperatures and still take good photos. The TG-320 can capture 720p video at just a hair under 30 fps and the 3.2x optical zoom helps get the best shot from a reasonable distance. The TG-320 is being released as Olympus’ base model camera. For $179, it is a great starter. VG-160You’d be surprised to see what $99 worth of camera gets you these days. If you’re looking at the VG-160, $99 gets you a 14 megapixel point-and-shooter with a 5x optical zoom. The camera can take burst shots at 7 fps (just like a Sony NEX 5) and 720p video at 30 fps. The 3-inch LCD display gives you a pretty good shot of what you are looking at before you pull the trigger. For a 14MP camera with a 26-130mm equivalent lens on board, the camera is plenty thin. The software on board sports nearly 30 different scene modes to tool around with, and after you take that less than perfect shot you can apply any of a dozen filters to give it new life. For $99, this camera is an interesting option for anyone looking to save money on their camera.SZ-12A classic problem with many point-and-shooters is that they are decent up close, but no optical zoom to rely on for distance. Digital zoom doesn’t cut it (even in a pinch), so you need something with a decent zoom sometimes. That, unfortunately, usually doesn’t come cheap or small. The Olympus SZ-12 takes the 14MP camera we’ve seen in other parts of Olympus’ lineup and straps on 24x optical zoom. Alongside that the camera offers two forms of image stabilization for a steady shot and steady video. The SZ-12 has 7 fps sequential shooting, as well as a macro mode for a great up close shot. With a 3-inch LCD screen you’ll be able to see high quality images of every picture you take, but you can also share the images wirelessly with the optional Eye-Fi Card. At $199 the camera is available in silver, black, and red and is clearly more than just a little point-and-shoot. Final ThoughtsOlympus’ 2012 line refresh makes it clear that while you certainly could use your smartphone to grab a quick shot, there’s still reason to make room for a point-and-shoot in your travel bag. This refresh has thrown the gauntlet down, setting the expectation for higher quality from feature-packed, inexpensive cameras. While the true camera geek might go for a high-end Micro Four-Thirds or EVIL camera, this new line from Olympus seems likely to have people asking “you paid how much for that camera?”last_img read more

first_imgEveryone knows that Macs aren’t immune to malware infections at this point. Even with an operating system that’s as secure as OS X appears to be, the bad guys have gotten very good at social engineering in recent years. As long as they can trick users into clicking things they really shouldn’t click, there’s no way to bullet proof Macs (or any other system for that matter).So just how big a problem is malware on Macs? Bigger than you might think, says Russian security firm Dr Web. Their researchers have uncovered a sizeable Mac botnet, with around 550,000 compromised systems currently in the clutches of its command and control servers.As is the case with most Mac malware seen to date, Flashback makes its way onto a users’ system by way of compromised websites and a drive-by attack utilizing a Java applet. The applet exploits one of two vulnerabilities that have since been patched by Apple. Attacks were first detected in February, and they’ve clearly been very effective in their short time in the wild.Apart from the alarming number of infections, Dr Web also notes that some of the compromised web pages that delivered the Trojan belong to D-Link. That’s a pretty big black eye for a network hardware vendor, particularly one who offers a range of VPN and Firewall appliances.While a half-million strong botnet is obviously not a good thing, are all those infected Macs really worth getting riled up about? Apple is selling four to five million Macs a quarter now, so a few hundred thousand machines is a drop in the bucket.The real problem here isn’t Apple or OS X, obviously. It’s a combination of those annoying, insecure plug-ins we love to hate and users who jumped to Mac expecting a free ride when it came to responsible Internet use after falling into the same traps on their Windows systems.More at Dr Weblast_img read more

first_imgJapan‘s National Police Agency (NPA) is used to offering reward money to people who help them track down and apprehend criminals. But until now the rewards have been limited to cases where murder or arson were involved. For the first time though, the NPA has decided to offer the reward for catching a hacker.The hacker in question has already managed to get four innocent people arrested by hacking their PCs and using them to post bulletin board messages. The messages were anything but nice, and gave details of planned killings in schools, which thankfully never happened. He’s also well-known for posting messages on 2channel using an anonymous method known simply as “Syberian Post Office.”Clearly the NPA has had enough, and will happily pay you 3 million yen ($36,000) to help apprehend him/her. That’s the maximum reward they are allowed to offer, showing you how much they want to catch this hacker. All they seem to know is that he’s a programmer that prefers to use the C# language, has created the virus known as iesys.exe, and is very good at remaining anonymous — no wonder they need help.That may be why the reward is so high, as the NPA want to entice someone who actually knows who the hacker is to come forward and rat him out. Such a scenario seems unlikely to happen unless he’s upset a fellow hacker who’s seeking revenge, or a “friend” of his is really short on cash for the holidays.Whether the reward is claimed seems likely to depend on how much the hacker likes bragging, and therefore how many people know about his actions.via NetworkWorldlast_img read more