Woman who took righttodie case Marie Fleming has passed away

first_imgUpdated 2.25pmMARIE FLEMING, WHO had taken a landmark Supreme Court case to secure a right to die, passed away overnight.Her death, at the age of 59, was announced this morning.The university lecturer lost in her attempt to ensure that her partner Tom Curran would not face prosecution if he helped end her life.She was suffering from the final stages of Multiple Sclerosis.Her family said she passed “peacefully at home in the tender care of her beloved partner Tom”.She is survived by her children Corrinna and Simon and stepson David, as well as two brothers, a sister and grandchildren.Her funeral and burial will take place this Sunday at Castlemacadam.The family has requested any donations in lieu of flowers to be given to the Carer’s Association.First published 8.42amMore: “This is the worst small country in the western world to be sick in”last_img read more

Emer Costello says former colleague Nessa Childers is in a political abyss

first_imgLABOUR MEP EMER Costello has said her former colleague and now constituency rival, Nessa Childers, “a little bit in a political abyss” in the European Parliament as a result of her having left the party.Costello will face stiff competition from Childers to retain her seat in three-seat Dublin in the 23 May European elections with the now independent Childers, who left Labour last year, switching to Dublin in the wake of her Ireland East constituency being abolished.Speaking to Karen Coleman on RadioEP.ie earlier today, Costello said that although Childers is “free to stand wherever she pleases” she will face a challenge in having to move constituency and having previously been a member of the Green Party as well as Labour.“I think that certainly the Labour Party members, the Labour Party voters have certainly rallied around me and I think the voters will be looking at Nessa’s record as well in terms of having a colourful pedigree in the past and then now moving geographically as well,” she said. “So I think there are challenges there for Nessa.” She also claimed that Childers’ decision to leave Labour has left her outside of any of the major groupings in the European Parliament, adding that non-aligned members are not a cohesive group in the same way as the Dáil’s Technical Group.“When you look at the composition, how could there be? Because you have people like Godfrey Bloom, who is kind of famous for his ‘bonga bonga’ comments and is no longer in UKIP.“You have people like Marine Le Pen who is the French National Front… you also have people like Diane Dodds from the Democratic Unionist Party. So there is certainly a political mixture there in the independents.”She said that unlike other independents such as Ireland North-West’s Marian Harkin, who is aligned to the ALDE grouping, Childers is outside any cohesive grouping.“Here, unfortunately, the reality is that if you are not aligned to a political group you really are a little bit in a political abyss,” she added.Read: Nessa Childers will run in Dublin in effort to retain European Parliament seatEmer Costello: Single-party FG government would have implemented Greek-like austerityFollow our European elections coverage here >last_img read more

Derry Two arrested over reports of attempted hijacking

first_imgTWO MEN HAVE been arrested by police in Northern Ireland following reports of an attempted hijacking.The PSNI said that police in Derry investigating reports of an attempted hijacking in the Carnhill area of the city this morning have arrested two males.Police also recovered a small crossbow following a search of a house in the area.An 18-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted hijacking, possession of an offensive weapon in a public place, criminal damage and assault on police.A second man, aged 27, has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage, possession of an offensive weapon, assault on police and resisting arrest.They are both currently in custody assisting police with their enquiries.last_img read more

Bad news Scorpios youre the worst for making car insurance claims

first_imgIF YOU BELIEVE in star signs, people born under the sign of Scorpio are secretive, stubborn and insensitive.And now, as if they don’t have enough to contend with, it turns out that they also make more motor insurance claims than any other sign of the zodiac. Can’t those guys get a break?AA Ireland did a review of car insurance claims and found that Arians (people born between 21 March and 20 April) make the least claims on their car insurance, closely followed by Leos, who are born between 23 July and 22 August.Geminis made the second-most claims after Scorpios, closely followed by Capricorns, Librans, Taurans and Virgos who all tied for 3rd place.Aquarian and committed rationalist Conor Faughnan says Scorpios shouldn’t panic just yet.“To be honest we are very rational and skeptical in here,” he said. “As major motor insurers you would hope that it is true”.The differences in risk rate based on your birthday are very very small but for all that it can be a bit of fun to compare them.So don’t worry. Faughnan assures us that insurance companies won’t be carefully checking your birthday and assessing your personality traits.“We don’t take it all that seriously, and certainly we don’t use astrology to rate motor insurance risk,” he said. “But it was a fun exercise and caused a lot of debate here in the office.”How the star signs ranked in order of claims1. Scorpio2. Gemini3. = Capricorn3. = Libra3. = Taurus3. = Virgo4. Pisces5. = Cancer5. = Sagittarius6. Aquarius7. Leo8. AriesRead: Is this the world’s worst attempt at parallel parking? >Update: Hyundai apologises for ‘pipe job’ ad after major criticism >last_img read more

Armagh prove too strong for Meath in AllIreland SFC Round 4B qualifier

first_imgARMAGH1. Philip McEvoy (Dromintee)3. Charlie Vernon (Armagh Harps)4. Andy Mallon (Parnells)2. James Morgan (Crossmaglen Rangers)5. Mark Shields (Whites Cross)6. Brendan Donaghy (Clonmore)25. Aaron Kernan (Crossmaglen Rangers)8. Stephen Harold (Carrickcruppen)9. Aaron Findon (St Peter’s)14. Stefan Campbell (Clann na Gael)12. Tony Kernan (Crossmaglen Rangers)10. Aidan Forker (Maghery)15. Jamie Clarke (Crossmaglen Rangers)11. Kevin Dyas (Dromintee)13. Kyle Carragher (Crossmaglen Rangers)Subs: 20. Michael Murray (Cullyhanna) for Morgan (half-time), 17. Rory Grugan (Ballymacnab Round Towers) for Carragher (55), 21. Brian Mallon (Tir na n-Og) for Forker (60), 23. Stefan Forker (Maghery) for Kernan (67).MEATH1. Paddy O’Rourke (Skryne)2. Michael Burke (Longwood)5. Bryan Menton (Donaghmore/Ashbourne)4. Donal Keogan (Rathkenny) Armagh 0-18Meath 0-13ARMAGH HAVE SECURED a spot in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship quarter-finals after a five point win in their Round 4B qualifier with Meath in a rain sodden Croke Park this evening.Meath started the game quickly, Andrew Tormey and Mickey Newman shooting into an empty Hill 16 but Armagh’s Jamie Clarke took advantage of a mistake by Paddy O’Rourke to score his side’s first point before Aidan Forker levelled things up at 0-2 apiece on ten minutes.They would be the first of eight scores on the bounce for Armagh and it looked as if Paul Grimley’s side would have the game wrapped up by the break. However, five unanswered points in as many minutes from Meath ensured they went into half time down by just a single point, 0-8 to 0-7.While Meath levelled briefly at the start of the second half, another twenty minute period without a score would prove their undoing as Armagh rattled off five unanswered scores of their own to stretch into a 15-10 lead with ten minutes remaining. Armagh selector Kieran McGeeney with Aaron Kiernan after the game. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOMeath needed goals in the closing stages but it never looked likely as the losing Leinster finalists could only get as close as four before Graham Reilly and Newman closed out the game for the Ulster side.A season that began with relegation to Division 3 suddenly looks a whole lot brighter for Armagh and their supporters. Scorers for Armagh: Tony Kernan 0-3 (0-2f), Aidan Forker and Stefan Campbell 0-3 each, Aaron Kernan and Brian Mallon 0-2 each, Mark Shields, Kevin Dyas, Kyle Carragher, Jamie Clarke and Stefan Forker 0-1 each. Scorers for Meath: Michael Newman 0-4 (0-3f, 0-1 ’45), Graham Reilly 0-3, Paddy O’Rourke 0-2 (0-2f), David Bray 0-2 (0-1f), Damien Carroll and Andrew Tormey 0-1 each. 10. Damien Carroll (Ballinabrackey)6. Padraic Harnan (Moynalvey)7. Donncha Tobin (Blackhall Gaels)18. Shane O’Rourke (Simonstown Gaels)9. Adam Flanagan (Clonard)8. Brian Meade (Rathkenny)11. Brian McMahon (Ratoath)12. Andrew Tormey (Donaghmore/Ashbourne)13. David Bray (Navan O’Mahony’s)14. Stephen Bray (Navan O’Mahony’s)15. Michael Newman (Kilmainham)Subs: 22. Graham Reilly (St Colmcille’s) for Meade (30), 17. Eoghan Harrington (Wolfe Tones) for Carroll (53), 21. Dalton McDonagh (Na Fianna) for Stephen Bray (57), 25. Joseph Wallace (Ratoath) for David Bray (60), 23. Paddy Gilsenan (Oldcastle) for McDonagh (63).Referee: Rory Hickey (Clare).Donegal through to the All-Ireland MFC semi-finals with win over RoscommonDust off your CV as Leitrim are looking for another senior football managerlast_img read more

Kinect has sold a million units since launch

first_imgThere’s a lot of valid complaints to level at the Kinect, Microsoft’s recently released gesture-control accessory for the Xbox 360. Its field of view is limited, its voice recognition is spotty, its prone to lag, its more expensive than the competition and its launch titles are lackluster.None of that seems to matter to the general populace though: Microsoft has just announced that the Kinect seems to be selling out across the country. In fact, it’s outselling the PlayStation Move by a factor of about three to one: Microsoft says that in the first ten days of sales, the Kinect has already moved a million units.AdChoices广告It’s worth noting that that number’s going to get even more enormous: Black Friday hasn’t even landed, and the holiday shopping system is still ahead of us. It seems likely that by the time Christmas rolls around, Microsoft will manage to triple that number.Like I said, there’s a lot of legitimate grousing to be done about the Kinect, but a lot of that has to do with Microsoft reaching for the stars with the technology this time around… and so some of the Kinect’s failures are understandable. One thing’s for sure: with a million units in the wild, developers will be galvanized to really master the technology of the Kinect and correct some of its current shortcomings. For all my skepticism, it looks like Microsoft may very well manage to pull the Kinect off and out-Wii the Wii after all.Read more at Microsoftlast_img read more

Google has 2076 job openings

first_imgIf you have the talent and the enthusiasm there is no better time to apply for a job at Google. Not only has the company just raised its salaries for employees, but Reuters did some calculations and found there are 2,076 open positions.The number of jobs available is not through any mass exodus from Google to Facebook. Google is just ramping up on hiring which has seen the positions available increase six-fold over the course of this year. Half of those jobs are in the U.S. with most falling into the categories of engineering and sales.AdChoices广告Google may already have over 23,000 employees, but it is still expanding and needs more staff for its core areas such as advertising, Android, and web services. There is a lot of variety in the jobs on offer, though, with temporary and student positions as well as a few jobs more to do with helping run a Google complex or be an evangelist for the company rather than just working directly on new and existing projects.Read more at ReutersMatthew’s OpinionGoogle’s job pages are well laid out into sections making it quite difficult to get an overall picture of just how many positions are open. But if you’d asked me to guess I would have said a few hundred, not 2000+.The sheer scale of Google’s business, plus their continued need to grow, suggests they do need that many new people. Not enough hands on deck means the operations side won’t run smoothly and projects have to run at a slower pace if you’re short on engineers. That’s not something Google can afford to have happen with growing competition all around it.This is also another reason why it responded to the brain drain going to Facebook. If the company is searching for 2,000 new people it can’t afford to lose too many that are already established there.last_img read more

PSP 2 likely to feature OLED screen and 3G support

first_imgWe discovered last week that Sony is going to announce news of the PSP 2 in Toyko this week (this Thursday to be more precise), and we now have a few more details relating to the features that will likely appear on the device.Apparently the screen will be larger than the current PSP’s 4.3″ display and it will be based on similar OLED touchscreen technology that you find in smartphones.AdChoices广告3G support will also be on-board (via NTT Docomo Japan) for game and movie downloads, but you won’t be able to make phone calls. However, the processor (unknown type at this stage) will likely be powerful enough to display HD content.Price wise you are going to pay more than the current PSP price point, but that’s to be expected due to multiple discounts on the price over the years.  Sony is also planning to roll out the device by the end of the year in Japan at least. In the West we may be waiting until early 2012.Read more at CrunchGearlast_img read more

iPads Outnumber Linux Machines on the Web

first_imgAccording to a study by Royal Pingdom and data from Statcounter that covered over 3 million Web sites, the iPad along makes up more hits on the sites that collected data than all of the Linux machines that visited those same sites combined. The big news from the study initially was that Windows 7 users had finally outnumbered Windows XP users, but when the team looked more closely at the numbers of operating systems near the bottom of the list, they uncovered the surprising stats. Overall, Windows systems still make up well over 80% of all of the visitors to the Websites in the Statcounter study, but down at the bottom, all Linux users and distros only accounted for 0.71% of all visits. The iPad however, even with the iPhone and iPod Touch removed from the numbers, accounted for 1.18%. That makes the iPad a more popular “desktop” platform than Linux, which is a turn of events few expected. At the same time, it’s just as possible that all of the Linux users out there simply aren’t surfing the Web on their computers, or that the majority of Linux systems in use aren’t built for Web browsing. At the same time though, it’s clear that Linux on the desktop doesn’t have the traction that the iPad does.AdChoices广告last_img read more

Microsoft to replace Xbox consoles bricked by forthcoming update

first_imgBack at the end of March Microsoft made a rather surprising announcement: it had found an extra gigabyte of space on the DVDs Xbox 360 games ship on. That extra 1GB comes from an area of the disc reserved for anti-piracy solutions and DVD-Audio. As Microsoft doesn’t require such areas, it decided to remove them and free the space for more game data.While such a move will help developers out, it also means all Xbox 360s need a firmware update to support the new discs. The only issue for Microsoft is that some consoles won’t like the update and will stop working and won’t read discs anymore.Luckily, there’s only a very small percentage of consoles affected, and Microsoft has stated it intends to replace those machines free of charge. It is, after all, a problem it caused. Don’t fret yet, however, as the update that may break your machine has only been released to Xbox Live beta testers. Microsoft won’t release it officially until May 19, and you may not get it in your area of the world until as late as May 30th.Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be any way to tell if your machine is affected other than to apply the update and see if it happens. You will know, as a “disc unreadable” message will appear instead of your game loading after that. The only information we do have is that anyone with a bricked machine will be getting a 250GB Slim model as a replacement as well as a 12-month subscription to Xbox Live Gold.The one user we know this has happened to, named Avery Penn, received an email from Microsoft as shown below:His Xbox was a 60GB Pro manufactured in 2009. Apparently Microsoft can detect which consoles have been affected by the update over Xbox Live, and that triggers the email being sent out. If you are really lucky, you may have an old machine that experiences this problem and Microsoft will send you a shiny new machine.Read more at Kotaku, via NowGamerlast_img read more

PayPal orders destruction of antique violin by buyer

first_imgThe online payment company PayPal has done some very questionable things in its short history, the most recent we reported on being nearly ruining Christmas for over 200 kids. But this latest episode has left me stunned.Regretsy recently received an email from a woman by the name of Erica. She had attempted to sell an antique pre-World War II violin to a buyer in Canada and used PayPal to handle payment. However, the buyer on receiving the violin disputed its authenticity, or more specifically the label on the violin. That’s despite the violin being authenticated by a luthier–a professional who makes and repairs string instruments–before the sale occurred.The violin was sold for $2,500, and you’d expect any dispute to end with either payment or the object being returned to the seller. Not in this case, however.PayPal takes a very dim view of anything deemed to be a counterfeit item. In this case it decided the violin was counterfeit. For the buyer to get his money back PayPal demanded he destroy the violin and provide evidence of doing so. You can see that evidence in the image above.Here’s the paragraph from PayPal’s terms of service that allows them to do this (click to see full size):In the end the buyer got his money back and the seller was left with nothing. The real issue here though, is the fact that PayPal can order the destruction of property. In this case very valuable property proven to be an antique. At the very least the seller should have been given the option to refund the buyer and pay for the item to be returned. Instead, PayPal has destroyed an item from history using what seems to be nothing more than the comments of a misinformed buyer in order to do so.Read more at Regretsylast_img read more

Apple TV set reportedly held back by content deals

first_imgIf you’re expecting an Apple TV set to launch within the next few months, you may have a bit longer to wait. A report says that, although Apple has prototypes of the iTV living in its locked-down design studios, it’s having trouble securing the content deals that it wants and it may be another year or so until the integrated TV launches.Apple is supposedly looking at 42-inch or larger TV set models for the initial release. This contradicts previous alleged supply chain leaks that say that the company will be launching with smaller (and cheaper) 32- and 37-inch sets; that report also had the sets arriving in mid-2012.The new report cites an alleged former Apple employee who says that a slick 50-inch TV set is housed in Sir Jony Ive’s locked-down Cupertino design studio. As Ive’s studio is where all of Apple’s ideas go to take physical form, this is hardly surprising news; Ive may have had TV prototypes in there for years.More of a revelation is the news that Apple is getting hung up in trying to make content deals. A source who allegedly was part of the Apple TV team says that content providers are resisting Apple’s courting. The company supposedly wants to give customers à la carte packages: think of it as a build-your-own cable package.Such an offering would be a revolution in content distribution, and customers would embrace it wholeheartedly. And that’s exactly why content providers are reluctant to make a deal. They’re perfectly happy with charging sky-high rates for tiered cable packages, and will likely fight tooth-and-nail to preserve their old method. Apple nudged (nay, shoved) the music industry into the 21st century with its iTunes content deals; a similar seismic shift in the television industry frightens content providers.Aside from the possible new content distribution method, the TV set would also incorporate Siri and iOS devices as remote controls. You could simply ask Siri to “play something by Martin Scorcese from the last ten years,” and watch as Gangs of New York begins. Likewise, Apple would likely release its own Apple TV apps for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch for slightly more traditional controls.When will we see the Apple TV set? This report cites an analyst who believes that it’s still over a year away. That may or may not be the case, but the product’s release probably does hinge on Apple’s content deals. Without those, it’s just a slick-looking TV with Apple TV built-in.via USA Todaylast_img read more

Support King Bowsers war effort with these propaganda posters

first_imgThere are signs today (literally) that Bowser is stepping up his war-efforts in the Koopa Kingdom to recruit volunteers to finally overrun the Mushroom Kingdom’s defenses and do away with a couple of bothersome plumbers. Pictured above are nine of the propaganda posters that have been seen in the Dark Land, urging its citizens to join their nation in its struggle to rid itself of the oppression of the Mario brothers.Fans of the classic Nintendo Mario Bros. titles will recognize the humor in the above paragraph, as of course these posters are an artists interpretation of the kind of actions Bowser might take in his latest bid to kidnap Princess Peach. All of the artwork seen above are original pieces that have been created by Fernando Reza, a Los Angeles artist that specializes in geeky pop-culture art. Other works that he has posted on his site involve titles such as Doctor Who, Star Wars and Back to the Future. All of which will make you go looking for a towel to wipe the drool from your chin.The great news is that if you have $150 that is burning a hole in your pocket you can own the full set of nine posters pictured above. You better hurry however, as the run is limited to 150 individually numbered and signed copies. The world is run by Geeks remember, and a good number of them spend all their days scanning the internet for items such as this. If you are looking for just one or two of the posters, they are priced individually at $30.00 which isn’t a bad price at all.You can see more of Reza’s artwork by going to his site Fro Design Co.last_img read more

Scythe to offer transparent open air desktop PC case

first_imgTransparent cases seemed to be all the rage a few years ago, but I never invested in one mainly because they carried a premium price. They also only looked great if you added a bunch of lights inside, and even then you’d probably end up hiding the case under your desk.Now Japanese manufacturer Scythe is launching a rather unusual new transparent case that has an additional feature: it’s an open case. What that means is there are no side panels to encase the components. Instead, everything is left open to the air (and dust) around them.The Scythe ACB-TYPE3 may seem like a mistake from a dust point of view, but it could be the ideal case for someone who regularly tests different components and wants quick access to them. It also opens up the cooling options you have somewhat. For example, you could mount as big a fan as you want on the side of this case, or even completely independently of it.While open, it’s certainly not small and has space for three 5-inch drives, three 3.5″ drives, and two 2.5″ drives. It will work with ATX, micro-ATX, and mini-ITX boards and there’s no chance of you breaking it due to the use of 5mm thick acrylic. In terms of weight, there’s definitely a saving due to it being an open case. As a comparison, the fully-enclosed transparent Scythe ACC-ATX case weighs 5.2kg. The ACB-TYPE3 is only 3.4kg.For the moment the ACB-TYPE3 is only appearing on the Japanese Scythe website, but it’s likely a number of component stores will order stock. It’s certainly a different take on a PC case and one some rig builders are sure to want to experiment with, especially as the price tag is only $85.Read more at Scythe, via FanlessTechlast_img read more

Fresh snowice warning issued as wintry showers move through country

first_img The scene in Roscommon this morning. Short URL Share133 Tweet Email2 Fresh snow-ice warning issued as wintry showers move through country It’ll be another snowy evening in parts of the country. 40,120 Views MET ÉIREANN HAS issued a fresh snow-ice warning for Ireland, kicking in from midnight tonight into tomorrow morning.The Status Yellow alert says that “further showers of hail, sleet and snow today and tonight will give additional accumulations of up to 3cm of snow, with larger amounts on higher ground, especially in Ulster and Connacht”.The afternoon and evening will remain cold with snowfall expected in many counties with the exception of east Leinster where there are long sunny spells.There will be more wintry showers this evening but they will become less frequent in the east and south-east.It’ll be cold and frosty despite a strong westerly breeze, with temperatures ranging between -2 to 1 degrees.After an initially showery start to Monday, Met Éireann forecasts “fair weather” in the afternoon with temperatures ranging between 4 and 7 degrees.It also forecasts another band of snow to spread from the west of the country on Tuesday night. 23 Comments By Sean Murraycenter_img http://jrnl.ie/3846401 The scene in Roscommon this morning. Image: Martin Neary Feb 11th 2018, 3:24 PM Sunday 11 Feb 2018, 3:23 PM Image: Martin Neary Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Simon Harris confirms HSE review of foetal monitors in 11 hospitals

first_img 25 Comments Monday 12 Feb 2018, 7:35 PM Simon Harris confirms HSE review of foetal monitors in 11 hospitals Harris sought to ensure expectant mothers that all the hospitals have been “reissued with the guidance” over the machines. Image: Leah Farrell Share75 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Leah Farrell 11,851 Views By Garreth MacNamee Feb 12th 2018, 7:35 PM http://jrnl.ie/3848943 HEALTH MINISTER SIMON Harris has confirmed that that the HSE will conduct a “precautionary” review of foetal monitors used in 11 Irish hospitals following an RTÉ investigation.This morning, it emerged how concerns had been raised about certain foetal monitors.  A recall of the devices was issued in 2009 because of the high number of complaints received. Many were claiming the devices were taking inaccurate readings.Today, Minister Harris confirmed the HSE review.He said: “In 2009, the company that provides foetal monitors issued guidance right around the world in relation to our hospitals, and in relation to how they should use those monitors. I’m informed by the HSE that they put in place a number of measures to make sure that that guidance was followed, including mandatory training for staff.”“This week the HSE is going to meet with the company that provides those monitors to further examine the issue, and what the HSE has decided to do, which I think is sensible and prudent, is to put in place a precautionary look-back, to look and check that these monitors are being correctly used in all of our hospitals, and also to make sure that there is no patient safety risk to anyone.”Harris also sought to ensure expectant mothers that all the hospitals have been “reissued with the guidance” over the machines. He said that the guidance means that those using those monitors know how to correctly interpret the results.He added: “We have made a number of improvements in our maternity services in recent years, including the fact that, this year HIQUA will inspect for the first ever time our maternity hospitals.”“We now have monthly patients safety statements published by our maternity hospitals and we have set up the national women and infants health programme.”“So, I think it’s right and proper in (this) environment that the HSE would take precautionary steps to make sure there is no patient safety risk.”With reporting by David RaleighRead: Calls for public bodies not to be exempt from fines after details about 18 patients found on street > Short URLlast_img read more

390000 ducks and hens in northern Europe culled over bird flu fears

first_img 10 Comments Monday 28 Nov 2016, 2:45 PM Short URL Nov 28th 2016, 2:45 PM Share66 Tweet Email1 Image: Shutterstock/Red On DUTCH OFFICIALS HAVE culled 190,000 ducks on a central Netherlands farm where inspectors have confirmed the presence of a highly infectious strain of bird flu, according to officials and local media.Last Thursday, officials announced the discovery of the virus in a farm in southwest Sweden, and that 200,000 birds would be culled to prevent the spread of bird flu, which has seen a resurgence across Europe.The outbreak in the Netherlands was detected at a farm in Biddinghuizen, about 70 kilometres (43 miles) west of Amsterdam, where about 180,000 ducks were put down over the weekend together with another 10,000 within a one kilometre radius, the Dutch food and safety watchdog NVWA said.“There are three other poultry farms within a three kilometre radius and they are being monitored,” the NVWA added in a statement.Dutch authorities have also imposed a ban on poultry and poultry product transport within a 10 kilometre radius, the statement also said.Growing fearsTests indicated that the birds were killed by an H5N8 variant of the disease “which is highly infectious” for poultry – killing about 30% of infected birds – but not “very dangerous to humans”, public newscaster NOS said.The H5N8 virus has been detected in poultry and wild birds in ten European countries according to the World Health Organisation: Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Croatia, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland and Russia.A fortnight ago the Netherlands closed petting zoos and banned duck hunting as it stepped up measures to stem a bird flu outbreak blamed for killing scores of poultry and more than a thousand wild birds in the country.Other bird deathsIn the western port of Rotterdam, a park closed its animal section after several aquatic birds were found to have died from the H5N8 virus. Others still not affected have been penned in.And on the banks of Lake Markermeer, close to Amsterdam, about 1,250 wild birds were found dead earlier this month, local news reports said.The H5N1 strain of bird flu has killed more than 420 people, mainly in southeast Asia, since first appearing in 2003. Another strain of bird flu, H7N9, has claimed more than 200 lives since emerging in 2013, according to World Health Organisation figures.- © AFP, 2016Read: Ice rink using dead fish to attract visitors forced to shut downRead: Five years after condemning the ‘narcissism’ of the Holy See, Enda Kenny meets Pope Francis today Image: Shutterstock/Red On http://jrnl.ie/3106281 390,000 ducks and hens in northern Europe culled over bird flu fears The birds were culled in the space of three days in Sweden and the Netherlands following a resurgence in the virus across Europe. 3,823 Views By AFP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Rightwing commentator Milo resigns from Breitbart over child abuse comments

first_img Source: (((Adam Rothberg)))/Twitter https://jrnl.ie/3250279 Statement: After careful consideration @simonschuster and its @threshold_books have cancelled publication of Dangerous by Milo Yiannopoulos— (((Adam Rothberg))) (@AdamRothberg) February 20, 2017 Feb 21st 2017, 8:25 PM 31,701 Views Share74 Tweet Email By Aoife Barry Tuesday 21 Feb 2017, 8:25 PMcenter_img Right-wing commentator Milo resigns from Breitbart over ‘child abuse’ comments He had earlier been dropped from a major Conservative conference. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 115 Comments Short URL Some have questioned why it took until now for the publisher to cancel the publication, given Yiannopoulos’s previous comments about women, feminism, gay men, Islam, and people of colour.Addressing his decision to leave Breitbart, Yiannopoulos said he would be wrong “to allow [his] poor choice of words to detract from [his] colleagues’ important reporting”.He was banned from Twitter last year for his role in encouraging the online abuse of Leslie Jones, one of the stars of Ghostbusters.Yiannopoulos had made the controversial comments about child abuse in an online interview, but later said in a Facebook post that he does not support paedophilia, which is “a vile and disgusting crime, perhaps the worst”.His invitation to the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference was rescinded yesterday, though earlier the American Conservative Union – which runs the event – had said that free speech includes “hearing Milo’s important perspective”.But Yiannopoulis said on Facebook that what happened will not “defeat” him: Source: FacebookWith reporting from Sean MurrayRead: Right-wing commentator Milo Yiannopoulos at centre of storm over ‘child abuse’ comments> Source: Simon & SchusterUpdated 8.25pmYESTERDAY, COMMENTS THAT right-wing pundit Milo Yiannopoulos made about child abuse led him to being dropped from a major Conservative conference.Now a book deal that he had with high-profile publisher Simon & Schuster has been terminated and he has stepped down as technology editor for the right-wing website Breitbart.The book, called Dangerous, was due to be published by the imprint Threshold Editions.PR agent for Simon and Schuster Adam Rothberg made the announcement yesterday:last_img read more

Casting a vote in the French election in Ireland Heres what you

first_img Workers prepare the booths at a polling station in Lambersart, northern France. Source: Michel SpinglerOVER 8,000 FRENCH citizens who are registered to vote in this weekend’s opening round of the country’s presidential election will have the opportunity to cast their ballots at two locations in Ireland when polls open tomorrow.Voters are being asked to go to one of three voting stations at: Pour les #Presidentielle2017 & #legislatives2017 retrouvez toutes les informations pour voter en #Irlande https://t.co/29pGFhGEJ3 pic.twitter.com/TB4eCjWo6n— France in Ireland (@FranceinIreland) April 19, 2017 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 29 Comments By Daragh Brophy Saturday 22 Apr 2017, 7:30 PM The Embassy of France in Ireland (66 Fitzwilliam Lane, Dublin 2) where there are two voting stationsOr to City Hall in CorkPolling take place between 8am and 7pm Irish time. Casting a vote in the French election in Ireland? Here’s what you need to know Over 8,000 French citizens are entitled to cast their ballots here. Apr 22nd 2017, 7:30 PM http://jrnl.ie/3352262 8,746 Views Source: France in Ireland/Twitter Share Tweet Email2 Short URL Eleven candidates spanning the spectrum from Trotskyist left to far-right are running in this weekend’s contest.The four favourites are far-right National Front (FN) leader Marine Le Pen, 48, centrist En Marche (On The Move) leader Emmanuel Macron, 39, conservative Republicans nominee Francois Fillon, 63, and hard left La France Insoumise (France Unbowed) leader Jean-Luc Melenchon, 65.Three surveys – all taken in advance of this week’s Paris shooting – showed Macron having a slight edge over Le Pen with 23-25% against 22-23%.Fillon and Melenchon are grouped together in a range of between 18% and 19.5% after a late spurt that has put them within striking distance of the frontrunners.Projections based on partial results should come in as soon as polls close tomorrow evening.The two top candidates will go through to a runoff election on 7 May.The next president will be sworn in by 14 May at the latest, taking over from Socialist President Francois Hollande.- With reporting from AFP Read: St Vincent’s Healthcare Group to review plans for National Maternity Hospital >Read: Two masked men rob cash-in-transit van in north Dublin >last_img read more

Mobile phones will soon text your exact location to emergency services when

first_imgVictims of assault or medical emergencies who are unable to speak or provide location informationSuicidal callers who do not provide locationChildren or adults with intellectual disabilities that may be unable to provide exact locationsVisitors/tourists who may not know precise location of emergencyCar accidents on a rural roads with no signageDomestic violence callers who are too fearful to speakThe location technology, which has been developed by Google, is a lot more precise than the information which is currently received for standard mobile phone calls. Hiker using his mobile phone. Source: Shutterstock/santypanHow will it work?When an emergency call is made, the phone will activate GPS and send a text message in the background with the location information. The location information is a lot more exact than that received from standard mobile calls.Minimum battery level on the phone is needed to enable the service and there is no charge to the caller for the text.Unlike other location services, no app installation is needed for the service to work. Callers simply call emergency numbers 999 or 112 as normal, and a text will be sent.Currently, it is only the location of the nearest mast that is sent when a mobile phone is used to dial the emergency services for help.When someone calls the Emergency Call Answering Service (ECAS) in Ireland, the cell identity is supplied with the emergency call, which is then looked up in the ECAS database. The information is then converted into a geographic location. This is the standard approach throughout Europe. Woman who suffers from domestic violence calls for help. Source: Shutterstock/SpeedKingzMobile phone mastsHowever, a commonly cited problem with cell ID is the variance in distance which may apply around a particular network mast.Mobile network masts can sometimes be at least 10-15 kilometres away from the location of the actual emergency, making it a lot more difficult for first responders.A report for Ofcom in the UK noted that the cell ID location could be up to one kilometre away in dense urban areas and 35 kilometres away in remote rural areas. The report also states that accuracy can occasionally decrease further when a handset connects to a mast further away for reasons such as signal strength or congestion.While mobile phone technology has moved on significantly in the last decade, there has been no agreement reached globally as to how location information can be best used by the emergency services.Google technologyThe department states that in the absence of any such standards, Google developed it’s own approach for emergency callers on its Android operating system.Speaking about the new technology, Minister Denis Naughten said the precise device based location “will be of vital assistance to the emergency services in responding to and dispatching emergency personnel to callers in need across Ireland, but particularly in rural areas”.He added:It will save time and potentially safe lives. People of all ages in need of several types of emergency assistance will be helped by this technology. Mobile phones will soon text your exact location to emergency services when you dial 999 A pilot scheme is currently underway with three major mobile networks. THE EXACT LOCATION and GPS coordinates of those that call 999 or 112 from their Android mobile phones will soon be sent by text to emergency services.A pilot scheme for Advanced Mobile Location (AML) is currently underway with three major phone network providers and is due to be officially launched by the Minister for Communications, Denis Naughten, in a matter of weeks.The new system for emergency callers is aimed to provide locations in circumstances where: (File photo) Injured hiker calls emergency services for help. Image: Shutterstock/cunaplus 15,698 Views http://jrnl.ie/3440742 34 Comments (File photo) Injured hiker calls emergency services for help. Share1148 Tweet Email4 center_img Jun 13th 2017, 6:05 AM Image: Shutterstock/cunaplus Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Christina Finn The Emergency Call Answering Service receives on average 4,000 mobile calls per day. In Ireland, Android market penetration is in excess of 60%, which means that when the system is fully enabled precise device based caller location could be provided and seamlessly made available for up to 2,400 calls per week.AML is currently going live for all Android mobile phones being used on mobile networks in the UK and Estonia.Norway, Sweden and Finland are at an advanced trials solution and are expected to go live in the next few months.Naughten confirmed he will be launching the service in Ireland within three weeks.The European Emergency Number Association anticipates that ten countries will be AML-ready by the end of this year.While there may be concerns about how personal location data is used, it is understood that privacy and data rights for all phone users is to be maintained.AML is only triggered when an emergency call is made from the phone.Read: Dublin City councillors want real-time emissions data from the Poolbeg incinerator>Read: ‘We know it rains in Ireland. It’s just not on’: Emergency motion on Sandymount bathing ban> Short URL Tuesday 13 Jun 2017, 6:05 AMlast_img read more