Book of condolence for Gaza victims to be opened tomorrow in Dublin

first_imgI call on all the protagonists to refrain from any action which may result in more civilian casualties and would reiterate that the conflict can only be resolved through negotiation.The book will be open to the public at The Mansion House on Dawson Street as follows:Friday, 1 August – 10am to 5 pmSaturday, 2 August – 10am to 5pmMonday, 4 August – 11am to 4pmRead: Seanad called on to have ‘meaningful’ impact with its Gaza debate today>Medical workers in scrubs to protest at ‘die-in’ Gaza protest in Dublin> I have opened a Book of Condolence to allow the public to express their feelings for all the victims of this tragedy and to highlight our concern at the loss of life on all sides of this conflict. DUBLIN LORD MAYOR Christy Burke has announced that a book of condolence is to be opened, to allow the public to express their sympathy for victims of the ongoing conflict “in Gaza and surrounding territories.”In a statement this afternoon, Burke said:last_img read more

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Mouse Computer 101 LuvPad tablet available Nov 19

first_imgJapanese company Mouse Computer first unveiled a 10.1″ tablet in September this year called the LuvPad. It promised a solid experience with a multitouch screen, Nvidia Tegra 250 processor, Android 2.2, and 512MB RAM. It was expected to go on sale in Japan before the end of September for $575, but that never happened.Now we’re halfway through November and Mouse has finally announced the release date of the LuvPad as November 19. We’ve also been given a full hardware specification to look over, and it still looks like a promising device. Here’s the spec:Android 2.2Nvidia Tegra 250 processor512MB RAM8GB on-board storage, MicroSD slot for expansion10.1″ multitouch, capacitive LED backlit display (1024 x 600)3500mAh battery rated at 8.5 hours for video on a 3 hour charge802.11b/gAccelerometer, light sensorUSB Mini, Bluetooth, HDMIFlash 10.1 supportAt 169 x 260 x 13.9mm it is almost the same size as the iPad (242.8 x 189.7 x 13.4mm) but manages to have a larger display. Weight wise the iPad is 730 grams while the LuvPad is 750 grams, so there’s really nothing to split the two.The launch price was expected to be $575, but that has now dropped to $482 making it both more affordable and desirable when compared to the competition.Mouse state that the tablet is so powerful it falls outside Google’s limits on hardware for using Android. However, they believe this will be rectified with Android 2.3 or 3.0 which Mouse expects to offer an update to. This is important because until they do Android Market will not appear on the LuvPad.Read more at the LuvPad website (translated), via Akihabara News and weekly.ascii.jp (translated)Matthew’s opinionThe one thing missing from the LuvPad is the option of 3G. This looks to be a Wi-Fi only device which may kill it for some people. However, if you just want a fast Android tablet for around the home then the LuvPad looks great, even if it has got a terrible name.It may cost $482 in Japan, but expect to pay a premium for importing. GeekStuff4U has it listed for $681, but that’s sure to come down after the initial release rush and we enter 2011. If you happen to visit Japan this could be a real bargain to pick up.Japan has a reputation for having cellphones well in advance of what we use in the West, but that has changed recently with the success of the iPhone and the introduction of multiple Android smartphones. Can Japanese companies make a comeback with great tablet devices? If this first effort from Mouse is anything to go by then we can expect some serious competition for the iPad next year.last_img read more

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JayZ Gets Branded Skullcandy Headphones

first_imgGiven Jay-Z’s skills as both an emcee and an entrepreneur,these things seem a long time coming. Skullcandy and the rapper’s own musicmanagement company, Roc Nation, have teamed up to give the world limitededition Jay-Z-branded aviator headphones.The bright white headphones feature the rapper’s signature ontheir endcaps. They’re made from stainless steel and aluminum, feature aninline mic for phone use, and have a 40mm audio driver. They ship with anequally limited edition white protective carrying case.The headphones themselves will run you $149.99. You can alsobuy them as a package along with a deluxe linen-covered version of Jay-Z’s TheHits Collection and a 100 page photo book for $199.98 AdChoices广告last_img

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OCZ exits the DRAM business to focus on the next big thing

first_imgBuying more or faster RAM is one of the best bang-for-your-buck PC upgrades you can make, and it’s no wonder why: over the past few years, RAM prices have simply plummeted. To put how low prices of RAM have gotten in perspective, 7 years ago or so, I was told authoritatively by a friend that RAM was so cheap you could get another meg of it for just a dollar. Now, a meg of RAM costs about a penny.That’s great for consumers… but unfortunately, it’s a race to the bottom for RAM sellers. It’s sad, then, to hear that industry stalwart OCZ is getting out of the RAM game, basically because it’s just too hard to compete with the likes of Crucial.Believe it or not, this is actually a very smart move on OCZ’s part, because they’re now throwing all of their weight behind SSDs. Not only do SSD drives command higher margins, but consumers are clearly interested: a substantial portion of OCZ’s revenues is already made by selling SSD drives to consumers.It’s a forward thinking move, too: over the next few years, the price on SSDs is going to drop, and it’s going to be the next big bang-for-your-buck PC upgrade for everyone under the sun. OCZ’s profits might be down this year, but my guess is that this is a very smart positioning for a very bright future when RAM matters a lot less than it once did.Read more at OCZlast_img read more

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Google Microsoft Public Slap Fight Continues

first_imgThere’s a lot to be said for civility, sure, but any semblance of that phenomenon seems to have largely gone out the window when it comes to tech companies. From Steve Jobs’s Android hate to Larry Ellison’s HP smack talk, today’s tech firms don’t really seem to give a damn when it comes to civility. Take this recent Google/Microsoft kerfuffle. Google rushed to tell the world that it caught Microsoft stealing search results for Bing. Google didn’t actually say what it was going to do about the perceived theft–in fact, it’s not really certain whether the company has any kind of recourse–it just wanted everyone to know that Microsoft is a dirty stinkin’ thief.And now Microsoft is calling Google out on its decision to dump the MS-supported H.264 format. “Our point of view is totally clear,” An IE exec wrote in a recent blog post. Now it’s not certain that Microsoft is calling out Google as payback for the Bing thing, but the timing is certainly curious. After all, Google’s decision to drop support for the format came way back in mid-July.You know, where I come from there’s a world for this kind of in-public fighting. We call it “hiybbprqag.”last_img read more

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LaCies Cloudbox backs up 100GB on your desk then mirrors it in

first_imgMost people know that backing up our important files on an external hard drive is something we should really be doing. That’s all good and well except for when something happens to your external hard drive and you lose your backup. LaCie has come out with a new product that will solve that problem by backing up your backup by storing it in the cloud.There’s been a lot of “cloud” talk lately with Apple announcing its new iCloud service. But like with many cloud services, iCloud users will surely suffer from the slow upload speeds that go hand-in-hand with backing up your files. LaCie, however, has created a new cloud-based backup device called the CouldBox.Normally one backs up their information with either an external hard drive or with a cloud service. An external hard drive is always susceptible to being dropped, stolen, or, god forbid your house catches on fire, burned to a crisp. The advantage of this method is that uploading your files on an external HDD is usually a quick process. On the other hand, uploading all your files to the cloud is slow. Depending on the size and quantity of your files, it can take days to weeks to upload. However, once you have uploaded it you can basically access it from any Internet-connected device.The Cloudbox combines the two, and works in two parts. First, the user uploads their content to the Cloudbox, which is a $199 100GB drive more or less. This process is super quick. Then, the information is backed up in the cloud which takes a little longer, but the nice thing about the Cloudbox is that you can turn off your computer and just have the box transmit your data to the cloud, saving you a lot of hassle and keeping your energy bill low.The information you store in the cloud is secured by 128-bit AES military-grade encryption, and not even LaCie keeps your password on file. The Cloudbox features something similar to Apple’s “Versions” for iOS X that it announced at WWDC. Data you backup can be kept in up to 10 separate versions. This means you could save different versions of a project you’re working on in case you accidentally delete something or want to revert back to an earlier version.The Cloudbox sounds great, but there’s one big problem. Besides the $200 cost of the box itself which includes 100GB of local network storage, you get a one-year online subscription. However, after that, there’s a yearly fee of $100 to use the online cloud part. So you are tied in for the future once you’ve invested in the drive.If LaCie finds a way to lower that price, which they should considering your initial investment, the Cloudbox could be a really useful tool in keeping your content backed up.Read more at LaCie, via CrunchGearlast_img read more

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SimCity will require a constant Internet connection to play

first_imgSimCity fans were jumping with joy earlier this month when Maxis announced it was developing the first “real” new game in the series for over a decade. We’ve still got a while to wait though, as the release isn’t happening until some point next year.The news isn’t all good, though. Stone Librande, lead designer on the game, has confirmed in order to play SimCity your PC will require a permanent connection to the Internet.Ubisoft implemented a similar system as a form of DRM and angered most gamers in the process, but Maxis seem to be offering up a different reason for going down this path. The decision is based on the strong integration of multiplayer and the fact players can impact each other’s (single-player) games in the form of influence over the global game economy. There’s also plans to tie in real-world problems, although I highly doubt real-time updates will feature in that regard.Even so, it’s hard to believe Maxis couldn’t work around the constant connection requirement, and surely giving the player an option to play without the impact of others would be desirable. The older titles in the series work well enough without that influence didn’t they?The required connection will be handled through an EA Origin account, but EA has also confirmed you will be able to purchase the game through channels other than Origin. But you will still require an Origin account (and now a solid ‘net connection, too) in order to play.Some players will refuse to accept the always-connected requirement and a pirate version of the game will surely appear. Depending on how integrated the player influence is to the gameplay, that pirate copy might be unplayable until someone figures out how to simulate other player influence.via Joystiqlast_img read more

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Samsung launches Omnia M in Europe SHVE170 in Korea

first_imgWith all the Samsung phone announcements this week, you’d think they didn’t just have a launch event in London. But in addition to the Galaxy S3, they’ve also taken the wraps off the Focus 2 for AT&T and two more phones. The latest: the Omnia M and SHV-E170.At least initially, neither is destined for U.S. shores.The E170 is arguably the more existing of the duo, and it’s launching in Korea. It sports the same dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor as the Galaxy S2 HD LTE, though that’s where the similarities end. The E170 has a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display and 5MP rear camera (as opposed to 4.6 inches and 8MP), and Android 4 instead of 2.3. Other specs haven’t been revealed yet, but Korea Telecom says that the E170 will include a high capacity battery.The Omnia M is heading to Europe, and looks to be a re-worked Focus 2. The $50 LTE unit impressed Russell during his brief hands-on, but it does ship with a 1.4GHz chip — compared to a 1GHz processor in the Omnia M. Though Samsung has bumped the processor back, they’re still including a 4-inch Super AMOLED display and the same 5MP rear-facing camera. LTE has also been pushed aside in favor of HSPA, and there’s a reduced-capacity battery on board as well. The switch from LTE to HSPA should make enough of a difference that the 250mAh drop won’t be too noticeable.One more feature worth noting is the Omnia M’s scant 384MB of RAM. That means your Windows Phone experience will be somewhat limited, but this is clearly a phone that’s aimed at first-time smartphone buyers.More at Sammy Hub and Samsunglast_img read more

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Hightech camouflage protects from 1000degree heat

first_imgSlapping paint on your face isn’t just for college sports fans anymore. It can also protect your skin from explosions and heat of up to 1000 degrees Fahrenheit. That may not be a concern to the average person, but this new military technology could be very useful for soldiers who have to deal with the threat of roadside bombs and other explosives on a daily basis.University of Southern Mississippi professor Robert Lochhead joined a team of chemists to create camouflage paint that reflects heat, which is not an easy task considering that most face paints do exactly the opposite. Paints made with mineral oil or hydrocarbon substances actually absorb heat and can burn skin if exposed to extreme temperatures.Lochhead and his team used silicone as the base for the paint. The problem is that makes the entire compound less flexible, and they still needed to follow military standards. Among the challenges was the requirement that 30% of the paint contained DEET, an industrial-grade insect repellent.In addition, it had to be easy to put on and remove, and it was essential that it didn’t cause any irritation to the nose, eyes, or mouth. “We didn’t think we could do it,” Lochhead said.However, after a lot of trial and error, the team created a substance that meets all military standards and can successfully repel heat. According to preliminary tests, it can protect human skin from explosive temperatures for up to a minute, which would provide enough time for a soldier to run to safety after a nearby blast.In addition to soldiers, this technology could also be an obvious help to firefighters. Lochhead said that is the next goal — he is working on a colorless version of the same substance that would still provide skin protection.Read ACS’s release herelast_img read more

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Google Maps adds detailed North Korea info

first_imgGoogle this week rolled out the most expansive update yet to the depiction of North Korea on Google Maps. As the culmination of years of crowdsourced images and information, the nation that once looked like a vast areas of nothingness is now populated with information on landmarks, highways, universities, public transportation routes, and even alleged prison work camps.This all came together as part of Google’s Map Maker initiative, a separate project from Google Maps which approaches global cartography with more of a Wikipedia-esque style. Individual users can submit information into Google’s Map Maker, and it doesn’t necessarily need to be screened or validated before it is published.The Google Maps website, though, needs to be as accurate as possible. As such, even though Map Maker has been filling up with details on the geography of North Korea, Google was skittish about pushing any of that data to its official mapping platform. It took about three years, but Google finally decided the user-submitted information on the reclusive Asian nation was valid enough.Ironically, this update provides users from all around the world with more detailed information about North Korea than many North Korean residents. The country is notorious for blocking Internet access to all but a select few of its citizens. In fact, Google CEO Eric Schmidt recently took a highly publicized trip to the region to encourage government officials to open up the Internet to more people. Google said that Schmidt’s visit did not have anything to do with the recent update to Google Maps.Google isn’t the only one trying to provide a detailed digital look into exactly what is located inside North Korea. 38 North, for example, has a very exhaustive look at things like satellite imagery and cultivated information from users who have insights into the blocked-off nation.Google Maps, though, has a much wider reach, and given that it used to depict North Korea as little more than a large blank canvas, this update is quite noteworthy.last_img read more

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Halo Spartan Assault is for Windows 8 and Windows Phone gamers

first_imgIf you’ve been hoping Microsoft would eventually bring the Halo series to the PC, the release of Halo: Spartan Assault is kind of a slap in the face. If not, hey look there’s a fun new game!Ever since Microsoft made the decision to make the Halo franchise an Xbox only game, there are those in the PC world that have really held a grudge. As the franchise grew to include games like Halo Wars, a Starcraft-esque map combat game that would have been amazing on the PC but was only alright on the Xbox 360, most PC fans gave up hope that Halo would be coming back. Today, Microsoft has announced a new Halo game targeting Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 due out in July.If you can get over that raw feeling, the one where it’s like you’ve been robbed, Halo: Spartan Assault actually looks like it has potential. Fans of the franchise will recognize the return of UNSC Commander Sarah Palmer running the main character through a top down version of Spartan Ops. Essentially, you’re running through a simulator of the epic battles that have been fought through the history of the Spartan Program. The tactical simulator will unlock additional content on Halo Waypoint as challenges are completed, which includes the potential to unlock additional content for Halo 4 as you play.For a game meant for Windows Phone 8 as well as Windows 8, it’s visually everything you would expect from a Halo game. The top down single character interaction doesn’t seem to affect the kind of combat situations you’ll be thrown in, so long time Halo players should feel right at home. We’d ask Microsoft if there are plans to do anything about the rest of the Halo franchise on Windows 8, but we’d probably just be told to grab an Xbox One.last_img read more

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Hyrel 3Ds new extruder lets your 3D print with PlayDoh

first_imgThe cost of owning a 3D printer is slowly coming down to the point where in the next couple of years it should be within reach of most consumers. But for now, you’re going to have to spend in the region of $2,000 to get a decent machine. On top of that you’ve got the cost of materials, which is typically single-use ABS or PLA thermoplastic.While ABS and PLA filament is relatively cheap to buy, 3D printer manufacturer Hyrel 3D has created a new extruder that allows you to print with reusable materials. More specifically, the Hyrel Emulsifiable Extruder (EMO1) allows you to 3D print using Plasticine, Play-Doh, Silicone RTV, and even air-dry modeling clay.There are several big advantages to using such materials. As well as being reusable and therefore saving on the cost of printing, the materials are non-toxic and printing is carried out at room temperature. No heat and non-toxic materials means the Hyrel 3D printers and the EM01 extruder are a perfect combination for schools and children to play with.The reusability of the materials also means, regardless of your age, you have much more scope to experiment without fear of a large materials bill and lots of waste plastic. And once you’ve perfected a design there’s nothing to stop you moving to a different material for a more permanent finish.Hyrel 3D has 5 models of 3D printer to choose between and ranging in price from $1,995 to $3,095. You can start at the low end and then upgrade to add the extruder capabilities, and in all cases you get a pretty large printing area (20 x 20 x 20cm).last_img read more

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Pictures 12 fabulous shots of Dublin by one amateur photographer

first_img 15 Comments Share408 Tweet Email2 Pictures: 12 fabulous shots of Dublin by one amateur photographer For Dermot Kavanagh, photographing Dublin satisfies his urge to “roam the streets”. Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3052340 The Aviva Stadium, from a height Source: Instagram/IrishStreets A rainy day on Suffolk Street Source: Instagram/IrishStreets All Ireland Final 2016, Quinns Pub, Drumcondra Source: Instagram/IrishStreetsSeeing the different perspectives of Dublin is so rewarding. And the more you do it, the more you get into it and enjoy it, and the better you become.He cites Glendalough, Co Wicklow, as his favourite place to shoot outside the metropolis. And in Dublin? The Liffey Boardwalk Source: Instagram/IrishStreets O’Reillys Pub, Tara Street Source: Instagram/IrishStreets The Ha’penny Bridge Source: Instagram/IrishStreets“You kind of find it hard not to go to places like Temple Bar, or Grand Canal Dock,” he says.I’m partial to the inner city as well.“Ultimately I just like going to places, shooting places, that I’ve never been to before.” Grand Canal Dock Source: Instagram/IrishStreets City Hall Source: Instagram/IrishstreetsYou can view more of Dermot’s work on Instagram hereRead: Life, death and rock n’roll: 40 years of Ireland captured in photosRead: These are the best books in Ireland right now – and you get to vote for your favourites By Cianan Brennancenter_img Temple Bar Source: Instagram/IrishStreetsDUBLIN CAN BE a pretty evocative place.Not all of us are blessed with an eye for a photo. For some that gift becomes a profession. Then there are the likes of Dermot Kavanagh, who’s been documenting the capital’s streetscapes as a hobby for several years now. Anne’s Lane Source: Instagram/IrishStreets St Stephen’s Green Source: Instagram/IrishStreets Central Bank, standing tall Source: Instagram/IrishStreetsHis Instagram account, Irish Streets, “does exactly what it says on the tin” he says. The results are gorgeous.“I’ve been doing photography for four years,” the 34-year-old civil servant tells TheJournal.ie.I suppose what motivates me… I just love getting out and shooting, though I’ve become a little obsessive regarding what I shoot! Sunday 30 Oct 2016, 12:30 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Oct 30th 2016, 12:30 PM 38,981 Views last_img read more

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Poll Do you think the Obamas should get the Freedom of Dublin

first_img Image: /Photocall Ireland Short URL FORMER US PRESIDENT Barack Obama and his wife Michelle are set to become the 82nd and 83rd people to be awarded the Freedom of the City of Dublin.It comes after the proposal was ratified at a monthly Dublin council meeting yesterday evening.However, several councillors belonging to the Anti Austerity Alliance, People Before Profit and the Workers Party staged a walk-out in protest.They’re opposed to the Freedom of the City being offered to the Obamas because of US drone air strikes carried out under President Obama.So today we’re asking, do you think the Obamas should get the Freedom of Dublin?  Feb 7th 2017, 9:26 AM Tuesday 7 Feb 2017, 9:26 AM http://jrnl.ie/3226678 Image: /Photocall Ireland Yes (7517) Poll: Do you think the Obamas should get the Freedom of Dublin? The award acknowledges the contribution of certain people to the life of the city, important visitors to Dublin, or people who have made significant changes internationally. No  (8641)center_img Share93 Tweet Email Poll Results: By Cliodhna Russell 27,038 Views I don’t know (981) Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 94 Comments YesNo I don’t knowVotelast_img read more

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I dont want to talk about it Rod Stewart apologises after claims

first_img Share Tweet Email1 ‘I don’t want to talk about it’: Rod Stewart apologises after claims video featured mock beheading The crooner said that he was just “larking about”. By AFP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: Daily Mail Online/YouTubeWITH HIS RASPY voice and sex appeal, Rod Stewart has rarely been considered controversial.But after an unlikely online row, the pop star has apologised for a video that some saw as emulating an Islamic State beheading.The singer of “Some Guys Have All the Luck” and “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?” appeared in a video posted by his wife in which he mockingly pretended to behead a kneeling friend on the beach, evoking for some the grainy but grisly propaganda footage of the extremists.Confounding matters for some online observers, Stewart was visiting the Middle East and his wife, model Penny Lancaster, had put pictures of herself on Instagram in a veil as she visited a mosque.The 72-year-old British singer, who was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, said today he had no intention of emulating the Islamic State group and instead was acting out a scene from the fantasy television series “Game of Thrones.” Rod Stewart was knighted by Queen Elisabeth II Source: Jeff Spicer/PA Wire“From re-enacting the Beatles’ Abbey Road crossing to spontaneously playing out ‘Game Of Thrones,’ we were simply larking about pre-show,” Stewart said of the since-deleted video.“Understandably, this has been misinterpreted and I send my deepest apologies to those who have been offended,” he said in a statement.The singer – whose hits also include “Maggie May,” “Forever Young” and a cover of “Downtown Train” – is touring the United States this summer with Cyndi Lauper, another pop singer best known for her 1980s hits.- © AFP, 2017Read: Rod Stewart’s wife is under fire for saying that cooking takes away from men’s masculinityRead: Rod Stewart a father for the eighth time, at 66 21 Comments Mar 3rd 2017, 6:55 PM Friday 3 Mar 2017, 6:55 PM http://jrnl.ie/3269867 Short URL 29,297 Views last_img read more

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Heres What Happened Today Saturday

first_img 11,131 Views By Paul Hosford NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Paramedic and Firefighter Stephen O’Neill outside Tara Street Fire station. SIPTU members in Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) and members of the public and elected representatives came out to support protests against the breakup of the DFB today. Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie Mar 4th 2017, 8:00 PM Vera Twomey continued her walk to the DáilA man in his 40s died in motorcycle crash in KilkennyThe DUP scraped first place in the North’s electionsThe weather was crap http://jrnl.ie/3271150 Share10 Tweet Email Saturday 4 Mar 2017, 8:00 PM The names of the 796 babies who died in the Tuam Mother and Baby Home were publishedThe Citizens’ Assembly discussed abortionNurses deferred a planned industrial action for Tuesdaycenter_img INTERNATIONAL Here’s What Happened Today: Saturday Northern elections, Tuam and Vera Twomey. It’s The Fix. 14 Comments Sinn Fein’s Michelle O’Neill , Mary Lou McDonald and Gerry Adams arrive for a post election press conference at their Falls Road office. Source: Niall Carson/PA#TAPPED UP: Donald Trump has accused his predecessor Barack Obama of tapping his phone during last year’s election.#MOSUL: A suspected chemical weapons attack in the Iraqi city was slammed as “horrible”.#MALAYSIA: Malaysia has suspended the North Korean ambassador over the assassination of the half-brother of Pyongyang’s leader.PARTING SHOTA pop up Gaeltacht will take over a Dublin street on 16 March to coincide with St Patrick’s Day and Seachtain na Gaeilge. Get our daily news round up: Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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The Government has rewritten the terms for the Grace inquiry after criticism

first_imgThe Government has re-written the terms for the Grace inquiry after criticism The Cabinet signed off on new terms last evening after criticism in the Dáil. By Cianan Brennan Source: Gavan Reilly/Twitter Short URL “I want to make this clear, the Government and Minister McGrath are quite open to having this commission of investigation to deal with other cases, many of these have not had any statutory investigation into them,” he said.You can take it that the Government are quite open to having everybody necessary included in this.He said he wants to make it “crystal clear” that the Government are quite willing to include others, but said that Grace is being treated as a priority and as evidence and new information comes to light, others will be included in the investigation.The scope of the investigation was criticised for not going far enough earlier in the week when the original terms of reference were first published.Speaking at the time McGrath claimed that the issue was the most important of his political career.The debate yesterday finished 30 minutes ahead of schedule as no other TDs elected to follow Deasy and McGuinness.Additional reporting Christina Finn, Sean Murray. This article was originally published yesterday and updated this morning. Read: Woman and two young girls killed in overnight apartment fireRead: Liveblog: Grace inquiry facing delays as TDs question Taoiseach over terms 27 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share22 Tweet Email center_img McGuinness says he won’t be supporting the terms of reference and that the Dáil should be ashamed of passing them if it does.— Gavan Reilly (@gavreilly) March 8, 2017 John Deasy Source: Rollingnews.ieUpdated at 7.35am THE TERMS OF reference in the forthcoming inquiry into the Grace case have been amended after angry exchanges in the Dáil and suggestions that they weren’t fit for purpose in their original form.The revised terms of reference for the Commission of Investigation were agreed by Cabinet yesterday evening, the Government confirmed.The new terms were circulated to TDs last night. There will be two phases:The first will deal with Grace case specifically.The second will deal with the care and decision-making process in respect of 46 other children who passed through the home in question.The new terms will be made available on the Department of Health website from later today, it’s planned. They will be debated and voted on in the Dáil at 12.45pm.Dáil row Yesterday, Disabilities Minister Finian McGrath agreed to return to Cabinet to draft fresh terms after TDs John Deasy and John McGuinness harshly criticised the terms as they stood.Waterford Fine Gael TD Deasy has been heavily involved in the Grace case since it first came to light more than 12 months ago.Deasy’s speech primarily concerned a dressing-down of the HSE over what he described as “misleading” evidence given to the Public Accounts Committee in relation to the case of Grace, a woman who was left in an abusive foster home in the southeast of the country for 20 years.Speaking in the aftermath of those exchanges, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said that “clearly there are appalling circumstances here”. Thursday 9 Mar 2017, 7:30 AM 12,144 Views http://jrnl.ie/3276546 Mar 9th 2017, 7:30 AM last_img read more

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Threeandahalf years in jail for man who made menacing phone calls demanding

first_imgThree-and-a-half years in jail for man who made menacing phone calls demanding money Patrick Clarke made two phone calls to Paul Gilmartin, a man he did not know. By Declan Brennan Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Mar 23rd 2017, 3:30 PM 10 Comments Source: Sasko Lazarov/Rollingnews.ieA MAN WHO made menacing phone calls to a stranger demanding money has been sentenced to three-and-half years in prison.Patrick Clarke (31) admitted to gardaí that he made two calls to Paul Gilmartin but he denied the charges of demanding money with menaces.Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that the two calls were made at a time when the victim was being subjected to a sustained level of threatening calls demanding the payment of €60,000 over to the sender.After a two day trial a jury convicted Clarke of making an unwarranted demand with menace on 10 May 2012 with a view to making a gain for himself or another.The jury also found Clarke, of Blanchardstown, Dublin, guilty by majority of the same offence on a date after 10 May 2012.Judge Gerard Griffin suspended the final 18 months of the sentence for two years on strict conditions.Clarke was arrested after one of the calls was traced to an anonymous SIM card pack bought by him in a mobile phone shop.He told gardaí that he was asked by a man he didn’t know to buy the card and that later that same day he was asked to call Gilmartin’s number.The court heard the two men didn’t know each other. Clarke rang Gilmartin and told him that “we know” where he lived, worked and what car he drove.Nuisance callsClarke told him he was to “pay up or else”. Clarke said he made a second call in the following days and told him it was his “last chance” to pay up.Gilmartin testified that he had been subjected to sustained nuisance calls and texts for weeks before and after the calls from Clarke. Clarke was only charged with making two calls and there was evidence that other people were involved.The calls from a blocked number began on 8 May and the court heard the sender was demanding €60,000 to be paid over.Gilmartin said he thought at first somebody was acting the idiot but as they continued he began recording them and contacted gardaí. A mobile number appeared with some of the later calls and the victim also received menacing text messages.On 19 May the victim received a text stating “you’re going to be shot some night when you’re at home looking at porn”. Another text stated: “you’ve got to pay, I’ll cut your balls off.”Clarke told gardaí that he never had any intention of harming the victim and said he would not do it again. He said he received no payment for making the calls.Rory Staines BL, defending, told the jury that Gilmartin was an entirely innocent party who had been subjected to appalling abuse by telephone but said that his client did not make any of the threats to him.Read: Man who pointed unloaded shotgun at garda has jail term increasedRead: Hacker avoids jail after sending readers of The Sun to page saying Rupert Murdoch had killed himself http://jrnl.ie/3303089 15,445 Views Thursday 23 Mar 2017, 3:30 PM Short URL Share18 Tweet Email2 last_img read more

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Poll Do you tip waiting staff in bars and restaurants

first_imgPoll: Do you tip waiting staff in bars and restaurants? A new bill will seek to make it obligatory for waiting staff to receive their tips. By Sean Murray 125 Comments Image: Shutterstock/Jan Faukner YesNoNo interest/No opinionVote 49,781 Views SINN FÉIN SENATORS have put forward a bill that would allow waiting staff to receive all of the tips that customers leave by law.The senators said that there were numerous examples where waiting staff were denied the tips they were left by customers, and that tips can be a lifeline for those in these often low-paid jobs.While the US has a clearly defined tipping culture in bars and restaurants, Ireland does not.So, today we’re asking you: Do you tip waiting staff in bars and restaurants? No (5048) No interest/No opinion (621) Apr 2nd 2017, 8:15 PM center_img Image: Shutterstock/Jan Faukner Poll Results: Yes (22902) Share49 Tweet Email3 Sunday 2 Apr 2017, 8:15 PM https://jrnl.ie/3316552 Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Heres What Happened Today Wednesday

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Get our daily news round up: Wednesday 20 Feb 2019, 9:10 PM 11,194 Views No Comments Here’s What Happened Today: Wednesday Family wins big in Euromillions, Patrick Hutch released and Simon Harris survives no confidence vote – It’s The Fix. Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4504711 center_img Gardaí announced that they had arrested 23 people in an organised crackdown on thefts from shops across Limerick City.Health Minister Simon Harris survived a motion of no confidence after it was defeated by by 53 votes to 58, with 37 abstentions.Gardaí renewed their appeal for help in tracing the whereabouts of 41-year-old Jon Jonsson who has been missing for 11 days.There were calls for an immediate roll-out of training for Coast Guard members after the organisation banned the use of blue lights and sirens in vehicles while travelling to incidents. The massive €175 million Euromillions jackpot was bought in a shop in north Dublin, and won by a family syndicate. Patrick Hutch walked free from the Special Criminal Court after charges against him for the murder of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel in Dublin were dropped by the State. Share3 Tweet Email Gardaí identified a woman who died from her injuries after being discovered on the side of the road. Vicky Phelan said she plans to pull back from campaigning about the CervicalCheck scandal to focus on her health and family. The majority of Irish people think the government should re-tender the contract for construction of the National Children’s Hospital, a poll showed. WORLD A model wears a creation by Burberry at the Autumn/Winter 2019 fashion week runway show in London. Source: Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP#BURBERRY: The chief executive and chief creative officer of Burberry apologised after a hoodie with strings tied in the shape of a noose was shown on the company’s London Fashion Week runway.#SHOCKED: British teenager Shamima Begum, who joined the Islamic State group in Syria in 2015 has said she was shocked by a government decision to revoke her citizenship.#BRITAIN: Three conservative MPs announced that they quit Theresa May’s party to join the newly formed Independent Group.  PARTING SHOT Well many people in Ireland are asking themselves today: What would I spend all that money on? One lucky family can answer the question, after they scooped the €175 million jackpot in last night’s Euromillions.But financial planner Eoin McGee has some prudent advice for anyone who finds themselves with that much cash – think sensibly with your winnings.Writing in TheJournal.ie, McGee says to take your time, plan your options and be sensible. “When it comes to taking time off, you might want to do a staycation in Ireland and stay in a lovely suite in a nice hotel, or a villa in Europe, or maybe a private yacht in the Bahamas. But remember the €10,000 rule – don’t try to buy the yacht yet,” he says.  By Cormac Fitzgerald NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Michael Hayes (left) from the National Lottery sprays champagne as Les Reilly and the staff of Reilly’s Daybreak in Naul, Co Dublin, celebrate selling the EuroMillions €175 million winning lotto ticket. Source: Niall Carson/PA Wire Feb 20th 2019, 9:10 PM last_img read more

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