Month: September 2019

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Crocodile snatches 12yearold boy in Australia

first_imgPOLICE IN AUSTRALIA are searching for a 12-year-old boy believed to have been snatched by a crocodile.The boy was swimming with friends in a billabong – an isolated pond – at Kakadu National Park when he was attacked and has not been seen since. Another 12-year-old boy was bitten on the arm and needed medical attention.The incident happened near Jabiru, close to Darwin, in the Northern Territory on Sunday. The crocodile is believed to have been at least three metres long.Ranger have shot two large crocodiles today but neither are believed to have been the one responsible for the attack.Police and park rangers are carrying out a search and rescue operation for the boy.“It is believed the 12-year-old boy was taken by a crocodile as he and a number of other young boys were swimming in the billabong,” said Acting Commander Michael White of the Northern Command police.“One other boy, also aged 12, was bitten on the arm by the crocodile and has received medical treatment from attending St John Ambulance members”.“Police and Park Rangers are currently conducting searches by boat and land and will continue into the night”.Jabiru in the Northern Territory. (Image: Google Maps) Read: Peace doves released by the Pope are immediately attacked by a seagull and crow > Read: Baby deer recovering after found shot in ditch >last_img read more

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Paul Galvin has retired from intercounty GAA

first_imgKERRY STAR PAUL Galvin is retiring from GAA, it was confirmed tonight.Manager Eamon Fitzmaurice broke the news at a press conference following his team’s defeat to Dublin in the National Football League this evening, while Galvin confirmed the news on Twitter.A statement from Galvin on this news is expected shortly.The 34-year-old won four All-Ireland senior football medals with Kerry in 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2009He also won seven Munster senior football medals with Kerry and three National League honours.On a personal level, Galvin’s performances were rewarded with Allstars in 2004, 2006 and 2009. He was also crowned Footballer of the Year in 2009.More to followAs it happened: Dublin v Kerry, Allianz Division 1 football league>As it happened: Kilkenny v Dublin, Walsh Cup senior hurling final>last_img read more

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Prince William and Prince Harry had an Irish cousin

first_imgWe assure Your Lordship that he warmest Good Wishes of our Country will ever Accompany You, in Your Future Progress through Life.For many years, the roll was hidden away in a basement at Castle Howard in Yorkshire, England. Luckily, the property’s owner Simon Howard realised its potential and loaned it out for research, analysis and preservation.“[It] is a valued family heirloom, but much more than that, it is a highly significant historical document.“I am delighted that it is coming to life now through the collaborative research into the signatories and the tour around Ireland. I am very proud of the high esteem in which my ancestor, Lord Morpeth, was held, and that the story of the Morpeth Roll is now being revealed.”The Morpeth Roll will now begin a 14-month tour of Ireland, giving the public its first chance to view it in 170 years.  Starting in NUI Maynooth, the mahogany spool is due to travel to Westport, Derrynane, Clonmel, Kilkenny, Belfast and Dublin before returning to the Kildare college. EXPERTS LOOKING FOR clues into Ireland’s pre-famine history have uncovered evidence that links the British Royal Family to Dublin.Genealogists researching the Morpeth Roll – an unusual and little-studied document from the 19th century – discovered that one of its signatories, a Henry White from Booterstown in Dublin, was a distant cousin of Prince William and Prince Harry.The connection was revealed by researchers at Ancestry.com, who are working with NUI Maynooth and Castle Howard in Yorkshire to unlock the stories behind the 275,000 men and women who signed the mini-Census in 1841.The group have been working on the 652 pieces of paper that make up the 420 metre-long roll (almost three Croke Parks) for the past 18 months. It is has now been fully digitised and is one of few primary resources available about people living in Ireland before the Great Famine (most of Ireland’s Census data was destroyed it the Civil War).“The Morpeth Roll is one of Ireland’s most significant historical and genealogical documents. It has major research potential, whether examined as a pre-Famine census substitute, a genealogy resource, a family heirloom or a politically significant document,” said Professor Philip Nolan of NUI Maynooth at yesterday’s launch.“Unlocking the stories behind the signatories provides a unique insight into Irish life, society and politics in pre-Famine Ireland.”Daniel O’Connell was among the well-known names on the Roll, which was a parting gift for George Howard, the Lord Viscount Morpeth, the Chief Secretary for Ireland in 1841.According to Ancestry.com, it was a rare tribute to an English administrator who was held in high regard by all levels of society in Ireland.An inscription read:last_img read more

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If youre not sick of opinion polls already heres the poll of

first_imgRTÉ HAS PUBLISHED its ‘poll of polls’, which is based on a number of the surveys run by other media outlets and polling companies in the course of the local and European election campaign.As you might expect, it contains little good news for the two coalition parties.Compared to the 2011 General Election, Fine Gael could lose a third of its support on Friday, while Labour could say goodbye to two-thirds of their support, RTÉ says.The state of the parties (based on a sample of over 5,000)FG – 24 per cent (down 12 points on the general election)Labour – 7 per cent (down 12)FF – 22 per cent (up five)SF – 22 per cent (up 12)Independents & Others – 26 per cent (up 8)European & local voting intentions (based on a 9,000 sample)FG – 26 per cent (down 3 since 2009)Labour – 7 per cent (down 7)FF – 23 per cent (down one)SF – 17 per cent (up 6)Independents & Others – 27 per cent (up five)Read: 7 things we learned from last night’s Dublin Prime Time debate Read: Irish people want to see the royal family visit for 1916 commemorationslast_img read more

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Uninsured drivers responsible for 7 per cent of vehicle damage

first_imgMORE THAN A quarter of Irish drivers have had their car damaged by an unidentified driver and almost 7 per cent have had their vehicle damaged by an uninsured driver, the AA has revealed.An AA Motor Insurance poll of over 9,800 people has found that motorists in Co Monaghan are more likely to encounter uninsured drivers, with more than 11 per cent saying that an uninsured driver had damaged their car at some point.“It can be really frustrating when someone damages your car and doesn’t own up,” said Director of Consumer Affairs Conor Faughnan. “It might be in a supermarket car park or on the road side, or even while you are driving, but it has happened to more than a quarter of us at some stage and it is really unfair.”Co Cavan appears to be another hotspot for uninsured drivers, with nearly 10 per cent of motorists claiming they have been affected. Meanwhile, Westmeath found 8.4 per cent  of motorists were affected at some stage, closely followed by Longford with 8.2 per cent. Motorists in Tipperary had the highest score in Munster (8.7 pert cent), while those in Galway topped the poll for Connacht (7.7 per cent).Faughnan said the issue of uninsured drivers was even more serious, with a “reckless minority” of drivers willing to take the risk and break the law. That irresponsible minority adds up to €40 to the cost that motorists pay for their insurance cover, he pointed out.While the problem is ongoing, it does tend to get worse in recessionary times, according to Faughnan. “When an uninsured driver causes damage, compensation is paid by the Motor Insurance Bureau of Ireland. That body acts as the insurance company and pays the cost, but we all pick up the tab for it and it’s pushing up the price for the 95 per cent of us who pay for motor insurance every year.”“This is an ongoing problem that needs to be a focus for the Garda. It can be an honest mistake, for example if a husband changes policy and forgets to include his wife. But more often it is people who know full well what they are doing and are reckless enough not to care,” he said.Read: Nissan Ireland warns of ‘loose steering wheel’ glitch in some 14,000 MicrasRead: Smokers’ group welcomes study showing low level of smoking in carsRead: Poll: Should motor tax be scrapped and included in the cost of fuel?last_img read more

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Researchers Develop Method to Barcode Embryos

first_imgAll multi-cell organisms start their existence as microscopic blobs of goop. As you can imagine, these little snot balls of life are very difficult to discern one from another. As embryo-centric science marches forward, the need arises for a precise method to readily tell these little gloopies apart, thus mitigating the potential for (very damaging) human error. That is why researchers at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona have developed a technique to insert microscopic bar codes directly into developing embryos. In test trials, these tiny silicon bar codes have been safely injected into the outer layer of mouse embryos. Eventually, through the natural course of development, the outer layer of the embryo is “shed” with bar code in tow, leaving no lasting effect. The Health Department of Catalonia has given the all-clear to use the procedure to be used on human embryos in Spanish fertility clinics.AdChoices广告Humans and cans of soup: in the future, they won’t be so different after all.via SingularityHublast_img read more

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Report Nokia to move to Silicon Valley abandon Finnish HQ

first_imgFor the last one hundred and fifty years, mobile giant Nokia has operated out of Finland, but now that ex Microsoft business chief Stephen Elop is in charge, everything and anything is on the table for change, and it now looks as if Nokia might be moving to Silicon Valley.Elop is planning to announce the changes on Friday, according to well-placed sources within the organization. Elop had previously said that a big shake-up would be coming to the beleaguered Finnish company, which — despite selling the vast majority of Q4 2010’s smartphones — has struggled with low profits and irrelevancy in a post-iPhone age. AdChoices广告One reason for this is because Nokia does the vast majority of its business outside of the United States. In the US, Nokia sales are in the toilet, and their market share has shrank from 35 percent in 2002 to just eight percent last year. In order to more strongly focus on America, Elop is rumored to be doing a lot of things, including considering the adoption of Windows Phone 7 on Nokia handsets and moving the company headquarters to California, where Nokia executives (whom would be expected to move) would be able to more easily hob-nob with other Silicon Valley execs. In truth, the move has already started, with one of Elop’s first moves in December being the renting of virtual offices in Silicon Valley. As for moving there permanently, the writing has apparently been on the wall for awhile, with Elop having said in a memo to Nokia staff that he believes the company has become too remote from key markets. Packing up and moving out of Finland is one way to handle that, for sure.Read more at The Registerlast_img read more

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Kindle Fire looks even better after Lenovo IdeaPad A1 bumped to 229

first_imgLadies and gentlemen, the price of Android tablets is officially in a state of rapid flux. Earlier this summer, it looked like the Archos G9 tablets were going to shake things up at their $299 and $369 price tags. Later on, Lenovo one-upped Archos with a big-name Android tablet at just $199.Amazon, of course, gave them all a stiff straightarm to the chest when it unveiled the sexy, dual-core Kindle Fire at $199. That put other tablets on high alert — and given the rapid pace of Kindle Fire presale orders, the alarm bells are getting louder. The Kindle Fire is now the one to beat when it comes to low-priced Android tablets, and Lenovo has just done it a big favor.How? By raising the price of the IdeaPad A1 to $229 on its web store. Technically, the A1 is presently priced at an even more ridiculous $349 with a $120 discount pre-applied. Any way you slice it, the price bump makes it look like Lenovo is saying one of two things. It’s either “we’re going to make a few bucks off early adopters and folks who live outside the U.S.” or “Amazon’s got our number with the Kindle Fire, so we might as well make an extra $30 off people who decide to buy our tablet anyway.”Any number of things could provide legitimate reasons for a price bump — like component shortages or increased shipping or marketing costs. But a competitor’s tablet tearing things up at the same price the A1 was supposed to sell for when it was announced, the mark up seems like a really bad idea.If other manufacturers (like Pandigital) follow Lenovo’s lead and decide not to compete with the Kindle Fire based on price, they’re going to have a hard time selling tablets in the U.S. But hey, there are lots of people who live outside the U.S. and can’t order the Kindle Fire — at least for now.via Liliputinglast_img read more

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Obama becomes the first US President to fire a marshmallow cannon

first_imgWho says being President of the United States is the most stressful job in the world? Judging by this clip from a White House science fair, the job looks like it’s a hoot. As President Obama was strolling around the floor, one particular exhibit caught his eye. Student inventor Joey Hudy’s project was a marshmallow shooter. That would be enough to draw anyone’s curiosity, and President Obama was no exception. The POTUS stopped in his tracks to see the eighth-grader’s “extreme marshmallow cannon” in action.After Hudy calmly (almost indifferently) explained to the President what his contraption is, Obama asked “can we demonstrate?” After herding journalists and attendees out of the way to clear a safe line of fire, Hudy began pumping away at the cannon.Though it was presented by Hudy as a marshmallow shooter, it’s really a simple air cannon. A series of PVC pipes are connected to a pressure valve, which provides the momentum to launch a projectile into the air. In this case, that happens to be a marshmallow.We won’t spoil it for you, but the cannon was successful enough to impress the President. After finishing with Hudy’d demonstration, he kept the student’s card, “just in case.”Of course politicians are always conscientious of the image they’re projecting, and there were many cameras focused on this event. Obama is eager to promote sciences among youth, and he personally asked journalists to give the winners of the White House Science Fair plenty of press. This made for a convenient clip to help do that.Whether it was partially contrived or not, though, I find it refreshing to see an exhausted-looking Obama cutting loose a bit in the name of promoting science and technology. Really, how stressed can one be when there’s a marshmallow cannon in the room?Those looking to create their own marshmallow cannon can read instructions here.via BoingBoinglast_img read more

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Asus Padfone 2 makes an unschedueld TV appearance

first_imgIn just a few more days, Asus will be holding a launch event in Taipei to show off the Padfone 2, its follow-up smartphone-tablet hybrid. The company’s CEO clearly couldn’t wait to show off the device he’s so proud of, however, and appeared on Bloomberg TV in India to demo the Padfone 2 a few days early.Not many hardware specifics were given during the interview, but Chen did confirm a few details that leaked out before. The Padfone 2 will indeed feature a 4.7-inch HD display, though that means 1280 x 720 and not full-on 1080p. That’s still good enough for a pixel density of 312ppi, and the display certainly looks nice enough in the video.Also confirmed is the 13 megapixel rear-facing camera, and Bloomberg’s Anant Dwivedi called the demo photos he saw “phenomenal” while underscoring that the “level of detail was amazing.” The shots do look fantastic, and Asus will no doubt show off some full-resolution images at the launch event to highlight the quality of the camera.The Padfone‘s tablet dock is slimmer and lighter than the original, though the docking system remains mostly unchanged. Chen reported that the tablet packs enough juice for a full day of use, and it can also be used as an emergency refueling station. If your Padfone 2 is running dangerously low on power, just dock it and fill ‘er up — provided, of course, that you’ve remembered to charge the tablet.To get a glimpse of the Padfone, skip ahead to the 1:42 mark in the video above. If you like what you see, make sure to keep your eyes peeled on the 16th. Hopefully, Asus will have good news for its fans in the west this time around and the Padfone 2 will be more widely-distributed than its predecessor.More at Liliputing and @evleakslast_img read more

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Woman told victim I hope you die as she stabbed her in

first_img By David Raleigh Oct 28th 2016, 10:04 AM Friday 28 Oct 2016, 10:04 AM A MOTHER OF one who repeatedly stabbed another woman in the head and body in a horrific broken beer bottle attack has been jailed for three years.While stabbing her victim, Susan McCarthy, from Southill, Limerick, told Leanne Delaney (23), from Shannon, Co Clare: “I hope you f*****g die”.McCarthy also stabbed and beat Celina Daly, (22), a friend of Ms Delaney’s, however her injuries were described in court as not serious.Sentencing McCarthy at Limerick Circuit Court yesterday, judge Tom O’Donnell said:This was a vicious, frenzied, horrific assault on two strangers.The judge said Ms Delaney’s injuries could have been fatal, given McCarthy’s ” high level of violence and aggression”.Guilty pleaMcCarthy pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to Delaney and to Daly. She also admitted a charge of producing a dangerous article during the course of an assault.McCarthy, (22), told gardai she “lost it” after claiming Delaney and a man were arguing at 2.30am in an apartment next to hers at a block of flats on Parnell Street, Limerick.After the two victims left the building McCarthy followed them outside onto the street, knocked Delaney to the ground, and set upon her with the broken beer bottle.John O’Sullivan, prosecuting, said McCarthy “sat on top” of Delaney and began stabbing her in the head repeatedly. He said witnesses heard McCarthy shouting, “I hope you fuc***g die”, while she continued to stab  Delaney.“It was a frenzied attack,” O’Sullivan said.At one point McCarthy stabbed and beat Daly after she pulled her off her seriously injured friend. McCarthy continued to stab and beat Delaney.McCarthy also delivered several kicks to Delaney as she lay on the ground.UnconsciousGardaí found the victim unconscious on the ground with “blood pouring out of her”, Mr O’Sullivan said.McCarthy was heard shouting as Delaney lay bleeding on the ground: “I hope she fuc**** dies, she’s only a fuc**** junkie”. She then told her: “You won’t be doing that again”.McCarthy, who had swallowed a concoction of alcohol and tablets, was still at the scene when gardaí arrived. She told officers: “I bottled her”.When asked if she was sorry, she replied: “No”. She also told gardaí: “I got her into the side of the stomach too.”McCarthy said she realised Delaney was seriously injured and that but for the intervention of man who pulled her off the victim, she admitted she “would have kept going until she was dead”.She added: “When I saw the blood coming down her face [I] kept going.”The court heard Delaney, who declined to make a victim impact statement, had made a “miraculous” physical recovery.Detective Garda Gary Laide, Roxboro Road, described how McCarthy stuck the broken glass bottle into Ms Delaney’s side which “protruded through her ribs and into her right lung”.Delaney suffered a punctured lung, as well as cuts, bruising, and light scarring to her face and torso.McCarthy, who has a five-year-old son, had previous convictions for engaging in abusive, insulting or threatening behaviour, the court heard.She initially told gardaí she saw Delaney holding “a big knife” but this was accepted by her defence as being a “bogus story”.“Whatever her reasoning was, she lost control. It was a disgraceful,” Mark Nicholas, defending, said.A psychiatric report stated McCarthy “suffers mood swings, and has a history of anger management”.Judge O’Donnell described the report as “insightful”. He added:She [McCarthy] now appears to have a much clearer understanding of her actions have had on the victims.Read: Father sentenced to nine years after force feeding his three-year-old son to death> Woman told victim “I hope you die” as she stabbed her in vicious attack She also stabbed and beat a second woman. Image: Shutterstock/Alex Staroseltsev Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3051094 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock/Alex Staroseltsev 46 Comments 14,723 Views Share4 Tweet Email2 last_img read more

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Over 600 cats and dogs rehomed by ISPCA following closure of research

first_img Share440 Tweet Email3 Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3850288 OVER 600 dogs and cats have been rehomed by the ISPCA following the closure of a research facility in Co Mayo.A total of 603 animals – 346 dogs and 257 cats – were rescued. One of the beagles that has been rehomed by the ISPCA Source: ISPCAThe ISPCA was first approached by Charles River Laboratories in August 2016 to discuss the possibility of rehoming as many of the animals as possible. Following a series of meetings, an agreement was research on the most effective way of rehoming the animals.Animal care staff were retained after the closure of the facility to enable the animals to be cared for until they could be processed for release.All the dogs and cats had to be neutered, microchipped, vaccinated and health checked by veterinary surgeons before they could be removed from the facility for rehoming.Many of the dogs also required to be socialised before being introduced to their new environment. This included training the dogs to walk on a leash.A new outdoor exercise area was created, complete with a living room equipped with a sofa and television so that the dogs could adapt to their new homes in due course. 20,013 Views By Hayley Halpin Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img This is Annie, another one of the rehomed beagles Source: ISPCAThe ISPCA said it realised that it would be difficult to deal with such a large number of dogs and cats and called on Dogs Trust Ireland and Cats Protection for their assistance.The process began in December 2016 when a small number of animals (10 dogs and 12 cats) were removed initially on a trial basis and transported to the ISPCA’s National Animal Centre in Longford. It has taken over 12 months to remove all the animals from the facility.“The sheer volume of animals removed naturally put a strain on our resources and it was challenging at times but also hugely rewarding. When we receive photos and wonderful updates sent from the new pet owners… it is truly moving,” ISPCA centre manager Eva Ellis said. And this is Sugar, one of the rehomed cats Source: ISPCAThe ISPCA expressed its gratitude to the public who responded to its appeal for homes.The charity is still seeking homes for nine beagle dogs and fifteen cats.“The ISPCA is appealing to anyone looking to get a new pet to always consider adopting from a rescue rather than buying one,” a statement from the charity said.For more information, people can contact the ISPCA on 043 332 5035 or info@ispca.ie.Read: Wrap up warm… Heavy rain and gusts of up to 100km/h to hit the countryMore: Judge says Julian Assange is not ‘above the normal rules of law’ and should be arrested 24 Comments Feb 13th 2018, 6:34 PM Tuesday 13 Feb 2018, 6:34 PM Over 600 cats and dogs rehomed by ISPCA following closure of research facility The charity is still seeking homes for nine beagle dogs and fifteen cats. last_img read more

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Nuns who ran Tuam home have no comment to make on todays

first_img Mar 3rd 2017, 2:49 PM 59,500 Views THE RELIGIOUS ORDER that ran the Tuam mother and baby home where human remains have been found said it can make no comment on today’s announcement.It did, however, reiterate its support for the Commission of Investigation into the home.The Bon Secours sisters ran the home until it closed in 1961. All of the records for the home were given to Galway County Council at that time.Today, it was confirmed that a “significant” amount of human remains were found on a site connected to the mother and baby home. The area had been flagged as a possible mass burial site by researcher Catherine Corless.When asked for a statement on the issue, the nuns said: If you’d like me to point you at a few reputable historians who might be good, I’ll certainly do that. If you come here, you’ll find no mass grave, no evidence that children were ever so buried, and a local police force casting their eyes to heaven and saying “Yeah, a few bones were found – but this was an area where Famine victims were buried. So?” Image: RollingNews.ie Share325 Tweet Email7 Terry Prone (Ms)ChairmanThe Communications ClinicSpeaking to TheJournal.ie at the time, Prone confirmed she had sent the email, but said there was “absolutely no difference” between the substance of it, and public pronouncements made by the Bon Secours sisters.“The sisters never knew anything about it,” she added at the time.Speaking today, Prone told Today with Sean O’Rourke on RTÉ about the site: ”It looks like there is a whole lot more to it”.Prone said when she wrote to the producer she said ‘you won’t find that’, as a commission was needed to get the work done on the site to determine what happened.She added that “nobody expected the kind of numbers that are being revealed today, clearly there was extensive burial. I am fascinated by the commission’s use of the phrase ‘in this way’ because it sounds like it was a disrespectful mass burial rather than a proper burial… I don’t know what to make of that”She said questions that need to be asked are how many children were buried; and is that disproportionate to the number of children and toddlers who would have been dying in the population at this time; and what did they die of.Documents show that the death rate of babies at the home was significantly higher than that at other homes around the country. Figures from the National Archives showed that 31.6% of babies under the age of one at Tuam died over the course of one year.In other homes, that rate was 17%.Causes of death included bronchitis, convulsions, and congenital syphilis. Source: Report of the Inter-Departmental Group on Mother and Baby Homes via Department of Children and Youth AffairsRead: Row brews over Terry Prone Tuam babies email>Read: Remains of young children and babies found in sewage chambers at Tuam mother and baby home> Image: RollingNews.ie Several international TV stations have aborted their plans to make documentaries, because essentially all that can be said is “Ireland in the first half of the twentieth century was a moralistic, inward-looking, anti-feminist country of exagerrated religiousity.” Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The Bon Secours sisters are fully committed to the work of the Commission regarding the mother and baby home in Tuam. On the closing of the Home in 1961 all the records for the Home were returned to Galway County Council who are the owners and occupiers of the lands of the Home. We can therefore make no comment on today’s announcement, other than to confirm our continued cooperation with and support for the work of the Commission in seeking the truth about the home.A Commission of Investigation was established by the Government to look into mother and baby homes and county homes.Email rowIn October 2014, an email was sent by the public relations representative for the Bon Secours sisters, Terry Prone, about the site.Documentary maker Saskia Weber had asked the nuns to take part in filming about mother and baby homes in Ireland.The high-profile PR representative said in response:Your letter was sent on to me by the Provincial of the Irish Bon Secours congregation with instructions that I should help you. I’m not sure how I can. Let me explain.When the “O My God – mass grave in West of Ireland” broke in an English-owned paper (the Mail) it surprised the hell out of everybody, not least the Sisters of Bon Secours in Ireland, none of whom had ever worked in Tuam and most of whom had never heard of it. Which most of us knew already.The overwhelming majority of the surviving Sisters of Bon Secours in Ireland are over eighty. The handful (literally) still in active ministry are in their seventies. None of them is an historian or sociologist or theologian and so wouldn’t have the competence to be good on your programme. Friday 3 Mar 2017, 2:49 PM By Aoife Barry 138 Comments https://jrnl.ie/3268928 Short URL Nuns who ran Tuam home have ‘no comment’ to make on today’s revelations They did say that they are fully committed to the Commission of Investigation ‘seeking the truth’ about what happened.last_img read more

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Hamas has significantly softened its stance on Israel

first_img pic.twitter.com/SUWd21F7JP— Hamas Movement (@HamasInfoEn) May 1, 2017 https://jrnl.ie/3368217 Share Tweet Email1 By Cianan Brennan Source: Hamas Movement/Twitter While the new document does not amount to recognition of Israel as demanded by the international community, Hamas officials say, it formally softens its stance in a few key areas.The document has not been especially well-received in Israel itself, with a spokesman for Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu saying “Hamas is attempting to fool the world but it will not succeed”.“They dig terror tunnels and have launched thousands upon thousands of missiles at Israeli civilians,” David Keyes said in a statement, referring to rockets fired from Gaza and tunnels used to carry out attacks.Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza have fought three wars since 2008.The strip has been under an Israeli blockade for 10 years. Members of the Palestinian Hamas security forces take part in a military graduation ceremony in Gaza City on 30 March 2017 Source: SIPA USA/PA ImagesHamas leaders have long spoken of the more limited aim of a Palestinian state in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip without explicitly setting this out in its charter.But after years of internal debate, the new document formally accepts the idea of a state in the territories occupied by Israel in the Six-Day War of 1967.It also says its struggle is not against Jews because of their religion but against Israel as an occupier.“We are not fighting against the Jews because they are Jewish,” said Meshaal.We are waging this struggle against the aggression of Zionists.However, the original 1988 charter will not be dropped, just supplemented, in a move some analysts see as a way of maintaining the backing of hardliners.Asked if Hamas would negotiate directly with Israelis, Meshaal replied: “Our policy is we will not engage in direct negotiations with the Israelis because nothing in the conditions and circumstances convinces us that any conclusions can be reached.”Direct talks is “a process, it’s a game we will not fall for it”.The new document also continues to speak of liberating historic Palestine, including areas that are today part of Israel.Hamas is considered a terrorist group by Israel, the United States and the European Union, and the new document is aimed in part at easing its international isolation.With  © – AFP, 2017Read: Trump says he would be ‘honoured’ to meet with North Korea’s Kim Jong-UnRead: Theresa May dismisses rumours Brexit meeting with EU chief went badly as “Brussels gossip” 13,067 Views Hamas president Khaled Mashaal Source: TwitterPALESTINIAN ORGANISATION HAMAS has softened its stance on Israel for the first time in years.For many years Hamas has called for the Israeli state’s destruction. The easing of its stance could be seen as an attempt on its part to improve its diplomatic standing internationally with Donald Trump set to meet with Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas next week.Deep divisions remain between Hamas and the Palestinian leadership.The eased stance towards Israel is contained within a new policy document unveiled at a press conference today.The document was launched in the Qatari capital Doha by exiled Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal, who is due to step down soon after serving his maximum two terms.The conference was also broadcast live in the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian enclave controlled by Hamas, while the document itself has been posted on the movement’s website.“We in Hamas believe that renewal and reinvention is a necessity,” Meshaal said at the conference in a Doha hotel.center_img May 1st 2017, 9:49 PM Hamas has significantly ‘softened’ its stance on Israel The Palestinian organisation launched a new policy document today in which it steps back from calling for Israel’s ‘destruction’. Monday 1 May 2017, 9:49 PM 78 Comments Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Alcohol cannabis and cocaine found in blood of Paris airport attacker

first_imgHe said to me: ‘Daddy, please forgive me. I’ve screwed up with a police officer’.At the time of his death, Ben Belgacem was carrying a petrol can in his backpack, as well as €750 ($805) in cash, a copy of the Koran, a packet of cigarettes and a lighter.A small amount of cocaine and a machete were found during a search of his home on Saturday.Soldiers guarding key sites have been targeted in four attacks in the past two years but escaped with only minor injuries.In mid-February, a machete-wielding Egyptian man attacked a soldier outside Paris’s Louvre museum, injuring him slightly, before being shot and wounded.President Francois Hollande said Saturday his government was “determined to fight relentlessly against terrorism”.Read: Father of Paris airport attacker blames alcohol and not terrorism for his son’s actionsRead: Man shot dead at Paris airport after trying to take soldier’s gun was ‘investigated for radicalisation’ https://jrnl.ie/3296337 Monday 20 Mar 2017, 7:10 AM Officers walking near Orly Airport on Saturday. Image: Apaydin Alain/ABACA Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Officers walking near Orly Airport on Saturday. 9,792 Views By AFP 18 Comments Share92 Tweet Email Short URL Image: Apaydin Alain/ABACA Alcohol, cannabis and cocaine found in blood of Paris airport attacker Investigators are still trying to understand what motivated Saturday’s assault by 39-year-old Ziyed Ben Belgacem. Mar 20th 2017, 7:10 AM THE MAN SHOT dead at Paris’s Orly airport after attacking a soldier was under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time, a judicial source said yesterday.Investigators are still trying to understand what motivated Saturday’s assault by 39-year-old Ziyed Ben Belgacem, which led to a major security scare and the temporary closure of the capital’s second-busiest airport.“Toxicology tests carried out on Sunday showed an alcohol level of 0.93 grams per litre in his blood, and the presence of cannabis and cocaine,” the source said.Ben Belgacem’s father had insisted earlier yesterday that his son was “not a terrorist” and that his actions were caused by drink and drugs.Ben Belgacem, who was born in France to Tunisian parents, grabbed a soldier on patrol at Orly’s southern terminal on Saturday morning. He put a gun to her head and seized her rifle, saying he wanted to “die for Allah”.The attacker, who had also fired at police in a northern Paris suburb earlier that morning, was shot dead by two other soldiers after a scuffle.Ben Belgacem’s father insisted his son – who had spent time in prison for armed robbery and drug-dealing -was not a extremist. Passengers evacuated from Orly airport walk on the highway at Orly airport, near Paris, France Source: Apaydin Alain/ABACA“My son was not a terrorist. He never prayed, and he drank,” the father, who was in shock and whose first name was not given, told Europe 1 radio.Investigators were examining his telephone.The attack at Orly comes with France still on high alert following a wave of jihadist attacks that have claimed more than 230 lives in two years.The violence has made security a key issue in France’s two-round presidential election on 23 April and 7 May.Not on terror watchlistBen Belgacem’s brother and cousin were released yesterday after they, like the attacker’s father, were held for questioning. All three had approached police themselves on Saturday after the attack.After spending Friday night in a bar with his cousin, Ben Belgacem was pulled over by police for speeding in the gritty northern Paris suburb of Garges-les-Gonesse, where he lived, just before 7.00 am.He drew a gun and fired, slightly injuring one officer. Shortly after, he contacted his relatives to tell them he had “done something stupid”, they told police.Ben Belgacem later appeared at the bar where he had been the previous night, firing more shots and stealing another car before continuing on to the airport.He had been investigated in 2015 over suspicions he had radicalised while serving jail time, but his name did not feature on the list of those thought to pose a high risk.Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said Ben Belgacem appeared to have become caught up in a “sort of headlong flight that became more and more destructive”.Dozens of flights to and from Orly were cancelled during an hours-long shutdown after the incident, but by Sunday afternoon air traffic had returned to normal, a spokeswoman for the Paris airports authority said.The shooting took place on the second day of a visit to Paris by Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate, which was unaffected.‘I’ve screwed up’Ben Belgacem’s father told Europe 1 his son had called him after the first police shooting “in a state of extreme agitation”.last_img read more

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Opinion Longawaited surrogacy laws still wont recognise many parents

first_imgOpinion: Long-awaited surrogacy laws still won’t recognise many parents Surrogacy still isn’t regulated in Ireland. New rules are on the way but they won’t solve the problem of recognition for couples who previously entered surrogacy arrangements abroad, writes Brian Tobin. INTERNATIONAL SURROGACY ARRANGEMENTS are popular among Irish couples, according to a recent survey involving 90 countries.The survey carried out by Families through Surrogacy, an international non-profit organisation that provides support to couples and individuals going through this process of assisted human reproduction, concludes that Ireland has the second-highest rate of surrogacy use in the world.Indeed, the Department of Foreign Affairs reports that 159 babies born to surrogates abroad have entered Ireland with their intended parents via Emergency Travel Certificates in the last decade.Nonetheless, surrogacy remains unregulated by Irish law – this is why the vast number of Irish couples who want to use surrogacy to conceive must go to the US, Canada, the Ukraine and other jurisdictions where this method of assisted human reproduction is recognised.In those jurisdictions where surrogacy is regulated, both of the child’s intended parents, ie the couple that commissioned the arrangement, are recognised as his/her legal parents. However, this is not so upon their return to Ireland, and proposed surrogacy laws will not alter this.Under Irish law, provided he is the genetic father, the intended father in an international surrogacy scenario can be recognised as the child’s parent and guardian following a successful court application.But the intended mother or, in a same-sex relationship the intended co-father, cannot be recognised as the child’s other legal parent and can only be appointed a guardian by the court a minimum of two years after the child’s birth.The General Scheme of the Assisted Human Reproduction Bill contains long-awaited proposals to regulate surrogacy in Ireland, but it will not change the existing status quo to enable such intended parents (mothers/co-fathers) who chose international surrogacy (or who might choose it in the future) to establish their legal parenthood under Irish law.Instead, it will only regulate surrogacy arrangements carried out in Ireland.The General Scheme was drafted by the Department of Health, which has emphasised that the State can only regulate assisted human reproduction activities that occur in Ireland.This is contrary to the approach adopted by the State under the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 because that legislation expressly regulates assisted human reproduction activities that occurred outside of the State.So an intended parent of a child previously conceived via donor sperm in an Irish or foreign clinic can apply to the court to be recognised as a legal parent if he or she is the mother’s spouse, civil or cohabiting partner.Similarly, the original draft of the 2015 Act would have allowed an intended parent of a child previously born through a surrogacy arrangement, in Ireland or abroad, to apply to the court for recognition as a legal parent.He or she would have to be the genetic male parent’s spouse, civil or cohabiting partner, and an Irish citizen, or ordinarily resident here.The surrogate’s consent to the making of the court order would have been necessary.Interestingly, the surrogacy arrangement could even have been commercial in nature, ie one where the surrogate received a fee.However, the surrogacy provisions contained in the original draft of the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 were deleted in their entirety six months before the Act became law.As enacted, the 2015 Act regulates donor-assisted human reproduction, but not surrogacy.Even if the State is wedded to the notion of only regulating domestic surrogacy going forward, it is unfair to penalise those couples who previously availed of international surrogacy at a time when surrogacy was simply not a viable option here in Ireland.About 68% of all surrogacies for Irish couples are estimated to have taken place in Ukraine.The State cannot enact legislation that willfully chooses to ignore the intended parents of those Irish children previously born to surrogates abroad.Any new surrogacy law should at least enable an intended parent of a child previously born to a surrogate abroad to apply to an Irish court for a declaration of legal parenthood.Before enacting future legislation on surrogacy, the Oireachtas must first look back and reconsider one significant part of the proposals that were scrapped from the original draft of the Children and Family Relationships Act almost five years ago.Dr Brian Tobin is a lecturer in law at NUI Galway.  15 Comments By Brian Tobin https://jrnl.ie/4513551 Monday 4 Mar 2019, 7:00 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img Share52 Tweet Email1 Brian Tobin Mar 4th 2019, 7:01 AM Short URL 12,308 Views last_img read more

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Barnier not optimistic about avoiding nodeal Brexit and says deal cant be

first_img By Hayley Halpin EU CHIEF BREXIT negotiator Michel Barnier has said the bloc will not change the divorce deal agreed with Britain and that he is “not optimistic” of avoiding a no-deal outcome.Barnier said the most contentious element of the agreement, the so-called backstop mechanism aimed at keeping the Northern Irish border open in all circumstances, must remain.British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who took power last month, has called for the provision to be scrapped in order to reach a new deal ahead of the country’s latest 31 October departure date.Johnson has said he was encouraged in his bid to axe the backstop by recent meetings with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, who appeared to suggest an openness to alternatives.But writing in Britain’s Sunday Telegraph, Barnier said Brussels remained unconvinced after “intense discussions with EU member states on the need to guarantee the integrity of the EU’s Single Market, while keeping that border fully open”. “The backstop is the maximum amount of flexibility that the EU can offer to a non-member state,” he stated. Barnier ‘not optimistic’ about avoiding no-deal Brexit and says deal can’t be changed EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier made his comments in Britain’s Sunday Telegraph today. 17,461 Views 65 Comments EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier Share29 Tweet Email I am not optimistic about avoiding a ‘no deal’ scenario but I remain determined to explore all avenues that the UK government will present that are compatible with the withdrawal agreement.The EU negotiator also said discussions about alternatives to the backstop could not begin until Britain had approved the divorce deal struck with Johnson’s predecessor Theresa May late last year.It was subsequently rejected three times by British MPs, leading Brexit to be delayed to 31 October.“We are ready to start this work immediately upon ratification of the withdrawal agreement, in parallel to finally creating clarity on our future relationship,” Barnierstated.He added that if Britain left the EU without a deal it would be London’s decision.“Many people in the UK understand that and I would be surprised if they succumb to the idea that the EU is to blame for a difficult political situation in the UK.”AlternativesOn Friday, Tánaiste Simon Coveney called on the British government to recommend viable alternatives to the backstop to the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator as quickly as possible.Coveney met with British foreign secretary Dominic Raab on Friday. A spokesman for the Tánaiste said that he reiterated Ireland’s position on the withdrawal agreement and said the red lines agreed between the EU and UK were not negotiable.He also urged the British government to bring forward any viable alternatives to the backstop, which achieve the same goal of no hard border or related infrastructure on the island of Ireland, to EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier as quickly as possible.Yesterday, thousands of protesters rallied in dozens of British cities against Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament weeks before Brexit.Queen Elizabeth II gave her approval to Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament for several weeks on Wednesday. This instantly sparked widespread outrage, legal challenges and promises of resistance from parliamentarians.The move was widely seen as a way of limiting the time Johnson’s opponents have to organise against him.The main opposition Labour Party has said it is also considering a no-confidence vote in Johnson’s Conservative government, which commands a fragile 320 to 319 majority.Includes reporting by – © AFP 2019 Sunday 1 Sep 2019, 9:49 AMcenter_img Image: Wiktor Dabkowski via PA Images Sep 1st 2019, 9:49 AM https://jrnl.ie/4791190 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier Image: Wiktor Dabkowski via PA Imageslast_img read more

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Young Greek of the Week

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram NameFodis Karatzas, 17.Your greatest achievement(s)? Making the reserves side for soccer as a goal-keeper and becoming Vice-Captain of St Johns College.How did you get to where you are now? Hard work, determination and always being focused on performing to the best of my ability.Your greatest challenge?Doing very well at school.Goal(s) for the future To do my best to receive a good ENTER score at the end of the year.Best moment of my life? Going through the whole soccer season in 2007 undefeated.One word that describes you the best?  Determined.Person(s) you most admire and why? My parents, because they came to Australia with almost nothing and achieved so much for my brothers and I.Best thing about being Greek-Australian? The culture and tradition I can experience and the close bond that I share with other Greek-Australians.If I could say anything to the Greek community… Be proud of what you are, and your heritage. Funniest Greek (family) moment Most family gatherings where something always seems to go humorously wrong.Favourite place to go or hang out at? The soccer field.Song that I can’t get out of my head at the moment?The Fray – You Found Me.Favourite Greek food?Souvlaki.I can’t live without…My family and soccer.If I was Kevin Rudd for a day I would… Declare a national Greek Day and make it a public holiday of celebrations.last_img read more

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Jims all about branding

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram How did start your career in advertising and when did you join your current firm?I landed my first design job 18 years ago. I studied design and worked as a graphic designer. I went back to Uni and completed a BA in Advertising and a Diploma in Marketing at RMIT in Melbourne. I spent some time working in digital technologies and experienced the dot.com boom and crash first-hand; which was fun. I then found a focus in brand strategy and visual identity work, which eventually brought me to TANK. I joined my current firm a couple of years ago and I am currently one of three directors. Running a creative agency is exciting, as we get to be in a business which sells creativity and in turn, being creative is nourishing, definitely not boring,and innovative ideas make good business sense. At TANK we have ten staff with disciplines ranging from project managers, production managers and writers, to creative, graphic artists and strategists.Have you ever drawn your inspiration in advertising campaigns from your Greek background?I must say, no I haven’t. The difference between a designer and an artist is that one creates art and the other is paid to solve a business problem articulated in a brief.  Saying that, we do a large array of naming work (new businesses, new products, ventures etc.) and this requires quite a bit of research which naturally leads me to explore names of ancient Greek and Latin origin, amongst other avenues – most brand names are derived from Latin, Greek or amalgamations [and creations] of both.  I don’t know many notable Greeks in advertising or design other than George Lois in the USA who, for me, is famous for art directing Esquire Magazine between 1962 and 1972.What is the comparative advantage of your firm over the competition?We aren’t a graphic design studio or an advertising agency. The make up of our people, strategists, writers, art directors, designers, photographers and journalists makes us fall between the traditional design studio and advertising agency.  The one commonality we have with them is that we develop ideas for business growth through creative thinking. How is business currently?Exciting. With this economic downturn we’ve found that our clients are looking to be more accountable, and use their budgets more effectively – this in turn means that we have to be the same which can’t be a bad thing at all. Efficiency and accountability never really hurt anyone, especially not the bottom line. We’re finding that clients who are brave enough to see this economic downturn as an opportunity are the ones we’re attracting. I think in difficult times, customers will always look for confident brands to do business with.Name three of your favourite campaigns?Lonely Planet for it’s authenticity. Everything they publish comes with the promise that it was created sincerely for the benefit of the traveller.  Million by Sydney agency Droga5 is an idea to brand academic achievement for New York’s 1.1 million public school students that reinforces the link between school and success – it’s just brilliant. Monocle Magazine  for me is one of the 21st century emerging media brands – it syndicates it content across media platforms and knows its audience so very well. My favourite ad at the moment is Cadbury’s Gorilla, it’s simply focused on ‘joy’ as a concept and links that with the product, chocolate. Simple and effective.last_img read more

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A boy for the Calombaris legacy

first_imgRestauranteur, masterchef, businessman – George Calombaris can add another title to his long list – dad. Calombaris and his partner Natalie Tricarico, welcomed their son James George Calombaris early Thursday morning. The newborn weighed 3.26 kg. A channel ten spokesperson said “everyone is happy and dad is over the moon”.The question is, will James take after his famous father and become a chef? We will soon find out. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

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