first_imgAn advertising agency in Nashville called Redpepper has created a check in system called Facedeals. It’s basically a camera that uses facial recognition to check you into locations as well as providing targeted advertising.Checking in on Facebook isn’t always worth the trouble, but Redpepper hopes to change that by sending you personalized deals, based on your location, to your smartphone after you check in. It doesn’t just send you any old deals either, it uses your Likes on Facebook to work out what discounts and offers would appeal to you most.Naturally, the app needs your permission to work and will have to be approved on Facebook first. It also asks you to verify your likeness in order to ensure accuracy. After that, whenever you walk past a Facedeals installation the camera will recognize your face and dispatch a message to your phone. This could work great if you were walking into a shop and got sent deals for that particular locations immediately. The fact it requires no interaction from you in order to happen removes the hassle of manually signing in to get offers.Of course, Facedeals is mainly for the benefit of businesses. Companies will know who their most loyal customers are and the use of the social network means brand awareness will spread to all of the customer’s Facebook friends.The cameras themselves have been developed around a number of open source technologies such as Raspberry Pi, Arduino, OpenCV, and Facebook Graph API. All they need to work is a standard power connection and WiFi.Facedeals isn’t fully up and running yet, but it’s being tested in Nashville and will soon be in major cities worldwide.More at Redpepper, via Wiredlast_img read more

first_imgAlthough they are effectively useless to the average consumer for a few more days, some Wii U games will be officially released before the Wii U console itself. And for some customers — notably those who purchased Call of Duty: Black Ops II from Amazon — the games are already starting to arrive. Pictures have popped up of eager Nintendo fans with the coveted blue box in their possession. Of course, there isn’t much to do except marvel at it.In fact, there are several Wii U titles that have a release date listed as earlier than the Wii U’s November 18 launch. Just Dance 4, Madden 13, Rabbids Lands, and FIFA 13 all have November 13 release dates. Nintendo’s shipments of the Wii U have already been sent out to retailers, but they are locked away in storage rooms until the clock strikes midnight on November 18.For previous console launches, stores would often receive launch games well in advance of the shipment of systems as well, and publishers would just slate their release date as the console release date. That was just common sense. Of course, eventually everyone started realizing that common sense goes out the window when it comes to fans and their video game affections. As a result, this new trend began of selling those early games just so gamers could get their hands on them and start dreaming about the day when they can be played.Regardless, the Wii U waiting game is now in the final stretch. Things are really heating up now. When you add the November 13 titles, the system will have 22 games already in its arsenal.via Joystiqlast_img read more

first_imgThe thought of Bitcoins may make you laugh hysterically, unable to carry on a full conversation about the pseudo currency. Alternatively, someone calling Bitcoin a “pseudo currency” may have you up in arms, willing to spend all your precious, mined coins on a way to silence that obvious fool. Now, you can attempt to silence that obvious fool by pointing him toward Taylor More, a man that is attempting to sell his estate for Bitcoins. Along with pizza and Amazon gift cards, you can now purchase a home with the digital currency.More’s estate, which sizes up at 3.6 acres, will cost you $405,000 Canadian, or $1,200 a month to rent. The one story home measures in at 900 square feet, and has two bedrooms and one bathroom. The estate also features a workshop measuring in at 2,800 square feet, that sports an extra two bedrooms and one bathroom. Best of all — depending on how you view Bitcoins — you don’t need to pay real money for it.More isn’t rejecting the idea of a cash sum. He’ll take the $405,000, but he’s willing to knock down the cash price if Bitcoins are thrown into the mix. He’s also willing to perform the entire transaction solely using Bitcoins. At the moment, one Bitcoin is worth around $60 — a far cry from the days of yore when a pizza would set you back an amount of Bitcoins reaching into quadruple digits. Now, the house will set you back around 6,750 Bitcoins.More said that he’s accepting Bitcoins in the hope that the sale of the property would raise awareness for the currency, which it most certainly will if someone actually uses it to buy a real-life house. Check out the realty listing here, and if you need to catch up on the Bitcoin craze (if you can call it that), you can sink your teeth into the digital currency here.last_img read more

first_img Feb 20th 2018, 9:38 PM Barcelona’s Lionel Messi celebrates scoring. Tuesday 20 Feb 2018, 9:38 PM 21,577 Views 48 Comments Image: Nick Potts Lionel Messi finally scores against Chelsea as Barcelona claim vital away goal Willian’s powerful strike from the edge of the area gave the London club a second-half lead. Mourinho plays down pressure on Pogba as midfielder makes United return>Villarreal player arrested after alleged victim claims he was ‘tied up, beaten and held’>center_img Follow us: Share7 Tweet Email LIONEL MESSI STRUCK for the first time in nine games against Chelsea to give Barcelona the upper hand from the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday by salvaging a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.Willian’s fine strike just after the hour mark had put Chelsea in command after earlier hitting both posts in the first half.However, one moment of carelessness cost Chelsea dear as Andres Iniesta intercepted Andreas Christensen’s pass to tee up Messi to swing the balance of the tie in Barca’s favour 15 minutes from time.The English champions must now score when they travel to the Camp Nou on March 14 to have any chance of making the last eight.Chelsea manager Antonio Conte sprang a surprise before kick-off by leaving out both Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata with Eden Hazard instead operating in the middle of a front three featuring Willian and former Barca winger Pedro Rodriguez.And it was Hazard who sent the first warning that Barca were in for an uncomfortable evening when he fired just over from 20 yards five minutes in.Antonio Rudiger also headed just wide in a positive opening from the hosts, but it was Barca who had the first clear chance on 16 minutes.Chelsea constantly tried to surround Messi with three or four blue shirts to limit the Argentine’s threat, but he dug out a cross to the far post where an unmarked Paulinho headed wide.Barca then went on to dominate possession for a large spell of the first half with their control of the ball reaching 80 percent at one stage.However, the visitors lacked penetration before the break and were lucky to go in level at half-time.Willian showed his ability to score from outside the box off either foot with a double against Hull City to take Chelsea into the FA Cup quarter-finals on Friday.He was inches away from another long-range stunner when he curled onto the post from 25 yards with Marc-Andre ter Stegen beaten in the Barca goal.Barca had kept six clean sheets in their previous seven Champions League games, but once again had good luck rather than good defending to thank four minutes before the break when Willian hooked another effort from outside the box off the woodwork.Hazard then volleyed just over as Chelsea ended the half on a high.Barca appeared to have restored order early second period, but failed to learn their lesson of Willian’s danger from the edge of the box.A short corner was worked into the Brazilian’s path and he arrowed a low shot past the rooted Ter Stegen.However, Barca remain unbeaten in 31 La Liga and Champions League games under Ernesto Valverde thanks to a late rally.Luis Suarez had claims for a penalty waved away when he went down under pressure from Rudiger.But Barca’s protests had barely been silenced before they were level.Christensen’s dangerous ball across his own box was a gift for an old scourge of Chelsea in Iniesta.At the end where he broke Chelsea hearts with a stoppage-time equaliser in a highly controversial semi-final in 2009, Iniesta this time squared for Messi to apply the finishing touch low past Thibaut Courtois for his 28th goal of the season.- (C) AFP 2018The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Barcelona’s Lionel Messi celebrates scoring. Image: Nick Potts By AFP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URLlast_img read more

first_img Share1122 Tweet Email Yes (4578) Don’t know/no opinion (681) By Rónán Duffy Friday 3 Feb 2017, 8:08 PM No (5170) Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Barack Obama holds a hurl during his 2011 visit to Ireland. 127 Comments Image: AP/Press Association Images The Freedom of Dublin for Barack Obama? People are divided Lord Mayor Brendan Carr wants to give it to both Barack and Michelle. center_img FRESH MOVES ARE afoot to grant Barack Obama the Freedom of Dublin City but opposition to the move is likely to continue.The Lord Mayor of Dublin Brendan Carr unsuccessfully tabled the proposal last summer but, in a new letter to councillors, has argued that now is the time to return to it.“In light of the recent draconian decisions being taken by his successor President Donald Trump, I believe it is more important now than ever that I proceed with this proposal,” Carr claims.The Lord Mayor also wants the honour granted on the former US First Lady as well:I am also proposing that the City Council recognise the inspirational role on human rights played by First Lady Michelle Obama by also awarding her the highest honour we can grant the Freedom of Dublin City.The Lord Mayor wants the issue discussed at this Monday’s council meeting but his letter already anticipates objections from Dublin councillors.“President Obama inherited some of the most challenging legacy issues possible from his predecessor George Bush,” Carr writes.Some of the actions the US has taken in response to the turmoil that has swept the Middle East and North Africa in recent years, Obama himself has described as “regrettable”. However, it may only become evident in the coming years the true extent that during his Presidency Obama was a stabilising and moderating influence on US foreign policy.Carr also points to what he terms as Obama’s foreign policy “successes” including ending the authorised use of torture by US forces and the Iran nuclear deal. President Barack Obama meets members of the public at College Green, Dublin. Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesDrone campaign Many councillors are understood to be opposed to the plans, however.Workers’ Party Councillor Éilis Ryan argues that a much more immediate concern for Dublin councillors is to ensure that Irish airports are not used to enforce Donald Trump’s travel ban.The North Inner City councillor says she will be supporting a motion calling on both Shannon and Dublin Airport not to implement the travel ban in pre-clearance facilities.Another motion also seeks to end the use of Irish airports by the US military“This is far more relevant to Irish-US relations than giving the Freedom of the City to Obama,” Ryan says.I think Obama’s record in relation to Ireland has been about using our airports without consent to transport weapons and prisoners through the airport and I think that alone is enough to not give him the Freedom of the City.Ryan also points to work she’s done in the Middle-East and says that Obama’s drone strikes have made the region a more dangerous place for locals and humanitarians alike.“Every single human rights activist I know in Pakistan would say that Obama’s drone campaign has radicalised Muslims across Pakistan and made their lives much more difficult.”What do you think? Should Barack Obama be awarded the Freedom of Dublin City?  Feb 3rd 2017, 8:08 PM Short URL 30,913 Views Poll Results: Barack Obama holds a hurl during his 2011 visit to Ireland. Image: AP/Press Association Images YesNoDon’t know/no opinionVoteRead: A law that aimed to prevent mentally ill people from buying guns has been overturned in the US >Read: FactFind: Is Donald Trump’s travel ban ‘similar to what Obama did’? >last_img read more

first_img Source: Luxembourg PoliceA PASSENGER TRAIN and a freight train have collided in Luxembourg, killing one person and injuring several more, police said.The passenger service from Thionville in northeast France hit the goods train at Bettembourg near the French border around 8am GMT.“One person was recovered dead from the train,” Luxembourg police said in a statement. “Two injured persons were admitted to the hospital.”A further six people suffered minor injuries, police added. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By AFP Share13 Tweet Email Around 100 rescue workers are at the scene along with psychological support workers, they said.The causes of the accident “are yet to be determined”, said the Luxembourg train company CFL, which operated the passenger train.Passenger services between Luxembourg and Thionville have been suspended with bus services replacing them for now, it said.In 2006 six people were killed and 23 injured when a passenger train collided with a freight train at Zoufftgen, in northeastern France, near the site of Tuesday’s accident.- © AFP, 2017  Feb 14th 2017, 2:15 PM Tuesday 14 Feb 2017, 2:15 PM Short URLcenter_img 12,655 Views Zugunglück: Rettungsarbeiten dauern an. 2 Pers. verletzt ins Krankenhaus gebracht, 1 Person überlebte den Unfall nicht. Bilanz provisorisch.— Police Luxembourg (@PoliceLux) February 14, 2017 Source: Police Luxembourg/Twitter 5 Comments One dead and several hurt after trains collide in Luxembourg A passenger service and freight train collided. last_img read more

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email1 DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL is revising plans to ban private cars entirely from Eden Quay in Dublin.At a meeting of the Council’s corporate policy group this evening, the chairpersons of the council’s strategic policy committees were informed that the plans to restrict cars from Eden Quay were likely to be revised.The council had previously proposed to ban all cars from along Eden Quay from O’Connell St to Marlborough St, allowing for only public transport, taxis and cyclists.This measure was proposed to allow for the new Luas Cross City trams to cross the River Liffey and onto Marlborough Street a high number of times. It was thought that car traffic on the quays could slow the movement of the trams.The plans were met with strong resistance from local businesses, however, who said that restricting car traffic would cause fewer people to enter the city centre.The chairs of the special policy committees were informed this evening that a report into the proposed traffic restrictions had been carried out and that a full ban on cars on Eden Quay would now likely not happen.It is instead proposed to allow some private traffic onto the quay.Speaking to, Fianna Fáil councillor Paul McAuliffe – chair of the council’s enterprise committee – welcomed the news.“While I absolutely believe that the public transport and cyclists are extremely important, the proposals coming sent the message that cars were not allowed,” he said. Apr 28th 2017, 10:20 PM 17,357 Views Short URL Eden Quay Image: Google Maps Image: Google Maps 40 Comments By Cormac Fitzgerald Eden Quay I think the chief executive and the city council have made a pragmatic decision.The report will be discussed at a meeting of the transport special policy committee on has contacted the chair of the transport spc – Ciarán Cuffee – for comment.Read: After 22 months living in a hotel with her daughter, Erica Fleming has moved into her new homeRead: Traveller family left without sanitation facilities for 6 months wins equality case Dublin City Council going back on plans to ban all private cars from Eden Quay Plans to restrict traffic were met with strong resistance from local businesses. Friday 28 Apr 2017, 10:20 PMlast_img read more

first_imgMan charged over murder of one-year-old boy and attempted murder of girl in London The one-year-old girl is in a critical condition in hospital. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 17,028 Views Share2 Tweet Email No Comments Mar 21st 2017, 11:40 AM Tuesday 21 Mar 2017, 11:40 AM By Cliodhna Russell Short URL A 33-YEAR-OLD man has been charged with the murder of a one-year-old boy and attempted murder of a one-year-old girl in London.Bidhya Sagar Das, of Wilberforce Road in Finsbury Park was arrested in the Hackney area on Sunday evening on suspicion of murder and attempted murder.The children, who are thought to be twins, were found by police who were called to a flat in Wilberforce Road late on Saturday night.They were taken by ambulance to an east London hospital. The boy was pronounced dead before 1am.A post-mortem examination in relation to the boy is due to take place today. The girl remains is a critical condition in hospital.Sagar Das will appear in custody later today at Thames Magistrates’ Court.Read: Investigators have found additional wreckage of Rescue 116 in an area of interest> Police officers enter the scene in Wilberforce Road, near Finsbury Park, in north London Police officers enter the scene in Wilberforce Road, near Finsbury Park, in north London last_img read more

first_img In other words, people with disabilities should just go play with the traffic! Get the people on mobiles to use the cycle lanes— Christina Dowling (@ChristinaDub79) June 18, 2017 By Hayley Halpin Absolutely. How about you sort the footpaths out instead? Putting people with disabilities into heavily trafficked cycle lanes? Right so.— Mark Breen (@mark_breen) June 18, 2017 Hoax statement made by Dublin Lord Mayor to raise disability awareness Dublin City Council released a false statement suggesting people with disabilities may be allowed use cycle lanes. Source: Mark Breen/Twitter Monday 19 Jun 2017, 1:36 PM Source: Jonathan Mitchell/Twitter Source: Shutterstock/TNPhotographerTHE LORD MAYOR of Dublin Brendan Carr caused a stir this weekend with a hoax statement suggesting that people with disabilities may be allowed to use cycle lanes in the city.The statement read:Currently, we are aware of the extent to which people with disabilities have to go to circumnavigate obstructions on the pavements. I think they would be better off using the cycle lanes and would like to ask what the people of Dublin think about this.He told that Dublin City Council released the statement to raise awareness of the hazards people with disabilities have to deal with.“We put the statement out to see what the reaction would be. Because on a daily basis when people with disabilities are using footpaths they have to deal with locked bikes and blocked pathways – and it’s stopping people with disabilities from getting around the city,” Carr said.Disability campaigns have been on board with the hoax, which is why they haven’t complained about it, according to Carr.“The same can’t be said about everyone else. Which was the whole point – to make people think about how they would like it if they had to deal with the same thing,” he said.“The idea is that sandwich boards, bikes and things like that won’t be used to block footpaths, to make people aware that there are others who can’t get around the city with the same ease, wheelchair users, people with impaired sight. We want people to start thinking before they act.” 23 Comments center_img Source: Christina Dowling/Twitter Short URL The real campaignCarr made the comments as Dublin City Council prepare to launch a campaign today to highlight the difficulties people with disabilities face in Dublin.The outdoor advertising campaign aims to make people aware that their simple everyday actions can create major difficulties for people with visual and mobility disabilities.The advertisements feature visuals of a climbing wall in place of a badly parked car, a barbed wire fence in place of an overgrown hedge, and a climbing frame in place of an on-street obstacle, such as a sandwich board or bicycle.Dublin Bus, bus shelters and a number of JCDecaux outdoor sites in the city will all feature the adverts.Commenting on the campaign launching today, Carr told ”A lot of money is going into it, to tell people who are parking their car not to block footpaths and the like, to let them know they can’t do it.”Mick Keegan, spokesperson for Labour Disability and the Post-Polio Support Group, said: “We all use the footpaths to get around the city safely, but if you are blind or use a wheelchair, it’s not so easy when people park their cars on footpaths or attach their bikes to lampposts and cause obstacles.”“We hope this disability awareness campaign will make people think before they park their car, bike or any other thing that will block the footpath, as these innocent actions make it harder for people with disabilities to get around this great city of ours.”Read: Taking rundown Dublin buildings and turning them into homesMore: Council says new ‘stationless bike’ company does not have permission to operate in Dublin Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 31,614 Views 2 / Instead keep pavements/cycle lanes clear. Repair pavements. Helps older flks, many disabilities, prams. Dublin trails Euro cities here— Jonathan Mitchell (@UncouthRegions) June 18, 2017 Share173 Tweet Email2 Jun 19th 2017, 1:36 PM last_img read more

first_img As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: 56 Comments Brexit isn’t the only external risk to the Irish economy, but it is certainly the biggest. The global economy is also slowing.The U.S. is the most important export destination for Irish goods, and its economy is decelerating with fears rising of an outright recession in the next 18 months.The Eurozone economy is back at crawl speed, with a few of its larger economies in, or close to, recession.China is becoming an increasingly important export destination: it recorded its weakest year of economic growth in three decades in 2018 and is expected to slow further.For an economy as open as Ireland’s, it is never good news when economic growth is slowing in your trade partners.But, so long as they remain in ‘soft landing’ territory, and a ‘soft Brexit’ is eventually agreed, our glass should remain half full.Victor Duggan is an economist and former advisor to Labour TD Joan Burton. Economist By Victor Duggan 16,094 Views Share5 Tweet Email Victor Duggan Mar 24th 2019, 7:01 AM Sunday 24 Mar 2019, 7:00 AM Opinion: How you see the Irish economy depends on if you’re a glass half-full or half-empty kind of person In many ways, the Irish economy looks to be in ‘Goldilocks’ territory: not too cold, but still not too hot, writes Victor Duggan. HOW YOU SEE Ireland’s economic prospects may depend on whether your glass is half full or half empty in the post-Paddy’s day haze.There’s plenty to be bullish about, but warning signs have begun to flash in recent months as we brace for Brexit and a global slowdown.First, the good news:The latest CSO numbers put GDP growth for 2018 at 6.7%, that is faster than China, and enough to make Ireland the fastest growing EU country for the fifth year running.Nearly 1,000 jobs a week were added during 2018 to take the total number in work close to 2.3 million for the first time, while the number unemployed fell to its lowest level in a decade.Workers are starting to feel it in their back pockets as the annual rate of growth in hourly earnings reached 3.8% in the final three months of 2018, the fastest since early 2009.At the same time, consumer prices continue to increase at an annual rate of less than 1%, the lowest rate in the EU, so that higher incomes aren’t eaten up by higher cost goods and services.Moreover, the number of people outside the labour force that could look for work again in the right conditions is still over 100,000, suggesting it still has room to run if factors beyond our control don’t get in the way.But some indicators are flashing orange:The number of jobs being created slowed significantly from about 2,000 per week in the last three months of 2017 to about 640 per week in the same period last year.The long-term trend in falling unemployment rates ended in August 2018, since when it has hovered around 5.6%.House prices fell for three months in a row through January 2019, the first such hat-trick since prices bottomed out in early 2013.In January 2018, consumer confidence hit its highest level since early 2001 but has since dropped like a stone, and last month hit its lowest level since 2014.None of this is anything to panic about yet.A slowdown in job growth and house prices was probably inevitable after years of break-neck growth. On the face of it, it is hard to explain why consumer confidence has fallen through the floor just as real wage growth picked up strongly.But, one only needs to glance across the Irish Sea to see why people may fear the worst. Rising fears of a devastating hard Brexit towards the end of this month could help explain falls in both consumer confidence and house prices, with the latter reinforcing the former as homeowners feel less flush.This week is the latest in a series of seemingly momentous weeks in the Brexit soap opera. Only a fool would predict with any confidence how it will all end.It is always darkest before dawn, as the proverb goes, and it is the way of high-stakes negotiations to go to the wire.That the current U.K. government stumbles into a nasty accident can’t be ruled out, but good sense must surely prevail at the last minute.Agreement on a soft Brexit with a lengthy transition period, whether this month or later, would at least remove some uncertainty for Ireland and take the worst-case scenario off the table.This alone could give Irish consumer confidence a shot in the arm and help stabilize house prices.Businesses in the most Brexit-exposed sectors would be able to breathe a sigh of relief, and take another look at hiring and investment plans. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_img File Photo Image: File Photo Friday 29 Mar 2019, 11:49 AM Short URL Image: ‘A new mind for Europe is required’: President Higgins criticises ‘inadequate’ European Union He called for a fresh approach to tackling inequality among member states. 28,465 Views PRESIDENT MICHAEL D HIGGINS criticised the European Union for a lack of “social cohesion” and “narrow version of an economic union” in a speech delivered at UCD last night. His comments came on the eve of British Prime Minister Theresa May’s third attempt to secure the backing of MPs in the House of Commons for her deal to remove Britain from the European Union. Higgins called for “a new mind for Europe… to strike a unique balance between social cohesion, economic competition and freedom” and to remove the divide he said existed between the “lucky” and the “left out”.  “We have entered a period when, I would say – and not for the first time in many years – the future shape of the European Union has become a matter of dispute and often ill-tempered debate,” he said. “In the ongoing and lingering shadow of Brexit and of social forces which have given rise to so much doubt across Europe, the challenges of the next decade simply cannot be met with a re-issuing of an invitation to a new generation of, and revamped version, of the old orthodoxies.”In his speech at the launch of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at UCD, the president said a social, economic and class divide was palpable across Europe.  Share209 Tweet Email1 83 Comments As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: “The refurbishing of what has gone out of balance in failing models will be insufficient.” “A new mind for Europe is required, which requires a casting aside of failing assumptions within inadequate models. It requires new symmetries between the social, the economic, the cultural and the ethical,” he added. “These symmetries, if they are to be achieved, will require changes in the institutional architecture of the Union.“Yet, if the intellectual and political contribution of the union’s members is simply one of reaction and adjustment to a wild unregulated globalisation, the prospects for such are poor.“The space for the new institutional architecture and the role of intellectual work will have to be fought for.”Jean Monnet is considered one of the founding fathers of the European Union and the various centres of excellence across the EU are designed to foster integration and cooperation between member states. Higgins said a return to the founding values of the union – mainly peace and economic prosperity among member states – was needed, and called for a fresh approach to reinforce those pillars. “Too often, as we look to the future, we fail to adequately appreciate the rich but diverse roots of the European project,” he said. “As we seek to find a new mind for Europe, out of the ashes of our present threatening fragmentation, there is now a pressing need to recall the rich infusion of ideas and ideals upon which our Union was sought to be built.” Mar 29th 2019, 11:49 AM By Conor McCrave Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_imgChildren born today will die 20 months sooner than expected because of air pollution The new research shows that air pollution now rivals smoking as a fact in life expectancy reduction. THE LIFESPAN OF children born around the world today will be reduced by up to 20 months as a result of global air pollution, a new study has claimed. The State of Global Air research carried out by the Boston-based, Health Effects Institute, put toxic air in fifth place ahead of alcohol use and road deaths, as a leading killer worldwide. The report claimed that in China, where air pollution and smog is a serious issue for citizens, life expectancy is reduced by around 30 months, while in African countries it is reduced by 24 months. Globally, the average reduction to a person’s lifespan as a result of toxic air is around 20 months, and is attributed to diseases such as lung cancer, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and heart disease. The inhalation of particulate matter (PM) – which is a combination of microscopic particles found in the air as a result of pollutants such as fossil fuels – is the cause of many lung diseases. In 2017 alone, air pollution contributed to almost five million deaths in countries across the world – the equivalent of nearly 1 in 10 people. “Air pollution exposure is linked with increased hospitalisations, disability, and early death from respiratory disease, stroke, lung cancer, and diabetes, as well as communicable diseases like pneumonia,” it said.  By Conor McCrave Apr 3rd 2019, 9:01 AM 46 Comments 13,048 Views Image: Shutterstock/Tatiana Grozetskaya Wednesday 3 Apr 2019, 9:01 AM Short URL Image: Shutterstock/Tatiana Grozetskaya Share311 Tweet Email “This means a child born today will die 20 months sooner, on average than would be expected in the absence of air pollution.”While researchers behind the report said there has been some gains in reducing air pollution and PM exposure, it added, ” much work remains to be done to further reduce air pollution and its heavy toll on population health”. Last year, statistics showed that around half a million people in Ireland are estimated to have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), a disease which causes breathlessness, coughing and regular chest infections. Meanwhile, the Irish Cancer Society said lung cancer affects 2,500 Irish people every year, and claiming the lives of more Irish men and women than any other type of cancer.  Air pollution collectively reduced life expectancy by one year and eight months on average worldwide, a global impact rivaling that of smoking.  Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_img 198,183 Views By Cónal Thomas Members of Saoradh during a march in Dublin city Source: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ieFINE GAEL SENATOR Neale Richmond has criticised a republican march which took place in Dublin city centre this afternoon, less than 48 hours after journalist Lyra McKee was killed by dissident republicans in Derry. Republican group Saoradh held a demonstration on Dublin’s O’Connell Street this afternoon. It’s understood that several hundred people took part in the march. In a statement following the demonstration, Richmond, who chairs the Seanad’s Brexit Committee, said: “Today’s antics in Dublin city centre by Saoradh have no place on the streets of our capital.”“The tragic events of Thursday night in Derry that resulted in the cold murder of the wonderful Lyra McKee were a flashback to a very dark period of our history that every decent soul on this island are determined to leave behind.”Today’s demonstration, which began at the Garden of Remembrance on Parnell Square, was not required to hold a permit because the attendance was less than 5,000 people, a spokesperson for Dublin City Council told cowards. No place in our democracy— Simon Harris TD (@SimonHarrisTD) April 20, 2019 ‘A disgusting attempt at intimidation’: Republican group criticised for O’Connell Street march after Lyra McKee killing The march comes less than 48 hours after the 29-year-old journalist was killed in Derry. Share Tweet Email2 Saturday 20 Apr 2019, 7:03 PM Saoradh’s march was part of the group’s Easter commemorations. Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ieMcKee’s death has been blamed on the so-called new IRA. Her killing has been widely condemned across the political spectrum. The PSNI has since launched a murder inquiry, and has arrested two men aged 18 and 19 under the Terrorism Act in connection with her murder. Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald TD said earlier today that the actions of those opposed to the Good Friday agreement “serve no cause and their continued existence only brings hardship, injury and death. The war is over, the future is in the hands of all who share this island.”“A new and united Ireland will not come from conflict, but by dialogue, agreement and democracy.”Following this afternoon’s march in the capital, which ended at around 5pm, Richmond said that “paramilitary style parades like we’ve seen today are a disgusting attempt at intimidation by a worthless organisation intent on bringing back misery.” Asked about today’s march, a garda spokesman said earlier: “A peaceful demonstration is currently underway at O’Connell St in Dublin. No incidents have been reported. Gardaí are at scene.”Comments have been closed. We must be clear that Saoradh and the dissidents they defend do not act in our name. 178 Comments Demonstrators were seen marching down the city’s main thoroughfare wearing green military-style jumpers and reflective sunglasses. A number of those marching today carried tri-colour flags and a banner which read: “Unfinished Revolution – Unfinished Business”. The Guardian newspaper in the UK has reported that a statement on Saoradh’s website, which has since been disabled, said that McKee’s death was a result of an “incursion” by “heavily armed crown forces” in the Creggan estate on Thursday evening.“A republican volunteer attempted to defend people from the PSNI/RUC. Tragically a young journalist, Lyra McKee, was killed accidentally.” Apr 20th 2019, 7:03 PM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_img“We got a report – a semi-report – in 2018. It has taken six years for us to get part of the answer from GSOC, but we still haven’t got answers in respect of the central issue.“I’m hoping the government will recognise there’s an inevitability to there being a proper investigation in respect of this,” said O’Callaghan.O’Farrell family in the DáilWith the O’Farrell family in the public Dáil gallery this evening, a number of opposition TDs appealed to the Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan to launch an inquiry.However, the government did not support tonight’s motion, and instead tabled a counter-motion.The counter-motion reasserts the position taken by the government that a decision to establish a statutory inquiry, as proposed by the Fianna Fáil, should await the conclusion of all GSOC investigations.While the criminal investigation by GSOC has now concluded, a follow-up investigation is under way to determine if breaches of discipline occurred.That investigation may result in a recommendation for disciplinary action against one or more gardaí. It is understood that the justice minister expects any disciplinary investigation to be completed without delay.“It is clear that there are a number of troubling matters surrounding the circumstances leading up to the road traffic incident in which Shane O’Farrell’s life was cut tragically short. The GSOC report clearly identifies those matters. They were, in fact, failures.  Let’s call them what they are: failures,” said the minister this evening.‘Very thorough’ investigationHe said GSOC has spent six years investigating the allegations made in relation to this case. Flanagan defended the GSOC investigation, calling it a “very thorough” investigation.“In its first report, GSOC did not identify any criminal offence by any Garda but it did identify a number of matters which require further investigation. An investigation has now commenced and I expect a further report in due course when GSOC completes its investigation into disciplinary matters. That report may lead to the Garda Commissioner instituting disciplinary proceedings,” added Flanagan.GSOC is an independent statutory agency with an important role in the State, said the minister, who asked opposition TDs who called the report a “farce” and “useless” to withdraw their remarks.He said politicians stating they do not have confidence in GSOC is “unacceptable”.The minister said he is working to hire additional staff to GSOC, adding that he is looking at ways to strengthen GSOC’s powers. Jun 12th 2018, 8:48 PM Shane O’Farrell Source: TheJournal Politics/Twitter Fianna Fáil using their private members time this week to call for a commission of investigation into the killing of Shane O’Farrell. Jim O’Callaghan says GSOC report is ‘inadequate’— TheJournal Politics (@TJ_Politics) June 12, 2018 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The commitment previously given to the O’Farrell family that once the GSOC investigation is completed, the question as to whether there remain issues that require further investigation will be fully considered. I reiterate that commitment here. Shane O’Farrell Image: Lucia O’Farrell 25,655 Views Share27 Tweet Email center_img FIANNA FÁIL IS tonight calling on the government to establish a Commission of Investigation into the death of cyclist Shane O’Farrell.However, Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has said that the government will not be supporting the motion.On the evening of 2 August 2011, O’Farrell was cycling home when he was struck by a car driven by Zigimantas Gradzuiska. The Lithuanian national had previous convictions for offences including aggravated burglary, road traffic offences and handling stolen property.Two weeks before the collision, Gradzuiska was arrested in Newry for three counts of theft.The day he struck the 23-year-old with his car, Gradzuiska was on bail from courts in both Monaghan and Cavan and on a peace bond from Louth Circuit Court.Gridziuska did not remain at the scene of the collision, but was arrested later that day. He was handed an eight-month sentence for dangerous driving causing death in February 2013, but it was suspended on the basis that he would leave the country within 21 days.For seven years, the O’Farrell family has been asking how Gradzuiska, a repeat offender who was on bail from multiple courts, was at liberty on the day Shane was killed. They also want to know why he did not serve jail time for the incident, and was instead given the option of leaving the country.A new report conducted by the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) has found there to be no illegal activity or breach of procedures by gardaí in relation to the investigation.Speaking to reporters today, O’Callaghan said the GSOC report is “inadequate”. By Christina Finn I am committed to ensuring that GSOC  has the resources it needs to carry out its functions effectively and efficiently. Tuesday 12 Jun 2018, 8:48 PM Short URL Image: Lucia O’Farrell Government won’t support Fianna Fáil’s calls for public inquiry into death of cyclist Shane O’Farrell Shane O’Farrell was cycling home in 2011 when he was struck by a car driven by a man who was on bail for a number of offences. 22 Comments To suggest that they would participate in a cover up or a whitewash is deplorable and should be withdrawn.Future inquiry not ruled outThe minister said he is open-minded about the prospect of a further inquiry in this case. This is something Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has also stated.“What I will commit to, as I have done in the past, is that when GSOC has completed its work, I will consider the question of a further inquiry and I would be happy to consult with the opposition at that stage,” said Flanagan, adding:Although I fully understand that Mrs O’Farrell and her family would wish their questions to have been answered sooner, their serious nature required a careful and painstaking investigation by GSOC and it remains the case that the GSOC disciplinary must be completed before further action may be taken.last_img read more

first_img Wednesday 20 Jun 2018, 6:00 AM Radical Queers Resist block abortion imagery by the Irish Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform. Image: Twitter/RadQueersResist Is it a crime to display graphic abortion imagery in public places? Some have argued that gardaí should be telling protesters to remove the imagery. (1) It shall be an offence for any person in a public place to distribute or display any writing, sign or visible representation which is threatening, abusive, insulting or obscene with intent to provoke a breach of the peace or being reckless as to whether a breach of the peace may be occasioned.(2) A person who is guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding £500 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months or to both.Subsection (1) above raises a number of questions in relation to the abortion imagery.The first is whether such imagery could be construed as “threatening, abusive, insulting or obscene”.The ICBR has repeatedly defended the use of the imagery but it itself accepts that the images are “horrific”, insisting that it represents “the reality of abortion”.Whether or not the images are “obscene”, however, is the question.In a factsheet about public order offences, the Citizens Information Board pointed out that determining something as “obscene” may be difficult.“The main difficulty which arises in Section 7 is the fact that while something may be obscene to one person it might be thought to be quite normal by another person,” the board states.Despite this, courts are able to decide whether an image is perceived as obscene by the average person.The Citizens Information Board goes on to describe how the issue of sensitivity was dealt with by the European Court of Human Rights in the 1991 case of Muller v. Switzerland:That case considered a conviction in Switzerland against Mr Muller for displaying obscene paintings. The paintings depicted, in a crude manner, sexual relations between men and animals. The court held that the paintings were liable or likely to grossly offend the sense of sexual propriety of persons of ordinary sensitivity. It can therefore be said that the courts will apply the “ordinary man” test when deciding if the distribution or display of material is obscene or not. Share294 Tweet Email Jun 20th 2018, 6:01 AM Source: Radical Queers Resist/TwitterWhether or not the courts were to determine that the abortion imagery was indeed obscene, there is a second question raised by the text of the Public Order Act.This is whether or not the individual intended to provoke a breach of the peace, or whether they were “reckless as to whether a breach of the peace may be occasioned”.The ICBR maintains that it is not its intention to provoke a breach of the peace, but is it possible to argue that they were reckless in their actions?Recklessness is a complicated concept in but legal blog Irish Law summarises it as being when an individual engages in “conduct that involves taking an unjustifiable risk of causing harm to others”.It notes that it in deciding on whether something is justifiable, a court may consider the “social utility of the activity involved”.Take it downAside from the possibility of conviction under Section 7 of the act, Section 8 sets out that a member of An Garda Síochana may direct an individual to desist from an activity if they suspect that the activity may be in breach of the Public Order Act.Failure to comply with the direction of the garda is an offence under Section 8.A garda may make this direction if they suspect “with reasonable cause” that the individual is in breach of Section 7.Today’s protest outside the office’s of the DPP by Radical Queers Resist is due to begin at 2pm today.In response to queries by, the office of the DPP had no comment to make about the protest or the use of Section 7 in relation to abortion imagery. 15,965 Views By Rónán Duffycenter_img 84 Comments Image: Twitter/RadQueersResist A PROTEST IS being planned today outside the offices of the DPP in relation to the ongoing use of graphic abortion imagery at Irish hospitals and elsewhere.The imagery has been displayed by a group called the Irish Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform (ICBR) and was criticised by both sides during the referendum campaign.Activist group Radical Queers Resist has been organising counter protests against the ICBR and has been attempting to block the imagery from public view.As part of these efforts, Radical Queers Resists is today protesting outside the Director of Public Prosecutions saying that the use of such imagery is a crime and should be prevented by gardaí.“It is disgusting that the people of this island are subject to this retraumatisation and exposed to such distressingly obscene imagery, while An Garda Síochána are told by the DPP that they cannot remove the images because they are “inoffensive” and to just ensure no physical violence breaks out,” the group said in a statement ahead of today’s protest.So what is the legal situation with regards to the use of such imagery?Those who have been calling for gardaí to intervene and remove the imagery have pointed to Section 7 of the Criminal Justice (Public Order) Act, saying that it could be used.This is what the section states: Radical Queers Resist block abortion imagery by the Irish Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform. 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first_img 58,907 Views By Cliodhna Russell Sunday 24 Jun 2018, 4:29 PM Jun 24th 2018, 4:29 PM 34 Comments Ireland could experience dust devils this week as temperatures set to be still, calm and hot Dust devils are caused by the ground heating up at different rates, which creates pressure. Short URL center_img IRELAND COULD EXPERIENCE dust devils, which look like whirlwinds, this week as temperatures are set to be still, calm and hot – the perfect conditions for them.The Farmers Journal tweeted a video taken by a Kildare farmer which showed hay swirling around in a whirlwind form. Kildare farmer Johnny Connolly took this footage of a whirlwind or as it is known in Ireland traditionally a sí gaoithe, translated to ‘fairy wind’. It is caused by a swirling updraft of air during sunny conditions. Johnny said it left a track of 100ft wide through the hay.— Farmers Journal (@farmersjournal) June 24, 2018 Source: Farmers Journal/Twitter Meteorological officer at Met Eireann Gavin Gallagher told that these dust devils are “fairly common in warm climates” and not at all unusual in places like Australia and parts of Europe.He added that while they are not dangerous, they can be more powerful in warmer climates.“Some in the US could rip tents off the ground, in Ireland we wouldn’t get that.” Dust Devil, Murcia, SpainGavin explained that dust devils are caused by the ground heating up at different rates, which creates pressure.“It happens when some parts of the ground heat up quicker than others, air starts rising  quicker in parts and then you have vacuums and you get localised spirals.“If it forms in hay fields or dusty track you’d see it.” He said you’d need a still, calm day with good heat for one to appear as a wind would cause too much movement in the air.When asked if it’s possible that we will see more this week as good weather is forecast, Gallagher said, “It’s definitely possible that we’ll be seeing more of these but you could never forecast one as they are random .” Share508 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_imgGreek police last week oversaw the evacuation of the last few migrants from old Athens appeals court in the centre of Athens. The building was cleared and cleaned following the removal of the migrants.A series of similar raids on derelict buildings in which illegal migrants squat in squalid conditions were announced by the Alternate Interior Minister Christos Markoyiannakis as reports emerged of government plans to create five new reception centres for migrants nationwide.Markoyiannakis said the summer would see police entering dozens more vacant buildings in Athens where hundreds of illegal migrants are living in squalid conditions, some reverting to drug dealing to eke out a living.He said police would use “effective but safe” tactics to remove them. The Greek Interior Ministry is reported to be planning the creation of five new centers to accommodate thousands of illegal immigrants. The centres are slated for construction in Rio, in the Peloponnese; in Evros, near the Turkish border; in Ritsona on Evia; in Keramoti near Kavala and in Aspropyrgos, in northwestern Attica. Though the camps are expected to spark vehement protests by locals, the ministry is reportedly intent on pushing through the projects, sorely needed following the evacuation of some 1,500 Afghans from a makeshift settlement in the western port of Patra and about 600 immigrants from the Socratous Street squat. Legislation outlining the operation of these camps is expected to be submitted in Parliament over the next few days.But residents and local authority officials are already up in arms, sources say. “There is going to be conflict,” said the mayor of Keramoti, Grigoris Triantafyllidis. Municipal authorities have drafted petitions, opposing the creation of “migrant concentration camps” in their areas. Meanwhile, a joint press conference by 13 migrant rights groups condemned the government for “compromising the rights of migrants and refugees.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Darebin Council has partnered with the Darebin community to make a submission on multiculturalism to the Federal Government Joint Standing Committee on Migration.The submission was prepared in response to a Federal Government Inquiry into the economic, social and cultural impacts of migration and will assist Council to continue promoting cultural diversity and harmony in Darebin.Darebin Mayor Cr Diana Asmar said community members were invited to express their views about multiculturalism and provide recommendations to the Federal Government about how to maximise the positive benefits of migration.“Ninety people attended our meeting on 25 March, including local residents, and representatives from ethno-specific, multicultural, faith based organisations, universities and community groups,” Cr Diana Asmar said.“Community members shared their personal stories and experiences, and provided many valuable insights about how the Federal Government can positively influence settlement services, employment, community participation and the wellbeing of international students.”The community meeting was hosted by Darebin Council in partnership with the Darebin Ethnic Communities Council, Darebin Interfaith Council and Spectrum Migrant Resource Centre.“The success of this event shows that Darebin residents are willing to actively contribute to discussions about the value of multiculturalism in our local community, and in Australia more broadly,” the Mayor said.“The recommendations from our community meeting will help inform the Federal Government’s new multiculturalism and migration policies and this will have flow on effects for Darebin’s culturally diverse community.”For more information or to obtain a copy of Darebin Council’s prepared submission to the Federal Government Joint Standing Committee on Migration contact (03) 8470 8589 or go to read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram On Sunday 4 June, the Greek Scout Group of Sydney celebrated their five year anniversary with their Annual Dinner Dance. The dance is also a celebration for the children who have decided to become youth members of the Greek Scouts. Over 200 people attended the Annual Dinner Dance with three scout groups involved – the 6th Bankstown Greek Scouts Group, the 3rd Sutherland Greek Scouts Group and the Former Greek Scouts of Sydney. All scout groups raised over $10,000 through raffle tickets for the scout groups. The dance is a way to congratulate all the people involved in the Greek Scouts of Sydney and thank them for their excellent voluntary contribution and support throughout the years. Scouts are one of the very few organisations where the emphasis is on the children and children only. The scouting movement sits alongside the work which the family, the school and the church does for our children, in their upbringing by educating and training, and providing the necessary knowledge and skills for children to become adults and face the future. Through games and hands on activities, learning is achieved with fun and joy.These days, the Greek Scouts of Sydney are progressing strongly in numbers and activities. New scouts are enrolling, so they are seeking new leaders, to join their groups. Proper training will be provided by Scouts Australia, accompanied by a Parallel Greek Program endorsed by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia. The Greek Scouts of Sydney wants you to come forward and become scout leaders if you can, and at the same time to bring your children and grandchildren to join the Greek Scouts of Sydney, either at Sutherland or Bankstown. That way they can supplement their education, knowledge and skills the scouting way.last_img read more

first_imgA plan to recruit up to 1000 drivers from Greece to meet Melbourne’s chronic shortage of taxis is underway and has been received eagerly by Greek cabbies. Organised by the newly-established Australian Taxi Academy, Greek citizens who want to ply their trade in the Victorian taxi industry will be offered free training and mentored by experienced local drivers. The initiative has been developed by an alliance of taxi operators, including Taxilink and Ambassador Taxis. Taxilink director Harry Katsiabanis told Neos Kosmos that the response from Greece has been dramatic. “We’ve had over 50 enquiries from Greece already, the phone hasn’t stopped,” said Mr Katsiabanis. “Being a Greek Australian I wanted to do what I could to help those in Greece who are facing great difficulty with the economy and employment.”Mr Katsiabanis said the move to find the next wave of immigrant drivers from Greece followed changes to the Australian Government’s visa arrangements for Indian students, which have drastically reduced the number of taxi drivers from the sub-continent. “They don’t have to be taxi drivers in Greece, they can be anyone who can drive and who want to make a new start here.” Taxilink’s director said that the major hurdle in realising the plan would be sorting out what kind of working visas the recruits could have, as the taxi industry is unable to utilise employer-sponsored visas. The most likely route for recruits will be through the student visa scheme which allows for 20 hours of paid work per week.Mr Katsiabanis’ message to drivers in Greece is: “If you’re prepared to work hard and want to make a rewarding life for yourself, the taxi industry is a great opportunity. Come and join us.” The plan has been met with approval by Melbourne’s cabbie community. Mr Tasos Revis, the former managing director of Cabways described the initiative as a “fantastic” idea. “They will need to be trained, but most should have the English language,” said Mr Tavos who has worked in the industry for more than 50 years. “In this country, it’s always the last migrants who drive cabs, so before we had Greeks, Italians, Lebanese, Turks, it’s always the last migrants because they are less demanding.” Owner-operator George Bobbopoulos also welcomed the plan. “With Greek drivers I think the customer service would be better than it is at the moment, said Mr Bobbopoulos, who has been a cabbie for nearly fifteen years. “The more drivers we bring in from any part of the world the better, and the Greeks have a better chance of fitting in than others have. “If they really want to work and want to pull their finger out, they need to find the right people here, learn and take it from there.” Anyone interested in becoming a cabbie in Melbourne should go to: Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more