Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has resigned from Cabinet

first_img Source: Hugh O’Connell/Twitter Updated 12.35pm https://vine.co/v/MUWpHwKOE0BLABOUR TD RUAIRÍ Quinn has announced his resignation from Cabinet.The Minister for Education and Skills made a statement outside Leinster House this afternoon, outlining his plans for the future.The move comes ahead of a Cabinet reshuffle, planned for next week. He said that he will leave Cabinet on the day of the reshuffle.He also confirmed that he will not run for a Dáil seat again. He is currently a TD for Dublin South-East.“Ruairi does his own thing in his own way,” said Labour colleague Joe Costello after the news emerged and reports suggested he was leaving Cabinet before he was ‘pushed out’.He has been a very creative, reforming Minister. It is Ruairí who would make the pro-active decision himself.Quinn himself said that the decision came “sooner than I would have liked” but that it was not an act of petulance. He had widely been expected to be dropped from Cabinet in the reshuffle.https://vine.co/v/MUWDFLjHHdd Quinn: We will win a referendum on same sex marriage— Hugh O’Connell (@oconnellhugh) July 2, 2014 Source: Hugh O’Connell/Twitter Quinn: I made this decision on my own behalf for myself pic.twitter.com/bNPwHABcyD— Hugh O’Connell (@oconnellhugh) July 2, 2014 Quinn said that he had spoken to the Taoiseach, the Tánaiste and his family before revealing his plans to the media today.He would not be drawn on who he wants to succeed him as Minister for Education nor who he favours for the leadership of the party – the result of which will be known on Friday – saying only that he has already cast his vote.He hailed the party’s achievements in government so far and noted that seven or eight of his priorities as Education Minister had been included in the programme for government and most of them have been progressed. The 68-year-old Dublin man has been an almost-consistent presence in the Oireachtas since he was first elected to the Seanad in 1976. A year later, he moved to the Dáil but lost his seat there in 1981. In the same year, he was re-elected as a Senator.He regained his Dáil seat in the 1982 general election and has been a Deputy ever since.As well as leading the Labour party for five years, he has held three ministries, including the Finance and Enterprise and Employment portfolios.On joining the coalition government in 2011, the Labour TD was named the Minister for Education and Skills.Today’s resignation is yet another significant change in the make-up of the government with a new Tánaiste imminent and the Cabinet reshuffle expected before the Dáil breaks for summer recess later this month.- additional reporting from Sinead O’Carroll First published 12.04pm “A nice, decent gentleman” and the inventor of the Euro: Reaction to Ruairí Quinn’s departureDamien Kiberd: Teachers do, literally, run the countrylast_img read more

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The battle against whaling is now in the Faroe Islands for their

first_imgGuillem, 49, widely recognised as one of the world’s greatest ballet dancers, has been a supporter of Sea Shepherd for four years.“With my reputation, I can help open people’s minds,” she told AFP.“I think the solution will come from individuals, it is they who make the difference,” she added. Source: Sea Shepherd/YouTubeShe will arrive in the Faroe Islands, an autonomous country within Denmark, next week.Sea Shepherd says its campaign will continue throughout what it says are “traditionally bloodiest months of the hunt season” — from June until October.The group says on its website that its volunteers will use “direct action” to intervene in any hunt “using land, sea and air tactics.”Since records began, more than 265,000 small cetaceans have been killed in the Faroe Islands, mainly between the months of June and October, according to Sea Shepherd.It says that 267 pilot whales were killed in one grind last year in the Faroese town of Fuglafjorour.Whaling in the Faroes stretches back to the earliest Norse settlements more than 1,000 years ago, and community-organised hunts date to at least the 16th century.© – AFP 2014 Read: Ukraine’s dolphin army has joined the Russian Navy >Read: Annual Japanese dolphin hunt documented in ‘The Cove’ begins amid US criticism > Operation GrindStop reports zero pilot whales killed in June and July! Learn more: http://t.co/68j2wA4ZNP— Sea Shepherd SSCS (@SeaShepherdSSCS) August 2, 2014 Source: Sea Shepherd USA/Twitter Campaigners argue that while there was once a need for Faroe Islanders to hunt the whales for food, that need no longer exists.“This is not for survival. There are very few things that happen like this that are so brutal,” former Baywatch star Anderson said at a press conference on the islands on Friday, according to the Sea Shepherd website.“We have to put this behind us and move on, and let the whales swim freely. And I think it’s much more important for us in the future to save our oceans and the biodiversity of our oceans that the whales are very important to.” ’The bloodiest months’ Rosie Kunneke, who is leading the campaign for Sea Shepherd, also called for an end to the practice.center_img “A culture and tradition that does not belong in the 21st century should be abolished,” the South African said on group’s website.“I grew up in the ‘culture’ and ‘tradition’ of apartheid. We fought with the people outside against the government to change this.” CELEBRITIES AND ANIMAL lovers from around the world are flocking to the Faroe Islands in a bid to stop a controversial dolphin hunt that activists describe as an “archaic mass slaughter”.Actress Pamela Anderson, who arrived on the remote North Atlantic archipelago in recent days, is set to be joined by 500 volunteers who will patrol the ocean and beaches around the islands to try to block the killing of pilot whales.Renowned ballet dancer Sylvie Guillem and sailor Florence Arthaud, both from France, are also taking part in the campaign led by environmental group Sea Shepherd.Operation GrindStop aims to save more than 1,000 pilot whales, members of the dolphin family, from being slaughtered in a practice known locally as a “grind”.The method involves the mammals being forced into a bay by flotillas of small boats before being hacked to death with hooks and knives.Many locals defend the hunt as a cultural right, but Sea Shepherd has denounced it as “a brutal and archaic mass slaughter”.last_img read more

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Apple has something big planned for tomorrow

first_imgIf you stop by Apple.com today you can’t miss the notice above. Apple has something big brewing for tomorrow and they want everyone to know it’s coming, whatever it might be.At 10am Eastern (7am Pacific) the big news will be revealed, but what could it be? There are a ton of guesses at the moment, but not a lot of hard data. The main contender seems to be streaming music from iTunes, but the introduction of The Beatles music to iTunes has come up (doesn’t it always?) as well an iTunes subscription service and others. All we know for sure is that it has to do with iTunes and Apple is pretty excited about it.AdChoices广告For their part Crunchgear thinks Apple might “kill the MP3” tomorrow by introducing a streaming music service. It’s a good theory, especially combined with the knowledge that Apple is building a datacenter in North Carolina.Streaming music looks like the most likely announcement, but there are a lot of other things that could go along with that, like wireless syncing and even cloud music storage. Any guesses as to what we’ll see?last_img read more

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Beer was Key Ingredient in the Rise of Modern Civilization

first_imgBeer. Not only is it the facilitator of softball leagues, awkward first dates, and televised sports, but it also may have played an integral role in the development of human civilization. As early man transitioned from nomadic hunter-gatherer to an agriculture-based species, a large bulk of their early crops consisted of grains. But current research suggests that only small amounts of these crops were used for consumption as food. The bulk were probably allotted for fermenting into early incarnations of beer.AdChoices广告So, the theory goes, the development of agriculture owes its existence to the human desire to get a buzz on.“Signs that people went to great lengths to obtain grainsdespite the hard work needed to make them edible, plus the knowledge thatfeasts were important community-building gatherings, support the idea thatcereal grains were being turned into beer,” archaeologist Brian Hayden at Simon Fraser University in Canada told livescience. “Beer is sacred stuff in most traditionalsocieties.”As human domestication developed, various groups and tribes would have settled in close proximity. Whereas nomadic groups could learn to avoid each other, alcohol might have served an important function in easing tensions of early peoples adapting to this new concept of “neighbors.” This brew-fueled social bonding would serve a far more important use for grain cultivation than the creation of bread.Researchers believe that the prehistoric peoples of Syria, for example, would travel up to 60 miles just to procure grains needed in theproduction of alcohol. People would likely not put forth the effort for mere bread or rice. According to Hayden’s research, fermentation seems irrevocably linked with early human civilizations throughout the world including in China, the Sudan, Greece, and possibly the first use of maize.So, drink up. It’s what your ancestors would have wanted.last_img read more

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A FootsEye Tour of the PCMagcom Labs With the Spy Video TRAKR

first_imgHere’s a look at the PCMag.com Labs as only an electronic toy can see it. This video was shot with the Wild Planet Spy Gear Spy Video TRAKR, and while it doesn’t look all that great, just the fact that it can shoot it is pretty neat. The remote control spy video car is available for $129.95, but Wild Planet might have something even more advanced coming down the line. We’ll find out this weekend, at Toy Fair 2011. In the meantime, check out the video, after the jump.last_img

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ATT raises iPhone early upgrade price by 50

first_imgThe dance between customer and cell phone carrier is always a fickle one. The carrier wants to find ways to lock in its customer, and the customer is always looking for the best time to get the best phone. If you’re using an outdated phone, you’re either: a) locked into a two-year contract, or b) waiting for the next big thing, say an LTE iPhone in the fall? Unfortunately, for AT&T customers interested in upgrading or replacing an iPhone before a two-year contract is up, we’ve got some bad news.Starting this week, the price of Apple’s smartphone is increasing by $50 for upgrades on all models. Early upgrade pricing for the 8GB 3GS is $299, the 16GB iPhone 4 is $449, and the 32GB iPhone 4 is $549.  And don’t even think about buying an iPhone with no-commitment. The 16GB iPhone 4 is $599, and the 32GB version is $699.AdChoices广告An AT&T spokeswoman told AppleInsider that only customers who aren’t eligible for an upgrade yet, or who don’t want to sign a contract, will be effected.The tricky part about buying a new phone is that you never know when the next big thing is coming out. For instance, you could buy an iPhone 4 today and sign a two-year contract, only to find the iPhone 5 being offered six months later. Then,  you’re stuck with the iPhone 4 for another year and a half. By the time your two-year contract is up, the iPhone 7 will be out and you will have missed two generations of iPhone.Before the iPhone 4 came out last year, AT&T offered early upgrades to any customer with an upgrade date before the end of 2010. So, some customers got the iPhone 4 at the standard pricing up to 6 months early. However, now they’re locked into a 24-month contract unless they pay the termination fee when the new iPhone comes out in the fall, presumably.AT&T’s pricing isn’t just changing for iPhones. The pricing for other smartphones has also increased. If you want to break your contract and buy another smartphone other than an iPhone, AT&T’s one-year commitment increased by $150 for the cost of the handset. A no-commitment smartphone has also increased by $50.Read more at Android Central, via AppleInsiderlast_img read more

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Apple relaxes InApp Subscription rules

first_imgYesterday we reported on how respected business publication the Financial Times had decided to bypass the App Store completely. Instead, they implemented a HTML5 app that worked on both iPhone and iPad.The reason for that decision came down to cost. Apple’s new in-app subscriptions require that Apple get a 30% cut of any subscription a user signs up for. But Apple also specified that the subscription offered through an app must be at most the same price of the same subscription offered elsewhere. This is where publications got upset, as they couldn’t add a premium to cover the 30% chunk Apple takes.But that situation has now changed, and Apple has decided to relax the rules to allow for this. It’s now possible for a publication to offer an in-app subscription for a higher price than they would on their own website or through other channels. The content will also be accessible on your iDevice even if you bought your subscription elsewhere.However, Apple still doesn’t want any association between apps on its devices and an external source offering a subscription therefore bypassing its 30% commission. So the guidelines state that an app cannot contain a button or link to a location selling the subscription that is external to Apple’s ecosystem. If you want to buy while in the app, you have to use Apple’s system.Basically, it allows publishers to offer subscriptions through App Store apps at any price they want. At the same time, a user can go purchase a subscription elsewhere and still access the content through their iDevice app.The decision to relax the rules comes a few weeks before the in-app subscription guidelines start getting enforced on June 30.Read more at MacRumorsMatthew’s OpinionApple wouldn’t change the guidelines unless they realized it wasn’t going to work or no one was going to use it. The decision of FT.com to bypass the App Store completely was a big warning shot across Apple’s bow, and it didn’t take them long to respond.Ultimately it comes down to money. If a subscription generates a loss through the App Store it doesn’t matter how much a company wants to offer it they just can’t. Apple must have been hearing this for a few months now, and some big-name publishers have likely told Apple they will be passing on the in-app subs.In the end Apple values market domination higher than earning extra revenue on subscriptions. But ultimately a lot of iDevice owners will end up paying what will most likely be higher subscription charges through their app just because of the convenience it offers. Apple must have realized this too.last_img read more

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Zune Pass heads to Canada 10 keeper downloads per month get axed

first_imgZune Pass has been on my music services radar for quite some time — but since I live in Canada, I’ve been left out in the cold by Microsoft, so to speak. Now, at long last, that’s going to change…though it’s not going to be quite the same drool-worthy service it once was.See, Zune Pass offered something special that competitors like Spotify and MOG don’t. While the overall aim is still to lock users in for life and guarantee $10 or so every month in subscription payments, Zune Pass gave you a little something to enjoy even if you decided to call it quits: 10 downloads that were yours to keep, every month, for as long as you subscribed.Now however, with the push North set for October 3rd, Microsoft has re-tooled the service. It’s now pretty well the same thing offered by Rdio, Spotify, Napster, and the rest: unlimited listening for $9.99 per month. The $14.99 U.S. plan that allowed keeper downloads will be no more, and current subscribers on that plan will be automatically switched to the new subscription (you’ll still get to keep all the downloads you already acquired, of course).You can grab yourself a couple of small bonuses, though. Pay for a year in one lump sum, and Microsoft will only charge you for ten months ($99.90). You’ll also get access to unlimited free music videos, which would be a much better throw-in if they weren’t already available all over the internet for the same non-price.Zune Pass is still a very solid service, and since it works on PC, Mac, Windows Phone, and the Xbox 360, it’s definitely worth a look if you own a compatible device or two…or four.More at Zune Insiderlast_img read more

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Supreme Court rejects warrantless GPS tracking

first_imgAs technology advances, we’re often left with gray areas where the law has yet to figure out what to make of a particular set of circumstances. Do old laws hold true for new technology? Or are new rules and regulations necessary now that times have changed? We can cross one of those cases off of the list, as the US Supreme Court ruled unanimously that GPS tracking without proper authorization is unconstitutional. This sets a precedent that, moving forward, authorities will need a warrant in order to plant a GPS tracking device onto a suspect’s car.This goes against the stance of the White House, which was pushing for GPS tracking without a warrant. The moment that may have tipped the scales against Big Brother? The government told the members of the high court that it could attach a GPS device to all of their cars, no warrant required.Though all justices agreed that unauthorized GPS tracking was unconstitutional, they had different reasons. Four of the justices were most concerned with the physical intrusion that occurs when the bug is planted. Another four focused on the reasonable expectation of privacy that would be breached by the actual tracking. Only one justice, Sonia Sotomayor, had problems with both.The case related to the life sentence that was handed to a Washington, DC area drug dealer. The feds, without warrant, planted a tracking device on his car when he was in a public parking lot. In addition to the initial planting, agents also accessed the car a second time to change the device’s battery. The tracking led to the linking of the defendant to a stash house that held 97 kilos of coke, 1 kilogram of cocaine base and $850,000 in cash. The court’s decision means that the defendant’s life sentence will be overturned.Though this could be construed as a victory for liberty and a loss for Big Brother-type of surveillance, these kinds of legal battles are far from over. The justices’ reasoning for their decision leaves room for interpretation. For example, if the physical planting of the bug is the only problem, then similar unwarranted surveillance of cell phone locations and records may be allowed. You may not find a government-planted GPS device on your car tomorrow, but what about data gathered from Carrier IQ? You can expect to hear about more similar cases in the next few years.via Ars Technicalast_img read more

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Smithsonian looks to 3D printing to share collection

first_imgThe Smithsonian has over 137 million models and scientific replicas available, but at any given time only 2 percent of those items are shown. However, with advancements in 3D printing technology, the museum would be able to not only expand its reach across the country by creating replicas, but maintain a digital archive of historical pieces available to museums and schools across the country.Pictured above is a piece representing this effort, a bust of Thomas Jefferson, that was recently installed at the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s exhibit “Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty.” Traditionally, the Smithsonian would have to use rubber molding and casting to bring replicas to other museums. But they were able to generate a detailed 3D model using a laser scanner (estimated to cost around $100,000) by Minolta, which is able to capture detail down to the micron (one thousandth of a millimeter), and the help of a design studio, Studio EIS. After which the model was turned into the replica you see above from a RedEye on Demand 3D printer. The process has since become a little more streamlined by using the aforementioned scanner, digital cameras, and digitization software.“If we could leverage the power of 3D to bring a portion of that collection to the world that would be incredibly powerful, and definitely worth the expense,” Adam Metallo said to CNET, a coordinator on the 3D digitization at the Smithsonian.However, a 3D printer can cost as much as $30,000 — an expense most schools can’t afford to justify. Of course 3D printers aren’t exactly what one would call a “mainstream market,” yet. Also, while the data will be available to anyone via a personal computer, the Smithsonian will have to make sure the software they utilize to digitally archive these models won’t become limited or obsolete in the future. In the end, it’s good to see that the Smithsonian has the foresight to consider using up-and-coming technology to create resources more widely accessible to the public.via CNETlast_img read more

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Google boosts maximum Android app size to 4GB

first_imgIt’s a darn good thing most Android phones ship with a microSD expansion slot. Why? Because now that Google is allowing developers to submit Android apps and games up to 4GB in size, you’re going to need a little extra space.The maximum size of a .APK hasn’t changed — they’re still limited to 50MB to “ensure secure on-device storage,” according to Google. The additional 4GB can be passed along in the form of two expansion files using whatever file type the developer chooses. When you browse an app in the Android Market that takes advantage of this expanded storage, you’ll see its total size displayed. That way you won’t be surprised when a 50MB .APK starts pulling down another couple of gigs after you install it.Google also notes that newer devices will automatically grab the expansion files when the .APK download finishes. To support older devices, they’ve provided a download library that developers can utilize. It will download files when an app is first run — which means you could be looking at a hefty delay before being able to play that incredible new game you downloaded on your phone. Hopefully Google will offer some specifics as to which phones count as “newer” and which don’t, so that we’re not left guessing which group our devices fall into.So why the massive increase? It’s no secret that Google wants to make sure Android offers a very compelling gaming experience. With Google TV’s latest incarnation looking a bit more polished and Android hardware more capable than ever of playing high-quality games, those extra megs and gigs will offer developers a way to do something on Android that they can’t on other mobile platforms.More at Android Developerslast_img read more

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Highdef moon globe is based on over 15000 LROC images

first_imgWhile it doesn’t look like we are going to see a mission to the moon from NASA anytime soon, Sky & Telescope Magazine has developed a new toy to keep lunar enthusiasts from starting an occupy movement of their own. Based on imagery, like the video above taken from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC), the heavenly publication has created a new high-definition globe of the lunar surface. While this may sound pedestrian to you, true moon geeks will understand what a huge leap this is, since the last accurate moon globe was created using imagery that was captured in the 1960s during the lunar exploration program.The driving force behind the creation of the new desktop sphere is a man named Kelly Beatty. For years he has been looking for new imagery to be used on a more accurate moon representation. While he still has a place in his heart for the original de facto globe made by Replogle, he was always bothered by the fact that it doesn’t show the real moon. As mentioned above, it’s an airbrushed map from the 1960’s which for its time was acceptable, but pales in comparison to what can be done with today’s technology. Shown side-by-side in the picture above, the new high-res globe is on the left, with the original sitting to its right. Beatty kept searching over the years to find pictures that had enough resolution to satisfy his expert eye, a quest that lasted until late 2009 when the first pictures from the LROC started coming back.It took almost two-years for the LROC cameras to capture enough snapshots to create a 15,000 image mosaic of the lunar surface. The reason it took so long? The team behind the controls had to make sure that each portion they were taking pictures of was being hit by the sun at the same angle range to create an even lighting scheme for uniformity. Their hard work paid off, as they were able to create two daisy-shaped decals that could be applied to a globe. With the help of one of Beatty’s image editors at the magazine, they were able to place the decals correctly as well as adding over 850 lunar feature labels to get the result you see in the picture above.The final product of the new moon globe is a high quality piece, and as such you’re going to pay a bit more to own one. For sale now on Sky & Telescope’s online store, the high quality globe retails at $99.95. While that may seem to be steep, the amount of work that has gone into the model justifies the price tag. Honestly, it’s lot cheaper than what SpaceX is going to charge in the future to take you to the moon!Read more at Sky & Telescope, via Jonathan Crowe.last_img read more

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Firefox Nightly and Mozilla Marketplace bring web apps to the desktop

first_imgYou can’t have a mobile operating system without an app store to go with it. Heck, you can’t even have a browser without an app store in 2012 thanks to Google. That’s precisely why Mozilla has been toiling away on the Mozilla Marketplace. It’s set to open soon, and early adopters can now play with a new bit of functionality.Web apps installed from the Marketplace now behave just like any other program on your computer. Click on Beatlab, confirm the Firefox prompts (you’ll need the latest Nightly build for now), and you’ll see a shortcut added to your desktop and start menu. On Windows, they’ll even appear under Add/Remove programs in case you want to uproot them later. Just like Google Chrome does with its “create application shortcuts” option, Web apps installed via Firefox will launch in the browser and are trimmed out with minimal windows chrome. There’s a file menu with exit option and an edit menu, and that’s it.And there’s good news on the Linux front, too. Mozilla originally announced that support for desktop web app installs for Linux wasn’t going to be a priority. As is so often the case with open source projects, however, a member of the community stepped up and has already begun coding a solution.At the end of the day, it’s really just a shortcut to a webpage. But this has much more to do with altering perceptions and pushing the web forward than it does offering yet another app store to users.The web is a platform that has existed for years, and it’s one that users already know, enjoy, and trust. Many of their favorite apps — like YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest — run on the web. And when it comes to more traditional applications like office suites and photo editors, we’re getting closer to the day where differences in performance will be negligible. Our browsers now fill the role of operating system, and the Mozilla Marketplace and Firefox are ready to shoulder the load.More at Liliputing and Jason Smith’s bloglast_img read more

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PS Plus launches for Vita on November 19 with six free games

first_imgPlayStation Plus‘ instant game collection on PS3 has been a huge success. Since it launched in June, members have had access to around 24 games for free. Now, Sony is bringing the same service to the PS Vita, just in time for Christmas.Sony wants to make this holiday season the ideal time to buy a Vita. So next week on November 19, the PS Plus service will launch for the handheld, and when the store updates on the 20th there will be 6 free games made available.The free games are:Uncharted: Golden AbyssGravity RushWipeout 2048Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the LionsTales from space: Mutant Blobs Attack!Jet Set Radio HDThe Vita will also get all the extra features available on the PS3 with PS Plus, including 1GB of cloud storage, automatic updates, and automatic trophy syncing. Best of all, the PS Plus service on Vita is included as part of your PS Plus subscription on PS3, so if you’re already a member you don’t need to fork out any more money.That’s not all that’s coming to the Vita on the 19th, though. The system software update, version 2.00, will add an email app, improvements to the browser, 1080p video viewing, and the ability to wirelessly transfer files from your PC to your Vita and vice versa.If you don’t already have PS Plus this offer certainly makes it look more attractive. It costs $49.99 for a year, or $17.99 for three months, and now you get 18 free games which will be regularly updated.via PlayStation Bloglast_img read more

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Real floating apartment complex will probably cost less than Waterworld to construct

first_imgThe Dutch have spent the last few centuries getting really good at keeping large swaths of land dry, which comes in handy when much of your country is below sea level. With the ever-increasing threat of climate change, architect Koen Olthuis and his team at Waterstudio are planning an apartment complex that embraces a more watery future. In fact, The Citadel floating apartments would be right at home on the set of Waterworld.The Citadel will be a block of 60 luxury apartments designed to float atop the water in one of Holland’s many polders (low-lying areas kept dry with artificial dikes). The building will be constructed on a dry dock in the polder, which will then be flooded when the apartments are ready to float. The water will initially be only six feet deep, eventually rising to 12 feet, and a floating bridge will be built to connect the building to the mainland for ease of access.Architects on the project insist that people who are sensitive to motion and seasickness have nothing to fear from The Citadel, though with that name, we suggest residents watch out for Reaper invasion. The large 240×420-foot floating concrete caisson base should buffer people from any swaying or rocking motions. Additionally, the design is modular, with the individual units surrounding a central courtyard to make the development feel less like a giant boat. Although, almost all the apartments will have a water view.These apartments are being developed with some green tech in mind, but the developers haven’t committed to any specific goals. Green roofs and greenhouses will be part of the mix, and it is expected that the floating apartments will end up using about 25% less energy than the same square footage on land.The Citadel is just the first element of a larger floating development called New Water. It could eventually include six floating apartment complexes like this one. Building is set to get underway in 2014, and I’m sure Kevin Costner is already on the waiting list.last_img read more

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Paddy Jackson denied that threesome took place morning after alleged incident court

first_img 125,322 Views Short URL Image: PA Images Updated at 5.30pmA YOUNG WOMAN who attended an after party at rugby player Paddy Jackson’s home said today she “walked in on a threesome”.The woman went back to Jackson’s Oakleigh Park home in south Belfast in the early hours of Tuesday 28 June 2016 with two friends.Also attending the afterparty was Jackson’s teammate Stuart Olding, aged 24, and friends Rory Harrison, 25, and Blane McIlroy, 26, as well as the woman who claimed she was raped in Jackson’s bedroom.Giving evidence at Belfast Crown Court, the witness was asked she saw when she opened the door.Explaining that she and her friend were ready to leave the party at around 4am, and were trying to locate their other friend, the witness said she heard “moaning” coming from a bedroom, thought her friend was in the room, and so opened the door.From the witness box, she told the court she closed the door, turned to her friend and said: “I have just seen a threesome”.The woman was asked about a statement she gave to police in September 2016 about what she had seen.Revealing the door was open for less than a minute, she told police “I would not say that the female was distressed”. When asked by Brendan Kelly QC, the barrister representing, “I presume that remains your recollection”, she replied “100%”.Confirming to Kelly that she saw no signs of the woman in distress and that she didn’t think she had just witnessed a rape, the woman said: “I remember kind of laughing and telling [my friend] I had just walked in on a threesome.”And when asked by Kelly “did you have any concern when you left the room?”, she answered “no”.She was also asked by Jackson’s barrister if she understood the term”frozen in fear”, to which she replied, “you can’t move because you are so scared”. Kelly then asked if she felt the woman was “frozen in fear when you stood watching her on the bed?” She again said “no”.Other witnessesAlso giving evidence were two of her friends who also attended the after party.One who stayed overnight told Jackson the next morning that her friend had walked in on a threesome, to which Jackson shook his head and said it didn’t happen.After having too much to drink and feeling tired, the woman stayed in an upstairs room in Jackson’s home while her two friends left in a taxi around 4.25am.She said she woke up on a sofa the next morning with Stuart Olding lying beside her, and after retrieving her phone, she called her friend.When asked about the conversation she had with her friend that morning, the woman said her friend told her she had walked into a bedroom and saw people having sex.She said she told Jackson that morning about what her friend told her about a threesome. And when asked how Jackson reacted, she said: “He just shook his head and just said ‘no, that didn’t happen’.”I thought he knew what I was talking about, but because he shook his head, I didn’t pursue it any further.She said that after vomiting at the party, she went to bed. She also confirmed that nothing physical occurred between herself and Olding, as she didn’t know he was lying beside her until she woke up at around 9.30am.When asked about the party she attended, she described it as “all quite innocent fun”.  Telling the court she had never met the woman who also attended the party and who claimed she was raped that night by Jackson and Olding, she described her as “quite nice … quiet”.Also giving evidence was another young woman who attended the party with her two friends.This witness said she went upstairs with a third woman to look for their friend so they could all go home.She said that as she and her friend were walking up the stairs to look for their other friend “we could hear some type of noises coming from a room”. She said her friend opened the door then closed it again after a few seconds.When asked what her friend saw in the bedroom, the witness said “she said in a joking way “Oh my God, I have just seen a threesome’.”When asked to elaborate, she said her friend told her it involved Jackson, Olding and the woman at the centre of the claims. The witness added: “She [her friend] said Paddy had joked about joining in.”When she was asked by Jackson’s barrister, Brendan Kelly QC, that when they went back down the stairs “did you have any concern as to what was going on in that bedroom?”, the woman replied “no.”She was also asked about leaving her friend in the house overnight. She said that after looking for their friend, the two women went back downstairs and called a taxi.She was asked if they had “any concern” about leaving their friend in the house, to which she replied: “No, we felt safe the whole time”. And when asked if she “feared” for her friend’s safety, she said, “no, definitely not”.Comments are closed for legal reasonsRead: Rugby rape case: Alleged victim denies she ‘had sex with a number of men’ after going to home uninvitedRead: Jury taken to Paddy Jackson’s home to scene of alleged rape No Comments Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding Image: PA Images Tuesday 13 Feb 2018, 5:30 PMcenter_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share5 Tweet Email1 Feb 13th 2018, 2:32 PM Paddy Jackson denied that ‘threesome’ took place morning after alleged incident, court hears A number of women who attended the party in Jackson’s home today took the stand at his and Stuart Olding’s trial in Belfast. By Ashleigh McDonald http://jrnl.ie/3849876 last_img read more

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Drug addict went off the wall robbing shops two weeks after release

first_img Friday 10 Feb 2017, 6:20 AM Image: PA Archive/PA Images A DRUG ADDICT who relapsed two weeks after his release from a four-year prison sentence went “off the wall” robbing shops over nine days in order to fund his habit, a court has heard.Laurence Bryan (36) was drug-free on his release from prison but relapsed following a family argument and robbed multiple shops at knifepoint in order to get money.He told gardaí after his arrest he had been taking as much heroin and crack cocaine as he could get his hands on. He said he didn’t intend to hurt anyone but needed the money for drugs.Bryan, of Brookview Crescent, Tallaght, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to four robberies and two attempted robberies at shops in the Tallaght area between 31 March and 8 April 2016.Bryan has 132 previous convictions including a five-and-a-half-year sentence with the final 18 months suspended imposed by Judge Mary Ellen Ring in 2014 for previous robberies.During that sentence hearing the court heard Bryan had committed nine robberies in seven days in 2013 and had been spending €450 per day to feed his crack cocaine habit.Yesterday Judge Melanie Greally revoked the 18-month suspended portion of the previous sentence and adjourned sentencing on the new offences until October 2018. She ordered an updated probation report dealing with the residential treatment options available to him.She told Bryan that she was not making any promises but it appeared that four years in prison had not served him or the community well.“You were back to square one within a number of weeks,” Judge Greally said “so it is clear some alternative to a sentence, even with a suspended period, will be needed to break the cycle”.Sarah Jane O’Callaghan BL, defending, said her client had been in a “protective environment” while in prison and had been drug free on his release. She said following a family argument two weeks after his release he had left the house and bought crack cocaine and heroin. She said he had then gone “off the wall”.She said he had very tragic and difficult personal circumstances including his brother being shot and witnessing his two-year-old sister being run over by a bus when he was ten years old.Counsel said he had done very well in school before he began dabbling in drugs as a 16-year-old.O’Callaghan said her client would need multifaceted supports in place on release to avoid him falling into drug use again. She said he had insight into how his victims felt and the carnage he was causing.Comments have been disabled as a person is awaiting sentencingRead: Girl feared she’d be raped after two 17-year-olds bundled her into carRead: ‘She died alone and unaided’: Woman jailed for killing her cousin http://jrnl.ie/3231898 Drug addict went “off the wall” robbing shops two weeks after release from prison Laurence Bryan was drug-free on his release from prison but relapsed following a family argument. No Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Fiona Ferguson Feb 10th 2017, 6:20 AM 11,764 Views Short URL Image: PA Archive/PA Images Share11 Tweet Email last_img read more

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Murphy Crowe making her mark on the world stage with Ireland 7s

first_img Apr 17th 2017, 8:00 PM By Murray Kinsella Follow us: the42.ie 6 Comments 20,520 Views Murphy Crowe making her mark on the world stage with Ireland 7s The Tipperary woman has scored 12 tries in three tournaments this season. http://the42.ie/3344527 THERE ARE MANY fine finishers in Irish rugby at present, but Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe must be considered among the very best as she scores freely on the World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series circuit.Three tournaments into the campaign, the Tipperary woman is eighth in the overall charts with 12 tries for Ireland. Having flown out to Japan today for the next leg, expect to hear of more try-scoring exploits from Murphy Crowe this weekend. Source: Irish Rugby TV/YouTubeThe fastest woman in Irish rugby, the 21-year-old’s highlights reel for the season so far makes for impressive viewing.It’s no surprise to learn that Murphy Crowe’s first sport was athletics. She competed in the 100m and long jump for Tipperary Town Athletics Club until the age of 15, when she began to tire of the individualistic nature of it.Doubting her kicking skills, she opted against Gaelic football and instead headed to Clanwilliam RFC for her first taste of rugby. She hasn’t looked back since, but Murphy Crowe is appreciative of her athletics history.It definitely helps. I’ll always thank my athletics coach, Breeda Christie, she is definitely the reason I’m quick.“You learn those techniques when you’re young and it’s automatic to you then, so it’s easier to be really good with your technique. Athletics is a great start no matter what sport you end up playing.”The 5’6″ wing’s rise in rugby was rapid, as she played for the Munster U18s in 2012, for an Ireland U19 provincial sevens squad the following year, then began to get called into training camps for the senior women’s sevens squad from September 2013.There was a first senior Munster cap in 15s in December 2013 – a memorable experience in Thomond Park – and then her first Ireland senior sevens caps on the World Series in China in 2014. Murphy Crowe in Munster colours in 2013. Source: James Crombie/INPHO“It was different over there and I like how different it is,” says Murphy Crowe of that experience in China. “Most countries are unique, but then similar in food styles and things like that.“When you go over to Asia it’s different. I was young and it was my first time that far away from home. It was so cool.”Murphy Crowe has developed and improved immensely as a player since then, of course, while the Ireland women’s sevens programme is now unrecognisable from when she first got involved.With IRFU director of women’s and sevens rugby Anthony Eddy in charge, the squad have a full-time contracted programme of around 20 players, with their base on Lansdowne Road, literally in the shadow of the Aviva Stadium.“It’s hugely changed,” explains Murphy Crowe. “When I started off in 2014, we were just doing weekend camps. You came up on a Saturday, trained twice on Saturday, then stayed overnight and trained twice on Sunday.“It’s much better since we centralised because you move to Dublin and you recover better because you’re not travelling to Tipp, Cork, or even further for some of the girls. Skills and everything are so much improved because we have more time with the coaches.“Our strength and conditioning has improved massively too, we’re a fitter, faster, stronger team than we were back then because we have the resources there five days a week.“We have a full-time nutritionist on hand all the time, just send a Whatsapp any time you’re away and he’ll be back to you straight away. All those little things are really helpful.”Murphy Crowe is also completing a degree in strength and conditioning through Setanta College – the majority is done online, making it far more manageable – but most of her days are spent training and recovering with the sevens squad. The Tipp woman has been prolific this season so far.She describes a family atmosphere within the group and underlines how important that bond has been in improving Ireland as a team.They have finished 9th, 8th and 8th in the three legs of the World Series so far this season and are determined to make the quarter-finals or better in Japan this weekend.Thereafter, they will seek to secure World Cup qualification, whether through their final standing on the World Series or the European qualifiers this summer.Murphy Crowe herself remains focused on growing as an individual too, and even her searing pace is an area she believes can improve. The presence of IRFU head of athletic performance and science Nick Winkleman as the sevens squad’s speed coach has been valuable in that regard.“Nick comes into us every Thursday for around 20 minutes just before our pitch session and it’s hugely beneficial, because a key component of the game is speed, ability to change direction, ability to see and take space,” says Railway Union woman Murphy Crowe.“It’s huge having Nick around because he’s a really good coach on the technical side of things. At the moment we’re really focusing on change of direction and evasion skills. The game involves so much of that.“There are definitely core elements, like watching the player’s hips and trying not to get too focused on their feet. Their feet could go one way but their hips will actually show you where they will go.“Nick focuses in on training your eyes to watch the player but not getting too focused on their feet. It’s tough to do in matches and when you’re moving at high speed!”The one-on-one element of sevens rugby is massive and Murphy Crowe says that’s very much reflected in the amount of time Ireland spend on ‘tracking’ drills in training, working as both a defender and attacker to improve those skills. A try against Fiji.As a wing, she is positioned out on the edge of Ireland’s defensive line, meaning the importance of making her tackles is magnified even more.“You just try and take as much space as you can because you know that she more than likely can’t pass unless she gives an inside ball or someone loops around,” says Murphy Crowe of the keys to making those one-on-one tackles.“So, as a winger, you want to take as much space as possible and make the tackle as far behind the gain line as possible or just a little bit in front of it. It’s your role, your job. It’s a standard that you make your tackles.“If you have one tackle in a game, you have to make it. If you have two and miss one of them, that’s a 50% tackle rate. Our coaches strive for 80% if not higher, so that’s a standard that’s driven in our team.“If there’s a missed tackle on the inside, more than likely a defender inside will help you on that, but if you’re burnt [on the outside] you’re burnt. If she meets the sweeper [the last defender in behind the main defensive line], she does, but if she goes all the way, you put your hand up and accept responsibility.”With the likes of Stan McDowell and Tom Tierney assisting Eddy in coaching the women’s sevens squad, Ireland believe they have become a more tactically intelligent team.For a player like Murphy Crowe, the instinct might always be to attempt to beat her defender, but she and the rest of this Ireland group have learned that picking the right battle is essential. The flying wing will be hoping for more tries in Japan this weekend. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO“Reading the game, knowing when to slow the game down or speed it up against certain teams [is important],” says Murphy Crowe.“Controlling the tempo can be really important. If I didn’t have support and I beat my defender, then met the sweeper and didn’t buy any time on the ground or slow my feet up for my support to get there – you have to buy a little time sometimes, but usually the girls are there and ready for an offload or to ruck.”On other occasions, Murphy Crowe doesn’t even require that support as her pace and evasion skills take her clear.As Ireland target a top-eight finish in Japan, that attacking ability is likely to be key once again.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Share Tweet Email1 Monday 17 Apr 2017, 8:00 PM ‘We could have had a bit more patience’ – Ulster’s drop-goal regrets‘I don’t think we should be the underdogs when we go into games’ Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Live A Better Life tips How to spend less time on your

first_img Want more? Get this wellness series emailed to you every Friday this month: 3 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3345495 “Mute most pointless notifications (like Facebook updates, Instagram, etc).”Android has a “priority only” silent option which I pretty much always have on.“Sometimes I make everyone put their phones in the middle of the table if we’re having dinner/brunch/drinks, it’s surprising how much more you actually talk to each other if you can’t touch your phone. Also to put your phone in the hall/your bedroom when you come in in the evening so you have an hour or two without it!”Putting the apps you’re most tempted to check for no good reason on the 2nd/3rd/4th pages of your home-screen so you don’t open them by default.“I also turned off the little previews of people’s messages on Whatsapp and don’t allow any notifications for Instagram/Twitter/Facebook at all, only messaging apps.”I don’t have email notifications at all, it’s amazing. Only get Whatsapp and news alerts and calendar alerts.“I deleted Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat apps from my phone. I still have the accounts but not apps. I used to lose an hour at a time scrolling through Instagram without even noticing. I also try not to pick up my phone when on the bus/waiting in a queue etc.”On odd thing that I found helped is that I deleted Imgur and Facebook for a while, and whenever I felt the need to mindlessly scroll through shite I’d do a session on a brain training app (Peak or Elevate). The fact that it’s a set amount of time often made me put the phone down afterwards.“I am trying to extend the periods of ‘I have to be away from my phone’ on both sides. So last night, I didn’t take it out of my car when I was finished playing a game. It meant that afterwards, when everyone else had taken their phones out of bags, I had another 30 minutes without it.”I leave my phone in the hall for the hour and a half or so after I get in until Rory goes to bed (unless there is an ongoing story that I really need to watch pan out). The idea is that I can hear if someone is ringing, texting or @ing me on Slack – which is how the newsroom knows to get to me straight away when I’ve left the office – but I’m not looking at the phone when I’m meant to be spending time feeding and playing with my poor attention-starved little fella. Then when he’s gone to bed, I take it back, check the site, my mails and Slack to reassure me that all is well. Once I’ve checked the phone before bed at night, I then plug it in to charge at the foot of the bed so I can’t reach it. The sound is normally on for Slack DMs, texts and calls but off for all other notifications. I’ve turned off notification sounds for all Whatsapp groups.What are your tips? Share them in the comments.Read the Live A Better Life series so far> Put the phones away and brunch gets better. Short URL Apr 22nd 2017, 9:55 AM Share Tweet Email6 Image: Shutterstock/Rawpixel.comcenter_img Put the phones away and brunch gets better. Image: Shutterstock/Rawpixel.com By Aoife Barry Saturday 22 Apr 2017, 9:55 AM Live A Better Life tips: How to spend less time on your phone We have some real-life tips and tricks here for you. IF YOU’VE BEEN following our Live A Better Life series this week, you’ll have seen how we’re learning to have a better relationship with our phone.We’re starting small, by monitoring and making small changes – and next week we’ll be going on to bigger challenges, before looking at tech stressors and positive ways to use our phone.But the big thing for most people is learning not to always look at their phone when they’re bored, commuting, or waiting.If this is a challenge for you, you’re not alone – so we asked readers and TheJournal.ie staff for tips.If you have to have it beside you, put it facedown. If I’m at a meeting or chatting to someone, I’ll put it on the table face down so as notifications come in, they don’t catch my eye. It’s the temptation that distracts sometimes, if it’s face down you’re more likely to forget it’s there.“I know it’s small but putting a six-digit lock code on mine helped me. Sometimes I’m not bothered typing it in.”I deleted the Facebook app. It made a massive difference. I still have an account but I only use it on desktop. I used to go into it so much and I was always looking at the same shite. I also turn off email notifications at the weekend. 9,481 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Judge forced to abandon trial after only 25 people out of 306

first_img Thursday 27 Apr 2017, 8:40 PM 26,984 Views People are obliged to answer their jury summons and there are consequences for those who refuse to do so without a proper excuse.Mr Considine was further remanded on bail to 15 May to fix a new date for trial.Comments have been disabled for legal reasonsRead: Lecturer charged with the criminal damage of US navy aircraft at ShannonRead: ‘God help Ireland’: Judge unhappy after Brazilian man not deported Ennis Courthouse. By Gordon Deegan Ennis Courthouse. Judge forced to abandon trial after only 25 people out of 306 requested turn up for jury service In the case, Trevor Considine (33) of Dalcassian Drive, Ennis is pleading not guilty to a night-club assault causing harm charge. Apr 27th 2017, 8:40 PM center_img No Comments Share Tweet Email2 A JUDGE TODAY directed that the Courts Service take action against those who do not turn up for jury service.At Ennis Circuit Court, Judge Gerald Keys made the comment after he was forced to abandon an assault trial as they were insufficient jury panellists to make up a jury of 12.In the case, Trevor Considine (33) of Dalcassian Drive, Ennis is pleading not guilty to a night-club assault causing harm charge.However, only 25 out of the 306 people requested to attend for jury service turned up in court today – 80 people had turned up for jury service on the first day of criminal trials on Tuesday.Those who are successfully prosecuted for non-attendance each face fines of €500.Judge Keys said:If people don’t turn up for jury service, the system will come to a standstill and I would ask that the appropriate steps be taken to make sure that this doesn’t happen again.Counsel for Mr Considine, Lorcan Connolly BL had earlier requested that the case be adjourned as he questioned how 25 out of 306 would be representative and provide the trial with a balanced jury.He said:Particularly in circumstances where those present are retirees and unemployed and it would skew the representative nature of the jury.However, Judge Keys said that the process of impending a jury should proceed.Over the following 15 minutes, every member of the 25 strong jury panel in the courtroom had their name called out and 11 out of the 12 places on the jury were filled.However, the last person to be called said that she comes from the same area as the accused and knew him and Judge Keys excused her from attending.During the selection process, the legal team for Considine exercised their right to challenge seven of the jury panel to serve on the jury while a number of others provided the court with different excuses as to why they couldn’t serve.Judge Keys told the court:Because of the number of absentees, we are unable to constitute a jury of 12. The trial will have to be aborted. It is very disappointing from our point of view.He said:From now on, there will have to be a strict process where people who do not answer to their jury summons that the Courts Service would make a complaint to the gardaí and the gardaí can then take the matter up from there and they have powers to prosecute people. http://jrnl.ie/3362514 Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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