I was thinking of killing myself 24 hours a day Irish personalities

first_imgI’m driving along the motorway and I have an image of me just swerving the car into the wall, this just pops into my head.“There’s a slip road off, and you know there’s a barrier there which breaks up the junction, I just see the car just slam straight into that.”He adds that only a vision of his parents stopped him from swerving into the wall.Nikki HayesSpin 103.8 DJ Nikki Hayes tells Desmond of her attempt to end her own life.“I was 17 and I overdosed. I remember I was in the box room in my house. I went down to our medicine cupboard which was over the fridge and just took whatever I could. I know there was a lot of Paracetamol in there. I think there was some of my mother’s blood pressure tablets and I just, very quickly I think, in the space of maybe 20 minutes/ half an hour, took as much as I could but then I told my mum.I don’t know if it was to try to hurt her or what it was but it was definitely a cry for help.Hayes spent time in hospital after having her stomach pumped and made another attempt on her life in her college years.Brent PopeThe former rugby player turned analyst says that when he was younger, he would have panic attacks in the lead up to exams.He says that he always had low self-worth and would worry irrationally.“My Mother would always have a bath, in those days they’d leave the water in and she’d say ‘Look, go in and have a bath and try to relax.’For some reason as soon as I hit the water I would go into this panic attack state and I just remember sitting there sometimes for hours unbeknownst to my parents at the time.Maybe one or two o’clock in the morning, you know, blue, the water would be freezing cold, shaking there because I would think, and it’s quite emotional for me now actually, there’s no way I can pass these exams.Marian KeyesThe author of such books as Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married and Anybody Out There? says that her depression led to an attempt on her life.I was thinking of killing myself 24 hours a day, because I couldn’t sleep and I planned in incessantly.“There was a time in my life when I thought it was a person’s right to end their life if everything became too much and funnily enough, having gone through all of this, I would really prefer now if people were given help and kept safe so that they didn’t.”Time to Talk airs tonight at 7.30pm on TV3.Helplines:Samaritans 1850 60 90 90GPA counselling 1800 201 346Pieta House Head Office 01 6010000Read: Irish goalkeeper urges people to seek help with mental health issuesRead: New Donegal centre hopes to tackle mental health issues and rural isolation A GROUP OF high-profile Irish personalities have laid out their struggles with mental health in a new TV3 special which will air tonight.In ‘Time to Talk’, Cavan GAA star Alan O’Mara, rugby analyst Brent Pope, Spin 103.8 DJ Nikki Hayes and best-selling author Marian Keyes all talk about their own battles with depression.Alan O’MaraThe Cavan footballer tells presenter Sinead Desmond that in his own battle with depression left him questioning his own existence.“You start to question your existence, why am I here? Is this what my life is all about? Is this what I’m going to do? This voice is building in your head and this just kept snowballing up until Christmas with me until the day I was driving home.last_img read more

The 9 at 9 Thursday

first_imgEVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.1.#WE’RE THE BEST: Ireland has been named the best country in the world for business by Forbes Magazine. Ireland has climbed from sixth in the list, which tracks metrics like property rights, taxes, technology, corruption, freedom and red tape.2.#BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES: Winter has well and truly arrived today, with Met Eireann issuing a weather warning today. Winds of up to 120kph have been reported in Connacht, Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal. Things will pick up by the weekend, however.3.#JOBS RISK: After the news that 150 jobs will be cut at Pfizer’s Newbridge plant, a SIPTU representative has told TheJournal.ie that a further 45 jobs could be at risk. The company says that it is withdrawing from packaging operations in 2015, with 45 jobs in the operation set to be cut in 2015.4.#BLACKOUT: Contingencies are being put in place in the event of a strike by ESB workers. The Irish Independent carries details today of how various branches of government and society will be affected in the event of an all-out strike.5.#CANCER: Ireland has fallen more than 10 per cent behind the EU average in terms of cancer survival rates. The report from Lancet Oncology shows that 30.3 per cent survive ovarian cancer in Ireland, compared with 44.1 per cent in Sweden.6.#ROBBERY: A man in his 20s has been arrested following a robbery at an off-licence in Dublin last night. A man armed with a hammer entered the store at around 9.30pm and demanded cash, fleeing with an undisclosed sum of money.7.#PLANNING: Parked mobile advertising could be ended by a new ruling by An Bord Pleanala. Businesses have been using the trailers for some time now, but An Bord Pleanala has now said that the boards will require planning permission.8.#CLERICAL ABUSE: The Vatican has told a UN committee that it can not be held legally competent over the abuses of children by the clergy. A spokesman said that the Holy See regards the issues as a matter for the laws of individual countries involved.9.#MOIRA: A man has been arrested in connection with a car bomb attack on a County Down police station in 1998. The Moira RUC station bomb was so loud it was heard 20 miles away in Belfast and injured 11 people. The 43-year-old man was arrested in the Moy area and brought to Antrim for questioning.last_img read more

Major tech companies ask US government to reform surveillance laws

first_imgThe CEOs for each company have backed the letter including Twitter’s CEO Dick Costolo who says: Unchecked, undisclosed government surveillance inhibits the free flow of information and restricts their voice. The principles we advance today would reform the current system to appropriately balance the needs of security and privacy while safeguarding the essential human right of free expression.Last week, Microsoft published a blog post criticising the US government for its surveillance practices, calling its collection of public’s data an “advanced persistent threat.”Read: NSA gathers nearly 5 billion call records a day worldwide >Read: Guardian editor defends publication of NSA leaks in the face of tough questioning > EIGHT OF THE world’s biggest technology companies have urged the US government to address its surveillance laws, and have highlighted a number of areas for reform.The companies – which include AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter, and Yahoo – have written an open letter demanding that the NSA change the practices and laws concerning the government’s surveillance of individuals and access to their information.It lists five areas for reform including limiting governments’ authority to collect users’ information, oversight and accountability, allowing companies to publish the number and details of government demands for user information, respecting the free flow of information and forming a process that helps avoid conflicts among different governments.In an open letter, the group say:center_img We understand that governments have a duty to protect their citizens. But this summer’s revelations highlighted the urgent need to reform government surveillance practices worldwide. The balance in many countries has tipped too far in favor of the state and away from the rights of the individual — rights that are enshrined in our Constitution. This undermines the freedoms we all cherish. It’s time for a change.For our part, we are focused on keeping users’ data secure — deploying the latest encryption technology to prevent unauthorised surveillance on our networks and by pushing back on government requests to ensure that they are legal and reasonable in scope.last_img read more

Forfás dissolution will strengthen capacity and drive jobcreation policy

first_imgIf we are to sustain and accelerate this positive movement, we must continue a relentless drive across Government on jobs and competitiveness. That is why we are integrating the strong policy-making capabilities of Forfás into the heart of Government, to help drive job-creation policies across Government. LEGISLATION TO INTEGRATE the policy research functions of Forfás into the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation was published today.The dissolution of the quango is a move that Minister Richard Bruton said will “strengthen capacity and drive job-creation policy”.Published legislationUnder the new legislation, the functions will be transferred from Forfás and assigned to Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland (IDA).Staff of the Irish National Accreditation Board (INAB), which is a Committee of Forfás, will be transferred to the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) with INAB becoming a Committee of the HSA.Since it was established Forfás has been involved in the central policy-making process in the Department of Jobs, with the agency playing a leading role in the development of the Action Plan for Jobs.ReformsUnder the new reforms, such as the abolition of the agency, Bruton’s reform programme will: Minister Bruton said: He added that the Forfás CEO, Martin Shanahan and his team had made a major contribution to the momentum to create jobs in the past two years. “I look forward to continuing the strong collaboration we have built, to drive new reforms in employment and competitiveness policies and create the jobs we need,” he said.Read: ‘Relentless push’: Government plans special Cabinet meeting on jobs early next year>Read: 150 new technology jobs announced for Liberty Mutual> merge the National Consumer Agency and the Competition Authority reform five workplace relations bodies into two organisationsrestructure the enterprise support model for micro and small businesses, including the dissolution of the 35 CEBs and the creation of the new Local Enterprise Offices and restructure transport and enterprise development bodies in the Shannon regionlast_img read more

The beginners guide to using your smartphone

first_imgAndroid allows you to use different password methods such as pattern unlocking.The App StoreThe bread and butter of any smartphone, the app store is one of the most important features on your phone since it gives you access to a wide range of apps and services for you to download. Depending on the type of smartphone you have, you either use the App Store (iPhone/iPad), Google Play (Android), or Windows App+Games store (Windows Phone).Each store is broken up into different sections. You have editors choice (a selection of the most popular apps), top paid, free apps and top grossing (mostly consists of apps that use in-app purchases to make money).The homepage of the Google Play store.Regardless of which service you use, all of them require you to create an account using your email address and password. If you’re downloading paid apps, you will be required to provide your debit/credit card details to complete the purchase.Like all things, some apps are free, some cost you money and some are free to download but require you to pay for additional features.Most apps are free to download, but more of them require you to pay for extra content within the app.If you’ve already provided your card details, be careful if you hand your phone over to someone else as they could easily download paid apps or in-app purchases, which you won’t be able to do anything about. Windows Phone users have Kid Corner which prevents this from happening.Only download apps from trusted stores like Apple, Google Play and Windows Store. While there are other stores available, they don’t have the same level of security so you’re better off sticking to the traditional ones.If you’re wondering what apps you should download, we will have a list of the best ones for both beginners and advanced users.Switching between appsOn iPhone/iPad, pressing the home button twice brings up the list of activated apps. Either tap on one to open it or swipe upwards to turn it off.Android has a button dedicated to opening up and switching between apps, while on Windows Phone, if you hold down the back button, it brings up the five most recent apps you were using. Swiping up or across turns off the app.Switching between apps on Android.Setting main apps & foldersIf you’re using an iOS or Android device, you can place your most commonly used apps at the bottom of the screen. These apps will remain in the same fixed position on each screen meaning you can access them wherever you are.Depending on what phone or tablet you’re using, you can place between four to six apps. Android users can also place a folder there if they want to fit more apps.How folders look on iOSTo do this, press and hold down on the app you want to move and when it expands, move it down to the bottom. If you can’t place an app on the bottom, you must then remove one first before you can place it there.If you want to create a folder, press and hold down the app so you can move it, but instead,  place it on top of another app you want to pair it with. Doing this will create a folder which you can then name.There is no limit to the number of apps you place in a folder.An example of a folder on Android.The CameraOne of the handiest features of a smartphone is the ability to take photos and record videos whenever we please. It normally takes a moment or two for the camera to boot up, but the standard of cameras has improved so much, it’s the same or better than the average digital camera.Switching on the camera is relatively easy. You can either access it through the app, or access it from the lock screen.While there are numerous options to choose from, the two basic one are photos and video. Both are straightforward to use and will adjust itself if you hold your phone upright or sideways.If an object is blurry, tapping it on the screen will refocus the camera so it will appear properly. You can take a photo or record a video by either tapping the button on the screen, or by pressing the volume button on the side.Tapping on an object on a screen will refocus the camera so the object appears clearly.When you’ve taken your photo, it will usually appear at the corner of your screen. Tapping on it will bring it up for you to view. Here you can edit it, but if you want to email or share it, you will have to unlock your phone.When you access your photos or gallery app, you are given a number of ways to share. You can email it, post it on Twitter or Facebook, or attach it to a message. You also can select a number of them to share, although if you’re emailing them, remember that each provider has a different size limit so you may have to send more than one email.The list of share options on Android include email, Facebook, Twitter and Google Drive.Copy and pasting textIf you reading or writing something and you want to copy it, simply tap on a word and then drag the highlighted space across the words you want copied. When you’re finished, you will be given the option to cut, copy or paste. You can copy something and paste it on a different app (e.g: email to text).If you want to move your pointer around, just tap anywhere on the text to move it. Holding down on your pointer will bring up a magnifying glass which you can drag around. This is handy if you need to change a letter or if if you’re having problems positioning your pointer.Keep an eye on battery powerSmartphones are incredibly powerful and versatile devices, but because they’re doing so much, it drains the battery power much faster than a regular phone. On average, a regular charge will last a day if you use it every so often and less if you’re using it regularly.There are ways to make your battery last longer, but it’s better to keep an eye on your percentage since it will disappear faster then you would expecting.Read: 10 ways to improve your smartphone’s battery life >Read: Weird Wide Web: Google robots, a Santa tracker and a blood-related app > CHANGING FROM A normal phone to a smartphone can feel like quite a leap. One of its biggest strengths is the sheer range of things you can do on it, but the sheer amount of things you can do with it can make learning how to use it daunting.If you’re one of the lucky people who got their first smartphone today, or you know someone who’s just starting out, we put together a guide that will get you started. If you got a tablet, the same principles apply here.(Note: This is meant as a guide for people who aren’t familiar with the basics. For everyone else, treat this as a recap)Operating SystemDepending on the type of phone you get, you will be using one of three types of operating system: iOS (iPhone and iPad), Android (Samsung, HTC, Sony Xperia), or Windows Phone (Nokia Lumia).iOSThe focus on apps means that both the iPhone and iPad are more suitable towards beginners. There’s only one button, the home button, which brings you back to the main screen.Holding it down activates Siri, Apple’s personal assistant, which you can ask to complete actions such as setting reminders, playing music, and web search. Tapping it twice brings up the list of active apps, and tapping it three times allows you to add voiceover, invert colours or zoom in.iOS starts off with one main screen, but will create additional screens when you add more apps.The iPhone 5S (Image: AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)AndroidAndroid places an emphasis on widgets, app previews which save you the trouble of entering them directly. These are available for the majority of apps you can download.Android has three buttons located at the bottom of the screen. The back button which lets you return to any screen you were at previously, the home button that brings you back to the main screen and the apps button which brings up all active apps. There are five screens for you to fit both widgets and apps on.You can also add widgets to the lock screen. To do this, activate your phone but before you unlock it, swipe left to right to find a plus button. Tapping it allows you to add an email preview, calendar, readers and other widgets.Swiping the home button up will activate Google Now, which not only lets you search the web, but provides you with relevant information such as journey times, weathers, event information and reminders.The Sony Xperia Z1 (Image: AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)Windows PhoneThe draw of Windows Phone is its live tiles that update in real-time. Think of a cross between apps and widgets and you’ll have an idea of how they work.Like Android, Windows Phone has three buttons. the back button, the Start button which brings you to your home screen and search button which lets you search the web through Bing.Holding down the Start button brings up speech, which allows you to perform actions by talking.The Nokia Lumia 720 (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)GesturesAs all smartphones are controlled through touchscreen, meaning that all you need is are taps and swipes to work it. The main ones you need to know are:Single tap: Open up apps, menus, etc.Double tap: Allows you to zoom in when using a browser, viewing maps.Swipe left to right/vice versa: Unlock phone, switch between browser tabs, certain apps use it as a ‘return’ feature.Swipe top down: Brings down notifications screen alerting you to any messages, or missed calls. Can be accessed on lock screen too.Swipe bottom up: On the lock screen, it activates the camera. On iOS, swiping up from the middle brings up shortcuts. For Android, it activates Google Now.Pinch screen: Zoom in. Usually features when you’re on browsers, viewing maps. Doing the reverse allows you to zoom out.Press and hold: For your main screen, this allows you to move apps around, place them into folders and delete them.Connecting WiFiConnecting your smartphone up to a WiFi connection is practically the same as you would on your laptop. Found in settings, your phone will pick up any connections within range, and provided you have the right password for it.If you don’t have WiFi, you can access the web through 3G, although it’s recommended to have a WiFi connection when you’re downloading apps, music, videos and podcasts.Setting up your emailOne handy feature is you can keep up to date with any updates online. All that’s required for you to sign in is your email address, your password and the provider (Gmail, Hotmail, Outlook, AOL, Yahoo).If you don’t have one, it’s better to set up your email account on desktop first as the majority of apps you will download require it before you sign up. Gmail and Hotmail are two good providers to start with.The lock screenSimilar to ordinary phones, the lock screen alerts you to any missed calls or texts as well as any app notifications.iOS, Android and Windows Phone allow you to control what notifications you receive on your screen through settings, and you also have the option to remove previews for any text messages and emails you receive.Traditionally, you can lock your screen with a PIN code, but depending on the phone, you can add a more complex password (similar to your email account). If you’re an Android user, you can also use a pattern or face recognition password.last_img read more

Arrears medical cards job loss What people sought advice for online in

first_imgA WEBSITE FOR people worried about mortgage arrears, experiencing rent difficulties, or are fearful they might lose their home saw a 78 per cent increase in visits last year.Figures released today by the Citizens Information Board show its microsite, keepingyourhome.ie, saw 136,047 visits in 2013, with an average of 7,696 unique visits every month.Government information portal Citizensinformation.ie, the CIB’s primary advice website, also saw 14 million visits last year, up 37 per cent.People visiting the website were mostly seeking information on medical cards and Jobseeker’s Allowance.Rent supplementOther popular sections included how to renew a passport, rent supplement, and what is required for an Irish visa.Losingyourjob.ie, which provides advice how to handle reduced hours or pay, job less, claiming social welfare, getting back into employment, and emigration, saw a 18 per cent increase in visits, with an average of 8,000 unique visits per month.The self-employed also sought advice online more frequently, with selfemployedsupports.ie seeing a 71 per cent increase.The sites are provided by the Citizens Information Board, who launched a number of smaller websites to cater for “changing economic circumstances”.Arrears: €1.9 billion in outstanding debt on sub-prime mortgages >David Hall: Only bankers would benefit from my winning a seat in Europe >last_img read more

Meet the Munster rugby stars building a future for Kenyan orphans

first_imgTHREE MUNSTER PLAYERS have thrown their weight behind a charitable enterprise that is aiming to build a clinic and physiotherapy centre at a Kenyan school for the blind.Johne Murphy, BJ Botha and Dave Kilcoyne have come on-board as ambassadors for the Building of Hope project. In 2012, the charity organised for 200 volunteers to travel to Mombasa and build a residential home for some 400 orphans at the Likoni school for the blind. Another tranche over volunteers will travel to Kenya later this month to get to work on the new clinic.Murphy told TheScore.ie he has been inspired by the determination and commitment of all involved in the project. He said, “Representatives from Building of Hope came to Munster last year, looking for ambassadors. Myself, BJ and Dave decided it was something we would be interested in. As BJ is from South Africa, projects like this are close to his heart. He spoke very passionately about it. You are giving the children out there hope for a better life.“They are going to build the clinic and physio centre beside the school that they built in 2012. It is a bigger job this time but, thankfully, the donations have been larger.” One of the donations — made by an individual that prefers to remain anonymous — was a 20-foot container filled with supplies such as clothes, toys, books, hygiene products and more.Some of the residential homes that were built at Likoni School for the Blind in 2012.The volunteers raise money to pay for their travel fare. Once they arrive in Mombasa they get involved with the building and work closely with expert tradesmen, who are also volunteering their time. Murphy commented, “The plan was to try and get over to pitch in but the dates haven’t fallen correctly with Munster’s fixtures and any time we may have off. I’m very keen to get out there and if I can, later in the year, I will.“It is two weeks of very tough work and physical labour but, from talking to people who have been over, you really get something out of it. It’s about getting stuck in. There are skilled guys going out and you follow their lead. Once you get your hands dirty and your head stuck in you’ll be all right.” As a farmer’s son, the Rathangan native says he is not averse to physical labour and jokes that he could be the best broom pusher on-site if he ever makes the trip to Kenya.Building of Hope, through their Drumcondra office, also planning to pay a nurse’s salary at the clinic and provide distance learning courses for 12 students of the Likoni School. “The thing that struck me,” said Murphy, “is that they built the orphanage but didn’t just leave it there. They are going back and have committed to staying involved in the area for five years.” To find out more on the Building for Hope project, click here. Those interested can also text HOPE2014 to 50300 to donate €4.TheScore.ie helped this Irish rugby star locate his missing teethGeorge Hook meets his match as Ronan O’Gara makes RTÉ panel debutlast_img read more

Witness appeal after woman dies in collision

first_imgA WOMAN HAS died and a man was injured in a two-car collision this morning.The incident occurred at 9am today at Cornafulla, the old N6, Athlone – Ballinasloe Road.Gardaí said that a 49-year-old female was fatally injured when the car she was driving collided with another car.She was brought to Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe County Galway where she was pronounced dead. A post-mortem is to be arranged.The male driver of the second vehicle was also brought to Portiuncula Hospital. He has non-life threatening injuries, said gardaí.The road is currently closed to facilitate Garda forensic collision investigators, and diversions are in place.Investigating Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to contact them at Roscommon Garda Station on 090 6638300, the garda confidential line 1800 666111 or any garda station.last_img read more

Poll Are Bus Éireann workers right to go on strike

first_imgWORKERS AT BUS Éireann have begun an all out strike today following a long-running dispute with management over changes to pay and conditions.With the company introducing €5 million in cost-cutting measures including cuts to premium pay and an increase in working hours for some employees, workers affiliated to the National Bus and Rail Union have said enough is enough and gone on strike.The union argues that some of their members will be thousands of euro worse off every year as a result of the changes but management says the cost-cutting measures are necessary in order for the company to remain viable. The changes Bus Éireann is introducing and its justification for the measures can be read here.But today we want to know what you think: Are Bus Éireann workers right to go on strike? Yes (2039) YesNoDon’t knowVoteRead: Here are the Bus Éireann services cancelled because of strike actionStrike: Bus Éireann workers walk out as passenger services affected No (3962)center_img Don’t know (2823) Poll Results:last_img read more

UPDATE Police arrest owner of Bangladesh factory

first_imgMore: Supplier to Penneys based in Bangladesh building that collapsed, claiming 87 lives > BANGLADESH POLICE HAVE arrested owner of a factory in a garment block that collapsed last week, killing at least 367 people.“He has been arrested and will be tried,” the country’s deputy home minister Shamsul Haque Tuku told reporters, referring to Sohel Rana, allegedly a ruling party official, whose building violated the country’s construction code.The head of the country’s Rapid Action Battalion police force, Mukhlesur Rahman, told AFP: “Rana has been arrested from the Benapole border. He’s being flown back to Dhaka in a helicopter.”Benapole is Bangladesh’s main border post with India.Three owners of factories inside the destroyed eight-storey Rana Plaza building were arrested on Saturday and face charges of “causing death due to negligence”.Separately, police are also searching for the Spanish businessman and part-owner of the factory.David Mayor is the managing director of the Phantom-Tac apparel factory, a joint Spanish-Bangladeshi venture that was housed in the eight-storey Rana Plaza, which imploded last Wednesday.Police told AFP on Sunday they had filed preliminary charges of “causing death due to negligence” against him and the owners of another four manufacturing firms inside the illegally built block.The case was filed after survivors told police how managers had forced them to return to work on Wednesday despite an evacuation the day before caused by the building developing visible cracks.Speaking to AFP in 2009, Mayor explained that he ran the factory and a training centre for women in rural Bangladesh and said his group was run ethically.“We are a factory. Prices are tight. Every single cent is important. We are not an NGO, but in addition we have this social concern,” he had said at the time.His whereabouts are currently unknown, but he faces up to five years in jail if convicted in Bangladesh.© AFP, 2013Earlier: No more ‘cries for help’ as hopes for survivors fade at Bangladesh buildingRelated: ‘Stench of dead bodies is so strong’ says Bangladesh building rescuersRead: Safety inspectors ‘ignored cracks’ at collapsed clothing factory in Bangladesh >last_img read more

89yearold man arrested in the US for alleged war crimes as a

first_imgBreyer appeared in a US district court in Philadelphia on Wednesday where magistrate Timothy Rice denied him bail due to the severity of the charges.Boyle said his client was in poor health and appeared frail and dishevelled in court after spending his first night in prison.“He suffers from dementia, he’s had a couple of strokes, he has heart problems,” he said.Changes in prosecutionFor more than 60 years German courts only prosecuted Nazi war criminals if evidence showed they personally committed atrocities.But in 2011 a Munich court sentenced another US immigrant to five years in prison for more than 27,000 counts of accessory to murder, establishing that all former camp guards can be tried.Auschwitz is an enduring symbol of Nazi Germany’s genocide of six million European Jews, of whom one million were killed there from 1940 to 1945.US Secretary of State John Kerry will ultimately need to decide whether Breyer can be extradited to Germany.The US government tried to revoke Breyer’s citizenship over the allegations in the 1990s, but took no action after it was determined at trial he did not serve voluntarily, Boyle said.- © AFP, 2014Read: “This was democracy’s beachhead” – world remembers D-Day > Read: Argentina wants to try a Spanish Fascist-era policeman accused of torture, but Spain won’t extradite him > AN 89-YEAR-OLD MAN has been arrested and denied bail in the United States for alleged war crimes as a teenage Nazi guard at Auschwitz.Johann Breyer, a retired machinist born in Czechoslovakia to a US mother, admits joining the Waffen SS aged 17 but denies being a guard at the concentration camp in German-occupied Poland.He emigrated to the United States after World War II and is married with children and grandchildren.But German authorities in 2012 opened an inquiry against him on suspicion he was an accessory in the killings of hundreds of thousands of Jews in 1944 as an Auschwitz guard.US media quoted court documents as saying that Breyer has been charged on 158 counts of aiding and abetting Nazi atrocities.His lawyer Dennis Boyle told AFP that Breyer was arrested in Philadelphia on Tuesday on a warrant from the German government and faces an extradition hearing on August 21.Breyer insists he was only in a field artillery unit of the Waffen SS and deserted weeks later after serving in the vicinity of Auschwitz, but not as a prison guard. A note on the door of Johann Breyer saying We do not have any comment. Please leave. Source: AP/Press Association Images“He denies any involvement in any war crimes whatsoever. He was never a Nazi,” Boyle said, adding that his client had spent time in a Russian prisoner-of-war camp at the end of World War II. He said:He was as much a victim of the Nazis as anyone else. He did not volunteer to be in the SS, he did not want to be in the SS, he deserted from the SS.last_img read more

Residents concerned that Dolphin House regeneration is falling behind schedule

first_imgTHE RESIDENTS OF a Dublin City housing estate have called on Dublin City Council to stick to a timeline on its regeneration.Residents of Dolphin House today said that they were “angry and very concerned” at new indications that the long awaited regeneration of their condemned estate may be faltering before it has even started.They called on Dublin City Council to stick to the timeline that has been agreed with them.A survey carried out at Dolphin House shows that: 22% of families are living in over-crowded conditions72% experience damp in their homes63% experience mould in their homes57% had sewerage backflow or strong sewerage odours57% are affected by respiratory problemsDue to delays, phase I of the regeneration may not now start until September 2015, over two years after the government approved funding for the project in Summer 2013 and nine months after the agreed January 2015 start time.The survey of residents shows that 38% are already worried that regeneration will not be completed. At best, and sticking to the timeline, regeneration will not be finished for eight years.Community leader, Debbie Mulhall, said that the delay and uncertainty was very hard to take for a community that has been failed by Dublin City Council and the Government for generations. She said that any delay would put families at prolonged and uncertain health and safety risks,We are very worried about the people who will be trapped in cramped, damp and unhealthy flats for years if regeneration begins to falter from the very start. “We are also concerned about the many people who have already moved to temporary housing to accommodate the construction. “They need to know when they can come home. For people living on the estate while construction is underway any delay will mean living on a building site with no end in sight.”Mulhall also called on authorities to ensure that regeneration focuses beyond bricks and mortar.It must be used to bring about social regeneration and a lasting improvement in people’s quality of life, she said.Read: Original Ballymun building to get €3.6 million faceliftlast_img read more

Whats the longest youve ever partied This Dublin DJ is planning to

first_imgI went to the Guinness World Records website and found who’s holding the current record. I then contacted them telling them I was thinking of attempting to break it. They sent me back a load of questions about why I’m thinking of doing it. If they felt you weren’t going to be safe they mightn’t let you attempt it.Guinness World Records also outlined the rules of the challenge.“I’m entitled to five minutes break every hour. But I can save them up so it means I can have about two hours break total every 24 hours,” explains Norberto.Another one of the other rules is that he can’t repeat a song within four hours of playing it last. So, theoretically, he could just pick four hours of music and put in on a loop for eight days?“That’s not the spirit of it,” laughs Norberto. “The whole idea is that I’m going to do every day in a different style to attract different people and I suppose to stop myself getting bored. One day I’m going to play Latin music and then maybe some chart stuff and then some house music.” Although he’s DJ’ed all over the place, he’s never attempted anything like this before.“When I was in Spain, I would be DJ’ing for two days, but that was of course with breaks.”“I have some personal trainers in the gym and I’ll be looked over by paramedics. I think by August I’ll be looking to get up to about three days.”Has he sought advice from other DJs who’ve tried similar stamina sapping sets?I did check around but nobody really wants to talk about it. Everybody has their own tactics, they all have some kind of preparation. I looked at a DJ who made a similar attempt and he was preparing for three months, I’ll have seven months so I should be okay. WHAT’S THE LONGEST you’ve ever lasted? Partying that is.Whatever your personal best is, it’s highly doubtful that it will beat one Dublin DJ who’s aiming to become a Guinness World Record holder by DJ’ing for 200 straight hours.The appropriately named DJ Norberto Loco has already started training for the eight-day-long set in the Underground Club in Dublin’s Citi Hotel from 19 November.It’s not just a test of endurance though, DJ Loco is using his record attempt as a way of raising money for Temple Street Children’s Hospital.Polish-born Norberto has been living here for the past few years and, having DJ’ed in nightclubs across the city, fancied challenging himself.“I’d been DJ’ing for a number of years and decided that I wanted to do something funny and a little bit crazy,” he explains.center_img Source: Norberto Loco/YouTubeEvery aspect of the attempt is to be recorded and all the evidence will be sent to Guinness World Records to be verified. A representative from London will also visit at some point.They won’t be the only ones though, the Underground Club will be open for 24 hours a day during the week in question, even though alcohol will only be served during the usual times.Asked if he’s expecting a load of late-night/early morning sessioners to drop in for some dancing, DJ Loco say he imagines people will be more interested in seeing how he’s holding up.“I think people will be going to see how I look after a few days DJ’ing. I suppose on the last day there’ll be a bit more of a celebratory atmosphere because I’ll already have broken the record.”That’s another thing, Norberto isn’t just looking to break the record, he’s looking to smash it. The current record for the “Longest Marathon Club Djing” is 168 hours and is held by DJ Smokin Joe Mekhael who set the mark in Sydney in 2012.“There’s no point in just doing another couple of hours, it’ll just get broken again soon,” says Norberto.Given the effort, let’s hope it stands for a few years anyway.Read: Clontarf GAA set a world record thanks to Jack McCaffrey and 1,499 friends >Read: NYC to attempt Guinness world record… for twerking >last_img read more

Lunchtime Fix 9 things you need to know

first_img Source: Garda Press Office5. A BAKERY chain in Northern Ireland is in hot water after refusing to make a cake with a slogan supporting gay marriage. The Equality Commission is now pursuing Asher’s Bakery. Source: christianorguk/YouTube6. JAPAN is readying itself for one of its worst storms in years as typhoon Neoguri makes its way toward the southern Okinawa island chain. About half a million people have already taken shelter. Source: Associated Press/YouTube7. IS IT a bird? Yes, and a very big one at that. The largest flying bird EVER – yes, ever – has been discovered. It had a wingspan of 6.4m. And sharp teeth. A reconstruction image of the world’s largest ever flying bird Source: AP Photo/Bruce Museum, Liz Bradford8. IN amazing news today, scientists say they have taken a “major step forward” in predicting whether someone will get Alzheimer’s Disease, meaning treatment can be started on time and may stave off the condition. Source: Shutterstock9. Here’s one for the road, in case that news is all a bit dreary. Raju the Elephant was freed this week after 50 years in captivity. Here are his first moments of freedom. Source: New York Daily News/YouTubeRead the rest of the day’s news> WHAT’S THE STORY?1. FORMER executives of what was the Quinn Group have bought several companies linked to the family’s empire in a deal thought to be worth about €100 million. Source: Shutterstock2. IN the hopes it will help solve the housing crisis, the government has announced plans to “transform” 1,008 vacant properties into “high-quality family homes” over the next 12 months. Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland3. THE murder trial of Oscar Pistorius is winding down with both sides getting ready for closing arguments. Earlier today, the defence rested its case. The athlete outside court today. Source: Jerome Delay/PA Wire4. Adrian Folan. Adrian’s family are now asking for the media to respect their privacy.last_img read more

Chaos erupts in Missouri town after police shoot dead unarmed black man

first_img QuikTrip burns in Florissant. #MikeBrown pic.twitter.com/B6j11oE7NV— Robert Cohen (@kodacohen) August 11, 2014 Source: Robert Cohen/Twitter We’re only hurting ourselves, only hurting our community, hurting our neighbors. Source: Antonio French/Twitter Contributing to the unrest that is going on is not going to help… Mother appeals for death penalty for police officerBrown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, said she didn’t understand why police didn’t subdue her son with a club or Taser, and she said the officer involved should be fired and prosecuted.“I would like to see him go to jail with the death penalty,” she said, fighting back tears.The killing drew criticism from some civil rights leaders, who referred to the 2012 racially charged shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by a Florida neighborhood watch organizer who was acquitted of murder charges.With additional reporting by Associated PressRead: Protests across US as George Zimmerman acquitted of Trayvon Martin murder>America’s history of racial killings and failed convictions> There’s nothing productive from this.As the investigation of Brown’s death progresses, “we understand people want to vent their frustrations. We understand they want to speak out,” Knowles added. “We’re going to obviously try to urge calm.” Source: Antonio French/Twitter THERE WAS LOOTING and rioting in Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis last night, after an unarmed young black man was shot dead by police over the weekend.The tensions erupted after a candlelight vigil for 18-year-old Michael Brown, who police said was shot several times on Saturday afternoon,His death followed a scuffle involving an officer, whose race has not been disclosed, Brown himself, and another person in Ferguson, a predominantly black suburb of the city.The night’s progress, from a peaceful – albeit emotional – candlelit vigil, to confrontations with police, and then widespread looting, was captured by local politician Antonio French in this series of Vines.https://vine.co/v/MVV6HxiOLFnhttps://vine.co/v/MVYipYmaXOLhttps://vine.co/v/MVYg6IhUzQthttps://vine.co/v/MVYHJUgKVa9After the vigil, the QuikTrip convenience store was looted and later burned down, and several other stores along a main road near the shooting scene were broken into, including a check-cashing store, a boutique and a small grocery store.People also took items from a sporting goods store and a cellphone retailer, and carted rims away from a tire store.TV footage showed streams of people walking out of a liquor store carrying bottles of alcohol, and in some cases protesters were standing atop police cars or taunting officers who stood stoic, often in riot gear.Other witnesses reported seeing people vandalize police cars and kick in windows. Television footage showed windows busted out of a TV station van.It wasn’t immediately clear how many arrests were made. Authorities set up some blockades to try to keep people from the most looted areas.center_img In #Ferguson right now pic.twitter.com/qAOH7Ha8xk— Antonio French (@AntonioFrench) August 11, 2014 #ferguson pic.twitter.com/B2gXqjXAlb— David Carson (@PDPJ) August 11, 2014 Source: David Carson/Twitter The shooting of Michael BrownCounty Police Chief Jon Belmar said the shooting of Michael Brown on Saturday occurred after an officer encountered two people — one of whom was Brown — on the street near an apartment complex in Ferguson.Belmar said one of the men pushed the officer back into his squad car and a struggle began.Belmar said at least one shot was fired from the officer’s gun inside the police car.Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson said authorities were still sorting out what happened inside the police car. It was not clear if Brown was the man who struggled with the officer. “Right now, the small group of people are creating a huge mess,” Ferguson Mayor James Knowles told local television station KTVI. Right now in #Ferguson pic.twitter.com/McsrsIjKVv— Antonio French (@AntonioFrench) August 11, 2014 The struggle spilled out into the street, where Brown was shot several times. Belmar said the exact number of shots wasn’t known, but “it was more than just a couple.”He also said all shell casings found at the scene matched the officer’s gun. Police are still investigating why the officer shot Brown, who police have confirmed was unarmed.Jackson said the second person has not been arrested or charged. Authorities aren’t sure if that person was unarmed, Jackson said.The officer in question has been placed on paid administrative leave.last_img read more

Sony to supply 10 of the 8MP iPhone 5 camera sensors

first_imgBack in April, Sony’s CEO, Howard Stringer, let a little bit of information slip that Sony would be supplying image sensors for Apple’s iPhone 5. The news struck us as a surprise since Apple already had a relationship with OmniVision, the company that currently produces the 5-megapixel sensor for the iPhone 4. News broke today that OmniVision would indeed continue to manufacture image sensors for Apple, but that Sony would be helping, too.According to Forbes, OmniVision’s shares went up drastically this morning after DigiTimes reported that the company would supply 90 percent of the CMOS image sensors for the upcoming iPhone 5. Sony will supply the other 10%, which is still a good contracted amount to get and could grow in future if Sony proves a reliable partner.AdChoices广告As the rumors back in April stated, the phone will upgrade its camera from a 5 megapixel to an 8 megapixel solution. Apple’s iPhone camera already does a fairly good job at taking photos in low-light settings, but the 8-megapixel CMOS sensor will make photo taking an even better experience.Apple is rumored to be releasing the new iPhone in September, and with yesterday’s WWDC keynote focusing only on software, we’re definitely not going to see the iPhone 5 before the fall. It’s even in doubt we’ll see it this year what with the iPhone 4s looking likely to happen first.Additionally, DigiTimes reported that Apple is using Avago Technologies to build power amplifiers for the WCDMA version of the iPhone. Avago will be producing three out of the five power amps that Apple will use in the WCDMA version.Read more at Electronista, via DigiTimeslast_img read more

International Space Station experiment explores fire in microgravity

first_imgSay what you will about the International Space Station (ISS), but it seems like it’s being put to good use. One of the currently running experiments is taking a look at how fire burns in micro-gravity, and how to create extinguishing substances to create a safer environment for future space voyages. Called Project Flex (Flame Extinguishment Experiment), the video above depicts the experiment in action, which is run from the ground using cameras and telemetry.Researchers on Earth control robotic arms that release small droplets of flammable materials, such as heptane or methanol, that are then ignited and studied. There has been some interesting results of these experiments, including the fact that some of the material remains burning after the flames have been put out. There is no explanation for this phenomenon, but scientists are working hard on coming up with an answer. Because there is very little gravity on board the ISS, the burning chemicals don’t spread out like they do on Earth. They remain suspended, floating in the air, causing the fire to burn simultaneously on all of its sides. The burning halo effect is an interesting one to watch. Putting the space-borne fires out is more complex than on the ground, as they use oxygen at a slower rate because of the absence of gravity. On Earth, as you know, hot gasses can rise away from the fire source, which works to draw oxygen back into the flames to continue to feed the conflagration. As you have probably deduced, this doesn’t happen in space, because weight has no bearing on substances. Fire therefore relies on molecular diffusion to continue to burn. This is a much slower process than terrestrial-based fires, so in essence space fires burn slower.The FLEX experiments have been ongoing for the past year, and will continue on through 2012. Some of the benefits that have come out of the project are the development of a denser extinguishing material suitable to put flames out during a space voyage as well as the recreation of what happens inside a combustion engine. This is done to try to study ways to make engines burn fuel cleaner and more efficiently. I for one would like to see them experiment with cooking barbecue over the slow burning droplets, it looks like it would be the perfect environment!Read more at Space.com.last_img read more

Wii U launch expected November 18 but hardware is lacking

first_imgThe Wii U is now expected to launch on November 18. That’s not an official release date from Nintendo, instead a claim made by a Japanese retailer. It is a date that makes sense though, as the Wii launched on Sunday, November 19 in 2006. November 18 this year is also a Sunday, which ties up nicely. It is also expected to be available in the U.S. first with Japan getting it a week later and Europe still to have a confirmed date.Whether you want a Wii U or not is a different matter, and the feedback from developers working with the hardware is anything but positive. The general consensus is that the Wii U isn’t even up to current generation consoles in terms of performance and graphical capabilities. Both the Xbox 360 and PS3 outperform Nintendo’s new machine, which isn’t a great start.Since the Wii U was originally announced (quite poorly I might add) there has been speculation that the final unit would ship with support for only one tablet controller. There have been attempts to support two tablets, but apparently that just isn’t going to happen. Multiplayer gaming will require the use of Wiimotes (or possibly a 3DS), or some modified form of those controllers compatible with the Wii U.It all adds up to Nintendo attempting to do what it did with the Wii: substituting raw performance for a new idea. Back in 2006 it was motion control, today it is a tablet controller. The problem is, tablets are commonplace so this is nothing new. Gamers are also used to what the 360 and PS3 can do, and now we have the PS Vita and ever more powerful smartphones and tablets vying for our attention. If the Wii U looks worse then all of those I can’t see the console doing well.Nintendo always has its first-party games to fall back on, but they can only go so far. Selling an underpowered machine with limited multiplayer and a tablet controller that could seem dated at launch is a huge risk. Will gamers flock to buy it or take a step back and realize it’s a machine once again aimed at the family, only this time without the horsepower or input to cater for it?I’d love for Nintendo to prove everyone wrong and launch with a killer feature, but so far there’s no signs of that. After what happened to the 3DS: a sudden price drop, extra thumbstick peripheral, and now a stand shipping with Kid Icarus, Nintendo has shown it is fallible when it comes to hardware.Read more at Gamesindustry.biz and WiiUDailylast_img read more

ZaReason ZaTab ships with CyanogenMod 9 and root access

first_imgRetail outfit ZaReason has built a reputation over the years for offering quality Ubuntu-powered desktops and laptops at reasonable prices. It’s a bit of a surprise, then, to see that their latest offering — the ZaTab — is going to ship with Android pre-installed instead.Now, this isn’t the same kind of buttoned-up Android experience you’d get with a tablet from a company like Asus, Samsung, or Toshiba. ZaReason has outfitted the ZaTab with an unlocked bootloader and CyanogenMod 9, and they’re even providing full-on root access right out of the box. Unfortunately, ZaReason’s choice of hardware isn’t going to challenge the big boys.The ZaTab starts with an AllWinner A10 processor, much like the one found in the $74 MK802 pc-on-a-stick — except ZaReason has opted for a slower 1.2GHz single-core. An Mali 400 GPU rides shotgun, and 1GB of DDR3 memory has been included to give your apps a bit of elbow room. The ZaTab also offers 16GB of internal storage for your apps, games, and media, and it’s expandable via a microSD slot. Visuals are displayed on a 9.7″ 1024×768 IPS screen, similar to the one offered on previous-generation iPads. Both front and rear cameras are included, too, though ZaReason doesn’t offer any specifics about the sensors on their website.Rounding out the package are two microUSB ports, a microHDMI ouput, and an 8000mAh battery which the company says should provide around 9 hours of gaming or 14 hours of video playback. The ZaTab weighs in at about 630 grams, just about the same as an iPad 2.So how much will the ZaTab set you back? You can pre-order one now for $349. Similarly-specced AllWinner-based tablets can be found on Amazon for under $200, but they’re generally not as nice looking, and they tend to have plastic backs — as opposed to the sturdy metal one on the ZaTab.More at ZaReason, via OMG! Ubuntulast_img read more

Hitachi invents way to store data forever in a sheet of glass

first_imgAs we move increasingly from physical items to digital goods, the issue of longevity comes up. A book could survive for centuries in the right conditions, but what about your hard drive? Hitachi is tackling the area of long-term data storage and announced recently that it has developed a technique that encodes information on quartz glass that can last forever.The prototype storage chip shown off by the company is just 2cm square, and 0.2cm thick. It is made from quartz glass, which is often used in laboratory settings due to its high strength and low optical refraction index. Hitachi also chose this material because it can withstand temperatures of 1,000 degrees C for two hours, and is also not affected by radiation, water, or chemical agents. It is estimated that the data would be preserved for as long as several hundred million years, unless the quartz glass was broken.The technology relies on layers of dots which store data in binary form. Researchers right now are able to make chips four layers thick. This currently works out to 40MB per square inch, or about the same as a CD. This is obviously much lower than we’ve become used to with hard drives reaching multiple terabytes in size.In the future Hitachi hopes to add more layers of binary dots, making a chip with much higher data density. The prototype chip really only has enough space to store a few ebooks. The other concern being this is not a storage medium that is easily read or written — you need a microscope to decipher the data.The company plans to make the technology available to governments, museums, and other organizations that might be interested in long-term, highly-durable data storage. Consumer applications are still unclear.via PhysOrglast_img read more