BAI Presenters medical cards for Africans monologue lacking in impartiality or objectivity

first_imgA COMPLAINT BY a listener over an on-air monologue by Cork radio presenter Neil Prendeville has been partially upheld by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.In his regular weekday programme on Cork’s 96FM in May, Prendeville read out a long pre-prepared statement on the state of the country, covering everything from cronyism in politics to the public service and its staffing and cuts in social welfare.It included the following passage:“We provide medical cards to Africans while Irish children go sick because their working parents can’t afford a doctor’s visit or prescription.“We provide social welfare to former Russians and children’s allowance to kids living in eastern Europe.”A complaint submitted to the BAI contended that the lengthy speech included “vile accusations, laced with prejudice and with no veracity in reality whatsoever”.The listener also contended that the presenter “puts non-Irish members of society at risk by associating them with what has taken place in this country over the previous five years”.The complaint continued: “This is nothing more than a racist accusation which belies the reality of the situation”.In a ruling today, the BAI’s Compliance Committee found that the pre-prepared statement by Prendeville “was evidently lacking in impartiality or objectivity and was not counterbalanced by an alternative perspective on the presenter’s statement”.The second part of the complaint, contending that the remarks would support discrimination, was not upheld, with the BAI stating:While the presenter’s remarks about non-Irish members of society may have offended some listeners, the Committee did not agree that they would support or condone discrimination contrary to the requirement of the Code of Programme Standards in the manner suggested by the complainant.The authority also found that the complaint hadn’t been handled properly by the radio station, as it wasn’t dealt with according to their established Code of Practice, even though it was sent to the correct email address for complaints. Cork’s 96fm will have to air the BAI’s decision on the complaint in the coming days.A spokesperson for the authority told that it was standard in such cases to broadcast the finding of the complaints committee at around the same time of day as the airing of the initial content.Prendeville presents the high-profile 9am – midday weekday slot on the Cork station.The presenter made national headlines three years ago after complaints that he had exposed himself on an Aer Lingus flight.Read: No charges brought against Cork DJ Neil Prendeville >last_img read more

Long goodbye Eric Elwood confirms he will leave Connacht at seasons end

first_imgA personal decisionElwood, who has a 24-year association with his home province, stressed that his decision not to renew his contract had ‘nothing to do with any on-field issues or performances or anything off the field’. He said:Connacht has progressed enormously in the last couple of years and I can only see that continuing but for me personally the time is right to step aside at the end of this season and let someone else take things on.“It is a decision that I have not made lightly and it’s an emotional one but again I would like to make it very clear that it is my decision and no-one else’s.“I have not been under any pressure to step down and I have always received great support from the IRFU, the Professional Game Board and everyone involved with Connacht.” CONNACHT RUGBY HAS officially confirmed that Eric Elwood is to leave his position as head coach at the end of the current season.There was much speculation about the 5pm announcement on Wednesday and Elwood’s future at the province but neither he, nor club captain Gavin Duffy, spoke about it at the Heineken Cup launch in Dublin on Tuesday.In a statement released by the province, Elwood said, “I have come to this decision after thinking long and hard about what is best for me and also what is best for Connacht.“I have given a big part of my life to Connacht Rugby and I feel that it is time for me to have a change and time for the province to have a change as well.”The 43-year-old represented the province 168 times as a player and won 35 caps for his country, appearing in two Rugby World Cups.He took over the head coaching role in 2010 having previously acted as assistant to Michael Bradley (now at Edinburgh Rugby). Elwood – and green microphone – at the Aviva on Tuesday. (©INPHO/Billy Stickland)Recruitment processChief Executive Tom Sears said, “Eric Elwood is synonymous with Connacht Rugby and he will leave a big void. His decision has come as a surprise but it is one we respect and understand.“Eric will remain in charge for the rest of the season and we will begin a recruitment process to find someone who can build on the foundations he has put in place and take us to the next level.” Sears added:We will look to appoint the very best person we can and they will be charged with delivering the results that will see Connacht challenge successfully on all fronts, the search will be comprehensive and global.The Irish Independent has kicked off the speculation by suggesting that former Ireland coach Eddie O’Sullivan, who lives in Ballinasloe, Galway, may be ideally suited, and situated, for the role.The Irish Times believes assistant coach Billy Millard would be the front-runner if Connacht promoted from within.Read: Rory Best in line for Ulster returnRead: Eric Elwood: If I won Euromillions I’d sign Richie McCaw myselflast_img read more

One arrested after armed robbery at bank in Montrose

first_imgUpdated 09:10pmONE PERSON HAS been arrested after an armed robbery on a bank at Montrose, south Dublin this morning.Two men held up a branch of Bank of Ireland at around 11.30am with a firearm, threatening staff at the bank on the Stillorgan Road.They left with a small amount of cash before making their getaway in a car.The car was later abandoned a short distance and set alight and the raiders sped off on a motorcycle towards the Sandymount area.A partially burnt out car is removed from the scene at Seamount apartments in Montrose near the robbery earlier (Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland).One of the suspects fell off the bike and was later arrested by gardaí. The man in his 30s is now being held at Irishtown Garda Station. A firearm and an amount of money has been recovered and enquiries are ongoing.First published 12:27- Additional reporting by Michelle Hennessy.Read: Gardaí seize €34,000 worth of cannabis in DroghedaMore: Man in court over fatal Cork crash seven months agolast_img read more

The 5 at 5 Wednesday

first_imgEACH WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you five things you should know before you head out the door.1. #ASSISTED SUICIDE: A woman has been charged with assisting the suicide of another woman in Dublin in what is believed to be the first case of this kind in Ireland.2. #PIG MEAT: Half of pig meat tested in Ireland is not Irish, according to the Irish Farmers Association, which said today that consumers “continue to be misled”.3. #ACCOMMODATION: Desperate renters are accepting sub-standard accommodation as prices, particularly in Dublin, continue to rise. Standards in housing are failing to be met and many tenants face a raft of bad practices by landlords.4. #THE TROUBLES: Northern Ireland Attorney General John Larkin has said he believes there should be no more police investigations, inquiries or prosecutions of any killings that occurred during the Troubles before the Good Friday Agreement.5.#FRIENDS: Dublin is a more friendly student city than Tokyo, Barcelona and New York, according to a new survey, though the capital scored poorly on affordability.last_img read more

Late Late Toy Show 2013 best bits in pictures and video

first_imgWatch again: 117 girls perform the Cup Song on the Toy Show> IF YOU MISSED the Toy Show on telly or our Liveblog last night, or if you got too into the drinking game, you might need a quick recap.Here are some of the best bits from the Late Late Toy Show 2013…The opening number Source: Andres Poveda Source: Andres Poveda Source: Andres Poveda Source: Andres Poveda Source: Andres Poveda Source: Andres PovedaRyan and Little Ryan (Fergal) Source: Andres Poveda Source: RTÉ – Ireland’s National Television and Radio BroadcasterThe retro toys When Domhnall met Robbie Source: RTÉ – Ireland’s National Television and Radio Broadcaster Source: RTÉ Player screengrabRyan joins One Direction Source: RTÉ Player screengrab  The Cup Song Source: RTÉ – Ireland’s National Television and Radio BroadcasterBosco visits for the first time in 30 yearsMary’s fantastic auditioncenter_img Read: Robbie, Mary, Bosco and cups…The Late Late Toy Show 2013 as it happened>last_img read more

Distressing short film imagines fate of missing child

first_imgvia ISPCC Childline/YoutubeThe hotline 116 000 was launched in June to provide advice and support to young people and adults – it is not an emergency service number, but it is hoped that it can be a place for children to turn if they are feeling desperate.Today is Missing Persons Day – the first such in Ireland. Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald said that the 116 000 hotline is “not only to support families of children who have gone missing but also to support children who have run away or are thinking of running away”.There have been over 30,000 missing children reports in Ireland since 2008.The ISPCC hopes that the video will be shared through social media – using the hashtag #MissingChldren on Twitter, for example – in order to reach as many young people as possible.The 116 000 number is free to call and there is also an automated text support service – look at for more information.Ceremony to mark first national Missing Persons Day> WHY DO CHILDREN go missing in Ireland – and what happens to them?The ISPCC has envisaged one worst-case scenario in an upsetting (be warned) short film which they are hoping will highlight their 116 000 Missing Children’s Hotline.The video – available to share on Youtube – tells the tale of ‘Molly’, a young Irish girl who runs away from an abusive home and wanders the streets of Dublin, vulnerable and alone.Warning: the six-minute film – which shows events through Molly’s eyes – is distressing and not suitable for younger viewers:last_img read more

Man and wife die hours apart after 65 years together

first_imgA COUPLE WHO were married for almost 65 years died within hours of each other in separate nursing homes in North Carolina last week.According to the Charlotte Observer, Eleanor and Frank Turner were born less than a month apart in July 1926.They were married in on Christmas Eve in 1948 and had been together ever since.The pair had met at a car dealership and were married a few months later. Frank worked for Associated Press and so the family – they had two children – moved around a lot, but ultimately settled in Charlotte, North Carolina.When Eleanor and Frank both began to show signs of dementia they moved into a nursing home.A few weeks ago they both suffered strokes within a few days of each other and they met for the last time as he was being released from hospital, and she was being admitted.Family members took pictures of the last time they held hands: Source: WBTV Eleanor was discharged to a local hospice, while Frank was brought to a nursing home.Eleanor died in the early hours of last Friday morning, and Frank died around 9 hours later. Their daughter Linda told the Charlotte Observer that she had not told her father that his wife had passed away.Linda told WBTV: She went first and she got to heaven and she hollered for Frank. And he decided to come too. He wasn’t going on without her.Frank and Eleanor’s obituaries appeared beside each other in the newspaper, both bearing the same picture. Source: WBTVThis story bears a striking resemblance to the tale of Harold and Ruth Knape, who died within hours of each other in August. They too had been married for 65 years.Can you help this New Zealander find the Cork girl he met last weekend? Ohio couple married for 65 years die 11 hours apart>last_img read more

How to keep your smartphone info safe and secure

first_imgIT’S SOMETHING THAT we never think will happen to us, but the chances of your phone being robbed or getting lost is higher than you would expect.With over 12,000 mobile phones stolen in the last year, you should take some measures in case it does happen to you further down the line.Considering how much information we store on it, it can be very worrying when it happens, but there are a number of steps you should take first to ensure you’re not left in a panic.Set a lock codeAn obvious one, but at the very least, your phone should require a code to unlock it.All phones set PINs as the default choice, but they’re not the most secure method. If you’re a iPhone and Windows Phone user, you can create a more complex password – similar to the passwords you use to log into your email or social media accounts – through settings.Android users have that and more to choose from including a pattern password, and face unlocking, which while handy, isn’t as secure as you would expect.iOS and Windows Phone users have the option of wiping the phone clean after a number of failed attempts.An example of some of the type of lock codes you can place on Android.Limit access on the lock screeniPhone and Android users can access the control center or widgets straight from the lock screen. While this is handy for you, it could also allow someone who stole your phone to access your phone. You can turn these features off in settings.Activate Find My PhoneAll smartphones have a find my phone feature that allows you to control your phone remotely as well as track its location. Through it, you can either get it to ring, lock your phone, or erase its data entirely, but you need to activate the feature first.The option can be found in settings. For iPhone users, it’s under iCloud. Android users can find it under Security and Device Administrators, while Windows Phone users can find it under settings.Once you’ve that done, you can activate it from your browser. Remember that the phone must be switched on for the feature to work. However, if the phone is turned off, you won’t be able to track it.How the find my phone feature works for iOS.Backup all dataSomething that you should do after you’ve updated your phone with your contacts, schedule, photos and any other necessary information is back it up as soon as you get the chance.You can backup your data on your computer, on the cloud, or on both. iOS, Android and Windows Phone all have their own cloud versions and once you have it connected to the cloud, your phone will automatically backup your data when it’s connected to WiFi, locked and connected to a power source.While these services are useful, it’s recommended that you connect up to Dropbox, Google Drive or Microsoft Skydrive as well so that all new photos, videos other documents are uploaded each time.Which one you settle for is entirely down to preference, but it’s worth mentioning each service offers a different amount of data for free as well as paid services. Here’s what the three main cloud services offer: Dropbox – 2GB (increase to 15GB when you complete tasks)Google Drive – 15GBMicrosoft SkyDrive – 7GB (Currently offering an extra 20GB for the year if you sign up before the end of January)Get your phone code If you enter *#06# on your phone, it will bring up its International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number. This is important as the code allows your service provider to deactivate your phone straight away.Take a note of it and store it in a place where you can easily access it, in case your phone is stolen.If you don’t have it, you can still get your provider to deactivate your phone once you give them the necessary details, but having your IMEI number will make things go faster.Always be alertWhen everything is said and done, it’s essentially down to you to ensure it’s safe. Apply common sense to the situation and keep your phone on you at all times.If you keep it in your bag, you won’t know it’s been taken until it’s too late so have it in your pocket or in front of you so you always know where it is.Read: Everything you should know before shopping online >Read: EU passes deal on universal mobile phone charger >last_img read more

US abortion rate at lowest since 1973

first_imgTHE ABORTION RATE in the United States dipped to its lowest since 1973, coinciding with a steep decline in overall pregnancy and birth rates, a study from a nonprofit sexual health organisation shows.The rate declined to 16.9 abortions per 1,000 women between the ages of 15 and 44 in 2011, the latest year studied, which was well below the 1981 peak of 29.3 per 1,000 and the lowest since 1973 when the rate was 16.3 per 1,000, the study from Guttmacher Institute outlined.“With abortion rates falling in almost all states, our study did not find evidence that the national decline in abortions during this period was the result of new state abortion restrictions.“We also found no evidence that the decline was linked to a drop in the number of abortion providers during this period,” says Rachel Jones, lead author of the study.The decline in abortions coincided with a drop in overall pregnancy and birth rates, and contraceptive use and methods improved during the period, Jones said. The recent recession also led many women and couples avoiding or delaying pregnancy and childbearing.The study also found that the total number of abortion providers declined by only 4 percent between 2008 and 2011, and the number of clinics, which provide the large majority of abortion services, declined by just 1 percent.While the overall abortion rate declined, the proportion of abortions that were early medication procedures continued to increase, according to the study.An estimated 239,400 early medication abortions were performed in 2011, representing 23 per cent of all non-hospital abortions, an increase from 17 per cent in 2008. The study estimated that 59 percent of all known abortion providers offer this service.Copyright 2014 Thomson Reuters/ Click for Restrictions.Read: 9/11 conspiracy theorist arrested after interrupting Super Bowl conferenceElsewhere: Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman found dead in New York apartmentlast_img read more

One in three families plan to give up private healthcare

first_imgThe current system is unfair in that the majority of people on more basic plans are cross-subsidising those on the premium top-tier plans with all the frills. This is unjust and is fuelling a record market decline. Applying risk equalisation to a core, standard set of benefits would help stabilise the market and address the issue of fairness.The majority (76 per cent) of health professionals do not think that Ireland’s health system was designed to protect the people that need it most. In line with this, 100 per cent of health professionals said that Ireland’s health system is in need of urgent reform.Read: Numbers with private health insurance fall by 64,000 in 2012 > ONE THIRD OF young families plan to drop private health insurance this year, according to new research commissioned by Laya Healthcare.The study also showed that one in six claim they can no longer afford it, while almost half say they are unhappy about the upcoming increase in the government levy charge which will downgrade their health cover to more basic benefits from 31 March.Almost 64,000 people dropped their cover in 2012, indicating that increasing prices are having serious affects.Almost one in nine people are worried about falling ill and having to rely on the public health system, while 74 per cent plan to fast track medical procedures while they have private health insurance in place. For those planning on cancelling or downgrading their cover, 86 per cent said they will delay going to their GP to keep costs down.Dónal Clancy, Managing Director of Laya Healthcare, who will give the keynote address at the National Healthcare Conference tomorrow said ways need to be found to incentivise people to take up private health cover because the current system is unfair:last_img read more

Robbie Keane to miss White House family reunion with Obama

first_imgROBBIE KEANE HAS been invited back to the White House — but the Republic of Ireland striker will have to turn down US President Barack Obama due to a double-booking.Keane’s LA Galaxy team-mates, who won the MLS Championship again last season, will join Stanley Cup winners the LA Kings as the guests of honour at a special reception next Tuesday.But instead of another meet and greet with Obama, Keane will be back home in Dublin for the crucial World Cup qualifier against Austria.When they met last May Obama, who is reportedly considering a return visit to these shores during his second term, greeted Ireland’s record goalscorer as “a cousin” and made some jokes about alcohol. Remember? YouTube Credit: whitehouseRobbie had a bit of craic anyway, judging by that smile. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP/Press Association Images)But alas the two bros will have to wait for another time for their ‘family reunion’.On the bright side, at least this lad won’t be in Dublin on Tuesday night:(© INPHO/Allsport)He won’t, will he? *shudders*Trap places trust in Clark, Green as he names starting 11 to face Swedenlast_img read more

Top marks for the best primary school teachers in Irish sport

first_imgJUST ABOUT EVERY student in Ireland can look back upon their primary school years and recall a teacher that was as passionate about sport, and sporting participation, as holding surprise spelling tests or finding gigantic acorns for the nature table.These men and women would often stay behind, off the clock, coach teams and preach of the blissful simplicity of team sports or pushing one’s self to the brink in the search for sporting glory.The added bonus came when that teacher happened to be really, really good at sport and would often show up on a Monday morning with tales of epic battles and scars gained in pursuit of triumph. Here are some of the finest primary school teachers to play sports in Ireland.Gaelic GamesTomas O’Sé (Kerry) & Stephen O’Neill (Tyrone)Eight Munster titles, five All-Ireland Football Championships, three NFL trophy wins and five All Star awards for the wing back. The Ventry native plays club football with an Gaeltacht and is teaching at a Gaelscoil in Cork. O’Neill has won five Ulster titles, three All -Irelands, 2 NFLs and was named All Star, in the forward line, on three occasions.O’Sé and O’Neill clash in 2003. (©INPHO/Morgan Treacy)Men’s Football: Ian Ryan [Limerick], Gary Sice [Galway], Keith Kelly [Galway], George Hannigan [Tipperary], Liam O’Lionnain [Waterford], Paddy Kelly [Cork], Frank McGlynn [Donegal], Rory Kavanagh [Donegal], Martin O Reilly [Donegal, student teacher in Marino], Shane Ryan [Dublin dual star], Paddy Christie [Dublin]. Currently training in St Patrick’s teacher training college in Drumcondra – Cillian O’Connor [Mayo] and Ferghal Flannagan [Cavan].Juliet Murphy (Cork – ladies football)The Reblette star has won seven All-Ireland titles in eight seasons. She has picked up five All Star awards. Three members of the current Cork team, who are all primary school teachers, have 14 All-Ireland medals between them.Juliet Murphy, Anne Fay INTO President, Nollaig Cleary (also a basketball player with Glanmire) and Laura Mc Mahon of Cork. (Credit: INTO) Ladies Football: Elaine Harte [Cork], Nollaig Cleary [Cork], Laura McMahon [Cork], Orla Finn [Cork], Caroline Kelly [Kerry], Linda Wall [Waterford], Mairead Wall [Waterford], Emer Flaherty [Galway], Niamh Carroll [Wicklow], Elaine Harte and Niamh Ni Caoimh [both Cork].HurlingKilkenny’s Tommy Walsh (currently doing his post-grad in primary teaching) tackled by Lar Corbett and Shane McGrath (teacher) of Tipperary. (©INPHO/Lorraine O’Sullivan)Hurling: Shane O’Sullivan [Waterford], Luke O’Farrell [Cork], John Conlon [Clare], Conor Cooney [Galway], James ‘Cha’ Fitzpatrick [Kilkenny], Richie Hogan [Kilkenny], Paddy Hogan [Kilkenny], David Herity [Kilkenny], Brendan Maher [Tipperary], James Nagle [Waterford].Brian Cody (Kilkenny) & Ger Loughnane (Clare/Galway)Cody won three All-Irelands as a player with Kilkenny. He took up the management reins in 1998 and, to date, has led the Cats to nine All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship titles. Loughnane never won an All-Ireland during his 14-year playing career but claimed two NHL trophies with his native Clare. He managed them for seven season from 1994 and led The Banner County to two All Irelands. Both men are primary school principals.Brian Cody and Ger Loughnane shake hands post-match in 2007. (©INPHO/Morgan Treacy)CamogieClaire O’Connor of Wexford has tasted All-Ireland success three times and one All Star accolade. The sport is popular in the O’Connor family as her sisters, Niamh, Ciara and Eimear, have all represented the county.Breda Holmes [Kilkenny], Niamh Mulcahy [Limerick], Joanne O’Sullivan (Dublin), Sile Nic Coitir [Dublin – dual star].HandballCaitriona Casey won a world champion at underage level. The Cork native has been tipped as a future star of the high-tempo sport.BoxingDarren O’Neill, captain of the Ireland boxing team at the 2012 Olympics. The three-time national champion has also won Gold and Silver medals at the European Championships.O’Neill was a father figure to young boxers Michael Conlan and Paddy Barnes at London 2012. (©INPHO/Cathal Noonan)AthleticsGeraldine Nolan, Padraig McKinney, Ita Gallagher and Jerry Kiernan.HockeyKim Daly, who teaches in Scoil Ide Corbally, is a former Irish youth hockey player and currently plays with Catholic institute.CyclingPhilip Howard, cycling the Tour d’Afrique, a 12,000km trip from Eygpt to Capetown in aid of Pieta House teaches in St Pauls CBS in Dublin. Paul Curtin is another Dublin-based teacher with a passion for cycling. He is riding from Malin Head to Mizen Head this year in a charitable, fundraising endeavour.Philip Howard: Cycling the long-haul for a good cause. (Credit: I.N.T.O)SoccerPeter White of Waterford United played with Limerick FC whilst studying to become a teacher. Claudia Hudner is an Ireland youth international.SailingKatie Tingle represented Ireland in a range of international sailing events.Ultra-marathonGalway teacher Gary Thornton recently won the North Pole Marathon. He outdid the other 45 competitors by finishing the 42.195km (26.2 miles) course in a time of 3:49:29.*Are there any sporting primary teachers we have missed?A salute to the greatest gardaí in Irish sportA tip of the hat to the greatest farmers in Irish sportlast_img read more

Reilly It would be unsafe to close Navans Emergency Department right now

first_imgIf there is proven capacity in the system, there will be changes to Navan Accident and Emergency Department in the best medical interests of patients from the area.“It is not feasible for this to take place in the short term,” he added.If the emergency department was downgraded, seriously ill or injured patients would instead have to travel to Drogheda.Overcrowding at this hospital has been branded a “national scandal” by local TDs.Read: INMO say proposals ‘seriously compromise patient safety’. ‘Scaremongering’ says James Reilly >More: ‘Nobody hurt or afraid’ as man throws bottle of cola at Health Minister > THE HEALTH MINISTER has said the emergency department at Navan General Hospital will be downgraded only if another hospital can handle the the number of patients who would be affected.As many as 8,000 people turned out to protest against the closure of the emergency department at the weekend.Locals are calling for full services to be kept in the newly-built Accident and Emergency Department at Navan’s Our Lady’s Hospital.While Minister James Reilly did not call for a reversal of plans to downgrade the department to a local injuries unit, he said he would “not stand over any change to Navan Hospital Accident and Emergency Department while there is not enough capacity elsewhere in the system to safely accommodate the patients that are treated there”.last_img read more

Roy Keane on shortlist of five to 10 candidates for managers job

first_imgWatch the video interview here But Peter Lawwell said this morning that Keane is just one of a number of potential new managers the Scottish champions are looking at.“We are looking at a number of exceptional candidates and we’re going through a process. Hopefully it won’t take too long but I’m sure you’ll understnad there’s not too much more we can say,” he told STVsport. “Clearly we want to do it as soon as we possibly can but these things you can’t put a time on it you ust have to do your work properly and hopefully we’ll get it done as soon as we can. Source: Jeff Holmes“As soon as we do that we will let our supporters know. You don’t want to get it wrong by going too fast, you need to take your time and make sure you get the right guy.”Asked what makes Keane an ideal candidate, Lawwell said: “Well Roy’s played here, he’s a Celtic supporter, he’s a first-class guy like the others, there’s a lot of great candidates and we’ll just wait and see.”Ireland forward Andy Keogh signs for Glory in A-LeagueO’Neill denies Keane was being nudged towards Ireland exit as Celtic consider swoop ROY KEANE IS on a shortlist of up to 10 candidates for the Celtic job, according to the club’s chief executive.Roy Keane was thought to be on the brink of leaving his position as Ireland assistant manager to succeed Neil Lennon.Martin O’Neill took yesterday’s Lansdowne Road press conference in Keane’s place when bookies made the Corkman the favourite for the Parkhead job.The Ireland manager admitted that Dermot Desmond had contacted him to enquire about Keane’s availability.last_img read more

New abortion guidelines spark condemnation on all sides

first_imgPOLITICIANS AND ACTIVISTS have reacted strongly to new guidelines on how and when abortions may be performed under the 2013 Protection of Life Under Pregnancy Act.The Department of Health had distributed the advice to clinicians potentially involved in certifying the termination of a pregnancy, but TDs and campaigners on both sides of the abortion debate have been strongly critical.Independent TD Mattie McGrath has condemned the guidelines as amounting to a “butcher’s charter”, and claimed that the government parties were “deliberately providing for the legal ending of a child’s life days from birth.”The guidelines have been circulating among health professionals such as psychiatrists, obstetricians and GPs, and set out the terms under which a woman may have a termination certified.The Irish Times reported on Thursday that the legislation requires:that a woman’s life be in real danger, either for physical reasons, or due to suicidal intentionsthat only an abortion could avoid that riskthat supervising clinicians had properly considered “the need to preserve unborn human life where practicable.”Socialist Party TD Ruth Coppinger said such requirements would force women to “run a gauntlet of doctors and bureaucracy to access an abortion.”“The idea that suicidal women would be left waiting for referrals etc. is totally unacceptable when the time sensitivity of the decision to terminate a pregnancy…is taken into account,” she added.The guidelines also state that where a psychiatrist, having met with a pregnant woman, is of the view that she is suicidal and only a termination will avoid her suicide, the psychiatrist will certify that conclusion.If a second psychiatrist agrees that a woman’s suicidal intentions pose a risk to her life, her case will be forwarded to an obstetrician/gynaecologist for the termination to take place.Pro-life Campaign Deputy Chairperson Cora Sherlock condemned this section of the guidelines, claiming they would allow two “like-minded psychiatrists” to “sign the life of an unborn baby away.”This could be done, Sherlock claimed, “without a shred of medical evidence that it would help save the life of the mother.”According to the guidelines, however, the legislation – which came into force on 1 January – would not force health professionals with a “conscientious objection” to take part in a termination.This allowance risked being abused by doctors, according to Coppinger, and contributed to what she called the “narrowness” of the legislation.The “conscientious objection” dispensation would not apply, however, where the risk to the life of a pregnant woman was deemed to be “immediate.”More than 3,500 women from Ireland travelled to the UK for abortions last year>Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act to come into force on 1 January>last_img read more

Cork garda station evacuated as man brings in pipe bomb in a

first_imgUpdated 3.51 pmA GARDA STATION in Cork City has reopened following an earlier evacuation when a member of the public brought in a suspect device believed to be a pipe bomb.The man is understood to have found the pipe bomb close to his home and decided to bring it to nearby Togher Garda Station at about 10am this morning.There are numerous reports that the man wheeled the device into the station inside a pram.Gardai called the Defence Forces’ Explosive Ordnance Team who removed the device for examination.A cordon that was placed around the building was lifted and the station is operating as normal.Originally posted 1:00pm.Read: Bomb scare in Dublin suburb deemed a hoax >last_img read more

Apple Mac App Store Launching December 13 Rumor

first_imgSteve Jobs wants to launch that Mac App Store soon. Really, really soon. How soon? Like yesterday soon. Apparently Apple’s head honcho had hoped to have the new store launched by now, having told developers to have their app ready by now. “That obviously didn’t happen, ” writes Apple Tell, “but Apple appears to be way ahead of schedule on the Mac App Store nonetheless, and looks to take advantage of the Christmas rush.”AdChoices广告An “inside source” told the site that the company is now looking to launch the service a week from today, hitting that ever-precious holiday buying rush, making the purchase of a shiny new Mac all the sweeter. Jobs first announced the new store back in October, giving the company 90 days to launch the service, making the deadline late January. Apple is also said to be holding a press conference in the coming weeks to discuss publication distribution for the iPad (including a rumored appearance by Rupert Murdoch). Perhaps the company is looking to combine both announcements into a single event.last_img read more

Panasonics newest Lumix selling out in Japan thanks to incamera makeup software

first_imgAt first blush, there’s not really a lot to recommend the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77. It’s a fairly standard point-and-shoot. Specs-wise, we’re looking at 12.1 megapixels, 5x optical zoom, ISO up to 1600 (with only 800 useable, at best), etc. It doesn’t even look special. So why is Japan going absolutely bonkers over this camera?Two words: teenage narcissism. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77 may look just like any other generic point and shoot, but it has some very special onboard software by way of special modes that allow you to virtually airbrush your skin. Targeting the DMC-FX77 at girls, the latest Lumix has smart software that can airbrush pictures in-camera to remove wrinkles, whiten teeth and even apply make-up like blush and lipstick. Take a picture of your girlfriend and there’s no need to load up Photoshop later: you can turn her into a super model just with a couple of toggles.“According to data we’ve acquired, around 50 percent of our digital camera clients are not satisfied with the way their faces look in a photograph,” said Panasonic project manager Akiko Enoki. “So we came up with the idea so our clients can fix parts they don’t like about their faces after they’ve taken the picture.”This is just genius. While we geeks tend to make a big deal about the hardware, the secret fact of the matter is that it’s software that sells digicams, and Panasonic seems to have just stumbled upon the holy grail of software features: buy our camera, and we’ll actually make you look as beautiful as the girls you see in the magazines.Panasonic’s going to sell a million of these. I doubt they’ll have an exclusive on this software technology for long, though: it’s only a matter of months before a feature that sells this amount of cameras becomes ubiquitous everywhere.Read more at Yahoolast_img read more

Illinois Senator to introduce Internet sales tax bill

first_imgIn a time where some states are struggling with deficits leading to budget cuts and tax increases, there seems to be momentum around the notion of addressing the last frontier when it comes to retail taxes. Of course, by the last frontier I mean collecting sales tax on online purchases such as those from Amazon and bill called the Main Street Fairness Act, sponsored by Rep. Bill Delahunt, was introduced in the House in July of last year. The bill would allow states who are members of the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement to collect state taxes for online sales. The agreement is an attempt to simplify tax collection and administration in an effort to make the ability for online merchants to collect state taxes more realistic.CNet is now reporting that the House bill may be getting some assistance in the Senate thanks to Dick Durbin, a senator from Illionis. Durbin plans to introduce a bill by the same name as the House bill soon after Tax Day. It’s not surprising a Senator from Illinois would be introducing such legislation. In March, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed the state’s Main Street Fairness Bill which would require any online retailer with affiliates in the state to collect state sales tax for remote purchases. As a result of the new Illinois law, Amazon killed its affiliate program in the state.If the Main Street Fairness Act makes it to the President’s desk and is signed into law, online retailers like Amazon wouldn’t be able to avoid the collection of state taxes by simply killing affiliate programs. The bill would make tax collection for those states who are part of the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement the law of the land.Read more at CNetlast_img read more

HTC to focus on making a few awesome devices in 2012

first_imgIn the recent past, Android hardware manufacturers have been belching out new phones and tablets faster than Apple (who offers up one new phone a year with great success) pushes patches for iOS to end users. HTC is certainly guilty of this particular infraction. With almost 20 phones currently on the market (as well as a handful of tablets), they’re as stark a contrast to the Apple strategy as you’re likely to find.That’s going to change in 2012, it would seem. At the company’s year-end dinner, ever-vocal CEO Peter Chou said that it’s time for HTC to take a good, hard look at its approach to the mobile market. Chou went so far as to say the launches of the iPhone and Galaxy S2 were like “nuclear weapons” dropping on the gadget landscape. HTC’s not going to back down from a good fight, of course, so Chou is pushing his crew to narrow its focus. They’ll offer fewer tablets and zero in on producing high-end hardware that offers consumers “something special,” according to Phil Roberson, HTC’s UK chief. We’ve already seen some of HTC’s upcoming phones leaked. The quad-core 2.5GHz Zeta looks like an absolute beast, and the diminutive Primo should bring high-end Beats Audio to users at a very reasonable price. There should be some additional models on display come MWC2012 — and it’ll be very interesting to see just how many HTC brings to the show.One of the big reasons HTC has re-evaluated its strategy is a big slide in income during the fourth fiscal quarter of 2011. The company posted $324 million, which was a drop of 26%. Perhaps giving consumers a handful of mind-blowing, attractive devices instead of tossing dozens of models of varying specs at them will get HTC back on track this year.More at The Next Weblast_img read more