Heres What Happened Today Friday

first_img Share1 Tweet Email1 A mhuintir na hÉireann! J an chraic? Cloisim go bhfuil mo chailín @michellevisage ag déanamh thar cinn ar @GotTalentIRL Is léir go bhfuil sibhse, na banríonacha, deadlaí agus maightí freisin, ach b’fhearr daoibh an obair a chur isteach nó is ag sashayáil away a bheidh sibh!— RuPaul (@RuPaul) February 16, 2018 Here’s What Happened Today: Friday Government launches Ireland 2040 plan, Joanne Lee murder and Russians indicted over US meddling. Source: RuPaul/Twitter Ahead of this weekend’s episode of Ireland’s Got Talent, US TV personality RuPaul tweeted in Irish to “mo chailín Michelle Visage”. We really want to know the story behind this one. No Comments Friday 16 Feb 2018, 9:20 PM NEED TO CATCH up? brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Claire Byrne arrives at the High Court as part of a High Court defamation action by former Sinn Féin councillor Nicky Kehoe. Source: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ieThe government’s Ireland 2040 capital expenditure plan was launched to much fanfare in Sligo. Here are the main points.As part of the plan, the government pledged to double current housing output over the next 10 years.A murder investigation was launched into the death of Joanne Lee, whose body was found in Ranelagh yesterday.One of the four men facing charges arising from the alleged rape of a woman in Paddy’s Jackson’s Belfast home told police she was “staring at and fixated on” the rugby player.Four men were arrested after man was stabbed in Portarlington, Co. Laois.The country’s first supervised drug injecting centre will be operated by the Merchants Quay Project in Dublin.A body found on a Welsh beach in November was confirmed as missing 71-year-old  Irishman Brendan Burke.A man in his early 20s died following a workplace incident in a Kildare meat-processing plant.WORLDcenter_img Mourners leave the funeral of Meadow Pollack, one of the victims of of Wednesday’s school shooting in Florida. Source: Gerald Herbert/PA Images#SCHOOL SHOOTING: Teenager Nikolas Cruz confessed to gunning down 17 people at his former high school in Florida. It also emerged that the FBI had previously received a tip-off about the 19-year-old gunman.#MEDDLING: US Special Counsel Robert Mueller has announced the indictments of 13 Russian nationals and three companies for alleged interference in the 2016 election.#MEDICINE: The first scientific case study has been published describing how a US transgender woman was able to breastfeed her adopted infant by taking hormones that induce lactation.PARTING SHOT Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 20,930 Views By Rónán Duffy Get our daily news round up: Feb 16th 2018, 9:20 PM Short URLlast_img read more

Pictures How 23 students brought the Jungle Book to life for the

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share828 Tweet Email4 By Sean Murray Saturday 3 Dec 2016, 7:15 AM Source: IADT“We had to design everything from scratch,” he said. “After coming up with the designs, we’re after spending seven to eight weeks building it all. Once we were finished up, we had to move everything over to RTÉ for rehearsals this week.” Source: IADTFox added that the hard work was not over until the curtain rolled on this year’s Toy Show, as several students performed at the show as well. Source: IADT“We’re all very excited. I grew up watching the Toy Show, so it’s a bit of a childhood dream being here at it tonight,” he said.Read: Ryan Tubridy welcomes TV3′s ‘teaser’ Toy Show ahead of tonight’s Late LateRead: Pictures: This imposing photo of Dublin’s Custom House has won the top Irish prize in a major competition Dec 3rd 2016, 7:15 AM center_img Pictures: How 23 students brought the Jungle Book to life for the Toy Show this year Students at IADT spent 10 weeks bringing the designs to life in time for the Toy Show. BROUGHT SO VIVIDLY to life during the Late Late Toy Show last night, some of the incredible costumes and animals seen were the result of over 10 weeks of hard work from 23 students at the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology. Source: IADTThe students were able to create a 3 metre high elephant, two baby elephants, two mobile jungle trees, a 15 metre long flexible snake, and wearable tiger and panther costumes. Source: IADTAidan Fox, a 2nd year student in IADT, told that he and his colleagues were given the task to create the designs in September. 4 Comments 16,446 Views Short URLlast_img read more

Footage emerges of Harrison Fords piloting near miss at California airport

first_img 35,368 Views By Associated Press Feb 22nd 2017, 4:37 PM Footage emerges of Harrison Ford’s piloting near miss at California airport Ford narrowly missed the American Airlines plane at John Wayne Airport in southern California. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share45 Tweet Email Short URL 49 Comments Source: Associated Press/YouTubeVIDEO RELEASED TODAY shows a plane piloted by Harrison Ford suddenly and mistakenly flying low over an airliner with 110 people aboard at a southern California airport.The 45 seconds of soundless video show the 74-year-old “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones” star’s potentially serious mishap at John Wayne Airport in Orange County.In it, an American Airlines 737 is taxiing slowly.Then Ford’s yellow, single-engine Aviat Husky suddenly zooms in from the right of the frame, flying low over the airliner and casting its shadow down the middle of the bigger plane before landing on the taxiway.Ford was supposed to have landed on a runway that runs parallel to the taxiway.“Was that airliner meant to be underneath me?” Ford asks in previously released sound from the air traffic control tower.But for the airliner, the taxiway and runway are both wide-open and apparently unmistakable.The video then shows the same landing from the back, giving more time to the approach of Ford’s plane, but the flyover itself is barely visible.No reason has been given for why Ford made the mistake, and his publicist has not replied to requests for comment.The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident.American Airlines Flight 1456, with 110 passengers and six crew members aboard, departed safely for Dallas a few minutes later.Ford collects vintage planes and has a long and good record as an aviator.But he has had several close-calls and a serious accident in March 2015 when he was injured in his World War II-era trainer as it crashed on a Los Angeles golf course.Read: “Was that airliner meant to be underneath me?” – Harrison Ford in piloting near-missRead: Film company fined €1.75 million over Star Wars accident which broke Harrison Ford’s leg Wednesday 22 Feb 2017, 4:37 PMlast_img read more

Springsteen tribute act pulls out of Trump inauguration gala out of respect

first_img By Paul Hosford 22,089 Views A BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN tribute act has pulled out of a ball at this week’s inauguration of Donald Trump ‘out of respect for Bruce’.The B-Street Band were slated to play the New Jersey Ball honouring the man Springsteen called a “flagrant, toxic narcissist”, prompting anger from many fans of The Boss.Singer Will Forte told Rolling Stone that playing the event wasn’t a political decision.“We’re hired to do things and we don’t look at what the repercussions are of playing an event at all. Jan 16th 2017, 7:56 PM Share70 Tweet Email1 It’s really just a New Jersey party and that’s how we look at this event.“We never, ever thought this would happen four years ago. The way it’s portrayed in the media is that Trump hired us for the inauguration. I don’t have any dealings with Trump at all! It’s just a New Jersey gala.”Tonight, however, the group contacted Springsteen fansite Backstreets to say they would not be playing the gala.“With deepest apologies to our fans and the New Jersey Inaugural Ball committee, the B Street Band is withdrawing from performing at this year’s inauguration Gala.Our decision is based SOLELY on the respect and gratitude we have for Bruce and the E Street Band.“Bruce’s music has been the foundation of our livelihood. The B Street Band would not exist without the talents of Bruce and our E Street brothers.“We are most grateful to these rock legends and look forward to many more years of emulating and performing the Forever Music, of Bruce Springsteen.”The band were booked to play the gig after playing the 2009 and 2013 galas.On Saturday, Broadway star Jennifer Holliday pulled out of performing a concert in Trump’s honour ahead of Friday’s inauguration.Read: This ad for Ireland will be shown to 255 million Americans Image: AP/Press Association Imagescenter_img 94 Comments Image: AP/Press Association Images Short URL Monday 16 Jan 2017, 7:56 PM Springsteen tribute act pulls out of Trump inauguration gala ‘out of respect for Bruce’ The band were booked to play the gig after playing the 2009 and 2013 galas. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

This ad for Ireland will be shown to 255 million Americans

first_img 82 Comments Jan 16th 2017, 9:10 PM Monday 16 Jan 2017, 9:10 PM Share323 Tweet Email8 94,683 Views By Paul Hosford This ad for Ireland will be shown to 255 million Americans There are cows on the road, of course. Source: Discover Ireland/YouTubeTOURISM IRELAND HAS launched a new ad campaign aimed at attracting American holidaymakers.The campaign will run on TV channels around the States, reaching an estimated 255 million Americans. It will run on a host of channels including the History channel, Food Network, Discovery Channel, National Geographic and BBC America.The campaign will run for four weeks in tandem with social activity and an extensive online advertising campaign, designed to stimulate spring and summer travel.In 2016, we welcomed around 1.6 million American and Canadian visitors to the island of Ireland (up 13% on 2015), delivering revenue of €1.4 billion for the economy.Tourism Ireland is targeting growth of 6% in visitors from North America to Ireland this year. They say this is achievable because of a number of factors, including: more airline seats between the US and Ireland, more flights, and a strong dollar.Alison Metcalfe of Tourism Ireland said the ad is the beginning of a year’s worth of advertising aimed at promoting the island.Read: Snap election for Northern Ireland to be held on 2 March Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Therell be no more free spuds in Supervalu as farmers get their

first_imgThere’ll be no more free spuds in Supervalu as farmers get their way The IFA said it would meet again with SuperValu to “express farmers’ anger” in the near future. 43 Comments Share164 Tweet Email1 We will be meeting with the retailer again in the near future to express farmers’ anger at this type of promotion. Image: Brian Lawless PA Archive/PA Images In response, SuperValu reiterated earlier comments it made regarding this promotion, and said it was committed to working with the IFA.They said in a statement: “The promotional offer in question was agreed and welcomed by our suppliers and was funded by SuperValu.We are committed to working with our suppliers to build long-term, sustainable partnerships and will continue to engage constructively with the IFA.Last week, farmers expressed their fury at the promotion giving away a free 850g pack of carrots and a 2kg bag of rooster potatoes, accusing SuperValu of acting “unethically” and saying “this sort of stunt is a race to the bottom”.They added that farmers would “bear the brunt of this type” of price promotion. Feb 3rd 2017, 10:40 AM At the time, SuperValu emphasised that it had funded the entire cost of the promotion, and that it had “been planned and agreed in consultation with [their] suppliers”.Read: Farmers furious at SuperValu ‘stunt’ which gives away free carrots and potatoes Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article center_img Friday 3 Feb 2017, 10:40 AM Short URL Source: SuperValu Ireland/Twitter Image: Brian Lawless PA Archive/PA Images Buy Half Price Round Roast & Get SuperValu Rooster Potato 2kg & SuperValu Carrots 850g bag FREE! Available until 28/01 while stocks last.— SuperValu Ireland (@SuperValuIRL) January 26, 2017 THE PROMOTIONAL OFFER that saw SuperValu customers receiving free vegetables when they bought roast beef will stop running from Sunday, after discussions between the retailer and the Irish Farmers Association (IFA).A free vegetable promotion caused consternation among farmers last week, who sought an urgent meeting with SuperValu to address these concerns.This week, farmers were again unhappy with a promotion that offered free onions and mushrooms to customers.The IFA said that the retailer had informed them of the suspension of the current promotional programme, following their discussions.IFA President Joe Healy said: “Following representations made by the IFA to SuperValu, the retailer has decided not to extend the current promotional programme beyond tomorrow, February 4th. 24,558 Views By Sean Murraylast_img read more

Ryanair is putting €15m into Trinity Colleges new professor of entrepreneurship

first_imgRyanair is putting €1.5m into Trinity College’s new ‘professor of entrepreneurship’ The donation comes as Ireland’s top business schools are planning major expansions. Saturday 29 Apr 2017, 8:15 PM BUDGET AIRLINE RYANAIR is pumping €1.5 million into Trinity College Dublin’s business school to fund the university’s new professor of entrepreneurship.Trinity is looking for a ‘renowned researcher’ to take up the professorship role from September of this year.The individual will be responsible for producing research on entrepreneurship as well as lecturing students at undergraduate and postgraduate level.The recruit will also be tasked with developing Trinity Business School’s ‘executive education’ programme, a suite of degrees aimed at people already working in business or management roles.The €1.5 million comes from Ryanair’s charity foundation, and the funding will be spread out over five years.The carrier’s chief financial officer, Neil Sorahan, said the new professor will “ensure that the next generation of  business leaders are equipped with the knowledge and skills required to foster future success”.Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary is a graduate of the college’s business, economic and social studies (BESS) course – previously known as the BES course. Ryanair CFO Neil Sorahan (centre) Source: Mark StedmanBusiness educationThe news comes at a time when universities and colleges around Ireland are pumping tens of millions into their business schools.Trinity Business School is investing €80 million into a new six-storey building on the Pearse Street of its campus. It is expected to open in 2018 and will feature a 600-seat auditorium, 140-seat lecture hall, student apartments and a large cafe.Last year, UCD’s College of Business announced that it was spending €65 million over the next five years in a bid to push itself up the Financial Times’ top-50 business schools rankings.Those funds are being used to expand the college’s faculty and develop new buildings. A portion of it has been earmarked for scholarships to attract “the very best students from Ireland and overseas”.Meanwhile, earlier this year Fora revealed that University College Cork (UCC) would be spending €100 million on a major expansion of its business school.UCC received permission to turn the historic former Cork Savings Bank into the premises for its expanded business school. It plans to bring in more than 1,000 additional business students to the facility in the next few years.Sign up to our newsletter to receive a regular digest of Fora’s top articles delivered to your inbox.Written by Conor McMahon and posted on 15,443 Views Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Jan Woitas/DPA/PA Imagescenter_img By Fora Staff Image: Jan Woitas/DPA/PA Images Share Tweet Email7 14 Comments Short URL Apr 29th 2017, 8:15 PM Take me to Foralast_img read more

Costing €15 million and stretching 46km Irelands longest offroad walkway opens today

first_img Mar 25th 2017, 2:05 PM Saturday 25 Mar 2017, 2:05 PM Image: Patrick Browne Costing €15 million and stretching 46km, Ireland’s longest off-road walkway opens today Simon Coveney was due to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Waterford Greenway. 72,404 Views Source: Waterford Greenway/Twitter By Sean Murray 58 Comments IRELAND’S LONGEST OFF-road walking and cycling experience has arrived, with Waterford Greenway officially opening today on a glorious day of sunshine in the county.Up to 10,000 people attended the official opening ceremony today, which saw a choir of over 60 school children perform, while the Naval Service Reserve marked the occasion by setting off a series of parachute flares.The project cost €15 million and stretches 46km from Waterford City to Dungarvan, along the former Great Southern and Western Railway Line.Developed by Waterford City and County Council, along with local property owners and communities, the Waterford Greenway project received funding from the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.The route features 11 bridges, three viaducts and a 400 metre tunnel. It takes in Waterford City, Mount Congreve, Kilmeaden, Kilmacthomas, Shanacool, Scartore and Dungarvan. Source: Mary Roche 💫/Twitter Peach of a day for the opening of the #WaterfordGreenway Glorious sunshine #positive #Waterford #Ireland— Mary Roche🌍♻️🇮🇪 (@maryroche) March 25, 2017 The #WaterfordGreenway is now being blessed. #BeautifulJourney— Waterford Greenway (@WaterfordGrnWay) March 25, 2017 You can find more information on the Waterford Greenway here.Read: Ireland’s longest rope bridge is opening in KerryRead: With no convention centre, Cork is losing out on millions from large-scale events Image: Patrick Browne Share4506 Tweet Email14 Short URL Minister Simon Coveney attended the official opening at the old Kilmacthomas Station House – which stands at the halfway mark of the path.Waterford Greenway will now form part of Fáilte Ireland’s Ancient East experience, and will also feature in the Atlantic Coast Route of European cycling network EuroVelo, and will offer a new landmark to attract visitors to the region.Mayor of Waterford, Councillor Adam Wyse said: “It is fitting that the Waterford Greenway officially opens on 25 March, exactly 50 years after the last passenger train travelled along the old railway between Dungarvan and Waterford.”Sport Ireland chief executive, and Olympic silver medallist, John Treacy said: “Having a world-class facility like the Greenway, with its beautiful vista and fantastic amenities, will encourage and provide opportunities to people of all ages, the length and breadth of Waterford, to get out and get active”. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Brendan Rodgers to be named new Leicester boss

first_img Brendan Rodgers to be named new Leicester boss Celtic have granted the Northern Irishman permission to speak to the Premier League side. Brendan Rodgers: poised to return to the Premier League. Image: Graham Stuart Feb 26th 2019, 9:08 AM Share37 Tweet Email1 BRENDAN RODGERS HAS taken a significant step closer to a return to managing in the Premier League as Celtic “very reluctantly” granted him permission to talk to Leicester City.The 46-year-old Northern Irishman — who has not coached a Premier League team since being sacked by Liverpool in October 2015 — is in talks about filling the vacancy left by Claude Puel, who was sacked on Sunday.Rodgers, who came agonisingly close to landing an elusive Premier League title for Liverpool in the 2013/14 season, has rebuilt his reputation in Scotland guiding Celtic to an historic double treble in two seasons and are on course for a third one this term.However, not even the lure of that — and getting the better of Rangers manager Steven Gerrard who played under him at Liverpool — has been enough to deter him from meeting with the Leicester hierarchy.“Celtic Football Club today confirmed that it has been approached by Leicester City FC to speak to Brendan Rodgers with regards to their current managerial vacancy,” read a Celtic statement on their website.“Brendan has indicated to the Club that this is an opportunity he wishes to investigate further and therefore, very reluctantly, the Club has granted him permission to speak to Leicester City.”Neil Lennon is expected to take over at Parkhead until the end of the season, according to The Herald Scotland. John Kennedy, however, will likely be in the dugout for tomorrow night’s trip to face Hearts at Tynecastle.Kolo Toure and Rodgers’ assistant Chris Davies will also join the Foxes.Puel was dismissed by Leicester after 16 months in charge following Saturday’s 4-1 defeat by Crystal Palace.The 57-year-old Frenchman left the club 12th in the Premier League having lost five of their past six league games and just eight points above the relegation zone.He had been praised for his dignified leadership in the wake of the death of the popular owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four others in a helicopter crash outside the club’s King Power stadium in October.First-team coaches Mike Stowell and Adam Sadler were put in temporary charge. Leicester play Brighton at home in the Premier League on Tuesday.© – AFP, 2019   Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Tuesday 26 Feb 2019, 9:08 AM Subscribe 96 Comments Short URL Image: Graham Stuart Brendan Rodgers: poised to return to the Premier League. By AFP 34,671 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

My granddaughter saw this Brazilian president criticised for tweeting video of man

first_img Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro (file photo) Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro (file photo) Image: DPA/PA Images Image: DPA/PA Images Thursday 7 Mar 2019, 7:22 AM Short URL Share318 Tweet Email ‘My grand-daughter saw this’: Brazilian president criticised for tweeting video of man urinating at carnival The 40-second clip was reportedly filmed at the country’s famous Carnival festival.center_img Mar 7th 2019, 7:22 AM By Stephen McDermott 25 Comments BRAZILIAN PRESIDENT JAIR Bolsonaro has become embroiled in controversy after sharing footage of a man urinating to denounce the country’s Carnival festival.Bolsonaro, who has been criticised for his remarks against women and homosexuals, posted the footage of a man urinating on another man’s head to argue against what he sees as moral degeneracy in the country.In the 40-second clip, which Brazilian media said was filmed on Monday during the Carnival celebrations in Sao Paulo, three men are seen dancing on top of a bus stop.One of the men is skimpily dressed and with his buttocks visible, and engages in a lewd act while one of his companions urinates on his head as a crowd watches on.“I don’t feel comfortable showing it, but we have to expose the truth so the population can be aware and always set their priorities,” the president told his 3.4 million Twitter followers.“This is what many street carnival groups have become in Brazil.”The video quickly racked up 2.43 million views after the former army officer posted it, splitting opinions in an already divided population.Some denounced the president for using an isolated scene to attack the country’s popular Carnival, which has been used this year as a platform to protest against Bolsonaro’s intolerance towards minorities.Others argued that posting the footage was below the dignity of the president’s office, and had spread the video to a wider audience, including children.“Bolsonaro, my six-year-old granddaughter saw this scene on Twitter, just like millions of other kids whose parents follow you on Twitter,” said TV journalist Fabio Pannunzio.“I’d like to know how the president of the republic can explain to them what they have just seen,” he said.Bolsonaro was elected last year, in large part due to the support of the powerful Evangelical community, and promised to crack down on the corruption that has decimated the country’s political and business elite.But party-goers across the country have launched protests against the president during the first carnival under his administration, including a chanting crowd that formed outside his Rio home during street celebrations this week.With reporting from – © AFP 2019 22,671 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Top sponsors heap further pressure on embattled FAI

first_img Short URL Top sponsors heap further pressure on embattled FAI Three and New Balance have called on the FAI to adopt the recommendations of ongoing external reviews. Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO 63 Comments TWO OF THE FAI’s top sponsors have today heaped further pressure on the embattled Association by urging its Board to adopt whatever recommendations come from the ongoing reviews conducted by Grant Thornton and Mazars.Three, the primary sponsors of the Irish national team, say they expect all recommendations of the reports to be implemented by the FAI.In a statement released to The42, Three stressed their regard for corporate governance and their expectation that it is similarly important to the FAI. “As primary sponsor of the Irish national football team and all international squads, our focus is on promoting the game of football for fans and our customers right across the country.“Corporate governance is of upmost importance at Three and we expect the same from all partners we work with.“We note that the FAI has commissioned two reports to review recent matters and we expect all recommendations to be implemented.” Three have held a commercial partnership with the FAI since 2010, and in November 2015 they signed a deal worth €8.9 million to remain as the Irish football team’s primary sponsors until 2020. Elsewhere, kit supplier New Balance have called on the FAI to implement the reviews’ recommendations as soon as possible.“Regarding yesterday’s Oireachtas Committee meeting, we note with interest that the FAI has commissioned various reports to review recent financial and corporate governance matters and we urge the FAI to implement all recommendations as soon as possible.” SSE Airtricity, the title sponsors of the League of Ireland, told The42 they intend to discuss recent events with the FAI.“SSE Airtricity is a long-standing supporter of Irish football. We are in our tenth year as a sponsor, and we are proud of our role in helping to promote the sport at League and International level, which remains our focus.“As part of normal business activity, we discuss matters with the Football Association of Ireland at regular intervals.“We are monitoring current developments and will discuss these with the Association at our next meeting which will be scheduled in the coming weeks.Other FAI sponsors were unwilling to comment, with Aviva telling The42 that they could not comment on matters relating to the governance of the FAI.These sponsors’ statements follow a day after the FAI’s highly-criticised appearance before a Joint Oireachtas Committee on Sport, at which Executive-Vice President John Delaney was accused of “behaving disgracefully” by Sinn Féin TD Imelda Munster. Delaney cited legal advice in declining to answer questions related to the €100,000 loan and his time as CEO of the FAI, a role he left on Saturday, 23 March.Ruth Coppinger TD said that Delaney’s failure to answer all questions expected of him was akin to “Hamlet without the Prince”, while Robert Troy TD accused the FAI of being “evasive and non-committal” in response to certain questioning. Sponsorship income is extremely important to the FAI, and it accounted for €8.3 million of the FAI’s €49 million turnover in 2017. Sport Ireland, meanwhile, are reserving comment on the FAI for a second appearance before the Oireachtas Committee next Tuesday.It was announced on Tuesday afternoon that Sport Ireland had decided to withdraw State funding from the FAI for their failure to disclose the details of Delaney’s 2017 bridging loan, in contravention to Sport Ireland’s terms and conditions. – This article was updated at 19.39 to include a statement from SSE Airtricity.  Share121 Tweet Email Apr 11th 2019, 5:43 PM center_img 62,666 Views Thursday 11 Apr 2019, 8:00 PM John Delaney, the Executive Vice-President of the FAI. John Delaney, the Executive Vice-President of the FAI. Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Gavin Cooneylast_img read more

Explainer Why a former British minister is swearing on his childrens lives

first_imgExplainer: Why a former British minister is ‘swearing on his children’s lives’ over latest scandal Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has been fired over the latest scandal to rock the British government. By Sean Murray YESTERDAY, UK PRIME Minister Theresa May sacked a minister after a probe into the leak of confidential information.The information in question was that Britain had conditionally allowed China’s Huawei to develop the UK 5G network.The minister in question – Gavin Williamson – has strenuously denied leaking the news to a journalist.But, even in the midst of the ongoing Brexit crisis, this affair has blown up into another high profile, embarrassing headache for May and her government. Here’s how and why this latest scandal has rocked Britain’s bickering government.5GThe successor to previous iterations 3G and 4G, 5G is the latest in mobile technology that will offer faster speeds than its predecessors. In recent months, the development of this technology and conversations around it has become a geopolitical battleground.The infrastructure to make it possible isn’t ready in many areas yet and the US, in particular, is aiming to prevent Chinese firms such as Huawei stealing a march on these developments. In recent months, the US has made clear its deep suspicions that Huawei’s technology would offer the Chinese government the ability to monitor internet traffic on 5G, making it a security risk.It has warned that Huawei’s equipment could be manipulated by China’s government to spy on other countries and disrupt critical communications, and is urging nations to shun the company.Chinese law obliges companies headquartered in the country to provide technical assistance to intelligence services, but Huawei has strenuously denied allegations its equipment could be used for espionage.The US has gone as far as to warn other countries – including Ireland – of the dangers it says would be posed by allowing Huawei to construct a country’s 5G network.Officially, the UK had echoed these concerns with a government report recently highlighting “significant” risks identified in Huawei’s engineering process.LeakingHowever, the Daily Telegraph reported on Tuesday 23 April that Prime Minister May had given the go-ahead for Huawei to build a 5G network in the country – ignoring warnings from senior ministers and the US in the process.The paper’s report noted that May had agreed to allow Huawei to build “non-core” infrastructure such as antennas. File. May and other ministers at a Cabinet meeting Source: Danny LawsonThat decision from May was outlined at a meeting earlier that day of the UK’s National Security Council. Such meetings are only attended by senior ministers and security officials who first sign the Official Secrets Act that commits them to keep conversations private or risk prosecution.Given a report subsequently appeared in a national newspaper, a leak would have originated from an attendee at that meeting.British media reported that Cabinet Secretary Mark Sedwill – the country’s most senior civil servant – gave those present an ultimatum until that Thursday afternoon to deny responsibility for the leak.Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson was one of those who came forward to do so, calling the leak “completely unacceptable”. Leaks from within the UK government are nothing new, such as the constant drip feed during Brexit negotiations and May’s refusal to allow her ministers take their phones into key Cabinet meetings, but this one has had a massive fallout.That week, Sky News reported that the ongoing government inquiry into the source of the Telegraph story could become a formal criminal investigation.Britain’s already divided government had another scandal on its hands.‘Compelling evidence’Just a week after the information was leaked, the Prime Minister was confident she’d found the culprit.In a letter to Williamson yesterday advising him that he was sacked, May told him that the investigation “provides compelling evidence suggesting your responsibility for the unauthorised disclosure” from the meeting.“No other credible version of events to explain this leak has been identified,” May wrote.“This is an extremely serious matter and a deeply disappointing one,” she added, with Williamson now facing the possibility of a criminal probe.May told Williamson it was “vital” that members of the NSC were able to have “frank and detailed discussions in full confidence” that they would not be made public.She added that she was “concerned by the manner in which you have engaged with this investigation”, saying his conduct “has not been of the same standard” as other members of the NSC.For his part, Williamson was defiant and maintained he hadn’t been the source of the leak.In a letter responding to May, he said he was  ”sorry you felt recent leaks” originated from the defence ministry.“I strenuously deny that I was in any way involved in this leak and I am confident that a thorough and formal inquiry would have vindicated my position”.He revealed that May had given him the chance to resign, but turned it down as it would have been an acceptance of guilt.The Guardian reported that Williamson has acknowledged speaking to the Daily Telegraph’s Steven Swinford on the phone for 11 minutes on the day of the leak. However, he said that he didn’t reveal any details from the National Security Council meeting. He later told Sky News he’d been subject to a “witch hunt from the start” and the probe into the leak had taken place “in a kangaroo court with a summary execution”. He also said he swears on his life that he wasn’t involved in the leak. The former trusted May ally now finds himself back on the backbenches, and has been replaced by Penny Mordaunt. An official statement on the country’s commissioning of 5G infrastructure has not yet been forthcoming, but whatever happens in Brexit in the coming weeks could prove a useful distraction away from this latest scandal to affect the British government. 26,911 Views Thursday 2 May 2019, 11:36 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article May 2nd 2019, 11:36 AM center_img Short URL Image: Matt Dunham/PA Images 32 Comments Share18 Tweet Email1 Gavin Williamson arriving for a Cabinet meeting Image: Matt Dunham/PA Images Gavin Williamson arriving for a Cabinet meetinglast_img read more

Greek Australian to climb Everest

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek Australian mountain climber John Kazanas is preparing to take on the challenge of a lifetime.The 38 year old Melbournian is training to tackle Mt Everest, which at 8,848 metres is the tallest mountain in the world.This is not the first time that Mr Kazanas has come face to face with the Himalayas as he climbed on Mt Pumori at 6,900 meters in 2006.However that expedition had to be suspended as three members of the team had to be rescued.The Everest expedition will take place during the months of April and May this year and will include another seven climbers.Mr Kazanas and the rest of the team will approach Everest from the northern ridge which is considered safer.At the southern side, as Mr Kazanas points out often avalanches occur which have cost the lives of many climbers. When asked by Neos Kosmos if he is at all afraid he replied, “I’m afraid enough so I am cautious. I will not do anything to endanger myself. I want to climb on top of Everest and feel the outmost satisfaction and then to return home safely.”It will take 70 days to gradually acclimatise to the low oxygen levels of such high altitude – 1/3 of the oxygen at sea level. Mr Kazanas’ team will attempt toreach the summit by the end of May. The mission will cost approximately $40,000 but he underscores that “it’s worth the money and the trouble.” He further said pointedly, “Every person has to climb his or her own Everest. Mine is just one mountain top that happens to be the tallest in the world.” Mr Kazanas has been rock climbing since 2003 and among other feats he climbed Mt Cook, which is New Zealand’s highest mountain at 3745 metres. He encouraged people to visit his website ( to read about his training, trip and other background information. Upon his return he plans running a series of lectures and presentations.last_img read more

Dalton trial thrown out of court

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The former boyfriend of a woman allegedly murdered on Phillip Island has denied killing her.Disabled pensioner Sam Karamanis told the Supreme Court he did call Robyn Hall a “slut” after she admitted having sex with Paul Dalton but did not murder her.Mr Dalton has pleaded not guilty to murdering Ms Hall on December 19 2012 at his brother Matthew’s Cape Woolamai holiday house on Phillip Island.The case was thrown out of court after Justice Lex Lasry discharged the jury, saying that after “anxious consideration” he had decided there was no evidence to lawfully convict Mr Dalton.Justice Lasry believed Mr Dalton had no case to answer on either the murder charge or the lesser alternative charge of manslaughter.After his arrest, Mr Dalton told police he had argued with Ms Hall about telling their respective partners about their affair but he denied killing her.Source: The Agelast_img read more

Butting it out

first_imgMelbourne City Council is considering making outdoor dining smoke-free in the city, which will include the CBD, if the lord mayor’s proposal is approved. Melbourne is in fact the last Australian capital to introduce the ban, a city where 13.5 per cent of its population continue to light up, counting 4,000 smoking-related cancer deaths per year.“I reckon most smokers these days, if they’re in an area for outside dining, they won’t sit there and smoke, they’ll go and smoke somewhere else,” Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said. “I don’t think it’d be a great imposition.”Director Sarah White also agreed, stating that in areas where the ban was already in place, trade at cafes either improved or remained the same. “If you speak to families, they don’t want to take their children to sit outside at outdoor cafes, and have the children subject to smoke drifting over from the next tables, so I think it would be a huge benefit for our culture,” Ms White said.The opposition, supported by Greens’ health spokesperson Colleen Hartland, supports the immediate application of the ban. Ms Hartland finds the implementation of one council area at a time nonsensical, whilst health minister Jill Hennessy believes it’s vital to consult before imposing any new measure. “Maybe that’s the next step in ensuring we allow smokers to smoke, but making sure that when people are eating and enjoying themselves they are not interrupted by cigarette smoke,” Premier Daniel Andrews said.“I can tell you as somebody with three young kids, if we go out for breakfast we can’t really sit outside.”“One of our kids, our youngest kid Joseph, has asthma, so the outside area becomes the default smoking area and therefore a whole lot of families can’t enjoy that,” he added.Victoria may have been leading tobacco control measures internationally, however it still allows smoking in certain alleyways and outdoor drinking and dining areas, which isn’t actually urging people to quit. If the law is voted by six of 11 counsellors, smokers will have to put out their cigarettes around the Queen Victoria Market, the Hoddle grid, Lygon St, several parts of South Yarra, the Docklands, Kensington as well as East Melbourne. The law will come into effect this July for New South Wales, with South Australia to follow in July 2016. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Skevos labour of love

first_imgAn environmental sustainability plan implemented by the Sydney Opera House since 2010 came to fruition last month, with the iconic building scoring a four-star performance rating by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).Having worked in the construction and maintenance of the premises for more than four decades, Steve (Skevos) Tsoukalas has every reason to boast about his contribution to the achievement.“The news about the award made me feel proud, because this building is the joy of my life. People from all over the world come to see it and not a day goes by with less than 20,000 visitors,” says Mr Tsoukalas.The recognition came some years after it was given World Heritage site status by Unesco, making it one of the few such sites to be awarded green certification globally.“Innovation is part of the Sydney Opera House’s DNA. From the building’s original seawater cooling plant and chilled ceiling design in the drama theatre to its durable materials and self-cleaning tiles, the Opera House is inherently sustainable in its design,” building director Greg McTaggart told Neos Kosmos.“We want to ensure that the Opera House is recognised not only as one of the greatest buildings of the 20th century, but of centuries to come,” he said.From energy efficiency and waste management to environmentally-friendly transport options, and the enhancement of accessibility and community engagement, a wide spectrum of initiatives contributed to the building’s four-star rating.One factor that set the benchmark high was the eco-friendly method for cleaning its concrete with bicarbonate soda and bronze with olive oil.Both these ideas came from Tsoukalas, who was hired originally to work on the the Opera House’s construction, but who became so intimately attached to the building that he decided to stay after its completion. He is now its unofficial custodian.Kalymnos-born Tsoukalas came to Australia in 1964, the last of his five siblings to settle Down Under.He joined the Opera House workforce during the third stage of the construction in 1968, in the same year that he married. Ever since, a special bond grew between him and the building.“Eventually I fell in love with the Opera House; both ladies are stunningly beautiful, my wife and the building,” he says.“During the 47 years I’ve been working here, the same feeling of strong affection has remained and this is what motivates my strenuous efforts to care for its surface.”Situated on the water’s edge in Sydney Harbour, the Opera House is susceptible to pollution from sea salt and wind currents.Tsoukalas describes how he came up with solutions of olive oil and bicarbonate soda to treat the thousands of tons of bronze and concrete which make up the building.In order to gently scrape off the debris and grime from the concrete walls, he made an ointment with baking soda. “Following experiments I found that this homemade ‘remedy’ is harmless for me when I apply it, and at the same time it works perfectly well for removing the dirt of the building’s surface with minimum environmental impact,” he explains.As for the bronze, were it not for the use of olive oil, it would soon turn rusty and greenish because of atmospheric oxidation and long-term exposure to humidity.Tsoukalas says his source of inspiration for this alternative method was the practice of ancient Greek wrestlers to cover their bodies in oil. “I first applied some olive oil on a small part and the very next day the results were visible. The oil had penetrated the interior and made the dirt surface more easily. I gently rubbed it off and the bronze was clean again.”“When I showed it to Jan Utzon, son of the building’s architect Jørn, he gave me the green light and told me to use this technique on the entire bronze surface.” Tsoukalas sees the Opera House as a living organism and his connection to it as a reciprocal love affair.“It’s not just that I love the building, but I also receive recognition and appreciation for my work and devotion by other employees and the management.“I love the building as much as I love my wife,” he says.While he might typically start work at 6.30 am he arrives on the site at 5.00 am every day, spending his early morning hours walking around the premises to track down any damage that needs to be reported. He knows the building like the palm of his hand and this is something that doesn’t slip the tour guides’ attention.“I feel proud when the tour guides introduce me to people visiting from all over the world. They see me as a part of the living history of the Opera.”When it comes to the prospect of retirement, 70-year-old Tsoukalas gets emotional.“I reject the idea of retirement. I know when the time comes for me to leave, my health will be deteriorated.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Boston Orange lance son smartphone Android

first_imgBoston : Orange lance son smartphone AndroidFrance – Le marché des smartphones est juteux. Cela n’a pas échappé à Orange, qui a décidé de lancer à son tour son propre appareil, baptisé Boston. Si elle est déjà prévue dans plusieurs pays d’Europe, la sortie de cette nouveauté ne l’est en revanche pas encore en France.En 2009, plus de 174 millions de smartphones se sont vendus à travers le monde. Orange veut aussi sa part du gâteau et lance prochainement Boston, son premier appareil animé par Androïd. Il essaiera de concurrencer l’iPhone, LA référence dans ce domaine. À lire aussiFaceApp : l’application qui vous vieillit garde probablement vos données personnellesLes usagers de Boston pourront télécharger des applications sur la plate-forme d’Androïd. De plus, la firme française a fait appel au constructeur chinois Foxcon, qui avait déjà assemblé le produit phare d’Apple. Par ce biais, le coût de production passera à 120 euros, un prix plutôt avantageux lorsque l’on sait que les concurrents paient environ 250 euros l’unité. L’Espagne, le Royaume-Uni, la Roumanie et la Pologne devraient profiter en premier lieu du dernier né d’Orange, qui sera disponible au prix de un euro avec un forfait. La France, elle, devra encore attendre.Le 7 avril 2010 à 10:47 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Stockage de CO2 lAdeme investit 45 millions deuros dans la recherche

first_imgStockage de CO2 : l’Ademe investit 45 millions d’euros dans la rechercheFrance – Suite à l’appel lancé en 2008 concernant le captage et le stockage de CO2, quatre projets ont été financés par l’Ademe (Agence de l’environnement et de la maîtrise de l’énergie) à hauteur de 45 millions d’euros. Ils doivent permettre d’accélérer la mise au point de nouvelles technologies de captage et de stockage du CO2, l’une des filières prioritaires identifiées par le Grenelle Environnement pour la croissance verte et la lutte contre le changement climatique.Le captage et le stockage géologique du CO2 (CSC) est l’une des options envisagées pour réduire les émissions de ce gaz à effet de serre, en complément des politiques d’efficacité énergétique et du développement des énergies renouvelables. C’est également une filière industrielle stratégique de la croissance verte : le marché du CSC devrait en effet représenter une centaine de milliards d’euros entre 2020 et 2030.À lire aussiPrix Nobel de médecine 2018 : le traitement sur le cancer récompenséLe Fonds démonstrateur de Recherche, créé par le Grenelle Environnement et confié à l’Ademe, a pour objectif de soutenir les industriels français pour les positionner dès à présent sur le marché des technologies innovantes, tant du point de vue du captage (technologies de postcombustion, d’oxycombustion, etc) que du stockage du CO2 (stockage en gisements d’hydrocarbures déplétés ou dans des aquifères salins).Après un premier projet retenu en 2009 (Pil-Ansu), trois nouveaux projets ont récemment été instruits et sélectionnés pour recevoir un soutien du Fonds. Le premier, France Nord, est un projet de stockage en aquifère salin. Il doit démontrer et tester à une petite échelle la capacité des aquifères salins du nord de la France à stocker les émissions industrielles de CO2. Le second, Ulcos, est un projet de captage et de transport du CO2 par pipeline, focalisé sur les émissions dues à l’activité sidérurgique, particulièrement émettrice de gaz à effet de serre. Enfin, C2A2 est un projet de captage post-combustion par solvant à base d’amines.Les aides totales attribuées approchent les 45 millions d’euros, sur une durée de 6 à 8 ans. Ces projets, en plus de tester de nouvelles technologies de captage et de stockage, doivent également mesurer leur acceptabilité sociale et préparer le cadre réglementaire et les critères de sécurité qu’elles nécessiteront. Le 30 mai 2010 à 09:17 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

SolarEagle lavion qui vole 5 ans sans atterrir

first_imgSolarEagle, l’avion qui vole 5 ans sans atterrirUn avion espion sans pilote à énergie solaire, qui aura une capacité de vol de cinq ans, est en train d’être développé par Boeing, en partenariat avec l’armée américaine. La société aéronautique Boeing est en train de concevoir l’inimaginable. Le Daily Mail révèle en effet que l’entreprise américaine, dans le cadre d’un partenariat de 89 millions de Dollars avec le DARPA, l’agence chargée de la recherche avancée des projets de défense, va bientôt lancer un appareil hors du commun.  Un avion sans pilote, fonctionnant à l’énergie solaire, et ayant une autonomie de vol de 5 ans ! Le “SolarEagle”, développé par Phantom Works, la branche armement de la firme Boeing, servira d’avion espion pour l’armée américaine. Son premier vol d’essai est prévu aux environs de 2014. L’énergie solaire, emmagasinée le jour par des cellules solaires, servira à alimenter les hélices de l’appareil durant la nuit. “SolarEagle est unique, large avion sans pilote dessiné pour un vol stationnaire à des altitudes stratosphériques pendant au moins cinq ans”, explique Pat O’Neill, responsable du projet chez Phantom Works, qui développe également en ce moment un chasseur sans pilote dont le prototype volera à partir de 2011.Le 20 septembre 2010 à 18:52 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Petits flirts entre amis le premier jeu vidéo coquin fait polémique

first_img“Petits flirts entre amis” : le premier jeu vidéo coquin fait polémiqueLa firme française Ubisoft va sortir un jeu vidéo pour la console Wii qui vous propose de faire monter la température avec vos convives.Si vous ne savez pas encore comment vous y prendre pour rendre vos soirées un peu plus sexy, Ubisoft a une idée. Le développeur français, à qui on doit notamment la fameuse saga des Lapins Crétins, va lancer “Petits flirts entre amis”, le premier jeu vidéo à faire monter la température de vos salons. A l’aide de la manette de la console Wii de Nintendo, vous réaliserez un ensemble de défis coquins. “C’est un jeu étrange et sexy, à plusieurs, qui propose une grande variété de défis hilarants, physiques et parfois coquins. Plus vous invitez d’amis, plus la partie sera épicée. (…) Rapprochez-vous d’eux et devenez intimes grâce à une grande variété de jeux idiots et polissons”, lance ainsi le communiqué de presse d’Ubisoft qui vous encourage à “utiliser votre manette des manières les plus étonnantes, que vous n’auriez jamais imaginé”. À lire aussiCommandez votre GPS en auto avec une Nintendo DSUn jeu qui ne laisse pas vraiment indifférent sur le web. Certains sont même entrés en guerre contre le concept, notamment dans la puritaine Amérique. “Voilà un jeu Wii qui encourage un comportement totalement répréhensible. Si vous étiez à la recherche d’un moyen d’instiller malaise et vulgarité dans vos soirées, Ubisoft a ce qu’il vous faut. (…) Vous pourrez fesser et embrasser la manette et, hum, davantage, comme apparemment, partager une intense passion derrière le canapé alors que deux autres personnes regardent”, balance un journaliste de Joystiq, le blog jeux vidéo d’AOL. “Dans la vie réelle, heureusement, il est probable que vos amis partiront au moment où vous sortirez votre collection de jeux coquins. Le jeu étant une exclusivité européenne, les fêtards américains sont jusqu’ici en sécurité”, conclut-il soulagé. A noter que cette grivoiserie, si elle est le fruit d’une marque française, a été conçue dans les bureaux milanais d’Ubisoft. Découvrez la vidéo de promotion de “Petits flirts entre amis” sur Maxisciences.Le 28 février 2011 à 11:22 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more