first_imgIRELAND HAS RANKED first in the world in the ‘Good Country’ index, which measures how much a country contributes to the planet and to the human race.We were ranked against our peers in terms of education, science, war and peace, trade and culture, health and censorship and a number of other factors. The findings are part of a worldwide assessment undertaken by Simon Anholt, an independent policy advisor who helps governments develop and implement strategies for enhanced engagement with other countries.Ireland’s combined global contributions to science and technology, culture, international peace and security outranked all other 124 countries included in the rankings.Making the announcement that Ireland is the “goodest” country in the world, CEO of IDA Ireland, Barry O’Leary said the survey recognises Ireland’s open trading culture as well as the level of foreign direct investment that Ireland continues to enjoy.“Other factors that companies take into account when locating are also recognised here including each country’s “freedom of movement” and our ongoing population growth, which is providing companies with skilled graduates,” he said.The full survey can be seen here.Read: Guess where Ireland ranks in the world in terms of press freedom…>Read: Seven Irish universities make global top 200 in World Subject rankings>last_img read more

first_imgTHIS MIGHT BE the most metal thing that has ever happened.Doctors in Germany have given details today of a 50-year-old patient last year who developed bleeding in his brain after headbanging at a Motörhead gig.The report published in the Lancet describes how the man had two weeks of constant and worsening headaches affecting his whole head. He had no previous head trauma but four weeks before he had been at the Motörhead concert, headbanging along with his fellow metal fans.A cranial CT confirmed the man had a chronic subdural haematoma – bleeding in his brain – and surgeons removed a blood clot through a hole, draining it for six days after his surgery.Thankfully, his banging headache subsided and he was well again on his last examination two months later.The medical journal describes headbanging as “the violent and rhythmic movement of the head synchronous with rock music, most commonly heavy metal”. Although it is generally considered harmless, headbanging-related injuries include carotid artery dissection, whiplash, mediastinal emphysema, and odontoid neck fracture.This was the first reported case showing evidence that it can cause chronic bleeding in the brain.Dr Ariyan Pirayesh of the Hanover Medical School said this case “serves as evidence in support of Motörhead’s reputation as one of the most hardcore rock’n’roll acts on earth, if nothing else because of their music’s contagious speed drive and the hazardous potential for headbanging fans to suffer brain injury”.Read: Study finds old men’s sperm is just as good as young men’s>Read: Watching 3 hours of television every day doubles the risk that you’ll die young>last_img read more

first_imgThe world’s largest Internet population got a lot bigger in the past year, jumping 20,3 percent to 450 million–that’s more than a third of the country’s population of 1.3 billion.Of course, that massive number of users aren’t able to access the whole of the Internet. The Chinese government has been notoriously hard-lined in its censorship of those sites it deems a threat. In the past year, the government has shut down more than 60,000 sites and removed more than 350 million pieces of content deemed pornographic. A number of high profile America sites including Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube have been blocked as well. According to Chinese authorities, VoIP service Skype is next on the list.AdChoices广告last_img read more

first_imgMan, nobody tells me anything. Yesterday was apparently “Working Naked Day,” one of those modern makeshift holidays. Lisa Kanarek a “home office expert” designed the day to celebrate the freedom of working at home–us office workers weren’t encouraged to partake. We’ll save that for “National Workplace Sexual Harassment Day.”According to this here Fox Business story, people are actually participating in the thing. Craig Wolfe, the president of the otherwise exceeding businesslike CelebriDucks novelty company told the site, “To celebrate Working Naked, I am going to put on my wolf boxers–yes, I really have them–put on my Elvis tapes, and reminisce about all the fun working-at-home stories I have, such as negotiating my dual license with the NBA and Coca-Cola stark naked with shaving cream on my face one morning at home when they called and had me on a conference call.”Wolf boxers? I don’t know. Kind of seems like cheating, right? Surely there are enough spots on the calendar to also have a “Working in Your Wolf Boxers Day,” right?So now I’m kind of curious. Did any telecommuting Gearlog readers partake? Send me your stories–but please, no photos.last_img read more

first_imgMSI has confirmed the release of a new GPU called R6870 Hawk, however the bigger news is the cooling system that it will use. MSI has adopted the Twin Frozr III cooling solution for this new GPU. The company also claims that with the new cooling system, the R6870 Hawk will be the fastest GPU yet.The dual fans allow for more air flow to and from the GPU. MSI of course, is claiming that it was built with first class Military parts, a typical claim for most of their GPUs. The R6870 Hawk will have 930MHz core clockspeed, 1024MB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 4200MHz on a 256-bit bus. MSI has yet to release a price or a date.MSI sounds pretty confident in this new GPU, let’s hope that it can stand up to claims. I suspect that it will be pretty pricey. I do wonder if the Twin Frozr III will become a common cooling system option for GPUs.Via Hot Hardwarelast_img read more

first_imgAs internet comment spam gets worse, some sites are taking more extreme measures to battle it. The standard challenge has basically been replaced with distorted images of random characters obscured by all sorts of colors and shapes. That’s not enough for some sites though and, let’s face it, it does nothing to keep out people who aren’t mathematicians. The captcha above protects the Quantum Random Bit Generator Service over at spambots aren’t equipped to tackle problems like that, but neither are most people. So assuming it was designed to keep out both bots and those who aren’t mathematically inclined, it’s probably the ideal tool for the job.AdChoices广告Figure it out yet? Don’t worry, if you reload it gets a bit easier:That’s better, right? But just in case you missed it, you’ll get this gimme:Sigh… looks like it’s time to find another Quantum Random Bit Generator.QRBG via HNlast_img read more

first_imgYou know something is official when the mayor of New York City proclaims it a holiday. On April 14, mayor Mike Bloomberg deemed Saturday, April 16, 2011 as Foursquare Day (16 is 4 squared, get it?), New York’s first “social-media holiday.”Honestly, unless it becomes a national holiday which lets me stay home from work, I don’t really care that much about Foursquare Day. However, the check-in service has over 8 million users, so there’s probably a few people excited about the geeky holiday.The New York City-based company was started in 2009 by Dennis Crowley and Naveen Selvadurai. Foursquare users check in 35,000 times a day to various locations around the world. Foursquare users are dedicated to the check-in service, and, understandably, they want to celebrate.Foursquare Day isn’t just a name, there are actual events that correspond to it. The Foursquare Day blog lists a number of activities to do to celebrate 4/16. These include:Attend a Foursquare Day event in your neighborhood. You can check out a full list of events here.Check in at a local business. Many businesses are offering special Foursquare Day offers, so you may get a sweet deal on this holiday.Unlock the Foursquare Day badge. The site says unlocking it “remains a mystery,” and figuring out how to unlock it is “part of the fun of the day.” Good luck with that.At 4:16, celebrate by blowing a party horn, tweeting “Happy #4sqday! on Twitter, and doing various other crazy Foursquare-related things.Be a part of the global Foursquare Day video chat.The possibilities of Foursquare Day celebrations are endless, clearly. So, how will you be celebrating? Let us know in the comments below. I will most likely be searching for a nice piece of blacktop, and along with a piece of chalk and a red rubber ball, and will hopefully be playing  a real game of four square before the day is over.Read more at 4sqday.comlast_img read more

first_imgJuly 14 is Bastille Day, a national holiday in France that celebrates the beginning of the French Revolution. It’s also National Macaroni Day. Both those celebrations may fade into the background this year for some though, as July 14 is also the day that Apple will be releasing a new line of MacBook Airs with the brand new, yet-to-be-released Lion OS X.We expected the big launch would be July 19, but that was just a rumor, as is this one, so take what we’re about to tell you with a grain of salt. 9to5Mac reports that in addition to the MacBook Air refresh and introduction of Mac OS X 10.7, a new update to the Pro line will also be released. The evidence comes in the form of part numbers for the new products, which suggest a release for both models in the next few days.Back in June we learned that Quanta Computer, Apple’s manufacturing partner, was readying a shipment of 380,000 updated MacBook Air models. Judging by the part numbers, there will be four new MacBook Airs released on Thursday: two 11-inch models; two 13-inch models; and an option for a Built to Order model also exists. Both screen sizes also come in either entry level or upgraded configurations. Though there may not be many, if any, cosmetic changes, there will be some nice additions to the machines’ innards.As we’ve been hearing all along, the MacBook Air will have a zippy Sandy Bridge processor, as well as Apple’s Thunderbolt I/O technology. Another rumored addition is that the Air will adopt the mSATA connector, which allows a flash hard drive to be inserted right onto the motherboard and takes up very little space – something that’s important to the MacBook’s appearance and light-weight body. The memory is called “Toggle DDR 2.0” built on a 19nm process and can reach speeds of 400Mbps while using less power than previous drives. Basically, the new Airs will be much faster and more energy efficient.As for the MacBook Pros, we heard the professional-geared computers would be released at the end of July or the beginning of August, but after seeing the part numbers show up along with the Air’s, there’s cause to believe the Pros may launch on the same day. Unlike the Air’s unchanged body, the MacBook Pro is rumored to be getting a redesign that’s narrower and rack-mountable. It too will have the Thunderbolt I/O technology. A faster 16-core model for the Mac Pro is also floating around as a rumor.Lion will be made available via the Mac App Store for $29.99. The OS is said to be preinstalled on the new machines.More at 9to5Maclast_img read more

first_imgTo many people a bike ride is an escape to something simple, a human-powered mode of transportation without the complexity of an automobile. To others it’s the perfect marriage of man and machine and a playground for experimentation where high-tech materials can have a major impact on performance. Toyota, of all companies, commissioned a forward-looking bicycle recently and in addition to the standard assortment of carbon fiber and skinny bits of aluminum there is another cool detail. Not only can this super ride shift electronically (that’s old hat) it can connect with a neuron helmet so you can change gears with your mind.For the Prius Project bicycle, a team from Deep Local is working on a helmet with built-in neuron transmitters that allow the rider’s brain patterns to trigger the electronic shifters to move gears up or down. The system is said to take just 10 minutes to learn, after which the rider will be able to shift gears by just thinking about doing so.AdChoices广告The headset in the helmet (see below) looks to be an EEG that will be able to translate electrical patterns on the scalp into usable information and, with some interpretation, into gear changes. It’s a complex process but the technology should tighten the connection between bike and rider, cut down on response time when shifting, and won’t require any hand movement, which means gears can be changed at any time. Shifting gears isn’t a particularly demanding activity and today’s shifters are finely-tuned mechanisms, but this touch-free interaction is taking things from high-tech straight to sci-fi.What’s interesting about the futuristic nature of mind-shifting is that Deep Local is said to be using all off-the-shelf parts. That means that with the right know-how and time this could be repeatable or, if there was enough demand, sold. The neurotransmitters seems pretty crazy, but past that we see an iPhone controlling gear changing (when the helmet is not connected) and what looks to be an Arduino tying everything together.Most of us don’t, and won’t ever, need mind-controlled shifting for our bikes, but the technology is still staggeringly cool. Similar tools and techniques be applied to other simple human-machine interactions though, ones that we do more frequently than riding… perhaps shifting the gears or opening the windows on a Prius?More at Toyota and Prolly is not Probablylast_img read more

first_imgRIM was surely one of the most heavily criticized companies of 2011. If they weren’t being slammed for the underwhelming launch of the BlackBerry PlayBook, they were taking heat for the delay of their next-gen QNX phones, the lack of support for six-month-old phones by BlackBerry OS 7, and a slipping market share in the U.S. Even RIM’s corporate structure was a target. Who runs an influential high-tech firm with dual CEOs? RIM did, of course, with founding fathers Jim Balsillie and Mike Laziridis sharing the helm. With investor shouts for change growing louder over the recent quarters, RIM finally made the move this weekend. Taking the reigns is Thorsten Heins, a former Siemens exec who’s been with RIM since 2007. Heins is moving from his previous role as Chief Operating Officer of Software, Hardware, and Sales — yes, in addition to a pair of CEOs, RIM had one guy heading up three major divisions.In his introduction video, Heins covers all the sounding points you’d expect him to. He points to RIM’s past innovation, its enterprise customer base, and its ability to execute and says that all three will continue to be vitally important to the company — and that RIM needs to improve in all areas.When it comes to product development, Heins says that RIM has occasionally gotten so wrapped up in building an exciting, innovative product that they sometimes try to innovate while developing it. That can lead to launch delays and marketing issues, so Heins wants to make sure that RIM gets that all out of the way during the prototyping phase while he’s in charge. He also hasn’t ruled out licensing BlackBerry software to other handset makers — something that has been fuelling plenty of speculation in recent months.Although Heins is the new CEO, it’s important to note that Balsillie and Laziridis are both still members of the RIM board of directors with Laziridis becoming its vice chairman. Balsillie’s reduced role should give him plenty of time to take another stab at purchasing a financially underperforming NHL franchise.More at Wall Street Journallast_img read more

first_imgIt’s been just about a year since the most recent addition to the HTC Incredible family — the Incredible S — arrived in retail stores around the globe. Now it looks as though its replacement could be arriving any day now, especially with the Mobile World Congress 2012 just around the corner.The leaked handset above has yet to be official identified or announced, but the styling of the rear cover is certainly reminiscent of past Incredible phones. And while HTC hasn’t spilled the beans on this slim, frosty beauty, a phoneArena tipster has passed along a slew of photos — including a shot of its hardware information screen.Kicking things off is a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor paired with 1GB of RAM. That rear-facing camera packs an 8MP sensor, while its counterpart on the front offers VGA resolution for chat, mirror, and self-pic duties. Ice Cream Sandwich comes pre-loaded (no need to wait around for an OTA upgrade to be delivered) and LTE connectivity is built-in. That could make this new HTC a strong candidate for Verizon or AT&T in the U.S.Unlike a number of HTC’s other phones, this one utilizes an AMOLED display instead of an S-LCD one. As you’d expect from a phone bearing one of HTC’s more recognizable monikers, this latest addition offers top-notch music playback thanks to integrated Beats Audio tech.Whether or not this phone will hit the streets as the Incredible 3, or with a totally different name, ought to be clarified at the end of the month when HTC sets up shop in Barcelona. Hopefully we’ll also get a more complete look at its spec sheet.More at phoneArenalast_img read more

first_imgIf you own the original Asus Transformer and have been pulling your hair out for the last three months waiting for Ice Cream Sandwich to arrive, the company’s Facebook page has good news: the OTA update is finally starting to roll out.Back in December, Asus figured that ICS would be ready for the Transformer just shortly after the Transformer Prime update was green-lighted by Google. The date slipped a couple of times, and Asus just recently said that it would appear around the end of February or early March. Not as specific as you’d probably like, but at least it was something to shoot for.Over in Taiwan, the light at the end of the tunnel has just gotten a whole lot brighter. The ICS update has started to trickle down to Transformer owners there, and one excited commenter from Hong Kong has reported his OTA success as well. Other anxious Asus fans have chimed in to find out when other regions will be able to get in on the action, but Asus has remained silent so far. The short version: it won’t be much longer now that the bits have started flowing.The cause for the repeated delays, Asus had said, was in getting approval from Google. Now that Asus has gotten ICS wrapped up for its Transformers, they can start preparing for the inevitable delays that will no doubt befall the upcoming arrival of Android 5.0 Jelly Bean on their tablets. The 5.0 update should be a lock for both devices considering Asus posted that they “take great pride in delivering on-going enhancements and support for products that are well into their life cycle.”More at Engadget and Asus (Facebook)last_img read more

first_imgAn 18-year-old man was found unconscious and later died on Sunday after spending 40 hours playing Diablo III in a rented room of an Internet cafe in Taiwan. The man is known as Chuang, and apparently booked the room with the intent of having a marathon session of Blizzard’s latest game.Planning to play a game for extended periods of time uninterrupted is not uncommon, but deciding to do so without food, and then playing for 40 hours straight, isn’t healthy. In Chuang’s case it ended in his death.The game is not in any way the direct cause of this man’s death. Chuang started playing on July 13 and was found slumped over the desk by an employee on the morning of July 15. He did repond and awoke, but only managed to walk a short distance before collapsing. He was taken to hospital, but died not long afterwards.The cause of death has yet to be determined, but the authorities are guessing it has something to do with him remaining sat in front of the game for such a long period of time. The report states he didn’t eat, but it would be interesting to know what he drank for 2 days as well. If it was nothing but sugar-filled energy drinks that’s surely going to have a major impact on the way your body functions.I highly doubt that Chuang’s 40-hour gaming session was the only cause of his death. There will most likely be other underlying health problems he either did or didn’t know about. Such stress on his body could make an otherwise undetected problem fatal. For all we know this may not have been the first time he’d played this, or any other game for such a long period of time.It’s always important to take regular breaks from playing games that keep you seated in one position for long periods of time. Pause the game, go take a walk, look at something other than a display for a while, and eat and drink (water) regularly.via The Australian and Kotakulast_img read more

first_img Share Tweet Email Saturday 21 Jan 2017, 2:12 PM 14,812 Views Image: Shutterstock/Ken Tannenbaum Jan 21st 2017, 2:12 PM Seven arrested over $72 million Amsterdam diamond heist from 2005 Most of the stolen diamonds have never been accounted for in what is known as one of the world’s biggest ever heists. SEVEN PEOPLE HAVE been arrested over the robbery of $72 million (equal to €67 million) in jewellery from Amsterdam’s airport nearly 12 years ago, authorities said today.The diamonds and jewellery were taken during the hold-up of a KLM armoured car in a high-security portion of Schiphol airport in February 2005, police said in a statement.Though the thieves were armed, no one was hurt in the heist.Police “carried out [yesterday and today], a total of seven arrests in connection with the diamond theft at Schiphol airport in February 2005 and money laundering,” the statement said.The five male and two female suspects, all Dutch nationals, were arrested in Amsterdam and Valencia, in eastern Spain.While some of the stolen diamonds were found in an escape vehicle immediately after the heist, the rest – valued at $43 million – remain unaccounted for.Four people had been arrested soon after the incident, one of the Netherlands’ worst cases of theft.- © AFP, 2017Read: No arrests made as cannabis worth €37.5 million found in tractor partsRead: Man in his 30s to be charged with murder of Irene White in 2005 By AFP 6 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock/Ken Tannenbaum Short URLlast_img read more

first_imgThe future of gin is safe after shortage of key ingredient is prevented Warnings had been made that the juniper plant was at risk of going extinct. UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson enjoying a spot of gin. Image: Anthony Devlin PA Archive/PA Images Tuesday 31 Jan 2017, 1:48 PM UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson enjoying a spot of gin. Image: Anthony Devlin PA Archive/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article IT APPEARS THAT fears that gin-making in the UK could be made impossible with the extinction of the juniper plant could now be unfounded, after a nationwide conservation effort to save the crop has succeeded.Juniper, which helps to give gin its distinctive flavour, has been in decline in recent years, but efforts to preserve the plant by the UK national tree seed project has seen 5.8 million seeds banked since 2013.In 2015, the conservation group Plantlife warned that areas across the UK had experienced a sharp decline in juniper populations.Deborah Long, the head of the group in Scotland, said: “We need to ensure juniper has a future. It needs active conservation effort and intervention now for it to survive.”BBC reports that the conservation efforts, which have been run by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, have ensured that the UK now has an “insurance policy” to replenish the supply of this key ingredient of gin in the future.As juniper has declined, sales of gin have skyrocketed since the decade began.Sales of premium gin have risen 49% between 2013 and 2015, according to consultants CGA, and industry observers point to a second “Gin Craze” after the drink’s first boom in the 18th century.Back then gin was promoted as a patriotic alternative to French brandy. By 1726 there were 1,500 stills in London, but the government was forced to backtrack when the production boom was blamed for causing a crisis of drunkenness and debauchery.This time around, gin’s popularity is more restrained and the industry is keen to shrug off the juniper-flavoured spirit’s reputation as “mother’s ruin”.Signs of a revival came in 2009, when brewers Sipsmiths inaugurated “Prudence”, the first copper still to launch in London in almost 200 years.A spate of distillers has followed, helped by the fact that gin is quick to make, unlike spirits such as whisky that can take years to mature.With reporting from AFPRead: People are going so crazy for gin that distillers are struggling to make it quick enoughRead: Calling all gin lovers – a new ‘gin school’ has just opened up in Droghedacenter_img By Sean Murray Jan 31st 2017, 1:48 PM Share132 Tweet Email4 22 Comments Short URL 18,119 Views last_img read more

first_img Short URL By Ruaidhrí Giblin Wednesday 8 Mar 2017, 6:02 PM Alleged Silk Road administrator takes case to Supreme Court in a bid to avoid US extradition It is alleged that Gary Davis was paid $1,500 per week for his services. A MAN ACCUSED of being an administrator of the Silk Road website, which dealt with illegal drugs and hacking software, is seeking a Supreme Court appeal over an order for his extradition to the United States.Gary Davis, aged 28, of Johnstown Court, Kilpedder, Wicklow, is wanted by US authorities to face trial on charges of conspiracy to distribute narcotics, conspiracy to commit computer hacking and conspiracy to commit money laundering.If convicted in the US, Davis could receive a life sentence. It is probable that he will be incarcerated pending his trial.His extradition was ordered by the High Court last August and an appeal against that order was dismissed by the three-judge Court of Appeal last week. Davis was immediately put into custody having been on bail since proceedings began three years ago.Davis had opposed his extradition on grounds that he suffers from both a form of autism known as Asperger Syndrome and depression. Among his points of objection were that if he is extradited, he will be detained in an inhumane and degrading manner.Counsel for Davis, John O’Kelly SC, told the Court of Appeal that people with severe Asperger’s were “very heavily” reliant on family support and on their world remaining pretty much the same but Davis would be “totally torn” from his roots and isolated from his family, were he to be extradited.O’Kelly said his client would require a system of care so individualised to him that it simply was not available in the US prison system. He said statements from US prison authorities about their system were “aspirational” and accorded more with the policies of the Federal Bureau of Prisons rather than reality.Davis’ lawyers returned to the Court of Appeal today to seek confirmation that a 15-day stay on his surrender, from the date of the Court of Appeal’s judgment, was in place.The court was told that Davis had received notification of an intention to surrender him to US authorities tomorrow before the 15-day period had expired.Justice George Birmingham confirmed that there was in fact a stay of 15 days during which Davis could not be surrendered.Senior counsel John B Peart, for Davis, told Justice Birmingham that he hoped the Court of Appeal’s order would be perfected shortly to “enable us” to get to the Supreme Court.There is no automatic right of appeal to the Supreme Court since the new Court of Appeal was established.Dismissing his appeal last week, Justice Alan Mahon said the subject matter of the appeal was not based upon a point of law and as such, was not permitted in law.Justice Mahon said the High Court judge’s decision was based on facts found by him following a detailed and thorough consideration of evidence and information, including medical evidence and evidence relating to the US Federal prison system.AppealThe appeal effectively invited the court to reach a different conclusion on the same evidence to that of the High Court, Justice Mahon said.Even if this court was empowered to review the High Court judge’s findings, Justice Mahon said he would not reach a different conclusion.“I wish to emphasis that I in no way seek to diminish or trivialise the very real concerns and worries of the appellant (Davis) and his family as he faces the prospect of extradition to the United States and being imprisoned there,” Justice Mahon said.“Such a prospect would be daunting for an individual in robust mental health let alone someone coping with a significant mental health condition” such as Davis.It is hoped that the extent to which the issues relating to Davis’ diagnosis of Asperger  Syndrome had been debated and considered in these proceedings, and the assurances provided by the US authorities will reduce these concerns to an appreciable degree, the judge said.Justice George Birmingham and Justice John Edwards said they agreed with Justice Mahon’s judgment.After the judgment was delivered, Davis accepted the judgment with a nod to the large number of family members and supporters who had joined him in court. They came to embrace him, amid emotional scenes, but he was lead away by prison officers before he could embrace all of them.LibertasHe has been on bail since his arrest in January 2014.It is alleged that Davis was an administrator of the Silk Road website using the pseudonym “Libertas”, according to the Court of Appeal’s judgment.The website is said to have facilitated the sale of illicit drugs including cocaine, crack cocaine, crystal meth and other illegal drugs.Purchasers of illicit drugs from the website were paid in “Bitcoins” and Silk Road revenue was based on a commission of between 10% and 15% of sale revenue.Commissions earned by Silk Road are said to run to tens of millions of dollars.It is alleged that Davis was paid $1,500 per week for his services.In the course of its investigation of the Silk Road website, the FBI arrested a US citizen Ross Ulbricht, whom it is believed is the owner and operator if the website. It is alleged that Davis’ involvement was identified from information extracted from Ulbricht’s computers.Mr Davis is a 28-years-old single man who lives with his parents in Wicklow. He is the youngest of five children, has a poor employment history, is “obsessed with computers” and is described as a “loner, naiive and immature”.IN a report dated January 21, 2014, Prof Michael Fitzgerald, Consultant Psychiatrist, diagnosed Asperger Syndrome depressive disorder and generalised anxiety disorder. In his view, Asperger Syndrome has been evident since childhood.Prof Simon Barron Cohen, Professor of Development Psychopathology at Trinity College Cambridge, confirmed Prof Fitzgerald’s diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome. Prof Barron-Cohen rated his Asperger Syndrome as being “very severe”.Read: Married man beat woman to death after she threatened to reveal affair, court hears >Read: Two tourists dead – and two still missing – after avalanche at French resort > Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Mar 8th 2017, 6:02 PM Share1 Tweet Email 11 Comments 11,781 Views last_img read more

first_img St Laurence Street in Drogheda, Louth Image: Google Maps St Laurence Street in Drogheda, Louth Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share57 Tweet Email 19,624 Views 27 Comments By Hayley Halpin GARDAÍ ARE APPEALING for witnesses following two separate cash-in-transit robberies today. The first incident happened outside a premises on the Ballygall Road in Finglas, Dublin at around 8.20am. A man armed with what is believed to be a gun threatened a security officer and stole and cash box as the security employee went to enter the premises. The man is described as 5’7″, wearing a wine and black hoodie. He fled the scene with another male driver in a black Toyota Yaris, with a partial registration of 06 D, in the direction of Fitzmaurice Road. The car was located burnt out a short time later in Fairways Estate in Finglas. The second incident happened outside a bank on St Laurence Street in Drogheda, Louth at around 10am. Two masked men armed with pipe like instruments threatened security officers and stole a cash box. They left the scene in a 2007 dark green Opel Zafira. This car was also found burnt out in the Dale area of Drogheda. In relation to this incident, gardaí are appealing for anyone who witnessed the robbery or who may have any information on the movements of the getaway car to contact Drogheda Garda Station on 041 987 4200. Gardaí are also appealing for anyone who witnessed the robbery in Finglas or who may have any information on the movements of the getaway car to contact them at Finglas Garda Station on 01 666 7500.center_img Short URL Image: Google Maps Wednesday 20 Mar 2019, 10:29 PM Masked men with pipe-like objects threaten security officers and steal cash box at bank Another cash-in-transit robbery happened in Finglas, Dublin this morning. Mar 20th 2019, 10:29 PM last_img read more

first_imgHowever, the contents of the FAI letter did not sufficiently explain the circumstances of this loan and its repayment, nor fully address the matter of compliance with Sport Ireland’s Terms and Conditions of Grant Approval.Sport Ireland said it has an Audit & Risk Committee which commissions audits of Sport Ireland’s grantee organisations.Over the past decade, the FAI has been audited by Sport Ireland’s independent auditors on more occasions than any other sporting organisation. Independent audits of the FAI have been completed, on Sport Ireland’s behalf in 2010, 2014 and 2016.However, Sport Ireland said it is satisfied that effective control mechanisms and frameworks are in place with regard to its investment in the FAI.It said it is also satisfied that its funding invested in the FAI is fully accounted for and expended on the purpose for which it was intended.With reporting by Christina Finn 76 Comments Image: Niall Carson via PA Apr 2nd 2019, 11:52 AM Sport Ireland says FAI ‘has not sufficiently explained’ the €100k John Delaney loan Sport Ireland will appear before an Oireachtas Committee tomorrow. Tuesday 2 Apr 2019, 11:52 AM 29,829 Views center_img Share143 Tweet Email SPORT IRELAND HAS said that the FAI has not sufficiently explained all the circumstances surrounding John Delaney’s €100k loan to the association in 2017. Sport Ireland is due before an Oireachtas Committee tomorrow and its opening statement details that it was not informed at any point about any problems with the FAI’s financial position. Former FAI CEO John Delaney said he issued his employers a personal cheque worth €100,000 in April 2017 which he described as  “a once-off bridging loan to the Association to aid a very short-term cash flow issue”, following media reports in the Sunday Times.Delaney said that the money was repaid in full in June 2017, and that it was the only occasion on which he issued the Association with a loan. He further addressed the loan in a second statement published by the FAI last week, in which he said he acted in the FAI’s best interests. However, Sport Ireland said that the FAI did not give it a full explanation about all circumstances surrounding this loan. The opening statement to the Oireachtas reads: “Following media reports concerning a loan of €100,000 to the organisation by its now former Chief Executive, and at the request of the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross TD, Sport Ireland wrote to the President of the FAI on 19 March seeking urgent clarification from the Board of the FAI on the circumstances of the loan and its repayment.“Sport Ireland also sought an explanation on why we were not notified at any stage in 2017 about any apparent deterioration in the FAI’s financial position, which is a requirement of the Terms and Conditions of Grant Approval Sport Ireland received a response from the President of the FAI which acknowledged the loan of €100,000 to the FAI by its then Chief Executive. Image: Niall Carson via PA By Garreth MacNamee Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_img Where it is necessary to offer specific counselling support to any individual pupils, in relation to yesterday’s incident, this will be provided. Students and staff offered support services as Dublin school reopens after ‘reckless’ shooting Gardaí believe a local gang feud in the area is the motive behind the shooting. Apr 3rd 2019, 11:46 AM ‘Reckless attack’ The DDLETB said when the nature of the incident became apparent yesterday, the school requested all pupils to stay within the school for a period of time to ensure their safety and wellbeing. By Adam Daly 12,165 Views Image: Google Maps Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article STAFF AND STUDENTS at Riversdale Community College have been offered psychological support services this morning as the school reopened following yesterday’s shooting.At approximately 3.40pm yesterday a lone gunman fired shots appearing to target a man in his 20’s who was waiting outside the school on the Blanchardstown Road North in the Corduff area.Gardaí said a number of people were arrested at the scene, and released following searches. The gunman ran in the direction of Corduff Grove. No one was injured during the incident. Gardaí believe a local gang feud in the area is the motive behind the shooting. The Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board (DDLETB), the patron of Riversdale Community College, told that “all school activities are proceeding entirely as normal and will continue to do so”.DDLETB said that it is currently providing advice to the teaching staff on how they, in turn, can provide support and advice to pupils. Share1 Tweet Email 9 Comments Blanchardstown Road North in the Corduff area outside Riversdale Community College. Wednesday 3 Apr 2019, 11:46 AM The school also contacted parents and in due course, all pupils were able to leave as normal.Superintendent William Carolan of Blanchardstown Garda Station condemned the “reckless attack” and appealed for anyone with information to come forward.In particular, he is appealing for anyone in the area of the community college between 3pm and 3.40pm to contact gardaí.Anyone who drove along Blanchardstown Road North or Corduff Grove who may have dashcam footage is urged to make contact. Gardaí are also keen to hear from anyone who observed any usual activity in and around the school in recent days to come forward.Those with information are urged to call Blanchardstown Garda Station on 01 666 9700, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any garda station. With reporting from Sean Murray  Short URL Blanchardstown Road North in the Corduff area outside Riversdale Community College. Image: Google Maps last_img read more