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first_imgOver on DailyEdge.ie: Miley Cyrus twerked with little people nearly naked, and how one of Rihanna’s selfies became a criminal matter. The Dredge> EVERY DAY, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you need to know with your morning cup of coffee.1. #KENYA: Heavy gunfire and explosions have been heard at the up-market shopping centre in Nairobi, Kenya where terrorists opened fire on shoppers over the weekend. It is believed that there are still hostages inside.2. #GARDA BIKES: All garda escort motorcycles in the country were taken off the roads in July and August, in what sources believe is a money saving excercise, TheJournal.ie can reveal.3.#STABBING: A man has been arrested after a man was stabbed and killed at a house in Tallaght overnight.4. #BOOZE: The CEO of the pub body, The Vitners Federation of Ireland, has told TheJournal.ie that he does not think that TDs should be able to drink in Leinster House, stating that they should be setting an example.5. #DEBATE: Fine Gael’s Seanad referendum campaign director, Richard Bruton has said he would have no problem stepping up to debate with Micheál Martin. The Taoiseach Enda Kenny has not yet committed to a televised debate on the issue.6. #GERMANY: Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative party has won a landslide victory in Germany’s election.7. #SPEAKING RIGHTS: Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett has defended granting limited speaking rights to TDs who have been expelled from their parliamentary party.8. #JOBS: Three food companies and a call centre for a video game company are set to create more than 184 jobs.9. #HOMECOMING:Unless you live under a rock, you will know by now that Dublin won the All-Ireland final yesterday. The homecoming event will take place at 7pm at Merrion Square and fans can access the square from 6pm.last_img read more

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first_imgA US ARMY Captain who was yesterday awarded the Medal of Honour has asked to be redeployed.Capt William D Swenson’s heroics in a gun battle against the Taliban in 2009 were caught on video. The fire fight near the Afghanistan/Pakistan border claimed the lives of five Americans, 10 Afghan army troops and an interpreter.Swenson risked his life numerous times to save lives and recover bodies of fellow troops during the battle.Swenson was awarded the US military’s highest award last night, with President Barack Obama saying that Swenson “reminds us of what American can be at its best”. (GlobalLeaks/YouTube)In a rare move, Swenson has asked to be redeployed, two officials told The Associated Press.It is believed the US Army is working with Swenson to allow the return.Swenson, 34, left the military in February 2011 as a captain, but he could rise to the rank of major once he rejoins. In order to return to active duty, Swenson will have to pass a physical, a drug test and other routine reviews. Officials are optimistic it would all fall into place.US Defence officials have said that they are “unsure” if a Medal of Honour recipient as ever gone back on active duty.Swenson became just the eighth person to receive the Medal of Honour in the Afghanistan War. He had previously received a Purple Heart for having been wounded in action and a Bronze Star for “heroic achievement or service”.Read: What is it like to be a woman kidnapped by the Taliban? You’re an example to everyone in this city and to our whole country of the professionalism and patriotism that we should strive for, whether we wear a uniform or not, not just on particular occasions but all the time.last_img read more

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first_imgA COMPLAINT BY the Galway One World Centre alleging that racist comments went unchallenged on an edition of the The David Harvey Show on 4FM has been upheld by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.The complaint related to the 16 January episode of the show this year which included a discussion on a report by the ESRI about whether Africans people living in Ireland are subject to discrimination when seeking employment.The BAI committee concluded that as the programme developed, statements that it considered racist and prejudicial were permitted to be aired by callers to the programme.The BAI said that these included the following statements made during the programme:‘Blacks’ are “very lazy.’‘Black Africans’ always “get up on their high horse” if challenged.‘Blacks’ have a certain DNA related to their work ethic and practices.Filipinos in Ireland are “scammers.”The committee decided that in this case the broadcaster had failed to moderate the programme in accordance with its obligations:In this context, the committee noted that these remarks and others like them went largely unchallenged by the presenter and that the programme facilitated the airing of such remarks. The BAI also noted it its judgement that callers to the programme of African ethnicity were treated differently to other callers.“While these callers went on air to discuss discrimination in the workplace, each of them was questioned by the presenter or a caller about his or her legal status as a resident in Ireland,” according to the BAI.ComplaintThe complaint was made to the BAI by Sharon Murphy on behalf of One World Centre and alleged that  ”it is the view of many people that Classic Hits 4FM is becoming a platform for people to articulate their racist views towards African People and members of the Traveller Community”.Harvey had strongly rejected the allegations made by the  Murphy in respect of negative disinformation about Africans and Traveller behaviour. He stated that the programme is specifically targeted at RTÉ’s Liveline audience and is generally based on the issues of the day.The BAI did not agree with the complainant that the programme constituted evidence of systematic failures by 4FM. The committee also concluded that the moderation and and contributions by Harvey did not constitute racism.The David Harvey Show was dropped in May but then re-instated in August due in response to what the 4FM said “listener demand”.Read: Presenter’s ‘medical cards for Africans’ monologue “lacking in impartiality or objectivity” – BAIRead: How the rules have changed for broadcasters when it comes to referendum coverage >last_img read more

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first_imgTHIS MONTH THE world saw one of its most ill-timed selfies yet go viral, when an American high school student took a snap of himself with his teacher in the background…while she appeared to be in labour.However, Malik Whiter is not the first person to take an inappropriate selfie.  In fact there are hundreds of them.Here is a selection of some of the most ill-timed selfies in the history of selfies.The ‘got pulled over by the cops’ selfie Source: ImgurThe ‘holding someone’s ashes’ selfie Source: Selfies at serious placesThe ‘Anne Frank House’ selfie Source: Selfies at serious placesThe ‘I just nearly died’ selfie Source: ImgurThe ‘nuclear disaster’ selfie Source: Selfies at serious placesThe ‘house is on fire’ selfie Source: ImgurThe ‘grandma’s funeral’ selfie Source: Selfies at serious placesThe ‘we’re going streaking’ selfie Source: ImgurThe ‘hungover at the 9/11 memorial’ selfie Source: Selfies at serious placesAnd the ‘at the jail’ selfie Source: Imgur Mum urges her son’s Facebook friends to stop posting sexy selfies>Teenager goes viral with selfie taken with his teacher who was in labour>last_img read more

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first_imgEVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.1.#SLAVERY: A video broadcast by ITV News claims to be the Irish woman at the centre of slavery accusations in the UK. The video comes from a documentary broadcast in 1997 that investigated the death of a member of the Maoist commune allegedly run by the man accused of keeping three women as slaves. The woman is identified in English papers as Josephine Herival, whose father was part of the team that cracked the Enigma ciphers in World War II.2.#HOMELESSNESS: 16 families become homeless in Dublin every month, a homeless charity has said. Focus Ireland said that it has seen an 18 per cent rise in people seeking their support, with over 9,200 people having been provided assistance so far this year.3.#GERMANY: After two months, Germany may have a government. Two months after her party secured the most votes, but not a majority, Angela Merkel has recruited two parties to form a coalition. Merkel made concessions on the minimum wage, but managed to avoid any new taxes for the rich.4.#HOSPITAL: Documents obtained by the Irish Independent say that the new National Children’s Hospital won’t be finished by the 2018 deadline. The paper quotes a report by the hospital board that contradicts claims by the Health Minister that the hospital will open in 2018.5.#COMING HOME: 171 Irish soldiers will return home from a six-month tour of duty in the Lebanon today. Their replacements at Camp Shamrock have already flown out and are getting set to spend Christmas in the Lebanon.6.#INSOLVENCY: The first case of a family with mortgage debt availing of the Personal Insolvency legislation has come before a court in Trim. The family has debt of over €600,000 and their Personal Insolvency Practitioner Mitchell O’Brien says he will look to strike an agreement that will protect the family home.7.#WAGES: The average weekly earnings of staff in nine of Ireland’s 13 employment sectors are down, according to the latest figures. Pay in the education sector has taken the biggest tumble, with a 6.6 per cent drop in earnings, while information and communication jobs are up 4 per cent.8.#JOBS: Healthcare company Northgate today announced that they will create 150 jobs over the next three years in Castlebar. The company will create the jobs in the IT and transactional services departments of their business.9.#REFUGEE: A Pacific Islander has been denied refugee status in New Zealand, after claiming his life was under threat because of climate change. Kiribati native Ioane Teitiota said that rising seas were threatening his homeland, but a judge called his case “unconvincing”.last_img read more

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first_imgUpdated 8.16 pmBANK OF IRELAND has raised almost €2 billion after it announced  plans to begin repaying the State €1.8 billion of preference shares bought by the government.The bank will begin to repay the money ahead of a March 2014 deadline.Bank of Ireland announced earlier that it has raised €537 million from a placing of Irish Government shares. The bank then announced this evening that a further €1.3 billion has been raised from private investors.Bank of Ireland therefore say that their planned €1.9 billion capital package has now been successfully executed.The preference shares, which date back to early 2009, form part of the €4.7 billion total investment made by the State in Bank of Ireland.Negotiations had been ongoing for many months, with Finance Minister Michael Noonan saying that the outcome will build confidence in the country’s recovery and signal a return to the markets.“The successful exit by the State from its Bank of Ireland Preference Shares is a very positive and welcome development and will see the State recoup circa €2.05 billion from this investment. These proceeds comprise the return of our principal which is €1.837 billion, a profit of €62 million, and accumulated interest of €151 million.The transaction is part of the Government’s target of separating the Sovereign from the banks, says Noonan:This is the third disposal in the financial sector this year and upon completion, over €4.4 billion of cash will have been returned to Irish taxpayers this year alone.Additional reporting by Rónán DuffyRead: Government plans to mark bailout exit on Friday the 13thRead: Joan Burton: We are still going to be heavily overseen by the Troikalast_img read more

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first_imgTHE MAN AND woman found murdered in a house in Belfast on Friday have been named as Finbar McGrillen (40) and Caron Smyth (42).Police questioning a man arrested as part of the investigation have been granted permission to detain him for an additional 30 hours.The 33-year-old man was arrested on Saturday but a court has now given the PSNI more time to hold him in custody.The bodies were found at the apartment in Ravenhill Court in the city and it is believed that the man being held was known to at least one of the deceased.Read: Man held in Belfast over double murder >last_img read more

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first_imgAN ARMY BOMB disposal team rendered safe a viable improvised device in the Bawnlee area of Tallaght, south Dublin, this afternoon.The Defence Forces said a team was deployed in response to a request from gardaí after a suspect device was placed inside the porch of a private residence.The team arrived on scene at 3.45pm and examined the device in situ. A cordon was put in place and gardaí evacuated some nearby houses for public safety. The team leader opted to remove the suspect device to a nearby green area where it was subsequently rendered safe by means of a controlled explosion.On further examination, the device was declared a viable IED which the Defence Forces said means it “had all the component parts to initiate and cause serious injury or loss of life”. The scene was declared safe at 4.30pm and the team have now returned to base.The remains of the device will now be handed over to gardaí to assist them with their investigation.This is the 250th call out of 2013 and the 81st viable device dealt with by the Defence Forces this year. Teams will remain on standby throughout the Christmas period.Read: Viable explosive device made safe at apartment complex in Kildare>Read: The 6 steps to bomb disposal in Ireland>last_img read more

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first_imgTHREE QUARTERS OF Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are not planning to give staff wage hikes in 2014, a survey by Viking has found.Overall, 46 per cent of business owners surveyed said that business had improved in the last three months, with the most positive returns in Connacht, where 52 per cent said they had registered an uptick.Results for Leinster were less encouraging at 41 per cent, while 62 per cent of respondents from Ulster and Munster said that business had declined in the first three months of the year.The good news continued to roll in Connacht, with 97 per cent of SMEs saying that they expect growth in the year overall, compared to 59 per cent in Ulster, 53 per cent in Leinster and 44 per cent in Munster.Viking director Michael Walby said: The overall economic picture may be gradually improving with optimisim slowly building, but most small business owners remain very cautious and we expect that to remain the case in the medium term.Problem areasHalf of SMEs said that attracting new business to ensure growth of their companies was the biggest challenge for the year ahead. A further ten per cent said that reducing costs was their number one issue, while nine per cent said that sector-specific sluggishness was their main concern.The good news: employees set for pay bump this year>IBEC: Income tax reduction needed as employers can’t afford pay increases>last_img read more

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first_imgIRELAND’S WOMEN CAN this afternoon officially call themselves Six Nations champions as the sit top of the table with eight points.The side, coached by Philip Doyle and captained by Fiona Coughlan, reinforced their title credentials with victory over France in Ashbourne last night.Tries from Niamh Briggs and Ailis Egan, plus a conversion and penalty from Briggs, gave the hosts a 15-10 win over Les Bleus.That left Italy needing a win away to England this afternoon to keep a slim hope of overtaking Ireland alive.Instead, they were handed a resounding 34-0 defeat by the deposed champions to leave Ireland four points clear of France, England and Italy with just one game left to play.It is the first time since Scotland’s 1998 triumph that neither England or France have taken the crown. The first act of the new champions will be to travel to Milan next weekend, where Italy will stand between them and a historic Grand Slam.In pics: Ireland Women secure historic win over FranceBoost for Lions as Pocock ruled out of summer serieslast_img read more

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first_imgLEADING CATHOLIC BISHOPS from 11 countries, including Ireland, have urged the leaders of the G8 nations to use their meeting this month to clamp down on tax avoidance by multinational corporations.The leaders of the eight countries – the UK, the US, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Russia and Japan – are meeting in Fermanagh in two weeks’ time, with aggressive tax avoidance and tax evasion likely to feature high on the agenda.In a letter to the eight leaders, the leading bishops from Ireland and the participant nations said the Catechism of the Catholic Church determined that individuals were morally obliged to pay taxes and to submit to authority.“It is a moral obligation for citizens to pay their fair share of taxes for the common good,” they wrote, arguing that the same logic applied to corporate bodies.States had an obligation to provide “a reasonable and fair application of taxes” with “precision and integrity in administering and distributing public resources,” they said.The bishops also wrote that international trade rules must “serve the universal common good of the whole human family and the special needs of the most vulnerable nations”.“It is counterproductive to provide agricultural development assistance on the one hand and then to use unfair agricultural trade policies that harm the agricultural economics of poorer nations on the other,” they wrote.“We pray that your meeting will be blessed by a spirit of collaboration that enables you to take steps to improve nutrition, reduce hunger and poverty, and strengthen just tax, trade and transparency policies for the common good of all.”The letter is signed by the leaders of the bishops’ conferences of Ireland, England and Wales, Scotland, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United States and the European Union.Read: More than 200 groups tell G8: Here’s how to fight world hungerMore: 900 Gardaí to help keep the peace at the G8 summit in Co Fermanaghlast_img read more

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first_imgLIKE THE REPUBLIC, the Northern Ireland is also facing the an election bonanza with both locals and Europeans taking place.However, they will be going to polls today, a day ahead of the Republic.The story of the local elections has been dominated by the UK Independent Party soaring popularity, with some predicting a very healthy majority being turned on councils.The European elections in Northern Ireland is more of a mixed bag, with plenty of familiar faces and just one candidate whose party that has no representation in Stormont.Not up to speed with proceedings? We have this five minute crash course for you of who’s who in the running for those 3 seats… Source: Paul Faith/PA WireTraditional Unionist Voice (TUV) – Jim AllisterAllister is the only former, but not currently sitting, MEP in the race. He was elected to Brussels in 2004 with the Democratic Unionist Party, although half-way through his term he dramatically left the party to set up the TUV. While his vote plummeted from 32 per cent of first preference votes in 2004 to 13.7 per cent in 2009, it still leaves him firmly in the running this time around. Source: AP Photo/Peter MorrisonSinn Féin – Martina AndersonSinn Féin has held a NI seat in the European Parliament since 2004. Bairbre de Brún stepped down as MEP in mid-2012, with Anderson (left, in pink) taking over. If opinion polls south of the border are anything to go by, Anderson can be sure of a strong performance this time around. Source: Paul Faith/PA WireSocial Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) – Alex AttwoodA former Minister for the Environment and also Social Development, Attwood is looking give his party a role again in EU affairs. John Hume’s retirement meant the SDLP lost a two-decade streak in the parliament in 2004. Their 2007 candidate narrowly missed a seat. Source: FSB NI via YouTubeConservatives – Mark BrotherstonThe Tories previously fielded a candidate, Jim Nicholas, in this constituency under the banner of “Ulster Conservatives and Unionists – New Force (UCUNF)”. However, this alliance has since broken down, with Brotherston now running under the Northern Ireland’s brand of the Conservatives. Confused? We hope he’s not. Source: Green Party NI via YouTubeGreen Party in Northern Ireland – Ross BrownBrown’s background lies in economics, having worked temporarily in both the NI Assembly and the Treasury in London. Unlike their counterparts in the Republic, his party has yet to gain a seat in the European parliament. Source: Niall Carson/PA WireDemocratic Unionist Party (DUP) – Diane DoddsThe DUP currently have, and look set to maintain, their seat, which incumbent Diane Dodds is contesting again. The party briefly lost their voice at EU-level when in 2007 Jim McAllister split from the party to form the TUV. It was quickly reclaimed in the 2009 election. Source: FSB NI via YouTubeAlliance Party of Northern Ireland – Anna LoThe party has so far been unsuccessful in gaining a seat in the EU parliament, with candidate Ian Parsley receiving 5.5 per cent of first preference votes in 2009. This year’s candidate is Anna Lo, who has described herself as “anti-colonial” and recently said that Ireland would be better off united.NI21 – Tina McKenzieIt’s unclear what this new party’s chances are of gaining a seat. McKenzie (pictured left) is the party’s current chair of the pro-Union party, set up in the middle of last year, and are leading a business-focused campaign. Source: Paul Faith/PA Archive/Press Association ImagesUlster Unionist Party (UUP) – Jim NicholsonNicholson has retained his seat in the EU parliament for over two decades now after first being elected in 1989. While not quite a Euro-sceptic, Nicholson refers to himself as “Euro-realist”, believing that the Union offers many benefits to Northern Ireland but that red tape needs to be reigned in. He’s also a Quaestor in the parliament. Source: UKIP NI via YouTubeUK Independence Party (UKIP) – Henry ReillyCurrently a sitting councillor in Newry, Reilly previously worked in various government departments relating to agriculture and rural development – a focus of his campaign. Reilly firmly believes that the United Kingdom will vote to leave the European Union.Read: Here’s how Election 2014 is shaping up in DublinRead: Here’s how Election 2014 is shaping up in Ireland SouthRead: Here’s how Election 2014 is shaping up in Midlands North WestRead all our Election 2014 coverage here >last_img read more

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first_imgTHEY’RE HEADING INTO the fourth day of counting in Midlands-North West, after less than 300 votes were separating the last candidates in the running following the latest count. No-ones would argue that the process isn’t long and laborious — but it’s also transparently democratic.The country has a fraught relationship with e-voting, having wasted €51 million on a failed experiment 12 years ago. That said, how long do we have to wait before we begin discussing it again? Is it off the cards forever?The Seanad was told yesterday that the country’s voting system is not fit for purpose, but regarding e-voting, a FF senator said “I am not going there”.What do you think?  Poll Results: We should consider e-voting again. (2963) The system works, let’s stick with it. (1968)center_img The system works, let’s stick with it.We should consider e-voting again.I have no opinion.VoteAs always, comments below… Let’s have a heated debate. I have no opinion. (208)last_img read more

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first_imgEVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know before you hit the road.1. #RIP: The young boy killed after falling from a cliff in Ballycastle, County Antrim has been named as Logan Crawford, who was from the town.2. #TICK TOCK: The deadline for Domino’s Pizza to pay a ransom of €30,000 to hackers in France and Belgium who have hijacked hundreds of thousands of customer accounts is just two hours away.3. #HUNT PRAYERS: The Irish Council Against Blood Sports has said it is unacceptable that some priests “endorse cruelty” by blessing hunts.4. #TRANSPLANT: The independent senator David Norris has undergone a liver transplant and says he is “a bit feeble”.5. #BANNED: Forced marriages have been banned in Britain today. The new legislation also makes it a criminal offence to force a British national into a marriage abroad.last_img read more

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first_img[Screengrab/Oireachtas]Ending the group’s presentation, Shannonwatch’s John Lannon said it beggared belief that successive Governments appeared to rely on “diplomatic assurances that prisoners were not or would not be taken through Shannon”. Foreign Affairs Minister Eamon Gilmore said in 2011 that he had been assured by the US Government Shannon was not used for rendition. Last year, he said an incident when a military aircraft carrying a fixed weapon landed at the facility had been raised “at the highest possible level” with the US Embassy.“We know from experience that the US administration have lied about what they’ve been doing around the world,” Lannon told the TDs.He also raised concerns about how authorities had dealt with complaints about suspected rendition flights at Shannon, saying that while gardaí legally had the power to search planes, the force appeared to have a policy of not doing so.“The number of complaints that we’ve made that have been unanswered is estimated to be over a hundred,” Lannon said.On a number of occasions the gardaí have said that they refer to either an instruction or a policy decision or a letter of advice to the effect that US military and CIA planes at Shannon were not to be searched.He said any possible investigation should examine how gardaí reached the understanding that they weren’t to conduct searches of US Military planes.We need to learn what has happened in Shannon in the last ten years and ensure it doesn’t happen again.The three Shannonwatch activists answered a number of questions from the committee members on their presentation and issues arising from it before the meeting came to an end.Chairman Pádraig Mac Lochlainn, of Sinn Féin, said the contents of their report would be examined by members and discussed at next week’s meeting, and that the panel would be back in touch.Read: How does the new public petitions system work?More: President defends Sabina prison visit as “private and personal” All images: screengrabs via Oireachtas.ie… Margaretta D’Arcy, her colleagues from Shannonwatch and reaction from Michael Healy Rae TD and Senator Susan O’Keeffe. Referring to the perception of Ireland in the Middle East and elsewhere, she said that while we had previously been considered a “nice neutral country”… “We are now a blood-ridden country… We now can be accused of being war criminals.”And she concluded:I would prefer to blow myself up on the runway with petrol rather than have to go down in history as being a war criminal. A PANEL OF TDs and senators have pledged to consider a petition asking for the Government to set up an investigation into US Military and CIA use of Irish airspace and Shannon Airport in particular.Peace activists from the Shannonwatch organisation — including Margaretta D’Arcy, who served three months in prison earlier this year for refusing not to engage in future protests at Shannon — made a presentation to the Oireachtas Joint sub-Committee on Public Petitions.The European Parliament, the Council of Europe and the United Nations have all expressed concern over the years about Ireland’s alleged cooperation in  CIA rendition programme. A report published last year found that 54 countries, including Ireland, helped facilitate the CIA’s secret detention, rendition and interrogation programme in the years after the 2001 9/11 attacks.Iraq and AfghanistanOpening the Shannonwatch presentation today, Dr Edward Horgan, a former UN Peacekeeper, said the practice of allowing planes carrying troops transit through the airport meant the country had effectively been facilitating the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.And he said:center_img Thousands of Afghan and Iraqi children are just as important as the 796 children buried at Tuam.D’Arcy’s tiradeLaunching into an impassioned, apparently off-the-cuff speech, D’Arcy said that what was happening at Shannon amounted to a “Monty Python” scenario.The 79-year-old Aosdána member appeared to become visibly angry over the situation as she gestured at the committee members and said:Shannon is at the centre of an aggressive illegal war that destroys people.Referring to a fun run being organised for Shannon runway in August, she described the airport as “an absolutely crime laden place of murder and assassination” and said it would be akin to “having a fun run in Auschwitz”.last_img read more

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first_imgUpdated 6.57pmMINISTER FOR TRANSPORT, Leo Varadkar, has urged all parties involved in the dispute over the Aer Lingus pension fund to accept an expert panel’s recommendations after the airline confirmed earlier today that it would.Aer Lingus “reluctantly” agreed to pay €191 million into its employee pension fund.The board of the airline made the decision on the recommendation the expert panel formed earlier this year to resolve a dispute between Aer Lingus and employees in its general pension scheme.The panel was established after the pair failed to agree how to implement the recommendations of the Irish Labour Court.Chief executive Christoph Mueller said that the new solution involved “a significant increase in payments” from the company.Aer Lingus and the Company reluctantly accept the recommendations of the expert panel as the only solution that is capable of acceptance by all the parties.The expert panel report significantly added to the final bill for the company, which had been pencilled in at €110 million by the Labour Court, only to be bumped up to €146.7 million by the body comprised of trade unions, the Government and IBEC.In addition to this payment, Aer Lingus has also had to increase the sum paid to deferred beneficiaries up to €44 million.Best and last opportunityResponding to the news today, Varadkar said he welcomed the response and the statement from Dublin Airport Authority that it believes the panel’s recommendations represent ‘the basis for a final and complete resolution of pension arrangements’”.The DAA has also reaffirmed its commitment to engage with all stakeholders. The minister said the panel’s report provides the “best and last opportunity” to resolve the long-standing difficulties in the pension scheme.He urged all other parties involved to also accept the recommendations.Implementation In a statement, the airline said that the resolution “could mitigate the significant industrial relations and other risks related to the funding difficulties faced by the IASS [pension scheme]“.It said that a drop in staff costs, as per its original plan, is still possible by 2017 under the strictures of the new arrangement. Board and shareholder approval for the once off payments must still be secured.As part of the implementation process, Aer Lingus will also look to streamline the establishment of an internal dispute resolution mechanism.- Additional reporting by Michelle Hennessy.First published 10.17amRead: €780 million airport pension hole: Expert panel urges Aer Lingus and DAA to pay more>Read: SIPTU members at Aer Lingus and DAA to vote on strike action>last_img read more

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first_imgExcited for Tron: Legacy to come out? Or maybe you just enjoy the rhythmic stylings of Daft Punk? Either way, you can score a sweet deal on the soundtrack today. Four dollars will get you the entire soundtrack in DRM-free MP3 files as well as a digital booklet (basically a PDF file of what would be in the CD case). The album is 23 tracks long and includes one Amazon.com-exclusive.The album is ten bucks at iTunes, so this will save you a nice hunk of cash.Amazon.com, via dealnewslast_img

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first_imgToday at Mobile World Congress, HTC unveiled two new Facebook based phones and a tablet, an odd change since the company’s statement last month that it wouldn’t be releasing a phone based on the popular social network. The phones are called Salsa and Chacha. HTC believes that the phones will give it an advantage in the battle against Apple and RIM. The Salsa has a full QWERTY keyboard, 3.4 inch screen, and runs on Google Android OS. The Chacha also runs on the Android OS, and, has a 2.6 inch touchscreen. The HTC tablet is called Flyer. It has a Sense UI, digital pen , 7 inch screen, and a Qualcomm 5 gigahertz processor. The Flyer also runs Android. AdChoices广告For the last year, we have heard rumors about a Facebook phone-which Mark Zuckerberg always denied. These two phones appear to be the closest to an actual Facebook phone as you’ll be able to get.last_img read more

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first_imgEarlier this week we saw proof that power usage for displays had fallen significantly when Toshiba unveiled a 14″ LCD monitor that was powered over USB. A second display that fits in your laptop bag and needs no power cable and plug is an impressive achievement, but Samsung has set the bar even higher with its latest prototype TV.During the CeBIT show in Germany the Korean manufacturer had on display a 46″ transparent LCD TV with ten-ginger multitouch input. That’s impressive on its own, but the hidden feature that made our jaws drop is the fact it is run on solar-power. And not solar-power requiring a panel be installed outside to capture sunlight, but ambient solar-power from the room it is in.We’ve reported about Samsung’s transparent LCD TVs before, but this is the first time we’ve heard about a model running purely on renewable energy. It doesn’t seem to skimp on features as it achieves 1080p resolution alongisde the multitouch input. The transparency is a take it or leave it feature at the moment for consumers.Unfortunately, Samsung is not releasing any details yet of what the power consumption of the TV is or how they managed to achieve it. While there’s talk of using the transparent panels on devices like fridges, there’s no plans at the moment to launch a solar display.Read more at ITProPortal, via ecogeek.orgMatthew’s OpinionI find it incredible that Samsung has managed to cut the power requirements of a panel this large that it can draw everything it needs from ambient light. The fact that there’s no plans to launch such a display do suggest it isn’t perfect though.Even so, if the ambient light energy capture system is cheap to implement it sounds like a good way of helping cut down on the power draw of more traditional LCD TVs. Hopefully Samsung is already thinking about this and integrating it into new models.For now lets just use this as an example of how the future of display technology is looking pretty good. Ultra-low power screens look to be on the horizon, and if they can work at 46″, they should also work at 10.1″ in a tablet or 24″ as a desktop monitor.last_img read more

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first_imgScion now has a sexy $30,000 sporty vehicle in the Scion FR-S concept car to help rebuild the Scion momentum of the early 2000s, back when the brand was quirky, cool, and desirable. The FR-S is one of the top cars of the 2011 New York International Auto Show. FR-S stands for Front engine, Rear drive, Sport. To lower the center of gravity, Scion and parent Toyota turned to Subaru for a boxer engine, meaning a horizontal layout with four opposed cylinders – as on the Porsche 911, VW Beetle, or Subarus. Think of the FR-S in the same class as the Hyundai Genesis Coupe. What was shown at NYIAS was a 2+2 concept car but one that’s likely to see production within a year, toned down to be less radical. The 20-inch-diamater wheels, 10 inches wide in back, 8 inches wide in front might be changed. The base price would be less than $30,000. Of the top cars of the 2011 NYIAS, they’re heavily skewed toward the mainstream this year. That’s because some of the sexier sport sedans got world debuts mnths earlier and their New York unveilings were U.S.-only or North America-only debuts. That includes the Audi A7 touring sedan and BMW 650 coupe. Why the Scion FR-S matters: Scion desperately needs to revive its image and sales. Within the realm of 2+2 sports cars, the FR-S should be practical, get good mileage, and get customers back in the showroom. Gearlog mobile 2011 NYIAS Top Cars Scion FR-S Kia Soul  Honda CivicNissan Versa Sedan Chevrolet Malibu 2011 New York Auto Show Top Green CarsLexus LF-Gh concept hybrid40 mpg Hyundai AccentFour-Cylinder Ford Taurus TurboAll-Electric BMW Active E2013 Chevrolet Malibu Ecolast_img read more