12 special sights youll see on an Irish night out

first_imgTHINKING OF GOING ‘out out’ tonight?You’ll be seeing these things, so.1. The Lads Source: rileyroxxIdentifiable by their extravagant shouting, legs-akimbo seating positions and liberal use of nicknames ending in “-o”. (By the way, if you’re seeing them from this angle, something has gone wrong.)2. The Girls Source: leeseanIdentifiable by their extravagant shouting, elaborate hairstyles and ‘wolf pack’ pavement domination.3. A couple shifting in a really uncomfortable public way Source: BadsentinelAre they using their hands? They’re probably using their hands.4. A girl who can’t walk in her shoes Source: Arwrath Source: @BuzzfeedUKUnfortunate.5. Someone lurking awkwardly at the edge of the dancefloor with a pint Source: Neil TThey feel too self-conscious to dance but want to show enthusiasm. So they… okay, it’s always a he… he just stands there bobbing quietly to himself and hoping his friends come back when MGMT finishes.6. A couple having an argument Source: TumblrWith crying. Always the crying.Double points if they then make it up and become number 3.7. An awkward work night out Source: FlickrLooking a bit uncomfortable in their shirts. Usually one older person who is pretending to understand their younger colleagues’ in-depth analysis of The Wanted.The ‘cool’ members of the office will have removed their lanyards.8. A mortifying chat-up attempt Source: ImgurWatch the victim stare into the middle distance, hoping desperately for someone to come back from the bathroom.9. A third wheel Source: KulfotoOr a fifth wheel. Whatever.10. Two people trying to have a chat somewhere really loud Source: Neil TWho you know just came to the club because they wanted another drink, and are now regretting it.11. A guy losing it on his own on the dancefloor Source: WordPressWith possibly dangerous consequences for all around.12. And finally, queues in the takeaway at 3am Source: The Travelling BumComplete with people eating things they would never normally consider eating, and numbers 1 through 11 all over again. Have a good night!Anything we’ve missed? Let us know in the comments…The 9 types of dancer in an Irish nightclub>The 13 people you will meet in the pub tonight>last_img read more

Why being overworked can feel like being poor

first_imgTrump carries a wad of cash for tipping people in his back pocket instead of a wallet Contaminated tap water could lead to 100,000 cases of cancer in the US if people drink it their whole lives. Here’s how worried you should be. Since right after World War II, the president’s national security adviser has an unparalleled ability to influence events worldwide 10 things in tech you need to know today When you have scarcity — it could be money, food, or time — the argument is that scarcity occupies your mind and leaves you with less bandwidth for other things.Scarcity is the reason that the time-strapped CEO might be so focused on his workload that he misses his son’s baseball game or accidentally double-books a meeting with important clients. Scarcity is also the reason that the single mother might be so focused on not having enough cash to pay rent that she ignores the 300 per cent APR on a payday loan and signs up anyway.Rich or poor, every human being only has a certain amount of bandwidth to tackle life’s daily challenges, Shafir says. Take away part of that bandwidth, and that’s where we begin to unravel.Shafir described a study he performed that shows how distracting scarcity of money can be: WHAT DOES A single mother earning minimum wage have in common with a millionaire CEO with a calendar packed with back-to-back meetings?They both struggle to find a basic element needed to succeed: The mother never has enough money (or time, probably), and the CEO is constantly running out of time.While they have different needs, the effect of critical scarcity on their mental capacity to handle their problems is similar, according to a new book by Harvard economist Sendhil Mullainathan and Princeton psychologist Eldar Shafir.In Scarcity: Why Having So Little Means So Much, Mullainathan and Shafir use a number of experiments to explore how the struggle to find things we lack can both help and hinder us in our daily lives. Shafir told Business Insider: We went to a mall in New Jersey and put volunteers in front of a computer screen. We presented them with financial scenarios. For example, your car breaks down.While you’re thinking about these problems, we give you a simple test to complete. Then we tell you that your car will cost $150 to fix, which for most people is manageable.The rich and poor did well on these tests.Then, we give them the same car but tell them now it’s gonna cost $1,500 to fix. For low income people $1,500 is a serious challenge.We found that the poor did significantly less well than the rich on the tests in this example. These are people who perform equally well on this test when they weren’t thinking about these difficulties.But unlike the rich CEO in our earlier example, a poor single mother can’t take care of her bandwidth limitations as easily. The CEO can hire an assistant or delegate work to others. She’s on her own with limited resources to change her state.“When you’re poor, you can’t say ‘Hey, let’s be rich for a week! I’ll be poor the week after’,” Shafir says. “That’s what makes scarcity [for the poor] so overwhelming and all-consuming. It’s persistent.”What we can learn from scarcityShafir and Mullainathan have used their research to call for reforms in policy surrounding public assistance programmes in the US. For example, they argue that one of the reasons a large number of low-income people still don’t sign up for basic public assistance programs is that the process is too lengthy and time-consuming. They simply don’t have the bandwidth to deal.“When you give [a low-income person] a 30-page application form, you’ve given them a huge tax on bandwidth,” Shafir explains. The focus instead should be giving poor people tools to minimise problems and free up more bandwidth.“In some places in Europe for example, you’ve got childcare from 7am to 7pm everyday (not in Ireland, obviously). That gives you a lot of bandwidth. If we give you better childcare, better transportation, better baning, then we’d eliminate your bandwidth. You’d eat better, maybe take your medication on time, all of those things that there’s plenty of evidence that the poor don’t do.”The scarcity principle can be applied in the workplace as well. How often are employees distracted by email, phone calls from home or are over-committing themselves to projects they don’t have the bandwidth to complete?“[If you get] an email that distracts you before you go into the meeting, like an angry email from a spouse or a reminder of a deadline, then you will have damaged your performance in your meeting,” he says.  ”I think about being distracted in moments when I shouldn’t be distracted. We talk about slacking [in a negative way] … but there is value to introducing slack into the system.”Shafir himself has found himself stretched too thin often enough to realise he has to schedule a block of time in his day to catch up on work and breathe or else it won’t happen. By freeing up that time in his schedule, he’s making sure has time to increase his bandwidth and can tie up loose ends on lingering projects without having to shove them off for later.“It’s our responsibility to be the first ones to facilitate [that space] in our lives a little bit,” he says.- Mandi Woodruff23 scientifically-backed ways to reduce stress>Cutbacks causing stress among parents of children with autism>How to manage workplace stress>last_img read more

VIDEO Young magician makes homeless man very happy

first_imghttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8FN3uTH8vsYouTube/Magia UlicznaMEANWHILE, IN POLAND… this young street magician borrowed a homeless man’s coffee for a moment.He gave it back with a small difference. Watch the man’s reaction.According to this YouTube commenter, the conversation goes a little something like this:Update: The guy may have been in on it, according to this reveal on how the trick works. Thanks Sean Carmody.Magician: Can I take it for a moment? Listen, watch out, look what happens. We have to focus OK? Focus on the coffee. Watch out.Man: Oh jeez.Magician: It’s for you.Man: How the f*** did you… Holy f***… I live for 55 years and I’ve never seen shit like that. Thanks a lot man! Tell me how did you do that?Magician: Magic. I’m a magician.Man: But how did you even…VIDEO: If you spin a CD really, really fast… you get a surprise>VIDEO: This granny has the dance moves you need tonight>last_img read more

How a citizen protest movement is stopping evictions in Spain

first_imgTHE WALLS OF the apartment are cracked and patched with damp, but the faded family photographs of Maria Luisa Brana, her husband and their four children, are still hanging.Eight months ago the five of them – all jobless, like millions in Spain’s recession – faced being thrown out for failing to pay their mortgage.Unlike many families, they have beaten the odds.With legal help from the PAH, a citizen protest movement fighting against a wave of evictions across Spain, they managed to get their order to leave cancelled.“No one else would listen to me. You feel powerless. At the same time you know that you owe that money and you feel guilty,” said Maria Luisa, a 52-year-old with grey hair and a piercing gaze.The campaign provided legal support and persuaded the bank to let the family stay in their home and pay rent.Maria Luisa bought the apartment in Villaverde, a working class suburb of Madrid, in 2005 during Spain’s building boom.Three years later, when the boom went bust, the family was all unemployed and Maria Luisa had €140,000 of debt. Their home was seized by the bank.She recalls the “shame and anger” she felt as she and her husband, an unemployed cook, and all her grown-up children feared ending up in the street.“I am not a delinquent,” said Maria Luisa, a former food-handler. “I didn’t pay because I was poor.”Like many homeowners facing eviction in Spain, she turned in desperation to the citizen-run Platform for Mortgage Victims (PAH).She now lives on unemployment benefits of €420 a month, “plus what my father-in-law gives,” she told AFP.The family pays a social housing rate of €350 a month secured for them by the PAH, with the right to inhabit the apartment for seven years.“It’s still not much relief. If I get one month behind with the rent, they’ll take the apartment,” she said.Economic worries aside, she had a heart attack a few weeks ago.A member of the Mortgage Victims’ Platform (PAH) waits for police to come to a flat earlier this month (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de OlzaUnder current Spanish law, a bank can pursue a borrower for the remaining balance of a loan if the value of the seized property does not cover it.“Spain has one of the most unjust laws, which leaves people totally unprotected with their mortgage,” said Ada Colau, a spokeswoman for the PAH.“People did not get into debt on a whim,” but were encouraged to by public policies that tolerated banks offering easy loans during the construction boom, she said.Judicial authorities say banks in Spain have issued 350,000 eviction orders against private or commercial mortgage-holders since 2008. About half are estimated to have been carried out, according to media reports.A woman waits for the police to come for her eviction in Madrid earlier this month (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)PAH this month succeeded in getting parliament to consider a new law, backed by a petition with 1.4 million signatures, to end evictions and let insolvent homeowners write off their debts by surrendering their homes.Over the past four years the movement has campaigned by turning up in crowds outside the homes of evictees and sitting on their doorsteps to try to stop police and bailiffs throwing them out.It says it has blocked nearly 600 evictions – in various cases, like the Branas’, securing a deal for them to stay and pay rent.Joining the rebellion, unions of locksmiths and firemen have started refusing to help bailiffs open the insolvent homeowners’ doors.“We were leaving families with children in the street. We ended up acting as executioners,” David Ormaechea, president of the Locksmiths Union, told AFP.This month in the northwestern city of La Coruna, firefighters were called to help evict an 85-year-old woman who had defaulted on her rent.A crowd of protestors gathered outside the apartment to block the eviction. When the firefighters arrived they refused to open the door and some of them joined in the protest.Fire brigades in other regions have since followed their example.“The only thing we do is help citizens,” said Pedro Campos, a fireman in Madrid.“We only enter a home when there is danger inside. Getting a woman of 85 out of her home is not a situation of danger.”- © AFP, 2013Read: Europe-wide report says austerity is not working > Read: Shatter says Troika deal will not increase repossessions >last_img read more

Deals website hit by major security breach

first_imgDEALS WEBSITE LivingSocial has said it has been hit by a major security breach which compromised the personal information of some customers.In an email sent to users, the US-based company said there was unauthorised access to names, email addresses, dates of birth and encrypted passwords. Customer credit card information was not accessed or affected by the breach, according to the email.LivingSocial said it is “actively working with the authorities” to investigate what happened.Users have been told to create a new password for their account and to consider changing passwords on any other sites where they use the same password.“We are sorry this incident occurred,” CEO Tim O’Shaughnessy said in an email to users.The New York Times says that 50 million customers worldwide may have been affected by the security breach.Read: Government issues tender for deliberate hacker attack >last_img read more

Poll Do you use food after the expiry date

first_imgA SURVEY IN the UK has found that senior executives at British supermarkets regularly ignore food expiry dates.In interviews, the bosses said they overlook both best-before and use-by dates and instead rely on the look and smell of the food.So we’re asking: Do you use food after the expiry date? Poll Results: Sometimes. (3267) No, never. (1220)center_img Yes, all the timeSometimes.No, never.Vote Yes, all the time (2015)last_img

Poll Should Alan Shatter have made his Prime Time comments

first_img I don’t know (2382) Yes (799) YesHe should have made the information public but in a different mannerNoI don’t knowVote INDEPENDENT TD MICK Wallace is to file a complaint about the Minister for Justice’s use of information on RTÉ’s Prime Time last week.Alan Shatter said on live television that the Wexford deputy benefited from garda discretion when he was cautioned for using a mobile phone – but not given penalty points. Wallace insists he is not aware of such an incident.Shatter has stood by his remarks and he has also been backed by the Taoiseach who said that “people can’t have it both ways”. “You cannot be saying no discretion and at the same time availing of discretion.”Labour Deputy Kevin Humphreys told Newstalk Breakfast this morning that he thought making the remarks was “poor judgement” on the minister’s part. He called on Shatter to explain how he received the information. Others have claimed the information could have been made public in a different manner, and not on live television without giving Wallace prior warning.In today’s poll, we ask: Should Alan Shatter have made his comments about Mick Wallace on Prime Time? He should have made the information public but in a different manner (1483) Poll Results: No (3919)last_img read more

11 experiences every Luas traveller will understand

first_img Source: Jessica Kelly/Twitter TEN YEARS OLD? Sure we remember when it was just a wee light rail system.Dublin’s lovely Luas is 10 years old today, and already a beloved institution in the city.From its joyous CLANG CLANG to the rush hour crush to the temperamental ticket machines -there’s so much to love about the Luas.Hearing the CLANG CLANG and legging it Source: Niall Carson/PA ArchiveThe Dublin-wide signal for OH JESUS I NEED TO GET OFF THE ROAD. We should probably wait for the train to leave before we go dashing across the road, shouldn’t we.The anger you feel at someone calling it ‘the Daniel Day’ Source: Imgur Source: ThejournalThe only people who call it that are the people who haven’t got a clue.The mass exodus at Heuston Source: Niall Carson/PA Wire/Press Association ImagesAnd the space, the glorious space, that’s freed up when the train-goers haul off their (usually enormous) bags.Trying to stay upright when it takes a corner Source: PhotoBucketThere aren’t many of them, but they sneak up on you.The forced intimacy of rush hour Source: Photocall IrelandPeople can get close on the Luas. Real close. Too close, some might say.Hammering at the ticket machine Source: Sam Boal/Photocall IrelandLook, it’s fine, you’ve used the Luas ticket machine HUNDREDS of times and you know exactly what you’re doing. It just. Won’t. Work.Watching other people hammer at the ticket machine Source: Sam Boal/Photocall IrelandHeh, those losers don’t know anything. Probably up for the day. *hammers own ticket machine*Admiring the work of the city’s graffiti artists Graffiti ad in Smithfield Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall IrelandThe Luas is practically a moving art gallery, if street art is your thing.Mimicking the announcer Source: Sam Boal/Photocall IrelandRanelagh. Raghnallach.Smithfield. Margadh na Feirme.Jervis. Jervis.(Bonus fact: The Luas announcer is a former Eurovision presenter.)Eavesdropping like your life depended on it “I’m so happy we’re engaged. I wish you got me a nicer ring though..” #OverHeardOnTheLuas— Jess Kelly 👩🏻‍💻 (@jesskellynt) June 14, 2012center_img The conversations you hear on the Luas are unlike any conversations you hear anywhere else, and there’s always something good to tune in to.Wondering what it’d be like to drive the thing yourself Source: Leon Farrell/Photocall IrelandGrand, we say. Easy, we say. Though Luas drivers would probably (and rightly) beg to differ. BUT JUST LOOK AT ALL THOSE BUTTONS.Share your experiences of the Luas in the comments, but be nice – please, it’s Monday. We don’t need any more gloom.Previously: The DOs and DON’Ts of taking public transport>Here’s what REALLY happens during each Luas stop announcement>last_img read more

Former MEP throws his hat in the ring for Dublin South West

first_imgMurphy said that a message would be sent if he can see off government TDs.“If the AAA wins a seat in this by-election, as we believe we can, a powerful message of resistance will be sent. A message that we will resist the imposition of the bailout water tax, we refuse to pay for the debts of the bondholders and that we demand a real recovery for working people – which means pay rises, the provision of decent housing and public services.“It will further undermine this hated government and lay the basis for building a new movement to represent working people and fighting for a socialist alternative.”Read: Runners and riders update: Here’s who’s vying to take Brian Hayes’ vacant Dáil seat FORMER MEP PAUL Murphy says that he believes that he represents a “message of resistance” in the upcoming Dublin South West by-election.Murphy, who lost his European seat in May, today threw his hat into the ring for the by-election. With the most recent Dublin by-election going to a fellow Anti Austerity Alliance member – Ruth Coppinger- Murphy will be feeling confident.“People in this area decisively rejected the politics of austerity, of putting banks and bondholders before people’s needs, in the local and European elections. In the aftermath of those elections, the gulf between the rhetoric about recovery and reality continues to widen for most people, as austerity politics continues as usual.This by-election is likely to take place in the run-up to the budget. It is a vital opportunity to pile pressure on the government not to implement yet more cuts. The best way to do that is to elect an Anti Austerity Alliance activist.last_img read more

iPad 2 Will Feature Two Cameras Rumor

first_imgHonestly, I think most of us would be pretty surprised if the next generation iPad shipped without front and rear facing cameras. Apple has been pushing FaceTime in a big way since the launch of the iPhone 4, but let’s face it, if that technology is really going to break, it’s going to be on a screen like the iPad’s. Teleconferencing on the iPhone feels like a novelty–on the iPad’s nine inch display, I image it would feel a lot more like the future.The latest set of rumored leaks confirm the technology. Third-party suppliers Genius Electronic Optical Co. Ltd. and Largan Precision Co. Ltd are confirming that the new iPad will, in fact, include two cameras for teleconferencing. The list of rumors pulled together by Reuters also points to a new iPad that is “slimmer, lighter and [has] a better resolution display.”last_img read more

Palm is Dead

first_imgSort of a melancholy footnote to today’s otherwise happy launch of new webOS devices. All signs are pointing to the death of the Palm brand. The name has been in limbo ever since HP bought the ailing handset manufacturer, but this news really makes the whole thing officially official.HP stripped the Palm name from the launch of the Veer, Touchpad, and, most notable, Pre. The HP Pre 3? Doesn’t really roll of the tongue, does it?Anyway, just a quick post to note the effective end of the Palm name. It’s been an 18 year roller coaster, and part of us is sad to see the company go. From the looks of the new devices, however, it seems that Palm isn’t really going too far, after all. AdChoices广告last_img

Geek deals Dell Vostro 330 allinone is 350 cheaper than it was

first_imgMost of us with ‘geek’ cred have probably setup at least one desktop computer for a friend or relative. As long as it was an out of the box machine, we also know we didn’t really have to be there except to make sure the cables got plugged into the right ports. And we also knew not to bother with trying to tell them the cables were color-coded, as we are of course the experts and needed to handle it first hand.These days, it’s not out of the question to recommend said relative an all-in-one PC. These machines combine the computer guts and monitor into one chassis, and most times that chassis is a rather stylish piece of kit. PC makers also go one step further and generally bundle a wireless keyboard and mouse, making computer setup a single step: plug in the power cord. That’s easy enough for even the most tech-phobic relative to handle.AdChoices广告If you’ve got one of said relatives bugging you for help with buying a new computer, pay close attention to our deal here today. Dell’s Vostro 330 is an all-in-one machine, built around a 23-inch 1080p monitor. A Core i3 dual core processors speeds things along, with 4GB RAM and a 500GB hard drive rounding things out. The other usual goodies like a DVD burner, wireless keyboard/mouse, and WiFi are all included. While this configuration of the Vostro 330 won’t win any world speed records, it will handle all the usual PC duties just fine.Most all-in-one desktops command a bit of a price premium over similar modular desktops, but Dell is taking a massive discount off the Vostro 330. For a limited time you can get a whopping $350 off through a web-use coupon on all models priced at $899 or greater. The nice thing about this is that you can also upgrade the 330 further if you’ve got it in your budget, or stick with the base config that is plenty powerful for most users.Visit LogicBuy for the Dell Vostro 330 all-in-one desktoplast_img read more

8 grams of thorium could replace gasoline in cars

first_imgThe price of oil is on an upward spiral due to increasing demand and diminishing supplies. Short of finding vast new untapped reserves buried somewhere under out feet, we need to find an alternative sooner rather than later.Unless you have a lot of money to spend on an electric vehicle, everyone who drives a car today relies on oil for the gasoline that keeps it running. Although replacing the petrol engine with a battery and electric motor seems to be where we are heading, it only really shifts the problem to the power stations rather than the fuel pumps.There may be another way to power our cars, however, and it would mean never having to refuel you car–be it with gasoline or an electric charge.Charles Stevens is an inventor and CEO of Laser Power Systems. His idea is to replace the gasoline engine with an electricity generator that doesn’t require a battery. He is proposing the use of the rare earth mineral thorium in conjunction with a laser and mini turbines that easily produce enough electricity to power a vehicle.Thorium is abundant and radioactive, but much safer to use than an element such as uranium. When thorium is heated it becomes extremely hot and causes heat surges allowing it to be coupled with mini turbines producing steam that can then be used to generate electricity. It also helps that it has a very large liquid range between melting and boiling point.Combining a laser, radioactive material, and mini-turbines might sound like a complicated alternative solution to filling your gas tank, but there’s one feature that sells it as a great alternative solution.Stevens has worked out you’d require a 227kg, 250MW thorium engine in order to power a typical road car. Within that system 1 gram of thorium produces the equivalent of 7,500 gallons of gasoline. So if you fit the Thorium engine with 8 grams of Thorium, it will run the vehicle for its entire lifetime without needing to be refueled while all the time not producing any emissions. The engine lasts so long in fact, that it could be taken from one vehicle and used in another as and when they wear out.The issues to overcome are the radioactivity and the mining of thorium to make this engine possible. Stevens says the radioactivity can easily be contained with aluminium foil. As for the mining, the reserves are there, with 440,000 tons alone in the U.S., we just need the mining facilities to extract it in large enough quantities. With the potential benefits that is sure to happen.Stevens admits that his biggest hurdle isn’t the thorium and laser aspects of the system, but the mini turbines which have to be made small enough to fit inside a vehicle while generating enough electricity. Even so, Stevens believes he’ll have a working prototype by 2014 and the potential to not only replace, but improve upon the gasoline-powered engines we rely on today.Read more at Wardsauto.comlast_img read more

LG develops 55inch TV with 34mm bezel

first_imgEver since flat screen TVs replaced CRTs there has been an ongoing battle between manufacturers to make them bigger and/or thinner. Consumer models now top out at 60-inches, any bigger and you pay thousands more for them. The displays have also got picture frame-thin and much lighter than previous generations making wall-hanging a simple task.So we have huge, thin, lightweight TVs. Where else can manufacturers tighten up the design? It turns out there’s one more area that could be made thinner: the bezel.Samsung impressed us first with its 8000 series TV and a bezel that only measured around 10mm. It’s still noticeable, but that’s more to do with the fact they decided to make it shiny silver rather than a matt or satin finish.At 10mm with the TV on it’s almost as if the bezel isn’t there, but LG has decided to go a step further and has decreased the size of the bezel a lot more. The company’s latest 55-inch display achieves a 3.4mm bezel on its upper and left sides. The lower and right sides are just 1.9mm making this officially the thinnest bezel on a TV (so far).Now a 55-inch display should be big enough for any home, but if you put two of these together the gap in the middle is only going to be 5.3mm. You will still notice it, but I doubt it would ruin your viewing experience.The panel will display 1920 x 1080 resolution and has a brightness rated at 800cd/m2. Understandably, LG is aiming this at the commercial sector for those wanting large digital signage. But I’m sure if you had the space four of these on the wall would be a tempting proposition, although I’d settle for one.Hopefully we’ll get to see images and video footage of the new TV in actions next week. LG is setting up a 3 x 3, 165-inch configuration for the FPD International 2011 show being held October 26-28 in Japan.via Tech-On!last_img read more

MIT student constructs Mario Kart racer power slides through hallways with impunity

first_imgHere’s a story for all of you out there that had parents that told you that playing video games would never make you any money. Charles Guan, a MIT grad student, successfully created a working replica of the vehicles from Super Mario Kart. Powered by four individual motors attached to its wheels, Guan’s kart can reach speeds upwards of 26 mph and has the ability to make some insane turns when the pilot uses their weight to lean into the curves. Even more impressive is the fact that he fabricated it in just three weeks, using some brilliant ideas, possibly instilled in him from that excellent technical education he received.Officially known as the “Chibikart,” the miniature vehicle employs some interesting mechanics to achieve those speeds and cornering abilities. First, as you will notice from the picture above, it’s built to be as light weight as possible. In comparison to a fellow student’s kart project that is to the right of the Chibikart, Guan’s version looks stripped down and has noticeably smaller wheels. With  a frame that is a mere 30-inches long and 18-inches wide, there really isn’t much room to put much on the vehicle anyways as the racer is built for speed and efficiency.Of course, the question on everyone’s mind is exactly what did Guan use to make this little rig travel so fast? The answer comes in the form of some simple electronics that come from China, and a battery that “isn’t supposed to exist yet.”Because Guan fancies himself more of a tinkerer rather than an inventor, he’s always on the lookout for different kinds of parts that he can scavenge and repurpose or are available at a lower cost than normal market prices. It also helps that he’s in the middle of a university that can get its hands on items that aren’t available on the open market as of yet. Taking advantage of this fact, Guan installed a 32-volt battery and electrical system along with an e-bike controller straight from China to run the power plant of the vehicle. Installed underneath the seat, this combination is enough to power each of the electrical motors installed in the four small wheels and hurtling a rider along at an impressive clip.Guan states on his blog that the theoretical top speed of the Chibikart is around 26 MPH, factoring in estimates for air resistance and the grade of the ground being traversed. Rider weight comes largely into play as well, so a real-life Bowser would slow down the kart, especially when going uphill.To recreate the Chibikart for yourself would be a bit of an expensive venture. While Guan estimates that he put about $1750 in the project between parts and outsourcing some of the metal fabrication, he says in actuality it would cost a consumer up around $3000 since they would have to pay for the battery he got given to him for being an MIT student. Still, if we ever see some hardcore kart street racing happening Fast and Furious style, you can bet we’ll see replicas of this beauty cranking around cones and obstacles. Hopefully they will leave the banana peels at home!Read more at Guan’s site, via Kotakulast_img read more

Jolla shows off Sailfish OS

first_imgIf you consider choice a good thing, then you’ve probably been waiting excitedly to see what the team at Jolla has planned for its Sailfish OS. Today, you can take an early look at their efforts. Jolla is promising a mobile OS that’s unlike anything else on the market, with an emphasis on personalization, multitasking, and performance.In the demo video that’s been posted, Jolla shows a lockscreen that looks a bit like a mix of BlackBerry 10 and Windows Phone. A quartet of large, clean tiles dominate the display, and swipe gestures allow control over the apps they represent — for example, swiping the music app’s thumbnail reveals playback controls. In the gallery app, Sailfish allows setting wallpaper images by gently pulling down to scroll through a hidden menu at the top of the screen.Those of you who hate having to press a button to wake up your phone will love one small Sailfish feature. Like the BlackBerry PlayBook, Jolla’s demo device can be awoken with a screen gesture — a double-tap anywhere on the surface, as opposed to RIM’s slide from edge to edge.Apart from posting a teaser video that shows a brief glimpse of the OS, Jolla has also given a few members of the press a more personal look at Sailfish running on what looks like a Nokia N950. That doesn’t come as a complete surprise considering that Jolla rose from the ashes of Nokia’s MeeGo team. The N950 was Nokia’s official MeeGo developer handset and it was first shown off back in the summer of 2011. Unfortunately for MeeGo fans, it was never released to the general public.Other good news around Sailfish this morning: ST Ericsson has pledged its support for Jolla’s efforts, and the company says that many Android apps will “just work” on the new platform. The Mer Project Wiki also offers a number of handy developer downloads already, including the SDK. That includes a virtual machine image that can be run inside an app like VirtualBox, so enterprising types with a penchant for compiling and bleeding-edge software can get involved with Sailfish OS right now.More at Jolla and JollaUserslast_img read more

Nucifora insists Ireland are simply playing by the threeyear residency rule

first_img By Murray Kinsella Share11 Tweet Email Friday 28 Oct 2016, 7:45 AM Oct 28th 2016, 7:45 AM Add us: the42.ie 22,699 Views Short URL 46 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article THE DEBATE AROUND the three-year residency rule in rugby well and truly burst back into life this week based on the searingly honest comments from Luke Fitzgerald.Whether or not you agree with what the former Leinster and Ireland back had to say, his genuine answer to a question that has bothered so many in the game must be applauded.There are many, many more people within the sport – particularly players – who share Fitzgerald’s opinions, but their hands are tied and lips sealed in terms of giving an honest opinion on the record. Bundee Aki qualifies for Ireland next year. Source: James Crombie/INPHOThe IRFU’s stance on the matter, underlined by performance director David Nucifora again yesterday, is simple.“They’re the rules, so that’s what is set out for us,” said the Australian at the Aviva Stadium. “So like every other country, we all operate from the same set of rules. Whilst they’re there, we’re happy to abide by them, again, like every other country does.”Nucifora was quick to stress that it is the provinces who identify foreign players to bring to Ireland with contract offers, therefore rejecting the notion that the IRFU is actively scoring the globe for possible project players to qualify for Ireland.“I don’t think every player comes up here with that view [to play for Ireland]; players come up here to play rugby for a living. There are a lot of players who come up here who qualify, who aren’t good enough to play for Ireland.“There are players who come up here and fill the required time frame, and over that three years and beyond they do prove that they’re good enough.”Nucifora also insisted that “it doesn’t really worry me” if the recently-formed working group reviewing the residency rule on World Rugby’s behalf finds that a change is required.While players like Bundee Aki are likely to continue to filter into the Ireland team after three years of living here, Nucifora says the IRFU is spending more time thinking about its development pathway for young players on this island.“Our focus is on producing Irish players, hence that’s why our strong investment has been in the pathways to keep giving those young players the opportunity.“When foreign players come up here, we look very closely – we just don’t let anyone come in. We look at how it effects the pathway, how it effects the succession planning, and a case in point is probably young Joey Carbery. Carbery has thrived with opportunity at Leinster. Source: Inpho/Billy Stickland“Leinster would have loved to have had a foreign replacement when Ian Madigan left but we felt that they had the depth there and needed to give these boys an opportunity. And from that, look at what we’ve got now. We’ve got a player of genuine ability who has been given an opportunity, and now he’s in the national squad.”Balance is the key for Nucifora, who pointed out that provincial fans get excitement from the signing of players from abroad.“The foreign players will always be welcome. They fill a place in Irish rugby, as they do in every other country.”The popularity of some foreign imports was made clear by the anger in Ulster at the IRFU’s decision to prevent them from re-contracting South African scrum-half Ruan Pienaar beyond next summer.The decision continues to cause grievance in the northern province, particularly with many sharing the view that Ulster don’t have the necessary depth to cover his loss at scrum-half.“I think it was a fairly clear-cut situation, to be honest,” said Nucifora. “Ruan has been a great servant for Ulster Rugby over seven years. Did we think it would be wise for him to stay nine years? No. I mean, that doesn’t fit in with any of our plans.“So his role within Ulster Rugby, he’s done a great job, but it’s time to move on and as I’ve just referred to with Joey Carbery coming through, when someone moves on people think, ‘Gosh, we’ll never replace him, we’ll never find someone to fill that spot’.“But there’s always someone who comes through once that opportunity presents itself. It may be uncomfortable for a short period of time, but I’m sure that someone will put their hand up now that an opportunity presents itself.”As for the re-contracting of homegrown players, Nucifora is hopeful that the IRFU and the provinces will be able to make a number of announcements in the coming weeks. Toner is out of contract at the end of the season. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOThere aren’t too many high-profile Ireland internationals coming towards the end of contracts this season, but the likes of Devin Toner, Donnacha Ryan, Darren Sweetnam, Dave Kilcoyne and others are.“The good thing is we don’t lose too many players,” said Nucifora yesterday. “For the number of players who choose to go, our retention rate is pretty good.“There are a number of players off contract. We are in negotiations with a number of them and things are travelling on pretty well. I’d like to think we’ll start to be able to announce a few players over the next few weeks that have re-signed.“It is a busy period at the moment for the provinces and ourselves in that area. There is some good news coming, not too far off.”Nucifora also underlined his pleasure at Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt ignoring the high levels of interest from elsewhere to finally sign a new contract with the IRFU through to the 2019 World Cup, saying that the Kiwi “actually had a lot longer to make a decision if he wanted to.”With Schmidt and assistant coach Andy Farrell now locked in until the 2019 tournament, Nucifora and the IRFU will look to extend the contracts of their fellow Ireland coaches.The42 is on Snapchat! Tap the button below on your phone to add! 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Man dies following serious accident at Heathrow airport

first_img Feb 14th 2018, 11:51 AM By Ceimin Burke Wednesday 14 Feb 2018, 11:51 AM Updated at 12.10pmA MAN HAS DIED following a crash on the airfield at London’s Heathrow Airport this morning.Two members of airport staff who were operating vehicles were involved in the collision which took place shortly after 6am.One of the men, who was in his 40s, was hospitalised with serious injuries where he later died.Another man was treated at the scene for a suspected broken shoulder.“We can confirm that following a serious accident involving two vehicles on our airfield, an airport colleague has passed away,” a spokesperson for the airport said in a statement. 41,991 Views Man dies following ‘serious accident’ at Heathrow airport Two members of staff operating airport vehicles were involved in the incident. Image: Steve Parsons 9 Comments Police and airside operations vehicles at Heathrow Airport today. Image: Steve Parsons Police and airside operations vehicles at Heathrow Airport today. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3851147 Share56 Tweet Email Short URL Our deepest condolences go to the family and friends affected by this accident. We will be fully cooperating with the Police in the investigation which will follow.The spokesperson added that they are working to minimise delays for passengers.The Met Police said the Health and Safety Executive have been notified and there have been no arrests. A post-mortem will take place in due course.READ: Three-year-old girl who was injured in Dublin home over the weekend dies>READ: United Airlines plane forced to make emergency landing after engine cover rips apart mid-flight>last_img read more

Politician and two journalists killed in Finnish shooting

first_imgPolitician and two journalists killed in Finnish shooting The suspect is being interrogated, but investigators say the motive is unclear. 30 Comments Image: File image – Google Streetview By AFP Image: File image – Google Streetview Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3118850 Dec 4th 2016, 1:29 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email A GUNMAN SHOT dead three women, including a council leader, as they were leaving a restaurant in a small Finnish town last night, according to police.Investigators cited by the SST news agency today said the municipal council head and two local journalists were killed in the town of Imatra by a man armed with a shotgun who was later arrested.The suspect is being interrogated but the motive for the attack remains unclear, the investigators told a press conference.Imatra is a small lakeside town in southeastern Finland, just a few kilometres from the Russian border.- © AFP 2016Read: Emergency services at scene of fatal crash in Co Waterford > 14,719 Views Sunday 4 Dec 2016, 1:29 PMlast_img read more

The tribunal is dead long live the tribunal Irelands messy love affair

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The price of the humble loaf of bread led to a tribunal. Source: Shutterstock/Gamzova OlgaHowever, he also seemed to hit onto a problem with such investigations:“The resolution provides that the Commission is to make practical suggestions for the reduction of prices. Now, I have no objection in asking them to do so, but I do not wish to be taken as one of those who really believe that the Commission can effectually reduce prices.”In any case – and whether it worked or not – the entire cost of the exercise was an estimated £1,667.Throughout the 1920s, tribunals remained in vogue with probes into various scandals to do with ports and harbours, the marketing of butter, maize and cereals and the shooting of Timothy Coughlan (an IRA volunteer linked with the assassination of Minister for Justice Kevin O’Higgins) all brought forward.They were still popular in the 1930s and 1940s – to look at pig production, the grading of fruit and veg, town tenants, public transport and fires at Pearse Street and St Joseph’s Orphanage in Cavan – before hitting a lull in the 1950s.By then, politicians had been burned by the public’s outrage at the £4,389 cost of a 1946 examination of allegations against a parliamentary secretary in de Valera’s government.  As a result, the Oireachtas established just one public inquiry over the following decade (at almost half the cost).Eight years passed but soon public sector pay landed the government of the day in hot water, leading to what would now probably be an inevitable inquiry. And then the death of Liam O’Mahony in custody on 30 May 1967 and subsequent claims that the deceased had received injuries in a garda station prompted Minister for Justice Brian Lenihan Senior to establish a tribunal.In their 65-page report, three judges looked at questions of garda conduct and the use of batons which circulated in media reports.They found no wrongdoing by gardaí, ruling that O’Mahony – who was intoxicated at the time of his detention – died from injuries sustained in a fall from a barstool. Evidence and re-enactments were seen and heard by the three-strong panel.The judges, however, did criticise the intemperate language used by journalists in two newspapers which stirred the public’s disquiet and ultimately forced the £13,000 tribunal.Two years later, an RTÉ programme called Seven Days aired a report by Bill O’Herlihy focusing on the victims of illegal money lenders.O’Herlihy tracked down those who worked in the black market and talked to them about their behaviours. It caused huge controversy at the time because of the use of hidden cameras, microphones and actors which eventually led to a full-blown inquiry entangling the soon-to-be household sports name, the national broadcaster and the government. Senior Counsel, the late Adrian Hardiman, arriving at the Moriarty Tribunal in Dublin Castle. Source: Eamonn FarrellThe first 23 tribunals held in this State between 1925 and 1982 cost either hundreds or thousands of pounds (the lowest coming in at £622 in the 1920s).But by the 1980s, with television, radio and newspapers clamouring, scandals got bigger – and more costly.When the Kerry Babies Tribunal was formed, it was a talking point for the entire nation.There were protests outside the offices and it provided a conversation starting point for such lofty topics as women’s rights, Ireland’s attitude toward reproduction and sex.Also involving the gardaí, it was asked to examine how they investigated the discovery of a newborn baby’s body at the White Strand near Cahircaveen. A young woman living in the village of Abbeydorney 75 kilometres away – who had given birth to a child who had also died – became implicated following a search for its mother and the discovery of a second body.Both the woman at the centre of the horrific case, Joanne Hayes, and the investigating gardaí were criticised by the final report, but no charges were ever brought. Hayes continues to contest the finding that she precipitated the death of her baby. A protester outside the Kerry Babies Tribunal in 1985. Source: Rolling NewsMore than 30 years on and the harrowing images of Hayes being questioned at the Tribunal in Dublin Castle endure. Not only was the public interest heightened in the case, but the bill was also higher (£1.645 million).The 1980s had nothing on 1990 tribunals, however.For starters? The Beef, of course.That will be £27.233 million (in 1991). And a government collapse (four years later).The Tribunal of Inquiry into the Beef Processing Industry was launched following an ITV programme which put the spotlight on Larry Goodman’s food empire.His links to Fianna Fáil’s Charlie Haughey and Albert Reynolds became unsettling – enough so that Progressive Democrat leader Des O’Malley threatened to pull the plug on their coalition if a tribunal wasn’t set up. Albert Reynolds – then Taoiseach and Fianna Fáil leader – after finishing giving evidence at the Beef Tribunal. Source: RollingNews.ieIn the end (August 1994), Reynolds said the judges’ 580-page report left him “fully and totally vindicated, both personally and as a minister”. But his Tánaiste Dick Spring wasn’t feeling in the same spirits and eventually their coalition ruptured.The lukewarm findings of the Beef Tribunal didn’t stop the train. In rolled Finlay (into Hepatitis C infection of pregnant women; £4.7 million), McCracken (into Alleged Payments by Dunnes Stores; £6.56 million) and Lindsay (HIV and Hepatitis C infection of haemophiliacs; £46.649 million).They had nothing on the length and cost of the pleasantly named trio of Morris, Moriarty and Mahon though.The Tribunal of Inquiry into complaints concerning some Gardaí of the Donegal Division was led by Justice Frederick Morris – and, yes, also involved allegations of poor policing.Six years and €70 million after being established, its sixth and final report outlined a shocking web of lies and corruption, as well as a ‘blue wall of silence’, in the investigation of the death of local cattle dealer Richard Barron.In July 2013, the Irish Times published a story with the headline: Morris tribunal recommendations yet to be implemented by An Garda.As Morris dragged into the bowels of 2008, so did Moriarty. Despite starting the job years earlier, Justice Michael Moriarty was still up against it. Former Esat chairman Denis O’Brien outside the Moriarty Tribunal in 2001, where he had been giving evidence. Source: Graham HughesOfficially called the Tribunal of Inquiry into certain Payments to Politicians and Related Matters, it began in the late 1990s to look into the financial affairs of Charlie Haughey and Michael Lowry. It was still chugging along in 2008, and beyond.It cost over €46 million and eventually – after 14 years – found that former Fine Gael minister Michael Lowry had an “insidious and pervasive” influence over the awarding of Ireland’s second mobile phone licence in the 1990s to Denis O’Brien’s Esat Digifone company.Lowry is currently still a sitting TD for Tipperary. He rejects the findings of the Tribunal, as does O’Brien.And we come back to Mahon – the Tribunal to End All Tribunals.It cost an estimated €159 million. It took a staggering 15 years to complete, running from 1997 until the publication of a final report in 2012.It heard from 600 witnesses over 1,200 days. All to figure out why councillors rezoned land which planners had advised against. Why, indeed.Although it stopped short of finding him corrupt, Bertie Ahern rejected the findings of the tribunal. It did conclude that the former taoiseach had lied about the source of over STG£215,000 lodged in bank accounts connected to him.The report made findings of corruption against former Fianna Fáil minister Padraig Flynn, developer Owen O’Callaghan, the late Fianna Fáil TD Liam Lawlor and 11 councillors.It was still heartily criticised for being mostly toothless, with many forced to resign from the Fianna Fáil party (including Bertie) but facing few other sanctions. While the tribunal was ongoing, former Justice Minister Ray Burke was sentenced to six months in jail for tax evasion after being found to have taken corrupt payments.Testimony about him was some of the more memorable and explosive. During one public hearing, whistleblower James Gogarty revealed how he had been with property developer Michael Bailey in 1989 when an envelope filled with cash was handed over to Burke.Afterwards Gogarty said he asked Bailey if he would get a receipt for the money. Bailey’s response was succinct:Will we fuck.And, so here we are. The tribunal has risen like a phoenix from the country’s collective shallow memory pool.We still have to learn the who, the how, the when and the where but for now, Mick,  welcome back the sublime and the ridiculous.Oh, and in case you missed it, Fianna Fáil has an 11-point lead in the latest opinion polls. Source: StatistaExplainer: What exactly is a Tribunal of Inquiry?LIVE: There will be a Tribunal into alleged smear campaign against Maurice McCabeMore: Another garda whistleblower says Tusla investigation also opened in his case By Sinead O’Carroll http://jrnl.ie/3240068 Justice Fergus Flood, the first Chairman of the Planning Tribunal, outside his office In Dublin Castle. Source: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ieThe publication of the Mahon report in March ended the era of tribunals.That was a line penned by Irish Examiner journalist Michael Clifford for his newspaper on 1 January 2013.Citing Mahon and Moriarty, he finished that same (excellent) column with a farewell to an era of public inquiries that “cost an arm and a leg”.“You provided endless realms of news for those of us in the news business. And you weren’t beyond the odd light moment, when sublime and ridiculous collided as tales of madness for days of yore poured out. We’ll not see your likes again. Thankfully.”The irony that Clifford would be at the heart of a scandal that would wrench those very same, antiquated, unwelcome throwbacks from the brink of extinction.For the past three years, while the word tribunal was packed away in a closet with Bertie’s yellow pants, Clifford has been writing about the plight of garda whistleblowers, specifically Maurice McCabe.Yesterday, Enda Kenny dusted off the 1921 Tribunals of Inquiry (Evidence) Act to confirm he would establish a public inquiry into allegations that a smear campaign was waged against the sergeant by senior gardaí.A senior judge will be asked to investigate this central question and report findings to the Oireachtas. He will have the powers of the High Court to compel witnesses and to ensure their cooperation because, after all, these are probes only set up to inquire “into matters of urgent public importance”. Former Fine Gael Minister for Communications Michael Lowry arriving at the Moriarty Tribunal. Source: Leon FarrellTo anyone who does not remember Mahon or Moriarty, that might sound a quite straightforward prospect. But, most will know that Ireland’s history with such probes has been nothing of the sort.‘Tribunal’ became a dirty word because of their duration, their cost and, in many cases, their ineffectiveness.They are essentially fact-finding missions. They cannot dole out justice but they can point fingers. They, in theory, can satiate an Irish desire to know everything about everything (and everyone). The truth is important to us as a society but tribunals often let us down. The truth – or the journey to it, to be more correct – is often too messy for our appetites.In 1925, the State’s first ever tribunal investigated the ‘retail prices of articles in general consumption’ (or the Tribunal on Food Prices for short).It was established at the time to figure out what was inflating the price of consumer goods. Moving a motion on the matter in the Seanad on 27 January 1926, Senator John Douglas explained why it was being called, in layman’s terms.“There was evidence that the loaf in London, which is decidedly cheaper than the loaf in Dublin, is not the same loaf,” he said.We can discover whether it is not, or whether there is an explanation of that, and then whether it is desirable, contrariwise, that we should have a somewhat reduced loaf. I give this illustration of a matter that the Tribunal might be instrumental in setting right. Feb 15th 2017, 6:32 AM Short URLcenter_img The tribunal is dead, long live the tribunal: Ireland’s messy love affair with ‘the truth’ “The tribunal has risen from the shallow pool of our collective memory.” 28 Comments 11,966 Views Wednesday 15 Feb 2017, 6:32 AM Share102 Tweet Email3 last_img read more