Flights getting back to normal after major air traffic control problem fixed

first_imgUpdated 19:51FLIGHTS IN AND out of Britain are getting back to normal this evening following a major air traffic control problem which led to major delays throughout the day.Passengers at Dublin Airport were among thousands affected by the issue, with the airport repeatedly advising customers to check with their individual airlines for details of delays and cancellations.Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted, Cardiff and Glasgow airports were all affected by the issue.In a statement, the National Air Traffic Control Service (NATS) said a technical problem occurred at its Swanwick centre in Hampshire in the early hours of this morning.The problem was related to the internal telephone system used by air traffic controllers and NATS said at 12.30pm that it expected to take about six hours to resolve with engineers “working hard” to fix the issue.This evening NATS confirmed that the problem had been resolved.It said that more than 80 per cent of flights had operated as usual but that the reduction in capacity had disproportionately affected southern England which it said is an ‘extremely complex and busy airspace’.It described the problem as “a major challenge for our engineering team and for the manufacturer”.“To be clear, this is a very complex and sophisticated system with more than a million lines of software,” the statement said. “This is not simply internal telephones, it is the system that controllers use to speak to other ATC [air traffic control] agencies both in the UK and Europe and is the biggest system of its kind in Europe”.More than 100 Ryanair flights to and from the south of England were affected with ten cancelled over the course of the day.At least seven Aer Lingus round trips were cancelled and there have been some delays on other flights. A spokesperson told that the majority of cancellations wereon routes with multiple flights a day and customers were being accommodated on the next available flight.While no flights were cancelled at Shannon Airport, there were a number of delays but a spokesperson said the majority of flights are back on schedule now and passengers are being asked to come to the airport on time.NATS apologised to everyone affected by the problems.First published 10:20Additional reporting by Christine BohanRead: Just one air traffic controller to work night shift at Cork Airport from January>last_img read more

10 telling symptoms youre a certified television binger

first_img Source: Goodreads6. You’ve somewhat lost touch with realityWork is just an eight hour gap between you and your next episode. You’d rather watch it alone so you can keep up the pace and will have minimal interruption. Social interaction? What’s that?7. You’ve developed an unquenchable thirst to know everything about a show you’re intoEnter, the internet. If it’s related to the show, you’ll find it. Interviews with the actors, useless Wikipedia trivia, blooper reels on YouTube. Basically, all of your recommended videos are about Breaking Bad and you have yet to find a related Google link that isn’t purple.Did you know that Bryan Cranston is a Pisces? Of course you did.8. You’ll talk theories with anyone who will listenWhat are the polar bears on the Lost island? WHO IS THE MOTHER? You ponder and ponder until it’s 4am and you’re arguing with an Australian via twitter hashtags about how Sherlock faked his death. Source: Imgur9. You can watch it over and over againYou may not actively seek out a show you’ve already watched, but if it happens to be on television as you’re flicking by, you’ll have no qualms in watching it again. You’ll also laugh EVERY, TIME. It’s like greeting an old friend. Source: Tumblr10. Social media is your mortal enemySo you had to go to a damn wedding or some exotic holiday last week and you had no choice but to miss a new episode. Of course everyone in the world has already watched it and are tweeting about it. It’s a minefield out there.9 series on Netflix which might have passed you by>Netflix to take on Hollywood with original movies> WHAT DID WE ever do before box sets and Netflix? Use the RTÉ Guide, newspaper, or even the teletext schedule? Did we actually WAIT for something to come on, then wait another week to watch the next episode? Enough of this nightmarish dystopia, let’s get real.Going on a Friday night binge but have basically watched everything ever made? Let this handy flow chart be your guide to find something new. Just expect to experience of dose of these telling signs:1. You constantly lose track of timeOne more episode won’t hurt. Oh dear, there was a huge cliffhanger at the end of that one so now you’ve to watch the next one. Ah look, it’s 3am and there’s work tomorrow. You DID watch three seasons in one day though, there’s one for the CV.2. You feel a strange sense of emptiness when an episode disappointsSo… that’s it? That had absolutely nothing to do with the current story arc and your favourite character was in it for like two minutes. Seriously? Now we’ve to wait until next week? Come off it. Source: Imgur3. You have no problem staying up late to see a show premiere on US televisionYou have to stream it from the states and don’t mind giving yourself about 12 viruses in the pursuit. The episode doesn’t start until 2am but my God, you’ll be up to witness it along with everyone else. The thought of people seeing it before you just KILLS you. Source: Shutterstock4. Your Netflix recommendations are getting oddly specificAnd you buy into each and every one. Source: Imgur5. You start to miss the charactersYou may be tempted to turn to fan fiction. Christ, you might even read one of those ‘official’ tie-in books.last_img read more

Taoiseach has no intention of playing party politics over abortion issue

first_imgIn pictures: Pro-life Knock vigil for mothers and unborn babies ENDA KENNY DISMISSED calls for a constitutional referendum on abortion in the Dáil this afternoon.Answering a question posed by Deputy John Halligan, the Taoiseach stated the heads of the bill approved by government last week will not impact the Constitution.“There is no change nor will there be any change,” he said.“This [draft law] does not involve anything extraneous like what you mentioned…fatal foetal abnormality, rape or incest.”Halligan had proposed a referendum to allow the electorate decide if a woman should be allowed a legal abortion in Ireland in the case of rape or incest or if she is carry a child with a fatal diagnosis.Kenny said he had “no intention of playing party politics with a matter as sensitive as this”.“We are confined here in what we are doing by the Constitution and, within the Constitution what the law as determined by the Supreme Court is. So it is within these confines that the heads have been approved by government and will follow through the process.”He noted that a right to travel has been specifically given to women.The government is focussed on dealing with what is within the Constitution and within current law, he added.Kenny said he has spoken to women who have undergone termination procedures, as well as those who have been raped. He told Halligan that the issues he raised were “very important”, adding that people make these choices under circumstances of great duress.Speaking in the chamber, Halligan had said that the pro-life movement “centres on the right to life of the foetus” but argued that a woman also has the right not to be raped.“If her right is violated, I believe she has the right to end a pregnancy at her discretion,” he said. “I defy any TD to look a pregnant rape victim in the eye and tell her – or tell a woman carrying a baby that is certain to die at birth – that we are more entitled than she is to be in control of her body. We cannot continue to brush these cases under the carpet and pretend they are not happening.”Medical Terminations: ‘Ours is a very specific, heartbreaking and clear-cut case’‘Misleading’ to say abortion does or does not help suicidal womenlast_img read more

Bus Éireann services to resume for next 48 hours

first_imgWORKERS AT BUS Éireann have suspended their industrial action for the next 48 hours.In a statement tonight, the company said it “will seek to operate as many services as possible” from tomorrow morning. Customers have been advised to check the firm’s website, as well as national and local media for latest updates on the operation of services as Bus Éireann cannot guarantee full service from 6.30am.However, it has vowed to put as many buses on the road as possible. Up to 80,000 customers were impacted by the withdrawal of service during the past two days.The breakthrough comes after an intervention from the Labour Relations Commission earlier today. About 1,100 members of the National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) began their strike on Sunday over Bus Éireann’s planned changes to pay and terms of employment.Following a three hour meeting this evening, Bus Éireann also agreed to put its proposals on hold while a compromise on savings is sought. Intensive talks between the unions and management will resume at the LRC in the morning as attempts are made to reach an agreement on how to achieve the €5 million savings required by the loss-making State-owned outfit.Trade union SIPTU plans to ballot its members on possible strike action on Thursday.Bus Éireann strike: LRC invites company and workers to talks13 ways to get through the Bus Eireann strikelast_img read more

Seven cases of child porn were traced to Irish servers last year

first_img2013 SAW THE single highest number of child porn cases traced back to Irish servers, a new report has, a website founded by the Internet Service Providers Association of Ireland, today released their 2013 report that showed that up to 2009, there had been no cases of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) traced back to Ireland.In the four years from 2009-2012 recorded 11 cases of CSAM. However, in 2013 alone there were seven cases, the highest number so far in one year.Five out of the seven cases traced to Ireland in 2013 were cloud related.These cases of abuse affected one operator’s cloud servers here which are managed from the USA. While not a member of ISPAI, took action and succeeded, in cooperation with law enforcement agencies, to have the content removed from the internet.Hotline says that with the advent of Cloud services and the fact that these straddle jurisdictions, not just adjacent countries, the situation is becoming ever more complex.Even so, they say, Ireland has an “excellent record” in comparison to most other developed European countries.According to Paul Durrant, CEO of ISPAI and manager of, another trend identified thorough analysis of the assessments conducted by is that “paedophiles are constantly trying to find new ways to avoid detection”.We are concerned that peer-to-peer services are increasingly being abused and I would like to use the opportunity to appeal to those using these services in a legitimate way to report, using the anonymous service, if they encounter filenames suggesting or referring to images or videos of CSAM.Throughout 2013, assessed as CSAM, under Irish Law, 128 Cases which were traced and forwarded to the appropriate jurisdiction for action. The top 3 countries to which forwarded CSAM reports for action and investigation were the USA (48), the Netherlands (18) and Russia (16).Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said that the results were ‘heartbreaking’, and called on the public be vigilant.“It is heartbreaking to note that children in all categories are at risk in this vile online trade.“On the positive side, it would seem from the report that Irish people are less likely to stumble across illegal material than they were in the past.“On the negative side, this may mean that those who provide and those who seek out such material are getting better at concealing it.”Read: Child pornography ring used social networks to lure 251 victimslast_img read more

The Best Gifts for World of Warcraft Players

first_imgAww. Is there any better way to show your love to that WoWplayer in your life than with a stuffed bi-pedal amphibious beasts? Taverncraft Stein Collection, $39.99 to $189.99  Cataclysm MMO Gaming Mouse, $99.99 What better way to spend the holidays than sipping some nog outof one of these beauties? Choose from the Tankard, the Murloc, the Alliance,the Horde, the Dragon, or the Lich King. Personally, I’d recommend one with atop, so as to avoid spilling beverage on the old keyboard during a WoW drinkinggame. FigurePrints Busts, $69.95 These limited-edition headsets are designed with WoW playersin mind (though they’ll function for non-WoW gaming, as well). They feature anoise-canceling Microsoft, customizable lenses that “can be used to declareyour allegiance to your faction.” The coolest feature of all is the built-in VoiceFXtechnology, which let’s you change your voice to sound like various WoW characters. Talking Murloc Plush Toy, $39.99 Odds are that the WoW player in your life spends a lot ofher time with a hand on her mouse. This mouse from Steel Series borrows adesign scheme from Deathwing the Destroyer — right down to the spiked buttons onthe side. The mouse works with PC or Mac, has 14 buttons, and four levels ofpulsation. You can customize it to your heart’s content. Creative Sound Blaster Headsets, $119.99center_img If you really want to wow a WoW fan, check out thesecustomized character busts. FigurePrints takes players’ character data andcreates a customized five-inch 3D bust made out of plaster. T-Shirts $5-$24.99 Is there a World of Warcraft player in your life, but you don’t know the difference between a Mage and Druid? There’s no need to panic as the holiday season swiftly approaches. We’ve got a handful of surefire holiday hits after the jump. Jinx lets players wear their WoW devotion (and class) ontheir sleeves with a huge line of Warcraft shirts, from the serious (World ofWarcraft Horde Spray), to the humorous (World of Warcraft Dalaran UniversityT-Shirt), to the downright artistic (World of WarCraft Murhol Pop Art T-Shirt).last_img read more

Google Cr48 seen running Android

first_imgGoogle’s first foray into laptop hardware is proving a big hit with developers. Although the Cr-48 was just intended to run an early version of Chrome OS, it hasn’t stopped hackers putting other operating systems on the machine.So far we’ve seen Windows 7, Mac OS X, and Ubuntu loaded on to the hardware. But today we found out Android also works.AdChoices广告Liam McLoughin, otherwise known as Hexxeh, is a very active developer who was lucky enough to receive a Cr-48. He posted a picture via his Twitter account showing the laptop running a version of Android. We don’t know specifically which version, but would like to think it’s the latest.Hexxeh has also been developing an “any OS” installer for the Cr-48 called Luigi. So far it handles Windows 7, OS X, and Ubuntu, but now he’s got Android running it will probably become part of Luigi too. Luigi is desirable as it offers a very simple way of flashing the Cr-48 firmware, which is otherwise quite an involved task depending on the OS you want to load.Although Hexxeh hasn’t officially released the files allowing for an Android install on the Cr-48, Twitter use coggy9 found them and got Android running on his own Cr-48 proving it really does work.Read more at Chrome OS Site, via NeowinMatthew’s OpinionI realize that the Cr-48 is just an experiment for Google, but I am liking the fact it is completely open for hacking. When Luigi gets released Cr-48 owners will be able to have a boot menu for all the major operating systems available to use. How many developers would benefit from such a setup? How many consumers would appreciate being able to buy one piece of hardware and switch between different environments on it?I think it would be quite popular with consumers, but companies like Apple would clearly have an issue with Mac OS running on anything other than Mac hardware.There’s still a few operating systems to go before the Cr-48 can really be called the universal laptop. As well as the many different distributions of Linux, there’s also MeeGo and older versions of Windows. Is there anything else you’d like to see running?last_img read more

Nintendo 3DS launch titles for North America

first_imgWondering what games the Nintendo 3DS will launch with in March? Considering the handheld’s hefty $250 price tag, it’s going to have to launch with some pretty good stuff in order for people to want to toss out their beloved DS Lite/DSi/DSi XLs.The good news is that the release list is looking relatively strong at the moment, with 30+ titles promised for the “launch window” (March 27 – the E3 Expo June). Not all of those will necessarily launch on day one though. Also, this list does not include Virtual Console titles, though we know some (like the GameBoy’s Super Mario Land will be available).First-Party:Pilotwings Resortnintendogs + cats Steel DiverThe Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3DStar Fox 64 3D Kid Icarus: UprisingMario KartAnimal CrossingPaper MarioThird-Party:Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked (Atlus)Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition (Capcom)Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D (Capcom)Madden NFL Football (EA SPORTS)The Sims 3 (Electronic Arts)Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D (Konami)LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars (LucasArts)Ridge Racer 3D (Namco Bandai Games America)Dual Pen Sports (Namco Bandai Games America)Super Monkey Ball 3D (Sega)Thor: God of Thunder (Sega)CRUSH 3D (Sega)BUST-A-MOVE UNIVERSE (Square Enix)Samurai Warriors Chronicles (Tecmo Koei America)Dead or Alive Dimensions (Tecmo Koei America)Asphalt 3D (Ubisoft)Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Shadow Wars (Ubisoft)Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs 3D (Ubisoft)Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell 3D (Ubisoft)Rayman 3D (Ubisoft)Rabbids Travel in Time (Ubisoft)That makes for 9 games from Nintendo and 21 from third-party developers, not including any downloadable titles. Again, those are all in the “launch window”.Some other titles we’ve learned about are:DECA SPORTS EXTREME (Hudson) – Sumer 2011Bomberman (Hudson) – Fall 2011Nikoli’s Pencil Puzzle (Hudson) – Fall 2011Pet Zombies in 3D (Majesco) – Fall 2011Face Kart: Photo Finish (Majesco) – Fall 2011That’s everything for now! Hopefully we’ll learn more about the launch dates within the window, so we’ll know for sure which games will actually be available on the 3DS’ March 27th release date.last_img read more

Man Scams Cisco Out Of 388000

first_img46-year-old Phillip Webb has been sentenced to 15 months in prison after an elaborate scam in which he bilked nearly $400,000 in computer parts out of Cisco Systems. He was also ordered to pay around $170,000 in restitution.Webb worked as the network services manager for the St. Paul Employees Postal Credit Union in Minnesota. Authorities say the credit union ordered parts from Cisco, but Webb would say the parts were faulty. Cisco then sent new products and asked Webb to send back the defective ones.But instead, Webb would sell the brand new parts he received from Cisco, order cheap, beat-up products online to send back to Cisco, and keep all parts in his workplace in tact.Webb reportedly sent back a total of 42 expensive computer components that he fraudulently represented as faulty office products. His criminal sentencing is the result of a plea deal he reached with prosecutors.Via Star Tribunelast_img read more

Student hacked into his high schools grade system like a reallife Ferris

first_imgIf you’re like me, your purely academic interest in hacking was first sparked by a little movie called Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. At the start of that film, Ferris Bueller — who has stayed home sick from school, despite a healthy constitution — hacks into his computer’s mainframe and changes his number of absences, along with his grades. With that in mind, look at the above mug shot. Does that smarmy, greasy visage look like the face of a modern day Ferris Bueller? No? It is. Meet Tyler Coyner, a student at the University of Nevada in Reno, as well as a technology entrepreneur. An entrepreneur in what, though? According to police, he runs a business charging students to hack into his former high school’s computer grading system and changing their grades.Unlike in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, though, hacking is a serious crime in the real world, and Coyner’s not getting off with just a laugh. In fact, he’s been charges and arrested with “conspiracy, theft and computer intrusion” alongside thirteen other students who he employed.The hacking in question does not sound to be particularly advanced. According to PC World, Coyner obtained a password somehow. Then again, it didn’t need to be, as Coyner’s own hacked grade point average amply attests. Not only did Coyner boast the grades of other students, he even raised his GPA to a 4.54 grade point average, which selected him as his high school’s 2010 salutatorian… an honor usually given to the student with the second highest marks at graduation. Pretty ballsy. You’d think some teacher would have figured out that the slacker at the back of their class never turning in his homework couldn’t actually have the second best GPA in the school, but perhaps that is testament to the lack of engagement of our public school teachers in their professions, or just to how reliant we are upon computers.Read more at PC Worldlast_img read more

Review Star Fox 64 3D for Nintendo 3DS

first_imgWhen considering Nintendo’s top franchises few people would note Star Fox as being among them. Even so, the series is time-tested, hardcore-gamer approved, and unique among Nintendo’s hall-of-famers. It was a memorable game on the SNES and a hit on the N64, so Nintendo is going back to the well and delivering what should be the 3DS’ third biggest release so far, behind The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Super Street Fighter 3D.Like Ocarina, Star Fox 64 3D is a remake of the Nintendo 64 game, complete with new graphics, 3DS-specific features (like tilt-to-steer), dual-screen action, and, of course, 3D. As with other 3DS games — for better or worse — all the new features can be turned off. This means you can opt for the N64 controls as opposed to 3DS-style ones, which use the on-board gyro sensor, and you can play without 3D.At its core Star Fox 64 3D is a remake of the original. The impact of the new controls is minimal and my guess is that most people will keep the game’s 3D turned off (I had a lot of trouble using it, especially combined with the steering features). This leaves users with little new content aside from a four player local multiplayer mode which actually has some cool features, like Download Play (where only one person needs to own the game) and a shared live video feed from the interior camera so your friends can see your face as you battle. Not that this is a major problem — Nintendo, and others, have proven that there is value in releasing an updated version of a great game on a new platform. Users can can then opt to buy it or jut dig out their old console and play that way if they don’t want to spend the caseA quick note on the controls–they are well done, but can feel jumpy at times. Aiming the Arwing with 3DS’ slide controller can be a bit problematic, even once you get a hang of it, because of the sensitivity of the controls. The small screen compounds this, which can get a little bit frustrating at times but never enough that it caused me to put the game down (for long). Star Fox 64 is not a difficult game so, if anything, the sensitive controls and lack of sticky aim on the enemies helps to make things a bit more challenging.SF643D has the same flaws as the original — the dialog is weak and the game is short — but these are relatively minor. It looks great and the game is made to be played through multiple times, each time exploring different routes though the 15 planet solar system. The sound is sharp and the Score Attack mode will allow players (read: perfectionists) to see just how good they can get at a given level. Star Fox isn’t really surviving, it’s about being as dominant as possible and both the campaign and Score Attack modes are designed to support this philosophy. A few unlockables and earnable badges further reinforce this.Ultimately Star Fox 64 3D is the same game you played through in 1997, or in 2007 when it become available on Virtual Console. It’s a great game that has been made better with a major graphical enhancement and then a few less important additions. $40 is a lot to spend on a remake, especially one available on Virtual Console for $10, but it’s one of the best games on the 3DS right now and will remain so for some time so if you want Star Fox when you are on the run, don’t hesitate to pick this fox 64 3d screenshotstar fox 64 3d screenshotstar fox 64 3d screenshotstar fox 64 3d screenshotstar fox 64 3d screenshotstar fox 64 3d gyro controlsstar fox 64 3d gameplaystar fox 64 3d gameplaystar fox 64 3d gameplaystar fox 64 3d gameplayThis review tested a retail copy of Star Fox 64 3D that was provided by Nintendo.last_img read more

Explainer How the Internet works

first_imgYou probably spend your fair share of time using the Internet, like right now. But did you ever wonder how this page got to you? The World Science Festival 2012 wrapped up in New York recently, and one of the videos produced for it seeks to explain how web pages reach your screen.The process starts with a request packet that gets sent off in the direction of whichever server a particular website is hosted on. In the video, a user in the UK is loading the World Science Festival’s website, which is hosted on a server in LA. The packet flows down the copper wires locally, then rockets across the Atlantic on fiber optic cables.When the packet arrives in the US, it stops off at 60 Hudson Street in New York. This is one of the largest connection hubs in the world, and the largest on the US East Coast. 60 Hudson routes the request on to LA where the server can read the request and send the page.It’s not as easy as just shooting the page along in a single packet. The page comes across in many smaller packets that are routed in various ways. The goal is just to get all the pieces back across the ocean to the original requestor in the most efficient way possible. Most of the packets will again pass through 60 Hudson on their way back to the UK.A lot happens when you request a webpage, but it all goes down in about a second. That sort of puts things in perspective and makes it harder to get upset when your page is loading a little slow.via World Science Festivallast_img read more

Brookstone offers projected keyboard on a keychain

first_imgYou have to love stores like Brookstone. It is the champion of selling products you never heard about before and now suddenly can’t see yourself living without. Enter the pocket-sized “Virtual Keyboard,” the latest addition to the retailer’s already expansive line of Bluetooth keyboards.The problem the Virtual Keyboard tries to solve is giving you access to a full size keyboard anywhere. For example, you might be toiling away on your smartphone or tablet and realize you need to send a lengthy email to someone, or you just really have an urge to work on that graduate thesis you’ve been putting off. With the new Virtual Keyboard, you need only pull out your keychain.The tiny device projects a laser that creates a keyboard instantly on any flat surface. Your keystrokes are recorded via “advanced optics” that can track the exact position on the keyboard where your fingers make contact with the surface. How accurate this system is we do not know, but it could prove rather frustrating or absolutely great as a quick, full size portable keyboard solution.The unit is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and reachrged using the included USB cable. As mentioned, Brookstone has already made the market of Bluetooth keyboards one of its cornerstones, so this will fit in nicely in its product catalog.The new device is manufactured by a company called CTX Virtual Technologies, which also specializes in multi-touch and embedded products for tablets and phones. The Virtual Keyboard will be available on October 1 and carries a retail price of $99.99.More at Brookstone, via Urban LOLlast_img read more

She deserves to be laid to rest Family appeal for information on

first_img 4 Comments By Órla Ryan Tuesday 28 Feb 2017, 6:15 AM ‘She deserves to be laid to rest’: Family appeal for information on 12th anniversary of woman’s disappearance Lisa Dorrian from Bangor disappeared after a party in 2005. Short URL Lisa Source: PSNI“Then think of Lisa. Remember how she loved to laugh and have a good time. How she spoke of her dreams and plans for the future. The future she would never have after that night.“Lisa was 25 when she died and went missing. She should now be 37.We lost our mum, Lisa’s mum, last year. She was only 59 and never ever got over losing Lisa. The thought of her daughter out there with no grave tortured her, as it must do you. We often say we never ever got over losing Lisa, but our mum couldn’t even function on a daily basis. We lost our mum and sister the day Lisa died.“Two weeks ago we lost our nanny, Lisa’s nanny. One of the last things she said to me as she was leaving this earth was that Lisa was at the end of her bed and was waiting with her. Our nanny and mum now have the answers we are trying to find. But you can help us find Lisa in this life, not the next.”Lisa’s father John added: “My daughter Lisa deserves to be found and laid to rest with her mum. We all think of Lisa every day. I’m sure you do too. Just tell us where she is. It’s never too late to tell us. A place is all we need. Please help yourself by easing your conscience. Tell us where Lisa is.”‘Substantial’ investigation The PSNI has described the investigation into Lisa’s disappearance and murder as “substantial”. It has involved:The identification of more than 4,000 witnessesTaking statements from 571 people.275 searches, 194 of them in caravans and outbuildingsEight arrests on suspicion of murder and a number of others for unrelated drugs offencesDetective Chief Inspector Galloway from Serious Crime Branch said: “For 12 years, Lisa’s family and friends have suffered intolerable grief. They cannot even begin to move on with their lives until her body is found.Sadly Lisa’s mother passed away last year without getting the answers she so badly wanted but the nightmare still goes on for Lisa’s father and three sisters. They continue to feel the pain and suffering of not knowing what happened to their loved one.“This remains a live police investigation, but we need the public’s help. We need you to tell us what you know.”Anyone with information has been asked to call detectives on 101. If someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.More information on the case can be read here.Read: Bus Éireann staff to begin indefinite strike from MondayRead: Man (20s) arrested over death of pensioner in Co Waterford Share156 Tweet Email Feb 28th 2017, 6:15 AM Source: PoliceServiceNI/YouTubePOLICE IN NORTHERN Ireland and the family of Lisa Dorrian are today making a renewed appeal for information about the missing Bangor woman on the 12th anniversary of her disappearance.A poignant video message (above) from two of Lisa’s sisters and her father John, along with the Senior Investigating Officer in the case, Detective Chief Inspector Justyn Galloway, has been released to mark the anniversary.Lisa, who was 25 when she was last seen, disappeared after a party at a caravan site in Ballyhalbert on 28 February 2005. Her body has yet to be found, but police believe she was murdered.Lisa’s sister Joanne said: “Today we are making this video appeal as it’s been 12 years since our sister went missing. We know we have the support of the people in Northern Ireland, and in fact across the world, and we are so grateful for that but this appeal is specifically to the person who was with Lisa at the moment she died. We don’t need to remind you how beautiful, funny and loving Lisa was … you know that because you knew her. She thought you were her friend. Lisa trusted you.“Think back to that night, I’m sure it’s not hard to do … it mustn’t ever be far from your thoughts. Think about what happened when Lisa died, how you panicked and made a decision that would change your life and our lives forever. 16,486 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Your crash course in How Germanstyle housing coops could end generation rent

first_img ACCORDING TO THE government’s Action Plan for Housing, a regulator will be appointed in the first three months of this year to oversee the governance and financial management of cooperative housing bodies.The regulator’s job will be “to safeguard public and private investment, rationalise and enable increased supply from the voluntary and cooperative housing sector”.A recent call to arms from economist and commentator David McWilliams suggested that the development of a national co-op movement would help ease Ireland’s accommodation crisis by making housing more affordable through the co-ownership model.With that in mind, here’s how the development of cooperative housing could help ease the housing crunch and solve the problems of ‘generation rent’.What is cooperative housing?A housing cooperative is an alternative option to renting or buying a home. It is governed by a group of individuals who become shareholders in the corporation that owns the property. There is no landlord and there are no tenants.In order to purchase shares, each buyer takes out a loan to buy into the co-op partnership. As well as paying their loan back to the lender, they pay a monthly fee to the co-op to cover utility and maintenance costs and other bills like insurance.It’s possible for the corporation, not the individuals themselves, to hold a mortgage on the building, so members may have to contribute towards that as part of their monthly fee.There are two main financial models for cooperative houses: market-equity co-ops, which allow shareholders to buy and sell shares at rates matching the general housing market, and limited-equity co-ops, where members’ shares are bought and sold at a restricted price. Housing minister Simon Coveney Source: Leah Farrell/Rollingnews.ieThe way each cooperative is managed varies and there are a number of potential models.The charity Cooperative Housing Ireland (Nabco) has identified five main ones, from ‘social rented housing co-ops’ for people stuck on local authorities’ waiting lists, to ‘shared ownership cooperatives’, where members can part-purchase the home while a portion of the property remains in the hands of the co-op corporation.The concept of cooperative housing was first introduced to Ireland in the 1950s.Since it was founded in 1973, Nabco, which has partnered with local councils to develop social co-op units, has provided more than 5,000 houses through various types of co-ops, according to its 2015-2020 strategy plan.A 2012 global report said there were 14,000 people in Ireland living in cooperative houses.What’s the appeal of living in a co-op?The social aspect is a big part of cooperative living. Nabco says co-ops are “people-centred and values-led”.“Co-operatives are based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity”, it says.What that means is they promote a sense of community among members that can feed into other developments, such as shared childcare services, as well as clubs and societies that bond its members and develop a sense of social responsibility to the entire group.There is usually a required amount of time each member is expected to pitch in to the daily running of the co-op. There is also, generally, a certain number of hours members are expected to dedicate to attending meetings and renovating the property.The main drawcard for living in a co-op is lower costs. According to the financial education website Investopedia, they operate “on an at-cost basis, collecting money from residents to pay outstanding bills. In areas where the cost of living is high … co-ops may be an attractive option from a financial perspective”.Nabco claims that with the social rented co-op model, costs generally range between 15% and 17% of members’ incomes.So how could co-ops ease the housing crunch?Economist David McWilliams wrote in a recent Sunday Business Post column that there needs to be a re-imagining of the council house that would see the model reduced to its most basic concept: “To provide affordable housing for people”. David McWilliams Source: Photocall IrelandHe argued that this could be achieved by creating housing co-ops à la Germany, Scandinavia and the Netherlands.“This model works perfectly well in countries that have less zoned land than Ireland does per head, have higher wages on average and have no housing problems,” he wrote in the piece, which can be read in full on his website.Interestingly, he argued that credit unions could be used as a source of financing to lead the launch of a national co-op movement.“The credit unions are sitting on €14 billion of deposits and can’t use this to finance housing,” he wrote. “Inexplicably, the central bank prevents these community-based credit unions from operating in the housing market – while it is happy to license foreign vulture funds to buy up the housing stock. Figure that one out.”They’re not for everyoneAlthough they could offer a more affordable housing option for families and individuals, the cooperative lifestyle probably wouldn’t suit everybody.The UK Cohousing Network compiled a handful of questions individuals should ask themselves before becoming part of a co-op. Among them: what balance between privacy and community is right for me? Can I cope with disagreements? Can I cope with sometimes not being allowed to do the things I want?Each individual shareholder has to adhere to the rules set out by the collective – like whether members are allowed keep pets – so co-op living deprives individuals a degree of their independences.Written by Conor McMahon and posted on Sunday 15 Jan 2017, 9:00 PM 31,261 Views Jan 15th 2017, 9:00 PM 57 Comments Take me to Fora Short URL By Fora Staff Image: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland Your crash course in… How German-style housing co-ops could end ‘generation rent’ The ownership model has been put forward as an affordable solution for housing. Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Image: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland Share82 Tweet Email3 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Masked raiders with southern accents tied up an elderly couple and threatened

first_img 12,884 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The Portadown Road in Tandragee, Co Armagh. (File photo) Image: Google Maps Masked raiders ‘with southern accents’ tied up an elderly couple and threatened them with a poker The robbery happened last night in the Tandragee area in Armagh. By Rónán Duffy 45 Comments Short URL Share Tweet Email center_img Mar 10th 2017, 12:44 PM Friday 10 Mar 2017, 12:44 PM A COUPLE IN their 70s were tied up, robbed and threatened with a poker in a raid on a house in Armagh last night.The PSNI says that a number of men burst into the house in the Portadown Road area of Tandragee at about 9.30pm and threatened the couple.They took cash from the elderly occupants before tieing them up and locking them in a bathroom.Police say the man and woman suffered minor cuts to their wrists in the incident and were left badly shaken by the ordeal.Investigators say that the intruders may have been from the south.“The intruders spoke with southern accents and wore black clothes, scarves covering their faces and woollen hats. It is unclear at this time if they left the scene in a vehicle or on foot,” according to Inspector Philip Quinn.Any witnesses or people who may have noticed any suspicious activity in the area are being asked to contact police directly or through the independent charity Crimestoppers.Read: Anti-Brexit campaigners create ‘mock customs post’ amid hard border fears >Read: Young man fighting for his life after 20 shots fired into living room window this morning > The Portadown Road in Tandragee, Co Armagh. (File photo) Image: Google Mapslast_img read more

Im alive today so Ill keep fighting Irish mother raising funds for

first_imgHarley is now using a prosthetic eye and is doing very well.‘I can live longest on this’ In December, Graham underwent a lumpectomy and sentinel node biopsy and lymph node clearance for her breast cancer. Following on from that she developed headaches and was sent for an MRI.That’s when they discovered the cancer had spread and she had a brain tumour.“The brain spread was discovered the 2 February, the same day breast radiation was due to start, so that was cancelled.”Graham was sent to see a leading London-based medic, Professor Justin Stebbing, by a UK charity called Team Verrico. That’s when she heard about pembrolizumab.We flew over on 7 March – he looked at all my records. They look at the tumour and your histology and take everything into consideration and I can live the longest on this. It’s showing great potential and great results.It was only when Graham returned to Ireland that she discovered that it wasn’t available to her here and her only option is self funding.I never did the ‘why me?’ because as soon as I joined my support group I realised how many people join this group everyday.“I’m alive today and I’m doing everything I can. I believe it’s all going to work out the way it’s supposed to.”Describing how she’s doing now, Graham said, “My breast cancer is really escalating so they’ve put me on a drug to try and keep it at bay but my most recent scan for my brain tumour shows its reducing as it should be.”‘I’ve had mammy my whole life and I want Harley to have that too’Graham says she’s putting all her focus on fundraising and that not only family and friends – but her whole community is gathering behind her.She described Drimnagh as “an old style community with a new fresh generation”.“The community spirit is keeping me going, from organising a pub quiz next week to a coffee morning this morning, people are doing everything they can. All the local shops are donating prizes and my neighbours drive me anywhere and arrive in with chicken soup.For someone with such bad luck, I just feel I’m so blessed. It’s incredible how all these people in my life have dropped everything to help me.The fundraising target is €100,000 and over €45,000 has already been raised.“I don’t want anybody stretching themselves, the small is all that’s needed. I don’t want to put any pressure financial on anybody.”Graham also discussed how she has ‘no worries’ for her husband Declan and Harley as they get on so well but that she wants to be there for Harley growing up.I have my mammy, I’ve had mammy my whole life and I want Harley to have that too.“I have no worries for those two but I want to be there.”To donate to Claire Graham, you can donate here. Read: ‘I was living in fear’: Kerryman thanks supporters as fundraising campaign passes €40k> Friday 7 Apr 2017, 7:40 AM Apr 7th 2017, 7:40 AM “HARLEY IS MY focus, it took a long time to have him, I’m not checking out when he’s not even potty trained.”Claire Graham is fighting a brain tumour and breast cancer while also caring for her two-year-old son who was diagnosed with cancer and had surgery to remove his eye – all in the last year.The 38-year-old Westmeath woman, who has lived in Drimnagh for the past 10 years, was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer around this time last year.During her chemotherapy treatment, her two-year-old son Harley was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of cancer that resulted in his eye being removed within one week.Graham later discovered her cancer had spread and she is now battling a brain tumour.She was told a drug called pembrolizumab is her best option but, while the drug is being trialled in Belfast, she cannot receive it here in the Republic.“I’ve exhausted every avenue and the only way I can do it is self funding and it costs €100,000 a year. Source: Edel O’MalleyEye removed within one weekIt all started when she developed a painful lump in her breast last March. Graham said she wasn’t expecting bad news when she went to get her test results.She told, “I hadn’t even brought anyone with me, I just couldn’t believe it. They had to call my husband to come for me. 19,372 Views I remember saying to the doctor, ‘Will I turn into a sick person now?’ I haven’t worked since, the chemo has been very difficult.Graham underwent chemotherapy from May to October. In August, right in the middle of her chemo treatment, her only son was also diagnosed with retinoblastoma – an extremely rare cancer of the eye. “That was a whirlwind”, said Graham.Both her and her husband had noticed a change in colour in a part of the pupil of Harley’s eye.I was having chemo that day so my husband took him to GP.The GP told Declan to take Harley to Crumlin Children’s Hospital and once there, Declan know something serious was wrong.He called me upset, the urgency scared him.The couple arrived back to the hospital at 8am the next morning. “It was a Wednesday and within one week, his eye was removed.It was in stage four and they needed to remove it quickly because the tumour was growing fast.Harley’s surgery was successful and test results show the cancer hasn’t spread but Graham said he will be monitored for life and will be in and out of Temple St, where he had his surgery, for the foreseeable future. Image: Edel O’Malley Share661 Tweet Email Image: Edel O’Malley ‘I’m alive today so I’ll keep fighting’: Irish mother raising funds for cancer drug not available in Ireland Claire Graham is battling both breast and brain cancer while caring for her son who was also diagnosed with eye cancer. By Cliodhna Russell Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL 6 Comments last_img read more

The children of a major Celtic Tiger developer are building dozens of

first_img By Fora Staff Sunday 11 Jun 2017, 9:45 AM Image: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland Jun 11th 2017, 9:45 AM Take me to Fora Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: 31 Comments Share Tweet Email6 center_img 51,833 Views Image: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland The children of a major Celtic Tiger developer are building dozens of Dublin homes Joe Moran’s Manor Park Homes constructed hundreds of houses across Ireland in the boom. Read: Patrick Collison: ‘There’s too much focus on the founders of big tech companies’Read: Profits doubled at salad chain Chopped last year ahead of its planned UK expansion MORAN PARK HOMEBUILDERS, a company controlled by the children of one of Ireland’s biggest Celtic Tiger developers, has been cleared to construct over 40 housing units in south Dublin.Following an appeal to An Bord Pleanála, the firm received the go-ahead to build 38 apartments and six houses at Glenamuck Road in Carrickmines.Moran Park is owned by Adrienne and John Moran, the children of Joe Moran, once one of Ireland’s highest-flying businessmen.His former company, the similarly named Manor Park Homes, was involved in a string of huge projects across the country during the boom, and famously paid €45 million in 2004 to buy Abbeville mansion, the former home of Charles Haughey.The Kinsealy property was sold to a Japanese buyer in 2013 for about €5.5 million.The 81-year-old Kerryman was the chief executive of nail and screw manufacturing firm Irish Wire Products, as well as the chair of the London- and Dublin-listed financial services firm IFG.He and his family paid a reported €172 million to buy the 49% of Manor Park that they didn’t own from diversified services company DCC in 2007, a move he later admitted was a mistake.When the recession rolled around the company was heavily indebted and a receiver was appointed in 2011. The Abbeville mansion Source: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ieA liquidator was appointed to Manor Park in 2012. A new company, Moran Park, was established in 2013 with Moran’s daughter Adrienne and son John serving as its directors.The family patriarch told the Sunday Independent in 2015 that he was “starting up again” and had invested “a fair bit” in the company, although his children were “running the show”.The Carrickmines project will be one of the largest that Moran Park has been involved in.CarrickminesIn April 2016 the company applied to build 46 housing units, since revised to 44, along with 89 car parking spaces and 40 bicycle spaces in Carrickmines. The 38 apartments will be in two, three-storey blocks.The six houses will have four bedrooms, rear gardens and balconies. The local council, Dún Laoghaire, gave the company planning permission, however several locals appealed this to An Bord Pleanála.One objector, who lives near the proposed building site with his family, said that the that the apartment blocks would “have an unacceptable impact on the residential amenity of the neighbouring properties”.Most of the other objectors had similar complaints around the proposed three-storey blocks being too big and out of character.Another man, who lives nearby with his family, said that the project would cause an “unacceptable loss of privacy” as the apartments would overlook his house. A sketch of the proposed apartments Source: Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown councilHowever, the planning body gave the project the all-clear after recommending a few small changes, such as scaling down the number of housing units from 46 to 44.The development will be a major one for Moran Homebuilders. While Manor Park used to sell hundreds of houses every year during the boom, Moran Park has worked on smaller schemes since exiting receivership.Last April the Morans opened their first showhouse since 2008 as part of a development of seven detached family houses in Foxrock.Sign up to our newsletter to receive a regular digest of Fora’s top articles delivered to your inbox.Written by Paul O’Donoghue and posted on Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Murder charge struck out because of a delay in serving book of

first_imgMurder charge struck out because of a delay in serving book of evidence David Boland was stabbed to death in November last year. Short URL Share98 Tweet Email Friday 15 Mar 2019, 9:25 AM 35,083 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Victim David Boland No Comments Mar 15th 2019, 9:25 AM By Louise McCarthy Victim David Boland A MURDER CHARGE relating to the death of a man in Athy, Co Kildare last year has been struck out because of a delay in presenting the complete book of evidence. A Kildare District Court judge yesterday ordered the charge facing Calvin Cullen, 20, of Greenhills, Athy, be struck out on the basis that the Director of Public Prosecution was not ready. The young man appeared before the court, charged with the murder of David Boland on Duke St, Athy during the early hours of 1 November 2018.His defence team told the court that the State had a 42-day timeline to prepare the Book of Evidence.The matter has been adjourned before Naas District Court several times since the accused was first charged with murder in November 2018.Last month, Sergeant Brian Jacob said that there were more than 200 statements being examined and asked that the DPP get further time to prepare a book of evidence. At the time, Judge Zaidan said that he did not want four weeks to turn into 20 weeks.Yesterday, Sergeant Jacob asked if the court could give the DPP a further three weeks.However, Judge Desmond Zaidan refused the request and ordered that the murder charge be struck out based on the delays.Boland died from multiple stab wounds received in a stabbing incident on Duke Street i the early hours of 1 November. Comments have been disabled last_img read more

Facebook admits its staff had access to millions of users passwords

first_img FACEBOOK HAS ADMITTED that millions of passwords were stored in plain text on its internal servers – a security slip that left them readable by the company’s employees. The social media giant has, however, said there is no evidence that employees had abused access to the data. The passwords were stored on internal company servers and no outsiders could access them, Facebook said. “To be clear, these passwords were never visible to anyone outside of Facebook and we have found no evidence to date that anyone internally abused or improperly accessed them,” vice president of engineering, security, and privacy Pedro Canahuati said in a blog post.The blunder was discovered during a routine security review earlier this year, he said. Canahuati has said the issues have been fixed. As a precaution, Facebook will notify everyone whose password was found stored in this way. “We estimate that we will notify hundreds of millions of Facebook Lite users, tens of millions of other Facebook users and tens of thousands of Instagram users,” Canahuati said.Facebook has reminded users of some steps they can take to keep their account secure: 15,405 Views Mar 21st 2019, 5:28 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Thursday 21 Mar 2019, 5:28 PM Image: Jaap Arriens/Sipa USA via PA Images By Hayley Halpin 31 Comments center_img You can change your password in your settings on Facebook and Instagram. Avoid reusing passwords across different services.Pick strong and complex passwords for all your accounts. Password manager apps can help.Consider enabling a security key or two-factor authentication to protect your Facebook account using codes from a third party authentication app. When you log in with your password, we will ask for a security code or to tap your security key to verify that it is you.This incident comes following an array of controversies centred on whether Facebook properly safeguards the privacy and data of its users. In April, Facebook revealed it believed that up to 87 million people’s data was improperly shared with the political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica. Last September, the social media giant said that up to 50 million accounts were breached in a security flaw exploited by hackers.Includes reporting by AFP Short URL Share386 Tweet Email4 Facebook admits its staff had access to millions of users’ passwords It said the passwords were stored in plain text on its internal servers. Image: Jaap Arriens/Sipa USA via PA Imageslast_img read more