Poll Do you feel better now Ireland is out of recession

first_img No (3084) Poll Results: Yes (738) IRELAND IS OUT of recession, technically, and for the second time in two years.The figures from the Central Statistics Office showed that Ireland’s economy grew by 0.4 per cent in the second quarter of 2013.But do economic indicators make any difference to the public mood?Today’s topic therefore is: Do you feel better now Ireland is out of recession? YesNoVotelast_img

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State of emergency declared in Bangkok as protests continue

first_imgIt shows that the government is getting desperate because the momentum is with us.The backdrop to the protests is a years-long political struggle pitting the kingdom’s royalist establishment against fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, Yingluck’s older brother who was ousted by the military seven years ago.The 60-day state of emergency enables authorities to impose a curfew, ban public gatherings of more than five people, detain suspects for 30 days without charge and censor media in Bangkok and surrounding areas.The government has not yet used any of those measures and has said police will keep the leading security role, unlike during pro-Thaksin “Red Shirts” rallies in 2010 when the military was ordered onto the streets by the previous government.BoycottYingluck has called an election for February 2 but the main opposition party is boycotting the vote.The Election Commission on Wednesday asked the Constitutional Court to delay the polls due to the unrest, its Secretary-General Puchong Nutrawong told AFP, after the government rejected its call for a postponement. A STATE OF emergency has come into force across the tense capital of Thailand today, although defiant opposition protesters have refused to abandon their fight to bring down the government.Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is under intense pressure to step down after more than two months of street rallies aimed at ousting her elected government and installing an unelected “people’s council”.“We’re not taking any notice of the state of emergency and are continuing our protest as usual,” rally spokesman Akanat Promphan told AFP. Anti-government protesters remove letters from the exterior of the Royal Thai police headquarters during a rally today. (Sakchai Lalit/AP/Press Association Images)Nine people have been killed and hundreds injured in grenade attacks, drive-by shootings and street clashes since the latest protests began at the end of October.In an incident likely to fan anger among his supporters, a prominent Red Shirt leader, Kwanchai Praipana, was shot and wounded by an unknown gunman at his house in northeast Thailand.RoadblocksThe demonstrators have staged a self-styled “shutdown” of Bangkok since January 13, erecting roadblocks and rally stages at several main intersections.The number of protesters on the streets has steadily fallen in recent days, with some rally sites almost deserted during the daytime, although turnout tends to swell in the evening when people leave work.The Metropolitan Police Bureau estimated there were about 5,000 protesters spread across seven rally sites this morning.When the state of emergency was last imposed in 2010 by the previous government more than 90 people were killed and nearly 1,900 injured in a crackdown by soldiers firing live rounds and backed by armoured vehicles.- © AFP, 2014Read: Dozens wounded in explosion at protest march >Photos: Tens of thousands of protesters attempt to ‘shut down’ Bangkok >last_img read more

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Did you get books or cosmetics for Christmas Figures suggest many people

first_imgIRISH SHOPPERS SPENT more over the Christmas season just gone than they did the previous year according to new figures.The Central Statistics Office has said that there was a 3 per cent increase in retail sales in December 2013 as compared to 2012.The CSO also reports that, in figures adjusted to take account for the time of year, there was a slight bump in sales in December compared to the previous month. The increase of 0.6 per cent follows on from another smaller increase the previous month.The sales figures showed that books and cosmetics may have been a particularly popular gift this Christmas with the ‘books, newspapers  and stationery’ category monitored by the CSO showing the largest monthly increase at 4.2 per cent. ‘Pharmaceuticals, medical and cosmetics’  was up by 3.4 per cent while ‘furniture and lighting’ grew by 3.4 per cent.In 2013 as a whole, six months observed annual increases while six months saw a decrease reflecting an uncertain mood among consumers. It is perhaps worth noting however that the months which observed a decrease were usually marginal while the increases were on the whole more substantial.Read: Retailers “disappointed” as Christmas sales are down on 2012 >Read: Retail sales continue fall across eurozone >last_img read more

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Gardaí launch serious investigation into death of man in Kilkenny

first_imgGARDAÍ HAVE LAUNCHED a “serious investigation” into the death of a man whose body was found at a house in Kilkenny on Thursday.It is understood that the man’s death is being treated as suspicious. The man has been named as 42-year-old Anthony Barrett, originally from Castlecomer but living on Parliament Street in Kilkenny. His body was discovered at a house in Fatima Place at 7pm.Gardaí said that a postmortem has been carried out by the Deputy State Pathologist Dr Khalid Jabbar but they are not releasing any information about the cause of death for “operational reasons”.Gardaí in Kilkenny have appealed for anyone who was around Fatima Place between Wednesday and Thursday evening to contact the incident room at Kilkenny Garda station on 056 – 777 5000, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.Related: Body of man discovered at Kilkenny house>last_img read more

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The Evening Fixnow with added spinning

first_imgThe Guardian’s ingenious ad for tomorrow’s edition. Love or hate her, she can probably still sell papers.Stephen Hawking…for these 8 reasons.Have you ever worried about what happens to your private emails, photos and online musings when you die? Google has a solution for you.Robert Downey Jr went all out for a photocall to promote his new movie Iron Man 3 in Munich today.(Image: Matthias Schrader/AP/Press Association Images)THINGS WE SHAREDThe New York Times has a fancy interactive timeline of North Korea’s threats over the years. And, given that, over at The Atlantic Donald Kirk asks, “Why South Koreans Aren’t Worried About Nuclear War?”Also on The Atlantic, staff writer Conor Friedersdorf tells us why the trial of Dr Kermit Gosnell should be front page news. The 72-year-old is charged with multiple counts of first-degree murder for crimes committed at his abortion clinic. (Warning: contains extremely graphic imagery and descriptions)Finally: Just keep spinning, just keep spinning: Madison Chock and Evan Bates of the United States perform during the Ice Dance free dance of the ISU World Team Trophy in Figure Skating in Tokyo. (Image: Koji Sasahara/AP/Press Association Images)HERE ARE THE things you need to know as we round off the day in three easy steps…THINGS WE LEARNED#CAN WE’VE AN EXTENSION ON THAT, SIR? European Finance Ministers have agreed to give Ireland seven more years to repay its bailout loans.#SAVITA: The inquest into the death of 31-year-old dentist Savita Halappanavar continues in Galway today. The coroner’s court heard about various shortcomings in her care, including poor documentation of her worsening condition and a failure to record her vital signs, RTÉ News reports.#MURDER PROBE: Three men and a woman have been arrested by gardaí investigating the fatal shooting of 20-year-old Jamie Lindsay in Athy last month.#IRON LADY: The BBC has said it will play a “short clip” of the Wizard of Oz song ‘Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead’ during the music charts this weekend. Downloads of the tune have sky-rocketed since the death of former prime minister Margaret Thatcher.#DUMPING: Plans by Dublin City Council to withdraw street cleaning services at illegal dumping black spots have been strongly criticised by An Taisce today.#WARNINGS: RTÉ and ESB have issued warnings about a new scam which is trying to lure customers into using fake premium line phone numbers. Details here.THINGS WE LOVED (YouTube: Dewey Jefferson)last_img read more

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Struggling borrowers may have to move house sell car and change creche

first_imgBORROWERS STRUGGLING to keep up with their repayments made be forced to move house, sell a car and change their child’s childcare arrangements in order to qualify for the State’s new insolvency and debt resolution procedures.The guidelines, published by the new Insolvency Service of Ireland this afternoon, outline the criteria used to define a ‘reasonable’ standard of living – the lifestyle that a struggling borrower will have to adopt in order to qualify for the procedures.If an alternative accommodation of a reasonable standard for a family can be found in the vicinity, and is cheaper than the current accommodation arrangements, households will also be expected to relocate.Insolvency accessors will consider the likely cost of remaining in the current accommodation, the ability of others to contribute to the cost of the debtor’s accommodation, and the cost of alternative rented accommodation that would fulfil their reasonable housing needs.The rules indicate that someone living in an urban area with public transport links should not need the use of a car – while households with two cars would have to pare back their usage to one vehicle in order to qualify.Defining a car as necessary only where it is needed to get to and from the workplace, the rules say:Where public transport is not adequate to meet the needs of the household, the [insolvency assessor] should choose the vehicle option based on the needs of the household (needs, not wants). Households will also have to give up private health insurance and sacrifice any holiday savings in order to qualify for the new regime.In all, a single person may be set spending limits of roughly €11,100 a year under the standard of living guidelines. Guideline spending limits for couples, and people with children, can be found in this booklet.The rules state, however, that insolvency advisors will not micromanage a person’s finances once they reduce their cost of living to within the ‘headline’ figures for each category.‘Not luxury, but not subsistence level either’The rules say that a ‘reasonable standard of living’ “does not mean that a person should live at a luxury level but neither does it mean that a person should only live at subsistence level” – and should be able to “participate in the life of the community, as other citizens do”.It says it should be reasonable for a person to have clothes for different occasions and to be able to go to the cinema or watch TV, and buy a book or read a newspaper.When determining reasonable living expenses, “provision needs to be made for reasonable housing costs in terms of rent or mortgage payments as well as for reasonable payments in respect of childcare where this expense arises,” it says.However, the final version of the guidelines drop the highly controversial proposal forcing parents to give up work if they earn less than their childcare costs – a clause which prompted fury when first reported in newspapers last month.Instead, households may be told to enrol their children in the Early Childhood Care and Education scheme, which provides a free year of childcare.Image: How much you’re allowed to spend under new insolvency ruleslast_img read more

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A sunlit picture of hell War poet Siegfried Sassoons WWI diaries published

first_imgOne of Sassoon’s entries, depicting an officer’s inner fears and confusion.JOURNALS KEPT BY British WWI poet Siegfried Sassoon have been published online for the first time by Cambridge University.The collection includes 23 journals written by the poet between 1915-27 and 1931-32 as well as two notebooks from 1916-18 carried drafts of his war poems. The poems include previously unpublished material from Sassoon, such as a version of The Dug-Out with an additional verse he later left out.Material included in the collection are Sassoon’s entries for when he was shot by a sniper and his recollections of the first day of the Somme, which he described as a “sunlit picture of hell”. Of the barrage of shells and machine guns, he writes: “The air vibrates with the incessant din – the whole earth shakes + rocks + throbs – It is one continuous roar”.The journals were small enough for Sassoon (1886-1967) to carry in his army tunic, according to the university.Some of the digitised notebooks bearing the thoughts, sketches and rough drafts by Sassoon carry physical evidence of being written in the trenches, such as candle wax or mud along the edges.Cambridge University Library said that, until now, the journal contents were mostly unseen by researcher and the public because of their poor physical condition, and only Sassoon’s official biographer had unrestricted access to the archive. August 1914: Members of the British Expeditionary Force photographed en route to Mons. Sassoon would later enter their ranks. Source: PA Archive/Press Association ImagesCambridge University librarian Anne Jarvis described the collection as being of “towering importance, not just to historians, but to any one seeking to understand the horror, bravery and futility of the First World War as experienced by those on the front lines and in the trenches.”The war diaries Sassoon kept on the Western Front and in Palestine are of the greatest importance, both nationally and internationally, and we are honoured to be able to make them available to everyone, anywhere in the world, on the 100th anniversary of the First World War.Extract: Imperial ideas and imperial dreams – the cost of vanity during the Great War >This gif shows the spead of WWI into a global conflict >last_img read more

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Google Sues the Government

first_imgGoogle is taking on the UnitedStates government. Don’t worry, it’s not some1984-esque corporate takeover–it’s actually a dispute over an e-mail contract. Thecompany feels that it was unfairly excluded from a potential deal with the USDepartment of the Interior. Google is accusing the government’s decision of adoptingMicrosoft’s mail client over Google Apps, of being “undulyrestrictive of competition.”According to Google, the department failed to conduct aproper investigation into offerings in the space. The e-mail contract covers 88,000users and is estimated to be worth $59 million over the course of five years.Google’s suit against the DOI comes in the face of increasedscrunity and a number of probes into the company’s privacy policies. But thedecision may not be a shot at the government, so much as part of the on-goingbattle between Google and Microsoft.“Google rarely goes on the offensive in court,” EricGoldman, a law professor told The Wall Street Journal. “It’s suing theDepartment of the Interior as a proxy in its battle against Microsoft.”last_img read more

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Call of Duty Black Ops is quite good says reviews

first_imgCall of Duty: Black Ops is quite good, at least according to the first round of reviews. The newest game in the ultra-successful franchise comes out today (though Steam still has it as preloading) and it’s looking like you should  be excited.The Metacritic scores are rather high, and the big reviews sites are quite positive as well. There are complaints, so this won’t be a flawless victory for Treyarch, but it looks like they’ve done the CoD series proud.AdChoices广告Giant Bomb – 4/5Joystiq – 4/5Game Reactor – 9/10Eurogamer – 8/10Metro.co.uk – 9/10Game Informer – 9/10CVG – 9.3/10Guardian – 5/5Videogamer – 9/101up – A-IGN – 8.5/10Shacknews – “the best Call of Duty game”Kotaku – Editor’s ChoiceOverall, there is a strong single player campaign that features most of the conventions and faults of a Call of Duty game, as well as a superb multiplayer experience and lots of extras. Black Ops appears to be a title that no gamer should miss.last_img read more

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TENQ P07 a 10inch tablet that runs Ubuntu

first_imgIf you are in the market for a tablet device at the moment, the two choices you have are an Apple iOS iPad or one of the growing number of Android tablets. But next year the choice of OS could double.We all know that Microsoft is set to get Windows 7 on more tablet devices, but some manufacturers are also looking to Ubuntu as a solution. A case in point is the P07 tablet from Chinese manufacturer TENQ.AdChoices广告The P07 looks good on paper. It has a 10-inch capacitive touchscreen, Intel Atom 1.6GHz processor, 2GB RAM, and a 32GB SSD. Turn it on though, and you have a choice: Windows 7 or Ubuntu?The Ubuntu edition on offer is the Netbook versions of 10.10 “Maverick Meerkat”. What we don’t know at the moment is whether TENQ intends to ship this as a dual boot tablet, or preferably, offer consumers a choice between Windows or Ubuntu, with the latter being a cheaper device.There’s no release date for this tablet, but we have to assume it will arrive in early 2011 unless TENQ has trouble sourcing displays.Read more at Giz-China and GadgetizorMatthew’s OpinionI don’t think Ubuntu is ready for the tablet market yet, but that’s not going to stop a lot of Linux users wanting to try out this device running the OS.The netbook edition of Ubuntu is pretty solid, and with the regularity of updates Canonical releases, the experience is only going to get better over the next year if you manage to track the P07 down. Near instant boot times sounds promising, plus the ability to run all your favorite Linux apps on a tablet device is going to go down well. With the guaranteed USB port this tablet will include, adding a keyboard and mouse should be a simple task, too.iPad is set to dominate the market next year as Android and Windows 7 tablets don’t have a market established yet. But could Linux tablets be a dark horse? I’m sure there’s more than a few geeks out there who’d like a few Ubuntu tablet options.last_img read more

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iPhone 5 September release looking ever more likely

first_imgThe whirlwind of rumors surrounding the release of the next Apple iPhone is still swirling. Many of us thought Apple would release the iPhone 5 in June at WWDC as it has in the past. Then, we heard all the way back in February that we may have to wait until September. From February until now, we’ve heard quite a few rumors that have our heads spinning.We can hopefully retain some sanity thanks to a Reuters report today that said we will be seeing the iPhone 5 in September. Let’s hope that’s right, because we can’t take any more of these date predictions.Reuters attributed this claim to “three people with direct knowledge of the company’s supply chain.” The sources said production will start in July or August. Apparently, the iPhone 5 will look a lot like its predecessor, which means we may not be seeing the rumored 4-inch screen many people were hoping for. Although looking the same is quite a general term and the phone will look similar if it has a larger edge-to-edge display.Apple has historically released a new version of the iPhone once every 12 months, which means if the iPhone 5 really does come out in September, the time in between releases would be about 18 months.Still, there’s not much info about the iPhone 5’s specs. We have heard it will have a faster processor, which is not surprising, a higher-quality camera, and it may even feature Near Field Communications capabilities.The iPhone 4 still has some life in it, though. Apple has confirmed it will release a white version of the phone in the next few weeks.Read more at Reuterslast_img read more

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HP could spinoff PC division UPDATED

first_imgUpdate: An HP press release has confirmed that HP is exploring a sale of its Personal Systems Group, is in discussions with Autonomy, and has discontinued WebOS and related devices.According to a report the world’s largest PC manufacturer might be planning to spinoff its PC business. Bloomberg notes that “people familiar with the matter” have stated HP may separate its PC division from the rest of the business and then acquire Autonomy, an enterprise software company, in a $10 billion deal.While the story has yet to be confirmed by the company, it has significant implications for HP and the computer industry at large. HP has been very successful at selling computers over the past years, but the company knows all too well that this is a low margin, high competition business, and one that sells nearly commoditized goods.Despite the lack of confirmation, the spinoff of the PC division does seem to make sense. HP has been increasingly focused on doing more than manufacturing PCs, including operations as diverse as WebOS and SkyRoom. Also CEO Leo Apotheker, who has not been with the company very long, comes from SAP AG, a large-scale enterprise software company. Finally we know about successful examples of this happening in the past–the most notable being IBM, who sold off its PC division to Lenovo in 2004. The move to software and services could get HP away from low-margin businesses and on the path to being a very different company than it is today.The other part of this deal would be HP’s acquisition of Autonomy, for a reported $10 billion. Autonomy is currently focused on knowledge management software that it implements for large businesses, including Symantec, Citrix, and EDC.HP has a company earnings call tonight, hopefully we’ll learn more about the news then.via Bloomberglast_img read more

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How its made A colorful look inside the DayGlo factory

first_imgBack in middle school (or now when you go out to a rave) you might have painted either your room (or yourself) in DayGlo paint. As with Band-Aids and the Frisbee, the term “DayGlo” is actually a registered trademark, and technically doesn’t describe an actual product. Even so, we all know that DayGlo is fluorescent paint that glows under a black light, but how does this amazing paint get made? It goes through a process that’s actually more interesting than a video about a factory tour paints it out to be.Fluorescent dyes are combined with a plastic resin, which is then ground down into a mixture resembling a traditional ink. The factory doesn’t stop producing pigment, and the company produces around 4.5 million pounds of pigment each year. The facility is filled with standard factory accouterments — machines, tubing, vats, fencing — but everything is amusingly covered in the neon pigment.In one production method the powdered pigment is mixed with the plastic resin in a big vat, then melted down to the consistency of taffy, which in turn is cooled and ground up two more times. This results in particles that are about 3 to 5 microns in diameter, which are sent through tubes for blending, then packaged and sent off to the warehouse.The video also walks us through another DayGlo facility, where big containers of water receive little injections of a pigment that isn’t water soluble. The result is sent into a centrifuge, which removes the water from the pigment. The pigment material is then put into a dryer, which also grinds it down, and the powder is sent back to the first facility. This method seems complex, but it requires no grinding to get micron-scale pigment powders.Give the video a watch — it’s actually quite entertaining, and the colorful facilities look like something from a video game.Read more: How the Raspberry Pi is madelast_img read more

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Japanese telecom DoCoMo proves H265 is the future of video

first_imgNTT Domoco, a Japanese telecom, recently released a video demonstrating HVEC — High Efficiency Video Encoding Standard — also known as H.265. DoCoMo says that they have been a big proponent of the H.265 standard since it was first proposed.In late January, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) approved the H.265 video codec — the successor to the widely used H.264. The approval of this codec by the ITU is the first step towards its mass deployment, making the streaming of HD content more bandwidth efficient and perhaps later bringing 4K video the masses via cable.H.265 was first announced by the Motion Pictures Experts Group — the folks behind the MPEG format — in August of last year. The group promises that H.265 will be able to reduce bit rates by 39-44% while still maintaining quality. However, early reports say that the average viewer believes there is no degradation to the quality of the video when the bit rate is reduces by as much as 74%.H.265 is able to cut the bandwidth bill substantially because it incorporates larger blocks of pixels into a “coding tree” format, versus H.264’s macroblocks format. This could mean that 4K video could be delivered between 20-30 Mbps. A hearty sum of bandwidth, but not impossible over existing Fiber to the Premises offerings from ISPs.The downside of this new format is that it requires substantially more processing power to decode. In the mobile world, current-gen SoC’s like the Tegra 3 would have their work cut out for them processing through this codec.DoCoMo says that they will start licensing the H.265 codec for mobile devices in March.Related news: Firefox gets h.264 support in Windows Nightly buildlast_img read more

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Internet Explorer 11 support for WebGL SPDY3 confirmed

first_imgInternet Explorer 11 is due to arrive later this year along with Windows 8.1, but the new web browser has already been poked and prodded thanks to the Server 2012 R2 preview release. From what’s been shown off so far, it’s clear that Microsoft is still keenly focused on building a standards-compliant browser that competes with the likes of Chrome and Firefox.Developer Robert McLaws (the same fellow that shared images of the Start Button tweaks) posted a variety of images that detail IE11’s new features for both end users and developers.WebGL support — which was teased on Microsoft’s Vine account a while back — has indeed landed in IE11. Right now the browser only passes about 73% of Khronos’ WebGL tests, but that could be because this is 1) a preview release and 2) running on Server 2012 R2. IE11’s numbers should be much better by the time Windows 8.1 RTMs.The latest revision of Google’s SPDY protocol is also supported, something that was hinted at in earlier leaked builds of Windows 8.1. While SPDY tests in April returned negative results, registry keys indicated that Microsoft was working to integrate support in IE11.McLaws’ screenshots highlight a few other tweaks for users. The SmartScreen filter can now be turned off more easily, as an option has been added to the download manager. There’s also a “flip ahead with page prediction” feature. While not demonstrated, it’s likely that this allows users to continue scrolling to read the next page of multi-page articles in IE11.Some semantic changes have been made, too: “Add Site to Start Screen” has been switched to “Add Site to Apps” on the gear menu.We’ll know plenty more about IE11 in the coming days. The Windows 8.1 Preview should be released today at Build, and we’ll be taking a deep dive into it.last_img read more

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PS4 release date is November 15 mark your calendars

first_imgSony’s next generation console is going to be hitting shelves in the US on November 15th, with launch dates in 31 other countries to follow.It’s hard to call what has been going on between Microsoft and Sony this season a fight to see who has the best next generation console. Gamers around the world rejected Microsoft’s limitations for the Xbox One, throwing the PS4 into the spotlight for the last couple of weeks. As a result the console has seen over a million pre-order around the world, and not a single one of those people knew when the console was even being released. We knew that the holiday season was close and Sony had to announce at Gamescom this week, and right as their press conference was drawing to a close the date was officially announced.[Pre-order the PS4 from Amazon.]Sony’s press conference at Gamescom was filled with support for indie developers, quick jabs at Microsoft and their policy flip flops, and lots of talk about using the PS Vita with the PS4. It’s clear that Sony is really hoping that the ability to play PS4 titles through the PS Vita with remote play will be what causes their portable console to start flying off the shelves. It also helps that the mini console took a price cut with a promise to drop memory card prices as well. One thing that didn’t get announced at Gamescom was the highly rumored $500 PS Vita/PS 4 combo box, but that doesn’t mean it won’t pop up closer to launch.Sony also announced that there will be significant discounts on the digital versions of select PS4 titles if you have already purchased the game on PS3. Sone expects to make the complete list available closer to launch, but Watch_Dogs and the new Assasin’s Creed: Black Flag were high on the list. This is an interesting first for Sony, and a great way to encourage digital purchasing for the new console.Have you already pre-ordered your PS4, or will you be standing in line on launch day in the hopes of picking one up off the shelf? Sound off in the comments!last_img read more

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Take your pick Applications for CAO courses open from today

first_img Image: Shutterstock/dotshock By Gráinne Ní Aodha Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 2 Comments AT NOON TODAY, the Central Applications Office (CAO) opens its online applications for students to apply to their preferred courses.Applications can be made online for a reduced fee of €25 before 5.15pm, 20 January. The following closing date is 1 February at 5:15 pm and a fee of €40 applies.To apply to CAO go to www.cao.ie and click on ‘Apply’.Potential applicants are advised to read the CAO Handbook and to become familiar with the various guides available in the Student Resources section of the CAO website, including the demo application facility and the video guides explaining the application process.Step-by-stepCAO communications officer, Eileen Keleghan, reminds applicants that they can practice their application in advance through an online demo application facility available on the CAO website.She takes us through the steps that students can go through to fill in the forms.“Once you have read the CAO Handbook you can go to the CAO website and click on apply. You must enter your personal details and you will also be asked to indicate the qualifications and assessments sections that are relevant to you before making a payment and creating a password.“If all of these steps are completed correctly, you will receive an email containing your CAO application number and the details that CAO holds on file for you.“Once you have registered, you can then log in to your CAO account to provide the additional information required to support your application and to enter your course choices.“It is a good idea to enter some course choices at this stage, however applicants can log in to their account to add, remove or change the order of their courses as many times as they like up to 31 January for no extra charge.“There is no reason to delay registering with CAO. Leaving an application to the last minute causes unnecessary stress. You should obtain your application number and submit any additional information required of you before the deadline,” added Ms Keleghan.The CAO is a mechanism to link secondary school achievements (i.e. points acquired in the Leaving Certificate), to post-Leaving Cert and third level courses.Read: Parent protests: Spanish children are told not to do weekend homeworkRead: School, drinking, sex and depression – the average life of your typical Irish teenager Nov 4th 2016, 6:10 AM http://jrnl.ie/3060934 Friday 4 Nov 2016, 6:10 AM Short URL Image: Shutterstock/dotshock Share118 Tweet Email5 Take your pick: Applications for CAO courses open from today Put your preferred choice first – not the course with the most points. 9,827 Views last_img read more

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Driver caught speeding in Cork at nearly 150 miles per hour

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share705 Tweet Email By Cianan Brennan 30,033 Views Source: An Garda Síochána/Twitter Driver caught speeding in Cork… at nearly 150 miles per hour The incident happened yesterday on the M8 motorway near Fermoy. A DRIVER HAS been caught driving at almost 150 miles per hour in Co Cork.The driver was recorded driving at 236 kmh (147.5 mph) on the M8 motorway yesterday afternoon. Short URLcenter_img 93 Comments Nov 26th 2016, 7:26 AM Saturday 26 Nov 2016, 7:26 AM They were subsequently arrested and brought to court.A Garda spokesperson said there were no further details available regarding the incident.Read: The Citizens’ Assembly will start discussing abortion today. Here’s what’s on the agendaRead: RTÉ guts kids TV: ‘How can you stand before a country and be like, give us your licence fee?’ 236km/h on the M8 near Fermoy, Co. Cork today! Driver arrested and brought to court. Speed Kills pic.twitter.com/8Ys1nW0Qr5— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) November 25, 2016 https://jrnl.ie/3103798 last_img read more

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Fianna Fáil branch to ask Bertie Ahern to rejoin party

first_img 37,515 Views Bertie Ahern Image: Eamonn Farrell FIANNA FÁIL IN Dublin Central is set to ask former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern to rejoin the party.Branch chairman Brian Mohan confirmed the news to TheJournal.ie, after a motion was unanimously backed at a meeting tonight.Mohan said about 30 people were at the meeting and the motion was voted on after “a deep, meaningful discussion”.He said he expected a letter to be drafted at Fianna Fáil headquarters tomorrow morning before he will deliver it to Ahern.Mohan said that while Ahern is “controversial in some people’s eyes, he has been nothing but loyal to Fianna Fáil” and “deserves a second chance”.He said the former party leader would be an asset to Fianna Fáil as he knows the constituency very well and “knows how to win elections, something he proved throughout his career”.Speaking on RTÉ’s Late Debate, Fianna Fáil TD Éamon Ó Cuív said the issue will “come to the national executive, and it’ll be debated there”, adding: “I’ll make my views known at the national executive debate.”Mahon Tribunal Ahern resigned from the party in March 2012 following the publication of the Mahon Tribunal report. He stepped down as Taoiseach in 2008 and as a TD in 2011.The tribunal found that he did not truthfully account for payments of IR£165,000 made to accounts connected to him.The report did not make findings of corruption against Ahern, but proved hugely damaging to his reputation. He has disputed the findings.Read: What’s Bertie been up to?Read: Stephen Donnelly briefly blocked on Twitter by Social Democrats Nov 29th 2016, 10:04 PM Tuesday 29 Nov 2016, 10:04 PM Short URL Share3302 Tweet Email5 Image: Eamonn Farrellcenter_img Fianna Fáil branch to ask Bertie Ahern to rejoin party Dublin Central chair Brian Mohan said Ahern “has been nothing but loyal to Fianna Fáil” and “deserves a second chance”. Bertie Ahern Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Órla Ryan http://jrnl.ie/3110351 194 Comments last_img read more

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