Largest shopping centre in the midlands enters receivership

first_imgTHE LARGEST SHOPPING centre in the midlands has entered receivership.AIB appointed Stephen Tennant and Paul McCann of Grant Thornton as receivers to Athlone Towncentre Shopping Centre, in a move said to have been agreed by mutual consent.All units within the centre are unaffected by the deal and will continue to trade as normal.As well as the shopping centre and 1300-capacity car park , a number of apartments are included in the appointment, 150 of which are currently being rented.Stores in the centre include Jack and Jones, Marks and Spencers, Topshop, Zara, and Next.Read: Four A|wear stores remain open following examiner appointment >Explainer: What does liquidation, examinership and receivership mean? >last_img read more

Intervention to change unhealthy behaviour could save Irish lives

first_imgAN IRISH SCIENTIST is to lead a major research project which explores how people can be encouraged to change risky or unhealthy personal behaviours.The impact of such interventions could be widespread and life-saving, according to researchers.The group, led by Dr Molly Byrne, a health psychologist and lecturer at NUI Galway, will first focus on designing ways to encourage change in lifestyle which are related to diabetes and heart disease.Speaking today, Dr Byrne said that it is clear that an increasing number of health problems in Ireland and internationally are linked to unhealthy behaviours.She said:There is powerful evidence that changing people’s health-related behaviour for example, smoking, poor diet, excessive alcohol consumption, lack of exercise, failure to screen for illness and risky sexual practice, can impact positively on leading causes of mortality and morbidity, such as cardiovascular diseases and diabetes.The project will be a multi-agency one, using resources and research from experts in the National Clinical Care Programme in Diabetes, the HSE Health and Social Care Professions Education and Development Unit and University College London’s Centre for Behaviour Change.Funding for the project was announced today by the Health Research Board as part of a €9 million investment into health research leadership in this country. Five other projects “which address strategic gaps and leadership capacity in population health and health services research” also benefit and 22 new research jobs will be created.All the projects are intended to give medics and health service providers new approaches and evidence to deliver better care to Irish patients.The other five issues being tackled by those who received funding awards include:Prevention and treatment strategies for people living with chronic conditions such as diabetes (Prof Patricia Kearney, research professor at UCC)Pyschological approaches to treating people living with multiple issues (including chronic pain), such as arthritis, depression and more, making use of online, mobile phone technology and social media to deliver help (Dr Brian McGuire, clinical psychology senior lecturer, NUI Galway)Analysis of the national infrastructure to accurately compare cost effectiveness of non-acute health services (Prof Ciaran O’Neill, professor of health economics at NUI Galway)Creation of a National Centre for Health Decision Science in Ireland to determine best healthcare solutions (Prof Cathal Walsh, professor in statistics at TCD)Examination of personalised healthcare interventions to better tailor therapies to an individual patient (Prof John Forbes, health economics at UL) Study of Irish babies notes impact of even mild lack of oxygen at birth>Irish researcher tells why lack of sleep is bad for the heart>last_img read more

Tolls could be lifted at the East Link but council bosses say

first_imgA REPORT DETAILING possible options for the future of Dublin’s East Link Bridge recommends the city keep charging motorists for crossings after it reverts back to council ownership.Built in 1984 under a deal between Dublin Corporation, Dublin Port and private company National Toll Roads — the bridge reverts back to the city on 31 December 2015.The tolls charged at the bridge generated €4.2 million in profit last year (the council and the port splitting around a third of that amount, and the company that took over NTR’s interest receiving the lion’s share)In the report, City Engineer Michael Phillips sets out the pros and cons of keeping the toll system in place, and sets out two options for how to proceed.In the ‘pro’ column, councillors are told that keeping the toll would mean: 100 per cent of the profits from the Toll facility would now accrue to DCC as the other two parties to the current arrangement, would no longer have any involvement.Dublin City Council would seek a contractor to contract to operate the toll and provide the tolling facilities. The 22 existing staff employed on the toll facility would appear to have transfer of employment rights under any new arrangement.Under the ‘negatives’:Dublin City Council would lose the opportunity of €4.2 million toll revenue, as well as the loss of the €700,000 rates income.The 22 Toll operation staff, many with long service at this facility, would be no longer required at this facility.The removal of the toll booths and demolition of the existing toll plaza would cost Dublin City Council an estimated €850,000.The City Engineer proposes to bring a report before the council in March recommending that the toll scheme be continued, and that a tendering process be undertaken to bring in a new operator for the bridge.Contacted for reaction, Fine Gael councillor for the South East Inner City Kieran Binchy said:“I would like to see us in a position where we can see the East Link go toll-free, but obviously that’s subject to us being able to balance the budget.“Lifting the toll would of course help divert heavy traffic out of the city — it would also ease the burden on hard-pressed commuters.” Members of the Council’s Transport and Traffic Committee will discuss the issue at a meeting next week.Read: Celtic Tiger-era Liffey bridge can’t openPictures: Problems with Sam Beckett bridge lead to spectacular recreation of ‘rainbow’ adlast_img read more

Software company creates 75 jobs in Dublin

first_imgSILICON VALLEY NATIVE Guidewire Software is to expand its Irish office, more than doubling its workforce over the next year.The software solutions firm will create 75 new positions at its Global Services and Regional Development Centre in Blanchardstown.The expansion is supported by IDA Ireland and brings its total staff numbers in Ireland to 125.Guidewire was set up on America’s west coast in 2001 and established its Dublin location in July 2011.“Our team has quickly gained the confidence of Guidewire customers globally, to such an extent that in our 18 months of operation we have significantly expanded the scope of projects we work on,” said the company’s first Irish employee Niall Lalor. “We now expect to add 75 new team members to meet additional expected demand. This is a really exciting time to be at Guidewire.”The 75 new roles on offer include graduate/entry level software consultants, experienced consultants, developers and product managers. Recruitment is already underway.Read: Number of people at work rises for first time in over four yearslast_img read more

The 9 at 9 Thursday

first_imgEVERY MORNING, brings you the nine things you need to know as you start your day.1.#OHIO: Ariel Castro, a 52-year-old ex-bus driver has been charged with the rape of 27-year-old Amanda Berry, 23-year-old Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight (32). He also faces four counts of kidnapping related to the three women and Berry’s six-year-old daughter Jocelyn, who was born in captivity.2. #BANGLADESH: A fire at a garment factory has killed at least eight people in the latest disaster to hit Bangladesh’s textile industry, still reeling from the deaths of more than 900 people in a building collapse on 24 April.3. #EMIGRATION: A survey by the National Youth Council of Ireland has showed that over one-quarter of Irish households has experienced emigration first-hand over the last two years. It also revealed that the ages of those leaving the country has increased, with one in four people considering the move aged between 35 and 54.4. #INMO: Delegates at the IMNO annual conference in Letterkenny today will debate alternatives to Croke Park II. It also mandates for industrial action and other forms of protest action if the government imposes pay cuts without the consent of the union.5. #BUS EIREANN: Andrew McAlinden, spokesperson for Bus Eireann, told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland that it will press ahead with cost-cutting changes this weekend. The company has also made contingency plans for possible strike action by up to 900 drivers.6. #RACHEL O’REILLY: Gardaí are examining a dumbbell that was found in a stream close to Rachel O’Reilly’s home, according to the Irish Daily Star. Investigations into the find are looking into the possibility that it may have been used in her death nine years ago.7. #HAPPY EUROPE DAY: Celebrations are taking place across Europe today to mark the first step towards the establishment of the EU was made on this day in 1959 in Paris. Ireland is celebrating the day and 40 years of EU membership with a party in the Commission office in Dublin.8. #WHERE’S THE SUMMER?: Heavy rain and wind will continue in areas this morning, as Met Eireann warns that warmer weather is still some time off. The weather is predicted to stay changeable and unsettled, and temperatures will be below normal for the time of year.9. #YELLOW CARD KILLING: A 17-year-old who allegedly punched a referee who showed him a yellow card in a youth match in Utah, has been charged with homicide. Ricardo Portillo was first thought to have minor injuries, but was later found to have serious internal head injuries and he died in hospital a week later.Over on  Liam Gallagher gets violent over his recycling bins, and super news about Anchorman 2, it’s The Dredge.last_img read more

Troika want banks monitored after disappointingly slow start on arrears

first_imgTHE TROIKA HAS said that authorities will need to monitor the mortgage arrears crisis closely in order to ensure that banks meet their “ambitious targets” in reducing mortgage arrears.The tenth review mission said that Ireland’s recovery was continuing. While economic activity had been “weaker than anticipated”, domestic demand had proven to be “somewhat stronger than expected”.Budget 2013The group said that the “strict implementation of Budget 2013″ was essential if government was to achieve a deficit ceiling of 7.5 per cent of GDP.They said that the goverment had remained on track in this regard in the first quarter of 2013.BanksThe Troika said that while banks were now working towards meeting “ambitious targets to ensure a durable reduction in mortgage arrears”, this would require close monitoring by authorities after what they described as “a disappointingly slow start”.The group also said that banks needed to further help resolve the debts of small and medium-sized enterprises in order to help create jobs.Unemployment“While a pick-up in growth is needed to meaningfully reduce high unemployment, further policy efforts are important to address its increasingly structural nature,” the review said.The Troika also called for greater engagement with those who remained unemployed, and said that Ireland needed to open up “sheltered sectors such as legal services” in order for it to remain competitive internationally.It also said that the further disposal is state assets would help “support job-creating investment projects.”As as result of the latest review, up to €2.4 billion will be made available to Ireland – €1 billion by the IMF, €1 billion by the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF), and an estimated €0.4 billion through bilateral loans with other EU member states.Their next review mission is scheduled for this July.Read: Troika wants Ireland to outline spending cuts for three years >last_img read more

Election 2014 UKIP surges in council vote Tweets ethnically diverse thank you

first_imgBRITAIN’S ANTI-EU and anti-immigration UK Independence Party surged in local council elections according to results announced today, at the expense of the three main parties — including Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives.UKIP leader Nigel Farage said party would now be “serious players” in European parliament elections, which were held yesterday in the UK alongside the council polls in England and Northern Ireland, and in the May 2015 general election.Despite his party having no seats in his national parliament, Farage has led UKIP from the margins to claim a major place in Britain’s national debate on its place in the European Union.“The UKIP fox is in the Westminster hen house,” Farage said today as the first results came through.The party, which has been criticised in the past for its lack of diversity, also Tweeted this inclusive-looking photo… In results from 61 out of 161 councils in England this morning, UKIP had gained 89 council seats, having previously held just one, while the main opposition Labour party also did well, gaining 102 seats.The Conservatives lost 97 seats, while the Liberal Democrats lost 99.Turnout was a relatively weak 36 percent, according to initial estimates. UKIP is hoping to dramatically increase its tally of nine members of the European parliament when results are announced across the EU on Sunday night. Source: John GilesA defaced UKIP poster in Sheffield [PA]In Northern Ireland, the verification of ballots is expected to be completed by around midday, the BBC reports.The first council seats should be known by this evening.Official results from the European election won’t be announced anywhere until 10pm (Irish time) on Sunday night.The European Commission has banned member states from publishing results until the last polls close in Italy.Exit polls should, however, give a clear indication of how things are going before the first official results are confirmed.Includes reporting from AFP. Read: Pictures: Irish Defence Forces personnel vote in Election 2014 … from MaliRead: Why are schools used as polling places? Thank you to everyone who voted UKIP today— UKIP (@UKIP) May 22, 2014center_img Source: UKIP/Twitterlast_img read more

Steam Give Get Sale Day 3 games lineup

first_imgDay three of Steam’s Give & Get Sale is now underway with another new selection of discounted titles and gift packs. Here’s what you’ve got to choose from:The games today are:Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box 50% offWarhammer 40,000: Dawn of War I 66% offMachinarium 75% offTropico 3: Gold Edition 75% offTorchlight 75% offIndie Clever Pack 90% off including:Doc Clock: The Toasted Sandwich of TimeEufloriaIron Grip: WarlordVVVVVVWorld of Goo Empire: Total War 50% offARMA II: Operation Arrowhead 50% offBlur 50% offThe Gift Pack collections today are:Freedom Force – buy 10 gets 84% off eachPortal – buy 6 get 86% off eachWarhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II Chaos Rising buy 8 gets 75% off eachEmpire: Total War – buy 6 get 65% off eachIf you haven’t got it already, then Machinarium is a beautifully put together Indie game now at a bargain price. Racing fans are catered for today with two options, and the Indie Clever Pack is worth the cost just for Eufloria and VVVVVV.Check the Steam Store for the actual prices in your region.last_img read more

ATT buys 193 Bn worth of Qualcomm spectrum for 2011 4G push

first_img2011 will be the year when 4G goes mainstream. Verizon has already unrolled their next-gen LTE service nationwide and will be showing off the first LTE capable smartphones at CES in January. Sprint‘s got its WiMax network, and T-Mobile is working on supercharging their existing 3G network to be as fast as LTE.The odd man out up until now has been AT&T, which has failed to elaborate upon its 4G plans. That’s just changed: AT&T has just struck a deal to buy wireless spectrum from Qualcomm for a staggering $1.93 billion in order to roll out their 4G broadband network. No surprise there: AT&T can’t really wait any longer to build its 4G network. More interesting, though, is the fact that AT&T’s 4G service might be immune to the sort of connection and congestion problems that has traditionally plagued users of its 3G service (most notoriously, iPhone owners.“This is very high-quality spectrum,” said an analyst speaking to the New York Times. “It’s especially concentrated in the urban areas. It provides a very strong signal inside buildings, and it’s extremely good at penetrating walls and windows.”Leave it to AT&T to fix its network problems on the eve of losing their exclusivity on the iPhone. I guess you don’t need to try to compete in service when you’ve got exclusive access to the most desired phone in the world.Read more at New York Timeslast_img read more

Android Now Worlds Most Popular Mobile OS

first_imgIt’s hard to fathom now, but there was a time when Google’s open mobile operating system seemed destined to fail. Android was really slow out of the gate. Few users and fewer handset manufacturers were adopting it, and after several months, the OS seemed dead in the water.Now look at where we are. Mobile analyst group Canalys is reporting today that, in the fourth quarter of last year, Android became the top smartphone platform. Shipments for the OS hit 32.9 million in the quarter, beating out 31.0 million worldwide shipments for the Symbian platform. Apple and RIM were in a distant third and fourth, respectively, at 16.2 and 14.6 million shipments repectively. Microsoft, meanwhile, rounded out the top five at 3.1 million handsets shipped globally.Despite Symbian’s slipping marketshare, Nokia is still the top smartphone vendor, with 28 percent of the total market.last_img read more

Sonys Kevin Butler retweets PS3 security code

first_imgThis has to go down as a major gaff on Sony’s part for not keeping their marketing department up-to-date with current events in the world of PS3 security.The now famous Kevin Butler character, which Sony regularly turns to for amusing adverts covering everything PS3, has retweeted the PS3 security code Sony wishes had never seen the light of day. The same code used in the exploit to jailbreak the PS3 with firmware 3.55.AdChoices广告The Kevin Butler Twitter account was sent the code in a tweet by Travis La Marr a.k.a. exiva along with the message “come at me”. Whoever looks after that Butler account on Twitter for some reason thought it was a Battleships reference and responded with “Lemme guess… you sank my Battleship?” But the code was included in the response too.So, while Sony is fighting to stop everyone talking or sharing information about PS3 security codes, one of its own has gone and spread the word a little further. The Kevin Butler Twitter account currently lists 67,792 followers.Read more at, via Engadgetlast_img read more

Facebook accidentally turned on email notifications

first_imgFacebook had a little accident yesterday which resulted in some Facebook users getting some unwanted emails. The social network company accidentally turned on e-mail notifications for some of its users who had already opted out of receiving emails.Most Facebook users get notifications via email when they get a friend request, someone comments on a picture of them, or a friend posts something to their wall. As someone whose inbox was filling up with all those “John Smith just commented on your wall post” emails, I quickly chose to turn off the notifications in the Facebook settings.Facebook reported late last night that some people were suddenly receiving email notifications for setting they had turned off. The company said the checkboxes that were unchekced are now checked. As of 11 hours ago, Facebook was still working on the issue, and it has yet to comment on the problem in the company’s blog.AdChoices广告Read more at Facebook, via InfoTechlast_img read more

Forza 4 to get Kinect head tracking

first_imgThe Electronic Entertainment Expo, better known as E3, is next week, and already a lot of great news is getting out that companies just don’t want to save for the show floor. For example, Microsoft and Turn 10 insiders have posted a sneak peek of what’s in store for racing game fans in Forza Motorsport 4, which will be on display for everyone to see. Forza 4 will get support for Microsoft Kinect, which will track your head while you race around the track. Turn your head left, and your camera view will shift left.Microsoft says they studied the behaviors of real gamers when they play racing games with controllers and racing wheels, and wanted to use Kinect to emulate the experience of actual driving. When you make a left turn in a car, you actually turn your head to the left so you can see ahead of the turn you’re about to make. Forza 4 will let you do the same thing by tracking the orientation of your head.The Kinect integration is primarily for look and camera view. Microsoft did say more details about Forza 4 and all of the new features in the game will be released at E3 and didn’t want to give away too much. The video showcasing the new head tracking feature is up on Xbox Live Insider and on YouTube regardless, so they can consider this bit of news no longer a secret, at least.Aside from realism, Microsoft also says they want to give gamers the experience of leaning into a turn and looking around while they drive. The Kinect integration is useful, and removes the need for additional controller buttons to change the driver’s view, but it cuts both ways. You won’t want to turn your head to talk to a friend or glance down at your ringing cell phone in the middle of the race, just to look up and not see the track.Read more at Forza Motorsport, via Eurogamerlast_img read more

Google Wallet getting digital loyalty cards via Punchd acquisition

first_imgYou may not have heard of Punchd before, but the startup had a simple (but great) idea: to come up with a software solution for wasteful and inconvenient customer loyalty cards. We’ve all got enough other items in our wallets without trying to jam in one more “get one free” card, right? Punchd puts loyalty cards where they won’t add additional clutter: in your smartphone, neatly organized inside a mobile app.Founded just last year, Punchd began as a senior project by a group of Cal Poly students. Two of its founding members, Reed Morse and Grantland Chew, coded the original app in an Android development class — a class which materialized after Google donated a pile of Android smartphones to the university’s computer science department. Now, Punchd has come full circle — announcing that it has been acquired by Google, whose hardware donation got the ball rolling.It’s no secret that Google has been hard at work buffing up the shopping features in its mobile apps. One of its more mature efforts is In Stock Nearby, which you’ll find when searching for products in the mobile web version of Google. Look up an item, and Google will tell you whether participating retailers like Sears and Best Buy have  what you’re looking for on their shelves. Not long ago, Google launched its own Groupon-like location-based Offers in Google Maps for Android and iOS. At I/O 2011, Google Wallet was shown off in great detail and Google announced that the app was currently being tested internally.Now that Google has acquired Punchd it will make a fine addition to Google Wallet once it’s ready for the general public. While secure NFC payments might have been enough to get you interested, the addition of geocoded discounts and digital loyalty cards will make Google Wallet all the more enticing to tech-savvy shoppers.More at Punchdlast_img read more

Level 5 RPG Ni no Kuni shown off in 13 minute gameplay

first_imgFor the average gamer there’s little excitement around the release of a new Japanese RPG, that is unless you are a fan of the genre, or just someone who loves Dragon Quest or Pokemon. But if you own a PS3 then there is a new RPG that you have to take notice of, and the Tokyo Game Show has presented us with 13 minutes of gameplay footage to show you why this could be a standout title for Sony’s console.The game is called Ni no Kuni, although a renaming for Western markets is likely. It has been developed by Level 5 who have a game pedigree second to none including titles released in the following series: Dark Cloud, Dragon Quest, Rogue Galaxy, White Knight Chronicles, and Professor Layton.That alone should get RPG fan’s pulses racing, but there’s more. Ni no Kuni is a collaborative effort with none other than celebrated anime company Studio Ghibli, the studio that brought us Ponyo, Howl’s Moving Castle, Spirited Away, and Princess Mononoke to name but a few.The imagination fo Ghibli coupled with the reputation and experience of Level 5 promises to produce something a bit special, and the video below points to a very beautiful game. The gameplay action doesn’t start until the 3m10 mark, at which point you are presented with a world that clearly has the Ghibli mark all over it. The most unfortunate thing about this video is the fact there’s no HD option for watching it.In terms of gameplay, if you’ve played Dragon Quest VIII on the PS2 it looks like you’ll instantly be at home as the gameplay mechanics look to be very similar. World exploration, regular battles as you travel, and an overarching story to tie it all together promise to make this instantly popular with JRPG fans, but hopefully accessible to a wider audience too due to the Ghibli involvement and influence.There’s actually two Ni no Kuni games, one for the DS and the other for the PS3. Both have been treated completely separately with different teams working on each game. The DS version has already seen a release in Japan, but the PS3 version is due out later this year in its home territory followed by an early 2012 release for the U.S. Just on this video evidence alone, I think I’ll be picking it up on release.Here’s a smaller section of the gameplay in HD to show you just how detailed and beautiful this game looks:via Kotakulast_img read more

No Dawnguard for PS3 until performance improves

first_imgAnyone who’s played Skyrim on a PS3 has probably already experienced a few performance problems. The biggest of those occurred back in November last year when a save game bug rendered the game unplayable. It meant the game got more and more laggy the longer you played, to the point where you couldn’t continue and had to reset the console. That issue was fixed in January, but Bethesda continues to have a difficult time working with the PS3 hardware.The Dawnguard expansion was released as a timed exclusive for the Xbox 360 late last month, and yesterday PC gamers got their hands on it, but what of the PS3 version?Bethesda has explained on its blog that PS3 gamers won’t be seeing the Skyrim expansion any time soon. The reason? The performance they are able to achieve isn’t great, suggesting it’s unplayable at the moment.The choice the Dawnguard development team had to make is release the expansion in sub-optimal form or continue to work with it and figure out how to get it on par with the 360 and PC versions. They chose the latter and look to be scratching their heads over why they can’t get the game running better.The PS3 has always been classed as a difficult machine to develop games for due to its architecture. But it was thought that the maturity of software libraries now had managed to overcome the difficulties earlier games suffered with. That’s clearly not the case for Bethesda’s Creation Engine.Unfortunately there is no release windows specified for Dawnguard on PS3. It is just a wait and see situation with no end in sight. If Bethesda can’t get Dawnguard running well enough, there is a chance we’ll never see it released on Sony’s platform.Read more at the Bethesda Bloglast_img read more

Torrent site Demonoid raided and shut down by authorities

first_imgFor those of you not familiar with the movers and shakers in the realm of bittorrent, Demonoid is one of the largest trackers online. It connects users to many terabytes of data, much of which is copyrighted. US authorities have been trying to eradicate Demonoid for a long time, and now it looks like it’s worked — Demonoid has been busted by the copyright cops.The difficulty has always been that Demonoid was hosted internationally; most recently in the ColoCall data center in Ukraine. In recent days, Demonoid has been experiencing a crippling DDoS attack, and hacker intrusion. It now appears that was all just the prelude to the raid that has taken the site down.Timed to coincide with Deputy Prime Minister Valery Khoroshkovsky’s trip to the United States, Ukrainian authorities entered ColoCall and took control of the Demonoid servers. All the data was copied from the drives, and most of the hardware was seized by investigators.The Demonoid administrators, as far as we know, are not Ukranian. The site was hosted there specifically because it was believed that Ukrainian law did not forbid the kind of linking that torrent trackers do. Demonoid even went so far as to block all Ukrainian IP addresses so as not to give the locals any reason to be up in arms.Still, political forces being what they are, this was inevitable considering the scope of Demonoid. On the agenda for Khoroshkovsky’s Washington trip is the subject of copyright infringement. The Demonoid admin team is thought to live in Mexico, so perhaps if a backup exists the site could still rise again.via TorrentFreaklast_img read more

Torays touchscreen film selfrepairs scratches cuts down on fingerprints

first_imgJapanese company Toray managed to impress us a couple of times last year by producing two different, yet equally useful touchscreen films.The first was capable of repairing a minor scratch on the film in as little as 10 seconds at room temperature. When placed on a touchscreen display it allows 90 percent of light to pass through it, making it an excellent solution for a phone or tablet.The second film Toray produced promised to cut down on fingerprint build up on a display. It achieved this by employing a wrinkled nanometer surface, otherwise known as a wet coating. Because the surface is wrinkled your fingertip is actually coming into contact with only a small percentage of the film surface, meaning less oil gets transferred. Toray also added an oil-repellant material to cut down on build-up even further.It has been several months since both of those films were announced, and now Toray has used Nanotech 2013 to announce another breakthrough–they’ve managed to combine the two films.What Toray has done is manage to apply the anti-fingerprint solution to their self repairing film. So now you can have a fingerprint free touchscreen that also recovers from any minor scratches. Toray also updated the anti-fingerprint technology to make it easier to remove any dirt that does build up, however, in doing so the film doesn’t work quite as well as last year’s wrinkled nanometer surface method.Even if there’s a few more fingerprint marks on this new film, it’s still going to be an improvement over tapping directly on touchscreen glass. The addition of scratch healing also makes the film a worthwhile investment, especially if you prefer to carry your smartphone around without a protective case.last_img read more

British scientists may have solved the mystery of the yeti with DNA

first_imgThe Himalaya Mountains have long been the backdrop for stories of the Yeti, a large ape-like creature that is said to inhabit the upper slopes of the range. Many supposed sighting of the yeti have been reported over the generations, but no definitive proof has ever been provided for its existence. However, a new genetic study of supposed yeti remains conducted at University of Oxford may have solved the mystery once and for all.Professor Bryan Sykes conducted DNA analysis on a sample of hairs taken from a possible yeti carcass from the western Himalayan region of Ladakh, and another from Bhutan. The genetic profiles were compared to a database of other animals in search of a match, and he found a nearly perfect one. That in and of itself is not unusual — fraudsters often try to pass off an orangutan or large goat carcass for a yeti, but the nature of this match is surprising. According to the DNA, both hair samples belong to a species of ancient polar bear from Norway that lived over 40,000 years ago.The bear species identified by the DNA is from a time when the brown bear and polar bear were separating. Sykes believes the creature known as the yeti could be a descendant of this animal — a hybrid of ancient bears. If true, the scale would be about right, and large bears can rear up on their hind legs, appearing bipedal from a distance.The recent discovery of the hair in such widely separated areas suggests the creature is still alive, according to Sykes. Many parts of the Himalayas are extremely isolated, so it isn’t impossible a large mammal has been living there in secret. It wouldn’t even be the first time an ancient animal was found to still be alive. A class of fish known as Coelacanth were believed to have died out in the Cretaceous, but were rediscovered in the 20th century.The research done by Sykes has been submitted for publication in an unnamed journal, so until other scientists have verified the findings, this should be treated as unconfirmed. Though, the possibility that an ancient species of bear still lives in the Himalayas is, in some ways, more interesting than solving the mystery of the yeti.last_img read more

Revenue sheriff suing RTÉ and plumber for defamation on Gerry Ryan Show

first_img Short URL Image: /Photocall Ireland Revenue sheriff suing RTÉ and plumber for defamation on Gerry Ryan Show The show was aired on the national broadcaster station on 15 April 2010. A CO MEATH solicitor and Revenue Sheriff is suing RTÉ and a plumber who allegedly referred to him on the late broadcaster Gerry Ryan’s Show as having seized €3,000 worth of goods from a wrong house.It is claimed that references during the show suggested that the Revenue wrongly targeted the plumber Sean Murray’s ‘family home’ instead of his brother Barry’s property and had taken goods.The solicitor and sheriff Patrick J Cusack, of Old Castle, Co Meath, claims in defamation proceedings against RTÉ and Sean Murray that the plumber had referred to him on the Ryan Show on 15 April 2010, as having seized the goods.Both RTÉ and Sean Murray have entered full defences, denying defamation and all of the allegations levelled against them in the proceedings.Pleadings in the case state that the Revenue was targeting Barry Murray’s plastering business, Guys that Plaster Limited, with an address at Balregan, Kilcurry, Dundalk, Co Louth. Sean Murray’s address is stated as Balregan, Lurganheel, Kilcurry, Dundalk.Cusack claims that a bailiff had under warrant entered a property identified to him as the premises of Guys that Plaster Limited and seized items in accordance with the Code of Practice for Revenue Sheriffs.Murray has lodged a counterclaim against Cusack in which he claims exemplary damages for misfeasance, negligence or improper performance of a lawful act in public office, damages for trespass, wrongful detention of his goods and negligent mistreatment.Cusack is alleging that the content of the Ryan interview meant that he had unlawfully broken into Sean Murray’s workshop, committed a burglary, and created criminal damage which included allegedly breaking down the door.He is also claiming in the proceedings that he had been accused of theft and of stealing property to the value of €3,000 in a criminal act. The claim also includes an allegation that he had entered the property surreptitiously, frightening Sean Murray’s wife.Yesterday, lawyers for the parties told Judge Terence O’Sullivan in the Circuit Civil Court that the case, which was down for hearing next month, was not ready to proceed. The judge adjourned the proceedings, entered for mention in yesterday’s list, to be heard early next year, at a date yet to be fixed by the Circuit Court Office.Comments are closed as the case is ongoing.Read: “Hero” gardaí rescue child from sixth floor apartment as witness Senator calls for their pay to be hikedRead: Facebook slagging of accused’s girlfriend led to stabbing, court told 32,677 Views No Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: /Photocall Ireland Share3 Tweet Email By Ray Managh Friday 4 Nov 2016, 6:30 AM Nov 4th 2016, 6:30 AM last_img read more