7 trillion SMS messages will be sent in 2011

first_imgWe’ve said this before, but it’s worth saying again: SMS messaging is a huge scam perpetuated upon mobile customers by companies who are making most of their money selling something that is absolutely free to them. SMS messages only came into being because they were free: engineers designed the SMS system to “fill in the gaps” that exist just keeping mobile networks operational. That’s the reason that it’s so easy to get free text messages when you complain to your mobile provider, and that’s the reason that mobile providers love text messaging: they’re essentially charging you ten cents per pop for something that it costs them absolutely nothing to provide. It’s infinite profit.So how much will the telecoms rack in from SMS messaging in 2011? Well, according to ABI research, it’s going to be a banner year at least when it comes to volume: they anticipate seven trillion SMS messages to be sent next year.If you assume a charge of five cents charged per SMS, that’s a lot of money generated from an imaginary expense: that’s a $350,000,000,000 (or $350 billion dollar) industry in texts alone. In actuality, many of those 7 trillion texts will be part of plans, so it’s pretty hard to say exactly how much money mobile companies will make in texts in 2011… but let’s just say it’s going to be a lot, shall we?Read more at ABI Researchlast_img read more

This Weeks Best YouTube Videos Shuttle Launches Tiger Blood Robot Armor Rick

first_imgThe best that YouTube had to offer this week runs the gamut from a robotic exoskeleton that will either make your jaw drop in wonder and amazement (or creep you out) all the way up to a hilarious remix of the now infamous Charlie Sheen interview that will also get you up to speed on the whole Charlie Sheen thing if you haven’t been paying attention. That’s only the half of it, though. There’s a shuttle launch taken from a truly unique perspective in this week’s video lineup, a trailer for what could be the theatrical embodiment of every Internet meme ever seen, and more. Front View Boys The Chronicles of Rick Roll – Official Teaser Trailer Charlie Sheen Bi-Winning Dubstep A couple of weeks ago, our YouTube roundup included a video from the self-named Rear View Girls, who mounted a camera on one lady’s posterior and posted a video of all of the attention she reportedly received. Well, a couple of YouTube comedians decided to turn it around on the ladies with their own take on the social experiment called Front View Boys. I don’t want to spoil the hilarity for you – it’s worth a watch. AdChoices广告Space Shuttle Launch: Viewed From an Airplane Skeletonics If you’ve been wondering why so many people are saying “Winning!” and claiming that more things need “Tiger Blood” as of late, you’re probably not up to speed on the public relations nightmare that has been Charlie Sheen over the past few weeks, pretty much since the Oscars. If you are up to speed, you’ve probably seen the original version of this now-infamous interview where he went public with exactly how off the charts his lifestyle is. Either way, this dubstep remix of the television interview that started it all is a great way to get up to speed if you’re out of the loop, or put on repeat for your friends and laugh to if you are.  Neil had a particularly interesting view of Space Shuttle Discovery’s final launch last week: from his flight, about 20,000 feet in the air, that had just departed Orlando, Florida. He looked out his window, and was able to capture Discovery soaring into orbit on his phone, and then post it to the Web for the rest of us to enjoy. Godspeed, Discovery! We mentioned this earlier in the week, but it had to have a place in our best of the week roundup. Starring everyone from the Double Rainbow Guy to Antoine Dodson, if The Chronicles of Rick Roll actually gets enough interest and money to get made, it’ll be a masterpiece. That or seeing every Internet meme ever on a huge movie screen will make everyone’s brains explode. One or the other. This amazing video is hardly one of the most popular from YouTube this week, with just over 5,300 views, but it’s definitely one of the best that I’ve seen. This group of Japanese students, college students it looks like, figured it might be a good idea to build their own robotic power suit – similar to the kind that the US military and other high-tech companies have been developing for real world use. Theirs isn’t designed to be small and lightweight and carried into combat, but it’s still more than impressive. You still have to climb up into it, and it serves as a power-assist for natural human motions, from running, hitting people with leeks, and stealing sodas. Many thanks to Danny Choo, who posted the video – and more photos of the suit – on his blog.last_img read more

Color A new photo sharing proximitybased social network app

first_imgSocial network applications and services are at an all time high at the moment and we can now look forward to a new flavor in the shape of Color, which is a free proximity-based social networking photo-sharing app.Color has been developed by entrepreneur Bill Nguyen who was the founder of Lala, an online music store that was bought out by Apple back in 2009 and was subsequently shut down a year later. It is said that Nguyen managed to persuade Sequoia Capital, Bain Capital and Silicon Valley to invest $41 million into his latest project. So the app must be something special to warrant such a move, but while there are similar photo sharing apps on the market, Color, which has launched on the iPhone and Android platforms (with Blackberry and Windows Phone 7 to follow), is slightly different.Unlike other traditional photo sharing apps such as Instagram, there is no system in place where by you need to have a list of friends from your contacts, or a series of followers (on say Twitter or Facebook) in order to share your photos. Instead the sharing of photos is done on the fly using clever algorithms to determine which pictures should be viewable and accessible by you and others around you.So, for example, you could be at an event or venue and Color analyses the pictures that have been taking (it doesn’t matter if it was taken on an iPhone or Android) by using the augment location based signal gleamed from the GPS. The results are then displayed on the screen. This way all the images taken at say, a wedding could be collated together and viewed on each and every phone that is in the same vicinity.Additionally the software uses profile photos to showcase where an image(s) has come from (i.e. the user) and it tries to determine which people you are most interested in seeing photos from. Over time if you have not bothered to look at their photos it will darken the image out and lighten up those people who you favor more.It uses this technique to combat the saturation problems you find on Facebook or Twitter, where you could have hundreds of friends or followers posting photos swamping your wall, but you never bother to view.The public nature of the system is obvious, as you can use the software to discover who and what is around you, but all images uploaded will remain the property of Color (though you can delete the images you upload).The company’s main goal is to use the software as a business model for location-based advertising, but it’s still early days for the company and only time will tell whether this system will take off or not.Read more at All Things Digitallast_img read more

iPhone Geiger counter prototyped

first_imgGive an ambitious hacker a little bit of free time and a handful of electronic components, and there’s no telling what he or she will whip up. Just get a load of this incredibly slick Geiger counter, developed by Sean Bonner and friends. The design has been refined and packed into a case which tucks neatly onto the back of the iPhone, much like an extended-life battery back would.While radiation levels are a real concern for some right now, most of us don’t really need a Geiger counter (just check this handy XKCD chart to see what I’m talking about). But that doesn’t make the iGeiger any less cool. If the project tickles your fancy, you can even contribute funds over at Kickstarter to help make it happen.AdChoices广告There are loads of additional photos of the device taking shape over at Flickr, and you can also find out more about it at RDTN.org — where sensors are uploading geocoded radiation data from sites throughout Japan.via boingboinglast_img read more

Apples Lion OS X gets 1 million downloads in first day

first_imgIn addition to three other products, Apple released OS X Lion yesterday, an update to the Mac operating system that has be in the making since 2009. It seems that there were quite a few people waiting for the OS X release–apparently Lion was downloaded over 1 million times yesterday. That sets Mac OS X 10.7 as the fastest downloaded OS in Apple’s history.Coincidentally, when Apple launched the Mac App Store back in January, it too received 1 million downloads in its first 24 hours. Lion was made available yesterday in the Mac App Store for $29.99, which was also a first for Apple since it used to offer a physical copy of the software available in its retail stores. However, customers had only one choice if they wanted Lion on the first day of its release, and that was the Mac App Store.AdChoices广告A second choice is also available for those of you who’d prefer not to download the software and can wait until “later this August,” which is when Apple is estimating it will release Lion for those who don’t download it. You won’t find it on a CD either; instead, you’ll have to pay more than twice the price as the Mac App Store download to get it on a USB stick for $69.99. Of course, if you just can’t download it right now because you’re not a broadband user, you can always go to an Apple store and use their WiFi for free.It will definitely be interesting to see how many of the USB stick versions Apple does sell after having already sold 1 million copies in one day. We’re guessing it’s not even going to come close to yesterday’s number. It’s no question that the ease of downloading the software right from your computer had some part in the massive number of downloads Apple received yesterday. As Apple continues to push the Mac App Store as the best way to get new software for Apple devices, it’ll be fascinating to watch how Apple’s sales are affected. So far, it’s for the best.Though we’re still testing out Lion, we can tell you that it has more than 250 new features including the new Multi-Touch gestures, which have a few people confused right off the bat. Check out our quick tips for fixing your gestures with the new OS X.via PC Maglast_img read more

Amazon inks 800 title deal with DisneyABC for Prime Instant Video

first_imgAmazon’s timing could not be better with all the issues Netflix is having retaining angry customers. The Internet shopping giant has announced that it has inked a deal with Disney-ABC to bring a plethora of content to Prime Instant Videos. The deal adds 800 titles to Amazon’s library of movies and TV shows, including shows from the Disney Channel, ABC Family, and Marvel.Specific titles to be added over the next few weeks include Felicity, Phineas and Ferb, Grey’s Anatomy, Lost, Greek, Iron Man: Extremis, and X-Men Evolution to name but a few. All are very popular titles that are sure to attract the attention of those disgruntled consumers looking for a way out and alternative to Netflix.The icing on the cake for this deal is the fact that Amazon’s new Android based tablet, the Kindle Fire, will allow Amazon Prime members to stream media right on to the device. This is a major selling point for the Fire, and a major value-add for people who purchase the tablet.One can feel the momentum in the online content provider wars shifting. Netflix has reported that it has lost 800,000 customers in the fallout following the price increase and failed Qwikster experiment. However, it has also renewed a deal with Disney-ABC that sees it get some new shows, which may be enough of a reason to stay with the service for some existing subscriber.Even so, it is a safe bet that Amazon wants to target those 800,000 Netflix refugees in an effort to sell more Amazon Prime memberships, which have tremendous value already with the free two day shipping.Amazon Prime Instant Videos are available on 300 devices, through the web, and as mentioned above will be available in app form on the Kindle Fire. It will be interesting to watch what other companies Amazon makes agreements with for content. Netflix may soon find itself battling to keep market dominance if for no other reason that competitors start to match it on content.Read more at the Amazon press releaselast_img read more

Asus Transformer AiO dual boots Windows 8 and Android

first_imgViewsonic isn’t the only company working on a crazy, desktop-sized tablet. Asus has taken the wraps off the Transformer AiO, an 18.4-inch touchscreen affair that not only boots Android like Viewsonic’s device — but Windows 8, too.By most accounts, 18.4 inches is somewhat small for an all-in-one nowadays, but the Transformer AiO will be a nice fit for locations where space is at a premium. At home, it’s a good size for a kitchen computer and it’s also a solid option for a secondary home PC (say, for the kids).But the Transformer AiO wouldn’t be a Transformer if it didn’t have another trick up its sleeves besides dual-booting. The kicker: you can de-dock the display and use it as a tablet. Sure, it’s about twice the size of an iPad and likely more than double the weight, but that just means playing games like Angry Birds Space, Cut the Rope, or Shadowgun will be twice as much fun, right?The tablet logic isn’t built in to the display, however. It’s part of the Transformer AiO’s base and display data is pumped to the touchscreen wirelessly. That means you’ll need to stay within transmission range, but chances are good you hadn’t planned on taking this along for your morning commute to work anyway.Official specs haven’t been revealed yet, so all that’s known about the Transformer AiO is its dual-OS and dual-mode abilities — and that it packs a trio of USB 3.0 ports and Ethernet connectivity. Other details may trickle out as Computex progresses, so check back for updates if this multi-talented PC has piqued your interest.More at The Vergelast_img read more

iPower Tote aims to charge your iPhone and replace your wallet

first_imgIf you enjoy surfing the Internet or playing games throughout the day, your iPhone battery isn’t going to last very long and a charge or battery pack may be required. But rather than add additional bulk to your bag or pocket, father and daughter team Jerry and Alexis want to replace your wallet with an iPhone 4/4S charging unit that doubles as a wallet.They’ve launched a Kickstarter project for their device, which is called the iPower Tote. Inside the Tote’s flip case wallet is an 1800mah battery providing your iPhone with enough juice for a full recharge. If that’s not enough for you, there’s a mini USB port at the bottom of the case allowing for a recharge without having to remove your phone, or simply to recharge the case battery. In terms of a wallet, the space is limited to room for just two credit cards.Once inserted, your phone is held securely so it doesn’t matter how you hold the wallet, it won’t fall out. The case is also designed so you can use your phone without having to take it out, meaning the recharging continues even if you get a call or text.The outside of the case is made from real leather, while the inside is felt so that your phone screen is protected from scratches. There is one oversight in the design though, as the credit cards slot in opposite the display. When closed there’s a chance they could touch and rub against the display.Attempting to replace your wallet with a phone case and charger in one is a nice idea, but it does rely on you not carrying cash around and only needing two cards on your person. It’s also not exactly cheap, with the Kickstarter requiring an $80 pledge to secure one.There’s 29 days left for the iPower Tote to meet its $120,000 goal, and I think it’s going to struggle to reach that target.More at Kickstarterlast_img read more

PSN Day 1 Digital announced download games on the day of release

first_imgNext month we will see not only a lot of great games coming out but also a new service on the US’ PSN store, PSN Day 1 Digital. It allows PS3 owners to pre-order upcoming AAA titles for a discounted price so they can play them on the day of release without having to step outside the house.PlayStation Plus members are the ones who can benefit from a 10% discount if they pre-order a game via the store. Games will be priced at $59.99, or $53.99 if you’re getting it with the discount (which actually isn’t too bad a deal).The games included are Resident Evil 6, NBA 2K13, Dishonored, DOOM 3: BFG Edition, 007: Legends, Medal of Honor: Warfighter, Need for Speed: Most Wanted and Assassin’s Creed III. That’s just for this month too, new games will be available to buy and pre-order every month and will most likely be announced on the official US PS Blog. Not every game is available for pre-order but you can still get a 10% discount for some of those particular games if you buy them in the first week of release (and have a PS Plus account, of course).Being able to have a game on release day is great, especially for super excited fans who can’t wait for the post to come or to go to the shops and the price is surprisingly reasonable considering the PSN store usually charges ridiculous amounts for full games. However, you might want to pick up that new 500GB super slim PS3 if you want to download a lot of full games as they often take up a lot of hard drive space.via US PlayStation Bloglast_img read more

Classroom ebooks report usage rat out students who skip homework

first_imgEveryone has had that class where you don’t have to actually open the book in order to do the homework. If you are clever enough, you can get the basic idea from the discussion in class and maybe catch up later if you aren’t busy. While it’s certainly not the best of study habits, it happens. Imagine if your teacher were able to look up and see whether or not you read that chapter last night, or exactly how long you spent with the book open before trying your hand at the homework without finishing the section.  A lot of us would have been found guilty. Unfortunately for the students of this generation, that is exactly what is about to happen with some new classroom e-books.CourseSmart is an e-book retailer that focuses on added services for students and teachers. The software delivers the books suited for the classroom setting, and allows for both group activities and one-on-one help. A new feature being added to the service is an opt-in for tracking how students use the books. Specifically, the software tracks how long the student is reading a specific section. This way, if a student is struggling with a specific concept or if the he/she is just plain not doing the work, the teacher has the tools needed to better address the situation and help them.If you can separate yourself from the idea that you are being tracked as you read your textbook, the service seems like it would be a terrific help to both students and teachers. Sure, you won’t get away with not doing the required reading, but the idea seems really beneficial.It’s also worth pointing out that there are plenty of one-on-one educational apps for children that offer very similar tools. The Zoodles app for Android is a perfect example as it emails the parent every week with analytics on the behaviors found when using the apps.Our kids won’t be able to get away with some of the stuff we did in school, but at the end of the day it’s hard to say that isn’t a good thing.via The Chroniclelast_img read more

Watch a Texas bridge get demolished in mesmerizing slow motion

first_imgSlow motion is kind of like a magical effect that makes everything more of what it already is. If a video is pretty gross, a slow motion effect will undoubtedly highlight every awful nanosecond. If a video is totally awesome, slow motion will show you all the intricacies as to why the video is awesome. Of course, if something happens too fast, slow motion will surely show you all the stuff that happened too fast for you to actually see. Case in point, this bridge demolition in Marble Falls, Texas. Aside from the ear-shattering noise, the explosion happens too fast to appreciate. However, with the help of slow motion, we see that the bridge demolition is not only extremely organized, but a tad mesmerizing.Check out the destruction in super slow motion below.Now compare it to the destruction at full speed…Even though we know certain things travel faster than sound — light, some planes, certain missiles, and various guns — it’s still amusing to watch an explosion take place only to have the audio lag behind, albeit a bit startling. The old steel bridge was demolished to make way for two new concrete bridges, and though controlled demolition is a normal part of construction, it’s not without some repercussions. KEYE TV reports that nearby buildings took a bit of damage, and phone, cell, and internet service in three surrounding counties were knocked out for more than 12 hours when shrapnel from the explosion took out a fiber optics cable located above the bridge.The video was shot with a Nikon D800 and an 85mm prime lens, while the slow motion footage was captured with a Canon SX260 HS.last_img read more

Gardaí renew appeal for man missing since last year

first_img Source: Garda Press OfficeGARDAÍ IN KILKENNY have renewed an appeal for the public’s help in finding a man who has been missing for more than a year.Valerijs Zimecs, aged 47, was last seen on Sunday 1 November 2015 at 8am in the Freshford Road/Talbot Court estate area of the city.According to KLCR News Valerijs, who was living in Carlow, had attended the emergency department at St Lukes Hospital in Kilkenny that morning but left after two hours.Valerijs is described as being 6” in height, stocky build and has black hair. When last seen he was wearing blue jeans and a grey sweatshirt.Anyone who has seen Valerijs or who can assist in locating him is asked to contact Kilkenny garda station on 056 777 5000, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any garda station.Read: Family of student killed in hit-and-run say meeting with Taoiseach was “step towards justice”Read: Appeal for 16-year-old missing from Navan since last Thursday By Gráinne Ní Aodha Friday 4 Nov 2016, 7:54 PM 3 Comments Share7 Tweet Email1 Short URL 9,026 Views http://jrnl.ie/3064229 Gardaí renew appeal for man missing since last year The man was last seen in the Freshford Road/Talbot Court area of Kilkenny in November of last year. Nov 4th 2016, 7:54 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Maurice McCabe says he probably wouldnt do it again

first_imgMaurice McCabe says he ‘probably wouldn’t do it again’ “Eight years of abuse – eight years of constant abuse.” 19,666 Views By Paul Hosford Short URL 67 Comments The government today published the terms of reference for what it called a “comprehensive and clear” tribunal into the scandal.Read: Terms for ‘comprehensive and clear’ tribunal into McCabe scandal finalisedRead: Kenny on the ropes as Fine Gael hopefuls line up to challenge him Image: Niall Carson/PA http://jrnl.ie/3242713 Anglo Celt: It’s been a long road Maurice and as you outlined in your statement, it’s been a traumatic one. If you were to do it all over again, would you do it?Maurice McCabe: Oh, probably not, probably not, because of what they did to me. I did not do anything to them, they did it to me. Feb 16th 2017, 12:01 PM Image: Niall Carson/PA Thursday 16 Feb 2017, 12:01 PM McCabe added that he was confident that the tribunal will get to the bottom of his allegations, saying the last fortnight’s revelations regarding a Tusla file on him were “vile”. Anglo Celt: Can you make any comment about how it impacted on your lives?Maurice McCabe: Eight years of abuse – eight years of constant abuse.Anglo Celt: It’s been rough on you and all the family – not easy to live with Maurice?Maurice McCabe: No, Sean. We just want it to finish and let us go back to live our lives, the way we did eight years ago.Lorraine McCabe: We want the truth. GARDA WHISTLEBLOWER MAURICE McCabe says he would be unlikely to highlight Garda malpractice again if given the chance.In an exclusive interview with the Anglo-Celt’s Sean McMahon, McCabe spoke about his treatment since he highlighted problems in the Cavan region.He told the paper that what he claims is a Garda campaign to smear him, now subject to a tribunal of inquiry, would make him hesitant to do the same again. Share Tweet Email2 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

I had to come to terms with the fact that at my

first_img Share27 Tweet Email2 Sunday 5 Mar 2017, 3:00 PM Mar 5th 2017, 3:00 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article I’VE HAD TWO previous careers and neither of them are even vaguely related to what I’m doing now – which is setting up a pet travel review site for people who want to travel with their dogs.My first career was in contract flooring. I was the owner and manager of a small company, but when my main debtor very unexpectedly went into receivership I had to undertake a voluntary liquidation.The timing was unfortunate as I was within weeks of starting my 60% share of the tiling contract in The Square in Tallaght – one of the largest construction projects in Ireland at the time – but had to pull out of it.While it was a shock, it also presented an opportunity. To be honest, I was looking for a way out of contract flooring at the time.Ireland in the late 1980s was on its knees and the rates you were working for were ferociously competitive. It was very hard to make any decent margin and cash flow was a day-to-day challenge.Back then, you would have to spend a significant amount of time chasing payments which was an unnecessary distraction from actually managing your business. You weren’t getting easy access to credit from the banks back then either.I walked away broke and in debt, but I saw other subcontractors who were one- or two-man operations that got wiped out for hundreds of thousands of pounds.You take your positives where you can – this gave me the opportunity to upskill at that stage on the computer side which has led me to where I am today. Gerry Molloy Source: Michael ChesterNew careerIt was around 1990 when my tiling company folded and after that I took the time to learn a bit about computers to make myself employable.At the time I genuinely didn’t know what a computer could do or even what a hard disk was – I knew absolutely nothing about how technology could be applied in business.So I did a course in Bray to learn about computer business application and in the end, it got me a job. It was only supposed to be on a part-time basis in a private security company but they were growing rapidly so they had more work for me.It was the land of the blind and with my newly acquired computer skills, I had way more knowledge than anyone else in the company, so my role evolved.I ended up as a director in what was a very profitable and successful company, which was eventually bought by a group of investors that also acquired 15 other companies.After the crash in 2008, they sold off parts of the group but couldn’t service the debt and eventually it all went into receivership.Applying for jobsIn the aftermath, I did a course in global trade because I was looking at a career related to exporting before I launched WoofAdvisor.Ireland had buckled and the export markets were the only things showing any signs of life, but in the end I decided this wasn’t going to be for me.I also did the ‘Business Innovation Programme’ at the DCU Ryan Academy that spanned an academic year and a ‘Springboard’ course on web design, which was another full-time academic year.In between, I banged out applications for hundreds of advertised jobs and probably got two or three acknowledgements – that was it. You can feel like you’re climbing a cliff and you don’t realise how much of your confidence has been eroded.I remember one of the guys on a course with me had applied for every job under the sun. One of the mentors told him not to do that: “You’re not going to get the job anyway and it’s going to wreck your head.”They were right. They said, ‘Think realistically about what jobs you’re a fit for and if you’re completely overqualified, they’re probably not going to talk to you anyway.’I’m 63 in a couple of months and back when I was doing that course, I had to come to terms with the fact that – at my age – I was unemployable.I did a lot of serious courses to make my skills relevant, but I was of a certain age where regardless of experience or skills, it didn’t matter – companies wouldn’t consider me.Even other professionals and former business owners who were on those courses with me in their forties reckoned they were unemployable because of their age.That’s why you have to look at making yourself self-employable. It’s the only realistic option. Source: WoofAdvisorThe ideaSo I knew I was going to have to become self-employed and also focus on starting a business that was online.I trained in web development, social media, digital marketing, graphic design and how to start your own business, but I still didn’t have a business idea.In the end, the lightbulb moment came over a pint with my siblings. Both of them talking about being back from a trip with their dogs to the west of Ireland and not having a great experience.It showed me that there isn’t a resource out there for showing dog owners the quality of places they are going to bring their pets. Pretty much from that night on, I’ve been researching or working on WoofAdvisor.I’m not from a travel background, I’m not a techie and I don’t have a skillset in a related area – so I’m learning as I go.But all my training so far has given me the confidence and competence to project manage the website development, while not actually developing it myself.PlansThe site is live over a year at this stage and I’ve bootstrapped it so far, but I am looking to raise finance and recruit some staff now – but there are some challenges.WoofAdvisor is a two-sided market model and ultimately I want to sell listings to hotel chains or do deals with sponsors – that’s the business-to-business side. But to get that I have to build the traffic, users and the community.Investors are wary of these types of business models as they take longer to build and are a heavier lift.The other issue is that I’m on my own, hence I’m looking at recruiting a tech co-founder to help me bring that aspect of the business back in-house, and make WoofAdvisor more investor-friendly.At the moment I’m also trying to push into the UK to build traffic in the country. It’s not just that it’s a bigger market than Ireland, the challenge for me here is that there’s hardly any pet travel here.It’s a vicious circle in Ireland. The half a million households with dogs don’t think it’s a feasible option to bring their pets on holiday with them so they don’t bother asking hotels if they take pets. This means hotels think there is no demand.I’d have to nearly create and educate the market here to make it work and all the startup mentors I’ve talked to have said, “If you need to create or educate the market, walk away and look to the UK.”Gerry Molloy is the ‎founder of WoofAdvisor. This article was written in conversation with Killian Woods as part of a series on unlikely entrepreneurs.If you want to share your opinion, advice or story, email opinion@fora.ie.Written by Gerry Molloy and posted on Fora.ie Fora Staff https://jrnl.ie/3265164 By Fora Staffcenter_img ‘I had to come to terms with the fact that at my age, I was unemployable’ This former company executive realised he would have to launch his own business to get a job. 396 Views Take me to Fora Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Short URL 16 Comments last_img read more

Bodies of child and two adults found inside burntout house in south

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Rónán Duffy 12,342 Views The discovery was made yesterday. Image: Facebook/SurryFireAndRescue Image: Facebook/SurryFireAndRescue Bodies of child and two adults found inside burnt-out house in south England The property was severely damaged when police arrived at the scene. http://jrnl.ie/3204449 Share Tweet Email center_img No Comments Wednesday 25 Jan 2017, 1:54 PM Short URL POLICE IN THE UK are investigating after a child and two adults were found dead in a burnt-out house.The discovery was made yesterday morning in Trumpets Hill Road, Reigate in Surrey after locals contacted emergency services when they became concerned for the people in the property.When police officers arrived they found a house that had suffered serious fire damage. Inside were the bodies of the three people.Police have not released any further details on the identities of the three deceased people but have said that their next of kin have been informed.Sky News reports that pictures from the scene show the walls of the home still standing but with a roof that has caved in.A joint investigation has been launched involving Surrey Police and Surrey Fire and Rescue Service into the cause of the fire.Read: ‘I will never stop speaking the truth’: Pressure mounts for new Stardust inquiry >Read: Dublin primary school badly damaged in early morning fire > The discovery was made yesterday. Jan 25th 2017, 1:54 PM last_img read more

Bundee Aki banned for three games ruled out of Connachts Champions Cup

first_img Image: James Crombie/INPHO 17,382 Views http://the42.ie/3361838 By Ryan Bailey BUNDEE AKI HAS been handed a three-match suspension for his remarks made to referee Ian Davies during Connacht’s Guinness Pro12 defeat to Leinster earlier this month.The Kiwi centre will now miss the western province’s remaining two Pro12 games of the regular season — against Scarlets and Munster — and, more crucially, their Champions Cup play-off match on the weekend of 19/20/21 May.Aki would be available to return for the following week’s play-off final if Pat Lam’s side progress but the disciplinary panel’s misconduct charge represents a huge blow to Connacht’s chances.“The complaint referred to Mr Aki’s behaviour to and remarks directed toward, referee Ian Davies, during and immediately after the Round 20 fixture between Connacht Rugby and Leinster Rugby (April 15, 2017),” a Pro12 statement read.“Those actions were deemed to constitute misconduct under the tournament’s Disciplinary Rules, in particular pursuant to the clauses set out in Section 3.“Mr Aki admitted to the charge of misconduct and the Panel, chaired by Roger Morris with Simon Thomas as wing (both Wales), agreed upon a sanction of a three-match suspension.”Aki can appeal the decision.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Share61 Tweet Email1 Follow us: the42.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: James Crombie/INPHO Bundee Aki banned for three games, ruled out of Connacht’s Champions Cup play-off The centre faced a Pro12 disciplinary panel today over comments made to referee Ian Davies. Thursday 27 Apr 2017, 4:34 PM 39 Comments Ryan set for final home game as 22-year-old Molony makes ‘natural step’ Short URL Apr 27th 2017, 4:34 PM last_img read more

An act of pure barbarism Homeless man burned alive in Sicily

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3282860 By AFP Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Saturday 11 Mar 2017, 3:30 PM Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Mar 11th 2017, 3:30 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email ‘An act of pure barbarism’: Homeless man burned alive in Sicily Neighbours heard the victim screaming but he was dead by the time emergency services arrived. ITALIAN POLICE HAVE launched a manhunt for a killer who doused a homeless man in flammable liquid and set him alight as he slept in Palermo, Sicily.Horrific images of the fatal attack, captured by closed circuit video cameras, were posted on the website of La Repubblica newspaper.They show the hooded attacker approaching the victim, Marcello Cimino, 45, as he slept under heavy bedding in a portico next to a building that is used as a soup kitchen for the homeless.He is carrying a bucket which he empties onto the bedding. He then takes some sort of lighter out of his pocket and sets the bed alight, sparking an instant blaze.The attacker was fortunate to avoid being engulfed by the flames himself. He appears to slip as he reaches across the bedding with his lighter and is then seen beating at his burning trousers as he skips clear of the fire and out of the video shot.Neighbours heard the victim screaming but he was dead by the time emergency services arrived at the scene. Palermo Mayor Leoluca Orlando described the murder as “an act of pure barbarism.”Read: Shauntelle Tynan starts chemotherapy in US after raising €600k for treatment >Read: “They are the vestiges of the Nazis”: Turkey president slams Dutch over foreign minister ban > 23 Comments Short URL 30,087 Views last_img read more

Behind the St Patricks Day parade You walk in with tears in

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Mar 12th 2017, 8:00 AM Sunday 12 Mar 2017, 8:00 AM Share Tweet Email Behind the St Patrick’s Day parade: ‘You walk in with tears in your eyes – they are so dedicated’ We spoke to the two women responsible for the St Patrick’s Festival pageants, which will make up part of the parade this year. 9 Comments On the day itself, the participants will meet at 7am, get ready and have breakfast, then get bussed to the event itself. “It’s a great buzz and it’s a great atmosphere to walk through the parade,” said Walshe.“You don’t understand what it’s like until you do it. People can be quite cynical about what it means to people, but when you’re in it and you’re on the route and you see people’s faces in the crowd you realise ‘my God, that means a lot to people’.”When it came to choreographing the pageants, Bloomer didn’t want to march in and tell people every single move they should do.While parts of the movement were choreographed in advance, some of it is filtered through the different cultures involved, while groups were encouraged to come up with ideas. This gives them a sense of ownership and ensures “that they are fully invested”, said Bloomer.“I think of the pageant as storytelling but also a moving tapestry,” said Bloomer, who has worked with the festival for 13 years.For Walshe, the greater programme for the festival is also indicative of showing how much a richly diverse Ireland has going for it.She encourages people to attend one of the other events, and to “just take a little bit of time, dig a bit deeper and stop and listen and appreciate what we have on this island right now”. Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland “It’s celebrating individuality and the collective,” said choreographer Muirne Bloomer. “People from all over the world have always come to Ireland and fed into the culture and then become part of the culture. People have always come here and settled and stayed or visited and their very presence has informed the culture. And so it’s a celebration of that.”While the adults group’s piece is responding to Smith’s poem and the theme, with Brighter Futures they will be telling the story of Ireland’s pirate queen, Grace O’Malley – so keep an eye out for lots of mini pirates on the day.The Brighter Futures event is also inspired by the work of the half-Irish surrealist artist Leonora Carrington.“Her art is very influenced by the mythology of Ireland as well as the mythology of other countries,” explained Bloomer.‘You don’t understand what it’s like until you do it’ Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Irelandcenter_img http://jrnl.ie/3278889 The choreographer they work with is Muirne Bloomer, while the designer is Sabine Dargeant. On the day itself, professional make-up artists and hair stylists will be there to work on the participants, while each costume is specifically tailored to each person.“Barriers are just broken down and everyone works together,” said Walshe of the process. “It’s a message for the world in where we are today.”While the groups have been practising since January on a weekly basis, they have all been meet for group rehearsals before the big day itself. It’s a huge thing for the organisers to see all the work come together.“You walk in nearly with tears in your eyes – they are so dedicated and it’s just gorgeous to see,” said Walshe. “They all come together and the choreographed sections merge into one.”Ireland you areThe theme of this year’s St Patrick’s Festival, Ireland You Are, was inspired by Stephen James Smith’s poem, which was commissioned for the festival. Source: St Patrick’s Festival/YouTubeWith this year’s theme, Walshe said she “wanted to explore Ireland today and how we are a culturally diverse country”.We wanted to reflect the hardships we have gone through presently and in the past, but also to look at the amazing attributes we have, and the new attributes we have, and the new cultures we have in society today. And how bringing new cultures into the country can make us better, because we’re learning more and we’re diversifying all the time, and we are learning from new people as they are learning from us.“It’s about unity and it’s about coming together,” she said. “And for me the parade morning and parade day is really about celebrating our Irishness and being really proud. And for a few hours to try and honour the past, but just really feel positive about Ireland today and try and reach out.”And when you actually shake someone’s hands and spend time with them you realise they are not that different to you… One of the events she highlights is Young Blood: The Beats and Voices of Our Generation, which will see a range of young Irish musicians performing at the National Concert Hall. It’s being curated by Aoife Woodlock, music producer of Other Voices.The inspiration for it came from Smith’s poem, which got Walshe thinking about the spoken word movement in Ireland. “Young artists are coming out of the woodwork – young people are writing poetry at the moment and they are expressing their feelings about society and their hardships and challenges,” she said.For Walshe, who was one of the co-founders of the Dublin Electronic Arts Festival (DEAF) among other ventures, the chance to get a “real melting pot of voices” onto the NCH stage was a big draw.Although work on the 2017 parade is almost at its conclusion, it doesn’t stop there – Walshe is already looking at things for the 2018 and 2019 festivals.St Patrick’s Festival runs from 16 – 19 March in Dublin, with a range of events taking place across the four days. For more details, visit the official website.Read: An Olympic hero will lead Dublin’s St Patrick’s Day parade> By Aoife Barry Short URL 8,120 Views ST PATRICK’S DAY is about fun, floats, and parades – but it’s also about community spirit.And as part of this year’s parade during Dublin’s St Patrick’s Festival, that will be crystallised when people representing a range of different cultures come together for two pageants. They’ll have spent months working together to great vibrant, colourful pageants complete with costumes and choreography.The first group, City Fusion 2017, includes adults from Bolivia, Ireland, Lithuania, and China, to name a few countries. Then there’s Brighter Futures 2017, which involves young people under 18 representing Syria, Brazil and Ireland, for example.Both pageants will form part of the large St Patrick’s Day parade, which will snake around Dublin city on 17 March.‘It makes you feel proud’ The festival’s artistic director is Karen Walshe, who explained to TheJournal.ie that City Fusion and Brighter Futures reflect how multicultural and vibrant Irish society is in 2017.“They are our own in-house pageants for the parade, and they are quite unique compared to the other pageants from around the country,” explained Walshe.Rather than being formed by stage schools or existing groups, these pageants bring together community groups who didn’t know each other, made up of people from different backgrounds, cultures and socioeconomic experiences.“It makes people feel really proud when you bring together community groups,” said Walshe.“For them to have such a focus and for them to have a pride in what they’re working towards, something presented on their national day, it gives them an awful lot of pleasure and enjoyment and fun.“But also it makes them feel really important. They put a lot of work and dedication into the rehearsal and turning up for fittings and learning their choreographed moves.”last_img read more

We cant accept this as being the norm USI President Síona Cahill

first_img 79 Comments Friday 8 Mar 2019, 8:30 AM An end to gender-based violence and harassmentClosure of the gender pay gapAn end to precarious conditions in work and housingSolidarity with the struggle for abortion rights in the North.Síona Cahill, President of the Union of Students in Ireland, said the events would highlight the fact that in modern-day Ireland, “the reality is that there are women every day who are scared to go to work, who are scared to go home to their partners, and we can’t accept this as being the norm anymore”.  By Andrew Roberts 15,504 Views Mar 8th 2019, 8:31 AM Subscribe for more videos https://jrnl.ie/4528117 center_img ‘We can’t accept this as being the norm’: USI President Síona Cahill on why she’s calling for mass walkouts today Activists are calling for mass walkouts to mark International Women’s Day today. ACTIVISTS AND UNIONS are calling for people in Ireland to take part in mass walkouts later today as part of International Women’s Day. A large protest is planned on O’Connell Bridge in Dublin and people are being asked to leave their workplaces or colleges at 3pm to join, or to join local demonstrations in other parts of the country.The demonstration, according to organisers, will call for: Share127 Tweet Email Short URL Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTube Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Heres What Happened Today Thursday

first_imgHere’s What Happened Today: Thursday Julian Assange arrested, Dessie O’Hare jailed and woman jailed over attempted murder of civil servant – Today’s top stories. Apr 11th 2019, 8:50 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4588367 Thursday 11 Apr 2019, 8:50 PM NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with Former Miss World, model and Cystic Fibrosis Ireland ambassador Rosanna Davison and Ruth Forster (age 5), from Enniscorthy, who lives with cystic fibrosis at Government Buildings today as part of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland’s 65 Roses Day appeal. Source: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ieThe prosecution case against farmer Patrick Quirke, who denies murdering Bobby ‘Mr Moonlight’ Ryan, is “forensically barren” but calls on the support of the jury’s common sense, lawyers for the State said today.Gardaí issued a clarification that a taxi driver who sexually assaulted three young women has had his licence revoked. AIB‘s news boss said he is concerned about the level of pay some 10,000 of bank staff receive due to the ban on performance based bonus schemes. A woman was jailed for 10 years for attempting to murder a civil servant walking home from work in Dublin two years ago. Former INLA man Dessie O’Hare, who was known as ‘The Border Fox’ was jailed for seven years. The teenage son of chef Rachel Allen signed a plea of guilty to six drugs charges following his arrest last year in East Cork.Gardaí arrested a man and woman following the interception of a drone, controlled drugs, mobile phones and pills.The HSE apologised to the women who have shared their traumatic childbirth stories on RTÉ’s Liveline programme over the last two weeks. CAB along with a number of other garda units conducted a search operation targeting the assets and activities of an international organised crime gang involved in the sale and supply of controlled drugs.The new chairman of the Disclosures Tribunal said that hearings on the next section of the inquiry will get under way in June, with proceedings likely to continue into 2020.TDs overhauled a number of amendments to the new legislation which aims to overhaul the rental sector and give more rights to tenants.A number of members of the Defence Forces told their superiors that they believed Lisa Smith had been radicalised in the months before she left the organisation but had their complaints dismissed, TheJournal.ie revealed.WORLD Julian Assange arrives at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London, after the WikiLeaks founder was arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police and taken into custody following the Ecuadorian government’s withdrawal of asylum. Source: PA Wire/PA Images#LONDON: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared in court in London after being arrested at the Ecuadorian embassy on foot of extradition warrant.#BREXIT: UK PM Theresa May told the House of Commons that if MPs want to get on with leaving the EU, they “need to start this process soon”, after Brexit was granted a further delay by Europe.PARTING SHOT Fota Wildlife Park today announced the arrival of a pair of Drill monkeys (Mandrillus leucophaeus) as part of an international co-operative breeding programme.The monkeys are closely linked the Madrills and Baboons. Fota said the pair – 22-year-old male Julian and the female called Buddy who’s 28 years old – have been settling in extremely well to their new purpose-built ‘Drill-house’.Check em out there:center_img No Comments By Cormac Fitzgerald 8,785 Views Get our daily news round up: Share1 Tweet Email last_img read more