ACTOR BRENDAN O’CARROLL has appealed to the public for any information that might help in the search for Margaret Mangan who is missing since yesterday.‘Peggy’, as she is best known, is an Alzheimer’s sufferer. She left her home at Mount Tallant Avenue, Terenure, walking her King Charles Cavalier dog at approximately 11am yesterday morning.It is believed that the 65-year-old was seen at the film set of Mrs Brown’s Boys the movie in Glasnevin.Alzheimer’sSpeaking on the RTE’s The Ryan Tubridy Show, O’Carroll said they were shooting at three locations in the Glasnevin yesterday.“Our base was at the back of Woodies, across from Glasnevin cemetery. We were also shooting up at a house in Clareville Estate and at The Gravediggers Pub at the back of the cemetary.”He said he did not want people to think that if they were just at the one location and didn’t see her, that it was the only location she could be.“We were shooting between 3pm and midnight, so any time between those times. If anyone saw a woman with a King Charles spaniel in one of those locations, please come forward,” he said.He added that they encourage crew to bring their dogs with them to the set as they “liven the place up a bit, so there would have been a lot of dogs around and there would have been a lot of dog lovers around”.Dog collarHe added “Peggy’s dog has a collar on him that has all the family details on it, so hopefully by the end of the day we can track her down and get her back with her family”.It is believed that Peggy might have stopped to talk to one of the crew members on set. O’Carroll said that gardaí were canvassing all cast and crew.“You wouldn’t miss Peggy, she is 5’ 2” in height with a King Charles spaniel – so we are hoping one of our cast or crew can come up with something,” he said.“Our priority today is to find Peggy,” said O’Carroll.Anyone with information is asked to contact the Terenure Garda Station 01-6666400 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.Margaret Mangan or ‘Peggy’ went missing yesterday. For more information on the search click here.Read: Gardaí appeal for help tracing missing 65-year-old Margaret Mangan>
CORK WILL PLAY in Division 1B next season after deliberations at Croke Park.There was four proposals on the table this afternoon at GAA HQ but the Association have decided to stick with the staus quo.That means the top tier will consist of division of six teams; All-Ireland champions Clare, Tipperary, Kilkenny, Dublin, Galway and Waterford. The Rebels will contest Division 1B with Munster champions, Limerick, Laois, Offaly, Antrim and Wexford.“Today’s meeting considered and voted on three separate proposals choosing first between the possibility of six or seven team divisions with a preference expressed for the former,” a statement from the GAA reads.“A second vote between the two six-team models saw the original structure defeat the proposal as put forward by Michael Burns recently. The new arrangements will run for three years concurrently with the changes pending for the championships, which also come into effect next year, allowing for a full review of the two main hurling competitions in 2016.”Sky Sports could bid for GAA championship rightsPoll: Which format would you like to see for the 2014 hurling league?
THE LABOUR PARTY has gathered in Killarney, Co Kerry for its annual conference with most people in a fairly chipper mood – one resignation call aside – as things begin to look up for the party.The protests have been small and at times non-existent outside, while inside the INEC there has been a general sense of ‘it’s been tough, but it’s getting better’.Here are a few things we’ve learned from these pictures by Laura Hutton from Photocall Ireland:1. There are protestors… … but not nearly as many as last year.2. Eamon Gilmore has a baton… … and he isn’t afraid to use it if the members get rowdy.3. Joan and Eamon are bessies… and they’ve no idea what all the fuss was about in the first place.4. Brendan Howlin isn’t afraid to poke fun at himself… The Public Expenditure and Reform Minister said this morning: ”I have to tell the chair I’m here since this morning, but I’m hard to see, I know.”5. Ruairí Quinn and Eamon share everything… … even this lovely red rose which Ruairí gave the Tánaiste for his lapel. Awh.6. The Tánaiste is a fan of Jim Larkin’s satchel… … and likes to give it a good look at it, so he does.Read: Labour conference hears call for Gilmore to resign over disability cutsGilmore: We’d be going into a second bailout without Labour in government
Indian Hindu devotees smeared with colors sing at the Nandagram temple, famous for Lord Krishna and his brother Balram, during Lathmar holy festival, in Nandgaon, India (Manish Swarup/AP).HERE ARE THE things you need to know as we round off the day in three easy steps…THINGS WE LEARNED#CLOYNE: A priest in the Diocese of Cloyne has been dismissed from the clerical state over allegations of child sexual abuse. A canonical penal trial upheld a number of complaints against the Roman Catholic priest of sexual abuse of minors.#CYPRUS: The house of representatives in Cyprus is to vote on nine pieces of legislation prepared to protect the country’s financial services system and avoid a run on banks when they open next week. Proposals in the bills include the creation of a investment solidarity fund which would bundle state assets, including gas reserves.#FLOODS: Parts of the country were plagued by floods today with roads in Dublin, Wicklow and Wexford closed. Met Éireann has kept its rainfall warning in place for Munster, Connacht and Leinster as it does not expect the heavy rains to abate until Saturday night.#DAFFODIL DAY: Collections for Daffodil Day are down more than 50 per cent on last year with terrible weather conditions around the country hindering the fundraising. If this continues, it will make it unlikely that the Irish Cancer Society will reach its ambitious target of €3.4million.#ISRAEL: Israel’s Prime Minister has apologised to Turkey for a deadly 2010 flotilla raid and announced a full resumption of diplomatic ties as well as compensation for the families of those killed. The breakthrough, which ends a nearly three-year bitter diplomatic rift, was engineered by US President Barack Obama at the tail end of a historic three-day visit to the Holy Land.Cars drive through a tunnel of blooming cherry blossoms in Tokyo (Koji Sasahara/AP).THINGS WE LOVEDThis little boy and his pet chick Biscuit enjoying a daffodil. There’s just too much cuteness.These photos of manic Beatles fans. We’re not sure we’ve ever been that excited about anything…This video of a Rube Goldberg machine that was made last week to celebrate the opening of YouTube Space Tokyo. (megwin/YouTube)THINGS WE SHAREDDid you buy a daffodil today? There’s still time if you didn’t, and here are 11 shockingly cute reasons you should.It may not feel like it to day but it IS spring. Sit back and watch this badass Russian annihilate these snowmen. Take that winter! (scottdw/YouTube)
IF YOU WERE old enough to see over the counter at a record store in 1996, chances are you bought a copy of this single, Spaceman, by Babylon Zoo.The first few 40 seconds of the track were used in a Levi’s ad, catapulting the unknown band (fronted by Jas Mann, who then mortified himself on Brass Eye) to the top of the charts.The only problem was, the very section of the song used in the ad was thought by many to be best part… so we forgive you if you just re-listen to that bit over and over again.Whatever happened to the super-earnest Babylon Zoo? Their late-90s follow up album to The Boy With the X-Ray Eyes sadly bombed, and Mann now runs the company Indomina.(Nabopolassor/YouTube)Here’s the Levi’s ad for a bonus Friday Flashback:(wuozebi/YouTube)On this night in 1995 you were listening to… MN8>On this night in 1993 you were listening to… 2 Unlimited>
THREE YOUNG US women who went missing around a decade ago – two of whom disappeared as teenagers – were found alive Monday in a house in Cleveland, as police arrested three suspects in the case.The dramatic discovery – just a few miles from where the women went missing – ended years of anguished searching by their families and drew hundreds of cheering people to the usually quiet, residential street in the state of Ohio.FILE – In this March 3, 2006 file photo, a memorial for Gina DeJesus, who has been missing since April 2, 2004, rests alongside her house in Cleveland. Pic: AP Photo/Tony Dejak, FileThe details of the trauma they may have suffered in captivity were not yet known, but it appeared that at least one of the girls had borne a child.Police said they have arrested three Hispanic men in their 50s in connection to the case but declined to provide further details. A press conference is scheduled for this morning.Members of the FBI evidence team remove items from a house on in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)The long nightmare ended when Amanda Berry — who had been kidnapped 10 years ago at the age of 16 — reached her arm through a crack in the front door and called for help.“I heard screaming… And I see this girl going nuts trying to get outside of the house,” Charles Ramsey, told the local ABC news affiliate.I go on the porch, and she said ‘Help me get out. I’ve been here a long time.’ FBI photo of Gina DeJesus before she went missingKayla Rogers, 23, went to school with DeJesus and joined the crowd gathered near the house where her friend had been held captive.“They don’t find people who go missing, you know,” Rogers, 23, told the Plain Dealer. “I’m at a loss for words.”Neighbor Charlie Czorb said he was stunned by how long the women had lived at the house undetected, saying: “These girls were locked up in our own backyard.”Police and FBI congregate outside a house on Cleveland’s west side. Pic: AP/Mark DuncanCastro was described by neighbours as a friendly school bus driver and musician whose daughter would often come over with his grandchildren.Ramsay, the man who helped Berry escape, also expressed shock, telling reporters he had eaten ribs and listened to Salsa music with Castro.Tasheena Mitchell, 26, said she didn’t believe her brother at first when he called to tell her that their cousin Amanda had been found alive and said she raced to the hospital to confirm it with her own eyes.“She was my best friend,” Mitchell told the Plain Dealer.A friend interrupted her, “She’s alive. She is your best friend.”(AssociatedPress/YouTube)TreatedAn emergency room doctor who treated the three women said they were in fair condition and were being evaluated.“This isn’t the ending we usually hear to these stories so we’re very happy for them,” the doctor, Gerald Maloney, told reporters.Pic: AP Photo/Mark DuncanWhile much is not yet known about the case, it immediately recalled some of the most notorious child kidnappings.Jaycee Lee Dugard turned up 18 years after she was kidnapped at the age of 11 in the US state of California. She had been kept in a hidden backyard behind the house of her captor, Phillip Garrido, and had two children with him.Elizabeth Smart was 14 when she was taken from the bedroom of her home in June 2002 and repeatedly raped by a self-styled prophet during nine months of captivity.Smart was rescued in March 2003 less than 20 miles (30 kilometers) from her home. Her abductor, Brian David Mitchell, was jailed for life in 2011.Austrian Natascha Kampusch was kidnapped at the age of 10 by Wolfgang Priklopil, who held her captive in a cellar for eight years before she managed to escape in 2006. He threw himself under a train the night she got away.- © AFP, 2013 FILE – In this Friday, March 3, 2004 file photo, Felix DeJesus, holds a banner showing his daughter’s photograph, standing by a memorial in his living room in Cleveland. Pic: AP Photo/Tony Dejak, FileRamsey, a bystander now hailed as a hero, said he tried to get her out through the door but could not pull it open, so he kicked out the bottom and she crawled through “carrying a little girl.”Berry went into a neighbouring home and called police, begging them to come as soon as they could, “before he gets back.”“I’m Amanda Berry. I’ve been kidnapped. I’ve been missing for 10 years. I’m free. I’m here now,” a frantic Berry says in the recording of her call to 911. When police arrived, she said two other women were being held captive.An official FBI photo of Amanda Berry – updated to show she has been found.She told the dispatcher that the man who had held her was named Ariel Castro. Media reports identified the three suspects as Castro and his two brothers, but police provided no confirmation.“All three women, Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michele Knight, seem to be in good health,” Cleveland police said in a statement.(AndyPicturesEnt/YouTube)Last seenBerry was last seen on April 21, 2003 when she left work at a fast food restaurant just a few blocks from her home around 7:40 pm. Her mother, Louwanna Miller, died of a “broken heart” in March 2006, Dona Brady, a family friend, told CNN.DeJesus was 14 when she vanished while walking home from school on April 2, 2004. Knight, who was 21 at the time of her disappearance, was last seen at a cousin’s house on August 23, 2002, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
A FRENCH CABINET minister is liable for €157 in property tax here in Ireland because of an apartment she owns in north Dublin.Hélène Conway-Mouret, the Minister responsible for French Nationals Abroad, has strong connections to Ireland having lived here for three decades before taking up her cabinet position last year.She was among 37 French cabinet ministers who this evening have disclosed their personal wealth following a scandal involving a former budget minister who admitted having a secret foreign bank account.In contrast to some of her cabinet colleagues, Conway-Mouret’s disclosure form details a relatively modest portfolio which includes an apartment in north Dublin worth €180,000.According to Revenue’s guidelines, this means that the former DIT lecturer will be liable for €157 in property tax for the 60 square metre apartment this year with €315 due next year.The disclosure also details Conway-Mouret’s apartment in Paris which at 57 square metres is smaller than her Dublin property but worth €430,000, more than the €360,000 she paid for it four years ago.The minister has over €37,000 across five different bank accounts, not unusual for French citizens, as well as life insurance policies. She also owns a Peugeot 406 which is 14 years old and worth €1,500 compared to €5,000 when she bought it.The form also detail that Conway-Mouret values the assorted contents of her home at €11,000.French president Francois Hollande ordered the disclosure of all of his ministers’ personal property, shares, life insurance and other assets in response to revelations that ex-budget minister Jerome Cahuzac had a secret foreign bank account.Foreign minister Laurent Fabius is among the wealthiest in the cabinet – owning three properties worth a total of €3.9 million euros – while prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has two houses and a garage.Hollande did not make his own declaration having already done so when he was elected last year, declaring €1.17 million in assets, including a house in the southern town of Mougins and two apartments in Cannes, though he is still paying €1,500 a month in loans.- additional reporting from AFPInterview: French minister with Irish links says Hollande supports bank debt deal
MEMBERS OF THE Boyne Fishermen’s Rescue and Recovery service are more used to dealing with water rescues, but last night they found themselves faced with a rather unusual situation.At 11pm, they received an emergency call about a horse that was in distress and stuck in marsh ground and mud beside a stream at Newtown, Drogheda.A farmer from neighbouring land had noticed the horse in difficulty, and the rescue group’s PRO Sean Cahill told TheJournal.ie that the farmer suspected the mare, who is in foal, had looked for a spot to give birth in woodland.Unfortunately, she got stuck in the marshy land and couldn’t get out, putting herself and the unborn foal in danger.RescueAfter being alerted to the case, the rescue team dispatched a land crew to the scene. When they arrived, they discovered the horse had been stuck for nearly three hours and was shivering with shock and cold.They tried to keep the mare calm as they started to dig round her and attempt to free her from the mud.Forty minutes later, the crew carefully attached two slings to the mare so as not to cause any injury to her or the unborn foal. Slowly but surely, the rescue team were able to tow the distressed mare on to dry land and get her back on her feet.She was still a little shaky from her ordeal, said Cahill, but was led away to stables, washed down, dried off and housed for the night.The team, who were helped by locals during the 90-minute-long rescue, are due to check on the condition of the horse this morning to see how she fared overnight.This was most definitely an unusual case – “we get swans and things like that”, said Cahill of the usual out-of-the-box rescues – and probably a little dangerous for the rescue team.However, they were able to focus on the job at hand and saved the distressed horse from a frightening situation, as you can see from the photos below.
IT IS SIMULTANEOUSLY one of the strangest, riskiest and most inexplicable traditions of our neighbours across the water.Every year, brave/foolhardy participants chase a giant 7lb wheel of cheese down a steep hill in Gloucestershire in England. Or, as was the case earlier this week, a fake foam cheese replacing the real wheel of cheese in the interests of safety (although we’re not quite clear on how that makes it any safer).The event was won by 27-year-old Kenny Rackers, who travelled 4,000 miles to take part after seeing it on television and trained hard in advance. “It put it on my bucket list and today it was to win and that’s what I did,” he told reporters afterwards.The event has attracted the attention of health and safety officials in recent years, who cancelled it in 2009 after more than 10,000 people turned up to watch. Since then, it has been held as an unofficial event every year, with the BBC reporting that the 86-year-old woman who has made the wheel of Double Gloucester for the past 25 years was warned by police that she could be held responsible if there were any injuries during the race.Here’s how it looked: (All photos: Tim Ireland/PA Wire)Read: Irish biscuits: A definitive ranking from worst to best > Read: 17 old photos of strange and uncomfortable women’s underwear >
OVER 3.2 MILLION people have tuned in to the World Cup at some stage during the event on RTÉ Two, new figures from the state broadcaster show.So far in the tournament audiences viewing figures are up 30% from the 2010 championship.An average of 293,000 have watched each game so far.The most popular match was England’s defeat to Uruguay attracted roughly 572,400 viewers.This peaked at 815,900.“RTÉ’s coverage of the Group Stage and Round of 16 from the 2014 FIFA World Cup has proved a massive hit with television audiences in Ireland, with almost 8 out of 10 viewers tuning in at some stage,” a statement read.“The biggest day for online viewing so far was Tuesday 1 July with 140,000 live streams.”After tonight, there will be just six games left in the tournament, which continues until Sunday 13 July.Read: Germany’s Hummels dreams of World Cup final >World Cup hangout: The USA are out but we have a Croke Park Classic giveaway to celebrate the 4th of July >
FLASH FLOODING IS beginning to subside in Cork after heavy rain hit the county.Met Éireann’s rainfall radar shows a heavy concentration of rain across the south of the country since early this afternoon.Cork city centre reported flooding between Michael Collins Bridge and Brian Boru Bridge after the rain coincided with the River Lee’s high tide.Met Éireann has warned that the heavy thundery showers will continue across Munster and also the Midlands this evening. Source: farmgatecafe/Twitter Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Foreign students in town not coping with the rain and puddles! #rain #cork— Laura McGonigle (@LauraMcGonigle) July 19, 2014 OMG the rain in Cork! pic.twitter.com/1S3nEeVQH0— farmgatecafe (@farmgatecafe) July 19, 2014 Source: Laura McGonigle/Twitter Omg the rain in #Cork is insane!! Quays flooded and manholes bursting out of the road— Fiona McNulty (@fionamcnulty) July 19, 2014 Source: Fiona McNulty/Twitter Read: Heathrow flights cancelled after thunderstorm warning > Read: Spectacular photos of the huge lightning storm over Cork >
THE MINISTER FOR Children and Youth Affairs says funding for children’s playgrounds will depend on them being no-smoking areas.James Reilly said that in future, applications for funding will face an additional criterion related to Tobacco Free Ireland.“The Government has made clear its intention to progress policies that reduce the prevalence of smoking amongst all ages.“I have made a particular point of stressing the need to stop children from ever starting to smoke in the first place and we pursue a policy of attempting to de-normalise smoking for young people.For that reason in future I will request that funding for projects such as children’s playgrounds will be contingent on the relevant local authority implementing a policy of ensuring the projects are no smoking areas.“The importance of de-normalising smoking in the eyes of children can’t be over emphasised.”He made the announcement as he sanctioned payments of €250,000 for children’s play and recreation projects across Ireland.Capital Grant SchemeNineteen local authorities will benefit from funding for projects under the Capital Grant Scheme.The projects include the refurbishment and development of six urban, suburban and public housing play areas in Dublin city.They include:the provision of new, accessible equipment for a playground built in the 1970’s in Athythe creation of an innovative, natural playground spaces and outdoor learning environments in Tyrrelstownthe development of a recreational space and multi-use games area for children and teenagers in Newcastle Westand the development of several playgrounds and recreational spaces from green field sitesProfessor Luke Clancy, the Director General of the Tobacco Free Research Institute Ireland, welcomed the review of funding arrangements.“It should help to further de-normalise smoking while preventing exposure to secondhand smoke and prevention of litter which research from TFRI had shown was a benefit of Fingal Co Council going smoke-free in its parks.”Read: Cigarette company ordered to pay $23 billion to widow of smoker who died of lung cancer>Read: James Reilly wants cigarettes to cost €1 each>
Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet There is a low level of flooding due to water leaking into the reception and administrative areas at the Emergency Department but clinical areas have not been affected. To expedite the clean up, the Emergency Department has gone off call until midnight, after which it is expected full services will be restored. The statement made this evening, on behalf of Letterkenny General Hospital and the West/North west Hospitals Group, reads as follows:After torrential rain in the Letterkenny area earlier this evening, there has been some flooding at Letterkenny General Hospital. As the car park and roadway are flooded, access to the Emergency Department is very curtailed. Updated 11.16pmEMERGENCY SERVICES ARE working to clear flood waters from Letterkenny General Hospital this evening – almost exactly a year after the building was extensively damaged by torrential rain.Access to the Emergency Department is limited, and water has leaked into the reception areas of the hospital, according to a statement issued this evening.The hospital has asked patients not to present themselves at A & E tonight, but to consult their GP, or travel to Sligo Regional Hospital for the time being.Members of the public have posted extraordinary images of the extent of the flooding in and around the hospital this evening. Patients already in the Emergency Department and hospital inpatients have not been affected. As the Emergency Department is inaccessible due to external flooding, patients are being asked to attend their GP or Nowdoc or to go to Sligo Regional Hospital or Altagelvin.Remarkably, the hospital was partially evacuated almost exactly one year ago, when torrential rain caused significant flood damage to 40% of services there.Originally published 9.54pmRead: Letterkenny Hospital partially evacuated after flooding destroys ground floor‘Several months’ before it is known if Letterkenny hospital can fully reopen
That said, the rapper’s headphone are, in fact, pretty sweet looking. Ludacris has teamed up with Signeo to offer up five different models, which will be branded “Soul by Ludacris.” The line includes the High Definition Professional SL300 Powered Noise Cancelling headphone, High Definition On-Ear models SL150 and SL100, and the SE99 and SE49 High Definition In-Ear headphones.All models include “world class” noise cancellation and audio mixing. Also, these things: “professionally voiced sound technology with advanced circuitry and drivers designed by a team of engineers who have developed some of the most notable acoustic breakthroughs in the audio industry.”The headphones are set to hit the market early this year. We’ll be getting some more information — as well as a chat with the man himself — later in the show. Ludacris certainly isn’t the first musical artist to get his own headphone line–in recent years, we’ve seen models from Dr. Dre, Puffy, Justin Bieber, and Lady Gaga. Heck, he’s not even the first artist of the year to snag the honor–that likely belongs to the late Bob Marley, whose kids introduced a line of headphones and other iPod accessories featuring the reggae pioneer.
NFC technology might still be months away from being called the next big thing, but researchers are already looking to turn it into a useful tool for collaboration on smartphones. NFC, or near-field communication, is already a part of Google’s Nexus S, and rumors suggest Apple might bring it to the next-generation iPhone to use in mobile payments. Stanford researchers are looking to take it beyond the usual embedding of NFC tags in objects to add a social, communicative element to the technology. After creating a customized version of the Android OS with support enabled for peer-to-peer mode NFC, the researchers collaborated on a whiteboard app just by tapping two Nexus S phones together. Think Google Docs, but between phones using NFC. Having the two phones in close proximity let the NFC chips pair the handsets, then data was shared using a platform called Junction. The researchers said Junction will allow collaboration and app-sharing not just on NFC between phones, but also between laptops, desktops, TVs and whatever other devices can run the software. If this little experiment is any indication, the not-so-distant future might see us transferring our work between gadgets with just a tap, thanks to NFC chips.AdChoices广告 [via Stanford, Engadget]
LinkedIn is a terrific resource for professionals, providing a convenient way to network, communicate, and self-promote. It’s also become a treasure trove of corporate ambitions, though typically that information is revealed in vaguely described duties and skill requirements detailed in job postings from companies like Microsoft and IBM. Scott McLellan, interim VP of cloud services at HP, did something similar this week, though his posting went into a little more detail than the company would have liked.Now removed from McLellan’s LinkedIn profile, the job posting was for a new VP of engineering. Up to this point, HP hadn’t been too forthcoming when it came to details about its cloud ambitions, but McLellan offered plenty of insight. HP is going all-in, and plans to build a broad range of cloud services — from computing to storage, from user management to analytics. Many of these will be built from scratch, and Java, Ruby, and “other open source languages” will form the building blocks.AdChoices广告There will also be full-featured graphical and command line interfaces for HP’s cloud offerings, and both will be offered in Windows and Linux varieties. Interestingly, there was no mention of Azure, Microsoft’s cloud operating system — despite an announcement in mid-2010 that HP, Dell, and Fujitsu would all be utilizing Azure for future cloud initiatives.It’s become a real balancing act to look for new employees to fill critical roles at tech firms in 2011, and I’m certain there’s very good money to be made as someone who proofs job ads before they’re posted on highly-scrutinized sites like LinkedIn. You can’t put a price on protecting corporate secrets, after all.More at The Register and Business Insider
If you’ve already played and beaten Angry Birds multiple times, you’ve probably also been playing Rovio’s newest version, Angry Birds Rio, which ties into 20th Century Fox’s animated film “Rio”. Angry Birds Rio was launched for iOS, Android and Mac OS X in March.The characters appear in Rio de Janeiro. It initially included two episodes with 30 levels each. The first episode has the birds rescuing caged exotic birds, and in the second episode, the birds were attacking marmosets.This update takes the birds to the beaches of Rio and focuses more on monkey attacks than the peaceful freeing of birds.Rovio is mixing things up by adding different materials to the update, including a lot more sand and sun, as well as various beach paraphernalia like inflatable rings, beach umbrellas, plantains, and a special golden fruit.Angry Birds Rio is available at the iTunes App Store and the Amazon App Store for 99 cents. Android users can also access Angry Birds Rio from the Android Market for free. Once you have Angry Birds Rio, the updates are free, and Rovio is promising more updates will be released throughout the year. Currently, you can only get the Beach Volley update through the Amazon and iTunes version, since those are paid versions. The Android Market and a Windows Phone 7 versiona are on their way. You can see a trailer of Beach Volley below.In addition to the new update, there’s also an Angry Birds Rio samba single being released in the Apple iTunes Store for 99 cents. It’s based on the music from the Angry Birds Rio. However, the samba single may have some competition as Pomplamoose, a popular band seen often on YouTube, has just released its cover of the Angry Birds theme song. You may know the duo that makes up Pomplamoose from Toyota’s “Mr. Sandman” commercial in 2010,or Hyundai’s 2010 Christmas commercial.You can watch the video below. Warning, there is some Angry Birds-style violence.
According to “multiple sources” familiar with Microsoft’s plans, the company is gearing up to release Xbox TV late next year. But while previous rumors had pegged Xbox TV as a service that might compete with traditional cable companies or streaming video services such as Hulu or Netflix, it now appears as though Microsoft is working on an actual set-top box.The device sounds a bit like a very scaled-down Xbox 360, and it’s going to be positioned as a companion to Microsoft’s next-gen gaming console. That should mean the Xbox TV will line up alongside devices like Roku, Western Digital’s TV Live, and Google TV STBs like the Vizio CoStar. It’s a safe assumption that the box would have access to the same entertainment line-up that Xbox 360 users currently enjoy — which now includes HDTV service in some market as well as the traditional music and video offerings.Xbox TV won’t be just about media, however. Some gaming will be supported too, which could mean access to all the awesome indie and casual games you can access via Xbox Live Arcade. And beyond just building its own STB, Microsoft has reportedly also given consideration to letting television OEMs integrate this new Xbox experience into their own products. Would a Windows OEM partner like Samsung or LG be interested? Absolutely, especially if they thinkg Xbox TV integration would give consumers added incentive to choose their HDTVs over Sony’s.It certainly makes sense for Microsoft to make a secondary push into the living room. The Xbox and Xbox 360 have been hugely successful, and that brand strength would give a tremendous boost to an Xbox TV device. And while second-gen Google TV hardware has arrived on the scene, it’s still not generating the kind of buzz that it could have. If Microsoft can get Xbox TV to market before consumer interest picks up — and any time next year should be soon enough — it could cement the company’s position as the go-to name in home entertainment devices.More at The Verge
Google has been working hard to change the face of original content on YouTube. Basically, they want their premium streaming video to feel more like television. Now, with millions tuning in every week to subscribed channels, Google is looking to roll out paid subscriptions for qualifying content.If you take a look at regularly produced content on YouTube in the past few months, like Felicia Day and Will Wheaton’s Geek and Sundry or the made-for-YouTube series H+, it’s entirely possible to fill your subscription bar with multiple hours a week of great original content. Maybe not quite enough to watch YouTube in the same way you watch cable television, depending on your preferences, but there’s been a significant boost in quality all the same. This isn’t by accident, Google has been working hard with content creators to help them form several channels of great unique material that can only be found on YouTube.Ad revenue from a healthy YouTube channel can be enough to keep an operation of 2-3 people happy, but these new channels are significantly larger scale operations with budgets that can only be reached with the help of some guaranteed monthly cash. To help keep the quality of this new content trending upwards, Google plans to offer certain channels the ability to charge a monthly fee for their content.Unlike Google’s video rental and purchase service, which has been baked into the Google Play Store, YouTube paid subscriptions would grant users access to content from the creator as long as they continue to pay that subscription. The rates that have been discussed so far go from $1 to $5 per month, and presumably Google will offer some extra efforts when it comes to making sure the content behind the pay wall can’t be downloaded and shared with the rest of the world. There’s currently no mention of whether or not paying for content would remove advertising from that channel as long as you were signed in, or like Hulu Plus where users pay for the privilege of being advertised to on top of their subscription.This could be a great move for Google, in that it would allow larger production houses to continue releasing content that is expensive to produce. With companies like Netflix and Hulu working to produce original content exclusive to their services, YouTube would be able to toss their hat in that arena and compete for the attention of the users. Unlike the other two, Google maintains no control outside of their Terms of Service when it comes to the content that is created. This will appeal to many users who already enjoy these higher quality channels on YouTube today, though it will be up to the content creators to raise the bar and create a reason to pay for the content that had been previously been available for free.
Wednesday 26 Oct 2016, 6:05 PM By Saurya Cherfi Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article No Comments http://jrnl.ie/3047291 33,707 Views Short URL Oct 26th 2016, 6:05 PM File Photo Source: Agência BrasíliaAN EIGHT-YEAR-OLD schoolboy, who hit his head on concrete while attending a creche seven years ago, has been awarded €35,000 damages in the Circuit Civil Court.Barrister Conor Kearney told the court that Nathan Doyle was 17-months-old in October 2009 when he allegedly crawled out of the back door at Happy Ways Creche in Santry, north Dublin, and struck his head in the back garden.Kearney said Nathan later developed two black eyes and his balance was unsteady. He had been taken by his mother, Emma Doyle, to the Emergency Department of Temple Street Children’s Hospital where x-rays revealed no fracture.Counsel today told Circuit Court President Mr Justice Raymond Groarke that Nathan suffered bruising to his forehead for several weeks. His injury had left a 3 centimetre scar.Through his mother, Emma, Nathan sued Miriam Caffrey, who trades as Happy Ways Creche, for negligence.Kearney said there were difficulties in the case as the creche denied liability and there was also some confusion about the exact circumstances of the accident.He said the defendant had made a €35,000 settlement offer and although it was his view the case was worth about €70,000, there would be an issue in relation to liability if the case proceeded to a full trial.Judge Groarke, approving the offer, told Ms Doyle that he was conscious that the case was worth more, but “it would be reckless of me to turn my back on the offer given the difficulties in the case”.Read: Krystle nightclub and its “private army” of bouncers responsible for assault on womanRead: Eddie Hutch Jr in a “fragile psychological state”, court hears Toddler who hit head on concrete awarded €35,000 damages from creche The award was made at the Dublin Circuit Civil Court this morning. Share197 Tweet Email1