The beta version of Opera 12 has arrived, and it’s no small update. Leading off a lengthy list of additions and subtractions is hardware acceleration support, something the Opera faithful have been waiting for ever since it arrived in Chrome, Firefox, and even Internet Explorer. It hasn’t been switched on by default yet, so you’ll need to toggle two values on the opera:config page. Once Opera 12 goes final, HWA will likely be defaulted.Two other key additions are native 64-bit support for both Windows and Mac and out-of-process plug-ins. Opera says the latter will lead to a more stable browsing experience, and that’s certainly been the case with Firefox since Mozilla introduced the same feature several versions ago. Additional web standards are supported now, too, including WebGL and WebRTC — which is aimed at bringing better voice and video communications capabilities to the web. As if the browser wasn’t already customizable enough, Opera’s theme system has also received a major update. The new skins are easier to design than ever before, and just about any Opera user should be able to create one.Like Mozilla, Opera has been tinkering with the address bar to make it easier for users to tell when they’re on a secure site. It’s hoped that the more prominent badges will help users avoid spoofed sites and phishing scams.Mixed in with all the additions, bug fixes, and tweaks, one classic Opera features has been removed: widgets. They’ve offered Opera users a way to run web-based gadgets on their desktop for ages, but Opera has decided it’s time for developers to fully embrace the newer extension platform — which allows widget-like functionality on the Speed Dial page. Unite, which first debuted in Opera 10 just a couple years ago, has also been axed.To take Opera 12 for a test drive, head over to Opera Next. It’s speedy, stable, and very competitive with other top browsers.More at Opera Next
The Nvidia-powered Asus ME370T that was shown off at CES 2012 was a nice enough tablet, but who wants to pay $249 for a quad-core tablet when you can pick one up for just $199? Nvidia boss Jen-Hsun Huang said they were coming this year, and VP of Investor Relations Rob Csonger has reiterated that sentiment at the company’s annual stockholder meeting.Right now, it’s tricky enough to find a dual-core tablet that isn’t the Kindle Fire (or an unknown Shanzai brand) for under $200. According to Csonger, the Nvidia Kai platform will make it possible for OEMs to break that pricing threshold. To make that happen, Csonger told investors that Kai utilizes “a lot of the secret sauce that’s inside Tegra 3.” He also speaks about reduced power consumption and lower-cost components helping to drive costs down.Those last bits go without saying, and they’re not just true for Kai. Everywhere you look in the industry, new products are benefiting from more efficient displays — and sliding component prices over time has always been an industry trend.What remains to be seen is when OEMs will actually deliver a a $199 quad-core Kai device. The ME370T has yet to hit the streets, and it might be the closest thing we’ve seen to Kai at this point. There are, however, rumors that it could wind up being the Google Nexus Tablet and that it will be unveiled at Google I/O — which is just around the corner. It seems like a given that Google and a hardware partner will unveil another awesome Android device at the event, but taking the wraps off a sub-$200 quad core tablet would have geeks everywhere chomping at the bit.More at The Verge
Although ARM-powered Windows RT tablets are on the way this year, it looks like Dell’s first Windows 8 tablet will be of the x86 variety. The Latitude 10 has leaked to the web, and it’s a 10.1-inch slab powered by Intel’s Clover Trail Atom processor.Its clock speed isn’t specified, but it looks like Dell may be one of the first OEMs to deliver a tablet with Intel’s new 32NM chip — not a surprise considering their position on the global PC sales leaderboard. The display offers a resolution of 1366×768 pixels (around 155PPi), and video processing will be handled by Intel’s Imagination graphics engine.Dell will also offer SSDs with capacity up to 128GB for the Latitude 10. WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity are built in, as are 8MP rear- and 2MP front-facign cameras. Unlike a lot of tablets on the market, the Latitude 10 will feature a swappable battery, and buyers can choose between a 2 cell or 4 cell model. An optional stylus will also be available for purchase. As a nod to the enterprise, the Latitude 10 will include both a fingerprint reader and smart card reader.At 710 grams and a maximum depth of 13.4 millimeters, the Latitude 10 is slightly heavier and thicker than the new iPad, but it’s good to see that Windows 8 tablets will narrow the gap. Manufacturers of Windows 7 tablets have struggled to break the two pound barrier, though Dell managed to do it with the Latitude ST — which could very well have been the starting point for the Latitude 10.More at NeoWin
Yes, you drive this remote controlled car with your Apple or Android mobile device. That is one excellent things about the huge opportunity opened by mobile devices and their respective app platforms. Smartphones and tablets are packed to the gills with technology (Hello Bluetooth, WiFi, accelerometer, GPS, NFC, and in some cases a barometric pressure sensor!) which can be leveraged for nearly any purpose.If you’re handy with small electronics, like DIY circuit board kits and programmable micro-controllers, you could use your mobile device to do just about anything. Want to ring your doorbell with your iPhone? What about triggering a spritz of air freshener around the cat’s litter box? It’s not as far-fetched as it sounds!This same “Why not?” line of thought was applied to a standard entry-level RC car and here you have the app-controlled WiFi Racer available from Brookstone. This speed demon is not a miniature car, but rather a large chassis with studded tires and spring suspension.Install the app on your Android or iOS device and your device’s accelerometer is used to control the RC car. A rechargeable 9.6V ni-cad battery runs this beast up to speed and from reading reviews on Brookstone’s website it should provide hours of fun. I know on the RC cars I played with as a kid, the remote control was always prone to being broken or lost, making a smartphone or tablet a good choice for control replacement, given how obsessive we are over losing our precious iPhones and Androids.If the idea of controlling your own RC car over WiFi appeals to you, for a limited time you can pick up this neat little gadget for just $49.99, half off the retail price drop Brookstone.Visit LogicBuy for the Brookstone WiFi Racer
By all accounts, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is selling like hotcakes on all the big US carriers. The devices are almost identical, except for the carrier logo on the back. Well, Verizon did include one more little surprise — the bootloader on its version of the phone was locked. At least it was until just the other day. Hackers have managed to get around the lockdown.The bootloader is the first part of the software to load upon boot up. It is used to verify the integrity of the software running on the device, so it needs to be replaced for easy ROM installation. Users have been hammering away on the Galaxy S III since it became available. The folks in XDA and RootzWiki managed to gain root access and flash some custom software despite the locked bootloader, but it was a messy process.This new hack comes by way of a leaked unsecure bootloader. The exploit has been named CASUAL for Verizon GS3. By running the exploit, the device will no longer check the signature of installed software, meaning you can install whatever software you want. This is a much safer way to get custom ROMs working.The installation process is mostly automated, which is a far cry from the command line tomfoolery that was required for previous hacks. However, it currently only works on Linux and OS X. As usual, doing this will void the warranty and future OTA updates might break the bootloader. The devs recommend refusing future stock software updates. But with a rooted and unlocked device, you can just move away from the stock software to a more streamlined ROM.More at XDA via Slashgear
Nokia’s upcoming Lumia 920 has been generating plenty of buzz recently for both its imaging prowess and eye-catching, candy-colored shells. And while it’s been assumed that both the Lumia 920 and the more modest Lumia 820 would be very competitively priced when they arrived next month, nothing official had been announced yet. Now, however, pricing for both phones has been revealed by Nokia Italy — and the new Lumias will sell for €599 and €499 respectively.That’s really right on the money for a flagship phone in the EU, where the Samsung Galaxy S3 currently sells for about €60 less, though Apple has priced the iPhone 5 at €800 and still lists the 16GB iPhone 4S at €629 (Italy’s pricing for the iPhone has historically been pretty high, however). Prices for the Lumia 920 and 820 convert to around $775 and $645, though it’s likely that they’ll line up with competitors’ pricing in the U.S. as they do in Europe. The $599 mark has become the accepted standard for new hero devices, and it looks like the Lumia 920 will continue that trend.It’s still possible, of course, that Nokia is planning to make a splash and will opt for an even lower price point as it did with the Lumia 800 — which was listed at just $99.99 on-contract when it hit the streets back in April. Both Nokia and Microsoft have a lot riding on the launch of Windows Phone 8 and the new Lumia models, and both are keen to grab as much market share as possible from rivals like iOS, Android, and BlackBerry.More at PhoneArena
It’s science fair time in Canada, but one elven-year-old’s ambitious little project won’t be landing him any blue ribbons. No, his computer programming project has instead landed him in hot water with law enforcement officials. The minor — whose name can’t be released — decided to create and distribute malware that masquerades as a gold harvesting hack for the popular MMORPG Runescape.Unsuspecting users fired up the app expecting to deposit piles of ill-gotten gold in their accounts, but that’s not what actually happened, of course. The username and password blanks never connected to the Runescape server. Instead, they forwarded the credentials to the malware’s pre-teen creator.While his creation might have shown a bit of malicious moxie, this Canadian cyber criminal child didn’t devote enough time to covering his tracks. Authorities were able to track him down with fairly minimal effort thanks to the fact that he’d included an easily traceable email address in the application’s code. Investigators quickly pinpointed his home town and were even able to link the boy to an iPhone that had been recently purchased by his parents. He won’t be using it too much after the court hands down his probation.It’s probably not fair to refer to this particular chap as a hacker, really, since it appears that the Runescape gold tool was little more than a hastily thrown-together .NET application that emailed data to an address that wasn’t even obfuscated. No, this is more clearly the work of an opportunist who either knew just enough to be dangerous or learned that something like this was possible on Google and figured he’d see how many greedy little Runescape fish took the bait.
HP has unveiled its latest tablet offering, the Slate 7, and webOS is nowhere to be found. As predicted, HP has opted to give Android a go this time around and do its best to forget about the $1.2 billion it dropped on the Palm acquisition. Like many other 7-inch Android tablets, the Slate 7 will sell for less than $200. HP has priced it at $169, just $10 more than Amazon charges for the first-generation Kindle Fire.The Slate 7’s specs line up nicely with the Kindle Fire, too. It’s based on a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor and features 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage (double the Kindle’s base), and the 7-inch display also has a native resolution of 1024 x 600. HP is hoping that high-quality audio processing will help the Slate 7 stand out: it’s shipping with Beats Audio tech on board, just like many of the company’s laptops. Two color options are being offered: a more mundane silver and Beats red for those who want a tablet that’s a bit more eye-catching.Initial impressions of the Slate 7 are that it’s a decent tablet at a very good price. It doesn’t offer the performance of the Nexus 7 Best Price at Amazon and its Tegra 3 quad-core chip, but for $30 less and with a micro SD card slot for expansion, HP has put together an intriguing little budget tablet that’s definitely going to catch the eye of some shoppers. It’s going to have plenty of competition when it hits the streets in May, though, with companies like Acer and Asus also releasing tablets in the $160 range.As nice as the Slate 7 might be, there’s a whole bunch of Palm fans out there that will look at it, remember the DOA Touchpad Go, and wonder “What if?”
Regardless of how you feel about the third-person stealth-em-up gameplay in The Last of Us, the game’s narrative is nothing short of a harrowing, amazing, devastating experience.Fans of the game want more, but the story of the two main characters, Joel and Ellie, is so perfect that a sequel would ruin it. It seems that Naughty Dog will satisfy both of those requirements for wanting more game to play, while not disrupting the perfect narrative of the main characters.Naughty Dog has teased that it’ll be revealing information regarding some TLOU DLC this week. The developer is planning three packs– a campaign add-on, and two multiplayer packs. The DLC is available for purchase in a season pass pack for a total of $19.99 (saving you around 30% on the price if you would purchase each pack individually), as is customary this generation.If you’re worried about what the campaign DLC might be because it might disrupt the perfect ending of the story, never fear. Not too long ago, the creative director of the game, Neil Druckmann, said that Joel and Ellie’s story is over. Druckmann did say that if TLOU gets a sequel somewhere down the line, the team feels the world is still ripe for story — just not the stories of Joel and Ellie.From that (totally correct) sentiment, it sounds like the campaign DLC will focus on other characters throughout the game, of which there were enough to fill out a side-story, such as wacky loner Bill.Whatever the campaign DLC ends up being, we’ll find out sometime this week. If the TLOU team can craft a story even half as good as the main campaign’s story, the DLC will be well worth the investment.
Apple tipsters are unable to agree on whether or not the next iPad mini will sport the famed Retina display or not. Fortunately, we don’t have long to wait and see for ourselves — all secrets will be revealed at Apple’s “We still have lots to cover” event tomorrow at 1pm ET.There’s very little doubt that Apple will be unveiling two new iPads tomorrow. There’s an expectation that we’ll see a new iPad and iPad mini with a hardware bump and a design language that puts these two devices in line with the original iPad mini. One of the main features that Apple enthusiasts want from the 2013 iPad mini is a Retina display… while actual first gen iPad mini owners probably just want a faster processor after seeing what iOS 7 did to the performance of their current tablets. No one seems to know for sure, but now it seems the Wall Street Journal has decided to chime in with sources of their own.Considering that all of the leaks we’ve seen so far for the iPad mini show almost no increase in size, it’s hard to imagine that the new tablet will be sporting both an A7 processor, fingerprint sensor, and a Retina display for the current version’s $329 price tag. That said, WSJ sources claim the new iPad mini will in fact have a high resolution Retina display and an A7 processor. This source claims that the A7X will be put in the full-sized iPad, which will also dun new display tech. The new iPad will apparently be “using a thin film instead of the glass found in existing models” for touch capabilities.As expected, iPads won’t be the only thing at the event. We’re also on the lookout for the new OSX Mavericks, coupled with Haswell-powered MacBooks and the new Mac Pro. There are also rumors surrounding a new display, new Apple TV, and possibly even a new Mac Mini. That all adds up to a very full Apple event tomorrow, where we’ll see all of this new hardware alongside pricing and availability.Interesting, some rumors are even stating that the new iPad mini will miss out on the fingerprinter reader that made the iPhone 5S so notable. The reasoning behind this is that is the fingerprint reader is an important differentiate point between the top of the line model and the more affordable model, plus leaving it out would be useful to keeping costs down. Again, we’ll know all the details in about 25 hours.
Oct 30th 2016, 1:19 PM Karen Pease a supporter of the Pirate Party arrives with her parrot named Mal at the Pirate Party election party in Reykjavik, Iceland. By AFP Iceland scrambles to form government after Pirate Party falls short Prime Minister Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson told the national broadcaster RUV he would resign today after his Progressive Party suffered a plunge in support. ICELAND FACES A wrangle over its next government after the anti-establishment Pirate Party and its allies gained ground but fell short of a majority in snap elections sparked by the Panama Papers scandal.Prime Minister Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson told the national broadcaster RUV he would resign today after his Progressive Party suffered a plunge in support.Polls had predicted the “Pirates” would benefit from a public urge to punish establishment parties after Johannsson’s predecessor, Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson, stepped down over allegations about family holdings stashed in tax havens.In the end, the Pirates and three left-of-centre allies gained 28 seats, four short of the 32 needed to command an overall majority in the 63-member parliament, the Althingi, according to preliminary results announced late yesterday.“We are very satisfied,” said “Pirates” cofounder Birgitta Jonsdottir, an activist, poet and WikiLeaks supporter.“We are a platform for young people, for progressive people who shape and reshape our society … like Robin Hood because Robin Hood was a pirate, we want to take the power from the powerful to give it to the people,” Jonsdottir told AFP, referring to the English outlaw of legend.Healthcare, natural resources, tax loopholesFounded just four years ago, the Pirates were credited with as many as nine seats, making them the third largest party in the island nation.Its allies are the Left-Green movement, which picked up 10 seats, the Social Democrats, with four, and the centrist Bright Future, with five, according to the preliminary results.The Pirate Party, whose headquarters is onboard a boat anchored in the port of Reykjavik, see themselves as a force to reinvigorate democracy.They have set down a five-point programme that includes constitutional change to make leaders more accountable, free health care, greater protection of natural resources and the closure of tax loopholes for large corporations.They also want Icelanders to hold a referendum on EU membership — a long-standing political issue whose objective they oppose but wish to be settled.Among other groups, the centre-right Progressive Party picked up seven seats while the Independence Party had 21 seats.The centre Regeneration Party, which could be the kingmakers in the election, garnered seven seats in the Icelandic parliament.The leader of the Independence Party, Finance Minister Bjarni Benediktsson, will be given the mandate to negotiate on the majority in the parliament. Bjarni Benediktsson of TheÂ Independence Party, left, shakes hands with Iceland’s Prime Minister Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson in a TV studio in Reykjavik, Iceland. Source: Frank AugsteinTense negotiations The negotiations would be very tense between the Regeneration Party and the Independence Party, from which it split over disagreement to hold a referendum on joining the EU.“We have not been negative towards other parties or how governments should be formed,” leader of the Regeneration Party, Benedikt Johannesson said.Implicated in the Panama Papers scandals, Benediktsson denies having wanted to escape taxes by creating a company in the Seychelles, saying he has never invested a dime.The election was triggered after the Panama Papers revealed that 600 Icelanders including cabinet ministers, bankers and business leaders had holdings stashed away in offshore accounts.Iceland, a volcanic island with a population of 332,000, has returned to prosperity since its 2008 financial meltdown.Gross domestic product (GDP) growth is expected to be above four percent this year thanks to tourism revenues and a recovering financial system.The crisis eight years ago saw Iceland’s three biggest banks and its oversized financial sector collapse, while the country was forced to seek a bailout from the International Monetary Fund.A string of bankers were jailed, the failed banks were temporarily nationalised and then sold, and foreign investors had to accept write-downs on their debt holdings.Olafur Hardarson, professor of political science at the University of Iceland, attributed the Pirates’ rise in popularity to voters’ anger at the 2008 crisis.“They have managed to focus on the anti-politics and anti-establishment feelings of a lot of voters (who) have been frustrated in Iceland since the bank crash,” Hardarson told AFP.- © AFP 2016.Read: Iceland election: Anti-establishment Pirate Party set to shake up political landscape>Read: Clinton says FBI actions ‘deeply troubling’ as Trump steps up his attacks> Image: Frank Augstein AP/PA https://jrnl.ie/3054645 Short URL 15,606 Views 13 Comments Sunday 30 Oct 2016, 1:19 PM Share16 Tweet Email2 Karen Pease a supporter of the Pirate Party arrives with her parrot named Mal at the Pirate Party election party in Reykjavik, Iceland. 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OFTEN CONSIDERED A weed, corn salad is a super-hardy and low-growing winter salad with a mild, nutty flavour. It is one of the many winter-hardy salad leaves we sow in the late summer and early autumn to last through the winter.We generally do a couple of sowings every two to three weeks from September, to keep us going with occasional pickings of winter leaves until the new season salads arrive in spring.SowingI’ve used two different methods for sowing corn salad and haven’t noticed any real difference between the two. You can either sow it directly in the soil (in drills around 10cm apart) or in module trays for later transplanting (spacing the plants 10cm apart).Germination takes about 1-2 weeks. Corn salad will grow in most soils – it’s not fussy. It’s best sown at the end of the year, and won’t do so well in the hotter weather of summer. So it’s best sown from the end of August to October.GrowingKeep the area weed-free and moist if the weather is dry. Corn salad will get to about 10cm high and wide.HarvestingCorn salad will be ready to crop in about 10 weeks. You can either harvest the whole plant or cut them down at the soil and see if they will grow back (you might get a second growth this way). Alternatively, take the outer leaves only on plants to encourage re-growth. The plants will run to seed eventually in the spring if left in the soil. A groundnut or peanut oil will bring out the lovely nutty flavour in a salad.Recommended VarietiesVit, Lamb’s TongueProblemsMildew can be an issue in the autumn/ winter polytunnel if you don’t keep it well ventilated. Slugs will be partial to it too – so time to put the beer traps back in action.GIY TipsCorn salad is a surprisingly strong performer when it comes to nutrition and is one of the healthiest of all salads. It has three times as much vitamin C as lettuce, and more iron than spinach.Corn salad is often known as Lamb’s lettuce. Michael Kelly 3 Comments By Michael Kelly Corn salad: Super-hardy, nutty-flavoured salad leaves to sow now Expert tips from our GIY guru, Michael Kelly, that will send you straight past the supermarket mixed bags. http://jrnl.ie/3097626 Short URL Saturday 26 Nov 2016, 3:00 PM 180 Views Grower Share5 Tweet Email1 GROW HQThe home of the GIY movement and our brand new food education centre, GROW HQ, is finally open in Waterford city. In addition to our 65-seat home-grown food café and shop, we’ve a range of growing and cooking courses happening weekly. For courses happening this month, check out www.growhq.org.Recipe of the Week – Lamb chops with Lamb’s lettuce Source: Shutterstock/ChameleonsEyeI couldn’t resist the idea of pairing lamb the meat with lamb the lettuce. This recipe comes from New York Times contributor Florence Fabricant, so she calls the Lamb’s lettuce ‘mache’, naturally.Ingredients• 1 very small rack of lamb or 8 tiny well-trimmed chops• ½ cup of extra virgin olive oil• 2 ½ tablespoons sherry wine vinegar• ½ teaspoon minced fresh rosemary• ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard• Salt and freshly ground black pepper• 250g lamb’s lettuce, rinsed and driedDirectionsPreheat oven to 220 degrees C. Brush rack of lamb with a little olive oil and place in a shallow baking pan in oven. Roast for 20 minutes for medium-rare. Remove from oven.While lamb is roasting, heat vinegar with rosemary in a small, stainless steel saucepan until vinegar is reduced to little more than a tablespoon.Off heat, beat in the mustard and gradually whisk in remaining olive oil until well blended. Season to taste with salt and pepper.Place the lamb’s lettuce in a bowl and toss with all but 2 tablespoons of the warm dressing. Divide salad onto 4 plates. As soon as the rack is cooked, slice into individual chops and place 2 chops on lettuce on each plate.Moisten each chop with a little of remaining dressing and serve at once.Michael Kelly is a freelance journalist, author and founder of GIY.Click here for more GIY tips and recipes. Nov 26th 2016, 3:00 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Poll: Does bad weather make you stay indoors? Be honest now. Image: Shutterstock/Lolostock http://jrnl.ie/3271779 By Cliodhna Russell Yes (10948) Short URL Yes No Sometimes Vote Image: Shutterstock/Lolostock No (2387) Share17 Tweet Email Mar 5th 2017, 12:24 PM Poll Results: IT’S THE FIRST weekend in March but it has also been a weekend full of weather warnings.A wind warning is in place for six counties today, while a rainfall warning was in place for ten counties yesterday.So today we’re asking, does bad weather make you stay indoors? Sometimes (3155) 26,049 Views 44 Comments Sunday 5 Mar 2017, 12:24 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Image: Shutterstock/Ilya Andriyanov JOHN* SAID HIS life was relatively normal until first class, when his father became violent.“He would beat up my mam and when my older brother and I would try to protect her, we would take a beating for getting in the way.”Speaking to a crowded room in Dublin during the week, John calmly outlined the abuse he received at the hands of his father and brother throughout his childhood.“Over time [my father] grew to dislike us and would beat us up every day.“When I wasn’t taking a beating from my old man, I was taking a beating from my brother and I was always put down with no chance for recovery. In other words I was strongly against being given a mentor, I thought it would have been more beneficial at a younger age.However, after meeting Mick – his Le Chéile mentor – and learning that he was doing the work on voluntary basis, John warmed to him.“It was nice to be able to speak to someone in higher position without being looked down upon,” he said.“I was able to run things by Mick such as everyday troubles, hassles and stress and we were able to laugh things over.As a result we became good friends. As time passed I found it to be a nice break from the stress caused by everyday life, such as work and college.John recently dropped out of a college course and has plans to travel and work abroad in the future.He said the Le Chéile service had helped him by bringing a positive adult role model into his life for the first time.“I never had a role model in my life as my old man left when I was young and my older brother was in and out of foster care,” said John.Mick my mentor was influential and a true leader and the best role model and easy to get along with.Read: ‘They made me realise that… I’m not worth nothing’: The positive effects of mentoring at-risk youthsRead: More parents are using children to shoplift for them, according to retailers Once my older brother reached 12 he was put into foster care. I was left to fend for myself. I still tried to protect my mam but the beatings got worse. I lived in constant fear until I reached the age of 12 when my old man left.Soon after John’s father left the home, his brother returned.Soon after my brother moved back home and he would beat me up every day. That was my childhood.Le ChéileJohn was speaking at the head office of the probation services in Dublin on Thursday morning, at the launch of a report on Le Chéile.Le Chéile is a community-based volunteer mentoring and family support service. It works with young people who have committed crimes of are at risk of offending.The charity works by way of referrals by the courts to the probation service. The charity then supplies the at-risk young person – aged between 12 and 21 – with a voluntary mentor in their community who works and meets with them.John had gone through a lot of different social workers and had spent a long time within the court system before he was linked up with Le Chéile at age 18.Facing extreme abuse in his home, John left and started to stay at friends’ houses. He began to drink alcohol and use drugs.“When I started secondary school I wanted to be just like my older brother, so I started drinking and smoking and getting into scraps. Even still he would beat me up. I felt like I couldn’t do anything right,” he said.“I spent most of my time at my friend’s place getting drunk or high for about a year, then I progressed onto heavier drugs.Until one night, I accidentally overdosed and was found laying dead on the street.John was rushed to hospital and was “very lucky to survive”. He went into a treatment centre, but when he left treatment he fell into the same old habits.He completed his Leaving Certificate when he was 17. Since then, John has completed a psychology and social sciences course; he has also undertaken a number of community-based psychoanalysis, counselling and psychotherapy courses.Community mentorInitially, John wasn’t happy with being assigned a volunteer mentor by the probation service.“I was 18 at the time and felt I had my life in order,” he said.“At this point I was in court since age of 14 on a monthly basis. So the idea of a further year’s probation really got on my nerves.Then to be given a mentor on top of already going through after care and having a probation officer, a social worker, counsellor, career advisor… Image: Shutterstock/Ilya Andriyanov Short URL https://jrnl.ie/3315316 8 Comments By Cormac Fitzgerald Apr 3rd 2017, 6:05 AM ‘When I wasn’t taking a beating from my old man, I was taking a beating from my brother’ At a recent launch a young man spoke about growing up with abuse. 21,916 Views Share34 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Monday 3 Apr 2017, 6:05 AM
Best: ‘Jack is a quality player and it’s exciting for Ulster.’ Thursday 4 Apr 2019, 9:33 PM Apr 4th 2019, 6:38 PM Source: The42.ie/YouTube“That’s the sort of quality player you want but also as a person, he’s a top bloke. Really good guy around the place and you want people who are likeable as ultimately when you get into a battle, you need to trust people around you.“And Jack has all of that and it’s really exciting for Ulster Rugby.”Reflecting on last weekend’s quarter-final defeat to Leinster at the Aviva Stadium, Best believes it was the type of performance that the players and supporters alike can take heart from, as Ulster look to push on and compete for silverware again.“That was probably one of the big things we wanted to achieve from this season, obviously we want success, but we wanted everyone who doubted us last year, that doubted our commitment and ability. We didn’t want to prove them wrong but we wanted to bring them back in and show them, this is actually what Ulster Rugby is about, this is what we leave on the pitch and this is what traditionally Ulster have been about.“That’s what we want to get back to and we want to re-engage with the community, with the fans and want to give them something they can be proud of. I think Saturday was obviously a massive step towards that.” – First published today at 18.38You can listen to the full podcast below: Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloudSubscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Subscribe Share13 Tweet Email By The42 Team Best: ‘Jack is a quality player and it’s exciting for Ulster.’ Image: Dan Sheridan/INPHO Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://the42.ie/4577437 Image: Dan Sheridan/INPHO ‘We need to get away from the days of signing bit-part players from other teams’ Rory Best has described the acquisition of Jack McGrath as a statement signing from Ulster. Short URL 31 Comments 32,115 Views Updated Apr 4th 2019, 9:33 PM RORY BEST SAYS Ulster’s acquisition of Jack McGrath from Leinster is a statement signing for the province, as they bid to strengthen their resources and continue on an upward trajectory under Dan McFarland.The IRFU this week confirmed McGrath’s move north after the loosehead prop initiated discussions over a potential switch having becoming frustrated by a lack of starting opportunities at both club and international level in recent times.McGrath follows Jordi Murphy in making the move to Belfast from his native province and the 29-year-old will hope consistent game-time in the number one jersey will help him challenge Cian Healy at international level.Following the arrival of Murphy and Marty Moore last summer, and the signing of Wallaby lock Sam Carter for next season, Ulster have made strong moves in the market as their revival under McFarland gathers momentum. Speaking on The42 Rugby Weekly, Ireland captain Best says it’s important Ulster continue to acquire the right calibre of player moving forward, rather than be content in adding ‘bit-part’ players to their squad.“Over the last 12 months now, we have brough in British Lions and Irish internationals,” the hooker said. “Bringing in Jordi and Marty and now Jack McGrath, and I think we need to get away from the days where we kind of signed bit-part players from other teams and hoped they were good.“Now to be saying we’re signing internationals is a great statement. We need to make sure we keep pressure on our structures and systems, that we can bring through plenty of Ulster-born players, but ultimately these are guys that are going to add something to the shirt, and they’re going to add something to the environment.“The likes of the Eric O’Sullivans coming through, in Jack McGrath’s case, he can learn off him. These guys can learn off one of the best looseheads.”On the signing of McGrath, Best added: “He’s a quality player. I’ve really enjoyed playing with him, not so much in a Leinster shirt. But playing with him for Ireland and seeing the way he progressed from a bit of a squad player to being a starting Irish international and the battle between him and Cian Healy has really come down to whoever got injured has fallen out and then the other one has had to wait their turn.
Apr 12th 2019, 6:11 AM Image: Shutterstock/PeJo Share8 Tweet Email 46 Comments Dublin man who stole €500 worth of mass donations from church gets suspended sentence Justin Murray pleaded guilty to stealing the cash from a church in Ballymun in November 2016. Short URL Friday 12 Apr 2019, 6:10 AM By Aoife Nic Ardghail and Fiona Ferguson Image: Shutterstock/PeJo 20,135 Views A DUBLIN MAN who stole €500 of mass donations from the sacristy of a church has received a suspended prison sentence.Justin Murray (40) of Moatview Court, Coolock, ran away from the church when a parishioner saw what he was doing.Gardaí later identified Murray as the thief from CCTV in the area and found his bicycle which had a sticker with “Justin Murray” on it discarded on the church grounds.At Dublin Circuit Criminal Court yesterday, Judge Elma Sheahan noted that Murray had made efforts to rehabilitate from drug addiction and was now drug free.She suspended a 12-month prison sentence on condition he continue to get treatment and that he keep the peace.Murray had affirmed signed pleas of guilty to stealing cash at the Church of Our Lady of Victories in Ballymun, Dublin, on 6 November 2016. He has 77 previous convictions including ten thefts and 20 burglaries.Murray is serving a prison sentence for another offence and is due for release in July 2019. The suspended sentence will be consecutive to this current sentence.Earlier, Garda Ross Brierley told Fiona Murphy BL, prosecuting, that a parishioner who had been helping out after mass saw a man enter and take money from the church collection.At first she thought he was there to help, but soon realised he was stealing money. The man fled on foot when he spotted her.Garda Brierley said he arrested Murray the next day at a shopping centre after he and colleagues were satisfied he was the culprit. He said Murray was on bail for a robbery at the time.He agreed with Dean Kelly BL, defending, that Murray had gone into the church “to creep into a private area and steal money” but that he had instead come face-to-face with the parishioner.The garda agreed that Murray’s very early guilty plea to the offence was of great assistance.Kelly submitted to Judge Sheahan his client had wished to be transferred to Cork Prison as he found it easier to stay off heroin in that institution.Counsel asked the court to take into account that Murray’s convictions had been due to his addiction and that he had been stealing to get drugs. https://jrnl.ie/4588144 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
17,949 Views Share Tweet Email2 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Man airlifted to hospital after collapsing while walking on Carlingford mountain Emergency services were alerted to the incident at midday. Short URL By Cónal Thomas The Irish Coast Guard responded by sending a 116 helicopter to the scene, which was also attended by gardaí.The man was then airlifted to Beaumont hospital in Dublin. 3 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4600797 Saturday 20 Apr 2019, 3:00 PM Apr 20th 2019, 3:01 PM THE IRISH COAST Guard have airlifted a man to hospital after he collapsed while mountain walking in Carlingford, Co Louth. Emergency services were alerted to the incident at midday. It’s understood that the man, who is middle aged, became ill while out walking near Carlingford Mountain. Coastguard and emergency services at Carlingford Lough in Louth after man collapses from suspected stroke. Gardaí and ambulance at the scene. pic.twitter.com/t6mnoPLQva— Conor McCrave (@Conor_McCrave) April 20, 2019
https://jrnl.ie/4597576 DISCOVERED IN THE 1930s, these ancient texts might be the earliest Christian written records, dating back to the 2nd century AD.Written in Greek and said to have been found on the Nile, these papyrus sheets depict scenes from the old and new testaments, including a passage from Matthew detailing an exchange between Jesus and Judas from the Last Supper.Currently on display at the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin as part of the Gift of a Lifetime exhibition, the texts will be going back into storage at the end of April for preservation.We spoke to Emeritus Professor of Greek at Trinity, Brian McGing, about their significance and how exactly they might have survived over nearly 2,000 years of history to find their way to Dublin.Watch the video for our full report. By Andrew Roberts Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTube 16,088 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 6 Comments Apr 21st 2019, 10:01 AM Share Tweet Email Subscribe for more videos These writings in Dublin might be the oldest surviving records of early Christian texts Showing early forms of the Gospels, the texts are on display at the Chester Beatty Library until the end of April. Short URL Sunday 21 Apr 2019, 10:00 AM
Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Wednesday 13 Jun 2018, 10:40 AM 68 Comments 79,646 Views Share140 Tweet Email Gardaí believe machete killers are Irish as they renew appeal for information over murder Gardaí are looking to speak to taxi drivers operating in the local area on the night of Mikolaj “Nick” Wilk’s murder. Mikolaj “Nick” Wilk with his wife Elzbieta. By Garreth MacNamee Updated Jun 13th 2018, 10:40 AM GARDAÍ INVESTIGATING THE murder of a father-of-two at his home in Cork over the weekend believe he was killed by four Irish men as they continue to attempt to understand the motive for the savage attack.The men entered the house in a rural area of Ballincollig, Cork, on Sunday morning and attacked Mikolaj “Nick” Wilk (35) for up to 10 minutes with machetes. His wife Elzbieta tried to protect her husband and ended up receiving serious injuries to her arms and hands. She is recovering at Cork University Hospital.Sources have told TheJournal.ie that gardaí are attempting to piece together what motive could exist for why the hard-working father-of-two was killed in such a violent manner. Seasoned gardaí have said that the crime scene was one of the worst they had seen in years on the force.Since the murder, gardaí have been checking routes out of the jurisdiction for those they consider potential suspects in the crime. They, however, found nobody to fit that profile.As things stand, gardaí believe the killers are local and that they are still in Ireland.Officers have ruled out burglary because nothing was stolen from the premises. They have also found nothing to suggest the deceased was connected with any form of criminality.Sources have said this leaves very little other than there was a personal reason for his murder or he had fallen out with a dangerous person in the course of his work.Renewed appealWilk owned his own gardening business. Gardaí will now speak to anyone he conducted business within the past six months.Gardaí have also accessed his social media profiles, as well as his phone records to check if there could have been a personal reason for the attack.Detectives believe the nature of the murder – a sustained attack with machetes for up to 10 minutes – indicates that the reason behind the killing was personal. Gardaí also recovered a gun from a car which was burnt out close to the murder scene.The fact the men had access to a firearm and decided not to use it is more evidence for gardaí, albeit circumstantial, that there was a personal motive for the case.Gardaí have this morning renewed their appeal in relation to the murder.Speaking at Gurranabraher Garda Station, Superintendent Colm O’Sullivan said: “We are continuing to appeal to anyone with information or to anyone who may have witnessed this incident.”A number of people have come forward with information and O’Sullivan thanks the public for their assistance in the investigation thus far.“However, we are aware of a number of taxis and hackneys that were operating in the Maglin, Ballincollig, Ballinora and Waterfall areas on the night of the incident who have not come forward,” he said.“I would appeal to them to contact us at Gurranbraher Garda Station on 021 494 6200, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any garda station. Any information they may have, no matter how insignificant would assist our investigation.”With reporting by Hayley Halpin. Mikolaj “Nick” Wilk with his wife Elzbieta. http://jrnl.ie/4067253 Jun 13th 2018, 6:11 AM
Share1589 Tweet Email1 A DOG THAT was left in a hot car with windows closed in yesterday’s heat was found to be ‘in distress, uncomfortable and breathing heavily’.A spokesperson for DSPCA told TheJournal.ie that the small dog was discovered in a car in Dublin 4 with an empty bowl of water and no ventilation or shade.They said the dog was locked in the car with all the windows closed for an hour before the owner returned.DSPCA inspectors and gardai were about to break the car windows when the owner returned to his vehicle.The DSPCA added that further investigations are ongoing.Advice for keeping animals coolThe organisation is also reminding people that the hot weather ahead can be uncomfortable and dangerous for pets. Education officer for the DSPCA Gillian Bird said: File Photo Image: Shutterstock/Jarhe Photography Gardaí and DSPCA warn dog owners to be careful after dog left in hot car found ‘in distress’ DSPCA inspectors and gardai were about to break the car windows when the owner returned to his vehicle. 28 Comments http://jrnl.ie/4095832 Jun 28th 2018, 6:16 AM People know that dogs should not be left in cars for even a few minutes in weather this hot, but other pets have to be taken into consideration on days like today.Here are a few helpful hints to keep pets safe and comfortable today:Keep pets like dogs and cats indoors in a cool room with plenty of fresh water. Pets often lie out in the sun for longer than is good for themMake sure that the sun cannot shine in to the room by pulling curtains and keeping windows open enough to get a good breezeDon’t overfeed them, on hot days too much food can upset the stomach and make them uncomfortablePop some wet dog or cat food into an empty yogurt pot and freeze it, it will make a nice cooling ice pop for them to enjoyWet a towel and put it for your dog to lie on, it will help him keep coolMake sure pets such as rabbits, fish and pet birds are out of the direct sunlight and have plenty of shade to keep coolBe careful of walking your dog as the paths can get very hot in the sun and can burn their paws, check the temperature with your hand or feet or wait until later in the evening before exercising themIf you have any concerns that your pet has gotten too hot and is showing signs of heat exhaustion contact your vet for adviceFinally, do not take your dog in the car if it can be avoided, even for a short journey. Even with the windows open it can be too hot and your pet will suffer. Image: Shutterstock/Jarhe Photography Short URL File Photo By Cliodhna Russell Thursday 28 Jun 2018, 6:15 AM 21,409 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article