Five ways to make the most of Culture Night

September 22, 2019

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first_imgNational Craft Gallery: Don’t just wander around; take part in their children’s workshop, or crochet circle… or why not bring in your favourite pair of shoes and tell their story, or try revamping an old item of clothing. There are lots of things on in the gallery that might surprise you.3. Get there earlySome events are bound to get very busy, so try to get there on time if you really want to see them. Other events have to be booked in advance.This fireside reading with Donal Ryan – the Booker Prize longlisted author of The Spinning Heart – in Askeaton in Co Limerick is bound to get full quickly. Belfast There’s one page for Dublin and one where you can find all the individual pages and programmes for the regional Culture Nights. There’s also a page for events in An Ghaeltacht.Outside of Ireland? There are events on in Leuven in Belgium, and Leeds, Liverpool and London in England.If you need an accessible building, some of the programmes have that information – if in doubt, it’s best to ring ahead.(LtoR) artist Roisin O’Farrell, Millie (5) and Lila Elliott (9) with Dublin Bus driver Kieran Kavanagh and cabaret dancer Azaria Starfire. Pic: Sasko Lazarov2. Go off the beaten trackThink outside of the box and don’t just go for the most obvious attractions.Here are some of our picks for the more unusual events, but a trawl through the programme for your area will reveal even more.Carlow: These ceramics workshops in Kildare Town Heritage Centre (one for children and one for adults) will also fill up quickly, so booking is essential. Secret cinema: Kerry Film Festival’s Secret Cine Club sounds like a treat – the venue and the film both remain a secret until the day. It’s also free in.Roscommon Meanwhile, if you want to record your own song on Culture Night, you’ll need to book recording time in Platform 4 studio in Leixlip in advance. Choral speaking: Choral speaking was very popular in the 1950s, but is not practiced much now. However, it has been revived at Alexandra College in Milltown, and the Senior Voice Speaking Choir will perform a short piece based on James Joyce’s story ‘The Dead’, amongst other performances.Kilkenny African culture showcase: If you want to know about the diverse African culture in countries like Kenya, Nigeria, the Gambia, Zimbabwe and more, you can enjoy music and dance as well as a fashion show of traditional costumes at INVOLVE in the Monksland Business Park.Sligo The Everyman Palace Theatre in Cork City is giving behind-the-scenes tours (and Cork Operatic Society will give a sneak peek of their latest opera Orpheus) on the night, but you also have to pre-book this. Archaeology dig for children: Bring your children to a mocked-up archaeological ‘dig’ at the Tipperary County Arts Service and County Museum in Clonmel, between 1 and 4pm. You’ll wish you could take part. IT’S CULTURE NIGHT tonight, and no matter where you are around the country there is going to be some event for you to take part in.With so much on offer, it can be easy to get overwhelmed.Where to go? What’s the best thing to choose? How will you plan your night?Relax. We have five ways for you to make the most of Culture Night, wherever you are.1. Plan aheadIf you have a smartphone, download the Culture Night app. Here’s the link for Android users, and the link for iPhone users.You can use the app to browse the programme and build your own Culture Night trail – handy, eh?Don’t have a smartphone? Head straight to the Culture Night site and have a look at the programme for your specific area. Fruit and veg orchestra: Yes, music made using fruit and vegetables – and you can take part in creating some tasty sounds, from 6 – 8pm at Wheelworks ArtCart on Donegall St.Kerry A moveable feast: Transport yourself back to the Jazz Age with with period-specific food, drink, costumes and parlour games at Cafe Formenti.South Tipperary RESOUND music: Some of Ireland’s most talented young musicians will come together to make music while poet Billy Ramsell imparts his words of wisdom. Sure to be thrilling – and it’s on at The Model.Dublin Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan TD and dancers Gerry Murray and Joan Mulhern with members of the RTE Concert Orchestra. Pic: Sasko Lazarov4. Don’t stress about the queuesWill there be queues? Yes, but you’d be surprised at how quickly they move.But in case you don’t get to everything:Pick your top 5 favourites and go to them firstAllow time for queueingPlan your route so the venues are near each otherEnjoy the trip between venues – and keep an eye out for ones you might have missed5. Soak up the atmosphereLet’s be honest – you might not get to see everything that’s on offer, and if you live in Dublin you most definitely won’t. But that doesn’t mean you should be downhearted.The night is a special one, so make the most of your time in the queue, chatting to other revelers; take time to wander about soaking up the atmosphere.Wear comfortable shoes, bring a brolly, and leave some time for chats in between each location – you’ll bump into people you haven’t seen in years, guaranteed.Plus, build in time to enjoy the gigs, performances and locations you’ll stumble across as you wander around. Sometimes, the unexpected parts are the best parts.Read: Visit a former seminary as part of Culture Night>last_img read more


How to make your other half turn the heating on

September 22, 2019

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first_img Source: YouTubeSomeone may knock at the bathroom door because they need to use the loo/brush their teeth/apologise for their previous reluctance to turn the heating on.Ignore them. Source: LoloudlyStage 6: Revenge!If they still haven’t turned the heating on, you’ll end up going to bed early because it’s the only place imaginable that might actually be warm. So, TO BED! Source: ImgurBegin by taking all the covers until only a tiny hole remains for breathing. Source: ImgurObviously this will leave none for your other half. But then, they shouldn’t mind as they were SO GODDAMN ROASTING ALL THIS TIME.Oh, you did want some blankets?It’s payback time. Source: NoSomaApply your cold extremities mercilessly. Hands, feet, nose, whatever. Make sure to do it all under the guise of ‘cuddling’ and act surprised when they yelp in pain and anger. Stage 7: RepriseRepeat stages one through six for as many days as it takes.Soon it will be yours. Source: ImgurSoon. Source: ImgurStage 8: VictorySooner or later, weary of your frozen foot-attacks, they will finally capitulate and turn the heating on. Source: reactiongifsAt last!Now, for the battle about whose clothes get to go closer to the radiator.11 reasons the cold weather is actually great>The cold weather and winter do not depress us as much as we think> Stage 1: The problem Source: IdhrenAt first it seems grand. You feel a bit chilly while watching telly, reading a book, picking your fingernails, whatever. Sure it’ll be fine. It’s not that cold.But after a while: Source: Flickr/Idhren/ImgurIt’s cold. God it’s cold.Stage 2: First attemptAsking “Will we put the heating on? Just for an hour?” Source: GifstumblrAnd the inevitable response. Source: ShutterstockInevitably justified with vague, non-specific mutterings about prices and how some people don’t appreciate the cost of things. Basically this person, whether male or female, is like your dad but younger.Stage 3: Desperately overcompensatingPutting on more jumpers. All the jumpers. ARE YOU HAPPY NOW?Wrapping yourself in all available soft furnishings. Source: FunnyjunkAnd resorting to cups of tea and hot water bottles. Basically, this is you. Source: wallygromBut you still feel like this. Source: ImgurStage 4: Dealing with smugnessSource: ShutterstockYour other half, meanwhile, is probably still swanning around in a t-shirt. As if they hadn’t made their point already. What, is their body full of FIRE or something?This means war.Stage 5: Proxy warfareFirst comes the emotional blackmail. “It’s fine. I’ll just have a shower instead,” you say. Then stomp off to the bathroom and use all the hot water.last_img read more


Charles Haughey wanted to meet Saddam Hussein in 1978 Saddam declined

September 22, 2019

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first_imgWHEN THEN-HEALTH Minister Charles Haughey went to visit Iraq in 1978, he tried to arrange a meeting with the effective head of the country.Unfortunately for Haughey, Saddam Hussein was unable to meet him.Papers from the trip, which included trips to Iraqi hospitals and attempts to sell medical supplies to Iraq, form part of the State Papers released this year. The papers reveal that an arrangement was planned to swap medical resources between the two countries and that there was a ‘striking political goodwill’ towards Ireland from Iraq.They do, however concede that Iraq was a “difficult” market.Accompanied by Liam Lawlor, Haughey met with high-ranking officials and gave a speech to a medical college, where he said that Iraq was, in some ways, more advanced than Ireland in terms of medical practice.Read: The things that Haughey was sent in 1982Read: No mention of Patrick Connolly, GUBU in 1982 State Paperslast_img read more


The 9 at 9 Thursday

September 22, 2019

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first_imgEVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the nine stories you need to know with your morning coffee. Here, a little before nine, is all you need to know.1.#SEWAGE: A new report from the EPA says that raw sewage is being pumped into 42 urban areas across Ireland. The Urban Waste Water Report says that some of Ireland’s most scenic spots; Bundoran, Cobh and Connemara, are at risk.2.#STRIPPERS: NUI Maynooth is investigating an event in which naked strippers performed on campus. The unofficial event saw the strippers perform at a mock stag party.3.#RIP: The funeral of justice campaigner Christine Buckley will be held today. Buckley founded the Aislinn Centre for abuse survivors and was a tireless campaigner for justice for child abuse victims.4.#MALAYSIAN AIRLINES: Search teams near the area where missing flight MH370 was last spotted have found nothing, despite Chinese authorities saying that they had spotted debris from the flight.5.#FIRE: Two men have died in an apartment fire in Mallow, Co Cork. The fire occurred at 12.10am on St Joseph’s Road in the town.6.#BE CAREFUL: Gardaí are warning homeowners to be more vigilant in helping to tackle burglaries. The gardaí said that over €10.7 million was stolen from houses last year.7.#LEAVIN’ ON A JET PLANE: The St Patrick’s Day exodus begins today, as the Taoiseach and Tánaiste both head off. 28 ministers in total will take part in promotional trips abroad, with Enda Kenny off to Washington, Boston and New York and Eamon Gilmore heading to Paris, where he will take in Ireland’s Six Nations rugby match with France. 8.#MISTY MORNING: Drivers are being urged to take care this morning as heavy fog sets in across the country. However, the good news is that at the time of writing, it was not raining in a single Irish town.9.#ONE YEAR IN: Pope Francis today celebrates a year in office. The former Argentine cardinal has presented a humbler, more reformative face of the church in his first 365 days.last_img read more


Momentous eaglet births greeted with concern from farmers

September 22, 2019

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first_imgWHITE-TAILED EAGLES soaring the skies could soon become a common sight with the successful birth of two eaglets after a 100-year absence from Ireland.The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, along with the Golden Eagle Trust, today confirmed two chicks hatched in counties Kerry and Clare in the last week.ConcernHowever, the news is being treated with caution by the Irish Farmers’ Association, who are concerned the influx of birds of prey could have consequences for lamb flocks.The eaglet births in Killarney National Park and in Mountshannon in Clare are the first since the State-funded reintroduction project began in 2007.  Both sets of breeding eagles came from Norway and were part of a scheme which saw the introduction of more than 100 birds.  However, 27 birds have been found dead and poisoning has been suspected on a number of occasions.Minister Deenihan said: “This is a momentous occasion in that we are now witnessing the first white-tailed eagles born in the wild in Ireland in over 100 years.”The principal aim of this project is to re-establish a viable breeding population of  white-tailed eagles and today’s events are a big step towards achieving that goal.Pic: Valerie O’SullivanGolden Eagle Trust project manager, Allan Mee, said the news had caused great excitement locally but stressed that the eaglets are at an early stage of development and should not be approached.“We are very conscious of the risk of disturbing the birds especially at this stage of nesting,” he said.I would stress that it is an offence under the Wildlife Acts to willfully disturb white-tailed eagles at the nest. We would caution people not to approach the nest area.IFA Kerry spokesman, James McCarthy, acknowledged the progress made by the eagle trust but said the birds need to be monitored more closely to avoid threats to flocks.“If something happens to an eagle they have a transponder on it so they can track it and bring it to the State laboratory and  do all sorts of forensic tests,” McCarthy said.“But an eagle does something to a lamb – the lamb will never be found and you have to prove it is an eagle rather than something else. So the thing is totally unbalanced against the farmer. With the increase in population there has to be some monitoring of predation of eagles on farmers’ flocks.”Read: Eagles make Clare their new nest after 100-year wait >Read: White-tailed eagles found poisoned in Co Cork >last_img read more


One moment offbalance and my leg was gone

September 22, 2019

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first_imgMiraculously, Liam managed to catch the chain attached to the bull’s nose ring and fend off the bull just enough for him to escape. He underwent an eight-hour emergency operation for a broken pelvis, backbone and bowel injuries and has had ten operations since. “If he’d hit me a few inches higher, I’d be in a wheelchair.”In some cases, the farmers did not survive to tell their own stories – one poignant testimony comes from James Murphy, of the IFA National Sheep Committee, whose father was killed by a bull on the home farm.The high-profile deaths of rugby player Nevin Spence, his father and brother in a slurry tank accident last year are echoed in the accident suffered by Galway farmer Eoin Goldrick. He was overcome by toxic fumes from his slurry tank. He said the dangers posed by any deviation from best practice in dealing with slurry tanks were massive:It’s like running into a fire. You will be caught.A spokesperson for the HSA told TheJournal.ie this week that several farmers had been inspired to tell their stories after seeing some initial survivor stories on the Farm Accidents website:The HSA has used research to identify that while most farmers understand the hazards of farming, they perceive their own farm as being safe. Many think it won’t happen to them, but when an accident does happen it can take many years, if ever, to recover.Pat Griffin, a senior inspector with the HSA, said that the testimonies had high impact value and would hopefully lead to other farmers learning from the mistakes and experiences of others. Farmers can carry out a risk assessment on their own working conditions using this guideline document. Some tips and advice on safeguarding farms are here.Last year, 21 people died in Ireland of agricultural accidents. This was one less person than in 2011, but is still DOUBLE the number of fatalities there were in 2009.Farmers’ association urges caution as busy farms signal rise in accidents>How safe is your workplace?> ALMOST A DOZEN farmers have decided to put the stories of their traumatic farm accidents on Youtube to warn others about the dangers of working in agriculture.Amputations, toxic slurry pit gases, chronic injury and near-death run-ins with animals all feature on the moving and honest stories related through the Health and Safety Authority Farm Accidents Youtube channel.One of the latest experiences related to the channel is that of Anthony Flanagan who lost his leg in just a few moments on a combine harvester:via farmaccidents/YoutubeCork dairy farmer Liam O’Keeffe also shares his story of being attacked by a bull on his farm – the animal struck him five or six times in a matter of seconds:I fell down on the ground. I was sure when I was against the wall that I could see the coffin. I thought there’s no way out of here. At that stage, he was trying to stand on top of me.last_img read more


Opinion A mental health nurses experience of mental health issues

September 22, 2019

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first_imgI AM AN ordinary married man, with three children, a semi-detached house in the suburbs and I commute daily to a job as a mental health professional.I also have mental health issues.Does that surprise you? It surprised me, and I have worked in this area for over a decade.I grew up thinking mental health was someone else’s problem. That it was that man in a bus shelter who talked to himself. That it was the ‘cat lady’ down the street who rarely set foot outside her home. I never realised that mental health touched my life and that it touched the people I loved.My story is all too common, without celebrity or scandal. I was bullied as a child. It took me to a dark place in my head and I learned to hide it from the world on a daily basis. I would put a ‘front’ on; a mask that only I knew was there. A mask to hide the anxiety I felt going near school or other children, the low self-worth I was experiencing that kept reminding me I was no good. Soon the voices in my mind were negative enough to keep me down and I no longer needed the bully to help.I quickly became an expert at hiding itI kept the front up to make people believe I was strong and confident when inside I was scared and unhappy. I went to a dark place in my head more than once where I would have been more than happy to not wake up the next morning. I had a loving family who did not even realise it was going on because I quickly became an expert at hiding it.It was my own prejudice and fear that kept me from talking about it. This same fear kept me alone in my feelings when, actually, all around me there were supports that could have lessened my burden. I didn’t even understand what depression or anxiety was back then and until recently I believed these were things ‘other people’ experienced. It was my own sense of stigma that got in my way.In 2012, research showed that 56% of Irish people surveyed would not want others to know about their mental health problem and 24% would hide it even from close family.I don’t tell you this story to make you feel sorry for me. I tell it because fear, worry and self-doubt are feelings everyone can relate to and yet we continue to think mental health is someone else’s problem. The WHO uses statistics to show that 1:4 people will experience a diagnosable mental health problem at some point in their life. However mental health isn’t just about diagnosis. We don’t have to wait to have a heart attack to begin eating well or take regular exercise. We do it because it keeps us well.The statistic should be 4:4; we will ALL experience a mental health problem in our lives. It has happened, or will happen when we have a problem at work, in a relationship, a grief issue, a financial worry or an anxiety about something. Surely we can all relate to being afraid, grief stricken, worried or feeling down about something.I survivedI also tell the story to show I am OK, more than OK actually. I am loved by people who care for me; and I do my best to care for them. I survived this time and while like everybody else I continue to have my mental health issues, I take steps to take care of myself – to ‘mind’ my mental health. To take responsibility for my own mental health the same way we take responsibility for our physical health. I developed and nurtured resilience in my life and I didn’t even have the language to describe how I managed that. I had supports I wasn’t even conscious of.People with mental health problems can and do recover. However these same people often report that living with the stigma of mental health is often worse than living with the illness.Just like we all have physical health we all have mental health. At what point did we decide to treat ourselves as if our head and mind was not always attached to our body and that our mental health was something to be scared of?I work for Saint John of God Hospital and See Change. Together with over 70 partner organisations we are supporting the fight to end stigma around mental health. This month has been GreenRibbon month. A whole month to get people engaged in talking about mental health.I hope everybody reading this will start a conversation about mental health with their family and friends, their husbands or wives, and their children or colleagues, talk in schools with teachers, at home with parents and children, around coffee tables and board rooms. You don’t have to be an expert to show someone you care and are willing to listen if they are having a bad day, or even a good day. Let’s change minds about mental health, one conversation at a time.Visit the Saint John of God Hospital website or Facebook page, and learn more about the Green Ribbon campaign #greenribbon #makearipplelast_img read more


Bomb squad called to deal with viable device in Tallaght

September 22, 2019

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first_imgAN ARMY BOMB disposal unit has been called to Tallaght to deal with a viable explosive device.The device was found by a sanitation worker in the Tymon Park area at around 3pm this afternoon.The area was cordoned off and traffic restrictions put in place.The device was removed to a safe military location for technical assessment and a controlled explosion was not needed.The area was declared safe at around 4pm.The component parts of the device have been handed over to Gardaí to aid them in their investigations.last_img read more


Facebook Mobile Users Receive 911 Messages Verizons Fault

September 21, 2019

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first_imgSome people using Facebook Mobile on Verizon received misdirected texts referring to “911.” Verizon found and fixed the issue.less than a minute ago via HootSuiteFacebookfacebook I wonder if any silly Facebook Mobile users actually called 911? If they did, I would love to here the recording. “Hello, 911. What’s your emergency?” “Err, Facebook told me to call.” Turns out that the these messages were Verizon’s fault, and Facebook made that pretty clear in its tweet. Oh, silly Verizon.AdChoices广告last_img read more


Groupon Kicks Ad Agency When Its Down

September 21, 2019

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first_imgI’m sure that the folks at Crispin Porter + Bogusky would happily tell you that there’s no such thing as bad press, but by most accounts, it’s shaping up to be a rough couple of weeks for the ad agency. Last week, Burger King dumped the company after a seven year partnership, opting to manage its own advertising “until we have a new agency in place.”Groupon is calling out CP+B as well, after the dust has cleared on those controversial ads, which led to accusations that the deal site was making light of the situation in Tibet. In a recent interview, Groupon CEO Andrew Mason berated himself for investing too much in the agency’s mission “to be edgy, informative and entertaining, and we turned off the part of our brain where we should have made our own decisions. We learned that you can’t rely on anyone else to control and maintain your own brand.”As Ad Age points out, Mason was quick to defend the agency after the Superbowl. Mason again, “The firm that conceived the ad, Crispin Porter + Bogusky, strives to draw attention to the cultural tensions created by brands. When they created this Hulu ad, they highlighted the idea that TV rots your brain, making fun of Hulu. Our ads highlight the often trivial nature of stuff on Groupon when juxtaposed against bigger world issues, making fun of Groupon.”Groupon pulled the ads from YouTube after the protests, but here’s a story from February on the subject, for those who need a crash course.last_img read more


Redringed Xbox 360 destroyed with guns and explosives

September 21, 2019

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first_imgMicrosoft’s Xbox 360 will forever be remembered in the annals of history for being one of, if not the most unreliable console ever to be released. At least when talking about the first couple of generations of the machine.The Red Ring of Death (RRoD) became so common there are gamers who have had as many as 5 consoles due to the machines just continuing to die. It wasn’t until Microsoft did a major update and released the slim version of the Xbox 360 that the problem seemed to be fixed, but there’s still millions of those old consoles out there.Russian Dimtri has one of those consoles, and it’s actually his fifth. But just like the others he had it suffered the RRoD. Rather than send it back to Microsoft he decided enough was enough and pulled out a few guns and some explosives.Remember, this is a 360 that does not work and may never work again unless Microsoft did a refurb job on it. So Dimtri isn’t destroying a useful device, just venting a lot of frustration on a piece of hardware that a lot of gamers have got angry with.While the handguns and shotgun do some serious damage, it’s the explosives in the barrel that really finish the hardware off. All Dimitri can find afterwards is a mangled heatsink that looks to be the one covering the main CPU.If you’ve never owned an Xbox 360 that has died you may be wondering why someone would do this. But on the other hand, if you have been frustrated by one or mutliple 360 deaths you may be able to relate to wanting to hurt the machine that has taken your ability to game away.Read more at G4TVlast_img read more


HTC buys controlling stake in Dr Dres Beats Electronics

September 21, 2019

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first_imgHTC has today announced a strategic partnership with Beats Electronics, best known for the Beats by Dr. Dre audio solutions. That strategic partnership is actually a $300 million investment and controlling stake in the company.Beats Electronics was created by Dr. Dre with a focus on delivering better sound through headphones and speakers and providing playback of music much closer to what the artist intended. The Beats audio solutions have also found their way into laptops through a deal with HP and the Envy line, but will now also be added to HTC’s range of devices.By bringing Beats on board HTC will gain both a marketing and a feature advantage over other smartphones and tablets on the market. Its gadgets will be able to boast better audio output either through the included speakers or headphones, if you are using a Beats set of course, and can carry the well-known and easily recognized Beats branding.In taking a controlling stake HTC can use the Beats technology as it wishes, but has chosen to allow the company to continue working “autonomously.” That means existing relationships with Monster Cable products and HP will be maintained, but any new relationships will come under scrutiny by HTC who will no doubt want the focus on its own products going forward.Read more at the HTC press release and The RegisterMatthew’s OpinionSmartphones and tablets can be differentiated from each other in many different ways, but until now the focus has been on providing better displays, faster components, and improving the on-board software. As these devices mature such differences mean less and less because everyone can provide a good platform. So you have to use other features to make your products stand out.The Beats acquisition is therefore a clever one, as HTC can now ensure no other smartphone or tablet manufacturer can use the Beats audio solution without its express permission. It’s also a great name to use for marketing too. Will HTC introduce a Beats range of phones? Or will the name be associated with all audio in its products going forward? Whatever the company decides, expect to start seeing that name on HTC advertising and better audio emanating from future HTC devices.last_img read more


Create your own Bat signal with this 15000 lumen spotlight

September 21, 2019

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first_imgFor those of you who are aspiring superheroes that want to offer your local law enforcement agency a way to get your attention, lighting manufacturer 4Sevens has got you covered with its new XM18 LED spotlight. The company claims that the unit has an impressive 15,000 lumen power rating, offering plenty of light to throw your superhero emblem on the night sky.Released in Las Vegas at the recent SHOT convention, the XM18 sports eighteen different LED lights powered by 32 lithium cells that are built into the housing at the bottom of the unit. The light is weather resistant, and even includes a fan for thermal control since you can imagine how much heat this thing generates. If for some reason 15,000 lumens isn’t enough power for you, the XM18 is modular in its design, allowing you to bolt several units together to create the level of lighting you need. Hey, if your career as a crime fighter doesn’t pan out, you could always start a vampire hunting business. This flashlight is not for everyone, however, as it requires some serious power and expenditure. 4Sevens even built in a warning beep when powering the light on to let people know that a light bombardment is about to commence. With a retail price tag of $2,499, the market for the XM18 is going to be industries and professions that require a large amount of light like photographers or law-enforcement officials. Of course, if you have that much money burning a whole in your pocket, feel free to invest and experiment.Read more at 4sevens.com, via The Vergelast_img read more


Mysterious venomous King of Wasps discovered in Indonesia

September 21, 2019

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first_imgEarlier this month we talked about the rediscovery of tree lobsters that were thought to be extinct, but now we’ve found out about some insect related news that is much less amusing. On the Indonesian island of Sulawesi researchers have found a venomous breed of wasps that have tremendous hooked jaws. No, they aren’t tracker jackers, the insect is known as Megalara garuda, and if you’re the least bit afraid of creepy crawlies, it’s sure to replace the millipedes and cockroaches in your nightmares.The male Megalara garuda is 2 to 2.5 inches long, depending on the reports you read, and is clad with giant, scary mandibles. The jaws, the paper notes, are nearly as long as the insects’ forelegs The females aren’t quite as large, but they look large enough that I’d start running if I was in Sulawesi (maybe hunting down some great coffee?) and heard buzzing. It’ll come as no surprise that the wasp is a predator, like surviving entirely off of other insects.The so-called “King of Wasps” has yet to be caught alive — I’d imagine they would have trouble finding volunteers — and not much is known about the species. The specimens that have been discovered were in a threatened area, where the forests are being turned into crop land or used for open pit mining.The wasp was discovered by UC Davis professor of entomology Lynn Kimsey, in 2011. The hope is that much more can be learned about it and the other species in this highly diverse area before they are threatened (or further threatened) by development of the island.ZooKeys 177 paper, via Nat Geolast_img read more


Geek deals 80 off Canon Powershot SX40 HS 12MP digital camera and

September 21, 2019

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first_imgOver the past few years, we’ve seen a lot of popular technologies advance rather dramatically. This is especially true in the mobile space, where smartphones and tablets have taken exponential leaps. One area where the advances have been much more conservative though, is with digital cameras.While the camera built into your smartphone has shown strong improvements, generations of digital cameras show much more subtle evolutions. The minutia of the cumulative changes in your average point & shoot cameras are impressive from a technical perspective, but the sum of their effects doesn’t cause shock & awe. Instead, you’ll find that a P&S camera today makes it easier for your novice photographer to take better pictures.Software fine-tuning allows for automatic adjustments and tweaks to images, along with smarter auto-focus and light adaptation. Image sensors have also improved, though not dramatically, to allow for higher resolution images and better low-light performance. Lenses are probably the most stagnant area of the P&S market, which makes sense considering they make up a large portion of the cost in a digital camera. Zoom options have been pretty consistent for years, though we are seeing more of a push for “fast” lenses that let more light in and thus are more flexible.Canon’s Powershot SX40 HS is arguably one of the top point & shoot cameras around. It takes the sum of all these incremental improvements  mentioned above and produces a camera that has long zoom, large 12MP images, and is well-suited for both the amateur on “Auto” or the experienced photographer who will use it in full manual mode. We especially love the flexibility offered by its 35x zoom lens, offering a 35mm equivalent zoom of 24-840mm.Included in this deal is a 4GB Eye-Fi SD card. Eye-Fi’s cards are unique in that they have WiFi built into them and thus can automatically upload your photos to your PC, favorite web service (Facebook, Flickr, Picasa, etc), or even straight to your Android or iOS device. This deal already offers the SX40 at $80 below Canon’s MSRP, but also includes the 4GB Eye-Fi card ($40 value).Visit LogicBuy for the Canon Powershot SX40 HS 12MP Digital Camera deal or browse more Dell Home deals & couponslast_img read more


Music publishers caught faking billions of YouTube video views

September 21, 2019

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first_imgMusic publishers are determined to stamp out piracy through lawsuits, pushing hard for new laws, and advertising campaigns to highlight how bad piracy is. But when it comes to bolstering revenue from YouTube videos, it seems they don’t mind breaking the rules and generating billions of fake views.The problem is, Google has caught three music publishers doing just that, and deleted billions of video views in response.RCA, Sony/BMG, and Universal, have all been found to be using online services in order to generate more views for specific videos. By doing this it creates more interest as the videos are seen as being popular and in turn get more exposure. But views also generate revenue for both Google and the music publishers from the adverts positioned next to them.The extent of the artificial views is quite staggering. RCA had managed to add 39 million fake views to its videos, Sony/BMG added 847.7 million, but Universal is the worst offender and has had well over a billion fake views removed from videos. I can only imagine the impact those views had on the exposure and revenue-generating ability of each video.It looks as though Google has just slapped these companies on the wrist for violating YouTube’s terms of service. If this were a user, they’d be facing an account ban, but it’s a bit different when the violation is performed by companies who must generate a considerable amount of revenue for Google, even before faking video views.I’d say this is the last we’ll hear about this particular incident, but I would not be at all surprised to see more fake views appearing in the future. They’ll probably just use a new method to generate them and hope to not get caught again.via Tom’s Guidelast_img read more


Camera attached to an eagle creates amazing flight video

September 21, 2019

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first_imgHigh definition wearable cameras have produced some fantastic videos when attached to a human. For example, the skydivers who wear wingsuits and buzz the ground, downhill mountain bikers, the inside a fighter jet during take off and flying, or the many parkour and skateboard first-person perspective videos that have appeared. But what about if you managed to attach such a camera to a bird and captured it flying?That’s what YouTube user Srachi managed to do by attaching what is thought to be a GoPro camera to the back of an eagle. The video below shows that eagle in flight above the Mar De Glace area in Charmonix.There’s a question mark over whether this is actually a GoPro camera being used, but that hasn’t stopped GoPro requesting more details via the YouTube comments and wanting to get more footage of the eagle flight on the official GoPro site. Little is known about the video in general, but you can see what looks to be the eagle’s handler sitting on the ground below at one point in the footage.The type of camera being used isn’t important, it’s the footage that we’re interested in. It demonstrates just how smooth the flight of a bird can be, even if they are carrying extra weight on their backs. This also confirms nothing can beat a bird’s eye view of such beautiful scenery, and shows us why flying drones carrying HD cameras are only going to get more popular, both with the general public and for surveillance purposes.last_img read more


US sailor released after arrest on suspicion of sexual assault in Dublin

September 21, 2019

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first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article US sailor released after arrest on suspicion of sexual assault in Dublin hotel A file is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions. Friday 24 Mar 2017, 11:03 AM A US SAILOR who was arrested Wednesday morning on suspicion of sexually assaulting a woman in Dublin has been released without charge.The sailor, a man aged in his 30s, is a crew member of the American military ship the USS Donald Cook which is berthed at Cobh in Co Cork.The alleged sexual assault on a woman took place in a Dublin city centre hotel in the early hours of Wednesday morning. The man was arrested at the hotel at about 10am.It is understood that the sailor was on shore leave at the time of the arrest.The US Embassy yesterday confirmed the incident. The incident is currently under investigation, and the US Navy is cooperating fully with local law enforcement, an Garda Síochána.A garda spokesperson today confirmed the man was released without charge. A file will now be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.The US Navy has also said an investigation is underway.NavyTimes, quoting a spokesperson for the US Sixth Fleet, reported it is anticipated that the US will formally request Irish authorities relinquish jurisdiction.- With reporting by Cianan Brennan.Read: US sailor arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting woman in Dublin hotel> http://jrnl.ie/3304225 No Comments Mar 24th 2017, 11:03 AM center_img Image: Vadim Ghirda/AP/Press Association Images 14,986 Views Short URL By Michelle Hennessy Share24 Tweet Email Image: Vadim Ghirda/AP/Press Association Imageslast_img read more


Dublin man who sold 10 stolen cars on Donedeal wanted to give

September 21, 2019

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first_img A FATHER OF eight who agreed to sell ten stolen cars for almost €90,000 on the Donedeal website is to be sentenced next May.Nicholas Keane (41) later told gardaí in interview that the operation gave him the chance to make money because he was behind on his maintenance.“I wanted to get money together to give my kids a good Christmas”, he said.He apologised for the crimes and said he felt bad for those that lost money.“I feel terrible, I feel guilty. If I won the lotto I would pay them all back”.Keane of Chapel Street, Balbriggan, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to ten counts of handling stolen vehicles and two charges of inducing another to purchase a stolen vehicle on dates between July and October 2016.He has a number of previous convictions including theft, stealing cars, road traffic and drug offences.Detective Garda William Saunderson told Pieter Le Vert BL, prosecuting, that he was satisfied that Keane’s role was to sell on the cars and that he was not responsible for stealing the vehicles. He was to get paid about €500 for each successful sale.Keane, who went under the name of David O’Brien, would meet the purchaser at a pre-arranged rendezvous, hand over the registration details and the car and accept the payment for the vehicle in cash.He took in a total of €88,795, which he told gardaí he then handed over to a man with “a foreign accent”.Det Gda Saunderson said that many people reported the vehicles as stolen to the gardaí themselves when they noticed discrepancies on the tax discs on the car.Keane met all of his potential customers in public areas around Dublin and, as he was not wearing a disguise, he was clearly captured on CCTV cameras.A number of victims, stated in victim impact reports before the court, how the financial loss they suffered greatly impacted on their lives.Most of the buyers had carried out vehicle checks on the cars before agreeing to buy them, with one man taking it to his local mechanic to be looked over.Many people bought the car with funds raised from life savings, while others borrowed cash or traded in old vehicles to complete the sale.One woman, who had borrowed money from her sister and credit union to buy a vehicle from Keane for €13,750, had to later borrow more money from the credit union to pay back her sister and buy a new car. The family was under extreme pressure as a result and she had to get another job to help back the debt.Another man, who had paid €9,500 for a car from Keane, worried about having enough income to pay his mortgage and was under so much stress that his long-term relationship broke down.This man and another victim, indicated that there was a need to have some sort of assistance in place to help compensate people who found themselves victims of such crimes.John Byrne BL, defending, said that Keane had worked on building sites but ran into financial difficulties while out of work and was lured into offending by the promise of easy money.Byrne said his client had no involvement with stealing the cars, but rather that he was “the front of house man”, the person “who dupes people into buying the cars”.He said Keane accepted a high degree of moral culpability and said he had no financial means to repay the victims.Judge Melanie Greally ordered a probation report and remanded Keane in custody. She adjourned the matter for finalisation on 28 May next.Comments are closed as legal proceedings are ongoing By Sonya McClean Short URL Dublin man who sold 10 stolen cars on Donedeal ‘wanted to give my kids a good Christmas’ Nicholas Keane did not steal the cars but agreed to sell them. 35,266 Views Image: Shutterstock No Comments Share21 Tweet Email1 https://jrnl.ie/4525707 Image: Shutterstock Wednesday 6 Mar 2019, 6:05 AM Mar 6th 2019, 6:06 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more


Death of woman in Donegal house being treated as a sudden death

September 21, 2019

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first_img GARDAÍ AREN’T TREATING as suspicious the death of a woman whose body was found in Co Donegal over the weekend. The woman, aged in her 40s, was found dead at a house on Lough Road, Milford early yesterday morning. Gardaí had been waiting until the State Pathologist carried out a post-mortem investigation before determining the course of their investigation.Following a post-mortem examination today, Gardaí are now treating the matter as a “sudden death” and a file will be prepared for the Coroner. Sunday 12 May 2019, 6:00 PM By Gráinne Ní Aodha May 12th 2019, 6:00 PM 21,182 Views Short URL Share6 Tweet Email A section of Lough Road as it leads into Milford, Co Donegal. Image: Google Mapscenter_img Image: Google Maps https://jrnl.ie/4631570 1 Comment A section of Lough Road as it leads into Milford, Co Donegal. Death of woman in Donegal house being treated as a ‘sudden death’ The woman was found dead in the bedroom of a house early yesterday morning. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more