Last month, Starbucks finally stopped testing its new mobile payment system after first introducing it back in 2009 and went national with apps that allowed customers to pay for their morning cup of joe just by showing their barista a barcode on the display of their iPhone, Blackberry or Android device.After a year and a half of testing, Starbucks must have been pretty confident that the new phone payment system was secure, right? It seems not: reports are already surfacing that Starbucks’ new payment system is so trivial to hack that all it requires is just looking over someone’s shoulder.For someone to rob your Starbucks account dry, they don’t even really need to do any hacking. Instead, all they need is to see your smartphone’s display and be able to take a picture of it with their camera phone.Here’s how it works: usually when you pay for something with a similar smartphone system, the app changes the barcode each transaction. In Starbucks’ app, though the barcode never changes, which means that if someone can take a picture of your barcode, they can pass your account off as their own indefinitely.That’s a pretty huge vulnerability and while the chances are low of you being hacked, you should still watch out: who knows if that customer in line behind you is just waiting to charge his afternoon Trenta to your account?Read more at The Register
Short URL You have to have a certain degree of offensive power within the school. It can’t only be defence. You have to have protection within the school and we’re gonna work it out . But we are gonna be very, very powerful, strong on background checks. Especially having to do with people with mental problems.Trump went on to call 19-year-old shooter Nikolas Cruz “mentally deranged”.“This person that did this horrible act, he was mentally deranged and everybody knew it for a long period of time,” Trump said.“I guess they had 38 red flags, 39 red flags, unfortunately they didn’t catch him. They should have caught it. This should have been prevented, so the whole mental situation is very big. So background checks are very important and we have to strengthen up our schools.”- With reporting by Associated PressRead: NRA chief criticises ‘politicisation’ of Florida school shooting >Read: Here is what Trump’s notes for meeting with shooting survivors said > Donald Trump says armed officer who didn’t confront school shooter may be ‘a coward’ Trump said Deputy Scot Peterson ‘did a poor job’. Feb 23rd 2018, 3:47 PM Share480 Tweet Email 43,707 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Rónán Duffy Image: Andrew Harnik Image: Andrew Harnik 170 Comments But that’s a case where somebody was outside. They’re trained, they didn’t react properly under pressure or they’re a coward.It was announced last night that Deputy Scot Peterson was suspended without pay and placed under investigation before choosing to resign.At a news conference, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said that the deputy should have “went in, addressed the killer, killed the killer”.Trump’s criticism of the officer comes days after he suggested arming teachers in response to last week’s school shooting in Pakland, Florida in which 17 people were killed.Speaking today, Trump said there must be “offensive power” in schools. Friday 23 Feb 2018, 3:47 PM https://jrnl.ie/3868398 Source: FOX 10 Phoenix/YouTubeUS PRESIDENT DONALD Trump has cast doubts on the character of an armed deputy who remained outside during last week’s school shooting in Florida, saying he froze or was a “coward”.Speaking from the White House lawn, Trump said the armed officer “did a poor job”.“Deputy Sheriff Peterson, I guess his name is. They brought it out I was surprised, but it deserves to be brought out,” Trump said calling out Deputy Scot Peterson by name.“When it came time to get in and do something, he didn’t have the courage or something happened. But he certainly did a poor job, there’s no question about that. He was there for five minutes.
15,999 Views Sunday 4 Dec 2016, 9:00 AM Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3110067 IT’S A DAY of rest, and you may be in the mood for a quiet corner and a comfy chair.We’ve hand-picked the week’s best reads for you to savour.1. The failing state of Venezuela People queuing for bread in Caracas. Source: Ariana CubillosThis essay on the economic crisis in Venezuela is an incredibly difficult read, showing the huge impact it has had on ordinary people, particularly those who are in hospital.(The New Yorker, approx 53 mins reading time)I was introduced to a surgeon, who took me outside to speak. We stood under a tin roof, near piles of garbage and a deserted loading dock. The surgeon was bearded, heavyset, nervous. He looked exhausted. He did not want me to know his name, let alone use it. “We have no basic trauma tools,” he said. “Sutures, gloves, pins, plates.” He ran down a list of unavailable medications, including ciprofloxacin, an all-purpose antibiotic, and clindamycin, a cheap antibiotic. The doctors lost surgical patients because they had no adrenaline.2. The Aids epidemicThursday of this week was a day for remembering the impact of Aids and the work people are doing to educate people about it. This article looks back at the fight on the frontline against the epidemic since it first emerged in the 1980s.(The Guardian, approx 22 mins reading time)But throughout the plague years – when no effective treatment existed, and death was quite nearly guaranteed – New York City remained the epicentre of the disease, and America the main obstacle to research and treatment. It took two years for the city’s mayor, Ed Koch, to acknowledge its existence publicly. President Ronald Reagan waited six. But their words were hollow. Both continued to practise obfuscation, budgetary strangulation, and aggressive apathy even as the number of dead Americans passed 20,000, and 1.5 million more were believed to be infected.3. Speak no evil Source: Shutterstock/David LeeVarsity football coach Philip Foglietta was accused of abusing dozens of students in the 1960s – so why was nothing done about it?(Esquire, approx 34 mins reading time)The recent expiration of the judge’s 2012 gag order has revealed new details about Foglietta’s decades-long campaign of depravity. The story told by the court records shows how a revered authority figure can repeatedly abuse children over decades; how that abuse gets ignored and normalized; how those responsible can construct arbitrary barriers of proof to avoid addressing problems; how stereotypes of masculinity can lead to willful blindness; and how victims can be shamed into silence for decades, only to end up being victimized again by hard-nosed litigation tactics and the rigidity of the legal system. By Aoife Barry Sitdown Sunday: Inside the failing state of Venezuela Grab a comfy chair and sit back with some of the week’s best longreads. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email1 4. The story of where hair extensions come fromThe hair on real hair extensions has to come from somewhere – so Olivia Carville and photographer Mike Scott went to China and tracked how hair goes from the head of a young girl to the head of a woman in New Zealand. It’s a sobering read.(NZ Herald, approx 17 mins reading time)Consumers don’t want to think about the women who grew their hair or the chains of labour that led to it landing on their scalp because, hair trade academics argue, the thought of wearing someone else’s body part is grotesque. We contacted 22 salons across New Zealand that specialise in hair extensions and found demand has almost tripled in the past five years. But not even the hairdressers who work with these products know where they’re coming from.5. Behind the fake newsThere has been a lot of talk about fake news lately, so an NPR show tracked down a guy who creates fake news at his home. Here’s an insight into why he does it.(NPR, approx 16 mins reading time)Coler is a soft-spoken 40-year-old with a wife and two kids. He says he got into fake news around 2013 to highlight the extremism of the white nationalist alt-right. ”The whole idea from the start was to build a site that could kind of infiltrate the echo chambers of the alt-right, publish blatantly or fictional stories and then be able to publicly denounce those stories and point out the fact that they were fiction,” Coler says.6. The lady and Project MercuryThe story of Katherine Goble is a fascinating one – she worked on Nasa’s Project Mercury, at a time when both her race and sex meant the odds were stacked against her in the workplace. But tenacious and intelligent, she didn’t let any barriers stand in her way.(Nautil.us, approx 33 mins reading time)Let me do it,” Katherine said to Ted Skopinski. Working with Skopinski as a computer (or “math aide,” as the women had been renamed when the NACA became NASA), she had proven herself to be as reliable with numbers as a Swiss timepiece and deft with higher-level conceptual work. She was older than many of her colleagues, some of whom were just out of college, but she matched them at every turn for enthusiasm and work stamina. The fellas were putting everything they had on the line, and she was not going to be left out. “Tell me where you want the man to land, and I’ll tell you where to send him up,” she said.…AND A CLASSIC FROM THE ARCHIVES… Source: Shutterstock/Marcelo CostaIn 2009, Raffi Khatchadourian wrote about the tastemakers, the people who create food flavourings. It’s the sort of thing you didn’t realise you wanted to know about until you had the chance to find out more…(The New Yorker, approx 51 mins reading time)Flavor additives are no less a contrivance; in fact, flavor re-creations typically have less fidelity than digital photography or MP3s. They more closely resemble paintings: subjective creations, made by people who work in competing styles. There are the hyperrealists, who strive for molecular-level precision; the neo-primitivists, who use centuries-old palettes of extracts and essential oils; the Fauvist types, who embrace a sensually heightened sensibility. Placed in the context of art history, the flavor industry today would be in its modernist phase, somewhere in the waning days of Cubism, for even the most outlandish flavor concoctions take direct inspiration from the real world.More: The best reads from every previous Sitdown Sunday> Dec 4th 2016, 9:00 AM 57 Comments
Dec 5th 2016, 10:04 PM 74 Comments 58,242 Views Share1507 Tweet Email1 THE ESB HAS said it will step up security around its Poolbeg site in Dublin, after video emerged of a teenager climbing to the top of one of the towering chimneys. Source: Screengrab/YouTubeThe towers, which stand 207m above ground, were climbed by a Danish daredevil who goes by the name ‘Oliver’.The teenager filmed his ascent with a selfie stick, and the resulting video has been going viral.A spokesperson for the ESB, which operates the site, said the incident had been reported to gardaí at Irishtown.He said the ESB condemned the “reckless nature of the acts shown” and was mindful of the risk that it could prompt copycat acts.Youtube has also been contacted about the video, the spokesperson said. Additional security measures are also being taken at the site.Read: ‘It’s car park by 4.30pm’: Vital upgrades and a third lane needed on N11, report finds > By Daragh Brophy http://jrnl.ie/3122004 Short URL ESB to step up security after teenager climbs Poolbeg chimney A video has emerged of a Danish teenager climbing one of the landmark towers. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Monday 5 Dec 2016, 10:04 PM
Harith travelled to Turkey and crossed into Syria in April 2014, the BBC reported citing Islamic State registration papers.The following year his wife, Shukee Begum, travelled to Syria along with her five children in what she said was an effort to convince her husband to abandon IS.After being reunited with Harith she was not allowed to leave IS territory and was smuggled out, she told Channel 4.© – AFP 2017 with reporting by Rónan DuffyRead: 350,000 children trapped in Mosul faced with grim choices as ‘most brutal fighting yet’ begins >Read: ‘We have very little food left’: People are burning their own clothes to stay warm in Mosul > Wednesday 22 Feb 2017, 9:24 AM Feb 22nd 2017, 9:24 AM 88 Comments DAILY MAIL FRONT PAGE: “I.S. suicide bomber you paid £1 million” #skypapers pic.twitter.com/jCXI3pURct— Sky News (@SkyNews) February 21, 2017 Islamic State suicide bomber was ex-Guantanamo Bay inmate who got £1m from UK taxpayers The British fighter who died in yesterday’s suicide attack has been informally identified as Jamal al-Harith. Image: Twitter Source: Sky News/Twitter As all UK consular services are suspended in Syria and greatly limited in Iraq, it is extremely difficult to confirm the whereabouts and status of British nationals in these areas. The Times reports that Jamal al-Harith, 50, was identified yesterday by his brother. 2) AbuZakariya (Jamal al-Harith/Ronald Fiddler) was released from #Guantanamo in2004; Was compensated £1million. Traveled to #Syria in 2014 pic.twitter.com/Ytm8lXJ0oU— Rita Katz (@Rita_Katz) February 21, 2017 A SUICIDE BOMBER from the so-called Islamic State group was a British citizen detained at Guantanamo Bay who received compensation from the UK government, The Times newspaper has reported.The British fighter who IS claimed detonated a suicide bomb against Iraqi forces outside Mosul was named in British media as Jamal al-Harith, who was detained at the United States base between 2002 and 2004.An image released by IS and published on Monday by the SITE Intelligence Group was confirmed as al-Harith by his brother Leon Jameson.“It is him, I can tell by his smile. If it is true then I’ve lost a brother, so another family (member) gone,” Jameson told The Times.Channel 4 News cited an unnamed family member and another anonymous source as confirming Harith was pictured.The photograph shows him smiling, dressed in camouflage clothing and appearing to be sat in a vehicle with wires and switches in the background. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By AFP The Times reports that Jamal al-Harith, 50, was identified yesterday by his brother. Image: Twitter The British government said it could not verify the reports.“The UK has advised for some time against all travel to Syria, and against all travel to large parts of Iraq. https://jrnl.ie/3252150 37,355 Views Share218 Tweet Email Harith, a Muslim convert of Jamaican origin who was born Ronald Fiddler, was jailed in Afghanistan by the ruling Taliban because he held a British passport.After the regime was toppled he was arrested by US troops in early 2002 and sent to Guantanamo, where he alleged he experienced beatings and degrading treatment.On returning to Britain in 2004 he was briefly questioned by police and released without charge.The Times reports that he was among a dozen British citizens who alleged torture and UK complicity, prompting payouts from the government of about £20 million.Rita Katz, Director of SITE Intelligence Group, says Harith received compensation of £1 million. Source: Rita Katz/Twitter
Image: Shutterstock/Africa Studio Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Ireland has the worst rates in the world for drinking during pregnancy A new study analysed the rates of drinking during pregnancy by linking them with a condition caused by alcohol consumption. 46 Comments Jan 17th 2017, 6:03 AM 17,060 Views A GLOBAL STUDY published recently suggests that over 60% of Irish mothers drink alcohol during pregnancy.The study by The Lancet places Ireland first in the top five countries in the world who drink during pregnancy, along with Russia (37%), the United Kingdom (41%), Denmark (46%), and Belarus (47%) – all European countries.The study was conducted by linking rates of drinking during pregnancy (as reported by mothers in batches of local studies) to rates of foetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) which is directly caused by alcohol consumption during pregnancy.Researchers analysed over 20,000 studies which documented mothers’ reports of drink intake during pregnancy, and excluded any studies with a bias – finishing with 365 studies.This included a batch of Irish studies representing Irish mothers from between 1990-2011 and compared these with rates of FAS per population.Dr Jennifer Donnelly, Consultant Obstetrician at the Rotunda Hospital says the study gives a great oversight into the global rates of alcohol usage during pregnancy, and that the results for Ireland were “startling”.She says that although there are some limitations, such as the study is based on other reports and that the criteria for what ‘drinking’ during pregnancy is defined as, it’s more likely that the figures are a conservative figure for rates of drinking worldwide.“There has been an increase in [excessive] drinking in Ireland, especially among young women, who tend to binge drink and then abstain for a while. Then there are those who drink alcohol at the start because they don’t know they’re pregnant.”In 2008, Dr Donnelly conducted a study of alcohol consumption among 1,000 first-time mothers, and got a figure of 50% – which is very close to The Lancet’s findings.Foetal alcohol syndromeFAS is caused when alcohol blocks oxygen and nutrients from travelling through the placenta to the baby. Altered facial features is another sign of FAS, and occurs when the mother takes alcohol between months 6-9 of the pregnancy, which is when facial features form.It’s not known how much alcohol you can consume before FAS begins; so complete abstinence of alcohol during pregnancy is advised.Children with FAS have problems with their neurological development, and abnormal growth, which may include learning disabilities, poor academic achievement, poor organisation, lack of inhibition, difficulty writing or drawing, or balance problems.An estimated 119,000 children are born with FAS worldwide, according to this same study, but not every woman who drinks while pregnant will have a child with FAS.“We estimated that one in 67 mothers who drink during pregnancy will deliver a child with FAS,” says lead author Dr Svetlana Popova.This was a conservative estimate, according to the researchers, as it doesn’t include other types of conditions caused by alcohol during pregnancy.The lowest levels of FAS were in Middle Eastern regions, where alcohol consumption is illegal or prohibited by religious beliefs.Updated, 1pm.Read: Nearly 4,000 prescriptions written to help reduce problem drinkingRead: Harris pushed for €1 increase on cigarettes and 75c on wine http://jrnl.ie/3190327 Image: Shutterstock/Africa Studio By Gráinne Ní Aodha Share44 Tweet Email2 Tuesday 17 Jan 2017, 6:03 AM
Quiz: How well do you remember this year’s GAA hurling league campaign? You know Galway were crowned champions but what else can you remember? INPHO INPHO Apr 25th 2017, 4:56 PM The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Not bad at all, you just fell at the final hurdle. Galway Share98 Tweet Email1 Test your knowledge of this year’s springtime hurling action. Source: INPHO Who was the referee in the league semi-final when Davy Fitzgerald controversially entered the pitch? Niall Burke You scored out of ! INPHO Antrim Top of the pile, you’re the champion. Finally when did Galway last claim the league title before Sunday’s victory? 16 Conor Whelan Wexford’s win over Kilkenny in early April was the county’s first senior victory at Nowlan Park in how many years? INPHO Carlow 60 14 Comments Ronan Lynch (Limerick) You scored out of ! Share your result: INPHO 2008 INPHO Waterford Cork Conor McDonald (Wexford) INPHO You scored out of ! INPHO Jason Forde INPHO You scored out of ! http://the42.ie/3357013 And who finished up as top scorer in Division 1B of the hurling league? INPHO Diarmuid Kirwan INPHO 55 Brian Gavin Joe Canning 15 INPHO Who finished as top scorer in Division 1A of the hurling league? Let’s face it, hurling’s not really for you is it? Dublin were relegated from Division 1A, who did they claim their only victory against? 70 Alan Kelly INPHO 13 INPHO Tweet Dublin INPHO Share your result: Pauric Mahony (Waterford) Clare Seamus Callanan (Tipperary) Who won promotion from Division 2A of the hurling league? The league was average, you’ll hope for better later in the year. Who scored the equalising point for Tipperary in their thrilling draw with Kilkenny in March? INPHO INPHO 2013 INPHO 2010 Steven O’Brien TJ Reid (Kilkenny) Share INPHO Shane Dooley (Offaly) Share John McGrath Tuesday 25 Apr 2017, 4:56 PM INPHO 2005 Donal Burke (Dublin) Football fan Who scored two goals in Galway’s league final win on Sunday against Tipperary? Kildare INPHO INPHO 45 Tweet Jason Flynn INPHO Conor Cooney (Galway) 18,520 Views INPHO Short URL 14 INPHO How many white flags did Patrick Horgan raise for Cork against Tipperary? INPHO INPHO Seamus Callanan Share Share Share your result: By Fintan O’Toole Tweet Westmeath Tweet Kilkenny Barry Kelly Share your result: INPHO Answer all the questions to see your result! INPHO Follow us: the42.ie 10 young players who caught the eye in the 2017 National Hurling LeagueAnalysis: How Galway’s defensive brilliance obliterated Tipperary’s league title dreams Tipperary Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
By Murray Kinsella Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://the42.ie/3310696 Western Force deny reports they are to be cut from Super RugbyLancaster maintaining phaseplay focus to help Leinster overcome Wasps Follow us: the42.ie 20,888 Views Share21 Tweet Email1 EPCR HAVE CONFIRMED the possible semi-final venues for this season’s Champions Cup, with Munster set to play at either the Aviva Stadium or Murrayfield if they beat Toulouse in Saturday’s quarter-final. Munster may have a home semi-final at the Aviva. Source: James Crombie/INPHOLeinster, meanwhile, face a trip to Matmut Stadium de Gerland in Lyon to clash with Clermont or a visit to the Allianz Riviera Stadium in Nice to meet Toulon, depending on how this weekend’s ties go.If Saracens beat Glasgow in their quarter-final on Sunday and Munster win against Toulouse, then the southern province will host Sarries at the Aviva Stadium on the weekend of 22/23 April.However, if Glasgow beat Saracens away on Sunday and Munster win against Toulouse, then the Scottish side will have home country advantage and Rassie Erasmus’ men will travel to Murrayfield for the semi-finals.Leinster will definitely have to head to France for their semi-final if they beat Wasps at the Aviva on Saturday.If Toulon beat Clermont, then Leo Cullen’s squad will head to Nice for their semi-final, but if Clermont are victorious in that all-French quarter-final, then Leinster face a trip to Lyon.Listed below are all the possible semi-final fixtures and venues:EPCR say that the format for the semi-finals “recognises performances by clubs during the pool stage, as well as the achievement of winning a quarter-final match away from home.”The Champions Cup organisers worked with the IRFU, SRU, Premiership Rugby and LNR to settle on each of the possible venues.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Munster’s Champions Cup SF will be in the Aviva or Murrayfield if they get through Meanwhile, Leinster face a trip to either Lyon or Nice if they can get past Wasps this weekend. Short URL Tuesday 28 Mar 2017, 12:08 PM Mar 28th 2017, 12:08 PM 14 Comments
By Cianan Brennan Carrig-on-Bannow, Wexford Source: Google MapsA 53-YEAR-OLD man has died following a domestic incident involving an incinerator in Co Wexford.Aidan Cummins, a native of Carrig-on-Bannow and a father-of-three, died following the incident which occurred yesterday morning.It’s believed that he was struck by an aerosol can that had accidentally fallen into his home-made incinerator.He was brought to Wexford General Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.The Health and Safety Authority has confirmed that it is investigating the incident.“A sudden death occurred at Carrig-on-Bannow on Saturday morning at approximately 7am,” gardaí said in a statement.A man in his early 50s was fatally injured when an explosion occurred. The HSA will conduct an investigation as will An Garda Síochána.Aidan is survived by his wife Joan, two sons, and one daughter.Read: ‘The system is a joke’: A quarter of Irish fishing vessels caught with illegal workersRead: Proposal on table to cut jobs of 120 drivers at Bus Éireann http://jrnl.ie/3332005 Short URL 40,940 Views Apr 9th 2017, 6:38 PM Sunday 9 Apr 2017, 6:38 PM Share177 Tweet Email3 Wexford father-of-three dies following domestic accident involving incinerator The tragic accident occurred yesterday morning. 8 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Image: Shutterstock/Roger de Montfort 88 Comments Jun 13th 2017, 8:40 PM Yes (6948) Ireland is one step closer to lifting the Good Friday alcohol ban Cabinet approved a number of amendments to a private members bill which would lift the ban. 25,460 Views http://jrnl.ie/3442177 Tuesday 13 Jun 2017, 8:40 PM YesNoI don’t knowVoteRead: Closing pubs on Good Friday ‘part of our national identity’, says Fine Gael senator>Read: ‘We’ve outgrown this dated practice’: Bill tabled to open pubs on Good Friday> Short URL Poll Results: Image: Shutterstock/Roger de Montfort Share44 Tweet Email1 No (2608) By Christina Finn THE LIFTING OF the alcohol ban on Good Friday got one step closer today, as Cabinet approved amendments to a private members bill that will lift the ban in restaurants, registered clubs and hotels.Tánaiste and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has already said the Government will not oppose the Bill tabled by the Independent Senator Billy Lawless earlier this year.The Intoxicating Liquor (Amendment) Bill 2017 aims to reverse the obligatory closure of licensed premises every year on Good Friday.Today’s amendments extend the scope of the Bill, but as it stands the ban on alcohol in pubs on Good Friday still exists.Originally, the Government had intended to deal with the 90-year old alcohol ban with its own legislation, but it is now happy to allow the private members bill to proceed on, with amendments made to it along the way.While lifting the ban in pubs is yet to be approved by Cabinet, one government source said today’s amendments “signals the direction and intention” of the government to move towards an overall lifting of the ban in pubs, restaurants, clubs and hotels.What do you think?Mini-poll: Should pubs be allowed to open on Good Friday? I don’t know (199) Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Ex-British soldiers could reportedly face Bloody Sunday murder charges ‘within weeks’ Fourteen people were killed after British paratroopers opened fire. By Rónán Duffy UP TO FOUR former British soldiers could be charged in the coming weeks with the murder of Bloody Sunday marchers, the Telegraph is reporting today. Citing sources, the UK paper says that four former paratroopers could be told on 14 March that they are to face murder charges. It was previously reported that Northern Ireland’s Public Prosecution Service (PPS) was considering prosecutions on up to 18 soldiers who were involved in the events.On 30 January 1972, 13 people taking part in a civil rights demonstration in Derry were killed when members of the Parachute Regiment opened fire – a 14th person later died in hospital.After the Saville Inquiry exonerated all of those killed, acknowledging that none of them was posing a threat, then-Prime Minister David Cameron calling the shootings “both unjustified and unjustifiable” as he apologies in the House of Commons in June 2010.Following reports today that murder charges could be forthcoming, a number of British politicians have been critical of the potential for prosecutions.Conservative MP and former British Army Officer Johnny Mercer asked whether any “new evidence” had come to light. “Justice? I’m not sure. Standards must be upheld, but charging people almost half a century after incidents which have already been investigated once already, seems wrong. Critical question for me is: any new evidence? If not, why is this being allowed,” he tweeted. 110 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4521080 Saturday 2 Mar 2019, 1:50 PM A mural to the events of Bloody Sunday in Derry. Image: PA Images A mural to the events of Bloody Sunday in Derry. Mar 2nd 2019, 1:50 PM Image: PA Images 27,121 Views Short URL Share1875 Tweet Email5 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Woman (36) jailed for 10 years for attempting to murder civil servant walking home from work Laura Kenna was found guilty by a jury last month of attempting to murder Fionnuala Burke. By Natasha Reid & Ruaidhrí Giblin Apr 11th 2019, 3:36 PM 41 Comments Share87 Tweet Email2 Short URL Laura Kenna Image: Collins Courts Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Laura Kenna Updated Apr 11th 2019, 6:10 PM A 36-YEAR-OLD woman has been jailed for 10 years for attempting to murder a civil servant walking home from work in Dublin two years ago.The judge praised the victim, describing her as brave and “lucky that she is still with us”.Laura Kenna, of no fixed abode, was found guilty by a jury last month of attempting to murder Fionnuala Burke on Lower Drumcondra Road in the capital on 3 January 2017, and of assault causing serious harm to her on the same occasion.Kenna had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to both counts, but this was rejected by the verdict of a Central Criminal Court jury on 5 March. It was Kenna’s second trial for attempted murder, after a jury failed to reach a verdict last October.The trial heard that Burke, who worked for the Department of Social Protection, was walking home when she noticed a woman sitting on a wall outside a house.As Burke approached, the woman, Laura Kenna, sprang up and pushed her back onto a grassy area. Kenna didn’t say anything, but started to stab her.Burke felt short stabs and could also feel her face being slashed, before she felt a dramatic slash straight across her neck. Kenna then spoke, telling Burke that she’d let her go if she handed over her handbag.The jury saw photographs of the large, deep cut across Burke’s neck. It had penetrated through muscle and cut through the thyroid gland. She required surgery and recovered in the intensive care unit after the attack. She also had other injuries to her face and body.Kenna later admitted to gardaí: “I sliced her like you would a goat.”‘A shocking incident’Justice Tara Burns said today that Kenna’s admissions had been very graphic and had demonstrated an attempt to kill.She described the attack as vicious, random, horrifying and frightening.“This was a shocking incident,” she said. Thursday 11 Apr 2019, 6:10 PM 46,910 Views To be coming home from work at five in the evening in the days after Christmas, that a young woman would be attacked like this, it’s just unimaginable in an ordered society. She noted that Burke had provided a victim impact report, which she did not wish to be read in court.“She seems a very young woman and I’m very impressed by the victim impact report,” she said.“(It) can only be described as a very restrained report in light of the attack and the very significant and horrendous injuries she sustained.”She said it was clear that she hadn’t fully recovered from her physical injuries.“The victim impact report, in a very mild manner, outlines the psychological impact it had on her,” she said.She added that she was impressed with the “non-contentious manner” in which she had outlined her suffering, including her loss of safety and security.“In relation to this assault, clearly she was a very, very unlucky woman to have been the random victim of this accused,” said the judge.“She is very lucky that she is still with us and doesn’t have more significant injuries,” she continued, adding that it seemed bizarre to use the word ‘lucky’.But, in light of the attack she was subjected to and the injuries sustained, she is lucky and the outcome could have been very different.Mental healthThe judge said that it was clear that Kenna was suffering from a significant mental health condition at the time, which might have gone untreated for up to six years.She has since been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, needs psychiatric treatment and is currently detained in the Central Mental Hospital.She said that the jury’s verdict did not mean that she wasn’t suffering from a mental illness at the time. She said that a person may well be suffering from a significant mental illness but still know the nature of their actions, know that their actions are wrong and be able to refrain from them.She noted that Kenna had come from a good family, but that mental health problems had emerged and she had begun taking drugs. This had complicated both her mental health issues and diagnosis, she said.SentencingShe said that a headline sentence of 17 years in prison was appropriate for her crime. However, after having regard to the mitigating factors of remorse, admissions and not requiring the victim to give evidence, she imposed a 15-year term of imprisonment on her.Kenna’s barrister, Barry White SC, had asked her to suspend all or the major portion of her sentence in light of her mental health issue. Justice Burns said that option was not available to her.“People with mental health difficulties are also required to act with a moral responsibility,” she said, noting that Kenna had engaged in “very normal behaviour” both before and after the attack.However, she suspended the last five years on condition she cooperate with a consultant psychiatrist, abide by all treatment regimes and remain drug and alcohol free for the duration of the suspended period.She said the warrant would issue to The Dochas Centre at Mountjoy Prison but that it was a matter for the Prison Service and the Central Mental Hospital “to resolve that issue between them”.Having come to court in the custody of the Central Mental Hospital, she was then led away by prison officers.“Ms Burke, I wish you well in your future life,” said Justice Burns before leaving the bench.“You’re a very brave young woman.” https://jrnl.ie/4587771 Image: Collins Courts
By Rónán Duffy 10,053 Views Thursday 18 Apr 2019, 7:28 AM US President Donald Trump. Image: PA Images Trump prepares response as Mueller report finally gets published today The 400-page report will be published with redactions. https://jrnl.ie/4597736 Apr 18th 2019, 7:28 AM Image: PA Images NEARLY FOUR WEEKS after President Donald Trump declared himself completely exonerated, Americans will today get a chance to see the evidence themselves with the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report on Russian meddling in the 2016 election.Widespread doubt and suspicion has remained in the air despite Attorney General Bill Barr’s 24 March statement that the Mueller investigation found no criminal collusion by Trump’s 2016 campaign with Russia, and insufficient evidence of obstruction of justice.The details of the 400-page report — which could come out with heavy redactions — could determine whether Democrats in Congress pursue impeachment of the president.They could also have an impact on Trump’s chances for re-election in 2020.Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversaw the 22-month Mueller investigation, plan a press conference at 9:30am (2.30pm Irish time) morning to discuss the report.But the report will not be given to Congress until between 11:00am and 12:00pm, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler told a news conference, saying Barr “appears to be waging a media campaign on behalf of President Trump.”Since Barr’s brief summary of the findings on 24 March , Trump has alternately heralded a victory over his opponents and blasted the investigation as illegitimate and an “attempted coup” against his government.The report was a “complete and total exoneration,” Trump declared after Barr gave his summary.Then on Monday, he lashed out at the investigation, which since the beginning he has labelled an illegal “witch hunt.”“The Mueller Report, which was written by 18 Angry Democrats who also happen to be Trump Haters (and Clinton Supporters), should have focused on the people who SPIED on my 2016 Campaign, and others who fabricated the whole Russia Hoax.”“Since there was no Collusion, why was there an Investigation in the first place! Answer – Dirty Cops, Dems and Crooked Hillary!”Trump poised to fight backThe White House appeared poised to fight back.According to news reports, Trump’s team has spoken with Justice Department officials in recent days on what the report says in order to prepare their response.Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani told reporters that he is preparing a detailed “counter report” focusing on the obstruction allegations.And Trump told local Washington radio station WMAL that he might hold a press conference as well.“This should never happen to a president or to this country again, what took place,” Trump said of the investigation. 35 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share9 Tweet Email You’ll see a lot of very strong things come out tomorrow. Attorney General Barr is going to be giving a press conference. Maybe I’ll do one after that; we’ll see.Democrats demand unredacted reportThe report will focus on the primary target of the investigation: the extent of Russia’s efforts to meddle in the 2016 presidential election and tilt it in Trump’s favor.Much of that story has already been told by Mueller in court filings, in which he charged 26 Russians and three Russian companies with conspiracy.The report should also summarise the already-known charges brought against six former Trump aides, and explain why none of them, or anyone else, was charged in the conspiracy that involved Russians.And it will likely have information on the most potent allegations against Trump on obstruction of justice.Despite Trump’s claim that he was exonerated by Mueller, Barr’s summary revealed that, on the obstruction of justice allegation, Mueller in fact declined to reach a conclusion on the evidence.And newspaper reports cited an unnamed member of Mueller’s team as saying Barr, in saying the obstruction evidence was “not sufficient” to charge a crime, downplayed the evidence.The report’s release nevertheless will not clear the air of doubts.Barr warned ahead of time that he will have to sanitize it of major parts — testimony given to grand juries that Mueller convened for the investigation, information from intelligence sources, and information related to ongoing investigations, information on people not charged.Because of that, Congress has demanded Barr hand over the unredacted version to make sure his edits aren’t protecting Trump.Nadler is poised to subpoena the entire Mueller report and various congressional bodies are angling to have Barr testify, and possibly Mueller after that.© – AFP 2019 US President Donald Trump. Short URL
By Sean Murray Short URL Image: Shutterstock/BillyDoogs Get the 9 at 9 News audio The 9 at 9: Sunday Here’s all the news you need to know this morning. Image: Shutterstock/BillyDoogs May 12th 2019, 8:51 AM https://jrnl.ie/4630770 Share Tweet Email 9,564 Views EVERY MORNING TheJournal.ie brings you the headlines you need to know as you start your day.1. #KEADUE: A man in his 80s has died after he was struck by a car in Roscommon last night. 2. #SLEA HEAD: Three students were rescued after being trapped by the tide at the base of a cliff in west Kerry. 3. #EXPLAINER: Ireland is set to elect 949 councillors – but what can they do under the current “weak” system?4. #OUT AND OUT LEAD: Nigel Farage’s Brexit party has stormed ahead in the latest opinion poll ahead of the EU elections. 5. #AUNGIER STREET: Residents beside the site of a new student complex have protested over noise levels and rats. 6. #BROADBAND: The Taoiseach’s plan for a €3 billion tax cut could now be in doubt over the cost of the national broadband plan, the Sunday Independent has reported.7. #GAMBLING: A former Paddy Power boss has said gambling firms are open to the criticism that they are “preying on the vulnerable”, the Sunday Business Post reported.8. #TECH: The Cabinet has been told that spies could target the country’s 5G network, the Sunday Times reported.9. #CRUNCH TIME: It’s the last day of the English premier league and it’ll be either Man City or Liverpool who lift the crown after a tense title race. Ireland star Shane Duffy’s Brighton face City so he could have a big say in who wins the title.On the go? You can now listen to the 9 at 9 as an audio bulletin from TheJournal.ie, supported by Volkswagen. Get started by hitting the button below. Sunday 12 May 2019, 8:50 AM No Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
No Comments By Tom Tuite A YOUTH HAS been given a 10-month sentence for his part in a drug-fuelled gang robbery of a man who was beaten to the ground and left concussed in Dublin’s Temple Bar.The victim, who was left afraid to go to that part of the city afterwards, was attacked and robbed after he refused to hand over his wallet and phone, the Dublin Children’s Court heard.His attacker is already serving a three-year sentence for other violent offences and was due to be released in mid-2020. Judge John O’Connor imposed a 10-month term consecutive to the teen’s current term of detention but he suspended it on condition he does not re-offend over first 10-months after his release.The 17-year-old boy, who was under the influence of a “large concoction of substances” at the time of the incident, pleaded guilty at the Dublin Children’s Court to robbery.It happened at 12.10am on 24 September 2016 at Fownes Street after the man was chased from the Central Bank Plaza.EvidenceIn evidence, Garda O’Mahoney told the court that he had been attached to a public order unit which had received a call to go to the Central Bank Plaza. The injured party informed him that “he had been beaten up and robbed by a number of youths”.Garda O’Mahoney said the man had cuts and bruises to his arms, legs and his face, and he was bleeding. His Samsung phone and his wallet containing his Leap card and €10 had been taken. Witnesses described how a group of youths approached the man and demanded his phone and wallet and when he refused they chased him to Fownes Street.The defendant was one of the group who had chased the man and beat him on to the ground and took his wallet and phone, the garda said.He was identified by witnesses at the scene and on arrest was taken to Pearse Street Garda Station.Garda O’Mahoney agreed with the defence that the boy “was highly intoxicated and agitated” and “was clearly under the influence of a large concoction of substances”.He also agreed that the youth, who cannot be named because he is a minor, now appeared drastically different in terms of his respect to the gardaí compared to when the incident happened.The victim recovered from his physical injuries which were not long-lasting but the garda said the man still had mental injuries.“Last time I spoke to him he was still worried about going into town,” Garda O’Mahoney said.‘Traumatic experience’At an earlier stage, the garda accepted that the teen has since “turned his life around” since he was taken in and began living with a close friend’s family. The court was told the teen had no prior criminal convictions and was abstaining from drugs.A victim impact statement was furnished to the court. The man stated that when he goes out he was afraid if he saw a group of young adults. He said he had never suffered such a traumatic experience in his life.He sustained a scar and abrasions but because he suffered concussion he had no idea how he got them, he said. He also avoids the area where the robbery happened, the court was told.The teen also pleaded guilty to other less serious public order, bike theft and criminal damage charges.SentencingPleading for leniency his lawyer said the boy’s home life at the time of the incidents was considerably different and there had been a lack of support from his own parents.He had been taken in by his girlfriend’s family and her mother begged the judge not to impose another custodial sentence on the youth.Judge John O’Connor had said that while drug use was an explanation for what happened it was not a mitigating factor but he accepted the teen had turned his life around. However, when the case resumed he noted the teenager had been detained for three years for other crimes.Defence counsel Damian McKeone, pleading for leniency the teenager asked the judge to note that the youth has been taking part in educational courses and carrying out chores in custody and encouraged other young people detained there to do the same.However, the teen became irate demanding the judge to finalise the case.“Give us the sentence, three I don’t give a fuck, three years 10 months. I’m almost 18 now. I don’t give a fuck if I’m serving a sentence on it, I’m in an out of court the whole fucking time.”The case resumed 24 hours later and the teenager remained composed as the judge imposed an additional suspended 10-month sentence. Teen given 10-month sentence for involvement in drug-fuelled gang robbery in Temple Bar The victim was attacked and robbed after he refused to hand over his wallet and phone. 6,748 Views Share3 Tweet Email http://jrnl.ie/4086961 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Chodyra Mike via Shutterstock Jun 23rd 2018, 6:00 AM Image: Chodyra Mike via Shutterstock Short URL Saturday 23 Jun 2018, 6:00 AM
Four years after missing a European Union deadline for meeting quality standards for its lakes, rivers and underwater reserves, Greece has finally created a viable system for monitoring bodies of water, but the pending merger of state bodies threatens to scupper the project from going ahead, according to a report in Kathimerini.This week, the Government Gazette published a unique bi-ministerial decision, paving the way for the creation of a national network to monitor the quality and size of Greek water reserves with the aim of combating pollution and drought.The problem is that the two state bodies tasked with running the network -the Institute of Geology and Mineral Exploration (IGME) and the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR)- might cease to exist due to the government’s plans to merge and abolish state companies as part of a broader cost-cutting drive.Andreas Andreadakis, a general secretary at the Environment Ministry, told Kathimerini that 25 million euros in EU funding already had been set aside for the project. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Police announced the arrest of two suspects, a 31-year-old Belgian national and a 36-year-old Greek, for setting up an organised hydroponics farm where they grew large quantities of hydroponic cannabis, as well as trading in other drugs. The operation was set up in a rented rooms complex on the Psachna-Politikon road in Evia. The arrests were made on Monday by the Attica drugs squad, in an operation mounted with the help of Halkida security police.Authorities confiscated roughly 2,000 cannabis plants, more than 2,000 esctasy pills, 76.5 grammes of cocaine, 138 grammes of MDMA and 385 grammes harvested hydroponic cannabis. Other evidence confiscated included a gun with two clips, hundreds of shells, a set of electronic scales, gardening tools and equipment and a small sum of money.The lab was discovered following a tip-off and a surveillance operation on the Evia complex. The two suspects had converted this to a hydroponics farm, buying cannabis seeds on the Internet and growing them indoors using specialised equipment, such as hydrators, ventilation systems, artificial light and special fertilizers.The two suspects will be led before a Halkida Misdemeanours Court prosecutor. Source: AMNA
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Once again, Andrew Demetriou, Chief Executive of AFL, has been ranked as one of the most powerful people in Australia, according to economic newspaper The Australian Financial Review.The Greek-Australian businessman, former Australian football player and sports administrator, is the son of Greek-Cypriot immigrants to Australia. He played 103 games for the North Melbourne Football Club, between 1981 and 1987, finishing his playing career with Hawthorn in 1988. Demetriou is the CEO of the Australian Football League (AFL). The AFL competition includes 18 teams all around Australia, each of them having over 40,000 members. Andrew Demetriou’s annual salary amounted $560,000 in 2004, but this year it was estimated at about $2.2 million, with growing political and social influence. He has gained hundreds of million of dollars for the AFL teams through television rights negotiations. He has also launched various campaigns against racism, drugs and domestic violence. After his retirement from playing, Demetriou was heading several companies, and was appointed CEO of the AFL Players Association in 1998. Demetriou was made CEO of the AFL in 2003, replacing Wayne Jackson. In his role as head of the AFL Commission, he has been responsible for a number of changes, including the expansion of the league from 16 to 18 teams, the restructuring of the tribunal system, and the brokering of two new television rights deals.The Australian Financial Review panel once again ranked Prime Minister Julia Gillard, as the most powerful figure in Australia, with Tony Abbott in second place.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Minister Nicholas Kotsiras has been forced to intervene in a Muslim conference, fearing state racial and religious vilification laws could be broken. Organisers of the major Muslim conference in Melbourne this month have been warned they could face prosecution if laws are breached. Mr Kotsiras has called Victorian Multicultural Commissioner Chin Tan to speak to organisers and said “Organisers of any event are responsible for the conduct of individuals or speakers (under the state Racial and Religious Tolerance Act).” “I’ve asked him to explain to them that we live in a multicultural state and that our aim is to ensure that individuals, groups and communities are able to live in peace and harmony with each other,” he said. Among the speakers is Dr Abdul Rahman al-Sudais, imam of one of Mecca’s holiest mosques, who has reportedly made anti-Semitic comments.