You may have noticed that there is something a little odd about our five image today. The author showed the original, lovely image around the office, bemoaning photographers who capture things in groups of four. “Just add another one in there will ye?” she sighed. Her colleague Jen Wade came up with this solution. Genius. Have you got an actual five picture? Send it to us at email@example.com. Ta! And now to the news…EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know as you head out the door.1. #JOBSWATCH: Paddy Power is to create 600 new jobs in Dublin over the next three years, the bookmakers revealed today. Meanwhile, Sinn Féin has launched its job plan which claims that 156,000 additional jobs could be delivered.2. #INFLATION: The cost of living in Ireland fell by 0.1 per cent last month, according to the latest data from the CSO. However, the price of clothing, footwear, alcohol and fuel all increased in September and the annual rate of inflation was 1.6 per cent.3. #PUBLIC SECTOR: Minister Brendan Howlin has said he is looking at ways to incorporate some allowances into public servants’ core pay, adding that his department does not want to slash certain workers’ salaries even further.4. #CAUGHT: A Cork man has been fined €6,000 for illegally selling prescription-only slimming and erectile dysfunction drugs through various online outlets.5. #HAPPY GIRL DAY: Today is the first ever International Day of the Girl and global organisations are marking the occasion by focusing the world’s attention on the challenges facing girls, including child marriage, lack of education, violence, discrimination and poverty.
Updated 11:00 pmGARDAÍ HAVE IDENTIFIED the teenage girl who was found in a distressed state at the GPO last month and will now be working closely with Australian Police as investigations continue.Gardaí had earlier today released an image of the girl to help with their investigations but this evening have said that, with the assistance of the public, they are now following a definite line of inquiry.As well as working with Australian Police Gardaí say they will continue to work with the HSE to “finalise the matter”:“Gardaí wish to sincerely thank the public and the media for their assistance. They also wish to inform them that no further assistance is required at this time.”Australian Federal Police say they are currently working to establish the nature of contact with the Garda Síochána on the matter and will be seeking clarification from their offices in London on this.The girl speaks very little English and is currently in the care of the HSE.Read: Gardaí release image of mystery GPO girl >
IF YOU’VE MADE a new year’s resolution this month, chances are it’s to either get in shape, or improve your fitness.It’s something we can all relate to, but trying to find the time to fit in a workout routine while keeping up work and personal commitments isn’t easy.This is where your smartphone can really help you out. There are a large number of fitness and exercise apps out there to suit you so whether you’re starting out or looking for a new routine, they can help you out.Before you startBefore you start downloading any apps, it’s worth considering what your aims are. Decide what your goal is first (lose weight, improve your fitness or get toned) and work from there. If you only want to become more active, remember that you can do most exercises from home and most apps only require you to exercise for 30 minute segments when starting off.Don’t set unrealistic aims like exercising almost every day if you’re only taking exercise up. It’s better to start with two/three days a week to help you get into the routine before you increase the amount.The majority of apps listed below have both free and pro versions. While the pro versions offer more features and options to users, it’s worth trying out the free versions first to see what works for you.One of the advantages of using an app to get you active is their use of push notifications. It’s handy to have them on at the beginning so you’re reminded to go for a run, but only have it on for one or two fitness apps at most. Any more and it gets annoying.Also, it’s worth keeping battery life in mind when you’re using an app for the first time. Some of them require GPS, or work in the background, which is more taxing on your battery life so it’s recommended that your phone has at least 50 per cent of charge left before you do anything, or ensure that only one app is using GPS at any given time.For those starting outCouch-to-5K For: iOS, Android Cost: €1.79 (iOS) €1.59 (Android)A popular choice for those who are just only starting off, Couch-to-5K aims to get you running that distance in the space of nine weeks. The programme only requires you to exercise for 30 minute segments, three times a week and eases you into a exercise routine.(Image: Couch-to-5K/App Store)Zombies, Run! For: iOS, Android Cost: €2.69 (iOS), €2.60 (Android)If you need a little more motivation to run, escaping from the undead might do the trick. Zombies, Run! combines exercise with a story-based game as you run, collect supplies and complete missions, all while being chased by hordes of zombies.Even better, you can listen to your own playlists while you’re running, which is broken up with radio messages and voice recordings to help advance the plot. If being chased by zombies isn’t enough to motivate you, then nothing will. (Video: zombiesrungame/YouTube)Activity TrackersMoves For: iOS, Android Cost: €2.69 (iOS) Free (Android)Moves is a handy little app that tracks all your activity and movement through your phone, even in the background.Through a simple and easy to understand display – showing you data like the amount of time you spent moving, calories burned, and steps taken – it helps you understand just how active (or inactive) you are and what you need to do to improve it.(Image: Moves/Google Play)HumanFor: iOSCost: FreeHuman gives you one simple aim to achieve: be active every day for 30 minutes. Like Moves, the app tracks you in the background so when you do complete the 30 minutes, it notifies you and starts afresh the next day.To prevent you from cheating, it only tracks steps taken outside so the only way to reach it is to go for a run, cycle or walk in the outdoors.(Image: Human/App Store)Workout RoutinesNike Training Club For: iOS, Android Cost: FreeFor those who want to work out at home, Nike Training Club provides you with a number of exercises routines to help get you in shape. It allows you to choose individual workouts or provide a 30-day schedule depending on your goals.Each drill comes with a video guide and are designed to last 15 to 45 minutes depending on how much time you have to spare.(Image: Nike Training Club/Google Play)Pump Up For: iOS, Android Cost: FreeSimilar to Nike Training Club, Pump Up builds a custom routine for you by asking you a number of questions. Once it knows your fitness level, goals, and the amount of time you can dedicate, it chooses the most suitable exercises for you to do.The workout routines provided don’t require you to go to a gym or buy equipment, although it helps if you do.(Image: Pump Up/App Store)GPS trackingEndomondo For: iOS, Android, Windows Phone Cost: Free (€4.49 for Pro version)One of the original GPS tracking apps out there, Endomondo is a reliable app for anyone serious about running. It allows you to track your runs, compare with other runners, or cyclists in your area and plan routes while receiving audio feedback on your performance.There’s also a pro version which adds extra features such as interval training and low power mode, which allows your phone to continue tracking your progress for longer. (Video: Endomondo/YouTube)Runkeeper For: iOS, Android Cost: Free (€ for pro version)As you may have guessed, Runkeeper’s purpose is pretty straightforward. Set a number of goals, let it track your runs and analyse your performance over time to see any trends in your performance. It’s handy for those who want to take their exercise routines more seriously.(Image: Runkeeper/YouTube) Runtastic For: iOS, Android, Windows Phone Cost: Free (€4.99 for pro version)Runtasic is similar to Runkeep and Endomodo in functionality, but offers enough to separate it from them. A clean, colourful display helps keep things simple, and its power saving mode is useful if you’re running or cycling for long periods.The pro version includes a feature called story running, a collection of downloadable audiobooks that are designed to keep you motivated. Each one is 40 minutes long, and the music and narration are designed to help you increase your speed at certain intervals. (Video: Runtastic/YouTube)Calorie trackingNudge For: iOS Cost: FreeNudge is a health tracker that’s dependant upon the info you provide it. It helps you track your food intake and daily activity and uses that information to give you an overall score. Inputting this info is done with a few simple taps although it’s entirely dependant upon you remembering to use it every day.It’s best used when it’s connected with other apps like Moves and RunKeeper so it can get a better picture of your day-to-day activity.(Image: Nudge/App Store)MyFitnessPal For: iOS, Android, Windows PhoneCost: FreeIf you’re looking for something to help you improve your diet, MyFitnessPal is worth a look. Documenting a wide range of foodstuffs, you can document what you eat and make adjustments to help you improve your diet.Similar to Nudge, it’s best used in conjunction with another app like Endomondo to get the full picture.(Image: MyFitnessPal/App Store)Read: How gross is your smartphone? >Read: How to get yourself organised for 2014 >
St Patrick’s Athletic 3-2 UCDTHE LATE LATE Show started bang on time as Christy Fagan fired home a dramatic winner for St Pat’s in the second minute of stoppage time.UCD looked certain to leave Inchicore with a point thanks to Chris Mullhall’s first-half double.But a goal in either half from Conan Byrne and then Fagan’s late heroics ensured that the champions got their first win at the second time of asking.The main worry for Saints fans will be the fitness of Keith Fahey after their Irish international limped off injured shortly before the hour mark.At that stage Pat’s trailed 2-1 to a UCD side who showed their intent straight away when they lined out in a 4-4-2. UCD: O’Donnell, Barker, Boyle, Ryan, Langtry (Matthews 63), Ben Mohamed (Belhout 78), Creevy, Benson (c), Mulhall, Clarke (Burke 89), Morrison.Referee: Paul TuitePremier League preview: how to fill out your football accumulator this weekendBanned Nicolas Anelka to leave West Brom And Buckley was forced into his third and final change on 57 minutes when Fahey limped off following a collision with Ian Ryan in the Students’ box.The equaliser came seven minutes later and if the execution for Mullhall’s free was good, Byrne’s was arguably even better. Forrester was fouled by Robbie Creevy and Byrne curled home his second of the evening with little O’Donnell could do to stop it.Fahey leaves the pitch. Source: INPHO/Ryan ByrneBoth sides had chances as the game opened up in the final quarter and Pat’s had Bolger to thank after he intervened on the line to deny Dean Clarke.Morrison will rue a wasted opportunity after he headed Benson’s dangerous free over in the 78th minute.And Oman had chance of his own at the other end but failed to get a clean header on one of Byrne’s trademark frees.In the end it didn’t matter. Pat’s kept the pressure on after Gareth Matthews headed off the line with O’Donnell stranded and Fagan popped up at the back post to rifle home the winner.ST PAT’S: Clarke, O’Brien (c, McCormack 46), Browne, Oman, Bermingham, Byrne, Fahey (Chambers 57), Lynch (Kavanagh 46), Bolger, Forrester, Fagan. With Killian Brennan ruled out with a groin injury, it was Lee Lynch who joined Fahey in central midfield for Pat’s with Bolger sitting in front of the back four.Liam Buckley’s side settled into their passing game without creating too many chances of note.And when the game’s first goal came on 25 minutes it was a more direct approach that paid dividends. Bolger arrowed a long ball over the top of the UCD defence and despite their appeals for offside, the flag stayed down allowing Byrne to skip free and slot the ball past Conor O’Donnell.It could have been two a couple of minutes later but Byrne’s pass was a fraction behind Fahey and by the time he gathered possession, the momentum was lost.UCD weren’t to be deterred so easily and Mulhall’s rapid double left RIchmond Park in stunned silence.The first came six minutes before the break. Cillian Morrison did well on the right wing and when he cut the ball back into the box, Mulhall was able to steer it across Clarke’s goal and into the far corner.The Students continued to press forward after their equaliser, Mark Langtry bombing on from left-full before he was stopped in his tracks by Ken Oman. Mulhall took full advantage, expertly curling his free into the same corner from all of 25 yards.Pat’s made a double change at the break with Conor McCormack replacing skipper Ger O’Brien at right-full and Daryl Kavanagh coming in for the anonymous Lynch.
The image spread like wildfire on both Reddit and Imgur, and it wasn’t long before @AwningsIreland offered up a second snap. HE MAY BE our beloved Head of State but there’s no skipping the ATM queue for President Michael D Higgins.Well, at least that’s how it looks anyway.Awnings of Ireland took to Twitter yesterday afternoon to reveal that the main man himself had been spotted in an ATM queue on Dublin’s Baggot Street. Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Some skeptics argued that the man in question was too tall to be Michael D, but the nation was far too busy applauding the man they believed to be President Higgins to notice.Read: A Twitter bug deleted Ellen’s Oscar selfie>More: A Definitive Ranking Of Your Bank-Related Rage>
IRAN HAS TODAY repeated its offer to help the United States in finding an ex-FBI agent who went missing while on a trip to the Islamic republic to probe cigarette counterfeiting in the region.On Friday the United States, arch-foe of Iran, asked again for Tehran’s help in finding Robert Levinson who disappeared six years ago from the Gulf island of Kish.“We have said many times that we do not have any information in this regard,” Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi was quoted as saying by the ISNA and IRNA news agencies.“We have repeatedly announced that we are ready to cooperate on humanitarian ground to find… how he disappeared.”Salehi said Iran was ready to share intelligence to help locate Levinson.“We are ready to cooperate through the intelligence entities to shed light on this issue. I once again repeat that this person is not in Iran and the Americans have already acknowledged this,” Salehi said.In 2011 former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Washington had received information that Levinson was in southwest Asia, but called on Tehran to help locate him.On Friday the US renewed the call.“The Iranian government previously offered assistance in locating Mr Levinson, and we look forward to receiving this assistance, even as we disagree on other key issues,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said.Levinson’s disappearance has become another point of tension between the two arch-foes who are already at odds over multiple issues, including Tehran’s controversial nuclear programme.Mystery shrouds the fate of Levinson, who disappeared from Kish while reportedly investigating cigarette counterfeiting in the region. His wife Christine last heard from him on March 8, 2007.In January she released photos of her husband wearing an orange jumpsuit similar to those worn by prisoners at the US-run Guantanamo Bay Detention Center in Cuba, holding a white placard that read, “Why You Can Not Help Me.”Salehi said that based on that evidence Levinson “is not in Iran.”The FBI has announced a $1 million reward for information leading to Levinson’s safe return.- © AFP, 2013 Read: Family releases hostage video of ex-FBI agent who disappeared in Iran >
THERE WILL BE no further negotiations between the Department of Finance and three staff at NAMA and the NTMA who have refused to waive 15 per cent of their salaries.It was revealed last week that three employees who earn more than €200,000 annually decided against taking the pay cut for 2013.Ten senior officials – including CEO of the NTMA, John Corrigan and NAMA’s CEO Brendan McDonagh – have agreed to the waiver again this year. For 2012, 13 of the 14 high earners agreed to the drop in salary.Responding to a parliamentary question from Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty this week, Minister Michael Noonan said he does not plan to hold any further consultations on the matter, confirming that the three staff members would continue to be paid at the higher rate.The identities of the three staff are unknown but Noonan said that the chief executives of the NTMA, NAMA, the National Development Finance Agency and six other members of the NTMA senior management team – are continuing to observe the voluntary pay cuts.The NTMA is responsible for managing the country’s assets and liabilities and is currently overseeing Ireland’s return to normal lending markets.NAMA has been overseeing the acquisition and eventual disposal of property development loans from Irish banks that are worth a total of €70 billion.Read: Three NTMA staff earning over €200k won’t take pay cut this yearMore: 24 staff at State’s debt management agency have company cars
WE ALL HAVE our an internal monologue, our own personal stream of consciousness that chats away inside our head.Sometimes this inside voice wanders away all by itself. Whether we’re bored, commuting or just plain lacking an attention span – our brains have funny ways of occupying themselves…1. Answer backImage: via GifdumpsterIn your head, you’ve told your boss to shove that report many times. You’ve told your mother to shut up, you’ve told your friend they’re being thick and you’ve told your significant other to get the boat.Is there anything more satisfying than venting at someone in your head?Well, doing it for real maybe…2. Place some betsImage: via CostumeCrazePut on a few wagers with yourself. Go on, bet yourself that the kettle will be boiled before the ad break finishes. It’s the best, because you never really lose.3. Race raindropsImage: via ShutterstockWho will prevail? There can only be one!4. Choreograph your iPod playlistsImage: via SameIn your mind’s eye, you’re on stage in the O2, busting moves that Beyoncé would envy.In reality, you are staring out the window on a bus.5. Narrate your lifeOur pick for narrator is definitely Morgan Freeman.Image: via Empower Network If you were in a movie, what song would be playing right now? What’s your theme tune? What’s the big plot arc to you getting stuck in traffic at the Red Cow Inn? What does it all mean?6. Play “what if I just…?”“Who would stop me? What would happen?” Image: via ShutterstockWhat if I just… threw my wallet off this escalator? What if I just… screamed out loud during this lecture? What if I just… pushed over that kissing couple? What if I just… cartwheeled across the office on my way to the vending machine? What if I just… threw myself downstairs at work to get to go home early?7. Count your steps and avoid the cracksImage: via ShutterstockIt’s 159 paces to the office, and don’t forget to dodge that pesky crack in the path or else you’ve got to start all over again.8. Get a song stuck in your headImage: via SynthgearIt’ll be in there forever, we’re afraid. There’s no getting rid of it.(Not until another song comes along, that is.)9. Endure mental wallpaperImage: via PotterheadEvery time your mind goes blank, your brain reverts back to what we call your “mental wallpaper” or “mental screensaver”.It could be an embarrassing thing you said 10 years ago. It could be something small you can’t stop thinking about for no reason. Mental wallpaper, right there.What happens in your mind when it’s left to its own devices? Let us know in the comments section…Read: This is what happens in your brain when you fancy someone >
LAST SATURDAY MARKED the 42nd anniversary of the death of former Taoiseach Seán Lemass. He is regularly lauded as the man who created modern Ireland through dismantling protectionism and normalising relations with Northern Ireland. What is more remarkable about Lemass’s legacy is that he is one of the few leaders this country has had whose popularity transcends political parties, as the last three Fine Gael taoisigh have cited him as the best taoiseach the country has had.In modern times it has become almost a rite of passage for any incoming government to invoke the spirit of Lemass as a template for how they will govern. Yet in comparison most of them fall drastically short. This has got me thinking are there any lessons for our current politicians from the Lemass era as to how they should approach politics?It’s ok to cut your own pathIn our modern political culture of 24/7 news coverage and the expectation from the general public that government ministers should be on call day and night we tend to see politicians appear to be reluctant to admit that they spend any time away from the office at all. Compare this expectation to Lemass himself who never came into the office before 10am and was always out the door by 6pm. Lemass had as Brian Farrell described ‘a ruthless disregard for time wasting’ which was a world away from De Valera’s approach of spending copious amounts of time debating problems. So for any politicians seeking to follow Lemass; here is lesson one use your time wisely.Most leaders when they take over face an immediate problem of dealing with their predecessor’s legacy. Now imagine your predecessor had not only been in office for two decades but was also a 1916 commander and founder of your political party. These were the boots that Lemass had to fill when De Valera stepped down in June 1959. Yet Lemass successfully in a very short period of time fashioned his own style of leadership quickly abolishing De Valera’s practice to two cabinet meetings a week, reducing them to one and operating a much more centralised form of decision making. He departed from his predecessor in shifting the focus of government away from cultural matters toward economic issues as he derided De Valera’s attempts to make him speak better Irish asking for books on economics instead. Here in lies lesson two; it’s ok not to follow your predecessor’s leadership style.Don’t be afraid to be unpopularHalf a century later we tend to think that Lemass made a seamless change from protectionism to free trade with little political fallout. However from examining the newspapers of that period what becomes apparent is the growing level of scepticism about this change in economic policy. To many people in rural Ireland the government was seen as focusing the country’s prosperity in the major urban centres ignoring the decline in the west.Lemass faced the humiliation of leading Fianna Fáil to one of its worst election results in 1961 losing the majority he had inherited from De Valera and becoming the first taoiseach to have a minister resign in protest over government policy with the departure of Paddy Smith in 1964. Yet despite all these political setbacks, he persisted with his policy of opening up the Irish economy. This is lesson number three; Lemass was not afraid to court unpopularity within his government or the wider electorate in order to achieve his objectives.Boldness can lead to greatnessThen we come on to the abandonment of another policy that was not working: Northern Ireland. The summit with Unionist Prime Minister Terence O’Neill in 1965 was arguably the most symbolic event of the 60s. While an event like this would be considered relatively minor by today’s standards, it represented a real departure for an Irish leader at the time. In addition to this, Lemass was not absolutely sure how these new overtures would be received by the general public as his first words to O’Neill were ‘I shall get into terrible trouble for this.’ And here is the final lesson to be learned; be bold.When we look back on the Lemass era it is easy to think of only the positives, ignoring many of the political challenges that his government faced which – in my view – leads many of our politicians to cite Lemass as an inspiration for all the wrong reasons. While he was in power, his record of electoral success ranked far behind that of De Valera and Jack Lynch. Moreover he served just six and a half years as taoiseach. Yet I would argue that despite his lack of electoral appeal or his limited time in power he achieved much more than any of his successors.So what is the overall lesson that any of our current politicians should take from Lemass? Don’t get hypnotised by electoral success; it’s what you do with the mandate you receive that ultimately counts.And whenever advisors tell you that you’ve got all the time in the world to introduce big reforms, the reality is you haven’t got a moment to lose.David McCann is a PhD researcher in Irish politics at the University of Ulster. To read more articles by David for TheJournal.ie click here.
TWO IRISH FILMMAKERS want to know if thorium could be the answer to the world’s energy woes – and they have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise enough money to finish a documentary on the topic.Frankie Fenton and Des Kelleher want to raise £40,000 so that they can finish post-production on The Good Reactor, their documentary looking into the alternative nuclear fuel and whether it can generate clean, safe energy.DocumentaryThey spent two years travelling around Europe and North America interviewing people on both sides of the debate for their documentary. Fenton told TheJournal.ie that all the funds raised will go exclusively into finishing the film, and they plan to work with professionals including animators, an editor, and distributors, as well as purchase stock footage.Fenton said that when he was told by a friend about “this nuclear energy that could solve all the problems of the world’s energy crisis”, he didn’t believe him. When he investigated thorium himself, he became very interested and then started down the road of interviewing experts on the topic.He spoke to thorium expert Kirk Sorenson about the issue, which was the first interview for the documentary. I didn’t know if this was real or not – I kept on asking as many people as possible about it. If this stuff is true, what’s the story?As well as those championing thorium, he spoke to thorium sceptics. The aim of the documentary is to have it as well-produced as possible, so that it can get out to a wide audience and spark a discussion about thorium.Thorium is a radioactive chemical element which is more widely available than the uranium that powers nuclear plants, and as the Guardian explains, its proponents say that it could be used to generate large amounts of low-carbon electricity.It has a number of benefits compared to uranium, as it is seen as safer with less potential for nuclear disaster; it is far more difficult to use its byproducts for making nuclear weapons and the waste it generates is not as dangerous for as long as uranium waste is.The reactors that generate energy from thorium could burn up existing nuclear waste, said Fenton.(Frankie Fenton/YouTube)“We really just want people to talk about it. If this stuff isn’t true that’s absolutely fine,” said Fenton, adding their aim is to start a discussion or debate around the issue.A UK government report last September said that the benefits of thorium have been “overstated”, the Guardian reported. It said that it has “theoretical advantages” but “while there is some justification for these benefits, they are often overstated”.Fenton believes there is a “massive audience” for this subject, especially in the United States, and that “the actual subject matter appeals to more than one category of people”, as “climate change is in the news every day”.We think it’s a really important film that needs to be made and the people need to know about.“I could just make a terrible YouTube film but it would be a shame if that did happen. I think there is a really good story in it and very strong characters in it,” concluded Fenton. It is hoped that when the film is completed it will be shown in film festivals and distributed worldwide.Read: World’s biggest nuke plant may shut: Japan report>Read: Accident at Sellafield would have “no health effects in Ireland”>
POPE FRANCIS WILL meet survivors of abuse by paedophile priests for the first time tomorrow, as a Vatican commission moves to address the problem of clerical sex abuse in developing countries.Six abuse survivors from Ireland, Britain, and Germany will talk with the head of the Roman Catholic Church at his private residence near Saint Peter’s Basilica in a gesture aimed at expressing his closeness to the tens of thousands of people abused by priests globally.The private meeting – the first with abuse survivors since Francis was elected in February last year – is hotly awaited by support groups who have criticised the Argentinian for not acting earlier.Speaking outFrancis has been slow to speak out on an issue which has hugely damaged the Catholic Church for over a decade, but in May he branded the sexual abuse of children by priests a crime comparable to a “satanic Mass” and promised “zero tolerance”.Tomorrow’s encounter, which will follow a mass in the pope’s private chapel, will come a day after a meeting of the commission set up by Francis to advise him on the sexual abuse crisis and draw up protocols for the pope to consider.Composed of experts from eight countries, the body includes campaigner Marie Collins — who was assaulted as a 13-year-old by a hospital chaplain here in Ireland — as well as British and French psychiatrists, a German psychologist and an Italian cannon law professor.Cardinal Sean O’Malley, the archbishop of Boston — where the clerical sex abuse scandal erupted in the United States in 2002 — is also a member.The meeting is expected to open up the commission to experts from the Southern Hemisphere and the developing world, where paedophilia is largely a taboo subject and cases of abuse are much less likely to be reported.‘Like a satanic mass’In May, the UN Committee Against Torture said the Church had major failings in dealing with abuse cases, voicing concerns about a cover-up culture and calling for alleged paedophiles to be suspended immediately pending investigation.Last year Francis strengthened Vatican laws on child abuse, broadening the definition on crimes against minors to include paedophilia — though the legislation only covers clergy and lay people who work in or for the Vatican, not the universal Catholic Church.A historic first trial against a former ambassador to the Vatican is expected to take place after Polish archbishop Jozef Wesolowski — former papal envoy to the Dominican Republic — was convicted of sex abuse by a Church tribunal last month and defrocked.Vatican approachVatican officials this year revealed that 3,420 abuse cases had been handled over the past decade by the Church’s Canon Law prosecutors, with 848 priests defrocked and a further 2,572 ordered to “live a life of prayer or penance”, for example in a monastery.But the Vatican’s continued insistence on keeping its inquiries into suspect priests secret has angered abuse survivors and campaigners.And while the centuries-old institution officially encourages dioceses to collaborate with civil authorities, any such collaboration is done on a voluntary basis.Much to the fury of those molested by local priests as children, the pope has said the Church has tackled the issue with the utmost “transparency and responsibility”, as well as pointing out that sexual abuse is rife in society and by no means limited to church pews or confessionals.- © AFP, 2014Read: Pope Francis will meet with Irish abuse survivors for the first time>
Updated 11.01 AMTHE DEFENCE FOR Oscar Pistorius has closed today as the trial moves towards its final phase.Final arguments are now scheduled for 7-8 August.Lawyer Barry Roux said he had finished calling witnesses to testify in the trial after telling the judge the decision was made after final consultations with his team.“We close the case for the defence,” Roux told Judge Thokozile Masipa.The final witness called by the defence was a doctor who had treated Pistorius in the past.Chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel said the prosecution will file closing arguments on 30 July and the defence will do so on 4 August.He and Roux agreed to then return to court on 7 August to give final arguments before Masipa.Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his home in South Africa on Valentine’s Day last year in what he has described as a mistaken shooting. The prosecution argues that he knew what he was doing and shot her after an argument.Pistorius faces 25 years to life in prison is found guilty of premeditated murder, but could be sentenced to a shorter term if convicted of murder without premeditation or negligent killing.Additional reporting by Associated Press and Rónán DuffyRead: Australian TV network defends showing Pistorius shooting video >Read: Oscar Pistorius was NOT suffering from a mental illness when he killed Reeva Steenkamp >
Red Hat and the Fedora Project have today made available the latest version of the Fedora open source operating system which is called Fedora 14 (codename Laughlin).As with all Linux distributions, Fedora 14 is completely free to download and use. This latest release contains the following new features of note:AdChoices广告Framework software for Spice, a rapidly advancing infrastructure for desktop virtualizationNew debugging features for developers, such as support for dynamic/unplanned memory usage tracking and faster launch thanks to pre-generated indexesPowerful remote and out-of-band management capabilities with Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) supportUpdated tech preview of the GNOME shell environment, part of the upcoming GNOME 3.0 releaseA subset of new and innovative software from the MeeGo community for an enhanced experience on netbooks and small devicesOpenSCAP, an open-source framework for the Security Content Automation Protocol, which provides a framework and approach to maintaining system security backed by NIST standardsSupport for emergent programming languages like D, and refreshed versions of popular languages such as Python 2.7, Erlang R14, and the Rakudo Star implementation of Perl 6If there’s one area Linux distributions needs to score highly on its user support so as to encourage new users to switch, and to that end the community website Fedora Project has been re-designed. It will now cater for all types of user, has multiple language versions, and was of course created using open source tools and technologies.The minimum requirements for the latest build are low enough that it will run on most machines you own. The basic spec must include at least:Intel Pentium Pro 400MHz or comparable AMD, Cyrix, or VIA processor512MB RAM10GB disk spaceThe Fedora 14 download is a 675MB ISO format image, but it is possible to obtain it on DVD if you prefer.Read more at the Red Hat press release
Engadget is reporting that they have intel on when the Droid 2 Global is expected to launch. According to the website’s information, which includes a document, the smartphone is expected to launch on November 11th. The document also reveals something about the color options that will be available.BGR initially believed that the Droid 2 Global would be launched in black and white. That information was based on a screenshot from Costco. It seems the BL abbreviation on the phone’s SKU was assumed to be black. Based on the document from Engadget the BL might actually stand for Blue. If everything holds true we can expect a blue Droid 2 Global phone from Verizon Wireless to launch November 11th. If the white version doesn’t launch at the same time I’m sure it will be soon after.Read more at Engadget
You may think you know when you’re thirsty, but you’d be wrong. That’s why you need the i-dration water bottle, a high tech device that uses sensors to tell you when to drink for maximum hydration.The device works in conjunction with an app on your phone to determine the conditions around you. The bottle uses sensors to measure things like temperature and how much/how often you are drinking, and then it sends this information to your phone. The phone, meanwhile, measures just how active you are through its internal gyroscopes and sensors. Once all the data is crunched, the water bottle will light up with a blue glow, letting you know it’s time to take a drink of water.The i-dration bottle is available just yet, but the creators will be showing it off in January at ces.Via Engadget
If you stop by the front page of Posterous right now it’ll look like the site was hacked–rather than getting the blogging platform’s normal homepage you’ll be greeted with DJ Paul Phusion’s blog. What seems like a malicious takeover of a high-traffic page looks like it was just a simple mistake that was a result of the DJ/webmaster trying to use his own URL with a Posterous site. We haven’t seen anything official about it on Posterous’ blog or Twitter feed, but the issue has been going on for some time now.It’s not quite clear yet how this happened, but usually setting a custome domain name to a Posterous account is an easy operation. It’s just a matter of going to your registrar, setting the right A record for your domain, and then making things official within the Posterous setttings. Somehow it seems that this process malfunctioned and paulphusion.posterous.com took over posterous.com. Seems unlikely, but that’s the best explanation we can come up with for now.AdChoices广告Here is what @paulphusion had to say:We’ll follow up as we learn more. The internet pros at Hacker News on on the issue, so check there for more info.Update: 10:44 – And… it’s fixed. That seems like super fast response time, if you base it on our post, but based on @paulphusions’s tweets it might have took Posterous a good deal longer to make the fix. The site’s underlying blogs were not affected though, so all told this was a minor issue.
Another six weeks, another Google Chrome release. To close out 2011, you’ll be running Chrome 16 and there’s one key feature the folks at Mountain View want to introduce to you: multiple user accounts.The feature arrived on Chrome’s beta channel early last month, and it provides a handy way to keeps favorites and login information separate on a shared computer. That is to say, on a computer you share with people you trust, like family and close friends. See, there’s no password protection offered. Switching between accounts is a two-click operation, and it’s not the kind of feature you’d want to tap into on a computer located in a library or hotel lobby.Even on a family PC, you might not want to set up multiple accounts if you’ve got autofill payment information stored and passwords remembered for online shopping sites. You don’t need any Justin Bieber biographies being surreptitiously purchased from Amazon by a youngster with just enough internet savvy to execute a one-click order now, do you?For those of you who like to maintain separate profiles for workday and after-hours browsing, however, multiple profiles is a very welcome addition to Chrome. Keep all those productivity-killing bookmarks filed away in one profile and your favorite apps and tools in another. You can also use it to roll different sets of extensions and Chrome Web Apps for on-the-fly switching.If you’re looking for a secure way to let multiple people use Chrome on a single computer and you still want things kept separate and secure, head to your operating system’s settings screens and add a new account or two and set up a password.More at Google
Stealing someone’s laptop could land you in jail. Stealing 30 of them would certainly earn you a longer sentence. But if you attend the University of Twente in the Netherlands, it may instead count as credit towards your degree.Students did manage to steal 30 laptops from the Twente university campus, but no arrests were made because the whole thing was an experiment. It was setup by Trajce Dimkov, a PhD student and researcher in the Distributed and Embedded Security Group at the university. He wanted to find out how much human behavior factored into the security of an organization, specifically when viewed in isolation from the security practices in place there.The laptops were given to members of staff at the university who were asked to always ensure they were secure. The staff were also told that students would try to steal them. Not only did that reinforce the fact the laptops needed to be kept safe, but also stopped anyone calling the police when their laptop disappeared.Even with those ground rules in place, it only took the students 60 attempts to steal all 30 laptops. Some staff forgot to lock their doors when leaving a room, but even those that did found students using other methods to get the door unlocked. For example, caretakers were asked by students to unlock doors because they had left their laptop in there. In most cases the person with the key obliged.As well as identifying how much of a negative impact human behavior has on a security system, Dimkov produced a system for mapping activity within an organization and highlighting the security issues. His model brings together maps of an area, the people with security clearance, different levels of clearance, their behavior and movements, how access is restricted, and all the security codes used. By modeling the data it is possible to see where a gap exists, for example, a caretaker having access to a room when valuable hardware or information is kept inside.Such thinking and monitoring could help to improve security beyond the best practices companies rely on today. Coupled with the growing amount of mapping data being compiled by companies like Google, it may also be applicable to security in large public areas too, or even in the planning stages for area regeneration.Read more at the University of Twente
Microsoft is currently dealing with a Halo 4 leak that has seen pirates permanently banned from Xbox Live and them retaliating by posting spoilers. But the leaked copy has revealed one important element of the game Xbox 360 owners need to be aware of.The full game is around 16GB in size, but 8GB of that is multiplayer which will ship on a second disc. In order for multiplayer and all its features to work, Microsoft insists you install the data. So that’s an 8GB install, meaning anyone who own a 4GB Xbox 360 is going to need additional storage.That storage can be provided by either purchasing an official Xbox 360 hard drive or employing a compatible flash storage device. Therefore, it does mean that gamers will be required to spend additional cash in order to play Halo 4 multiplayer dependent on their setup.Saying that, using another storage device is becoming a prerequisite for a number of games on 360. The 4GB console may be cheaper, but the 250GB machine is certainly the better choice if your main use of the console is going to be for gaming. Not only do games like Halo and Forza require installs, you have to consider the growing library of downloadable games that soon eat up storage space.I’d guess the majority of gamers picking up Halo 4 next month will want access to multiplayer. Retailers will pick up on this and do some kind of storage deal with the game purchase, but if you own a 4GB Xbox 360 and want to be prepared, start looking at the options now and get yourself some storage.via Joystiq