SOME PEOPLE WOULD be happy if a leggy bird showed up unexpectedly at their home and refused to leave.We’re kidding. That would just be weird.But that was the problem facing a Galway householder who got something of a surprise when two giant birds which appear to be emus – both almost 2 metres high – turned up in her garden on Monday and were in no rush to go anywhere.“Nobody knows a thing about where they came from. They just walked onto her land,” Imelda O’Brien of the Galway & Claddagh Swan Rescue told TheJournal.ie.The woman living in the house in Knockdoe fed the two giant birds (pictured) when it became clear that they were looking for food and didn’t want to leave. She contacted the rescue centre in a bid to trace the owners.“She was quite afraid of them,” said Imelda O’Brien. “Even though they’re extremely tame, they’re huge – I think you could almost even get up on their back, they’re so big”.She speculated that the birds could have come from a pet farm or a wildlife park, but may have travelled a long distance.Emus are the second-largest living bird in the world after ostriches and can run at speeds of up to 48 kilometres per hour for large distances.The Galway & Claddagh Swan Rescue has placed an appeal on its Facebook page for the owners to come forward. In the meantime, the birds have been taken into the care of Galway County Council which is keeping the animals in an open space until their owners can be found.Hopefully the birds aren’t trying to emu-late* the Great Escape and manage to make their way home.*Sorry. We’re so sorry.Read: There’s a new ‘UCC Bird of the Day’ Facebook page already >
A US REMAKE of RTE drama Love/Hate is set to be announced within the next few weeks, the show’s Irish creator has revealed.Writer Stuart Carolan today confirmed reports that producers are in talks with their US counterparts on making a new version of the hit show set in the States.“It will be remade,” he told the Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk. “It’s only a matter of weeks before it’s announced.”Carolan said the remake was likely to involve a complete rethinking of the show, rather than simply transplanting the characters and plotlines to a US city. US producers had been attracted by Love/Hate’s viewing figures and audience share here, Carolan said. Sunday night’s episode had an average viewership of 872,000 and a 52 per cent share of the TV audience.What’s Fran plotting against Nidge in the Love/Hate finale?>Love/Hate season 4 episode 5: Nidge’s sex face, a big death and Keith Duffy> I would guess they will reinvent it entirely. The [remakes] that do well are the ones that don’t stick too rigidly to the original. The first two series of the [US] Office faltered until they Americanised it.
Liverpool can move to within four points of Chelsea with victory at second-bottom Cardiff City later on Saturday, while fourth-place Manchester City will climb above Arsenal, with two games in hand, if they beat bottom club Fulham.Arsenal were the first team to threaten at a sun-soaked Stamford Bridge, with Olivier Giroud forcing Petr Cech to make a smart save in the fourth minute, but from then on it was one-way traffic.Eto’o opened the scoring a minute later, cutting inside Oxlade-Chamberlain and curling home, before Schurrle made it 2-0 two minutes later with a drilled shot into the bottom-left corner.Eto’o was then forced off due to an apparent hamstring injury, with Fernando Torres entering the fray, but Chelsea continued to attack.- ‘Ref, it was me!’ -The 15th minute witnessed the game’s most peculiar incident, as a diving Oxlade-Chamberlain used his left hand to block a shot from Hazard that was drifting narrowly wide of the Arsenal goal.Referee Andre Marriner pointed to the spot, but sent off Gibbs, rather than Oxlade-Chamberlain, who could be seen on television vainly telling the official: “Ref, it was me!”Hazard coolly lifted his spot-kick down the centre of the goal and there was even more misery to come for Wenger before half-time as Oscar tapped in Torres’s low cross to further swell Chelsea’s lead.It was the second time this season that Arsenal had gone 4-0 down in the first half, after their 5-1 loss at Liverpool last month, and the second period brought yet more misery for Wenger’s beleaguered side.Oscar beat goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny with a shot from outside the box before Salah ran through and slotted home his first goal since his January move from Basel.Elsewhere on Saturday, seventh-place Manchester United will hope to harness the momentum from their 3-0 victory over Olympiakos in the Champions League in mid-week when they visit West Ham United.Third-from-bottom Sunderland visit Norwich City and fourth-bottom Crystal Palace travel to Newcastle United, while Hull City host West Bromwich Albion and Everton tackle Swansea City at Goodison Park.- © AFP, 2014Drama at Stamford Bridge as referee sends off wrong player>‘United can reach Champions League final without RVP’ – Paul Scholes> CHELSEA SPOILT ARSENE Wenger’s 1,000th match as Arsenal manager by humiliating their London rivals 6-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday to pull seven points clear in the Premier League.Wenger was hoping to celebrate his milestone by cutting Chelsea’s lead to a point, but instead his side were blown away by a flurry of first-half goals from Samuel Eto’o, Andre Schurrle, Eden Hazard and Oscar.Hazard’s goal came from the penalty spot after Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had handled the ball on the line, but a bizarre case of mistaken identity meant that his team-mate Kieran Gibbs was sent off instead.Oscar completed his brace in the 66th minute before substitute Mohamed Salah scored to seal the club’s biggest-ever win over Arsenal and give manager Jose Mourinho his most emphatic Chelsea success.Arsenal retain a game in hand on Chelsea and have the consolation of an FA Cup semi-final to look forward to, but they are now at risk of being left behind in the title race.
GARDAÍ HAVE ARRESTED three males and seized drugs with an estimated street value of up to €1.8 million following a planned operation in Co Kildare and Dublin this afternoon.Gardaí from the Garda National Drugs Unit, assisted by officers from the Organised Crime Unit, searched a van and a car in Castlewarden, Co Kildare.They seized cannabis herb with an estimated street value of up to €600,000 (pending analysis). Three males, aged 31, 40 and 50 years, were arrested at the scene.In a follow-up search of a business premises in the Cookstown area of Tallaght, gardaí said a further quantity of cannabis herb with an estimated street value of up to €1.2 million (pending analysis) was discovered.The three men are currently detained under the provisions of Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996 at Clondalkin Garda Station.
Friday, 17 May9.30am – 11am: Policy – Overview of Heads of BillMinister James ReillyDr Ambrose McLoughlin, Secretary General at the Department of HealthDr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer11.15am – 1.45pm: Regulatory and Representative BodiesInstitute of Obstetricians & GynaecologistsIrish College of General PractitionersIrish Medical CouncilIrish Medical OrganisationRoyal College of Physicians of Ireland2.30pm – 5pm: Obstetric Care Facilities – Larger HospitalsDr Peter Boylan, National Maternity HospitalDr Sam Coulter-Smyth, Rotunda HospitalDr Rhona Mahony, Master, National Maternity Hospital5.15pm – 7.45pm: Obstetric Care Facilities – Other HospitalsDr Gerard Burke, Mid-Western Regional Maternity Hospital, LimerickDr Mary McCaffrey, Kerry General Hospital, TraleeDr Máire Milner, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, DroghedaDr John Monaghan, Portiuncula Hospital, BallinasloeMonday, 20 May9.30am – noon: Psychiatry and Perinatal PsychiatristsDr Anne Jeffers, Consultant Psychiatrist, College of Psychiatrists of IrelandDr Maeve Doyle, Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, College of Psychiatrists of IrelandDr Joanne Fenton, Consultant Perinatal PsychiatristDr Anthony McCarthy, Consultant Perinatal PsychiatristDr John Sheehan, Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist12.15pm – 2.45 pm: PsychiatryDr Yolande Ferguson, Consultant Psychiatrist, Tallaght HospitalDr Peadar O’Grady, Consultant Child & Adolescent PsychiatristProf Veronica O’Keane, Consultant Psychiatrist, Tallaght Hospital & TCDDr Eamonn Moloney, Consultant Psychiatrist, Cork University Hospital3.30pm – 6pm: PsychiatryProf Kevin Malone, Consultant Psychiatrist, St Vincent’s University Hospital & UCDDr Bernie McCabe, Consultant Psychiatrist, Navan HospitalDr Jacqueline Montwill, Consultant Psychiatrist, Mayo Mental Health ServiceDr Sean O’Domhnaill, Consultant Psychiatrist6.15pm – 8.45 pm: Other Medical SpecialtiesClaire Mahon, President, Irish Nurses & Midwives OrganisationJohn Saunders, Chair, Mental Health CommissionDr Kevin Walsh, Consultant Cardiologist, Crumlin & Mater Misericordiae HospitalDr Janice Walshe, Consultant Medical Oncologist, St. Vincent’s University Hospital Tuesday, 21 May9.30am – noon: Medical LawPaul Brady, Barrister at LawSimon Mills, Barrister at LawTony O’Connor, SCCaroline Simons, Solicitor12.15pm – 2.45pm: Constitutional LawProfessor William Binchy, Barrister at Law, Trinity College DublinDr Maria Cahill, University College CorkFrank Callanan, SCJustice Catherine McGuinness, retired Supreme Court Judge3.30pm – 6pm: Medical EthicsCiaran Craven, Barrister at LawDr Ruth Fletcher, Keele UniversitySunniva McDonagh, SC6.15pm – 8.45pm: Members Times/Closing StatementsMinister of State, Alex WhiteProceedings can be watched live on UPC Channel 207 and online at the Oireachtas website. They will also be streamed live on TheJournal.ie.Here’s what we know about the Oireachtas abortion hearingsRevealed: The three independent TDs voting against abortion proposals THE OIREACHTAS HEALTH Committee has finalised its list of witnesses for three days of hearings on proposed abortion legislation.The public proceedings on the 17, 20 and 21 May will discuss the Heads of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013 with medical and legal experts, as well as members of the administration.Unlike the committee’s previous hearings, chaired by Jerry Buttimer, there will be few representatives from advocacy or religious groups giving evidence.Buttimer described the proceedings as “pre-legislative scrutiny” of the heads of bill. He noted that the committee will also examine written submissions from interested parties, as well as hearing from invited experts from the medical, psychiatry and legal fields. He said he regrets that all requests could not be accommodated.“As a committee, we hope that the debate is conducted in a temperate and moderate fashion, and that the hearings make a considered contribution to the shaping of this significant piece of legislation,” he added.The following individuals and organisations are scheduled to appear in the Seanad:
Black Eyes Peas frontman Will.i.am is already a pretty busy man — showman, entertainer, musician, producer, hustler — but now you can add another job to his resume: Intel‘s Director of Creative Innovation.The news comes straight from Intel’s official Twitter account, and backed up by an extensive press release which explains will.i.am’s hiring as the beginning of a “multi-year, hands-on creative and technology collaboration” with Intel.Sporting an Intel ID badge proudly, will.i.am said:“Nearly everything I do involves processors and computers, and when I see an Intel chip I think of all the creative minds involved that help to amplify my own creativity,” said will.i.am. “Teaming up with the scientists, researchers and computer programmers at Intel to collaborate and co-develop new ways to communicate, create, inform and entertain is going to be amazing.” According to Intel, will.i.am’s job will be to collaborate with them across the “compute continuum” of laptops, smartphones and tablets to do… well… Intel doesn’t really seem quite sure. Since will.i.am doesn’t hold a degree in computer science, my guess is he won’t be doing much practical work with Intel’s new products. Even so, Intel says that will.i.am is already working on some music that will expressly belong to Intel, so at least there’s that.Read more at Intel (via Slashgear)
In the world of large display technology the LCD still dominates the market. Plasma has fallen by the wayside due to its high power use, where as OLED holds a lot of promise, but is expensive to make on a large scale and has a limited lifespan.With that in mind display manufacturers need an alternative in case OLED advancements don’t happen soon enough to make it a viable LCD alternative. Luckily an alternative already exists called quantum dots.Samsung is one of the first companies to experiment with this new display tech and has recently managed to produce a 4″ full-color quantum dot panel. The reason quantum dots are being used is because they are potentially a far better solution than both LCD and OLED.Quantum dots have several advantages. When compared to LCD they use a fifth of the power making them automatically a desirable successor. As for OLED comparisons, quantum dots are brighter, will eventually have a longer lifespan, and cost half as much to make. Samsung has also said the new display can work with both glass and flexible plastic. So on all fronts it’s a no-brainer to continue researching and developing the tech for use in displays.Quantum dot technology is nowhere near ready for market yet in this capacity, but this first display from Samsung certainly holds promise. LG is also working with QD Vision to produce its own quantum dot displays.We have also seen quantum dots being experimented with in a range of other devices. For example, quantum dot sensors could allow for DSLR quality cameras in smartphones, they allow for warmer light emitted from LEDs, and are being tested for improving satellites and night-vision goggles.Read more at Technology Review and Electricpig.co.ukMatthew’s OpinionWe’ve been waiting for OLED to get cheap and large for a long time, but it doesn’t seem to be happening. Sony has now pushed the size of its OLED displays to 25″, but consumers want 32+ and as big as 50″ if possible for the mainstream.If that does eventually happen it’s going to be years, not months, and prices will remain high for the foreseeable future. Quantum dot tech on the other hand just looks to be full of potential. Cheap, low power, scalable, felxible, and while it can produce large displays it’s also suitable for small cellphone screens too. What’s not to like about this tech?The only problem at the moment is that the tech is so new. We won’t see it on the market for at least 3 years meaning LCD displays will continue to dominate. That’s fine as long as improvements keep coming. The LCDs of 2011 are head and shoulders above those of even 2 years ago, and it’s not like we are suffering with the quality. We’ve never had it so good for actual screen quality in the home.
Over a month ago, Apple introduced their newest interface port, Thunderbolt. Previously called LightPeak, the interface standard was built off of DisplayPort technology and aimed to consolidate USB, display, audio and networking cables into one superport, all the while offering superior speeds to even USB 3.0.Right now, only Apple’s MacBook Pro supports Thunderbolt, but clearly they expect for the format to take off. What will help take off Thunderbolt in the long run is an in-demand gadget supporting Thunderbolt… and it’s easy to see that if Apple allowed their line-up of iDevices to sync with Thunderbolt, there’d be a very clear reason for end users to upgrade.AdChoices广告For that matter, you can say the same thing for USB 3.0? iOS device backups and syncing take a long time. So when will Apple start rolling out iPhones that will be compatible with both Thunderbolt and USB 3.0? A new Apple patent may give us a hint.Apple’s patent is for a “Reduced Size Milti-Pin Male Plug Connector” and large describes a smaller 30-pin dock connector, but inside of the wording of the patent, there’s explicit mention of new support in the iPod Dock Connector for new transmission technologies.“Some embodiments of the present invention can provide support for one or more new high-speed communication standards,” the patent filing read, which then goes on to cite USB 3.0 and DisplayPort as examples of these standards.Whither Thunderbolt, then? Well, this patent was filed for in 2009, while Thunderbolt was just a glimmer in Apple’s eye. However, it’s worth noting that DisplayPort is the technology on which Apple and Intel built Thunderbolt, so there’s nothing stopping Apple from using this patent to inform future iOS dock connectors that are both USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt compatible. And trust us, they will.Read more at Apple Insider
We are all familiar with two of the most competitive, quickly evolving gadget markets around today: e-readers and tablets. Between the battle of everyone vs. Amazon’s Kindle in e-readers, and everyone vs. Apple’s iPad in tablets, we gadget lovers have reaped the benefits when it comes to such stout competition.One of the more interesting products in these markets is one that actually falls into both categories: Barnes and Noble’s Nook Color e-reader. Don’t mistake this for the lower end “e-Ink” Nook. The Nook Color has a 7-inch IPS screen and is stuffed full of the same electronics you’ll find in a tablet like the Galaxy Tab, or Motorola Xoom. Also like all other non-iPad tablets, the Nook Color runs a customized version of Android, which means you can load other versions of Android and customize to your heart’s desire.AdChoices广告The Nook is also unique because it allows for book sharing. You can download the Nook app on a plethora of devices, not just e-readers. You can share books with your friends and family members, just like you would with a physical paper book.With Buy.com offering refurbished Nook Colors for $199, this is easily the best value in Android tablets, even if you’re keen on rooting and loading custom ROMs. We hear this deal is limited to the stock on hand so don’t wait too long for this one.Get the deal at logicbuy.
Facebook’s numbers are just growing and growing–to the point that everyone these days is a member of the social network. In fact, Facebook’s worldwide growth just hit 750 million monthly active users.Though Facebook hasn’t confirmed it, TechCrunch reported the information from a “source close to the company.” Facebook hasn’t actually shared much about its traffic numbers since it hit the 500 million mark about a year ago. Goldman Sachs reported in January that the site had reached the 600 million mark, but still, that wasn’t confirmed. And in May, Facebook was said to be hitting the 700 million user mark. The non-confirmed numbers can sometimes be a little iffy as they’re based off of third-party companies which may not be 100-percent accurate.AdChoices广告The important thing to note here is that when we say 750 million monthly active users, we don’t mean 750 million members. You can be a member of a site and not log on for months at a time. This number is defined as a person who logs in at least once every 30 days.The number isn’t surprising with a large amount of Facebook users now accessing the site on their smartphones and other mobile devices. Additionally, we learned yesterday that one in seven grandparents use social networks, so we’re getting a larger amount of people over the age of 60 spending time on social networks. Facebook holds about 71 percent of the number of social-networking grandparents–Twitter holds 34 percent, and LinkedIn holds 9 percent.Facebook may not announce the exact number of users until it reaches the 1 billion mark. With countries like Brazil, which has a population of over 200 million, starting to use Facebook more the worldwide number could still hit the 1 billion mark before 2012.via TechCrunch