Noel King appointed as Ireland caretaker manager

first_imgNOEL KING HAS been confirmed as Ireland’s caretaker manager, the FAI has confirmed.The 57-year-old, who has been in charge of the Under-21 side since 2010, has been entrusted with leading the senior squad for their remaining World Cup Qualifiers until a suitable replacement is found.According to an official statement from the FAI, King has been named as ‘interim senior manager’. The association’s High Performance Director, Ruud Dokter will provide additional support to the Dubliner. Current U21 Assistant Coach, Harry McCue will take charge of the U21 qualification matches against Romania in October.King takes over from Giovanni Trapattoni, who stepped down from his role as national team boss following a disappointing qualifying campaign for Brazil 2014. Defeats to Germany, Sweden and Austria scuttled any Irish hopes of reaching a second major tournament in succession.The FAI statement read: “[Our] board of management met this evening to review the work it has been doing on the senior men’s team managerial appointment and to progress the next steps in the appointment process.”The association has tasked Dokter and former Ireland and Liverpool midfielder Ray Houghton, who was involved in targeting Trapattoni, with carrying out a ‘comprehensive assessment of the market’. Tellingly, the statement continued:The [board] resolved that it will take the appropriate time to appoint the best person to manage Ireland for the Euro 2016 campaign which starts in September next year.”Noel has worked first hand with many current senior players during their time at U21 level including Seamus Coleman, James McCarthy, Robbie Brady and Jeff Hendrick.In a poll carried out by TheScore.ie today, 42% of fans said they would not be happy with the appointment of King as caretaker. 18% declared they would be happy while 38% voted ‘other’, which perhaps explains the diffidence the team is regarded with after their recent slump in form.35,000 Dublin fans welcome All-Ireland heroes at homecomingJoe Schmidt: November Series will be a trial run for Ireland’s new captainlast_img read more

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Army called to Cavan school over unstable chemical

first_imgAN ARMY BOMB disposal team made safe an unstable chemical at a school in Cavan Town this evening.The unit was deployed following a request from Gardaí after a quantity of unstable Dinitrophenylhydrazine was discovered during a routine audit in a Loreto College laboratory.The Explosive Ordnance Disposal team arrived on the scene at 5pm and it was declared a safe area by 6pm. The chemical was removed and made safe through a controlled explosion at a different location.Dinitrophenylhydrazine is a chemical re-agent routinely used in laboratories around the country but it can become unstable over time.A Defence Force EOD Team completed a similar task yesterday morning in a school in Carrigaline, Cork.last_img read more

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Man due in court after pensioner seriously assaulted during burglary

first_imgA MAN IS due in court this morning in connection with a burglary and serious assault in the Rialto area of Dublin.It happened in the early hours of yesterday morning at a house on St. Anthony’s Road. Gardaí were called to the scene at around 1.25am following reports of intruders inside.Upon arrival, they found a 69-year-old lying on the floor, suffering with serious head injuries.An ambulance was called in, and officers began a search of the area. Shortly afterwards, a 23-year-old man was arrested nearby at Herberton Road.He’s been held for questioning at Kilmainham Garda Station, and is listed to appear before the Criminal Courts of Justice on Parkgate Street later this morning.The injured man was taken for treatment to nearby St James’s Hospital. His injuries are said to be serious but not life-threatening.Gardai in Kilmainham are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to contact them at 01 6669700, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.Read: Dozens feared dead in Laos plane crash > Read: Medical cards, cochlear implants and everything else happening in Leinster House today >last_img read more

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Hundreds attend 99yearold mans funeral after appeal goes viral

first_imgSource: Lynne CameronHUNDREDS OF STRANGERS have attended a solitary 99-year-old man’s funeral, after this appeal for mourners went viral.Here’s what happened: two days ago, a Reddit user spotted this photo of an ad in a local newspaper in Lancashire.It is a death notice for World War Two veteran Harold ‘Coe’ Percival, who passed away in a local nursing home aged 99 without close friends or family. Source: ImgurThe notice appeals for anyone – in particular service personnel – who might be able to attend his funeral, as there would be no relatives thereAfter being shared on Reddit, the photo made it to the front page of the powerful online community and was viewed thousands of times.It was also posted on Facebook by UK comedian Jason Manford, who is followed by more than 470,000 people.As the appeal snowballed, it was featured in the local and national media. Hundreds posted the appeal online, including wounded Afghanistan veteran Sgt Rick Clement who asked Facebook friends to “give [Mr Percival] the send off he deserves”, says the Lytham St Annes Express.At Mr Percival’s funeral today, roads were blocked with traffic and the crowd spilled out of the crematorium, ITV News reports.There was spontaneous applause as his coffin was removed from the hearse. Here is the scene as the Last Post was played: Source: nicholas garnettMr Percival served in the UK’s Bomber Command during the war and worked on the ground crew for the famous Dambusters squadron, whose ‘bouncing bomb’ was the subject of the hit film.Read: Stand-up destroys obnoxious heckler>This year’s John Lewis Christmas ad may make you cry>last_img read more

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Christmas report card how Irelands football stars fared this year

first_imgIT HAS BEEN far from the best of years for the Ireland side. Indeed, much of 2013 has been relatively depressing from a supporter’s perspective, owing to the side’s many dismal performances and tame failure to qualify for the World Cup.On the bright side however, the year did end on an positive note. The appointment of Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane brought renewed optimism to the set-up, while the performances of James McCarthy and Seamus Coleman of late have given hope that the future of Irish football may not be as bleak as it previously appeared.With that in mind, we’ve rated each individual player’s year in the style of a school report card.Keep in mind that we’re focusing on players who are both eligible for the team currently and who appear to have at least somewhat of a realistic chance of playing a part in Martin O’Neill’s plans (so sorry Darren O’Dea, Enda Stevens and Keith Andrews).The players’ likelihood of starting Ireland’s first competitive game under their new manager is also assessed from a choice of three categories — ‘probable,’ ‘possible’ and ‘outside chance.’(INPHO/Donall Farmer)David Forde: Forde was disappointing in the vital qualifier against Sweden and was at fault for at least one of the goals. However, he partially made up for it by helping Ireland keep the score down against Germany. B -Likelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: PossibleKeiren Westwood: Did relatively well when called up, though has yet to be fully tested in an Ireland shirt. Regained his place in the Sunderland side following Mignolet’s departure but then lost it again. C +Likelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: PossibleDarren Randolph: A regular in the Championship with Birmingham this season, Randolph is definitely worth considering for the number 1 Irish jersey in the long term given Forde’s age and Westwood’s struggles to acquire regular first-team football. B Likelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: Outside chanceJoey O’Brien: Hasn’t been picked by Sam Allardyce with the same level of consistency as last season and has again largely been overlooked in the Irish set-up. CLikelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: Outside chanceRichard Dunne: Recovered well from a long-term injury to become a key part of QPR’s promotion push, helping them earn the best defensive record in the Championship this season, though he appeared to lack match sharpness for Ireland in the games with Sweden and Austria. BLikelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: ProbableJohn O’Shea: Was one of the better players in a poor Sunderland team, and generally performed reasonably well when called upon at international level. B Likelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: ProbableSean St Ledger: Out of favour at Leicester due to injuries and loss of confidence, while he hasn’t figured much for Ireland either. Will be fortunate to retain a place in Martin O’Neill’s squad on current form. D Likelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: Outside chanceRichard Keogh: Continues to perform well for a Derby side pushing for promotion from the Championship, though has still found his Irish chances frustratingly limited. B Likelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: Outside chanceAlex Pearce: Called up to the Ireland squad for the friendlies with Latvia and Poland and played roughly half an hour in the latter game in an appearance so fleeting that it would be unfair to judge him based on that occasion. In addition, he signed a new contract with Reading in summer and has subsequently helped them rise towards the play-off positions in the Championship. BLikelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: Outside chanceDamien Delaney: Didn’t look out of place when handed a start against Germany and couldn’t be faulted for any of the goals. Probably worth a place in  the squad when fit, particularly as he’s been one of the better players in a struggling Palace team. BLikelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: Outside chancePaul  McShane: Not as bad a player as his awful reputation among certain Ireland fans indicates, McShane started the year brightly with Hull — many of the club’s fans even suggested him as a candidate for their Player of the Year. However, he has found first-team opportunities harder to come by since their arrival in the Premier League. B -Likelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: Outside chance(INPHO/Donall Farmer)Ciaran Clark: Hasn’t always been picked by Villa and has at times been asked to play in an unfamiliar full-back position. Still, given that he plays regularly enough in the Premier League, he is surely a player Martin O’Neill can’t afford to ignore. B -Likelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: PossibleStephen Kelly: Kelly has not always been a regular starter for Reading and was at fault for one of Ireland’s goals in a rare outing against Germany. Needs to do better if he is to remain part of Martin O’Neill’s plans. C +Likelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: Outside chanceSeamus Coleman: It now seems incredible that Coleman didn’t make Ireland’s Euro 2012 squad, as he has become a player impossible to ignore. Has consistently improved and become an important part of an impressive Everton side as well. ALikelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: ProbableStephen Ward: Suffered disappointment after being relegated with Wolves, but has since bounced back to become a first-team regular with Brighton. Also performed reasonably on his return to the Ireland team recently. B -Likelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: Outside chanceRobbie Brady: Has been one of Hull’s best players as they’ve exceeded expectations in the Premier League this year. Injuries and Trap’s reluctance to pick him meant he didn’t get much of a chance to impress at international level. A -Likelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: PossibleWes Hoolahan: The midfielder looked impressive when given a chance with Ireland, which makes it all the more frustrating that he has received very little game time with Norwich this year. C -Likelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: PossibleDavid Meyler: Enjoyed possibly his best footballing year ever, helping Hull get promoted and impressing in the Premier League. He could be an important player for Ireland under Martin O’Neill if he manages to stay injury free. B +Likelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: PossibleStephen Quinn: Performed well in helping Hull get promoted and showed some nice touches amid the minimal game time he’s received with Ireland. Has had his chances restricted in the Premier League though, partially due to injury. B -Likelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: Outside chanceMarc Wilson: Was poor in Ireland’s World Cup qualifiers against Austria and Sweden and was tried out in a number of positions for club and country, but he remains O’Neill’s best option at left-back. C +Likelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: ProbablePaul Green: A limited player who did reasonably well by his standards when asked to play at international level, though he hasn’t been getting much game time with Leeds of late. With Ireland now having the promising likes of Gibson, McCarthy, Meyler and potentially Mark Noble (not forgetting Whelan and Hendrick too), it will surely be tough for Green to make the squad if everyone is fit. C +Likelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: Outside chance(INPHO/Morgan Treacy)Aiden McGeady: Injury meant he missed Ireland’s vital World Cup qualifiers, yet his performances in Martin O’Neill’s first two games in charge suggest he will still have an important role to play in the side in future. He was also transfer listed by Spartak Moscow despite being a fan favourite there and so, it’ll be interesting to discover what his next move will be. BLikelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: ProbableJeff Hendrick: Was a regular for Derby last year, and continued where he left off this season before suffering an ankle injury that ruled him out for 12 weeks. The 21-year-old midfielder has also looked impressive on the rare occasions he’s been given a chance for Ireland and looks a very decent prospect for the future. B +Likelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: Outside chanceJames McCarthy: Got the big-money move to Everton that he needed, and has since proved to be a worthy addition to the side. He has also been one of Ireland’s better players, though the suspicion remains that he has more to offer at international level. ALikelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: ProbableStephen Hunt: Without a club for much of this season after being let go by Wolves, Hunt finally signed a short-term deal with Ipswich, but has yet to make much of an impact there. D +Likelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: Outside chanceJames McClean: His form at Sunderland diminished to such an extent that the club were happy to let him go, and the winger has made a less-than-solid start to life at Wigan. He has looked good for Ireland of late though. C +Likelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: PossibleAndy Reid: Established himself as a vital member of the Nottingham Forest first team and impressed on his return to the Ireland set-up. At 31 though, time is running out for him to make an impact on the international scene, and he’ll probably need to be playing regularly in the Premier League to convince skeptics that he warrants a place in the national team. A –Likelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: PossibleAnthony Pilkington: Hasn’t been particularly impressive in a struggling Norwich side. Moreover, Pilkington has still only made two appearances at international level. C+Likelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: PossibleGlenn Whelan: Seemed off the pace at times for Ireland and has been in and out of the Stoke side since Mark Hughes took over. He’ll find it difficult to retain his regular starting place in the Ireland team if both Gibson and McCarthy are fit, while even David Meyler will be pushing for a place ahead of him if he continues to impress with Hull. CLikelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: PossibleJon Walters: Has continued to be picked regularly since Mark Hughes took over at Stoke, though he didn’t exactly set the world alight when selected for Ireland. B -Likelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: PossibleRobbie Keane: This year, Keane made his overall scoring tally an incredible 62 goals for Ireland, and also gained a Player of the Year nomination in the MLS. He may still not contribute a lot in the build-up play, but when they need a goal, the Irish side still have no better player to rely upon. A -Likelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: Possible(INPHO/James Crombie)Shane Long: A lack of form saw him lose his place in the West Brom side — as well as almost getting sold to Hull — and his performances for Ireland were patchy (although he did score a fantastic goal against England at Wembley).  He has played with much more confidence in recent weeks, however. B -Likelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: PossibleSimon Cox: Has a respectable five goals in 13 appearances for Nottingham Forest, but has been omitted from Noel King’s squads and may struggle to break into Martin O’Neill’s team too. C +Likelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: Outside chanceKevin Doyle: A hugely disappointing year saw Doyle relegated for the second consecutive season with Wolves and snubbed by Trapattoni. Having once been thought of as one of the first names on the teamsheet, Doyle is now not even a guaranteed squad member. And even in League One, he has managed to score just a handful of goals this season. DLikelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: Outside chanceAnthony Stokes: Stokes was the only Irish player to feature in the Champions League proper this season, and began the campaign impressively; playing an instrumental role in helping Celtic seal a dramatic aggregate qualifying round win over Shakhter Karagandy. On the downside, he was somewhat disappointingly left out of the side for their vital home match against Milan. Nevertheless, his performances with Ireland were decent enough to suggest he warrants a place in the squad at the very least. BLikelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: PossibleConor Sammon: Struggled to get a place even with a team of modest ambition like Derby. His work-rate for Ireland could not be faulted, but he appears to lack the sufficient quality to be a viable long-term option for the side. Consequently, few people complained when he was left out of Noel King’s squads. C -Likelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: Outside chanceRoy Keane: my relationship with Alex Ferguson is ‘non-existent’>6 things we learned from watching The Class of ’92>last_img read more

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Three years on and tens of thousands dead Syrias bloody civil war

first_imgTODAY MARKS THE three year anniversary of the Syrian conflict.The bloody civil war that has raged for the past three years began on Saturday 15 March 2011, when pro-democracy protests were staged in the capital Damascus.Crowds demanded the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad, denouncing repressive measures implemented by the regime in the wake of the Arab Spring protest movement, which had already seen the crumbling of power structures in Tunisia and Egypt.Protesters gathered in hope, calling for governmental and economic reform.By April, the army had been deployed to crush dissent. Soldiers opened fired on demonstrators, foreign journalists were banned from the country and internet services were shut down.Permanent scarsAccording the United Nations, the death toll today has surpassed 130,000, with a further 130,000 people unaccounted for – missing or detained. Between 4.5 – 5.1 million people have been internally displaced and 3 million have fled to neighbouring countries. Horrifyingly, chemical weapons have been used on at least five occasions against ordinary men, women and children.Life was not always this way for the Syrian people. Just three short years ago, the country was viewed as one of the more progressive, stable, and beautiful of the region – a melting pot of religions and ethnicities with a rich cultural history.Now it is a country permanently battle-scarred, both physically and psychologically, and much of Syria’s infrastructure and heritage is gone forever.Syria before and since the outbreak war …Uploaded OfficielFiratOver the past three years, appalling images have poured out of Syria. And they’re still coming.last_img read more

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16 amazing songs from the 1990s that youve forgotten

first_imgAH, THE 1990s. For many of us, it’s where we cut our musical teeth.But the songs that spoke to back then? Many are mouldering in the dusty vaults of, er, YouTube.Here are the ones you loved… and then left behind. (You can also listen to them all on Spotify here.)What have we missed? Add your own in the comments…1. Spin Doctors – Two PrincesAKA the “Go Ahead Now” song.All together now: “If you! Want to buy me flowers…”YouTube/EvilFox3022. The Connells – ’74-’75Got no reason, for coming to me with the rain running down. Got no idea what this song is about. Doesn’t matter.YouTube/Rick Pollock3. Deep Blue Something – Breakfast At Tiffany’sSo wait – did they have something in common, or not? We never knew.YouTube/falcige4. Bran Van 3000 – Drinking In LAI woke up again this morning with the sun in my eyes…YouTube/drscaryu5. Crash Test Dummies – Mmm Mmm Mmm MmmWas this the most screwed up song of the 1990s? Probably.YouTube/crashtestdummiescom6. OMC – How BizarreThe video to this is also bizarre.YouTube/Ivan Barros7. Barenaked Ladies – One WeekOnly  in the 1990s could the Barenaked Ladies have been taken in any way seriously.YouTube/warnerbros8. Boo Radleys – Wake Up Boo!If this wasn’t the soundtrack to at least one summer in your 1990s, you weren’t there.YouTube/genimas9. They Might Be Giants – Birdhouse In Your SoulThe song that teenage dweebs everywhere (shout out!) felt clever because they knew the words to.YouTube/Shuda710. White Town – Your WomanCan you sing the intro to yourself before you hit play?YouTube/emimusic11. Third Eye Blind – Semi Charmed LifeAll together now: Doop doop doop, doop doo-doop dooooo….YouTube/wamloquamlo12. Space – Female Of The SpeciesWeird Welsh rockers come up trumps.YouTube/punkrockfuneral13. James – Laid“She only comes when she’s on top.” We didn’t know what this meant. She only visits when she can have the top bunk?YouTube/fishnchips1414. Blueboy – Remember MeGING-GA-GING GA GA GING GING GING.YouTube/VidZone15. Soul Asylum – Runaway TrainNever coming back.YouTube/Brinton James Bingham16. Cornershop – Brimful of AshaEven a terrible Fatboy Slim remix couldn’t drag this doozy of a summer anthem down.We had no idea what he was talking about though.YouTube/CornershopHQYou can listen to all the tunes in our Forgotten 1990s Tunes playlist on Spotify.17 tunes you smooched someone to in the 1990s>Are you a child of the 1990s? Here are 26 ways to tell>last_img read more

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Man accused of murdering April Jones 5 kept pictures of her on

first_imgTHE MAN ACCUSED of the murder of five-year-old April Jones in Wales kept pictures of her on his computer.BBC News reports that Mark Bridger, 47, of Ceinws, Powys, Wales also stored images of April’s half-sisters, other local girls and child murder victims.The prosecution claims the defendant murdered April in a sexually motivated attack, however, Bridger said he accidentally hit her with his car but does not remember what he did with her body. A young witness says April climbed willingly into Bridger’s car.The court in Wales also heard how Bridger approached April’s half-sister on Facebook last year, and tried to ‘friend’ her.Mark Bridger arrives at Mold Crown Court. (Images: Peter Byrne/PA Wire)Bridger is accused of abducting and murdering April last October but denies all charges against him including perverting the course of justice.The schoolgirl’s disappearance sparked one of the biggest police searches ever mounted in Britain and drew in hundreds of local people to scour the mountainous area, but her body has never been found.The trial heard that blood and tiny bone fragments found at Bridger’s cottage were a near-perfect match with April’s DNA.Bridger, an experienced slaughterman who once worked at an abattoir, denies abducting and murdering April as she played near her home in the small town of Machynlleth in mid-Wales on October 1 last year.Coral and Paul Jones, the parents of April Jones arrive at Mold Crown Court. (Image: Peter Byrne/PA Wire)The prosecution says he went to great lengths to clean up the evidence of her murder, although police officers who went to his home had not realised the significance of his efforts at the time.Earlier on the day that April vanished, Bridger exchanged text messages with his ex-girlfriend Vicky Fenner about their relationship that she had broken off.Bridger then allegedly texted his employer to ask for the day off and went to collect a benefit payment before returning home, viewing indecent images on his computer, looking at photos of local girls on Facebook and asking three women for dates on the social networking site.Additional reporting © AFP, 2013Read: Man accused of murdering April Jones ‘approached her sister on Facebook’> More: Suspect says he wishes he remembers what he did with April’s body>last_img read more

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EU reveals plans to buy oil from rebelheld parts of Syria

first_imgTHE SYRIAN GOVERNMENT has lodged a formal complaint with the United Nations after the European Union approved plans to allow its members to import oil from parts of Syria which are under the command of rebels.The EU has decided to allow members important oil and petrol products from rebel-held territory despite a trade embargo against the Syrian government itself.Syria’s foreign ministry has written to the UN calling the decision illegal and an “act of aggression.”“In an unprecedented decision that contradicts international law and the UN Charter… the European Union has decided to allow member states to import petrol… under the pretext of supporting the opposition,” state news agency SANA reported, citing the letters.“It is an illegal decision and an act of aggression.”Syrian rebels fighting President President Bashar al-Assad’s troops received a boost yesterday when the European Union eased its oil embargo to let them exploit the resources they control.But the decision raised a furious response in Damascus.The European Union will be trading “with the so-called opposition Coalition, which represents no one in Syria,” the letters to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council said.The decision is an act of “complicity in the theft of resources that belong to the Syrian people, represented by the current, legitimate government,” they added.“The European Union is following its political and economic campaign that targets the national economy and the daily bread of Syrian citizens,” the ministry added, referring to EU sanctions on the Assad regime.EU ministers’ decision to ease the 2011 oil embargo will enable companies on a case-by-case basis not only to import Syrian crude but also to export oil production technology and investment cash to areas in the hands of the opposition.Under the deal, European firms seeking to import Syrian crude or invest in the energy sector would ask for authorisation from their government, which in turn would confer with Syria’s opposition National Coalition to secure its agreement.At the start of the revolt that broke out in March 2011, Syria’s oil production was slashed by almost two thirds, falling to 130,000 barrels a day in March – just 0.1 per cent of the world’s total production, according to the International Energy Agency’s latest estimates.The European Union is nonetheless concerned that most oilfields in Deir Ezzor in the east and Hasake in the northeast are controlled by Al-Nusra Front, whose leadership has pledged allegiance to Al-Qaeda.- © AFP, 2013last_img read more

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Sergio Garcia sorry for fried chicken remark about Tiger Woods

first_imgI apologise for any offense that may have been caused by my comment on stage during the European Tour Players’ Awards dinner. I answered a question that was clearly made towards me as a joke with a silly remark, but in no way was the comment meant in a racist manner.”On a night when South African Ernie Els was lauded for his British Open triumph last summer, the final award went to Rory McIlroy.The Northern Irishman took home the Players’ Player of the Year award went to Rory McIlroy as his peers recognised his achievements of winning USPGA Championship, winning the Race to Dubai, reaching the summit of the world rankings [now occupied by Woods] and topping the US Tour money list.McIlroy received the award from Luke Donald, the winner of last year’s peer prize.Sergio Garcia lays into Tiger, says he’s been lying to media for 15 yearsEuro skipper Paul McGinley opts for 3 Ryder Cup wild cards FOR THE FIRST time since last September, the victorious 2012 European Ryder Cup team were reunited but a joke, made in haste and poor taste, by Sergio Gacria has overshadowed the reunion.The Spaniard has been the focus of increased media attention since his latest falling out with long-time rival Tiger Woods at The Players’ Championship at Sawgrass. The thin veil of cordiality has been torn down in the past two weeks and both Garcia and Woods have been openly critical of several aspects of each other’s lives, game and personalities.While both players are now hoping for the story to go away, Garcia’s comments at the European Tour Players’ Awards on Tuesday have kept the feud front and centre.Asked if he would invite Woods over tour dinner before next month’s US Open, Garcia remarked, “We’ll have him round every night. We will serve fried chicken.”The fried chicken remark may be associated with racial stereotypes of African-Americans and is redolent of the comments made by former US Masters winner Fuzzy Zoeller, about Woods, in 1997. Following Woods’ first Masters win that year, Zoeller remarked that fried chicken would be served as the main dish at the traditional winners’ dinner in 1998. Garcia, through the European Tour, was prompt in issuing an apology. It read:last_img read more

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Top 7 towns in Ireland plagued by stag and hen parties

first_imgSET DOWN THOSE paint ball guns, put away the L plates, and think about what you’ve done.Every weekend towns the length and breadth of the country are besieged with an influx of likely lads and girlo gals, determined to show their brides and grooms to be a good time.Now, we know they bring in much-needed business and craic, but spare a thought for the locals left behind after the last Jägerbomb has been imbibed.Here, in descending order, are the top six towns suffering from the zombie plague.7. GalwayWith the Go Bus and the train making a beeline for Galway, it’s a natural destination. Although some of them don’t wait until they alight to get the party started. Source: Burren Escape-Martin/Twitter Uh oh: Source: Rachel Cochrane/Twitter 2. Carrick-On-ShannonBooze cruises are the order of the day in Carrick, as is the ever-present bubble football. Source: YouTube And what the blazes is ‘hen party dancing’? 3. CarlingfordThere’s just the one (carpeted, national anthem-playing) nightclub in Carlingford, or so the legend goes.But that one nightclub (as well as the beautiful scenery, nice restaurants and ‘handiness’) is enough to draw scores of hen and stag parties to the Louth town. Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet 4. Dublin (Well, Temple Bar)Not only do they come from around Ireland to slip and slide around the cobbled streets, they come from across the Irish sea and beyond.The Temple Bar, The Quays, Oliver St John Gogarty’s and Fitzsimons with its ‘five floors of fun’ are all regularly subjected to gangs of men and women fresh off a Ryanair flight with baby Guinnesses on their minds.Matching t-shirts/headwear essential. Preferably with mention of each member of the party’s sexual prowess. Up For It Ursula, Dogging Dan etc. #selfie with Dutch tourists in a minivan. #carlingford #epic #henparty pic.twitter.com/pldjwaMEv7— Rachel Cochrane (@RadioRachelC) June 30, 2014 Source: Damien Tiernan/Twitter Be strong, people of Kilkenny.Read: 11 defining characteristics of an Irish hen party>Bill Murray crashed a stag party and gave an amazing speech> And then of course, there’s this: Source: Will Leahy/Twitter Source: gaulstownfarms/Twitter Manic day for hen party requests – over 30 in already @JJ2FM @Henparty Kilkenny & Carrick on Shannon beware— Will Leahy (@willleahy) October 25, 2013 Hen Party Dancing in Carrick-on-shannon: About Leitrim Henpartydance There is no better way to get the party… http://t.co/NtWcWQxZ0e— About Leitrim (@aboutleitrim) July 3, 2014 Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet In langtons Kilkenny on stag, serious, glad all hay is baled and lambs weighed pic.twitter.com/4oVDC49N— gaulstown (@gaulstownfarms) July 28, 2012 RT @lahinchpackages: Check this Football Zorbing Package #Lahinch Beach. http://t.co/MikfL0imDr … #Stag #Hen #Clare pic.twitter.com/Dh8SRFz10I— Burren Escape-Martin (@burrenescape) January 9, 2014 Source: About Leitrim/Twitter Which brings us on to number one…1. Kilkenny“2 Stag parties and 1 Hen party” that’s what the receptionist told use were staying along with us, after we got our room keys.Thus begins a Tripadvisor review of just one of the many hotels, hostels and B&Bs that grace Kilkenny’s streets.It’s the unofficial hen and stag capital of Ireland.Langtons, the main nightclub in the town, has been known to play Black Eyed Peas’ I’ve Gotta Feelin’ (the unofficial hen party anthem) twice in the one night and there are restaurants in Kilkenny that refuse to take stag and hen parties, such is the reputation for carry-on. Hen party 21 women arrived into Springhill Hotel in Kilkenny; some with blow up doll wandered into count centre not knowing what happening— Damien Tiernan (@damienwlr) May 24, 2014 And again on the way home:6. AthloneThe Piano Bar in Athlone town is a regular haunt of hens and stags, and they play the national anthem at the end of the night, and Maniac 2000 at least once.What more reason is needed for the willy straw-waving brigade to descend on the midlands, keeping the residents of the Radisson, Sheraton and other hostelries up all night. Source: StagIt.ie 5. LahinchWherever you see zorbing, then you can be sure hens and stags will swiftly follow.last_img read more

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This Weeks Best YouTube Videos Kinect Injuries CODBLOPS and More

first_imgCall of Duty: Black Ops TV Commercial: “There’s A Soldier In All Of Us” It’s no surprise that this newly released commercial for the just-released Call of Duty: Black Ops (or CODBLOPS, as many gamers have taken to calling it) game has pulled down close to 2 million views. The new game is smashing sales records, and to drive the point home this new commercial reveals that behind each avatar in the game is an actual human being with a day job and a life – you know, normal people. Normal people with guns. And grenades. Blowing things up and shooting each other. It’s all in good fun, and there are more than a few celebrity cameos in the commercial as well. With over 8 million views at YouTube since it was uploaded on the 7th of November, the kids on the Driscoll Middle School football team must be pretty proud of themselves, not just for the incredible touchdown they scored in the video by fooling the opposing team into thinking the ball hadn’t just been snapped, but also for the impromptu fame the recording of the play earned them.  Admittedly it’s kind of a one-shot thing; none of their opponents will ever fall for that again, and you bet the other team won’t, either. ALERT: Mystery Missile Launch Seen off Calif. Coast 11/09/2010 The “Mystery Missile” was probably this week’s biggest buzz on the Internet. Blogs were chattering about it, and this YouTube video was embedded on countless sites, with readers everywhere begging or an explanation. Even the Pentagon had to get involved to first say that there was no missile launch in that area, and finally to reassure the public that the so-called “missile” was actually a plane in flight. AdChoices广告Granted, none of that did anything to assure conspiracy theorists, who are still buzzing over what the cloud formation really was, where the so-called “missile” went, and – yes, I’m not making this up – whether the government is secretly using the missile to spray mind-controlling chemicals over the west coast of the United States. Seriously, speculation is still running rampant in the YouTube comments as you read this. Driscoll Middle School Trick Play Andy Irons – I Surf Because Short Film I don’t follow surfing, but even I knew who Andy Irons was, and this week he passed away. Andy Irons was one of the world’s greatest surfers, with a host of championships and awards to his credit. After he passed, this old short film that includes an interview with Irons where he explains why he surfs, mixed with footage of him on his board out on the water, started trending again on YouTube. To date, it’s close to a million views. If you’ve ever wanted to know what good surfing looks like, this is the video to watch. YouTube was buzzing this week over made-up conspiracy theories, cloud formations over the California coast, the launch of Kinect for the XBox 360, and the launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops for PCs and consoles. Some of those things made for great videos, others really didn’t. Regardless, we sifted through some of the trending videos at YouTube again this week to bring you some predictably awesome Kinect-related moments, a eulogy for an incredible athlete, and some young athletes with a few tricks up their sleeves.  Kinect Fail Kinect for the XBox 360 launched this week, and sure enough people everywhere started clearing out their living rooms to make way to play the new games available for it. The trouble is, when people start getting off of their couches and getting active, one thing inevitably happens: people get injured. In this video, which has already racked up over 250,000 views, two family members try out the Kinect, with interesting results.last_img read more

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Sony embeds PS2 in budget 22 LCD TV

first_imgAs far as Sony’s gaming division is concerned, the PS3 is the focus and the PS2 is a part of history. But the Japanese company’s TV division has other ideas, and has decided to include the aging last generation games console in a new TV.The Sony KDL-22PX300 is a budget 22″ LCD TV capable of displaying 720p output. It has 4x HDMI ports, 3x USB 2.0 ports, and 2x optical outs. In the base of the stand comes the surprise, though. A PlayStation 2 in a new case slides in and out allowing you to play hundreds of games, but also offering DVD and CD playback.AdChoices广告The price of this display is $310, so it won’t break the bank and may make for a great bedroom TV for the kids. That is if they aren’t pestering you for a PS3 or Xbox 360.There’s no information on when this TV is going to become available and in which territories at the moment.Read more at KotakuMatthew’s OpinionAs this is a HD panel Sony must be doing some kind of upscaling of the PS2 output otherwise it’s going to look pretty poor. The same is true of any DVDs you try to play through the PS2 hardware if upscaling hasn’t been implemented.I’m not sure if this budget TV is going to be popular or not. If you grew up playing PS2 games then this may be tempting, especially if your PS2 no longer works or has been sold. It may also be the case that the PS3 you have doesn’t include backwards compatibility like the early models did.For kids today that want a TV in their room, a PS2 won’t cut it. They’ll demand an iPhone, DS, or PS3 and Xbox 360. Wii? I’m not so sure how many kids want one anymore.last_img read more

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Sony PlayStation CEO Disses Nintendo

first_imgThe Sony PlayStation team is finally standing up for the brand. The CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, Jack Tretton, has stated that the Nintendo DS is for kids only, while the Wii is already outdated. Here is the quote from Mr. Tretton when he talked to CNN about Nintendo:If you’re really going to sustain technology for a decade, you have to be cutting edge when you launch a platform. Here we are four years into the PlayStation 3, and it’s just hitting its stride. We’ll enjoy a long downhill roll behind it because the technology that was so cutting edge in 2006 is extremely relevant today Referring to the Wii controllers that Sony Move has mastered, Tretton went on to say that motion gaming was “cute.” Tretton also said that he believes the PlayStation 3 will last for at least six more years, while staying relevant. Via TG Dailylast_img read more

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Nest smart thermostat teardown reveals inner beauty

first_imgA very curious geek has risked the $250 investment in the Nest thermostat — the clever, networked device from one of the people behind the iPod — to tear it apart and share its insides with the world. The teardown reveals that the Nest is truly an advanced piece of electronics with a very Apple-ish attention to detail.The thermostat is chock full of high tech parts, including infrared sensors for movement and proximity, humidity sensors, a magneto scroll, and even a mini-USB connector. It also has multiple wireless radios and a large battery to provide steady power to all these extra bits.Throughout the process, our hero noticed the ease of taking things apart and even got about halfway through the process with the Nest-branded Phillips screwdriver included in the box. After that, the Torx screwdrivers came out.If you were wondering, magneto sensors are used in the scrolling outer edge of the device. Like a click wheel, it’s used for everything from raising or lowering the temperature to choosing letters from a radial menu to enter Wi-Fi passwords.When he reached the end of the teardown, the bare PCB, he found something remarkable: every IC chip was bonded to the PCB. He exclaimed with surprise, wondering if Nest was worried about mechanical shock or vibration. A more likely cause is a concern for long-running device quality. A thermostat is unlike most gadgets we buy, for instance a mobile phone. People don’t want to upgrade them frequently — consumers tend to buy one and keep it forever.To the disappointment of many of us here at Geek, none of the specific ICs have been looked up yet. However, the author spotted “two flexible PCB antennas” with one marked Zigbee, in reference to an open standard for automated home devices. It’s likely the case that the other one is for Wifi and that the thermostat, along with future Nest devices, will embrace the Zigbee standard.In another testament to the device’s design it “astonishingly” was put back together in just a few minutes. Ultimately the teardown’s author praised the hardware design, as well as the UI and website design for the Nest. “It’s slick. Really slick,” he wrote, adding that the ribbons, connectors, battery and hardware were all of high quality.More at SparkfunBlake’s OpinionAs we wrote when Nest was introduced, there’s a lot of Apple DNA in this product. That’s not too surprising considering Nest is founded by Tony Fadell, who is a prominent character in the iPod chapter of Steve Jobs’ biography. He’s often referred to colloquially as “the father of the iPod.” But there’s one more chapter from the Jobs bio that belongs in the Nest story: an emphasis on beauty, even in the parts inside the device.The teardown pictures reveal that the Nest thermostat is as pretty inside as it can be. Lines are clean, parts are well laid out, and even though almost no one will tear down the device like this, almost anyone can. There are even hints of symmetry among connectors inside the round device. There are still other small, Apple-ish details like the “Designed in US / Built in China” monicker printed on the back of the device.Aside from the trademark attractive design and well-executed software, it’s clear that Fadell and company took a lot of Apple with them when they left to form Nest.last_img read more

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Create an eerie symphony of sound with jelly

first_imgAnd here you were under the impression that jelly was just for eating. Well, in most cases it is, unless you hook it up to a fancy capacitive sensor and some other bits of hardware and software to make this wiggly snack sing.A group of students at their last year at Les Ateliers French national institute for design have created what they call a “game” called ‘Noisy Jelly’, but it really isn’t a game per se–more of a fun reason to play with your food and make theremin-like noises.The artist Marianne Cauvard is a food designer with a deep fascination for jellies, a material she describes as both “attractive and repelling.” Combining her food fascination with engineer Raphaël Pluvinage’s mind for virtual and physical systems, you can begin to piece together how this project came about.The jelly is made up of water, agar agar powder (a semi-translucent gelatin), and food coloring. The “game board” is a capacitive sensor made up of a piece of wood laid over metal foil, which is hooked up to an Arduino board that is running #capcence lib, Max/Msp software, and Arduino2Max.The sensors react to your electric touch based on the salt concentration where you touch the jelly, and how much pressure you use. The shape of the jelly also factors into the equation. The result (as seen in the video above) is a musical, almost eerie noise that emanates from nearby speakers at the mere touch of your finger. Touch more than one at a time and you have a bizarre symphony of sounds.via PopScilast_img read more

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Adobe Creative Cloud launches for 4999 a month

first_imgIn April last year Adobe introduced a big change to the way in which you could purchase and use its popular tools. Instead of spending thousands of dollars to purchase editions outright, you could instead pay a monthly subscription for access to different versions of Creative Suite 5.5.Today, Adobe has unveiled the next stage of its subscription model timed to coincide with the launch of Creative Suite 6. The multiple subscription versions from last year have been replaced by just one under the new name of Creative Cloud Membership.Creative Cloud gains you access to everything Adobe has to offer as parts of the Creative Suite experience. It costs $74.99 per month, or drops to $49.99 if you sign up for an annual membership. That’s going to be tempting to those who only want to use tools for a short period of time. However, when compared to the standard version pricing, which ranges from $1,299 to $2,599, it’s clear Adobe is encouraging everyone to switch to a subscription model.The news is even better for existing users who can get the first year of subscription for $29.99 per month. A Student and Teacher Edition is also being made available for the same $29.99 per month.The Creative Cloud offers a few advantages over opting to buy a CS6 products outright. First of all, you are going to gain access to more tools as part of your subscription, including the final version of Adobe Edge for HTML5 development, and Photoshop Lightroom 4 when it ships. Add to that 20GB of cloud storage and sharing facilities allowing you to edit wherever you happen to be and on a range of devices including tablets. Adobe will also support publishing, website creation, and offers access to Typekit for 700 typefaces.Ultimately a subscription ends up costing more than buying a suite of tools in the long run. However, if you opted for the top package at a cost of $2,599, you could instead subscribe and get 52 months of access before spending the equivalent. By that point Adobe may have the next version available to buy/subscribe too. Therefore the subscription is going to be a very tempting proposition even for regular users of Adobe applications.Check out the table below (click to view full size) for a comparison of the different CS6 products and Creative Cloud:Read more at Adobe and TechCrunchlast_img read more

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Apple being sued for Time Capsule data failure

first_imgUpon bringing the defective unit to the Genius Bar at his local Apple store, Tung claims the technician he spoke with told him that the data was lost and irretrievable. The lawyer’s claims go on to say that the same tech told him that the Time Capsule line was plagued with power supply and design issues. Upon returning home and doing some research on the internet, he indeed found that other users have had similar issues with Apple’s backup appliance. Apple hasn’t commented on the law suit as of yet, but Tung may have a leg to stand on if he can indeed prove that the pictures were on the drive, and that the device suffered from the aforementioned issues.Apple did indeed have production issues with the Time Capsule when it first released, there was a small recall on some of the very first units off the line due to a bad power supply issue. I myself had one go bad in this way, only to have Apple deny any kind of warranty service even though it turned out to be a power supply issue. Upon removing the drive from the device (after Apple said it wouldn’t help) I found all the data and the drive to be in working order, the malfunction due to the fact that the power supply had failed and couldn’t power the drive properly.It will be interesting to see how this case moves forward as it could set precedent at least in the Canadian legal system. Whichever way it goes, it shows that consumers need to diversify their backup procedures to ensure that precious data doesn’t get lost or destroyed. The Time Capsule isn’t a magical piece of equipment that will never fail, it’s a hard drive that sits on top of low-level programming that communicates with OS X. That hard drive, any hard drive, will fail at some point!via CBC News. A lawyer from British Columbia, named Perminder Tung, has filed a $25,000 law suit in small claims court against the technology giant. Tung claims he and his family lost over a year’s worth of pictures, including those of his newborn child, when the drive in his Time Capsule failed.last_img read more

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Notch adds multiplayer and sound to 0x10c

first_imgTo say that Notch‘s next game is developing quickly is a becoming a bit of an understatement. After 7 months of working on the core functionality of the space MMO, we’ve seen some major progress over the past few weeks on 0x10c.Earlier this month Notch released a video showing good progress towards a playable release. That included a demonstration of dynamic lighting and an art test as well as allowing a player to run around their textured ship.Today, Notch released another video with two major additions appearing. The first is sound, which can now be applied to objects in the game. We hear the player’s weapon shoot, the terminal bleep when interacted with, and some background sounds as other objects are passed or approached. I’m guessing background music and footsteps are just another build away. The more exciting addition though, is multiplayer, and the presence of a second character running around and shooting (also complete with sound).There’s clearly still a long way to go before 0x10c is a “real” game, but it looks to be getting very close to that point where a playable release is actually viable. I doubt we’ll see it get to that point in 2012, but this is Notch we are talking about, and he’s made great progress this month already.You can track the ongoing progress of 0x10c over at the official website and forums.last_img read more

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