Man seriously injured in Loughrea crash

first_imgGARDAÍ IN GALWAY are investigating a single vehicle serious road accident that has left a 20-year-old man in a serious condition.The crash occurred on the N66 Loughrea to Gort Road, approximately 3km outside Loughrea, this morning at 4.30am.The man was seriously injured when the car he was a passenger in collided with a ditch. He was taken to University College Hospital Galway where his condition is believed to be serious. Both the driver and second passenger were uninjured.The road is closed to traffic and diversions are in place. Forensic collision investigators have been notified to attend the scene.Anyone with information is asked to contact Loughrea Garda Station 091 842870 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.Read: Pedestrian killed by car in Leitrimlast_img

Cabinet approves plans to progress support for Irish bid to host Rugby

first_imgTHE CABINET HAS signed off on plans to further progress its support for an all-Ireland bid to host the Rugby World Cup in ten years’ time.Transport, Tourism and Sport Minister Leo Varadkar briefed Cabinet ministers on plans to bring the tournament to Ireland in 2023 with games held in the south and north of the island if the IRFU bid is successful.Cabinet approved plans to approach the Northern Executive – which is also considering the matter – with a view to formally supporting a bid by the IRFU to host the tournament in 2023.Earlier this week, Varadkar said that a Rugby World Cup would be the “the biggest thing Ireland could do” in terms of international tournaments with the Olympics and the soccer World Cup out of reach.A study by consultant firm Deloitte has raised hopes that a bid is realistic, after claiming that it would be viable to have a cross-border bid.Some estimates claim that Ireland could benefit economically to the tune of €800 million.Read: Local people are the key to Ireland’s World Cup bid – Sebastian CoeRead: Keith Wood is behind Ireland’s bid to host Rugby World CupRead: Varadkar ‘very confident’ Ireland will bid for Rugby World Cuplast_img read more

Shots fired at police in Northern Ireland being treated as attempted murder

first_imgPolice are treating this attack as attempted murder of officers as they were providing a service to the community of north Belfast.It is to be utterly condemned by all right minded members of society and I urge anyone with any information to contact police immediately. THREE POLICE VEHICLES in North Belfast are believed to have been struck by a number of gunshot rounds as they travelled along the Crumlin Road near Brompton Park this evening.Officers reported the incident at around 7.10pm. There are no reports of any injuries at this time.Police enquiries into the incident are at an early stage and detectives would ask anyone with any information which could assist them with their enquiries to contact them at Tennent Street on 0845 600 8000.District Commander, Chief Superintendent George Clarke condemned those responsible and stated: Read: Sex offender prevented from travelling under Northern Ireland’s first ever Foreign Travel Order>Read: Man arrested in connection with David Black murder is released>last_img read more

TheScoreies A to Z of the sporting year

first_imgUpdated at 23.34A – All Blacks: It was only a few weeks ago, but who could ever forget the Ireland-New Zealand game? Surely, it will be remembered as both the best and worst match of the year from an Irish perspective.B – British and Irish Lions: From an Irish rugby viewpoint, the experience may have been somewhat soured by BOD’s exclusion, but for many, the victory was no less satisfying, especially due to the emphatic manner in which the team ultimately beat the Australians.C – Cricket: 2013 was another excellent year for the Irish team, as they qualified for the 2015 World Cup. The past 12 months will also be remembered for the retirement of an Irish cricketing legend — Trent Johnson.D – Dublin footballers: For the second time in three years, the Dublin footballers claimed the All-Ireland title, showcasing an array of exciting talents and some brilliant football along the way.E – Egan: Olympic silver medallist and 10-time Irish champion Ken Egan announced his retirement back in February, as a long and distinguished career came to an end.F – Ferguson: Legendary Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson announced his shock retirement in May, after guiding his side to yet another Premier League title. Unsurprisingly, it didn’t take Ferguson long before he was back in the headlines, after his controversial autobiography leveled strong criticism at Roy Keane, David Beckham and Wayne Rooney among others.G – German Football: Will 2013 be remembered as the start of an incredible era in German football? The Champions League final was an all-German affair, with Bayern eventually overcoming Dortmund. Can the national team further confirm their dominance by winning this summer’s World Cup?H – Hawkeye: The much-discussed system was in place for this year’s All-Ireland Championship, however after it made an obvious error during the minor hurling semi-final, it was controversially stood down, only to return shortly thereafter.I – Irish cycling: An excellent year in all, as both Dan Martin and Nicolas Roche performed exceptionally, with the latter winning stage two of the Vuelta and coming fifth overall, while Martin became the first Irishman to win a stage at the Tour de France since since Stephen Roche in 1992. Elsewhere, Pat McQuaid failed to secure a nomination from Cycling Ireland in his ultimately unsuccessful UCI Presidential re-election bid. And of course, not forgetting Martyn Irvine’s fantastic achievements in track cycling.J – Jason Quigley: The Irish boxer secured a silver medal as his unbeaten run was agonisingly brought to an end in the final of the World Championships.K – Katie Taylor: 2012 was always going to be a tough act to follow for Taylor, but she didn’t disappoint this year, winning gold at the European Union lightweight final among other achievements.L – Lance: The disgraced American cyclist finally admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs and gave some other intriguing insights in interviews with both Oprah and The Daily Mail.(Lance Armstrong’s interview with Oprah was one of the most talked-about TV events of the year — George Burns/AP/Press Association Images)M – MONKeano: The unthinkable occurred as Martin O’Neill agreed to become Ireland’s new manager with Roy Keane as his assistant, after Giovanni Trapattoni stepped down following the side’s failure to qualify for the 2014 World Cup.N – Niamh Briggs: The Irish women’s rugby team won the Six Nations Grand Slam for the first time ever, with Briggs scoring the all-important try against Italy and subsequently being named Player of the Year in recognition of her performances.O – O’Donnell and the rest of the Clare hurlers: Clare won a classic All-Ireland hurling final, beating Cork 5-16 to 3-16, and claiming the trophy for the first time since 1997. The man of the moment was undoubtedly 19-year-old Shane O’Donnell, a late call-up to the team, who scored an incredible 3-3 on the day.P – Paralympians: Team Ireland had a tough act to follow after their incredible success at the 2012 Paralympics, but they did more than enough to ensure 2013 was similarly memorable, with Jason Smyth and Michael McKillop (among others) once again excelling.Q – The Queen: Her horse Estimate won the Ascot Gold Cup and the video of her reaction is deadly. It was also a memorable year for the Irish in horse racing, with both Joseph O’Brien  and Tony McCoy creating history.R – Rob Heffernan: Following his Olympic heartbreak, Ireland’s Rob Heffernan showed remarkable character to secure a gold medal at the World Championships.S – Sailing: Like Heffernan, Annalise Murphy also went a considerable way towards making up for her Olympic disappointment with a gold at the European Championships in Dublin.T – Te’o: The sporting scoop of the year arguably took place at the very start of it, with the bizarre story of American football player Manti Te’o and a fake girlfriend h0ax.U – UFC: Ireland’s fascination with the world of MMA increased in 2013, with Conor McGregor putting in some impressive performances before a bad injury put a premature end to his year.V – Vonn: The ski racer’s relationship with Tiger Woods was officially announced in March, as the American golfer went some way towards rehabilitating his image.W – Wozzilroy: It was a difficult year for sport’s golden couple with both underachieving in their respective games. However, McIlroy did at least show some evidence of improvement towards the end of the year.X – X-Ray: The picture of Tommy Bowe with his X-ray and his remarkable comeback to play on the Lions tour was a sight to behold. Ditto, Rory Best.Y – You: Because always remembers its loyal readers and is in no way looking for a way around a tricky letter.Z – Zebo: The young Irish winger became a bonafide star in 2013 thanks partially to his outrageous flick in the Six Nations match with Wales. His equally outrageous miming to ‘Otis’ als0 caught the eye.What have we missed?My journey to complete an old Premier League sticker album>Interview: Robbie Keane talks Ireland, coaching and the Ballon d’Or>last_img read more

6 things Michael Jackson loved about Ireland

first_imgTHIS MONTH MARKS 30 years since Michael Jackson’s hit Billie Jean made it to the big time.It’s also 25 years since he brought his Bad world tour to Pairc Uí Chaoimh in Cork.Between 1988 and his death in 2009, Jackson visited Ireland many more times, often to play live, but several times to enjoy the seclusion and privacy afforded to him and his family.In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, here’s 6 things the King of Pop loved about Ireland…1. CorkMichael’s brother Jermaine Jackson appeared on the Late Late Show a couple of years back and said that he had loved spending time in Cork.Following his aquittal in a child abuse case in 2005, Jackson sought solace in Cork, travelling there in 2006 and staying in Blackwater Castle.He returned in Summer 2007 spending time at  Ballinacurra House near Kinsale. It’s reported that he was planning to buy an estate in Cork as a getaway for his family.YouTube/mjspyt2. Grouse Lodge and Coolatore HouseJackson and his family spent five months in Westmeath in 2007, recording music and enjoying the countryside seclusion.Grouse Lodge features a recording studio (Radiohead and REM are amongst the bands who’ve worked there), while Coolatore House across the road provided the lodgings for the family (there’s even a bar, karoke room and table tennis room in the basement).Michael Jackson’s signature in the guest book, which now hangs in the kitchen of Coolatore House. (Abi Skipp/Flickr/Creative Commons)3. His kids playing with the local kidsAt both Grouse Lodge and Ballinacurra House Michael Jackson’s children Paris, Blanket and Prince played with the children of the owners of both residences. Image: Ballincurra.com4. Ray from Ray’s Taxi HireWhen the Jackson family lived in Westmeath, they didn’t bring their own vehicle with them, so Ray from Ray’s Taxi Hire was drafted in by Grouse Lodge owners Paddy and Clare Dunning to drive them around.In this video (from 4.24) Ray explains how he spent the next few months as Michael’s driver, doing messages, picking people up and driving the family around:YouTube/Guardian Music 5. Inviting people to stay with himWill. I . Am from the Black Eyed Peas was among the musicians and  producers summoned to Westmeath in 2007 to help Michael work on new music.Michael Jackson, Will.I.Am. and Access Hollywood interviewer Billy Bush at Grouse Lodge (YouTube/MJJFEurope) 6. BowlingDuring his stay in Ireland, Michael Jackson and his family went bowling in Cosmic Bowl in Tullamore Adventure Centre.Obviously nobody else’s feet were allowed to be placed inside Jacko’s shoes after he wore them. Instead, they had them framed.Abi Skipp/Flickr/Creative CommonsFrom the photo archives: St Patrick’s Day 1954>Richard Branson goes green for St. Patrick’s Day>last_img read more

UCI President Pat McQuaid secures nomination for third term

first_imgAt its Board meeting on the 12th of April, the Board of Cycling Ireland agreed to the nomination request from Pat McQuaid for the President of the UCI. The Board requested that Pat McQuaid would raise with the UCI Management Committee certain concerns on governance issues which they would consider for tabling at the 2013 UCI Congress. The specific issues are:1. An independent review of the system of internal controls and processes at the UCI, with the findings to be published and the recommendations implemented.2. Engagement with Stakeholders to re-write the existing Governance Code and the Code of Ethics, as set out in the Constitution of the UCI.3. The following proposals are to be put forward to UCI Management Committee for tabling at the 2013 Congress at:a. A limitation on the period for which a president or vice president can serve in the UCI as follows effective after the 2013 Congress:The maximum number of two four year terms.No president, vice president or management committee member can serve the UCI for more than 16 years in total over their life time, in any capacity (paid, voluntary or other).b. That co-opted management committee members are permitted to vote on all matters which management committee members are entitled to vote. Jason Day leads Masters as Woods falters > PAT McQUAID HAS secured the nomination he needed from Cycling Ireland to stand for a third term as UCI President.However, the organisation has requested a number of changes withing the sport’s governing body to be implemented at the UCI World Congress in September.Cycling Ireland is seeking assurances that, in the future, a term limit of two four-year periods is imposed on the UCI President. The organisation also wants to limit the number of years any official can operate withing the UCI to 16.If that is ratified, McQuaid could be forced to step down later this year.McQuaid has already served eight years as road commission chairman and two four-year terms as President, the second of which has been marred by the controversy surrounding the disgraced former cyclist Lance Armstrong.At present, nobody has come forward to oppose his candidacy for a third term, although former Tour de France winner Greg LeMond has said that he stand for election on an interim basis until a permanent successor to McQuaid is found.Here is Cycling Ireland’s statement in full:last_img read more

Twoweekold karaoke app has 70k users and Lindsay Lohans a huge fan

first_img 16-year-old Greta Thunberg met with Obama and chided senators, saying they’re not trying hard enough to fight climate change 10 things in tech you need to know today See how smoggy downtown LA was the day before Trump is expected to demolish California’s attempts to tackle auto emissions China could be the biggest loser from the Saudi Arabia oil attack ALEC ANDRONIKOV, 29, has started and sold two companies, and he may have another hit on his hands. That’s if Lindsay Lohan has it her way.In 2005, Alex Andronikov quit his job on Wall Street. He moved to San Francisco and crashed on a friend’s couch with little more than a startup idea.Andronikov had worked in the telecommunications investment group at JPMorgan. He noticed voice search services, like 411 in the US, were a largely untapped market. In 2005, $6.5 billion worth of calls were made to 411. The average call cost $1.50, making it a $10 billion+ business.  Andronikov created inFreeDA, an advertising-sponsored directory that served relevant search results when people called for assistance.AT&T acquired inFreeDA in October 2006 and Andronikov began his next venture, MoVoxx. MoVoxx was a mobile advertising company backed by Khosla Ventures, First Round Capital, Greycroft and others. That company was also acquired, first by Adenyo and later Motricity for $100 million.Since then, Andronikov has moved back to New York. While angel investing, a new opportunity caught his eye.Record songs or rap for friends and strangersIn China, YY Group recently went public and it has a popular song sharing application. Three of the most watched shows on TV are singing competitions (The Voice, American Idol and X Factor). Andronikov wondered why a popular song sharing app hadn’t taken off in the United States, despite obvious demand.In early April, Andronikov and his co-founder Sergey Fedorov released an app called Just Sing It. The game resembles Draw Something, OMGPOP‘s popular Pictionary-like app which was acquired by Zynga for $180 million. It’s also similar to Instagram in that users can add filters to voice recordings. They can make their voice sound high or low, or even squeaky like a hamster.On Just Sing It, users can record songs or rap for friends and strangers. The singer can pick a music genre (R&B, Hip Hop, Dance, Country or Pop) and the lyrics show up, like a karaoke screen. The recipient then guesses which song is being sung. Andronikov thinks it will be a good way for friends to send funny-sounding messages to each other, for people to watch amusing displays of talent, and for serious singers to get found. Recordings can also be shared on social networks.Since April 4, about 70,000 people have downloaded Just Sing It and 400,000 recordings have been made. The app owes much of its quick growth to actress Lindsay Lohan who came across the app and tweeted its praises:Andronikov says his team didn’t pay for the endorsement, but now that they know she’s likes the app, they’re working with her team to “make the most of her being a fan.” Lohan has now tweeted seven times about Just Sing It, asking her 6 million followers to join in. The marketing move is working; on April 5 Just Sing It enjoyed Apple’s No. 1 Free App position.Having downloaded the app, and I’m not as infatuated with it as Lohan is. It’s not easy to record anything other than suggested songs, and I’m not a big fan of singing in public.The idea of filtering your voice is interesting, but other apps like Smule‘s I Am T Pain also let you record and alter your voice. If Just Sing It was more of a Snapchat experience, where you could say something in a funny voice and know it’d be permanently deleted, that’d be more appealing for self-conscious people like me.But for those who use are comfortable putting themselves out there, like Lohan, it seems addicting. Andronikov says his team is close to announcing a seed round in the next week or two.- Alyson Shontelllast_img read more

New limits for rent supplement to kick in later this month

first_imgSOCIAL PROTECTION MINISTER Joan Burton has indicated plans to change the limits for the amount that somebody receiving rent supplement can pay for their accommodation.The changes will see most limits lowered slightly, but will see some limits increased in areas like Dublin or Galway where prices have increased since the last adjustment in January 2012.They will also split Counties Kildare and Wicklow into two areas, to reflect the varying prices between North and South Kildare, and between Bray and the rest of Wicklow.The changes are intended to reflect the changes in rental prices around the country, and reflects recent rental price data from the Central Statistics Office and among others.The Department of Social Protection said the general theme of the rules was to ensure that rent supplement applicants were able to afford around 35 per cent of all rental properties on the market.There are around 86,000 people in receipt of rent supplement throughout the country, who receive roughly €403 million each year, on the basis that they have no other source of accommodation available to them and they would be otherwise unable to afford a rental home.The changes are intended to come into effect for around 18 months starting June 15, and will cost the Department roughly €7 million extra this year.A PDF of the old and new rates can be downloaded here.Read: Cuts to rent supplement ‘forcing people to become homeless’last_img read more

Tom Curran Miracle drug being withdrawn is like kicking the crutches from

first_imgMULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SUVERERS are holding out hope that the ‘wonder drug’ Frampyra will soon become available by the HSE again.Since the end of last month MS sufferers taking the drug have had to face a bill of €500 a month to keep on it.It had been available to a number of sufferers for free for the past two years but was removed after the HSE said the manufacturer could not justify the prices in order for it to be refunded.Tom Curran, the partner of the late Marie Fleming, is campaigning for the drug to be available at a reasonable price for MS sufferers.He described it being withdrawn from the General Medical Scheme as “kicking the crutches from underneath sufferers”.Manufacturer Biogen Idec met with the HSE recently to discuss a potential revised application.The HSE told that it expects Biogen Idec will submit a revised application. The HSE will then re-consider the application in as timely a fashion as possible in line with the agreed procedures and timescales for the assessment of new medicines.Curran said, “the least we are asking is that some sort of arrangement could be arranged for the people who are already on it.It’s a huge psychological problem as well and the stress affects MS badly- anytime Marie got stressed her MS would get worse.He added that, “Biogen are not in a position to tell us how many people were on the trial but I know that there are around 20 people who now have to pay the full price.”He described the results from the drug as ‘miraculous’.Fine Gael TD Regina Doherty made the point that without access to this medicine, some people will no longer be able to work and so will be entitled to a €785 per month disability benefit payment.Curran also said that the long term effect of taking the drug would mean some people might not need the same amount of help from the State, so it would be an investment by the health service.Read: Medicinal marijuana drug means end to buying drugs on the street>last_img read more