Butterfly populations are down 12% over the past decadeA report unveiled last week revealed how the world’s insects are heading down the path to extinction which will threaten a “collapse of nature’s ecosystems”. Figures from the National Biodiversity Data Centre reveal Irish butterfly populations have plummeted by a rate of 12% over the past decade while bumblebee numbers are down 14% in the last six years. The public is being urged to let small patches of their gardens grow wild or even allow more time in between lawn cuts to allow flowers to blossom to help reverse the trend of declining insect populations. The global study confirmed more than 40% of insect species are declining and a third are endangered. Mr Murray said the fall in Irish butterfly and bumblebee populations are strong indicators as to the well-being of other insect populations in Ireland but only a fraction are monitored.
February 18, 2019 05:37 UTC
Connacht 25 - 17 CheetahsCoach Andy Friend was delighted to see Connacht claim victory over the Cheetahs, leaving destiny in their own hands as they chase a PRO14 play-off spot. Shaun Venter levelled with a super try for Cheetahs, but Jack Carty’s outstanding territorial kicking helped Connacht to the win. “For Jack Carty, I’d love for him to be in Rome, for Connacht Rugby I’d love for him to be in Glasgow,” said Friend. Scorers for Connacht:T Farrell, T McCartney, J Butler tries; J Carty 2 cons, 2 pens. Scorers for Cheetahs:R Maxwane, L Fouche, S Venter tries; T Schoeman con.
Health and welfare graduates fare well, with 88% in employment or due to start a job, followed by ICT graduates (82%), engineering, manufacturing, and construction graduates (82%), business, administration, and law graduates (79%), graduates in services including tourism and hospitality (80%), agriculture, forestry, fisheries, and veterinary graduates (74%), social sciences and journalism graduates (72%), natural sciences, maths, and statistics graduates (67%), and arts and humanities graduates (63%). The average full-time starting salary for 2017’s third-level graduates is €33,574 although this varies significantly by sector, region, and degree type. University graduates earn an average of €34,759 within their first year of work whereas those who graduate from institutes of technology earn €31,998. Overall, graduates with a third-level education are twice as likely to be employed as those without a formal education, and three times less likely to be unemployed. With an increasing number of multinationals now based in Ireland, it is expected that there will be 18,000 high-level ICT job openings a year by 2022.
The State could face an avalanche of legal actions from children with special needs if the system to assess their needs is not rectified, according to a leading children’s rights solicitor. An assessment of needs within a strict timeframe is a legal entitlement for any child suspected of having special needs. The timeframe was introduced to reflect the importance of early intervention in addressing needs such as Autism Spectrum Disorder. If this problem is not rectified, says children’s rights solicitor Gareth Noble, it is inevitable that parents will seek to assert their rights through legal actions against the State. “You will have a host of civil actions from children seeking damages because of the late delivery of the assessment of needs,” said Mr Noble.
That much has been pretty obvious from the moment the Norwegian became Manchester United's interim boss in December. Barely five minutes has gone by without Solskjaer reeling off a famous old Fergie saying or recounting something that the legendary Scot did which is informing and educating him in the ways of top level management. And some Manchester United fans think that the Norwegian has dusted off an old Fergie classic in the build-up to next weekend's Premier League clash between United and Liverpool at Old Trafford. Now regardless of United's battle to finish in the top four we all know that next Sunday's game is a bigger one for Liverpool. (Image: PA)The Reds are aiming for a first league title in 1990, and win at Old Trafford would be a huge step towards it.
February 18, 2019 05:26 UTC
Gardaí have launched an investigation after a man suffered serious head injuries following an altercation in a Cork town over the weekend. But he said detectives are waiting for an improvement in the injured party’s medical condition before speaking to him. It’s believed that words were exchanged between the man and at least one individual in the group before an altercation occurred between the victim and another man. The victim suffered serious head injuries arising out of the incident. An ambulance was called and the man was taken to Cork University Hospital for treatment for what was a suspected fractured skull and bleeding into the brain.
February 18, 2019 05:15 UTC
A no-deal Brexit would mean a certain return to violence along the Irish border a UNESCO backed report has warned. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Hugh Orde, the former chief constable of the PSNI, have already warned that the return of a hard border in the North could risk peace as customs and border posts would become targets. The report firmly concludes that, in as little as six weeks it is possible that a hard border could materialise due to a no-deal Brexit, triggering a return to violence in Northern Ireland. This will ensure that the peace process on this island is not jeopardised by a no deal Brexit related hard border. “The EU need to ensure there is no return to a hard border in light of the facts outline in the UNESCO chairs report,” Mr Daly said.
February 18, 2019 05:13 UTC
The Glen Rovers man pointed 15 frees from a variety of distances and angles, his tally rising in direct proportion to Clare’s indiscipline in defence. Scorers for Cork: P Horgan (0-16, 0-15 frees); S Harnedy (1-1), J Coughlan, D Kearney, T O’Mahony (0-1 each). Scorers for Clare: T Kelly (0-6); I Galvin, J Conlon, P Duggan (3 frees, 1 65)(0-4 each); D Ryan (0-2). CORK: A Nash, S O’Donoghue, D Cahalane, S McDonnell, C Joyce, T O’Mahony, D Griffin, C. Murphy, B Cooper, D Kearney, S Harnedy (c), C Lehane, J Coughlan, A Walsh, P Horgan. Subs: R Taylor for Golden (52); C Guilfoyle for Duggan (60); M O’Neill for Collins (63); A McCarthy for Fitzgerald (65).
February 18, 2019 05:03 UTC
The 19-year-old mother fled the country four years ago to join ISIS in Syria, later marrying her convicted terrorist husband Yago Riedijk. (Image: Sky News)“In terms of the political landscape what she’s saying isn’t helpful," Mr Akunjee told The Times. (Image: Sky News)Security Minister, Ben Wallace, warned that runaways who now want to come back must realise that "actions have consequences". During an interview in which she tried to convince the UK to let her return, Begum told Sky living under ISIS had made her "stronger, tougher". It's just that then things got harder and I couldn't take it any more and I had to leave."
February 18, 2019 05:03 UTC
Galway 0-20 - 1-11 DublinThis was a convincing and routine win for Galway as they easily bettered Dublin to claim both the league points on offer at Pearse Stadium. “I haven’t spoken to Diarmuid.”Scorers for Galway: J Canning 0-8 (8f), C Mannion 0-4, S Bleahene 0-2, J Flynn 0-1, C Whelan 0-1, A Harte 0-1, N Burke 0-1, S Loftus 0-1, D Glennon 0-1. Scorers for Dublin: D Sutcliffe 1-0, R McBride 0-3 (1sl), D Treacy 0-3 (1 65, 2f), E Dillon 0-2, J Hetherton 0-1 (1f), D Burke 0-1, S Moran 0-1 (1f). GALWAY: F Flannery; J Grealish, R Burke, A Harte; K Hussey, P Mannion, G McInerney; C Mannion, S Loftus; N Burke, J Canning, C Whelan; S Bleahene, J Flynn, D Glennon. Subs: D Treacy for Whitely (21), L Rushe for Hetherton (26), D Burke for O’Connell (35), D Gray for O’Callaghan (38), S Treacy for O’Rorke (48).
February 18, 2019 04:52 UTC
A “sophisticated state actor” was behind a cyberattack on the Australian parliament’s computing network, the country’s prime minister has said. A “sophisticated state actor” was behind a cyberattack on the Australian parliament’s computing network, the country’s prime minister has said. Our cyber experts believe that a sophisticated state actor is responsible for this malicious activityOur cyber experts believe that a sophisticated state actor is responsible for this malicious activity. Scott Morrison “Our cyber experts believe that a sophisticated state actor is responsible for this malicious activity.” https://www.independent.ie/world-news/australia-blames-state-actor-for-hacking-political-parties-37825650.html “Our cyber experts believe that a sophisticated state actor is responsible for this malicious activity.” https://www.independent.ie/world-news/australia-blames-state-actor-for-hacking-political-parties-37825650.html“Our cyber experts believe that a sophisticated state actor is responsible for this malicious activity,” Mr Morrison told reporters. The Australian Cyber Security Centre, the government’s main cyber security agency, had briefed federal and state election authorities, Mr Morrison said.
February 18, 2019 04:52 UTC
were the big winners at the Writers Guild Of America Awards – one of the final indicators ahead of the Oscars. Eighth Grade and Can You Ever Forgive Me? were the big winners at the Writers Guild Of America Awards – one of the final indicators ahead of the Oscars. starring Melissa McCarthy won at the WGA Awards (Ian West/PA)The awards show carried a more irreverent tone than the more established ceremonies, with host for the evening Chelsea Peretti opening with a string of close-to-the-bone jokes. Best animation went to The Simpsons while Castle Rock won best original long form.
February 18, 2019 04:37 UTC
And Kim Kardashian left few wondering why when she appeared at the 5th Annual Hollywood Beauty Awards on Sunday. The 38-year-old reality television personality left little to the imagination in a 1998 Thierry Mugler dress. Gorgeous: The 38-year-old reality television personality left little to the imagination in a 1998 Thierry Mugler dressWow! Kate Nash, 31, donned a colorful striped dress and let her long red tresses tumble unencumbered across her shoulders in loose waves. Marie Osmond, 59, donned a classic black dress with an intricate silver floral bottom and her brunette tresses fell in curls across her shoulders.
February 18, 2019 04:27 UTC
Galway 1-14 - 1-6 WaterfordAilish O’Reilly hit 1-3 while Carrie Dolan slotted eight points from placed balls as Galway assured themselves of a place in the Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League Division 1 semi-finals when defeating Waterford 1-14 to 1-6 at Carriganore. Waterford’s Lorraine Bray and Galway’s Aoife Donohue tussle for possession during the Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League Division 1 clash at WIT Carriganore. Dolan was given another opportunity from a free however and Galway led by 0-8 to 1-4 at the break. Mulcahy added a brace of points from frees and it was 1-10 to 0-4 at thechange of endshalf. Kilkenny showed little mercy of Offaly with Anne Dalton (2), Michelle Quilty (2) and Katie Power their goalscorers.
February 18, 2019 03:56 UTC
Comedy-drama Eighth Grade won the outstanding original screenplay prize at the Writers Guild Of America Awards. Comedy-drama Eighth Grade won the outstanding original screenplay prize at the Writers Guild Of America Awards. Shock as Eighth Grade wins best original screenplay at the WGA AwardsIn a shock result, writer Bo Burnham won ahead of heavyweights including Roma, Vice, Green Book and A Quiet Place. The WGA Awards – one of the final ceremonies before Hollywood caps the year in film at the Oscars next week – honour the best in movie and TV writing over the previous 12 months. Alfonso Cuaron was among the WGA Awards nominees (Paige Young/PA)Accepting the marquee prize of the night in Los Angeles, Burnham said: “This all belongs to Elsie Fisher who performed the script.
February 18, 2019 03:00 UTC