THE DANGERS OF leaving hair straighteners where children can access them are being highlighted in a new campaign.The campaign has been launched today in Northern Ireland to raise awareness of the dangers hair straighteners can pose to children, including causing burns which can require hospital admission and surgical intervention, such as plastic surgery.The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) and Home Accident Prevention Northern Ireland (HAPNI) are working in partnership with the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust on the Too Hot to Handle campaign, following a rise in the number of children attending A&E at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children with hair straightener burns.HospitalThe campaign, which is funded with £5,000 from the Electrical Safety Council (ESC), was officially launched by RoSPA’s chief executive Tom Mullarkey.Figures from the Children’s Hospital show that:There were 17 children aged between three months and nine years who attended A&E at the hospital in 2009-10 with hair straightener burns.This represented nine per cent of the 187 children who attended with “thermal injuries” during that year. The average age of the children admitted with hair straightener burns was 18 months.Hair straighteners can reach temperatures in excess of 200 degrees, which is hot enough to fry an egg, and can take as long as 40 minutes to cool down.According to the campaign, horrific burn injuries can occur very quickly to children because their skin can be 15 times thinner than adults.The most common location for a child to sustain a serious hair straightener burn is on their hand, but injuries have also been sustained to the head, arm and foot.SafetyRoSPA, the Trust and the ESC say these burns they can be prevented by following a simple safety code: Switching hair straighteners offUnplugging them straight awayThen sliding them into a heat resistant bagFinally, storing them out of the sight and reach of children.The campaign will run until March 2013. Ita McErlean, RoSPA’s home safety manager in Northern Ireland, said:It doesn’t always take a flame to burn and it is easy to forget that hair straighteners remain hot for a good period of time, even after use. Turning hair straighteners off and storing them in a heat resistant bag out of the sight and reach of inquisitive children, is a simple way to ensure that the risk of receiving a nasty burn is reduced.
OUR REVIEW OF the year that was 2013 would not be complete without discussion of the now infamous dropping of Brian O’Driscoll for the third Test of the Lions tour of Australia.The iconic centre’s exclusion from the match-day squad following the return from injury of Jamie Roberts was quite nearly the only focus in Ireland in the build-up to the deciding Test, showing us – if a sign was even needed – how the Lions is still largely about our own players doing well within the multi-national frame.Jamie Heaslip was dropped too, but the uproar focused around O’Driscoll’s ‘scapegoating’ following the poor team performance in the second Test defeat. Jonathan Davies was preferred at outside centre for the deciding game of the series, something that really should not have been such a major shock in hindsight.Roberts and Davies were the centre pairing that head coach Warren Gatland wanted all along, the duo that he felt could ruthlessly punish what he believed was a comparatively lightweight Australian midfield. If Roberts had not sustained a hamstring injury in the warm-up game against the Waratahs, he would have started alongside Davies in the first Test.Did O’Driscoll’s exclusion make a difference on the pitch for Test number three?It’s impossible to know with utter certainty, but it was most likely irrelevant who played in the centre, given the dominance of the Lions forwards. With that kind of platform, you or I could have done a decent job in midfield. Gatland’s selections up front were 100% spot on and the Lions won the game there.O’Driscoll celebrates the Lions success with positional rival Jonathan Davies. ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan.We could speculate that O’Driscoll would have used his array of passes and flicks to create even more chances for the Lions, but it’s a moot point. Davies had a solid outing in a good team performance, touching the ball 10 times and completing all 10 of his tackles. He was not a decisive influence, but neither was he a negative one.So Ireland did overreact to his axing from the team?Not so. Following sport is about more than the tactical, technical and physical functioning of the teams we choose to support, even more so with a concept like the Lions. Sport is also about both reflecting and escaping the experience of being human. A man like O’Driscoll is only a legend because rugby fans make him so.Ireland’s reaction was not truly based on the belief that O’Driscoll was a better pick than Davies, that argument was always irrelevant. Instead, people may have felt it was wrong that the man who was the focus of so many of our feelings was being denied that chance to create history with the Lions, to finally be part of a winning tour after his three previous failures.It was not only about O’Driscoll’s feelings, but rather those of the majority of rugby fans in Ireland. Watching the Leinster centre being part of that third Test success would have made so many people genuinely happy, truly thrilled. It was wonderful to see Sexton, Bowe, O’Brien and Murray playing their parts, but it just wasn’t the same experience.Already deprived of Paul O’Connell through injury, Ireland lost its central focus for the third Test and the reaction was genuine. As with so many other things in life, there was an element of overreaction that spilled into abuse and animosity, directed towards Gatland and Davies on this occasion.But for most rugby fans, there was simply sheer disappointment at the lost chance to see Ireland’s greatest rugby hero making more international history.Like rugby? Follow TheScore.ie’s dedicated Twitter account @rugby_ie >
STATE PAPERS DATING back to 1983 have revealed that the then Minister for Trade, Commerce and Tourism Frank Cluskey was strongly opposed to a UK military vehicle manufacturer setting up shop in Ireland.Correspondence between the department, the minister’s advisers and the company shows that the the Labour Minister Cluskey said he was not in favour of the “manufacture here, for export, of arms or armaments in the sense of lethal military equipment”.Military vehiclesGomba Stonefield Limited wrote to the Department of Trade, Commerce and Tourism and said they had been in discussions with the Irish Industrial Development Authority (IDA) about establishing a factory in southern Ireland.The vehicles they said they made were four-wheeled trucks, with versions of the vehicle being manufactured for “military use”. Before their discussions went further with the IDA they said they wanted to ensure they would be granted an export licence.They acknowledged Ireland’s reluctance to allow military manufacturers establish in Ireland.In a department briefing, the document states that the firm’s largest order is “a military one”. However, it adds that the vehicles “are more of a supply truck than a front-line vehicle”.ExportsThe brief says they found it difficult to take a “negative” view of the proposal but said that the licence restriction may need to happen depending on where the vehicles were being shipped to in terms of the country’s “regime” and the “tensions” there.State papers show the minister felt the government needed to “adopt an unduly restrictive attitude to proposals involving the manufacture in Ireland for export” of items that were linked to warfare equipment.The document adds that when the minister was briefed on the issue he said that the “political issue” was determining where the equipment might be sent to.One document states that the minister said that the Gomba Stonefield proposal was “premature to look into” and wasn’t sure it would even be economically viable and worthy of IDA support.Read: Extract: ‘Soldiers have an affinity with the detainees in Guantanamo. It would be bad to shoot them – it’ll be lethal injection’>Read: Shatter: No indications Irish troops in Syria are a target>
THIRTY-EIGHT PEOPLE, mostly psychiatric patients, were killed in a fire that raged Friday at a psychiatric hospital in the Moscow region, trapping the patients inside behind barred windows.The deadly blaze raised new questions about security standards at Russia’s medical institutions, in particular psychiatric hospitals, after a string of fires in the last years.The fire broke out on the roof and spread rapidly throughout the hospital in the small town of Ramensky around 40 kilometres (25 miles) outside Moscow, the health ministry said.“According to preliminary reports, 38 people were killed, including two medical staff,” said ministry spokesman Oleg Salagai, cited by the RIA Novosti news agency.The emergency situations ministry said in a statement that 41 people were in the building at the time. It listed those missing as two female members of staff and 36 patients.“Twelve bodies have been found” so far, it said as firefighters searched through the rubble after more than 100 battled to extinguish the fire.Russia’s Investigative Committee said in a statement it had opened a criminal probe into failure to observe fire security regulations, causing multiple death.Two patients and one member of medical staff escaped the fire in the one-storey brick building which had a partly wooden roof, the emergency situations ministry said.Emergency services ‘slow to react’Most of the patients apparently died in their sleep from inhaling fumes, but they would have been unable to escape from the fire which raged through the building with bars on the windows, Rossiya 24 television reported, citing law enforcement officials.The patients slept soundly as they had taken medication in the evening, the ITAR-TASS news agency reported, citing a spokesman for the rescue operation.The smoke alarms did activate in the hospital and woke a nurse who managed to save two patients, the rescue operation spokesman said.“When the nurse came out into the corridor, the fire was burning and the flames were spreading quickly. She managed to bring out only two patients: a woman and a young man,” the spokesman said.Channel One television said that the emergency services had been slow to react, with the fire brigade taking an hour to get there.“There were bars on all the windows of the hospital. Most of those killed died in their beds and it appears that they were not even able to save themselves,” a security source told the Interfax news agency.Moscow region governor Andrei Vorobyev, a protege of President Vladimir Putin from the ruling United Russia party, was already at the scene, officials said.The Moscow region announced a day of mourning to be held on Saturday.The fire was the latest tragedy to hit a medical institution in Russia which still suffers from outdated Soviet-era infrastructure.May 2007 two died and 12 injured in a village psychiatric hospital in Russia’s southern Rostov region.In December 2006, a fire in a Moscow drug rehabilitation clinic killed 45 women. Many of the victims were trapped by metal bars on the windows that staff could not open and an emergency exit was boarded up, officials said.In March 2006, a fire in a nursing home in southern Russia killed 63, also due to violations of fire safety regulations and the lack of a nearby firefighting station.- © AFP, 2013Read: Russian spaceship runs into trouble on way to International Space StationRead: 93-year-old Russian army veteran searches for lost WWII French love
I have done it, it was alright (2924) RESEARCH SUGGESTS THAT one in five Irish people have not had a drink in the last year.Yesterday, TheJournal.ie posted the experiences of two teetotallers in Irish cities, both of whom say that going to pubs and nightclubs can be an unpleasant experience for those not imbibing.Many in the comments and through email agreed, but what about you? Would you do it? Have you done it? How was it? Let us know in the comments.We’re asking: Would you be comfortable going to a pub or club and not drinking? I have done it, not enjoyed it (2399) Yes (2353) I don’t know (169) YesNoI have done it, not enjoyed itI have done it, it was alrightI don’t knowVoteRead: Sober Ireland: What’s it like to not drink in Ireland? Poll Results: No (1128)
A GARDA OPERATION in Rathcoole, Co Dublin has ended in the seizure of an assortment of jewellery, which Gardaí are now trying to reunite with their rightful owners.‘Operation Fiacla’ culminated yesterday afternoon when members of the Garda Organised Crime Unit stopped and searched a car at Rathcoole.They seized jewellery including watches, rings, chains, bracelets, and pendants before arresting four males and detaining them at Clondalkin Garda Station.This pendant, for example, containing family photographs, is presumably very valuable indeed to whoever once carried it around with them. Two men aged in their 20s and one in his 50s appeared before Blanchardstown District Court today charged in connection with the investigation.Now, however, Gardaí have begun the task of matching the stolen jewellery with its proper owners.All the items can be viewed here, and if you think own any of them, Gardaí are asking you to call 01-666-3434.Read: Is this yours? Gardaí are trying to reunite you with all your lost stuff>Over €10m worth of jewellery and cash burgled in the second half of last year>
The Verizon iPhone isn’t any more real right now than it was a few years ago, but that’s not going to stop analysts from making bold predictions about the phone. The handset, which is currently rumored to be hitting the market at the beginning of next year, will sell nine million units in 2011, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster.That number is 36 percent of the total number of phones he expects Verizon to sell next year. It’s also two million less than the 11 million iPhones he expects AT&T to sell next year. Munster expects most of the new Verizon iPhone buyers to come over from AT&T. AdChoices广告The two carriers will sell a combined 20 million iPhones next year, according to his numbers–more than the 17.5 million he expects AT&T to sell, should the Verizon deal never come to fruition. The analyst told Apple Insider that these numbers “may be conservative.”According to the report, AT&T will sell a total of 63 million iPhones globally next year–that number is up from 46.3 million in 2010. The number will jump to 78.3 million globally in 2012. Apple and Verizon are both expected to nab 14 million each.
In typical bleeding edge fashion, it felt like the very next day after Google announced the Galaxy Nexus and Android 4.0, the early adopters of the world had begun to focus on the next version of Android. Like most things in the tech community, rumors and leaks and dribblings of information from sources unconfirmed have come from every corner of the universe to help up over hype the next iteration of Android. Officially, nothing has been announced from anybody, but there’s still enough information floating around that we can piece together a couple of things that seem very likely.The HardwareFor all of its success in the mobile phone space, Android has been less than successful in the tablet space. There’s no shortage of reasons why, either. Android 3.0 was rushed out to stop OEM’s from using versions of Android on devices that the OS wasn’t optimized for. Even now, with Android 4.0, Google has their hand in the tablet market, but still has yet to step in and participate. Since Android 2.2, Google has released a reference device as the poster child of the version of the OS. The Nexus devices gave the Android purists — the stock experience fans — something to look forward to. That experience has yet to exist in the tablet space.According to sources from HTC and Samsung, the reference device for the next version of Android will not be a phone. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus will remain the flagship phone for Google into the next version of Android, but the reference device for Jelly Bean will be a tablet. As of right now, there’s no talk of names or manufacturers. Google is receiving bids from every manufacturer to build this next device, and has yet to settle on any of them. With Google’s guiding hand, there’s a hope that Android will begin to offer a more competitive product in the tablet market.The SoftwareThere’s no shortage of rumors in regards to what is coming for the next version of Android. The most common conversation I see across the internet is the merging of Chrome OS and the Chrome Store with Android. Chrome Beta for Android has already come to Android 4.0, so it is not difficult to imagine that as Chrome for Android leaves the beta name behind, we’ll see the Android app gain features that will bring the apps closer together. By the time Jelly Bean comes out, Android will be competing not only with iOS, but also with Windows 8. With that in mind, it makes sense that Google will focus on their individual services, as well as the OS. Among other services we’ve heard Google that would probably make their way into the next version of Android is Majel, the next step in Google’s voice command software and supposed SIRI competitor.The other “killer app” we’ve seen from Google I/O last year was Android@Home. The demonstration of this tech at I/O last year was extremely alpha and the UI was nonexistent, but the ability to control your world from your phone is something geeks have been trying to do for years. If this service were tightly integrated into the phone, perhaps enough to deliver notifications by flashing a light in whatever room I am in, the service could seriously change how phones are used.Final ThoughtsThe important thing to keep in mind with all of the Android rumors is that right now we have zero official confirmation from Google on anything. At the moment, the latest version of Android only accounts for a miniscule fraction of the Android devices that are currently out there. The urge to have the latest and greatest of everything, to live on the bleeding edge of tech is exciting, but it is also important to keep in mind that these companies also need to make and sell products for the rest of the world as well. Personally, I would like to see a substantial percentage of Android devices on the latest version of the OS before we get all excited about the next version, but that is a topic for another day.[Image credit: PCMag]
Generally known as the Blue Marble, we tend to see photos of Earth during daylight — clouds overlapping bright blue oceans and stark green and brown landmasses. We don’t see the Black Marble, the Earth at night, as detailed nearly as often. Captured by Suomi, a NASA and NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) weather satellite, the group of images show us the entirety of human civilization spread across the planet, residing in either the glow of civilization’s lights or the less populated darkness.The images were taken with Suomi’s Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite, or VIIRS, which can detect 22 different bands of radiation, making it able to detect and distinguish between various kinds of light. The above image of the United states is a composite of information taken with Suomi in April and October of 2012, and since it was taken with the VIIRS, not only strong city lights, but even gas flares and wildfires can be detected.The information gathered for the above flat map of Earth was also gathered in April (nine days) and October (thirteen days), and it took Suomi 312 orbits of the planet, and 2.5 terabytes of data to get a perfect shot of every piece of Earth.The above image features the city lights along the Nile, an area that only covers a little less than 5% of Egypt’s land area, but is home to around 97% of the entire country’s population. The time it took Suomi to gather the information for this image wasn’t nearly as long as the previous shots; it simply captured the information on October 13.A closer view of the United States’ East Coast.To check out some more amazing photos captured by Suomi as part of the Black Marble project, head over here.