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  • 09:17

    The World Wide Web is only 25! But some of us do remember when the only answers lay in the dusty and heavy volumes of the World Book Encyclopaedia.

    For those of you who don't remember these dinosaur days Davin Dwyer explains its significance while in the same piece Pamela Newenham outlines the five ways the web changed the world – media and communication, e-commerce, work education and privacy .  Here.


    The inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee has been speaking to BBC this morning with an important message.



    He says a global digital bill of rights should be introduced to protect internet users and said the web should be accessible to all.



    “It’s time for us to make a big communal decision. In front of us are two roads — which way are we going to go?
    “Are we going to continue on the road and just allow the governments to do more and more and more control — more and more surveillance?

    “Or are we going to set up a bunch of values? Are we going to set up something like a Magna Carta for the world wide web and say, actually, now it’s so important, so much part of our lives, that it becomes on a level with human rights?”

    Most importantly www brings you the Daily Wire. So good morning it’s Genevieve Carbery here all day.

  • 09:22

    African-American Glenn Ford (64) was jailed and sentenced to death before the world wide web was even invented. He was convicted in 1983 by an all-white jury for murder. Now after three decades on death row the Louisiana man has been freed as a result of new evidence exonerating him.

    Hmmm that puts my grumpiness over missing breakfast this morning in a whole lot of perspective. Read here.  

  • 09:34

    There may be a little egg on face back-peddling by the Minister for Justice today.

    Two Garda whistleblowers have been vindicated by the Inspectorate report on penalty points to be published thiss afternoon, Fianna Fail said last night.


    Niall Collins TD called on Mr Shatter to apologise for previous remarks he made about Sgt Maurice McCabe’s alleged unwillingness to cooperate with Garda investigations into allegations he himself had made.


    The whole issue may bring some needed reform with the power to terminate motorists’ penalty points taken out of the hands of local Garda officers and centralised under a much stricter system.
    Conor Lally has more details here and as we get it later.

  • 09:42

    I wouldn’t be surprised if North Korea’s leader helped Failte Ireland with this YouTube video showcasing Ireland to be shown at hundreds of events around the world for St Patrick’s Day this year A propaganda about Ireland if there ever was one.



    Maybe it’s the gorgeous sunshine going to my head or the fast approaching St Patrick’s Day bank holiday weekend...but I kind of liked it ***puts cynical journalist hat back on**** Watch here.

  • 09:42
  • 10:00

    The no news is good news adage is turned on its head for the missing Malaysia jet and the 239 people on board today there is confusion as to the precise last sighting.

    The latest news on the search is that it has been expanded to cover a swathe of Southeast Asia, from the South China Sea to India's territorial waters.

    The FlightTracker24.com air traffic website eerily shows it disappearing off the map – possibly because it went below 30,000 feet or because its transponder turned off or who knows what. The video is here.    

  • 10:17
    More drama and bizarreness from South Africa today. A bathroom from Oscar Pistorius' house in which his girlfriend was shot dead has been reconstructed in the court room in South Africa. A policeman has been demonstrating the effect of hitting a bathroom door with a cricket bat. More here.    
  • 10:19
    A policeman demonstrates the effect of hitting of a bathroom door with a cricket bat during the trial of Oscar Pistorius . Photo: Alexander Joe/  Reuters
    A policeman demonstrates the effect of hitting of a bathroom door with a cricket bat during the trial of Oscar Pistorius . Photo: Alexander Joe/  Reuters
  • 10:27

    So the dreaded St Patty’s Day phrase is back – but Dublin Airport has appealed to our American cousins to try and get the message across. In a post on its Facebook page it writes:


    It's Saint Patrick's Day Not St Patty's Day. Please share this simple message with your friends and relations in the United States and Canada. Using the power of your network, hopefully we can banish the scourge of St Patty once and for all.

    Of course St Patty's day weekend in Ireland may be disrupted for many if the airport and Aer Lingus Siptu strike goes ahead. We await a court judgement on the case taken by DAA and Ryanair and will update as soon as we hear. More here.  

  • 10:30
    Image from Dublin Airport's Facebook page.
    Image from Dublin Airport's Facebook page.
  • 10:49
    I’ve a love/hate relationship with listicles (an article consisting mostly of a list) but the latest one from Forbes you’ve got to love. They reveal the most overexposed celebrities in 2014 and the winner...with his detained monkey and drag racing is .....Justin Bieber. Coming in second it’s the woman who is famous for being famous and now mammy of North West – Kim Kardashian. Read here.  
  • 10:58

    Four new multi-demonimational primary schools have just been announced by Ruairi Quinn as a result of divesting surveys. The new schools are Tramore, Co Wateford, Trim, Co Meath and Malahide, Co Dublin are to open in temporary accomodation from September. In Ballina Co Mayo discussion is under way to transfer a Church of Ireland school at Ballysokerry to Educate Together.

    For parents outside of those areas, the wait continues for more non-religious education choices.

  • 11:09

    Things are moving fast in Crimea. The territory will stoon transfer ownership of Ukrainian State companies on its territory to Crimean Authoirties – according to Reuters.


    Meanwhile EC presiden Barroso said the G7 will demand that Russia halt efforts to annex Crimea "We call on the Russian Federation to cease all efforts to annex Ukraine's autonomous republic of Crimea."

  • 11:19

    Feels sooo like festival weather today and lo and behold the Forbidden Fruit line up has just been announced.
    The Flaming Lips, Bell X1 are among those to play May 31st at Kilmainham in Dublin...the Sunday acts have yet to be announced. And yes Flaming Lips did play this before in 2011.  

     

    In more good festival news Glastonbury has been given a new 10-year licence only the second time the event has been approved without a public hearing. So that’s till 2024. Hopefully they allow zimmerframes by then, I’ll need it. More here.

  • 11:39

    The US Embassy in Dublin has posted a cheekily titled little video for St Patty's Day - five ways the Americans invented St Patrick’s Day. If you don’t have time to watch they are: parades, turning things green, marching bands, corned beef and cabbage (has anyone ever eaten this?), and keys to the White House (Ok this one I acccept).


    A little reality check after Ireland’s propaganda video, which our Tanaiste has been tweeting about.  

  • 11:40
  • 11:48

    ***Ok guys we have to tell the people about the whopping water charge bills they will face – how do we spin it with local elections coming up?– I know let’s tell them about the FREE bit first*****

    The Government will in the next two weeks publish details of the free water allowance householders can expect before charges start in January next year, the Dáil has heard.  

  • 12:14
    You may expect him to be getting in the zone for Paris, but Brian O’Driscoll has called into the Ray D’arcy show today. D’arcy was in he middle of speaking to two fans who had missed out on a photo with him at a post-match dinner Saturday – later discovering he was in the background of one of their photos.   Listen here.
  • 12:28

    The narrative of Irish language and heritage and freedom being pilfered by the English is turned on its head somewhat by a UCC historian.

    “It’s arguable that the advance of English literacy from the 1830s onwards was a good thing for Irish nationalism - we are reluctant to acknowledge that we owe the growth of Irish nationalism and essentially our freedom to the English language,” Prof John A Murphy has said.

    The reaction to this logical statement might just show the measure of our maturity as a nation in coming to terms with the reality of our history.

  • 12:32

    Probably one of the first mentions of bladerunner’s prosthetics has come up in evidence today at the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius.

    It has heard the athlete was on his stumps when he smashed down a locked toilet door to reach his shot girlfriend, countering the Paralympic star's assertion he was wearing his prosthetic legs at the time.

    They've even had reconstructions showing the angle of marks on the bathroom door could only be made by someone much shorter.....more here.  

  • 12:41
    The latest from Malaysia - the military has traced what could have been the jetliner to an area near India's Andaman and Nicobar islands, hundreds of miles from its last known position, the country's air force chief said today. Read various theories in its disappearance here.  
  • 12:56
    So just 2% of Irish people could name Tim Berners Lee as the inventor of the World Wide Web yet 41% of us named Mark Zuckerberg as the inventor of Facebook according to an Ipsos/MRBI poll.   I’m one of the 98%.  
  • 13:13
    If you're still inside, it's lunchtime, it's sunny, get out (but wrap up as it's below 10 degrees most places).
  • 13:17
    So the Garda inspectorate penalty points report publication has been delayed. It was meant to take place at 4pm today. More as we get it, Meanwhile read the latest here.
  • 13:38
    A $7.6bn IPO for the Irish company which makes candy crush saga is anticipated. Delighted for them but am I missing something? Who plays this ....***trails off with the sudden horror realisation that I sound like my parents puzzled on hearing indie music in the 1990s****
  • 13:44
  • 13:50
    What a scene from Turkey where tens of thousands of mourners, many chanting anti-government slogans, gathered in central Istanbul on today for the funeral of a teenager wounded in street protests last summer whose death has sparked renewed unrest across Turkey.
  • 14:11
    News breaking of a possible explosion and building collapse in New York. More as we get it.  
  • 14:20

    News of a €150,000 write-down for a €400,000 mortgage may have lifted hopes for some. But it’s an “exception” rather than the norm. “If you can’t afford to pay anything in your mortgage, there’s no automatic write-off,” Irish Mortgage Holders Organisation (IMHO) director David Hall warned.

    A disappointment for negative equity-holders and a possible relief for through-the-boom/bust renters (who would be out on their ear in a month if they don't pay their rent).

  • 14:32
    More from that New York explosion.   A good compilation of social media reports here:
  • 14:36

    A building collapsed in East  Harlem today and authorities said they were responding to reports of people trapped in the rubble, according to fire officials. Witnesses reported hearing what sounded like an explosion before the building collapsed. - latest from New York Times

  • 14:45
    A man was awarded €5,000 when a Dublin store owner accused him of stealing nappies. ***The shopkeeper shouldn’t have made such a stink about it...or shouldn't have been so rash.....I hope the man gets to pamper himself with his award****  Read here.
  • 15:03
    A short film about a girl who, in the run-up to her First Communion, declares she’s an atheist and bamboozles her teacher mother and parish priest, is among three Irish films selected for the Tribeca film festival in New York. You can watch a clip of the Irish language short Rubai here-  appropriate for the day that's in it (new multi-d schools announced),  Others are The Canal and The Stag. You can watch a clip of the charming looking film Rubai here.    And more details of the Irish Film board announcement here.  
  • 15:09
  • 15:21

    Looks like St Patty's day travel is back on. The High Court has granted injunctions preventing a four-hour work stoppage at main airports on Friday in response to case taken by Ryanair and DAA against Siptu. More as we get it.  

  • 15:46

    Dublin Airport Authority has welcomed the high court decision to grant an injunction directing Siptu to withdraw its industrial action on Friday.


    “Given the unwarranted nature of SIPTU’s planned action and the significant disruption that it has already caused to airline customers, passengers and DAA’s own business, DAA had no option but to apply to the Court for injunctive relief” it said in a statement.

  • 16:02
    At least one person has been killed in the collapse of two buildings in Harlem, NY today - more fatalities are likely - authorities say.
  • 16:10

    Is "all right good night" (or is it "alright goodnight") to become the last we ever hear of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. It was the last words the pilot said to controllers leaving Malaysian air space. Read here.

    The last Facebook status update of Pouria Nourmohammadi, a 19-year-old Iranian on board with a stolen passport was "I'm Safe" - hours before the plane disappeared.  

    Meanwhile here's a list of six other mysterious plane disappearances. One being the later found Air France flight from Rio. Here.

  • 16:19

    If you haven't seen Tommy Bolger's Wolf of Wall Street parody campaign video for the University of Limerick students' union - it's something.

    He opens with -  “My name is Tommy Bolger. The year I turned 22 I made €8 an hour, which really pissed me off because I had to eat beans and toast for dinner four days a week.”


    It's even been picked up by the Guardian which asks -    is this the best student campaign video ever? What do you think. Watch here.  

    Any comments on the blog today by the way - I'm on Twitter @geneveivecarber

  • 16:19
  • 16:33
    Two people have been killed in the Harlem explosion which now looks to gave been caused by a gas leak. The utility company Consolidated Edison utility, said that a report from someone claiming to smell a heavy gas odour came in at 9.13 am.  At 9:15am two Con Edison crews were dispatched and they arrived just after the explosion, New York Times reports  
  • 16:39
  • 16:48
    Leo must be  relieved. As Minister for both Tourism and Transport this St Patrick's weekend airport strike was a bit of a headache to say the least. Here's what Varadkar has to say:  “I welcome the High Court ruling which should allow the State airports to operate normal services this Friday. I have said on a number of occasions that the strike should have been deferred given that the Expert Panel is currently engaging with all parties involved in the dispute.”
  • 16:53

    A banner advertising Irish car bomb cocktails at a bar near the site of  two 1970s bombings in Bristol has been censored, BBC reports.  The Brass Pig pub on The Triangle put up the banner to promote its St Patrick's Day celebrations.


    So what's in the insensitively named cocktail? It's a Guinness with a shot of Baileys Irish Cream and Jameson - drunk by dropping the shot glass into the stout. It doesn't even sound that nice. Now a baby Guinness that's a whole other story...yum.  


     


  • 17:05

    You may have read about the oil rig worker who claims to have seen  a plane on fire around the time the Malaysian plane went down. Well a Vietnamese search crew came up empty after searching the Vung Tau area in the nation's southeast in response to the tip, Bloomberg reports. Here's his email.  

     

  • 17:12
    When the Garda start using infographics you know that they are no longer cool. They say almost €15 million was stolen from Irish homes by burglars in the second half of last year with most criminals gaining access to homes through the front or back door, Read here.  
  • 17:28
    The Garda inspectorate penalty points report has been published here.  It has 37 recommendations and finds  inconsistent and widespread breaches of the penalty points policy by those charged with administering it and found no meaningful evidence of consistent quality management supervision, no training and no clear policy guidelines on its implementation.....
  • 17:39
    Another sunny day forecast for tomorrow with temperatures of 11-14 degrees. Most importantly there's good weather forecast for the parades! Sure what more could we want. Thanks for reading. Adios.