This video says about itself:
Ducklings take leap of faith on UCD campus
6 May 2014
This video says about itself:
Ducklings take leap of faith on UCD campus
6 May 2014
This video from Ireland says about itself:
28 April 2014
Fota Wildlife Park, working in partnership with the Aspinall foundation and three animal parks in the UK, has successfully translocated six European bison to the wild in Romania as part of a conservation effort to save Europe’s largest land mammal from extinction.
From Wildlife Extra:
Two hundred years after going extinct in the area, 20 European bison will finally be brought back to the Tarcu Mountains in Romania as part of the biggest European bison reintroduction and transportation plan so far.
The 20 will be joined later in the summer by a further 10. as part of Rewilding Europe’s plan to establish wild herds across the continent.
Initially, the bison will be released into an acclimatisation zone (±15 ha). Then they will be let into an adjoining re-wilding zone (±160 ha), where the animals will be given the opportunity to ‘re-wild’ and to learn necessary survival skills for life in nature, and also form a solid social herd structure. In early September they will be released into the wild and become the first free roaming bison since the 18th century.
The location where the animals will be released is part of the vast and wild Tarcu Mountains Natura 2000 site, which is some 59,000 hectares in total. Once released to the protected zone, the area will be managed by natural grazing by the bison and other herbivores.
See also here.
Dutch Vroege Vogels radio said on 18 May 2014 that there are now 5,000 European bison worldwide, including 3,500 in the wild. Still, dangers for this species are not over yet.
From the Irish Medical Times:
See no evil, hear no evil
May 11, 2014
Lloyd Mudiwa’s recent report in Irish Medical Times (April 11, 2014) on the appearance of the RCSI and NUI in front of the Joint Oireachtas Educational and Social Protection Committee makes disturbing reading for a number of reasons, and merits closer scrutiny. Let us remember that the reason for debate in the Oireacthas stems from two eventualities.
First, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) has invested some €60 million in a medical and nursing school, RCSI-Bahrain. Second, what began as a peaceful protest in the Spring of 2011 as part of the so-called ‘Arab Spring’ was a reaction to years of sectarian suppression and mounting poverty among the Sunni-ruled Shiite majority, with a demand for the establishment of a democratic constitutional monarchy and the recognition of human rights rather than for the downfall of the ruling regime, as was being sought in other Arab states.
This protest was brutally suppressed when the King of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa, sought the assistance of Saudi-led forces in March 2011. More than 35 people were killed and 47 doctors were among at least 1,000 citizens imprisoned without trial, tortured, charged in military courts and given preposterous sentences.
Protest from the medical profession
In the aftermath, both the RCSI and RCPI (which confers the joint licentiate to graduands from RCSI-Bahrain) failed to acknowledge the protests of international humanitarian groups, such as Médecins Sans Frontières and Physicians for Human Rights, in condemning flagrant abuses of human rights. As a result, the colleges were criticised by The Lancet and the British Medical Journal, two of the world’s most widely read medical journals, with the latter accusing RCSI-Bahrain of complicity with the regime.
I resigned my Fellowship of the RCPI in protest against that institution’s failure, as I understood it, to enquire as to the welfare of the imprisoned doctors when the then president was in Bahrain in June 2011 for the conferring of degrees.
Delegation to Bahrain
In July 2011, I visited Bahrain as part of a delegation that included Prof Damian McCormack, Senator Averil Power (who questioned the university representatives at the recent Oireachtas meeting), David Andrews, former foreign affairs minister, and MEP Marian Harkin. During a two-day visit, we met close to 100 people from all sides of Bahraini life. We were brought to the house of a family that had suffered dearly in the aftermath of the protests, where 27 women and men were gathered to represent doctors who had been released from prison to await trial, and the spouses and children of doctors detained in prison.
At the end of our visit, each member of our delegation was in no doubt but that doctors and other medical personnel had been subjected to human rights abuses that included kidnapping, detention without trial in solitary confinement, and the extraction of confessions under torture.
I think it is fair so say that protests from concerned doctors and humanitarian bodies have had little influence in persuading the RCSI to act — in a way that I would view as — positively on behalf of medical staff who have suffered dearly in the performance of their duties in Bahrain.
However, recently a group of concerned lawyers, led by Gearóid Ó Cuinn, have applied their collective expertise to bring legal pressure to bear on the College. Ceartas is an independent non-profit organisation that seeks to promote the enforcement of human rights standards internationally through innovative legal actions. In pursuit of this ideal, the group has drafted a comprehensive document entitled ‘Human Rights Law and the Accreditation of RCSI-Bahrain: Submission to the Irish Medical Council’, in which it examines how ongoing human rights concerns relate to RCSI-Bahrain and how they come within the scope of the World Federation for Medical Education Standards used by the Irish Medical Council (IMC). The document points out, moreover, that as the IMC is a public body it is obliged to act in a manner compliant with Ireland’s human rights obligations, and that unconditional accreditation of the RCSI-Bahrain would represent a failure to respect Ireland’s human rights obligations.
Against this background, RCSI and NUI representatives made submissions to the Oireachtas in which they both stressed the importance of the internationalisation of Irish universities and the valuable roles that these institutions have played in these endeavours. Of course, this is not the issue; nobody is denying their achievement in exporting health education to countries that cannot provide it themselves, nor is anyone denying the benefit of such endeavours.
Turning to the individual submissions to the Oireachtas, it is striking how each vied with the other in claiming verbal pride of place for Ireland in enhancing “the overall reputation of Irish higher education institutions in the competitive international market where evidence of the quality of translational activity was essential”.
Prof James Finucane, former Chairman of the Department of Medicine at RCSI-Bahrain, claimed that torture never occurred in Bahraini hospitals despite the fact that it is clearly documented that the Bahrain Defence Force took control of the entire Salmaniya Medical Complex in the Spring rising and placed injured persons, whom it sought to keep under its control, in a special ward of the hospital.
However, to understand how the former Chairman of the Department of Medicine can disregard these findings we need to refer back to an interview article written again in IMT in 2013 (‘No gulf between the colleges’, IMT 28.06.213) in which he states: “Indeed, one of the striking things about RCSI-Bahrain — a constituent university of the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin — is just how similar the institution is to its counterpart [i.e. RCSI-Dublin].”
One has to ask with incredulity: does RCSI-Dublin permit its Fellows to be dragged off in the darkness of night, to be imprisoned in solitary confinement without trial, to be tortured and sexually abused, to be banned from practising medicine following acquittal and release from prison?
But there was more, when Prof Finucane adds: “I have not been aware in the five years I have been here of a single incident of a sectarian nature.” Does Prof Finucane not recall that one of the long-serving lecturers in his Department of Medicine was kidnapped from her home, imprisoned and tortured by the security forces? Does he not remember that during her sudden and unexplained absence from work the College did not even enquire as to her fate?
Likewise, one has to ask how Prof Cathal Kelly, CEO of the RCSI, could fail to recall that RCSI-Bahrain called in students identified in the protests to sign affidavits that they would not participate in political demonstrations and would swear an oath of loyalty to the King, and that he had had to acknowledge later that such “actions were unacceptable and should never have happened”? Indeed, the President of RCSI-Bahrain “unreservedly apologised” to these students and returned the signed and witnessed documents to them.
Apologies, or acknowledgement of past wrongdoing, do not expiate RCSI-Bahrain but should serve rather to ensure that the ongoing infringement of human rights against medical personnel are addressed by making the Bahraini regime aware that such practices are incompatible with modern standards of medical education and practice.
Role of the Council
The IMC is going to visit Bahrain shortly to decide if RCSI-Bahrain should receive accreditation. Senator Averil Power has sought assurances from Caroline Spillane, CEO of the IMC, as to the independence of the forthcoming visit and one has to share her concern that the IMC will easily be able to act independently of the influences of RCSI-Bahrain and the Bahraini authorities, as well as the domestic influence of NUI and RCSI.
The visiting representatives should ensure that aside from visiting RCSI-Bahrain and the Salmaniya Medical Complex they also interview the doctors who have been released from prison, the families of those who remain imprisoned, the students who were required to sign documents denying them the right to political protest, the members of staff at RCSI-Bahrain who were imprisoned and they would also be well advised to discuss the governance of RCSI-Bahrain with the former President, Prof Tom Collins. It would also be advantageous to meet Nabeel Rajab, President of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, who hopefully will have been released from his latest term of imprisonment by the time of the IMC visit to Bahrain.
The final decision as to whether the IMC can approve RCSI-Bahrain must surely be decided on the simple principle: if what is occurring in RCSI-Bahrain could not occur in RCSI-Dublin because it would be seen as a disregard for human rights, then the former must be adjudged as applying standards that are not representative of the standards that pertain in Ireland.
This satirical music video is called Bush & Blair’s Christmas Song – ‘Kill the World’. It says about itself:
By Chris Proctor in Britain:
It’s never too late for justice
Friday 9th May 2014
Last week it was Gerry Adams who was being held for questioning by the police. But CHRIS PROCTOR can think of someone far more appropriate to be spending some time in the cells
Last week a Belfast man was being held in a police station, interrogated for days on end under suspicion of being involved in the death of a woman. He denied the charges.
At the same time an Edinburgh gent was strolling round the globe as free as a market, picking up vast amounts of money for making the odd speech — some very odd, like a peace envoy calling for military action — and being generally feted. He cheerfully claims his involvement in the deaths of tens of thousands of people.
When it comes to responsibility for murder, it seems that big is beautiful.
I don’t know the details of Gerry Adams’s alleged involvement in the tragic and unnecessary death of Jean McConville but I do know what motivated him politically.
He believed his country to be occupied by a foreign power and his community to have suffered discrimination for centuries. He and his fellow republicans were prepared to risk their lives to drive an occupier out of their land.
On the other hand, I do know the details of Tony Blair’s activities in persuading his sycophantic Cabinet and eventually compliant parliamentary party politicians to invade Iraq, but I’m still not sure what motivated him. There are too many contradictions.
At the start we were told that our troops landed in Iraq because the Baghdad government was in possession of weapons of mass destruction.
There were two flaws in this argument. One, that the UN investigators had failed to find any because there weren’t any. And two, if Blair and his cronies were opposed to WMD, why did they like Trident?
It’s difficult to argue that Trident isn’t a weapon of mass destruction, given that each warhead has an explosive power of up to 100 kilotons of conventional high explosive.
CND points out that this is eight times the power of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945, killing almost a quarter of a million people. And we’ve got 40 of them. Call me old-fashioned, but I’d say that constituted weapons of mass destruction.
The difference, to Blair and his cohorts, was obvious. The British control Trident, and we will naturally be responsible with powerful weapons. Innately untrustworthy foreigners cannot be allowed them.
It stems from the same conviction of superiority that Cromwell had when he invaded Ireland and drew up the 1653 Act of Settlement, a law which basically legalised English land theft on the island.
In order to protect the thieves, Ireland needed to be occupied by the military — and strangely enough they resented it, from the Whiteboys to the Provisionals. But while Adams saw his role as seeking to remove imperialists, Blair was one.
His vision is every country a Christian, Western-style representative government. And while he wasn’t prepared to die for this ideal, he was certainly prepared to kill for it.
About 655,000 Iraqis died from March 2003 to June 2006 because of the invasion, according to the Lancet. And last month hundreds died in attacks linked to elections taking place in the country.
One thing that is similar between our globe-trotting fee-pocketing peace envoy and the arrested Irish republican is that they both have friends in the United States.
Blair was frequently on his knees with George Bush regardless of whether they were praying. And then there are chums like billionaire media tycoon Haim Saban who coughed up $1 million for one of Cherie Blair’s charities, and more than a couple of bob to the Tony Blair Faith Foundation in the US.
Adams’s US chums are largely of a different calibre. And class. And, of course, income group.
The pair share more serious things, like bombings and shootings. Adams has seen internment, he’s been shot in the neck, shoulder and arm, he has lived believing he had “a 90 per cent chance of being assassinated” and he has experience of the security forces in action — as when they knew in advance of the Ulster Defence Association attack on his car in 1984, but didn’t actually stop it.
Blair has also had contact with shooting, intelligence services and prison without trial. He has ordered them.
Adams and Blair met up in 1998 when Blair arrived in Belfast to deliver the Good Friday Agreement.
Peter Hain had done most of the work but Blair was never a man in the background when it came to photographers, television cameras or soundbites.
He let Hain carry his bag while he gave everything, and everyone, his official blessing.
Blair aide Jonathan Powell wrote a book in 2008 — now available in most charity shops — in which he claimed that this meeting led to a “close personal relationship” between the prime minister and the arrested Ulster man.
He says Adams rang Blair to sympathise over police investigations into the “cash for honours” scandal of 2006 which at one time looked as if Blair might face criminal charges.
Well, it’s never too late, in my view. Bang Blair up, I say.
This video from Australian TV says about itself:
30 Sep, 2011
Doctors in the Gulf state of Bahrain have been jailed for treating pro-democracy demonstrators.
From Front Line Defenders:
Torture of Irish-Trained Doctors Raised With Visiting Bahraini Delegation
The imprisonment and torture of doctors, militarisation of healthcare services and sectarian discrimination in public sector employment were among the issues raised today with visiting representatives of the Bahraini parliament.
Senator Averil Power (FF), Professor Damian McCormack, Professor Eoin O’Brien and Mary Lawlor, head of Front Line Defenders met with the Bahraini representatives in Leinster House.
Professors McCormack and O’Brien expressed their horror at the way their medical colleagues had been imprisoned by the Bahraini government simply for treating anti-government protesters in 2011. While some of the doctors have since been released, others, including Dr Ali Al Ekri, who trained in RCSI Dublin, are still in prison.
Mary Lawlor from Front Line Defenders raised the continued imprisonment of peaceful protesters in Bahrain, including , Abdulhadi Al-Khawaja, Nabeel Rajab and Naji Fateel. She also highlighted the fact that the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture has been denied access to Bahrain amid concerns that detainees continue to be subjected to torture there.
Fianna Fáil Seanad Spokesperson on Education Senator Averil Power expressed concern about the training and work environment for students and staff of the Bahrain campus of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. She referred to medics being denied jobs simply because they are Shia rather than Sunni, while those who are given employment have to work in a militarized environment.
The Irish delegation welcomed the agreement by the Bahraini representatives that medical staff should not have been imprisoned and urged them to use their influence to have the remaining doctors and human rights activists released immediately. They also welcomed an invitation to return to Bahrain and follow up on their 2011 visit.
In itself, it is positive that the delegation of the Bahraini shura council admits “that medical staff should not have been imprisoned”. However, in the Bahraini absolute monarchy that shura council is not a real parliament, but a puppet parliament boycotted by the opposition because of government absolutism. It would be real progress if the Bahraini royal government would admit “that medical staff should not have been imprisoned” and would act upon that today and in the future.
Critics claim Irish visit to Bahrain medical university will be stage-managed: here.
This video is called The Bahrain Center for Human Rights.
From Front Line Defenders:
Bahraini Delegation in Ireland
“The PR and the cover up is not working, it is time to release human rights defenders from prison and engage seriously in a reform process,” will be the message Mary Lawlor, Executive Director of Front Line Defenders gives to representatives of the Bahraini Shura Council today during their visit to Ireland.
Representatives of the Bahraini Shura Council are in Ireland for a series of meetings with a range of political figures including Minister Joe Costello TD. They will meet today with members of the Irish Medical Delegation who visited Bahrain in July 2011 including Professor Damian McCormack, Professor Eoin O’Brien and Senator Averil Power as well as with Mary Lawlor on behalf of Front Line Defenders. The Bahraini representatives met yesterday with the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland (RCSI).
Abdulhadi Alkhawaja is the former Protection Coordinator for Front Line Defenders (2008-11) who provided support to human rights defenders at risk across the Middle East and North Africa. He left Front Line Defenders in March 2011 in order to support peaceful efforts for human rights and democracy in Bahrain. He was arrested on 9 April 2011 and tortured so badly that he required reconstructive surgery on his jaw. He is currently serving a life sentence after an unfair trial. Abdulhadi Alkhawaja is the founder and former President of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights.
Dr Ali Al Ekri, aged 45, is a senior consultant paediatric orthopaedic surgeon who is currently serving a five year sentence in prison in Bahrain following torture and an unfair trial. Dr Al Ekri was imprisoned because he treated wounded and dying protesters and told the media about evidence of torture and gunshot wounds. He completed his postgraduate training in Dublin, Ireland (1999-2002) at the RCSI. He was initially arrested from the operating theatre of Salmaniya, the hospital where he worked. He volunteered to provide medical help in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead, and upon his return was recognized by the King of Bahrain for his “brave act for all of Bahrain.”
Critics claim Irish visit to Bahrain medical university will be stage-managed. One Irish-trained doctor remains in Bahraini prison following treatment of 2011 protesters: here.
This is a video about Combat 18, a British neo-nazi terrorist organisation responsible for much violence in Northern Ireland.
From daily The Guardian in Britain:
Poland’s envoy concerned by attacks on Polish families in east Belfast
Monday 5 May 2014 20.07 BST
The Polish consul is to hold talks with the Police Service of Northern Ireland on Tuesday over the rise in assaults and hate crimes directed at the Polish population in the city. Three homes where Polish families lived were attacked in east Belfast over the weekend with windows smashed and graffiti sprayed on hoardings with the words “locals only”.
According to police figures there has been a 40% in increase in race and hate crimes in the region but mainly focused on greater Belfast.
In response the PSNI has set up Operation Orion, a new police unit that will target those behind hate crimes.
Jerome Mullan, the Polish consul, condemned those responsible for the attacks.
“The families are frightened and they don’t understand why this has happened to them I’m concerned about where we are going and we have to get it stopped,” he said.
“It is very sad when you have these continued attacks taking place, they’ve been going on for far too long now.”
Polish community worker Eva Grossman said: “Yet again Northern Ireland is gaining the reputation as the hate crime capital of Europe.”
The song tells about one of many similar tragedies in nineteenth-century Ireland.
The Wikipedia article about the lake Lough Sheelin writes about it:
Lough Sheelin (from Irish: Loch Síodh Linn meaning “lake of the fairy pool”) is a limestone freshwater lough (lake) in Ireland located in County Westmeath, County Meath and County Cavan near the villages of Finnea (also spelled Finea) and Mountnugent and the town of Granard, (County Longford).
The lake is naturally populated by brown trouts whose native stocks had depleted in recent years, hence the Central Fisheries Board stocking with farm reared the lake for the pleasure of anglers. Trout stocks are estimated to be over 100,000.
It is also the setting of the song “Lough Sheelin Eviction”, made popular by The Wolfe Tones. The lyrics tell the sad, but unfortunately, too typical story of a family being evicted from their home by an unforgiving & merciless landlord. Absentee landlords were common in Ireland and for many landlords the main interest was income rather than the conditions of their tenants. Many landlords realized that they could get a higher income by turning their properties to pasture than to continue with the old practice of collecting rents from tenant farmers. Evictions were the most common way of getting rid of unwanted tenants. In the song the woman, Eileen, dies in the cold and the man is forced to flee his native land in order to find a new home.
It seems that the International Monetary Fund of Ms Christine Lagarde, and the present Irish coalition government, with their austerity policies, now want to bring back the horrors of nineteenth century Ireland to the twenty-first century.
Bankers of the Anglo-Irish Bank fraudulently got their hands on scores of billions of pounds of taxpayers’ money, ruining the Irish economy, especially for poor people.
Two former Anglo Irish Bank executives have been spared jail despite being found guilty of handing out illegal loans from the financial institution at the heart of Ireland‘s economic collapse, as The Guardian writes..
Now, the Irish government will be spending more taxpayers’ money. This time not on bailing out bankers, but on a new special police unit. A unit for at last jailing the fraudulent bankers of the Anglo-Irish bank and other banks? A unit for investigating corrupt politicians? A unit for investigating sexual abuse of children by Roman Catholic clergy in Ireland?
No, this new special police is especially for attacking poor people.
By Dermott Quinn in Ireland:
Irish government creates police unit to target social welfare claimants
3 May 2014
Joan Burton, minister for social protection in the Fine Gael/Labour coalition government is to involve the Gardai (the Irish police force) in hounding the poorest and most vulnerable sections of the population off social welfare payments. Her aim is to create a new special unit of police that will intensify pressure on the jobless.
The move is part of the on-going austerity drive by the ruling elite, which has seen spending cut by more than one fifth of economic output over the past five years. It aims to slash the social spending bill as outlined in the 2014 budget, which cut spending by €2.5 billion.
A long-time Labour Party member, Burton exemplifies its collaboration in the ruling elite’s assault on the social position of working people. A report last month by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) revealed that Ireland has the fifth highest level of unemployed in a survey of 34 countries.
The result of the huge transfer of wealth from the working class to the super-rich is revealed in the fact that now half of Ireland’s population receives some type of welfare payment, while recent figures show one in five children go to school hungry and almost three quarters of a million people are forced to live in poverty. Last October budget cuts of €32 million were introduced by Burton which reduced by €100 the jobseekers rate to those aged up to 24, and by €144 those 25-year or older.
This time the government hopes to tighten the noose even further by setting up a special squad of 20 gardai to seek out where cuts can be made to welfare payments. Though the Department of Social Welfare has already been using its own Special Investigation Unit to cut people off social welfare and closely working with the Revenue Commissioners, the new police unit will act as social welfare officers with the power to arrest.
Attacks on social welfare claimants have sought to demonise immigrants in particular, with Operation Airside launched in 2012 aimed specifically at tackling so-called welfare tourism. Under this programme, social welfare officers were allowed to question people travelling via ports and airports.
According to the Department of Social Welfare, the new police unit will be involved mainly in “intelligence gathering.” This is a reference to the continuing efforts of the department to entice people to inform on others who may be in receipt of overpayments as overall poverty increases. This would include checkpoints on roads leading to estates deemed to be suspect areas. The unit will operate across the country, in Dublin, Dundalk, Donegal, Monaghan, Longford, Galway, Cork, Limerick, Navan, and Sligo. Gardai will also collaborate with a number of state agencies, including Revenue, the taxi regulator and the national employment rights authority.
The intensification of state involvement in all areas of people’s lives is a direct consequence of the need for the Irish bourgeoisie to defend their wealth in a situation where the vast majority of working people in Ireland have seen their living standards decimated. It is a pattern replicated across Europe, with the ruling elite in a number of countries turning to increasingly authoritarian methods to enforce its dictates.
The planned involvement of the state security forces in the Department of Social Welfare comes in the wake of revelations that the Gardai were involved in a secret surveillance programme for the past 30 years, which involved the bugging of prisons and Garda stations.
… In March the High Court issued a judgement banning a four-hour strike by the Services, Industrial, Professional and Technical Union (SIPTU) to protest at the erosion of pension rights which was scheduled at Dublin, Cork and Shannon Airports. There were plans to involve the military if the strike went ahead.
Legislation has also received a second reading in the Senate (upper house of the Irish parliament) that would ban strikes in essential services such as water, electricity and health to be enforced with the threat of huge fines and prison terms. Feargal Quinn, the senator who initially proposed the law, explicitly stated that he had modelled his plan on Greece, where martial law has been used to break strikes.
As the Irish state moves to use the law against those who are jobless and those in regular employment, inequality continues to grow. Early this year a survey of income and living conditions was published by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) which outlined that social welfare payments are the only thing keeping a huge number of people out of poverty. The percentage “at risk of poverty” was given at 16 percent but the CSO figures show that without social welfare payments 50.7 percent would be at risk of poverty.
Consistent poverty was found to be most severe among the unemployed (19.2 percent); people unable to work due to illness or disability (17.6 percent) and one-parent families. Half of those living in below-average private rented accommodation were close to poverty levels. By cutting and capping the rent allowance that tenants received the government has intensified the despair which homelessness has brought to thousands of families.
Much of the Fine Gael/Labour government’s claims on an economic recovery in the lead up to the European and local elections on 22 May centres around a drop in unemployment figures from 11.9 percent in February to 11.8 percent in March. The main age group in which a decrease in employment was recorded was 25 to 35 year olds.
A large portion of the one percent decrease, however, is a direct result of Internship and JobBridge schemes which force young people to work for as little as 50 euro a week. There are now 11,500 companies participating in JobBridge. Since its introduction two years ago, 1,200 unemployed people had benefits cut for failing to participate.
Martin Murphy, chairman of JobBridge and managing director of Hewlett Packard Ireland admitted in January this year that 40 companies had already been expelled from the scheme for abuse and exploitation. Some months ago there were protests in Dublin and Cork by students highlighting the fact that the JobBridge scheme had been allowing companies to advertise positions for candidates with a “minimum” of a PhD degree.
The discredited Irish Labour Party, now running at less than 6 percent in the polls, has participated in overseeing a huge transfer of wealth from the great majority of the population to the very rich. Last year the richest 300 of the country’s billionaires and multi-millionaires saw their wealth grow by almost 6.3 percent, or €3.9 billion.
This video is called Racist Hate Crime in Northern Ireland.
15-strong gang carry out racist attack
Wednesday, 23 April 2014
Two men in their early 20s and a 19-year-old woman, all from Eastern Europe, were assaulted by a gang of around 15 people at waste ground near Lawnmount Street on Monday between 9pm and 9.30pm.
The gang – which included one woman – assaulted the victims with golf clubs leaving them with bruising and cuts, while one man lost two teeth.
Police are treating it as a race hate crime and are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the attack to contact them on the new non-emergency number 101.
This video is called Red-rumped Swallow sunbathing and preening on a tree.
Here is another red-rumped swallow video.
From Rare Bird Alert in Britain:
Sunday 20th April 2014
The third Sardinian Warbler for County Cork, and for Ireland, was discovered late morning today, in Scott’s Garden on Dursey Island, where it remained until late evening. Two Red-rumped Swallows spent the afternoon over the Cam Washes at Upware, Cambridgeshire, whilst one also flew over Felixstowe Docks, Suffolk. Two White-billed Divers were off the coast of Lewis, Western Isles and a Ferruginous Duck was on Lough Beg, County Derry.
Lingering rarities included the unringed Red-breasted Goose in Dumfries and Galloway, White-billed Diver in Aberdeenshire, Black Duck in County Mayo and Two-barred Crossbills in Yorkshire and Norfolk (three).