Archive for July, 2005

Attacks hit UK underground

Thursday, July 7th, 2005

I just woke up to news of the terrible attacks on the London Underground. Listening to a short excerpt from Blair on the news a distinct tremor in his voice, obviously shaken by the news. The BBC is reporting an eye-witness as saying that the bus [that was also attacked] was ...

Measuring poverty in Ireland – relative and absolute measures

Wednesday, July 6th, 2005

Bernie Goldbach has a piece on his blog about poverty - or what he sees as the lack of it - in Ireland, citing my recent response to Friedman as one of his sources at the end. There seem to be three main planks to his argument. First, commonly quoted statistics ...

Censorship fears for student publications

Wednesday, July 6th, 2005

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals - which covers Illinois, along with Michigan and Indiana - has made a decision that could be problematic for student publications. In essence:The court ruled that the Supreme Court’s 1988 Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier decision, permitting censorship on high school student newspapers, applies to ...

Making Poverty History

Tuesday, July 5th, 2005

For anyone interested in a radical critique of the Make Poverty History campaign an essay originally published in Red Pepper and now in various other places is well worth reading. While I'm wary of dismissing a campaign link this out-of-hand the esssay poses some serious questions about the MPH approach ...

Local cable TV for Dublin

Tuesday, July 5th, 2005

I mentioned in a recent post that I thought the delays experienced by the BCI's Broadcasting Support Scheme might slow down the licensing of local cable channels. It seems that at least one channel wasn't delayed, as they signed a contract with the BCI today. Of course the channel - ...

Ní bheidh RnaG ag podcraoladh

Monday, July 4th, 2005

Scríobh mé chuig RTE ag moladh go dtosnódh RnaG ag podcraoladh. Fuair mé r-phost inniú freagra inniu ag míniú nach mbeidh RTÉ nó RnaG ag podcraoladh mar:With regards to the podcast and mp3 issues we can't do it for legal reasons due with the copyrights of music on the shows ...

Friedman on the Irish economy

Friday, July 1st, 2005

Thomas Friedman's column in the New York Times today argues that France and Germany should follow the economic policies of Ireland, apparently basing this on a recent trip to Dublin. He makes the Irish system sound like an unmitigated success, based on our decreasing worker protections. While there may be some ...

BCI funding runs into difficulties

Friday, July 1st, 2005

The Broadcasting (Funding) Scheme to be overseen by the BCI (Broadcasting Commission of Ireland), which is to distribute 5% of television license fee income, has been delayed as the European Commission has asked for further information:Following examination of the Broadcasting (Funding) Scheme, the European Commission has informed the Department that ...

Celtic music this Sunday

Friday, July 1st, 2005

Readers in the Urbana-Champaign area may be interested in noting that I'm presenting the Celtic music show on WEFT (90.1FM) this Sunday from 6 to 8pm. I welcome suggestions on tracks to play - either personal favourites or appropriate tunes for this holiday weekend.I plan to post the playlist on ...

Holding a good course at Henley

Friday, July 1st, 2005

My younger sister, Méadhbh, is racing at Henley regatta this week, where she's coxing the Aberdeen crew in the Britannia Challenge Cup. So far they've got through to the last four so congratulations are in order and I'll be following the rest of the races over the weekend.