It was World Intellectual Property (IP) day on April 26th. I was kindly invited to join the panel of speakers, on topics chiefly relating to commercialising academic research and start-ups. World IP day is organised by a Geneva-based agency of the United Nations (UN), the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). The agency actively seeks to demystify what is involved with IP and how, particularly as a small business, to go about registering and protecting it. File photograph: Peter ThursfieldAn important service overseen by the WIPO is the Patent Co-operation Treaty (PCT).
May 06, 2021 04:41 UTC
The services sector covers a range of industries – everything from hotels and hairdressers to IT firms and telecoms. The strongest growth was in technology, media and telecoms (TMT), followed by business services, financial services and transport, tourism and leisure respectively. International demandIt also noted that international demand supported inflows of new work, as exports of services rose at the joint-fastest rate since July 2018, with demand notably strong in the financial services subsector. Firms reported increased business from the UK and mainland European markets, it said. “Although much of the services sector remains in lockdown, the data are encouraging as all the main components of the survey showed significant improvements,” AIB chief economist Oliver Mangan said.
May 06, 2021 04:15 UTC
Instead, everyone should look to cultivate everyday innovation. Start before you’re ready Everyday innovators take the initiative to get started now instead of waiting for permission, detailed instructions, or ideal conditions. Don’t forget the dinner mint Adding small, creative flourishes can yield significantly improved results. Fall seven times, stand eight Realising that setbacks are inevitable, everyday innovators use creative resilience to overcome adversity. Big Little Breakthroughs: How Small, Everyday Innovations Drive Oversized Results by Josh Linkner is published by Post Hill Press
May 06, 2021 04:05 UTC
We’ve all been there: the late-night doom-scrolling that somehow turns into a shopping spree. As you flick through your Instagram or Facebook feed, there it is, the “shop now” or “swipe up” button alongside a product that, in the early hours of the morning, seems like the perfect product. In the cold light of day though, all may not be as well as it seemed. Perhaps the retailer is looking a little less legitimate, or that product isn’t quite what you thought it was. You hold your breath and wait for the item to arrive, promising you’ll never buy anything else from social media until the next time.
May 06, 2021 03:53 UTC
The Government will move to block investment funds from buying up entire housing estates, according to senior figures involved in the process. Both Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Tánaiste Leo Varadkar yesterday expressed their unhappiness with the practice, with Mr Martin telling the Dáil that it was “unacceptable” and “will be examined”. Earlier Mr Varadkar weighed in, saying investment funds mostly invested in apartment buildings before or during construction but there had been a change in recent months to whole housing estates or part of them. “It is government policy to incentivise and support private investment funds to buy up housing across the state. It is government policy to keep a whole generation locked out of affordable housing,” Ms McDonald said in a tweet, during a day when housing policy dominated sharp exchanges in the Dáil.
May 06, 2021 01:03 UTC
File photograph: Lorraine Matti/ReutersEarly computer programs for weather prediction, written in the Fortran language, stored numbers in single precision. Observations, which provide starting data, have only a few digits precision. At the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, researchers have been seeking ways to reduce computing power. Chaotic flowAtmospheric flow is chaotic: this means that a small change in the starting values can lead to a wildly different forecast. Researchers at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts were surprised that reducing numerical precision of the computations had little influence on the quality of the ensemble forecasts.
May 06, 2021 00:00 UTC
There is no point in saying there isn’t because there is,” he informed Cian O’Callaghan of the Social Democrats. The new homes at Mullen Park, Maynooth, Co Kildare, all but 22 of which have been snapped up by Round Hill Capital. These Reits are like international factory ships, steaming into Ireland and indiscriminately hoovering up all sorts of housing stock. The Taoiseach indicated that O’Brien, along with the Minister for Finance and the Minister for Public Expenditure, was working on a plan. Time for the Government to swoop and put this bad cuckoo back in its clock.
May 05, 2021 21:39 UTC
The first “tweaked” vaccine against the worrying coronavirus variants that emerged in South Africa and Brazil has successfully neutralised them in laboratory trials, the US company Moderna has said. The US company has tested both a booster shot of its standard Covid vaccine and also a tweaked version of the vaccine in people who have previously had the full double dose. Two weeks after the new jab, Moderna says both the booster shot and the tweaked vaccine increased the antibodies in the blood that can neutralise the two variants of concern. But the tweaked vaccine – called mRNA-1273.351 and designed specifically to combat the South African and Brazilian variants, which have similar mutations to the spike protein – produced higher levels of neutralising antibodies than the standard booster shot, mRNA-1273. Moderna says it is also running a trial in which people are given a mixture of the booster and the vaccine specifically designed against the variant.
May 05, 2021 20:32 UTC
Rents and house prices are very high due to large multinationals in the town. “A house we viewed last week has an asking price offer from someone in England who can’t even view it. “The market is overpriced, typically the bidding goes way over the asking price and those people may not even go ahead with it,” he said. “I don’t think these new measures will make any difference. I don’t think that’s going to make much difference.
May 05, 2021 20:19 UTC
Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have blamed each other for the current housing controversy which has seen thousands of homes end up in the hands of vulture funds. Fianna Fáil TDs launched a stinging attack on Fine Gael over housing at their parliamentary party meeting, however, at a private Fine Gael meeting Tánaiste Leo Varadkar moved to distance his party from the housing portfolio. Members of Mr Varadkar's own party warned him that Fine Gael will face "enormous political consequences" if they do not tackle vulture funds buying up housing estates. During a “bells and whistles” presentation, Housing Minister Darragh O'Brien dubbed the sale of properties to international investors a “legacy issue” which happened before Fianna Fáil came into government. Leo Varadkar told his TDs and senators that Fine Gael do not control the housing department but “we as a party need to help Minister Darragh O'Brien” in resolving the problem.
May 05, 2021 18:49 UTC
The joy of Resident Evil Village lies with these immensely rich adversaries, each one with their own different twist on what people might consider horrific. In true Resident Evil style, the story goes much deeper than that, connecting to Ethan’s ordeal in Resident Evil 7 and the complicated lore of the series overall. Resident Evil Village. Despite that, Resident Evil Village is a must-play experience. Resident Evil Village is released on Friday, May 7SONY AND DISCORDMeanwhile, with Resident Evil Village looking great on a PlayStation 5, some people will be disappointed they can’t stream the game to friends and others on Discord.
May 05, 2021 15:00 UTC
A court in New Delhi will also decide whether to punish officials for failing to boost erratic supplies of oxygen for overstretched hospitals. The court is hearing petitions filed by several hospitals and nursing homes struggling with irregular oxygen supplies. Prime minister Narendra Modi’s government is reluctant to impose a national lockdown over fears of the economic fallout. Expand Close The Indian government under prime minister Narendra Modi is under pressure to shore up oxygen supplies (AP) / FacebookTwitterEmailWhatsapp The Indian government under prime minister Narendra Modi is under pressure to shore up oxygen supplies (AP)However, nearly a dozen states have imposed curbs on their own. The country’s second and third most populated states of Maharashtra and Bihar are also under lockdown with varying curbs.
May 05, 2021 06:33 UTC
A group of hard working, intelligent students from the Killarney Community College (KCC) are basking in the glow of not one but two national award nominations this week. The group of students who make up 'The Connected Four' have first off been short-listed for the 'Young Social Innovators of the Year Award' in the 'Make Our Country More Inclusive and Poverty Free Challenge'. Elsewhere the group were also short-listed for a 'Virgin Media Digital Media Award'. These are: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)/Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Dyslexia and Dyspraxia also known as Development Coordination Disorder (DCD). The Young Social Innovators Awards Ceremony will take place on YouTube Live on May 13 and it will be hosted by both Zara King and Daryl Cronin.
May 05, 2021 06:11 UTC
Just ask Real Madrid, who spent the past few days fearing that when they boarded a plane at Barajas bound for London on Tuesday they would be yet another man down. “It’s been a strange season,” Zidane said, one in which even he has been absent, isolated with Covid. With five games left – six, Zidane says – Real Madrid are in the Champions League semi-final and in the tightest La Liga race for 30 years, two points off top. There is something relentless about them, some remarkable capacity to resist and survive no matter what. “When you play Real Madrid in a semi-final every chance you get you have to take,” César Azpilicueta said, and he knew.
May 05, 2021 05:00 UTC
Don’t worry, it was just King Lear, sitting on a yellow Ikea throne in the back of a converted van having it out with his daughters Cordelia, Regan and Goneril. “And Arthur is booming.” King Lear is played by Arthur Riordan. King Lear is on the Leaving Cert this year and the team are available to perform at schools with help from the Bank of Ireland/Business to Arts Begin Together grant. “One of the things that’s been good about Covid is the forgotten spaces have been looked at again,” says Tipton. We were all crying by the end, everyone all on the same body clock.”King Lear in a Van: Karen McCartney as Cordelia and Arthur Riordan as King Lear.
May 05, 2021 04:00 UTC