Apple Upgrading MacBook Pro iMac Early Next Year Report

first_imgDigiTimes has long been a source for all manner of crazy Apple rumors–this, however, is not one. According to the site’s unnamed “sources,” the company will be upgrading the MacBook Pro and iMac at some point during the first half of next year. Sorry, I just got a little sleepy typing that.Nothing really exciting here. The MacBook Pros will feature “slight change in chassis design” and will be upgraded to OS X Lion. The iMacs, meanwhile, will have a new panel size and different prize point. Ho-hum.How about a Verizon iPhone/mini-iPad hybrid? Anyone?last_img

Devs Sony NGP might launch on November 11th

first_imgWhen a Japanese console maker like Sony announces a new console, you expect them to launch in Japan first. Nintendo certainly did with the Nintendo 3DS, and Sony has never launched a new console anywhere besides Japan first. However, if new rumors are anything to go by, they might be considering a different launch approach with the upcoming NGP, or PSP2. According to reports, Sony’s NGP could actually arrive in Europe or America before Japan.MCVUK’s sources are apparently third-party licensees, and they say that Sony has set development deadlines for key Western releases to ensure that NGP projects are completed before the end of the summer and ready for a fall deployment. It’s suggested that that “deployment” would culminate in a November 11th release date.Because MCVUK’s sources are European licensees and they are being pressed to finish key Western releases in time for fall, it looks likely that either Europe or America will get the NGP before the end of the year. However, in a previous interview, Sony said that their goal was to get the NGP released in at least one territory by holiday 2011.The thinking here is that Sony is probably not going to be able to manage a global release of the NGP before the end of the year. The NGP is an expensive piece of kit, Sony’s probably going to sell the first units at a loss, and it’s going to be hard to supply enough NGPs for a global launch. Consequently, it is thought that Sony’s push to get European developers to get their games finished by the end of summer is indirect confirmation that the NGP will release in Western territories before Japan.We’ll see. I don’t personally foresee any universe where Sony is not going to launch in Japan first, but I’m at least hopeful that this news means Sony might be able to pull off a global NGP release this year after all.Read more at MCVUKlast_img read more

Sony President classes PSN hack as a hiccup

first_imgSony has just experienced a publicity nightmare over the past month with many repercussions both legally and for its reputation as a leading games company. The PSN hack, subsequent user data being stolen, and lack of service for weeks has left PS3 and PSP owners alike angry, frustrated, and unsure of the future when it comes to the security of Sony’s online services.So with PSN finally coming back online, and free fraud protection and games planned, how do Sony feel about what happened? According to Sony President and CEO Howard Stringer, it was just a “hiccup” and “Nobody’s system is 100 percent secure.”Stringer apologized for the hack in a letter posted on the PlayStation blog earlier this month, but now his attention it turning to the state of the company on the markets and how investors will react going forward. Understandably the company’s share price has fallen dramatically this year, down 23% so far.Regardless, the 77 million PSN account holders, not to mention SOE subscribers, won’t be viewing the hack as a hiccup, and certainly won’t enjoy hearing Sony’s top man discussing it as such.More at BloombergMatthew’s OpinionI think Sony’s management team has to be very careful how they talk about the PSN hack going forward. For users, it remains a very frustrating and worrying period with all our details taken. Even if our credit card details were spared, the personal information gathered can still be used maliciously in the future.Referring to the PSN downtime as a hiccup is wrong in my opinion. It was a serious oversight on the part of Sony. The security wasn’t in place to keep those 77 million accounts secure, and that is much more than a hiccup–it was a serious breach of our trust and our information.Will I be selling my PS3 and PSP? No, because I value the games released on those formats and want to support the developers who continue to target Sony’s hardware. Will I be trusting my credit card to PSN again? Definitely not in the near future, Sony has some bridges to build first.last_img read more

Seagate kills off FreeAgent introduces Backup Plus drives with Facebook integration

first_imgSeagate has finally killed its FreeAgent brand. First announced in September 2008, the FreeAgent was an early, and successful, take on non-commodity external storage. Over the years the brand took on many forms — from the 2.5-inch Go to the Dockstar to Theater Dock — but ultimately it morphed into the FreeAgent GoFlex. This introduced the first real innovation to the line: the modular connection. Officially known as the Universal Storage Module (USM) connection, it’s a SATA standard that Seagate pioneered, but that any company is free to use. That connector type is being kept as Seagate take a serious move towards clarifying the brand and simplifying its image. With death of the FreeAgent comes Seagate’s Backup Plus.The big news with Backup Plus is not actually the drives — aside from the new design it’s all stuff we’ve seen before — the update is the software. Companies like WD and Seagate have made extensive effort so that buyers actually use the software that comes with their external hard drives, and over the past few years the included tools have actually gotten to the point where they are worth installing.The headlining feature is with this release is the ability to backup images from Facebook and Flickr. Using those sites’ APIs the drive’s software is able to retrieve your images from the cloud and create a local backup. The API is only able to grab the crunched image (not the original, full resolution one), but that’s a limitation of the API. And while Facebook and Flickr are the only services available now, more will be coming in future updates.That probably has you wondering why — it’s not like Facebook loses a lot of images or Flickr is going to be shutdown next week (well…). There are still reasons why you’d want to do this though, including access to your media when you don’t have an internet connection, fast access for when you want to use the images (downloading them from a service one-by-one is a pain), and the simple desire for redundancy. With storage being cheap and plentiful, and people requiring interruption-free access to all their data, why not have a local copy? Of course, that’s the opinion of a storage company, but it could be useful for people who are lax about syncing their devices and backing up their devices.There are some advanced features as well. The coolest one is a trickle upload tool which is able to send videos en masse to YouTube. This will be a great way to upload a lot of video to the site with minimal intervention from the user.In addition to the social networks tools, Backup Plus can do all the stuff you’d expect from an external hard drive — like backup your entire system, build a custom backup plan, and work with both a PC and a Mac. Upgrades from the old software include scheduled backups, file level backup, and cloud backup. The only dropped feature appears to be encrypted backup, which the GoFlex did, but the Backup Plus cannot.Also new for Backup Plus: the main connection will be USB 3.0. The company will not even make a USB 2.0 adapter. There will be a $99 Thunderbolt sled available for all models. The other connector type will be FireWire 800 which, like Thunderbolt, will be sold separately (though for much less).Seagate‘s Backup Plus will initially come in three flavors: Portable (500GB, 750GB, and 1TB), Slim (500GB), and the Desktop (1, 2, 3, and 4TB). The Desktop model is the full-on 3.5-inch drive while the Slim uses a low z-height (read: skinny) drive, so the enclosure is super thin. The drives will be available in black, blue, red, and silver.Pricing will be as follows: Portable 500GB, $119.99; 750GB, $129.99 and 1TB, $139.99. For the Backup Plus Desk 3.5-inch drive: 1TB, $129.99; 2TB, $149.99; 3TB, $179.99 and 4TB, $249.99. Backup Plus for Mac prices will be the same, though the selection will be more limited.Seagate Backup Plus vs goflexSeagate Backup Plus vs goflexSeagate Backup Plus featuresSeagate Backup Plus – USMSeagate Backup Plus – topSeagate Backup Plus – silverSeagate Backup Plus – 001last_img read more

Geek deals 549 Dell Inspiron 660s quadcore slim PC

first_imgBack in the day, bigger was better in the PC world. If you had a monstrous full-size tower with enough room to pack a corpse in, you were king of the castle. Floor space, fan noise, or heat aside, the best PCs were the giant ones that let everyone know you were packing some serious processing power.These days, not only is it possible to have all that power in a tiny package, it’s actually preferable. Whether you’re a business deploying dozens of these machines or just a homebody who wants a PC that doesn’t need its own floor of the house, slim PCs have been very popular the last few years.Dell’s Inspiron 660s is one such machine, coming in at almost half the size of the regular Inspiron 660, but still offering plenty of performance and features. Performance won’t be an issue thanks to the 3rd gen Core i5 quad-core processor, which will handle nearly any user’s workload for years to come. Our featured model also has 8GB of RAM and a 1 Terabyte hard drive, making for a very capable configuration.It also comes packed with a plethora of standard features, including two USB 3.0 ports, six USB 2.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, Wireless-N, Bluetooth 4.0, media card reader, and both VGA and HDMI video outputs. It’s hard to argue with such a feature-packed machine, especially when it measures just 10.4 x 3.9 x 14.8 inches.Dell even includes their 1 year in-home service warranty with 90 days of phone support at no extra cost. For a limited time you can snag this slim powerhouse with $100 instant savings.Dell Inspiron 660s Core i5 Quad-core Slim Desktop w/8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, Windows 8 for $549.99 + free shipping (reg. $649.99) Our other top deals:Forza Horizon (Xbox 360) for $39.99 + free shipping (reg. $59.99)HP Pavilion 23xi 23″ 1080p IPS LED-backlit LCD Monitor for $159.99 + free shipping (reg. $229.99 | use coupon MADNESS)Apple MacBook Pro 15.4″ Ivy Bridge Laptop w/ Retina Display for $1,944 + free shipping (reg. $2,199)last_img read more

Googles Map Dive shows off the best of 3D body tracking

first_imgYou’ll probably never have a setup like this at your house, but everyone at Google I/O this week will get to experience what is it like to fly through Google Maps using their custom Chrome rig.Sitting inside one of the many Google offices in Mountain View for a long time now has been this Google Earth demo featuring multiple huge displays and a big trackball to navigate the globe. It was really impressive — five years ago.As Google Maps has evolved, so must the giant lobby tool used to show off the technology. This new setup, called Map Dive, features seven 1080p screens and a whole body tracking sensor that allows you to skydive through a live render of Google Maps with fun objectives on the way down. The goal is to use your body to glide through the air, pass through rings, and collect stars before you reach the ground. It’s all done in Chrome, and it shows just how powerful the next version of Maps really is.Each of the seven 1080p monitors is controlled by a different Ubuntu PC running Chrome 25, with a control unit at the center to tie them all together. On top of the center monitor is the Kinect-like ASUS Xtion 3D.This custom app was built to rely entirely on the browser for handling interaction with the user through the motion controller. As you twist your body around with your arms extended, you on-screen avatar will move in sync with you.It’s an impressive demonstration of what is possible not only in Chrome, but with full body motion control, and it acts as a terrific example of the capabilities found within the new Google Maps.last_img read more

How much are these 100 Cork apartments being sold for Its the

first_imgHow much are these 100 Cork apartments being sold for? It’s the week in numbers Plus: How many Dublin Bus routes are being changed to avoid College Green? Saturday 24 Feb 2018, 7:00 PM Feb 24th 2018, 7:01 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 18,804 Views No Comments http://jrnl.ie/3866389 Image: Tony Healy Share Tweet Email Image: Tony Healy EVERY WEEK, TheJournal.ie offers a selection of statistics and numerical nuggets to help you digest the week that has just passed.519,000: The average number of viewers of the tv show Derry Girls in Northern Ireland, making it the most watched show ever there.€7.1 million: The Lotto jackpot, which was won by one lucky punter this week.99: The age of influential US preacher Billy Graham, whose death was announced this week.7: The number of people who took part in the last meeting of the Citizens’ Assembly who were improperly recruited.90,000: The number of customers RaboDirect Ireland has. It announced this week it will soon be ceasing operations here.€28 million: The guiding price on a group of apartments in Cork city being sold by a major US fund.10: The number of routes being changed by Dublin Bus so that they don’t pass through College Green.96: The number of years the music store Waltons has been operating in Dublin. It announced this week it would be closing its iconic George’s Street store. Short URL By Cormac Fitzgeraldlast_img read more

Bus Éireann workers ready to strike as talks between management and unions

first_imgBus Éireann workers ready to strike as talks between management and unions collapse The two sides had been negotiating at Workplace Relations Commission. Short URL Share155 Tweet Email 97 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Feb 21st 2017, 5:25 PM https://jrnl.ie/3250145 Image: Niall Carson/PA By Paul Hosford Tuesday 21 Feb 2017, 5:25 PM Updated at 5.25pmNEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN BUS Éireann management and unions representing the workforce have collapsed, meaning that the threat of industrial action looms large.Both sides had been involved in talks at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) in an attempt to reach a deal over the contracts and conditions of workers.The National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) today released a statement accusing company management of deliberately collapsing the negotiations.The union said that it had put its workers on notice that it will immediately engage in all-out strike should Bus Éireann alter the conditions of workers.General secretary of the NBRU Dermot O’Leary stated that the company had turned up the negotiations “ill-prepared to fully engage in a manner which would subscribe to a possible solution”.Siptu trade union has also said its members are ready to strike following the collapse of the talks.“If Bus Éireann tries to force through cuts our members will have no option but to take strike action to save their jobs and protect public transport services,” said sector organiser Willie Noone. NBRU general secretary Dermot O’Leary and Siptu’s Greg Ennis speak to the media outside the Workplace Relations Commission today. Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ieBoth unions called Transport Minister Shane Ross to intervene in the dispute.In a statement, Bus Éireann said that the unions had “refused to negotiate” on the terms and conditions of employees’ contracts and this meant that fears of the company becoming insolvent could not be addressed.It also said it had “put every conceivable issue on the table” in an attempt to address its significant losses.“The unions’ response to date has been to refuse to negotiate any change to terms and conditions, insist on a pay rise and seek compensation for staff who may have had a reduction in overtime earnings over the last few weeks,” the company said.We will now seriously consider our position and advise our staff in due course of the necessary steps which must be taken to avoid insolvency.LossesThe collapse comes after unions yesterday criticised the company for releasing a document to workers warning of increased losses at the company while talks are ongoing.The document – seen by TheJournal.ie – states that projected losses for 2016 at the company have now increased.The company states that it is looking at an estimated operating loss of €9.4 million for last year. It states that losses for last month are already in excess of €1.5 million.Strike action was averted on Monday as both sides agreed to meet at the WRC to continue talks.The company is also believed to be seeking the closures of the Dublin-Derry, Clonmel-Dublin and Athlone-Westport routes. Roscommon TD Michael Fitzmaurice says that such a move will not be tolerated.“Any closure of rural bus routes must be resisted by public representatives in rural Ireland and in the West in particular. I attended a plan for the West and Rural Ireland to 2040 recently and there was great talk about how we can progress into the future.“Then we hear proposals of possible bus route closures. It begs the question, does the right hand know what the left hand is doing?. We are proposing progress one day and the next we are proposing to close down services.”TheJournal.ie has contacted Bus Éireann for a statement regarding the collapse of negotiations.With reporting from Cormac FitzgeraldRead: Unions accuse Bus Éireann of ‘seeking to collapse talks’ around averting strike 22,851 Views Image: Niall Carson/PAlast_img read more

Kremlin demands apology from Fox News for describing Putin as a killer

first_img By AFP Kremlin demands apology from Fox News for describing Putin as ‘a killer’ Fox host Bill O’Reilly made the assertion during an interview with President Donald Trump last night. Monday 6 Feb 2017, 4:46 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 12,238 Views Share129 Tweet Email 69 Comments center_img Short URL Vladimir Putin Source: Alexander ZemlianichenkoTHE KREMLIN HAS urged US network Fox News to apologise after its presenter called Russian President Vladimir Putin “a killer” while interviewing US President Donald Trump.“We consider such words from a Fox News correspondent unacceptable and offensive,” Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists today in a conference call.“To be honest we would prefer to receive an apology addressed to the president from such a respected television company,” the Kremlin spokesman added.Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly in an interview broadcast prior to yesterday’s Super Bowl pressed Trump on Putin’s alleged links to extrajudicial killings of journalists and dissidents, saying: “He’s a killer though, Putin’s a killer.”Trump answered: “We’ve got a lot of killers. You think our country’s so innocent?”Take a look at what we’ve done too. We’ve made a lot of mistakes. Asked to react to Trump’s response, Peskov said “in this case I would prefer to leave this without comment”.Trump has prompted a political firestorm with his remarks on Putin in the interview.“I do respect him. Well, I respect a lot of people, but that doesn’t mean I’ll get along with them,” Trump said.Senate leader Mitch McConnell, speaking on CNN, said of Putin: “He is a former KGB agent (and) a thug.”But Vice President Mike Pence told NBC that Trump would not “let semantics or the arguments of the past get in the way of exploring the ability to work together with Russia”.Trump and Putin had their first call since the US president took office on 28 January, which the White House called “a significant start to improving the relationship between the United States and Russia”.© – AFP, 2017Read: Two Irishmen arrested in Amsterdam after man was threatened with firearmRead: David Beckham emails exposed by hackers who ‘demanded £1m’ Feb 6th 2017, 4:46 PM http://jrnl.ie/3225650 last_img read more

Bertie Ahern says Ireland isnt mad enough to leave the EU

first_img Mar 10th 2017, 9:09 PM By Órla Ryan The as yet unknown nature and scale of the implications of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union has the potential to impact us in particular here in Ireland due to our position as Britain’s closest neighbour.“Accordingly, the message I will take with me to the United States across the next seven days will be one of reassurance in terms of Ireland’s commitment to maintaining our current position as the gateway to Europe for US investors…“Ireland’s absolute commitment to remain at the heart of Europe in spite of Brexit is set to be a theme of each and every ministerial visit abroad this St Patrick’s Day and I have asked each minister to report back to Cabinet on their return in this regard,” Kenny said.Read: Med schools ‘conscious of distress’ experienced by families of infants whose remains were sent to universitiesRead: Le Pen ignores summons over allegations she misused European Parliament funds As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: 20,315 Views Bertie Ahern says Ireland isn’t ‘mad enough’ to leave the EU “The whole border issue is a nightmare for us,” the former Taoiseach said. Share Tweet Email 132 Comments Image: Screengrab/Sky News Image: Screengrab/Sky News https://jrnl.ie/3282114 BERTIE AHERN HAS said he doesn’t think Ireland is “mad enough” to leave the EU.The former Taoiseach made the comments in an interview about Brexit with Sky News.Ahern said the impact of the UK leaving the EU will be “enormous” on Ireland, saying the food sector will be particularly badly hit as about 45% of perishable items in the industry are exported to the UK.In terms of the border between the Republic of Ireland and the North, Ahern said: “The whole border issue is a nightmare for us.“I had hoped that the UK would not pull out of the customs union because that was never really mentioned last summer … People were talking about the single market, they were talking about the European Union … and then on 17 January the prime minister said, ‘Yeah, we’re leaving the customs union.’“That draws a big difficulty for us for the very simple reason that the border between North and South, between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, becomes the natural border between the European Union and the United Kingdom,” Ahern said.St Patrick’s weekSpeaking to reporters at an EU summit in Brussels earlier, Enda Kenny called for clarity on the type of relationship Britain wants with the EU post-Brexit and what this could mean for Ireland.In his weekly message, the Taoiseach said he will use his St Patrick’s week trip to the US to reaffirm Ireland’s commitment to the EU. Short URL Friday 10 Mar 2017, 9:09 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Indian police say Danielle McLaughlin was raped as they charge 23yearold with

first_imgIndian police say Danielle McLaughlin was raped as they charge 23-year-old with her murder CCTV footage has emerged showing some of McLaughlin’s last moments. http://jrnl.ie/3291972 Share Tweet Email1 Short URL 26,329 Views Mar 16th 2017, 3:44 PM Thursday 16 Mar 2017, 3:44 PM By Sean Murray INDIAN POLICE HAVE said that the young Irish woman killed in the popular tourist destination of Goa was also raped, after they charged a 23-year-old man with her murder.The body of 28-year-old Danielle McLaughlin was found in a field near a beach in the south of Goa on Tuesday.Vikat Bhagat, a 23-year-old Indian national, has been charged with the murder of the Buncrana native.Grainy CCTV footage shows some of McLaughlin’s last movements where she is seen walking down a road with a man police have identified as Bhagat.Deputy Superintendent Sammy Tavares, of the Goan police, told AFP: “We had sent the body for a post-mortem examination. Reports have confirmed that Danielle was raped before the murder.Besides the earlier charge of murder we have also booked him for rape. The accused will be in police custody until March 22 after which he’ll be produced in court.Tavares added that she had been found with injuries to the head and face. Bhagat was arrested only a few hours after the discovery of her body near Palolem Beach.A vigil was said to have been held in Goa by expats and backpackers at the scene of her murder, where people paid tribute to the 28-year-old.United in griefMcLaughlin was born in Glasgow and grew up in Buncrana, Co Donegal before going to university in Liverpool.She had left Ireland in February to go travelling and was in the coastal Canacona area celebrating the Holi festival. Source: GoFundMeHer mother, Andrea Brannigan, said that the young woman will be “sadly missed by us all”.“The family would like to express our thanks to all who have got in touch since receiving this awful news,” Brannigan told the Press Association.As you can expect we are finding it very difficult at this trying time. We want to thank the Irish and British consulates, along with Colin from the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust, and many friends who have assisted at this time. Danielle will be sadly missed by us all.Local Sinn Féin senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn said that the people of Buncrana and Inishowen were “united in grief with the McLaughlin family”.With reporting from AFP.Comments have been closed as a suspect has been charged.Read: Mother of Donegal woman murdered in India: ‘Danielle will be sadly missed by us all’Read: Murder investigation launched into death of Irish woman in India No Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

It was a cockup Government chief whip says Fine Gael messed up

first_img 22,305 Views Short URL Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland @FineGael we did have a fair deal agreed last week but the changes made by FF today fundamentally undermined that deal— Simon Coveney (@simoncoveney) April 5, 2017 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Apr 8th 2017, 2:26 PM By Cormac Fitzgerald ‘It was a cock-up’: Government chief whip says Fine Gael messed up with water charges Regina Doherty said that the party had made a “catastrophe” of trying to introduce water charges. Saturday 8 Apr 2017, 2:26 PM Source: Simon Coveney/Twitter Share Tweet Email1 No bones, no standing behind doors, it was a cock-up.In a heated panel discussion, Doherty clashed with Fianna Fáil’s justice and equality spokesperson Jim O’Callaghan over the report, which is due to be voted on by committee members next week.Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael TDs have been at loggerheads all week over the report, with public back and forth barbs being traded between high-profile members of each party (including Environment Minister Simon Coveney). Fine Gael states that the report as is – which calls for the scrapping of water charges, the end of the metering programme and refunds for all who have paid already – would violate EU laws around conservation.The party has said that it will not sign off on recommendations on water it states violate EU law.Fianna Fáil, for its part, have claimed that the Fine Gael leadership contest – touted to be between Ministers Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney – was getting in the way of the governing of the country.TDs claim that Simon Coveney had expressed support for the deal reached by the water committee last week, but had radically changed tack since then and come out against it.Fine Gael – for its part – contends that Fianna Fáil had given in to the “populist” position put forward by the Sinn Féin and Solidarity-PBP TDs on the committee.‘Downright stupid’Fine Gael TD Alan Farrell came in for strong criticism from all members of the panel today for what was labelled as a “personal attack” on Fianna Fáil Environment spokesperson Barry Cowen.In a post on his Facebook page earlier this week, Farrell levelled strong criticism towards Barry Cowen and other members of his family who had served in politics.The Dublin Fingal TD criticised policy decision enacted by Barry Cowen’s father, Ber Cowen, when he served as a TD in the late-70s. He also criticised Cowen’s brother Brian Cowen, who served as Minister for Finance and Taoiseach during the late-2000s.“It’s not something that I could ever subscribe to,” Regina Doherty told Claire Byrne this afternoon in relation to the post.When you actually have to revert to being personal between two politicians of two political parties I think you’ve lost the argument and I think that’s pity.Jim O’Callaghan also criticised the post by Farrell.“I don’t like the idea of politicians referring to the families of other politicians,” he said.“Alan Farrell is perfectly entitled to criticise Fianna Fáil for its stance on water policy.But what he shouldn’t be doing is making personal attacks at people’s family.Former Environment Minister and Labour Party TD Alan Kelly also criticised Farrell’s post, saying it was “downright stupid”.Read: A decision on water charges has been kicked down the road… againRead: ‘Keep the pressure on’: The 9th Right2Water national protest will take place today The Government chief whip Regina Doherty has said that Fine Gael’s attempts to implement water charges in the past was “a cock up”, as the political row over the controversial charges continued.Speaking on RTÉ’s Saturday with Claire Byrne, Doherty said that the party had made a “catastrophe” of trying to introduce water charges in the country.This comes as a political row over the final report of the water charges committee between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil threatens to undermine the confidence and supply arrangement between the two parties.“I’m not blaming Fianna Fáil for the catastrophe that we made of this for the last number of years,” said Doherty.“I completely and utterly accept that what we put forward – how we put forward the particular policy that we wanted to put to the Irish people was a cock-up. 118 Comments https://jrnl.ie/3330587 Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Irelandlast_img read more

Late goals from big names Coutinho and Neymar hand Brazil first win

first_imgLate goals from big names Coutinho and Neymar hand Brazil first win of the tournament The Barcelona attacker bagged his second of the competition, before their talisman added another against a dogged Costa Rica side. 40 Comments By Ben Blake Short URL Share6 Tweet Email WORLD CUP CONTENDERS Brazil got their tournament up-and-running thanks to two late goals against hard-working Costa Rica in St Petersburg.Having dropped points against Switzerland in their opening group game, the five-time winners found two injury-time strikes as Philippe Coutinho scored his second in as many matches, before Neymar doubled their advantage in a 2-0 victory.Gabriel Jesus had a goal disallowed in the first half, and the Manchester City forward also hit the crossbar after the break.It looked as though Brazil had earned a penalty when referee Bjorn Kuipers pointed to the spot on 77 minutes, but the Dutchman changed his mind with the help of VAR and gave a free-kick to Costa Rica for a dive from Neymar.VAR rules no penalty, the Neymar persecution complex just hit 11 #BRA 0-0 #CRC #Worldcup #RTEsoccerhttps://t.co/xxo2vgzqlD pic.twitter.com/O5anTBfwIp— RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) June 22, 2018 17,427 Views And Neymar scored his first of the competition on 97 minutes to make sure of the result. Serbia meet Switzerland in the other Group E game this evening (7pm), while Nigeria face Iceland in Group D at 4pm.Neymar wraps it up from close range and it finishes #BRA 2-0 #CRC. Neymar is crying, the Costa Ricans are crying, anyone with Brazil in the office sweepstake is probably weeping tears of relief too #RTEsoccer #worldcup https://t.co/xxo2vgzqlD pic.twitter.com/EjNzlr2cyK— RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) June 22, 2018 Friday 22 Jun 2018, 3:01 PM With time running out, however, Barcelona schemer Coutinho popped up to make the breakthrough with substitute Roberto Firmino and Jesus also involved.Heartbreak for #CRC as Coutinho starts and finishes the move with Firmino and Jesus playing their role too #Worldcup #RTEsoccer https://t.co/xxo2vgzqlD pic.twitter.com/9t9SMn2H0k— RTÉ Soccer (@RTEsoccer) June 22, 2018 Follow us: the42.ie Jun 22nd 2018, 3:01 PM ‘Are you a bit mad?’ – American TV presenter kisses Martin O’Neill on the headLovren believes Croatia can surpass achievements of 1998 World Cup heroes Brazil goalscorer Neymar with (left) Casemiro and (right) Douglas Costa. Image: EMPICS Sport Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: EMPICS Sport http://the42.ie/4086078 Brazil goalscorer Neymar with (left) Casemiro and (right) Douglas Costa. The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us!last_img read more

EU Greek students three times as likely to go to uni

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek students are three times as likely to undertake post-secondary education as their European counterparts, according to European Commission study.The study undertaken by the Eurydice Network, the EC’s executive agency for education, found the number of 18-year-olds entering higher education in Greece increased by 25 percent between 1998 and 2006. The increase is exactly three times the 25 percent average increase in the 27-member EU.Experts believe the increase in college entries in Greece is partly due to the creation of many new university faculties.Another trend highlighted by the report is the significant proportion of Greek secondary students who pursue higher education abroad, some 5.5 percent to be precise. The figure is nearly double the EU average of 2.6 percent and the highest in Western Europe. But the wave of Greek youngsters travelling abroad to study has ebbed slightly over the past few years. In 2002, 8.6 percent of Greek high school graduates who chose to continue their studies did so abroad. In 2003, this figure dropped to 7.9 percent and by 2006, it had reached 5.5 percent. It is believed that the decision by many Greek students to stay at home in recent years has been partly influenced by the creation of private colleges in Greece that operate as franchises of foreign universities.last_img read more

Pan Hellenic Games are set to go

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Marianthi Kypouros a representative of SAE Oceania when talking to Neos Kosmos English Edition (NKEE) was enthusiastic about the up coming Pan Hellenic Games scheduled for end of November.“It’s particularly important as it is the first time that Melbourne is hosting them, as the second largest population of Greeks in the world, it is important for us to make it them great Pan Hellenic games,” said Ms Kypouros.One may question the value or need to bring together Greeks from Australia and New Zealand in a sporting event, but Ms Kypouros is adamant about the value of the event. “It’s to bringing people of Greek descent together and creating a link between Oceania’s Diaspora, building on a common bond,” she said.The games will include a range of sports and codes, such as, tennis, soccer, martial arts, and basketball. Ms Kypouros went on to underscore the importance of that bind the Greek Diaspora. “It binds us all no meter from where we come from. I am a Greek South African living in Australia yet I still identify with my Hellenism and regardless of like philotimo and hospitality philoxenia, we should all be proud,” she adds. Along with the sporting event there will also be a cultural festival. The first Pan Hellenic games were held in Adelaide and the second in Sydney. Ms Kypouros went to underscore the importance of making the Melbourne games the largest, given Melbourne is a centre of Hellenism. “We are hoping to have anywhere between 500 to 600 athletes” said Ms Kypouros, adding “we want to continue and expand on the success of the previous games and want take advantage of Melbourne’s potential.” For those wishing to enter as athletes the closing deadline is Friday October 16 for entry forms and details go to www.saeoceania.org.au/panhellenicgameslast_img read more

Mo news on Movember

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram As men around Australia continue to grow the hair on their upper lip, Emmanuel Lambou’s moustache has copped all sorts of comments.I’ve been told I look a bit retro, 70s, porn star, pool cleaner, Maexican cartel – I’ve got it all.“I’ve been told I look a bit retro, 70s, porn star, pool cleaner, Mexican cartel – I’ve got it all,” he said.Emmanuel is growing a moustache as part of Movember, which aims to promote funds and awareness for men’s health issues – namely prostate cancer and depression.After 11 days of growth, Emmanuel has raised a tide $815 – not bad for simply not shaving. And he says he’s discovering a brotherhood of solidarity among Melbourne’s moustachioed men.“If you do see someone with a mo, and they look back at you and it’s like an acknowledgement that we’re mo bros,” he said.To donate to Emmanuel’s movember campaign, go to http:au.movember.com/mospace/757046last_img read more

Children and education focus in multicultural talks

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Education and housing of children were the major points outlined by the Minister for Housing and Children and Early Childhood Development at the multicultural media conference on Tuesday night. Minister Wendy Lovell said there are strong links between education and housing of children in the multicultural communities in public housing. “More than 12 per cent of people speak a language other than English at home and 28 per cent were born overseas,” she said. The Victorian Government has heightened safety measures in a bid to improve safety in public housing by installing new CCTV cameras at the the Richmond low-rise estate and by allocating a unit in Williams Court for use by police. Lovell added that the government will be working with the Brotherhood of St Laurence over the next four year period to put together five work and learning centres on public housing estates, which will be supplemented through a partnership with TAFE. Funding for the Children and Early Development area has resulted in the government’s investment of more than $100 million across a range of vital service areas. $41.5 million of this has been allocated to low income families who will be entitled to a year of free kindergarten as part of the Kindergarten Fee Subsidy. “Some kindergartens do have assistance for children with language difficulties, but to put interpreters in every kindergarten would be beyond our capacity,” Lovell said.An additional $3.7 million is going to be put towards the Maternal and Child Health Line.last_img read more

House prices to rise in 2012

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram SQM Research managing director Louis Christopher has predicted house prices will return to growth in 2012. While he conceded this was a “relatively bullish scenario”, Christopher said it was a scenario that depended largely on what happens in Europe.“Yes, Europe is the key. The risk is clear and present.” Large scale banking defaults in the eurozone would likely cause a credit squeeze in Australia, causing the banks to “ration housing credit” and reduce LVRs. “Of course, if the squeeze is large enough, banks could come up with additional ways to reduce their balance sheets. At its worst this literally could include calling loans simply because the loan-to-value ratios have risen too high”. Source: Australian Broker Newslast_img

Soul sisters

first_img“I feel like I have been reborn again,” exclaims 76-year-old Elbide Elham, as she is reunited with the lady she first thought she would never see again in her life. Asimoula gives her long lost friend a big hug as her eyes well up again. In 1970, Elbide arrived in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and four children. Not being able to speak the language, understand her surroundings – she was well and truly a stranger in a strange land echoing the migrant story of many in her time. A chance meeting between her husband and Asimoula on the inner city Northcote train would change her life forever. Asimoula became Elbide’s first friend in Australia. But more than just a friend, she found her work, helped her buy furniture for her house, clothe her young children, helped her do her grocery shopping. Because Asimoula spoke both Greek and Turkish, she was able to find someone to communicate with , and at a time when this young mother was negotiating her way through life, with a young family, found someone to confide in. These women became each others rock, each others female champion. And alongside them Asimoula’s sister-in-law Aleka who lived with Asimoula, became the lady who would share every day with Eblide at Yarra Falls, the factory which all three ladies made their first livelihood as migrants in Australia. Throughout the reunion Asimoula remains as humble as ever confident that anyone would have done the same had they have been in that situation. “I didn’t do that much,” she says completely bewildered by the attention, yet so honoured that someone thought so highly and has thought about her every day of her life, for forty years since they have been separated. One month ago, Eblide’s daughter Kerry came to the offices of Neos Kosmos looking for this Greek lady who meant so much to her mother. Neos Kosmos printed the story in both the English and Greek edition to make sure there was more of a chance for this reunion. One week later, Asimoula called. In tears, Asimoula spoke about her past, a time in her life when things were different, difficult yes but exciting to navigate in a new place. A time when humans were there to help each other and no emphasis was placed on doing such a good deed – you just did it. “This is the best day of my life,” says Elbide sitting between the two sister-in-laws who have filled her with so much gratitude and love. Her daughter Kerry looking on watching her mum enjoy a moment in her life that she really felt would never happen. And the gratitude extends to the work done by journalist Claire Gazis and to all the readers and community members who helped out in locating Asimoula. The three ladies spent time together reliving stories from the factory, from Melbourne in the ’70s. And their youthful demeanour and brightly spirit is seen as they, just like any co-workers being reunited, talk about their stroppy boss, funny coworkers and the job itself – the nature of the hard factory work. And as a young woman myself – who is now their age then – watching on this monumental moment in two women’s lives, you can’t help but feel pride and love for these two women who did so much for each other, without even realising the effect. As Elbide looks on with so much love to her friend, Asimoula smiles her cheeky grin back and you can’t help but wonder what these women saw in their youth, what they went through and just how crucial it was that they had each other to lean on. And The strength you see in all three women, the light and spark they have in their eyes when they are together and their stories are amazing to watch as they reveal a time when life was just hard. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Man opens fire at Zurich mosque

first_imgThree men were seriously injured at the Zurich Islamic Centre, when a man stormed in and opened fire on people praying. According to witnesses, the man was around 30 years old and wore dark clothing and a dark wool cap; he entered the centre, which is used as a mosque, shortly after 5.30pm (local time) and after opening fire, left the scene. The centre is registered as an association enabling Muslims to practise their religion, particularly through instruction on Islamic beliefs and teachings, as well as providing for the preservation of Islamic cultural values and scientific seminars. It is often used by Somali migrants, who have never experienced problems as members of the broader Swiss community, which may be a predominantly Christian one (two thirds of the 8.3 million Swiss population identify as Christian), though Muslims account for 5 per cent of the population.  Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more