One fun feature Nintendo offers up to 3DS owners is access to Nintendo Zone content, which includes coupons, preview videos, and playable game demos. The downside is that you can’t access the Zone at home. At least you’re not supposed to be able to — but it turns out you can.At around the one minute mark of HAVortexDude’s video you’ll find the key to the process: a minor adjustment to your wireless router. Apparently all the Nintendo Zone looks for is the correct SSID and unencrypted connections when it’s deciding whether or not users can access its content. By changing the name of your wireless network to attwifi and turning off encryption, your 3DS should be able to access Zone content from anywhere.Now, it’s never a good idea to simply shut off encryption on your router at home. Not your main one, anyway. You can pick up a spare 802.11G router for a few bucks, set its SSID to attwifi and leave encryption turned off, and then run a network cable from its WAN port to one of your main router’s LAN ports. This will work with just about every router on the market — as they’re set to grab DHCP information from an ISP by default. Your main router will also pass along an IP and DNS info, thereby granting internet access to the new router and any devices attached to it.If you plan on using this method to connect to the Nintendo Zone frequently, you might want to set up a MAC address filter on the new router so that it blocks any unknown devices from connecting. Without encryption turned on, less scrupulous neighbors could simply connect to your Nintendo Zone router and surf to their hearts’ content.More at The Escapist
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For many deaf and mute people, sign language is the easiest way to communicate with others. However, relatively few people can understand sign language — not all deaf people even use it. At Microsoft’s Imagine Cup in Sydney Australia right now, a group of Ukrainian students is showing off a possible solution. The EnableTalk gloves would allow a wearer to have their signs instantly translated into speech.The gloves are fitted with flex sensors, touch sensors, gyroscopes, and accelerometers to pick up all the movements the wearer makes. There are also integrated solar cells to increase battery life. The software associated with EnableTalk creates text from the signs, and then uses a text-to-speech engine to speak the words out loud. The entire system is connected wirelessly via Bluetooth.There are a number of EnableTalk prototypes in existence which already surpass the functionality of similar products on the market. These other products mostly rely on fewer sensors, wired connections, and often lack first-party software. The going rate for sign language translation gloves is $1,200 or more. The EnableTalk gloves could go for as little as $75 when completed (just the effect of disrupting a vertical market).Strangely, the software running on EnableTalk is not based on Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform (this is a Microsoft competition, remember). Redmond has opted not to give developers full access to the Bluetooth stack in Windows Phone, so the students have had to rely on Windows Mobile. Let’s hope the code is portable enough to make it to a more future-proof platform.via TechCrunch
In an attempt to protect the shores of the United States, Homeland Security has created the ultimate weapon in the war on terror. Dubbed BioSwimmer, the robotic fish is modeled after a tuna, which is said to have the perfect shape for an underwater, unmanned vehicle.Developed by Boston Engineering Corporation’s Advanced Systems Group the robot sports great maneuverability, which allows it to get into places that something bigger or less nimble wouldn’t be able to reach. However, rather than only act like one of those bomb-diffusing robots but underwater, the robotic fish can also go out on underwater patrol and perform searches, or make inspections of underwater equipment.Program manager for the project David Taylor explains why BioSwimmer was based off the seemingly innocuous tuna — biomimetics. Biomimetics is the study of basing the designs of machines on the designs of nature, following the notion that biological creatures that have survived in nature must be doing something right. The tuna has had millions of years to adapt to an underwater environment, and provide a worthwhile blueprint for an underwater surveillance drone.Unlike the tuna, BioSwimmer is capable of swimming around in high viscosity fluids, such as oil, and can be controlled via a laptop, or operate on its own. The fish also comes equipped with a long-lasting battery, as well as sensors and communications equipment to report findings back to home base.If Homeland Security gets its way — and we here in the US hope they do — we can sleep safe at night knowing the war on terror is being fought away from our shores and not on our beaches.via Daily Mail
Intel has given its perceptual computing division a big boost by acquiring Omek, an Israeli company focused on motion-sensing tech. Omek has likely been on Intel’s radar since 2011, when Intel Capital led the way on a $7-million funding round.What sets Omek apart from PrimeSense and Leap Motion is that it’s developing middleware that supports a wide range of sensors. There won’t be a specific Omek sensor that drives the experience — any supported hardware will suffice. That could mean that any desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone that ships with an Intel processor will include on-chip gesture sensing abilities.PC OEMs will just need to make sure they select a webcam that fits the bill, but they won’t need to license a complete proprietary solution from PrimeSense or Leap if they want to offers consumers top-notch gesture recognition in their devices. As long as they’re dropping in a Core processor that’s got Omek tech built in, they’ll be good to go.Intel has already gotten the integration ball rolling by moving Omek’s personnel into its Haifa, Israel development center. It’s a great place to fast-track the process. Intel has a strong presence in Israel that includes several design facilities and two fabrication plants.Omek was on hand at CES 2013 to show off what it called “the future of close-range interaction,” and it’s certainly possible that they’ll be back next year with a much more prominent presence.Last year, Intel took to the stage in Vegas to pound its chest about the amazing battery life and performance its Haswell chips would deliver. In 2014, gesture recognition could be the star of the show.
Saturday 26 Nov 2016, 3:49 PM 18,755 Views Nov 26th 2016, 3:49 PM Two-month-old girl among four dead in suspected murder-suicide in Alaska The victims have been identified as Linda Hutton (54), Emily McDonald (22), McKay Hutton (22) and eight-week-old Teagan Hutton. 14 Comments AUTHORITIES IN ALASKA say they are investigating the deaths of four people in a hotel room as a murder-suicide. The dead include a two-month-old girl.Fairbanks police and fire departments were called to a Hampton Inn yesterday afternoon by hotel staff.Arriving officers found a man crying as he sat in a hallway. Police say he directed officers to a nearby room, where they found the bodies.The victims have been identified as 54-year-old Linda Hutton, 22-year-old Emily McDonald, 22-year-old McKay Hutton and eight-week-old Teagan Hutton.The police department says all had gunshot wounds. They say there is no indication that drugs or alcohol was involved.Police say details involving the shooter or any motive is still under investigation.Autopsies will be performed on the victims.Read: ‘You could be wiped out at any moment’: Irishman on fighting Isis in SyriaRead: At least 11 people killed in ‘horrific’ bombing at busy Somali market http://jrnl.ie/3104195 By Associated Press Share136 Tweet Email Image: Screengrab/KTVA CBS 11 News Image: Screengrab/KTVA CBS 11 News Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Dr Ray O’Neill Dr Ray O’Neill Relationship blues: How to ensure you don’t become another January divorce statistic January is when divorce solicitors enjoy a surge in business. Dr Ray O’Neill puts the New Year blues into perspective for couples. 417 Views 5 Comments Jan 16th 2017, 8:00 PM Monday 16 Jan 2017, 8:00 PM Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3189348 Share24 Tweet Email1 TODAY IS “BLUE Monday”, allegedly the most depressing day of the year, as fading Christmas memory and obscure end-of-month pay melds in the perfect storm of festive credit card bill arrivals, cold weather, hollow New Year’s resolution and low motivation.Then according to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, January is the most significant month for divorce and separation applications, one third higher than normal.But before couples desperately flee to solicitors to ensure that this will indeed be the “Last Christmas”, bear in mind the exponential challenges the whole Christmas/ January season has had on you both, to distil whether your relationship pressures are underlying or merely seasonal. All couples have their difficult days, weeks, months, and especially “blue Januarys”.Stress reliefPampering yourselves or even just being kind to each other is so crucial against the January blues. We are so often entrapped in the simply having a wonderful Christmas time fantasy, that we don’t allow ourselves feel the stress and pressure it puts on us both. It is exhausting, so allow yourselves some space and time to just be exhausted.My favourite day of Christmas is seclusion from everyone for one whole day, to just sit down together to watch four films while scoffing leftovers and selection boxes. It is deliciously lazy, and well deserved, floppy downtime together.Meet the Out-LawsFamilies, love or loathe them, there’s no avoiding them over Christmas. And nothing brings out the silliness more than alcohol-fuelled family festive politics.At Christmas, and throughout the year, it is vital to put your own relationship and family ahead of other obligations. Of course, your mother-in-law would love to see you all on Christmas Day, and Stephen’s Day, and sure you’ll stay on a few days extra too.But you cannot sacrifice your relationship to each others’ families, no matter how lovely they seem. You have to hold a priority for yourselves.Money, money, moneyChristmas bankrupts people on so many levels when everything in our consumerist culture says spend, spend, spend. Whether it’s the latest must have compensation for the children, competitive present buying between friends and family, or compulsive twelve pub socialising to conceal a lonely insecurity.So now even though you are both broke, you don’t have to be broken. It is wise to use credit card bills to actually measure the true price of Christmas, so you can bear that in mind for next time. There are potential New Year’s financial resolutions you can do together to really examine how and where you spend.Enjoy yourself resolutelyNew Year’s resolutions are all too often very negative, a virtual anti-Santa naughty list of things to be eradicated, fall off January tongues. How about instead of only making resolute eliminations for your relationship?You both agree on one lovely thing to do together once a month to strengthen your relationship. This could be a night away together, a shared come-dine with me evening for you both, a country walk, and dare I say a bit of love making. Resolutions are more likely to hold if they are positives around enjoyment rather than denial. What fun thing can you both resolve to enjoy more in your lives?Always remember that what doesn’t kill your couple can always make you stronger. There are meant to be tough times, richer and poorer for us all. It is not being constantly challenged but what is done with the challenges that truly measure couples that will last.Dr Ray O’Neill is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist working in private practice in Dublin. As Ireland’s only resident male Agony Aunt, Ray writes significantly (and sometimes with significance) about love, relationships, and desire in the 21st century. He continues lecturing at Trinity College and at DCU. He is has recently completed his doctoral research on the history of desire.He will appear on Then Comes Marriage? tonight on RTÉ2 at 9.30pm – a six-part series.
Share6 Tweet Email 23 Comments Image: Gage Skidmore via CC/Wikimedia The Slants The Slants Image: Gage Skidmore via CC/Wikimedia Asian-American band The Slants takes copyright case to Supreme Court The US Patent Office says their name is offensive. By AFP http://jrnl.ie/3193597 18,803 Views Jan 18th 2017, 10:32 PM Wednesday 18 Jan 2017, 10:32 PM THE US SUPREME Court today took on the loaded issue of language deemed racist as it heard pleas of a rock band – The Slants – to trademark its name.The case could have an impact on more prominent ones in the United States, notably the ongoing controversy over the US capital’s football team, the Washington Redskins, which many Native Americans find offensive.The eight justices appeared undecided as they heard arguments in a case that pits the US Constitution’s sacrosanct First Amendment, which guarantees freedom of speech, against the United States Patent and Trademark Office, considered the world’s most influential body of its sort.The Slants, who enjoy a following in alternative rock circles on the US West Coast with their electroclash sound, consist of four Asian Americans.When the band’s founder, Simon Tam, tried to register the name with the patent office, the agency refused to do so on the grounds that it was derogatory.The word slant is “a negative term regarding the shape of the eyes of certain persons of Asian descent” that has a “long history of being used to deride and mock a physical feature of those individuals,” a lawyer for the patent office ruled.The Slants have since taken on an activist role, while ironically calling themselves The Band Who Must Not Be Named in a reference to Harry Potter villain Lord Voldemort.The band said it is hoping to take back the term in the same way that some African-Americans have embraced the offensive N-word when speaking of themselves.Diverse supportTam, speaking to AFP after the hearing, said the patent office could not find “a single Asian American who found it disparaging” and boasted of community support, including from Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II.“Asian Americans have been using the term slant in a self-referential, empowering way for decades now,” Tam said.The decade-old band from Portland, Oregon has frequently taken a provocative approach to racial identity. One work is called The Yellow Album – a play on The Beatles’ White Album.The rockers have found broad support, including from the American Civil Liberties Union, which staunchly defends freedom of expression, and the premier business lobby, the US Chamber of Commerce.Other backers include Dykes on Bikes, a group of lesbian motorcyclists who managed to register the name after five years of fighting but is still battling to make its logo official.- © AFP, 2017Read: Former US president George Bush Sr in intensive care due to respiratory illness Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Unemployment down but over 100,000 people now ‘trapped’ in part-time work Some of this work gives rise to increased dependency on State income supports like jobseekers benefit, new research shows. Tuesday 31 Jan 2017, 6:05 AM Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie 10,611 Views Dunnes Stores workers protested in 2015 against zero hour contracts. http://jrnl.ie/3212917 OVER 100,000 PEOPLE in Ireland are working part-time because they cannot find full-time work.This is according to new research which claims these people are “trapped in underemployment”. The report by Social Justice Ireland found some of this work actually gives rise to increased dependency on State income supports, with 13% of people in part-time employment also receiving reduced jobseekers allowance or benefit.Ireland’s rate of low-paid employment is among the highest in the EU.“Although many employment indicators are positive, hidden within headline employment figures are a number of problems, including significant underemployment, high levels of low pay, and hundreds of thousands of workers earning a wage that is below subsistence level,” commented research and policy analyst Michelle Murphy.The research found the economy is still 129,100 jobs short of where it was in 2007, though unemployment has fallen by 1.7% over the last 12 months. Long-term unemployment, which recently fell below 100,000 for the first time in seven years, is still at 92,300 – more than half of the total unemployment figure.“A change of narrative is required. Improving headline employment figures are important, but the drive for stronger job creation should not come at the cost of diminishing job quality and security,” Murphy said.“In order to deliver such a public investment programme Ireland needs a new economic model. One that generates the necessary revenue to provide the services needed and that creates decent and appropriate employment for everyone in the country who wants it.”Read: ‘It’s soul-destroying, like going for a job interview once a week and every time you don’t get it’>Read: Young people view themselves as solo players at work> Dunnes Stores workers protested in 2015 against zero hour contracts. Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie Share105 Tweet Email2 28 Comments Jan 31st 2017, 6:05 AM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Michelle Hennessy
Strike4Repeal members at the Dáil last month. Feb 16th 2017, 7:20 AM Short URL Strike4Repeal members at the Dáil last month. 11,391 Views http://jrnl.ie/3242291 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Thursday 16 Feb 2017, 7:20 AM 145 Comments STRIKE4REPEAL, A GROUP representing feminist and pro-choice activists, has announced there will be a walkout of their workplaces and universities at 12pm on 8 March.In Dublin pickets will begin at 10.30am at the Department of Justice, the Department of an Taoiseach and the Department of Health. Strikers will then gather at O’Connell bridge for an action at 12:30.Strike 4 Repeal’ describe themselves as an “ad-hoc, non-affiliated group of activists, academics, artists and trade unionists”. They are supported by various advocacy groups and college societies.They had previously warned that if a referendum was not called by 8 March they will hold a national strike. As a referendum has not been called, they are now planning strike actions in over thirty locations internationally, including in every university in Ireland.A number of businesses will also support their staff in walking out. These include Aungier Danger, A4 Sounds, Bang Bang Café, The Brendan Behan pub, The Elbowroom, Nine Crows Street, Rothar, Sexsiopa.ie and the Townsend bar.Owner of Bang Bang Cafe Daniel Lambert says: “We are striking for the 12 women who travel across the sea every single day. Radical action is required now, Bang Bang supports this”.Read: Activists threaten strike action if there’s no abortion referendum by 8 March By Paul Hosford Strike4Repeal to stage walkout on 8 March A number of businesses will also support their staff in walking out. Share Tweet Email7
http://jrnl.ie/3279916 No Comments Thursday 9 Mar 2017, 10:07 PM Tiger kidnap victim was threatened with rape if her husband didn’t comply with orders, court hears Jonathan Gill (35) is accused of being one of the men involved. Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 20,337 Views Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland A POSTAL WORKER has described how he believed he would never see his partner and baby again during a kidnapping and robbery in County Louth.Warren Nawn told a jury how he was tied up and beaten before being sent to An Post to collect €600,000 while his partner, now wife, and baby were held by armed raiders.During his evidence, Nawn said that he believed he would never see his family again when he thought he was about to be stopped by a garda car on the way to pick up the money.He said the raiders repeatedly threatened to kill his family if anything went wrong and at one point Ms Nawn was threatened with rape.It is the State’s case that Jonathan Gill (35) was one of a group of five who together were involved in holding the family hostage in their own home before moving them to a shed about a 90 minute drive away.Gill of Malahide Road, Swords, Dublin has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to falsely imprisoning Warren Nawn, Jean Marie Nawn and their baby in Drogheda between 1 and 2 August 2011.Nawn told Vincent Heneghan SC, prosecuting, that he was having a relaxing day off and was watching television when he opened his door to a man holding a pizza box and covering his face with a scarf.The man had a gun and ordered Nawn to the ground before bringing him inside. Another man arrived and they wrapped masking tape around his eyes, hands and mouth and started asking him about his work in An Post.One raider said, “a mad bastard, madder than me, is coming and he would have no problem raping her,” indicating Ms Nawn. He also told the postal worker to “remember the baby they found by the river in Mayo”.Another man, who Mr Nawn described as “the bossman” arrived and continued to question him. This man threatened to put a bullet in the back of Mr Nawn’s head if he was lying.Mr Nawn said he was physically lifted up and put in the boot of his own car which was then driven for 90 minutes to a farmyard. He did not know where his family was at this time.At the farmyard, he saw his partner and child and all three were held overnight. The “bossman” gave Mr Nawn detailed instructions on how he should go into work in the morning and wait for a cash van delivery before bringing the money to the LMFM studio carpark.RaidersMr Nawn told counsel that it was clear that the “bossman” had very detailed knowledge about where he worked but didn’t seem to know the names of the streets and bridges in Drogheda.In the morning, the raiders put his work uniform on him and drove him to Drogheda. As Mr Nawn was leaving, Ms Nawn told him to do what they said. He replied that he would do whatever it took to keep them safe.When he was dropped off, Mr Nawn drove to work while in phone contact with the raiders. He said he was speeding, overtaking traffic and breaking traffic lights and that he became very concerned when he saw a garda car with its lights on.He said he thought he would be stopped and would never see his family again. However, he was able to continue to work where he told his manager about the kidnapping, as instructed by the raiders.He filled two large bags with money and drove towards LMFM. There he was told to drive to an overpass and throw the money over the side. When he did so he was told he had thrown the money at the wrong place and was instructed to retrieve it.Mr Nawn climbed into some briars to get the cash but was then told to leave it. He was then told to drive to the Boyne Cable Bridge and break up the phone he was given before throwing it in the river.Having done this, he returned to work where gardaí were called. He refused to speak to officers because he was still concerned about his family’s safety but began cooperating when it was confirmed they were safe.Mr Nawn identified the pieces of a phone which had been recovered from the river by gardaí as the one he was using. He also identified cable ties which had been left on his wrists.The trial continues before Judge Elma Sheahan and a jury of five women and seven men. It is expected to last four weeks.Comments have been turned off as legal proceedings are ongoing.Read: Using a wheelchair, Vera Twomey nears the end of her trek to Dublin for her daughter >Read: ‘It’s not a done deal by any means but it’s positive’: Ava Barry edges closer to cannabis medication > Mar 9th 2017, 10:07 PM Short URL By Conor Gallagher Share Tweet Email1
59 Comments Mar 22nd 2017, 8:51 PM By Tom Clonan http://jrnl.ie/3301725 Short URL 252 Views Wednesday 22 Mar 2017, 8:51 PM Share326 Tweet Email4 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Security specialist and columnist, TheJournal.ie THE UNTIMELY DEATH of Martin McGuinness has brought Ireland’s faltering peace process into sharp focus. It has also revealed a yawning gap between the lived experience of ordinary Irish and British citizens and the rhetoric employed across a spectrum of politicians, commentators and historians as they reflect on the legacy of the Troubles.In London and Dublin, among certain establishment politicians, journalists and academics, there is an accepted narrative that is used to describe what is euphemistically referred to as ‘the Troubles’. In recent days, a series of these luminaries and commentators have tended to present Martin McGuinness as a man with two separate identities.Correctly, they laud his role as peacemaker and revile his actions as a leading member of the Provisional IRA. However, they speak of him as though he were a man who lived two separate and indivisible lives – as gunman and politician. Few establishment commentators seem able, or willing, to reconcile the equally integral and intertwined aspects of the life journey of Martin McGuinness – namely brutal injustice, violence and redemption. Nor do they seem able, or willing, to reconcile the role of successive Irish governments and elements of our security forces with the conflict on this island.To do so requires intellectual integrity and moral courage. The victims of the violence of the Troubles in both Ireland and Britain are forthright in their assessment of the legacy of the life and death of Martin Mc Guinness. Julie Hambleton who lost her sister Maxine in the IRA Birmingham pub bombings of November 1974 simply stated that ‘with him, (McGuinness) the truth has died and that’s the problem’. Stephen Gault – whose father Samuel was killed in the Enniskillen bombing of 1987 – stated that ‘Martin McGuinness has taken to the grave the truth and the answers that we need to be able to move forward’. Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesA common theme among the victims of the violence of the Troubles – from all communities and all parties to the conflict – is a quest for the truth about the tens of thousands of those who died, ‘disappeared’ or are living with the life-long consequences of catastrophic injuries.In essence, the ordinary people who lived through the conflict in Britain and Ireland are seeking the whole truth, warts and all, about the origins and perpetrators of sectarian and state violence on these islands in order to achieve a true and meaningful reconciliation and lasting peace. Ironically perhaps, one of McGuinness’ closest associates, Gerry Adams has been calling for an independent international truth commission for the Troubles for some time.In 1947, just twenty years or so after the bitter aftermath of the War of Independence and Civil War in Ireland, the Irish government established the Bureau of Military History to set about collecting and collating an oral history of the 1916 Rising. In March 2003, approximately 1773 such witness statements were published by Military Archives, Cathal Brugha Barracks. The statements, given by participants to the conflict give a fascinating and often frank and unsentimental insight into the conflict fought by our grandparents and great-grandparents.Such an archive is essential to our understanding of the conflict and subsequent uneasy peace on this island in the last century. In 2017, twenty years or so after the Good Friday Agreement, it is high time we conducted an updated Truth and Reconciliation exercise for the next, and critical phase of the peace process.The death of Martin McGuinness at the age of 66 shows us clearly that time is rapidly running out for such an exercise to be successfully completed here. Of particular concern to this writer is the profound lack of understanding and information that we have as a nation of the role of the government and security forces of the Republic of Ireland in the Troubles. Britain and its security forces and agencies are notoriously secretive. However, despite this, the so-called 30 year rule of de-classification of British archive material has yielded a great deal of information about the activities of the British security forces, intelligence agencies and proxy forces – including loyalist paramilitaries- during the Troubles. Furthermore, in Northern Ireland, there is an emerging precedent and tradition among both Republican and Loyalist paramilitaries to write and publish their experiences of the conflict in books, autobiographies, memoir, plays and even screenplays. Gardaí search for one of ‘the disappeared’ in Co Wicklow. Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesBy contrast however, in the Republic of Ireland, there is almost no information released or published into the public domain about the activities of successive Irish governments or an Garda Siochana – the primary intelligence agency of the state – or the Defence Forces during the period of the Troubles. As a consequence, most Irish citizens do not understand the role that the Irish government and our security forces played in the dirty war that was the Troubles. We get some hints as to the nature of that involvement from reports such as the Smithwick Tribunal into Garda/PIRA collusion into the execution of senior RUC Officers, Chief Superintendent Harry Breen and Superintendent Bob Buchanan in Jonesborough in March 1989.Collusion between the Irish security forces and British intelligence agencies – with particular reference to the Dublin and Monaghan bombings are also alluded to in the Barron Report of 2003. Thirty four innocent civilians were murdered in these attacks – the largest single atrocity during the Troubles. The relatives of the victims of these attacks, and the Irish people deserve to know the full truth about these attacks. It would be helpful if former Directors of Intelligence of the Irish Defence Forces were asked to cooperate fully with any further enquiry or investigation into the manner in which these attacks were mounted.The Irish public have quite understandably recoiled in disbelief and disgust at the systematic and systemic abuse of women and children by religious orders and others in Ireland’s recent past. In the same way, many Irish citizens may well be initially reluctant to believe that Irish politicians and senior members of an Garda Siochana and the Defence Forces colluded with all sides to the conflict on this island and that senior figures here tolerated, facilitated and covered up acts of political and sectarian violence throughout that period. To recognise this reality – however belatedly – will require a high degree of intellectual integrity and great moral courage on the part of our establishment politicians, journalists and academics as it runs contrary to the currently accepted narrative on the conflict.All of the heavyweights of the initial phase of the Peace Process – from the Clintons to Tony Blair and Bertie Ahern – will be quoted and perhaps pictured at the funeral of Martin McGuinness in the coming hours. In the aftermath however and in the aftermath of Brexit and increased talk of the prospect of a ‘United Ireland’ – against the backdrop of a collapsed Northern Ireland Executive – we are moving rapidly to the next, critical phase of the Peace Process. A suitable tribute to Martin McGuinness and all of the victims of the Troubles – from all communities – would be an independent, international truth and reconciliation commission.In that manner, to paraphrase the victims of violence, the truth will not have died with Martin McGuinness.Read: “Hopefully they’ll listen this time.” – Son of Monaghan bomb victim remembers the tragedy >Related: Some British newspapers had a different perspective on the death of Martin McGuinness > Tom Clonan: Truth of what happened in Troubles can’t be allowed die with major figures like McGuinness The untimely death of the Sinn Féin politician has brought Ireland’s faltering peace process into sharp focus, writes Tom Clonan. Tom Clonan
Short URL Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloudSubscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Sunday 10 Mar 2019, 7:00 AM ‘He could have another eight years or more at the highest level, which is scary!’ From second-choice scrum-half to world-class 13, Garry Ringrose’s rise has been extraordinary. https://the42.ie/4532379 Share37 Tweet Email1 By Murray Kinsella Ringrose returns for Ireland against France today. Source: James Crombie/INPHO“He adds an extra dimension,” says Ireland captain Rory Best. “Garry has that X-factor, there’s no doubt about it. He just has the ability in a really, really tight game like we’re going to get against France to potentially unlock something from nothing.“I’ve played with a few players in an Irish jersey who had that ability and whenever it comes to tough moments that’s really important.“To see how hard he’s worked to get back quickly, it’s a real bonus for us. Garry is just a little bit different. He doesn’t have the sheer size but his footwork is just electric.”Oddly enough for a player who is so perfectly suited to the 13 jersey now, Ringrose was mainly a scrum-half up until he was in fifth year in Blackrock College and only became an outside centre in sixth year, via a stint at fullback.Ringrose wasn’t a star in his early school days, but he eventually shone in Blackrock’s Leinster Schools Senior Cup success in 2013, when he was a goal-kicking influence who scored a long-range solo try in the final against St Michael’s College.Since then, he has excelled consistently but it wasn’t always the case that Ringrose looked destined for the top of the game. Far from it.Justin Vanstone, the current Blackrock senior team coach, was in charge of the school’s ‘House’ team – a development side for the senior team – when Ringrose was in fourth year but initially sent him to play with the Colts, a step below.Ringrose hadn’t been able to get onto the Junior Cup team as a scrum-half in third year, playing for the seconds. However, when he was dispatched to the Colts, something began to stir.“He was too good and got sent back to me,” recalls Vanstone. “I actually taught Garry in third-year Maths as well. As well as being a coach’s dream, he was a teacher’s dream. Ringrose playing Senior Cup rugby for Blackrock in 2013. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO“Very self-driven, very self-aware, he knew what he was good at and what he wasn’t so strong at.“When I sent him to the Colts, he listened, he was never a guy who questioned why others were ahead of him. He focused on making himself better and made sure that it was clear I’d made a mistake. That’s Garry in a nutshell.”There was something about Ringrose’s subtly clever play that suggested to Vanstone that he would thrive with more space, despite his relatively small stature at that stage. A move to fullback bore fruit.“Garry has a great sense of space, great spatial awareness,” says Vanstone. “He’s a good footballer, makes really good decisions and is very calm.“We realised we needed to get Garry on the ball more and more. He wasn’t the biggest guy at that stage but I liked how he made up for it in other ways. Technically, he was very sound.”And yet, Ringrose still wasn’t marked out as a future professional when he reached sixth year, but an injury at 13 saw him making the move into midfield and suddenly his potential kicked into full gear.His catch-pass, kicking, defensive and decision-making skills were perfect at outside centre and he was a vital figure as the Peter Smyth-coached Blackrock side won the Cup.Only months later and after leaving school to join Leinster’s sub-academy, Ringrose was selected for the Leinster U20s despite being a year young for that level.He played in a game against Leicester Tigers’ academy at Ashbourne, where then Ireland U20s coach Mike Ruddock was watching.“He got the ball out in the five-metre channel close to the touchline,” recalls Ruddock. Ringrose in his first season with the Ireland U20s. Source: Photosport/Andrew Cornaga/INPHO“There were three young Tigers looking to hunt him down but with the most incredible bit of footwork I’ve seen – other than Shane Williams – Garry managed to dance through these three would-be tacklers and come out the other side without any of them touching him.“Not only that but he ran on and scored. It was standout stuff and you’re looking for that when you’re putting a national squad together.”With that major green tick alongside his name, Ringrose was brought into the Ireland set-up a year early, starting the first two Six Nations games before Ruddock dropped him for the remainder of the 2014 championship.Ruddock felt the 18-year-old wasn’t quite suited to the heavier, more physical games in the Six Nations – when the weather can be poor – but kept Ringrose in his plans for that summer’s Junior World Championship.“I left him out and I remember saying that he needed to keep working hard on becoming a little bit more physical with his defensive duties. He did that, went away and worked hard with a real focus on it.”Ringrose proved to be a sensation in New Zealand in 2014, excelling as Ireland finished fourth. He was nominated for World Rugby Junior Player of the Year after a string of performances that included a two-try showing against Wales in Pukekohe.“He was fantastic and put in a great physical shift in defence,” says Ruddock. “Straight away, we were all talking about him as a potential senior player.”Advancing into the Leinster academy proper for the 2014/15 season, Ringrose had another year with the Ireland U20s under Nigel Carolan, helping them to seventh place in Italy in the 2015 World Championship.His senior Leinster debut came at the start of the 2015/16 season – a campaign in which he made 20 starts – and he was an Ireland international by November 2016, making his debut against Canada at the age of 21. Throughout the rise, Ringrose has looked unflappable and remained unfailingly level-headed. One couldn’t meet a more polite interviewee. Ringrose on his senior Ireland debut in 2016. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO“He’s got a lovely set of parents,” says Vanstone of Ringrose, who still helps out in Blackrock whenever asked. “The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree, and his younger brother Jack [who plays for UCD in the AIL] is the same.“What was really impressive with Garry and Jack was the way they supported each other. Garry talks about his family a lot in interviews and he very much lives that life too – he’s so supportive of Jack.“Garry lives things that some teenagers might not see as being very important – he’s very polite, respectful, intelligent and he had all those traits as a 15-year-old and he’s just carried it on.” Ruddock has always been similarly impressed with Ringrose’s character, enjoying a chat with the Leinster midfielder whenever they bump into each other now.“He was the same with the U20s – humble, respectful, unassuming,” says Ruddock. “Let’s be honest, he’s a good-looking guy, a bit of a film star profile, but he doesn’t walk around with any sort of cockiness about him and you’ve got to love that about the guy.“Every time I see him he doesn’t seem to have changed at all. He’s at ease in anyone’s company and I think he’s a great ambassador for Irish rugby. I’ve met his mum and dad and he’s from a lovely family, so it’s very easy to see why he’s like that.”Ringrose – who many people feel was hard done by not to tour with the Lions in 2017 – is already a vital figure for Ireland and he will be even more important in the post-Schmidt era after this year’s World Cup when there will be an inevitable sense of transition.“He is the kind of guy you can build a side around,” says Vanstone. “He’s an excellent role model. Ringrose is a key figure for Ireland at the age of 24. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO“He could have another eight years or more at the highest level, which is kind of scary!”Best, who will vacate his position as Ireland captain after the World Cup, also has respect for Ringrose’s unfussy style of leadership.“The way Garry leads is a wee bit similar to the way Earlsy [Keith Earls] leads, it’s not so much talking in big groups but it’s managing people around him,” says the Ulsterman.“When you’re training and playing, he manages the forwards, drags us around the place. He’s so fit, he sets so early and puts pressure on you to set too. It’s that little bit of talk too.“He leads, firstly, by his actions on and off the pitch.”- This article was updated at 11.52am to correct ‘team’s’ to ‘teams” in the second paragraph. IF YOU WERE to have a debate about the best outside centres in world rugby at present, Garry Ringrose’s name would be very much in the mix.Still just 24, the Dublin man has become a key cog for Leinster and Joe Schmidt’s Ireland, a player of intelligence and decision-making class, essential to both teams’ defences and capable of delivering crucial cutting edge in attack.He makes his return from a hamstring injury for Ireland against France in the Six Nations today and his team-mates are happy, perhaps even a little relieved, to see him back in the 13 shirt. Mar 10th 2019, 7:01 AM Andy Dunne joins Murray Kinsella and Ryan Bailey to discuss Joe Schmidt’s undroppables and how France might attack Ireland’s predictability in The42 Rugby Weekly. 32,472 Views 10 Comments Subscribe Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Teenager who named her brother’s sex abuse victims online jailed Sophie Turner named the victims in the comments of a Liverpool Echo story. Tuesday 19 Jun 2018, 11:05 AM By Paul Hosford 16 Comments 44,656 Views A LIVERPOOL TEENAGER who named her brother’s sexual abuse victims online has been sentenced to jail.Sophie Turner, 19, was found guilty at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court on 30 May of two charges of breaching the provisions which grant anonymity to complainants of a sexual offence and two charges of harassment.In July last year, she posted the victims’ names on the Facebook page of the Liverpool Echo which had published a story about her brother, Jamie Turner. He had earlier admitted making indecent images of a child.Along with his co-defendant Myles Bell, Turner was also found guilty of several child sex offences following the trial in July 2017.Sophie Turner was sentenced to 18 weeks’ imprisonment in respect of the charges of harassment yesterday. She was not fined on the charge of breaching anonymity.Pascale Jones, a senior crown prosecutor with the Crown Prosecution Service said:“Sophie Turner displayed callous disregard for the right to anonymity which protects victims of sexual offences.“That right allows them to report offences to the police without fearing for their reputation or for the invasion of their privacy.“After she was charged she used her Facebook account again to make further derogatory comments about the victims.“She said her account had been misused by someone else but was found guilty at trial.” Share6 Tweet Email http://jrnl.ie/4078460 Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Short URL Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Jun 19th 2018, 11:05 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Share212 Tweet Email 10 Comments Saturday 23 Jun 2018, 11:30 AM Short URL Jun 23rd 2018, 11:31 AM http://jrnl.ie/4086443 55,152 Views IN RECENT YEARS you might have noticed some of the alleys and lanes around Dublin’s Temple Bar have been brightened up by street art.Many of these are part of the Love The Lanes initiative by Dublin City Council, were street artists were given permission to turn the cultural district into an ‘open-air gallery’.Down a secluded lane, linking Essex Street through to the back of the Olympia and on to Dame Street across from Dublin Castle, lies a tribute to love – aptly called Love Lane – by Anna Doran.We caught up with her as she was revamping the installation with new messages…Watch the video above for our full report. Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTube This Temple Bar alleyway has been transformed into something special… The Love Lane street at at Crampton Court has been revamped. By Nicky Ryan Subscribe for more videos Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Share7 Tweet Email Trump says he ‘had nothing to do with’ Pence decision to stay at Doonbeg resort A spokesperson for Pence last week said the decision was made at the “suggestion” of the president. Image: PA Sep 9th 2019, 4:14 PM By Michelle Hennessy I had nothing to do with the decision of our great @VP Mike Pence to stay overnight at one of the Trump owned resorts in Doonbeg, Ireland. Mike’s family has lived in Doonbeg for many years, and he thought that during his very busy European visit, he would stop and see his family!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 9, 2019 https://jrnl.ie/4801819 Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitter Monday 9 Sep 2019, 4:14 PM 16,147 Views Short URL Image: PA 28 Comments The US president also said he did not know anything about an Air Force plane landing at an aiport near the Turnberry resort and the crew staying there overnight, though he added they “have good taste!”. “Nothing to do with me,” Trump tweeted. US PRESIDENT DONALD Trump has said he had “nothing to” with Vice President Mike Pence’s decision to stay overnight at his resort in Doonbeg, Co Clare, on his recent visit to Ireland.The US House Oversight Committee is investigating Pence’s decision to stay at the golf resort during his two-day trip. Pence’s spokesman said they decided to stay at Trump International Golf Links at the “suggestion” of the president, rather than using a hotel in Dublin.Democrat Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings on Friday said it appeared that Trump was profiting personally from the Vice President’s trip, given all the government funds spent at the resort to house his sizable entourage.“The committee does not believe that US taxpayer funds should be used to personally enrich President Trump, his family, and his companies,” Cummings said in a statement.Cummings said the bill for the trip could be “significant,” given the estimated $3.6 million (€3.2 million) of taxpayer money spent when Trump stayed at the Doonbeg resort in June.This is the second probe opened in the past two weeks of the White House’s official use of the President’s properties.The Air Force has also ordered a review of all international layover stays after it emerged a crew stayed at Trump’s Turnberry resort in Scotland during a refueling stop.This afternoon Trump contradicted the position of his vice president’s spokesperson, denying he had suggested Pence stay at Doonbeg: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
The Greek Ambassador, Alexios Christopoulos and the Greek Consul General for Melbourne Christos Salamanis visited La Trobe University on April 23 where they met with La Trobe Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Johnson and other university officials.While on the campus the Greek Ambassador and the Greek Consul inspected the University’s extensive archive, which includes materials related to the migration of Greek immigrants to Australia. The offering of Hellenic Studies by universities such as La Trobe University are important according to Mr Christopoulos because it “connects with the fundamental nature of our culture and society.”The Greek Ambassador expressed his confidence about the University’s on-going support for Hellenic Studies.“It is very helpful to meet the Vice-Chancellor here and having understood his feeling and capabilities I’m sure about the future of Hellenic studies at La Trobe,” he said.In December last year, Professor Chris Mackie, an internationally recognised scholar with a publication record and research agenda combining the ancient and modern worlds, was appointed to the position of Professorial Director of the Research Centre for Greek Studies at La Trobe University.The Research Centre was established earlier in 2009 replacing the National Centre of Hellenic Studies and Research also known by its Greek acronym EKEME. The new centre is within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and promotes multidisciplinary research in topics related to Greece, its language, modern history and the study of Greek Diasporas around the world.Professor Johnson was delighted to welcome the Greek Ambassador to La Trobe and paid tribute to the enormous contribution of volunteers and donors from the Greek community who have generously contributed their time and money over the years to supporting La Trobe’s Hellenic programs. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The head of the Comanchero bikie gang has admitted kicking and punching Anthony Zervas, who died after a brawl at Sydney airport on March 22 2009, but told the NSW Supreme Court last week that he didn’t start the fight. Mahmoud (Mick) Hawi, who was national president of the Comanchero club at the time, said he attacked Zervas in self-defence. Hawi, 31, and five other club members are standing trial for the murder of 29-year-old Anthony Zervas, brother of Hells Angels bikie Peter Zervas. The jury heard how a chance encounter between Hawi and Hells Angels’ Sydney Chapter boss Derek Wainohu on a flight from Melbourne, led to the fatal brawl in Sydney airport’s domestic terminal. Hawi acknowledged a long-standing hostility between the Comanchero and Hells Angel clubs. Crown prosecutor Natalie Adams said a flurry of calls was made by various Comancheros, resulting in other members of the gang arriving at the airport terminal for the flight’s arrival, although Hawi denied that he was aware of such a plan. When they got off the plane, Hawi and Wainohu began arguing and a scuffle broke out. Hawi told the court that he could not recall saying: “Next time we see you you’re going to have bullet holes through you. You’re a dead man walking.” As he was leaving the airport, Hawi said he encountered Peter and Anthony Zervas at the check-in area, where Peter Zervas began “yelling and screaming” at him. Hawi said it was “coincidental” that he and 11 other Comanchero members encountered five members of the Hells Angels at the ticket counter. The court heard how an altercation began and that according to Hawi, Peter Zervas ran at him. Hawi went on to describe to the court how the Zervas brothers pursued him. “I ran for my life,” Hawi said, adding Anthony Zervas chased him, and that both brothers “were going at me with whatever they had in their hands”. Hawi denied striking Anthony Zervas with a bollard, or instructing others to do so. Hawi denied the prosecution’s suggestion that he had decided to inflict “some really serious injury” on the Hells Angels: “My purpose was to get out of there, not fight.” Hawi, Farres Abounader, Ishmail Eken, Zoran Kisacanin, Christian Menzies and Usama Potrus have each pleaded not guilty to murdering Anthony Zervas. Jurors had previously heard that Zervas died of massive head injuries and stab wounds. Zervas’ autopsy report described a tattoo along his left arm contained the words: “There’s no justice, just us”. The trial continues.
Austrade – the Australian government’s trade and investment development agency – will close its office in Greece this week as part of a reallocation of its resources in Europe. Federal Trade Minister Craig Emerson announced a comprehensive reform of Austrade last year, whose annual budget of almost $200 million is being increasingly focused on emerging markets. The closure comes as a raft of new initiatives aimed at connecting Greece and Australia are being rolled out – including an Hellenic-Australia Business Council based in Athens, and the creation of a consultative committee by federal government on bilateral arrangements with Greece. Austrade’s presence in Athens was through one full-time post based at the Australian Embassy. The Hellenic Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HACCI) has expressed its disappointment at the decision. George Iliopoulos, HACCI’s director for trade told Neos Kosmos: “We regularly work with the Austrade office in Athens and have done so for over ten years. “It plays an important role, not only in supporting trade and investment in Greece and Australia through business matching and networking but also by providing a framework for bilateral cooperation, and the exchange of trade and business ideas between our two countries.” Mr Iliopoulos said that HACCI would be seeking support from other leading Greek organizations “to protest against this mistimed decision”. Austrade has operations in 100 cities in 55 countries, serviced by 70 Australia-based executives, assisted by many staff locally. HACCI’s president Nick Mylonas has written to Craig Emerson asking for Austrade’s decision to be reversed. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Former Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett has showed his support for the taxi industry and taken aim at Professor Allan Fels over proposed taxi reforms. Mr Kennett criticised Fel’s review and says it will “deliberately destroy” individuals’ superannuation assets. “Allan is wrong in arguing you need to destroy an individual’s final asset to secure meaningful taxi reform,” he said. A sentiment many have been heralding in the wake of the Fel’s Review. Mr Harry Katsiabanis, the Media Liaison of Taxi industry Stakeholders Victoria (TISV) wholeheartedly agrees with the former premier. He said about Mr Kennett’s comments: “common sense has prevailed”. “Here is someone that understands the industry, was intricately involved in the industry and understands all aspects and came out with a supportive and concise message,” he told Neos Kosmos. During his time as Premier, Mr Kennett pushed through a number of reforms for Victorian taxis. Among them, the Premier introduced the compulsory yellow taxi colour, driver uniforms and a driver training program. Under the Fel’s review, the price of taxi licences would be devalued from $500,000 to $20,000 in attempt to flood the market with more cabs on our roads. Mr Kennett said he did support many of the recommendations in the review but believed some were “unworkable” and would lead the industry into decline. Professor Fel’s said the policy of “doing nothing to improve taxi services if it has a negative effect on license values” had been the key to the failure of successive governments to regulate for a good industry that provided excellent service. The Taxi Industry Stakeholders of Victoria is quick to note that they understand reform needs to happen. Mr Katsiabanis says “change is needed in any industry to survive”. Licences though are not part of that picture, when the livelihoods of many are at risk, the TISV believes. “Licences are what self-retirees live off,” Mr Katsiabanis says. “The fact that they worked all the working lives to create an asset base and somebody wants to decimate that asset base now”. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Three mostly peaceful rallies held in central Athens on Thursday to protest a new austerity package being hammered out by the government and the troika were overshadowed by the death of a 65-year-old demonstrator who suffered a heart attack shortly after scuffles broke out between riot police and protesters. The man, reportedly an unemployed dockworker, was rushed to the capital’s Evangelismos Hospital at around 2 p.m. after fainting amid a crowd of protesters. He was pronounced dead after “unsuccessful attempts to give him cardiac resuscitation,” according to a statement issued by the hospital’s director. His death came almost exactly a year after that of a 53-year-old construction worker who died of a heart attack during a protest rally as MPs voted a package of austerity measures through Parliament. It remained unclear whether the 65-year-old’s heart failure was provoked by tear gas, as reports had suggested. Police had started firing tear gas to disperse demonstrators shortly after 1 p.m. after self-styled anarchists broke off from the crowd and started throwing Molotov cocktails and stones at the officers. A police spokesman put the turnout at 40,000 while unions claimed that more than 80,000 people were in attendance. Smaller demonstrations were held in Thessaloniki, northern Greece, in the western port of Patra and elsewhere. Police in Athens detained 103 demonstrators, arrested seven on various charges, and said three officers had sustained minor injuries. Six demonstrators were injured but none with life-threatening injuries, according to media reports.As part of a preventive crackdown on Wednesday night, police found a bag containing nine Molotov cocktails that had been hidden close to the National Archaeological Museum. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram