8 minute walkthrough of Deus Ex Human Revolution

first_imgA new gameplay video has appeared for Deus Ex: Human Revolution (DEHR), and with it we get to see just how varied the gameplay is in this third title in the series.Gamers who’ve had previous experience in the Deus Ex universe will know the game is all about choice. That’s also the case with DEHR, and here we get to see the same scenario played out in three different ways. You can take the lethal approach where everyone dies, the stealthy approach where you just have to be careful not to get spotted, or the alternative approach that may take a little longer and requires exploration, but guarantees you stay away from the enemy.If nothing else it makes the game good value for money as you can play through 3 times and have a different experience each time. Add to that the extensive augmentations that have yet to be shown off in detail, and we are seeing a game developed here that’s more like the first than the second title in the series. I for one am very happy about that as I much preferred the approach of the first game.There’s still a few months to wait before we can actually play the game as it had an August release date confirmed earlier this month. I am hoping we get to see a few more of these walkthroughs, though, that give us a heads-up on more of the gameplay scenarios available to us.We also have to say that the game looks fantastic. The engine being used isn’t Unreal Engine or id Tech 4, this is the Crystal Engine originally from Crystal Dynamics and used to develop the Tomb Raider games, but heavily modified of course. That modification has certainly worked and so far this looks like a next-gen game.If you want to learn more about the game then visit the official website and check out Sal’s preview.via GameSpotlast_img read more

Apprunning fridge gives us a view into a future filled with needy

first_imgAn internet-connected, app-filled refrigerator seems like a great idea, right? It could track your food, display your calender, play music, and alert you to breaking news — seriously, these are all things that the $3500 Samsung RF4289 can do — but the day I see a memory card warning on my refrigerator is the day that I seriously reconsider where and how I am spending my free time.Sure, the memory card issue displayed above was my fault — I was trying to pull images from a memory card that wasn’t present — but it got me thinking about networked washing machines and Twitter-enabled fridges. Are these cool devices? Sure. Do they have some reasonable usable scenarios? Yeah, why not, I could see listening to Pandora while making dinner. But, honestly, how much utility are you getting out of the 8-inch LCD screen? Is it really worth the time that it takes to drop images on it, load your Twitter account, customize your news feed, and sync your calendar?I tend to embrace technology on any and all platforms, but that does not mean we should accept technology for its own sake. Is a refrigerator the right place for my apps? Is it where I should invest time curating my vacation photos? Is the (rather huge) premium I pay for an LCD-equipped smart fridge worth it compared to what a tablet, digital picture frame, or touch-enabled all-in-one might cost me? Each of us will have to answer that for ourselves, but these are questions worth asking.After all, it’s nice to think that these “smart” appliances are pure upside, that their apps will stop us from wasting food and missing meetings, but one could just as easily ask for a moment of peace when they are trying to make some eggs on Sunday morning. Part of integrating technology into our lives is knowing when to disconnect, as opposed to having it hum constantly in the background to the point when we simply can’t take another tweet, alert, or update.So, internet-connected smart appliances: sign of technological democratization and advancement or harbinger of the fall of Western civilization?last_img read more

22 Wii U games will be available on November 18

first_imgNintendo has revealed the full list of titles that will actually be available for purchase when the Wii U goes on sale on November 18. Previously, the company had provided a slate of around 50 games that would be available between November and March, but it held off on confirming actual launch day titles.One of the biggest confirmed titles is ZombiU, a game that Nintendo hopes will prove its ability to land worthwhile exclusive third-party content. Other games published by third-parties include Assassin’s Creed 3, Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, and Epic Mickey 2.As for first-party fare, it is exactly what was expected. Nintendo Land, which Nintendo has touted as the Wii Sports of the Wii U, and New Super Mario Bros. U will both be available day-and-date with the new home console. In total, 22 titles will be sitting alongside the coveted systems as they go on sale around 60 days from now.Nintendo did also confirm a list of other games that would be released between November 18 and the end of the year. There is little in the way of noteworthy entries there, but one that is sure to spur holiday sales is the Wii U launch of Skylanders Giants.Wii U pre-orders are already hard to come by, and many of those who did claim a reservation are trying to profit from it on Ebay. Prices for the Wii U have gone upwards of a thousand bucks in the last couple days. This is the first time in six years that a new home console will be released, so the excitement is very understandable.via G4last_img read more

Tested Google Glass XE7 update brings web browsing and improved voice controls

first_imgMonth two of Glass is upon us, and Google has released their next update, XE7 for Google Glass. This upgrade focuses on the separation of hands-free and hands-on navigation, and brings a much needed web browser for the platform.This month’s Glass update is all about Google paying attention to the participants in the Explorer Program. Most of the updates seen here are the result of conversations being had all over the web from the few who have their hands on this hardware. The whole idea behind the Explorer Program was to help Google define Glass, so that there was a polished and complete thought by the time Glass hit shelves.The XE6 update to Glass focused on enhancing the camera and making it more useful in situations where most 5MP shooters would struggle. This XE7 update focuses on the user, and how we interact with Glass.Separate voice and gesture controlsThe original implementation for Glass UI combined gesture and voice controls into a single menu. This confused a lot of users, because the available commands were in a vertical list, while the navigation panel on the side of Glass is horizontal. The meant that you were using a horizontal gesture to scroll down a vertical list, and while you could adjust to that quickly it was a little jarring. The benefit here was the list being compact, which meant you could see the list and speak out the command you wanted if you were so inclined. The whole rest of the UI had horizontal panels for horizontal gestures though, so ultimately a change needed to be made.There’s now a separate menu system for voice and gesture commands. If you don’t want to announce to the world what you are doing, you can swipe through individual cards with actions. If you’d rather use your voice, that system is not only intact but has been improved throughout Glass.Now, if you take a photo, record a video, or receive a card that you can act on (notification, email, SMS) there’s now a “OK Glass” at the bottom of the screen that lets you know you can activate those features with your voice. The end result is a significant boost in hands free computing, allowing you to navigate and interact with just about all of Glass with just your voice.Glass BrowserIt’s not easy to imagine using a browser on Glass. You have a 640×480 resolution display in a world where websites can be downright huge. Navigating a site with a thin strip of touch material may sound difficult to implement, but this first public attempt by Google is impressive. Navigating a site requires a pair of input mechanisms, which are split between one finger and two finger actions.With one finger actions, you have simple scrolling and link clicks. This works if you’re scrolling through text and navigating through links on a site. When you want to look around on the web, you place two fingers on Glass and literally look around with your head. Whichever direction you turn your head is the direction Glass will pan your viewing window on the page. If you reach a space where the site needs to scroll, it does so based on how severe the angle of your head is. From this same two finger gesture you can zoom in and out on any part of a website.In trying this out, I found that the Glass browser can’t handle much. While it is a unique and interesting experience, the browser itself currently crashes after a few pages of navigation. It’s still early days for this software, and when the browser works it really does work well. You can even watch videos on YouTube, though the battery limitations on Glass are such that a four minute music video costs you roughly 7% of your battery life.You’ve also got no keyboard on Glass, so anything that requires a login is off limits. Bluetooth keyboards have been used on Glass several times, and while that is certainly an option it probably makes more sense to just use your phone if you’re going to go through all of that trouble. Google will likely implement something like Chrome to Phone for Glass before too long, or just give you Android browser controls from the Glass app in the future.last_img read more

Trump promises to tackle mental health as he condemns Florida shooting as

first_imgIf a person is predisposed to commit such a horrific event by going to a school and shooting people … there’s not anybody or not a lot law enforcement can do about it.Gun controlThe school shootings are part of a broader epidemic of gun violence in a country that loses 33,000 people to gun-related deaths each year.While the latest mass shooting has reignited questions about America’s permissive gun laws, Trump – who is the first president to have addressed the NRA gun lobby – is staunchly opposed to any additional gun control.Opponents of gun curbs have consistently sought to steer the public debate away from the issue, and onto the behaviour and motives of people using the weapons.When questioned late last night, Florida Governor Rick Scott – who described the massacre as “just pure evil” – similarly declined to make a statement on gun control.Since January 2013, there have been at least 291 school shootings across the country – an average of about one a week, according to Everytown for Gun Safety, a non-profit group that advocates for gun control.“It is pretty clear that we’re failing our kids here,” said Melissa Falkowski, a teacher who squeezed 19 students into a closet at the Parkland high school to shield them from harm.With reporting by Associated Press- © AFP, 2018Read: The weapon allegedly used in deadly Florida shooting is known as ‘America’s rifle’More: Former student (19) charged with premeditated murder after 17 killed in Florida school shooting By AFP Image: SIPA USA/PA Images PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP has vowed to make mental health a priority after a “disturbed” teenager with a firearms obsession sowed carnage at a Florida high school.Former student named Nikolas Cruz, aged 19, has been charged with the premeditated murder of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.Announcing plans to travel to Florida to meet members of the shocked community, Trump delivered a sombre televised address in response to the 18th school shooting to hit the country this year – a terrifying pattern that US authorities have appeared powerless to stop.“My fellow Americans, today I speak to a nation in grief,” said Trump, calling on his fellow citizens to “come together as one nation” and “answer hate with love, answer cruelty with kindness”. But US authorities were themselves under scrutiny as the FBI confirmed reports it was alerted last year to a message posted on YouTube by a user with Cruz’s name, in which he vowed: “I’m going to be a professional school shooter.”In a statement, the FBI said it had investigated but was unable to confirm the identity of the poster.Yesterday’s harrowing shooting spree saw terrified students hiding in closets and under desks as they texted for help, while the gunman stalked the school with a semi-automatic AR-15 rifle.Fifteen people were killed at the school itself, and two later died in hospital. One of those killed was Aaron Feis, a well-loved football coach in Parkland, a city of about 30,000 people located north of Miami.Of the people wounded in the attack, two remained hospitalised in critical but stable condition, while six others were on the way to a full recovery, officials told a news conference.White supremacy As the criminal case against Cruz took shape today, the leader of a white nationalist militia called the Republic of Florida said Cruz was a member of his group and participated in exercises in Tallahassee.Jordan Jereb told The Associated Press that did not know Cruz personally and that “he acted on his own behalf” and is “solely responsible for what he just did”.The group wants Florida to become its own white ethnostate. Jereb said his organisation holds “spontaneous random demonstrations” and tries not to participate in the modern world.Expelled for disciplinary reasons, Cruz was reportedly known to have firearms at home and had talked about using them.A teacher at the school said Cruz had been identified previously as a potential threat to his classmates.“We were told last year that he wasn’t allowed on campus with a backpack on him,” math teacher Jim Gard said in a Miami Herald interview.Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said authorities had “begun to dissect his websites and things on social media that he was on and some of the things… are very, very disturbing”. So many signs that the Florida shooter was mentally disturbed, even expelled from school for bad and erratic behavior. Neighbors and classmates knew he was a big problem. Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2018 https://jrnl.ie/3854648 Feb 15th 2018, 7:35 PM In times of tragedy, the bonds that sustain us are those of family, faith, community, and country. These bonds are stronger than the forces of hatred and evil – and these bonds grow even stronger in the hours of our greatest need. https://t.co/bu140nscez pic.twitter.com/OoTXMCSexB— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2018 Share282 Tweet Email center_img 12,325 Views 108 Comments But the president avoided all mention of the politically fraught issue of gun control, vowing instead to “tackle the difficult issue of mental health”.Trump had weighed in on the tragedy earlier yesterday by pointing to “so many signs” the shooter was “mentally disturbed”.“Neighbours and classmates knew he was a big problem. Must always report such instances to authorities, again and again!” he tweeted. Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Short URL Trump promises to tackle mental health, as he condemns Florida shooting as act of ‘evil’ Meanwhile, the leader of a white nationalist militia has said gunman Nikolas Cruz was a member of his group. Thursday 15 Feb 2018, 7:35 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Men assaulted by pair armed with wheel brace and baseball bat during

first_img Connsbrook Avenue, Belfast Image: Google Maps 11 Comments Feb 17th 2018, 7:16 PM Share8 Tweet Email1 Saturday 17 Feb 2018, 7:16 PM Connsbrook Avenue, Belfast Men assaulted by pair armed with wheel brace and baseball bat during Belfast burglary The PSNI are appealing for witnesses to come forward. By Hayley Halpincenter_img http://jrnl.ie/3857919 TWO MEN HAVE been assaulted during an aggravated burglary in Belfast, Northern Ireland.Sometime after 5pm on Thursday evening, a man and a woman entered a flat on Connsbrook Avenue and assaulted the two men.The female was armed with a baseball bat and the male had what is believed to be a wheel brace.They assaulted one of the two men and when the second man tried to intervene he was assaulted too.The man and the woman then fled the scene.PSNI detectives are appealing for witnesses and information following the incident.Detective Sergeant Gardiner is asking anyone with information to contact police at Musgrave Criminal Investigation Branch quoting reference 1289 15/02/18.Alternatively, information can also be provided to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.Read: This is what a cell in Mountjoy Prison looks likeMore: 13 killed after helicopter crashes as it made way to Mexico earthquake epicentre Image: Google Maps 7,691 Views Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Eir is looking for people who passed their Leaving Cert to become

first_imgEir is looking for people who passed their Leaving Cert to become apprentices The telecommunications company has 50 positions. By Cliodhna Russell THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMPANY Eir is looking for 50 new apprentices.Eir’s apprentice programme is open to candidates who have passed their Leaving Certificate.The company says all 120 apprentices who have been hired so far as part of the eir programme are still with the company, two years on.This year’s programme will commence in September and run for two years.Una Stafford, Director of Field Operations at eir said, “Applicants will have the opportunity to work as customer service and assurance technicians where the primary focus will be on the maintenance and repair of equipment in eir’s network to provide the highest levels of service to our customers.“The structured two-year programme will provide on-the-job learning, one-to-one coaching and formal classroom training. Successful applicants will also receive a Level 6 QQI award.“Following the successful completion of each two year programme, top performers will be offered full-time roles with eir.”Applications are open until 8 April.Read: Are you on a job hunt in Dublin or Louth? New jobs are on the way> Thursday 2 Mar 2017, 10:43 AM 33,313 Views https://jrnl.ie/3266746 Share1733 Tweet Email8 Mar 2nd 2017, 10:43 AM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 56 Comments Image: Shutterstock/Dmitry Kalinovsky Image: Shutterstock/Dmitry Kalinovskylast_img read more

Heres why your next TV binge should be Crazy ExGirlfriend

first_imgOne day she bumps into her high school sweetheart Josh (Vincent Rodriguez III). They flirt a little. He tells her he’s been living in West Covina, California – “Just two hours from the beach, four in traffic” – and his blissful, laid-back lifestyle is exactly what she needs in her life.Within a few days, she’s dumped everything she knows and moved to West Covina, only to discover that Josh already has a new girlfriend – physically perfect yoga teacher Valencia (Gabrielle Ruiz). So Rebecca takes a job in a local firm, where she befriends Paula (Donna Lynne Champlin). Once Paula gets clued into Rebecca’s actual reasons for moving – ie Josh – she decides to help her new BFF get the man of her dreams, no matter what the consequences.OK, so the set-up isn’t massively original. But the way the story is told is quite unlike anything else on TV right now – and might explains why Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is widely regarded as one of the best new sitcoms to come along in quite some time.As the story is leads you down the garden path about Rachel and Josh – or Rachel and Josh’s best friend Greg (Santino Fontana) – it slowly reveals that the biggest important love story in the show is the relationship between Rachel and Paula, two strong women who didn’t realise they’d gone through their lives without a bonding female friendship, and didn’t realise they needed one until they found each other.And then there’s the musical numbers.“Hang on!,” we hear you shout in shock. “Musical? You really buried the lead with that one, didn’t you??” Well, yes, it is technically a romantic musical comedy (wait, come back!), but that doesn’t mean you should let your imagination run to thinking this is just another Glee.While the show does occasionally find Rebecca breaking into a big production – which initially led many to believe that it was a hallucinatory side-effect of that big impending nervous breakdown – the songs themselves are hilarious and perfectly executed. With the sharply hilarious minds behind The Devil Wears Prada and 500 Days Of Summer involved, no two songs are alike, but they’re all brilliantly memorable.Sex With A Stranger is basically a Beyonce song about having a one-night stand and the fears that you may have accidentally brought home a serial killer. Having A Few People Over is an absolute Calvin Harris-esque EDM banger about laying out a cheese plate for your pals. The already infamous Sexy Getting Ready Song goes into intimate detail about what women go through before heading out on a date, and culminates with the guest rapper ringing up all his ex-girlfriends to apologise for not respecting the amount of work they put into getting ready. Or there’s Heavy Boobs which, well… you can probably guess what that one’s about. Source: The CW Television Network/YouTubeEach episode has at least two musical numbers. They’ve already spawned countless argued-over listicle rankings, and we guarantee that by the time you get to the end of the second season, you’ll already have your own Spotify playlist.So, yes, it is a romantic musical comedy, but it seems to have been made with people who hate sappy romance, twee musicals and run-of-the-mill sitcoms in mind. It’s staggeringly smart – the opening credits basically consist of Rebecca arguing over the sexist nature of the show’s title – and often very emotionally powerful, as the show never shies away from the harsh realities of Rebecca’s plight.Fundamentally though, it is a very funny, often very romantic, and occasionally very musical (in the best possible way!) show that deserves your attention, whether you’re single or not.So where can I watch it? Seasons one and two of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend are available on Netflix.Read all our TV binge recommendations here>Why your next TV binge should be… 30 Rock> https://jrnl.ie/3232861 Image: The CW Short URL 113 Comments Feb 10th 2017, 8:00 PM Here’s why your next TV binge should be… Crazy Ex-Girlfriend A romantic musical comedy like nothing else you’ve ever seen. By Rory Cashincenter_img Your Next TV Binge is TheJournal.ie’s new Friday feature, recommending a box set for you to get stuck into over the weekend. This week: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. VALENTINE’S DAY BRINGS out the best and the worst in us all. Those lucky enough to be in a loving relationship may use the day as an excuse to lavish their other halves with attention and gifts. Those who are single might rather burn an effigy of Cupid in their back garden.However, here’s where this Venn diagram of human society crosses over: they should ALL be watching Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom, who doubles down as co-creator and co-writer for the series) is living in New York; working as a high-powered, high-paid lawyer; and currently on a head-on collision course with a massive nervous breakdown. Source: Series Every Day/YouTube Friday 10 Feb 2017, 8:00 PM 19,145 Views Image: The CW Share5 Tweet Email3 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

The 9 at 9 Wednesday

first_imgThe 9 at 9: Wednesday Here’s all the news you need to know this morning. http://jrnl.ie/3312237 Mar 29th 2017, 8:40 AM 11,012 Views EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the stories you need to know as you start your day.1. #BREXIT: British Prime Minister Theresa May will trigger Article 50 today, starting the process of the UK leaving the European Union.2. #STRIKE: Irish Rail and Dublin Bus users could face delays as workers may join a protest by Bus Éireann employees outside Leinster House today.3. #ABUSE: A woman with intellectual disabilities was left in the care of a foster family for two years after allegations of sexual abuse were made against the foster father.4. #CLIMATE CHANGE: A number of US states and environmental groups are set to challenge President Donald Trump’s plans to roll back a slew of environmental protections enacted by Barack Obama.5. #GARDAÍ: An Garda Síochána is due to publish a report detailing financial irregularities at the Garda College in Templemore over a number of years, RTÉ News reports.6. #BURGLARY: An elderly man was tied up and had his head covered by a pillowcase in a burglary in Newry last night.7. #SMOKING: The government will bring forward legislation today for the standardised packaging of tobacco.8. #VOTING AGE: The Seanad is set to debate lowering the voting age to 16.9. #SHOPLIFTING: An increased number of parents are using their children to shoplift for them, according to retailers. Image: Shutterstock/JLMcAnally Wednesday 29 Mar 2017, 8:40 AM 2 Comments Image: Shutterstock/JLMcAnally By Órla Ryan Short URL Share3 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Taoiseach heading to Washington DC for annual St Patricks Day meeting with

first_img US President Donald Trump as he meets Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in the Oval Office of the White House last year. Image: Niall Carson 45 Comments Mar 12th 2019, 6:01 AM As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Taoiseach heading to Washington DC for annual St Patrick’s Day meeting with Donald Trump Leo Varadkar will also travel to Chicago this year. Image: Niall Carson 8,685 Views By Christina Finn Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article US President Donald Trump as he meets Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in the Oval Office of the White House last year. Tuesday 12 Mar 2019, 6:00 AM https://jrnl.ie/4535573 TAOISEACH LEO VARADKAR is to travel to the United States this week to celebrate St Patrick’s Day in Washington DC and Chicago.Yesterday, the Taoiseach was forced to delay his travel plans after moves were afoot with Brexit. However, it is understood that his plans had always been flexible and he will be heading to the States today.As is tradition, Varadkar will meet with US President Donald Trump, with their meeting due to be held in the White House Oval Office on Thursday. On that day, the Taoiseach will first be hosted for breakfast by Vice President Mike Pence.Controversy surrounded this meeting last year, after the media were shut out from the meeting, which is usually open to the press. It is not yet clear what the arrangements will be this year, or whether Varadkar’s partner Matt Barrett will attend. Last year, Pence told the Taoiseach that both he and Barrett, would be welcome in Pence’s home if he decides to attend this year. After breakfast, Varadkar will attend the annual Speaker’s Lunch on Capitol Hill, and meet with senior members of Congress.The bowl of shamrock That evening, the Taoiseach will join Trump and his wife Melania, for the traditional Shamrock Ceremony at the White House, in advance of attending the Ambassador’s St Patrick’s Day Reception.In his meetings he will also emphasise the strength of Irish-US relations, and will recall the important role of the US in supporting peace and the Good Friday Agreement, and outline Ireland’s position on Brexit.He will also press the case for resolving the situation facing the undocumented Irish in America.The Taoiseach has said this year’s visit is an opportunity to deepen Ireland’s strong bilateral relations with the US, and to build even stronger transatlantic relations between the US and the EU.During his stay in Washington, Varadkar will also focus on economic links, with a series of meetings to promote trade and investment between the US and Ireland.The Taoiseach will also meet representatives of Irish companies successfully expanding their operations in the US.Irish businessesHe will also meet the US Chamber of Commerce and IDA client companies, highlighting Ireland’s strengths as a location for international business and investment.Varadkar will also attend the annual Ireland Funds Gala Dinner, and visit the exhibition ‘Blazing a Trail: Irish Women in America’.After four days in Washington DC, the Taoiseach will travel to Chicago. He is due to meet with a number of emigrant support groups that receive Irish Government funding, and will attend a St Patrick’s Day dinner hosted by the Irish Fellowship Club of Chicago.On Saturday, the Taoiseach will march in the Chicago St Patrick’s Day Parade, before concluding his programme by marking the launch of Tourism Ireland’s new book, ‘Ireland’s Greening of the World’, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Global Greening Initiative.Tánaiste Simon Coveney, who is staying in Europe due to the unpredictability of Brexit, said yesterday that the traditional pilgrimage by ministers abroad for St Patrick’s Day is somewhat different this year due to Brexit. He said St Patrick’s Day is a really important time of year for the Irish government to get their message across abroad, however, he said this year they have ensured that “key decision-makers” are where they need to be in order to deal with any Brexit-related decision or fallout. TheJournal.ie’s Political Correspondent Christina Finn will be bringing you all the latest updates from Leo Varadkar’s visit to Washington DC this week, including his meeting with US President Donald Trump on Thursday.Stay up-to-date by following @christinafinn8, @TJ_Politics  and TheJournal.ie’s Facebook page.  Short URL Share2 Tweet Email last_img read more

Roof debate rages as Wales request closure while Schmidt prefers match in

first_img Short URL 44,132 Views Mar 14th 2019, 3:50 PM IRELAND HEAD COACH Joe Schmidt would like the roof of the Principality Stadium to remain open on Saturday when his side meet a Welsh side eyeing a Grand Slam.However, the Kiwi says that the call is out of his hands currently because Wales have directed a special request to close the roof directly to the Six Nations.Ordinarily, the decision be left solely to the visiting team and Schmidt would rather the fixture remain open air as he says his last visit to the venue, a 2017 loss to Warren Gatland’s men, the turf was slicked up by the sprinklers.“For us, I think the last time it was closed we arrived there and there was a lot said about making it good for spectators. Then the sprinklers were on for 30 minutes and the ground was very, very damp before the game started,” Schmidt said after naming his side to face the Grand Slam chasers.“So that probably enters into our minds about which closed is it going to be? Is it going to be closed and wet, or is it going to be closed and dry?“If it’s closed and wet, we might as well have the roof open and let the rain come in.”Schmidt added: “Last time we said ‘look, we don’t mind, you choose.’ And they chose closed, but made the field incredibly wet at the start of the game.“So we’ll probably be happy enough if it’s open anyway. We’ll adapt to whatever conditions the game’s played in.  And if the Six Nations decide that it’s going to be closed, well it will be closed and we’ll play in those conditions.“And if they decide that it’s open, then we’ll play in those conditions.” Thursday 14 Mar 2019, 5:00 PM Roof debate rages as Wales request closure, while Schmidt prefers match in open air Warren Gatland wants to close the Principality roof because he says they have “a responsibility to the game as a spectacle.” Warren Gatland in Edinburgh. Source: Bryan Keane/INPHOMeanwhile, after naming an unchanged side, Gatland repeated the stance that a closed roof would be better for spectators, but also said that the hosts should be permitted to set up their ground however they see fit.“My only concern is that if it is pouring down with rain then we do have a responsibility to the game as a spectacle,” said Gatland.“There may be nine million people watching it on TV but I don’t see the point having the opportunity to close the roof, to potentially play in terrible weather conditions.”He added: “I have made a number of comments in the past about that. It’s our stadium and we should be able to do what we want with it.“It is not something we have spoken about all week and we just presume Ireland would be like England and ask for the roof to be open.”Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: By Sean Farrell The Roof. Image: James Crombie/INPHOcenter_img Subscribe Image: James Crombie/INPHO https://the42.ie/4542088 Share5 Tweet Email1 The Roof. 33 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Cult US indie artist Daniel Johnston has died aged 58

first_imgCult US indie artist Daniel Johnston has died aged 58 His brother said his death was unexpected and he was in good spirits just one day ago. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article US INDIE SINGER Daniel Johnston has died of natural causes at the age of 58.Johnston, praised as an enigmatic singer-songwriter, had been in and out of hospital in recent months with issues relating to his kidneys, according to his brother and manager Dick Johnston. His death was “unexpected” his brother said, adding “just yesterday his spirits were great and his ankles were swollen and he was looking and feeling really good”. He spent time in psychiatric care on a number of occasions for manic depression and made a name for himself bringing a new sound to lo-fi with decades’ worth of homemade recordings recounting stories of personal pain and unrequited love set to Beatles-inspired pop. In recent years he had largely been under his family’s care in the small town of Waller in eastern Texas.Two years ago, Johnston, who composes on piano and has traditionally performed on guitar, embarked on a tour that would turn out to be his last.He put aside instruments to sing with bands like Fugazi, that took inspiration from him and performed set lists from Johnston’s vast repertoire. 22,855 Views Thursday 12 Sep 2019, 7:46 AM By AFP 7 Comments Short URLcenter_img Source: vinceleers/YouTubeSome of his songs have been covered by internationally renowned acts like Pearl Jam, Tom Waits and Beck.CobainHis career enjoyed a major boost when the late Kurt Cobain appeared on MTV in one of Johnston’s T-shirts, leading to a surge of interest in the outsider artist, who at the height of Nirvana’s fame, was institutionalized.Born in Sacramento, California on 22 January 1961, Johnston was raised in West Virginia. He became a mainstay of the underground rock circles in Texas’ capital Austin in the early 1980s, offering up homemade cassettes to his friends and customers at his McDonald’s day job.The Austin City Limits music festival paid tribute to Johnston, saying the city known for its eclectic music had “lost a giant today”.He began drawing attention from members of the music industry with songs like Speeding Motorcycle and Don’t Play Cards with Satan.Before the announced retirement from touring, Johnston had appeared to be in improving health and in the 2000s traveled to play in Europe and Japan.A prolific sketcher, he has also found growing interest in his paintings, with the latest exhibition taking place this month in Tokyo.At his final New York performance in 2017, he took the stage to a standing ovation after a screening of “The Devil and Daniel Johnston,” the award-winning 2005 documentary on his troubled but prodigiously creative life.© AFP 2019  Image: Youtube https://jrnl.ie/4805627 Thu 7:46 AM Share14 Tweet Email1 Image: Youtubelast_img read more

Pirates set free Greekflagged tanker

first_imgSomali pirates on Monday set free the Greek-flagged tanker ship “Maran Centaurus” they had seized in November. According to the Greek Coast Guard the 28-member crew, nine Greeks and 19 of foreign nationality, are safe and well in health.The Piraeus-registered vessel had been seized by pirates on November 29, 2009 while sailing 700 miles east of the Somali coast loaded with mazut enroute from Kuwait to the Gulf of Mexico.The ship’s owner company has paid an unspecified ransom to the pirates and it was now sailing to Durban, South Africa, for refueling continuing its route to Mexico.International shipping companies and organisations have expressed their worry over the phenomenon of piracy, which have called on the international community to take increased measures off the Somali coasts, while also charging that the modern-day pirates have set up profitable ‘industry’ with the ship piracies.According to International Maritime Bureau figures, piracy attacks increased by 38.5 percent in 2009, during which 406 vessels were attacked, 50 percent of them were by Somalis. Although official figures of the total ransoms paid are not known, African countries’ officials’ estimate the overall total at 150-200 million US dollars in 2008 alone. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Greek Cafe exhibition attracts large crowds

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The official launch of the Selling an American Dream: Australia’s Greek Cafe exhibition in Sydney has seen over 300 invited guests crowding into the Macquarie University Art Gallery’s exhibition space. Over 120 unique black and white historical and contemporary photos were on display, as well as a diverse array of Greek Cafe ware and signage. The curators, photographer Effy Alexakis and historian Leonard Janiszewski, received many congratulations for mounting a magnificent exhibition.last_img read more

45 minutes of nonstop Zorba

first_imgA dance now and again is something almost everyone can say they’d be happy to do, but for Isabella Radwan, she’s taken it to the extreme. The RMIT student danced the dance made popular by the film, Zorba the Greek, for 45 minutes straight in the RMIT United Society of Hellenes’ ‘Zorba till you drop’ competition. Drenched in sweat, Miss Radwan out-danced more than 10 students to win an iPad mini and a place in the Lonsdale Street Greek Festival’s ‘Zorba till you drop competition’ next year.Condolences to runner up Christian Andrianopoulos who danced his heart out, but couldn’t last as long as Miss Radwan. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Lack of innovation in Greek entrepreneurship

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The annual employment report from the Labour Ministry illustrates the lack of innovation in Greek entrepreneurship, as those setting up a business tend to resort to easier activities in the service sector such as commerce and catering. It also points to the decimation of many small enterprises and the fact that the majority of employed people work for just 1.6 per cent of employers.Among the positive features of the report based on data from the ministry’s Ergani register of hirings and dismissals is the increase in employment, as within one year employers have created a total of 159,729 jobs, while at the same time 17,714 new enterprises were set up offering work to at least one employee.The figures for 2013 had shown the number of enterprises employing at least one worker numbering 196,695, but this climbed to 214,409 this year, or a 9 per cent increase within 12 months. Nine out of 10 of those firms (89.6 per cent) employ just one person.Just under half of all enterprises (45.5 per cent) are active in catering and wholesale and retail commerce: Retail companies account for 17.98 per cent of enterprises, 13.12 per cent are in catering and 10.72 per cent in wholesale trade.The total number of salary workers in Greece amounts to 1,531,179 people this year, up from 1,371,450 in 2013. This constitutes a 11.65 per cent increase in salaried employment in 12 months.However, more than one in every five employees (21.81 per cent or 333,918 people) are in part-time employment or shift work. Of the remaining 1,197,271, 39.75 per cent receive a gross salary of between 500 and 1,000 euros per month. A total of 8.95 per cent of employees receive salaries below the official minimum level. Total monthly expenditure for salaries amounts to 1.595 billion euros gross.Interestingly, the majority of employees (70.99 per cent) belong to the 19-44 age group, with 777,073 people in the 30-44 age bracket. This is the large group of workers expected to be affected by the upcoming increase in the required years of employment from 15 to 20 for the right to a reduced or full pension.There are also 28.43 per cent of employees aged between 45 and 64 in the private sector, while 5,495 people are still working beyond the age of 64 years, and declaring so to the authorities.last_img read more

Oakleigh gets World School status

first_imgFollowing four years of planning and development, Oakleigh Grammar has been granted official status as an International Baccalaureate (IBO) World School.Recognised globally, the school’s Middle Years Program (MYP) was accredited with the status last week, granting educators and students access to what the school described as “unparalleled educational resources”. Principal Mark Robertson said that that the school’s status as an IBO World School was “a significant achievement”.The newly-implemented program being offered to years 6 to 9, and year 10 in 2016, is a five-year project that places greater emphasis on the learner and the development of their learning skills. The curriculum comprising of eight subject groups grants students a greater opportunity to explore different subject areas, enabling them to decide which streams they would like to pursue while completing their Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE).Deputy principal Peter Cummins says they are already reaping the rewards of the program, so far having seen “a huge impact on student learning and achievement”.More than 4,000 schools have opted to take part in the IBO program, a trend attributed to the emphasis placed on students’ personal development, encouraging them to make practical connections between their studies and the world around them. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

A new era for PanMacedonians

first_imgA new era has been heralded for the Pan-Macedonian Association of Melbourne and Victoria, with the appointment of a new president.Representatives from across 24 Macedonian clubs gathered on Sunday to elect a new board of directors.Selected for the top job was Panagiotis Jasonides, while Sophocles Kitharidis was elected as vice president and manager of public relations, Dimitris Vrontzou for the role of secretary and Joseph Manaridis as treasurer.Mr Jasonides succeeds the association’s longest-serving president Dimitris Minas, who was at the helm of Macedonian Hellenism Down Under for more than 20 years.In his address, the former president referred to the many initiatives which were led under his guidance, including the publication of a book entitled Μακεδόνες Έλληνες της Ωκεανίας (Macedonian Hellenes in Oceania) released in March 2015. Mr Minas also stressed the need for continued cooperation with other collective bodies, making reference to the constructive cooperation between the Pan-Macedonian Association and the Australian Institute of Macedonian Studies over the past five years. While he declined to reapply for a position on the board, Mr Minas made it clear he would continue to support the association as he could. In his first public announcement as president, Mr Jasonides informed members that a new program would soon be made available.He also went to on state a number of initiatives which will be taking place under his authority, including increased participation of second and third generation members, an upgrade of IT infrastructure, and improvements to the annual Demetria festival, among others. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

2017 Predictions that will come true

first_imgAs 2016 salutes us, let’s roll on our inner Nostradamus for 2017. Remember, you read it here first.To say that 2016 has been a tough year would be an understatement. We lost so many legends, Donald Trump got elected US President, the EU is rapidly falling apart, and Kanye West had a mental breakdown. But 2017 is going to be even whackier. Here’s a month-by-month breakdown of what’s in store:January Donald Trump takes his presidential oath of office. He immediately fires all members of his cabinet via expletive-filled tweet and hands the Vice Presidency to his number one fan, Paris Hilton. Her first delicate assignment is secret talks with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. Trump’s final piece of advice is to “grab him by the p***y”. Paris’ reply is “don’t worry Mr President, that’s my field of expertise”.February After months of boiling tension in Greek-Turkish relations, Defense Minister Panos Kammenos decides that enough is enough. During a surprise visit to Turkey he stands on the Bosphorus Bridge with a baseball bat, wearing only his tighty whities and an ‘Erdo-GONE’ t-shirt. Prime Minister Tsipras denies any knowledge and begs President Obama to sort out this mess. His assistant tells him that he’s out in the gym playing hoops with Luc Longley. He’ll hold.March Hollywood puts a halt on all movie productions, with the exception of 80s movie sequels with all-female casts. The Goonies, Platoon, The Breakfast Club, This Is Spinal Tap, even Crocodile Dundee get their due reboot, all of them starring the Kardashian sisters, as every other actress is ruled out due to low numbers of Instagram followers.April Influential fashion bloggers, food critics, and highly-rated Uber drivers from around the globe form the WEIA (We Are Important Association). They seek to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement with their respective states that includes retirement packages and free Snapchat shares, but talks break down when they demand a lifetime supply of quinoa for all members.May Disappointed by the ineptitude of his cabinet, Prime Minister Tsipras seeks the help of well-known Greek Australians. He offers the Ministry of Culture to Nick Giannopoulos, courts Nick Kyrgios to become Ambassador of Sportsmanship, and gives carte blanche to Con Makris to become a developer in Athens with an offer he can’t refuse: high taxes, bureaucracy at its finest, and his own Ministers trying to sabotage any investment.June A survey in Oh Boy magazine suggests that 87 per cent of women over the age of 30 view ‘an organic food-eating, bearded, cat-loving headcase with a history of domestic violence, preferably a member of a rock band that’s going nowhere, with a love of tattoos, brunch, malt whiskey, thrift shops,and gentrification’ as the ideal boyfriend. July Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro breaks his leg in a jet-ski crash after one margarita too many on Margarita Island. The entire Greek government flies over to Caracas in a show of solidarity, while Trump and Putin blame each other for the incident in their monthly golf tournament. British PM Theresa May is once again denied entry to 10 Downing Street, because still nobody recognises her. She is reduced to tears and subsequently quits. She tries to land a role as an extra in the final season of Game Of Thrones, but the producers’ response is “you are no Conor McGregor”.August Pokemon Go afficionados hold a minute of silence in every park around the world in remembrance of the tragic events that followed the game’s sudden drop in popularity after the heyday of July 2016. To mark the occasion, Niantic launches Stalkemon Deluxe, a location-based augmented reality game for all devices, in which you can track down old flames.September Airbnb has taken over the world. It’s not just a homestay network anymore. Through its platform you can now sub-rent your spouse, your dog, your company, even that little black dress that you haven’t worn since that New Year’s Eve party in 2005. Angry civilians host protests everywhere, while Nigel Farage, leader of the ‘We Want Our Stuff Back’ movement rallies the troops in a TV interview via satellite saying that “‘I’d love to join with all you fine people, but I’ll be having Wagyu beef with my billionaire friends in The Hamptons”. October The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to Justin Bieber for his valiant effort thwarting a sea of young Believers from storming his hotel room during a recent visit to Singapore. He pulls a Bob Dylan and misses the ceremony, because Oslo is close to Stockholm and he’s scared of getting Stockholm Syndrome-d. He sends Selena Gomez instead, who botches the lyrics to Baby and goes on a five-year hiatus.November For the entire month, downtown Athens is under road closure due to an unprecedented amount of marathons. Events include ‘Marathon for blind children under five years of age’, ‘Marathon for brunettes in long-term relationships awaiting the proposal’ and ‘Marathon for middle-aged men who wear awful wigs’. Mayor Kaminis brands the effort a success and proposes its extension over 365 days.December Cyber-terrorist group ‘The Artists Formerly Known As Anonymous’ releases every Facebook PM by every user ever. After weeks of riots in the streets, destroyed wedding rings, trashed office desks, a record number of arson attempts, and myriads of flatmates gone missing, countries are forced to declare martial law until further evaluation. All Christmas and New Year festivities are cancelled. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Hygiene on wheels

first_imgIt is no secret that Greek society is struggling to cope with the after effects of the ongoing financial crisis. Seven years of bankruptcy and harsh austerity led to a rise in unemployment and poverty. Nearly 36 per cent of the population face dire financial straits and almost one in four Greeks live under the poverty line. The country has also seen a steep rise in homelessness. It is telling of the urgent nature of the homelessness crisis that one of the main locations where homeless and refugees choose to camp out at, is Koumoundourou square, in the centre of Athens, opposite the main offices of the governing party Syriza. Swamped with people in the most vulnerable state, the square is a living metaphor for the after-effects of the ongoing financial crisis. Refugees, petty criminals, police officers, desperate people (among them many children), and an army of charity workers and non-government organisation agents handing out meals. Now there’s a new feature on the square – a converted public bus where people living on the streets can take a hot shower and pick up clean underwear and a plastic bag of toiletries handed out by volunteers. An initiative of NGO Praksis (devoted to offering medical care to those in need), funded by tobacco company ‘Papastratos’, the bus is part of the ‘Care in motion’ program, which caters to more than the hygiene needs of the homeless, as it also provides medical assistance and counselling. Launched in November, the shower bus is the first program of its kind in Europe and the third worldwide, aiming to benefit more than 1,250 homeless people per month or 15,000 a year. The exact number of people who sleep on the streets (or find a temporary roof in shelters) is hard to define. According to different accounts, it spans from 20,000 to 40,000, the majority of which are located in the metropolitan area of Athens. The most reliable recent study, made by the University of Crete found 15,436 people deprived of a home. Though it’s not easy to estimate how many of them actually sleep on the streets, it is accurate to say that they must be much more than the 630 cases accounted for in the 2011 census. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more