Play Tetris in your living room with Tetris Link board game

first_imgIf you look at the earliest computer games, you’ll notice a lot of them were an attempt by programmers to turn an existing card, board or table game into a bunch of ones and zeroes. Pong, for example, is a simplified digital version of Ping Pong: the earliest Unix games were simple text based versions of Chess, Checkers and Go Fish, while even the earliest adventure games like Rogue and Nethack were attempts to recreate pen-and-paper Dungeon and Dragons.Of course, somewhere along the line, game developers realized they had far more options to exercise their imaginations making games on computers, and now you’d be hard pressed to translate any computer game to a form you could play on a table. That’s why I’m fascinated to see this board game version of Tetris called Tetris Link creep out of the latest world Toy Fair. Basically, it takes the Tetronimo concept and applies it to a Connect 4 style gameplay mechanic, in which players must use their tetronimos to link three or more pieces together, while other players try to block them any way they can.Sure, it’s not really Tetris without being able to wipe out four rows at once by dropping in an I piece, but even so, heck, I’d play this. If only he set played a chiptune rendition of “Korobieniki” as you dropped your pieces.Read more at Pocket Lintlast_img read more

Nintendo 3DS Getting Netflix This Summer

first_img3DS users will be able to stream Netflix via Wi-Fi connection this Summer, according Nintendo. The company added that free Wi-Fi hotspots will be available via AT&T starting this May. Gamers will have to sign up for a service called SpotPass, in order to connect automatically to the free hotspots.Nintendo president Saturo Iwata stated this during his keynote speech,Nintendo 3DS will be the most connected Nintendo device ever, with its ability to link people via local wireless connections, while at the same time connecting them to people and content worldwide via hotspot connectivity It appears that Nintendo has big plans lined up for the new device. It makes me wonder if the older models will be phased out slowly? Or get huge price cuts sometime soon? Thus far, Nintendo has not issued any statements on the older models yet.Via Washington Postlast_img read more

Canonical stops offering free Ubuntu CDs

first_imgWhen Canonical first released the Ubuntu Linux distro it wanted to gain a firm footing in the operating system market. It did that with marketing, easy to find and fast ISO downlaods, and a very generous service called ShipIt.Through ShipIt you could request and get sent the Ubuntu OS on CD completely free of charge. Canonical was willing to pick up the cost of the disc and the shipping in return for their OS being used by another person. As a forward thinking company, it also realized in 2005 when ShipIt launched that not everyone had the means to download a distro. Remember, it shipped the discs worldwide, not just locally.But all good things have to come to an end, and ShipIt is no exception. Ubuntu 11.04 will be the first release that you can’t get shipped for free on CD. You can still buy the CDs in the Ubuntu Store, but no more freebies.The reason for this decision is mainly one of administration and cost. Add to that how much Internet connections have improved over the last 6 years, and you see that the free CD offer has diminishing returns while still costing a significant amount of money and time to look after.Canonical has also come up with a better way for new users to try Ubuntu without need of a CD or a lengthy download. The money saved from ShipIt will be used to make available a cloud-based version of the OS for anyone to use. That way there is no installation required, just a web browser and a connection to try it out. There’s also going to be more focus on promoting Ubuntu to the mainstream PC users out there over the coming months and years.While free CDs for the masses may be stopping, Canonical is retaining it for local communities through a ShipIt-lite alternative. The company feels such LoCos are very effective and allowing them to remain still cuts the CD burden considerably.For those wanting to try Ubuntu, by far the easiest way is to download and have it run on your machine without interfering with your current operating system either as a Live CD or installing it on Windows just like an application. If you have the memory to spare, running it as a virtual machine is also a good way to get to grips with the OS in a safe environment.Read more at the Canonical Blog, via Networkworldlast_img read more

Chrome OS touch interface for tablets gets poked

first_imgIf you’ve played around with a Windows tablet at all, you’ve probably noticed that most of your favorite applications haven’t been updated to play nicely with touchscreen input. Some apps are finally starting to make the move to touch — including web browsers like Opera and Google Chrome.Developer François Beaufort decided it was time to check out Google’s efforts to make Chrome more touch-friendly, so he downloaded a recent snapshot of the Chromium code and compiled the browser from scratch. As you can see, there are a number of tweaks to the Chromium interface Beaufort discovered.AdChoices广告The title bar area has been widened, making room for favicons to float just above their tabs. The position of the Omnibar’s suggestions has been tweaked as well, and is laid out in a horizontal row with five thick blocks instead of being displayed as a vertical drop-down. Tap into the wrench menu, and you’ll find a slightly larger font and more generous line spacing to make individual menu options easier to target with a fingertip.While Beaufort is quick to point out that what he compiled is actually the Chromium browser and not the full Chromium OS, the fact that an onscreen keyboard is presents makes it clear that Chrome OS will indeed be coming to tablets at some point in the future. There’s no need for an onscreen keyboard in the browser on Windows, for example, since one has been built in to the OS for quite some time. Beyond that, Google has been kicking around ideas for a tablet UX for quite some time, posting mock-ups over on the Chromium site and more recently adding the touch-ready experimental new tab page to Chrome.Many assumed that the company was only pushing Chrome OS for notebooks (what it calls Chromebooks). Really, though, Google never ruled out tablets — Sundar Pichai said at I/O 2011 that notebooks were the starting point because that’s where web use is happening now. Tablets are continuing to gain retail momentum, however, and Google will want to make sure that Chrome OS is available for OEMs who want to kick the tires.More at Google Buzz and Liliputinglast_img read more

Harris on PTSB home loan sale Its time to see a bit

first_imgI think they could do an awful lot worse than show a little bit of humility and engage with the people’s representatives. I think that should happen, that is a matter for the bank, but that is my personal view.Harris said Minister Donohoe had a “constructive” meeting with Fianna Fáil’s Finance spokesperson Michael McGrath about a new Bill, due to be introduced next week, which seeks to regulate the vulture funds.He said the government wanted to work with all parties on the issue.Minister says the loans have not been sold The health minister said there is time to tackle the issue as the loans have not been sold and the finance minister has not been consulted yet. “There will be time to engage,” he said.However, Harris said people listening to the debate may get worried when they hear statements like: “The train has left the station.”He maintained a decision on the sale has not been made nor has a decision been made about the potential buyer.“Please don’t scare people,” he told Doherty. Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty says the selling of long-term loan products to vulture funds who have short-term interest should not be allowed. Source: Oireachtas TVThe Sinn Féin spokesperson said that it was time to “insert some honesty” into the debate.While he said he is in favour of regulating the vulture funds, it will not be the “magical solution”.‘Vulture funds don’t do long-term solutions’Even if vulture funds are regulated, long-term loans should not be sold to them under any circumstances, he insisted.“They are only interested in the short-term turnaround and the quick turnaround,” said the Donegal TD, who said unlike banks they do not have a public persona or reputation to keep up.Citing Central Bank figures, Doherty said 120,000 home mortgages were restructured by the end of September 2017 – with the vast majority (87%) of these accounts meeting the terms of the restructured arrangements.However, he told the minister all of these deals done with customers were done by regular banks, not vulture funds.He said vulture funds don’t offer the suite of options mentioned above, because they don’t have to.“They [vulture funds] don’t do split mortgages, they don’t do interest only, they don’t do arrears capitalisation,” he said.Doherty told Harris that families at home and renters in the buy-to-lets due to be sold “are hoping and praying that you will stand up to the vultures and stop this sale”.The Sinn Féin TD said the government must tell PTSB that it is not allowed to sell long-term family products to vulture funds who only have a short-term interest.If you sell long-term products to companies that have a three or five-year interest, it will only end in one way and that is repossessions, that is people being evicted, that is more homelessness and we cannot stand here as legislators and pretend that there is some sort of magic solution.  You own 75% [of the bank]. Lift the phone, tell Jeremy Masding [PTSB CEO] the government refuse to stand idly by while you are about to throw your customers to the wolves just because you didn’t get your act in order over the last three years and work those mortgages down the way that you should have.Harris said he is conscious that some homeowners are “concerned” and “worried”.He said the government would work towards providing “maximum security, clarity and assurance” to mortgage holders.Read: Minister concedes homeowners who engaged with PTSB may not have deals honoured>‘Many have made no payments at all for years’: PTSB defends controversial €3.7 billion mortgage sell off> Image: Oireachtas TV Health Minister Simon Harris says PTSB should appear before the Oireachtas Finance Committee next week. 18,505 Views Thursday 22 Feb 2018, 4:02 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Christina Finn Feb 22nd 2018, 4:02 PM Short URL I think PTSB should go before an Oireachtas committee. I think it is time to see a little bit of humility from our banks – banks that the taxpayers of this country have supported through very, very difficult times. Share121 Tweet Email “I THINK IT is time to see a little bit of humility from our banks,” said Health Minister Simon Harris when asked about the €4 billion mortgage sale by Permanent TSB today.The statement from the minister comes a day after a Fine Gael parliamentary party meeting in which members raised concerns that the government is coming across as the “spokespeople for the banks”.PTSB, which is 75% State owned, has been defending its plan to sell off a book of non-performing loans known as Project Glas.The proposed sell-off of 18,000 properties, including 14,000 private dwelling homes, has become the subject of a political battle in recent days.Yesterday, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe conceded that even homeowners who engaged with the bank could find their mortgage arrangements with PTSB are not honoured by the buyer.Speaking about the issue today, Harris said the government had to “find a balance” whereby they protect mortgage holders, but also ensure there is a stable banking system.Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty said PTSB has been invited to appear before the Oireachtas Finance Committee next Tuesday.Doherty told the Dáil the bank has informed the committee that it has already entered into “confidentiality clauses” with interested parties and would be restricted in speaking about certain issues. A formal invitation has been issued to the bank today.“The train has left the station – these are vulture funds,” he said, referring to the interested parties.‘Time to see a bit of humility’ Harris said PTSB should appear before the Oireachtas Finance Committee: Harris on PTSB home loan sale: ‘It’s time to see a bit of humility from our banks’ Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty said the bank has been asked to appear before the Oireachtas Finance Committee next week. Health Minister Simon Harris says PTSB should appear before the Oireachtas Finance Committee next week. Image: Oireachtas TV 91 Comments last_img read more

Its a moral shame Another 188 children have become homeless since the

first_img THERE ARE NOW over 3,200 homeless children in Ireland, latest figures show.The figures for homeless people staying in emergency accommodation in January have been released this evening, showing another rise in the number of homeless families and children.In total, there were 1,517 families with 3,267 children staying in emergency accommodation in January.This marks a rise of 109 families and 188 children since December. The number of children staying in emergency accommodation reached an all-time high in November at 3,333.There were 5,837 homeless adults in emergency accommodation in January, a rise of 158 on the previous month.Of the homeless adults, a total of 2,424 were placed in private emergency accommodation, which includes commercial hotels and B&Bs. Source: Department of HousingAnnouncing the latest figures, Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy commented on the rising levels of homeless children.“The extent of the increase in January was not anticipated and, following a meeting with the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive, I have requested that they investigate the matter further and prepare a detailed report for review,” Murphy said. Source: Department of HousingCriticismInner City Helping Homeless (ICHH) has hit out at the rising figures, which have been released just as temperatures are set to plummet as low as -6 degrees over the coming days.The charity said that families in particular need homes, not family hubs or emergency accommodation.“What we are seeing now I believe is a social acceptance of these shocking increases within homelessness,” ICHH CEO Anthony Flynn said.“Government is seeing no end in sight to this crisis and are over-concentrating on short-term solutions to what is a long-term problem,” he said.Meanwhile, Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Housing, Planning and Local Government Barry Cowen TD has said the latest figures are damning.“It’s a moral shame that there are so many children forced to live in emergency accommodation. It has been highlighted time and time again that this situation is having a detrimental impact on children’s personal development,” Cowen said.“The government must get to grips with this crisis by directly building new social housing in every county.”Read: ‘We’re failing children’: One in seven kids lost to homelessness, poverty or neglectMore: Dublin north inner city locals object to charity homeless support centre opening in their area 8,153 Views Image: luxorphoto via Shutterstock 56 Comments Feb 27th 2018, 5:26 PM Tuesday 27 Feb 2018, 5:26 PM Share176 Tweet Email2 ‘It’s a moral shame’: Another 188 children have become homeless since the start of the year There were 1,517 families with 3,267 children staying in emergency accommodation in January. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Image: luxorphoto via Shutterstock By Hayley Halpinlast_img read more

Tom Hardy catches motorcycle thief after chase in London

first_img Image: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Tom Hardy catches ‘motorcycle thief’ after chase in London The actor is known for his roles in action films such as Mad Max. 28,235 Views 18 Comments Short URL Apr 25th 2017, 10:28 PM center_img Tom Hardy ACTOR TOM HARDY helped catch a man who had allegedly stolen a motorbike in London, police have said.A Richmond Police spokesperson confirmed the incident took place on Sunday, telling BBC News two males on a stolen motorcycle drove through a red light and crashed into another vehicle.“The males ran off and one was detained by Tom Hardy. Both suspects were initially taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries,” they said in a statement.Witness Arun Pullen told the Sun it was like Hardy “switched to superhero mode in an action movie”.“He went off like a shot in pursuit and looked furious. I asked Tom what happened and he told me he chased him through my back garden and caught him around the block.”Read: Ivanka Trump defends father at women’s summit, gets laughed atRead: Thai man murders child and kills himself on Facebook Live Share308 Tweet Email1 Tuesday 25 Apr 2017, 10:28 PM Tom Hardy Image: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire/PA Images By Órla Ryanlast_img read more

Former Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond airlifted to hospital in Switzerland following

first_imgThe crash is the third time Hammond has been involved in a serious incident in his time as a presenter.He was left unconscious after being involved in an incident while driving a motorcycle earlier this year.Hammond was  involved in a near-fatal collision in 2006 while filming Top Gear.Read: It looks like these guys have chosen a name for their new €220m car showRead: Jeremy Clarkson: I’m so sorry Top Gear ended like this The cause of the crash is unknown and is being investigated. Share Tweet Email2 Former Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond airlifted to hospital in Switzerland following ‘serious’ car crash Hammond avoided serious injury in the incident. Image: The Grand Tour via Twitter Saturday 10 Jun 2017, 5:48 PM 53 Comments Image: The Grand Tour via Twitter FORMER TOP GEAR presenter Richard Hammond has been involved in a serious crash in Switzerland, but has avoided serious injury.Hammond’s current show – The Grand Tour – released a statement saying he had been involved in the crash while driving a supercar and filming for the second season.“Richard Hammond was involved in a serious crash after completing the Hemburg Hill Climb in Switzerland in a Rimac Concept One, an electric super car built in Croatia, during filming for The Grand Tour Season 2 on Amazon Prime, but very fortunately suffered no serious injury,” the statement reads.“Richard was conscious and talking, and climbed out the car himself before the vehicle burst into flames.“He was flown by Air Ambulance to hospital in St Gallen to be checked over revealing [sic] a fracture to his knee.Nobody else was in the car or involved in the accident, and we’d like to thank the paramedics on site for their swift response. By Cormac Fitzgerald Short URL Jun 10th 2017, 5:48 PM 67,458 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Seven US sailors missing after destroyer rammed by cargo ship

first_img Share183 Tweet Email By AFP Short URL Damage to the right side of the USS Fitzgerald Source: AP/PA ImagesSEVEN AMERICAN SAILORS are missing and their ship’s captain injured after a US Navy destroyer collided with a container ship off the coast of Japan early this morning, leading to the badly-damaged ship being partially flooded.Aerial television footage showed one sailor lying on a stretcher and a rescuer being pulled up to a helicopter that was hovering above the USS Fitzgerald, its right side partially crushed.Three sailors were injured in the pre-dawn collision, including the guided missile destroyer’s commanding officer Bryce Benson.“Two sailors, in addition to the commanding officer, have been medically evacuated from USS Fitzgerald to US Naval Hospital Yokosuka for lacerations and bruises,” the navy said.There are seven sailors unaccounted for; the ship and the Japanese Coast Guard continues to search for them.The accident between the Fitzgerald and Philippine-flagged ACX Crystal happened around 2:30am local time off the coast off the Izu peninsula southwest of Tokyo, the US Navy and Japan’s coastguard said.The area is a busy shipping channel near major container ports in Yokohoma and Tokyo.“The volume of ships is heavy in this area and there have been accidents before,” coastguard official Yutaka Saito told Japan’s public broadcaster NHK. Damage to the ACX Crystal container ship Source: AP/PA ImagesIt was not immediately clear what caused the collision, but NHK said the massive 222-metre container ship made a sharp turn around the time of the accident.Japan’s coastguard, which is probing the incident, has sent five vessels, two planes and a team of specially trained rescue personnel to help in the search for the missing crew, a spokesman said.The USS Dewey and two Navy tugboats were helping out in the search and rescue, the US military said, while Japan’s Self-Defence Forces also joined the operation, sending three ships and several aircraft.‘So worried’The 154-metre Fitzgerald – which was commissioned in 1995 and was deployed in the Iraq war in 2003 – is based in Yokosuka and operates in the Pacific and the Sea of Japan.The accident happened 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka, the navy said.“My daughter is on the Fitzgerald,” a parent wrote on the 7th Fleet’s Facebook page.So worried. Just need to hear she is ok. Thinking of all of our sailors and their families!!US chief of naval operations Admiral John Richardson said in a statement: “As more information is learned we will be sure to share it with the Fitzgerald families and, when appropriate, the public.”All of our thoughts and concerns are with the Fitzgerald crew and their families.Video by Japan’s public broadcaster NHK showed heavy damage to the right side of the Fitzgerald just ahead of the control tower, and that the ship had taken on water.An orange hose was visible on the ship’s deck, with many crew members seen checking the damage. The damaged USS Fitzgerald sailing for port in the wake of the collision Source: AP/PA ImagesThe destroyer, piloted by two tugboats, was sailing to Yokosuka.“The USS Fitzgerald suffered damage on her starboard side above and below the waterline. The collision resulted in some flooding,” the Navy said.The Fitzgerald was still under its own power “although her propulsion was limited”, the navy said. It is not in danger of sinking and is headed back to port on its own power.The footage meanwhile showed relatively light damage to the ACX Crystal.Twenty crew members were aboard the container and none was injured, another Japanese coastguard spokesman said, adding that the vessel was separately sailing back to a Tokyo port.“We are now investigating the case as further details, including the weather conditions at the time, are not available,” the spokesman said.The ACX Crystal is a commercial container ship that, according to marine tracking websites, was on its way to Tokyo.The ship carries a Philippine flag but is listed as owned by Japanese shipping giant NYK Line.© – AFP, 2017Read: Carrie Fisher’s death caused by sleep apnea and ‘other causes’, coroner saysRead: Gardaí have filled just a fraction of counter-terrorism roles they promised at the start of the year 40,110 Views Saturday 17 Jun 2017, 10:36 AM Seven US sailors missing after destroyer rammed by cargo ship The circumstances that led to the collision are currently unknown. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Jun 17th 2017, 10:36 AM 69 Comments last_img read more

Poll Should electric scooters be banned from public roads

first_img 110 Comments Monday 4 Mar 2019, 9:24 AM No (5913) By Stephen McDermott Mar 4th 2019, 9:24 AM Image: Shutterstock/Leika production Image: Shutterstock/Leika production 43,040 Views Share142 Tweet Email1 DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL has led calls to have electric scooters banned from public roads and cycle paths.A report in today’s Irish Examiner quotes a spokeswoman from the local authority, who said the council believes the two-wheeled vehicles should not be used on Dublin’s streets.It has been argued that, like bicycles, scooters cannot be classed as mechanically propelled vehicles and therefore do not fall under normal traffic, licencing, tax, or insurance laws.But the neither the council or gardaí agree with this view because the scooters use an electric motor to propel their users.However, the Road Safety Authority says the scooters cannot be used on public paths, leaving users with nowhere else to use them but public roads.So today we’re asking: Should electric scooters be banned from public roads? Yes (4559) Poll: Should electric scooters be banned from public roads? Dublin City Council has led calls for the two-wheeled vehicles to be banned. Yes, but not in bike lanes (3604) I don’t know (644) Poll Results: YesYes, but not in bike lanesNoI don’t knowVote Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

First US female fighter pilot to fly in combat claims she was

first_img Republican Senator Martha McSally testifies in front of yesterday’s Senate committee Image: SIPA USA/PA Images First US female fighter pilot to fly in combat claims she was raped while serving in Air Force Martha McSally made the claim at a Senate hearing yesterday. Short URL Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Share64 Tweet Email Republican Senator Martha McSally testifies in front of yesterday’s Senate committee Mar 7th 2019, 7:51 AM center_img 15 Comments 40,051 Views Thursday 7 Mar 2019, 7:51 AM By Stephen McDermott MARTHA MCSALLY, THE first woman to ever fly in combat for the US, has revealed she was sexually assaulted by a superior officer when she was in the Air Force.The Republican senator made the disclosure yesterday at a Senate hearing on the military’s efforts to prevent sexual assaults and improve the response when they occur.McSally, a 26-year military veteran, was in the ninth class at the Air Force Academy to allow women, where she said sexual harassment and assault were prevalent.She also told yesterday’s hearing that she felt like the system was raping her “all over again” when she tried to discuss the issue with officials, adding that she was ashamed and confused over the incident.McSally did not say whether her assaults happened at the academy or during active duty, and did not name the alleged perpetrator, but focused on a need for accountability.“I was horrified at how my attempt to share generally my experiences was handled,” she said. “Like many victims, I felt like the system was raping me all over again.”Despite staying silent for years, McSally said she felt like speaking out after watching the military grapple with how to handle sexual assaults.Captain Carrie Volpe, an Air Force spokeswoman, said the branch was appalled at and “deeply sorry” about what McSally’s experience.“The criminal actions reported today by Senator McSally violate every part of what it means to be an Airman,” she said in a statement.“And we stand behind her and all victims of sexual assault. We are steadfast in our commitment to eliminate this reprehensible behavior and breach of trust in our ranks.”With reporting from Associated Press. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Settlement reached between children of Seán Quinn and IBRC

first_imgSettlement reached between children of Seán Quinn and IBRC The legal action was first filed in 2011, and had been expected to last a number of months. Tuesday 2 Apr 2019, 12:45 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share6 Tweet Email By Gráinne Ní Aodha The Quinn family have provided IBRC with full disclosure and they will likewise relinquish any entitlement to any of the assets that are the subject of IBRC’s security, which they acknowledge to be valid and enforceable.“Final orders, including orders for judgement, will be obtained in the proceedings taken by IBRC against the Quinn family. IBRC will retain an ability to enforce agreed judgments against the Quinn family.“IBRC views this settlement as being in the best interests of creditors, in circumstances where it has received full disclosure from the Quinn family and where the very lengthy litigation that has been in being since 2011 will be brought to a conclusion.” Apr 2nd 2019, 12:45 PM A SETTLEMENT HAS been reached between the children of Seán Quinn and the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IBRC), ending a lengthy legal battle.The High Court case relates to loans of €2.34 billion that were provided by Anglo Irish Bank to Quinn Companies. It is the case of the Quinn children that they received no legal advice in relation to these loans and, although they signed various documents related to them, they were only shown the “signature page” which they then signed.The Quinns deny any liability for share pledges and guarantees in relation to these loans in this case against IBRC – the successor to Anglo.Last Wednesday, the High Court refused a “radical” application by the children of Seán Quinn to amend the case they were taking against IBRC. On Friday, talks between the two sides began.Today, IBRC released a statement that said that “an agreement has been reached following discussions over the last number of days”. Image: Image: Short URL 23,610 Views Pursuant to the agreement, the Quinn family has agreed to a dismissal of all of their claims against IBRC, as well as their separate claim against the Central Bank and various other parties. No Comments last_img read more

Rugby Australia and NSW Rugby Union consider next steps after Folau meeting

first_imgRugby Australia and NSW Rugby Union ‘consider next steps’ after Folau meeting The Wallabies fullback is set to have his contract terminated over an ‘unacceptable’ Instagram post. RUGBY AUSTRALIA AND the New South Wales Rugby Union have met with Israel Folau following his latest controversial social media posts.The Australia and Waratahs fullback sparked outrage with his opinions on homosexuality and gender earlier this week.He had avoided punishment for similar statements last year. Rugby Australia responded with a statement, revealing that it had not been able to contact Folau about the ‘unacceptable’ comments.The union added that it planned to sack the player ‘in the absence of compelling mitigating factors’.A meeting with Folau followed on Friday and the NSW Rugby Union stated that the discussion would be relayed to board members to ‘consider next steps’ but its position ‘is unchanged’.The statement read: “Rugby Australia and the NSW Rugby Union have met with Israel Folau in Sydney today.“As the meeting was held in confidence between the player and his employers, Rugby Australia and the NSW Rugby Union will not comment on the discussions at the meeting.“Following today’s meeting, the two organisations will update their respective boards on the matter to consider next steps. Our joint position regarding Israel Folau is unchanged.”Folau posted a message on Instagram that stated “hell awaits” drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolaters along with “REPENT! ONLY JESUS SAVES”.He added: “Those that are living in sin will end up in hell unless you repent. Jesus Christ loves you and is giving you time to turn away from your sin and come to him.”The post remains online, and has attracted more than 29,000 likes.Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday called his comments ‘terribly insensitive’.“You know it’s important that people act with love and care and compassion to their fellow citizens and to speak sensitively to their fellow Australians,” Morrison said.Gavan Casey and Murray Kinsella are joined by Bernard Jackman to discuss Izzy Folau’s impending sacking by Australia and all the week’s news on the latest episode of The42 Rugby Weekly: Friday 12 Apr 2019, 9:33 AM Short URL Folau broke Super Rugby’s all-time try-scoring record last weekend. 28 Comments By The42 Team Folau broke Super Rugby’s all-time try-scoring record last weekend. Image: Andrew Cornaga/INPHOcenter_img Subscribe 13,097 Views Share Tweet Email Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloudSubscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Image: Andrew Cornaga/INPHO Apr 12th 2019, 9:33 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

High Court grants order moving woman with anorexia to different HSE facility

first_imgHigh Court grants order moving woman with anorexia to different HSE facility The woman’s recent weight drop was “a very serious turn of events,” the judge said. Apr 16th 2019, 9:18 PM Tuesday 16 Apr 2019, 9:18 PM THE HIGH COURT has cleared the way for the transfer of a woman with severe anorexia nervosa from one HSE-run facility to another due to a deterioration in her medical condition. The order was made by Justice Garrett Simons today after the court was told that the woman’s current medical situation is serious.She currently weighs 30.6kg, has a BMI of 13 and she has lost 3kg in the last two weeks, the court heard.The woman, who is aged in her twenties, is a ward of court and neither she nor the facilities she has been receiving treatment at can be identified for legal reasons.She has been a patient at a HSE facility where she had been receiving on-going psychiatric help for her illness.  However, her physical condition has deteriorated and a transfer to another HSE-run facility where her medical needs can be addressed was deemed in her best interests.Justice Simons made the orders allowing the transfer to proceed after he was given updates on the woman’s current condition by a solicitor representing the committee that looks after the ward’s interests, and from the HSE. The judge said the situation including the woman’s recent weight drop was “a very serious turn of events.” He said she required “urgent medical attention,” for what is “a very complex” condition. ‘Medical needs’The judge noted that it was not possible for her to get both the medical and mental supports she requires at the same facility in Ireland.  The judge said that in order to address that situation the court had previously made orders allowing the woman to be transferred to the UK where she can get both the medical and psychiatric treatment she needs in the one facility. It had been hoped that the place in the UK would be available by the end of April, he said. However, that particular move has been put back, and the Judge said that it would not be possible to move her to the UK until May, the Judge added. In the short-term, the judge agreed that woman should be moved from her current location, which the court heard she does not like, to the other Irish-based facility where her medical needs can be addressed. The court also heard that the woman is happy for the transfer from one Irish-based facility to the other to go ahead, and is content to ultimately go and receive treatment for her illness in the UK.The court also heard that the HSE hopes it can provide the psychiatric care the woman requires at the medical facility in Ireland she is being moved to.  The matter is due to be mentioned before the court later this year.  By Aodhan O Faolain No Comments Share1 Tweet Email3 center_img Thw Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Thw Image: Short URL Image: 16,512 Views last_img read more

Donald Trump expects a nice outcome from historic summit with Kim Jong

first_imgDonald Trump expects a ‘nice’ outcome from historic summit with Kim Jong Un Trump announced that he would depart Singapore by tomorrow evening, meaning his time with Kim would be fairly brief. 61 Comments Monday 11 Jun 2018, 9:09 PM Share13 Tweet Email By Associated Press Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitter WITH THE EYES of the world upon them, President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un head into their historic summit balancing the promise of peace against the spectre of a growing nuclear threat.Yet even before they met, Trump announced plans to leave early, raising questions about whether his aspirations for an ambitious outcome had been scaled back.The first-ever meeting between a US president and a North Korean leader was to kick off at 9am Tuesday (which is 7 hours ahead of Ireland) with a handshake, an image sure to be devoured from Washington to Pyongyang and beyond.Trump and Kim planned to meet one-on-one for most of an hour – joined only by translators. Then aides to each were to come in for more discussions and a working lunch. Meetings between staffs and representatives are going well and quickly….but in the end, that doesn’t matter. We will all know soon whether or not a real deal, unlike those of the past, can happen!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 11, 2018 In the run-up to the talks in Singapore, Trump had optimistically predicted the two men could strike a nuclear deal or forge a formal end to the Korean War in the course of a single meeting or over several days.But on the eve of the summit, the White House unexpectedly announced Trump would depart Singapore by tomorrow evening, meaning his time with Kim would be fairly brief. And Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sought to keep expectations for the summit in check.“We are hopeful this summit will have set the conditions for future successful talks,” Pompeo said, describing a far more modest goal than Trump had outlined days earlier.The sudden change in schedule added to a dizzying few days of foreign policy activity for Trump, who shocked US allies over the weekend when he used a meeting of the Group of Seven industrialised economies in Canada to alienate America’s closest friends in the West.Lashing out over trade practices, Trump lobbed insults at his G-7 host, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Trump left the summit early, and as he flew to Singapore, he tweeted that he was yanking the US out of the group’s traditional closing statement.As for Singapore, the White House said Trump was leaving early because negotiations had moved “more quickly than expected,” but gave no details about any possible progress in preliminary talks.On the day before the meeting, weeks of preparation appeared to pick up in pace, with US and North Korean officials meeting throughout Monday at a Singapore hotel.The president planned to stop in Guam and Hawaii on his way back to Washington.Trump spoke only briefly in public today, forecasting a “nice” outcome. Kim spent the day mostly out of view – until he left his hotel for a late-night tour of Singapore sights, including the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay, billed as the world’s biggest glass greenhouse.It was a striking about-face from less than a year ago, when Trump was threatening “fire and fury” against Kim, who in turn scorned the American president as a “mentally deranged US dotard.” As it happens, the North Korean and the American share a tendency to act unpredictably on the world stage.Beyond the impact on both leaders’ political fortunes, the summit could shape the fate of countless people – the citizens of impoverished North Korea, the tens of millions living in the shadow of the North’s nuclear threat, and millions more worldwide. Or, it could amount to little more than a much-photographed handshake. Source: Xinhua News Agency/PA ImagesStill, the sense of anticipation was great in Singapore, with people lining spotless streets holding cellphones high as Trump headed to meet Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.As Trump and Lee sat down for a working lunch at the Istana house, the president sounded optimistic, telling Lee, “We’ve got a very interesting meeting in particular tomorrow, and I think things can work out very nicely.” Trump had earlier tweeted about “excitement in the air!”US and North Korean officials huddled throughout the day at the Ritz-Carlton hotel ahead of the sit-down aimed at resolving a standoff over Pyongyang’s nuclear arsenal.Delegates were outlining specific goals for what the leaders should try to accomplish and multiple scenarios for resolving key issues, a senior US official said, adding that the meetings were also an ice breaker of sorts, allowing the teams to get better acquainted after decades of minimal contact between their nations.Trump’s early exit will be his second from a summit in just a few days.As he was trying to build a bridge with Kim, he was smashing longtime alliances with Western allies with his abrasive performance at the G-7. After his premature departure from Quebec, he continued to tweet angrily at Trudeau from Singapore, saying today, “Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal.”Trump advisers cast his actions as a show of strength before the Kim meeting.Alluding to the North’s concerns that giving up its nuclear weapons could surrender its primary deterrent to forced regime change, Pompeo told reporters that the US was prepared to take action to provide North Korea with “sufficient certainty” that denuclearisation “is not something that ends badly for them.”He would not say whether that included the possibility of withdrawing US troops from the Korean Peninsula, but said the context of the discussions was “radically different than ever before”.“I can only say this,” Pompeo said. “We are prepared to take what will be security assurances that are different, unique, than America’s been willing to provide previously.”The North has faced crippling diplomatic and economic sanctions as it has advanced development of its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. Pompeo held firm to Trump’s position that sanctions will remain in place until North Korea denuclearises – and said they would even increase if diplomatic discussions did not progress positively.Experts believe the North is close to being able to target the entire US mainland with its nuclear-armed missiles, and while there’s deep skepticism that Kim will quickly give up those hard-won nukes, there’s also some hope that diplomacy can replace the animosity between the US and the North.While advisers say Trump has been reviewing briefing materials, the president insists his gut instincts will matter most when he gets in the room with Kim. He told reporters he thinks he will know almost immediately whether a deal can be made, saying: “I will know, just my touch, my feel. That’s what I do.”center_img Image: AP/PA Images Short URL 10,156 Views Image: AP/PA Images Jun 11th 2018, 9:09 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Heres What Happened Today Wednesday

first_imgHere’s What Happened Today: Wednesday Brexit, a shooting in Dublin and the PSC had everyone talking today. 9,711 Views By Órla Ryan Sep 4th 2019, 9:09 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article NEED TO CATCH up? brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ieThe Irish government said it will ramp up plans for a no-deal Brexit following what it sees as the “increasing risk” of such a scenario.A man is 40s is in a serious condition in hospital after being shot in his car in Lucan this afternoon.US Vice President Mike Pence departed Ireland after a two-day visit.Personal data relating to the Public Services Card will still be processed by the government despite the Data Protection Commission finding that there is no legal basis for it to do so outside of social welfare payments, it was confirmed.A man was arrested following a suspected arson attack outside a garda station in Co Louth last night. Monaghan County Councillor Hugh McElvaney lost his High Court bid aimed at preventing an ethics inquiry being conducted over comments he made while being secretly filmed by RTÉ’s Prime Time in 2015.The Iveagh Markets in Dublin 8 are “unsafe and in an advanced state of dereliction”, a Dublin City Council report found. WORLD Scottish Secretary Alister Jack, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove and Education Secretary Gavin Williamson listen during Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons today. Source: House of Commons/PA Wire/PA Images#UK: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called for a general election to be held after MPs backed a bill to extend the Brexit deadline.#HONG KONG: Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing leader, announced she will permanently shelve a controversial extradition bill that sparked three months of pro-democracy protests which have plunged the city into crisis.#BAHAMAS: Hurricane Dorian claimed the lives of at least seven people after devastating parts of the Bahamas while en route to the United States. #US: Five people from the same family are among the more than 30 people presumed to have died in a fire aboard a scuba diving boat off the coast of California.#GERMANY: Former Real Madrid footballer Christoph Metzelder is under investigation for allegedly sharing images of child sexual abuse, German prosecutors confirmed.PARTING SHOT Source: TwitterSick of Brexit? You’re not the only one – #BrexitMeHole is trending on Twitter: read the tweets here.Comments are closed for legal reasons.  Short URLcenter_img Share8 Tweet Email Get our daily news round up: Wednesday 4 Sep 2019, 9:09 PM 1 Comment last_img read more

Cautious reception for agedcare proposals

first_imgThe proposals by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in regards aged care were cautiously received by two major Greek aged care providers, Fronditha Care and the Greek Orthodox Community of Sydney NSW. Mr Rudd’s plan is part of the government’s hospital and health reform package, specifically pledges an additional 5000 aged care places. His plan at a cost of $739 million over four years includes $32 million to establish one-stop-shops throughout Australia to help seniors and their families access information and assessment for aged care services; $300 million to provide low interest rate loans to support the development of 2,500 extra aged care places.A key element of the proposals is that the Federal government will take over responsibility for all aged care services as of July 2012. Currently the burden is shared between the Commonwealth and States who provide services as part of the Home and Community Care programs. “The Prime Minister’s announcement outlining the proposed aged care reforms is a significant step towards providing better care for our elderly,” CEO of Fronditha Care Penni Michael said. “Unfortunately what is missing from the proposal is consideration of the issues of choice, access and sustainability,” she added. Ms Michael explained that government funding does not compensate for the ever increasing cost of providing care each year thus rendering more difficult the provision of service at the same level. “For example, our costs go up by about 4 per cent each year, yet funding goes up around 2 per cent. This is simple mathematics; eventually we run out of money to deliver the same service and inevitably we look at ways to make it work.” For Fronditha Care a major concern still lies with funding structures around Community Aged Care Packages which entitle elderly people to live at home while receiving aged care services. “The Commonwealth has indicated its commitment to this program and more, much more, can be done to support our elderly to stay at home for as long as possible,” Ms Michael underscored. The President of the Greek Community of Sydney NSW, Harry Danalis expressed pessimism that the lack of aged care places is so high that Mr Rudd’s proposals will not adequately address the problem. He agreed with the CEO of Fronditha Care that aged care providers are faced with increased costs which are not matched by government funding. Additionally, Mr Danalis highlighted that the government does not provide enough funding for the building of new aged care facilities. “Mr Rudd’s plan is a positive initiative but it’s not enough,” Mr Danalis stressed. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Xenophon demands spooks inquiry

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram While the two major parties continue to oppose an inquiry into data surveillance, Independent Senator Nick Xenophon and Greens upper house member Scott Ludlam are pushing for a full senate examination into the level of spying taking place on Australian citizens. Mr Xenophon has asked the government to disclose the extent of surveillance of phone and internet records by Australian security agencies working with the US National Security Agency. According to the latest revelations – coming from secret files obtained by former US intelligence operative Edward Snowden – information gleaned from internet and mobile phone accounts of Australian citizens was offered to Australia’s global spying partners. This week British newspaper The Guardian reported that Australia’s surveillance agency – the Defence Signals Directorate (DSD) – indicated it was happy to share ‘bulk’ data with its ‘5-eyes’ partners – an intelligence-sharing network comprising the US, Britain, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. The new revelations are based on a secret 2008 document revealing notes of what was discussed at a ‘5-eyes’ conference hosted in the UK. According to the report, Australia’s intelligence agency told its global intelligence partners it could share “bulk, unselected, unminimised metadata as long as there is no intent to target an Australian national”. The Australian government continues to deny accusations of a lack of transparency over covert surveillance operations – and to what extent data is shared with other countries. Senator Scott Ludlam – the Greens communications spokesperson – said that the DSD (now known as the Australian Signals Directorate) could be in breach of Australian law for sharing such information. “The publication of documents in which Australian spy agency DSD quite casually proposes to share ‘unminimised’ metadata obtained without a warrant with affiliated agencies overseas, implies that the agency may have been breaching Australian law for five years,” said Mr Ludlam. Mr Ludlam added that the DSD had an obligation to destroy data ‘unintentionally’ obtained on Australians – “instead, these discussions show the DSD contemplating sharing with overseas agencies and non-intelligence agencies”. “These documents are five years old: there is an urgent need to establish what practices, if any, govern this indiscriminate data collection on law-abiding Australians. “The government can no longer avoid the issues and hide behind platitudes that everything is done in accordance with the law. It is the job of this parliament to conduct a full inquiry, as is happening in many other countries around the world.” According to The Guardian’s report, the documents suggest that Canada imposed more rigorous privacy restrictions than Australia. Canada agreed to share information only on the basis that data concerning its citizens first had to be redacted. Prime Minister Tony Abbott defended the Australian intelligence agency’s actions, saying they had acted in accordance with the law, and that adequate safeguards were in place. “If there’s any evidence that we have acted inappropriately, that we have done something illegally, produce the evidence and the matter will be dealt with,” the prime minister told reporters on Monday. However, the PM’s description of metadata as ‘essentially the billing data’ drew an immediate response. In senate question time Senator Ludlam asked the Attorney General George Brandis to assist the prime minister’s understanding of the term ‘metadata’. “The prime minister displayed his misunderstanding of the term metadata by describing it as simply billing data. “In fact, metadata can include mobile and landline phone records, a person’s location, their entire social network, the source and destination of electronic mail and a person’s web history,” Senator Ludlam said.last_img read more

Xenophon backs probe into Darwin port sale

first_imgA motion co-sponsored by Nick Xenophon has demanded an urgent senate inquiry into controversial foreign investment deals in Australia, including the 99 year lease of the Port of Darwin to a Chinese company.The terms of reference for the inquiry ask for a sweeping examination of the Foreign Investment Review Board and national interest issues. It will specifically look at the Port of Darwin deal, the blocking of the Kidman property sale and the proposed sale of electricity assets in NSW.“There’s a real sense of urgency with this inquiry, given concerns that our current foreign investment framework is full of loopholes (particularly in relation to state and territory assets) and a lack of clarity of the national interest test and how it applies. This inquiry will give a timely opportunity to deal with these issues,” said Senator Xenophon.“In particular, the Port of Darwin deal deserves special scrutiny, given concerns expressed by our key strategic think tank, the Australians Strategic Policy Institute.”Further details of the Darwin deal emerged this week, including that the Port of Darwin Corporation’s 2014 Annual Report refers to it as a “strategic defence port” and listed more than 100 visits by navy vessels in the 2013-14 financial year. It has also been confirmed that Defence Minister Marise Payne only heard about the planned sale hours before the Northern Territory government announced it publicly.“The details emerging around the Darwin deal show what a shambles the whole process has been. How on earth this deal got waived through without due process is beyond most Australians,” said Xenophon. The inquiry is due to report by early February. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more