Foxconn set to sell Apple products in 500 stores across ChinaFoxconn set to sell Apple products in 500 stores across China

first_imgFoxconn is known in the industry as the main supplier/manufacturer of Apple’s products but they have not been able to sell them directly via a retail outlet until now. According to DigiTimes, “Cybermart International” (a major retail chain and subsidiary of Foxconn) have obtained the rights to be the first company to sell Apple’s products in the Greater China Area.Already Cybermart has 34 stores but they are looking to expand to 500 stores in the not too distant future (in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan) all of which will be selling Apple’s wares. Apparently the first store will open on April 1. We know what you are thinking, could this be a giant hoax as it opens up on April fools day? No, we think this is legitimate.This will of course provide Apple with even more exposure and sales, no doubt an attempt to thwart off the presence of Google’s Android platform, either way this could be a nice little earner for Apple.Read more at DigiTimeslast_img read more


EA removes Crysis 2 demo from PSNEA removes Crysis 2 demo from PSN

first_imgCrysis 2 is having a less than smooth run up to its launch next week. The biggest problem it has faced so far is a late beta release of the game being leaked along with the DRM activation master key. Now the much anticipated multiplayer demo has been removed from the PlayStation Network by publisher EA just two days after it went live.The reason for the takedown has been explained by EA as in response to some users having issues with connection delays. The problem causing it has been found, so come launch day it will be fixed. However, EA felt it caused too much of a problem for the demo to remain active.Obviously this has annoyed some gamers planning to try the demo and others who spent time downloading it. The only good news is there isn’t much longer to wait to play the final release version and gain access to the multiplayer aspect again.The issue for developer Crytek is how much this problem will impact first week sales on PS3. You have angry gamers who downloaded a demo, or were intending to that now can’t be played. There’s those still smarting from the Black Ops problems seeing another game suffer multiplayer issues, and then there will be others who hear on the grapevine that Crysis 2 multiplayer is broken. Trying a demo before deciding to purchase is also very important for some gamers, especially for a full-price title such as this.EA’s best course of action is to get a new demo ready and available as soon after launch as possible. At the moment its unclear if EA has any intention of doing that.More at EA, via Eurogamer.netlast_img read more


Rugged Atom netbook chosen for 5week North Pole expeditionRugged Atom netbook chosen for 5week North Pole expedition

first_imgConsumers are spoilt for choice when it comes to selecting a new laptop. You can maximize on portability, or go with a desktop replacement instead. Select a cheaper Windows machine or give in and pay for a shiny MacBook Air or Pro. But then, the worst conditions the laptop you select is going to face includes a few knocks and drops, and maybe a spilt drink.French scientists Alan Le Tressoler and Julien Cabon were recently in need of a laptop, but it had to survive in the treacherous conditions at the North Pole for several weeks. The two of them have just set off on a two week trek to the North Pole by foot, ski, and even swimming due to the melting ice.Once there, they will spend 3 weeks traveling an average of 25km per day collecting scientific data about the weather, ice-sea drift, and plankton in the region. All of which has to be transmitted regularly by satellite phone, as well as making it back safely stored on the hard drive at the end of the expedition.As you probably guessed, they didn’t pick an Ultrabook for the trip. Instead, they selected a netbook from a relatively unknown vendor: Handheld.Handheld is based in Sweden and focuses on producing products that can survive the most demanding of conditions. The netbook being used is called the Algiz XRW, and it’s rather under whelming in the specs department:Intel Atom Z550 2GHz2GB RAM64GB SSD10.1-inch touchscreen (1366 x 768)5200mAh battery (lasts 8 hours)Windows 7 UltimateBluetooth, WLAN, GPS, 3G modemWeighs 3.3lbsIt certainly won’t play Crysis, but then the spec isn’t the main selling point of the XRW. This laptop is one tough cookie, and could probably survive a polar bear attack. Its operating temperatures range from -20 degrees right up to 55 degrees Celsius. It can handle 26 drops of 4 feet on to a hard floor. It’s sand proof, dust proof, water resistant to the IP65 rating, shakes off 90% humidity, and still works at an altitude of up to 15,000 feet.It’s easy to understand why they chose such a hardwearing machine. What makes less sense is the choice of a fully-featured Windows 7 Ultimate OS. Surely loading it with a minimal version of Linux and only the software they needed would have helped squeeze more out of the battery? But then maybe Windows is required to run the software they need for the scientific experiments.More at Handheldlast_img read more


Asteroid mining startup seeks qualified engineers with a sense of humorAsteroid mining startup seeks qualified engineers with a sense of humor

first_imgThere are startups that do all manner of things these days, but rarely does the job application for one of these young companies read with as much humor as the one for Planetary Resources. You might have heard about them recently — they’re going to mine asteroids with robots. No big deal, but you can still apply if you want.The online application for a position at Planetary Resources starts off by explaining why the company should excite you. They’re a small team that likes to barbeque and work hard… and needs engineers. The mission of Planetary Resources, according to the page, is to build spaceships and explore asteroids. Sounds cool, sure, but there’s a lot of science that needs to be done before that can happen.In 2013, Planetary Resources will be launching orbital telescopes to hunt down potential candidate asteroids in near-Earth orbits. Then probes will be sent out to assay the composition of the space rocks. The probes will look not only for precious metals, but for water, oxygen, and other materials that are necessary for long-term space projects.The later mining phase it what’s attracting all the attention, but Planetary Resources’ job application makes it clear that the founders have a vision. The first question asks the applicant to prove they are a “space nut.” Interested parties are also asked to describe their soldering skills on a scale from Cro-Magnon to Angelic.There’s a place to upload a resume and cover letter, like a traditional business might ask for, but the quirky, creative essay questions are extensive. If you have a funny name for a crash test dummy, or a good story about your favorite tool, you might be able to catch the eye of whoever reads the applications. The application closes by asking you to link to a picture that best describes you, but is not OF you. They’re downright philosophical at Planetary Resources.via Planetary Resourceslast_img read more


Review Google Nexus 7 tabletReview Google Nexus 7 tablet

first_imgGoogle’s reference devices, the Nexus devices, have served as a great “bottom line” for the Android phone ecosystem. Essentially, there’s an expectation that the manufacturers that release devices after the Nexus device will do something to raise the bar. Google has also managed to press the state-of-the-art forward with each Nexus device.Despite being pushed aside by superior hardware in whatever comes next, the Nexus devices are also the first to get the newest version of Android from Google. There’s a significant community surrounding the Nexus series, which is one of the biggest reasons the Google Nexus 7, the first Nexus tablet, has been so widely anticipated. Now that it is finally here, it’s important to observe the strengths and weaknesses of Google’s first tablet in order to better understand the product.HardwareEvery bit of the Google Nexus 7 screams that this device was made for one very specific purpose. The Nexus 7 is the quintessential media consumption device. It is designed for enjoying content, not for being particularly productive.The soft touch back feels almost like leather at first touch, and provides a great surface to grip the device. The bezel on the sides is just enough for you to rest your thumb without actually touching the screen, and is still thin enough that you can reach the entire keyboard with both hands in portrait mode. Google’s own specs page lists the device as having “Corning Glass”. When Corning unveiled Gorilla Glass 2 at CES in January, they mentioned that there were a number of their customers that for some reason were not interested in walking around as an advertisement for Corning’s brand. Surely the device has something like Gorilla glass on it, but it’s anyone’s guess as to which version of tough glass is covering the screen.There are only three ports on the tablet, each of which are placed for multiple purposes in mind. The micro USB port is placed dead center of the device, which means you’ll be charging it while the device is in landscape mode. The micro USB port also supports USB host and USB to Ethernet connections, so if you’re really into getting more out of your device you can. The POGO pins on the bottom-left of the tablet and the headphone jack on the bottom-right sets it up perfectly for a dock that can be used for entertainment or with a Square reader. The power and volume controls on the top right of the device complete this landscape-friendly device, with the placement of the buttons out of the way of the most common ways that you would hold this device. In short, it is clear that this tablet was built to work in portrait, but also to be absolutely functional in landscape.There’s nothing particularly ground-breaking about the hardware in the Nexus 7. All told, it’s a 0.75-pound, 7-inch Tegra 3 device with 1GB of RAM and a 4325mAh battery. The 1280×800 resolution screen isn’t anything exceptional, but it is certainly nice enough for looking at text and video. The tablet is completely sealed to the user, and you’ve got a choice between 8GB and 16GB for an extra $50. And remember: You don’t actually get 8GB of storage, because the OS has to fit on there. After you’ve installed your apps and used the tablet for a day or two you’ve really got more like 4GB of storage.If you’re looking for a media storage device, you need to invest in something like a WiDrive, otherwise you are barking up the wrong tree. Even the 16GB model isn’t going to last you very long if you’re interested in storage. Unfortunately USB Host Mode only works for connecting devices like keyboards and game pads, not external storage. There’s no rear facing camera, and there’s no app for the front facing camera. You can install a third party app, or use the camera in a Hangout or a Skype session, but otherwise it’s not there.Battery life will shift violently based on what you are doing with the device. For example, if you are reading or watching a movie with your screen brightness down a bit, you can easily get 10-12 hours out of the device. This is due in no small way to the “companion” core in the Tegra 3 processor, which the chipset spins down to when you aren’t doing much. If you are playing a graphically intensive game with the brightness up, that Tegra 3 will eat all 4000+mAh of that battery in 3-4 hours. Even a day of consistent use without gaming, where you’re browsing and watching videos and such will easily get you 8-10 hours.SoftwareSince it is a Nexus device, the Google Nexus 7 is running Android 4.1, the latest version of the operating system. This is the first 7-inch Android tablet I have held that has a stock version of Android on it, and it is curiously different in some areas than the 10-inch and 4-inch implementations of the Android UI. The larger UI, for example, combines the notification and system tray on the bottom right hand corner of the device with the software buttons. The 7-inch interface returns the notification and system access to the top of the device in the same window shade style action as the phone. You can pull down the shade at just about any point of the OS, even when inside fullscreen apps, and not have it affect the app you are in. This is especially useful if you get a notification during a movie, since you don’t have to stop the movie or leave the app to see the notification.Every part of the Jelly Bean interface has been optimized for the 7-inch form factor, with a single glaring exception: neither the home screen nor the app launcher seem aware of landscape mode at all. Every other bit of the OS will function in landscape mode. In fact, even the software buttons will move, floating across the bottom of the device when the UI rotates to landscape. Despite this, the homescreen and the launcher do not rotate, and require that you move the device back to portrait in order to use it. Considering how well designed the tablet is for landscape, this seems like a mistake that will be resolved in many cases simply by installing a custom launcher from the Play Store.As far as performance goes, you aren’t likely to make the Nexus 7 stutter or stammer. It has handled everything I have thrown at it like a champ, and the visual enhancements in Android 4.1’s “Project Butter” really shine. The tablet is a shining example of how a tablet running Android should look and feel. Even Chrome, having come out of beta at the same time that Android 4.1 was released, handles multiple pages and complicated websites with ease. As long as you are connected to the Internet, the Nexus 7 feels like it can do anything.Final ThoughtsEvery time I write the words “it’s a great tablet, for the price” I feel like I’m doing the Nexus 7 a great injustice. The fact that the 7 has a $200 price tag is a feature, not a measuring point for quality. The buid of this device is superior to what most Android OEMs are producing right now, the components are fantastic, it has great battery life, and the OS feels like it was built for this tablet. Google has plans to put this device online, in stores, and I am sure we are only about a week or two away from seeing TV and online ads for the device. Google is going to make this tablet known to the world, and when that happens it is important that it not be seen as a device that is good “for the price”.The question that should be asked when a consumer sees this device is “is the iPad worth two and a half of this tablet?” In my opinion, the answer is no, and I think that will cause this device to be a powerful asset for Google to wield into the holiday season. If Google can market it correctly the Nexus 7 could be the first Android tablet to give Google some real market share in the tablet space. It’s not an “iPad killer” by any stretch, but it certainly gives someone who doesn’t want a 10-inch tablet an alternative that worth looking at. And we’re pretty sure this is only the start of Google’s Nexus tablet goals…last_img read more


Smart toilet security flaw could leave you with a soggy bottomSmart toilet security flaw could leave you with a soggy bottom

first_imgWitness the next great theater of battle in the modern cyberwar: the toilet. Because of a bit of sloppy coding, anyone within pairing range of your Satis ultra-high-tech human waste handling system could hijack it and cause untold mayhem.Inax, the company that makes the Satis, chose to hard code a Bluetooth pin into the Android smartphone app that controls the toilet. That means anyone who’s nearby and bangs in 0000 (a Bluetooth standby) when attempting to pair can gain access to its control functions.What sort of mischief could an attacker cause? There isn’t much the Satis can’t do. A rogue device paired with a vulnerable unit could make it open and close at will, play music from an installed SD card, activate the integrated Sharp Plasmacluster air purifier, or switch the in-bowl light off and on.Pretty harmless stuff… but it could run up your energy bill or surprise the heck out of you in the middle of the night. But the Satis app also controls the toilet’s water pressure settings and bidet feature.Theoretically, then, an evildoer could wait until you’re seated comfortably and relaxing to a little bathroom Bach and then remotely engage a watery attack from below. It’s not quite as bad as King Edmund II getting stabbed by a viking while doing his business, but it’s still an unpleasant prospect.The entry-level Satis sells for around $4,200, and at that price you’d think that Inax could afford to pay for a bit of penetration testing and hardening. Then again, you may never have considered that 1) a toilet could be hijacked and 2) that anyone would actually want to do this.Unless, of course, you’re hoping to re-enact the bathroom scene from Ace Ventura with an unsuspecting party guest at your fancy Malibu beach house.last_img read more


Dartmouth Square dispute features in finale of land documentaryDartmouth Square dispute features in finale of land documentary

first_img Short URL By Gráinne Ní Aodha Share Tweet Email1 13,491 Views Source: TG4/Crá sa Chré Dec 4th 2016, 8:10 AM Sunday 4 Dec 2016, 8:10 AMcenter_img Dartmouth Square dispute features in finale of land documentary “The Irish lose any sense they have when it comes to land,” is one of the many theories offered. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article People invest something of themselves in the land, that it’s tied to them. And the worse that gets, then the game can get very dirty indeed.While perhaps the most extreme insight of all, is this dialogue from the stubborn Bull McCabe of john B Keane’s The Field: Bull McCabe: There’s another law, stronger than the common law.Father Doran: What’s that?Bull McCabe: The law of the land.TG4′s The Field/ Crá sa Chré airs a repeat of the series’ final episode this Sunday at 9. Source: Park Films/YouTubeRead: Ryan Tubridy welcomes TV3′s ‘teaser’ Toy Show ahead of tonight’s Late LateRead: Fawlty Towers actor Andrew Sachs dies at age of 86 3 Comments One of the great Irish myths was that there was a particularly unique bond when it came to the family. But you can be absolutely sure that what might rupture those bonds are disputes over land.”- Diarmuid Ferriter, Professor of Modern Irish History.But TG4′s documentary The Field or ‘Crá sa Chré’, has been examining what exactly makes the Irish – as legal correspondent Orla O’Donnell says – “lose any sense they have” when it comes to land.In the final episode of the six-part series which airs tonight, the series focuses on cases between neighbours where the land between them moved them to legal action.One of the cases featured in tonight’s episode is a fight between the owner of a Dublin park and the neighbours surrounding that park for how it should be used. Source: TG4/Crá sa ChréWhen Noel O’Gara, a businessman from Athlone, succeeded in purchasing a two-acre park in Dartmouth Square for €10 million, he must’ve thought he’d a great bargain.“It was a public park. The nuns from Loreto on the Green used it as a PE place, and they gave it to the council about 22 years before Noel O’Gara got it,” says a former resident of Dartmouth, Peter O’Brien.When the lease lapsed, Noel O’Gara seized the opportunity and bought the square, but he didn’t do anything with it immediately.“And then, on the first day of summer holidays, the square suddenly had locks on it, and nobody knew why.” Source: TG4/Crá sa Chré“It started there – this dark energy comes into the square.”The neighbours and residents of the area, decided to document what began to happen to the square from that moment on – now the park, which is still locked up, is seen to be overgrown, graffiti drawn on its stone pillars, and rubbish strewn in certain areas.“We’ve been living here for quite some time, the park was very much part of that experience and it’s been a mess for the past two and a half years since Noel O’Gara bought it and closed it down,” says another resident.On the other side of the debate is Noel O’Gara himself. Noel O’Gara (chequered shirt), explains his side to presenter Pilib Mac Cathmhaoil. Source: TG4/Crá sa ChréSpeaking to presenter Pilib Mac Cathmhaoil, O’Gara said that his plan was to turn the piece of land into a car park, but was blocked by legal action taken by the residents.“It made me realise that the way the planning laws have perverted and distorted the property business in Ireland.”So he started using the park for other uses – a tile market, among other things.Councillor Ruairi McGinley disagrees, saying that it is up to public representatives to ensure that places like this park are maintained on behalf of the residents.The council offered him 100,000 for the park, but O’Gara refused, saying “even as a car park it’s worth a couple of hundred million”.In the end, O’Gara’s business went into receivership, the council bought the park back, and residents began a clean-up operation.When asked if he enjoyed the cat and mouse game with the council, O’Gara says he did, and that he doesn’t regret buying the park – going so far as to suggest that he still owns the park.McGinley and O’Brien dispute that claim, with the former saying that the only person who doesn’t understand that the council owns the land is Noel O’Gara.Film Director Jim Sheridan attempted to explain the obsession for land by saying that “…the famine produced the element of land being so important and people being so irrational over it”.Alan Titley, Emeritus Professor of modern Irish at University College Cork, gives an answer closer to Patrick Kavanagh’s The Great Hunger when he said:last_img read more


Get a headstart Monitor your phone use this weekGet a headstart Monitor your phone use this week

first_img Want more? Get this wellness series emailed to you every Friday this month: The first is to do it manually yourself, by writing down or logging digitally whenever you use your phone, for how long, and on which apps/sites.If that sounds like a lot of work, then – as you suspected – there’s an app for that.A few apps, in fact:Checky – Phone Habit Tracker (iOS)This just tracks how many times you’ve checked your smartphone, but not which apps you’re using. You can check in at any time and see how many times you’ve sneaked a peek at your phone.Break Free (iOS) (Android)This goes a step further and tells you not only how many times you’ve checked your phone, but how many minutes you spent on the apps you used.Moment (iOS)This tracks your phone usage and app usage. It also allows you to set daily limits, but don’t worry about that just now. The aim is just to monitor.Quality Time (Android) Apr 18th 2017, 12:50 PM Tell us how you’re getting on in the comments.Catch up with all of our Live A Better Life series so far> 16,212 Views What did we notice?Did we replace phone use with something else?Did it feel comfortable or uncomfortable? Get a headstart – Monitor your phone use this week The first key to bringing about change? Seeing what’s really going on. This app lets you monitor your phone usage, screen unlocks and your app usage. Like Moment, you can also schedule in tech breaks.Why monitoring?Habits guru Gretchen Rubin explains why the Strategy of Monitoring works in this video: Source: Gretchen Rubin/YouTube“What research shows, is that even if people aren’t specifically trying to change a behaviour, if they monitor that behaviour they tend to do a better job of it – whether it’s exercising, eating healthfully… there’s something about monitoring that helps us change in the right direction,” she says.As she points out:It’s very easy to kid yourself, and not realise exactly what you’re doing.She uses it as one of her Pillars of Habits, alongside the Strategies of Foundation, Scheduling, and Accountability.(Want to learn more about her approach to habits? You’ll find them all in her book Better Than Before – this isn’t an ad, but a tip from someone who’s read it.)The main takeaway from today is that if we want to bring about change, we need to realise how we’re really using our phone.Psychologist Mark Smyth told us that some of our behaviour has to do with the fact that phones are just part of life these days, and that manufacturers continue to come up with ways to keep them in our hands.“I think they are almost predicting what could be the issues,” he said. “If we are told we cannot function without [phones] we internalise it into our own belief system.” This means that when we can’t be without our phone, “automatically that will increase our anxiety levels”.But he says that using phones for everything can have negative impacts, such as on our ”problem solving skills and ability to work out solutions”.These “have become a little bit diluted because of phones” he said. “Rather than ask a friend or go off and do research – let’s ask Google. We don’t have time to even work out maths, we slip up the calculators on our phones and use them.”This series isn’t about going back to the abacus, but in monitoring our phone use this week, we can ask ourselves some questions: Share Tweet Email3 center_img Short URL 12 Comments Tuesday 18 Apr 2017, 12:50 PM By Aoife Barry HOW DO YOU feel after yesterday’s quiz?Happy about your phone use? Disappointed? Annoyed? Or feel neutral?There’s no right way to feel about it. This week we’re just getting our heads around how we use our phone, before we start to make major changes.Today, we’re going to start monitoring our phone use.Why?So we can really see how much we’re using our phones, and which apps we’re using the most. The results might surprise you, or reinforce what you already suspected.We’re asking you to monitor your phone use for the rest of the week. Then, on Friday, we’ll look back at how we got on.How to monitor Source: Shutterstock/AmazingmikaelThere are a few ways to do this. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more


Banning laptops on flights was prompted by credible reports of potential ISBanning laptops on flights was prompted by credible reports of potential IS

first_img 17 Comments By AFP 9,609 Views Mar 22nd 2017, 1:32 PM Image: Shutterstock/ImYanis Wednesday 22 Mar 2017, 1:32 PM Short URL Share31 Tweet Email3 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article THE NEW US and UK ban on large electronic devices in the cabins of flights from certain airports has come in as part of a “substantiated” and “credible” threat from the Islamic State group, according to sources quotes by ABC News.Fresh intelligence had indicated that IS was in the process of developing methods to smuggle electronics loaded with explosives onto a US-bound flight.The ban on items such as laptops, tablets, e-readers, cameras and electronic devices larger than a smartphone, was announced yesterday with airports in Morocco, Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates among those affected.The US has given nine airlines from eight countries until the weekend to tell travelers to America to pack these devices in their hold luggage.No US carriers are affected, but the ban hits passengers on approximately 50 flights per day from the busiest hubs in the Arab world and the three Gulf carriers that recently emerged as giants: Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways.Eric Swalwell, from the US House Intelligence Committee, told ABC News: “We know that our adversaries, terrorist groups in the United States and outside the United States, seek to bring down a US-bound airliner.That’s one of their highest value targets. And we’re doing everything we can right now to prevent that from happening.“Evaluated intelligence”US officials would not say how long the ban would last, but the Dubai-based Emirates airline told AFP that it had been instructed to enforce it until at least 14 October.“The restrictions are in place due to evaluated intelligence and we think it’s the right thing to do and the right places to do it to secure the safety of the traveling public,” a senior US official said.The US officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, refused to discuss the “intelligence information” that led the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to issue the order.But one said concerns had been “heightened by several successful events and attacks on passenger lanes and airports over the last years.”The US official would not go into detail about which attacks had raised fears, but one cited an incident from February of last year in which suspected Somali Islamists blew a hole in the side of a Daallo Airlines passenger jet with a small device.Only the bomber was killed and the plane landed safely.“Evaluated intelligence indicates that terrorist groups continue to target commercial aviation and are aggressively pursuing innovative methods to undertake their attacks, to include smuggling explosive devices in various consumer items,” an official said.Tom Blank, a former head of security at TSA, told AFP: “This bears the mark of a response to some specific set of the intelligence data that has come to the attention of US authorities.”Airlines will be responsible for policing the cabin ban, and if they fail to do so, they could lose their rights to operate US routes.© – AFP, 2017With reporting from Sean MurrayRead: Now Canada’s considering a ban on large devices on Middle Eastern flightsRead: He called it ‘obsolete’, but Trump says he will reaffirm US commitment to Nato Image: Shutterstock/ImYanis Banning laptops on flights was prompted by ‘credible’ reports of potential IS attacks Affected airlines have until Saturday to implement the restrictions.last_img read more


Stepaside Garda Station to reopen after rise in crime since its closureStepaside Garda Station to reopen after rise in crime since its closure

first_img A 2013 protest against the closure. Tuesday 13 Jun 2017, 2:54 PM 12,916 Views TRANSPORT MINISTER SHANE Ross has confirmed that Stepaside Garda Station will reopen.Ross has made the reopening of the station a key plank of his local platform. It is one of 113 stations closed since 2011.The closure has led to years of protests in the south Dublin town of about 20,000, but closure was strongly defended by local TD and former Justice Minister Alan Shatter.In 2013, Shatter said:“The closure of the Stepaside Garda station will not result in a loss of Gardaí in the Stepaside area. The 34 Garda members currently stationed in Stepaside will be primarily based in Dundrum Garda Station with some also stationed in Blackrock station.”However, the Association of Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI) said in 2016 that crime was up in the area.Ross confirmed the reopening today on Twitter: Jun 13th 2017, 2:54 PM By Paul Hosford Source: Shane Ross/Twitter A 2013 protest against the closure. Image: Sam Boal/ Short URL 38 Comments Stepaside Garda Station to reopen after ‘rise in crime’ since its closure The closure has led to six years of protests in the south Dublin town of about 20,000. Congrats to all who worked so hard.— Shane Ross (@Shane_RossTD) June 13, 2017 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Fine Gael TD Josepha Madigan said the recommendation had come from the Garda Commissioner on the basis of population and crime trends.“It was reported last year that there was a 50% increase in burglaries recorded in the general environs of Stepaside since the closure of this Garda station, and with the growing population and an increased demographic, it is clear that this community needs a Garda station.“The Office of Public Works will now work with the gardaí on the refurbishment of the station.”Green Party Deputy Leader Catherine Martin welcomed the decision.“This is a very important first step in tackling the rise in crime in the Stepaside area which has occurred since the station closed. It will provide an important on-the-ground garda presence which will help deter crime and allow residents of the Stepaside and surrounding areas to feel safer in their homes and communities.”Read: Gardaí say crime in Stepaside is up and it’s time to reopen the station Share30 Tweet Email Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ielast_img read more


Five children feared dead in Brazil school shootingFive children feared dead in Brazil school shooting

first_imgFive children feared dead in Brazil school shooting Local media are reporting that at least eight people have been shot dead. 3 Comments Image: Google Maps The shootings took place at a school in Sao Paulo A SHOOTING AT a school near Sao Paulo has left several people dead, police sources said, with initial reports putting the death toll as high as eight.Sao Paulo’s state military police department told AFP that “several people were shot” when two assailants entered the institution in Suzano and opened fire.Military police Colonel Marcelo Sales has said that two assailants entered the school grounds in the early morning, armed with a .38 caliber revolver and a “medieval weapon that looked like a bow and arrows”.After shooting at students in the yard, the two men headed to the language centre where several pupils were hiding and “committed suicide in a corridor,” Sales said.Around 15 others were injured in the shooting, which took place at the Raul Brasil public school in Suzano, on the outskirts of Sao Paulo in the southeast of the country. Television pictures showed worried family members congregating outside the Raul Brasil school in the greater Sao Paulo area, alongside firefighters and security services.The attack took place at around 9.30am during a recess period for some students, authorities said.© AFP 2019 The shootings took place at a school in Sao Paulo Image: Google Maps Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img Mar 13th 2019, 2:33 PM Wednesday 13 Mar 2019, 2:33 PM By AFP 9,362 Views Short URL Share30 Tweet Email last_img read more


New broadcast time for 2010 Ethnic Business Awards Gala Presentation DinnerNew broadcast time for 2010 Ethnic Business Awards Gala Presentation Dinner

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The second broadcast of the 2010 Ethnic Business Awards Gala Presentation Dinner will be televised on SBS Two on Wednesday, November 24, from 9:30pm to 11:30pm. The first broadcast of the 2010 Ethnic Business Awards Gala Presentation Dinner was televised on SBS One yesterday (Sunday). It was previously advised that the second broadcast would be televised on Thursday, November 25, however SBS has changed the scheduling. last_img


Greek variety show starts in MelbourneGreek variety show starts in Melbourne

first_imgChannel 31 is set to launch a new Greek variety show called GR-TV this Monday with Nick Missailidis and Theologia Preece as hosts of this half-hour. GR-TV stands for Greek TV – a variety show that will be filmed live from festivals, people’s home, bars and clubs. “Myself and Theologia Preece were working on 3XY for 14 years and we were offered a Greek variety show on Channel 31, said Missailidis to Neos Kosmos, “and we took it.” Channel 31 first approached Mr Missailidis and Ms Preece to create a variety show about Greek nightlife to appeal to third generation Greek Australians. The aim being to highlight Greek nightlife, the vibrant cultural scene and get the younger generation involved in Greek culture. Missailidis said that Greeks in Australia run the risk of losing their heritage and this show will make sure that it doesn’t happen. “Most third generation Greeks can’t speak the language, they don’t go to Greek nights and they don’t know who the Greek singers are, they don’t listen to the music. We don’t want to lose that Greek spirit,” Mr Missailidis said. He went on to say that the program will assist third generation Greeks to “Go to Greek school, learn Greek, mix with Greeks and listen to Greek music.” Your roots don’t need to be purely Greek to be part of this show. Co-host Theologia Preece is Greek and Irish/Welsh. She speaks fluent Greek and loves the Greek language, according to Mr Missailidis. Starting from June 10, GR-TV will have a live audience, in a similar fashion to the Rove show. Missailidis told Neos Kosmos that this will be a perfect way to highlight Greek celebrities. Mr Missailidis said the show will “have Greek bands, introduce local singers, have comedy sketches and theatre. “We can feature all sorts of Greek celebrities, from sport stars to finance, to promoters to business – we want to know about it and we want to interview them,” he added. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


Detective apologises for Mokbel bungleDetective apologises for Mokbel bungle

first_imgThe police officer who headed the Purana task force has apologized to the Victorian Supreme Court and Victoria for not swearing affidavits under oath at Tony Mobkel’s change of plea hearing on Monday. Retired detective-inspector Jim O’Brien told the court that it was “accepted practice” to not swear in affidavits and said that some officers simply signed them instead. Detective Senior Sergeant Dale Flynn told the Victorian Supreme Court on Tuesday that it was common practice to sign in affidavits, and believed when he was signing in affidavits for the Mokbel case that he was following correct procedure. Mokbel has recently changed his plea from guilty to not guilty for trafficking a large amount of methyl amphetamine, after another case ruled the unsworn affidavits as inadmissible. Mokbel’s lawyers are trying to prove that the affidavits in Mokbel’s case were incorrectly obtained, rendering the search warrants gained invalid. Affidavits are used to gain search warrants, surveillance approval and other investigative tools. Mokbel is said to be the mastermind behind the Melbourne amphetamine trade as part of the gangland war alongside Carl Williams. Mokbel disappeared from Melbourne when he was on trial in 2006 and fled to Greece where he was arrested by Athens police in June 2007. He was extradited to Australia in 2008, and has been imprisoned since, awaiting trial. The lady who assisted in Mokbel’s flee to Greece received a minimum two year and three month sentence by the Victorian Supreme Court earlier this month. 60-year-old Foula Pantazis, who is married to one of Mokbel’s close associates, was involved in the group who organised the yacht that he used to flee Australia, and also allowed him to use her Greek bank account to fund his life on the run. She was said to have arranged the lease on the apartment in Greece which became his home and organised for her sister to deliver money and clothes to an associate in Athens for him. She was with him the day he was arrested in Athens. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


Syria refuses to allow aid into HomsSyria refuses to allow aid into Homs

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Syria has again refused to allow aid into the destroyed suburb of Homs amid mounting evidence of human rights abuses, including the torture of victims at a hospital inside the city. A defiant President Bashar al-Assad said this week he was determined to go on fighting what he called “foreign-backed terrorism”. “The Syrian people, who have in the past managed to crush foreign plots … have again proven their ability to defend the nation and to build a new Syria through their determination to pursue reforms while confronting foreign-backed terrorism,” he said, according to the state news agency Sana. State television claimed residents were now slowly returning on foot to Baba Amr. It showed men, women and children trudging past ruined and bullet-marked buildings. There was also footage of a cramped tunnel which Damascus says was used to smuggle arms.last_img read more


International campaign aim to bring Parthenon Marbles homeInternational campaign aim to bring Parthenon Marbles home

first_imgWith the London Olympics mere weeks away, it is only fitting that the ancient origins of the international festival is brought to attention. International organisations advocating for the ancient Parthenon Marbles have announced they will launch an international discussions on the long-awaited and much-debated reunification of the Parthenon Marbles. The three organisations from the UK, USA and Australia launched the event to coincide with the opening of the new Acropolis Museum in Athens. The Parthenon, or the Temple of Athena, is highly regarded for its representation of the period of Greek civilisation’s between 447 to 432 BC, a period when politics, philosophy, architecture and literature was blooming in the region. Having been the witness of many wars, being transformed into a church, then mosque, and later as a gunpowder storage, the Temple was later robbed of its intricately chiselled marble features by Lord Elgin, British Ambassador to Constantinople, in the late 18th century. The missing marbles have not been returned to its home ever since. Titled ‘The Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles’, the international colloquy aims to encourage an open dialogue to bring the Parthenon Temple’s missing parts back home. While the main event will be held in London’s Hellenic Centre’s there are plans to record and stream the proceedings online following the event for a global audience. As part of efforts to educate the public, those attending the two-day colloquy in June will go on a planned organised trip to the British Museum, and take part in the launch of the ‘MISSING’ global awareness campaign, aimed at generating support for the campaign online and through global events. The colloquy will be held 19 June 2012, at the London Hellenic Centre, 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. For more information visit, Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


Tsipras calls for referendum on Cypriot bailoutTsipras calls for referendum on Cypriot bailout

first_imgSYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras called for Cypriots to have a say on their future in a referendum, a proposal that drew the coalition government’s immediate condemnation.“The Cypriot people and the people of Europe should have the final choice in deciding their futures,” said Tsipras, who has been highly critical of the government’s stance on Cyprus during the last two weeks.“Mr Tsipras, with his irresponsible policies, believes that he can tell the Cypriot people what they should do,” said government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou.Despite the friction between the government and SYRIZA over the issues, Tsipras appeared to be on the same wavelength with PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos this week, when both politicians expressed concern about the implications of the Cypriot bailout.“The Eurogroup’s decision represents a change of strategy that is symptomatic of the dead end the European leadership finds itself in, which is leading to self-destructive decisions for Southern European countries and the whole eurozone,” said Tsipras, who met with the leadership of the European Left in Athens.Venizelos said the handling of the Cypriot crisis was tantamount to “bringing down the foundations of European integration and the common currency.” He added that it was wrong to blame just Germany. “France also fully supported the German position on these issues,” the PASOK leader said.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


Government MPs to back multibillGovernment MPs to back multibill

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The likelihood of a major parliamentary rebellion, which could even put the coalition government at risk of losing Sunday’s vote on the bill of reforms that is to encompass the recent agreement with the troika, appeared to diminish on Thursday. This was the result of lengthy talks between members of the government and Members of Parliament.It is believed that the talks had resulted in most government MPs, including Alternate Agricultural Development Minister Maximos Harakopoulos, dropping their objections to the multi-bill, including the contentious provisions on the shelf life of milk.Prime Minister Antonis Samaras appeared upbeat after talks with Deputy Prime Minister Evangelos Venizelos. The New Democracy leader said that voting the bill through would be part of a process that would lead to Greece exiting the troika’s supervision and the crisis. “All of the country’s successes have been recognized, there will be no more austerity and, most importantly, we have maintained all our red lines,” he said in reference to last week’s agreement with the troika, which formed the basis for the reforms included in the multi-bill.“This is the only thing that counts today and nobody can dispute it. Our MPs know this. They are responsible and have already shown it,” added Samaras. Venizelos insisted that the government had “everything under control” even though eight MPs had suggested they would oppose the legislation.SYRIZA blasted the would-be legislation as a precursor to a fresh bailout and new round of austerity. The main opposition party said the multi-bill was based on the principles of “internal devaluation, medieval labor laws, the destruction of social security funds, the recapitalization of banks and favoring major multinational interests.” Source: ekathimerinilast_img read more


LAfssaps recommande de suspendre lutilisation du vaccin Rotarix®LAfssaps recommande de suspendre lutilisation du vaccin Rotarix®

first_imgL’Afssaps recommande de suspendre l’utilisation du vaccin Rotarix®Europe – L’Agence française de sécurité sanitaire des produits de santé (Afssaps) recommande au personnel de santé de ne pas inoculer à la population le vaccin contre les gastro-entérites Rotarix par mesure de précaution. La présence d’un fragment d’ADN viral a été découverte dans des lots de vaccins distribués aux États-Unis.Les laboratoires GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals, qui fabriquent le vaccin Rotarix en Europe et aux États-Unis, ont informé l’Agence européenne du médicament de la présence de fragments d’ADN d’un circovirus porcin de type 1.  La question a ensuite été discutée le 25 mars lors d’une session extraordinaire du Comité des médicaments à usage humain (CHMP) où se réunissaient l’Agence européenne du médicament (EMA), l’agence américaine FDA (Food and drug administration) et l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS).  Le circovirus porcin de type 1 étant un virus souvent présent dans certains produits alimentaires comme la viande, le CHMP a estimé que sa présence dans les lots de vaccins ne représentait pas de risque pour la santé publique. Le laboratoire concerné doit cependant fournir rapidement un complément d’informations concernant l’origine de cette contamination. Fin avril 2010, une nouvelle réunion sera tenue afin de discuter des nouvelles données apportées.Le 29 mars 2010 à 13:09 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more