iOS Devices Foursquare Google TV to be big malware targets in 2011

first_img2011 is set to be a dire year for security, if McAfee‘s most recent report is to be believed: the company’s security experts think that Apple‘s line-up of iOS devices alongside other mobile devices and geolocation services like Foursquare will be the big targets for 2011.“The popularity of iPads and iPhones in business environments,” McAfee suggests, “combined with the lack of user understanding of proper security for these devices, will increase the risk for data and identity exposure, and will make Apple botnets and Trojans a common occurrence.”AdChoices广告McAfee believes that iOS devices will no longer be ignored by creators of malware and viruses, thanks to the line’s popularity. They also think the AppleTV and other set-top boxes like Rokus and Google TV are vulnerable to being harnessed as botnet systems.As for Foursquare and similar services like Facebook Places, McAfee reckons they could be used to create targeted attacks. McAfee thinks state-funded attacks like those launched by the Chinese against Gmail will also be a common occurrence in 2011. Should be fun!Press ReleaseMcAfee Labs Predicts Geolocation, Mobile Devices and Apple Will Top the List of Targets for Emerging Threats in 2011McAfee Researchers Also Foresee Attackers Targeting Shortened URL Services and Internet TV Platforms; Increase in Politically Motivated HacktivisimSANTA CLARA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– McAfee, Inc. (NYSE:MFE) today unveiled its 2011 Threat Predictions report, outlining the top threats that researchers at McAfee Labs foresee for the coming year. The list comprises 2010′s most buzzed about platforms and services, including Google’s Android, Apple’s iPhone, foursquare, Google TV and the Mac OS X platform, which are all expected to become major targets for cybercriminals. McAfee Labs also predicts that politically motivated attacks will be on the rise, as more groups are expected to repeat the WikiLeaks paradigm.“We’ve seen significant advancements in device and social network adoption, placing a bulls-eye on the platforms and services users are embracing the most,” said Vincent Weafer, senior vice president of McAfee Labs. “These platforms and services have become very popular in a short amount of time, and we’re already seeing a significant increase in vulnerabilities, attacks and data loss.”McAfee Labs Threat Predictions for 2011:Exploiting Social Media: URL-shortening servicesSocial media sites such as Twitter and Facebook have created the movement toward an “instant” form of communication, a shift that will completely alter the threat landscape in 2011. Of the social media sites that will be most riddled with cybercriminal activity, McAfee Labs expects those with URL-shortening services will be at the forefront. The use of abbreviated URLs on sites like Twitter makes it easy for cybercriminals to mask and direct users to malicious websites. With more than 3,000 shortened URLs per minute being generated, McAfee Labs expects to see a growing number used for spam, scamming and other malicious purposes.Exploiting Social Media: Geolocation servicesLocative services such as foursquare, Gowalla and Facebook Places can easily search, track and plot the whereabouts of friends and strangers. In just a few clicks, cybercriminals can see in real time who is tweeting, where they are located, what they are saying, what their interests are, and what operating systems and applications they are using. This wealth of personal information on individuals enables cybercriminals to craft a targeted attack. McAfee Labs predicts that cybercriminals will increasingly use these tactics across the most popular social networking sites in 2011.Mobile: Usage is rising in the workplace, and so will attacksThreats on mobile devices have so far been few and far between, as “jailbreaking” on the iPhone and the arrival of Zeus were the primary mobile threats in 2010. With the widespread adoption of mobile devices in business environments, combined with historically fragile cellular infrastructure and slow strides toward encryption, McAfee Labs predicts that 2011 will bring a rapid escalation of attacks and threats to mobile devices, putting user and corporate data at very high risk.Apple: No longer flying under the radarHistorically, the Mac OS platform has remained relatively unscathed by malicious attackers, but McAfee Labs warns that Mac-targeted malware will continue to increase in sophistication in 2011. The popularity of iPads and iPhones in business environments, combined with the lack of user understanding of proper security for these devices, will increase the risk for data and identity exposure, and will make Apple botnets and Trojans a common occurrence.Applications: Privacy leaks—from your TVNew Internet TV platforms were some of the most highly-anticipated devices in 2010. Due to the growing popularity among users and “rush to market” thinking by developers, McAfee Labs expects an increasing number of suspicious and malicious apps for the most widely deployed media platforms, such as Google TV. These apps will target or expose privacy and identity data, and will allow cybercriminals to manipulate a variety of physical devices through compromised or controlled apps, eventually raising the effectiveness of botnets.Sophistication Mimics Legitimacy: Your next computer virus could be from a friendMalicious content disguised as personal or legitimate emails and files to trick unsuspecting victims will increase in sophistication in 2011. “Signed” malware that imitates legitimate files will become more prevalent, and “friendly fire,” in which threats appear to come from your friends but in fact are viruses such as Koobface or VBMania, will continue to grow as an attack of choice by cybercriminals. McAfee Labs expects these attacks will go hand in hand with the increased abuse of social networks, which will eventually overtake email as a leading attack vector.Botnets: The new face of Mergers & AcquisitionsBotnets continue to use a seemingly infinite supply of stolen computing power and bandwidth around the globe. Following a number of successful botnet takedowns, including Mariposa, Bredolab and specific Zeus botnets, botnet controllers must adjust to the increasing pressure cybersecurity professionals are placing on them. McAfee Labs predicts that the recent merger of Zeus with SpyEye will produce more sophisticated bots due to improvements in bypassing security mechanisms and law enforcement monitoring. Additionally, McAfee Labs expects to see a significant botnet activity in the adoption of data-gathering and data-removal functionality, rather than the common use of sending spam.Hacktivism: Following the WikiLeaks pathNext year marks a time in which politically motivated attacks will proliferate and new sophisticated attacks will appear. More groups will repeat the WikiLeaks example, as hacktivism is conducted by people claiming to be independent of any particular government or movement, and will become more organized and strategic by incorporating social networks in the process. McAfee Labs believes hacktivism will become the new way to demonstrate political positions in 2011 and beyond.Advanced Persistent Threats: A whole new categoryOperation Aurora gave birth to the new category of advanced persistent threat (APT)— a targeted cyberespionage or cybersabotage attack that is carried out under the sponsorship or direction of a nation-state for something other than pure financial/criminal gain or political protest. McAfee Labs warns that companies of all sizes that have any involvement in national security or major global economic activities should expect to come under pervasive and continuous APT attacks that go after email archives, document stores, intellectual property repositories and other databases.For a full copy of the 2011 Threat Predictions report from McAfee Labs, please visit: http://www.mcafee.comlast_img read more

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Geek proposes to fiancé by creating fake Harry Potter 7 app

first_imgWe’ve seen a good amount of geeky marriage proposals in the past. A popular and geeky way to surprise your fiancé is by popping the question via video game. We’ve guys hack Super Mario Bros., Chrono Trigger, and Earthbound, to name a few. One romantic dude recently decided to propose by creating an app using Android’s App Inventor.Jon Hodgson posted a step by step walk through of the app. His girlfriend naively thought it was a Harry Potter 7 quiz app. When opened, it tells the user that it’s a promotion for Harry Potter fans to get free tickets to see the new movie on opening night. The app itself looks pretty authentic; Hodgson even put in the legal page that every official app has to have. He translated part of the legal terms into Spanish which states that to be eligible for the “Grand Prize,” the user must live in New Jersey and the CRC32 of the user’s first name, last name and birthday have to match that of his fiancée Meghan’s.AdChoices广告There are four pretty standard quiz questions that only Harry Potter fans would know, but the fifth question is when things start to heat up. Question No. 5 pops the question and gives Meghan the chance to choose yes or no.So what would have happen if she were to say no? A screen would come up saying “Oh no! You killed Dumbedore” with an illustration from The PotterPuffs. Thankfully, she said yes. When she did, the app automatically texted Hodgson with his future-bride’s answer. He then took out the actual ring to seal the deal.If I was his girlfriend, I would have a hard time containing my excitement to  continue onto to the “Next” button. However, the app goes on to another screen with a picture of Ginny and Harry from the last movie kissing, along with a corresponding paragraph from that part in the book. How romantic.Check out the video below to learn more about App Inventor for Android from Google Labs.Read more at Jonq.com and App Inventorlast_img read more

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Master Chief goes to college to sell Windows PCs

first_imgI recall my initial tour of the University of Kentucky campus to be a pretty dry affair. There was a a lot of walking and some mildly interesting facts muttered about the names lettered onto various buildings.One thing that was definitely missing from my tour was a uniformed UNSC Spartan from Halo. That has a lot to do with the fact that the original Xbox wasn’t even a daydream back in 1994, but I still feel like I got the shaft after watching Microsoft’s latest promo spot.AdChoices广告The clever 30-second clip (which you can watch below) features the Spartan getting dinged in the helmet by an inaccurate frisbee toss. His return fling is a tad overpowered, and mild hilarity ensues.It’s all about creating more buzz for Microsoft’s back-to-school promotion, which offers up a free 4GB Xbox 360 console to any student who purchases a Windows PC priced $699 or higher. The offer is valid until September 3, 2011 in the U.S. and Canada, and while the 4GB of storage may have you saying “meh,” it’s still about a $200 throw-in. Apple’s only waving a $100 gift certificate for the App Store,  iTunes, and its other online offerings for a back-to-school deal.Sure, it would have been even cooler if our anonymous Spartan friend had rolled up in a Scorpion or bailed out of a passing Pelican, but at least you can daydream about sharing a dorm room with a guy who knows how to handle a gravity hammer.More at Windows Team Bloglast_img read more

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Firefox easily outperforms Chrome with many tabs open

first_imgWhen the Chrome web browser appeared from Google it was notable for two reasons: the rate of development and the speed of the browser. Chrome continues to see regular releases that push forward with new/better functionality as well as continuing to get faster. It is one of, if not the fastest browser available at the moment.However, when you start to scale that performance Chrome apparently falls flat on its face. What we are talking about here is having multiple tabs open, which is a very common practice today due to the amount of content we like to look at. It’s not uncommon to have a tab open for your email, another for your social network, and another loading a YouTube video or showing your Twitter stream. The list goes on.Chrome is great for general usage up to a certain point, but when you start opening a lot of tabs it can’t cope. It’s closest rival–Firefox, can though, and in fact excels at coping with hundreds of tabs.Gregor Wagner, a PhD student at the University of California, is a part-time contributor to the Firefox browser. He decided to do some performance tests on Chrome compared to Firefox with particular focus on having lots of tabs open and how that is handled in memory.To do this he used a script that opens 150 of the most popular websites in a browser instance automatically. One page is opened in a new tab every 1.5 seconds. On the latest Firefox nightly build that process takes roughly 6 minutes and 14 seconds. On Chrome, it’s a totally different story with the time escalating to 28 minutes and 55 seconds. That’s well over 4x slower than Firefox.Here’s his actual results:In fact, Wagner found that once you get past 70 tabs Chrome really starts to struggle. The reason seems to be down to the different way in which each browser handles data and tabs. Chrome uses a multi-process model where a new process is started on a per tab basis. Firefox takes a different route and has a single process running that handles all tab data.It seems that either through a bug or design issue Chrome doesn’t end up handling every new tab as a new process. Instead some processes can end up having to cope with multiple tabs and it’s also handled unevenly e.g. one process has 2 sites where as another has 20 sites.At 150 tabs open this leads Chrome to stop responding and max out memory use at 5GB. Firefox on the other hand only used 2GB of memory and continued to work under the same conditions.Whatever the reason for this happening in Chrome, if you are someone who always has a lot of tabs open–a researcher or tech blogger, for example, then you are better off using Firefox until Google have this issue fixed. However, up to a certain point, and probably for the majority of users, you aren’t going to experience this problem.Read more at Gregor Wagner’s bloglast_img read more

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Acer Iconia Tab A100 is the first 7inch Android 32 tablet up

first_imgWhile the market is already flush with 10-inch Android tablets, a new generation of scaled-down models have been looming for quite some time. Following in the footsteps of the BlackBerry PlayBook, these new Android tablets will arrive bearing 7 and 8-inch displays and Android 3.2, the Honeycomb update designed to make the tablet experience resolution-agnostic en route to Ice Cream Sandwich’s promised land of complete screen size independence. One of the first you’ll find on retail shelves in the U.S. is the brand new Acer Iconia Tab A100, a 7-incher sporting Android 3.2.So what else has Acer packed inside the slightly smaller A100? Pretty well the same internals you’d find in a 10″ Android tablet: a dual-core NVidia Tegra 2 processor running at 1GHz, 1GB RAM, 8 or 16GB of internal storage, 5MP front-facing (with autofocus and an LED flash) and 2MP rear-facing cameras, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, microSD expansion with support for cards up to 32GB, MicroHDMI and headphone output, digital compass, accelerometer, and a proprietary dock connector. The 7-inch display packs 1024×600 pixels and retail pricing for the A100 starts at around $329. Surprisingly, the 16GB version is listed at just $20 more — which looks like a mistake, noting what other Android tablet makers have been charging for boosted internal storage capacities.Acer is also bundling some pre-installed apps, including Flash Player 10.3 and Acer’s own LumiReader (for eBooks) and Social Jogger (for Twitter and Facebook). The A100’s front-facing camera can record 720P video at 30FPS, and the tablet is also DLNA capable, making it easy to stream your recordings to other certified devices.While the A100’s size and sub-one-pound weight make it a bit more portable, there’s a slight catch. It also sports a less capacious 1530mAh lithium polymer battery pack, rated for about 5 hours of use.via Slashgearlast_img read more

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Facebook has 800 million users adding 50 million every two months

first_imgYesterday’s f8 Facebook developer conference unveiled some interesting developments. Facebook’s getting a whole new profile layout called Timeline, and there’s also some pretty cool things happening with media integration. During Mark Zuckerberg’s keynote, the Facebook CEO happened to mention a little tidbit that we’ve been waiting to hear for the past few months.Saturday Night Live’s Andy Sandberg started the f8 keynote by pretending to be  Zuckerberg. He spewed out a lot of false information, for comedy’s sake, but one thing he did say, that is actually true, is that Facebook now has 800 million active users. Though Zuck didn’t actually confirm this during his keynote speech, a Facebook spokesperson did confirm the number with ZDNet. It was only back in June, we reported that Facebook had over 750 million users.As we reported last month, according to Google, Facebook is racking up 1 trillion page views a month. Google’s stats also state that the site actually has 870 million users. With all those page views, it’s safe to say that the site has more than 800 million users. Zuckerberg said that Facebook saw half a billion users log on to the site on Wednesday within 24 hours. That high number may be attributed to the fact that Facebook made a few changes, and users could have logged on just to see what was up.Facebook confirmed 750 million users in July, so if the site is able to get 50 million users every two months, it’s only a matter of time (8 months if that’s a constant) before the 1 billion total is reached.via ZDNetlast_img read more

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High speed robot takes slowmotion video to the next level

first_imgThere may be a reason to actually watch commercials on television again. That is, as long as they are created by “The Marmalade,” a German studio that has created a new high speed robot named “Spike” that is capable of capturing some mind-blowing slow motion shots.Traditionally, high speed video capture is done using a stationary camera that captures an event happening literally in the blink of an eye. When the footage is slowed down you are able to witness detail you wouldn’t otherwise get to see. While this method has created some high-quality visuals, The Marmalade realized the constraints of the technique as a limitation to creativity, and so sought out a way to break through the normal paradigm.Borrowing from the virtual cameras employed inside 3D modeling software, engineers for the studio set out to create a robot that could use the same methodology in the real world. The result was a robot that can move at virtually any speed desired and is driven by a custom piece of software that users can employ to dictate the robot’s movements on the fly. As you witnessed in the video above, Spike is capable of moving its camera in ways that reveal a totally novel way of looking at motion events in the real world.The effects that The Marmalade has come up with are so good that they are often mistaken for computer generated graphics. Indeed watching the trailer that the studio made it’s hard to believe that everything seen is something that actually happened.spike1spike1Spike robot and cameraspike3spike4spike5Read more at The Marmalade’s site via PetaPixellast_img read more

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The top ten games made possible by Kickstarter

first_imgEver since Double Fine announced their Kickstarter campaign, then met their goal in eight hours, then blew past their goal by almost $3 million, the fundraising site has been one of the biggest movements in gaming.Double Fine’s project certainly wasn’t the first game to show up on Kickstarter, but its wild success inspired a string of developers to seek funding directly from their audience. In a time when production costs have never been so high, Kickstarter lets developers work without fear of a financial bomb, while also letting die-hard fans be a part of the games they love.Looking at the top ten most funded Kickstarter games, you see lots of risks being taken, like old franchises being pulled out of retirement and young studios trying to make their first titles — and all of it is being made possible by backing from fans. Here’s a quick look at those top ten in reverse order, and what made each intriguing enough to meet its goal.Republique – $555,622 of $500,000 goalNote: Since this writing, Tex Murphy: Project Fedora has jumped to the #8 spot, pushing Republique out of the top ten.Half a million dollars may sound like a lot to develop a mobile game (and that’s only half the budget), but developer Camoflaj has big goals for their debut project: AAA quality, cutting edge graphics, real-time cinematics, and full voiceovers. Republique takes place in a 1984-style totalitarian state, where a trapped young woman named Hope makes a desperate phone call for help. Players must keep Hope alive (see what they did there?) by hacking into the nation’s surveillance system to scout her surroundings, slam doors on her pursuers, and call elevators so she can get around. The narrative setup should create some really gripping puzzles that combine communicating with Hope and manipulating her environment.Yogventures! – $567,665 of $250,000 goalAs you might guess from the name, Yogventures! is a project from the people behind the Yogscast YouTube channel. The team has spent a fair amount of time making videos in Minecraft, so it’s no surprise that their game is grounded in the idea of a vast, randomly generated, and highly shapeable world.So while you can expect to see the familiar Yogscast characters built in to Yogventures!, almost everything about the experience will be changeable and moddable. Yogscast and their partner Winterkewl Games are aiming to go beyond Minecraft’s blocky charm to a smoother, more stylized aesthetic, but without sacrificing all the exploring, building, and crafting of an open adventure world.Carmageddon: Reincarnation – $625,143 of $400,000 goalIn 1997, developer Stainless Games released the original Carmageddon, a violent vehicular combat game for the PC. The title was a financial success, and had a number of groundbreaking features, but when Stainless parted ways with their publisher they lost the rights to it. Since then the company has been focusing on creating downloadable titles like Risk: Factions and Magic: The Gathering – Duels of the Planeswalkers, but recently they reacquired the rights to Carmageddon and are eager to bring it back.Carmageddon: Reincarnation is already under development, and it’s a complete reboot of everything players loved about the original — just with 15 years worth of graphics and physics engine improvements.Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards: Reloaded – $655,182 of $500,000 goalContinuing the “modern remake of a once-popular but long-abandoned game series” trend, developer Replay Games is rebooting the sexually-themed Leisure Suit Larry franchise, backed by creator Al Lowe and a number of the original developers.No longer constrained by the whims of a publisher, Replay is hoping to remake the original game with not only updated 2D graphics, but also more jokes, more puzzles, and animated cutscenes. The game’s classic point-and-click stylings should be a natural fit for the mobile platforms it’s planned for.The Banner Saga – $723,886 of $100,000 goalThe Banner Saga’s most obvious virtue is its gorgeous hand-drawn aesthetic and motion-captured animations, but it’s got a lot going for it beyond the visuals. The studio behind the game was founded by three former Star Wars: The Old Republic developers, who aspire (as you might expect from that pedigree) to tell a deep, mature story full of meaningful decisions and consequences. It also doesn’t hurt that the game’s score is being composed by Austin Wintory, who’s gotten a lot of praise for his work on the PSN-exclusive Journey.Zombicide – $781,597 of $20,000 goalThe Left4Dead games proved that zombies bring people together, even when tearing them apart. Zombicide takes that idea and drops it onto the tabletop, where 1-6 players control a group of survivors working together in urban environments. But unlike the Left4Dead games, Zombicide isn’t just about pushing forward and occasionally holding your ground; sometimes players will need to go on the offensive and take the fight to the undead, giving the gameplay a natural ebb and flow.The game’s comic book visual style is rounded out by some very detailed miniatures, which include multiple variations for even basic zombie types — a nice touch.Ogre – $923,680 of $20,000 goalIf you play board/card games on a regular basis, you’re probably familiar with Steve Jackson games, or at least their popular Munchkin series. So why does such a successful developer need a Kickstarter campaign? The company is looking to honor Steve’s first design, the futuristic war game Ogre, with a massive 14-pound “Designer’s Edition.”Since the new release will be expensive to produce, the company used the Kickstarter as a way to gauge interest and sell pre-orders, something they normally don’t do. Thanks to getting enough donations to meet their stretch goals, Steve Jackson Games announced that they’ll be able to double the originally planned play area.Shadowrun Returns – $1,836,447 of $400,000 goalThe cyberpunk/fantasy world of Shadowrun has appeared on a wide variety of platforms over the years, but it started life as a pen-and-paper RPG designed by Jordan Weisman in 1989. Now Weisman and his new company, Harebrained Schemes, are planning to bring the franchise back once more, this time to PCs, Macs, and tablets.Despite the modern platforms, Harebrained wants the game to do right by the original version and its fans. The turn-based gameplay will allow players to get the most out of the four character types (Street Samurai, Combat Mages, Hackers/Deckers, and Shaman), each of which have a different view of the world’s magical/technological overlappings. The developers also plan to release their level editor when the game launches, ensuring that Shadowrun Returns is a place where anyone can tell a story.Wasteland 2 – $2,933,252 of $900,000 goalBefore there was Fallout, there was Wasteland, the 1998 post-apocalyptic RPG that inspired it. But unlike Bethesda’s recent first-person takes on Fallout, inXile entertainment wants to revisit Wasteland while holding to the game’s top-down, turn-based, party-based tactical roots.Old hands from the original game and the first two Fallout titles are on board to make sure Wasteland 2 is a faithful exercise: Brian Fargo, executive producer of both Wasteland and Fallout; Alan Pavlish and Mike Stackpole, Wasteland’s primary designers; and Mark Morgan, who composed the music for Fallout 1 and 2.Double Fine Adventure – $3,336,371 of $400,000 goalComing full circle, the project that really got the ball rolling on using Kickstarter to fund game development remains at the top of the list with $3.3 million. Since the working title Double Fine Adventure is fairly nondescript, we know less about this game than any of the other top ten. But to fans of classic point-and-click adventure games, the only two development details that matter are Ron Gilbert and Tim Schafer — two LucasArts veterans who know the genre as well as anyone in the business.Whatever Double Fine Adventure turns out to be, expect it to be something special, but ultimately its legacy will be sparking a trend that gave many other games a chance at success.last_img read more

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Samsung Galaxy S Blaze Q brings full QWERTY Android to TMobile August

first_imgAndroid OEMs have always had a knack for selecting clunky, awkward names for their phones, and the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze Q looks set to carry on that tradition on T-Mobile’s airwaves. Based on the AccuWeather widget shown in the press image, it looks as though the new QWERTY slider may be arriving in just  a couple of days.Specs haven’t been officially revealed yet, though there’s some speculation that the Blaze Q may be a QWERTY-fied version of the Epic Touch 4G %displayPrice% at %seller% with upgraded internals. Rather than a 1.2GHz dual-core chip and an 800 x 480 display, for example, the Blaze Q is expected to ship with a 1.5GHz dual-core and a 720p display.Samsung may use one if its own chips, too, though probably the Exynos 4212 and not the new Exynos 5250 superchip. As for the display, there’s reason to question whether Samsung will be able to push the resolution that high. With all that extra bezel, it’s unlikely that the display will stretch more than four inches. Samsung has yet to use a 720p panel below four and a half inches, so this would either be its first — or the Blaze Q will be sporting a lower-resolution display when it arrives.Other anticipated features include 16GB of internal storage, 1GB of RAM, a rear-facing camera that can capture full 1080p video, HSPA+ support, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich — which means you’ll need to wait patiently for an OTA update to Jelly Bean if you decide to pick up the Blaze Q.More at TMo Newslast_img read more

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Logitech introduces G710 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

first_imgLogitech has today announced its latest keyboard in a bid to grab the attention and dollars of gamers. It’s called the G710+, and promises to offer a very high speed, yet quiet typing experience.The quiet feature is being pointed out because this is a mechanical keyboard, which are historically quite loud. However, Logitech wants to make it clear the G710+ has the benefits of a mechanical keyboard without the associated noise. This is due to the inclusion of a dampening ring as part of every key.This keyboard is going to last a long time as it has a key cycle life of 50 million keystrokes. That should see you through many years of gaming or general typing for that matter. The quiet, long-lasting keys are also complimented by media controls and 6 G-keys down the left hand side, which are programmable. Combined with 3 modes, it allows you to record 18 different functions.At $150 it’s certainly not a cheap keyboard, but Logitech has included a range of other features to entice a purchase.The G710+ has a 26-key rollover, meaning you can press up to 26 keys at the same time and they will all register — more than you will ever need. The keys are also backlit making it easier to play in a dark environment, and you can control the level of lighting for the WASD and arrow keys independently to make them stand out. It’s just a shame you can’t control this for any given set of keys.Logitech’s new entry into the gaming keyboard market has to be compared to the recently reviewed Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 2013 mechanical keyboard. Razer’s keyboard is $125, has 20 levels of backlight intensity, and allows you to plug headphones, a microphone, and USB devices directly into it. So the G710+ is going to be a hard sell at a price point $25 higher.More at Logitechlast_img read more

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Following 800 poor reviews Amazon stops selling download copies of SimCity

first_imgIn what must be a big blow for EA and Maxis, Amazon has stopped selling download copies of the just released SimCity. The game has at time of writing received 833 reviews on Amazon, and has an average rating of just one star. That’s because 740 of those are one star reviews. Only 20 people gave it 5 stars. There’s few better ways to gauge how a game has been received, and this is pretty damning as to how EA has handled the launch.A note has been posted by Amazon underneath the “Currently unavailable” message. It states that many customers are having connection issues and they have no idea when it will be fixed. As we reported earlier, EA is bringing new servers online over the next 2 days to try and solve the problem, and Maxis is fixing bugs as quickly as they can, but server architecture issues are hampering them.You can still purchase a boxed copy of the game from Amazon, but will anyone bother when they see the reviews? It doesn’t matter how popular EA and Maxis say the game is, Amazon deciding to stop selling your product should be ringing alarm bells and costing EA a small fortune in lost revenue.If EA does solve the server issues by this weekend then they can set about convincing Amazon to open up download purchases again. I’m sure they will after guarantees are given, but the damage has been done as is clear from reading just a few of those reviews.last_img read more

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Opinion Rural Ireland is not dead Its on the verge of great

first_img David Minton is Director isCEO of the Northern and Western Regional Assembly. IRELAND NEEDS ‘RURAL Ireland’. There’s no getting around it. We need its people, its energy, its resources, its space and its creativity. Ushering in its demise is misguided.Rural Ireland in the future could be a net exporter of energy, water, services, global technology products and ideas. It can become an economic powerhouse in its own right.We need to stop analysing our issues in isolation – rural broadband, rural transport, rural jobs – we all live in one country where our families are dispersed across urban and rural communities.Progress for some is about growth and development. For me it’s about resilience and sustainability. Rural Ireland is testament to both of these things.The label ‘Rural Ireland’To some it’s a byword for depressing economic decay, a compartment of the mind that conjures the ghosts of emigration, unemployment and the loss of hope.But, despite the impression you may get from media reporting of cutbacks to services and transport, lack of broadband penetration and a flight to the cities, my vision for Rural Ireland is somewhat brighter, more optimistic and entirely achievable.As a region, Rural Ireland is changing. It has responded to international trends and is surviving by embracing the shifts in global technology. In fact, people of rural Ireland are the leaders of this global technology change.How can we improve the countryside?Rural Ireland wants to be the one of the best places to live and work in continental Europe. It is perfectly positioned to lead development if we connect our strengths as a low carbon, green and natural economy.Like many others, I believe in Rural Ireland. I understand its capacity and it is latent. It’s not hidden — it just hasn’t been unlocked.I spoke recently to a counterpart in Norway who deals with equally peripheral issues as we do in the west and northwest of Ireland. In the late 1990s and 2000s they too witnessed an increasing trend towards urban areas.This now has reversed with their adoption of gigabit fibre to rural homes and villages. This investment has seen a stabilisation of population, growth in employment and increasing demand for property and housing.His final comment resonated with me: “We were so far behind that we ended up in front.” Norway’s western region had a blank canvas to craft a vision which it then executed. It is now time to craft our own vision.Adopt Norway’s strategy to make our countryside smartThe same principles must be adopted now to make our rural areas smart. The language of urban versus rural needs to stop and we need to grow together. Too often in Ireland the media has been of an urban centric view of growth. But are they right?Yes, figures show rural depopulation, disparity between rural and urban unemployment levels while rural areas contribute significantly less. But does that mean we should we maintain this slide? I think the answer is no and I think a turning point is coming.International trends and statistics illustrate the movement to urban and city living. But what kind of cities are we creating?In many urban centres, it is difficult to afford rents, even for the smallest apartments. It is impossible for many to own a family home. For many people, quality of life is poor. They dream of something else, something affordable and more fulfilling.We are a nation with international recognition for our innovation, and problem solving. These traits are steeped in our rural and agricultural background. One only has to look at our agri-technology sector to see our global impression.All this means Rural Ireland is at a distinct advantage. Due to our historical and dispersed settlement patterns, our rural communities are relatively well serviced. There are great schools, affordable housing and an unbeatable, clean environment. Source: Shutterstock/Federica ViolinYes, there is poor broadband and mobile connectivity, and patchy transport services that further exacerbate the distance between rural communities and markets. But there are great schools, affordable housing and an unbeatable, clean environment.Steps are underway that will fix a lot of problems and obstacles in this area. We have initiatives such as SIRO providing 100% fibre broadband to rural towns such as Sligo, Castlebar and Letterkenny.The government has committed to the National Broadband Plan to deliver 30mbps to every rural household. Electrification was not without its delays; we will get there but we need to be ready for its delivery.Rural Ireland 2.0 is possibleI look around rural economies and I see our companies and businesses moving online, trading internationally and growing their business globally. We have tech development companies trading from Gaeltacht islands.I want to be part of a future that celebrates urban life. I want our economy to welcome Google and Apple and other industry giants. But I also want to see their workers and the self-employed living next door to me in a vibrant Rural Ireland 2.0.The time to show we were smart enough to shape that future, when we had the chance, is now.David Minton is Director of the Northern and Western Regional Assembly. The One Region: One Vision Conference is being held at The Model, Sligo on December 8 from 1pm to 5pm.‘Rural communities deserve better’: Two in three IDA properties vacant>I tried to do my normal job using broadband in rural Ireland. Here’s how it went> 48 Comments Opinion: ‘Rural Ireland is not dead. It’s on the verge of great things.’ We are a country renowned for our innovation and problem solving. Let’s fix Rural Ireland, writes David Minton. Wednesday 23 Nov 2016, 7:00 AM Nov 23rd 2016, 7:00 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 1,177 Views http://jrnl.ie/3095552 David Minton By David Minton Short URL Share337 Tweet Email12 last_img read more

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Masterful Messi sends Celtic crashing out of Europe

first_img Image: Owen Humphreys http://the42.ie/3098830 Follow us: the42.ie Share3 Tweet Email 32 Comments Short URL By AFP LIONEL MESSI HIT a brace as he returned to the Barcelona line-up to help book their place in the last 16 of the Champions League with a comfortable 2-0 win at Celtic on Wednesday.Messi, who missed Saturday’s goalless draw with Malaga due to illness, provided a fine finish to Neymar’s lofted pass to hand the Spanish champions a 24th-minute lead in Glasgow.The Barcelona captain, who grabbed a hat-trick in the 7-0 mauling in the reverse fixture in the Camp Nou, then converted a 56th-minute penalty won by Luis Suarez to see his side top Group C with 12 points from five games.Manchester City’s draw with Borussia Monchengladbach in the group’s other match also sees the English side through and means Celtic can’t pip the Germans to third spot due to their inferior head-to-head record.“It was quite a hard game and we expected Celtic to come out and make it difficult,” said Barcelona manager Luis Enrique.“We were good at the back and we got better as the game went on. It was a very difficult group and it’s great to finish first with a game to spare.” Source: Mundo do Futebol/YouTubeCeltic manager Brendan Rodgers felt his side had improved significantly from their hammering in the Camp Nou, although their European adventures are over for another year.“I was proud of the team tonight. We looked like we played without any fear and we pressed the game well,” Rodgers said.“If we take some of our chances then it might have been a different game but we showed a vast improvement, which is important.”Apart from the injured Andres Iniesta, Barcelona named their strongest 11 as Suarez and Messi returned from suspension and illness respectively to form their formidable partnership with Neymar in the Barca attack.- Sublime Messi -Celtic didn’t allow the visitors time on the ball as they pressed high up the pitch early on.However, Barcelona began to probe at the Celtic defence with Mikel Lustig looking particularly vulnerable to the runs of Jordi Alba and Neymar.The Brazilian was first to burst into the Celtic box and teed up Messi with a back-heel and the Argentine’s deflected shot had Craig Gordon scrambling across his line before it was cleared.Alba was then the provider as his cross from the left found Ivan Rakitic lurking in the box but the Croatian international sent his header bouncing into the turf and over the bar.Celtic failed to heed the warning signs and Barca soon had a deserved lead.Neymar, who learned earlier in the day that Spanish prosecutors were seeking a two-year jail sentence and 10-million-euro fine for his part in his allegedly fraudulent transfer to Barca, was given space to play a wonderful lofted pass to Messi, who crashed a sublime shot on the half-volley in off the near post. Source: footballTV/YouTubeThe hosts tried to respond and had their first shot on target in the 37th minute when Moussa Dembele stung the palms of Marc Andre ter Stegen with a fierce strike.Only a superb save from Gordon stopped Suarez from adding a second before the break as he blocked a point-blank header from the Uruguayan international with his body.Celtic lost Scott Sinclair to injury at the break but his replacement James Forrest created Celtic’s best opportunity when he picked out Dembele with a cross but the in-form French forward sent a tame header straight to ter Stegen.It was to prove costly as Barcelona doubled their advantage moments later. Suarez got on the wrong side of Emilio Izaguirre and the Celtic defender hauled him to the ground to earn a penalty that Messi sent straight down the middle to score his 502nd goal for the Catalan giants.Neymar was fortunate to escape with just a booking, which will see him miss the final group game, as he pushed Lustig to the turf after the players clashed, with the Brazilian international subbed moments later.– © AFP 2016;The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Barcelona’s Lionel Messi during the UEFA Champions League match at Celtic Park. Image: Owen Humphreyscenter_img 22,092 Views Masterful Messi sends Celtic crashing out of Europe The difference maker on the night was the Argentine superstar. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Nov 23rd 2016, 9:48 PM Former Celtic star Henrik Larsson leaves coaching role following son’s attack by fans>Quaresma’s filthy rabona assist sees Besiktas make last-gasp comeback> Barcelona’s Lionel Messi during the UEFA Champions League match at Celtic Park. Wednesday 23 Nov 2016, 9:48 PMlast_img read more

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Lights out Piccadilly Circus kills its worldfamous advertising screens for the first

first_img By AFP Share117 Tweet Email General view of the advertising screens in Piccadilly Circus, London, which have been switched off for the first time in over half a century Source: Empics EntertainmentTHE ICONIC LIGHTS that illuminate London’s Piccadilly Circus have been turned off for renovations, the first time since World War II they have gone dark, except for power cuts and funerals.The world famous advertising lights in the centre of the UK capital have displayed illuminated advertisements for more than a century, but will not be switched on again until autumn 2017, when a new permanent single screen will be unveiled in place of the current six screens.A temporary advertising banner will replace the screens.The new screen will flash advertisements to the 100 million people who are estimated to pass by each year as well as news, sport and weather updates. The lights, in full illumination, in November 2014 Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesThe last time the lights went out for a lengthy spell was in 1939, when cities turned off their lights during the war. They were not switched back on until 1949.They have since been turned off during the funerals of Winston Churchill and Princess Diana and for environmental campaigns, while also suffering the occasional power cut.Perrier was the first brand to appear in lights on Piccadilly Circus in 1908, while Coca-Cola has been a fixture on the corner of Regent Street and Piccadilly since 1954.© – AFP, 2017Read: Search for missing flight MH370 called off after 2 yearsRead: ‘Brexit means Brexit’: We’ve now got an idea of what that actually means http://jrnl.ie/3190349 39,769 Views Tuesday 17 Jan 2017, 7:11 AM Jan 17th 2017, 7:11 AM 27 Comments Lights out – Piccadilly Circus kills its world-famous advertising screens for the first time since WWII The last time the lights were dimmed, barring power cuts, was 1949. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Is it time Ireland had its own Independence Day

first_img I don’t know (269) Yes (5384) YesNoI don’t knowVoteRead: Independent person to review new details from Stardust fire tragedy>Read: ‘I am not scaremongering’: Bus Eireann boss warns all jobs could be lost if drastic action not taken> No (1980) Is it time Ireland had its own Independence Day? It’s proposed 21 January – the first sitting of the Dáil – should be marked as Ireland’s Independence Day. 80 Comments THERE ARE MOVES to have a day in January recognised as Ireland’s Independence Day.Every year, the US marks its independence with fireworks, while it wasn’t until last year that Ireland began its national commemorations of our move towards a Republic.So, what day could Ireland choose?According to Fianna Fáil Senator Dr Keith Swanick, who has proposed the introduction of the Declaration of Independence Day Bill, Ireland’s Independence Day should be formally marked as 21 January.This was the date of the very first meeting of the first Dáil and the Declaration of Independence.Members of the first Dáil met in the Round Room of the Mansion House, Dublin.On the same day, the Dáil also approved a Democratic Programme, based on the 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic, and read and adopted a Message to the Free Nations of the World in Irish, English and French.Swanick, a GP who lives in Mayo, told TheJournal.ie that it has received very positive feedback about the bill from party members across the country.If passed, it would provide for a formal recognition of this crucial political and historical event in Ireland, ensuring the formal designation of 21 January as Declaration of Independence Day.What will the new law do? The legislation will ensures that 21 January is officially recognised as Declaration of Independence Day, irrespective of the day on which it falls.However, before you get excited, there’s no plan to designate it as a public holiday. This means no day off work.If the Oireachtas did pass this legislation it would allow schools, public bodies and community groups an opportunity to commemorate the event, said Swanick.“It would be extremely fitting that this legislation be in place well in advance of the 100th anniversary of the day in two years’ time,” said Swanick.Following the success of last year’s 1916 centenary commemorations, the senator said now would be a good time to mark the day, two years away from the 100-year anniversary.What do you think?Poll: Do you think Ireland should formally recognise an Independence Day?  Share11 Tweet Email1 Richard O Neill (10) from Kildare on St Patrick’s Day in 2015. Short URL Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland By Christina Finn Jan 25th 2017, 6:44 PM Richard O Neill (10) from Kildare on St Patrick’s Day in 2015. Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland Wednesday 25 Jan 2017, 6:44 PM 20,459 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3205119 Poll Results:last_img read more

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Wheres Cork How a Liverpool legend ended up in the League of

first_img By Paul Fennessy Follow us: the42.ie 29,847 Views Image: EMPICS Sport ‘Where’s Cork?’ How a Liverpool legend ended up in the League of Ireland Terry McDermott, a three-time European Cup winner, had a short stint with the Rebel Army in 1985. Short URL He offered me a contract,” McDermott tells The42. “It was all different then — now, once your contract’s up you can do what you want. In those days, you couldn’t. They’d keep your registration.“I didn’t want to leave. The last thing I wanted to do was leave Newcastle. We got promotion. Kevin (Keegan) had retired.Arthur Cox, the manager, left. He didn’t agree with the changes (at the club). Jack was there. I drove from Ascot Racecourse to Newcastle. I said: ‘Jack, you wanted to see me.’ I went all the way up there. I was getting married three days later.“Jack said: ‘There’s your (new) contract.’ I said: ‘That’s the same contract I was on last year.’ He said: ‘Yeah, it’s good money, isn’t it?’ I said: ‘Hang on, I took a big drop in my wages to move from Liverpool to Newcastle — a big drop.’ I got promotion and I’m (supposed to be) getting rewarded, which is normal.I said: ‘We’ve won the league and you’re saying it’s the same money.’ We’re going into (what is now the Premier League). He said: ‘Yeah, it’s a good salary.’ I said: ‘You might think so, but I don’t.’ I said: ‘Well, I’m off.’ As I went walking off, he shouts: ‘You’ll be back.’ So I just turn around and said: ‘You fucking watch.’ And I never went back.”The falling out meant McDermott was left in limbo. The fact that the club still had his registration meant he couldn’t sign for anyone else, though the Magpies needed to keep paying his wages or he would be allowed leave on a free transfer. Ostracised from St James’ Park, the out-of-favour star kept fit by running around his local golf course, and after two months, Newcastle finally relented and stopped paying his wages, thereby enabling him to depart.Without a club for several months thereafter, a 33-year-old McDermott eventually joined Cork City in January 1985, with the Leesiders only recently having been elected to the League of Ireland.There was a little bit of the season gone, and most of the teams had got the players that they wanted on the budgets that they had,” he recalls.“Then I got a phone call from (then-Cork manager) Tony Allen. He said ‘Cork’ and I said: ‘Where’s Cork?’ He said it’s in Ireland, it’s a lovely place, you’ll love it. Would you come down now? We’ll get you fit.” IN 1980, TERRY McDermott was at the peak of his powers. He was named both the PFA Players’ Player of the Year and Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year.It was an impressive achievement, particularly given that he was part of a legendary Liverpool side, which included club icons such as Kenny Dalglish, Graeme Souness and Alan Hansen.By that point, McDermott had already helped his side secure two European Cups, and he would go on to claim a third winners’ medal in the competition the following season.In total, the Kirkby native would win five league titles with the Reds, although he is reluctant to count the 1975-76 campaign, as he was still settling into the side then and made just nine appearances that season.So rather improbably, less than five years after being named player of the year by both his peers and the football writers, McDermott found himself playing in the League of Ireland.The midfielder, who made over 200 appearances for Liverpool and won 25 England caps, left the Reds in 1982.McDermott says he ideally would have loved to have spent his entire career at Liverpool, but by the end of his time there, first-team football was far from assured, while his reputation for drinking and acting “daft” did not help matters.The star’s disillusionment with the situation at Anfield coupled with the allure of linking up with former Reds teammate Kevin Keegan at Newcastle prompted him to join the Magpies in September 1982, despite the club struggling in the Second Division at the time.Nevertheless, with notable young players including Chris Waddle and Peter Beardsley, the side won promotion to the top flight in McDermott’s second season there, going up after finishing third in the 1983-84 campaign.Everything appeared to be going well, until Jack Charlton — who was two years away from taking charge of Ireland — replaced Arthur Cox as manager. McDermott and his new boss fell out instantaneously. McDermott won 25 caps for England and featured in the squad for the 1982 World Cup. Source: EMPICS SportThe commitment was not a particularly big one for McDermott. He was allowed to live in England and would fly across the water on the Friday ahead of the game.“They said: ‘We’ll fly you over the day before the game, we’ll fly you back the day of the game or the day after. We’ll give you a little brown envelope (with cash).I said: ‘Yeah, I need to get fit, though I’m quite fit anyway.’ They said: ‘Come down, we’ll see how things go. I was there for a few games. And I loved it, it was great.“(When I first arrived) the chairman and the manager said: ‘Come on, we’ll go and meet some people.’ I got there on Saturday afternoon. They took me to Kinsale. It was lovely.He said: ‘Are you having a drink?’ And we went on a pub crawl really to meet some business people. I said: ‘I’ll have a coke,’ and then I had a shandy.Then I said: ‘I’ll have half a lager, go on.’ He said: ‘Are you having another one?’ I said: ‘No, we’ve got a game tomorrow don’t forget.’ He said: ‘You have your bed, Jesus, you’ll be fine.’Five hours later I’ve had about 12 pints. I said ‘I’ve got to go now, fucking hell, it’s seven o’clock at night.’ I’ve a game tomorrow and have had a load of pints down me. He said: ‘Don’t be worried.’”Despite the less than ideal preparation for games, McDermott was “used to it,” with English football at the time notorious for its booze culture. He managed one goal in his seven appearances for the club, with Cork ending that season ninth in the league out of 16 teams.“I really enjoyed it. It took me to some lovely places,” he adds.“I think there was a bit of fanfare (when I arrived), yeah. There was already another Englishman (Trevor Parr) there, so I mucked in with him.But I’m just a normal person, it doesn’t matter who I played for. I was just the same as the lads with a (Cork) shirt on.”McDermott admits, however, that the standard in Ireland was not what he was used to in England.There was a big difference,” he recalls. “I’d be making the runs I used to make at Liverpool and unfortunately, the players couldn’t find you because they’re not looking for you.“When I did that for Liverpool, I could get Ray Kennedy, Jimmy Case, Graeme Souness, knocking balls into space where I could do my stuff and score a goal or two. But players (at that level) aren’t looking for those sort of balls.”McDermott soon left his short-term deal at Cork after receiving a phone call from former Newcastle teammate and ex-Northern Ireland player Tommy Cassidy, the then-manager of APOEL. After his brief stint in Ireland, McDermott spent two years with the Cypriot club, winning the league and Super Cup during his time there before retiring.The former Liverpool star would also later go on to become assistant manager at a number of clubs, including the Newcastle side that came desperately close to winning the Premier League in the 1995-96 season, losing a famous 4-3 game to Liverpool at Anfield in the process.Moreover, the former midfielder is far from the only star to make an appearance in Irish football, with legends including George Best, Bobby Charlton and Dixie Dean also having brief stints there towards the latter end of their respective careers.Look out on the site this weekend for our in-depth interview with Terry McDermott, in which he discusses the highs and lows of his time at Liverpool.Terry Mac: Living For The Moment – My Autobiography is published by Trinity Mirror Sport Media. More info here.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Terry McDermott won five league titles and three European Cups with Liverpool.center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Apr 25th 2017, 9:32 PM 11 Comments Tuesday 25 Apr 2017, 9:32 PM https://the42.ie/3357643 Bale ruled out of Champions League semi-finals as El Clasico start backfires>Ireland to face Northern Ireland as Women’s World Cup qualifying draw is made> Terry McDermott won five league titles and three European Cups with Liverpool. Image: EMPICS Sport Share37 Tweet Email4 last_img read more

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Search underway for masked gang who left man seriously injured after home

first_imgSearch underway for masked gang who left man seriously injured after home break-in The gang were armed with screwdrivers and sledgehammers. By Adam Daly 18,746 Views https://jrnl.ie/4563750 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Wednesday 27 Mar 2019, 4:34 PM 16 Comments Image: Niall Carson via PA Images Mar 27th 2019, 4:34 PM GARDAÍ IN LAOIS are investigating an aggravated burglary at a home in Portlaoise carried out by four masked men which left one man seriously injured.At 9.50pm last night, four masked men broke into a house in Shaen, armed with what was described as sledgehammers and screwdrivers.At the time of the break-in, there were three women and two men present in the house. The masked men assaulted the men and women before stealing jewellery, cash and other items. One of the men in the house was taken to the Midlands Regional Hospital in Portlaoise where he is being treated for the injuries he sustained. A garda spokesperson said after the robbery the raiders fled on foot but that their direction of travel is unknown.  Short URL Share39 Tweet Email Image: Niall Carson via PA Images last_img read more

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Man loses High Court challenge against Northern Ireland Secretary over border poll

first_img Share28 Tweet Email Short URL 56 Comments By Christina Finn If at any time it appears likely to him that a majority of those voting would express a wish that Northern Ireland should …form part of a united Ireland.The agreement also provides for the people of the island of Ireland to exercise their right of self-determination by agreement between the people of North and South.The GFA states:It is for the people of Ireland alone, by agreement between the two parts respectively and without external impediment, to exercise their right of self-determination on the basis of consent, freely and concurrently given, North and South, to bring about a United Ireland, accepting that this right must be achieved and exercised with and subject to the agreement and consent of a majority of the people of Northern Ireland.If such a vote passed, the process of Irish unification would begin.McCord, aged 62, took simultaneous action against the Irish State and the Northern Ireland Secretary.Lack of transparencyIn his affidavit to the Belfast court, he argued that as a matter of “transparency” both governments should set out their policies as to how and when a border poll should be held, stating that it is a “matter of fundamental constitutional importance” for the citizens of Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Britain and the EU.“Uncertainty and the lack of transparency in Northern Ireland have historically not be good for peace and open to abuse,” he said.In his ruling yesterday, Mr Justice Paul Girvan said he was “wholly unpersuaded by the argument that the Secretary of State be bound by a policy detailing the way in which that flexible and politically sensitive power is bound to be exercised”.It continued:The court cannot intervene merely because it considers that a production of publication of such a policy would be sensible or desirable. It can only intervene if as a matter of law the Secretary of State is obliged to make and publish such a policy.Discretionary poll to call a border poll The judge said that the current approach appears “entirely apt in the context of decision-making by the Secretary of State in relation to the discretionary power to call a border poll”.“The statutory framework does not specify the matters which must be taken into account or left out of account in deciding whether a border poll is or is not appropriate. In essence it must be for the Secretary of State to decide what matters should be taken into account on the political question of the appropriateness of a poll.“The Secretary of State has indicated that a form of published policy prescribing how the discretion should be exercised and which pre-determines how public opinion should be assessed may prove unduly restrictive and not in the public interest.“This is a tenable and rational conclusion on her part. Her decision not to make or publish a policy in relation to the exercise of her discretionary power cannot be impugned and there is no legal requirement to have a policy in place to govern and qualify how the broad discretionary power is to be exercised.”Not required to enunciate a policyThe matter of when and who should vote in a border poll falls on the Secretary of State to conclude, said the judge, adding that she is not required as a matter of law to enunciate a policy on how the pool of voters should be determined in advance of her exercising her powers. The judge ruled to dismiss McCord’s application.Speaking to RTÉ outside the court yesterday, McCord expressed disappointment at the outcome.“For me, it’s about taking politics out of the border poll, and putting policies in because quite clearly the border poll is being abused.“And I’m disappointed in what the judge said, but we’ll appeal it.”Fianna Fáil Senator Mark Daly, who has supported McCord’s case, said yesterday’s ruling was a “tragic result”.He said it is case that “politics rather than policy is what will decide when a referendum on a united Ireland is held, but as we have seen all too often policy neglect seldom goes unpunished”.McCord’s case challenging the Irish government on its lack of policy on holding a border poll is due to be heard in Dublin on 3 July. Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern signing the Good Friday Agreement in 1998. Man loses High Court challenge against Northern Ireland Secretary over border poll Raymond McCord wants both governments to set out the criteria for the holding of a border poll. Friday 29 Jun 2018, 10:54 AM A BELFAST MAN who describes himself as both an Irish and British citizen, as well as a unionist, has lost his High Court challenge against the Northern Ireland Secretary over her power to decide when a border poll can be called.Raymond McCord, a campaigner for victims of the Troubles, took a judicial review, arguing that it is not clear in the Good Friday Agreement or Article 3.1 of the Irish Constitution if a majority in favour of a united Ireland is required in both jurisdictions on the island of Ireland or if a combined majority of the people of Ireland is all that is required in order for a border poll to be called.He said the current criteria gives the Northern Ireland Secretary (currently Karen Bradley) “unfettered discretion” as to when a poll can be called and said procedures are too vague.How and when a border poll is held McCord was seeking the secretary to publish a policy document as a matter of urgency, setting out the circumstances in which a poll would be held.According to the Good Friday Agreement (GFA), a border poll can only be called by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.The agreement says the secretary can order a border poll: Image: RollingNews.ie http://jrnl.ie/4098825 10,273 Views Jun 29th 2018, 10:54 AM Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern signing the Good Friday Agreement in 1998. 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Penalties for bosses hiring illegal workers

first_imgBusinesses may face penalties of up to $50,000 if they choose to hire illegal employees through new draft laws the Australian Government will introduce to parliament in the new year.This follows an independent review findings of penalties and they way they are enforced on businesses employing non-Australians without permission to work in Australia.After public consultation on the findings, immigration minister Chris Bowen says the government is ready to crack down on employers in 2012 who continue to hire illegal workers. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

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Kokoris completes US leg

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram After 44 days in the saddle Tom Kokoris and his daughter Olga, rolled into New York City on Friday, having safely completed the 5000 km US leg of their charity bike ride from Sydney to Greece. The dynamic duo left Sydney on April 1 on a multi-continent cycle ride to raise money for ELPIDA, the Greek charity that cares for children suffering from cancer. They biked to Brisbane before flying into Los Angeles to begin their trek across the United States. Olga’s trip finishes in the States, but later this month Tom will fly to Lisbon and continue until he gets to ELPIDA’s headquarters on the outskirts of Athens. During the first half of the US trip, temperatures varied from below freezing to more than 38 degrees Centigrade ,Tom told Northwestern Missouri’s St. Joseph News-Press. In Arizona they were caught in a sandstorm and had to accept a lift from a local family to find shelter. Crossing Kansas, they hit windy patches that made it feel like their bikes carried an additional 30 kilos of weight, said Tom. American hospitality has impressed Tom almost as much as the scenery Tom told the American newspaper. “Every hotel we’ve stopped, they’ve said, ‘Take care,’ ‘Be careful,’” he said. “That’s kind of a nice, comforting thought.” Tom and Olga will now enjoy a two-week break in New York where family have arrived to meet them. Tom will then journey on to Lisbon on his own to begin the final 5,500 km to Greece. To follow Tom on the European leg and for details on how to make donations, go to Facebook and search for ‘ELPIDA-Association of Friends of Children With Cancer’. You can also follow Tom via his blog at http://podilato-elpida.blogspot.com.au/ Additional material: St. Joseph News-Presslast_img read more

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