Government to make specific announcements on Magdalene report on Tuesday

first_imgTHE GOVERNMENT IS working on a ‘comprehensive package’ of measures following the release of the McAleese report into the Magdalene Laundries.He told RTÉ Radio One’s This Week programme that the Taoiseach and Tánaiste had met a number of the Magadalene survivors, and following these meetings and the report, the government “is producing a comprehensive package of measures”.“There was a need to get the full factual background,” said Minister Shatter. He said yesterday’s meeting and the other meetings are “all feeding into what will be proposed to Cabinet on Tuesday”.There “will be very specific announcements made in the Dáil following cabinet conclusions being reached when the discussion takes place late Tuesday afternoon”, he said.Magdalene survivors met with the Taoiseach Enda Kenny yesterday in London. Following the meeting, they said that they expect a heartfelt apology from him on behalf of the State next Tuesday during a Dáil debate on the issue.Read: Magdalene survivors “expect apology next week”>Read: Shatter drops strong hint that Taoiseach will apologise to Magdalenes>Read: FF table Dáil motion to call for formal Magdalene apology>last_img read more

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Column Singing together standing equally our backgrounds didnt matter

first_imgI’VE ALWAYS BEEN passionate about discovering ways in which the arts can be used to break down social, racial and educational barriers often faced by young people from different countries and backgrounds.As Musical Director of Discovery Gospel Choir, I work with singers and musicians hailing from 17 countries across the world, and from all walks of life, so I’m lucky enough to be able to practice what I preach.Our choir was formed at a time when Irish society was rapidly changing and becoming more diverse than it had ever been in the past. Throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s, people from all over the world migrated to Ireland, and chose this country as their new home.At the beginning, the founders of Discovery very deliberately reached out to migrant communities to source singers and musicians for the choir, with the result that we became the most multicultural choir in Ireland. Ten years later, our membership is still really diverse, with some of our members from as far afield as Singapore, Zambia, India and Zimbabwe.We sang for Archbishop Desmond TutuI first became involved with this kind of work when I was in Transition Year back in 2002 (which I suppose gives away my age!). At the time I was invited to attend a retreat which focused on refugees in Ireland and integration, and was facilitated by Philip McKinley. Later that year, Philip invited me to perform at an event aimed at raising money to buy a goat for a Ugandan family along with a group of Nigerian, Ugandan, Irish and Korean musicians. I was intrigued. As a singer with a love of music, learning Nigerian praise songs, and dancing to the djembe drum was very exciting!Not long after that, Philip invited me to sing with a young Ugandan girl who had recently moved to Ireland to seek asylum, for a televised ecumenical service one Sunday morning. We sang in English and Ugandan, and Justine and I became firm friends. My eyes were opened when I met her in her accommodation on Francis Street, and I couldn’t understand how she got by on €19.10 a week. At this stage I had a part-time job and still got some pocket money. Justine and I were the same age and although we were from very different backgrounds, we discovered that we had a lot in common and shared a love of music. Having that opportunity to sing together, standing equally, our backgrounds didn’t matter, we were just doing what we loved.About a year later, Philip founded Discovery Gospel Choir and Justine and I became founding members. On the first anniversary of the choir, we sang for Archbishop Desmond Tutu. I was 18 and didn’t realise at the time just how significant it all was. But looking back now, I can see that, in a sense, the choir represented a very positive aspect of a rapidly diversifying Ireland at that time.A second homeSince then we’ve performed at the Meteor Awards and Electric Picnic; sung with Kila, the Republic of Loose, Sinead O’Connor, Celtic Women and the Blind Boys of Alabama; and now, a decade on, we’re getting ready to kick off our 10th anniversary celebrations with a concert this weekend.We’ve decided to call this concert ‘Home’ to reflect the fact that Discovery Gospel Choir has served as a home of sorts for many of its members over the past decade. Lots of our singers and musicians were newly arrived migrants when they joined the choir so, for them, being a part of Discovery was about much more than music and singing. It allowed them to forge links in their new home country; meet people and make friends; and develop a sense of belonging and even one of family.It’s not just our international members who value the choir in that way: many of our Irish members would also describe the choir and the sense of belonging it gives them as a second home. With our anniversary concert taking place during the St Patrick’s Festival weekend, we hope the theme will resonate with audiences too, as people return home and many more visit Dublin for the first time to celebrate our national holiday.The ‘Home’ anniversary concert will take place at 8pm on Saturday, 15 March at Christ Church Cathedral, Christ Church Place, Dublin, Dublin 8. Tickets be purchased through entertainment.ie for €12 (concession of €10 for OAPs, students and the unwaged).  A small number of tickets will also be available on the door on the night, on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.  Doors will open at 7.30pm.  For further information, see www.discoverygospelchoir.comTo donate to Discovery Gospel Choir’s Fundit campaign to raise money for the choir to record a new album, follow this link: http://fundit.ie/project/discovery-acapella-albumColumn: Music and austerity – how do we express the time we live in?Read: “The talent is here”: Meet the people putting Ballymun’s arts scene on the maplast_img read more

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The 9 at 9 Wednesday

first_imgOver on DailyEdge.ie:Irish fans lie on the ground for One Direction, Niall Horan flies the flag for Mullingar, and which B*witched ‘babe’ is stripping off? Go on, just click on The Dredge> EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you need to know as you kick off your day.1. #CORK TRAGEDY: A young girl and an adult male have died in Goleen in Co Cork. The Goleen Unit of the Irish Coast Guard were tasked just after midnight by the Valencia Coast Guard, following a missing person’s report. The body of the child was found at a beach near Ballydehob, while the body of an adult male was taken from the water. Post-mortems are due to be carried out today.2. #NICOLA FURLONG: The female friend that was with Nicola Furlong on the night she died has given evidence on the third day of the trial into her death. RTÉ News is reporting that her friend, who wished to remain anonymous, said that after going for a drink with Richard Hinds and James Blackston, the next thing she remembered was waking up and seeing Furlong being put into an ambulance. Hinds is accused of her murder.3. #HUGO CHAVEZ: Tributes are being paid to Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, who died yesterday following a two-year battle with cancer.President Michael D Higgins said that Chavez had achieved a “great deal during his term in office”, while Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said that he had been “an important figure on the international stage”.4. #SEXUAL ABUSE: Cork woman Louise O’Keeffe, who failed in her Supreme Court appeal to have the State held liable for the sexual abuse she suffered at school, is be begin her case at the European Court of Human Rights today. Having failed at the Supreme Court in 2009, her wish to appeal to the ECHR was initially contested by the State.5. #DRUG SEIZURE: Two men in their late-teens have been arrested after Gardaí seized heroin with an estimated street value of €112,000 yesterday.  The drugs were found in a car on Dublin’s South Circular Road, with a follow-up search at a house uncovering more of the drug.6. #SYRIA: There are now more than one million Syrian refugees, the United Nations have confirmed. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres said that the country was now “spiralling towards full-scale disaster” as thousands more continued to leave the country on a daily basis.7. #KNIVES: Pocket knives are to be allowed on flights in the US from next month, for the first time since the events of 9/11. From 25 April, knives with blades that measure 6cm or less and are less than 1.25cm wide will be allowed on flights.8. #JAIL CHOICE: A 15-year-old boy, who has a long history of missing school, has been told to choose which of his parents is to be jailed for a month and which should instead receive a suspended sentence. The Irish Independent is reporting that Judge Alan Mitchell made the decision in a case which revealed that the boy had missed 91 days in the current school year alone.9. #ANIMAL HEALTH: A quarter of family dogs in Ireland are overweight, according to figures from the ISPCA. The organisation is encouraging owners to tackle their own health issues, along with that of their pets, by exercising more.last_img read more

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Prosecutor may seek death penalty in US kidnap case

first_imgAmanda Berry, right, hugs her sister Beth Serrano after being reunited in a Cleveland hospital Monday May 6, 2013.Note found in Castro’s home Meanwhile, Cleveland media reported details of a note reportedly found by police in Castro’s home in which he describes himself as a “sexual predator” and ponders killing himself and leaving his savings to his victims.“They are here against their will because they made a mistake of getting in a car with a total stranger,” said the note, which was apparently written in 2004 — after Knight and Berry had already vanished.Following this and other leaks, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson urged police officers and the media to respect the victims’ privacy.That three women could be held for so long in such a nondescript house in an unremarkable working class street has astounded local residents, and led to suggestions that Cleveland police had missed chances to find them.Police underline the careful steps Castro allegedly tookBut senior officers have defended the force, and underlined the careful steps Castro allegedly took to conceal the women.Castro has been described as a friendly neighbour who raised few suspicions but who also kept to himself, rarely if ever allowing anyone inside his home.And one man who did visit him multiple times, local musician Ricky Sanchez, said he had seen no reason to be suspicious, though he noticed that the door had multiple heavy locks, and he once heard noises from the basement.“I ask him for a minute, ‘What is that? What is that noise?’ ‘Oh, that’s just those dogs that I have down here’,” Sanchez told AFP.Late Thursday, Deborah Knight watched from a park at the end of the block where the three women were held captive as balloons were released to celebrate the release of her granddaughter Michelle.Deborah Knight said she has not yet seen or spoken to Michelle, who remains in hospital following the harrowing ordeal.“If I could speak to her and have her right next to me, I would give her the biggest hug and tell her I love her and missed her,” she told reporters.- © AFP, 2013Read: Cleveland kidnap escape: Man charged with rape and kidnappingRead: Ohio kidnapped women ‘were bound and chained’Read: Neighbours ‘saw naked woman crawling’ in backyard of Ohio kidnap house Ariel Castro appears in Cleveland Municipal court Thursday, May 9, 2013. Castro was charged with four counts of kidnapping and three counts of rape. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)A US PROSECUTOR has said he would seek to press charges that carry the death penalty against a man accused of kidnapping three Ohio women, raping them and forcibly ending their pregnancies.Ariel Castro, a 52-year-old unemployed bus driver, has already been charged with kidnapping and raping the women over the course of a decade in his home in Cleveland. He was ordered held on an $8 million bond on Thursday.But Cuyahoga County prosecutor Timothy McGinty said investigators would also go back over the many torments Castro allegedly inflicted on the women during their long ordeal, with the aim of bringing even more serious charges.Charges for each and every crime“I fully intend to seek charges for each and every act of sexual violence, rape, each day of kidnapping, every felonious assault, all his attempted murders and each act of aggravated murder he committed by terminating pregnancies” for which he himself was responsible, McGinty said.Castro is alleged to have beaten at least one of the women to terminate pregnancies that began while they were locked in his home, which McGinty called “a torture chamber and private prison.”McGinty warned that Ohio imposes the death penalty in cases of aggravated murder in the course of a kidnapping and said his office was “in a formal process in which we evaluate to seek charges eligible for the death penalty.”“The horrific brutality and torture that the victims endured for a decade is beyond comprehension,” he said.Castro was arrested on Monday after 27-year-old Amanda Berry managed to call out to a neighbour who kicked in the door to the suspect’s home and rescued her and the six-year-old daughter she bore during her captivity.Police arrived on the scene and entered the house, finding two more women, 23-year-old Gina DeJesus and 32-year-old Michelle Knight. All three had been snatched in separate incidents around a decade earlier.Gina DeJesus, one of three women held captive for about a decade at a run-down Cleveland house, gives a thumbs-up as she is escorted toward her home Wednesday, May 8, 2013, in Cleveland.Charges of kidnap and rapeOn Thursday, Castro was presented to the Cleveland municipal court on charges of kidnapping and raping the three women, as well as kidnapping the child.Assistant county prosecutor Brian Murphy said: “The charges against Mr Castro are based on premeditated, deliberate, depraved decisions to snatch three young ladies from Cleveland West Side streets to be used in whatever self-gratifying, self-serving way he saw fit,” he said.“Along with captivity, there were repeated beatings. They were bound and restrained and sexually assaulted, basically never freed to leave this residence.”Castro kept his head bowed impassively through much of the hearing, chewing on the collar of the dark-blue uniform issued to him during his detention.The judge, Lauren Moore, set the bond terms — $2 million in each of the four cases — and instructed that Castro was to have no contact with any of his alleged victims.After the hearing, public defender Kathleen DeMetz told reporters she believed Castro would be placed on suicide watch in jail.Castro’s mother Lillian Rodriguez briefly spoke to local media, saying: “I have a sick son who has committed something very serious. I’m suffering a lot. I ask for forgiveness from those mothers. May those young ladies forgive me.”last_img read more

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15 annoying things emigrants say

first_imgACCORDING TO A new report, most Irish emigrants abroad are planning on coming home at some stage.This is great news, right?  We all miss our friends and loved ones who’ve moved abroad.However, it’s not all sunshine and lollipops, is it?  Let’s be real about this, our emigrant friends can say some really annoying things.Here are 15 of them (imagine them said in whatever accent has been adopted by your favourite emigrants).Would you not think about moving?People here, you know, they *do* more things. It’s not just about going out and getting drunk.There’s just so little choice here when it comes to food, I can get anything I want in [insert location here].Oh am I brown?  God I hadn’t even noticed, it’s so sunny all the time here.The money is just so good here, it wouldn’t make sense to come home. People in Ireland just have no fashion sense.Do you not get bored at home?Sure there’s so many Irish here it’s practically like being at home.You should totally move here.Oh that’s WAAAAAY cheaper here.Is it as bad as people say?People in Ireland just aren’t that good looking, are they?Oh it’s raining, is it?It’s just so weird having Christmas dinner on the beach.So when are you going to move over?One girl’s reasons for ‘un-emigrating’ back to Ireland>VIDEO: ‘You know you’re Irish when…’>last_img read more

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Second suspect in Boston bombings in custody after boat drama

first_imgUpdated 2amBOSTON POLICE HAVE taken the second suspect in the marathon bombings into custody following a dramatic siege in which the teenager was hiding out in a boat in a backyard of a residential area.The police department tweeted in the immediate aftermath: “Suspect in custody. Officers sweeping the area. Stand by for further info.”The condition of the suspect, believed to be 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is not currently known but it is reported he suffered a gunshot wound.Shortly after the capture, Boston Police Department followed up with this tweet:Dzhokhar and his brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev are suspected of being behind the bombings at the finish line of the Boston marathon last Monday.Tamerlan was shot dead in an exchange of fire with police early yesterday while Dzhokhar, 19, has been on the run for much of the past 24 hours.Earlier police had cordoned off the Franklin Street area of Watertown, a suburb of Boston, after gunfire was heard and law enforcement was reported to have surrounded the suspect.Multiple media outlets report that the suspect was in a boat pictured here, located in the backyard of a property at 67 Franklin Street in Watertown:The alert was raised after a burst of gunfire erupted in Watertown and police squads raced to the area. The suspect was said to be hiding out in the boat in a garden behind a property in the Franklin Street area of Watertown.NBC News reported that there was a fire on the boat in which the suspect was hiding out and a police negotiator was on the scene.The same network also reported that the suspect was “covered in blood” and had been injured from the shootout last night in which his brother was killed.Just half-an-hour before the gunshots were heard in the Franklin Street area, police had lifted a citywide shutdown that had been in place for most of the day as they attempted to track down Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.The teenager and his older brother are the main suspects in the marathon bombings last Monday which killed three and injured at least 170 people.LIVE: Local TV covers the manhunt for the Boston Marathon suspectlast_img read more

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12 people who prove your shower thoughts arent that weird after all

first_imgIT’S NOT JUST you.A section of Reddit.com called ‘Shower Thoughts” shows us just what people think about when they’re cleansing their bits…1. Source: Shutterstock.com2.3.4.5. 6.7.8. Source: Andrew Bardwell/Flickr9.10.11. Source: Shannon/Flickr12.All images from Shutterstock.com unless otherwise indicated.21 thoughts every person has had in the shower>9 totally foolproof ideas for reducing your water charges>last_img

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Jobs Department denies it withheld Waterford job losses until after the election

first_imgUpdated 4.26pmAN INDEPENDENT TD for Waterford has said it’s “deplorable” that the government was aware of impending job losses in Waterford, but did not inform workers sooner.However, the Department of Jobs has strenuously denied that the announcement was held under after the local and European elections, stating that they were first informed of the company’s final decision yesterday.Deputy John Halligan said he met with the Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton prior the announcement this morning of 200 redundancies at Bausch and Lomb, the largest employer in the county.“We had to push them,” Halligan told TheJournal.ie, “but they said that they had been aware of job restructuring.”He added that it was likely it was held until after the local and European elections, which took place last Friday.Halligan also accused the IDA of “not doing their job”.“Their job is to create employment and to protect sustainable employment,” he said, but that Waterford has seen significant job losses without as much job creation as other counties.It’s the worst affected area in the entire country, something acknowledged by government.A spokesperson confirmed that the Department, along with the IDA, had been engaging with Bausch and Lomb for “several months on these issues” in order to secure as many jobs as possible.“The company ultimately decided that the restructuring plan announced today was necessary in order to address declining market share.”The company’s final decision was communicated to DJEI and IDA yesterday (Wednesday 28th). There is no question of the announcement being delayed.Minister Richard Bruton also said this afternoon that the DJEI and the IDA have “proposals ready for substantial financial support for a major investment in the plant by the company, in order to secure its future and position for expansion, in the even that restructuring is successful”.He added that consultation had been on-going for “several months”.Speaking to reporters this afternoon, he said that “he knew from the start” that there would be some job losses in the restructuring.Originally published 3.53pmRead: Waterford’s biggest employer is seeking as many as 200 redundancies >last_img read more

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The 5 at 5 Tuesday

first_imgEVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you up to speed with the five things you should know as you head out the door.1. #BELFAST Police in Belfast were contacted with reports of a gun pointing out the window of a building on Donegall Street earlier today. The street was closed off for around half an hour. During a search of the building in question, three replica firearms were found in one room. An investigation is underway.2. #DEAN FITZPATRICK The funeral of Dean Fitzpatrick (23) took place in Dublin today, at the Holy Trinity church in Donaghmede. Fr Eoin McCrystal said Dean “was a young man with so much of life ahead of him”. Dean, whose sister Amy went missing aged 15 in Spain five years ago, died after suffering stab wounds on 26 May.3. #INVESTIGATION The University of Limerick is to investigate the role that students may have played in the death of a dog that was allegedly lured to its death in a road traffic accident. The university said any act of cruelty to animals would lead to disciplinary procedures. The investigation follows a report in the Limerick Leader newspaper about the alleged incident in Castletroy.4. #BANK The British Government is reportedly considering a plan which would see it asking the Irish Government to buy Ulster Bank. The bank is currently owned by the Royal Bank of Scotland. Reports say the UK’s equivalent to the Department of Finance has called for RBS to be split into a ‘good bank’ and ‘bad bank’ – or for Ulster Bank to be separated from the rest of the RBS group, possibly through a sale to the Irish government.5. #WEATHER This spring was one of the coldest on record, Met Éireann said today. All three months of the season reported below-average temperatures, with March reporting the coldest conditions. Sunshine totals were below average everywhere except Shannon Airport.last_img read more

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80 days in and we still dont know if Frances Fitzgerald has

first_imgJUSTICE MINISTER FRANCES Fitzgerald will publish an independent review of her department “very shortly” amid mounting pressure for her to reveal what are expected to be criticisms of her top civil servant Brian Purcell.The findings of the review are expected to determine if Purcell will remain as the secretary-general at the Department of Justice following criticism of his handling of various garda matters.This morning a spokesperson was unable to say if Fitzgerald, who has been in the job for 80 days, has confidence in Purcell, and referred to the Minister’s previous comments about the official where she has declined to express confidence in him and said she will await the outcome of the review she commissioned.“We’re not going to be commenting on that,” the spokesperson said when asked if the Minister has confidence in Purcell.The imminent publication of the independent review follows a report in yesterday’s Sunday Independent which claimed Fitzgerald had suppressed the report that has been on her desk for the past two weeks. Former garda commissioner Martin Callinan with Purcell and former justice minister Alan Shatter Source: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall IrelandThe spokesperson said this morning that the report will be published “very shortly” while junior minister Dara Murphy told RTÉ yesterday that he expected it to be published “within a short number of days”.“The minister is carefully considering the findings of the report by the independent review group which she established in early June to report by July,” the spokesperson for Fitzgerald said.The review forms part of the government’s response to the findings of the Guerin Report which criticised the Department’s internal record-keeping.The independent review was chaired by the CEO of the Dublin Airport Authority and five other outside experts who were tasked with carrying out a review of the performance, management and administration of the Department of Justice.Yesterday, Fianna Fáil’s justice spokesperson Niall Collins said that it is in the public interest that the independent review be published “immediately”.Read: Brian Purcell appears before the Justice Committee, but refuses to answer questions about CallinanOfficial report: Justice Dept didn’t think Callinan’s taping revelations were that importantlast_img read more

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YouTube launches app to turn your Android phone into YouTube remote

first_imgYouTube is turning your Android smartphone into a remote. The video site has announced the launch of a new application called YouTube Remote. The application works in conjunction with YouTube Leanback, a special website for YouTube designed for use with large screens like a television running Google TV.To pair your phone with your Leanback session you simply need to log into both using the same YouTube account. Using YouTube Remote on your phone you will be able to search and queue up videos to play on Leanback. You can even use your smartphone to control the video during playback including the ability to play, pause, skip forward and back in addition to controlling sound volume.AdChoices广告YouTube Remote is currently in beta and available for download in the Android Market. Unfortunately, it’s only available in the U.S. right not though it will be available in other countries soon.Read more at the YouTube Bloglast_img read more

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WiFi Baby Turns iPhone or iPad into Monitor

first_imgEvery new parent needs a baby monitor, but many offer static-y images or distance limitations. WiFi Baby 3G has come along, however, promising to solve all that. You can use this monitor to stream interference-free video and audio to a Windows or Mac PC, an iPhone, or an iPad. The device is both a camera and computer: it creates a password-protected wireless Internet connection to any compatible device on the home network.WiFi Baby promises a simple setup. With a few adjustments it will also allow for viewing outside of the user’s home network. This means is can also be used as a nanny cam or security cam. There are no monthly fees for remote access. The cam offers night vision, motion detection, and an on-screen clock to assure parents that they’re watching a current video stream. It sells for $279 from the company site. AdChoices广告last_img read more

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Facebook Redesign Get Your Profile Upgrade Now

first_imgCan’t wait to be a part of the Facebook redesign? The site announced that it won’t finish a site-wide rollout. Good news, the site is offering up a way for users to fast track ther profiles.It’s pretty simple, too. Just go to http://www.facebook.com/about/profile. Log in with your user info. Click the green “Get the New Profile” link in the upper right hand portion of the site. Bam, you’re upgraded. AdChoices广告Once you’ve got the new page, Facebook lets you share that fact with your friends. The redesign features a brief “snapshot” of users at the top of the page,” the ability to discover common interests with friends, friend relationship highlights, and connections to other users.last_img read more

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17 new 3DS Zelda Ocarina of Time screenshots released

first_imgBeyond Pilotwings Resort and Super Street Fighter IV 3D, the release day games sitting alongside the 3DS did little to interest me. But as is always the case with Nintendo, it’s the promise of future releases that get you to spend your money on the hardware.Mario Kart always tops my list of games to get, but  Zelda: Ocarina of Time is also one of those must-own games, and Nintendo has done little to stunt our excitement for its release with a batch of 17 new screenshots appearing today.AdChoices广告The re-release of the game is expected to arrive on June 19 in the U.S. and, as you can see from the screenshots, the graphics have been given a major overhaul. The other big bonus is the inclusion of the Master Quest originally added to the Gamecube release of the game. Your desire to play Zelda in 3D should also heighten your need to get this game, but if it doesn’t there’s always the slider to present a 2D experience – something that is a welcome feature for extended play time and tiring eyes.Anyone who has memories of playing through the original game will also be glad to hear that game designer Eiji Aonuma has promised to make control of the iron boots in the Water Temple area a much more pleasant experience. So less furstration, better graphics, and additional gameplay. Pre-ordered the game yet?With still more than eight weeks until the game launches, all we can hope for is more details to appear about the game and some better video footage. We’ve included all of the new screenshots below and the video of the game recorded at Nintendo World 2011 back in January.zelda1zelda1zelda2zelda3zelda4zelda5zelda6zelda7zelda8zelda9zelda10zelda11zelda12zelda13zelda14zelda15zelda16zelda17zelda_quadvia ShopTo.net and Wikipedialast_img read more

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Nokia Windows Phone 8 handsets to use dualcore STEricsson chip

first_imgWhen Microsoft launched Windows Phone 7 it put in place a number of prerequisites regarding the minimum spec required to run it on a smartphone. Those requirements have seen many such handsets ship with 1GHz Qualcomm chip. That won’t be the case for Nokia when it starts shipping Windows Phone 8 devices, however. Anyone picking up a Nokia Windows phone can expect a choice.STMicroelectronics’ Carlo Bozotti has announced that when the Nokia Windows Phone 8 handsets appear next year, some of them will be running the ST-Ericsson Novathor U8500 smartphone platform. That consists of a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor and an ARM Mali 400 GPU.According to the U8500 product page the platform supports 1080p video playback, 3D graphics, dual cameras, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, USB 2.0, HDMI out, and a newly designed HSPA modem.The first Nokia Windows Phone 8 handset using an ST-Ericsson solution may run on an older version of the U8500 platform suggesting it could contain a Cortex-A8 processor, but future Windows 8 phones will move to the more up-to-date platform and speedier chip.Using an ST-Ericsson solution instead of a Qualcomm chip may allow the Nokia handsets to differentiate themselves in the performance and feature stakes. But Nokia is expected to use two chip solutions at launch, with the other one being Qualcomm according to a Nokia spokesperson. Is the company playing it safe by using that chip as well as the U8500 platform?Regardless of which chips Nokia ends up using, the first Windows Phone 8 handsets need to be market leading if the company wants to get its mobile business back on track.Read more at Forbeslast_img read more

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MacBook Air refresh to include 19nm 400Mbps mSATA SSD

first_imgA typical mSATA flash driveWhen the MacBook Air got an update last year it impressed on a number of fronts. The super thin laptop not only offered long battery life and decent performance using an Intel Core 2 processor, but the decision to incorporate an SSD instead of a hard drive meant instant-on capabilities and much faster access to stored data.AdChoices广告Apple managed to keep the Air so thin by initially using a new type of Toshiba SSD called Blade X-gale. Those drives looked more like RAM modules and had no casing in order to keep their size down. The Air now uses drives from both Toshiba and Samsung that are capable of achieveing read speeds of up to 260Mbps. However, for the Air hardware refresh expected this year Apple is thought to have moved to another, much faster drive.The new MacBook Air is expected to adopt the mSATA connector which we’ve mainly seen used on mini-ITX motherboards and in some netbooks. It allows a flash drive to be slotted directly on to the motherboard taking up very little space.The memory Apple has opted for is called “Toggle DDR 2.0” built on a 19nm process. The good news for consumers is the fact this new memory can reach speeds of 400Mbps while using less power due to the smaller manufacturing process used to create it. In other words, the MacBook Air refresh should bring with it even faster access to your data while using less power than previous models.We don’t know who is providing these new mSATA Toggle drives, but both Toshiba and Samsung are setup to manufacture them. It could just be a case of supplies arriving from both companies and which you get is the luck of the draw.Read more at Macotakara (translated), and Apple Insider (images courtesy of Intel)last_img read more

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Khepera bots autonomously form up and roll out

first_imgIt can be difficult to coordinate a group of robots. Just watch any of the recent Transformers movies. In the real world, however, having robots effectively work together is a tricky thing. This difficulty can crop when it comes to formations. Ted Macdonald has sought to remedy this problem.Macdonald did his graduate work in the Georgia Robotics and Intelligent Systems lab (GRITS) at Georgia Tech. His thesis centered on the problems with multi-robot cooperation. In some scenarios, the robots drive to the closest available position, but this can result in multi-robot collision. In most cases, the locations are preset which can be cumbersome when obstacles arise.AdChoices广告What Macdonald sought to do was to develop an algorithm that would enable the robots to work without preset locations. Ted’s algorithm hinges itself on the robots knowing the assigned formation and the relative location of other robots in the formation. With this knowledge, each robot is able to autonomously determine where to go, and they are also able to recalculate their route should there be any disturbances along the way.The robots can all work on the same level, or a variable can be introduced. Macdonald modified his algorithm to include a leader robot, on Optimus Prime of sorts that doesn’t work on the same level the rest of the group. The leader could be controlled by a human, have a desired position, or any number of commands and it’s the leader’s actions that will determine what the rest of the group does.Ted recently released a video displaying the leader algorithm in action. The follower robots, each outfitted with a platform, can be seen coordinating around the leader’s movements. They form a four-piece landing platform for a quadrotor that tracks the robots’ movements.Read more at Ted Mcdonald, via Engadgetlast_img read more

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CES 2013s maybes unfinished products that show serious promise

first_imgThe cool thing about seeing any unfinished product at CES is that you’ve got a direct line to the manufacturer. You can offer opinions about a product before it is available, and the creator can make changes if necessary to ensure a successful product. Unfortunately, it also means that the cool gadget you just saw may never grace the shelf of your local electronics store.With CES’ forward-looking nature in mind, we’ve gathered up a couple of our favorite pre-production items from the show floor in the hope that they’ll be ready to sell some day. Read on and see what the future of gadgetry may behold…The DubSteinIt’s hard to walk past a booth that is clearly designed to force you to ask what a “DubStein” is. This huge mug features a pair of speakers, an FM radio, and a Bluetooth connection to pair to your smartphone. If you felt like your morning coffee was lacking in sick beats, or if you wanted a portable grill-side music player that also held an ice cold adult beverage, the DubStein is for you.The top of the handle includes a d-pad style layout for switching tracks and controlling the volume, while a display on the side of the mug offers up track information. The inside of the mug has a removable insert to hold either a hot cup of coffee with a spill proof lid or becomes a cavity large enough to snugly hold your beer bottle, making it pretty clear that those are the primary options for musically enhanced beverage consumption.The DubStein only exists as plastic models right now. The manufacturer hasn’t set a price point, shipping date, or anything resembling a product launch. At the moment, the founder isn’t even sure which version of Bluetooth he plans to use, or how large the battery that powers the speakers will be.The DubStein is about as far as you can get from being a complete product and still show off at CES, but as concept products go, this one seems quite fun.iPin laser pointerFew things on the CES show floors screamed “cat toy” as loudly as the iPin. This impressively small laser pointer plugs in to the headphone jack of your iPhone and, with the help of a one button app, turns your phone into a feline-friendly laser pointer.The 3.5mm jack adapter just barely sticks out of the top of the iPhone, and the 100mW laser that shoots out isn’t bright enough to do much more that illuminate a presentation screen in a dark room… or excite your cat. You could easily leave the iPin in your phone all the time, unless of course you use your headphone jack for headphones.There wasn’t pricing or availability ready to announce just yet for the iPin, but the hope is to have the accessory available for less than $20 when it hits shelves. According to the manufacturer there are plans to make an Android capable version as well, but the focus right now is to support iOS devices.Tylt Energi backpackNot many people are able to brag about the “all day” battery in their smartphone, tablet, or laptop. Most still need to plug in at some point during the day, especially if they are heavy users. So many users resort to huge battery packs that wrap around their phones, or that require tethering the device to a big battery in your pocket, purse, or backpack. In the past we’ve seen companies try to make bags with batteries and cords sewn in before, but the implementation has always been flawed. Powerbag, for example, makes a great bag with plenty of battery power, but the micro USB cable doesn’t charge fast enough to power current generation Android phones and there’s been no update for the Lightning port on the new iPhone and iPad. Tylt approaches the problem prom a fresh perspective by building the bag around the needs of as many users as possible.A 10400mAh battery powers three USB ports. One port offers a dedicated 2.1A circuit, while the other two split a 2.1A circuit, in order to offer enough power for smartphones and tablets and enough battery to charge both more than once. The backpack has been built to allow users to wire their own cables throughout the bag however they choose, including a slit in the bottom of the bag to run a cord straight to your hand in case you’d like to use the phone while it is charging. The backpack is also designed to be airport friendly and slides on top of roll-on cases with ease.Rather than manufacture and sell these immediately, Tylt has put the Energi backpack on the Kickstarter-esque ChristieStreet. If the project reaches $50,000, the company will start manufacturing the backpack and selling them directly. If you participate in ChristieStreet, the bag will run $169. After the project is funded, the backpack will retail for $199.As far as unfinished projects go, CES offered quite a few interesting concepts that would be really cool to see on shelves sometime this year. For many companies, this is a multi-year process. There are companies that were showing off launch products this year from concepts that were shown off last year. In many cases, some of the concept products seen at last year’s CES didn’t make it to shelves until Christmas this year, so there’s no telling how long we’d wait for any of these products if they even show up at all.Photography by Chris Sewelllast_img read more

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Australia bans sex between ministers and their staff after deputy PMs affair

first_imgAustralia bans sex between ministers and their staff after deputy PM’s affair Barnaby Joyce is going on leave next week where the Prime Minister wants him to “consider his position”. By AFP Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3852779 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share55 Tweet Email2 Image: Lukas Coch AAP/PA Images Barnaby Joyce reacting during question time in parliament today. Image: Lukas Coch AAP/PA Imagescenter_img Feb 15th 2018, 7:19 AM 38,206 Views Barnaby Joyce reacting during question time in parliament today. 52 Comments Thursday 15 Feb 2018, 10:26 AM Updated 10.26amAUSTRALIA’S PRIME MINISTER imposed a formal ban on sex between ministers and their staff today after his deputy made “a shocking error of judgement” by having an affair that left an aide pregnant and the government reeling.Malcolm Turnbull announced the amendment to the ministerial code of conduct at an extraordinary press conference during which he slammed deputy Barnaby Joyce for causing “terrible hurt and humiliation” to his wife and four children.“Barnaby made a shocking error of judgement in having an affair with a young woman working in his office,” he said.“In doing so, he has set off a world of woe for those women and appalled all of us.“Our hearts go out to them. It has been a dreadful thing for them to go through in the glare of publicity.”Joyce, 50, has been under immense pressure since his affair with former media advisory Vikki Campion, 33, who is now pregnant with their child, became public last week.It has led to allegations that he breached ministerial rules, with the crisis dominating the front pages and parliament question time, with calls mounting for him to resign.Joyce, whose National Party is in a coalition with the prime minister’s Liberals, will take leave next week, allowing him to side-step the role of acting leader while Turnbull is on a visit to the United States.Turnbull departs for Washington next Wednesday for meetings with US President Donald Trump and is scheduled to be overseas for four days.Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, as deputy Liberal leader, would normally step in if Joyce was unavailable. But she will also be travelling, which means Senate leader Mathias Cormann will take the position.Turnbull said the break would allow Joyce to “consider his own position”.The prime minister could sack him, but that risks fracturing the ruling coalition and could cause a rift between the Liberal and National parties.‘No good comes of it’Joyce admitted to the affair after a picture of his pregnant lover was splashed across the front page of the Sydney Daily Telegraph, and has publicly apologised to his shattered wife of 24 years Natalie and their daughters. Joyce speaking in the House of Representatives Source: Lukas Coch AAP/PA ImagesTurnbull said times had changed and people expected politicians to set an example.“I am not here to moralise. But we must recognise that whatever may have been acceptable or to which a blind eye was turned in the past, today, in 2018, it is not acceptable for a minister to have a sexual relationship with somebody who works for them,” he said.“It is a very bad workplace practice. And everybody knows that no good comes of it.”As such, he amended the code of conduct to make unequivocally clear that “ministers, regardless of whether they are married or single, must not engage in sexual relations with staff”.Joyce – best known internationally for threatening to euthanise Hollywood star Johnny Depp’s dogs over a quarantine violation – denies he breached any rules, which could be grounds for him to be removed from office.He has defended the two jobs, one for a minister, that Campion was given after she stopped working for him last year.The code stipulates that “partners” of ministers cannot be given jobs in ministerial offices without the express approval of the prime minister.Joyce is also under fire over revelations that he accepted a rent-free apartment from a millionaire friend after his marriage collapsed.Labor accused him of breaching ministerial standards by asking for a place to live, and in effect receiving a gift of not paying rent for six months. Joyce insists it was offered and he did not ask for it.Joyce was re-elected in his rural constituency in New South Wales late last year after being forced to stand down over a once-obscure rule barring dual citizens from federal office.He campaigned on a platform of being a pillar of the community who upheld conservative values, including marriage.© – AFP, 2018Read: Australia deputy PM under pressure to resign over affair with woman who was given government jobRead: Australia’s deputy prime minister has had to step down because of his dual citizenshiplast_img read more

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