Mozilla developing Chromecast killer with tab mirroring from Firefox for Android

first_imgOne of Mozilla’s software developers shared an intriguing image on Google+ recently, and it could be big news for Android users.The image shows a Nexus 4 beaming a Firefox tab to a TV across the room. After the image appeared online, Mozilla was forced to address it, saying that yes, it is working on “second screen support” for a number of devices. This could be Mozilla’s answer to the Google Chromecast.This system appears to be an all software solution, unlike the the Chomecast which requires the $35 HDMI dongle. The Firefox magic is happening with the aid of a Roku box, which is more of an investment than a Chromecast, but already fairly common.The other notable difference here is that the Firefox “experiment” is doing full tab mirroring from a smartphone. The Chomecast can currently only to tab casting from a desktop PC over local WiFi. Mozilla could be leveraging some sort of WebRTC layer, support for which was just added to the mobile app a few weeks ago. It may or may not require an internet connection — Mozilla isn’t saying.The Google Chromecast was a huge seller when it launched at the end of July. It sold out on Amazon in mere hours, and Google’s own Play Store was backordered for weeks. Mozilla isn’t really in the hardware business, so it makes sense to roll a similar feature out using third-party devices like the Roku.Mozilla refused to speculate about when users would get to try out its tab mirroring feature.last_img read more

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Killzone on PS4 has no loading screens was 290GB until Guerrilla optimized

first_imgHere’s a few interesting facts about Killzone: Shadow Fall to kick off this article: The finished game including individual assets for all the levels comes in at 290GB of data. The final version of the game being burned on to PS4 Blu-ray discs is 39.7GB. And the most surprising fact of all is that Killzone 3 on the PS3 is actually larger, with 41.5GB of disc space required.The main reason for this massive amount of data is textures. The PS4 is a much more powerful machine than the PS3, and can therefore handle a much higher resolution of textures and needs more of them due to the size and openness of the levels. So why does Killzone 3 need more storage space?Guerrilla Games has explained that storage space wasn’t really an issue for Killzone 3 because they had a 50GB Blu-ray to play with. It’s not that the textures and other assets were massive, it’s the fact that they were small enough to be included on the disc multiple times for each level in order to speed up loading and streaming when playing the game. The same was true of any video footage. Doing the same thing for Killzone: Shadow Fall ended up producing a 290GB disc image, which was clearly unacceptable.The final 39.7GB image has been produced after Guerrilla spent a lot of time optimizing the game. Not by cutting down on file sizes and notching down the quality, but simply by being clever with texture reuse and the layout of the data on the disc. The end result is a next-gen game that easily fits on a Blu-ray. It also supports Sony’s PlayGo system, which allows you to start playing a PS4 game before it finishes downloading. For Shadow Fall, only 7.5GB of the game is required before play can begin.Now for another fact to finish that is sure to be well met by gamers: Shadow Fall has no logos or splash screens when the game starts, and no loading screens beyond a 30 seconds period when play begins. That’s impressive, and I for one hope it becomes a common theme for next-gen games.last_img read more

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Garda reps say martial law was threatened Taoiseach says it was never

first_imgDetective Chief Superintendent Michael O’Sullivan sought to clarify the situation on RTÉ radio this morning, stating the first mention he heard of martial law was “in the headlines”.He stressed it had, at no stage, appeared in the garda contingency plan for today.“”It never ever appeared. There was no need to put the army on the streets. We have a perfectly good contingency plan and there was no need for it”.Though he said it was neither needed nor included in plans, he did not state whether garda management had never discussed the possibility with the GRA’s officer board.Similarly, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said martial law had never been part of the plan – though he did not have any representative at the meeting between garda management and the GRA.Speaking to reporters in Dublin earlier, he said:I met with the Minister for Justice, and the Garda Commissioner and senior garda management and the Minister for Public Expenditure on Monday and, while contingency arrangements are a matter for the Commissioner in the context of the day-to-day running of the gardaí, I can assure you and confirm to you martial law that the question of martial law, ie the army being on the streets of this country, was never contemplated and never raised.Though there are no specific provisions in Irish law covering martial law, there is nothing to stop a government from asking the Defence Forces to provide a policing service.Assistant professor at law in Trinity College David Kenny told“There has long been a conventional arrangement where the defence forces assist with law enforcement, which is known as “aid to the civil power”. Most commonly in Ireland, this has been for guarding the transit of money, prison security, sensitive prisoners transfer, protection for state visits etc.“The courts have commented in passing that the Defence Forces providing such aid is an acceptable arrangement and to be expected. However, this has always been supplementing – not supplanting – the role of the gardaí. Using the defence forces as primary law enforcement – rather than backing and aiding civilian authorities in particular instances – would be something else.”He added that since the Constitution is silent on the question of policing, “there is some vagueness about the division between civilian and military powers”.I am not aware of any statutory provision that either enables or specifically prevents use of the defence forces as primary civilian law enforcement, and it would be difficult to say what the legal status of such an action would be. However, it would greatly exceed the long-held convention about the limits of using the defence forces for civilian law enforcement.Whatever happened at that meeting yesterday morning, it caused badly-timed tension between members of the association’s top table, which has created serious uncertainty about how their members on the ground will vote.They are expected to be balloted as soon as next week, though results are unlikely before the next planned strike day.Read: Poll: Was the GRA right to call off the Garda strike?>Read: Garda strike: Here’s the deal that’s being offered to gardaí> By Michelle Hennessy Source: TippFMNews/Twitter #GRA asking these units not to take part in strike— Michelle Hennessy (@michellehtweet) November 3, 2016 IT CAME DOWN to the wire with the garda pay dispute last night, with the decision made late in the game by both representative associations to defer their action and ballot members.While the general executive of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI) displayed a united front, the top table of the Garda Representative Association (GRA) was split in its decision with a 20-17 vote result.The split vote followed a row among the central executive committee over a request that gardaí on a number of units report for duty on the strike day today. The officer board – the top GRA honchos – met with garda management yesterday morning and, before consulting its CEC, agreed to the list of units and issued a press release to the media: Share719 Tweet Email Friday 4 Nov 2016, 3:48 PM Garda reps say martial law was threatened – Taoiseach says it was never contemplated The GRA’s officer board claimed they were told there was “an immediate and viable threat to the security of the State”. Image: Sam Boal/ Tom Finnan says his colleagues came back from the meeting and said the army would be on the streets. #gardastrike #tipptoday— TippFMNews (@TippFmNews) November 4, 2016 Image: Sam Boal/ 25,494 Views Source: Michelle Hennessy/Twitter Nov 4th 2016, 3:48 PM 61 Comments A fierce row erupted at their scheduled meeting at 2pm and the committee were told garda management had said the Minister for Justice would have to “declare martial law” in the country.According to a source, they were “told there was an immediate and viable threat to the security of the State”.This forced the officer board to bypass the democratic will of the CEC and by extension 96% of the membership.Speaking to RTÉ’s Morning Ireland this morning, the GRA president Ciaran O’Neill would not be drawn to give specifics of the meeting with garda management. However, he did say they had expressed “certain fears in respect of the security of the State”.Tipperary representative Tom Finnan, however, did confirm to Tipp FM that martial law was mentioned in the meeting. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Man murdered in west Belfast was shot in living room in front

first_img Image: Google Maps Updated at 3.30pmTHE MAN WHO was murdered in Belfast yesterday evening was shot dead in his living room in front of his partner and child.The PSNI said police and other emergency services were called to a house in the Glenbawn Avenue area of Belfast at around 8pm.The victim has been named as 28-year-old Raymond Johnston.This afternoon, the PSNI confirmed that a man produced a weapon and opened fire in Johnston’s living room in front of his partner and 11-year-old child.“Our thoughts are very much with his family and I condemn this horrendous murder,” Detective chief inspector Geoff Boyce said.The PSNI’s Serious Crime Branch confirmed it has launched a murder inquiry following the killing.Boyce said: “I am particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed a male wearing a blue coat with fur around the hood make off from the scene, getting into a black car with tinted windows which drive away from the scene.”He said that while a definitive motive for the shooting has not been established, the PSNI is exploring a number of possible lines of enquiry.“Obviously as the investigation is at a very early stage I cannot expand further upon that at present,” Boyce said.“Local police will continue to maintain a presence in the area to provide reassurance to residents. We all have a part to play to ensure that the community in Poleglass has the time to come to terms with what has happened here and to ensure that those responsible for this murder are brought to justice.”Sinn Féin councillor Stephen Magennis said the local community in Poleglass is “stunned and outraged at this latest brutal killing”.He said: “I have spoken to some of the victim’s family and friends and they are obviously devastated and in a state of shock.There can be absolutely no justification for this murder which was carried out in the most brutal fashion… The people carrying out these attacks are bringing nothing but death and destruction. They need to be condemned and should get off the backs of this community.Alliance leader Naomi Long called it a “shocking murder” and joined Magennis in appealing for anyone with information to contact the PSNI.The PSNI is appealing to anyone with information, “no matter how insignificant they may think it is”, to contact detective on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 1192 of 13/02/18 or ask to speak to a detective at the incident room at Musgrave Street.Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.With reporting by Sean MurrayRead: Man arrested after shooting incident outside NSA headquartersMore: Boris Johnson refuses to rule out resignation over UK’s Brexit stance Short URL Feb 13th 2018, 10:07 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Hayley Halpin Glenbawn Avenue in west Belfast.center_img Wednesday 14 Feb 2018, 3:35 PM Man murdered in west Belfast was shot in living room in front of partner and child The incident happened around 8pm yesterday evening. 31,374 Views 38 Comments Share18 Tweet Email Glenbawn Avenue in west Belfast. Image: Google Mapslast_img read more

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Police officer dies as fans involved in violent clashes during Europa League

first_img Share16 Tweet Email By AFP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Feb 23rd 2018, 8:20 AM Friday 23 Feb 2018, 8:20 AM Police in riot gear outside the stadium Image: Alvaro Barrientos AP/PA Images Source: Alvaro Barrientos AP/PA ImagesMore than 500 police officers had been deployed for the high-risk return leg of the tie.Earlier in the evening, police made a number of arrests as the violence and injuries escalated.“Five people have been arrested. We do not know if they are all supporters of Spartak, but many of them are Russians,” a spokesman for Ertzaintza told AFP.The trouble began as Spartak ultras arrived at the San Mames stadium in Bilbao for the game.Some lit and threw smoke bombs and garbage cans before police charged at them.Spartak won the match 2-1, but Bilbao went through 4-3 on aggregate.© – AFP 2018Read: Snapchat lost €1 billion in value just after Kylie Jenner tweeted she doesn’t use it anymoreRead: Armed policeman at Parkland school ‘never went in’ to confront shooter 17 Comments Short URL A BASQUE POLICE officer died yesterday as security forces clashed with fans of Russian club Spartak Moscow in the Spanish city of Bilbao where a Europa League match was taking place.“We can confirm that a Basque policeman died Thursday,” said a press spokesman for the Ertzaintza regional police.However, he refused to comment on Spanish media speculation that he had died as a result of the fighting which took place before the game.He added that an autopsy would have to be performed before they were in a position to comment on the cause of death.The deputy minister for security at the Basque regional government, Josu Zubiaga, told Cadena Ser radio that pending the “forensic reports, everything seems to indicate that there was no violent contact that may have resulted in the death”. Police officer dies as fans involved in violent clashes during Europa League game in Bilbao A number of people were arrested following trouble at the Athletic Bilbao vs Spartak Moscow game. Image: Alvaro Barrientos AP/PA Images 21,158 Views Police in riot gear outside the stadiumlast_img read more

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Le Pens personal assistant charged in fake jobs scandal

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Marine Le Pen Image: Hussein Malla Short URL FRENCH PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE Emmanuel Macron won the support of a key centrist today, hailing it as a turning point in his campaign, as an aide to his far-right rival Marine Le Pen was charged in a fake jobs scandal.With two months to go before France’s increasingly unpredictable election, centrist veteran Francois Bayrou announced an alliance with Macron to counter the “major threat” posed by the far-right.Bayrou had hinted for months at his own presidential run but ended the suspense by saying he would not mount a rival bid, to avoid splitting the votes of moderates to the benefit of Le Pen.His announcement came as a boost to centrist ex-economy minister Macron, who saw his ratings rise in recent weeks after conservative challenger Francois Fillon was hit by damaging corruption allegations but has slipped behind him again in the latest poll.Breach of trust probeLe Pen, meanwhile, suffered a blow today when her personal assistant Catherine Griset was charged with breach of trust in a probe into allegations the candidate’s National Front (FN) party defrauded the European Parliament of about €340,000.The legislature accuses Le Pen, an MEP, of using parliamentary funds to pay Griset as well as bodyguard Thierry Legier while they worked for her party in France rather than at the parliament. Le Pen has furiously denied the allegations.“I formally contest the allegations,” Le Pen said on television today.She said justice should not be used to interfere in the 23 May presidential election as “this is an important democratic moment” and “fundamental” for France.“It is surprising that two months before the presidential election, there is this great judicial activity,” she told the TF1 channel.She questioned the “impartiality and independence” of “the administration of justice.”The scandal comes as Fillon battles his own investigation into claims his British-born wife Penelope was paid around 700,000 over 15 years as a parliamentary assistant, despite little evidence that she did any work.But while Fillon’s ratings took a dive after “Penelopegate”, opinion polls currently show Le Pen winning the first round of the election in 23 April, although she is forecast to lose in the runoff on 7 May.Le Pen ‘is threat to France’ Bayrou, who ran three times for president and came third in 2007 with more than 18% of the vote, told a press conference he was backing Macron to fight the “major and immediate threat for our country and Europe” posed by Le Pen.Macron, a 39-year-old former investment banker, is campaigning as a pro-Europe progressive and says he is “neither of the left nor the right”.He told AFP he had accepted Bayrou’s offer to join forces, hailing it as a “turning point” in his campaign and for French political life.Bayrou, who has a reputation for probity, condemned the corruption scandals that have embroiled both Fillon and Le Pen.“What is most shocking is the tacit and nearly unanimous acceptance of these abuses,” he said.Once a key force in French politics, Bayrou’s support has shrunk in recent years.Supporters had already defected to the Macron camp before Bayrou’s announcement Wednesday.Bayrou described Macron as a “brilliant” individual and said he hoped that together they could finally bridge France’s entrenched left-right divide.Le Pen surgesLe Pen, who has vowed to call a referendum on France’s membership of the European Union if elected, has blasted the allegations of misusing EU money, describing the investigation as a vendetta.“The French people are well aware of the difference between genuine cases and political intrigues,” she told reporters at a campaign event earlier today.While pollsters believe the 48-year-old trained lawyer will fail to garner the 50% needed for victory in the final run-off, she is closing the gap with both Fillon and Macron in hypothetical second-round match-ups.A poll in early January by Ifop gave Le Pen 36% to 64% for Fillon in the second round, a 28-point gap.She narrowed that to 12 points in an Elabe survey published yesterday that showed her losing by 44 to 56%.Her numbers are similar in a theoretical duel with Macron, at 42 to 58%.Comments are closed as a person has been charged. – © AFP, 2017Read: Le Pen sparks controversy by refusing to wear veil in Lebanon> Image: Hussein Malla Feb 22nd 2017, 11:04 PM Wednesday 22 Feb 2017, 11:04 PMcenter_img No Comments Share1 Tweet Email1 Marine Le Pen 15,116 Views By AFP Le Pen’s personal assistant charged in ‘fake jobs’ scandal Meanwhile, Emmanuel Macron won the support of a key centrist.last_img read more

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New appeal into murder of man whose partial remains were found in

first_img Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article New appeal into murder of man whose partial remains were found in skip two years ago Over 600 lines of investigation have been carried out to establish how, where, when and why Mark Burke died. Jan 23rd 2017, 8:18 PM By Cliodhna Russell No Comments 15,384 Views GARDAÍ HAVE LAUNCHED a fresh witness appeal into the murder of Mark Burke who was found at a recycling plant two years ago.His partial remains were discovered at Thornton’s Recycling Plant, Killeen Road on 31 July 2014.Following a garda appeal on Crimecall on 22 September 2014, the 36-year-old was reporting missing by his father Noel on 11 November.Mark was subsequently identified through DNA profiling. He had been living at Bentley House, Dun Laoghaire up to a short while before his death.Gardaí have established that the last confirmed sighting of Mark was on Corrig Avenue, Dun Laoghaire close to the District Court House on Monday 28 July 2014 at 2.30pm.As far as Gardaí have been able to establish, Mark was homeless at the time of his death.Over 600 lines of investigation have been carried out to establish how, where, when and why Mark died. Gardai say the investigation is ongoing.The garda appeal is now focused on the Dun Laoghaire area as this was Mark’s last confirmed sighting, and the area where he was best known.Mark was a local man who was born in and lived his life in the Sandyford, Stillorgan and Dun Laoghaire – Rathdown areas.There is a period of up to 80 hours for which Mark’s movements are unknown. Investigating gardaí now wish to establish Mark’s movements during this period of time. Mark was known to frequent the Dundrum and Dun Laoghaire areas.Gardaí are appealing to all persons who knew Mark, who may have been in Mark’s company, saw or spoke to Mark, between 2.30pm on 28 July and 31 July 2014 to contact them at Ballyfermot Garda Station 6667200, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666111 or any Garda Station.Gardaí are also appealing to all persons who have any information, no matter what it is, in relation to the last movements of Mark, particularly whose company he may have been in during this period, and anything that may assist the investigation in determining how Mark came to his death.Read: Cork TD says people should pay €6 a year for travel pass to wipe out Bus Éireann deficit> Monday 23 Jan 2017, 8:18 PM Share1 Tweet Email1 last_img read more

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Man arrested after Eamon de Valeras grave vandalised in Glasnevin Cemetery

first_imgMan arrested after Eamon de Valera’s grave vandalised in Glasnevin Cemetery The incident happened this afternoon. Image: PA Archive/PA Images Short URL 19,855 Views Wednesday 25 Jan 2017, 10:47 PM Image: PA Archive/PA Images Share Tweet Email A MAN HAS been arrested in relation to the vandalism of the grave of President Eamon de Valera.The grave at Glasnevin Cemetery in north Dublin was damaged this afternoon, gardaí confirmed. A man in his 50s was detained in relation to the crime.The arrested man was brought to Mountjoy garda station where he was questioned. He is due to appear tomorrow in Dublin District Court.A garda spokesman confirmed gardaí were dealing with an incident at Glasnevin cemetery.A spokesman said: “Gardaí arrested a man in his 50s in relation to vandalism. He is due in Court 1 of the CCJ at 10am.”Read: Donald Trump resigns as director of two Irish companies which operate his luxury Clare hotel >Read: Legendary US actress Mary Tyler Moore has died > No Comments By Garreth MacNamee Jan 25th 2017, 10:47 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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UCD issues apology after computer science students were sent email asking to

first_img Tuesday 12 Mar 2019, 5:15 PM UCD issues apology after computer science students were sent email asking to help develop sex consent app Students this afternoon received an email stating that the correspondence was sent in error. Mar 12th 2019, 5:15 PM Share126 Tweet Email 52 Comments This afternoon, an email was sent by head of UCD Pádraig Cunningham to those in computer science students which stated it should not have been forwarded to students.The email reads: “An email you received on Monday, March 11, 2019 with the subject heading “Fwd: Urgent” was not reviewed and approved by the UCD School of Computer Science before it was forwarded to our students.“The School emailing lists should not have been used to circulate this email. It was issued in error. Please disregard the email.“On behalf of the School, I would like to sincerely apologise to the students who have received this email and for the offense it has caused.“The School of Computer Science will review and improve its approval process for all proposed emails to be sent to students on our lists to ensure that this can not happen again.” Short URLcenter_img 52,740 Views A student in UCD sent this screenshot to me. An email that has been sent to people studying computer science, asking them to be involved in this “Consent” app to prevent men being “sued post intercourse”. Disturbing…— Jade Wilson (@jadeswilson) March 11, 2019 THE HEAD OF UCD’s computer science department has issued an apology after an email was forwarded to students asking them to help develop a sexual consent application. An email sent to students this afternoon stated that the correspondence was sent in error.The original email which was forwarded to all students by asked the computer science department to help develop an app which would record sexual consent between two people prior to any activity taking place. The email stated that the app could stop “life destroying legal ramifications” which arise in cases of sexual assault and rape. The initial email was allegedly sent by a student.It cited an “ever growing fear for men to be sued post intercourse”. The email, which has been shared widely on social media, read: “With your help we can fight the ever growing fear for men to be sued post intercourse due to consent not being recorded/denied/retracted the life destroying legal ramifications that follow – as well as allowing for a clear opportunity if the other, for instance female, does not wish to continue in the act – and leaves out the lack of communication which is responsible for the destruction of thousands of lives each year.” Source: Jade Wilson/Twitter By Garreth MacNamee Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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As MPs cant agree what to do about Brexit EU warns our

first_img 48 Comments Tory deputy chairman James Cleverly yesterday said the party was not preparing for a snap election.“I don’t think an election would solve anything. Time is of the essence, we have got Brexit to deliver. We don’t want to add any more unnecessary delay,” he told Sophy Ridge on Sky News.The poll also found narrow support for a second referendum.Contains reporting from © AFP 2019   British Prime Minister Theresa May Monday 1 Apr 2019, 8:47 AM Short URL Source: UK House of Commons/Twitter Share52 Tweet Email1 By Órla Ryan British Prime Minister Theresa May Image: House of Commons/PA Wire/PA Images As MPs can’t agree what to do about Brexit, EU warns ‘our patience is running out’ The House of Commons is set to vote on a number of options today. Apr 1st 2019, 7:44 AM Image: House of Commons/PA Wire/PA Imagescenter_img After failing to back the Withdrawal Agreement, Britain must now put forward an alternative plan, which could include asking for a longer extension, before 12 April or face leaving the European Union without a deal.An extraordinary EU summit is set to be held on 10 April.In a failed attempt to win over more support, May offered her own resignation if MPs backed her deal. Her future still hangs in the balance, with many people suggesting a general election is needed to break the impasse.If a delay beyond 22 May is secured, Britain could have to take part in the European Parliament elections.Running out of patience Frustration is growing within the EU, with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker yesterday telling an Italian TV station that the EU is running out of patience with Britain.“With our British friends we have had a lot of patience, but even patience is running out,” Juncker told Italian public TV channel Rai 1.Up to now, we know what the British parliament says no to, but we do not know what it says yes to.However, there appears to be momentum behind a plan to seek a deal that would see Britain stay in some kind of customs union with the EU.While this may satisfy the pro-EU members of May’s Cabinet, it threatens mass rebellion among the rest of her ministers, posing a serious threat to the government’s survival.Brexit-supporting minister Andrea Leadsom has organised a letter signed by 10 Cabinet members demanding that there be no further extension beyond 22 May, the Sunday Telegraph reported.The letter also spells out that May must stand by her party’s manifesto pledge to leave the customs union in order to be able to strike post-Brexit trade deals with other countries.General election threat Agreeing to seek a customs union, if demanded by MPs, could therefore trigger a mass ministerial walkout.However, ignoring MPs’ instructions could result in the same scenario; some pro-EU ministers have already quit and vote against the government.All of which leaves a general election looking ever more likely, with May last week stating: “I fear we are reaching the limits of this process in this House.”Conservative MPs across the board said they would block such a move, which requires two-thirds support in parliament.Party support has slipped by 7% to 36%, according an opinion poll in the Sunday Mail, putting Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour (41%) on course to be the largest party if an election is held. Today, MPs have again secured time for #IndicativeVotes on #Brexit. In #WestminsterHall, MPs will debate three Brexit petitions, including the #Article50 petition which secured over 6 million signatures. More in the#OrderPaper— UK House of Commons (@HouseofCommons) April 1, 2019 “We have got a minority government in a turbulent time.”Tory party deputy chairman @JamesCleverly tells #Ridge they’re not planning a general election despite not having control of the House. Follow live updates as #Brexit uncertainty continues:— Ridge on Sunday (@RidgeOnSunday) March 31, 2019 27,000 Views Source: Ridge on Sunday/Twitter Updated Apr 1st 2019, 8:47 AM BRITISH MPS WILL vote on a number of Brexit options today in a bid to find a path forward after rejecting Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal for a third time last Friday.Finding a consensus has proved impossible to date – last Wednesday MPs rejected eight options put to them in a series of indicative votes.The proposals with the most support were a UK-wide customs union with the EU and a second referendum.House Speaker John Bercow is set to choose which motions MPs will vote on – fewer options are likely to be put before the House of Commons in a bid to make progress.The eight possible options are as follows: As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: a unilateral right to exit the backstopleaving with no deal in the absence of a withdrawal agreementa UK-wide customs union with the EUa confirmatory public vote on whatever MPs decide a public vote to prevent a no-deal scenario parliamentary supremacy (if the EU does not grant a further extension, MPs would be asked to vote between a no-deal Brexit or revoking Article 50)joining the European Free Trade Association and the European Economic AreaThe debate is expected to begin at around 2.30pm, with voting taking place at 8pm.MPs are also set to discuss an online petition calling for Article 50 to be revoked, and Brexit effectively cancelled, which has received over six million signatures to date.  Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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FAI board meeting today set to discuss Delaneys departure

first_img THE BOARD OF the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) is set to meet later today, with John Delaney’s departure from the organisation expected to be discussed.On Saturday, reported that the FAI’s executive vice president – and former chief executive – would be leaving the organisation, but no formal announcement has yet been made.Secretary of Kerry District League Soccer John O’Regan also confirmed to Radio Kerry that Delaney sent him a text to confirm he was “stepping down” from his role as the FAI’s Executive Vice-President. It follows a series of turbulent weeks in the public eye for the FAI, which began when the Sunday Times reported that Delaney had given a cheque of €100,000 to the organisation in 2017.The FAI, in a series of statements, said it was a bridging loan after it experienced a short-term cash flow issue.Appearing before the Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport last week, Delaney refused to answer questions about the €100,000 loan and said he was precluded from doing so on legal advice. This led to criticism from some members of the committee, including Sinn Féin TD Imelda Munster who accused Delaney of acting “disgracefully”. In a statement last night, the FAI said it is taking urgent steps to address its current governance and financial issues.“The Association continues to work to restore the trust of its stakeholders including the Minister and Sport Ireland as soon as possible. The FAI wants to ensure that all those who play football across Ireland do not suffer as a result of the actions of the Association,” it said.The statement also said the board would be meeting today, and it’s expected the terms of Delaney’s departure will be discussed. Ongoing governance reviews into the organisation are also expected to feature on the agenda. Delaney became Treasurer of the FAI in 2001, and then became full-time CEO in 2005.He served that role until late on Saturday 23 March, when it was announced that he would assume a new role entitled Executive Vice President following a governance review conducted by Jonathan Hall Associates. With reporting from Gavin Cooney 38 Comments Share97 Tweet Email By Sean Murray 22,120 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Monday 15 Apr 2019, 10:41 AM Short URL Image: Leah Farrell/ Apr 15th 2019, 10:41 AM FAI board meeting today set to discuss Delaney’s departure The former FAI CEO has faced criticism after he refused to answer questions on the €100k loan, citing legal advice. Image: Leah Farrell/Rollingnews.ielast_img read more

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International Womens Day celebrations continues

first_imgThe Hellenic Women’s Cultural Association and the Hellenic Women’s Federation of Victoria will be hosting an event to celebrate 100 years of International Women’s Day.The Hellenic Women’s Cultural Association will be hosting a talk, wine and meal at Hilton on the Park Melbourne, 192 Wellington Street, Melbourne, this Sunday starting at 11.30 am to 3.00 pm. Speaking on the day will be psychologist and lecturer Eleni Kalambouka. The day will be dedicated to Melina Mercouri, who throughout her illustrious acting career, involved herself in politics and was an activist against Greek Junta. Tickets are $60.00 per person.Similarly, the Hellenic Women’s Federation of Victoria’s event will focus on the inspiration and strength of Melina Mercouri. Neos Kosmos journalist Claire Gazis, will be speaking at the event. The event will take place on 10 March at Preston City Hall, 284 Gower Street, Preston, from 9.30 am to 4.00 pm. Tickets are $25.00 per person. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Mission Remember Crete

first_imgThe Australian delegation heading to Greece to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the battle of Crete will depart Australia this weekend ahead of a fortnight of services and ceremonies. The mission will include six WWII veterans who fought in Greece and Crete in 1941. Norman Maddock, aged 88, Basil Hayler, 89, Arthur Leggett, 92, Bill Taylor, 94, Alf Carpenter, 94, and Dan Bowden, 101, all fought in the Crete campaign and will make the trip this week. Mr Hayler, a sailor who served on the HMAS Perth told Neos Kosmos he’s looking forward to re-visiting the Mediterranean, where he spent much of WWII patrolling on various ships. “I think it’s going to be a marvelous experience. I don’t know what to expect,” he said. “It will be nice to look back over Souda Bay again and see where I used to drop anchor, and where we were bombed day after day. “And see Athens again, where we had some runs ashore and around the Acropolis. It’ll be great I think.” The Diggers will be joined by a parliamentary delegation including Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Warren Snowdon, as well as several Greek-Australian MPs, and members of the Cretan-Australian community. Mr Snowdon said it would be an honour to visit Greece with some of the men who fought to defend it. “The Battle for Greece and Crete resulted in a strong bond between Australia and the people of Greece, and that friendship has not wavered in the 70 years since. It endures in the hearts of the thousands of Greeks who made their homes in Australia post-war,” he said. Mr Snowdon said the Allies had been poorly equipped to withstand the German onslaught on Greece in 1941, lacking aircraft and armour and outnumbered on the ground and in the air. “In spite of this, the Allies slowed down the German advance offering brave and locally successful resistance. When the force finally evacuated from Greece, 320 Australians had been killed, with 494 wounded and more than 2,000 taken prisoner. “Withdrawing to the Island of Crete the allied troops attempted to fight off an airborne invasion. A further 274 Australians were killed and over 3,000 taken prisoner in defending Crete. “But Australia’s losses paled in comparison with those suffered by the Greeks, with an estimated 500,000 Greek and Cretan lives lost during the war,” Mr Snowdon said. Steve Georganas MP, who will also travel to Crete as part of the mission, said it was important to recognize the sacrifices made by the men and women – Greek and Australian – who fought for Greece. “As Greek Australians it’s something that connects us, it’s something that’s in our history. It’s something that’s very special for our heritage and it’s something that should be recognized as being a significant event,” he told Neos Kosmos. “If things went terribly differently during that period, you and I might not be here in Australia today. So it’s an event that actually affected our lives as Greek Australians. “One of the reasons that we’re here today, as proud Australians of Greek heritage in this wonderful democracy, is because of those people that gave their lives and their youthful years and went through heaps of hardship to ensure that the Nazis didn’t win,” he said. South Australian MP Leesa Vlahos will be representing Premier Mike Rann on the mission. She said it was important to raise public awareness about the Greece campaign. “Australia has the third-largest Greek community in the world so maintaining links between Greece and Australia is important to the South Australian and local Greek community,” Ms Vlahos said. The two-week mission will leave for Greece from Sydney tomorrow and will visit Australian Defence Force personnel at Al Minhad Airbase in the United Arab Emirates in the Middle East. On Crete commemorative services will be held at most of the significant sites on the island including the Souda Bay Allied war cemetery, the Maleme airstrip and the German war cemetery. The veterans will be supported by a small administrative and medical team including a doctor and a nurse. The 70th anniversary commemorative activities kicked off in Melbourne last week, with a series of events marking the service of Anzac and Cretan veterans. Events included the presentation of the Commemorative Medal of Honour 1940-1941 by the Greek government to 94 year-old Tom Morris from Corowa in Victoria, who was part of the small group of men that held the Germans at the pass of Thermopylae for three days. Mr Morris said the presentation was probably the best day of his life, except for the day he got married. The sons and grandsons of three other veterans also accepted the medal on behalf of their relatives. The presentation was followed by a cocktail reception to honour the veterans last Friday evening, and a commemorative dinner dance last Saturday night, where some of the veterans even engaged in a little Greek dancing. “They even had me dancing the Zorba,” Basil Hayler said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Tree of life

first_imgIt’s strange to think that a tragedy was the catalyst behind the dynasty that has seen four generations of George Diakomichalis’ family involved in the world of pastries. While George’s great-great-grandfather was out on a sponge fishing trip he drowned, forcing his then nine-year-old son to work in order to provide for the family. The young lad was sent to Russia in 1890 to work with a Kalymnian family of pastry chef’s. He learnt the trade, even went to France for a year to expand his knowledge and techniques, and then returned to the island of Kalymnos to open the first family patisserie in 1918. The rest is more than history, as the original tragedy has spawned family businesses in the US, in Greece and the Adelaide store Kalymnos Pastries. George initially tried to fight his fate, opting for a job at the Commonwealth Bank but after four years of number-crunching, he knew that he couldn’t deny it anymore; as he says himself “it’s in my blood”. In 1995, George travelled to Kalymnos to learn the craft: traditional methods that had been passed down from generation to generation, then later that year opened Kalymnos Pastries in Torrensville South Australia. A wide-eyed 23-year-old, this was George’s first exposure to business. “It was a shock to the system,” George recalls of the early days of Kalymnos Pastries. “The first six months were working 18 hour days and it was very tough. But luckily I had the support of my family – as there were some trying times working those hours.”In those days, it was just George and his mum, churning out quality pastries upholding age-old techniques and recipes. George said although it took its toll physically, they were lucky to be inundated with orders when they first opened “It was tough, a big commitment. At the beginning we did everything ourselves; I used to be the chef and do deliveries. Slowly, slowly we took more people on, more staff and things gradually fell into place.” The store has been up-and-running for 17 years and features all the Greek classic delicacies like kataifi, revani, baklava, floyeres, karithopita, bougatsa – the list goes on. Cheesecakes, muffins and biscuits can also be found on the premises ensuring there is something available for everyone’s sweet tooth. But if savoury’s your flavour, try the spanakopita, tiropita and vegetable and cheese triangles. Kalymnos Pastries is a reflection of George’s vision and heritage. From the homely shop front, to the friendly staff – everything here is warm and inviting. “We want everyone to experience the tradition of the food, like people are eating home cooked food from their parents and grandparents. We are very proud of the home style produce.” His strong desire to ensure his produce is a reflection and homage to his family baking traditions means that the quality control at Kalymnos Pastries is second-to-none. That passion and steadfast vision that George posses filters through to every aspect of the business. “I have a strong vision of the way I want this business to run,” George says matter-of-factly. “I handpick my staff based on character, they need to be able to follow the lead and to make sure that everything is made using traditional methods. We pride ourselves on quality and freshness and I am not scared of wastage but we know how to manage our products to make sure we don’t have too much waste. We always make sure our customer service matches our product and our cleanliness. And we don’t skimp on produce, we never use cheaper ingredients,” explains George. George admits that the business was the only path for him to take in life, and now as we talk, he says he couldn’t imagine life without it. “It’s surreal, I still remember the first day, in some ways it feels like it was yesterday, but in other ways it feels like it’s been forever. I am very, very proud of what I have achieved along with the help and support of my family, and my fantastic staff.” And the success of the business?“If you give someone something you love, the rest takes care of itself.”Kalymnos Pastries, 3/158 Henley Beach Rd, Torrensville, South Australia, (08) 8443 9333 Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Australian Hellenic Memorial school competition winners

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Eighteen students took out the annual Australian Hellenic Memorial School competition for 2012. The winners are: Thea Bahtsevanoglou; Emma Sideridis; Anthony Boussounis; Victoria Liodakis; Margery Zhang; Alexander Koyioumtzis; Amanda Tsiagalos; Micheil Christopher; Fotios Monocheir; Virginia Sherwood; Stephanie Atwa; Samuel Savidis; Cary Douros; Tiffany Douros; Kristen Politis; Peter Plemenos; Amelia Liapis; and Simos Yiannourakos.last_img

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Police boost security after terror threats

first_imgAmid rising fears of a possible terrorist attack on a high-level target, Greek Police are enforcing security measures akin to those used for the Athens Olympics in 2004, Kathimerini has learned.Police patrols have been intensified around central landmarks and around hotels where foreign officials visiting Athens as part of the country’s presidency of the European Union are staying. One official revealed that bomb disposal experts have been instructed to search individuals and vehicles that appear suspicious near venues hosting foreign envoys.The force is also reviewing security for the 320 top potential targets for terrorist hits in Athens, according to sources.Greek authorities are believed to have enlisted the help of the FBI and Scotland Yard to boost security.The security alert comes a day after fugitive November 17 convict Christodoulos Xeros announced his return to terrorism in a video message and letter posted online. Xeros has been at large since absconding from a furlough from Korydallos Prison earlier this month. The development rattled the government and prompted the US State Department to press the Greek authorities to find the fugitive.Police investigations continued on Wednesday, with raids on several apartments in Athens and Thessaloniki and three arrests, two in the capital and one in the northern port.Meanwhile, the police offered a 4-million-euro reward to anyone providing information leading to the arrest of Xeros as well as another two convicted members of Revolutionary Struggle and the unknown killers of two members of the neofascist Golden Dawn. Nikos Maziotis and Panagiota Roupa have remained unaccounted for since July 2012, when they were released after serving the maximum of 18 months in pretrial custody.Authorities offered a reward of 1 million euros for information leading to Xeros’s arrest, the same sum for the arrest of Maziotis or Roupa and 1 million euros for details about the gunmen behind the murders of two Golden Dawn members in Neo Iraklio, northern Athens.In a related development, it emerged that Justice Minister Haralambos Athanasiou is drafting legislative reforms that would make it easier for judicial officials to remand suspects pending trial. He is also planning to tighten security in the country’s prisons, particularly in supposedly high-security institutions such as Korydallos Prison near Piraeus, which got a new warden on Wednesday. Hara Koutsomichali replaces Maria Stefi, who was transferred to another prison as an investigation gets under way into how Xeros was allowed to meet regularly with jailed members of another guerrilla group, Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire, while he was an inmate at Korydallos.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Samaras casts conservatives as guarantors of countrys European course

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on Thursday cast New Democracy as a Europe-oriented party, following leftist SYRIZA’s overture toward the Communist Party (KKE), as the conservative pre-election campaign shifts its focus to the center ground and undecided voters.On a visit to Peristeri, a working-class district in western Athens, Samaras hailed two late statesman – conservative Constantine Karamanlis and Socialist Andreas Papandreou – for securing Greece’s position in Europe and pointed to ND’s recent coalition with PASOK and Democratic Left which he called “an unprecedented alliance for Greece which was realized precisely due to that common denominator called Europe.”The conservatives hope to capitalize on the fact that cadres of leftist SYRIZA, which is still leading in opinion polls, have been inconsistent on key issues including taxation and potential alliances. One encouraging detail for ND, according to sources, is that polls show most undecided voters wavering between a choice of ND, centrist To Potami and PASOK, not between ND and SYRIZA.Samaras said the choice for voters was not one of parties. “On January 25, we are not choosing which party we want, we are deciding which Greece we want us and our children to live in.” Samaras, who was jeered by residents in Peristeri, said he understood people’s anger. “But I know that people who have gotten wet don’t also want to drown.”In PASOK’s camp a row between leader Evangelos Venizelos and former Premier George Papandreou continued to simmer. Venizelos expressed surprise at Papandreou’s claim that he was unseated as PASOK leader in 2011. Venizelos said Papandreou had intended to propose him as a candidate for interim premier, a role eventually assumed by Lucas Papademos. “Between Petsalnikos and Papademos, he phoned me and said he would propose me as prime minister,” Venizelos said, referring to former Parliament Speaker Filippos Petsalnikos. “Would he propose as PM the person who unseated him?” he said.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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Recovering student loans from overseas residents

first_imgAs of this week, people who have benefited from Australian student loans and now live overseas will pay for them the same way they would if they lived in Australia.Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham said it was estimated that up to $30 million was lost annually due to graduates moving overseas, and from today those graduates would be required to notify the Australian Taxation Office to arrange repayments.Minister Birmingham said recouping debts under the Higher Education Loan Programme or Trade Support Loan scheme would ensure Australia’s world-class, income-contingent student loans scheme was fairer and more sustainable into the future.“The Turnbull government is committed to ensuring the future sustainability of Australia’s student loans scheme and to ensuring it is fair for all Australians. “Until now, people who took out a loan under the Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) or a Trade Support Loan (TSL) and moved overseas were under no obligation to repay their debt as long as they remained offshore residents,” Minister Birmingham said. “From 2016-17, anyone who has a Higher Education Loan Programme or Trade Support Loan debt who earns above the minimum repayment threshold (currently $54,126) will be required to make repayments regardless of where they live. “As well as making the scheme fairer and more equitable, the government’s changes will improve the sustainability of the scheme with taxpayers to benefit by $150 million over the next decade.”Minister Birmingham said it is estimated that around $20-30 million each year was lost due to graduates moving overseas and up to $800 million due to non-repayment of debts from students living overseas had been lost since the start of the student loan scheme in 1989.All Australians with current and new HELP and TSL debt who move overseas for six months or more are required to notify the ATO via the myGov website to facilitate repayments. For more information about HELP, go to Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Rougeole des vaccinations toujours insuffisantes

first_imgRougeole : des vaccinations toujours insuffisantesFrance – Bien qu’en progression, les vaccinations contre la rougeole sont insuffisantes pour éradiquer la maladie de l’Hexagone.A un an, un enfant doit recevoir le vaccin ROR, protégeant contre la rougeole, les oreillons et la rubéole. Le bulletin épidémiologique hebdomadaire publié ce lundi 26 juillet 2010 indique que 90% des enfants de moins de 24 mois présents sur le territoire français ont été vaccinés. Il s’agit d’un chiffre en progression légère : +3% en trois ans. Néanmoins, pour éradiquer la rougeole, c’est-à-dire pour interrompre sa transmission, il faudrait qu’au moins 95% des enfants soient vaccinés.À lire aussiRougeole : symptômes, contagion, traitement, vaccin, de quoi s’agit-il ? On a recensé 2.000 cas de rougeole chez des enfants en 2010, dont 200 constatés chez des bébés de moins de 1 an. Pour tous les enfants et plus particulièrement pour ces tout-petits, il existe des risques de complications graves.On soulignera que le ROR permet également de limiter les cas de rubéole congénitale.Le 28 juillet 2010 à 13:27 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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