Pixel art all around us From tulip fields to butterfly wings

first_imgPixel art is not so much a growing trend as it is a rediscovered art. In the age of ultra-definition TVs and performance-captured machinima, it’s not hard to imagine why there is increasing interest in older styles of art. In their day, these forms arrested people’s emotions just as powerfully as do works of today – or perhaps even more-so. Who, after all, gets that far-away look when talking about the CoD4, as opposed to Earthbound?Now, of course, we can see just about anything fondly through a lens that’s decades thick, but in twenty years will the works of today hold up so well? The fact is that pixel art has existed as long as art itself — as we’ll see — and there is a certain poignancy to the detail we infer into these simple little forms. Why are the aliens from Space Invaders still iconic and wonderful, while a muddy model from TimeSplitters looks ugly as sin? The simplicity of well-done pixel art has a perfection that seems to rise above its lack of detail.More and more mainstream sources are exploiting this fact for artistic expression and personal gain. Here are a few…Australian aboriginal dot artReducing a form down to its mos basic components is actually sort of an advanced idea, if you’ve never heard of it before. It’s a fairly large conceptual leap, to go from the unbroken lines you see around you to the point-art that has more to do with our perception than our actual sensations. It’s a sort of visual metaphor that takes quite a bit of sophistication — at least by ancient standards.The Australian aboriginals were known for their dot paintings, which are remarkably evocative — especially when compared with the more sinuous forms of their more conventional rock paintings.Early pointillism/mosaicsIt’s a real shame to condense some of history’s greatest artists down to one bullet in this list, but it has to be done. The pointillism movement in art has seen entries from luminaries like Vincent van Gogh, but if we’re taking the term more as a description than a proper noun then we’ll have to also include most images cobbled together from monochrome tiles — and then all bets are off. We can’t include works that are seen from such a distance that their pixel-ness is lost, since then we’d have to include every image projected through a screen.Still, tile mosaics are probably both the simplest and most fully realized version of pixel-art there is. We find them everywhere from the ruins of Pompeii to the vaulted ceilings of Christian holy houses. Again — don’t think that pixel are is something new.Next page: Mind-blowing tulip fields… 1 2 3 … 5last_img read more

How to manage the HTC Ones Beats Audio and EQ settings

first_imgThe HTC One has a lot of cool features, but one of the most interesting is Boom Sound. This slick branding term refers to the massive dual front-facing amplified speakers. You really have to hear the speakers in real life to grasp how much better they are than every other option. Coupled with Boom Sound is Beats Audio.HTC has chosen to go with a one-size-fits-all approach on the One, but maybe you want more Let’s take a look…If you check the settings in the HTC One’s Google Play Music app, you will see something missing. Whereas most devices have a link to the Android equalizer, the HTC One has nothing. Google added stock EQ capability to Android in version 2.3 (Gingerbread) — at the time it was just an API that developers could plug into, but was expanded to an integrated service in 4.0.HTC has removed all the stock EQ settings in favor of Beats Audio, but there’s only one setting — “On.” Beats has its own line in the main system settings, but unlike some of the other toggles, there is no submenu with other settings. Older HTC devices with Beats did include more presets, but now there is just the one toggle.Beats is basically an equalizer preset. It bumps up the base, and makes the mid-range a little louder. It makes music sound better in a general sort of way because it’s louder. Audiophiles might not agree, though.All of the Android EQ APIs are still in there, there’s just nothing connected to them when the phone comes out of the box. Bummer, right? There are, however, a few ways to tweak the audio more to your liking, though.One option is to grab a standalone music player app that has its own equalizer controls. I like Poweramp because it has a really awesome 10-band equalizer with tons of effects and presets. The downside of this approach is that your Google tunes in the cloud won’t be accessible. If you don’t use that service, Poweramp offers great functionality — more than the Google or HTC app.Another route is to pick up one of the apps that utilize the equalizer API without including a full music player app. This can alter the sound globally, but it’s a bit more touchy. Some apps work fine on some devices, but others will cause conflicts with certain apps. Equalizer is one of the more popular and feature-rich options. Music Volume EQ is another app with similar functionality.Whichever route you decide to go, make sure you get just the right sound for your tastes. The Boom Sound speakers are too good to not use to the fullest.last_img read more

What drives a man to row 5556km solo across the Atlantic Ocean

first_img 20 Comments WHEN WE LAST met Galway native Gavan Hennigan, he had just posted the third fastest time in the history of the world’s coldest adventure race — the Yukon Arctic Ultra – running 300 miles in five days on six hours of sleep in -30 Celsius.To help recover, he set off on an expedition along Lake Baikal in Siberia in March.At 636km long, it is the oldest and deepest lake in the world and Hennigan became one of just a handful of people to complete a solo traverse of it. Source: gavkm27/VimeoFor most people, that’s more than enough to pack into a year.But for Hennigan, there’s always another adventure around the corner and this time he has set his sights on The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, a 5,556km row across the Atlantic.First held in 1997, the challenge is widely regarded as the world’s toughest rowing race and this year will see 15 boats — ranging from solo rowers to four-person teams – race from the Canary Islands to the West Indies.For Hennigan, the race represents another opportunity to make the most of the second chance he’s had at life, following struggles with alcohol, drugs and his mental health that resulted in a trip to rehab and a suicide attempt at the age of 21.“I had a lot of trouble with my mental health and I was drug-addicted in my late teens and early 20s and tried to take my own life at the age of 21,” Hennigan told The42 this week.“I’d a really tough time but I’ve had a lot of help over the years and Jigsaw Galway (alongside Cancer Care West, one of the two charities Hennigan is racing funds for) are doing great work so it’s nice to be able to support them but also demonstrate what’s possible with a bit of self-belief and mental resilience.”While Hennigan doesn’t see himself as a spokesperson for mental health, he does think it’s important to be part of the coversation.“I think it’s good for people to be able to hear stories like mine, someone who came from the brink of suicide to be able to go out and do the crazy events I’m doing.“I started drinking like most normal teenagers but I have an addictive personality and I suppose I took it three steps too far and I ended up in rehab at 21. I was in a pretty dark place.“Not long after that I tried to take my own life. A lot of it was due to the fact I’m gay and I had a lot of self-hatred because I couldn’t come to terms with that.“But that’s why this row is really important to me because of what I’ve been through. Having gotten a second chance after coming out of rehab and from the brink of taking my own life, I’m determined to make the most of it.“It makes it all a little bit more pertinent for me, to know that I’ve come from that place and now I’m challenging myself to do these big events.I’m sharing my story so that anyone, but particularly a younger person who is maybe struggling with their identity or with their mental health, can see there is hope.“Don’t get me wrong, I’m going out to do this as a challenge for myself first and foremost because I get still get a buzz from the adventure, but it’s important to have these conversations around identity and mental health.” Source: Gavan HenniganMuch like you never run 26.2 miles while training for a marathon, the now 35-year-old Hennigan had to find ways to adapt his training to build himself up — mentally and physically — for the challenge without burning himself out.This involved a lot of time in the gym and rowing up and down the west coast of Ireland, something Hennigan says was potentially more dangerous than the race itself.“The furthest I’ve rowed to date was when I went from Castlegregory on the Dingle Peninsula to Galway a couple of weeks ago,” he says.“I was actually waiting for some stormy conditions and I was about 20 miles offshore — off the coast of Clare — and that was pretty hairy.“I think coastal rowing is probably more dangerous in a lot of ways than ocean rowing because the boat isn’t that manoeuvrable and you’re dealing with tides, winds and obviously the Clare coastline which is mainly cliffs so navigation becomes a bit harder.”” Source: Gavan Hennigan/Twitter Share376 Tweet Email2 Oct 29th 2016, 10:00 AM Source: Gavan HenniganThat’s not to say there are not risks involved with the race itself. Indeed, Hennigan is only too familiar with what can go wrong after talking to Ireland’s only other solo competitor.“There have been lots of Irish rowers who have competed as part of teams but there was only one other solo racer.“Seán McGowan did it back in 2010. It took him 118 days. I contacted him when I first considered doing this race and he has quite a story to tell.“The first thing he actually said to me was that nothing you can do will prepare you for what it’s really like out there and you just have to get used to being afraid all the time… which is obviously terrifying,” he laughs.“Seán had a pretty harrowing story, he broke all his oars so that’s how it took him 118 days. I definitely want to do at least half that. Having spoken to him, what he went through really made me sit up straight and take my preparation seriously though.“The biggest risk is obviously storms. Last year they were hit by three big storms and the entire fleet was kind of knocked about during the race. You have this low pressure system that tracks really far south and sweeps right through the section of the Atlantic that we’ll be rowing in.“When it gets bad, you’re not able to row so we have this thing called a parachute anchor or sea anchor. It’s just this massive 12ft parachute that goes off the bow and sinks down underwater and not only stops you from moving backwards but stabilises the boat too and you just wait until it’s over.“I bought myself a scrum cap the other day so I didn’t have to bring my climbing helmet with me. It’s just to protect me if I’m being thrown around the boat. I have some of that children’s foam play-mat stuff that clicks together so I’ve used that to pad out the bulkhead so I’m comfortable enough.“The boat’s going to be moving around a lot but I’ve made myself almost this little coffin that’ll keep me in the corner when I’m trying to sleep.” http://the42.ie/3051003 14,842 Views Saturday 29 Oct 2016, 10:00 AM What drives a man to row 5556km, solo, across the Atlantic Ocean? Galway adventurer Gavan Hennigan has turned his life around after struggling with addiction and mental health issues as a teenager. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Steve O’Rourke If Hennigan does get into trouble at sea, there is a great deal of support for participants in the race, even if the vastness of the Atlantic Ocean could make its arrival a matter of days rather than hours.While he’ll have GPS and radio and two satellite phones to help keep in touch with people, there is one piece of equipment that will be especially important:“There’s a system on the boat called Automatic Identification System (AIS) and anyone who sails, or is involved with shipping, will be familiar with it. It shows up any other boats that are within 10 nautical miles of me and I’ve an alarm that will go off.“That lets me know that there’s not just another vessel in the area but the name of it, the speed of it, the heading it’s on and will let me know if we’re on a collision course.There’s a good chance I could encounter a large shipping container. They’ll be able to see me on the chart plotter but they couldn’t visually see me. I can get on the VHF radio, call their name, identify myself, let them know that I’m an ocean rowing boat moving very slowly and they’ll avoid me… hopefully!” Nearly race ready #rowtheatlantic pic.twitter.com/vKDQq85tNE— Gavan Hennigan 🇮🇪 (@soulogav) October 14, 2016 Source: Gavan HenniganWhen you’re out at sea for as long as Hennigan will be, planning is of utmost importance to the extent that his thinking time is almost as important as his rowing time.He also has to fight the temptation to row for 12 hours straight.“Between each two-hour rowing stint, I’ll have to manage the navigation and deal with the weather to the most favourable course.“I also have to make fresh water from seawater which runs off solar panels so I’ve to manage that and make sure the power is working correctly. If I find out it’s going to be cloudy for a couple of days, I’m going to need to take that into account too.“I also have an autopilot that keeps the boat on the heading I want but that draws an awful lot of power as you can imagine so I have to be conscious of all these little things every single day.“Sitting down and just rowing is probably going to be the easy part.” Short URL The boat — pictured above — will ship to the UK on Tuesday before going on to the start line in the Canaries. Despite its size, it’s incredibly light, something Hennigan hopes will give him an advantage in the race.“The boat is 150kg with nothing in it and just under 7m long. There are obviously going to be teams of two, three and four but they’ve to carry the weight of the people not rowing. I’ve got a light set-up and I think that’ll help me.“As long as I do things tactically well, I think I’ve a good shot of doing well.“I’ve sacrificed a huge amount for this row. I’ve basically quit my job, spent my entire life savings on this carbon fibre rowing boat and am putting it all on the line for this race so I really want to go out there and try to, not just complete it, but be competitive and challenge in the race as well.”The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge gets under way on 14 December and you can follow Hennigan’s progress on his Twitter and Instagram accounts, as well as his website where you can also make a donation to Jigsaw Galway and Cancer Care West.If you need to talk, contact:Samaritans 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.orgNational Suicide Helpline 1800 247 247 – (suicide prevention, self-harm, bereavement)Aware 1800 80 48 48 (depression, anxiety)Pieta House 01 601 0000 or email mary@pieta.ie – (suicide, self-harm)Teen-Line Ireland 1800 833 634 (for ages 13 to 19)Childline 1800 66 66 66 (for under 18s)The runner hoping to break a world record by soloing this weekend’s Dublin MarathonSigned and sealed! 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Australia deputy PM at centre of affair scandal slams prime minister as

first_imgAustralia deputy PM at centre of affair scandal slams prime minister as ‘inept’ There have been calls from the opposition for Barnaby Joyce to step down. Source: ABC News (Australia)/YouTubeAUSTRALIA’S PARLIAMENTARY SEX  scandal opened a rift in the governing coalition as deputy leader Barnaby Joyce described Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull as “inept” for criticising his affair with an aide.Joyce, 50, whose National Party rules alongside Turnbull’s Liberals, admitted last week to having an affair with his 33-year-old media adviser, who is pregnant with their child.Turnbull yesterday harshly admonished Joyce for making a “shocking error of judgement” for the affair and said he had created a “world of woe” for his wife, four daughters and lover Vikki Campion.Turnbull, head of the Liberal Party, acknowledged that he was powerless to remove Joyce, who holds the deputy position as leader of smaller National Party on which he relies to govern.He instead announced that a formal ban on sexual relations between cabinet members and their staff would be added to the ministerial code of conduct.Joyce hit back in a defiant press conference in Canberra today, refusing to resign and accusing Turnbull of interfering with internal National Party affairs. He blasted the PM’s comments as “inept”, “unnecessary” and causing “further harm”.“I don’t believe people should be resigning in any job over personal issues,” Joyce added.“In any workplace in Australia, when personal issues become the determination of a job, then I think we’ve moved to a very sad place,” he said.He also batted away revelations he accepted a rent-free apartment from a millionaire after his marriage collapsed, saying the accommodation was just a gesture of support from a friend.Daily media headlines about the affair have riveted the public and sparked debate about workplace culture in Australia amid the global #MeToo movement against sexual harassment.But it has also highlighted the perilous state of the coalition government, which just a few months ago survived a crisis over lawmakers’ dual citizenship that threatened its wafer-thin parliamentary majority.The Labor opposition has capitalised on the ructions, with leader Bill Shorten calling for Turnbull to sack Joyce.“This government is in crisis. It is a full-blown political crisis,” Shorten told reporters, adding that the spat showed neither man was “fit for the high office they currently hold”.The citizenship crisis had capped a decade of turmoil for Australian politics that saw a revolving door of prime ministers.Labor’s Kevin Rudd, who came to power in 2007, was ousted as prime minister by his deputy Julia Gillard, before snatching back the top job in 2013.He lost the national election in the same year to the Liberals’ Tony Abbott, who was then deposed by rival Turnbull in 2015.© – AFP, 2018Read: Australia bans sex between ministers and their staff after deputy PM’s affairRead: Australia deputy PM under pressure to resign over affair with woman who was given government job Share12 Tweet Email Feb 16th 2018, 7:12 AM Friday 16 Feb 2018, 7:12 AM 12,851 Views Short URL By AFP http://jrnl.ie/3855036 17 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Mother loses four children in station one catches fasttrain to Leipzig

first_img By Associated Press IT’S EVERY PARENT’S worst nightmare: a woman from Peru lost all four of her children at Berlin’s main train station this week after briefly turning her back on them to buy a ticket.German police said that the tearful mother immediately approached officers, who were able to find two of the children wandering around the station.A third turned up at another station in Berlin.The fourth child, aged 3, was discovered by a conductor on a high-speed train heading south.The boy, who spoke Spanish and Italian, was taken into care by police in Leipzig, about 160 kilometres south of Berlin, but refused to tell officers his name.“He fell asleep at the police station from the exhaustion caused by his exciting journey,” police said.His mother, along with his three siblings, arrived to collect the boy about three hours later and together the family, who live in Italy, were able to continue their journey to Munich.Read: Robots should be given legal status as ‘electronic persons’ and fitted with ‘kill switches’ – EU > 35,068 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email Image: Michael Sohn Mother loses four children in station, one catches fast-train to Leipzig The boy, who spoke Spanish and Italian, was taken into care by police before being reunited with his family. Jan 14th 2017, 9:15 AM Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3183824 18 Comments Image: Michael Sohn Saturday 14 Jan 2017, 9:15 AMlast_img read more

Democrats slow down Senate over secret Trumpcare bill

first_img Jun 20th 2017, 6:47 AM By AFP 18 Comments Short URL 9,469 Views Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email Tuesday 20 Jun 2017, 6:47 AM http://jrnl.ie/3453205 US DEMOCRATS FURIOUS with Republican secrecy brought Senate business to a standstill last night, launching an hours-long protest against President Donald Trump’s party crafting a back-room Obamacare repeal plan and refusing to hold public hearings about it.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he wants the legislation passed by June 30. Democrats fear he is purposely keeping the bill under wraps until the last minute so he can jam the controversial plan through with just a few hours of floor debate.The strategy is a 180-degree shift from the Republican position during the 2009-2010 debate on Barack Obama’s health care reforms, when conservatives demanded transparency and dozens of public hearings in a months-long process.In the six weeks since the House of Representatives passed its Obamacare repeal legislation, Senate Republicans have insisted they will craft their own bill, but few details have emerged.With just 10 legislative days before McConnell’s deadline, all that most lawmakers and the public have to work on is the House bill, which a non-partisan congressional review predicted would leave 23 million fewer people insured over the next decade.“Republicans are drafting this bill in secret because they’re ashamed of it, plain and simple,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, shortly before Democrats took to the Senate floor in anger.Republicans argue that Obamacare has failed to prevent premiums and other health costs from skyrocketing.Democrats warn that Trump’s delay of government subsidy payments is leading to instability and causing costs to rise.Senator Cory Booker called the Republican strategy “tragic” and broken.“People (are) working in secret on a bill that they’re going to try to force through Congress with no public input, no hearings, no meetings, no markups, no debate, no public accountability,” he said in the talk-a-thon, which dragged into a fifth hour.Even as McConnell downplays the secrecy, few Republicans appear to know what will be in the legislation. Some have begun speaking out.“If it is an effort to rush it from a small group of people, straight to the floor in an up or down vote, that would be a problem,” Senator Marco Rubio told CNN on Sunday.‘Afraid’ of debate?Republicans have signaled one of the main internal debates focuses on reforms to Medicaid, the health care program for low-income people.Critics have estimated that the House bill would curtail Medicaid by some $800 billion, and some Republican senators from states where Medicaid was expanded under Obama have expressed concern about passing legislation that slashes aid to thousands of constituents.The Senate version is expected to end the Medicaid expansion more slowly than the House bill would, and it could include larger tax credits to help older Americans purchase health insurance.But with no text finalised, it remains a guessing game.“Most Republicans don’t have a clue as to what’s in this legislation, let alone Democrats, let alone the average American,” fumed Senator Bernie Sanders.“So I say to the Republican leadership: what are you afraid of? Bring that bill out.”White House spokesman Sean Spicer pointed to “very good” progress on the bill, but he declined to say whether White House aides had even seen a draft.An exchange on the Senate floor late last night highlighted the tension.Schumer asked McConnell whether there would be sufficient time to review and debate the legislation.“I think we’ll have ample opportunity to read and amend the bill,” McConnell said curtly.- © AFP 2017Read: Parents gather to discuss effect of ‘incredibly stupid’ Poolbeg incinerator Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Democrats slow down Senate over ‘secret’ Trumpcare bill Senate Republicans have insisted they will craft their own bill, but few details have emerged.last_img read more

Donald Trump gets a major boost in an election seen as a

first_img Jun 21st 2017, 6:59 AM By Associated Press Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitter 59 Comments REPUBLICAN KAREN HANDEL has won a nationally watched congressional election in Georgia, and she thanked President Donald Trump after she avoided an upset that would have rocked Washington ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.Returns showed Handel, a former Georgia secretary of state, winning about 52% of the vote over 30-year-old Democrat Jon Ossoff, who won nearly 48% in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District.“A special thanks to the President of the United States of America,” she said late last night as her supporters chanted, “Trump! Trump! Trump!”It was Handel’s most public embrace of the man whose tenuous standing in this well-educated, suburban enclave made a previously safe Republican district close to begin with. Share3 Tweet Email Wednesday 21 Jun 2017, 6:59 AM Thank you @FoxNews “Huge win for President Trump and GOP in Georgia Congressional Special Election.”— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2017 https://jrnl.ie/3455223 center_img Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Donald Trump gets a major boost in an election seen as a referendum on him Over $50 million was spent on the race. 16,209 Views Handel’s margin allows Republicans a sigh of relief after what’s being recognised as the most expensive House race in US history, with a price tag that may exceed $50 million.Yet the result in a historically conservative district still offers Republicans a warning that Trump, for better or worse, will dominate the looming campaign cycle. Georgia’s outcome follows similar results in Montana, Kansas and South Carolina, where Republicans won special House races by much narrower margins than they managed as recently as November.Republicans immediately crowed over winning a seat that Democrats spent $30 million trying to flip. “Democrats from coast to coast threw everything they had at this race, and Karen would not be defeated,” House Speaker Paul Ryan said in a statement.Democrats still must defend their current districts and win 24 GOP-held seats to regain a House majority next November. Party leaders profess encouragement from the trends, but the latest losses mean they will have to rally donors and volunteers after a tough stretch of special elections.Handel, 55, will become the first Republican woman to represent Georgia in the US House, according to state party officials.Her win comes after losing bids for governor in 2010 and the Senate in 2014, and it builds on a business and political career she built after leaving an abusive home as a teen.Read: So, can we officially call this warm spell a ‘heat wave’? Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Renewed appeal for witnesses after woman 75 dies following being struck by

first_img Image: Shutterstock/LIPING No Comments Share79 Tweet Email Sunday 14 Apr 2019, 5:45 PM 12,496 Views Apr 14th 2019, 5:45 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Renewed appeal for witnesses after woman (75) dies following being struck by motorcycle The woman was seriously injured on 8 April and later died in hospital. Image: Shutterstock/LIPING By Aoife Barry GARDAÍ ARE RENEWING their appeal for witnesses following a fatal collision in Ballinteer on 8 April 2019.At approximately 7.45pm that night, a female pedestrian, Tressa McKernan (75), was seriously injured when she was struck by a motorcycle on Ballinteer Avenue, Dublin 16.It’s understood she had just alighted from a bus and was attempting to cross the road when the collision occurred.She was taken by ambulance to St James’s Hospital and was transferred to Beaumont, where she passed away yesterday, 13 April.The motorcyclist, a man in his 30s, was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries.Anyone with information is asked to contact Dundrum Garda Station on 01 6665600 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111. Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4591616 last_img read more

Talks to restore Northern Ireland powersharing executive to be announced today

first_img https://jrnl.ie/4607555 Short URL 39 Comments Share Tweet Email TALKS INVOLVING TO restore Northern Ireland’s power-sharing executive involving the country’s main parties are expected to be announced today.It is understood report that Tánaiste Simon Coveney and the UK’s Northern Secretary Karen Bradley will hold a joint press conference in Belfast to make the announcement.The discussions are expected to begin within a fortnight, after the local elections in Northern Ireland, which take place on 2 May.It is understood that contact has been made between the offices of the Taoiseach and British Prime Minister Theresa May in an effort to have the Stormont executive restored.The executive dissolved in January 2017 after the power-sharing agreement between the DUP and Sinn Fein collapsed over the Renewable Heat Incentive controversy.Finance and Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe said today that Tánaiste Simon Coveney is working hard to make progress in the North. He added that there is now a “moment in time” that can be used to get Stormont back up and running. He added that the lack of political leadership has allowed for a vacuum of power in the North to grow.  By Stephen McDermott Earlier this week, representatives from country’s six main political parties attended the funeral of journalist Lyra McKee, after issuing a rare joint statement in condemnation of her killing.The priest at the funeral, Fr Martin Magill, was given a standing ovation when he asked why it had taken the death of the 29 year-old to bring the parties together. Talks to restore Northern Ireland power-sharing executive to be announced today The talks are expected to begin after Northern Ireland’s local elections. The Northern Ireland Assembly building in Stormont (file photo) Image: Niall Carson/PA Images The Northern Ireland Assembly building in Stormont (file photo) Friday 26 Apr 2019, 7:20 AM Image: Niall Carson/PA Images 9,161 Views Apr 26th 2019, 7:20 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Maynooth University sues UCD over alleged poaching of professor

first_imgMaynooth University sues UCD over alleged ‘poaching’ of professor Maynooth University believes that UCD poached an academic. Image: Leandro Neumann Ciuffo Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 24,101 Views UCD is being sued by Maynooth University. Image: Leandro Neumann Ciuffo No Comments Tuesday 27 Aug 2019, 3:53 PM By Ray Managhcenter_img Share5 Tweet Email6 https://jrnl.ie/4784197 UCD is being sued by Maynooth University. ONE OF IRELAND’S universities is suing another third-level institution over the alleged ‘poaching’ of one of its academic staff.Maynooth University has brought High Court proceedings against University College Dublin (UCD) over Professor Kath Browne’s move from the Co Kildare-based college to UCD.Browne, the court heard, is a professor of Geographies of Sexualities and Genders. She joined Maynooth University following an open competition in 2017.The university claims that last May she was approached by UCD and advised to apply for a position with the Dublin college.She tendered her resignation from Maynooth University in June 2019 and is expected to take up her new role as a full professor at UCD in September.The move has resulted in Maynooth University bringing High Court judicial review proceedings against UCD, which in correspondence has argued the claim is not judicially reviewable.Maynooth University, represented by Declan McGrath, SC, claims that it is not trying to prevent Browne from taking up the position at UCD, but is seeking various declarations from the court aimed at stopping what it alleges are unlawful.Maynooth University claims Browne was recruited under UCD’s Central Pool Academic Appointments Programme, which UCD uses to attract academics who, like Browne, hold academic research grants and are employed by other universities.In reply to a question from Mr Justice Senan Allen, counsel agreed that his client was claiming that its staff member had been “poached” by UCD.It also claims that the particular mode of the programme under which Browne was recruited involves inviting applicants to send their CV to the relevant Head of School in UCD for consideration.Such appointments were not by promotion or competition as required, Mr McGrath said. It was not an open and transparent process, nor was it consistent with international best practice, he added.McGrath said the procedure engaged by UCD that led to Browne’s appointment had also breached a 2006 staff recruitment agreement entered into by the two universities. It was also Maynooth’s contention that the position was not advertised.Maynooth seeks declarations that UCD’s appointments programme is contrary to the 1997 Universities Act and contrary to a 2006 co-operation accord signed by the then-presidents of seven Irish Universities concerning the recruiting of academic staff.Maynooth also seeks a declaration that UCD has broken the 2006 staff recruitment agreement between it and UCD which expressly provided neither institution would approach the staff of the other institution directly or indirectly, or offer employment other than within the terms of an agreed protocol. The university further seeks damages against UCD because of the Dublin college’s alleged unlawful conduct.McGrath said Maynooth was willing to go to mediation or enter into arbitration with UCD over the dispute. He said the Department of Education had expressed a desire that the matter did not go before the courts.Permission to bring the action was granted on an ex-parte basis by Mr Justice Allen who made the matter returnable to a date in October. Short URL Aug 27th 2019, 3:53 PM last_img read more

Glendi is on track

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram AFTER a hiatus the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne, Victoria on the corner of Lonsdale and Russell Streets has become a hub of activity. Creative personnel for the Antipodes Festival’s Glendi and the Film Festival have been engaged and a series of other events including lectures, theatre and music programmes are being planned.The President of the Greek Community Bill Papastergiadis said to Neos Kosmos English Edition (NKEE) “I’m excited, but it’s not just about this year, we are taking a first step. We will recapture our former excellence.”This year’s Glendi is hosting Greece’s laika Diva Glykeria. “I look forward to seeing again the Antipodes cultural and arts programs revitalised,” he emphasised.Mr Papastergiadis underscored Greek culture’s impact on Victorian and Australian society, “It’s an important part of the continuation of culture in Victoria; it’s only the first step to foundation of the festival again as a permanent cultural feature.”He pointed to the investment the Greek Community will make to the festival as well as other programmes throughout the year that exceeds $200,000. “We are grateful to Victorian Government and the City of Melbourne for their support, but we are one of the few communities which also invest substantial amounts for our own cultural activities.”Mr Papastergiadis said, “We also have the focus on the street fair but we are investing in staff, we have engaged directors for the Glendi, and the Film Festival as well commissioning an Artistic Director who is developing a program for 2010 to 2013.”“We are providing $10,000 for a brilliant new musical production called Cafe Rebetica at the Arts Centre and contemporary singer Arvanitaki who is hosted by the Arts Centre.”At the same time Mr Papastergiadis did underscore the need for the range of Greek communities and business leaders to become more formal in cultural and arts philanthropy, “We Greeks give a lot to charities, education and events, but our giving is ad hoc, we need to begin to develop more formal models for the benefit of Greek arts and culture.”Joe Mavrikos the Glendi coordinator was equally enthused with the Glendi that will be held on the weekend of March 21 and 22, “We want to bring back life to the festival and Glykeria will be huge!” he said to NKEE“We will be showcasing fashion designers, Greek Aussie DJs a plethora of dance groups, it will be as fun for all. We have locked in Vasily’s Garden and will have the regular Zorba Till You Drop! Baklavamania, live music as well as children’s programs.”Mr Mavrikos a veteran of mega dance parties and large street events is also aware of the limited time left, “We are moving very rapidly and we’ll get there, this is the first step after no action for sometime.”Christos Linou the Artistic Director 2010 is now planning themes and concepts and seeking project funding from various sources, “I am building on Joe’s carnival vision supporting and encouraging him to dream with me for year.”“We are aiming towards a three year artistic programme which we begin in 2010 with the concept of the Diaspora the transference of Greeks from village to city, from city to the world – it’s about who are in terms of intangible heritage the meld of intangibility and contemporary urban global life.”The following year I will reflect back to antiquity and how it has underpinned global western and eastern society, how Greek philosophy, art and architecture has impacted all the way to India.”Penny Kyprianou the Film Festival director is also intent on delivering a high level of quality in the range of Greek films curated for the festival.last_img read more

Steve and Byron up for science prize

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A year and a half ago, Steven Megaloudis thought X-Rays were used only at airports or when you broke a bone. X-Rays have application in other areas, such as biology, looking at the structures of cells.Now he and five schoolmates are short-listed for one of Australia’s top science prizes for their short film exploring the history, use and importance of the X-Ray. The six students from Melbourne’s St Helena Secondary College, including Greek-Australians Steven Megaloudis and Byron Mihailadis, will fly to Sydney later this month for the annual Australian Museum Eureka Prizes. The gala event, celebrating innovation and journalism in science, is partly hosted by celebrity scientist Dr Karl Kruszelnicki. The year 12 students say their aim was to make a three-minute video about a scientific discovery or invention. “We wanted to stay away from the tacky, unentertaining science video you usually see,” Steven says. “The end result is something we can really be proud of.” The students said they were initially interested in X-Ray technology because it’s a rapidly-growing field, particularly in Australia. The team visited the new synchrotron in Clayton, south of Melbourne, which Steven says is basically a super-bright light force, a giant microscope. “X-Rays have application in other areas, such as biology, looking at the structures of cells,” says Steven. “And I’d never seen an insect breathe before,” says Byron. The students worked on this penetrating project during school holidays and public holidays over a year and a half. “We spent a lot of time researching, there’s a lot of information out there,” says Byron. One of the biggest tasks was collating scientific information into a form accessible to those not on the same scientific wavelength. “People listen when they’re interested, so we tried to make the film interesting,” says Steven. The students haven’t yet showed the film to their fellow students, but say they plan to screen it for the entire school before they head to Sydney. Let’s hope they break a leg.last_img read more

PM Reforms have just started

first_img“The major task of reforming Greece has just begun,” the Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou said during a press conference at the Thessaloniki International Fair on Sunday. Corruption and a lack of transparency cost Greece the equivalent of 8 percent of our [gross domestic product], or a shortfall of 20 billion euros to the public purse.The Greek Prime Minister insisted that his government was not planning any new austerity measures and that it would continue with its implementation of the program of reforms it had agreed to with the European Union (EU) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Mr Papandreou appealed to Greeks whose salaries and pensions have been cut to “join a collective effort” so that Greece can make good on its commitments to international creditors and regain its fiscal independence by 2013. Mr Papandreou held out hope that by the end of the year his government might distribute a “social dividend” for low-income pensioners, if it meets its government revenue targets. Mr Papandreou’s one concession was to companies that have been hit hard by a deepening recession. He announced that reductions in corporate taxes from 24 percent to 20 percent, scheduled for 2014 will now be put in place in 2011. “Our aim is to boost businesses that are trying to survive,” he said. Despite all the sacrifices so far and the painful changes ahead, Mr Papandreou said, Greeks had “every reason to feel hopeful,” noting that the country was on course to fulfil its commitments to the EU and IMF by 2013. Asked whether Greece might ask for an extension of the EU-IMF package beyond its 2013 end date, Papandreou said the government did not intend to ask for an extension, and could even leave the program early if good progress was made. The year 2013 “is truly the end of this process,” Papandreou said. “The faster we complete the major reforms in our country…the sooner we will be able to exit these restrictions. That could even happen before 2013, provided we do well.” In the meantime, he said, his government would “support the vulnerable,” especially the jobless. Papandreou said that his administration would create at least 200,000 new jobs by approving new wind farms and solar parks and by deregulating a range of professions which have been tightly regulated. The Papandreou government’s main challenge now is to boost revenue, which is lagging behind targets, although the shortfall is offset by better than expected performance in spending cuts. According to the latest figures released by the Finance Ministry last week, net revenue increased 3.3 percent in the first eight months of the year, against a target of 13.7 percent. Mr Papandreou also promised to strengthen its pursuit of tax dodgers and corrupt officials. “Corruption and a lack of transparency cost Greece the equivalent of 8 percent of our [gross domestic product], or a shortfall of 20 billion euros to the public purse,” he said. Mr Papandreou defended the IMF and the EU. “It’s not the IMF and EU that are at fault for the bitter medicine Greece has to swallow, but rather the debts amassed over many decades, and the ineffective state and the political social culture that developed,” Mr Papandreou said. “Altogether we will fundamentally reshape the country and exit from the crisis that brought us to the brink of catastrophe,” he said. Source: Associated Press, New York Times, Reuters Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

The horse whisperer

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Elizabeth Pirpiris-O’Brien won first prize as best rider at the Panigiri tou Tavro, held at Baywsater last Sunday. The eight-year-old has been riding since she was a five-year-old and shows a bright future in equestrian thanks to a guiding hand from her grandfather George Pirpiris.last_img

Elections will not produce a winner says Venizelos

first_imgDeputy Prime Minister Evangelos Venizelos said on Tuesday that he didn’t believe any party will be able to win an outright majority in the January 25 elections and that a unity government should be formed.Venizelos told his party’s executive committee that “pro-European democratic forces” would have to come together after the snap polls to form Greece’s next government. “It is clear that there will be no clear majority,” he said before setting out six points, including maintaining primary surpluses and reforming the electoral system, around which parties could converge.Venizelos also appeared to distance himself from the more aggressive line taken by New Democracy, which has focused on the risks of SYRIZA coming to power. “I do not believe in the strategy of fear,” said the PASOK leader, who also raised doubts about the impact that centrist To Potami could have. He likened the fledgling party to former coalition partner Democratic Left, which has seen its fortunes fade this year.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

WHIA appoints new head

first_imgGreek American Thomas Katsiantonis (42) is the new head of World Hellenic Inter-Parliamentary Association (WHIA).Mr Katsiantonis replaces the former Victorian MP John Pantazopoulos as head of the organisation that brings together parliamentarians of Hellenic heritage across the globe.Katsiantonis has been a board member of WHIA for the six years and vice president for the last two.“John did an extremely good job and I’ll try to keep with it,” he told Neos Kosmos this week, adding that one of his first priorities is to help rebuild Greece’s tarnished image internationally.“Greece has to regain trust from other countries [and] talking to the media and informing the viewers is the best way to change the momentum in favour to Greece,” he said.Later this month he will travel to New York to add his advocacy to the US visit of Greece’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Yannis Amanatidis. With relatives in Melbourne, Katsiantonis also has plans to travel to Australia in February.Katsiantonis, who was born to first generation migrants in New Hampshire, has been running his family’s chain of restaurants for years. Using products made in Greece, he says, is partly the reason for his company’s success. At the age of 29 he started his political career as Democrat candidate for the New Hampshire House of Representatives representing the Distinct of Hillsborough. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Tourist returns stones from Acropolis stolen many years ago

first_imgA remorseful culprit, possibly an American tourist, send an envelope with a sealed plastic bag to the Greek National Tourism Organization in New along with an apology note.The bag contained four small stones which appear to have been removed from the ancient site of the Acropolis many years ago.“I am sorry. I took these from a trail on the Acropolis in Greece many years ago. Please return them,” the anonymous handwritten note said.The incident was made known via Twitter by the director of  the Greek National Tourism Organization in USA and Canada, Grigoria Kamateros who in an emotional post said that the stones will be handed over to the General Consulate of Greece in New York.The mail arrived at the GNTO in New York on February 2nd 2018, according to the social media update.Here is Grigoria Kamaterou’s post on Twitter:Just received this letter .. what was inside brought tears in my eyes #Integrity #familyvalues #honesty #corevalues We are going to hand them over @Consulate General of Greece in New York pic.twitter.com/4GhMW1OLcn— Grigoria Kamaterou (@GKamaterou) February 2, 2018 Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Celebrating the International Day of the Hellenic Language at the 23rd Annual

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Australian Hellenic Educators’ Association celebrated the International Day of the Hellenic Language in style, with the Presentation Ceremony for the 23rd Hellenic Studies Awards at the Parliament House of New South Wales on Thursday 8 February 2018. Under the aegis of Consul-General Christos Karras and in close cooperation with the Consulate-General, educators were honoured for their contributions to Hellenic Studies, while students were recognised for their achievements in this field.In the presence of 420 parliamentarians, educators, students, parents and friends, this is the largest celebration of Hellenic Studies in Australia. The 9th of February, a Memorial Day for the National Poet of Hellas, Dionysios Solomos, was proclaimed by the Hellenic government last year as the International Day of the Hellenic Language.“The enactment of the International Day of the Hellenic Language constitutes an act of recognition of the contribution of the Hellenic language to world civilisation and brings to mind that the language of the Hellenes led to the birth of the universal values which adds meaning to the modern civilised world,” Mr Karras said.“The Australian Hellenic Educators’ Association is the sole community organisation which organises an event to simultaneously honour educators and students,” Dr Panayiotis Diamadis added.The highest honour – the Ayios Kosmas o Aitolos Award for service to Hellenic Studies – was presented to Professor Martina Möllering of Macquarie University, in recognition for many years of service to Hellenic education. Speaking in Hellenic and English, Professor Möllering focussed on the value of studying Hellenic language and literature, praising the value of Hellenic civilisation.Minister for Veterans’ Affairs the David Elliott MP, the Hon. Courtney Houssos MLC, Shadow Minister for Multiculturalism the Hon. Sophie Cotsis MP and the Director of the Lysikrates Foundation, Mr John Azarias were all on the same wavelength.A total of 153 individual awards were given across six categories: – for educators (5 awards), – for primary school students (21 awards), – for the Hellenic Ministry of Education’s Certificate of Hellenic Language and Culture (which has six categories, 59 awards), – for Higher School Certificate achievers in seven different courses, 64 awards) – for tertiary students across three universities (four awards).last_img read more

Bouygues Telecom propose des forfaits iPad

first_imgBouygues Telecom propose des forfaits iPadFrance – Ce n’est que depuis aujourd’hui que Bouygues Telecom propose des forfaits iPad. L’opérateur souffre d’un décalage avec ses concurrents.L’iPad est sorti depuis le mois de mai et Bouygues Telecom s’est décidé à lancer aujourd’hui des forfaits pour la tablette d’Apple. Après deux jours de surf offerts, l’utilisateur aura le choix entre souscrire un abonnement 3G pour une journée (6 euros et 300 Mo de téléchargement) ou un mois (29,90 euros et 1,5 Go de téléchargement), avec un débit garanti. Au-delà des 300 Mo ou 1,5 Go de données téléchargées, la connexion sera bridée. Bouygues Telecom propose son coffret 3G+ sur iPad au prix de 9,90 euros avec une possibilité de remboursement sur demande. Le prix de l’iPad nu pourrait tendre à baisser grâce au développement de la concurrence et au subventionnement de l’appareil par les opérateurs en France.Le 7 octobre 2010 à 12:40 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Les députés autorisent la recherche réglementée sur lembryon

first_imgLes députés autorisent la recherche réglementée sur l’embryonLes députés ont approuvé hier la décision des sénateurs concernant la recherche encadrée sur l’embryon et les cellules souches embryonnaires. Après de nombreuses péripéties, la législation bioéthique prend encore une fois un nouveau tournant. Les députés réunis hier en commission ont approuvé l’autorisation encadrée de la recherche sur l’embryon et les cellules souches. Une prise de position différente du régime d’interdiction avec dérogation qu’ils avaient pourtant adopté en février lors de la première lecture du projet de loi. Cette nouvelle opinion a été insufflée par le sénat le 8 avril, qui a ratifié en séance la proposition de modifier l’interdiction prévue par le texte en un régime d’autorisation réglementée.À lire aussiLe secret de fabrication de la toile des veuves noires enfin découvertLe nouveau visage du projet de loi semble avoir remporté l’enthousiasme des députés. Alain Claeys, président de la commission spéciale sur la révision des lois bioéthique, déclare à l’AFP : “C’est un pas important pour les chercheurs et pour la lisibilité de cette recherche au niveau international – car le système français était incompréhensible pour les étrangers – et c’est aussi important pour les malades, parce qu’on espère que cette recherche débouche demain sur des solutions thérapeutiques”.Toutefois, les modifications apportées par les sénateurs sur le projet de loi n’ont pas toutes réussies à séduire la commission. La mesure visant à ouvrir l’assistance médicale à la procréation aux couples de femmes homosexuelles a par exemple été retirée. Les auteurs de l’amendement UMP qui ont rétabli le texte initial ont estimé que son recours était “réservé au traitement d’une infertilité médicalement diagnostiquée et non pas sociale”. En outre, les mesures sur le transfert post-mortem d’embryon en cas de décès du père et le don gamètes pour un homme ou une femme sans enfants ont été également restauré.Le 12 mai 2011 à 10:21 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more