LaMulana for WiiWare delayed

first_imgAccording to a mailing/blog post by the La-Mulana team, the WiiWare version of the game did not pass Nintendo’s certification process.Here is the original message:LA-MULANA was said “No good” by Nintendo, then it has returned to us.So, we are going to resubmit after fixing it.Will it be released in this year? Developer Nigoro did offer any more details as to why the game was delayed or how long the fix and subsequent certification might take. At this point the release date is unclear, but it’s possible that the game will be pushed back to 2011.AdChoices广告Not to complain, but the game was on Nintendo’s Holiday 2009 release list, and not it’s looking like it might miss Holiday 2010.As always, you can download and play La-Mulana on your PC for free.last_img

Doom 2 seen running on an EInk display

first_imgE-readers have a few advantages by using an E-Ink display rather than an LCD solution. They use a lot less power, can be seen in most lighting conditions including direct sunlight, and present text on a screen that looks almost like paper therefore cutting down on eye fatigue.It’s unfortunate then that they can’t do color yet (or ta least not well enough for a company like Amazon to consider it for Kindle) and have very poor refresh rates. If those two issues were solved we could see a move to E-Ink for tablets like the iPad and Galaxy Tab happening.AdChoices广告While we are still a long way away from such a transition occurring, E-Ink displays are clearly getting better in terms of their screen refresh rates at least. An employee at PocketBook has posted a video on YouTube demonstrating this fact by showing the PocketBook 360 Plus e-reader running id Software‘s Doom 2. That device uses a 5″ E-Ink display, yet has a screen refresh good enough to show fluid movement around a Doom 2 level.It’s by no means perfect, but is just about good enough to be playable. And while we definitely wouldn’t state this is a gaming platform just yet, it does bode well for the future if E-Ink displays continue to improve. And even with this e-reader you could ship a number of less animation-dependant games that would work well.The video description states this is a PocketBook 360 Plus. The PocketBook website only lists a PocketBook 360 so this must be a new model yet to be announced. We suspect the specs will be pretty similar though, with the 360 sporting a 5″ Vizplex 200dpi E-Ink display with a resolution of 800 x 600. It has 64MB RAM, 512MB flash storage, and a 1000mAh battery which is sure to disappear quickly when playing the game due to the rate of refreshing.As for how PocketBook managed to get Doom 2 running on their device, the company used PrBoom: a Linux port of the original Doom ceod that id Software released a few years ago.via Jitbit Bloglast_img read more

The Desktop Jellyfish Tank A real live lava lamp for your desktop

first_imgA trip to the aquarium will wow you with giant turtles, sharks, and colorful fish, but the one exhibit that always seems to mesmerize us is the jellyfish tank. There’s something about those free-swimming sea creatures that just captivates the viewer as they move about the water using undulating contraction-pulsations. Besides some of them having the ability to sting, you might wonder why we never see the little creatures, made up of more than 90 percent water, in the average person’s fish tank.The main reason is that they can’t be kept in a regular aquarium since they’ll get sucked into the water filtration intakes and are liquefied to death. We know it’s sad to think about, but, to solve this problem, Duke University Biology and Environmental Science alumnus Alex Andon developed a tank that was jellyfish-friendly. Andon started a business called Jellyfish Art and retrofitted an existing fish tank to be suitable for a jellyfish. Once he figured out what it takes to make a fish tank jellyfish-safe, he started selling the first edition tanks online, and then decided to sell them on a broader level, taking to Kickstarter for support.The Desktop Jellyfish Tank pulls water through a layer of rocks at the bottom of the tank. The water is then pulled up one side of the cylindrical tank to the surface. It then goes back down the other side and is sucked up once again by the rocks. The circular flow also keeps the jellyfish centered in the middle of the tank so that they’re not all huddled into one area. The tank itself is rather large, holding 7 gallons of water. It can house up to five jellyfish, which are lighted by a built-in LED lamp. If you want your jellyfish to look different in various colors of light, the LED lamp can be changed with a provided remote control.The rocks Andon uses are called “living rocks,” and they have been seeded with live nitrifying bacteria, which break down the jellyfish waste. You’ll have to change the water each week though, so even though you don’t have to take your jellyfish out for a walk a few times a day, you still have maintenance you have to tend to to make sure the jellyfish stay happy and healthy.If you’re worried about having stinging jelly fish sitting on your desk, some freshwater species, that are colorless and are less than an inch in diameter, don’t actually sting. The jellyfish provided to customers of the Desktop Jellyfish Tank are moon jellyfish are aren’t harmful to humans. Each fish will cost $39 and will be shipped overnight from the company’s breeding center. You can also buy frozen plankton from Jellyfish Art, which is what the little critters dine on.Andon is raising money via Kickstarter right now to get the tanks into commercial production. He thinks the first tanks will be ready in the next few months. To get your very own Desktop Jellyfish Tank, you’ll have to pledge $350 to reserve the tank and get a voucher for a starter kit that includes three jellyfish and plankton.Read more at Kickstarter, via GizMaglast_img read more

Researchers develop wallpaper that blocks just WiFi signals

first_imgBlocking WiFi signals is nothing new. Like all electromagnetic waves, WiFi is vulnerable to interference with a Faraday cage. The only problem with using such a structure to secure a WiFi signal is that it blocks all electromagnetic signals like cellular and television frequencies. With that in mind, a new kind of wallpaper has been developed by researchers at Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble that will block only WiFi transmissions, leaving other signals untouched.This magical material has a layer of mesh arranged in a snowflake-like pattern. This is the key to keeping WiFi from passing through while letting your cell phone operate normally. There are a number of uses for this kind of technology, but not all of them sound good.Imagine that you were paranoid about wireless security. You could plaster your home or office with this wallpaper to keep anyone from parking outside and snooping around your network. Institutions with sensitive networks that need to avoid interference, like schools or hospitals, could also make use of this material. It’s also possible that you might find yourself in a hotel or conference center in the future that sells WiFi and wants to prevent you from picking up a free signal from the building next door.Early tests of the anti-wireless wallpaper were encouraging. A Finnish manufacturer has been contracted to make the wallpaper, and the simplicity of the design apparently makes it easy to do. You should be able to buy a roll yourself in 2013. The researchers claim it will have a cost roughly the same as a mid-range conventional wallpaper, but perhaps there will be a “cool factor” markup. It might not be the most aesthetically pleasing look, but it’s a lot more functional than other wall coverings.via ArsTechnicalast_img read more

Microsoft Surface tablets to be WiFi only

first_imgIf you’re going to jump into the tablet war in 2012, many industry types assume that means you’re going to try to match the iPad feature-for-feature. Those same folks will be shocked to learn, then, that Microsoft is planning to launch the Surface RT and Surface Pro with Wi-Fi connectivity only. Would they really launch without 3G or 4G-capable models? Sure.Going toe-to-toe with the iPad hasn’t been a successful strategy for anyone just yet. In fact, the best-selling non-iPad tablet to date, the Kindle Fire, doesn’t come in a cellular-friendly form either. And in the tablet world in general, Wi-Fi only models still rule the sales charts — even when it comes to the iPad. Microsoft knows that right now, Wi-Fi will get the job done just fine. It also helps keep costs down, which will allow Microsoft to be as competitive as possible on price with the Surface tablets.And don’t forget the comments made by Acer founder Stan Shih — that Microsoft is simply building a Nexus-type device to show other Windows OEMs how to build a tablet the right way. Once they’ve helped established a desire for Windows RT and Windows 8 tablets, they’ll quietly bow out, Shih says.Microsoft isn’t the only company planning to go this route. It’s been widely rumored that the upcoming Google Nexus Tablet will be Wi-Fi only, too. It’s expected to be unveiled in just a few days at I/O 2012, so we’ll know for sure very, very soon — assuming next weekend’s conference actually includes a tablet reveal.More at Bloomberglast_img read more

AMD launches 999 Radeon HD 7990 with 8 games 86 billion transistors

first_imgThe graphics card everyone has been talking about lately is the Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan. Not only because of the performance on offer, but due to its $1,000 price tag. Now AMD has decided to join in offering a graphics card at that price point, but it looks to be much better value for money.The new card is called the Radeon HD 7990. It’s basically two 7970s on a single card, giving a total of 8.6 billion transistors. The card is clocked at 1GHz, has 4,096 stream processors, 6GB GDDR5 memory, and a computer performance rated at 8.2 TFLOPS. It can handle up to 6 displays, 4K resolutions, and is meant to be a much quieter card (37.8 dBAs) despite having dual GPUs and the cooling they require.According to an extensive review over at our sister site ExtremeTech, the performance of the 7990 is on a par with the GTX 690 or two GTX 680s in an SLI configuration. But what pushes the 7990 to the front of the pack is the value on offer. That value stems from the included Never Settle bundle of games, which in this case includes 8 titles.Those 8 games are:BioShock InfiniteCrysis 3Deus Ex: Human RevolutionFar Cry 3Far Cry 3: Blood DragonHitman: AbsolutionSleeping DogsTomb RaiderSo it’s the same price as a Titan, but you get $300 worth of games to play thrown in for free. That’s going to be a no-brainer for most consumers considering spending that much on a new graphics card, unless of course they are already up-to-date with their game purchases.Now read: Metro: Last Light requires a GeForce GTX Titan to run optimallylast_img read more

Star Treks Data Brent Spiner uses Google Glass for the first time

first_imgLeVar Burton may feel like Google Glass would be a downgrade for him, but that didn’t stop Brent Spiner from taking them for a spin.When you sit on the bridge of the Enterprise for years, acting as characters that are using technology well ahead of what was available at the time, it is likely a surreal experience to see tech catch up. While we’re still pretty far from having android crew members on space faring vessels, we’ve managed PADD-like tablets and wearable technology that respond to simple commands that make us feel a lot closer to the Star Trek world.Google’s Glass project is turning heads everywhere, and while the conversation is still uncertain as to how useful or successful it will be long term, it’s undeniably cool to be able to pick one up and try it out. Don’t take my word for it though, check out Mr. Data himself, Brent Spiner, trying out Glass.Spiner doesn’t yet have his own Glass, but he was able to spend a few minutes playing with one owned by someone else. In doing so, he managed to playfully embarrass the owner by sending a message to his sister about “how great last night was” and explored some of the voice activated menus on the some page of Glass. After just a few minutes of use, Spiner was curious as to how he could get one of his own.While it will take more than a few words from the Star Trek celeb to make Glass a success, this experience is very similar to what happens when most people try out Glass for the first time. The projected display alone is enough to leave most people who have never used this kind of thing saying “wow” while eagerly tilting their heads and fidgeting with the device. It’s a fun thing to try out, and by the time it is a commercial product hopefully Google has figured out how to translate that into sales.last_img read more

Were losing the battle against drugs GAA star calls for decriminalisation after

first_img 23,405 Views Image: RTE Image: RTE Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Aoife Barry Share625 Tweet Email “We’re losing the battle against drugs”: GAA star calls for decriminalisation after brother’s death A new poll says that 44% of Irish people support decriminalisation of small amounts of drugs for personal use. 52 Comments DUBLIN GAA STAR Philly McMahon has called for decriminalisation of drugs for personal use in Ireland in the wake of the death of his brother.His comments on Claire Byrne Live last night came as as a poll carried out by the show found that 44% of Irish people would support decriminalisation of small amounts of drugs for personal use.McMahon lost his brother John to a drug overdose in 2012.Speaking on the show, he said: “I chose a pathway of sport, my brother John chose a pathway of drug addiction.”He said that taking the decision to take up GAA as a young child put his life in a positive direction.Since his brother’s death, McMahon said he has been trying to raise awareness around the issue of drug use.“We need to take away the stigma from addicts, and look at it as a mental health issue,” he said. “We tend to look at them and say ‘you’re low’ or ‘you’re a junkie’. Personally I think junkie is a disgusting term.” Source: RTEMcMahon said he strongly believes in decriminalisation of drugs in this country. When he put the topic to Dublin councillor Christy Burke, Burke said: “Let’s talk about it, let’s challenge it, let’s look at it – if it’s going to work well then do it, because everything else up to now has failed.”Burke said that education of young people is important in raising awareness about drug use.McMahon said that the Portuguese model of decriminalisation should be looked at. The country brought in new laws in July 2001 which changed drug possession for personal use from a criminal to an administrative offense.“We’re losing the battle against drugs [here],” he said, pointing out that one person a day dies of a drug overdose in Ireland.“We owe it to all the people in this country in graveyards that don’t have the opportunity to ask for help. It’s someone’s mother, it’s someone’s father, it’s someone’s sister, it’s my brother John,” said McMahon.He said that drug users make the decision based on pain or pleasure, and that they may have issues in their lives.“It’s definitely a health issue rather than a crime,” he said of decriminalising drugs for personal use.The only people that are winning in this war is drug dealers. And if we devalue the drug and support the drug addict we can I suppose fight the war… we are never going to win it but we can do things better in this country.In response, local councillor Cieran Perry said that he had sympathy for McMahon and his family. However, he said he doesn’t believe decriminalisation will achieve anything at all.“How do you differentiate between what is for personal use and what is not for personal use?” he said.McMahon said that while he initially had regrets about he treated his brother, after learning more about the subject he realised his family was not equipped to deal with the situation.“You have to understand if we don’t do the decriminalised drugs, the stigma never changes,” he said.On behalf of Claire Byrne Live, Amárach Research polled 1,000 Irish adults aged over 18 on their views on decriminalisation.Do you think small amounts of drugs for personal use should be decriminalised?Yes 44%No 44%Don’t know 12%Read: 52 arrested, fireworks and drugs seized, in giant public crime crackdown in Kilkenny and Carlow> Oct 25th 2016, 8:37 AM Short URL Tuesday 25 Oct 2016, 8:37 AMlast_img read more

Michael Bublés 3yearold son has been diagnosed with cancer

first_img Short URL Friday 4 Nov 2016, 3:08 PM Nov 4th 2016, 3:08 PM 44,854 Views By Valerie Loftus The Canadian singer has two sons, Noah and Elias, with his wife, Argentinian actress Luisana Lopilato.After speculation in the Argentinian press this morning, Bublé and Lopilato confirmed Noah’s illness in a Facebook post:We are devastated about the recent cancer diagnosis of our eldest son Noah, who is currently undergoing treatment in the US. We have always been very vocal about the importance of family and the love we have for our children. Michael Bublé’s 3-year-old son has been diagnosed with cancer The singer has said that he and his wife are ‘devastated’ at the news.center_img Source: PA WireBefore today’s announcement, Bublé was in the process of promoting his new album, appearing on the Late Late Show just last week.He did not give any further details on his son’s condition. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article MICHAEL BUBLÉ HAS put his career on hold to be with his three-year-old son as he battles cancer. Share340 Tweet Email 31 Comments Luisana and I have put our careers on hold in order to devote all our time and attention to helping Noah get well. At this difficult time, we ask only your prayers and respect for our privacy. We have a long journey in front of us and hope that with the support of family, friends and fans around the world, we will win this battle, God willing.last_img read more

14 worms pulled from womans eye after rare infection

first_img14 worms pulled from woman’s eye after rare infection It is being called the first known human case of a parasitic infection spread by flies. Tuesday 13 Feb 2018, 12:38 PM 13 Comments Share159 Tweet Email3 35,204 Views By Associated Press Image: CDC via AP This undated photo provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows Thelazia gulosa. Image: CDC via AP This August 2016 photo provided by Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) shows inflammation (in the circle added by the source) from the infection caused by Thelazia gulosa. Source: OHSU via APAfter a week of eye irritation, Beckley pulled a worm from her eye. She visited doctors, but removed most of the additional worms herself during the following few weeks.The worms were translucent and each less than half an inch long.After they were removed, no more worms were found and she had no additional symptoms.Eye worms are seen in several kinds of animals, including cats and dogs. They can be spread by different kinds of flies.Two other types of Thelazia eye worm infections had been seen in people before, but never this kind, according to Richard Bradbury of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He was the study’s lead author.The report was published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.Read: Chewing gum in wraps, a tooth in a takeaway and maggots in mashed potato – over nine food complaints a day in 2017 This undated photo provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows Thelazia gulosa. Feb 13th 2018, 12:39 PM AN OREGON WOMAN who had worms coming out of her eye is being called the first known human case of a parasitic infection spread by flies.Fourteen tiny worms were removed from the left eye of the 26-year-old woman in August 2016. Scientists reported the case yesterday.The woman, Abby Beckley, was diagnosed in August 2016 with Thelazia gulosa. That’s a type of eye worm seen in cattle in the northern United States and southern Canada, but never before in humans.They are spread by a type of fly known as “face flies”. The flies feed on the tears that lubricate the eyeball, scientists said.She had been horseback riding and fishing in Gold Beach, Oregon, a coastal, cattle-farming area. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

The 9 at 9 Thursday

first_img By Paul Hosford Short URL 8,690 Views Feb 22nd 2018, 7:58 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article EVERY MORNING, brings you the stories you need to know as you start your day.1. #HIGH COURT: Businessman Bill Cullen is suing Ulster Bank for €120 million.2. #PATHETICALLY WEAK: The father of a victim of last week’s mass school shooting in Florida laid into Republican senator Marco Rubio at a town hall meeting, calling his response “pathetically weak”.3. #BREXIT 1: The impact of Brexit will be delayed for at least two years as the UK eyes a longer transition period, the Irish Independent reports.4. #BREXIT 2: Tánaiste Simon Coveney says Ireland remains “more than ever committed to our membership of the EU”.5. #RAPE: A man who followed a student home from a bus and raped her has been jailed for ten years.6. #LEAF IT OUT: Ireland is way behind on its tree planting programme.7. #BOKO HARAM: Some of the Nigerian girls kidnapped from their school by Boko Haram were freed late last night.8. #DIESEL: Diesel could be about to get more expensive, if the authors of an ESRI report have their way.9. #I HEAR YOU: Donald Trump’s notes for meeting survivors of a school shooting included a reminder to tell them he was listening. Share Tweet Email Image: Shutterstock/Sergey Chayko The 9 at 9: Thursday Here’s what you need to know as we start Thursday. Image: Shutterstock/Sergey Chayko No Comments Thursday 22 Feb 2018, 7:57 AMlast_img read more

Disney airs its first samesex kiss

first_imgRead: Disney cuts ties with YouTube star PewDiePie over anti-Semitic videosRead: Pixar’s first film of the President Trump era? A musical ‘love letter to Mexico’ Source: Disney Television Animation News/YouTubeDISNEY HAS AIRED its very first same-sex kiss, in a recent episode of one its animated TV shows.The show, called Star vs the Forces of Evil, features two of the protagonists attending a concert and shows loved-up couples kissing during one of the songs.In the scene, both male-male and female-female couples can be seen kissing in a historic first for the film and television company. Wednesday 1 Mar 2017, 5:33 PM Mar 1st 2017, 5:33 PM 19,718 Views Disney airs its first same-sex kiss An episode of Star vs the Forces of Evil features same-sex couples kissing at a concert. 166 Comments Share809 Tweet Email Source: Disney Television Animation News via YoutubeThe show, aired on Disney XD and now in its second season, is not the first to feature a same-sex couple, but it is the first time that a couple has been shown kissing.Live-action Disney Channel show Good Luck Charlie featured a story arc involving a lesbian couple, while Gravity Falls featured two gay policemen.Furthermore, this won’t be Disney’s only airing of same-sex relations this year.The upcoming live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast is set to feature a subplot where Le Fou, the sidekick of the evil antagonist Gaston, is confused by his sexuality and attracted to the villain.Director Bill Condon said: “Le Fou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston… It’s somebody who’s just realising that he has these feelings. And Josh [actor Josh Gad] makes something really subtle and delicious out of it.” Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL By Sean Murraylast_img read more

Donald Trump ruined an Englishwomans morning by mistakenly tweeting about her

first_imgI’m still undecided about whether to change my username. I don’t use Twitter very much partly as a result as having so many mentions. Tweets from normal people get lost in the mix.Trump, who is due to take over from Barack Obama in an inauguration ceremony this Friday, has yet to acknowledge his mistake and hasn’t deleted the tweet. It’s now been retweeted by over six thousand people and liked by over 31,000.Ivanka Trump meanwhile (who tweets from @IvankaTrump rather than @Ivanka) has been tweeting about her family life – apparently unaware of the whole palaver. 62 Comments Donald Trump ruined an Englishwoman’s morning by mistakenly tweeting about her The Brighton woman has responded by suggested the incoming President learn a bit more about climate change. Source: TwitterShe had been confused with her better-known namesake before on Twitter, she said.Ivanka is an incredibly boring and popular Slavic girls name. The other one I get confused with is an Hungarian concrete company called Ivanka concrete. 40,010 Views “I came downstairs to check my phone and I had so many notifications,” Majic, who has worked for the UK Labour party in the past, told the BBC. Tuesday 17 Jan 2017, 3:10 PM Read: Enda Kenny and Theresa May have had a phone call about Northern Ireland > By Daragh Brophy “@drgoodspine: @realDonaldTrump @Ivanka Trump is great, a woman with real character and class.”— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 17, 2017 Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitter And you’re a man with great responsibilities. May I suggest more care on Twitter and more time learning about #climatechange.— Ivanka Majic (@ivanka) January 17, 2017center_img bright lights, big city #datenight— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) January 17, 2017 Short URL Share139 Tweet Email It’s very unusual to be speaking to both ITV and the BBC 45 minutes into your day. Source: Ivanka Trump/Twitter Source: Ivanka Majic/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article A BRIGHTON WOMAN mistakenly mentioned on Twitter by Donald Trump has responded to the incoming US president by saying he should take more care on the social media platform – and maybe spend a little more time learning about climate change.Ivanka Majic, who works as a digital consultant, told the BBC how she and her husband were roused from their sleep at 6am by calls from media outlets after her Twitter handle featured in a post to the President-elect’s 20 million followers.He had quoted a post from another Twitter user who had mistakenly used Majic’s handle instead of that of Trump’s daughter, Ivanka. Jan 17th 2017, 3:10 PM last_img read more

Tusla to appear before Dáil committee next week as McCabe controversy rumbles

first_img Request sent to CEO of Tusla today requesting to appear before Oir Cttee on Children & Youth Affairs re procedures and controls in Tusla.— Jim Daly (@jimdalytd) February 10, 2017 33,666 Views 195 Comments By Paul Hosford Tusla to appear before Dáil committee next week as McCabe controversy rumbles on The main players have been having their say on the ongoing scandal. “The HSE will fully co-operate with any Inquiry or Investigation into this matter.”Justice Minister Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesFor her part, Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said that she knew nothing of the allegations before last week’s Prime Time programme. This despite Fianna Fáil’s contention that their Justice spokesperson Jim O’Callaghan had briefed her on the content of the programme before it aired.“Deputy O’Callaghan said to me that Prime Time would have a programme the following evening related the establishment of the Commission. At no point did he mention Tusla or any of the details that emerged in the programme. If Deputy O’Callaghan had information concerning the Tusla file, why did he not raise those issues during his statement on the Commission’s Terms of Reference which took place the following day?”Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Justice Source: Sam Boal/APSpeaking to Sean O’Rourke on RTÉ Radio today, Jim O’Callaghan said he was “100% certain” that he mentioned the Tusla file to Fitzgerald.“I’m 100% certain that I did mention Tusla and I’m also 100% certain that I said to the Tánaiste, and the words I used were – ‘Frances, you need to speak to Katherine Zappone’ because she has met Sgt McCabe and she has full knowledge about this issue.”Political reaction, call for debateChildren’s Minister Katherine Zappone, who met with McCabe, is due back to the country this week.Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald accused the government of “making it up as they go along”.AAA-PBP TDs Ruth Coppinger, Mick Barry and Paul Murphy said that they wanted a full Dáil debate on the issue tomorrow.In a statement they said:“What has emerged in recent days in relation to the treatment of Maurice McCabe and other whistleblowers is disgusting. It points to a dirty smear campaign orchestrated by the highest echelons of the Gardaí, facilitated by a section of the media. This represents a fundamental attack on people’s rights by an arm of the state.”Fianna Fáil spokesperson on public expenditure Dara Calleary said that he can’t understand how Frances Fitzgerald didn’t follow-up with Zappone when she told her she was meeting with McCabe.With reporting from Sean MurrayRead: Sinn Féin to publish motion of no confidence in government today Share94 Tweet Email3 Short URL Monday 13 Feb 2017, 2:50 PM Maurice McCabe. Source: Laura Hutton/RollingNews.ieUpdated 2.50pm TUSLA HAS AGREED to appear before the Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs this month, as the row over the scandal related to former garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe continued today.The agency had earlier apologised to McCabe, as part of the ongoing fallout from “a clerical error” from the Child and Family Agency that led to the circulation of a false sex abuse allegation against McCabe.On Friday, the chair of the Children’s Committee, Fine Gael TD Jim Daly tweeted that he had asked the CEO of Tusla to address the “procedures and controls” at the agency. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: Jim Daly/Twitter Today, it has been confirmed that the Tusla CEO and at least one other member of senior management at the agency will appear before the committee next Wednesday 22 February at 10.30am.Yesterday, it emerged that McCabe has rejected the HSE’s apology to him and his family.McCabe and his wife Lorraine told RTÉ News that they decided to have no further engagement with the HSE or Tusla after both offered him apologies in the wake of revelations of a file containing false allegations of sexual abuse against him.McCabeIn a statement read out by Áine Lawlor yesterday, the McCabes said:“The HSE statement is wrong and this is not good enough. The file we have contradicts the statement and it is shocking that we have to again listen and deal with false information.”RTÉ has also received a statement from Health Minister Simon Harris, which says that the HSE is attempting to contact McCabe, who he says deserves “truth and justice”.HSEThe HSE said that the issue related to an “administrative error”.The HSE apologises unreservedly to Mr. McCabe and his family for the distress caused on foot of this error. The HSE is making arrangements to offer this apology formally to Mr. McCabe as soon as possible. Feb 13th 2017, 2:50 PM last_img read more

When I saw the tears in Busbys eyes I realised the depth

first_img 49 Comments ‘When I saw the tears in Busby’s eyes, I realised the depth of their relationship and what George turned away’ Inside ‘George Best: All By Himself,’ an extraordinary, sobering look at the life and times of George Best. Short URL Feb 18th 2017, 7:10 AM “It’s incredible that everyone has that affection, even though they still know that’s what he did. I think part of his charm was just that. He could just smile and everyone forgave him. And he clearly knew that’s the effect he has so he could get away with it.“He’s obviously done that from childhood. He’s obviously had that childhood where he was the first born, he could be a little bit cheeky, his mam would tell him off and then he’d smile and then he’d be forgiven.”Perhaps the finest part of the documentary is how it depicts Best’s relationship with Matt Busby. The Manchester United manager brought him over from Belfast as a shy, timid 15-year-old and soon regarded him as a surrogate son.The won the European Cup together in 1968, ten years after the United boss lost his “Busby Babes” killed in the Munich disaster of 1958. But by 1974, even this father figure had enough. At 27, Best was on his way out of Old Trafford, his life torn apart by his rampant alcoholism and womanising.“The depth of relationship with Matt Busby and George suprised me. I knew they had a father-son relationship, but I didn’t realise it was that deep a father-son relationship.“One piece of archive that really struck me was when Best walks out of Man United the final time. It’s 1974 and it’s all over. It’s barely been six years since Wembley ’68. He’s finished. He can’t even kick a ball anymore. He’s gone, he’s finished.“The tears in Matt Busby’s eyes, it’s a really close-up interview. It was shot on film and it’s restored in the film. That’s when you see the tears in the eyes. That moment is when I realised the depth of the relationship and what George had turned away.“And also that the father has failed the son, as well as the son has failed the father. That moment really shocked me.” Matt Busby’s emotional interview during the documentary Source: George Best: All By HimselfThere’s no judgement from Gordon in this movie. He doesn’t ask us to choose between the darkness and light of Best. We shouldn’t have to. He lays out the story of the first real superstar in football, whose rise to global fame sent his world spinning to unimaginable heights and horrendous depths.“He was the first pop superstar in football. I’ve always heard that story. I didn’t actually know what it means, but I kind of do now. Having seen all that he went through, you realise this is something that very few boys who’ve left home at 15 would be able to cope with. Certainly not when there’s no blueprint for it. Because there hasn’t been anyone before. So you understand what happened and why.“I’ve got a lot more empathy for him but equally I’m just as frustrated as everyone else that threw that talent away. I’d have loved to have that talent but there’s nothing to say I wouldn’t have thrown it all away if I’d had that talent as he did.“I’ve not been in his position so I can’t judge him but I can try and understand him. That’s really what I got from making the film. Just able to understand the context and what he’d faced, that no-one else on earth had faced before in terms of the media pressure and the constant onslaught. Source: Popperfoto/Getty Images“He was totally ill-equipped to handle it, as were Man United. As was everyone that was chasing him. No-one knew what to do because no-one had every had to ever do it before.“That’s the big thing. You look at Ronaldo and Messi now, they’ve got a massive entourage all around them that’s stopping you getting anywhere near them.”There’s a sense in which this entire story, in addition to all the other things it is, it’s a story of a guy who’s trying to escape a blackness in his soul. But it’s important also to consider what role society played in Best’s downfall.Search his name and the first phrase Google suggests is ‘George Best quotes.’ A wide range of his witty one-liners have been doing the rounds for years.“In 1969 I gave up women and alcohol – it was the worst 20 minutes of my life.”“I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered.”“I’ve stopped drinking, but only while I’m asleep.”You wonder if we encouraged his behaviour and cheered him on. Did society collectively help create him? Did we indulge him?“Completely,” agrees Gordon. “When I first heard the George Best chant I thought it was hilarious. ‘When I die and they lay me to rest and I go on the piss with Georgie Best.’ It’s hilarious until you think about it.“Then when you think about it, actually that’s a really, really poor chant in very poor taste. The whole, ‘I used to go missing all the time, Miss Canada, Miss United Kingdom,’ all that, they’re great stories. Source: Adam McKola/YouTube“He’s got some great one-liners. But the comedy deflects away from what he became. I think we as an audience, it’s easy for us to deal with how we dealt with George Best. To laugh it off and enjoy those one-liners. But actually beneath it, he did throw it all away. He’d be in his early 70s now. He could still be regaling people with great stories of the old days. But he didn’t and it’s his choice.“Angie makes a great line in the film: ‘Remember me for my football was his deflection for what he’d become.”Gordon tells one final story, which sums up the seismic impact Best had on Manchester United, even decades after he had left the club.“You’ll never get another footballer coming from nowhere and not being protected like that. But equally, it’s a warning sign for other people.“George Best went to Old Trafford once to interview Alex Ferguson and asked him direct, ‘What would you have done with a player like me?’“And Ferguson said, ‘Well I’m embarrassed to tell you this, but we use you as the example to our young players of what not to do.’“He had his effect long after he finished. Not in a good way for him, but hopefully in a good way for someone like Beckham to come and take advantage of what was there and the experience that Man United as a club have had.”For an hour and a half, you’ll be trapped on George Best’s rollercoaster ride. Enthralled by it, horrified by it, and unsure of who to blame.****Best ADIFF Screening – Saturday 18th February, 8.45pm at Cineworld, followed by Q&A with director Dan Gordon and producer Trevor Birney, hosted by RTÉ broadcaster George HamiltonTickets €11, available here: (Cert 12a) open in Irish cinemas on Friday 24th February.Former Shamrock Rovers striker returns from Canada to join DundalkEx-Ireland boss Trapattoni aiming to make international football return DAN GORDON, THE director of George Best: All By Himself, recalls an exchange with some fans outside of the movie’s recent premiere in London.The mood was optimistic. It made him uneasy.“They were massive George Best fans and were telling me, ‘I’m really looking forward to it, there’s never been a player like him. He’s my hero, I can’t wait to see it.’“And I’m thinking, we tell far more than just the football here, are you going to be okay with that?“I think you’re being unfair to him if you only go with the one side. It’s such a layered story, the only way to do it justice is to do all sides,” Gordon tells The42.It’s impossible to get fully formed an idea of who this man was unless you acknowledge all of his darkness too. But he also had this charming, intelligent and extremely likeable aspect to his personality.“It’s the classic flawed-genius, maverick, tortured aritist thing. I couldn’t ever get anyone to say that on the film though, but that’s what comes to mind.“I want people to take away the full story. Not to be judgemental on the dark side, to understand where that came from. But equally not just to glamourise this amazing footballer and pop superstar because it’s so much more layered than that.”“It’s a story that begins with leaving Belfast, barely a boy, and as a life it ends far too short.“But you see he did things in a very short lifetime that most of us probably will never do in a very, very long lifetime. It’s a story that’s layered enough to get the full-scale of what he faced and how he tried and failed to deal with it.”It’s been 11 years since Best died, and this documentary is an uncompromising, raw and cinematic look at the rise and fall of one of the greatest footballers of all-time who, almost 50 years on from that glorious night he lifted the European Cup at Wembley, continues to fascinate.Gordon is an award-winning director who is best known for his 2014 film on the Hillsborough disaster. He takes a look at Best’s tragic tale, which has been well-documented, with fresh eyes.What is it about this story that hasn’t been told before?“Actually, there’s a colossus of things that have never been done before, certainly not on screen and definitely not on the cinema screen.“What I wanted to do was to only interview people that knew him and knew him well. They had to be really affected by George and his story.”While there are absentees, Bobby Charlton and Denis Law (both in poor health), and Calum Best, the film boasts an impressive list of the key figures in his life.“Calum is doing his own documentary and didn’t want to clash as such with it. That was fine. The way the film was constructed there wasn’t a great deal for Calum to add because the bulk of the story happens before he’s born and the end almost comes as he’s born. In that respect it wasn’t critical for the film to have Calum in it.“I’d have loved to have sat down and interviewed him because I think his own personal story is a tragic story of neglect by a father and always yearning to have his father in his life.“I read Calum’s book and what he wrote really stuck with me for quite a long time. The Calum story is quite a different story to what I was trying to tell about George. In terms of what we’d have been looking to get out of Calum, I don’t think we’d have done him justice in the film because it’s a story about George.” Source: Colorsport/REX/ShutterstockWe do hear stories from a cast of characters who knew him the best, from former teammates like Paddy Crerand, to journalists such as Hugh McIlvanney who colourfully describes Best as having “feet as sensitive as a pick-pocket’s hands,” and the agent who sold the horrific photo of Best on his deathbed to the News of the World.Gordon continues: “It was trying to get not just their story but also their perspective with the distance at the time was ten years since George’s death, to sort of be a little bit more reflective and maybe deeper than they’d been before.”Of course, his former wives, Angie Best and Alex Best, play prominent roles, as does an early girlfriend, Jackie Glass, who’s now a Buddhist nun living in Edinburgh.“The dark elements were quite difficult to talk with people. Some of the interviewees have been in therapy and they’ve spoken about these things before. Some haven’t.“You’re very conscious you don’t want to take people into dark places they don’t want to go in themselves. Also I was trying to get them expanding into what happens to people when they get off the rails. Not just the person, but everyone else around them.”The three women help give the greatest insight into the multiple layers of Best’s complex personality – the good and the bad. The film doesn’t shy away from his darkness, and his ex-lovers speak candidly about the havoc his drinking wreaked on their lives. Source: George Best: All By HimselfThe opening scene is a poignant one that sets the tone for the movie. Angie Best is in her car, taking their one-year-old son Calum for a check-up on a wet and miserable night. Through the torrential rain, she makes out helpless soul staggering up the middle of the road.“This poor man is all hunched over and soaking wet,” she says. “I think oh my God, that poor homeless tramp and then I realise…it’s my husband. Drunk as a skunk, walking down the road, soaking wet.”Gordon explains his left-field choice for the beginning of the movie: “The other option is something like, here are George Best’s great goals and loads of eulogies of what he threw away. I think that would be a classic way to start a film like this. I actually wanted it to be completely different and far more cinematic and to really make you sit up and go,’ Oh what am I watching?’“That was the reason why we started with that story. It’s a great story in itself but at the beggining of the film you’re not expecting that about George Best. What we were trying to do was set the tone for the film with that story.” Source: MirrorpixHe comes across as this charming, likeable person for the most part of the film, but that’s all the more disturbing when you witness what he’s capable of.The movie starts on the night Angie knew her marriage was over, and realised she was left to raise her son all alone. She takes an interesting view on his alcoholism. “It’s not a disease, it’s a choice – disease doesn’t give you a choice,” she tells the camera.Later in the movie, Alex describes the chilling scenes of domestic abuse, and the multiple times he raised his hands to her.Despite all his demons and the fact it was those who were closest to him he ultimately hurt the most, Best’s loved ones retained a remarkable affection for him. After it all, they clearly still loved him.“Which feels incredulous when you’re hearing that testimony,” continues Gordon.“Whether that was just letting people down to the domestic violence and the really dark stuff. You’re hearing the testimony and you’re going, ‘How could you forgive that?’ All levels of being let down. How could you forgive that?“All he had to do by and large was sober up, flash a smile and flick his eyes and everyone had gone again. You can see that in the funeral scenes – everyone’s forgiven him. Everyone’s forgiven that he’s thrown his life away. Ultimately they go, ‘Well he’s lived life the way he wants to live it, he’s died early and he did it his way.’ By Kevin O’Briencenter_img Share Tweet Email 24,174 Views Saturday 18 Feb 2017, 7:10 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

It was like a Houdini act Man escapes from custody after being

first_img‘It was like a Houdini act’: Man escapes from custody after being refused bail for escaping custody “It was like a Houdini act. He snuck up past his wife and out.” Share Tweet Email4 Friday 28 Apr 2017, 3:40 PM No Comments Image: Eamonn Farrell/ A MAN HAS escaped from garda custody after being refused bail on a charge of escaping garda custody.Jonathon McCarthy (26) quickly crept passed his wife, who sat in the public seating area of Limerick District Court, opened the door of the courtroom, and ran to freedom.Sources said McCarthy, (26), quickly “snuck” from the accused persons holding area towards the exit door.The courtroom door gave “a loud bang” and gardai gave chase on foot.Gardai pursued McCarthy into Merchants Quay, however he remains on the run after officers could not find any trace of him.McCarthy, of Quarry Road, Thomondgate, was appearing in court charged with escaping from garda custody at Henry Street Garda Station on December 2, last.During a bail application, moments before McCarthy fled the court, gardai had objected to bail on the grounds that they believed he was a flight risk.McCarthy’s solicitor Sarah Ryan applied for bail, however this was refused by judge Mary Larkin.McCarthy was refused bail for the same offence last December, after similar garda objections.After McCarthy was remanded in custody to 16 May he made his way from the custody holding area, which is separated from the main body of the court by a glass panelled partition, towards the exit door and fled.Gardaí have sent out a city-wide alert for McCarthy’s arrest.A court source said: “It was like a Houdini act. He snuck up past his wife and out.”“He grabbed the door and he was gone,” they added.Comments are closed as the matter is before the courts Short URL 42,643 Views By David Raleigh Image: Eamonn Farrell/ Apr 28th 2017, 3:40 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Watch Enda Kenny teach a US reporter how to pronounce Taoiseach

first_img Short URL By Daragh Brophy Source: UK Telegraph/YouTubeHE MAY HAVE only weeks left in the role of Ireland’s most senior politician – but Enda Kenny was keen to let viewers in the US know exactly what he does for a living, as he encountered a local TV reporter on duty in Philadelphia.The Fine Gael leader began his week of US St Patrick’s engagements in the City of Brotherly Love yesterday.Asked how to pronounce his title by the American reporter, the former primary school teacher replied with a well-rehearsed sounding lesson:You say it very well – it’s Taoiseach… It’s an old Gaelic word for leader or chieftain. Monday 13 Mar 2017, 3:07 PM So if you want to pronounce it in phonetics it will be t-h double-e – so ‘thee’ ‘shoc’. So – ‘theeshoc’.“Say it again now for the television,” the Taoiseach exhorted, staring down the camera lens.10 out of 10! Share Tweet Email4 Source: Maryann Vaughn/Twitter Watch Enda Kenny teach a US reporter how to pronounce ‘Taoiseach’ “Say it again now for the television!” 60 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The Prime Minister of Ireland, Enda Kenny at the Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade. #Taoiseach #Fox29Irish— Maryann Vaughn (@MaryannVaughn) March 13, 2017 Around 20,000 people from over 200 groups took part in the Philadelphia St Patrick’s parade yesterday.According to Fox 29, the Irish in the city have been marking the celebration since 1771. Source: Jeff Cole/’s political reporter Christina Finn will be bringing you all the latest updates from Enda Kenny’s visit to Washington this week, including his meeting with US President Donald Trump on Thursday.Stay up-to-date by following @ChristinaFinn8, @TJ_Politics  and’s Facebook page. Read: Niagara Falls went green last night >Read: Online voting could be introduced as part of Irish diaspora vote > 46,228 Views Mar 13th 2017, 3:07 PM last_img read more

Iceland to make equal pay the law for men and women

first_img Image: Shutterstock/ian johnston By AFP Apr 4th 2017, 9:54 PM Share Tweet Email3 Image: Shutterstock/ian johnston 51 Comments Iceland to make equal pay the law for men and women The law will come into effect in January. 13,590 Views ICELAND’S PARLIAMENT HAS presented a bill that would require public and private businesses to prove they offer equal pay to employees, in what would be the first such requirement in the world.“The bill entails that companies and institutions of a certain size, 25 or more employees, undertake a certification of their equal-pay programmes, Thorsteinn Viglundsson, Minister of Social Affairs and Equality, told AFP.Iceland ranks first on the World Economic Forum’s 2015 Global Gender Gap Index, followed by fellow Nordic nations Norway, Finland and Sweden.But the new law aims to close a 7% wage gap between men and women in the island nation of more than 323,000 people, Viglundsson said.It has the support of both Iceland’s centre-right coalition government as well as the opposition and nearly 50% of the lawmakers in parliament are women.The law would take effect from January.“The gender pay gap is unfortunately a fact in the Icelandic labour market and it’s time take radical measures; we have the knowledge and the processes to eliminate it,” he said.The law would require private companies and government agencies to go through audits and receive certification that equal pay is provided, or they could face fines.Equal pay“In regard to annual financial statements there are fines if documents are not delivered, and I can see the same apply if an equal-pay certification has not been implemented, since it will be an obligation,” Viglundsson said.He said that the law was “burdensome”, setting new obligations on the Scandinavian country’s economy and businesses, but that “the benefits are at the same time obvious.”Managers and companies that have undertaken the procedure have been “positive”, as they have found it “beneficial to go systematically through pay decisions in their sections,” Viglundsson said.Iceland’s economy is basking in the glow of soaring tourism and a thriving fisheries sector, with growth reaching 11% in the first quarter of this year, after full-year growth of 7.2% in 2016.- © AFP 2017Read: Bodies of mother and young children pulled from river as Australia is devastated by floodsRead: Belfast police appeal for videos of fight that led to man’s death Short URL Tuesday 4 Apr 2017, 9:54 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

The average cost of a house in Dublin is now €383000

first_img 26,304 Views AVERAGE HOUSE PRICES rose by over 4% in Dublin in the first three months of the year, with national prices jumping by just under 3%, a new report shows.The latest quarterly Daft House Price report for the first three months of the year shows that house prices continue to rise across the country, but at a slower rate than the same quarter last year.The national average price in the first quarter of the year was €261,000, up 5.9% on the same time last year. It is the 22nd consecutive quarter that has seen a rise in house prices. In Dublin, the average house price is now €383,000, 74% above its lowest point (reached in the second quarter of 2012). In Cork and Galway, house prices rose by 2.5% and 3.4% respectively. In Limerick, prices rose by 3.6% on average, while outside cities prices rose by 2.5%. The number of properties available to buy on the market across the country was just over 22,500 in March, up 11% year-on-year.“On the face of it, the signals from the market in early 2019 appear to be largely unchanged from recent years, with prices rising in all 54 markets (25 parts of Dublin, the four other cities and remaining 25 counties) in the first three months of the year,” Daft economist Ronan Lyons said. “However, in many markets, this may be just a rebound following falls in late 2018, driven in large part by the calendar-year basis of exemptions under Central Bank rules. Sunday 31 Mar 2019, 5:07 PM 42 Comments The average cost of a house in Dublin is now €383,000 The national average price in the first quarter of the year was €261,000. Mar 31st 2019, 5:07 PM The Dublin market shows a big improvement in availability and a cooling off in inflation. With completions set to increase in coming quarters, a period of much more moderate inflation – at least in Dublin – appears likely.Note: Journal Media Ltd has shareholders in common with publisher Distilled Media Group. Image: Shutterstock/Pompaem Goghcenter_img Image: Shutterstock/Pompaem Gogh Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share256 Tweet Email2 By Cormac Fitzgerald Short URLlast_img read more

Poll Do you think the UK will leave the EU before Halloween

first_img 23,557 Views No (7581) YesNoI don’t know/I don’t careVote Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Poll: Do you think the UK will leave the EU before Halloween? The UK and the EU have agreed a flexible Brexit extension until 31 October. Short URL Image: PA Wire/PA Images Image: PA Wire/PA Images Poll Results: Share28 Tweet Email By Cónal Thomas As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Thursday 11 Apr 2019, 10:20 AM Yes (1791) I don’t know/I don’t care (1095) Apr 11th 2019, 10:20 AM 39 Comments THE UK AND the EU have agreed a flexible Brexit extension until 31 October following marathon talks in Brussels last night.With Brexit postponed once more, Prime Minister Theresa May has said she knew there was “huge frustration” that she had to request the extension until Halloween or “flextension” as it has come to be known. Following last night’s talks, European Council President Donald Tusk confirmed, however, that the UK could still sign off on May’s withdrawal deal and leave early. So, today we’re asking: Do you think the UK will leave the EU before Halloween?last_img read more