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first_imgSteam for Linux has been teased, tested, and is now ready for everyone to enjoy. In celebration of their official release to the Ubuntu Software Center, Valve is ripping the beta tag off of Steam for Linux and having a big sale to celebrate.Gaming on Linux has never gotten the attention it should, mostly because it’s considered too small of a market for developers to focus on. There’s certainly no technical reason, since most anyone who has bothered to make a game for Linux has found that even under identical specs the software will run circles around its Windows counterpart. Still, if there’s one thing you can count on in the mainstream gaming community, it’s that Linux users will be treated like their money isn’t worth collecting.Valve’s announcement that they would be giving the Linux community some love with a Steam client of their very own has been the cause of much celebration over the last few months, and today the Steam for Linux client can be found in the official Ubuntu Software Center.To celebrate the official release of the Steam for Linux client, you’ll be able to get your hands on 50-75% off sales on every game in the store that is available for Linux. Some of the games on the long list include Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Dungeons of Dredmor, Postal 2 Complete, Team Fortress 2, Trine 2, Counter-Strike: Source, Sword and Sworcery, Waveform, World of Goo, Frozen Synapse, Half-Life, and FTL: Faster Than Light.Additionally, Team Fortress 2 players will get a Tux penguin item in game when they sign into the game in Ubuntu.Canonical urges users to give Steam a shot in Ubuntu, especially in Big Picture mode while connected to a television.It has been suggested on several occasions that Steam for Linux and Big Picture are a pair of steps along the way towards the all important SteamBox that has been rumored for so long. A small Linux box running Steam in Big Picture mode and a nice controller would certainly be a worthy contender in the living room, especially now that there’s a place for game developers to give Linux users some love.last_img read more

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first_img Share14 Tweet Email Sexton says he’s 100% fit for Ireland’s chance at history against the All Blacks The Leinster out-half explains why he wasn’t place-kicking last weekend. Short URL By Murray Kinsella 15,858 Views Add us: the42.ie https://the42.ie/3046605 ‘It does piss you off, definitely’: Fitzgerald calls for tightening of player residency rules in rugby‘They are just 15 blokes on a field’ – Heaslip hungry for shot at All Blacks Wednesday 26 Oct 2016, 11:57 AM I knew my time would be restricted and then Leo obviously made the call to do it at half-time. I would have liked to have gone on further but I knew that it wouldn’t be the full game anyway. It was their call.”Sexton confirmed that his hamstring issue was a strain high up on his leg, and said that Leinster’s caution last weekend was sensible.“The other guys that have had a little strain there before, and a little bit of trouble, have made it a big problem. If you get a big problem up there, you’re looking at 16 weeks or more.“It’s a case of just making sure that it’s 100%, which it was, and then just making sure that it was managed back into it.” Sexton only played the first half for Leinster last weekend. Source: Inpho/Billy SticklandOddly, Sexton did not place kick for Leinster in Montpellier, but the out-half explained that that was simply because it made more sense for Isa Nacewa to start with the duties off the tee.“Because I knew I wasn’t playing a full game, I knew I wouldn’t play [all of it],” said Sexton.“I thought it would be 50 or 60 [minutes] but when the conditions were [the way they were] and they didn’t want me to get cool and then warm it back up, but I was keen to get back out there. Oct 26th 2016, 11:57 AM 28 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article JOHNNY SEXTON SAYS he will be 100% fit for Ireland’s clash with New Zealand in Chicago on 5 November, despite being replaced at half-time in Leinster’s defeat to Montpellier last weekend.The Ireland out-half says Leinster head coach Leo Cullen substituted him off only in order to manage his return from a hamstring injury. Johnny Sexton was speaking as an Aer Lingus ambassador. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOSexton suffered a grade-one strain in the upper region of his hamstring two weeks ago, missing the game against Castres, but today stressed that the plan was always for him to come off early in Leinster’s Champions Cup clash versus Montpellier last weekend.Leinster’s precautionary approach was designed to ensure that Sexton would not risk doing further damage to his hamstring.“Obviously the week before, I’d hurt my hamstring, very minor but in a place that it would be quite risky,” said Sexton today at Dublin Airport. “Other guys have had trouble with it.“So I was in a race against time to get fit for the game. I had limited training time with the lads, so then to get fit for the game was a bonus. “But I knew I wasn’t going to playing for a full game, so there’s no point in me kicking for 50 minutes and then saying, ‘Best of luck, Isa, for the rest of the game.’ As a kicker, you obviously want those early kicks. That’s it – it was made around the team. Isa is kicking well.I was kicking in the warm-up as well, because I was fit to kick. It was just for Isa and the team and thankfully it was the right decision, because he had to nail some important kicks.“You know, that one right at the end – if he was taking that as his first kick it could have been a more tricky goal.”Sexton, who won’t play for Leinster this weekend against Connacht, expects to be back over the tee against New Zealand.Aer Lingus ambassador Johnny Sexton was at Dublin Airport encouraging Ireland fans to bring #HomeAdvantage to Soldier Field in Chicago when Ireland take on the All Blacks on 5 November. Chicago is one of ten North American destinations that you can fly to direct from Ireland with Aer Lingus. The42 is on Snapchat! Tap the button below on your phone to add!last_img read more

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first_img http://jrnl.ie/3851669 Share5 Tweet Email By Ashleigh McDonald Image: Press Association Feb 14th 2018, 3:10 PM Short URL No Comments 65,832 Views center_img Alleged rugby rape victim was ‘crying and sobbing’ in taxi, court hears The driver says when police contact him, he knew “straight away” what it was about. Wednesday 14 Feb 2018, 4:45 PM Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding. Updated at 4.40pmA TAXI DRIVER who took a young woman home from an afterparty at the home of rugby international Paddy Jackson said she was “crying and sobbing throughout the journey”, a court heard today.The Fonacabs driver also revealed that when police contacted him days after an alleged rape, he knew “straight away” what it was in connection with.The taxi driver was working in the early hours of Tuesday 28 June 2016 when he picked up Rory Harrison and a young woman.Harrison and three other co-accused are standing trial at Belfast Crown Court on charges arising from an alleged sex attack on a then 19-year old woman in the bedroom of Jackson’s south Belfast home.The woman who claimed she was raped left Jackson’s home just before 5am and was brought home by Harrison in a taxi.Giving evidence during the third week of the trial, the taxi driver was asked by Crown prosecutor Toby Hedworth QC how the young woman “appeared to be”. The witness told the court and jury:The young woman definitely seemed very upset. She was crying and sobbing throughout the journey, and she didn’t really talk very much at all, bar telling me where she needed to go to.When asked how she interacted with the male passenger – Harrison – the driver replied: “The gentleman in question was attempting to comfort the lady. He would have been holding on to her. I believe I remember, her head was placed on his chest and he was trying to comfort her.”The driver also recalled Harrison having a conversation on his mobile phone, saying he heard “small snippets of conversation … I would explain it was sort of talking in code”.When asked about what he heard, the driver said:I recall him saying to the person on the phone ‘she is with me now, she is not good, I will call you in the morning’.The taxi driver was then questioned about anything he noticed about the woman when she got out of his taxi after arriving home. He said she was unsteady on her feet, and that he saw staining on the backside area of her white trousers. He also revealed he later checked the back seat of his vehicle for staining but saw nothing.Also raised during today’s hearing was a conversation the driver had with Harrison after leaving the young woman home. When a comment was made about a “rough night”, Harrison is alleged to have said, “you have no idea…you could say that”.After the woman made a complaint to the police claiming she had been raped, an investigation was launched. The taxi driver told the court that after learning police wanted to talk to him, “it resonated with me and I knew straight away what it was in relation to”.“It dawned on me, I went ‘oh yeah, it’s in relation to that night’. It all came together, the whole episode came together.”Jackson, aged 26, from Oakleigh Park, and 24-year old Stuart Olding, from Ardenlee Street, have both been charged with rape, while Jackson faces an additional charge of sexual assault.Blane McIlroy, aged 26, from Royal Lodge Road, has been charged with exposure, while Rory Harrison, aged 25, from Manse Road, who has been charged with perverting the course of justice and withholding information.All four defendants deny the charges levelled against them.Further evidence Also called to give evidence was a friend of the young woman’s who had been with her in Ollie’s on the evening of Monday 27 June, and who she texted the following morning, saying she had been raped.And whilst the woman initially didn’t want to go to the police, her friend told her the situation was “beyond serious” and drove her to the Brook Clinic in Belfast.From the witness-box, the friend said she and the woman in question had been partying in the VIP area of Ollie’s, and that the woman texted her later that night to tell her she was at an afterparty in Jackson’s.After arriving home at around 5.15am, the woman texted her friend at 9.51am and said, “worst night ever so I got raped”. When asked about this, the friend said she was in shock. A series of texts between the two were read out, including a message that “2 then 3rd tried to get involved … I was crying”.The woman also texted her friend saying “they are scum. It’s that schoolboy attitude times a million”. She also texted she wasn’t “going to go up against Ulster rugby”.Advising the woman to report the matter, her friend texted and said, “they are known to some people, they are not the be all and end all of the earth”.Urging the woman that “you need to get a full screening”, the friend said the situation was “beyond serious” and also said in a message “you can’t just deal with this on your own”.This same friend ran the woman into the city centre on the afternoon of Tuesday 28 June, where they tried to locate the Rape Crisis Centre. After learning it was closed down, they went to the Brook Centre, where the woman spoke to a counsellor.And when she was asked in the witness-box about the woman’s level of intoxication after the night out in Ollie’s, the friend said they had both been drinking, but the woman was “of sound mind … she could look after herself”.Read: Paddy Jackson denied that ‘threesome’ took place morning after alleged incident, court hearsMore: Rugby rape case: Alleged victim denies she ‘had sex with a number of men’ after going to home uninvited Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding. Image: Press Association Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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first_img By Gráinne Ní Aodha Share Tweet Email1 Mar 1st 2018, 5:08 PM The 5 at 5: Thursday Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock… http://jrnl.ie/3880010 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Thursday 1 Mar 2018, 5:08 PM Short URL EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five biggest stories of the day.1. #BLIZZARD: We’re in the middle of a Status Red weather warning. The advice is to stay indoors – and since most modes of transport are down, schools, shops and businesses closed, and flights cancelled – there’s not much to do in any case.2. #BELFAST TRIAL: The investigating officer tasked to probe allegations that a woman was raped by Ulster Rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding admitted today there were “significant inconsistencies” in testimonies to the police and the doctor.3. #GOVERNMENT ADS: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says that he “understands” concerns around the promotion of the Project Ireland 2040 plan.4. #BONUSES: Executives and key figures at AIB are in line to receive large deferred bonuses worth up to the equivalent of their annual salaries.5. #RUSSIA: Vladimir Putin has boasted the country has developed “invincible” weapons, warning global powers they must now reckon with Russia’s military might.Comments have been closed for legal reasons No Comments 12,520 Views last_img read more

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first_imgHere’s What Happened Today: Sunday Landmark recommendation at the Citizens’ Assembly, more on the maternity hospital and a bomb at a Belfast school gate. And for the day’s that it in it, with people running through the streets of the UK capital for the London Marathon, here’s one of The Kinks’ most enduring hits. Source: The Kinks/YouTube Sunday 23 Apr 2017, 8:00 PM Short URL 16,630 Views Share15 Tweet Email1 “Every day I wake up and say, ‘Do I still want to do this?” – we chat to Kinks’ legend Ray Davies. https://t.co/35beNLXIOK— BBC Entertainment (@BBCNewsEnts) April 23, 2017 Get our daily news round up: NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND The scenes earlier at the annual Fianna Fáil Easter 1916 commemoration Source: Leah Farrell/Rollingnews.ieThe Citizens’ Assembly recommended that abortion be allowed without restrictions up to the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.The Bishop of Elphin said that the Sisters of Charity will have to obey the rules of the Catholic Church if they become the owners of the new maternity hospital.A “significant explosive device” was found outside the gates of a school in Belfast.A motorcyclist with a provisional licence was clocked at over 200km/hr in New Ross today.Labour leader Brendan Howlin hit out at the “sham” government and the “racist” Trump.A Dart driver shared his fear of hitting people on the tracks.A month after the GamerCon fiasco, customers are still waiting to get their money back.The story of Ireland from 1916 to 2015 has been told through the faces of its people.Gardaí in Naas were trying to track down the owner of two horses found wandering on a road.INTERNATIONAL Ballot papers bearing the names of candidates in the French Presidential election Source: Kay Nietfeld DPA/PA Images#FRANCE ON THE BRINK: The French people took their first steps towards electing a new President today, with voter turnout high across the country.#PARTY PROMISES: Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn vowed to introduce four new public holidays in the UK if he becomes Prime Minister after the upcoming election.#STANDOFF: North Korea “detained third US citizen” as tensions rise in the region.PARTING SHOTIn 1973, UK band The Kinks released a concept album about a comedian who is funded by big business, becomes a dictator and uses the media as a tool of political and social control.A parable for our times?The band’s lead songwriter and vocalist Ray Davies talks Sunny Afternoon and Donald Trump in this interview with the BBC. By Sean Murray Apr 23rd 2017, 8:00 PM 5 Comments Source: BBC News Ents Team/Twitter https://jrnl.ie/3354718 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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first_img http://jrnl.ie/3314382 10,040 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Mar 30th 2017, 7:07 AM Thursday 30 Mar 2017, 7:07 AM Share13 Tweet Email1 Fears cyclone will turn parts of Great Barrier Reef into ‘underwater wasteland’ Ongoing inclement conditions mean the extent of the damage from Debbie is not yet known. 9 Comments center_img File photo of Great Barrier Reef Image: BRIAN CASSEY AP/Press Association Images Short URL A POWERFUL CYCLONE that smashed into northeastern Australia could have caused further damage to the under-pressure Great Barrier Reef, turning parts into an “underwater wasteland”, scientists warned today.There are already fears for the survival of corals in the central and northern areas of the World Heritage-listed marine ecosystem that stretches 2,300 kilometres (around 1,430 miles) off the Queensland state coast, after two consecutive years of mass bleaching from warming sea temperatures.While storms can bring relief through rain and cloud cover to corals suffering from heat stress, Tropical Cyclone Debbie, which barrelled through the region this week, mostly struck the reef’s southern parts, which have not been as seriously impacted by bleaching.“It basically came through the southern threshold where you get a transition from the severely bleached reefs to healthy reefs, so it’s hit another part of the reef which half-escaped (the mass bleaching) this year,” James Kerry, a marine biologist at James Cook University, told AFP.“It would have done a lot of damage in the corridor that it came through, perhaps over a range of something like 100 kilometres (about 60 miles), so quite a substantive area.”The reef is already under threat from farming run-off, development and the crown-of-thorns starfish, as well as bleaching, which has been blamed on global warming.When destructive Cyclone Yasi struck northeastern Australia in 2011 following major flooding it badly damaged the reef, degrading water quality and depleting overall cover by 15%.Ongoing inclement conditions mean the extent of the damage from Debbie is not yet known.Patchy destruction Researchers said the impact of previous severe cyclones suggested destruction could be patchy.“The damage can vary a lot from just minor damage, so for example the tips of corals broken off, all the way through to the cyclone picking up really big coral boulders and some of these are three or four-metres across … just smashing the reef,” Mark Read, operations manager at the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, told AFP.“So it almost turns what you would think about a coral reef into this strange wasteland underwater.”Read added however that reefs damaged by cyclones previously had shown “quite significant recovery within three to five years” if there were no repeat disturbances, while much of the marine life dependent on the coral swim away or deeper during storms before returning later.- © AFP 2017Read: ‘Like a war zone’: Tourist areas badly hit as Cyclone Debbie ravages Australia coastRead: Another blow for Trump’s new travel ban as court blocks it indefinitely By AFP Image: BRIAN CASSEY AP/Press Association Images File photo of Great Barrier Reeflast_img read more

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first_img A TOTAL OF 58 people are presumed dead after the devastating fire in a London tower block, police chief Stuart Cundy told reporters this afternoon.“We’ve worked tirelessly to establish how many people we believe were in Grenfell Tower on the night and at this point in time we are unable to say that they are safe or well,” he said.“There are 58 people who we have been told were in Grenfell Tower on the night that are missing and therefore, sadly, I have to assume that they are dead.”Of the 58, he said the number of confirmed fatalities in Wednesday’s inferno remains at 30.Cundy said 16 bodies had so far been recovered from the tower and taken to a mortuary.Police do not expect to find any survivors inside the 24-storey concrete tower, which contained 120 apartments.On the figure of 58, he said: “I really hope it won’t, but it may increase,” while adding that “it might be that some of those are safe and well”, and for some reason, had not yet made themselves known to the police.“Our focus has been on those that we know were in Grenfell Tower. However, there may be other people who were in there on the night that others were not aware were there,” he said.“That is also an absolute priority for the investigation — to establish who they may be,” he added.Cundy said police had now managed to get to the top of the tower and had undertaken a first visual search for victims, ahead of later painstaking searches.“There is considerable damage within Grenfell Tower,” he said.“We have colleagues in there as we speak, searching for and recovering those that have died.”The first victim to be formally identified was Mohammed Alhajali, a 23-year-old Syrian refugee, who came to Britain in 2014 with his brother.Cundy gave Alhajali’s name at the press briefing.Alhajali, who lived on the 14th floor, was a civil engineering student at West London University.“Mohammed undertook a dangerous journey to flee war and death in Syria, only to meet it here in the UK, in his own home,” the Syrian Solidarity Campaign said in a statement.“His dream was to be able to go back home one day and rebuild Syria.”Cundy said the police investigation into the blaze would look at the building and its refurbishment in 2016 and vowed to prosecute people “if there is evidence”.He said: “We investigate criminal matters. The investigation will identify any criminal offence that has been committed.“It will go to establish the answers of what happened in the fire and how it spread; it will look at the building itself; it will look at the refurbishment as well.“Our criminal investigation will identify any criminal offences that have been committed. Wherever we can, we will bring people to justice if there is evidence.”Read: Bill Cosby walks free from court as judge declares a mistrial in his sexual assault case >Read: Japanese monk gives ‘funerals’ for old dolls’ souls > Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL 23,959 Views Share218 Tweet Email Jun 17th 2017, 4:38 PM http://jrnl.ie/3449900 By Garreth MacNamee Image: David Mirzoeff/PA 37 Comments Saturday 17 Jun 2017, 4:38 PM Met police say 58 presumed dead in Grenfell tower fire The number of confirmed fatalities remains at 30. Image: David Mirzoeff/PAlast_img read more

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first_imgBy day, John Shevlin makes hats, but once a year he transforms into James Joyce Meet Dublin’s go-to James Joyce lookalike. Jun 16th 2018, 8:55 AM Share97 Tweet Email Short URL Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeJOHN SHEVLIN RECEIVED an unusual request from a neighbour a few years ago.The manager of the James Joyce Centre – across the road from ShevLin’s home on North Great George’s Street in Dublin city centre – had spotted him coming and going over the years, and noticed his incredible likeness to the author himself.A request to appear at one event in full 1920s costume has led to a side-job for Shevlin as the centre’s resident Joyce lookalike.He takes the role seriously, and has a carefully selected range of props – a vintage pair of glasses (with prescription lens made without modern methods by his optometrist, Donal McNally of Optica), an antique cane carefully adjusted to be the correct length for his height, and a bar of lemon-scented soap from Sweny’s, as featured in Ulysses.To top it all off is a handmade Panama hat, made by ShevLin himself in his day-job as a milliner where he keeps a family tradition of hat making alive since his late father first opened a shop in Malahide back in 1960.Based from a studio in Temple Bar, he specialises in Panama hats made using traditional Ecuadorian straw (despite the name, they don’t originally come from Panama). President Michael D Higgins, a fan of Panama hats, has received several from Shevlin over the years, and was most recently spotted wearing one in Cuba last year.We spoke to ShevLin ahead of Bloomsday, his busiest time of the year.Watch the video above for our full report. 6,587 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Nicky Ryan Saturday 16 Jun 2018, 8:30 AM 3 Comments http://jrnl.ie/4071382 last_img read more

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first_imgPope Francis compares abortion to Nazi crimes ‘but with white gloves’ The Pope is due to visit Ireland in August, just months after Ireland voted in favour of liberalising its abortion laws. Pope Francis leaves after an audience with an association of people honored by the Italian Presidency at the Vatican. Image: AP 243 Comments POPE FRANCIS DENOUNCED abortion as the “white glove” equivalent of the Nazi-era eugenics programme and urged families “to accept the children that God gives them”.Francis spoke off-the-cuff to a meeting of an Italian family association.The Vatican didn’t immediately provide a transcript of his remarks, but the ANSA news agency and the SIR agency of the Italian bishops’ conference quoted him as denouncing the pre-natal tests that can result in parents choosing to terminate a pregnancy if the foetus is malformed or suffering other problems.“Last century, the whole world was scandalised by what the Nazis did to purify the race. Today, we do the same thing but with white gloves,” the agencies quoted Francis as saying.The pope urged families to accept children “as God gives them to us”.Pope Francis is due to visit Ireland for a two-day visit in August as part of the World Meeting of Families, a festival which discusses what it means to be a Catholic family. His visit will come just months after the Eighth Amendment referendum, in which 66% of the population voted in favour of liberalising Ireland’s laws, allowing for abortion on request.Francis has repeated the strict anti-abortion stance of his predecessors and integrated it into his broader condemnation of what he calls today’s “throw-away culture”. He has frequently lamented how the sick, the poor, the elderly and the unborn are considered unworthy of protection and dignity by a society that prizes instead individual efficiency.Francis has dedicated much of his pontificate to preaching about families, marriage and the problems that families today encounter. These issues he is expected to highlight during his August trip where he’ll close out the festival with a Mass at the Phoenix Park. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 70,936 Views Saturday 16 Jun 2018, 6:32 PM Share1844 Tweet Email2 center_img Image: AP Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4074953 Jun 16th 2018, 6:32 PM By Associated Press Pope Francis leaves after an audience with an association of people honored by the Italian Presidency at the Vatican.last_img read more

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first_img 1 hour ago Sunday 15 Sep 2019, 8:00 PM Event highlights:  By Aoife Barry https://jrnl.ie/4808540 ‘The arts are really good for bringing people together to have difficult conversations’ A unique human rights arts festival run by Smashing Times takes place in Dublin this month. Escape routes and freedom trails: European Solidarity between nations. Performance, film, panel discussion and music. Thursday 19 September, 7.30 – 10pm at the Samuel Beckett Theatre.Culture Night pop-up exhibition and talk: Women’s stories 1916 – 1923 and Women’s Stories of WWII. Friday 20 September 2 – 7pm at Samuel Beckett Theatre.Silent by Pat Kinevane. Friday 20 September, 7.30 – 10pm at Samuel Beckett Theatre.Special literary cabaret of new writing, drama, music and comedy. Sunday 22 September at Buswells Hotel, Molesworth St, 7.30pm – 10pm.The Trial – visual art installation exploring healthcare and human rights in the Irish criminal justice system. 26 September – 3 November at Dublin Castle.Righteous Verse – evening of spoken word and music. Saturday 28 September, 6.30 – 9pm, Kennedy’s Bar, 30 – 32 Westland Row.The festival takes place from 19-29 September 2019. Share3 Tweet Email THERE IS A major conversation ongoing at the moment about how Ireland treats its cultural spaces – particularly in the wake of the Bernard Shaw closure announcement.With it being festival season, we’re seeing at the same time a range of festivals – like Dublin Fringe and the upcoming Dublin Theatre Festival – bringing art makers to the capital, and showing how the arts can be used to explore a range of topics. Also this month we’ll see a festival celebrating the work of human rights defenders, with an aim of bringing the arts and equality together across a series of events.The festival is curated by Smashing Times, which has done a lot of work in Northern Ireland on peace and reconciliation through the arts. Working with Smashing Times on the festival are Front Line Defenders, Trinity College Dublin, Irish Council for Civil Liberties, Trócaire and Fighting Words. Mary Moynihan, Curator of the Festival and a writer, theatre-maker, film-maker and artistic director of Smashing Times told TheJournal.ie that the idea of the festival “is to raise awareness of and celebrate human rights through the arts and explore stories that are happening in Ireland and around the world both in the past and today”.The team want to make the event “a celebration”, showing “dignity and respect for people”. “You’re shining a light on the difficult areas or difficult things happening,” explained Moynihan. center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article There are a lot of very technical definitions of human rights – for me it is about promoting dignity, fairness and respect for people. It’s about celebrating our humanity.To Moynihan, the connection between arts and human rights is obvious. Both are about “exploring the world we live in and the human relationships and human connections”.As an artist, she wants to tell stories that have a human impact. “The arts can be a way to bring people into the story on a more personal level,” she explains. “It’s an entry point for human rights in a way that is accessible. A way to embed human rights in society and to shine a light on what’s happening in a way that is accessible and reaches people.”PeacebuildingSmashing Times has long lived this truth – in 1991 they went to Northern Ireland to work on peacebuilding and reconciliation through the arts. They went on from there to work across Europe on a range of different projects, bringing the arts to people affected by the refugee crisis and conflict. “The arts are really good for bringing people together to have difficult conversations,” explained Moynihan. “If you go to the theatre you choose to go to listen to someone else’s story. Stepping into someone else’s shoes is very important part in theatre.” Their work in Northern Ireland was before the ceasefires, and focused on using drama to bring people together across the different religious and social divides.“Storytelling became an important part of that,” explains Moynihan. “We went to hard to reach communities, using theatre to enable people to tell their stories and express what happened with them. But also to meet other groups and build a form of connection.”The conversations started in the North in 1991 need to continue day, says Moynihan. “It’s absolutely essential we continue this dialogue,” she said. “What we’re hearing is there are still needs that have to be met on the ground for people who lived through the Troubles. It can’t be buried, it has to be explored.”The conversation also goes beyond the Troubles, with Moynihan pointing out that the phrase ‘human rights’ doesn’t just refer to conflicts. “Human rights are so important to Ireland – if you can’t get proper hospital care or get on a waiting list that is about human rights. If you can’t get a house to live in or your kids can’t afford to move out of home, that is human rights. There is obviously a scale of human rights, from having freedom denied and life taken away – it’s all part of the continuum.”“I hope that we’re building connections between artists, audiences and people who are affected by working in the area of human rights,” says Moynihan of the festival. “And raising awareness of stories that aren’t being told.”I hope that people will come together and help us celebrate that we need to speak out and stand up for the rights of people, particularly people who are different to us. 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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A new opinion poll conducted in September showed opposition party SYRIZA ahead of conservative New Democracy. The survey was carried out by a University of Macedonia research institute on behalf of Skai.The poll, conducted by a University of Macedonia research institute on behalf of Skai, showed SYRIZA standing at 24 per cent trailed by ND at 18 per cent. Ultra nationalist Golden Dawn was third at 6.5 per cent, followed by Elia at 5.5 per cent, the Greek Communist Party (KKE) at 5.5 per cent, To Potami at 5.5 per cent, Independent Greeks at 3 per cent and Democratic Left at 1 per cent. Twenty-one per cent of those participating in the poll were undecided.The survey also showed that 25 per cent of participants felt that SYRIZA was capable of running a successful administration, while 59 per cent of respondents said they didn’t think the opposition party was capable of running the country successfully. Only 24 per cent of poll participants felt that the current coalition government was able to lead Greece to exit the financial crisis.The poll also showed that 18 per cent of citizens believed that measures announced by Prime Minister Antonis Samaras at the Thessaloniki International Fair recently were in the right direction, while 52 per cent felt that the premier’s pledges were nothing new and that the situation would get worse.With regard to pledges voiced by SYRIZA chief Alexis Tsipras at the annual fair, 28 per cent believe they were in the right direction, while 53 per cent said the proposals could not be implemented. Nineteen percent of respondents felt that SYRIZA’s proposals were a step backwards for the country.Forty-six percent of participants believe the current Parliament should elect the next Greek President, while 54 per cent think the House should be dissolved and general elections be held.Source: Ekathimerinilast_img read more

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first_imgOne of the details of the agreement between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic Of Macedonia was clarified this week, when FYROM’s Prime Minister, Zoran Zaev admitted that his country will have to lose the right to declare its products as “Made in Macedonia’, if Greek producers decide to use this label.As part of the deal Greek producers in the region of Macedonia will have three years to decide whether they will continue to label their products as “Made in Macedonia” or will instead opt to change it to “Made in Greece”.“There are no aspirations to take our rights,” Zaev said, speaking to his country’s Economic Chamber.“If we do not agree and do not agree on this issue, it does not mean that the Agreement is invalid,” he added, stressing that adopting the name North Macedonia means that the country’s companies won’t have the right to the label, instead the exclusivity of it has been given to the Greek side.“The final goal is within three years of the verification of the agreement, to discuss the two countries because some Greek producers may want to use ‘Made in Macedonia’ and here we have agreed the right to non-exclusivity.“Our right is their right. We have no problem whether ‘Made in Macedonia’ will write for the region of Macedonia or for our Macedonia, as a state.“However, a period of three years has been left to give Greece’s businesses the chance to make their own decision. If they decide to have ‘Made in Macedonia’ on their products, we are good with it.“Greek producers may have issues with Macedonian companies using ‘Made in Macedonia’ and can block it, but this is after three years.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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first_imgA rift has erupted between the Greek Community of Melbourne and Victoria (GCM) and the State government of Victoria, due to the delay in rezoning the area that includes the GCM’s property in Bulleen.Purchased in the mid-80s by members of the community, the future of the site and its use had been a subject of great debate for some 30 years. In 2017, the community finally revealed some well-thought out plans to build a new ‘Greek Centre on the Yarra’ featuring an array of amenities including aged care facilities, schools, community and function spaces, and sporting fields.Now this ambitious plan may fall victim to the Victorian Government’s North East Link road project, as the land in question may be subject to a compulsory acquisition as part of designs to build tunnels that will link the Eastern Freeway and the M80 Ring Road.As detailed in a letter sent to the GCM members by the director of the Community’s Greek Centre, Jorge Menidis, the Minister for Planning Richard Wynne decided to refer the site, located at 49 Greenaway Street, to “yet another Panel hearing at a yet to be determined date with yet to be detailed terms of reference.”This, as Mr Menidis stresses in his letter, comes on top of two previous panel reports, which led to a series of meetings between the GCM and the Minister, who had “clearly dismissed” the notion of the land being referred to another panel.“At these meetings, the Minister and his team undertook to consider the site on its own merits and not refer it to a Panel subject to the receipt of specific reports and drawings,” Mr Menidis wrote. “We furnished the requested information at significant expense to the Community but always with the clear understanding that the Minister and other leading Government officials were supporting our request. Our reports and drawings were submitted and seemingly ignored.”Calling all GCM members to contact their local MPs, Mr Menidis expressed the Communiy’s “extremely bitter disappointment,” coming “on the back of the Minister and leading Government officials having promised to consider the site’s rezoning application following our community’s overwhelming 94 per cent vote in favour at the AGM in February of 2017.”“Our disappointment is compounded by the fact that we thought we had secured bi-partisan support for our plan when, at the February 2018 Lonsdale Street Festival in front of 50,000 people attending on the night, the Leader of the State Opposition Matthew Guy promised to rezone Bulleen as one of his first actions if the Coalition were elected in November,” reads the statement.“The Community needs to rezone the land to ensure its financial future with the sale of approximately 1/4 of the rezoned site for 17 million dollars. This sale could proceed tomorrow but for the Minister’s actions.”WAR OF WORDS BETWEEN GCM AND PLANNING MINISTERNeos Kosmos contacted the Victorian Planning Minister, Richard Wynne, who said that the future zoning of the land owned by the GCM “needs to be considered in accordance with the planning laws that apply to all Victorians.”“It has taken many months for the GOCMV to submit a valid application and provide the necessary information, that all other developers need to provide. Having only provided the information in July, they need to be patient and abide by the laws that apply to others,” reads the Minister’s statement.“The proposed development will now be considered by a Ministerial Advisory Committee, which enables members of the public, adjacent landowners and others with an interest to submit objections and address.“Throughout the process the GOCMV were told that their application would need to be considered by an Advisory Committee, alongside another proposal for the development of the nearby Yarra Valley Country Club.“The previous Panel referred to, was held some 15 years ago and is not relevant to the current planning. There are significant issues about flooding, access, the form of the proposed residential development and the size of the proposed community building that need to be resolved. More recently the government announcement of the North East Link may impact on the land.”This statement led to the GCM issuing another response, stating that a meeting with the Minister was held on 26 February.“We received correspondence from the Minster on 28 March detailing what was required for a submission to be made and then met again with him on 3 April.“In preparing the submission, we engaged the services of Contour Town Planners, Biosis Ecology and Heritage consultants, KUD architects and TGM consultants. Further, we sought and received referrals from Melbourne Water and Manningham City Council. The application was made on 29 June 2018.”THE OPPOSITION REAFFIRMS PLEDGE TO RE-ZONE THE SITEGiven that this turn of events has already led the relations between the GCM and the Andrews Labor Government to deteriorate, it was not too long before the Opposition seized the opportunity to reaffirm Matthew Guy’s pledge to re-zone the Bulleen property, if he is elected in November.“Consistent with what is called a Gibson report, I want to make sure that your land out there in Bulleen is subsequently properly re-zoned, so you can get that centre underway, as you’d expect it to be,” the Liberal Leader had said at the Lonsdale Street Festival.Reaffirming this pledge in his recent statement, Mr Guy accuses Daniel Andrews of turning his back on Victoria’s Greek community “by refusing to re-zone the Community’s site at Bulleen.“This raises the question: is Daniel Andrews planning to compulsorily acquire the Greek Community’s Bulleen site after the election as part of his North East Link project?” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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first_imgThe report found that international tourism will perform marginally worse in 2019 due to the slowdown in global economic growth. Nonetheless, global outbound travel will record a 4 per cent increase, with Asia-Pacific remaining the world leader in growth trends.Holidays in the sun and the sea, as well as city breaks, were the dominant trends in 2018.City tourism in the period 2017-2018 recorded a rise of 222 per cent, followed by cruises with a 78 per cent.Holiday trips overshadowed business trips for yet another year. Traditional business travel showed signs of weakness contrary to congress tourism which continued to grow. Greece was found to be one of the world’s 20 safest countries to travel to this year, according to a study by the World Travel Monitor presented on Wednesday at the ITB Convention. Scandinavia, Switzerland and Australia topped the list.Turkey, Israel, Egypt, Tunisia and Jordan were considered among the least safe. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek Foreign Minister George Katrougalos met with Cypriot Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides and Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades in Nicosia on Tuesday. Following the meeting, Mr Katrougalos said that Greece and Cyprus enjoy “brotherly relations” and identical views on their interests.Asked about his upcoming meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Antalya, Mr Katrougalos said that he would “ask to hear more specific views” from Ankara regarding a Cyprus solution. Mr Katrougalos and Mr Christodoulides also looked at Turkey’s entry into the European Union and both men agreed that it was in the interests of both to keep Turkey’s accession talks open.Mr Katrougalos noted that EU entry should be based on the “self-evident condition of respect, on Turkey’s part, of international law and good neighbour relations.”He added that it was in the interests of Turkey, Greece, Cyprus and Europe “that there should not be an anti-European, hostile Turkey on the eastern borders of the EU.”He wants cordial relations.“We are opposed to the cultivation on many sides of a climate of Islamophobia that is contrary to the practice of open societies that Europe has always promoted and contrary to European culture, which has its own values but also respect for the other,” Katrougalos said.Mr Christodoulides added that Cyprus is also opposed the termination of accession negotiations with Turkey.“This will not help either in the solution of the Cyprus problem or what we want to achieve with respect to Turkey: its conversion into a country that respects human rights and the rule of law, that can be close to the EU,” he said.last_img read more

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first_imgFacebook Zero : une version light du réseau social pour mobilesA l’occasion du Mobile World Congress 2010 de Barcelone, Facebook a annoncé le lancement d’une version allégée du réseau social destinée aux téléphones mobiles. Cette mouture est spécialement adaptée aux petits écrans et faibles débits.A la différence de la version mobile de Facebook déjà existante, la nouvelle mouture sera une version texte du réseau social. Aucune image ni aucune vidéo ne pourra donc être affichée sur Facebook Zero dont la sortie est prévue au cours des prochaines semaines.À lire aussiNomophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Cette version light permettra aux utilisateurs disposant d’un faible débit et d’un téléphone doté d’un petit écran de consulter rapidement les posts publiés sur leur mur ou celui de leurs contacts.Alors que d’après ses fondateurs, le réseau social compte plus de 400 millions de membres dans le monde (Maxisciences a d’ailleurs, depuis peu, sa propre page), quelque 100 millions de personnes se connecteraient régulièrement sur Facebook via leur téléphone portable. Avec une nouvelle version allégée pour mobiles, cet effectif devrait rapidement grimper. Le 17 février 2010 à 16:02 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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first_imgÉtats-Unis : l’examen de la loi sur le climat reportéÉtats-Unis – C’est ce lundi que devait débuter au Sénat l’examen de la proposition de loi sur le climat. Les sénateurs ont finalement décidé de reporter à samedi prochain la présentation du projet sur le changement climatique.Le sénateur démocrate John Kerry a annoncé cette décision samedi soir, déplorant que des conflits politiques aient mené à repousser encore le débat sur la lutte contre le changement climatique. À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?Le report de l’examen de la loi climat serait en effet dû à une querelle concernant un autre projet de loi. Le sénateur républicain Lindsey Graham aurait menacé de retirer son soutien au texte sur le climat, craignant que les démocrates ne s’en tiennent pas au climat mais cherchent à promouvoir un projet de loi sur l’immigration lors des négociations qui se tiendront au Sénat.”Placer l’immigration en tête de la liste des priorités législatives compromettra les efforts pour trouver un consensus sur le changement climatique, un problème difficile impliquant des priorités économiques”, a expliqué Lindsey Graham. John Kerry et le sénateur indépendant Joe Lieberman ont passé plus de six mois à mettre au point ce projet de loi bipartisan sur le climat. Le texte vise à réduire de 17%, par rapport à 2005 et à l’horizon 2020, les émissions de gaz à effet de serre des États-Unis, deuxième pays le plus pollueur du monde après la Chine. “Nous pensons tous que cette année est notre meilleure et peut-être dernière chance pour que le Congrès adopte une approche générale” a estimé John Kerry.Le 26 avril 2010 à 16:09 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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first_imgAdobe : sa réponse à AppleÉtats-Unis – Adobe a décidé de profiter de la querelle qui l’oppose à Apple pour lancer une nouvelle et très inattendue campagne de publicité. L’éditeur de Flash y déclare sa flamme à la firme de Cupertino, avant de se faire plus sérieux dans une lettre ouverte.Après que Steve Jobs a fustigé Flash pour justifier son refus de l’intégrer à ses produits, Adobe a répliqué avec humour aux attaques d’Apple. Des encarts publicitaires sont ainsi parus dans le New York Times et le Wall Street Journal, de même que sur de nombreux sites Internet spécialisés dans les nouvelles technologies. “We Love Apple”, assure Adobe, illustrant sa déclaration d’un grand cœur. Une déclaration suivie bien sûr de reproches vis-à-vis des critiques émises par la firme de Cupertino au sujet de la technologie Flash. “Ce que nous n’aimons pas, c’est qu’on vous prive de la liberté de choisir ce que vous créez, comment vous le créez et ce que vous consultez sur le web” déplore l’éditeur de logiciels.Sur plusieurs sites Internet, les fondateurs d’Adobe, Chuck Geschke et John Warnock, ont publié une lettre ouverte accompagnant leur nouvelle campagne de publicité. Plus qu’ils ne répondent aux reproches d’Apple, ils plaident pour les marchés ouverts, déclarant : “Nous pensons que les consommateurs doivent pouvoir accéder librement à leur contenu et applications favoris, quel que soit l’ordinateur qu’ils ont, le navigateur qu’ils préfèrent ou le terminal qui convient à leurs besoins”. Et de souligner : “Quand les marchés sont ouverts, quiconque a une grande idée a la possibilité d’innover et de trouver de nouveaux clients”.Il y a quelques jours, Steve Jobs affirmait que la technologie Flash était aujourd’hui obsolète et déficiente dans de nombreux domaines. La dimension propriétaire du logiciel permettant de créer des animations riches, des applications ou encore des jeux est elle-aussi vivement critiquée.Le 14 mai 2010 à 15:13 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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first_imgMagic Trackpad : Apple remplace la souris par le pavé tactileÉtats-Unis – Apple a annoncé le lancement d’un nouveau périphérique pour les iMac et MacBook Pro. Le Magic Trackpad est un pavé numérique tactile permettant de piloter son ordinateur avec deux doigts.Le pavé tactile Magic Trackpad permet d’effectuer diverses manipulations sur sa machine avec deux doigts, à la façon d’une souris. L’utilisateur peut ouvrir ou déplacer des dossiers, déplacer, cliquer… À lire aussiUne espèce rare d’albatros menacée d’extinction par des souris prédatricesSur son site, Apple ne manque pas de prose pour vanter l’efficacité de son nouveau gadget : “Il est constitué de verre à la fois doux et résistant, très agréable au toucher. Il est en outre presque 80% plus grand que le trackpad intégré aux ordinateurs portables MacBook Pro, vous offrant tout l’espace dont vous avez besoin pour enchaîner vos gestes. Comme toute la surface du Magic Trackpad est un bouton, vous pouvez cliquer sur les objets comme vous le feriez avec une souris classique. Et le Magic Trackpad affiche à la fois le même degré d’inclinaison et la même épaisseur que le clavier sans fil Apple. Vous pourrez donc aisément alterner entre trackpad et clavier”. Sans fil, le Magic Trackpad fonctionne avec des piles et sera vendu au prix de 69 euros.Le 28 juillet 2010 à 10:43 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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first_imgDéforestation : Greenpeace accuse Sinar Mas de ne pas tenir ses promessesIndonésie – Greenpeace accuse le premier producteur d’huile de palme du pays de ne pas tenir ses promesses. Sinar Mas s’était en effet engagé à mettre un terme à la destruction des forêts tropicales et des tourbières profondes sur l’île de Bornéo. Selon l’association écologiste, il continuerait pourtant à pratiquer la déforestation.Selon Greenpeace, c’est via sa filiale Smart, spécialisée dans l’huile de palme, que le groupe Sinar Mas “a continué à déboiser des forêts à haute valeur de conservation en dépit de son engagement d’y mettre fin au 1er juillet”. Une accusation appuyée d’une série de photos aériennes prises les 5 et 6 juillet derniers au-dessus d’une zone de plantations de l’ouest de Bornéo. Certaines de ces images montrent, selon l’association, des engins de chantier en activité sur des tourbières de plus de trois mètres de profondeur.À lire aussiLa migration de millions de crabes rouges filmée sur l’île de ChristmasSinar Mas a immédiatement répondu à ces accusations, assurant que les chantiers en cours ont été implantés sur “des terres déjà dégradées”. Et Daud Dharsono, directeur-général de Smart, d’assurer dans un communiqué : “Nous ne sommes pas responsables de la disparition des forêts primaires, qui sont l’habitat naturel des orangs-outans (…) Au contraire, nous protégeons des zones à haute valeur de conservation, créant des sanctuaires afin de préserver la biodiversité”.En février dernier, Sinar Mas avait réaffirmé son engagement de “respecter des pratiques durables” dans ses plantations, en grande majorité situées sur les îles de Sumatra et Bornéo. Ces pratiques durables commencent par ne pas convertir des terres offrant d’importantes capacités de stockage de CO2, comme c’est le cas des tourbières et des forêts primaires.Le 1 août 2010 à 19:06 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more