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Chinese prison hard labor includes MMO gold farming

first_imgVisit any prison and the residents will be doing some form of work to help pass the time and pay off their debt to society. But for the most part that work involves menial tasks that are both legal, and come under the heading of jobs no one else really wants to do.In China, that includes hard labor in the form of mining, making parts for cars, or carving utensils out of wood for hours every day. But there’s also another, much more modern way the prisoners are being used to earn money, and its not exactly legal.AdChoices广告Liu Dali, a 54-year-old former prison guard, and former inmate of a Jixi, Heilongjang province labor camp, has spoken of how he was forced to play online games. The staff running the prison would put the prisoners to work gold farming in a number of different MMOs, which would in turn be converted into real-world cash.Each prisoner would be given a quota they had to achieve every day in the game they were assigned. Not meeting the quota would mean physical harm with plastic pipes, so you can imagine they got good at farming very quickly.While Dali and his fellow inmates were struggling to stay awake and keep focused on the game, the prison guards were earning as much as $900 every day through trading of the virtual goods for money.Although game developers and publishers try to stop gold farming from happening by regularly banning accounts, for the most part its difficult to stop when it’s a real person playing the game. It also seems to be growing in popularity, and even though Dali was released in 2004, he still believes the practice goes on to this day making for some very well-off Chinese prison guards.Read more at the Guardian (image courtesy of Flickr)last_img read more

Microsoft decides to automatically update Internet Explorer for everyone

first_imgGood news, everyone! Microsoft has decided that the time has come to make sure that all users of Internet Explorer are using the most current version possible. To accomplish that goal, they’re turning on automatic updates.Yes, Internet Explorer patches and new major versions are already available via Windows Update. But to move from one version to the next, it’s never been a fully automatic process. There’s a separate install window that appears for installing, say, Internet Explorer 9. For many users, the additional steps required were often enough to prevent them from installing a new version.And so from now on, Internet Explorer will quietly update itself just as Windows does. Starting in January, users in Australia and Brazil will be the begin receiving automatic IE updates. Microsoft will then gradually extend coverage to other parts of the world as time goes on.Ryan Gavin, Microsoft’s senior director for Internet Explorer, pointed out several benefits. The overall security of the Windows user community will be improved as outdated browsers are replaced, developers can focus their attention on building sites using modern web code, and those who surf with IE will be able to enjoy the full Beauty of the Web.But Microsoft hasn’t forgotten about its enterprise customers — there won’t be an admin uproar like the one we saw when Mozilla shifted Firefox to a rapid release cycle. Just as they always have, Microsoft will continue to offer Internet Explorer blocker tools so that network administrators can deploy new browser versions once they’ve been fully tested and won’t cause any application compatibility issues.There also won’t be any changes made to a user’s default search provider or home page. User preferences won’t be touched as part of this new Internet Explorer update process. You’ll simply be bumped to the most current version available for your version of Windows (IE9 on Vista and Windows 7, IE8 on Windows XP).It certainly sounds like there’s no downside here. With today’s internet threat landscape, there’s no question that using an outdated browser is a fool’s errand. And you won’t find a web developer anywhere who’s sad to learn that Internet Explorer 6 (and even 7) will soon disappear from Windows XP machines around the globe.More at Microsoftlast_img read more

Edible super insulating foam protects hand from 7000 degree welding torch

first_imgThe super insulating foam in the video below is very impressive, but so is the confidence of the guy demonstrating it. How many of you would pile some foam up in your hand, then put a 7,000 degree welding torch over it? Not impressed enough? After a 20 second burn, he then proceeds to eat the foam.Typically insulating foams aren’t edible and contain chemicals and fire retardants you never want to release into the environment, let alone consume. The fact this foam insulates so well against both heat and cold, and is biodegradable, makes it a very desirable solution for all types of products.Beyond the video, very little is known about this foam. Based on the sign on the wall, this is a foam developed by the Aarmourtherm Foundation, which already researches and produces fire resistant paints, coatings, and wall insulation. So they clearly know what they are talking about when it comes to stopping heat and cold.The guy happy to torch his hand says he’s been eating the foam in demonstrations for the past 5 years, so it isn’t exactly new and looks to be safe. That 5 years could account for ongoing testing before this becomes a real product.Greenpeace has been campaigning to get harmful chemicals, and in particular fire retardants out of products for a number of years now. The organization regularly highlights the worst offenders in its guide to greener electronics. If this foam can also be used in solid form, or at least added to plastic and metal casings, then it could make our gadgets much more environmentally friendly in the near future.The next major breakthrough is somehow combining this with that superhydrophobic spray so our clothers never need to be washed, help keep our body temperature regulated, and never set on fire.last_img read more

iPhone 5 uses Lightning docking cable new Earpod earbuds

first_imgOne of the most persistent rumors surrounding the iPhone 5 is that Apple has developed a brand new (and much smaller) dock connector for its flagship device. Now, sources are claiming that its internal codename — Lightning — will also be used outside Cupertino when Apple’s new hardware is revealed later today.Apart from being smaller, it seems certain that the Lightning dock cable will support higher data transfer speeds — especially since the recently-refreshed Macs feature USB 3.0 ports. And yes, that does mean that Apple’s desktops and notebooks will have both a Lightning and Thunderbolt port. That may lead to some initial confusion for less techy OS X users, whose eyes may be drawn to the lightning bolt icon above the Thunderbolt port when looking for a place to plug in their iPhone 5.Two adapters will also be offered so that you can still use your existing iOS accessories. The first can be clipped on, while the second features a short cable — so that it can be used on accessories with docking areas that are too snug to work properly with the clip or with snug-fitting cases.And one other accessory is finally getting a much-needed refresh, it seems. Apple has totally reworked the iconic iPod earbuds and has redubbed version 2.0 “Earpods.” So far, it’s assumed that they’ll offer improved audio quality and will be a lot less likely to fall out of your ears than the old-style ‘buds.The iPhone 5 may be the star of the show, but there are rumblings this morning that the iPod touch $179.00 at Groupon will get a modest bump. The $199 entry-level unit will move up to 16GB, and a nebulous “Loop” accessory will be offered in black, red, pink, yellow, and blue. It’ll be joined by a pair of new iPod shuffle colors: red and purple will be added to the existing rainbow.More at 9to5 Maclast_img read more

Android NFC app used to get free subway rides

first_imgIf you’ve ever wondered why the adoption of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology in US smartphones hasn’t become more prevalent, we may have one of the reasons why right here. As an example of the extra security risks this technology poses, it’s been revealed that an Android hack makes it fairly easy to get free subway rides.The New Jersey Path transit system as well as the San Francisco Muni trains have been confirmed as being vulnerable. Both subway infrastructures were exposed by researchers, but other systems throughout the US could also be exploited. The discovery was announced at the EUSecWest security conference by the Intrepidus Group’s Corey Benninger and Max Sobell.The public transportation units in question use contactless payment technology. Train tickets have NFC chips built into them, but because they are disposable and produced en masse, being able to trick the system is a fairly simple task. Users can effectively load up a special app on their smartphone and write data back to a card without the associated payment being required. The researchers released the app, called UltraCardSet, so anyone can test if it works on their local transport network.Both San Francisco and New Jersey authorities have been informed about this problem, but according to the experts nothing has been done to resolve it. It is nearly impossible to be able to track down fare evaders of this type, so as NFC becomes a more mainstream technology, this will only continue to grow as an issue.An app that has successfully manipulated this exploit is executable on Android 2.3 or later. Other cities that have the same kind of vulnerable system are Boston, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Chicago, and Philadelphia.via IT Worldlast_img read more

Google extends free calling through Google Voice for one more year

first_imgIf you use Google Voice in Gmail to make phone calls to anyone in the US and Canada, those calls have been free while Google perfects their call routing and quality. It looks like that tradition will continue on for at least one more year, according to Google.Google Voice offers a lot of really great features, and chief among them is cheap international calling and free domestic calling if you are in the US and Canada. The service is not without flaws, and like any phone service has the occasional hiccup. Earlier this year Google said that in a perfect world they planned to keep their Voice service free, but they also are prepared to charge for the service once it reaches an acceptable quality level. Whether it is because the service is still not quite done or because Google is feeling some of the holiday cheer they have been dishing out this year, the Gmail based Google Voice service will remain free for 2013.Google was also quick to remind everyone that making international calls through Google Voice is still less expensive than nearly any other method on the planet, and as long as you have a good internet connection the call quality is often better than what you get with a mobile phone or landline. While Google has shifted most of their internal communication methods to Hangouts, their Voice service is deployed across their entire company for those increasingly rare times when you need to make a phone call.If you’ve never tried out Google Voice, and you live in the US or Canada, all you need is a Google Account and an area code to get one setup. Once you have a Google Voice account, you can set it up on an Android or iOS smartphone as a second number that will ring on your existing phone very easily.via Gmail Bloglast_img read more

Apple should offer 99 OS beta testing to nondevelopers

first_imgWould you pay $99 to get ahold of the latest version of iOS or OS X before any of your peers? It turns out that many people are not only perfectly happy to try out unfinished versions of iOS, but they are willing to pay for it.Apple’s developer program is already a solid service for helping developers new and old get the tools they need to deliver great apps. On top of this, developers can get early access to iOS and OS X in order to make sure their apps work well with the operating system by the time the average user gets that update notification for their OS. Any developer can access these features for $99, which is nothing considering how much you stand to make by publishing your product to the App Store. If all you want is access to an unfinished version of iOS before anyone else, is $99 really worth it?It turns out there’s a significant number of people who are participating in this behavior. So many, in fact, that there are now websites that will grant you access to the beta versions of iOS 7 for as little as $8. All you have to do is hand over your Apple UDID to a complete stranger and let them plug it into their developer console, which will then grant you access to the update. If anything goes wrong with your phone in these situations, it’s not as though you can call Apple or leave them feedback about your problem. You would essentially be forced to restore a backup and wait until either someone else has the issue or an update fixes it.Given the explosive popularity of iOS, should this be something Apple acknowledges and offers to the more fanatical users? Apple’s beta releases for iOS alone generate a significant amount of attention, and with this release — more than any before it — there’s reason to want to get your hands on the shiny new thing from Apple as soon as you can. These are users willing to run unfinished software on phones and tablets that they have integrated into their lives just to get it first. Surely that’s an attractive market for anyone, but Apple doesn’t seem willing or interested in recognizing their existence and serving them.last_img read more

iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 to be unveiled on October 22

first_imgWith Apple’s smartphone line up now settled for another 12 months, the company’s focus can turn to tablets, and the next generation of both the iPad and iPad mini. We expected both tablets to be updated before the end of the year, and now it looks as though Apple has decided to unveil the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 before the end of the month.AllThingsD has been told that Apple is set to hold an event on Tuesday, October 22 where the iPad and iPad mini hardware refresh will be the main focus. However, it is also thought that Apple will be rolling out the new design of the Mac Pro as well as OS X Mavericks.We fully expect Apple to have matched the design of the iPad 5 with the iPad mini 2 while at the same time making the iPad smaller without compromising on screen size. We also expect the Touch ID sensor to be used, A7 processors in both tablets, and iOS 7 on board. What we aren’t sure about if whether the iPad mini 2 will make the jump to a Retina display resolution. It would seem crazy not to when you compare the current iPad mini to the competition.As for the Mac Pro and OS X Mavericks, it makes sense to launch them together. Mavericks is v10.9 of OS X and promises improvements to Finder, more iCloud integration, and a range of new features for power users. The Mac Pro on the other hand is Apple’s long overdue update to its most powerful desktop machine. It has a new and very different cylinder design and will ship with a range of processor options including a 12-core Intel Xeon part.Apple will surely confirm the event date in the next week or so when the invites go out. It’s also important to point out that October 22 is the date Microsoft will launch the Surface 2 and Nokia is holding its Innovation Reinvented showcase.last_img read more

Quiz Luas trams and horseless carriages what year did these Irish transport

first_img 1987 By Cormac Fitzgerald 1906 Let’s start with a classic. The branding was discontinued in the early 2000s, but when did Dublin first see the rollout of the City Imp minibuses? 1896 1993 Share 1850 1883 What are ewe doing!? Clever Cat! 1886 You scored out of ! 16 Comments You scored out of ! Pawsitively perfect! 1896 2000 Share your result: 2004 16,617 Views 1990 1996 Before the Luas, there were the Dublin trams. But when were the first electric ones introduced? 1820 1935 Tweet Wikimedia Commons Tweet 1989 1936 1939 1990 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 1875 Tweet Share9 Tweet Email1 1916 Share your result: Tweet 1969 Feb 11th 2018, 10:31 AM 1834 1945 Leon Farrell/RollinNews.ie RollingNews.ie Share RollingNews.ie Top Dog! Share Wikimedia Commons The Dublin and Kingstown Railway was Ireland’s very first, but when was it officially opened? 1980 1985 FROM IRISH RAIL to Dublin Bus. From motor cars to motorways.Ireland has had a number of significant transport developments in its short history – but when were they introduced? It was a cold Friday morning when the first flight took off from Dublin Airport, bound for Liverpool. But what was the year? Sunday 11 Feb 2018, 10:30 AM Share The Dublin Area Rapid Transit (DART) system has been bringing people up and down the coast of Dublin for years, but when was it first launched? 1990 Luas trams are a regular sight now crisscrossing Dublin city. But when were they first introduced? Almost purrfect! Ireland’s first motorway was a section of road bypassing Naas. But what was the year? Share your result: Shell of a bad effort 1976 1983 1932 https://jrnl.ie/3840285 1987 1929 You scored out of ! Fintastic 1930 Answer all the questions to see your result! Irish Rail, Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann were all established in the same year when CIE was split up – but which year was it? Sam Boal Aer Lingus – formerly fully owned by the irish government – was set up in… 1984 The first petrol car seen in Ireland was a Benz Velo owned by Dubliner, Dr. John Colohan. But when did he get it? Laura Hutton/RollingNews.ie Baaaaaaaaadddd 1984 Flippin’ good Share your result: 1891 Share your result: You scored out of ! 1940 Quiz: Luas trams and horseless carriages – what year did these Irish transport milestones occur? From Irish Rail to Dublin Bus. From motor cars to motorways. You scored out of ! Tweet Wikimedia Commons 1986 Short URL Turtley Awful! Share 2005 Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie 2003 1845last_img read more

Munster hold off Glasgow challenge to stay top of the Pro12

first_imgMunster hold off Glasgow challenge to stay top of the Pro12 Munster have a one point advantage on the Ospreys with more Pro12 action coming tomorrow By Sinead Farrell Short URL Dec 2nd 2016, 9:54 PM Glasgow’s Peter Horne being stretchered from the pitch in Scotstoun Stadium. Source: Craig Watson/INPHOKeatley resumed his good work from the opening period, finding touch inside the opposition 22 with a beautifully aimed kick after Munster overturned possession in the ruck. Price unleashed a box kick and some misplaced passing along the Munster line resulted in them conceding a scrum from a knock-on.A clever kick from Conway on 56 minutes forced Ali Price to bring the ball out of play but Munster spent the next 10 minutes resisting the Glasgow attack. And an Ali Price try was the outcome of the persistent pressure. Price gather possession from a line-out and danced through the Munster defence to slide in for the score.Rory Clegg added the conversion to leave them just three points adrift heading into the final 20 minutes.Duncan Williams was close to replying with a try of his own moments later to reignite the Munster challenge. After blocking down a kick from Clegg, Williams darted in to ground the ball but Peter Murchie marginally beat him in the race. Source: Glasgow Warriors 🏉/TwitterMunster managed to get more of a share of the possession but they leaked a second try on 69 minutes when Tommy Seymour released Mark Bennett on the wing and Bennett’s pace brought him the rest of the way to touch down and edge Glasgow two in front.Clegg failed in the conversion, thus handing Munster a final lifeline heading into the final minutes. Immediately, Munster went about forcing play back into Glasgow’s half.Fittingly, it was Keatley who delivered when the need was utmost, hitting a drop goal with four minutes left on the clock to regain the advantage. Glasgow scorers:Tries: Ali Price, Mark BennettConversions: Rory Clegg [1 from 2]Penalties: Peter Horne [1 from 2]Munster scorers:Tries: Andrew ConwayConversions: Ian Keatley [1 from 1]Penalties: Ian Keatley [2 from 3]Drop Goal: Ian Keatley 88 Comments GLASGOW: Peter Murchie, Rory Hughes (Lee Jones ’43); Mark Bennett, Nick Grigg, Tommy Seymour, Peter Horne (Rory Clegg ’22); Ali Price, Ryan Wilson, Chris Fuscro (Rob Alpine ’79), Josh Strauss (Langilangi Haupeaukui ’57), Tim Swinson, Rob Harley, Sila Puafisi (D’Arcy Rae ’60, Fraser Brown (Corey Flynn ’50), Gordon Reid (Alex Allan ’50). Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Munster survived a close scare against Glasgow Warriors. Follow us: the42.iecenter_img Glasgow Warriors – 15Munster – 16IAN KEATLEY DELIVERED for Munster to ensure his side would retain their spot at the top of the Pro12 table after a tense encounter with Glasgow Warriors.After falling two points behind, the out-half capped off a superb individual performance by hitting a drop goal at the death to nudge Munster back in front and seal the win in Scotstoun Stadium.Munster led 13-3 at the break but leaked crucial scores after the restart, with Ali Price and Mark Bennett both crossing the whitewash to give Glasgow the advantage.The southern province spent the early stages of the first half in Glasgow territory. After surviving an early maul they launched some good forward play but the ball slipped under a red body and Glasgow cleared their lines.Within the first 10 minutes, the visitors were on the board through an Ian Keatley penalty. From the restart, Munster went on the offensive again. A boxkick floated dangerously into Glasgow’s try area and after a deflection from Darren Sweetnam, Andrew Conway was on hand to collect the ball and touch down for a try.Glasgow responded and earned a penalty shortly after but the position didn’t suit the left-footed Peter Horne and the resultant kick trailed wide. Horne redeemed himself with a second penalty to keep them to within seven points of Munster. Source: Craig Watson/INPHOGlasgow scrum-half Ali Price attempted to capitalise on that momentum with a kick and chase but he ran into a Munster wall and was wrapped up before they could break through. Nick Grigg spotted a pocket in the Munster cover moments later and easily bypassed the outstretched arms of Duncan Williams to gain some significant yards.After some good phase play, Glasgow were awarded another penalty. Horne suffered a bad leg injury during the move and was stretchered off.Munster regained their footing in the concluding stages with referee Nigel Owens awarding a penalty for a challenge on Ian Keatley. The out-half’s effort however dragged wide and brought his flawless conversion record up to that point, to an end. He was afforded another opportunity from the tee after Glasgow were found guilty of crossing and his shot put Munster 13-3 up at the break.Glasgow were dealt another blow early in the second half when their second player of the night was stretchered off. Lee Jones came in to replace Rory Hughes after sustaining an injury in the ruck. Friday 2 Dec 2016, 9:54 PM Image: Craig Watson/INPHO https://the42.ie/3117147 28,188 Views Share43 Tweet Email Conte and Guardiola face off for the first time and the Premier League talking pointsFrom Junior E to All-Ireland senior club finalists: The meteoric rise of Foxrock-Cabinteely MUNSTER: Andrew Conway, Darren Sweetnam, Jaco Taute, Rory Scannell,  Ronan O’Mahony, Ian Keatley, Duncan Williams (Te Aihe Toma ’64), Jack O’Donoghue, Tommy O’Donnell (Thomas Tu Toit [temporary substitution] ’33); Peter O’Mahony (captain) [Robin Copeland ’56], Billy Holland, Jean Kleyn (Donnacha Ryan half-time); John Ryan (Stephen Archer ’60), Niall Scannell, Dave Kilcoyne.Yellow cards: Dave Kilcoyne (’27)Referee: Nigel OwensAttendance: 7,351The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Munster survived a close scare against Glasgow Warriors. Image: Craig Watson/INPHOlast_img read more

Europol has released a grisly Advent calendar of their most wanted criminals

first_imgEuropol has released a grisly Advent calendar of their most wanted criminals Europe’s crime agency are publishing one fugitive from one member state per day. Share Tweet Email1 Saturday 3 Dec 2016, 5:30 PM Source: Europol/Twitter FocoSentenced to life behind bars, Foco escaped from prison while on leave to study in 1995, according to Europol’s website, featuring the continent’s most wanted offenders.A reward of €2,900 is offered for any information leading to his successful recapture.Since the website’s launch in January, some 24 most wanted criminals have been arrested, with nine of those arrests directly linked to media attention and tip-offs from the public, Europol said.“Hopefully we can give people a nice present on 24 December, having arrested some of these fugitives,” Hesztera said. Source: Europol- © AFP, 2016Read: ‘Terrific guy, fantastic country’ – Trump’s phone call to Pakistan leaderRead: 65-year-old Australian surfer escapes serious injury after shark attack 14 Comments ADVENT CALENDARS, THOSE delightful special almanacs that signal the run-up to Christmas, come in many shapes and forms – from pictures of presents to tiny chocolates and miniature bottles of booze.This year, Europol is bringing out their own, somewhat grimmer rendition: an online version featuring Europe’s most wanted criminals.“As from tomorrow, 1 December, we will for 23 days in a row publish one fugitive from one member state per day,” Europol’s spokesman Gerald Hesztera told AFP this week.The wanted person will be highlighted on social media including Europol’s Facebook page and on Twitter for that day, Hesztera said, speaking from Europol’s Hague-based headquarters.The criminals have all been convicted of serious crimes such as murder, kidnapping, terrorism and drug trafficking and are currently fleeing the law, he said, adding: Dec 3rd 2016, 5:30 PM By AFP It’s the most wonderful time of the year ☃🎁 ❄to lock up these #EU #MostWanted criminals. Help us make Europe safer! https://t.co/ym3aDMH1Mt pic.twitter.com/VhpVT40ldZ— Europol (@Europol) November 30, 2016 20,245 Views All these criminals are on the run, fleeing from responsibility and punishment.The calendar of criminals kicked off with Austrian fugitive Tibor Foco, 60, who is wanted for murdering a prostitute in March 1986. http://jrnl.ie/3113147 Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Alan Farrell has become the first Fine Gael TD to say he

first_img Friday 17 Feb 2017, 2:17 PM Source: TheJournal Politics/Twitter Alan Farrell has become the first Fine Gael TD to say he has no confidence in Enda Kenny Farrell says the Taoiseach’s position is now “untenable”. Short URL 95 Comments Feb 17th 2017, 2:17 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3245333 center_img Share Tweet Email By Cianan Brennan 21,384 Views Farrell was most recently in the news for kicking off a sustained scandal involving Sinn Féin in early December by suggesting, under Dáil privilege, that two of their TDs had knowledge concerning the death of prison officer Brian Stack at the hands of the IRA in 1984.His statement continues:“Fine Gael, as a party in government, requires a leader who can manage the party in a manner which inspires faith amongst the parliamentary party, our local representatives and the wider membership.”I wish to acknowledge Enda Kenny’s unwavering commitment to public service and to working in the best interests of our society and the Irish public. While I sincerely thank An Taoiseach for the work he has done in rebuilding our party since becoming leader in 2002 and even more so for his incredible stewardship of the country since 2011, I believe it is now time for him to step aside and allow a new leader, with a fresh approach, to lead us into the future.“We must be prepared to tackle the challenges which arise in our society. In doing so we require a leader who can lead with confidence, and highlight how the values and principles of Fine Gael can best benefit our society and every community across our “country.”Over the last number of days, we as a party have stumbled from one crisis to another, highlighting how fragile our arrangement as a minority government is. Not only were we close to an election once, I firmly believe we came close three times. If anything should be learned from the events of the last few days it is that we must be ready for an election at any time.”In order to do that, we must have a new leader in place who will inject a new impetus and provide a new direction for Fine Gael.“As the co-author of a recent internal party report, I am very much in tune with the feelings and position of our membership, right across the country. A week does not go by that a further comment from another constituency arrives. In a democratic organisation, that is not healthy and thus, I reluctantly withdraw my support for the continued tenure of Enda Kenny TD as leader of Fine Gael,” he concluded.Read: Abuse claim against McCabe was not ‘copy/paste’ error – reportRead: Two ministers are out of FG leadership race, but some say it’s ‘ludicrous’ to change leader now Fine Gael’s Alan Farrell has just officially called for Enda Kenny to step down, saying his position is “untenable” pic.twitter.com/vW88qmfZNS— TheJournal Politics (@TJ_Politics) February 17, 2017 Alan Farrell (l) and Enda Kenny, pictured on Monday. Source: Twitter/AlanFarrellFINE GAEL TD for Dublin Fingal Alan Farrell has become the first TD from Enda Kenny’s own party to officially declare his position to be “untenable”.The Taoiseach’s standing has been called into question in spectacular fashion since a gaffe-filled week regarding the government’s handling of the Maurice McCabe whistleblower controversy.While Kenny himself has resisted putting a timeline on his own departure, he had been warned by his own backbenchers that he must do so or face a motion of no confidence in his leadership.This afternoon Farrell said: “Unfortunately, I no longer have confidence in the ability of Enda Kenny TD to lead Fine Gael and I believe his position is now untenable.”last_img read more

I was clearly wrong How Jeremy Corbyn confounded expectations in the UKs

first_img Short URL By Michelle Hennessy Share2 Tweet Email 15,563 Views Image: Yui Mok/PA Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The Independent’s John Rentoul referred to himself as “hopeless” writing yesterday about his election predictions.“I was wrong about Jeremy Corbyn. I had already been wrong about him twice. I thought he would come fourth in the Labour leadership election in 2015, and I thought that, when he was exposed to the British public in an election campaign, Labour’s support would go down,” he wrote.But I do try to learn from my mistakes, and so, knowing that I had been wrong about him, I tried to offset my own bias. I didn’t do a good job.Ayesha Hazarika, former special adviser to Ed Miliband, has written several critical opinion pieces about the Labour leader for The Guardian. She had this to say, writing for the newspaper yesterday:“I got it wrong on Corbyn. He ripped up the political rules from the minute he decided to stand for the Labour leadership.”- With reporting from AFP. 32 Comments https://jrnl.ie/3436033 Jun 10th 2017, 7:00 AM LABOUR LEADER JEREMY Corbyn has repeatedly beaten the odds in his long and colourful political career and he appears to have done so again, leaving his critics in the awkward position of having to issue climbdowns after an unexpectedly strong result in Britain’s national election.The 68-year-old socialist stalwart began his election campaign as rank outsider – a status he turned to his advantage – and experts said the results mean internal party rumblings against his leadership will be toned down.Labour MP Owen Smith, who stood against Corbyn in Labour’s leadership election last year once remarked that his rival’s political principles were “just hot air”.His views took a remarkable turn after Labour’s election success Thursday night. “I was clearly wrong in feeling that Jeremy was unable to do this well and I think he’s proved me wrong and lots of people wrong and I take my hat off to him,” he told the BBC.“I don’t know what Jeremy’s got but if we could bottle it and drink it we’d all be doing very well,” Smith added. Source: Cathy Newman/Twitter Ok let’s be honest, until the last few weeks many of us under-estimated @jeremycorbyn #ExitPoll #GE2017— Cathy Newman (@cathynewman) June 8, 2017 We were hearing people who hadn’t voted for a long while voting Labour yesterday evening, who were inspired by the policies, and it has to be said by Jeremy, to vote Labour last night.BrexitDrawing comparisons to Bernie Sanders in the United States, Corbyn on the campaign trail railed against the establishment and harnessed public angst over Prime Minister Theresa May’s leadership in turbulent times.After an exit poll and near-complete results suggested the Conservatives may have lost their majority and Labour may have come a strong second, Corbyn yesterday said voters had “turned their backs on the politics of austerity”.May and the right-leaning tabloids lambasted Corbyn as ill-prepared to face the challenges of terrorism and Brexit, even branding him a threat to the nation.But Corbyn was able to score unexpected points against May during the bitterly fought campaign, casting her as cold and uncaring on social welfare reforms and reckless on police funding cuts during her tenure as interior minister.Relaxed and tie-less, he came across at lively rallies as an amiable underdog making a principled stand for society’s poorest and managed to appeal to many younger voters.“Jeremy Corbyn appears to have been vindicated,” said Mike Finn, politics researcher at the University of Warwick.“It seems now clear that his approach to Labour politics resonates with the public and he is undeniably strengthened,” he said.‘Hopeless’Among those emerging with their tails between their legs today were political commentators and journalists who admitted, quite frankly, that they got it completely wrong when it came to Corbyn’s abilities as a leader. ‘I was clearly wrong’: How Jeremy Corbyn confounded expectations in the UK’s election He received massive praise yesterday from some of his harshest critics. Saturday 10 Jun 2017, 7:00 AM Image: Yui Mok/PAlast_img read more

The 5 at 5 Friday

first_img Short URL EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five biggest stories of the day.1. #THINKING AHEAD: Tánaiste Simon Coveney today announced details of the “mega Bill” to provide for all-island electricity, buses and pensions in the event of a no-deal Brexit.2. #COURTS: A pathologists told the court that the injuries Bobby ‘Mr Moonlight’ Ryan sustained “could be the result of a traffic collision or serious assault”. 3. #IN THE FAMILY: The Euromillions winners are “considering their options” on whether or not to go public with their €175 million win. 4. #CHICAGO: Jussie Smollett is set to be written out of the show Empire as he faces three years in jail for falsely claiming he was the victim of a homophobic, racist assault.5. #DRINK DRIVING: A man was arrested after gardaí discovered a pint of Guinness next to him in a car. 5,929 Views By Sean Murray Image: Shutterstock/MPSPhotography Share1 Tweet Email No Comments https://jrnl.ie/4508128 Image: Shutterstock/MPSPhotography The 5 at 5: Friday Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock… Feb 22nd 2019, 4:53 PM Friday 22 Feb 2019, 4:52 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

One million Green Card forms sent to motor insurance providers in case

first_img By Órla Ryan As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: File photo Image: Brian Lawless/PA Wire/PA Images https://jrnl.ie/4516751 24,796 Views 10 Comments Image: Brian Lawless/PA Wire/PA Images Wednesday 27 Feb 2019, 10:20 PM Share266 Tweet Email6 Feb 27th 2019, 10:20 PM Short URL “There are thousands of people who cross the border every day for work, school, college, medical appointments and to simply visit family or friends. It is imperative for these people that they can continue in their daily lives without impediments,” Troy said in a statement.Minister for Transport Shane Ross previously said it is not clear if motorists will be prosecuted for failing to carry Green Cards in the event of a no-deal Brexit.Earlier this month he told the Oireachtas Transport Committee: “If there is a no-deal Brexit, Irish-registered vehicles entering UK territory, including Northern Ireland, will be required to carry a Green Card, a document which proves that they have motor insurance.“Likewise UK citizens wishing to take their UK registered motor vehicles into Ireland will also require a Green Card.” There is an urgent responsibility on the government to resolve this issue. To force drivers on this island to apply for and carry an International Motor Insurance Card to travel across the border would be a significant breach of the spirit and ethos of the Good Friday Agreement.“The government must urgently put the case to the European Commission to waive the green card requirement,” Adams said.Robert Troy, Fianna Fáil’s Spokesperson on Transport, noted that around 13,000 cross-border journeys are made by those driving heavy goods vehicles and light goods vehicles every day.Not only will this cause major hardship for businesses and companies but it will be a major hindrance to the people living along the border. File photo One million Green Card forms sent to motor insurance providers in case there’s a no-deal Brexit Drivers who think they may need a card have been advised to apply one month in advance. ONE MILLION GREEN Card forms and electronic application templates have been issued to insurance providers by the  Motor Insurers’ Bureau of Ireland (MIBI) in preparation for a potential no-deal Brexit. The figure was revealed at a special briefing organised for members of the Oireachtas.In January, motorists were told they would require an insurance Green Card to drive in Northern Ireland and the UK in the event of Britain leaving the European Union without a deal. Brexit is meant to officially happen on 29 March but — having previously rejected the draft Withdrawal Agreement struck by the British government and the EU — the House of Commons tonight overwhelmingly backed a proposal that could allow Brexit to be delayed. The MIBI has advised motorists who plan on driving in Northern Ireland and the UK immediately after 29 March to begin applying for their Green Cards from next week, in case a no-deal scenario materialises. Those who plan on travelling after that period have been advised to contact their insurance company or broker one month in advance of their expected travel date.Currently, Irish-registered vehicles that travel within the EU are covered by the terms of the EU Motor Insurance Directive. However, a no-deal Brexit would see the UK withdraw from this directive, meaning Irish motorists will require a Green Card to travel there.While MIBI guidelines state that there is no charge to obtain a Green Card, some insurers say that fees may apply when customers order them.Penalties Green Cards are documents which provide proof of insurance cover to law enforcement agencies in the relevant country. The MIBI has warned that motorists who drive in Northern Ireland or the UK without a Green Card, if no Brexit deal is agreed, “could possibly be subjected to the penalties for driving uninsured after that date”.If a deal is reached, the cards will not be necessary. If Britain seeks to extend Article 50 and delay Brexit, which looks increasingly likely, the need for the cards would also be delayed.Speaking after the Oireachtas briefing, David Fitzgerald, Chief Executive of the MIBI, said: “We still hope that Green Cards will not be required and that the UK will reach an agreement with the EU on an orderly Brexit.”Fitzgerald said that under a no-deal Brexit, Irish insurance documentation “may no longer be recognised by the law enforcement authorities in Northern Ireland or the rest of the UK”. He noted that penalties for driving in these countries without insurance include having your vehicle seized at the side of the road, fines and impoundment.“We don’t want to see that happen to motorists with valid insurance and we urge anyone who thinks this may impact them to apply for a Green Card in sufficient time,” he said.‘Breach of Good Friday Agreement’ The potential need for Green Cards has been criticised by many politicians. Sinn Féin TD Gerry Adams today said there is “an absence of information” about if and how the Green Card system would be implemented, and what powers An Garda Síochána and the PSNI would have if they stopped a driver who didn’t have a Green Card. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Varadkar to meet Michel Barnier in Dublin for Brexit talks ahead of

first_img Let me explain what’s happening with Brexit.pic.twitter.com/gjGkvFk8fT— Theresa May (@theresa_may) April 7, 2019 On the prospects of reaching a deal, the prime minister added: “It’ll mean compromise on both sides.”May will head to the EU summit Wednesday seeking to secure another Brexit extension, until June 30.EU members, who must unanimously back any further delay, are growing increasingly impatient at the dysfunction in Westminster and want a clear plan to resolve it.Depending on what May proposes, they could offer just a shorter postponement – or a longer period of up to a year.‘Prepared to move’ Negotiations between May’s government and Labour are set to resume this week after a weekend of exchanges “clarifying our position”, according to shadow business secretary Rebecca Long Bailey.One of the Labour team in the talks, she told the BBC the lack of compromise so far was “disappointing” but the mood was “quite positive and hopeful”.“We are currently waiting for the government to come back to us now to state whether they are prepared to move on any of their red lines,” Long Bailey said.Labour is pushing for a much closer post-Brexit alliance with the EU, including participation in a customs union.May has previously dismissed the idea because it bars Britain from striking its own trade deals around the world.Andrea Leadsom, a senior Brexiteer in her divided cabinet, said the government was talking to Labour “through gritted teeth”.She would not confirm if senior Tory eurosceptics would now accept a customs union, and hinted she would back a no-deal departure over a long delay.“For me, whatever we deliver, it has to be Brexit,” she told the BBC.With reporting from © – AFP 2019 Monday 8 Apr 2019, 7:47 AM Apr 8th 2019, 7:47 AM Varadkar to meet Michel Barnier in Dublin for Brexit talks ahead of EU summit Barnier arrives in Ireland ahead of this Wednesday’s European Council meeting. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article There’s a lot of things on which I disagree with the Labour Party on policy issues but on Brexit I think there are some things we agree on… so we’re talking. By Adam Daly 8,867 Views As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox:center_img Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4581218 31 Comments EUROPEAN UNION CHIEF Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and his team will travel to Dublin later today to hold talks with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Barnier arrives in Ireland ahead of this Wednesday’s European Council meeting which will decide if the UK will be granted a further extension.The bloc agreed last month to postpone Brexit day, originally set for 29 March, and set 12 April as the new deadline under certain conditions.Britain has until Friday to approve the existing withdrawal agreement, to change course and seek a further delay to Brexit, or to crash out of the EU without an agreement.May has asked the remaining EU countries for another postponement that would extend to 30 June, hoping to secure an alternative deal from the opposition negotiations and Parliament in a matter of weeks.Other European leaders are expected to respond to the delay request during Wednesday’s summit in Brussels. According to the Department of An Taoiseach, the main purpose of Barnier’s visit is to show solidarity with Ireland, similar to German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit last Thursday. Barnier is believed to be interested in the Taoiseach’s views in advance of this week’s European Council meeting.Varadkar has indicated that he is open to an extension for the UK but it would need to be accompanied by a plan that doesn’t focus on renegotiating the Withdrawal Agreement but rather on its future relationships.At government buildings later today, Barnier will hold talks with Varadkar, Tánaiste Simon Coveney and Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe to take stock of developments in London as well as looking at the extent of Ireland’s no deal preparations, according to a government spokesperson.‘We need to get a deal over the line’ British Prime Minister Theresa May on Sunday conceded that concluding a Brexit deal with the main opposition will need “compromise on both sides” as she faced criticism for being inflexible.The embattled leader opened negotiations this week with the Labour Party in a bid to end months of political crisis over her divorce deal struck with European leaders last year but repeatedly rejected by MPs.However, after several days of talks, Labour complained May’s team were rigid over her plan, while the talks sparked fury among some Conservatives who detest involving leftist leader Jeremy Corbyn.“We need to get a deal over the line and that’s why we’ve been looking for new ways to find an agreement in parliament – and that means cross-party talks,” May said in a video recorded at her country retreat Chequers. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Michel Barnier during a press conference at Dundalk Institute of Technology, April 2018. Share117 Tweet Email Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Michel Barnier during a press conference at Dundalk Institute of Technology, April 2018. Source: Theresa May/Twitterlast_img read more

Spending cuts to hit drug firms

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Pharmaceutical companies will be put under more pressure to reduce their profit margins if the government does not meet its target for slashing public spending on drugs this year, Health Minister Andreas Loverdos said last week. Speaking to a parliamentary committee, Loverdos said that the government had planned for state-funded social security funds to save 1.1 billion euros on their drugs bill by years end. “If we see in October that we are likely to miss the 1.1-billion-euro target, we will intervene again,” said the minister. “We will get the money one way or another.” Greece has made substantial savings on the money the funds spend on medicines since 2009. That year, spending on drugs reached 5.1 billion euros, but in 2010 that figure was reduced by 750 million euros. The government has reduced the outlay on drugs, demanding greater rebates from the pharmaceutical companies. Source: Athens Newslast_img read more

Bracks bares all in book

first_imgFormer Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke, officially launched the political memoirs of the former Premier of Victoria and board member of the Beirut Hellenic Bank the Hon Steve Bracks. In the memoirs, entitled A Premier’s State – co-authored by journalist Ellen Whinnet – the former premier reflects on his ambition to make a difference, and how he achieved his goal. He talks about his early childhood growing up in a conservative but impassioned family that supported the Democratic Labor Party, and about his gradual evolution from left-wing university radical to pragmatic centre-left premier. He reveals for the first time the background to his decision to take the party’s leadership from his friend John Brumby in 1999 – then to hand it back to John in 2007 when he sensationally resigned from office. He gives insights into how to run a successful government and how to manage the factions, and talks about everything from the impact of public life on his family, to forming minority government with independents. This wide-ranging, thoughtful and incisive look at Steve Bracks’ life and his career encompasses not only his thoughts on the Labor Party, but on the state of Australian politics generally, both during his time in politics and after it. A Premier’s State is available at all good bookstores Australia wide. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Part of historical Olympiaki site marked for trash

first_imgThe prospects for one of Greece’s few privatisation projects, the development of the old Athens Airport plot at Elliniko, appeared unclear this week, after alternate Finance Minister Nadia Valavani said a portion of the plot would be set aside to create waste management facilities for four municipalities.The move came as a shock to the privatisation agency (TAIPED) and to market professionals, some of whom described it as a “unilateral action”. Lamda Development, which was granted the contract to develop the site, has not yet responded to the announcement, but there are fears the plans will signal complications for the deal.According to Valavani, the 1.2-hectare plot at Elliniko must be set aside for waste management of Elliniko, Argyroupoli, Alimos and Glyfada. “It is necessary for the plot … to be conceded,” she said, adding that action would be taken in coordination with local authorities and Elliniko SA. The plot is a fraction of the entire 620-hectare expanse where developers have been hoping to build a park as well as luxury residential and commercial facilities.Valavani’s trash plan appears to be one aspect of a major overhaul of waste management policy. The plan, unveiled on Wednesday by the Environment Ministry, foresees the abolition of all competitions aimed at assigning waste management projects to private companies via public-private partnerships. According to Alternate Environment Minister Yiannis Tsironis, “interim solutions” will be found for areas with major trash problems, such as Tripoli and Pyrgos. The government wants local authorities to be more involved in waste management and to have a greater emphasis on recycling.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

PM extends well wishes to Greek Orthodox Christians

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Malcolm Turnbull took the opportunity ahead of Sunday to wish Australia’s 383,000 Greek Orthodox Christians a happy Easter.In an official letter addressed to the community, the prime minister recognised the religious holiday as “the holiest and most spiritually significant of the seasons of the liturgical year – a reminder of the example set by Christ, and His commitment to serve others”.He also highlighted that Easter can be a significant time not only for those of faith, but for all Australians who acknowledge the role and meaning of Christianity in the nation’s social fabric and heritage of belief.“During this time, many of us will gather with family and friends and share traditional food. We will also redouble our commitment to the less well-off, as we are reminded of our shared responsibility to love, serve and forgive one another,” wrote Mr Turnbull.The Liberal leader then turned the attention to multiculturalism, claiming that one of Australia’s great strengths is “the mutual respect of different communities for each other”.“At the core of our success are the values that we share − hope, respect and a deep belief that everyone should have the freedom to express who they are. So to all celebrating Easter this year, my warmest wishes for a safe and enjoyable holiday.”last_img read more