How to install PS3 firmware 446 and fix your bricked console

first_imgOn June 19, Sony may have rendered your PS3 unusable due to releasing firmware update 4.45 and bricking some consoles. The fault seemed to be related to machines whose hard drive had been replaced, but other problems reared their head even if your PS3 continued to work.The frustration this caused gamers was made all the worse by the fact Sony announced they were going to keep everyone waiting until June 27 to issue a fix. Well, it’s now the 27th and Sony has indeed released a new firmware that solves the issues 4.45 introduced.If your PS3 is still functioning, then installing firmware update 4.46 should work as normal. However, if 4.45 bricked your machine then the process of getting it working again is a little more involved. First up, you’re going to need a USB flash drive with at least 168MB of free space on it. CECHA00/CECHB00 model PS3 owners can also use a Memory Stick, SD card, or CompactFlash to carry and apply the update.Whatever storage method you use, you need to create a new folder on the drive called “PS3” and then download the new firmware to it.Before applying the update you need to boot your PS3 in to Safe Mode. This is a pretty simple process:With the PS3 powered off (power light is red) hold the power button down until you have heard 3 beeps then let goRepeat the first step until you’ve heard 3 more beeps, but the last one will be a double beepSafe Mode has been successfully achieved if you see an on screen message asking for a controller to be plugged inSo, with Safe Mode activated and a controller plugged in, insert your flash drive and select option 6 “System Update.” Then press Select and Start at the same time to initiate the update from the USB stick. The rest of the process should work like a normal update.If you get into trouble then Sony has a very detailed step-by-step guide about how to apply the update. But it is as easy as loading the firmware to a USB stick, holding the power button down twice, and choosing System Update from Safe Mode. You should be up and running again in just a few minutes.last_img read more

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Xbox One will get louder and slower instead of overheating

first_imgMicrosoft has already explained how the design of the Xbox One is meant to allow it to run completely silently and remain switched on for a decade. While that may be the case, this is a high performance piece of kit that’s going to generate quite a bit of heat when under load running a game. Microsoft also has to cater for the fact people will cram the console into a crowded TV unit, leave stuff on top of its flat casing, and games will push the machine ever harder as developers get to grips with the hardware.Any thoughts about the Xbox One potentially RRoDing like the Xbox 360 have been put to rest though. Leo del Castillo, General Manager of Console Development at Microsoft, explained this week that that the Xbox One is a lot more intelligent than the Xbox 360 when it comes to managing heat and stopping itself from overheating.According to Castillo, the Xbox One has been designed to never run at its full performance capacity under normal conditions. That way there’s always some headroom if things start to go awry. In theory, the console should never overheat because there are two controls in place to stop it happening.The first is fan speed, which can be increased if necessary to compensate for a greater amount of heat inside the machine. But fan speed will have a limit, so what happens if that’s not enough? The second countermeasure the Xbox One has is something PC components have been using for years — the ability to slow down and cut the amount of power being used.In the “slow down” mode the Xbox One will use less power by lowering the performance of the GPU and CPU. In turn, those chips will generate less heat and the internal fan should then be able to cope and get the console back within its normal operating temperature window. The side effect of this is game performance may be impacted, however, under normal circumstances a game should never be able to get the Xbox One into such a state on its own.So unless you block the cooling vents on the machine, or sit something else that runs hot on top of the Xbox One, it should never overheat. In the worst case your games may slow down and the internal fan becomes audible.last_img read more

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Lonely Planet names Skellig Ring as top destination for 2017

first_img By Órla Ryan Image: Brian Lawless PA Archive/PA Images Tuesday 25 Oct 2016, 9:46 AM Image: Brian Lawless PA Archive/PA Images Lonely Planet names Skellig Ring as top destination for 2017 The popular travel guide describes the area as “perhaps Ireland’s most charismatically wild and emerald stretch of coastline”. 20,589 Views Short URL https://jrnl.ie/3044753 center_img THE SKELLIG RING in Co Kerry has been named one of the top ten regions travellers should visit in 2017 by Lonely Planet.It is the gateway to Skellig Michael and the Little Skellig and is located close to the famous Ring of Kerry.Here’s what Lonely Planet has to say about the destination:“A long time ago, far, far away… a small band of monks established a hidden base on a remote, wave-pounded hunk of rock rising out of the Atlantic like a giant triangle. With a setting like this, it’s no wonder Skellig Michael made the new Star Wars location list. Oct 25th 2016, 9:46 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article To get to this far-flung isle, a boat trip is necessary from the Skellig Ring, perhaps Ireland’s most charismatically wild and emerald stretch of coastline. Glimpsed at the end of The Force Awakens, Skellig Michael will play a bigger role in this year’s sequel and local businesses are gearing up for the expected visitor bump.Nóirín Hegarty, operations director with Lonely Planet in Ireland, told Morning Ireland Skellig Michael’s appearance in Star Wars is not the only reason the location was chosen for the list, but said the film will open “this part of the world to a whole new generation of cinemagoers”.Hegarty said the area’s untouched landscape is relatively unique, noting it has been “pretty much untouched since the sixth century when the monks lived there”.Over 13,000 people visited Skellig Michael this year. It is closed to the public from October to April.Hegarty said Lonely Planet is “very much about sustainable tourism” and uses its travel lists to “identify places that people haven’t thought of or have perhaps overlooked”.The top 10 regions in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2017 are:1. Choquequirao, Peru2. Taranaki, New Zealand3. The Azores, Portugal4. North Wales, UK5. South Australia6. Aysén, Chile7. The Tuamotus, French Polynesia8. Coastal Georgia, USA9. Perak, Malaysia10. The Skellig Ring, Ireland Lonely Planet’s Nórín Hegarty, Minister Shane Ross and Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, at the launch Source: Shane O’Neill PhotographyTourism Minister Shane Ross welcomed the news, saying: “I am delighted that The Skellig Ring is being internationally recognised as a place of rugged and ethereal beauty.“An integral part of our Wild Atlantic Way, it is a place both wild and majestic. The early monks who settled in this area believed they had reached the edge of the world and anyone who has travelled The Skellig Ring can appreciate the co-existing impressions of timelessness and mortality the landscape evokes.”Read: A US news network just paid a visit to Skellig Michael and it was looking wellRead: The Irish Air Corps just perfectly captured the beauty of the Skellig Islands Share796 Tweet Email6 23 Comments last_img read more

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FactFind Is it cheaper to have a mortgage than rent in Ireland

first_img Thursday 15 Feb 2018, 12:05 AM Cork City – Q4 2014Average monthly repayments on a mortgage for a three-bed were €790Average monthly rent payments were €914A difference of 16% What does this mean? Outside of the housing bubble of the noughties, renting was always the more expensive per-month option. So when that bubble burst, a certain amount of correction was seen. And now, as house prices rise again, so do their rent prices.However, what we now know is that the gap between mortgage payments and rent asks is widening in areas where demand is high and supply is low.Today, the amount paid in rent as a percentage of its value hasn’t really budged when you look at three+ bedroom houses or in low-demand areas. But it’s a different story for one- and two-bed properties, showing us that there is more pressure at the ‘smaller household’ end of the market servicing working single people and couples without dependents and places where smaller houses are more useful – like city centres. Census 2016 showed that the average household size in Ireland is now 2.75 persons (it was 3.1 in 1996).Let’s set out those yields then four our three areas.Dublin North City Yields on a One-Bed Apartment2007: 3.4%2014: 7.2%2017: 8.6% Finally and, perhaps obviously, monthly repayments aren’t the full story when looking at the price of a mortgage.With a mortgage comes the necessity of putting together a deposit, as well as the fees associated with purchasing such a large asset. It also ties a person to a house and area and burdens them with maintenance responsibilities, on top of paying mandatory life insurance, home insurance and property tax. You also have to find someone willing to lend you money – which is often harder than finding someone willing to lend you property (at a price).And, in turn, the cheapest option might not be the best one. Ronan Lyons advises that people should look at what suits them better, and what they have access to: renting money or renting property.”If you rent long-term, then you need to also save or invest so that you have a nest egg when you retire. The choices are not necessarily should I rent or buy. It is buy versus rent-and-save.”Conclusion: No matter where you are in the country, it is cheaper to have a mortgage than to rent a property on today’s average house and rent prices when looking at one, two or three bedroom properties. However, it may not always be the most suitable option – and it may not always be possible. That situation is how it has always been – except for the years of the property boom – but the difference in price in the ‘smaller household’ sector of the market is now much more stark, up to 90% in high-demand areas.*Editor’s note: If mortgage rates rise by two percentage points on the 3.75% variable rate used in the examples here, we still have a situation where renting is the more expensive option right across the country for one, two and three beds. However, you can find exceptions in two-beds in expensive areas of the capital – Dublin 2, 4, 6 and 6w and for three-beds in most areas of Dublin. TheJournal.ie’s FactCheck is a signatory to the International Fact-Checking Network’s Code of Principles. You can read it here. For information on how FactCheck works, what the verdicts mean, and how you can take part, check out our Reader’s Guide here. You can read about the team of editors and reporters who work on the factchecks here.  By Sinead O’Carroll  Is it cheaper to have a mortgage than rent in Ireland?IT’S A QUESTION that’s being asked in rental properties across the country today.Daft.ie’s quarterly rent report showed on Tuesday that in the last three months of 2017, landlords asked for higher monthly sums from tenants than ever before – and not just in Dublin.In Cork and Galway cities, rents are 17% and 30% above levels recorded a decade ago. Average rent in Leitrim is €542 per month – and that’s the lowest out there.So, we’ve started to hear people say, ‘Sure it’s cheaper to get a mortgage than rent?’Is that just pub chat though? Or is it really true? And, has it actually always been that way?Here, TheJournal.ie will examine the options available if you were to either rent a property or obtain a mortgage today.Let’s look at the headline figures in a select number of areas based on a 3.75% variable mortgage, for a term of 30 years, with a 85% loan-to-value ratio.* To buy or to rent? graphic from the Q4 2017 Daft.ie report Source: Daft.ieClick here for a larger image.In Dublin 7, where there is a mix of housing options, the average monthly repayments on a mortgage for a one-bed are €782. However, to rent a similar property, tenants are paying €1,432 – an 83% difference. Source: The commuter counties: Daft.ie Q4 2017 Rental ReportMoving further out to the commuting belt, a similar situation is found.A two-bed home in Kildare will have mortgage repayments of €534 a month attached to it, while rent prices are 90% higher at €1,015 for the same type of property. Source: The cities: Daft.ie Q4 2017 Rental ReportAnd, the scenarios outside of the Pale tell the same story.Average monthly repayments on a mortgage for a three-bed house in Cork City are €914 with corresponding rents running 32% higher at €1,203.By that, across the board, mortgage repayments by the month are cheaper than rental payments per month. Are there exceptions?Yes, but only if you’re looking at bigger, four to five bedroom homes where potential owner occupiers will mostly outbid potential investors.And is this any different to how it’s always been?A simple way to look at it, according to economist Ronan Lyons, is that it is generally more expensive to rent property than to rent money. It has always been thus, except for during the years of the property boom/bubble.If we look at the yields on houses i.e. the amount paid in rent as a percentage of its value during the housing bubble, there was an anomaly then. To signal a healthy market, those yields should be about 5 to 7% but back in 2007, they were all the way down at 2% to 4%. That switched the maths a little bit and the smart people were renting – and not buying. https://jrnl.ie/3849316 49,641 Views Feb 15th 2018, 12:06 AM FactFind: Is it cheaper to have a mortgage than rent in Ireland? We’ve all heard it in the pub, but is it actually true?center_img Commuter Counties, including Kildare, Yields on a Two-Bed House2007: 3.5%2014: 7.5% 2017: 9% Snapshot of yields across the country during the first quarter of 2007 – the peak of the Celtic Tiger housing bubble Source: Daft.ie Q1 2007 Rent ReportClick here for a larger image.So, if we skip those crazy years and have a look at 2014, yields were running at between 4.5% and 8%. Source: Daft.ie Q1 2014 Rent ReportClick here for a larger image.And here’s what we found happening in our three areas in terms of rents and mortgage payments.North Dublin City – Q4 2014Average monthly repayments on a mortgage for a one-bed were €634Average monthly rent payments were €922A difference of 45%Commuter counties, including Kildare – Q4 2014Average monthly repayments on a mortgage for a two-bed were €555Average monthly rent payments were €733A difference of 32% Journal Media Ltd has shareholders in common with Daft.ie publisher Distilled Media Group.  Short URL Cork City Yields on a Three Bed House2007: 3.6%2014: 6.3% 2017: 6.2% 66 Comments Share358 Tweet Email9 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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North Korean general should be hanged in the streets not going to

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By AFP Friday 23 Feb 2018, 6:28 PM Feb 23rd 2018, 6:28 PM 33,471 Views Kim Yong Chol pictured in 2007. Image: Ahn Young-joon/PA Images https://jrnl.ie/3869022 Short URL 23 Comments Kim Yong Chol pictured in 2007. Share24 Tweet Email Even if the heavens split in two, we cannot allow such a heinous criminal — who must be sliced to death — to be invited to the Olympics closing ceremony.Unification ministry spokesman Baek Tae-hyun said the South Korean government was aware of widespread misgivings about Kim Yong Chol’s visit to the South, but accepted it as the “chances for improving inter-Korean ties and a peace settlement might be improved”.IvankaAt a Blue House dinner this evening with the South Korean president, Ivanka Trump — who is special advisor to her father — said she was there to “reaffirm our commitment to our maximum pressure campaign to ensure that the Korean peninsula is denuclearised”.Moon however stressed that engagement with the North had defused tensions between the neighbours.“North Korea’s participation in the Winter Olympic Games has served as an opportunity for us to engage in active discussions between the two Koreas and this has led to lowering of tensions on the peninsula and an improvement in inter-Korean relations,” Moon said.“I also believe that such developments are thanks to President Trump’s strong support for inter-Korean dialogue,” he added.The president also told Ivanka Trump in a separate meeting that the US and South Korea “must seize this hard-earned opportunity” to denuclearise the Korean peninsula, Yonhap news agency quoted Moon’s chief press secretary Yoon Young-chan as saying.© – AFP 2018Read: US vice president had secret plan to meet the North Koreans – but they cancelled last minute >Read: US warns against falling for North Korea’s charm offensive as Kim offers olive branch to South > Image: Ahn Young-joon/PA Images North Korean general should be ‘hanged in the streets’ not going to Olympics, says S. Korean politician Kim Yong Chol is heading to the closing ceremony but is accused of war crimes. SOUTH KOREAN LAWMAKERS have protested a visit by a top North Korean general for the Pyeongchang Olympics, labelling him a war criminal over the 2010 sinking of a warship and calling for his execution.Kim Yong Chol will head an eight-member delegation to arrive on Sunday for the Games’ closing ceremony — which will also be attended by US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka, creating protocol headaches for Seoul officials.Kim is widely blamed for a spate of attacks against the South including the torpedoing nearly eight years ago of the Seoul’s Cheonan corvette, with the loss of 46 lives.Some 70 lawmakers of the conservative Liberty Korea Party staged a protest outside the presidential Blue House, urging President Moon Jae-in to scrap the visit.“Kim Yong Chol is a diabolical war criminal who attacked the South… He deserves death by hanging in the street,” the party’s parliamentary floor leader Kim Sung-tae said in a statement.last_img read more

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John McAreavey resigns as Bishop of Dromore in wake of criticism

first_img John McAreavey. Image: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland By Daragh Brophy Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The second allegation came in 1998 and was not related to his tenure at St. Colman’s. No further allegations emerged until after his death in January 2002.He said that he had made an “error” in celebrating Finnegan’s funeral.The school began removing images of the priest from its building last year after the school’s Board of Governors was informed that the Diocese had reached a settlement with one of the 12 victims, the BBC reported.A Spotlight reporter revealed earlier this week that Bishop McAreavey had celebrated a mass alongside Finnegan in 2000.That prompted further calls for him to resign from his role.John McAreavey was ordained a priest in 1973 and was ordained Bishop of Dromore in 1999. Share111 Tweet Email5 John McAreavey resigns as Bishop of Dromore in wake of criticism Calls for him to step down from his role intensified this week. 48 Comments Image: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland Thursday 1 Mar 2018, 6:18 PM John McAreavey. Mar 1st 2018, 6:18 PM 34,228 Views http://jrnl.ie/3880269 JOHN MCAREAVEY IS to resign as the Catholic Bishop of Dromore.It comes in the wake of concerns raised by parents of children whose Confirmation he was due to preside over later this year.It was reported earlier this year by the BBC Spotlight programme that McAreavey had officiated at the funeral mass of a priest accused by 12 people of sexual abuse.“Following media reports which have disturbed and upset many people in the diocese and further afield, I have decided to resign with immediate effect,” the outgoing bishop said in a statement provided by his solicitor to the BBC. Fr Malachy Finnegan, who died in 2002, was a teacher at St Colman’s College in Newry from 1967 to 1976.The abuse claims against him were detailed in the BBC Spotlight programme in February.At the time, Bishop McAreavey told the programme:“The first allegation against Malachy Finnegan came to light in 1994 some seven years after he left St. Colman’s College. Short URLlast_img read more

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Woman and two young girls killed in overnight apartment fire

first_imgWoman and two young girls killed in overnight apartment fire A woman and a young boy were also seriously injured in the blaze at a temporary housing unit. Taoiseach begins speech at press conference by extending his sympathies to the mother and children who lost their lives in Clonalkin fire— Christina Finn (@christinafinn8) March 8, 2017 My thoughts and prayers with all affected by Clondalkin fire…— Katherine Zappone (@KZapponeTD) March 8, 2017 Source: Katherine Zappone/Twitter Wednesday 8 Mar 2017, 9:35 AM Garda forensic teams are due on the scene this morning, and will liaise with Dublin Fire Brigade as they investigate what caused the blaze.Cluain Cronin is a small estate off Kilcronan Avenue close to the Grange Castle Business Park and the Grand Canal.Gardaí are appealing to witnesses to contact them at:Clondalkin Garda Station 01 666 7600The Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111Or any garda station- With reporting from Cliodhna Russell and Daragh Brophy Read: ‘We’ve been forced into this’: Dublin Fire Brigade to go on strike for two days Source: Cliódhna Russell/Twitter http://jrnl.ie/3276108 By Cormac Fitzgerald 49 Comments center_img A woman (27) and two girls, 2 and 3, lost their lives after a fire in this Clondalkin apartment early this morning pic.twitter.com/p0HGd1NysE— Cliódhna Russell (@CliodhnaRussell) March 8, 2017 111,365 Views Share1247 Tweet Email Mar 8th 2017, 9:35 AM Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeUpdated at 10.45amGARDAÍ HAVE CONFIRMED the apartment where a woman and two young children died in a fire overnight in Clondalkin, west Dublin, was being used as temporary housing by a domestic violence agency.Another two people – a woman in her 30s and a four-year-old boy – were injured in the blaze, which broke out in the early hours of the morning.Gardaí and fire services attended the fire in Cluainin Cronan, Clondalkin at about 2.30am this morning.Five injured people were taken from the scene.A 27-year-old woman and two young girls taken to Tallaght Hospital were declared dead a short time later. The children were aged two and three.The other woman and young boy aged four were taken to St James’ Hospital and Our Lady’s Hospital in Crumlin, respectively. Both are in a critical condition. Source: Cliodhna Russell/TheJournal.ieInspector Ken McLoughlin of Clondalkin Garda Station described the fire as a “terrible tragedy”, telling reporters:I would like to express our sincere sympathies to the families of those that are involved in this incident.A full investigation had been launched, he said – noting that gardaí were keeping an “open mind” on the incident. “There will be a further briefing at a later stage.”He said gardaí were unable to confirm the relationship between the woman and the two children who died. Gardaí were still working to confirm the nationalities of those involved, he said. The two women and three children were all in the same apartment on the first floor, he said.Several other people were evacuated from their homes. Two were taken to hospital for treatment to smoke inhalation.There were four apartments in the block, and the entire block was evacuated.The apartment where the fire broke out was being used as short-term accommodation, where women and children can stay for up to two years.Local TD Eoin O Broin of Sinn Féin described it as a step-down facility for women and children who had come into contact with services and were seeking longer-term accommodation.He said the estate was mixed-tenure and also included council and private houses. O Broin described the fire as “heartbreaking”. Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone also expressed their condolences.Neighbours at the estate said they had been shocked by the news. Short URL Source: Christina Finn/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Associate of murdered gang leader David Byrne arrested as gardaí foil gangland

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3450374 Sunday 18 Jun 2017, 11:10 AM Jun 18th 2017, 11:10 AM 34,345 Views Share50 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Garreth MacNamee 22 Comments Image: RollingNews.ie Associate of murdered gang leader David Byrne arrested as gardaí foil gangland murder Armed gardaí became suspicious when a car tried to avoid their checkpoint. AN ASSOCIATE OF murdered Kinahan gang leader David Byrne has been arrested as gardaí stopped what they believed to be an attempt on the life of a senior member of the Hutch gang.While carrying out a checkpoint in the North Strand area of the north inner city on Friday night, gardaí became suspicious of car in the area which was subsequently stopped and searched.This led to the search of another car nearby from which a handgun was recovered. One of the cars contained balaclavas, a loaded Glock handgun and a container of petrol.Officers believe the men were targeting a senior member of the Hutch gang who lives nearby as retaliation for the murder of Michael Keogh who was shot dead in his car on Dorset Street earlier this month.AttackThe homes of James Gately and the now de-facto leader of the Hutch gang were within a kilometre of the arrests. Gately has already survived an attack on his life. He was shot a number of times as he sat in a filling station car park in Clonshaugh, north Dublin, last month.One of the arrested men, a 24-year-old from the northside is known to gardaí for minor crimes. He is seen as a hired hand who now has links to one of the biggest suppliers of cocaine and heroin in the Glasnevin, Ballymun and Finglas areas.An attack on the Hutch gang was imminent, according to well-placed sources. However, they expect another attempt in the coming days.Gardaí believe that there are at least 24 members of the extended Hutch family who are at a serious risk of retaliation from the Kinahan cartel following the murder of Michael Keogh.TargetsThat number includes women who are believed to have nothing to do with the feud itself but happen to be related to targets of the Kinahan gang.Some innocent people, who have attempted to change their surname, have already fled the area.While there are 24 Hutches at risk, this does not take into account their partners or older children who could also find themselves in harm’s way.Gardaí fear the Kinahan’s retaliation will be as quick and severe as it was following the murder of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel in February 2016.The exodus of potential targets from the north inner city is also becoming a headache for officers who are trying to keep track of their movements.Read: Man shot dead in Dublin was accused of ‘burning out homes of Hutch family members’ > Short URL Image: RollingNews.ielast_img read more

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The 9 at 9 Thursday

first_imgThe 9 at 9: Thursday Here’s the news as you start your day Get the 9 at 9 News audio Thursday 28 Feb 2019, 8:01 AM Share2 Tweet Email https://jrnl.ie/4516909 By Ceimin Burke Image: Shutterstock/Joe Gough Feb 28th 2019, 8:01 AM center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL EVERY MORNING TheJournal.ie brings you all the news you need to know as you start the day.1. #NO DEAL: A summit on nuclear disarmament between US President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un has ended without agreement.2. #COLLISION: A pedestrian has died following a collision with a car in Co Westmeath overnight. The incident took place on the N4 close to Mullingar at around 12.30am. 3. #WHISTLEBLOWER: A garda whistleblower has resigned from the force over three years since she submitted a protected disclosure about malpractice which has yet to be addressed.4. #DROGHEDA: Community activists and politicians are calling for significant investment in garda resources in the north-east of the country following the daylight shooting of a man connected to a gang feud in Drogheda.5. #KASHMIR: India is demanding that Pakistan release a fighter pilot that was taken into custody after his plane was shot down by Pakistan warplanes in a major escalation of the Kashmir crisis. 6. #RELIGIOUS SYMBOLS: A government report suggests that patients should be able to seek the removal of crucifixes or other religious symbols from hospital wards run by the Catholic Church, The Irish Independent reports.7. #STRIKE: Ambulances services face industrial disruption today as members of the Psychiatric Nurses Association hold the first of a two-day strike over union recognition.8. #BUS CONNECTS: Residents in a number of south Dublin areas are protesting against plans to create a bus corridor which they say will destroy communities. 9. #FROST: The recent sunny spell is coming to an end as frosty spring conditions look set to return before the weekend. Relatively warm weather will continue today but Met Éireann has forecast misty cloudy conditions across the country, with just a few bright spells.On the go? You can now listen to the 9 at 9 as an audio bulletin from TheJournal.ie, supported by Volkswagen. Get started by hitting the button below. 8,216 Views Image: Shutterstock/Joe Gough No Comments last_img read more

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RTÉ now lists all candidates in a constituency whenever one is mentioned

first_imgRTÉ now lists all candidates in a constituency whenever one is mentioned on air How does RTÉ achieve balance with its election coverage? The ‘stopwatch’ approach and listing all its candidates. By Gráinne Ní Aodha 19,490 Views 15 Comments For example, last Sunday The Week in Politics had a live studio panel discussion with five candidates in one constituency, broadcast pre-recorded contributions from other candidates and listed the remaining candidates and their main issues within the programme for the audience. However, broadcasters must be in a position to demonstrate how any mechanisms have ensured fairness, objectivity and impartiality in instances where complaints are received directly by the broadcaster or referred to the BAI.“Other than in the context of a complaint or other compliance investigation, the BAI does not comment on the specific mechanisms that a broadcaster chooses to uses to ensure fairness, objectivity and impartiality in relation to election or referenda interests.” Section 5 of the BAI Election and Referenda Guidelines requires broadcasters to develop mechanisms in respect of their approach to election and/or referenda coverage that are open, transparent and fair to all interested parties, but the BAI does not set detailed requirements for those mechanisms. StopwatchRTÉ also uses a “stopwatch” or 50:50 time limit is where programme makers measure the airtime received during broadcasts by representatives of opposing sides of a debate.This was used during the Eighth Amendment referendum campaign where a debate featuring a pro-life and pro-choice candidate would aim to allocate both candidates with an equal amount of airtime.But the BAI has said previously that there’s been a misconception that this type of approach is necessary to adhere to its guidelines, and said that if it’s applied “rigorously that it doesn’t do justice to the programming, it’s too narrow”. RTÉ has said that it does use a “stopwatch” approach, but it’s “an editorial tool to guide our coverage, and is not the only factor we use”. Balanced coverage is determined by a number of factors, outlined in Section 5 of the Rule 27 BAI guidelines.The BAI said that its guidelines state that decisions in respect of editorial coverage of an election or referenda rests solely with broadcasters. Image: Eamonn Farrell Image: Eamonn Farrell Share10 Tweet Email When the BAI was asked if it had instructed RTÉ to list each candidate so that it adheres to its guidelines, a spokesperson said it “had not issued instructions to RTÉ regarding the listing of candidates in its election coverage”.  Short URL May 5th 2019, 6:01 AM RTÉ IS ENSURING it adheres to the broadcasting authority’s election rules by listing all candidates in a particular constituency whenever one is mentioned.This means that if RTÉ report on comments made by Peter Casey, then all other candidates in the constituency he’s running in – the Midlands North-West – must also be listed.Since official election campaigning began on 24 April, RTÉ is must adhere to airtime coverage guidelines, set out by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI). Among those rules are:“In terms of airtime allocated, broadcasters must do so in a manner that is equitable and fair to all interests.”RTÉ said that listing candidates is just one way it achieves balanced coverage:“In our coverage on all platforms, we list all candidates if covering a given constituency. https://jrnl.ie/4617355 Sunday 5 May 2019, 6:00 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Defending the indefensible

first_imgSerial killer Peter Dupas has been granted a further extension of time from the Victorian Court of Appeal to file documents relating to his conviction appeal for the brutal murder of Mersina Halvagis. Dupas is trying to appeal for the second time, his conviction for the stabbing murder of Ms Halvagis, 25, at the Fawkner Cemetery in 1997. His first conviction for the crime was in 2007.He was found guilty again after a retrial last year. Though 24 jurors have found Dupas guilty, the Victorian justice system continues to be used by Dupas to prolong the Halvagis family’s torture over the conviction and find some sort of closure. Melbourne defence lawyer John Desmond has taken on Dupas’ case two weeks after the Court of Appeal gave the convicted killer a deadline to find a new lawyer. Had Dupas failed to find representation, the Appeal Court could have struck out his latest attempt to appeal, severely limiting his chances of a third trial. With Victorian Legal Aid refusing Dupas funds for a further appeal, the application is only possible because Mr Desmond has agreed to represent Dupas ‘pro bono’. At a brief hearing last week Chief Justice Marilyn Warren gave Dupas’s new lawyer until January 30 to seek leave to appeal and submit grounds of appeal. Dupas, 58, is serving three life sentences without parole for the murders or Ms Halvagis, Nicole Patterson and Margaret Maher. Justice Warren told the court that three judges would decide on Dupas’ appeal application early next year. Following last week’s hearing, Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu and Attorney-General Robert Clark have said they do not rule out making changes to the legal system in light of the extended appeal procedures that Dupas has been able to pursue. In a statement to Neos Kosmos, Mr Baillieu and Mr Clark said: “The Government is limited in what it can say because this matter is still before the courts. However we intend to closely study [the] decision and the surrounding circumstances to see whether changes need to be made to the law or the legal processes involved. “We fully understand the frustration of the Halvagis family and their desire to see an outcome in this case as soon as possible. We welcome the statement by the Court that every effort will be made to bring the case on for hearing as soon as practicable.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Lemnos calls for delegates

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Australian holidaymakers visiting southern Europe next month are being invited to take time out in the north Aegean island of Lemnos to hear how it played a key role in the Gallipoli legend. The Municipality of Lemnos, in conjunction with Australia’s Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee, have created what organisers plan to be a regular event, with the 2013 and 2014 conferences set to raise the profile of Lemnos’ link with Gallipoli, and to focus activities on the island leading up to the Centenary of Anzac in 2015. Lemnos was the key base for the Anzac campaign in the Dardanelles in 1915 – the location where the Diggers embarked for Anzac Cove and where Australian nurses cared for the injured in the doomed campaign. As well as the base for thousands of Australian and British Commonwealth service personnel, the mortal remains of over 140 Australians remain in Lemnos’ war graves. The conference next month will hear presentations from international guest speakers, including Australia’s Dr John Yiannakis, Dr Haluk Oral, the celebrated author on Gallipoli from Istanbul University, and Victorian MP John Pandazopoulos. The conference will bring together government, tourism and community leaders on Lemnos to begin preparations for the Centenary of Anzac in 2015, and will include a tour of key Anzac sites on Lemnos, led by Conference Organiser and Anzac historian, Mr Jim Claven. Organisers says the conference will provide a unique opportunity to commemorate and discuss this historic link between Australia, Lemnos and Greece, as well as an opportunity to plan for a new era of commemorative tourism on the island. Mr Claven told Neos Kosmos that as the Gallipoli Centenary approached, it was essential for Australians to understand that without Lemnos as a base for Allied troops, there would have been no Gallipoli campaign. “Australia and Greece share an Anzac and Gallipoli heritage. This is what will be explored in detail as part of the Conference as Greece prepares for the Centenary of Gallipoli,” he said. President of the Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee, Mr Lee Tarlamis, MP, who will attend the conference, said that for decades the Lemnian-Australian community has worked to ensure that the story was not forgotten. “It’s now our role as Australians to take the next step and reunite ourselves with our forgotten history,” said the Victorian MP. Fellow parliamentarian John Pandazopoulos pointed out that Lemnos was the missing link of the Gallipoli story, and that without its recognition, “we can never be true to our history, and the 50,000 Anzacs who were there and those Lemnians who enthusiastically supported the campaign. “As Australians and Kiwis make pilgrimage at Gallipoli, Lemnos will play its role as well.” The conference will be held at Portianou Cultural Centre, Lemnos, between 11 and 13 July. The cost of attending will be nominal, with free admission for students and young people. Those interested in attending should contact Jim Claven at jimclaven@yahoo.com.aulast_img read more

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Community urged to nominate local businesses

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram State Member for Perth, Ms Eleni Evangel MLA, is calling on the Perth community to get behind the best local businesses by nominating them for the 2014 Telstra Australian Business Awards. For 22 years this prestigious national award program has celebrated the brilliance of Australia’s small and medium businesses, and helped entrepreneurs grow and establish sustainable and successful businesses. “Small and medium businesses are at the heart of our community. Residents of the Perth electorate know this best, with small businesses contributing to the vibrancy and livelihood of our suburbs with major hubs within Leederville, Mount Hawthorn, Highgate and many more,” said Ms Evangel. “The Telstra Australian Business Awards are an opportunity for us to thank them, celebrate their success and recognise the contribution they make to local jobs and commerce,” added Ms Evangel. Every entrant will also receive a Business Health Check, a free 70-page report that evaluates individual businesses performance across seven areas against international benchmarks. Nominations are now open, with entry submissions open from 3rd February to 31st March 2014. The 2014 Telstra Australian Business Awards includes categories for Start-Up businesses, MicroBusinesses, Small Businesses, Medium Businesses and the most outstanding Regional business. Winners of state and territory Awards go onto the national Telstra Australian Business Awards in Melbourne on 7th August 2014, with the overall Business of the Year from each state and territory in the running to be named the 2014 Telstra Australian Business of the Year. To nominate or enter the Awards, go to www.telstrabusinessawards.com or call the Telstra Australian Business Awards on 1800AWARDS for further information.last_img read more

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Sinodinos grilled at ICAC

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Arthur Sinodinos’ six-hour testimony before the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) – over his time on the board of Australian Water Holdings (AWH) – left the former assistant treasurer’s actions open to question this week – after he admitted he did nothing to investigate why a company he chaired was charging exorbitant expenses to the state utility Sydney Water.The ICAC inquiry is looking into AWH and its links to disgraced ex-Labor MP Eddie Obeid, and heard that Mr Sinodinos – a former AWH director and NSW Liberal Party treasurer – stood to make up to $20 million if AWH won a lucrative contract with Sydney Water.During his appearance at the inquiry on Thursday he was asked to defend what he did to earn an alleged $200,000 salary from AWH for undertaking between 25 and 45 hours of work a year.Mr Sinodinos told the hearing that he was not brought into the company as a financial officer or political lobbyist but “in a business sense…as a door-opener.” AWH paid $72,000 in donations to the NSW Liberal Party when the Senator was on its board, which he also denied knowledge of.In testimony punctuated by either “I don’t recall” or “I don’t recollect”, Senator Sinodinos said he had no knowledge of many of the intricate workings of AWH’s business dealings, and that for three years his friend and Liberal fundraiser Paul Nicolaou was on a monthly retainer of $5000 to lobby on behalf of AWH. Evidence presented to the inquiry suggests that three Liberal-aligned lobbying companies were receiving $17,000 a month from AWH while Mr Sinodinos was a director, at a time when the company was hard-pushed to meet obligations to pay tax and superannuation.Without the inquiry’s findings presenting a complete vindication of Senator Sinodinos’ actions at AWH, the damage to his political ambitions could be irreversible. A return to cabinet for one of the Liberal’s most articulate power brokers may be a long way off. The ICAC inquiry is likely to run until the end of next week.last_img read more

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Greece seeks extra EU aid to protect sea borders

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece has called for emergency additional funds from the European Union to contain the rising tide of illegal crossings into its territory propelled by conflict in Syria and Iraq.“We are facing a great challenge,” Merchant Marine Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis told a press conference in Athens, saying that the number of undocumented migrants intercepted in the Aegean Sea was expected to triple by the end of 2014 over the same period last year.According to ministry data, more than 10,500 people were detained while trying to cross Greece’s sea border in 2013 while 17,000 people – the majority of them Syrians – were arrested in the first eight months of 2014.Greece, at the sharp end of Europe’s illegal immigration problem, is supported by Frontex, the 27-member bloc’s border management agency, and is slated to receive a total of 71 million euros in financial aid for the period between 2007-2015.However, on Thursday, Varvitsiotis stated that Greece needed an extra 63 million to meet staff requirements, saying previous EU funds had been used to upgrade coast guard equipment.Varvitsiotis, who came under fire earlier this year following the death of 12 immigrants in a botched coast guard operation near Farmakonisi island in the southern Aegean, said that failure to enhance Greece’s operational capability could undermine the effectiveness of rescue operations.“We have reached our limits. The risk is to have more incidents at sea,” he said.He said it would help if Dimitris Avramopoulos, Greece’s representative on the new European Commission, were appointed migration, fundamental rights and home affairs commissioner. Greece’s defense minister was expected to assume the post, according to a leaked document released by the EurActiv news website.last_img read more

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Mikakos makes history

first_imgJenny Mikakos, Labor member for Victoria’s Northern Metropolitan region added a new chapter to the history books of Australian politics after being named in Daniel Andrews’ cabinet.The MP will now become the Minister for Families, Children and Youth Affairs, after the new government was sworn in at Government House.Ms Mikakos, who in opposition was Shadow Minister for Community Services, Shadow Minister for Children, and Shadow Minister for Seniors and Ageing, will be the first female minister of Greek heritage to have served in either state or federal parliaments.At Labor’s first caucus meeting since the election, the Victorian Premier-elect announced his cabinet is to include nine women and 13 men.Bill Papastergiadis, president of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne paid tribute to Minister-elect Mikakos, telling Neos Kosmos that she had been “at the forefront on dealing with community matters.”“We wholeheartedly support her ascension to the ministry,” said Mr Papastergiadis, who added that he hoped the new Labor Government would appoint at least two MPs of Greek background to ministerial duties “given the Greek community’s relevance/vibrancy and proportional representation within the population in Victoria”Greece’s Ambassador to Australia Mr Haris Dafaranos said he was delighted to hear the news of Ms Mikakos’ inclusion in the Andrews Cabinet.“I salute her as a personality and it is with a great sense of pride that I acknowledge her place in history as the first female Australian minister of Greek heritage.“I have no doubt she will lead by example and do her absolute best for all Victorians and of course the Greek Australian community.”Read more in Neos Kosmos’ English edition on Saturday. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Ours polaires Vladimir Poutine sinquiète de leur sort

first_imgOurs polaires : Vladimir Poutine s’inquiète de leur sortArctique – Le Premier ministre russe Vladimir Poutine se dit extrêmement préoccupé par le sort des ours polaires en Arctique.”La réduction de la surface de la banquise, la fonte des glaces, tout ça aboutit à la complication des conditions de vie” des ours polaires, a déploré Vladimir Poutine lors d’une visite en Terre d’Alexandra, dans l’océan Arctique, au cours de laquelle il a participé à une expédition scientifique.À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?Après avoir aidé les scientifiques à effectuer des prélèvements sur un ours pesant quelque 230 kilos, puis à lui passer au cou un collier émetteur, le chef du gouvernement russe a déploré la sensible réduction de la population d’ours blancs à 25.000 individus.Évoquant l’impact du changement climatique sur les conditions de vie des ours, Vladimir Poutine a également regretté que les activités militaires soviétiques dans l’archipel François-Joseph aient laissé derrière elles “une fosse aux ordures”. Et de déclarer : “Il faut faire un nettoyage général en Arctique”.D’après une étude russe menée entre 1995 et 2005, ce sont environ 250.000 fûts contenant entre 40.000 et 60.000 tonnes de produits pétroliers, mais aussi des avions et des stations de radar, qui ont été abandonnés en Arctique après la chute de l’URSS en 1991.Le 3 mai 2010 à 11:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Google veut faire décoller ses ventes dapplications sur Android

first_imgGoogle veut faire décoller ses ventes d’applications sur AndroidSi les ventes de smartphones sous Android sont en plein boom, celles concernant les applications tardent à suivre la même trajectoire. Google a donc imaginé une stratégie pour booster les chiffres. Google veut que les utilisateurs d’Android mettent davantage la main à la poche pour acheter des applications sur le Market. Alors que les smartphones se vendent à un rythme de 3.000 par jour, le géant du web a élaboré une stratégie pour faire décoller les téléchargements d’applications. Pour cela, la firme va accepter les paiements des programmes à l’intérieur de ceux-ci.De plus, les achats d’applications pourraient directement être répercutés sur les factures des opérateurs. Ce moyen de paiement pourrait être plus simple pour l’utilisateur. Enfin, une interface plus attirante devrait bientôt faire son apparition. Le 27 janvier 2011 à 14:33 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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La Méditerranée et les dangers qui la menacent exposés à Monaco

first_imgLa Méditerranée et les dangers qui la menacent exposés à MonacoDans le cadre de l’année internationale de la biodiversité, et à l’occasion de son centenaire, le Musée océanographique de Monacoaccueille jusqu’au printemps 2012, une exposition sur le Méditerranée, sa biodiversité, et les menaces qui pèsent sur elle. Inaugurée le 20 novembre dernier, cette exposition se poursuivra jusqu’au 20 mai 2012. Dévoilant les richesses de la Méditerranée, elle s’intéresse aux dangers qui menacent cette mer, et ce via quatre thèmes principaux : la prolifération des méduses, l’acidification des océans, les espèces venues d’ailleurs, et les menaces d’extinction qui pèsent sur le thon rouge. À lire aussiBiodiversité, Game of Thrones et Mars, les 8 actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 8 mai”Mer au milieu des terres”, la Méditerranée couvre seulement 1% de la surface des océans, mais abrite 10% des espèces marines connues à ce jour. Elle abrite plus de 12.000 animaux et végétaux. Mais l’activité humaine affecte le trésor de biodiversité qu’abrite la Méditerranée, dégradant les habitats naturels de nombreuses espèces, et menaçant nombre de ces dernières, telles que le Rorqual commun, le plancton, ou le thon rouge, de disparition. L’exposition “Méditerranée” vise à sensibiliser le public aux richesses que recèle cette mer, et aux dangers que l’Homme fait peser sur elles. Elle a pour but d’amener le public à “s’engager pour protéger ce patrimoine naturel”, souligne le Musée dans un communiqué. De nombreuses conférences et ateliers sont par ailleurs organisés par le Musée afin de permettre aux visiteurs d’approfondir leur découverte de la Méditerranée et des dangers qui la menacent.Le 26 février 2011 à 12:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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