British comedy fans and anyone who watched PBS during the 90s know what we’re talking about here. As if things weren’t already tough enough for Julian Assange. The resemblance is uncanny. Thanks BoingBoing.
Android fans, prepare yourself for a deal of epic proportions. Amazon Wireless, in an attempt to steer customers away from the iPhone 4S (which they don’t carry), is offering every single Verizon phone that they carry for a penny. Yep, just one copperhead is all they’re asking. We aren’t talking flip-phones from another era either. This includes the current “Best Android Phone (until the next one comes out),” the Droid Bionic.While the LTE-powered Bionic is obviously the big draw here, the HTC Thunderbolt and Droid Charge, which also pack LTE, are also up for grabs. The Droid Incredible 2, Droid 3, and Droid X2 are all options as well. Even the female-marketed HTC Rhyme and the (Windows Phone) HTC Trophy get in on the action. If it’s on Verizon, and it isn’t called “iPhone,” Amazon Wireless carries it, and will sell it for the price of one shiny penny.The aim is obviously to sway customers away from the iPhone. So, if you’ve been eyeing the iPhone 4S, is this Amazon deal a good idea? If you know you prefer Android, then of course it is. If you want the fastest 4G speeds (LTE), then add that Bionic to your cart and call it a day.There are a few things to think about before taking the plunge though. First, don’t put too much stock in the one penny up-front price. Sure, it’s $200 less than you will spend on an iPhone, but over the course of a two-year contract, your initial purchase price is a relatively small part of the total investment.Also, as great as the Droid Bionic is, the Ice Cream Sandwich-running Nexus Prime (or Galaxy Nexus?), is probably just around the corner. Though all we know about it comes from rumors, most expect it to soon take the title of “(current) Cream of the Android Crop” away from the Bionic.With all of that said, however, you rarely find a wireless deal as good as this.More at Amazon Wireless, via Slashgear
After learning that Apple was tying Siri exclusively to the iPhone 4S, we wondered whether the jailbreak community would be able to change that. Within a day or two, Siri’s user interface was successfully ported to the iPhone 4, but Apple’s servers weren’t responding, rendering it non-functional. The same developer now has Siri fully working on other devices. However, piracy will be required if the port is ever publicly available.The port, by developer Steven Troughton-Smith, is seen working 100% on both the iPhone 4 and on an iPod touch. As it required licensed files and a live validation token from a 4S in order to communicate with Apple’s servers, it’s considered to be pirated content. It was made possible because of a preliminary (not yet public) jailbreak for the iPhone 4S. The developer says he did it to understand the technology that makes it work, and has no intention of distributing the pirated content. He did add that he has no doubt that others will package and distribute it “quasi-legally.”Whatever your thoughts are on the eventual distribution of the port, this further narrows down the possible reasons for Apple’s keeping Siri off of other devices. As you can see in the video below, Siri appears to work just as well on the iPhone 4 as it does on the 4S. This rules out performance concerns as a reason for the exclusivity:The two most likely remaining motives for Apple’s snubbing of older devices are: wanting to spare the Siri servers from millions of older devices, and having a sexy ‘killer feature’ to help sell the 4S.So will Apple be able to identify and block the older devices from accessing their servers? I would imagine that they will do anything in their power, including sending lawyers after the distributors. But, as they haven’t exactly been able to squash the distribution of cracked App Store apps for jailbroken devices, we’ll see how successful they are in that. If nothing else, we may see jailbreak exploits patched quicker than ever by the Cupertino company.Below is one more video, showing the port working on an iPod touch:via 9to5Mac
In October last year I reported on what had to be the ultimate in home flight simulation. It was a custom build consisting of 6 displays,realistic cockpit controls and a seat straight out of a real plane. The only thing it didn’t do was simulate movement, but I don’t think that would really break the feeling of realism.Today, I may have found a successor to the custom build. It doesn’t use as many displays, but it does fully enclose the player in an egg-shaped cockpit, and most importantly, it moves, meaning that decent to the runway will feel all the more real.The OVO-04 is made by Virtual Fly who advertise it as a plug&play flight simulator that is very quiet and free of the need for a keyboard and mouse inside. It even has the PC shipped with it as a separate module containing the FSX software required to make it function.Serious flight simulation fans are most likely drooling right about now. Inside you’ll find 3 24-inch widescreen displays above an array of cockpit controls, instruments, and pedals. As it’s an enclosed unit, the integrated speaker system should make for a realistic sound experience too. It even has a light intensity system to match the lighting inside the cockpit with the time of day or night you are flying.The OVO-4 ships with Microsoft Flight Simulator X, so we assume its going to work with other flight simulation software too because it must be running Windows.If you want one, you had better start saving. The OVO-04 is listed for pre-order in the UK at Firebox for £35,995. That’s around $57,500, or $46,000 before sales tax. Yes, it’s a lot, but if you go home every night and sit playing on a flight sim for hours, it might actually be worth the investment, right?More at Virtual Fly, via Thinq
The popularity of Microsoft’s Kinect motion controller has surprised pretty much everyone. It has managed to sell 18 million units in the 13 months it has been on sale, plus it has been popular with hackers eager to see what they can get it to do away from the Xbox 360.Microsoft responded to that inquisitive bunch by releasing a Kinect for Windows development kit last June. It was free to download and use, and a temporary solution while an official, and commercial game development-friendly version was developed.Yesterday, Microsoft made the official announcement that Kinect for Windows is ready to go and will be released on February 1st. It will be available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, UK, and of course the US. The launch of Kinect for Windows comes with both good and bad news. The bad is the fact it will cost $250 and isn’t compatible with the Xbox 360 version of Kinect. So you can’t just buy the development kit and use it with your existing motion sensor, or vice-versa, your development Kinect can’t be used to play 360 motion games. The good news is Microsoft will be offering academic pricing ($149) for students and education establishments that want to use the kit. Microsoft’s argument for the high price and lack of compatibility between the two versions is two-fold. Apparently Kinect on 360 only works financially as it relies on consumers buying the Kinect games too. Kinect for Windows is also including more functionality so as to create “a platform that is optimized for scenarios beyond the living room.”The additional features Microsoft is pushing as part of the kit include support for Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows Embedded systems. There’s also a new dongle included in the kit to ensure Kinect works alongside other USB peripherals you may have attached to your machine. The one new feature everyone will welcome is called “Near Mode” and allows the Kinect to see objects as close as 50cm perfectly, and 40cm with degradation. If nothing else, Near Mode should open up the Kinect to new uses not possible on the 360.If you are happy using the Xbox Kinect and beta SDK you can continue doing so. Microsoft has even extended the license for existing non-commercial deployments using the beta SDK by 3 years, however new deployments won’t be allowed with the 360 kit using the new SDK.Read more at the Kinect for Windows Blog
Robots are pretty cool, and for all our subconscious fears that they will one day rise up against us, the robots are pretty firmly under our control. In fact, the technology is emerging to allow robots to be controlled directly with the human brain. In this video from the scientific journal Nature, a paralyzed woman uses a brain-machine interface to control a robot arm, and it’s really fantastic.Scientists have been working on bridging the gap between flesh and machine for years, but this is the first time a human has been able to use a robot arm to manipulate a 3-dimensional object by thought alone. Past experiments went so far as controlling a computer cursor. The key is the BrainGate interface, which consists of a small electrode connected to a bundle of gold wires. The electrode is implanted in the patient’s brain (in the motor cortex to be exact). The signal is then transmitted up the wires, and read by a computer.The patient will have to train the software to understand what each pattern of thought means. To make the robotic arm open its hand, the computer has to learn to identify what that brain wave pattern looks like in an individual’s brain. This is a potential boon for paralysis patients because the damage that causes paralysis is usually in the spinal cord. Getting the data directly from the brain bypasses any nerve damage further out in the nervous system.What you see in this video is just the beginning. Researchers hope to make the BrainGate chip implant smaller and develop wireless connections rather than have wires snaking out of people’s skulls. Even at this early stage, it’s pretty wonderful to watch.via ExtremeTech
When developing Android apps, or just evaluating the features of a new software build, it doesn’t always make sense to load the bits onto a physical device. That’s what desktop emulators are good for. Because mobile devices and desktop PCs are running such different hardware, emulation has been sluggish until now. Intel has, at long last, released an x86 system image for the emulator. That far-off cheer you’re hearing is the sound of every Android developer on Earth celebrating.The bottom line here is that with a real x86 system image, the emulator will no longer be dog slow. Android devices run on the ARM architecture with chips from the likes of Qualcomm, Samsung, and Nvidia. Your desktop PC, however, uses the x86 architecture with an Intel or AMD chip. The overhead in emulating the ARM environment on x86 causes numerous bugs.As devices have scaled up to 720p and beyond, it has become near impossible to use the emulator. The more pixels you need to push, the slower things are. This has made developing for tablets extremely slow. In fact, many developers have just taken to installing test builds on physical devices instead of emulating.The new system image is available in the Android SDK Manager and is based on Android 4.0.3, which is the version of Ice Cream Sandwich Google has seeded to OEMs. Just refresh the SDK packages if you have it installed, and the Intel system image should be under API level 15. Anyone that’s looking to do some development for one of the upcoming Intel-based Android devices will also have an easier time working out the kinks with this system image.via Android Central
Microsoft doesn’t get a lot of credit for being innovative, but its Microsoft Research lab actually develops a ton of awesome technology. Of particular interest to readers of Geek, is sure to be the Worldwide Telescope project, which Microsoft is undertaking with the help of telescopes all around the world, and even orbiting it. New content is added frequently, most recently data from NASA’s Planck mission. If you’ve never taken a look at this project, now is a great time.The Worldwide Telescope is an effort to construct a massive map of the universe. Microsoft Research has assembled astronomical data from scientists all over the world to build a 3D model that users can actually fly through. NASA’s Hubble Images are used liberally, and Microsoft hopes to incorporate data from the James Webb Telescope when it launches in a few years. You’ll be able to do flybys of any star, nebula, or planet astronomers have gathered data on.This is more than just a bunch of pretty images, though. There is real data backing this simulation that makes it useful from the elementary school level, all the way up to graduate studies. It has support for visible light, but also X-ray and infrared observations.Microsoft Research has also built The Worldwide Telescope with touch interactions in mind. Desktop mouse controls aren’t forgotten, but pinch-zooming is being held up as the best way to use the maps. The product is currently limited to desktops, but a mobile version is expected soon.Microsoft has created an API that will allow developers and educators to build custom “stellar tours” entirely within The Worldwide Telescope. It can run in a web browser on PC or Mac, but Silverlight is required. There is also a Windows client that can be installed. Maybe not ideal for everyone, but you can’t argue with a free trip across the universe.
Short URL Image: Shutterstock/stockfoto By Fora Staff Feb 12th 2018, 12:46 PM Image: Shutterstock/stockfoto Yes, routinely (4823) https://jrnl.ie/3847737 THE ADVENT OF modern household appliances was intended to free us up from excessive time at home watching the laundry go round.But do you – with the exception of the fridge – routinely put on appliances to complete their run after you have left the house? Or perhaps you feel the need to be there the entire time, for safety or some other reasons. (If that’s the case, we’d like to hear your reasoning in the comments.)Do you leave household appliances running when you leave the home? Poll Results: Yes, routinelySometimesPrefer not toDepends on the applianceVote Depends on the appliance (1291) Monday 12 Feb 2018, 12:45 PM 36,883 Views Prefer not to (3739) Share1 Tweet Email Sometimes (3168) 41 Comments Poll: Do you leave appliances running when you are not at home? Give it to us straight. Be honest. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
The minister should stop interfering in the work of the Committee. He should adhere to the process he set up and respect the outcome of the Committee.He said the minister will have plenty of time to respond to the committee’s final report when it is debated by the Dáil and Seanad later this month.O’Broin said Coveney’s attempts to influence the outcome of the committee’s deliberations is “wrong and smacks of desperation”.The committee of 20 TDs is expected to finalise its report either tomorrow or next week ahead of a Dáil vote which is due to take place by the end of March.Poll: Would you watch Coveney and Varadkar going toe-to-toe in a live debate?>Read: Innocent motorists in serious road accidents 5 years ago still ‘haven’t seen a cent’> By Christina Finn Breaching confidence and supply agreementCoveney said Fine Gael were not breaching the confidence and supply agreement (the deal between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael which essentially keeps the government in power).The agreement was never intended to instruct a minister to act contrary to the advice of the Attorney General, he said.We will continue to abide by it and I hope Fianna Fáil will too.The agreement states that the government will “facilitate the passage of legislation” for the implementation of the recommendations in relation to domestic water charging (whether it be abolition, a reformed charging regime or other options).This line was put to the minister this evening and he was asked what would happen if the Oireachtas approved and voted in favour of the abolition of the water charges regime.“Facilitating is not the same as introducing,” he clarified.“What I am saying is I cannot introduce legislation that I regard as effectively illegal.”‘Bullying’ the committeeSinn Féin spokesperson on water Eoin Ó Broin has accused the minister of “trying to bully the Oireachtas Water Committee”.Tonight’s intervention by Minister Coveney prior to the Committee concluding our business is wholly inappropriate. He is trying to bully the Committee with exaggerated claims on the supposed illegality of complete abolition of water charges. Simon Coveney speaking to reporters at Leinster House this evening. http://jrnl.ie/3264314 139 Comments Tuesday 28 Feb 2017, 10:00 PM Feb 28th 2017, 10:00 PM Source: TheJournal Politics/Twitter Coveney said Fine Gael is willing to compromise, but added that other parties have to be prepared to follow suit. Share158 Tweet Email1 Coveney says he will not introduce water charges legislation that will incur penalties from the EU pic.twitter.com/uNnsnt5XP1— TheJournal Politics (@TJ_Politics) February 28, 2017 Coveney says he will not legislate for water charges abolition ‘as it would be illegal’ The Housing Minister was talking tough tonight, but said Fine Gael were not in breach of confidence and supply agreement. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 13,471 Views Coveney is digging in tonight – he won’t legislate water committee agreement if it doesn’t include excessive water charge use pic.twitter.com/Btykj1IZo5— TheJournal Politics (@TJ_Politics) February 28, 2017 We have compromised on the Fine Gael view very significantly, and we’re asking other parties seeking a working solution to do the same.“If that compromise involves exposing the State to legal action, I don’t think as an office holder I can facilitate that,” said the minister.Fianna Fáil’s positionHe said Fianna Fáil had hardened its position on the issue, and accused the party of altering its stance on charges in recent days.“What Fianna Fáil seem to be saying today is that it is okay by them for the general taxpayer to waste water – that wasn’t the Fianna Fáil position until a few days ago.”Coveney insisted tonight that the work of the committee isn’t finished, adding that he still wants consensus.When asked what the outcome would be if the committee’s final recommendation was for the total abolition of all water charges, he said:I would be very surprised if Fianna Fáil asked a government minister to introduce something that was against the AG’s [Attorney General’s] advice. Short URL While a final decision is expected tomorrow or next week it is clear that the Government is losing the argument. We cannot ignore independent legal advice… it is hugely irresponsible to ask us to do that. HOUSING MINISTER SIMON Coveney has said he will not legislate for the water committee’s agreement if it doesn’t include a charge for excessive usage.The majority of those on the Oireachtas joint committee on the future funding of water services have indicated that they are in favour of abolishing domestic charges and are opposed to charging for the excessive use of water.In a private meeting, TDs discussed the committee’s draft report with Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin and AAA-PBP agreeing that there should be no re-introduction of charges.“I will not introduce legislation that potentially exposes the country to very severe penalties and fines from the European Commission – I won’t do that,” Coveney told reporters tonight.EU lawLast year, the European Commission said Ireland will be in breach of European law should it remove the charges completely.“We have clear advice from Attorney General’s Office, I have legal advice from my own department and the expert commission’s advice that was very clear – and we have a European Commission that has shown flexibility and willingness to work with Ireland, but are also clear that there has to be some consequences for households wasting large amounts of water,” he said. Source: TheJournal Politics/Twitter Simon Coveney speaking to reporters at Leinster House this evening.
Share223 Tweet Email EVERY YEAR, BEMUSED tourists stand outside closed pubs in Temple Bar in Dublin on Good Friday.They don’t understand or haven’t heard that there are two days in the calendar year that Irish pubs close – and one of them is around Easter time. Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubePublicans have long campaigned for the law to be scrapped. Every year, the Minister for Justice of the day is asked if it will happen on their watch.Today, the two main representative groups, the Licensed Vintners Association (LVA) and the Vintners Federation of Ireland (VFI) have called on the government to immediately introduce legislation to treat Good Friday as an ordinary trading day for pubs, restaurants and hotels.Last year, they made a similar call, arguing that there was a particular impetus to lift the ban due to the 1916 centenary celebrations and the Ireland versus Switzerland friendly soccer international.However, the Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald didn’t budge on the issue and ruled out any changes.Speaking at the launch of their campaign, Donall O’Keeffe, Chief Executive of the LVA said the rationale for a change to the law was compelling. Deirdre Devitt, President, LVA and Pat Crotty, President, VFI. Source: Shane O’Neill PhotographyHe said the law hasn’t been changed in 90 years, stating that it is “no longer appropriate for a modern era”. Last year, O’Keeffe said tourists were dumbstruck to find that after paying for flights to Ireland, they could not buy a drink in an Irish bar.“One man from the United States pointed out that in his country there was a separation of Church and State and that’s what one would expect in a modern democracy. Others pointed out the negative effect on local business. So this shows the fallacy of the government’s claim to be pro-business,” said O’Keeffe.The group’s estimate businesses lose between €30 and €40 million by closing on Good Friday.Padraig Cribben CEO of the VFI said the public view the law as being completely out-of-date and publicans believe there is broad support for the law to be amended. Feb 6th 2017, 6:00 PM Publicans say Good Friday alcohol ban has no place in a modern Ireland Publicans have made a fresh appeal for the ban on selling alcohol on Good Friday to be lifted. In 2017, consumers should have the option to go out for a drink on Good Friday if they so choose. Indeed many are choosing to drink at home or organise house parties on the day. Friday itself is a very important trading day – for many publicans it accounts for 30% of their weekly business – and this is especially true of bank holiday weekends.“Publicans have been engaging with politicians on this issue for the last six years but the constant response is the issue will be addressed as part of a new Sale of Alcohol Bill. It’s as if ministers are living in never-never land while the rest of us have to live in the real world,” he said. Source: Shane O’Neill PhotographyCribbens said now is the time for politicians to show the political will to make the change, and made an appeal to the Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald to introduce the necessary legislation in time for Easter 2017. O’Keeffe said the groups have not received any negative feedback from either the unions or from health lobbyists on the issue.He added that publicans are only campaigning for pubs to be allowed serve on Good Friday and said they were happy to remain closed on Christmas Day.Read: Where can I get a drink today?Read: As the off-licences were closing, we hit the streets to ask about the alcohol ban There is no case for the licensed trade to be treated differently to other retail businesses. Easter is a huge tourism weekend right across the country. Forcing pubs and all licensed hospitality businesses to close sends a very negative signal to tourists and visitors who are left baffled and disappointed by the measure. https://jrnl.ie/3224777 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL 20,176 Views By Christina Finn 145 Comments Monday 6 Feb 2017, 6:00 PM
Mar 28th 2017, 7:49 AM It’s 2017. This sexism must be consigned to history. Shame on the Daily Mail. pic.twitter.com/V3RpFSgfnO— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) March 27, 2017 http://jrnl.ie/3310317 The 1950s called and asked for their headline back.#everydaysexism https://t.co/s1W1XfhrhN— Ed Miliband (@Ed_Miliband) March 27, 2017 40,812 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Sean Murray As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Source: Jeremy Corbyn MP/Twitter Source: Ed Miliband/Twitter Source: Yvette Cooper/Twitter Former Labour leader Ed Miliband said that the headline was something from the 1950s while current leader Jeremy Corbyn said such attitudes should be consigned to history. Share349 Tweet Email3 93 Comments May and Sturgeon discuss future of UK – ‘moronic’ Daily Mail headline focuses on their legs “The 1950s called and asked for the headline back,” said former Labour leader Ed Miliband. THE UK EDITION of the Daily Mail has come in for sharp criticism over its front page headline today, covering yesterday’s meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.The future of the union was a topic for debate yesterday ahead of May triggering Article 50 to get the Brexit ball rolling, and the Mail ran with the headline: “Never mind Brexit, who won Legs-it!” alongside a picture of the pair sitting while facing the cameras.Inside, a column from Sarah Vine dissects the issue of the pair’s legs in great detail, claiming that Sturgeon positioned her legs in a “more flirty, tantalisingly crossed” way, in a “direct attempt at seduction” towards the Scottish electorate.Labour MPs led the criticism against the Daily Mail, calling it sexist, moronic and offensive.MP Yvette Cooper said that these women would help to determine in the union continues to exist, and ironically said that the headline would “obviously” be about their legs in 2017, while MP Harriet Harman echoed this sentiment. Short URL It’s 2017. Two women’s decisions will determine if United Kingdom continues to exist. And front page news is their lower limbs. Obviously pic.twitter.com/AMp0YvtISa— Yvette Cooper (@YvetteCooperMP) March 27, 2017 The Scottish edition of the Mail led with the same picture but an altogether different headline: “Oh so frosty! Secrets of Nicola and PM’s talk-in”. The Irish edition focused on May’s decision not to visit Northern Ireland before Wednesday.There was further condemnation across social media for the headline from members of the public.Theresa May is expected to trigger Article 50 tomorrow, which will begin Brexit negotiations with the EU.Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the Scottish National Party, has asked colleagues to support a vote to hold another referendum on Scottish independence, after a majority in the country voted to remain in the EU.Last week, the Irish and UK editions of the Daily Mail ran very different stories on the death of Martin McGuinness.Read: Over half of people don’t support the Bus Éireann strikeRead: Tánaiste to brief cabinet today on latest garda controversies with no-confidence vote looming Tuesday 28 Mar 2017, 7:49 AM Source: Harriet Harman/Twitter Moronic! And we are in 2017! pic.twitter.com/LTGEZdtNo3— Harriet Harman (@HarrietHarman) March 27, 2017
32,934 Views http://jrnl.ie/3448649 No Comments Jun 16th 2017, 4:47 PM Short URL A WOMAN WHO sent her boyfriend a barrage of text messages urging him to kill himself when they were both teenagers has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter.Juvenile Court Judge Lawrence Moniz found that Michelle Carter caused the death of Conrad Roy III. Carter cried as the judge explained his reasoning but remained stoic when the verdict was read.Sobs broke out throughout the courtroom when the verdict was pronounced.The judge ruled that Carter, now 20, can remain free on bail but ordered her not to make any contact with Roy’s family and she can’t leave the state. She faces a sentence of probation to 20 years in prison.The sensational trial in Taunton offered a window into teen depression and suicide through text messages and Facebook communications.Carter was 17 when she sent Roy dozens of messages urging him to take his own life in July 2014. Roy, 18, was found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning in his truck in a store parking lot in Fairhaven. In one message Carter wrote:I thought you wanted to do this. The time is right and you’re ready, you just need to do it!Prosecutors said that in addition to bombarding Roy with text messages, Carter also gave Roy advice when he got out of the truck as he was inhaling the gas and told her he was scared. “Get back in,” she told him, according to a friend who testified Carter described the conversation in a text message to her about a month after Roy died.Carter’s lawyer, Joseph Cataldo, argued Roy had a history of depression and suicide attempts and was determined to end his own life. He said Carter initially tried to talk Roy out of it and urged him to get professional help, but eventually went along with his plan.‘You just have to do it’An involuntary manslaughter charge can be brought in Massachusetts when someone causes the death of another person when engaging in reckless or wanton conduct that creates a high degree of likelihood of substantial harm.Dr. Peter Breggin, a psychiatrist testifying for the defense, said Carter was a “very troubled youngster” who suffered from depression. At the time of Roy’s death, Carter was taking Celexa, an antidepressant Breggin said targets the brain’s frontal lobe, which controls empathy and decision-making. Source: Pat Greenhouse/Globe StaffBreggin said Carter was in the grips of a “grandiose” delusion that she alone could help Roy find his way to heaven and she would care for his family.Prosecutors focused on a series of text messages Carter sent Roy in the days before he killed himself. On the day of his suicide, Carter wrote to Roy:You can’t think about it. You just have to do it. You said you were gonna do it. Like I don’t get why you aren’t.Prosecutors have argued the text messages support their claim that Carter caused Roy’s death by recklessly helping him poison himself.Carter and Roy met in Florida in 2012 while visiting relatives. Their relationship largely consisted of text messages and emails.Read: Woman accused of urging boyfriend to kill himself via texts goes on trial> By Associated Press Image: Faith Ninivaggi Woman who urged boyfriend to kill himself in texts found guilty of manslaughter Michelle Carter faces a sentence of probation to 20 years in prison. Image: Faith Ninivaggi Friday 16 Jun 2017, 4:47 PM Share19 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Share1180 Tweet Email11 By Sean Murray Thursday 22 Jun 2017, 10:05 PM Image: Morry Gash AP/Press Association Images 71,562 Views Image: Morry Gash AP/Press Association Images Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3459198 Judge rules that Brendan Dassey’s confession was coerced and he should be freed The only option left to authorities is to appeal the case to the US Supreme Court. A THREE-JUDGE Federal appeals panel in the US has ruled that the confession of Brendan Dassey to a murder in 2005 was improperly obtained, and he should be released from prison.Dassey was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Teresa Halbach in 2007. He had told investigators that he had helped his uncle Steven Avery rape and kill the photographer in the family’s scrap yard in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin.The story of Avery and Dassey gained a global audience with the hit Netflix series Making a Murderer.A federal magistrate judge ruled in August that investigators coerced Dassey, who was 16 years old at the time and suffered from cognitive problems, into confessing and overturned his conviction.The state Justice Department appealed the ruling in a move that kept Dassey, now 27, behind bars pending the outcome.With the latest ruling from the three-judge Federal panel, the only option for the State of Wisconsin if they wish to keep Dassey incarcerated is to appeal to the US Supreme Court.Johnny Koremenos, a spokesman for Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel, said the office expects to seek review by the full 7th Circuit or the US Supreme Court, and hopes “that today’s erroneous decision will be reversed.”“We continue to send our condolences to the Halbach family as they have to suffer through another attempt by Mr Dassey to re-litigate his guilty verdict and sentence,” Koremenos said.Laura Nirider, a lawyer who aided Dassey’s defense, called it “a victory for Brendan.”Avery and Dassey contend they were framed by police angry with Avery for suing Manitowoc County over his wrongful conviction for sexual assault.Avery spent 18 years in prison in that case before DNA tests showed he didn’t commit the crime. He’s pursuing his own appeal in state court.Following the airing of Making a Murderer on Netflix, a massive following on social media began pushing for the pair’s release.Authorities who worked on the cases insisted the documentary is biased. Ken Kratz, the prosecutor, wrote in his book “Avery” that Dassey was “a shuffling, mumbling young man with bad skin and broken-bowl haircut” who could have saved Halbach’s life but instead involved himself in her rape and murder and Avery is “by any measure of the evidence, stone guilty.”With reporting from the Associated PressRead: Dean Strang on Steven Avery: ‘I’m very hopeful that they will discover new evidence and get him back in court’Read: Nearly 24 hours from freedom, Brendan Dassey’s release from prison has been blocked Jun 22nd 2017, 10:05 PM 55 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
No one eligible for status will be barred from re-entering the UK when free movement ends.They encouraged EU citizens and their families to apply to the scheme as soon as possible, but added: “For those who haven’t applied when free movement ends, they will still have the same entitlements to work, benefits and services and will be able to prove these in the same way as they do now.”Employment rights In terms of employment rights, the spokesperson said: The law is absolutely clear that employers must not discriminate on the grounds of nationality both as a current and a prospective employer. “Employers should continue to conduct right-to-work checks in the same way as they do now in compliance with the current statutory codes of practice,” they added, referencing the December 2020 deadline to apply to the scheme. The spokesperson said arrangements for EU citizens and their families who arrive in the UK after free movement ends will be outlined by the Home Office soon.Of the one million-plus people who have been granted status through the resettlement scheme by 31 July, two-thirds received settled status, generally as they had been resident in the UK for five years or more, with one-third being granted pre-settled status.Up to the end of last month, 958,000 applications had been received from England, 51,600 from Scotland, 15,600 from Wales and 12,900 from Northern Ireland.Pre-settled status is granted to people who confirm that they been in the country for less than five years. This aligns with EU law whereby someone receives permanent residence status after five years.Once EU citizens and their families have five years’ residence in Britain, they can apply for settled status, which grants them leave on an indefinite basis.“Nobody has been granted pre-settled status without first being offered, and declining, the opportunity to submit evidence that they qualify for settled status,” the Home Office spokesperson said. They added that, up to at least the end of June, no one who applied for status had been refused. As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: File photo Sep 1st 2019, 7:31 AM Source: Nora Mulready/Twitter Sunday 1 Sep 2019, 7:30 AM Mulready said she was also told that if an EU citizen is out of the country if and when a no-deal scenario happens, “it will not be easy for them to come back into Britain”.When asked about these claims, a Home Office spokesperson said “some inaccurate reporting has suggested that, once freedom of movement ends after Brexit, EU citizens resident in the UK will be left in ‘legal limbo’”.“EU citizens and their families are welcome to stay and there are no changes to the deadline to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme,” a statement noted.The spokesperson said an EU citizen who already lives in the UK but is abroad if and when free movement ends, “would still be eligible for the EU Settlement Scheme” (as would their family). Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article File photo Image: Shutterstock/Fasttailwind Image: Shutterstock/Fasttailwind 35 Comments By Órla Ryan Short URL Share40 Tweet Email5 52,801 Views What will happen to EU citizens living in the UK after 31 October? Concerns have been raised about the impact a no-deal Brexit could have on the status of European citizens living in Britain. THE HOME OFFICE has denied claims that the deadline for EU citizens who live in the UK to apply to remain there post-Brexit has changed.Britain is due to leave the European Union on 31 October, with or without a deal.Concerns have been raised in recent days about the impact a no-deal scenario could have on the future status of European citizens living in the UK. Through the EU Settlement Scheme, EU, EEA (EU plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) and Swiss citizens can apply to remain in the UK after Brexit. People who were born in the UK but are not a British citizen can also apply.Irish citizens, individuals with ‘indefinite leave to remain’ status, and people who are exempt from immigration control such as foreign diplomats, do not need to apply.More than one million of the 3.5 million EU citizens living in the UK have applied to the scheme to date and been granted settled or pre-settled status. This means their rights are secured under UK law. The deadline to apply is 30 June 2021, or 31 December 2020 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the British government has said. The scheme made headlines during the week after a government ad was banned from the airwaves because the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority ruled that it was “misleading”.The radio ad stated in April that in order to apply to the scheme people just required a passport or an ID card.As part of the application process, people need to prove their identity and address, show how long they have lived in the UK, and declare any criminal convictions.‘Legal limbo’ Meanwhile, some people seeking information about the scheme say they have been given conflicting information about deadlines and their right-to-work post-Brexit. A spokesperson for the Home Office told TheJournal.ie the above deadlines remain in effect.Nora Mulready, a former Change UK MEP candidate for London, said she was recently told by the EU Settlement Scheme office that the rights of EU citizens who had not applied to the scheme before 31 October “could not be guaranteed” from 1 November onwards.Home Secretary Priti Patel earlier this month said that freedom of movement between the UK and the EU will end overnight on 31 October, despite previous plans for a transition period, in the event of a no-deal scenario.Mulready said she was told all EU citizens should aim to apply to the scheme by 31 October as, if freedom of movement is ended, “they’ll find themselves in difficulty”. https://jrnl.ie/4786991 .@ukhomeoffice response to me was essentially ‘everything will be fine’, but they’ve *still* (10 days later) not said *how.* How will EU citizens who have not applied for Settled Status by 31st Oct prove they are entitled to live & work in Britain if FOM ends on 1st Nov. How? https://t.co/WUwUMpwuys— Nora Mulready (@NoraMulready) August 29, 2019
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram An 18-year-old man has been remanded in custody over the fatal stabbing of 20-year-old Phillip Halipilias at Brisbane nightclub, Alexandra Hills Hotel. Callam Keys, 18, was charged on Thursday with the murder of Mr Halipilias and will reappear in court on July 21. According to Detective Superintendent Tony Cross who is investigating the case, Mr Halipilias died following an argument last Saturday between two small groups of men. Police alleged that he was stabbed in the upper body and although paramedics were called to the scene, they were unable to revive him. Mr Halipilias and his parents, Sophie and Steve, and brother Spiro, only moved from Melbourne 18 months ago. His family described him as cheeky, honest and fun-loving, and someone who loved music and dancing. Spiro Halipilias said of his younger brother that “there’s always been scuffles and fist-fights but I never felt in danger when I was with my brother.Unfortunately, I couldn’t be there for him this time.”Halipilias’ father called for the introduction of metal detectors, not just at the Alexandra Hills Hotel, but all venues which were known for unruly patrons. “I honestly believe there should be something done about it,” he said. “Why can you bring weapons into a place you go to? Who would want to have what happened to Phil to happen to someone else?” Alexandra Hills Hotel owner Tom McGuire said that if metal detectors were deemed necessary, he would introduce them.
Greece’s jobless rate rose to a fresh quarterly record of 20.7 percent in the last three months of 2012, reflecting the country’s deep economic malaise, exacerbated by austerity to repair public finances and emerge from a debt crisis. Greece secured a new 130 billion euro bailout from its euro zone partners and the IMF this week, after agreeing further painful budget cuts. But the labour market’s sharp deterioration is feeding public discontent and hurting consumer confidence. On Thursday, statistics agency ELSTAT data showed jobs being shed at a fast pace as unemployment rose from 17.7 percent in the third quarter and 14.2 percent in the last quarter of 2010.“The quarterly unemployment data reflect the deepening pace of the domestic economic contraction. Considering that unemployment is a lagging indicator, we should not rule out a further rise in the jobless rate in the months ahead,» said EFG Eurobank economist Platon Monokroussos. Young people have been hardest hit by the country’s protracted economic recession. Almost four in ten people in the 15-to-29 age group were out of work, data showed, up from 28 percent in the same period a year earlier. One of the worst affected economic sectors is construction, where employment dropped 19 percent year-on-year. Greece’s 215 billion euro economy slumped by 7 percent in 2011 and is projected to remain in recession for a fifth consecutive year in 2012. The economic downturn is making it harder for the government to meet revenue targets and cut the budget gap, raising the risk that further belt-tightening may be necessary.“It will be difficult to stabilise the trend in the first half of 2012. The main hopes for a slowdown in the trend rest on the summer months when there may be an improved picture because of tourism and exports,» said National Bank economist Nikos Magginas. ELSTAT said the number officially unemployed reached 1,025,877 in the fourth quarter, an increase of 44.1 percent year-on-year and of 16.8 percent from the third quarter. Greece’s December unemployment rate was almost double the 17-country euro zone’s seasonally adjusted average of 10.6 percent, but is still lower than 22.9 percent seen in Spain in the fourth quarter. Greek unemployment figures are not seasonally adjusted.Source: Reuters Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
The rising cost of living is causing extra strain on our most vulnerable, says MP Jenny Mikakos. The Shadow Minister for Seniors has accused the Napthine Government for avoiding it’s responsibilities with seniors and cutting funding where it’s needed most. “Premier Napthine, just like Ted Baillieu, has left senior Victorians and those on fixed incomes off the list of government priorities,” Ms Mikakos said. Ms Mikakos has accused the government of “making life harder” by seeking to privatise public aged care facilities, cutting state bill concessions for pensioners and cutting $75 million from the public sector residential aged care budget. Recently during the Federal Election, many pensioners took to State Parliament to protest over being ignored by the government. The group was made up of many ethnically diverse pensioners rallying for a rise in the fortnightly pension. The pension rate is currently $808.40 for singles, and $1,218.80 for couples per fortnight. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Since Arthur G’s humble beginnings in a suburban garage in 1979, the furniture company has come a long way. What started as a mere hobby for Greek migrant Arthur Georgopoulos has developed into an upmarket brand now recognised worldwide. “He would spend some time in his garage when he had spare time making and designing furniture. “For a few weeks he hit the road and drove around with the station wagon, showing retailers. One decided to try it on consignment, they sold one and it was a flow-on effect,” explains Leonard Georgopoulos, who came aboard the family business 10 years ago as managing director.Now in his 60s, although Arthur continues to play a significant role in the design process, the overall aesthetic has admittedly changed, evolving with global trends. “Our products have become more contemporary. Most pieces are quite timeless, so they’re designed to still look good after 10 or so years. With our end of the market you are investing in quality and well-made furniture,” Leonard tells Neos Kosmos.Along with the brand’s core range of sofas, chairs, beds and shelving, the company, endeavouring to cater to each customer’s need, also offer the service of custom and bespoke pieces.More recently, the company joined forces with some of the world’s best designers and interior architects, including Diane Bergeron and Alexander Lotersztain, to create exclusive and limited edition collections. Passionate about continuing his father’s work, while endeavouring to leave a mark of his own on the company, the managing director has maintained the quality of the brand while expanding its presence. Predominantly a wholesaler, the 35-year-old has given Arthur G a greater retail presence, now with showrooms around the country in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth.“When I came in I decided that we needed to control our own destiny and that Arthur G the brand was a manufacturer but could also become a retailer. “This way we control the entire chain of events, and deal with the end user as well.”An important step for the company has been its environmental certification, having received the GECA Environmental Choice Award in 2008. Using only the best quality raw materials and exquisite fabrics and natural leathers from around the world, customers can rest assured that all aspects of the manufacturing process are eco-friendly. This has also made their product appealing for a number of commercial projects, including Hamilton Island Airport, Hayman Island Resort, Sheraton on the Park in Sydney, and Village Cinemas. But the real key to success for Arthur G appears to be in staying true to their roots.While evolving with the times and catering to the consumer’s needs and wants, they have remained true to themselves, careful not to steer away from where the passion stems: Australian quality craftsmanship. “What plays an important role in our aesthetic is the craftsmanship, the way we bring it all together. When we design something we also have in mind that the build and workmanship have to be right. You could say it’s contemporary design, but at the same time it’s got classic and timeless ties and is suitable for any setting.”Despite the trade liberalisation of the 1980s, when the bulk of manufacturing started its transition offshore, Arthur G has held its ground, designed and constructed from start to finish in the Victorian suburb of Huntingdale, as it was some 35 years ago.“To manufacture and design furniture here in Australia is quite niche, especially at our end of the market – there’s not many of us and to be honest, in the last few years there’s probably been a shift back and a real appreciation for a good Australian-made product.”Which is precisely what Arthur G is all about.Having gone from strength to strength over the last 10 years, Leonard’s passion for the brand and the industry as a whole is unquestionable. “We believe people should be embracing an Australian-made product as opposed to products that are made in South East Asia.“We have some very skilled tradespeople in Australia. The talent’s there, so we’re going to continue to nurture that and continue to expand and grow the Australian market.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Athens International Airport (ΑΙΑ) Eleftherios Venizelos has reportedly reached a net profit of 140.05 million euros in 2017, over eight million euros more than 2016’s 132.4 million.Moreover, operational revenues reached 433.5 million euros, up by 6.61 per cent compared to 2016, attributed mainly to the increase in passenger traffic and improved commercial sales.A dividend to shareholders will not be issued, however, citing an extension of the current concession contract with the Greek state binding AIA over €1.35bn, Naftemporiki reports.Greece’s busiest airport still needs to make up for the €79.9m fee the Greek state imposed on 2016 for “airport improvement and development”.Meanwhile, profits from duty-free shopping across Greece are also seeing an increase. Most purchases linked with a return of VAT for consumers visiting from non-EU countries – continued to post an annual growth rate of roughly 20 per cent, in terms of value of transactions, and up to 30 per cent over the Jan-July 2018 period.Surprisingly, even though profits from the tax-free shopping sector in Greece are increasing year-round, the same does not happen to the average daily spending per tourist which has dropped a whopping 25 per cent, compared to 2016. On average, a tourist woulds spend €50 in 2017, €70 down from the previous year.Based on a report released by Global Blue Hellas, Chinese and US nationals comprise nearly half of the total number of tax free shopping sales in the country. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Hundreds of swingers have arrived on Crete for the 5th annual 6-day swingers’ event taking place on the island.The swingers holiday will be attended by 177 couples who will descend to a 5-star luxury hotel in Stalida, a village between the coastal mecca of Malia and Hersonissos on the north coast of Crete.The inaugural event that took place five years ago, drew a lot of controversy as locals were worried about the type of tourism they were drawing as swingers indulged in their sexual fantasies.The erotic event, however, is very discreet and the orgies and sexual feasting take place far from prying eyes.Locals have benefited from the boost in the local economy with restaurants, bars, lingerie shops and even hair salons profiting from the affluent visitors that hail from Canada, the United States, Latin America, interspersed with a few local couples.Below is a video reportage by Proto Thema: Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram