The Matrix meets Point Break Bullettime surfing

first_imgWhat happens when you combine Keanu Reeves’ two greatest movies (The Matrix and Point Break)? Well, I have no idea, but it might be something like this.The clip features bullet-time–the photographic effect we all remember from The Matrix and Max Payne–quite effectively. The subject of the awesome  effect is a group of surfers in a wave pool. They jump out of the water and just at that moment are photographed from 90-or-so degrees around them. A 52 camera array was used to take the photographs along with a sequential trigger system.AdChoices广告Want more details on how they did it? Here is the “Making Of”…No other information was posted about the setup, but I did manage to find out that the camera used was the Canon T2i.The video was made by Time Slice Films, via Devourlast_img read more

Battlefield Bad Company 2 Vietnam map unlock challenge

first_imgEA’s DICE, who are the developers behind the digital expansion pack Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam, have decided to sweeten the pot with the release of a fifth map called Operation Hastings. For those who may remember, the map was originally found in the classic PC game Battlefield: Vietnam. However the twist is that come Dec 21st (starting date) once players in the Xbox 360, PC and PS3 community each collectively amass 69 million team actions, the map will be unlocked for all to enjoy!So what’s a team action you may be thinking? Well, it’s any/all of these: resupply, revive, heal, spot, and repair. Team actions performed both in the main game and the digital expansion count towards the common goal. For those who don’t know, in Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam, varied, hostile terrain is brought to life via its Frostbite gaming engine and you get chance to play across four popular game modes (Conquest, Rush, Squad Rush and Squad Deathmatch). The game also features all new weapons, vehicles, achievements and trophies.AdChoices广告Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Vietnam will be available on Dec 18 on PC at the EA Store and Steam and Dec 21 on Xbox Live and Playstation Network £9.99 (approx $15) or 1200 MS points.Read more at Battlefield.comlast_img read more

Samsung says laptop keylogger claim is false

first_imgYesterday Networkworld ran the first part of an article written by Mohamed Hassan claiming that Samsung was shipping a keylogger called StarLogger with its laptops. The software is apparently undetectable and captures all key presses as well as taking screenshots which it can then e-mail to a third party.We were surprised to hear that Samsung would ever consider doing such a thing, and was even more surprised when the second part of the article appeared stating Samsung confirmed the presence of the keylogger so it could monitor the performance of machines.AdChoices广告But Samsung has now looked into the matter and rubbished the claims made by Mohamed Hassan in an official statement. The files detected by Hassan were not from a keylogger, but instead false positives generated by his security suite VIPRE. The actual folder in question was created by Microsoft’s Live Application for multi-language support.What we can’t understand is why Mohamed Hassan, who is founder of security company NetSec Consulting, didn’t check to see if the files and folder were false positives before going public. This could have caused Samsung a lot of commercial damage and we wouldn’t be surprised if the company decides to take some action against him.The only issue to clear up now is why a member of Samsung’s support team confirmed the presence of a keylogger to Hassan? We have to assume it was just a mistake and the support person didn’t understand what he was being asked. Still, it’s something for Samsung to look into and fix.Read more at TGDailyMatthew’s OpinionYou cannot make claims like this without having definitive proof that a company is distributing a keylogger. A security consultant should know how to check the results and confirm his findings, so we want to know exactly why he concluded as he did.If this had turned out to be true then Samsung could have been facings lawsuits and had its reputation dragged through the dirt. Instead, it has suffered a day of unfounded allegations purely because someone made some claims that were easily found to be false as far as we can tell.Samsung now needs to ensure everyone knows their laptops are not tracking their every keystorke, Hassan has some explaining to do, and VIPRE has an update to get out to stop this false-positive from happening.last_img read more

Space debris misses ISS by just 820 feet

first_imgThis week has started out with a few close calls for things in orbit. On Monday, what is believed to be an asteroid the size of a house safely flew by Earth without incident. The asteroid, designated 2011 MD, flew by at only 7,600 miles above Earth which is closer than most communications satellites. Now it seems the astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) dealt with their own close call on Tuesday.The six-member crew aboard the ISS were forced to take refuge in the Russian Soyuz TMA-21 after it was discovered that space junk was making its way toward the space station. According to reports, the astronauts entered the safety of the Soyuz capsule at 7:50am in the event the crew had to make a quick escape due to a catastrophic impact. Luckily for the crew, the debris avoided the station, though narrowly, at a distance of about 820 feet. Astronauts spent a total of 20 minutes in their “lifeboat” before receiving the all-clear.Normally, when the ISS is detected to be in the path of space junk the orbiter is maneuvered out of the way. Such a maneuver took place in April of this year to avoid a previously cataloged piece of space debris. Unfortunately, this time around engineers didn’t have that luxury since the debris wasn’t discovered until it was too late. In fact, scientists are currently unsure what the debris was and have yet to report its size.Space debris can include natural and man-made particles which pose a safety risk to equipment and personnel in orbit. Even small pieces of debris pose a risk due to the fact they can travel at speeds of up to 17,500 mph. It is believed that there are currently 500,000 pieces of debris in orbit which are the size of a marble or larger. Where the true danger comes from is in the smaller pieces of debris which could number in the millions and can’t be tracked. Such debris includes paint flecks which have caused enough damage to the windows of the Space Shuttle that they have had to be replaced.Read more at ComputerWorldlast_img read more

HTC Sensation XE packs a 15GHz dualcore processor and Beats Audio

first_imgIt’s been known for quite some time that HTC was working on a tweaked version of the Sensation — which was already one heck of a nice Android phone. The follow-up Sensation XE has now been officially revealed over at, and it’s a solid upgrade that looks like it won’t disappoint.It starts with a processor upgrade from 1.2GHz to a 1.5GHz dual-core chip, internal storage capacity has been bumped from 1GB to 4GB, and the battery offers an additional 210mAh of power. The Sensation XE holds steady with 768MB RAM and the same 4.3″ 540×960 display as the original. The on-board cameras remain unchanged as well, offering up an 8MP on the rear (with dual LED flash) and VGA on the front. The usual wireless options come as standard, including 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0. HTC’s love-it-or-hate-it Sense 3.0 UI is also on board.The Sensation XE also sports a bit of snazzy red detailing and — like the recently-leaked HTC Runnymede — includes Dr. Dre’s high-fidelity Beats Audio tech. A set of Beats headphones (with an inline remote) is also included in the package, because better sound processing doesn’t mean squat if substandard phones are pumping it into your ears.While HTC has been kind enough to offer specifics on the Sensation XE hardware and software, they weren’t forthcoming with specifics about a Stateside launch. The phone is slated to launch just about everywhere else — Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East — later this month. Hopefully we won’t be left with a frustrating launch after everyone else in the U.S.Read more at HTClast_img read more

Microsoft set to change the name of SkyDrive worldwide

first_imgMicrosoft has spent the last six years turning SkyDrive into a service that can compete with the likes of Dropbox and Google Drive. But now it looks as though the company will have to start again, at least, with regards to the name of the file hosting service.The problem is, by naming the service SkyDrive Microsoft upset BSkyB, which runs the popular pay-TV service Sky across Europe. BSkyB decided to file a trademark infringement back in 2011 claiming that Microsoft was causing confusion in the marketplace. BSkyB won the court case and Microsoft vowed to appeal, but it seems they have now had a change of heart.Instead, Microsoft has confirmed that it is set the change the name of SkyDrive. BSkyB has also stated it will allow Microsoft a reasonable amount of time in which to make the transition to a new name without taking further action against them.Although the infringement only covers Europe, Microsoft has decided to change the name of SkyDrive worldwide. That way it can maintain consistent branding and remove the complexity of referring to the service by different names depending on where you are in the world. Imagine accessing SkyDrive in the US, then flying to a destination in Europe, and loading up the service again to find totally different branding. That would be a nightmare to manage.With the decision to change names now made, the question turns to what the new name will be. Obviously Microsoft needs to be very careful in its selection so as not to cause another lawsuit with another company. Maybe they will build on an existing name they have? Would BingDrive fit the bill?last_img read more

Bodies of two pensioners removed from their Mayo home today

first_imgThere was a great quality of saintliness about them – now they’d be embarrassed if I said that to them – but there was there was a good, wholesomeness [to them].A local shop owner described the community’s sense of loss. Short URL Nov 2nd 2016, 9:59 PM 24,263 Views What I’m feeling and what the whole community is feeling is [numbness].“I’ve known Tom and Kitty my whole life, I grew up here in Irishtown, and we’re just devastated, words can’t explain it.”Read: “Everyone is deeply upset” – Mayo village in shock after deaths of two pensioners in tragic circumstancesRead: HSE didn’t publish reports into foster care abuse claims under garda advice By Gráinne Ní Aodha Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article THE BODIES OF two pensioners have been removed from their Mayo home by gardaí today.Tom and Kitty Fitzgerald, aged respectively in their late 70s and mid 60s, were discovered at their home at Knockadoon, Irishtown about a mile from the Galway border.The discovery was made shortly after 3pm yesterday afternoon.Their son, aged in his late 30s, was also found at the scene with serious injuries and was removed to University Hospital Galway.Speaking to RTÉ News, the parish priest Father Martin O’Connor said that they were one of the nicest couples you could meet, and were regarded very well locally. Bodies of two pensioners removed from their Mayo home today The tragic discovery was made yesterday afternoon in Irishtown, Co Mayo. 4 Comments Wednesday 2 Nov 2016, 9:59 PM Share6 Tweet Email last_img read more

Reunited and it feels so good Tayto most missed brand for returning

first_img Share97 Tweet Email2 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Editor at Checkout, Jenny Whelan said Irish people are known to be brand loyal.She said: “I have no doubt that in the run up to Christmas, plenty of the products featuring in our study will be making their way to loved ones across the globe, so that even those who can’t make it back for the festivities can get a little taste of home.”The survey also asked which product categories respondents felt were of a higher quality in Ireland.Unsurprisingly, stout and pre-packed rashers and sausages topped that list with 68%. Meat, butter,and milk also were also of higher quality here than elsewhere, according to the returned emigrants.Read: Trailer Watch: Which movie should you go see this weekend? >Read: ‘A victory for people power’: Roscommon/Westmeath border to remain untouched > 18,761 Views Thursday 24 Nov 2016, 9:31 PM Nov 24th 2016, 9:31 PM Cadbury’s chocolateKerrygold butterBarry’s/Lyons TeaGuinnessDenny Sausages Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland A SURVEY OF Irish emigrants has revealed that Tayto Crisps are still the most missed food item for those who leave the country.The Diaspora Decides study, conducted by retail publication Checkout Magazine, found 59% of the 342 returned Irish emigrants surveyed said that they missed Tayto while overseas, while 38% said they missed the brand “a lot”.Other brands missed by emigrants include: By Garreth MacNamee Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland Short URL Reunited and it feels so good: Tayto most missed brand for returning emigrants Cadbury’s chocolate, Kerrygold butter and Guinness also feature high up the list. 60 Comments last_img read more

Denis OBrien says he and his family received death threats following Dáil

first_img“The fundamental point I’m trying to make: if personal banking files are stolen and given to an Oireachtas member, then that member of the Oireachtas should go to the gardaí rather than reading them out in the Oireachtas.”Asked by Collins whether or not he considered Catherine Murphy’s statements as being a “calculated device to frustrate” his court action, O’Brien replied “absolutely”.“In my mind there was. Debate time in the Dáil was used by Deputies Murphy and Doherty to open up and ventilate certain information,” he said.I think we’re in new territory. The Deputies in the Dáil knew exactly what they were doing. Thursday 1 Dec 2016, 1:40 PM By Cianan Brennan Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Denis O’Brien says he and his family received death threats following Dáil disclosure The billionaire has taken the stand at the High Court this morning. “I reported these threats to gardaí on 5 June,” O’Brien said.They were threats to me and the life of my family. They occurred on 31 May.While acknowledging that he has received many “nasty” messages in the past, O’Brien said “I have never received anything of that nature”.These were probably the most serious threats I have received.O’Brien’s statements to his own legal team took a matter of minutes. His cross-examination by legal counsel for both the Dáil and the Attorney General stretched to just under an hour and a half.When leaving the Four Courts complex having completed his testimony the businessman, who owns multiple Irish radio stations and is the largest shareholder in Independent News and Media, faced a less-than-friendly reception from members of the public.He was repeatedly heckled as he walked a gauntlet of photographers outside, before climbing into a car and being sped away.O’Brien asserted in his testimony that he was taking this current action against the Dáil committee in an attempt to have the courts rebuke the two TDs for their actions in disclosing his “private banking information” given that the Committee on Procedure and Privilege had not done so.He said that he wants it to be the case that “what happened to me on the floor of the Dáil can never happen to anyone again”.“There needs to be a certain remedy to amend how these debates are conducted.” O’Brien, pictured outside the Four Courts Source: Eamonn FarrellHe said that the case was one of the utmost importance for both him “and for the country”:It is a very bad thing for a country to have a situation where people who rely on the courts have their case unravelled by a different part of the same country.“People would take it that such a situation would be on a checklist of things for those people before they would invest in that country. It would be considered a weakness,” he said.PrivacyEarlier, O’Brien told his own counsel Michael Cush that “if every every citizen was subject to disclosure of their private bank details it would be a pretty extraordinary situation, to have their privacy invaded, that was the reason why I sought the court order against RTÉ”.“We could have a situation where Oireachtas members could be asked to ask questions in the Dáil,” he said.O’Brien agreed with Collins that he saw Murphy and Doherty’s statements as “false and inaccurate” and a “deliberate abuse of parliamentary privilege”. Share309 Tweet Email 14,180 Views Denis O’Brien says death threats received May 2015 the worst of that type he has received— Cianan Brennan (@ciananbrennan) December 1, 2016 Source: Cianan Brennan/Twitter Dec 1st 2016, 1:40 PM Denis O’Brien leaving the Four Courts this afternoon Source: Leah FarrellUpdated 13.40BILLIONAIRE DENIS O’BRIEN has claimed that he and his family received death threats following disclosures made about him in Dáil Éireann in 2015.O’Brien took the stand at the High Court today as part of his action against a Dáil committee.The businessman alleges that the Committee on Procedure and Privilege (CPP) erred in ruling that TDs Catherine Murphy and Pearse Doherty didn’t break Dáil rules in revealing information that was allegedly prejudicial to a separate action taken by O’Brien against RTÉ in May and June 2015.He is not seeking damages.Under cross-examination from barrister Michael Collins, O’Brien said that as a result of speeches made by Murphy and Doherty he and his family received death threats in May 2015. It was very well planned and thought out. One Deputy was actually tweeting and speaking at the same time.O’Brien expressed particular dissatisfaction that the CPP had leaked its final decision regarding his initial complaint four days before it was due to be published.“My impression is that the CPP didn’t behave particularly well, in leaking their decision,” he said.I felt they didn’t investigate properly, and then they leaked their decision. There are questions to be asked as to confidence in them as a body. No Comments Denis O’Brien, chuckling, “I’m nearly blinded by the law at this stage”— Cianan Brennan (@ciananbrennan) December 1, 2016 The real situation is that as a citizen I went into the High Court and got a court order, and that was deliberately unravelled by two members of the Oireachtas, and I made a complaint to the CPP, and to my mind that wasn’t handled particularly well.The case continues.Comments are disabled as the case remains before the courtsRead: Denis O’Brien alleges that TDs prejudiced his case against RTÉ with Dáil speechesRead: ‘There’s a lot of deceit and fraud coming from the puppy farm sector’ – Charity criticises new guidelines Source: Cianan Brennan/Twitter Short URLlast_img read more

Asbestos and other toxic waste leaking into Irish Sea off Bray and

first_img Share32 Tweet Email3 This situation must be acted on without delay. Exposure to hazardous waste has been proven historically to allow cancer clusters to form in our local communities. Protecting public health must be of paramount concern.“In recent years, funding has been released to clean up and remove hazardous waste located at sites in Waterford, Cork, Tipperary and other locations in Ireland,” Ní Riada said.Wicklow TD John Brady has been raising the issue since 2005. “The dump contains more than 104,000 cubic metres of waste including broken asbestos tiles and excessive levels of ammoniacal nitrogen, potassium and manganese in the groundwater,” he said.Long-term solution When discussing the issue in the Dáil recently, junior minister Denis Naughten said: ”The preparation and adoption of a waste management plan is the statutory responsibility of the local authority or authorities concerned.”Naughten noted that, at the end of January 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) advised DLRCC to carry out an Environmental Risk Assessment.“A detailed site investigation has been carried out and a technical report is currently being considered by Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, Wicklow County Council and the EPA.The purpose of this technical report is to identify any remedial measures that may be required to protect the environment in the immediate area of the former landfill.Naughten added that “regular monitoring and inspections” of the beach are being carried out by DLRCC, Wicklow County Council and Woodbrook Golf Club, which now owns the majority of the affected site.The golf club has also assigned one of its employees to do a regular clean-up of any debris found on the beach.In a statement, a spokesperson for the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment said the relevant local authorities “are working together to develop a long-term solution to the stabilisation of this landfill site”.“The landowner has arranged for the appropriate removal of any materials that are being dislodged onto the beach. The minister has no decision-making role in the matter,” the statement added.A spokesperson for the EPA said the organisation has an open enforcement file in relation to the site at North Beach.DLRCC are undertaking a full risk assessment to determine the environmental risk of the former landfill and to identify any remedial measures required to protect the environment in its immediate area.“The EPA is continuing to correspond with the council to ensure that any recommendations or works required are completed within appropriate timeframes,” the spokesperson added.Read: Travellers left outside Leinster House in the rain as Taoiseach recognises their ethnicityRead: Landing area in Longford helicopter crash was ‘inappropriate and wholly unsuitable’ John Brady at the beach Mar 3rd 2017, 6:05 AM 13,445 Views Asbestos and other toxic waste leaking into Irish Sea off Bray and Dublin coast It has been warned that people’s health could be at risk. TOXIC WASTE IS leaking into the Irish Sea at an old landfill site in Bray, Co Wicklow.Hazardous waste, including fragments of asbestos and potassium, are leaking into the sea at a beach where the former municipal landfill was once operated by Bray Urban District Council (which is now part of Wicklow County Council).Much of the site is actually located within the boundary of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council (DLRCC).Sinn Féin’s Liadh Ní Riada, an MEP for Ireland South, has called on the government and European authorities to clean up the site urgently.“I am extremely worried that this dangerous material is being allowed to enter our natural water system. John Brady at the beach Image: John Brady By Órla Ryan Image: John Brady Friday 3 Mar 2017, 6:05 AM 12 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URLlast_img read more

Hopes that dives to wreckage of Rescue 116 can begin today

first_img Friday 24 Mar 2017, 8:20 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Mar 24th 2017, 8:20 AM Share131 Tweet Email Hopes that dives to wreckage of Rescue 116 can begin today Favourable weather conditions are expected this morning which will allow divers to reach the wreckage of the helicopter beneath the water. Short URL File photocenter_img By Cormac Fitzgerald 10,785 Views 3 Comments Image: Irish Coast Guard File photo Image: Irish Coast Guard IT IS HOPED that dives to the wreckage of Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter 116 will be able to begin today.RTÉ reports that favourable weather conditions are expected this morning which will allow divers to reach the wreckage of the helicopter beneath the water.Wreckage of the fuselage of the downed aircraft was discovered Wednesday afternoon in 40 metres of water close to Black Rock lighthouse, some 12 miles off the coast of Blacksod, Mayo.Conditions haven’t been good over the past number of days, which has hampered the search effort. However, fine weather with light winds is forecast for today.While the fuselage has yet to be examined in detail, it is hoped that the bodies of chief pilot Captain Mark Duffy, winch operator Paul Ormsby and winchman Ciarán Smith will be still in the aircraft.Investigators have been working on the theory that part of the tail section of the aircraft struck rocks close to the lighthouse before crashing into the sea.Rescue 116 had been deployed from its base at Dublin Airport to provide top cover for the Sligo-based helicopter, Rescue 118, as part of a rescue mission to aid a casualty on a Scottish trawler on 13 March.The helicopter disappeared abruptly from radar at 12.45am on the morning of 14 March while preparing to land and refuel at Blacksod.Captain Dara Fitzpatrick was found in the initial search and rescue operation after contact was lost with the helicopter. She later died in hospital.With reporting from Cianan BrennanRead: R116 investigation hampered by poor weatherRead: Wreckage of Coast Guard helicopter located off Mayo coastlast_img read more

At least 70 people killed in major apartment fire in Bangladesh

first_imgAt least 70 people killed in major apartment fire in Bangladesh The blaze broke out in a historic part of the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka. Rescuers work at the fire site in Dhaka By AFP Image: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images Thursday 21 Feb 2019, 6:59 AM AT LEAST 70 people have been killed after a fire tore through crumbling apartment blocks in a historic part of the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka. The fire set off a chain of explosions and a wall of flames down nearby streets.It started in one building where chemicals for deodorants and other household uses were illegally stored and spread at lightning speed to four nearby buildings, the fire service said. People became trapped by the flames at a nearby bridal party and a restaurant. TV images showed the gates to one building were chained up so residents were unable to escape. Traffic jams in the clogged narrow streets held up the rescue operation.Bangladesh fire chief Ali Ahmed said at least 70 people were killed but that the toll would likely rise. “The number of bodies may increase. The search is still going on,” he told AFP.Doctors at Dhaka Medical College Hospital said at least 55 people were injured, including 10 in a critical condition.Hundreds of people rushed to the hospital looking for missing relatives. However, most of the bodies of the dead were charred beyond recognition.  Locals and firefighters gather around buildings that caught fire yesterday Source: Rehman Asad via PA ImagesFirefighters who took almost 12 hours to bring the fire under control, went through the blackened floors of the building, littered with spray cans, looking for bodies.The fire started at about 10.40pm (4.40pm Irish time) yesterday at Chawkbazar in the old Mughal part of the capital.The fire may have been started by a gas cylinder and quickly spread through the building where chemicals were stored in rooms alongside the apartments, according to the fire chief.Chemicals used for household products were also stored in the nearby buildings. They exploded as the fire spread, witnesses said.  “There was a traffic jam when the fire broke out. It spread so quickly that people could not escape,” the fire chief said.Another fire official told reporters the blaze was under control but was not extinguished despite the efforts of more than 200 firefighters.“It will take time. This is not like any other fire,” he said, adding that the inferno had been made more devastating by the “highly combustible” chemicals.Fire trucks had struggled in the narrow streets to reach the scene and there was also a lack of water for the battle, officials said. The devastating fire raced through at least five buildings in an old part of Bangladesh’s capital Source: Mahmud Hossain Opu via PA Images‘Flames were everywhere’ Members of a bridal party in a nearby community centre were also caught in the fire and many were injured. Others were caught in small restaurants.Dhaka deputy police commissioner Ibrahim Khan said at least two cars and 10 cycle rickshaws were burned in the fire.“The victims included passersby, some people who were eating food at a restaurant and some members of the bridal party,” he told AFP.“I saw the charred body of a woman who was holding her daughter in her lap as their rickshaw was caught in the fire,” said one witness. A similar blaze in 2010 in an old Dhaka building, which was also used as a chemical warehouse, killed more than 120 people in one of the worst fire disasters in the city of 20 million people.   Dhaka authorities launched a crackdown on chemical warehouses in residential areas following the blaze, but efforts to rein in the practice have waned.- © AFP 2019 Feb 21st 2019, 6:59 AM center_img Share15 Tweet Email 3 Comments Rescuers work at the fire site in Dhaka Image: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images 5,551 Views Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Mick McCarthy sends best wishes to promising footballer Tega Agberhiere following acid

first_img 29,168 Views By Gavin Cooney Irish manager Mick McCarthy. Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO REPUBLIC OF IRELAND manager Mick McCarthy has sent his best wishes to the victims of Thursday’s acid attack in Waterford, with Irish underage international Tega Agberhiere among those injured. “I was shocked to hear what happened to Tega and his friends in Waterford”, said McCarthy, “and I am sure I speak on behalf of everyone involved with football in Ireland when I wish them all well as they recover from the effects of this attack.“I know Tega is a very promising young footballer and I hope and pray that he is back on the pitch in the very near future. My best wishes to Tega, to his friends and to their families.”Tega was one of three teenage boys attacked with a chemical in Waterford on Thursday night, and his mother Christy told WLRFM last night that he was still in hospital receiving treatment for his injuries.He was moved to a Cork hospital today due to the severity of his injuries, which are understood to be first-degree burns. He told WLRFM today that he was “getting better”, and that he was able to see a bit more every day having feared he would never see again in the immediate aftermath of the attack. His mother told the local radio station that Tega and his friends were confronted by four people wearing ‘skeleton’ masks on Thursday evening. One of the four was holding a golf club, Tega’s mother said, and another was holding a bottle with a liquid in it. He splashed it on the three teenagers, hitting Tega in the face.“It was like an acid burning his face, and they ran away,” his mother said.Republic of Ireland U17 manager Colin O’Brien also wished Tega well. “It is very upsetting to hear about the incident involving Tega and I hope that he can complete a speedy recovery.“Tega was in with us at U17 level and he had a great attitude as well as a lot of ability. All of the lads in the squad and the staff send on their best wishes to him and his family.”That sentiment has also been echoed by Irish U16 manager Paul Osam. “Tega worked with us with the U16 group last season and was part of the squad for the Victory Shield in Northern Ireland in late 2017 and for a double header in Romania that same year.“He came across as a nice, quiet lad who loved his football and I can only wish him well with his recovery.”Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Waterford Garda Station on 051 305300 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.With reporting by Hayley Halpin and Gráinne Ní Aodha Share14 Tweet Email Tuesday 30 Apr 2019, 6:17 PMcenter_img Apr 30th 2019, 6:17 PM Short URL 20 Comments Mick McCarthy sends best wishes to ‘promising footballer’ Tega Agberhiere following acid attack The Irish manager says all victims of Thursday’s horror attack are in his thoughts. Irish manager Mick McCarthy. Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Greek bailout fund assists bank share buyback

first_imgThe fund set up to recapitalise Greek lenders in case of need can inject capital by buying common shares issued by the banks, Greece’s finance minister said. Rising bad loans, sovereign debt downgrades, deposit outflows and a deepening recession have taken their toll on Greek banks, which also stand to suffer write-downs from a bond swap deal that is part of the country’s second rescue package. Banks will have to turn to the 10-billion-euro Financial Stability Fund established under a rescue package by the European Union, International Monetary Fund and European Central Bank if their capital adequacy falls below minimum ratios set by the central bank and they cannot raise funds in the markets to beef up their equity. The EU/IMF/ECB “memorandum stipulates clearly that this (fund’s capital injection) is done via common shares,” Greek Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos told reporters after a cabinet meeting. The Bank of Greece, the country’s central bank, has told banks they will have to maintain a Core Tier 1 ratio of 10 per cent from January 2012. The stability fund is part of the 110 billion euro emergency loan package that Greece secured from the IMF and its eurozone partners in May last year to avoid default. As an owner of common voting shares once it intervenes, the fund can force banks to restructure. Greece has appointed a seven-member board to run the stability fund, headed by a former deputy central bank governor. The stability fund, which will operate for seven years, reports semi-annually to the ECB, the European executive and Greece’s parliament, as agreed with the IMF and the eurozone. Source: Athens News Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Memories of war

first_imgFor Greeks, the 28 October 1940 was a date that shaped national identity. ‘OXI Day’ is a celebration of Hellenic pride and strength. A day that showed the world Greeks weren’t easily bullied. They were a race that would stand, fight and defend; a race that would hold their heads high and say, ‘No’. Today, when Greece and Greek identity is being questioned, we will no doubt see Greeks all over the world celebrate their national day with pride. But essentially, 28 October 1940 is the day that saw Greece enter World War II. The then Prime Minister of Greece, Ioannis Metaxas, rejected Italy’s leader Benito Mussolini’s ultimatum – let Italian troops pass freely through Greece or face war. Metaxas responded to the ultimatum with one simple word, ‘oxi.’ He said, ‘no.’ On the 28 October 1940, the Italian army entered Greece from Albania. From that moment on Greece was under attack. World War II was a gruesome war; historically it was the deadliest war. Over 400,000 Greeks died as a result of the fighting that saw up to 60 million people lose their lives. From his home in Adelaide, Leonidas Michos enjoys the simple things in life. At the age of 82, Michos has retired. He was a property developer, yet now opts for gentler pursuits – tending to his garden, spending time with his five grandchildren and filling his house with love, family and friends. But there was a time when his life was unsafe, hard and chaotic, a time in another country where as a child, he witnessed the atrocities of war. For Michos, 28 October is a date that fills him with terror, not national pride. As an eleven-year-old, Michos was there in the village of Terovo, Epirus, situated in the countryside where the Italians invaded. “With the first gunshot of the war people died, and that’s not a thing to be celebrated,” says Michos with pain in his voice. The 28 October 1940 is a date etched in his memory as the day the bombs started. “We heard it, we heard the bombs,” remembers Michos. “We could hear the planes flying over and dropping bombs on Ioannina. We could hear the cannons.” As a child, he knew that his country had gone to war and then, as it is now, his impression of war is a simplistic one, “war means somebody is going to kill you.” To him, ‘OXI Day’ is a day on which we should remember the evils of war, a day we should pray that war never comes to us again. “War is the worst thing. You can see your brother, your son, your sister be killed. Even to try and think of what war is, what it’s like; you still can’t imagine it.” When war broke out, Michos said panic spread throughout the village. The village was disconnected from what was going on in Ioannina, the closest main city and the one under attack, and knew little of what to expect and ultimately, what would happen to them. “Everyone was terrified in the village when the war started,” Michos remembers. “They were scared about what will happen to them, what is going on, what will become of the village, their family? Where will they hide? Where will they go?” And then the villages of Greece were under attack. Planes began flying over and shooting at them with machine guns, a noise that can’t easily be erased from his memory. “When we heard the planes coming we would go hide in the caves with all the other villagers, and wait till it was quiet.” Were you scared? “Of course I was scared,” he answers emphatically. “You start thinking to yourself what is going on, what is happening.”Not a man was left in the village, only male children. Here was a child who would look at the fields and mountains of his village and not one man would be in sight. Young, old, healthy, sick – it didn’t matter, all the men had left to fight in the war. “I remember when all the men came back, on their feet, when the war was over. Most were hungry and barefoot.” With all the men gone to fight in the war, the women were left behind to tend to the land, look after the house and keep their children safe. On top of that, they supported their soldiers in every way they could. “All the women of the village would gather and make clothes to keep the soldiers warm. Women would make uniforms, shirts, socks, blankets everything for the soldiers. I remember my mum, my sister; all the women in the village would do this.” To have lived through a war as a child, to witness your family and your village suffering, to not know if tomorrow you would die, is unfathomable. “War is a terrible, terrible thing that should never happen,” said Michos. “There is nothing worse than war and I pray that the next generation never have to see it.” “Just do your best to lead a simple, honest life and leave the politics to the politicians.” Sound words from a grandfather, father, husband, brother and uncle who saw and heard things a child should never have to. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Credit to start flowing to SMEs in September

first_imgThe first 200 million euros in funding from the Institution for Growth in Greece (IfG) will start flowing to small and medium-sized enterprises in September, offering loans with lower interest rates through the country’s banks, the government announced on Tuesday.The ministers for development, Costis Hatzidakis, and finance, Yannis Stournaras, along with Ulrich Schroeder, the managing director of German investment bank KfW, yesterday presented the IfG action plan, which provides for the recycling of the first loans, which could reach up to 700 million euros in the next seven years.Hatzidakis stated that the IfG and the joint action with KfW for SMEs will offer “a liquidity lifeline for smaller enterprises that is more necessary than ever.” Stournaras added that the German bank’s support is crucial, while Schroeder voiced an appeal for “potential partners” and “interested parties who could join forces with us and offer more funds.”Hatzidakis confirmed that contacts are continuing with France, whose loan and deposits fund may contribute to the IfG, saying, “I would like to think that we are at the conclusive stage in our talks with all other interested parties.”According to the plan presented yesterday, out of the first 200 million euros in credit, half will come from Greece and the other half from KfW, guaranteed by the German government. The interest rate for SME recipients will be between 1 and 3 percent below the current levels.The main criterion for the selection of recipients will be that applicant SMEs should employ no more than 250 people. However, Schroeder said it will be the banks that determine the final conditions of the loan contracts, weighing up the risks on a case-by-case basis.Loans will amount to a maximum of 1 million euros and are to be used for investments, cash needs or even to refinance working capital. Enterprises will initially repay only the interest, before paying back the rest at the end of the loan period.The IfG will also drastically cut the bureaucracy associated with issuing credit to SMEs. The plan is for all 200 million euros to be distributed by mid-2015, although Schroeder argued this could happen before the end of this year. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Moraitis winning ways

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Businessman Nick Moraitis’ horseracing love affair is coming to an end, with the owner of champion galloper Might and Power scaling back involvement to focus on business interests. Might and Power matched the achievements of Phar Lap – widely considered Australia’s most successful racehorse – to also claim a trifecta of victories in premier races, the Caulfield Cup, the Melbourne Cup and the Cox Plate.In 1997, it won the Caulfield Cup and the Melbourne Cup, and took out the Cox Plate the following year, before Moraitis retired the horse.“You’ve got to remember one thing … Might and Power is only the second racehorse in the history of racing that’s won that trio,” Moraitis recently told TV host Graham Richardson.“Only the mighty Phar Lap won those three races, so he’s in the history books Might and Power, and you actually never saw the best of him because he got injured. After the Cox Plate, he got hurt and only God knows what he may have shown us.”Richardson reminisced about a Moraitis moment he considered famous, and which offered an insight to his character: “As you went to grab your horse, I think the bloke said ‘well, you’ve just won a million dollars’ and you said, ‘fxxx’ the money’.”“You said that to millions of people watching – I thought it was terrific,” Richardson added. An amused Moraitis explained, “well it just came out unfortunately”.Moraitis said he’d owned a few horses in recent decades and more recently had moved into horse breeding, but now he was ready to retire. “I can assure you at my age I’m getting right out,” Moraitis said.In late 2012, after a decade stint on the Sydney Turf Club committee, he was considered likely to be appointed to the board of Racing NSW, but it wasn’t to be.That’s when Moraitis began to question the future of the industry, believing not enough was being done to encourage participation and with too much focus on celebration.“You’ve got to look after customers and the unfortunate thing about it is, we’re a dying race,” Moraitis told The Australian at the time.“I look around the race meetings today, you get a lot of young people there but they’re only there to get drunk and look for young sheilas somewhere. We need people in racing who are going to support it.”last_img read more

Greece opens bidding process for huge Piraeus extension project

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece is preparing to open a competition for one of the biggest scale projects to carried out at the port of Piraeus; the project will see the extension of the port to accomodate larger cruise ships.The tender opens on August 31 and the funding budgeted for the contractor to be named by October sits at 170 million euros.Chinese maritime giant Cosco that manages Piraeus Port Authority (PPA), have already tabled plans to transform Piraeus into a Mediterranean home porting hub, boost trade activity and further develop cruise travel.With the Greek shipping fleet still being the largest in the world and the Greek islands amongst the most popular tourist destinations, Cosco plans to use Piraeus’ key location to upgrade the value of the wider area.The project aims to expand the southern zone of the port so that a new terminal can accommodate four next-generation cruise liners simultaneously, Travel and Tourism industry News journal GTP reports.Based on the 2017 numbers recorded by PPA the port saw a 93 per cent percent increase in pre-tax profits, amounting to 21.2 million euros compared to 11 million euros in 2016 with the net results up by 68.6 per cent to 11.3 million against 6.7 million in 2016.This great untapped potential, according to Cosco, could set Piraeus apart as a tourism destination with the construction of four new state of the art hotels on the port’s premises.last_img read more

More Chinese real estate investors drawn to Greece

first_imgGreece, being a popular destination for Chinese tourists and investors for years, established strong relations with the Red Dragon with consecutive Prime Ministers offering special business deals in hope of rescuing the crisis-stricken country from debt.According to data from Chinese online news agency Sina Weibo, Greece is the sixth most popular destination in the world for Chinese real estate investors.Out of the 2,881 Golden Visas that Greece has issued from 2013 up until last month, 47 per cent (1,351 permits) have gone to Chinese nationals leaving the Russian and Turkish behind with 426 and 289 residence permits respectfully.The Golden Visas allow non-European Union citizens and their families to reside and work in Greece if they buy property in Greece that is worth at least 250,000 euros, Kathimerini reports.Even though the Golden Visa program is seen as a positive boost to the economy by the government, Greek citizens are alarmed as the influx of Chinese buyers is pushing real-estate prices to new unaffordable heights for the median-income earner. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Des cornées artificielles pour recouvrer partiellement la vue

first_imgDes cornées artificielles pour recouvrer partiellement la vue Monde – Des implants de cornée fabriqués en laboratoire semblent faire leurs preuves, après avoir permis à plusieurs patients malvoyants de recouvrer une meilleure acuité visuelle. Un dommage infligé à la cornée peut entraîner une cessité. Les causes sont variées : génétique, chirurgie, brûlure, infection ou encore chimiothérapie. Dix millions de personnes à travers le monde souffrent de ce type d’affection. Si un don de cornée peut, malgré de nombreux rejets, permettre à certains de recouvrer une vue meilleure, les donneurs manquent cruellement. Jusqu’ici, les tentatives pour développer une cornée artificielle n’avaient pas donné de résultats satisfaisants. La revue américaine Science Transnational Medicine vient cependant de révéler que des résultats encourageants ont fini par être observés, avec des cornées biosynthétiques aussi performantes que celles, naturelles, issues de dons. Si l’espoir pour de nombreuses personnes est réel, il est néanmoins à considérer avec précaution. L’essai a en effet été réalisé sur 112 patients seulement, avec un taux de réussite de 76,6%. D’autres études seront donc nécessaires afin de confirmer les vertus de ces implants artificiels, à la fois sur un plus grand nombre de personnes atteintes et sur une période plus longue. Le 26 août 2010 à 14:46 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more