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Online file sharers buy a lot of legitimate music

first_imgAlthough the Recording Industry Association of America would have you believe that people who connect to online peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing networks are the worst criminals on the face of the Earth, they’re actually pouring more money into the industry than those who don’t engage in file sharing.According to the American Assembly, which completed an exhaustive study into the Web surfing and buying habits of thousands of people in the United States and Germany, that supposedly toxic segment of the population spends 30% more on legal music than the perfectly clean non-pirates out there.The study found that the average P2P user in the US has a music collection that consists of 24% illegally downloaded songs compared to 38% that were purchased legally. The rest are either ripped from CDs or copied offline from friends or family.There are a lot of arguments to be make here. Obviously, those who have the knowledge to use P2P networks are already technologically adept so they are probably going to climb the scales higher on any question related to online consumption. In addition, there is the argument that if music piracy was more strongly prohibited, these same consumers would spend even more on legal music.On the flip side, it could be that users download illegal music files just to test the waters and if they find an artist they like, they’ll end up buying song after song that they would have never found otherwise.The bottom line is that it always helps to be grounded back to reality. There is this mindset out there that people who connect to P2P networks are just leeches who expect to get everything they want and not have to pay for it. While that is certainly a segment of the P2P community, it is not indicative of the community as a whole.via American Assemblylast_img read more

Nvidia shows off new facial rendering tech still cant claw way out

first_imgWe’re currently living in an age where computer-generated graphics are kind of hanging out at the other end of the uncanny valley, taking a breather from climbing in either direction. Video games look pretty good in modern times, packed with detail, and certain games — Uncharted and L.A. Noire, specifically — are exemplary models of character animation. However, with just a glance, you can easily discern that a video game is just that, a video game and not real life.As L.A. Noire showed us, character animation is just as — if not more — important than helping computer-generated graphics escape the uncanny valley. Nvidia recently unveiled some new facial animation tech, dubbed Face Works, that aims to get that valley climb started once again.At its core, the beauty of Face Works is that it condenses a large amount of motion-captured data into file sizes small enough for Nvidia’s new Titan graphics card to access and display in real-time. Nvidia performs its motion capture with a rig of 156 cameras set up in a circle around the subject’s face. A full range of capture usually churns out around 32GB of data, but Face Works is able to compress that down to 300MB.Unfortunately, Nvidia says that rendering the man above took about 2 teraflops. The PS4 can only reach around 1.84 teraflops, and rumors suggest that the next Xbox won’t even get that high. So, the new facial rendering most likely won’t be involved in new console games, at least not for real-time animation. Interestingly, these measurements are for the demo running at 60fps at 1080p, but at 30fps, the amount of work required is halved.Nvidia’s new Titan can handle 4.5 teraflops, so PC enthusiasts that want to upgrade to a Titan can dream of the tech making its way to their games. However, for as impressive as the demo is, the animations still look animatronic, albeit very sophisticated.Though the facial model is graphically superior to the character models in L.A. Noire, the facial animations in Noire still knock everything else we’ve seen out of the park. It’s also worth keeping in mind that tech demos are usually the most impressive use of a tech, as they only need to focus on a single aspect. A gaming rig might not be able to handle Nvidia’s facial tech if it’s applied to multiple on-screen characters, which in turn are inhabiting an animated backdrop.Whether or not the tech makes its way to consumer products, and might run into a few bumps in the road when it has to run alongside everything else running in a game, it still looks pretty good.last_img read more

5 things you need to know about Googles Blink browser engine

first_imgThis week Google unexpectedly announced on the Chromium blog that it is forking WebKit and beginning work on a browser engine of its own: Blink. While it might not seem like a big deal at first blush, the reality is that Blink could shake up the web just as much as the release of Chrome did.It all starts with WebKit…Google was #1For quite a while now, Google has held the number one spot on the WebKit code commit “leaderboard.” Now that its engineers are working on Blink, that leaves WebKit with a greatly reduced number of active contributors. Because Blink is based on WebKit, it’s reasonable enough to think that some code sharing will be going on in the future. But Google’s focus is on Blink, and WebKit will have to adjust to life without its help.Missing devsLosing such a large team of coders could impact WebKit in many ways. It will, for example, make it more difficult for the team to maintain the pace of development that’s become the norm since Chrome arrived in 2008. That’s not to say WebKit won’t be able to keep up with Blink, but it’s certainly going to be very, very tough. Will the shift cause Safari for Mac OS and iOS to fall behind other browsers? It’s a distinct possibility, and no doubt one that Apple is going to do its best to prevent.Web development will have to reactApart from the obvious engine development issues, the arrival of Blink may also change the way people design and build websites. Because of the rapid rise of Chrome, iOS, and Android, WebKit became the engine of preference for many web developers. Rather than making sure web sites and apps were coded to standards and worked on all compatible browsers, WebKit became the “good enough” option in many cases. Why bother testing Gecko, Presto, or Trident if 90% of your users were running a WebKit browser anyway?It’s a problem that’s epidemic on the mobile web. But with Blink entering the picture, things will start to change. You won’t notice anything overnight — Blink is being built from WebKit, and it’s going to take a while for Google to mold and shape it. Once Chrome is running a Blink engine that suits Google’s needs, however, the change will begin.Sites will need to be as standards-compliant as possible if one of the most popular desktop and mobile browsers in the world is no longer running an engine that’s a carbon copy of WebKit. WebKit-specific CSS will hopefully become a thing of the past, as will other proprietary web code as hundreds of millions of users begin browsing the web with Blink.Browser competition is a good thingAnd just as open standards are good for the web, so is the existence of multiple browsing engines. Mozilla lamented the loss of Presto when Opera announced its shift to a Chromium core because it meant one more major browser was joining the WebKit camp — leaving Firefox and Internet Explorer as the only alternatives.The introduction of Blink means there’s once again a fourth option. And this time, it’s a fourth option with a whole lot of clout. With all due respect to the pioneering folks at Opera, Google has perhaps more influence on the web than anyone else in 2013.Opera was often overlooked by web developers in the past because of its relatively small market share. That led the Presto-powered browser to display broken websites to users and cost Opera developers countless hours coding site-specific fixes. With Opera’s wagon now hitched to Chromium, that’s no longer an option. Those sites have to work with Blink because its user base will be massive.Sharing could lead to problemsThere’s some concern that the common code base Blink and WebKit share could lead to some problems when it comes to recommending new standards. For the time being, it’s going to be much easier to make a proposed spec work in both Blink and WebKit than, say, Gecko. Mozilla, Microsoft, and other W3C members will do their best to make sure everyone’s on the same page.Ultimately, Blink should be a win for the web as a whole and for individual end users, too — even if they’re not using Chrome or Opera. The increased competition and sharper focus on standards should lead to a better browsing experience for everyone.last_img read more

Packets of instant beer are now a thing

first_imgThe same thing that makes beer refreshing makes it more cumbersome to transport: it’s full of water. Fortunately, Pat Tatera’s company has figured out a solution to that annoying little problem. The result: beer in a pocketable packet that you can easily take with you anywhere.Now, it’s not as simple as dumping the goop into a glass and adding water — not unless you’re the type who’s satisfied with flat, lifeless beer. You need a packet of Pat’s special brew, his equally special portable carbonator, and a pouch of eco2ACTIVATOR. It’s the activator’s combination of potassium bicarbonate and citric acid that imbues your brew with fizz.Pat’s contraption produces a full pint in just a couple of minutes, complete with a nice, foamy head. According to those who have sampled Pat’s beers, it’s pretty good. Not as good as your favorite craft brews, probably, but it’s on par with more run-of-the-mill beers.It’s made with the same ingredients as any beer that adheres to German purity laws: barley, water, hops, and yeast. While typical brewing equipment is used, it only handles the first part of the process. A secret array of geeky gear takes care of the final phases required to produce the concentrated (50% alcohol) “syrup.”Assuming your adventures lead you somewhere that has a ready supply of cool, clean water (or at least have a good water purifier packed, too), the Carbonator and a few small envelopes are all you need to whip up a cold one on the spot. It’s a heck of a lot more convenient than lugging a cooler all over the backwoods, and you don’t need to worry about broken bottles or punctured cans.Obviously, you’re going to have to absorb some startup costs if you decide that Pat’s system deserves a place in your backpack. The Carbonator kit sells for $39.95, and it comes with six packets of activator and five soft drink mixes. The hard stuff (your choice of Pale Rail or Black IPA) will set you back $9.95 for a four pack.Sure, you could pick up a case of Genny Cream Ale for a lot less, but consider how much lighter your load will be… and how cool you’ll look brewing up an individual beer in front of the campfire!last_img read more

Enda says he hopes the J1 programme wont be scrapped despite Trump

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3098340 18,170 Views These are matters that take up our time and take up our interest. Vice-President Pence did say to me that the President Elect had spelled out, down in Phoenix, Arizona, his priorities in respect of securing borders and dealing with undocumented immigrants who had criminal record against them. He set out a priority there.He said he hoped the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Paul Ryan – whose ancestors hail from Graiguenamanagh in Kilkenny – and others in the Senate and Congress will make a very strong pitch for the Irish in America.The Taoiseach said the undocumented “have had to live in the shadows for too long”.Read: Enda Kenny orders Guerin Report be removed from government website>Read: First time buyers no longer need 20% deposit on properties> What I said in the message about my conversation with Vice President-elect Pence is true. I had a very good conversation with him. He does understand Ireland very well. He has parents on both sides, people on both sides from Sligo and from Clare, he’s been here in 2013 with his wife Karen and the children. Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Source: Niall CarsonKenny reiterated the points he made in the Dáil this week that the world has to deal with the decision the American people have made.The new reality “It’s not a case of wringing hands here. This is a case of dealing with the reality of a new regime and a new administration taking up office in the United States. And my conversation, both with the President Elect and the Vice-President Elect, was on the basis of the relationship of this country with the United States.“And as part of that, I mentioned the traditional economic, social, historic and political links that we have; the way things have changed, from an Ireland where we relied very heavily on remittances from the United States to keep families alive here, to where Irish-owned firms now employ over 100,000 people across 50 states,” he said.The question of the 50,000 undocumented Irish was raised with Trump, said Kenny, who said he mentioned to the president-elect that a number of years ago, John McCain (a Republican) and the late senator Ted Kennedy (a Democrat) had a very comprehensive piece of immigrant legislation, which was turned down by the Republicans. Wednesday 23 Nov 2016, 7:26 PM He is very much acquainted with the issues about the country here. He is also clear about the turnabout in our economic situation after coming through a very difficult period.The Taoiseach clarified that “brief conversations” like the one held with Pence don’t go into “all the details”. Short URL “The J-1 visa jobs program for foreign youth will be terminated and replaced with a resume bank for inner city youth provided to all corporate subscribers to the J-1 visa program.”The J-1 visa allows full-time third level students to enter the US on a J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa. Students are allowed to travel to the USA and work there legally for up to four months. Source: Evan VucciTelephone conversationsWhen asked by TheJournal.ie today if Kenny had raised the matter during his telephone conversations with President-elect Trump and Vice-President-elect Mike Pence, the Taoiseach said that he did not have time to raise the J-1 issue.“I hope the J-1 doesn’t end. It has been a very valuable scheme and given young people an opportunity to travel, an opportunity to see different places, to meet new people to get a sense of what America is and in a different way follow on the footsteps of so many other forefathers,” said Kenny.He said the theory behind the J-1 was that young people would have an opportunity to get a flavour of the personality in America in different states.One of the Dáil’s youngest ministers, Health Minister Simon Harris, previously spoke about Trump’s threats to scrap the scheme stating:“Mr Trump clearly doesn’t understand the programme or it’s purpose.”A Trump visit With Trump taking a tough line on Ireland’s much loved visa programme, will he making a trip to these shores soon?“He said himself he would like to visit Ireland sometime so let us see when the administration takes up office what his schedule might be,” Kenny said.“I don’t have any indication of his coming at an early date.”Today, the Taoiseach was also asked by TheJournal.ie about his recent tweet about his conversation with Pence.Enda’s tweet Kenny came in for some harsh criticism online from people who criticised his wording and for stating that Pence “knows Ireland and the issues that matter to our people”. Source: Enda Kenny/TwitterPence has been a consistent opponent of LGBT rights and has previously advocated so-called “conversion therapy” for gay people.When asked did he regret the wording of that tweet and if he could, would he go back rephrase the tweet, he said:center_img TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY has said he hopes the J-1 visa doesn’t get scrapped following the election of Donald Trump.During his election campaign, Trump said he wanted to end the visa scheme, which has seen thousands of young Irish people travel and work in America.As part of a range of immigration policies he wants to introduce, Trump said: By Christina Finn You speak as politician to politician – it’s about the policies of Ireland, the policies of America, obviously we were the first country in the world to have a Citizen’s Assembly of which came a recommendation to have a referendum to change a fundamental law in respect of introducing marriage equality and I was very happy to be part of that campaign. Share62 Tweet Email2 51 Comments Nov 23rd 2016, 7:26 PM Enda says he hopes the J-1 programme won’t be scrapped, despite Trump warning During his election campaign, Trump said he wanted to end the visa scheme Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

She wasnt really up to much to be honest so it was

first_img Follow us: the42.ie 28 Comments Share26 Tweet Email2 ‘She wasn’t really up to much to be honest, so it was nice to get the stoppage’ Katie Taylor was reflecting on her first ever professional victory. Short URL Nov 27th 2016, 1:52 PM Sunday 27 Nov 2016, 1:52 PM By Ciarán Gallagher https://the42.ie/3105158 center_img Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO SITTING DOWN TO address the media having made a winning start to her professional career on Saturday night, Katie Taylor appeared comfortably satisfied.So comfortable was the Bray woman in a previously unused dressing-room – separate to her own – at Wembley Arena that her manager Brian Peters joked of the intimate setting that promoter Eddie Hearn should get a celebratory bottle of whiskey out.It was a far cry from earlier in the week, however, as Taylor admitted that she felt under pressure in the build-up to her first paid contest.The former Olympic champion was an unbackable 1/100 favourite heading into her clash with Polish journeywoman Karina Kopinska and Taylor delivered a ruthless performance as the fight lived up to the bookies’ one-sided expectations.However, the Bray woman was only priced at evens for a stoppage win as Kopinska is considered a durable opponent, the 27-year-old Pole having only suffered one stoppage loss in 24 fights prior to Saturday night’s encounter.Taylor had also faced an unprecedented level of media obligations in the fight-week build-up, with her debut billed by promoters Matchroom Sports and Sky Sports as being centre stage of the London promotion. Hearn and his company claim they are seeking to push the five-time amateur world champion as the driving force to raise interest levels in women’s pro boxing, and Taylor admitted such welcome backing also brings potentially unwelcome pressure.“I felt pretty good in there, obviously there was an awful lot of pressure this week coming into this fight and I had to impress as well as get the victory so I had that in the back of my mind,” said Taylor after dispatching Kopinska less than one minute into the third round.“I had to be a bit more aggressive and I think over the last couple of months with Ross I’ve been boxing better than I had done for a long, long time and I think it showed in there tonight,” added the 30-year-old, referring to her new Connecticut-based coach Ross Enamait.When asked if the performance was exactly what she had hoped for, Taylor laughed: “I was hoping for a first-round knockout to be honest!“No, it was obviously a very good performance and that girl has only been stopped once before, so she’s very durable.“I was expecting a tough six-round battle, but she wasn’t really up to much to be honest, so it was nice to get the stoppage,” added the Bray native, whose manager Peters expressed his delight with the convincing nature of the victory.Hearn and Peters are attempting to guide the London 2012 champion though unchartered waters in the sense that the women’s pro game is not in any way considered to be a marketable commodity in the same way men’s prize fighting is – or even women’s MMA for that matter.“After the first couple of punches, she wasn’t in good form,” said Peters of how Kopinska was hurt by Taylor. “[But] she’d only been stopped once before.“Katie showed her repertoire of punches too with the different shots,” added the manager, who – together with Hearn and Matchroom – has lined Taylor up to get back in action in just two weeks with an undercard appearance on Anthony Joshua’s world heavyweight title defence in Manchester on December 10.Her opponent for that contest is expected to be confirmed next week and Peters has promised that Taylor’s next test will represent a step up, although it seems unlikely that world-class opposition will be booked until well into 2017 as her team look to build Taylor’s profile with a winning record.Following on from that Manchester date, the six-time European amateur champion looks likely to feature on a March 18 card at New York’s Madison Square Garden in support of Gennady Golovkin’s anticipated middleweight championship defence. 33,168 Views Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO The men from the valley eyeing Dr Crokes scalp as they attempt to scale new heights‘Going for three senior provincial titles in one year, it’s hard to explain what that means’ So it seems there will be opportunities aplenty for Taylor to convert the unbelievers who may not currently rate or follow women’s pro boxing.When asked about finding a balance between delivering exciting performances – even if her competition in the immediate future remains below her high standard – and the need to box more sensibly at times, Taylor’s answer hinted at how much she is already relishing the more aggressive nature of the paid game.“Yeah, I think the most important thing was to get the win obviously,” said the 30-year-old. “But you do have to be a bit more aggressive, I think, and sit down on your punches a bit more.“It was great to wear those smaller gloves, you could really feel your punches,” added Taylor on wearing professional 10oz gloves for the first time, which are more puncher friendly than the amateur equivalent.The42 is on Instagram! 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All calm on the western front Fine Gael happy with Endas message

first_imgFine Gael continues to focus on the important work of this Government with our coalition partners. Our motivation is the people of this country and the issues that matter to them. We continue to focus on implementing the Programme for Government.“Over 200,000 jobs have been created since 2012,” the statement said.  ”We are now on course to achieving full employment which is remarkable considering where we were six years ago.”It added:There are international challenges coming with the United Kingdom leaving the European Union and a potentially changing European frontier. We are concentrating and working night and day on these issues. Fine Gael’s work continues.- With reporting from Daragh Brophy Read: The contenders for the Fine Gael leadership, ranked from most to least likely>As it happened: Enda says he doesn’t want to see commuters discommoded by bus strike> He has already said he will not lead Fine Gael into the next General Election. He reiterated that position again tonight. He has told us he will outline his intentions effectively and conclusively shortly after his return from the US. United we stand 😀 @FineGael— Regina Doherty TD (@ReginaDo) February 22, 2017 Source: AP/Press Association ImagesThe Taoiseach deserved the respect he got at the meeting, Coveney said.“I think he showed an authority that will hopefully now deliver a process that will keep the party together and have a transition that’s well managed, that will keep the Government together and the party together.”Tonight’s development “takes the heat out of” the situation, he added.There had been speculation that Kenny, who’s been Fine Gael leader since 2002, would face a motion of no confidence if he didn’t present a formula of words tonight that would keep all factions of the party happy.“I’m happy anyway,” Coveney said.It’s more or less what I was hoping would happen and it did happen. I think he showed authority and experience and I think people respected that. Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3252852 I think that a lot of people in the party, the vast, vast majority wanted this evening to happen as it did. Feb 22nd 2017, 8:52 PM Likely successors Kenny’s comments tonight have been welcomed by the two TDs most likely to succeed him as leader – Housing Minister Simon Coveney and Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar.Speaking on RTÉ’s The Week in Politics at the weekend, Coveney had said he felt Kenny should be given the space to make his decision, but that he should deal with the issue when he returned from Washington.Varadkar had put out a statement the previous night observing “everyone is waiting to hear from the Taoiseach” and saying the current situation was “distracting and destabilising”. In the wake of Coveney’s comments, however, he said he agreed with his colleague’s timeline for Kenny’s departure.“It’s the right approach,” Coveney said tonight.“I think it gives Enda time and space now to put a process in place. That will happen after St Patrick’s Day when he comes home from [the Washington trip] and I think he’s happy with that. And I think the party should support him on that.We’re in Government at the moment and it’s important the party sticks together. By Christina Finn Wednesday 22 Feb 2017, 8:52 PM ‘All calm on the western front’: Fine Gael happy with Enda’s message at crunch meeting Kenny will deal with the leadership issue “effectively and conclusively” when he returns from the US.center_img FG chairperson Martin Heydon on tonight’s party meeting pic.twitter.com/7JotfpbQDc— TheJournal Politics (@TJ_Politics) February 22, 2017 Source: TheJournal Politics/Twitter Leo Varadkar Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesVaradkar agreed that Kenny had “settled the matter,” adding:The leadership will be dealt with effectively and conclusively after the St Patrick’s Day visits. I think everyone is relieved that we have avoided damaging divisions.Another TD said that everyone applauded the Taoiseach’s comments. “Everybody was nodding so that is an indication that everyone was clearly satisfied.”There was a bit of defiance in that he spoke about not being phased by motions of no confidence but I think he meant that he had been there before – and he left it at that. He satisfied even his most strident of critics.The official versionParty chairman Heydon said in a statement the Fine Gael party would now proceed in “a united fashion”.The Taoiseach has addressed this issue and he will tell us of his intentions after his trip to the US next month. 37,823 Views Updated at 8.30pm TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY has told this evening’s Fine Gael parliamentary party meeting that he will deal with the leadership issue effectively and conclusively when he returns from the US after St Patrick’s Day.The Taoiseach’s message to the meeting tonight, which lasted around ten minutes and was greeted with an ovation in the room, will likely be enough to avoid a motion of no confidence in his leadership in the coming weeks.“It’s all calm on the western front,” was the response of one TD at Leinster House, asked about Kenny’s performance tonight.The Fine Gael leader has been under increasing pressure to go in the wake of his poor handling of the latest Garda whistleblower revelations last week.He previously said he wouldn’t lead the party into another general election – and there were fears that Fine Gael could have found itself facing into a snap election last week, as the Maurice McCabe revelations left Leinster House reeling. You don’t want public spats or divisions in the party. We have a lot of things to do in Government. And I think what he outlined tonight satisfied people that they could trust him to manage the process. “Literally no one else spoke,” on the issue at the meeting, which was chaired by party chairman Martin Heydon, said the Cork TD.He’s been through dozens of political storms, he’s been in politics for 42 years. He’s not phased by these things. I think he showed calm and experience tonight and the party responded. 138 Comments Share386 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: Regina Doherty TD/Twitterlast_img read more

Parisian taxi driver returns €15 million painting that was accidentally left in

first_img https://jrnl.ie/3369908 56 Comments Parisian taxi driver returns €1.5 million painting that was accidentally left in his cab Concetto Spaziale by Italian painter Lucio Fontana is one of the 20th century’s most well-known artistic works. Employees hang Lucio Fontana’s ‘Concetto Spaziale, Attese, at Sotheby’s in London in January 2015 Source: Anthony DevlinA PAINTING WORTH €1.5 million that a Paris art dealer left in a taxi’s boot has been handed over by the cab’s driver, according to French police.The dealer, who was not identified by the police, had filed a complaint for theft after he “forgot” about the work after hailing the cab to meet a collector on Thursday 27 April.Unable to locate the taxi, he filed his complaint last Saturday.“The taxi has been found, he brought back the painting,” a police source said today.The artwork is by Argentina-born Italian sculptor and painter Lucio Fontana (1899 – 1968), entitled “Concetto Spaziale” (Spatial Concept), with an estimated value of €1.5 million, police said.The work is one of a series of abstracts Fontana made featuring the piercing of the canvas to create an actual dimension of space and using light.He became known for founding the spatialist movement, according to the Tate museum website.© – AFP, 2017Read: Here’s what Ireland’s Brexit strategy for the next two years looks likeRead: ISIS cyber criminal who hid USB drive in cufflinks sentenced to 8 years in prison 24,478 Views Tuesday 2 May 2017, 10:08 PM May 2nd 2017, 10:08 PM Short URL Share Tweet Email2 By AFP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

John OShea among the Irish players to be released by clubs

first_img John O’Shea has been confirmed as one of the players released by Sunderland. Image: Richard Sellers Jun 9th 2017, 8:00 PM Friday 9 Jun 2017, 8:00 PM ‘People have died for their country so we want our lads to put their bodies on the line’>Birmingham City sign 16-year-old defender from St Pat’s> http://the42.ie/3436055 Image: Richard Sellers 39,207 Views Share47 Tweet Email2 John O’Shea among the Irish players to be released by clubs The veteran defender’s stay at Sunderland has come to an end.center_img By Paul Fennessy 24 Comments Short URL Follow us: the42.ie John O’Shea has been confirmed as one of the players released by Sunderland. IRELAND INTERNATIONAL JOHN O’Shea has been confirmed as one of 11 players to have been released by Sunderland.The 36-year-old Waterford native, who is currently on international duty ahead of the Boys in Green’s game with Austria, struggled this season as part of a Black Cats side that were relegated from the Premier League.Meanwhile, it’s been confirmed that Shay Given is also now available on a free transfer after leaving Stoke, as is Ireland U19 international Zachary Elbouzedi, who has parted ways with West Brom.A report in The Times last week suggested O’Shea was hoping to stay at Sunderland, but had offers from four other clubs, including Wolves, as he bids to continue on playing for one more year in the hopes of bowing out from the game after representing Ireland at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.Similarly, Given is hoping to continue playing for at least another season, recently telling Newstalk that he would consider offers from Championship clubs.View the full list of players released here.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Anger among TDs as FAI fail to follow through with answers to

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share23 Tweet Email1 THE FAI HAVE so far failed to respond to the members of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Sport to whom they had promised answers to questions they were unable to answer during Wednesday’s meeting. The FAI responded to eight separate questions at the meeting by saying they would return with an answer afterward, but no responses had been sent to the politicians who posed the questions or the office of Committee Chair Fergus O’Dowd as of 4.30pm on Friday afternoon. One of the questions was posed by Sinn Féin TD Jonathan O’Brien, who asked if the €100,000 bridging loan provided by then-CEO John Delaney in April 2017 had been recorded in the FAI’s monthly financial account.President Donal Conway replied during the meeting that “I will establish that if I am given time”, and when asked by Deputy O’Brien how much time he needed, Conway replied “When I finish here this evening, I will get it sorted for the Deputy tomorrow.” Conway missed his self-imposed deadline, and speaking to The42 on Friday afternoon, Deputy O’Brien confirmed he has yet to be contacted by the FAI or Conway himself. “No they haven’t.“To be honest I’m not expecting him to. He gave a commitment at the meeting that he’d get back to me the following day in relation to a financial question. Apr 12th 2019, 5:58 PM https://the42.ie/4589542 He hasn’t got back to me yet. I don’t think that’s really helpful. First of all he couldn’t answer the question for the Committee, which isn’t acceptable, and it certainly isn’t acceptable that he said he would get back to me the following day and doesn’t.“It just shows the level of contempt they have for the Committee and the Oireachtas members, in my opinion.“I’m not expecting them to be in touch anytime soon.” The FAI delegation did not specify a deadline for response to another seven outstanding questions. A second question posed by Deputy O’Brien, as to whether the stub relating to the €100,000 cheque lodged to the FAI’s main bank account by John Delaney in 2017 was part of the Association’s annual audit, has also yet to elicit a response from the Association, with Conway saying during the meeting that the FAI would “see whether we can revert with an answer.” Elsewhere, Fine Gael TD Noel Rock has yet to receive a response to the questions he posed.Deputy Rock asked three questions to which he was assured a response: whether the FAI discharge PAYE tax bills in a timely fashion; whether the FAI have always had an active tax clearance certificate; and how the FAI’s bank overdraft had been reduced from €1.9 million in 2015 to €1.5 million in 2017. On the latter of those questions, Donal Conway told Deputy Rock that he would attempt to get an answer for him during the next scheduled break in proceedings.He didn’t manage to do so, although the FAI’s Finance Director Alex O’Connell did return with an answer to an earlier query by Deputy Rock in relation to what comprised a figure of €430,000 in the FAI’s accounts for 2016. Rock confirmed to The42 today that he had yet to receive a response from the FAI to his questions, and said that it is “unusual” that the FAI have yet to supply answers to the questions asked. Another question posed by TD Ruth Coppinger, asking “how many of the 20 clubs at senior level are entirely free of bank, director or shareholder debt” was responded to by interim CEO Rea Walshe, who said she would “check that and come back to the Deputy”. Coppinger confirmed to The42 that she has not heard from the FAI since Wednesday, and added that she’s “not holding her breath”.  Elsewhere, TD Robert Troy confirmed to The42 that he has yet to receive a response to his question as to who in the FAI signed off on the publishing of an 18 March statement in relation to the €100,000 loan, which incorrectly claimed that “the Board of the FAI has been kept fully informed in relation to this matter at all times”. When asked for a response, the FAI’s Director of Communications Cathal Dervan told Troy that he was “quite happy to come back to you with an answer to that question after I return to Abbottstown”, where the FAI offices are located. It was revealed during the Committee meeting that only three members of the Board – then-CEO John Delaney, then-president Tony Fitzgerald and then-Honorary Secretary Michael Cody – knew of the loan at the time it was issued by Delaney in April 2017. The rest of the Board were informed of the issue on 4 March this year. Finally, Senator Mark Daly confirmed to The42 that he has yet to receive a reply to his question of FAI Finance Director Alex O’Connell. Senator Daly asked O’Connell how much money was available in the 12 FAI bank accounts that are separate to the main account – which has an overdraft facility and required Delaney’s loan when a cash flow issue threatened to cause a breach of that overdraft – at the time the loan was made. O’Connell said he did not have the answer to hand, and said that “ It is an issue on which we could revert to the committee.” Daly responded in the meeting by saying that “it seems that the association will have to revert to the committee on many issues.”The FAI did not respond to The42′s request for comment on Friday.   The FAI delegation arrives to Wednesday’s meeting with an Oireachtas Committee on Sport. Image: Laszlo Geczo/INPHOcenter_img 19,569 Views 36 Comments Anger among TDs as FAI fail to follow through with answers to Oireachtas questions Jonathan O’Brien says the FAI’s failure to respond to him by their agreed deadline ‘shows the level of contempt they have for the Committee and the Oireachtas members.’ By Gavin Cooney Friday 12 Apr 2019, 5:58 PM The FAI delegation arrives to Wednesday’s meeting with an Oireachtas Committee on Sport. Image: Laszlo Geczo/INPHO Short URLlast_img read more

Easter Rising commemorations take place at the General Post Office

first_img By Cónal Thomas Apr 21st 2019, 6:01 AM 27 Comments Share Tweet Email1 22,864 Views https://jrnl.ie/4600706 Earlier this morning, commemorations were held at Glasnevin Cemetery with a wreath-laying over the Sigerson Monument. The monument is the grave of Edward Hollywood, who delivered the first tricolour flag to Ireland from France, and Peadar Kearney, who composed national anthem Amhrán na bhFiann.The Easter Rising saw 1,600 men and women occupy various key buildings around Dublin in a bid for Irish freedom through armed insurrection. Although a military failure, the subsequent execution of its leaders turned the tide of public opinion and ultimately lead to the War of Independence in 1919. center_img Updated Apr 21st 2019, 12:39 PM President Michael D Higgins at today’s ceremony Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ieCOMMEMORATIONS HAVE TAKEN place at Dublin’s General Post Office to mark the 103rd anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. Starting at midday, members of the public were invited to attend this afternoon’s ceremony at the GPO – the rebel headquarters during the Rising – which was lead by President Michael D Higgins.The Irish national flag on top of the GPO was lowered after which the 1916 Proclamation was read aloud. Defence Forces brass and pipe bands and Army representatives took part in the ceremony which finished with an Air Corps fly past. President Michael D. Higgins arrives at the GPO for the Commemoration Ceremony which is being screened on RTE News Now #easter1916 pic.twitter.com/uT35qWNQb9— Óglaigh na hÉireann (@defenceforces) April 21, 2019 Short URL Easter Rising commemorations take place at the General Post Office Today marks the 103rd anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. Sunday 21 Apr 2019, 12:39 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

US executes white supremacist for lynching black man in Texas in 1998

first_img Image: AP/PA Images Apr 25th 2019, 7:18 AM Thursday 25 Apr 2019, 7:18 AM An undated photo of John William King US executes white supremacist for lynching black man in Texas in 1998 John William King was put to death last night. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/4605984 Share Tweet Email1 center_img A WHITE SUPREMACIST convicted of a notorious racist murder has been executed in the US state of Texas.44 year-old John William King was killed by lethal injection at 7:08pm local at the Texas State Penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas.King was one of three white men convicted of carrying out the 1998 murder of James Byrd Jr, one of the most gruesome racist killings in recent US history.Two of Byrd’s sisters and a niece witnessed King’s execution, the fourth so far this year in the United States.“Today, we witnessed the peaceful and dignified execution of John King for the savage, brutal murder of James on June 7 1998, really a modern-day lynching,” Carla Byrd Taylor – one of the victim’s sisters – said in a statement she read after the execution.“King showed no remorse then and no remorse tonight. His execution is a just punishment for his actions,” said Taylor.He is the second person to be killed for the killing, following Lawrence Brewer, who was executed in 2011.The third man involved, Shawn Berry, co-operated with investigators and was given life in prison.Dragged along roadBerry testified during his trial that he and the two others were out drinking beer and cruising in a pickup truck when they picked up Byrd, who was hitchhiking, and drove him to a remote country road.The men severely beat the 49-year-old Byrd, before chaining him by his ankles to the back of the truck.A pathologist testified during King’s trial that Byrd survived being dragged along the road for more than three kilometers, before he was decapitated when his body hit a concrete drain pipe.Byrd’s dismembered body was later found outside a black church in the small town of Jasper, Texas, near the state’s border with Louisiana.The killing horrified the US public and evoked memories of the era of racist lynchings of African Americans in the south of the country.Ten years after King’s conviction, US president Barack Obama signed a law aimed at preventing hate crimes which was named after Byrd and Matthew Shepard, a young gay man who was murdered the same year.Ignored pleaA request for a stay of execution was filed with the Supreme Court late on Tuesday night, but was ultimately denied.King’s lawyer claimed that his client maintained his innocence, and that King’s lawyer in his 1999 trial ignored his request to plead not guilty.“From the time of indictment through his trial, Mr King maintained his absolute innocence, claiming that he had left his co-defendants and Mr Byrd some time prior to his death and was not present at the scene of the victim’s murder,” Ellis said.“Despite Mr King’s explicit and repeated requests, his counsel conceded his guilt to murder at trial.”Repeated efforts to have King’s conviction overturned had failed, with the Supreme Court refusing to examine the case in 2018.On Monday, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles unanimously refused to grant him a reprieve.During the sentencing phase of King’s trial, his lawyers argued that prison violence had compelled him to link up with a white prison gang.“He wasn’t a racist when he went in, he was when he came out,” said his lawyer.With reporting from – © AFP 2019 25,331 Views By Stephen McDermott Short URL 31 Comments An undated photo of John William King Image: AP/PA Imageslast_img read more

Over 1000 quarantined in measles scare at LA universities

first_img Image: Owen Humphreys Short URL Image: Owen Humphreys Saturday 27 Apr 2019, 2:00 PM Share Tweet Email1 By AFP https://jrnl.ie/4609309 15,732 Views 63 Comments Apr 27th 2019, 2:01 PM MORE THAN 1,000 students and staff members at two Los Angeles universities were quarantined on campus or sent home this week in one of the most sweeping efforts yet by public health authorities to contain the spread of measles in the US.By Friday afternoon, two days after Los Angeles County ordered the precautions, about 325 of those affected had been cleared to return after proving their immunity to the disease, through either medical records or tests, health officials said.The action at the University of University of California, Los Angeles, and California State University, Los Angeles — which together have more than 65,000 students — reflected the seriousness with which public health officials are taking the nation’s outbreak.“Measles actually kills people, so we have to take that really seriously,” said Dr Armand Dorian, chief medical officer at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital.Those under the quarantine were instructed to stay at home and avoid contact with others. They also were barred from travelling by public transportation, including planes, trains, buses or taxis. If they must travel for an emergency, they were told to notify public health officials first.“This is a legally binding order,” the county’s public health director, Dr Barbara Ferrer, told reporters.Anyone who violates it could be prosecuted, she said, but added that it appears everyone is cooperating so far. She didn’t describe what penalties those who don’t could face.The number of measles cases in the US has climbed to nearly 700 this year, including five in Los Angeles County and 38 altogether in California. The surge is blamed largely on parents not getting their children vaccinated because of misinformation about the supposed dangers.Yesterday, Donald Trump urged everyone to get vaccinated.Authorities ordered mandatory vaccinations earlier their month in the affected Brooklyn neighborhoods and threatened fines of $1,000. City officials said earlier this week that 12 people had been issued summonses. Over 1,000 quarantined in measles scare at LA universities Donald Trump has urged everyone to get vaccinated. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

New Zealands chief treasurer appointed as governor of Irish Central Bank

first_img By Conor McCrave New Zealand’s chief treasurer appointed as governor of Irish Central Bank Gabriel Makhlouf was chosen to succeed the outgoing governor Philip Lane. https://jrnl.ie/4614824 21 Comments Wednesday 1 May 2019, 2:09 PM Image: Sam Boal Short URL May 1st 2019, 2:09 PM 13,248 Views THE CHIEF OF New Zealand’s national treasury has been appointed as the new governor of the Central Bank of Ireland.Gabriel Makhlouf was chosen to succeed the outgoing governor, Philip Lane, following his appointment to the executive board of the European Central Bank from 1 June .As well as chief of New Zealand’s treasury department, Makhlouf also held the post of the government’s chief economic and financial advisor.Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure, Pascal Donohoe said his “international calibre” and “wealth of experience” would be a benefit for Makhlouf in the role.“Gabriel has demonstrated his broad and detailed knowledge of economics, financial markets, monetary policy, and fiscal policy, and has the experience of leading a large and complex public service organisation of 10,000 people,” he said.“Previously he was Chair of the world’s main tax rule-making body – the Committee on Fiscal Affairs – at the OECD in Paris and was also responsible for the UK’s Government Banking Service.“As Treasury Secretary and Chief Executive of the New Zealand Treasury, he is currently responsible for overseeing reforms of New Zealand’s three macroeconomic pillars.“He is a leader of the diversity and inclusion agenda in New Zealand’s public and private sectors. He will bring with him this wealth of experience to the role of Governor.”He is set to take up his role as governor of the Irish Central Bank in September 2019, before which a temporary interim governor will take up the position once Lane steps down next month. A government statement said there was a high level of interest in the role and selected the successor following a shortlisting process. Share13 Tweet Email Image: Sam Boal Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Man escapes custody ahead of court hearing

first_img Share240 Tweet Email Jun 12th 2018, 10:41 PM 17 Comments A MAN DUE to appear before Cloverhill District Court today has absconded from custody.The incident happened this evening when the man’s case was up for mention at the court in west Dublin.Sources have told TheJournal.ie that the man has not yet been accounted for and is wanted by the authorities. The Garda Press Office said that it was not aware of the case as yet.Investigations are ongoing. Man escapes custody ahead of court hearing It’s understood he escaped in a waiting car. By Garreth MacNamee Tuesday 12 Jun 2018, 10:41 PM A file photo of the sign for Cloverhill Court.center_img 30,435 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie http://jrnl.ie/4067850 Short URL A file photo of the sign for Cloverhill Court. Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ielast_img read more

Dixons Carphone yet to determine if Irish customers affected by major cyber

first_img Wednesday 13 Jun 2018, 11:30 AM Share16 Tweet Email 8,879 Views Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/4068256 Jun 13th 2018, 11:30 AM 7 Comments BRITISH RETAILER DIXONS Carphone has not yet determined whether any Irish customers have been affected by a major cyber attack that attempted to compromise 5.9 million customer payment cards.In Ireland, Dixons Carphone operates Currys PC World and the Carphone Warehouse.Dixons Carphone announced today that an investigation indicates that there was an attempt to compromise 5.9 million cards in one of the processing systems of Currys PC World and Dixons Travel stores.However, it said that while 5.8 million of the cards had chip and pin protection, about 105,000 non-EU issued payment cards without such safeguards had been compromised.“As part of a review of our systems and data, we have determined that there has been unauthorised access to certain data held by the company,” the group Dixons Carphone said in a statement.“We promptly launched an investigation, engaged leading cyber security experts and added extra security measures to our systems. We have taken action to close off this access and have no evidence it is continuing.”In a statement to TheJournal.ie, a spokesperson for Dixons Carphone in the UK said: “In terms of the potential Irish customers being affected, the investigation is ongoing and we hope to update you ASAP when we have an update.”In its general statement, the company said that there was no evidence of “any fraudulent use of the data”, adding that it had informed the police and relevant UK watchdogs.“Separately, our investigation has also found that 1.2 million records containing non-financial personal data, such as name, address or email address, have been accessed.“We have no evidence that this information has left our systems or has resulted in any fraud at this stage,” the statement said.Apologising for the situation, Dixons Carphone chief executive Alex Baldock, said the group had shut down the unauthorised access.“Cybercrime is a continual battle for business today and we are determined to tackle this fast-changing challenge,” he added.© – AFP 2018 with reporting by Hayley Halpin Image: Yui Mok via PA Images By AFP Image: Yui Mok via PA Images Dixons Carphone yet to determine if Irish customers affected by major cyber attack The attack attempted to compromise 5.9 million customer payment cards.last_img read more

Music song and dance in Oakleigh

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Colour, celebrations and culture is what you’ll be expecting at this year’s Oakleigh Music Festival and Neos Kosmos will have a ‘Hellenic Lounge’ right in the heart of Oakleigh providing a place for the punters to refresh with Greek coffee, dessert and entertainment by Manasis dance group. The City of Monash will be buzzing with fabulous food, family fun and community events starting from the 8 March and going right through to the massive Oakleigh Music Festival that will take place from midday to 6:00 pm on Sunday 18 March. The festival is a free community celebration in Warrawee Park. A family fun day, the park will come alive with music, song and dance. The Flavours of Monash stage will entice palettes of every persuasion with a feast of cooking from local community groups. Jalisco and Tequila, Chuchu Club, Ethiopia Group, Kariatides Oakleigh Greek Women’s Group, Calabrisella Senior Citizens, South Sudanese Family Foundation, Indian Senior Citizens Association, Indonesian Club Melbourne and the Kingston Chinese Senior Citizens will be cooking up a storm on the stage with traditional recipes. Continuing the music theme, each group will be performing traditional dances over the afternoon. Monash Mayor Stefanie Perri said, “This Festival is a great family day out, with something for everyone, including a Kid’s Zone that will have activities for children throughout the day.” Oakleigh Music Festival will take place in Warrawee Park on Sunday 18 March from midday to 6:00 pm.last_img read more

Paid parental

first_imgThe Coalition’s new Paid Parental Leave scheme – starting from 1 July 2015 – will pay a replacement wage up to an annual salary of $150,000, funded by a levy on the 3000 biggest employers. No policy is perfect and the Coalition’s PPL scheme is no exception. But I think this is a good move for a number of reasons. Firstly, we need women to be involved in our economy where possible and we need our policy settings to encourage and support that. The good news is that female participation in the labour force is rising – from 60.3 per cent in 2000, to 65.3 per cent in 2011. That’s a five per cent rise in just 11 years while the male participation rate was flat. The problems for women are many: as the cost of living increases, they are compelled to work; when working women have children and stop working, it puts stress on household finances; when they do go back to work, women still absorb most of the home duties, meaning their extra income often goes on child care costs; when women take time off to have children, they usually lose their superannuation contributions; and when women with kids do go back into the workforce their preference for part time and casual work reduces their income and their superannuation. Therefore we are faced with this conundrum: women earn less than men during their working lives, meaning they have less superannuation. Yet women live longer and therefore have longer retirements to fund. The government needs to be congratulated for ensuring that the new PPL scheme will keep the superannuation guarantee contributions going during the paid leave. More still needs to be done to lift the average super balances of women to parity with men’s – in 2010 the average female super balance was around $40,400, compared to the average male balance of $71,600. But allowing women to take 26 weeks off to care for their baby, with no discontinuation of their super, is a really good start. Small business owners are also going to benefit from the PPL scheme. Many women choose to work at large companies or government departments, attracted to maternity policies and benefits. With Paid Parental Leave being funded from Canberra, smaller business owners will be on a more level playing field with the big employers, because they’ll be able to attract and retain female employees of child-bearing age. And women will be able to make employment decisions based on criteria other than maternity benefits. In the end, superannuation could be the crucial part of this policy. But also watch women of child bearing age giving up long commutes to the CBD as they realise that working for a small business does not penalise them for having a baby. * Mark Bouris is the Executive Chairman of Yellow Brick Road, a financial services company offering home loans, financial planning, accounting & tax and insurance. EmailMarkonmark.neos@ybr.com.au with any queries you may have or check www.ybr.com.au for your nearest branch. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

StraussKahn denounces creditors diktak

first_imgDominique Strauss-Kahn has emerged as an unexpected proponent of Greece’s fight for dignity and determination to stand on equal ground with its European neighbours.“Europe is Michelangelo, Shakespeare, Descartes, Beethoven, Marx, Freud, Picasso. It was they who taught us, like so many others, the shared foundations, balancing nature and culture…” the individual and the community.In an open letter titled ‘To my German friends’, published via his Twitter account this week, the infamous French economist drew on history, philosophy, literature and current affairs to not only condemn many of the actors involved in the crisis, but to also put forward his vision for a diverse but strong and united Europe. Strauss-Kahn, also known simply by his initials DSK, described the conditions of the agreement between Greece and its lenders as “profoundly damaging, if not a deadly blow” for the future of a singular European entity. In his letter, Strauss-Khan criticises those who do not see Greece as part of a unified Europe. He derides a number of them as short-sighted: “Those whose nationalism prevents them from seeing beyond their own borders and who vainly ponder upon Europe’s very existence.” The rest he describes as too long-sighted: “Capable of seeing beyond their own frontiers, but have chosen not to support the community that is nevertheless closest to them.” DSK regards himself as in neither camp, and addresses his dispatch to those who are of the same mind. Despite acknowledging differences of opinion both on what constitutes Europe, and from what events the concept of a European identity originates, Strauss-Kahn writes emotively of a “society built on solidarity” that emerged from the bloody conflicts of decades and centuries past. “Europe is Michelangelo, Shakespeare, Descartes, Beethoven, Marx, Freud, Picasso. It was they who taught us, like so many others, the shared foundations, balancing nature and culture, the religious and the secular, faith and science, the individual and the community.“It is because we share this heritage, because it is so deeply rooted in our collective being, and goes on nourishing the achievements that we have been, and still and will continue to be capable of in the future, that we have been able to put an end to our internal turf wars.”Regarding the Greek deal, Strauss-Kahn warns that it may be a repeat of past errors, castigating it as a “diktat” resulting in a “crippling situation”. Whilst not letting Greece off the hook – he regards “the amateurism of the Greek government and the relative inaction of their predecessors” as disgraceful – he skewers the lending coalition for allowing European solidarity and forward-thinking to take a back seat to a single-minded fixation over money and long-standing resentments.“A eurozone, in which you, my German friends, would lay down your law with a few Baltic and Nordic states in tow, is unacceptable for the rest.”His plea for European cooperation is framed in the context of global economic competition and the need to establish a coherent negotiating bloc that will both complement and compete with other zones such as North America, Africa, and key Asian players.“To survive among the giants, Europe will have to come together, all the territories contained between the ice caps of the North, the snows of the Urals and the sands of the South.”Strauss-Kahn, who has held a range of government and academic positions, believes Europe is forgetting its southern “cradle of our culture” amidst the current internal wrangling. Noting that historical conquerors and colonialists have attempted to link the East with the West through the failed use of “cruel and despicable” force, he states that it is the south of Europe that will still be foundational to any such unity.An alliance that does not incorporate all of Europe, he suggests, will be “subjugated by our friend and ally the United States”. He thus calls for a Europe that has both “rules and discipline for our communal life” but also “a political plan that transcends and justifies such constraints”. The open letter concludes with a proposal that the European model can be an example for other regions to follow, but in order to do so the continent “must have vision, rise above the pettiness, play its role in globalisation and, in a word, continue to shape history”. Strauss-Kahn, whose recent career has been overshadowed by a number of scandals, has been succeeded as IMF chief by fellow French politician Christine Lagarde. The open letter also appeared this week on the blog of Yanis Varoufakis, who resigned as Greece’s finance minister on 6 July. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Gayby baby doco divides Australia

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Burwood Girls High School in Sydney sent a flyer to parents last week saying all students would attend a special screening of the award-winning documentary Gayby Baby during periods two and three on Friday 18 August. The film, according to former student and director Maya Newell, is more about four children growing up than their parents’ sexuality. Newell, 27, comes from a family of same-sex parents and Gayby Baby represents the voice of children like herself growing up in Australian society.The screening, scheduled to be attended by 1,200 students, was to be followed by a morning tea with purple cupcakes and a purple fashion parade, as part of the student-led Wear It Purple initiative, promoting diversity and inclusiveness in schools. Up to 50 schools throughout Australia, starting with NSW and Victoria, had been planning to show the film as part of the Wear It Purple campaign.Following a Daily Telegraph headline on parents being outraged at the flyer, NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli made a statement on Macquarie Radio, condemning the documentary, saying “schools are not places for political issues to be aired”. After receiving a phone-call from a Greek Australian mother on Wednesday, Neos Kosmos contacted the Department of Education, which confirmed that “screening the film may be considered if it is an integral part of the planned curriculum for an age appropriate year group”.“If a school decides to screen the film outside school hours or as an integral part of the curriculum all relevant policy and procedures must be followed,” the department’s media spokesperson said.Following Minister Piccoli’s statement, the deputy secretary of the Department of Education instructed that all NSW public secondary schools refrain from showing the Gayby Baby film in school time, so that it would not impact on the delivery of the planned lessons of the day. It has been confirmed, however, that Burwood Girls High did not receive a single complaint with regards to showing Gayby Baby during class time.“We only received four inquisitive emails expressing concern,” the school’s spokesperson said.In fact, students at Burwood Girls High claim the school has had several interruptions of planned lessons over the past month to attend non-relevant events to their school curriculum, without ministerial intervention. The Wear It Purple event itself is also expected to replace some teaching hours to celebrate LGBTI rights. “We are going ahead with Wear It Purple day on Friday and we will see what happens at other schools around the state,” said Burwood Girls High school captain Eve Croffrey. “We consider ourselves leaders in the push for equality and acceptance – for all people. We consider our support to be just one small step in creating better understanding in the community.”Director Maya Newell defended her work, saying that banning the film would have greater implications. “If a film that represents your family and your voice is banned from a school as inappropriate to show other students, it gives children being raised in same-sex families the very negative message that their family is abnormal and not acceptable.” Newell stressed that creating inclusive classrooms and valuing family diversity is essential in promoting student wellbeing and acceptance of difference. “There is no place for bullying, homophobia or discrimination in Australian public schools,” she concluded.Meanwhile, it was revealed that the NSW education minister and Premier Mike Baird hadn’t watched the film prior to banning it, even though it screened at Parliament House the night before the alleged turmoil; while Premier Daniel Andrews took to Facebook to show his support.“I’m getting really sick of this stuff (…) I will not put up with this kind of cruel rubbish in Victoria,” he wrote. Since Thursday, more schools across the state are defying the ban by hosting after-hours screenings while members and supporters of the LGBTI community plan on protesting on Sunday afternoon outside the offices of The Daily Telegraph in Surry Hills.Other sources: smh, Facebooklast_img read more