Updated to Lion Heres how to learn and fix your gestures

first_imgA problem with natural controls, like gestures, is that we become accustomed to them so any changes can feel rather odd. This is something that a number of people that upgrade to OS X Lion will soon understand as the trackpad gestures have been changed for the release. Multi-touch gestures play a larger role than ever before and Apple’s promotion of full-screen program usage (sort of tablet-ifying the OS) will further increase their prominence.Some of the gestures are customizable so if you find a motion you don’t like you may be able to change it, but you will always be able to disable it or learn the key commands. To make changes you just need to go to the Apple logo (top left) > System Preferences > TrackPad. The last two tabs–Scroll & Zoom and More Gestures–are where the customization is done. Apple has inserted handy videos so you can figure out what rotating with two fingers looks like.AdChoices广告Foremost, people will want to change the Scroll Direction setting. If you want a page/document to move down when you drag two fingers from top to bottom then you should uncheck this setting. If you want what Apple calls “natural” scroll direction–which acts as if you were physically dragging the page up or down with your fingers–then leave the box checked. The natural setting might make logical sense, but it will feel weird to people accustomed to trackpad-based gestures as opposed to tablet-based ones.Big changes happened with the four-finger gestures too. With Lion a four-finger swipe down will no longer show your desktop, rather it will show all open windows. Swipe down with four digits and nothing will happen (it used to trigger Expose). The new controls are a pinch with the thumb and three fingers for LaunchPad and a expansion of the same to show the desktop. Using the gesture preference menus these commands can be disable but not customized.Additional customization of gestures would be nice to see within the OS, but there are add-ons that can solve this problem, like MagicPrefs and BetterTouchTool. Those apps will have to do for now as Apple is focused on people learning the gestures and actually using them. A (somewhat) standardized system of gestures will be incredibly useful as touch interfaces becomes more prevalent.last_img read more

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Kindle case maker MEdge sues Amazon for patent infringement unfair competition

first_imgThe Kindle e-reader has been a major success story for Amazon. The device not only made e-readers popular, it also brought Amazon millions of hardware sales and associated e-book purchases through its online store. But it has also shown Amazon to be a threatening, deceitful, and interfering big brother figure according to a lawsuit filed by M-Edge Accessories.M-Edge will probably be known to anyone who owns a Kindle and has searched for accessories. The company offers a range of cases and jackets for every generation of Kindle, and their design and functionality has proved popular with consumers. So popular in fact, that Amazon took notice and signed them up as “special partners.”M-Edge’s success and recognition by Amazon should have been news to celebrate, but a lawsuit filed by M-Edge paints a very different picture. Here’s the background information summarized from the lawsuit:October 2008: M-Edge start selling Kindle jacket paying Amazon’s standard 8% commissionFebruary 2009: M-Edge enter “Kindle Compatible” agreement with Amazon taking their commission payment to 15% in return for featuring in the Kindle Store.May 2009: Amazon want M-Edge to sell directly to them. M-Edge refuses due to poor termsNovember 2009: M-Edge signs 3-year contract with Amazon at 15% commission rateJanuary 2010: Amazon demands M-Edge pay 32% commission. M-Edge refuses and Amazon threatens delisting the company’s products.February 2010: Amazon demands back payments at the 32% rate, meaning M-Edge owes Amazon $600,000. M-Edge refuses pointing to their existing 3-year contract. Amazon threatens “ramifications.”April 2010: Amazon re-demands direct sales agreement, M-Edge refuses due to no guaranteed minimum volumes.May 2010: Amazon demands new 25% fee agreement applied retroactively. Refusal to sign would incur delisting, a change in product pages to make it difficult to find M-Edge products, and no pre-launch access to the Kindle 3 meaning M-Edge wouldn’t have jackets ready for the launch.July 2010: M-Edge succumbs to Amazon demands in order to secure sales (90% of M-Edge sales came from Amazon). M-Edge is now paying a 32% commission to Amazon for every product sold and sells directly to Amazon.July 2010: Amazon only give M-Edge one day of pre-release access to the Kindle 3. M-Edge accuses Amazon of then “knocking off” their case designs and copying colors.January 2011: Amazon demand larger share of M-Edge sales and that they pay a $150,000 Amazon executive’s salary. Refusal would mean delisting.March 2011: Amazon withholds $2 million in back payments to M-Edge who has yet to agree to the new terms put forward in January.July 2011: Amazon tells M-Edge of new Preferred Vendor Program that would see the company pay 10% of RRP for every Kindle accessory sold to other retailers. It also saw Amazon increase the commission M-Edge paid for direct sales by 34%. M-Edge did not sign up to the program.August 2011: Amazon says M-Edge owed fees for products that did not carry the Amazon logo. M-Edge stated no such fees existed.September 2011: Amazon leaves M-Edge off the list of “Amazon Approved Accessory Vendors.” M-Edge reports customers no longer wanting to deal with the company “fearing repercussions with Amazon” if they did. M-Edge is also told by Amazon that their existing agreement did not allow the sale of Kindle accessories as a third-party on Amazon.com.October 2011: Amazon refuses to discuss relationship with M-Edge, but does demand $953,000 is owed them. M-Edge states Amazon actually owes it $40,000.November 2011: Amazon sends M-Edge a letter terminating their 2009 agreement. Amazon states this is due to “repeated failure to perform its obligations under the Agreement.”There are some serious claims made in the lawsuit against Amazon, all of which seem to be backed up by letters, emails, and hopefully meeting agendas and summaries. M-Edge then goes on to claim Amazon has committed patent infringement in the design of some of its Kindle cases. The company also accuse Amazon of using fraud, deceit and coercion which classes as unfair competition based on the events that happened between 2009-2011. Finally, the lawsuit accuses Amazon of false advertising and intentional interference with contracts in an attempt to extort increased commission rates from M-Edge.If M-Edge win, they want damages relating to the patent infringement and an injunction stopping further infringement, which would likely mean Amazon having to remove its Kindle jackets from sale. M-Edge also demand further damages and compensation relating to the charges of unfair competition and contract interference.If there is enough evidence to support the claims made by M-Edge, then Amazon could be facing a large payout, some major questions regarding its business practices, and the sale of some Kindle accessories blocked.m-edgevia GeekWirelast_img read more

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ZTE PF200 and N910 buck the trend launch with Android Ice Cream

first_imgEven though Ice Cream Sandwich launched six months ago, the overwhelming majority of Android smartphones that have been revealed since still ship with Gingerbread installed. Update schedules have been published by many manufacturers, but ZTE is bucking the trend. Their PF200 and N910 will both launch with with Android 4.0 on board.The tandem covers the top and bottom end of the Android spectrum. The ZTE PF200 sits at the top, with a 1.5GHz processor and 540 x 960 resolution display. Its rear-facing camera sports an 8MP sensor while the front-facing one packs 2MP for full 1080P HD video chat capability. Also included in the mix are the expected Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, as well as NFC and DLNA support. The PF200 will ride on LTE, GSM, and UMTS carriers.For those on a tighter budget, the N910 offers a more humble set of hardware specs (and a name that makes it sound a bit like a Nokia). ZTE has toned down several components, from the 1.2GHz processor to the 5MP rear-facing camera. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and DLNA support are still included, but there’s no NFC capability here. The N910 also works on LTE FDD, CDMA, and EVDO networks.While not expressly specified in the official press release, both these phones feature dual-core processors — meaning the N910 isn’t quite so low-end as it might otherwise appear. ZTE hasn’t revealed pricing, launch dates, or carrier partners for either phone yet, but they’re set to be on display at MWC 2012 in Barcelona. ZTE executive VP He Shiyou said they’ll be “feature products among a wide range of devices” that the company plans to bring to the show.More at Engadget and Pocket Nowlast_img read more

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Google will release a physical Wallet card

first_imgIf you’re in an area that supports NFC transactions, and you have a device that supports NFC transactions, and you are on a carrier that allows you to use payment apps, Google Wallet is pretty neat. Standing in line at the local grocery store, I’ve already got my phone in hand. I just tap the phone to the pad and the transaction is finished. Quick, painless, and — at least for now — everyone around looks at you like you are some kind of wizard.NFC’s adoption rate is increasing, but still far from being available everywhere. Add the endless frustration that is the carriers involvement in this process and you’ve got a pretty small slice of the pie using Google Wallet. What Google needs right now is to get people using the service, and the rest will follow. To do that, Google is looking to release a physical Google Wallet credit card that you will be able to use in stores.It may feel like a step backwards, and that’s because it is. Google is planning to allow users to request a physical credit card for a service that is specifically designed to take all of the credit cards in your wallet and store them on your phone.The service formerly known as Google Checkout was merged with the mobile service to create a Google Wallet that everyone can use. In addition to NFC payments, Wallet can be used for purchases online, allowing you to flip through a bank of cards and pick which one you want to use.One payment system to rule them all, that’s the idea here. Your bank card, your credit card, that transit card you use to ride the metro… everything. You can even store money in Google Wallet and send that money from your Wallet balance to other Wallet users, just like many do every day with Paypal. All of your transactions, everything you use to move money from one place to another, can be controlled through the app on your phone and this one black card.This is what Google has wanted the whole time, but was unable to get with NFC alone. The search giant has only ever wanted your data. Google wants to be the method with which you make every single transaction, so they can use that information to better serve their customers. The advertisements and deals are just the start, especially with Google Now in full swing. With Wallet, Google will know how often you fill your gas tank, where you go to fill up, and whether or not you grab a soda while you’re at the pump.The screenshots that were leaked from the new Wallet app demonstrate that Google is not far from releasing the new version of Wallet. Chances are that there’s still plenty for Google to show off with the new service, whenever they are ready to officially launch the product. There’s still a lot of unanswered questions, like whether or not the Wallet balance will be handled by a partner that is FDIC insured or how exactly the card and the phone interact with each other.It all depends on Google right now, and whether or not they made a great new service or just another Paypal.via AndroidPolicelast_img read more

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Metro Last Light requires a GeForce GTX Titan to run optimally

first_imgGames consoles have dominated the games market for several years now, with the side effect being the PC usually just gets a console port. And with the Xbox 360 and PS3 now several years old, their games don’t exactly stress the hardware inside a modern PC.With the Xbox 720 and PS4 both shifting to an x86 architecture, that’s sure to change in the next couple of years. But before then we have a game being released that will truly push the limits of your PC if you have the hardware to run it optimally.Metro: Last Light is a first-person shooter that has been developed by 4A Games and is being published by Deep Silver. It’s set for release on May 14 and is the sequel to Metro 2033. With the release date so close, Deep Silver has released details of what kind of PC hardware you’ll need to run it, specifying minimum, recommended, and optimum specs.To play the game you only need a 2.2GHz dual core processor, 2GB RAM, Windows XP, and either a GeForce GTS 250 or Radeon 4000 DirectX 9 card. That’s a minimum though, and Deep Silver suggest you have at least Windows Vista, a 2.6GHz quad core chip, 4GB RAM, and a DirectX 11 graphics card like the GeForce GTX 580/660 Ti or Radeon HD 7870.It’s the optimum settings that really caught my attention, though. Anyone who has played Metro 2033 knows how gorgeous it can look with a decent rig. I expect that to be the same case with Last Light, and 4A Games will have attempted to use every ounce of performance you can add to a system. That means, if you have one of those $1,000 GeForce GTX Titan graphics, Metro: Last Light will take full advantage of it, as the gameplay trailer below should hint at.In fact, the optimum settings for the game actually read like the ultimate gaming rig at the moment. You’ll need a 3.4GHz Core i7 processor, 8GB RAM, Windows 7 or 8, and a 6GB GeForce GTX Titan. That’s not a cheap system to build, but will future-proof your gaming for 2 or 3 years at least.last_img read more

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Well Leave It There So Schmidt names Ireland team brave Dundalk fall

first_imgWe’ll Leave It There So: Schmidt names Ireland team, brave Dundalk fall short and today’s sport Elsewhere, Man United suffer defeat in Turkey, the Gaelic football All-Star team is revealed and New Zealand name their starting 15 for Saturday’s Test. Short URL Source: James Crombie/INPHOMurray Kinsella and Sean Farrell are soaking up that winning feeling in Chicago and, of course, attending team announcements ahead of Ireland’s Test against New Zealand on Saturday. Jonathan Sexton with Josh van der Flier at training in Chicago today. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOThe Fixture ListThree of the Irish provinces are in action in the Guinness Pro12 tomorrow night, minus their Ireland internationals of course — Newport Gwent Dragons v Connacht (7.15pm), Munster v Ospreys (7.35pm) and Edinburgh v Ulster (7.35pm)Drogheda United host Wexford Youths in the second leg of their promotion/relegation playoff for a spot in next season’s SSE Airtricity Premier Division. Wexford take a 2-0 lead into the tie.In golf, Pádraig Harrington is in action at the Turkish Airlines Open while Seamus Power and Graeme McDowell are in Las Vegas for the Shriners Hospital for Children OpenShowbiz, Baby!Moussa Sow’s overhead volley put Fenerbahce 1-0 up against Manchester United in just the second minute tonight. Pick it out. Source: Fenerbahçe gol/VineThe42 is on Snapchat! Tap the button below on your phone to add! http://the42.ie/3061781 Add us: the42.ie Nov 3rd 2016, 8:31 PM No Comments 16,016 Views center_img Home Dundalk’s Chris Shields. Source: Mikhail Kireev/INPHOStephen Kenny’s Dundalk once again won plenty of admirers but were beaten 2-1 away to Zenit St Petersburg in the Europa League tonight.Joe Schmidt has named Rob Kearney at fullback for Ireland’s clash with New Zealand on Saturday while Garry Ringrose and Joey Carbery could make their international debuts from the bench.Six players from Dublin and four from beaten finalists Mayo have been included on the 2016 GAA-GPA All-Star football team.It looks like in-form Ireland U21 defender Tommie Hoban has played his last game of the season after the Blackburn Rovers defender dislocated his shoulder in training.New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen has named his starting XV for Saturday’s Test while the All Blacks chief has also paid his respects to the late Anthony Foley.Waterford United could be set for a cash injection after it emerged the club is discussing a potential takeover with an overseas investor.Everton boss Ronald Koeman has reignited his war of words with Martin O’Neill after he called on James McCarthy to withdraw from the Ireland squad.Another member of the Olympic Council of Ireland Executive Committee has departed after Ciarán Ó Catháin resigned from his position.Mayo footballer Aidan O’Shea is returning to basketball with the Sligo All-Stars after seven years out of the game.New signing Rhys Marshall has been named on the Munster bench as Rassie Erasmus makes four changes for their clash against the Ospreys in the Guinness Pro12 tomorrow.Ulster are without Paddy Jackson, Darren Cave and Roger Wilson for their tie against Edinburgh tomorrow night.Kiwi centre Bundee Aki has returned to the Connacht starting line-up for tomorrow’s fixture against Newport Gwent Dragons.Fifa is reportedly set to punish Ireland for wearing a political symbol, which commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising, on their football shirts in a March friendly against Switzerland.Away Mainz’s fans celebrate a goal against Anderlecht. Source: Olivier MatthysIt’s been another miserable night for Jose Mourinho as his Manchester United side fell to a 2-1 Europa League defeat against Fenerbahce.West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has hailed Andy Carroll’s bravery after the striker was targeted in an attempted armed robbery.Swansea City boss Bob Bradley is reportedly interested in bringing former Spurs and Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov to the Liberty Stadium.Former Germany goalkeeper Tim Wiese is preparing for a WWE debut alongside Ireland’s Sheamus in Munich tonight.Fullback Leigh Halfpenny will start his first international Test match in 14 months when Wales take on Australia on Saturday.The Best Thing We SharedDaryl Horgan proved his class once again tonight with this stunning goal against Zenit St Petersburg. It was just a shame the result didn’t go Dundalk’s way. Source: Zizoo HdGoal/YouTubeOn The RecordIs it arrogant for me to say that it’s just because of me? People are going to say it is, but let’s call a spade a spade: I’m the one this is about.Bellator star James Gallagher is under no illusions as to how valuable he is to the promotion. Sounds familiar…Where we were todayRyan Bailey caught up with Racing 92 out-half Dan Carter today. The former All Black was in Dublin to announce his new role as a brand ambassador for SoftCo, a finance software provider. You’ll be able to see the piece on The42 tomorrow morning. Bill Murray’s Cubs joy and other celebs who’ve waited an age for their team to become championsOpen Thread – Who makes your 2016 All-Star hurling team? Thursday 3 Nov 2016, 8:31 PM By Alan Waldron Share1 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Steve Bannon answered every question in 20hour interrogation on TrumpRussia links

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/3855075 Feb 16th 2018, 7:36 AM Friday 16 Feb 2018, 7:36 AM Short URL Share18 Tweet Email Bannon arriving for questioning by the House intelligence committee STEVE BANNON, THE combative former chief strategist for US President Donald Trump, was interrogated for 20 hours over two days this week as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, according to a person familiar with the process.The person, who declined to be named because they were not authorised to publicly discuss the investigation, said Bannon answered every question that was put to him by Mueller’s team.That’s in contrast to an interview yesterday with the House intelligence committee, where Bannon declined to answer some of lawmakers’ questions, despite a subpoena.While the exact questions for Bannon are unknown, Mueller is investigating whether there was any coordination between Trump’s campaign and Russians who meddled in the 2016 election, and also whether there have been any efforts to obstruct the ongoing FBI probe into those contacts.The House panel is investigating the meddling and whether Trump’s campaign was involved.Because Bannon was one of Trump’s top advisers, both Mueller and the lawmakers were expected to question him about key events during his time in the White House, including Trump’s firings of former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former FBI Director James Comey.After Bannon’s roughly three-hour interview on Capitol Hill, Republicans on the House intelligence panel were weighing whether to hold him in contempt.Like his first visit to the House intelligence committee in January, Bannon declined to answer questions in the closed-door session.According to lawmakers of both parties, Bannon would only answer 25 questions that had been pre-approved by the White House when asked about any events in the time period after President Donald Trump’s election.His answer to each question was “no” and he told the committee he was not authorised to elaborate.Bannon was already under subpoena as lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have been critical of the White House’s sweeping interpretation of executive privilege and its contention that pretty much everything is off-limits until the president says it’s not.Central figureThe escalating fight between Congress and the White House over the privilege issue has centered around Bannon, an outsized figure in Trump’s campaign and White House and an inspiration to some conservatives as he has publicly battled the Republican establishment.He was fired from the White House last summer, and more recently had a falling out with Trump after the January publication of a book in which he sharply criticised Trump family members.Despite his fractured relationship with Trump, Bannon has followed White House direction as the House lawmakers have sought to talk to him.At issue is whether Bannon can talk about the presidential transition, his time at the White House and communications with Trump and others since he left last summer.Texas Representative Mike Conaway, the Republican leading the panel’s Russia probe, said Bannon would only answer the pre-approved questions about any time period past the day Trump was elected in November 2016.He said committee Republicans would discuss whether to hold Bannon in contempt with House lawyers and with House Speaker Paul Ryan, who is likely to have the final say.“That’s an ongoing conversation we’ll have among an awful lot of lawyers,” Conaway said after Bannon’s interview.At least one Republican on the intelligence panel said before the interview that a contempt vote would be necessary if Bannon were uncooperative.Florida Representative Tom Rooney said on Tuesday that if Bannon didn’t cooperate with the panel and they didn’t hold him in contempt, that would set a bad precedent.“For not just our committee but every committee, that (subpoenas) don’t mean anything, that it’s just a hollow threat,” Rooney said. “You can’t do that.”‘Stonewalling’Democrats are pushing for a contempt vote, with the top Democrat on the intelligence panel, California Representative Adam Schiff, saying he believed Bannon’s non-answers were all an attempt to draw out and block the Russia probe.“That’s not how privilege works, that’s how stonewalling works,” Schiff said. “And we cannot take that kind of stonewalling for an answer.”Negotiations between the House and White House have been ongoing since Bannon’s first interview, and several interviews have been scheduled and postponed in recent weeks. Lawmakers headed into the meeting ahead of Bannon’s entrance appeared unsure if he would arrive.Bannon is one of the committee’s few remaining witnesses in its Russia probe, which Republicans on the panel have said they want to wrap up early this year.The Senate intelligence committee is running a separate investigation into the Russian meddling. The Senate panel hasn’t yet spoken to Bannon, according to a source familiar with the probe. The person declined to be named because the interview schedule isn’t public.Read: ‘I would love to do it’: Trump says he’s ready to be questioned in Russia investigationRead: Steve Bannon refuses to answer lawmakers’ questions following ‘White House instructions’center_img 29 Comments 17,096 Views Image: J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo By Associated Press Steve Bannon ‘answered every question’ in 20-hour interrogation on Trump-Russia links Bannon, meanwhile, risked contempt by not answering questions from a House intelligence committee. 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Eight people feared dead as boat sinks off New Zealand coast

first_img Share18 Tweet Email Eight people feared dead as boat sinks off New Zealand coast Five bodies have been recovered and three people remain missing. Saturday 26 Nov 2016, 5:28 PM By AFP File photo Nov 26th 2016, 5:28 PM Short URL File photo Image: Shutterstock/Ekkachaicenter_img Image: Shutterstock/Ekkachai No Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3104353 UP TO EIGHT people are feared dead after a chartered fishing boat sank in New Zealand today, police have said.Five bodies have been recovered and three people remain missing several hours after the vessel overturned near Kaipara Harbour, north of Auckland.The police initially said six people had been pulled from the water, but later confirmed only three survivors had been found.“The bodies of five people have been recovered from Kaipara Harbour,” the police said in a statement.Three other people have been rescued and are in hospital. A search for a further three people will continue.Police have been told that 11 people were on the boat, known as The Francie, which went down when returning to the harbour in the afternoon.The Francie, listed as a 12-metre (40-foot) long boat that can carry a maximum of 22 people, capsized at the entrance to Kaipara Harbour.Police inspector Duncan Hall told reporters a shoreline search would continue during the night for the missing three people, but an aerial search had been called off.“Conditions are not suitable for an air search to continue tonight due to a significant sea swell. Visibility is poor, which would put rescue aircraft and their crews at risk,” he said.A former skipper of The Francie, who now operates another charter boat, told the New Zealand Herald that conditions were “too rough” to have taken the vessel out of the harbour.“I stayed home, I’m not stupid,” the Herald quoted Rod Bridge as saying.“The wind was coming up and the swell was coming up. You wouldn’t go out over the bar.”© AFP 2016Read: At least 11 people killed in ‘horrific’ bombing at busy Somali marketRead: Two-month-old girl among four dead in suspected murder-suicide in Alaska 11,165 Views last_img read more

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Bill to allow Northern Irish boats to fish off Irelands coasts approved

first_img Thursday 28 Mar 2019, 9:31 PM Bill to allow Northern Irish boats to fish off Ireland’s coasts approved by Dáil Northern Ireland allows Irish boats to fish in its 0-6 mile zone off its coasts – but Ireland had no laws to reciprocate the same measure. https://jrnl.ie/4566007 Mar 28th 2019, 9:31 PM Short URL …there is huge scope for a lot of exploitation of Ireland’s inshore waters by English, Scottish or Welsh boats, for example. It is incredibly messy.She also raised the Brexit dimension to the case, given that Environment Secretary Michael Gove has indicated that the UK would leave the London Fisheries Convention as part of the Brexit process and to “take back their waters”, meaning Ireland wouldn’t need to reciprocate the measure:“Why are we considering doing it now when our arrangements are totally unclear with the Brexit situation? I was sorry earlier but am even sorrier now that we are ramming this Bill through, given that Brexit is delayed.”Following the approval of the bill’s amendment tonight, Minister for the Marine Michael Creed said: Image: PA Wire/PA Images We are preventing that. Restoring the voisinage agreement and trying to get everything right, in order that people will be comfortable with the outcome, is what we are trying to do. Although the Irish government has argued in favour of changing the laws, it’s been met with strict opposition in the Dáil and Seanad, resulting in the legislation being stalled.Clare Daly was among the TDs who raised concerns about the amendment tonight: The two Northern Irish vessels that were seized – Boy Joseph (centre) and Amity (right) – moored in Kilkeel Harbour in Co Down. Image: PA Wire/PA Images The two Northern Irish vessels that were seized – Boy Joseph (centre) and Amity (right) – moored in Kilkeel Harbour in Co Down.center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 11,533 Views I raised it with the Irish Government on several occasions. A sensible step. Good news for our fishing industry.Fisherman Gerard Kelly, who is on hunger strike outside government buildings to protest the passing of the bill, and who was among the applicants to take the case to the Supreme Court in 2016, has written to the President of Ireland to urge him not to sign the bill into law. 33 Comments Extremely pleased that fishermen from every corner of this Island again share the same rights to our inshore. Thanks to all the Parties and Fisheries organisations for their co-operation in getting the Sea Fisheries Bill through the Oireachtas today.DUP leader Arlene Foster said that this was ”long overdue”.  By Gráinne Ní Aodha Share116 Tweet Email THE SEA FISHERIES Bill amendment, which allows Northern Irish fishermen to fish along Ireland’s coasts, has passed through the Dáil this evening.The amendment was voted in the amendment by 71 votes in favour to 8 votes against – despite concerns from TDs that it could jeopardise the catch of Irish fishermen. The Seanad approved the changes on Tuesday.There’s been pressure to get the amendment approved after two Northern Irish fishing vessels were detained earlier this month. The two captains appeared in Drogheda Court for alleged breaches of fishing regulations, which this bill seeks to smoothen out.A Supreme Court ruling in 2016 found a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ called voisinage had no legal standing in Irish law, despite a reciprocal arrangement being provided for in Northern Ireland through British law.Voisinage, roughly translated as “neighbourliness”, should allow fishing vessels registered in Northern Ireland to fish from 0-6 nautical miles up to Irish coasts, and vice versa.The arrangement was brought to the Supreme Court, which ruled in 2016 that despite Ireland having signed up to the arrangement as part of the London Fisheries Convention (1964), there were no provisions for it in Irish law.Irish vessels, however, are still permitted to fish in the 0-6 nautical miles around Northern Ireland and Great Britain.During the debate ahead of the vote tonight, Kerry TD Martin Ferris said: “It is very wrong that a person with a licence in the Six Counties and living in Arklow cannot fish in the South.”last_img read more

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Twin Peaks and Mod Squad star Peggy Lipton dies aged 72

first_img Share5 Tweet Email Twin Peaks and Mod Squad star Peggy Lipton dies aged 72 The actress, who was married to music producer Quincy Jones, died following a battle with cancer. May 12th 2019, 2:43 PM Image: Jordan Strauss/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Sunday 12 May 2019, 2:43 PM By AFP Image: Jordan Strauss/PA Images https://jrnl.ie/4631047 8 Comments ACTRESS PEGGY LIPTON, who gained fame in the late 1960s with her star turn on the cop show Mod Squad and returned to TV two decades later on Twin Peaks, has died at the age of 72 after a battle with cancer.Her daughters Rashida and Kidada Jones, from her marriage to legendary music producer Quincy Jones, confirmed her death yesterday in a statement to US media.“We are heartbroken that our beloved mother passed away from cancer,” they said. “She made her journey peacefully with her daughters and nieces by her side.”Born in New York on 30 August 1946, Lipton launched her career in modelling as a young teenager. By age 19, she was getting bit parts on television shows such as Bewitched. Lipton with her daughter Rashida and ex-husband Quincy Jones Source: Danny Moloshok/PA ImagesBut she catapulted to fame in 1968 with the premiere of Mod Squad, on which she starred as Julie Barnes, a reformed juvenile delinquent turned undercover cop. The show was one of the first to feature an interracial cast.Lipton earned four Emmy nominations for the role and a Golden Globe award.She took a long break from acting that coincided with her marriage to Jones, who is black. The couple wed in 1974, not long after Mod Squad went off the air, and divorced in 1989. Both of their daughters went into acting. Lipton with Jones in the 1970s Source: Globe Photos, Inc/PA ImagesRashida Jones is best known for her roles on The Office and Parks and Recreation.Lipton returned to the small screen on David Lynch’s cult supernatural show Twin Peaks, playing Norma Jennings, the owner of the Double R Diner.“I lost a sister today. She was a true angel on earth. Always the coolest in the room,” Twin Peaks co-star Madchen Amick said on Twitter.- © AFP 2019  Short URL 20,017 Views last_img read more

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MPs reject Boris Johnsons motion to hold general election on 15 October

first_img Sep 4th 2019, 7:58 PM I think he has become the first leader of the opposition in the democratic history of our country to refuse the invitation to an election.“I can only speculate as to the reasons behind his hesitation. The obvious conclusion is, I’m afraid, that he does not think he will win.”‘Snow White’s apple’ The Labour Party earlier said it would back an election once the threat of a no-deal Brexit is removed.Prior to the vote on the election motion, Corbyn said:The offer of the election today is a bit like the offer of an apple to Snow White from the wicked queen. What he’s offering is not an apple or even an election, but the poison of a no deal,” Corbyn said prior to the vote on the general election.Corbyn criticised Johnson’s perceived lack of strategy, saying “he can’t tell us what it is”, adding: “The bigger problem for him is that he hasn’t told the EU what it is either.”“At prime minister’s question time today, as with the statement yesterday, he was unable to say whether he has even made any proposals whatsoever to the EU.“Basically, it’s a policy cloaked in mystery like the emperor’s new clothes. There really is absolutely nothing there,” Corbyn added.With reporting by Orla Dwyer British Prime Minister Boris Johnson pictured in the House of Commons today. Image: House of Commons/PA Wire/PA Images MPs reject Boris Johnson’s motion to hold general election on 15 October Members of Parliament earlier voted to delay Brexit in a bid to stop Britain leaving the EU without a deal. Image: House of Commons/PA Wire/PA Images Wednesday 4 Sep 2019, 10:17 PM British Prime Minister Boris Johnson pictured in the House of Commons today. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Updated Sep 4th 2019, 10:17 PM BRITISH MPS HAVE voted against holding a general election on 15 October.MPs backed the government motion by 298 votes to 56 votes.However, the required two-thirds majority (434 votes) was not met as 214 Labour Party members abstained. Three Labour MPs voted for the bill and 28 against.Prime Minister Boris Johnson tabled the motion after MPs earlier voted in favour of a bill which, if passed in the House of Lords, will extend Brexit until at least 31 January 2020 (if a deal is not agreed by 19 October) in an attempt to avoid the UK leaving the European Union without a deal.MPs backed the bill by 327 votes to 299 votes.Johnson said the bill was “without precedence in the history” of the House of Commons and its passage amounted to “forcing him to surrender in international negotiations”.“I refuse to do this … therefore there is is only one way forward,” he said when announcing earlier this evening that he would push for a general election. Speaking after the result of the election motion, Johnson said: “48 hours ago, [Corbyn] was leading the chants of, ‘Stop the coup, let the people vote’. Now he’s saying, ‘Stop the election and stop the people voting’.”center_img 92,039 Views Short URL 77 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4795952 Share33 Tweet Email1 By Órla Ryan As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox:last_img read more

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Greek PM moves two ministers in minireshuffle

first_imgGreece’s technocrat prime minister, Lucas Papademos, moved two government ministers on Tuesday, in a mini cabinet reshuffle unlikely to affect the debt-laden country’s efforts to avert a chaotic default. Papademos appointed Socialist Mihalis Chrysohoidis as the new civil protection minister, his office said in a statement. Chrysohoidis replaces Christos Papoutsis, who left the government last week to focus on his bid to become leader of the Socialist PASOK, one of the two parties backing Papademos. Anna Diamantopoulou, another Socialist politician, was moved from the education ministry to replace Chrysohoidis as development minister and was succeeded as education minister by university professor George Babiniotis. Greek development ministers are in charge of a broad portfolio that includes issues relating to economic growth, competitiveness and merchant shipping. Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos, who leads Greece’s talks with its international creditors and is frontrunner to become PASOK leader in an internal election later this month, kept his post. Source: Reuters Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Fires continue across Greece

first_imgFirefighters were battling several blazes around Greece on Tuesday, including one in Neos Voutzas, northeastern Attica, and another on the island of Rhodes in the Dodecanese.Fires were also burning in Keri on Zakynthos, Melissa in Kyllini, in the Peloponnese, and Bisti on Hydra. Meanwhile, on Tuesday firefighters managed to bring under control blazes in Aghia Kyriaki near Ancient Olympia, and Geraki, both in the Peloponnese, as well as Mount Othrys in Stylida, central Greece.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Former Greek PMs mother fights Swiss account claim

first_imgThe mother of former Greek prime minister George Papandreou has sued financial investigators and three newspapers over claims she held a $550 million Swiss bank account, a judicial source said last week.Margaret Chadd, 90, accuses the weekly edition of To Vima and scandal-prone Proto Thema and Dimokratia of falsely claiming she held the account, linking her to the so-called Lagarde list scandal.In their report, the newspapers quoted three officials from Greece’s financial crimes unit as saying they understood her name was included in the controversial list of more than 2,000 Greek holders of Swiss bank accounts, currently under investigation for tax evasion.The list is named after former French finance minister Christine Lagarde, current head of the International Monetary Fund, who first gave the data to Greek authorities in 2010.The three newspapers published the American-born Chadd’s alleged inclusion on the list late last year and the news was largely picked up by international media.According to the same judicial source, Chadd accuses the publishers and officials of not denying her involvement, despite having apparently said elsewhere there is no evidence against her.The accused officials include head Stelios Stassinopoulos, who is close to conservative Prime Minister Antonis Samaras. Chadd, the former wife of Andreas Papandreou – first leader of Greece’s socialist party Pasok – is seeking 200,000 euros ($264,323) in damages from each of the accused as well as six months of imprisonment for each of the three publishers. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Government giving mixed signals on reforms

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram As technical teams resume their fact-finding efforts in Athens, eurozone finance ministry officials are to discuss Greek proposals for reforms amid mixed signals from the government about what measures are actually on the table of talks.The Euro Working Group discussion, which is to continue Thursday, is to assess how much progress has been made in negotiations based on a revised set of reforms that Greece sent to its creditors last week. The aim is to prepare for the next scheduled Eurogroup summit in Riga, Latvia, on April 24. If some points of convergence are achieved, there could be potential for an initial agreement that could lead to the release of at least a portion of a pending 7.2-billion-euro loan tranche.A significant distance remains to be covered before then though and the so-called Brussels Group, comprising representatives of the Greek government and the country’s creditors, are not expected to reconvene until after Greek Orthodox Easter.Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras claimed that negotiations between Greece and its creditors are “developing and maturing.” But statements by many of Tsipras’s ministers, and legislative initiatives, appear less than conciliatory. Labour Minister Panos Skourletis again broached the issue of a possible delay to a payment to the International Monetary Fund, which comes due Thursday, even after Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis assured IMF chief Christine Lagarde that Athens will make the payment on time.Another initiative certain to rile creditors is the submission of draft legislation foreseeing the rehiring of hundreds of sacked workers of the former state broadcaster ERT.Shifting positions on possible reforms are also a red flag. Government spokesman Gavriil Sakellaridisruled out the possibility of increasing value-added tax rates on certain Aegean islands, just a day after he said such VAT hikes were being negotiated.European officials indicated that the ball is in Greece’s court. “It’s up to Greece to make a move,” a European Commission official said.Source: Kathimeirnilast_img read more

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One Nation senator Peter Georgiou rejects partys Muslim ban

first_imgOne Nation senator, Peter Georgiou has rejected his party’s proposed ban on Muslim immigration. The newly appointed senator said that every person seeking to live in Australian, regardless of their religious background, should go through the same channels including strict background checks. “If they are Muslim and they’ve passed the checks that the Australian government has on it, then I don’t see it as an issue,” Mr Georgiou told ABC radio last week.“That is different to my party’s policy and everyone has their own … everyone thinks differently in the party [about] policy and we all have different thoughts on different policies.”Leader of the party Pauline Hanson is an advocate of the ‘Muslim ban’; she came under fire in March for comparing Islam to a disease, stating “Islam is a disease; we need to vaccinate ourselves against that” and has also called for a royal commission into Islam. As the son of migrants, Senator Georgiou said his stance was influenced by his familial background.“The thing is my parents are immigrants. They came here 42 years ago so, you know, we all embraced Australia,” he said. “I’ve been a very lucky person to be raised in Australia. Australia has given me lots of opportunities and I’m very grateful for it.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Freemasons lodge to honour OXI Day

first_imgFor the first time this month, a Freemasons lodge in Australia is set to hold an event honouring a different community.The Gregorios Lodge is set to host commemorations for Oxi Day, marking 78 years since General Metaxas said ‘Oxi’ to Mussolini’s ultimatum to enter Greece in 1940.Taking place on Tuesday 30 October, two days after the official day, the event will take place at their Masonic Centre in Oakleigh.The decision to do so, is a chance to maintain contact with the important historical events of the past and an attempt to bring younger generations of Freemasons closer to their roots.“It’s basically the first time we’ve had an officially approved ceremony to commemorate anything but ANZAC within freemasonry in Victoria, so it’s a bit of a first for our craft and first for our lodge, and being a Greek lodge we thought it would be nice to do,” Master of the Lodge, Jim Karabatsos told Neos Kosmos.He went on to point out how there are elements of freemasonry within Greece’s modern history.“A lot of Greek history in the recent times, and by recent I mean from the time of the Turkish invasion onward, has been shaped by Masonic ideals. So while it wasn’t clearly Masonic, a lot of the behind-the-scenes organisation and support were certainly put together by people who were aware of and connected to freemasonry,” he said.“For example, the Filiki Eteria. Definitely not a lodge, but the people who structured it did so along the Masonic lines. Things like understanding how to organise and keep things under control or having support from overseas and so on.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Fourmis légionnaires raids meurtriers et sources de vie à la fois

first_imgFourmis légionnaires : raids meurtriers et sources de vie à la foisAmérique du sud – Durant plus de 50 ans, un couple de naturalistes américains a étudié les mœurs de 1.200 colonies de fourmis légionnaires, dont les raids font d’innombrables victimes parmi la microfaune, mais aussi le bonheur de centaines d’espèces qui profitent du remue-ménage pour trouver proies ou logis. “C’est un paradoxe que Eciton burchellii, qui cause la mort de tant d’espèces, ait cet autre rôle pour un nombre encore plus grand d’espèces associées”, explique le Dr Bergoff, qui a complété l’étude des naturalistes Carl et Marian Rettenmeyer, de l’université du Connecticut. Cette espèce particulière de fourmi légionnaire, sédentaire le temps que la colonie élève ses larves et nomade le reste du temps, lance des raids à travers la jungle, capturant insectes, araignées et autres arthropodes pour se nourrir.À lire aussiIl laisse une fourmi coupe-feuille lui découper le doigtMais les chercheurs ont recensé 557 espèces, dites associées, qui “s’invitent” à la razzia des fourmis pour exploiter diverses ressources. Trois cents de ces “pique-assiettes” dépendent des insectes soldats pour leur survie. Ainsi, au moins 29 espèces d’oiseaux se régalent des mille-pattes, cancrelats et phasmes délogés par les fourmis, et au moins 239 espèces de papillons peuvent escorter les volatiles, trouvant leur pâture dans leurs fientes. De minuscules guêpes fondent sur les araignées en fuite pour y déposer leurs œufs, tandis que diverses espèces de mouches pondent dans les carcasses d’insectes fraîchement tués par les fourmis.Celles-ci laissent derrière elles de nombreux débris trop indigestes pour elles, telles des pattes d’insectes, qui sont, là encore, une aubaine pour d’autres insectes pondeurs ou nécrophages. “Et je crois que ce n’est que la partie émergée de l’iceberg. Avec des études plus approfondies, je dirais qu’on pourrait multiplier par deux le nombre d’espèces associées à Eciton burchellii”, conclut le Dr Bergoff.Le 27 novembre 2010 à 17:37 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Lancement réussi pour la 200e mission dune fusée Ariane

first_imgLancement réussi pour la 200e mission d’une fusée ArianeLe lanceur européen Ariane 5 a mis en orbite hier soir le vaisseau cargo automatique Johannes Kepler avec succès.Après un premier report in extremis, mardi soir, la fusée européenne Ariane a quitté la base de Kourou, en Guyane française, cette nuit. Son objectif ? Propulser jusqu’à la Station spatiale internationale (ISS) le vaisseau cargo automatique Johannes Kepler, qui doit la ravitailler (oxygène, vivres, vêtements, pièces de rechange, carburant ou encore matériel scientifique). Le vaisseau, qui a correctement déployé ses panneaux solaires, s’arrimera à l’ISS (à environ 350 kilomètres d’altitude) dans huit jours, après avoir parcouru 360 kilomètres.Sa mission prendra fin dans trois mois. A ce moment-là, il ira se désintégrer dans la haute atmosphère après avoir récupéré les déchets et eaux usées de l’ISS.Avec une masse de plus de 20 tonnes, ce vaisseau cargo est la plus grosse charge utile qu’une fusée Ariane 5 ait mis en orbite.Ayant succédé à l’ATV Jules Verne (dont la mission avait été un succès en 2008), l’ATV-2 a reçu le nom de l’astronome Johannes Kepler qui, il y a quatre siècles, avait formulé plusieurs lois fondamentales sur le mouvement des planètes.Ce lancement réussi est une étape symbolique pour la fusée Ariane, dont il s’agissait du 200e tir tous modèles confondus, plus de trente ans après le premier vol d’une Ariane 1 en décembre 1979.Le 17 février 2011 à 09:01 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Hekla puissant volcan dIslande est proche de léruption

first_imgHekla, puissant volcan d’Islande, est proche de l’éruptionMercredi, des géologues islandais ont annoncé que le puissant volcan Hekla, situé à 110 kilomètres de la capitale Reykjavik était sur le point d’entrer en éruption.Le volcan Hekla, un des plus actifs et des plus redoutés d’Islande s’apprête à entrer en éruption. C’est ce qu’ont annoncé ce mercredi 6 juillet plusieurs géologues islandais qui surveillent attentivement ce volcan haut de près de 1.491 mètres.”L’Hekla s’apprête à entrer en éruption, même si cela ne signifie pas nécessairement que l’éruption va se produire immédiatement”, a précisé Pall Einarsson de l’Université d’Islande, sur la base d’observations de mouvements de magma sous le cratère, rapporte Le Monde. L’éruption du volcan Hekla a eu lieu tous les dix ans ces cinq dernières décennies. La dernière en date est celle du 26 février 2000. A l’époque, elle avait commencé une heure et demie seulement après les tremblements de terre annonciateurs.”On est en 2011 et il nous montre tous les symptômes pré-éruptifs : le gonflement, la dilatation de l’édifice, le magma est là”, résume le vulcanologue français Patrick Allard, de l’Institut de physique du Globe.Situé à une centaine de kilomètres de l’Est de Reykjavík, la capitale du pays, le Hekla a été jadis surnommé comme “la Porte de l’Enfer”. A l’époque, cette croyance locale était telle que son sommet n’a été gravi pour la première fois qu’au XVIIIe siècle.Le spectre d’Eyjafjöll À lire aussiLe Kilimandjaro, un volcan dormant caché dans la plus haute montagne d’AfriqueL’an dernier, le volcan Eyjafjöll, était entré en éruption et avait entrainé la fermeture de l’espace aérien européen et provoqué l’annulation d’une centaine de milliers de vols. Hekla, voisin de Eyjafjöll, est cependant dans une situation différente: il ne se trouve pas sous un glacier. En effet, la débâcle glaciaire est un type de crue brutale particulièrement puissante et dévastatrice survenant lorsque d’importantes quantités de glace sont fondues, l’eau accumulée sous le glacier peut être brutalement libérée. Toujours selon Le Monde, un autre volcanologue, Ari Trausti Gudmundsson précise que, dans le cas où l’éruption qui se prépare serait similaire à celles des quatre dernières, il est “peu probable” qu’elle ait des effets sur le trafic aérien en Europe. Le volcan a tendance à produire “à la fois des cendres et de la lave dans les premières secondes de l’éruption”, alors que seules les cendres affectent le trafic aérien. Il a cependant ajouté : “Mais bien sûr cela dépendra de la taille de l’éruption, et c’est quelque chose d’impossible à prédire”.Le 6 juillet 2011 à 17:54 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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