Dropbox for Teams introduced offering 350GB of shared storage

first_imgThe “it just works” online storage service that is Dropbox has decided it’s time to stop catering just for the individual and offer something for teams of people too. That’s where the aptly named Dropbox for Teams comes in.The standard Dropbox service offers you 2GB of storage for free, 50GB for $9.99 per month, or 100GB for $19.99 per month. But that storage is limited to a single user account. If you work as a team and want to share storage for a project you had to manage it between different accounts or select a different solution altogether.AdChoices广告With Dropbox for Teams the problem is solved. Dropbox is offering 350GB of storage with a 5-user access license for the rather steep price of $795 per year. Additional users can be added for $125 each, and extra storage will cost $200 per 100GB.The storage is treated as a pooled resource all team members can access. The account can be administered centrally allowing a team leader to add or remove access, reset passwords, and handle billing. There’s also Dropbox Rewind which allows newly committed files to be rolled back if necessary to earlier versions. Security is also catered for with all files being encrypted.Update: Dropbox for Teams is currently in beta, so get in touch with Dropbox through the link below if you’re interested in taking part.Read more at DropboxMatthew’s OpinionOne of the reasons Dropbox has been so successful is the pricing structure it has used for the individual accounts. You can get a decent amount of storage for free, and then paying gets you substantially more. This thinking does not seem to have been carried over to the Teams version of the account.$800 every year for a 5-user team is a lot of money. You do get a lot of storage, but then you may not need it. Why has Dropbox not offered tiers like it does with the individual accounts? I think they’d see a lot more interest and sign-ups if they offered a 50GB Team account for $250 a year, the near equivalent of the individual 100GB plan, but with the extra users. Then tier it up for 200GB, 350GB etc.While I’m sure Dropbox for Teams is going to be popular, it is also going to be of limited value to a lot of teams who either can’t afford $800 a year, or have a lot more than 5 users, but don’t need 350GB of storage.last_img read more

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HTC Desire 2 image leaked

first_imgWith the HTC Desire (aka HTC Bravo) being one of the most popular Android handsets on the market it was no surprise that a Desire 2 would be made.Despite not having any confirmed specs on the Desire 2, Engadget managed to get hold of an image of the handset. From the shot we can just make out that it has a front-facing camera and a series of touch sensitive controls.Internally rumors do suggest that the Desire 2 will be running Android 2.3.1 (Gingerbread) and it will feature the HTC Sense 2.0 UI. Additionally it will have a 3.8″ 4-point multi-touch Super AMOLED display, a dual core processor and 1GB of RAM.No doubt all the rumors will be confirmed when HTC make an official announcement at the upcoming Mobile World Congress next week.Read more at Engadget, via Android Forumslast_img read more

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After Swiss court ruling Google threatens to pull Street view from Switzerland

first_imgLast month, a Swiss court ruled that Google must manually obscure the faces and license plates of Swiss citizens and vehicles in Google Street View to protect their privacy. Google contended that they have technology that automatically obscures faces and licenses plates, but the court insisted that Google engineers need to do it by hand. As a result, Google said they may be forced to pull Street View from the country entirely, as complying with the request would be too much of a resource drain on the company.As anyone who uses Google Street View in the United States knows, license plates and people’s faces are automatically blurred out before they even make it to Google’s Web site.AdChoices广告Google says that this technology makes 99 percent of a person’s face unrecognizable, and that should be enough to satisfy privacy concerns. The Swiss court disagreed, and said that this automatic processing wasn’t enough, and ordered the company to do it manually if they cannot guarantee the automated process can obscure 100 percent of all faces and license plates.Google has appealed the ruling. Peter Fleischer, legal counsel for Google, argued that the ruling was unreasonable, and stated that if the ruling wasn’t amended Google would have to pull the service from the country. Fleischer pointed out that 99 percent is already quite high and that the company’s technology will likely get better over time, but it’s impossible to promise 100 percent every time.Switzerland isn’t the first European country to take issue with Google Street View. Both France and Germany have had their own tussles with the company over the service, and the Netherlands recently passed data protection laws designed to force companies like Google and Microsoft to restrict the amount of information they collect from wireless networks while mapping.It’s possible that the Swiss ruling is specifically designed to shut down services like Google Street View, as the court must know it’s impossible to promise a 100 percent result from any process. Privacy groups have cheered the ruling, calling it a victory for personal privacy and a strong statement to other companies, like Microsoft, who recently announced plans to bring StreetSide to Europe.via the Wall Street Journallast_img read more

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NASA gives up on the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit

first_imgBack in March, we reported that NASA had raised concerns over the health of Spirit, one of the Mars rovers that landed on the red planet back in 2004. Spirit‘s problems began back in January of last year when NASA reported that the rover’s mission was concluded as a result of it getting stuck in the Martian sand. At that point, Spirit began operations as a stationary research platform until it went into hibernation in March 2010.Since then Spirit has been silent. NASA had originally hoped that Spirit might finally wake up when the rover reached its peak solar energy production on March 10th of this year, but alas there was no response. It is believed that a “stressful” Martian winter without much sunlight may have contributed to Spirit’s demise since it likely experienced colder internal temperatures than its previous six years on the planet. Some of the rover’s components are believed to have been damaged by the cold since there was inadequate solar energy to power Spirit’s survival heaters.AdChoices广告As a result, NASA has ceased all attempts to contact the rover using its Deep Space Network of antennas on Earth in addition to its two Mars orbiters. Due to the low probability that Spirit will once again establish communications these communication assets are now being transitioned to NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory (MSL). The MSL is NASA’s next generation Mars rover that is expected to launch on November 25th of this year. NASA did state that its Deep Space Network may listen for signals from Spirit when “the schedule permits.”Opportunity, an identical rover that landed on Mars three weeks after Spirit, is in much better shape and continues to explore the planet’s surface. Opportunity’s current odometry as of May 18, 2011 is over 18 miles.Read more at NASABrian’s OpinionEven with the demise of Spirit you can easily say NASA got its money’s worth out of the rover while Opportunity continues to pay dividends. It’s a bit mind boggling to think that both rovers were designed for a 90 day mission. Spirit well exceeded its warranty and Opportunity continues to add more days on to the record books.It’s a little sad to think that even Opportunity will stop getting the attention it deserves when the next generation Mars rover, MSL, lands on the red planet. Once on the surface, NASA may be a bit quicker to transfer assets over to MSL if Opportunity begins to show signs of slowing down.Spirit and Opportunity were a game changer for NASA after suffering mishaps with other spacecraft sent to explore Mars. It was for this reason NASA sent two rovers in an effort to double its chances for success. I can’t imagine anyone would have predicted how successful the rovers were going to be, let alone that they would operate for years rather than months on the surface of Mars.last_img read more

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Review Doctor Who Worlds in Time

first_imgThe BBC just announced the release of a Doctor Who social game from the makers of the excellent Puzzle Pirates and Spiral Knights. True to form, it’s a solid game with simplicity for the new players, depth for the experienced ones, and plenty of clever Doctor dialogue all along.Doctor Who: Worlds in Time is a 2D, browser-based, Flash-powered game based on the BBC’s long-running sci-fi series that heavily features mini-games riffing on some classic puzzle games like Bust-A-Move, Pipe Dream and even Tetris.As alluded to at the outset, it’s developed by Three Rings Design, a San Francisco-based casual studio recently acquired by Sega. Three Rings made a name for itself with an online collaborative puzzler, Puzzle Pirates, and followed it up with a Diablo–lite dungeon crawler with a futuristic look, Spiral Knights. The studio’s reputation for quality and polish is evident here with gameplay that prioritizes depth over monetization.In Worlds in Time, players create their own characters who are then recruited by The Doctor to defend civilization by traversing several worlds (including Skaro, Messaline, The Library and New New York) and taking on the series’ well-known monsters (such as Daleks, Cybermen and Weeping Angels) to essentially save the world. The game’s 2D art reflects the dark palettes of the television series and has some solid attention to detail, as you can see in our screenshots.The gameplay is essentially a series of quests where objectives are accomplished by playing puzzle-based mini-games. Players are sent out to get fragments of Time itself and can get it back by playing games with some pretty familiar mechanics. Lockpicking, for example, is a vertical match-3 in the vein of Bust-A Move or Puzzle Bobble. Rewiring devices is a twist on Pipe Dream where players rotate pipes to complete a path for a flowing current.Other RPG-lite elements, such as dialogue and combat, are also handled with puzzle games. Dialogue is accomplished by winning at a Puzzle Quest clone, and even the Barricade task is a cleverly disguised drag-and-drop Tetris.While these things may sound incredibly basic, they’re proven gameplay mechanics that are easy for almost anyone to pick up. For those searching for more depth, there are crafting features that allow players to get assistance and power-ups for winning more difficult puzzle rounds.All the while, players are treated to humorous dialogue from The Doctor himself. He provides tutorials early on and also gives direction for where to go next. He’s fantastically written, so much so that he beckons for a voice actor to give him life. Also outstanding is the music, which follows in the Doctor Who tradition of vaguely electronic sounds and stands heads-and-shoulders above the usual cheap MIDI loops that comprise Flash-based social games.After clearing the tutorial levels, the game’s multiplayer features open up. Like other Three Rings games, players can form loose groups to do individual quests together. In the absence of real-life partners, the game assigns you AI minions who you can assign to take on certain actions. Dislike the combat puzzle game? Send a “partner” to do the fighting while you repair a device or pick a lock. This feature isn’t common in your run-of-the-mill browser-based game and adds a touch of depth for players who would be getting bored of straightforwardly solving puzzles to advance the quest.It wouldn’t be a social game without a place to spend some money on virtual goods, and Worlds in Time is no different. The requisite virtual store is there and allows purchases of cosmetic changes (new outfits to replace your default pajamas) and crafted items for use in puzzle games. Still, there’s a noticeable lack of pay walls as seen in the Facebook social game du jour.As an open beta, the game isn’t flawless. Flash performance can get sluggish at times from all the action on screen, even on a modern machine and in a modern browser. There’s also a minor hiccup in the registration process – after creating my character, I’m then ripped out of the game and forced to click a link inside a confirmation email to start playing. Logging in via social media services such as Facebook or Twitter would be very welcome here.Still, these are minor quibbles. All told, Worlds in Time is a very good use of the BBC’s popular licensed IP and a social game that’s really worth the time put in.Verdict: If you’re a Doctor Who fan who’s bored of social games like FarmVille and looking for something more, this is the game for you.Doctor Who: Worlds in Time is currently in open beta and playable now.last_img read more

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After Surface Microsoft may quit building tablets

first_imgEver since Microsoft unveiled the Surface and Surface Pro tablets this week, the general concensus has been that PC manufacturers were up in arms about the competition from within. As it turns out, at least one company isn’t thinking that way. Acer founder Stan Shih says it’s actually a very good thing.Microsoft’s intent isn’t to prove they could build an iPad challenger and then squeeze their existing PC partners out of the lucrative tablet market. Their plan, says Shih, is to show others in the Windows tablet game how to do things by creating a Nexus-style device that ticks all the right boxes. Once companies like Acer, HP, Dell, and Lenovo can see that Microsoft is right, they’ll follow up with their own efforts — presumably sleeker, more compelling tablets that have more consumer appeal than their last-gen creations.Shih also looks at the Surface as free advertising for anyone else who builds a Windows 8 tablet. The effect would be similar to what some mom-and-pop coffee shops noticed when they refused to sell out to Starbucks and the titan moved in next door. Their new neighbor was the best promotional tool they could have hoped for, and business started booming.Microsoft, then, has taken up the banner for Windows 8 tablets in order to lead their long-time partners into the next great battle. Once it’s clear they can fight on their own — and do it Microsoft’s way — the crew in Redmond will quietly bow out, says Shih.It’s clear that Microsoft is no longer content to let partners run amok and continually dump poorly designed, bland PCs and tablets on store shelves. The first step was introducing the Microsoft Signature PC program to battle OEM software bloat. Now the time has come to challenge them to step up their game against the iPad.More at DigiTimeslast_img read more

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Apple unveils the iPhone 5 the worlds thinnest smartphone

first_imgAll the rumors and speculation stopped today as Phil Schiller got up on stage and showed us what the real iPhone 5 looks like. And it turns out the leaks were true, but the iPhone 5, which rose up out of the stage as an introduction, still had a few secrets left to surprise us with.The iPhone 5 is made with a glass and aluminum, and Apple is touting it as the world’s thinnest smartphone with good reason. They’ve managed to fit everything inside a 7.6mm thick case (18% thinner than the iPhone 4S). The weight has also been cut down to just 112 grams (20% lighter than the iPhone 4S).Both those stats are impressive, but Apple has achieved that while at the same time making its iPhone 5 bigger. As expected, the smartphone uses a 4-inch 16:9 display with a resolution of 1136 x 640, which is 326ppi. Apple has also managed to integrate touch directly into the display, which it claims makes it the most accurate touchscreen on the market. Add to that the fact the display looks better with color saturation increased by 44%.A 16:9 display present a longer screen, and Apple is taking full advantage of that. There will be a 5th row of icons displayed in iOS, and you will see more in your apps, e.g. more mails, more days on your calendar. Any apps that haven’t been updated will have black borders down the sides, but Apple says devs are now applying 16:9 updates very quickly so it should be a temporary issue.Moving on to the internals and the iPhone 5 has a new processor at its heart. Details are still sparse , but Apple is claiming the A6 chip offers 2x both the CPU and GPU performance of the A5 found in the iPhone 4S. The knock on effect of that is a claim of console quality games, but also just about everything you want to do on iPhone 5 will happen twice as quickly.The iSight camera has also been improved. It’s 25% smaller, but 40% faster at taking pictures. It is 8MP (3264 x 2448), backside illuminated, has a hybrid IR filter, five element lens, f/2.4 aperture, and a Panorama mode capable of capturing 28MP images. Add to that a dynamic low light mode, precision lens alignment, and a sapphire crystal. It can also capture 1080p video, has face detection, better video stabilization, and captures images while recording video. Impressive stuff.Communication is getting a lot faster, too. HSPA+, DC-HSDPA, and LTE are supported with one chip, one radio, and a dynamic antenna. Apple also managed to squeeze in both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands for 802.11n compatibility. You won’t be waiting very long for anything to download on the iPhone 5.Audio hasn’t been overlooked, either. The speaker is 20% smaller, but outputs better wideband audio and takes advantage of a 5 magnet transducer. Three microphones are built in, located on the front, back, and bottom of the phone, and the earpiece is also noise canceling. Apple also slipped in that FaceTime calls can be made over cellular networks, depending on your network of course.The 30-pin dock port on the bottom has gone, replaced with the smaller Lightning port we all heard about earlier today when the cable leaked. Apple is working on an adapter for peripherals that use the old 30-pin port, but it isn’t ready yet.So a larger screen, better wireless, and better sound must come at the cost of the battery, right? Wrong. The iPhone 5 is actually better on battery for some things than its predecessor, achieving 8 hours of 3G talk, 3G browsing and LTE browsing. 10 hours of WiFi browsing, or video, and 40 hours of music playback. On standby it will go 225 hours between charges.On to the software and the iPhone 5 will ship with iOS 6. Highlights detailed so far include built-in turn-by-turn navigation along with 3D satellite imagery and flyovers through an updated Maps app. Safari now has a fullscreen mode and something called iCloud tabs, which makes it easy to instantly access all the content you have open in the browser.Siri has been updated to read out sports scores, and she will also tell you a lot more about movies, even going so far as to recommend one to watch apparently. You’ll also get to use an app called Passbook, which handles all your event tickets as well as digital boarding passes, all of which can be accessed from the lock screen on the iPhone.So when can you get your hands on it and how much will it cost? You can pre-order the iPhone 5 from September 14, available September 21, and it will be the same price as the iPhone 4S was on contract: $199, $299, and $399 for the 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models respectively. The iPhone 3GS is not officially dead, the iPhone 4S drops to $99, and the iPhone 4 is going free on contract.One final note: existing Apple gadget owners can upgrade to iOS 6 on September 19.Thanks to The Verge for the images.last_img read more

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DIY NES controller doesnt look too tough to pull off

first_imgIt has been nearly 30 years since the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) was first released. There is probably no piece of hardware in the history of gaming that has been so universally loved. The grown-up hardware modders of this generation have fond memories of the NES, so it’s not surprising that this fabled console of yesteryear keeps coming up in various projects. This time we find an engineer that got bored and decided to make his own custom NES controller.So what does it take to make an NES controller from scratch? Well, surprisingly not that much. The modder simply threw together some extra components he had lying around from Adafruit Industries, a popular component supplier. That’s why the final product — a square-ish naked device with exposed components — eschews ergonomics.The controller is built on a single-sided 65 x 65mm PCB. On it is mounted a 5-way navigation switch to stand in for the d-pad, three tactile buttons for the A-B set up and the Start button, a few resistors, and some wiring to connect it all to a makeshift controller cable.Due to limited space, the start button is on the back of the board, and the select button is handled by the center position of the 5-way switch. All the other controls work as expected. The system seems unconcerned that the controller issuing commands bears little resemblance to the genuine article.As far as hardware modding projects go, this one is fairly straightforward. The circuit diagram is available if you want to take a swing at it, and if you’re not using leftover parts you should be able to get much prettier results.via Guillermo Amarallast_img read more

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Adobe announces Project Mighty stylus and Napoleon ruler

first_imgAdobe isn’t really known for making hardware, but that might be about to change with the announcement of the company’s new digital stylus called Project Mighty, and a companion ruler called Napoleon. Together these tools could allow for a kind of interaction with digital content that previously required expensive graphics tablets and a lot of experience with professional-level software.Project Mighty looks like any other capacitive stylus, but it’s pressure-sensitive. Samsung has used Wacom technology to build the pressure-sensitive S Pen system for its Note devices, but Project Mighty essentially grafts that ability onto any touchscreen device, provided you’re using a compatible Adobe app.The stylus connects to the tablet or phone via Bluetooth, and relays pressure information through the app. Thus, the screen doesn’t have to understand how much force is being applied with Project Mighty — the app handles all the heavy lifting. The stylus will have a rechargeable battery and some undisclosed amount of internal storage. Adobe also refers to it as “cloud” enabled, but it’s not clear if that means the corresponding apps, or the pen itself.The anonymous app used to demo Project Mighty on an iPad was set up to understand regular touch interaction as well, and this is the first hint of some very interesting functionality. Because the app knows the difference between your finger and the stylus, you can still manipulate objects, zoom, erase, and more with multitouch gestures.The Napoleon ruler has a similar tie-in with Project Mighty. The app will know where the ruler is when it’s on the screen and uses that as a guide for drawing straight lines and other shapes. It’s like a more powerful version of snap settings in Photoshop.This is all still in the early stages. We don’t know anything about pricing, possible release window, or even much about what software/hardware these tools will work with. Adobe might still scrap the project, or completely redesign everything before you get a crack at it. Hopefully it becomes a reality because it looks mighty interesting.last_img read more

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Geek deals 599 Lenovo K450 Haswell gaming PC 30inch IPS monitor more

first_imgWhere Lenovo’s K450 stands apart from most gaming rigs is its graphics card: it doesn’t include one! At least on Lenovo’s US website, you get everything needed for solid gaming system except the GPU. This gives you a perfect opportunity to pick out a card that fits your needs and budget, then stuff it into this sleek, tool-less powerhouse PC for a great budget gaming rig with a warranty.The model on sale in today’s daily deal has a lot going for it: a Haswell quad-core Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 2TB hard drive put into a premium chassis with good airflow and easy access for upgrades. It has six USB ports (four are 3.0), a 9-in-1 media card reader, Wireless-N, and Ethernet.Combine this powerful $599 Haswell PC with a GPU of your choice and you’ve got a budget gaming rig with all the latest tech. The only catch is that this daily deal offer ends today, and tomorrow the price will likely be $100 higher, so don’t wait long on this one.Lenovo IdeaCentre K450 Core i5 Haswell gaming desktop PC for $599 plus free shipping (reg. $1,049 | use coupon DAILYDEAL916)Our other top deals:Dell UltraSharp U3014 30-inch 2560×1600 LED-backlit IPS LCD monitor plus $300 gift card for $1,286.99 plus free shipping (reg. $1,499)HTC One 4.7-inch smartphone [Verizon with two-year contract] for $49.99 plus $0.99 shipping (reg. $199.99 | via Best Buy)Amazon Gold Box: save up to 55% on Logitech accessories, starting at $12.99last_img read more

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Kenny on the ropes as Fine Gael hopefuls line up to challenge

first_img Short URL By Paul Hosford Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Feb 16th 2017, 8:11 AM ENDA KENNY HAS been told that he must outline a timeline for his departure as party leader.During a “subdued” parliamentary party meeting last night, both Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney, seen as the leading contenders to replace Kenny, told their party colleagues they needed to prepare for an early election.It’s understood that Kenny may outline his plans at next week’s parliamentary party meeting on Wednesday.The move comes after the government survived a vote of confidence last night. Kenny last night argued that “the last thing this country needs is a general election” and defended his record as Taoiseach.However, Fine Gael deputies believe they cannot fight an election with Kenny as leader, with many stating to TheJournal.ie that there was a sense of panic within the party earlier this week that they could be 48 hours from a general election.The call for the Taoiseach to be clear about his plans comes just days after Varadkar distanced himself from backbench TD Noel Rock’s call for Kenny to set out a timetable for his departure.Speaking on RTÉ Radio One on Monday, Rock said:“We know Enda Kenny has said he won’t be leading us into the election.“Therefore there is a bit of a vacuum whenever people are asked in a poll who they will be voting for.“They don’t know who they will be voting for if they vote for Fine Gael necessarily. So we need to clear that up sooner rather than later.”During last night’s party meeting, Enda Kenny sat quietly as the party’s leading figures such as Paschal Donohoe outlined the need for the party to be proactive and prepare.Overall, the party was described as “calm” with a sense the time had come for the party to brace for the future.No movementParliamentary party chairman Martin Heydon told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland that, despite some calls, he does not expect there to be an early meeting to discuss the issue.“At the minute the parliamentary party meets at 5.30pm on Wednesdays and I probably expect that to be the same next week.“There was different views expressed at last week’s meeting as to when we’d meet again, but I’m in the hands of the members. I don’t really see the need for another meeting.”Heydon said that the parliamentary party had discussed the no confidence motion and the issues surrounding Maurice McCabe’s treatment. He said that there was no in-depth discussion on elections or the party’s leadership.“I can only deal with the facts as they are. This wasn’t an issue that was discussed at the meeting last night.”He added that Kenny should be “given the space” to decide the timeline for his own departure.Speaking to the same programme, vice chair Pat Deering said it was time the party had a “new focus”. However, he declined to explicitly say that if Kenny does not step aside he would move a motion of no confidence or who he would support.Deputy party leader Senator James Reilly told RTÉ’s Sean O’Rourke programme today that as the longest serving TD in the Dáil, Enda Kenny’s mind is not consumed with reaching the history books as Fine Gael’s longest serving Taoiseach (John A. Costello currently holds the record).So when?Sources within the party indicate Kenny must give a timeline next week, and many expect it to be after the St Patrick’s Day trip to the White House.“Let him go to the White House and when he gets back the wheels will be in motion,” said one party member.While there has been speculation in the past that there could be a few Cabinet members interested in the job of Taoiseach, it really comes down to a two-horse race between Varadkar and Coveney.Choosing the next leader of Fine Gael can take up to three weeks and includes votes from parliamentary party members, MEPs, and councillors.“If we include the three-week contest after St Patrick’s Day, we are into April,” said one TD, who when asked if we would have a new Taoiseach by summer, said:“Easter comes before summer, it will be then.”However, one minister told TheJournal.ie that timeline predictions are a lot shorter than expected in reality.Additional reporting Christina FinnRead: Enda Kenny wins confidence motion in the governmentRead: Strike4Repeal to stage walkout on 8 March Enda Kenny and Leo Varadkar. Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie Share Tweet Email center_img Thursday 16 Feb 2017, 8:11 AM Enda Kenny and Leo Varadkar. 16,375 Views 84 Comments Kenny on the ropes as Fine Gael hopefuls line up to challenge him Kenny has a choice of resignation or facing a vote which sources say he is unlikely to survive. http://jrnl.ie/3242335 last_img read more

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Heroinlike venom from tropical fish could lead to new pain relief

first_imgHeroin-like venom from tropical fish could lead to new pain relief Experiments using lab mice found the rodents showed no sign of pain once injected with the fish venom. Saturday 8 Apr 2017, 4:00 PM By AFP The venom causes the bitten fish to become slower in movement and dizzy by acting on their opioid receptors.Experiments using lab mice found the rodents showed no sign of pain once injected with the fish venom.Fry said the venom is “chemically unique,” and called the fang blennies “the most interesting fish I’ve ever studied”. Source: Shutterstock/John A. AndersonTheir behavior is also intriguing, he said, for the way they appear unafraid of predators and fight for territory with similar-sized fish.Fry said the findings bolster the need to protect the Great Barrier Reef and other fragile ecosystems.“If we lose the Great Barrier Reef, we will lose animals like the fang blenny and its unique venom that could be the source of the next blockbuster pain-killing drug,” he said.© – AFP 2017Read: German Shepherds can detect breast cancer by sniffing bandagesRead: Gene that causes sudden death in young people identified 15,036 Views Short URL 19 Comments center_img Share Tweet Email http://jrnl.ie/3321101 TINY FANGED-FISH called blennies, which swim in the coral reefs of the Pacific Ocean, are armed with an unusual venom that could inspire new pain medications.According to British and Australian scientists, the venom of these fearless 1.5-three inch (four-seven centimeter) swimmers – which are popular tropical aquarium fish – numbs would-be predators, rather than causing them pain, said the report in the journal Current Biology.“The fish injects other fish with opioid peptides that act like heroin or morphine, inhibiting pain rather than causing it,” said Bryan Fry, an associate professor at the University of Queensland. Source: Shutterstock/apathosaurus Apr 8th 2017, 4:00 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Man shot dead in front garden of west Dublin home named locally

first_img 94 Comments Updated Mar 1st 2019, 10:55 PM A MAN WHO was shot dead in west Dublin today has been named locally as David Lynch.Gardaí were called to reports of multiple shots being fired in the Foxdene area at 2:15pm this afternoon.Lynch (42) was shot dead in the front garden of a house and was pronounced dead at the scene. Shortly after the incident a Peugeot Partner type van was found on fire at Buirg an Rí Glen in Clondalkin. A firearm was recovered in the vicinity of the van.At 2.30pm a silver Toyota Corolla was then found on fire at The Paddocks Rise, Lucan, Co Dublin .The fire service was called to the vehicle beside the Lucan Community National School. The vehicle is believed to be connected to the incident and is now being examined.  Source: Garreth MacNamee/TheJournal.ieThe scene of the shooting remains preserved and is the subject of an examination by garda crime scene investigators. Gardaí in Lucan are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to contact the incident room at Lucan Garda Station on 01-666 7300, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.With reporting by Michelle Hennessy and Garreth MacNamee at the scene.  Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie Friday 1 Mar 2019, 10:55 PM https://jrnl.ie/4519654 181,836 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share357 Tweet Email Mar 1st 2019, 2:54 PM By Hayley Halpin Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie Short URL Man shot dead in front garden of west Dublin home named locally David Lynch was pronounced dead at the scene. last_img read more

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Restaurant asks Trump spokeswoman Sarah Sanders to leave

first_imgI have a business, and I want the business to thrive. This feels like the moment in our democracy when people have to make uncomfortable actions and decisions to uphold their morals.The owner said many of her employees were gay and noted that Sanders had defended Trump’s wish to bar transgender people from the armed forces. And then, she said, she was stunned by the spokeswoman’s defence of Trump policies leading to migrant children being taken from their parents’ care.“I explained that the restaurant has certain standards that I feel it has to uphold, such as honesty, and compassion, and cooperation,” the owner explained.I said, ‘I’d like to ask you to leave.’The restaurant has been flooded with five-star online reviews praising its stance — and one-star reviews accusing the owner of “discrimination”.“Sarah, you’re a class act. I’m so sorry you were treated this way,” was State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert’s response on Twitter.The incident comes after US Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen was heckled as she dined at a Mexican restaurant in Washington DC on Tuesday.Protestors chanted ‘Shame! Shame!’ repeatedly at Nielsen, a frontline defender of the Trump administration’s practice of separating migrant children from their parents, until she left the restaurant.Two days earlier, according to the New York Post, White House adviser Stephen Miller was branded a “fascist” while dining at another Mexican eatery in Washington.- © AFP 2018  Jun 24th 2018, 10:13 AM Source: Sarah Sanders/Twitter 55,591 Views Sarah Sanders Source: Michael Brochstein/SIPA USA/PA ImagesA VIRGINIA RESTAURANT has been inundated with reviews from both ends of the political spectrum after White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said its owner asked her to leave because of her job.On Friday a Facebook user claiming to be a waiter at The Red Hen in Lexington said he served Sanders “for a total of two minutes” before she and her party were asked to leave.His post went viral when Brennan Gilmore, a musician, activist and former US diplomat, uploaded a screenshot to Twitter alongside an image of a handwritten note which read ’86 – Sara Huckabee Sanders [sic]‘, supposedly from the restaurant.To ’86′ someone is a slang term meaning to refuse to serve a customer.“Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA to leave because I work for @POTUS and I politely left,” Sanders tweeted yesterday, confirming the incident.“Her actions say far more about her than about me. I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so.” https://jrnl.ie/4088947 Restaurant asks Trump spokeswoman Sarah Sanders to leave Sanders serves in an “inhumane and unethical” administration, the restaurant’s owner said. Last night I was told by the owner of Red Hen in Lexington, VA to leave because I work for @POTUS and I politely left. Her actions say far more about her than about me. I always do my best to treat people, including those I disagree with, respectfully and will continue to do so— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) June 23, 2018 By AFP Short URL 237 Comments Owner Stephanie Wilkinson said that politics were especially explosive in her small town which voted against Trump.Sanders serves in an “inhumane and unethical” administration, Wilkinson told The Washington Post, adding that she could not accept a defender of the president’s “cruellest policies”.‘Not a fan of confrontation’“I’m not a huge fan of confrontation,” Wilkinson said. Share839 Tweet Email Sunday 24 Jun 2018, 10:13 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Tsipras rebuffs attacks from ND and PASOK

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The head of leftist SYRIZA, Alexis Tsipras, who is hoping to lead his party to first place in the June 17 elections, accused his two main rivals, PASOK and New Democracy, on Sunday of scaremongering about Greece’s future in the euro.ND leader Antonis Samaras attacked SYRIZA in a speech on Saturday, while PASOK chief Evangelos Venizelos also had harsh words for the leftists in a televised press conference on Sunday. Samaras said SYRIZA’s intention to repudiate Greece’s loan agreement, or memorandum, with the European Union and International Monetary Fund would lead the country out of the euro.“A return to the drachma would lead to incomes, savings and assets being halved, while debt would grow,” Samaras told party members at an ND national congress in Athens. “Tsipras will bring a worse memorandum that will serve the drachma lobby, which will be able to buy up the country on the cheap.”Samaras’s comments were echoed by Venizelos who said that an outright rejection of the loan terms would be “catastrophic.” “This would strengthen extremists, while making life easier for the drachma group, which is investing in the prospect of buying Greece up cheaply.”Venizelos said Greece should aim to extend its fiscal adjustment period from 2014 to 2017.To Vima newspaper suggested that ex-Prime Minister Lucas Papademos warned party leaders that Greece will run out of money in the next few weeks. The state of public finances was set out in a letter to President Karolos Papoulias shared with party leaders during their failed talks to form a government after the May 6 elections.Papademos indicated that Greece would run out of money by June 20 and would be reliant on funding from the eurozone and the IMF.This prompted Tsipras to accuse “domestic political forces” of “blackmail, threats and lies.” Instead, he pointed to comments by the head of the Institute of International Finance, Charles Dallara, who estimated that the cost of a Greek exit could exceed 1 trillion dollars. “Just as the head of the IIF, economists and European Commission officials underline the need to stop talk of Greece leaving the euro… the domestic Taliban of the memorandum continue to terrorize the people so they abide by the plans of the IMF and [German Chancellor] Angela Merkel,” said Tsipras.Four polls published on Sunday showed SYRIZA narrowly trailing New Democracy.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

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Greek National Day festival set for Oakleigh

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram An annual financial boost of $50,000 for a festival in Oakleigh will see the Greek hub engage in a festival celebration in honour of the Greek National Day, 25 March, every year following campaigning by Greek Australian councillor Stephen Dimopoulos. Dimipoulos has been campaigning for a $4 million upgrade to the Oakleigh Shopping Precinct, including works in Eaton Mall, Atherton Road and Station Street. Cr Dimipoulos will deliver $50,000 to for the festival to occur every year on March 25, but also create a periptero – a newspaper and drink stand iconic to the streets of Greece – in the heart of Eaton Mall. He feels that the establishment of a periptero will enhance the area’s Greek cultural heart. The Greek National Day festival will also have an education element to explain to the general public the significance of March 25.last_img read more

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Children at risk of bullying

first_imgEntering a new school is probably one of the hardest things a child can do, but add the fact that they don’t know the language and meet a completely foreign school system, hard is an understatement. With the new wave Greek migration to Australia because of the financial crisis, Australian schools are seeing an influx in Greek international students. These students come with varying levels English proficiency, are used to a completely different school system and are thrown into a brand new culture they don’t have a lot of knowledge of. Their friendship base has been left in Greece, and their parents are just as confused as they are to their new surroundings. In the past two years, the number of Greek families moving to Australia has doubled, but numbers are still small. In Victoria, according to the Australian Greek Welfare Society , 111 families relocated to Australia in 2012-2013, up from 58 from 2011-2012. Those families need to enroll their children in schools quickly and are faced with high costs, whether it be fees or uniform costs. For the child, they understand they have to start from zero, with the pressure to make friends early on and to fit in creating a lot of anxiety. Cross cultural counsellor and organisational psychologist, Jasmine Sliger, says Greek migrant children will be finding extreme pressures entering school in Australia. “You’re going to have kids that are anxious and anxiety is a big component for migrant children, especially if they’re not speaking English,” she tells Neos Kosmos. The anxiety about saying something wrong or not being accepted by their peers can manifest itself into serious problems. Bullies hone in on those insecurities and can make the process of settling in very difficult. If a child lacks confidence to speak up or feel like their concerns will go unheard, problems can arise that will affect their ability to learn and assimilate. Ms Sliger deals with many Greek migrant families on a weekly basis, and says Greek mentality is sometimes to blame for problems not getting the right attention in the household. “When you migrate, sometimes the Greek culture is not one necessarily that deals with authentic feelings. “Some families are really excellent with emotion and are able to hear their children and some say, well, “pull your head in, you just have to suck it up.” Ms Sliger says parents must be more receptive of changes in behaviour in their children that might indicate that they are suffering from bullying. Issues like “fear of going to school, sleeplessness, trouble eating, crankiness, and being excessively cranky for nothing, so maybe it’s a two issue and they come with a 10 response”. Currently research shows that one in four students experience some form of bullying in Australia. Bullying behaviour peaks in the middle primary school years and the first year of high school with younger children more likely to bully others physically or verbally, and progress to social bullying behaviours including exclusion and manipulation. For the first time since the wave of migration in the 50s and 60s, child migrants are at risk of being isolated and bullied at school. Bullying specialist and psychologist, Evelyn Field says although time has passed, bullying hasn’t changed its character. “Thirty or 40 years ago, Greek children would have been more likely to have been bullied, as were the Italians, but at the end of the day, bullying is really about one kid feeling insecure and picking on someone else that feels insecure,” Ms Field tells Neos Kosmos. Since that time, the Australian Government has introduced policy in every state and territory to fight bullying under the National Safe Schools Framework. The Framework provides school communities with a vision, a set of guiding principles and the practical tools and resources that will help build a positive school culture. Alphington Grammar has welcomed a quite a few new Greek students in the past couple of years and has put in place a transition and support program that gives international students a personal mentor and a buddy to help them settle in. “We have three teachers that handle all the international students, one speaks Greek, one speaks Chinese, and one speaks English,” Alphington Grammar principal, Dr Vivianne Nikou tells Neos Kosmos. “The three teachers sometimes visits them at home, they have special excursions, they have special lunches for them.” Dr Nikou believes times have changed for Greek migrant children, and that Australian society has matured when dealing with multicultural students. “You hid your nationality back then, where as now they are quite happy to have their full European or Asian name,” she says. Similarly, St George Orthodox College in South Australia believes new Greek students will feel at home with the fact that all students there learn Modern Greek, and will be able to help them settle in much quicker. “Their English language learning is accelerated because all students learn Modern Greek and can interpret, translate and explain what is not understood,” Principal Raffaela Del Vecchio tells Neos Kosmos. For parents seeking more information about bullying, visit the Government’s website www.bullyingnoway.gov.au/. Children needing help or someone to talk to can call the Kids Helpline for free on 1800 55 1800 or visit the website www.kidshelp.com.au/For access to private psychologists in your area, contact the APS Find a Psychologists Service on the toll free number 1800 333 497 or conduct your own search on the APS website at www.findapsychologist.org.au. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Saving the Skyrian

first_imgThe Skyrian pony is one of the rerest horse breeds in the world. This small-bodied native Greek horse is a protected species.It belongs to the species Equus Cabalus but because of its small size it is considered a different race designated Equus Cabalus Skyros Poni or Equus Cabalus Skyriano.Less than 152 Skyrian horses live on Skyros island and not even two hundred can be found throughout Greece.In ancient times, Skyrian horses were an export and lived throughout the then country’s borders.The Skyrian horses are a particularly friendly, social, robust and intelligent breed with similar body type to that of the normal horse.Their height, however, does not exceed the maximum of 116 cm and their hooves don’t need shoeing.Skyrian ponies have slim, strong and wiry legs but large torsos and long, low set tails.Some horses have a white mark on the face accentuating their dark red or chestnut hue. Greek breeders are currently struggling to save the horse from extinction.On a more positive note, the endangered species has found an ally on another island, in Scotland. Veterinarian Sheilagh Brown, 54, of Overton Bush fascinated by the breed’s unique genetic makeup took over Scotland’s only herd, aspiring to increase the numbers.“I would like to do some more detailed genetic tests and I have liaised with Greek colleagues to do this, but we have not identified a source of funding yet.”“I am thoroughly enjoying breeding the ponies and looking after them,” Brown told Horsetalk.The Skyrian pony arrived in Scotland in 2005, when retired vet lecturer Alec Copland, also an Exmoor pony breeder, imported five breeding animals from Corfu.Brown went to see him in the middle of last year as she was looking to buy another Exmoor pony. He asked her if she was interested in taking over the Skyrian herd, which then stood at 14, to keep the breeding programme going. She agreed.The numbers have since grown to 22. Some are now distributed among horse enthusiasts in southern Scotland to ease pressure on Brown’s grazing. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Les volcans japonais pourraient se réveiller

first_imgLes volcans japonais pourraient se réveillerAlors que le Japon lutte toujours contre la menace nucléaire après le violent séisme suivi d’un tsunami dévastateur, une étude pointe du doigt le risque de voir certains volcans de l’archipel se réveiller.Des travaux menés par l’Institut de physique du globe de Paris mettent en lumière la menace volcanique qui pèse sur le Japon. Rapportée par Sciences et Avenir, cette étude met en garde contre les volcans situés à l’est du pays, en face de la fosse océanique du Japon. Situés sur la ceinture de feu du Pacifique, ils pourraient se réveiller après la meurtrière secousse de magnitude 9 survenue le 11 mars dernier. Les violents séismes ont en effet un impact sur les contraintes tectoniques. A l’Est du Japon, la région côtière de Sendai s’est déplacée de 4,2 mètres, tandis qu’à l’ouest la bordure côtière a bougé de 50 centimètres. Les réservoirs magmatiques des volcans ont eux aussi certainement été affectés par la secousse. Certaines zones de la région se sont dilatées en profondeur et ont subi une importante décompression, explique la sismo-tectonicienne Nathalie Feuillet qui a également alerté qu’une telle décompression pourrait engendrer une libération de gaz et une remontée de magma.Le 13 mars, deux jours après le séisme, le volcan japonais Shinmoedake s’est mis à cracher des pierres et des cendres. Des centaines de personnes vivant sur les pentes du volcan ont dû être évacuées, mais l’éruption fut heureusement de courte durée. Il est difficile de dire si cette activité a été engendrée par le séisme. En janvier dernier, le volcan s’est réveillé pour la première fois depuis 52 ans et l’éruption avait alors duré plusieurs jours.Le 24 mars 2011 à 14:51 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Les Mayas ne prévoyaient pas la fin du monde pour 2012

first_imgLes Mayas ne prévoyaient pas la fin du monde pour 2012Selon un expert mexicain, les Mayas n’auraient aucunement prédit la fin du monde en 2012, contrairement à ce que certains historiens prétendent. Cette affirmation se base sur la découverte de calendrier allant au-delà de l’an 4.000, représentés sur des stèles retrouvées au Mexique et au Guatemala.Le film “2012”, tiré du best-seller de Steven Allen Le testament maya et de plusieurs autres livres met en avant une prédiction maya qui fixe la fin du monde au 21 décembre 2012. Une prédiction qui est d’ailleurs relayée depuis des décennies suscitant de nombreux débats. Toutefois, un historien a aujourd’hui décidé de mettre fin à la légende et de remettre en cause une fois pour toutes cette théorie. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Le monde d’aujourd’hui a une vision apocalyptique héritée de la religion judéo-chrétienne. Les Mayas non, pour eux il n’y avait pas de fin du monde, ils avaient un [système de] comptage infini des années”, explique Erik Velasquez, historien et expert des écritures mayas cité par l’AFP. A l’heure actuelle seule une pierre gravée, découverte à Tortuguero, au Mexique, évoque 2012 comme étant l’achèvement de l’ère actuelle du calendrier maya, entamée 3.144 ans avant celle du calendrier romain. Mais pour plusieurs historiens, cette date représente simplement la fin d’un cycle et le début d’une 14e période. “Nous pouvons dormir tranquille, ils évoquaient des dates de plusieurs milliers d’années plus lointaines”, a assuré M. Velasquez, poursuivant : “cela signifie seulement la fin de 13 “baak t’uunes” (“cycle” en maya), mais cela ne représente d’aucune manière la fin du [système de] comptage du calendrier maya, qui est infini, même s’il est divisé en segments. Un nouveau cycle commence, c’est tout”.Les Mayas ont créé leur calendrier dit “du long compte” pour marquer des dates marquantes de leur passé et de leur avenir, gravées sur des pierres. M. Velasquez rappelle ainsi qu’une stèle de Palenque (zone archéologique située dans le sud-est du Mexique) évoque une date bien plus lointaine dans l’avenir : l’anniversaire d’un dirigeant de cette cité maya, en 4.772 du calendrier romain.Le 10 juin 2012 à 17:23 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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