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Facebook Mobile Users Receive 911 Messages Verizons Fault

September 21, 2019

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first_imgSome people using Facebook Mobile on Verizon received misdirected texts referring to “911.” Verizon found and fixed the issue.less than a minute ago via HootSuiteFacebookfacebook I wonder if any silly Facebook Mobile users actually called 911? If they did, I would love to here the recording. “Hello, 911. What’s your emergency?” “Err, Facebook told me to call.” Turns out that the these messages were Verizon’s fault, and Facebook made that pretty clear in its tweet. Oh, silly Verizon.AdChoices广告last_img read more


Groupon Kicks Ad Agency When Its Down

September 21, 2019

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first_imgI’m sure that the folks at Crispin Porter + Bogusky would happily tell you that there’s no such thing as bad press, but by most accounts, it’s shaping up to be a rough couple of weeks for the ad agency. Last week, Burger King dumped the company after a seven year partnership, opting to manage its own advertising “until we have a new agency in place.”Groupon is calling out CP+B as well, after the dust has cleared on those controversial ads, which led to accusations that the deal site was making light of the situation in Tibet. In a recent interview, Groupon CEO Andrew Mason berated himself for investing too much in the agency’s mission “to be edgy, informative and entertaining, and we turned off the part of our brain where we should have made our own decisions. We learned that you can’t rely on anyone else to control and maintain your own brand.”As Ad Age points out, Mason was quick to defend the agency after the Superbowl. Mason again, “The firm that conceived the ad, Crispin Porter + Bogusky, strives to draw attention to the cultural tensions created by brands. When they created this Hulu ad, they highlighted the idea that TV rots your brain, making fun of Hulu. Our ads highlight the often trivial nature of stuff on Groupon when juxtaposed against bigger world issues, making fun of Groupon.”Groupon pulled the ads from YouTube after the protests, but here’s a story from February on the subject, for those who need a crash course.last_img read more


Redringed Xbox 360 destroyed with guns and explosives

September 21, 2019

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first_imgMicrosoft’s Xbox 360 will forever be remembered in the annals of history for being one of, if not the most unreliable console ever to be released. At least when talking about the first couple of generations of the machine.The Red Ring of Death (RRoD) became so common there are gamers who have had as many as 5 consoles due to the machines just continuing to die. It wasn’t until Microsoft did a major update and released the slim version of the Xbox 360 that the problem seemed to be fixed, but there’s still millions of those old consoles out there.Russian Dimtri has one of those consoles, and it’s actually his fifth. But just like the others he had it suffered the RRoD. Rather than send it back to Microsoft he decided enough was enough and pulled out a few guns and some explosives.Remember, this is a 360 that does not work and may never work again unless Microsoft did a refurb job on it. So Dimtri isn’t destroying a useful device, just venting a lot of frustration on a piece of hardware that a lot of gamers have got angry with.While the handguns and shotgun do some serious damage, it’s the explosives in the barrel that really finish the hardware off. All Dimitri can find afterwards is a mangled heatsink that looks to be the one covering the main CPU.If you’ve never owned an Xbox 360 that has died you may be wondering why someone would do this. But on the other hand, if you have been frustrated by one or mutliple 360 deaths you may be able to relate to wanting to hurt the machine that has taken your ability to game away.Read more at G4TVlast_img read more


HTC buys controlling stake in Dr Dres Beats Electronics

September 21, 2019

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first_imgHTC has today announced a strategic partnership with Beats Electronics, best known for the Beats by Dr. Dre audio solutions. That strategic partnership is actually a $300 million investment and controlling stake in the company.Beats Electronics was created by Dr. Dre with a focus on delivering better sound through headphones and speakers and providing playback of music much closer to what the artist intended. The Beats audio solutions have also found their way into laptops through a deal with HP and the Envy line, but will now also be added to HTC’s range of devices.By bringing Beats on board HTC will gain both a marketing and a feature advantage over other smartphones and tablets on the market. Its gadgets will be able to boast better audio output either through the included speakers or headphones, if you are using a Beats set of course, and can carry the well-known and easily recognized Beats branding.In taking a controlling stake HTC can use the Beats technology as it wishes, but has chosen to allow the company to continue working “autonomously.” That means existing relationships with Monster Cable products and HP will be maintained, but any new relationships will come under scrutiny by HTC who will no doubt want the focus on its own products going forward.Read more at the HTC press release and The RegisterMatthew’s OpinionSmartphones and tablets can be differentiated from each other in many different ways, but until now the focus has been on providing better displays, faster components, and improving the on-board software. As these devices mature such differences mean less and less because everyone can provide a good platform. So you have to use other features to make your products stand out.The Beats acquisition is therefore a clever one, as HTC can now ensure no other smartphone or tablet manufacturer can use the Beats audio solution without its express permission. It’s also a great name to use for marketing too. Will HTC introduce a Beats range of phones? Or will the name be associated with all audio in its products going forward? Whatever the company decides, expect to start seeing that name on HTC advertising and better audio emanating from future HTC devices.last_img read more


Create your own Bat signal with this 15000 lumen spotlight

September 21, 2019

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first_imgFor those of you who are aspiring superheroes that want to offer your local law enforcement agency a way to get your attention, lighting manufacturer 4Sevens has got you covered with its new XM18 LED spotlight. The company claims that the unit has an impressive 15,000 lumen power rating, offering plenty of light to throw your superhero emblem on the night sky.Released in Las Vegas at the recent SHOT convention, the XM18 sports eighteen different LED lights powered by 32 lithium cells that are built into the housing at the bottom of the unit. The light is weather resistant, and even includes a fan for thermal control since you can imagine how much heat this thing generates. If for some reason 15,000 lumens isn’t enough power for you, the XM18 is modular in its design, allowing you to bolt several units together to create the level of lighting you need. Hey, if your career as a crime fighter doesn’t pan out, you could always start a vampire hunting business. This flashlight is not for everyone, however, as it requires some serious power and expenditure. 4Sevens even built in a warning beep when powering the light on to let people know that a light bombardment is about to commence. With a retail price tag of $2,499, the market for the XM18 is going to be industries and professions that require a large amount of light like photographers or law-enforcement officials. Of course, if you have that much money burning a whole in your pocket, feel free to invest and experiment.Read more at 4sevens.com, via The Vergelast_img read more


Mysterious venomous King of Wasps discovered in Indonesia

September 21, 2019

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first_imgEarlier this month we talked about the rediscovery of tree lobsters that were thought to be extinct, but now we’ve found out about some insect related news that is much less amusing. On the Indonesian island of Sulawesi researchers have found a venomous breed of wasps that have tremendous hooked jaws. No, they aren’t tracker jackers, the insect is known as Megalara garuda, and if you’re the least bit afraid of creepy crawlies, it’s sure to replace the millipedes and cockroaches in your nightmares.The male Megalara garuda is 2 to 2.5 inches long, depending on the reports you read, and is clad with giant, scary mandibles. The jaws, the paper notes, are nearly as long as the insects’ forelegs The females aren’t quite as large, but they look large enough that I’d start running if I was in Sulawesi (maybe hunting down some great coffee?) and heard buzzing. It’ll come as no surprise that the wasp is a predator, like surviving entirely off of other insects.The so-called “King of Wasps” has yet to be caught alive — I’d imagine they would have trouble finding volunteers — and not much is known about the species. The specimens that have been discovered were in a threatened area, where the forests are being turned into crop land or used for open pit mining.The wasp was discovered by UC Davis professor of entomology Lynn Kimsey, in 2011. The hope is that much more can be learned about it and the other species in this highly diverse area before they are threatened (or further threatened) by development of the island.ZooKeys 177 paper, via Nat Geolast_img read more


Geek deals 80 off Canon Powershot SX40 HS 12MP digital camera and

September 21, 2019

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first_imgOver the past few years, we’ve seen a lot of popular technologies advance rather dramatically. This is especially true in the mobile space, where smartphones and tablets have taken exponential leaps. One area where the advances have been much more conservative though, is with digital cameras.While the camera built into your smartphone has shown strong improvements, generations of digital cameras show much more subtle evolutions. The minutia of the cumulative changes in your average point & shoot cameras are impressive from a technical perspective, but the sum of their effects doesn’t cause shock & awe. Instead, you’ll find that a P&S camera today makes it easier for your novice photographer to take better pictures.Software fine-tuning allows for automatic adjustments and tweaks to images, along with smarter auto-focus and light adaptation. Image sensors have also improved, though not dramatically, to allow for higher resolution images and better low-light performance. Lenses are probably the most stagnant area of the P&S market, which makes sense considering they make up a large portion of the cost in a digital camera. Zoom options have been pretty consistent for years, though we are seeing more of a push for “fast” lenses that let more light in and thus are more flexible.Canon’s Powershot SX40 HS is arguably one of the top point & shoot cameras around. It takes the sum of all these incremental improvements  mentioned above and produces a camera that has long zoom, large 12MP images, and is well-suited for both the amateur on “Auto” or the experienced photographer who will use it in full manual mode. We especially love the flexibility offered by its 35x zoom lens, offering a 35mm equivalent zoom of 24-840mm.Included in this deal is a 4GB Eye-Fi SD card. Eye-Fi’s cards are unique in that they have WiFi built into them and thus can automatically upload your photos to your PC, favorite web service (Facebook, Flickr, Picasa, etc), or even straight to your Android or iOS device. This deal already offers the SX40 at $80 below Canon’s MSRP, but also includes the 4GB Eye-Fi card ($40 value).Visit LogicBuy for the Canon Powershot SX40 HS 12MP Digital Camera deal or browse more Dell Home deals & couponslast_img read more


Music publishers caught faking billions of YouTube video views

September 21, 2019

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first_imgMusic publishers are determined to stamp out piracy through lawsuits, pushing hard for new laws, and advertising campaigns to highlight how bad piracy is. But when it comes to bolstering revenue from YouTube videos, it seems they don’t mind breaking the rules and generating billions of fake views.The problem is, Google has caught three music publishers doing just that, and deleted billions of video views in response.RCA, Sony/BMG, and Universal, have all been found to be using online services in order to generate more views for specific videos. By doing this it creates more interest as the videos are seen as being popular and in turn get more exposure. But views also generate revenue for both Google and the music publishers from the adverts positioned next to them.The extent of the artificial views is quite staggering. RCA had managed to add 39 million fake views to its videos, Sony/BMG added 847.7 million, but Universal is the worst offender and has had well over a billion fake views removed from videos. I can only imagine the impact those views had on the exposure and revenue-generating ability of each video.It looks as though Google has just slapped these companies on the wrist for violating YouTube’s terms of service. If this were a user, they’d be facing an account ban, but it’s a bit different when the violation is performed by companies who must generate a considerable amount of revenue for Google, even before faking video views.I’d say this is the last we’ll hear about this particular incident, but I would not be at all surprised to see more fake views appearing in the future. They’ll probably just use a new method to generate them and hope to not get caught again.via Tom’s Guidelast_img read more


Camera attached to an eagle creates amazing flight video

September 21, 2019

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first_imgHigh definition wearable cameras have produced some fantastic videos when attached to a human. For example, the skydivers who wear wingsuits and buzz the ground, downhill mountain bikers, the inside a fighter jet during take off and flying, or the many parkour and skateboard first-person perspective videos that have appeared. But what about if you managed to attach such a camera to a bird and captured it flying?That’s what YouTube user Srachi managed to do by attaching what is thought to be a GoPro camera to the back of an eagle. The video below shows that eagle in flight above the Mar De Glace area in Charmonix.There’s a question mark over whether this is actually a GoPro camera being used, but that hasn’t stopped GoPro requesting more details via the YouTube comments and wanting to get more footage of the eagle flight on the official GoPro site. Little is known about the video in general, but you can see what looks to be the eagle’s handler sitting on the ground below at one point in the footage.The type of camera being used isn’t important, it’s the footage that we’re interested in. It demonstrates just how smooth the flight of a bird can be, even if they are carrying extra weight on their backs. This also confirms nothing can beat a bird’s eye view of such beautiful scenery, and shows us why flying drones carrying HD cameras are only going to get more popular, both with the general public and for surveillance purposes.last_img read more


US sailor released after arrest on suspicion of sexual assault in Dublin

September 21, 2019

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first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article US sailor released after arrest on suspicion of sexual assault in Dublin hotel A file is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions. Friday 24 Mar 2017, 11:03 AM A US SAILOR who was arrested Wednesday morning on suspicion of sexually assaulting a woman in Dublin has been released without charge.The sailor, a man aged in his 30s, is a crew member of the American military ship the USS Donald Cook which is berthed at Cobh in Co Cork.The alleged sexual assault on a woman took place in a Dublin city centre hotel in the early hours of Wednesday morning. The man was arrested at the hotel at about 10am.It is understood that the sailor was on shore leave at the time of the arrest.The US Embassy yesterday confirmed the incident. The incident is currently under investigation, and the US Navy is cooperating fully with local law enforcement, an Garda Síochána.A garda spokesperson today confirmed the man was released without charge. A file will now be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.The US Navy has also said an investigation is underway.NavyTimes, quoting a spokesperson for the US Sixth Fleet, reported it is anticipated that the US will formally request Irish authorities relinquish jurisdiction.- With reporting by Cianan Brennan.Read: US sailor arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting woman in Dublin hotel> http://jrnl.ie/3304225 No Comments Mar 24th 2017, 11:03 AM center_img Image: Vadim Ghirda/AP/Press Association Images 14,986 Views Short URL By Michelle Hennessy Share24 Tweet Email Image: Vadim Ghirda/AP/Press Association Imageslast_img read more


Dublin man who sold 10 stolen cars on Donedeal wanted to give

September 21, 2019

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first_img A FATHER OF eight who agreed to sell ten stolen cars for almost €90,000 on the Donedeal website is to be sentenced next May.Nicholas Keane (41) later told gardaí in interview that the operation gave him the chance to make money because he was behind on his maintenance.“I wanted to get money together to give my kids a good Christmas”, he said.He apologised for the crimes and said he felt bad for those that lost money.“I feel terrible, I feel guilty. If I won the lotto I would pay them all back”.Keane of Chapel Street, Balbriggan, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to ten counts of handling stolen vehicles and two charges of inducing another to purchase a stolen vehicle on dates between July and October 2016.He has a number of previous convictions including theft, stealing cars, road traffic and drug offences.Detective Garda William Saunderson told Pieter Le Vert BL, prosecuting, that he was satisfied that Keane’s role was to sell on the cars and that he was not responsible for stealing the vehicles. He was to get paid about €500 for each successful sale.Keane, who went under the name of David O’Brien, would meet the purchaser at a pre-arranged rendezvous, hand over the registration details and the car and accept the payment for the vehicle in cash.He took in a total of €88,795, which he told gardaí he then handed over to a man with “a foreign accent”.Det Gda Saunderson said that many people reported the vehicles as stolen to the gardaí themselves when they noticed discrepancies on the tax discs on the car.Keane met all of his potential customers in public areas around Dublin and, as he was not wearing a disguise, he was clearly captured on CCTV cameras.A number of victims, stated in victim impact reports before the court, how the financial loss they suffered greatly impacted on their lives.Most of the buyers had carried out vehicle checks on the cars before agreeing to buy them, with one man taking it to his local mechanic to be looked over.Many people bought the car with funds raised from life savings, while others borrowed cash or traded in old vehicles to complete the sale.One woman, who had borrowed money from her sister and credit union to buy a vehicle from Keane for €13,750, had to later borrow more money from the credit union to pay back her sister and buy a new car. The family was under extreme pressure as a result and she had to get another job to help back the debt.Another man, who had paid €9,500 for a car from Keane, worried about having enough income to pay his mortgage and was under so much stress that his long-term relationship broke down.This man and another victim, indicated that there was a need to have some sort of assistance in place to help compensate people who found themselves victims of such crimes.John Byrne BL, defending, said that Keane had worked on building sites but ran into financial difficulties while out of work and was lured into offending by the promise of easy money.Byrne said his client had no involvement with stealing the cars, but rather that he was “the front of house man”, the person “who dupes people into buying the cars”.He said Keane accepted a high degree of moral culpability and said he had no financial means to repay the victims.Judge Melanie Greally ordered a probation report and remanded Keane in custody. She adjourned the matter for finalisation on 28 May next.Comments are closed as legal proceedings are ongoing By Sonya McClean Short URL Dublin man who sold 10 stolen cars on Donedeal ‘wanted to give my kids a good Christmas’ Nicholas Keane did not steal the cars but agreed to sell them. 35,266 Views Image: Shutterstock No Comments Share21 Tweet Email1 https://jrnl.ie/4525707 Image: Shutterstock Wednesday 6 Mar 2019, 6:05 AM Mar 6th 2019, 6:06 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more


Death of woman in Donegal house being treated as a sudden death

September 21, 2019

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first_img GARDAÍ AREN’T TREATING as suspicious the death of a woman whose body was found in Co Donegal over the weekend. The woman, aged in her 40s, was found dead at a house on Lough Road, Milford early yesterday morning. Gardaí had been waiting until the State Pathologist carried out a post-mortem investigation before determining the course of their investigation.Following a post-mortem examination today, Gardaí are now treating the matter as a “sudden death” and a file will be prepared for the Coroner. Sunday 12 May 2019, 6:00 PM By Gráinne Ní Aodha May 12th 2019, 6:00 PM 21,182 Views Short URL Share6 Tweet Email A section of Lough Road as it leads into Milford, Co Donegal. Image: Google Mapscenter_img Image: Google Maps https://jrnl.ie/4631570 1 Comment A section of Lough Road as it leads into Milford, Co Donegal. Death of woman in Donegal house being treated as a ‘sudden death’ The woman was found dead in the bedroom of a house early yesterday morning. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more


Harvey Weinstein pleads not guilty to sexual assault charges as trial delayed

September 21, 2019

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first_img Short URL Weinstein leaving court today A US JUDGE has postponed Harvey Weinstein’s sexual assault trial until next year, after New York prosecutors filed a new indictment that will allow an actress to testify against the fallen movie mogul.Weinstein, 67, pleaded not guilty to charges of predatory sexual assault relating to two women in a fresh indictment amended so that the actress, another of Weinstein’s accusers, can give evidence as a corroborating witness.The indictment is effectively the same as an earlier indictment and the two are likely to be merged eventually.One of the women alleges Weinstein raped her in 2013, while the other claims he forcibly performed oral sex on her in 2006.Documents released after the 15-minute hearing in a New York state court showed that a third women alleges she was sexually assaulted by Weinstein over the winter of 1993-94 in Manhattan.The woman’s name is redacted, but lawyer Gloria Allred said it was her client Annabella Sciorra, known for her appearances in the hit television series The Sopranos.“I commend Annabella for her willingness to take the stand and answer questions under oath,” Allred said in a statement.Sciorra, 59, helped trigger the #MeToo movement in October 2017 when she told The New Yorker magazine that Weinstein raped her at her home in Manhattan in 1993.Weinstein cannot be charged with raping Sciorra because the 25-year statute of limitations has expired.The judge denied a prosecution request that Sciorra be allowed to give evidence at Weinstein’s trial because she had not testified before a grand jury as required under US law.The new indictment will allow her to testify, which could strengthen the prosecution’s case.Judge James Burke postponed the start of the trial to 6 January 2020 to give Weinstein’s defense time to prepare. It had been scheduled to start on 9 September.Trial to be moved?Weinstein, wearing a dark suit, laughed and said “not really” when he was asked by the judge whether he wanted to go to trial.Once one of the most powerful men in Hollywood, Weinstein has been accused of harassment and assault by more than 80 women, including stars such as Angelina Jolie and Ashley Judd.The original accusations against him were a catalyst for America’s #MeToo movement.Weinstein, the co-founder of Miramax, has always insisted his sexual relationships were consensual.The number of accusers appearing in court can influence the verdict, as seen in the 2018 conviction of Bill Cosby.Allred said Sciorra was willing to testify despite anticipating a “vigorous cross-examination by the defense, which no doubt would not be pleasant for any witness to endure”.Weinstein’s lawyers denounced the new indictment as a “desperate” last-minute move and asked for it to be dismissed.“The case itself is weak,” Weinstein’s lawyer Donna Rotunno told reporters outside court.His attorneys have also asked for the trial to be moved, arguing that intense coverage in New York’s tabloids has meant he won’t get a fair trial.An appellate court will likely make a decision later on Monday, but the request is expected to be rejected.© – AFP 2019Comments are closed for legal reasons Aug 26th 2019, 9:43 PM 13,647 Views Weinstein leaving court today Image: Mark Lennihan/PA Images No Comments Share1 Tweet Email center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By AFP Image: Mark Lennihan/PA Images Monday 26 Aug 2019, 9:43 PM Harvey Weinstein pleads not guilty to sexual assault charges as trial delayed to next year Weinstein laughed and said “not really” when he was asked by the judge whether he wanted to go to trial. https://jrnl.ie/4783336 last_img read more


People with intellectual disabilities were made feel their stories werent as valuable

September 21, 2019

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first_img Aisling Byrne and Mark Smith. Image: Luca Trufarelli By Orla Dwyer 5 Comments 12,199 Views Aisling Byrne and Mark Smith. Monday 9 Sep 2019, 8:00 PM “MAKING A MARK is my story. It’s based on my real story of my life and my struggles.”Mark Smith, from Celbridge in Co Kildare, is an actor who has Down Syndrome. Now he has co-created a theatre show based on his life, called Making a Mark. It opens at the Dublin Fringe Festival this week, and Smith and his collaborators spoke to us about why they believe it’s such an important show.Making a Mark will showcase both Smith’s struggles and successes, and was created with artistic director of Run of the Mill Theatre Aisling Byrne and writer Shaun Dunne. Smith tells TheJournal.ie that he is greatly looking forward to people hearing about his struggles so he can “put his story out there”.  Share37 Tweet Email5 ‘People with intellectual disabilities were made feel their stories weren’t as valuable as the next person’s’ Mark Smith, who has Down Syndrome is performing in a new show about his life, written by Shaun Dunne. center_img Afloat – Two women survive the climate apocalypse which has left Dublin underwater. Taking refuge on the top floor of the SIPTU building, they reminisce over the last days of Dublin and whether they could have prevented the wreckage from happening.  Cuckoo – Several chatty rice cookers will take you on a historical tour through 20 years of Korean history. This show combines personal experience from the artist with political events and reflections on happiness, death and economic crises. Irish Food: A Play – Coming fresh from the Wild Atlantic Way, this show evokes a multitude of senses and explores the origins of food culture from around Ireland. Prepared by chef Jp McMahon and served alongside brown soda bread, boiled potatoes and religious tension. Are You Well? – A show that will try to teach you Irish and help you understand your feelings in Irish culture, where expression is often suppressed. Described as an ‘ill-prepared Irish lesson’, expect to learn little Irish but have a lot of fun.See the full lineup on the Dublin Fringe Festival website.  Sep 9th 2019, 8:00 PM Image: Luca Trufarelli Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/4799229 Short URL It might be emotional, but it’s actually quite good and I’m very excited about it.  Aisling Byrne said that the show is about Mark’s achievements, adding that he has had an “extremely interesting life”. Interesting is certainly the correct word. Smith won a Special Olympics silver medal in 1999, battled cancer, lost his father at 18 and shared a hug with Justin Bieber in Maynooth two years ago. His main goal at the moment is to show people that he should be taken more seriously through this new show.  “There can be this lack of understanding in the wider community of the multi-dimensionality of a person with a disability and especially someone with Down syndrome,” said Byrne. “Mark can’t walk down through the town without getting high-fived and fist-bumped – and while he loves that, he’s also kind of standing here with his show and saying ‘I’m a multi-faceted person, there’s more to me than a person standing smiling at the bus stop’.”The pair said they want to see the arts become more accessible to people with intellectual disabilities – whether as creators, participants or audience members. “I truly believe we have an accessibility issue in Ireland in terms of theatre and getting people into shows,” said Byrne.Thinking of access as not just putting a ramp in, but also how do we reach out to audiences and let them know that this is on and engage them in work?Smith and Byrne hope the show will be good for people with disabilities to see Smith’s story take centre-stage, rather than have him as a side character.  “He [Smith] didn’t just aspire to engage in the arts and theatre as a cultural right or as enjoyment, he wanted to make a career of this and I thought he had the talent to do it,” said Byrne. “For me, theatre is about telling stories and platforming stories we haven’t heard before. For many years, people with intellectual disabilities were made to feel that they weren’t included in the community or in our society, and that their stories and experiences weren’t as valuable as the next persons’,” she added.  Mark Smith. Source: Luca TrufarelliLa-di-da Smith and Byrne have known each other for around a decade, since they first worked together at St John of God community service in Celbridge. “The first time I met Aisling, I thought she was la-di-da, but actually she’s very nice,” laughed Smith when asked about their first meeting. “I met Mark on my first day on the job and I knew straight away that he had that ‘star quality’, to quote Louis Walsh,” added Byrne. “Our friendship evolved as our work together started to flow, and we became more ambitious.”Smith has acted in several plays directed by Byrne and played the lead role in Shakespeare’s King Lear at the Draíocht Arts Centre in Blanchardstown three years ago. 20 years in TescoWhen he’s not acting, Smith works in Tesco in Maynooth, where he recently won an award for 20 years of service. He has also worked part-time in Maynooth University for the past eight years, working with the Students’ Union and guest lecturing.  Making a Mark came about after a discussion between Smith and Byrne. “Shaun [writer of the show] and I were in the process of presenting our latest work, and I was telling Mark over coffee about what we were working on and explaining how we do our documentaries, and he was like ‘why don’t you make a show about my life?’” she explained. “I was always keeping my ear to the ground for Mark as to opportunities that might be out there for him to be artistically fulfilled.”Byrne, Smith and writer Dunne received a residency supporting artists with disabilities from the Axis Centre in Ballymun. However, the role had never been filled by an artist with an intellectual disability. “It gave us money, time, resources and a six-month residency in the Axis,” said Byrne. “We buried ourselves away in the Axis for six months and asked Mark what he wanted to share of himself.” Aisling Byrne and Mark Smith. Source: Luca TrufarelliThe show features Smith and Byrne performing as themselves in a mix of an interview and a self-led confessional. The pair are prioritising touring the show at the moment. “We want to maximise the visibility of this piece because we feel like we’re breaking ground with this in terms of placing the voice of an artist with a disability front and centre in a sophisticated piece of contemporary theatre,” said Byrne.  Smith said he “really hopes” the show gets the opportunity to tour between Ireland, the UK and the US.  “We really feel it’s quite brave – brave of Mark and a very brave piece of work,” said Byrne.  The Dublin Fringe Festival is taking place from 7-22 September. Making a Mark will preview on 11 September and performances will take place from 12-14 September in the Project Arts Centre in Temple Bar. It will also be at the Axis Theatre, Ballymun on 17 September at 1.30pm and 7.30pm.Other shows at the festival include:last_img read more


Theophanous committal hearing continues

September 21, 2019

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The committal hearing in the case of Theo Theophanous who is accused of rape is continuing on Friday in the Melbourne’s Magistrate Court. A woman claims that she was raped by the Victorian MP in a night of September 1998, inside his Parliamentary office. Last week the court heard testimonies from the alleged victim as well as three of her friends. The friends were testifying to the fact that they were contacted by the woman after the alleged rape. Two of the three witnesses disputed her claims that they were made aware of the alleged incident and even went so far as to testify that their friend tried to cajole their cooperation to her claims. “She wanted me to help her out with the case,” one of the witnesses said on Wednesday, according to media reports. “She was coaching me to say things. She was asking me to give false evidence,” she added. In her testimony she even discredited the claim that she exchanged emails with the alleged victim regarding the supposed sexual attack. A third woman on Friday testified that she did receive a distress call from the alleged victim. She testified via video link from London saying that her friend called her from a pay phone in September of 1998 in a state of panic revealing to her that she had been the victim of an attack. “Raped, attacked, I don’t remember the exact words,” she said.“She was very upset, more than upset, she was in a panic, she was very distressed,” she added. The friend also testified that the connection was abruptly cut because the alleged victim did not add money to extend the duration of the call.Defence lawyer Robert Richter QC, however, disputed her claim saying that local calls in Australia are paid on a fixed rate rather than on a time basis. Moreover, Mr Theophanous’ lawyer questioned the fact that after the distress call two days passed without any communication between the two women. The witness responded that she didn’t feel that close with the alleged victim at the time to initiate contact pressing for more information.At the end of the hearings Magistrate Peter Reardon will decide if the matter will go to trial.last_img read more


AMAC protests Victoria University survey

September 21, 2019

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first_imgThe Australian Macedonian Advisory Council (AMAC) is asking a Victoria University (VU) study to change the wording of an online survey, that they deem offensive.After taking offence to content of a survey for people of Slav-Macedonian background, conducted by a VU research centre, Con Kouremenos, from AMAC, wrote a letter to the academics heading up the program.The study, which is one of four, was constructed by a team of academics from the University of WA, University of Adelaide, Latrobe University and VU.Mr Kouremenos said AMAC was concerned by the involvement of the United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD) in the research survey titled Are you of Macedonian or of Macedonian Background? Mr Kouremenos also highlighted an issue with question 15 of the online survey, which asks the respondent to what extent it agrees with the statement “Australia should recognise Macedonia’s constitutional name without delay”. “The UMD is not even an Australian organisation, we find it weird they’re trying to lobby the Australian government when they’re not even Australian. We were just trying to say we’re against the point, at the moment Australia recognises that country as FYROM (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), that’s the name the UN uses,” Mr Kouremenos said. Associate Professor Danny Ben-Moshe from Victoria University told Neos Kosmos the UMD has an Australian arm and question 15 is just one of many questions that was of interest to them. “UMD are a partner in the study, I’m not sure what the problem is with the question. If the inference is that it’s an illegitimate question I don’t understand why that would need to be explained because that is a real issue for that community,” he said. “In almost every consultation we had, with each different community, they all raised different issues that they wanted to have in the survey. I can point to dozens of questions across all the four surveys, because to the particular community groups we consulted with, these were issues they wanted information on,” he said.AMAC identified terminology used in question one, which asks for the respondent’s place of birth and gives the option ‘Aegean Macedonia (in Greece)’, as highly inappropriate. “The term “Aegean Macedonia” is a term coined by the Communist Party of Yugoslavia in order to legitimise its claims on the Greek province of Macedonia and, in particular, the port of Thessaloniki,” AMAC stated in a press release. “You can’t refer to Aegean Macedonia as a country because it’s in Greece. It would’ve been fine if it said the state of Macedonia in Greece, some people are from the border, but it’s not the right way to put it. It’s got a bit of a nationalistic connotation,” Mr Kouremenos said. Prof. Ben-Moshe said he had responded to AMAC explaining that the term ‘Aegean Macedonian’ was introduced into the survey after extensive consultations with that community. “When we went out and consulted on and piloted the survey, people were saying ‘I’m not Greek, I am from Aegean Macedonia’. I am not passing judgment on that. I’m not saying it’s right, wrong, good or bad; my view is completely irrelevant. My interest as a researcher is how do people self define?” Prof. Ben-Moshe said. “After consultations and the pilot process, we were basically obliged to apply recommended terminology as part of the process of self definition…there is the option of ‘other’ in the survey, it might be that 100 percent of respondents put Greece as their place of birth, that’s entirely up to the individuals,” he said.Mr Kouremenos said AMAC is hoping the university will change the wording of the survey. “At the moment a lot of those questions are pretty ambiguous, but most of the other questions were okay,” he said. However, Mr Ben-Moshe said these processes and practices are normal in academic work of this nature, and that the university certainly would not be contemplating doing anything that would undermine these academic principles and practices. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


Pike adds twist to Wales Street Primary campaign

September 21, 2019

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first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The campaign to bring back Greek to Wales Street Primary School has been given a boost this week, with Victorian Education Minister Bronwyn Pike stepping in to see if there is sufficient interest to re-introduce Modern Greek next year. It seems to reflect what we were saying, that the process, as managed by the school, was flawed to say the least.“The Department will be working with the school and the Greek Community to conduct a second survey to consider the re-introduction of a Greek Language program in 2011,” a spokesperson from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, told Neos Kosmos. “This second survey will be conducted in the knowledge that additional funds are available to support the program.” Last month, local members Jenny Mikakos and Fiona Richardson secured funding for Modern Greek to coexist with Italian as part of the school’s Languages Other Than English (LOTE) program, but the school council refused the funding. Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria board member Theo Markos, who has been campaigning for the reintroduction of Greek, said he spoke with Ms Pike last week, who assured him the department wanted the process to be over as soon as possible. He told Neos Kosmos the department was hoping to secure a consultant to design the survey, which would include information about the funding offer, by the end of the week. “Our hopes are that be end of November, early December, we’ll have a result,” he said. Wales Street parent Angelo Dritsas said most of the other parents he’d spoken to saw this as a positive outcome.“It seems to reflect what we were saying, that the process, as managed by the school, was flawed to say the least,” he said. Mr Dritsas said he thought there would be enough interest to reinstate Greek, because there were 212 students enrolled when the program finished at the end of 2009, and the school’s population has since grown. “The past survey indicated that 29% of the school population would like to see the Greek language program,” he said. “That indicates to me that there are parents who would like their children to drop Italian and pick up Greek.” But Wales Street Primary School Principal, Chris Sexton, said he’d received no official communication from the department apart from a telephone call from the department last Friday. “The regional manager rang me and said he thought there was going to be some kind of survey or something, and I said “well, what does that mean, and he said ‘I don’t quite know at the moment,’ and I haven’t herd anything since,” he said. Mr Sexton said the situation was “highly unusual” and he didn’t know what the process would be should the survey find the school does actually want to reinstate Modern Greek. He added that, in the past, finding a teacher for Modern Greek had been difficult. “I’ve found it quite challenging in the past finding a Greek teacher, and I’ve had to advertise positions a number of times,” he said. Theo Markos told Neos Kosmos that, should the program be reinstated, it was the school’s responsibility to find a teacher, but added that the GOCMV were happy to help. “My understanding is that there are teachers available,” he said.last_img read more


FYROM provokes

September 21, 2019

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first_imgReports on the beginning of work for the placing of a statue of Alexander the Great in the central square in Skopje drew strong reaction from the Greek Foreign ministry. “Under other conditions, the decision by the government of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to spend almost ten million euros to honour Alexander the Great, placing a statue of the Greek army commander in the central square of Skopje would honour us,” said a relevant statement by press spokesman Grigoris Delavekouras.He added that this act, apart from being colourful has as a basic axis the effort to appropriate Greek history with the aim of cultivating nationalism and confrontation. It was added that it is “in full contrast to relations of good neighbourliness and will have inevitable consequences on the country’s euro-atlantic prospect.” Delavekouras also revealed that Greece will inform its partners and allies, as well as the international organisations on this provocative act. Source: Athens News Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


Melbourne more expensive than New York

September 21, 2019

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first_imgMelbourne has been ranked the eighth most expensive city in the world, one place behind Sydney in the Worldwide Cost of Living Survey. Touted as one of the world’s most livable city, research has found it’s almost 50 per cent more expensive to live there than New York. The strong Aussie dollar was to blame for this rise that has seen a loaf of bread in Melbourne almost double in cost in the past decade with petrol prices going up three times in the last ten years. Zurich took the crown as the world’s most expensive city, overtaking Tokyo and Geneva third. Other Australian cities made the top 20 with Perth (12th), Brisbane (equal 13th) and Adelaide (equal 17th). Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


Nearly 23 mln cruise passengers sailed Greek seas

September 21, 2019

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first_imgPassenger traffic at the four main cruise ports in Greece was very satisfactory last year, data from the Technical Committee for Cruise Tourism of the Port Association of Greece showed.A total of 2,295,711 passengers cruised the Greek seas in 2012, including 440,098 who embarked and disembarked at the same port (home porting).Almost three-quarters of them (74 percent) used Piraeus as their home port, 15 percent chose Corfu, 11 percent opted for Iraklio and 2 percent for Lavrio.Transit cruise passengers numbered 2,485,613.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more