Sep 21 2019

Quick Review Kirbys Epic Yarn for Wii

first_imgWhen gamers above the age of 10 first see Kirby’s Epic Yarn, I’m pretty sure they will react the same way I did–assume the game is for children move on. And it’s hard to blame them–the E-for-everyone game is so cutesy that it makes Mario looks like Jack the Ripper. And it’s not even Kirby as we’ve best loved him, flying around and sucking up enemies. After playing the game I would suggest you reconsider, fight your instincts, and give it a shot.Kirby’s Epic Yarn is a delightful game for people of all ages. Sure, the fact that a young child can play it successfully means that veteran gamers will find it quite easy, but the older you are the more you will be able to get from it (well, up to a point). Just like a Pixar movie Kirby’s Epic Yarn scales with the user–kids will be able to enjoy the graphics and cute characters while old people will be able to enjoy these as well as the skill-based challenges and item collection.At no point will the game be as hard as New Super Mario Bros. or Donkey Kong Country Returns, but that doesn’t mean it’s not fun. Dedicated gamers won’t be on the edge of their seats but they will probably find it to be a fresh, yet relaxing take on a 2D platformer. The game experience will vary for children based on their age, but I’m guessing it will be fine for children of 5 and up.That the game is a Mario-style platformer and one that requires little skill is almost aside from the point. Kirby’s Epic Yarn takes place in an incredibly inviting world where everything is made of fabric. This seems silly until you start playing you see how much fun Nintendo’s level designers had with the environment. Enemies are made of yarn and can be unwound with a string-whip. Secret areas can be revealed by pulling a zipper and a boss can be slayed by pulling on a button that hangs on a loose thread. It’s clever and something that everyone can related to.The creativity here is through the roof, but Nintendo also nailed the execution. Kirby is easy to control and the moves are limited. In fact you only use the standard Wii remote in its sideways mode, so the controls are as simple as that of any Nintendo game. There is no motion control but the movement feels smooth and the gameplay is quite forgiving. There is almost no punishment for wrong actions so players are free to keep trying until the accomplish their goal. You can’t die so there is nothing to worry about and no frustrating moments.As always with Nintendo games, the player controls are precise and feel well tuned.  This includes when Kirby morphs into one of this special forms, like a tank or spaceship.There isn’t much of a story, but what the plot does is explain why you are in the yarn-based dream world. There are some things you want to do here–characters to help, a bad guy to beat, and and apparently a house to furnish–but the story isn’t overly important. Young players will be able to appreciate it, but old people will probably find it slow and rather dull.Kirby’s Epic Yarn has cooperative two player mode so you can play at the same time as a friend, sibling, or your child. In this mode you can help each other other, in case someone gets stuck, but it’s pretty much the same game as in single-player mode, not a competitive or considerably enhanced experience as we say in the last Mario game.There are few downsides, but I would definitely point out that holding the Wiimote for extended periods of time is rather uncomfortable. I did enjoy the move to NES-era controls but ergonomically speaking it’s a step back.Overall the word I would use to describe Kirby’s Epic Yarn is delightful. It’s great for kids and fun for adults. Sure, there are no decapitations or machine guns, but it’s still possible to have a good time with it, if only to enjoy a well-crafted game and a brilliantly conceived game world. It’ll be easy for anyone who games with any regularity (even kids) but this didn’t stop me from having a good time. And don’t worry, Donkey Kong Country Returns will be around in few weeks and then you’ll get all the challenge you’ve been waiting for. Before then though you’ll want to try this game, it’s worth your time.i_2575e2i_2575e2i_25753i_25752i_25751i_25750i_25749i_25749i_25746i_25745i_25742i_25741i_25735i_25441i_25429i_25428i_25422i_25421i_25191last_img read more

Sep 21 2019

Call of Duty Black Ops Sets Sales Record

first_imgHow big is Call of Duty: Black Ops? Really big. Really,really big. The game has set a new sales record–not just for video games, for entertainmentin general, posting $360 million in sales in 24 hours for North America.That’s $50 million more than the $310 million Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 2 brought in last year. It’s also just under the current weekendworldwide box office sales record for a film. That record belongs to HarryPotter and the Half-Blood Prince, which raked in $394 million in its firstweekend.Sales for the game are ahead of Activision’s initialprojections. The game may even manage to bring in $1 billion over the course ofthe holiday season.last_img read more

Sep 21 2019

Daily Gift Dots Gloves

first_imgIt’s getting pretty darn cold outside, but donning gloves renders using your touch screen devises impossible. Well, here’s the solution and a also a great holiday gift idea:Dots Gloves. They keep you warm and connected by eliminating the need to remove your gloves to answer a simple phone call, text or email.  Dots Gloves, dubbed The iPhone Glove, allow you touch, tap, pinch and scroll on your touch screen device. These spiffy gloves are made of 100% Merino lambswool from the United Kingdom and come in black, marsh, coal, brick, and grey. Several exclusive designs can also be found at Open Ceremony locations in NYC.There are similar brands of touch screen compatible gloves, such as Agloves, but they only come in charcoal grey (boring) and they’re slightly more expensive. You can snag a pair of Dots Gloves for a friend or family member for $15.50 (black, grey and coal) or $20 (brick and marsh). P.S. make sure you check out the sizing chart to ensure a precision tailored fit.last_img read more

Sep 21 2019

The Bloom A Laptop You Can Break Down And Recycle

first_imgRecycling electronics is a pain. Because they are made up of so many different components, separating what is recyclable from what isn’t can be very difficult and time consuming. But a group of students and researchers from Stanford University and Aalto University in Finland have come up with a solution: the Bloom.This laptop can be easily broken down in around 30 seconds, making the recycling process much simpler. Once detached, the LCD, motherboard, and battery can then be placed in a prepaid envelope located behind the screen so they can be shipped off to a special recycling facility. The rest of the laptop, meanwhile, can simply be sent out with your normal household recycling.AdChoices广告“In every electronic device there are several ‘bad apples’ like LCDs, batteries, processors, and other components that require special recycling facilities to deal with them,” Stanford student Aaron Engel-Hall explained. “Our team wanted to make it easy for the consumer to separate out the ‘bad apples’ and recycle the rest of the laptop in their own recycling bins.”Via GOODlast_img read more

Sep 21 2019

Workout while you work with the GymGym Chair

first_imgThe life of a blogger is a life of gradual corporeal degeneration. Look at me, this sad meat: my prize-winning abdominals, once used to crush grapefruit for delighted onlookers at the beach, have now been replaced with a flaccid albino sack of tapioca pudding. Let’s not even get into my pecs and tris, with which I once delighted to get my pump on, but now have atrophied into amorphous tendrils of muscle-less flesh barely capable of typing these words without going numb from the exertion.Enter the GymGym chair, which attempts to give the 24 hour chair jockey the ability to work out even while he rests comfortably in front of a spreadsheet, Facebook profile or World of Warcraft raid.To be fair, it looks less like a piece of exercise equipment than some sort of elaborate S&M device, or perhaps the chair that a convict might be strapped into before undergoing A Clockwork Orange‘s Ludovico technique.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lffEXqUr2E&feature=player_embeddedIn reality, though, the GymGym Chair is just an adjustable office chair with bungee cords attached to strategic points that allow you to do some stretching and exercising between emails. You can even strap your legs down so as not to go catapulting out of the chair during a particularly intense workout. Considerate!The GymGym chair is available now in three different colors for $599.Read more at GymGymlast_img read more

Sep 21 2019

Why All the Numbers in Facebook Statuses

first_imgJust as you were getting to the bottom of the cartoon characters as profile pictures phenomenon, another odd trend rears its head on Facebook. This time out, it’s a bunch of numbers in users’ status updates. The reason behind them isn’t quite as grandiose as the cartoon characters’ attempt to end child abuse. The numbers are actually part of a game called, simply enough “The Number Game.”It’s a goofy little game–in fact “game” seems like something of a charitable description of the whole thing. It’s more like passing one of those “Do You Like Me? []Yes []No [] Maybe” notes in class.The rules are fitting simple. Send a friend a random number and they post a status update with their thoughts about you featuring it. Here’s an example from the game’s Facebook site,Number sent to you: 21Status: True friend; you’ve always been there and I’m grateful for our relationship! Reads a bit like it’s been translated verbatim from another language, doesn’t it?The Number Game’s organizers are making a big push to take the thing viral, and judging from all of the press it’s been getting, they’re doing a pretty good job with it.last_img read more

Sep 21 2019

Word Lens translates text using the iPhone camera in realtime

first_imgWe’ve seen a lot of very useful apps appear for the iPhone, but this one takes the cake. Word Lens uses the camera on the iPhone to translate text in real-time.Watching the video included above I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, but it truly does work. Show the app some text written in Spanish, and you get an instant translation appearing on your iPhone screen in English. It also works the other way round English-to-Spanish.At the moment those are the only two languages supported, but it’s easy to see the potential for this to become the standard translation tool on mobile devices. It completely removes the language barrier when it comes to the written word.Word Lens is already available to download and use for free from the App Store.Read more at Quest Visual, via HNMatthew’s OpinionThe app in its current state only does word-for-word translations and won’t take into consideration any grammar. But in most cases you will be able to figure out what is being stated.I’m wondering how long it is going to take Google to get Quest Visual on the phone and talking about bringing this to Android. I wouldn’t be surprised if they were made an offer on the spot to come under the Google wing.Google already has efforts underway to try and create an instant speech translation tool. That would allow you to phone someone who speaks a different language, but hold a conversation with them in your own language. Word Lens is the equivalent of that but for written text.I hope they manage to improve the app to allow for grammar, but also to expand it beyond English and Spanish, turning into a truly universal translator.last_img read more

Sep 21 2019

Man Who Hacked Sarah Palin Enters Federal Prison

first_imgThe man who hacked into Sarah Palin’s Yahoo Webmail account started his year-and-a-day-long prison sentence this week in Ashland, Kentucky. David Kernell, the 23-year-old son of Tennessee Democratic politician, accessed the then Vice Presidential candidate’s inbox by answering a number of security questions.Kernell’s findings eventually made their way onto WikiLeaks, a site that has come under increased scrutiny in the past year, thanks to the release of thousands of classified documents.According to the BBC, the judge in the case suggested that Kernell serve out his term in a halfway house. The Bureau of Prisons thought differently, sending the 23-year-old, who goes by the online name “rubico,” to a low-security prison.last_img read more

Sep 21 2019

Worlds Oldest Drinkable Beer Discovered Drunk

first_imgThe divers discovered 145 bottles of champagne and five bottles of beer on the ship. The beer has since been consumed by professional beer tasters. Said Annika Wilhelmson, an observing scientist, “They said that it did taste very old, which is no surprise, with some burnt notes. But it was quite acidic – which could mean there’s been some fermenting going on in the bottle and with time it’s become acid.”The Technical Research Centre of Finland has since been commissioned to figure out exactly what the beer was made out of. Wilhemson again, “We’re going to try to see if we can find any living yeast or other microbial cells, because that would be very interesting with respect to reproducing the beer.”One the recipe is discovered, the beer will be brewed again. Divers have discovered what scientists to be the oldest drinkable beer ever found. The bottles were discovered on a sunken ship in the Baltic Sea. The ship, which was traveling between Denmark and Russia is believed to gone down between 1800 and 1830.last_img read more

Sep 21 2019

Apple patent reveals idea for thinner MacBook Pro

first_imgWe didn’t really need any new leaks to know that Apple is working on a thinner MacBook Pro. The current design has been around since late 2008 and, despite its greater capabilities, is starting to look chunky next to the ultra-thin MacBook Air. The big question, then, was whether Apple would lose optical drives altogether and essentially merge the Air and Pro lines, or if they would simply slim down the current Pro. It’s looking more like the latter, if a patent that was filed by Apple last year is any indication.The patent focuses on the slimming down of the laptop’s optical drive. In order to do this, Apple is attempting to reinvent much of the core structure of the drive’s casing. Currently, an optical drive requires up and down movement of a motorized hub, which puts the DVD (or other disc) into place. This is the whirring and churning you hear on first inserting a disc. If one could eliminate the need for this securing mechanism, the height of the entire optical drive could be greatly reduced.Apple’s answer for this involves magnetism. The simplified version of the process is that, on inserting a disc, a signal is sent to activate a magnetic field around a hub and clamp. The magnetism leads the hub and clamp to clear away space for the disc, which then centers the disc in place. Once the disc is in place, another signal is sent to remove the magnetic charge. The disc is now in place, without the need for any motorized hubs moving up and down (and taking up precious real estate inside the laptop).The result should be a MacBook Pro that loses some girth. The lack of an optical drive is the biggest advantage that the Air has had over its big brother in achieving its considerable slimness. If the Pro can get almost to Air-like proportions without losing its optical drive, it could make for an unprecedented level of power and portability in notebooks.Of course, Apple is a company that files lots of patents, so take this with a grain of salt. For every one patent that makes it into a product there are many more that never see the light of day. Some are likely filed just to own the innovation. But I think that this one is worth highlighting because it appears to offer an ideal answer for the problem of making a laptop thinner without losing the optical drive.Whether you’re a fan of Apple or not, I think it’s hard not to appreciate the creative thinking behind designs like this, which question the fundamental mechanics of universally accepted designs.via Patently Applelast_img read more

Sep 21 2019

10 hilarious video game glitch GIFs

first_imgModern video games are incredibly complicated bits of programming. There are high-resolution textures to render, physics engines to operate, and all those huge 3D environments. Game designers can only do so much to make sure everything works as it is supposed to, so when you have thousands (or millions) of gamers putting in hour after hour with a game, they’re sure to encounter some bugs that made it past testing. A lot of them are pretty funny too. Let’s check out 10 of the best in GIF form.Click the gallery to see each on of the glitches and then check out the full explanations of each animations below… without your browser being weighed down by all those hefty GIFs!Liberty City police always get their manThis is one of the more common quirks of GTA IV, although an extreme example of it. When you’re busted by the cops in this game, that’s it — game over. It doesn’t matter what happens after the screen grays out. Even if all hell breaks loose and your car gets upended, the arrest animation will continue playing, which is what happened here.An Imperial Legion of soldiers always maintains eye contactThe Elder Scrolls games sometimes get a little confused with spatial relationships. Here a soldier is infinitely rotating his torso, but because the player is engaged in dialog, the soldier doesn’t break eye contact. It’s a little creepy.Still more evidence professional wrestling is fakeSometimes it’s not the mistake that makes a game look weird, it’s the way it is corrected. Something went wrong with the physics governing limbs in WWE 13 when this referee was in the shot. The game sort of dislocates his shoulder and swings it backward to get things in the right orientation. Consider this more evidence that professional wrestling is not real.Helicopter busJust Cause 2 is an incredibly fun game largely because it has only a casual relationship with real physics. Where else can you dive off a cliff and use a grappling hook to latch onto a plane, then get in and fly it away? So sometimes a bus falls off a cliff, then leaps into the air before exploding. It’s the price we pay for awesome things.The ultimate insultQWOP is a game where you control a runner’s movement with just four buttons. It can feel like one giant glitch the first time you play it, but it’s simultaneously infuriating and engaging. The 5 meter record in this GIF is a good run in QWOP, but as the player in this GIF finds out, sometimes you just can’t win (literally). The runner just tumbles off the screen after making the goal.Car-nadoEarlier GTA titles had a more rudimentary physics engine than the last two games. In this snippet from GTA:  San Andreas, the player made the mistake of placing two cars in a two-car garage. One of them was probably on fire, which confused the game terribly when it exploded.Follow usPlaying a game with computer-controlled allies can sometimes lead to strange occurrences like this one. The AI units run through the door first, leaving the human player unable to follow. Then one soldier clips back through and kicks the door open. That probably should have happened the other way around.He’s in the wallClipping has always been odd in GTA titles. The collision detection only seems good enough to make sure you (usually) don’t get stuck in walls. Hands and weapons can poke through thin barriers, though. The upshot of that is the stealth bat attack seen above. This is obviously staged, but that’s actually how the game engine works.He needs help — reallyTorvar has a problem, as indicated by the dialog. He also has a problem as indicated by his grotesquely twisted limbs and a pelvis that has fused with the ground. Skyrim’s collision detection has taken a holiday in this GIF.Can you smell what the 2D Rock is cookin’?In this cutscene from WWE 13, the game seems to have lost a dimension. There are only three to start with, so it shouldn’t be hard to keep track of them. The only place The Rock’s depth indicators are working are the eyes and mouth, which only serves to make this even weirder. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY Liberty City police always get their manLiberty City police always get their manNothing is going to stop this officer from arresting Niko, not even a car accident. An Imperial Legion soldiers always maintain eye contactThis Imperial Legion soldier in Oblivion seems to be having some problems with infinitely rotating body parts.Still more evidence professional wrestling is fakeThe ref in WWE 13 seems to have no bones. Helicopter BusThis bus in Just Cause 2 seems to be able to spin like a helicopter blade, but busses aren’t designed for that kind of wind shear, so it blows up instead. The ultimate insultContrary to appearances, QWOP is one of the hardest games ever created by man. Even when you do figure it out, a convenient glitch spoils your fun.Car-nadoYou have to be careful not to place cars too close together in GTA games. Otherwise they can spontaneously become an unstoppable cyclone of twisted steel and fire. Follow usOh, sorry. We forgot you can’t walk through doors in Battlefield 3. He’s in the wallGTA IV won’t let you pass through walls, but that doesn’t apply to bats. He needs help — reallyThis Skyrim character is asking for help. He might be beyond all help, though. Can you smell what the 2D rock is cookin’?The Rock is looking a little thin in WWE 13.Nothing is going to stop this officer from arresting Niko, not even a car accident.last_img read more

Sep 21 2019

Pathetically weak Father of Florida victim lays into Republican senator over gun

first_img Feb 22nd 2018, 7:11 AM ‘Pathetically weak’: Father of Florida victim lays into Republican senator over gun control Marco Rubio has been backed by the NRA and drew jeers from the audience for his responses last night. Share148 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3865022 71 Comments 23,927 Views Source: CNN/YouTubeUS REPUBLICAN SENATOR Marco Rubio was put on the defensive last night by angry students, teachers and parents who are demanding stronger gun-control measures after the shooting rampage that claimed 17 lives at a Florida high school.One of those confronting the Florida senator at a CNN’s Stand Up town hall last night was Fred Guttenberg, whose 14-year-old daughter Jaime was killed on 14 February with 16 others.Rubio was the lone Republican at the nationally broadcast gathering after Florida’s GOP Governor Rick Scott and President Donald Trump declined invitations to appear at the event in Sunrise, Florida.Guttenberg told Rubio that his comments about the shooting “and those of your president this week have been pathetically weak”.People stood up and cheered Guttenberg as he challenged Rubio to tell him the truth, to acknowledge that “guns were the factor in the hunting of our kids”.Guttenberg added: “And tell me you will work with us to do something about guns.”Rubio responded that the problems laid bare by the shooting rampage “cannot be solved by gun laws alone,” drawing jeering whistles from the crowd.Rubio said that he would support laws barring those 18 and under from buying such weapons, support changing the background checks system and getting rid of bump stocks.He said that if he believed an assault weapons ban “would have prevented this from happening, I would have supported it”.  That drew jeers.Visibly angry, Guttenberg responded: “That is a weapon of war. The fact that you can’t stand with everyone in this room and say that… I’m sorry”. This drew further applause from the crowd.Senator Bill Nelson and Congressman Ted Deutch, both Democrats from Florida, also were present on a dais.Nelson said he grew up on a ranch and hunted all his life.“I still hunt with my son but an AK-47 and an AR-15 is not for hunting, it’s for killing,” said Nelson to applause.Ryan Schachter, whose brother Alex, was fatally gunned down at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, was among those questioning the lawmakers.“I’m supposed to go back to school in the upcoming week,” said Schachter. “Me and my friends worry we are going to be murdered in our classrooms.”Student Cameron Kasky did not mince words telling Rubio, “It’s hard to look at you and not look down the barrel of an AR-15 and not look at Nikolas Cruz” before asking squarely, “Can you tell me right now that you will not accept a single donation from the NRA?”The room erupted in cheers as Rubio replied that people buy into his agenda and that he supports laws to keep guns out of the hands of deranged people.Rubio said he does not support arming teachers and Nelson agreed saying Trump’s suggestion on arming them was “a terrible idea”.Shortly before the town hall event opened, the sheriff of the Florida county torn apart by the rampage spoke to the cheering audience, drawing them to their feet as he exhorted them to press on for stricter gun controls.Sheriff Scott Israel of Broward County declared the US has had enough of deadly shootings.He said the young people should hold lawmakers accountable for making their schools and other community places safer or they won’t be re-elected.“Never again,” he declared of the Parkland attack, telling the young people now taking action that “America’s watching you… there will be change”.Read: Tributes paid to influential US preacher Billy Graham who has died at age 99Read: Donald Trump meets tearful school shooting survivors and suggests arming teachers By Associated Press Thursday 22 Feb 2018, 7:11 AMlast_img read more

Sep 21 2019

Easons on Dublins OConnell Street evacuated after hoax bomb scare

first_img 49 Comments Saturday 22 Apr 2017, 5:44 PM Apr 22nd 2017, 5:44 PM Easons on Dublin’s O’Connell Street evacuated after ‘hoax’ bomb scare The shop was evacuated at 5pm this evening. 38,809 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Google Maps Updated 6.00pmTHE EASONS FLAGSHIP shop on Dublin’s O’Connell Street had to be evacuated this evening.Customers were told to leave the building shortly after 5pm.It is understood that a bomb threat had been received.Armed gardaí attended the scene, and it is believed that a search was carried out.Following the search, staff were permitted to re-enter the building just after half 5.A garda spokesperson confirmed that they were satisfied that the call was a hoax, but the sweep was carried out as a precautionary measure.Read: ‘Hit me. Bring it on’: American Airlines worker suspended after squaring up to passengerRead: No repeal: Citizens’ Assembly recommends replacing or amending Eighth Amendment https://jrnl.ie/3353533 Share Tweet Email5 Image: Google Maps Short URL By Sean Murraylast_img read more

Sep 21 2019

UK police warn mother wanted for abduction may pose risk to her

first_img Short URL Share Tweet Email1 By Michelle Hennessy Apr 1st 2017, 1:45 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Saturday 1 Apr 2017, 1:45 PM Image: Nottinghamshire Police No Comments center_img 26,098 Views POLICE IN ENGLAND have said a woman accused of abducting her two sons after losing custody of them, may pose a risk to the two boys.On Monday, Samantha Baldwin attended a hearing at Nottingham Family Court during which her two sons, Louis Madge, nine, and Dylan Madge, six, were declared wards of court.“This means Samantha does not have legal custody at this time,” Superintendent Rich Fretwell said today.“During that same day Samantha went missing, having left court shortly after 11am. We are working on the notion that they remain together”. Image: Nottinghamshire Police We are concerned that Samantha poses a risk to the boys and we have a 100-strong team of officers working around the clock to trace her and return the children safely.Police today released CCTV images of the boys and their mother, which were taken days before their disappearance.Samantha is described as being 5’7″ tall, of a slim build, with shoulder-length, highlighted blonde hair and green/blue eyes.Louis is described as having collar-length straight fair hair, a fair complexion and blue eyes.Dylan is described as having collar-length straight dark brown hair, a tanned complexion and brown eyes.Fretwell warned that the 40-year-old woman may have changed her appearance or the appearances of the boys.“Today I have two appeals to make. Firstly, I would like to say to Samantha directly,” he said. “Do the right thing and return the boys to the safety of the court.”“Secondly, to anybody out there across the nation, who has any information, however small that may, be to contact us on 101. That includes anyone who owns or runs a B&B, hotel, caravan park, camp site or holiday let to check your registers and be mindful that the group may be staying under a different name.”Read: Concern for teenage boy missing since Monday> http://jrnl.ie/3318612 UK police warn mother wanted for abduction ‘may pose risk’ to her sons Samantha Baldwin and the two boys went missing on Monday after the boys were declared wards of the court. last_img read more

Sep 21 2019

Woman who allegedly cut off own hand to obtain €380000 insurance payout

first_img Image: Shutterstock/Liderina Woman who allegedly cut off own hand to obtain €380,000 insurance payout is arrested for fraud Authorities managed to pick up the hand and have it sewed back on in time. Mar 11th 2019, 10:30 PM Monday 11 Mar 2019, 10:30 PM 46,209 Views Image: Shutterstock/Liderina Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 41 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4536034 Share693 Tweet Email5 By Stephen McDermott Short URL A SLOVENIAN WOMAN has been arrested after allegedly cutting off her hand with a circular saw to get nearly €400,000 in insurance compensation.The 21-year-old and a 29 year-old relative, who was also arrested, face up to eight years in prison on charges of attempted fraud.The woman is believed to have staged the incident with three relatives earlier this year, shortly after signing life and injury insurance contracts with five insurance companies.All four were arrested initially, but two were released.The woman was hoping to get around €380,000 in compensation and a life-long monthly payout of around €3,000, police said.“With one of her accomplices, she intentionally amputated her hand at the wrist with a circular saw, hoping to stage it as an accident,” police spokesman Valter Zrinski told a news conference.The group intentionally left the hand behind rather than bringing it with them to the hospital, hoping to receive three times higher compensation for permanent disability, police added.But authorities managed to pick up the hand in time, and doctors in a hospital in the capital Ljubljana managed to sew it back on, Zrinski said.With additional reporting from – © AFP 2019last_img read more

Sep 21 2019

Lucia Joyce Why she was more than the mad daughter of a

first_img Aine Stapleton (left) and the poster for her show. By Aoife Barry Short URL THE FASCINATING – AND disturbing – life of literary legend James Joyce’s daughter Lucia Joyce is to be explored in a new show tomorrow night.The life of Lucia Joyce, who was sent to a psychiatric institution by her brother Giorgio, is being examined by the critically-acclaimed Irish choreographer Áine Stapleton for a new work called Horrible Creature, which will be shown in Dublin.Like Stapleton, Lucia was a professional dancer – but Joyce’s daughter’s career was cut short and she ended her life never having fulfilled her creative dreams. Her story has long captivated people, but as Stapleton began to research what happened to her she realised that there is more to Lucia than what many thought.Stapleton has previously made a dance film called Medicated Milk (2016), which was created from letters written by Lucia at a psychiatric hospital in England between 1952 and 1982 (the year she died – she spent decades in institutions).Horrible Creature will examine Lucia’s life between 1915 and 1950, and explore her time as a professional dance artist. It will also look at her romantic relationships – including her short romance with writer Samuel Beckett; the circumstances surrounding her incarceration by her brother, and her time under threat in an occupied zone at a psychiatric hospital during World War 2, shortly before her father’s death.‘Mad daughter of a genius’During her life, Lucia was treated for various health issues and was forced to undergo experimental treatments.“Lucia was a professional dancer and a talented artist, but is generally regarded as the mad daughter of a genius,” says Áine. “Horrible Creature aims to give Lucia a voice and to provide her story with contemporary relevance.”Stapleton believes that Lucia’s mental strain was the result of ill-treatment and neglect, which she believes the young woman may have experienced from a young age.“It’s a difficult but fascinating project to undertake as so many of her letters – including a novel and letters of communication between her and her father – were destroyed by her nephew following her death,” she said.Tomorrow night’s show – which is a work-in-progress – will draw on writings by Lucia which Stapleton has found in The National Archives in London and The University of Tulsa in Oklahoma.Stapleton told TheJournal.ie that when she first heard of Lucia, she had many questions about her.“She is more popular now, but at the time I opened one of the newspapers and in her article about her family her name was in brackets,” she said. “She was written off as the crazy one who lost her mind and had a breakdown.” Stapleton questioned this story and wondered why there wasn’t more out there about her: “If she did have some kind of mental breakdown, what brought that on?”“The more I looked into it, the time before she had the supposed breakdown she had a really thriving career in contemporary dance,” said Stapleton. “It didn’t make sense and it still doesn’t make sense what happened to her in the time period.” 25,920 Views Jun 26th 2018, 6:31 PM She was really kind and I feel like that’s missing [in the discussion of her life]. Everything seems to focus on her supposed insanity.  She was just so thankful for everything [in the letters]. If someone called her up she was so grateful for it.“There was another occasion when her shoes didn’t fit her and then she had them sent from her psychiatric hospital in Northampton to a care home in another part of in England, so someone else could use them. This is after being locked up for up for approximately 35 years – she was still thinking of other people. She also commented to friends in some of her letters that they should try to not feel sad about their own life situations. ”Lucia was a very creative dancer, and this made Stapleton reflect on what dancing may have meant to her.“I think it would have been a really important way for her to process what she had been through in her life, including any possible traumatic experiences,” said Stapleton.“Her medium was the body and I imagine that it meant a lot for her to express herself through her body.”Because of the possibility she had difficult relationships with her family, Stapleton said that dancing may have been a way for Lucia to communicate.Learning more about Lucia has made Stapleton think more about her feelings about James Joyce. “I think there’s a lot of resistance when it comes to accusing historical or current popular figures that people idolise,” said Stapleton. “No one really wants to think about the bad stuff or have their view of someone knocked. “Some people are good at making a division between an artistic work and its creator. I’m not, I don’t really have any interest. I can’t divide the feeling of the person and the work.”Stapleton said that her new show Horrible Creature is “very open to interpretation” and that she doesn’t want to push ideas on people. What she wants is for people to watch the show and her exploration of Lucia’s life, and to be present and see where it takes them.I’d like the work sharing to be an opportunity for both the performer and the audience to mutually experience a sense of increased aliveness in their bodies, which is something that Lucia may have felt during her dancing years. Also, to acknowledge how this sensation of freedom and creativity was taken away from her.  Aine Stapleton (left) and the poster for her show. 6 Comments center_img http://jrnl.ie/4091328 Lucia Joyce: Why she was more than the ‘mad daughter of a genius’ A new dance show looks at exploring another side to Lucia, daughter of James Joyce, who was herself a professional dancer. Share213 Tweet Email2 Source: Finnegans Wake/YouTubeBecause her nephew Stephen Joyce destroyed some of her writings, it is hard to find papers or letters written by Lucia, but Stapleton managed to get her hands on some of them which are kept in US archives.They include dream diaries which she kept for therapy in her older years.As well as the show, she has received funding to make a full-length film about Lucia, which will be made in Zurich where the Joyce family lived.As Stapleton tries to make sense of who Lucia truly was as person, she has been led to believe there are a lot of misconceptions about her. She believes that it wasn’t just numerous failed relationships which led to the breakdown which Lucia had in the mid-1930s and which later saw her diagnosed with schizophrenia. Stapleton believes that Lucia’s early life may have contributed to the trauma.She also queries whether Lucia was actually schizophrenic. “Even in her doctors’ reports they are really varied, some wouldn’t sign off on a definitive diagnosis,” she said.Some of Lucia’s treatments included methods which are not used today, such as induced fever to treat psychosis.‘She seemed to be really kind’Stapleton said that reading Lucia’s letters has given her an insight into who Lucia was beyond the reports of her mental issues. Horrible Creature will be presented as a work-in-progress at DanceHouse tomorrow, 27 June at 7.30pm.To book your place, contact: info@danceireland.ie or ring 018558800. It is supported by the Arts Council’s Arts and Disability Connect scheme managed by Arts & Disability Ireland. Horrible Creature is created in partnership with Dance Ireland and The James Joyce Centre Dublin. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Tuesday 26 Jun 2018, 6:30 PMlast_img read more

Sep 21 2019

AB Vassilopoulos profit drops 72

first_imgGreek supermarket chain Alfa-Beta Vassilopoulos, majority-owned by Belgium’s Delhaize said last week its first-quarter profit fell 72 percent year-on-year as consumption slowed during the economic downturn.Net profit for the group, Greece’s second-largest supermarket chain, fell to 2.1 million euros in the first quarter from 7.6 million euros in the same period last year. Sales grew 10.9 percent to 347 million euros as the chain expanded and upgraded its network, but the growth slowed compared with last year, AB Vassilopoulos said. “The adverse economic environment and a slowdown in consumption had a negative impact on first quarter sales,” it said in a statement.Food retailers around the world are taking a hit due to a consumption slowdown.AB Vassilopoulos, with a current network of about 200 stores, said it plans to add 16 new stores to its chain in 2009.The company said it expects profitability this year to be at the same level as in 2008, when it reported net profit of 32.7 million euros. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Sep 21 2019

Fishmongers facing eviction from Melbourne Wholesale Fish Market

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The future of the Footscray Fish Market is still in limbo as there seems to be no solution to relocating the market without breaking it apart. The 13 businesses that operate there, of which nine are owned by Greeks, have until the end of the year to vacate the premises. The Market was established approximately 50 years ago on Crown land which is now owned by the City of Melbourne. However, VicRail is expected to take over ownership with the condition that the premises are vacated. To this day no plausible alternative has been found for the relocation of the market as a whole. A plan to relocate the market to the industrial area of Brooklyn fell through as the fishmongers who had originally agreed backed down. The deal fell through due to what fishmongers deemed as “exorbitant costs.”According to an industry insider, who spoke to Neos Kosmos on the condition of anonymity, the key issues which undermined the planned move to Brooklyn were, a rent four times higher than fishmongers pay now at Footscray and the 30-year-lease condition sought for the new premises. A previous effort to relocate to Epping where the Footscray Fruit and Vegetable Market is going to move to, failed again due to the fish distributors and wholesalers baulking at the high rent required. “It’s a shame they [Footscray fishmongers] haven’t found a new place where they can all be housed,” Terry Anassis of Anassis Seafoods Wholesale Distributor said to Neos Kosmos. He added that if the Footscray Fish Market is forced to forced to disperse, such a fragmentation would impact on the whole seafood retail market. George Milonas of Victoria Markets Seafood, agrees with the above assessment, and points out that consumers should expect substantial price increases. “Right now what happens for me as a retailer, I go to Footscray and they [fish and seafood wholesalers] are all there so there is competition and transparency,” he said.If fishmongers don’t relocate collectively, it is likely that fish and seafood auctions will be conducted over the phone or Internet. “This could potentially compromise quality, as well as prices,” Mr Anassis further argued. He emphasised that retailers, restaurateurs and wholesalers like himself will not be able to spend a whole day travelling to different locations looking for the best bargain. It is expected that the dispersal of the Footscray Fish Market will generate higher transport costs which will more than likely be passed on to the consumer. “At this moment in time fish and seafood is affordable but it looks like it’s going to become a luxury item under this new scenario,” Mr Milonas highlights. He argues that the Victorian Government needs to step in and partially subsidise the Footscray Fish Market relocation. “It seems that the [Victorian] Government has washed it’s hands from the whole issue,” Mr Milonas said. “But, we’re not only talking about 10 or 15 wholesalers we’re talking about an entire fishing industry,” he underscored.According to the industry insider the market occupants are firstly trying to extend their relocation deadline to end of March or April of 2011. last_img read more

Sep 21 2019

Job vacancies on the decrease

first_imgThe final months of 2011 saw a fall in job vacancies that presents a warning that unemployment rates are likely to increase this year. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reported that the number of job vacancies for for every 100 unemployed people fell to 28.5 in November. This number is the lowest since May 2010, after reaching a peak of 31.4 in February 2011. This presents a big gap in the number of vacancies, when compared to the 37.7 vacancies per 100 unemployed in the year prior to the 2009 global crisis, meaning the labour market is well short of the strength seen not too long ago. However, the slight increase in unemployment this year could mean an enhanced prospect in further interest cuts by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), which also forecasted that unemployment will fall “gradually as the economy gains momentum later in the (two year) forecast period”. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Sep 21 2019

Austerity has eroded human rights

first_imgAusterity measures across Europe have undermined human rights in key areas, the continent’s top human rights organisation said last week, in a report that states lending troikas in various countries – including Greece – have neglected human rights considerations in their austerity programs. “Many governments in Europe imposing austerity measures have forgotten about their human rights obligations, especially the social and economic rights of the most vulnerable, the need to ensure access to justice, and the right to equal treatment,” said the Council of Europe’s human rights commissioner Nils Muiznieks, at the launch of the research paper entitled ‘Safeguarding human rights in times of economic crisis’. “Regrettably, international lenders have also neglected to incorporate human rights considerations into many of their assistance programs,” Nils Muiznieks added. Describing some of the conditions imposed on governments in return for assistance as ‘onerous’, Muiznieks said they “have prevented governments from investing in essential social protection, health and education programs”. “When the EU as a central actor in the crisis makes decisions about economic governance in member states and when the troika sets conditions for rescue packages and loan agreements, the impact on human rights should be better taken into account,” he added. He said: “The economic crisis has had dire consequences on vulnerable groups, in particular on children and young persons. Youth unemployment in Europe has reached record levels, with millions of young people unemployed, with scarred futures. Cuts in child and family benefits, health care and education have also added a strain on millions of families. An increasing number of children are dropping out of school to find employment and support their families, risking life-long setbacks in educational achievement, and providing the conditions for job insecurity coupled with the re-emergence of child labour and exploitation.” The Council of Europe represents 47 states. While it has limited power to change national policies, its best-known body is the European Court of Human Rights, which enforces the European Convention on Human Rights. The council also enforces the European Social Charter, an international treaty ratified by 33 of the Council’s 47 members – including Greece in 1984 – that guarantees economic rights. Examples of how human rights have been undermined in Greece according to the Council of Europe include: 1. Job rights: Greece and other EU countries are now experiencing depression-level unemployment rates, following a dramatic spike in seasonally adjusted unemployment. As contractionary fiscal policies dampen growth prospects, long-term unemployment is becoming more entrenched, with long-lasting structural implications. In 2012 alone, the European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) found 13 countries in breach of their duty under Article 1(1) of the revised European Social Charter to pursue full employment policies. The study notes that over half of all young people are officially unemployed in Spain, Portugal and Greece, with little improvement expected until 2016. 2. Wage rights: A wayward economic recovery and the related weakening of worker protection can lead to work rights being threatened, including the right to fair pay, collective bargaining and health and safety rights. In Spain, for example, the minimum wage is below what the European Social Charter says is necessary to guarantee a decent standard of living. In Greece, the International Labour Organisation has found repeated and extensive interventions into free and voluntary collective bargaining and an “important deficit of social dialogue”. 3. Social protection rights: Setbacks in the labour market, cuts in social services and regressive tax measures have deepened poverty in Europe. In 2011, the percentage of people in the EU at risk of poverty or social exclusion reached 24.2 per cent. 4. Social security rights: Under pressure from the increasing demand on social protection programs due to spiralling unemployment, social security systems have been pushed to the limit. Some governments have opted to ‘reform’ pension systems, increasing the vulnerability of older citizens. In Greece, for example, the European Committee of Social Rights observed that pension reform measures would “risk bringing about a large-scale pauperisation of a significant segment of the population”. It said the government had failed to conduct the minimum level of research and analysis on the effects of the austerity measures. 5. Housing rights: The right to housing has been compromised as a result of the economic crisis. The housing market crisis at the root of the financial and economic crises, coupled with growing unemployment, induced a sharp increase in evictions as a result of non-payment of mortgages, foreclosures and home repossessions in many countries. Since 2007, homelessness has increased in 15 of the 21 countries monitored by national experts. The crisis has been identified as a key driver of expanding homelessness in Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Spain and the UK. New groups of homeless have emerged, with homelessness spreading among migrants, young people, women and families. 6. Food rights: The right to food has been affected by austerity measures when governments have limited food subsidies without adequate safeguards to ensure access to the minimum essential levels. Reduction in the consumption of staple food was reported as the most frequent coping mechanism in central and eastern European countries. Food banks are experiencing record lines in the UK, for example, with cuts to the welfare system the most common reason given. 7. Water rights: Many people have faced setbacks in their right to water as a result of austerity. As a condition for international assistance from the EC, ECB and IMF, new fees for domestic water use have been introduced in Ireland, for example. Greece has also been told to privatise its publicly owned water monopolies. Plans to privatise public water utilities have been part and parcel of several austerity packages which may threaten the affordability of water and the effective accountability of water suppliers 8. Education rights: The right to education has suffered setbacks, primarily due to reductions in education budgets. Investment in education fell in one third of OECD countries between 2009 and 2010 as a result of the economic crisis. Spain cut its education budget by 21.4 per cent between 2011 and 2012, for example, and Estonia by 10 per cent between 2008 and 2009. Cuts in education subsidies and scholarships, school teachers’ salaries and budgeting for schools affect the quality, accessibility and affordability of education and can also result in early school dropouts with long-term effects on the children concerned. 9. Health rights: Cuts in health-related spending have affected the right to enjoy the highest attainable standard of health. In Greece, the EC, ECB and IMF have demanded that public spending on health should not exceed 6 per cent of GDP, with a potentially long-term impact on public health. Out-of-pocket fees have increased in many countries despite evidence that the introduction of health co-payment systems is associated with decreased use of health services and worsening health outcomes for both high-risk and low-income patients. Weakened mental health, substance abuse and suicide have been linked with austerity measures. Recent improvements in life expectancies across the region are being compromised due to the crisis. 10. Civil and political rights: The rights to participate in public affairs and to transparency through the provision of timely, accessible and relevant information have suffered as a result of the crisis. Many governments have speedily drawn up austerity policies side-stepping regular channels of participation and social dialogue on the pretext of a national financial emergency. The executive has often been allotted greater margins of authority to adopt austerity measures without consultation with the legislature, challenging accepted democratic checks and balances. National-level democratic decision making is further thwarted by the fact that deficit caps and other key fiscal rules made at the European intergovernmental level determine spending levels of many national governments, with little to no participation from those suffering the consequences of cutbacks. The severity of austerity measures alongside the frequent failure to consult with the people affected has provoked large-scale demonstrations, especially in Spain, Portugal and Greece. Source: enetenglish Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more