Goldeneye 007 for Wii HandsOn

first_imgEven the story has been tweaked and massaged into a different beast from the original; you still jump from a dam, abandon and get betrayed by your partner, and have to prevent a Russian crime syndicate from using an EMP weapon to wreak havoc on the world’s economy, but the storytelling has shifted and twisted just enough to be different.The single player campaign is a fun remix of the original game, but multiplayer is where Goldeneye 007 truly shines. It offers both the classic local split-screen mode from the original and a deep, entertaining online multiplayer system. The online multiplayer takes several cues from the Call of Duty series, with an experience point system that unlocks additional weapons and gadgets as you progress. Gameplay is smooth and fast-paced, and manages to be fun despite its Wii-based online weaknesses; you need to use Friend Codes to hook up with friends, matchmaking is limited, and there’s no voice chat.Goldeneye 007 is easily one of the best FPS games and online multiplayer experiences on the Wii. Granted, that’s not saying much compared to what’s available on the PS3 and Xbox 360, but it’s still a fun game worthy of any Wii player’s attention.Post by Will Greenwald James Bond is back, sort of. Goldeneye 007 for the Wii is the long-awaited remake/reimagining/re-release of the classic Goldeneye 007 for the Nintendo 64, still recognized as one of the greatest multiplayer video games in history. If you’re expecting a nostalgic romp through the big set pieces of Goldeneye while engaging in a run-and-gun-and-sometimes-sneak gameplay worthy of James Bond, you’re going to like it. If you’re looking for a graphically improved remake of the original game that’s virtually identical to the Nintendo 64 release, however, you’re going to be disappointed. Goldeneye 007 for the Wii is a completely different game from the N64Goldeneye. The story, the maps, the action, it all hits the same notes as the original game, but with some major structural differences. Besides a few landmarks, the maps have drastically changed. The characters have been reworked into virtually unrecognizable versions of their movie/N64 counterparts; Pierce Brosnan’s likeness has been replaced by Daniel Craig’s as James Bond, Valentin Zukovsky has morphed from a stocky, limping gangster into a night club-dwelling party animal, and Joe Don Baker’s Jack Wade (absent from the N64 game) has been replaced by a military contractor George W. Bush analog. last_img read more

Solar PoweredCargo Pants

first_imgWe’ve seen all sorts of solar powered gadgets here at GoodCleanTech, from keyboards to patio umbrellas. But this might be the first solar powered pair of pants.Created by Silvr Lining, and dubbed the GO Urban Cargo pant, the pants feature photovoltaic solar panels built in to each of the cargo pockets. Each pocket also features an independent power supply, meaning you can charge up two of your gadgets at a time. The pants themselves are made from Ultrasuede and are available in both grey and green.AdChoices广告But solar powered clothing doesn’t come cheap. Just one pair of GO cargos will run you a staggering $920.Via Inhabitatlast_img read more

Biggest GameStop Black Friday 2011 deals

first_imgWe’ve already taken a look at Best Buy’s, Walmart’s and Target’s Black Friday leaks, and that brings us to GameStop. While many gamers have sour feelings about the store’s trade-in prices and pre-order pushiness, any deals that they offer on Black Friday may still be worth paying attention to. For starters, there will be no toasters, socks, or cookware among their deals — just games, gaming accessories, and gaming systems.Let’s see what GameStop has in store this year:Nintendo 3DS Special Edition Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time bundle – $200*This Zelda special edition 3DS bundle was previously only thought to be available in Europe, but it has been confirmed that it will be available at GameStop in the US. You get the Zelda-branded version of the portable system, along with the remake of the Nintendo 64 classic for $200.If you’re trading in select DS systems, you can save some extra loot on the package. Trade in a DS Lite and pay only $130 for the bundle, swap a DSi and pay $120, and give them a DSi XL and it’s yours for $100.There is also a Super Mario 3D Land bundle for the same prices. That system is the standard 3DS and doesn’t have any special Mario branding.God of War III for PS3 – $15It’s hard to believe that the final(?) chapter of the God of War saga is already nearly two years old. The epic finale offers breathtaking graphics and mind-boggling set pieces on top of the tried-and-true gameplay that has made all of the hack-and-slashers so much fun.Uncharted 2: Game of the Year Edition for PS3 – $15If you’re heading to GameStop to pick up Uncharted 3, you might want to go back and play the second installment, which many consider to be the best console game of all time. While it’s common to find cheap copies of the two-year-old adventure, $15 for a brand new GOTY edition is still hard to beat.Heavy Rain: Directors Cut for PS3 – $15GameStop is also offering the interactive drama Heavy Rain for $15. This is probably the least appealing deal so far, as used copies of this game are a-dime-a-dozen. But if you can get past the game’s comically robotic American accents that were voiced by French actors, there’s still well over $15 worth of fun to be had in your first play-through.Free one year product replacement plan w/used Nintendo system purchaseThere are things we’d rather buy on Black Friday than a pre-owned Nintendo system, but if you’re shopping for a used DS, 3DS, or Wii, you can get a one year product replacement plan tagged on.160GB PS3 console with LittleBigPlanet 2 and Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One – $200Identical to a deal at Best Buy, this could be a great way to save a few bucks on a new PS3 — and get LittleBigPlanet 2 and the latest Ratchet & Clank title to boot.4GB Xbox 360 console – $150While $150 for a brand new Xbox 360 isn’t anything to turn your nose up at, keep in mind that 4GB of storage is an awfully skimpy number. Also keep in mind that Target will have the same bundle for $10 cheaper on Black Friday.MoreHere is an easy reference of the rest of our Black Friday break-downs:Best Buy 2011 Black Friday dealsWalmart 2011 Black Friday dealsTarget 2011 Black Friday dealsYou can check back here next week for more Black Friday sneak previews.via Deal News, BFAds, Kotakulast_img read more

Wearable computing Testing Epsons Moverio BT100 Androidpowered 3D glasses

first_imgGoogle might be well on their way with Project Glass, but that’s not going to stop other wearable computer hopefuls from getting their product on the market beforehand. Google’s got a specific design in mind, but there’s still plenty of room in the wearable tech world to make something cool. One of those companies is Epson with their Moverio BT-100 wearable display.The BT-100 is a big pair of glasses with a cord coming down one side. Attached at the end of the cord is a controller with a touchpad. Think of this like the navigation system for your phone. You’ve got a home button, menu button, 3D on/off switch, and a touchpad to navigate. The cord is just long enough that you could weave it through your shirt to keep the cord from getting caught on anything.The glasses themselves are made of a pair of 960×540 resolution displays that pair up so your eyes have a single image to focus on. Its lenses come with a sunglasses-style shade that can be clipped onto the lenses to offer better contrast in situations where it is necessary. The headset is certainly bulky, but they are light enough that you can wear them for awhile.When you put the headset on, you’re looking at the landscape view of stock Android 2.2 (the team is currently exploring upgrade paths). The touchpad allows you to navigate the OS in a similar way to touching the screen. In some areas, like swiping across screens, you need to long-press in order to navigate. When you open an application like Fruit Ninja, you can slice and dice at the fruit that are now inches from your face.The real strength of the platform comes from being able to watch videos in 2D and 3D. Because the device has a pair of lenses displaying images side-by-side, it’s really easy to switch a video to 3D. Because of the way the images are displayed — dominating your visual focus — it’s a really bad idea to do much more than walk carefully around your house while wearing one of these.As a personal consumption device, however, there’s no denying how cool it is to watch a movie in this format.For $699, the Moverio BT-100 is really impractical, but that does not change how incredibly cool it is to put one of these on your head and explore wearable computing. Aside from watching videos, and possible maybe surfing the web and checking your email, Moverio isn’t ready for prime time, but it is a fantastic look at how wearable computers are moving forward.Epson Moverio SideEpson Moverio SideEpson Moverio FrontEpson Moverio ControllerEpson Moverio BaldBT-100 Wearable Displaylast_img read more

Xbox SmartGlass to be updated in time for Game of Thrones premiere

first_imgWe’re only days away from returning to the war-ravaged lands of Westeros, and what we need is a good second screen experience. As long as you’re not planning on watching the show live, the HBO GO app for Microsoft SmartGlass will be all you need to continue to feed your Game of Thrones content cravings.SmartGlass, Microsoft’s cross-platform tool for the Xbox 360, is unlike anything else being done in the second screen department right now. You can control the Xbox as though it’s a controller, or by issuing commands over the network. You can stream content to the device running the app, and if you’re a Windows 8 user, the app can be set in multi-screen mode so you always have access to it. As a control interface, it’s pretty great. If you’re in one of several choice apps, however, you’re graced with a wealth of additional content. Stats and scores in Halo, dual-screen browsing, and additional content for certain movies and television shows. HBO and Microsoft are going to take that one step further for the third season of Game of Thrones with a ton of content that plays alongside the show.As the episode starts on your television, an interactive map of Westeros will appear in SmartGlass. This map will show you the location of all the main characters during the episode, with additional content relevant to each episode popping up as you watch. Since it’s SmartGlass, you’ll be able to pause and control the video from the same gadget with the map, without the need to switch to a different app.HBO GO is still classified as “coming soon” on the official SmartGlass listing of supported apps, but a representative from HBO commented that the features were meant to be released with Season 3. It’s most likely that, if you already have SmartGlass installed, you’d get an update before Sunday with the new features ready to go. SmartGlass will only work on the Xbox 360, which will not be streaming Game of Thrones live, but will be available for streaming right after each episode. SmartGlass is available for iOS, Android version 4 and higher, Windows 8, and Windows Phone.last_img read more

Oculus Rift used to simulate skydiving while suspended from a tree

first_imgThe brain is used to certain rules — it assumes the visual data being fed into it is actually indicative of the real world. That’s why a video game or other immersive experience can produce the sensation of falling, or induce motion sickness in some people. YouTuber Dan Borenstein has taken things to the next level with an Oculus Rift, a skydiving demo game, and a tree.Borenstein, a computer science student, suspended himself from the tree 15 feet off the ground with a series of ropes. The harness kept him stable, but allowed for enough freedom of movement to react to the game. He could sway and lean as the simulation took him around obstacles and through tunnels. To really complete the illusion, Borenstein set up a fan beneath the harness to give the feeling of air rushing past. It wasn’t used for the video, though, due to the noise.The game used for Borenstein’s VR rig is called SkyDIEving, created by developer nDreams. In this game, the player must maneuver themselves around floating obstacles during  freefall before they eventually smash into the ground. This Unity-powered game is designed for the Oculus Rift, but you can also run it on a regular monitor. SkyDIEving is just a demo for nDreams to test out ideas. The final product could include item collection, rag doll physics, and customized jumps, among other features.This skydiving demo is an impressive example of what the Oculus Rift is already capable of as a developer platform. Borenstein says the goggles have to be calibrated carefully to avoid motion sickness, and he usually takes Dramamine before climbing into the suspended harness.last_img read more

I genuinely dont have any regrets Im honest enough to realise that

first_img‘I want to be the best player in the league… I’ve seen stuff written about me and it only helps’Here’s the new away kit Dundalk have launched for the 2018 season Cawley during his Leeds days. By Ben Blake Feb 25th 2018, 9:30 PM 55,866 Views Follow us: ALAN CAWLEY’S INSATIABLE passion for football and Sligo Rovers, in particular, were deeply ingrained from an extremely early age.His uncle proved the Bit O’Red’s hero in the 1983 FAI Cup final, and as a boy, Alan travelled to Dublin to witness them win the much-coveted competition at Lansdowne Road 11 years later.Although he never realised the dream of lining out for his hometown club (largely, as you’ll read later, due to a last-minute change of heart), the midfielder did enjoy eight years in the League of Ireland — with some highs and plenty of lows — before going on to carve out his current career as a football pundit for RTÉ.Looking back during an hour-long chat this week, there are certainly things he would do differently if he had the chance to start over, but Cawley isn’t one for regrets.Childhood memories in the “soccer mad town” of Sligo are predominantly fond ones. Both sides of his family were involved in the beautiful game and he got a feel for what it meant through weekends spent with his father, who was a decent player at junior football.“I went everywhere with him from the age of four or five — every match, every training session — he would drag me along to it all,” he recalls.“It was brilliant, and I used to love being in the dressing room when the lads were having great craic… It was a long time before social media. I had a great upbringing surrounded by football.”His mother’s brother, Harry McLoughlin, spent over a decade at Rovers but the moment he is still remembered for today took place on a miserable Sunday afternoon – just over a year before Alan was born. Having eventually seen off Cobh Ramblers in the FAI Cup semi-finals, only after three replays, Sligo faced Bohemians in the blue riband event at Dalymount Park.They had been beaten finalists on five occasions and it looked like the 1983 edition would be going the same way when Barry Murphy put the Gypsies in front. But the men from the west were handed a glimmer of hope as Tony Stenson blasted in at the nearly post.Heading into the final 15 minutes, Graham Fox won the possession back in the middle of the park and Martin McDonnell found the run of McLoughlin. The winger still had a huge amount to do when he picked up the ball, stepped inside (current Ireland women’s U19 manager) Dave Connell and bent an effort into the top corner to finally end the famine. Source: retroloi/YouTubeWhile he wasn’t around for those celebrations, Cawley did become a regular at the Showgrounds as a young lad. He would head along with friends on Sundays when Sligo were in the First Division but says the arrival of former Celtic defender Willie McStay as manager and the move to evening kick-offs added a whole new dimension to the club.“My first experience was standing in the shed, and you would look up to the fellas singing all the songs,” he says. “My most memorable times were when Willie McStay took over and Sligo Rovers put floodlights in the ground. All of a sudden, they were getting seven and eight thousand at the matches.”After claiming the First Division title and the Shield, they once again found themselves in the final of the country’s premier cup competition. This time, it was played at Lansdowne Road. Derry City provided the opposition, and Cawley was lucky enough to be in attendance as Rovers, the underdogs, upset the odds to earn a 1-0 win thanks to Gerry Carr’s decisive goal.He tells a good story of getting onto the pitch and consoling his boyhood idol at the final whistle. ‘I genuinely don’t have any regrets. I’m honest enough to realise that I didn’t put in the work’ Alan Cawley talks joining Leeds United as a teenager, winning a league title with Shelbourne and getting into TV punditry. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share51 Tweet Email1 Myself and my best friend, Conor O’Grady, were in the stand behind the goal at the old Lansdowne Road,” Cawley begins. “Just before the final whistle, we tried to chance our arm. They opened up a gate and we ran through to get down along the side. We jumped over onto the pitch and Liam Coyle was sitting on the ground, devastated after losing. I went up and kind of patted him on the head to say ‘Hard luck’.”The pair were picked up by RTÉ cameras and broadcast to living rooms around Ireland. Look out for Alan in the red and black jacket 1:57:24 into the clip below: Source: redBELLIEDxxx/YouTubeCawley looked up to local hero Johnny Kenny and Sligo’s Scottish winger Eddie Annand but it was often visiting players that caught his eye most — names like Stephen Geoghegan, Tony Sheridan and Eddie Gormley. The aforementioned Coyle too.As fate would have it, he got the opportunity to line out against the legendary Candystripes forward years later.“Liam was one of the players I really looked up to. Anytime Sligo played Derry at the Showgrounds, it was amazing to see the likes of him playing. He was unbelievable. I played against him when he was coming to the end of his career and I was only starting off. Even then, the touches on him. I remember he did this turn out in Belfield and left two of us for dead from a throw-in. This fella was amazing.”Alan’s schoolboy career had begun at local side Abbey United, but a cousin was looking after the more successful Merville United on the other side of town. Ambitious even back then, he made the switch despite the fact “it didn’t go down too well”.His big break arrived at U14 level, due in no small part to Mícheál Murphy, who, it turns out, is the father of Newstalk’s Off The Ball presenter and commentator Nathan.“There was no one in Sligo pushing young fellas at the time,” Cawley says. “If you happened to be a good player, you just played in Sligo. No scouts were looking or thinking ‘This fella has a chance’.I was playing a school game for Summerhill College in Ballyhaunis on a random Tuesday. There were very few people at the game, but this man came up to me after the match and said ‘Would there be any chance I could get your phone number?’ I was looking at him, and if someone did that now you’d think it was weird, but I says ‘Yeah, no problem’.“He told me he often watched matches and he thought I played well. I gave him the landline number and a couple of weeks later he rang the house and asked if he could speak to my dad. He told him there were trials in Athlone for the Ireland underage team. Dad thought it was bizarre that a man was ringing out of nowhere, but we travelled down on the Saturday. It turned out I was a year too young for the trial, but the coach said he would pass my details onto the right man, Vincent Butler.“He rang and I went up to trial in Dublin the following week for my own age group. It all started from there and Mícheál played a huge part in that. I remember speaking to Nathan about this a long time ago. I didn’t know the connection with him and he was saying he also played in that schools game that I had run amok in.” Cawley was an Ireland underage international. Source: Lorraine O’Sullivan/INPHOCawley was picked to play for Ireland’s U14s against Scotland in Limerick alongside the likes of Andy Reid and Cliffy Byrne. The following year, Leeds United visited Sligo on a pre-season tour, and although he was away with the Ireland squad at the time, they offered a trial after his dad and the Merville manager got chatting to their youth development officer.He went over on the Sunday and they had asked him to sign by the Tuesday. Alan’s parents were flown over to Yorkshire and a contract was put on the table.“They wanted me to fly home with my mum and dad and then come straight back,” he explains. “I said I’d stay in Ireland for a year and come over after that. Even my mum was a little apprehensive, it was all a bit of a whirlwind. I was coming from Sligo and this hadn’t happened before so we didn’t really have anyone to speak to or advise us on it. I made the decision to go home and do another year at school.”There had also been some interest from Liverpool and Newcastle United through Noel McCabe — the man who famously discovered Roy Keane for Nottingham Forest. Cawley agreed to visit all three before making a final decision but an injury picked up at Leeds would see that promise broken and leave McCabe furious.“It was a mad scenario,” he says. “Newcastle and Liverpool were interested and I told him [McCabe] I’d go as I hadn’t signed anything with Leeds. I thought I’d try them all before I made a decision, but I got injured that year.“Every time I went over to Leeds during the holidays, I was only getting treatment and physio. This went on for two or three visits. They sent me to Harley Street in London, the surgeon’s name was Dr Gilmore and the injury I had turned out to be Gilmore’s Groin. It was bonkers. He was the top surgeon there and it was named after him.“I hadn’t even signed with Leeds and they forked out big money for the surgery. I got it done and was back playing within six weeks. After that, I nearly felt an obligation to sign for them, and I never went on trial at Liverpool and Newcastle in the end.When Noel found out, he came up one day and devoured my oul’ fella on the sideline in Fairview Park!”Leeds wanted Cawley to be playing at the highest level of youth football in Ireland, which was the Dublin District Schoolboy League (DDSL). Through Ireland underage boss Butler, he joined Belvedere and his dad would drive them up from Sligo on a Sunday to play.A ball-playing midfielder with a slight frame, Cawley admits finding some parts of the sport difficult, not just during his schoolboy days, but right through to playing senior football. “The technical side of the game was always one of my strongest parts but I struggled with the physicality. I was really skinny. I had two good feet and I was a passer in midfield. That would have been my game, but I had a tough time with the dirty work.”On his debut for Belvo, he remembers being left mesmerised after coming across a pint-sized playmaker by the name of Wesley Hoolahan for the very first time.Cawley starts off: “It was U15s and I knew nobody other than Vincent and a couple of the other lads through the Ireland set-up — Fred Murray, Declan Field and Robbie Martin. But I hadn’t spoken to them that much.“We were warming up after I was introduced to the managers at the time, Matt Halpin and Gerry Smullen. They were two gentlemen and absolutely brilliant to me. After the introductions, they told me to put on my kit and get warmed up with the rest of the squad. As I was doing this, I spotted this little fella. I’m saying to myself ‘He couldn’t be playing’. He was literally like a small child compared to the rest of us, but he had all the touches and kept catching my eye. I presumed he was one of the coach’s sons who was just tagging along to watch the match.“When they called us in to go through the jerseys, it came to number 11 and he threw it to this little fella. Again, I was thinking ‘There’s no way he is playing, he’ll be murdered’, as there were some big lads playing at U15. I put on my jersey and ran over to the sideline to give my dad the warm-up top and I remember him asking who the small lad was. I think we won 3-0 but Weso was just unbelievable. I spent more time watching him than I did playing the game. He was picking up all sorts of positions, putting the ball through fellas’ legs and doing incredible things — all while the jersey was hanging down around his knees!“I’ll never forget driving back after the match, me and my dad just looked at each other saying ‘What about the little fella?!’. From then on, we would go up every week and even my da would get excited to see Wes play. It was a great team, I think we won a double and nine of us went away to England that year.” Hoolahan (pictured here with Bohs defender Colin Hawkins) was a team-mate of Cawley’s at Belvedere and Shelbourne. Source: INPHOIn 1998, he made the move across to Leeds. Yet to suffer financial meltdown, the club was flying high in the Premier League under manager Dave O’Leary and owner Peter Ridsdale and there were dozens of Irish lads to make him feel at home.“It was absolutely brilliant. There were loads of Irish there — Alan Maybury, Stephen McPhail, Paul Donnolly, Alan Martin — and then Gary Kelly and Ian Harte playing in the first team as well.I went with a lad called Martin Kramer. Gary Kelly was amazing with the Irish lads and he always looked out for us, Ian Harte too. Stephen McPhail was an absolute gentleman, Damian Lynch was great to me and I became best friends with Alan Maybury. I used to clean his boots and we’re great pals to this day. I was best man at his wedding three or four years ago.“O’Leary was in charge and it was a great time to be there, but not if you were a young fella looking for an opportunity. They were doing so well in the league and in Europe and they were spending big money. I remember being there when they broke the British transfer record to sign Rio Ferdinand for £18m, which was bonkers money at the time.“That was the calibre of player there at the time — Mark Viduka, Harry Kewell, Alan Smith, Jonathan Woodgate. The batch of lads the year before us — Kewell, Smith, Woodgate, Maybury, McPhail — they would have been like the Class of ‘92 at Man United or the next best thing. It’s rare that you get five or six coming through the youth system around the same time.“I remember watching Woodgate and only for the injuries, he would have been every bit as good as Ferdinand. Kewell trained with us and he was absolutely amazing. I played in the reserves and McPhail was there just before he broke into the first team. We go on about Weso, but McPhail was probably the most cultured footballer I ever played with. He was so technical and had he been born in Spain, he would have had 80-100 caps, no problem. What used to work against him was the physicality side of things. It was around the time of Patrick Vieira and Emmanuel Petit and teams wanted robots in midfield.“You used to hear names bandied about by the lads in the digs. [Stephen] Gerrard was one, people would say ‘Wait until you see this fella’, and you would go play Liverpool youths. We all know what Gerrard went on to do, but some of them never made it. There was a lad Ian Armstrong at Liverpool, ‘Army’ they called him, who was top notch. McPhail was another, people knew who he was before he made it big.” He got to see Stephen McPhail up close in the Leeds reserves. Source: EMPICS SportAlthough he admits struggling with homesickness initially, Cawley did well and was playing at reserve level under Roy Aiken by 18.“I had a great relationship with him [Aiken]. I played on the left, cutting inside, and things were going great. The money they were spending was crazy and young fellas had no chance. Leeds had just signed David Batty and Olivier Dacourt — top quality international players. Nobody came through at my age group, the only one who went on and had a decent career was Frazier Richardson, who played a few games in the first team. Part of that was there wasn’t any exceptional talents but it also shows how difficult it was at Leeds during that time.“You look at the struggles they’ve been having now and young fellas would have a much better chance. It’s something I look back on and think, it’s very hard for mums and dads to know what to do. They’re trying their best to support their son but when you’ve no one to advise you, it’s very difficult.“Looking back on it now, I’d go to a lower club and work my way up. There were a group of lads my age group who went to Nottingham Forest at the time and three or four came through — the likes of Andy Reid and Keith Foy. They probably had a better chance because of the club they were at. If I had the opportunity again, I probably wouldn’t have gone to Leeds, to be honest.”After two years, Cawley tried his luck at Division 1 (now the Championship) side Sheffield Wednesday.“I thought there would be more chances to break through,” he explains. “It was a massive club and there were a couple of Irish there — Alan Quinn and Derek Geary. When I went on trial first, Paul Jewell was the manager but the next time I went back he was gone and Peter Shreeves took over.”He says he was flying in the reserves and that led to him travelling with the first team for a couple of games. At the end of that season, his hopes of breaking through were high.“I went home on my summer holiday thinking I was in a great position. I told myself I’d get as fit and strong as ever and push myself to get into the first team. I came back the fittest I’ve ever been, and had a brilliant pre-season.”However, things then took a change for the worse. While on a first team trip to Scotland, he got wind through the reserve team manager that he needed to ring home. Once getting through to his father, Cawley learned that his grandmother had passed away. Shreeves couldn’t be nicer in telling him to take as much time off as he needed, but their relationship changed as soon as he got back.“From then on, he started hammering me for little things and the lads were even coming up to me to ask what the story was,” he reveals. “That was it really, he was against me from then on. To this day, I still don’t know why. It was a really tough time, going from travelling with the first team to getting hammered by the manager. He got the sacked and I was delighted, but Terry Yorath took over and he was his assistant so it was more of the same.“The year just petered out, I was playing in the reserves and getting nowhere so I thought ‘I’ve had enough of this’. I could have dropped down divisions but I had been four years in England so I said I’m going home.”There are countless cases of Irish footballers falling out of love with the game if their experience across the waters ends on a sour note, but Cawley’s plan was never to pack it in.“I love the game, I would be fanatical about it even if I never played. When I was playing, I was one of those lads who would go home and watch every match going, read up on everything and try to know what was going on.There are some lads who have no interest in watching football. Even though the experience had gone pear-shaped at Sheffield Wednesday, I always knew I would go home for a couple of weeks and get back involved at some level.”Having experienced the city life, he wasn’t back in Sligo more than three weeks when he began getting itchy feet.“When I went to England, I struggled badly with homesickness,” Cawley admits. “I was home every five or six weeks the first year and I got on Leeds’ nerves, but they were as good as gold to me and let me travel back whenever I wanted.“After that though, I was totally settled and got used to it. When I returned to Sligo, as much as it was my hometown and I loved it, I thought ‘I can’t settle back here’. I was there two or three weeks and I was going off my head.”Friends of his lived in Dublin and a couple were staying in a house with Pat Jennings Jr, son of the legendary Northern Ireland  goalkeeper, who was following his father’s footsteps and playing for UCD. Cawley went up to visit and ended up going training with Pat.“The first time I went out to UCD, I absolutely loved it. Paul Doolin was the manager and he was brilliant. They were a great bunch of lads, Tony McDonnell was there along with the likes of Alan McNally and  [Pete’s son] Alan Mahon.“They were brilliant lads, and I loved it. I went back the following Thursday night and Paul wanted to sign me straight away. He’s probably the best manager I worked with to this day. Eddie Gray and Roy Aiken were great in England in terms of coaching, but Paul was excellent. To think he’s not involved in football now, it’s bonkers.” He excelled at UCD under Paul Doolin. Source: INPHOAfter an indifferent start, Cawley took to life with the Students extremely well and, under the guidance of Doolin, he began to flourish on his debut season in the League of Ireland.“It was my first experience of men’s football, even though I was still only 20 at the time, and I remember making my debut against Shamrock Rovers at Tolka Park,” he tells. “The whole game passed me by and I was thinking ‘Wow, what happened there?’. I love to be on the ball and have as many touches as possible. I remember not getting a kick and thinking ‘Was I even playing today?’, but it was a great way to cut my teeth. It got a million times better after that, and Paul was great to me. We played a good brand of football too.“He was always trying to change things out there. It was probably fighting against the wind as UCD always had the mindset of being a pathway to the league for young players. Paul was trying to make things as professional as possible and it was great for me because I had come from a professional environment. I loved his attitude and what he was all about. He was very demanding, some lads couldn’t deal with it, but I loved it.In fairness to the League of Ireland, that was 15 years ago and 95% of it is a professional environment now, whereas back then there was more of a part-time thinking. I really developed under him. I was only there a year-and-a-half and I played well.”The youngster’s performances caught the attention of Pat Fenlon and Cawley was signed by league champions Shelbourne along with Glenn Fitzpatrick (from Shamrock Rovers) in 2004. That Shelbourne team was one of the finest Irish football has ever seen — packed full of experience and bursting with talent. As you might expect, there were some nerves on day one.“They were full-time and it was a great move, but it was daunting,” he accepts. “I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t. Even though I’d be a fairly confident lad and I knew myself I was playing well at the time, now I was going into a dressing room with proper men — Owen Heary, Stuey Byrne, Jim Crawford, Thomas Morgan, Weso, Ollie Cahill — brilliant lads and brilliant players.“It was a whole different dynamic to the UCD dressing room. Pat was there and he was brilliant as well. He was very much of the same ilk as Paul. They played with each other over the years, he was so professional, no messing, and I loved it. Heary was probably the best League of Ireland player I played with in terms of producing an eight out of ten every week. Wes was the best in terms of ability, but Heary was a super captain and he was just a brilliant fella, on and off the pitch. He trained the same way he would play on a Friday night.”Eager to get going at his new club, Shelbourne faced Shamrock Rovers and Cawley was hopeful of earning a starting berth. Instead, however, he was left baffled by news brought to him by Fenlon just before the game.“Pat named the team and I was ready to start against Shamrock Rovers. At this point, I was thinking ‘Who knows? If this move goes well, I could go back to England’. He pulled me into the gym underneath the stand at Tolka two hours before kick-off and said he’s not going to play me because UCD had put in an objection to the move. I was thinking ‘What?’. He said ‘Let me get through the game tonight, and I’ll deal with it in the morning’. I was completely shell-shocked, I couldn’t believe it.“UCD were putting in for compensation and a lot of it was to do with the people who running UCD. A lot of it was to do with their own squabbles with [Shels owner] Ollie Byrne and I was the pawn in the middle. Unluckily for me, I was being dragged into this and whatever grievances they had with Ollie, I was the bait. They were claiming that I was at UCD for two years and I was under 23 so they were due money, which was never the case because I was only there a year-and-a-half.“I had gone to being on top of the world, playing at a great club, to fighting this for 11 weeks. It wasn’t resolved until we ended up going to the High Court.”UCD were reportedly looking for €40,000 for the 22-year-old but Shels disputed that it wasn’t due as he hadn’t been with the Students for two years.“Ollie was amazing through the whole thing,” Cawley adds. “If you were on the other side of it, he would fight you tooth and nail, but if he was with you, it was to the end of the earth. He did that with me, he was absolutely brilliant. It came to the stage where the boys were going training and I was told to not turn up to help the case. It started to get messy and to be fair to Fran Gavin, who was head of the PFAI (Players Football Association of Ireland), he got involved and stuck with me. Shels got off to a great start without me and by the time I got back, I was just coming on as a sub. I featured with 19 appearances and got my league medal, so I contributed and set up a few goals for Jason Byrne but it was just a disaster.”The whole fiasco was a bitter pill to swallow and he had lost out on invaluable time but, once back up and running again, Cawley played his part in their Premier Division title success, as well as featuring in their famous Champions League adventure of 2005.“I remember were 2-0 down against KR Reykjavík and we got it back to 2-2. I played a big part in that and I often slag the lads that there would have been no Deportivo only that. We’ve all seen how much success Dundalk have had, but Shelbourne are probably the first team to do anything in Europe at that level. For us, it was an unbelievable experience. We had a great team when you look at the players — Alan Moore, Joey Ndo, Jason Byrne, Glenn Fitzpatrick, Owen Heary, Kevin Doherty, Jamie Harris, Jim Crawford, Dave Rodgers — proper men.“The one thing that always stood out for me when LOI clubs played English teams, they looked like men and we looked like boys, but that Shels side were men.” Celebrating a goal in the Uefa Cup against Lille with (left) Dave Rogers and (right) Glenn Fitzpatrick. Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesHoping for more first-team opportunities, Cawley joined Longford Town on loan, but it turned out to be a terrible decision in hindsight.“Pat was friendly with Alan Mathews. Paul Doolin was trying to get me up to Drogheda, I only heard this after, but Pat was guiding me to Longford. They had won a couple of cups, but Mathews was completely against the type of footballer that I was and why he was ever interested in me, I’ll never know. All he wanted to do was put balls into corners, fight and kick. That was no use to me, so I lasted three or four weeks.”According to Cawley, that lack of physicality hindered his career but he accepts much of the blame is on himself.“I was growing up in an era where the physical side of the game was very prominent — certainly among the managers. They were more interested in that than the technical side. I look at the league now and think it’s a lot more technical. Many of the teams are playing a far better brand of football. I was very slight, but I also look back and think that I should have been working on that. All footballers are athletes now, they take off their tops and they’re in great nick.“It wasn’t like that at all. The sports science, the strength and conditioning and all that wasn’t really a feature. I had the best facilities in the league but the problem for me was, because the game came easy enough to me, I used to think ‘Sure all I have to do is turn up and play’. I should have been bulked up to give myself every chance. The football side of it was never a problem. [Leeds coach] Eddie Gray once told my dad ‘Look, on the ball we’ve no questions whatsoever, but off it he’s a liability’. I’m honest enough to admit that I should have been doing everything in my power.”Admitting that he could’ve done more to develop into a more rounded player, Cawley adds: “I genuinely don’t have any regrets. I’m honest enough to realise that I didn’t put in the work. The first thing you have to look at is yourself. It wasn’t a conscious decision that I wasn’t going to do the work, it was more a case that I didn’t realise what it took to be a top professional player. Growing up, I just went out to play and it all came naturally. The higher up you go, you see that the other side is just as important. Looking at games now and trying to analyse them, I realise that now but I didn’t back then.“But I don’t look back with any regrets because it taught me so much, it opened so many doors for me, it got me a brilliant career, albeit not at the highest level, but I’d like to think I had a good enough career back here. I met so many great people and had some great experiences. Even the stuff I’m doing now [media work], I don’t think that would have happened without everything that has gone before. It was a great learning curve.”Shelbourne had invested heavily in their squad again and Cawley found himself down the pecking order. He returned to UCD, but Pete Mahon had taken over and it was fair to say they didn’t see eye-to-eye.“He had Ronan Finn at the time and he was flying,” he says. “He said he couldn’t hold him back any longer. At the time, I was saying ‘You have me’, and Ronan was a great up-and-coming player. Gary Dicker was there and some other very good young players too. Pete is all about the physical side of it and we had a different view. That’s what I’m saying about the league changing. You look at Stephen Kenny, Martin Russell and Keith Long — the game has changed. His son Alan and I are best friends but I clashed with Pete… that’s just football.”After a brief spell at Waterford, Eddie Gormley invited him out to Bray Wanderers, and it seemed a good fit. “I loved it there. I was captain and I had two great years under Eddie. We had a good team with the likes of Clive Delaney, Gerard Rowe, Derek Pender and we did well.” Up against Cork City’s Gareth Farrelly while playing for Bray. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHOCawley always felt he’d love to play for Sligo, having spent so many nights at the Showgrounds as a fan, and it nearly happened in 2009 when Paul Cook, who just last week knocked Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City out of the FA Cup with Wigan Atletic, expressed an interest.“I was mad to play for Sligo Rovers because I had grown up with the club, my uncle had played for them, my best friend was playing with them at the time and they were going for the league,” he explains. “They had a great manager and Paul Cook liked me. We had a chat and he wanted to sign me. We agreed a deal and shook hands, I was ready to sign there and then on the spot but there was no contract. I had travelled down from Dublin and he said come back on Wednesday and we’ll sign it.“In the meantime, an agent, Eamon McLoughlin, rang to ask if I’d signed and I said ‘No’. He told me Jeff Kenna is really interested in me joining Pat’s. They offered me a really good deal and my missus was expecting our first child so the fact that it was in Dublin suited me.“I signed for Pat’s and did a medical, but I was due down in Sligo and Cook was ringing and ringing and I never answered the phone until I had the deal sorted! That’s the truth, I might as well be honest. No more than anyone else, you’re trying to look after yourself. As it turned out, they went on and won the league and cup and I missed out on all that. At the time, I thought it suited me best but I remember meeting Cooky afterwards and he absolutely hammered me! I have a great relationship with him since then though, he’s sound and I’m delighted to see him doing so well.”While it’s a tale of what might have been at Sligo, he did enjoy his time in Inchicore and picks a European game against Steaua Bucharest at the RDS as one of the games that stands out for him.Pat’s was great and I got on with Jeff. I played every week and we had a great run in Europe. Those European games suited my style best because they allowed you to play and vice versa. It was probably one of the best games I ever had.”When Kenna was sacked, however, Cawley’s old friend Mahon took over.“He came in and I never played again. He wanted me battling and fighting. We had a bit of a run-in at UCD and I knew that it would be the last of me. He came in and gave it the whole ‘clean slate’. I said ‘I’m here to do a job, you’d here to do a job’ and he said ‘Fresh start, I’m not one for holding grudges so let’s get on with it’. For the first game on the Friday night, I wasn’t even in the 16.” Source: St Patrick’s Athletic FC/YouTubeA stint at Dundalk followed and Cawley also had a brief spell with Portadown before deciding to call it a day.“I started looking for a day job because we were after buying a house and we had a kid, the arse had fallen out of the football at the time,” he says. “I went for a job with a company called Fleming Medical and I got it. That was it, I made the decision to finish with it — just like that.”But he didn’t stay out of football for very long. Home in Sligo one Christmas, he met bumped into Rory Houston, a journalist with RTÉ.I was probably only in the job six months, but I always had an eye on the analysis stuff and punditry. I didn’t know how to break into it and the best way to get involved in it.“Rory’s from Sligo and he’s a lovely lad, sound as a pound. I had a few drinks on me and he asked if I’d be interested in doing a blog. I was looking at him like he had two heads, thinking ‘What the fuck is a blog?’“Of course, I was like ‘I’ll do it, no problem’ and I didn’t even bat an eyelid. Next thing, the phone rings two and a half months later when the league was about to start and he said ‘Do you remember the night you said you’d do the blog?’. I said ‘What are you on about?’ But I said I’d be interested in the column, the only stipulation was that it would be all my own piece, unless I’m slandering someone or whatever. He agreed to that but said they’d need one each week.” Covering Bohemians’ win over Shamrock Rovers for RTÉ Sport on the opening night of the season. Source: RTÉ PlayerThe weekly LOI column provided him with exactly what he needed, a foot in the door of the national broadcaster, and he hasn’t looked back since — joining 2FM’s Game On and becoming a regular on RTÉ’s televised coverage of the league.“I started writing the pieces and for the first four or five pieces, people were saying ‘What is this fella doing?’ but I was writing about a lot of lads I would have played with and against so it started to grow a bit of legs. All of a sudden, it got a bit of traction and people would be asking when the piece was out. It went great for the year and it was all voluntary, but I didn’t mind because I wanted to do it.“Then RTÉ said ‘Look, we’d like to start using you more’ and they began giving me a few quid for the pieces. The radio stuff and Soccer Republic followed after that. I think I’m doing that about four or five years and I absolutely love it.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! 4 Comments Image: EMPICS Sport Cawley during his Leeds days. Image: EMPICS Sport Sunday 25 Feb 2018, 9:30 PMlast_img read more

€128 million Lotto jackpot claimed by syndicate in Dublin

first_img 42,950 Views Updated 20.51THE WINNING TICKET for last night’s €12,849,224 million jackpot has been claimed by a syndicate of winners.Earlier, it was confirmed that the ticket was sold in SuperValu in Knocklyon, Dublin.There was just one winning ticket – making it the largest jackpot so far this year.The National Lottery says the winning Quick Pick ticket was purchased on the day of the draw.This evening the Lottery confirmed that the lucky winners had been in touch and made arrangements to claim their prize money.Other than the existence of the syndicate, little concrete is currently known about the winners.The winning numbers drawn were 2, 15, 19, 26, 37, 38 and the Bonus number 39.One person, another Super Valu customer, this time in Portlaoise, is now 179,034 the richer after coming one number short. This is the first time this year that the jackpot has climbed this high. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Last month, a work syndicate collected a cheque for €88,587,275 after buying the winning ticket for the EuroMillions lottery on Tuesday 24 January.Additional reporting Cianan BrennanRead: Someone has won €12.8 million on the Lotto Share22 Tweet Email €12.8 million Lotto jackpot claimed by syndicate in Dublin This is the first time this year that the jackpot has climbed this high. Mar 2nd 2017, 8:49 PM center_img Thursday 2 Mar 2017, 8:49 PM Short URL Source: The National Lottery/Twitter 34 Comments Last night’s €12,849,224 #Lotto Jackpot was won in Dublin. 48,564 players won prizes. Are you a winner? #TimeToPlay— The Irish National Lottery (@NationalLottery) March 2, 2017 By Cliodhna Russelllast_img read more

Death toll from Mozambique tropical cyclone rises over 300 with tens of

first_imgWe just save what we can save and the others will perish.In Nhamatanda, some 60 kilometres northwest of Beira, 27-year-old Jose Batio and his wife and children survived by climbing onto a roof.But a lot of their neighbours “were swept by the water”, he said.“Water came like a tsunami and destroyed most things. We were prisoners on the roof,” he told AFP after they were rescued by boat.The city of Beira, Mozambique’s second largest city and a major port, was immediately cut off after the storm. According to the Red Cross, the cyclone damaged or destroyed 90% of the city of half a million people.President Nyusi, speaking today after attending a cabinet meeting in the ravaged city, said the confirmed death toll stood at 202 and nearly 350,000 were “at risk”.The government declared a national emergency and ordered three days of national mourning, he said.“We are in an extremely difficult situation,” Nyusi said, warning of high tides and waves of around eight metres in the coming days.Yesterday, Nyusi had said he feared more than 1,000 had died and more than 100,000 people were in danger.Zimbabwe tollThe storm also lashed eastern Zimbabwe, leaving around 100 dead, a toll that could be as much as 300, local government minister July Moyo said after a cabinet briefing.“I understand there are bodies which are floating, some have floated all the way to Mozambique,” he said.“The total number, we were told they could be 100, some are saying there could be 300. But we cannot confirm this situation,” he said.At least 217 others are missing and 44 stranded, officials said.Worst hit was Chimanimani in Manicaland, an eastern province which borders Mozambique.Families started burying their dead in damp graves yesterday, as injured survivors filled up the hospitals, an AFP correspondent said.Military helicopters were airlifting people to Mutare, the largest city near Chimanimani.The storm swept away homes and bridges, devastating huge areas in what Defence Minister Perrance Shiri said “resembles the aftermath of a full-scale war”.Some roads were swallowed by massive sinkholes, while bridges were ripped to pieces by flash floods.AidThe UN World Food Programme (WFP) said it was mobilising aid for some 600,000 people, saying the world did not yet appreciate the scale of the “massive disaster”.So far, it has dispatched more than five tonnes of emergency provisions to the affected areas.In Malawi, 920,000 people have been affected by the cyclone and 82,000 people have been displaced, the UN said.- © AFP, 2019 Mar 19th 2019, 9:56 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Tuesday 19 Mar 2019, 10:50 PM By AFP THE DEATH TOLL from a cyclone that smashed into Mozambique and Zimbabwe has risen to more than 300, as rescuers raced against the clock to help survivors and the UN led the charge to provide aid.“We already have more than 200 dead, and nearly 350,000 people are at risk,” Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi announced, while the government in Zimbabwe said around 100 people had died but the toll could be triple that figure.The UN, meanwhile, said that one of the worst storms to hit southern Africa in decades had also unleashed a humanitarian crisis in Malawi.The storm is affecting nearly a million people and forcing more than 80,000 from their homes.Four days after Tropical Cyclone Idai made landfall, emergency teams in central Mozambique fanned out in boats and helicopters, seeking to pluck survivors from roofs and treetops in an inland sea of floodwater, sometimes in the dead of night.Air force personnel from Mozambique and South Africa were drafted in to fly rescue missions, while an NGO called Rescue South Africa said it had picked up 34 people since Friday night, using three helicopters.“It is the only way to access the people that are stranded,” Rescue SA’s Abrie Senekal told AFP, saying the NGO was trying to hire more helicopters.‘Like a tsunami’Ian Scher, who heads Rescue SA, said the helicopter teams were having to make difficult decisions.“Sometimes we can only save two out of five, sometimes we drop food and go to someone else who’s in bigger danger,” he said. 2 Comments A general view shows damages caused by tropical cyclone “Idai” in Mozambique. Image: Josh Estey/CARE/dpa/PA Images 9,595 Views A general view shows damages caused by tropical cyclone “Idai” in Mozambique. Short URL Image: Josh Estey/CARE/dpa/PA Images Share14 Tweet Email Death toll from Mozambique tropical cyclone rises over 300 with tens of thousands at risk The storm is affecting nearly a million people and forcing more than 80,000 from their homes in neighbouring Malawi. last_img read more

Public urged not to put food waste down the sink to prevent

first_img A fatberg found in Co Wicklow earlier this year Image: Irish Water Source: Morning Ireland/Twitter Short URL Thinking of pouring that fat from your morning fry down the drain? Here’s what might happen … More coming up from @IrishWater @CleanCoasts #ThinkB4UPour @rtenews @RTERadio1 @rte @RTENewsNow— Morning Ireland (@morningireland) April 12, 2019 17,166 Views Public urged not to put food waste down the sink to prevent ‘fatbergs’ building up Over €7 million is spent every year by Irish Water dealing with fatbergs in public pipes. Share114 Tweet Email IRISH WATER IS appealing to the public ahead of Easter not to put food waste, such as fats, oils and greases, down the sink to prevent pipe blockages known as “fatbergs”. Over €7 million is spent every year by Irish Water dealing with fatbergs in public pipes, according to the utility’s Tom Cuddy. Speaking to RTÉ Radio One’s Morning Ireland, Cuddy said fatbergs are an “accumulation of debris that has travelled from people’s homes into the drains and down into the sewer”.For example, fatbergs form when wet-wipes get flushed down toilets, leading fats, oil and grease to congeal together and gradually form a hard mass.“Really what holds it all together are these fats, oils and greases that people have poured down the sink, unfortunately,” Cuddy said. He added that fatbergs have the same consistency as a bar of soap.If a fatberg occurs in your home, Cuddy said “the first you’ll know about it is when your sink is backing up and perhaps there’s a covering lifting in the back garden or your neighbour’s back garden”.  A fatberg found in Co Wicklow earlier this year Friday 12 Apr 2019, 3:35 PM Apr 12th 2019, 3:35 PM Irish Water deals with about 6,000 cases of fatbergs a year. “We have special machinery, essentially we have jetting and vacuum machinery, and basically we open up the manholes and put jetting rods, very high pressure power lines and they essentially break it up and suck it back,” Cuddy said, explaining how Irish Water removes the build-ups. Irish Water is now appealing to people not to put food waste down their sinks. “We want people not to put food waste down the sink and particularly to focus on fats, oils and greases. From a fry or from the roasting dish or gravy or sauces, all of those really should be put to one side,” Cuddy said. In March, an 8ft sewage blockage was cleared in Co Wicklow. It was the third blockage, also known as ragging, removed from the Bollarney Wastewater Pumping Station by Wicklow County Council staff in one day over that given weekend.In January, a UK-based water company discovered a 64m fatberg blocking a sewer in south-western town of Sidmouth. Image: Irish Water By Hayley Halpin 24 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Mum and daughter jailed over London terror plot

first_img Image: Met Police Share5 Tweet Email A COURT HAS jailed a mother and daughter, who formed an all-female terrorist cell linked to the Islamic State group, for plotting an attack in Britain.Rizlaine Boular, 22, was jailed for life.She had planned to stab people around the Palace of Westminster in central London last year, while her 44-year-old mother Mina Dich admitted aiding her plot.The scheme had been hatched by younger sister Safaa Boular, 18, who wanted to target crowds at the British Museum but had been arrested and remanded in jail over her attempt to become a jihadi bride in Syria.Following her detention the siblings shared phone calls in which they discussed holding an Alice In Wonderland themed tea party that prosecutors said was code for an attack.The security services launched a proactive surveillance operation, and in April 2017 tracked Rizlaine Boular and her mother as they conducted reconnaissance of London landmarks earmarked for attack.Days later, officers swooped to arrest the mother and daughter in an operation that led police to shoot Rizlaine Boular, who made a full recovery.The family members, including Safaa Boular, were charged with preparing terrorist acts.She denied the charges but was found guilty by a jury last week and will be sentenced at a later date.Rizlaine Boular pleaded guilty earlier this year and now faces life in jail, with a minimum term of 16 years.Their Morocco-born mother Dich was handed a minimum of six years and nine months plus five years on extended licence.Judge Mark Dennis said she had “failed in her parental role” and played a “significant role” in radicalising her daughters, bearing a “heavy responsibility”.Dennis told Rizlaine Boular she had planned a “wicked act” born from distorted views.“There are individuals walking the streets today whose lives could have been irreparably damaged or lost had it not been for the intervention of the police and security services,” he said.The defendants, who wore Islamic dress in the dock, made no reaction.Boular’s lawyer Imran Khan said his client’s plot was a suicide mission, because at that time she had wanted to die, but had now put her past views behind her.Kieran Vaughan, a lawyer for Dich, argued she played a “lesser role” in the plot. 24,913 Views 45 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Mum and daughter jailed over London terror plot Rizlaine Boular, 22, was jailed for life. Rizlaine Boular Image: Met Policecenter_img Rizlaine Boular By Garreth MacNamee Jun 15th 2018, 8:30 PM Friday 15 Jun 2018, 9:20 PM Short URLlast_img read more

It will be very hot Temperatures set to hit high 20s next

first_img 18 Comments Priscilla Ribeiro from Brazil enjoying ice cream in Dublin city last month. 18,628 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Priscilla Ribeiro from Brazil enjoying ice cream in Dublin city last month. Image: Sam Boal/ Saturday 23 Jun 2018, 11:45 AM Share62 Tweet Email1 center_img Short URL Jun 23rd 2018, 11:46 AM Image: Sam Boal/ MANY PLACES ARE set to experience sunny weather this weekend, with temperatures due to hit the high 20s next week.It’s expected to reach 28 or 29 degrees Celsius is some areas in the coming days.Today will be dry and mostly sunny with light variable breezes, Met Éireann has said.However, there’ll be a bit more cloud at times in northern parts of Ulster and Connacht. Highest temperatures will range from 17 to 23 degrees.It will be coldest on Connacht and Ulster coasts, and warmest in inland parts of Leinster and Munster.Tonight is expected to be dry and mostly clear, with lowest temperatures of six to nine degrees.The good weather will continue tomorrow and highest temperatures will range from 20 to 25 degrees.High pressure A large area of high pressure will remain close to Ireland throughout next week, meaning the weather will be warm, dry and mostly sunny.Tomorrow night will be another fairly cool night, with lowest temperatures of seven to 10 degrees. However, for the rest of next week, the nights will be milder with temperatures falling no lower than 13 or 14 degrees.From Monday until next Saturday, the weather is expected to be dry and mostly sunny. There’ll be a chance of a little sea fog at times and there may be a bit more cloud in the west towards the end of the week.“It will be very warm or hot with temperatures mostly in the low to mid 20s on Monday and Tuesday and reaching the mid to high 20s in many areas for the rest of the week,” Met Éireann said.Here are some tips on keeping yourself and your pets safe during the warm weather. ‘It will be very hot’: Temperatures set to hit high 20s next week We won’t know ourselves. By Órla Ryanlast_img read more

Papandreou calls for national renewal

first_imgMain opposition party leader George Papandreou addressed a party rally in the northern city of Alexandroupoli on Tuesday evening, stressing that “the time has come to leave behind the decline and to place the country on the course to national recovery”. Papandreou said that PASOK “is determined to confront force that keeps the country behind,” adding that “we do not owe anything to anyone and we are only accountable to the people.” The PASOK leader further said that in the elections the “two parties and two candidates for the prime ministership alone are not in conflict, but two diametrically opposite political conceptions” and underlined that “we are optimistic because we know what we have and we know how to utilise it.” Papandreou also focused on “green development” and pointed out that “Greece can become an international leader in providing traditional and alternative tourist services.” He said that the New Democracy party government was “never interested in utilising the country’s major advantages but only in sharing wealth with a few of its own people.” Papandreou stressed that what “is necessary for an exit from the morass of decline is a new leadership that will provide a new form of governance”. He also said that a PASOK government will guarantee a dynamic foreign policy that will once again provide prestige and strength on an international level, public free and qualitative education for all, a new and fair redistribution of wealth and a new social state that will function in the interests of citizens. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Disabled migrants to call Australia home

first_imgImmigration laws will be softened to include migrants with disabilities. Under a new “net benefit” approach, migrants will be considered more on their merit to the community, rather than the cost of their healthcare in Australia, Immigration Minister Chris Bowen said. “This will mean an individual’s health costs can be offset by the benefit their family will bring to Australian society,” Mr Bowen said in a statement. Under the old system, migrants with disabilities were usually rejected when applying for permanent residency, irrespective of whether they were self-sufficient or had family members to support them. The decision comes nearly a year after Mr Bowen intervened to stop a blind social worker being denied permanent residency. Simran Kaur, 32, was granted residency following a two-year battle. “I’m very happy with the changes,” Ms Kaur told The Age, “It has taken a while but we’ve achieved what we were fighting for. “It’s going to have a great impact. We don’t want anything special. “What we want is a fair chance. If we are able and capable and we fulfil all the other criteria, we should not be discriminated against.” Under the new measures, the government will increase the cost threshold of disabled person’s healthcare bill, from $21,000 to $35,000 to be classed as a significant burden and be rejected. The new system will come into affect on July 1 next year. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Lora Mokbel farewelled

first_imgLora Mokbel, mother of convicted drug trafficker Tony Mokbel, was laid to rest on Tuesday, in the absence of her son who spent the day confined to Barwon Prison’s high-security unit. Tony Mokbel reportedly declined to submit an application that could have seen him farewell his 83-year-old mother who died of natural causes on Mother’s Day. His younger brother, Milad, serving time for drug offences, was also absent. Those who did attend the funeral to pay their respects at Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Catholic Church in Thornbury included members of the family and the Hells Angels bikie gang. Amongst the mourners were gangland war survivor Mick Gatto, John Khoury and other former ‘business associates’ of Tony Mokbel. Adding to the colourful cast was Mrs Mokbel’s daughter-in-law, Zaharoula, who stood out from the crowd with her bright red hair. At the funeral service a heart-shaped wreath was laid on Mrs Mokbel’s casket with the words “from your loving son Tony and family”. Lora Mokbel single-handedly raised her four sons after her husband Sajih’s death in 1980 when Tony was 15. The family migrated to Australia from Lebanon in 1974. She defended her sons to the end, particularly Tony, giving a video interview to the Herald Sun last year on the eve of her son’s sentencing to a minimum of 22 years’ jail for drug offences. In the interview, which was conducted in Greek, she described her son as a good father and a good man. While on the run in Athens in 2007 Tony instructed his associates to send large sums of money to Lora, who was living in the family’s Brunswick home. Mrs Mokbel spent the last two months of her life in church care. Monsignor Joseph Takchi described her as a deeply religious and humble woman who prayed each day. Fr Joseph said the hard-working mother had dedicated her life to her children and grandchildren. The significance of patched-up Hells Angels at the service has been remarked on by media this week, with the Herald Sun reporting that a confidential police email, made public in March, warned that the Angels were in conflict with the outlaw Bandido gang. Tony Mokbel is known to be at odds with senior Bandido Toby Mitchell, who has twice been wounded in shooting ambushes. Mitchell was for some time in a relationship with Danielle McGuire, Mokbel’s former partner and the mother of one of his children. After the funeral service, around 150 mourners followed the hearse carrying Mrs Mokbel on her final journey to Fawkner Memorial Park. She was laid to rest alongside her husband. One of the mourners described Mrs Mokbel as a great woman and the reason why so many people had come to say their last goodbye. “I’m sure Tony will be hurt that he couldn’t be here to say goodbye,” he said. Additional material: Herald Sun Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Fitch upgrades Greeces credit rating

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Debt-hobbled Greece got a new morale boost, with Fitch ratings agency upgrading its sovereign credit grade, a day after the country’s European creditors backed the release of a new rescue loan payment. However, the one-notch upgrade from CCC to B- still leaves Greece’s government debt six levels deep in junk status – that is, its bonds are not considered investment grade. It has languished in junk territory since 2010, after it admitted to doctoring its deficit reporting and lost access to bonds markets, requiring a massive international bailout. Fitch set Greece’s outlook as stable, meaning the risks of an upgrade or downgrade are balanced. In a statement, it said the economy is “rebalancing,” with the conservative-led government making clear progress in eliminating a budget deficit that exceeded 15 percent of annual output in 2009. Fitch said the government’s harsh austerity program is on track “amid a semblance of political and social stability.” It is noted, however, that risks remain in implementing the austerity and reform process demanded by its bailout creditors. “Tangible economic recovery remains elusive, while resistance to reform is high,” it said. Fitch is the second of the three major ratings agencies to upgrade Greece. In December, Standard & Poor’s upgraded Greece’s credit grade by 6 notches, from default to the B- junk rating. Greece is in a sixth year of recession, largely attributable to the budget cutbacks and reforms. The economy has so far shrunk by a fifth since 2008, with unemployment at a record high of 27 percent. This week the finance ministers from the 16 other European Union countries that use the euro approved the release of 7.5 billion euros ($10 billion) in loans to Greece, to be paid out in May and June. They cited “further substantial progress” in the deficit-reduction program. Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has said Greece’s economy will see a modest return to growth next year – an expectation echoed in the Fitch statement. Greece hopes to return to bond markets in the first six months of 2014. In the meantime, it is holding regular short term debt auctions. On Tuesday, it auctioned off 13-week debt, paying the lowest rate for such debt since April 2011. It was the second lowest rate in 28 equivalent auctions that year. The Public Debt Management Agency said it raised 1.3 billion euros ($1.7 billion) from the sale at an interest rate of 4.02 percent. Reactions to the repeated income cuts and tax hikes of the past three years started off furious, but have recently slackened as fatigue set in and the government repeatedly used emergency powers to stop major strikes. On Tuesday, public servants’ unions held a 24-hour strike to protest against government plans to mobilize state school teachers who had planned a walkout timed to coincide with annual school-leaving exams. But the public servants’ strike failed to make any visible impact on government-run services and was criticised as a token gesture of solidarity by teaching unions, which refused to join the walkout.last_img read more

Startups hold promise for Greece

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Akis Laopodis was 23 years old when he was ready to enter the work force. Though it was before the start of the economic crisis and he did not face the staggering 60 percent youth unemployment rates that young people do today, he said that he wanted to start his own business rather than work for someone else. He was eager to make a name for himself as an entrepreneur, even if it took a few tries.Laopodis is one of tens of thousands of Greeks who have started their own business in the last few years, and one of a few hundred who have created a start-up. According to Endeavor Greece, a nonprofit organization that supports entrepreneurs in the country, in 2013, 144 new companies were considered “start-ups,” meaning new companies with a well-designed business plan and plenty of growth potential. In 2010, only 16 new companies were considered start-ups.This increase – in addition to a dramatic expansion in start-up investments in Greece from 500,000 euros in 2010 to 42 million euros in 2013 – has led many to believe that start-ups are the key to saving the Greek economy from six consecutive years of recession.Endeavor’s managing director, Haris Makryniotis, said that the organization does not have any data for the number of start-ups created in 2014 yet but he expects there will be an increase over last year. He added that he expects the number of new start-ups to rise sharply over the next few years before reaching a point of stabilisation.While Endeavor can track how many start-ups are developed, it does not have a record of the number of start-ups that failed along the way. The organization has determined that only 25 percent of start-ups have a high probability of success, while the remaining 75 percent are typically low-impact or low-potential ventures, which means they will likely be the first to collapse.“Now we are starting to hear about the failures, which is healthy,” Makryniotis said. “Internationally, it’s acceptable to fail; in Greece, we need to build this culture.”Laopodis started two separate businesses that ultimately fell through – the first because he wasn’t able to make it work and the second because of the economic crisis.“After having done that and failing, I wasn’t really sure that I had what it takes to become an entrepreneur,” he told Kathimerini English Edition.Though Laopodis tried his hand at other jobs, he says that he finally realized he had to give entrepreneurship another try and started his third company. This time decided to launch a technology start-up since he saw greater opportunities in that sector – according to Endeavor, 50 percent of investments in 2013 were in information and communications technology (ICT) firms.Now aged 31, Laopodis is the founder and CEO of Offerial, which aims to help hotels increase their revenue margins by getting more direct bookings. In his third attempt at starting a business, Laopodis’s start-up is standing tall.Offerial started on an initial investment of 60,000 euros in cash and 30,000 euros in services during the incubation period in the first round of investments – from both Greek investors and via the European Union’s JEREMIE initiative – and his company is now finishing the second round of investments. Though the company is still in the free trial phase and does not have revenues or profits yet, Offerial is now working with 50 hotels and is looking to start selling the product abroad, Laopodis said.“You fail and you learn – you learn the things you shouldn’t have done, the hypothesis you shouldn’t have taken for granted, the perceptions that led you to the wrong assumptions, all of that,” he said. “And that’s basically the best way that an entrepreneur can accumulate knowledge.”However, many of the entrepreneurs and experts in the field interviewed by Kathimerini English Edition expressed doubt that start-ups can influence the local economy significantly and that Greece can compete in the global start-up market.“The ecosystem [in Greece] is not yet ready to support these numbers [of start-ups],” said John Papadakis, founder and CEO of Pollfish, a survey platform that helps monetize mobile applications. “The most important thing you have to do is to not focus only on Greece. If you want to succeed on the start-up scene, you have to get clients in the United States. You have to play in the good league, not in the second league.”This eagerness for Greeks to join a more prosperous start-up market abroad, the low success rate of start-ups to begin with and their relative small size in terms of providing jobs are factors that lead these entrepreneurs and experts to believe that start-ups can have only a limited effect on lowering the high unemployment numbers or ending the economic crisis.Vicki Kolovou, a digital marketing strategist and co-founder of MobileMonday Athens, an open community platform for those involved in the mobile industry, said that she thinks the reported success of start-ups and the expectation that they will help the economic crisis is “a hype; it’s a light in the tunnel.”Start-ups should only be seen as one piece in the puzzle of Greece’s growth, those interviewed said.“It’s so often said that start-ups will solve the unemployment issue in Greece, but they will not, and they should not, and they cannot because you cannot expect 200 or 300 companies starting up now to create 1.4 million jobs,” Makryniotis said. “Some want to see start-ups as the Holy Grail for Greece… but you cannot put the pressure on them to fix all the shit that was created in Greece for decades.”Source: Ekathimerinilast_img read more

Judgment Day for Greece

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram European Union finance ministers are likely to decide today whether the Tsipras government has done enough to warrant further discussions on a third bailout deal, worth at least €53.5 billion ($59.2 billion), and rescue the country from bankruptcy.The Greek plan under consideration, thrashed out within days of the referendum which rejected further austerity, contains tax reforms and pension cuts.Eurozone ministers are reconvening for talks in Brussels on Sunday after nine hours of talks ended yesterday without agreement. An emergency summit of EU leaders has been cancelled. The Greek parliament backed the latest measures on Friday despite the fact that a similar plan proposed by the creditors was rejected by the Greek people in the referendum.The economic reforms put forward to Greece’s creditors includes higher taxes on shipping companies, making VAT rates a standard 23 per cent, including restaurants and catering, phasing out the supplementary payment to the poorest retirees between 2016 and 2019, and €300m ($450 billion) worth of defence spending cuts by 2016.The plan also proposes the privatisation of ports and scrapping 30 per cent tax break for the wealthiest islands.German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble is reported to have drawn up plans for Greece to temporarily exit the eurozone if this weekend’s talks fail. There are also unconfirmed reports that Finland has refused to agree to a new bailoout. Sources: BBC. The Guardianlast_img read more

Numbers dont lie the sorry state of the Greek economy

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram It’s not THAT bad, is it? Actually, it’s worse than that. In past weeks several reports have reached the surface about the country that is well into its seventh year of recession (a post WWII record). And they all point to the exact same thing; that Greece is a long way from digging itself out of the hole. Just take a look at the numbers.• 47 per cent: The current youth unemployment rate in Greece, ranked #1 in the EU, closely followed by Italy with 46 per cent.• 47 per cent: Incidentally, the number of university students and post-graduates (aged 18-35) that would prefer to find work abroad, according to a survey by the Human Resources Management Agency of the Department of Marketing and Communication of the Athens University of Economics and Business. Seventy-three per cent of the 5,208 millenials asked would prefer to work in the private sector.• 6 per cent: The projected unemployment rate in Greece, according to a recent report by the IMF. In the year 2060 that is. Today it stands at a proud 23.4 per cent.• 44.1 per cent: The percentage of the electorate that didn’t vote in the latest general elections one year ago. In 2007 it was 25.85 per cent.• 35.4 per cent: The projected percentage of the Greek workforce that will be working part-time in the year 2020. No need for despair, it’s only 35.17 per cent now.• 21.3 per cent: The rise in unpaid various forms of taxes for the first seven months of 2016, compared to the same period in 2015. Arrears for Jan-July 2016 are at €7.6 billion (A$11.35b), while debt sustained from previous years rose to €90,43b (A$134.9b). A total of €56b (A$84.3b) is the total private debt accumulated during the past five years alone, while 4,128,962 individuals and legal entities currently owe to the Greek state.• 76.9 per cent: The disapproval ratings of Prime Minister Tsipras’ administration, as per two recent polls. New Democracy, the major opposition party, isn’t faring much better, with disapproval ratings at 68.8 per cent.• 79.9 per cent: The percentage of income that goes to the state, via taxes and social security payments for a small business owner with an €80,000 reported income. Not counting ENFIA.• 0.9 per cent: The reduction in public sector workers in Greece for the first half of 2016, compared to the same period in 2013. The current − documented − public sector workforce stands at 564,015.• 40 per cent of employed Greeks are worried about their job security, according to a survey conducted by Nielsen for the second trimester of 2016, the highest number in the EU. Eighty-two per cent believe that 2017 will be another year of recession, despite multiple international reports (and government assurances) projecting a return to growth for the following year. Sources from the Bank of Greece even project that in 2017 the country will see a 2.5 per cent GDP growth rate. But we’ve heard that before.There are some numbers, though, that offer some glimmer of hope. According to the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority, arrivals at Greek airports for the first eight months of 2016 showed a 8.1 per cent spike from the same period in 2015, with 37.368.155 total check-ins. In August, the busiest summer month, arrivals were up 6.5 per cent from last year. The return of ‘fresh’, not subject to capital controls restrictions, money to the Greek banks as deposits for the month of August is up 3.8 per cent since April, with €4.6b (A$6.9b) returning to the banks since the end of May. The same sources suggest that “the crisis is not over. Not yet. But we will leave it behind, if we act smart”. Let’s see if that holds true, because acting smart is not exactly our strongest suit.last_img read more

Greek Orthodox Bishop calls on Erdogan to denounce Islam and be baptised

first_imgGreek Orthodox Bishop, Metropolit Seraphim of Piraeus has caused controversy by urging Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to convert to Orthodoxy with Russian President Vladimir Putin as his godfather. And no, it’s not a joke. In a 37-page letter to Erdogan written in Greek, Metropolit Seraphim asks the Turkish leader to denounce his Islamic faith and be baptised in the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.“If you want to save yourself and your family you should convert to Greek Orthodox Church, the only real faith,” Seraphim writes, reports Keep Talking Greece.“We propose and we advise you to come to the arms of the Greek Orthodox Church before the end of your life on earth.“Otherwise, you will unfortunately find yourself, your family and your people in the same place where Allah, Muhammad and his followers are, ie. in the place of suffering, eternal and unending hell.”He calls on Erdogan to “repent, cry, be humble and believe in Christ,” and claims that “the Holy Trinity of God will open the arms for you”.If Erdogan is to heed the Metropolit’s advice, he says that the Orthodox faithful on earth and in heaven will rejoice and “the angels in heaven after your enter the true Church!”In the extensive letter, the Bishop also analyses Greece’s 400 years under Ottoman rule, the Treaty of Lausanne, Turkey’s recent history and the country’s efforts to join the European Union. Despite concluding his letter with “honour, respect and honest brother love”, it contains a number of remarks in which he insults the Koran, the Prophet Muhammad, and describes Islam as a sect rather than a religion.To read the letter in full, visit the Holy Metropolis of Piraeus’ official website Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more