Skeleton Key USB Drive Stores 2GB Wont Open Locks

first_imgKey-shaped USB drives are fairly popular lately. LaCie’s iamaKey flash drive looks like something that would fit right in on your keychain next to your house or car key, but the Fredflare Skeleton Key takes a more whimsical approach, and looks a little more fun sticking out of one of your computer’s USB ports. The Skeleton Key comes in three colors: white, black, and pink, and only one size: 2GB. It’s available now directly from the manufacturer, and retails for $58 USD.last_img

Cornings GlassFilled Vision of the Future

first_imgAdChoices广告 Corning, makers of fine glassware and ceramics that you probably already have in your kitchen, sees the future, and it has a lot of glass in it. A lot of touch-sensitive, multi-functional, all-encompassing glass that will cover virtually every device we carry with us and every object we interact with. The “A Day Made of Glass” video (video’s behind the jump) suggests a possible future where we all carry transparent glass-phones that look conspicuously like iPhones that interact seamlessly with everything in our homes, 3D televisions that literally jump out at you (without glasses, of course,) and cars with touch-panels that spring to life when you approach the vehicle. Admittedly none of this technology exists in the consumer market just yet, but none of it is so terribly far-fetched given current trends that it couldn’t be possible in the near future. The idea of interactive televisions that display traffic conditions and weather while you’re checking out the morning news is nothing new, and neither is the idea that a computer system in a store can identify you when you approach and suggest products that you like. If you’re thinking that part looks a lot like the movie Minority Report, you wouldn’t be too far off.Still, while reality never really turns out like these concept videos (after all, brushing your teeth and checking your messages at the same time is all well and good until your mirror blue-screens on you) one thing is for sure: if Corning has its way, the future will need a lot of Windex.last_img read more

Chinas PC market surpasses US for the first time

first_imgFor the first time ever, China has just become the biggest consumer of PCs, surpassing the United States who has dropped to second. According to new market research by IDC, computer makers shipped about 18.5 million PCs in China in the second quarter with the US receiving 17.7 million. China shipped 22 percent of the PCs sold worldwide, which shows a staggering 14 percent quarter on quarter growth.Still, the US is expected to be the world’s largest market for the full year thanks to back-to-school sales and holiday sales that will bring the country’s numbers back up. However, it’s quite possible that 2012 will see China having the world’s largest market for the entire next year. IDC predicts that 85.2 million PCs will be shipped in China in 2012 compared to the 76.6 million in the U.S.PC sales fell 4.2 percent in the US, which is no doubt a result of our struggling economy. However, the total for the U.S. will be about 1 million more for the 2011 year than what China is supposed to get.Loren Loverde, an IDC vice president, said that China’s lead in the PC market is a huge shift that “reflects the rising fortunes of emerging markets as well as the relative stagnation of more mature regions.” This new trend isn’t all that surprising since China already has the world’s largest Internet population which surpassed the U.S. back in 2008.Toshihiro Nagahama, chief economist at Dai-ichi Life Research Institute Inc. in Tokyo said this was going to happen sooner or later, just like the car market. China has a huge population, and their income is rising.It’s important to note that market research numbers are often not exactly the most accurate of measurements, but they’re the best we have. In IDC’s case, the numbers refer to shipments to distributors and end users, so, the number also includes PCs that haven’t been sold.via SF Gatelast_img read more

Mechanical Principles soothes you with a ballet of gears and pistons

first_imgIf you haven’t seen Ralph Steiner’s short film “Mechanical Principles” before, then you are in for a treat. The 10 minute work, which was shot in 1930 is an abstract, mesmerizing look at the world of gears, pistons, and other forms of mechanical movement. The cold, machine precision of the mechanisms might not seem like something you’d want to spend 10 minutes staring out, but give it a shot, you might find yourself transfixed. The end result, combined with the music, is almost balletic, and is certain to relax you a bit, no matter how many cups of coffee you’ve had today.Some of the most impressive moments include the planetary gear driving a piston at 2:50, the differential-life device at 3:11, the ratcheted gear at 5:50, and the Reuleaux triangle movement at 7:22 (which is reminiscent of the Wankel engine).Ralph Steiner was an avant-garde filmmaker born in 1899. He made and worked on moves through the 1940s but transitioned to photography later in his career. Part of his time in the film industry was as a cameraman so it’s understandable both why he made a video like this one and how he could transition into photography.Asmus Tietchens composed the music for the video, which is now part of the Museum of Modern Art’s collection in New York.If you like this, be sure to check out this amazing explanation of how a differential works.via kottkelast_img read more

35 Raspberry Pi computers have started shipping

first_imgThe Raspberry Pi is a remarkable little device. This $35 ARM-based system is the size of a credit card, and is capable of running real Linux environment plus doing things like decoding HD video. Designed by a British non-profit, the initial pre-sale of 10,000 units sold out in a matter of minutes when they went on sale in February. Those units have made their way to suppliers, and are now ready to ship this week (and in some cases have shipped) to excited buyers, after seeing numerous delays.The main board for the Raspberry Pi fits in the hand, and comes equipped with a 700MHz ARM SoC, HDMI-out, two USB ports, an SD card slot, Ethernet, and 256MB of RAM. Clearly you’re not going to run Crysis on this device, but it is a complete package that could encourage people all over the world, and especially in developing countries, to get interested in computer science. The RasPi will also have the juice to run a game like Quake III or output 1080p video over HDMI.If this sounds right up your alley, don’t worry too much. New batches of the Raspberry Pi are slated for production soon. One of the suppliers, RS Components, is taking contact information from interested nerds to get in on the next pre-order. The price was originally intended to be $25, but the current $35 price should stay in place for future waves. There is still a $25 version of the Raspberry Pi, but that’s not currently for sale has features a few differences from the more expensive Model B.The Raspberry Pi has already garnered huge attention in the modding community with expansion kits and printable cases on the horizon. if you’re not among the lucky few to have access to this device, the video above will have to suffice for now.via Cnetlast_img read more

QR clock is admittedly pointless but extremely cool

first_imgIt’s not often that a new initiative on a site like Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or Tindie opens with a sentence that calls itself “impractical.” But then again, some of the coolest products serve a purpose that is more about aesthetics than functionality. To that end, check out the QR Clock.From Michael Ciuffo’s Tindie store, the QR Clock is an illuminated display that shows the current time in, you guessed it, a QR code. That means that in order to actually figure out what time it is, you need to take out your mobile device and take a picture of the clock. Yes, of course, chances are your mobile device has a clock on it, so functionally speaking there is no purpose to this clock.Even in its official description, Ciuffo writes that it is “deliciously impractical.” It sure looks cool, though, and it is definitely a talking point.The 8″ x 8″ object represents a 21×21 pixel display, and has an dynamic brightness that makes it visible during the day but not overpowering at night. The final product will be powered by micro-USB.The prototype in the video above is already fully functional. Ciuffo is just working on getting the manufacturing squared away so that this creation can be shared with the world.Pre-orders are set at $100. There have already been 17 pledges toward Ciuffo’s $5000 goal. There is no specified date when the product will be available to ship to backers, but Ciuffo promises to provide constant updates until it happens.The project expires in the beginning of March, so if you want a truly unique wall clock, you should get your order in now.last_img read more

The suns magnetic field will flip very soon

first_imgThe sun’s magnetic field is expected to flip in the next 3 to 4 months. If that sounds cataclysmic, don’t worry. It happens every 11 years at the peak of each solar activity cycle and the sun’s internal dynamo reorients itself. Once the change happens, we’ll be at the midpoint of the 24th observed solar cycle with the solar maximum behind us.When the the flip happens, the magnetic field dies down slowly, then reaches zero before emerging again with a reversed polarity. The effects of this flip-flop are felt throughout the solar system, as a ripple in the magnetic field that reaches all the way to the limits of the heliosphere.The current sheet is a region of electrical current created by the magnetic field extending from the sun’s equator out billions of kilometers, and it’s at least 10,000 kilometers wide in most places. The current is small — just one ten-billionth of an amp per square meter, but there’s a lot of surface area. In fact, the entire heliosphere is organized around the current sheet.As the sun’s magnetic field reverses, the current sheet will become wavy. Objects orbiting the sun, like Earth, pass into and out of the densest part of the current sheet, which can stir up unexpected space weather and cause brighter auroras on Earth. The wavy current sheet also serves as a better barrier from cosmic rays, the dangerous high-speed particles from distant supernova explosions.The sun’s north pole is already far along the way losing its polarity, with the south racing to catch up. Before you know it, they switch will happen and we’ll see solar activity fall for a few years before it amps up again. The same thing will happen 11 years from now, and 11 years from then. It will be that way until the sun becomes a very different kind of star in the distant future.last_img read more

Google drops Nexus 4 price to 199

first_imgIf you yearn for a vanilla Android experience on a capable slab of smartphone hardware, you can’t go far wrong with the Google Nexus 4. Sure, it has been surpassed by the likes of the Galaxy S4 and HTC One, but where else could you get a $299 off contract device carrying the latest version of Android and minus any bloatware?That was nine months ago, and overnight Google decided to spark new interest in the Nexus 4 the only way it can: by lowering the price. That $299 Android smartphone is now a $199 handset if you can cope with being limited to 8GB of storage. If you’d prefer 16GB, that model has also dropped in price from $349 to $249.So for $200 you can pick up a 1.5GHz quad core smartphone equipped with 2GB RAM, an Adreno 320 GPU, and a 4.7-inch 1280 x 768 display. There’s no contract included as part of the bargain leaving you free to choose whatever SIM-only plan you like. For many that was one of the key reasons for picking up the Nexus 4 even when it was $100 more expensive.A lower price is sure to put a strain on stock levels in the short term unless Google and LG prepared before making this announcement. But hopefully it won’t lead to the shortages we saw when the Nexus 4 originally launched in November last year. It’s also interesting to note Google’s timing, which sees the price drop happen just a couple of weeks before Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 5S and possibly a cheap iPhone 5C handset.last_img read more

Pepsi wants to make its offerings healthier

first_img Image: AP/Press Association Images PEPSICO SET NEW targets for more healthful food and beverages this week and announced pledges to reduce product packaging and limit water use.With US soda giants under pressure to produce more healthy beverages, Pepsi pledged that by 2025, at least two-thirds of the 12 ounce beverages it sells will contain 100 or fewer calories. At least three-quarters of foods sold will not exceed 1.1 grams of saturated fat per 100 calories.Pepsi’s “2025 Sustainability Agenda” also included policies to limit water consumption, incorporate more recyclable packaging and purchase crops from sustainable farms.Besides soda, Pepsi’s brands include Gatorade sports drinks, the Frito-Lay snack brand and Tropicana orange juice. By AFP Share6 Tweet Email 10,137 Views Pepsi wants to make its offerings healthier Pepsi’s “2025 Sustainability Agenda” also included policies to limit water consumption. 20 Comments center_img Image: AP/Press Association Images Oct 22nd 2016, 6:00 PM Saturday 22 Oct 2016, 6:00 PM Short URL Source: Mark LennihanPepsiCo chief executive Indra Nooyi said the company’s 2025 Sustainability Agenda aims to be consistent with United Nations sustainable development goals and the 2015 Paris climate agreement.“To succeed in today’s volatile and changing world, corporations must do three things exceedingly well: focus on delivering strong financial performance, do it in a way that is sustainable over time and be responsive to the needs of society,” Nooyi said.The announcement comes after it was revealed last week that both PepsiCo and Coca-Cola had been quietly fighting anti-obesity measures such as taxes on soft drinks.Between 2011 and 2015, the Coca-Cola Company and PepsiCo sponsored 96 national health organisations battling public health problems such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease, according to research published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.- © AFP, 2016Read: It’s official: Ireland is getting a sugar tax (but not for a few years)Read: How the sugar-trafficking food industry paid scientists to tell us fat, not sugar, was the real problem Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Dublin man shot while sitting in car on Sunday dies of his

first_img Short URL The scene yesterday following the shooting. 28,141 Views The scene yesterday following the shooting. Image: THE 36-YEAR-OLD man who was shot in Coolock in Dublin on Sunday evening has died in hospital.Gardaí are now investigating the shooting as a homicide after Kenneth Finn died in Beaumont Hospital after being shot numerous times while sitting in a car at about 8.15 pm.Finn suffered a number of head wounds and was being cared for in the intensive care unit before he passed away today.The victim was found in a garden on Moatview Gardens after neighbours heard a number of shots.He had an address of Clare Village Apartments, Coolock.Speaking the reporters yesterday, investigating gardaí said that they had not yet identified a motive for the shooting.A post-mortem is now expected to be carried out tomorrow by State Pathologist Marie Cassidy.Anyone with information is asked to contact Coolock Garda Station on 01 666 4200, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any garda station.Read: Victim of Coolock shooting remains in critical condition as gardaí appeal for witnesses > 14 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share32 Tweet Email center_img Feb 27th 2018, 6:00 PM By Rónán Duffy Image: Tuesday 27 Feb 2018, 6:00 PM Dublin man shot while sitting in car on Sunday dies of his injuries Kenneth Finn had been in intensive care. last_img read more

All John Lennons idea Sketch of iconic Sgt Peppers album cover to

first_img 10,360 Views Saturday 29 Apr 2017, 4:00 PM All John Lennon’s idea? Sketch of iconic Sgt Pepper’s album cover to fetch €55k at auction The drawing was recently discovered at a former home of the Beatle in Weybridge. Apr 29th 2017, 4:00 PM Share Tweet Email2 6 Comments Image: Julien’s Auctions via AP Image: Julien’s Auctions via AP AN OLD SKETCH up for auction 20 May at the Hard Rock Cafe in Manhattan is a crude, ink-on-paper drawing of the iconic Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club album cover.The artist is almost surely John Lennon. The significance is another story.Julien’s Auctions told The Associated Press that the sketch was discovered by a former resident of the house in Weybridge, England, where Lennon lived from 1964-68, when he was married to his first wife, Cynthia.The artwork is clearly an outline for the Pepper cover, showing the Beatles gathered in the centre, the group’s name spelled out in front of them and circles in the back that would be filled in by such famous faces as Bob Dylan’s, Fred Astaire’s and Oscar Wilde’s.The drawing is undated, and it could be a draft of the finished cover or an idle doodle from later on. Julien’s estimates its worth as $40,000-$60,000. Lennon with his ex-wife Cynthia Source: PA Archive/PA Images“What we have here is nothing less than one of the most important artifacts in connection with the early development of what is considered by many to be the most important pop and rock album of all time,” Perry Cox, author of Official Price Guide to the Beatles and other books, said in a recent email.Sgt Pepper was released in June 1967, nearly 50 years ago, and there is no definitive account of the cover’s creation. But until now, no one has suggested that Lennon was involved in the planning stages.Jann Haworth, who with fellow pop artist and then-husband Peter Blake won a Grammy in 1968 for best album cover for Sgt Pepper, told the AP that “John was wholly absent from discussions about what the cover was to be”.The Sgt Pepper album was the most anticipated musical release of its time, and the cover was meant as a testament to the psychedelic wonders contained within.Paul McCartney had all along taken the lead in wanting a “concept” album and told biographer Barry Miles that he submitted ink drawings that Blake and Haworth turned into the finished design. Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesBlake and Haworth have different memories. Blake has said he recalled a “vague” conversation with McCartney, while Haworth said a “funny little sketch” by Blake was the earliest “representation of the cover” and followed a discussion among herself, her husband, McCartney and art dealer Robert Fraser.“Paul has a completely different tale to tell,” Haworth added. “I would suggest his memory has morphed over time. The question is then have I (changed)? All I can say is I have a very strong memory and my ‘story’ has been consistent year upon year.”The existence of the sketch isn’t entirely surprising. Lennon, a former art student, was a compulsive drawer whose illustrations turned up in his books, solo album jackets, letters and postcards.Biographer Philip Norman, who has written books on Lennon, McCartney and the Beatles, says Lennon may well have made a doodle of the Sgt Pepper cover after having seen the design and, characteristically, never showed it.“If you know anything about John, it’s that he didn’t rate his own drawings or sketches very highly,” Norman says. “He was always amazed when people liked his art and wanted to put in a book. He felt the same way about his music. He was never satisfied with what he had done.”The Beatles did make a notable and agreed-upon contribution to the cover: suggesting the celebrities and historical figures that would be pictured. Even here, their freedom was not unlimited.Mahatma Gandhi was rejected over concerns some in India would object and “Bowery Boys” actor Leo Gorcey was cut because his agent insisted on a fee. Lennon, whose humour was ever the band’s darkest, asked for Hitler.“We edited that out,” Haworth said.Read: Paul McCartney is suing Sony to get the rights to Beatles songs backRead: “Like a second father to me”: McCartney leads tributes to George Martin Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Associated Presslast_img read more

Cyclist dies after being knocked down near Phoenix Park in Dublin

first_img Source: An Garda Síochána/Twitter Expect delays on Conyingham Road (Island Bridge inbound) due to a Road Traffic Collision.— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) March 12, 2017 Share Tweet Email Updated: 5.45pm 48,130 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 36 Comments By Cormac Fitzgeraldcenter_img Cyclist dies after being knocked down near Phoenix Park in Dublin It is believed the cyclist was struck by a car. A CYCLIST HAS died after being knocked off his bike near the Phoenix Park in Dublin this afternoon.A man in his 30s  was seriously injured on Conyngham Road  at around 2.15p.m. He was taken to St James’s Hospital where he later passed away. A post-mortem will tbe carried out. The driver, a woman in her 40s, received minor injuries.A garda spokeswoman said: “Gardaí in Kilmainham are seeking the assistance of any members of the public who travelled this road and who may be able to offer any further information or witnessed the collision to contact them at 01 – 6669700, the Garda Confidential Line 1 800 666 111, or any garda Station.Read: Man (40s) dies after car crashes into wall in Cork Sunday 12 Mar 2017, 5:45 PM Short URL Mar 12th 2017, 5:45 PM last_img read more

Cake and chocolate maker Brodericks plans to hitch a ride on the

first_imgWe just wanted to put something in that (healthy food) space that I’d be happy to hand to my kids.”The company has already dipped its toe into more niche products lines with gluten-free alternatives, which were rolled out in 2015.While gluten-free accounts for less than 10% of the firm’s annual turnover, Broderick said the company has “seen a big shift” in demand for coeliac-friendly options in recent years.“Our French distributors have switched over their ‘rocky road’ and caramel bars to only gluten-free,” he said. “They’re not even making that big a deal of it with their customers. It’s the same in the UK.”Last week, the company announced a €6.3 million investment led by the state-backed BDO Development Capital Fund. The millions will be used to finance the company’s migration from its current facilities in Walkinstown to a bigger factory in Tallaght. Bernard and Barry Broderick with Andrew Bourg of BDO Source: Peter HoulihanRight now, the company is “at kit-out stage” and hopes to move into the new plant by July at the latest.The Tallaght factory is about half the size of a GAA pitch, space which Broderick said will allow the firm to “comfortably double turnover” when it is fully operational. Last year, the firm booked sales of roughly €8.4 million.The factory will also create 40 new jobs. Broderick’s currently employs 100 people in Walkinstown.Broderick added that the company hopes to open up the new factory to public tours at some stage.“People don’t realise (our products are) properly handmade,” he said. “We’d like to be bringing people in and showing them that.”The brothers will also open a café at the plant.ExportsBroderick’s currently exports to about 25 countries across Europe, the Middle East and parts of Asia.This year, the company plans to secure more shelf space in the US, where it already has a small presence in about 40 fine-food stores in Manhattan.Broderick said “a lot of the dog work” has already been done to source distributors across the Atlantic. The brothers hope to start signing contracts in June when they exhibit at the Fancy Food Show in New York.The US expansion is a “two-pronged approach”, Broderick said. The company is chasing both luxury food shops and so-called ‘club stores’, which are a type of members-only wholesalers.Costco, the largest club-store chain in America, last year sold 300,000 boxes of Broderick’s treats in its South Korean subsidiaries. Still from a Broderick’s promo video Source: YouTubeBroderick’s main export market right now is the UK, followed by France. The brand has performed well in newer markets like Dubai, Holland and Germany too, Broderick said.“We’d be very much in high-end cafés, fine-food stores,” he said. “It’s exactly where you want to be at the initial launch in a country. Then you probably do want to crank it up a bit more to be in the supermarkets.”Broderick said the company relies a lot on tastings to push its products but doesn’t have the budget to give away thousands of free portions.The brothers instead organise in-store tastings when they enter a new market.“Generally when somebody tastes it they know it’s better quality,” Broderick said. “They know why it might be more expensive.”They also looks to get their products featured in food subscription services. Last month, a German outfit called Foodist carried one of the Broderick’s branded peanut bars in its box of snacks.Such services are helpful for boosting sales, but “you have to absolutely murder your price to get into a box like that”, Broderick said.In-flight marketAs well as selling product in supermarkets and coffee shops, Broderick’s has found its way onto airline snack menus.Carriers such as Aer Lingus, Virgin, American Airlines and Ryanair have sold the firm’s range of miniature treats on board.Although those contracts tend to be quite lucrative, Broderick said the downside is that “you could be on for one month, off for three months” because airlines frequently change their in-flight offerings, especially on shorter routes.“There’s a couple of things with airlines,” he said. “They’re very cost-sensitive. They also have a load of paperwork. It takes a lot of work to become a supplier to airlines.”An 18-month contract with Virgin Airlines will soon come to a close and be up for tender again soon.“When that finishes, that’s a lot of business gone,” Broderick said. “There was something like three million portions in that. That’s a lot of business to replace.” Virgin group founder Richard Branson Source: LM Otero/AP/Press Association ImagesFamily businessThe company is now in its second generation of family ownership. It was founded by Broderick’s mother Ina in 1984.Both parents are still involved in the company, which Broderick said gives the two brothers a lot of stability.“It’s a steadying influence and you have somebody to bounce ideas off,” he said. “It’s no harm having people around you that you trust.”When asked whether it’s difficult to work with his brother, Broderick said: “We seem to have it nice enough. You could be knocking the heads off each other one day. You know yourself.”“Barry and I have the same ambition regarding the business and we know where we want to get it,” he said. “All the disagreements would be over the small things. We’d have the exact same big picture goal.”Written by Conor McMahon and posted on Take me to Fora FAMILY-OWNED CONFECTIONERY firm Broderick’s will launch a new line of snacks next month to capitalise on customers’ ever-growing appetite for ‘healthy’ treats.Bernard Broderick, who heads up the company with his brother Barry, said that a promotional campaign will kick off in the coming weeks to push a new range of fruit and nut bars.The BC – ‘before cake’ – brand was in development for about 18 months and has already been soft-launched in select cafés and retail shops.“Our core business is always going to be in the treat space,” Broderick told Fora. “But we don’t see any reason why we can’t have a healthy range.”Broderick’s sells handmade, sugary snacks under the Broderick’s Brothers, Irish Flapjack Company and Ina’s Handmade Foods brand names.Broderick said the idea to launch the healthier line was partially sparked by the brothers’ frustrations with the current offering in supermarkets.“What annoyed us about protein bars and all that is the misconception consumers have about them, thinking they’re healthy when they’re really not,” he said. Saturday 18 Mar 2017, 6:30 PM Cake and chocolate maker Broderick’s plans to hitch a ride on the ‘healthy’ snacks craze The company is setting up a major new factory in Tallaght, which it hopes to throw open to public tours. Share Tweet Email4 5 Comments Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Short URL By Fora Staff Mar 18th 2017, 6:30 PM 18,955 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Tipperary get their summer off to flying start with impressive win over

first_img 48 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Tipperary get their summer off to flying start with impressive win over Cork Seamus Callanan and John McGrath hit the net in a seven-point victory. Cork’s Darragh Fitzgibbon in action against Tipperary’s John O’Dwyer. Image: James Crombie/INPHO 30,531 Views Tipperary 2-28Cork 1-24Fintan O’Toole reports from Páirc Uí ChaoimhIF 2018 WAS a summer of setbacks for Tipperary, marked by a winless run from four Munster outings, this was the sign of a new and fresh season.A first day out in the 2019 structure yielded a victory. They achieved that by claiming the scalp of the provincial champions from the last two years and triumphed on Cork’s home patch as well.Chalking up 2-28 provided evidence of the intricate attacking patterns that Tipperary weaved together to such deadly effect and the troubles they inflicted on the Cork rearguard. Their prized assets up front of Seamus Callanan and John McGrath both banged home goals but the scorers were supplied from several sectors.11 different starting players got on the scoresheet, goalkeeper Brian Hogan and their full-back line the only players missing. John O’Dwyer weighed in with 0-7 from play in a sparkling showing and they’ll be in a buoyant mood when they welcome Waterford to Thurles next Sunday.Cork face the onerous task of heading to face All-Ireland kingpins Limerick, looking like they will require a result to salvage their campaign. They shipped a huge total on the scoreboard, and were indebted to Anthony Nash for diving to beat away Jason Forde’s 26th minute penalty.Seamus Harnedy cut through to flash home a superbly-struck goal in the 65th minute but it was too late to alter the outcome. They had suffered too much damage by that stage. Patrick Horgan amassed 0-14 yet it was ultimately a sobering afternoon for a team that have enjoyed so many bright moments in Munster over the past two seasons.Páirc Uí Chaoimh was a venue that helped define the first coming of Liam Sheedy as Tipperary boss. On his maiden Munster afternoon as manager in June 2008 his Tipperary charges halted an 85-year losing streak. The flipside came in May 2010 when Tipperary were submerged by a wave of Cork goals, that game transpiring to be the unlikely springboard for a recovery that yielded the Liam MacCarthy Cup by September. Tipperary hurling boss Liam Sheedy. Source: James Crombie/INPHOSheedy arrived with his team today in a stadium that had undergone a considerable facelift since then. The cost of that refurbishment and a faulty pitch surface have sparked plenty controversy but come throw-in at 4pm, the field looked immaculate and 30,274 spectators were present in anticipation.And Tipperary couldn’t have been happier with how the game unfolded early on. True they shipped the game’s first point to Cork’s Harnedy but then his namesake and the opposite captain pounced moments later at the other end. Callanan was ruthless at exploiting an opening to ink a goal next to his name in the teamsheet.Tipperary were flying, their rotating set of attackers confusing the Cork defence and creating swathes of space for players to roam into. When Callanan clipped over a 17th minute point they were 1-8 to 0-5 ahead, a position that captured the control they were exerting. Seamus Harnedy in action against the Tipperary defence. Source: James Crombie/INPHOCork were struggling yet the rhythms of the game switched as they tapped into a run of strong form. They registered six points on the bounce with Harnedy, Patrick Horgan and Shane Kingston all involved in their best work. Suddenly by the 24th minute it was level, 1-8 to 0-11, and the match was as delicately balanced as it had been envisaged beforehand.At the break Tipperary clung to a slender lead, 1-13 to 0-15. Horgan finished the half with a stunning long-range free to bring his total to 0-10, another display of clinical marksmanship.Tipperary had always carried the greater goal threat and when they got the scent of an opportunity they seized it in the 50th minute. O’Dwyer arrowed a lovely crossfield pass for John McGrath who stepped inside the cover and smashed home his shot.We hadn’t reached the midway mark of the second half by that juncture but it had the sense of a game-changing moment as it propelled Tipperary ahead by 2-20 to 0-18. They wouldn’t relinquish the winning position from there. Seamus Callanan celebrates hitting the net for Tipperary. Source: James Crombie/INPHOScorers for Tipperary: Seamus Callanan 1-4, John O’Dwyer 0-7, Jason Forde 0-5 (0-3f), Noel McGrath 0-4 (0-1 ’65), John McGrath 1-1, Brendan Maher 0-2, Ronan, Padraic Maher, Patrick Maher, Michael Breen, Niall O’Meara 0-1 each.Scorers for Cork: Patrick Horgan 0-14 (0-10f), Seamus Harnedy 1-2, Shane Kingston, Conor Lehane 0-3 each, Robbie O’Flynn, Tim O’Mahony 0-1 each.Tipperary1. Brian Hogan (Lorrha-Dorrha)2. Cathal Barrett (Holycross-Ballycahill)3. James Barry (Upperchurch-Drombane)4. Seán O’Brien (Newport)5. Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh)7. Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)6. Ronan Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)8. Noel McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney)9. Michael Breen (Ballina)10. Niall O’Meara (Kilruane MacDonaghs)13. John O’Dwyer (Killenaule)12. Patrick Maher (Lorrha-Dorrha)15. John McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney)11. Séamus Callanan (Drom-Inch – captain)14. Jason Forde (Silvermines)Subs25. Dan McCormack (Borris-Ileigh) for Breen (49)26. Jake Morris (Nenagh Éire Óg) for Forde (55)19. Willie Connors (Kiladangan) for O’Meara (63)23. Mark Kehoe (Kilsheelan-Kilcash) Patrick Maher (65)20. Cian Darcy (Kilruane McDonaghs) for Noel McGrath (70)Cork1. Anthony Nash (Kanturk)2. Sean O’Donoghue (Inniscarra)3. Eoin Cadogan (Douglas)4. Niall O’Leary (Castlelyons)5. Christopher Joyce (Na Piarsaigh)6. Tim O’Mahony (Newtownshandrum)7. Mark Coleman (Blarney)8. Darragh Fitzgibbon (Charleville)12. Luke Meade (Newcestown)18. Robbie O’Flynn (Erins Own)11. Seamus Harnedy (St Ita’s – captain)10. Daniel Kearney (Sarsfields)14. Patrick Horgan (Glen Rovers)13. Conor Lehane (Midleton)15. Shane Kingston (Douglas)Subs17. Damien Cahalane (St Finbarr’s) for Joyce (44)19. Aidan Walsh (Kanturk) for O’Flynn (59)24. Declan Dalton (Fr O’Neill’s) for Kearney (65)25. Jack O’Connor (Sarsfields) for Kingston (inj) (69)Referee: Sean Cleere (Kilkenny)Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Cork’s Darragh Fitzgibbon in action against Tipperary’s John O’Dwyer. May 12th 2019, 5:44 PM Subscribe Short URL By Fintan O’Toole Sunday 12 May 2019, 5:44 PM Share35 Tweet Email1 Image: James Crombie/INPHOlast_img read more

I wanted to make a film that was visceral and dangerous and

first_img By Aoife Barry ‘I wanted to make a film that was visceral and dangerous and had a woman at the centre’ Director Aoife McArdle talks to us about what makes her debut feature Kissing Candice so different. Jun 24th 2018, 6:30 PM Short URL 10,571 Views Source: Irish Film Institute/YouTubeIRISH DIRECTOR AOIFE McArdle has made a movie about youth, danger, and young women that’s inspired by growing up on the Irish border.Kissing Candice, which is out this weekend, centres on the story of a young woman called Candice, who dreams – during an epileptic fit – of a young man that she falls in love with. But in pursuing the guy, she nearly gets mixed up with a local gang of terrifying youths. It’s the first feature film for McArdle, who grew up in Omagh and is now an internationally-acclaimed director.She’s chiefly known for her work in advertising and making videos for the likes of U2 and Bryan Ferry, but some of her most high-profile work includes the Audi Superbowl ad, which is all about female empowerment: Source: AOIFE MCARDLE/VimeoSo it’s no surprise, then to see that Kissing Candice is all about a young woman who knows her own mind.Try or failThe film – made as part of the Irish Film Board’s Catalyst scheme for upcoming filmmakers – had a much tighter budget than what McArdle is used to working with.“I knew I would have to make sacrifices and compromises but also I thought to myself I’d much rather take a risk and go for it and fail spectacularly, than not do it,” she tells, adding that she doesn’t shy away from challenges.The whole film is told through Candice’s subjective perspective, and at times the viewer doesn’t know if what they’re watching is fact or fiction.“[I wanted to] make a youth film which was from the perspective of a young woman,” says McArdle. “We’ve seen so many films from the perspective of men and I thought ‘I want to make a film that was visceral and dangerous and thrilling where it was a woman who was at the centre’. On loads of levels that made sense, being a female director, and I think we haven’t seen enough female stories and we need to see more of that because everybody needs variety in the stories they’re hearing about.”What’s unusual about Kissing Candice – and not because it should be unusual – is how she allows Candice to follow her own sexual urges.“Female sexuality, I think’s a huge subject that we don’t get to delve into that much and I was really interested in showing that on screen,” says McArdle. “It’s something you always get to see, where the man is the instigator of all the sexual relationships and romances. And I wanted the female in this to be who’s going after what she wanted and was being very direct and proactive about that. Share41 Tweet Email1 center_img 2 Comments To me that’s what I have seen in many young women, they are very strong-willed and they have their own wants and I thought that would be an interesting angle for it; that we haven’t seen much of it.However, the film gained an 18 rating in Ireland, compared to the 15 rating it got in the UK, meaning that many young women won’t get to see it. It’s a decision that baffled the film’s distributors, who appealed the decision to the Irish film classification office, Ifco.Wildcard Distribution’s managing director Patrick O’Neill told us: “This is [Aoife’s] feature debut. So I just think it’s a bit of a shame because it’s kind of reflective of what teenagers are watching and at any screening we’re aware of where a teen audience has watched it they responded very positively.”Elements of real lifeA huge fan of work by directors such as Claire Denis, Agnes Varda and Jane Campion, McArdle welcomes the latest push to get more women making films. She’s been paying close attention to the #MeToo discussion going on in Hollywood.“It’s a very positive thing that we’re highlighting the subject now, hopefully all the weird negative stuff that we’re highlighting is going to turn into positive stuff,” says the director.“And I think women have been a lot more empowered in their working lives, and having more opportunities, and not having to deal with sexual predators would be a big bonus obviously so your energy could go into being creative, rather than fobbing off the advances of unwanted attention.”Northern IrelandMcArdle is from Omagh but her parents are from Louth and the family spent a lot of time in Carlingford and Dundalk growing up.“So I did like how that was a little hub where you’d have people coming up from the south and the north,” she says. Inspired by this, she wanted to give a “fictional universal feel” to the film, meaning there is a melange of accents.“The border itself, I wanted to use as an idea because I like the idea that Candice as a character is on the cusp of adulthood and being on the border reflected that experience as well,” she says. “I didn’t necessarily set out to bring out those things. I guess there are elements of violence under the surface and a sense of threat behind closed doors, there’s sort of a looming threat over the whole film that possibly is to do with how I felt as a teenager.”I just wanted to make a youth film that was quite nightmarish and dystopian but the same time was also quite fun in ways. It’s a film that’s designed to be dangerous and exciting at the same time.A keen photographer from a young age, McArdle wanted to go to film school when she was 18, but says she didn’t have the confidence or “see it as a possibility for me”.Instead, she studied English Trinity College Dublin, and only got her dream out of her back pocket afterwards.She got a grant to go to Bournemouth to study filmmaking, where she was “thrown in the deep end” learning her craft. But she says it wasn’t until she left film school and went out on her own that she really stepped up a gear. She started making music videos for the likes of Bloc Party, before going on to make ads, which upped her profile.She says that her work is very visually orientated, which is why the narrative in Kissing Candice isn’t told exactly how you’d expect. Yes, there are moody teenagers and menacing gangs, but McArdle also tells us the story through lighting (she particularly favours red and blue), smoky scenes, slow motion, and noir.McArdle’s distinctive, broody yet intriguingly-lit work is inspired, she says by everything from German Expressionist films to Francis Bacon paintings and beautiful skies. “I’d like to think I could shoot something in a happy way, but it always comes out dark,” she laughs.The result for the viewer with this film is that: “You will slip in and out of reality and dream as a view and by the end not really know what is real and what isn’t real and you’ve jumped on her journey and you’ve jumped inside her psychological perspective, and that was a big part of it really.”McArdle is currently juggling to big ad projects, but is also writing her next feature, which she says will be science fiction. She’s also still grappling to an extent with knowing Kissing Candice is out and being viewed around the world.“If I’m really honest I didn’t actually think anyone would ever see the film,” she says. “It was so small and it was like such a kind of fast-made experimental thing that you kind of don’t think about that at all and then when it happens you’re like oh, shit… this is what happens when you put a film out, you get this attention.”Kissing Candice (18) directed by Aoife McArdle is in cinemas now.  Sunday 24 Jun 2018, 6:30 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

CAB seizes vehicle illicit cigarettes and laptop in raids related to ATM

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL The seized cigarettes Image: An Garda Síochána CAB seizes vehicle, illicit cigarettes and laptop in raids related to ATM thefts A total of 10 locations across Meath, Cavan and Monaghan were searched this morning. Thursday 5 Sep 2019, 1:41 PM 6 Comments Share2 Tweet Email center_img Sep 5th 2019, 1:41 PM By Hayley Halpin Image: An Garda Síochána THE CRIMINAL ASSETS Bureau has seized a vehicle, financial documents and illicit cigarettes during raised across Meath, Cavan and Monaghan today. A total of 10 locations in the three counties were searched this morning – four professional premises, four residential premises and two yards. The searches were carried out by CAB with the assistance of the Garda Emergency Response Unit, the Garda Stolen Motor Vehicle Investigation Unit and the Revenue Customs Dog Unit. The searches were targeting the assets and activities of an organised crime gang involved in the theft of ATMs across Meath, Cavan and Monaghan. All searches were conducted under the authority of CAB warrants under Section 14 of the Criminal Assets Bureau Act 1996. During the course of this morning’s searches, CAB seized one vehicle, a quantity of illicit cigarettes, financial documents, documentation in relation to the ownership of assets and a laptop. A working fuel laundering plant was also discovered and evidence of offences relating to waste management was obtained. Today’s seizure follows on from a number of significant seizures of cash and other property by gardaí over the past number of weeks. ATM theftMeanwhile, detectives in Northern Ireland are investigating an attempted ATM theft in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh during the early hours of this morning. Police were alerted at around 5.20am of an attempt to steal an ATM machine from a service station on the Sligo Road near Saffog. When officers arrived on the scene, two male suspects fled.Significant damage was caused to the ATM bunker. However, police believe at this time that no money was taken. “I know this attempted theft will cause the disruption to the public, but I want to reassure the community we will do everything we can to catch those responsible, and we are working with our colleagues in An Garda Síochána,” PSNI Detective Inspector Trevor Stevenson said.“However, we also need the public to help us and report anything suspicious they’ve seen in recent days or this morning.”Anyone with information can call detectives in Enniskillen on 101, quoting reference 170 05/09/19. Alternatively, information can also be provided anonymously to UK Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.  The seized cigarettes 12,761 Views last_img read more

Karamanlis PASOK push for early elections irresponsible

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis mounted a strong attack of main Opposition party PASOK for suggesting it will try to use the upcoming election of the President to force early general elections. Speaking at the launch of the ‘Art and Democracy’ exhibition at the Zappeion Mansion in Athens, Karamanlis said current President Karolos Papoulias has broad appeal to the Greek populace and asked for the Constitution to be respected. Karamanlis said that the actions of PASOK to force early elections “… is a violation of the Constitution and an attempt to trivialise institutions. This is not fair for any politician, for any party. PASOK’s position constitutes an extreme irresponsibility.”    last_img

Youth forum addresses future of Hellenism

first_imgAn inaugural youth forum – organised by the Peloponnesian Confederation – attracted a strong number of second and third generation Greek Australians who spoke freely and honestly about the future of Hellenism in Australia and its relevance in Australian society. The youth were divided into six groups and were asked to address four themes: vision – what is your vision for the next 50-60 years, in the context of the relevance of Hellenism in Australian society; engagement – how can we engage the second, third and fourth generations effectively; contribution – what further contributions can Hellenism make to Australian society; bridge – what role can Greek Australian organisations play to help bridge the gap between generations; and the future – what would you like to see happen after this forum? eg formation of working committees to explore initiatives. Many of the youth vocalised a variety of concerns and ways that we could enhance Hellenism in today’s society. Some of them included being more involved in the Greek language; ensuring parents promote Hellenism in their children; Greek clubs and organisations being more active and allowing the youth to get involved, and creating relevant youth functions via social media. At the end of the forum, the youth decided to form a working party of thirteen people to purse the outcomes of the youth forum. Some senior members of the Greek community attended the youth forum to see what the next generation had to say about the future of Hellenism and felt that it was alive and well dictated by the enthusiasm displayed by the youth and attendance. Chris Paikopoulos, who represented the Peloponnesian Confederation addressed the crowd on the day and spoke passionately about the youth forum being close to his heart and that of the confederation. He also expressed his faith in the youth of today in making the right decisions for the future of Hellenism. Guest speaker Peter Adamis, spoke of his experiences in the Greek community and told the youth what was needed to be a strong leader in promoting the message of Hellenism. George Lekakis, CEO of Fronditha introduced and facilitated the workshops on the day. He addressed the crowd with his own personal experiences of growing up Greek in Brunswick. The conclusion of the forum was to have a strategic plan and energy and good leadership to ensure the survival of Hellenism in today’s society. For more information or if you’d like to join the youth forum visit Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Charitable Mottee family return from Hong Kong

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Mottee family, made up of Jim and Helen, as well as their children Georgia (18 years) and Isaac (13 years), are back from a five year stay in Hong Kong working for the Crossroads Foundation. Although originally intending to stay for three months – and only having funds to cover that period of time – somehow they managed to extend their stay to six months, then a year, then the full five years they have been away from Australia. All the time, they were volunteers working with no fixed salary. The Mottees’ originally come from Wauchope, in northern NSW – it was this location they left in 2007 to work for one of Hong Kong’s largest charities, the Crossroads Foundation. This organization recycles donated goods such as electrical appliances, clothing, books and stationery, and sends these to those in need, to places such as Haiti and New Guinea, as well as Africa, the Pacific and South America. Mottee is a well-known name on the NSW north coast. Originally, the family – beginning with Jim’s grandfather – arrived in Australia in the 1860s from Kythera, Greece. In the early 1900s, his sons followed. He and another migrant from Kythera became partners in a fish and chip shop in Sydney called Comino’s Oyster Salon. He also helped in the building of the first Greek Orthodox Church in Sydney, on Bourke Street (Agia Triada). His sons had their own business ventures. George (Jim’s father) and his other brothers moved to Kempsey, on the north coast of NSW and opened two milk bars, two cinemas and a roller skating rink. They were later joined by others who had migrated from Kythera and opened their own milk bars in the towns on the eastern coast of Australia, from New South Wales to Queensland. Although they were separated by large distances, they still kept in constant contact as fellow patriots, to either simply spend time together or attend baptisms and weddings. The connection with the Crossroads Foundation began when Helen was working in its Communications office, telling the rest of the world stories about the people whose lives the Crossroads Foundation had touched. She also used her skills as a musician and songwriter to spread her message about those homeless and in need, being awarded singer-songwriter of the year in 2002. Her songs reached the UN High Commission for Refugees, which then led to her travelling to countries such as Burma, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Cambodia to visit their underprivileged populations. She has also played a great part in ‘Refugee Run’, one of many real life experience simulations formulated by Crossroads. ‘Refugee Run’ was presented in Davos, Switzerland, during the World Economic Forum, to names such as Sir Richard Branson, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, as well as Australian politician Gareth Evans. Through all of this she has been joined by her husband Jim, who has offered help in areas such as helping pack shipments of goods for third world countries. Jim had previously served as an education officer in Aboriginal Programs with Commonwealth Education. Her children have also been involved in sending goods over to orphanages in China and the Philippines, as well as spending time playing with children from these countries. Generally, Jim Mottee told Neos Kosmos, their ‘work was with the toys, books and stationery that were given out to orphans in countries such as China and the Philippines.’ For now, however, they are back in Wauchope, NSW, their home, or at least until their humanitarian instincts kick in again!last_img read more

Greek Australian arrested in Thailand

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Mark Robert Coutelas has been arrested in Phuket, Thailand, for allegedly being in possession of a hand gun and methamphetamine A local Thai news report claims that Coutelas was arrested by police Tuesday afternoon following a raid on his hotel room. At this stage, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade says it is aware of the arrest of an Australian tourist in Phuket, but a spokesperson told the ABC that the Australian Government is set to provide consular assistance.Thailand is currently under military rule, after the government was overthrown in a coup last week. This means Coutelas could possibly face a military court and be denied access to a lawyer.Source: ABClast_img