Personally, I never tend to plug in my headset when I’m playing a multiplayer game on my Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3. The sound’s lousy, they tend to be uncomfortable and bulky, and for what? Some 11 year old moistly shrieking racial obscenities into my ear? No thank you.Sony’s new official Bluetooth Headset for the PlayStation 3 obviates all but my last complaint: this is a gorgeous ear piece. It’s not packing in as many new features as you might expect for a device following a two year old accessory, but the new PlayStation 3 Bluetooth Headset improves where it counts.Mostly, the new headset is roughly the same as the previous version, first released back in 2008: dual microphones, automatic pairing with the PlayStation 3, a charging cradle, an easy-to-access mute button and an in-game headset status indicator. What Sony mainly decided to change in the new version is the design: the new Bluetooth Headset is now 30% smaller than the previous iteration, and far sleaker. It also features a High Quality mode for crystal clear audio, as well as noise canceling when paired with a PS3 or mobile phone… and heck, pair it with the latter, and you gain three-way calling and call waiting.Keen. The new Sony PlayStation 3 Bluetooth Headset will be on sale in the next few weeks for $49.99, and will require PlayStation 3 software version 3.50.Read more at PlayStation Blog
It’s Friday, making it much easier to get distracted by something more interesting than work on the Internet. If you’re looking for something great to watch today, then Google has put up a video of Garry Kasparov talking at Google this week.Kasparov was the highest-rated chess champion for more than 22 years. In the chat that lasts just over an hour he discusses how he still feels IBM cheated in his match with Deep Blue. He also says the dismantling of Big Blue right after the match was equivalent to IBM removing the only partial witness to his claims. He hasn’t even got logs of the game from IBM to look at.AdChoices广告It’s a great watch with Kasparov giving some amusing responses to some of the questions asked. For example, when asked how to get better at chess without dedicating your life to it (18 minutes in), he responds by simply saying:If you don’t have time to devote your life for chess, why do you want to improve at the game? via YouTube
It’s turning out to be a pretty rough month for the folks at Skype. First there was that whole major service outage that the service suffered during one it its busiest times of year. And now it seems that the VoIP provider may soon become illegal in the world’s most populous country.Communist Party-run paper The People’s Daily declared all Internet phone services not run by state sanctioned China Telecom and China Unicom to be illegal. The article stated that The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology is set to take Skype and other VoIPs out of commission in China.The Ministry reflected the statement in a recent announcement, “Currently, our ministry is working with relevant departments to focus on the crackdown on illegal VoIP [voice over internet protocol calls] and we are now appealing to the public for clues for illegal VoIP cases.”For now, Skype is currently available in the country. Said a spokeswoman, “Users in China currently can access Skype via TOM Online, our majority JV partner. TOM Online offers local versions of Skype for Windows, MAC as well as mobile platforms such as Symbian and Windows Mobile. More details can be found at skype.tom.com.”If Skype is indeed officially made illegal, it will be in good company, joing Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.
There’s not a lot of people who manage to remain truly anonymous for very long, but British born street artist Banksy is one of the few people out there this side of Batman and The Residents to pull it off.Who is Banksy? He’s a subversive street artist whose 2010 film Exit Through The Gift Shop was billed as the “world’s first street art disaster movie.” It’s excellent, so you should check it out, but in the meantime, you can see some of Banksy’s more accessible work in this Simpsons intro he did from October.Despite all of Banksy’s success, he has managed to keep his identity a secret up until now, but that may all soon be at an end, as an anonymous eBay seller tries to unmask him on the popular auction site.“I have uncovered [Banksy’s] identity by matching up the prices of his sold pieces to corresponding tax records,” the seller stated on the auction page. “I will reveal no more details… I give you 100 percent assurance that it is most certainly the full name of the street artist known as ‘Banksy.’”Bidding on Banksy’s identity started at $3,000 but quickly ballooned to a million dollars before the auction was pulled for unstated reasons probably involving Banksy’s legal team. Maybe for a million bucks, though, Banksy ought to consider selling his name himself.Read more at Gearlog
The space shuttle Atlantis blasted off on July 8 for the last time, marking NASA’s final shuttle launch ever. It’s no question that Americans were sad to see the shuttle program come to an end, but what about the astronauts? How do you think they feel now that many of them are out of jobs? Photographer Neil DaCosta and art director Sara Phillips chose to take a look at the rather depressing idea of a former astronaut who turns suicidal.Though the series of photos, named “Astronaut Suicides,” are definitely darkly comedic, they send a message about not only NASA astronauts who are now out of a job, but also the rest of the country that’s looking for work in a time of economic depression. DaCosta and Phillips staged a series of about 10 different ways of killing oneself.The anonymous astronaut has no NASA logos on his or her suit which was sourced from a Hollywood prop house. So although NASA may not necessarily look kindly on the art piece, we don’t think there’s much the organization can do about it.A visit to the duo’s project website, www.astronautsuicides.com, shows the entire series. There are only two links to click on the page: “Contact” and “About.” The About section is short, listing only one quote from President Barack Obama from April 15, 2010. The quote, which most of us have seen by now, features Obama saying that we’ve been to the surface of the Moon, but that we’ve been there before. Meaning, there’s no need to go back.Phillips said that they hope the project will encourage a younger audience to pay attention to what’s going with the economic downturn that began three years ago. Not only is the project about job loss, but also the loss of a childhood icon which many children growing up today and in the future wont have a chance to experience.via Wired
Microsoft Flight Simulator came to an end in January 2009 when Microsoft closed the ACES Studio. Flight sim fans were understandably upset about losing what was a great gaming series. But in August 2010, it was announced that Microsoft Flight Simulator was making a return under the new name of Microsoft Flight.The name change wasn’t the only difference, though. Microsoft also decided to make it a free-to-play title so as to encourage even more people to have a go playing with the flight simulator. Now some 17 months after the original announcement, as promised Microsoft Flight is available for download. You can start playing right now.The free version of the game includes everything you need to get started. There’s tutorials and missions, and surprisingly Microsoft has allowed you to play in both online and offline modes. There’s a range of aircraft to fly including both historical classics to modern day jets, realistic scenery to fly over and land on, and the ability to do missions, earn points, and build a career if you so wish. Of course, Microsoft also want the game to be profitable, so there’s a Marketplace for buying other aircraft, changing paint schemes, and downloading additional content in the form of packs.Playing the free version requires nothing other than a download of the game client. However, if you want to go beyond the free content you’ll need a Gamertag, which you may have already setup in the past when using Xbox Live, Zune, Windows Phone, or Games for Windows. Read more at Microsoft Flight
Long gone are the days of gaming laptops being relegated to huge space heating blocks that were portable only in the loosest of terms. With advancements in mobile chips, manufacturers have been able to use higher performance chips that use less power and thus fit more ideally into smaller systems.Dell’s Alienware M14x starts with a 14-inch chassis that is a bit more substantial than your average thin & light at 1.49-inches thin and 6.45 lbs, but uses the extra size to stuff in some serious performance. Running the whole show is your choice of 3rd gen Intel Ivy Bridge processors, up to a quad-core Core i7.The heart of this laptop is gaming, so it wouldn’t be complete without some high graphics horsepower like the NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M, available with 1GB or 2GB of GDDR5 vRAM. Being a modern NVIDIA GPU, it of course has their Optimus automatic graphics switching technology. While graphics switching was hit or miss in its early iterations, these latest technologies result in seamless changes between GPUs that maximize battery life when you don’t need GPU horsepower.The usual set of features you expect in a premium laptop are also found on the M14x, like USB 3.0, Wireless-N, backlit keyboard, available SSD, and the like. The rest of the laptop is pure Alienware with its angular menacing design. LED lighting is abundant and fully customizable, allowing you to choose the light color for individual sections of the laptop, including the keyboard backlight.Being recently refreshed with Intel’s 3rd gen CPUs, we haven’t seen many discounts on this popular performance machine. For a limited time, Dell is offering a $100 discount on all models. The base model with dual-core Core i5 starts at $999, but for a mere $100 you bump up to the quad-core Core i7 at $1,099.This model is fully customizable, so if you choose to add in some extra goodies you can use coupon code BHW1L0MX0D?MCX to get an extra $50 off models priced above $1,499.Click here to start at Dell.com. Customize the laptop as desired, and get a $100 instant savings applied automatically. This deal expires September 20 or sooner.
Firefox is widely regarded as a very secure web browser, and that’s a reputation that Mozilla has worked tirelessly to build over the past eight years — blacklisting extensions, shutting down insecure plug-ins, revoking certificates, and patching holes as quickly as they appear. But even Firefox has some lingering security issues. One of those is the ease with which a third-party application can sneak unwanted (and potentially malicious) extensions into a user’s profile.Researchers at Zscaler have shared a demo that shows just how easy it can be. All an application has to do is to inject a few bits into the Firefox extensions.SQLite database. Normally Firefox checks to see if any extensions have been added from one launch to the next and users are shown an alert if a previously unknown extension is found. The injection neutralizes that check. By flipping the correct values, Firefox can be tricked into thinking that the extension has already been given the green light by a user.That enables a third-party software installer to sneak in something like a moneymaking toolbar or search extension. Those, of course, are comparatively benign examples. It would be just as easy to activate something more malicious — such as a keylogger or a password stealer — without a user ever being alerted.It’s also possible to append malicious code to an existing extension instead of adding a new one. That would keep the malware from showing up in the Add-ons Manager, so even users who are vigilant enough to manually inspect the list from time to time would be none the wiser.What’s the solution? Perhaps it would be a good idea to follow Google’s lead and draw a line in the sand. As of Chrome 25, silent extension installs will be disabled by default and the prompts have been set up in such a way that most users won’t re-enable the offenders.
Typically, if you need fast printing you opt for a laser printer. But then if you need to produce color pages as well, the cost for a color laser printer skyrockets. It’s actually cheaper in a lot of cases to buy a laser and an inkjet printer to sit side-by-side, depending on your color page needs.HP may have solved the problem though, and set a world record in the process by developing the Officejet Pro X inkjet printer.It is being touted as the world’s fastest desktop printer and is capable of printing up to 70 pages per minute. It’s so fast HP holds the world record, as verified by Guinness World Records, for fastest time to print 500 sheets by an office color desktop printer. It was set using the HP Officejet Pro X576dw and X551dw back in April, and stands to this day.In order to print that fast using inkjet technology, HP had to go about printing in a slightly different way. Using its PageWide Technology, the printer head doesn’t actually move. Instead, HP applies four colors of ink at one time on to a moving sheet of paper while keeping the head stationary.Not only is this method fast, it’s also very efficient. HP says the Pro X uses 50 percent less energy than a typical business class laser printer, while at the same time producing half the waste. You can also save paper as every Pro X printer is capable of two-sided printing as standard.The HP Officejet Pro X range is available now with prices starting from $649.99.
Microsoft’s MSN and Bing departments have a history of getting cozy with Mozilla’s web browser. Today, there came a proud announcement that msnNOW is available as a Firefox sidebar.In the past, releases have taken two basic forms. First, there’s the fully-customized Firefox browser — an idea that Ron Burgundy would no doubt find mind-bottling. Second, there’s the customization extension. That allows existing Firefox users to instantly add all the MSN/Bing goodies to their browsers instead of replacing it with the weird Microsoft/Mozilla Frankenbrowser.The new msnNOW add-on is actually a Firefox sidebar. That’s pretty cutting edge stuff, considering that it’s only available in the non-stable Firefox builds right now. MSN is also in pretty select company here. About the only other big-name adopter of the sidebar you’re likely to have heard about is Microsoft’s social networking pal Facebook.Activating the bar is simple enough: just head to this page and turn it on. As soon as you do, you’ll see a stream of trending topics from Facebook, Twitter, and Bing appear on the right edge of your Firefox window. As with the Facebook bar, you can also click the chat bubble icon on the Firefox toolbar to change settings for desktop notifications or to disable the extension completely.As bizarre as it seems for a Microsoft division to be showing some love for a competitor’s browser, there’s certainly a good reason to do it. Firefox has hundreds of millions of users, and that means there’s an opportunity to get MSN and Bing additional face time with folks while they browse.Who knows, one silly cat picture and a convincing banner ad for IE later and Microsoft could pick up a thousand converts. The odds aren’t in Microsoft’s favor, but unlikely things do happen all the time on the Internet.
With every generation of console hardware inevitably people try and usually succeed at cracking the security, producing a modchip or workaround, and allowing games to be played using alternative or unofficial media.In the case of the Nintendo Wii, a modchip was created called the Wiikey that acted as an optical drive emulator and allowed games to be played from any USB media. The installation of the chip involved dismantling your Wii, but afterwards it could receive firmware updates via a DVD and worked with pretty much all generations of the hardware.Now the same group that developed the Wiikey is claiming to have cracked the Wii U, and will be introducing a new optical drive emulator called the WiikeyU or WiikeU. However, there’s no evidence of their crack yet, just a claim on the official Wiikey site that the team has “completely reversed the Wii U drive authentification, disk encryption, file system, and everything else needed.” If that’s true, we can expect the new modchip to appear very soon.Nintendo doesn’t believe them, though. They have seen no evidence that the Wii U has had its systems cracked and no reports of unauthorized games being played. Even if the claim turns out to be true, Nintendo has the ability to update the Wii U’s firmware quickly and block the use of a mod chip. Of course, that depends entirely on the method used to bypass the system’s security measures. Is it easy to close that security hole?If the Wii U has been compromised this early in its lifecycle then that’s a bit embarrassing for Nintendo. Depending on how quickly they can fix the problem it could impact the console and games releases negatively–not because people will stop buying games, but because publishers and developers may ignore the platform thinking it is a new hive of piracy.
Did you know that you can extract data from a hard drive even after it has been wiped or damaged? Data recovery specialists and forensic experts can often retrieve a significant amounts of information from drives that most would assume are long gone. Today we sat down with Russell Chozick of Flashback Data to walk through this process, and show everyone what goes into recovering a hard drive.Once a hard drive is damaged or is suspected to be damaged, most people throw in the towel and buy a new one, if they don’t just buy a new PC altogether. Even if the drive seems like it is no longer functional, the data on it is usually still intact. If you know how to get the data off of thestorage device, you haven’t lost anything.In extreme cases — such as when your backup fails — you can send your hard drive to facilities like Flashback Data to have a professional take a look at it. These facilities contain special clean rooms that allow specialists to open a hard drive up and extract the stored information. For the average consumer, this process is often too expensive to consider, but for businesses or people with data that can’t be reproduced (like photo albums) it’s an option many have been thankful to have.The most common customers of a data recovery team are businesses and the police. Companies use these services to recover mission critical data, while law enforcement rely on them to extract potentially useful information from drives that have either been damaged or wiped in order to stop someone from gaining access.Today we had a chance to look inside a clean room and see what it takes to extract data from a drive, and thanks to Hangouts on Air we can share this experience live.If you have any questions during the interview, please feel free to post there in the comments, on Geek.com’s YouTube channel, or on our Google+ page.
In the middle of the frozen Antarctic wastes, 800 miles from the South Pole is Lake Vostok. Well, it would be more correct to say that it’s under 2 miles of solid ice, but why quivel? This massive pocket of water has been sealed in the ice for 15-35 million years, and scientists now believe it could harbor life.It took years to drill down to the lake, which was only reached by Russian scientists in 2012. Reports have since gone back and forth on whether or not there is life in the ancient lake’s liquid reservoir, but now researchers have found the best evidence for life yet. According to a report in the journal PLOS ONE, samples of ice from just above the lake show traces of DNA from over 3500 different species.These are fragments of DNA locked in ice, not full sequences. As such, we aren’t able to know exactly which organisms they come from, but it is possible to reach some general conclusions. About 95% of the sequences isolated come from bacteria with the other 5% coming from more complicated eukaryotic organisms and archaea. In this context, eukaryotic probably means mostly single-cell creatures, not multicellular eukaryotes.Some of the sequences hint at higher levels of complexity in the lake. Some of the DNA is a close match for small arthropods and mollusks. Perhaps more interestingly, some of the bacteria species are thought to be of a type found in the GI tract of fish. That could mean fish are still swimming somewhere in that ancient lake.The researchers believe many of the species detected are associated with hydrothermal vents in the ocean. If those features are present in Lake Vostok it could explain how it remains liquid and from where the energy for a thriving ecosystem comes.Lake Vostok is big — 160 miles long and 30 miles wide with an average depth of about a quarter of a mile. It’s going to take time to get probes into the lake to check for living creatures, but these results are encouraging. Bizarre forms of life could have evolved in Lake Vostok over millions of years.
New signing Rhys Marshall named on the bench as Munster make four changes for Ospreys clashUlster without Jackson, Cave and Wilson as Kiss names team for Edinburgh clash Fun afternoon at St Mary’s rugby club here in Dublin #futurestars pic.twitter.com/Kmai9TiInh— Dan Carter (@DanCarter) November 3, 2016 ‘Ireland will have to play out of their skins for 80 minutes to have any chance’ Dan Carter says it would be a huge shock if New Zealand are beaten tomorrow, but the beauty of sport means you can never say never. Nov 4th 2016, 7:30 AM Add us: the42.ie 30 Comments By Ryan Bailey Image: James Crombie/INPHO Carter shaking hands with Sexton after the 2010 Test match in Dublin. Image: James Crombie/INPHO IT’S A SIMPLE question, and one which has been asked all week, but in 18 attempts no side has been able to answer it; how do you go about beating Steve Hansen’s All Blacks?Not since Australia put 27 points past New Zealand in August of last year have the world champions been beaten as they’ve embarked on a unprecendented winning streak, sweeping aside any challenger with such conviction.Joe Schmidt’s Ireland have two opportunities to plot the downfall of a side widely-heralded as one of the greatest of all time, although not many observers are giving them much chance this weekend.New Zealand’s formidable form, coupled with Ireland’s short preparation window and the absence of experienced heads like Sean O’Brien and Peter O’Mahony, means the odds are heavily stacked against Ireland causing an upset in Chicago.And All Black great Dan Carter admits it would be a huge shock if Hansen’s all-conquering side weren’t to extend their streak to 19 tomorrow, even if he is allowing for the unpredictability of sport.“All the favours are with the All Blacks continuing their winning streak but it is the beauty of sport and why we watch it,” the legendary out-half said in Dublin yesterday. Carter was in Ireland on Thursday to launch SoftCo10. Source: James Crombie/INPHO“Anything can happen on the field and playing with the All Blacks, in my experience, is a game that opponents love to get up for. They can grow an arm and a leg in these matches. Anything is possible.“They are going to have to play out of their skins for 80 minutes until the final whistle to have any chance. You never rule it out but the All Blacks are playing with a huge amount of confidence off the back of a pretty awesome season. I’m pretty confident they’ll continue that pattern and hopefully get the win.”The long-standing rivalry between the two countries will be renewed at Solider Field for the first of two November Test matches, with Schmidt’s charges chasing history in America by hoping to become the first Irish side to topple the All Blacks.The task, however, has never been as great with this New Zealand side continuing to evolve and progress under Hansen since lifting the World Cup a little over 12 months ago. The gulf in class between them and the rest has widened.“It’s been great to sit back and watch them and just see the progress from after the World Cup,” Carter, who retired from international rugby after lifting the Webb Ellis Cup, said.“Where as a lot of teams put so much emphasis on the World Cup and didn’t really know what they were going to do afterwards and you’ve seen teams have taken a big dip since. The All Blacks have just continued to get better and that’s off the back of some strong foundations which have been put in place for many years. Carter in action at the Aviva Stadium in 2010. Source: James Crombie/INPHO“Same coaching staff and management and they’ve kept things rolling. It’s not a surprise to me as when I was involved in the All Blacks we were bringing a lot of these younger guys up into leadership roles and now a few of the older players have moved on and it’s been a natural evolution of those younger players to lead the team.”Many of those younger players were coming through the ranks during Carter’s final years in the side and have emerged to take up the mantle and ensure the All Blacks’ enduring success remains.Aaron Cruden was one of the players he took under his wing and nurtured and it was he who deputised for an injured Carter for the last meeting between the nations; that, haunting, almost unmentionable, game three years ago.Cruden kicked a penalty and three conversions at the Aviva Stadium that day and although that was the closest Ireland have ever come to defeating the All Blacks in 28 attempts, Carter admits there’s huge respect in New Zealand for Irish rugby.“There’s huge respect for the Irish side, it’s always a huge Test match,” he continued. 20,012 Views https://the42.ie/3061133 Carter shaking hands with Sexton after the 2010 Test match in Dublin. Share45 Tweet Email “You only have to look back a few years ago. It’s probably still giving a few Irish people nightmares and that game was extremely close and there’s such a great rivalry between the All Blacks and Ireland.“We’re very lucky we have an amazing history with the success we’ve had against the Irish teams and every time there’s a game there’s always that question, is that history going to change? It brings a bit of edge to the Test match and adding to being such a great occasion, being played in Chicago. Neutral ground, although it probably won’t be neutral as there will be twice as many Irish supporters there than All Blacks supporters.“It’s a great occasion and the All Blacks have had a lot of success this year but I know they would have been working extremely hard for this game and giving the Irish team the respect they deserve. Lifting the Webb Ellis Cup to mark the end of an illustrious All Black career. Source: PA Archive/PA Images“The All Blacks really like Ireland’s humility. They often see a lot of similarities between the All Blacks and Ireland, they’re very humble in success, they’re a hard-working side, and they play the game with great spirit. We would enjoy catching up with them as well afterwards. When you have those values and attributes, then you naturally give them plenty of respect.”After surviving that scare in 2013, Hansen and his players won’t be taking this weekend’s challenge lightly. They know what Ireland can bring to the party and, according to Carter, will be wary of what masterplan Schmidt might have up his sleeve.And if Ireland are to have any joy tomorrow evening, Carter, like so many others, places huge importance on the bench and its capacity to come on and not only change the game but keep up to speed with the All Blacks in the closing stages. It is during that period in which they are so clinical and devastating.“You need huge confidence in your bench. It’s almost become a speciality role. Something that we have put a lot of emphasis on in the last couple of years is that you’re not on the bench because you’re the second best player or something.“You’ve got to be there to add an impact. Obviously, you might be coming on for an injury, but the reason is for a specific role. Whether that’s for the last ten minutes, twenty minutes, the coaches have their plans around that. I’ve seen a lot of teams match the All Blacks intensity and really take it to them, but to be able to do that for 80 minutes, it takes its toll on players. Friday 4 Nov 2016, 7:30 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: Dan Carter/Twitter Short URL “That’s where you need that impact, so Ireland obviously need huge games from the guys that come off the bench, and just need to play at a speed and physicality level that matches the All Blacks, but also forces the All Blacks into being put under pressure.“It’s not easy to do, but in sport, momentum is a big part of the game and if Ireland can get some momentum going for a period of time they can then they can put the All Blacks under pressure.“I’m not a coach so I haven’t really thought about what I’d do against the All Blacks. We’ve got so much work done in different aspects of the game that if you play conservative, we have an answer for that. I’m not sure if you want to pack up shop and play a defensive game. I don’t have an answer for that, to be honest.”We’ll soon find out if Joe Schmidt has the answer.SoftCo, the leading provider of finance software formally launched SoftCo10 and announced Dan Carter as its Brand Ambassador. The42 is on Snapchat! Tap the button below on your phone to add!
Short URL Friday 9 Dec 2016, 6:30 AM 1,541 Views Dec 9th 2016, 6:30 AM http://jrnl.ie/3125956 30 Comments THIS WEEK MINISTER of State with Responsibility for Disabilities, Finian McGrath confirmed, at the eleventh hour, that he would not reach his target of ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) before the end of 2016. The news was disappointing and unsurprising in equal measure.Ireland is now the last country in Europe to ratify this critical treaty, and we face serious criticism for allowing a full decade to pass since becoming one of the first countries to sign it. The fact that Ireland also played an instrumental role in the drafting of the Convention, during its tenure of the presidency of Europe, is even more embarrassing.What difference does it make?To answer this questions, let’s take a look at Article 19 of the Convention, which provides a clear vision for the future – that people with disabilities have a right to live in the community as equal citizens. This includes living in their own homes, or with their families, going to work, going to school and taking part in community activities.This means the State is charged with taking effective and appropriate action to ensure that people with disabilities are not excluded from decisions such as where they want to live, whether they have access to the supports and services to promote inclusion and prevent segregation, and whether community services and facilities for the general population are available on an equal basis to persons with disabilities.Languishing in institutions Many people with disabilities living in institutions or languishing in unsuitable settings. Source: Shutterstock/alex makarenkoThe current reality for many people with disabilities living in institutions or languishing in unsuitable settings means, as of yet, they have no such right to choose and remain invisible when it comes to policy and service provision.The fact that the convention will not be ratified this year is a damning indictment of how people with disabilities are prioritised in this country, and is deeply troubling for people living with disabilities, who are everyday excluded from decisions on the most critical aspects of their lives.We were told that we cannot ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities until “all our ducks are in a row” and yet almost a decade on, a raft of critical legislation to address a range of legislative barriers to ratification have still not been enacted.Legislation that restricts normal lifeLegislation is preventing people with disabilities from enjoying the everyday freedoms that people without disabilities take for granted, such as the right to choose where to live, the right to appropriate supports to achieve an education and employment, the right to engage in a sexual relationship.The continued criminalisation of sex with an adult with an intellectual disability creates a situation where people with intellectual disabilities are often neither supported nor encouraged to look for a romantic life partner, which is a normal part of life for everyone else.The current Criminal Justice Bill designates someone with intellectual disabilities as a “protected person”, as an acknowledgement of the difference of ability such a person has in making decisions about their lives. While significant strides have been made since the passing of the 1993 bill to “establish people with disabilities as citizens with equal rights”, it is now time for similar equality to be given to people in relation to sexual relationships.600,000 people are living with discrimination here The rights of people with disabilities are human rights and these equally apply to people with disabilities. Source: Shutterstock/nd3000As we draw a close to the 1916 Centenary Programme, which commemorated the struggles and the sacrifices made for Ireland’s freedom, there are still, one hundred years on, 600,000 people are living with discrimination, exclusion and a marginalisation which is deeply embedded in our culture.The Convention clearly states that the rights of people with disabilities are human rights and these equally apply to people with disabilities. Ireland has a poor record of providing protection to people with disabilities who continue to face grave disadvantages. We all have a responsibility to ask ourselves how we view people with disabilities and whether we are being paternalistic in our thinking.We have much to achieve on a societal level before we have the kind of society that promotes inclusion for all. True, there are legal impediments to ratifying the CRPD, but there are no barriers to overcoming them. It is in the Government’s power to enact all relevant legislation and ratify the UNCRPD in a very short time. Further delays are unacceptable.It is time the Government recognised that citizens with disabilities deserve rights at par with the best international standards. What is lacking right now is political will.Kathleen O’Meara is Director of Communications, Public Affairs and Fundraising at the Rehab Group. Share Tweet Email3 Kathleen O’Meara By Kathleen O’Meara Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article ‘Those with a disability have the right to choose where to live, to an education and to a sexual relationship’ Ireland has signed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities but we are the only EU state that hasn’t ratified it, writes Kathleen O’Meara.
Follow us: the42.ie Feb 1st 2017, 8:00 PM The London Stadium before tonight’s Premier League clash between West Ham and Man City. Source: Adam DavyAwayLiverpool forward Roberto Firmino has been banned from driving for a year after admitting to drink-driving.Conor O’Shea has named his starting XV for Italy’s Six Nations opener against Wales on Sunday.Leicester Tigers have completed a deal to bring French centre Maxime Mermoz to Welford Road until the end of the season.Frans Steyn has had his appeal against his four-week ban for a dangerous tackle on Johnny Sexton turned down.Sydney is set to host the world’s richest turf race with €7 million in prize money at stake for the winner.Eddie Jones has also named his first Six Nations XV of the 2017 championship ahead of their opener against France.The Best Thing We Shared Source: The42.ie/FacebookWhere We Were TodayFintan O’Toole was at Croke Park where the GAA revealed their 2016 accounts, Sean Farrell was in attendance at Donnybrook as the Leinster Senior Schools Cup continued while Murray Kinsella paid a visit to Temple Street to speak to Warren Gatland and Brian O’Driscoll. Donegal’s Patrick McBrearty and Darren McCurry of Tyrone at the launch of the Allianz Football Leagues in Belfast. Source: Presseye/Matt Mackey/INPHOOn The Record“I am a lot more experienced than I was if you were talking to me this time last year going into the Wales game. In the grand scheme of things, I still have a lot to learn. That is natural for a 24-year-old tighthead.“It is dangerous if you start thinking you have this whole thing figured out because I definitely don’t. With the experience – I still don’t have a massive amount of it compared to some of the lads – it breeds confidence that you know how it works.”Tadhg Furlong is keeping his feet on the ground ahead of his first Six Nations start for Ireland.The Fixture ListThe second African Cup of Nations semi-final takes place on Thursday with Cameroon facing Ghana at 7pm.In the SkyBet Championship, Huddersfield Town entertain Brighton and Hove Albion at 7.45pm.Showbiz, Baby!Michael Conlan is looking in good shape ahead of his professional debut in New York on St Patrick’s Day. http://the42.ie/3217503 15,739 Views Share Tweet Email Mourners line the streets for the funeral of former England, Watford and Aston Villa manager Graham Taylor. Source: Victoria JonesDundalk have completed the signing of Northern Ireland U21 international Michael Duffy from Celtic.Three-time All-Ireland winner Owen Mulligan is set to transfer to London GAA club Fulham Irish for the coming season.Ireland captain Seamus Coleman is set to make his 200th Premier League appearance this evening.Galway man Gavan Hennigan is on track to create history by completing a solo row across the Atlantic Ocean in record time tomorrow. Short URL We’ll Leave It There So: GAA accounts, Schools Rugby upsets and all of today’s sport Miss any of today’s sport? Catch up right here. Poll: Who do you think will win this year’s Division 1 football league title?Shoulder to shoulder: why Ireland’s Call became the anthem for rugby’s new era Wednesday 1 Feb 2017, 8:00 PM By Ryan Bailey 1 Comment Glenstal Abbey players celebrate their win over Rockwell College. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHOHomeThe GAA have released their accounts for 2016 with annual revenue topping €100 million.In the Leinster Senior Schools Cup, St Mary’s College proved too strong for Newbridge College at Donnybrook.It was a day of drama in the Munster Senior Schools Cup as Glenstal Abbey, Presentation Brothers College and Ardscoil Rís all booked their place in the semi-finals.The Olympic Council of Ireland has reversed its decision to ban members of the media from attending their upcoming elections.Nigel Carolan has named his Ireland U20s team to face Scotland in Friday’s Six Nations opener.Robbie Brady says he wants to ‘repay’ Burnley and Sean Dyche for bringing him back to the Premier League.Teams from 14 Irish counties along with sides from Liverpool and Dubai will take part in the annual Páidí Ó Sé football tournament next month. The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Mar 11th 2017, 8:15 AM The Johnson family’s ‘trash tally’ for 2012. Source: Zero Waste HomeHOW MANY TIMES did you throw something into the bin today? Once? Twice? More than that?We often don’t give a thought to how many times a day – or week, never mind month or year – we throw something in the bin, be it for recycling or not.But followers of the Zero Waste movement could tell you exactly how many times they have put something in the bin over the last year, and exactly what it was. That’s because the most dedicated among them try to create a litre of waste or less a year. Source: Zero Waste HomeCalifornia-based French native Bea Johnson is the guru of the Zero Waste movement, and will be visiting Dublin on Monday evening to talk about her lifestyle. The author of the book and blog Zero Waste Home (which gets 251k pageviews a month), she travels around the world speaking about how she made the journey to living waste-free.With homes in some parts of the country set to be monitored for what they’re putting in their green bins – and people continuing to put non-recyclables in those very bins – we here in Ireland could learn a thing or two from her approach.During a chat with TheJournal.ie over Skype, Johnson spoke about why she doesn’t pay attention to her critics, why she and her family eat meat, and why living zero waste is the future.Journey to zero waste 36,380 Views The Johnson family (Bea, her husband, their two sons and a dog) live in Mill Valley, California. Over the past nine years, they’ve gradually transformed their home into a zero waste one: they have miniscule wardrobes; they use baking soda instead of toothpaste; they make the most of leftovers. Johnson even uses homemade make-up, such as cacao powder as blusher.Johnson says that the benefits of the zero waste lifestyle aren’t just environment, they are also financial – her family have saved 40% on their overall budget. But the process took time.“It takes a while to actually question every single item that you have in your home. In our case, we don’t even have a junk drawer,” says Johnson. “Everything has really been questioned and thought about.”Johnson decided to move towards being zero waste in 2008, after moving to an apartment with her family, downsizing, and realising how much better life was when it was simpler. She began to reassess what she owned, what she used, and what she threw away.“What was difficult was to find a system that works for us,” she says. So she came up with a system, and five principles behind her method: the Five Rs. These are Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rot – and it’s important to follow them in this exact order.Refuse means to refuse those plastic bags, plastic stirrers, free pens and hotel shampoo bottles, for example. It’s this step which can be particularly difficult, but it’s the one that Johnson says is most important.“When you’ve done things a certain way and you’ve been used to accepting things that are handed out to you, it actually takes some practice to learn to say no to these things” she says. Johnson’s shopping kit. Source: Zero Waste HomeReducing what you actually need means decluttering (which is somewhat in vogue, given the popularity of the Marie Kondo method in recent years), and sending the items to be sold second-hand.Reusing means swapping anything that is disposable for a reusable alternative, and buying second-hand.That means paper towels for rags, tissues for handkerchiefs, and a menstrual cup (like a Mooncup) or washable sanitary products instead of tampons. Even dental floss has a zero waste equivalent, says Johnson. (A company based in Germany does a compostable floss that costs €3.95 for 10m – it’s made from silk covered in beeswax. By comparison, most of the floss on the market costs under €2 for 25m but the floss cannot be composted and so creates plastic waste.)Just keep an open mind and embrace [it] – you kind of need a sense of humour sometimes. If you keep an open mind to the alternatives you will see they are solutions to everything.There’s also the need to create a “reusable kit” (that includes reusable kitchen items, bags, glass jars, etc) for when you go shopping, and then the need to find locations where you can buy things in bulk.Johnson admits that “even being open to those alternatives and finding them can be a challenge”, but for her it has been worth it. Bea Johnson with her family’s jar of rubbish. Source: Magda Trebert for Little-GreenfinityBulk livingWhile in California, where Johnson lives, it isn’t too difficult to buy products in bulk, the notion hasn’t quite caught on in Ireland yet. A cursory google for ‘bulk foods’ shows that what we typically understand by that is large orders – rather than loose products that can be measured out into the consumer’s own packaging.That’s probably why Johnson gets one email a week from someone saying they’ve opened a bulk food store after reading her book or hearing her talk.“Of course at first it takes time to find a system that works for you but then once you have that system in place, oh my gosh,” says Johnson. “It’s like a huge amount of time that you save, and then you just regret not having started earlier because you see your whole life as a waste of money, but also a waste of time.”Johnson and her family had to test out the zero waste lifestyle themselves, and then literally write the book on it. There was no guide out there already. That’s in part why Johnson has become a ‘guru’ or leader of the movement, with a significant social media following.On Instagram, for example, she shares with her 70,000 followers how she brings food with her wrapped in cotton bags, and even how her favourite way to find a hair tie is to pick one up off the street. ‘We’ve never pretended to be the greenest family’But being a leader also means dealing with criticism. That includes questions about the fact Johnson and her family are not vegan, given the environmental impact of consuming animal products.“We are very transparent, we share everything we know, everything we do,” says Johnson, pointing out that they’ve had multiple TV crews visit their home, some of whom rifled through her underwear basket.“I have nothing to hide. We have never pretended to try to be the greenest family on earth. Of course not. We can’t do that. We never pretended to try to do zero carbon, that’s completely impossible,” she says, pre-empting any questions about flying to countries like Ireland.We’ve been completely transparent about the things we have done, the things that have failed, the things… where we’ve had to find a balance.Regarding the vegetarian queries, she says: “We eat meat, we tried to eliminate it, it didn’t work for us, so instead of completely eliminating it, we are doing way less of it, and we’re purchasing something that is supporting a whole other set of practices than the meat that we used to buy before.”But in essence, Johnson isn’t too bothered about criticism. “We get highly criticised for some of the things we do, but we don’t care about the criticism,” she says. “Had I listened to the criticism, I would have never been able to launch this movement.” The home cleaning kit, which uses ingredients like vinegar and baking soda. Source: ZeroWasteHome.comConsumer powerJohnson is clear who she believes has the power when it comes to creating demand for zero waste: the consumer.On the subject of using a plastic bag, she says that saying ‘no thank you’ could have a greater impact than you might think.“Because when you accept it, you are creating a demand to make more,” says Johnson. “Every time you accept a free plastic bag it is a way for you to say ‘I love plastic bags and I dream of a world filled with them for my children’s future’. So more oil will be drawn from the ground to create a replacement.”Johnson fears that consumers are waiting for politicians and manufacturers to change things, instead of realising they could do something themselves.“They are just sitting back, saying ‘the waste issue is too big of an issue and I’m just one small consumer, what I do will not make a difference’. And I’m here to say the contrary,” states Johnson.When I got started, people were saying what you do doesn’t really matter, what really matters is what the politicians do and it’s what the manufacturers do and we’ve been able to prove the opposite.She suggests that if readers want to start to move towards a zero waste lifestyle, they start with saying no, and then move on to their home. Tackle one room at a time, and one area of that room at a time.Really question everything in that room. Go through one drawer at a time, one room at a time, one closet at a time, and question the true need and use for anything that is contained in that drawer, closet or room. ‘Hairy granola people’There can be many stereotypes around what zero waste devotees are like, and Johnson says she’s heard them all.“I actually get a lot of those, some people email me to tell me ‘when I read your article I thought these people are crazy, they probably live in the Boondocks, they probably don’t shave, they are hairy granola people’.”But as they see the way we live and they see that our life is actually based on voluntary simplicity… just by the way that we present it, just by showing the way we live we’ve given a face to this lifestyle. And some people have seen our interior and the way we live and are like ‘wow – if that’s what the zero waste lifestyle looks like, I want to do zero waste’.She says that misconceptions include that the lifestyle will cost more, and take more time.“But then as they do it and have an open mind and actually start doing it [they] see that it is the complete opposite,” says Johnson. Johnson (middle) and her family. Source: Stephanie RausserAs for Johnson’s sons, she says they’re not huge ambassadors for the zero waste lifestyle – not because they don’t believe in it, but because it’s so normalised for them it doesn’t occur to them to brag about it.“What they do brag about though is what we’ve been able to do as a family,” she says. “It’s really that life based on experiences instead of things, a life based on being instead of having, that’s actually what makes them different than other people and that’s really what they talk more about.”Johnson doesn’t know if her sons will carry on her zero waste legacy, but feels reassured that she’s given the skills to.Though she has made her living being a zero waste guru, Johnson says that that’s not why she does it.“In the end, even if we were not the face of zero waste we would still do zero waste. Because again we are not doing it just for the environmental aspects, we are doing it for the better life that we discovered.We discovered a life based on being instead of having. It’s a life based on experiences instead of things and once you have that vision, once you discover the great advantages of the lifestyle, you can’t go back. Because you fully see the old life as a waste of time and money and a life based on the wrong priorities.Bea Johnson will speak at Trinity College on Monday 13 March from 7 – 9pm in the Robert Emmet Theatre. The event is hosted by TCD’s Environmental Society and is free to attend. Sponsors include Etherson’s Butchers in Cabra, Honest2Goodness market in Glasnevin and Nuts in Bulk in Glasnevin, who all offer customers zero waste options.Read: 12,000 homes in Dublin will soon be monitored for what they’re putting in their green bins>Read: ‘Dead animals and concrete bricks’: One third of green bin collections can’t be recycled> Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3274554 Every time you accept a free plastic bag it is a way for you to say ‘I love plastic bags and I dream of a world filled with them for my children’s future’. – Bea Johnson Zero waste living: ‘You regret not starting earlier – you see your whole life as a waste of money and time’ We speak to the Zero Waste guru Bea Johnson, who visits Dublin on Monday. Saturday 11 Mar 2017, 8:15 AM Share Tweet Email2 By Aoife Barry 36 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Friday 10 May 2019, 10:05 PM Body of homeless man discovered in Co Wicklow The discovery was made in Bray at around 12pm yesterday. https://jrnl.ie/4629613 Image: PA Images Short URL 34,735 Views May 10th 2019, 10:05 PM THE BODY OF a homeless man has been discovered in Co Wicklow.The 33 year-old’s body was found at Ravenswell on the Dublin Road in Bray just before 12pm yesterday.Gardaí were subsequently notified about the discovery, and a spokesman said the man’s death was not being treated as suspicious.Speaking this evening, Anthony Flynn of the Inner City Helping Homeless charity expressed his condolences to the family and friends of the man.He added that access to homeless beds were “seriously limited”, and that deaths within services were avoidable and that extra supports were essential.A report into the man’s death will be forwarded to the local coroner. By Stephen McDermott Image: PA Images Share21 Tweet Email1 23 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Maurice McCabe at the tribunal last week Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie Journalist on Miss D interview: ‘It wouldn’t have been material that would be published in the Sunday Times’ John Mooney told the tribunal at Dublin Castle that he was never briefed negatively about Sergeant Maurice McCabe. Share4 Tweet Email https://jrnl.ie/4064698 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article I don’t think myself or the Sunday Times would have made suitable targets for that kind of information.“Most of the communications I had with David Taylor when he was press officer involved legal threats against me. I don’t think I would have been suitable fodder for a smear campaign,” Mooney said.Mooney said that on one occasion, “someone made a very fleeting reference to an allegation against Sergeant McCabe”, and he subsequently made an inquiry and was told there wasn’t anything to it.Mooney said the person who made this reference was a civilian, not a garda officer. He also said that the fact that McCabe was still serving and not suspended was also an indication that the rumour was without substance.“I treated such matters as gossip and noise,” Mooney said.Mooney said that the allegations were dealt with by a system, and he believed in the system.The Sunday Times journalist said that he felt the allegations against McCabe “weren’t fit for public consumption”, and there were serious privacy issues involved. He said that he recognised that articles written by Paul Williams who interviewed Miss D in April 2014 referred to the allegations against McCabe.“To be perfectly honest, it wouldn’t have been material that would be published in the Sunday Times,” said Mooney.Following an RTÉ Prime Time report in 2017, Mooney said he made efforts to approach Miss D on Facebook.“I think I identified her through her father. She was linked in as a friend to her father’s Facebook account.“When Prime Time broadcast the documentary, it was my job to try to establish accurate information on what happened,” Mooney said.Mooney said that no other journalist came to him to say they were negatively briefed about McCabe.Eavan Murray Irish Sun journalist Eavan Murray also gave evidence before the Charleton tribunal and said she would not allow herself to be used in a smear campaign.Murray said she did not believe she was ever negatively briefed about Sgt McCabe by Taylor or any garda. She said no garda ever told her that Sgt McCabe was a child abuser.Murray said she was in contact with Supt Taylor, as shown by telephone records of texts and calls, but said she was not covering the McCabe story for her newspaper.Her focus was on crime, and she said the penalty points scandal was more of a political story.Murray visited the home of Miss D in early 2014 to seek an interview. She did not meet with Miss D, but spoke to her parents, Mr and Mrs D.“When I heard the story I can remember being somewhat surprised at the minor nature of it,” Murray said.“The thought crossed my mind that maybe it was worse and she hadn’t been truthful with her parents.”Murray said the D family were concerned that journalist Paul Williams had video taped an interview with their daughter, and asked her of her experience of people who went public with allegations.Murray said she was sent by her newsdesk to seek an interview with Miss D after the newspaper learned that the Irish Independent was “going to run a three day special.”“We heard Paul Williams had some huge exclusive that they intended to run in the Irish Independent over a number of days,” Murray said.However, the Independent did not run a story for some time, and when it did, the story was anonymised and did not name Sgt McCabe or Miss D.“I never wrote about it, and I would never allow myself to be part of a smear, I would never allow myself to be used like that,” Murray said.Murray said that Mr and Mrs D seemed “exhausted” when she spoke to them, and she felt sorry for them.Murray said the first time she heard a rumour about Sgt McCabe, in early 2014, it was not from a garda source.“The person didn’t go into a lot of detail about it. It was a very small interaction,” Murray said.Murray said she was shocked when she found out that Supt Taylor had named her to the tribunal as someone who had been negatively briefed.She said she had met with Supt Taylor and he did not admit that he had given her name to the tribunal, and a few days later she received a letter from the tribunal.“My fear was he had named me as someone to bolster his own story, and I was correct,” Murray said.Murray said that her child had just been born when she met with tribunal investigators, and “even though they were very lovely, the investigators, it was just very stressful. I found the whole thing very stressful.”Murray said that going to meet the D family directly was “the best check and balance” she could have carried out to check the story. Jun 11th 2018, 2:43 PM Updated Jun 11th 2018, 7:10 PM SUNDAY TIMES INVESTIGATIVE journalist John Mooney has told the Charleton tribunal he was not negatively briefed about garda whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe.The tribunal is looking at allegations by former garda press officer Superintendent David Taylor that he was directed to smear McCabe. Former commissioners Martin Callinan and Nóirín O’Sullivan deny there was any smear campaign.“I personally was never briefed negatively by Superintendent Taylor or any member of An Garda Síochána who attempted to suggest McCabe was involved in child abuse or something like that. That did not happen,” Mooney said.The DPP directed no prosecution after a garda investigation into allegations by Miss D in 2006, stating that there was no evidence of a crime being disclosed.Mooney said that both former commissioners had threatened to sue him at various times over articles he had written.“I don’t think they would have been passing me confidential information with a view to undermining anyone,” he said. By Gerard Cunningham 19,744 Views Short URL No Comments Monday 11 Jun 2018, 7:10 PM Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie Maurice McCabe at the tribunal last week
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