Bethesda Softworks did a great job with the follow-up to Morrowind and the publisher/developer won itself a lot of fans releasing Oblivion across PC and consoles. But talk of a sequel to Oblivion, which would be Elder Scrolls V, was quashed by Todd Howard in 2009 when he said there were no plans to make it.Jump forward to the end of 2010 and rumors are surfacing that Elder Scrolls V is now in advanced development. A source speaking to Eurogamer Denmark (translated) has said he’s seen official game documents while also mentioning “Dragon Lord” and “The Blades” as featuring in the game. Voice actor recording is also thought to be underway.Recording voices means the game is is likely pretty far along in development. Comments made by Howard during Quakecon this year also suggested the game is in an advanced state even though he wouldn’t confirm what the game was:One thing I can say is that from when you first hear about it to when it’s out will be the shortest it’s been for us. It’s pretty far along. When we show it, we want to show a lot, because there’s a lot of game there to play right now. This is one rumor a lot of gamers will be hoping is true as a sequel to Oblivion is almost guaranteed to be hit.Read more at Eurogamer, via 1UP.com
Have you driven all of your friends away with you ping-pong obsession? Good news, Joola has your back. The hourglass-shaped iPong will shoot 100 balls at you, so you can train for that table tennis tournament at work. The black tower features three different kinds of adjustable spins, including underspin, topspin, and heavy topspin. You can also adjust the frequency from easy to advanced. According to the company, this version of the iPong is improved for 2011, though it doesn’t say how. The four pound device will run you about $600. Or you can, pick up an old one for less than $200 over at Amazon…Check out video of the 2011 version in action, after the jump.
With all of the exciting things that happened at Google I/O, one of the most commonly heard conversations was that of network failure. There were complaints of mobile networks coming and going (more T-Mobile than anything else) or not getting signal in parts of the Moscone West. Mobile wasn’t the only complaint, and depending on the time of day it wasn’t event the loudest complaint. Google deployed a WiFi network across the entirety of the Moscone West, and included the login credentials with every pass in to the event. Despite Google’s best efforts, however, the wireless network at this event was often called some of the worst seen at any event. Why, you ask? According to Google, the problem came from portable hotspots.5,000 people in attendance. 5,000 tech enthusiasts, most of which with smartphones capable of generating mobile hotspots. On top of that, the hundreds of press in attendance in attendance all needed access to the web during the event, and not all (or even most) of them had an ethernet port on their computer to take advantage of the wired internet provided. At least a bunch of them, however, were probably reviewing some of the new Verizon LTE MiFi units, and surely brought them with.According to one of the Google Engineers responsible for setting up the network at I/O, there was simply no way to compete with the dozens of mobile hotspots being generated. In fact, during the second day keynote, the announcer’s warning had changed to “please disable your wireless hotspots before the presentation”.The issue seems unsustainable. WiFi networks were really not built with the intent of handling thousands of users simultaneously. Combine that with the fact that tech enthusiasts are showing up at these events with more than a single WiFi capable device, and at the second day of I/O there was an additional 5,000 WiFi capable devices handed out, it seems there’s a need for a more elegant solution. A solution that will offer the connectivity users demand, and be able to function alongside users who will be bringing their own internet with them.As more web connected devices begin to infiltrate the home, as children are individually given computers that will be competing with our Smart TV’s, our TIVO’s, our smartphones, tablets, and refrigerators, this problem will eventually infiltrate the home. Our web connected world is in need of a fix, whatever that fix might be.
Look at any tutorial for rooting an Android device, and one set of initials is sure to come up: ADB. Veterans to Google’s mobile platform will let it roll off their tongues as if it’s everyday language, but those new to Android hacking can get a little tripped up. What the $%#@ is ADB? Let’s take a look.Android Debug BridgeThis is the literal meaning of ADB. Though at first glance it doesn’t appear to tell you anything, it actually does. It’s a “bridge” for developers to work out bugs in their Android applications. This is done by connecting a device that runs the software through a PC, and feeding it terminal commands. ADB lets you modify your device (or device’s software) via a PC command line.If command line syntax confuses or intimidates you, have no fear. For most average users, the only time you’ll need to use ADB is when you have step-by-step instructions in front of you.For example, in our guide to rooting the Kindle Fire, we present the following ADB commands:adb push BurritoRoot2.bin /data/local/adb shell chmod 777 /data/local/BurritoRoot2.binadb shell /data/local/BurritoRoot2.binadb rootadb shell idadb remountadb push su /system/xbin/suadb shell chown 0.0 /system/xbin/suadb shell chmod 06755 /system/xbin/suadb remountadb install Superuser.apk Not only do you not need to know what they do, but you don’t even need to type them. Simply copy and paste each individual line into a command prompt or terminal instance. Hardcore Android hackers and developers will insist that it’s good for you to learn what it means. That may be, but not everyone wants to (or has the time to) learn Italian just so he can order from the best restaurant in Venice. A simple set of instructions will do.Installing ADBAside from ADB, the other set of initials that you see with Android hacking is SDK. This stands for Software Development Kit. So yes, in order to root most devices, you’ll need to download the entire platform that developers use to create apps.To get started, pick up the version of Android SDK for your platform:WindowsMac OS XLinux Once downloading, extract the file to an easy-to-remember place on your PC. On Windows, we’d recommend installing it in your root (c:) drive, in order to make it easier to navigate there via command line.Now you’ll want to open the folder that you extracted the SDK into, and launch the SDK Manager (on OS X, you do this by executing the program ‘Android,’ which is located in the ‘Tools’ folder in the SDK).After launching SDK Manager, you’ll see a list of optional packages to download and install. Find the one that says “Android SDK Platform Tools” (you may need to expand the “Tools” entry to find it). Once you locate it, check its box to indicate that you want to install it (choose “accept”). Unless you want to develop apps, it’s safe to uncheck everything else (choose “reject”).After choosing “Install,” Platform Tools will be automatically downloaded, and you’ll be (almost) ready to use ADB.DriversAside from the specific instructions to root your particular device, the next thing you’ll need will be the drivers for your phone or tablet.The easiest way to do this is usually to simply search for your specific device plus ‘drivers.’ So if you have a Droid Razr, you’d search ‘Droid Razr Windows Drivers.’ This will almost always direct you to the best link.Another option, which will only work for stock Android devices, is to download the USB drivers from the SDK. To do this, launch SDK Manager again. Go to the “Available packages” tab on the left, expand the “Third party add-ons” entry, then expand the “Google Inc add-ons” entry. Finally, check the entry for “Google USB Driver” package.Note that the USB Driver package isn’t compatible with OS X.Using ADBThough we aren’t hear to teach you Linux programming, it will help you to know a few basic methods to using ADB.One of the first things to remember is to put your device in USB debugging mode. This can be found by navigating to Menu>Settings>Applications>Development and checking the box for USB debugging. Without doing this, your PC won’t recognize your device.The most important thing to know is simply how to get to your ADB folder via the command line. This is done with the cd (change directory) command. So if (on Windows) your SDK folder is called “android-SDK” and it’s in your root (c:) directory, you would type the following to get there:cd c:/android-SDK Then, to get into the ADB folder, you would add the following:cd platform-tools at that point, you should see a prompt that says:C:\android-SDK\platform-tools> At this point you can connect your device and test your ADB connection. After you’ve located and installed the drivers for your particular device, type the following:adb devices If everything is set up properly, you should see a list of devices attached. Your phone or tablet will have a number assigned to it, so don’t be surprised if it doesn’t say “Droid Razr” or “Galaxy Nexus.”For average users, ADB is more of a tool for basic hacking tasks than it is a task in itself. Unless you know what you’re doing, you probably don’t want to go poking around too much without clear instructions. When you do get tutorials for rooting your favorite device, though, knowing these basics can help you to save some time and be prepared in advance.
The Ouya Kickstarter has broken all kinds of records. The first of which was the amount of money raised in the first 24 hours on Kickstarter. Double Fine held the record with $1,064,652.05, but Ouya more than doubled that ending its first day with $2,589,687.77 pledged.Since then the money has continued to roll in, and the $99 Android games console also got the support of OnLive and can count Final Fantasy III as a launch title.Today, the Kickstarter finally ended, and it will come as no surprise the total pledged has set another record. In just 30 days the project has raised a staggering $8,596,475 through the backing of 63,416 people. Remember, the project originally only wanted $950,000 to reach its goal.Now the pressure is on the Ouya team to deliver the Rubik’s Cube-sized console by March next year. Only 1,000 are promised to ship as early bird units, but after that there’s tens of thousands of people waiting to get their hands on one.There is obviously going to be a lot of interest surrounding the launch of Ouya from the games industry and in particular hardware manufacturers. Nothing like this has been attempted before, and it threatens to upset the tried and tested approach of console release cycles.Typically, a company like Sony, Nintendo, or Microsoft invests millions developing a new machine hoping to make the costs back many times over in sales of the console and games. The Ouya took the opposite approach, being funded by gamers and other interested parties before it is manufactured. The question now is can it continue to grow its user base to hundreds of thousands, if not millions next year after release?Read more at Kickstarter
Earlier today, Apple announced that it would be releasing a 128GB iPad on February 5. Nothing about the tablet is any different from the most current iPad model (the fourth generation), except for the increased storage capacity. There will be both black and white models, with the WiFi-only model retailing for $799, and the WiFi and cellular data model retailing for a hefty $929. The unit will be sold through any Apple Store, Apple’s online storefront, and any Apple partners.According to Apple, the increase in storage is a response to the tablet becoming more widely used in a business environment, such as in the music or film industries. Apple also notes that the company feels average users want more storage — that’s where we raise our collective eyebrow.So, we tried to think of some things that non-business user types would do with a 128GB iPad. Here is what we came up with…The maximum file size of an iOS app is 2GB, so you can fit 64 size-capped appsIf the average size of a standard MP3 is 5MB, you can fit 26,214 tracks in your music libraryA scene release of an episode of Family Guy is usually around 60MB to 90MB, with an average of 75MB. So, you can fit 1,747 Family Guy episodes (sorry, there are only 199 episodes total). A non-720p scene release of Parks and Recreation is about 170MB, thus you can fit around 771 episodes of the fantastic showThe iPad version of Angry Birds, Angry Birds HD, is 45.4MB. You can fit 2,887 instances of this game on your iPad, which you probably need to do for your iPad to reach its full potentialGeorge R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones on iBooks is 11.3MB, so you could read 11,599 digital copies of the book, assuming you remove the one you just finished before starting on the next identical copyA full run of all six seasons of Lost in HD on iTunes is around 170GB, so you’ll unfortunately have to switch to SD — which is around 70GB or so — if you absolutely can’t live without the entire series on your tablet at onceIf anyone out there can find actual-everyday uses for all that space on an iPad other than “all the music I can possibly download and rarely listen to” or “tons of raw images and video that I’ll occasionally look at maybe once, who knows,” we’d love to hear about them.
You’d think that everyone using a computer today would run some kind of antimalware software. Apparently that’s not the case: almost one in four computers is surfing the web without proper security software.That’s according to Microsoft’s latest Security Intelligence Report. It’s an alarmingly high number, and not just because those machines are five and a half times as likely to pick up an infection as those that are properly protected.Security on the Internet is a group effort. All those inadequately defended systems pose a big security risk to the rest of us because they’re susceptible to today’s craftily-engineered trojans and drive-by downloads. It just takes one errant click and some botmaster has gained another new zombie to add to his or her army. More zombies equal more spam and more damaging DDoS attacks.Fake antivirus apps continue to be a major problem, but Microsoft notes that there have been a few notable successes. Last year, it helped clean up more than 3 million infestations of the Onescan fraudware that spread via poisoned PDF and Word files. Yes, people do really open those bogus shipping invoices that pop up in their inboxes.Another reason folks wind up unprotected is that they think their trial bloatware is still doing its job after the free period has run out. That’s just plain wrong, of course, because the updates stop coming and protection gets watered down like the drinks at a bad all-inclusive resort.The report isn’t all doom-and-gloom, however. There’s good news in Microsoft’s analysis, too. The number of infections spotted on computers in the U.S. dropped from over 12.4 million in the second quarter of 2012 to just under 9 million by the fourth. That’s still a mountain of infected systems, but it’s nice to see that progress is being made.
Canonical’s most ambition project yet was met instantly with thousands of excited users willing to hand over cash and wait for the Ubuntu Edge superphone.It’s hard to call the project currently being funded on Indiegogo by Canonical a phone. With 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD, the specs start to sound like a low end Ultrabook at some point. The Ubuntu Edge is designed to be a smartphone that can flip between Android and Ubuntu mobile operating systems, but also dock into a monitor and behave like a traditional desktop. This phone concept is the combined vision of everything Mark Shuttleworth has been trying to accomplish in the last year and a half, and since the smartphone manufacturers seem unwilling to take the leap he’s relying on the Ubuntu loyal to take him to the finish line.With a lofty goal of $32 million, the Ubuntu Edge project hinges on more than just people. While it is incredibly impressive to see that the 5,000 day-one slots were filled within 12 hours, that drop in the bucket doesn’t get the phone made. The top two perks on the Indiegogo campaign need to see some love as well, and that means people willing to spend $10,000 for a one-of-a-kind Ubuntu Edge experience and the $80,000 enterprise bundle.In a world where so many companies are switching to the Bring Your Own Device model, it seems unlikely that many companies are going to sign up to buy 100 Ubuntu Edge phones complete with training sessions for IT managers and CIOs that will not become useful until some time in 2014.It’s truly exciting to see the clear interest in this project. Over 5,000 people on the first day gave up $600 or $830 for an idea that they think will be great. Canonical has been building this idea for a while and if they can deliver it will be an experience that is unique for the time being.If this project succeeds, Shuttleworth plans to make Canonical-made hardware a yearly occurance, like Google’s Nexus program only better. Ubuntu Edge could be the start of something truly incredible, a premium phone made of premium parts that actually manages to deliver a no compromise mobile computing solution. All it has to do is get there.
Short URL 37,725 Views 22 Comments IN 2005, MY life as I knew it was over. After years of being hospitalised, misdiagnosed and countless tests I was diagnosed with Multiple-Sclerosis (MS). I remember getting the news and my feelings were a mixture of relief and fear – relief that I knew exactly what I was dealing with, but the overriding emotion was fear. Fear for my family and my future.My initial reaction was to turn into Dr Google. I researched everything I could find on MS. My state of mind at the time would not let me focus on anything positive. I basically diagnosed myself in having the worst case possible of MS.I developed a persona that enabled me to put on a front to the outside world, that everything was fine. I was getting pats on the back of friends saying how well I was coping. The reality was different. Inside I was dying. I was caught in such a ball of fear that I isolated myself from my family including my children. I was unable to articulate how I was feeling.I slipped into depression for a number of years. I lost a career, I pushed family and friends away. I could be on Croke Park’s Hill 16 surrounded by thousands of people and yet I felt alone. I was afraid that if I talked about how I was feeling that the persona I was portraying would shatter and I would shatter with it.There were many interventions by concerned people during this time. I went to doctors and counselling but because I could not open up to them nothing worked. My physical health deteriorated. I was on a walking stick at the age of 32.I had little power in my hands. I was in constant pain. I was always fatigued. My moods were extreme.After losing another job, I found myself unemployed for the first time in my life. The shame I felt as a man who always provided for his family multiplied the other issues in my life. I had a complete mental and physical breakdown.Depression crippled me emotionally. I could barely wash myself. My self-esteem was non-existent and I pushed everybody who cared for me away. None of this was my intention but rather symptomatic of depression.Turn aroundDuring this time a new fear replaced the fears I had about MS. The fear of losing my children and not being there for them kick-started a psychic change in me. Slowly I started to make changes. The first change was the easiest and also the hardest. I began to talk.I started to change my lifestyle. I changed my diet, stopped drinking alcohol and started exercising. Gradually things started to improve. I enrolled in a course that led to college. A memory that always sticks with me is walking through UCD with all the other students and finally realising that I was as good as any of them.I qualified as a behavioural therapist and was working in a job that I adored specialising working with people with addiction issues. I had a talent working with people who society had discarded.I live day by day now. I believe that we only get one chance of this life and I take every opportunity I can make a difference. When I got the opportunity to represent my community of Clondalkin as a councillor I didn’t hesitate even though it was a big hit financially.The futureTo be honest, I am not a fortune-teller, I have no idea what the future will bring.I have decided to sign up to take part in this year’s Dublin City Marathon.The reason I have decided to take part in the marathon is to raise awareness for newly diagnosed people with MS. I was diagnosed at the age of 31, on a walking stick by the age of 32 and had myself convinced I was on the scrapheap at the age of 33.Today I am healthy, mentally and physically.My relationships with my family and friends are unbelievable. I live a fully active life where I try on a daily basis to make a positive difference in people’s lives – to show them that there is light at the end of the tunnel. If what I am doing helps them and their families not to suffer the way I and my family did it will be worth it.There will be a lot of people who know me who will be shocked to find out about this. I do not need to speak about MS now as it does not impact my life as much. I have bad days but they are getting further apart. This is the first time I have spoken about MS publicly.Having MS does not define me. I changed my thinking about MS. I am not an MS sufferer, MS suffers me, I haven’t got MS but rather MS has me and god love it.If I believed my thoughts in 2005 I wouldn’t be able to walk to the shop today but instead, I’m running a marathon.Mark Ward is a Sinn Féin councillor with South Dublin County Council. Mark Ward Feb 21st 2018, 7:01 AM By Mark Ward Wednesday 21 Feb 2018, 7:00 AM http://jrnl.ie/3861671 Dublin councillor with MS: ‘I was on a walking stick at 32 … now I plan to run the marathon’ Mark Wards writes about his journey from crippling depression to running the Dublin City Marathon for MS awareness. Share725 Tweet Email2 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
45 Comments BOB DYLAN IS set to play a show in Ireland next summer.The music icon is due to perform at the 3Arena in Dublin on 11 May 2017.Tickets will go on sale next Wednesday, 14 December, at 9am.The Like a Rolling Stone songwriter recently made headlines for being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature – a decision met with a mixed reaction.A ceremony to mark the honour will be held in Stockholm tomorrow, but Dylan won’t be in attendance due to previous commitments.A speech he wrote will be read at the banquet and rock legend Patti Smith will perform a version of Dylan’s A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall.Read: He may be a no-show, but Bob Dylan has written something special for the Nobel banquetRead: Obama holds ceremony for Nobel Prize winners (Bob Dylan doesn’t show up) Bob Dylan to play Dublin gig next year The musician recently won the Nobel Prize for Literature. 12,357 Views Dec 9th 2016, 6:08 PM Friday 9 Dec 2016, 6:08 PM Image: Gareth Fuller PA Archive/PA Images Short URL Image: Gareth Fuller PA Archive/PA Images Share Tweet Email1 By Órla Ryan http://jrnl.ie/3131121 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
By DailyEdge.ie Local news outlet TJM4 reported last week that Kerrygold is banned from being sold in the state thanks to an old law from the 1970s that “requires all butter sold in Wisconsin to be tested by a panel of experts and issued a letter grade for quality”.As Kerrygold is made and manufactured in Ireland, however, it is not graded in America meaning that it doesn’t meet Wisconsin’s stringent requirements.And that’s led to people smuggling the butter across state lines.Per TJM4:Jean Smith loves the butter so much, she has a couple-month stash squirreled away in her Waukesha fridge. It’s a stockpile of butter she regularly buys in Nebraska and drives back across state lines.Dedication.The story has since taken off in the United States and inspired quality headlines like this. Source: The Liberty ZoneNow, apparently Wisconsin is the only state in the Union that has these absurd cheese control regulations. Thank goodness for that, because if Virginia decided to bow down to some greedy lobby representing people whose way of dealing with quality competition is to use government force to cheat themselves a bigger market share, I’d become a cheese outlaw. No one takes my Kerrygold! Written by Amy O’Connor and posted on DailyEdge.ieRead: People have discovered this African TV ad for Kerrygold and it’s absolutely joyousRead: 11 glorious photos of Irish butter porn for those missing it abroad Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet 39,448 Views @KerrygoldUSA Wisconsin banned your butter? It’s off the shelves for some reason and outrageous!— Adam w (@youareme7) May 18, 2015 Share729 Tweet Email4 Feb 22nd 2017, 8:11 PM Short URL Source: Adam W/Twitter 51 Comments Spread the news to your American friends – Kerrygold is banned in the state of Wisconsin An old law means you can’t buy the popular butter in the US state KERRYGOLD IS ONE of Ireland’s most popular exports and has become one of the most popular ‘fancy butters’ in the United States over the past few years. (Yes, Kerrygold is considered ‘fancy’ in America.)The butter is currently available in 49 states. The only state you can’t get your mitts on it? Wisconsin. Wednesday 22 Feb 2017, 8:11 PM http://jrnl.ie/3253720 Conservative news outlets like The Blaze have taken on the Kerrygold story and pointed to it as an example of bureaucracy gone mad. Source: The Blaze“You only hate me ’cause I’m popular and you’re not.” Source: Return To NowA spokesperson for Kerrygold said in a statement that they are working with authorities to make the butter available in the state.Under Wisconsin legislation, retail butter for sale in Wisconsin must bear either a Wisconsin or federal grade mark. This effectively excludes Kerrygold butter being sold in Wisconsin because Kerrygold butter is graded, produced and packaged in Ireland. We are currently working with the Wisconsin authorities on a solution which will enable consumers throughout the state enjoy the great taste of Kerrygold butter.The ban has been strictly enforced for close to two years now, but it has only recently started making national headlines in the US.We’ll never take Kerrygold for granted again. Add us: dailyedge Source: Mitch Ryan/Twitter @KerrygoldUSA Has your butter been banned in Wisconsin? Two stores I buy it from here say it’s “no longer deliverable to WI right now.”— Mitch Ryan (@MitchRyan912) April 15, 2015 DailyEdge is on Snapchat! Tap the button below to add! Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Pedestrians braving the wet and windy weather on Dublin’s Ha’penny Bridge this morning Source: Leah Farrell/Rollingnews.ieMinister for Health Simon Harris says that stories of people on hospital waiting lists are “absolutely inexcusable”.Barack Obama is to get the freedom of Dublin, but not every councillor was impressed with the decision.Two Irishmen, one understood to be closely linked to the Kinahan drug cartel, were arrested in Amsterdam.Arlene Foster says that Gerry Adams has a ‘radical agenda’ for Northern Ireland.A woman who won the lottery in 2011, and has been ordered to pay €560,000 of the winnings to her stepson, has had her assets frozen.The landlords of a five-bedroom property which housed 70 tenants have been ordered to pay €60,000 in legal costs.Leo Varadkar became the first minister to say that Donald Trump shouldn’t be invited to Ireland.An Irishman died in Barcelona at the weekend, after falling ill.The Pixies and Bell X1 are just two of the bands set for a series of outdoor gigs at Trinity College in July.Irish retailers said they didn’t have a good Christmas.140 new jobs are on the way to Kilkenny.WORLD David Beckham meeting Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace in June 2016 Source: PA Wire/PA Images#UK: Donald Trump will not be allowed to address the House of Commons according to the house speaker.#ROMANIA: Half a million Romanians have taken to the street in the biggest protests seen since the fall of communism.#BECKHAM: Emails relating to a possible knighthood for former footballer David Beckham were leaked after hackers demanded payment.#VAN DER WESTHUIZEN: Rugby legend and World Cup winner Joost van der Westhuizen has died aged just 45.PARTING SHOTA paddle boarder takes advantage of the waves at Tynemouth, England, this morning. Source: PA Wire/PA Images Get our daily news round up: Monday 6 Feb 2017, 8:59 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/3226316 No Comments 11,663 Views Share Tweet Email Here’s What Happened Today: Monday Hospital waiting lists, arrests in Amsterdam, and the freedom of Dublin for Obama – it’s the Evening Fix. Short URL By Cianan Brennan Feb 6th 2017, 8:59 PM
By Michael Sheils McNamee Saturday 15 Apr 2017, 10:00 PM 27 Comments 46,528 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Michael Sheils McNamee reports from Nicaragua. ESTELÍ IS NICARAGUA’S third largest city, and its multitude of tobacco factories and sparse street lighting give it a harsh edge after dark.In a community centre across the road from the newly developed Chilincoco Skate Park – still swarming with children and teenagers at 8pm – a group of men who have gathered to talk about gender-based violence are reflecting on the past.“The story of Nicaragua is something difficult. Women traditionally had certain roles looking after children. For us, women would have been under control of our fathers and our grandfathers.” says Diomedes Soza, a 60-year-old firefighter.And did he control his wife in the past?Soza pauses for a second.“Yes,” he says.“For example, I worked outside so she had to be at home. She wasn’t allowed to leave. She had to do everything there. Had to have the clothes ready, had to have the food ready. She wasn’t allowed to leave. To let her be free? No way.“It’s all just appearance. When the people can see you it’s ‘my love’, but when they cannot you hit her. Apr 15th 2017, 10:00 PM ‘Even going to the gynaecologist might be seen as cheating’: Changing how one country views its women “Did he control his wife in the past? Soza pauses for a second. “Yes,” he says.” “This was a normal situation.”Some of the men in the group nod in agreement while others are quick to point out that this is the past he is talking about.“Of course, I mean in the past,” Soza adds.The group are here meeting as part of a programme run by community group FunArte (meaning ‘Fun Art’), which works in partnership with Trócaire to deliver gender-based violence programmes. The group of men from FunArte’s gender-based violence programmeThese types of gender-based violence workshops – commonly referred to as ‘masculinity workshops’ – are not directly aimed at stopping men from committing acts of violence, although that is obviously a desired effect, but rather to get them to think about how they have been socialised by Nicaragua’s machismo culture.Techniques vary depending on the ages of those involved and the types of work they’re doing, but an average workshop might include hug therapy, practising domestic chores, or even something like analysing the lyrics of a pop song.The idea of working with would-be perpetrators or men whose pasts include incidents of violence might seem like a radical idea, but Nicaragua is a country that has a drastic problem.In 2007, three years before Trócaire launched this innovative type of gender-based violence programme, a survey by the government showed that 48% of women who were married or in a common-law relationship had experienced verbal or psychological violence; 27% said they had experienced physical violence; and 13% said they had experienced sexual violence.What underlies much of this violence is the type of toxic masculinity promoted by machismo culture in Nicaragua, something that Trócaire’s guidance document on the subject describes as being linked to “dominance, honour and aggression”.‘Things like they cannot go to the gynaecologist because men may feel that this is like cheating on him’The people responsible for overseeing Trócaire’s work on this are Martin Larrecochea, the NGO’s director for Nicaragua, and Marielos Carías, who is responsible for its gender programme.While gender-based violence is certainly not a uniquely Latin American problem, particular expressions of it might be more common here than in other parts of the world. Trócaire’s Managua-based headquarters“What seems normal here is something that you don’t see at the beginning,” says Larrecochea, “things like women have to ask for permission to go out. Things like they cannot go to the gynaecologist because men may feel that this is like cheating on them. Showing her parts to someone else.”“Maybe you can say that this expression is common to Latin America, even if there are differences,” Carias adds, “Sometimes you find more differences between more rural areas and urban areas. But in urban areas you find machismo also, but expressed in other ways.”‘The culture is more oppressive to men than it is to women’A particular expression of this urban machismo comes in the form of street gangs that populate neighbourhoods around the capital city of Managua.CEPREV (the Centre for the Prevention of Violence) is an organisation that reaches out to young men and boys involved in this lifestyle by making direct approaches and inviting them to get involved in a programme that focuses on their emotional growth.The group’s director is Monica Zalaquett. She speaks with the directness of someone who doesn’t want to be misunderstood and occasionally breaks into English to emphasise a point.She explains that in the 20 years that it has been doing this type of work CEPREV has broken up around 180 street gangs and has seen their work spread into neighbouring Honduras. Monica Zalaquett with a book showing the techniques used by her organisationAccording to Zalaquett there are three basic tenets to machismo: acting out violently, being sexually promiscuous and being a financial success.“The way for men to meet these things is to show no emotions. And to start early with this… be strong, be reserved, be quiet, be successful. It is learning to be a zombie.”When asked if more organisations prefer to focus on women when working in this area, Zalaquett’s facial expression shows that she thinks this is an obvious question.“Well, most of them do,” she says.“Machismo doesn’t give any ability to the men to be free. The culture is more oppressive to the men than it is to the women. But, what you always see is that it is women that suffer more as a result of machismo.“Of course, men kill women and destroy their children. They commit acts of violence against women. But the person that is also affected is the man because they destroy themselves.“It is incredible how the machismo manages to keep the status that it does, because it damages the men.”This is a part of the impact of machismo that some groups would rather not focus on, but this hasn’t stopped Zalaquett from promoting her organisation’s work in the area to a wider audience.In 2014 she delivered a TEDx talk on the subject, in which she outlined that 80% of the world’s homicides are committed by men on men, and that men are more likely to be incarcerated and to die by suicide.“Men are victims of machismo,” she says in the talk, “but many don’t know it.”After speaking with Zalaquett we asked if it would be possible to speak with one of the former gang members who had participated in the scheme, to see what the experience of the organisation was like from the other side.In a testament to the regard that CEPREV seemed to be held in the community, within 15 minutes of Zalaquett making a few phone calls former gang leader Luis Guevara arrived at the office, happy to take time out of his day’s work as a mechanic to talk about the project.Guevara, now 35, used to be the leader of a gang called Los Pichuches, a group that were involved in the local drug trade, feuding with rival gangs and even once acquiring grenades from a local army base with the help of a friend who had enlisted.“In the beginning when ‘la Senora’ (referring to Zalaquett) came here, she came speaking our language,” Guevara explains, although he also adds that the first time she came to his neighbourhood even the tyres on her truck were stolen. Luis GuevaraIt was a prompt from an activity in one of the CEPREV workshops he attended that made him decide to express himself emotionally for the first time, and now 20 years later Guevara seems almost shocked at the suggestion that this is something he wouldn’t remember.“Of course I remember the first time I showed my feelings!” he says, explaining that he chose to tell his mother he loved her on Mother’s Day, although at the time he wasn’t sure how it would go over.“I was very shy about what I was doing. I went to speak to her while she was cooking, and she asked me, ‘what do you want, son?’“I didn’t tell her about the task,” he says, “I was stammering. I said, ‘I want to tell you how much I love you, and I want you to forgive me for all of the bad things that I have done. And for this day, I want to give you a new son.“I always dreamed of having the love of my mother. For the first time I asked for a hug from my mother, and she hugged me and gave me a kiss. And I felt strong. I felt happy.”‘Yeah, my life will probably be different because of these workshops’Guevara became fully immersed in machismo culture before finding a way out of it.The second gender-based violence programme we visit was run by Cesesma, another one of Trócaire’s partner organisations, a group that focuses on prevention as much as remedy, with some of its participants getting involved much younger than Guevara was when he joined up with CEPREV.Their facility is just outside of the town of San Ramón and made up of two colonial-style buildings used for classrooms, separated by a long stretch of land used to cultivate different vegetable patches.This group is made up of Felix, Carlos, Becker, Manuel and Javier, all aged 15 to 17, along with 63-year-old Julio and 74-year-old Pedro. The men and boys that take part in Cesesma’s gender-based violence programmeWhile Julio and Pedro are able to share stories of their own enlightenment after being shaped by machismo culture earlier in life, the teenagers involved have been raised learning about gender – all of them having participated in the programme for between five and seven years – and they all seem aware that, as Zalaquett had said, machismo was a dangerous trap to fall into.“Yeah, my life will probably be different because of these workshops,” says 17-year-old Javier when asked to reflect on the impact the workshops will have on his future.“Because women are participating more in society now, and I know about that because of being in this process. Probably if I hadn’t come here, it might have been more difficult for me to accept it in the future when I see women being more involved in society.”Focusing too closely on the work being carried out by FunArte, Cesesma and CEPREV might give the impression that Nicaragua is well on its way to ridding itself of negative and harmful behaviour and attitudes.This would give the wrong impression in a country that is still plagued by alarming incidents of femicide, a practice defined as the killing of a girl or woman on account of her gender – something that most people see as directly linked to machismo culture.Last year 49 cases were recorded by Catholics for the Right to Choose, a non-governmental group that keeps track of the incidents.In January of this year 24-year-old Yessenia Suyen Montenegro Moran was shot dead in a petrol station by her boyfriend who had reportedly collected her from her job in a casino less than an hour beforehand.In February a 25-year-old woman was burnt at the stake by religious fanatics on the Caribbean coast who believed they were carrying out a religious ‘cleansing’. She died in hospital after sustaining burns to 80% of her body.In another incident last month mother-of-five Ángela Herrera who lived in the Jinotega region – a rural coffee growing part of the country – was beheaded by her ex-husband who she had been married to for more than 20 years.‘I can make tortilla’By comparison to how extreme these incidents are, getting men to reconsider their masculinity seems almost pedestrian – but it is a method that is changing attitudes and improving conditions.After the meeting in Estelí – the first group that we visited – we were able to visit the home of Pedro, one of the men who had taken part in the group who was a political leader in the local community.He and his wife Ana Lily and their daughter Cindy wake up at 3am each day to prepare tortillas that are sold to the local community, and Pablo is quite happy taking on parts of the process that might traditionally have been done by women.The house in a residential part of a city is built with facilities for cooking, preparing the corn and making tortillas incorporated into the kitchen and outside areas. Pablo demonstrating how corn is turned into tortillaPablo’s wife Ana Lily explains that some women at another community group she attends think that she is lucky to have a husband like Pablo who is willing to help out with the domestic tasks..“I’m very proud of him,” she says, “everybody says to me, ‘take care of that man, because not everyone is like that’.”Pablo also seems proud of his own attitude, and explains that recently at one of the workshops in Estelí a group of men were set the task of being self-sufficient, something that involved dividing up a number of domestic chores.While some of the others struggled to get to grips with basic tasks like cleaning up, Pablo was happy he could apply skills he uses at home in the workshop.“So I told the group, ‘don’t worry’,” Pablo explains, “because if we have the corn we can have tortilla. I can make tortilla.”This article was supported by the Simon Cumbers Media Fund. 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25,859 Views https://the42.ie/4628385 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share4 Tweet Email Subscribe Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloudSubscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: May 10th 2019, 1:38 PM By Murray Kinsella 33 Comments THE LIKELIHOOD WAS that Leo Cullen would opt for an unchanged team for tomorrow’s Heineken Champions Cup final and so it has proved the case.Confirmation came this afternoon that the Leinster boss had resisted any temptation to bring the fit-again Rhys Ruddock back into his XV for the clash with Saracens in Newcastle, with Scott Fardy retained at blindside flanker after his superb semi-final display versus Toulouse. Robbie Henshaw and Devin Toner at St James’ Park. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHORuddock is back in the matchday squad as back-row cover on the bench, where the two most interesting selections have been made.Jack McGrath is reinstated to the reserve loosehead prop slot after Ed Byrne had pushed ahead of him in recent rounds, while Michael Bent sees off the competition of Andrew Porter as the replacement tighthead.“Selection has been tough over the course of the year, in a good way I think,” said Cullen this afternoon after his team’s captain’s run at St James’ Park.“There’s a couple of guys who had to get some bad news this week. Even though the 15 is the same, there were a couple of tweaks along the way and a couple of changes on the bench as well.“Selection decisions certainly weren’t taken lightly. This 15 did a good job in the semi-final. There’s always a temptation as coaches to tweak that but we’re going with the same team.”Speaking about the return of Ireland and Lions loosehead McGrath – who will join Ulster this summer – to the matchday 23, Cullen indicated that his proven ability on previous big occasions edged him ahead of Byrne.“With a team like Saracens, with a very strong set-piece, Jack has a lot of experience playing at the highest level and in terms of the way we think the game will unfold, his strengths suit this challenge,” said Cullen. Friday 10 May 2019, 3:00 PM Short URL Michael Bent [centre] is on the bench for Leinster. Source: Gary Carr/INPHOAs for the absence of Ireland international Porter, Cullen indicated that it was as much about the good form of 33-year-old Bent as it was about Porter having only recently returned from a pectoral injury.“Andrew Porter’s a little bit unlucky, he picked up the injury and hasn’t really featured the last few weeks,” said Cullen. “He has trained fully this week and was available but it was just a little bit too tight with him.“Michael Bent, he’s been so important to us over the course of the season. You think back to some of the games when we’re down 15, 20 players and he’s come up with five scrum penalties. He’s been hugely important to the success of the group over the course of the season.”Leinster have named hooker Sean Cronin to start after his recovery from the calf injury he suffered in the semi-final win over Toulouse, although Cullen indicated that there was an element of risk in selecting him.“We’ll soon find out, yeah,” said Cullen when asked if Cronin is fully fit. “When a guy picks up an injury in the semi-final, his calf, we knew it was going to be a little bit tight with Sean but he’s trained ok this week and hopefully he’s good to go.“You never have 100% certainty but for a final, you take a little bit of a chance. But he’s trained this week so, hopefully, he comes through ok.” Gavan Casey, Murray Kinsella and Bernard Jackman tee up Saturday’s Champions Cup final and look at the backroom problems in Munster: McGrath’s ‘experience’ edges him in as Leinster go for ‘important’ Bent over Porter Leo Cullen says Leinster are hopeful Sean Cronin will come through after his recent calf injury.
Short URL 59,365 Views https://jrnl.ie/4056294 22 Comments Jun 8th 2018, 3:08 PM By Adam Daly Stephen Byrne: ‘I never opened my Leaving Cert results when I got them, I ran home and put them in a shredder’ RTÉ presenter Stephen Byrne is currently resitting his Leaving Cert exams as part of a new documentary. Share12 Tweet Email2 A still of Stephen with his parents from his upcoming documentary. Image: Stephen Byrne Image: Stephen Byrne BACK IN AUGUST 2009, Stephen Byrne had just started his career in RTÉ as a presenter when he ran home with his Leaving Certificate results and put them in a shredder.He never read them. Byrne didn’t want to see how he had done. He says now that he had a really difficult time during his Leaving Cert, balancing a new job with study and coming to terms with his sexuality.”[Working at RTE] was everything I wanted. I was a YouTuber before that but it was a big decision for my parents to allow me to work because they were very much focused on academia.”Also I was dealing with so much in the sense that being in RTÉ, being in school, being on a football team, I hadn’t accepted my sexuality and I was in a relationship with a girl at that time as well. So that was weighing heavy on me.”The Leaving Cert became secondary to everything else and a very negative weight on my shoulders so I just always felt that I had to go back.”Byrne is best known for presenting TwoTube on RTÉ 2 and for his radio show on RTÉ 2FM every Saturday and Sunday.Byrne is currently resitting his Leaving Cert and has reordered a copy of his results from 2009, which he plans to open alongside his new results this August as part of the documentary he is making about the experience.Resitting the Leaving Cert was always something that Stephen had planned to do but never knew when the time would be right.”I went to RTÉ and said, ‘look, I’m willing to do this to take a look at the system from the inside to see how much pressure we put on young people.”’When the project got the green light Stephen began night classes but had to return to his local school – which he had left when he felt he was unable to come out – for the supplementary parts of the exams.”Any projects and orals were done back in my old school, Clonkeen College in Deansgrange, so I was always among students.”It’s funny when you go back and integrate yourself. You slowly regress back to who you were and start to worry about whether people like you or not or whether you’re cool.”I left that school because I felt like I couldn’t really come out at that time.”When I said that to the students this year they couldn’t understand it but any classroom I’ve been in has been progressive which is both exciting but at the same time fuels a multitude of jealousy.” A still of Stephen with his parents from his upcoming documentary. Sunday 10 Jun 2018, 8:00 PM Stephen continued to work on RTÉ 2FM while studying this year but says that it took a toll on his mental health.”Right after I finished my mocks I flew to LA to cover the Oscars so there has been that level of juggling all year round. February alone, I think I had 20 flights for work.”So there were tough periods of time that really wore me out and exhausted me and you see in the documentary that it did take its toll. Around April I hit a low point, which now in hindsight I’m actually delighted about because it will probably be a lot more relatable for students.”I’m not afraid to be open about mental health issues, about my own anxiety and struggles with that.”Stephen says the experience has been transformative but he hopes the documentary will highlight the pressures the system puts on young people.”Everyone in the country has gone through it, it’s one of the most pressurised situations you’ll experience, not just as a teenager but in your life.”It has helped me come to terms with things that happened to him as a teenager that he never realised I did.Stephen says that resitting the Leaving Cert has given him a huge admiration for the young people of Ireland.”Modern young people, to the strength of so many of them they just get up and keep going, the conversations they’re having about mental health and how open a lot of them are about their feelings of who they are or what they want to be.”The documentary is set to be released on RTÉ in the autumn. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Duncan Crozier-Shaw has been missing since Wednesday morning. Image: Crozier-Shaw family https://jrnl.ie/4805771 Image: Crozier-Shaw family Thu 10:27 AM 94,492 Views Share444 Tweet Email5 By Hayley Halpin 67-year-old Dublin man with dementia missing in Costa del Sol Duncan Crozier-Shaw was last seen in the El Corte Inglés Shopping complex in Costa Mijas. Duncan Crozier-Shaw has been missing since Wednesday morning. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 12 Comments Thursday 12 Sep 2019, 10:27 AM Short URL A 67-YEAR-OLD DUBLIN man has gone missing in Spain since yesterday morning. Duncan Crozier-Shaw, a 67-year old man from Rathgar who has dementia, had been on holiday with his wife in the Fuengirola area of the Costa del Sol.He has been missing from the El Corte Inglés Shopping complex in Costa Mijas, his family said, since 11.30am local time this Wednesday 10 September.He was wearing blue shorts, a pink polo shirt with green stripes, and sunglasses when last seen. He is 5ft 7in in height, of slight build, with sallow skin and greying dark hair.His family said that he is also an epileptic and has missed some doses of his medication, so could be disoriented or confused.If you have any information, please contact either the local police, the Irish embassy in Madrid (0034 914364093) or Madeleine Crozier-Shaw. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade told TheJournal.ie that it is aware of the case and is providing consular assistance.- with reporting from Gráinne Ní Aodha
Some 36,000 disability allowances will be cut at the end of the month, following a national investigation into fraudulent claims, the government said. Deputy Health Minister Markos Bolaris said the government would save 111 million euros in false claims following a census of some 240,000 benefit recipients. “It’s come to our attention that people who were receiving benefits for blindness were actually continuing to drive. So, when you think about it: these people were going to an eye doctor for their disability exam and then another eye doctor for their driving licence.” Health Minister Andreas Loverdos announced this week that during the second phase of the census, when the beneficiaries are examined by the Centre for Certifying Disability, the savings are expected to reach the 230 million euro mark. The minister noted that 36,294 of the registered beneficiaries failed to present themselves for the census. More specifically, 203,998 beneficiaries presented themselves as opposed to 240,292 that received benefits. This meant that benefits spending would be reduced from 941,289,609 euros in 2011 to 830,650,500 euros in 2012, a saving of 110,639,109 euros. Loverdos gave examples, noting that of 125,368 registered recipients for benefits of severe disability in 2011, only 108,200 turned up for the census and the remaining 17,168 are assumed to have been receiving the benefit illegally. Similarly, nearly half of those receiving benefits for unprotected minors failed to participate in the census. Ministry officials said clusters of suspected fraud had been found, with blindness claims unusually high in Chios, Kavala, and Iraklio and other claims high in Halkida, Serres and Komotini. The census was carried out between February 1st and March 16th this year, in order to create a nationwide register of benefit recipients and a map of the frequency of disabilities by area, both to check the benefits given and to preclude cases of people drawing benefits in two different areas. Source: Athens News Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek Australian good samaritan John Kallios has been restricted from volunteering at a Greek Australian nursing home for a minor stealing offence from 35 years ago that he didn’t commit. The 69-year-old from Richmond South Australia, said a routine police check – that is mandatory prior to undertaking voluntary work – revealed a 1977 larceny offence in his name. Police have advised Mr Kallios needs to prove that it wasn’t him, even though court records detailing this alleged crime have been destroyed. To clear his name, Mr Kallios has offered to take a lie detector test as he believes it could be a case of mistaken identity and the crime could have been committed by one of two men who share his name. The crime first came to surface when Mr Kallios applied for a police check to cook and clean at St Nicholas church at Thebarton and Greek Orthodox Community Care at Ridleyton but was denied due to the larceny offence. “I have never heard of it before, anything it takes to find out the truth I will do it, I’ll take a lie detector test, anything. I’m not going to give up and I will win this,” the Greek migrant told Adelaide Now. “There could have been a common mistake as to who committed the offence, which I vehemently deny.”Mr Kallios migrated to Australia when he was 11, and admits to four minor illegal gaming offences in the ’70s and a speeding offence in 2008. He has been licensed to drive taxi’s since 1980 and said he would have not have received his accreditation had he had a larcney offence against his name. A letter from SAPOL’s Information Unit in May to Mr Kallios said the court documents relating to the larceny conviction had been destroyed.“SAPOL cannot confirm that the offence is correctly recorded against your name,” the letter states.“Therefore it is determined not to delete the offence and it will remain on your record until such time that you can prove otherwise.”Mr Kallios has now appealed against the decision in the District Court, and has said the ordeal had taken a toll on his mental health.“I just want to be able to cook and help some of these old people who don’t have many visitors and it helps me get out of the house and stay involved in the Greek community,” he said.Nursing home manager Luisa Stenta said any volunteer work done by Mr Kallios would have to be restricted because of the larceny offence and called for a “commonsense” resolution.“It is clearly very stressful for him and now that we know about it we can help him through the process, but it seems like he is guilty until proven innocent instead of the other way around,” Ms Stenta told Adelaide Now.“There is such a shortage of volunteers and we could not provide the range of services we do without them.”Police Minister Jennifer Rankine said staff in her office had advised Mr Kallios to appeal against SAPOL’s decision and that “it is pleasing to learn that he has taken this advice”.The case is likely to go to trial later this year.