EURO 2012 in Serbia 12 of 16 teams qualified

After secure win over Netherlands 38:26, Czech Republic is the 12th national team, who will participate at the EHF EURO 2012 in Serbia. Before Jicha and Co, for the last pre-Olympic tournament are qualifed Serbia as a host and France as the European champion and Hungary, Croatia, Spain, Norway, Germany, Slovakia, Sweden, Russia, Denmark.Four more places will be decided on Sunday. Macedonia or Estonia, Poland, Slovenia and Portugal in interesting clashes and direct match between Austria and Iceland. EHF EURO 2012 ← Previous Story Become Handball Planet friend on Facebook and Twitter! Next Story → Women’s WC 2011 qualification: Germany and Croatia in Brasil

Croats beat the Experts in thriller

4QATQatar3 Croatia beat France 29:28 (14:12) in derby match of Group A at the Men’s Olympic tournament in Rio. The Future Arena witnessed interesting clash decided by Ivan Pesic save of Michel Guigou penalty shot 14 seconds before the end. Both teams secured place at quarter-finals.Croatia– FRANCUSKA 29:28 (14:12)Croatia: Stevanović 10 saves, Pešić 2 saves; Duvnjak 3, Stepančić 1, Kopljar 6, Gojun 2, Horvat 5, Karačić 1, Štrlek 5, Čupić, Mamić 1, Slišković 3, Brozović 1, Kozina 1France: Gerard, Omeyer 10 saves and goal, Narcisse, Karabatić N. 1, Mahe, Grebille 1, N’Guessan 5. Abalo, Sorhaindo 4, Guigou 10, Fabregas, Dipanda 3, Porte 3STANDINGS: 3CROCroatia6 1FRAFrance6 5TUNTunisia1 2DENDenmark6 6ARGArgentina0 handballOlympic handballrio 2016 handball ← Previous Story Germans to play for semi-final! Next Story → WHAT A NIGHT: Poles sent Sweden home – Tie in Afro-American derby! read more

Chinese antiveil beauty campaign sows ugly tensions

first_imgThey should have explained slowly that wearing these things is not allowed, we know you are good guys but some criminals wear the veil and robe to do suicide bombs and other bad things.A Uighur metalworker complained that women taught from youth to veil found it hard to change, and that other Chinese Muslim men grew beards but only Uighurs were labelled terrorists.At the mosque in Kashgar, China. Image: AP Photo/Elizabeth Dalziel/PA Images.Some women took a pragmatic view.A 35-year-old bakery owner with a gauzy orange scarf wrapped around a bun said the need to unveil in government buildings did not overly bother her. Women were becoming less strict about veiling in any case, she said.Avoid troubleBut others remove their face covers before approaching Project Beauty checkpoints to avoid trouble, said a 19-year-old woman from a jade-selling family.The “Beauty” people were everywhere, she said.- © AFP, 2013139 arrested in China for ‘spreading jihad’, Beijing claims> A CHINESE GOVERNMENT worker in the ancient Silk Road oasis of Kashgar beckons two women to her streetside stand and logs their details under the gaze of a surveillance camera. Their offence: wearing veils.The ‘Project Beauty’ campaign aims to discourage women from covering their faces – a religious practice for some Muslim Uighurs, the largest ethnic group in China’s Xinjiang region – in an attempt to improve security.But critics warn the effort could sow resentment and backfire instead.“We need to hold onto our traditions and they should understand that,” said a 25-year-old woman who has been registered twice.‘The joys of exposing their faces’Offenders were made to watch a film about the joys of exposing their faces, she added, speaking behind a white crocheted covering.“The movie doesn’t change a lot of people’s minds,” she said, like others declining to be named.Xinjiang, a vast area bordering Pakistan and Central Asia in China’s far west, beyond the furthest reaches of the Great Wall, has followed Islam for centuries.It came under Chinese control most recently during the Qing dynasty in the late 1800s.Cultural oppressionFor years it has seen sporadic unrest by Uighurs which rights groups say is driven by cultural oppression and intrusive security measures but China attributes to extremist religion, terrorism and separatism.Authorities’ concerns intensified after a deadly attack in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square last month which police blamed on Uighurs.Kashgar residents say veil restrictions sparked at least one deadly conflict this year near the city, where 90 per cent of the area’s 3.3 million residents are Uighur.Veiled ethnic Uighur women on their way in 2006 to the livestock Sunday market in Kashgar, the heartland for the Uighur minority in China. Image: AP Photo/Elizabeth Dalziel/PA Images.“For the Chinese government the causal process is: the Islamic extremists ask for independence, ask for separatism, then that’s why they set very strict limits on Uighurs’ religious activities,” said Shan Wei, a political scientist at the National University of Singapore.“For the Uighurs’ part, it’s: ‘OK, I wasn’t involved in any political movements, I’m not a separatist at all, but you set so many stupid restrictions on my daily religious activities that I hate you’,” he added, pointing out that China’s other Muslim minorities did not face such rules.Unveiling resentmentWomen in Kashgar sport a range of coverings, from bright scarves draped stylishly over hairdos that leave their necks exposed, to sombre Saudi-style black fabric cloaking all but their eyes.Policies to stop them covering their faces, and to a lesser extent their hair, are not publicised. City authorities declined to comment and Xinjiang officials could not be reached.But Project Beauty stands could be seen around the city, and a tailor said campaign staff had instructed him not to make the full-length robes often worn with face coverings.Men must shave their beardsOther residents said that to enter government offices, banks or courts, women had to remove their veils and men shave their beards, another Muslim practice.Men striking a deal in Kashgar. Image: Eye Ubiquitous/PA Images.In Hotan, another predominantly Uighur city 500 kilometres (310 miles) to the east, at least one hospital received government forms to report back on veiled patients.A Xinjiang government web portal featuring Project Beauty did not mention banning veils but listed its goals as promoting local beauty products and other goods, and encouraging women to be “practitioners of modern culture”.The Xinjiang Daily, run by the ruling Communist Party, warned of the potential dangers of Islamic dress in a July opinion piece.Atheism drive“Some people with ulterior motives are distorting religious teachings” and “inciting young people to do jihad”, it said, adding that black robes induced depression and scared babies.The ruling party has sought periodically to stamp out veiling since taking power in 1949, first launching an atheism drive and banning the headgear altogether in the 1960s and 70s, said Gardner Bovingdon, a Xinjiang expert at Indiana University Bloomington.Restrictions relaxed in the 1980s as China opened up, but tightened again in the following decade after religiously tinged protests broke out.A worker at a Project Beauty checkpoint cited “security” as a motive for the campaign.Some Uighurs endorsed the authorities’ precautions, saying thieves or suicide bombers might exploit the outfits to hide packages and their identity.Uighur peopleBut they also argued that some officials’ aggressive approach sparked resentment and violence, including an April attack by Uighurs on police in Maralbishi county outside Kashgar that left 21 people dead.State media blamed “terrorists” who “regularly watched video clips advocating religious extremism”.A few Uighur residents said the “real reason” was that an official tried to force a woman to remove her veil and “people got upset”. One said:last_img read more

Coveney facing exceptionally tough negotiations on fishing quotas

first_imgMINISTER SIMON COVENEY has warned of “exceptionally tough” negotiations with the EU Fisheries Council in Brussels over the next two days.Over the course of the negotiations, quotas for the Irish fleet for 2014 will be determined. The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine said the proposals put forward from the European Commission impact the Irish white fish sector with “severe cuts in many stocks” which are of vital importance to Ireland.His department said in a statement that this round of negotiations will be heavily impacted by the lack of progress in annual talks between the EU and Norway and between the EU, Norway, Faroes and Iceland earlier this year. This means the council will only be able to discuss provisional quotas for a number of fish.Speaking today, Coveney said that while he recognises that some quota reductions will be required, he is not “convinced that the proposed level of cuts is justified in certain cases”.The total financial impact of the proposed cuts would, according to state estimates, amount to over €70 million.I accept that some reductions are inevitable to protect the health of stocks, but I also believe that the Commission’s interpretation of the scientific advice in some cases is excessively precautionary and will only result in increased discarding of fish at sea.The minister said he was working to convince the Commission to adjust its approach to certain quotas as certain proposals could have a significant negative impact on Irish coastal communities.He said we should not underestimate “the immense challenges facing us in trying to obtain a fair and rational, biologically and economically sustainable outcome for Ireland”.Read: Coveney tells farmers: You’re producing too much milk>Read: Coveney opposes EU plans on mackerel quotas>last_img read more

Column Living for love dying because of hate – the rising tide

first_imgJEAN-CLAUDE ROGER MBEDE died an untimely death on 10 January in his hometown, Ngoumou, Cameroon.According to media reports, his family prevented him from receiving necessary medical treatment – leaving him fighting for his life whilst his lawyers fought in the courts to appeal his earlier conviction for “homosexuality”.Human rights activists around the world were shocked and saddened by the news of Jean-Claude’s death. Amnesty International had been campaigning on his behalf for several years and previously named him a prisoner of conscience. During this time, the 34-year-old activist with a broad smile befriended many people at the organisation.Jean-Claude was one of many individuals who have been arrested and convicted in Cameroon under laws criminalising sex between people of the same sex. He was arrested in March 2011 after sending a text to a man saying that he was in love with him.Later convicted of “homosexuality and attempted homosexuality”, he was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment. During his time in jail, he suffered from malnutrition and regular beatings. Although he was granted a provisional release on 16 July 2012 while his lawyer was appealing his case, the Yaoundé Court of Appeal then upheld his sentence. Fearing re-arrest and being forced to serve out the remainder of his sentence, Jean-Claude went into hiding.Despite the ongoing legal appeal and international activism on his behalf, Jean-Claude sadly went to his grave as an outlaw, whose only “crime” was expressing his love.Making love a crimeThe Cameroonian authorities’ harsh treatment of LGBTI individuals like Jean-Claude, and his society’s callous indifference to their suffering – and even death – are indicative of a wider, and growing, problem in many African countries today.Sex between adults of the same sex – often characterised as “unnatural carnal acts” or “acts against the order of nature” – is currently a crime in 31 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as all of North Africa. In four countries in the region, it carries the death penalty.Last June, Amnesty International released a report about the rising levels of homophobia in the region. Making Love a Crime: Criminalisation of same-sex conduct in sub-Saharan Africa looks at how “homosexual acts” are being increasingly criminalised across Africa as a number of governments seek to impose increased penalties or broaden the scope of existing laws, including by introducing the death penalty.Besides Jean-Claude’s tragic death, recent developments in other countries have shown how the situation has worsened since then.Nigeria’s draconian lawOn Monday, LGBTI activists in Nigeria had their worst fears confirmed after the draconian Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act was signed into law. While Nigerian law already criminalised “carnal knowledge against the order of nature” with a punishment of up to 14 years’ imprisonment, and some northern states providing for the death penalty under Shari’a law, the deeply oppressive new law runs roughshod over the most basic freedoms.With the stroke of a pen, President Goodluck Jonathan enacted legislation that not only criminalised ‘same-sex marriage’ – so widely defined as to include virtually any form of same-sex cohabitation – but criminalised the activities of many human rights and civil society organisations and entities. According to the Bill, anyone who “supports the registration, operation and sustenance of gay clubs, societies, organisations, processions or meetings” could face 10 years in prison.This essentially turned Nigeria into one of the world’s least-tolerant societies.On Tuesday, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, blasted the law in a statement:Rarely have I seen a piece of legislation that in so few paragraphs directly violates so many basic, universal human rights. Rights to privacy and non-discrimination, rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly, rights to freedom from arbitrary arrest and detention: this law undermines all of them.Since it came into effect, police in several Nigerian states have made scores of arrests under the law and at least 12 people are reportedly still in detention. Human rights defenders have told Amnesty International that the police in at least one state have drawn up a list of 167 people targeted for arrest based on their perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. LGBTI activists say that many of those currently in detention are being denied access to lawyers and other assistance.The organisation is calling for this witch-hunt to end and for Nigerian authorities to repeal the discriminatory law.The coming storm in UgandaMeanwhile in Uganda, LGBTI individuals and human rights activists continue to campaign against the country’s repressive Anti-Homosexuality Bill. On 20 December 2013, the Bill – first proposed in 2009 – was passed by Parliament in a surprise vote.The full text of the Bill as passed has not yet been released; nonetheless, the passage amounts to a grave assault on human rights – dramatically increasing criminal penalties for consensual sexual activity between adults of the same sex. Like its counterpart in Nigeria, in addition to violating rights to privacy, family life and equality, the bill threatens freedom of association and expression – all of which are protected under Ugandan and international human rights law.Other disturbing provisions of the draft Bill included criminalising the “promotion” of homosexuality, compelling HIV testing in some circumstances, and imposing life sentences for “aggravated homosexuality” or entering into a same-sex marriage.The knock-on effect of passing this Bill will reach far beyond LGBTI people in Uganda, impeding the legitimate work of civil society, public health professionals, and community leaders.Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has the power to put an end to this wildly discriminatory legislation. Amnesty International is carrying out a global campaign to urge him to veto the Bill in its entirety and reaffirm Uganda’s commitment to upholding human rights.Fighting the rising tide of hateThough not directly linked, these recent developments in Cameroon, Nigeria and Uganda highlight the situation facing LGBTI people and activists in many parts of Africa today.Yet across the continent, a large and growing number of activists and organisations continue to challenge these laws and to fight for the human rights of LGBTI people.Amnesty International continues to join with them to fight to make sure that no one faces harassment, prison, or even death, just because of who they are and who they love.This article originally appeared on Amnesty International’s Livewire blog.Column: Boycotting the Olympics would make things more difficult for Russia’s LGBT peopleRead: Former Vikings kicker claims he was cut by ‘bigot’ coach for supporting gay rightslast_img read more

Sitdown Sunday 7 deadly reads

first_imgThora Birch. Pic: Walter Weissman/Starmax/EMPICS Entertainment3. What happened to Thora Birch?Hadley Freeman meets Thora Birch, once a rising star who featured in the likes of Ghost World and American Beauty. So what made her disappear from Hollywood?(The Guardian – approx 7 minutes reading time, 1586 words)Did she struggle with the glamour that her industry demanded of her as she transitioned from being a child star? She pauses for a full minute. “I struggled with reconciling that there was a reason for all that. I found it distasteful. So yeah, I had that kind of ‘oh, piss off, everyone’ attitude.” IT’S A DAY of rest, and you may be in the mood for a quiet corner and a comfy chair. We’ve hand-picked the week’s best reads for you to savour.1. How to hack OKCupidKevin Poulsen introduces us to a maths genius who hacked OKCupid to find true love. Did it work?(Wired – approx 14 minutes reading time, 2873 words)To find the survey answers, he had to do a bit of extra sleuthing. OkCupid lets users see the responses of others, but only to questions they’ve answered themselves. McKinlay set up his bots to simply answer each question randomly—he wasn’t using the dummy profiles to attract any of the women, so the answers didn’t mat­ter—then scooped the women’s answers into a database.2. The poster boy for snow sportsMaddy Savage writes about the story of Philip Boit and Bjorn Daehlie, cross-country skiers who should have had nothing in common – Daehlie was a Norwegian icon while Boit came from snow-free Kenya – but bonded.(BBC – approx 6 minutes reading time, 1318 words)Boit was born into a farming family in Eldoret in western Kenya, home to some of the world’s fastest runners, but when the sportswear company Nike came looking for a runner prepared to to train as a cross-country skier, the 26-year-old stepped forward. “It was a bit challenging at first because I had never experienced cold weather like that in my life,” he says, remembering his first trip to Finland, where he went to train. 4. Coming out as transgenderOliver Bendorf started taking testosterone a year ago. This past Christmas, he journeyed home to Iowa for the first time since transitioning from female to male. Here’s his story.(Buzzfeed – approx 6 minutes reading time, 1335 words)When someone dies, it is considered polite to say that person has “passed away.” When a trans person is able to walk down the street without being identified as trans, it’s called “passing.” Both turns of the word imply a successful transition… of the spirit and body, breaking away from each other, and coming back together again. I’m talking to my teacher, Lynda Barry, about my transition on a recent afternoon and she asks me, “Do you feel like you died?” I hem and haw for a minute and she says, “But see, you can’t say no.”center_img Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl pictured while kidnapped. Pic: AP Photo5. The last days of Daniel PearlAsra Q Nomani was a close friend of Daniel Pearl, who was beheaded in 20o2. Here, she writes about the Daniel she knew, what happened after he was kidnapped, and what it was like to meet the man who said he had killed him.(The Washingtonian – approx 37 minutes reading time, 7542 words)We couldn’t have known that Pakistani militants would kidnap Danny. That they would keep him for days and then release strange and confusing ransom notes alternately identifying him as a CIA operative and a reporter and showing photos of him in a striped tracksuit, bound and with his head bowed beneath the barrel of a gun. Not in our worst nightmares could we have imagined what happened after that.6. SwingersSwingers was a 1996 indie film that launched the careers of Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn, but it was tough to get the final product made. It bombed at the box office, but went on to become a cult hit. Here’s its story, in the words of those who were there.(Grantland – approx 58 minutes reading time, 11781 words)I wrote the screenplay in about a week and a half. The writing process wasn’t filled with any sort of turmoil. If you really do the math, it’s 10 days, 10 pages a day. It’s not like you’re chained to the computer. I was just entertaining myself and really enjoying it, sort of giggling at it as I was writing it. I couldn’t wait to share it with my friends more as, like, doodles in the notebook than saying, “Hey, here’s my big movie”…AND ONE FROM THE ARCHIVES…File: AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham HughesMcCandish Phillips was a talented writer and journalist with the Times, writes Ken Auletta, a man who never drank, smoked or cursed, and who kept a Bible on his desk. He was fiercely admired, but after 21 years he quit – for God.(– approx 26 minutes reading time, 5327 words)What remained unchanged was the ready smile, the somewhat gawky manner, the sweetness. And, for the contingent from theTimes, memories of a legendary journalist more interested in the truth and texture of a story than in scoring a scoop. And a question: Why did a man with so much talent walk away from it?Interested in longreads during the week? Look out for Catch-Up Wednesday every Wednesday evening.More: The best reads from every previous Sitdown Sunday >The Sports Pages – the best sports writing collected every week by >last_img read more

Lowry refuses to say whether report of Phelan tape is accurate

first_imgMICHAEL LOWRY has refused to comment on whether the conversation with property scout Kevin Phelan, revealed in the Sunday Independent last month, is genuine.The Tipperary North TD says he cannot say whether the report of the taped conversation – in which Lowry reportedly refers to a payment of £250,000 made to Phelan – was accurate, as he did not have a copy of the tape.Lowry said he had been unable to get a copy from the Sunday Independent, which first reported the conversation two weeks ago, because the newspaper had cited journalistic privilege in protecting its materials.He told Tipp FM’s ‘Tipp Today’ programme that his legal team had been “in contact to establish the legalities involved in secretly intercepting an alleged telephone conversation,” and whether it was lawful to publish a transcript of a “tapped” conversation.The Sunday Independent, which published a full transcript of its tape at the time, reported that it had asked a professional sound engineer to examine whether its recording had been tampered with, and that there was “no evidence” of any tampering or interference.It also said the voices of Lowry and Phelan were “clearly identifiable”.In the following week’s paper, Kevin Phelan – who had acted as a property scout for Lowry – acknowledged that he was the source of the tape obtained by the Sunday Independent.The Sunday Independent transcript of the recording claimed that Lowry had pleaded with Phelan not to reveal a payment of £250,000 made to him, as he had “never declared it”.In a statement released that evening, however, Lowry said the payment had been “properly recorded and accounted for” on the books of one of his companies.The payment was particularly important because Lowry had told the Moriarty Tribunal of payments to Phelan worth £65,000, and said this was the “only payment” he had made to Phelan.‘How would I know whether it’s me?’Today Lowry declined to answer further questions about the tape, insisting instead that records provided to the Moriarty Tribunal had outlined where “every penny” of his money had been spent and distributed.“How would I know whether it’s me,” he said referring to the transcript, “when the [Sunday] Independent has refused to hand over the tape to me?”Lowry consistently avoid questions about whether he had any recollection of the conversation.“Sections of the media are running an organised, concerted and vicious media campaign,” he claimed. “For some people in the media, the ‘topple Lowry’ campaign has become an absolute obsession.“For 17 years I have been the subject of intense scrutiny… no individual in the history of the country has been subjected to the same level of inquiry as I have been subjected to.“For 17 years it has been constant, it has been ever-present, it has been mind-bending harassment […] To be blunt with you, it has been sickeningly intrusive.”Read: Lowry: Payment in taped conversation was tax compliantlast_img read more

Sixth man arrested in connection to Lee Rigby murder

first_imgA 22-YEAR-OLD man has been arrested this afternoon by officers in London investigating the murder of Lee Rigby in Woolwich last week.The man was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder by detectives from the MPS Counter-Terrorism Command supported by specialist firearms officers.He was arrested in St Paul’s Road, in Highbury Grove, north London, and has been taken to a south London police station where he remains in custody.Deputy Assistant Commissioner Stuart Osborne, Senior National Co-ordinator Counter Terrorism and head of the Metropolitan Police Service Counter Terrorism Command, said investigating police had been undertaking “a complicated and often rapidly developing round the clock investigation since the horrific murder of fusilier Lee Rigby”.“The Metropolitan Police Service Counter Terrorism Command, supported by national counter-terrorism officers and the Security Service, continue to work tirelessly and painstakingly to uncover the full circumstances relating to this attack.Osborne said officers are pursuing a significant amount of CCTV, social media, forensic and intelligence opportunities and have active lines of inquiry.Two men arrested at the scene of the attack remain in hospital and will be formally interviewed when it is possible to do so, Osbornes said. Three further men were arrested yesterday and remain in custody at this time.“The public have been very supportive in relation to our appeals for help. I now ask that anyone who knew the two men who carried out this attack to consider if they have any information which may be useful to contact us in the strictest of confidence. As I have often said we do need the help of communities to keep us safe and would urge anyone with information to contact the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321,” Osborne said.“We urge anyone who filmed or took photos as events unfolded in John Wilson Street to send moving or still images to police via – please include your name and contact details, which will be treated in strict confidence. Anyone who may have such material is asked not to delete it after sending it in.”Read: French soldier stabbed in neck outside ParisRead: Murder of London soldier raises fears of ‘lone wolf’ attacksRead: Police unsure if decapitated British soldier was targeted or notlast_img read more

Renewed appeal over missing man Anthony Carberry

first_imgGARDAÍ IN MULLINGAR are renewing their appeal for information surrounding the whereabouts of Anthony Carberry, 50.Carberry has been missing since 18 July.He is described as being 6’4” in height, is of stocky build and has brown hair. When last seen, he was wearing a grey t-shirt and blue tracksuit trousers.Gardaí are especially interesting in speaking to anyone who may have seen a man walking alone along the N4 from Mullingar to Edgeworthstown between 11pm on Friday 18 July and 5 am on Saturday 19 July.Anyone with any information is asked to contact Mullingar Garda Station on 044 9384000, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111, or any garda station.last_img

Nvidia buys Icera Tegra to get integrated 3G4G chip

first_imgNvidia has today announced the acquisition of the UK fabless semiconductor company Icera for $367 million in cash.Icera is a significant buy for Nvidia due to the market it operates in and caters for. The company holds over 550 patents and produces baseband processors for both 3G and 4G cellular networks. Its chips are used in datacards and USB sticks for mobile broadband access as well as being embedded directly in smartphones, tablets, and netbooks.AdChoices广告Why is this significant for Nvidia? Because the company is pushing hard to get its Tegra platform used in mobile devices such as tablets. With Icera under its wing the Tegra platform becomes a better value proposition as it could offer the baseband chip as part of the package. The other advantage it gives Nvidia is the opportunity to push Tegra in a form suitable for smartphones by using Icera’s expertise in the area and focusing on a complete mobile solution which is of great value to companies wanting to offer up performance smartphones.Posting on the Nvidia Blog, Phil Carmack pointed to a “post-PC era” and Nvidia’s need to be a processor company not tied just to PCs. This has already been demonstrated by the rate of development seen for the Tegra platform which now takes on a whole new twist with Icera on board.Carmack believes having access to Icera’s technology means Tegra will enjoy better performance while being able to provide a solution that allows devices to launch more quickly. A combined baseband and application processor solution ultimately means less for a vendor to do/test before a launch.Nvidia has reassured the partners it currently uses for baseband solutions that it will be business as usual for the time being. We don’t expect Nvidia to take too long getting Icera’s chip integrated with Tegra though, at which point it won’t need to source baseband chips from a third-party anymore.Read more at the Nvidia press release and Nvidia Bloglast_img read more

Amazon Cloud Player on iOS becomes a lot more usable

first_imgAmazon beat Apple to the punch when it released its digital content locker and player, Cloud Drive and Cloud Player. Cloud Drive lets users store media to stream to a device, which, until recently, was only available for Flash-capable browsers and Android devices. However, now Amazon’s Cloud Player is available on iOS devices, despite there being no announcement from Amazon.Apple is rumored to be working on its own cloud service, supposedly called iCloud, and the delay is said to be from Apple’s attempts to get licenses from music and movie companies to be able to stream the content on Apple’s service. Amazon, on the other hand, just went for it without getting licenses from each publishing company. iOS owners were Cloud Player-less for over a month, but it appears that iPad and iPhone owners can now use the service… kind of.AdChoices广告To use Cloud Player on an iOS device the user has to access it through Safari. There’s still no native app, so things are not as smooth as they could be, but at least this is a step closer to native use. When first visiting the Cloud Player on an iOS device, you’ll will see a warning page saying that the browser isn’t supported. However, if you ignore that message, you’ll find that the browser is indeed supported, and you’ll be able to use the service without a hitch.Cloud Player starts you off with 5GB of free storage. Buying an Amazon MP3 album, however, will give you 20GB more of free cloud storage. The Cloud Player on iOS devices works close to the Android version, allowing you to create and manage playlists, and work with multiple tracks. Before this update, an iOS user could only play one song at a time. The Cloud Player does use Flash to upload files, so iOS devices will still have to upload their files first on their computers. The Cloud Player even stops your music when you get an incoming call or a Push Notification.Is Amazon’s stealth release of the Cloud Player to iOS an attempt to get an iOS app going before Apple releases its own iCloud service? Would Apple even allow a native Amazon Cloud Player app in its app store? It seems rather unlikely that the company would allow a direct competitor into its app store.Via CultofMac, via iFanslast_img read more

Wii U hardware What we know so far

first_imgWhen Nintendo announced the Wii U, they went out of their way to minimize the console itself. All of the focus was on the controller, and its ability to change the way you play games in front of your TV or elsewhere in your home. However, a spec sheet has emerged from the Nintendo E3 press package that details the specs of the Wii U in great detail.The Wii U console looks like the image here, snipped from a few of the promo shots for the Wii U shown at E3. It’s about 1.8 inches tall, 6.8 inches wide, and 10.5 inches long, according to the sheet, and as expected, got a significant graphics upgrade. The Wii U can dish out 1080p HD graphics as well as standard def, and can connect to your television via HDMI, component, S-video, and composite. HDMI is also used for audio, but if you’re not using HDMI you also get standard AV out ports.AdChoices广告The Wii U will also have internal flash memory, and like its predecessor, you can pop in an SD card for additional storage. You’ll also be able to attach an external USB drive to one of the four USB 2.0 ports on the device.Under the hood, the Wii U will use an IBM PowerPC-based multi-core processor. The Wii U will also support up to four controllers, including the Classic Controller, the Wii Remote (or Wii Remote Plus) and other peripherals like the Wii Balance Board.The controller, on the other hand, got the majority of the focus today. It sports a 6.2-inch touch-screen capable of displaying video at 16:9 aspect ratio. It’s resolution isn’t noted, but we highly doubt its pixel density is deep enough for the equivalent of HD video. The controller has two analog circle and two left/right thumb buttons on each side. There’s a standard D-pad and A/B/X/Y buttons on the controller as well.Nintendo also dropped an accelerometer, gyroscope, VGA camera, microphone, and speakers in the controller, as well as a touch-sensitive sensor strip in addition to the touch-sensitive screen. The screen can be used by tapping it or with the included stylus that can be stashed in the side of the controller.The Wii U will reportedly not include a Blu-Ray player, and the screen will not support multi-touch gestures, according to a GameTrailers interview with Nintendo of America President and CEO Reggie Fils-Aime. Pricing is yet to be determined, but it will be priced in line with the current prices of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The Wii U will also be backwards compatible with current Wii games, although it won’t upscale them to high-definition.via Redditlast_img read more

Facebook adding new line of defense against malicious links

first_imgIf you’ve ever had the (dis)pleasure of clicking on a “news” link in your Facebook feed that takes you to a bogus website designed to wreak havoc on your computer, it looks like Mark Zuckerberg and Co. are looking out for you. The social network is set to introduce a new system that will check each external link for viruses (and other threats) before sending you on your merry way.The extra layer of protection, provided by Websense, will give each page a quick scan when you attempt to follow a link. If the page is “clean,” you’ll be directed there without any interruption. If something naughty is detected, you’ll be warned about it and given the option to stop or (if you’re feeling masochistic) to proceed to the infected page anyway.If all of this sounds familiar, Google has implemented a similar approach for years. Only, unlike Google’s approach, which creates lists of trusted/not trusted sites, Facebook’s Websense defense will perform live scanning of each link, regardless of how many times it’s been white-listed.In addition to sites that carry malware, Websense’s defense will also look out for “abusive” sites (think racial hatred or child porn) and throw up a similar red flag.Websense’s rep, Spencer Parker, made sure he added that user’s privacy wouldn’t be compromised in any way, as his company won’t receive any personal info from Facebook users. There was no word on when exactly the Websense integration would be added, but by the hyping that Facebook is doing, we wouldn’t bet on its being too far away.While Google’s good site/bad site approach has been solid enough for most people, it sounds like this extra layer of defense should help curb the wave of scam links on Facebook. It sounds like the social network is seeing malicious links as a real problem for their booming network, and want to make it as hard as possible for any of these external links to slip through the cracks. Kudos for that.via The Telegraphlast_img read more

EverQuest II player base up 300 percent since freetoplay switch

first_imgEverQuest II has been experimenting with free-to-play models since 2010, but it wasn’t until December last year that Sony properly switched the game to free-to-play. As with other MMOs that have taken the same decision, it has had a very positive effect on player numbers.It’s only been a month, but according to Sony Online Entertainment President John Smedley, the player base for one of the oldest MMO series has increased by 300 percent. Daily logins are also up by 40 percent, meaning those new players are coming back rather than just trying out the game because it is free.With that increased player base comes more revenue. To keep the free-to-play model profitable, EverQuest II relies on in-game purchases, and they are also up 200 percent. Subscription membership options still exist (silver and gold tiers) with premium content and features available, so existing players or those who shy away from free-to-play still have options.EverQuest II benefits from having an existing player base and very well-known name. However, as the free-to-play model becomes more prevalent, it will get tough for games to make free work. And if a game like World of Warcraft goes free, which is being considered long-term if it works for Blizzard, it could have a major impact on the market and the games that are managing to survive along side it at the moment.Exceptions to that will of course happen, especially if the genre of game is very different. One example of that is the forthcoming Microsoft Flight, which is set to arrive in the spring and will be free-to-play.Read more at John Smedley’s Twitter account and Gamasutralast_img read more

BMW brings us one step closer to having Minority Reports selfdriving cars

first_imgFor those of you who share my dislike for long drives and have wished someone would invent the self-driving cars we saw in the movie Minority Report, luxury auto-maker BMW has announced a prototype vehicle that brings our dreams one step closer to reality. Pictured above is a BMW 5-series vehicle that is being driven by a computer via an array of sensors that are feeding it information and allowing it to react and anticipate obstacles and road conditions. While the German car company looks to have successfully created a car that needs no human direction, we’re worried about the accidents that will result from others drivers doing double-takes and trying to figure out what’s going on.Called “ConnectedDrive Connect” (CDC), the package includes hardware such as radar sensors, cameras, laser scanners and ultrasonic sensors coupled with a software application that can interpret the readings. The greatest challenge for the BMW engineers was coming up with the large number of different algorithms necessary to handle all the different situations that may arise while driving. With heavy testing however, they have made great strides and are confident enough to say that the system can be used safely on any road that has been mapped out. According to one of the lead designers, the vehicle that has the concept system installed has traveled over 3,100 miles using no human assistance.Before you go rushing out to your local BMW dealer looking for a Mini-Cooper with this package installed, the auto-maker says that we are still ten to fifteen years away from seeing this technology become a part of everyday life. Much like how airbag adoption progressed, BMW believes that computer-aided driving systems will slowly start to creep in and become a standard like the life saving device has. There are a good number of safety concerns to work out, plus the fact that public perception has to be adjusted to seeing the system as a safer way to drive since a computer doesn’t get tired or distracted (of course redundancy will be key since it would be bad to have a hard drive failure on the freeway). The other hurdle is the sheer cost of the technology. It’s been estimated that the 5-Series BMW is showing off cost upwards of $200,000. That isn’t exactly pocket change!BMW is not the first company to be interested in driverless cars — Google, Mercedes-Benz, and Volkswagen have all introduced computer-controlled vehicles and are actively investigating. The estimated money to be made in this area right now is about $10 billion, but experts for the companies involved believe that number will balloon to $130 billion by 2016.More at Technology Review via PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

Max Payne Mobile available from April 12th

first_imgIt has been 8 long years since the release of Max Payne 2, and even longer since the first Max Payne video game came on the scene. Most of us probably have a vague memory at best of running through the streets of New York and slow bullet-time sequences. Or maybe you’re more like me, and never got your parent’s permission to play the first game.Well, wouldn’t it be nice for a refresher seeing as the long awaited third installment is nearly upon us? No need to scour eBay for used copies; Rockstar is releasing the original on mobile platforms this month.The smartphone version has been dubbed Max Payne Mobile. It will features all the original levels and content, but with revamped graphics. Controls have been adapted to touch buttons, similarly to how Rockstar ported Grand Theft Auto 3 to mobile devices. However, if the default button settings aren’t jiving with your touch control style, you’ll have the option to customize the layout.It will support the iPhone 3GS and above, as well as the iPod Touch 4, iPad 1, 2, and the new iPad. Rockstar has yet to release a list of supported Android devices, however. As with most mobile releases, the iOS version will take point launching on April 12th with an Android version coming on April 26th. Pricing has yet to be announced, but it’s likely Rockstar will follow former successes its had in the mobile market, and list it at no more than $5.Max Payne 3, on the other hand, is set to launch on May 15th for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. A PC version will appear on May 29th. No doubt the hype from this blockbuster third-person shooter will help drive gamers to pick up Max Payne Mobile in a few days.via Rockstar Gameslast_img read more

Steam opens up Community Market for the sale of virtual goods

first_imgIf ever there was such a thing as a win-win-win situation in the world of digital video game distribution, the new “Community Market” within Valve’s Steam platform would pretty much nail the definition right on the head. Although it’s still very much just a beta idea right now, it opens up the floodgates to grant extra money to game developers, to Valve, and even directly to gamers themselves.The basic concept behind the Community Market is that players will be able to sell their in-game items directly to other players. Valve will get a cut of the transaction, as will the publisher of the game, and then the player who’s selling the item gets to pocket the rest.Of course, the money is only available to the player’s Steam Wallet which makes it an even bigger revenue booster to Valve and, by extension, all other publishers on Steam.Right now, the Community Market is only available in the game Team Fortress 2, one of the most popular titles on Steam. Even within TF2, only certain eligible items are available to be sold from player to player. Of course, Valve says that once the kinks are ironed out and it has a chance to evaluate the program, if everything is successful it will roll it out to more items within TF2 and then eventually to more Steam games.Other limitations of the beta include the fact that players can have no more than $200 in their Steam Wallet at any time. As such, the maximum amount they can charge for any item is $200.As for the nitty gritty details, all Community Market transactions will be subjected to a 5% transaction fee, which the buyer will pay, as well as a 10% Team Fortress 2 Fee. So a total of 15% goes to Valve and the publisher — not a bad deal for the kind of transaction that usually takes place outside of the game servers. Instead of Ebay getting a cut of the sale, why not let the people who made the game get in on the action?There is no timeline for when Valve expects to expand the Community Market, but the limited accessibility within TF2 is now available for all users.Steam Support and Market, via Gamasutralast_img read more

M8 motorway reopens in one direction after being closed earlier

first_img 37,583 Views Share25 Tweet Email M8 motorway reopens in one direction after being closed earlier Earlier incidents happened on the M8 in Tipperary on a hazardous morning on Irish roads. By Sean Murray Image: Sam Boal/ Updated at 09.45amTHE M8 MOTORWAY has reopened in one direction after it closed fully earlier due to two separate collisions on the northbound and southbound routes at Cahir South.AA Roadwatch tweeted that the motorway had opened northbound at J11 Cahir South however it remains closed to southbound.The incident came as a Status Yellow snow-ice warning remained in place until 10am this morning across the country.Emergency services were at the scene of the crashes and gardaí warnined road users between J10 Cahir North and J12 Mitchelstown North due to “very poor conditions”.There are hazardous conditions on many routes around the country this morning, with gardaí reporting a number of incidents  in Offaly due to “slush conditions”.There are also ice and snow on many secondary routes in Cork.AA Roadwatch has warned motorists “to make sure to slow down and leave plenty of space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front”.Other collisions that caused heavy traffic on the roads this morning include the M2 Ashbourne bypass southbound, delays on the M7 between Naas South and Johnstown and northbound on the N11 in Wicklow at Kilmacanogue.The left lane of the Port Tunnel in Dublin is also closed northbound due to a breakdown and care is advised on approach.With reporting from Cormac FitzgeraldRead: Journalist apologises for saying Dutch excel at Winter Olympics as skating is ‘important mode of transport’Read: Australia deputy PM under pressure to resign over affair with woman who was given government job Image: Sam Boal/ Short URL 17 Comments Tuesday 13 Feb 2018, 9:46 AM Feb 13th 2018, 7:59 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Unprecedented situation Up to 40cm of snow predicted by Friday lunchtime

first_img 57,923 Views Share594 Tweet Email9 ‘Unprecedented situation’: Up to 40cm of snow predicted by Friday lunchtime A Status Red snow-ice warning will be in place in Munster and Leinster from 4pm tomorrow. Wednesday 28 Feb 2018, 6:40 PM We are in a very serious situation as everybody realises. And we’re taking some fairly dramatic measures in response to that.He said that in some places power lines might come down while in others roads might be impassable.“It will take well into Friday if not the weekend for things to get back to normal. But the most important thing is that people stay safe,” he said.He added that he believes the public has taken the seriousness of the situation on board and is responding in kind.The Taoiseach said that people should only use the emergency services in a genuine emergency – but not to be afraid to do so in such a situation.During that period from 4pm tomorrow and 12 noon on Friday we are on red alert. Everyone should stay indoors and we’re asking really everyone to heed that warning and not to risk life or risk limb by going out in the snow and engaging in any daredevil activities.“Bear in mind in a blizzard scenario people might not be able to see their hand in front of their face – so it could be total whiteout in certain conditions.“So it’s not the occasion in which to engage in any daredevil activities.”Zero visibilityAlan O’Reilly from Carlow Weather has spoken to the about the importance of listening to the warnings and remaining indoors tomorrow.Wind speeds of up to 100km/h from Storm Emma are expected to clash with the snowfall from the Beast from the East tomorrow and O’Reilly warned that it will cause “zero visibility”.“It’s like a fog descending but it’s worse than a fog, it’s worse than a dense fog. It will be very hard and very disorientating to try to figure out what direction you’re heading,” he said.Within a few minutes tomorrow conditions could change from what looks like a normal snow shower to blizzard-like snow, O’Reilly warned.“The onset will be very quick and by the time someone tries to take a detour it may be too late and they may not be able to get out of the blizzard,” he said.The real risk is people who will head out tomorrow evening before the bad conditions start and they meet the blizzard. They will meet zero visibility and again the risk there is that they will stop and be stuck with snow accumulating around them.Warning to motorists and pedestriansO’Reilly warned that people who are driving when the blizzard-like conditions hit will be met with zero visibility and will be forced to pull in, which could result in collisions with pedestrians.“They will get so disorientated that they will pull in. Obviously, if they’re on the road there’s a risk someone will run into them, but if they pull in off the road the snow will start to pile up around them and they may well end up trapped in their car,” he said.If you’re a pedestrian and you’re out walking and there’s zero visibility, there’s a risk somebody in a car won’t be able to see you. I would stay indoors regardless of whether you will be walking or driving tomorrow.This is the first time a Status Red weather warning has been issued since Storm Ophelia last October and it will be the first time ever that a Status Red snow-ice warning has been issued.O’Reilly stressed the importance of taking the red warning seriously.“The main thing to stress is that red warnings are very rare. While yellow weather warnings are quite common, that’s very different and the difference between yellow and orange and red is severe,” he said.This is coming from the south of the country and it’s going to impact people who are not as familiar with extreme weather as some.He added that while people are being warned to stay indoors from 4pm, they may not see the blizzard-like conditions immediately but that they should not leave their homes regardless.“It’s important that people don’t become complacent and that at 5pm people don’t look outdoors and say ‘This isn’t coming’ and get into their car and starts driving.”- Additional reporting Aoife BarryRead: People in Leinster and Munster advised to stay in their homes from 4pm tomorrowMore: Over 40 people have died as a result of the severe icy weather gripping Europe 78 Comments center_img By Hayley Halpin Feb 28th 2018, 6:18 PM PEOPLE IN WEATHER-affected areas have been warned to stay indoors from 4pm tomorrow for 20 hours and experts have warned that being out in the “blizzard-like” conditions could be life-threatening.A Status Red snow-ice warning will be in place in Munster and Leinster from 4pm tomorrow until 12 noon on Friday when the worst of the weather is expected to hit.The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar warned in a public address this evening that in a blizzard scenario it could be “total wipeout” outdoors, and that between 4pm tomorrow and 12 noon on Friday the country is on “red alert”.Minister for Transport Shane Ross said this evening that it is predicted there will be 25cm of snow tomorrow and 40cm by lunchtime on Friday, which is an “unprecedented situation”.He said that there will be “controlled disruption” by transport providers tomorrow.Ross said that public transport will be back as soon as it can after the blizzard eases.Speaking this evening, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar urged everyone to heed advice and to plan ahead for the warning. 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Seaweed could shield Irelands food and drink business from Brexit fallout

first_img IRELAND SHOULD GROW its seaweed sector to help weather the effects of Brexit on the food and drinks industry, a government committee has said.A report from the joint committee on agriculture, food and the marine singled out seaweed as an underdeveloped commodity that Ireland could use to “help mitigate some of the damage” caused by a hard Brexit.“Seaweed represents an opportunity for diversification of Irish aquaculture output,” the report said.“While not sufficient on its own, promotion of seaweed and other opportunities can help diversify Irish agrifood, developing the long-term viability and robustness of the sector.”The joint committee recommended this week that the country should “diversity its economic output” to resist future shocks.“A focus on the most profitable sectors may prove short-sighted, and leave Ireland exposed in the longer-term,” it said.According to a 2015 report from the state’s seafood development agency, BIM, demand in Europe for sea vegetables is growing by up to 10% each year.However, many food firms based in Europe import the material from Asia and the Americas because there is not enough indigenous supply.As a result, there are other “substantial European markets which Irish seaweed growers can avail of” in addition to tapping the UK market, the agriculture committee said. Agriculture committee chair Pat Deering Source: Rollingnews.iePound dropSince the June 2016 referendum, it has been widely reported that Ireland’s food and drinks sector is highly vulnerable to any fallout from Brexit since about 40% of our food exports are UK-bound.Bord Bia estimated that the fall in sterling last year after the Brexit vote cost Irish food and drink exporters €570 million.It was reported last month that the value of exports to Britain fell by 8% in 2016 to €4.1 billion as a weaker sterling made Irish produce comparably more expensive.The agriculture committee also noted in this week’s report that the mushroom sector is particularly vulnerable to fluctuations in the value of the pound.The problem is two-fold: the majority of Irish growers export all of their produce to the UK, and many contracts are negotiated in sterling.Some sectors are expected to perform well after Brexit. The committee said Ireland’s alcohol industry “is in good health despite internationally challenging circumstances”.It noted that Irish whiskey is the fastest growing spirit in the world, with exports up 8% in 2016, resulting in sales worth €505 million. Irish whiskey Source: Michelle Locke AP/Press Association ImagesExports to the US, continental Europe and Asia drove that growth, according to analysis from Bord Bia.The committee report said that if the drinks sector here is managed properly, it can “maintain growth in markets beyond the UK in the coming years.It suggested that the Irish Whiskey Trail should be further developed and that “it may also be of interest to determine if a network of breweries and distilleries may be formed to create a combined trail”.“It may be beneficial to consider international experience such as best practice in vineyard tours in France, Spain, and Portugal or the nearer Scottish gin trail,” it said.“While this is primarily a tourism initiative, advertising and potentially increasing sales of Irish beverages should positively impact upon Irish grain farmers.”Written by Conor McMahon and posted on Sunday 5 Mar 2017, 8:00 AM Mar 5th 2017, 8:00 AM Image: Elaine Thompson AP/Press Association Images 14,104 Views 30 Comments Share37 Tweet Email4 Image: Elaine Thompson AP/Press Association Images Seaweed could shield Ireland’s food and drink business from Brexit fallout Demand in Europe for marine vegetables is growing by up to 10% each year. Take me to Fora By Fora Staff Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more