Killzone on PS4 can handle 24 enemy AI on screen PS3 was

first_imgWith the launch of the PS4 and Xbox One next month, console gaming is going to be brought right up to date in terms of performance. The hardware inside both machines is on a par with what modern PCs currently offer, and developers are sure to take advantage of that from day one. But according to developer Guerrilla Games, the games on these new consoles won’t just look better, they’ll squeeze a lot more gameplay in, too.The Official PlayStation Magazine UK did an interview with Killzone: Shadow Fall lead designer Eric Boltjes where he discussed the capabilities of the PS4 and how much better it is than previous generation hardware in terms of what can be included in a game.It’s hard to see just how much better PS4 and Xbox One games are in terms of experience until you actually get to experience them, but Boltjes has certainly whetted my appetite for what’s coming.Comparing the Killzone games on the PS3 with Shadow Fall, he stated that the PS3 saw enemy AI limited to seven on screen at any one time. Within those seven you could have two different types of enemy. That allows for some interesting gameplay and challenges, but the variation is clearly quite limited.With Shadow Fall on PS4, the enemy AI count maxes out at 24 and several different types. That’s over 3x the number, which should make for a very busy FPS. And what happens if a 25th enemy is added? The frame rate of the game will drop, so it’s unlikely you’ll see that happening too often (at least on purpose) in Killzone: Shadow Fall.You can apply this gain to any game type you like. As well as better graphics performance, PS4 games will generally have a lot more going on in terms of action, and it’s safe to say the same thing about games on Xbox One. That’s great for gameplay, and hopefully breathes new life in to many of the well-established genres as well as allowing more than a few novel new games to be created.last_img read more

Frost showers and low temperatures the weathers set to get colder

first_img Short URL 14 Comments Thursday 3 Nov 2016, 7:44 PM Image: Sam Boal Share89 Tweet Email Hopefully the rain won’t get this bad. Image: Sam Boal Nov 3rd 2016, 7:44 PM Frost, showers and low temperatures – the weather’s set to get colder We’ve had some nice autumn weather, but things are about to get a bit colder. center_img Hopefully the rain won’t get this bad. 30,202 Views TEMPERATURES ARE SET to take a bit of a dive this week as colder weather begins to be ushered in.According to Met Éireann, tonight temperatures will reach as low as one to six degrees, with a touch of frost in places.There will also be clear spells and some scattered showers.The low temperatures will continue over the weekend. Tomorrow will be showery, cool and blustery, with a risk of hail or thunder in the northwest and north. Top temperatures will be eight to 11 degrees.There will be further frosts over the coming days, with some wintry showers. On Friday night, the lowest temperatures will dip to one to five degrees, and it will be coldest in the east.Expect rain and hail showers over the north and northwest this weekend, with some wintry flurries of snow perhaps hitting higher ground.While Monday will be drier with good sunshine, it will have a frosty start with the risk of ice.In short, wrap up warm – and bring that umbrella everywhere.Read: No movement in teachers’ pay discussions ahead of next week’s strike> By Aoife Barry Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Sexton starts as Ireland aim to keep Six Nations chase alive against

first_img Thursday 23 Feb 2017, 1:47 PM By Sean Farrell 26,184 Views Image: Billy Stickland/INPHO 82 Comments Share39 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Ireland15. Rob Kearney14. Keith Earls13. Garry Ringrose12. Robbie Henshaw11. Simon Zebo10. Jonathan Sexton9. Conor Murray1. Jack McGrath2. Rory Best (Capt.)3. Tadhg Furlong4. Donnacha Ryan5. Devin Toner6.  CJ Stander7. Sean O’Brien8. Jamie Heaslip Replacements:16. Niall Scannell17. Cian Healy18. John Ryan19. Iain Henderson20. Peter O’Mahony21. Kieran Marmion22. Paddy Jackson23. Andrew TrimbleSubscribe to The42 Rugby Show podcast here: Sexton starts as Ireland aim to keep Six Nations chase alive against France The out-half is one of three changes as captain Rory Best also returns after illness. JONATHAN SEXTON WILL wear Ireland’s number 10 jersey for the first time since the November defeat to New Zealand when France are the visitors for Saturday’s crucial Six Nations clash.While Sexton has struggled with niggling hamstring and calf injuries which limited him to just 130 minutes of gametime with Leinster, Paddy Jackson had taken the reins for wins over Australia and Italy either side of the defeat to Scotland.Sexton has something of a history of making injury comebacks against France. Two years ago, Les Bleus were also the oppositions when the out-half returned after an enforced 12-week absence due to concussion concerns.Jackson is joined on the replacements bench by fit-again provincial team-mate Andrew Trimble as Keith Earls, Simon Zebo and Rob Kearney make up the back three. Peter O’Mahony provides the back row cover after swapping places with Josh van der Flier on the injury absentee list. Rory Best and Garry Ringrose make their way to training today. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOJack McGrath and Rory Best return to the front row after rotation and illness kept them out of the starting XV in Rome. Ian Keatley, James Tracey and Craig Gilroy slip out of the matchday 23. Image: Billy Stickland/INPHO Feb 23rd 2017, 1:47 PM Android Short URL ‘It was sport and politics colliding’ – Behind the camera lens on that historic day in Croke ParkSlimani, Le Roux and Huget all start for France against Ireland iTuneslast_img read more

Minister reveals that over 6000 children in State care

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Minister for Children, Katherine Zappone. Image: Eamonn Farrell/ Short URL Feb 9th 2017, 6:43 AM Thursday 9 Feb 2017, 6:43 AM Another crucial piece of the puzzle is supporting families sooner to prevent problems escalating which can in turn lead to children being removed from their care.“Offering parents support to improve their parenting capacity and skills is vital to enhancing children’s outcomes. The value of early intervention supports should not be underestimated and should be invested in more widely.”Read: ‘Letting agencies said that a landlord will never chose me in the rental lottery because I have kids’ >Read: ‘We’re very worried’: Locals react as HP Inc to shut with loss of 500 jobs > THERE WERE 6,276 children in the care of the State at the end of last November, according to figures released by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs.The majority of these are living in foster homes, while others are accommodated in state-run or private residential centres across the country.The figures were provided by Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone this week in response to a parliamentary question from Fianna Fáil spokesperson Anne Rabbitte.The number of children in care has risen by almost 20% during the past decade, although the most recent figures represent a reduction of 241 since 2014.“The latest figures from Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, indicate that at the end of November 2016, there were 6,276 children in care,” said Zappone.A total of 325 of these children are accommodated in residential centres – 151 in state-run centres, and 174 run by private or voluntary organisations.Support“Residential care is usually for older children, where their needs may not be met in foster care or where this is their preferred placement,” said the Children’s Minister in her response.“In general, these centres are based in domestic-style homes in the community, catering for two or three older children and staffed by social care workers to attend to the needs of the child.”Private residential centres are subject to registration and inspection by Tusla. There are as many as 100 such centres located across four Tusla administrative regions covering the State.“A child is placed in a residential setting only when they have an identified need that can be met by this service or for an intensive assessment or provision of specialist services,” explained Zappone.Breakdown“Some of the young people in residential care will have come into care recently, while others may have experienced the breakdown of other care placements, including foster care.“Specialist supports are also routinely made available, as needed, and many centres have specialised skillsets and therapeutic modalities.”June Tinsley, head of advocacy with children’s charity Barnardos Head said the system of service provision must be capable of meeting the needs of children in its care.“This means all children and young people having a personalised care plan which is implementable, assigned social workers to offer consistent support to them and their foster families, availability and access to additional supports (when needed) and a clear aftercare plan to support the transition to independent adulthood,” she said. 14 Comments Share40 Tweet Email2 Image: Eamonn Farrell/ Minister reveals that over 6,000 children in State care The number of children in care has risen by almost 20% during the past decade. Minister for Children, Katherine Zappone. By Darragh McDonagh 9,181 Views last_img read more

Ireland is being taken to court over waste water by the European

first_imgIreland is being taken to court over waste water by the European Commission The State has failed to ensure urban waste water is adequately treated, according to the Commission. By Daragh Brophy Image: Shutterstock/UzFoto Updated at 14.25pm THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION has confirmed it plans to take Ireland to the Court of Justice of the EU for what it describes as a failure to ensure that urban waste water in 38 areas “is adequately collected and treated to prevent serious risks to human health and the environment”.Under EU law, towns and cities are required to collect and treat their urban waste water. Untreated waste can put human health at risk and pollute lakes, rivers, coasts, soil and groundwater.These are the 38 areas (or agglomerations, to use the Commission’s term) in question:ArklowAthloneBallybofer/StranorlarBallincollig NewCastlecomerCavanClifdenClonakilyCobhCork CityDundalkEnfieldEnniscorthyFermoyGaoth Dobhair (Co Donegal)KillarneyKillybegsLongfordMallowMidletonMonkslandNavanNenaghOberstownPasage/Monktown (Co Cork)PortarlingtonRathcormacRingaskiddyRingsendRoscommon TownRoscreaShannon TownThurlesTraleeTubbercurryYoughalWaterford CityEU member states had until the end of 2000 to ensure appropriate treatment of wastewater from large urban areas (with a population of over  15,000).Countries were given until 2006 to properly treat discharges from medium-sized areas and discharges into freshwater and estuaries from smaller areas.The Commission, which is the EU’s independent executive arm, initiated its case against Ireland four years ago and followed up with warnings in 2015 and last year.Elsewhere in its announcement today the Commission said it was also concerned “about the failure to ensure that a correct operating licence has been issued for the treatment plants serving the agglomerations of Arklow and Castlebridge”.A recent Commission report found that Ireland faced a major challenge maintaining investments required for water services.Separately, the Environmental Protection Agency said yesterday as it launched its annual report that “substantial and sustained capital investment is required to deliver improved water infrastructure in Ireland”.Possible fine If Ireland is found to be at fault by the Court of Justice of the EU, it will be issued with a further warning to comply with the law or risk a second case being brought, which may result in a fine.Irish Water, established in 2013, brought together the water services of 31 local authorities. Since then, successive ministers have stressed the need for householders to pay water charges in order to boost investment in water infrastructure – however, the issue has effectively been parked in the wake of a major protest movement and is now being considered by an Oireachtas committee.Related: Against Fine Gael’s wishes, Right2Water will be invited to speak before water committee >Irish Water said in a statement to that it had put in place “a prioritised range of projects to deal with historic deficits and lack of investment in wastewater treatment across the country.The utility has identified key projects in our current and recently approved future capital investment plans to address all non-compliances in our treatment plants by 2021 in each of the areas identified by the EU as part of this ECJ case. This element of our investment programme will exceed €1 billion. 79 Comments The Department of Housing Community and Local Government said it noted today’s announcement from the Commission, adding:We have been actively engaged with the EU Commission, Irish Water and the EPA in relation to the infringement since it was first formally notified by the EU Commission in October 2013. We provided the Commission with details of the operational and investment plans in place to ensure compliance, including the timeline for compliance for each urban area.  Significant capital investment is needed to ensure compliance. This has been identified in the Irish Water Investment Plan covering the period 2017 to 2021, and the works needed to address the infringement will be progressed during this period. Over this period, Irish Water plan to invest €1.7 billion in waste water projects, programmes and asset maintenance. In addition, Drainage Area Plans for waste water collection systems will be completed for 44 urban areas by 2021 with the prioritisation of plans based on ensuring compliance with the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive and meeting other environmental objectives.Read: Irish Water: ‘We did not waste €70m on consultants’ >Read: Regulator denies saying water metering programme should be abandoned > Short URL Wednesday 15 Feb 2017, 1:02 PM We are also carrying out detailed studies into a number of issues raised by the EU in relation to our wastewater collection systems (network overflows) and full compliance for our networks will take longer, extending into the next investment programme. Share283 Tweet Email3 Image: Shutterstock/UzFoto 22,239 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Feb 15th 2017, 1:02 PM last_img read more

Irelands Six Nations finishes on high as they deny England a Grand

first_img Mar 18th 2017, 6:57 PM Saturday 18 Mar 2017, 6:57 PM Short URL Ireland’s Six Nations finishes on high as they deny England a Grand Slam Joe Schmidt’s men were brilliant as they rained on the English parade. 48,754 Views By Murray Kinsella 136 Comments Ireland 13England 9Murray Kinsella reports from the Aviva StadiumWHEN WE SPEAK about ‘big plays,’ moments like Peter O’Mahony’s 74th-minute lineout steal on the English throw are exactly what we’re talking about.The Munster man was not even supposed to start this game – a brutal, bloody affair in Dublin – but a late injury to Jamie Heaslip in the warm up allowed O’Mahony to unleash himself on Eddie Jones’ side from the off. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOThe loss of Heaslip, Ireland’s vice-captain, only compounded the blow of Conor Murray’s injury this week, while Ireland also saw the experienced Keith Earls exit at half time through injury.But Joe Schmidt’s men rode every setback with composure and ended their Six Nations campaign on a brilliant high to deny England a second Grand Slam in a row and secure second place for themselves in this Six Nations.O’Mahony was sensational in the back row for Ireland, while the sublime Johnny Sexton ran the show at out-half and provided hugely important moments of steel as the English defence consistently hammered him late and off the ball.Robbie Henshaw was at his muscular best in midfield, while Donnacha Ryan took over leadership of the lineout from Devin Toner in commanding and aggressive fashion, clearly loving every second of the opportunity to hammer into the English.With an unforgettable atmosphere echoing around the Aviva Stadium, it was a brilliant night in Dublin, although it makes the defeats to Scotland and Wales in this Six Nations all the more frustrating for Ireland.Those sides would surely have failed to live with the physicality, invention and sheer will Schmidt’s men offered up tonight.Sexton kicked eight points from the tee, while Iain Henderson barged over for a first-half try and the Irish defence dealt with everything Jones’ previously-excellent England threw at them, limiting the visitors to just three penalties from the boot of Owen Farrell.There is much for Ireland to work on ahead of the June tour to the US and Japan and beyond, but this performance again showed that they can compete with, and beat, the best teams in the world. Rory Best required a HIA in the first half. Source: James Crombie/INPHOAfter a long delay due to France’s incredible clash with Wales, Sexton and Farrell exchanged penalties in an opening quarter that saw Jared Payne add a new playmaking element to Ireland’s attack, but also drop two booming England garryowens into the Irish 22.Having already lost two key leaders before the game, Schmidt would have despaired at the sight of captain Rory Best heading for a Head Injury Assessment in the 10th minute, but the Ulsterman returned soon after.Ireland enjoyed 75% of the possession and territory in the opening half, although England’s ferocious defence – which included some low hits that appeared not to involve a wrap of the arms – hammered them back at crucial times.But Jones’ men couldn’t repel the Irish onslaught in the 24th minute as O’Mahony – brilliant in the lineout throughout – claimed a five-metre throw from Best and Ireland’s maul rumbled forward threateningly.As the maul went to deck, Henderson broke off to the right and burst through the weak tackle attempt of Anthony Watson to score, the try confirmed by TMO Ben Skeen before Sexton converted for a 10-3 lead that lasted through to half time.Ireland had other chances, particularly when lovely handling from Furlong, Ringrose and Payne freed Earls down the right, but Schmidt’s men lost possession in the English 22 again.A frantic passage of play around the half-hour mark saw the game open up, with Kieran Marmion making a stunning try-saving tackle on Elliot Daly after a clever Farrell chip, but neither side could crack the scramble defence. Iain Henderson thunders over for Ireland. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHOIreland finished the half with chances to add to their lead when Ford first kicked into touch on the full after Youngs passed back into the English 22, and then Sexton, O’Brien and Henshaw choke tackled the Bath playmaker.But Ireland spilled the ball at a maul and then saw O’Mahony penalised for taking an English player too far beyond the ruck, while a frustrating half for Sean O’Brien ended with a knock-on of an admittedly testing pass.Ireland lost another 59 caps of experience at half time as Earls was forced off injured, with Andrew Conway sent on for his debut, the 20th new cap Schmidt has handed out since the World Cup in 2015.A knock-on from Watson early in the second half allowed Ireland to attack off a scrum platform, with Garry Ringrose making a half break, but errors crept in on both sides in a scrappy 10-minute period.England turned over an Ireland maul and then Jack McGrath gave up a needless penalty for playing scrum-half Young at ruck time, with Farrell slotting the 45-metre shot from the tee to draw the English back to 10-6.Momentum appeared to be slipping from Ireland all of a sudden but another brilliant choke tackle from Sexton, aided by Henshaw and O’Brien, on Haskell kept Ireland’s grip on the game.O’Mahony pressured the English lineout again, before Payne broke the English line on kick return, shrugging off Youngs’ tackle before being hit high by the largely ineffective Billy Vunipola, though it was ignored by Garces and Skeen. A misplaced pass from McGrath ended the promising Irish attack as Schmidt’s men failed to convert. Johnny Sexton took huge physical punishment from England. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOIreland did finally get a high tackle call when Farrell wrapped Sexton from behind, allowing Ireland back into the England half with 60 minutes played, resulting in Sexton being able to fire over his booming second penalty from more than 40 metres out.Ireland led 13-6, but Jones sent on his ‘finishers’ and they helped to create the chance for another Farrell shot after Conway tackled Ben Te’o in the air – a rather harsh penalty – and the England maul forced Ireland to infringe, the inside centre drawing his side back to within four points.Former Leinster centre Te’o’s outing didn’t last long, as Henshaw’s huge hit sent the England replacement for a HIA, clearly out on his feet, with 10 minutes remaining.But Henshaw was penalised at the breakdown soon after, again seemingly harshly as he contested on his feet, allowing England to kick down the line into a dangerous attacking position.O’Mahony’s lineout brilliance continued, however, as he rose superbly at the front to steal sub hooker Jamie George’s throw, with Ireland replacement scrum-half Luke McGrath relieving the pressure with a clearing kick.England unloaded everything in their locker upon Ireland in the closing minutes, but roared on by the brilliant crowd, Schmidt’s men wrapped up a second-placed finish in the championship. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article IRELAND: Jared Payne; Keith Earls (Andrew Conway ‘HT), Garry Ringrose, Robbie Henshaw, Simon Zebo; Jonathan Sexton, Kieran Marmion (Luke McGrath ’69); Jack McGrath (Cian Healy ’60), Rory Best (captain) (HIA – Niall Scannell ’10 to ’18, permanent ’73)), Tadhg Furlong (John Ryan ’76); Donnacha Ryan (Devin Toner ’64), Iain Henderson; Peter O’Mahony, Sean O’Brien (Dan Leavy ’66), CJ Stander.Replacements not used: Paddy Jackson.ENGLAND: Mike Brown; Anthony Watson, Jonathan Joseph (Jack Nowell ’68), Owen Farrell, Elliot Daly; George Ford (Ben Te’o ’63 (HIA – George Ford ’70)), Ben Youngs (Danny Care ’64); Joe Marler (Mako Vunipola ‘HT), Dylan Hartley (captain) (Jamie George ’56), Dan Cole; Joe Launchbury, Courtney Lawes; Maro Itoje, James Haskell (Tom Wood ’60), Billy Vunipola (Nathan Hughes ’63).Replacements not used: Kyle Sinckler.Referee: Jerome Garces [FFR].Scotland crush Italy to end Cotter’s reign with best Six Nations campaign in 11 yearsIreland come up short but reasons to be positive for home Women’s World Cup Ireland scorers:Tries: Iain HendersonConversions: Johnny Sexton [1 from 1]Penalties: Johnny Sexton [2 from 2]England scorers:Penalties: Owen Farrell [3 from 3] Share Tweet Email2 last_img read more

Everyone predicted the end How Irelands Indie Bookshops are surviving in the

first_img Saturday 24 Jun 2017, 6:00 PM What you should read nextBefore we finished chatting to each bookseller, we asked them for their recommendations on the newest books we should be reading.Here’s what they said:Bob Johnston – Gutter Bookshop: “The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry is a wonderful novel, set in the 19th century. The Underground Railroad from Colson Whitehead is wonderful too. It won the Pulitzer Prize but is such an accessible read.”Vinny Browne – Charlie Byrne’s: “The Irish literary scene is in such a healthy state at the moment. It’s better now than ever. The likes of Sebastian Barry and Mick McCormack are doing wonderful things. Solar Bones (McCormack) is a fantastic read.”Maria Dickenson – Dubray Books: “The Power by Naomi Alderman is a fantastic read. It’s set in a dystopian future where women develop the ability to release electrical jolts from their fingers. A forthcoming book that I thought was just brilliant was I Found My Tribe by Ruth Fitzmaurice. It’s about her family, and filmmaker husband who suffers from Motor Neuron Disease. An incredible read.”Independent Book Shop week runs from today until next Saturday. You can find out more about it here. Today, a book shop crawl is taking place across the country, with participants encouraged to visit as many book shops as possible.With reporting from AFPRead: Colombian bin man finds book in garbage. 20 years on, he has library with 25,000 discarded booksRead: In 2014, a quarter of all sick days at the National Museum were stress-related Daily Bear: Teddy Bears Picnic storytime was very exciting! Michaela was great, the kids had a ball and LB photobombed @ByrnesBooks— Mary Esther Judy (@MaryEstherJudy) June 11, 2017 Source: Aileen Smyth/Twitter Source: Mary Esther Judy/Twitter Image: Jan Woitas DPA/PA Images Image: Jan Woitas DPA/PA Images Short URL For Browne, from Galway’s Charlie Byrne’s, the bookshop is a much more intuitive space than going online to buy books. “It’s such a positive experience for someone to walk in here – at any age – and pick something up to read and enjoy,” she said.“People spend so much time on their devices, staring at screens all day,” he said. “They’re now choosing books more to give themselves a break.Online cannot replicate the experience of walking into a bookshop and finding something by chance, and we choose our books carefully to allow people to find something they may not have known they were looking for.Why people go indie?The aesthetic of an independent book shop undeniably plays a role in the appeal and charm to customers. The idea of finding a hidden gem on the shelves can feel eminently more possible off the beaten track.Browne said: “We’ve reached peak kindle at this stage. Their sales are going down and physical books are going up.The indie book shop will reflect the owner’s enthusiasm and interests. We do events that bring the community in, and I think we do it a lot better than the chains. We know our customers and they know us. Our splendid selection of books for Pride at Dubray Rathmines. @DubrayBooks— Aileen Smyth (@SmythAileen) June 21, 2017 Share1030 Tweet Email6 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 118,508 Views Maria Dickenson, from Dubray Books with branches in eight locations across the country, also emphasised the community aspect of the independent book shop as a main reason for its unique appeal.“In local communities, some people have been coming in since they were young, and keep doing it,” she told said that buying a book was an extremely personal experience, and people can come across a new book in a shop better than they could online. “A lot of people come in looking for guidance on what to read, and the engaged staff in these shops offer just that,” she said.“We’ve seen a much more positive energy around the book shop in recent years,” she said.Everyone had said that we’d all be gone in a few years’ time. But they were wrong.The Amazon effectAs internet shopping became ubiquitous, books joined music and films in going online, changing the landscape of the industry in the process.Giving people instant access to books, or delivering it straight to their door, at a cheaper price meant that traditional book sellers faced a unique challenge.As well as selling physical copies of books online, Amazon led the way with its e-readers as people turned to consuming novels this way in their droves.Johnston said: “Everyone said that online sales with Amazon was going to demolish book shops, but in all honesty we’ve never tried to compete.”A full 20 years after Amazon sold its first book online, that process came full circle last month, when the company opened its first bricks and mortar store in New York.Far from offering the kind of quirky random find you would expect in an indie book store, the books on sale in Amazon’s book shop are meticulously planned and made available based on how people have rated them online.“It probably says a lot that even Amazon are opening a physical shop,” Browne said. Source: SIPA USA/PA ImagesOccupying a prime spot opposite Central Park, there are just 3,000 different books available in the shop.However, none of these have received fewer than four out of five stars by Amazon’s online customers.There is also a “Page Turners” section dedicated to books that – according to Amazon data – customers have devoured in three days or less, and another to preferences of customers in the New York area.Will cold, hard data act the basis for what books people will buy from now on? Not so, according to the indie booksellers.Dickenson, from Dubray Books, said that their customers are “really engaged” and always willing to discover new things. 12 Comments ‘Everyone predicted the end’: How Ireland’s Indie Bookshops are surviving in the Amazon age Independent Book Shop week starts today, celebrating the great and the good of the indie bookseller. By Sean Murray Yay! That’s our Independent Bookshop Week #IBW2017 window sorted! With our #Nibbie in pride of place.— Gutter Bookshop (@gutterbookshop) June 22, 2017 Source: Gutter Bookshop/Twitter WHEN ONLINE BOOKSELLING began to dominate the market in the early 2000s, many were predicting that the bookshop would simply die away.Now, however, Irish independent book shops are not only managing to survive. In fact, they are flourishing.Ahead of Independent Book Shop week, we spoke to several independent booksellers on how they’re surviving in the Amazon age, how they differentiate themselves and the joys of a good book.“Best thing I ever did”Bob Johnston founded the Gutter Bookshop back in 2009. In a strange quirk, the deepening recession came as something of a benefit when he found his premises at the end of Dublin’s Temple Bar.He told “In the boom, you couldn’t get a premises unless you paid a fortune. It was just one of those things that I always wanted to do. So I did it. And it was the best thing I ever did.”Fast forward eight years, and Gutter Bookshop has a loyal following from its shop in the city centre, and its other branch in Dalkey, which opened nearly four years ago.With an extensive background in book buying, Johnston knew it was essential to offer the customer something just that bit different.He said: “I knew from the word go that you had to offer something that would slightly differentiate you from the rest.We have a small shop so we need to be careful what we pick, without being snobby. We have everything from the latest thriller to Beckett, but we simply say no to a lot of stuff. And it works in our favour.Features like staff pics are always beneficial, Johnston said, with these recommendations usually among the highest sellers.For Vinny Browne, from Charlie Byrne’s bookshop in Galway, the independent book shop is something of a local institution.“We’ve a very good, loyal customer base in the city,” he told “But, as well as that, we get tourists visiting us from all over.You won’t go just anywhere and find this stuff. The main thing is to offer is just such a diverse mix of stuff… People come in and appreciate that. Jun 24th 2017, 6:00 PM The new poster for Charlie Byrnes, unveiled yesterday. Source: Vinny BrowneDickenson said: “This week is the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first Harry Potter book. That started a whole generation of people reading, who are now in their 20s and 30s.These kind of book shops offer a unique space to discover new books. There’s a certain nostalgia element to what we offer, and that pulls people in too.On the appeal of indie book shops, Johnston said: “I think one of the main reasons is discovery. It’s still very hard to find things you don’t know about online. Here, they see something they didn’t know existed, and we present that in a strong way.We’re community-focused. We work hard to make it an inviting and enjoyable place to be. That’s all part of it. Book shops will continue to thrive in this way. We offer something you just can’t get online.last_img read more

Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un will meet for the second time

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 7,872 Views U.S President Donald Trump Meets North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un last June Sunday 24 Feb 2019, 10:15 AM 25 Comments By Stephen McDermott Share4 Tweet Email center_img Image: Shealah Craighead/PA Images Short URL Feb 24th 2019, 10:16 AM U.S President Donald Trump Meets North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un last June Image: Shealah Craighead/PA Images NORTH KOREAN LEADER Kim Jong-Un and US President Donald Trump will meet for the second time next week, following their historic summit in Singapore last year.The two leaders will hold talks in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi on 27 and 28 February, when they are expected to discuss details of a de-nuclearisation agreement.It marks the latest chapter in the pair’s colourful history, which has seen threats and name-calling give way to a more amicable relationship.Trump, who previously called Kim “Rocket Man” and threatened to meet his threats with “fire and fury”, said he has developed a  “special bond” with the North Korean leader.Meanwhile, Kim – who bragged about his country’s nuclear capabilities and called the US President “a rogue and a gangster” – has said he is ready “leave the past behind”.During their meeting last June, both leaders signed what was seen as a historic accord that would bring about the de-nuclearisation of the Korean peninsula in return for the lifting of sanctions.The US has since suspended some military exercises with South Korea, while North Korea has returned the remains of American soldiers who served in the Korean War.However, commentators have claimed that the nuclear agreement is vague, and does not include any deadlines or method of verifying whether North Korea is moving towards de-nuclearisation.Sanctions remain in place and it’s been suggested that North Korean nuclear sites are still in operation.Teams from both countries have already visited Vietnam to lay the groundwork for the summit, although officials have remained tight-lipped on their movements and meetings.US officials say next week’s meeting will be “similar in format to what we saw last June” and that there will be an opportunity for the two leaders to meet one-on-one.However, they have declined to speculate on what elements could be included in a joint statement that will be made at the end of the meeting.Trump, who considers himself a dealmaker, said this week that Kim would have to make a “meaningful” gesture on disarmament if he wants sanctions against North Korea lifted. Observers, meanwhile, say that more progress will be needed on last year’s vague promises.Trump could ask Kim to verify what North Korea has done to stop producing nuclear weapons and to provide a timeline to get rid of its existing arsenal.On the other side, Kim may try and win more concessions from the US by demanding Trump lifts sanctions against North Korea.Aside from nuclear discussion, it has also been suggested that there could be a formal agreement to finally end the Korean War (a ceasefire was signed in 1953 but the two countries are technically still at war).And on Tuesday, Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe said he would ask Trump to raise the issue of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea with Kim.Abe has long sought to resolve the deeply emotive issue of Japanese nationals kidnapped by North Korean agents during the Cold War era.Trump said he discussed the issue of Japanese agents in his first meeting with Kim, so there may be more on the cards than the nuclear deal.Whether anything concrete is delivered this time, however, remains to be seen.With reporting from APP. Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un will meet for the second time this week: here’s what to expect The two leaders will hold talks in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi on 27 and 28 February.last_img read more

Barcelona edge Man United to gain firstleg advantage

first_img Short URL Subscribe 109 Comments Wednesday 10 Apr 2019, 9:58 PM 25,475 Views United defender Chris Smalling had said “bring it on” at the prospect of facing Messi on the eve of the game.- Messi roughed up -And he left the Argentine bloodied from the nose as he careered into an aerial challenge on the half-hour mark.Messi was quickly back on his feet and into the heart of the action, but it was Philippe Coutinho who came closest to extending Barca’s advantage before the break with a thunderous low shot that De Gea did brilliantly to repel with his feet.Moments later United could easily have been on level terms, but the hosts’ best chance of the half fell to the wrong man as Rashford picked out Diogo Dalot only for the Portuguese to completely miscue his header across goal.Rashford, though, also failed to make proper contact with his big chance early in the second-half when Ter Stegen could only punch a cross into his path.United enjoyed the better of the opening stages in the second half, but lacked a creative spark to open Barca up with Paul Pogba too often picking the sideways pass rather than looking to thread the eye of a needle towards Rashford and the ineffective Romelu Lukaku.Barca boss Ernesto Valverde reacted by introducing midfielders Sergi Roberto and Arturo Vidal from the bench in order to restore to control.And as United chased in vain for an equaliser, the visitors began to create chances again in the final quarter.Suarez fired into the side-netting before De Gea used his feet to good effect once more to deny Jordi Alba.Anthony Martial had one final big opportunity to send United to Catalonia next week on level terms, but a heavy touch allowed the faultless Gerard Pique to intervene and condemn the Red Devils to a fourth defeat in their last six home Champions League games.- © AFP, 2019Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: MANCHESTER UNITED HAVE another monumental task on their hands in the Champions League after Luke Shaw’s own goal gave Barcelona a 1-0 quarter-final, first leg lead at Old Trafford on Wednesday.Shaw turned Luis Suarez’s header into his own net after just 12 minutes and despite being far from their best, Barca comfortably held out to edge towards a first Champions League semi-final in four years.United produced one of the European Cup’s finest ever comebacks from a 2-0 first-leg defeat at home to Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16.However, on the ground where manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer completed another famous fightback to win the competition as a player in 1999, United must repeat the trick at the Camp Nou in six days’ time.Much has been made of Suarez’s Champions League goal drought on the road and while the Uruguayan has still not officially netted an away goal in the competition since September 2015, he had a huge hand in Barca’s winner.Lionel Messi drifted in behind the United defence and his cross hung up to the back post was headed goalwards by Suarez, the ball flicking off Shaw on its way past David de Gea.An errant offside flag briefly threatened to spoil Suarez’s delight. However, the goal was quickly given on a VAR review and the former Liverpool striker took extra glee at having the last laugh with a fist pump in front of the Stretford End.The early goal should have settled the Spanish champions into their stride as their dominance of possession touched close to 90 percent in the opening stages.Yet, they offered United plenty of encouragement with Sergio Busquets in particular off the pace.Marcus Rashford shrugged off an ankle injury to start and provided by a distance United’s biggest threat.A free-kick from the England international flew just wide inside the first five minutes and he sent another dipping effort from range just over Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s crossbar.Luis Suárez back breaks the deadlock at Old Trafford!Offside was called, but VAR overruled it!Live on Virgin Media Sport.#MUNFCB #UCL #VMSport— Virgin Media Sport (@VMSportIE) April 10, 2019 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img Barcelona edge Man United to gain first-leg advantage A Luke Shaw own goal was the difference between the sides. Apr 10th 2019, 9:58 PM Share14 Tweet Email Luis Suarez celebrates Barcelona’s first-half goal. Image: Nick Potts By AFP Luis Suarez celebrates Barcelona’s first-half goal. Image: Nick Pottslast_img read more

Former Love Island contestant Sophie Gradon dies aged 32

first_img Share53 Tweet Email1 By Cliodhna Russell Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Jun 21st 2018, 10:01 PM Organisers of Miss Great Britain also paid tribute to the young woman. Source: Miss Great Britain via Twitter If you need to talk, contact: 22 Comments Former Love Island contestant Sophie Gradon dies aged 32 Police said, “There are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding her death.” Image: Hugh Macknight Short URLcenter_img A FORMER LOVE Island contestant and Miss Great Britain Sophie Gradon has died at the age of 32.Gradon was crowned Miss Newcastle and Miss Great Britain in 2009 and later appeared on the 2016 series of the ITV2 dating show.In a statement Northumbria Police said, “At about 8.27 pm yesterday police attended a property in Medburn, Ponteland, where sadly a 32-year-old woman was found deceased.“There are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding her death. A report will now be prepared for the coroner.”Tributes have poured in for Gradon. Love Island said the whole team were “profoundly saddened to hear the news about Sophie”. Source: Love Island via TwitterLove island presenter Caroline Flack said, “So very sad. Such a beautiful soul … such a beautiful smile … thoughts and love with friends and family.” Thursday 21 Jun 2018, 10:00 PM Samaritans 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.ieNational Suicide Helpline 1800 247 247 – (suicide prevention, self-harm, bereavement)Aware 1800 80 48 48 (depression, anxiety)Pieta House 01 601 0000 or email – (suicide, self-harm)Teen-Line Ireland 1800 833 634 (for ages 13 to 19)Childline 1800 66 66 66 (for under 18s) So very sad . Such a beautiful soul …. such a beautiful smile …thoughts and love with friends and family @sophiegradon ❤️— caroline flack (@carolineflack1) June 21, 2018 87,939 Views Image: Hugh Macknight Source: caroline flack/Twitterlast_img read more

13yearold boy accused of murdering Ana Kriegel denied bail

first_img13-year-old boy accused of murdering Ana Kriegel denied bail He has been remanded to appear again on 23 July. No Comments Friday 29 Jun 2018, 2:43 PM By Tom Tuite Share49 Tweet Email Short URL Jun 29th 2018, 2:43 PM center_img Image: Photo released by the Kriegel family Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article A 13-YEAR-OLD boy accused of the murder of Kildare schoolgirl Ana Kriegel has been refused bail by Mr Justice Robert Eagar at the High Court.The boy, who cannot be named because he is a minor, has been charged with the murder of 14-year-old Anastasia Kriegel at Glenwood House, Laraghcon, Clonee Road, Lucan, Co. Dublin on 14 May, contrary to common law.Anastasia, known as Ana, who was adopted from Russia at the age of two, left her home in Leixlip, at about 5pm on 14 May and she did not return.Her parents were unable to contact her phone and alerted gardaí. Her body was found at a disused farmhouse three days later.After he was charged, the teen had been remanded in custody to the Oberstown detention centre on 25 May by the Dublin Children’s Court, which does not have power to adjudicate on the issue of bail in murder cases.However, he launched a bail application at the High Court sitting in Cloverhill which commenced before Mr Justice Eagar on Wednesday.Detective Inspector Mark O’Neill who is leading the investigation had objected to bail.Strict reporting restrictions were imposed by the judge who delivered his ruling this afternoon. He said the court was refusing to grant bail.The teenager was accompanied to the proceedings by his parents, his grandfather and barrister Niall Nolan and a solicitor.Dressed in a green jumper and black jeans, he sat silently with his family, at some points leaning his head on his mother’s shoulder during the almost hour-long proceedings.The media could report the outcome of the application, Mr Justice Eagar told counsel for the State Aideen Collard.The teenager, who will remain in custody, has faced three hearings already in the Children’s Court which last dealt with the case on Monday.At that hearing, Inspector O’Neill said: “As you would appreciate it is quite an extensive investigation and we are working very hard to make sure matters are expedited.”The boy is scheduled to appear again at the Children’s Court on 23 July next for directions from the Director Public Prosecutions to be conveyed.At his first hearing, on 25 May, Inspector O’Neill told the court: “In reply to that charge after caution, he had nothing to say.” Legal aid had been granted after the court was told the teen’s age and that he was a school child.There has been no indication yet as to how he intends to plead.Comments are closed for legal reasons Ana Kriegel 36,302 Views Ana Kriegel Image: Photo released by the Kriegel familylast_img read more

Young Greeks hesitant about moving abroad

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Seven out of ten young Greeks would like to leave the debt-wracked country and seek their fortune elsewhere, but less than one in five have taken steps to emigrate, according to new research carried out on behalf of Athens’s Panteion University. The survey, conducted by the firm Focus Bari in January on a sample of 444 people aged between 18 and 24, found that 76 per cent believe leaving the country would be the ideal response to the repercussions of the economic crisis. However for most this still appears to be a pipe dream. Half (53 per cent) of the respondents said the idea of emigrating is in the back of their minds while 17 percent claimed to be determined to leave and to have made steps in that direction. A slightly smaller percentage of respondents, 14 per cent, said they had made a conscious effort to stay in Greece, considering that it is their generation that will bring much-needed change to the country. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Capital gains tax on Greek property

first_imgAfter four months of stagnation in the Greek property market, notaries are back in business as the capital gains tax has finally been activated, the necessary decisions have been issued by Deputy Finance Minister Giorgos Mavraganis and General Secretary for Public Revenues Haris Theoharis, and the electronic application on Taxisnet on the ministry’s website is now open for notaries to pay the fee due by property sellers.The troubles in the introduction of the capital gains tax on properties owned by up to 20 years by the same owner had brought the already problematic real estate market to a standstill since the start of the year.The measure provides for the payment of a 15 per cent tax on the profit made by a seller by deducing the cost of acquisition of a property from the price of sale date since January 1, 2014. There is, however, a tax-free threshold of 25,000 euros for taxpayers who have held their sold property for at least five years. The capital gains tax is payable within five days from the signing of the sale contract and is paid by the seller, while buyers also have to pay a transaction tax equal to 3 per cent. Source: ekathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Final deadline for Greece

first_imgEuropean leaders gave debt-stricken Greece a final deadline of Sunday to reach a new bailout deal and avoid crashing out of the euro, after Greek voters rejected international creditors’ plans in a weekend referendum.In the first step of its renewed bid for funding, Greeces leftist government must submit detailed reform plans by Thursday, EU President Donald Tusk said after eurozone leaders held an emergency summit with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.All 28 European Union leaders will then examine the plans on Sunday in a make-or-break summit that will either save Greeces moribund economy or leave it to its fate.“Tonight I have to say loud and clear — the final deadline ends this week,” Tusk told a news conference.“Inability to find an agreement may lead to bankruptcy of Greece and insolvency of its banking system,” he added.European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned “we have a Grexit scenario prepared in detail” if Greece failed to reach a deal, although he insisted he wanted Athens to stay in the euro club.German Chancellor Angela Merkel meanwhile warned Greece would need a debt programme lasting “several years” and insisted writing off any of Greeces 320-billion-euro ($350-billion) debt mountain was out of the question.The deadline came after Tsipras and his new finance minister Euclid Tsakalotos came to Brussels to discuss the fall-out from the dramatic referendum.Greeks voted by 61 percent to reject creditor demands for more austerity in return fresh EU-IMF bailout funds.Source: AFP, Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Greek ministerial couple resigns over €1000 monthly housing allowance outcry

first_imgMinister of Economy and Growth Dimitris Papadimitriou and his wife Rania Antonopoulou, alternate Labour Minister, in charge of tackling unemployment, both handed over their resignation to Alexis Tsipras this week, after the latter came under fire from both the opposition and the public, for receiving an annual rental subsidy of 12,000 euros per year, despite being among the wealthiest members of the Alexis Tsipras cabinet. According to an exclusive report by the Athens conservative daily newspaper Eleftheros Typos, Antonopoulou made use of a provision for out-of-town MPs who receive a rental allowance in order to have lodging in Athens. This was legally extended to Ministers in 2015, to allow for non-parliamentarian cabinet members to benefit. This subsidy is not means tested, which means that all MPs and cabinet members who are normally based outside of Athens are entitled to it, regardless of their income. The couple were prevoiusly top economists at the elite lower New York State Bard College for decades – and both with large experience in the UN – before delving into radical leftist Greek politics and being appointed ministerial positions by Tsipras. According to their tax records, the couple declare an annual income of more than half a million dollars, while their assets and property portfolios are valued in the millions. The Greek media report that the couple owns a luxury villa of 300 sq.m. plus 180 sq.m. supplementary space, 80 sq.m. swimming pool on the island of Syros; a 110-square-meter apartment in New York; a 31.6 sqm apartment in Glyfada, Athens; assets in stocks and bank deposits worth of more than 3,000,000 euros. The news that Antonopoulou had been claiming the €1,000 a month subsidy for the past two years, was met with furor by the Greek public opinion, echoed by the opposition and also members within the Tsipras government, who called for her resignation. The Greek PM himself called the minister and reprimanded her over the issue. Antonopoulou, who is considered one of the most successful members of the cabinet (during her tenure, unemployment fell by five points, from 25.7 percent to 20.7 percent, with forecasts predicting a further decline), apologised and promised to return the sum, while handing down her resignation to Tsipras who accepted it, on Monday. Papadimitriou followed suit on Tuesday, spurring talks about a major cabinet reshuffle to come. As for the housing subsidy, the government spokesperson said that it is to be banned for cabinet members who are not members of parliament. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Mikakos promoted to health minister in a 50 per cent female cabinet

first_imgA newly re-elected Premier Daniel Andrews has announced a cabinet which consists of an equal number of men and women.In a historic move, half of ministry positions are going to women with Victoria acquiring its second female attorney-general as Jill Hennessy is being named chief law officer, also the first woman to hold this position in a Victorian Labor government.In the new cabinet, Ms Hennessy’s position as health minister is being assumed by former minister for families and children Jenny Mikakos, who will face the task to implement the Labor government’s ambitious hospital building program.Minister Mikakos’ elevation to cabinet marks the most significant and senior appointment of a member of parliament from the Greek community in Victorian history.The health portfolio is a multi-billion-dollar portfolio responsible for the operation and delivery of hospitals, health services and ambulances right around Victoria.It is also responsible for delivering major reforms such as voluntary assisted dying. Minister Mikakos, a commercial and tax lawyer before entering politics, will also have to take on the ambulance services portfolio and oversee the roll-out of one of Labor’s big election promises in the free school dental program.“It is an enormous honour to be installed as the Victorian Minister for Health. There’s nothing more important than the good health of Victorian families, world-class hospitals that patients can count on and an ambulance service that ensures Victorians get the very best care when they need it the most,” Minister Mikakos said.“I’ll be wasting no time getting to work and giving our hard-working doctors, nurses and paramedics the support they need to make sure Victoria’s health system remains one of the very best in the world.”Aside from health, families and education, the new-look Cabinet is clearly focused on infrastructure delivery with Jacinta Allan the lead minister in an all-female transport team.The new additions to the Andrews Labor government include Northern Victorian MP Jaclyn Symes who has yet to be confirmed as winning the fifth spot in her Upper House region. She joins Dandenong MP Gabrielle Williams and elected Williamstown MP Melissa Horne as female MPs joining Cabinet for the first time. Their presence raises the number of women in the cabinet to 11, that is equal to the male ministers.“Today my colleagues have delivered something that has never been achieved in the history of our state – 50 per cent of cabinet are women,” the Premier said in his announcement.“There is an equality of gender in our state’s most important decision-making body,” he stressed.While several new faces are joining the ministry, another Greek MP, Philip Dalidakis, who had been serving as Minister for Trade and Investment, Minister for Innovation and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business, departs.The former Minister is expected to remain in Parliament as a Labor member for the southern metropolitan region and has been appointed chairman of the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee.“I am deeply grateful to Philip Dalidakis for the work he has done,” the Premier said.“Philip has a very bright future and I think he will have opportunities to contribute in the future,” he added.Dalidakis was appointed minister as a replacement for Adem Somyurek, a factional power-broker who was booted from cabinet in 2015 due to bullying allegations by his then chief of staff, Dimity Paul. Mr Somyurek is now returning to the frontbench, although it is not clear in which ministry he will serve, as the government has delayed announcing ministers’ portfolios until later in the week. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Réchauffement climatique le Danemark veut de nouvelles négociations

first_imgRéchauffement climatique : le Danemark veut de nouvelles négociationsPlus de six semaines après le Sommet de Copenhague, 56 pays ont respecté leur engagement en notifiant auprès de l’ONU leur plan de lutte contre le réchauffement climatique. Un signal positif selon le Premier ministre danois Lars Loekke Rasmussen, qui a appelé mardi la communauté internationale à engager de nouvelles négociations.Au 2 février, “56 pays, représentant près de 80% des émissions mondiales de gaz à effet de serre, ont présenté leurs objectifs de réduction” a souligné Lars Loekke Rasmussen, président de la conférence sur le climat de l’ONU. Saluant cette étape positive, le Premier ministre danois rappelle qu’il y a “encore un long chemin à faire”.C’est pourquoi il estime aujourd’hui nécessaire d’organiser de nouvelles réunions de négociations pour “rendre opérationnels les éléments dans l’Accord de Copenhague”. Cet accord non contraignant établit une limite de 2°C de réchauffement climatique à ne pas dépasser, comme les experts du climat le préconisent. Il ne fixe aucun objectif de réduction des émission de gaz à effet de serre, ni aucun calendrier jusqu’à la conclusion d’un traité contraignant.La prochaine conférence internationale sur le climat est prévue fin novembre 2010 à Mexico, soit près d’un an après le Sommet de Copenhague. D’ici là, le Danemark promet de poursuivre “activement son travail sur le climat en coopération étroite avec l’ONU”. Le gouvernement danois indique avoir notamment demandé à la Convention sur le climat des Nations unies (UNFCCC) d’organiser une réunion pour discuter de la suite du programme de lutte contre le changement climatique. Cette réunion devrait alors être présidée par la ministre danoise du Climat et de l’Énergie, Lykke Friis.Le 7 février 2010 à 11:53 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Remis du cancer il effectue un tour du monde en gyrocopter

first_imgRemis du cancer, il effectue un tour du monde en gyrocopter Royaume-Uni – Un homme de 47 ans d’origine nord-irlandaise a débuté lundi un tour du monde après avoir combattu un cancer. Il sera à bord d’un gyrocopter, un appareil plus léger que l’hélicoptère et généralement utilisé sur de courtes distances.Norman Surplus s’est fixé pour objectif de parcourir environ 500 km par jour pour atteindre 40.000 km à la mi-juillet. Son porte-parole a notamment expliqué à l’AFP qu’il devra éviter la Chine, car les permissions nécessaires ont été “trop difficiles” à obtenir.”J’étais à l’hôpital de Belfast, après l’opération et la chimiothérapie, et j’ai vu dans une émission à la télévision quelqu’un qui restaurait un autogire [autre nom du gyrocoptère, ndlr]. C’est comme ça que m’est venue l’idée de cette expédition”, a raconté Norman Surplus.L’homme d’affaires avait réussi à combattre la maladie après l’avoir contractée en 2003. L’argent qu’il collectera durant ce long voyage aura pour but de financer la recherche contre le cancer.Le gyrocoptère a été inventé en 1923 par Juan de la Cierva, un ingénieur espagnol. Il est plus léger, plus rapide et consomme moins de carburant qu’un hélicoptère.”C’est le seul type d’appareil au monde qui n’a pas encore effectué un tour du monde. Quelqu’un a essayé en 2005, mais il a été stoppé par la mousson en Inde”, a précisé Norman Surplus.Le 23 mars 2010 à 15:26 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Puberté précoce les fillettes américaines pubères à 7 ans

first_imgPuberté précoce : les fillettes américaines pubères à 7 ansÉtats-Unis – Une étude vient de démontrer que 19% des jeunes Américaines deviendraient pubères entre 7 et 8 ans.La revue Pediatrics l’affirme, la puberté survient de plus en plus tôt outre-Atlantique. C’est une étude menée sur 1.239 fillettes à New-York, San-Francisco et dans l’Ohio qui a conduit à un tel constat. À lire aussiQuand des Américains assistent à la naissance d’un bébé phoque sur une plageAux États-Unis, 15% des fillettes âgées de seulement 7 ans voient déjà leur corps se modifier : apparition de poils pubiens, développement de la poitrine, etc. A 8 ans, elles sont 19% à connaître ces changements. Il s’agit d’une moyenne et les plus hautes statistiques se retrouvent chez les petites filles noires-américaines ou hispaniques, respectivement 31,6% et 18,9%.Cette étude confirme une tendance déjà observée par des chercheurs danois. Le phénomène semble trouver son explication dans les fameux “perturbateurs endocriniens”, produits chimiques auxquels nous sommes de plus en plus exposés et ce, dès notre plus jeune âge. L’obésité et le diabète sont également mis en cause. Le 10 août 2010 à 10:09 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Quick propose désormais un sandwich bio

first_imgQuick propose désormais un sandwich bioFrance – Après la polémique des restaurants entièrement halal, Quick lance un cheeseburger bio que les clients peuvent découvrir depuis mardi 21 septembre, jusqu’au lundi 29 novembre. L’opération est limitée pour des raisons d’approvisionnement. Certains pensaient que les restaurants halal ne parviendraient jamais à se faire une place sur le marché des fast-foods, Quick nous a prouvé le contraire et propose aujourd’hui 22 restaurants entièrement halal dont le chiffre d’affaires témoigne de leur succès. Aujourd’hui, le fast-food compte bien se lancer dans une nouvelle spécialité : le burger bio.La chaîne propose donc déjà, depuis hier, un sandwich entièrement bio et certifié AB à 100%, une bonne publicité qui redore l’image des fast-foods en général. Mais le bio a un prix : 2,50 euros soit un peu plus cher que les burgers classiques de l’enseigne. Une nécessité face aux coûts de production, explique le directeur marketing de Quick France. Et Le Figaro d’expliquer que la stratégie de Quick semble aujourd’hui consister à s’engouffrer dans les niches. Une stratégie qui pourrait bien s’avérer payante.Le 22 septembre 2010 à 11:38 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more