Portal 2 will be used to teach in schools

first_imgVideo games are increasingly being used to educate children both inside and outside the classroom. Steam thought they’d jump on the bandwagon too, but they haven’t created a new game. Oh no, kids will soon be able to play Portal in the classroom.Steam have created “Teach with Portals”, a website that allows educators to sign up to gain access to an educational version of Portal 2 and the Portal 2 puzzle maker. The software uses realistic physics (just like the other Portal games) and inspires teachers and students to create their own puzzles, explore different worlds, and share custom lesson plans.Teach with Portals uses teaching tools that revolve around STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) so students can learn about key subjects in a fun and unique way.On the website, there are already lesson plans available for physics and math, but as more teachers submit their own plans there will be lessons for chemistry, game design, language arts and more. It seems there’s a lot this educational tool can do. For example, some of the currently available lesson plans for physics include teaching about gravity, terminal velocity, and momentum.It’s a good opportunity to support different ways of learning, and some children will really benefit from the visual learning aspect which can be hard to incorporate in the classroom. It’s also great to see everyone taking a break from condemning video games and instead embracing them, proving games can be used for good.Teach with Portals is part of Steam’s “Steam for schools” program, meaning more Steam games could be used as teaching tools in the future.Find out more at Learn with Portalslast_img read more

New smartphone breakthrough promises to double battery life

first_imgWireless communication has changed the world in recent decades, but there has been a very basic problem slowing progress this whole time. All wireless devices — from the massive transmission towers you drive by on the road, to the phone in your pocket — have a catastrophically inefficient power amplifier inside that’s used to turn electricity into radio waves. A start-up associated with MIT claims to have solved the problem, and is almost ready to deploy the technology.Eta Devices, a Massachusetts-based company founded by two MIT professors, says its new technology can double the efficiency of wireless power amplifiers. These components are currently sitting at about 30-35% efficiency in modern telecom equipment. As much as 60% of a smartphone’s battery usage can go to the power amplifier, so you can see how this could be a huge leap forward.If you’ve ever used a smartphone to send a large amount of data, the device probably got a little warm in your hand. As your wireless radio shoots bits into the air, all that heat is essentially the wasted energy due to inefficient power amplifiers. The next time your phone runs out of juice halfway through the day, you can probably blame the amplifier.So why does this happen? Power amplifiers use transistors that operate in two basic modes: standby and output. If you’re not actively using your cellular radio, the amplifier stays in standby and uses less power. Output mode will obviously use more power, but the standby mode used in current technologies is abnormally high. The reason: jumping from low to high-power causes signal distortion, but this effect is lessened by using a higher power standby mode. That’s why current power amplifiers waste so much energy.The innovation being worked out by Eta Devices is basically a super-fast voltage regulator. This device will choose the most efficient energy level required for the power amplifier’s activities and sends it across the transistor. It can do this 20 million times per second, resulting in a much more efficient use of available energy. Eta calls this technology “asymmetric multilevel outphasing.”It’s not just the transmission of data that could be made more efficient by this technology, but receiving data too. Even when you’re not sending a lot of packets, your device is transmitting confirmations of packet arrival to the remote server (this is TCP traffic management). That means your power amplifier is still cranked up in high-power mode even though you’re not sending data. Knowing this, Eta hopes to design a single amplifier chip that could handle all the wireless standards currently in use. That would be a boon for smartphones, which often have amplifiers built in for each of several radios.Asymmetric multilevel outphasing is currently on track to get trial runs in 2013, but not in phones. Eta Devices is first targeting cellular bay stations, likely those based on LTE. Fully two-thirds of total power consumed by these units goes to the power amplifier — and they use a lot of power. The opportunity for energy savings is much greater at the infrastructure level, but large scale implementation of this technology will teach Eta how to make it work in pocket-sized packages.For now, you should just leave your phone on the charger.via Technology Reviewlast_img read more

Oculus Rift combines with Atlas for real space virtual reality

first_imgThere is a lot of excitement surrounding the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, but for such a headset to show off its true potential the wearer needs to be able to move around.So far the best option for movement when wearing the Rift looks to be the Omni virtual reality interface. It’s basically a treadmill you walk and run around on without actually moving anywhere. The problem is, the Omni is set to cost in the region of $350 and is a rather bulky piece of kit you need to find space for. A much cheaper alternative has appeared, though, and it’s called Atlas.What Atlas does is to convert a real-world space into a virtual space. You place markers down in a room and then use an app and an iPhone (mounted on your chest) to track where you are within that environment. What this allows is for an Oculus Rift wearer to move around freely, and in so doing motion sickness is meant to be minimized. You don’t need to set aside space for it either, as it can be used pretty much anywhere.Obviously Atlas is going to be limited by the size of the environment you have to play with, but the full kit only costs $100 and it can be used anywhere just by laying down the markers and hooking up your iPhone.Atlas is currently a Kickstarter project seeking $125,000. Its creator Aaron Rasmussen has made it clear he is currently targeting developers for Atlas because it needs the support of games and simulations in order to reach its full potential. A consumer version is planned if everything goes to plan and the project gets funded.Combining Oculus Rift and Atlas certainly unlocks the potential of virtual reality. Imagine having a large warehouse full of Atlas markers and how it would feel walking around freely for hours in the reality of your choice. Add a controller (such as the Razer Hydra) and gameplay to that scenario and you Atlas could turn out to be something quite special.last_img read more

Handson with Qualcomms Toq the digital sixth sense smartwatch

first_imgOne thing Qualcomm wanted to make perfectly clear after their smartwatch announcement was that Toq was not about the company — classicly a component supplier — getting into the consumer technology.During the Uplinq 2013 keynote speech, Qualcomm CEO Dr. Paul Jacobs ended a long speech about his vision of a “digital sixth sense” by sliding up a sleeve on his dress shirt and revealing a new smartwatch. As a totally wireless digital companion, Toq is an impressive combination of technologies geared towards offloading a bit of your smartphone experience to your wrist. Qualcomm isn’t approaching this project with the end goal of filling the shelves of Best Buy with their product, however. For Qualcomm, Toq is about showing the rest of the world the direction they think smartwatches should be headed in.The rubberized watch band features a pair of touch zones with the battery powering the device on the clasp, so you won’t ever be swapping the bands on this watch. Available in black or white, the Toq is either going to be just what you’re looking for or not your cup of tea — there’s not a lot of room for middle ground here. Toq is cut to fit you when you take it out of the box and, while that decreases the likelihood that you’ll be able to sell it later on, the personal experience there makes the watch truly yours after you fit it to your wrist. The clasp mechanism is a folding lock, and holding the water resistant device tight to your wrist.Instead of trying to re-create your Android phone on your wrist, as we’ve seen some do recently, Qualcomm has created smartwatch designed to act as accessory for your phone. The Mirasol display on the Toq gives the watch a color touch interface that is built to work in sunlight. There’s a front light for when you need to check your watch in the dark, meaning it will consume a great deal less power than a regular color display. Under that display is a generic Cortex M3 processor with a battery life that is expected to go for a couple of days without needing to charge.When you do need to charge Toq, you place it on the wireless charging pad and you’re done. The pad is collapsible like a carrying case, but easily setup to look nice sitting on a desk or a bedside table. The charging pad has two additional sections for the bluetooth stereo headphones that come with the premium audio version of the Toq kit. The wireless charging technology being used is a new standard Qualcomm has designated “WiPower LE” which they claim is built for wirelessly charging smaller objects. This will be available through the WiPower Alliance, in which Qualcomm is currently an active member.If you have an Android phone, you can pair with Toq. The watch uses Bluetooth 4 (Low Energy) to connect and work with your phone to deliver you information. The homescreen of the Toq offers you a glance at notifications as well as the time, and you can swipe through and either look at more notifications or jump into a few apps.The UI is blocky, a series of colorful squares with very basic tones and controls. Most of the apps are designed to work directly with your phone, like the calendar or music app. You can control your music from the watch, and even direct the audio to the bluetooth earbuds. It’s all very simple, and the addition of Alljoyn support means developers will be able to quickly support the watch if they are already familiar with the platform.Ultimately, Toq is a response to the mass of smartwatches and smartwatch concepts that Qualcomm feels are misguided. Like BREW before it, Toq is Qualcomm’s attempt to steer the ship by showing everyone what is possible and hoping that one of their hardware partners will take the hint and deliver to a broader audience.Toq is being made on a small scale, with no plans to sell internationally or to approach other form factors. Rob Chandhok, president of Qualcomm Interactive Platforms, made it clear that this is a small scale production with no intention to compete directly with their partners in stores. With a target price of $300 and a likely release date of October 10, Qualcomm hopes that Toq will show what is possible with a smartwatch and help create their digital sixth sense for users. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY Toq MirasolToq MirasolOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAToq InsideToq outsideToq Backlast_img read more

Appeal for witnesses to stabbing in Dublins inner city

first_img Nov 1st 2016, 3:45 PM By Michelle Hennessy Short URL Appeal for witnesses to stabbing in Dublin’s inner city The incident happened last Thursday evening at about 11.30pm in the Smithfield area. http://jrnl.ie/3057079 Smithfield Square Source: Google MapsGARDAÍ ARE APPEALING for witnesses to a stabbing in Dublin city.The assault occurred on 27 October at 11.30pm in the Smithfield area. A 30-year-old man was attacked by a group of youths.Gardaí say the man was chased from Smithfield onto Queen Street and up to Arran Quay before arriving at Church Street where he managed to get assistance.He later presented himself at the Mater Hospital where he was treated for stab wounds. His injuries are non-life threatening.Investigating gardaí are appealing for witnesses, particularly anyone who was in the vicinity of Smithfield, Queen Street, Arran Quay or Church Street between 11.15am and 11.45pm on 27 October.Anybody with information can contact Bridewell garda station on 01 6668200, the Garda Confidential line 1800 666111, or any Garda station.Read: Man stabbed to death in Longford townRead: Schoolboy hurler awarded €15k after beer keg falls on his foot Tuesday 1 Nov 2016, 3:45 PM 17,208 Views Share17 Tweet Email1 8 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Four units attend as Dublin Fire Brigade battles blaze in north inner

first_img Share39 Tweet Email 4 units from Tara St & North Strand have dealt with a domestic fire in the North city. Crews used breathing apparatus, no injuries reported pic.twitter.com/CIaw2WDRvz— Dublin Fire Brigade (@DubFireBrigade) February 19, 2017 Short URL Feb 19th 2017, 5:03 PM 22,827 Views Source: Dublin Fire Brigade/Twitter 6 Comments Four units attend as Dublin Fire Brigade battles blaze in north inner city Dublin Fire Brigade also managed to save two family members as it fought a blaze in Donaghmede early this morning. Read: Firefighters in Dublin have voted to go as far as strikingRead: Two men injured in Dublin car crash after failing to stop for gardaícenter_img http://jrnl.ie/3247965 FOUR UNITS OF the Dublin Fire Brigade attended a domestic fire in the north inner city today.It is believed that a mattress went on fire in one of the top floor bedrooms of the house on Sean MacDermott Street.All of the occupants managed to safely evacuate the house while firefighters battled the blaze.Breathing apparatus was used by fire crew, and no injuries were reported at the scene.In a separate incident today, two people taken to hospital after a family was rescued by the Dublin Fire Brigade when a fire started in the utility room of a house in Donaghmede.The smoke alarm alerted the family to the fire, which started at around 3am this morning.Two people were rescued by ladder, as members of the fire brigade used breathing apparatus to fight the blaze.Two members of the family were taken to hospital to receive treatment for smoke inhalation, as a precaution.The charred remains of a washing machine were found after the fire was extinguished, and the fire brigade shared the image on Twitter. By Sean Murray 2 people rescued by ladder after a utility room fire in Donaghmede. A smoke alarm alerted the family & gave them the time to escape #Dublin pic.twitter.com/Qs4QseABP6— Dublin Fire Brigade (@DubFireBrigade) February 19, 2017 Sunday 19 Feb 2017, 5:03 PM Source: Dublin Fire Brigade/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

The 9 at 9 Tuesday

first_img By Sean Murray Share Tweet Email Image: Shutterstock/monticello http://jrnl.ie/3214280 Jan 31st 2017, 7:40 AM EVERY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you the stories you need to know as you start your day.1. #YOU’RE FIRED: Donald Trump has sacked his attorney general, after she opposed his travel ban imposed on travellers from seven predominantly Muslim countries.2. #PRE-CLEARANCE: Ministers will meet today to discuss the implementation of the US travel ban at pre-clearance at Dublin and Shannon airports.3. #KILLINEY: A woman was attacked in a housing estate in south Dublin yesterday, prompting calls for more garda patrols in the area.4. #PLANNING: Nama offered a council 507 social housing units in Dublin, but only 65 were taken up for social housing. Here’s why.5. #COURT: A 25-year-old man who robbed a pensioner and attacked him with a hammer has been jailed for five years.6. #DISSIDENT: A court has heard how Busaras had to be evacuated after a dissident republican was caught on board a service to Derry with 1.6 kilos of high-grade explosives.7. #CRIME: Two men in their teens have been charged in connection with a number of burglaries in the Offaly area.8. #TRAVEL: Over half of Irish people think you shouldn’t have to pay for a free travel pass.9. #APPLE: The EU’s Competition Commissioner has said that they did not overstep their mark with their ruling on Apple’s tax in Ireland. Tuesday 31 Jan 2017, 7:40 AM No Comments Short URL Image: Shutterstock/monticello 9,972 Views The 9 at 9: Tuesday Here’s everything you need to know as you start your day. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Against Fine Gaels wishes Right2Water will be invited to speak before water

first_img 9,802 Views Share371 Tweet Email Wednesday 1 Feb 2017, 10:34 PM Short URL 41 Comments Feb 1st 2017, 10:34 PM ANTI-WATER CHARGE activists from the Right2Water campaign group will be invited to speak before an Oireachtas committee after Fine Gael was outvoted by opposition deputies.The Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Future Funding of Domestic Water could hear from Right2Water campaigners as early as next week after today’s decision.It came after the six Fine Gael members of the committee were outvoted by left-leaning members who were also supported by Fianna Fáil.The committee is tasked with deciding on the future of water charges in the State and has representatives from all parties. It is chaired by Independent Senator Pádraig Ó Céidigh.Speaking after today’s decision, Fine Gael TD Martin Heydon claimed that inviting the Right2Water campaigners into the committee could delay its work.“The mandate we have is to hear from experts in the field and come to a consensus on the basis of fact. We do not need interest groups wielding agendas, be it on the pro or anti water charges side of the debate,” the deputy said.The Right2Water group was the largest umbrella organisation that organised the nationwide water protests that came about following the introduction of water charges.Prior to last year’s general election, it also identified like-minded politicians and created a platform for them to sign up to.Heydon was also critical of Fianna Fáil for voting with the “hard left” to allow Right2Water address the committee.Speaking on RTÉ’s Late Debate this evening, Fianna Fáil TD John Brassil said that not inviting Right2Water would sent the wrong message.“I don’t see what harm it’s going to do, they have been to the forefront of this issue for a start and it would weaken the committee is if they weren’t invited,” he said.Read: Irish Water: ‘We did not waste €70m on consultants’ >Read: Regulator denies saying water metering programme should be abandoned > A Right2Water protest from January 2016. Image: Niall Carson/PA Imagescenter_img http://jrnl.ie/3218000 By Rónán Duffy Against Fine Gael’s wishes, Right2Water will be invited to speak before water committee The all-party Oireachtas group is looking at the future of water charges. Image: Niall Carson/PA Images A Right2Water protest from January 2016. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Mark Zuckerberg vows to tackle spate of murder videos being uploaded to

first_img“There was a short pursuit in which the vehicle was stopped. As the officers approached that vehicle, Steve Stephens took his own life,” Cleveland police chief Calvin Williams said.Pennsylvania police said he shot himself with a handgun about a mile from the McDonald’s following a low-speed pursuit — at under 50 miles (80 kilometers) per hour. Pennsylvania State Police investigate a car and probable suicide of the Cleveland Facebook killing suspect Steve Stephens. Source: Greg Wohlford/PATom Ducharme, owner of the restaurant near Erie, told CNN that Stephens drove up, placed an order and paid an employee, who recognized him and called police.Stephens worked for a behavioral health agency serving children through mental health services, foster care and adoption, at-risk youth and other programs.But according to a timeline of events pieced together by police and Facebook, Stephens posted a video on Sunday afternoon saying he intended to kill, and followed up two minutes later with video of Godwin’s shooting.In a third video 11 minutes later, streamed live from Stephens’ car, he said he intended to kill others.Facebook took down Stephens’ videos and disabled his account two hours after he first started uploading. It acknowledged the delay had been too long and said it was reviewing its protocols.With reporting by – © AFP, 2017Read: ‘Crush the saboteurs’: Here’s how the British press reacted to Theresa May calling an election > Share Tweet Email Apr 19th 2017, 8:39 AM Steve Stephens. Source: AP/PA ImagesFACEBOOK CEO MARK Zuckerberg has said the social media giant must address the surge in the number of grisly videos emerging on the platform.In recent days, Steve Stephens, 37 and thought to have been mentally unstable, had been on the run since 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr was shot dead on Easter Sunday, seemingly at random in broad daylight in Cleveland, Ohio. The video was recorded and then posted on Facebook.The murder and a video sparked outrage across the world and renewed scrutiny of the growing number of murder videos being posted on social media.Stephens shot himself after a brief police chase after a McDonald’s worker recognised him while he was buying chicken nuggets.Worrisome trendFacebook removed the footage hours after the attack. Zuckerberg acknowledged that the world’s largest social network had a role to play in stemming the worrisome trend.“There is a lot of work to do here,” he told a Facebook developers’ conference. “And we will keep doing all we can to prevent tragedies like this from happening.”Police got the decisive tip-off after Stephens had been on the run for nearly 48 hours, when a McDonald’s employee recognized him at a drive-thru in Pennsylvania shortly after 11:00 am (1500 GMT) and called authorities. https://jrnl.ie/3346455 11 Comments 8,854 Views center_img Wednesday 19 Apr 2017, 8:39 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL By Garreth MacNamee Mark Zuckerberg vows to tackle spate of murder videos being uploaded to Facebook Steve Stephens videoed himself shooting a random pensioner in the face and uploaded the video to Facebook.last_img read more

The 5 at 5 Wednesday

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Source: Shutterstock/Vinicius TupinambaEVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five stories you need to know as you head home for the day.1. #RHONA MAHONY: The master of the national maternity hospital has said the new hospital will be entirely independent.2. #SPEEDING FINES: Those who earn more may end up paying higher speeding fines under new proposals.3. #TISSUE ISSUES: At least two people have been arrested over a ’tissue packet begging scam’ on Irish trains.4. #WALL REBOUND: Donald Trump has backed down on a funding demand for the Mexico border wall.5. #TRANSFER DEALINGS: Several arrests have been made after police raids at Newcastle United and West Ham United football clubs over suspected transfer improprieties. Share4 Tweet Email Wednesday 26 Apr 2017, 4:59 PM 12 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3359092 Apr 26th 2017, 4:59 PM 7,274 Views By Cianan Brennan The 5 at 5: Wednesday Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock…last_img read more

May slams sickening terror attack on London mosque as suspect named

first_img 68,528 Views By Paul Hosford Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3451275 Image: Yui Mok Jun 19th 2017, 7:15 PM Monday 19 Jun 2017, 7:15 PM Share835 Tweet Email Image: Yui Mok Updated 7.15pmA MAN HAS been arrested after a suspected terror attack in London that saw a van crash into pedestrians outside a mosque.The van crashed into a footpath where an elderly man had collapsed. He later died, though it is unclear if he was killed in the attack.British media have named the suspect in today’s mosque attack as 47-year-old Darren Osborne, a father of four who was living in Cardiff, Wales.Minister of State for Security Ben Wallace said authorities were aware of rising far-right activity but were not aware of the suspect prior to the attack near a north London mosque.“What I can say on this case is this individual, so far as we know at the moment, was not known to us, but we are aware of a rise in the far right,” said Wallace.Earlier today, British Prime Minister Theresa May called the attack “sickening”.May this afternoon met with religious leaders at the Finsbury Park mosque. She promised extra police resources to protect places of worship.Counter-terrorism police are investigating the incident, which occurred after 12.20am this morning.Police were called to the incident on Seven Sisters Road in the Finsbury Park area of the city. They have confirmed that the attack is being treated as terrorism.One man was pronounced dead at the scene. Officers are in the process of informing next of kin.Another eight people were injured and taken to three area hospitals. At least two are being treated for “very serious” injuries.The driver of the van – a white man aged 48 – was found detained by members of the public at the scene and then arrested by police in connection with the incident.He has been taken to hospital as a precaution, and will be taken into custody once discharged. He will also be subject of a mental health assessment.A number of armed police units are on the scene.RamadanMuslim leaders said worshippers were specifically targeted after leaving prayers near Finsbury Park mosque in north London shortly after midnight and linked the incident to a recent rise in anti-Muslim hate crime.Witness Abdiqadir Warra told AFP the van “drove at people” and some of the victims were carried for several metres along the road.London Mayor Sadiq Khan said it was a “horrific terrorist attack,” calling it “deliberate” and aimed at “innocent Londoners, many of whom were finishing prayers during the holy month of Ramadan”.It comes after two deadly Islamist attacks this year that used vehicles to ram pedestrians — one earlier this month in the London Bridge area and a March attack in which a man drove a car into crowds on Westminster Bridge.SickeningIn a statement this afternoon, Prime Minister Theresa May called the attack “sickening”.“It was an attack that once again targeted the ordinary and the innocent going about their daily lives – this time British Muslims as they left a mosque having broken their fast and prayed together at this sacred time of year.Today we come together – as we have done before – to condemn this act and to state once again that hatred and evil of this kind will never succeed.“Today’s attack falls at a difficult time in the life of this city, following on from the attack on London Bridge two weeks ago – and of course the unimaginable tragedy of Grenfell Tower last week, on which I will chair another meeting of Ministers and officials later today.But what we have seen throughout – whether in the heroism of the ordinary citizens who fought off the attackers at London Bridge; the unbreakable resolve of the residents in Kensington; or this morning the spirit of the community that apprehended this attacker – is that this is an extraordinary city of extraordinary people.“It is home to a multitude of communities that together make London one of the greatest cities on earth.“Diverse, welcoming, vibrant, compassionate, confident and determined never to give in to hate.“These are the values that define this city.“These are the values that define this country.“These are the values that this government will uphold.“These are the values that will prevail.”May said that she had chaired a meeting of the British government’s emergency committee Cobra earlier today.With reporting from APComments have been closed for legal reasons. May slams ‘sickening’ terror attack on London mosque as suspect named A man has been arrested. 142 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

It was a bit of a shock The teen sensation named in

first_img Sunday 17 Mar 2019, 10:00 AM Share3 Tweet Email2 15 Comments Image: Mark Kerton WHEN MICK MCCARTHY named the first final squad of his second spell as Ireland manager on Thursday, perhaps the biggest surprise was the inclusion of a little-known teenage goalkeeper from Maynooth.Some critics might have expected Kieran O’Hara, the Man United goalkeeper on loan at Macclesfield Town, or Liverpool’s Caoimhin Kelleher, both of whom had featured in previous squads, to get the nod.In the end, however, it was Mark Travers who was called up alongside the more experienced Darren Randolph and Keiren Westwood.“I thought it was better off taking a younger one [as the third goalkeeper], so I took Mark Travers and Stephen [Kenny] wanted Caoimhin Kelleher and that was his choice,” McCarthy explained at the squad announcement.And unsurprisingly, Travers sounds enthused about the prospect of linking up with the national side for the next 10 days.“I’m looking forward to working with the likes of Darren Randolph and Keiren Westwood, which should be great for me and just take as much onboard as possible and learn from the whole experience,” he tells The42.“I found out [about the call-up] earlier in the week. I got a phone call from the FAI just to let me know. “I rang the family straight away. Everyone was buzzing — a really proud moment. ‘It was a bit of a shock’ – The teen sensation named in Mick McCarthy’s first Ireland squad Bournemouth’s Mark Travers chats to The42 about a week to remember. https://the42.ie/4542644 By Paul Fennessy Mar 17th 2019, 10:01 AM center_img Short URL 19-year-old Mark Travers is highly regarded at Bournemouth. 54,073 Views A few weeks or months ago, the aim was to get into the 21s squad and then to get into the provisional was obviously great, but to get the phone call that I was in the main squad, it was a bit of a shock to be honest, but it’s an opportunity that I’m looking forward to taking.”This week’s news comes less than three years after a 17-year-old Travers made the life-altering decision to move to England and link up with Bournemouth.Despite hailing from Kildare, he spent a number of years as a youngster at Dublin side Lucan United. Short stints at Cherry Orchard and Shamrock Rovers U17s followed, helping the former win an All-Ireland title, before the Premier League club came calling.Leaving behind family and friends was not easy, nonetheless Travers persevered.“Going the year later at 17 was maybe a bit easier, I was more experienced after being at Shamrock Rovers,” he explains. “Everyone’s in the same boat really, leaving family and friends, but football’s the number one priority, you’ve got to focus on that. Everyone’s only a phone call away, so it’s not too bad and they come over semi-regularly. It’s always tough at the start, but it’s my third year now, so it just keeps getting easier. Football’s the main focus, so that keeps you busy at all times.“My parents were a big influence. I took the decision to stay in Ireland for the U17 year, that was a big decision, so I could grow and work with a top club in Ireland, Shamrock Rovers.“There was a few [offers] after the Cherry Orchard year. I just felt personally that maybe I wasn’t ready to take the step yet. I decided to go to Shamrock Rovers for a year. It turned out to be a really good decision for me. It gave me that experience to get ready and prepare myself to come to England.”Moving to Bournemouth in the summer of 2016 after impressing on trial meant not sitting his Leaving Cert, a decision that Travers acknowledges was a “risk,” but one he hopes to justify ultimately.“Sometimes, you just have to take the opportunity in football. I finished fifth year in Maynooth Post Primary School. It was a difficult decision — to come to Bournemouth, I couldn’t turn it down. It was a tough one for me and my family, but we decided it was a risk we had to take to come over to England and finish school a bit earlier and go over without a Leaving Cert.“When I came over here, I did a B Test in the end, so I have some qualifications anyway if it comes to it, which hopefully it won’t.” Source: Weymouth Football Club/YouTubeThe early signs are certainly promising. Travers hit the headlines as far back as 2017. Making his debut on loan at seventh tier English outfit Weymouth, with the match against Bishop’s Stortford finely balanced at 2-2, the youngster scored a spectacular winner, lobbing the opposition goalkeeper from well inside his own half.“I just had a go from distance and luckily it went in,” he recalls.“That was my first senior appearance. To win the game was great but to even score was a different feeling altogether, a great memory.”And since then, Travers has continued to make encouraging progress.Last summer, Bournemouth rewarded the Ireland underage international with a new long-term contract.“You have to work really hard to catch up with the players here and get up to the speed of things,” he says. “But to sign the second contract was massive. It gives you that bit of security to try to do your best. It helps on the field when you know, off the pitch, you’re a bit more secure.”Currently third-choice goalkeeper at the club behind Asmir Begović and Artur Boruc, while he has yet to appear for the Cherries’ senior side, Travers has trained and travelled to games with the first team and is in regular contact with boss Eddie Howe. A loan move next season is a possibility as the 19-year-old bids to increase his experience of first-team football, though for the moment, he is focused on his commitments for Bournemouth at underage level.The 21s try to play out as much as possible, so that was the biggest thing I had to work on when I came over — working with the feet and playing out from the back. It’s definitely a part of my game that’s come on in the last few years — something that I feel quite comfortable with and enjoy.”And while barring an injury crisis, Travers won’t play in the upcoming Ireland matches against Georgia and Gibraltar, he is determined to relish an experience he would have scarcely imagined himself in three years ago when he was going to school in Maynooth and trying to balance football with his studies. This week, he will share a dressing room Premier League stars like Seamus Coleman and Shane Duffy and legends of Irish football such as Robbie Keane and McCarthy, who was more than three years into his first stint as Ireland manager in May 1999 – the month Travers was born. “You’ve got to work really hard to get to this position,” he concludes. “Just don’t let bad situations beat you up. Keep focused on football. Stay dedicated off the pitch as well. When you go back to digs, you have a lot of time on your hands, so doing the right things on and off the pitch is probably the main thing. And just stick to it — sometimes, you’re going to go through bad periods with family as well, being away is not easy, but just keeping the head and staying focused on the football is the main thing.“There are going to be loads of lows in football and I’m probably going to experience a lot more, but this week is definitely the high point so far.”Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Subscribe 19-year-old Mark Travers is highly regarded at Bournemouth. Image: Mark Kerton Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Dublin man 21 who burst his girlfriends eardrum in beating sentenced to

first_img By Aoife Nic Ardghail and Sonya McLean Share18 Tweet Email2 Wednesday 3 Apr 2019, 7:26 PM Dublin man (21) who burst his girlfriend’s eardrum in beating sentenced to four-and-a-half years The court heard that Aaron Nolan committed the assault on a “baseless” idea that his girlfriend had been texting another man. Image: Sasko Lazarov/Rollingnews.ie 20,424 Views Image: Sasko Lazarov/Rollingnews.ie A YOUNG DUBLIN man who burst his girlfriend’s eardrum in a beating which left her vomiting for a whole night has been sentenced to four and half years.Garda Ronan Goggin said at an earlier hearing that Aaron Nolan (21) had punched, kicked and pulled clumps out of his then girlfriend’s hair as he dragged her over a green area and down a laneway.The garda agreed with Brian Gageby BL, defending, that Nolan committed the assault on a “baseless” idea that his girlfriend had been texting another man.The woman told gardaí that every time she denied this Nolan got angrier and would assault her further.Nolan, of The Glen, Woodpark, Ballinteer, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to two charges of assaulting the then 19-year-old woman at Ballinteer Crescent, Ballinteer, on November 5, 2017. He has no previous convictions.Judge Melanie Greally had adjourned the case last January having heard the evidence to allow for the preparation of a report from the Probation Service.Today,  she suspended the final 18 months of the four-and-a-half year sentence on strict conditions including that Nolan be under supervision of the Probation Service for two years, have no contact with his victim for that time and attend a domestic violence perpetrator programme if deemed suitable.She said the woman had returned home from the assault in “an appalling state” and was vomiting and experiencing extreme headaches.She said there was “no doubt” that his attack on her had “an extremely damaging effect on her both emotionally and psychologically”.“It came somewhat out of the blue. He had been someone on whom she had been dependant and she had no expectation that he was capable of this. No doubt it will take her some time to come back from it,” Judge Greally said.She said it was a succession of assaults over a prolonged period of time with extreme violence which was often “concentrated” on the woman’s head and face.Today, Mr Gageby read from a letter from his client to the woman in which he expressed his remorse telling her he was “so, so sorry” and “I hope you go back to your happy self”.In a letter to the judge, Nolan wrote that he was truly ashamed of what he had done.“I hope to tackle my demons head on when I get released from prison. The happiest years of my life were the seven years with her,” Nolan wrote.He said he had thrown away seven years of good times with her and he had “only myself to blame”.Comments are closed for legal reasons Apr 3rd 2019, 7:26 PM No Comments https://jrnl.ie/4575780 Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Papandreou attacks EU and New Democracy for debt crisis

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A day after the European Union (EU) provided Greece with political support in its bid to rescue its public finances, George Papandreou accused Brussels of being “timid,” lacking coordination and of using Greece as a scapegoat to hide the 27-nation bloc’s own failings.Speaking to his Cabinet on Friday after returning from an EU leaders’ summit with plenty of encouraging words but no specific financial commitment from the other members, Papandreou suggested that Brussels should also share some responsibility for Greece’s perilous predicament.“Greece has no political or economic superpower to fight this battle alone,” he said. “In the last few months of this crisis, the EU gave its political support but in the battle against the impressions and the psychology of the market, it was at the very least timid.”He said that speculation about the country had “created a psychology of imminent collapse”.The prime minister then turned on the previous New Democracy government, accusing it of covering up the true state of the Greek economy. The conservatives had projected a 3.7 percent deficit for 2009 last spring, several months before PASOK came to power.But Papandreou said it had been remiss of Brussels not to double-check the figures and now put all the blame on Greece.“There was quite a big effort in the European Union to hide their responsibilities behind Greece,” he said. “The Union, the Commission, even Eurostat had the responsibility to be vigilant and to point out to the previous government the slippery slope it was on.”The premier said that the lack of a coordinated response by the EU to Greece’s problem had led to Greek bond spreads reaching a 10-year high and the euro coming under pressure from speculators.“There was a lack of coordination between the various bodies of the Union, the Commission, the member states and the European Central Bank. There were even differing opinions within those bodies.”Mr Papandreous comments followed the European Union offer to back Greece through its debt crisis after the European Leaders summit in Brussels.Despite the EU offer to back Greece it gave no details of any plans to help. European Council president Herman Van Rompuy told reporters after a summit of European Union leaders that assisting Greece was “not necessary today”.The leaders’ broad political commitment came as Greece struggled to tame a towering budget deficit seen endangering other markets in the 16-country eurozone. Among these are other highly-leveraged members such as Portugal and Spain.“Euro-area member states will take determined and co-ordinated action if needed to safeguard financial stability in the euro area as a whole,” Mr Van Rompuy said.“Greece did not ask for any financial support,” he added.Mr Papandreou also reinforced this message after the Leaders summit, insisting that EU leaders didn’t discuss specific plans because Greece didn’t need financial help.He described the leaders’ political agreement as a sign that they would support Greece as it corrects past mistakes and returns its economy to stable footing, dismissing recent market moves as pure speculation.“It’s a crystal clear message for the Greek economy and also for the eurozone,” Mr Papandreou said.European stock markets and the euro fell sharply as it became clear the EU leaders made only a political commitment to help the country.last_img read more

Portraits unveiled at book launch

first_imgGreek Australian journalist Vivienne Morris launched her bilingual book, Portraits of Hellenes in Antipodes, in Melbourne on Sunday. The novel is a series of portraits of first and second generation Greek Australians, aiming to represent the presence of Hellenes in the Antipodes in “its true essence and dimension,” the author says.The novel is a series of portraits of first and second generation Greek Australians, aiming to represent the presence of Hellenes in the Antipodes in “its true essence and dimension,” the author says. Ms Morris said it was her realisation that first generation Greek immigrants were diminishing that prompted her to write this book and relay the individual stories, struggles and triumphs of Greek migrants. Born in Lesvos, where she completed her secondary schooling, Ms Morris migrated to Australia in the 1960s and continued her studies at the University of Melbourne, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Classical studies and Modern Greek. Among her achievements Ms Morris is a founding member of the Hellenic Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HACCI), a founder and former executive director of the Australian Hellenic Centre of Education (Open University), and a former Cultural director of the Greek Festival of Melbourne. Ms Morris is a recipient of the Hellenic Award for her contribution to Journalism and in 2007 she received the Victorian Government Award for Excellence in Multicultural Affairs (in journalism). ‘Portraits of Hellenes in Antipodes’ was launched on Sunday November 14 in East Melbourne. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Hope for drug cost cuts

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Health Minister Andreas Lykourentzos told a conference in Athens on Tuesday that the government’s aim is for state pharmaceutical expenditure to decline to 2.88 billion euros, including value-added tax and hospital medicines. Spending on drugs declined from 5.6 billion euros in 2010 to 3.8 billion last year, according to data presented earlier this year by the ministry.“The health system is at a crucial point indeed,» Lykourentzos said, highlighting the positive impact of the electronic prescriptions system.Constantinos Frouzis, the president of the Association of Pharmaceutical Enterprises of Greece (SFEE), said that the key lies in the funding of the National Organization for Healthcare Provision (EOPYY).Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Doctors need hotline for violent cases coroner says

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A Melbourne doctor who was said to have been in awe of patient Ben Pappas, a champion skateboarder, may have had his judgement clouded when dealing with he and his partner in issues relating to mental health and domestic violence. Pappas killed his girlfriend Lynette Phillips, 28, and then took his own life eight days later. The coroner Judge Jennifer Coate, recommended a study conducted on the feasibility of a hotline for doctors who believe their patients are trapped by domestic violence so they can contact to prevent issues like this arising.Judge Coate heard that Dr Michael Kozminsky had been treating both patients separately and together and knew about the violence in their relationship and the two intervention orders, but she believes his judgement was clouded because of Pappas’ sporting ability.The finding came as a relief to Ms Phillips’s sister, Wendy. “For the last nearly six years, really all I wanted to hear was that Ben Pappas was responsible for killing my sister, and when I got that, that was relief,” she said adding that Dr Kozminsky should have told someone about the risks.“I believe, we all believe, something could have been done to prevent this from happening,” she said. “I know as a family we did everything we could in terms of just being there for Lynette. “With the medical professionals involved, I don’t really think they acted according to the rules that they have.”last_img read more

Zissis sues McDonalds

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Anastassia Zissis is set to sue fast food giant McDonald’s for injuries sustained when she slipped outside of their restaurant in Adelaide.The 60-year-old cleaner slipped on liquid that had been spilled in an access passage at the back of the company’s Myer Centre outlet in Rundle Mall in October 2008 and is now suing McDonald’s and the building’s manager, Colonial First State Property Management, in South Australia’s District Court.Ms Zissis claims that she injured her neck, lower back and buttocks and has suffered from headaches and psychological injuries which have impaired her ability to lead a normal life and return to full employment, as appeared in documents presented to the court. She claims that the dropped liquid was a result of negligence by McDonald’s staff so to was the lack of warning of the hazard by both the defendants. Her husband, Mr Angelo Zissis is also joining the fight against McDonalds claiming that since the incident he has suffered a loss of companionship, services and assistance as a result of his wife’s injuries.Both McDonald’s and Colonial First State Property Management have denied the claim with McDonald’s stating the spill was obvious and that Ms Zissis was not wearing proper footwear, adding the injuries were caused by Ms Zissis’ own negligence. Colonial First State also denies it had a duty of care to Ms Zissis and argues she was obliged to inspect and clean the area. The company also argued that her injuries were temporary and that she has now fully recovered. The matter will return to court in March.last_img read more

Irredentist claims in Melbourne protest

first_imgHundreds of people who identify with FYROM marched to the steps of Parliament House in Victoria last Saturday in a protest remembering the ‘partition of Macedonia’ as they claimed. The march – organised by the ‘Macedonian Australian Community Organisation’ – was said to commemorate, they stated, the 100th anniversary of the division of Macedonia, as a result of the Bucharest Treaty signed on 10 August 1913. The protestors claimed among others that Thessaloniki will become their capital again and that ‘Macedonia’ has been occupied and subsequently divided because of the treaty. The organisers invited ‘Macedonians and all supporters of the oppressed nations in Melbourne’ to take part in the march. Their claim was that 1913 “began the agony of the Macedonian people”, because the Treaty of Bucharest led to the annexation of Macedonia by Bulgaria, Serbia and Greece. However, irredentist claims for a greater ‘Macedonia’ were also part of the rallying concerns of the Melbourne protestors last week. As was reported by Neos Kosmos last month, the aftermath of the Balkan Wars and the Bucharest treaty will be the subject of an international conference organised in Melbourne from September 4 to September 7 by the self-identified ‘Australian Macedonian Human Rights Committee’. The Treaty of Bucharest was concluded on 10 August 1913, by the delegates of Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Montenegro and Greece. The Treaty was concluded in the aftermath of the Second Balkan War and amended the previous Treaty of London, which ended the First Balkan War. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

VSL Greek Program needs support

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram In two letters addressed to the academic Anna Chatzinikolaou, who is leading the campaign to support Modern Greek programs at Victorian government schools, and is currently heavily involved in the case of VSL Distance Education, the Victorian School of Languages (VSL) office has stated that “it should be made clear that students are able to enrol in Greek distance education classes in 2014 as in previous years” and that “Greek via distance education will be offered at all secondary levels [from Year 7-12] in 2014”. So the VSL administration’s message is clear: “Business as usual.” Parents have been assured to go ahead with their children’s enrolment for 2014 and students in need of the school’s services for studying Greek are assured their requirements will be fully met. VSL Distance Education is the only Victorian government school at secondary level specialising exclusively in language teaching (it offers a total of 11 languages, including Modern (since 1976) and Classical Greek (since 2012), whose role is, in our case, to complement and support any existing or disrupted Greek program, or student with specific/special needs throughout Victoria and beyond. VSL Distance Education has provided a ‘safety net’ for every disrupted Greek program and all potential students in every corner of the state, particularly in country Victoria and remote areas, where there are no other alternatives, students with health issues, students over-committed with extra curriculum activities, underachieving, gifted, newly arrived students from Greece, students on the move around Australia and even students travelling overseas. Adults may also enrol at VCE levels to improve their language skills and sit Year 12 Exams. VCE Greek Distance Education students are referred by other parents and students due to its positive reputation, since the results of the program have been exemplary, with high numbers of top scorers. Greek teachers are highly qualified, using a variety of educational tools, including e-Learning and the use of Information Communication Technology (ICT); teleconferencing, videoconferencing and SKYPE are also used in conducting oral lessons with students from every corner of Victoria, Australia and the globe, in groups or one to one, as needed. The program’s resources are shared and presented at Professional Development Teacher Seminars, which it has initiated a number of times in the past. Junior Greek students are invited to attend two full day seminars (in March and September) to meet with their teacher and fellow students. They engage in language, culture, multimedia and kinaesthetic activities. Visits (e.g. to a Greek nursing home in Thornbury) are conducted on an annual basis. VCE students are expected to attend full day seminars in the city of Melbourne one day each term, where they are closely instructed, to visit the Hellenic and Immigration Museums, as well as the Greek media (newspaper/radio stations), Radio 3XY and Radio SBS, where they engage in live and recorded interviews which are broadcasted and available on podcasts on line. Participation at the annual Greek Student Film Festival is encouraged with positive results. In 2012, four short student films were produced (Melbourne and Mildura based), where two awards were won, and another in 2011. However, the fight is far from being over for this special school. Anna Chatzinikolaou stresses: “Unless we substantially increase the number of enrolments for Greek in our state school sector, these programs are threatened with extinction. It will be a pity to allow such a thing to happen, after so many struggles to establish the study of Greek in our public system since the late ’60s. It has to be stressed that the public sector plays a key role in not only maintaining the presence of our language in Australia, but expanding it as well, making it widely available to students who do not necessarily have a Greek background.” The VSL Distance Education Greek program is in need of the Greek community’s support to raise its enrolments, and it is not the only one. All Greek programs in Victorian state schools at both primary and secondary levels are in need of community support. For inquiries regarding new enrolments, tel: 9474 0500 – 9474 0515 & toll free: 1800 675 872last_img read more