Marvel shows off the variant costumes in Marvel vs Capcom 3

first_imgCapcom will finally be releasing a sequel to their popular Marvel vs. Capcom series early next year, but game tech has changed a lot since Marvel vs. Capcom 2 was first released for the Sega Dreamcast a decade ago.Back then, you see, Marvel vs. Capcom’s fighter roster was comprised entirely of 2D sprites… most of which were culled wholesale from existing Capcom games. It was an efficient way to make a game with over 56 different fighters: just reuse the art that was already on file from existing games.Now that Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is a 3D affair, though, all the fighters need to be hand modeled… which is why the fighter roster in the latest game is so much smaller than in the previous title. But 3D’s also created another problem: costume changes to distinguish characters fighting one another in multiplayer. With 2D assets, this is as simple as a palette swap, but with 3D models, you need to reskin and potentially even remodel each character. That’s a lot of work.Over at, there’s a fantastic post up explaining how they’re doing alterate costumes this time around. Basically, they’re looking to reskin characters in different color schemes that are evocative of actual Marvel variant costumes but without changing the model. For example, black costume Spider-Man is in, while, say, Wolverine without his hood on just isn’t possible.It’s really interesting, and it seems like Marvel really tried to make all of these color variant skins match actual in-comic permutations of their most famous characters. That’s a far cry from the simple palette swapping that Marvel vs. Capcom 2 did to make Iron Man uncharacteristically blue.Read more at Marvellast_img read more

Bulletstorm demo lands January 25

first_imgBulletstorm, that glorious overindulgence of kill stats is nearly ready for release. But EA and developer People Can Fly have decided to be nice and give console gamers a demo to play with before the launch.The game isn’t set for release until February 25, but we only need to wait until January 25 to start playing the demo. It’s being released on both Xbox Live and PSN, but there’s no sign of a PC demo also appearing. The one exception to the January 25 release is PlayStation 3 owners in Europe who will get it a day later on the 26th.As for what the demo will contain, here’s EA’s explanation:Bulletstorm ships with three game modes: the pulp sci-fi, single-player campaign; Anarchy multiplayer mode; and Echo mode, a unique experience that tracks and compares players’ scores while they play through locations found in the campaign. The Bulletstorm demo introduces a slice of Echo mode in which players traverse a collapsed building on the deadly paradise planet Stygia as ex-Dead Echo leader Grayson Hunt. Players will utilize the “Skillshot” system in Bulletstorm as they crush enemies in increasingly creative ways to rack up points using an arsenal of powerful weapons, from a futuristic assault rifle called the Peace Maker Carbine, to the Flail Gun, which fires two grenades linked by a chain, and the Screamer, a powerful revolver that turns enemies into human fireworks. While PC gamers don’t seem to be getting a demo, they are getting a game in February that doesn’t require a high performance machine to run. The minimum spec is a Core 2 1.6GHz processor, a 256MB graphics card, and 1.5GB of RAM.Read more at the EA press releaselast_img read more

Sprint Overdrive Pro 3G4G mobile hotspot router arrives March 20

first_imgSprint has announced the upcoming availability of their new mobile hotspot device which they have called the Overdrive Pro 3G/4G.The mobile hotspot, which makes it possible to connect up to eight devices to mobile broadband simultaneously, offers a slight improvement over its predecessor, the Overdrive 3G/4G, which could handle just five. Applicable devices include anything with WiFi, including laptops, media players like the iPod touch, the iPad, and so on.Each wireless connection has a 150 foot range and supports the 802.11n standard. In terms of speed, any connected devices should also see a vast improvement when hooked up to a 4G network as it is 10 times faster than 3G. Additionally, the Overdrive Pro will power up/down up to 35% faster than the original model.Its integrated LCD screen is 43% larger, allowing for a wider viewing angle. It provides important usages information including, signal strength, remaining battery life, and how many devices are currently connected to the hotspot. Despite the increase in size the router itself remains small, which is quite remarkable given that it also squeezes in microSD storage and GPS location-based services (available to all connected devices).For those who are worried about security, you will be pleased to know that the router comes with integrated security out-of-the-box.Of course, these improvements will cost money and the 4G speeds will be subject to location as currently the network only has 71 areas that are enabled to use the faster service. But when the Overdrive Pro is launched on March 20 it will still come in at a respectable $49.99 (half the cost of the original) after a $50 mail in-rebate with a two-year service agreement at $49.99 per month.Read more at the Sprint press release, via Engadgetlast_img read more

Mini DisplayPort to HDMI cables deemed illegal millions to be recalled

first_imgAny companies manufacturing Mini DisplayPort-to-HDMI cables have been told to halt production and to recall these products. HDMI Org, the firm that licenses HDMI cables, has decided this type of cable is out of HDMI spec since it only has one HDMI Connector end. Companies like Apple, Toshiba, Dell, and HP all use DisplayPort, but peripheral and accessory manufacturers have technically been selling illegal cables to use with their devices all along and now, according to TechRadar, hundreds of thousands of HDMI cables are being recalled.HDMI Org said that the HDMI specification states that an HDMI cable only has HDMI connectors on the ends. Since, in this case, one end is an HDMI connector and the other end is a Mini DisplayPort, it’s “not a licensed use of the specification” and can’t be used. Apparently, all HDMI products have to go through compliance testing as defined by the Compliance Testing Specification. The CTS says that any HDMI products must be defined first in the Specification before it can be sold. Since there are no compliance tests associated with it, it “can’t be tested against the specification.”If that sounds a little confusing, here’s the breakdown.OK: HDMI cables with HDMI connectors on both ends.Not OK: HDMI cables with a Mini DisplayPort connector on one end and an HDMI connector on the other end.OK: A Mini DisplayPort to female HDMI is allowed since licensed HDMI cables can be plugged into them.For those with extra DisplayPort-to-HDMI cables, get ready to make some big bucks selling them on eBay. For those of you still looking for the now-illegal cable, you better run to the store before they’re all recalled.Read more at TechRadar, via Cult of Maclast_img read more

HTC Holiday spotted running on ATT LTE with 45inch display

first_imgIf you’re in the market for a new superphone soon and you want one that rides on AT&T’s speedy new LTE network, the previously-spotted HTC Holiday has been sighted once again. This time, it’s more than a Craigslist listing for a prototype with a broken screen — Engadget has scored a handful of photos and screenshots from the device.The Holiday will feature a pocket-devouring 4.5-inch qHD touchscreen display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8MP rear-facing camera with dual LED flash, front facing 1.3MP camera, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, and, like numerous other HTC models, four capacitive buttons for navigating Android.Software-wise, the HTC Holiday features Android Gingerbread 2.3.4 (at least at this stage of the game) and HTC Sense 3.0, the company’s recently updated custom UI for Android.That’s all that’s known for now — other vitals like battery capacity, thickness, and weight have yet to be called out. It’s also not known when exactly the Holiday will launch, but it is thought to be one of the first phones AT&T will put or for sale in its LTE markets. A name change may also be in the works: Engadget says there’s a good chance the phone will be re-badged as the HTC Waikiki.Waikiki? Hey, sure — nothing reminds one of sun-drenched Hawaiian beaches, gorgeous, tanned women and crashing surf like a chunky, angular, gray-and-black smartphone.Speaking of dual-core LTE phones, Verizon customers are still eagerly awaiting the Droid Bionic. More details are coming out every day, and we’re pretty sure that the handset will be available some time in September, but there is no definite date yet.More at Engadgetlast_img read more

How do astronauts wash their hands in space

first_imgWhenever I think about traveling into space I focus on the cool aspects like being able to float about in zero gravity, getting to see the Earth from a new perspective, and experiencing that heart pounding lift off and re-entry when it’s finally time to head home.But the video above reminds us of the mundane tasks that are much more complicated in space. Also, someone has to think about how to solve these problems before the astronauts board the shuttle.In this case, a kid asks International Space Station Commander Chris Hadfield about hygiene, and how exactly the astronauts go about washing their hands.It turns out they have special pouches called No Rinse Body Bath that require the addition of 2 ounces of cold water and 6 ounces of hot water. That creates a “slightly soapy” water solution in the bag, which can then be squeezed out into a ball of cleaning liquid and worked into each hand.The reason it’s only slightly soapy is because water is a very valuable and limited resource on the ISS, so you don’t want to have to rinse your hands with more water afterwards to get rid of the soap. Instead, you just wipe them dry with a towel.What’s most surprising to me about this video is the droplets of water that just fly off as he washes his hands. I thought they’d have to be more careful about where the liquid travels as you don’t want it getting on any instruments and causing an issue.last_img read more

Martial Mkhitaryan and Ibrahimovic star as Man United seal EFL Cup semifinal

first_img Share15 Tweet Email2 Image: Martin Rickett Pogba’s weekend booking was his fifth of the season, an unwanted feat matched by Marouane Fellaini meaning the pair were forced to miss out, as was Sunday’s West Ham goalscorer Diafra Sakho (hamstring).The home side were quick out of the blocks and forged ahead when Rooney’s pass found Henrikh Mkhitaryan and his neat back heel picked out Ibrahimovic to lift over Adrian, who escaped punishment after digging his studs into the Swede.It ought to have been 2-0 just five minutes later, but Adrian denied Ibrahimovic after the visiting defence had parted and Martial failed to get a shot away from the rebound.Rooney came close to levelling Bobby Charlton’s record goal tally for the club with a 16th-minute free-kick that Adrian tipped wide as Mourinho’s men continued to look threatening.Slaven Bilic’s side were opened up again on the half-hour mark and, after Ibrahimovic had selfishly opted to shoot when Mkhitaryan was well placed, the loose ball was worked to Martial, whose attempt with the outside of the boot was smothered by the goalkeeper.Having failed to fully capitalise on their dominant start, United were pegged back 10 minutes before the break when De Gea fumbled Dimitri Payet’s tame strike and Fletcher was on hand to turn home on the follow-up.Just as in the first half, the hosts kicked off the second with clear intent and regained the lead three minutes after the restart.Antonio Valencia’s clever flick freed the impressive Mkhitaryan inside the box, with the Armenian’s cutback blasted in by Martial.A skidding Ibrahimovic free-kick was tricky for Adrian, who saved on that occasion but was soon beaten by Martial’s tap-in from Valencia’s pass across goal as the Red Devils finally took control.West Ham never threatened a comeback and, while United — who added gloss via Ibrahimovic’s late close-range finish — now have perhaps a welcome distraction from their modest Premier League form, Bilic’s men return to top-flight action on Saturday against fellow quarter-final losers Arsenal with only a one-point gap to the bottom threeArsenal dumped out of League Cup by impressive Southampton>Dundalk have made one of their first big (re)signings of the off-season> Updated at 22.05ANTHONY MARTIAL AND Zlatan Ibrahimovic both scored twice to help Manchester United secure an EFL Cup semi-final spot as Jose Mourinho served a touchline ban in Wednesday’s 4-1 win over West Ham at Old Trafford.The Portuguese was absent from the dugout following his dismissal in Sunday’s 1-1 draw against the same opponents, having kicked a drinks bottle in frustration when Paul Pogba was booked for diving.United were behind inside two minutes in that game, but the roles were reversed this time as Zlatan Ibrahimovic swiftly put the hosts ahead.It was a lead they should have built on, with Ibrahimovic again coming close before Wayne Rooney tested Adrian with a curling free-kick.West Ham made Mourinho’s side pay for their profligacy when former United youngster Ashley Fletcher pounced on a mistake from David De Gea to prod in the leveller, opening his account for the club.But when the visitors were slow to get going again in the second half, Martial’s emphatic finish and a 62nd-minute tap-in from the France forward set United on course for a possible Wembley return, having won the FA Cup there last season.Ibrahimovic added United’s fourth in the 93rd minute, Bastian Schweinsteiger involved in the build-up on what was his first appearance of the season as a late substitute. 19,372 Views Short URL Image: Martin Rickettcenter_img Wednesday 30 Nov 2016, 10:03 PM Nov 30th 2016, 10:03 PM By The42 Team Martial, Mkhitaryan and Ibrahimovic star as Man United seal EFL Cup semi-final berth The Red Devils earned a deserved win over West Ham this evening. 29 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Last year saw the highest number of food alerts issued in a

first_img By Cliodhna Russell Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock/l i g h t p o e t Mar 1st 2017, 2:45 PM Last year saw the highest number of food alerts issued in a decade The FSAI dealt with 554 food incidents in 2016. THE FOOD SAFETY Authority of Ireland (FSAI) issued 39 food alerts last year – the highest number in 10 years.The reasons for the alerts included presence of a foreign body, presence of pathogens (bugs) and chemical contamination.The alerts resulted in either product recalls or withdrawals from the Irish market.The FSAI said the food ranged from dietetic foods/food supplements due to the presence of amphetamine-like substance to unauthorised novel food ingredients.There were cases of confectionary items containing plastic pieces, the presence of Salmonella in soups, broths sauces and condiments and Listeria monocytogenes being identified in prepared food dishes, snacks and milk products.In one case there was a recall due to insufficient sterilization of a product.Allergens Meanwhile some 28 food allergen alerts were also issued to food inspectors and food businesses. Food allergen alerts are issued by the FSAI regarding the possible risk to consumers with food allergies or food intolerances from a particular food.In Ireland, milk, soybeans, eggs and nuts were the most common allergens incorrectly labelled/declared in 2016.Three in every 100 people in Ireland have a food allergy and the seriousness of these occurrences can result in the loss of life to an individual in its most extreme form and can also result in urgent medical treatment and serve allergic reactions.Overall in 2016, the FSAI dealt with 554 food incidents and 67 food alerts and food allergen alerts were issued, as a consequence.The identification of a food incident can arise for a number of reasons such as an inspection by a food inspector, a complaint from a consumer, the food business informing the FSAI that they have a problem with a certain food, laboratory results or notifications from other member states through the European Commission’s network.‘Serious harm’Chief Executive of the FSAI Dr Pamela Byrne said, “Issuing food alerts and food allergen alerts is a reflection of the seriousness of food incidents, some of which have the potential to cause serious harm to consumers. Wednesday 1 Mar 2017, 2:45 PMcenter_img Share9 Tweet Email1 8,983 Views 8 Comments The increase in recent years of food allergen alerts and food alerts is indicative of the need for food businesses to not only ensure the food they place on the market is safe, but that it is also labelled correctly, especially in the case of allergens.Anyone who wants to be notified about the food alerts or food allergen alerts can subscribe to get free FSAI email or text alerts directly.Read: A live insect, human nail and cigarette butt just some of the things found in food last year>Read: Two batches of Wicklow Blue Cheese recalled over Listeria fears> Image: Shutterstock/l i g h t p o e tlast_img read more

Vince the white rhino shot by poachers at French zoo and mutilated

first_img Mar 7th 2017, 6:51 PM Vince the white rhino shot by poachers at French zoo and mutilated with chainsaw The killers hacked off the animal’s horns. Tuesday 7 Mar 2017, 6:51 PM Stock photo of a white rhino. Image: Andrew Milligan Image: Andrew Milligan 41 Comments By AFPcenter_img Short URL 28,817 Views INTRUDERS AT A French zoo have shot dead a white rhino and hacked off its horns in a grisly overnight poaching incident.The perpetrators forced the main gate to Thoiry zoo near Paris and broke through at least two other security barriers on Monday night, without disturbing five people who live on the grounds.The animal, a four-year-old “critically endangered” southern white male named Vince, was attacked inside an area where at least two other rhinos are kept.“Staff left the rhino enclosure on Monday. When they returned on Tuesday, an animal had been killed and its two horns had been sawn off,” a police spokeswoman told AFP.ChainsawShe added that the horns were “probably cut off with a chainsaw”.The rhino had been shot three times in the head.“Only the main horn was stolen,” the spokeswoman said.Investigators estimate the horn is worth €30,000-€40,000.Black market rhino horn sells for up to €55,000 per kilo, more than gold or cocaine, with demand principally coming from China and Vietnam where it is coveted as a traditional medicine and aphrodisiac.In the last eight years alone, roughly a quarter of the world’s rhino population has been killed in South Africa, home to 80% of the remaining animals.According to the zoo, this would be the first time a zoo was the target of an “attack” of this nature leading to the death of a rhino.Thoiry is equipped with video surveillance, but cameras are not installed in the area where the rhinos live.“This was carried out despite the presence of five members of staff who live on the site and (despite) security cameras,” the zoo said.The two other rhinos in the enclosure with Vince which were unharmed were a 37-year-old female, Gracie, and a five-year-old male, Bruno.- © AFP, 2017Read: Coroner finds George Michael died of natural causesRead: Indian police find 19 female foetuses dumped in sewer Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share1021 Tweet Email1 Stock photo of a white rhino.last_img read more

Landlords will have to provide an oven fridge and microwave under new

first_img Image: Shutterstock/Fabio Balbi Landlords will have to provide an oven, fridge and microwave under new rules Simon Coveney said the regulations “aim to ensure that properties tenants are renting are safe, efficient, durable and comfortable”. 118 Comments Short URL Feb 14th 2017, 9:08 AM By Paul Hosford Share1001 Tweet Email16 Image: Shutterstock/Fabio Balbi Tuesday 14 Feb 2017, 9:08 AM LANDLORDS WILL BE required to provide minimum standards of accommodation and facilities under new regulations set to come into force on 1 July.The Housing Minister Simon Coveney yesterday announced that he had signed the Housing (Standards for Rented Houses) Regulations 2017 on 27 January, giving effect to a commitment under the Government’s’ rental strategy, published in December.Under the regulations, landlords will have to, with some exceptions, ensure that such properties meet certain minimum standards. The standards relate to, structural condition, provision of sanitary facilities, food preparation, storage and laundry, availability of adequate heating, lighting and ventilation, safety of oil, electricity and gas installations, fire safety and refuse facilities.The regulation also requires landlords to supply:A four-ring hob with oven and grillAn extractor fan or cooker hoodA fridge and freezer or a fridge-freezerA microwave“Suitable” kitchen pressesAccess to a washing machine in the buildingA dryer or a yard for a clotheslineAdequate natural lightingCoveney said the regulations “aim to ensure that properties tenants are renting are safe, efficient, durable and comfortable”.“Landlords will be made fully aware of their obligations through a consistent and uniform approach by all local authorities in the State, which will ensure a level playing field so that responsible landlords will not be dis-advantaged by lax enforcement of rogue landlords.”The regulations come as rental prices in Dublin climb at the highest rate ever.Read: Irish rugby fan arrested in Italy after ‘trying to grab soldier’s machine gun’ 48,731 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Two Irish men charged with attempted murder in Australia following shooting of

first_img Image: Shutterstock/Leonard Zhukovsky Short URL Two Irish men charged with attempted murder in Australia following shooting of man (53) Mark Dixon (30) and Jack Harvey (26) were arrested on Wednesday TWO IRISH MEN have been charged with attempted murder in Australia following a shooting last week that left a man with life-threatening injuries. Mark Dixon (30) and Jack Harvey (26) were arrested on Wednesday in Broken Head in New South Wales in south-eastern Australia. Warrants were issued for the arrest of the men after the shooting of a 53-year-old man at a home on 21 February.Victoria Police Homicide Squad charged the two Irish men with one count of attempted murder on Wednesday. The injured man from Sydney is currently in hospital with life-threatening injuries.   Mar 1st 2019, 9:53 AM 18,264 Views No Comments Share5 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Friday 1 Mar 2019, 9:53 AM Image: Shutterstock/Leonard Zhukovsky By Adam Dalylast_img read more

Trump hails summit with Kim The World has taken a big step

first_img Image: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images Share1 Tweet Email Wednesday 13 Jun 2018, 8:12 AM Jun 13th 2018, 8:12 AM Top leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong Un (L) shakes hands with US President Donald Trump Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 121 Comments center_img 8,820 Views DONALD TRUMP ACCEPTED an invitation from Kim Jong Un to visit North Korea during their historic summit, Pyongyang state media reported today, as the US president said the world had jumped back from the brink of “nuclear catastrophe”.Yesterday’s unprecedented encounter in Singapore saw the leader of the world’s most powerful democracy shake hands with Kim, the third generation scion of a dynastic dictatorship, as they stood as equals in front of their nations’ flags.In a characteristically bullish tweet sent early this morning, Trump said the first-ever summit between sitting leaders of the two Cold War foes meant “the World has taken a big step back from potential Nuclear catastrophe!”“No more rocket launches, nuclear testing or research! The hostages are back home with their families. Thank you to Chairman Kim, our day together was historic!”In a joint statement following the talks, Kim agreed to the “complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula” – a stock phrase favoured by Pyongyang that stopped short of long-standing US demands for North Korea to give up its atomic arsenal in a “verifiable” and “irreversible” way.In its first report on the landmark summit, the official KCNA news agency ran a glowing dispatch on the talks, describing them as an “epoch-making meeting” that would help foster “a radical switchover in the most hostile (North Korea)-US relations”.The report said the two men each asked the other to visit their country.“The two top leaders gladly accepted each other’s invitation,” KCNA said.It asserted that Trump had “expressed his intention” to lift sanctions against the North – something the US president had told a blockbuster press conference would happen “when we are sure that the nukes are no longer a factor”.“The sanctions right now remain,” he added.With the headline: “Meeting of the century opens new history in DPRK-US relations”, the North’s ruling Workers Party official daily Rodong Sinmun splashed no fewer than 33 pictures across four of its usual six pages.One of the pictures showed a smiling Kim shaking hands with Trump’s hawkish National Security Advisor John Bolton, who has previously advocated military action against the North, which in turn has referred to him as “human scum.”‘War games’Pyongyang has reason to feel confident after the meeting, a major coup for an isolated and heavily sanctioned regime that has long craved international legitimacy.“Kim Jong Un got what he wanted at the Singapore Summit: the international prestige and respect of a one-on-one meeting with the American president, the legitimacy of North Korean flags hanging next to American flags in the background,” said Paul Haenle, director of the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center.In his post-summit press conference, Trump made the surprise announcement that the US would halt joint military exercises with its security ally Seoul – something long sought by Pyongyang, which claims the drills are a rehearsal for invasion.The US stations around 30,000 troops in security ally South Korea to protect it from its neighbour, which invaded in 1950 in an attempt to reunify the peninsula by force.“We will be stopping the war games which will save us a tremendous amount of money,” Trump told reporters, adding that “at some point” he wanted to withdraw US troops from the South.Both Seoul and US military commanders in the South indicated they had no idea the announcement was coming, and in an editorial Wednesday the Korea Herald said it was “worrisome”.Trump said the US would be checking Kim’s progress towards denuclearisation “very strongly” but many agreements made in the past with North Korea have later fallen apart.World powers from China to Japan, the European Union and Russia welcomed its outcome – while cautioning it was only the first step towards resolving the nuclear stand-off with Pyongyang.But some media in Japan, which North Korea has in the past threatened to “sink into the sea”, were cautious.“The real bargaining has now started between the US and North Korea. Problems that cannot be solved through a bling-bling political show remain on both sides,” said the liberal Mainichi Shimbun.© – AFP 2018 Top leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong Un (L) shakes hands with US President Donald Trump Image: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images Trump hails summit with Kim: ‘The World has taken a big step back from potential Nuclear catastrophe!’ In a joint statement following the talks, Kim agreed to the “complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula”. By AFP Short URLlast_img read more

KBC Bank admits it used time limit clause in 27 tracker complaints

first_imgKBC Bank admits it used time limit clause in 27 tracker complaints to Ombudsman A number of banks, including KBC, reversed their decision to challenge the investigation of these complaints after a public rebuke by the ombudsman. Image: Sat 6:01 AM Saturday 14 Sep 2019, 6:00 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 9 Comments Image: RollingNews.iecenter_img 10,337 Views By Michelle Hennessy KBC BANK IRELAND has admitted it had raised time limitations in respect of 27 customer complaints about tracker mortgages to the Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman.Last month ombudsman Ger Deering revealed a number of lenders were arguing that his office should not investigate certain complaints about tracker mortgages because the consumers had waited too long to make them.The Central Bank examination of tracker mortgages found more than 40,000 customers were impacted by the overcharging scandal.Under the Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman Act 2017, a complaint must be made within six years of the conduct that gave rise to the complaint. The legislation also states that the complaint must be within three years from the date on which the customer became aware of the conduct. Deering said it was a “sad irony” that banks were using this three-year limit, which had been inserted into the legislation to assist customers who may fall outside the six-year limit. He said the challenges could mean serious delays in investigating complaints as his office would first have to do a time limit assessment on each. In correspondence sent to the Oireachtas Finance Committee, KBC Bank confirmed it raised the time limitation in 27 cases. Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty said this is proof that the culture in the bank has not changed, “nor has its attitude to customers”. After the ombudsman’s public rebuke, several banks, including KBC, stated they would no longer challenge the investigation of complaints under the time limit clause. Doherty said the decision was “due to the political and media pressure they have faced”. “This only demonstrates that their repeated apologies in respect of the tracker mortgage was based more upon their public image than any commitment to their customers,” he said.Doherty said this section of the legislation was never intended to be used as a loophole.  Share7 Tweet Email1 Short URL The legislation was passed to ensure that many of those affected were able to have their cases heard by the ombudsman, and many of them have.In a statement to, KBC Bank said the 27 cases were customers it had deemed not impacted by overcharging in its tracker mortgage examination. The bank said it had “consulted the FSPO and communicated that, in its view, the cases appeared to be outside the specific time limitations” set out in the legislation.KBC said it had also acknowledged in its communications that it remained at the discretion of the ombudsman’s office to accept complaints, including those that fall outside those time limitations. The decision to raise the timeframe in these 27 cases was made before Deering’s comments in the media. KBC said it later communicated with the ombudsman’s office to state it would no longer be raising the application of time limits. “KBC Bank confirmed to the Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman that, in the interest of customers, the bank will not challenge time limitations in respect of tracker mortgage complaints.”Last month asked all of the main banks whether they had attempted to use these limitations to block the investigation of tracker mortgage complaints.Bank of Ireland said it referred a “small number of non-impacted customer cases” for consideration in relation to timeframe. However it said it had taken on board feedback from Deering and informed his office the bank was “happy that they don’t apply a time limit to any tracker mortgage related complaints”.AIB said it would not be seeking the application of time restrictions. Ulster Bank said it had never challenged the jurisdiction of the ombudsman’s office in relation to time limits on tracker mortgage complaints. Permanent TSB also said it had not raised the time limit in respect of any complaints to the ombudsman.Doherty said today that the Finance Committee has received correspondence from a number of banks and is awaiting similar information from Bank of Ireland and Permanent TSB. The committee is expected to meet with bank executives about the issue when the Dáil resumes.last_img read more

Seniors fact sheets launched by joint initiative in South Australia

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Ten fact sheets that contain information for seniors translated in Greek were launched by the Greek Orthodox Community of SA (GOCSA) two Fridays ago, together with the Seniors Information Service (SIS). The topics covered in the fact sheets include: Home support options, residential aged care facilities, respite care, hiring private care services, legal advice, care and support after a hospital stay, power of attorney, wills, estates and probates and to move or not to move.The fact sheets were officially launched by Federal MP Steve Georganas, who thanked the GOCSA and its staff in organizing the launch and praised GOCSA for its initiative in working together with a mainstream organisation to meet the information needs of the Greek community. Mr Georganas reiterated the importance of distributing the resources widely to ensure equal access to information by the Greek community and promoting a greater capacity to make informed decisions about aged care services. A short visual presentation followed with Mr Theo Panagopoulos, GOCSA Media Liaison Officer, demonstrating to participants how to access the 10 Greek SIS Fact Sheets on the GOCSA website.last_img read more

Only four of 350 brothels in Athens licensed

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram There are some 350 brothels in Athens but only four of them have operating licenses, Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias has informed MPs.Responding to a question from New Democracy MP Adonis Georgiadis, Dendias admitted that authorities did not have a definitive number for the total number of brothels as they regularly change their location.In July and August, 229 people were arrested in connection with illegal prostitution in Athens, Dendias revealed.Source: Kathimerinilast_img

Election results in for GOCMV

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Bill Papastergiadis has been elected again as president of the Greek Orthodox Community for the next three years following the elections for the new GOCMV committee held last Sunday The current committee was reelected while both “opposition candidates” John Lioupas and Zisis Pouros were not elected to the committee.Lioupas received 187 votes and Pouros received 179. After the election, the committee said they would ensure to follow through for a positive outcomes for the Greek community, with many key projects already on their agenda including the development of the Cultural Centre. The full list of results in alphabetical order include: Jim Bossinakis 677 Nick Dallas 676 Dimitrios Iakovakis 592 Paul Iliopoulos 681 Tammy Iliou 671 George Kallianis 641 George Koletsis 676 Alexis Kosta 679 Nick Koukouvitakis 677 Costas Markos 665 Theo Markos 668 Spiros Papadopoulos 676 Bill Papastergiadis 623 Nick Parthimos 664 Marinis Pirpiris 660 Zisis Pouros 179 Kostas Tsoumbakos 633 Philip Vassiliadis 680 Leonidas Vlahakis 678 Vasso Zangalis 673last_img read more

VCE Modern Greek in crisis

first_imgVictoria is renowned for its thriving Greek population, which one would think would be reflected in the number of students enrolled in VCE Modern Greek. But it is not the case, and hasn’t been for some time now. “Families with Greek background have a major responsibility for the sad levels of VCE Greek today.”According to figures obtained by Neos Kosmos, across Victoria just 274 students are currently enrolled in the language at VCE level – the same number as in 2014, and two less than in 2013.The total number of Greek learners pale in comparison to Mandarin, with 3,274 of the 9,952 students sitting a VCE language oral exam in 2015 enrolled, followed by French, Japanese and Italian. Modern Greek lags behind in eighth place. Low numbers have been a cause for concern for the past decade, with enrolments in Modern Greek units decreasing from 393 in 2005 to 258 in 2009.Sydney University professor of Modern Greek Vrasidas Karalis says the trends behind the issue are complex.“There isn’t a single answer to explain the reduction of the number of students enrolled in Greek at secondary level,” says Professor Karalis, who believes second generation Greeks are more concerned with pursuing tertiary study directly related to career development. “For them, getting a cultural education by training their language at a university level obviously wasn’t a priority.“From now on we need better coordination, common teaching materials and a pedagogic system at Greek schools.” Karalis proposes further implementing technological resources may be the answer, and says wider community involvement and support is crucial. “Universities should offer scholarships for those kids interested to continue Greek at a tertiary level, as well as postgraduate scholarships to adults,” he says.“The utilisation of the Greek Australian community’s precious archives and the creation of networks with researchers, within and outside of higher education, could give an extra push to the Greek language.”Coordinator of Greek Language Education in Victoria, Dr Anastasios Tamis believes families play a big role in the decline of enrolments. He says some 40 per cent of students, the majority of whom are of Greek background, begin school without having engaged with Greek in their early years. “It’s obvious that families with Greek background have a major responsibility for the sad levels of VCE Greek today,” says Dr Tamis.“Today Greek educators provide too much material to students. In most cases they can’t comprehend what they are studying,” he adds, suggesting that many schools expect students to learn by rote grammar rules and verb conjugation without fully understanding their meaning. With an about 10 per cent of students enrolled in Modern Greek at VCE level believed to be recent arrivals from Greece, there is growing concern about the level of testing and advantage held by native speakers.“Unlike Victoria, other states and territories are running two or three different types of student exams, depending on whether they were born in Australia or in Greece,” says Professor Tamis, proposing the current system should be adjusted to suit the different needs and backgrounds of Modern Greek students.In Victoria five languages are offered at varying levels to suit student’s fluency, including Mandarin, Japanese and Korean.Dr Tamis says the state of affairs requires the Modern Greek Teachers’ Association of Victoria, along with the Education Office of the Greek Consulate in Victoria, needs to to step up to close the gap. A spokesperson from the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) told Neos Kosmos that they are aware of the situation and are looking to ensure fairness in assessments for all students by analysing and monitoring exam performance. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Crocodile découverte dun fossile vieux de 100 millions dannées

first_imgCrocodile : découverte d’un fossile vieux de 100 millions d’annéesDes chercheurs ont annoncé avoir retrouvé en Thaïlande le fossile d’une espèce de crocodile qui a vécu il y a 100 millions d’années. Cette dernière était encore inconnue jusqu’à présent.Un scientifique de l’université Mahasarakham, Komsorn Lauprasert, a expliqué que le “khoratosuchus jintasakuli” avait des pattes plus longues que les crocodiles modernes et se nourrissait probablement de poissons. Il vivait sur terre et pouvait courir très vite, ajoute-t-il.Le fossile, de 15 centimètres de long, a été découvert dans la province thaïlandaise de Korat. C’est d’ailleurs d’après cette dernière qu’a été baptisée la nouvelle espèce identifiée, mais aussi d’après le patronyme du directeur de l’Institut de recherche du nord-est du bois pétrifié et des ressources minérales, Pratueng Jintasakul.Le 26 novembre 2010 à 20:24 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Découvrez en images le nouveau siège dApple vu par Norman Foster

first_imgDécouvrez en images le nouveau siège d’Apple vu par Norman FosterLes plans du futur campus de la firme à la pomme ont été confiés à un grand architecte anglais, Norman Foster.L’architecte britannique Norman Foster s’est vu confier les plans d’un nouveau siège pour Apple, déjà baptisé Apple City. Ce projet prévoit d’étendre les quartiers actuels du siège d’Apple basé à Cupertino en Californie et d’inclure des tunnels sous-terrains et des habitations pour les salariés de la firme à la pomme. Il est aussi prévu d’y incorporer l’utilisation d’énergies renouvelables.À lire aussiJournée mondiale de l’environnement : Quelques astuces pour un mode de vie plus écolo au bureauLe design de cette Apple City devrait être fortement influencé par celui de Masdar, ville entièrement écologique située à Abou Dabi, faisant des quartiers de la société à la pomme une merveille technologique en avance sur son temps.  Masdar est l’une des seules villes au monde à se débarrasser des voitures et des émissions carboniques.Découvrez l’Apple City pensée par Norman Foster en images : Le 10 décembre 2010 à 14:28 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Les textos plus faciles pour mentir

first_imgLes textos plus faciles pour mentir ? D’après une étude, les gens mentiraient bien plus facilement lorsqu’ils communiquent par texto,  notamment grâce au fait que leur interlocuteur ne les voit pas. Mais ceci ne serait pas sans conséquence…La découverte n’est pas vraiment étonnante mais elle reste intéressante. Des travaux publiés dans la revue Journal of Business Ethics démontrent que le mensonge serait très répandu par SMS. Il serait même bien plus fréquent que lors d’une conversation téléphonique ou en face-à-face. A cela une raison que l’on peut deviner : il est beaucoup plus facile de mentir par texto qu’au téléphone ou en personne, l’interlocuteur ne pouvant scruter les gestes et expressions du menteur.  Pour arriver à une telle conclusion, les chercheurs ont réalisé une analyse du comportement de 140 étudiants lors de jeux de rôles. C’est ainsi qu’ils ont établi un lien évident entre la prise de risques et le mensonge, rapporte France Soir. En passant par les SMS, le menteur a bien moins de chances d’être découvert et donc oserait plus facilement. Mais ce n’est pas tout ce qu’ont identifié les chercheurs.Selon eux, ce mensonge ne serait pas sans conséquence, il serait même plus lourd pour le menteur que dans d’autres circonstances. En effet, les scientifiques ont constaté que les personnes ayant menti par texto éprouvaient davantage de colère dosée d’une plus forte culpabilité envers elles-mêmes que si elle l’avaient fait face-à-face ou lors d’une conversation téléphonique. L’avantage ne serait donc que de courte durée d’après l’étude… Mais si cette conclusion apparait rassurante, l’étude met le doigt sur un point important, à l’heure où les nouvelles technologies ont envahi notre quotidien, faisant évoluer les modes de communications. Le 26 décembre 2011 à 20:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more