Italy Deports Four Suspected Moroccan Terrorists

Rabat – Italy is set to expel four Moroccans after they allegedly spread terrorist propaganda, bringing the number of suspected jihadists deported from Italy so far this year to 59.Living near Bologna, the four are accused of using the internet to “circulate jihadist propaganda, manuals on carrying out attacks and songs celebrating martyrdom,” according to La Stampa.Italy’s interior minister Angelino Alfano said the four had been under surveillance for various reasons and alleged they “committed themselves to the spread of violent extremism.” “These results show that our security systems work and that, through prevention, we aim to reduce the risk of an attack.”In the wake of the Paris attacks, Italy raised its terror alert amid a tip-off from the FBI claiming attacks were being planned at key monuments in Rome and Milan. Since November 23, about 2,000 police have been deployed to Rome amid security fears ahead of Vatican’s Holy Jubilee Year of Mercy starting December 8 which is said to attract thousands of pilgrims.Photo by: The Associated Press read more

Libya Security Council ends mandate for international military operations

27 October 2011The Security Council today ordered the end to authorized international military action in Libya, more than seven months after allowing United Nations Member States to take “all necessary measures” to protect civilians during a popular uprising against the country’s former regime. The Security Council today ordered the end to authorized international military action in Libya, more than seven months after allowing United Nations Member States to take “all necessary measures” to protect civilians during a popular uprising against the country’s former regime.The 15-member UN body unanimously passed a resolution ending the UN mandate allowing military intervention and terminating a no-fly zone over Libya that had also been imposed in March.After those measures were introduced, members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and other countries carried out air strikes to protect civilians caught up in the fighting between then rebels and forces supporting former leader Muammar al-Qadhafi.According to today’s resolution, the authorization will end at 11:59 p.m. local time in Libya on 31 October. Authorization for the no-fly zone will lapse at the same time.In its resolution today the Council welcomed what it described as positive developments in Libya, saying the North African country now had better prospects for a “democratic, peaceful and prosperous future there.”The text said the Council looked forward to a swift establishment of an inclusive, representative transitional government, and reiterated the need for the transitional period to be underpinned by a commitment to democracy, good governance, the rule of law, national reconciliation and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms of all people.The Council strongly urged Libyan authorities to refrain from reprisals, including arbitrary detentions, and called on them to take all steps necessary to prevent reprisals, wrongful imprisonment and extrajudicial executions. Council members also stressed the Libyan authorities’ responsibility for the protection of its population, including foreign nationals and migrants from the rest of Africa.It called on Member States to cooperate closely with the Libyan authorities in their efforts to end impunity for violations of international human rights and international humanitarian law.Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC) on Sunday declared the full liberation of the country, more than eight months after the popular uprising began, and days after the death of Mr. Qadhafi in his hometown of Sirte.The pro-democracy uprising in Libya was part of a wider popular movement across North Africa and the Middle East this year that has also led to the downfall of long-term regimes in Tunisia and Egypt. read more

Oil price rises on hopes that Federal Reserve will act to stimulate

by News Staff Posted Jun 19, 2012 5:29 pm MDT Oil price rises on hopes that Federal Reserve will act to stimulate US economy NEW YORK, N.Y. – The price of oil rose Tuesday on hopes that the U.S. Federal Reserve would announce new measures to stimulate the U.S. economy.U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude climbed 76 cents to end the day at US$84.03 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.The Fed holds a two-day meeting that ends Wednesday, and in the past it has taken action to encourage Americans to spend and borrow. Many analysts think the struggles of the U.S. economy and Europe’s debt crisis will compel the Fed to say or unveil something to try to boost confidence.Any sign that the Fed is willing to take action could lift oil prices, which have fallen sharply during the past six weeks over fears that growth in the global economy will stall.“The market is building on a little optimism that they’ll do something,” said Peter Donovan, an oil broker with Vantage Trading in New York.Concerns about Iran’s nuclear program also are pushing oil prices higher, Donovan said. Negotiations between six world powers and Iran — a huge oil producer — appear to have accomplished little this week in Moscow. That increases the likelihood of a European oil embargo in July. And some analysts are concerned the matter will only be settled by an armed conflict in the Middle East.Either action — an embargo or an attack on Iran — could cut into the world’s supply of oil.The increase Tuesday was a rarity for oil. The price has been mostly falling since the end of February, and oil is more than 20 per cent cheaper than it was on May 1.The price of U.S. gasoline has followed oil lower most of the spring and summer. On Tuesday, the national average fell below $3.50 per gallon (92 cents a litre) for the first time since Feb. 10, according to auto club AAA, Wright Express and Oil Price Information Service. The average pump price has dropped 44 cents since peaking at $3.94 in early April.Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst at OPIS, expects prices to fall another 5 to 20 cents before the Fourth of July holiday. The price of gasoline tends to fall at this time of year as refineries increase stockpiles of summer gasoline. And with no reported refining problems and no hurricanes in sight, “the trend between now and July 4 is for lower prices,” Kloza said.In other futures trading, heating oil rose 1.74 cents to finish at $2.6351 per gallon while wholesale gasoline fell by 1.94 cents to end at $2.6415 per gallon. Natural gas slipped nine cents to finish at $2.545 per 1,000 cubic feet.Brent crude, which helps set the price for oil imported into the U.S., fell by 29 cents to end the day at $95.76 per barrel in London.___Follow Chris Kahn on Twitter at, TSX:IMO, TSX:SU, TSX:HSE, NYSE:BP, NYSE:COP, NYSE:XOM, NYSE:CVX, TSX:CNQ, TSX:TLM, TSX:COS.UN, TSX:CVE) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Americans turn to Sheldon and Amy on Big Bang when its time

by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Nov 24, 2015 1:43 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 24, 2015 at 2:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Americans turn to Sheldon and Amy on ‘Big Bang’ when it’s time to laugh NEW YORK, N.Y. – No one is coming close to challenging “The Big Bang Theory” when Americans turn on prime-time television in search of a few laughs.The Nielsen company’s ratings last week illustrate the CBS comedy’s dominance. Nielsen said 15.2 million people watched “The Big Bang Theory” on Thursday, far above the second most-popular sitcom, ABC’s “Modern Family,” which had 8.4 million viewers.The Chuck Lorre-created comedy about socially challenged brainiacs is headed toward some memorable episodes, with Jim Parsons’ character, Sheldon Cooper, about to consummate his romance with Amy, played by Mayim Bialik.“The Big Bang Theory” is also the most popular sitcom among viewers ages 18- to 49-years-old, although the gap with “Modern Family” is narrower.The bench strength for televised sitcoms has to be concerning for television executives. At NBC, ancestral home of “Cheers,” ”Friends” and “Seinfeld,” the most-watched sitcom last week was “Undateable,” a Friday-night show with 2.7 million viewers. Jimmy Fallon often draws that many viewers late at night.The American Music Awards led ABC to its best Sunday-night showing since last spring, although its audience of 11 million viewers was a dip from last year’s 11.6 million, Nielsen said.CBS won the week in prime time, averaging 8.4 million viewers. NBC had 7.7 million viewers and was the most popular network among 18- to 49-year-old viewers. ABC had 7.1 million, Fox had 5.3 million, Univision had 2.4 million, the CW had 1.49 million, Telemundo had 1.48 million and ION Television had 1.2 million.ESPN was the week’s most popular cable network, averaging 2.88 million viewers in prime time. Fox News Channel had 2.27 million, Hallmark had 1.88 million, USA had 1.61 million and TBS had 1.56 million.During a busy news week, NBC’s “Nightly News” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 9.6 million viewers. ABC’s “World News Tonight” was second with 9.2 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 8 million viewers.For the week of Nov. 16-22, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: NFL Football: Cincinnati at Arizona, NBC, 18.01 million; “NCIS,” CBS, 16.59 million; “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 15.19 million; “Sunday Night NFL Pregame Show,” NBC, 13.69 million; “The Walking Dead,” AMC, 13.22 million; “NCIS: New Orleans,” CBS, 13.01 million; “The OT,” Fox, 12.73 million; “Dancing With the Stars,” ABC, 12.35 million; NFL Football: Houston at Cincinnati, ESPN, 12.19 million; “Empire,” Fox, 11:34 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.___Online: read more

At Cambridge Ban says universality of human rights is key to preventing

“Asserting one’s own rights is only one part of the battle. Recognizing the human rights of others is the true – and harder – test of commitment. Yet today, in many places and in many respects, the human rights compact is under assault or has broken down completely,” he said in an address at Cambridge University, England, on receiving an honorary doctorate. “We see this in the deliberate starvation of besieged populations in Syria; and in the enslavement of women and girls by Da’esh [an alternative name for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL], Boko Haram and other violent extremists. “We see it in many places where governments are retaliating against human rights defenders and restricting media freedoms. We may also be seeing it in the world’s response to the refugee crisis,” he said. Commending the countries and citizens who have opened their arms and doors in solidarity, Mr. Ban stressed that too many Syrians and others fleeing “appalling violence” are being victimized several times over: at home, where life is impossible; by smugglers and by other perils of their journeys; and by harsh treatment upon arrival in places where they hope to find asylum. “As we address the wider challenge of large-scale displacement, I appeal for shared responsibility and compassion,” he said. “Razor-wire fences, the confiscation of assets, and the vilification of people seeking safety all summon up ghosts of past crises – the lessons of which we are meant to have learned already,” he added, citing some of the hurdles the refugees and migrants have faced in Europe and calling for a strong show of solidarity at tomorrow’s humanitarian conference in London. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivers his address at the ceremony held in the Senate House of the University of Cambridge. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivers his address at the ceremony held in the Senate House of the University of Cambridge. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe ‹› “We need to get Syrian children back in school – we have 2 million Syrian children out of school at this time – and get our aid convoys through to people in dire need. We have at least 400,000 people stranded in besieged villages, at least 15 besieged villages. It is very difficult for us, very dangerous,” he noted. Referring to criticism of UN efforts in Syria which have managed to reach only a fraction of those in need – less than five per cent – Mr. Ban noted that half the area is controlled by Da’esh and only two per cent by the Government and he underscored the responsibility of the Syrian Government and the need “to fight against the ways of Da’esh.” Citing the three pillars of the UN Charter – peace and security, development, and human rights – he highlighted the primacy of the third pillar. “Among the three pillars, the human rights pillar should be given the highest priority, highest priority,” he declared, noting that the international community did not do enough to prevent the horrors of Cambodia, Rwanda, and Srebrenica in Bosnia and Herzegovina. “Since 2013, we have pursued a new effort to ensure that we act early to identify, and speak out about, violations of human rights. We know that exclusion based on ethnic, religious or other potential dividing lines is especially combustible. Under the ‘Human Rights up Front,’ which I initiated just two years ago, we aim to act on these clear warning signs before they escalate.” He dismissed assertions that discussion of a country’s rights violations breach the UN Charter by interfering in a country’s domestic affairs. “Sovereignty was never meant to be a barrier behind which a government can freely abuse its own citizens,” he stressed. “Sovereignty remains part of the bedrock of international order. But the less sovereignty is viewed as a wall or a shield, the better our prospects will be for protecting people and solving our shared problems. “Impunity only breeds even more violence. Indifference only makes our world far less secure. Inaction remains the greatest threat. We have to get away from this impunity, indifference, and inaction. “It is time to do more to stop the brazen and brutal erosion of respect for human rights and international humanitarian law in the world’s conflict areas. It is time to strengthen the way we prepare for and respond to the mega-crises of the 21st century,” said the Secretary-General. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre right) during the ceremony held in the Senate House of the University of Cambridge. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Kitack Lim, Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), during his visit to IMO headquarters in London. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe read more

Prince Louis celebrates 1st birthday with new pictures taken by Duchess of

Prince Louis Arthur Charles, fifth-in-line to the throne, was born at 11.01am on April 23 2018 – St George’s Day – weighing 8lb 7oz. With a lifetime of royal duty ahead of him, Prince Louis will soon become accustomed to dressing in his best for formal photographs.But not quite yet, it seems.A new set of official portraits of the baby Prince, released in celebration of his first birthday on Tuesday, show him happily playing in the woods, having rolled around so much he is covered in moss and leaves.Two pictures, taken by his mother the Duchess of Cambridge, see him clambering up and sitting on a log, surrounded by greenery in a cosy red jumper.The Duchess has recently spoken extensively about the importance of outdoor play, having designed a family garden for Chelsea Flower Show based on her own woodland at Anmer Hall, Norfolk.”Spending quality time together is such an important aspect of family life and for me, as a mother, it is the simple family moments like playing outside together that I cherish,” she has said. Prince Louis photographed by his mother, the Duchess of CambridgeCredit:Kensington Palace In March, she said of Prince Louis: “He just wants to pull himself up all the time. He’s got these little walkers and is bombing around on them.”A third photograph shows the Prince in a different location, back at the house in a second outfit which included a £35 dog jumper from childrenswear company Trotters. He will soon be joined by a new cousin: the first baby of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex who is due any day now. The pictures are a rare glimpse of the Louis, who bears a striking resemblance to his older siblings and mother at the same age and has only been seen in public a handful of times since his birth.As he turns one, he already has two bottom teeth and neatly combed hair, and is dressed in the same hand-me-down style of Prince George and Princess Charlotte. The one-year-old Prince Louis seems to have been happily rolling in mossCredit:Duchess of Cambridge While Prince George was dressed in shorts and knee high socks for his baby pictures, Prince Louis is wearing trousers along with a smart shirt collar identical to one worn by his older brother and father, Prince William, when he was small.The photographs were taken earlier this month in Norfolk, with the Duchess getting behind the camera once again.The Duke and Duchess are “delighted” to share the images with the public, a spokesman said.The Cambridge family will celebrate Prince Louis’s birthday together on Tuesday morning, before the Duke flies to New Zealand in time for Anzac Day to pay his respects to those affected by the Christchurch mosque terrorist attack. Prince Louis photographed by his mother, the Duchess of Cambridge The one-year-old Prince Louis seems to have been happily rolling in moss read more


← Previous Story IMPORTANT POINTS FOR TOP 16: Wisla wins in Porto! Next Story → FIRST SEASON DEFEAT FOR POLISH TEAM: Fantastic KIF Kolding beat Kielce! Beach handball Until the summer of 2013, in the sports world Columbia was known as the county of great football players, Asprilla, Valderrama and Falcao, some boxer, and speaking globally, famous for its everlasting story of the king of narcotics, Pablo Escobar, who brought fame to a Latin American country, the third biggest one, after Brazil and Mexico . A possible milestone in the sports history of a country with 47 million people, on the shores of the Caribbean sea, but a huge step forward for handball, was organizing the World Games in the second largest city, Cali, where our sport experienced a great expansion. To avoid any confusion, this is about beach handball, which has , in the sports festival of all the sports that could be listed in the future in the official programme of the Olympic games, showed its potentials and reached dimensions, unknown till then. (Read the full text on read more

BM Fraikin Granollers sign young right back Alex Marquez

Alex MarquezBM Fraikin Granollers One of the best Spanish team BM Fraikin Granollers reacted quickly after departure of Brazilian right back Guillermo Toledo to Polish Orlen Wisla Plock by signing one of the best young Spanish lefthanders from FC Barcelona Lassa – Alex Marquez. The 20 years-old right back signed two and a half years contract with the team with strong handball tradition.-I have accepted the proposal of Granollers because I want the minutes ASOBAL that I could have in Barcelona, stated young Alex on promotion in a new team.BM Fraikin Granollers will play the first match of EHF Cup Round 3 against Norwegian Arendal next weekend. ← Previous Story Carlos Ruesga debut for FC Barcelona on Wednesday Next Story → GOLD IN TOKYO: DHB and Dagur Sigurdsson together until 2020?

Mars bars diarrhoea Connect 4 and a once in a lifetime triumph

first_imgMars bars, diarrhoea, Connect 4 and a once in a lifetime triumph: an oral history of Malaysia ’97 Players, staff and journalists recount the finer details of the Republic of Ireland U20s’ historic journey 20 years ago. By Eoin O’Callaghan 23,011 Views Short URL Follow us: Another win means more plans have to change. Not that the squad care too much. The prolonged adventure is something to enjoy, not fear. The sense of camaraderie and closeness seems to calm the players and coaches. The environment makes sure no-one is overwhelmed.     But within three minutes of Baker’s opener, Ghana level. Still, on 33 minutes, Thomas Morgan picks up the ball in the centre of the pitch and slides a perfect through-ball for Damien Duff. In a replica of his calm, assured finish against Morocco, he cooly knocks it to the bottom corner and Ireland don’t relinquish the lead again.   SF: Physically, it was all a bit alien to them but there are some great stories about the stuff Brian had done with them to get them prepared.DB: Beforehand, in Limerick, we trained in saunas with rain jackets on us. Just to try and get used to the heat. When we arrived in Malaysia and the doors of the plane opened, I remember thinking, ‘What the fuck is that?’ That was night-time. But it was so warm. The heat hit you like a sun-bed. The humidity. It was so powerful. We just said, ‘How can we play in that?’ The prep he did to get us ready…We say it now – we bet England and France weren’t in saunas with rain jackets doing jumping jacks and press-ups. Those are stories no-one would hear before but an example of the work that had been put in. Source: Matthew AshtonSF: The players were also good footballers. You had the likes of Thomas Morgan who is a cousin of Wes Hoolahan and while he wouldn’t have Wes’ profile or dribbling skills, he could run a game. Just give him the ball and he could pass all day. He was the heartbeat of the team in terms of controlling the tempo of the match. He’s an example of how Irish guys could play that way but didn’t really get the opportunity to do it. If he had been born in Spain or somewhere like that, he would’ve gone on to have a much more profitable career because he was a lovely footballer.SF: Ghana were unbelievable athletes. Big, huge kids. They had an incredible record at underage football during the 90s too.DB: They were like grown men. They were intimidating. Physical, good on the ball, quick – able to run around in that heat with no problem. And up against little skinny Irish bodies? But we played well and should’ve got something out of it. Source: Matthew AshtonSF: We were really disappointed not to get at least a draw. But the way they structured the competition, a good third-place would see you through so there wasn’t a sense that we were out of the tournament. There was an understanding that it was early days yet.BO’B: Heads were a little bit down but when we saw the subsequent performances, there was a bandwagon with no shortage of people wanting to get on it. Jun 12th 2017, 5:28 PM IT STARTED LONG before anyone boarded a flight bound for Malaysia. Yet, it all came down to three weeks in the summer of 1997. Some were curious from the start. For others, they got to that point eventually. It was a long, hard slog but for those immersed in it, the memories are still easily recalled. Here, to detail the Republic of Ireland’s remarkable Under 20 World Cup campaign two decades ago, players, staff and journalists recall those memories in their own words.Lineup: Stephen Finn: In 1996, I’d been in France with the Irish U18s when Spain, England and Italy were in the group. We managed two draws and I remember Dessie Baker scoring a great goal against the Italians. But that team was in a bit of limbo because Maurice Setters had been the manager but he left with Jack Charlton at the end of 1995. So, Maurice Price was in charge in ’96 and Jimmy McDermott was alongside him. As a result of how well we did at that Euro tournament, we qualified for the World Cup the following year.Dessie Baker: It nearly goes back to the Kennedy Cup. From the 20 players in Malaysia, maybe about 11 were part of that U14 group. The same faces in every photo, really. We obviously always had trials but it normally came down to the usual players: ‘Oco’ (Derek O’Connor), (Stephen) Murphy, Colin Hawkins, Mick Cummins. There was always 10 or 11 guaranteed their spots in the squads all the time. In December 1996, Brian Kerr – who had guided St. Patrick’s Athletic to two League of Ireland titles over a ten-year period as manager and who had previously held a coaching position under former Irish underage boss Liam Tuohy – is announced as the new manager and technical director of the Republic of Ireland’s youth teams.  Bernard O’Byrne: Everything happened within my first 18 months at the FAI so, in fact, Brian Kerr was actually my first appointment in late 1996. He’d long been someone I’d hugely admired, particularly as a St Pat’s fan my whole life. When his application dropped in through the door, I knew who I wanted. I hoped he’d make a difference over two or three years. But within a few months we were at a World Cup.SF: That was a big news story at the time. It would be like if Stephen Kenny or John Caulfield was announced as coach of an Irish underage side now. People were amazed.Kerr quickly starts planning for the trip to Malaysia but for various reasons, there are a number of new faces on the periphery of the group.  SF: There were two big things that happened. Firstly, Fifa changed the age-group. The cut-off point had been something like 1 August or 1 September 1977 as a player’s date of birth. But, Fifa changed it to 1 January. That opened it up for the likes of Neale Fenn, Robbie Ryan, Thomas Morgan. And there were other players able to play too – Kevin Kilbane was eligible, David Connolly too. But Mick McCarthy didn’t seem to want either of them to go, for whatever reason. Brian Kerr had a big battle to get the squad together beforehand. By 1997, Ian Harte was already a senior international so didn’t travel to Malaysia. Source: © Billy Stickland\INPHOIan Harte had played with the boys at U16 level but missed the Euro tournament through injury. By ’97, he had already been capped at senior level so didn’t travel. So, the squad that went to Malaysia could’ve been even stronger because there were so many good players that could’ve gone but didn’t. Brian had the squad training in Limerick and Alan Mahon – who was a super player and who was in the Tranmere first team at the time – got injured down there. I ended up bringing him back up to Dublin in my car while the team kept training. I dropped him at his ma and da’s house! So, we went over there thinking the worst because we were missing so many.DB: Alan was top-notch. It was a big loss going over there without him.SF: The expectation was the lads would give it a good shot but they knew they were up against it. If Brian thought they would go on and do the best Ireland have ever done in a World Cup, fair play to him. Because being honest, I thought getting out of the group would’ve been a remarkably good achievement.BO’B: There was no awareness that we were going to do as well as we did. There were even mutterings about whether it was a waste of money to send a team all the way across the world. You must remember that in 1996, there was no governmental support and the FAI was in straightened circumstances. There was a big effort to send a team but it wasn’t that they were being sent with any great hope.BO’B: Brian had huge criticism for including three League of Ireland players in the squad but, once again, he was proved correct. His ability to bring the best out of players, get a system together and get their total commitment to it was proven yet again.DB: The likes of Trevor Molloy and Glen Crowe were late additions. All these players wanted that jersey more than anything. In the trial matches, the players standing out were those that hadn’t been involved with us before.Trevor Molloy: I don’t know how Brian Kerr saw me. I didn’t know what was going on, I went and had a trial match up in Drogheda against the UAE. I scored. He was making a decision on the team. I remember sitting in my ma’s in the hallway, just sitting on the stairs waiting for the phone to ring. I got the phone call from him and I remember just jumping up and down roaring crying in front of my ma saying: ‘I’m going, I’m going, I’m going to play for Ireland.’ Source: Matthew AshtonSF: I got on well with the players. I wasn’t much older than them, really – maybe four or five years. Once they qualified, I said to The Star, ‘Look, Ireland so rarely qualify for World Cups so we should really cover it’. My sports editor at the time – Connie Clinton – said they didn’t have the budget for it so I suggested talking to the Indo and see if they’d be interested in me covering it for them too and they could split the costs. So, they agreed. I was initially supposed to stay for a week and it ended up being closer to a month.TM: The first day we met up in Clonshaugh for training before the World Cup, Brian told us we’d be in Malaysia for a month and to make sure we brought enough underwear. Some of the players didn’t believe him and had their holidays booked for three weeks later. SF: They all had Umbro trainers, which were blue, so Noel O’Reilly changed the words from ‘Blue Suede Shoes’ to ‘Umbro Shoes’.DB: Remember the old Adidas Gazelle runners? That material but Umbro and light blue. Green tracksuit top and black bottoms. Jesus, Ireland gave us some bad kit! I think we had yellow ties for our suits. But we didn’t give a shit. We were with Brian.I think it was John Burns who came up with ‘Umbro Shoes’. He was a cracking singer and then Noel made up a song about it.On 29 June, the Irish take on Spain, who had finished top of Group D with three wins from three games before easily brushing past Canada.  Brian Kerr: It was the first time I felt confident we were going to beat someone. I really felt we were playing a team with a similar style to us – a fairly cocky shower – but I felt we had the edge if we got it right and everyone played to their limits.Derek O’Connor: We started well. We had enough chances. We could’ve scored ourselves after two or three minutes. Spain got back into it around 20/25 minutes and had a few shots on goal but nothing serious. We got to half-time at 0-0 and felt a bit hard done by, I suppose, because we’d had chances to take the lead. And then we got a peno almost from the restart – about five or six minutes were gone.SF: Of all the games, it was the one I didn’t have any doubt about. I hadn’t even seen Spain so I’m not sure why I felt that way but I thought the mix of our players was just so good. Beforehand, Trevor Molloy told me he was going to score and that he was going to dedicate the goal to his son – who has now already played in the League of Ireland and is in America doing really well right now – but was only a newborn then. Sure enough, he made the penalty and scored it. And it was weird. It was just, ‘Ah, these won’t beat us’. There was no logic to it. But momentum had built up. We were unstoppable. Source: Matthew AshtonTM: The ball came across and I was going to shoot. But I saw the big man come across so I thought I’d take it by him. And as I took it by him, he took me down for a peno. I didn’t even look at the goalkeeper because they’d do anything to try and intimidate you and put you off and make you take your time or lose your bottle. I was having none of it.via GIPHYDB: He wanted to take it because he’d been telling stories about his missus and new baby at home. I remember he ran over and got the ball and pointed at himself. He kissed the Irish badge on his jersey before taking it and I remember getting the goose pimples and I knew he wasn’t going to miss.via GIPHYDOC: They put a lot of pressure on for the last 20/25 minutes. I had one or two saves to make. I should’ve actually held onto one – I blame myself – but the defenders were brilliant. Colin Hawkins got back on the line and cleared it. So he really saved me. We’d do anything for each other on the pitch. That’s the team spirit we had. Share297 Tweet Email2 center_img Monday 12 Jun 2017, 5:28 PM Just two days later, the Irish return to action and face the US in a crunch battle. After an opening defeat, it’s imperative they pick up a positive result, which they do — despite some difficult circumstances.  SF: The food in the first hotel wasn’t great. If it wasn’t for Snickers and Mars bars, some of the players wouldn’t have eaten at all during the tournament. They were petrified of the food. It was a real concern. ‘Oco’ ended up getting sick so Paul Whelan came in as goalkeeper for the US game. I think John Burns got injured in the Ghana game and he was a brilliant player. He had been a key player in that team all the way up. He went on to play with Nottingham Forest’s first team but he pretty much watched the remainder of the tournament on crutches. So, there had to be a bit of a reshuffle.DB: We were dropping like flies. Between injuries and everything else. We had a dose of food poisoning. Diarrhoea. People were getting sick. I just lived off Mars bars. At the time, I just ate chicken. Plain chicken. That was it. Anytime they’d ask what I wanted in the restaurant, I’d just go, ‘CHICKEN! JUST PLAIN CHICKEN’. And they’d bring me back some fucking rabbit they’d probably just chopped up in the kitchen, I’d say. There was a just a big white lump on my plate. There was about seven or eight lads with diarrhoea. I ended up eating five or six Mars bars a day. ‘Oco’ ended up in hospital and had lost loads of weight during training and games too.Mick Cummins opens the scoring after just six minutes and they extend the lead later in the half when Ramiro Corrales puts through his own goal. The Americans get one back from the penalty spot but the Irish dig in and see the game out. A 2-1 win and they’re back in business.  SF: Mick Cummins was kind of like Seamus Coleman 20 years ahead of time. He had been a fantastic box-to-box midfielder. He had the biggest legs I’d ever seen on a footballer – like Roberto Carlos’ thighs. But Brian turned him into a right-back. What an athlete and scoring asset. Unsung, probably. But he scored against the Americans. And we were excellent in that game. They had some brilliant players who went onto play for the senior side – the likes of John O’Brien and Ben Olsen – at least six or seven, I think. Source: Matthew AshtonDB: I remember the lads coming in at half-time and their jerseys were soaking wet. It had just gone a different colour. It was a stone heavier than it was at kick-off.BO’B: I remember the way the crowd took to the Irish team. When we beat the United States, they seemed to like that a lot. After that game, we started to have an increasing amount of supporters. The locals really took to us. And by the time of the semis, we were almost being treated like the home side. A lot of that did centre around Damien because he was such an exciting player.Three days after the US victory, the Irish play their final group game against China. With three points from two games, a defeat isn’t the end of the world as four of the best third-placed teams will also make the knockout round. But, even a single point may ensure a decent Round of 16 match-up. DB: A draw favoured us because we knew we could get Morocco. We had a chance to win that game as well. Duffer was outstanding again – one of his best games. He hadn’t been involved with us at younger age-groups. He was only 18 and the rest of us were older. But you could see he was different class. Source: Matthew AshtonDespite conceding after 11 minutes, Cummins scores his second of the tournament later in the first half and Duff, in particular, shines on the left wing. The Irish see out the remainder of the game and pick up a 1-1 draw.  SF: Damien Duff’s individual brilliance stood out. He was impressing people like a Messi would, if you were seeing him for the first time. For me, Colin Hawkins and Dave Worrell – the two centre-backs – were immense. I thought Colin was going to be a senior international, no doubt. He remains one of the best centre-backs I’ve ever seen in the League of Ireland. They had an incredible understanding with each other. The funny thing was that Ross D’Arcy would’ve been the standout centre-back at the time but he missed the tournament because of injury and injuries curtailed his career after that too. Worrell had been playing right-back but dropped inside for the tournament, which meant Mick Cummins slotting in on the right.Hawkins was a man mountain and a great footballer and Dave could just read the game so well — a bit like Thomas Morgan. If he played on the continent, people would’ve raved about him. Like a typical Italian catenaccio. Even though it was roasting, I don’t remember him ever sweating. And the back four – with Robbie Ryan, who went on to play in an FA Cup final for Millwall, at left-back – was rock solid.On 25 June, the Irish are in a new stadium in Shah Alam for their Round of 16 battle with Morocco. Qualification means a change of plans. Many of the team are forced to cancel summer holiday plans and, overnight, attention from back home increases dramatically.  DB: We went over there not thinking we were going to get that far. I remember calling the lads back home to tell them I couldn’t go on the holiday. But they said to me, ‘Dessie, we’re not either. We’re looking to see where we can watch the matches. Everyone’s asking how you’re getting on’. We had banners and flags on either side of my street in Tallaght. We’d all come off the phone and swap stories that night about what was happening back home. It just gave you goose pimples.SF: I became good friends with a girl in KLM airlines because I had to keep changing my flights. I think I was in with her about four times. I don’t know what the accountants were thinking at The Star and The Indo. Maybe they were afraid to ask me.BO’B: When we got out of the group after the draw with China and we were drawn to face Morocco, suddenly the phones started to jump. That’s just the way life works. The bandwagon was up and running.SF: Brian would probably have fancied his chances against anybody in a 1-v-1 situation but there wasn’t anyone looking further down the road. Morocco were probably the favourites for the match – lots of talented players – but we played really well. Trevor Molloy’s confidence grew game-by-game. Neale Fenn was unbelievable too. Neale Fenn in action in 1997. Source: © INPHO/Patrick BolgerOne of the best touch players, hold-up players – like Kenny Dalglish – I’ve ever seen. When you played it into him, it didn’t matter how big you were, you weren’t getting the ball. And in terms of the heat – maybe his lack of pace, which probably cost him at the highest level, wasn’t an issue in Malaysia. Because his thought process was so mature and ahead of everyone else. We could play our way out of trouble. Thomas would keep things ticking over, Alan Kirby had an unbelievable engine, Duffer was taking players on and winning free-kicks left, right and centre, Neale could hold it up and then it was Trevor or Dessie or Glen coming around him so you always had a chance. After a few games, they knew they were good. And that’s when Damien Duff  started to become the player who you just gave the ball to.TM: Jesus, Duffer was amazing. The best thing about it was he was probably the nicest bloke there. He knew he was special, but he didn’t flaunt it. He was one of the lads. And when you’re looking at someone like that, he gives you inspiration to go out and do your best. He was very shy, but when you have talent like him, you can’t be shy on the football pitch, because people want to give you the ball. So he expressed himself in that way on the football pitch.via GIPHYDB: I remember when Fenny scored – thumped one to the top corner – and I looked at one of their players and he just stared at the sky mouthing something. I didn’t need to understand him. I knew he was just saying to himself, ‘That’s class’.  And then when Damien scored…Jesus.Neale Fenn scores after 35 minutes – brilliantly driving a left-foot strike to the net. But Morocco equalise just before the break when the covering Niall Inman can’t quite clear his lines and inadvertently stabs a low cross to the net. In energy-sapping conditions, both teams shadow-box for the second period before Duff conjures a moment of brilliance in the 97th minute of action. The ‘Golden Goal’ ensures the Irish win and progress to the quarter-finals.  DB: I’d been taken off. Knackered. It was my first start of the tournament and I found it hard. And I remember watching Duffer in extra-time and he still had so much energy. He used to look tired before he went onto the pitch – he had that laid-back attitude. Sheer class – he knew it but didn’t know it. After scoring, he ran over to the lads to celebrate and I didn’t know how he did it because when I stood up off the bench I nearly got cramp in both my legs.SF: It was the first Golden Goal I’d seen in real life and you just saw, in that moment, that it was just a case of, ‘Holy God – what a talent we have here’. Myself and the late Brendan McKenna – the FAI press officer at the time – were hugging each other. I think I pulled my t-shirt over my head. It was incredibly emotional.via GIPHYBO’B: When the ball was played to Damien Duff it was like what happens sometimes in a stadium – when you get the sense of expectation that something is about to happen. Source: Matthew AshtonSF: When he scored, he ran over to the sideline to celebrate. Eddie Cox was the FAI’s commercial manager but he ended up being the kit-man on the trip – bit of a strange one. But Duffer was jumped on by everyone – a massive pile-on. And Eddie is just screaming – ‘Get off him, you’ll smother him’. You had all the excitable, exuberant kids and he’s trying to drag them off. Probably recognising how precious Duffer was! SF: By that stage, a lot of people had seen the Spain game and RTE realised it was something they should probably support.Sean Whelan: I was in Hong Kong at the time, covering the hand-back of Hong Kong to China. I’d spent months planning and scheming my way down there, arranging crewing and satellite times and doing stories. The day after the Red Army had marched into town, I was absolutely wrecked and looking forward to a good night’s sleep and a few days of heading into mainland China when I got the famous call from RTE: ‘There’s a Youth World Cup in Malaysia and the lads have done a lot better than anyone thought they would. They’re in a semi-final, you’re in the region so can you cover it?’ By ‘in the region’, they meant somewhere in the eastern hemisphere. I foolishly said yes and put paid to my few days in China. The flight meant I had to leave really early the following morning. I might have got about three hours sleep. I had to be up at an ungodly hour. It was absolutely lashing with rain, I had to push through one of the world’s busiest airports and there was lots of plane-hopping. You had to go from Hong Kong to Singapore, change planes, then go from there to Malaysia. It was a six-hour flight to Singapore and then another trek to Kuching and made it to the stadium just in time. Pablo Aimar in action for Argentina at the U20 World Cup in 1997. Source: Matthew AshtonDB: Argentina had just beaten Brazil, who had scored an absolute ton of goals. They beat the English too, who had a really good squad. So, we knew they were top-notch. And we had to travel a long distance and it took a lot out of us. But we still didn’t care. We knew we had something special. Anything that was put in front of us, we just took it on. We didn’t care. There was nobody we were afraid of.SF: There were three players in that Argentina squad that were tipped to be the next Maradona at various stages. Each one better than the next: Cambiasso, Riquelme, Aimar. Walter Samuel was there. Fellas who went on to have remarkable careers – Placente, Scaloni, Leo Franco was in goal who had a great career in La Liga. And their goalscorer was Bernardo Romeo. Argentina’s Bernardo Romeo. Or is it Stephen Finn? Source: Matthew AshtonThe funny thing was that he looked like me. So all the Argentine media started calling me ‘Romeo’ and they even introduced me to his parents. And every time I saw them after that I’d say, ‘Hello, Mama. Hello, Papa’. But I hadn’t met him up until the night before the game. And when we bumped into each other – we’d obviously heard about each other – and it was a case of, ‘Jesus – you do look like me’.SW: A few Irish lads were on my flight from Singapore.  They had been working as builders on the huge Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur – the tallest buildings in the world for a few years – and had done a bunk for the day. They had their Celtic and Ireland jerseys on and we ended up in the same few rows. We got off at the other end and I told them, ‘I have no idea where this stadium is’. But they grabbed some of the gear – I was laden down with broadcasting equipment from the other gig – and we hopped in a taxi together and off we went.BO’B: We were still a bit of a novelty. We were in the company of the Argentine delegation before the semi-final and it was a case of, ‘What are you people still doing here?’ There was a fair degree of arrogance about it.SW: My main concern was ‘Don’t make an arse of yourself’. So I talked to the football hacks there and made sure I got the names right. I’m not an expert but I bluffed my way through it. As a news reporter, you’re supposed to be adaptable. But it was a case of ‘Who’s yer man? Who’s that fella?’ I freely admit I was chancing my arm on that one but it was the folks back home who said it: ‘You’re in the region’.Argentina have the added advantage of getting to remain in Kuching while the Irish have to travel six hours for the game. Still, it’s a tight and cagey affair. Scoreless at half-time, Romeo pounces to tuck a sharp finish to the bottom corner 10 minutes after the restart. And despite rallying for the remainder of the game, the Irish can’t find a leveller. SF: It was a tactical battle. Our players knew that if they did their job, they could hold them out – regardless of how good Argentina were. We were punished for one error. And when you look at the game, Colin Hawkins had a header that went millimetres over the bar. If that went in…via GIPHYDB: We had chances. And they scored one of the scruffiest goals. There was a collision in the area and Romeo put it away. But I remember hearing Noel on the touchline saying we’d get another chance. And we did. Their keeper made a great save from a header late on.BK: By the time we played Argentina, they’d just beaten England and Brazil so you knew it was the big leagues. But there was still that part of you that wondered whether maybe we could pull it out because we’d gone so far and beaten so many different types of teams. But I feared we wouldn’t have the energy. That physically we were drained after another trip that took six hours. I don’t know where they pulled out the last 25 minutes from. They were superb. They battled, the showed skill and the Argentines were on the rack.DB: We were the only team in the tournament to keep them to one goal.BO’B: Afterwards, in fairness, the Argentina delegation came across and wished us well. They did appreciate that we were there of right. It was a proud moment for myself and for any Irish that were out there. But especially for the lads.SW: There had been an issue with the schedule and we had to wait for two hours before we could send the report back to RTE. It was at that point I sat down and scanned through this folder I received from Fifa and said, ‘Right, where the fuck am I? Where is Kuching?’ About five hours after arriving, I found out Kuching was in Borneo. I had assumed it was going to be somewhere in Kuala Lumpur or not far off it. But Borneo? Out on an island shared with Indonesia and the Sultan of Brunei. It brought back happy memories of watching David Attenborough as a kid watching bat-caves and oranguatangs. So there I was – with the sun going down – in a very humid, sweat-box of a satellite room, squatting on the concrete floor and reading tourist maps about ‘Kuching – The City of Cats’. Esteban Cambiasso was another star of the Argentina side at the U20 World Cup in 1997. Source: Matthew AshtonSF: There was silence. For a very, very long time. We got the bus to the airport the next day and there was still silence. The players really thought they should’ve been playing in a World Cup final. So that was a challenge for Noel and Brian to bring them back. To get them around to the fact they were in a medal position and close to doing something that had never been done before.DB: I remember the players’ faces in the dressing room afterwards. We were all jaded and sore and gutted. But we knew we had a great chance. It was just back to basics in terms of the preparation.With three days to recover and refocus the minds, the Irish return to Shah Alam – a venue that had been very kind to them so far – to take on a familiar foe in the 3/4th place play-off.  SF: The fact they’d faced Ghana before and got beaten, maybe there was a sense of wanting to show how much they’d developed and how better they were. Show Ghana how lucky they’d been to beat them. It had been difficult to get rhythm early on – because of the withdrawals – and it was only as the tournament went on that we realised what a great combination of players we had.SW: I remember getting a lift to the stadium on the team bus which was a real thrill. Genuinely it was great fun. The buzz! They were playing the Irish traditional songs. Driving along in Kuala Lumpur – an incredible, modern city – and into this stadium. And you’re almost part of the whole set-up. It was just a good feeling. The vibe was fascinating. The psychology of it: guys preparing for a big set-piece event. There and after the game, I was really impressed with the way Brian and Noel were motivating the players – it was a really mature way of doing it. They were getting them nicely built up without any shouting and roaring. The man-management was very impressive. And the players were very impressive in how they handled themselves. They weren’t visibly nervous.BO’B: I had been speaking with Brian and he asked me to address the players before the game. I can’t remember exactly what I said but it was along the lines of, ‘The whole nation is absolutely proud of you. You don’t have to prove yourselves any further. But wouldn’t it be nice to get third place?’ I wanted to take the pressure off them and urge them to go and do it. And wipe out the defeat in our first game against Ghana. But they were resilient themselves and didn’t want to end on a bum note.It’s an explosive start and within two minutes, Dessie Baker pops up to head Ireland into the lead. DB: I remember ringing home. Mam and dad were saying the aunties and uncles had the tricolours out. They had three TVs in the house. She had about 50 people in the house. But she couldn’t watch it. Brian told me in the warm-up to conserve energy and make the right decisions on the pitch. He told me that I’d learned my lesson from the Morocco game when I lasted until the 70th-minute mark.via GIPHYSo, that’s in my mind and the game kicks off. The ball goes down the left, the cross comes in and I’ve sprinted my hardest across the pitch and bury the header at the near post. The stupid thick that I am, the adrenaline is pumping through me and there’s the Irish fans on the halfway line on the other side. So I sprint my hardest to go over and celebrate in front of them. And I’m on the ground and the boys jump on me. And I just shout out, ‘Boys, get off me – I’m gonna die’. All my energy was gone. I couldn’t breathe. I think I’d even been holding my breath when the cross came in. It took 10 minutes to get my body back working again.SF: The exuberance of the celebration signalled the belief we had that we were going to win it. Just the cheeky Dub stuff. It was a great performance.DB: My da probably had a few quid on me scoring the first goal. The game started, she pressed the button on the kettle and the fucking place erupted. She almost scalded herself. She ran back in and said, ‘What’s happened?’ And they were like, ‘Dessie’s after scoring’. And she just went, ‘Oh, for fuck sake – I’m only after getting up off the fucking thing’. BO’B: In my experience, having players remember their passports and wondering if they know to turn left or right is something that continues up to the senior squad. So, it was certainly the case with the underage sides too. But in Malaysia – whether it was Shah Alam or Kuching – lads weren’t likely to go missing.DB: When we’d go out, we’d have a Coke and sing songs. We’d get the guitar out, Noel (O’Reilly) would sing, ‘Oco’ would do a ballad. There was a togetherness. Brian used to tell us to do what we wanted because we were Irish and we should be proud of it. We’d wear Irish jerseys that we had on during games. Because we were proud of it. People talk about iPads now. Or poker. We played Connect 4.SF: I didn’t have a laptop. There was no internet as such. What I’d do was take a pen and paper, do the interviews, write up my stuff and then start all over again and rewrite – just to make sure what I was giving The Star and The Indo was different. Then I’d ring back to copy takers and they’d be on the headsets, typing away what I was dictating to them. Some people probably didn’t even know I was there because I’d stay up until 4.30 in the morning local time still calling home because of the time difference. I had to wait until a copy taker had arrived or was available so it got to the stage where I was trying to live on European time as much as I could. I was like a ghost. I’m probably the only person who visited such a hot country and never saw the sun. I never got sunburnt or anything. Brian Kerr (manager)Dessie Baker (midfielder)Trevor Molloy (striker)Derek O’Connor (goalkeeper)Bernard O’Byrne (then CEO of the FAI)Stephen Finn (then sports journalist with the Irish Daily Star)Sean Whelan (then Deputy Foreign Editor with RTE)”  In June 1997, just six months after being appointed as manager, Kerr takes his players to Malaysia for a World Cup tournament. They’re drawn in Group C, alongside Ghana, the United States and China. On 17 June, Kerr’s side take on Ghana in their tournament opener at the Darul Aman Stadium in Alor Setar. 1-0 down at the break, Trevor Molloy draws the sides level shortly after the restart but the Black Stars grab a second midway through the half and hang on for a 2-1 win.   BK: The two goals we got were good enough to win any match and win any medal. The second goal, the construction of it – the delicacy of the pass from Thomas and the finish from Duff.via GIPHYDB: Thomas probably knew where you were going to run before you did. He was almost directing you where to go. The important things as a midfielder is to get into pockets to make space around you and to dictate where people are going to go. I’m not sure if Thomas was taught that or if it was just natural ability. Maybe it was just the footballer he was. But Brian was tactically unbelievable over there and Noel was his right-hand man.SW: I was looking out for Damien Duff because there was talk back in Dublin about him. So, it was a case of, ‘Right, who’s Duff? The blonde fella? Okay’ But he did stand out. You’ll always see a player who will catch the eye by the way he plays and moves. And I had that with Duff. Everyone was watching him and expecting him to provide. Source: Matthew AshtonOn 5 July 1997 at the Shah Alam Stadium in Selangor, Malaysia, the Republic of Ireland finish third at the World Cup and claim the bronze medal. History is made.  BO’B: First and foremost, I’m a football fan. So at the full-time whistle we went berserk. We had a tricolour and were waving it and hugging each other. It was a great occasion. I remember the ambassador, Brendan Lynch, brought us all to an Irish pub downtown. And we had some stew, bacon and cabbage and plenty of pints of Guinness. Nobody wanted to go to bed that night.SW: Afterwards, in an Irish pub downtown, the blazers were lowering the pints but the players weren’t, really. Nor the managers. They pulled out the guitars and were together – singing the songs. Enjoying it. And these were young guys on the other side of the planet and had just finished third at a World Cup. They could’ve cut loose but they didn’t. They were a credit to their country.DB: I remember the crowds that night and the songs we were singing. Johnny was singing, ‘Oco’ was doing the ballads. The craic was brilliant.SF: It’s something historical. I have so much respect for everyone in that group.BK: It was incredibly satisfying to hear other countries say that we were tactically astute, that we had great heart, being difficult to play against. I just pull the strings together and make the whole picture have a bit of shape to it.BO’B: There was the belief that these were the young guys who’d come through. Some of them did push on, some of them didn’t. But at that time, it raised the spirits.SW: I was buying into the notion that it was the fruits of the money we’d got from the Charlton era and had seeped into the grassroots and the investment in training and facilities and we were going to herald a new dawn. It raised the expectation. It goes in waves but ’97 was a real breakthrough and real hope for the future. My memories are of something totally unexpected and totally outside of my normal area of work. But finding yourself in Borneo, reporting on a football match 45 minutes after stepping off a plane was pretty special. Less than 36 hours beforehand I had done a report on the Red Army marching on Hong Kong. Talk about a new job everyday. It stands out as one of the most pleasurable events to have been on. Because it was a good news story. And the young guys… level-headed, mature, professional — I was just impressed with them as individuals. Source: Matthew AshtonSF: These things come around in cycles. They’re perfect and imperfect storms at the same time. I’ve been watching Irish underage teams from the 1980s and people think there was a magic formula for 1997. There wasn’t. Essentially, age groups are weird. You could have five brilliant players born in one year and you suddenly have a great team. Three of them get injured and you’re not a great team anymore. People get overly-nostalgic when they look at these things but you have to look at the reality of it. What the 1997 team did was unbelievable but other underage teams who achieved less produced more senior international players — which is what they’re about, ultimately. If you have a bit of luck, a bit of belief and individuals doing their stuff, you can go a long way.DB: I remember coming back to Dublin Airport and there must’ve been thousands there to welcome us. Friends and family were in a room. I got through and my mam stood up on a barrier in the middle of the crowd and started blowing kisses. And I think all of the mothers and all of the lads just realised what we’d done. I was on The Gerry Ryan Show — Brenda Donoghue was in my house in Tallaght waiting for me to do an interview — and the Late Late show with the lads and Brian. It doesn’t seem like 20 years ago. It feels like five. It’s the highlight of my career. Everyone just got on. No-one was left out. Everyone was so involved in doing something for each other. It’s like growing up with your mates and playing football with them and achieving one of the best things with them.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Boys of Summer: We celebrate Ireland’s golden generation and their golden moment 12 Comments The Irish face Argentina in their semi-final clash. They have knocked out England and Brazil already and their squad features some astoundingly good players. Still, just 90 minutes away from a World Cup final, the team’s progress has now become a huge story back home. With RTE having shown highlights of the quarter-final win over Spain, they make the decision to cover the Argentina clash live. last_img read more

Aged care reform undisguised grab at elderlys assets

first_imgElderly Australians could be forced to re-mortgage their homes if the federal government goes ahead with an “undisguised grab” of their homes as part of its aged care reforms, says a NSW pensioners group. Paul Versteege, policy coordinator of the NSW Combined Pensioners and Superannuants Association (CPSA) told Neos Kosmos this week: “This undisguised grab for older Australians’ home equity is unfair. It takes away, whether it’s in one fell swoop or gradually, the security older Australians have worked for all their lives.” The potential reforms, which could begin to be implemented within the next three years, are a result of recommendations from the Productivity Commission, the Australian Government’s independent research and advisory body. “The key recommendation the Commission has made is to include the main family home, into the aged care means test. That was previously not the case. With home ownership rates of 85 per cent for people over 65, and perhaps higher in the Greek community I would venture, those people will be forced to access their home equity in one form or another if they need aged care. “The Commission has said that nobody will be forced to sell their house,” said Mr Versteege, “but we ask, what difference is there between you selling your house outright, and having to raise a reverse mortgage against it, either way it means you are going to lose control of the roof over your head, that’s what people have worked for all their life.” “For most people, [the new scheme] will mean either selling the family home and putting the proceeds in an Australian Age Pensioners Savings Account, or it will mean reverse-mortgaging the family home through the Australian Aged Care Home Credit Scheme.” Mr Versteege told Neos Kosmos that he believed the media had failed in its reporting of the issue. “The media has been reporting statements from organisations who support the proposals of the Productivity Commission, but those organisations are members of the National Aged Care Alliance (NACA), which is provider dominated.” 24 of the 27 members of the NACA are either aged care providers or have interests in the aged care industry. “The consumer voice is very limited and the media has given undue weight we feel to statements from organisations such as the Council of the Aging (COTA), which is a long-time member of the NACA.” Mr Versteege questioned why COTA is a member of an aged care provider dominated alliance. “It’s like the director of the consumer protection organisation Choice sitting on the board of Woolworths.” Mr Versteege added that the media has also failed to scrutinise “the stunning u-turn the Labor government has done on aged care. For years it resisted calls for the extension of accommodation bonds”. When asked to comment on the Productivity Commission’s proposed reforms and the CPSA’s criticisms, Fronditha Care’s CEO, Mr George Lekakis told Neos Kosmos: “At the end of the day, we have got to have a viable system in which we can provide services for our aged, and that’s a huge challenge for any government.” “The biggest issue in my view, is what will the government be able to deliver in its next and future funding rounds in terms of allocations for beds and community aged care packages, -that’s what will allow providers to extend services to a rapidly aging population,” said Mr Lekakis. “The arrangements for making aged care providers viable into the future is something that needs very careful consideration, ” added Fronditha’s CEO. “Whatever the reforms are, there needs to be a very widespread community education campaign to provide the best possible information to people, so that they can see how they would enter the aged care system.” “At the end of the day, the government has to decide within the context of meeting both the needs of elderly people directly, and also making the [aged care] industry viable. They have got to come to a very fine balance between those competing needs.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Budget Cuts Could Cripple Vermont Life

first_img“We have made great progress financially in the last couple of years and in other areas, too,” Kelly told FOLIO:. “Our dedicated staff has made possible a major turnaround from a significant deficit to a current year break-even budget.“Vermont Life is charged, by statute, with financial self-sufficiency,” Kelly continued. “In essence, we must make our way in the world as a business while pursuing our mission on behalf of the people of Vermont.”Although he declined to offer specific figures, Kelly said the magazine’s annual budget is about $2 million. Its revenue mix is made up of 40 percent circulation, 40 percent sales of goods (including calendars and books) and 20 percent from advertising. Financial results through the first six months this year are “ahead of budget,” he said.Launched in 1946, Vermont Life carries a total circulation of 75,000, including 50,000 subscribers. Vermont governor James Douglas has proposed state-wide budget cuts that, if passed, could result in the termination of at least two staffers at Vermont Life, that state’s official magazine. The affected positions include publisher Tom Kelly and the magazine’s marketing and advertising traffic manager.Tom Slayton, the quarterly magazine’s former editor, told the Times Argus newspaper that, if passed, the cuts would “cripple the magazine.” While the legislature considers the proposal, state representatives have also spoken out against the cuts. “This magazine is to me one of the biggest drivers of the [state] brand and now we are taking a gamble,” Rep. Ken Atkins (D-Winooski) said in the report.Vermont’s Agency of Commerce and Community Development, which includes Vermont Life, has eliminated 16 positions in the last two years—or an overall reduction of roughly 15 percent, the report said. If the cuts are passed, a deputy commissioner of the state’s Department of Tourism and Marketing would take over the publisher’s responsibilities.last_img read more

Home nutrition care keeps patient out of hospital

first_imgResearchers have found that implementing a nutrition care plan at home for patients at risk for malnutrition had a dramatic impact on helping keep them out of the hospital. “Our goal as a home healthcare provider is to help patients get back on their feet as quickly as possible and to keep them out of the hospital,” said study lead author Katie Riley from Advocate Aurora Health in the US. Paying attention to nutrition care helps promote patients’ strength and prevents them from going back to the hospital, which ultimately reduces healthcare costs, she said. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFor the study, more than 1,500 home health patients were followed for 90 days. The research found that when patients at risk for malnutrition received a comprehensive nutrition care program to aid in their recovery, risk of being hospitalised was significantly reduced by 24 per cent in the first 30 days, nearly 23 per cent after 60 days and 18 per cent after 90 days. It was also found that healthcare costs were reduced by more than $2.3 million or about $1,500 per patient at risk for malnutrition. “Healthcare systems are driven to improve patient care while reducing costs. Our research shows that prioritising nutrition across different settings of care – from hospital to home – can significantly cut costs while improving patients’ health,” said study co-author Suela Sulo.last_img read more

Target Hit by a Sophisticated Hack Job

first_img Enroll Now for Free 2 min read Target acknowledged early this morning that it is investigating a security breach that may have compromised over 40 million credit and debit cards used by customers shopping at the discount retail chain from November 27 to December 15, a period that included Black Friday.This wasn’t your run-of-the mill hack. The thieves targeted physical store locations (online was not affected) on a national scope. The hackers were able to access credit and debit-card data found on the magnetic strips by comprising approximately 40,000 card devices at store registers, the Wall Street Journal reportedWho carried out the hack remains unclear. Stolen data included customer names, credit, debit and Target store brand card numbers, expiration dates and CVV codes.”You should remain vigilant for incidents of fraud and identity theft by regularly reviewing your account statements and monitoring free credit reports,” the company said in a letter to its customers.Related: How to Avoid Getting Hacked (Infographic)This is far from the first major retailer breaches. Back in 2007, TJX — the company behind T.J. Maxx and Marshalls – acknowledged its systems had been compromised when hackers used the store’s wireless networks to access information connected to payment card, check and return transactions at TJX locations nationwide. Data from over 45 million credit and debit cards was stolen.And in July, credit card numbers from over 160 accounts were stolen from companies including J.C. Penny and 7-Eleven.But the timing of this particular attack was, unfortunately, impeccable. Black Friday is America’s biggest shopping weekend of the year, when store traffic is at its highest.At least Target doesn’t have to sit alone with its “hacked” status. Yesterday, news broke that hackers had breached the Washington Post’s servers (for the third time this year), making off with employee usernames and passwords.Related: New York Times Hacked: 3 Tips for Avoiding Email Scams Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now December 19, 2013 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

Why Fashion Guru Nina Garcia Says Thinking Shoes First Can Make You

first_img We all have morning rituals, and these habits can shape how the rest of our day goes. For Marie Claire fashion director, TV personality and Project Runway judge Nina Garcia, it starts with her shoes.“Shoes set [the] tone for what kind of day I’m going to have,” Garcia told Entrepreneur.Related: 4 Marketing Ideas From the Fashion Industry Every Business Can UseBut for some women, fashion is so important that they’re willing to give up comfort for style, wearing shoes so uncomfortable it can be hard to focus. However, they shouldn’t have to. “Technology is moving very fast and it’s facilitating all aspects of our lives, so the next step is how to deliver on the fashion and the practical,” Garcia says. That’s why she’s serving as an advisor to True Gault, a tech infused shoe company.True Gault has customers scanning their feet to create a custom pair of shoes. The process is simple: the scanning is done via the True Gault app, which uses 3D imaging to create virtual models of a user’s feet, and users can then create and order a custom pair of shoes that will be handmade and delivered to their door in less than four weeks.And while nearly every industry — from food to education to automotive — has been getting its own tech makeover in the past decade, Garcia thinks fashion is next on the horizon. “We’re in a world where we get our groceries delivered, where we Uber everywhere — everything is in a streamlined process and the next [industry] is fashion,” she says.We spoke to Garcia to learn further insights on fashion and dressing for success.Shoes determine the type of day you’re going to have.Whether you’re running from meeting to meeting or have a day of running errands — choose your shoes accordingly. Because your shoes are not only an indicator of your personality or style, they can determine how you’re going to feel and what you’re going to achieve that day.Related: Why You Still Have to Dress for SuccessAt least that’s what Garcia believes. “The first thing I do in the morning is look at what my day is like and choose shoes first,” she says.And no, having a slew of back-up shoes under your desk doesn’t cut it. Focus on your presentation from when you wake up, and make sure your outfit caters to everything you have to do that day.“I think it’s very archaic to have a slew of shoes, or to be carrying your sneakers,” Garcia says. “I don’t think we’re living in that kind of world.”Comfort breeds confidence.The term “dress for success” isn’t far-fetched — many studies have found that when you like what you’re wearing, your confidence gets a boost. But that doesn’t mean you should slip into any old shoes just because they’re comfortable, or cram your feet into a pair of too-small pumps.Feeling confident starts with being comfortable. Not only is your confidence lifted when you’re comfortable, but research shows that productivity and efficiency are affected too. You won’t be productive all day if you’re worrying about your outfit or taking your shoes on and off.Related: 6 Ways to Immediately Boost Your Self-Confidence“I’ve always said comfort is confidence,” Garcia says. “When you are comfortable in what you’re wearing, you immediately emanate that confidence. It’s very much reflective in the way you handle yourself, and shoes are a big part of it.” 4 min read Listen Now Problem Solvers with Jason Feifercenter_img August 2, 2017 Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger.last_img read more

Mozilla puts Firefox Test Pilot program to rest

first_imgMozilla puts Firefox Test Pilot program to rest by Martin Brinkmann on January 16, 2019 in Firefox – 16 commentsMozilla announced today that it will sunset the Firefox Test Pilot program on January 22, 2019.The organization launched Test Pilot in 2016 to test new Firefox features. Interested users could join the program to install experiments in the Firefox browser. They provided Mozilla with data in return, and Mozilla used the data to determine whether a particular experiment would be a good native fit for Firefox or better suited as an add-on.Several Test Pilot experiments, e.g. Page Shot (which was renamed to Screenshots), Tracking Protection, or Activity Stream, were integrated natively in Firefox. Others, such as Containers or Snooze Tabs were released as extensions for the browser instead. Some Test Pilot experiments, e.g. No More 404s or Snooze Tabs  were retired without them being released as add-ons though.Test Pilot will cease to exist on January 22, 2019. Existing experiments remain accessible on the Firefox Add-ons website. Experiments that are not available as browser extensions, Mozilla mentions Firefox Lockbox and Firefox Send, remain in active development.Firefox Lockbox is an attempt to replace the native Firefox password manager, Firefox Send a file sharing service.The Test Pilot add-on will be removed from Firefox when users visit the Test Pilot website on January 22 or later.Why is Mozilla retiring Test Pilot?Mozilla states that “Test Pilot performed better” than it could “have ever imagined”. It sounds contradictory at first that the organization would retire a successful project.Test Pilot was created to address the growing need to test and release new features quickly to the market. Instead of integrating new features in the browser directly through updates, something that could backfire phenomenally at time, new features were made available to users through the program for testing.It was a win-win; users could install new features early and Mozilla got data to make better decisions about how to proceed.The Test Pilot team was a small project team; each graduation required resources to develop and maintain the product further, and that meant that the team had less prototyping time since most experiments could not be handed over to other teams at Mozilla.Screenshots, one of the biggest successes of the Test Pilot program, took three engineers and a designer off the team when it graduated.Adding new team members to Test Pilot would resolve the issue, but that was not practicable for a number of reasons. The announcement is a bit vague on that but it seems to come down to financing and personnel.Closing WordsMozilla plans to experiment even more in the coming years. While it is unclear how that will work out for the organization, it appears that the organization plans to experiment even more. Experiments won’t be launched under the Test Pilot banner, however.I liked Test Pilot a lot; it provided interested users with options to test new features and provide Mozilla with feedback. Test Pilot was the place to go for experiments; Mozilla Labs could become the new home for experiments.It is clear, however, that Mozilla needs to create a central hub for experiments to inform interested users about experiments.Now You: What is your take on the retiring of Test Pilot?SummaryArticle NameMozilla puts Firefox Test Pilot program to restDescriptionMozilla announced today that it will sunset the Firefox Test Pilot program on January 22, 2019; experiments remain installed, however.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Everything important that has ever happened in the history of gay porn

first_imgIt’s tempting to think gay porn is a relatively recent phenomenon. However, the fascination with watching men have sex with one another is not new. In fact, it’s been there since prehistoric times.It’s also been at the forefront of many technological advances. Soon after the invention of the photographic plates in the 1800s, people began to take shots of nudes. One of the reasons VHS took off in the early 80s was because it meant you no longer had to venture out to porn theaters. Here is a brief look back on male-on-male porn from the ages…Pre-modern ageThe ancient Greeks and Romans were among the first to feature erotic images on ceramics. Some of these depicted same-sex relations, and many of them celebrated cultural ideals of male beauty.Perhaps surprising to consumers of gay porn today, Greeks considered the ideal male penis as small, thin and uncircumcised. Greek playwright Aristophanes summed up male beauty as ‘a gleaming chest, bright skin, broad shoulders, tiny tongue, strong buttocks, and a little prick.’This idea of male beauty carried on over to Roman Times. A noteworthy artifact from this time is the Warren Cup, which resides in London’s British Museum. It features two engraving of male figures engaged in anal sex.An engraving on the Warren Cup (Photo: Public Domain)The Greeks and Romans weren’t the only ones at it. Shunga art was a specific form of woodblock art that flourished from the 13th to 19th century in Japan . It often featured sexual relations, including same-sex couplings. Below is the charmingly titled ‘Client lubricating a prostitute’ by Kitagawa Utamaro.Shunga woodblock art by Kitagawa Utamaro (Image: Public Domain)The printing press arrived in Europe in the mid-15th century, and images of sex followed soon after. Some scholars trace the beginning of pornography back to an anonymous, illustrated French book published in 1655, entitled L’Ecole des Filles.In it, two young women discuss sex in detail. Diarist Samuel Pepys mentions purchasing a copy, and says he intends to burn it afterwards so his wife doesn’t discover it.Birth of photographyThe first photographic processes arrived in the 1830s in France. Soon after, early photographers produce images of nudes as aids for artists to paint and draw from.This is the first time some people might have got their hands on realistic photographic imagery of naked bodies.In the late 1800s, an underground trade in postcards depicting naked models sprung up – sometimes referred to as ‘French postcards’. Some of these included same-sex couplings, of which the below is one of the tamer examples. More explicit images can be viewed here.Early 20th century erotic postcard (Image: Public Domain)The first erotica magazine sprung up in the late 1800s. At first, these featured female burlesque dancers. However, in an effort to adopt of sheen of scientific respectability, they later turned towards depicting the art of naturism – both naked men and women.The 20th century: 1920The first film believed to include hardcore gay and bisexual sexual scenes is a silent French film entitled Le ménage moderne de Madame Butterfly. Within a decade, its producer and director, Bernard Natan, goes on to own the largest mainstream film studio in France: Pathé.Pin-up magazines properly arrive in the mid-20th century, and featured the likes of Marilyn Monroe. In much of the world, any depiction of homosexuality was extremely taboo. Instead, gay men had to make do with gazing at men’s fitness magazines.Some of these were very images of muscle men in posing pouches produced primarily for closeted gay and bisexual men.1940sSeminal US photographer Bob Mizer begins to sell his black and white photographs of athletic young men by mail order. In 1945, he sets up Athletic Model Guild and launches Physique Pictorial, which goes on to publish thousands of images of muscular young men in distinctive posing pouches (made by Mizer’s own mother!).Muscle men oil each other up for Physique Pictorial (Photo: Courtesy Bob Mizer Foundation)In 1947, authorities prosecuted Mizer for distributing obscene material and he served nine months in prison. Upon his release, he returned to photography and publishing, being careful to keep his work just on the right side of the law. Mizer died in 1992, but Physique Pictorial was recently relaunched by the Bob Mizer Foundation.Physique Pictorial magazine was recently relaunched (Image courtesy of Bob Mizer Foundation)1950sThe Washington DC-based MANual Enterprises, established by Herman Lynn Womack, turns out a string of Physique magazines. Its titles include Fizeek, Grecian Guild Pictorial, Manorama, MANual and Trim.Womack is significant because he became embroiled in a major US Supreme Court hearing: MANual Enterprises, Inc. v. Day (1962).The US Supreme Court subsequently ruled that photos of nearly nude or nude men are not necessarily obscene and can be sent through the postal service. This led to a proliferation of so-called ‘Beefcake’ magazines in the 1960s.Fizeek quarterly featuring an illustration by Tom of Finland (Photo: Fizeek)Of course, things weren’t just stirring in the US.Finnish artist Touko Valio Laaksonen was born in 1920, but became known to gay men around the world under his pseudonym, Tom of Finland. He produced stylized, beautiful drawings of men in leather and uniforms, often with hyper exaggerated muscles and cocks.That his men unapologetically and shamelessly enjoyed sex with one another made an impression on many gay viewers.His work first reached a wider audience when he sent it in 1957 to Physique Pictorial, and continued to build a following through the 60s, 70s and 80s. Laaksonen died in 1991, but his life was recently immortalized in the 2016 film, Tom of Finland.Tom of Finland stamps created by the Finland postal service in 2014 to commemorate the artist (Finnish Post Office)1960sAttitudes towards sexual expression changed radically in the US and other parts of the world across the 1960s. Sexual liberation and ‘free love’ prompted a seismic shift in thinking.Physique magazines began to merge more into what we now view as pornography. Clark Polak (1937-1980) was the publisher of Drum, which launched in 1965. It published the first full-frontal male nude in an American magazine in 1965.Drum magazineIn 1967, Polack was indicted on charges of publishing and distributing obscene material. In exchange for avoiding a prison sentence, he agreed to cease publication of the magazine.Drummer magazine, similarly named but unrelated to Drum, concentrated more on the gay leather scene, and ran from 1975 to 1999.Colt, one of the biggest names in porn in the US, was founded in New York City in 1967, but relocated later to the West Coast. Such is its influence and success that to celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2007, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom declared 23 February as ‘Colt Studio Day’ – to the horror of conservative commentators!Bara and BritsElsewhere in the world, arty fetish magazine Fuzokukitan in Japan (1960-1974), included some gay content in its pages. This includes work by Tom of Finland and emerging bara artists. Bara is a style of manga that specializes in gay erotica and illustrated porn. Other Japanese magazines later emerged to cater for bara artists and their fans.Originally from England (born 1924), former Air Force veteran Peter De Rome relocated to the US in the 1950s. He made his first Super 8 movie in the 1960s. He specialized in erotic shorts, often utilizing friends or men he picked up on the street – much of which seems tame by today’s standards. The film would be screened at private parties and porn cinemas.Image: The Erotic Films of Peter de Rome 1966-1972 | BFIHe stopped making his own films in the 1980s, but his work was rediscovered in the 21st century, and an excellent documentary, Peter De Rome: Grandfather of Gay Porn (2013) tells his story. De Rome died in 2014, aged 89, shortly after enjoying the appreciation of a whole new audience. GAYSTARNEWS- 1970sBy the mid-60s, a small number of adult movie theatres had appeared on the west coast and east coast of the US. In tandem with the sexual revolution sweeping much of the world, they started to spread rapidly across the US by late 60s and early 70s – leading to an increase in porn production.Peter Berlin on the cover of I.T. magazinePeter Berlin was born in Poland in 1942 and raised in Berlin, Germany. He relocated to San Francisco as a young man and became something of a gay porn superstar in the early-1970s. His films Nights in Black Leather (1973) and That Boy (1974) played at porn cinemas around the world for years.Berlin is still alive, and a 2005 documentary, That Man: Peter Berlin, tells his life story.Post sexual-liberation but pre-AIDSWakefield Poole, a former Broadway dancer and choreographer, earned a name for himself in the 1970s for his porn films Boys In The Sand, Bijou and Moving!Like others, he typified the erotica auteurs ot the time. These men were often sexual liberation pioneers. They were as influenced by Andy Warhol’s short film, Blow Job and Italy’s Pier Paolo Pasolini as by the commercial success of hetero-porn blockbuster, Deep Throat.He abandoned porn films in the 1980s, saying ‘I lost my fanbase to AIDS.’He also credits a horrendous cocaine addiction for saving his life. It made unable to have sex at a time when the HIV virus was decimating his friends and acquaintances.[embedded content]Other notable porn film of the decade include Jack Deveau’s 1974 movie, Drive, regarded at the time as the biggest-scale porn production of the era. Reflecting the fact such films were typically shown in theaters, many made a stab at some sort of storyline.An advert for the premiere of the movie, Drive (1974)London-based photographer Mike Arlen starts photographing male nudes in the 1970s and published his own magazines, Mike Arlen’s Guys and Manpower.Arlen has spent his life living in the same Earls Court flat, where has hosted literally hundreds of men for photo shoots. He was one of the first UK producers of gay erotica that dispensed with the notion of being a physique photographer.Mike Arlen magazines1980sEverything changed for porn in the 1980s for two reasons: Firstly, the advent of home video led to the closure of many adult movie theaters and the proliferation in video porn producers.Secondly, the AIDS/HIV epidemic arrived, leading to the closure of some sex clubs and bathhouses, and the arrival of condoms in pornographic material. Safer sex came in, while attempts at storylines went out in favor of getting down to hardcore action as quickly as possible!Al Parker, Casey Donovan and Dick Fisk in Falcon film The Other Side of Aspen (Photo: Falcon Entertainment)One of the biggest names to emerge in this era was Falcon Studios. Charles ‘Chuck’ Holmes actually created Falcon in 1971.At first, like other pornographers, its output was mainly sent via mail order, but he was among the first to make the switch to videocassette – ensuring the company’s long-term success and making it arguably the most successful gay porn company in the world by the end of the 1980s.Holmes donated much of his fortune to HIV/AIDS organizations (he died from HIV-related illness himself in 2000) and the San Francisco LGBT Center. Falcon also led to the creation of several smaller studios, including Mustang and Jocks.Chi Chi LaRueBig Falcon directors include Chi Chi LaRue, the drag persona of Larry David Paciotti. LaRue began work as an assistant at Catalina Video (founded in 1978), before directing hundreds of films for Falcon from the late 80s onwards. He now owns Catalina, and has won numerous awards for his work.Notable flicks from the 80s include Powertool (1986) and The Other Side of Aspen series.The explosion in porn production to cater for the home video market also saw an increase in diversity. Films emerged for an increasing number of niche markets and fetishes. These include ethnic diversity, daddies and bears.Big porn names to emerge this decade include Joey Stefano and Jeff Stryker (one of the first porn stars to successfully sell a replica dildo of their manhood).Stefano’s success is shorter-lived. He died of a drug overdose in 1994 aged 26. Any history of porn would be incomplete without noting the industry’s many casualties. Many lost their lives to AIDS or addiction.L-R: The late Joey Stefano, a Jeff Stryker dildo, and a Johan Paulik video tape1990sDVD begins to take over from video. Successful porn studios to emerge in the 90s included BelAmi, founded by Slovak-born George Duroy. The company specializes in porn utilizing Eastern European men and films in cities including Prague and Budapest. Notable performers from the BelAmi stable include Johan Paulik and Lukas Ridgeston.A little further west, Cazzo launched in Berlin, Germany, in 1996. Its directors include founder Jorg Andreas, and porn-arthouse directors like Bruce LaBruce. It has led to subsidiary studios, including Coxx and and Prick.In the UK, Triga (launched 1997) carved itself a niche with its council estate, ‘scally’ porn. It marks itself out with skinheads, football hooligans and working class British lads.One of the most successful US porn companies to launch in the 1990s was Raging Stallion in 1998. The San Francisco-based outfit was launched by Chris Ward and JD Slater. It was later to merge with Falcon in 2010.Titan Media, founded by Bruce Cam and Robert Kirsch, is another San Francisco outfit to arrive in the mid-90s.Other performers to emerge this decade include Kristen Bjorn and Michael Lucas. Moscow-born Lucas goes on to achieve great success as a producer and director in the US – founding Lucas Entertainment in 1998.One of the biggest names to emerge in the late 90s was Michael Lucas (Lucas Entertainment)Oh, and a little drug known as Viagra was patented in 1996. The erectile dysfunction drug probably deserves its own place in any Porn Hall of Fame.2000sThe growth of the internet at first did little to dampen the success of porn studios. Names to arrive in the 00s include Britain’s twink-friendly Eurocreme (2004), with stars such as Cameron Jackson and Ashley Ryder.Sean Cody (2001) and (2003) both sprung up in the US, only to be later taken over by MindGeek, a Luxembourg-based, internet porn giant.Lucas Entertainment makes what it claims is the biggest budget gay porn movie of all time – La Dolce Vita ($250,000 in 2006). In 2009, it also produced Men of Israel. Lucas, proud of his Jewish heritage, wanted to make a movie using an all-Israeli cast to help promote a different view of Israel.Nominees and performers at the Blatino Erotica Awards, 2010 (Photo: Blatino Erotica Awards)One of the biggest developments in the web in the 00s was the birth of live streaming and sites hosting video. Suddenly, it wasn’t just porn companies producing porn – now everyone could do it and reach an audience.Xtube launched in Canada in 2006, followed by PornHub and Cam4 in 2007. To give you an idea of scale, PornHub claims to have 75million visits per day. MindGeek later bought both it and Xtube, making it arguably the biggest porn operator on the web.2010sLive streaming and amateur home videos – shot and edited easily on smartphones have continued to eat into the profits of some of the older, production-based gay porn studios.Apps such as now allow anyone to broadcast ‘premium’ content to dedicated monthly subscribers. Other social media sites such as Tumblr are also overflowing with adult content.A scene from a Tarzan porn parody from (Photo: years ago, if you wanted to access gay porn, you had to track down a mail-order provider, send off a cheque and wait for a plain-wrapped package of beefcake titillation to land through your letterbox. Alternatively, you could risk a journey to an adult theater or gay bookstore in a big city.Nowadays, you can track down gay porn within seconds on your phone. The profits have shifted from production companies to those who facilitate online distribution and, in some cases, to the performers themselves.This appetite for pornographic images is not new. Many years from now, gay men will still be wanting to look at images of other men’s dicks. How they do so – given developments in Artificial Intelligence, robotics and virtual reality – we can only guess at.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

Authorities say Barcos Caribe target no risk to public using ferry services

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — State governor, Carlos Joaquín González, says authorities continue to investigate the devices found on the bottom of a Barcos Caribe ship, noting that it was not a ferry in service and posed no risk to the public.In a press conference, the governor along with Alfonso Navarrete Prida, Secretary of the Interior, said that they are aware of what happened “with the identification of explosive devices in Playa del Carmen and Cozumel” and that Civil Protection officials remain in constant communication with the governor in regard to the circumstances.Navarrete Prida pointed out that the decision to suspend all services of Barcos Caribe had already been made before the discovery, and that these criminal acts are limited to the Barcos Caribe ferry company since they are evidently the target.“This last event, I must clarify, was not in a boat open to the public, but was anchored for some time. For that reason there was no risk to human lives,” he insisted.That particular Barcos Caribe boat was anchored 500 meters from the coast of Cozumel and had been out of service for 10 months.The government explained that, “The indicated vessel of Barcos Caribe did not represent, nor does it represent, any danger to the daily passengers of Cozumel nor to the tourists who visit our tourist destinations.”Navarrete Prida indicated that the Attorney General’s Office (PGR) already has a solid hypotheses of what is happening and it is their responsibility to make a report.Joaquín González said, “We need results to know exactly what happened,” noting that he has had contact with authorities in the United States who have been duly informed that there was no risk to passengers in the last incident, adding there is no risk to cross from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen.He stressed that Barcos Caribe is not operating, that the ship where the devices were placed was far from the dock and had been out of operation for 10 months.“Now we have to find the reason why there would be an artifact on an inoperative ship,” he added.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mobile DR Keeping Pace With Healthcare

first_imgFeature | Digital Radiography (DR) | November 03, 2017 | By Jeff Zagoudis Mobile DR Keeping Pace With Healthcare Maturing technology continues to help providers control costs, while vendors focus improvement on keeping systems up and running longer Photo courtesy of Agfa Photo courtesy of FujiFilm Video Player is loading.Sudhen Desai explains how deep learning might assist pediatric imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:21Loaded: 1.95%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:21 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This means that as long as the system is in use, the onboard battery is being drained.“Detector battery life is one of the biggest points of contention with the technology,” stated MD Buyline analyst Rachael Bennett, RT(R)(T). “Having a tech who can go out on the floor and do 50 X-rays is great, but if the detector can only get through 10 and then you have to go back to the department and find a charger or another detector and that hinders your workflow.”Carestream put a variation on the traditional lithium-ion battery (LIB) in the DRX-Revolution Nano Mobile, which sports a lithium iron phosphate (FePO4) battery. This type of LIB has a greater power density (the rate at which energy can be drawn from it) than more common lithium cobalt oxide batteries, ensuring a longer life for the system. As an added benefit, lithium iron phosphate batteries are cheaper than lithium cobalt and more environmentally friendly.1While extending the life of the battery is an improvement, several vendors have also introduced on-board charging capabilities so techs do not have to plug the system in as often. The FDR Aqro Mini Mobile System from Fujifilm charges the detector panel while it is in the storage area. When depleted, the panel can be charged in 15 minutes to allow another hour of operation, according to Rob Fabrizio, director of strategic marketing for Fujifilm.GE Healthcare’s Optima XR240amx features a dual in-bin adaptor that allows charging of two detector plates simultaneously. The system can also charge when it is in standby mode or when it is plugged into the wall. A fully charged battery allows six hours of continuous usage, according to Thomas Bennett. Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, read more Photo courtesy of Carestream In the case of Shimadzu’s MobileDart Evolution MX7 — released in August 2016 and highlighted at AHRA 2017 — “the software is integrated directly into the system, so you can still use the computer while the generator is off,” said Scott Thomas, general X-ray RC sales specialist for Shimadzu. In this case, the vendor purposely chose to have the system and the generator operate separately so technologists can still work without draining excess power for image acquisition later. 1234PreviousNext Photo courtesty of GE Healthcare.As healthcare in the United States shifts focus to providing higher-quality care while keeping costs down, workflow efficiency is a guiding bedrock principle for providers. From this standpoint, few technologies have demonstrated greater promise for maximizing clinical and operational efficiency than mobile digital radiography (DR). Putting digital X-ray capability onto a mobile cart-based system allows healthcare facilities to bring the radiology department directly to the patient, allowing faster diagnosis, and in turn quicker exam turnaround and discharge times. As the the technology continues to evolve, vendors have focused on improving battery life, durability and wireless connectivity to further maximize the utility of these versatile systems. Photo courtesy of FujiFilm Reference1. Hadhazy, A., “A Better Battery? The Lithium Ion Cell Gets Supercharged.” Scientific American, March 11, 2009. Accessed Sept. 10, 2017. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Photo courtesy of Carestream New Detector PanelsOutside of the technology in the mobile system itself, many vendors are also incorporating wireless connectivity into detector panels. In many cases, panels can be shared between mobile and fixed systems, a huge economic efficiency that also helps minimize system downtime across the radiology department.Rayence introduced its C-Series wireless detectors at RSNA 2016, including a 10 x 12-inch and a 14 x 17-inch plate. Both panels offer user-activated internal storage of up to 200 images, and can even perform image acquisition when there is no computer or network connection available. Techs can register the panels across multiple workstations, and auto-triggering technology signals the start of image capture without direct X-ray generator integration. At AHRA 2017, Canon showcased its new CXDI-710C and CXDI-810C wireless DR detector panels. Both models are lightweight with an IPX7 rating for submersion in water up to 1 meter for 30 minutes, according to the company. Durability is an ever-present concern when it comes to detector panels, as vendors must try to anticipate potential sources of daily wear-and-tear. In an interview with itnTV at RSNA 2015, MD Buyline clinical analyst Lori Webb, BAAS, RT, explained that as the industry has switched from CR to DR, there was an expectation that drops would be the most common accidents, but surprisingly that has not been the case. “It’s amazing that most of the surprise insurance claims and service claims have actually been related to liquid damage versus drops,” she said. Photo courtesy of Canon Photo courtesty of GE Healthcare. Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more Wireless Connectivity for Image Sharing and SupportBeyond enhancing workflow efficiency during image capture, many mobile digital radiography systems now feature wireless connectivity to help streamline processes after acquisition. Uses for wireless systems incorporated on mobile DR systems include but are not limited to:•    Direct transmission of images to the picture archiving and communication system (PACS), electronic medical record (EMR) or other digital destination;•    Allowing remote technical support in an effort to minimize system downtime; and•    Scheduling future examinations. Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more Photo courtesy of Canon Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more Related Content Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Technology | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 25, 2019 Samsung Announces New iQuia Premium Digital Radiography Platform Samsung has announced iQuia, a new digital radiography (DR) platform of premium products and technologies that improves… read more Advances in long-length digital radiography are creating opportunities for visualization during spinal surgery, as well as pre- and post-operatively. Image courtesy of Fujifilm Medical Systems As of this year, Virtual Grid and Dynamic Visualization II are also available as options on the FDR Go, which received FDA clearance in 2013.To monitor dose data trends, Bennett said that the Optima XR240amx integrates with GE’s DoseWatch radiation dose monitoring platform, introduced in 2015. The web-based, cloud-deployed solution provides an automated tool for dose data and analytics — tracking, analyzing and reporting on practice-level dose data — with no user-side IT integration required. News | Radiation Dose Management | July 18, 2019 Low Doses of Radiation Promote Cancer-capable Cells Low doses of radiation equivalent to three computed tomography (CT) scans, which are considered safe, give cancer-… read more News | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 23, 2019 Konica Minolta and Shimadzu to Co-market Dynamic Digital Radiography in the U.S. Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. along with Shimadzu Medical Systems USA announced a collaborative agreement to… read more Mobile DR Streamlines Hospital OperationsMobile DR technology has proven particularly effective in high-volume areas such as the emergency department, where a large number of patients need to be diagnosed and treated as quickly as possible. These parts of a hospital can also be high-traffic, quickly becoming clogged with patients, physicians and medical equipment.Ease of movement was one of the guiding principles for Carestream on its newest mobile DR offering, the DRX-Revolution Nano Mobile, introduced at the 2017 annual meeting of the Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) in July. The system weighs just 200 pounds in total, making it the lightest mobile DR system on the market, according to Carestream. Most of the weight reduction comes from the carbon nanotubes that replace conventional X-ray tubes, weighing just 5 pounds; by comparison, the X-ray tubes in the original DRX-Revolution weigh 40 pounds. Because the system is so light, operators can push it easily without the assistance of a motor.GE Healthcare’s Optima XR240amx, introduced at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting last November, is only slightly heavier, weighing in at 900 pounds. The system does provide motorized assistance for maneuvering, according to Thomas Bennett, X-ray marketing and sales director for GE.Several mobile DR units — including newer offerings like Canon’s RadPro Mobile 40kW Flex Plus and Agfa’s DX-D100 — also include telescoping columns to improve line of sight while the system is in transit. News | Digital Radiography (DR) | June 28, 2019 Springfield Clinic Deploys 17 Carestream Digital X-ray Systems Springfield Clinic implemented 14 Carestream DRX-Evolu read more High-Quality Images at Low DoseDR systems in general offer dose advantages over computed radiography (CR) and analog.The FDR Aqro, Fujifilm’s newest mobile system introduced at RSNA 2016, was built to put all of the dose-saving features of a premium system on a mobile mini-cart. These include:•    Virtual Grid image processing software, which can reduce dose techniques as much as 50 percent;•    Irradiation Side Sampling (ISS); and•    The new Dynamic Visualization II image processing, which provides improved contrast and density stability throughout the entire exposure region. Dynamic Visualization II also achieves improved anatomic structure visibility across a wider range of patient thicknesses, including bariatric patients. News | Radiology Business | June 26, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare and the Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub Partner to Drive Innovation in Healthcare Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc. read morelast_img read more

Sunwing slashes prices of Varadero packages adds 2nd destination from MontJoli

first_img TORONTO — Cuba is ready to welcome tourists once again following hurricane season, and to hammer this point home to agents, Sunwing is offering “massive savings” of up to 50% on Varadero resorts, plus double STAR points on all new Cuba bookings.The 50% discount applies to a wide selection of vacation packages to Varadero’s top-rated resorts, if booked by Oct. 13. Double STAR points, which convert to cash, can be earned on Cuba bookings made by Oct. 27.Depending on the resort they select, vacationers can also enjoy a number of exclusive perks, from Kids Stay, Play and Eat FRE deals to spa discounts and unlimited à la carte dining.Popular among families are Grand Memories Varadero, which offers character meet and greets with Toopy and Binoo, Starfish Varadero, located minutes from downtown Varadero, and Iberostar Bella Vista, which boasts an on-site waterpark, extensive pool complex and well-equipped fitness centre.Sunwing has also added a second travel option from Mont-Joli, which comes on the heels of the announcement that it would be introducing flight service from Mont-Joli to Punta Cana. Now, travellers can also take advantage of a convenient weekly flight service to Cancun (connecting in Montreal).More news:  Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?Both flight options are available weekly from Dec. 21, 2017 until March 22, 2018, inclusive.“Cancun and Punta Cana are two of our most popular vacation destinations, so we are excited to be offering residents in the Bas St-Laurent region both these getaway options during our inaugural season at Mont-Joli,” said Sam Char, Executive Director of Sunwing Vacations Quebec.Travellers that opt for the new Cancun flight service could also be amongst the first guests to experience the new Riu Dunamar when it opens later this year. This family-friendly resort offers a complimentary RiuLand Kids Club, varied gourmet and à la carte dining options, all day entertainment and complimentary watersports.Another popular choice for families is the Grand Sunset Princess All Suites and Spa Resort in Riviera Maya, a beachfront property with luxurious accommodations, complimentary kids club and included activities like archery, kayaking and snorkelling. A week’s stay starts from $1,545 per person, including taxes, based on two people sharing a Junior Suite on an all-inclusive basis, and departing from Mont-Joli on Jan. 11, 2018. Friday, October 6, 2017 Posted by Tags: Cuba, Sunwing Sunwing slashes prices of Varadero packages, adds 2nd destination from Mont-Jolicenter_img Travelweek Group Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more