99 cent Cycloramic app spins your iPhone 5

first_imgIf you’re comfortable performing cute parlor tricks by potentially putting your expensive iPhone 5 in harm’s way, Egos Ventures has just the app for you. Called Cycloramic, the app will autonomously spin your iPhone 5 in place if you stand the phone upright. You can imagine where the potential harm comes in.The app is intended for something more useful than a simple parlor trick: to capture panoramic video. Within the app, set the number of rotations, choose either the front or back camera, stand the phone upright, and select “Go.” The phone will somewhat slowly rotate, capturing video until the preset rotation has finished.Considering the thin base of an upright iPhone 5, the surface on which the phone is placed must be completely flat, level, and smooth. You’ll most likely have to remove your phone’s case. The Cycloramic team also notes that not all smooth surfaces will be ideal, and you should give a surface a test run beforehand.Cycloramic works how your probably expect it to. The app triggers the vibration modules in the phone in such a way that it causes the phone to spin, and sensors within the phone are able to detect how many full rotations the phone has made. It’s the same thing that causes your phone to slightly change angles when you receive a bunch of text messages in a row and your phone is on vibrate.At the moment, the only phone that can use Cycloramic is the iPhone 5 Best Price at Amazon . Amusingly, Egos notes that previous versions of the iPhone can use the app, but you will have to turn the phone manually, which doesn’t seem much different than loading the phone’s native video-recording app and spinning it yourself.If you do have an iPhone 5, or have an older iPhone and are simply curious, check out the app over on iTunes.last_img read more

Raspberry Pi camera boards are now available for the price of a

first_imgWhile you’re sitting around, patiently awaiting the inevitable Raspberry Pi spec upgrade, not knowing what else to do with the little guy, the Pi Foundation has benevolently released the official camera attachment. Now, while your Model B is still sitting pretty at 512MB of RAM with a 700MHz CPU, you can at least take up photography to pass the time.The camera board slips into that thin connector located between the HDMI and Ethernet ports. The installation process is actually a bit delicate, so the Foundation made a handy video to ensure sure we all don’t break our new toy.The installation process does seem a little tedious, as you’re plugging a flimsy ribbon into a thin slot, need to flip down a clamp while keeping the ribbon steady, and also need to keep the extremely lightweight Pi in place while you perform it all.For the price of $25 — the price of a Model A Raspberry Pi — the 5MP camera isn’t a slouch, capable of recording 1080p video.In order to make your tiny, adorable computer recognize the new camera attachment, you need to update the firmware, then boot into the configuration settings and enable the camera. Save the settings, then reboot. The Foundation has a list of commands with which the camera can be used, including recording video and snapping still photography. The camera is also able to stream its feed over the internet, using another set of commands.If the RasPi is a fun little board for you to casually mess around with, and experimenting with the new camera is either a little too time-consuming or complex for your capabilities or attention span, don’t you worry. The RasPi community is quick to move, and you’ll have a bunch of tutorials and plug-and-play project ideas sooner rather than later.You can get the Raspberry Pi camera board from the usual Pi staples, RS Components and Element 14.last_img read more

Nintendo surprised HD games development requires double the staff

first_imgNintendo took a very different approach to the current generation of gaming hardware. They focused on motion control and stuck with SD graphics for the Wii while Sony and Microsoft embraced HD. Gamers may have enjoyed those higher resolution graphics, but development teams soon realized larger teams were needed and producing games for the PS3 and Xbox 360 cost significantly more.Nintendo has been shielded from such costs and workloads for its first party games until now. But with the shift to HD on the Wii U, the company is facing the same problems many third party developers had to deal with several years ago, and it has certainly surprised the Japanese company.If you’ve been wondering why there’s been a lack of first party titles on the Wii U, this is a major part of the reason. Nintendo didn’t realize you need about double the number of people working on a HD game compared to an SD title, therefore projects have been under-staffed and that has led to delays.Shigeru Miyamoto admitted this when talking at Nintendo’s last shareholder meeting, and used the delay of Pikmin 3’s release as a key example. Nintendo just needed more people, and didn’t realize this until projects were underway and falling behind schedule.Now Nintendo has had time to understand what is required to get a Wii U game completed, future projects shouldn’t suffer the same problem. The company has also started using what they are calling the Nintendo Web Framework, which allows games to be developed and run using HTML5. Such games won’t replace key Wii U releases, but should at least mean we get more games coming to the system from shorter development cycles.last_img read more

Krystle nightclub and its private army of bouncers responsible for assault on

first_imgKrystle nightclub and its “private army” of bouncers responsible for assault on woman A judge found that the club and the security firm were jointly liable for damages. 31 Comments 44,602 Views Oct 26th 2016, 3:54 PM Short URL By Saurya Cherfi Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img A DUBLIN NIGHTCLUB has been held to be as responsible for a “heinous” assault on a student as the “private army” it employed to mount security on its premises, a judge has decided.Circuit Court President Justice Raymond Groarke said Triglen Holdings, trading as Krystle Nightclub, had “engaged and let loose a private army,” a member of which had assaulted the 28-year-old student.Judge Groarke had already awarded student Elaine Bennett €15,000 damages for personal injuries she received at the club on New Year’s night 2014 but had been asked to decide if P&B Security Services Ltd (now in liquidation) or Krystle Nightclub should pay.Bennett claimed she was punched and kicked by female bouncer Dawn Cleary whose evidence, the judge said, he could not believe.Judge Groarke today ruled that both defendants were jointly and severally liable to pay Bennett’s damages and legal costs bill. He said the nightclub had a responsibility to supervise the security company staff.He said CCTV footage showed that Bennett, who was intoxicated, had pushed Cleary down the entrance stairs of the nightclub at Harcourt Street, Dublin, but the bouncer’s “heinous” assault had been out-of-order.Bennet, from Cork, had earlier told the court she had been celebrating the new year with friends when they decided to go to Krystle Nightclub. She had stayed outside for a smoke and when she had wanted to get in, she was refused by the bouncers on grounds she was too drunk.AloneShe told her barrister Mark O’Connell that she left the area but came back half an hour later as her friends were still inside and she was alone on the street. She was again refused entry.When she had asked again to be let in Cleary had suddenly attacked her, pulling her to the ground by her hair. She had been punched and kicked on her body and face before another security guard separated them.She had gone to her GP a few days later, complaining of bruising on her face and body. Her wounds had left a permanent scar under her right eye. The woman was kicked and punched after being refused entrance to the club. Source: Mark StedmanBennett, of Glenary, Glencoo Park, Boreenmana Road in Cork, sued Triglen Holdings Ltd and P&B Security Services Ltd (now in liquidation), with a registered address at Newhall, Naas, Co Kildare, for negligence.The defendants had denied liability and claimed Bennett had been racially abusive towards security staff, pushing Cleary down the stairs and calling her a bitch and a Polish lesbian. She had called another bouncer a “Polish bastard.”Judge Groarke said that although the bouncers had an obligation to refuse Bennett entry because she was intoxicated, he was satisfied she had been viciously assaulted. She can now seek to recover damages and costs from either of the two defendants.Read: Woman wins €15,000 damages after ‘vicious assault’ by nightclub bouncer > The nightclub is located on Dublin’s Harcourt Street. Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland http://jrnl.ie/3047203 The nightclub is located on Dublin’s Harcourt Street. Share226 Tweet Email1 Wednesday 26 Oct 2016, 3:54 PMlast_img read more

Bus driver burns to death in Australia after passenger sets him on

first_img 31,041 Views Friday 28 Oct 2016, 10:32 AM By AFP Oct 28th 2016, 10:32 AM Short URL 49 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3051164 Image: Shutterstock/TK Kurikawa A PASSENGER DOUSED a bus driver with inflammable liquid and burned him to death in front of horrified passengers in the Australian city of Brisbane today, police said.There was no apparent motive for the killing of the 29-year-old man named by local media as Manmeet Alisher, a well-known singer in the Indian Punjabi community.ABC reports that there were six people on the council bus at the time of the attack in the south of Brisbane.Police superintendent Jim Keogh told reporters “it’s a horrific incident here in the quiet suburb of Moorooka”.“This is a rare one where it appears to be no apparent motive.“A bus driver, going about, doing his business, supporting the community, has had his life taken from him in what is a senseless and needless act.”SuspectA 48-year-old suspect was arrested at the bus stop and placed in custody.Bystanders kicked down the back doors of the municipal bus to rescue passengers, who were “traumatised” by the incident, Keogh said.“It’s lucky the whole bus didn’t become engulfed in flames,” Keogh said.Around half a dozen passengers were aboard the vehicle and some were treated for smoke inhalation.- © AFP, 2016Read: Mike Pence’s plane slides off runway in New York> Image: Shutterstock/TK Kurikawa Bus driver burns to death in Australia after passenger sets him on fire Passengers were said to be “traumatised” by what happened. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share150 Tweet Email last_img read more

Hundreds of gardaí turn out to form guard of honour at Superintendent

first_img Gardaí turned out in their hundreds to honour Superintendent Fox Source: RollingNews.ieSpeaking at the beginning of a trial at Dublin Circuit Court on Monday, Paul O’Higgins SC, prosecuting, paid tribute to Superintendent Fox and said that he knew him since his first days as a garda.He described the senior garda as a most decent man, both professionally and in his dealings with people.Brendan Grehan SC, defending, said the deceased was a top cop, a pleasure to deal with and someone who “always got the best out of the team around him”. Source: RollingNews.ieJudge Karen O’Connor agreed that it was a very sad death and said her thoughts were with Superintendent Fox’s family.“There are very few at the Bar who won’t have encountered him. I know him from my own experience that any team Superintendent Fox was involved in always spoke very highly of him,” she said.  Read: Judge and lawyers pay tribute to lead garda investigator of Regency caseMore: Investigation under way after death of garda at Ballymun Garda Station By Hayley Halpin Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article No Comments Short URL Feb 14th 2018, 4:05 PM http://jrnl.ie/3851904 center_img Share25 Tweet Email1 The guard of honour for Superintendent Colm Fox Source: RollingNews.ieMEMBERS OF AN Garda Síochána have paid a final tribute to one of the country’s top criminal investigators, who was tragically found dead at a Dublin garda station last weekend, through a guard of honour.Superintendent Colm Fox was found dead on Saturday evening in his office at Ballymun Garda Station.He was a lead investigating detective into the Regency Hotel investigation.Gardaí have since launched an investigation into his death, which is being treated as a personal tragedy.Members of An Garda Síochána turned out in their hundreds this afternoon at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Malahide to honour Superintendent Fox. Wednesday 14 Feb 2018, 4:05 PM 44,590 Views Hundreds of gardaí turn out to form guard of honour at Superintendent Colm Fox’s funeral Superintendent Fox was found dead on Saturday evening in his office at Ballymun Garda Station. last_img read more

Henry Bolton quits Ukip after being sacked as party leader

first_img Image: PA Wire/PA Images By Ceimin Burke Thursday 22 Feb 2018, 3:34 PM 9,841 Views Henry Bolton, file photo. Short URL https://jrnl.ie/3866412 Feb 22nd 2018, 3:34 PM Henry Bolton quits Ukip after being sacked as party leader Bolton was confronted with a statement from his wife, whom he left just before Christmas, on TV this morning. FORMER UKIP LEADER Henry Bolton has quit the party just days after being ousted as leader.Bolton, aged 54, faced criticism in early January after it emerged that his 25-year-old girlfriend made racist remarks about Prince Harry’s fiancée Meghan Markle and the residents of Grenfell tower.Jo Marney wrote texts saying that “black American” Markle would “taint the royal family”, and her marriage to Prince Harry would pave the way for a “black king”.She also described Grenfell Tower, where 71 people died in a fire last June, as “a nest of illegal immigrants”.Ukip members backed a motion of no confidence in Bolton at an extraordinary general meeting in Birmingham on Saturday, five months after he won a leadership contest.The party announced that he is no longer a member after he appeared alongside former model Marney on ITV’s This morning programme today. Source: This Morning/TwitterSpeaking on the programme the couple denied they were “private racists”. “I absolutely do not believe that these comments reflect Jo’s core beliefs. They are appalling language,” Bolton said.The politician was also confronted with a lengthy statement from his wife of 11 years, Tatiana Smurova-Bolton, whom he left just before Christmas.“Rather than trying to protect the privacy of the children he hurt so badly, my still-husband has given countless interviews proclaiming his feelings for his lover while still being legally married,” the statement said. I’ve supported my husband through the 11 years of us being together in good times but also bad when we had no job or money. Now, me and my family have been abandoned and quickly forgotten. He hasn’t found the time to visit his children, who haven’t seen him for two months.READ: Ukip members vote to remove scandal-hit leader Henry Bolton>READ: UKIP leader splits with partner over ‘racist’ Meghan Markle texts> Henry Bolton, file photo. Image: PA Wire/PA Images Share18 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 18 Comments last_img read more

Women to be conscripted into Swedish army amid Russia fears

first_img Friday 3 Mar 2017, 9:08 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL 25,655 Views Mar 3rd 2017, 9:08 AM Image: Wikimedia 90 Comments Image: Wikimedia Women to be conscripted into Swedish army amid Russia fears For the first time, conscription will apply to women. Share53 Tweet Email3 SWEDEN IS TO reintroduce compulsory military service, seven years after abandoning it, to respond to global security challenges including Russia’s assertive behaviour in the Baltic Sea region, Stockholm said Thursday.“We are in a context where Russia has annexed Crimea,” Swedish Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist told AFP, adding: “They are doing more exercises in our immediate vicinity.”Sweden has had a professional army, staffed by volunteers, since 2010.“We saw that our units could not be filled on a voluntary basis. A decision had to be taken to complement the (volunteer) system which is why we are reactivating conscription,” Hultqvist said.A non-NATO member, Sweden has not seen armed conflict on its territory in two centuries. It put conscription on hold in 2010 after it was deemed an unsatisfactory way of meeting the needs of a modern army.In the past two decades the military’s budget has been slashed as its mission was revamped to focus more on peacekeeping operations abroad and less on the country’s defence.But in recent years, concerns have risen about Russia’s intentions in the region — with alarms bells ringing after Moscow’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula in 2014, experts noted.“The new security situation is also a reality, partly in the form of Russian power politics which has long been underestimated and downplayed,” Wilhelm Agrell, a security expert at Lund University, told AFP.Since the winter of 2014, “we’ve seen Russia as expansive and prepared to use violence to benefit its own interests,” Agrell said.But, “today Sweden has neither the possibility nor the political will to stay away from a conflict” in the Baltic Sea region, he added.In June 2015, US think tank Cepa published a report claiming Russia had held exercises with 33,000 troops aimed at practising an invasion of Sweden’s Baltic Sea island of Gotland, among other sites.Just three months earlier, the Swedish government had decided to remilitarise Gotland, where the last barracks had been decommissioned in 2005.Around 150 men have been stationed there since September last year.Russian fears also came to the fore in October 2014, when Sweden launched a massive but unsuccessful hunt for a foreign submarine, suspected to be Russian, in the Stockholm archipelago over an eight-day period.Consensus Sweden first introduced compulsory military service in 1901 but halted it in 2010 and replaced it with a volunteer army.But a military career had little appeal to generations of Swedes who had never set foot inside barracks.Thursday’s decision by the minority Social Democratic-led government means all Swedes, male and female, born in 1999 or later will be eligible for conscription as of July.Mandatory military service, which will last for 11 months, will begin 1 January 2018.As of 1 July, all Swedes born after 1999 will be contacted and asked to answer a questionnaire.  Based on their answers, 13,000 people will be mobilised.Of those, only 4,000 will be called up each year after January 2018. For the first time, conscription will apply to women.“It’s very important to emphasise that military service is for girls and guys,” Hultqvist said.“It is important for the military to have a gender equal profile,” he added.The reactivation of conscription is supported by both the government and right-wing opposition.In 2015, they had already agreed to increase military spending, granting the defence an additional €1.1 billion over the period 2016-2020.On defence issues, Sweden has a close dialogue with neighbouring Finland, which in turn shares a 1,340km border with Russia.Sweden and Finland have recently stepped up their military cooperation with the US. That followed an increase in Russian military activity in the region, including several airspace violations and war planes allegedly flying without their identifying transponders.Russia has repeatedly warned Sweden and Finland against joining NATO, an issue regularly debated in both countries.© – AFP, 2017Read: ‘No need to step down’? US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has stood down from the Russia/Trump inquiry >Read: Mayor of Calais bans distribution of free food to migrants > By AFP http://jrnl.ie/3268105 last_img read more

Man to be sentenced for sexually abusing his eightyearold nephew

first_img 14,928 Views A DUBLIN MAN who as a teenager sexually abused his eight-year-old nephew within a “deeply dysfunctional” household will be sentenced next month.The Central Criminal Court heard that the accused man, who was 16-years-old when the abuse began, was also having a “deeply inappropriate” sexual relationship with one of the adults in the house.He was convicted of the sexual abuse of the boy following a trial last year.During the trial the victim told the court that his uncle “did what he should not have done to any child.” He said during his evidence that he found it disgusting to speak about it in front of women.The accused man, who cannot be named to protect his victim’s identity, was convicted last November by a jury of eight counts of indecent assault, one count of anal rape and one count of sexual assault on dates between 1988 and 1991.Justice Patrick McCarthy adjourned sentencing until 20 February next.A local garda told Orla Crowe Senior Counsel, prosecuting, that the accused man had been living with the victim’s family. The boy said that when he was about eight years old the accused man would “feel and fondle” him when he came home from school.The victim said what the accused man did to him “hurt so badly” and would take place in various locations at any time of day. He said he was assaulted physically and threatened that he would be killed if he revealed what was happening.He said the accused man would ask him to have sex “like an adult” and tell him he was “a good little boy.” The abuse eventually escalated into anal rape.The victim made first made a complaint in 2011 and the accused man denied the allegations when interviewed by gardaí.In his victim impact statement he said as a child he felt disgusted about what was going on.He said he had been kicked out of school as a teenager due to his temper. He began drinking and smoking cannabis so he was able to forget the abuse. He said he did not feel safe and sometimes woke up at night thinking the accused man was coming into his room.The man said he was afraid to do normal things with his own children such as change their nappies or bathe them because what had happened to him. He felt angry he was unable to do these things and was also over-protective of the children. He said his whole life had been affected by the abuse.The garda agreed with Mary Rose Gearty Senior Counsel, defending, that a “deeply inappropriate” sexual relationship between the accused and an adult in the house had begun when he was 15 years old.Gearty asked the court to take into account the circumstances in which her client grew up and what had occurred in the household in relation to her client. She said it was a “deeply dysfunctional family.”She said that her own client’s early years had been difficult and he had been thrown out of his mother’s home as a young teenager and suffered drug addiction issues.Comments have been closed as the case is ongoing.Read: Court hears father would leave £50 on his daughter’s bedside locker after sexually abusing her Image: Shutterstock/Africa Studio http://jrnl.ie/3201529 No Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Tuesday 24 Jan 2017, 6:20 AM Share Tweet Email1 Image: Shutterstock/Africa Studio Short URL Man to be sentenced for sexually abusing his eight-year-old nephew A “deeply inappropriate” sexual relationship between the accused and an adult in the house had begun when he was 15 years old. By Fiona Ferguson Jan 24th 2017, 6:20 AM last_img read more

Elderly monk on the run as Thai police investigate multimillion euro scam

first_img Thai Buddhist monks pray and gather at Wat Dhammakaya temple. Image: Sakchai Lalit Image: Sakchai Lalit Thai Buddhist monks pray and gather at Wat Dhammakaya temple. Elderly monk on the run as Thai police investigate multi-million euro scam Police found a 1.5 kilometre tunnel, split into two routes, dug under the UFO-like temple that dominates the site. 14,867 Views Short URL Friday 17 Feb 2017, 6:59 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img http://jrnl.ie/3244387 12 Comments By AFP Share Tweet Email Feb 17th 2017, 6:59 AM THAI POLICE HAVE uncovered secret tunnels running underneath a space-age temple of the controversial Dhammakaya Buddhist sect, as their manhunt for an elusive elderly monk accused of massive embezzlement entered a second day.Thousands of officers are involved in the search for the 72-year-old monk Phra Dhammachayo, who is believed to be holed up in the vast Wat Dhammakaya temple grounds on the outskirts of Bangkok.The former abbot, who founded the breakaway Buddhist order in 1970 and has marshalled its prodigious rise, is accused of money laundering and accepting embezzled funds worth $33 million from the jailed owner of a cooperative bank.But in an increasingly bizarre cat-and-mouse game, cops were frustrated for a second day running as they were led by orange-robed monks through endless rooms and hallways in the 1,000-acre site.On Thursday, police found a 1.5 kilometre tunnel, split into two routes, dug under the UFO-like temple that dominates the site, which may have been used by the ex-abbot as a place to hide.Cat and mouse“It only has one entrance but it does not go outside of the temple,” Police Colonel Worranan Srilum, deputy spokesman for the DSI (Thailand equivalent of the FBI) told reporters.They also searched a sick bay used by the former abbot, but instead of finding him, they pulled back an orange robe covering several pillows arranged to look like a sleeping person.“The Dhammakaya temple area is sprawling so it will have to take time to search. We can’t find him yet, but our intelligence insists that he is still inside (the) temple,” he added.The sweep of the powerful and ultra-rich Wat Dhammakaya temple comes after Thailand’s junta chief invoked special powers to put its sprawling compound under military control.Temple officials say the ex-abbot is innocent and deny knowledge of his whereabouts.Thailand’s secular authorities are normally reluctant to intervene in the affairs of the clergy in the Buddhist-majority country.But the Dhammakaya sect has long been in the firing line. Critics accuse the temple of promoting a pay-your-way to nirvana philosophy, burnished with “cultish” mass shows of devotion and a sophisticated PR machine.The temple is also mired in the kingdom’s treacherous politics, with rumoured links to ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted in a 2006 coup and still hated by the Bangkok elite and their military allies.© – AFP 2017Read: Putin apologises after Russian air strike accidentally kills three Turkish soldiersRead: ‘Do you speak Arabic?’: How the US bungled its online fight against ISlast_img read more

Trump says hes being investigated by the FBI but Trumps lawyer insists

first_img Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitter It’s not clear whether or not the witch hunt he’s referring to is the overarching investigations into alleged Russian collusion with his campaign, or his own possible belief that he’s being investigated personally.Trump has been fighting something of a tit-for-tat battle with the FBI via the media in recent months, with his firing of former director James Comey and Comey’s subsequent testimony before the Senate intelligence committee being the two high water-marks of the saga.With © – AFP, 2017Read: Macron looks set to win a massive majority in French parliamentary electionsRead: Death toll from raging Portuguese forest fire rises to at least 62 31 Comments Sekulow was referring to a report in the Post this week that said Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in last November’s presidential election was now also trying to determine whether Trump obstructed justice.Trump’s fledgling presidency has been battered by allegations – under investigation both by Congress and the FBI – that Russia interfered to sway the 2016 election in his favour, in possible collusion with Trump’s campaign team.However, Sekulow’s pronouncements haven’t stopped Trump from once more referring to a witch hunt this morning. By Cianan Brennan Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitter Trump says he’s being investigated by the FBI, but Trump’s lawyer insists he isn’t Lawyer Jay Sedulow said, “He’s not afraid of the investigation – there is no investigation… there is not an investigation of the president of the United States, period.” http://jrnl.ie/3450928 I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 16, 2017 The MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN agenda is doing very well despite the distraction of the Witch Hunt. Many new jobs, high business enthusiasm,..— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2017center_img Source: SIPA USA/PA ImagesDONALD TRUMP’S LAWYER has insisted that the US President is not being investigated personally by the FBI – despite Trump himself saying that he is.Two days ago, Trump tweeted that he is “being investigated for firing the FBI director by the man who told me to fire the FBI director!”Now, however, Trump’s own legal counsel Jay Sekulow has insisted that this is not the case. “The tweet from the president was in response to the five anonymous sources purportedly leaking info to The Washington Post,” Sekulow told NBC television’s Meet the Press.He’s not afraid of the investigation – there is no investigation… there is not an investigation of the president of the United States, period. Sunday 18 Jun 2017, 6:25 PM Jun 18th 2017, 6:25 PM Short URL Share62 Tweet Email 19,480 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Police probe London murder where gang killed man with samurai sword and

first_img Share4 Tweet Email Feb 23rd 2019, 2:50 PM https://jrnl.ie/4509570 Police probe London murder where gang killed man with samurai sword and gun The incident happened last night. Short URL Saturday 23 Feb 2019, 2:50 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 10 Comments center_img Wood Green tube station. Image: Google Maps Image: Google Maps POLICE IN LONDON have appealed for information following the murder of a man in the Wood Green area of north London last night.Detective Chief Inspector Katherine Goodwin of the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command said that the men who attacked the 19-year-old victim were armed with an array of weapons including a samurai sword and a gun.DCI Goodwin said: “This murder took place at a busy time of night in a heavy footfall area. I know that there are people who either witnessed the incident or who can assist with filling in the gaps in the information we already have.“My team has established that the attackers were armed with at least one firearm, knives and a samurai sword. Some, or possibly all, were riding bikes.“I know that people may be reluctant or afraid to speak with police, but making a single call could help to remove dangerous, violent individuals from your area and all information provided will be treated in the strictest confidence.“If you don’t want to call police call the independent charity Crimestoppers – they won’t even ask for your name, but please, if you have information, do make the call.”Police were called to Vincent Road, Wood Green, at 8.10pm to reports of a group of people fighting. Officers and the London Ambulance Service attended the scene of the incident.Two men, believed to be aged 19 and 20, were found injured. They were taken to an east London Hospital,The 19-year-old injured male had suffered stab wounds. He died in hospital shortly afterwards. The 20-year old injured male suffered stab wounds and a gunshot wound. His injuries are not life threatening. By Garreth MacNamee 19,004 Views Wood Green tube station.last_img read more

Is it an internet hoax No reports of Momo challenge to authorities

first_imgIs it an internet hoax? ‘No reports’ of Momo challenge to authorities CyberSafeIreland said that it has been “inundated” by enquiries about Momo – mainly from the media. Image: Dominic Lipinski/PA Images Source: National Online Safety/Twitter THE MOMO CHALLENGE has caught the media and public’s attention this week – but it’s uncertain that the phenomenon had been putting children at risk.Campaigners and factcheckers have claimed that there have been no reports of children engaging or paying heed to these posts, which have been shared widely in the past, but resurfaced over the weekend.Mental health advocates have now said that in the act of the media covering the warnings has in itself raised the risk the “challenge” poses to children.Today, CyberSafeIreland said that it “has been inundated by enquiries about Momo, mainly from the media”.“We made it very clear from the start that we had seen no evidence of Irish children being harmed by this,” it said in a statement.Although there is no factual evidence describing how or whether people get these messages, the phenomenon is described as a message received through social media, such as WhatsApp or YouTube, where people are asked to take part in “challenges”, which include requests that they self-harm.  Momo does not exist. If someone tells you that you are cursed if you don’t do something, this is not true.“Acknowledge their worries and praise them to the high heavens for coming and telling you about it,” she said.If you need to talk, contact: An image of a woman’s head with bulging eyes accompanies the messages. The woman’s head, which sits on bird’s legs, is a piece of artwork called “Mother Bird” and is the work of a Japanese artist from the special effects company Link Factory. According to officials, neither the Link Factory nor the artist are affiliated with the challenge; it’s uncertain how the image became linked to the challenge, or what caused it to go viral.TimelineIn February, schools and police departments began posting warnings on social media of the the Momo challenge. On Sunday, the Police Service of Northern Ireland warned that “the Momo game” was “doing the rounds” online, citing YouTube.This week, media companies from around the world have covered the warnings to the challenge, emphasising that children should ignore the game. What is the Momo Challenge? Disturbing ‘suicide’ game has parents, police worried https://t.co/e8F9AaULF0 pic.twitter.com/vJSMNEPvje— Newsweek (@Newsweek) February 28, 2019 Samaritans 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.ieNational Suicide Helpline 1800 247 247 – (suicide prevention, self-harm, bereavement)Aware 1800 80 48 48 (depression, anxiety)Pieta House 01 601 0000 or email mary@pieta.ie – (suicide, self-harm)Teen-Line Ireland 1800 833 634 (for ages 13 to 19)Childline 1800 66 66 66 (for under 18s)Warning signs for youth suicide can be found here. Share183 Tweet Email Today we’ve heard from hundreds of concerned schools and parents about the horrifying #Momo challenge which has reportedly been appearing in children’s YouTube videos, causing panic and upset amongst young people. We hope you find our guide useful… https://t.co/Nuu4cUpBZD pic.twitter.com/t16m8GQ6Vt— National Online Safety (@natonlinesafety) February 26, 2019 https://jrnl.ie/4517692 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: Newsweek/Twitter Short URL Thursday 28 Feb 2019, 4:31 PM 33,829 Views By Gráinne Ní Aodha 33 Comments If you see videos including harmful or dangerous challenges on YouTube, we encourage you to flag them to us immediately. These challenges are clearly against our Community Guidelines. An Garda Síochána told TheJournal.ie that it had “no reports of any crimes in relation to the Momo challenge”.“We remind internet users and parents in particular to exercise care while children are online,” it said, directing users to information on its website.CyberSafeIreland has said that until this week, “we have not come across children even talking about this in the classroom, even though the concept has been around for some months”.But after this week’s media coverage, it is “the talk of the playground in many Irish schools”, it said, and added that many principals have contacted them looking for advice. We have seen nothing to suggest that the Momo Challenge is anything more than a hoax that has ‘grown legs’ through a lot of circular media reporting. It does certainly exist as an idea, or meme (an image which is usually funny, that is copied and spread rapidly online), but that is most likely all that it is.The group warned that it’s always possible that through social media, messaging apps, or games, a child can be contacted by someone and asked to do “just about anything” – adding that the “Momo game” doesn’t pose a new threat in that way, so normal online safety good practices still apply.The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC)’s Policy Coordinator, Fiona Jennings said that “concerns raised in recent days have created conversations around the importance of striving to ensure children and young people are safe online”.“Parents and carers can help keep their children safe online by speaking with them in generic terms about what they see or experience, about inappropriate content and about what they can do if they see something which upsets them.”CyberSafeIreland doesn’t recommend that parents speak to their children about the “challenge”, unless their children ask specifically about it or they have strong suspicions that they have heard about it.Their programme director Cliona Curley said: “If they have heard about Momo and come home asking about it, then the best thing that you can do is explain that actually it is a nasty idea that has gone viral. We made the reluctant decision to stop engaging with the media on this, as we reached the conclusion that we were only feeding the monster as such, which wasn’t helping anyone.It added: Feb 28th 2019, 4:31 PM Image: Dominic Lipinski/PA Images Yesterday, TV reality celebrity and social media star Kim Kardashian joined those calls, and posted an image of concerned comments left online by parents to her Instagram account. She tagged YouTube in the post, asking “Please help!”But YouTube says that it has “no recent evidence of videos promoting the Momo challenge on YouTube”.“Videos encouraging harmful and dangerous challenges are against our policies.last_img read more

A Joycean time capsule This former Dublin chemists shop has barely changed

first_imgA Joycean time capsule: This former Dublin chemist’s shop has barely changed in more than 100 years The pharmacy opened in 1847 and was in business right up until 2009. 28,614 Views Short URL Sunday 10 Mar 2019, 7:30 PM 7 Comments Share143 Tweet Email2 Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTube Mar 10th 2019, 7:31 PM https://jrnl.ie/4530959 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article SMELL ALMOST CURE you like the dentist’s doorbell. Doctor Whack. He ought to physic himself a bit. Electuary or emulsion. The first fellow that picked an herb to cure himself had a bit of pluck. Simples. Want to be careful. Enough stuff here to chloroform you. Test: turns blue litmus paper red. Chloroform. Overdose of laudanum. Sleeping draughts. Lovephiltres. Paragoric poppysyrup bad for cough. Clogs the pores or the phlegm. Poisons the only cures. Remedy where you least expect it. Clever of nature.THESE ARE SOME of the ruminations of Leopold Bloom, as outlined in Ulysses, when he visits Sweny’s pharmacy at Lincoln Place in Dublin on 16 June 1904.The business described in James Joyce’s iconic novel is still in existence today, but serves a very different purpose.The pharmacy opened in 1847 and was in business right up until 2009 – but remains largely unchanged since Victorian times. Volunteers, horrified at the thought of losing such a unique gem, swooped in to preserve it.Now, it is home to a registered charity, holding daily Joyce readings and funding themselves through sales of second-hand books, curios, and the famous lemon soap with Mr Bloom buys in Ulysses. It has recently faced a rent hike, with the volunteers now appealing for help in meeting the shortfall.Watch the video above for our full report. Subscribe for more videos By Nicky Ryanlast_img read more

Opinion What does it take to raise your children through Irish

first_img Short URL There was silence for a couple of seconds, and then she said: “Amhrán Crogaill, a Dhaidí, le do thoil?” How could you say “níl” to that? https://jrnl.ie/4526671 By Caoimhín De Barra Assistant professor of history, Gonzaga University, Washington Caoimhín De Barra IT IS FUNNY how the smallest thing can change the course of your life.Like a lot of people, I was terrible at Irish in school. However, I always wanted to speak the language fluently. Even after I finished the Leaving Certificate, I kept studying it, hoping one day that I could speak Irish as comfortably as English.One day, near the end of my time in college, I told a friend about trying to learn Irish. She said she knew someone who was raised in an Irish-speaking home.She said her friend’s father was an Englishman who had gotten a job at an Irish university.He had decided that as he was moving to Ireland, he should learn Irish, and not only did he master the language, he insisted on making it the language of his home.This story blew my mind. To think that someone who wasn’t even Irish could come to Ireland and learn the language so successfully that he spoke it as his daily language was humbling but heartening at the same time.Before, my goal had been to be a fluent Irish speaker, but that had changed. Now, nothing would do other than to master Irish and then raise my children through the language.Fast forward to ten years. I finally speak Irish reasonably fluently. I am also married, and our first child is on the way.While I still want to raise my children through Irish, things have turned out differently from what I originally envisioned. My wife is American, and I am living and working in New Jersey.Could I raise my children through Irish in the United States? I had heard of at least one other family in New Jersey that spoke Irish as their home language.In fact, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, over 22,000 people spoke Irish at home in 2008, making it the 76th most widely spoken language in the country.But what did raising children bilingually involve?All the articles I read said that the only effective way to do it was for one parent to speak the target language at all times with their children. That meant I would have to speak nothing but Irish to our daughter.My wife and I were both nervous about the idea, for different reasons. I really wanted to do it, but I also knew that there were some gaps in my own Irish. In some cases, I would have to learn as I went.My wife had learned little bits of Irish over the years but was only a beginner. She was worried that she wouldn’t understand what was being said in her own home by her family members half the time.But, as an American, she also didn’t have any of the baggage that some people at home have about Irish. She was willing to give it a go, and when our daughter was born, I committed to speaking only Irish with her.The first thing I noticed about my daughter was that she had long eyelashes. I didn’t know what the Irish for eyelashes was (fabhraí), so I had to look it up!Although I had a good standard of Irish by the time she was born, I have improved greatly since, as I have had to figure out the Irish word for every little thing around the house, and everything that a three-year-old might want to talk about.My wife mostly speaks in English to our daughter, but she includes some Irish as well. My wife understands a lot of Irish now, of course, because she hears it every day. When I speak to her, I use Irish when I know it is something she will understand, and English otherwise.It has been fascinating to watch my daughter’s language development. She mostly speaks English but understands everything in Irish. There are also lots of words that she only knows the Irish for, so she mixes them in with English.For example, I took her to my office one day, and when she saw my computer she yelled: “Wow, what a beautiful ríomhaire!”But she can speak a decent amount of Irish as well. She knows that if she wants, say, ice cream, she is wasting her time asking me in English. She also (worryingly) already understands that she can use Irish to manipulate me.I was flicking through our TV one day when she saw something she recognised. Mar 15th 2019, 7:01 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img Opinion: What does it take to raise your children through Irish? My daughter speaks mostly in English but there are also lots of words that she only knows the Irish for – so she mixes them in, writes Caoimhín De Barra. Share472 Tweet Email She shouted “Crocodile Song”  but I ignored her because I was looking for something else. 50 Comments Friday 15 Mar 2019, 7:00 AM Odd as it is to say, but in some ways, I feel it is easier to raise a child through Irish in the United States than Ireland.Here, when we go out in public, we are just another family speaking a foreign language.But I didn’t feel as comfortable speaking Irish around other people when we visited back home last summer. Even though I know most Irish people would probably be impressed to hear you speaking Irish, I did worry that some might think I was being “elitist” or had some ulterior motive using Irish with my daughter in public.No-one said anything, but I never fully shook that uneasy feeling during our stay.The downside of not living in Ireland, of course, is that my daughter won’t have the chance to attend a Gaelscoil or avail of many other opportunities to develop as an Irish speaker outside of her immediate family.Some might wonder why I should speak Irish with my daughter at all, since (especially if she lives her life in the United States) she may never use the language outside of the home.But I remember my youth, and how I badly wanted to be able to speak Irish, a feeling a lot of Irish people, unfortunately, know too well.This the greatest gift I can give her, and I am willing to make every sacrifice to ensure she has it. If she decides as an adult not to use it, that is fine.I will be content knowing that she, unlike many Irish people, actually had a chance to choose to speak it if she wished.Meanwhile, my wife and I had our second daughter in November, so our little American Gaeltacht is growing.Caoimhín De Barra is an assistant professor of history at Gonzaga University, Washington. His new book Gaeilge: A Radical Revolution is published by Currach Press and will be launched at An Siopa Leabhar at 6 Harcourt Street pm, today, Friday, March 15. The launch includes a bilingual panel discussion on the question of reviving Irish.Dr De Barra will also hold a public lecture on the topic of Galeophobia at 36 Parnell Square West, in Dublin on March 15 at 6.30pm. Both events are free to attend and open to the public.   20,492 Views last_img read more

German police find two more bodies linked to crossbow killings

first_img The town is near the Austrian border. Image: DPA/PA Images May 13th 2019, 8:13 AM By AFP Updated May 13th 2019, 7:07 PM THE BODIES OF another two women have been found during investigations into the deaths of three people in a Bavarian hotel room who were killed with crossbow bolts.The bodies of two other women have now been uncovered in the north German town of Wittingen.Detectives pare continuing to investigate the deaths of a man and two women discovered over the weekend in the Bavarian town of Passau, close to the Austrian border.The two crime scenes are around 660 kilometres apart at opposite ends of Germany.Police made the latest discovery of two female bodies when they went to the home of one of the women discovered dead in the hotel room in Passau.A police spokesperson confirmed that the two corpses in Wittingen, Lower Saxony, had not been killed by crossbow bolts, “the modus operandi cannot be compared”.“Further details and identities of the two women are still unknown – possible connections to the dead found in Passau are currently the subject of investigations,” added police in a statement.Forensic police officers are combing both crime scenes for clues.‘Strange group’ Hotel staff in Passau had on Saturday discovered the three dead Germans in their room around noon alongside two crossbows.A third crossbow was later found packed inside a bag, police said.The three were a 33-year-old woman and a 53-year-old man from Rhineland-Palatinate state and a 30-year-old woman from Wittingen, who had arrived Friday.Local media reported that the man and the 33-year-old woman were found dead in bed holding hands, with bolts in their heads and chests.The other woman was lying on the floor with a bolt in her chest.Reports said the three had arrived Friday from different parts of Germany and had all checked in without luggage.The man, who was dressed in a suit had a long, white beard, while the two women were dressed in black, witnesses told German daily Bild.Police are also inspecting a pick-up truck, reportedly belonging to one of the deceased, which had an archery logo stuck on it.One of the women had booked the triple room for €85 a night, without breakfast, for three nights.“It was a strange group,” a guest recalled, according to the newspaper Bild.They had all wished a “good evening”, taken glasses of soft drink and water, and then disappeared into the second-floor room as rain fell outside.Police said the town’s prosecutor had ordered autopsies which aimed to ascertain the cause and circumstances of the deaths.Initial results from the post-mortem investigations are expected by tomorrow morning, police said.© – AFP 2019 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: DPA/PA Images Share28 Tweet Email Short URLcenter_img 63,503 Views The town is near the Austrian border. 26 Comments Monday 13 May 2019, 7:07 PM https://jrnl.ie/4631989 German police find two more bodies linked to crossbow killings The bodies of two women were found more than 600km away at the home of one of the women discovered dead in a hotel room on Saturday. last_img read more

Poll Will you be watching the World Cup

first_img All/Most matches (3787) Thursday 14 Jun 2018, 9:05 AM Image: Armando Franca/PA Images http://jrnl.ie/4070064 Poll Results: 90 Comments Would’ve if Ireland were there (824) Share Tweet Email All/Most matchesI’ll watch the odd oneWould’ve if Ireland were thereNot at allVote Image: Armando Franca/PA Images Poll: Will you be watching the World Cup? Messi, Ronaldo and… Jordan Henderson will be taking to the pitch bidding to win the top prize, but will you be tuning in? By Sean Murray I’ll watch the odd one (4483) Jun 14th 2018, 9:05 AM Not at all (2630) 29,999 Views TODAY’S THE DAY as the 2018 World Cup kicks off.The first game – Russia vs Saudi Arabia – may not get the pulse racing but there will be 63 more games over the next four weeks to keep football fans entertained.Of course, our 5-1 drubbing by Denmark seven months ago today means that Ireland won’t be taking to the field, but fans are expected to still expected to tune in in their droves right up to the final on 15 July (where Brazil will beat Germany on penalties, right?).So, for the day that’s in it, we’re asking you: Will you be watching the World Cup? Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Flat and extraordinarily arrogant Micheál Martins verdict on Mary Lou McDonalds speech

first_img 41,955 Views Jun 17th 2018, 3:18 PM McDonald delivers her speech in Belfast’s Waterfront Hall.In response to that namecheck today, Martin said that winning seats does not mean a party deserves to be in government. He added that the “serious issues” he has with Sinn Féin have not dissipated since McDonald became leader.“Every party that gets elected and the people who vote for them, their votes will be validated in terms of the composition of the next Dáil. It doesn’t give any party an entitlement to government. You have to earn that and you have to work with other parties.”“I certainly think it’s an extraordinarily arrogant proposition from Mary Lou that somehow someone owes Sinn Féin government. We don’t,” Martin said.Just because you change the podium, doesn’t mean you change the party, or the substance of the party. And I’ve made it very clear from the outset that we have very clear and serious issues with Sinn Féin as a political party.There had been suggestion during this week that Sinn Féin was planning to table a motion of no confidence in Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy, but the party decided against it.Such a motion would put strain on the confidence and supply agreement between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil which is underpinning Varadkar’s minority government.Asked about this, Martin was critical about what he said was the “hype and credibility” surrounding talking of the no confidence motion.“This is a week when we’ve had record waiting lists, people waiting for outpatient appointments, record levels of homelessness and children in hotel rooms. That’s where the focus should be for all politicians in Leinster House right now, and not on this sort of phoney talk of an election and attempts to manufacture an election by both Fine Gael and Sinn Féin.” Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil leaders. Share417 Tweet Email Sunday 17 Jun 2018, 3:18 PM 94 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4075597 There was no radical proposals or solutions contained within the speech. And there was a sense of entitlement that somehow Fianna Fáil or Fine Gael owed Sinn Féin power. ‘Flat and extraordinarily arrogant’, Micheál Martin’s verdict on Mary Lou McDonald’s speech The Fianna Fáil leader accused Sinn Féin of ‘an entitlement to government’. MICHEÁL MARTIN HAS described Mary Lou McDonald’s speech at the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis last night as “extraordinarily arrogant”.The Fianna Fáil leader said this afternoon that the election of TDs does not give any party “an entitlement to government” and that this must be earned.Speaking on RTÉ’s This Week programme, Martin said that he did tune in to McDonald’s address yesterday evening.“I did watch the speech last night, I think it was a flat speech, I think there was an absence of substance,” Martin said. The Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil leaders. Image: Rollingnews.ie Image: Rollingnews.ie By Rónán Duffy “There is this sense from Sinn Féin and Fine Gael that they’re all talking about power, getting in to power. And not focusing on the key issues and challenges facing the people of the country,” Martin claimed.In her Ard Fheis speech last night, McDonald criticised both Martin and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, accusing them of seeking to “exclude” Sinn Féin from governing in the south.“I invite them to wake up and smell the coffee. To realise that Irish political life is no longer dictated by them, it is no longer their way or the highway,” McDonald said.We are here, we are equal. Our democratic mandate and more importantly the people who vote for Sinn Féin will be respected. It is not for Leo Varadkar or Micheál Martin to decide whether or not we enter government. That decision will be made, in the first instance by the people. Short URLlast_img read more

Etihad Airways begin flights out of Melbourne

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Etihad Airways launched its presence into the Melbourne market by commencing direct flights from Melbourne to Abu Dhabi last week. Etihad will also have direct flights from Abu Dhabi to Athens and Larnaca commence in June thus becoming a new major airline carrier that taps into the Greek Australian market. Australian Etihad CEO, Lindsay White announced in an interview granted to Neos Kosmos’ Sotiris Hatzimanolis that passengers booking their flights by April 17 might be able to secure a special offer of $1837 round trip ticket to Athens.However White noted that the number of seats for this offer is limited and are quickly being sold. “We are delighted with the support that we’re getting from travel agents and travellers alike. Bookings for the Athens flights have exceeded our expectations because travellers want to trust a reputable airline that carries them to their destination safely, comfortably, quickly and inexpensively,” Mr White said. Greek Australian travel agents have indicated to Neos Kosmos that Etihad’s presence in this niche ethnic market will increase competition and benefit consumers. Etihad’s flights from Melbourne to Greece and Cyprus will have a stopover at Abu Dhabi for two and a half hours. Etihad Airways is a new carrier with great ambitions. “Our oldest aircraft is two and a half years old,” pointed out Mr White. “We have the best economy class as well as the best business class. Our food is restaurant quality and for entertainment we offer more than 300 options of movies tv series and games,” he added. Etihad Airways personnel is form 110 different countries. “Of course we have Greeks in our personnel and on our flights to Athens we will try to have Greek speaking air stewards. Besides we also have Greek pilots,” stressed the CEO of Etihad in Australia.last_img read more

Kate knows when to hold em

first_imgWhile residents of flood ravaged Queensland have been dealt a particularly bad hand in recent weeks, Kate Giouzellis has cashed the chips from her lucky poker hand into flood relief funds. Giouzellis was the winner of the Crown Aussie Millions poker charity fundraiser two Wednesdays ago, which saw poker enthusiasts, celebrities and high rollers turning their sport into charity. The tournament raised just under $50,000, Media Relations Manager for Crown Gaming and Corporate Natasha Stipanov said. “Any other money raised from the night ‘Celebrity Poker Challenge’, will be donated to The Shane Warne Foundation who will then work with Variety – The Children’s Charity, to assist children who have been affected by the Queensland Flood Disaster,” Ms Stipanov said. The Variety club will identify the flood damage to special schools and primary schools in the affected areas and then work with the schools to look at replacing playgrounds etc. Variety will also identify children who have lost items such as bikes, wheelchairs, walking frames and any other similar items, Ms Stipanov said. The Texas Hold ‘Em charity event, held each year in Melbourne’s Crown Casino’s studio 3, is the introduction to the high stakes Crown Aussie Millions tournament, one of the biggest poker events in the world. Many professional poker players enter this event after the world series in Las Vegas, Giouzellis said, adding that out of four tables of 24 players, there were mostly professionals and poker celebrities.“We played in partners, in 15 minute intervals. I’d never played that way but it was good because it makes you consider someone else,” Giouzellis said. Giouzellis, who has played “a bit” of poker before, mainly in womens tournaments at Crown, Shane Warne Foundation and charity matches, also recently played in Las Vegas, but insists poker is “just a hobby”. “I started a couple of years ago just having fun with friends and family. I had a few little wins, played a little online and then got more and more into it,” she said. Giouzellis, who won the tournament with a pair of fives, said bluffing and knowing when to raise are essential. “I love the fact you can make something out of two cards and make a hand out of something that’s usually nothing,” she said. “The key is where you raise it and how you get the rest of the table in, and where,” she added. There were some pretty tough opponents on the night, Giouzellis said. “There was one girl who has won the Millions series before, she was ruthless, and she’s notorious for knocking people out, so it was pretty full-on when I knocked her out of the competition,” she said. The beauty of poker is that you never know where the game will take you, Giouzellis said. “I kind of felt like I was having fun, I felt confident, but then anything can happen.” Giouzellis said the key to poker is keeping your eyes on the prize. “This kind of reinforces that if I can win, anyone can win, but it’s definitely a game of concentration, and a couple of champagnes helps!” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more