O’Dea calls for Varadkar’s Strategic Communications Unit to be scrapped

first_imgNewsPoliticsO’Dea calls for Varadkar’s Strategic Communications Unit to be scrappedBy Alan Jacques – March 8, 2018 1088 Facebook Linkedin TAGSFianna FáilFine GaellimerickProject Ireland 2040Senator Maria ByrneStrategic Communications Unit (SCU)Taoiseach Leo VaradkarWillie O’Dea TD RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Previous articleMore arrests due as evil web spreadsNext articleBad Wolves’ Zombie is No.1 in Europe – proceeds destined for Dolores O’Riordan’s children Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Email WhatsAppcenter_img Advertisement Fianna Fail TD Willie O’Dea.THE Government’s Strategic Communications Unit (SCU) has the potential to damage public confidence in the media and should be disbanded immediately.That’s according to Fianna Fáil TD, Willie O’Dea, who has called for “the blurring of the lines between Fine Gael and Government propaganda” to end.The former Defence Minister believes that in order to preserve and protect the independence of Irish journalism, the Government’s Strategic Communications Unit needs to be disbanded.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “It’s as simple as that. Taking out double page spreads in local newspapers promoting Fine Gael General Election candidates, including in Limerick, is a disgraceful abuse of tax payers money,” Deputy O’Dea declared.He also feels that the Government were slow to help pensioners last week with an extra weeks fuel allowance and “yet Leo can have his vanity project funded to the tune of €5 million by the taxpayers of Ireland. He should not be preying on the financial difficulties in the Irish media industry to garner attention for his party’s election candidates.”He went on to say that Irish journalism has served our country without fear or favour since the foundation of the State.“It has helped us mark important milestones in our nation’s history and it has acted as a backstop against malevolent behaviours and activities in Irish public life. However, Irish media is under severe financial pressure from online digital advertisers and they are under constant financial pressure. Fine Gael saw an opportunity, through the SCU and the Ireland 2040 project, to increase their presence and promotion in communities up and down the country,” he concluded.Fine Gael Senator for Limerick, Maria Byrne hit back at O’Dea and claimed that Fianna Fáil kept people in the dark throughout all their time in Government.“And we saw where that ended! Do Fianna Fáil even know what the function of the SCU is? When you can’t compete with the content or the plan such as Project Ireland 2040, it seems Fianna Fáil is intent on shooting the messenger,” Senator Byrne told the Limerick Post.“Project Ireland 2040 is a very positive project for Limerick. Limerick city as a driving force for the Mid-West region, supplemented by key players such as Shannon and the Shannon-Foynes Port, are key to the future progression of this city and region.“Fine Gael, who in Government has brought the country back from the brink to a position where we are a leading economy in Europe, has laid out a future progressive vision for Limerick in Project Ireland 2040.“Have Fianna Fáil had a single original thought or plan to improve this country? Calls to scrap the Strategic Communications Unit show Fianna Fail is devout of an original thought. Fianna Fáil wasn’t able to criticise that plan whatsoever and it’s absolutely clear they offer no alternatives,” she concluded.by Alan [email protected] Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Print WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Twitter Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

PUBG Corporation CEO hints at potential movie

first_imgPlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds stormed the Steam charts in 2017, as battle royale games sought to establish their place amongst the most popular games in the industry.PUBG, as it is commonly known, have thus far led the pack for battle royale esports, hosting some of the biggest organisations in esports alongside big prize pools. However, according to PUBG Corporation CEO Chang Han Kim, it doesn’t stop there.In a recent interview with Inven Global, Kim said that a movie is something he would like to see happen.“I’d like PUBG to become a universal media franchise based on the game. We want to take part in diverse industries including esports, movies, drama, cartoons, animation, and more,” Kim said. “In fact, we received a couple of love calls from a number of developers in Hollywood and Netflix. Our dream is to build a new game-based culture through various ways like this, and have the lead of that culture.”PUBG wouldn’t be the first game to attempt to move in to Hollywood; an Assassins Creed movie was released in 2016 and Resident Evil has a storied and successful history on the big screen. However, many games that are adapted for other mediums often don’t see such success, and this is a challenge that PUBG Corporation would have to address and seek to avoid in the case of a movie.Ironically, the game itself was initially based on mods inspired by 2000 Japanese film Battle Royale, though the game has evolved in such a way that we shouldn’t expect too many similarities between the two.What PUBG does already have going for it is that hundreds of thousands of people are already enjoying watching it as well as millions playing it, which no game-adapted film has had the luxury of in the past. Should a PUBG movie manifest itself, it would be interesting to see how fans react to their favourite game on an alternative platform.Esports Insider says: Given the poor reception of films adapted from games in the past, it’s easy to be apprehensive about this idea. PUBG continues to break steam records and is popular all over the world. With Tencent involvement as well, the sky’s the limit and it’ll be interesting to see what they do next. Most PUBG players would arguably still rather the company focused on improving their smash-hit game, though.last_img read more

There’s life left in them Nelson Leafs

first_imgJust when fans thought it was time to begin drafting the eulogy on 2016-17 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season for the Nelson Leafs the Buds showed some life.Dale Howell had three points to lead the Leafs to a 5-3 victory over the Fernie Ghostriders in KIJHL action Saturday night in the East Kootenay City.Not only does the win snap a six game winless streak but also the Leafs keep their hopes over overtaking the Grand Forks Border Bruins for third spot in the Murdoch Division.last_img

COMMUNITY ALERT: HOME HEATING THIEVES STRIKE AGAIN

first_imgCOMMUNITY ALERT: Oil thieves are operating in the Inishowen area this week.Following robberies in several areas earlier this week the latest home to be robbed was in Newtowncunningham.Homeowners should be aware that Gardai believe the home heating oil thieves are well-organised. Homeowners should report any suspicious activity to Gardai immediately.In particular watch out for lorries or tankers calling to your home pretending to be lost or looking for another home in your area; they may be casing your home for a robbery. COMMUNITY ALERT: HOME HEATING THIEVES STRIKE AGAIN was last modified: November 27th, 2013 by John2Share this: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 Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:COMMUNITY ALERT: HOME HEATING THIEVES STRIKE AGAINlast_img read more

Habitable Zones Constrained by Tides

first_img(Visited 43 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The idea of a circumstellar habitable zone – a radial range around a star where an earth-like planet could support life – may be too simplistic.  Science Daily reported that “Tides can render the so-called ‘habitable zone’ around low-mass stars uninhabitable.”  Astronomers at the Astrophysical Institute Potsdam studied the effects of tides on planets around low-mass stars (the most numerous stars in the galaxy) and found that the lack of seasons, the increased heat (and volcanism) and synchronous rotation make them uncomfortable at best, and perhaps uninhabitable.    “I think that the chances for life existing on exoplanets in the traditional habitable zone around low-mass stars are pretty bleak, when considering tidal effects,” lead researcher Rene Heller remarked.  “If you want to find a second Earth, it seems that you need to look for a second Sun.”So far we have narrowed the habitable zone to:Galactic Habitable Zone, where a star must be located (09/29/2009);Circumstellar Habitable Zone, the right radius from the star (10/08/2010);Continuously Habitable Zone, because too much variety can be lethal (07/21/2007);Temporal Habitable Zone, because habitable zones do not last forever (10/27/2008);Chemical and Thermodynamic Habitable Zone, where water can be liquid (12/30/2003);Ultraviolet Habitable Zone, free from deadly radiation (08/15/2006);Tidal Habitable Zone, which rules out most stars that are small (02/26/2011).Other constraints are bound to be realized from time to time, emphasizing the rarity of the sweet spot we inhabit.  This would be, of course, predicted from the Architect’s message that he formed the Earth to be inhabited (Isaiah 45:18), but today’s scientists have a bad habit of ruling out Architects from their master plan.  Make a good habit of studying the Architect’s plans whenever starting life construction on our habitable Privileged Planet.last_img read more

Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff Uses His Twitter and Facebook Page to Test Ads

first_imgWe can’t see Google CEO Eric Schmidt doing this. Steve Ballmer? No.What do you think? What does this say to you about Benioff compared to his counterparts? Related Posts And then posted them on Facebook. At around 4:30, after less than an hour, Benioff had feedback from about 20 people. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Most liked the ad on the right. In the meantime, he also received his share of feedback. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… alex williams Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff is going to Twitter and Facebook to ask for feedback about some new ads.This is what makes Benioff different from almost any other CEO at a billion dollar company – he gets the whole concept of engagement. He’s literate about the social Web. In this case, he uses social networks better than most marketers do.He tweeted about the ads with a link to his Facebook page: Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Analysis#cloud 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Bo battles former team, Olsen eyes rebound

first_imgFrontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  “I actually texted him (Ikeh) that I was really proud of him,” said Perasol, who handled the Eagles for three seasons up until 2015, Ikeh’s first season at Ateneo. “I was really proud of how he performed; not just him, but all those rookie guys when I was there.”Perasol battles his former wards when the Maroons and Eagles dispute the early lead at 4 p.m. on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIkeh had 18 points and 17 rebounds in an 85-65 victory over the Falcons Saturday. Thirdy Ravena, who played under Perasol during his rookie year, added 20 points and 10 rebounds.A day later, the Maroons subdued the University of Santo Tomas, 74-73, thanks to a triple from Paul Desiderio with 1.4 seconds remaining. Historic Ceres-Negros run ends University of the Philippines coach Bo Perasol wasn’t at Mall of Asia Arena last Saturday when Ateneo opened UAAP Season 80 with an impressive win over Adamson.But he got to watch Chiz Ikeh throw his weight around and carry Ateneo to a decisive victory.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Far Eastern U and University of the East clash in the first game at 2 p.m. with coach Olsen Racela hoping to bounce back from a loss to La Salle, 95-90.“Of course when you lose, you look at the positives,” said Racela. “The second half was positive for us but if we play that way from the start I think the outcome will be better for us.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversarylast_img read more

20 days agoBordeaux defender Laurent Koscielny: Why I had to leave Arsenal

first_imgBordeaux defender Laurent Koscielny: Why I had to leave Arsenalby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBordeaux defender Laurent Koscielny has opened up on his departure from Arsenal.The French defender left Arsenal under somewhat of a cloud as he forced his way out by refusing to go on the club’s pre-season tour to America.But the 34-year-old has now revealed he wanted to leave for the sake of his family.Koscielny told L’Equipe: “A Premier League season is very long. It requires a lot physically and mentally. I didn’t feel I could play 40-50 matches and I didn’t want to end my career with injuries.”I’ve gone down a level, but to take more pleasure.”Either I finished there or changed clubs. With my family, we felt it was time.”Everything was in my thinking: football, my physical state, my wife, my children, the daily life we could have.”I can only say that I left with my head held high. All of those I worked with for nine years… everyone respected my decision to return home with my family.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

13 days agoReal Sociedad midfielder Odegaard ready to face Spain

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Sociedad midfielder Odegaard ready to face Spainby Carlos Volcano13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Sociedad midfielder Martin Odegaard is ready to play for Norway against Spain on Saturday night.The two nations will meet in Oslo as they look to take a step towards qualification for the 2020 European Championship.Odegaard is set to go up against his current Real Sociedad teammates, as well as his teammates at his parent club, Real Madrid.”It’s going to be very special because I’m going to play against teammates and friends,” he told the Norwegian press.”But we’re only thinking about the game and we want to do our best.”We know that the first thing tomorrow is to be good in defence. The work that we’re doing on the pitch and our positioning will be the most important things.” last_img read more

5 days agoBVB coach Favre on axing Sancho: He still has much to learn

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say BVB coach Favre on axing Sancho: He still has much to learnby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBorussia Dortmund chief Michael Zorc says dropping Jadon Sancho yesterday was the right call.Sancho had returned late from international duty with the England squad and was dropped for the win over Borussia Monchengladbach.”We did not make the decision easily, but it was without alternative. Sancho is an excellent player, but we have a responsibility for the club, for the spirit in the team,” said Zorc.BVB coach Lucien Favre also spoke of the former Manchester City winger: “Jadon is a great player, not a discussion. But he still has a lot to learn. He must continue to enjoy training and progress.” last_img read more