Troubleshooting problems surround PS4 release

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SONY has been forced to issue a statement for customers in the US after a portion of their new Playstation 4 consoles experienced troubleshooting problems.

The console, which sold over one million units in the US within 24 hours of its release on Friday, is Sony’s entrant in the battle of the next-gen consoles.

Several forum users complained of a blinking blue light flashing on their device, resulting in a lack of both video and audio signal.

One user posted: ‘Mine just blinks blue and I don’t get any audio or video. Tried all four of my HDMI cables and checked all of the settings on the TV.’

Sony believes the problems stem from a number of possible sources, including television compatibility and complications with the power supply of the console itself.

The solution offered by the Japanese electronics company involved holding the power button on the front of the PS4 for at least seven seconds and switching it off completely.

In response to discussion on the forum Sony posted that the issues were ‘within our expectations for a new production introduction’.

The company estimated that less than 0.4% of the shipped units suffered the problems reported.

Sony reiterated that the ‘vast majority of PS4 feedback has been overwhelmingly positive’ and they were looking forward to releasing the console in Europe and Australia at the end of the month.

The console’s main competitor, Microsoft’s XBox One, will be released this Friday. Sony expects to sell five million consoles by March 31st.

Ronan Morissey


World Toilet Day

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“BY working together – and by having an open and frank discussion on the importance of toilets and sanitation – we can improve the health and well-being of one-third of the human family”, says Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

World Toilet Day is no joke, and rather a matter of life and death, as one third of the world doesn’t have access to proper sanitation. The UN have launched the first World Toilet Day today, November 19th, aiming to change behaviour and policy and tackle the dramatic consequences on human health, dignity and security, the environment, and social and economic development.

The idea of not having a mobile phone in the western world is a shocking idea; not having access to proper toilets and sanitation in the developing world is unfortunately a frightening reality. The disabled, women and children are among the most affected.  According to the UN, 2,000 children die every day from preventable diarrhoeal diseases that decent sanitation and water supplies would prevent.  In countries where sexual violence is a major problem, young girls discontinue their education when they hit puberty due to the lack of private toilets.

The UN aim to gain global awareness as poor sanitation and water supply also result in economic losses estimated at $260 billion annually in developing countries.

Lilah Gafaar

50 years of JFK conspiracy theories


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THIS Friday will mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of American President John F. Kennedy.

Half a century later, following a man being charged with the crime, suspicions are still at large amongst people today, with numerous conspiracies circulating as coverage of the event rises in conjunction with the anniversary.

With trust at a historic low in the U.S. today following questioning of the legitimacy of the moon landings, along with a whole host of conspiracies in relation to 9/11, looking at the most popular conspiracies offer some reasoning as to why suspicions continue to exist.

Lyndon Baines Johnson, who was sworn in as President following the killing, being responsible for the assassination is one the most popular ideas.

American woman Madeleine Brown claimed to have an affair with Johnson and also claimed she had attended a party with ex-Vice President Richard Nixon, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, and numerous others the night before the shooting.

Brown claims Johnson that night whispered into her ear: ‘After tomorrow, those Kennedys will never embarrass me again. That’s no threat. That’s a promise.’

Another conspiracy popular amongst Americans is that the military industrial complex did it.

The claim is that Kennedy was going to pull American troops out of Vietnam when the military wanted to pour more people in, and the appointment of a new president could make this possible.

The Chicago, Miami and New Orleans mob or mafia have all been linked with the killing, also.

The CIA being responsible for the assassination is one of the most wide spread conspiracies.

With Kennedy supposedly very fed up with the shenanigans of the CIA, including trying to kill Cuban leader Fidel Castro, they reportedly felt that Kennedy was going to disband them. And as a result of that, ordered the killing.

The whole truth of this case may never be released or known.

Did one man act alone or was this attack part of something larger?

Although a long closed case that is no longer being investigated, one thing is for sure; suspicions will continue to exist and possibly rise as the fatal day is remembered in light of the anniversary.

[Vox Populi by Stephen Mooney]

Ann-Marie Donelan

Happy birthday Larry King!

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TODAY marks the 80th birthday of media veteran Larry King. He was born Lawrence Leibel Harvey Zeiger in 1933 Brooklyn, New York to immigrant parents.  In 1978 he started a nightly coast-to-coast radio talk show on the Mutual Radio Network, The Larry King Show. His work on the show caught the attention of Ted Turner, the founder of CNN, who hired King to host his own talk show, Larry King Live, on CNN in 1985. 2010 saw King announce that he’d be ending his reign as host after 25 years.  Coming out of retirement in 2012 King now hosts Larry King Now on, the online network. By the end of second series King had interviewed a whopping 330 guests.

Larry King got his break when he was hired by a Miami Radio Station WAHR (now WMBM) as a handyman, performing odd jobs and cleaning up the studios. But when one of their announcers quit in May of 1957, Zeiger was called in to replace him.

Impressing the boss the aspiring host was immediately put on the 9.00am to noon shift as well as two afternoon newscasts and a sportscast. It was here that the transformation from Zeiger to King took place as the station bosses felt his Jewish surname was too ‘ethnic’. The name King was chosen from an ad in a local newspaper minutes before the show went to air. Receiving $55 a week, the young Larry King was fulfilling a lifelong ambition.

The 1960’s were a busy time for King, who added a local Miami television show and two newspaper columns to his résumé. It was during this time he entered the sphere of legend Jackie Gleason. Gleason was producing a national variety show in Miami at the time.  King saw Gleason as a mentor and credits his teaching of television production.

In late 1971 Larry King was charged with grand larceny by his former business partner resulting in the loss of his television and newspaper positions and causing the journalist to almost bankrupt himself. He was acquitted of all charges in 1972 and worked at rebuilding his career through various magazine articles and West Coast radio.

The incident blew over and King was rehired in 1978 starting the infamous nightly coast-to-coast talk show, The Larry King Show, on the Mutual Radio Network.  Not dissimilar to our own FM104 Phoneshow, the show featured call-ins from the listeners as well as guest interviews.

That show caught the attention of media mogul and CNN founder Ted Turner who immediately hired King to host a show on his CNN Network. Larry King Live became the first international TV call-in show. Running for 25 years the show garnered a massive following who tuned in to watch interviews with athletes, presidents, national heroes, actors, foreign dignitaries and people of public interest.

The show became a must for celebrities who sought to plug their latest projects. Larry King is known for his direct, non-confrontational style of interviewing which is why Ross Perot chose to announce his 1992 presidential bid on the show.  2010 saw the end of the institution that was Larry King Live as he stepped down and handed the reigns over to Piers Morgan.

Outside of his hosting duties King has appeared in several films and TV programmes. His voice featured in Shrek 2 (2004) and Shrek the Third (2007) as well as in Bee Movie (2007). After suffering from a heart attack in 1987 and the passing of his father from heart disease when King was just 9 he has been inspired to write several books on the topic. My Remarkable Journey, his autobiography, was published in 2009.   

Larry King has led an active personal, life marrying a total of eight times—twice to the same woman. He has been in and out of marriages most of his adult life, beginning with his marriage to his high-school sweetheart Freda Miller when he was 19. From his subsequent seven marriages King has fathered four children. King married his seventh wife, Shawn Southwick, a former singer and television host, in the King’s Los Angeles hospital room where he lay three days before he underwent heart surgery in 1997. Southwick is 26 years King’s younger than her husband. The couple have two children together, Chance and Cannon. Southwick also has a son, Danny, from her previous marriage. The couple announced their separation and impending divorce in April 2010. They have since stopped proceedings claiming they did so for the sake of their children.

Speaking about his milestone birthday King said: ‘I’m 80 years old, and I don’t know what I’m going to be when I grow up…I can’t believe I’m 80. When I was a kid, nobody was 80. I remember when my uncle visited once, he was 60, and I asked my brother: ‘Do you think he has sex? He’s 60, he can’t.’ I can’t believe I’m living in Beverly Hills with a young wife and two kids [and three grown kids]. I’ve got a nice car. I love my job. I’ve got a bagel store, and I have breakfast every morning with friends I grew up with. I’ve been in movies, I’ve written books — I don’t know how that all happened.’

Surprising her husband in what some may deem a risky move on Friday night throwing her husband a surprise party in Dodger Stadium. Guests included Forbes’ Richest Man Carlos Slim, Warren Beatty, Pat Boone, Paul Anka and Larry Flynt, who were treated to a suiting fancy dinner following the celebrations on field. Reportedly renting Dodger stadium out for private events can cost upwards of $25k.

Amanda Connolly

Python reunion splitting fans’ opinions

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THE five surviving members of the iconic comedy group Monty Python are expected announce a long-awaited reunion as part of a stage show on Thursday morning.

One of the members, Terry Jones, confirmed the arrangement this morning, stating: ‘We’re getting together and putting on a show – it’s real.’

Eric Idle also tweeted: ‘Only three days to go till the Python press conference’.

The two men, alongside John Cleese, Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin, last performed together at the Aspen Comedy Festival in 1998.

The sixth member of the act, Graham Chapman, died after a battle with cancer in 1989.

The group inspired a generation of comedians with their absurd television series Monty Python’s Flying Circus as well as a trilogy of surreal films.

Each member achieved considerable solo success, most notable Cleese who wrote and starred in the BBC sitcom Fawlty Towers, while Palin established himself as a travel documentarian.

There have been various attempts to reform over the past two decades, none of which came to fruition.

A plan to tour America in 1991 was scrapped after Palin backed out, a move which reportedly angered Idle.

Last year the group were scheduled to voice characters in the animated sci-fi film Absolutely Anything, however Cleese claimed the project was unfeasible due to the working commitments of the men.

There was indifference to the announcement in the social media sphere, with @kelvinleahy tweeting: ‘the news of a possible Monty Python reunion has literally made my day’.

@vidademigalhas announced in Spanish that ‘the worldwide mood is like a Beatles reunion’, while @Zara_Foxcroft cautiously stated: ‘The Monty Python reunion might actually beat the McBusted collaboration. Might’.

Meanwhile @rodd drew on previous experiences of classic acts reforming, declaring: ‘God NO! please don’t I don’t care how much you need the money, these things never work’.

Ronan Morissey

The evolution of men’s fashion


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THE unmistakable Geordie Shore trend appears to be everywhere we look these days- fake tan, big hair and lots of cleavage (for both boys and girls). The Geordie Shore craze is definitely an extreme example of how men’s fashion has evolved.

The stereotypical ‘don’t care’, ‘lad culture’ is becoming a thing of the past as men appear increasingly more conscious of how they look.

Although men’s fashion may always tail behind women’s fashion, the last few years have seen an explosion in menswear on the scene ranging from designer to high street. Jack Wills’ menswear department proved bigger than womenswear when they first opened in Dublin, H & M re-introduced their menswear range, with the David Beckham Bodywear collection and just this year, Isabel Marant introducing a menswear collection for the fast-fashion retailer. BT2 have also brought in contemporary brands such as Penguin in order to cater to every style preference.

Earlier this year, the Guardian newspaper reported sales of men’s tailored clothing in Britain jumping 26 per cent in 12 months. According to analysts at the market research firm, Euromonitor International, in 2011 the United States womenswear market grew by just 1.4 per cent against a significantly higher 5.3 per cent in menswear. In order to support the demand,  in June 2012, Britain launched a new men’s fashion week- London Collections: MEN.

It can be argued that this could potentially be a result of the media’s obsession with women’s physical appearance since the start of time. Has the media gone too far in exerting every commercial aspect of women’s body image and appearance. Have they been forced to change their tune or is the metro-sexual man simply a product of the progressive time we live in. Fashion and beauty products have crept in and there’s no doubt men’s fashion is threatening a take over as men everywhere dress to impress.

Lilah Gafaar

Top ten quotes from Prince Philip

PRINCE Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, is notorious for his controversial and racist comments. In April of next year, President Higgins will visit Windsor Castle as the first Irish president to make a first official state visit to Britain. We can only dream about the quotes that will be created during that visit. Below are some of Prince Phillips most famous and controversial quotes to date.

1)      To the President of Nigeria, dressed in traditional robes:

“You look like you’re ready for bed!” 

2)      To an Aborigine in Australia:

“Do you still throw spears at each other?”

3)      To a group of  British students during a China State Visit, 1986:

“If you stay here much longer, you’ll all be slitty-eyed.”

4)      To Scottish driving instructor, 1995:

“How do you keep the natives off the booze long enough to pass the test?”

5)      To a black politician, Lord Taylor of Warwick, 1999:

“And what exotic part of the world do you come from?”

6)      After being told that Madonna was singing the Die Another Day theme in 2002:

“Are we going to need ear plugs?”

7)      To a group from the British Deaf Association, he pointed to a Caribbean music band, and said:

“Deaf? If you are near there, no wonder you are deaf.”

8)      To a Filipino nurse at the opening of a new cardiac centre in Luton and Dunstable Hospital :

“The Philippines must be half-empty – you’re all here running the NHS.”

9)      To  Bromley Council worker, Hannah Jackson, in regard to the red dress she was wearing:

“I would get arrested if I unzipped that dress.”

10)   To multi-ethnic Britain’s Got Talent 2009 winners Diversity:

 “Are you all one family?”

(Original image from Daily Mail, Photo editing Katelyn Cook)

(Original image from Daily Mail, Photo editing Katelyn Cook)