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Im just taking the year out chilling and concentrating on training

first_img By John Fallon IT’s NOT QUITE the life of a professional athlete but Tipperary hurler Ronan Maher is revelling in having taken a year off from study and work.The 22-year old graduated from Mary Immaculate College in Limerick last year and plans on going forward to do secondary school teaching next September, and in the meantime is enjoying concentrating on hurling.“My plan is to do secondary teaching so I’ve applied for a good few colleges for next year and please God one of them will offer me a position. I have an Arts degree from Mary I. I’m just taking the year out, chilling and concentrating on training.“I did my Leaving Cert when I was 17 and went straight to college and have been studying for the last four years and I wanted to take that break out and be fully tuned in going back to my post-grad, it’s a two-year course and I will be well prepared for that.“But I would have probably have taken the year out anyway if I wasn’t hurling and get the head back and refresh and concentrate on going back in.”The demands of underage hurling and the Fitzgibbon Cup have meant busy winters for the Thurles Sarsfields clubman, so the break from that has helped him as well.“From previous years I have been hurling club from U-21 up to Christmas and then you are brought straight back into Fitzgibbon and pre-season with the seniors. It’s a pretty hectic time of the year but I suppose this year I can concentrate on my county, do all the training, all the pre-season with them, all the fitness and all the gym.“It’s a big help, there are not teams pulling out of you here and there, you’re not trying to keep everyone happy and there is not as much pressure on you. It’s nice to concentrate on just the one team at the minute.”A loss away to Clare and a good home win over Waterford have set Tipperary up for Saturday’s showdown at Semple Stadium against Davy Fitzgerald’s high-flying Wexford.Maher was moved out to midfield against Waterford and revelled in the position, scoring 0-4 in the win, including a superb sideline.“I suppose naturally my favourite position is in the half-back line but I like the challenge of coming out midfield and I suppose the last few days it took a bit of getting used to but I thought I got on well and I came into as it went on and am getting used to it but you never know with Michael Ryan, you could be playing anywhere and that’s the challenge he gives you going out.“Wexford got off to a good start, they have two wins from two. They coming down to Thurles on Saturday night and it will be a tough challenge for us. They are physical, they are really fit and Davy has them in prime condition and we are awaiting the challenge.“They’re similar enough to Waterford with the running off the shoulder and they’re very fit at the minute. We have to track their runners and so on but we’ll concentrate on ourselves, on our own tactics, rather than dwelling too much on Wexford,” added Maher.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Share92 Tweet Email2 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Feb 14th 2018, 10:01 AM 15 Comments https://the42.ie/3851072 Tyrone star Tiernan McCann ruled out for the rest of the league with broken kneecapPlaying in a Connacht final 10 days after appendix surgery and swapping New York for Corofin Image: Morgan Treacy/INPHO 36,235 Views Short URL Follow us: the42.ie Image: Morgan Treacy/INPHO Wednesday 14 Feb 2018, 3:05 PM ‘I’m just taking the year out, chilling and concentrating on training’ Tipperary defender Ronan Maher is focusing on hurling before he starts a post-graduate course in September.last_img read more

Plane crashes in Iran with all 66 people on board feared dead

first_img Image: Google Maps http://jrnl.ie/3858253 Plane crashes in Iran, with all 66 people on board feared dead The plane was flying from Tehran to the southern city of Yasuj. Updated 11.30am A PASSENGER PLANE has crashed in the Iranian mountains, with all 66 people on board feared dead.An airline spokesman initially told state television that all passengers had been killed but this statement was later retracted.The ATR-72, used for short-distance regional flying, went down near the remote mountain town of Semirom, some 620km south of the capital, Tehran, the semi-official Fars news agency said.Fars said the plane was flying from Tehran to the southern Iranian city of Yasuj, about 780km south of Tehran.Authorities said the plane was flown by Aseman Airlines, a semi-private air carrier headquartered in Tehran that specialises in flights to remote airfields across the country. It also flies internationally.The Iranian Red Crescent said it has deployed to the area, which was quite foggy at the time of the crash. Authorities said they would be investigating.Under decades of international sanctions, Iran’s commercial passenger aircraft fleet has aged, with air accidents occurring regularly in recent years.Following the 2015 landmark nuclear deal with world powers, Iran signed deals with both Airbus and Boeing to buy scores of passenger planes.Read: Husband of murdered MP Jo Cox quits charities over sexual harassment claimsRead: 13 killed after helicopter crashes as it made way to Mexico earthquake epicentre By Associated Press Sunday 18 Feb 2018, 11:30 AM 13 Comments 14,357 Views Feb 18th 2018, 8:28 AM Image: Google Maps Share94 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URLlast_img read more

Four men who launched boat on River Shannon had been drinking and

first_img By Órla Ryan http://jrnl.ie/3107694 File photo of River Shannon Image: Shutterstock/Kwiatek7 Monday 28 Nov 2016, 6:50 PM File photo of River Shannon Short URL 7 Comments Four men who launched boat on River Shannon had been drinking and taking drugs One man died after the boat capsized. center_img 27,485 Views Nov 28th 2016, 6:50 PM Image: Shutterstock/Kwiatek7 Share24 Tweet Email1 THE CONSUMPTION OF alcohol and/or drugs played a role in a fatal boating accident on the River Shannon earlier this year, the Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) has found.In the early hours of Thursday, 4 February, four young men took a boat from Castleconnell Boat Club in Limerick and launched it into the River Shannon. The boat capsized and the men had to be rescued, with one later dying in hospital.In its report into the accident, the MCIB said the men “had been taking drugs and/or drinking alcohol since the previous afternoon”.“The river was very high and was flowing very fast due to the weather conditions of the previous months.“After a short period, they realised that the boat was taking on water and they could no longer control it properly. The men managed to guide the boat into the trees onto a spit of land … The boat was tipped over as it grounded on submerged rocks and was pushed into the trees and the men were thrown into the shallow water.The strong current forced the upturned boat against the trees and the leg of one of the men became trapped under the capsized boat and another man’s feet became trapped in undergrowth.“In very challenging circumstances and after an extended rescue operation by several emergency services the men were rescued. One of the men was unresponsive and was later pronounced dead at Limerick University Hospital. Post-mortem results state that the cause of death was due to drowning.”In its conclusions, the report states: “The consumption of drugs and/or alcohol over a protracted period of time affected the judgement of the four men leading them to take risks that, otherwise, they would not have considered.It is possible that they may not have been aware of their limitations in ability to handle a boat and the assessment of the dangerous water conditions.It goes on to note that the men “lacked any experience of boats and boat handling” and had no safety equipment on board.Read: Man dies after boat taken from boat club capsizes on River Shannon Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Government offers €30000 to woman forced to travel abroad for abortion

first_img Share581 Tweet Email (File photo) 102 Comments (File photo) Image: Shutterstock/Lolostock 27,669 Views http://jrnl.ie/3111497 Image: Shutterstock/Lolostock By Rónán Duffycenter_img Wednesday 30 Nov 2016, 3:17 PM Government offers €30,000 to woman forced to travel abroad for abortion Amanda Mellet was told the child she was carrying would die in the womb or shortly after birth. Nov 30th 2016, 3:17 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article THE GOVERNMENT HAS offered a woman €30,000 in compensation because she was forced to travel abroad to have an abortion.Amanda Mellet was 21 weeks pregnant in 2011 when she was told the foetus had congenital defects meaning it would die in the womb or shortly after birth.Mellet chose to travel to the UK to have a termination, staying there for only 12 hours because that was all she could afford.In June, the UN’s Human Rights Commission ruled that Ireland had subjected Mellet to “discrimination and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment” because of its laws against abortion.It found that the State was obliged to provide compensation to Mellet, who has spoken previously about the “heartbreaking” loss she felt losing the child she named Aoife. Source: SineadOCarrollTJ/YouTubeMinister for Health Simon Harris met with Mellet and her husband yesterday evening to outline Ireland’s response to the UN ruling.Harris has confirmed today that the State has offered her “an ex gratia sum of €30,000″.An ex gratia payment describes a payment made that is not legally obligated.Harris also said that he will direct the HSE to ensure that Mellet has access to “all appropriate psychological services.”The UN had also told Ireland it was obliged to provide Mellet with psychological treatment.Ireland has until next Tuesday to respond to the UN committee and detail the steps it intends to take to ensure it is complaint under human rights law.In his statement, Harris says that Ireland’s response to the committee will outline the constitutional protection of the unborn under Irish law and the establishment of the Citizens’ Assembly to consider whether this should be changed.The Health Minister previously outlined his view that his is in favour of a referendum so that people who have never voted on the Eighth Amendment have an opportunity to do so.The minister also said that he found Mellet’s particular case “deeply upsetting”. Health Minister Simon Harris met with Amanda Mellet and her husband yesterday evening. Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ieIn a statement this afternoon, Mellet said that the minister offered her a personal apology and that she is “immensely grateful”:I am immensely grateful to Minister Harris for his personal apology to me last night and offer of compensation and counselling. It goes a long way towards closure for what was the most painful chapter of my life.I am hopeful that ensuring the legal change outlined by the UN Committee will now be the government’s next step“I personally will not feel able to move on while knowing that other women continue to have to leave this country to access reproductive health services,” she added.HeartenedAmnesty International has welcomed the offer made to Mellet saying that it showed the government “accepted the UN committee’s findings”. (From L to R) Colm O’Gorman, Amnesty International, Evelyn Geraghty, Irish Family Planning Association, Leah Hoctor, Centre for Reproductive Rights and Katrine Thomasen, legal advisor. Source: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie“This response acknowledges the harm caused to women by the current law,”said Amnesty International’s Colm O’Gorman.The government must now comply with the committee’s ruling that Ireland reform its laws to ensure that no woman or girl will ever face similar human rights violations.“We have tentatively welcomed the Citizens’ Assembly process,” he added.The Centre for Reproductive Rights has represented Mellet as part of her case and has described the government’s offer as “a symbolic step”.“The government’s promise of compensation to Ms Mellet is a hugely important and symbolic step towards recognising the pain she suffered,” said Europe director at the centre Leah Hoctor.“Women’s health and well-being are put in jeopardy when they have to travel to another country for abortion services,” she added.Hoctor has also said that the government must “repair the wrongs” Hoctor experienced by “ensuring effective law reform takes place”.TFMR Ireland, a group that works with people bereaved by fatal foetal anomalies, has welcomed Harris’ apology and compensation offer but criticised the timeframe being set aside to consider to recommendations of the Citizens’ Assembly.“There is no appreciation of the urgency with which this solution is required by all of the women and their families who continue to suffer these tragedies,” said TMFR Ireland’s Gerry Edwards.Read: Simon Harris has apologised to Amanda Mellet in the Dáil >Read: UN: Ireland must compensate woman forced to travel abroad for abortion > Short URLlast_img read more

Someone carrying out home renovations in Laois found a hand grenade

first_img Image: Shutterstock/Keith Tarrier Short URL 9 Comments Feb 16th 2017, 2:19 PM http://jrnl.ie/3243197 Share Tweet Email1 The scene was declared safe at 10:10am.The Army encounters call-outs to deal with historic munitions “from time to time,” the statement said.Should members of the public find such munitions they are advised to maintain a safe distance, inform An Garda Síochána, who in turn will request Defence Forces assistance.Mills 36 hand grenades were regularly used throughout the War of Independence of 1919 to 1921, and in World War Two.They were patented and developed by the British Army in 1915 and continued to be manufactured up until the 1980s.Read: Topshop removes display barriers from Irish stores after boy (10) dies from head injuries in UK > Someone carrying out home renovations in Laois found a hand grenade Mills 36 hand grenades were regularly used throughout the War of Independence of 1919 to 1921. A 36 Mills Grenade. Image: Shutterstock/Keith Tarrier A HAND GRENADE, possibly from the War of Independence era, has been made safe by an Army bomb squad in Co Laois.The device, a Mills 36 grenade, was discovered by a member of the public carrying out home renovations in Stradbally this morning.According to a statement from the Defence Forces:“The Army Bomb Disposal Team arrived on scene at 9am, where they carried out an initial assessment of the grenade before proceeding to make it safe.“The grenade was subsequently moved a short distance and disposed of. 14,789 Views Thursday 16 Feb 2017, 2:19 PM By Daragh Brophy A 36 Mills Grenade. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

116yearold woman in Japan declared worlds oldest person

first_img By AFP A 116-YEAR-OLD Japanese woman who still enjoys studying maths and playing board games has been recognised as the world’s oldest person, the Guinness World Records said today.Kane Tanaka was born on 2 January 1903, the year when the Wright brothers launched humanity’s first powered flight, according to Guinness.Tanaka’s recognition was celebrated at the nursing home where she lives in western Japan’s Fukuoka by city mayor Soichiro Takashima and other well-wishers.Asked what moment she was the most happy in life, she replied: “Now.”She married Hideo Tanaka in 1922, giving birth to four children and adopting a fifth.Kane normally wakes each morning at 6am and passes the afternoons by studying mathematics and practicing calligraphy.“One of Kane’s favourite pastimes is a game of Othello and she’s become an expert at the classic board game, often beating rest-home staff,” Guinness said.Japan has one of the world’s highest life expectancies and has been home to several people recognised as among the oldest humans to have ever lived.They include Jiroemon Kimura, the longest-living man on record, who died soon after his 116th birthday in June 2013.The oldest verified person ever — Jeanne Louise Calment of France — died in 1997 at the age of 122, according to Guinness.- © AFP 2019   Mar 9th 2019, 11:27 AM Image: Tatuto Kaneko/PA Images Saturday 9 Mar 2019, 11:27 AM https://jrnl.ie/4532144 Short URL Image: Tatuto Kaneko/PA Images Share145 Tweet Email4 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 116-year-old woman in Japan declared world’s oldest person Kane Tanaka was born on 2 January 1903. 15 Comments 21,481 Views last_img read more

Irish Wildlife Trust lodges objection to Bord na Móna windfarm in Co

first_img Mar 28th 2019, 4:55 PM Irish Wildlife Trust lodges objection to Bord na Móna windfarm in Co Longford An outcome on the planning application for the 24-turbine windfarm is expected in July. By Conor McCrave File Photo Image: Shutterstock/Ppictures 41 Comments 9,815 Views File Photo Image: Shutterstock/Ppictures THE IRISH WILDLIFE Trust has lodged an objection with An Bord Pleanála over plans to develop a windfarm with 24 turbines in Co Longford. An application submitted from Bord na Móna to develop the plant at Shannon Wilderness Park had previously come under fire from residents in the local community over potential noise pollution.  Now the IWF has also criticised the project, claiming the proposed location was at odds with the local biodiversity in the area and would have a negative impact on tourism.“The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) has submitted an objection to An Bord Pleanala against Bord na Móna’s proposed Derryadd 24-turbine wind farm in the heart of the proposed Shannon Wilderness Park in Co. Longford,” a statement said. center_img Share65 Tweet Email2 Thursday 28 Mar 2019, 4:55 PM Short URL A spokesperson for Bord na Mona was unavailable when contacted by TheJournal.ie. Residents in Longford also submitted a collective objection to An Bord Pleanála yesterday.Local Fine Gael councillor Micheál Carrigy said “there is no doubt that fear is there and that’s why there was a comprehensive submission give to An Bord Pleanála”.“We had a number of meetings because we had plans to identify the region as a wilderness park and return it back to its natural habitat and create tourism for the county,” he said.“Your talking about turbines as high as the spire. They say there won’t be noise but you’re pouring concrete into slabs and then creating road in what is natural bogland.“It belongs to the people of the area and we had plans for it so we’re staying over it,” he added.  “The IWT is not opposed to wind energy generation, which is necessary to meet greenhouse gas reduction targets, but we are increasingly concerned that turbines are being inappropriately located, especially on peatland habitats.“The Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIAR) indicates that no less than nine red-listed wintering bird species, six species listed on Annex I of the Birds Directive, and seven red-listed breeding species are potentially impacted by this project.“These include some of our most threatened breeding birds such as Curlew, Golden Plover and Lapwing.”The proposal is currently being reviewed by inspectors at An Bord Pleanála with a review expected by 16 April and a final decision by 31 July.“We’re very disappointed that the hard work and hopes of local communities for the Shannon Wilderness Park are being swept aside by Bord na Móna in their pursuit of this wind energy project,” IWF campaigns officer, Pádraic Fogarty said. “There’s a huge opportunity in creating a distinct and unique identity for this part of Longford, something people would travel from far and wide to experience,” he added.  https://jrnl.ie/4565458 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

FactCheck Did Nigel Farage coin the phrase no deal is better than

first_img May 14th 2019, 1:31 PM Source: BBC Politics/Twitter Nigel Farage arriving at BBC Broadcasting House before his appearance on the Andrew Marr Show on Sunday Image: Dominic Lipinski/PA As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: FactCheck: Did Nigel Farage coin the phrase ‘no deal is better than a bad deal’? Nigel Farage has claimed that he used the phase repeatedly during the 2016 Brexit referendum campaign. 29 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4632847 Image: Dominic Lipinski/PA Share21 Tweet Email Nigel Farage arriving at BBC Broadcasting House before his appearance on the Andrew Marr Show on Sundaycenter_img Following further questioning, Farage said: “No deal is better than a bad deal – I was using [that exact phrase] every day for the last two weeks of that campaign.” When Andrew Marr told him that he couldn’t find a public record of him using that exact phrase during the campaign, Farage disputed this and suggested Marr should look closer.The phrase has become increasingly prominent during the negotiations between the UK government and the EU, with Farage and other high-profile Brexit supporters urging UK Prime Minister Theresa May to walk away from the EU without an agreement rather than accepting what they perceive as an inferior deal.May herself used the phrase during the Brexit negotiations, most famously in a speech at Lanchester House in January 2017. However, this month she distanced herself from the idea that it was better to leave the EU without a deal.Critics of Farage and his fellow no-deal supporters have argued that they have shifted position from arguing that achieving a deal with the EU would be straightforward to advocating for a no-deal Brexit.The EvidenceNigel Farage, the former leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), campaigned for the UK to leave the EU during the 2016 referendum. Before and during the campaign, Farage was bullish about the prospects of the UK achieving a deal with the EU. In a clip from the Andrew Marr Show in November 2015, played on the programme on Sunday, Farage advocated for the benefits of a negotiated exit with the EU and suggested that the UK would have little difficulty securing its own tailored deal: “Iceland and Switzerland can get deals that suit them. We can do something far far better than that.”He also said: “Norway chooses its own deal. We will choose our own deal.”Regarding the referendum campaign itself, a search of the LexisNexis database for the phrase “no deal is better than a bad deal” in UK national newspapers between 15 April 2016, when the referendum campaign officially launched, and 23 June, the final day of campaigning, returned zero results.When it comes to the origin of the phrase, the first appearance of “no deal is better than a bad deal” in UK national newspapers came in July 2016 and can be credited to property developer and Brexit campaigner Richard Tice. In an article on 25 July 2016, British newspaper The Sun quoted Tice as stating: “When it comes to negotiating Brexit, no deal is better than a bad deal.” Tice is the current chairman of the Brexit Party and worked on the Leave.EU campaign in 2016.However, the phrase did not originate in relation to Brexit and was widely used before 2016. For example, various commentators and politicians used the phrase “no deal is better than a bad deal” in relation to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. For instance, then-British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said: “There is going to have to be some give or take if we are to get this done in the next few days… No deal is better than a bad deal.” Donald Trump also used the phrase to announce his opposition to the deal on Twitter in July 16 2016.Farage did however use a version of this phrase during the referendum campaign to compare no deal to the UK’s current EU membership. On 3 June 2016, he said “Even if our friends in France and Italy decide to cut off their noses to spite their faces…it will better than the rotten deal we have now.” And on 8 June 2016, he said “no deal is better than the rotten deal that we’ve got at the moment.”He continued making this claim after the referendum in an interview with RT published on 28 June 2016, where he considered the possibility of no deal following unsuccessful negotiations with the EU: “If this didn’t work, if we reach the worst case scenario of no deal being on offer, no deal is better for us than the rotten deal we have now and very bad for them.”Farage also used a version of the phrase in a speech to the European Parliament on June 29 2016, when he told his fellow MEPs that “even no deal is better for the United Kingdom than the current rotten deal.”So while Farage did make several references to the idea that a no-deal Brexit would be preferable to EU membership during and immediately following the referendum, there is no evidence that Farage publicly used the specific phrase “no deal is better than a bad deal” to refer to a hypothetical future deal between the UK and the EU following a successful Brexit vote during the campaign itself.TheJournal.ie has contacted Farage and the Brexit Party asking him to provide evidence to support his claim. However, neither Farage nor the party responded for this FactCheck.VerdictIt is clear that the phrase “no deal is better than a bad deal” was not coined by Nigel Farage and was used widely before the 2016 Brexit referendum.There is no evidence that Farage publicly used the exact phrase during the referendum campaign between April and June 2016. He did use a version of the phrase to suggest that a no-deal Brexit outcome would still be better than continued EU membership, but he did not coin the phrase and did not use it to suggest that a no-deal Brexit would be preferable to a negotiated exit from the EU during the campaign period itself. As a result, we rate the claim that Nigel Farage coined the phrase “no deal is better than a bad deal” and used it repeatedly during the Brexit referendum campaign: Mostly FALSEWhile Nigel Farage did not coin the phrase or use the exact wording “no deal is better than a bad deal” during the referendum campaign, he did suggest that a no-deal exit would be better than continued EU membership and as a potentially preferable outcome if negotiations with the EU produced an unsatisfactory deal. As per our verdict guide, this means: There is an element of truth in the claim, but it is missing critical details or context. Or, the best available evidence weighs against the claim.TheJournal.ie’s FactCheck is a signatory to the International Fact-Checking Network’s Code of Principles. You can read it here. For information on how FactCheck works, what the verdicts mean, and how you can take part, check out our Reader’s Guide here. You can read about the team of editors and reporters who work on the factchecks here. Short URL 17,297 Views BREXIT PARTY LEADER, Nigel Farage, has claimed that he coined the phrase “no deal is better than a bad deal” and used it repeatedly during the 2016 Brexit referendum when campaigning for the UK to leave the EU.In recent months, Farage has been one of the most prominent advocates of a no-deal Brexit, which would see the UK leave the EU without an agreement and would instead trade on World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules.But is this claim true? Did Nigel Farage coin the phrase no deal is better than a bad deal?Where does this claim come from?During an appearance on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show on Sunday 12 May Nigel Farage was quizzed on the history of his advocacy for a no-deal Brexit during and subsequently following the 2016 referendum campaign.Pressed by presenter Andrew Marr on why he didn’t campaign for no deal during the campaign itself, Farage said: “In the referendum itself, I was the one that coined the phrase ‘no deal is better than a bad deal’, which of course is pretty obvious.” By Dominic McGrath Tuesday 14 May 2019, 1:31 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Brexit Party Leader Nigel Farage says the “obvious” free trade deal with the EU “didn’t happen”, so the UK should leave the EU “on WTO terms” #Marrhttps://t.co/oIVNAg8Lso #Brexit pic.twitter.com/pTlUpbTrZr— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) May 12, 2019last_img read more

Debt surge daunts country

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Surging national debt levels in Greece and other vulnerable eurozone countries is piling pressure on negotiators in Athens to push through rescue deals before the country’s next major bond repayment in March. New Eurostat figures released this week show Greek debt rising even faster than expected, hitting 159.1 percent of gross domestic product by the end of the third-quarter in 2011, confirming fears that the national debt would not be sustainable without a the major new loan and debt-cancellation agreements. Greek debt rose to 347.2 billion euros, or 159.1 per cent of GDP, up from 138.8 per cent a year earlier. The European Union’s total government debt increased to 82.2 per cent of economic output in the third quarter of 2011, lower than the United States but still a burden that could take decades to pay down. For the eurozone, government debt fell slightly to 87.4 per cent of GDP, compared with the 87.7 per cent level at the end of the second quarter of last year. The 27-nation’s EU’s debt stood at 81.7 per cent in the second quarter, Eurostat said in the first release of such data, as the bloc steps up the monitoring of its debts and tries to prevent any recurrence of the two-year sovereign debt crisis. Source: Athens Newslast_img read more

New roads and more jobs for Victoria

first_imgThe Victorian Government has allocated more than 720 million for new roads projects and initiatives for 2012 to 2013.Minister for Roads, Terry Mulder said: ‘These new road projects will mean less congestion and more than 5000 jobs.”These new initiatives will create 700 direct jobs in the construction industry and more than 4500 indirect jobs for the financial period of 2012 and 2013.The new road projects and initiatives funded by the Victoria Coalition Government will support almost 2500 direct jobs in construction.The level crossing at Mithcam road Rooks Road, in Mitcham will be removed and replaced with road overpasses, the level crossing at Springvale Road, in Springvale will also be removed and replaced with a road overpass. Works will include a new railway station and bus interchange at Mitcham and a brand new railway station and Springvale.“We’re improving our rural highways through progressive duplicatin and new rural overtaking lanes in line with our election commitments,” said Mr Mulder.“We’re investing in new roads, arterial road duplications and rail grade separations to address congestion in the outer suburbs.“In metropolitan Melbourne, we’re continuing the upgrade of the M80 Ring Road and investing in maintenaine for West Gate Bridge.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Three policemen linked to drug ring

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias declared on Tuesday that the police force is intent on pursuing a zero-tolerance policy in cracking down on lawlessness on all levels after officers cracked a massive drug-dealing racket involving at least three policemen.Describing the operation as “a very great success,” Dendias remarked that “the few corrupt officers within the police force are being traced by their own colleagues and facing the consequences of the law.”His statement came after a massive police operation over the weekend that led to 29 arrests in Thessaloniki, Volos and Agrinio. Those detained included the head of the anti-drugs squad in Volos and officers from the immigration unit in Thessaloniki and the security police in Agrinio.Police arrested fellow officers on the basis of incriminating evidence drawn from the latter’s cell phones which had been tapped. According to sources, the officers can be heard during the taped conversations offering suspected drug dealers varying amounts of drugs in exchange for information about the activities of other drugs rackets or for favorable testimony in defense of suspects implicated in drug dealing.Most of the calls were made to the suspected leaders of the ring, three Albanians, according to police who are seeking other fellow officers in connection with the racket.Four convicts serving time for drug-related offenses in jails around the country have also been implicated in the ring’s activities.last_img read more

Help for Hellas

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The New York based global non-profit and secular institution The Hellenic Initiative (THI), whose vision is to mobilise the global diaspora and the Philhellene community of the world to invest in the future of Greece, is to be launched on 26 March in Sydney, according to Neos Kosmos sources. The Australian launch of The Hellenic Initiative (THI) will be hosted by journalist Helen Kapalos and will have as its featured speaker THI’s chairman, Mr Andrew N. Liveris AO, the highly respected Australian of Greek heritage who serves as chairman and CEO of The Dow Chemical Company. The Australian launch aims to bring together a select group of industry and community leaders of Greek heritage from around Australia who have been recognised for their individual and community achievements. THI was launched in the northern summer of 2012 in Athens and in New York is headed by Darwin born and Queensland educated Andrew Liveris, and claims as its president and honorary patron the former President of the United States of America Bill Clinton.Launching the initiative in 2012, founding member and chairman Andrew Liveris said that “by combining the support and expertise of the global diaspora and Philhellene community – Oli Mazi(All Together) – The Hellenic Initiative will provide immediate and vital support in ensuring the prosperity of established and new organizations, and more importantly, encourage ongoing education, entrepreneurism and investment that will provide a sustainable foundation for the country’s future.” Matching words with action, as it was reported last October in Neos Kosmos, THI has put together a $100 million private-equity investment fund for small and midsize businesses frozen out of the capital markets. It is expected that this fund will be able to start making investments from this year onwards as well as attempting to address the financing needs of start-up companies in Greece.The strategy of THI, an impact investment fund, focuses on three pillars: crisis relief, entrepreneurship, and economic development.The fund aims to provide growth equity to small and mid-sized companies, since they are the back bone of the Greek economy and their success is critical if Greece is to recover.Fellowships for early and mid-career Greek professionals that enable them to stay for 12 months in leading U.S. businesses, entrepreneurship programs, and initiatives of crisis relief along with partner organisations in Greece are some of the other programs of THI.The driving force of the founding members of The Hellenic Initiative is their belief that Greece needs all those who can help today more than ever. This is a long term commitment, vow its founding members, all influential business leaders in the U.S.A. “If not us, who? Join us”, is their moto.last_img read more

Forgiving debt to prevent a Greek tragedy

first_imgIn 2009, the newly elected centre left PASOK Greek government imposed austerity measures demanded by the dreaded ‘troika’, made up of the EU Commission, EU Bank and IMF.These draconian measures were continued under the centre right New Democracy government which came to power in 2012.The impact of these policies was so severe that Greece’s GDP plummeted by a quarter between 2009 and 2015.Its household income dropped by more than a third and its unemployment rate trebled to 26 per cent. Youth unemployment is over 50 per cent. One third of the population have lost their social security and health insurance and live below the poverty line. Suicide rates have doubled. When I visited Greece last year I saw more beggars than I have ever seen in Athens.And no wonder – it’s estimated 18 per cent of the population is unable to afford basic food needs and huge numbers rely on soup kitchens for a meal. Greece was the birthplace of democracy, and given the suffering of its citizens in the last six years, the world should celebrate the election of its new, radical-left SYRIZA government led by 40-year-old Alexis Tsipras, who promises to discontinue the austerity measures.Greeks could just as easily have voted for the right wing neo-fascist Golden Dawn Party, which made the same promise. Golden Dawn did get six per cent of the vote but SYRIZA received 36 per cent.New Democracy, which supported austerity, attracted 28 per cent and the PASOK Party, which five years ago ran Greece, managed a paltry five per cent. Despite only gaining 36 per cent, SYRIZA came within two seats of an absolute majority thanks to a new electoral law implemented in 2012. That law introduced ‘reinforced proportionality’, under which the party which gains the highest proportion of the vote is allocated an additional 50 seats in parliament. This meant SYRIZA won 99 seats in the 300 member parliament and was allocated the additional 50 seats, bringing it just shy of a majority. SYRIZA has struck a deal with the Independents Party, which gained 13 seats, to form government.This rise of the radical left in Greece has been met with nervousness in financial markets and among centrist parties.But a shift to the left in Europe is better than the alternative. In France and Germany it is the neofascist National Front and NDP parties which are gaining prominence.Newly elected Greek Prime Minister Tsipras wants a large part of the debilitating debt, which now stands at $448 billion, or 175 per cent of GDP, to be forgiven (by contrast Australia’s debt is 11 per cent of GDP). Tsipras points to the fact that Germany, the country most insistent on Greece paying its debts, was forgiven more than half its war debts in 1953.Germany was forgiven huge amounts of post-war debt even before 1953 and under the London Debt Agreement Germany did not have to repay debt unless it achieved growth and trade benchmarks. This made it in the interests of Germany’s debtors to help it grow and by 1959 Germany had a debt to GDP ratio of less than six per cent.Tsipras is asking Germany to return the favour that the allies heaped upon it after the war.He wants debt forgiveness and he wants future interest payments tied to economic growth. But he is not just asking. He is demanding a reduction of debt and a discontinuance of key austerity measures.He wants to raise the minimum wage from $825 to $1,070 a month, increase the lowest pensions, provide coupons for food and electricity for 300,000 households, provide access to free medical care and scrap heating fuel tax.He has also promised to cut tax fraud, smuggling, corruption and the black market which is endemic in the Greek economy.This ’emergency’ plan will cost $17 billion which the country does not have and is unlikely to be able to borrow at affordable rates without troika help.Whether the Germans and their European partners in the troika have enough foresight to help ease the financial burden on Greece or whether they will insist on current arrangements even if Greece is forced out of the eurozone remains to be seen.Either way the stakes are exceptionally high. If Greece is forgiven debt and austerity requirements are relaxed the other debtor nations in the EU such as Italy, Spain and Portugal may demand the same.If Greece is forced out it would default on its debt, its creditors would lose their money and Europe would be destabilised.These are challenging times for Europe. Many of its member nations are on the brink of bankruptcy and are struggling to control growing fascist movements.If Greece is not dealt with fairly and its people given some respite, the whole of Europe may pay a very high price indeed.* Theo Theophanous is a former Victorian govenment minister and political commentator. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Greek Australian communities rally for those devastated in Greece

first_imgThe Greek Australian community has been left stunned, observing the apocalyptic scenes unfolding in Greece.The Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM) has responded quickly, contacting Greek Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Terence Quick, and the Greek Ambassador to Australia, amongst other officials.According to the GCM they were advised to get organised, but to wait for direction from Greece to best target any assistance the diaspora would be offering.In the meantime, they’ve reached out to other Victorian Greek community organisations seeking a collaborative approach for the inevitable relief program.“We have spoken with the Delphi Bank and the Bank of Sydney and asked them to open accounts to allow donations to start to being collected,” revealed GCM president Bill Papastergiadis.“I am sure that there will be a number of ways in which we can assist and have already started to collate the possible relief beneficiaries.”Meanwhile, the GCM has organised meetings with the federal Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs Alan Tudge, and the Victorian Minister for Multiculturalism Robin Scott.In Sydney, the Greek Orthodox Community of NSW (GOC) launched an urgent appeal, faciliating an open forum on Friday to give people a chance to contribute ideas to their aid efforts.“We need to come together as a community to help our fellow countrymen whose lives have been thrown into chaos by this tragedy,” said GOC president Harry Danalis.While on Monday, the management board of the Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia (GOSCA) in association with the Bank of Sydney is set to hold an emergency meeting to discuss ways in which they can provide assistance to those affected. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Google bientôt un smartphone capable de traduire instantanément la conversation

first_imgGoogle : bientôt un smartphone capable de traduire instantanément la conversation ?Il s’agit là d’une première : Google développerait un smartphone qui aurait la remarquable particularité de traduire instantanément les conversations téléphoniques.Vous l’avez certainement déjà remarqué : les outils de traduction ne sont pas toujours au point, et il est encore fréquent de pleurer de rire devant les propositions délirantes de certains traducteurs en ligne. Cependant, cela n’effraie pas Google qui compte lancer un outil de traduction intégré à l’un de ses futurs smartphones.À lire aussiCes deux modèles de smartphones sont maintenant interdits en France, voici pourquoiIl ne s’agira pas d’un simple traducteur mais d’un “interprète électronique” en quelque sorte. Il traduira instantanément les paroles de l’interlocuteur dans la langue souhaitée en l’espace de quelques secondes, voire moins.Cependant, le langage est un phénomène bien complexe : en plus de devoir traduire de manière exacte des tics de langage, des expressions toutes faites, des homonymes… le traducteur devra reconnaître le langage de l’interlocuteur, quel que soit son accent, son intonation, sa vitesse d’élocution… De plus, on dénombre au moins 6.000 langues dans le monde, le smartphone ne pourra donc pas toutes les contenir, aussi puissant qu’il soit. Même le net, ressource inépuisable, ne regroupe que cinquante-deux langages à ce jour.Google compte adapter chaque téléphone au langage de chaque utilisateur particulier. On ne sait encore rien de la méthode qui sera utilisée. Les linguistes, eux, sont perplexes : certains pensent que les problèmes liés à la vitesse d’élocution et à l’accent seront “insurmontables”. C’est ce que l’on verra d’ici quelques années, si ce projet bien difficile est mis en place.Le 9 février 2010 à 11:39 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Hubble filme des aurores polaires à la surface de Saturne

first_imgHubble filme des aurores polaires à la surface de Saturne Les équivalents des aurores boréales et australes terrestres ont fait leur apparition à la surface de Saturne. Ces phénomènes rares ont été immortalisés par le télescope spatial Hubble. Ces aurores sont des phénomènes rares à l’échelle humaine. En effet, durant toute la durée de sa rotation autour du Soleil, soit environ trente ans, Saturne ne nous donne l’occasion d’en saisir des images que deux fois. Un spectacle de quelques secondes seulement visible tous les 15 ans. À lire aussiContemplez une splendide aurore boréale filmée depuis l’espaceCes images ont été capturées par le télescope Hubble, en orbite depuis 1990. On peut y voir des taches lumineuses à chaque pôle de la planète, appelées aurores polaires. Elles sont le résultat de l’interaction des particules chargées émises par les vents solaires avec les molécules de l’atmosphère. Comme sur Terre, les aurores polaires se produisent en très grande majorité au niveau des pôles : les aurores boréales au nord, les aurores australes au sud. Les scientifiques ont remarqué une différence d’intensité des aurores polaires selon le pôle : au nord, elles sont plus petites mais plus intenses, ce qui signifie que le champ magnétique y est plus important qu’au sud. Ce phénomène n’est observable que sur Saturne, même sur Terre, deux aurores se produisant sur les deux pôles au même moment n’ont jamais été recensées.Découvrir la vidéo du phénomène : https://www.maxisciences.com/aurore-polaire/des-aurores-polaires-sur-saturne-filmees-par-hubble_art5852.htmlLe 20 février 2010 à 11:07 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Mars mois de lutte contre le cancer colorectal

first_imgMars : mois de lutte contre le cancer colorectalFrance – Le mois de mars est, pour la troisième année consécutive, synonyme de lutte contre le cancer colorectal.Comme pour le cancer du sein, auquel le mois d’octobre est dédié, le mois de mars sera entièrement consacré au cancer du côlon avec une grande campagne de sensibilisation incitant la population française, et notamment les personnes âgées, à se faire dépister.À lire aussiCancer : définition, causes, types, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Roselyne Bachelot a annoncé le lancement de la campagne ce lundi 2 mars. De nombreuses actions seront menées. Entre autres : des forums, des programmes d’information, mais surtout, le dépistage des plus de 50 ans, plus enclins à développer ce type de cancer. Ce dépistage doit être effectué tous les deux ans par un professionnel de santé. La détection de traces de sang dans les selles à un stade précoce, c’est-à-dire avant que les polypes n’évoluent vers un cancer, permet d’augmenter fortement les chances de survie de la personne atteinte. Lorsque celle-ci présente des risques accrus de développer un cancer, elle est invitée à subir une coloscopie afin de déterminer l’avancement de la maladie.Chaque année, 39.000 cancers du côlon sont recensés, faisant de cette maladie le troisième type de cancer le plus courant dans l’Hexagone en matière de fréquence. Il fait 17.000 morts par an, soit le taux de mortalité le plus élevé derrière celui du cancer du poumon. Le 3 mars 2010 à 12:14 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Euthanasie le gouvernement opposé à sa légalisation

first_imgEuthanasie : le gouvernement opposé à sa légalisationLe premier ministre, François Fillon, vient de réaffirmer son opposition à la légalisation de l’euthanasie. Il a assuré que le gouvernement français mettait tout en oeuvre pour améliorer les soins palliatifs dans l’Hexagone. La semaine dernière, la commission des Affaires sociales du Sénat a adopté une proposition de loi autorisant les personnes atteintes d’une maladie incurable à recourir à “une assistance médicalisée permettant, par un acte délibéré, une mort rapide et sans douleur”. Ce texte, né de la fusion de trois propositions de loi faites par le Parti Socialiste, l’UMP et le Parti communiste-Parti du gauche, doit être examiné demain par la chambre haute en séance plénière, précise Reuters. Le groupe UMP a déjà fait savoir qu’il voterait contre le texte. Dans une tribune publiée aujourd’hui par le journal Le Monde, le premier ministre François Fillon a estimé qu’une telle loi serait une erreur, même s’il a affirmé comprendre la souffrance des malades et de leurs familles. “La question est de savoir si la société est en mesure de légiférer pour s’accorder le droit de donner la mort. J’estime que cette limite ne doit pas être franchie (…). Plutôt que de légiférer dans la précipitation (…) nous devons poursuivre le renforcement de la culture palliative en France”, a-t-il écrit. Le ministre de la Santé, Xavier Bertrand, a déclaré qu’il serait présent au Sénat demain pour défendre la position du gouvernement. L’homme politique a prôné, sur BFM TV, l’application de la loi Leonetti de 2005 qui prévoit le développement des soins palliatifs.Selon un sondage publié par Sud Ouest Dimanche en octobre dernier, 94% des Français approuvent l’idée d’une législation permettant l’euthanasie et 58% souhaitent qu’elle soit autorisée “dans certains cas” seulement.En Europe, l’euthanasie est légale en Belgique, aux Pays-Bas, en Suisse et au Luxembourg. Le 24 janvier 2011 à 15:04 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Avec 4 millions dutilisateurs en plus Spotify aime lOpen Graph

first_imgAvec 4 millions d’utilisateurs en plus, Spotify aime l’Open GraphDepuis que Facebook a lancé son Open Graph sur le réseau, qui permet aux utilisateurs de partager leurs écoutes, le site suédois de Spotify aurait atteint les 4 millions d’utilisateurs en plus selon la firme de Mark Zuckerberg.Hasard ou coïncidence, on ne peut pas affirmer que l’Open Graph soit à l’origine de la venue de ces 4 millions de nouveaux utilisateurs pour Spotify. Facebook se félicite en tous cas d’avoir reboosté l’écoute de musique en ligne. A titre de comparaison, le français Deezer aurait de son côté gagné chaque jour plus de 10 000 utilisateurs depuis l’intégration d’Open Graph (avec 810 000 comptes actifs par mois contre 7,5 millions chez Spotify). Selon les dires de Facebook, ses utilisateurs auraient partagé plus de 1,5 milliard d’éléments relatifs à l’écoute de musique en six semaines, soit en moyenne moins de 2 interactions par membre. Une bonne nouvelle pour l’industrie du disque ?Le 11 novembre 2011 à 20:28 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more