On Tuesday 26 July 2011 at 11:00 hrs (local time) six competitions will be drawn in the EHF Headquarters, Vienna (AUT). The draw decides which fixtures form the first two rounds played in all six competitions. It is a public event, which is free and open to anyone who wishes to attend.The six draws will be carried out in the following order:2011/12 Women’s Challenge CupClick HERE for draw detailsDownload Seeding List (pdf)2011/12 Men’s Challenge CupClick HERE for draw detailsDownload Seeding List (pdf)2011/12 Women’s Cup Winners’ CupClick HERE for draw detailsDownload Seeding List (pdf)2011/12 Men’s Cup Winners’ CupClick HERE for draw detailsDownload Seeding List (pdf)2011/12 Women’s EHF CupClick HERE for draw detailsDownload Seeding List (pdf)2011/12 Men’s EHF CupClick HERE for draw detailsDownload Seeding List (pdf)Live TickerThe draw can also be followed on our live ticker at www.eurohandball.com ← Previous Story Replacement for Tvedten in BM Valladolid – Ivan Nikcevic Next Story → Junior WC in Greece: “Black Thursday” for Serbs and Hungarians European handballhandball cups read more

Ademar LeonBenfica handballVicente Alamo Huge financial problems in Ademar Leon force most of the players to chance TOP8 EHF CL team last season. Team’s captain, goalkeeper, Vicente Alamo (36) has signed two years contract with one of the best team from Portugal – Benfica Lisboa. ← Previous Story Women’s Junior WCh (1/8 Final): Poland beats Brasil – Denmark out! Next Story → Junior ECh (Turkey): Germany and Croatia took the “last train” for TOP8!

French Montpellier finding the form between very important clashes against Polish Wisla Plock at the VELUX EHF Champions League qualification stage. Former French champion beat ex-biggest rival Chambery Savoie 34:26 at the Final of Handball Masters in Grenoble. Day before, Dinamo Minsk 32:25 was defeated by Thierry Omeyer new-old team.The third place in Grenoble won Croatian RK C.O Zagreb with victory over Dinamo Minsk 29:27. ← Previous Story MKB Veszprem beat PSG again! Next Story → Tatran Presov wins 45th tournament in Doboj ChamberyDinamo Minskhandball mastersMontpellierMontpellier handballrk co zagrebzagreb read more

Laszlo Nagy two weeks out

Hungarian TOP star Laszlo Nagy (32) is injured during the match of the EHF Champions League Round 5 in Celje. MVM MKB Veszprem won in Celje 31:26, but the fifth victory in Europe this season cost Hungarian TOP side two weeks rest of the best player. Nagy left the court due problems with knee during the first half. He came back to the court after, but MR examination had to be taken. Hungarin right back will miss next two matches at EHF CL at home against Celje and Sankt Petersburg. ← Previous Story ANTONIO CARLOS ORTEGA: A dream of winning the EHF Champions League Next Story → FRENCH HANDBALL HOSPITAL: Xavier Barachet to miss EHF EURO 2014? Laszlo Nagymvm mkb veszprem read more

Volker Zerbe is back

handballvolker zerbe ← Previous Story Rhein Neckar Lowen wins in Ukraine! Next Story → Serbia and Angola to open tournament in Vrnjacka Banja Legendary German right back Volker Zerbe (45) is back to the game! One of the tallest player in the history of handball (209 cm) has played for the second team of Fuchse Berlin in the Cup match against SG OSF and scored a goal. Zerbe is the legend of TBV Lemgo, where he played until the last day of his proffesional career in 2006. He was also a part of silver German Olympic squad in Athens 2004, but also European winner a few months before that at EHF EURO 2004 in Slovenia….Zerbe is working as sport coordinator in Fuchse Berlin. read more

VS VS KS Vive Targi Kielce  VS Orlen Wisla Plock  HC Vardar – Skopje   Aalborg Handball  VS VS  THW Kiel HC Metalurg  HC Motor Zaporozhye  Draw for the VELUX EHF Champions League TOP 16 was held in Vienna. Matches will be played in two weekends at the end of March (19-23 and 26 – 30)… ← Previous Story VIDEO: Adler’s bomb from 14 meters Next Story → Challenge Cup (1/4 Final): Cocks in Serbia – Azoty to Belgium  PSG Handball  SG Flensburg-Handewitt  HSV Hamburg  MKB-MVM Veszprém VS VS RK Gorenje Velenje  Celje Pivovarna Lasko  VS  KIF Kolding Kobenhavn  Rhein-Neckar Löwen  FC Barcelona read more

The reigning SEHA GAZPROM league winners Telekom Veszprem got back on the winning track with a triumph over Meshkov Brest 31:30 (17:16). Despite the fact that a lot of Belarussian players had significant role in important win over Serbia just 48 hours before, Sergey Bebeshko team played very well at Veszprem Arena chasing the EHF Champions League runners-up until the last second of the match. The winner was decided by two technical mistakes of Meshkov’s back players Iman Jamali and Pavel Atman in the last two attack of the match. At the end, Hungarian team had only two save the ball in the last 20 seconds.Both teams were eager to win derby match of regional competition. Belarussians had 10:7 and 12:9 in the first half, then 25:24 only 12 minutes before the final whistle, led by outstanding performance of line-player Rastko Stojkovic who netted nine goals in total.Teams have played goal by goal until the very end of the match, but in the crucial moments responsibility was taken from the most experienced guys in red t-shirts, Dragan Gajic (9 goals) and Laszlo Nagy, who netted eight.Veszprem past Meshkov on the league table. Team of Xavi Sabate is now third behind RK Vardar and PPD Zagreb.Tatran beat RK Gorenje 34:30, while RK Metalurg easily past Izvidjac Ljubuski 36:22.STANDINGS: 10.Izviđač CO8008220 : 2820 4.Meshkov Brest10523292 : 27117 3.Veszprem7601188 : 17218 2.PPD Zagreb8611233 : 20019 5.Celje Piv. Laško8404227 : 24712 7.Metalurg9216217 : 2187 Meshkov Brestseha gazprom leagueTelekom Veszprem 1.Vardar10910345 : 27928 9.Tatran Prešov8206208 : 2436 8.Nexe8215209 : 2217 6.Gorenje Velenje8305211 : 2179 ← Previous Story Gudmundur Gudmundsson to leave Danish bench! Next Story → SEHA relaunch #be8player campaign read more

first_imgBBC’S NEW DIRECTOR General George Entwistle has asked staff members to “come forward” and talk to police if they have any information about alleged sexual abuses by the late presenter Jimmy Savile.Earlier today, officials from the BBC met with London police officers from the Child Abuse Investigation Command which is leading an assessment of the information broadcast in an ITV documentary on Wednesday night.A representative from the NSPCC also attended the meeting at New Scotland Yard. Police said the assessment will take “some time”, adding that the BBC Investigations Services was fully co-operating with detectives.A Met spokesperson said, “We are now collating information gathered from a range of sources across the UK and will continue contacting individuals who have made allegations in relation to the late Jimmy Savile over the weekend.“We do not expect to have a clear picture of exactly how many women may have suffered abuse until next week and want to allow time for victims to reflect on what they may have experienced.”In an email to BBC employees, Entwistle said he was appalled by the allegations contained in the documentary. The programme detailed claims from five women who said the DJ and presenter sexually abused them on BBC premises when they were teenagers.Entwistle added that a “thorough search” of written records had been carried out, but “crucially and regrettably” no complaints were made at the time.“We have found nothing at this stage to suggest any known wrong-doing was ignored by management. But our checks are ongoing and if we do find anything relevant we will give it straight to the police.”Yesterday: Police to assess Jimmy Savile allegations, no investigation yet>last_img read more

first_imgINSPECTORS FROM THE healthcare watchdog will return to Nenagh Hospital within six months to ensure there have been improvements in cleanliness at its wards.In an unannounced check on 5 September, HIQA found that a number of practices that were not compliant with national standards for the prevention of infections.Overall, HIQA found that improvements were required in the cleanliness of the environment at the hospital.In the male ward, there was staining found on the metal grids of beds, sticky residue on the surfaces of some patient lockers, paint missing from bedside tables, radiators and walls, heavy dust in some areas and an unsecure electrical socket.There was also a clutter of equipment on the corridor, soiled walls and floors near the toilet bowls and an unclean oxygen saturation probe.During the inspection, there was no door fitted on the entrance to the ‘dirty’ utility room where hazardous clinical waste is stored. This room shared a common access entry point with the patients’ toilet and there was no dedicated clean utility room.Although there was evidence of some good practice when it came to linen standards, there were also some problems that need to be rectified.Download the full reportThere were similar issues noted in the female ward at the hospital.While examining the ward, inspectors found a tear in a pillow was covered by an adhesive sterile gauze dressing. There was dust and grit at the edges of the beds assessed. The floors in patient areas were found to be unclean and the ward corridor was cluttered with equipment.The sticky residue was noted on the surface of an intravenous pump at the nurses’ station and a resuscitation trolley.Rust was discovered on the wheels of dressing trolleys.HIQA concluded that there was “much evidence of practice that was not compliant” with national standards, particularly in the male ward.“The environment and equipment in both areas were generally unclean, with some exceptions. The environment in Medical 1 Ward required improvement to ensure appropriate facilities were put in place to prevent risk to patients of contracting Healthcare Associated Infections, including clean utility and clean linen facilities.“Therefore the environmental hygiene and equipment cleaning in both areas was not effectively managed and maintained to protect patients and reduce the spread of Healthcare Associated Infections (HCAIs).”Hand HygieneOf the 25 hand hygiene opportunities seen by inspectors, 22 were taken and 19 complied with best practice. Non compliance practice included failing to take the opportunity on those three occasions, wearing a watch or sleeves to the wrist and inadequate time spent scrubbing.Nenagh Hospital will now develop a quality improvement plan ahead of a follow-up assessment within the next six months.Read: IMO recommends junior doctors say ‘yes’ to LRC proposalsHealth: “There has been no change in policy in relation to medical cards”More: James Reilly promised to scrap the 50c prescription levy…now it’s €2.50last_img read more

first_imgTHE DEATH TOLL from aerial bombing of an Aleppo neighbourhood today has risen to 42, a monitor said, as Syria’s air force targeted other areas of the city and nearby villages.“The toll has risen to 42 people killed in Hanano,” said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, referring to the neighbourhood hit by massively destructive TNT-packed barrel bombs.Earlier it was reported that the strike killed at least 25 people, including six children, a monitor said, part of a week-long regime bombing campaign that has left hundreds dead.The Observatory, a Britain-based group relying on activists and other witnesses inside Syria, said another 17 people were critically wounded when regime aircraft dropped “TNT-packed barrels” on the Hanano neighbourhood.“The number of people killed in the bombing on Hanano might rise,” said Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman.Earlier today, the Syrian air force had dropped TNT-packed barrels on several parts of Aleppo and villages nearby.Activists in the northern city had singled out the bombing of Hanano as especially deadly, as the highly destructive barrel bombs had struck a bus.The Aleppo Media Centre, a network of citizen journalists on the ground, said the bombs “destroyed a bus, leaving no survivors,” and demolished about 10 cars and a residential building.Mysterious death of British doctorOther air attacks struck the rebel-held Sakhur, Ahmadiyeh, Baideen and Ard al-Hamra neighbourhoods of the city, which has been cleaved into regime- and rebel-held enclaves since the summer of 2012.Elsewhere in Aleppo province, Marea and Atareb villages were also hit today, said the Observatory.The Syrian Revolution General Commission, a network of grassroots activists, described “panic and mass flight to the countryside, despite the intense cold”.Meanwhile, Aleppo’s opposition Provincial Council announced schools in rebel-held areas would be closed “for a week… because of the systematic, deliberate bombing”.Footage distributed by Shahba Press, another network of citizen journalists, showed children in a bombed-out school in Marea in the north of Aleppo province.One of the children said the school had been bombed multiple times while classes were being held.Yesterday, Human Rights Watch accused regime forces of “wreaking disaster” in Aleppo with an “unlawful” aerial bombing campaign which has killed hundreds in the past week.Separately, British Prime Minister David Cameron has written to the family of a British doctor who died mysteriously in a Syrian jail, saying Damascus must “answer for” his “sickening” death, a government source said on Sunday.Syria has said Abbas Khan, who was arrested last year after travelling to Aleppo to treat wounded civilians, committed suicide — but a British minister said this week that he was “effectively murdered” by the regime.The body of the father-of-two was flown back to London today ahead of an autopsy to determine how he died, the family’s lawyer said.- © AFP, 2013MORE: British doctor ‘failed by his government and Syrians’Read: So what is left of the Arab Spring?last_img read more

first_imgTHE MINISTER FOR Justice has announced that 249 prisoners will be granted temporary release from jail this Christmas.Just over 6 per cent of Ireland’s prison population of 4,111 will be given varying periods of release over the festive period  under the Criminal Justice Act 1960.The release varies from a few hours – sometimes accompanied by a witness – to up to 7 nights.The vast majority – around three quarters – of the prisoners given temporary release  are serving their sentences in lower security institutions, including Loughan House and Shelton Abbey Open Centre.All of the prisoners being released are nearing the end of their sentence. In addition to the Christmas temporary release, some prisoners who are very close to the end of their sentences will be granted full temporary release.Minister for Justice Alan Shatter said that the ‘overriding concern’ when considering the applications for temporary release was the safety of the public.As well as compassionate and humane considerations, the nature and the gravity of the prisoner’s offence is also taken into account, as well as their behaviour, criminal history and prior record on temporary release.The number of prisoners being granted temporary release has risen slightly in recent years, from 176 in 2009 to 226 last year.Minister Shatter has previously said that temporary release helps prisoners with their gradual reintegration into society and acts as an incentive for prisoners.Read: Temporary release of prisoners ‘reduces risk to the community’ – Shatter > Read: Over half of those released from prison re-offend within three years >last_img read more

first_img“I am satisfied that the setting up of any new organisation takes expense.”O’Dowd said that the Oireachtas Environment Committee will hold Irish Water accountable for the spend, but was criticised by Fianna Fáil for the exemption of Irish Water from Freedom of Information requests. This was despite O’Dowd saying that there “has to be transparency” around Irish Water.The party’s Environment Spokesperson Barry Cowen said that any calls for transparency by government TDs was disingenuous.“Over the past few days we have seen government representatives trip over themselves to suddenly demand transparency at Irish Water. These are senior members of the same Government that went out of its way to cloud the establishment of Irish Water in secrecy.“They supported the move to exempt Irish Water from FOI and from the remit of the Comptroller & Auditor General, they blocked my questions about the budget for consultants and they voted to guillotine the legislation before Christmas so that none of these issues could be debated.”Read: “No decision on Irish Water charging,” – GilmoreRead: Tánaiste: Irish Water must show €50m spending on consultants was necessary THE JUNIOR MINISTER with responsibility for ewEra project has moved to defend the €50 million spent on consultancies by Irish Water.Speaking on RTÉ’s This Week, Fergus O’Dowd said that the money, outlined this week by Irish Water CEO John Tierney, was necessary.“We are setting up a major new authority here. It is one organisation that will replace the work of 34 local authorities.You can’t just create Irish Water out of thin air.last_img read more

first_imgI AM GAY. I have always been gay. I’ve never not been gay. It is just who I am. I did not choose to be this way, and honestly, I haven’t always wanted to be this way. Unfortunately we cannot choose who we are. Some of us are born with brown hair, others blond, others red. There’s nothing we can do with the hair colour we’re born with. Yes, we can dye away the colour and change the style, to fool people.Sexuality is the same. Some of us are heterosexual, others are bisexual, others are homosexual. But while we can hide our true colours from the world, the roots will always grow back and shine through.I write this to my home country, Ireland. Having lived for near my entire life I love this land. I love the people, I love the places, hell I even love the weather. Sadly, the homophobia that still exists in Ireland in 2014 is just something else altogether. Revelations came out during the week that the State broadcaster RTÉ paid out €85,000 in punitive damages following an interview with Rory O’Neill, aka Panti Bliss, on The Saturday Night Show.It is appalling to think that RTÉ, a body that is supposed to respect the view of all, would pay damages because someone discussed how he felt about those actively campaigning for gay people to be treated differently to heterosexual people.The show then held a debate about homophobia and what it means. In typical Irish style the debate was unrealistic and utterly pointless. What is homophobia? Well let me tell you what homophobia is. Simply put, treating LGBT people any different than straight people. And guess what? That includes all legalities, including marriage. It isn’t exactly rocket science.I’ve had to battle through my entire life to be who I amAnd all I can really say is “why?” I mean, what does it matter to others what sexuality you are? It doesn’t hurt anyone else. In the past I used to say that I was lucky because I had never been bullied for being gay. Yet, I have. By institutions. Whether it has been the State for not recognising my simple human rights, or the Church for teaching me that who I am is wrong. I have had to battle through my entire life to be who I am, and sadly I have grown tired. I am only one man, a not very big man at that. I cannot understand why people, who homosexuality doesn’t even affect, attack it like it is a disease.Luckily I am surrounded by a loving group of family and friends. People that actually care about other people. These are the true saints. The true martyrs. The true charities. They aren’t perfect, and do not claim to be. Unlike those who teach us throughout our lives, these people have accepted me for who I am and what I stand for. I am happy with who I am – but I am not happy with how I get treated for how I live my life.Homosexuality is natural, no matter what they sayAnd the funny thing is, I don’t live my life any different than anyone else. I am still a typical 20-year-old man. I get up, eat, work, go to college, drink too much, party too hard, laugh, cry and in general live my life. I do not care who everyone else lies with at night so, I do not understand why anyone else does.I am not an activist. I am not a fighter. I am a man trying to live his life. I have never and will never berate anyone. Homosexuality is natural, no matter what they say. It exists throughout nature. Please, do not hate. Let all people live and love. The world will be a much safer, and happier place as a result. I cannot fight forever. But, LGBT people will. I will stand with them. For too long we have been treated as if we are less. We are all human. We should be treated that way.Christopher Chong is a third year Communications student in Dublin City University. A soon-to-be media graduate, he uses his blog to express his thoughts on life as a gay man in Ireland. He is not an activist and is not currently part of any LGBT organisation. You can follow the blog on Confessions of an Irish Gay Guy or on Twitter @IrishGayGuy1 or email: confessionsofanirishgayguy@gmail.com or finnchris@outlook.comWatch: Panti’s powerful speech about oppression of gay peopleOpen Letter to RTE: Explain why you censored gay rights advocate Rory O’NeillColumn: Panti Bliss controversy raises major questions about RTE’s role in public discourselast_img read more

first_imgIT WAS A week in which the Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez passed away with mixed views on the legacy he leaves behind.Here at home the government marked two years in office and said there was much more to do. There was tragedy in Cork and murder in Meath. While talk amongst the Irish media was dominated by departures at Newstalk and trouble at the owners of two national newspapers.All that and more, it’s the week in quotes:last_img

first_imgWhile some of this may represent a natural convergence given the rise in average education levels of the older half of the population, we argue that it is also due to young households facing credit constraints and building up savings in anticipation of these. In particular, credit constraints are likely to bind for households that are unemployed, in arrears or in negative equity.It said that from a policy perspective, the analysis suggests that the main burden of the crisis is borne by the younger half of the Irish population.This is because young households have been particularly likely to become unemployed in the crisis and many of them purchased a house/apartment prior to the crash, said the ESRI.Though it said that unemployed young households are likely to find new jobs relatively quickly once the economy recovers, the note questions how policy can best address “the disproportionate impact the crisis has had on Ireland’s young households”.Read: Consumers ‘weathering the storm’ as experts predict recession is bottoming out> THE MAIN BURDEN of the financial crisis is being borne by young people, a new publication suggests.Younger and Older Households in Crisis by Petra Gerlach-Kristen is published by the Economic and Social Research Institute.The note looks at how the financial crisis has affected younger and older households in Ireland, using data from the Household Budget Survey for 2009 /10.UnemploymentAccording to the author, the data show that unemployment, arrears and negative equity affect younger households more than older households.It says that income and consumption increase roughly steadily for the average household over the age of 45 from 1994/95 to 2009/10.However, there has been a large drop in income and consumption for the younger average household in the crisis. Between the 2004/05 survey and that of 2009/10, disposable income decreased by 8 per cent, consumption including housing by 20 per cent and excluding housing by 27 per cent.This decline in the consumption by young households is large, both by international standards and in a historical comparison, said the publication.Young households in Ireland dramatically reduced their consumption below income after the onset of the financial crisis, in contrast to older households, whose average expenditure did not decline. Younger and older households earned and spent about the same sums in 2009/10.last_img read more

first_imgCONTROVERSIAL LIVERPOOL STRIKER Luis Suarez is likely to come under fire once again, after appearing to bite Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanović in a game between the two sides at Anfield today.It had been a frustrating day for the striker, with his side 2-1 down against Chelsea, with the Uruguayan having handballed for the penalty that led to the London side’s second goal.However, he then scored a last-minute goal to make it 2-2 and earn his side a draw.Earlier in his career, Suarez recived a seven-match ban for biting the shoulder of PSV Eindhoven midfielder Otman Bakkal while playing for Ajax.YouTube credit: Mark DonaldYouTube credit: DimitrisDevilRafa Benitez is winning at Anfield, here are the goals>As it happened: Tottenham v Manchester City, Premier League>last_img read more

first_imgTHE AMOUNT OF money people have to pay in charges when they have a private pension is a ‘real concern’, according to one expert.John Martin, who was behind the major OECD study published yesterday into Ireland’s pensions timebomb, said many people don’t realise just how much pension charges can mount up.He said that charges which may seem small when people first sign up can end up making a ‘huge difference’ to the final pension pot.Martin suggested that pension companies should have to send letters out to people with private pensions on a regular basis showing them exactly how much they’re paying in fees and charges.“This is a real concern about the charges,” he told a press conference in Dublin yesterday.“If Ireland is going to go down the route of auto-enrollment or whatever, then I think a very important complement to that has to be mailing out to every holder of a private pension a regular statement of the balance in their account, what are the charges, what are the management fees”.Martin said that people would be more likely to take action if they were regularly faced with the actual amount of money in their pension fund.He told the conference:I can assure you, looking at international experience, when you start receiving these envelopes telling you your account… has gone up or down by such-and-such and you pay these [amount of] charges, you really start asking some difficult questions. And you also see that it is your money, your pot, and you start getting worried about it.He said getting regular letters would make people take more of an interest in their pensions, especially as they start approaching retirement. “And then they are going to pose some very hard questions to their pension fund managers, and that’s all to the good,” he said.Martin also suggested that it would make sense for Ireland to increase the pension age beyond 68 as people are living longer.The OECD report into Ireland’s pensions contained a number of major recommendations, including a massive overhaul of State pensions and the introduction of mandatory pension plans for people who work in the private sector.Read: Pensions timebomb: Let’s link pension life expectancy, says expert > Read: OECD report recommends mandatory pensions for private workers >last_img read more

first_imgThe third, and most significant reason to vote on Friday is that the large political parties who have governed since the foundation of this state have failed to create a Republic based on the vision set out in the 1916 Proclamation which states that: “The republic guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens, and declares its resolve to pursue the happiness and prosperity of the whole nation and of all its parts, cherishing all the children of the nation equally”.The hope that this can be realised lies in replacing these parties with politicians who actually believe in, and are prepared to stand up for, this vision. You have been told that you are a compliant and conservative people. But many have been protesting this crisis in hidden and grassroots ways from local hospital protests, community marches, boycotting the household charge, blocking water meter installations and voting for the ‘political revolution’  promised in the 2011 general election. Similar movements have taken place across Europe.The elite state institutions and political parties have failed to listen to the demands for radical change. Therefore, the transformation and realignment of Irish politics that began in 2011 is likely to continue and deepen. You can make a real difference for the ordinary and excluded people of Ireland and Europe and help create a genuine political revolution and a real Republic in this country if you vote on 23 May for candidates willing to challenge the cosy consensus of recovery and austerity.Dr Rory Hearne is a Lecturer in Geography NUIM, member of Claiming Our Future and former community worker. YOU ARE NOT alone in being sickened with politics and politicians in this country and at a European level. In recent decades the proportion of the population that do not vote in elections has risen significantly because they feel that local, national, and European politicians are corrupt and ineffective. They appear as an elite group removed from the harsh reality of people’s lives and, therefore, do not represent ordinary people. There is no point, many people feel, in voting because politicians have little power to change anything, rarely fulfill their election promises once elected and, essentially, are all the same anyway. These are legitimate opinions based on the experience of the Irish public who have witnessed many unfilled promises, even prior to the 2008 crash.The current government of Fine Gael and Labour promised a ‘political revolution’ and ‘a fair and equal recovery’. However, in most people’s eyes they have continued the cronyist politics of successive Fianna Fail governments that looked after the ‘golden circle’ of elite civil servants, politicians, bankers, developers, and large corporations. This is visible in the failure to provide meaningful accountability in various arms of the state, the recent proposals to subsidise developers that is likely to result in another housing bubble, and the way in which austerity has been inflicted most harshly on the vulnerable – young people, those with disabilities, lone parents, Travellers, and the unemployed.Despite the claims of ‘recovery’ recent CSO figures show this is a myth for over a quarter of all people in this country (1,230,000 people) who are suffering some form of deprivation. This is over double the figure of 2007 and includes an additional 180,000 children affected. Another promise that the Government has claimed to fulfil is that of removing the burden of the Anglo bank debt. For example, Labour posters around the country claim they have achieved €30bn less bank debt.  The truth is the opposite. The Anglo Bonds were converted into government bonds so we still have to pay the debt (with significant interest) back. €25bn of our total national debt of €176bn is Anglo debt. And €67bn of our national debt is EU/IMF loans. So there is no evidence of any bank debt deal on Anglo or from Europe. And we are now paying over €8bn a year (four times the planned austerity budget in October) in interest on this illegitimate debt.Why voting on Friday is importantThis is the first reason why voting on Friday is important. You can vote for a party or individual who will highlight the truth behind the ‘recovery’ myth and highlight those excluded; those in mortgage arrears, those facing eviction, people struggling to pay for household charges, doctors bills, or even food; those who can’t find work, community development groups affected by funding cuts and those suffering in silence. Your vote can make these issues be the priority in local councils, the Dáil and Europe.The second reason to vote relates to democracy and protest. The European Commission, German Chancellor Merkel, and the international financial elite have been able to claim that the lack of protest in Ireland shows that the Irish people accept austerity and will continue to pay back the EU and European Central Bank illegitimate debt. This position has been supported by most of the current Irish MEPs who have shown their contempt for democracy by failing to represent the views of the Irish people in stating that this debt is immoral and unjust and should not be paid.By voting on Friday for candidates who have taken a principled stand on these issues, you can highlight to Europe that Irish people are not passive or silent but are raising our rights to a democratic and social Europe based on justice and fair treatment.last_img read more

first_imgFORMER WORLD CHAMPION and three-time Olympian Derval O’Rourke has announced her retirement from athletics.“It’s been a tough decision but it feels like the right time,” O’Rourke, 33, said in a statement released this morning.The Leevale AC athlete had hoped to return to action at the European Championships in August, but hung up her spikes after accepting that she would not be in a position to contend for a medal in Zurich.“Going to a Championships just to be there, isn’t me,” she said.O’Rourke’s final competitive race came at the European Indoors in March 2013 where she was upgraded to bronze after winner Nevin Yanit of Turkey tested positive for banned substances.It was her fifth championship medal along with European silver medals in the 100m hurdles in 2006 and 2010, and a 60m hurdles bronze from the 2009 European Indoors.The highlight of her 12-year senior career came in 2006 when she was crowned the world indoor champion in Moscow, blitzing the field to take 60m hurdles gold in 7.84 seconds.O’Rourke retires with three Irish senior records still intact (50m indoor hurdles, 60m indoor hurdles and 100m hurdles) and as a three-time Olympian having represented her country at Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012.“I’ve had an absolutely amazing career in athletics and for that I am so grateful to all the support I have received along the way.”She added: “I’ve been extremely lucky with the team I’ve had around me. Sean and Terrie Cahill are the rock that my success has been built on. Together we forged a way to be successful on a world stage and I’m incredibly grateful for their focus, passion and dedication.“I’ve loved every minute of my athletics career but now I’m going to take some time to reflect on what has been a very privileged job for me for the past 12 years and make some decisions for the future.”– First published 10.13amTipp to face Kilkenny or Galway – here’s the draw for the first round of the hurling qualifierslast_img read more

first_imgHave you been sitting around wondering, “When is Blizzcon?” If so, Blizzard has an answer for you: it’s Saturday October 21stthrough Sunday the 22nd. The event takes place at the naheim Convention Center in (you guessed it) Anaheim, CA.This will be the time (and place) to celebrated everything that is Blizzard, and do it with people who care about flying mounts, space cowboys, and dungeon crawling just as much as you do.Learn more about Blizzcon here. You’ll have to check there for ticket availability and pricing information as none of those details have been announced yet.So… who’s going?last_img read more

first_imgTo Europeans, nothing says sporty like a well-tuned station wagon. The new, 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon is a perfect example of the breed, with just enough of the absolutely right technology and no more, so the price stays reasonable for the genre, in the mid-thirties. The new model also looks better thanks to a toned-down front grille. All the Important Stuff, Nothing More The base TSX Sport Wagon comes with Bluetooth, a USB jack, automatic transmission, perforated leather seats, xenon headlamps, moonroof, and decent audio. You don’t have to specify a pricy options package to get heated side mirrors, speed-sensitive wipers, satellite radio, or a rear cargo cover. They’re standard. Most every option you could want comes in a single $3,650 Technology Package: navigation, rear camera, superb Acura/ELS audio, real-time traffic and weather, music voice control, and a power rear liftgate.On the Road: Effortless Cruising In a week of driving, including several snowy days, the front-drive TSX Sport Wagon was an effortless interstate cruiser, was unaffected by a half-foot of slushy snow on the ground, and was fun on the few dry back-country roads I could find. At 2.4 liters, the engine stretches the size that a four-cylinder design can handle, but still the engine wasn’t intrusive except under heavy acceleration. When four people rode in the car, the back seat was a little bit snug for adults, which is typical for its class although at 189 inches it’s as much a midsize wagon as a compact. I loved the ELS audio system, the navigation was fine, and I wanted to pound the dash in frustration because I couldn’t dismiss the beep the follows most every button push on the center stack infotainment controls (more below). I wished the navigation and audio system could share the main LCD (below) and you have to turn off the seat heaters since they don’t time out, which may or may not be an advantage. When concerns about seat heater buttons get into a story, it means there’s not much else to complain out. This is one well-thought-out car. Like an Audi A4 or BMW 3 Series Wagon (Only Cheaper) Acura is rolling the dice in bringing back a TSX wagon, in hopes that 4,000 Americans will see the light and choose a compact wagon over a compact SUV. Europeans like that lower vehicles handle better; Americans (women especially, according to focus groups) think being higher off the ground is more comforting and secure and if an SUV is tipsier, well, that’s what there’s electronic stability control. Its closest competitors are European wagons such as the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Volvo V50, or Volkswagen Jetta SportWagon, since U.S. automakers now spell wagon S-U-V. The Acura advantage is price, $31,820 (including freight) for the entry model, $35,470 for the upscale model with the must-have Tech Package. In comparison, BMW’s 328i Sports Wagon starts at $37,075 and continues on, thanks to its wealth of options packages, to $53,165. The Volvo (base $29,875) is more in line with Acura’s pricing; the VW ($20,765 base) is a more Spartan vehicle but with similar dimensions. So Simple a Caveman Could Configure It Take at look at the build-your-own page on Acura.com. The only significant choice you make is here: TSX wagon or TSX Wagon with Technology Package. (Go ahead, check the tech package box. You’d be crazy not to.) The only other thing to do is pick one of seven paint colors on the next screen. Exterior paint color determines whether you get upholstery in perforated black leather (five exterior colors) or perforated taupe leather (two colors). The Acura.com site is about as good as an online car-buying gets, especially if you just want to spec out a car and learn its features and don’t care for an immersive video that greets and sidetracks you when you land on the site. Some people want a lifestyle experience at an automaker.com site; I just want to buy a car, thank you very much. The only configuration disappointment is the high price of backup sonar. It’s a dealer-installed accessory (only) but it’s not shown on the site’s dealer Accessories tab. It runs $513 plus installation (add a couple hundred dollars) which is too much for rear-only parking sonar. With the active dealer-install program, Acura says, it’s possible for every customer to get parking sonar. True, and at twice the cost. Great Audio, Good Navigation, LCD in Every Car Acura’s center stack is mostly a good thing, if you’ve made your peace with a stack (not console) mounted cockpit controller that requires you to brace your hand on the shift lever. Every car gets a deeply hooded LCD display including those without navi (photo right), a better color display if you order the tech package and navigation.The upgrade audio typifies Acura’s commitment to best quality sound. Rather than go with a recognized, name partner such as Bose, Infinity, or Harman Kardon, Acura has worked with Grammy-winning producer Elliot L. Scheiner to architect the audio platform. Like the THX systems in Lincolns, the Acura/ELS systems play loud and well without distortion or coloration unless you tinker with the controls. If you get the tech package and ELS audio, you can control the music with voice commands.Navigation is fine. It includes weather and real-time traffic with re-routing, a destination database (ATMs, gas stations), and Zagat reviews overlaid onto restaurant listings. What’s not used by the onboard hard disk for navigation is set aside as a 15GB cache for ripped music files. Nice Touch: Hidden Storage Pop open the floor in the wagon’s cargo area and you have a big, shallow storage spot for things you wouldn’t rather leave out in the open. There’s other hidden storage throughout the car plus a nice (small) storage inset on the passenger side of the console. The cupholders are very deep, almost too deep for 12-ounce soda cans, just right for the 20-ounce bottles more likely sold today in convenience stores. I appreciated that because a week earlier I’d been in the new Ford Focus (see review), a sensational compact car hampered by little glitches such as too-shallow cupholders.Acura Downsizes the In-Your-Face Grille  Acura has been dinged for the overbearing front grille ever since it showed up on the Acura MDX SUV three years ago. Now, Acura appears to be backing off. The nose of the TSX wagon is much less prominent but still carries the Acura happy-face element. Everyone should be happy. Room for Improvement: a Thermometer the Passenger Car Read, Too?  Here’s what Acura could do better: The steering wheel buttons are nice but too small, especially when you’re wearing gloves. The outside temperature display is in the instrument panel where the passenger can’t see it. When you tap virtually any button on the center stack, it beeps (to provide positive feedback), it’s annoying, and it’s common across the Acura line. It needs to be fixed, pronto. On tech package cars, Acura does a poor job displaying audio and map info (or map and phone info) simultaneously. So unless you switch from the LCD moving map display to the audio display, most of the time all the audio info you’ll see is on the unsatisfying readout just below the big LCD. A car this sophisticated doesn’t have to have every tech option offered by BMW or Audi — that pushes their prices to $50,000. But it’s probably time to offer blind spot detection since it can be implemented affordably. Here’s a differentiator: Audi and BMW see part of their small-car market being boomers downsizing but not wanting to give up some of their big-car technologies. So, if the customer wants to spend two grand with them on adaptive cruise control, they can. Should You Buy the TSX Sport Wagon? To buy this car, you need to agree with the European sensibility that nothing is more flexible than a station wagon and that when you compare cargo capacities, a TSX wagon and an Acura RDX SUV come pretty close. Because it’s likely to sell in limited quantities, Acura chose to offer only one engine/transmission choice, a 206-hp four-cylinder engine (photo right) with a five-speed automatic; if it takes off, you might see a turbo-four or V6. Or your could switch now to an even sportier, and costlier, BMW or Audi wagon. The Acura TSX Sport Wagon with the tech package has everything you want, but none of the options you might like that would drive the price into the forties: adaptive headlamps, heated steering wheel, adaptive cruise control, blind spot detection. Blind spot detection is the only option Acura really should offer since it’s finding its way onto cars priced as low as $20,000 now. If marriage and children makes you trade your sporty sedan for something more practical, this is a good way to keep yourself planted in both worlds. 2011 ACURA TSX SPORT WAGON KEY FEATURES Infotainment Base audio – AM/FM, single disc CD/MP3/WMA CD player, 360 watts, seven speakersUpgrade audio – Acura/ELS audio,  DVD/CD/MP3/WMA player, 460 watts, 10 speakers, voice recognition, 15GB hard drive (3,500 songs).   USB / iPod jack – Standard  Line-in jack – Standard Bluetooth – Standard  Bluetooth audio – Standard Satellite radio – XM, standard HD Radio – N/A 12 volt adapters – 2 120-volt adapter – N/ANavigation – In Technology Package, 8″ color LCD (monochrome LCD in non-navi cars) Rear seat entertainment – N/A Driver aids Parking sonar – Dealer accessory, $513 (ka-ching) plus installation Rear camera – Technology package  Blind spot detection – N/A Lane departure warning – N/AAdaptive cruise control – N/A SafetyAirbags – 6 total: 2 front, 2 front side, 2 air curtain Antilock braking system (ABS) – Standard Dynamic stability control (DSC) – Standard Traction control – Standard Electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) – Standard Active headrests – FrontTire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) – Standard Embedded telematics – N/A Mayday calling – N/A Acura TSX Sport Wagon Specifications General specs: 4- to 5-passenger station wagon, four-cylinder engine (201 hp), five-speed automatic, 181 x 69 x 59 inches (LxWxH) four-door, 189 x 72 x 28 inches, four-door station wagon. EPA fuel rating: 22 mpg city/ 30 mpg highway.  Price:  $31,820 (including freight), $35,470 with Technology Package. Competitors: Audi A4 Avant, BMW 3 Series Sports Wagon (Touring), Volvo V50, Volkswagen Jetta SportWagon, and myriad compact crossovers and compact SUVs. Acura TSX Sportwagon In BriefPro: Bluetooth, USB/iPod jack, satellite radio in base car. Tech package adds everything else you’d want. Simple to order. Con: Parking sonar a costly dealer (not factory) accessory. Center stack buttons beep every time you press something. A bit snug in back, especially for an 189-inch car.  Bottom line: The Acura TSX Sport Wagon gives you all the tech you need, nothing more, in a nearly flawless compact-to-midsize wagon. If only the center stack gave less noisy feedback.last_img read more

first_imgIt’s not quite the real thing–and it’s not likely to help stem the rising tide against the world of print, but at the very least, it’s a nice little tribute to the once mighty letterpress. LetterMpress currently has 349 backers for a combined total of $10,841 pledged. The project’s creators are looking for $15,000 to launch the app. Interested parties can read more/donate here. The iPad is doing its part to kill the printed word, so why not use the tablet to pay homage to the dying art form? LetterMpress is a prototype app for the iPad currently seeking funding on Kickstarter. The app mimics the letterpress process, letting the user arrange type and “print” designs.last_img read more

first_imgIf you want to play a rally game on PC or consoles there is one series that currently tops all others: Codemasters‘ DiRT games. When DiRT 2 saw a release in 2009 it was met with great reviews and good feedback. With DiRT 3, Codemasters is attempting to take the realism up another notch.If you plan on delivering a realistic rallying experience, then there’s no better person to test it than a reall rally driver. So Codemasters got Kris Meeke, 2009 IRC rally champion to come along and put the game through its paces.The setup was a little more expensive and unique than your typical gamer at home with a standard controller. The game was rendered across three displays, and Meeke decided he wanted to race with a manual clutch and a H-pattern gear shifting using a custom D-Box motion gaming platform. It sounds like a racing gamer’s dream control setup to us. You can see him seated on the motion platform while playing (bottom right corner).The stage Meeke raced was the Kenya Sprint Rally in the MG Metro 6R4. The video shows his first attempt at the course. Taking that into account, and the fact he didn’t have a co-pilot shouting out the track information to him, he did a great job and showed the game off really well.What matters most in racing games is the speed and control feedback. DiRT 3 seems to have both, but matches it with some fantastic visuals. We also can’t forget about the all new Gymkhana mode previewed back in December last year. If you get bored of the dirt race tracks then Gymkhana opens up some pupose-built arenas full of obstacles and jumps to navigate. Codemasters describe it as a “rally-like freestyle stunt driving discipline”.Anyone wanting to play DiRT 3 doesn’t have too long to wait. Codemasters has set a release date of May 24 across Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.Read more at CVGlast_img read more

first_imgIn the world of technology there are many rivals. We have companies competing to get their processors used (Intel vs. AMD vs. ARM), those competing to get their graphics cards used (AMD vs. Nvidia), and those competing to get their mobile OS used (Apple vs. Google vs. Microsoft).But while they compete, it’s not often you get them calling each other out on performance. Instead they usually just release new products and state they are faster than their rival’s product X. We as consumers are all used to this back and forth, and we appreciate the competition as it gets us better, faster hardware and software.This week, however, AMD has decided it doesn’t like the claims Nvidia is making about its latest graphics card, the GTX 590. AMD launched the Radeon HD 6990 and said it was the fastest card on the market scoring the highest ever score using the 3DMark 11 benchmark. The issue AMD has is Nvidia is now claiming the fastest card title, but has not released any test scores to back that claim up.Now AMD wants proof, and has challenged Nvidia to prove its claim as to the title of fastest graphics card on the market.Read more at AMDMatthew’s OpinionIt’s clear that AMD is pretty upset about this claim and they want some proof. At the same time, you don’t challenge your competitor unless you are very confident your hardware is faster than theirs.So what is Nvidia to do? If it declines the challenge that could be a PR nightmare and seen as an admission that the GTX 590 is not faster. If they take up the challenge and fail, again it’s a PR nightmare. But then the challenge could be won and AMD would be left red-faced.Whatever happens now one of these companies is going to walk away beaten. AMD will keep hounding Nvidia until it proves either way which card is faster. In AMD’s favor they have reviews from Hot Hardware, TechGage, Legit Reviews, and Hexus all suggesting the 6990 comes out on top or at least equal with extra features pushing it above Nvidia.As a consumer looking for a new graphics card it’s clear both these cards are very quick. But now AMD has started this challenge I really want to see both companies showing us exactly what their dual-GPU top-end cards can do at their absolute limits.last_img read more

first_imgWhen the topic of sending a manned mission to Mars is discussed, most of the focus is placed on how we get there. What kind of craft would be needed, how we’d land it, and how those brave explorers would get back. However, what about the day-to-day grind of living on Mars as an astronaut? An upcoming project out of the University of Hawaii aims to answer that question with a simulated Mars mission.In March of 2013, the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) project will get underway on Hawaii’s Big Island. You may be wondering what a little camping trip in Hawaii has to do with living on Mars. Well, it’s not going to be the Hawaii you’re picturing. HI-SEAS is taking place on the slopes of Mauna Loa, a massive volcano. The site will also be at an elevation of 8,500 feet. It’s a bit more like Mars than the tourist traps.Over 700 people applied to be a part of the mission, which will last 120 days. During this time the crew of 6 pseudo-astronauts will have to perform various housekeeping duties, cope with communication latencies, operate with limited power and water, and basically not murder each other as they share cramped quarters.The main focus of the project is to test new forms of non-perishable food that could be sent on future space missions. Current thinking indicates that it will be very hard for humans to survive long term on rehydrated foods alone. Hats off to these folks for giving up 4 months of their lives for science.via HI-SEAS and Kate Greenelast_img read more

first_imgTomb Raider fans are buzzing about the reboot coming out on March 5 next year, but some surprising things about the games mechanics have been announced via Twitter.Karl Stewart, developer Crystal Dynamics’ global brand director, took to Twitter to answer a few questions about TR tweeted to him by fans. Promisingly, Stewart said the game should take you 12-15 hours to complete, depending on the way you play the game. This is great news as 12+ hours is a good length of time for a story mode, especially as it’s unlikely there will be anything other than the single player game on the disc. Stewart also said Crystal Dynamics loves plot twists when asked if there will be any in TR.The new Tomb Raider will be sticking to it’s roots, and it’s likely there will be easter eggs and references to the original TR games. There will also be plenty of treasures and artifacts to find upon the mysterious island. Stewart also confirmed there will be tons of hidden rooms and side stories, but more will be said about this officially in December.On the negative side, protagonist Lara Croft won’t be able to swim for the first time. Stewart said she can swim, just not in this game, which is a rather confusing answer. Perhaps they just didn’t want to include swimming mechanics in this game? We’ve seen Lara falling down a waterfall in previous gameplay demonstrations, but it seems likely there won’t be any swimming focused sections. What’s also disappointing is that health will be regenerative, copying the style of the Uncharted games. However, Lara has always used medipacks and as this reboot is a survival game, regenerative health doesn’t make it very realistic, which is a shame.Stewart also confirmed there will be a sequel if this game is a success. Most of this news is good, except you can’t fail to notice Tomb Raider seems to be copying Uncharted more and more. You can understand why based on the success of the Uncharted series, but Tomb Raider needs to stand out to be taken seriously by its fans.More at Tomb Raider Twitter, via OnlySPlast_img read more

first_imgBitcoin, the currency that exists exclusively online, is poised to get more of a physical presence, thanks to a small bartop machine that a couple of New Hampshire entrepreneurs have designed. The Bitcoin ATM, as pictured above by CNET, is designed to turn your cold hard cash into Bitcoins, in what could very well become the most seamless way to convert real money to the anonymous currency. Currently, the process of getting Bitcoins is a bit arduous.Because of the nature of the digital payment platform — which caters to people who thrive on anonymity — it is usually not possible to just buy Bitcoins with a credit or debit card. You can get them via bank transfer or by doing a Moneygram cash deposit. Other options include physical bartering with other Bitcoin users, or using PayPal if you can actually find a seller that accepts it. There’s a decent amount of friction with any of those options, which is why this ATM is such a promising idea. The term “ATM” is a little bit confusing, though, because it doesn’t allow you to get cash. Rather, it takes your cash and then deposits the funds into your Bitcoin account. It’s 100% anonymous.The startup, called Lamassu Bitcoin Advisors, hopes to start selling the machines to bars and other local establishments around the country, at $1,000 to $1,500 a pop. Venue owners would get a share of the 1% transaction fee that users have to pay.Although Bitcoin has been around since 2009, its acceptance has really only been in niche markets until recently. Bitcoins can now be used to buy anything from Mega memberships to Domino’s pizza. Perhaps the ATM will help give the currency a publicity bump.last_img read more

first_imgTwo of the biggest categories in tech these days are ultrabooks and tablets.  Tablets may offer the ultimate in portability, but productivity can be limited with a smaller display and lack of an attached keyboard. Ultrabooks are thinner, lighter, and faster than your average laptop, making them great for productivity on-the-go, but they still fall well short of the convenience you can get from a tablet. Spanning the gap between these is the convertible. You’ll be hard pressed to find a finer one than the Dell XPS 12.Dell’s XPS 12 features a 12.5-inch touch display which gracefully flips from a traditional laptop screen to a tablet, allowing you to simply rotate the display and use it as you need to.  If you’re used to the flimsy convertibles of yesteryear, you’ll be glad to hear stability issues are a thing of the past.  Dell uses a premium flip-hinge design to go along with durable materials like machined aluminum, Gorilla Glass and carbon fiber, making for an experience that is fluid, comfortable and stylish.With this design you get a 12.5-inch display with a 1080p resolution, compared to the smaller displays and resolutions on most tablets.  You also get the full version of Windows 8, ensuring compatibility with all standard Windows applications. At the same time, it still measures 0.6-inches at its thinnest point and weighs just 3.35lbs, so you’re not going to mind carrying it around. With powerful specs like a 3rd generation Intel Core i5 processor, 128GB SSD and 4GB RAM, plus two USB 3.0 ports, a Mini-Display port and more, this convertible will be anything you ever wanted your ultrabook and your tablet to be, both at the same time.Right now Dell is offering an $80 coupon on all XPS 12 models, bringing the starting price down to just $1,019.99. Better still, you can double up to 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD at just $1,419.99 bundled with a $300 gift card — if you use the gift card, that’s a steal of an upgrade. All models also include one year of enhanced support, a year of free McAfee Security, and more.Dell XPS 12 Core i5 Convertible 1080p tablet with Windows 8 $1,019.99 + free shipping. Regular price $1099.99 | Use coupon ?SWK4RL9BTX1MD – http://bit.ly/10I96hPOr check out the Dell XPS 12 with 256GB SSD and 8GB RAM for $1419.99 + free shipping and $300 gift card. Regular price $1499.99 | Use coupon ?SWK4RL9BTX1MD – http://bit.ly/10I96hP)Our other top deals:BlackBerry PlayBook 32GB WiFi Tablet for $149.99 (reg. $179.99) or 64GB for $189.99 (reg. $219.99) with free shipping. (Link: http://bit.ly/10I9nRX)LG 27EA33V 27-inch LED Backlight IPS Monitor for $229.99 with free shipping (reg. $299.99). (Link: http://www.logicbuy.com/deals/lg-27ea33v-ips-monitor/45223.aspx)Western Digital 8TB My Book Live Duo Personal Cloud Storage for $449 with free shipping (reg. $549 | use coupon SAVE100). (Link: http://www.logicbuy.com/deals/western-digital-8tb-my-book-live-duo-storage/45367.aspx)last_img read more

first_imgEveryone’s favorite knowledge engine that will one day lead to a robot uprising, Wolfram Alpha, is taking time off from learning human weaknesses in order to be the very best — that no one ever was. A wealth of Pokémon data has been added to its vast stores of knowledge.As Michael Feltes puts it, the pairing of Pokémon and Wolfram Alpha actually makes sense; though outsiders may view Pokémon as a children’s series, the not-too-dark secret of the franchise is that it’s nothing more than images of cute, fantastical animals lamp-shading the adult world of cold, hard math. Wolfram Alpha, then, is a sensical partner for the series, as there is so much to compute regarding the little critters.The folks over at Wolfram Alpha took a break from building the harbinger of humanity’s eventual downfall — and subsequent enslavement at the hands of artificial intelligence — and noticed that Pokémon plane curves are a popular search query, such as the Charizard below.So, to celebrate the popularity of the plane curves and the release of Pokémon X and Y, a host of pocket monster data has been added to Wolfram Alpha.The search queries are vast, as you can not only search the critters’ stats with a host of variables — for example, max speed or evolutionary chains — but you can also sift through each movie in the series, and even call up info about the humans found throughout the games, such as Team Rocket.With Wolfram Alpha’s ability to sift through and combine categories of information, the engine actually becomes an efficient way to find the perfect Pokémon to complete your team; for example, you can list the special attack of all flying Pokémon in descending order, coupled with a particular species’ gender distribution so you know which genders are easier to hunt for in order to breed.Unfortunately, Pokémon X and Y data has not yet been added, but will be soon. Until then, you’ll have to stick to Serebii for all of your Pokéneeds.last_img read more

first_imgSamsung is planning a staged rollout of support for their Galaxy Gear watch to four of the most popular devices in the Galaxy family, as they promised earlier this month.If you’ve been waiting for Galaxy Gear support to come to your Samsung phone after seeing how it worked with the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Tab 10.1 2014 edition, it looks like you don’t have much longer to wait. A document leaked to Geek.com breaks down the rollout dates for Samsung’s smartwatch alongside concerns regarding a significantly higher than normal return rate for the accessory.Best Buy locations all over the US have been outfitted with the Samsung experience, a mini-store staffed by Samsung employees geared towards educating customers and helping users pick the “right” device for them when shopping. Recently added to these stores has been the Galaxy Gear watch, but apparently the launch has been less than ideal in Best Buy stores. Samsung has found that more than 30% of Galaxy Gear purchases are returned in Best Buy locations, and they have asked that Samsung employees on site help try to figure out why this is.As for the watch itself, support for the Note 2, Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4, and Galaxy S4 Active will be added to the Android 4.3 update that is headed to those phones. The launch has been broken down in the leaked document based on carrier, starting with the Galaxy S4 on Verizon (10/28) and ending with the S4 Active on AT&T (12/24). This is an impressive initiative on behalf of Samsung in updating so many of their devices to the most current version of Android, despite knowledge that Android 4.4 will most likely be announced before this rollout is finished.last_img read more

first_imgDog which ran away after its owner was killed at the Dublin mountains has been found dead Fia had been missing since Michael McCoy lost his life last month. Thursday 3 Nov 2016, 10:28 AM The Commissioner’s directive and the probationers’ payslips – 48 hours of garda fury >Major megalithic art find at Hellfire Club passage tomb > http://jrnl.ie/3060210 71,226 Views 32 Comments I’m in total shock that my kind and gentle Uncle, Michael McCoy, has been murdered while out for a walk at Ballinascorney, Dublin Mountains— Kirstin McCoy (@kirstinmccoy) October 2, 2016 Share1698 Tweet Email1 By Garreth MacNamee THE BODY OF the dog Fia which disappeared after the death of her owner has been found.A national campaign was launched after the death of Michael McCoy at the Dublin mountains on 30 September to find the animal.Search teams combed the area for weeks looking for the pet.Sadly, her body was discovered yesterday.A statement on the Find Fia Facebook page read: “We are devastated to tell you that Fia’s body was found this morning. Nov 3rd 2016, 10:28 AM Source: Kirstin McCoy/Twitter Short URL Thank you all so much for volunteering, searching and sharing over the last few weeks. Rest in peace, sweet girl.The only man arrested in relation to McCoy’s death was released without charge last month.The 41-year-old was held by gardaí a day after after the body of McCoy was discovered at Ballinascorney Hill, Brittas in DublinMcCoy’s niece, Kirsten McCoy, has urged anyone with any information to get in touch with gardaí if they have any information and also told of her shock at the death of her uncle. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_img Share Tweet Email Feb 25th 2017, 1:34 PM US immigration reportedly ‘bars’ Syrian cinematographer from travelling to the Oscars The filmmaker said he had received a US visa but his passport wasn’t accepted. After 3days at airport, not allowed to travel to #oscars2017 – had US visa – but passport not accepted. Sad, but important work to do here.— Khaled Khatib (@995Khaled) February 25, 2017 Saturday 25 Feb 2017, 1:34 PM 36 Comments I get US visa but I haven’t traveled to U.S At all and I won’t travel to OSCAR due to intensity of work, our priority is helping our people.— Khaled Khatib (@995Khaled) February 25, 2017 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL The film focuses on the rescue workers who risk their lives to save Syrians affected by civil war. Many of the group’s members have been killed by Syrian President Bashar Assad’s air forces. The group also was nominated for last year’s Nobel Peace Prize.The White Helmets includes emblematic scenes of the deadly six-year-old conflict: people digging through destroyed homes looking for survivors, at constant risk of “double tap” attacks that target first responders after they’ve arrived at the scene of a strike.Khatib had been issued a visa to attend the ceremony with Hollywood’s biggest stars. But Turkish authorities detained him this week, according to the internal US government correspondence, and he suddenly needed a passport waiver from the United States to enter the country.The correspondence indicated he would not receive such a waiver. There was no explanation in the correspondence for why Turkey detained Khatib.Read: Syria’s heroes: the volunteers who run towards the bombing> US IMMIGRATION AUTHORITIES are reported to have barred entry to a 21-year-old Syrian cinematographer who worked on a harrowing film about his nation’s civil war, The White Helmets, which has been nominated for an Academy Award.According to internal Trump administration correspondence seen by The Associated Press, the Department of Homeland Security decided at the last minute to block Khaled Khateeb from travelling to Los Angeles for the Oscars.However, in a tweet Khatib said that he had received a visa and won’t be travelling “due to intensity of work”.After a raft of media reports on the reported bar, he then tweeted some hours later to say that he had a US visa and had spent three days at the airport – but he wasn’t allowed to travel as his passport was not accepted. Khatib was scheduled to arrive today in Los Angeles on a Turkish Airlines flight departing from Istanbul. But his plans have been upended after US officials reported finding “derogatory information” regarding Khatib.Derogatory information is a broad category that can include anything from terror connections to passport irregularities.Asked for comment, a spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security, Gillian Christensen, said, “A valid travel document is required for travel to the United States.”NominationThe White Helmets, a 40-minute Netflix documentary, has been nominated for Best Documentary Short. If the film wins the Oscar, the award would go to director Orlando von Einsiedel and producer Joanna Natasegara. Khatib is one of three people credited for cinematography; Franklin Dow is the film’s director of photography. Source: Khaled Khatib/Twitter Source: Khaled Khatib/Twitter Image: TRT World via YouTube http://jrnl.ie/3258786 Image: TRT World via YouTube Source: Khaled Khatib/Twitter 11,842 Views The white helmets documentary produced by @netflix was nominated for oscar!! I’m so proud to have filmed this film and for this nomination. pic.twitter.com/Lk3AL4fsEi— Khaled Khatib (@995Khaled) January 24, 2017 By Associated Presslast_img read more

first_img 23,364 Views Thursday 2 Feb 2017, 8:09 PM Protesting against #MuslimBan outside @USEmbassyDublin. Empowering words from @EamonRyan, @RBoydBarrett, @Colmogorman & more #LoveTrumpsHate pic.twitter.com/MF9IiXyx7X— Maedhbh McDonald (@MaedhbhLuna) February 2, 2017 Feb 2nd 2017, 8:09 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share1264 Tweet Email Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeUP TO 1,000 people attended a demonstration at the US Embassy in Dublin this evening to protest against President Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban.The restrictions ban US entry for citizens from seven Middle-Eastern countries and also stops the admission of new refugees.The protest was organised by United Against Racism Ireland and was advertised as an “Emergency Rally”.Representatives from  the Labour Party, People Before Profit, the Green Party Ireland and Amnesty International were all present.Protesters carried signs and chanted slogans throughout the duration of the protest.Similar protests were also held in Shannon and other places across the country. Hundreds brave wind and rain for anti-Trump protest in Dublin A number of political parties took part in the protest. Source: Maedhbh McDonald/Twitter Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ieSpeakers included anti-racism campaigners, Americans resident in Ireland, migrant rights advocates and others.center_img http://jrnl.ie/3220126 By Rónán Duffy Richard Boyd Barrett TD also repeated his party’s belief that Taoiseach Enda Kenny should not attend the White House on St. Patrick’s Day.Boy Barrett said that Ireland had a chance to “send a message to Trump” by not attending the annual event.“Eventually the government have conceded that there’s going to be a debate on Thursday and we’ve urged people from tonight’s protest to come outside the Dáil on Thursday and to put pressure on the Taoiseach not to go to Washington,” he said.With reporting by Cormac FitzgeraldRead: FactFind: Is Donald Trump’s travel ban ‘similar to what Obama did’? >Read: A speech by a famed alt-right activist at Berkeley was cancelled after violent protests last night > Short URL Source: Una Power/Twitter 218 Comments Yass to this sign! A brilliant complement to the ongoing speech by @Colmogorman #MuslimBan pic.twitter.com/WrS7RU6JB1— Una Power (@unapower) February 2, 2017 “The Green Party is going to be part of this movement against Donald Trump because he stands for everything we oppose,” Eamon Ryan TD told the crowd.“Not in our name will thousands of people in prisons across the world fear that some sadist is going to come and torture them thinking they’ve got the okay from the President of the USA,” he added.last_img read more

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3442813 42 Comments File photo Source: Leah FarrellTHE STATE EXAMINATIONS Commission (SEC) has launched an investigation after a copy of a Leaving Cert exam paper was posted online shortly after the beginning of that exam this morning.Students around the country today sat down to complete paper two of the higher level Irish exam at 9.30am.A copy of the exam was posted to a closed Facebook group for teachers less than an hour after the exam began, in breach of examination protocol.Students are not permitted to leave an exam hall and return until at least 30 minutes after an exam begins, unless they have handed up their exam paper and worksheets.“The State Examinations Commission understands that a copy of (today’s) paper was published on a closed social media account almost one hour after the examination had started,” a spokesperson for the Commission said this evening.The SEC is investigating the circumstances surrounding the issue as the release of examination papers before the end of examinations is in breach of SEC protocol for the custody of examination papers.However the spokesperson added that they do not believe that any harm had been done.“As candidates are not allowed enter examination centres after the first 30 minutes of an examination, the SEC is satisfied that the release of the paper after the start of the examination has not compromised the integrity of the examination,” they said.Read: Quiz: What can you remember from your Leaving Cert?Read: This 73-year-old student is doing the Leaving Cert this week Investigation launched after Leaving Cert paper hits social media less than an hour after exam began A copy of today’s Irish higher level paper two was posted to a Facebook group shortly after the exam began this morning. 41,870 Views Jun 13th 2017, 10:32 PM Tuesday 13 Jun 2017, 10:32 PM Share88 Tweet Email4 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL By Cianan Brennanlast_img read more

first_imgOpinion: I had a tumour growing in my breast but I also had a life growing inside me How can these drugs rid me of cancer, take away my hair, blast my immune system and still allow this little life inside me to grow unharmed? writes Mary Canavan. Share208 Tweet Email Mary Canavan By Mary Canavan Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 9 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4555678 center_img 36,351 Views Mar 22nd 2019, 6:01 PM ONE MORNING IN early January last year, whilst getting ready for work, I felt a very obvious lump in my breast.People often ask me how I felt at that moment. Did my blood run cold? Was I terrified? The answer is no, I wasn’t because I was sure that it wasn’t cancer, I was too young.  I felt in some way protected because of my age. The youngest of five children, the ‘baby’ of the family – I couldn’t have cancer.I was wrong.I was 32 at the time and within two weeks of discovering the lump, I was diagnosed with breast cancer.  While it was confirmed that I had a tumour growing in my right breast, I also had a life growing inside me. I was 9 weeks pregnant! The only word that comes slightly close to capturing how I felt is terror.I was told that I would need immediate surgery, followed by 6 months of chemotherapy.Incredibly, once I began chemotherapy after my first trimester, my baby would be safe throughout my treatment, they said. I struggled to believe that in the early days.How can these drugs rid me of cancer, take away my hair, blast my immune system and yet allow this little life inside me to grow unharmed?I armed myself with information. As a postdoctoral researcher in my career, information gathering was my speciality.My husband and I met with consultants, counsellors, oncologists and women who had gone through cancer during pregnancy themselves.The more information we gathered, the more I began to believe that maybe it was possible to treat my cancer and continue my pregnancy at the same time.FeelingsAlthough surrounded by an incredible support network, at times I felt deeply alone. I was different, I was a cancer patient. Nobody wants that label. Even surrounded by other men and women undergoing treatment, with my growing baby bump – I was different.Slowly, as those first few weeks passed though, my baby became a source of strength. If my body was capable of growing another life, then it was capable of getting through this treatment.With each passing round of chemo, my baby was scanned and each week he grew bigger and stronger.We lived week to week and never really allowed ourselves to think or hope of meeting him for the first time – we could only live in the present.Of course, there were very difficult days, but there were some great ones too.The moment myself and my husband saw our baby’s heartbeat for the first time, is a feeling that will stay with us forever.In that instant, I did not feel like a cancer patient, I didn’t feel worried or frightened.I felt excited and that we were like any other couple – staring in awe at a monitor and watching the flicker of our baby’s heartbeat.Surrounding myself with friends and family helped enormously throughout this time because I was still Mary to them – I may have looked different, but they saw and continue to see more than just cancer.Cancer had changed me and for a long time I wished I could go back and be the person I was before I was diagnosed.Because once I was told I had cancer, a little piece of myself died. I couldn’t look at my life, my relationships, my goals the same way anymore.Fear clouded everything and I was terrified that I could no longer have the future I had planned. And that’s the thing, we may read it a million times and it may never really sink in but if there is one thing I can say with absolute certainty it is this.Life is a gift, it is precious and above all it is finite.On 10 August 2018, we were rewarded with this precious gift- our beautiful baby boy Cillian made his way into this world.He was healthy and strong with a mop of dark brown hair.Moving onToday, I have finished all my treatment. I am heading back to work and I have my husband and son by my side.I am one of the lucky ones. Lucky that I found my lump at an early stage, lucky that my GP referred me to a breast clinic and that I was surrounded by so much love and support from family and friends.I am grateful to so many people – the wonderful staff at the National Maternity Hospital, my nurses, who in truth became my friends and of course my doctors – for their compassion, skill and diligence.I’m also thankful for support groups such as Breast Friends, ARC and Mummystar, and the Irish Cancer Society’s Cancer Nurseline a free helpline where you can talk to a Cancer Nurse about any worries or concerns. Using these supports helped me to realise that I am not the first person that this has happened to, I am not alone and that there is life after cancer. Many of these supports are reliant on Daffodil Day donations. Cancer has changed me in so many ways but it is only a chapter (albeit a big one!) in a larger story that has yet to be written.Dr Mary Canavan is a research scientist at Trinity College Dublin, a mother and a cancer survivor. The Irish Cancer Society’s Daffodil Day, a crucial fundraiser for cancer research and free support services, takes place today, Friday, and is proudly supported by Boots Ireland. To support cancer patients in Ireland please buy a pin from a local volunteer, your local Boots store, or donate at www.cancer.ie. Short URL Friday 22 Mar 2019, 6:00 PMlast_img read more

first_imgCricket is not a sport one readily associates with Greece, but it is on a good wicket on Corfu, where it’s been played since 1823. We’re using sport to get our kids – Greek kids, Aussie kids – to have a holiday in Greece, but with sport as a reason for that.And this September, the newly-formed Australian Hellenic Cricket Council (AHCF) will be stepping up to the crease in Corfu’s first Cricket Festival. AHCF president Nick Hatzoglou said the inaugural 15-day tour, in partnership with the AFL Multicultural Program, was designed to promote traditional Australian sports in Greece. He said sports such as cricket and AFL football have long given new arrivals in Australia an opportunity to integrate into a multicultural society. “Ironically, today we will begin a voyage which will see these sports provide an opportunity for children of the Diaspora to explore the cultural essence of the land of their forefathers,” he said. Hatzoglou said the tour was on a good wicket with Greek foreign ministry, who have arranged civic receptions for the team with the mayors of Athens, Thessaloniki and Corfu, and a possible audience with Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou. Kane Liossis is on the under-18 touring team which, along with the senior side, is independently selected of the best Greek Australian players. The 17 year old Greek Australian cricket fanatic said although he does speak some Greek, he’s never been to Greece. “I don’t think 15 days is enough,” he said. “I want to stay and explore, and see family.” The Australian Hellenic Cricket Foundation was formed this year to enhance cultural ties, promote cricket talent, and build relationships with the Greek Diaspora, in particular the Hellenic Cricket Foundation in Corfu. Sports Without Borders Executive Chair, James Dimitriou, who will also be on the trip, said it was also a good opportunity to promote AFL to the Greek press. He said they’d be discussing the possibility of including a 30-player Greek team in the AFL International Series, which will be held across Melbourne, Sydney and the Gold Coast in August 2011. The tour, which leaves Melbourne on September 7, will be chaperoned by cricket-enthusiast Greek Australians, including ‘Macca’, or Mithridates, and ‘Dazza’, or Demosthenes. ‘Dazza,’ also known as Phillip Evangelides, said he didn’t speak any English when he started school in Australia, but he had never been to Greece until he was 46 years old. He said the trip was important “for our kids to have ‘filias’ – friendship – with our mother country.” “We’re using sport to get our kids – Greek kids, Aussie kids – to have a holiday in Greece, but with sport as a reason for that,” he said. Comedian George Kapiniaris, who was at the launch of the tour, said it was important to teach Greek Australian children about Greece’s long history. “And then Jesus said, ‘don’t do anything till I get back,’ and we didn’t, and that’s why we’re in financial ruin,” Kapiniaris joked. He said he grew up watching cricket with his dad, who would always tell him: “That Dennis Lilly is a Greek bloke.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram In the first years of work for physiotherapist Kiri James, she recognised difficulties communicating with elderly Greek patients, and found access to interpreters at times quite difficult. And although as a professional in the health industry, she found ways to combat this, usually by asking their family, but there wasn’t one steady resource that she could use. Because of this, Ms James developed The Greek Book – Translations for Aged Care. The A4 130 paged book features commonly used phrases and phrases specific to the health industry for carers of the elderly Greek speaking patients. The illustrated pictures are in clear black and white and feature the words or phrases in Greek, English and phonetically for the carer. The book will feature phrases such as: ‘Are you comfortable?’ ‘Do you need to go to the toilet?’ ‘Are you hungry?’ ‘You are in hospital.’ ‘Shall I call your family?’ ‘Are you cold?’ ‘It’s time for bed.’ ‘It’s time for exercise’ and so forth. “The book has chapters that cover each domain of care or follows the day of a person in a residential care setting or hospital facility,” explains writer and developer Ms James, “but it’s definitely not meant to replace the need for interpreters – it’s meant to get you by when an interpreter or someone who speaks Greek isn’t available.” Ms James says one of the real problems when working in aged care that she faced was when a Greek speaking person was admitted at the end of the day, and the interpreters had gone home, she found it hard to communicate with them at such a crucial moment. “I just wanted to introduce myself and explain to them where they are and what’s happening, even before the family have gotten there, when there is nobody else at all to speak Greek. It’s nice just to have a few words and create a bit of a rapport.” The book aims to bridge the gap for the carer and the elderly person till they are able to speak with an interpreter. “I see it as something to bridge the gap and even to highlight the need for interpreters,” explains Ms James. Because the book is spiral bound, carers are able to photocopy specific pages for their clients. It can also be easily shared on a ward or in a facility so only one copy is needed. The Greek Book – Translations for Aged Care will be available online at sheridanhouse.com.au for $39.95. For more information contact Ms James on 0420 332 901.last_img read more

first_imgPaul Karavias has been nominated at Box Hill Institute for Student of the Year in the Pre-Apprentice category. Paul is at the institute studying a Certificate II in Automotive Studies (Pre-Vocational). Learning something new with every lesson is what kept Paul excited about his Certificate II in Automotive Studies. “I’ve liked everything about the course because I’ve always been interested in cars. I really liked the practical side and getting to experience the ‘real thing’. But I’ve even enjoyed the theory work too. The safety aspects were also really useful. I just tried to learn as much as I could,” he said. Paul has used his Pre-Apprenticeship over the summer holidays to build up his experience with the aim to successfully gain an automotive apprenticeship in the future. “Over the holidays I did some work experience with a mechanic and I was able to use everything I had learnt at Box Hill Institute, and the mechanic was really surprised that I knew as much as I did. I’d feel a lot more confident about approaching people to do an apprenticeship once I finish school now,” said Paul. When not concentrating on his automotive ambitions, Paul helps at his local Greek school as a teacher’s aid for the Grade Ones. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Ethnic, religious and community leaders gathered at the Le Montage Function Centre in Lilyfield in Sydney a few days ago to celebrate the achievements of Dr Stepan Kerkyasharian AO, the retiring Chairperson of the NSW Community Relations Commission. The special guests on the evening were the NSW Minister for Citizenship and Communities Victor Dominello and Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, representing the Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Stepan Kerkasharian, of Armenian descent, was born in Cyprus and arrived in Australia in 1967 via England. His contribution to multiculturalism in this country span over a period of more than 30 years. He was associated with the Armenian community firstly in Melbourne where he taught in their community language school. Then in radio through SBS where he was a key player in helping to establish SBS television. In 1989 he was appointed to the Chair of the Ethnic Affairs Commission which evolved into the Community Relations Commission (CRC). Stepan Kerkasharian served seven state premiers and numerous ministers over the years. The Community Relations Commission under his leadership took a leading and proactive role to ensure that racism has no place in today’s multicultural society in NSW and in Australia. Importantly, he helped enshrine in law the principles of multiculturalism. He, along with his fellow commissioners, assisted communities with the grants program administered through the CRC. He also established an inter-faith dialogue amongst the various religious organisations in NSW.last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Victoria Police has released new images in its search for Andrew Darling, a convicted child rapist, who fled a correctional facility in Ararat shortly after 2:30am Sunday morning.He was last detected at the Corella Place Facility on Warrak Road and whilst it is unknown what he was last wearing, he is known to wear camouflage clothing. The 42 year old is described as Caucasian, approximately 176cm tall, medium build, has blue eyes and fair-coloured close-cropped hair and fair complexion.He has both ears pierced and tattoos on his right lower leg, back and arms.Police are urging any witnesses or members of the public to call Triple Zero (000) if they spot Darling, or anything suspicious, and have warned landowners in the Ararat area to remain cautious around sheds and outhouses.last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Among the hundreds of people awarded an Order of Australia this Australia Day in recognition of their outstanding service both locally and abroad, at least seven were of Greek background. With Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull having scrapped knights and dames from the Order of Australia last year, those awarded fell under just four categories.Professor Minas Theodore Coroneo from Vaucluse, New South Wales received the Australian Order (AO) in the General Division, for his distinguished service to ophthalmology (study of the eye), along with his contribution to the research and development of innovative surgical technologies and devices, and to maintaining eye health in regional and Indigenous communities. During an interview with SBS, the professor expressed his gratitude for the honour, and said he only wishes that his parents were still alive to witness his achievements, which he attributes to their hard work and determination to educate their children. Also a recipient of an AO was George Pappas from Hawthorn, Victoria. Mr Pappas was awarded for his distinguished service to the community through roles with tertiary education, medical research and defence organisations, in addition to his ongoing contribution in business, namely management consulting.Awarded under the third category as a Member of the Order (AM) was Queensland’s Dr Vlasis Pitsonis Efstathis, who was recognised for his service in the community health sector, through leadership roles with a range of organisations, and to medicine as a practitioner.Mr John Vrodos from the Northern Territory’s Stuart Park also received an AM for his significant service to the Northern Territory’s Greek community, through a range of executive roles relating to sporting and cultural organisations.Finally, four Greek Australians were awarded a Medal of the Order (OAM), including Stathis E Efstathis of Raby Bay, QLD for service to the Greek community of Queensland; Gerald Nicholas Kostos from Toorak, VIC for his service to the community through a range of sporting organisations; and the late Spiro John Notaras from Grafton, NSW for his service to the community of Grafton.Though women made up one-third of the Australia Day honours, where the Greek Australian recipients were concerned, 2016 proved to be a boy’s club, with not one Greek Australian female awarded. *Please note, there may have been other prize winners of Greek origin who were not identifiable due to name changes.last_img read more

first_imgGreeks in Melbourne are getting ready for the annual celebration of the Revolution of Independence, which is to take place at the Shrine of Rememberance on Sunday 25 March. This year’s celebration is particularly special, as it will be marked by the presence of the Hellenic Presidential Guard. The iconic ceremonial infantry unit bears a significant value for Greek people all over the world, who regard the ‘Evzones’ as symbols of the highest Greek values: democracy, freedom and bravery. The 13-person unit will open and close the parade, which is set to begin at 12.30pm sharp (all participants are expected to be ready by 11.30am for assembly at Tom’s Block, on the Service Road of St.Kilda Road).The Evzones will lead the parade, following after the flagbearers, carrying the 1821 revolutionary banner, and the Australian, Greek and Cypriot flags. They will be followed by the Victorian Police and the Australian Federal Police, the Greek-Australian Ex-Servicemen Association of Melbourne, the Federation of Greek Elderly Associations, Fronditha Care, the PanMacedonian Association of Melbourne and Victoria, Alpha Children’s Centre and Kalimera Kids Kindergarten.The next section of the parade will be comprised by the Schools of the Greek Community of Melbourne and Victoria, followed by the Federation of Greek Communities and the Schools of the Association of Greek Orthodox Parishes and Communities. They will be followed by the Education Committee Greek Language Schools (Zenon, Mavraganis, Platon, Nestoras, Pedia, Panhellenic College, Protypo, Ariston, Alpha and Ahepa Greek School), the Independent Schools (Omiros, Pythagoras, Lexi and Pegasus Dance Academy) and the State schools (Victorian School of Languages, Clarinda Primary School, South Oakleigh Secondary College, Northcote High School).The final sections will be comprised by the various Federations and Organisations, with the Hellenic Presidential Guard marking the departure. At the completion of the Parade, all flag bearers will be directed to turn right at the steps of the Shrine and assemble at the eternal flame for the official ceremony.The organisational commitee notes that the Trustees of the Shrine have advised that no weapons or replicas of any weapons, including guns, swords or knives will be permitted in the area. All participants are expected to show respect to the Shrine and the surrounding area, which Greeks have been honoured to be using to celebrate the anniversary of the Independence and be mindful of their conduct, as well as their appearance.Participation is expected to be higher this year, particularly since the announcement of the Hellenic Presidential Guard’ visit has sparked the curiosity of many among the community, who will want to come and see the iconic unit from up close.This year marks the third time that the unit visits Melbourne – the first time being in 1980 and the second in 1992. Since then, anyone wishing to see the guard would have to visit Athens, where the Evzones are a living landmark of the city, standing still in front of the Presidential Residence and the Unknown Soldier monument, and hourly demonstrating their trademark synchronised gait, while changing guard. Their uniform has been admired by millions of visitors, but very few of them are aware of its historical nod to the homeric-time warriors, as well as the revolutionaries of the 1821-1829 war of independence. The foustanella part of the uniform is made of a 30-meter-long white cloth, forming 400 pleats (one for every year of Ottoman rule), while the whole uniform is hand-woven.But there’s a lot more in the Evzones’ history than a symbolic value. The unit was founded on December 12 1868, mere decades after the modern independent Greek state was founded. The combattant force comprised of a series of light batallions, engaging in every war Greece has fought up until WWII. Post-war, only one battalion remained active, stationed in front of the Presidedntial Residence. Still, it considered a great honour among army officers to be chosen to serve in the Presidential Guard. The Evzones must be taller than 1.87m and be in excellent physical state, able to go through a long, strenuous training that allows them to stay perfectly still for an entire hour.During their stay in Melbourne, the Hellenic Presidential guard will take part in a series of events, functions and official visits. Their visit to Melbourne was made possible with the financial support of the Victorian Multicultural Commission along with a series of community organisations and it is deemed as a symbolic acknowledgement of the strong ties that bind Greece and Australia, galvanised by the history of 170 years of Greek Migration to Australia and the 119-year-strong Greek and Australian Alliance. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgYahoo! et Microsoft ont entamé les travaux de rapprochementÉtats-Unis – Yahoo! et Microsoft ont signé un partenariat afin de mettre en commun leurs savoir-faire. Désormais, Bing représente 25% des résultats de recherche sur Yahoo! outre-Atlantique.Yahoo! et Microsoft ont choisi de coopérer il y a un an et ce partenariat a commencé par le partage de leurs moteurs de recherche respectifs. Aujourd’hui, Bing s’occupe d’un quart des résultats de Yahoo! aux États-Unis et au Canada, liens commerciaux inclus. A terme, le moteur de recherche de Microsoft contrôlera les résultats de Yahoo!, tandis que les équipes de ce dernier se chargeront de la commercialisation des liens de sponsors avec la technologie de Microsoft. Les premiers échanges définitifs devraient se faire cet été et les résultats sponsorisés en octobre.Le 22 juillet 2010 à 14:39 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgIncendies : deux nouveaux départs de feu dans les LandesLandes, France –  Après qu’un incendie d’origine criminelle a ravagé vendredi quelque 167 hectares de forêt à Sanguinet dans les Landes, deux nouveaux départs de feu ont été signalés par les pompiers. Des incendies qui se sont déclarés dimanche, à proximité de la zone dévastée ce week-end.Le premier feu, heureusement rapidement maîtrisé et circonscrit à 700 m², s’est déclaré dimanche matin très tôt vers 5h00. Il a éclaté à une centaine de mètres seulement de l’incendie qui avait été maîtrisé samedi soir après avoir détruit près de 200 hectares de forêt. “Il est rare qu’un feu qui couve le jour se développe la nuit, on ne comprend pas bien ce qui a pu se passer” a expliqué le lieutenant Daniel Pujos du Centre opérationnel départemental d’incendie et de secours (Codis).Le second départ de feu a quant à lui ravagé 3.000 m² de pins dimanche en début d’après-midi à Biscarosse, à seulement huit kilomètres de celui de Sanguinet. “Le propriétaire de la parcelle sur laquelle a eu lieu l’incendie est assez interrogatif sur les origines de cet incendie” a souligné Daniel Pujos, laissant penser qu’il pourrait là encore s’agir d’un incendie d’origine criminelle.Toutefois, les gendarmes refusent pour l’instant de faire le lien entre ces trois incendies. Une enquête judiciaire a été ouverte pour tenter de déterminer les causes des départs de feux qui se sont déclarés dimanche, et la police technique et scientifique a effectué des constatations afin de comprendre comment ils sont nés. Quant à l’incendie de Sanguinet, il fait toujours l’objet d’investigations. Deux officiers de police judiciaire de la communauté de brigades de Biscarrosse et deux membres de la brigade de recherche ont été détachés pour résoudre cette affaire. Le 6 septembre 2010 à 15:30 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgTapis-puzzle : retirés du marché belge et contrôlés en FranceAlors que différentes analyses auraient montré que les “tapis-puzzle” pourraient contenir des substances toxiques, la Belgique a décidé de retirer l’objet de son marché. En France, Frédéric Lefebvre, secrétaire d’Etat chargé du Commerce, a demandé à la DGCCRF (Direction générale de la concurrence, de la consommation et de la répression des fraudes) d’effectuer des contrôles.Les tapis-puzzle sont comme leur nom l’indique, des tapis en plusieurs pièces destinés aux enfants qui peuvent alors s’amuser à déboiter et remboiter les différentes parties de l’objet à leur guise. Il y a quelques jours, un communiqué belge était publié et indiquait qu’après plusieurs analyses, de la formamide avait été notamment retrouvée dans ces tapis. Le produit toxique est un produit chimique industriel, explique 20minutes.fr, qui est considéré comme cancérigène. Suite à ces résultats, la porte-parole du ministre chargé de la protection des consommateurs en Belgique avait alors déclaré à l’AFP : “La Belgique est le premier pays européen à interdire tous les tapis-puzzle, mais nous anticipons en fait une décision européenne qui interdira les formamides dans tous les pays de l’UE d’ici 2013”.De son côté, la France à travers le secrétaire d’Etat chargé de la Consommation, Frédéric Lefebvre, a décidé d’appeler la DGCCRF à effectuer de nouveaux contrôles de toxicité sur les produits du même genre commercialisés en France. Les diverses substances retrouvées dans les tapis-puzzle seraient notamment “nocives lorsqu’elles sont inhalées ou ingérées et irritantes pour les yeux et la peau”, expliquent plusieurs associations de consommateurs belge, italienne, espagnole et portugaise.Le 13 décembre 2010 à 10:23 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgSix IHU bénéficieront de 850 millions d’euros pour faire exceller la recherche françaiseLa liste des six Instituts hospitalo-universitaires (IHU) qui bénéficieront de l’enveloppe de 850 millions d’euros financée par le grand emprunt, a été dévoilée mercredi. L’objectif de ces six établissements choisis est de faire exceller la recherche médicale française au niveau international.Dix-neuf dossiers avaient été déposés dans l’espoir d’être choisis par un jury international afin de bénéficier en partie de l’enveloppe réservée au programme des investissements d’avenir financés par le grand emprunt. Au final, ce sont six Instituts hospitalo-universitaires (IHU) qui ont été sélectionnés, profitant alors d’un budget de 850 millions d’euros dont 170 millions sont consommables immédiatement, explique Le Figaro.À lire aussiLe secret de fabrication de la toile des veuves noires enfin découvertLes établissements choisis, présents à Paris, Strasbourg ou encore Bordeaux doivent alors devenir des fleurons de la recherche française. Ils doivent également répondre aux enjeux de santé et travailleront ainsi sur les maladies du système nerveux, la nutrition, les maladies infectieuses, les maladies rares, le rythme cardiaque ou encore la chirurgie guidée par l’image, rapporte le quotidien national. Le but pour le gouvernement est de faire “émerger des centres d’excellence qui contribueront à renforcer l’attractivité de la France pour les industries de santé”. Le projet veut également que chaque IHU s’associe à un établissement de santé, des établissements de recherche et une université afin de concilier au mieux la recherche, la formation et les soins. Valérie Pécresse, ministre de la Recherche explique ainsi qu’il s’agit là de “développer les liens entre la recherche fondamentale et ses applications clinique et industrielle”. Par ailleurs, six projets qui n’ont pas été retenus dans le cadre de cette compétition mais qui ont néanmoins été jugés prometteurs, recevront une aide financière de 35 millions d’euros.Le 31 mars 2011 à 13:40 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgFessenheim : les Verts européens demandent la fermeture de la centrale nucléaireMercredi, les élus Verts du Parlement européen ont réclamé la fermeture de la centrale nucléaire de Fessenheim, en Alsace. Ils proposent alors de la transformer en site pilote pour les démantèlements à venir d’installations nucléaires.Mise en service en 1977, la centrale de Fessenheim est la plus ancienne installation du parc nucléaire français. Construite sur une faille sismique, elle suscite l’inquiétude des écologistes en France, mais aussi en Allemagne et en Suisse, qui réclament sa fermeture. Alors que la situation reste très préoccupante à Fukushima, quatre semaines après le séisme suivi d’un tsunami, les députés Verts européens ont réitéré cette demande. Ils ont ainsi proposé mercredi de faire de la centrale un laboratoire pour les futurs démantèlements de centrales nucléaires, rapporte le site du Parisien.À lire aussiLe pied d’éléphant, cette effrayante masse radioactive cachée dans les entrailles de Tchernobyl”La fermeture de cette centrale est une opportunité. Elle nous permettra d’envisager le coût du démantèlement (…) de savoir quelle est la fin de vie d’une centrale nucléaire en France, de faire de ce site un site pilote pour développer l’ensemble des techniques de démantèlement et de fin de vie les plus sûres possibles”, a souligné la députée française Sandrine Bélier lors d’une conférence de presse.Ce même jour, le Parlement de Bâle-Ville, en Suisse, a lui aussi réclamé la fermeture de la centrale alsacienne. Une résolution en ce sens a été adoptée à 73 voix. Elle invite les autres cantons, la Confédération, la France, le Département du Haut-Rhin, l’Allemagne et Bade-Wurtemberg à soutenir cette demande.Le 8 avril 2011 à 17:12 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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