11 cases confirmed in measles outbreak across Limerick and Dublin

first_img Short URL Share134 Tweet Email2 Image: Shutterstock/NatUlrich By Aoife Barry Image: Shutterstock/NatUlrich http://jrnl.ie/3849592 Tuesday 13 Feb 2018, 12:14 PM 14,574 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 11 cases confirmed in measles outbreak across Limerick and Dublin The incident is being examined by the HSE’s measles outbreak control team. Feb 13th 2018, 12:14 PM 76 Comments 11 CASES HAVE been diagnosed so far in the ongoing outbreak of measles in Ireland.The HSE’s Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) said that 10 cases have been diagnosed in Limerick and one linked case in Dublin.A number of further possible cases are being investigated so this figure may rise, it said.The measles outbreak control team is continuing to investigate the measles cases and offer advice on the measures to control the further spread of this potentially serious illness.The HSPC said the best protection against measles is to be fully vaccinated with two doses of the MMR (Measles-Mumps-Rubella) vaccine. The HSE is offering free MMR vaccine clinics in Limerick to deal with the outbreak.The HSPC says that if you have symptoms suggestive of measles you should stay at home, not go to school or work and phone your GP and explain that you may have measles.People who have not been fully vaccinated with MMR vaccine or have not had measles in the past are at high risk of getting measles if exposed.The people most at risk of catching measles are those who are not fully vaccinated with two doses of MMR vaccine, such as babies younger than 12 months who are too young to be vaccinated, and those with weakened immune systems.Read: Free vaccine offered as Limerick measles outbreak worsens>last_img read more

This is what a cell in Mountjoy Prison looks like

first_img Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 74,967 Views WE HAVE BEEN taking a look inside the walls of Mountjoy Prison over the past week, speaking to prison officers about their role in the institution.TheJournal.ie was also given a quick look inside a prisoner’s cell, with their permission.This is a standard cell which any class of prisoner could be placed in.It consists of a small desk and chair, a bed, heating, a simple TV, a noticeboard, and in-cell sanitation – ‘slopping out’ came to an end in Mountjoy in 2013.Take a look at the video above for a quick tour. Additional reporting by Garreth MacNamee.Life as a prison officer in Mountjoy: ‘When something is about to happen, you just feel it in the air’ > Saturday 17 Feb 2018, 6:30 PM Share31 Tweet Email2 Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTube https://jrnl.ie/3853860 This is what a cell in Mountjoy Prison looks like Have a look inside. 54 Comments Feb 17th 2018, 6:31 PM Subscribe for more videos By Nicky Ryanlast_img read more

I was in mortgage arrears so I sold my possessions and became

first_img‘I was in mortgage arrears – so I sold my possessions and became a reluctant landlord’ Veronica Dyas explores her experience, and the situation with housing in Ireland, in her latest play. Share178 Tweet Email1 http://jrnl.ie/3850450 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Sunday 18 Feb 2018, 9:30 AM Feb 18th 2018, 9:31 AM By Aoife Barry 53 Comments 42,933 Views Short URL COULD YOU SELL off all your possessions, rent out your home and totally change how you live your life?That’s what theatre maker Veronica Dyas did when she found herself in mortgage arrears – and now she’s exploring what happened to her in a play that’s being put on as part of the St Patrick’s Festival.Called Here and Now (I Live Here Now), it’s being directed by Amy Conroy as part of the THISISPOPBABY programme, Where We Live.Radical transformationThe origins of this show lie in a previous show by Dublin native Dyas, which she put on in 2012.“At the time I was in negative equity and mortgage arrears and I had also come back from walking the Camino. And I had been a youth arts worker in Ballymun before that and did a show called In My Bed,” explained Dyas. That show was about recovery from sexual violence.This latest show is about her “radical transformation” while walking the Camino and “trying to extricate myself from a life that didn’t fit me anymore”, she said. “I’m using my experience to talk about the housing crisis and global crash. The personal is political and all that.”“At one stage in 2014 there were 136,564 residential mortgages in arrears so I was trying to speak to the larger kind of picture,” she explained of her focus with this show.Dyas had worked at St James’s hospital as an administrator before going back to college as a mature student and pursuing her love of theatre. She bought a house with Dublin Corporation’s shared ownership scheme in 2000, but in 2008 found herself in negative equity. A year and a half later, she had to move out of her own house and become a landlord – something which went against everything she stood for. Source: Luca TruffarelliTaking the Camino journey – which many see as a spiritual journey – helped her to examine how she was living her life.“I walked most of the Camino with a school bag and I came back to see all my possessions and general possessions like stuff belonging to my grandmother and that,” she recalled.I knew I had to leave the house, I didn’t know what I was doing to do. I went through my life and got rid of everything thing I didn’t need. I gave household stuff and clothes to charity, useful stuff, stuff that had no value.She gifted the valuable items to friends, and wrote letters to them about the items – explaining where they had come from, but also emphasising they didn’t have to keep them.But when she started the process, she found it scared some people. “We are so attached to our stuff,” she said. “For me it is all interconnected – it’s all about waste and moving from waste to an abundance. The land does provide – there is enough, we have enough space, we have enough resources. We are on an island that is abundant with nature and we actually could all live here quite comfortably if we just shifted our mindset a little bit.”She acknowledges too that she was very lucky – as much as her situation was difficult, she “had an amazing community and amazing family because I couldn’t do it without them”.“I stayed with my brother, friends, sister, my da helped me get the house ready for sale. I am very fortunate that my job is to be an artist so I get to try and translate this into something funny.”Part of what she learned on the Camino was what she needed day to day. She also learned that security doesn’t come from a house:“My security comes from within so I don’t need bricks and mortar to feel safe in the world. I faced myself – all my defects and foibles and inability to connect with other human beings. I learned that I’m still an addict – I’m addicted to cigarettes and coffee still. I learned about connection – the opposite to addiction is connection.”Landlord shame Director Amy ConroyDue to being in negative equity, she was left with one choice – leave her home and become a landlord. It was something she didn’t want to do, but she couldn’t afford to live in her own home.“I had a lot of shame about that. It was against my beliefs,” she said. “Now the house is up for sale, so it’s been a long journey.”In the play, Dyas explores how housing and housing policy has changed throughout the generations. Her grandparents started off in tenements, before her dad moved to a new social housing project in Ballyfermot. As a child, Dyas lived with her family on Marrowbow Lane, just off Cork Street.When she became an adult, Dyas “bounced around” rental properties, before buying her own house.She’s critical of the current situation around housing and rent in Ireland. “This is all happening again – we don’t seem to have learned anything from the crash,” she said. “The homeless crisis is going on with no real solutions being offered.”“There are still 76k people in residential mortgage arrears, that is still there. And we have over 3,000 children in emergency accommodation at the same time. You can’t tell us that the recession is over and we’ve moved on because we haven’t actually dealt with the reality of what happened for so many people. And also the whole rental market is mad and there are no caps on the rent and our social housing stock is continuously going down.”During the previous iteration of the play, she also volunteered with Focus Ireland.With this show, Dyas is “trying to get beyond now… the shame, the shame of debt, the shame of being a landlord with our historical feeling of ‘I am one of them’.”“It’s about class as well because we are not all starting from the same page,” she said.The thing that upsets me the most is the rhetoric around people experiencing homelessness and people in emergency accommodation and the whole thing about gaming the system and a lack of acknowledgement. That this is generational, that there’s a class generational hangover that we haven’t faced up to and therefore we haven’t started to heal.While the hour-long play doesn’t leave her much space for exploring solutions, Dyas says that what is needed is proper rent caps, adopting a housing first policy for people experiencing homelessness, and building social housing on social land.Does she still keep up with her life of not having unnecessary possessions? “It fluctuates – sometimes when you’re working on a project you need a few extra books. It’s an ongoing practice. I have very little actual possessions – it feels good. I’ve never missed anything.”However, her focus now is on not “bouncing around”. “That is a luxury in one sense – it’s not like I have to sleep in a hostel or emergency housing. I don’t have children. So it really is trying to use my personal situation to speak to the bigger picture.”Here and Now will take place at the Complex in Smithfield. on 7-8 March at 6.30pm, and 9 March at 8.30pm. Tickets: €15.Read: ‘I wouldn’t want to go up against them alone’: Vulture fund ramps up taking homeowners to court>Read: ‘Take a look in the mirror’: Why didn’t the Central Bank act earlier on the tracker mortgage scandal?>last_img read more

Stephen Fry is recovering from prostate cancer surgery

first_imgStephen Fry is recovering from prostate cancer surgery The actor said he has been “in the throes of a rather unwelcome and unexpected adventure”. By Órla Ryan Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: samfryltd/YouTubeSTEPHEN FRY IS recovering from prostate cancer surgery.The actor and writer, 60, announced the news via a video message on his website today.While going to his doctor before Christmas to get the flu vaccination, Fry also had blood and urine samples taken. He said he didn’t think anything of this as he has an annual check-up to make sure he’s in good health.However, the next day the doctor called to discuss concerns he had about Fry’s prostate specific antigen (PSA) levels, and suggested he undergo an MRI scan.“It seemed to be taking a bit of a sledgehammer to a peanut, but I said OK just to keep him happy and, I suppose, to keep myself happy too.”Fry said he was shocked when he found out he had cancer. “I went around saying to myself, ‘I’ve got cancer. Good heavens, Stephen, you’re not the sort of person who gets cancer.’“I know it’s an old cliché but you don’t think it’s going to happen to you.”‘Doesn’t seem to have spread’ Fry underwent surgery in January to remove his prostate and 11 lymph nodes. He said the cancer is “aggressive” but “doesn’t seem” to have spread.He thinks the early intervention of his doctor, who is a childhood friend, saved his life.“I generally felt my life was saved by this early intervention, so I would urge any of you men of a certain age to get your PSA levels checked,” he said.Fry also thanked “my darling, darling husband” Elliott Spencer, who he said has been “just marvellous”.Read: Heart disease and cancer are the most common causes of death in IrelandRead: Met Éireann warns that ‘exceptionally cold’ weather is on the way 78 Comments 17,997 Views http://jrnl.ie/3868289 Share275 Tweet Email Short URL Friday 23 Feb 2018, 3:02 PM Feb 23rd 2018, 3:02 PM last_img read more

Endas diplomatic mission Taoiseach to pledge government support for Popes visit to

first_img Wednesday 23 Nov 2016, 2:06 PM Short URL Enda’s diplomatic mission: Taoiseach to pledge ‘government support’ for Pope’s visit to Ireland The Taoiseach is set to meet Pope Francis in The Vatican on Monday morning. TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY is set to meet Pope Francis in the Vatican next week, where he will personally express his support for the Pope’s proposed visit to Ireland.Irish Catholic Bishops have extended an invitation to the pontiff last month to visit Ireland to attend the World Meeting of Families in Dublin in 2018.The invitation was officially acknowledged by the Papal Nuncio to Ireland Charles Brown who conveyed the “gratitude of Pope Francis” in return and assured the archbishops that it would be “given careful consideration”.This is not the first time that the Pope has been invited to visit Ireland. Cardinal Sean Brady issued an invitation to Pope Francis in 2013 and, prior to his retirement, Pope Benedict XVI was said to have been considering an offer to come to Ireland.The Taoiseach has requested this meeting with Pope Francis following the bishop’s invite, and the pair will meet at the Apostolic Palace in The Vatican at 10am on Monday morning.A Government statement said: “The Taoiseach will also take the opportunity to personally welcome the decision by Pope Francis to hold the World Meeting of Families in Dublin in August 2018.“He will express the full support of the Government for the invitation by the Irish Bishops Conference […] and assure the Pope that the normal state courtesies and support will be extended to him  if he decides to come to Ireland.”The pair are also set to discuss issues such as bilateral relations, developments in the European Union and migration at the meeting on Monday.Since his election to the title in 2013, Pope Francis has visited countries such as Cuba, Brazil and the US, while also visiting the Middle East.If Pope Francis comes to Ireland in 2018, it will be the first papal visit to Ireland in almost 40 years, since Pope John Paul II’s visit in 1979. Pope John Paul II during his visit to Ireland. Source: Anwar Hussein/EMPICS EntertainmentRead: Poll: If the Pope does visit Ireland in 2018, will you go see him?Read: Ireland has officially invited Pope Francis over for tea in 2018 Nov 23rd 2016, 2:06 PM 104 Comments By Sean Murray Share76 Tweet Email Image: Niall Carson PA Archive/PA Images 8,449 Views http://jrnl.ie/3097584 Image: Niall Carson PA Archive/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Ive taken rugby in a completely different way because of Axels death

first_img https://the42.ie/3100904 Share355 Tweet Email Friday 25 Nov 2016, 12:00 PM Short URL 33,314 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article ‘I’ve taken rugby in a completely different way because of Axel’s death’ Keith Earls felt like he was cheated of the chance to pay tribute to Anthony Foley against Glasgow. 23 Comments center_img ‘If you’re confident enough, you don’t need experience’: Payne on new 12 RingroseFresh faces, Ringrose earns 12 shirt and a barnstorming Ireland back row It was a massive game, it meant a lot to us,” says Earls. “It was a tough week in general, from burying your head coach and then an hour later doing a captain’s run. It’s just not right.“I suppose the only thing I do apologise for – I don’t apologise for anything else – is kicking the bottles on the side of the pitch. I wouldn’t like to see a young lad doing that at underage or some young lad at Thomond Park.“I suppose I’ve been waiting to be interviewed to apologise for that.“I don’t apologise for the rest of it.“I spoke to Fraser Brown on the phone and I felt he could have done a bit more. Yes, I did lift his leg but I felt he could have done a bit more to save the impact. The way he went, I thought he was going for it a small bit, to be honest with you. I spoke to him and he said he was just trying to protect himself. Earls saw red in the Glasgow game at Thomond Park. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO“I felt I was cheated really going off the pitch; they denied me an opportunity to put in a performance for my head coach and the Munster supporters, so I kind of lost it a bit coming off the pitch.”Earls sent a volley of angry words in Brown’s direction as he left the pitch, while the image of him blasting the water bottles on the sideline remains strong.His actions after such a traumatic experience were, of course, understandable.“No, I was relaxed,” says Earls when asked if he was particularly pumped up for that Glasgow game. “I was really looking forward to it.“We were relaxed. The week was crazy but for a lot of us, it put things in perspective. Down in Munster it has been a tough two years. Axel went through a rough two years and we kind of said, ‘He’s not here, his wife and kids are at home, their life has been turned upside down’ and we got worried about a lot of rugby matches.“It’s stupid really; we just need to go out relax, perform and take the chances we were creating, and that’s what we did against Glasgow and ever since.“It’s a pity it’s after taking our head coach to die for us to play the way he wanted us to play. That’s the way it is.”Munster do appear to have been transformed by their trauma. Having delivered that stunning performance against Glasgow, they have beaten Ulster away, hammered the Ospreys in Cork and then overcome a strong Maori All Blacks side on another emotional night at Thomond Park.Earls can feel the change. He can sense that Munster truly means something to this group of players again.“I think that was the thing with a lot of the young lads who came through. They spoke about this Munster family and probably thought, ‘Jeez, this thing is a bit of a myth,’ because we had been shocking for two years. Dan and Tony Foley sing with Munster after the Glasgow win. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO“Just the response of all the ex-players around that week and how much together Munster actually is… some of the stuff that went on for Axel and they were like, ‘This thing is for real.’“Even myself, it was mind-blowing, some of the tributes to him. People coming from Australia, John Langford and that; lads coming home from Australia. It was ridiculous.“I think that hit home with the young lads and they’re really starting to play now, which is great. A lot of us were missing for the Maori game and the Ospreys game but they were two massive performances, and Ulster away, which is not an easy place to go.”Earls’ two-week ban for the tackle on Brown meant he missed out on the feats at Soldier Field, when he had looked like a strong possibility to start on the wing for Joe Schmidt’s Ireland. The wing himself felt he had been “back playing well.”While that experience of watching on from the couch back in Limerick might have been difficult for Earls in years gone by, his perspective has shifted.“It wasn’t hard,” says the 29-year-old. “I was thrilled, like every other person in Ireland. It was brilliant, but I suppose the thoughts ‘I could have been out there’ go through your head.“I’ve learned now; maybe if I was younger I would have thought like that but it wasn’t to be and that’s it.”Indeed, Earls’ whole philosophy on rugby has shifted since the death of Foley in Paris. Earls is on the left wing for Ireland tomorrow. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHONo longer does he see this sport as the central focus of his life. The Munster wing certainly takes his profession seriously, but he understands what is truly important to him.While he was keen to impress Schmidt when brought back into the fold against Canada two weekends ago, Earls simply decided that what would be would be.“I suppose I can only do what I can do when I get my chance. I felt good going into that game.“I’ve taken rugby in a completely different way now because of Axel’s death.“I get to go home to my family every day.“Rugby to me now… obviously, it’s a massive part of my life but it’s sport at the end of the day. That has really opened my eyes.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Follow us: the42.ie Nov 25th 2016, 12:00 PM By Murray Kinsella THE PUBLIC TRIBUTES will start to ease off now, but the loss of Anthony Foley is still painfully felt by those who were close to the legendary number eight.Keith Earls thinks about Olive, Dan and Tony Foley every single day, and cherishes the fact that he gets to see his own family. Earls has a different perspective on rugby. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOEarls also looks back on his chance to pay tribute to Foley with genuine frustration. He feels he was cheated out of the opportunity to do his friend, team-mate, and head coach proud.Just 19 minutes into Munster’s stunning Champions Cup win over Glasgow, the day after Foley’s funeral, Earls found himself red-carded for a tackle on Fraser Brown.A subsequent two-week suspension meant Earls missed out on the opportunity to be part of Ireland’s historic win over the All Blacks in Chicago.That much he could accept. It was having the opportunity to pay tribute to Foley taken from him that Earls still can’t come to terms with.last_img read more

This photo of an assassination is the controversial winner of the World

first_img 27,127 Views https://jrnl.ie/3238432 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Feb 13th 2017, 9:54 PM By AFP Monday 13 Feb 2017, 9:54 PM 18 Comments This photo of an assassination is the controversial winner of the World Press Photo award As bullets started to fly, Burhan Ozbilici captured the image of the gunman standing over his victim. Share38 Tweet Email Short URL Please note, the image below contains an image of graphic violence.BRANDISHING A GUN, his face contorted with rage, the shocking image of an off-duty Turkish policeman assassinating the Russian envoy to Turkey has won the prestigious World Press Photo Award.Judges praised the bravery of Burhan Ozbilici, a photographer for the Associated Press, who stood his ground as 22-year-old policeman Mevlut Mert Altintas pumped nine bullets into ambassador Andrei Karlov at the opening of an Ankara exhibition.Altintas shouted “Allahu Akbar” (“God is greatest”) and “Don’t forget Aleppo” as he opened fire, vowing those responsible for events in Syria would be held accountable.“From the moment I heard the shots I knew this was a historic moment, very serious,” Ozbilici told AFP.“I knew I had to do my job. As a journalist, I couldn’t just run away to save my skin.” The winner of the World Press Photo of the year Source: Burhan Ozbilici/AP PhotoThe powerful photo went viral and has been viewed some 18 million times.Judges from the World Press Photo Foundation in Amsterdam acknowledged it had been tough to choose the 2017 winner from over 80,400 images by 5,034 photographers from 125 countries.“It was a very, very difficult decision, but in the end we felt that the picture of the year was an explosive image that really spoke to the hatred of our times,” said jury member Mary Calvert.Agence France-Presse also scooped three awards. Manila-based photographer Noel Celis took third place in the General News category for his photo of inmates trying to sleep in an over-populated prison in the city.Syrian snappers Abd Doumany and Ameer Alhalbi won second prize in the Spot News category for pictures of children caught up in the bombardments of Aleppo and Douma near Damascus. It is the second year in the row that Doumany’s work has been honoured by the World Press Photo foundation.‘Morally problematic’But the winning photo sparked dissensions on the jury, with president Stuart Franklin, a British photographer, saying: “I voted against. Sorry, Burhan.”“It’s a photograph of a murder, the killer and the slain, both seen in the same picture, and morally as problematic to publish as a terrorist beheading,” he wrote in The Guardian.He argued that “placing the photograph on this high pedestal is an invitation to those contemplating such staged spectaculars.”Ozbilici, who covered the failed coup bid in Turkey and been sent on mission to Syria, Libya and Egypt, said he always tried to be ready for difficult tests, “to have the courage to confront a world which has been made rotten by the dishonest and corrupt, in order to try to do some good.”He said he was sorry for the death of the envoy, whom he described as a “natural, kind, sincere man” whose death was a direct consequence of the “Syrian catastrophe.”“This photo marked an important moment in the history of Turkey, especially in its relations with Russia,” said Ozbilici, who has worked for AP since 1989.‘Edge of abyss’Jury members agreed his photo captured an important moment in time.“Right now, I see the world marching towards the edge of an abyss,” said jury member Joao Silva, referring to Altintas as a man who had “clearly reached a breaking point.This image to me talks of everything that is happening across the world. It is the face of hatred.A total of 45 photographers won awards across eight categories, touching on a vast array of subjects – from racial tensions in Louisiana to walls built around the world to thwart migrants.Jury member Tanya Habjouqa said the choice of the 2017 winners was “bold”.“I think the selection is definitely going to push forward a debate and I think it is a debate that is essential to have,” she said.The competition itself was directly affected by the travel measures brought in by US President Donald Trump, when one of the nine jury members, Palestinian Eman Mohammed, cancelled her trip to Amsterdam.Amid the chaos unleashed by the ban, she decided it was too risky to leave her young children in the US where she lives, fearing she might not be allowed back in again.- © AFP 2017Read: The 27 photographs that took our breath away in 2016last_img read more

Politicians attacked after Macedonias parliament stormed by 100 protesters

first_imgThe incident follows months of political deadlock in the Balkan country, where demonstrators have been holding nightly rallies in the capital since an inconclusive December election. Talat Xhaferi, left, the new parliament speaker, talks with Zoran Zaev, the leader of the Social Democrats, after being elected in the parliament building in Skopje, Macedonia. Source: Boris Grdanoski/PA ImagesThey oppose a proposed coalition between Zaev’s Social Democrats (SDSM) and ethnic Albanians, which they perceive as a threat to national unity.According to local media, last night’s incident broke out after the SDSM and Albanian parties voted in a new parliamentary speaker although the former speaker had closed the day’s session.Their chosen speaker, Talat Xhaferi, is ethnic Albanian.The EU later said it took “positive note” of Xhaferi’s election.Call for calm Source: Boris Grdanoski/PA ImagesA few hours after the protesters entered parliament, police took control of the building but around 2,000 to 3,000 protesters remained outside.“I am calling for tensions to be calmed and for non-violence,” said President Gjorge Ivanov in a televised speech, inviting political party leaders to his office today to discuss the situation.“No one from abroad will solve our problems,” he said.For a decade until last year, Macedonia was ruled by the conservative VMRO-DPMNE and its leader Nikola Gruevski.December’s election saw the party secure 51 seats in the 120-seat parliament – or two more than the SDSM, but the conservatives failed to reach a deal with kingmaking Albanian parties. Police cordon blocks protesters to enter into the parliament building in Macedonia’s capital city. Source: Dragan Perkovski/PA ImagesAlthough Zaev then reached an agreement with the Albanian groups, Ivanov refused to give him a mandate to form a government.An ally of Gruevski, the president expressed concern over the controversial demand of Albanian parties that Albanian be made an official language across Macedonia.Critics of the demand fear it could lead to the break-up of the small country of around two million people, about a quarter of whom are ethnic Albanians.Following a seven-month ethnic Albanian insurgency in 2001 that left more than 100 people dead, a peace accord was reached providing more rights for the minority.‘Alarming’ An elderly man rests by a police car during clashes between protesters and the police in front of the parliament building in Skopje, Macedonia. Source: Dragan PerkovskiThe EU and the United States have urged Ivanov to reverse his decision and grant Zaev a mandate.Macedonia’s opposition has also warned its conservative rivals that they are playing with fire by using the ethnic card in a bid to stay in power.December’s vote was supposed to end two years of political upheaval, sparked by a huge wiretapping scandal, but it has only served to deepen the crisis in Macedonia, which aspires to join both NATO and the EU.Both the SDSM and VMRO-DPMNE blamed each other for provoking tensions after Thursday’s violence.A spokesman for the human rights organisation Council of Europe said the incident was “alarming”, while Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama expressed concern over the “really dramatic” situation.Macedonia criticised Albania earlier this month for “open interference” with its internal politics.- © AFP 2017Read: Arkansas execution spree ends after another man is put to deathRead: ‘No plans for zero hours contracts’ for McDonalds in Ireland after UK u-turn By AFP Friday 28 Apr 2017, 7:16 AM 5,757 Views Apr 28th 2017, 7:16 AM Politicians attacked after Macedonia’s parliament stormed by 100 protesters Footage shows chairs and tripods being thrown as fist fights broke out in the parliamentary press room. Short URL Protesters shout after entering into the parliament building in Skopje, Macedonia. Source: AP/PA ImagesDEMONSTRATORS STORMED MACEDONIA’S parliament last night and attacked MPs, including the opposition leader, in protest against a vote for a new parliamentary speaker.Zoran Zaev, who leads the main opposition Social Democrats, was seen with blood on his face amid the chaos, while Interior Minister Agim Nuhiu told media that 10 deputies had been injured, as well as some police and journalists.The violence erupted after around 100 nationalist protesters supporting the rival VMRO-DPMNE party entered parliament waving Macedonian flags and singing the national anthem. Protesters clash with police to enter into the parliament building. Source: AP/PA ImagesA news photographer said he saw around a dozen masked men among the demonstrators, while footage showed chairs and tripods being thrown as fist fights broke out in the parliamentary press room.“I condemn the attacks on MPs in Skopje in the strongest terms. Violence has NO place in Parliament. Democracy must run its course,” said European Union Commissioner Johannes Hahn on Twitter.center_img Source: Johannes Hahn/Twitter Share Tweet Email 8 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3362822 I condemn the attacks on MPs in #Skopje in the strongest terms. Violence has NO place in Parliament. Democracy must run its course. @eu_near— Johannes Hahn (@JHahnEU) April 27, 2017 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Analysis More adventure from Galway Mayo slow and laborious Comer the perfect

first_imgAnalysis: More adventure from Galway, Mayo slow and laborious, Comer the perfect target man The42′s columnist Rob Carroll takes a closer look at Sunday’s clash between Galway and Mayo. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL 4 Comments ****************************IN ANY ONE point game, the losing team can point to missed opportunities but at the end of the game this result felt like a fair one.Galway had a couple of goal opportunities of their own and despite Mayo hitting the post on three occasions, they never really did enough to win the game.Mayo’s last score was in the 68th minute and even after six minutes of injury time they failed to register another score.Of course the sending off cost Mayo and in no way are they done with the 2017 championship but not a lot seemed to click on Sunday.Galway really came of the blocks in this game. Their first five shots all landed scores and to an extent it meant they could dictate the terms more than Mayo.When I think of a fast transition team, I think of James Horan’s Mayo team and see McLaughlin, Boyle, Keegan and Higgins all bombing forward at pace.On Sunday so much of their play looked slow and laborious.As an early example we see Keith Higgins picks the ball up from a Mayo kickout.Galway last season dropped to the ’45 and defended from there but it looked like a change in strategy.Without over committing, they were willing to put more pressure up the field.We can see here they have at least six players inside the Mayo half.As Mayo made their way forward, Galway time and again set up with a couple of banks of players across the midfield line and half-back line, leaving two v two inside but knowing the cover could get back.In another attack a few minutes later the ball ends up back in David Clarke’s hands after a short kickout.Mayo move the ball slowly forward. Galway have men pushed up who are engaged without ever being beaten, so they are always in a position to get back and defend goal side.Mayo just hit a wall of Galway defenders and every option is a slow hand pass backwards without anybody attempting to inject a bit of pace in the play.Mayo switch the play and the ball ends up with Andy Moran but Galway have simply shuffled across and although Moran does well to break a few tackles, he has to do it all on his own.It’s a wonderful block by Declan Kyne but it summed up the solo effort Mayo players needed to put in.There were numerous examples where Kevin McLaughlin received the ball standing still and tried to inject pace but was snuffed out by a determined Galway defence.Paul ConroyPaul Conroy plays a pivotal role in this Galway team as a third midfielder and his strength is used to good effect at times.In contrast to the Mayo pace, Conroy picks the ball up in midfield during the second half and really goes at Mayo.He starts the move back in his own half.It’s a slow enough build up by Galway. Mayo have the midfield packed with players. But Conroy decides to rejoin the play and inject some pace and power.Conroy finds a gap between Fergal Boland and Cillian O’Connor that the Mayo players shouldn’t really allow.Ger Cafferkey feels like he has to come inside and cover leaving his man, Liam Silke, free on the outside.With Mayo already a man down, Conroy has managed to suck in another player.He manages to get the pass off and the play opens up for Galway.Mayo scramble and the final pass doesn’t quite go to hand but it was a sign of just how much easier Galway found it to create these sorts of opportunities.It’s one thing to have an extra man but another to make good use of it as often as Galway did.Another move early in the second half showed this. Galway’s initial attack slows and they need to recycle.Johnny Heaney joins the attack and immediately creates a two v one with Seamus O’Shea.There isn’t much Seamus can do here and after a simple pass Galway open a giant hole down the centre of the Mayo defence.Mayo start retreating and drop deep and naturally get attracted to the ball.Because Gary O’Donnell has kept his width a goal chance opens up.Keith Higgins was providing this extra cover in the first half but you still have to make use of the extra man and Galway kept punching holes down the middle.Galway Target ManSetting up defensively is no use unless you can transition the ball and in Damian Comer Galway have a perfect target man. His physical presence and ability to kick a score was top class on Sunday.Mayo are well set with two banks of defenders. The option of hitting Comer is always there and this will create space as the season progresses. Teams will be wary of his power inside and anything that makes a defender think can cause space.With the move beginning to slow Gary Sice takes the initiative, you can see him just have a quick look to see what’s on inside.He demands the ball from Conroy and again checks that the pass is on.With his sweet left foot he plays a lovely ball over the two banks of Mayo defenders.The pass is perfect but Comer still has a lot of work to do to turn this into something.He ends up on the deck but his determination gets him up and into space.Seamus O’Shea makes an attempted tackle but he shrugs it off and gets his shot away which resulted in a ’45 and an eventual score.Comer was involved in the first move of either half. Both times, given the space afforded by being 6 v 6 from the throw in, he made good use of his possessions.He kicked a beautiful point after getting out in front of his man in the first half and in the second under a little more pressure brought a player into the game to create what should have been a score.He is exactly what you want in a target man, strong, able to win his own ball and seems comfortable holding up the play and either taking a man on or bringing in other players.I would expect he will attract the attentions of a sweeper as the season progresses but that will open up the space for others.Galway have seen good steady progress under Kevin Walsh. Last year was an all-out defensive system but this game showed something more adventurous, with promotion from Division 2 and with this win, the confidence in the Galway camp must be feeling high.I’m sure they would have liked to kick more scores but that’s back to back wins against Mayo, so a job well done.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Tuesday 13 Jun 2017, 11:50 AM http://the42.ie/3440331 Analysis: Cork’s first-half fear, Tipp kickouts, the danger of pushing up and Collins goal creation‘They took off Andy Moran and Kevin McLoughlin. I think it was a mistake’ Jun 13th 2017, 11:50 AM By Rob Carroll 14,554 Views Share38 Tweet Email2 Follow us: the42.ielast_img read more

The most frightening moment of my life Teens describe crush outside Tyrone

first_img‘My friends are on the ground, move back! My friends have fainted, move back! My friends can’t breathe, move back!’ – nothing. Not one bit of movement.The teen fell herself shortly after.“As I looked down I could see multiple bodies underneath me and as I looked up I could see multiple bodies on top of me. It was the most traumatic, frightening and stressful moment of my life,” she said in a Facebook post today.The girl said people in the pile-up were “scratching, biting and grabbing anything they could to pull themselves up to breathe”.Other young people in the group began to pull people out.“I seen [sic] a young boy lying motionless trying to be resuscitated by the ambulance crew and I seen his friends screech as they found out he wasn’t going to make it.”The two friends she went to the disco with were not injured but another teenager she knew was killed in the crush, she said. She said everyone had gone there  for an enjoyable night, “but unlike the rest of us, they didn’t make it home”. Source: Liam McBurney/PAPolice have said they are working to establish the exact cause of the incident. They are continuing to interview people who were there. A PSNI Major Investigation Team (MIT) has now been appointed to investigate the incident. “Our heartfelt sympathy is with the family and friends of [the victims] who tragically lost their lives last night and all of those who were there and who may be suffering today,” PSNI assistant chief constable Alan Todd said. “A major investigation is underway and I can confirm that a specialist team of detectives has now been assigned to the enquiry. They will seek to establish the full circumstances of this dreadful incident,” he said.Todd said this will be an extensive investigation with “potentially hundreds of witnesses”. The community will understand that this investigation will rightly be painstaking and detailed. “We will proceed in a sensitive manner and our enquiries are likely to take some time to complete. I thank the Cookstown and wider community in advance for their patience and support,” he said.Anyone who was present at the Greenvale last night is being urged to get in touch with MIT detectives. “I can understand that there may be some reluctance to contact police if you are underage, but please do not be concerned. We are investigating the deaths of three young people, young people just like you. That is our focus. We want to be able to give their families answers and your recollection of the events as they unfolded is crucial,” Todd said.Detectives can be contacted at the dedicated incident room at Dungannon police station by calling 101, extension 53055. Anyone with any images or footage can pass it to police here.  Short URL Monday 18 Mar 2019, 6:52 PM Mar 18th 2019, 3:15 PM Share572 Tweet Email1 Image: Liam McBurney/PA ‘The most frightening moment of my life’: Teens describe crush outside Tyrone hotel disco Young people who were there for the disco said teens were piled on top of each other on the ground. https://jrnl.ie/4548858 center_img 74,907 Views Updated Mar 18th 2019, 6:52 PM WITNESSES HAVE DESCRIBED the frightening moments when a crush started outside a Co Tyrone hotel where a St Patrick’s Day disco was due to take place last night. Three teenagers were killed in the crush outside the Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown and a number of others are being treated in hospital.One of the deceased has been named as 17-year-old Lauren Bullock, who was a pupil at St Patrick’s College in Dungannon. School principal Catherine McHugh said she was a “shining light in our school community”.The two other teens have been named as 17-year-old Morgan Barnard and 16-year-old Connor Currie. They both attended St Patrick’s Academy in Dungannon.One boy who went to the disco told the Ulster Herald that the teenagers were waiting for the gate to open so they could get in.“Then everyone just started swaying back and forth and pushing from side to side. Suddenly there was a rush forward and the whole queue collapsed and everyone fell to the ground.”He said he was pinned down on the ground with other people on top of him for around 20 minutes before he was pulled out. “It was the worse thing I’ve ever experienced, really frightening. I’m traumatised and after this I don’t know if I ever want to go out again.” Police are working to establish the exact cause of the incident. Source: Liam McBurney/PA‘My friends can’t breathe!’A teenage girl who was caught up in the crush described the panic as she and her friends “screamed and pushed back” when the crowd began to move in. Two of her friends fell to the ground.“I tried to pull them up but at that point there was no room for them to even come back up. So I started screaming at the top of my lungs: Image: Liam McBurney/PA 14 Comments By Michelle Hennessy Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Traffic delays expected this weekend as M7 diversions kick in

first_img https://jrnl.ie/4566270 21 Comments 27,182 Views Mar 30th 2019, 6:01 AM Share18 Tweet Email1 Saturday 30 Mar 2019, 6:00 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Traffic delays expected this weekend as M7 diversions kick in The speed limit will be reduced to 25km/hr in some parts. MOTORISTS TRAVELLING THROUGH Kildare this weekend should expect delays as traffic restrictions on the M7 come into effect. Traffic has been directed onto new slip roads since 9pm yesterday evening and this will continue over the weekend. Motorists are being diverted onto these roads to facilitate the demolition of an existing overbridge on the motorway.  During the peak travel times of 6am and 10pm today and tomorrow, traffic will return to using two lanes but a speed limit of 25km/h will be in force in some parts.  The diversions come as part of the M7 upgrade project which will expand the road from two lanes to three lanes in a bid to ease congestion. In a statement, Gardaí said: “As part of the M7 upgrade project it is necessary to demolish an existing overbridge to facilitate the ongoing construction of the new Osberstown Interchange Junction 9a between junctions 9 (Naas North) and Junction 10 (Naas South).  This will affect traffic in both directions.“Traffic will be directed around the area of the works via the newly constructed off/on slips of this new interchange. A cautionary speed limit of 25km/h will be in place through the new roundabout.“Before 6am on Monday 1 April the demolition works will have been completed and traffic will return to the current mainline.”. The latest phase is expected to be completed in April with the project completed in full by early 2020. Kildare County Council has apologised to motorists and said “any inconvenience caused to the public is regretted”.  Short URL By Cónal Thomaslast_img read more

RTÉ received 31 complaints about a mannequin giving birth on the Late

first_img May 13th 2019, 5:40 PM By Aoife Barry RTÉ RECEIVED over 30 complaints about a birthing simulation robot which appeared on the show on Friday night.The mannequin – called Lucina – ‘gave birth’ to a ‘baby’ live on the show, while being coached by tutor and specialist registrar Catherine Finnegan and medical student Ciara Malone from the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI).There was some surprise about the use of the simulator on the show, with confusion expressed on Twitter: Source: EB/Twitter 93 Comments RTÉ received 31 complaints about a mannequin giving birth on the Late Late Show The simulator is used by RCSI medical students to prepare them for the real-life labour ward. It’s a boy! #CongratulationsLucina #LateLate pic.twitter.com/55mEYxaCqX— The Late Late Show (@RTELateLateShow) May 10, 2019 Share57 Tweet Email3 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: The Late Late Show/Twittercenter_img 96,586 Views RTÉ confirmed today it received 31 formal complaints to date about the mannequin.During the segment, Master of the Rotunda Hospital, Professor Fergal Malone, told the show that the simulation mannequin “is the future” and helps the students be prepared before they move to the maternity hospital.Lucina featured in this TheJournal.ie video from 2017: Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeAIMS (the Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services Ireland) released a statement today calling for RTÉ to apologise for the segment. “There are so many things wrong here it’s hard to know where to begin,” said AIMS. “But let us start with the recent coverage of birth trauma on RTE Radio’s Liveline programme. In an unprecedented move, and due to the sheer volume of calls, Liveline aired the stories of people all over Ireland over 7 days…“Then, only weeks later, the same broadcaster, RTE, decides to depict this very same style of birth ‘management’ as ‘entertainment’ on a prime time entertainment show.”They added: “Doctors (and midwives) of course need to learn the mechanics of the seven Cardinal movements of birth in educational spaces, but to extend the use of a dummy beyond pure mechanics and imply that the dummy can actually be interacted with via conversation and instruction introduces the concept of a woman as a passive passenger in her birth, and as such is completely inappropriate, unacceptable and educationally counterproductive.”RTÉ said it was not commenting on AIMS call for an apology. – Additional reporting by Conor McCrave Not a great image for gender equality #latelate pic.twitter.com/02M7cHdOh5— EB (@EoinBrosnan) May 10, 2019 Watching a robot give birth to a plastic baby, say calmly…..” hello,,,it’s very hot in here”……. how is this an accurate example of a real birth????? #latelate realistic my granny 😩😩😩life like? Normal? Improve future births???how exactly….? Embarrassing segment 🙈— Mary Harte (@Marylikestae) May 10, 2019 Short URL Source: Mary Harte/Twitter https://jrnl.ie/4632941 Monday 13 May 2019, 5:40 PMlast_img read more

The Irish For The weeds and wildflowers that bother and delight the

first_img Short URL By Darach Ó Séaghdha Sunday 15 Sep 2019, 8:30 AM Writer 22,126 Views The Irish For: The weeds and wildflowers that bother and delight the countryside Do you know your banshee thimbles from your blue hatreds? This is the latest dispatch from our columnist Darach Ó Séaghdha, author of the award-winning and bestselling Motherfoclóir. Every Sunday morning, Darach will be regaling (re-Gaeling?) us with insights on what the Irish language says about Ireland, our society, our past and our present. Enjoy.WHAT MAKES ONE plant a weed and another a flower? It’s something I think about when I see those surprisingly colourful ones blooming at the side of the motorway.In a way, weeds are like poison in that the definition says more about our expectations of them than their true nature.Just as poisons and medicines are often the same substances administered in different doses and with different intents, a weed is really just a plant that’s growing where it’s not supposed to. Famously, a rose-bush in a wheat field can be considered a weed.However, the fact that weeds are able to thrive without human assistance while our lovely hanging baskets and potted herbs need careful regular tending speaks volumes. The world that we want to create and maintain needs help and it seems so easy for the bad things to thrive.   As this decade draws to a close, I find myself thinking that viewpoints are not unlike such flora. Some opinions are like flowerpots: we put them in front of our homes, water them and pluck the deadheads, make sure that they’re perfectly pretty for everyone to see.Other opinions are what we think but don’t say, weeds rising in the cracks of the pavement. We know they’re there but accept them as long as they’re not too visible. We can pull the root out some other time. Or we give in to them.Before this gets too cynical there is a third space in this metaphor, one for when people quietly reveal themselves to be kind and brave in their treatment of others. These moments and the people who bring them are wildflowers, asking for nothing as they delight and surprise. The Irish language has some great expressions for the weeds and wildflowers that bother and delight the countryside. Here’s a small selection.Méaracáin Na mBan Sí – One of the names in Irish for purple foxglove translates literally as banshee thimbles. Banshees also turn up in the Irish name for fairy flax – lus na mban sí (banshee plant).Róslabhras – There has been much international praise recently for outgoing House of Commons speaker John Bercow and his enunciation of the word “order”, but when it comes to parliamentary pronunciation of words you really can’t beat a Healy-Rae saying “rhododendron”. I’m thinking of making it my ringtone. As for the plant, it was introduced to Kerry in the 19th century by landlords who wanted to make grouse and pheasant hunting a bit more challenging. It has since spread rapidly and bullied native flora close to extinction.Deora Dé – Another flower I always associate with Kerry is fuchsia, which look like little red and purple dancers. Their Irish name translates as tears of god.Fuath Gorm – Blue hatred is the literal meaning of the Irish for the plant bittersweet.Lus An Dá Phingin – In English this is called creeping-jenny, in Irish it’s the twopence plant. Lus is the go-to word for a plant and turns up in other flower names – lus an chodlata (sleep plant) is the poppy, lus an chromchinn (bowed-head plant) is a daffodil.Neantóg – This is the Irish for a nettle; if you knew someone who was a bit neantúil they’d be irritable and prickly like a nettle, and possibly a bit sweary. A friend of mine had a potty mouth when he was a smallie, much to the despair of his parents. His grandfather, a Church of Ireland rector, intervened by suggesting that the only cure for this was a bowl of nettle soup “to sting the bad words off his tongue”.After a morning picking nettles together, my friend was terrified at the spoon of green liquid edging its way towards his mouth that afternoon – and astonished to find that it was actually delicious. That’s when his grandfather told him that even the meanest nettle in the forest was capable of goodness.Nettle soup is an attitude to life.   Share54 Tweet Email5 https://jrnl.ie/4807706 13 hours ago Darach Ó Séaghdha Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 9 Comments last_img read more

Exports drop in November

first_imgDespite the 3.93 per cent increase in food (including olive oil) and livestock exports in November on a yearly basis, the total value of Greek products heading abroad continued to decline for a second month, which is attributed to the country’s credibility deficit. Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) data showed a 3.1 per cent annual decline, confirming what Greek exporters have been saying: that orders from abroad are being cancelled as clients fear Greek producers will not be able to fulfil them. While exports within the European Union posted a 3.9 per cent rise, the value of products going to third countries slumped by 13.4 percent from November 2010. Raw materials dropped by 28.47 per cent, but industrial products climbed by 19.92 per cent. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Greece cedes ground to troika

first_imgPrime Minister Antonis Samaras had his first meeting with top-ranking envoys representing the country’s foreign creditors on Thursday and sought to convince them of his government’s commitment to getting the economy back on track while also sounding them out on some possible concessions that could curb rising unemployment and a deepening recession.In a statement issued by his office after his talks with officials of the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund, known as the troika, the premier’s office said Samaras “repeated the basic positions regarding the future of the Greek economy as set out in his letter to leaders of the eurozone attending the recent EU summit.” In that letter, Samaras had vowed to honor the targets of the Greece’s loan deal with creditors while asking for some “necessary modifications.” The statement yesterday added that the government is “determined to proceed more effectively with fiscal adjustment and to speed up structural reform in order to ensure economic recovery, create jobs and secure social cohesion.”The premier reportedly heralded an ambitious privatization program while asking for softer terms regarding wages, pensions and planned layoffs in the state sector. The troika officials were said to have maintained a tough stance. Their chief goal, however, is to assess the government’s intentions. Any negotiations would take place later this month after the troika’s technical teams compile a report.The strongest indication that Greece would not seek to violate the terms of its bailout came in a statement by Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras, who met with troika officials after being sworn into his new role in the morning. “The program is off track and we can’t ask for anything from our creditors before we get it back on course,” he told the Financial Times after meeting with troika officials. One of the mission chiefs told him he would have “a tough time at the Eurogroup meeting on Monday,” he said. Stournaras is to meet again with the troika on Sunday following the presentation in Parliament today of the government’s policy program. “We are entering very deep waters, the years ahead will be difficult,” he said adding that “there is light at the end of the tunnel, but the tunnel is long.”According to sources, Greece’s state and social budget is 1.5 to 2 billion euros off target due to a shortfall in tax collection and excessive spending by social security funds and the Manpower Organization (OAED). Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Golden Dawn orchestrated pogrom say lawyers

first_imgNew evidence has emerged pointing to the heavy involvement of leading Golden Dawn figures in orchestrating a pogrom against foreigners in central Athens in May 2011, which resulted in over a hundred people being injured and the death of one man, a group of lawyers has claimed.The lawyers, members of the JailGoldenDawn initiative, said they had provided fresh evidence to the police’s anti-racism department that showed that four individuals subsequently elected MPs for the neo-Nazi party were “centrally involved” in organising the attacks.The four – Ilias Kasidiaris, Ilias Panagiotaros, Panayiotis Iliopoulos and Stathis Boukouras – are currently being held on remand pending trial for directing a criminal organisation. The lawyers say that the May 2011 attacks must now be included in the case against the Golden Dawn leadership, which is scheduled to begin in December.The orgy of violence followed the fatal stabbing of Manolis Kantaris on 10 May 2011. Kantaris was preparing to bring his pregnant wife to hospital to give birth when he was stabbed for his camera. Two Afghan nationals were subsequently tried and convicted of his murder.The JailGoldenDawn lawyers said that on May 12, two days after Kantaris’ murder, records from the ambulance service (Ekas) show that eight foreigners with fractured heads were admitted to hospital in the space of three hours. Overall, at least 120 people were injured in the attacks, 20 of them seriously. Most of the attacks took place in broad daylight on busy streets.Earlier that same day, 21-year-old Alim Abdul Manan from Bangladesh was fatally stabbed on a Kato Patisia street by a group of four individuals wearing black clothing. He was found wounded shortly after midnight and died later in hospital. No-one has been brought to justice for his murder.The new evidence contains statements from victims as well as photographs and video footage of the attacks and showing the presence of Golden Dawn leaders on the streets. The JailGoldenDawn lawyers say they had to appeal to the Supreme Court to open an investigation into the violence following Kantaris’ murder.To date, only one Golden Dawn member has been convicted for his involvement in the events following Kantaris’ murder. Ilias Koliopoulos, who once stood for the party in Arta, received a 12-month sentence for attacking an internet cafe belonging to an Afghan in Victoria Square.“The Greek police now has the names of the perpetrators and the victims of the pogrom. Any further delay in the indictment and arrest of the perpetrators can no longer (be seen as) passive, but as the active concealment of the racist violence unleashed and led by the neo-Nazi construct,” Thanasis Kampagiannis and Kostas Skarmeas from the JailGoldenDawn initiative said in a statement.“The instigators of the crimes committed are the prominent Golden Dawn leaders (Ilias) Kasidiaris and (Ilias) Panagiotaros, who should be indicted. Any further delays are the responsibility of Civil Protection Minister Vasilis Kikilias and the government itself.”Source: enetenglish Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

The return of the Greek population of Sydney

first_imgIt seems like a long time ago when thousands of Greek migrants were sent from Greece, away from their families and the life they knew for better opportunities. They came to a place that was alien to them. We all know the story that our parents tell us about the 1950s and 1960s: “Son, I came with a suitcase and the shirt on my back, then I just worked hard … But one day I will return to a prosperous Greece.” Little did they know that one day, mass migration from Greece would rear its head again as the current economic crisis has seen thousands leave. As a former resident of London, in the early days of the ‘crisis’ in 2009, I would see hundreds of Greeks and Greek Cypriots head to the UK for better opportunities. I didn’t expect to return to Sydney in 2012 to see a virtual flood of newly-arrived Greek speakers. It used to be a trickle, now we have a constant stream settling into Sydney. A welcome addition which has boosted the NSW Greek population to 120,000.A stroll down just about any main street of inner-city Sydney or the traditional Greek heartland suburbs and you will hear it. You will hear the change. Sit at a busy coffee shop and you will see it too.Sydney has been one of the main beneficiaries of the economic ‘crisis’ in Greece, with a new wave of migration. This includes those who were born in Greece and those who were actually born here in Sydney, went to Greece and finally returned ‘home’.It’s no coincidence that Greek eateries have essentially mushroomed at the same time as the return of those Greek speakers who had moved to Greece. They now bring with them their Greek culinary experiences and where possible workers from Greece to help run these new enterprises.Just visit Platea, Gyradiko or Yiro Yiro to see what I mean and you will be able to practise your Greek with someone from a younger generation.I recall speaking to Julie Vindas (not her real name) in Greek at the recent Greek Festival. She moved here last year to study and live, working almost non-stop in Greek hospitality outlets. This young woman with her whole life in front of her had to travel to the other side of the world to find opportunities that are currently lacking for the youth of Greece as unemployment, for this demographic is over fifty per cent.HistoryNSW records indicate that Greek people arrived in Sydney as early as 1829; they were political prisoners. There were seven Greek sailors from Hydra who were apparently convicted in the British colony of Malta for ‘piracy’.Eight years later the men received pardons, with five given passage to England in order to return to Greece. Two of the men decided to stay in Sydney – Androni Tu Malonis and Ghicas Bulgaris.In 1835 Aikaterini Plessos became the first Greek woman to arrive as the wife of Major Crummer, a British Officer posted to NSW. She was survived by 13 grandchildren. It should be noted that Mr Bulgaris had fifty grandchildren. In the 1850s, hundreds of Greek speakers made their way to the goldfields of Victoria and at one stage a settlement was called ‘Greek town’, for obvious reasons. Greeks were known for their hard work.Despite the gold rush, NSW had few permanent Greek born arrivals, with the 1891 Census listing 255 Hellenes, then a decade later that figure was at 392. The 1920s and 1930s began the influx of the Castellorizians and Kytherians, with each island group claiming to have arrived before the other.Their great fortune was to arrive in Sydney when you could buy cheaply along the beautiful harbour and coastline, which today would cost millions of hard-earned dollars. The current group of Greek migrants find it difficult to buy such a luxurious property, as each person I have met can testify. As more Greek speakers began to arrive early in the 20th century, they would branch out into business including the opening of cafés, oyster saloons, greengrocers and eventually the famous milk bar. For example, the Andronicus family began trading by the end of the first decade of the 1900s, selling coffee and chocolates, becoming a famous brand. This began a successful tradition of Greek Australians in business.A Better Future for the newly arrivedHarry Triguboff, the highly respected and shrewd businessman, was quoted as saying in 2011: ”If you were a Greek fellow who departed from the country to go back to Greece, because you had a good life there and didn’t have to work hard, now it’s miserable there, I think he’ll come back. And I think he’ll bring his children. I think they’ll all come back. The population will grow…. I’m ready for them.”Mr Triguboff was talking about housing these arrivals in his dwellings, and whilst he may have been mistaken about how hard Greek people work, he was correct about the return of many Sydney-born Greek people.Maria Rallis was born in Sydney and as a young person was involved with Greek media in the 1990s. In one of life’s incredible romantic tales, she was on the picturesque island of Lesbos helping a foreign filmmaker when she met her future husband. After convincing her to stay for two years she stayed longer and married her Greek-born husband Themis Loukas.Unlike many who made the return to Sydney, Maria had a secure job with an American company. “The crisis wasn’t the instigator,” she told me. “Instead it helped me consider coming to Sydney to build a better future for my children, and in October 2012 we farewelled Athens.” Today she is a social media expert for a prestigious NGO.Hara is someone who met Maria by chance in Roselands. Their use of the Greek language ensured that fate brought them together as friends shortly after she arrived in April 2014.Hara, 35, was born and raised in Athens. The economic crisis for her and her young children, who were seven and four respectively when they arrived, had a huge impact on her life. Her husband Dimitris was a self-employed electrician who felt the pinch of the crisis and her own salary dropped by 20 per cent. This made the decision to migrate one that had to be taken, and she has adapted to Sydney as if it has always been home. Describing the transition as an easy one for her, she told me “we have as many friends here as we do in Greece!”.Dimitris has also adjusted to Sydney as he had visited as an adult, ensuring a familiarity with what he would find upon arrival. Hara told me that for the best part of 12 months “he has been working as a full time electrician for an electrical company but he cannot get a licence to work self-employed as he did in Greece because he cannot attain recognition of his experience.” This is a challenge many newly arrived have faced.Hard work and being ‘Home’Over coffee with Michael Spanos, 33, I heard the same story. Once a manager of an Everest in Athens, he opened his own coffee shop in 2010. He was born in Sydney, though raised in Greece since he was three years old. Michael is enjoying his new environment since a return almost 12 months ago. However, he has not been able to work in his field, currently holding a job in construction.Like most Greek people, he is not afraid to work hard and this he does six days a week. In this respect, nothing has changed from Greece. Michael was full of praise for his relatives, especially his uncle, who operates the iconic Paul’s Burgers in Sylvania. Their love and support has ensured that he has made a smooth transition.He made a point that most critics of the Greek work ethos fail to understand. “In Greece, you live to work, whereas in Australia, you work to live.”This is a point that Giorgos, a friend of mine from Athens, had made to me when he arrived to Sydney last year. Giorgos was an actor in Athens and when he wasn’t, he would work as hard as possible. When I met him, he was driving a taxi in Athens, where he was born (Menidi). The economic crisis drove him and his girlfriend to seek a better life in Sydney.These days you will find him hard at work as a barista from the early hours of the morning before switching to student as he undertakes intensive English classes. For Giorgos, like many in his situation, there is elpida – hope. There is that hope that life in Sydney will be a better one than that being experienced in Greece at the moment.Vicki also had a story similar to the one I encountered with Michael. Born in Sydney only to leave for Ioannina at the age of five, she would end up co-owning a number of language schools in the area. The crisis had a major impact on her business as numbers and income declined. Fortunately, she had been back to Sydney a number of times and her adult children had also been exposed to Sydney, and their diligent learning of English has ensured they sound more like native speakers than foreigners. A big plus as they finish their university courses.I asked Vicki where her future lies – would she consider returning to Greece? “The future is where our children are and they have adjusted well. For my husband who is older he will find it harder to ever adjust.” She floated the idea of maybe one day living six months here and six months in Greece if the economy ever picked up again.Vicki pointed to the help she received from the Greek Orthodox Community of NSW who have been welcoming. Their support for newly-arrived people such as herself has led to a reconnection in the community and work opportunities. Though she may never teach English again, she is relishing the environment she is in, which is administration coordinator at a Greek nursing home.She did tell me that there have been times when established Greek people have not been as accepting of the newly arrived; this has been the only true negative to the move home in 2012.Christos is someone who arrived in December 2012 with his Sydney-born wife Artemis. In no time he felt it was ‘home’. He had previously been to Sydney for Easter a few months prior for the first time to meet the in-laws before the wedding was to take place. Ironically, he did not enjoy Sydney when he first migrated. He struggled to adjust in a country that was on the flip side of the world and was far too regulated for his liking. He only had Greece on his mind then.Slowly, Christos adjusted to the new way of life. Without a hint of an accent to betray his perfect English, he has relished his role as an electrical engineer, similar to his profession in Athens. Now he has Sydney and a new family on his mind. His wife Artemis, however, confesses that Athens is a special place. She herself lived there for twelve years, in the heart of Athens as a teacher. After having enjoyed the pace of Athens, the transition to Sydney can be somewhat different and slower. Together they will make the best of a welcoming city.In a slight variation of the migration pattern I witnessed, I spoke with Evi, who was originally from Kozani and had lived in Athens and Portugal where she helped operate a surfing school. She arrived just before the crisis hit Athens in 2008 and is now an organiser for the Greek Film Society. Her intention was to study, explore Australia, then return to Greece. Just as the other newly-arrived Greek migrants told me, she admires the nature and beautiful sights of Sydney; therefore with the crisis merely a secondary consideration, has continued to stay. Many newly-arrived Greek people are drawn to her as she now has the experience of being a long-term resident of Sydney.Evi made a remark that she once lived in the furthest point of continental Europe (a small Portuguese village) and now makes her home in one of the other far away locations on the planet. She made a point and one that Artemis once told me: “Athens is a city that never sleeps, Sydney is a city that sleeps a lot.” I think she has a point. And when most of the newly-arrived Greek people wake in the morning, they are glad to be ‘home’, to be far from the crisis; giving it their best shot to make it for themselves and their families. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Trump a pretender

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Early on, 2016 was to be the dynasty election. Clinton v Bush, gearing up for the same contest when Chelsea and Jeb Jnr go at it in 2036. However, what we have seen in recent months is a fade from that prospect. The shedding that happens every cycle has begun. A drop out here, a scandal there and voila, Americans have themselves a new political superstar.American presidential candidates can rise and fall pretty quickly. We had Gary Hart, Jesse Jackson Jnr, Pat Buchanan, Herman Caine, Jerry Brown, Paul Tsongas, Howard Dean, John Edwards, Rudy Giuliani and countless others who for a few weeks were the next president of the United States. Today, half a dozen or so people who will never be president have that title.So let’s take a quick look at the field on the Republican side of the major parties. Hold on, I will come to Trump soon. Let’s not dwell on pretenders too early. What we are seeing on the Republican side is a historic event: the changing of the elite guard of old. The one associated with presidents past such as Nixon, both Bushes and the great Ronald Reagan. Like any political organisation, the GOP is largely made of factions aligned to the statesmen of old. Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul and to a smaller extent, identities like Paul Ryan, Susanna Martinez and Nikki Hayley are casting a new movement within the party machine that is the GOP.Like any major election, campaigns are used to build political power, capital, networks, coalitions and movements. There’s a lot of that going on here on the Republican side. With no clear frontrunner heading into 2016 (I said I’ll come to Trump), it’s literally on for young and old.So let’s start with the young. Marco Rubio, or the Republican Obama, is photogenic, telegenic, articulate, energetic and, as we said, young. He seems to have all the trademarks of a successful candidate. In the modern political contest these points matter. As a senator, Rubio has not been afraid to tackle some tough issues such as immigration and gay marriage.Another somewhat young man, Texan Ted Cruz, who is amazingly not an American-born citizen, is a great public speaker and counts the Tea Party movement as a political base. Another senator, he used his position to stare down Democrats and other Republicans in debt ceiling negotiations since 2012. Both of these two will go far, either now or in decades to come.Then there is my smokey and the biggest fella in the race, Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey. If you win a blue state twice, you know how to win an election and Chris Christie has this strong record. Christie infamously undermined Mitt Romney in the final days of the 2012 general election campaign, positioning himself as the presumptive 2016 nominee. He would have continued on this path, but New Jersey domestic politics have tested him, and weakened his national profile. Christie has cleverly (at time of writing) focused on a good old-fashioned retail campaign in New Hampshire and this will pay off, pushing him into the top tier in the primary campaign. He won’t win, but he really wants to. I can tell.So, as promised, let’s now get to Biff. Tannen. I mean The Donald. One of the first biographies I read as a nine-year-old was one on Donald Trump. I’ve been following him for years. I’ve been to Trump Tower. I can tell you one thing with certainty. Donald Trump is no politician. He is first and foremost a businessman. He is second a businessman. After his numerous bankruptcies, he wants to expand. In my view, from Trump’s perspective, a presidential election campaign is the perfect endeavour to attract free media, build on the brand, then when the campaign is over, sell more books, produce more television shows and give more paid speeches, all the more while seeing the asset value base of an extensive property portfolio rise and rise. Trump has been doing this for decades. Why not spend the last quarter of his life having the time of it pretending to be serious about being presidential. Furthermore, facts, statistics and history are simply not on his side. Not since 1940 has someone who has never held public office been the nominee for president of a major party and that was against a popular incumbent president and no large field like that of today.The fact he is where he is is a validation of his campaign already, from Trump’s perspective. He has proven his point, that although he is a businessman, he wants a place at the political table. He wants to be listened to.Carly Fiorina, Ben Carson, John Kasich, Rick Sanotrum and Mike Huckabee are all honourable people but won’t come close to winning a primary in 2016, let alone the nomination. Each will drop out at some point, helping one of the other stronger candidates along the way.Finally, the man who left his run one cycle too late, former Florida governor John Bush (Jeb!) will drop out too, mainly because he couldn’t shake the rust off himself, not having contested an election since 2002. However, Bush will stay in long enough to become a kingmaker, and my money is on Jeb being the VP nominee, just like his father convinced the great Ronald Reagan at the 1980 convention.Finally, whoever the nominee is, they must defeat Billary. The future of the world depends on it.* Cr Theo Zographos has worked on several American political campaigns.last_img read more

Mother appalled that sons killer only gets five and a half years

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Heroin dealer Zoe Giannioudis, 31, fatally stabbed one of her customers, Simon Cartwright, 38, in the chest in broad daylight after an ongoing feud.The two had a history of angry text messages and violence. On one occasion he had stabbed her in the arm and had made lewd comments of a sexual nature. She had sent him an angry text message: “You better watch your back,” she wrote.Stressed, because it was a rainy day and there were few customers, the 45kg drug dealer with a $400-per-day heroin habit came across her customer while she was dealing in Victoria Street, Richmond.The two had a brief interaction, and she produced a knife and stabbed him before fleeing the scene.She told the court that she had not realised the severity of his wounds as Mr Cartwright had walked across the street carrying a washing basket in a normal fashion. It was only after he reached the other side that he began to stumble. Passersby helped him and he went to have a cardiac arrest en route to the hospital.Ms Giannioudis was arrested the next day and pleaded guilty to manslaughter. Justice Lesley Taylor also read out Ms Giannioudis personal history. The daughter of two heroin addicts, her mother had taken drugs throughout her pregnancy. She described an “abominably traumatic childhood” of abuse and “profound childhood depravation.”Judge Taylor sentenced Ms Giannioudis to eight years with a minimum non-parole period of five-and-a-half years.After the sentencing, Mr Cartwright’s mother, Tracey, spoke to journalists outside the court and expressed her disappointment.“I’m appalled. Five years I think is just really not enough when I’ve got a life sentence myself and I’ve lost my son,” she said.last_img read more

Bisphénol A laffaire des biberons contaminés suit son cours

first_imgBisphénol A : l’affaire des biberons contaminés suit son coursFrance – Malgré de nouvelles données, scientifiques et pouvoirs politiques ne trouvent pas de terrain d’entente sur l’épineux problème de la toxicité du bisphénol A. Roselyne Bachelot, la ministre de la Santé, s’oppose à appliquer le principe de précaution au cas du bisphénol A (BPA). Composé chimique présent dans les plastiques, notamment utilisé dans les biberons en polycarbonate, celui-ci serait pourtant source de nombreux maux. À lire aussiErysipèle : contagion, traitement, de quoi s’agit-il ?”Le BPA est suspecté d’être impliqué dans les grands problèmes de santé actuels : cancer du sein, cancer de la prostate, diabète de type 2 et obésité, atteinte de la reproduction, problèmes neurocomportementaux, maladies cardio-vasculaires” rappelle le Réseau Environnement Santé (RES), qui réclame le retrait du bisphénol A de tous les produits alimentaires.L’Afssa, Agence française de sécurité sanitaire des aliments, a édité un rapport expliquant les effets néfastes du produit. Entre autres, il causerait une diminution de la perméabilité de l’intestin : les conséquences sont aussi nombreuses que dangereuses. En avril prochain, une réunion est prévue entre les scientifiques chargés de l’enquête et les experts nationaux des États membres de l’Union européenne afin d’établir un bilan fondé et de prendre les mesures  appropriées. Les États-Unis et le Canada ont déjà, quant à eux, retiré ce produit de la distribution. La ville de Paris a également considéré que les résultats d’études menées justifiaient la décision de mise en application du principe de précaution. C’est pourquoi depuis le début du mois de janvier, “l’intégralité des biberons utilisés dans les crèches et haltes-garderies” de la capitale est en cours de remplacement par des biberons en verre ou en plastique certifiés sans BPA.Le 8 février 2010 à 13:12 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more