Michigan to test WiFipowered connected car infrastructure

first_imgThe world is a long way from streets filled with nothing but Google’s intelligent driver-less cars, but the University of Michigan is working on what could be a more scalable solution to automate safety on the road. The technology is powered by WiFi that can sense if another vehicle with the same technology is within crashing distance.3000 vehicles in the Ann Arbor area will be part of a program to test the so-called Connected Vehicles technology. Managed by the university’s Transportation Research Institute as well as the US Department of Transportation, drivers in the specially-equipped vehicles will receive warnings when other cars are in their blind spots, when they are approaching another vehicle too quickly, and other actions that the drivers may not be aware of.Installing WiFi into existing cars is a pretty easy process, and it’s nothing new. Mobile data is everywhere these days, so this is something that does not require anyone to buy a new vehicle. For now, the test equipment is being applied to buses, cars, and trucks. Drivers are volunteers who agreed to be part of the pilot program, and will be integral in determining whether or not the technology works, what kind of impact it has on their drivingAs with every initiative into this kind of research, the question that will inevitably come up if this ever turns into a real consumer solution is one of liability. Will drivers become reckless with the knowledge that their car will rectify bad decisions? Will this lead to more drivers trying to make that last-second left turn at a yellow traffic light? And if an accident does occur, is it the fault of the driver or the entity powering the crash-avoidance technology?If these logistical and legal questions are answered to everyone’s satisfaction, this kind of advancement could be pivotal to vehicular transportation throughout the country and potentially even the world. Then, hopefully, the next step would be to invent ways to prevent drivers from turning without a turn signal, accelerating at 1 MPH when a light turns green, or only increasing their speed when you try to pass them on the highway.Connected Vehicles via Dvicelast_img read more

Spider discovered that builds its own decoys makes them move

first_imgThe Tambopata Research Center is located in the lowland tropical Amazon rainforest area of Peru inside the Tambopata National Park. It’s also a place where a research team believe they have discovered a new type of spider that creates larger decoy versions of itself that are made to move.The spider was found when conservation biologist Phil Torres noticed what looked to be a dead, dried up spider in the center of a web. But as he approached it, the spider began to move, which warranted further investigation.The spider turned out to be nothing of the sort. Instead, it was a decoy spider form constructed from forest debris. The creator was a 5mm-long spider that was sitting behind the decoy making it move when it sensed a predator nearby.The discovery is thought to be a new species in the genus Cyclosa. Cyclosa species are already known for creating distractions or attractions from debris in their web for predators or prey to focus on. However, this is thought to be the first time a spider has created a larger, fully-formed decoy spider for protection.So far the research team has discovered 25 of these spiders around the Tambopata Research Center. It’s unclear how widespread they actually are, but their close proximity to each other suggests they may only be a spider found locally.Before the spider can be classed as a new species it needs to be investigated further, which means documenting every aspect of it and calling in spider experts to help determine if it is indeed new. If it is a new species, it would be the second one found this year. Back in August, a spider called Trogloraptor marchingtoni was discovered living in caves in southwestern Oregon.More at Rainforest Expeditionslast_img read more

Woman who was injured in Stockholm truck attack dies in hospital

first_img The site of a violent attack is blocked by the police in Stockholm, Sweden. Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Share Tweet Email Short URL Apr 28th 2017, 8:47 AM By Associated Press Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Woman who was injured in Stockholm truck attack dies in hospital Police have not disclosed a motive for the attack and no extremist group has claimed responsibility. The site of a violent attack is blocked by the police in Stockholm, Sweden. center_img 7,237 Views SWEDISH AUTHORITIES SAY a woman in her 60s injured in the 7 April truck attack in Stockholm has died, raising the death toll to five.In a statement this morning, the Stockholm police said the woman, who has not been publicly identified, had been hospitalised in southern Sweden.A 39-year-old Uzbek man, Rakhmat Akilov, has pleaded guilty to a terrorist crime for ramming the truck into a crowd on a main pedestrian shopping street in the Swedish capital.Police have not disclosed a motive for the attack and no extremist group has claimed responsibility for it.Akilov’s Swedish residency application was rejected last year but police said there was nothing to indicate he might plan an attack.- Comments closed as legal proceedings are ongoing Read: UK marine who was jailed for killing injured Taliban fighter is freed >Read: ‘Major, major conflict with North Korea’ possible, Trump says > Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article No Comments http://jrnl.ie/3362942 Friday 28 Apr 2017, 8:47 AMlast_img read more

Man arrested after baby seriously assaulted in Louth

first_img Thursday 16 Mar 2017, 8:12 PM A MAN HAS been arrested in connection with the assault of a 10-week-old girl who is in a critical condition.The infant is currently in a Dublin hospital where it is understood she is being treated for serious head injuries and a number of broken bones.She received her injuries in an incident at a house on the Bridge Street Road in Ardee, Louth on Monday. Gardaí are investigating whether the baby suffered them as a result of a fall.Earlier, they had sought to speak to the parents about the circumstances leading up to the baby’s injuries.The mother of the child, believed to be a teenager, is currently being comforted by family members.Searches of the home were carried out by gardaí and CCTV in the area is being examined.A garda spokesman said: “A 10-week-old girl from Louth was removed from a local hospital on Monday. She was transferred to a Dublin hospital where she remains in a serious condition. The circumstances around how she got the injuries [are] now under a garda investigation. No arrests have been made.”The man was arrested in the Dublin area this evening and is detained at a station in Louth.Read: A titanium ring stuck around a Dublin man’s penis was removed using an angle grinder >Read: This is the number of ‘current smokers’ in Ireland today > http://jrnl.ie/3289551 Man arrested after baby seriously assaulted in Louth The baby suffered serious head injuries in an incident at a house in Ardee. Bridge Street Ardee Short URL Mar 16th 2017, 8:12 PM Share Tweet Email center_img By Garreth MacNamee No Comments Bridge Street Ardee Image: Google Maps Image: Google Maps 41,601 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Dublin County Council rejects planning permission for apartments as being visually unacceptable

first_img 76 Comments By Fora Staff Dublin County Council rejects planning permission for apartments as being “visually unacceptable” The country’s biggest private landlord, Ires Reit, wanted to build the units at Sandyford in Dublin. Tuesday 4 Apr 2017, 8:40 AM 32,522 Views Share14 Tweet Email1 Short URL Read: These are the key legal issues facing Irish firms as the Brexit clock ticksRead: New laws are coming in to cut ‘food fraud’ and prevent another horsemeat scandal Image: Studio Anyo http://jrnl.ie/3322910 Image: Studio Anyo A PROPOSAL BY Ireland’s largest private landlord to build nearly 500 apartments has been knocked back by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.Irish Residential Properties (Ires) Reit, which already owns over 2,000 apartments in Ireland, submitted plans to the council to build three, 14-storey apartment blocks in the Sandyford area in a development that would contain 492 new apartments.In a briefing note to clients this morning, Goodbody analyst Colm Lauder said the development at Rockbrook was the latest “victim of a flawed planning system”.He said the decision to refuse planning was further evidence of inconsistent decision-making at county council level despite signals from the government that there was an urgent need to lift supply.An estimated 30,000-plus new housing units will need to be built in Ireland each year to keep pace with existing demand. The latest figures from the Department of Housing show less than half this number were completed last year.In its decision on the Sandyford development, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council said the three-storey development would be ”visually unacceptable”.“The proposed development would set an undesirable precedent, seriously injure the amenities of property in the vicinity and would be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area.”The council added that the development would not provide a high-quality living environment for residents and highlighted that layout of access points to the building’s lobbies would create “security concerns” for residents. Source: Studio AnyoAdditionally, the decision from the council noted that there were other “significant issues” in relation to transport, amenity and drainage that need to be addressed in any further planning applications for the Sandyford site.However Lauder noted that the development would be located nearby transport links such as the M50 and Luas, and the area was designated as a suitable area for high-density housing in the council’s Sandyford Urban Framework Plan 2016-2022.He added that the refusal for planning will likely delay the Rockbrook scheme for at least six months.Since the rejection of its proposal by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Ires Reit has announced it plans to appeal the decision to An Bord Pleanala.Pre-crash plansThe development project at Rockbrook, Sandyford, was initially started before the economic crash by Cork developer John Fleming.He had permission to build 900 apartments on the site as part of a scheme. Some 400 units were completed in the years preceding the financial crisis. Source: Studio AnyoIres Reit planned to complete the development by building the remaining 492 units and also wanted to develop a crèche and retail lot on the site.The developers predicted that the units in Sandyford would cost in the region of €270,000 and €350,000 – for one- and two-bedroom flats respectively – and net the firm over €165 million in sales.There were a number of objections lodged to the Rockbrook development, including submissions from environmental charity An Taisce and local residents.Update: This article has been updated to include information about Ires Reit’s plans to appeal its rejected planning application.Sign up to our newsletter to receive a regular digest of Fora’s top articles delivered to your inbox.Written by Killian Woods and posted on Fora.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Apr 4th 2017, 8:40 AM Take me to Foralast_img read more

Dublins new stationless bike company has stalled its launch over council concerns

first_img Image: BleeperBikes THE LAUNCH OF a new ‘stationless’ bike scheme in Dublin has been pushed back while the company tries to iron out permission from the local council.Last week Dublin City Council raised concerns about shared bike service BleeperBike, which was due to launch today, saying that it does not have the local authority’s consent to operate.BleeperBike’s CEO Hugh Cooney is now due to meet with the council later this week in an effort to reconcile the two sides.In an email to Fora, Cooney said that the BleeperBike service will now be rolled out “over the coming weeks” instead . He did not specify a date.BleeperBike was to work via a smartphone app, which customers could use to locate and hire the company’s bikes across the cities. Users would be charged per journey before locking bikes up for future users.However unlike the Dublin Bikes scheme, where bikes must be left back at special stations, BleeperBikes can be left at any designated area for bike parking.The company had planned to launch its offering in Dublin on Sunday. People with a registered account could top it up by €5 to get five rides of up to one hour each.It was expected to launch with about 1,000 bikes. The smartphone app was to be used to unlock the bikes.Cooney is the son of former Enterprise Ireland chairman Hugh Cooney. According to the Sunday Time, the BleeperBikes CEO invested about €750,000 in getting the ‘dockless’ bike model off the ground using technology licensed from Chinese firm YoBike. Dublin Bikes has been successful Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ieDelayBleeperBike has delayed its launch as it looks to engage with the council.“There is no official launch date for BleeperBike, the service will be rolled out over the coming weeks,” Cooney said. He said that the company “showcased” its upcoming service this morning.He said that a meeting with Dublin City Council has been scheduled for Friday “where any concerns will be discussed”.Cooney said it is planned that the company will have ‘zone supervisors’ giving live demonstrations on how to correctly secure BleeperBikes on bike racks across Dublin.“If a user parks one of our bikes illegally they will be notified, if it happens a second time their account will be suspended,” he added. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Dublin’s new ‘stationless’ bike company has stalled its launch over council concerns The local authority warned the public that BleeperBike didn’t have its consent to operate. 24,570 Views http://jrnl.ie/3452937 Read: After a year without commercial flights, Waterford Airport is getting three new UK servicesRead: Keelings and a group of workers have fallen out over a crackdown on sick days 50 Comments Take me to Fora Image: BleeperBikes Jun 20th 2017, 10:00 AM Dublin City Council said that it has agreed to meet with the company before the end of the week.However, it added: “If the commercial service is rolled out and bikes are distributed across the city’s streets, it is the  intention of Dublin City Council to remove the bikes as previously advised.”Bye-lawsThe council said in a statement last week that it was agreed at a recent transport committee meeting “that bye-laws to do with stationless bikes had to be developed”.It also said the company needed to run a pilot service.“As bike-share schemes provide a public service within the city’s streets and make use of its public realm, it is considered that regulation through bye-laws is necessary,” the council said.The council said that the BleeperBike launch was “premature pending the preparation of bye-laws”, and said it would have the power to remove the bikes from the public domain as they are unlicensed and advertising the service they provide.It said in a statement today the “preparation of bye-laws for stationless bike schemes will commence shortly.“A technical dialogue with the market will also be initiated with a view to facilitating a pilot,” it said.“It is Dublin City Council’s intention to give each potential operator an equal opportunity to engage with and present their scheme to the city.”Sign up to our newsletter to receive a regular digest of Fora’s top articles delivered to your inbox.Written by Paul O’Donoghue and posted on Fora.ie Share19 Tweet Email2 Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: By Fora Staff Tuesday 20 Jun 2017, 10:00 AMlast_img read more

Met Éireann staff advised not to talk despair over climate change and

first_img Monday 25 Feb 2019, 6:30 AM Share91 Tweet Email2 By Ken Foxe STAFF FROM MET Éireann have been advised not to talk “despair” over climate change and use positive language to show people they can make a difference.An internal communique says using words like “inevitable” could create a feeling that nothing can be done and lead to “inaction” from the public.The advice is contained in a brand new set of guidelines for Met Éireann staff that issued in January and which was released under FOI.It suggests: “We can discuss the choice we face between a future with more climate change and larger increases in extreme weather, and one with less. The future is in our hands.”Met Éireann said the new advice came in response to increased queries about weather and the human influence in climate change.It suggested using metaphors like “the weather on steroids” or how global warming was “stacking the deck” towards more and more extreme weather events.The advisory said a member of staff could say something like: “Heat-trapping gases act like steroids in the climate system, increasing the odds of extreme heat, heavy downpours, and some other types of extreme events.”They said this would communicate that while extreme events do occur naturally, they were now happening more frequently and more intensely.It explained how staff could also say that global warming was “loading the dice towards more rolls of extreme events”.The document explained how a large number of studies showed that “human induced global warming” had increased the likelihood of extreme weather events across the planet.They said that if Ireland experiences a drought or heatwave, as happened last summer, it was correct to point to the increase of such events due to human activities.It said: “The answer to the question ‘Is this event due to climate change?’ can be framed as ‘events of this type have been made more likely by climate change’.”Severe weather eventsThey also said it was no longer appropriate to say that a severe weather event was categorically not linked to climate change.Instead, staff were advised to say these things were “more than likely part of the trend of increasing extreme events”.The guidance also said to talk about what was known and be careful of talking about “uncertainties” and “caveats”.One suggestion was to say something like: “Global warming made this heat wave at least four times more likely to occur, or increased the odds of this event by 400%.”It said it was important to be clear that climate change was “happening now, and is human-caused” even if there was no certainty over blaming it for a particular event.The guidance also suggested they “reframe poorly posed questions”.It explained: “Scientists being interviewed are often asked, ‘Did climate change cause this event?’ Reasons for asking such a question can relate to liability, context, planning and more.“However, it remains a poorly posed question, with no simple yes or no answer, due to the multiple factors involved in all events.”Staff were advised to turn these questions on their head and identify particular events that were very unlikely to have happened in the absence of human-caused climate change.Met Éireann workers were also cautioned about using certain scientific terminology that might mean one thing professionally and another to the general public.It said the word “uncertainty” had a particular meaning for scientists to discuss a range of scenarios or model results.However, for the public, “’uncertainty’ means we just don’t know” and it would be better to talk about ranges of outcomes instead.Scientists also sometimes use the phrase “low confidence” for data or modelling but that it didn’t mean there was no trend or projected change as the public might assume.A statement from Met Éireann said: ‘Staff [here] receive a lot of queries from the media in relation to the weather and climate change.“This communication was issued to help them effectively communicate the role of climate change in influencing a weather event.” Image: RollingNews.ie Feb 25th 2019, 6:30 AM Met Éireann staff advised not to talk ‘despair’ over climate change and to use positive language An internal communique says using words like “inevitable” could create a feeling that nothing can be done. https://jrnl.ie/4510404 center_img Short URL Crowds of people enjoying the sunny weather on the beach in Sandycove, Dublin in July 2018 Image: RollingNews.ie 31,243 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Crowds of people enjoying the sunny weather on the beach in Sandycove, Dublin in July 2018 61 Comments last_img read more

Sri Lanka Easter attacks Government says Islamist extremist group behind slaughter of

first_imgSri Lanka Easter attacks: Government says Islamist extremist group behind slaughter of almost 300 The government is investigating whether the group had “international support”. Monday 22 Apr 2019, 11:08 AM Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4602187 Share Tweet Email1 71 Comments By AFP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Eranga Jayawardena/PA Images St. Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo after yesterday’s attack. Apr 22nd 2019, 7:45 AM Updated Apr 22nd 2019, 11:08 AM THE SRI LANKAN government believes a local Islamist extremist group called the National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ) was behind the deadly suicide bomb attacks that killed nearly 300 peopleGovernment spokesman Rajitha Senaratne added that the government was investigating whether the group had “international support”.“We don’t see that only a small organisation in this country can do all that,” he said.“We are now investigating the international support for them, and their other links, how they produced the suicide bombers here, and how they produced bombs like this.”Documents seen by AFP show Sri Lanka’s police chief issued a warning on 11 April, saying that a “foreign intelligence agency” had reported NTJ was planning attacks on churches and the Indian high commission.Not much is known about the NTJ, a radical Muslim group that his been linked to the vandalising of Buddhist statues.A police source told AFP that all 24 people in custody in connection with the attacks belong to an “extremist” group, but did not specify further. The death toll in the series of eight blasts that targeted mostly churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday has risen to 290.More than 500 people were wounded in the blasts, police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera added, in the deadliest violence since the end of the country’s long-running civil war a decade ago.Police have now arrested 24 people in connection with the blasts, Gunasekera added.The powerful explosions struck in quick succession at three hotels in the capital Colombo. The Cinnamon Grand was hit at around 8:30 am, and the high-end Shangri-La soon after at 9:05 am.Three churches were also targeted in that wave of blasts: Colombo’s historic St Anthony’s Shrine, the St Sebastian’s church in the town of Negombo — north of the capital — and the Zion Church in the east-coast town of Batticaloa.Hours later, there were two more blasts — one of them at another Colombo hotel. At least two of the eight were carried out by suicide bombers, according to police sources and a hotel official.The blasts hit the churches when they were full of worshippers gathered for Easter services. Police have said 35 foreigners were among the dead, including British, Dutch, Portuguese, Chinese and American citizens, with the US and the UK later confirming their nationals were killed.India’s Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj added three Indians were killed.A Portuguese man also died, according to the Iberian nation’s LUSA news agency. Two Chinese nationals were injured, the country’s embassy in Sri Lanka said, according to Beijing’s official Xinhua news agency.Civil warThe island nation has suffered deadly militant attacks for years, especially by ethnic Tamil militants during a decades-long civil war that ended in 2009 when Sri Lankan forces crushed the insurgency.In recent years, there have been clashes between the majority Sinhalese Buddhist community and minority Muslims, and in March last year the government imposed a 12-day state of emergency to quell anti-Muslim riots.Christian groups have also complained of increased harassment from hardline Buddhist groups. The blast scene in St. Anthony’s Church. Source: Xinhua News Agency/PA ImagesMemoriesFor many Sri Lankans, the attacks brought back painful memories of a conflict that lasted three decades and killed as many as 100,000 people.During those years, bomb attacks were a regular occurrence, and left many Sri Lankans on edge in the streets and on public transport.As Shantha Prasad carried children wounded from the attacks into a Colombo hospital, he said memories of the country’s deadly civil war flooded back.“I carried about eight wounded children yesterday,” he told AFP on Monday, a day after a string of blasts hit hotels and churches, killing nearly 300 people.“There were two girls aged six and eight, the same age as my daughters,” said Prasad, who helps carry stretchers into the hospital’s triage area and wards.“Their clothes were torn and drenched in blood. It is unbearable to see this kind of violence again.”International reactionPope Francis expressed his sadness over the attacks during his traditional Easter address at the Vatican.“I want to express my affectionate closeness with the Christian community, attacked while it was at prayer, and to all the victims of such cruel violence,” he said.The Catholic Church in Jerusalem had said in an earlier statement: “We pray for the souls of the victims and ask for speedy recovery of the injured, and ask God to inspire the terrorists to repent of their killing and intimidation.”A month after dozens of Muslims were killed in a shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the Sri Lanka attack as “devastating”. New Zealand condemns all acts of terrorism, and our resolve has only been strengthened by the attack on our soil on the 15th of March.“To see an attack in Sri Lanka while people were in churches and at hotels is devastating.”US President Donald Trump tweeted: “Heartfelt condolences from the people of the United States to the people of Sri Lanka on the horrible terrorist attacks on churches and hotels.“We stand ready to help!”“We strongly condemn these odious acts,” French President Emmanuel Macron wrote on Twitter and in Paris, the lights on the Eiffel Tower were dimmed in tribute to the victims.German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a statement published on Twitter that “religious hate and intolerance that have showed themselves in such a terrible way today must not win”.“The acts of violence against churches and hotels in Sri Lanka are truly appalling,” British Prime Minister Theresa May tweeted.© – AFP 2019 31,640 Views St. Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo after yesterday’s attack. 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Murder probe after Polish national dies after early morning attack in his

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 97,297 Views Short URL Jun 10th 2018, 8:38 AM Sunday 10 Jun 2018, 6:18 PM Share78 Tweet Email3 By Sean Murray http://jrnl.ie/4062803 Updated Jun 10th 2018, 6:18 PM A MAN WHO was attacked by a group of men who entered his home early this morning has died from his injuries.Mikolaj “Nick” Wilk (35) resided at the house in Bridge House, Maglin, Ballincollig in Cork with his partner who is also in her 30s.Both are originally from Poland.Gardaí were called to attend an incident at the home at 3.17am this morning, and arrived at the scene in less than five minutes.By the time they arrived a number of assailants had already fled the scene. Gardaí found Wilk seriously injured with life threatening injuries.He was taken to Cork University Hospital where he later died due to his injuries. His partner is currently receiving treatment for non-life threatening injuries.At around 4.20am, units from the Cork County Fire Service responded to reports of a fire at Iniskenny, Ballinora, Waterfall. This car – believed to be a BMW 3 series –  was 6km away from the incident in Ballincollig.Both scenes are currently being preserved where forensic examinations were under way.The coroner has been notified and the State Pathologist will also attend. A post-mortem will take place tomorrow morning at 9am.Gardaí said they were anxious to speak to any drivers with dash cam footage and travelled in the Maglin, Ballincollig, Ballinora and Waterfall areas between 2am and 5am this morning, or anyone who saw any suspicious activities in these areas over the past few days.Gardai are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to contact them at Gurranabraher on 021 4946200, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station. Murder probe after Polish national dies after early morning attack in his home Mikolaj “Nick” Wilk was seriously injured when a group of men entered his home in Cork and attacked him and his partner. 31 Comments last_img read more

Tsipras eyes posttroika era

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The leader of the main left-wing opposition SYRIZA, Alexis Tsipras, on Saturday called for action to be taken to put a brake on the debt-ridden country’s slide into an ever-deepening recession and for the foundations to be laid for “a post-troika era,” referring to the country’s three international lenders.Speaking on the sidelines of the Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF), Tsipras said that the country’s traders and entrepreneurs could no longer endure the impact of an “absurd fiscal policy.”“The protracted recession, the unprecedented crisis that has hit our country is suffocating the real economy,” the leftist leader said, adding that it was time for the opposition to lead a shift in economic policy. “We are obliged to change direction, we are obliged to overhaul the prospects for growth in the economy,” Tsipras said.The SYRIZA chief met with representatives of local business associations and unionists in the northern port city and was to elaborate on his party’s vision for a shift in economic policy at a press conference on Sunday. Tsipras, whose party sailed into second place in the June general elections after campaigning on a tough anti-austerity platform, was expected to reiterate SYRIZA’s opposition to the country’s second bailout, signed between the previous Socialist government and the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund last February.Tsipras’s party has been emboldened by the waning popularity and cohesion of the country’s conservative-led coalition and recent opinion polls put it neck-and-neck with conservative New Democracy as public opposition to new austerity peaks ahead of the scheduled announcement of another 11.5 billion euros in cuts.As the head of the main opposition party, Tsipras insisted on going ahead with the traditional speech and press conference on the second week at TIF and criticized Prime Minister Antonis Samaras for canceling his own scheduled speech at the sidelines of the fair last week. For decades, the fair has been used by Greek prime ministers to set out economic policy for the year ahead but with austerity talks under way, and budget decisions under the scrutiny of creditors, Samaras decided to break with tradition this year.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Babiniotis to address parents on benefits of Greek

first_imgProfessor of Linguistics Mr George Babiniotis, will be speaking to parents on the importance of studying the Greek language and on effective ways of learning Greek. For the first time in Melbourne, parents are given this opportunity to meet and hear from one of the most important academics who will be visiting Australian from the University of Athens. Professor Babiniotis will speak to the parents on the topic of: The pedagogical, scientific and social benefits of learning the Greek Language and effective ways of learning the language. All parents have been invited to attend the talk held on Monday 26 November, at Belle Vue Primary School, 20 Highview Road, North Balwyn from 7:15 pm. For more information, call the offices of the GOCMV on 9662 2722, or the principal of the Greek Afternoon Schools, Mr Yiannis Milides on 0416 043 335. * Professor Babiniotis is Visiting Professor of the Hellenic Museum and the Australian Institute of Macedonian Studies. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Karanicolas awarded for teaching excellence

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Sophie Karanicolas was awarded for her teaching excellence at the 2013 Australian Awards for University Teaching this week. Senator Scott Ryan, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education, congratulated the Senior lecturer at the University of Adelaide and all 13 prize winning teachers for their outstanding work. Ms Karanicolas and her colleague Catherine Snelling – who also won the award for their team efforts – work together in the University of Adelaide’s Dental School. There they have developed a successful teaching partnership focusing on interactive online learning modules. Their initiative has been acknowledged by the academic community proven by the number of local and national teaching awards they have received over the years. “Maintaining quality in tertiary education is our No 1 priority and with these exceptional teachers and programs we will continue to expand our international education reputation.” Senator Scott Ryan said at the awards ceremony. Sophie has been teaching for more than 20 years and has been a Senior Lecturer since 2004.last_img read more

Greek rescue team joins Serbia operation

first_imgA Greek rescue team will join efforts in Serbia and Bosnia, struck in recent days by the worst floods in the Balkans’ modern history.Eight members of the Hellenic Rescue Team, active under the umbrella of the United Nation’s INSARAG unit, were set to arrive in the areas where heavy rainfall coming down in the course of just a few days has so far killed more than 40 people and forced some 10,000 from their homes.Reports Sunday said that 25 members of Greece’s EMAK special rescue unit have also been put on standby.The European Union is providing coordinated assistance to the region through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. So far, Austria, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Hungary and Germany have offered manpower, helicopters and motorboats to support the evacuation effort, as well as to transport drinking water, food and medicine.Floods and landslides caused by the rain have raised concerns over the fate of an estimated 1 million land mines planted during Bosnia’s 1992-1995 war. Bad weather has swept away many of the warning signs around the remaining minefields and experts fear that dislodged mines could travel downstream in the Sava River– and perhaps even get stuck in the turbines of a hydroelectric dam, reports said.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Family photos needed

first_imgA multi-disciplinary art project Tales of Cyprus, to be showcased in December at the Melbourne’s gallery Chapel off Chapel, will explore the homeland of a graphic designer and artist Con Emmanuelle, the culture of Cyprus and its traditional way of life prior to 1950.The exhibition will depict and merge Cypriot cultural heritage with contemporary notions of family, community and connections to the homeland, through digital reproductions of rare old family photos, quotes from personal interviews and original drawings of traditional and iconic scenes from old Cyprus, based on Con’s attempt to recreate the glamour of the travel poster from the 1930s.“The focus of my project is before 1950 and the reason I chose that as the end date is that after 1950 Cyprus changed forever. The Cyprus of my parents’ upbringing is gone; we’ll never see it again.”Con Emmanuelle is now inviting the Cypriot community to give their own stamp to the exhibition with their old family photos. A scanning booth will be set up on Sunday 24 August, from 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm, at the Melbourne Polytechnic Library, Building K, St John Street, Prahran. The family photos must have been taken on the island of Cyprus before 1950. Full accreditation and acknowledgement will be given to the family. As a sign of appreciation, a special high-res digital file and digital print of the photo chosen for the exhibit will also be given to the family. The original photos will be scanned in the presence of the owner and returned immediately.For more information about the project, visit www.talesofcyprus.wordpress.com or contact conemmanuelle@nmit.edu.auRead a full interview with Con Emmanuelle in this Saturday’s English edition of Neos Kosmos. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Tsipras lastgasp effort at deal

first_imgGreece’s new Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras travel to Brussels on Tuesday with the aim of keeping the country in the eurozone but with most of its partners seeming to have decided that an exit would be more preferable.Tsakalotos was sworn in on Monday night after replacing Yanis Varoufakis at the Finance Ministry. The outgoing flamboyant economist said he was stepping aside to assist Tsipras’s efforts to reach an agreement with lenders.Tsipras took part on Monday in a meeting of political leaders chaired by President Prokopis Pavlopoulos. The heads of all the parties (bar Golden Dawn’s Nikos Michaloliakos) discussed the government’s plans for securing a deal with the institutions for several hours.Sources said that Tsipras informed his counterparts that the coalition would propose a deal based on the most recent set of proposals published by the European Commission.The premier is thought to have said Athens will also ask for the more gradual implementation of some measures.It is not clear if the government is willing to add to this set of proposals, which could prove a stumbling block as the deterioration of the economy, which has been accelerated by capital controls, means that a larger fiscal adjustment is needed.Following the meeting, all the leaders who took part (with the exception of the Communist Party’s Dimitris Koutsoubas) signed a joint statement insisting that they want Greece to remain in the eurozone.“The recent verdict of the Greek people is not a mandate for rupture, but a mandate to continue and strengthen the effort to reach a socially fair and economically viable deal,” the parties said in the statement, which also called for liquidity to be restore to the banking system and discussions about debt relief to begin.Tsipras also spoke on the phone on Monday to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde and European Central Bank President Mario Draghi.Varoufakis, a controversial figure since his appointment in January, will not be part of the negotiations following his resignation on Monday morning. “Soon after the announcement of the referendum results, I was made aware of a certain preference by some Eurogroup participants, and assorted ‘partners,’ for my… ‘absence’ from its meetings; an idea that the Prime Minister judged to be potentially helpful to him in reaching an agreement,” Varoufakis wrote on his personal blog yesterday morning.His successor, the more mild-mannered Tsakalotos, admitted that he faces a daunting task. “I cannot hide from you that I am quite nervous. I am not taking on this job at the easiest point in Greek history,” he said during last night’s handover ceremony.According to sources in Brussels, 16 of the other 18 countries in the eurozone are in favor of letting Greece leave the eurozone and they will have to weigh up the cost of any agreement to keep Athens in the single currency.Merkel, who was in Paris on Monday to discuss the Greek crisis with French President Francois Hollande ahead of Tuesday’s meeting of eurozone leaders, said she expected Athens to present reform proposals to creditors without delay.“It will be important tomorrow that the Greek prime minister tells us how things should proceed and what precise suggestions he can submit to us for a medium-term program that will lead Greece to prosperity and growth again,” Merkel said, adding that “time is of the essence.”Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert appeared less conciliatory, saying that the conditions are “not there at present to enter negotiations on a new program.” He said the “no” vote in the Greek referendum opposed the principle that “solidarity requires countries to take responsibility.”Hollande struck a similar tone to Merkel’s, saying “the door is open for discussion” and calling on Tsipras to offer “serious, credible proposals so that this willingness to stay in the eurozone can translate into a lasting program.” The French leader stressed that “time is running out and there is urgency, urgency for Greece and urgency for Europe.” He added that although there is room for solidarity in Europe, “there is also a balance between responsibility and solidarity, which must be our course of action in the coming days.”France’s Finance Minister Michel Sapin suggested that Paris would support debt relief for Greece if Tsipras presents “serious” conditions for a new bailout package.Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said he was in favor of further aid for Greece but not without “responsibility” and reforms from Athens. “What matters is that Greece knows we are willing to help… but the key is that in exchange the reforms necessary for growth and job creation are carried out,” Rajoy said.In Brussels, meanwhile, European Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis told reporters that there was no easy way for Greece to emerge from its crisis and the referendum result had broadened the gap between Greece and other eurozone countries. Still, he expressed very cautious optimism. “If all sides are working seriously, it’s possible to find a solution, even in this very complicated situation.”Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Cyprus talks collapse

first_imgThe best chance to end Cyprus’ 40-year division disappeared in the Swiss Alps last week, as the long drawn-out talks at Crans-Montana ended acrimoniously. So ends a process that many Cypriots – from both sides of the divide – saw as the most promising for generations to heal decades of conflict. It was left to a despondent UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to break the bitter news, saying that the conference had ended on 7 July “without the possibility to bring a solution to this dramatic and long-lasting problem.” “Cyprus divided forever is a betrayal of our forebears… We will… be grieving for the loss of another chance for our dream and our parents’ dream of one Cyprus being realised.The tragic irony is that reunification talks came closer to success in recent weeks than ever before, but disagreement over two issues: power-sharing arrangements in a unified government; and security guarantees for the Turkish Cypriot community, ensured no deal could be reached. Throughout the talks a major sticking point was always whether the tens of thousands of Turkish troops currently deployed on the island would remain after reunification. According to Turkish Cypriot negotiators, proposals were offered that included a significant reduction in the number of troops in the north, but the offer was rejected. From the Republic of Cyprus’ position, calls for all Turkish troops to be removed, and the deployment of a multinational police force to monitor the agreement, fell on deaf ears. It is, of course, not the first time efforts at reunification have faltered over the issue of troops. Greek Cypriot leaders see a total withdrawal (of what is still considered an illegal occupying force) as vital, while Turkish Cypriots fear ethnic violence in the event of an exit by Turkish forces.The issue of ‘security guarantees’, and the two sides’ inability to compromise on this matter is the other half of the stalemate. For Nicosia, security guarantees that would have allowed outside powers (including Turkey) to intervene if one side felt the reunification agreement had been violated were a non-starter. One Cyprus diplomat said that such an arrangement would be “anachronistic relics of a colonial system.”As the recriminations began, in Australia, Cypriot diaspora commentators grieved a lost opportunity and called for renewed efforts to bridge the divide. Former Victorian state minister Theo Theophanous told Neos Kosmos: “The failure of the talks is a failure for the Cypriot people – Greek and Turkish, as well as the many minorities living on the island.” Mr Theophanous said that while each side would blame the other, “We who so clearly see that Cyprus divided forever is a betrayal of our forebears, will not be listening to these justifications, mostly mouthed for short-term political gain. We will instead be grieving for the loss of another chance for our dream and our parents’ dream of one Cyprus being realised”. Dr Michalis Michael, writer on Cyprus affairs and director of the Centre for Dialogue in Melbourne said: “The key lesson to emerge is that security – in all its manifestations, for both sides – is the obstacle. While there is much criticism to be levelled – including at the UN – the question is ‘what lessons can be learned to inform future efforts?’ One thing is certain: the current process, by itself, is inadequate in solving the Cyprus problem.”Dr Michael added: “There is always the danger that given gas exploration in Cyprus, the political situation in Turkey, and the heightening of ‘patriotic rhetoric’ during the impending presidential campaign in the Republic of Cyprus, that we can revert to a situation of tension and rigidity.”In the wake of the talks’ breakdown, the key question is now Turkey’s reaction. The biggest loser economically in partitioned Cyprus is the Turkish Cypriot community, and the self-declared ‘Republic of Northern Cyprus’ chances of achieving international recognition are as distant as they have ever been. Analysts suggest an attempt at annexation by Turkey is unlikely, but the Erdogan regime will be intent on re-exerting its influence; already Turkish president Erdogan has spoken of a ‘Plan B’ and a ‘Plan C’. Erdogan’s comments after the G20 summit this week, warning off French energy company Total from assisting Cyprus in exploring for offshore gas, heralds the start. Turkey claims the island’s natural resources belong to both Greek and Turkish Cypriots.Diplomats have already spoken about restarting talks after both sides have reflected on their differences. But any new initiative is years away. After the last best chance – before Cyprus joined the European Union (the plan brokered in 2004 by Kofi Anan and rejected by referendum in the Republic) – more than a decade passed before serious talks resumed. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Un séisme fait deux morts en Serbie

first_imgUn séisme fait deux morts en SerbieKraljevo, Serbie – Un séisme d’une magnitude de 5,6 s’est produit dans la nuit de mardi à mercredi en Serbie centrale. Deux morts sont à déplorer, tandis que des dizaines de blessés et d’importants dégâts sont évoqués dans la ville de Kraljevo.Comme l’a annoncé le ministre de l’Intérieur Ivica Dacic, un couple de quinquagénaires a perdu la vie à Grdica, près de Kraljevo, dans l’effondrement de sa maison.C’est à 1h56 (0h56 GMT), que s’est produite la secousse dont l’épicentre était, selon l’Institut sismologique serbe, situé à 10 kilomètres au nord de Kraljevo. Le tremblement de terre a été ressenti dans tout le pays, et la situation d’urgence a été proclamée sur le territoire de Kraljevo, qui a subi d’importants dégâts matériels, ainsi que dans les communes alentours. La ville, située à 150 kilomètres au sud-ouest de la capitale Belgrade, a été plongée dans l’obscurité et privée d’eau comme de lignes téléphoniques suite au séisme. En fin de matinée, environ 25% de la ville se trouvait toujours sans électricité.Alors que d’après les médias serbes, des dizaines de blessés ont été soignés par les services d’urgence, les équipes de sauvetage mobilisées sur le terrain n’ont pas découvert de victimes coincées sous les décombres, a indiqué le ministère.Le 3 novembre 2010 à 15:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

WikiLeaks Julian Assange sest rendu à la police

first_imgWikiLeaks : Julian Assange s’est rendu à la policeJulian Assange, le fondateur du site WikiLeaks, s’est rendu ce matin à Londres à la police britannique. Il était visé par un mandat d’arrêt international.Ennemi public numéro 1 depuis plusieurs semaines des gouvernements du monde entier et en particulier des Etats-Unis, le fondateur de WikiLeaks, site spécialisé dans la fuite d’informations confidentielles, était visé par un mandat d’arrêt international émis par la Suède. Il est poursuivi pour des affaires de “viol, agression sexuelle et coercition”. Scotland Yard vient d’annoncer son arrestation à Londres. Il devrait être entendu aujourd’hui par un juge.À lire aussiQuand des Américains assistent à la naissance d’un bébé phoque sur une plageJulian Assange avait donné accès à cinq journaux à 250.000 télégrammes diplomatiques américains et avait publié une partie de ces documents confidentiels sur son site, WikiLeaks. En août, une jeune femme a porté plainte contre lui pour viol, alors que Julian Assange, originaire d’Australie, venait de déposer une demande de permis de séjour en Suède. Voyant sa demande refusée, il a donc quitté le pays pour la Grande-Bretagne.Pour le moment, Julian Assange ne sait pas s’il va être extradé, placé en détention ou maintenu en liberté. Ses proches affirment que dans ce cas, il devra fournir une caution d’au moins 120.000 euros et fournir six garants pour éviter d’être placé en détention provisoire.Selon LeMonde.fr, plusieurs comptes en banque de Julian Assange ou liés à son site ont été bloqués récemment : le compte PayPal de WikiLeaks, un compte auprès de la banque postale Suisse, et une carte de crédit Mastercard liée à un compte islandais. Julian Assange a lancé un appel aux dons pour financer sa défense.Pour le fondateur de WikiLeaks, la Suède aurait engagé la procédure à son encontre à la demande des Etats-Unis. Il reconnaît avoir eu une relation sexuelle consentante avec la femme qui a porté plainte. Cette dernière reconnaît avoir eu cette relation mais maintient que Julian Assange a refusé de mettre un préservatif, ce qui constitue un viol en droit suédois.Pour l’heure, le site WikiLeaks, largement décrié par les Etats-Unis, reste accessible. Si Amazon a lâché le site dernièrement (voir notre article), celui-ci s’est réfugié en Suisse et en France, à l’adresse : http://wikileaks.ch ou 7 décembre 2010 à 12:06 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Hôpitaux privés jusquà un tiers détablissements en déficit

first_imgHôpitaux privés : jusqu’à un tiers d’établissements en déficitEn 2009, 23% des hôpitaux et cliniques privés étaient en déficit, a annoncé la Fédération de l’Hospitalisation privée (FHP) ce mercredi. La situation reste fragile.La FHP craint une dégradation de la situation des hôpitaux et cliniques privés depuis l’année 2009. Et ce, en raison notamment de l’évolution “quasi-nulle” des tarifs fixés par l’assurance maladie et d’un endettement en forte progression (+ 300 millions d’euros en 2009), indique l’AFP.La branche MCO (médecine, chirurgie et obstétrique) de la FHP a estimé que “la discrimination injustifiée subie par le secteur privé sur les tarifs de remboursement de la Sécurité sociale, inférieurs de 26% à ceux du public, ne permet[tait] plus de couvrir les charges d’exploitation”.Lamine Gharbi, président de la FHP-MCO,  s’inquiète du report à 2018, par le gouvernement, de la convergence tarifaire initialement prévue pour l’année prochaine.À lire aussiCes instruments médicaux de l’ancienne époque vont vous effrayerDans un communiqué, il a affirmé : “On est en train d’étouffer, voire de tuer de mort lente, tout un secteur d’excellence au risque de mettre en danger la liberté de choix des patients”.L’AFP explique qu’en dehors des remboursements de la Sécurité sociale, les établissements privés complètent leurs revenus par des recettes annexes, qui peuvent être par exemple les tarifs des chambres facturés aux malades.Le secteur de l’hospitalisation privée comprend 1.123 cliniques, 113.200 lits et places, soit 25% de l’offre nationale, selon l’agence de presse. Il pratiquerait plus d’interventions chirurgicales que le public et assurerait 75% de la chirurgie ambulatoire.Le 27 avril 2011 à 17:01 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Bactérie tueuse un cas dinfection en France en lien avec lAllemagne

first_imgBactérie tueuse : un cas d’infection en France, en lien avec l’AllemagneUn cas d’infection à la bactérie E. coli enterohémorragique (Eceh) a été “confirmé” dans l’Hexagone et un autre est “probable”, rapporte l’AFP. Par ailleurs, sept cas de diarrhée hémorragique sont en cours d’analyse. Il est important de préciser que tous ces patients sont des personnes qui ont séjourné ou qui résident en Allemagne.Au total, ce sont treize cas de diarrhée hémorragique qui ont été signalés en France depuis le début des contaminations en Allemagne, nous apprend l’Institut de veille sanitaire (InVS) dans son dernier bilan mis en ligne aujourd’hui. Détail important : les personnes concernées par l’épidémie ont séjourné ou résident en Allemagne, foyer de l’épidémie. À lire aussiErysipèle : contagion, traitement, de quoi s’agit-il ?Parmi ces patients, un cas d’infection à l’Eceh a été “confirmé microbiologiquement” et un autre cas “est probable”, indique l’InVs. D’autres analyses sont en cours.Il y a toutefois une bonne nouvelle : à ce jour, aucun cas de syndrome hémolytique et urémique (SHU) n’a été détecté dans l’Hexagone. Il s’agit de la complication la plus grave de l’infection à l’Eceh qui sévit outre-Rhin.En Europe, 24 personnes sont mortes à cause de la bactérie Eceh, dont 23 en Allemagne et une en Suède. Une bactérie qui a déjà contaminé plus de 2.000 personnes. Le 8 juin 2011 à 14:08 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more