Mistrust language barriers and mist An Irish volunteers account of the Calais

first_img https://jrnl.ie/3044279 Mistrust, language barriers and mist: An Irish volunteer’s account of the Calais evacuation “It’s tense but calm at the moment. There’s warehouse processing people from the camp and a container has been cleared out to process the children.” A resident carrying his luggage out of ‘The Jungle’ yesterday. Source: Thibault CamusOf the photos and videos emerging from the first day, the mist seems to add to the gloom of the whole affair.Heavey says that the weather could be a real problem once the structures begin to be torn down and those who are still in the camp – either because they refuse to leave or they still have to be processed – are left without shelter.French authorities had hoped that of the 6,000/7,000 in the camp, 2,500 would arrive at the reception areas around the country.Last night, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said a total of 2,318 migrants were “taken to shelter” on the first day of the operation, suggesting that the message had been received by the refugees.Of these, “1,918 adults left Calais on board 45 buses to go to 80 reception and orientation centres situated in 11 regions of France,” Cazeneuve told reporters yesterday.Around 400 minors had also been “taken to provisional reception centres” within the camp ahead of their transfer elsewhere, he added.The dismantling of the camp has been called a ‘humanitarian’ operation, as the conditions are unlivable: but for those living in the camps, they fear the demolition could equate to their deportation – and a return to the country from which they fled in fear. A vendor sells cigarettes to a customer at a shop inside ‘The Jungle’. Calais’ residents can see how tantalisingly close they are to their goal: at night, lighthouses on the Kent coast make England look so close. Source: Markus Schreiber“The camp in its current form has to go,” according to Isolda. “It’s a dire place: there have been 33 deaths this year of people on the roads trying to get to the UK.“This is not something that can remain, but there’s no provision where people can be treated humanely either.” Share101 Tweet Email Short URL The big fear is to be deported – there are people who have been tortured by the Taliban and now that Afghanistan has been declared safe, deportation can be potentially fatal for these people.Irish volunteersA year ago, an Irish Irish convoy called ‘Cork to Calais’ travelled to help out at the refugee camp. The team of 52 members were made up of medics, builders, cleaners, and a media team, and brought truckloads of aid with them that the people of Ireland had donated.Some of that team continued to help the refugees at the camp through fundraising efforts in Ireland, and getting involved in medical, educational, and  child protection structures within the camp.Isolda was one of the volunteers who stayed on. One of the ways she helps out at the camp is through recording migrants playing music. She then uploads the music to Bandcamp.com and any money made is given to the musicians in the camp.She says that when she returns to Ireland and plays the music by members of the camp, that is when people really feel for the Calais refugees. 34 Comments Oct 25th 2016, 6:01 AM 9,032 Views By Gráinne Ní Aodha YESTERDAY, PEOPLE BEGAN leaving The Jungle in Calais in their thousands.It marked the first day that French authorities began to dismantle the makeshift refugee camp in the French port city of Calais.By the end of the week, hopes are that the thousands of men, women and children fleeing from war, persecution and poverty will have travelled to one of three registration centres designated for Calais refugees.The camp, which is known as ‘The Jungle’ because of the danger and disorganisation of the makeshift shelters, but also symbolises a new beginning and a safe haven for so many migrants, has been earmarked for closure since the beginning of the year.In the intervening period, there have been a few hard-fisted attempts to close the camp: bulldozers were sent in to demolish it in March of this year, and refugees staged a sit in protest against it.Some members of the camp sewed their lips together and held signs saying “Now will you listen?”This is just one of the reasons why the evacuation of the camp has been so difficult, according to Isolda Heavey; a volunteer from Dublin who has been helping out at the camp on-and-off for the past year.“There have been so many false alarms, so many attempts that have been called off, so people don’t 100% believe it. There’s also a mistrust of the French authorities. The last evacuation was quite violent.” A wristband is attached to a migrant at a processing centre at The Jungle. Source: Emilio Morenatti/PA ImagesCalling from The Jungle yesterday, she told TheJournal.ie of the evacuation process.“This morning, a very very heavy police presence arrived in the camp, and refugees began lining up into groups – such as families and women. They are offered one of three locations where they can travel to, they’re documented and then sent there on a bus.” Tuesday 25 Oct 2016, 6:01 AM Image: Emilio Morenatti When I play their music, it’s the warmth in that that people at home can identify with and that makes them think: “I’d like to know that person”.“And it’s not just the ones who have degrees: the impoverished people are so hospitable too that it makes you think: why wouldn’t our society be better off with these people?”With additional reporting from AFP.Read: Chaos breaks out as French police try and force refugees out of ‘Jungle’ campRead: Hundreds to be moved as France to begin bulldozing ‘The Jungle’ migrant camp We’re still not sure what’s going to happen after that.Access to the camp has become very restricted – very little volunteers are allowed in. Isolda and her colleagues were in the process of requesting access to the camp when the interview was conducted.“It’s tense but calm at the moment. There’s a warehouse for processing people from the camp and a container has been cleared out to process the children.”“People are working very hard to translate what’s happening, which is difficult to do because the information is very late at coming across. People are still hoping they can get to the UK.” Image: Emilio Morenatti Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Three potential shooters being investigated over murder of serial killer Mark Desmond

first_img Short URL By Garreth MacNamee https://jrnl.ie/3120514 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Eamonn Farrell Three potential shooters being investigated over murder of ‘serial killer’ Mark Desmond The career criminal was executed on Friday. Share182 Tweet Email 11 Comments Image: Eamonn Farrell Dec 6th 2016, 6:04 AM Tuesday 6 Dec 2016, 6:04 AM GARDAÍ HAVE DRAWN up a list of potential shooters they believe could be behind the execution of suspected ‘serial killer’ Mark Desmond.Desmond was murdered in a Lucan park on Friday evening after being chased a short distance.He was shot at least three times with a revolver handgun – once to the head, once to the body and at least one shot into his groin. The precision of the execution has decreased the number of potential suspects who are capable of carrying out that type of murder.The body of the 41-year-old was found with gunshot wounds at Griffeen Valley Park in Lucan, west Dublin shortly after 8pm on Friday.SuspectsA blue Mazda car was found burned out close to the scene. A gun was found inside the car on Haydens Lane.Security sources have told TheJournal.ie that while Desmond’s murder came as no surprise, there are a number of warring factions who would have had a motive to kill him. Source: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ieHis links to dissident republicans and the drug trade in west Dublin has been well established. He presided over his own mini cocaine and heroin empire and was known to criminals and gardaí for his brutish nature and aggression.Whether he fell foul of some lingering elements within the republican movement is a distinct possibility but sources said they have not ruled out a personal motive for the crime.NotoriousDesmond had recently set up his drug business in Sligo with the help of two brothers from the area who are notorious for their aggressive and violent loan-shark activities. There had been threats to his life in recent months. However, this would have been business as usual for Desmond, who served eight years in prison for firearms offences.He was also charged with the canal murders of Patrick Murray, 19, and Darren Carey, 20, in 1999. However, these charges were dropped days before he was due to go on trial.The two men were shot before being dumped into the Royal Canal.Gardaí are investigating whether Desmond’s murder could be payback for killing the two young men. While he was not convicted of any murders, sources believe Desmond was behind at least four killings and the rape of a child. Gardaí examine murder scene of Patrick Murray and Darren Carey whose bodies were dumped into the Grand Canal in Kildare after being shot in 1999. Source: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ieDesmond was known for his proclivity for escorts, both male and female, and had been a person of interest in the rape of a man at the turn of the millennium. He was also accused of raping a male escort in the UK.Desmond survived previous attempts on his life including a drive-by shooting in July 2006, an attack he believed was orchestrated by Anthony Cannon, who himself was executed in 2009.Gardaí have renewed their appeal for witnesses and are interested in hearing from anyone who may have seen anything unusual or suspicious in or around Griffeen Park between 7pm and 9pm on Friday night.They are particularly interested in hearing from anyone who may have been using the park at the time such as walkers or joggers.In addition, anyone who may have seen anything unusual or suspicious in or around Hayden’s Lane in Lucan where a burned out car was found is asked to contact them at Lucan garda station 01 666 7300, the garda confidential telephone line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.Read: ‘Daddy bit Mummy’s face – I was scared’: Report gives voice to kids in abusive homes >Read: ‘They were crying on the bus home’: Students upset after being cut from TV3 Toy Show > 23,937 Views last_img read more

Enda off to Malta for EU meeting but Theresa May set to

first_img Friday 3 Feb 2017, 7:23 AM By Sean Murray As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: http://jrnl.ie/3220353 Short URL 12,243 Views Feb 3rd 2017, 7:23 AM TODAY, TAOISEACH ENDA Kenny will attend an EU heads of government summit in Valletta, Malta.Donald Trump, Brexit and migration are set to dominate the agenda, with UK Prime Minister Theresa May set to be excluded from the second part of the meeting to allow other EU leaders to discuss the way ahead after Britain leaves the bloc.According to a government statement, the Taoiseach will “call for a balanced approach to the many challenges facing us”.He will also seek out certain EU leaders individually, to highlight and explain Ireland’s concerns arising from Brexit.This informal gathering is the latest in a series of meetings called since Britain voted to leave the EU last June.The first part of the meeting, which all 28 leaders will attend, will focus on the migration crisis amid warnings of a new surge in people making the dangerous sea crossing from Libya.“Our main goal for the Malta summit is to stem the flow of irregular migration from Libya to Europe. This is the only way to stop people dying in the deserts and at sea,” EU President Donald Tusk said in Valletta yesterday.Theresa May will miss the second part when the other 27 discuss the way ahead after Brexit, including a flagship summit in Rome in March to mark the EU’s 60th anniversary.With doubts growing over the Trump administration’s commitment to the transatlantic alliance with Europe, the leaders will also discuss “international issues” facing the union.The leaders will agree steps to stop migrants taking boats in the first place, including help for the Libyan coastguard and border forces, according to a copy of a summit declaration seen by AFP.With rights groups warning about terrible conditions caused by people smugglers, other steps include helping Libyan communities to host migrants and working with the UN refugee agency and International Organisation for Migration, it says.But talk of a Turkey-style deal with Libya is impossible given the chaos following the 2011 toppling of Moamer Kadhafi, while plans for processing camps for migrants outside EU territory are not yet “mature”, an EU official said.“This is a very difficult, complicated route but there is no alternative to trying. More and more people are dying, so the status quo is not sustainable,” the official said.The Irish government statement added that “developing our external migration policy, in accordance with international law and human rights principles, is a priority for the EU”.With reporting from AFP.Read: UK MPs vote to back government Brexit billRead: ‘We are inescapably intertwined’: Ireland gets a whole section in Brexit plan Enda off to Malta for EU meeting but Theresa May set to be excluded All 28 EU leaders will attend today’s meeting in Malta, with Theresa May to be excluded from the afternoon session. Both Kenny and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will attend today’s meeting Image: Markus Schreiber AP/Press Association Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 32 Comments Image: Markus Schreiber AP/Press Association Images Both Kenny and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will attend today’s meeting Share159 Tweet Email last_img read more

The Cork inventor of the perfect pillow is about to launch his

first_img Feb 11th 2017, 5:00 PM By Fora Staff Noel O’Connor Source: Reflex PillowNew marketsBefore the next crowdfunding push, O’Connor said the product will be tweaked to allow customers to adjust the pillow’s height. He plans to employ a consultancy firm in the US that specialises in crowdfunding projects to manage the next Kickstarter campaign.“The first campaign wasn’t easy and it was quite stressful. In some ways we got the wrong people involved and they really didn’t know what they were doing.“We got over the line, but we could have made more. A lot of sales are still coming through Kickstarter with people finding it on that website, and then coming to ours to make an order.”Although the US is the main target, the company also has a deal with Dubai-based teleshopping network Citruss TV, which gives it the potential to reach millions of consumers in the Middle Eastern and North African markets.The company also has a contract with the US distributor GBK Productions, a company that specialises in generating publicity for businesses through celebrity endorsements. Reflex Pillow design Source: Reflex PillowLong processO’Connor said the pillow had taken 15 years and cost €100,000 to develop, although it may never have made it to sale if not for a partnership with Limerick-based supply chain company Dutec.“There are a lot of people out there with great inventions and have no way of getting it to the marketplace. I was one of those people and I very nearly gave up because there was no way I was going to succeed without backing.“They called me in one day and asked would I like to partner up with them … they had the expertise in terms of distribution, so it was a good deal to make.”The partnership involved Dutec taking a 49% stake in the company in return for assuming €60,000 of debts built up during product development, O’Connor said.“Each process was very slow. The patent process alone took three and a half years, the design phase took two and a half years and it took seven years to find the right materials.” Source: Reflex PillowWhile O’Connor said he has more ideas for inventions, the time it took to get a product to market was a deterrent to repeating the process.“I have ideas in my head about a back support for the car, but that would probably take 25 years to develop.“I can’t see myself in the immediate future starting a new project because what I’m really trying to do is make this a success as a business project. That’s what I’m focusing on.”Written by Killian Woods and posted on Fora.ie Image: Shutterstock The Cork inventor of the ‘perfect pillow’ is about to launch his product Stateside Reflex Pillow raised over €80,000 on Kickstarter late last year. 15 Comments Short URL 28,796 Views Image: Shutterstockcenter_img AN IRISH INVENTOR who raised over €80,000 for the “perfect pillow” plans to take his product global through a series of crowdfunding campaigns and deals with international distributors.Noel O’Connor, a back and neck pain specialist who owns a clinic in Cork, has developed the Reflex Pillow, which provides people with extra neck support when they sleep.Late last year, he launched the product on Kickstarter to help fund his invention. The project reached nearly double its goal of €45,000, one of the best results for an Irish project to date, and generated over 1,100 orders.O’Connor told Fora that the company has also signed a deal with Amazon to sell the pillow on the US and UK versions of the website following the campaign.Further distribution arrangements have also been made with a teleshopping network and international distributors to sell the product, while normally sells for €89.However, O’Connor said the company is focused on the US market next and he plans to break into that region through another crowdfunding programme.“We’re hoping to introduce it to the US this year and we’ll do that through a new Kickstarter,” he said.“Based on the other similar pillow products that we saw at the time on Kickstarter, if we did the same programme we did from Ireland in the US, we would have made €3 million no problem.” http://jrnl.ie/3231982 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email3 Saturday 11 Feb 2017, 5:00 PM Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Take me to Foralast_img read more

Power down in parts of Dublin city centre

first_imgPower down in parts of Dublin city centre ESB Networks says it is working on the fault. By Cliodhna Russell Share3 Tweet Email4 Mar 7th 2017, 12:56 PM THERE IS A power fault in Dublin city centre that is causing outages at Fitzwilliam Square and Baggot Street Lower.ESB Networks says it is working on the fault and is hoping to have power restored by 1.15pm. Source: ESB Networks/Twitter The power provider has apologised for the outage.The area is largely made up of office buildings and food businesses.Power interruptions can be monitored at ESB.ie.Read: ‘No decision made’: An Post respond to reports of 80 post office closures> Tuesday 7 Mar 2017, 12:56 PMcenter_img 17,655 Views http://jrnl.ie/3274906 3 Comments We have a fault in the #FITZWILLIAM SQUARE # BAGGOT STREET LOWER areas of #DUBLIN 2, apologies . Initial restoration time is 1.15pm— ESB Networks (@ESBNetworks) March 7, 2017 Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Ukraine bans Russias Eurovision singer from entering the country

first_imgUkraine bans Russia’s Eurovision singer from entering the country The singer is said to have performed in Russia-annexed Crimea, prompting Ukrainian fury. Share27 Tweet Email UKRAINE HAS BARRED a Russian singer from entering the country to participate in this year’s Eurovision song contest, due to be held in Kiev in May.The country’s security service (SBU) said that Julia Samoilova was banned over a past performance in Russia-annexed Crimea.“The Security Service of Ukraine has banned Julia Samoilova from entry for three years,” SBU spokeswoman Olena Gitlyanska said. “The decision was taken just now.”Gitlyanska added the ban had been imposed because Samoilova had been “in violation of Ukrainian legislation.”Samoilova is a wheelchair user who suffers from spinal muscular atrophy. She was a finalist in the Russian version of the X-Factor, and performed at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, Russia.Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin told the Interfax news agency: “This is yet another outrageous, cynical and inhumane act by the Kiev authorities”.Political tension has persisted in the region since Russia annexed Crimea in March 2014Ukraine had condemned the choice of the singer as a Russian “provocation,” while the Kremlin insisted it opposed “politicising” the contest.The song which won the Eurovision song contest for Ukraine last year was a politically charged one.A combination of a jury and public vote saw a song about the mass deportation of Crimean Tatars under Josef Stalin, sung by Jamala, selected to represent the country.Ukraine narrowly won the contest, with Australia second and Russia coming in third.With reporting from AFP – © – AFP, 2017WATCH: This is the song that will represent us at the EurovisionRead: Graham Norton paid a heartfelt tribute to Terry Wogan during the Eurovision last night 52 Comments Julia Samoilova has been banned from performing in the Eurovision by Ukrainian authorities. Wednesday 22 Mar 2017, 2:11 PM Image: Ekaterina Lyzlova/AP Photo Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img Julia Samoilova has been banned from performing in the Eurovision by Ukrainian authorities. Image: Ekaterina Lyzlova/AP Photo Short URL 18,838 Views By Sean Murray Mar 22nd 2017, 2:11 PM http://jrnl.ie/3300674 last_img read more

Column Debunking the most common alternative facts about the Irish language

first_img 991 Views By Colm Ó Broin http://jrnl.ie/3329361 89 Comments Colm Ó Broin Apr 9th 2017, 8:45 AM Short URLcenter_img Column: Debunking the most common ‘alternative facts’ about the Irish language There is no reason Ireland couldn’t be wealthy and successful if more of us spoke Irish, writes Colm Ó Broin. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article THERE HAS BEEN a lot of talk this week about the Irish language. Claire Byrne had a passionate debate on Monday night on RTÉ 1.The Language Commissioner, Rónán Ó Domhnaill, declared on Tuesday that the system of Language Schemes, which started in 2004 and were to provide services in Irish, has failed. And, of course the census figures published yesterday show a slight reduction in the numbers who have Irish in the country.It’s very apt, therefore, to have a look at some of the many myths surrounding the Irish language, some of them are centuries old while others have only developed recently. I am going to take a look at the most common of these “alternative facts”.“Irish is a dead language”Census figures from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland show that almost 2 million people have some knowledge of the Irish language. A Millward Brown survey from 2015 showed that 1.2 million people in Ireland are confident in their ability to speak Irish.In terms of fluency, the Irish Language Survey carried out by Amárach Research in 2013 showed that almost 500,000 people across Ireland can have a conversation in Irish and another 150,000 have “native speaker fluency.” Even this figure would give Irish more fluent speakers than most languages in the world.According to the linguistic project, Ethnologue, half of the world’s languages have 7,000 or less speakers. So by any rational definition, the Irish language is alive.“Ireland would be poor if we spoke Irish”Ireland is one of the wealthiest countries in the world, but some people think we would be poorer if we spoke Irish as we wouldn’t be able to trade with other nations.If you believe this, just ask yourself a very basic question, are there any rich countries in the world that don’t speak English as their first language? Looking at a global list of national wealth (GNI) shows that there are many non-English speaking nations that are wealthy. Some of them are even richer than Ireland, like Denmark and Sweden.They’ve also been richer than Ireland for generations, meaning that they haven’t had the massive problems of unemployment and emigration that Ireland has had. There is no reason Ireland couldn’t be wealthy and successful if more of us spoke Irish.“Gaelscoileanna are elitist”Over 50,000 children attend Irish-language schools (Gaelscoileanna) outside of Gaeltacht regions in Ireland. Some of these schools are located in middle class areas and for some reason this has been used by people to claim that Gaelscoileanna in general are somehow “elitist”.However, children from every social class in Ireland attend Irish-medium schools. For example, over half of the primary level Gaelscoileanna in Dublin and Belfast are in working class areas.In recent years some people have tried to explain the growth in Irish-medium education as a result of racism, that is parents not wanting their children to be in the same school as children whose parents come from abroad. While there may be some parents who have this motivation, to stereotype all Gaelscoil parents as racists because of the actions of a few is prejudiced in itself.Irish-medium education is available and welcoming to children from all backgrounds.“Irish shouldn’t be an official EU language”Some people believe that the official status of Irish in the European Union is tokenism and a waste of money. However, since the Irish became an official language of the EU in 2007 more Irish has been spoken in the European Parliament than Estonian or Maltese.In some years more Irish has been spoken than Latvian, which has over 2 million speakers, and Danish, which has over 5 million. Irish is a real, working language of the European Union.The EU institutions employ translators and interpreters for all 24 of the EU’s official languages. They spend around €1.1 billion on language services every year (less than 1% of the total EU budget).The cost of the entire language services works out at about €2.20 per year for each EU citizen – less than 5c a week, an even tinier fraction of which is spent on the Irish language.“Irish isn’t compatible with modern technology”Irish is one of the top 100 languages used on the internet. Gmail, Facebook, Linux, Joomla!, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Office are just some of the software resources and programmes available in Irish.Twitter has only been translated to approximately 50 languages, and one of those is Irish. Over 2.3 million people from countries all around the world have downloaded the Duolingo app to learn Irish.Samsung provide predictive text in Irish as well as an Irish-language option for their smartphones, while a huge variety of apps in Irish are available on Android and iPhone.Kevin Scannell, Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at St Louis University in the US, led the original open source Irish localisation of Mozilla and has developed an Irish spell checker, grammar checker, and thesaurus, as well as dictionaries and translation engines that support Irish.“We don’t have to speak Irish”Having read the passages above you might be saying that, while it may all be true, we still don’t have to speak Irish. And you’d be right, we don’t have to speak Irish.But then again, there are lots of things in life we do because we want to do them, and not because we have to.So people in Ireland don’t follow the Irish rugby team because they have to, or because they’re the most successful or entertaining rugby team in the world, they follow them because they’re the Irish rugby team, and for no other reason. The Irish language is the same.Colm Ó Broin is an Irish speaker from Clondalkin, Dublin and a member of Conradh na Gaeilge. He will be giving a series of talks around the country on myths about the Irish language.Opinion: ‘I’m one of the 40 million Americans paying off the $1.3 trillion student debt’>‘HPRA guidance is biased. It didn’t use expert advisors with practical experience of cannabis’> Sunday 9 Apr 2017, 8:45 AM Share Tweet Email7 last_img read more

Quiz How well do you remember the Beast from the East

first_img Shutterstock The Late Late show almost didn’t go ahead during the storm but one comedian made it through the snow and ice to be there, can you name them? What are ewe doing!? Feb 23rd 2019, 9:00 PM 43,646 Views Spot on €60 By Adam Daly Answer all the questions to see your result! Deirdre O’Kane Lev Tolstoy 500,000 PA Images A shell of a bad effort Shutterstock Tweet Share your result: In the lead up to the arrival The Beast, people began panic buying bread and even reselling them online. How much did this seller get for their half loaf? Shutterstock 15 Comments 69cm Clever Cat! Alcohol Share Maria Sharapova Shutterstock – 12 °C €15 Coronation Street Top Dog! 80cm Share Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie According to Met Éireann, Glenmacnass in Wicklow experienced the heaviest snowfall, but what was the recorded depth? Tallaght Bread What was the lowest recorded temperature by Met Éireann? Sister Axel Froze The sisters at Poor Clares in Galway made a surprisingly great snownun during the cold snap. What was the name of the new sister? €30 Turtley Awful! IT’S BEEN ALMOST a year since Storm Emma and the Beast from the East, a rare weather combination, brought Ireland to a standstill, so we wanted to test your knowledge of everything that went on during the snowpocalypse.  Sister Beast Sister Frosty Rollingnews Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews.ie Brendan O’Carroll DAA 200,000 800,000 What was the most-watched TV programme in Ireland during the bad weather? PA Images – 5 °C Rollingnews.ie 2 metres Frozen Food Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews.ie Tweet Milk https://jrnl.ie/4500298 Jason Byrne Nikolai Valuev Share Mario Rosenstock Saturday 23 Feb 2019, 9:00 PM To ensure that Dublin airport remained open throughout the storm, crews removed how many tonnes of snow from the runway? €45 Tweet Fintastic! Cabra Blanchardstown Share11 Tweet Email Carrickmines Vladimir Putin – 7 °C You scored out of ! – 9 °C You scored out of ! Share your result: Tweet Room To Improve Shutterstock Poor Clares Galway Sister Sleigh Quiz: How well do you remember the Beast from the East? Snowpocalypse then. Tweet Baaaa here, bleat it out Share your result: Shutterstock Shutterstock Short URL RTÉ’s Nine O’Clock News Share your result: Share Flippin’ good! 400,000 You scored out of ! Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article PA Images 48cm Share Back in 2012, there was a similar eastern-influenced cold snap and the UK media started using the ‘Beast from the East’ as a shorthand. But who influenced the term? Shutterstock You scored out of ! PA Images Almost purrfect RTÉ’s Six One News You scored out of ! The Lidl supermarket that was destroyed by a digger during Storm Emma has since reopened but where in Dublin is the store? Shoppers spent an extra €9.6 million more on groceries during the storm but what was the biggest seller? Share your result:last_img read more

Two men due in court after armed raid on post office

first_img Short URL Image: Google Maps The post office in Maugheraboy, Co Sligo Image: Google Maps Jun 13th 2018, 7:57 AM By Cormac Fitzgerald Share35 Tweet Email The post office in Maugheraboy, Co Sligo TWO MEN ARE due in court after an armed raid on a post office in Sligo yesterday.At 2.25pm yesterday afternoon gardaí received a report of two men armed with knives carrying out a robbery on the post office at Maugheraboy in the county.Garda units responding chased two men on foot and arrested both. The men are aged in their late teens.No one was injured in the incident and all cash stolen in the raid was recovered.The arrested men were detained at Ballymote Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.Both have been charged and are expected to appear at Manorhamilton District Court at 10.30am this morning.Comments have been disabled as people are due before the courtcenter_img Wednesday 13 Jun 2018, 7:57 AM Two men due in court after armed raid on post office No one was injured in the incident and all cash stolen in the raid was recovered. http://jrnl.ie/4067928 12,115 Views No Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Rape conviction quashed over ruling that prevented girl 15 being asked about

first_img By Ruaidhrí Giblin No Comments Share29 Tweet Email Thursday 21 Jun 2018, 3:35 PM 29,201 Views Jun 21st 2018, 3:35 PM Short URL Dublin’s Central Criminal Courtcenter_img Dublin’s Central Criminal Court Image: Google Maps https://jrnl.ie/4084107 A CO LOUTH man has had his conviction for raping a 15-year-old family friend quashed over a ruling which prevented his lawyers from questioning the girl, who asserted that she was a virgin before their encounter, as to why she was on the contraceptive pill at the time.The now 25-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had pleaded not guilty to rape and defilement of the girl at his home between 4 and 5 October 2014 when he was 21 and the girl aged 15.A Central Criminal Court jury found him guilty and he was sentenced to eight years imprisonment by Justice Patrick McCarthy on 29 July 2016.After the jury verdict, the man’s barrister, Giollaíosa O’Lideadha SC, said his client continued to maintain his innocence.The Court of Appeal quashed the man’s conviction today over a ruling which prevented the defence from asking questions of the complainant as to why she was on the contraceptive pill, and remained on it despite some adverse medical reactions, at the time.Sexual historyIt was the defence case that all sexual activity was consensual and that the complainant had been involved in sexual activity, including intercourse, with another male shortly before his encounter with her.It was the prosecution’s case, based on statements provided by the complainant, that, although she had boyfriends, she had not previously been sexually active and was a virgin prior to her encounter with the man.During the trial, the defence had sought to question the complainant on previous sexual history, particularly in respect of messages on her phone which carried sexual innuendo and at least one photo of a male penis. The purpose was to establish that she had been sexually active and had probably engaged in intercourse immediately prior to the alleged rape.The defence also sought to introduce evidence that would assist in establishing that the complainant was taking the pill not just for medical reasons but at least partly for contraceptive purposes in contemplation of such activity.In his ruling, the trial judge had said the texts and other communications did not “stretch” to admissions of having close sexual relations and that it would be “degrading” to the complainant to cross-examine her on those.The trial judge said the defence had put forward a “bald proposition” that the girl was on the pill because she was sexually active. However, medical material showed the girl was on the contraceptive pill for medical reasons “quite unrelated to the purpose of inhibiting” pregnancy, the trial judge had said.Giving judgment in the Court of Appeal, Justice Alan Mahon said these were difficult and complex issues for the trial judge to balance between protecting the rights of the accused and excluding evidence which was irrelevant and prejudicial.The Court of Appeal found no fault with the judge’s rulings in relation to material on her mobile phone.ConcernsThe court did, however, have a concern in relation to the ruling preventing any questions being raised as to the reasons why the complainant was on the contraceptive pill or remained on it despite some adverse medical reaction to the medication.There was, at least, a possibility that the jury might be persuaded that a primary or secondary motivation for taking the pill, and remaining on it, was to facilitate sexual intercourse and that such sexual activity has occurred in the course of her confrontation with the man “was not the first occasion on which she had engaged in sexual intercourse”.It was “an important credibility issue,” Justice Mahon said.“That issue ought to have remained open to greater clarification aided by cross-examination. It is a matter which ought properly to have been left to the jury for consideration.”Accordingly, Justice Mahon, who sat with President of the Court of Appeal Justice George Birmingham and Justice John Hedigan, allowed the appeal on this ground, set aside the man’s conviction and ordered a retrial.The man was admitted to bail to appear before the Central Criminal Court on the next list to fix dates. Image: Google Maps Rape conviction quashed over ruling that prevented girl (15) being asked about contraceptive pill The man was sentenced to eight years imprisonment on 29 July 2016. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Aftermath of floods hit home

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Brisbane residents are slowly beginning to return home, faced with a massive clean up in the wake of Queensland’s devastating floods. More than 1000 residents took shelter in evacuation centres as the Brisbane River peaked on Thursday. Chris Kazonis, who was forced to evacuate his West End home, returned to his house late Thursday afternoon. “We were one of the first to go back; we just wanted to start cleaning,” Mr Kazonis told Neos Kosmos. Though the water receded very quickly on Thursday, Mr Kazonis said his family’s house had one metre of water through it. “They were talking about the tide coming in but we’ve started cleaning, disinfecting and bleaching,” he said, adding “we spent about five or six hours cleaning. There’s a lot of slush, mud from the river that has all come into the house. We just had to hose the whole bottom level of our house and go through cleaning out all the kitchen cupboards”. Mr Kazonis sandbagged his house but water still got in and came through the stormwater areas, he said. “Our house had a metre and a half of water after the floods in 1974, so we thought with the Wivenhoe dam in place now that would make about a metre’s difference, but it didn’t,” he said, quick to add “it could have been worse”.While the water is still on electricity is yet to be turned back on, Mr Kazonis said. Roads are open but covered in mud and slush, so people have been advised to drive very carefully. Mr Kazonis, who is also involved with the Greek Orthodox Community of St George, said a couple of community members in lower areas of West End had their houses totally submerged in water whilst many others have had water through their houses. Some train lines are operating again, Ms Laoudikos said, as she was able to travel by train on Friday from South Brisbane into the CBD. “I am surprised how quickly the water is receding, but also amazed at how far the water came up. From Brisbane River it would have crossed four streets,” she said. Some supermarkets were closed on Friday and many were forced to close after running out of stock. “I had to go to a few different supermarkets to find things,” Ms Laoudikos said. “People initially were panicking and stocking up, so there wasn’t much stuff left on the shelves. I’m not sure when they will open up again”. The Greek community supplied their elderly respite clients with food to take home earlier in the week, however due to power cuts the food wouldn’t last longer than a couple of days, Ms Laoudikos said. “We’re now ringing clients to make sure they’re okay, to see if they need food or if they have any concerns, and we’ll take it from there. Hopefully most people will be okay”.The death toll currently stands at 15, while 61 people are still reported as missing in the Lockyer Valley and Ipswich regions in Queensland.last_img read more

Jobless rate to hover around 30 pct by 2014

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Unemployment in Greece will climb to 29.3 percent in 2013 and 31 percent in 2014, the German institute of macroeconomic forecasts IfW Kiel predicted on Tuesday.The German institute’s economists also forecast the economic contraction to come to 4 percent next year and spill over into 2014 at a 1 percent rate, against a European Commission prediction for 0.6 percent growth in 2014.In its revision of the Greek streamlining program, published in Brussels on Monday, the Commission had also been more optimistic in its estimates for the jobless rate, putting it at 24 percent for 2013 (from 23.6 percent in 2012) and 22.2 percent in 2014. By contrast, using International Labor Office (ILO) methodology, the IfW Kiel economists expect the unemployment rate to come in at 24.6 percent at end-2012 before soaring to 29.3 percent in 2013 – higher even than Spain’s 27.9 percent rate. A rise in employment usually trails the economic growth rate by at least six months. The IfW forecast mirrors that of the Labor Institute of the General Confederation of Greek Labor, which expects unemployment to top 30 percent next year. IfW also sees inflation in Greece reaching 1.1 percent this year and turning into deflation of 0.6 percent in 2013. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Request for lower tax on empty properties

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The association representing property owners in Greece demanded that the government ensure that empty properties, or ones that have been disconnected from the power grid, are taxed at a lower rate.In a statement, the Panhellenic Federation of Property Owners (POMIDA) said it was directing a “request and warning” to the government regarding the properties in question.POMIDA argues that taxing these properties at the same rate as those that are in use as part of the unified property tax (ENFIA) would be “a tragic mistake” and “disastrous for taxpayers.”“We expect, even at the last minute, a positive response from the prime minister, the deputy prime minister and the finance minister and for MPs from the countries large urban areas to finally show an interest in taxpayers’ fate.”Source: Ekathimerinilast_img read more

Ball in EUs court

first_imgGreek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Monday it was now up to European authorities to find a debt deal to save Athens from default, after the government submitted a reform plan to Brussels.“The ball is in the court of the European authorities,” radical leftist leader Tsipras told reporters after an emergency eurozone summit in Brussels.“Our proposal has been accepted as the basis for discussion by the institutions,” he said, referring to Greece’s creditors, the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund.“Negotiations will continue over the next two days. We don’t want a fragmented deal that is only for a limited time. We want a complete and viable solution.”Tsipras, who was elected in January, has balked at demands by Greece’s creditors for further austerity measures in exchange for the release of more bailout funds to avoid defautling on an IMF payment on June 30.“For the first time the burden will not lie on workers and pensioners. We are protecting middle class families and for the first time the burden will lie on those who can pay, so we can finally leave this crisis which has afflicted us for five years.”Eurozone leaders said after Monday’s emergency summit that they were finally moving towards a deal on Greece, but that there was more work to do.[AFP, Kathimerini] Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Sydney developer makes a killing

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram In another reflection of the booming property market in Sydney, investor Theo Onisforou made a $500k windfall earlier this month after selling a derelict church in Newtown, which he bought for $2.01 million in February.Built in 1943, the property at 158 Australia Street, sold for $2.55 million at auction.Apart from Mr Onisforou’s four-month ownership the property has been in the hands of religious groups since the 1940s.Continuing its spiritual heritage the winning bidder was the Tibetan Buddhist Group Rigpa who plan to turn the dilapidated building into a temple.Four months ago the former investment adviser to Kerry Packer paid $3.15 million for a working glass factory with two-level residence.Mr Onisforou is credited with reivitalising an area of Paddington with fashion labels that is now known as The Intersection. He made his name working as a chief investment manager for Kerry Packer’s Consolidated Press Holdings. 20 years ago. Onisforou, who owns a harbour-front home at Elizabeth Bay, set out to diversify his revenue streams as a grazier, after acquiring a 242ha Angus stud at Bowral. His wealth is placed at between $100-120 million.last_img read more

12 ans de prison pour les chasseurs de tigres

first_img12 ans de prison pour les chasseurs de tigresAlors que se déroule à St Pétersbourg jusqu’à demain un sommet international pour lutter contre la chasse au tigre, le Bangladesh adopte une loi pour punir les braconniers. Toute personne qui tuera délibérément un éléphant ou un tigre sera incarcérée douze ans. Le texte prévoit par ailleurs des compensations financières pour les familles ayant subi des attaques d’animaux sauvages et pour celles dont les maisons et récoltes ont été détruites. L’objectif est de protéger ces espèces menacées, également chassées pour leur peau ou leurs organes.Au Bangladesh, hommes et animaux vivent ensemble dans les Sundarbans, la plus grande mangrove du monde. Cette zone est la dernière à abriter, à l’heure actuelle, les derniers spécimens de tigres du Bengale.Par ailleurs, le Fonds mondial pour la nature (WWF) s’est alarmé ces derniers jours de la disparition imminente de ces félins que sont les tigres. Si la chasse continue, l’organisation prévient : il ne leur reste plus que 12 ans à (sur)vivre sur la planète (voir notre article).Le 23 novembre 2010 à 11:27 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Une convention proposée le 13 septembre pour lInternet social

first_imgUne convention proposée le 13 septembre pour l’Internet socialEric Besson, le ministre de l’Industrie, a proposé une réunion aux fournisseurs d’accès à Internet (FAI) le 13 septembre pour leur soumettre une convention instaurant un tarif social de l’Internet.Comme ce qui se passe déjà dans la téléphonie mobile depuis le mois de mars, avec un tarif social offrant 40 minutes de communication et 40 SMS pour “moins de dix euros par mois”, Eric Besson souhaite maintenant étendre ce concept à Internet. À lire aussiLe World Wide Web a 30 ans : devons-nous nous inquiéter de son évolution ?Le ministre de l’Industrie a ainsi proposé aux fournisseurs d’accès à Internet FAI de se réunir le 13 septembre prochain pour réfléchir à l’adaptation d’une telle convention au Web, explique l’AFP, qui reprend un entretien donné par Eric Besson au Figaro. Dans ce dernier, il explique sa volonté de mettre en place “dans les prochains jours” un tarif social de l’internet, à 20 euros par mois “pour le téléphone (fixe) et l’internet haut débit, plus 3 euros par mois pour une box”. En mars, le gouvernement avait soumis cette idée à l’Autorité de la concurrence, qui y avait répondu que cette proposition était “compatible avec le droit de la concurrence”. Actuellement, plusieurs opérateurs ont lancé des offres dites “sociales”, mais seulement deux d’entre eux ont obtenu la labellisation officielle du gouvernement, note l’AFP. Reste donc à finaliser tout cela… Le 6 septembre 2011 à 13:22 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Un implant cardiaque pour prévenir de limminence dune attaque

first_imgUn implant cardiaque pour prévenir de l’imminence d’une attaqueDes chercheurs américains ont mis au point un petit dispositif à implanter dans le coeur et capable de donner l’alerte quand l’organe montre des signes d’attaque. Malgré son coût important, il pourrait permettre de sauver des milliers de vie.Selon les statistiques, pas moins de 30% des quelque un million de victimes de crise cardiaque décèderaient aux Etats-Unis avant d’avoir pu recevoir toute assistance médicale. Pourtant, comme l’explique régulièrement les spécialistes, chaque minute compte lorsqu’il s’agit de secourir une personne dans de telles circonstances. Des chercheurs sont ainsi parvenus à mettre au point un petit dispositif ingénieux qui pourrait sauver la vie de milliers de gens chaque année. Baptisé AngelMed Guardian, cet implant est à installer à proximité du coeur et est capable de prévenir de l’imminence d’une attaque. Si les professionnels de santé utilisent déjà des dispositifs d’alarme pour certains patients hospitalisés, ceux-ci ne sont utilisés que dans certaines circonstances et ne permet pas un “auto-contrôle”. D’où l’innovation de l’implant qui surveille continuellement les signaux de l’organe et alerte à la moindre anomalie grâce à un petit dispositif externe auquel il est lié. Pour cela, il utilise différentes méthodes : des vibrations, un signal sonore et un signal lumineux. Trois types d’alarme qui empêchent que l’alerte passe inaperçue. “Une alarme vibrante issue du dispositif implanté est plus susceptible d’être ressentie qu’une alarme auditive ne l’est d’être entendue, parce que le patient peut par exemple porter des vêtements épais, avoir une perte d’audition ou tout simplement être dans un environnement bruyant”, explique au Daily Mail Mary Carol Day, auteur de l’article présentant l’implant et publié dans la revue Ergonomics in Design. De plus, l’AngelMed Guardian présente plusieurs niveaux d’alerte.Des alertes différentes en fonction des anomalies détectéesÀ lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Il peut déclencher soit une alarme de haute priorité qui indique que le patient va être victime d’une attaque et qu’il faut immédiatement appeler les secours, soit une alarme qui révèle qu’une anomalie a été détectée et qu’il faut se rendre chez le médecin dans les prochains 48 heures. Au cours d’une étude test menée chez des adultes âgés, les chercheurs ont montré que les personnes porteuses de l’implant étaient tout à fait capables de distinguer les deux types d’alerte et donc de réagir de manière appropriée.  Si le dispositif apparait tout à fait ingénieux, reste une difficulté : son coût qui s’élève tout de même à quasiment 10.000 euros. Pour l’heure, les chercheurs poursuivent donc les tests cliniques pour confirmer l’efficacité de l’AngelMed Guardian.Le 17 avril 2012 à 18:10 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

WWDC 2012 Le tant attendu iOS 6 enfin révélé

first_imgWWDC 2012 : Le tant attendu iOS 6 enfin révéléLors de la keynote d’Apple, les dirigeants de la firme à la pomme ont annoncé pas moins de 200 nouvelles fonctionnalités sur iOS 6 par rapport à son prédécesseur. Voici la liste de celles qui ont été présentées en détail.La conférence des développeurs d’Apple a été l’occasion pour la marque à la pomme de dévoiler enfin sa prochaine version de son système d’exploitation pour mobile, iOS 6. Apple en a même profité pour rappeler certains chiffres qui agacerait Google. Alors sque 80% des utilisateurs iOS utilisent iOS 5, seul 7% des utilisateurs d’Android sont sur sa dernière version, Android 4.0 pourtant lancé en même temps que la version 5 de iOS. Le dernier système d’exploitation d’Apple apporte quelque 200 nouvelles fonctionnalités selon la marque. Voici la liste de celles qui ont été présentées :-Siri a été amélioré. On pourra désormais chercher les bonnes adresses de restaurants ou de boutique, réserver une place de cinéma etc. Siri vous donne même les horaires de séances, les scores des matchs et peut faire une comparaison des statistiques de certains joueurs. Apple a même conclu un partenariat avec des constructeurs automobiles dont BMW, GM, Mercedes, Audi Toyota, Honda, afin d’inclure un bouton permettant d’activer Siri depuis le volant de votre voiture. Et comme évoqué dans plusieurs rumeurs, Siri sera bien disponible pour iPad.-Intégration de Facebook. Le réseau social sera intégré comme l’est déjà Twitter. On pourra alors poster les photos depuis l’appareil, partager des sites, via Safari ou des adresses depuis Maps. Sur l’AppStore, il sera désormais possible de liker/partager des applications. -Amélioration de la gestion des appels. Sur l’iPhone de nouvelles options font leur apparition. Il sera possible de répondre par un message, répondre plus tard, et même un mode “Ne pas déranger” paramétrable selon une plage horaire.-Facetime via la 3G. Plus besoin de Wi-Fi pour réaliser une vidéo conférence. Il est possible d’utiliser Facetime grâce au réseau cellulaire.-Partage des photos. Avec la fonctionnalité Photostream, on pourra partager des photos à ses amis qui recevront des notifications. L’application Mail se personnalise aussi avec une nouvelle fonction : “VIP”. Elle vous permet d’accéder plus intuitivement aux courriels de vos amis proches, avec une simplification de l’insertion de photos et vidéosÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?-Carte de fidélité tout en un. Passbook réunit toutes vos cartes de fidélité en une seule, ainsi que vos cartes d’embarquement, vos places de cinéma etc.-Au revoir Google Maps. La rumeur est bien confirmée, Google Maps laisse place à l’appli made in Apple, Maps. Elle permet un affichage du trafic en temps réel, avec un guidage vocal à l’aide de Siri. Elle propose aussi des information de trafic “crowd sourcées”. Maps propose même une vue en 3D calculée en temps réel. L’iOS 6 sera disponible d’ici l’automne à partir des iPhone 3GS , iPod Touch 4 et iPad 2, ainsi que le nouvel iPad.  Le 11 juin 2012 à 23:56 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Éjaculation précoce le médicament Priligy arrive en 2013

first_imgÉjaculation précoce : le médicament Priligy arrive en 2013 Selon le site Atlantico.fr, un médicament contre l’éjaculation précoce, déjà commercialisé dans d’autres pays d’Europe, devrait l’être en France l’année prochaine.Son nom : le Priligy. Son constituant essentiel : la dapoxétine, une molécule faisant partie de ces fameux “inhibiteurs sélectifs de la recapture de la sérotonine (SSRI)”, agissant sur certains neurotransmetteurs du cerveau. Sa fonction : soigner une affection qui touche près d’un homme sur quatre, l’éjaculation rapide, souvent appelée éjaculation précoce.À lire aussiAntihistaminique : qu’est-ce que c’est ? A quoi ça sert ?Déjà commercialisé en Italie, en Espagne et en Allemagne, ce médicament, le seul spécifiquement destiné à lutter contre ce genre de trouble – souvent dû à des causes psychologiques –, devrait être en vente en France à partir de début 2013. Il est censé multiplier par trois le temps durant lequel le sujet, sexuellement excité, peut se retenir de libérer son sperme.Mais attention, le pacte pour un plaisir prolongé peut coûter cher ! Insomnies, maux de tête, diarrhées ou vertiges peuvent parfois survenir : ce sont les effets indésirables observés chez 10 % des patients testés à la suite de la prise de dapoxétine. D’autre part, le médicament est contre-indiqué chez les malades hépatiques, les cardiaques et les personnes sous antidépresseur. Le 23 novembre 2012 à 17:30 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more