I have never seen anything like this Homelessness in Galway hits crisis

first_img 51 Comments 27,963 Views Share882 Tweet Email7 Nov 28th 2016, 9:15 PM TWO YEARS AGO, TheJournal.ie published an extensive study of homelessness in Ireland. Since then the issue has gained traction and is of huge national concern.This week, we are examining homelessness beyond the capital. What is the situation around the whole of Ireland? And what is being done to improve it?THE CONVERSATION ABOUT homelessness in Ireland is often, naturally, centred around Dublin given the sheer scale of the problem in the capital.However, homelessness is becoming a huge issue in various parts of the country, including Galway.John Dolan, the team leader of Galway Simon’s resettlement service, has worked in the area of homelessness for years. He took a career break from March 2015 to July 2016.When he returned to work a few months ago, he says it was a “completely different landscape” to what he was used to early last year, with a lot changing in a relatively short period of time.“I was shocked by the increase in the number of people seeking access to homeless services, and the change in demographics,” he tells TheJournal.ie. Shop Street in Galway Source: Shutterstock/EQRoyDolan says in previous years it was common to deal with the same service users on more than one occasion, noting: “Galway is a pretty small place, you would know [people] from the past.“It’s completely different now, there are new cohorts of people that are accessing homelessness services. People that have never navigated this territory before. There is huge pressure on services here in Galway.The level of the crisis that exists is quite frightening to be honest. I have worked in homeless services for a very long time and I have never seen anything like this.“It’s very frustrating as well. We would love to have options to give or solutions to give people. The demographic of people accessing services has really expanded.”High rents Dolan says some of the people seeking help may have rented for many years but been asked to leave their house as the landlord wants to sell it or allow a family member to move in. John Dolan Source: Galway SimonDue to rents being too high for many people, Dolan says they are “left with very little option but to access homeless services”.Dolan says that while some aspect of the government’s housing action plan are to be welcomed, he’s “not sure it’s a plan that can really solve the issue as it stands because it’s such a crisis”.As part of the Rebuilding Ireland plan, the government aims to build 25,000 homes a year by 2020 and provide 47,000 new social housing units, at a cost of over €5 billion.Part of the plan will see mixed developments of social and private housing in various locations.Dolan says the plan is over-reliant on the private-rented sector, something that will not work by itself.“There are a lot of bandages being thrown out there,” he says, adding that not introducing rent controls lacks foresight.Social housing Dolan, like many others on the frontline of homelessness services, believes building more houses has to make up a large part of the response to what is a “perennial” national housing crisis.“We were able to build a huge amount of social hosing in the 1970s when we didn’t exactly have a lot of state coffers. It’s a question of political will in terms of what we do with the finances that we do have,” he notes, saying the €500 million worth of tax cuts in the Budget might have been better spent on building houses. Source: Matheus Munoz/Galway SimonNo social housing has been built in Galway since 2009.Helena Martyn of Galway City Council’s housing department told us the first phase of new social housing (14 units) in the city is expected to begin construction on Ballymoneen Road in mid-December and be completed by 2018, at an estimated cost of €3.1 million.The second phase, a minimum of 55 units, is “expected to be delivered shortly thereafter”, but it’s too early in the planning process for a cost estimation.Read: ‘My son said to me we’ll need to put up a Christmas tree this year… please God we’ll have a house first’Speaking about the plan in the Dáil this month, Housing Minister Simon Coveney said: “As with all social housing proposals, there is an onus on the local authority and on my department to ensure best value for money and a reasonable density within the development to meet respond to social housing need.Accordingly, contacts between my department and Galway City Council have included the consideration of options in relation to the density and design for this development, but such considerations should not delay advancement of the project.Coveney added that the two Galway local authorities – city and county – “have a combined target of 1,126 social housing units for the period out to 2017, supported by an allocation of €58.5 million, to be invested in a combination of building, buying and leasing schemes”.A recent social housing needs assessment found that there are approximately 3,500 households on the city’s housing waiting list.The council works with a number of bodies to provide accommodation, including Clúid Housing, Túath Housing Association, Co-operative Housing Ireland and Respond.€25,000 per monthThe average monthly spend by the council on private emergency accommodation to date in 2016 is €25,272.90, compared to €16,856.58 per month in 2015.Martyn notes that this is “significant money”, describing it as a “short-term solution” rather than an “ideal” one.“It’s not fair to expect a family’s home to be a hotel. That’s not an appropriate setting for families.” she says, adding that living in emergency accommodation is “not a healthy environment to grow up in”.Martyn says private emergency accommodation is the main option available to Galway City Council. It has made a number of transitional units available to homeless families and these are used when they become available. They are always fully occupied.Obviously where children are involved we make sure some form of accommodation available. No child should be child left sleeping on the streets. That’s one of my biggest fears.Martyn notes that, to the city council’s knowledge, this has never happened, but it if did Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, would be notified. She says this is something that could happen if a family didn’t contact the council or organisations such as Simon or COPE.Martyn says that while homelessness is less prevalent in the nearby counties of Mayo and Roscommon it’s still an issue, with more and more families facing the prospect of losing their homes.She adds that while private rented accommodation has its role to play in responding to the housing crisis, more houses need to be built nationally.Lack of accommodation remains a huge issue and new builds are needed. Source: Matheus Munoz/Galway SimonMartin O’Connor, Assistant CEO of COPE Galway, says the city is an example of somewhere where “when the crash happened, there was no overhang of unfinished properties”. He says there were “small pockets of apartments”, but not many housing estates close to completion.“Without additional housing it’s simply not going to be possible to manage the crisis,” he notes.Rough sleeping Dolan says homelessness in Galway has become much more “visible” in recent times.“It’s the first time in many people’s memory that visible homelessness is now an everyday topic of conversation. That’s significant. Squatting always happened, but now there is more of a spillover onto the streets – people sleeping in bus shelters, in front of foyers of hotels.”COPE estimates that about 20 people sleep rough in the city every night.O’Connor says this figure is likely to be higher as there are also people squatting in semi-derelict or derelict buildings, and sleeping in the stairwells of car parks.He says there are usually more men sleeping rough than women, and a small number of couples. He notes that some of their relationships formed while on streets, sometimes due in part to “reasons of safety for women”.On top of this, Dolan says there are the “invisible homeless”, people who are couch-surfing or staying in hostels, B&Bs or hotels.Services Simon provides a number of services in Galway city, including a ‘moving on’ service that aims to help men move into independent living (a service they also provide), community housing, long-term housing and a youth homelessness service.Here’s a breakdown of the number of people Galway Simon has helped in 2016:Households worked with from January to September: 529 (up from 366 in the whole of 2015)Households helped by the community support team from January to September: 285 (up from 227 in 2015)Number of people housed in their services from January to September: 101 (113 in 2015)Referrals from January to October 2016: 251 (226 in 2015)Number of families worked with from January to October: 112 (up from 32 in 2015 and five in 2014)Dolan says some of the young people they support previously lived in the care system or may have ended up on the streets due to a family breakdown.He adds that youth homelessness is a “huge issue”, and something Simon works “very much in tandem” with other agencies to tackle.Read: “I don’t want to be 40 living in a tent waking up with a bottle of vodka beside me”In a joint initiative between a number of organisations and the city council, a new complex that will house 18-25 year olds is due to open by the end of November – with the aim of getting young people off the streets before the weather worsens.“It’s very hard to get your head around, in terms of how these people have been left with so few options,” Dolan notes.Drug useDolan says some of the service users Simon works with have substance dependence and mental health issues, but describes this as “a chicken and egg scenario”, with some issues developing or worsening as a result of homelessness.“Much of this can come as a result of homelessness or some kind of trauma that existed in childhood and teenage years.” he notes. Source: Shutterstock/Olena YakobchukO’Connor says COPE has noticed an increase in heroin use in the city in recent years. He says this can lead to a “difficult” dynamic in shared emergency accommodation.We’re very clear about what’s permissible. We won’t facilitate active drug use in homeless services. We will link people and refer them to addiction services with a view to getting them on a methadone programme.O’Connor notes that it’s much easier to access services in Dublin and many addicts have to leave the west to access a detox programme.“One of the big deficits is the near complete absence of detox and rehab services in Galway and the surrounding areas.”He says COPE is aware of a “small number of cases” where women have engaged in sex work in order to get money for drugs.There is a waiting list for the local methadone programme which can cause issues because, as O’Connor puts it, there might only be a small “window of opportunity to engage with somebody”.Evictions COPE has also seen a rise in the number of families seeking help in the last 18 months in particular. O’Connor says that since then there has been “a very notable increase in the number of families starting to access services, and that level of need has persisted”.A number of families are currently being put up in a hostel originally designed for single women.Like Simon, all of COPE’s beds are full and the demand continually outstrips supply.O’Connor says a lack of affordable housing means some people end up staying emergency accommodation for extended periods of time.COPE is working with about 60 families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, with four or five new families presenting for help each month. Martin O’Connor Source: COPE GalwayO’Connor says about 10 new families were presenting monthly earlier this year, but fortunately this number has dropped recently.COPE is working with a number of families who are in notice-to-quit situations and facing eviction. O’Connor says the organisation has had “some success” in getting families more time to try to strike a deal with their landlord.He says some landlords are “sympathetic and trying to be amenable”, with some “very regretful in certain instances”, but they might want to sell the property or have more rent coming in so don’t want to continue with the current arrangement.He notes that a number of landlords are also not renewing contracts to provide housing for local authorities when they come to an end, as they might be able to make more money by selling the house or renting it privately.O’Connor says nine of the 60 families being helped by COPE are experiencing “hidden homelessness – where they have lost their accommodation and are staying with family of friends – something that is not sustainable in the long-term”.Roughly half of the families COPE is currently helping are Traveller families who were settled but lost their accommodation, often due to the landlord taking the property back to sell it or for their own family to use.O’Connor says it can be “particularly challenging for Travellers” to access new privately-rented accommodation as there is an “added prejudice”.Void properties O’Connor says the number of void properties available to be refurbished and used as accommodation in Galway city is “pretty much exhausted”.He notes that many of the few three-bedroom houses available in the city cost over €1,000 a month. He says some parents struggle to make up the difference between the rent and their rent supplement entitlement of €875 if they have two children or €900 for three children – especially when they are competing with the rest of the market.The HAP was introduced in Galway in February. O’Connor says it’s “early days” for the scheme in Galway, but it has seen “some success”. Day centre Source: COPE GalwayAs well as providing an emergency accommodation response for families experiencing homeless, COPE also runs a number of hostels.Its Fairgeen facility is a 26-bedroom hostel that provides emergency and short-term accommodation for men. A 12-unit hostel, Osterley Lodge, provides emergency and short-term accommodation for women on their own or with children.Domestic violence COPE’s Waterside House is the only 24-hour accessible refuge in the western region. It provides accommodation, information, support and court accompaniment to women and their children experiencing domestic violence. There is an outreach service for women in the city and county who are in abusive relationships and need support and information.In 2015, almost 600 women and children received support from across our range of domestic violence services including our refuge. However, a further 288 individual women and 405 children who sought safe refuge could not be accommodated due to lack of space. In these instances women were offered referral to refuges elsewhere in the country.Here’s a breakdown of the domestic violence-related services provided by COPE to date in 2016:Refuge admissions: 68 women (58 individual); 74 children (70 individual)Unable to accommodate: 162 women with 197 childrenOutreach appointments provided: 545 in Galway city and countyCourt accompaniments: 59 women accompanied 110 timesPlay therapy sessions: Provided for 93 childrenHealthy relationships sessions: Provided in 33 secondary schoolsThe refuge has capacity to accommodate six women and 15 children at any given time. The building is unfit for purpose – it’s based on single room bedsit-type accommodation and cannot facilitate onsite cooking or an outdoor play area for children. Osterley Lodge Source: COPE GalwayA new facility is due to be built on Forster Street in the city centre.It will comprise nine self-contained accommodation units (seven one-beds and two two-beds), each with a kitchen/living room, bedroom/s and bathroom. It will have an overall capacity to accommodate a minimum of nine women and about 20 children. Units will be shared to facilitate further capacity when needed.The building, which will also have communal and office rooms, was donated by the Sisters of Mercy on a 99-year lease in 2013. The redevelopment is set to cost about €2.5 million, with a €1.16 million grant being provided by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government.The plan is to complete the project by winter 2017.Our #Homeless Ireland 2016 series continues all of this week on TheJournal.ie. http://jrnl.ie/3080701 ‘I have never seen anything like this’: Homelessness in Galway hits crisis point More and more families are presenting as homeless in Galway, where no social housing has been built since 2009. By Órla Ryan Short URL Monday 28 Nov 2016, 9:15 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Donald Trump is using his Twitter account to take on China

first_imgDonald Trump is using his Twitter account to take on China China woke up this morning to sharp criticism, days after Beijing accused the Taiwanese president of playing a “small trick” on the US president-elect. By Associated Press Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen, left, US President-elect Donald Trump, centre, and China’s President Xi Jinping. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesCHINESE LEADERS FACE a challenge: how to deal with Donald Trump.Weeks before taking office, the incoming American president is riling Beijing with confrontation and online statements that appear to foreshadow a tougher foreign policy toward China.China woke up this morning to sharp criticism posted by Trump on Twitter, days after Beijing responded to his telephone conversation with Taiwan’s president by accusing the Taiwanese of playing a “small trick” on Trump.Trump wrote:Did China ask us if it was OK to devalue their currency (making it hard for our companies to compete), heavily tax our products going into their country (the U.S. doesn’t tax them) or to build a massive military complex in the middle of the South China Sea?“I don’t think so!” Monday 5 Dec 2016, 11:45 AM He puts out feelers to sound China out and chalk up some petty benefits.China’s response was characteristically coded. But it now faces an incoming president who deals in outspoken tweets, not communiques. Taiwan’s military fire artillery from self-propelled Howitzers last year during annual Han Kuang exercises in Hsinchu. China has strongly criticised US arms sale to Taiwan. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesNot trueTrump used a platform banned by censors in mainland China to renew several of his criticisms during the US presidential campaign. Some of his arguments aren’t true.Taiwan’s official Central News Agency, citing anonymous sources on Saturday, said Edwin Feulner, founder of the Washington-based Heritage Foundation, was a “crucial figure” in setting up communication channels between the sides.Vice President-elect Mike Pence yesterday said that the phone call shouldn’t necessarily be interpreted as a shift in US policy. He shrugged off the attention to the incident as media hype.“It was a courtesy call,” Pence told NBC’s Meet the Press.Ned Price, a spokesman for the White House National Security Council, said Trump’s conversation does not signal any change to long-standing US policy — although some in Taiwan expressed hopes for strong US support from the incoming administration.In terms of Trump’s criticisms, Chinese imports are taxed at standard US rates, while Washington has recently slapped painful punitive tariffs on Chinese steel, solar panels and other goods.And while China once kept a tight grip on the value of the yuan, also known as the renminbi, it now allows it to trade within a bandwidth 2% above or below a daily target set by the People’s Bank of China.The yuan is currently trading at around a six-year low against the dollar. But economists now conclude that the currency is more or less properly valued in relation to the dollar and other foreign currencies. A Taiwan Air Force F-16 fighter jet takes off during annual Han Kuang military exercises in 2014. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesControlsAnd with economic growth slowing considerably and more Chinese trying to move money out of the country, the government is now spending massively to hold up the yuan’s value rather than depressing it as Trump and other critics accuse it of doing.It has also imposed strict controls on Chinese moving money out of the country.China has built up its military and constructed man-made islands in the South China Sea, and made sweeping territorial claims over almost the entire critical waterway. Those claims were broadly rejected in June by an international tribunal in The Hague.Shi Yinhong, a professor of international relations at People’s University in Beijing, predicted China would not lash out immediately, but calibrate its response over the next several months after Trump enters the White House.“Trump’s remarks will certainly raise the concerns of Chinese leaders,” Shi said. “But at the moment, they will be restrained and watch his moves closely.” Aerial view of a Taiwanese search-and-rescue exercise off Taiping island, part of the Spratly island group in the South China Sea on 29 November, part of efforts to cement its claim to a key island in the strategic sea. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesCalmMeanwhile, Taiwan has urged China to stay calm after the Taiwanese leader’s unprecedented phone call to US President-elect Donald Trump angered Beijing, as residents and analysts in Taipei expressed fears at the possible fallout.Ties between Taipei and Beijing have grown increasingly frosty since China-sceptic Tsai Ing-wen took power in Taiwan in May, ending eight years of cross-strait rapprochement.Beijing has since cut off all official communication with the self-ruled island, which it still views as part of its territory.Today Taiwan’s China affairs minister Chang Hsiao-yueh urged Beijing to consider the matter with a “calm attitude”. She told reporters:The government values ties with [China] and the president has reiterated time and again that Taiwan will not go back to the old way of confrontation… I don’t think there is an act of provocation.Tsai herself has made no comment but the presidential office has insisted there is “no conflict” between Taiwan maintaining relations with the US and with China.In Taipei some said they now fear a Beijing backlash.“I doubt that a short phone call will help Taiwan that much in the long-term, but it will infuriate China and they will likely take vengeful moves against Taiwan,” said receptionist Hu Chi-hui, 38.Saleswoman Ho Li-chin, 43, told AFP she fears China will try to isolate Taiwan even more in the international community. Taiwan Coast Guard ship and cargo ship take part in a search-and-rescue exercise off of Taiping island in the South China Sea on 29 November, as part of Taiwan’s efforts to cement its claim to the island. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesMore harm than goodPolitical analysts said Tsai was gambling that the call would increase her bargaining power with Beijing.Fan Shih-ping of the National Taiwan Normal University, said Tsai wanted to show Beijing that “giving Taiwan the cold shoulder would drive it further towards the US”.But as she battles falling approval ratings at home over domestic issues, observers agreed the move was unlikely to significantly improve her popularity – and could damage it further.“Beijing will not leave the matter at that and this could do Tsai more harm than good, such as prompting Beijing to get Taiwan’s diplomatic allies to switch recognition,” said Tang Shao-cheng, a political scientist at the National Chengchi University.However, some residents voiced support for Tsai.“Taiwan has the right to maintain relations with other countries and we shouldn’t look to China before taking our moves,” said pensioner Lin Ji-chen in Taipei. ”Taiwan should walk its own path.”With reporting from AFP. – © AFP, 2016Read: Spending a day in Delhi is the equivalent to smoking 40 cigarettes. We went to see for ourselvesRead: Boris Johnson shuts down interview when asked name of South Korea’s president The President of Taiwan CALLED ME today to wish me congratulations on winning the Presidency. Thank you!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 3, 2016 126 Comments Short URL Source: Donald J. Trump/Twittercenter_img 28,331 Views http://jrnl.ie/3120142 Share178 Tweet Email1 Dec 5th 2016, 11:45 AM PunishBut China only said it would make a “solemn representation” in Washington, and Lu declined to expand on that statement today.Instead, China seemed to offer Trump a face-saving way out of an apparent blunder by blaming the Taiwanese.English-language commentaries then appeared in two state-run newspapers known to be used by China’s ruling Communist Party leadership to send messages abroad.“Trump might be looking for some opportunities by making waves,” the Global Times said in an editorial today headlined, “Talk to Trump, punish Tsai administration.”“However, he has zero diplomatic experience and is unaware of the repercussions of shaking up Sino-US relations,” the newspaper said.It is certain that Trump doesn’t want a showdown with China, because it is not his ambition, and neither was it included in his promise to the electorate. PersonalityThat was apparently prompted by China’s response to Trump’s talk Friday with Tsai Ing-wen, the first time an American president or president-elect is known to have spoken to a Taiwanese leader since the US broke off formal diplomatic relations in 1979.So far, China has avoided responding with open hostility. Today, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said China would have “no comment on what motivated the Trump team” to make the tweets, but said he believed both sides would continue to support a “sound and a stable bilateral relationship.”“For us, for China, we do not comment on his personality,” Lu said.We focus on his policies, especially his policies toward China.China’s reaction to Trump’s call with Tsai was relatively low-key given the sensitivity China places on Taiwan.The US and Taiwan retain strong unofficial ties, and the US sells weapons to the self-governing island. But American leaders have for decades avoided any official recognition in deference to China, which claims Taiwan as part of its territory, to be captured by force if necessary.Trump’s reference in another tweet to Tsai as “the President of Taiwan” was sure to inflame China, which considers any reference to Taiwan having a president as a grave insult. Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitter Did China ask us if it was OK to devalue their currency (making it hard for our companies to compete), heavily tax our products going into..— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 4, 2016last_img read more

Public liability claims against Dublin City Council hit €85 million last year

first_img Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Paul Hosford Jan 30th 2017, 6:10 AM 9,360 Views Image: Shutterstock/Sajee Rod Public liability claims against Dublin City Council hit €8.5 million last year In Fingal, a spokesperson said the figure was over €2.5 million. Share7 Tweet Email Monday 30 Jan 2017, 6:10 AM PUBLIC LIABILITY CLAIMS against Dublin City Council hit €8.5 million in 2016.The claims are largely connected to falls and trips and injuries sustained on council property. All public bodies carry insurance for the payments.Figures from Dublin City Council show that awards in 2016 came to €8,540,404. A further €248,776 was paid out through the council’s property insurance.The figure is higher than the roughly €8 million paid out in 2015 by the councils.Across Dublin, claims were made against the other local authorities, pushing total claims over the €10 million mark.A spokesperson said the figure for the Fingal area alone was over €2.5 million.“Fingal County Council paid €2,586,000 in respect of public liability claims in 2016. This figure includes settlements and all associated costs and the payments could relate to claims received in any year prior to 2016.”A spokesperson for Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council said their figure had dropped from 2014′s €1.8 million.“€1,551,806 was paid out in public liability claims in 2016. The figure is inclusive of compensation awards, legal and other costs incurred in the settlement of the claims.”However, a spokesperson for the county’s other council – South Dublin – said their only outgoing was an insurance premium and declined to give details of the claims.“Since 1 January 2014, Irish Public Bodies deal with all insurance claims on the council’s behalf.“Regardless of the outcomes of claims made against the council, the cost to SDCC since 1st January 2014 is only the cost of the public liability insurance premium each year.”Read: Mind now: Saturdays and July most likely times for accidents in public places http://jrnl.ie/3209689 Image: Shutterstock/Sajee Rod 13 Comments last_img read more

Man stabbed close to OConnell Street in Dublin city centre

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3343873 By Nicky Ryan Man stabbed close to O’Connell Street in Dublin city centre The man, aged in his 50s, was rushed to hospital. Apr 17th 2017, 8:36 AM Short URL Monday 17 Apr 2017, 8:36 AM 28,838 Views 24 Comments The entrance to Sackville Place from O’Connell Street. Source: Screenshot via Google MapsA MAN WAS rushed to hospital last night after a stabbing just off O’Connell Street in Dublin City Centre.The incident took place on Sackville Place at around 9.45pm.The man, aged in his 50s, received injuries to his stomach.He was rushed to the Mater Hospital. Gardaí are investigating and no arrests have been made.Read: Garda’s arm broken in Dublin assault > Share Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Guns an IS flag and 3kg of explosives found as French police

first_imgGuns, an IS flag and 3kg of explosives found as French police foil terror plot Two men were arrested just days before the first round of France’s presidential election. 31 Comments Tuesday 18 Apr 2017, 7:13 PM Apr 18th 2017, 7:13 PM 12,752 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Share Tweet Email center_img Image: Claude Paris AP/PA Images POLICE ARRESTED TWO men in Marseille today on suspicion of planning an attack, just days before the first round of France’s presidential election, with bomb-making materials and guns found in searches.The foiled plot sparked fears that the closing days of the campaign could be a target for extremists ahead of Sunday’s vote, the country’s most unpredictable election in decades.A prosecutor told AFP that 3kg of explosives, guns and an IS flag were found during their search.Elite police and agents from France’s domestic intelligence agency detained the two Frenchmen – identified only as 23-year-old Clement B. and Mahiedine M., 29 – in the Mediterranean port city and Interior Minister Matthias Fekl said they were known to be “radicalised”.“They were aiming to commit in the very short-term, in other words in the next few days, an attack on French soil,” Fekl said.Police found guns and bomb-making materials in searches across Marseille. Later in the day, soldiers and police were still sealing off a road where one of the men was arrested.Officials gave no indication of who the men had been targeting, but the campaign team of far-right candidate Marine Le Pen linked the arrests to her planned campaign visit to the city tomorrow.“The fact that the two individuals were arrested in Marseille as Marine Le Pen was preparing to hold a meeting the following day is perhaps not a coincidence,” a member of her entourage said.Photos of the two suspects in the plot were distributed last week to the security teams for Le Pen and centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron.Conservative candidate Francois Fillon was also warned about the danger last week, an aide said.France remains under a state of emergency after being a frequent target of terror attacks by jihadists that have killed more than 230 people since January 2015.In the deadliest attack, Islamic State gunmen and suicide bombers slaughtered 130 people in Paris in November 2015.Candidates have been heavily guarded during the election campaign, but so far there have been few security scares.Election race narrowingOn the campaign trail, the race was narrowing ahead of Sunday’s vote, with the pack closing behind frontrunners Macron and Le Pen.For weeks, centrist former banker Macron and National Front (FN) leader Le Pen have been out in front but opinion polls now show any of the four leading candidates could reach the second-round run-off on 7 May. Source: SIPA USA/PA ImagesScandal-plagued Fillon and far-left firebrand Jean-Luc Melenchon have closed the gap dramatically in the last two weeks.“We have never seen a four-way contest like this in the first round of a presidential election,” Frederic Dabi of the Ifop polling institute told AFP.“There has been a real tightening of the race with four candidates between 19% and 23%.”Macron and Le Pen are tied on 22-23%, with Fillon improving to around 21% and Melenchon surging as high as 20% in some polls.With Le Pen expected to reach the second round, polls continue to indicate that whoever faces her will win, although after Brexit and Donald Trump’s US presidential election win, no one is taking anything for granted.Melenchon has made the most remarkable breakthrough in recent weeks with a far-left programme that includes huge public spending and a pledge to renegotiate all European Union treaties.- © AFP 2017Read: Le Pen promises to suspend all immigration if electedRead: Latest poll has Le Pen and Macron head-to-head in French presidential race Police officers outside an address in Marseille. Police officers outside an address in Marseille. Image: Claude Paris AP/PA Images http://jrnl.ie/3345935 By AFPlast_img read more

They are the vestiges of the Nazis Turkey president slams Dutch over

first_img“They are the vestiges of the Nazis”: Turkey president slams Dutch over foreign minister ban An upcoming referendum in the Netherlands if passed will increase Erdogan’s power. Saturday 11 Mar 2017, 12:59 PM https://jrnl.ie/3282760 It will backlash, and there’s no doubt that we’ll start retaliating after April 16… We are patient. Whoever is patient will reach victory.Erdogan hinted that Turkey would retaliate by barring Dutch politicians from flying into the country, “not visits by (Dutch) citizens”.© – AFP 2017Read: US immigration reportedly ‘bars’ Syrian cinematographer from travelling to the OscarsRead: Putin apologises after Russian air strike accidentally kills three Turkish soldiers By AFP Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has hit out at the Dutch government. Image: AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, poo 51 Comments Short URL Image: AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, poo Share Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article TURKISH PRESIDENT RECEP Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to retaliate after the Netherlands banned the foreign minister from flying in for a campaign rally, as he said The Hague’s behaviour was reminiscent of Nazism.“They are the vestiges of the Nazis, they are fascists,” Erdogan told an Istanbul rally.“Ban our foreign minister from flying however much you like, but from now on let’s see how your flights will land in Turkey.”Erdogan’s strongly-worded comments come after the Dutch government refused permission for Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu’s plane to travel to the Netherlands ahead of a planned rally in the city of Rotterdam to drum up support for a referendum.Turkish politicians are keen to harness votes of the Turkish community in Europe ahead of the 16 April referendum on whether to boost Erdogan’s powers.Erdogan accused the Netherlands of working against the “Yes” campaign and said:Pressure however much you like. Abet terrorists in your country however much you like. 12,949 Views Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has hit out at the Dutch government. Mar 11th 2017, 12:59 PM last_img read more

More woe for Man United as City reclaim Premier League top spot

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By AFP https://the42.ie/4605810 Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva celebrates scoring Image: Mike Egerton MANCHESTER CITY TOOK a huge step towards retaining the Premier League title as a 2-0 win at Manchester United on Wednesday took them a point clear of Liverpool at the top of the table with three games to go.Bernardo Silva and Leroy Sane struck for the visitors in 12 second-half minutes at Old Trafford to inflict a seventh defeat in nine games on United, who remain three points adrift of the top four.City have now won 11 straight Premier League games and further victories over Burnley, Leicester and Brighton will ensure Liverpool’s 29-year wait to win the title continues no matter what Jurgen Klopp’s men do in their remaining three games.United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made five changes in response to his side’s 4-0 humiliation at Everton on Sunday and was rewarded with a far more energetic and committed performance even if City’s greater quality eventually shone through.Yet, Arsenal’s defeat at Wolves means the Red Devils are still very much in the race for Champions League qualification, should they beat fourth-placed Chelsea at home on Sunday.Guardiola made just three changes from the team that gained some measure of revenge on Tottenham for their Champions League elimination last week, but the decision to recall captain Vincent Kompany seemed a questionable one early on as the Belgian struggled to deal with United’s pace up front.Kompany was booked for barging Marcus Rashford just 10 minutes in as United enjoyed a bright start.Paul Pogba tested Ederson from long range before Jesse Lingard’s acrobatic volley from the Frenchman’s cross flew just wide.United goalkeeper David de Gea’s form has dipped dramatically of late and it was another night to forget for the Spaniard as he could have done better for both goals.And the differing performances of the two goalkeepers proved key as City stopper Ederson rushed from his goal to make a brilliant challenge at Rashford’s feet as the England striker raced in behind Kompany once more. – United fitness -Solskjaer has bemoaned United’s fitness levels in recent weeks and again after an early burst, they started to flag as City created a spurt of chances either side of half-time. Firstly, Raheem Sterling shot too close to De Gea after weaving through a host of United bodies inside the area before Sergio Aguero dragged well wide when unmarked at the edge of the box. Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford after being fouled by Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko. Source: Mike EgertonGuardiola was forced into an early change in the second-half and showed his intent by replacing holding midfielder Fernandinho with the goal threat of Sane.And that positivity was instantly rewarded when Bernardo cut inside onto his favoured left foot and beat De Gea at his near post. More woe for Man United, as City reclaim Premier League top spot Bernardo Silva and Leroy Sane got the goals for Pep Guardiola’s side. Share Tweet Email 160 Comments Short URLcenter_img Wednesday 24 Apr 2019, 9:54 PM Image: Mike Egerton Apr 24th 2019, 9:54 PM Within a minute, City were inches away from doubling their lead when a fine team move teed up Aguero to smash the outside of the post.United had one huge chance to level when Lingard failed to connect at the far post with the goal gaping.Sane has been scarcely used by Guardiola of late, but the German, whose winning goal inflicted Liverpool’s only league defeat of the season in January, again showed his capability to make a difference in the biggest games.Sterling led a City counter-attack before feeding Sane, whose powerful shot De Gea could not keep out.City may have to wait another year for Champions League glory, but they are now bearing down on history in the English game with four games separating them from a first ever domestic treble.– © AFP 2019Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva celebrates scoring Subscribe 35,369 Views last_img read more

Four people arrested in relation to Lucan shooting released without charge

first_img Sep 5th 2019, 9:30 AM Four people arrested in relation to Lucan shooting released without charge The victim remains in a stable condition in hospital. Updated Sep 5th 2019, 10:29 PM A burnt-out vehicle near the scene of the shooting in Lucan yesterday. Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie via RollingNews.ieFOUR PEOPLE ARRESTED in connection with a shooting in Lucan in Dublin have been released without charge.The shooting occurred at Griffeen Glen Park at 1.50pm yesterday. A man in his early 40s was shot a number of times while in his car. He was removed to Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown, where he is in a stable condition. The suspects fled the scene in a White Volkswagen Caddy van which was found burnt out at Elm Way, Lucan. They are then believed to have transferred to an Opel Vectra which was later located on Liffey Road, Liffey Valley Park, Lucan, after being set alight. It is understood that the suspects then fled the scene in a Toyota Avensis which was discovered on fire at Blind Lane in Fassaroe, Bray, Co Wicklow.  A car being removed from the scene yesterday. Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie via RollingNews.ieGardaí have appealed to anyone who may have noticed two males running from vehicles at Griffeen Glen Park, Elm Way or Lucan Liffey Road in Lucan or Blind Lane in Bray yesterday to contact them.Gardaí have also appealed to anyone who may have noticed anything suspicious between 8pm and 9pm yesterday on the Old Bog Road, Killeighter, Kilcock, Co Kildare.They are also appealing to anyone who may have witnessed any unusual activity in this area over the last five days, or any motorists who may have dashcam footage, to contact Lucan Garda Station on 01 666 7300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.With reporting by Órla Ryan By Hayley Halpin 33,771 Views 9 Comments Short URL Share11 Tweet Email https://jrnl.ie/4796337 Thursday 5 Sep 2019, 10:29 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Overseas students not jobready with English skills

first_imgOverseas students, who have a basic competency of English are unlikely to graduate with the level that is demanded by employees in Australia, according to new research. In the study, only two of the 40 students managed to receive the IELTS level 7.0 that is needed to gain employment and six of the students fell under the minimum score. This went against the assumption that non-English speaking students would improve and they studied and become “employable as professionals” academic language researcher Elizabeth Craven told The Australian. Ms Craven said that the universities and educational institutions have to do more to help overseas students as they seem unwilling to lift their English standards and that overseas students should be warned about how difficult it was to lift their English to the IELTS 7.0 or high to gain employment, professional registration or a skilled migration visa. “Those who promote study in Australia and other English-speaking countries have a responsibility to raise students’ awareness of this fact,” she said. “English language proficiency is the area in which there is most scope to better prepare graduates for their careers,” IDP says in a submission to the International Education Advisory Council chaired by businessman Michael Chaney. The company says there is “increasing recognition that international students need English language training in order to graduate as job-ready. “Many students need to mix more with English speakers or take part in structured English-language tuition programs.” The study was carried out at the University of Technology, Sydney, where Ms Craven used to work, and funded by IELTS Australia, which is owned by IDP. The aim of the study was to see how many students could reach an overall IELTS score of 7.0 with at least 7.0 in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Most students believed their English had improved since they began their studies. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Australian aircraft dropped first bombs in Syria

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Defence Minister Kevin Andrews has confirmed that Australian aircraft have dropped bombs on ISIS targets in Syria for the first time. The mission was initiated two days ago. “An Australian hornet fighter aircraft destroyed a Daesh armoured personnel carrier with a precision guided missile,” Mr Andrews said.“This is part of our logical extension in the fight against Daesh to operate not just over northern Iraq but also to operate over eastern Syria in order to degrade and destroy the Daesh forces.”News of the incident first broke with a statement issued by the Combined Joint Task Force office in control of Operation Inherent Resolve — the allied bombing campaign against ISIS in Syria and Iraq.Russia is reportedly renovating an old Syrian air base to hold its own military aircraft in support of the embattled regime of Syria’s President Assad, and will likely make coalition operations against Islamic State all the more complex.“Our aircraft are operating on an almost daily basis,” Mr Andrews continued.“The Hornets at the moment, the wedge tail command-and-control aircraft and the refueller.“Because this was the first mission that has actually been successful over eastern Syria, I thought it was important to advise of it.”Mr Andrews said he would be providing a full ministerial update on Australia’s operations in the Middle East in the parliament today.Following Malcolm Turnbull’s election as Prime Minister, there has been speculation that Education Minister Christopher Pyne will get the Defence portfolio. Source: NEWS.com.au, Sky Newslast_img read more

Serving up the Christmas spirit in Melbourne

first_imgFor many, Christmas is associated with time away from work, and a home filled with family and friends enjoying a meal and one another’s time. But for a portion of the population, the festive season is one of the most difficult times of year, and instead of being a chance to give thanks, it magnifies all that they have lost.Senior mental health clinician Helen Andrianakis knows what this alternative picture looks like all too well. In her line of work, when Christmas rolls around, she hits the streets armed with donations and hands out care packages to those doing it tough. “I did the hamper outreach this week and it was really heartbreaking,” Helen told Neos Kosmos.“I’m seeing a lot of sadness, a lot of disappointment, a lot of neglect, a lot of people are in pain. Lots of people are saying they’ve got nowhere to go for Christmas; they’ve got no family.”While there are services available such as the big lunch put on at the MCG, she says it doesn’t compare to being in your own home, with your own people.With the generous care packs put together by the ladies of the Philoptochos Society from Coburg Greek Orthodox Church, over a two-week period she has given out more than 2,000 hampers while on outreach.The circumstances of those in need are many and varied, says Helen, and perhaps a reality that could be closer to home than many realise.“The message I want the community to sit back and think is ‘this could be us’,” she urged. “Every day that I approach a client I put myself in their position – that could be me. We could easily lose everything, because once upon a time, they were high fliers too. We’re not just talking about people using heavy substances but people who have lost their homes and become homeless; they have lost their businesses and have nothing; or given everything to their children and then they’re booted out of their homes; or, their wives and husbands have died and they go and live with their children who end up saying sorry I can’t cope with you.”For those who are in a position to do so, making a difference in someone’s life at this time of year can be as simple as going through the pantry or cleaning out that wardrobe you’ve been meaning to sort through all year, and seeing if there are any extras that can be given a new home.“They can put together packs with anything from toiletry items, socks, clothing, tuna, drinks, nuts, little cheese packs, even toys for the children,” she said.While these daily items are by no means a luxury for the average person, Helen says that receiving these packages means the world, and above all, shows that they haven’t been forgotten.“I don’t just drop them off and go away; I sit there and try and have a consultation with them, try and talk to them, ask them what they’re doing on Christmas Day and tell them what will be open. I know I can’t fix the world, but I make sure that at least with the things that I know are available, I can help out,” she says.While Helen admits to seeing some dire situations at work, nothing fills her with hope more than people’s willingness to help, and so far this Christmas has been blown away by people’s generosity. “I just couldn’t believe the amount of generosity that was offered through the Church and through their friends. The amount of support that was offered … it was a delight.”The collection round for Christmas Day has already been completed, but for those wanting to donate, Helen will be doing another collection round on Boxing Day and again during the first two weeks of January. To donate goods, call Helen Andrianakis on 0403 503 678.* Helen also works with children with complex care needs battling addiction passed on in the womb through their mothers. To do her part, she has launched the Lean On Me campaign to raise much-needed funds. “The money goes towards the little children, but also to the disadvantaged mothers and families who have children born with an addiction; we go out and buy what they need, like nappies, formulas, and sustenance,” says Helen. To donate, visit gofundme.com/lean-on-me Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Tony Mokbel stabbed in Barwon Prison

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Notorious Lebanese Australian convicted criminal Tony Mokbel was seriously injured in a stabbing at Victoria’s maximum security Barwon Prison. Ambulance paramedics were called to Lara Prison, 60km south-west of Melbourne, where Mokbel was treated for multiple stabbing wounds to the upper body.Police said that he was in a serious condition and had to be airlifted to hospital, however the investigation is ongoing.Mokbel, charged with being the mastermind behind Melbourne’s amphetamines trade, had disappeared from Australia while he was still on trial in March 2006. His name had also been linked to the Melbourne gangland killings.The Greek police had captured him in Athens on 5 June 2007 where he had fled to and had been living as a fugitive. Mokbel had made every effort to avoid extradition to Australia, however Greek authorities had extradited him as they believed that the serious nature of the charges that he had to face in Australia took priority over the Greek prosecution of lesser crimes of fraud and corruption. In May 2008, he arrived in Melbourne where he was sentenced by the Supreme Court of Victoria to 30 years with a minimum term of 22 years.New reports had surfaced in the press a few days ago that the former crime boss had become a respected figure among other inmates and had been maintaining order behind bars. There were even reports of him stepping in to save another inmate from being bashed.last_img read more

If I were Prime Minister Dr Alfred Vincent

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Neos Kosmos is reaching out to stakeholders in the Greek Australian community and citizens at large ahead of the 18 May Australian elections. We are posing questions as to what they would do in the top job.Dr Alfred Vincent may not be Greek, but he is definitely an honorary Greek, having taught generations of Greek students Modern Greek at the University of Sydney. He has given lectures and seminars at institutions around the world and has been actively involved in organisations of interest to the Greek Community.What would you do on your first day on the job?On election night, once victory was assured for my party (or, as might just conceivably be the case, the group of independents led by me), I would make a brief statement emphasising that this is the start of a totally new era for our country. This new Australia would offer a fair deal and support where necessary for all its people, while acting responsibly and with humanity on the world stage. I would stress that the new Australia would actually be based on what we take to be the best in Australian values: mutual support and friendship (aka “mateship”, but extended to everyone, not just our group), inclusiveness, egalitarianism, tolerance, resourcefulness, realism, and a direct and practical approach to problems.I would then go off for a well-deserved beer (or three) with co-workers and supporters.On the following day, I would make a further statement, expanding a little on the first. There would be no need for much policy detail, since obviously our policies would be well known from the campaign, and would have led to this electoral victory. See my answer to the next question. What are the issues you feel need to be addressed?(i) Australia needs to embark on a thorough-going, radical programme addressing issues of climate change and the environment in general. There would be NO new approvals for coal mines or coal-fired power stations. Instead, there would be a focus on renewable energy, which would bring thousands of jobs. With increased efficiency, volume and spread of sustainable energy production, energy prices would fall progressively. Throughout the industrial and agricultural sectors, government support would be withdrawn from unsustainable and polluting enterprises, and would be channeled towards sustainable forms of production. Without such action the future for humanity will be extremely grim, to say the least. It will have absolute priority.(ii) My government would urgently address problems of inequality and disadvantage, including indigenous and gender issues, affordable housing, and aged care. Among other things we would seek ways of enhancing the quality of life in rural and regional Australia, and in disadvantaged areas of our cities. In a wealthy country like ours, the present degree of inequality is unacceptable.(iii) My government would end Australia’s shameful treatment of asylum seekers and refugees. We would abandon the macho posturing of denying access to Australia permanently to unauthorised arrivals. We would abolish offshore processing, and would accelerate processing at onshore centres. We believe this could be achieved without endangering security. We would also enter serious talks with the countries of transition from which asylum seekers set out for our shores, to see if a better outcome could be achieved than at present. Dealing humanely with these issues is a moral obligation, and essential if we want to be taken seriously as a country with a conscience.(iv) We would initiate an overall review of education and training, taking into account the best practice observable overseas. There would be particular emphasis on the quality of education offered to all Australians. This would probably involve less funding for elite private schools, and more spending on teacher education.The cultural component of our national curriculum would include elements from indigenous and eastern cultures as well as from the western canon. We would recommend the removal of single-faith religious instruction entirely from government schools. Instead, we would support ethics and perhaps comparative religion as a core part of the school curriculum.(v) In order to achieve (i) and (ii), we would initiate a programme of sustainable infrastructure funding, with emphasis on public transport. This would include high-speed rail linking Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Adelaide, and improved rail and light rail services in the cities.(vi) We would increase the total amount of foreign aid, while carefully monitoring its use.How would these policies be funded? Partly by clamping down on tax evasion, and also by demanding a greater tax contribution from the wealthy. We would also try to encourage large-scale philanthropy by the wealthy in sectors such as education and medical research. We would avoid expensive showcase projects which bring little real public benefit. We would carefully monitor how funding is used, to make sure that taxpayer dollars actually benefit taxpayers.Our policies are costly in the short term, though several would bring enormous long-term gains. We would emphasise that our aim is not to be able to boast of a short-term budget surplus, but to invest in the future — a sustainable future.READ MORE: If I were Prime Minister | Bo SvoronosWhat are some of the urgent issues for the Greek Australian community?I imagine all the above would be important for the Greek Australian community, as for everyone else. Greek Australians would be among the voters who brought us into government.But if asked to name a specific, urgent issue, I would point to the disastrous reduction in the teaching of Modern Greek language and culture at different levels of our education system. The problem is not specific to Greek. Language education in Australia has become hopelessly marginalised, and the situation of Modern Greek needs to be examined in this context.So my government would start from first principles, with systematic research, in which representatives of the Greek and other communities would hopefully participate. What is the present situation: what languages are being taught, where, to whom, and at what levels? What should be our objectives in language education, both for international and regional languages (which may also be community languages, as with Chinese and Spanish) and those whose role is more specifically that of community and heritage languages in Australia? By what means could these objectives be achieved, bearing in mind the need for quality in language education? Why are there not more students choosing language courses at school and university? Where and how should government funding be directed to support quality language education, and how can language communities be encouraged to commit more of their own resources to it?A related topic, of course, is that of cultural diversity. My party would be emphasising that we regard diversity as strength. We would be making serious efforts to include people from many backgrounds in parliament and other public bodies, and to provide generous funding for non-English-based cultural initiatives. .READ MORE: If I were Prime Minister | Niki SperouWhat is your campaign wish list?I am not sure what is meant by this. The main concerns of my party or group are made clear above. We would not have expected a lot of support from the biggest big business — although many in the big end of town are aware they too will benefit from drastic environmental action, and from the eradication of social disadvantage. Primarily, though, I suppose, we would have aimed our campaign at the less privileged and the middle socio-economic groups in society.As for a campaign slogan, we would have avoided anything about making Australia “great” or even “united” or its synonyms. Not that greatness or unity are bad in themselves, but they have undesirable associations. I would have been toying with slogans such as “A Fair Australia” or “Advance Australia”. Clichés, yes, but with their multiple meanings they do express our party’s objectives.READ MORE: If I were Prime Minister | Christos FifisSee you at the post-election party!HAVE YOUR SAY! What would you do as Prime Minister? Share your views on the key issues of the 18 May election campaign by answering the above four questions and sending your responses to mary@neoskosmos.com.auAll views should be accompanied by an email address and telephone number.  last_img read more

La fourmi Azteca capable de chasser ses proies grâce à un effet

first_imgLa fourmi Azteca, capable de chasser ses proies grâce à un effet “Velcro”France – Une équipe de chercheurs franco-espagnole a publié dans la revue PLoS ONE les résultats d’une recherche sur la fourmi Azteca, présente en Guyane. Celle-ci a l’étonnante capacité de capturer ses proies grâce à un effet “Velcro”.Capables de rester agrippées aux feuilles de l’arbre Cecropia, les fourmis Azteca peuvent soulever jusqu’à 13.350 fois le poids d’une ouvrière et donc, capturer de très grosses proies.En chassant les insectes qui menacent son logis, la fourmi protège l’arbre tandis que, dans le même temps, le Cecropia fournit aux fourmis le gîte, avec ses tiges creuses, et le couvert.Pour chasser une proie, les fourmis se postent le long de la bordure du revers des feuilles du Cecropia. Une fois la proie en vue, elles peuvent s’agripper grâce à leurs griffes aux longs poils présents sur ces feuilles et sont capables de porter 5.000 fois leur poids.D’autres fourmis guyanaises chassent également en groupe, comme les fourmis Allomerus qui construisent de fausses galeries sur les tiges des arbres, se cachent à l’intérieur et attrapent les insectes qui s’y aventurent.Le 28 juin 2010 à 10:16 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Expérimentation animale en Angleterre un test sur deux utilise des individus génétiquement

first_imgExpérimentation animale : en Angleterre, un test sur deux utilise des individus génétiquement modifiésRoyaume-Uni – En 2009, plus de 50% des animaux utilisés dans les laboratoires britanniques ont été au préalable génétiquement manipulés. Inquiétude des protecteurs des animaux.Sur 3,6 millions d’expériences réalisées outre-Manche l’année dernière, 48% seulement ont utilisé des animaux génétiquement intacts. Des chiffres qui relancent la colère des associations militant pour le bien-être animal. À double titre.À lire aussiLa harpie féroce, l’un des plus grands et plus puissants rapaces au mondeD’abord, le volume de manipulations destinées à implanter des anomalies génétiques sur les animaux destinés à des tests a augmenté de 10 % depuis 2008. Une pratique qui, selon les défenseurs des animaux, n’est pas à l’honneur du gouvernement.Ensuite, selon Barney Reed, scientifique membre de la Société royale pour la prévention contre la cruauté envers les animaux (RSPCA), le nombre total de bêtes (OGM ou non) utilisées en 2009 témoigne du fait que, en Angleterre, depuis la mise en place de la législation sur l’expérimentation animale il y a plus de 20 ans, le procédé est plus courant aujourd’hui qu’il ne l’a jamais été ces deux dernières décennies.Malgré la baisse de 1% du nombre de ces expériences, chiffre avancé par le ministère de l’Intérieur qui se dit toujours engagé dans cette voie, les militants pointent du doigt les conditions de stress et de souffrance pour les animaux de laboratoire.  Le 7 août 2010 à 13:18 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Nestlé rappelle des petits pots pour bébé

first_imgNestlé rappelle des petits pots pour bébéNestlé France a annoncé dans un communiqué un rappel “par mesure de précaution” d’un lot de “P’tit Pot” recette banane, qui pourrait contenir des morceaux de verre.Des petits pots destinés aux bébés pourraient contenir des morceaux de verre et seraient donc potentiellement dangereux, a prévenu hier soir Nestlé France dans un communiqué. Le géant de l’alimentation a indiqué que les lots en question sont des lots de P’tit Pot à la banane vendus par deux, dont le code barre est “7613033089732” et dont la date limite de consommation est “10/2012”. Les numéros des lots sont “L 10980295”.Nestlé France invite donc les personnes ayant acheté ces petits pots, vendus uniquement dans l’Hexagone, à les retourner au magasin “par mesure de précaution”.Les autres petits pots pour bébé de la gamme “P’tit Pot” ou les aliments de la gamme “P’tite Recette” et “NaturNes” ne sont pas concernés par le rappel d’après Nestlé.Le 30 juin 2011 à 09:17 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Google va lancer une liseuse électronique

first_imgGoogle va lancer une liseuse électroniqueLe 17 juillet, l’iRiver Story HD sera commercialisé aux Etats-Unis. Ce livre électronique avec clavier va permettre aux utilisateurs de chercher, acheter et lire des e-livres Google via une connexion Wi-Fi.L’iRiver Story HD, la première liseuse électronique de Google, a des allures de Kindle, celle d’Amazon, version blanche et dorée. Baptisée iRiver Story HD, la petite tablette dotée d’un clavier QWERTY, a un affichage en noir et blanc et en encre électronique (e-ink), et devrait en séduire plus d’un. À lire aussiÉquinoxe du Printemps : pourquoi tombe-t-il le 20 mars ?Sa particularité par rapport aux autres liseuses électroniques du marché ? Un responsable de Google Books, Pratip Banerji, précise sur le blog du groupe : “Avec le Story HD on peut maintenant chercher, acheter et lire des e-livres Google via wifi (internet sans fil), plutôt que de les télécharger et les transférer d’un ordinateur à une liseuse avec un câble comme on peut déjà le faire avec plus de 80 appareils compatibles”.A travers sa librairie numérique (lien non disponible) lancée en décembre, le moteur de recherche propose “des centaines de milliers d’e-livres Google en vente et plus de trois millions (d’ouvrages) gratuits”, grâce à des partenariats noués avec 4.000 éditeurs, entre autres, précise l’AFP.L’iRiver Story HD de Google sera vendu outre-Atlantique au prix de 139,99 dollars, un tarif aligné sur ceux de la dernière liseuse d’Amazon, le Kindle 3, et du Nook Simple Touch de Barnes and Nobles.Le 13 juillet 2011 à 11:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Twitter dévoile la nouvelle version de son moteur de recherche

first_imgTwitter dévoile la nouvelle version de son moteur de rechercheNouvelle adresse, meilleure intégration aux fonctionnalités de Twitter, design repensé, résultats plus pertinents : Twitter Search, le moteur de recherche du site de micro-blogging, s’est offert une importante refonte.Le moteur de recherche Twitter Search n’est plus accessible à l’adresse search.twitter.com. Il faudra désormais se rendre sur twitter.com/search (lien non disponible) pour découvrir la nouvelle version du moteur. Une redirection opérée directement depuis la première adresse. Cette nouvelle mouture, Twitter l’avait annoncée le mois dernier, expliquant vouloir offrir une plus grande pertinence à son moteur de recherche. À lire aussiEn Australie, les requins utilisent Twitter pour signaler leur approchePour commencer, le design de Twitter Search a été repensé pour une meilleure intégration à l’interface du réseau social. En matière de performance, le moteur de recherche offre des résultats plus pertinents grâce à des algorithmes retravaillés. Twitter Search est en outre désormais capable d’afficher dans sa page de résultats, sur la colonne de droite, des photos et vidéos liées à l’objet de la requête et postées sur Twitter. Le moteur suggère également une liste de comptes “tendances” à suivre.Alors que le site de micro-blogging compte aujourd’hui plus de 260 millions d’utilisateurs à travers le monde, la grande majorité d’entre eux utiliseraient régulièrement le moteur de recherche de Twitter.Le 27 juillet 2011 à 17:54 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

CES 2012 dropcam la surveillance HD au coin de lœil

first_imgCES 2012 : dropcam, la surveillance HD au coin de l’œilDropcam a présenté son nouveau système de vidéosurveillance “in the cloud”, associé à une caméra, au CES de Las Vegas. Haute défintion, Wifi et paratge sur smartphone, la sécurité du XXIème siècle gagne en efficacité…Très compacte, mais surtout d’une simplicité enfantine, la Dropcam HD, abrite tout de même un capteur HD 720p mais surtout une connectivité WiFi. En 60 secondes, le connecteur micro USB permet la configuration initiale. Il servira ensuite à l’alimentation de la caméra grâce à un câble de trois mètres. Avec un champ de vision de 107°, la Dropcam est capable de surveiller l’environnement familial de manière non-intrusive. Plutôt élégante, elle devrait parfaitement de fondre dans le décor. Avec un prix respectable, 150$ (117 euros environ), cela reste “le moyen le plus simple de surveiller ce que vous aimez le plus”, affirme la compagnie. À lire aussiDropbox : les vidéos en streaming sur Android 4.0L’utilisateur peut accéder gratuitement au flux en direct depuis le site internet du fabricant, ou bien depuis un terminal sous Android ou iOS. L’option “Plus”, d’un montant de 10 dollars, permet d’accéder aux fonctionnalités de base et à un stockage en nuage de sept jours. Pour 30 dollars, l’option “Pro” offre tous les avantages de “Plus” mais pour 30 jours de vidéo HD. L’utilisateur est ensuite alerté par mail ou notification en cas de détection de mouvement ou de bruit. Grâce notamment, aux douze diodes infrarouges qui lui permettent de fonctionner dans le noir. La caméra embarque également un micro et un haut-parleur qui renvoient la voix. Une nouvelle façon originale d’avoir une conversation avec n’importe quelle personne dans la pièce ?La Dropcam HD n’est commercialisée qu’aux États-Unis. Aucune sortie n’est pour l’instant prévue en Europe. Reste à savoir si les utilisateurs feront assez confiance au stockage en nuage pour leur confier les images de leur famille. Le 15 janvier 2012 à 18:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Les fondateurs de The Pirate Bay écopent dune peine de prison ferme

first_imgLes fondateurs de The Pirate Bay écopent d’une peine de prison fermeFredrik Neij, Peter Sunde et Carl Lundström ont été condamné à la prison ferme et doivent s’acquitter de plus de 5 millions d’euros de dommages et intérêts pour avoir fondé le site The Pirate Bay, qui favorisait notamment le téléchargement illégal. Ils avaient fait appel mais celui-ci a été rejeté par la Cour Suprême suédoise. Le jugement avait débuté en 2009 et s’est conclu hier. Toutefois, les peines ont été réduite pour les fondateurs, qui se sont vus infliger 1 an de prison pour Neij, 8 mois pour Sunde et 4 mois pour Lundström. Un quatrième protagoniste, Gottfrid Svartholm, vivant au Cambodge, a également écopé d’un an de prison ferme. Les condamnés, qui font le lien direct avec les évènements récents sur la fermeture de Megaupload et leur procès, accuse le lobby du divertissement d’intimider la Suède (et les autres, on pense notamment aux lois SOPA ou HADOPI). Mais les fondateurs du site suédois ont prévu le coup pour éviter de finir comme MegaUpload. The Pirate Bay a donc migrer. Son nom de domaine n’est plus en .org mais en .se, évitant ainsi une éventuelle saisie par les autorités américaines, qui ont lancé leur chasse aux sorcières récemment et aimerait bien maintenir la pression.Concernant leur procès, les quatre condamnés compte bien se défendre en saisissant la Cour européenne de justice. Mais sera-t-elle plus clémente? Rappelons que pour le moment, le site des suédois n’a toujours pas été fermé. Le 2 février 2012 à 18:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more