Outrage as Government accused of Uturn on mental health budget commitment

first_img Oct 21st 2016, 5:20 PM By Garreth MacNamee Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie Mental health has not been shown parity of esteem, much less the priority it needs by this Government.“We are seeking an urgent review of this Government decision to allow just 1.8% in additional spending in 2017 for mental health care improvements.”CrisisMHR have said that staffing levels for child and adolescent facilities are 48% below the recommended levels.Meanwhile, they claim staff levels across the whole mental health sector is 21% lower than what it should be.InvestmentMcDaid added: “More and more people of all ages are seeking support to recover from a mental health difficulty; more than 2,000 children and adolescents were waiting for a first appointment for mental health services in July of which 10% or 200 were waiting more than 12 months. Clearly more resources are needed at the coal face.” The Psychiatric Nurses Association at a protest earlier this year.The Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) said it is extremely concerned about the budget revelations.PNA general secretary  Peter Hughes said: “Unfortunately, we have become all too familiar to Budget Day announcements on mental health spending that have no basis in fact. This year’s Budget appears to be another example of this with Minister McEntee now confirming that funding would be merely ‘initiated’ in 2017 and not all of it would be spent in that year’.“The mental health budget is still trying to recover from years of cutbacks and those involved in mental health can be justifiably cynical of the statements from the Taoiseach and politicians… pledging support for mental health services and commitments to adequately invest in  the development of those services.” James Browne said the lack of funding shows Fine Gael doesn’t care about mental health. Source: Fianna FáílFianna Fáil’s James Browne has urged the Government to invest what is needed to bring the nation’s mental health services up to the desired levels.He added: “Significant work is needed to bring our mental health services up to standard. “This cannot be achieved without adequate funding. Currently the Government is planning to increase mental health funding by a measly 1.6% in 2017, as opposed to a 7.4% funding increase across the health sector. This clearly shows that mental health services simply are not a priority for Fine Gael.”Man tasered and arrested following discovery of suspicious device on Tube train >‘It will save lives’: Irish alcohol groups on Scottish courts paving the way for minimum unit pricing > Friday 21 Oct 2016, 5:20 PM Outrage as Government accused of U-turn on mental health budget commitment Mental Health Reform, the Psychiatric Nurses Association and Fianna Fáil have all hit out this evening. 68 Comments Share680 Tweet Email1 MENTAL HEALTH REFORM has this evening criticised the Government’s decision to invest just €15 million into services instead of the agreed €35 million.Last week, Health Minister Simon Harris said he would allocate €35 million more to the mental health budget next year.However, responding to a question by Fianna Fáil’s James Browne, Minister of State for Mental Health Helen McEntee said just €15 million would be available for 2017.Director of advocacy group Mental Health Reform (MHR), Shari McDaid, told of her shock at the news and said the most vulnerable of Irish society would be hit.She said: “I am shocked to hear that there is scope for just €15 million of additional spending for improvements in mental health care for 2017, given the overstretched and under-resourced state of our mental health system. Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/3039666 Short URL 13,149 Views last_img read more

Sean Spicers denials left looking thin as Trumps choice for top Navy

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3261336 By Rónán Duffy Image: Pablo Martinez Monsivais Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 29,879 Views White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer denied reports that Bilden was withdrawing. Image: Pablo Martinez Monsivais White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer denied reports that Bilden was withdrawing. Monday 27 Feb 2017, 1:17 PM 31 Comments LESS THAN TWO weeks after White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that Donald Trump’s choice for Navy Secretary was “100% committed” to the role, the nominee has withdrawn himself from the process.Philip Bilden’s decision to step aside from consideration before he was officially confirmed represented a further blow to the US President’s efforts to finalise the tops posts in his administration.Bilden is a prominent businessman and private equity investor and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said last night that his decision was because of concerns he had about separating from his business interests.“This was a personal decision driven by privacy concerns and significant challenges he faced in separating himself from his business interests,” Mattis said in a statement, adding that he would soon suggest a new nominee. While I am disappointed, I understand and respect his decision, and know that he will continue to support our nation in other ways.Reports that Bilden was having cold feet first emerged about 10 days ago when CBS News reporter Major Garrett tweeted the news.Spicer quickly followed it with a tweet of his own claiming that the story was false:“Those people would be wrong. Just spoke with him and he is 100% commited (sic) to being the next SECNAV pending Senate confirm,” Spicer said. Source: Twitter/PressSecThe secretary of the Navy serves as the chief executive officer for both the Navy and the Marine Corps.Two other Trump nominees who have who struggled to disentangle from their business lives have also withdrawn from consideration.US Army secretary nominee Vincent Viola withdrew over concerns about his ability to separate from his large business holdings and labour secretary nominee Andrew Puzder after he faced intense scrutiny for his business record.Earlier this month, Michael Flynn resigned from the high-profile post of national security advisor as he faced accusations of lying to White House colleagues about his contacts with Russian officials.- With reporting by © – AFP 2017Read: Trump appeals for money from supporters to combat “nasty attacks by fake news media” >Read: Republicans are getting shouted at by constituents (even kids) angry about Donald Trump > Short URL Sean Spicer’s denials left looking thin as Trump’s choice for top Navy job steps aside Philip Bilden will not be becoming secretary of the US Navy. Share8 Tweet Email Feb 27th 2017, 1:17 PM last_img read more

Eating snow and singing How people survived the Italian hotel avalanche

first_img Sunday 22 Jan 2017, 1:07 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Eating snow and singing: How people survived the Italian hotel avalanche Rescuers are searching for 23 people still believed to be trapped in the hotel. By AFP Jan 22nd 2017, 1:07 PM Image: Italian Fire Department via AP http://jrnl.ie/3199440 SURVIVORS OF ITALY’S avalanche disaster ate snow to stay hydrated and sang to keep their spirits up as as they huddled in pitch black, cramped cavities in the mangled wreckage of the Hotel Rigopiano.The traumatic nature of their life-or-death ordeal emerged today as rescuers insisted they had not abandoned hope of finding some of the 23 other people buried under the icy ruins, despite 48 hours having elapsed since they last detected signs of life.“We have hope. Even if there are no signs of life, you could drill through a wall and suddenly there’d be contact. That’s what happened with the other survivors,” said Luca Cari, a spokesman for the rescue operation.Rescue teams were working round the clock with only two-hour rest breaks to ensure the first responders most familiar with the layout maximise their time on site.The risk of another avalanche remained high and snow and fog continued to hamper the rescue effort in the mountains of central Italy.Work was focused on reaching a section of the back of the hotel that was protected by a rock buffer.“We are fairly confident there are rooms intact there,” Cari said.“The problem is getting to them. We don’t have much room to manoeuvre, the holes we are climbing down into are narrow, and then we have to break through very thick walls to get into rooms, hoping to find someone inside.”‘I’m alive’The survivors extracted so far, five adults and four children, were trapped under the snow-blanketed remains of the three-storey building for 40 hours before their first contact with rescue teams.“I’m Georgia and I’m alive,” 22-year-old student Georgia recalled telling the rescuers. “It was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever said,” she said in a hospital bed interview with Corriere della Sera.Galassi and her boyfriend Vincenzo Forti, 25, had to wait another 18 hours before they were finally extracted in the early hours yesterday, the rescuers having given priority to getting the children out first.When they emerged, they only had a few bruises and mild hypothermia to show for an experience that started when a wall of snow hurtled into the hotel just after 5.30 pm on Wednesday.The survivors were all in or close to the hotel entrance hall waiting for transport home when it struck, sending them flying.“When I came round we were on the ground, bruised but not really hurt,” Georgia said. “It was pitch black, the only thing we could hear were the voices of the others near us, echoing.”With the help of mobile phone lights before the batteries ran out, the survivors established they were spread across four separate pockets of varying sizes.Trapped in a boxOne of them, Francesca Bronzi was alone, unable to stand because of a giant wooden beam. “It was very claustrophobic but the worst thing was the thirst, I was constantly wetting my lips with ice and dirty snow,” she said.Another collapsed beam had come to a halt centimetres above the head of eight-year-old Gianfilippo Parete, according to his mother Adriana, who was next to him.“I hugged him and I think we stayed like that for the rest of the time, day and night.”Gianfilippo’s sister, Ludovica, 6, was with two boys in the adjacent remains of the hotel games room.“Fortunately the mamma could hear her daughter and help her to stay calm,” Georgia said.The student said her partner had emerged as the leader of the group, singing whenever spirits flagged.“He never had any doubts, he kept us all up. He gave the group strength,” she said. “I just felt like I was trapped in a box. I cried a lot.”As well as the nine pulled out, there were two survivors who were outside the hotel when the avalanche struck at nightfall on Wednesday. Five bodies have been recovered so far.The snow slide followed a series of powerful earthquakes in the region earlier in the day and some 36 hours of heavy snow.A prosecutor has opened an investigation into the disaster with hypothetical charges of manslaughter and causing a disaster.It remains at a preliminary stage but questions are mounting over whether the construction of the luxury spa should have been authorised and if it should have been evacuated before the avalanche struck.© – AFP, 2017Read: A total of 11 people have now been rescued from the Italian hotel buried by snow 2 Comments 22,275 Views Share Tweet Email Short URL Image: Italian Fire Department via APlast_img read more

Concussion symptoms three times higher in soccer players who head the ball

first_img Share77 Tweet Email Image: Shutterstock/Herbert Kratky http://jrnl.ie/3220105 ADULT SOCCER PLAYERS who regularly use their heads to hit balls are three times more likely to show concussion symptoms than players who don’t head the ball often.Published in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, the findings were based on more than 200 adult amateur soccer players in the New York City area.“These results show that heading the ball is indeed related to concussion symptoms, which is contrary to a recent study that suggested that collisions were responsible for most concussions,” said study author Michael Lipton of Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.“Many players who head the ball frequently are experiencing classic concussion symptoms such as headache, confusion, and dizziness during games and practice, even though they are not actually diagnosed with concussion.”Players completed an online questionnaire about how often they played soccer during the previous two weeks.They were also asked how many times they headed the ball, and how many times they had unintentional head impacts, such as colliding with another player.Players were also asked how often they experienced any symptoms from the head impacts.The participants were divided into four groups, with those in the top sector saying they headed the ball an average of 125 times in two weeks, and members of the bottom group saying they headed the ball about four times in two weeks.“Those in the group with the most headers were three times more likely to have symptoms than those who headed the ball the least,” the study said.Symptoms ranged from moderate pain and some dizziness to feeling dazed, stopping play, needing medical attention and even losing consciousness.Some 20% of participants reported experiencing moderate to very severe concussion symptoms.Those symptoms “were more strongly connected with unintentional head impacts,” such as colliding with a player or goal post, the study said, adding that “heading was shown to be an independent risk factor for concussion symptoms.”Of the 222 players who completed questionnaires, 79% were men.Researchers cautioned that the study, based on self-reported injuries and symptoms, could contain errors of recollection.The survey did not include professional players, teenagers or children.“The findings raise concerns about the long-term effects from heading the ball,” Lipton said, adding that “more research is needed.”- © AFP, 2017Read: Calls for FA to ban heading for under-10s Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 8,940 Views Image: Shutterstock/Herbert Kratky Friday 3 Feb 2017, 6:10 AM Short URL By AFP 13 Comments Feb 3rd 2017, 6:10 AM Concussion symptoms three times higher in soccer players who head the ball It adds to the mounting evidence that frequently heading a soccer ball has serious long-term effects.last_img read more

Tom Clonan In all our years attending Temple Street I have never

first_img Tom Clonan Tom Clonan: ‘In all our years attending Temple Street, I have never before seen so many sick children and parents’ There has been a steady, inexorable decline in Ireland’s health service over the past fifteen years, writes Dr Tom Clonan. Tuesday 7 Feb 2017, 8:00 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Security specialist and columnist, TheJournal.ie By Tom Clonan Feb 7th 2017, 8:00 PM http://jrnl.ie/3227900 65 Comments Short URL SIMON HARRIS SAYS he is ‘ashamed and heartbroken’.  After watching last night’s RTE Investigates documentary I too am heartbroken – and frightened.  I’m frightened most of all by Simon Harris’s shocking lack of insight into the inevitable outcome of his own party’s policies in government.  As a parent of a sick child, his statement of ‘shame’ reads like an alternative fact.I have four children.  Three boys and a girl.  One of my sons has a rare neuromuscular disease and is a wheelchair user.  The neuromuscular disease has attacked the motor function in his legs, arms, hands and fingers.  It has also compromised his eyesight.  Over his short life, Eoghan has undergone countless investigations, examinations and therapies at the hands of our frontline medical staff in the Central Remedial Clinic and Temple Street Children’s Hospital. Tom with his son EoghanThe HSE frontline staff that we interact with – from receptionists, to porters, to nurses, from clinical nurse specialists, to doctors and consultants – are, without exception, the most hardworking, caring and dedicated professionals you will ever meet.  In their interactions with Eoghan, from physiotherapy to occupational therapy, surgical review, neurology  – the seemingly endless range of specialties and disciplines required to manage his disease – the staff are gentle, kind, good-humoured and treat our son as best they can within the growing shortages of staff and resources that beset our health service.This is not the fault of frontline staffToday is Eoghan’s birthday.  He is fifteen years old.  Over the last fifteen years, we have seen a steady, inexorable decline in the staff numbers and resources available to Eoghan.  This deterioration in our health services accelerated dramatically around the time of the bank bailout,  where precious public funds were funneled away from health to service the €85 billion banking debt imposed upon us by successive governments and the Troika.Post-crash, the austerity policies pursued relentlessly by those in government have made things progressively worse.  I have written consistently in TheJournal.ie and elsewhere over the last number of years of the near total collapse in those vital therapies available to children such as Eoghan.In the last two years, Eoghan has developed a scoliotic curve to his spine.  At 15, it causes him some distress and some pain. At the time of writing he is not yet a candidate for surgery. In January, we had an appointment in Temple Street Hospital.  In all the years I have been attending the hospital, I have never before seen the sheer number of sick children and parents in attendance on that grey morning.  After circling the hospital several times in a desperate search for a parking space – a routine familiar to the parents of sick children – we eventually gained access to the ground floor outpatients department.  In a scene that was reminiscent of a hospital in the developing world, it was so crowded there that we had to enlist the assistance of a porter to clear a path through the press of humanity so that Eoghan’s wheelchair could pass by.  This, I repeat, is not the fault of frontline staff.Such overcrowding – like the homeless crisis and other crises throughout our public services –  is a symptomatic outcome of the policy decisions taken at cabinet since 2011 by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Minister James Reilly, Minister Leo Varadkar and now, Minister Simon Harris.Who is to blame? Monday’s excellent documentary by RTE Investigates revealed the appalling plight confronted by tens of thousands of children and adults throughout the state who are on waiting lists for surgery.  The documentary revealed a health service that is chronically under-staffed and poorly resourced – leading to the most heartbreaking suffering endured, unnecessarily, by Irish children and adults alike.So – who is to blame?  Frontline medical professionals, doctors, nurses and their representative groups have been saying for over a decade what families like mine know – there are not enough doctors and nurses.  There are not enough beds in our hospital system.  The health service is short by about 2,000 beds.  The lack of medical staff and beds leads inevitably to the delays, deferred surgeries and human suffering highlighted by the national broadcaster last night.  It is not rocket science.However, the documentary also reveals that the figures around waiting lists have been manipulated in order to conceal the real problems within the health service.  In recent years, successive Irish governments – and in particular, their highly paid special advisors and a growing army of politically appointed spin doctors –  have led the way with ‘alternative facts’ and ‘fake news’ about our badly resourced public services.  Through hundreds – perhaps thousands – of expensive reports, reviews, investigations, action plans, and an endless cycle of press conferences, our Ministers and their apparatchiks have made a new rocket science of distorting the reality of their austerity policies.  Irish government spin doctors can probably claim the credit for being the first administration to create a post-factual public discourse.  They’ve trumped Trump himself.In this perverse alternative reality, Minister Harris has employed precisely the same rhetorical devices as his predecessor Leo Varadkar in order to deflect criticism and to evade responsibility for the crisis in our health services.The government should take responsibility for its actionsFirst of all, as was Minister Varadkar’s habit, Harris automatically seeks to blame the HSE.  ”It is about the HSE who are in charge of operations.  They are the ones responsible for delivering our health service”.  No, Minister Harris, that is not quite correct.  You as Minister may delegate authority to the HSE to run services – but you cannot delegate responsibility.  You are responsible for the crisis.As a parent of a sick child who is floundering in a failing health service,  Minister Harris’s assertions of heartbreak and shame ring hollow.  Like his predecessor Minister Varadkar, Harris mobilises the same glib, patronising and cynical language used by his Cabinet colleagues to distance himself from the crisis in health.  His remarks have a bizarrely detached quality to them, as though this foreseeable and predictable crisis were nothing to do with him, outside of his control and that of  his cabinet colleagues.  In his Kafka-esque world,  the Minister for Health is not actually responsible for Health, but is actually surprised and shocked by the inevitable consequences of his actions and those of his Cabinet colleagues.I have no doubt that in the coming days, the government’s special advisers and media advisers will place information and reports on the news agenda that will seek to shift the blame for the current crisis on the HSE – or their other favourite target – hard-pressed doctors and nurses.We saw this evening that Minister Harris announced a new operating theatre will open in April at Crumlin Children’s Hospital for the treatment of scoliosis, and a HSE action plan on scoliosis will be delivered by the end of this month.Whatever the shift in focus, I would make one simple appeal to Minister Harris.  I would ask him to make one simple decision that would redeem his failings in Health and mark an enduring and positive contribution to the health of our seriously ill children and young adults.  As a parent of a sick child, I would plead with Minister Harris not to locate the new children’s hospital on the cramped St James’s site.  I would ask him to locate it in the grounds of Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown.  If Minister Harris can get past his apparatchiks and advisors, he might hear the voice of reason.  It would be one silver lining to the debate prompted by RTE Investigates and might represent a glimmer of hope on an otherwise bleak horizon.Read more from Tom:Read: All signs suggest 2017 will bring more of these lone wolf terror attacksRead: What can we expect from President Trump’s defence policy? 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Last words of R116 crew should not have been released to media

first_img Tuesday 18 Apr 2017, 8:43 PM Apr 18th 2017, 8:43 PM 31,937 Views Short URL Image: Eamonn Farrell via RollingNews,ie A GROUP THAT represents Irish pilots has criticised the final minutes of the transcript from coastguard helicopter Rescue 116 being published.The full transcript of the last two minutes of the audio recorded by the Cockpit Voice Recorder on the flight was released in the Preliminary Report by the Air Accident Investigation Unit of Ireland (AAIU) last Friday.The helicopter went down near Blackrock Island off the coast of Mayo on 14 March, claiming the lives of all four crew members on board.Captain Dara Fitzpatrick was recovered at sea soon after the helicopter went down, but died later in hospital. The body of pilot Captain Mark Duffy was found in the wreckage but crew members Paul Ormsby and Ciarán Smith have still not been found.In a statement the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) and the European Cockpit Association (ECA) say the publication of the transcript was unwarranted, unacceptable and counterproductive to flight safety.It adds that it “unnecessarily adds to the burden of the victims’ families, and is also a breach of trust to all those involved in commercial aviation”.Evan Cullen, President of the Irish Air Line Pilots’ Association (IALPA) said:There is absolutely no justification for – or benefit from – publishing specifically the last two minutes of this flight, other than feeding a thirst for sensationalism.Cullen added that the publication breaches the internationally agreed principles of accident investigation confidentiality, set out in ICAO Annex 13 and EU Accident Investigation Regulation 996/2010.“According to ICAO Annex 13 paragraph 5.12 and the EU Regulation 996/2010 Article 14 (paragraph 1) the State conducting the investigation of an accident shall not make CVR recordings and any transcripts from such recordings available for purposes other than accident or incident investigation.Annex 13 goes on to state that “parts of the records not relevant to the analysis shall not be disclosed.”A forward in the preliminary report stated, “The sole objective of this safety investigation and Final Report is the prevention of accidents and incidents. Accordingly, it is inappropriate that AAIU Reports should be used to assign fault or blame or determine liability, since neither the safety investigation nor the reporting process has been undertaken for that purpose.Extracts from this Report may be published providing that the source is acknowledged, the material is accurately reproduced and that it is not used in a derogatory or misleading context.In a statement to TheJournal.ie this evening, the AAIU said: “The  section of transcript released in the Preliminary Report was deemed very relevant to the AAIU in giving the families, aviation regulators, operators and the many operational S-92 pilots around the world a better understanding of the sequence of events that occurred on the day of this tragic accident.“The AAIU will continue in its work to bring this particular investigation to its final conclusion. AAIU investigations are held in Private and are Confidential.  No comment is made specific to any investigation other than through a published report.”Read: ’We’re gone’: Final words of R116 crew released in preliminary report> 67 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Cliodhna Russell Image: Eamonn Farrell via RollingNews,ie Last words of R116 crew should not have been released to media, says pilots’ group The last two minutes of the audio was released in the Preliminary Report by the Air Accident Investigation Unit of Ireland (AAIU) on Friday. http://jrnl.ie/3345585 Share Tweet Email1 last_img read more

The 5 at 5 Friday

first_img Image: Shutterstock/Gabrielle Hovey The 5 at 5: Friday Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock… Short URL Jun 9th 2017, 5:05 PM EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie brings you the five biggest stories of the day.1. #PARTNERS: Theresa May plans to form a minority government with the support of the DUP after her Conservative party’s UK election stumble.2. #LOUGH NA GLACK: Human remains have been discovered as part of the investigation into the death of convicted rapist James Nolan.3. #NOTHING TO SEE HERE: Donald Trump has claimed he has been ‘totally vindicated’ by James Comey’s testimony.4. #FOOD SAFETY: Mars Ireland is recalling a number of its Galaxy products due to the potential presence of salmonella in ingredients.5. #SEPARATISITS: Catalonia is set to vote on independence from Spain, a move that is not supported by the Madrid government. Share Tweet Email 3 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3436081 Image: Shutterstock/Gabrielle Hovey By Rónán Duffy 7,710 Views Friday 9 Jun 2017, 5:05 PMlast_img read more

Heres What Happened Today Friday

first_imgTaoiseach Leo Varadkar met with Sinn Féin and the DUP leaders, hoping to break the impasse that has left the North without an Executive since MarchTransport Minister Shane Ross called for a review of the decision to appoint Máire Whelan to the Court of AppealNew legislation will be required to allow Fine Gael TD Mary Mitchell O’Connor hold the role of super junior minister in Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s cabinetHundreds turned out to pay their respects to activist Dr Ann Louise Gilligan, the wife of Minister Katherine Zappone, who died yesterdayA farmer in Limerick sustained gunshot wounds in a suspected dispute with another farmer over access to landThe National Lottery is warning the public about a Euromillions phone scam. Jun 16th 2017, 9:13 PM WORLD Priya Shrikumar from Dance Ihayami an Indian classical dance company as they take part in an event organised as part of The Great Get Together to celebrate the life of murdered MP Jo Cox at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. Source: PA Wire/PA Images#LONDON: The death toll from the Grenfell Tower block fire rose to 30. Angry residents stormed local authority headquarters today as people demand those responsible to be held to account.#UNDONE: Donald Trump said he’ll cancel Obama’s deal to restore ties with Cuba, promising to instead support the Cuban people against their “cruel” regime.#DAESH: The Russian Army said it was seeking to verify whether the Islamic State chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been killed after its warplanes hit in a night raid.PARTING SHOTThe political situation in Northern Ireland is complicated, granted – but surely after the renewed focus in the wake of Brexit and the UK election result, international media are getting a handle on the situation?Not quite.Today, Sky News Australia claimed that Sinn Féin is a person, and a member of the DUP.The story had the title ”DUP won’t make deal that breaks peace pact” with an accompanying picture of Gerry Adams – as if politics wasn’t confusing enough. I’m a Northern Ireland native journalist and can’t find full time paid work, but someone at Sky News Australia thinks Sinn Fein is a person. pic.twitter.com/F2pDpYSEsR— aoife-grace moore. (@aoifegracemoore) June 16, 2017 NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND Eileen Fitzsimons. Carole Walshe and Mary O’Carroll enjoying a Bloomsday brunch at The Bailey. Source: Ruth MedjberA former caretaker at a Midlands GAA grounds was charged with over 140 offences relating to child sexual abuse Get our daily news round up: No Comments Friday 16 Jun 2017, 9:13 PM Short URLcenter_img http://jrnl.ie/3449157 Source: aoife-grace moore./Twitter 10,161 Views Here’s What Happened Today: Friday London residents storm council building in anger, and Shane Ross wants a review – here’s a round-up of today’s news. By Gráinne Ní Aodha Share Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Extradition cases between the UK and Ireland postBrexit will prove a lot

first_imgExtradition cases between the UK and Ireland post-Brexit will prove a lot more difficult There are concerns that reverting to the old system will cause delays. As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: 6,425 Views Old Bailey, London Image: PA Archive/PA Images Short URL 3 Comments Share30 Tweet Email1 By Christina Finn EXTRADITION CASES BETWEEN the UK and Ireland in a post-Brexit no-deal scenario will be slower and a lot more cumbersome. One of the aspects of the Brexit onmibus Bill published this week relates to extradition between the two countries. If Brexit crashes out of the EU, the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) system – which allows for the extradition of suspects between EU countries for trial or imprisonment – will cease to operate between the UK and Ireland.Prior to the EU extradition set up, there was a bilateral arrangement between the UK and Ireland. While the EU extradition warrant has been described as a lot more efficient, in order to  solve this problem the Brexit ‘mega’ Bill sets out to amend a previous extradition Act that dates back to 1965.It will allow for the extradition of Irish citizens to another State, such as the UK, which in turn, could extradite their citizens to Ireland for trial. Delays There are concerns about reverting to those rules – albeit with updates – particularly around the delays it could bring about.Chief Justice Mr Frank Clarke has previously said the current EU warrant is “harder to find holes in” that previous iterations, stating that any new system would be tested. The legislation that will oversee extraditions relates to the Council of Europe Convention on Extradition 1957 and is understood to have a lot more grounds to allow for appeals and more space for objections to be put down. Talking to Cork’s 96FM last week, Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan said he hoped the UK would maintain extradition arrangements with the European Union post-Brexit in order combat international crime.“I would be concerned to ensure, for example, that we would continue to have a robust extradition process.“I would hope that Britain would continue to sign in, for example, to the very important and necessary European Arrest Warrant… that we could ensure there is no delay in fighting crime on either side of the Border and, of course, east and west between Britain and Ireland,” he said. ReassurancesTánaiste Simon Coveney moved to give reassurances this week that the much heralded no-deal Brexit omnibus Bill would protect the rights of Irish citizens and businesses. However, he added that he hopes it is one piece of legislation he has helped draft that will “sit on the shelf” and never have to be used.It has taken over a year to put together, and it looks ahead at what possible issues could arise should there be a no-deal, some of which Coveney has written about today for TheJournal.ie.However, the Tánaiste also admitted this week that there will be scenarios that no one will have foreseen, and that the situation for the UK, Ireland and Europe is “lose, lose, lose”.While you can have all the will in the world to have preparations in place, the Tánaiste said there is no doubt that Ireland is facing into an emergency situation. The Bill looks at issues across nine different departments. New items contained include additional powers for Enterprise Ireland to lend to businesses without breakin EU state aid rules. There are also new VAT rules for businesses, which will allow firms to defer the payments. Assurances have been given that ‘the lights won’t go out’ post 29 March – the day the UK is due to leave the EU – as the changes in law will facilitate the current all-island electricity services. Bus services Bus services, such as tours and school buses, operating over the border between the North and the Republic will not be disrupted due to new provisions providing for a new licensing system operating in a ‘third’ country such as the UK. The licences known as third-country authorisations or as third-country journey forms will be granted by the National Transport Authority – but the government hopes such provisions will not need to be activated.In terms of education, some 1,500 Irish students studying in the UK will still be able to access their grants, as will the 200 or so UK students studying here in Ireland. The 132,000 people living in Ireland who get UK pensions will also be able to draw it down post-Brexit, as will the 28,000 Irish citizens who live in Britain but receive an Irish pension. Child Benefit will also be unaffected due to the new legislation, with 1,000 British people living in Ireland still being able to receive their payments post 29 March, and the same for the 840 Irish citizens living in the UK. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/4507594 Old Bailey, London Image: PA Archive/PA Images Saturday 23 Feb 2019, 7:15 AM Feb 23rd 2019, 7:16 AM last_img read more

Photos Three arrested after gardaí discover €200k worth of cannabis in Sligo

first_img Share9 Tweet Email1 https://jrnl.ie/4533204 By Sean Murray Mar 10th 2019, 1:18 PM No Comments 21,839 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img Short URL Source: An Garda SíochánaGARDAÍ IN SLIGO have arrested three people after discovering a large quantity of cannabis.The drugs were found during the search of a house at Cloonloo at around noon yesterday.During the search, they discovered a cannabis cultivation operation, containing around 250 cannabis plants as well as processed cannabis herb. Sunday 10 Mar 2019, 1:18 PM Photos: Three arrested after gardaí discover €200k worth of cannabis in Sligo house Gardaí discovered a significant cannabis cultivation operation in rural Cloonloo. Source: An Garda SíochánaSubject to analysis, the drugs have a street value of €200,000.A man and woman in their 30s, and a man in his late 20s, were arrested at the scene. Source: An Garda SíochánaThey’ve been detained at Ballymote Garda Station under Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act, 1996.last_img read more

Families of Christchurch victims face long wait for the return of their

first_img ISLAMIC CUSTOM DICTATES that people have to be buried as soon as possible after death – but the scale and devastation of Friday’s massacre of 50 people in Christchurch has delayed the handover of bodies to next of kin.As the first bodies of the Christchurch mosque shooting victims were returned to their grieving families, Muslim volunteers from across New Zealand and Australia have stepped in to help with the burial process.Police said today that just six bodies have been released so far, and a total of 12 victims identified. Waves of volunteers have driven or flown in to Christchurch to help ease the burden on exhausted locals.“We are a Muslim community, regardless of where we are situated through the country and the world, there is always going to be a connection with other Muslims when tragedy occurs,” Javed Dadabhai, a volunteer from Auckland, told AFP. Tuesday 19 Mar 2019, 1:45 PM A muslim worshipper prays at a makeshift memorial at the Al Noor Mosque on Deans Rd in Christchurch, New Zealand Image: AAP/PA Images https://jrnl.ie/4549847 A muslim worshipper prays at a makeshift memorial at the Al Noor Mosque on Deans Rd in Christchurch, New Zealand Quite specifically, Christchurch is a small community, so… when you see a loss of 50 people, you really need to come down and help in whichever you can.While there has been no figures on the number of volunteers who have travelled to Christchurch, large numbers have been walking in and out of a family support centre near the Al Noor Mosque where dozens were killed by a white supremacist.Washing of bodiesSohail Ibrahim was among the volunteers who packed his bags and hopped onto a plane from Sydney when a call came from his mosque for helpers.“The problem is, many men and many women can’t face the body,” Ibrahim told AFP of why he felt compelled to lend a helping hand.Dadabhai said the volunteers were divided into several teams which would help in the washing of bodies — required under Islamic custom — and the burials in the cemetery.Mohammed Bilal, another volunteer from Auckland, said the “coming together” was a good way for Muslims to show they wanted to “live peacefully”.“That’s why we are here,” he told AFP. “This is a hard time but we have to be strong and faithful and believe that we are going to overcome this.“People come here to help each other and do something good for our society.”- © AFP, 2019 Mar 19th 2019, 1:45 PM Image: AAP/PA Images 10 Comments By AFP Share24 Tweet Email Short URL Families of Christchurch victims face long wait for the return of their loved ones’ bodies Under Islamic custom, burials are to take place as soon as possible after death, which hasn’t been the case in this situation. 10,688 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Buck Whaley The stakes were high when the Gambler met the Butcher

first_img 23,706 Views Short URL This is an extract from Buck Whaley: Ireland’s Greatest Adventurer by David Ryan, which is published by Merrion Press.1789, THE RUTHLESS warlord known as ‘the Butcher’ was probably the most feared man in the Middle East.Ahmad Pasha al-Jazzar ruled much of Syria and the Holy Land on behalf of the Ottoman Empire.Notorious for his brutality, he was definitely not a man to be trifled with. So when the madcap Irish adventurer Thomas ‘Buck’ Whaley turned up on his doorstep, there was no telling what would happen.Whaley was one of Irish history’s most colourful and eccentric characters, so much so that 200 years later he even had a nightclub named after him on Dublin’s Leeson Street.When he met al-Jazzar he was on his way home from Jerusalem, having undertaken an epic journey from Dublin on the back of a £15,000 wager.In the course of the expedition, Whaley had been caught in a hurricane in the Sea of Crete, troubled by pirates in the Dodecanese, nearly killed by plague in Constantinople, and waylaid by bandits near Nablus.Before leaving the Holy Land he had decided to call on the fearsome al-Jazzar in hopes of acquiring a much-coveted possession. Whaley knew that the Butcher maintained a large stud and hoped that he might present him with an Arabian stallion. Although he had already had many extraordinary adventures, as a new book reveals, his encounter with ‘the Butcher’ was the most memorable.Buck Whaley: Ireland’s Greatest Adventurer describes how Whaley and his travelling companion Hugh Moore were granted an audience with al-Jazzar at his palace in the Mediterranean port of Acre.Moore described the Butcher’s appearance vividly. Aged around fifty, he was 5 feet 10 inches in height and built ‘like an Hercules’. He had the face ‘of an assassin, his neck short, his eyes black, small, and sunk in his head … his features most strongly expressive of the barbarous ferocity of his mind’.This description is borne out by a portrait of the time, in which al-Jazzar stares menacingly from the canvas with heavy-lidded eyes.However, he welcomed his guests pleasantly enough, making sure to inform them that ‘all Europe will wonder at this mark of my regard and will envy you the honour of this interview’.As he spoke the Butcher seemed to shake off his grim demeanour. He was strangely animated and ‘even condescended to smile’. Encouraged by his host’s friendly demeanour, Whaley decided to ask him for an Arabian stallion, saying he wanted to present it to the Prince of Wales.But to his shock and surprise, al-Jazzar refused him bluntly. He explained that the Sultan himself had also asked him for a horse, but he had turned him down. As a result, he could hardly oblige a Christian. With this matter put to bed, Al-Jazzar turned the conversation back to his favourite subject: his own achievements and military greatness, boasting of the number of men he had killed.As Whaley took his leave he reflected ‘with indignation on the savage cruelty of this monster’. He and Moore regarded al-Jazzar as a remorseless tyrant who having ‘attained the summit of human atrocity and villainy, ignorantly conceived himself to be one of the greatest and most eminent of mankind’.What they did not know was that al-Jazzar was yet to perform his greatest deed. In 1799 a French army commanded by a brilliant young general laid siege to al-Jazzar in Acre.The Butcher held out against the French for two months, killing over 1,000 of them. Eventually, the young general was forced to abandon the siege and retreat ignominiously to Egypt. Thus did the ageing Ahmad Pasha al-Jazzar, ten years after Whaley’s visit, become the first man to defeat Napoleon Bonaparte in battle. And Whaley? He completed his journey home and returned to Dublin in triumph later that year, having won his £15,000 bet.Fame and adulation followed and Whaley rubbed shoulders with the good and the great, from the Prince of Wales to the Duchess of Devonshire. But his gambling spiralled out of control.In a strange twist of fate one his fellow bettors was Arthur Wesley, later to become Duke of Wellington and, of course, the last man to defeat Napoleon, at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.To escape his gambling debts Whaley fled to France, where he had many more adventures. After nearly being killed while climbing Mont Blanc he got caught up in the French Revolution, came up with a hare-brained plan to rescue King Louis XVI from the guillotine and tried to fight a duel on the Champs Elysees.When he died in 1800 at the age of 34 he had squandered an astronomical £400,000 (around €100 million) ‘without ever purchasing or acquiring contentment or one hour’s true happiness’.But Whaley’s fame lived on for many years after his death. His Jerusalem wager may even have inspired Phileas Fogg’s bet in Around the World in Eighty Days. Now, for the first time, the full story of his extraordinary life and adventures is told.David Ryan was born in Galway and holds an MA degree in history from NUI Galway. David currently works as a television producer and scriptwriter, specialising in history and archaeology documentaries. David Ryan By David Ryan https://jrnl.ie/4603790 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Buck Whaley: The stakes were high when the Gambler met the Butcher Buck Whaley was one of Irish history’s most colourful and eccentric characters, writes David Ryan. 16 Comments Author Apr 27th 2019, 7:31 PM Saturday 27 Apr 2019, 7:30 PM Share Tweet Email5 last_img read more

Privatisation on Cards in Greece

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Prime Minister George Papandreou began a series of meetings on Tuesday aimed at finalising the government’s privatisation plans, which PASOK hopes will also divert attention from the constant speculation about whether Greece will have to restructure its public debt. Papandreou met with several ministers and aides in a bid to flesh out the plans he presented last week, which foresee Greece reaching an ambitious 50-billion-euro target by 2015. Tuesday’s meetings focused on the sale of stakes in OTE telecom and the state racecourses. Reports suggested that there might be interest in the racetracks from France. The outline presented last week proposed the government also sell shares in the Public Gas Corporation (DEPA) this year and in gaming company OPAP, ATEbank and Public Power Corporation (PPC) in 2012, among others. The state plans to reduce its holdings in PPC from 51 percent to 34 percent next year, while maintaining the electricity giant’s management. It will also lower its stake in DEPA to 34 percent this year. Mining company Larco will be fully privatized within 2011. The state’s share in the water companies of Athens and Thessaloniki (EYDAP and EYATH respectively) will also be reduced. Its controlling stake in ATEbank will be reduced after the planned capital share increase and its restructuring, but the state will maintain a majority share. The government will also sell a part of its holdings in Hellenic Postbank by 2013. The Opposition ND party criticised the government for not continuing with the privatisations it had carried out when in power, which included the sale of Olympic Air and the concession of the Piraeus container dock. However, the conservatives reserved their strongest criticism for the issue of debt restructuring, accusing the government of fueling “disaster scenarios.” Government spokesman Giorgos Petalotis said that PASOK was not paying attention to any unfounded rumours or talk of “decisions that have already been taken.” ND spokesman Yiannis Michelakis called for the government to re-negotiate the terms of its loan agreement with the European Union and the International Monetary Fund. He gave the example of the new Irish government securing changes to two terms in the country’s loan deal. Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Eurozone continues with talks on reducing Greek debt

first_imgEurozone finance ministers held a teleconference on Saturday to discuss strategies for making Greek debt sustainable ahead of a new meeting in Brussels on Monday, when they will be under pressure to come up with a definitive solution. There was no immediate statement after the teleconference, which was part of the continuing discussions that took place over the weekend, including further technical work from the Euro Working Group, aimed at striking a formula that is likely to reduce Greek debt from a projected 189 percent of GDP next year to 124 percent in 2020. Prime Minister Antonis Samaras returned to Athens on Saturday from the European Union leaders’ summit in Brussels, where the 27 politicians discussed the EU budget. Samaras used the opportunity to speak in person to 12 of his counterparts, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Italian Premier Mario Monti. Sources said Samaras attempted to stress to fellow leaders the economic difficulties faced by Greece, describing the “post-Hiroshima” fallout of the crisis. Eurozone finance ministers failed to reach a conclusive agreement on how to deal with Greek debt on Tuesday and are to hold their third meeting in two weeks in Brussels this Monday. The solutions that are likely to be on the table are lending Greece money to buy back its bonds at a reduced rate on the secondary market, the European Central Bank returning the profits it made on Greek bonds and Greece’s partners reducing the interest rate on their bilateral loans to Athens. Kathimerini understands that German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble had been in a position during last week’s Eurogroup to advocate a drastic reduction in the interest rates on bilateral loans to Greece, as well as the extension of their maturities, to help make Greek debt sustainable. But he ended up adopting a more conservative position after the German government’s coalition partners, the CSU and FDP, advised Chancellor Merkel that such an initiative would not have their support and would not pass through the German parliament. Beyond domestic politics, one factor that could complicate any deal is that the International Monetary Fund seems to be advocating that any bond buyback scheme should happen immediately, possibly even before December 14, when T-bills worth 3.4 billion euros are due to mature. This would mean a fresh delay for Greece’s loan tranche, which would be held up until the buyback has been completed. Greece is hoping to receive the whole 44 billion euros due to be released from the bailout program next month. As things stand, all of this money will go to cover immediate obligations. Some 24 billion euros will be used to complete the bank recapitalization program, 9 billion will be invested in the buyback scheme, 4.5 billion is needed to cover the primary deficit, 3.5 billion has been slated to reduce state arrears, 3.4 billion is needed to cover four-week T-bills that mature next month and 500 million euros will go toward covering a bond that matures on December 21. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

East West link opposition grows

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram “What Melbourne needs is a transport solution that doesn’t just focus only on roads and doesn’t just focus only on public transport.” Jennifer KanisPressure is mounting against the proposed East West Link project in Melbourne. Labor has advanced its ‘Say no to the $8 billion tunnel’ campaign, while the government is still without financial backing. Premier Denis Napthine has been on the offensive since the project’s inception, and this week hit out at claims the traffic projection figures released to validate the link’s necessity are inflated. “They are conservative tracking estimates,” he said. “VicRoads have got a track record of, if anything, underestimating traffic flows for these major projects.” The government says the project will almost halve the time it takes to travel from the Chandler Highway to CityLink and the Tullamarine Freeway during the morning peak. “Motorists will be able to bypass these 23 lights, including 10 on Alexandra Pde and Princes St, and seven on Brunswick Rd, bringing to an end frustrating stop-start traffic conditions,” Dr Napthine said. The project did receive a lifeline last week thanks to the federal election, with Opposition Leader Tony Abbott pledging $1.5 billion to the project if he is elected. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has not offered money for the project, but has pledged $3 billion for a rail project linking North Melbourne to St Kilda. The Victorian government hasn’t specified where the other funds will come from yet. Already, the government has rejected a bid by Australia’s largest superannuation fund to finance, build and operate the entire east-west link. Industry Funds Management (IFM) lodged a proposal that will see the whole project built in one go and for under $12 billion dollars. The proposal mentioned it will be partly funded through toll revenue and partly through regular availability payments from the state and would have a minimum impact on taxpayers. Victorian Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews has called on Premier Denis Napthine to delay signing contracts for the 4.4km tunnel under Melbourne’s inner northern suburbs until after the 2014 state election, giving voters a say on the $6 billion-$8 billion project. Local government hasn’t been as forgiving to the project as the premier has liked. The City of Glen Eira – headed by Liberal mayor Jamie Hyams – has passed a motion warning that the project will offer the local area “little benefit”. “The east-west tunnel will effectively absorb funds for major transport infrastructure in Melbourne for many years, possibly delaying projects that potentially benefit Glen Eira,” the motion says. State Member for Melbourne Jennifer Kanis has taken the step to send out a petition to her electorate, asking them to oppose the project and visit their website transportfacts.com.au Ms Kanis says the petition has been quite successful in one week, with a wide section of people opposing the project. “The thing I’ve been surprised about is the great diversity of people who have been sending them back,” she told Neos Kosmos. “When we put them through, we can see the age group and the location people are coming from and it’s not only the young and it’s not only the old. It’s a real cross-section.” The Labor Party will be releasing their transport alternative before the end of the year. “The policy we’ll be bringing out before the end of this year will focus not only on the city, and not only on the eastern freeway, but on all of Melbourne and also some of the regional areas, like Ballarat, Bendigo and Geelong,” Ms Kanis says. “What Melbourne needs is a transport solution that doesn’t just focus only on roads and doesn’t just focus only on public transport.” Last week, 250 local residents affected by the link’s route gathered to protest construction. Outside the proposed site of two off-ramps at Ross Straw baseball field in Parkville, Green’s Federal Minister, Adam Bandt spoke to the crowd. “There will be a huge tunnel mouth and two flyovers here. They will be so close to some residents that they will be able to reach out and touch them,” Mr Bandt said. Initially in July, residents that would be affected were given a brief letter describing their houses might be acquired by the state for the project to go ahead. A petition online has been circulated by a Victorian government statutory authority to gauge public sentiment over the link. It can be completed here: www.surveymonkey.com/s/EWLCS1. The government is hoping to have the project’s contracts locked in just weeks before the 2014 state election.last_img read more

One decision can save the lives of ten

first_imgBeing chained to a dialysis machine is no way to live. Marilyn Velonas will be the first to tell you that. She spent five and a half years attached to a machine that she had at best mixed feelings for. She remembers the waiting, attached for six hours to the whirling machine every second day, but at the same time, that same machine was her lifeline. This is life for a person on an organ donation waiting list. For the sick, getting time is the best you can hope for, and for many, dialysis is a godsend. Marilyn was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease called IGA nephropathy. “When I was diagnosed, the doctor said to me ‘the worst case scenario is you’ll end up on dialysis, but that won’t be till 15, 20 years now, but more than likely it won’t happen’,” she tells Neos Kosmos. “Within eight years I was on dialysis.” At 41, with a daughter going through high school, things could not have come at a worse time. Finding six hours every three days, then every second day as time went on, to sit attached to a machine was debilitating. Any sense of normality went out the door. “My life had to be planned around dialysis,” she says. “You can only do so much, but I said I’m not going to let this take over my life. Marilyn managed two overseas trips during her almost six year stint on dialysis, and has fond memories of little weekends away. This was only possible thanks to very detailed planning in between treatment and heavily regimented hospital trips. The only way Marilyn could find some sort of normality was through the misfortune of another. Her lifesaving kidney came after a young man lost his life in a traffic accident. The heartbreaking decision for a mother to say goodbye was made easier by the fact that her son gave life to ten more people, effectively a second chance. That is the true gift of organ and tissue donation. Surprisingly, migrant communities are some of the least represented in giving the OK to become organ donors. Confusion, superstition and faith are some of the words that surface with the issue of organ and tissue donation. Some are even under the impression that removing organs at the time of death means they won’t be seen by god on their ascent to heaven. Clarification from the church has been necessary to ensure organ donation is a choice many can make without fearing cultural or religious punishment. Now, as part of a DonateLife campaign to target multicultural communities, His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos has taken the time to brief the community and come out to support the worthy cause. In a statement, the Archbishop has highlighted the gift of life as being one of the most noble gifts a Christian can give. “Organ and tissue donation transforms the lives of people in need of a transplant,” His Eminence says. “It respects the sanctity of life and enables people to give the ultimate gift of life to others. This is a most noble act and one which helps fulfil a deeper and more spiritual purpose for life.” This landmark statement will see a more cohesive approach, with the ripple effect flowing down to local priests. Already, the Archbishop’s Easter address to the community included the Church’s support for organ donation, and the topic has been getting the right awareness. CEO of the Australian Government’s Organ and Tissue Authority, Yael Cass, says targeting culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities through religion and cultural authorities has seen donations rise and seen more people ask their loved ones what their position would be. “We’ve already seen at the hospital level, families who have come into an end of life situation with the family member want support when they’re discussing organ and tissue donation. “The priests have now been very supportive and have encouraged families.” In the first seven months of this year alone, the number of donations has increased by 29 per cent. There have been an additional 133 transplant recipients thanks to the growth in donation outcomes. The reality is, though, that only 1 per cent of people who die in a hospital die in such a way that they can become an organ donor, making the need for donors all that more important. For Marilyn, finding a kidney wasn’t as easy as movies will have you believe. “I have antibodies in me that mean I was very limited as to what donor I could accept,” she reveals. “There wasn’t much of a choice out there. I couldn’t get a kidney from just anyone.” The fact that her donor had discussed donation with his immediate family meant Marilyn could be saved. With her quality of life drastically improving, her family also gets a reprieve from the stress and the restriction of having a mother, a wife and sister dependent on six hour dialysis. Due to the rarity of organ donation, it is vital that every Australian family ask and know each other’s donation decisions to rightfully pass on a loved one’s wishes. In Australia, the family is always asked to confirm the donation wishes of the deceased before donation can proceed. Talk to your family today about whether you’d like to become an organ and tissue donor. To find out more about organ and tissue donation and to read information in Greek, visit www.donatelife.gov.au/ Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Coalition leaders prepare for troika amid sour mood

first_imgA dispute between New Democracy and PASOK over civil servants’ salaries continued this week, underlining the big task facing Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and Deputy Prime Minister Evangelos Venizelos as they prepare to meet Wednesday to discuss the government’s strategy ahead of the troika’s return to Athens.The coalition leaders are to examine the outstanding issues that need to be resolved before the inspectors resume their review of the Greek program. This includes deciding what stance the government will take on the biggest issues that need to be settled: pension and labour reform.The government’s preparation for the resumption of the negotiations has been far from ideal. PASOK has chided Administrative Reform Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis for allegedly failing to consult with the junior coalition partner over changes to the wage structure for civil servants, including lowering the entry-level salary. Mitsotakis, however, insists that this measure is one of Greece’s bailout commitments.“Whatever we discuss with the troika has been discussed with PASOK’s representatives,” said Mitsotakis.The Socialists, however, continued to deny they had any prior knowledge of the plans.“The Administrative Reform Ministry is moving forward on its own, without having held any discussion with us,” said PASOK’s Christos Protopappas.Source: Kathimerini. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

The abs keeps everybodys information private and confidential

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram For what is largely a routine procedure of everyday public administration, the census is causing a disproportionate amount of controversy. Most Australians have already received the letter providing them with a 12-digit code that enables them to go to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) website (census.abs.gov.au) and complete the online census form. This is probably the most important change in this year’s census, compared to previous years. “We’ve seen society change and technology has advanced and there’s a community expectation that we use technology and give people this option to complete the census online,” says Victorian census director Annette Kelly. “We think this model will cater to everybody; there will be people who will prefer to do it online and we give them more options than ever before,” she adds, stating that anyone who wishes to complete a printed form can order one. Speaking to Neos Kosmos, Ms Kelly confirms this year’s census is the next step in a transition to an online census that has been happening for some time now. “In 2011 and 2006, people got the paper form, but they could also do it online”, she says. “The big difference here is that most households will receive the letter instead of the paper form. On the back of the letter are instructions in Greek; for people who need language help there is information for the use of a translating and interpreting service, which is a very important option.”This is the first time that the online option is given priority. People can go to census.abs.gov.au and use their 12-digit code to complete their census form.ASSISTANCE TO THE TECHNOLOGICALLY CHALLENGED Language issues aside, the online census can be challenging for people who are not familiar with new technology, mostly the elderly. “We really encourage people to ask friends and family if they need help completing their census, and the online version makes it possible for family to provide assistance from another location,” says Ms Kelly, adding: “If you are still struggling and don’t have anyone to ask, a census field officer may be able to provide some support when they are visiting your area. Though this might not happen until after census night, there’s no need to worry. You won’t get into trouble if you can’t submit your form until after 9 August.“The Greek Community of Melbourne and Victoria is also prepared to offer assistance to anyone who wants to go to the Greek Centre and ask for a volunteer to help complete the online census form. The other important thing to bear in mind is that the census has to be completed ‘in relation to’ Tuesday 9 of August, not have to be completed on that day.“You fill it in as if it was Tuesday the ninth,” explains Ms Kelly. “For most elderly people it wouldn’t matter if they filled it in two or three days before, or after. It’s in reference to that particular day, but as soon as you get your letter, it can be completed online. For instance, there is a question for people who work: ‘How did you travel to work on Tuesday the 9th August?’ So, you can answer in relation to that day but you can answer a couple of days after. Or, if you always go to work in the same way, driving, you fill it out earlier.” Having said that, she clarifies other concerns, regarding the whereabouts of people on that date. “You don’t have to complete the census if you’re out of the country on the night. If you’re travelling interstate and staying at a hotel, you’ll receive a form at the hotel; If you’re staying with family you’ll put your name in the census of that household,” she says. CHANGES IN CONTENT Apart from the procedure, there are other changes this year in terms of content. For instance, the question regarding religion has changed. “The option ‘no religion’ is now first,” says Ms Kelly, explaining that “the format of that question is consistent with the format of questions in the rest of the form. The other very important change in the census this time around is the part where people are asked where their parents were born. In previous censuses, the two options were ‘Australia’ and ‘overseas’; now, in this census form, you can specify the country that your parents were born in. This will provide a lot more information for ethnic communities to understand how large they are and what they look like.”Annette Kelly, the Victorian Census Director.PRIVACY CONCERNSFor some, this means that the government is trying to target specific migrant communities. It is one of the accusations that abound as the census date approaches, and many express concerns for ‘Big Brother’ like prying into people’s lives. The census itself is seen by some groups as a large-scale invasion of privacy, especially since this year, the ABS is keeping records of names and addresses.“We’ve always collected names and addresses in the census. This has been compulsory,” says Ms Kelly. “The difference is that this year the names and addresses will be retained for up to four years. But the very important thing is that these names and addresses will be separated and stripped off from all the census data, so the census data will be anonymised,” she adds. Then, why keep track at all? “The reason we’re doing it is that we look to use other government data to create more statistics. For example, if we want to be able to look at how education impacts on whether people end up in employment, what we can do is combine de-identified census with some form of education data to show what types of education can lead to jobs and higher employment, that sort of thing,” she says.Critics of this process note that census data are accessible to independent researchers.“The census data is available as statistics to anybody who wants to do research and make decisions,” confirms Ms Kelly. “but none of the data released has any information about an individual. No one can possibly identify anyone from those statistics”. In conclusion, the Victorian census director is adamant. “The ABS keeps everybody’s information private and confidential – and that’s by law. It cannot share people’s personal information; it never has or never will provide that information to any other government agency or organisation. The only thing that the ABS does is it creates statistics; the only thing that we release are numbers,” she points out.* To order a printed census form call 1300 214 531. For translating and interpreting services, call 131450. Those requiring further assistance can visit the Greek Centre and ask a volunteer to help complete the census form. Anyone interested should call (03) 9662-2722 or email info@greekcommunity.com.aulast_img read more

Australian PM pillories Erdogans vile remarks and NZ Deputy PM heads to

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram President #Erdogan’s words were unfortunately taken out of context. He was responding to the so-called ‘manifesto’ of the terrorist who killed 50 innocent Muslims in Christchurch, NewZealand. Turks have always been the most welcoming & gracious hosts to their #Anzac visitors.— Fahrettin Altun (@fahrettinaltun) March 20, 2019 Prime Minister Scott Morrison was not satisfied with an explanation given by Turkey’s Ambassador to Australia regarding comments made by Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatening violence against Australian and New Zealanders visiting Turkey and ridiculing Anzacs following the Christchurch mosque attacks.New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has also been concerned by the comments and said on Wednesday that Deputy Prime Minister WInston Peters would tackle to Turkey at Istanbul’s request to attend a special meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and to “confront” the comments that Mr Peters described as “unfair”.“He is going there to set the record straight, face-to-face,” Ms Ardern said.Prime Minister Scott Morrison has slammed Turkey’s President and threatened further action for “deeply offensive” comments besmirching Anzacs and threatening violence to Australians and New Zealanders following the Christchurch massacre.Mr Erdogan’s comments were made during his pre-election campaign as an effort to drum up support for his Islamist-rooted AK Party in elections at the end of the month. He warned Australian and New Zealand citizens that came to Turkey with anti-Islamist sentiments that they would be sent back in coffins like their grandparents, the Anzacs, were.Mr Morrison rejected the excuses given by Turkish Ambassador Korhan Karakoc.“I do not accept the excuses that have been offered for those comments,” Mr Morrison said, describing Mr Erdogan’s speech as ‘vile’ and calling for a retraction.“I’ve asked for these comments, particularly their reporting of the misrepresented position of Australia on Turkish television, the state-sponsored broadcaster, to be taken down and I expect that to occur.”Mr Morrison and Opposition Labor Party Leader Bill Shorten are in communication regarding the comments. Both are in agreement regarding the “unhelpful” remarks.“Intemperate and regrettable remarks like this only play into the hands of those who seek to divide,” Mr Shorten said.Mr Morrison and Mr Shorten would also continue to liaise with the New Zealand Government.The Australian Prime Minister has threatened further action against Turkey unless these comments are withdrawn. Australia will also review its travel advice for Turkey.Turkey states that Erdogan’s words were taken out of contextA senior official of the Turkish presidency Tweeted on Wednesday that Mr Erdogan’s comments were taken out of context. In a tweet, Fahrettin Altun, Communications Director of the Turkish Presidency clarified that Mr Erdogan was responding to the so-called ‘manifesto’ of the terrorist who killed 50 muslims in Christchurch.Erdogan’s speech to mark 104 years since the Canakkale victory near Gallipoli had said that “those attacking us are still testing the patience and resolve of Turkey despite a century gone by.”“This is not an isolated event, it is something more organised,” he had said.“They are testing us with the message they are sending us from New Zealand, 16,500km from here.”“Your ancestors came and saw us here. Then some left on their feet, some in coffins. If you come here with same intentions, we will be waiting and have no doubt we will see you off like your ancestors.”Mr Altun said “the terrorist’s manifesto not only targeted Erdogan himself but also the Turkish people and the Turkish state” to explain the motivation behind the speech.He added that Turkish people have always been gracious hosts to Anzac visitors.last_img read more

AMD cinq nouveaux processeurs annoncés

first_imgAMD : cinq nouveaux processeurs annoncésÉtats-Unis – AMD est sur le point de commercialiser cinq nouveaux processeurs. Au programme : des éléments améliorés par rapport aux précédents modèles.AMD se positionne dans l’entrée et le milieu de gamme du marché des processeurs. Prochainement, l’entreprise américaine va commercialiser cinq éléments qui ne sont en fait que des upgrades, avec une fréquence améliorée, de modèles précédents. À lire aussiIntel lance ses nouvelles puces Xeon au CebitCependant, ils présentent un avantage non négligeable : un prix attractif. Ainsi, le Phenom II x2 555 Black Edition (3,6 GHz) voit son coefficient multiplicateur débloqué. Il est aussi équipé d’un Thermal Design Power de 800 W et de 6 Mo de cache L3 pour un prix de 99 dollars. Les autres modèles qui devront suivre sont le Phenom II x4 910e, l’Athlon II x2 255, l’Athlon II x3 440 et l’Athlon II x4 635. Les prix sont compris entre 74 et 119 dollars. AMD cherche ainsi à concurrencer son rival Intel et sa nouvelle gamme de Core i5 et i3.Le 25 janvier 2010 à 12:08 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more