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Paris Bakery workers visit owners home calling for unpaid wages

first_imgUpdated at 5.39pmWORKERS AT the Paris Bakery in Dublin have travelled to the home of their employer seeking unpaid wages.As many as 15 have been staging a sit-in the city centre bakery in Dublin claiming they are owed wages of over €55,000.On Friday the group of 15 entered the premises to prevent their employer from removing equipment from the restaurant.In a statement this evening, Mandate trade union said some of the workers travelled to the home of the owners, Ruth Savill and Yannick Forel.“We visited the house of Ms Savill because she is refusing to engage with us,”  employee Anissa Hosany said.Earlier today Hosany told “we’re going to be staying here until tomorrow”.We’re hopeful that we will chat with our employer tomorrow and we will reach some kind of resolution, but it could be postponed again. We’re just staying positive. Staff were due to meet with the store’s owner yesterday morning, but this was called off.Hosany said that spirits are high among those camped at the store.“People are really positive about the whole situation,” she said, “Last night was great, a band came to the shop and played and we also set up a kitchen. The public are being really supportive.”Mandate trade union and the Migrant Rights Centre have also become involved in the dispute. Source: TradeUnionTVIreland/YouTubeOPATSI, who represents some of the workers at the bakery, said they have already met with the employer “without any resolution”, and will escalate action on Monday.General Secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Union David Begg called the situation “history repeating itself”.We’ve been here before and will be again unless this legal loophole is closed and employers are obliged to honour their commitments and pay employees what they are due.Originally published 11.13amRead: “I don’t think we will see the money.” – Dublin bakery staff staging sit-in over back wages >last_img read more

Two children killed in quad bike crash in Portugal

first_imgTWO CHILDREN HAVE been killed in a quad bike crash in the Coimbra district of Portugal.The incident occurred on 27 June when three children were offered a ride on a quad bike, according to local media reports.The vehicle crashed and one of the children – a six-year-old Portuguese boy – died at the scene.Two English children injured in the crash were taken to hospital. However the five-year-old boy died of his injuries yesterday.A statement released by the Children’s Hospital of Coimbra said the brother of the boy who died, a seven-year-old, remains hospitalised in the intensive care unit.A British man, who is believed to have been driving the vehicle, fled the scene but was later arrested and appeared before a judge on Saturday charged with homicide.Media reports in Portugal and in Ireland initially suggested one of the boys was Irish but the Irish Daily Star, who spoke to his father, confirmed there is no Irish connection.Read: Eight-year-old boy dies following quad bike accident in Clare>last_img read more

Meet a woman whos dancing her way out of feeling like an

first_imgSource: LUCA TRUFFARELLICAOIMHÍN O RAGHALLAIGH is one of traditional music’s leading lights, and for his latest project he has teamed up with two dancers and a fellow musician to work with one of Ireland’s most promising young choreographers.What’s intriguing about this project is that O Raghallaigh (The Gloaming and This is how we fly) and Bryan O’Connell (Si Schroeder) have no background in dance – but dancer and choreographer Liv O’Donoghue has chosen them to star in her latest show, Hear Me Sing Your Song.The collaboration sees O’Connell and Ó Raghallaigh also create the music for the piece, while dancing with Maria Nilsson Waller and Clare Brzezicki.Adding a further layer of interest to the show is the fact it is based on O’Donoghue’s experiences as growing up half Irish and half Norwegian.And then there’s the cameo performance that each show will feature, bringing yet another interesting element to the Hear Me Sing Your Song.The show will be performed alongside the duet With Raised Arms (starring O’Donoghue and O’Connell) at the Project Arts Centre in Dublin from 9 – 12 July.This is the show’s second time on tour, but its first ‘proper’ appearance on an Irish stage. Last year, they presented an early stage of it at Project Arts Centre, before taking it on a mini tour of Austria and Italy. Source: LUCA TRUFFARELLI“In a way this is its real premiere, or its Irish premiere at least,” said O’Donoghue.I feel like in a way I’ve given the piece away to the performers – it’s really their show now. They put so much of themselves into the work. They were working with their own memories and ideas of things.While the two trained dancers in the show might have “muscle memory”, O’Donoghue mused that it could be different for O’Connell and Ó Raghallaigh.Why create a show with two musicians?“I wanted to have a show where I worked with some dancers but also some untrained dancers,” said O’Donoghue.“Caoimhín and Bryan had never danced before and I was interested in making a show that is more about people and something more human than a really beautiful ethereal dance show,” continued the choreographer.“I wanted to see some vulnerability and as a way for the audience to see something of themselves.”The cameo performer brings a further interesting element – again, they aren’t professional dancers.They come in, do four hours of rehearsal, and then take to the stage with the rest of the performers. Their presence means that the show “would never settle in a way – there’s always a strange presence or another person. It keeps the cast on their toes”.Family storyHear Me Sing Your Song is based on O’Donoghue’s family story.“I’m Irish-Norwegian – my mum’s Norwegian and my father is Irish,” she explained. “I wanted to make a piece that addressed that duality of having a mixed heritage. Of not feeling here or there, feeling like an outsider to an extent in both places.”The piece explores a place that has no culture, and asks: “What would happen if you dropped strangers there. How would they work together, live together, communicate? What would the language be? How would those people fit together?”The dancers work through the tensions of different people trying to work things out together, which in a way reflects how they are working in real life.“They had to work out this unity amongst themselves. This cameo joining them every day is constantly keeping this alive,” said O’Donoghue.When asked how dance helps her to explore issues like identity, home, and place, O’Donoghue answered:I think there’s something about the ambiguity of movement or dance that everybody sees it slightly differently. With a good dance show the audience feels that they can recognise something about themselves.She added: “You might be able to see something through this physical struggle or vulnerabilities – you can reflect something of yourselves onto the movement or ideas”.For her, dance and movement is a universal thing, and having people in the show who aren’t trained dancers serves to highlight this.A second piece being performed before Hear Me Sing Your Song is With Raised Arms, which stars O’Donoghue and O’Connell. O’Connell plays a theatre technician (a former job of his) who interrupts the show put on by O’Donoghue. Source: Liv O’Donoghue/VimeoO’Connell acts as a bridge between the audience and people.Dancing isn’t a lucrative career, and “it’s a tricky job to stay on top of and earn a living”, said O’Donoghue. She does this by taking on a range of projects, and said “you have to be willing to do everything and able to do anything”.But despite the cutbacks and hardships, she said there are exciting things happening in Irish dance, with “really cool things happening” and supports like DanceHouse available.There’s a “brilliant infrastucture” there, and once that’s there, “people are willing to make the work happen”.Read: Ponydance: Sexy, fun, irreverent… here’s why you need to see these dancers>VIDEO: Turning stories of addiction and trauma into a powerful dance show>VIDEO: The secrets behind the scenes at the ballet>last_img read more

Your weekend GAA round up

first_imgWhat was said here?That brief conversation between referee Cormac Reilly and Cork selector Ciaran O’Sullivan with free-taker Colm O’Neill also in shot. Source: James Crombie/INPHOPick it outMayo’s Cillian O’Connor holds off James Loughrey to kill the ball with a fine first touch before laying off to Alan Dillon. Source: Balls.ieCool as you likeAidan O’Shea showed great composure to step inside his marker and go around the goalkeeper for his goal on 67 minutes. Source: RTE playerMinorsDonegal booked their place in the Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Football Championship after edging Roscommon out at Markievicz Park. The Ulster champions were frustrated by the Rossies’ defensive tactics but earned a 0-10 to 1-5 victory.On Sunday, holders Mayo were convincing against Armagh with Brian Reape scoring 2-1 in their 3-13 to 0-9 to book a spot in the last four.Dublin face Cork and Kerry take on Kildare in the remaining two quarter-finals this afternoon.Ladies footballThe weekend’s GAA action isn’t over just yet. As well as two minor football quarter-finals, Monday see Donegal and Kerry meet in the All-Ireland Ladies SFC qualifiers before Cork take on Galway in the All-Ireland minor A football final.Fan of the weekendThis young Armagh supporter is some mover. Source: RTE playerComing up next…Football showdowns next Saturday. All Ulster battle between Donegal and Armagh at 4pm while Dublin face Monaghan at 6pm. Both in Croke Park. Then on Sunday, it’s hurling with Kilkenny and Limerick going head to head.How was the weekend for you?Kerry beat Galway to secure All-Ireland SFC semi-final spotMayo book All-Ireland MFC spot with storming second half Meath have never won their subsequent game after playing in a Leinster final in the qualifier era. #GAA— Pat Nolan (@pat_nolan) August 2, 2014 Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet Good causeDarran O’Sullivan tweeted this pic of the Kerry team supporting Donal Walsh LiveLife, a foundation dedicated to providing suicide prevention support in memory of the inspiration teenager, who passed away last year. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO Source: Pat Nolan/Twitter How significant was Monaghan’s win?Here’s how much. It has been a long time coming but, 84 years after their last senior championships win at GAA HQ, they claimed another on Saturday. Grimley won’t talk to WoolyThere’s been plenty made of Armagh’s media ban and it doesn’t look like ending any time soon. Newstalk reporter Colm Parkinson looked to talk to winning manager Paul Grimley after Saturday’s game but he opted not to. Grimley also later turned down Sky Sports for an interview. NEED TO CATCH up on another super weekend of GAA? Look no further. Aidan O’Shea after scoring a goal for Mayo. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHOTalking pointsGreat weekend for Ulster: Armagh and Monaghan got the better of Leinster opponents Meath and Kildare at Croke Park on Saturday meaning Ulster possesses three (Donegal, Armagh and Monaghan) of the six counties left in this year’s senior football championship along with Dublin, Kerry and Mayo. Monaghan earned a meeting with the All-Ireland champions by overcoming the Lilywhites after extra-time. Armagh, meanwhile, are pitted against Donegal. Kerry coast into last four: The Kingdom ended up comfortable winners over Galway with the help of man-of-the-match James O’Donoghue, who capped another impressive performance by chipping in with 1-5. Kerry against Mayo is going to be an interesting semi-final tie. Former Mayo coach Cian O’Neill is now involved with the Kerry back room team while ex-Kerry selector Donie Buckley is now involved with the Mayo back room team. Plenty of intrigue there.Mayo made to work hard: Last year’s beaten finalists, who reached their fourth consecutive semi-final, were not at their very best against Cork but just got over the line in an enthralling finish in which Aidan O’Shea and Brian Hurley scored goals in the space of a minute. Mayo could easily have been beaten after concdeding two soft goals and manager James Horan has work to do with his defence ahead of their semi-final against Kerry.Late controversy: Cork were trailing by two points when they won a free in a promising position with 72 minutes on the clock. Referee Cormac Reilly and Cork selector Ciaran O’Sullivan exchanged words before Colm O’Neill put the ball over the bar. The full-time whistle went seconds later and Reilly and the Cork players were irate with the man in black. Had he said there would be time for another play and should time-keeping be taken out of the referee’s hands?Meath’s appalling qualifier record continuesThis stat doesn’t make for good reading for Royals fans. Armagh look to DonegalArmagh certainly won’t fear playing Donegal next week given the historical advantage they’ve enjoyed over them. Armagh have triumphed against Donegal in the 2002, 2004 and 2006 Ulster senior football finals along with the 2003 All-Ireland semi-final in Croke Park. Armagh’s Aaron Findon and Aidan Forker celebrate after the final whistle. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO That’s Monaghan’s first senior championship victory in Croke Park since the 1930 All-Ireland semi-final— Fintan O’Toole (@fotoole13) August 2, 2014 Soaked ParkConditions at Croker on Saturday evening were far from ideal due to heavy rainfall: Monaghan goalkeeper Rory Beggan. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO Conor McManus of Monaghan on his knees at full-time. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHORained offThe GAA was forced to cancel this year’s Poc Fada finals on Saturday after torrential rain at Annaverna Mountain, Ravensdale, Co. Louth. A new date for the event will be announced early next week. The Annaverna Mountains on Saturday. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOGoing soloThis wonderful effort from Galway midfielder Tom Flynn is one of the best individual goals we’ve seen at Croke Park this summer. Would he have been let run through the Kerry backline in the days before the black card? Source: RTE playerWatching from a land Down UnderFormer Kerry stars Tadhg Kennelly and Tommy Walsh were rewarded for tuning in to the match in the early hours from Oz. Source: Fintan O’Toole/Twitter Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet  Lack of hunger?Joe Brolly was extremely critical of the Tribesmen after their defeat to Kerry, claiming they never believed they could win.“They’re not a serious team,” Brolly said. “They didn’t come with real ambition.They wanted it like the Rose of Tralee would like world peace. She’s not actually serious about world peace. They didn’t come here believing they would win the game.”Fair analysis or harsh comments?last_img read more

iFixIt tears open the Nexus S discovers curved displays secrets

first_imgiFixIt have shown their love for Google and Samsung‘s flagship Gingerbread phone by prying it apart and ripping out their innards.What’d they find? Well, the feature that most differentiates the Nexus S is its concave screen, which is supposed to be more comfortable to use. You might assume that this screen was some sort of funky curved Super AMOLED panel, but it’s nothing so impressive: rather, the Contour display is just a regular, flat Super AMOLED panel fused to a curved piece of glass.There’s some other interesting departures. The motherboard is different from the Galaxy S, apparently to accommodate the increased storage capacity as well as the new NFC chips.Compared to an iPhone, iFixIt were pretty happy with the Nexus S’s repairability, claiming it was easy to teardown. Ultimately, they give it a 7/10 for repairability… a nice change of pace in an increasingly unrepairable sector.Read more at iFixItlast_img read more

When Do Netflix Watch Instantly Movies Expire QueueNoodle Knows

first_imgNetflix Watch Instantly giveth and Netflix Watch Instantly taketh away. The service can be a cruel mistress, constantly shuffling new titles in and out of its catalog, with seemingly no rhyme or reason. Thankfully, a handy new Twitter account called @QueueNoodle will do all of the tracking for you.The account cleverly takes advantage of Netflix’s API to let you know when titles are going to drop off the list. Each tweet offers a title, rating, expiration date, and link to the movie on Netflix. Oh man, Donnie Darko is expiring on Monday-gotta go. AdChoices广告last_img read more

Antibomb plans for Pentagon Annex accidentally posted online

first_imgEarlier in the week, it was British defense officials who were red-faced over their own security screw-up that inadvertently leaked classified information to the Internet. Today, it’s US officials’ turn. Documents pertaining to the bomb-resistance and secure construction of the Pentagon Annex facility in Alexandria, Virginia were posted on a public website managed by the US Army Corps of Engineers. The documents were removed over 24 hours after Reuters notified the Corps and the Pentagon that the files, marked clearly “For Official Use Only,” were publicly accessible.The “For Official Use Only” tag means that while the documents aren’t classified, they should only be circulated through official channels, and that staff are expected to maintain professional confidentiality with regard to them. It also means that the documents aren’t for public consumption.The Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for the design and construction of the facility, called the Mark Center, which will be used to consolidate defense personnel currently scattered across the Washington DC metropolitan region. The Corps is taking the breach very seriously, but aside from removing the document from public view (even though a version of the document was available afterward in a Google cache) there isn’t much the Corps can do. Once something goes public on the Internet, it’s there forever.The document was clearly intended to be shared with defense contractors working with the Corps on the design and construction of the facility. The Corps, on the other hand, has remained quiet about who posted the document except to say they’re launching a full investigation to determine whether the error was due to a contractor’s mistake or a government employee.Perhaps the most notable information in the document that caused concern when it was leaked, was the minimal bomb-proofing effort that went into the construction. The facility was designed to withstand vehicle bombs outside the building of up to 220 lbs of TNT, which pales in comparison to the truck bomb that decimated the Federal office building in Oklahoma City. That bomb weighed in at close to 4,000 lbs of TNT.Still, the Oklahoma City building and the Mark Center are very different: one is a brand new office complex that overlooks a major interstate, but has entrances far from major roads. The other was a downtown office building with minimal security. Regardless, any leak of sensitive data, especially with regard to the defense capabilities of a military facility, is serious business. It’s unlikely the Pentagon will let the public know how the matter is resolved, but it’s almost certain that at the very least someone will lose their job over this.Read more at Reuterslast_img read more

Handson BlackBerry PlayBook gets BBM access via Bridge

first_imgRIM took some heat when reviewers first got their mitts on the PlayBook for the company’s unexpected decision about built-in apps. The PlayBook has no calendar, no email client, and no address book apps. Instead, those are served from a connected BlackBerry smartphone using the BlackBerry Bridge app. Even more curious was the complete lack of a BlackBerry Messenger app. BBM is, after all, one of the most popular apps available for RIM devices, and it’s a huge reason new users buy its phones. Yet the PlayBook and Bridge both arrived with no BBM on board.With the arrival of an update BlackBerry Bridge app today, however, that’s all changed. Users will now find a BBM icon available in the PlayBook’s BlackBerry Bridge apps group — fire it up and your phone serves up the goods. The interface looks pretty much how you’d expect it to if you’ve seen the Messages app, and it looks good in both portrait and landscape mode. Just as you can on your phone, you can chat with individuals or groups. Files can be attached from your PlayBook’s internal storage or from your connected phone, though I’d like to see an option to use the camera in-app for quick snapshots.While I’m glad to finally have access to BBM on my PlayBook, it’s in need of some tweaking. The attachments screens, for example, load a bit sluggishly at times and it can be difficult to hide the on-screen keyboard if you accidentally call it up. There’s also no action assigned to swiping down from the PlayBook’s top edge, and it would be nice if something happened — perhaps displaying the contacts-only view which appears when you first launch BBM.It’s a good start, however, and with RIM’s announcement that software updates for the PlayBook will be arriving every couple of weeks, there’s every reason to suspect the BBM experience will improve very rapidly.bbm-playbookbbm-playbookbbm1bbm2bbm3last_img read more

Steam opens up to freetoplay MMORPGs

first_imgValve announced yesterday that five free-to-play MMOs would arrive on Steam this week. Steam already carries a number of MMOs, but this is the first time free-to-play (F2P) titles will be available in the digital download store. Spiral Knights, Forsaken Worlds, Champions Online: Free for All, Global Agenda: Free Agent, and Alliance of Valiant Arms (AVA) will be the launch titles, all of which are available now.All of the games may be available, but each of the five launch titles will host in-game events and specials to celebrate the Steam launch. Each game will also offer special in-game content to players who try the “F2P game of the day” on Steam, starting with Spiral Knights on Wednesday the 15th and concluding with AVA on Sunday the 19th. You can find all of the games in Steam’s new F2P category.AdChoices广告Gamers have been able to buy and download traditional subscription-based MMOs for years now through Steam, but this is the first time free-to-play games have appeared. The move is partially in response to the growing F2P industry, and also in response to other digital download stores that offer F2P games in their catalogs.Since free-to-play MMOs rely on micro-transactions for revenue, Valve has made the same back-end purchasing system used by Steam for game sales, DLC sales, and other premium content available to F2P game publishers. This means that gamers will be able to buy upgraded armor, skills, or any other premium offering in their favorite F2P MMO the same way they buy hats and weapons in Team Fortress 2, or a map pack for their favorite first-person shooter.These five launch titles won’t be the last free-to-play games to land in Steam. Valve has indicated that additional titles are on the way, and that they’re more than welcome in the Steam catalog.Read more at Steampowered via GamePoliticslast_img read more

Android 40 Google Nexus Prime smartphone expected in October

first_imgIt will take some time for Google to get Motorola Mobility working on future Nexus phone hardware, but thankfully we wont have to wait too long for the next Nexus handset to be launched.It’s being suggested that Google is planning to launch the smartphone successor to the Nexus S, called the Nexus Prime, this October, and it will be the first device to ship with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.As well as keeping Android fans happy with a brand new version of the OS to play with, the hardware on board sounds impressive and ties up with what we’ve heard before. At its heart is a 1.5GHz dual-core processor coupled with a healthy 1GB of RAM.The display is also set to be pleasing for those who like a lot of screen to play with as it’s a Samsung 4.5-inch Super AMOLED HD 720p (1280 x 720) panel. It’s also thought to use Samsung’s PenTile subpixel matrix scheme, although Samsung is expected to be introducing a Super AMOLED HD Plus display soon which doesn’t use PenTile. That’s desirable as it means more subpixels and therefore better sharpness and contrast. Hopefully that’s the display shipping in the Nexus Prime come October.It makes sense for Google to choose an October launch date as if the iPhone 5 rumors turn out to be true, Apple will launch in early September. That gives the world a whole month to get over the excitement of Apple’s device and gear up for Google’s best competitor yet. That time frame also fits in with what we heard earlier this year with Google targeting a Q4 release for Ice Cream Sandwich.Read more at (translated), and BGRlast_img read more

Enable the hidden panorama and autocorrect bar features in iOS 5

first_imgThose who choose iOS over Android tend to appreciate the streamlined simplicity of Apple’s operating system. However, in order to keep things pared down to the polished essentials, Apple says ‘no’ to many features that might get the green light in Android. If you’re an iOS user who is interested in an Android-like autocorrect bar or Ice Cream Sandwich-style panoramic photos, you can enable them right now–without a jailbreak.This isn’t due to some new flexibility and customizability of the Tim Cook era. These are actually features that Apple was (or is) testing at some point, and are hidden in iOS 5. A hacker named Sonny Dickson stumbled upon them, and discovered that they can be activated with a couple of added plist entries.One would typically need a jailbreak to activate such features, but a clever workaround allows any iOS device to add the hidden tools. This is made possible by a program called iBackupBot that lets you rip apart iTunes backup files, edit them, recompile them, and restore to your device.PanoramaPanoramic photos are easily the more desirable of the two tweaks. It works, it has a simple display, and it looks like it has potential to be officially added to iOS later on.It works by following an HUD, which instructs you to keep an arrow on a line while panning from left to right. If you want the visual guidance, you will want to take the picture with the phone held straight up, at a 90° angle to the ground.As you can see below, even an imperfect execution can lead to an impressive result:Autocorrect BarAs for the autocorrect feature, it adds a suggestion bar like the one found on many Android keyboards. While typing a word, several suggestions will fill the bar. You can then select one of the boxes to save a few taps:I wish this hidden iOS feature worked as well as it does on Android, but it doesn’t. The problem is that it forces you to pick one of the suggestions, no matter what they are. If you’re typing a word that isn’t among the recommendations, you’re out of luck.This is obviously a feature that was nowhere near ready for official inclusion in iOS. Several people have pointed out that this is a feature that is activated by default on Japanese iOS 5 keyboards, so it’s possible that it was never meant for English language use.How to enable1. To enable one or both of these features, you will first need to download the aforementioned iBackupBot. It is available for both Windows and Mac.2. Once installing the app, go ahead and backup your iOS device in iTunes.3. Now open iBackupBot, and locate the backup you just made:4a. For the panoramic photos, locate the file Library/Preferences/ from the right pane, and double-click to open it.Unless you have purchased the software, click cancel to dismiss the registration pop-up.Now add the following lines into the code:EnableFirebreakYESSave and exit the editing window.4b. For autocorrect (only recommended for curiosity), locate the file Library/Preferences/ from the right pane and open it.Add the following lines of code:KeyboardAutocorrectionListsYESSave and exit the editing window.5. Now you can restore your iOS device with the edited backup. This has to be done through iBackupBot, not iTunes. The image below highlights the icon for restoring:Once your iOS device restores, the features should be activated.If you want to undo this process later on, just reopen iBackupBot, remove the code, and restore your device again.One disadvantage of activating these features is that you will have problems backing up and restoring via iTunes. If you want to keep them activated, you can get around this by always using iBackupBot in its place.via 9to5Mac [1] [2]last_img read more

Logitech enhances solarpowered keyboard line with the Appley K760

first_imgLogitech is continuing its line of light-powered keyboards with the Wireless Solar Keyboard K760. It has all the features made for syncing with a Mac, iPad, or iPhone: Bluetooth, and Command and various Apple-centric function keys. However, nothing will stop a Windows user from pairing this keyboard with their PC — you’ll just have to live without the Windows button.From it’s look alone, the K760 looks like it was meant to be paired with an Apple device between the white keys and the framing silver backdrop. The K760 is similar to the K750 for Mac model Logitech released just last summer. Only this version is smaller — cutting off the numerical keypad. This size lends it as a better portable solution or companion for a tablet device.Its Bluetooth connection is a diversion from Logitech’s usual Unifying USB dongle method, which closes this keyboard off from any computer not equipped with Bluetooth. But, it also opens the K760 up for use with devices that have few or no USB ports. The K760 may be paired with up to 3 devices, of which you can switch between them seamlessly via one of the 3 keys located at the top of the keyboard.The K760 charges by any kind of light, indoors or out. The long, dark horizontal strip at the top of the keyboard takes in light to charge the internal battery. There’s no word on how long the keyboard can last if not being charged by a light source, however, Logitech promises that the K760 will continue to change even in the lowest lamp light.The Wireless Solar Keyboard K760 is currently available for preorder on Logitech’s site for $79.99.via Blog.Logitechlast_img read more

How to play Grand Theft Auto Online today

first_imgToday is the day that Rockstar flips the switch, turns all the servers on, and allows GTA V players to start enjoying Grand Theft Auto Online. But how exactly do you gain access to the online world?Rockstar says that access to GTA Online will be decided based on where you are in the world. But for simplicity, GTA Online became available to play at 7am EST this morning, so if you are in the US and reading this, it’s already available. Logging in, however, requires you first download and install a software update (about 60MB).Both PS3 and Xbox 360 owners should see this software update appear for download. Once installed, GTA Online will appear as a menu option in GTA V. Selecting that, and then selecting the bottom slot on your GTA V character wheel, will connect you to the online world.Of course, how successful you are at managing to connect depends on how well Rockstar’s servers are coping with demand. The developer has already warned players they expect teething problems initially as they have never done this before. So if your connection fails, or the game is unplayable due to lag, it’s going to be best if you log out and try again later. Frustrating, yes, but there’s not much you can do about it.As for what to expect once you are playing the game, we’ll start with the story. It’s actually set a few months before the storyline followed in the core GTA V single player experience. So there won’t be any overlap, at least initially. Content updates may change that in the future.Rockstar has also come up with solutions on how to manage millions of potential players and all that violence in a finite-sized world. For example, you may end up owning the exact same property as another player. But that’s a planned feature. You will just see a different instance of the property and it will remain just yours.GTA Online is also aimed at up to 16 players working together, so it seems likely you will want to invite friends over to your house. In order to avoid any possessions being stolen or violence happening, accepting an invite to visit a property blocks any stealing or violence while you are there. So all parties know they and their possessions are safe.A big area of concern for players is the use of real money in the game. Rockstar announced last week that you will be able to purchase cash cards containing GTA$ using real-world money in stores. However, Rockstar has limited the usefulness of such quick cash by ensuring access to goods goes hand-in-hand with Reputation Points. If you have a low reputation, you will only be able to purchase a small subset of the available products the game offers. And to up your reputation you need to play the game, not spend a lot of cash. You can’t cheat the system if you’re rich.Finally, there’s jobs. The gameplay and fun comes from carrying out jobs, and therefore Rockstar has included a lot of them to keep you busy. However, it has also been revealed that they intend to add the ability for content creation by players, meaning in the near future you will be able to create your own jobs. For example, custom races and deathmatches.As this is day one, the main tasks for players are going to be installing the software update, managing to connect to Rockstar’s servers, and creating your character. If you get that far then I think you’re doing well, and hopefully by the weekend millions of players will be keeping the servers humming and teaming up to carry out jobs.last_img read more

Actor Shia LaBeouf arrested after alleged assault at Donald Trump protestcumart project

first_img Short URL 103 Comments Actor Shia LaBeouf arrested after alleged assault at Donald Trump protest-cum-art project The installation will see a live camera at a New York City museum for four years Share Tweet Email Source: Twitter/HWNDUACTOR SHIA LABEOUF was arrested early this morning after he allegedly got into an altercation with another man outside a protest LaBeouf has been leading.LaBeouf has been at an installation outside a New York City museum where he has been chanting “He will not divide us” in front of a live camera since Donald Trump’s inauguration.Police said LaBeouf pulled the scarf of an unidentified 25-year-old man outside the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, scratching his face in the process. They said he also pushed the man, who refused medical attention.It’s not immediately known what led to the alleged altercation but the Twitter feed of the He Will Not Divide Us project shows LaBeouf pushing a man who said:‘Hitler did nothing wrong’LaBeouf has spent the first few days of Trump’s presidency swaying, dancing and repeating the phrase “He will not divide us” in front of a live camera outside the museum.The livestream is for a participatory public art project LaBeouf and two collaborators intend to have running 24 hours a day for the next four years. Source: Twitter/HWNDUThe camera went live the morning of the inauguration, along with a website inviting the public to show up and participate. LeBeouf has been a frequent, though not constant presence.Technically, the project from LaBeouf and his performance art partners isn’t about opposition to Trump, LaBeouf told The Associated Press in an interview conducted on Monday in front of the livestream camera.“We’re anti-division out here. Everyone’s invited,” LaBeouf said.I’m just saying, ‘Be nice to each other.’LaBeouf could face a misdemeanor assault charge after his arrest. It’s unclear if he has an attorney who can comment.- With reporting by Rónán DuffyRead: Mexico tells Trump: “We will not pay for any wall’ >Poll: Do you think a wall along the US-Mexican border will actually be built? > Jan 26th 2017, 11:00 AM Thursday 26 Jan 2017, 11:00 AM 23,969 Views By Associated Press Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

FactFind Are there many differences between Fianna Fáil and Soc Dems manifestos

first_img Image: Sam Boal/ 89 Comments Share18 Tweet Email Feb 4th 2017, 12:05 AM 17,310 Views Stephen Donnelly with his party leader, Micheál Martin Image: Sam Boal/ My campaign manager came back about a half hour later and she said “I can’t find very many, at all”.Social Democrat co-leader Róisín Shortall took exception to this statement, saying that “anybody who takes even a passing glance at the policies of the Social Democrats will see there are significant differences”. Donnelly with former Social Democrats colleagues, Catherine Murphy and Róisín Shortall. Source: RollingNews.ieSo, who is correct? Is it difficult to find “very many” differences in their manifestos or are the differences significant and stark?Top prioritiesIt is difficult to find a political party manifesto which doesn’t promise a better/stronger/more prosperous/more equal society and, in this sense, those written for the Social Democrats and Fianna Fáil are no exception.Fianna Fáil’s comes in at 132 pages, while the Social Democrats manifesto is just 60 pages long.It is worthwhile, however, to look at the “core issues” as listed by both parties at the beginning of their manifestos as the issues that matter to them the most.Fianna Fáil have four: Source: Fianna FáilWhile the Social Democrats have three: Source: Social DemocratsJobs and EnterpriseFianna Fáil’s first priority to “create decent jobs and support enterprise” seems closely aligned with the Social Democrats priority of “policies that ensure a strong, stable and vibrant economy and support Ireland’s SMEs with the same vigour that’s applied to the multinational sector”.So, how would they go about it?One way they both want to support Irish businesses is through the utilisation of the €8 billion in credit union deposits, with Fianna Fáil opting for the establishment of a fully licensed state enterprise bank.The Soc Dems, similarly, want to create a “community banking sector” to improve access to credit and other financial services in smaller towns and villages. They would enhance the banking facilities available in credit unions and post offices, which would especially invigorate the struggling postal sector.Irish WaterThey also both say in their manifestos that they would abolish Irish Water and scrap water charges. Source: Social Democrats Source: Fianna FáilHowever, as‘s FactCheck project pointed out, Fianna Fáil’s position on this issue has been mostly inconsistent since the general election. In their manifestos, at least, both parties agree on this matter.A better life for the taxpayer?They both want to support childcare in a range of ways, including subsidies for low-income families (for Fianna Fáil through a €2,000 tax credit), changes to parental leave and improvements to the quality of childcare provided in this country. Source: Social Democrats Source: Fianna FáilThey also both pledge to ban zero hours contracts, raise rent supplement and provide better mental health services (in Fianna Fáil’s case through a dedicated Mental Health Authority).Both parties also agree on the issue of pluralism in schools. Source: Social Democrats Source: Fianna FáilThat seems to be quite a bit of crossover then. But there are also a number of areas where the parties separate.Abortion rightsThe Social Democrats are unequivocal in their position on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution.We support the urgent holding of a referendum to repeal the 8th Amendment in as short a timeframe as possible; but at the latest within 18 months of the general election.In the Fianna Fáil manifesto, however, neither the Eighth Amendment nor abortion is mentioned.Public lifeSimilarly, the Social Democrats call for the establishment of an Independent Anti-Corruption Agency, while the word “corruption” does not appear in the Fianna Fáil manifesto once. Source: Social DemocratsFianna Fáil, however, do call for more accountability in public life, but stop short of calling for an independent body. Source: Fianna FáilLiving wage and social welfareBoth parties agree with the idea of a living wage but, while Fianna Fáil call for its introduction across all government departments to “act as a role model”, the Social Democrats want a living wage to implemented across the board.“This would be done through achieving a social consensus,” they said, “as envisioned by the Living Wage Campaign, in consultation with employers and based on affordability.”In terms of social welfare, again, both parties appear to take similar stances.Fianna Fáil pledge to raise the state pension by €30 a week and unemployment benefit by €10.The Social Democrats, meanwhile, said they would increase ALL social welfare and pension rates “at least in line with cost of living increases” with extra commitments to lone parents, jobseekers and rent supplements. Source: Social DemocratsThe big one: taxesThey also divert on the issue of taxes.In terms of income tax, the Social Democrats have this to say:Simply cutting taxes, as most other political parties are promising to do, won’t address these costs. In fact, cutting taxes is likely to increase general demand in the economy and drive up costs even further.In their manifesto, however, Fianna Fáil pledge tax cuts.They said they would “eliminate USC for low and middle income earners up to €80,000″, as well as reducing capital gains tax and tax on the self employed.Spot the differenceSpeaking to the media when he was unveiled as a new member of the party, Donnelly quoted his campaign manager as taking a half hour to look through the Fianna Fáil manifesto and saying “I can’t find very many (differences) at all”.To a certain extent, this could in fact have been the case. A quick skim over both manifestos and you are likely to find many similarities between the two parties’ approaches.They both call for prudent fiscal responsibility to avoid repeating past mistakes. They both support the regeneration of the rural economy by stimulating business and creating more jobs outside of Dublin.They take similar stances on childcare and water, while their top priorities are similar in some respects.While the Social Democrats are traditionally seen as veering to the left of the political spectrum, Donnelly agreeing with policies of more right-leaning parties isn’t unheard of.In this interview before the general election alongside Renua’s Lucinda Creighton, Donnelly found quite a lot of common ground.It would, however, be misleading to say that Donnelly has swapped one party for another which takes the same viewpoint on most issues.In terms of their manifestos, they do not. When they diverge on an issue, they often take a very distinct stance.The most significant differences between the Social Democrats and Fianna Fáil are often on prevalent, topical issues such as the Eighth Amendment, income tax, and social welfare.The conclusionWhere they match?Promoting small and medium businessesIrish water (at least in their manifestos)Parental leaveZero hours contractsWhere they differ?The Eighth AmendmentSocial WelfareIncome TaxThe Living WageRead: Pat Casey says it ‘wasn’t easy to take’ Stephen Donnelly joining Fianna FáilRead: Stephen Donnelly is joining Fianna Fáil but he hasn’t always been the party’s biggest fan Stephen Donnelly with his party leader, Micheál Martin Saturday 4 Feb 2017, 12:05 AM FactFind: Are there many differences between Fianna Fáil and Soc Dems manifestos? Stephen Donnelly said there weren’t – and you asked us to check. So we did. By Sean Murray Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article In this new series from, we answer YOUR questions and bring you the information that you told us you need to know around a topical issue.After Stephen Donnelly joined Fianna Fáil yesterday, readers got in contact to ask about comments he’d made regarding the similarities between his new party and his old one, the Social Democrats.Today, we’re finding out: Were the manifestos of Fianna Fáil and the Social Democrats similar heading into the last general election?ON THURSDAY MORNING, news broke that former Social Democrats TD Stephen Donnelly was joining Fianna Fáil.A vocal critic of the party in the past, Donnelly rejected the idea that the move would cost him votes in his Wicklow constituency.Speaking to reporters earlier this week, the Wicklow TD indicated that joining Fianna Fáil wasn’t such an ideological departure from his previous party.He said that the manifesto of Fianna Fáil heading into the last general election was closely aligned with that of the Social Democrats.Donnelly had this to say about a debate he was due to have with his now-party colleague Pat Casey before the February 2016 election:Pat and I were going for a debate during the campaign on East Coast Radio. I said to my campaign manager, “Would you ever pull out the Fianna Fáil manifesto, and find the points of difference?”last_img read more

Religion and health care What role does the Catholic Church play in

first_img Sunday 30 Apr 2017, 7:30 AM Short URL THE PLANNED MOVE of the National Maternity Hospital to St Vincent’s, a site owned by the Sisters of Charity, has opened up a new discussion about religion and health care in Ireland.The situation of religious orders providing health care services is not unique to Ireland – the Catholic Church is the largest non-government provider of health care services in the world. Parents for Choice protest against awarding of National Maternity Hospital to the Sisters of Charity outside Holles Street Maternity Hospital in Dublin. Source: Sam Boal via RollingNews.ieA number of Irish hospitals are owned by religious orders but there are also a confusing number of different structures at play with state-run, private and voluntary hospitals.  At least two voluntary hospitals formerly run by religious orders – Our Lady of Lourdes in Drogheda and Portiuncula in Ballinasloe – have become State-run hospitals in recent years.Two orders of nuns own some of the biggest hospitals in Dublin. The St Vincent’s Healthcare Group, made up of St Vincent’s University Hospital, St Vincent’s Private and St Michael’s Hospital in Dun Laoghaire is owned by the Sisters of Charity, while the Sisters of Mercy own the Mater Hospital, the Children’s University Hospital at Temple Street and Cappagh Orthopedic Hospital in Finglas.The proposed deal for the new National Maternity Hospital would see the Sisters of Charity owning the facility in Dublin 4 as it would be providing the land at no cost.There has been strong criticism of the financial deal, with objectors pointing out that the Sisters of Charity still owe €3 million to the redress scheme for survivors of Magdalene Laundries, which it ran along with three other congregations.Almost 100,000 people have signed a petition which demands an apology from the Sisters of Charity and that it pays its share of the redress scheme.And with talk of an abortion referendum potentially being held next year, others are concerned that the new maternity hospital would not allow abortion, even if legal, on religious grounds.Health Minister Simon Harris has repeatedly insisted that the hospital will be independently run despite being under the ownership of the Sisters of Charity. Chief Operating Officer Kay Connolly , Minister for Health Simon Harris TD and Dr Rhona Mahony Master, National Maternity Hospital Source: Sam BoalHowever, in the Sunday Times last weekend the Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran implied that the Sisters of Charity will have to obey the rules of the Catholic Church if they become the owners of the new National Maternity Hospital.Catholic hospitals have “a special responsibility… to Catholic teachings about the value of human life and the dignity and the ultimate destiny of the human person,” he said.“Public funding, while it brings with it other legal and moral obligations, does not change that responsibility.”Archbishop chair of Holles St Of the 20 Irish hospitals which currently have public maternity units, none are owned by a religious order but the National Maternity Hospital in Holles St is owned by a private trust whose chair is the Archbishop of Dublin.However, Diarmuid Martin has not attended board meetings at the hospital for over a decade and has described the charter at Holles Street as an ’an anachronistic structure’ that needs to be changed. Apr 30th 2017, 7:30 AM By Cliodhna Russell 17,938 Views Share Tweet Email3 98 Comments Source: Leah FarrellHe has asked two separate health ministers to change the structure so the post of the Archbishop of Dublin is not automatically appointed as chair.Maternity Part of the public concerns with the plans for the National Maternity Hospital are how the religious ethos could affect the patients of the hospital.The Irish Times reported this week on a document in which the Sisters of Charity set out the guidelines and ethos for what should happen in their hospitals.The document says that the morning-after pill, IVF, vasectomies, sterilisation of women and abortion are all forbidden.“In our healthcare facilities any such procedures in which we do not respect the life and physical integrity of each human being from conception onwards violate the mission of safeguarding life and health,” the document says.While the Mater Hospital in Dublin is not a maternity hospital, it found itself at the centre of a controversial ethics related situation due to its Catholic ownership.In 2005, lung cancer patients at the Mater Hospital were stopped from taking part in cancer trials because female patients who get could get pregnant were told to take contraceptives under the treatment – something that went against the hospital’s Catholic ethos. Source: Sam Boal/Photocall IrelandThe objection was because the wording in the accompanying patient information leaflet mentioned various forms of artificial contraception.The Mater issued a statement saying the “absolute requirement” that women of childbearing age must use contraceptives during the trial was “not supported by our ethos”.In the past the leaflets had advised the woman to avoid becoming pregnant, but didn’t outline how she might do so.The clinical trial did proceed after the hospital’s ethics committee came under fire. Mater oncologists Dr John McCaffrey and Prof Desmond Carney wrote an open letter to the Irish Independent at the time saying the Catholic Church had no right to interfere in the doctor-patient relationship. With more than 40 years combined experience in managing cancer, in Ireland and abroad, we strongly believe that no-one should become pregnant while on chemotherapy. We have always counselled our patients to avoid pregnancy.In the end the supplemental information was not given to patients embarking on the asked all the hospitals owned by the Sisters of Mercy and the Sisters of Charity if there have been any other instances where those on the board have objected to hospital matters under religious grounds.The only hospital to respond was the Mater Hospital which is actively checking through all appropriate records.Dr Katy Radford, from the Institute for Conflict Research based in Belfast, who carried out a report called Health, Faith and Equality in Ireland said the church has learnt from its involvement in previous scandals.Dreadful scandals that erupted has made the church more understanding of how it needs to be responsive to diversity and equality issues – we have to trust in a process that government and church act in good faith for the care of those most vulnerable in society.Read: Could compulsory purchase be used for the maternity hospital and what would it cost?> Religion and health care: What role does the Catholic Church play in Irish hospitals? Archbishop Diarmuid Martin is seeking his own removal as chair of Holles Street. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

A lot of people will not get on bikes because they think

first_img Traffic would be cut to one lane between Eden and Arran quay with priority for cyclists and public transport options. Source: Dublin City CouncilDespite the inherent compromises, risks and additional costs associated with this proposal it does have the principle benefit of allowing the Liffey Cycle Route to remain on the quays and also still allows general traffic to remain on the quays.A decision is still awaited on how the Liffey Cycle Route will be built.Ryder maintained that, despite current plans for city traffic meaning less road space for cars, this was a theme common across many European cities.He said: “A lot of European city centres are closing down to not just car traffic but bus traffic too. They’re pedestrianising whole city centres.The business that comes from people who cycle on a regular basis has been proven but businesses have to understand it and believe in it. Public transport and bikes are the future. We’ll have the cross city Luas line finished this year. In the coming years, there’s going to be a huge change in how our city works.Colm Ryder was speaking yesterday at the launch of National Bike Week, which runs from Saturday 10 June to Saturday 17 June.Read: Cycling to work is only healthy if the government makes it safe, new study saysRead: China is clamping down on bike rentals due to on-street ‘chaos’ Share269 Tweet Email1 ‘A lot of people will not get on bikes because they think it’s dangerous. We need segregated routes’ Radical plans to close off traffic for cars on some routes in Dublin would not only be beneficial for bike users, according to a cycling group. Jun 9th 2017, 6:10 AM 13,594 Views Image: 167 Comments We definitely want more and better quality routes so it can be ensured that cyclists stay safe around the city.No cars goPlans are already well underway from Dublin City Council (DCC) to restrict traffic from cars in many areas of the city.Vehicles could be banned from travelling east and west on College Green, for example, from later this year if DCC’s ambitious plans for a new civic plaza at the site go ahead.When operational, the Luas Cross City will travel along the front of Trinity College at College Green with taxis and buses but not private cars also allowed use that route.Bus and car traffic on Dame Street will stop at Foster Place South, leaving a space for pedestrians on front of the Bank of Ireland building.A turning point will be built to allow cars and buses turn around and travel back down Dame Street and away from the civic plaza on College Green.A cycleway will also be incorporated that will allow cyclists travel down Westmoreland Street along the Civic Plaza and then further down Dame Street.A more controversial move would see a ban on cars along Eden Quay from O’Connell Street to Marlborough Street, allowing only public transport, taxis and cyclists.This, however, was blocked during a council meeting last month after criticism from businesses in the area.Speaking to, Fianna Fáil councillor Paul McAuliffe, who is chair of the council’s enterprise committee, welcomed the news.He said: “While I absolutely believe that the public transport and cyclists are extremely important, the proposals coming sent the message that cars were not allowed.I think the chief executive and the city council have made a pragmatic decision.Segregated routesFor Ryder, from the Dublin Cycling Campaign, having “segregated routes” for cyclists on major routes in and out of the city is essential.Examples of segregation on existing Dublin routes includes the Grand Canal between Portobello and Grand Canal Square.Segregated cycle lanes were proposed by the National Transport Authority last week as it unveiled its €1 billion BusConnects plan.Ryder cited the Liffey Cycle Route, for example, as a plan that would effectively provide for cyclists in the capital.It would see a continuous cycle path along the River Liffey, from Heuston Station to Dublin’s docklands and, in parts, incorporate a dedicated cycling boardwalk.One particular problem with the project was that, due to the narrow roadway along part of Ellis and Arran Quays, car and lorry traffic would be diverted from this 450 metre-long stretch, between Blackhall Place and Church Street, along a parallel route through Smithfield.This has, however, been turned down by the council. Another option on the table is a solution that would allow traffic to remain on the quays at this point, but reducing it to one lane at a point.Brendan O’Brien, head of technical services in DCC’s Environment and Transportation department, wrote in a report released last month: “Taking into account we cannot alter Mellowes bridge we then prepared a design which took elements of Option 7, namely the reduction of the quays to one lane, but now only at Mellowes Bridge on the upstream and downstream immediate approaches and combined it with a boardwalk for cyclists on Ellis Quay and Arran Quay.The approach to the one lane section would be controlled by traffic signals with priority being given to public transport while still allowing general traffic to move through this one lane section provided there was space ahead to move into.center_img By Sean Murray SO FAR THIS year, nine cyclists have died on Irish roads. In the same period last year, just three cyclists lost their lives.At the launch of an initiative to encourage drivers to slow down and bear cyclists in mind on the roads yesterday, Dublin Cycling Campaign’s Colm Ryder told that some people are wary of cycling in the city because they believe it can be dangerous.“A lot of people will not get on bikes,” he said, “because they perceive it’s dangerous to cycle in the city”.Ryder greatly supports having separate, dedicated cycle lanes on the quays and around the city centre, as this would encourage more people to get on the bike instead of driving, he said: Friday 9 Jun 2017, 6:10 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL File photo File photo Image: RollingNews.ielast_img read more

Asylum seekers hysteria denounced by experts

first_imgThe national debate on asylum seekers in the last two weeks has drawn a strong reaction from advocates for asylum seekers and refugees.The debate has been stirred by the interception of the seventh boat carrying asylum seekers by a navy ship last week and the explosion on another boat carrying asylum seekers two weeks ago which  killed five people.Asylum Seeker Resource Centre CEO, Kon Karapanagiotidis, said the claim that Australia is facing a serious problem with asylum seekers is a myth. “Australia has hardly any people seeking asylum in this country compared to what’s happening globally,” Mr Karapanagiotidis said. He highlighted the fact that there is a worldwide increase of 12 percent in people seeking refuge away from their home countries due to the catastrophic conditions in the war torn countries of Afghanistan, Iraq and Sri Lanka. Mr Karapanagiotidis points out that “The hysteria is about having had 260 people seek asylum by boat this year compared to 171 last year. “The Director of the Victorian Foundation for the Survivors of Torture, Paris Aristotle, further stressed that Australia’s asylum seekers numbers pale by comparison to other Western countries. “It’s completely blown out of proportion compared to Europe. Greece last year had approximately 15,500 asylum seekers, Italy had over 30,000, Spain had 18,000, the U.K. had over 30,000 same as France. The numbers coming to Australia are dramatically less,” Mr Aristotle said. According to a 2008 report by the United Nations on Asylum Levels and Trends in Industrialised Countries, the number of people who sought asylum in Australia was 4,750 and in the last five years there were 18,650. The same report found that out of that number only 2.7 percent came by boat with the overwhelming 97.3 percent arriving in Australia by airplane.“The level of media hysteria is what distorts the problem, some press reports were referring to how well these asylum seekers were dressed as if they don’t have a genuine claim,” Mr Aristotle said. He underscored the irony of Australia committing forces to fight a war against the regime of Taliban in Afghanistan that is considered vile and oppressive yet when people are fleeing from this apparently resurgent regime they are not entitled to seek protection. Mr Aristotle argues that the Opposition is playing politics with the asylum seekers issue with its simplistic stance to a complex issue. He argues that Australians need to show more empathy and that the international community agree on a multilateral approach.Mr Karapanagiotidis is also strong in his condemnation of the position taken by sections of the Liberal Party, accusing them of wanting Australia to return “ to the most shameful time in our treatment of refugees.”The times call for a more humane rather than harsher refugee policy, Mr Karapanagiotidis said.“The people coming by boat to Australia are fleeing for their lives. They are not leaving their countries by choice but by necessity. Talk of this government being soft on refugees is a joke.” Mr Karapanagiotidis explained that the policy of Mandatory Detention has not ended although he concedes that the Labor government is on the right track with their decision to abolish the Temporary Protection Visa (TPV) regime introduced by the Howard government. The TPVs set various restrictions for asylum seekers such limitations on employment opportunities and the receipt of welfare, while the fear of not being granted refugee status and being sent back was always there.          Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Greece sells off Olympic Airways planes

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece will get 31 million euros for four Airbus A340-300 aircraft that belonged to the formerly state-owned Olympic Airways and in the last couple of years have remained idle at Athens International Airport. The Interministerial Committee on Privatization and Restructuring decided to sell the aircraft to the Apollo Aviation Group, at a price deemed particularly low by market experts. This was attributed to the old age of a number of the airplanes’ parts that will require replacement, and to the general conditions in the industry. That was the second tender for the four Airbus planes, after the first in 2010 failed. The daily costs of those and other old OA aircraft at the Athens airport amount to some 15,000 euros.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Comparing Greek economy to Australias is absurd

first_imgJulia Gillard says comparisons between the Greek economy and Australia’s are “absurd”, and has lashed out at Tony Abbott for endorsing them. The former head of the Future Fund and the Commonwealth Bank, David Murray, believes it is “easily possible” for Australia to suffer an economic downturn similar in magnitude to the one experienced by Greece. He told ABC 1’s 7:30 that Australia’s net foreign debt is too high and the country’s productivity levels are too low. The Opposition Leader described the comments as a “timely warning” from someone well placed to consider Australia’s economic performance in comparison to the rest of the world. “The lesson of Europe is that countries can go very quickly from a strong position to a parlous position if things aren’t well managed,” Mr Abbott told reporters in Melbourne. “At the moment, we’ve got a Government which has completely mishandled the mining sector which is the one sector which above all else has kept Australia going. “With its endless taxes, this Government is putting the economic future of our country at risk.” But the Prime Minister has slammed the comments, arguing that they have the potential to undermine the confidence of financial markets in Australia’s future. “It is absurd to be saying that our economy is in the same circumstances as the economies of Europe or Greece,” Ms Gillard said in Tasmania. “From the Leader of the Opposition, that’s a grossly irresponsible thing to say. “I mean, markets listen to what political leaders say, this can have repercussions in the real world that matter for the Australian economy. “Our economy is growing – it’s going to grow at around 3 per cent this year, we’ve got unemployment just over 5 per cent, we’ve got low inflation, low interest rates, strong public finances – AAA-rated by every major credit agency for the first time in our nation’s history,” she said. The national political debate has refocused on the economy, after being diverted for the past few days by controversial comments made by Sydney broadcaster Alan Jones about Ms Gillard’s late father. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more