Nissan Unveils Fuel Saving Pedal System

first_imgNissan is doing more to help the environment than just releasing the Leaf, as the auto maker has also recently unveiled a new type of pedal that actually helps drivers use less fuel. Developed in conjunction with Mikuni Corporation, a Japanese auto parts manufacturer, the pedal provides resistance, so the driver will be less inclined to push it all the way down.Aptly dubbed the ECO Pedal system, the technology was developed for the Nissan Fuga, a luxury car currently only available in Japan. And according to the auto manufacturer, the system is able to improve fuel efficiency by anywhere from five to 10 percent. Though it’s currently only being used for the Fuga, Nissan plans to expand the system to other vehicles in its line as well. Additionally, the technology can now be licensed by other companies as well, letting other car companies get in on the fuel saving action as well.AdChoices广告Via Autoblog Greenlast_img read more

Apple Gizmos May Be Going Solar

first_imgThe sleuths over at CNet have spotted a patent filed by Apple, which shows that the company is looking at a solar-powered charging solution for its range of portable electronics.The patent was filed way back in 2009, and Apple finally received it earlier this week. The patent describes a solar powered charging option, which would likely work in addition to traditional AC charging options, for products including ” a notebook/laptop computer, a media player (e.g., MP3 or video player), a cellular phone, a personal digital assistant (PDA), an image processing device (e.g., a digital camera or video recorder), and/or any other handheld computing devices, or a combination of any of these device.”While this obviously doesn’t mean that the next iPhone or iPad will have a built in solar panel, at the very least it means that Apple is looking into the possibility.last_img read more

Smartphones outsell PCs for the first time in history

first_imgNeed any further proof that the future of computing and the internet is mobile? Consider the latest numbers coming from IDC, reporting that over 100.9 million smartphones were shipped worldwide in just the fourth quarter of 2010 alone. Not only is that number an 82.7% jump from last year’s fourth quarter results of just 53.9 million, but it also puts the total number of smartphones sold in 2010 to 302.6 million… a 74.4% increase over 2009, and a number which officially means that smartphones are now outselling PCs for the first time in history, at least for the fourth quarter.The numbers seem surprising at first, but it makes sense. For one thing, most people already have PCs, and the market is saturated with them, while smartphone sales are on the rise. Additionally, most smartphones today do everything people want a PC for anyway, including email, browsing and Facebook. On subsidy, the average smartphone is cheaper than a PC to boot, so is it any wonder that so many people are eschewing buying a new computer when they can buy a new smartphone instead?That’s not to say that PCs didn’t sell in 2010. The numbers sold also rose, but not at the same extreme rate. In fact, they only increased by about 5.5%, shipping a total of 346.2 million units in 2010. As for which smartphone vendors sold the most in Q4, Nokia is still on top with 28.3 million smartpjones sold, while Apple boasted 16.2 million, Research IN Motion boasted 14.6 million and Samsung and HTC had 9.7 and 86. million, respectively. Anyone else think it’s testament to how poorly Nokia is running its business that it can sell 28.3 million smartphones and still be in jeopardy?Read more at IDClast_img read more

LG Optimus 3D is the 3DS of Android phones

first_imgGlasses-free 3D hasn’t exactly hit the living room yet, but it’s almost ubiquitous in handheld devices right now… or at least, it will be soon, between LG‘s 3D Android phone, the Optimus 3D, and the forthcoming debut of the Nintendo 3DS.The Optimus runs Android 2.2 (user upgradeable to 2.3) and its resolution is a standard 800 x 480 affair, stretched across a 4.3-inch display. That may seem rather wimpy in the days of retina Displays, but since the Optimus is a 3D phone, and therefore needs to draw each scene once for each eye, limiting the resolution to the practical makes a degree of sense.AdChoices广告Besides Gingerbread support and 3D video capability thanks to LG’s new partnership with Google for YouTube 3D, the Optimus 3D has HDMI-out capability possible of pumping 3D content to an external display at 720p, or pumping 2D content at full high-definition 1080p.As for native 3D capability, the LG Optimus can generate its own 3D content thanks to a pair of cameras on the back which will capture the perspective of both eyes individually and then combine them in a process similar to the one that Nintendo is using with the 3DS: namely, to combine both images and send them to an individual eye through lens-based trickery. It’s like a lenticular illusion, without having to rock the image back and forth.Because of the fixed distance from a user’s eyes, smartphones make a great choice for hardware on which to deploy glasses-free 3D technology… but unless app makers and content providers release content for the LG Optimus, this looks like another also-ran Android handset, albeit one with a couple tricks up its sleeves.Read more at Wiredlast_img read more

British Soliders To Get Solar Powered Thermoelectric Uniforms

first_imgWhile the US military is developing solar powered tents, the UK is instead focusing on solar powered uniforms for soldiers.By including photovoltaic solar cells in the uniform itself, it will eliminate the need for soldiers to carry around heavy batteries. In fact, the solar cells could be up to 50 percent lighter, creating a dramatic shift in weight. This increased lightness, combined with the fact that soldiers will no longer have to return to base to recharge equipment, will allow for increased mobility.Researchers are also attempting to include thermoelectric chargers in the uniforms, which would allow them to continue to produce energy even when the sun goes down.The high-tech gear could be ready within the next two years.Via Inhabitatlast_img read more

5inch Lenovo Android phone photos leak

first_imgAt five inches, it’s hard to call devices like the one you see above a phone or a tablet. Whichever label you prefer, Lenovo’s working on one to pair with its recently-leaked 10.1-inch, Tegra 3 quad-core Android slate.Unfortunately, this time around there aren’t many (or any, really) details to go with the photos snapped by an Engadget tipster. Among the details that can be gleaned from the images are a top-mounted HDMI port, rear-facing camera, volume rocker and another side-mounted button (perhaps a shutter release?), and three capacitive buttons below the screen.Based on their inclusion, it seems like a safe bet that this is a Gingerbread device. If it was running ICS or Honeycomb, Lenovo would almost certainly have left the bezel blank since both of the more recent Android iterations offer on-screen replacements.The phone also sports a rear panel coated in that snazzy orange shade Lenovo used on its IdeaPad U300S Ultrabook. Though the 5-inch segment was once only occupied by the then-gargantuan Dell Streak, Lenovo’s got some company this time around. HTC hasn’t shied away from mammoth screens on new devices like the HTC Titan and Sensation XL, and there’s also the quad-core Zeta coming next year with a 4.5-inch display.Does the extra .5 or .3 of an inch diagonally really make that much difference? Not so much. The Dell Streak 5 and HTC Titan are practically the same size. As Ice Cream Sandwich becomes the norm on Android smartphones, we’ll probably start seeing more and more 5-inch phones on the market. You’ve got to do something with the extra real estate where the navigation buttons used to live, after all.More at Engadgetlast_img read more

Were not leaving Dublin until Ava gets what she needs Vera Twomey

first_img‘We’re not leaving Dublin until Ava gets what she needs’ – Vera Twomey continues her walk to the Dáil Twomey is in Abbeyleix today. Vera Twomey getting in to Littleton yesterday. Image: Facebook via Gino Kenny Saturday 4 Mar 2017, 5:17 PM Mar 4th 2017, 5:17 PM Image: Facebook via Gino Kenny 64 Comments Vera Twomey getting in to Littleton yesterday. Share Tweet Email center_img 19,157 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL VERA TWOMEY HAS reached Abbeyleix on her walk from Cork to the Dáil.Twomey is campaigning for medicinal cannabis to be made legal in order to help her daughter Ava.She began the 260km walk from her home to the Dáil as a protest against decisions to restrict her Ava, who has rare form of epilepsy called Dravet’s syndrome, from accessing cannabis based medication.Speaking to this afternoon as she arrived into Abbeyleix, County Laois, she said she was holding up well.“I’m feeling positive with the amount of people who came out to walk with us and with the amount of support today. There’s support coming from Sydney, Perth, Germany, Canada, Belgium and Holland and beyond.”However, despite walking all week, Vera has yet to receive an official response from Health Minister Simon Harris.“There’s still no official response. What I understand is that the health committee review will be next Tuesday, which is being brought forward. But that meeting will have to deliver a report then that will have to be submitted to the Minister.“They can no longer hide behind their excuses or reports or reviews.“We’re coming to Dublin, we’re gathering people and we’re not leaving Dublin until Ava gets what she needs.”Twomey has been in a number of meetings with Health Minister Simon Harris and has tried to get the Minister to allow Ava access cannabis-based medicine on compassionate grounds. Ava, who would have suffered dozens of seizures on a daily basis, has had access to CBD oil costing around €300 a month. Vera on the road this week. Source: Facebook/Vera TwomeyCBD is a cannabinoid and is legal in Ireland because it does not contain any THC, the psychoactive part of the cannabis plant. Vera is campaigning for access to the full range of cannabis-based medicines.Last week, Twomey released a harrowing video of Ava suffering a seizure to TV3.“Simon Harris has the authority to put this legislation into place. The people of this country want this legislation now. They know there is a little girl whose life can be changed.“I don’t want to be out here. I want to be at home with my children.”Read: Vera Twomey battles tonsillitis and crippling pain to make it to Kilkenny By Paul Hosfordlast_img read more

An unacceptable number of credit unions arent doing background checks on staff

first_img Monday 6 Feb 2017, 6:30 PM Take me to Fora Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Feb 6th 2017, 6:30 PM An ‘unacceptable’ number of credit unions aren’t doing background checks on staff Credit unions were required to perform due diligence on individuals to ensure that they were qualified for the job. By Fora Staff 14,170 Views center_img Short URL Good and bad due diligence procedures Source: Central Bank‘Local knowledge’Some credit unions “did not conduct checks of publicly available information, such as a search on the Central Bank website or with the Companies Registration Office”.Others could not provide copies of certificates to prove that individuals had obtained necessarily qualifications or training.The Central Bank found a number of instances where there was an over-reliance on ‘local knowledge’, “without an assessment of such person being evidenced and documented”.Governance at credit unions has come under scrutiny in the last few years.The sector was thrown into the spotlight again last November when a liquidator was appointed to Rush Credit Union, which was described in a review by Grant Thornton as “a failing institution with poor governance and systems and control issues that it has failed to resolve over many years”.Where issues have been identified in the F&P report, the Central Bank said it will “follow up directly with the credit unions concerned to address these issues”.“The Central Bank expects all credit unions to consider the issues raised in the report and to examine the implementation of their own F&P policies and procedures,” it said.Written by Conor McMahon and posted on THE CENTRAL BANK has found a large number of credit unions have failed to comply with governance rules that would ensure the competency of staff.Four years ago, the financial regulator introduced a ‘fitness and probity regime’ (F&P) to ensure that people with important roles at credit unions were “capable, competent and financially sound” in their ability to manage and govern their branch.Credit unions were required to perform due diligence on individuals to ensure that they were qualified for the job.An investigation of how well credit unions have integrated those rules found “a minimalist compliance approach in an unacceptably large number of credit unions”.The Central Bank said in its report that while “some credit unions have embraced these requirements and standards, we are concerned to see that changes in governance culture are taking so long to embed in other credit unions”.It was particularly concerned about how credit unions handled due diligence procedures when appointing individuals to certain roles, namely those who would “exercise significant influence and control in a credit union”.The Central Bank found that a number of credit unions failed to keep due diligence records on file,”which resulted in a lack of evidence to support compliance with the F&P regime”.“Where credit unions held due diligence documentation on file, there were instances where the credit union did not record evidence of a proper assessment of the due diligence conducted,” it said. 14 Comments Image: Image: Share6 Tweet Email2 last_img read more

Gardaí want this toxic poison that was stolen in Wicklow given back

first_img Share Tweet Email1 Short URL Tuesday 2 May 2017, 2:56 PM 23,448 Views DolethalGARDAÍ HAVE APPEALED for the people who stole a Land Rover in Co Wicklow to return the “highly toxic” poison that it contained.The burglary took place at a premises in Enniskerry, near Bray, between 6.30pm and 7.40pm on Friday 28 April.A number of items were taken, including the 10D registration black Land Rover Discovery.The vehicle contained four 100 millilitre clear bottles containing a red fluid called ‘Dolethal’ pentobarbital.Dolethal is typically used by veterinarians as a euthanising agent for small animals.Gardaí have described the substance as ‘very poisonous’, ‘toxic’, and ‘not intended for human consumption’.They, along with the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) say they are very anxious that the Dolethal be recovered.Anyone who may have consumed the fluid is told to seek immediate medical assistance. They are also advised to contact the National Poisons Information Centre at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin on 01 8379966.Anyone with any information regarding the whereabouts of the poison is asked to contact gardaí in Bray on 01 6665800, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda station.Read: ‘There’s an issue of ownership’: Enda fields questions on maternity hospitalRead: ‘I wouldn’t be surprised if the majority of special Dáil committee are anti-choice’ – Smith 25 Comments By Cianan Brennan Gardaí want this ‘toxic’ poison that was stolen in Wicklow given back 400ml of highly poisonous fluid Dolethal was stolen from a house in Enniskerry, near Bray, last Friday evening. May 2nd 2017, 2:56 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Feel its too late to do anything about the Poolbeg incinerator Not

first_img Short URL Laura Fano Morrissey The new Covanta plant seen here to the right of the iconic Poolbeg towers. Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ieGrave concernAll this explains my total dismay when I found out, accidentally, that an incinerator had been built in the centre of Dublin. I felt even more dismayed when I realised how little awareness exists in Ireland around the dangers of incinerators. I found out there had been some protests before the plant was built but now that it is set to be fully operational by August and will start burning some waste next month, the prevailing attitude has become one of resignation, a feeling that nothing can be done.This is far from true. There are a series of issues surrounding the Poolbeg incinerator that should be a grave cause for concern for both residents and the wider population.Firstly, the issue of emissions controls. At the moment, Covanta, the company that runs the incinerator, has agreed to publish the following data on its own website: Furnace Temperature, Total Dust, Total Organic Carbon (TOC), Hydrogen Chloride (HCL), Sulphur Dioxide (SO2), Nitrogen Oxide (NO2), Carbon Monoxide. However, no continuous publications on dioxin and furan level, the most dangerous particles, will be provided.Independent monitoring neededSecondly, there needs to be an independent body in charge of the monitoring, a body that has yet to be appointed. Strangely enough, the EPA licence allows the company itself to appoint independent bodies in charge of monitoring emissions and verifying their engineering in the plant. How independent can these bodies be if they are appointed by the potential polluter? The local Social Democrats have asked for an independent monitoring site to be opened at Poolbeg with an emphasis on the monitoring of furans and dioxins, but so far they have not received any concrete assurance from the EPA.The third issue is Covanta’s track record. Last year, the company had to shut down one of two of its stacks at its plant in Durham Yorke, Canada, as the dioxins released in the air had surpassed the limits by 13 times the legal limit. The company defended itself by saying that the Canadian laws in terms of emissions are too stringent. The ones set by Dublin City Council on the other hand are almost certainly too loose, which means that if pressure does not mount, the company could easily release the same amount of dioxins in the air with no legal consequences.I would like to believe that this won’t happen, but my own experience suggests that without a movement of citizens that forces the authorities and the company to be transparent and accountable, these measures are very unlikely to happen spontaneously. I am not comfortable with the idea of an incinerator sitting in the middle of a city, in a densely populated area and right across from an area with a cluster of schools.I think there is enough international evidence against these plants, but even for those who remain sceptical, the precautionary principle should be enough. The precautionary principle dictates that, unless proven otherwise, things that can be dangerous for human health are to be avoided. The risk of finding out too late that the substances released in the air are highly toxic is too big a risk to take.Laura Fano is a social anthropologist and translator based in Dublin. She has been a long-time activist on issues ranging from global inequality, environmental justice, feminism and education. By Laura Fano Morrissey 703 Views Feel it’s too late to do anything about the Poolbeg incinerator? Not so Fear of an incinerator in the city of Dublin is not irrational – and we need to demand better controls and monitoring before it begins to burn. LIFE GOES ON as normal in Sandymount, Dublin, where the sea front bustles with life, people jogging, children running around on the beach when the tide is out.Such a beautiful spectacle of nature, one you would hardly find in any other capital’s city centre.But for me, an Italian who has been an environmental activist for many years and has recently moved to this part of the world, the Poolbeg incinerator is a very ominous presence. In my country incinerators have been around for a couple of decades and a few more are in the pipeline. Almost everywhere, the presence of incinerators has generated widespread protest among the local population. I remember visiting one in Acerra, in the South of Italy, while I was accompanying a delegation of international activists. Local protestors were escorting us, recounting the experience of their fight against what they considered a serious danger to their health.Theirs was not an irrational fear, nor an example of the NIMBY syndrome. There are national and international studies that link the presence of incinerators to an increase in a series of pathologies, ranging from respiratory diseases to tumours. A study conducted in Tuscany confirmed the epidemiological evidence on health effects and the increased risk of cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.Similar studies also confirmed increased risks of miscarriage and preterm births among local populations exposed to incinerators in different sites in Italy. According to Patrizia Gentilini, an oncologist with the organization ISDE-Medici per l’Ambiente (Doctors for the Environment) the link between incinerators and tumours cannot be denied, especially for those tumours primarily affecting women and children.That is why, sadly, many of the protest groups fighting these plants are called “Moms against the incinerators”.Cocktail of toxic elementsDespite this incontrovertible data, incinerators are presented by governments and local authorities, desperate to find a solution to a growing waste disposal problem, as the green alternative for a bright future.The reality however is that they release into the air a cocktail of toxic elements such as arsenic, lead, cadmium, nickel, chromium, and even more worryingly dioxins and furans, whose effects on human health can be transmitted to future generations. Dioxins in particular get into the soil and water, entering the food chain, and take decades to be eliminated from the environment. It is estimated that they remain in the soil for 100 years and in the human body for seven years.The problem of incinerators and the conflicts they have generated is in no way confined to Italy. The case of Detroit, the largest solid waste incinerator in the United States, is one of the most iconic environmental and social justice fights in the country. In France, the Association for Research and Treatments Against Cancer (ARTAC) has also linked incinerators to cancer and its President Dominique Belpomme even went as far as describing environmental pollution, including chemical air pollution, as a crime against humanity. Saturday 11 Mar 2017, 9:30 PM Mar 11th 2017, 9:30 PM Share Tweet Email2 45 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

46 dead after landslide at Ethiopian rubbish dump

first_img 3 Comments By AFP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 46 dead after landslide at Ethiopian rubbish dump Around 300 people live on the site. Share Tweet Email1 8,647 Views Mar 13th 2017, 8:02 AM Short URL Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Monday 13 Mar 2017, 8:02 AM AT LEAST 46 people died and dozens more were hurt in a giant landslide at Ethiopia’s largest rubbish dump outside Addis Ababa, a tragedy squatters living there blamed on a biogas plant being built nearby.Saturday’s landslide flattened dozens of homes of people living in the Koshe dump when part of the largest pile of rubbish collapsed, an AFP journalist said.Dagmawit Moges, head of the city communications bureau, said 46 people had died — 32 female and 14 male, including some children.Many of the victims were squatters who scavenged for a living in the 30-hectare dump, she said.Musa Suleiman Abdulah, who lost his wooden shack topped with plastic sheeting in the disaster, said when it happened, he heard “a big sound”.“When we came out, something like a tornado is rushing to us. We started to collect family members” and escape, he said. “People helped. My child and family left before the destruction happened.”The streets in the neighbourhood below were filled with women sobbing and wailing.Bystanders said there were still people trapped under collapsed mounds of rubbish, but police were preventing locals from getting close to the site.Just six people were seen digging through the rubbish yesterday looking for survivors and bodies.Ibrahim Mohammed, a day labourer living at the landfill whose house was narrowly spared destruction, said the disaster happened in “three minutes”.He estimated that more than 300 people live on the landfill.Construction materials, wooden sticks and plastic sheeting could be seen in the wreckage, the AFP journalist said.© – AFP, 2017Read: Could horses be the way forward for women in Saudi Arabia?last_img read more

Some autistic children unable to attend school due to lack of supports

first_img Apr 8th 2019, 11:03 AM Short URL Monday 8 Apr 2019, 11:03 AM 11,231 Views By Conor McCrave 34 Comments Image: Shutterstock/Dmitri Ma HUNDREDS OF CHILDREN with Autism are being forced out of schools due to a lack of available resources and place, a new survey claims. The national autism charity AsIAm carried out research into the availability of school places for children in schools along with the ability of schools to cope with the child’s additional needs. It found that more than 54% of parents reported a lack of school places as the biggest barrier for their child to access education.Some 33% of parents said they were waiting one to two years for a place to become available, while 10% said they were waiting two to three years, and 7% were waiting for more than three years. Furthermore, some 66% of parents said anxiety was a factor in their child not being able to attend school.  Children with autism can experience sensory overload and subsequent “meltdowns” which require additional resources, according to the charity.The survey of 300 families also found that 22% of children had been expelled and 34% of parents said they were withdrawn from class due to inadequate support. Adam Harris, CEO of AsIAm, said children with autism are “not treated with the same respect” as their peers and “go unsupported in school”. “There is a significant body of children within our community who do not go to school at all,” he said. “In some instances, these students have simply been failed by the State in terms of inadequate levels of autism or special class provision despite the obligations on the State in the EPSEN Act, 2004.“They may be suspended or expelled, not for negative behaviour in the traditional sense,but literally because they are autistic and go unsupported in school.“They may irregularly or almost never attend school due to overarching anxiety or a lack of suitably trained teachers, but continue to be enrolled as if all was well.AsIAm is calling for greater resources and supports to be provided to children with autism to ensure they can remain in school. “There is no one solution to this. We need more autism classes, improvedinfrastructure, better teacher training and an obligation placed on schools to be fully inclusive,” Harris said. There full findings of the survey will be published by the charity tomorrow.  Image: Shutterstock/Dmitri Ma Share215 Tweet Email2 Some autistic children ‘unable to attend school’ due to lack of supports Some 33% of parents said they were waiting one to two years for a place to become available. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Anger over shocking sevenhour delay in deploying Air Corps to fight wildfires

first_img Apr 23rd 2019, 8:17 AM Source: Pearse Doherty/Twitter Tuesday 23 Apr 2019, 8:17 AM Source: Pearse Doherty/Twitter Air Corps is in the air and will arrive in west Donegal at 5pm, 36 troops from Finner also deployed great news. But the request for support went in at 9am what took so long. Fire services, emergency services and locals have gone beyond the call of duty. Fire still raging— Pearse Doherty (@PearseDoherty) April 22, 2019 Anger over ‘shocking seven-hour delay’ in deploying Air Corps to fight wildfires in Donegal The Air Corps responded in the afternoon but noted that it did not run a dedicated firefighting service. Share Tweet Email2 Fitzgerald also described how the Air Corp is tasked to assist:We are tasked by the primary tasking agencies in the state, they’ll make an official request to whichever department it is. We’ll come to the Department of Defence who will assess whether or not we have the resources, whether it’s something that we can help out with. And once they do that they’ll task it out to Air Corp headquarters.Also speaking on Morning Ireland, Gary Martin of Donegal Co Council said it was “very fortunate” there were no serious injuries from the fires and that there was only minimal damage to property. “There was a huge community response, I couldn’t thank the local community more for their help, both in fighting the fires and supporting our crews,” Martin said. In a post on Facebook yesterday, Donegal County Council said there remains a high fire risk in the area.“Donegal County Council appeals to landowners and members of the public to exercise caution and to take all necessary measures to prevent the occurrence of wildfires involving material such as gorse, heather and similar,” the council said.“Land owners and members of the public are urged to be vigilant and to report any uncontrolled or unattended fires immediately to the Fire Service by dialling 999 or 112.”“The Council is also urging landowners and members of the public not to engage in activities that could cause wildfires.”“Donegal County Council would also like to remind landowners and members of the public that under the Wildlife Act 1976 and the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000 it is an offence to cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy any vegetation growing on any land not then cultivated between 1st day of March and 31st day of August in any year.” A picture of Air Corps operations in Kincasslagh. Image: Twitter/PearseDoherty A picture of Air Corps operations in Kincasslagh. By Rónán Duffy Well put Greg but serious questions why it took 7-8 hours for Air Corp. Contacted the minister this morn and again in the afternoon looking for the Air Corp. Council had requested their support early this morn. Why should we put up with this? We are not second class citizens.— Pearse Doherty (@PearseDoherty) April 22, 2019 104 Comments THERE HAS BEEN intense criticism from local politicians of a delay in Defence Forces air support to help fire crews and locals battling gorse fires in Donegal. Fianna Fáil TD Pat the Cope Gallagher and Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty have both stated that a request for air support was made after 9am yesterday but that it did not arrive in Donegal until about 5pm.An estimated 100-200 people including firefighters from the Donegal Fire Service and locals were battling the fires in Annagry and Loughanure yesterday. There were also 15 fire brigade units from 12 different stations present at the scene. The fires have been brought under control and there were no serious injuries but a large area of vegetation was destroyed. Speaking to yesterday morning, local councillor Micheal Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig said volunteers were “coming from everywhere” to help fight the fires and he made an appeal for an emergency to be declared. An Air Corps helicopter arrived in Donegal in the afternoon to help with the effort but the time it took for the deployment has been criticised.“It is absolutely shocking the delays which occurred before the Air Corps helicopter arrived on the scene of the gorse fires in west Donegal, the delay in mobilising the helicopter certainly left the entire situation very dangerous, and potentially threatening to numerous properties and indeed life in the areas of the fires,” Gallagher said last night. A private helicopter was also on site from earlier in the afternoon which was arranged by Donegal County Council. When the Air Corps helicopter did arrive, it played a significant role in controlling the fire. But, the issue here is why it took a full seven hours to get the helicopter cover, which was so badly needed earlier in order to control this raging inferno that threatened property and life in West Donegal.In a series of tweets, Doherty said there are “serious questions” about the delay.  Image: Twitter/PearseDoherty 29,705 Views The Defence Forces said yesterday afternoon that an AW139 helicopter equipped for fire fighting operations was deployed to the scene and that 36 troops based in Finner Camp deployed to assist with fire fighting operations on the ground.Asked about the delay in deployment on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Captain Kevin Fitzgerald said the Air Corps does not operate a dedicated firefighting service and the response required mobilising a crew “from all four corners of the country”.“Firefighting is not the primary task so when we got the tasking we had to mobilise a crew, we don’t really have the resources for a dedicated fire fighting aircraft service. So once the task was approved by the department we just had to mobilise a crew, it came in from all over the country, technicians, pilots and crewmen.”Our tasking was approved from the department in the afternoon at about 1300 hrs but the morning would have been spent chasing down crews, ringing people, people had to come from all four corners of the country to get the aircraft in the air. Once they had mobilised and come in, the firefighting from the air is a relatively high risk operation, so there’s a lot to prepare, the crews have to be briefed, they have to manage the latent risk involved in something like this, so it isn’t something that can be launched when it’s not a dedicated service. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URLlast_img read more

Puerto Ricos morgue is overflowing with unclaimed dead bodies after a storm

first_img 39,559 Views Short URL Monday 11 Jun 2018, 10:42 PM The damage from Hurricane Maria. Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Image: SIPA USA/PA Images PUERTO RICO’S MORGUE is overflowing with unclaimed bodies, the result of budget cutbacks in the US territory since last year’s devastating Hurricane Maria.The bodies of 307 people are now being kept in the morgue and in four refrigerated containers in a nearby lot, the authorities said.“The situation in light of the high volume of pending cases, lack of space and specialized personnel requires immediate attention,” legislator Juan Oscar Morales Rodriguez said on Twitter after inspecting the morgue.The head of Puerto Rico’s office of forensic sciences Monica Menendez acknowledged that the mortuary has run out of room and that 52 unclaimed bodies have had to be stored in refrigerated containers.She confirmed that because of budget cuts her office has lacked the specialised personnel to handle the caseload since the hurricane.“We’ve never been in this kind of situation before and we don’t want to reach this point,” she said.The official death count from the hurricane is 64, even though a recent study by Harvard University and Puerto Rico’s Carlos Albizu University estimates that there were as many as 4,645 hurricane-related deaths, many of them attributable to the collapse of the electric power grid.Hurricane Maria struck the island 20 September as a devastating Category Four storm.- © AFP, 2018 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img Jun 11th 2018, 10:43 PM Puerto Rico’s morgue is overflowing with unclaimed dead bodies after a storm nine months ago Hurricane Maria struck the island 20 September. The damage from Hurricane Maria. Share11857 Tweet Email By AFP 10 Comments last_img read more

Young Greek of the Week

first_imgNameTiffany Papaemanouil, 18, Year 12 SACE graduate, and winner of 9 medals at the 2009 Pan Hellenic Games.Greatest achievementsMy performance in the Australian Short Course Championships. I placed fourth in Australia in the 200m and third in the 100m individual medley. This competition saw my first medal positioning in an open age event. Your future goalsTo one day represent my country on the gold medal podium at the Olympic Games but in order to reach that I must strive to achieve smaller goals such as qualifying for the Commonwealth games or other Australian open teams. Best moment of my lifeWhen I was around the age of 15 and I won my first Australian Age medal – it made me realise why swimmers train up to 20 hours a weeks for a race that only lasts a few minutes. One word that describes you best MACHINE!Persons I most admireAustralian Olympic swimmer Stephanie Rice whose accomplishments I want to emulate. My parents for putting up with getting up at 4am for my training sessions. Most embarrassing momentWhen I was in school and I was leaning back on my chair and one of my friends behind me was like, “Wow Tiff look at your arm muscles! Show me your stomach muscles!” All I remember is standing up in the class when everyone was taking notes and it was dead silent and going to flex my stomach when all of a sudden I let rip so loud that even the teacher commented. If I could say anything to the Greek community… I want to make the community proud by being the first Greek female swimmer to win Olympic gold.Favourite place to go or hang out at I really love the movies! I love watching a real scary horror or action movie. Song that I can’t get out of my head at the moment: Russian Roulette-Rihanna.Favourite Greek foodDolmades. I once had a competition with my cousin who could eat the most. By the end I had eaten 80 and she had eaten 83 – one hour later and we both weren’t feeling too good!I can’t live without… Videos. I watch movies when I am bored, travelling, in between swimming sessions and races or when I just need to pass the time.If I was Kevin Rudd for a day I would… Contribute more funding to swimming. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Zorba director dies age 89

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Cyprus born filmmaker and director Michael Cacoyannis has died age 89. He passed away in an Athens hospital of complications from a heart attack. Cacoyannis directed the classic 1964 Academy Award winning movie Zorba the Greek that starred Anthony Quinn. He also directed the broadway revival of the movie in 1983.As a director he has won mutliple awards, including Golden Globes and Cannes Film Festival awards and has worked with stars such as Katharine Hepburn, Melina Mercouri, Irene Papas and Tom Courtenay.last_img read more

Cyprus president asks people to accept need for sacrifices

first_imgIn his last New Year’s message as president of the Republic of Cyprus, outgoing Dimitris Christofias told the public that they will have to make sacrifices in order to avoid the worst, while expressing confidence that the Cypriot economy can be saved by creating the conditions that will set it back on a path to growth in a short period of time.Christofias said the consequences of the global economic crisis and particularly the exposure of Cypriot banks to Greek state bonds and the Greek economy in general have created a serious fiscal gap that has forced the government in Nicosia to resort to the European Stability Mechanism.He reiterated that the government has managed to safeguard a number of privileges for its citizens in the context of the tough negotiations with its prospective creditors, and went on to place most of the blame for the crisis in the local credit system on the Central Bank of Cyprus and its former governor.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Troika talks resume

first_imgGovernment officials on Monday resumed tough negotiations with troika envoys on a range of economic reforms that Athens must implement in order to secure further rescue loans, including a delayed overhaul of the civil service, with sources indicating that there was hope for some concessions although it appeared unlikely that talks would be completed in time for next Monday’s Eurogroup summit.A Finance Ministry source indicated late Monday night that the foreign envoys might be open to allowing the emergency property tax for 2013 to be paid in five installments, and not four as they had demanded originally. The source said that Greek officials had laid out the government’s proposals and that the envoys had listened to them without supporting or rejecting them. The same source did not rule out the possibility of the troika disbursing the next tranche of rescue funding, which is worth 8.1 billion euros, in installments if Greece fails to make good on reform pledges and plug a funding gap for this year estimated at 1 billion euros, chiefly attributed to the debts of the country’s main healthcare provider, EOPYY.It appeared unlikely that the talks would be completed in time for the next summit of eurozone finance ministers next Monday, with sources suggesting that some matters could be resolved this week while others would probably need to be thrashed out into next week.A key issue expected to dominate negotiations in the coming days is a delayed overhaul of the civil service. Authorities are likely to refer to the closure of the state broadcaster, ERT, last month as a sign of the government’s determination to push through difficult and politically contentious measures. But new Administrative Reform Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is expected to seek an extension, until September, for the induction of 12,500 civil servants into a so-called mobility scheme where staff will receive 75 percent of their wages for a year before an assessment that could lead to another job in the public sector or dismissal. Mitsotakis was locked in a meeting with troika envoys until late Monday night.The auditors are on Tuesday scheduled to meet with Health Minister Adonis Georgidis, another new cabinet member, for talks expected to focus on the EOPYY shortfall and the likely closure of state hospitals. The inspectors are also to meet with Labor Minister Yiannis Vroutsis, who has insisted that any further reduction to the minimum wage is not up for question.Georgiadis met on Monday with European Commission task force chief Horst Reichenbach for talks that reportedly touched on ways of boosting Greece’s absorption of EU subsidies. One scheme in the works foresees the provision of free healthcare to 200,000 Greeks who lack insurance, sources said.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Socrates Now at South Oakleigh College

first_imgAfter great performances in Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle and Brisbane, Socrates Now, the production by Elliniko Theatro of New York, is coming back to Melbourne for an exclusive performance at the South Oakleigh Secondary College.Supported by the Victorian Association for Philosophy in Schools (VAPS), the performance at the South Oakleigh College is aimed at students who have chosen Philosophy at Year 12, as Plato’s Apology is one of the prescribed texts. Students from other schools are also invited to attend the show. An eighty-minute delivery of Plato’s The Apology, the Socrates Now performance is followed by discussion on how Socrates’ message and eternal truths might be applied today. Known as the godfather of philosophy, students will have the opportunity to sit in on the trial for his life. Socrates, portrayed by Emmy award-winner Yannis Simonides, stands up to his accusers with the courage of his then-revolutionary ideals. Students will have the unique chance to ponder his arguments about ethics and justice, and to discuss the verdict with the actor after the performance.The New York play, that has seen over 300 performances in more than 15 countries, is currently on its Australian and New Zealand tour. The performance will be held at the South Oakleigh Secondary College, Bakers Road, Oakleigh South, on Monday 31 March, from 10.30 am until 12.30 pm. Cost: $15 per student. For bookings and more information, contact or call 0450 486 358 Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Fair Go for Pensioners rally

first_imgGreek pensioners took to the streets at a Justice for the Poor rally, organised in Melbourne on Wednesday by the Fair Go For Pensioners Coalition. The main speaker at the rally was Jenny Mikakos, Victorian Shadow Minister for Seniors and Ageing. The protest was in response to the federal and state budgets, which the Coalition says will entrench poverty, particularly for pensioners. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img