15 tweets that prove that Sochi isnt exactly ready for the Olympics

15 tweets that prove that Sochi isnt exactly ready for the Olympics

first_imgTHE WINTER OLYMPICS in Sochi have already kicked off, with some events taking place yesterday, but the fanfare truly takes place tonight at the opening ceremony.This is Russia’s chance to show off in front of the world, and boy had they better, because so far things in Sochi are not looking good.The hashtag #SochiProblems has generated thousands of tweets, many of which are coming from the journalists and athletes who have been there for days.Here are 15 tweets that prove that things are not exactly going according to plan in Sochi.The grass may not be greener, but it will be soon!A stinging example of authenticity hereNetwork problemsThere’s a lot to be said for austerity Organisers clearly prefer an open door policyAccessibility is suffering tooSure, who needs a floor?They may be in the mountains, but mountain spring water is difficult to access Some have praised the organisers efforts to ensure team bondingAlthough other toilet issues are not so friendlyAt least there are buses!This journalist lucked out…Clearly preparation went down to the wirecenter_img Shabby chic?8 wonderful wrong answers from Larry Gogan’s Just A Minute Quiz>Student faces suspension after taking a selfie with a dead body on a school trip>last_img read more

He did it 80yearold scales Everest sets record

He did it 80yearold scales Everest sets record

first_imgI can see the Himalayas below me and it’s beautiful. I have stayed strong, strong and strong to be here.His wife Tomoko, 80, told the adventurer: “You’d better come home soon.”“I’m not sure if I am happy or not to have a husband who has so many dreams,” she told reporters.He is the kind of person who does whatever he believes in, no matter what other people say.His daughter Emiri, 52, said: “I believe he will keep on going even when he turns 90 or 100.”Miura was on his way back down the mountain Thursday, a Nepalese tourism official said, confirming the successful ascent.“He reached the summit this morning and is currently descending to Camp Four,” the official, Gyanendra Shrestha, told AFP from Everest Base Camp.It was Miura’s third conquest of the 8,848-metre peak. He previously reached the summit in 2003 and 2008 when he was 70, claiming the oldest summiteer record, and 75 respectively.His 2003 record was broken in 2007 when fellow Japanese Katsusuke Yanagisawa reached the top at the age of 71.His second conquest of Everest was made in May 2008 but he was beaten to the summit by Sherchan, who had got there just one day earlier at the age of 76.Until Thursday morning the Nepalese had been the world record holder, according to Guinness World Records.Base campSherchan is at base camp and preparing to make his assault, Nepalese official Shrestha told AFP, adding time was not on his side since the fair weather summit season is drawing to a close.Miura underwent surgery to correct recurring arrhythmia last November and again in January this year, as he did before the 2008 expedition. He was undeterred by a skiing accident in 2009 that left him with a broken pelvis and fractured thigh.As a seasoned adventurer, he came to worldwide attention in 1970 when he became the first person to ski down Everest.His parachute-aided descent was documented in the 1975 film “The Man Who Skied Down Everest”, which won an Academy Award for Best Documentary.High-octane endeavours are in his blood – his father Keizo skied down Mont Blanc at age 99.- © AFP, 2013Read: 80-year-old wants to be the oldest man to climb Mount Everest> AN 80-YEAR-old Japanese climber reached the summit of Mount Everest today, becoming the oldest person to scale the world’s highest mountain, his website and a Nepalese official said.Yuichiro Miura and his party, including his second son Gouta, arrived at the summit at around 9 am local time (3.15am GMT), according to the website, besting the previous age record by four years.But he may not have his name on the title very long: Nepal’s Min Bahadur Sherchan, the former record holder who turns 82 on June 20, is on the mountain again and bidding to reach the summit.“I feel like the happiest person in the world,” Miura said in a satellite telephone conversation with his office in Tokyo. “I’ve never been more exhausted than this but I can keep on going even at the age of 80.last_img read more

ESB halt works to save tourists holiday at Galway guest house

ESB halt works to save tourists holiday at Galway guest house

first_img The Riverside Paradise guest house, Bannagher, Co Galway Source: Riverside ParadiseIt was set to be the perfect surprise, but ESB works planned for the week before the holiday had been re-scheduled to the day of their arrival, last Thursday. The guest house would be without power for the duration of the works.In the hopes of saving their holiday, Peter called to ask ESB to postpone the works once more:Later that day, I received their reply: the answer was no, as all was planned and ready to go on Thursday. A GALWAY GUEST house owner has told of how ESB came to the rescue after electrical works threatened to ruin a guest’s holiday.Peter Downey, owner of the River Paradise guest house in Banagher, wrote a blog post on his website about an English guest who had come to Ireland all the way back in February to arrange a holiday for his family this month.The guest was planning a surprise for his wife’s birthday, which would include a cruise up the River Shannon and a meal prepared by a private chef. File photo of ESB workers repairing overhead lines Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall IrelandAfter the first refusal, Peter called again, told the full story, and appealed to the company’s human side:I asked her to request that the manager re-consider his previous decision… I said that sometimes it is necessary to look at the human side of a request and put the commercial need to one side, for another day.On hearing Mr Downey’s problem, the manager agreed to re-schedule the work for another day, saving the family’s surprise.It proved to me that in Ireland, we still have people and companies who value other people’s good will.Aahhh. Doesn’t it warm the heart?Little girl kicked out of KFC over scars was a hoax, investigators claim>The Queen didn’t sit on the Iron Throne, disappointing the entire internet>last_img read more

Dungeon Siege 3 release date set for May 31 preorder bonuses revealed

Dungeon Siege 3 release date set for May 31 preorder bonuses revealed

first_imgAction role-playing game fans have another date to pencil in their digital diaries for this year. Obsidian Entertainment and publisher Square Enix are set to release Dungeon Siege 3 on May 31.As you’d expect, different retailers have been given a variety of extras they can offer in return for your pre-order and eventual cash. Below is a rundown of what is available so you can purchase appropriately depending on your tastes:AmazonBite of Arakun – Grants the player the ability to poison enemies with lingering injury or soften their defenses, leaving them vulnerable for follow-up attacks.Best BuySacred Heart of the Legion – Increases a player’s health and pushes close combat assailants back each time the bearer is struck in battle.GameStopBurning Band of Scorch – This exclusive preorder in-game ring increases the raw damage of a player’s attacks and sets all foes ablaze with any weapon.Talisman of the Grand Mage – This exclusive preorder in-game necklace reduces incoming damage on the player and grants the ability to lash out with a mystical attack that injures enemies in close-range combat.SteamGet both Dungeon Siege and Dungeon Siege 2 games as a gift.WalmartMini comic from Dark Horse Comics and mini strategy guide from Prima Games.Out of that selection by far the best value is being offered by Steam with free digital copies of the first two games. However, if you already own both of those games that may be of little use to you. Of the in-game items GameStop seems to have the best deal.Dunegon Siege 3 will be released on PC, PS3, and Xbox 360. If you plan on purchasing the PC version you will require the following minimum spec:Windows 7, Vista or XP2.6GHz processor or better2GB RAM4GB hard drive spaceDirextX 9 graphics card with at least 256MB RAM and Pixel Shader 3.0Read more at Joystiqlast_img read more

Fake iPad 2 tablets in high demand for Chinese festival

Fake iPad 2 tablets in high demand for Chinese festival

first_imgThough the iPad 2 isn’t even available in most Asian countries yet, people in Malaysia are trying hard to get their hands on the tablet — well, sort of. The sought-after tablet is not a real iPad 2, it’s actually a paper replica they wish to burn for the week-long Qingming festival.Also known as Ancestor Day or Tomb-Sweeping Day, the Qingming festival is celebrated within Chinese communities as a way to honor ancestors. To celebrate, people burn effigies of money and luxury items, such as replicas of the iPad 2, Louis Vuitton handbags, cars, and other symbols of wealth. But just as the real-life tablet is in the US, the iPad 2 replica is a hot commodity right now that’s hard to get a hold of.AdChoices广告Reuters spoke with a store owner outside of Kuala Lampur, Malaysia who said he ordered 300 iPad 2 replicas from a manufacturer in China. These of course quickly sold out and the owner, Jeffrey Te, is struggling to meet the demand of his customers. The shop was left with the first-generation iPad replicas and Galaxy Tab replicas, which apparently aren’t nice enough for the festival.The iPad 2 version being sold had a capacity of 888GB, which Reuters said was “an auspicious number in Chinese culture.” The replica sells for $1, whereas a real 16GB iPad starts at $499. But, some families aren’t convinced that the imitation iPad 2 is the best thing to buy for their deceased relatives. Some think it would be silly to honor them with something that wasn’t even around in their lifetime and will be sticking to burning designer bag knock-offs and piles of fake money.Read more at Reuterslast_img read more

Comic book illustration timelapse shows off one talented artist

Comic book illustration timelapse shows off one talented artist

first_imgBefore pressing play on the video above, scroll down and look at the completed illustration below. It’s a stunning piece of artwork created by Dei Gaztelumendi for the cover of Xabiroi Comic Book Magazine.Dei says that the magazine gave him complete control over the subject matter, so he decided to title it Post-Apocalyptic Kids. He also dedicated it to a friend who lost his leg in a motorbike accident last year, referring to him as the “toughest kiddo yet.”Now as someone who can’t draw very well, I look at this illustration and can’t comprehend how you go from a blank sheet of paper to something that looks so good. But that’s where the time-lapse comes in. It shows us how Dei starts with a paper and pencil sketch, but then moves on to a PC and Photoshop. Clearly a range of skills are required in order to achieve this level of quality.Computers have allowed more to be done with art and illustration, but after watching the video it’s clear you still require a lot of artistic talent. The time Dei takes to get the eyes, fingers, and spring mechanism right on the boy’s leg are great examples of that, and shows a skill I am quite envious of.Could you end up with the same result not using a computer? Probably, but I bet it would take significantly longer to achieve and any mistakes you made couldn’t be rectified as easily or quickly as hitting the undo button.via Deisignlast_img read more

Bill Nye voices anticreationism sentiments

Bill Nye voices anticreationism sentiments

first_imgWith a name like “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” no one should expect any sort of anti-Darwin sentiments coming from the affable nerd-turned-TV-host. Nevertheless, Bill Nye’s recent comments are turning heads from parents who believe in the theory of a divine creator.The comments came in an online video titled “Bill Nye: Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children.” In it, Nye not only expresses his belief for the evolutionary theory of mankind, he criticizes parents who make the decision to spread different beliefs to children.He tells grownups that if they want to believe that God created human beings, that’s cool. “But don’t make your kids do it,” he said. Of course, this is still one of the most controversial subjects and it plays directly into religion and politics, as the religious right are described as zealots who reject the idea of science, and those on the left are cast as God-hating punks.So it is no surprise that the video has drawn a lot of attention. Again, even though Nye should be expected to be a champion of science, the way with which he displays no respect at all for the other side has left many stunned. After all, he is a children’s TV host who everyone would expect to stray away from controversy.For Nye, though, this is a way to move all of society forward. He said that if there is a part of the population that doesn’t believe in evolution, “it holds everybody back, really.” The YouTube video has garnered more than two million views in just a few days. It is no doubt striking up the debate in areas around the country, which is of course what Nye wants.last_img read more

Assassins Creed III and Far Cry 3 PC system requirements revealed

Assassins Creed III and Far Cry 3 PC system requirements revealed

first_imgTwo of this holiday season’s biggest games, Assassin’s Creed III and Far Cry 3, will see a release across the major consoles and PC. If you;re planning to play them on console you have nothing to worry about, but PC gamers always need to check the specs before buying a game.Ubisoft has this week revealed the system requirements for both games, and unless your machine is pretty ancient or a budget laptop, you should be able to play them minus a few of the more GPU-heavy graphical effects.Here’s the minimum sped you’ll need to play each game:Assassin’s Creed III2.66GHz Core 2 Duo or 3GHz Athlon 64X2 6000+2GB RAM512MB DirectX 9.0c graphics card with Shader Model 4.0DirectX 9.0c sound cardDual-layer DVD drive17GB hard drive spaceWindows Vista/7/8Far Cry 32.66GHz Core 2 Duo or 3GHz Athlon 64X2 6000+4GB RAM512MB DirectX 9.0c graphics card with Shader Model 4.0 As you can see, the Far Cry 3 spec is a little lacking, but noticeably requires double the RAM of Assassin’s Creed III. It’s best to assume the rest of the spec is going to be the same for Far Cry 3 as it is for AS3.As for recommended specs for each game, Ubisoft would prefer you play the game using a Core i3 CPU at least, 4-8GB of RAM, and a DirectX 11 graphics card with 1GB Video RAM on board. The top end system example is a Core i7 and a Nvidia GTX680 or an AMD Bulldozer FX4150 and Radeon HD7970.Assassin’s Creed III will be released on October 30, while you’ll have to wait until December 4 to get your hands on Far Cry 3. In both cases you won’t have to suffer the always-connected UPlay DRM, but there is a one-time game activation that requires an Internet connection.last_img read more

DRM for the PS4 arrives in the form of account locked PSN

DRM for the PS4 arrives in the form of account locked PSN

first_imgSony was quick to jump on the evil Microsoft bandwagon when it suited them earlier this year, but it looks like they forgot to mention what will happen when you try to purchase games through PSN on PS4. Spoiler alert, Sony’s digital DRM policies are less than friendly to those interested in sharing.If you purchase a game on PSN right now with your PlayStation 3, anyone with access to the console has access to the game. The purchasing system on the PS3 is fairly open, allowing you to have the game on multiple consoles with your account setup. This system used to allow for up to five locations for the game to exist, but has since been limited to two. It looks like the PSN on Sony’s next console will decrease that number from two to one, and will also bind the game specifically to your account.The social networking-esque layout to the PS4 makes it painfully obvious that most people aren’t going to want to share their account with others. Your friends, your games, and your social statuses will create a highly personalized experience. This is largely a good thing, and the UI looks nice as well, but as a result there’s not likely to be a lot of account sharing for most people.It also causes a unique new problem for PSN purchases, which will be bound to the account of the user making the purchase. You’d have to either buy the game twice or share your account in order for anyone else to play it.This is identical to how the Xbox 360 currently operates, and will be similar to how the Xbox One operates, but is largely a step back for PlayStation users. The Xbox One family sharing system will provide a more functional experience for how things are shared across Xbox Live users, but since those you share with won’t have access to the whole game it’s not a big enough difference to clearly say it is better than Sony’s implementation.It is interesting that Sony is taking this step backward in how they handle digital goods after leading the charge against Microsoft regarding their own DRM policies at their launch event.Now read: Red line: PS4 overheats at Sony event (Updated)last_img read more

The woman who helped build Primark reveals why the store doesnt sell

The woman who helped build Primark reveals why the store doesnt sell

first_img https://jrnl.ie/3101097 By Fora Staff Saturday 26 Nov 2016, 7:10 AM Image: PA Archive/PA Images Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Image: PA Archive/PA Images Share118 Tweet Email1 Nov 26th 2016, 7:10 AM ONE OF THE early recruits who helped build Primark into a huge international company has revealed why the popular budget clothing chain does not sell online.Breege O’Donoghue was a long-standing director at the retailer, which trades in Ireland as Penneys, before stepping down from the board in September – although she still works as an ambassador for the firm.The 73-year-old joined the Irish-founded company to help set up its HR operations in 1979, about 10 years after it had opened its first outlet in Dublin, when the chain had just 24 stores.Over the next 37 years she helped build up the budget clothing chain, which now has over 300 outlets in 11 countries, including 36 in the Republic. She recently served as its head of new markets, and led its recent expansion into the US.Fixed costsAppearing at the Deloitte and Enterprise Ireland CEO conference in Dublin this week, O’Donoghue was quizzed on why the store does not sell online.“It suits those (with customers who) spend most because there are a lot of fixed costs. Picking the merchandise, handling the merchandise, sending the merchandise, paying for postage and returns, and then of course processing returns. A figure quoted is in the region of €20,” she said.center_img The woman who helped build Primark reveals why the store doesn’t sell online Breege O’Donoghue, who worked at the clothing chain for 37 years, also shared her career highlights. Take me to Fora 40,676 Views 5 Comments “Our average customer spend varies. We have of course studied it and we will keep it under review, and it’s interesting to see and read the detail of those who are and are not making money online.”Although the company does have a website and is very active on social media, it generates sales through its chain of bricks-and-mortar stores. Breege O’Donoghue (centre) at the CEO conference Source: Jason Clarke PhotographyPrimark’s parent company Associated British Foods has previously said that the retailer’s business model, which is based on high turnover but a fairly low average profit margin, doesn’t work as well online where consumers expect benefits such as free returns.The company did launch a trial in collaboration with Asos in 2013, but it was later dumped.At the time, ABP chief executive George Weston said: “The trial has ended and we are exploring our options, but as you can imagine, the margins are so small that it can be difficult to sell a £3 T-shirt when you’re spending the same amount just to ship it.”HighlightsO’Donoghue also revealed some of the highlights of her career with Primark – one of which was leading the firm’s push into the US, which she said came after two years of “painstaking planning and due diligence”.“It established a brand that pre-entry, was little known in the US,” she said.“It included understanding and having a wealth of data on the US retail market and analysing this intelligence to get unique insights. Adapting to the US culture without losing the Primark DNA had an important role to play.“Primark is now trading at five stores in four states, with five more in preparation. It has been well-received (and) it is gratifying when local leaders celebrate it as a success such as (Boston) mayor Martin Walsh.”O’Donoghue said that the second stand-out moment was the opening of the company’s flagship Spanish outlet. The store is located in one of the most iconic buildings on Madrid’s Gran Vía. Source: Cloud 9 LeedsThe former Almacenes Madrid-Paris opened its doors in January 1924, with the aim of bringing the French grands magasins to Spanish society.Primark, which trades as Penneys in Ireland, renovated the building before opening it in June 2015 as its flagship Spanish store.In doing so, the company said it maintained several distinctive architectural and decorative elements, such as the façades, massive 30-metre dome and circular hall with its balustrade and staircase.Written by Paul O’Donoghue and posted on Fora.ie Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

FactCheck Did Enda Kenny really never call Donald Trump racist

FactCheck Did Enda Kenny really never call Donald Trump racist

first_img Follow TJ_FactCheck on Twitter By Dan MacGuill Mar 16th 2017, 10:30 PM The claim is close to accurate, but is missing significant details or context. Or, the best available evidence weighs in favour of the claim.This is the 12th time we’ve fact-checked a claim by Enda Kenny. You can read his FactCheck File here. 19,880 Views 63 Comments I did not refer to the person of the now-President as being racist. My comment was in respect of his language.Kenny was pressed by one journalist who asked “But if someone’s language is racist, are they not racist?”The Taoiseach insisted: TheJournal.ie’s FactCheck is a signatory to the International Fact-Checking Network’s Code of Principles. You can read it here.For information on how FactCheck works, what the verdicts mean, and how you can take part, check out our Reader’s Guide here.  FactCheck: Did Enda Kenny really never call Donald Trump “racist”? In advance of his meeting with the US President, the Taoiseach was confronted with comments he made last year. FactCheck takes a look. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email Short URL I did not refer to the person of the now-President as being racist. My comment was in respect of his language.Let’s have a look at that.(Send your FactCheck requests to factcheck@thejournal.ie, tweet @TJ_FactCheck, or send us a DM).Claim: Enda Kenny did not call Donald Trump “racist”What was said: Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTubeMany politicians and commentators have accused the Taoiseach of calling Trump “racist”, since his comments last May.On Wednesday, the issue came to prominence once again after Nigel Farage told Seán O’Rourke the Taoiseach should apologise to Trump for calling him “racist”.Later on, the Taoiseach’s past remarks were put to him at a press conference in Washington DC, and Kenny told reporters, including TheJournal.ie’s Christina Finn: http://jrnl.ie/3290245 Thursday 16 Mar 2017, 10:30 PM Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTube THE TAOISEACH WAS confronted with comments he had apparently made about Donald Trump some months ago, while facing questions from Irish journalists during his St Patrick’s Week visit to Washington DC, last night.Earlier in the day former UKIP leader Nigel Farage told RTE Radio One Enda Kenny should apologise to Donald Trump for calling him “racist”.Kenny denied this last night, claiming: If Trump’s comments are racist and dangerous, which they are, there is an alternative to vote for.It’s unclear what comments in particular the Taoiseach was referring to, or whether he had specific comments in mind. We asked the Taoiseach’s press office for clarification on this, but we did not receive a response.In any event, it’s quite clear that Kenny referred to Trump’s comments, and not Trump himself, as racist and dangerous.Assessment Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesIt could be argued that a person who makes a racist comment, or racist comments, is by definition racist as a person, and that by calling Trump’s comments racist, Enda Kenny was by definition calling Trump himself racist.However, this is a subjective interpretation, and even at that, it’s not entirely convincing.A person could, for example, make a racist comment in a subversive or ironic way. It would be difficult to maintain that this person is by definition racist.Equally, a person could make racially bigoted remarks, but later entirely abandon the views that gave rise to those comments. It would also be difficult to maintain that this person is racist, simply by virtue of having made racist comments.This is not to make any claim about the nature of President Trump’s views, policies or past comments.It is simply to point out that describing a person’s comments in one way does not mean that you are, in the mere act of describing their comments, by definition or logical necessity also describing that person in the same way.Obviously, one very often follows the other. But not necessarily or by definition.Even if we are to leave that aside, we are left with the wording of Enda Kenny’s statement last May, when he called Trump’s comments, but not Trump himself, “racist and dangerous”.We find the Taoiseach’s claim – that he never called Trump racist – Mostly TRUE.As our verdicts guide explains, this means: No, it doesn’t follow at all. Language and words can be used by people in many regards…The FactsYou can watch a short video including all the relevant comments, below, but for now, let’s examine what Enda Kenny said in the first place.In the Dáil on 31 May 2016, the Taoiseach faced questions from TDs about his planned official engagements. In the course of that, Solidarity-PBP TD Richard Boyd Barrett asked: Given the racist, dangerous, reckless rhetoric and policies articulated by Donald Trump, if it comes about that he becomes the President of the United States, I’m asking would we continue to facilitate US troops at Shannon airport?Later, Kenny replied: Find more FactChecks herelast_img read more

Multicultural media internships open

Multicultural media internships open

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Victorian Multicultural Commission’s (VMC) Media Internships Grant Program is now open. The internship grant is available to support media organisations to deliver work experience, professional development training and leadership programs to aspiring journalists. The program is aimted to support the multicultural media organisation to deliver work experience, professional development training and leadership to aspiring journalists. Five grants of $5000 each are available to media organisations to host a media intern. A multicultural media oganisation can apply on the premise they have an ABN; are a registered company under the Corporations Act, or an incorporated association under the Victorian Associations Incorporation Act; keeps proper accounting standards and yearly financial statements; has submitted applicatoins in accordance with specific timelines and processes; and has satisfactory acquitted all previous grants from the VMC. Applications must be submitted to the VMC by 5:00 pm on Wednesday 29 February. The applications will be assessed by the VMC and applications will be notified about the outcome in May 2012. Late or incomplete applicatoins will not be considered. Application forms are available in electronic format at multicultural.vic.gov.au/grants or in hard copy by contacting the Victorian Multicultural Commission on (03) 9651 0651.If you require further information on this grant or assistance with completing the application form, please call Linda Petrone on 9651 0641 or e-mail linda.petrone@vmc.vic.gov.aulast_img read more

No impact says Beirut Hellenic Bank

No impact says Beirut Hellenic Bank

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The situation in Cyprus has not impacted on the Beirut Hellenic Bank, according to a statement launched by the bank this week. In the statement, the bank went on to say that they customers will not be impacted by this situation but also any other overseas financial crisis. The announcement came after the bank updated it’s customer on recent business developments that were aimed at providing customers with high quality service to Autralian customers. As a result of the original acquisition agreement with Cyprus Popular Bank (Laiki Bank), Beirut Hellenic Bank will be shortly be 100 per cent owned by Bank of Beirut.last_img read more

Raptis set to relaunch

Raptis set to relaunch

first_imgProperty developer Jim Raptis – founder of the Raptis Group – is set to relaunch his business empire after its near collapse during the GFC in 2008.Speaking to the Gold Coast Bulletin, Raptis said he is “no quitter” and regretted not being able to pay subcontractors after the company escalated a debt of almost $1 billion.“It was the first time in the 35 to 40 years I’ve been working that I have been unable to pay our subcontractors.“It was unfortunate and that is one of the reasons I want to come back, to correct that,” he said.His company faced near devastation in 1991 after owing investors $65 million, but he managed to strike a deal with creditors.Raptis, who is credited with transforming the Gold Coast’s skyline, said he would take a different approach to his business model this time around – which will include developing commercial and retail sectors along with residential properties.“The biggest lesson was less debt and more capital,” he said. “The new model is to start a building and finish it within 12 months.”“You can be caught out with long-term projects unless you are capitalised to complete them.” Raptis is understood to be finalising formalities to have the company trading on the stock exchange again. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

WATCH Turkish presidents security personnel attack protesters in DC

WATCH Turkish presidents security personnel attack protesters in DC

first_imgWatch the footage here: Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s bodyguards have had a shocking altercation with protesters amid the Turkish leader’s visit to the US on Tuesday, resulting in 11 people being injured.Caught on camera, video footage shows men in suits charging past police to kick and punch protesters. Taking place outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence in Washington DC, police called the violence out as “brutal attack on peaceful protesters”, reports the BBC resulting in the arrest of two US residents Ayten Necmi, 49, and Jalal Kheirabadi, 42.In response to the incident, the Turkish Embassy said demonstrators had been aggressively provoking the Turkish-Americans who had gathered to greet the president and that the response was self-defence.Meanwhile, the US State Department confirmed the security guards’ involvement and in a statement said that it was “concerned by the violent incidents”.“Violence is never an appropriate response to free speech, and we support the rights of people everywhere to free expression and peaceful protest,” the statement read.“We are communicating our concern to the Turkish government in the strongest possible terms.”The incident followed Mr Erdogan’s meeting with President Donald Trump, and took place while he was visiting Turkish ambassador Serdar Kılıç’s residence.“To send a clear message that these acts of violence will not be tolerated, I ask that you immediately look into this matter and bring all appropriate criminal charges before these individuals leave the United States,” wrote House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce in a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.“Agents of foreign governments should never be immune from prosecution for felonious behaviour.”It’s not the first time Mr Erdogan’s security has had a run in with protesters in the United States. Just last year clashes were reported between protesters and the Turkish security personnel and in 2014 while in New York, Turkish security threatened and pushed journalists, reports Quartz. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

The new FYROM name should not include the term Macedonia stresses Mikis

The new FYROM name should not include the term Macedonia stresses Mikis

first_imgMikis Theodorakis, the iconic composer has voiced his concerns and fears in a long blog-post regarding the ongoing “Macedonia” name dispute with FYROM. Theodorakis, asks of the current Greek government not to betray Greece’s original and national line set during the 1992 leaders’ summit by the then Greek President Konstantinos Karamanlis.The 92-year-old legend reminds that Greece’s stance has always been against a title for FYROM that would include or even derive from the name “Macedonia”, adding that the fact that FYROM has been using the term “Macedonia” has turned into propaganda to convince the rest of the world that Skopjans are descendants of Alexander the Great. “Any retreat from this line will have disastrous effects for the future of our country since after the eight years of plunder of the Greek people that led us to the current dramatic situation, all that remains is to preserve our national integrity,” he writes in Greek on his personal website.“The government of Skopje is blatantly threatening the sovereignty of our country. By using the name “Macedonia” as the vehicle, distorting the historical events to a ridiculous degree, it seeks to extend its borders at our expense to create the so-called “Macedonia of the Aegean.”“Them leading us into bankruptcy and tearing our social fabric apart is one matter. But reaching a point where the sovereignty of our country is threatened, this is not only a huge issue but physical annihilation. Because our country will not be able to bear losing even a single square meter of Greek land. Hyperbole? Just think, who could really have fathomed of the once formidable Yugoslavia being split up? When you are afraid to say that you love your homeland and when – even worse you sell it out – is acting servile”, he concludes. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

A mothers plight finding a solution when school fees for migrant children

A mothers plight finding a solution when school fees for migrant children

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The story of Eleni Tsampouri, a recent migrant from Greece and her two children – on one level – demonstrates the culture of indifference amongst political elites to the plight of everyday people who have no power or money. On another level, it is a story that proves the immense positive difference that communal action can make to the lives of people like Eleni, who are recent migrants or refuges and are trying to find their way in their new country.The ‘indifference’ noted in Eleni’s story relates to the leadership of a key figure in the settlement process of migrants in Australia, the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, David Coleman, MP. The ‘positive difference’ has everything to do with the Greek Orthodox Community of Oakleigh and Districts and the president Angelo Sardelis, who listened to the plight of this newly arrived migrant and acted swiftly.Eleni’s story is not unique. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of people who end up in the same conundrum like her. Australian citizens like her, who had to pull their children out of school, because they could not afford thousands of dollars for international student fees, they had to pay.Eleni came to Australia, a year and a half ago. She wasn’t born here but in Greece. She became an Australian citizen by descent but she did so after she had her two children. This rendered her two boys Kon 12 and Panos 8, ineligible to acquire Australian citizenship by descent. Panos and Kon had to apply for permanent residence visas, meet the relevant criteria, one of them being living in Australia for a certain period of time in order to be able to eventually apply for Australian citizenship.Eleni as a single mum without secure employment in Greece decided to come to Australia by herself, work hard and save so she could at some stage afford the fees necessary to apply for her sons’ permanent residence visa. Panos and Kon remained in Greece and in the care of her two elderly parents.A year later, last August to be precise, she managed to have saved the $5,000 necessary to pay her children’s visas and enough funds to support them and care for her elderly parents.Eleni reunited with her family in Australia. She applied for her sons’ permanent visa as soon as she could get the paperwork ready and, when lodging the applications, was informed by the department that the process would take at least 12 months. Panos and Kon were granted a bridging visa.The next important move for the mental well-being of her children was to enrol them into school in an effort to restore some normality in their lives. Eleni chose a public primary school close to their home.She almost had a heart attack no more than a month later when she was hit with a bill of $7,000 for school fees for the last term of her children’s schooling. “I found out that the bridging visa did not give my children free access to the public school system and that they would be treated like international students. I couldn’t afford to pay this money,” she told Neos Kosmos.“I am working hard already but no matter how much harder I was going to work I still couldn’t afford it,” she added.And then she made one of the most difficult decisions a parent can make. She pulled her children out of school seeking the help of her local member of parliament, Julian Hill MP, to help her in her effort to persuade the department to speed up the process.Julian Hill, a Labor MP who has recently criticized the minister for Home Affairs, Peter Dutton, for privatizing the visa system creating extraordinary delays in processing applications, took the issue under his wings.He has written to Minister Coleman asking him to intervene and help Eleni on compassionate grounds, so her children can attend school again.“I wrote a letter, I called them, I called them again and again but no response,” Mr Hill told Neos Kosmos noting at the same time that he was astounded by the level of Minister’s apathy.“Eleni is an Australian citizen who has been abandoned by the Liberal Government. Peter Dutton has cut thousands of staff from frontline services which has real impacts on people like Eleni and her children. Instead of fixing their mess, the Liberal Government is hellbent on privatising Australia’s visa system, putting at risk thousands more jobs and public services.Morrison’s Ministers have simply given up and don’t even respond to letters, emails or phone any more,” he added.Neos Kosmos had the same ‘ministerial’ treatment when the newspaper contacted Mr Coleman explaining Eleni’s situation and requesting an intervention to ensure that Panos and Kon could enjoy the basic human right to education as every other child.There was no response. The difference between him and the president of Greek Orthodox Community of Oakleigh and Districts, Angelo Sardelis, is stark.Neos Kosmos informed Mr Sardelis of the unfortunate situation Eleni and her two sons had found themselves on Tuesday. In less than 24 hours he and the Principal of Oakleigh Grammar, Mark Robertson, had opened the doors of Oakleigh Grammar to Eleni’s sons.“It is unacceptable for any child to not be able to go to school. We had helped families in the past and we are doing it once more. For a symbolic fee Panos and Kon as of tomorrow are joining Oakleigh Grammar’s school community,” said Mr Robertson.“That is all I wanted for my children to go back to school and start their lives in Australia. I am eternally grateful to the Community and the school,” said Eleni when we contacted her after the happy ending to her family’s ordeal. As for Minister Coleman’s attitude towards the issue, you can be the judge of it.last_img read more

Des courants marins chauds feraient fondre les glaciers du Groenland

Des courants marins chauds feraient fondre les glaciers du Groenland

first_imgDes courants marins chauds feraient fondre les glaciers du GroenlandÉtats-Unis – Deux études publiées dans la revue Nature Geosciences démontrent que des courants profonds d’eau chaude venant des fjords sont responsables de la fonte accélérée des glaciers du Groenland.Une équipe de scientifiques de l’Institut océanographique Wood Hole a mesuré, durant 8 mois, la température de l’eau dans le fjord de Sermilik reliant le glacier Helheim à l’océan. Elle s’est aperçue que dans les eaux profondes circulait un courant de 3 à 4° C.  Lorsque celui-ci entre en contact avec le bloc sous-marin du glacier, il le fait fondre et le fragilise. La base des glaciers qui se trouvent en bordure de mer devient moins solide et moins stable, ils sont alors plus propices à se diriger vers la mer. Les scientifiques se sont également aperçus lors de cette étude que les vents des côtes contribuaient à cette arrivée de courant chaud. Certains scientifiques pensaient que la fonte des glaciers était exclusivement due au réchauffement de l’atmosphère qui se ressent davantage dans le Grand Nord. Mais ce qui semait le doute était la vitesse à laquelle les glaciers se déplaçaient en direction de la mer. Cette fonte contribue à l’élévation générale du niveau des mers qui est passée de 1,8 mm par an dans les années 1960 à 3 mm actuellement. Si la calotte glacière du Groenland venait à fondre dans sa totalité, le niveau général de la mer augmenterait cette fois de 7 mètres. Les villes côtières de tous les pays seraient englouties par cette gigantesque montée du niveau des eaux.Le 15 février 2010 à 13:18 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Psychologie rire au travail un gage defficacité

Psychologie rire au travail un gage defficacité

first_imgPsychologie : rire au travail, un gage d’efficacitéFrance – Corinne Cosseron, psychologue, expliquait mercredi 29 septembre au magazine féminin “Ma vie pro” en quoi l’humour est un facteur d’épanouissement et d’efficacité dans le cadre de l’entreprise.”Le rire crée du lien” dit Corinne Cosseron, psychologue et fondatrice en 2002 de l’École internationale du rire. L’humour resserre les liens au sein d’une équipe grâce à une complicité, motive enthousiasme, dynamisme, inventivité et donc efficacité. Sur le plan individuel, quelques minutes de rire – autour de la machine à café par exemple – permettent d’assimiler, d’intégrer le travail que l’on a effectué dans la journée, et de se préparer aux tâches à venir.En cas de stress, le rire permet de dédramatiser, de relativiser, de faire tomber l’anxiété et d’améliorer les relations. Mais attention : si, contrairement à un a priori, l’humour est profitable au travail, il a aussi ses “règles” : “Une femme qui manage des hommes risque de les atteindre dans leur virilité si elle manie trop bien l’humour. La position peut être délicate et compliquée à gérer” précise la psychologue. Enfin, pour solliciter une augmentation de salaire, il est bon d’injecter un peu d’humour dans la négociation… à condition qu’il soit sincère et naturel.         Le 1 octobre 2010 à 17:38 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Greenpeace fête ses 40 ans

Greenpeace fête ses 40 ans

first_imgGreenpeace fête ses 40 ansGreenpeace est né il y a 40 ans maintenant de la volonté d’un couple d’Américains, outré par le spectacle des loutres mortes s’échouant sur le rivage de l’Ile d’Amchitka, en Alaska. Les animaux avaient le tympan crevé par des essais nucléaires américains.Irving et Dorothy Stowe, un couple d’Américains immigré au Canada pendant la guerre du Vietnam, découvre, il y a 40 ans maintenant, des loutres mortes sur le rivage de l’Ile d’Amchitka, en Alaska. Ils apprennent alors que les animaux sont rejetés sur le rivage par les vagues, les tympans crevés par les essais nucléaires américains qui y sont pratiqués. Bouleversés et indignés, ils lancent une pétition et une campagne depuis leur maison de Vancouver, au Canada. Un comité de militants se constitue et s’engage dans la dénonciation des essais nucléaires. Décidant d’envoyer un bateau à Amchitka pour surveiller les essais, l’association commence à récolter des dons et des contributions en provenance du monde entier. Baptisé Greenpeace, le navire lève l’ancre en septembre 1971. Les gardes-côtes américains interviendront peu après pour empêcher le navire d’arriver jusqu’à Amchitka mais cette mobilisation éveille les intérêts du public et les Etats-Unis abandonnent les essais l’année suivante.C’est ainsi qu’est né Greenpeace, l’organisation écologiste bien connue dont le quartier général se trouve maintenant à Amsterdam et qui possède des délégations dans presque tous les pays du monde. Pour ses fondateurs, pourtant, ce n’est pas un hasard si elle est née à Vancouver, entre mer, forêt et montagne, au sein d’une population très diversifiée. “Il y a ici une très grande conscience environnementale”, explique à l’AFP Bruce Cox, chef de Greenpeace Canada.”Un vrai sens de l’écologie” À lire aussiJournée mondiale de l’environnement : Quelques astuces pour un mode de vie plus écolo au bureauPour Rex Weyler, un journaliste arrivé des Etats-Unis dans les années 60 afin de participer à la fondation du comité et qui a navigué sur le Greenpeace, “dans tout autre endroit, Greenpeace n’aurait peut-être jamais vu le jour”. Il explique : “Nous voulions lancer un mouvement écologiste. Il y avait des mouvements de droits civiques, des mouvements de femmes et d’autres pour la paix. Mais il manquait un vrai sens de l’écologie. C’est ce que nous voulions créer et non fonder une organisation internationale ou rendre Greenpeace célèbre”. Aujourd’hui, Greenpeace agit sur de multiples fronts, tant sur la protection des espèces, que dans la lutte contre la déforestation, contre l’utilisation des OGM ou encore dans le débat sur l’énergie nucléaire. Des actions menées auprès des gouvernements, des entreprises mais aussi des populations. “Nous allions changer le monde… D’une certaine façon, cela a marché, n’est-ce pas ?”, ajoute Rex Weyler.Le 13 septembre 2011 à 09:33 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more