Six months after suspension Tóibíns back as Sinn Féin spokesperson

first_imgI am pleased to announce Peadar’s re-appointment as spokesperson for these very important portfolios and look forward to working with him in the future on behalf of Sinn Féin and all those citizens we represent.His reinstatement comes as the party is preparing for its Ard Fheis, which begins tomorrow, and runs until Saturday 8 February at Wexford Opera House.Read: Creighton: I did not approach Peadar Tóibín about Reform conference>Read: Peadar Tóibín returning to Sinn Féin after six-month suspension> SIX MONTHS AFTER he was suspended from the party, Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín has returned – and given his old role back.The Meath West TD found himself suspended from the party in July of last year after voting against Sinn Féin on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill.It had been confirmed on 23 January that Tóibín’s suspension was nearly up and that he was due to return to Sinn Fein.Today, Sinn Féin Dáil Whip Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD announced that Toibín has been reappointed as the party spokesperson on Trade, Jobs and Innovation and on the Irish language.Ó Snodaigh said:last_img read more

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2019-09-22

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Proud day for designer of Gathering Bowl presented to Obama

first_img(Image: Garrett FitzGerald Photography)IT WAS A proud moment for Irishman Sean Egan, watching Taoiseach Enda Kenny present the ‘Gathering Bowl’ to US President Barack Obama in Washington following St Patrick’s Day celebrations over the weekend.The ex-Waterford Crystal master, with almost 40 years experience, was charged with the task of designing the crystal bowl, which held the shamrock that was presented to Obama this evening.Egan was made redundant in 2009 following the closure of the Waterford Crystal manufacturing plant and within months he established his own company, Sean Egan Art Glass. (Image: Garrett FitzGerald Photography)In his almost four decades of work, Egan has created some notable pieces of glasswork including the 9/11 Twin Towers comemorative sculptures which were presented to former US Ambassador to Ireland Dan Rooney. He was also commissioned to create a piece honouring the Monty Python star Graham Chapman, who died in 1989.The bowl is designed to outline the Gathering and features a famine ship, an interweaved Celtic knot and two harps surrounded by engraved shamrock.Speaking today, Egan said that when he first received the call from the Taoiseach’s office several months back, he was “absolutely delighted”.“Who could have ever imagined that this time four years ago I was on the dole and today my work is being presented to the President of the United States?” he said.I wanted the bowl to represent all that is good about Ireland. We have a wonderful and warm tapestry of culture, music, art and language. The tall ship is returning to our shore as part of The Gathering festivities while the harps represent our rich musical tradition. The Celtic knot is representative of the timeless nature of our spirit, with no beginning and no end and the engraved shamrocks are a symbol of the Irish diaspora.In his speech tonight, Kenny mentioned Egan and his “300-hour labour-of-love” which he said “glistens with the story of what we once brought here on this risky yet life-giving journey to America”.The first presentation of a bowl of shamrock to a US President took place in 1953 when President Eisenhower accepted the gift from Ambassador Hearne. The first Taoiseach to present shamrock rather than the Ambassador was John A Costello in 1956. The next Taoiseach was Jack Lynch in 1971, and subsequently the gift of shamrock was invariably from the Taoiseach-in-office to the President of the United States.President Obama and Enda Kenny at the ceremony in the White House this evening (Image: White House).last_img read more

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2019-09-22

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Security flaw on Android version of WhatsApp could leave user chats exposed

first_imgA SECURITY FLAW in the Android version of WhatsApp, which allows another application to upload a user’s chats without permission, was discovered.Bas Bosschert, a security consultant from Holland, found a loophole which would allow third-party app developers to gain access to a user’s entire message database.Since WhatsApp backs up its chat history and stores it on an Android device’s SD card, any app developer which asks for access to a phone’s SD card can then read and upload WhatsApp’s database. According to Bosschert:The WhatsApp database is saved on the SD card which can be read by any Android application if the user allows it to access the SD card. And since [the] majority of people allow everything on their Android device, this is not much of a problem. Android only allows developers full access to the SD card storage or none at all. Any application that can read and write to the external storage can also read what other applications are stored there.While later versions of WhatsApp encrypt the database, they use a key which can be easily extracted from the app using third-party tools like WhatsApp Xtract.This isn’t the first time WhatsApp has been at the centre of security concerns. Back in October, Thijs Alkemade, a computer science and mathematics student at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, found that WhatsApp’s ingoing and outgoing messages were encrypted with the same key.This meant that by intercepting a message, you could cancel out the key and recover the plain text by analysing themRead: WhatsApp apologises after ‘server issues’ affect millions worldwide >Read: The knock-on effect: WhatsApp rival adds 8m users in 4 days >last_img read more

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2019-09-22

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Yes airplane seats are as disgusting as you feared

first_imgDISEASE-CAUSING BACTERIA can linger on airplane cabin surfaces for up to a week, scientists have just discovered.Yes, that is all the nightmares of your restless plane sleeps confirmed.Microbiologists told the American Society for Microbiology this week that the harmful germs pose a threat to passengers.The researchers said the study is their “first step in investigating the potential problem” of catching a disease from other sick passengers.Auburn University’s Kiril Vaglenov said it was a concern of many travellers given the “long time spent in crowded air cabins”.The team took six different types of material from a major airline carrier and inoculated them with the bacteria – MRSA and E. coli 0157 (which causes severe diarrheal disease – sorry) – to see if they can survive the environmental conditions of the cabin.In order for the germs to be transmitted from a cabin surface to a person, they must be able to survive in the armrests, on the seats, on the plastic trays or in the bathroom.At 168 hours, MRSA lasted the longest on material from the cloth which covers the back of the seat. Meanwhile, E. coli the material of the seat armrest, where it remained for 96 hours.  Other surfaces can keep the bacteria for a number of days:Leather seat: 7 daysPlastic Window Shade: 3 daysPlastic Tray Table: 3 daysSteel Toilet Handle: 2 days“Our data show that both of these bacteria can survive for days on the selected types of surfaces independent of the type of simulated body fluid present, and those pose a risk of transmission via skin contact,” explained Vaglenov, who says this initial study lays the foundation for “important work to come”.That important work will include cleaning and disinfection strategies for airlines. They also want to test surfaces that have natural antimicrobial properties to see if they could help reduce the persistence of germs in the passenger aircraft cabin.Important work, indeed. Are you listening Michael O’Leary?Read: It turns out urine is not actually sterileWoah: ‘Biggest dinosaur ever’ would have weighed the same as 14 African elephantsMore: World’s oldest sperm found in Australialast_img read more

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2019-09-22

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Security increased at London barracks after suspected terrorist attack on soldier

first_imgSECURITY HAS BEEN increased at all army barracks in London as British counter-terrorism police investigate the murder of a man thought to be a soldier, who was beheaded on a busy London street by two men shouting Islamist slogans yesterday.The attackers, wielding knives including a meat cleaver, carried out the attack a few hundred metres from the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich, southeast London, then delivered an Islamist tirade to passers-by.Prime Minister David Cameron condemned the “appalling crime”, adding: “There are strong indications that it is a terrorist incident.”He cut short a visit to Paris to fly back for a meeting of the government’s emergency response committee, COBRA, which had already met in the hours following the attack.Media reports citing witnesses said the men first ran over their victim in a car before finishing him off with the knives.Encouraging passers-by to take photosEyewitnesses described how after the two men carried out their attack, they stayed at the scene, asking passers-by to photograph and film them.Armed police shot and wounded the two attackers after they ran at officers, said witnesses. Both were being treated in hospital, said police.Amateur footage of one of the men carrying a blood-stained knife and meat cleaver shows him saying: “We swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you.”The man, a black man dressed in a hooded jacket and black woolly hat, speaks in a London accent.“We must fight them as they fight us. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth,” he says.“I apologise that women have had to witness this today, but in our land our women have to see the same. You people will never be safe. Remove your government, they don’t care about you.” The footage, which some people may find distressing, can be seen here.Reports said the man attacked was wearing a t-shirt bearing the logo of the British military charity Help for Heroes.Several eyewitnesses said he had been decapitated.Rapper Boya Dee, who witnessed the incident, wrote on his Twitter account: “Ohhhhh myyyy God!!!! I just see a man with his head chopped off right in front of my eyes!”‘We want to start a war in London’Ingrid Loyau-Kennett, 48, told the Daily Telegraph that when she asked the assailants why they had carried out the attack, one of them told her: “We want to start a war in London tonight”.Around 250 members of the anti-Islamist English Defence League were involved in minor scuffles with police at Woolwich Arsenal train station, near the scene of the attack, before dispersing.Police later arrested two people suspected of trying to carry out reprisals.Officers arrested a 43-year-old man who was detained in Braintree, southeast England, after reportedly walking into a mosque with a knife.They detained another man in nearby Gillingham on suspicion of racially aggravated criminal damage to a mosque, police said.Cameron, speaking to journalists before flying back from Paris, called the attack “truly shocking”.Speaking at a joint news conference with French President Francois Hollande, he added: “We’ve had this sort of attack before in our country and we never buckle in the face of them.“People across Britain, people in every community, I believe, will utterly condemn this attack.”Hollande, expressed solidarity with Britain, at “the cowardly killing of a British soldier”, but the British prime minister did not publicly confirm that the victim was a soldier. (Image: Nick Ansell/PA)Truly barbaricIn London, a local member of parliament, Nick Raynsford, said he understood the dead man had been a soldier. Security was reinforced at all army barracks in London following the incident.The Muslim Council of Britain said the killers’ use of “Islamic slogans” indicated they were motivated by their faith.A statement from the council said: “This is a truly barbaric act that has no basis in Islam and we condemn this unreservedly. Our thoughts are with the victim and his family.”Police were called at 2:20 pm to reports of one man being assaulted by two others.Britain’s top policeman, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe confirmed two men had been arrested following the “shocking and horrific” attack.“We have launched a murder investigation, being led by the Counter Terrorism Command,” he added.Police had met local community representatives and extra officers were patrolling the area, he said. Appealing for calm, he added: “The shock that we all feel at what has happened must bind us together.”The United States condemned the attack.“We stand with our UK allies in the face of such senseless violence,” State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said in a statement.- © AFP 2013.last_img read more

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2019-09-22

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PlayStation phone ad puts thumbs on Android mascot

first_imgWith the PlayStation Phone (a.k.a. the Xperia Play) now confirmed, Sony is preparing to start advertising it heavily as the Android phone to own for gaming.Although official announcements aren’t meant to be made until the Mobile World Congress, DROIDNYTT managed to get its hands on the first Xperia Play advert. In typical PlayStation style, it’s a little creepy, but works for us.AdChoices广告The green robot Android mascot appears, but he’s been having some surgery done, and now has opposable thumbs–key to gaming. It’s a nice change to the mobile ads we keep seeing of people using smartphones, or where they just rotate while a voiceover tells us how awesome phone X is.Read more at DROIDNYTT, via Reghardwarelast_img read more

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2019-09-21

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Yakuza fan wins 9000 back tattoo courtesy of Sega

first_imgGaming tattoos are not a new phenomenon and we’ve seen plenty of examples ranging from small and cute to large and painful. But last year Sega ran a competition in Australia offering one gamer and dedicated Yakuza 3 fan the opportunity to win the tattoo main character Kazuma Kiryu has on his back.If you know the game, then you know this is no small piece of artwork and instead a very detailed full back tattoo. Sega said it would normally cost around $9000 to have done and we believe them. So this was a pretty serious prize for fans of the game who didn’t mind some pain and loved tattoos.In order to win you had to state in 25 words or less why you deserved the tattoo. The winner was 46-year-old Fari Salievski who has now had the tattoo applied with Sega releasing pictures of the finished tattoo and stages of Fari getting it done.Although it was a competition prize, Fari needs to be congratulated for enduring the whole process. It involved four-hour long sessions in the chair spread over a six-month period at Tatudharma Studios in Sydney. That’s why we are only now seeing the finished result almost a year after the competition was run.(Click to enlarge)Apparently managing to complete the whole tattoo has earned Fari the nickname “The Dragon”. We have to wonder if Sega will start using him for future Yakuza promotions and it’s surprising they didn’t make a big fuss about this around the time of the Yakuza 4 release.Now we are left wondering what competition Sega has in store next for Australian gamers?Read more at PlayStationLifeStyle.netlast_img read more

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2019-09-21

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PlayBase Android tablet offers kidfriendly design and durability

first_imgThere have been all kinds of studies about how much kids can benefit from tablet computing, and a number of schools have already begun deploying iPads and other devices to students both young and old. But the Karuma PlayBase is clearly angling for a spot in youngsters’ backpacks.The PlayBase isn’t as slim as  the current crop of Android tablets designed for us big folks, but its large buttons and rounded edges are perfectly suited for the tykes. It also features the PlayCover, a  rubberized, built-in stand and screen guard which keeps dirt, liquid, and scratches at bay when the PlayBase is left laying around or crammed into a knapsack.Inside the PlayBase is hardware that puts it in the same ballpark as other low-priced Android tablets (like the Lenovo IdeaPad A1). It’s got a 1.2GHz ARM Coretex A8 processor from RockChip, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, built-in Wi-Fi, 7-inch multitouch display, and a battery estimated to provide 5 hours of normal usage. It’s also encased in metal, as opposed to the plastic backs you’ll find on even some high-end Android tablets like the Galaxy Tab 10.1.While the PlayBase is shipping with custom-themed Android Gingerbread on board, the company anticipates updating to Honeycomb or Ice Cream Sandwich in the near future. A direct jump to ICS might make more sense, since it’s due to arrive soon and Google has promised an AOSP release in short order.Karuma’s taking pre-orders in the UK starting on November 15th and the PlayBase sees full retail availability on December 1st — for £170 (about $270). Again, not quite competitive with the $199 Kindle Fire, but it’s available outside the U.S. and you do get that nifty cover.More at PlayBaselast_img read more

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2019-09-21

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Pepsi takes vending machines hightech

first_imgThere are some things that really need to have massive touchscreens, WiFi connectivity, and YouTube integration. PepsiCo believes that soda vending machines do, in fact, fall into that category. The company has been testing out what is quite easily the most high-tech vending machine in the country, and plans remain underway to roll out more of them in 2013.They’re called Pepsi Interactive Vending machines, and for the most part their purpose is still to just sell you an overpriced bottle of sugar water. For those who want to have an online social experience before getting your ice-cold beverage, though, these newfangled machines offer exactly that.The most interesting feature is the ability to “gift” a soda to a friend. You pay for it, the machine sends an email or text message to your friend with a unique code, and then that friend can enter the code on any other Pepsi Interactive machine to redeem your very generous gift. There is also an option to watch featured Pepsi-related YouTube videos on the large display, fully angering the people standing behind you who want to get their own soda.If this concept sounds familiar, you’re not crazy. Pepsi first introduced this machine last year, but the company has been hard at work trying to figure out how to optimize the experience.The machines now have a new interface, and the integration with YouTube is also deeper than it was last year, offering newer and a wider selection of videos. In addition, the machines now also include a mini-game that players can try out in order to win a free soda.Perhaps with a future firmware update, customers could also post updates to Facebook and Twitter about their Pepsi purchase. Who knows what else this could lead to? For now, the machines are only available at malls in Oregon, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Georgia, and Pennsylvania, but PepsiCo will be launching more of them next year.More at Pepsi Interactive Vending via The Daily Meallast_img read more

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2019-09-21

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American Express now lets you purchase stuff using Twitter

first_imgTwitter is a social network and messaging service, but it looks to be branching out and becoming a payment service too thanks to American Express.The financial services company introduced Amex Sync with Twitter last year, which allowed you to get discounts on purchases simply by linking your card to a Twitter account and tweeting special Amex hashtags. It meant you could send a tweet then go purchase a specific item knowing you’ll get a credit applied back on to your Amex account.Now Amex has taken the Sync service a step further, and is allowing you to purchase items directly through Twitter without needing to visit a store, website, or get your card out.Paying through Twitter requires merchants to participate and offer special payment hashtags. A consumer using Amex Sync can then tweet that hashtag, then tweet a confirmation hashtag within 15 minutes in order for the payment to go through. There’s nothing else you need do–the transaction will appear on your Amex statement, and the product should be delivered to your door a day or two later.You can already use the service to buy an Amex gift card, Kindle Fire HD, Xbox 360, Xbox controller, and a growing number of other desirable items. They can also be offered as deals with money off the usual price, making it even more enticing to tweet those hashtags.It certainly removes a barrier in terms of carrying out a purchase. You don’t need to do anything other than type in a few characters and send a couple of tweets. If anything, it’s a little too easy don’t you think?last_img read more

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2019-09-21

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Everyone is deeply upset Mayo village in shock after deaths of two

first_img Short URL This is a sleepy little village, it is not used to this kind of thing at all.Read: ‘Some matters still not investigated’: Report finds HSE too slow to investigate foster home abuse claimsRead: Gardaí investigating death of teenager after being struck by car on Clare road Knockadoon, Co Mayo Source: Google MapsTHE VILLAGE OF Irishtown in Co Mayo is this morning coming to terms with the deaths of a well-known local couple in tragic circumstances.The bodies of Tom and Kitty Fitzgerald, aged respectively in their late 70s and mid 60s, were discovered at their home at Knockadoon, about a mile from the Galway border, shortly after 3pm yesterday afternoon.A third man, aged in his late 30s, was found at the scene and was removed to University Hospital Galway, with what are believed to be serious injuries.Today, the village is set to face a media spotlight it is ill-equipped to handle.“It’s a deep loss to the local community,” said local Galway councillor Donagh Killilea.They were heavily involved in everything, Tom was deeply involved with a lot of community organisations, particularly in the Irishtown area.“This will take a terrible toll on their family and their neighbours,” he added.A Garda case conference took place yesterday evening to establish the facts of the situation and to establish a full investigation.The nature of the deaths is not yet known. Gardaí are understood to be keeping an open mind regarding the investigation.The scene has been preserved for a full Garda forensic examination due to take place today, while post mortems are expected to take place later.Local journalist Michael Commins described Tom Fitzgerald as “at the heart and soul of the community life of Irishtown”.He served as chairman of the Community Council for several years. He was a passionate supporter of Mayo and he played a central role in the local Davitts GAA Club over the last few decades.He said that Kitty was equally involved, and ”like so many people in the western region, they had a huge ‘grá’ for country music”.She was bubbly and vibrant and always brought a smile to all her friends. When Kitty arrived for choir practice (as she did last week), she always managed to raise the spirits.Last night, a Mass was held in the locality, while the local Davitts GAA club cancelled a planned meeting.Parish priest Martin O’Connor described the deceased couple to RTÉ as one of the nicest couples you could meet, and as being regarded very well locally.For now, the community can only attempt to deal with the shock it is experiencing.“Everyone is deeply upset with what has happened,” said Killilea.It is not easily understandable. Wednesday 2 Nov 2016, 6:25 AM http://jrnl.ie/3058028 “Everyone is deeply upset” – Mayo village in shock after deaths of two pensioners in tragic circumstances The bodies of Tom and Kitty Fitzgerald were discovered at their home in Knockadoon, near Irishtown, yesterday afternoon. Share58 Tweet Email1 center_img Nov 2nd 2016, 6:25 AM 48,875 Views By Cianan Brennan 6 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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2019-09-21

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Aldi has announced 400 new jobs as part of a major expansion

first_img Share11 Tweet Email2 http://jrnl.ie/3122312 Tuesday 6 Dec 2016, 10:13 AM Aldi staff at the National Ploughing Championships 2016 at Screggan, Tullamore, Co Offaly. 20,054 Views Dec 6th 2016, 10:13 AM 39 Comments Image: Rollingnews.iecenter_img By Darragh Peter Murphy Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Aldi staff at the National Ploughing Championships 2016 at Screggan, Tullamore, Co Offaly. Image: Rollingnews.ie Aldi has announced 400 new jobs as part of a major expansion The €100 million investment will see 20 new stores. Short URL ALDI HAS ANNOUNCED 400 new jobs in Ireland, as part of an expansion that will include 20 new stores and extensions to existing outlets.The €100 million investment will see new stores opening in early 2017 in Trim, Co Meath, Leixlip, Co Kildare and Ennistymon, Co Clare.The German retailer says it also has planning applications pending for five new outlets in 2017, plus nine extensions to existing shops. The discount grocery chain already has 128 Irish stores, with 11.3% of the grocery market.Last October Aldi raised its minimum rate of pay to the living wage of €11.50, an increase of 4.5% for entry-level pay for store assistants and 10% for stock assistants and caretakers.It followed Lidl’s previous commitment to do so.“We have a very aggressive store opening plan for the next three years, planning to open 20 new stores plus additional extensions to our current store portfolio,” said Giles Hurley, Aldi’s group managing director for Ireland,We are building on the sustained growth we have achieved in the last few years and will be creating an additional 400 jobs.“The fantastic products supplied by our many Irish suppliers have been key to our growth and success in Ireland,” added Hurley.We are committed to increasing the number of Irish products on our shelves and as we grow and open more stores, there will be more and more opportunities for Irish suppliers to work with us.“We are seeking motivated, enthusiastic and hardworking individuals to join the Aldi team and contribute to our continued success in Ireland.”The new jobs will include opportunities as area manager, store manager, assistant store manager and store assistant. Aldi currently employs over 3,200 people in Ireland, and store managers begin on a starting salary of €55,000.Read: Lidl’s plans to boost operation will create 600 jobsRead: Aldi staff in line for pay hike as supermarket commits to raising hourly rate to €11.50last_img read more

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2019-09-21

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How different is the story of someone fleeing Syria to that of

first_img By Nicky Ryan Feb 5th 2017, 9:30 PM 9,173 Views Short URL How different is the story of someone fleeing Syria to that of a World War II refugee? Harry and Ahmed tell their stories to Unicef. Subscribe for more videos We hope that this video will serve as a reminder that behind the headlines are the stories of individual children. Not refugees, not migrants, but children, whose only dream is safety, and the chance of a brighter future.Video courtesy of UNICEF, created with 180 Amsterdam Share96 Tweet Email center_img 18 Comments DESPITE BEING FROM very different times, Harry and Ahmed both have similar stories.Adhmed, aged 12, fled to Sweden from his home in Damascus in the midst of the Syrian Civil War.Harry, who is now 92 years old, was also a child refugee. He fled from Berlin, Germany, in the midst of World War II, and has lived in the United Kingdom ever since.Unicef brought the two together as part of this short film, aiming to present “a stark illustration of the challenges that refugee children continue to face”.Unicef Director Paloma Escudero said: “The needs of refugees have never been greater. Now, more than ever, they need our support.” Sunday 5 Feb 2017, 9:30 PM Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTube https://jrnl.ie/3221573 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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2019-09-21

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Poll Should vitamin D be added to more foods

first_img Image: Shutterstock/Marta O By Rónán Duffy Feb 16th 2017, 9:31 AM Image: Shutterstock/Marta O Poll: Should vitamin D be added to more foods? New research has shown the proven benefits of vitamin D additives. YesNoDon’t knowVote 17,438 Views A NEW STUDY has found definitive evidence that taking extra vitamin D protects against colds, flu and other respiratory infections.The study by Queen Mary University of London found that the results were stronger for people with very low levels of the nutrient and could reduce deaths and healthcare costs.Vitamin D can be found in some foods but people who live in grey, cloudy climates often do not have enough.The study was published in the British Medical Journal and argued that vitamin D should be added to food. Some milks are already fortified with vitamin D.Today’s poll, Should vitamin D be added to more foods? Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3242465 center_img Share Tweet Email1 Poll Results: Yes (4934) 71 Comments Thursday 16 Feb 2017, 9:31 AM Don’t know (557) No (1416) Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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2019-09-21

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The government wants to open up Irelands exclusive fishing boundaries and Senators

first_img By Gráinne Ní Aodha …the Supreme Court did not state this was illegal. It stated it was entirely appropriate and an important area of co-operation but that the exchange of letters was not a sufficient legal framework for it.“To regulate an arrangement that had been in place for nearly 50 years there was a requirement to give it a legislative framework.”There are ongoing High Court cases taken by Irish fishermen against the Irish government in relation to fishing limits around Ireland’s coasts.When the government was asked if the bill they’re bringing forward was interfering with those ongoing High Court cases, the government said that they couldn’t comment – because it would interfere with the High Court case.What the change will look likeMap 1 below demonstrates Ireland’s legal position since 1964 up to the present day.(The area in green on the east coast of Ireland between the 6-12 mile belt gives access to foreign vessels agreed in 1964 as part of the London Fisheries Convention.)That means all other waters and natural resources around Ireland in the 0-12 mile zone are reserved for Irish citizens only. Why would it be prudent today, as we seek to negotiate the best possible outcome for the Irish fishing industry in the context of Brexit, effectively to give two fingers to our neighbours in Northern Ireland and say they are not coming into our nought to six nautical mile zone, though we can still go North and would like to hold on to what we catch in their UK waters? The government wants to open up Ireland’s exclusive fishing boundaries – and Senators aren’t happy Seanad members have been debating an amendment to the Sea Fisheries Bill. Mar 26th 2017, 8:15 AM A DEBATE HAS been rumbling on in the Seanad about whether boats from Northern Ireland should be allowed to fish right up to Irish shores.The Sea Fisheries (Amendment) Bill was introduced by the government, and would allow fishing vessels registered in Northern Ireland to fish from 0-6 nautical miles up to Irish coasts.The bill was introduced after a Supreme Court judgement that found Northern Ireland boats were fishing for mussel seeds in Irish waters without the proper permission – despite the fact that Irish-registered vessels are permitted to do so on Northern Ireland shores.This is part an arrangement called voisinage which is part of the London Fisheries Convention 1964, roughly translated as ‘neighbourliness’. Why is the government arguing to let UK boats fish off Ireland’s coasts?In the Seanad debate this week, Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed disputed that, saying the judge had actually called the cross-Border approach to fisheries “an important area of co-operation between the two jurisdictions” and said “there is much to applaud”. Sunday 26 Mar 2017, 8:15 AM 24,954 Views I do not think it is a fair deal. I simply ask that we stop this Bill in its tracks – can we just stop it?Minister Creed acknowledged these worries, saying that the world is a different place than it was in 1964 when the arrangement was made.“The point has been raised about boats owned and operated. Back in the 1960s, perhaps the world was a simpler place. A man owned his boat and fished in his lough or whatever.“The world has moved on quite significantly. The Supreme Court acknowledged that it is a different world in its judgement.”So perhaps it’s time to start a new agreement, instead of bringing in legislation in order to be compliant with 50-year-old rules?And of course, there’s a Brexit element, as was made clear from this comment from Michael Creed: Short URL Share269 Tweet Email1 “This reminds me of the #heritage bill, but underwater. Poor, poorly constructed legislation.” – @GraceOSllvn #SeaFisheries— Seanad CEG (@SeanadCEG) March 22, 2017 Source: Sea Fisheries Protection AuthorityMap 2, which demonstrates the proposed new access to the 0-6 mile belt as part of the Sea Fisheries Amendment Bill 2017. Source: Sea Fisheries Protection AuthorityInternational interestThe fears raised in the Seanad debate this week revolve mostly around what would stop an influx of vessels registering in Northern Ireland to gain access to these fishing areas.Green Party Senator Grace O’Sullivan, who’s raised concerns about the bill before, said:“A fisherman said to me that we could potentially have fishermen from Northern Ireland and perhaps from England, Scotland and Wales coming in right around that edge line of the Irish coast. https://jrnl.ie/3306389 Source: Seanad CEG/Twitter So the choice is between maintaining relations with Northern Ireland, or protecting fishing resources and the Irish businesses that rely on them.Read: Why is the government arguing to let UK boats fish off Ireland’s coasts?Poll: Should Northern Ireland boats be allowed to fish off the Republic of Ireland’s coasts? 28 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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2019-09-21

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May to hold cabinet meeting as she tries to overcome election backfire

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3436794 8,313 Views Image: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images Image: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images May to hold cabinet meeting as she tries to overcome election backfire May was initially forecast to be on course for a landslide. Jun 10th 2017, 7:26 AM 33 Comments Saturday 10 Jun 2017, 7:26 AM By AFP Short URL BRITISH PRIME MINISTER Theresa May is expected to hold her first cabinet meeting today in an early test of her hopes of forming a stable government after a crushing election setback.Facing demands to quit after her electoral gamble failed, May scheduled an early weekend meeting of her governing circle in an apparent bid to reassert authority and project stability.But the firestorm of criticism continued unabated after May announced she would keep her ministerial team unchanged and planned to stay in power with the aid of the DUP.Media commentators agreed she had been badly damaged, and some predicted she and her strategy for Brexit could struggle to survive.“May fights to remain PM,” the Daily Telegraph headlined. “Tories turn on Theresa,” said the pro-conservative Daily Mail. The Times wrote: “May stares into the abyss.” The tabloid Sun said succinctly: “She’s had her chips.”May was Home Secretary for six years before rising to premier in the political chaos that following last June’s Brexit referendum.She has vowed to steer Britain unerringly out of the European Union, unwinding a complex economic and institutional relationship that has developed over 44 years.After inheriting a 17-seat overall majority in the House of Commons, May in April announced a snap election three years ahead of time, declaring she needed a stronger hand in the Brexit haggle.That move, by a vicar’s daughter who styled herself as pragmatic and risk-averse, stunned the country.May was initially forecast to be on course for a landslide.But cracks in her campaign-trail performance began to show, and widened with a bad tactical misstep she made on health care for the elderly.Those flaws were skilfully exploited by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, a veteran grassroots activist who hammered away at May as cold and uncaring.Polling day on Thursday delivered a slap to May, leaving her eight seats short of the 326-seat mark for an overall majority.Help from DUPForced into minority government, May is reaching out to Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which won 10 seats, in the hope of forging a working majority.But any deal between the two parties has yet to be announced, and details of how they may cooperate remain sketchy.“It’s too soon to say what we’re going to do yet. I think we need to see the final make-up of parliament and then we’ll reflect on that,” DUP leader Arlene Foster told Radio Ulster.“I certainly think that there will be contact made over the weekend but I think it is too soon to talk about what we’re going to do.”The DUP is socially conservative, notably opposing same-sex marriage, and supports Brexit, but opposes a return to a hard border.Read: ‘I was clearly wrong’: How Jeremy Corbyn confounded expectations in the UK’s election Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email last_img read more

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Martin says refusing Fianna Fáil TD communion at mass was a very

first_img Image: Sam Boal https://jrnl.ie/4509715 Saturday 23 Feb 2019, 6:51 PM Looking forward to the @fiannafailparty Ard Fheis this morning. Brexit, Housing, and Health will feature prominently in proceedings. #FFAF19 #AnIrelandForAll pic.twitter.com/PH3nc8uNVO— Billy Kelleher TD (@BillyKelleherTD) February 23, 2019 44,317 Views Fianna Fail party leader Micheal Martin speaking to the media at their party conference at Citywest Hotel Dublin Image: Sam Boal Feb 23rd 2019, 6:51 PM By Christina Finn The Fianna Fáil leader today defended his decision to the extend the confidence and supply with Fine Gael and ruled out that an election would be caused by his party this year.Yesterday, Martin said party members and the public see that Fianna Fáil are keeping the government in place for the greater good. “I think the public get it that Brexit overrides and trumps those issues,” he said. Speaking today, he said he had met a number of people at the Ard Fheis who “get it” and understand why the confidence and supply has been extended.“It is not an issue to do with my leadership. People get it and get the complexities involved in Brexit. Of course, members are out there, anxious to get back into government. There is a more nuanced view when you talk through the issues.“If we were in the teeth of an election we would not be able to put through any elections. To me, it is a no brainer. The people understand the existential threat that the country faces. That is the long and short of it all,” he added. Fianna Fail party leader Micheal Martin speaking to the media at their party conference at Citywest Hotel Dublincenter_img 76 Comments Martin says refusing Fianna Fáil TD communion at mass was a ‘very unchristian thing to do’ It was reported last month that Robert Troy was recently refused communion at a mass due to his position on abortion. Short URL FIANNA FÁIL leader Micheál Martin has said it was “unchristian” for a priest to refuse one of his party’s TDs communion. Source: Billy Kelleher TD/Twitter Last month, it was reported that Transport spokesperson for the party Robert Troy was recently refused communion at a mass due to his position on abortion.Troy, who had previously declared his was pro-choice, voted Yes in last year’s referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment.When asked about the incident today, Martin said he was surprised to hear the news, stating that it was “unacceptable”.Speaking at the party’s Ard Fheis in Citywest, he said it went against the grain of Christianity.“It was unchristian, it was very unchristian thing to do. It goes against the grain in terms of the true meaning of Christianity,” he said.European electionsMartin was also asked about Cork North Central TD Billy Kelleher, who was very much in campaign-mode today.In what have some have said is a shot across the bow today, Kelleher had posters lining the entrance-way to the conference centre today.Kelleher has made no secret of it that he wants a shot at the European elections.However, the party leader Micheál Martin is not keen on losing him from national politics, telling the Cork Echo this week that he wants the party to win three seats in the European elections without losing any TDs.When asked about Kelleher’s posters today, Martin said they were “good posters”.“This is an Ard Fheis, this is a political organisation. It is great to see the campaigning. I mentioned yesterday that one of the great dividends of the Dublin contest was the extent to which it energised the organisation,” he said.“The evidence here this morning is that the race is in full swing in Ireland South. Seamus McGrath is there, Billy is there with good posters. I always like to see campaigning. I love a good campaign,” added Martin.“It is a political gathering and there are delegates here,” he added. Share136 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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UK to officially ban use of porn websites among under18s from July

first_img THE UNITED KINGDOM is set to introduce mandatory age-verification measures for users of online pornography later this year.Under new laws, commercial providers of online pornography will be required to carry out age-verification checks on users to ensure that they are 18 or over from 15 July.The measures, announced by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport today, will make the UK the first country in the world to introduce such legislation.Minister for Digital Margot James said the introduction of the laws was required to prevent children from accessing inappropriate content.“Adult content is currently far too easy for children to access online,” James said.“The introduction of mandatory age-verification is a world-first, and we’ve taken the time to balance privacy concerns with the need to protect children from inappropriate content.“We want the UK to be the safest place in the world to be online, and these new laws will help us achieve this.” Apr 17th 2019, 2:59 PM Wednesday 17 Apr 2019, 2:59 PM Source: BBC Politics/Twitter By Stephen McDermott Image: Shutterstock/Stas Vulkanov According to a YouGov poll carried out on behalf of the UK Government, the measures are backed by 88% of UK parents of children aged 7-17, who agree there should be robust age-verification controls in place to stop children seeing pornography online.The laws mean that websites which do not implement appropriate age-verification technology could have their payment services withdrawn or blocked for UK users.UK citizens can verify their age using a number of methods, including a new Age-Verification Card which can be bought over-the-counter in shops, or by uploading ID documents online.David Austin, the chief executive of the British Board of Film Classification – which will regulate the Age-Verification Cards – says the new measures mean the UK is leading the way in internet safety.He added that the introduction of age-verification measures to restrict access to commercial pornographic websites was a ground-breaking child protection measure. “It is a bit embarrassing” – Culture Minister Margot James says new porn age-checks will be secure, despite a data “error” on a press release about the scheme that exposed hundreds of email addressesMore on porn ID checks: https://t.co/QWps817z5G pic.twitter.com/yW2ZbGs775— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) April 17, 2019 Short URLcenter_img https://jrnl.ie/4596486 UK to officially ban use of porn websites among under-18s from July The new laws will come into effect from 15 July. Share86 Tweet Email Image: Shutterstock/Stas Vulkanov 52 Comments 25,239 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Greeks instrumental in giving voice to the arts

first_imgIn a state as culturally rich and diverse as Victoria, the arts community has thrived with the infiltration of fine arts from many vast and varied cultures throughout the world. Paul Clarkson, former executive director, Arts Victoria, made sure that this rich tapestry of artistic work throughout the years was documented. The book Giving Voice: A History of Multicultural Arts Victoria was born.“Multicultural Arts Victoria started in 1973 as the Festival of all Nations and Mike Zafiropoulos was one of the key movers in establishing this,” Jill Morgan, executive officer, Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV) told Neos Kosmos.“Seven communities got together and under the auspices of Fitzroy City Council,” explains Mike Zafiropoulos, former chairman of MAV, of the festival. “We decided to stage a festival that would include reflections and representations of the cultures of the seven communities involved. That set the foundations for future annual festivals that kept on growing to the point that within a decade we had more than 50 cultural groups taking part.”As one of the first major migrant groups in Australia – along with the Italians – the Greeks were key movers and participants in the establishment of multicultural arts. Zafiropoulos himself was fundamental in not only the enhancement of artistic endeavours of the Greek community but fundamental in the creation of multicultural arts as a whole in Victoria.Zafiropoulos said the time had a lot a to do with it. It was the 1970s and the Whitlam Government had multiculturalism on their agenda thanks to then Immigration Minister Al Grassby.“This created an open forum for cultural organisations to start organising themselves in a way that took them away from the narrow boundaries of their own community,” explains Zafiropoulos.“They started to interact with other groups and wanting to expose their own cultural traditions and richness to the wider community. “Prior to that we had lots of cultural activities, but they were mainly within our own communities and sometimes within the narrow geographical boundaries of the particular communities and regions.”“There have been many influential people of Greek heritage who have seen the arts as being pivotal in exploring identity and bringing people together,” says Morgan. People such as Mike Zafiropoulos, George Papadopoulos, former chair of MAV; John Boglis and Fotis Kapetopoulos have all been instrumental people of Greek heritage who have contributed to the strong multicultural arts community in Melbourne.Morgan says the book itself “talks about the importance of bringing a migrant voice out to what was then a very mono-cultural community”. Funded by the Sydney Myer Fund, Victorian Multicultural Commission and Arts Victoria, the book is a visual journey through the history of multicultural arts. Images of Melbourne in eras gone by are accentuated with strong images of a Kurdish folkloric dancer, an Argentinean drummer or a Sudanese guitarist. It is a testament to the remarkable creativity, hard work and passion of many people that celebrates four decades of Multicultural Arts Victoria.Zafiropoulos takes the title of founder of MAV with modesty and respect.“But remember,” he adds, “people’s achievements have to be seen in context of the time. I think the credit should go to people like Al Grassby who saw the need for this country to embrace cultural diversity and abandon assimilation which had failed. So for me it was quite easy to pick up on the policy from the Federal Government and interpret it in our own way, in a practical and community sense.”“The book represents the extraordinary breadth of talent in the community and the quality of arts that’s presented. Now we have an extraordinary range of new communities from the horn of Africa to the established communities to the Colombian to Maori to Middle Eastern, Indigenous, Indian,” says Morgan.“It wasn’t very difficult for the cultural organisations to truly collaborate,” explains Zafiropoulos. “Some groups might have had differences back home but those differences became insignificant when we saw our collaborations on all of us here within our adopted countries. It showed it is possible to collaborate if you set objectives and criteria that encourage that collaboration.“The (Festival of All Nations) was the most demonstrable example of both the richness that we had as individual communities and how – through development, encouragement and promotion – we could develop an Australian culture, a culture that would not be mono-cultural, a culture that would draw on the various ethnic communities that we have in this country.”With so many influential and passionate people involved, multicultural arts in Victoria is going to have a long and rich history. Morgan says an interesting thing that is evolving now is that established multicultural arts communities are now becoming leaders and mentors to some of the newer communities and providing inspiration for them.“If it wasn’t for the work of some of the established communities like the Greek community, we wouldn’t be existing and giving a voice wouldn’t be happening. “That’s why I think the history is important as it documents the key achievements of multiculturalism which is reflected through MAV.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Greek Australian to head Athens mission

first_imgForeign Minister Kevin Rudd has announced that Jenny Bloomfield is to be Australia’s new Ambassador to Greece, with non-resident accreditation to Albania and Bulgaria.She will replace Mr Jeremy Newman who has been Ambassador in Athens since 2008. She will be the first female Australian Ambassador to Greece and the first of Greek ancestry. Born in Thessaloniki, Bloomfield (nee Siourthas) is a native Greek speaker who migrated with her family to Australia as a child. She is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and until recently was Assistant Secretary, Middle East Branch. The Ambassador-designate to Greece has previously served overseas in Japan and Iran. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Foreign Affairs and Trade from Monash University, a Bachelor of Letters in Political Science and French, and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/Bachelor of Arts in Modern Greek from the University of Melbourne.Married with four children, Ms Bloomfield will take up her appointment next month. A DFAT spokesperson told Neos Kosmos that on July 25 and 26 the Ambassador Designate to Greece will visit Melbourne, “where she will meet Victorian Government representatives, members of parliament, and representatives of the Greek community… to further strengthen the close Australia-Greece relationship across all fields.” The discussions in Melbourne are likley to make reference to the recent dialogue between GOCMV (Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria) and Immigration Minister Chris Bowen, regarding Australian migration intake from Greece. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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